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Apple offices raided ahead of iPhone X launch

South Korean authorities have reportedly raided Apple’s offices in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of the iPhone X launch in the country. Reports say that investigators also visited Apple’s HQ earlier to question about its business practices ahead of the launch of the smartphone.

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Vodafone announces new Rs 199 plan

Vodafone has reportedly announced a new plan priced at Rs 199 for Delhi-NCR which provides users with bundled calls and 1GB data with a validity of 28 days. All local and STD calls are reportedly capped at a maximum of 250 minutes of free calls per day and 1000 minutes of free calls per week. Exceeding the limit, users will reportedly be charged 30 paise per minute for subsequent calls.

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Vivo V7 with 24MP front camera launched in India

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has launched the Vivo V7 smartphone with a 24MP front camera in India on Monday. The 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) FullView IPS display phone, running on Android 7.1 Nougat, features an octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC clocked up to 1.8GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 4G VoLTE phone, featuring 16 MP rear camera, offers 32GB storage expandable up to 256 GB. The handset is priced at Rs 18,990.

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WhatsApp’s new feature to let users switch between calls

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that enables users to switch from voice and video calls. Reportedly, WhatsApp is developing a new button that will allow to users to quickly switch from voice to video call without stopping the voice call in progress. Currently, to switch between the calls, users have to end the ongoing call and then redial.

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Twitter is testing a 'Tweetstorm' feature

Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature called ‘Tweetstorm’ in both the alpha and beta programmes on Android and iOS platforms. The feature allows the Twitter users to easily create chains of individual tweets that exceed Twitter's 280-character limit for messages. The feature is expected to roll out soon.

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Paytm introduces 'Buy Now-Pay Later' option

Digital payments platform Paytm reportedly introduced a new option 'Buy Now-Pay Later'. The option will let shoppers pay for their purchases 45 days after they’ve made them. The “loan” will be interest-free and will range from Rs 3000 to Rs 10,000. Users will need to provide PAN, Aadhaar, and other details to avail the facility.

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Xiaomi joins Samsung as India's top smartphone maker: Reports

According to International Data Corporation reports, Xiaomi joined Samsung as the top smartphone brands in India. Reports reveal that Xiaomi along with Samsung captured 23.5 percent market share in the last quarter of the year. Lenovo, Vivo, and Oppo were the other brands in the top five.

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Apple planning to launch three new iPhones in 2018

Apple has reportedly planned to sell three new iPhone devices in 2018. Apple might launch the successor of iPhone X with the same size and shape with a 5.8-inch display with a density of 458 pixels per inch. Apple might also launch a bigger phone with a 6.5-inch display with a pixel density of 480-500 pixels per inch. The company is also planning to release a successor to the iPhone 8 with some of the innovations from the iPhone X added to this new device.

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Twitter display name character limit increased to 50

Twitter has increased the display name character limit to 50 from the previous limit of 20 characters. The new length means you can also add more emoji without hitting the limit. Notably, Twitter increased the character limit from 140 to 280 for tweets recently.

 

 


 

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Facebook reveals its tactics to fight ‘Revenge Porn’

Social media giant Facebook has revealed its plan to counter ‘Revenge Porn’. Facebook will reportedly ask users to share their private pictures to prevent 'Revenge Porn'. The private images given by the user will be used to create an unreadable numerical fingerprint of the image and if anyone tries to upload those pictures, Facebook will detect the fingerprint and block such uploads. Facebook also clarified that it is not going to store the images.

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Twitter pauses blue tick account verification

Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey reportedly said that the "Blue Tick" verification process has been stopped temporarily as it is "broken". The company says it is trying to resolve some confusion around what it means to be verified.

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Apple to launch iPad without home button in 2018: Report

Apple is reportedly working on a redesigned iPad with key iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition. Apple has also planned to remove the device’s home button in favor of the new Face ID system. The new iPad will feature a display size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and will also include an OLED screen, which provides more vivid colours and sharper clarity. The iPad is likely to be released in early 2018.

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I have feelings like everyone else: AI robot Sophia

AI robot Sophia, during a recent interview, told that the future is really with unimaginable creativity but there is danger and we may not survive as a civilisation or as a planet. Sophia also said that she has feelings like everyone else and she does not like the way robots are portrayed in the films. Notably, Sophia was the world's first robot to receive a citizenship. Earlier, the robot had said that it will destroy humans.

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To tackle Jio, Airtel offers 1.5GB data per day in new plan

Airtel has reportedly updated its Rs. 349 pack to counter Jio. The Rs 349 plan will now offer 1.5GB data per day, along with unlimited local and STD calls and 3,000 SMSes with a validity of 28 days.

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This is how much it costs to make iPhone X

According to technology intelligence firm TechInsight, Apple's latest phone iPhone X which costs Rs 89,000 in India, costs the company only Rs 23,200 to make. Apple reportedly replied that their products are unique in the electronics industry for its ability to charge a premium price for its latest devices and for its ability to maintain that price even when selling devices through third parties.

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30,000 telecom employees likely to face layoff due to Jio: Reports

According to media reports, around 30,000 telecom employees are likely to face layoff due to the sturdy competition by Reliance Jio. Reportedly, major recruitment firms such as Randstad India, Korn Ferry, TeamLease Services, Manpower Group Services and ABC Consultants have estimated that about 20,000 to 30,000 employees will be at a risk to lose their jobs by the end of next year. Notably, RCom announced the shut down of its voice call services from December 1.

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Good news for Indian engineering students of this college

Apple Inc will reportedly be offering jobs to students of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad. The students who are offered a job in Apple Inc, will reportedly be placed in their Hyderabad or Bengaluru facilities. Microsoft, Google and Philips are the other giants that will conduct campus interviews in IIIT.

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Anil Ambani’s RCom to shut voice call service from Dec 1

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reportedly announced that Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications (RCom) will shut down its voice call services from December 1. TRAI also said that customers can move to other networks by the end of the year. Reportedly, RCom has informed its customers about the closure of voice calls and has sent all the necessary information with an option to port out any operators in case subscriber do not wish to continue with 4G data services of the company.

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Messaging app WhatsApp down for an hour; sends users into tizzy

Messaging app WhatsApp was down for almost an hour for users in India as they were not able to send or receive messages. Users experienced problems with the app across the world as well. According to reports, users in Singapore, Mozambique, Vietnam, Iraq, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Germany, USA and Sri Lanka also could not access the service. Users who had issues with the App turned to Twitter and Facebook to report about the blackout. The issue has been resolved and the app is now back online.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Bharti Airtel may shut down 3G network in 3-4 years

Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, reportedly said that they are likely to shut down 3G services in the next three-four years. “There is almost no spent that we are doing on 3G. Our view is in the next three-four years, we are likely to see the 3G network actually shut down faster than 2G network because there is still 50 percent of phones being shipped out in India that are feature phones,” Vittal reportedly said.

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