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Apple launches its online store in India – TechCrunch

For the first time in more than 20 years since Apple began its operations in India, the iPhone-maker has started selling its products directly to consumers in the world’s second largest smartphone market. Apple launched its online store in India on Wednesday, which in addition to offering nearly the entire line-up of its products, also brings a range of services for the first time to consumers in the country. Consumers in India can now purchase AppleCare+, which extends warranty on products, and access the trade-in program to get a discount on new hardware purchases. The company said it will also offer customers support through chat or telephone, and let users consult its team of specialists before they make a purchase. The company is also offering customers the ability to pay for their new purchases in monthly instalments. TechCrunch reported in January that the company was planning to open its online store in India in the quarter that ends in September. The company plans to open its first physical retail store in the country next year, it has said. Jayanth Kolla, chief analyst at consultancy firm Convergence Catalyst, argued that the launch of the Apple’s online store in India is a bigger deal for the company than the consumers in the country. Apple typically starts investing in marketing, brand building and other investments in a market only after it launches a store there, he told TechCrunch. Apple does oversee billboards and ads of iPhones and other products that are displayed in…Continue readingApple launches its online store in India – TechCrunch

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Engadget

The original Pixelbook is out of stock on the Google Store (updated)

It wouldn’t be surprising if Google dropped the system from its lineup. The Pixelbook first launched in 2017. While it should still get OS updates for another few years, it’s clearly behind the technological curve. We wouldn’t count on a replacement at Google’s September 30th event (that’s focused on the Pixel 5 and smart home devices like an Android dongle), mind you. Although that’s a possibility, the company could just as easily use the event as an opportunity to narrow the focus of its Chromebook range. Still, it’s easy to see some lamenting this loss. The Pixelbook was expensive with a $999 starting price, but it also delivered a high-end, speedy two-in-one design that hasn’t been matched since in Google’s offerings. The Pixel Slate’s detachable tablet design never really took off, and the Pixelbook Go is aimed at more cost-conscious (though still relatively upscale) users. Enthusiasts will lose a major option if the Pixelbook goes away. Update 9/20 4:35PM ET: Google confirmed to Engadget that the Pixelbook was “out of stock” and instead pointed buyers to the Pixelbook Go, which offers “similar high-performance elements in a familiar form factor.” Don’t expect the original Pixelbook to come back, then. Source linkContinue readingThe original Pixelbook is out of stock on the Google Store (updated)

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Thanks to Google, app store monopoly concerns have now reached India – TechCrunch

Last week, as Epic Games, Facebook, and Microsoft continued to express concerns about Apple’s “monopolistic” hold over what a billion people can download on their iPhones, a similar story unfolded in India, the world’s second largest internet market, between a giant developer and the operator of the only other large mobile app store. Google pulled Paytm, the app from India’s most valuable startup, off of the Play Store on Friday. The app returned to the store eight hours later, but the controversy and acrimony Google has stirred up in the country will linger for years. TechCrunch reported on Friday that Google pulled Paytm app from its app store after a repeat pattern of violations of Google Play Store guidelines by the Indian firm. Paytm, which is locked in a battle against Google to win India’s payments market, has been frustrated at Google’s policies — which it argues gives Google an unfair advantage — for several past quarters over how the Android-maker is limiting its marketing campaigns to acquire new users, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The explanation provided by Google to Paytm for why it pulled the Indian firm’s app this week from its app store is the latest attempt by the company to thwart the Noida-headquartered firm’s ability to acquire new users, Paytm executives said. In a blog post Paytm posted Sunday evening (local India time), the Indian firm said Google took issue with the company for giving customers cashbacks and scratch cards for initiating transactions over…Continue readingThanks to Google, app store monopoly concerns have now reached India – TechCrunch

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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.” We know how important it is for our customers to stay in touch with those they love and the world around them. We can’t wait to connect with our customers and expand support in India with the Apple Store online on September 23! https://t.co/UjR31jzEaY — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 18, 2020 Apple says the Indian online store will offer “Apple’s full range of products and support,” and that will include the new products announced this week, O’Brien said in an interview with The Indian Express. On Tuesday, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad Air, and more. India is becoming an increasingly important market for Apple. In recent years, Apple has started manufacturing some of its devices in the country — Foxconn started building the iPhone 11 near Chennai in India earlier this year, and the company has made other…Continue readingApple will launch its online store in India on September 23rd

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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] Apple is also bringing its AppleCare+ device insurance program, which provides two years of technical support and accidental damage cover, to India. People will be able to chat with support executives in Hindi and English. Customers in the country will be able to make payments through credit cards, debit cards, UPI (Unified Payments Interface), and card-on-delivery as well. CEO Tim Cook tweeted about the store launch after promising to launch it earlier this year.  We know how important it is for our customers to stay in touch with those they love and the world around them. We can’t wait to connect with our customers and expand support in India with the Apple Store online on September 23! 🇮🇳https://t.co/UjR31jzEaY — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 18, 2020 “We’re proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected,…Continue readingApple is launching its online store in India on September 23

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Amazon Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles opens to the public

