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Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23rd


Apple will launch its online store in India on September 23rd, giving customers in India a way to buy Apple products directly from the company for the first time.

“We’re proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities,” said Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people Deirdre O’Brien said in a statement. “We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store online to India, we are offering our customers the very best of Apple at this important time.” Read More

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Tech Radar

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones with ANC launched in India


Just ahead of the festive season, Sony has announced its fourth generation noise cancellation headphones, the WH-1000XM4 in India. The headphone was unveiled globally last month.

The newest high-end headphones from Sony brings several improvements from its predecessor. The pricing is also pretty good compared to global pricing.

Sony WH-1000XM4 features and specs

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For starters, the noise cancellation is now better with up to 20% performance improvement. DSEE Extreme upscales low-quality content to near Hi-Res, Speak-to-chat, wearing detection LDAC support and Multi-point connectivity has been newly introduced.  Read More

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The Next Web

Apple is launching its online store in India on September 23

Apple today announced that it’s launching its online store in India on Septemeber 23. The store will sell iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the country on its own, after years of making them available via third-party resellers.

Apart from selling its products, the company will also provide support for its devices online. The store will enable customers to trade in their older iPhones and get additional discounts towards their new purchases.

[Read: How to use iOS 14’s super-handy ‘back tap’ feature on your iPhone] Read More

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Tech Radar

Realme lines up a new smartphone, many AIoT products for India launch


Realme as a smartphone maker has already gained a major chunk in the Indian market in its two years of operation. But, Realme isn’t just a smartphone company. The company has already entered audio, smart TV, and wearable segments in India. Soon, the company is expected to launch several AIoT products along with a new smartphone in India.

According to a report from TheMobileIndian, Realme is gearing up to launch a new smartphone and four other non-smartphone AIoT products in India which includes a smart bulb, 360-degree home security smart camera, 55-inch Television, wireless earphone with active noise cancellation and a TWS with noise cancellation.  Read More

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TechCrunch

Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments – TechCrunch


At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users and even offer incentives such as free voice credit.

India’s internet population, now the second largest with more than 500 million connected users, itself was very small. In early 2011, the country had fewer than 100 million internet users.

But Facebook ended up playing a crucial role in the last decade. So much so that by the end of it, the social juggernaut was reaching nearly every internet user in the country. WhatsApp alone reaches more than 400 million internet users in India, more than any other app in the country, according to mobile insight firm App Annie. Read More

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Tech Radar

After Jio, Airtel may launch affordable Android smartphones in India


With over 500 million smartphone users in the country, India is one of the biggest consumers of smartphones globally. However, there are still over 350 million users in India who still use a feature phone. To cater to them and grab a piece of the shrinking pie, Airtel is reportedly planning to launch affordable 4G smartphones in India for the masses.

According to a new report, Airtel is in talks with local phone manufacturers to launch its own 4G smartphone at an affordable price. It also looks like Airtel is exploring a plan to come up with both locked and unlocked versions of smartphones, which would be a first in India. If that ends up being true, users will be able to buy smartphones in the form of monthly rental instead of upfront. Read More

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Telecom watchdog rules out regulating OTT messaging players in India | TechRadar

India’s telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided not to clamp down any regulation on privacy and security of OTT  (Over-the-Top) communication  services at the moment.

In its recommendations, TRAI opined that it is “not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently.”

TRAI noted market forces should be allowed to respond to the situation. Read More

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Tech Radar

Apple’s India gambit more evident: iPhone-assemblers now part of lucrative govt program

Apple’s contract manufacturers in India — Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron —- lead the pack of companies that are part of the Indian government’s enticing PLI  (Production Linked Incentive) program.

Aside from these Apple iPhone manufacturers, Samsung is the other applicant for this lucrative plan.

As reported last week, the applications of these companies have been okayed by the ‘Empowered Committee’, which consists of Niti Aayog CEO, the secretaries of economic affairs, expenditure, revenue, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Read More

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Realme 7 Pro to go on sale in India today


The Realme 7 Pro will be available for purchase today in India for the first time. The device was unveiled earlier this month along with the Realme 7 and other lifestyle products.

The first sale is scheduled at 12 noon today on Flipkart and Realme.com. The device comes in two configurations – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB priced at Rs  19,999 and Rs 21,999 respectively. It will be available in two finishes – Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue – both with matte finishes for a more premium look.  Read More

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Realme Narzo 20 Pro tipped to launch in India soon


Realme Narzo series was unveiled earlier this year with two new budget smartphones – Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A. The series is about to get the successor soon as the company has already confirmed the Narzo 20 series at the IFA 2020.

The series is expected to make its debut soon and some of the key features of the upcoming series has been surfaced on the internet. A Twitter user Himanshu, has hinted the launch timeline of the Narzo 20 series along with storage and colour options of the series options.  Read More