RCom’s Unlimited Call Offer, Paytm Cashback Sale, OnePlus 3T India Launch, and More: Your 360 Daily

RCom's Unlimited Call Offer, Paytm Cashback Sale, OnePlus 3T India Launch, and More: Your 360 Daily
HIGHLIGHTS
Paytm is hosting another sale, with discounts & cashbacks on smartphones
OnePlus India has teased the launch of OnePlus 3T in the country
Reliance Communications is now offering unlimited voice calls at Rs. 149
In today’s big news, Reliance Communications offers unlimited voice calls at Rs. 149, Paytm starts another 3-day cashback sale, and OnePlus teases the India launch of the new OnePlus 3T smartphone. Check out these and more such great headline-grabbers in your 360 Daily tech round-up.
Reliance Communications offering unlimited voice calls at Rs. 149
Following in the footsteps of Jio, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications has launched a new plan offering unlimited voice calling at Rs. 149. Under this plan, users will be able to make unlimited voice calls to any mobile network in the country free of charge. They also get 300MB of mobile data, which can be used on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Reliance Communications has mentioned in its release that there are no hidden charges or any additional conditions that are associated with the new ‘149 Unlimited’ plan.

Paytm hosts sale, offers cashback on iPhones & others smartphones
Paytm is hosting from November 22 to November 24 another sale on its website, offering discounts and cashbacks on smartphones such as iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, among others. The cashback amount on iPhones ranges from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 10,000, depending on models and storage capacities, while the Galaxy S7 Edge is available at a 15 percent discount. Flagship smartphones by Sony and HTC carry discounts as well as cashbacks. Not only top-end handsets but mid-rangers by Asus, Lenovo, LG, BlackBerry, Motorola, Oppo etc are also part of the sale.
OnePlus teases OnePlus 3T India launch
Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has teased the India launch of the new OnePlus 3T smartphone via a tweet. The OnePlus India handle in a tweet said “Guess who’s coming to town?” with a photo with the text “The best is about to get better.” The background colour of the image is similar to Gunmetal, one of the two colour options of OnePlus 3T smartphone. There is no word yet on the pricing or launch date of the smartphone though.

PM Modi seeks public’s views on demonetisation move with app-based survey
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought the views of the public on the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes by voting on the official Narendra Modi app. The app – available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone – features questions such as “Do you have any suggestions/ideas or insights you would like to share with PM Narendra Modi?”, “Do you think black money exists in India?”, “Do you think the evil of corruption and black money need to be fought and eliminated?”, “What do you think of government’s move of banning old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes?”
Ola Play in-car entertainment platform launched for Prime customers
Ola Prime customers will now be able to play the music of their choice while riding in the cab courtesy the cab aggregator’s new Ola Play platform. The new service is aimed at mostly business travellers who use its line of mid-size sedans, and is seen as another play to lure buyers away from rival Uber.

Panasonic Eluga Mark 2 smartphone with VoLTE support launched in India
Panasonic Eluga Mark 2 smartphone with 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) display, 3GB RAM and VoLTE support has been launched in India at Rs. 10,499. Available exclusively on Flipkart, the smartphone’s 2.5D curved glass display is protected by Asahi Dragontrail glass. The new Eluga Mark 2 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor. It also has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front camera, 32GB storage, fingerprint sensor, and a 3000mAh battery.

Netflix expands 4K video streaming to Windows 10 PCs
Netflix has brought its 4K streaming service to Windows 10 desktops and laptops, but only for the high-end models. The company said in a blog post that users must have a Windows 10 PC with 4K-capable screen, and seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor. Moreover, Microsoft Edge delivers better battery life than Google Chrome while watching 4K content, says Netflix.

Apple reportedly stops development of AirPort wireless router
Apple has reportedly abandoned work on the AirPort wireless routers and reassigned the team to work on iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. The decision to stop work on the wireless routers was taken because of the small amount of revenue the division was generating for the company. The AirPort router is part of the ‘Others’ product category, which accounts for only 5 percent of the company’s total sales. Apple has not refreshed the routers since 2013.

