Nokia Introduces Asha Smartphones Beginning at Just $69Nokia Introduces Asha Smartphones Beginning at Just $69

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It may be the era of the affordable smartphone. Earlier this year, for example, Google announced it was knocking $100 off the cost of its already affordable Nexus 4 phone making the 8GB model $199 and the 16GB $249.

Then Chinese manufacturer ZTE announced it would make its own phones available for just $79.99 with no contract to U.S. buyers via the Internet. The phones run on the recently introduced Firefox operating system by Mozilla.

And most recently, Apple introduced its iPhone 5c starting at just $99, an unheard of move by the tech giant known for its premium prices.

So it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nokia, along with a high end phone and new Windows tablet, has released its own crop of budget smartphones starting at just $69.

Nokia introduced the three new phones at its recent Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The phones are all part of the company’s Asha line of devices and are upgrades of its earlier Asha 501.

Neil Broadly, a member of Nokia’s marketing team, says the phones will include:

  • The Nokia Asha 500, the most affordable at just $69.
  • The Nokia Asha 502 with 5 megapixel camera and LED flash for $88.
  • The Nokia Asha 503, a smartphone with 3G connectivity for $99.

Here’s an overview of the Asha 503 from SlashGear:

More Smartphones in Emerging Markets

The phones seem loaded with apps and designed especially for social sharing. But before small business owners in the U.S. get too excited, these devices are targeted for emerging markets. So there’s no hint if or when they will be available in the U.S.

That said, the introduction of the new Asha phones fits a Nokia objective – putting a smartphone into the hand of everyone on the planet.

For businesses of any size that are online and selling globally, this means a growing market…especially for those with a strong mobile presence.

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Nokia Introduces 6 Inch Phone with Business Functionality

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Nokia’s new Lumia 1520 may be a big investment. The 6-inch phablet available in red, white, yellow, or black will have a suggested retail price of $749 and will be available soon. Nokia wants you to sign up to learn when the device will be available in stores.

But the phone/tablet hybrid seems to include considerable functionality for the price.

For example, the Lumia 1520’s full 1080p HD screen resolution and updated version of Windows Phone 8help take full advantage of the largest display on a Nokia phone yet. There is room for a third column of Live Tiles, the go-to spaces on Windows Phone for your most used apps, content and functions.

Here’s a quick overview of the device’s specs from TechBuffalo:

Nokia’s New 6 Inch Phone has Business Capabilities Too

The screen on the Lumia 1520 is large enough for you to run business apps like Microsoft Office, which is included with the new phone. At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia CEO and soon-to-be head of Microsoft’s devices division Stephen Elop demonstrated running and editing an Excel spreadsheet on the new phablet.

The phone also offers considerable memory: 7 GB in the cloud via Microsoft’s SkyDrive and 32GB of internal memory extended to 64GB with added external memory.

The phone also has a 20MP Pure View camera has an enhanced sensor that Nokia says works well even in low-light settings.

A Budget Option

If the Lumia 1520 is still too expensive for your business budget, Nokia also unveiled a lower cost option this week. The Lumia 1320 Windows Phone offers comparative specs at less than half the price.

Features include:

  • A 6-inch, 720p HD screen.
  • A less powerful rear-mounted 5MP camera.
  • Ability to run Microsoft Office.
  • A recommended retail price of $339.

Could either of these phones function as your mobile office?

Image: Nokia


Brother Introduces More INKvestment All-in-One Printers for the Home Office

Brother Introduces New Business Smart Printers for the Home Office

If you’re looking for a new all-in-one printer for your home office, you just got a few new options. Brother (TYO:6448) just introduced a new line of all-in-one devices that are designed specifically for small businesses as part of its INKvestment line of printers.

Brother Introduces New Business Smart Printers

There are two new models available this month, including the Business Smart Plus MFC-J5830DW andBusiness Smart Pro MFC-J6535DW. And the company is also releasing the XL versions of those devices, which can support businesses with larger printing volumes, in November.

Both devices come with mobile connectivity features, including the ability to print from smartphones and other mobile devices using WiFi and the ability to work with services like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Users can also scan documents to popular services like Google Drive and Dropbox, or use free Brother cloud apps to fine tune documents.

Mobile and cloud features are becoming increasingly important to small businesses. But the main draw of these new devices, according to Brother, is the ability for businesses to save time and money when it comes to printing.

Phil Lubell, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Brother International Corporation said in a company statement, “The top-of-mind concerns of small businesses when it comes to printers are the cost of ink, cartridge yields and the durability of their printer. This expanded line of Brother INKvestment all-in-ones was developed specifically for small businesses. With its high-quality printing, rich feature package, durable build, and low-cost ink cartridges, customers can spend less time worrying about buying ink and more time growing their businesses.”

According to Brother, the cost of printing on these new devices is less than a penny per page for black and less than a nickel per page in color. They also come with the ability to connect to Amazon Dash Replenishment, so you can get new ink automatically instead of needing to make a separate trip.

In addition to the new releases this month, Brother is also releasing two supplementary models in December. The MFC-J5930DW and MFC-J6935DW devices offer similar benefits, but with additional paper trays and automatic two-sided copying and scanning features.


Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme

Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme


  • There are 3 loyalty cards each valid for 1 year
  • The denominations are Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively
  • Users will also receive Freedom 251 units as free gifts under it

Noida-based Ringing Bells that introduced the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 on Tuesday launched a loyalty card programme for its products on its first anniversary.