If that’s not enough automation for you, there are also Echo Show stations throughout the store where you can ask Alexa to point you in the direction of a specific product. Besides groceries, you can also pick up your same-day Amazon Prime deliveries from the store, and there’s even the option to pre-order deli items through the Fresh app.     Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the store still won’t operate at full capacity just yet. You’ll also need to have a face covering on to enter the store. If you don’t have one on you, the store will give you a free disposable one.   Source linkContinue readingAmazon Fresh grocery store in Los Angeles opens to the public

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Apple Store is down, you know what that means

Apple Store is down ahead of Apple’s event, meaning you’ll soon have new ways to part with your hard-earned cash.  The event, titled ‘Time Flies,’ likely won’t bring new iPhones, but we do expect to see two new variants of the Apple Watch, new iPads, new iOS and iPadOS, and perhaps a surprise or two.  We’ve also heard a great deal of chatter about Apple’s long-awaited AirTags — little gadgets that can be attached to things to track their physical location — as well as Apple-branded, over-the-ear headphones.  Like most recent tech events, Apple’s is a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It starts at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and you can follow it over at Apple’s website or on YouTube (below). Of course, Mashable will be following live and bringing you relevant news and updates as the event unfolds.  Source linkContinue readingApple Store is down, you know what that means

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Apple will allow xCloud and Stadia on the App Store, with big restrictions

Apple today revealed that, after stubbornly refusing to allow cloud gaming apps like Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud onto the App Store, it’s now revising those policies to allow them entry — though the policies are still very restrictive. The new rules have a whole section devoted to streaming games and how they’ll fit into the App Store ecosystem. They permit services to have App Store catalog apps, and access to Apple’s payment apparatus, but every game has to pass an individual review process. Here are the new sections in full: Streaming games are permitted so long as they adhere to all guidelines — for example, each game update must be submitted for review, developers must provide appropriate metadata for search, games must use in-app purchase to unlock features or functionality, etc. Of course, there is always the open Internet and web browser apps to reach all users outside of the App Store. 4.9.1 Each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app so that it has an App Store product page, appears in charts and search, has user ratings and review, can be managed with ScreenTime and other parental control apps, appears on the user’s device, etc. 4.9.2 Streaming game services may offer a catalog app on the App Store to help users sign up for the service and find the games on the App Store, provided that the app adheres to all guidelines, including offering users the option to pay for a subscription with in-app purchase and use Sign in with Apple. All the…Continue readingApple will allow xCloud and Stadia on the App Store, with big restrictions

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Apple revises App Store rules – TechCrunch

Apple’s making App Store changes, China might stop TikTok’s acquisition and we talk to Polish venture capitalists about the startup scene. This is your Daily Crunch for September 11, 2020. The big story: Apple revises App Store rules Apple announced a bunch of changes to its App Store guidelines today, with details about how it will support new iOS features like App Clips and much more. For one thing, it sounds like the App Store will now support game-streaming services like Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia. The main caveat is that games available through these services must have their own listings in the App Store and be available as a separate download. In addition, Apple is also offering more flexibility to “reader” apps like Netflix, and said it’s supporting a new category called “free stand-alone” apps, which could include email apps like the disputed Hey. The tech giants Facebook launches poll worker recruitment push in the News Feed — With the election looming and a pandemic still raging through the U.S., a shortage of poll workers is one of many threats to voting this November. Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘one day’ produce ‘super efficient home HVAC’ with HEPA filtering — While primarily an automaker, Tesla is also already in the business of home energy and power generation, thanks to its acquisition of SolarCity. Startups, funding and venture capital China may kill TikTok’s U.S. operations rather than see them sold — According to reporting by Reuters, the Chinese government may…Continue readingApple revises App Store rules – TechCrunch

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Epic Games asks a court to make Apple put ‘Fortnite’ back in the App Store

Termination of Epic’s developer account also removed its other games from the App Store, including some Apple had previously used to show off its development platforms. The judge already ruled that Apple can’t kick Unreal Engine as a whole off of its platform, for now, and now Epic is pushing to get back the access it’s lost while its antitrust case against Apple continues. In a statement, Epic Games said “Today we ask the Court to stop Apple from retaliating against Epic for daring to challenge Apple’s misconduct while our antitrust case proceeds. Apple is a monopolist and standing up to them is a necessary step to free consumers and developers from the unlawful restrictions Apple has imposed over app distribution and in-app payment processing on iOS. For too long, developers have not spoken out because they fear Apple’s retaliation. The company’s recent actions show that if you challenge Apple’s monopoly, Apple will attempt to destroy your business. We are committed to speaking up and securing lower cost, competitive access for all.” You can read through an FAQ here and the 182 page filing here (PDF), which includes CEO Tim Sweeney’s emails to Apple, as well as responses from the Apple legal department claiming its stance protects the consumer. According to Sweeney in a subsequent email, “If Apple someday chooses to return to its roots building open platforms in which consumers have freedom to install software from sources of their choosing, and developers can reach consumers and do business directly…Continue readingEpic Games asks a court to make Apple put ‘Fortnite’ back in the App Store