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Tags: Paytm, Paytm Cashback Sale, Reliance Communications, unlimited voice calling, Reliance Jio, OnePlus, OnePlus India, OnePlus 3T, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi app, demonetisation, Ola, Ola Prime, Ola Play, Panasonic, Panasonic Eluga Mark 2, Netflix, Windows 10, 4K Video Streaming, Apple, Apple Airport Routers

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OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily

OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily
HIGHLIGHTS
OnePlus 3T coming to India on December 2; price not known yet
Apple may introduce 3D photography feature with iPhone 8
Unlocked HTC 10 units start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
In the big technology news today, OnePlus 3T India launch date finally announced, iPhone 8 may have 3D photography feature, and HTC 10 starts getting Android 7.0 Nougat. For these and more of today’s top technology news, check out your 360 Daily.

OnePlus 3T smartphone launching in India on December 2
OnePlus 3T, the new flagship smartphone of the Chinese brand, will hit the Indian market on December 2, the company has announced. There is no official word on the smartphone’s price yet, which costs $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800) for the 64GB version and $479 (Rs. 32,500) for the 128GB model. The company had previously confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will continue selling the OnePlus 3 (Rs. 27,999), which is just five months old, in the Indian market; on the other hand, the new OnePlus 3T has replaced its older sibling in the US and Europe.
As a consolation for OnePlus 3 buyers in India, the smartphone has received a new incremental update that has added the emergency calling feature. The smartphone also gets full-HD (1080p) recording at 60fps with the new OxygenOS 3.2.8 update.

Apple working on bringing 3D photography to iPhone 8
Apple is reportedly planning to bring 3D photography to iPhone 8. The company is said to have partnered with LG Innotek to add a dual-camera setup to the next iPhone to capture 3D imagery. The report says that the efforts are “likely to bear fruit within the next year.” iPhone 8 is also said to come with features like wireless charging and all-glass design.

You can now use old Rs. 500 notes to recharge prepaid mobiles
The government has announced that the old Rs. 500 notes, which were demonetised in a move to fight black money in India, can now be used to recharge prepaid mobile phones till December 15. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has applauded the move and said that the government’s decision to allow old Rs. 500 notes to be used for prepaid mobile recharges will help users to continue using mobile services without disruption.
Mobile industry to account for 8.2 percent of GDP by 2020
A government report has said that the contribution of the mobile industry to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will rise to 8.2 percent by 2020. The industry will also add 8,00,000 more jobs during the period, says the ‘The Mobile Economy, India 2016′ report. At present, the industry accounts for 6.5 percent ($140 billion or roughly Rs. 9,60,783 crores) of the country’s GDP, and employs approximately 4 million people. India is also expected to cross 1 billion unique mobile subscribers landmark in 2020.

Xiaomi says shrinking sales won’t hurt
Declining smartphone sales are not a cause of concern for Xiaomi, whose global vice president Hugo Barra said that sales of smart home devices and revenue of software ecosystem will drive its profit growth. He added that the company is targeting Chinese users travelling to the US, and is preparing to directly sell its products to consumers in the US. The company, which missed its smartphone sales target by 12 percent in 2015, will also unveil a device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

HTC 10 starts receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
HTC 10 users will start receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the smartphone on Friday, according to the HTC’s Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi. The HTC 10 Nougat OS update is for unlocked smartphones only for now, and comes with Sense UI customisations. Considering that Versi didn’t mention any particular region for the rollout, it can be assumed that the company will be rolling out the Nougat update globally.

Google warning journalists about state-sponsored attacks on their accounts
Google has reportedly notified notable journalists and professors in the US that their accounts were under attack by government-backed attackers. The prominent personalities warned by Google include New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait, former US diplomat and Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann, and Atlantic magazine writer Jon Lovett. Speaking to Ars Technica, a Google spokesperson said that the recent warnings might be a result of the hacking attempts made on user accounts over the last month or so.