With silver, gold and platinum loyalty cards, customers will get discounts on purchase of every Ringing Bells product, along with a Freedom 251 smartphone as free gift.

“The loyalty cards will be valid for one year and customers will get 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent discount on buying Ringing Bells products with cards on denomination of Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000, and Rs. 2,000,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The silver and gold cards are entitled to one free unit of Freedom 251 and the platinum card is entitled to two free units of Freedom 251,” the company added.

The booking for the loyalty cards will begin on its website from Thursday.

In the meanwhile, yet another unknown company has come forth to announce the launch of a budget smartphone at an incredible price – Rs. 501. Called the ChampOne C1, the smartphone actually features a price of Rs. 7,999, but the Jodhpur-based firm behind the device is selling it at Rs. 501 in its first flash sale on Friday. The smartphone’s highlight feature at the price is the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor.


The ChampOne C1 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports dual-SIM. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front snapper. There’s a 2500mAh battery packed inside, and connectivity options include 4G LTE support. It will be made available in White, Silver, and Gold colour options.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Tinkle Magazine Goes Fortnightly, Introduces New Character ‘Wai Knot’

Tinkle Magazine Goes Fortnightly, Introduces New Character 'Wai Knot'


  • Tinkle Monthly has been a fixture since its launch in 1980
  • It has launched its first fortnightly issue this July
  • It also introduced a new character, a kid from Bengaluru called Wai Knot

Tinkle Magazine has been a fixture in India since its launch in 1980. Along with Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle has long been one of the most famous and iconic Indian comic magazines, and characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu are instantly recognisable to many Indians. One thing that’s been a constant for the magazine is its monthly frequency, but the July issue of Tinkle brought a couple of surprises.

For one, Tinkle has announced its first fortnightly issue – the July 2016 issue. This should have come out at the start of the month, but apparently it got delayed due to some postal issues, and is arriving late. The second issue will arrive mid-July, a first for the magazine.

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As seen on the cover and Tinkle’s website, the new issue also introduces a new character, Wai Knot, a kid from Bengaluru who’s motto in life is, “don’t ask why, ask why not?”

Both Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle were founded by Anant Pai – who signed off as Uncle Pai – with ACK Media acquiring the magazine in 2007. The publisher has been active at Comic Con India and actively participated in comic culture in India, while also embracing technology to stay relevant in the modern era.

The company launched the ACK Comics app in 2014, with which you can read its various comics online, and Tinkle partnered with Blippar to release augmented reality comics as well.

The company now uses WhatsApp to hold contests for fans, and is focusing on digital media as a way of staying relevant without losing the iconic art and storytelling that makes it so recognisable, and it seems to be paying off with a shift from monthly to fortnightly issues, a sign of the increased popularity of the magazine.

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Flipkart Introduces ‘No value EMI’ option

Flipkart Introduces 'No Cost EMI' Option

No price EMI choice will make excessivestop purchases less expensive.
No price EMI involves 0 processing fee.
the option entails 0 down price and zero hobby for clients.
E-trade principal Flipkart on Tuesday delivered its No price EMI choice. the net market says this couldmake online purchasing greater lower priced for highstop purchases due to no additional price on EMIs, or equated month-to-month instalments. The No value EMI involves 0 processing fee, 0 down fee, and 0 interest for customers.

With the introduction of No value EMI option, Flipkart goals to allow extra people to get get right of entry to to products they aspire for. The corporation has partnered with Bajaj Finserv and key manufacturers to create this imparting that’s to be had for pick merchandise and dealers for now. The imparting comes with mortgage tenures starting 3 months as much as three hundred and sixty five days.

less than 1 percentage of Indians have get entry to to credit score cards, and the conventional bankingenterprise has been sluggish in addressing the want for small private loans. this is the first step closer tomaking shopping without a doubt cheap for hundreds on-line and types have shown high-qualityenthusiasm to collaborate with us. This has the capacity to disrupt on-line shopping much like we did withcash on shipping some years in the past,” said Mayank Jain, Senior Director and Head of virtual &purchaser financial offerings, Flipkart, in a declaration.

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YouTube Introduces Blurring Tool to Hide Sensitive Content

YouTube Introduces Blurring Tool to Hide Sensitive Content

YouTube on Thursday rolled out a new Custom Blurring tool for its video creators to hide sensitive information inside their videos. The tool, which now can be used for moving and still objects inside a video, is an extension of the face blur tool YouTube introduced back in 2012.

The feature for now is limited to the desktop version of YouTube. The company says this will help video creators hide information such as vehicle licence plates, credit card numbers, wardrobe malfunctions, and other sensitive content.

Creators can simply choose the video they want to edit and select Custom Blurring option placed inside the Blurring Effects tab in the Enhancements tool. They can draw a box over the object which they want to blur and the tool will automatically blur that object as it moves. Creators can even move the blurred box, resize it, and choose when it starts and stops at anytime. A ‘Lock’ option is also present to keep the blurred box still at one place when the subject is not moving. Creators can save the original video as well as the edited copy.

“While the use cases for this tool are vast, we built this feature with visual anonymity in mind. We wanted to give you a simple way to blur things like people, contact information, or financial data without having to remove and re-upload your content,” said Amanda Conway, YouTube Privacy Lead, in a blog post.

Earlier this month YouTube acquired BandPage, a startup aimed at helping musicians build fan bases and increase their revenue. BandPage says it has a lot planned for musicians and with YouTube already offering a global distribution platform; they will be able to offer opportunities to grow an open network of digital music services.

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