Tags: OnePlus, OnePlus India, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3, Apple, iPhone 8, 3D camera, demonetisation, COAI, Telecom, Mobile Industry, Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, HTC 10, HTC, Android 7.0 Nougat, Google, hacking

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PM Modi Could Use India’s Massive Phone Market to Boost ‘Make in India’

PM Modi Could Use India's Massive Phone Market to Boost 'Make in India'
HIGHLIGHTS
India overtook US to become world’s second-largest smartphone market
More of manufacturing jobs relating to smartphones will be generated
Apple has also been seeking to open its retail stores in the country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struggled in his campaign to bring more manufacturing jobs to India. But he now has an alluring incentive for technology companies to build more plants in his country: the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world.

India currently contributes only about 6 percent of the value of phones sold in the country through local manufacturing or assembly, but that contribution could rise to more than 30 percent in the next five years, according to a joint study by Counterpoint Research and India’s leading management school, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. The government should use the surging domestic demand to draw manufacturers that will make higher-value components, such as batteries, cameras and semiconductors, the study said.

India overtook the US this year to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market by users and is projected to generate a billion smartphone sales in the next five years. Yet the value added through local manufacturing is paltry compared with other countries like China and South Korea, where 70 percent and 50 percent of the work is done domestically, according to the research. Modi, who has made the Make in India program a centerpiece of his economic policy, wants more of those jobs if his country is providing such a lucrative market.

“India can potentially be world leader in mobile phone manufacturing ecosystem and this has to be done in a phased manner,” said Aruna Sundararajan, secretary at India’s ministry of electronics and information technology. She said the government is sending close to 100 design engineers to Taiwan to learn about product design and customer needs.
Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp. have been stepping up their efforts in India as growth in the US, China and other markets slows. Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first trip to India in May and his company has been lobbying for the right to set up its own retail stores. Under current rules, companies such as Apple need to procure 30 percent of their components in India if they want to operate their own retail outlets.

The smartphones and feature phones sold in India over the next five years will together require more than $80 billion (roughly Rs. 5,45,002 crores) worth of components, up from the current $11 billion (roughly Rs. 74,937 crores). If the country can move up the value chain from simple assembly to more complex manufacturing, it could take the domestic contribution to 32 percent by 2020, the researchers said.

“The greater amount of localization and investment in R&D encouraged with good government policies will significantly boost the Indian economy and our global brand equity,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer of the government think tank Niti Aayog, in a statement.
India is also encouraging local manufacturing of components by raising import levies on components and devices. Apple is still contemplating India’s retail requirements and has so far not committed to local manufacturing. However, Foxconn Technology Group, its leading manufacturing partner, has been exploring factories in India for Apple, according to local media.

The government’s next set of policy reforms will encourage greater local work to meet smartphone growth numbers, said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary at the ministry of electronics and information technology, in a release at the unveiling of the report. “The final goal is to cut down on the value of imports,” he said.

The country has made progress in attracting more assembly plants. Before the launch of Make in India, the country had only two phone assembly facilities and that number has now increased to about 50 facilities. Eighty percent of those are local companies and 10 percent are each Chinese and Taiwanese. The plants assemble phones for the world’s leading brands including Samsung and Huawei Technologies Co.

Counterpoint estimated that over 180 million mobile phones will be assembled in India in 2016, accounting for 67 percent of the total 267 million sold. This is a rise from 14 percent in 2014.

India is unlikely to challenge China as exporter of phones any time soon however, because the local market is growing so quickly. “Domestic demand in India should be enough to consume products manufactured there,” said Anthea Lai, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. “India would pose no threat yet.”

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

Tags: Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Make in India, Smartphones, Narendra Modi, Mobiles

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Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday

Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday

Coolpad Note 3S, Mega 3 India Launch Set for Wednesday
HIGHLIGHTS
Both the smartphones to launch on November 30
The smartphones are expected to be priced under Rs. 10,000
They are rumoured to support 4G VoLTE
Coolpad has sent out invites for the launch of two smartphones in India. The company is set to launch the Coolpad Note 3S and Coolpad Mega 3 smartphones in the country on Wednesday, and availability and pricing details will be known then.

The Coolpad Note 3S is set to be the successor of the Note 3 smartphone launched last year in October. Coolpad has also launched the Coolpad Note 3 Lite and Coolpad Note 3 Plus variants of the smartphone during the course of this year as well. The Coolpad Mega 3 will be the successor of the Coolpad Mega 2.5D(Review) launched just a few months ago in August. Both the smartphones are expected to be priced under Rs. 10,000, and given that most of Coolpad phones have been Amazon India exclusive, we expect these two to follow the same path.

With these new additions, Coolpad is set to enter the crowded low-budgeted market, and it remains to be seen what the company offers to introduce tough competition. For now, both the smartphones are expected to feature a 5.5-inch display screen, and come with dual-SIM and 4G VoLTE support.

The last smartphone released by Coolpad in India was the Note 5 smartphone with a massive 4010mAh battery and 4G VoLTE support. It is priced at Rs. 10,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon India as well. The big highlight on the Coolpad Note 5 is touted to be the Dual Space system that was first seen on the Coolpad Max. It enables users to have two accounts of WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, and other apps on the same phone.

Tags: Coolpad, Coolpad Note 3S, Coolpad Mega 3, Mobiles, Android, Coolpad Note 3S India Launch, Coolpad Mega 3 India Launch

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Xiaomi Says It Sold Over 2 Million Smartphones in India in Q3 2016

Xiaomi Says It Sold Over 2 Million Smartphones in India in Q3 2016
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Xiaomi claims over 2 million smartphones sold in India in Q3
Redmi 3, Redmi 3 Note are some of the popular phones from Xiaomi
Xiaomi claims it achieved over 150 percent year-on-year growth
Xiaomi has claimed that it has sold over 2 million smartphones in India in the third-quarter of 2016. The Chinese company revealed the news via a tweet. Xiaomi also claimed that it achieved over 150 percent year-on-year growth from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016.

The figures claimed by the Chinese company are impressive considering that the third-quarter is yet to be over. In October, the company sold 1 million smartphone units in just 18 days. This was announced by CEO Lei Jun in an open letter to employees.

A recent IDC report had claimed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series “fuelled the online shipments” to a large extent for the company. The IDC report had also claimed that Xiaomi for the first time made it to the top five smartphone vendors list based on shipments. The research firm had said that Xiaomi grew over 2.5 times over the same period last year.
Xiaomi soon after its Diwali sale had announced that it managed to sell half a million smartphones in just three days. The Redmi 3S (along with Redmi 3S Prime), on the other hand, was also the top-selling product on Flipkart during its Big Billion Days Sale while Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone of Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale.
Recently, Flipkart, one of the online retail partners of Xiaomi, had claimed that it managed to sell one million Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime smartphones in India. The smartphone was launched in the country in August this year, and was made available on Mi.com and Flipkart online.

Tags: Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mobiles, Mobiles, Android, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi 3S

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SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India
HIGHLIGHTS
The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition is priced at Rs. 13,390
The Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB
A WD survey shows that many smartphone users struggle with low storage
SanDisk, the flash storage company now owned by WD, has launched two new products for mobile users in India: the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card, and the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 pen drive with both USB and Micro-USB connectors.

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is aimed at mainstream users in need of a high-capacity storage expansion option for an Android smartphone or other portable device. Users can record up to 24 hours of full-HD video or store loads of high-quality music and other files. Transfer speeds are rated at up to 95MBps, and the card is also touted to be waterproof, shockproof, temperature proof and x-ray proof.

First announced globally in June, the new microSD card will be available in India starting from December 2016 as an Amazon.in exclusive, priced at Rs. 13,390. It will later be available more widely online as well as offline.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is also aimed at Android smartphone users. It features two physical connectors; standard USB 3.0 Type-A as well as Micro-USB which is commonly found on smartphones. The designs allows for USB-OTG functionality with compatible Android devices as well as easy sharing and transfers between the device and any PC.
The drive features a sliding body which covers either connector at any time, and will fit on a keychain. It will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. Transfer speeds are as high as 150MBps when using the USB 3.0 connector.

Availability will be exclusive to Flipkart at first, with prices starting at Rs. 650 for the 16GB model and going up to Rs. 3,600 for 128GB. Other online and offline channels will sell the device at a later date. All sales are covered by a five-year warranty.
Both products can be used with SanDisk’s free Memory Zone app for Android, which lets users browse through their stored content and back up their data.

WD has also released the results of a study relating to the storage needs of Indian smartphone users, commisioned by it and conducted by Access Media International. 1458 users across 14 cities contributed to the report. 84 percent of respondents said they spend more than four hours on their smartphones each day, and 90 percent expect to spend increasing amounts of time on their smartphones over the next year.

Lack of adequate storage was the second biggest challenge that users reported as affecting smartphone performance, behind bandwidth but ahead of battery drain. 88 percent have more than 10 apps on their phones. Social media apps are their highest priority, followed by music and video download apps, utilities, camera-related apps and then music and video streaming apps.

Around 65 percent of respondents had less than 16GB of storage on their smartphones, and 90 percent share content primarily via the Internet. When running out of space, the first thing that most users do is delete apps and even data, rather than moving it to another device.

Tags: SanDisk, WD, storage, mobiles, Android, microSD, microSDXC

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Acer Swift 7 ‘World’s Thinnest Laptop’ Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Acer Swift 7 'World's Thinnest Laptop' Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Acer Swift 7 ‘World’s Thinnest Laptop’ Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More
HIGHLIGHTS
Laptop’s starting price has been set at Rs. 99,999 for India
Will be available from select stores and on Flipkart
Packs Intel’s seventh generation Core i5 processor
Acer launched its Swift 7 laptop at IFA earlier this year. The launch announcement for this laptop managed to grab eyeballs from around the world as the company claimed that it is world’s thinnest laptop and first laptop that is thinner than 1 centimetre – 9.98mm to be exact. Now, this laptop has been finally launched in India and will be available for sale from November 18.

The Acer Swift 7 will be available through Acer’s exclusive stores and select multi-brand outlets, while online it will be available for sale exclusively via Flipkart. The starting price of the laptop for India has been set by the company at Rs. 99,999. Apart from its impressive thinness, the base model of the laptop sports a 13.3-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It weighs just 1.1kg and can be carried around with ease.

“The flagship Swift 7 comes packed with an all-aluminium chassis that’s less than one centimetre thin [and] is packed in performance and stamina for all-day productivity,” Acer India said in its press release.

The base model of the Swift 7 sports an Intel seventh generation Core i5 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM (up to 8GB). It houses a 256GB SSD. Acer claims that the battery on the laptop lasts for up to nine hours.

“We are extremely excited with the India launch of Swift 7. Being the thinnest laptop in the world, it has a premium positioning in the market and with this latest offering we have fulfilled the need for great performance in a beautiful thin package. Over the last few quarters, we were focused on strengthening our product portfolio by leveraging the latest in technology,” Chandrahas Panigrahi, senior director and consumer business head at Acer India, was quoted as saying in company’s release.

Tags: Acer Swift 7 India Launch, Acer Swift 7 India Price, Acer Swift 7, World’s Thinnest Laptop, Laptops, Microsoft, Acer

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MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India

MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India

MacBook Pro 2016 Without Touch Bar Now Available in India
HIGHLIGHTS
The non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro is now in stock
Select stores have received their units, while others are still waiting
The MacBook Pro 2016 price in India starts at Rs. 1,29,900
The new and improved MacBook Pro was launched with much fanfare last month; however no availability details for the Indian market were revealed then. Even now, the models are listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Apple website, but Gadgets 360 has learnt that Apple resellers across the country are now receiving stock of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

We checked with a couple of Apple resellers who confirmed they have received stock, while another Mumbai-based retailer said they have not received any units. The 2016 MacBook Pro is not listed on any of the e-commerce websites either, so it’s likely that the stock has only just started trickling in. Just to recap, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar is priced at Rs. 1,29,900.

(Also see:MacBook Pro 2016 Price, Specifications, Features, and Everything That’s New)

The new MacBook Pro is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, and comes integrated with faster Intel Skylake CPUs. The Touch Bar variant has an OLED panel instead of the function keys, and it shows relevant options based on the current application and context. The Touch Bar variant also has an integrated Touch ID sensor for unlocking the laptop and making payments via Apple Pay.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys has no OLED panel or Touch ID sensor. The base model is powered by a 2.0GHz Intel 6th generation ‘Skylake’ Core i5 dual-core processor with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256GB of storage. The 13-inch model comes with integrated Intel Iris Graphics 540. There’s Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support. It has a 13.3-inch Retina (2560×1600 pixels) LED-backlit display with IPS technology and 227ppi pixel density. For connectivity, there is a 3.5mm audio jack and two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports.

It’s important to reiterate that only the non-Touch Bar variant is being sold in India, and the Touch Bar variants are yet to make an appearance in the Indian market. Whenever they arrive, the 13-inch variant will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900, and the 15-inch variant will be priced starting at Rs. 2,05,900.

Tags: MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro 2016, MacBook Pro India Launch, PCs, Laptops, MacBook Pro Price India, Apple

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India Among Top Five Countries Using Workplace by Facebook

India Among Top Five Countries Using Workplace by Facebook

Buoyed by the positive response from over 1,000 companies that are currently using Workplace(formerly known as Facebook at Work), the company has announced to make the app available to all.

This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.

“People have created nearly 100,000 groups and the top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France,” Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We’re announcing that Workplace will now be available to any company or organisation that wants to use it,” it added.

Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, international nonprofits such as Oxfam and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore have all embraced Workplace.

“We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the Workplace a” whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts,” the company said.”We’ve also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems,” Facebook added.

The company also announced “Multi-Company Groups” – shared spaces that allow employees from different organisations to work together and extend collaboration beyond their companies in a safe and secure way.

“This will be rolling out to all customers in the coming weeks,” Facebook said.

“Workplace will be priced competitively – companies only pay for people who are actively using the product,” it added.

Tags: Facebook, Facebook At Work, Workplace, Workplace By Facebook, Apps, Social, India
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Mobile Phone Production in India May Reach 500 Million in 2 Years: DoT

Mobile Phone Production in India May Reach 500 Million in 2 Years: DoT

Mobile Phone Production in India May Reach 500 Million in 2 Years: DoT
Mobile phone manufacturing in the country may reach 500 million units in coming two years on the back of good base of talent and an incentive policy, a top Department of Telecom (DoT) official said Sunday.

This year, India produced 100 million phones as compared to 45 million last year.

“The number of phones being manufactured was 10 million sometime back (which increased) to 45 million last year and 100 million this year. The time has come when we will reach 500 million, may be in 2 years,” Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said in New Delhi.

(Also see: Mobile Phone Production in India Reaches 100 Million)

He was speaking on the second day of a seminar on Telecom and Broadcasting theme – ART (Adjudication, Regulation, Telecommunication) of Convergence, TDSAT.

He added that apart from phones, the differential tariff is helping domestic manufacturers to get into other areas like medical electronics, consumer electronics as well as broadband equipment, set up boxes.

“Today with base of talent and incentive policy, India is becoming a global hub for manufacturing of phones and specially low-end phones,” he added.

The government is making efforts to reduce imports of electronic products and meet requirement of domestic market through indigenous production.
The government has received proposals worth Rs. 1.13 lakh crore in the electronics manufacturing segment from major brands under the modified special incentive package scheme (M-SIPS).

M-SIPS has been extended till July 2020, which was earlier valid till July 2017. The scheme offers capital subsidies to large investments in electronics manufacturing and system design.

The Secretary also said that making high-speed broadband available to individuals in rural areas is a priority of the government.

According to a survey, he said, while Internet users may have touched 400 million, broadband users are in the range of 40-50 million and growing very slowly in rural areas.

“May be 7 percent people in rural areas use Internet.

More importantly, it’s the issue of digital divide. We have only 14 percent rural households which are digitally literate…this needs to change,” he said.

Tags: DoT, Mobiles, Telecom

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