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CEO Tim Cook said that 40 percent of Apple’s revenue comes from products other than the iPhone. But with such a devoted following, the iPhone is expected to generate billions in profit for the foreseeable future.

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In this Monday, June 10, 2013, file photo, developers look over new apps being displayed on iPads at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple still hasn't shown any sign of being able to duplicate its late founder Steve Jobs' knack for game-changing innovation, but that isn't stopping the world's most valuable company from reaching new heights. Apple's iPhone has a devout following, and its app store has become the company's fastest-growing segment.

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — The Apple of today hasn’t yet shown much indication of emulating its co-founder, Steve Jobs, and his streak of world-changing products, but it’s still proving a tough act to beat.
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First responders warn iPhone users about 911 prank

A new trick on the iPhone can dial 911. Dispatchers warn people not to do it.

BEAUMONT – First responders are warning iPhone users about a new trend mingling on social media.
According to Beaumont Fire Rescue officials, the trick started out as a meme on Facebook telling iPhone users to say “108” to Siri which actually dials 911 instead.
Captain Jimmy Blanchard with Beaumont Fire Rescue, told 12News their dispatch center has not received any phony 911 calls since the meme hit the internet but he is warning folks not try it out.
“It can be construed as 911 abuse and you can prosecuted for it if you’re playing with a 911 phone call.” Said Blanchard.
On Sunday, dispatchers Craig Willett and Carl Whitehead had multiple emergency calls coming in.
They say they do not want people clogging up the phone lines with this new trick because it can affect someone who is actually having an emergency.
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Home AppsApps News Rishi Alwani, 19 March 2017 Highlights Super Mario Run for Android will be available from March 23
The delay was due to piracy concerns
Android users can pre-register to know the exact time it's available Super Mario Run hit the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod touch late last year. After a lengthy pre-registration period, Nintendo has finally revealed when you can play it on Android devices.
According to a tweet from Nintendo of America, Super Mario Run for Android will be available from March 23. It will come with the version 2.0.0 update which teases new features such as the ability to unlock World 1-4 in the free version of the game by completing a challenge, and being able to play as new characters. The Super Mario Run page on Google Play has been up since December last year and you can pre-register here.
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The reason for not being available on Android devices at the same time as iOS had to do with piracy.
“For us, we view our software as being a very important asset,” Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said in an interview with Mashable. “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment.”
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“The security element is one of the reasons that we decided to go with iPhone and iOS first,” he said. When asked whether security means risk of piracy, he confirmed that this was indeed the case.
“We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection with all three of the [Super Mario Run] modes to keep all of the modes functioning together and offering the game in a way that keeps the software secure. This is something that we want to continue to work on as we continue to develop the game,” Miyamoto said.
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LONDON (WCMH) — An English coroner will warn Apple that iPhone chargers can be potentially deadly after a man was electrocuted while charging his phone in the bath.

The Telegraph reports that 32-year-old Richard Bull died after his phone accidentally fell in the water as he was bathing in December. Bull had used an extension cord to connect the charger to an outlet in the hallway.

Bull’s wife reportedly thought he had been attacked because his burns were so severe.

Coroner Sean Cummings said he intends to write a letter to Apple.

“These seem like innocuous devices, but they can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom. They should attach warnings,” he said, according to The Telegraph. “I intend to write a report later to the makers of the phone.”

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Richard Bull was found dead in the bathtub.
His wife found him with severe burns to his body at their home in London.
As the Daily Mail reports, when police arrived at the scene they found an extension cord leading into the bathroom from the hallway.
“We found an iPhone plugged into the extension cable and then the charger element in the bath,” PC Craig Pattinson told an inquiry into Bull's death.

He added: “The extension cable was on the floor and it appeared as though he had his phone charger on his chest and the part between the phone charger and the cable had made contact with the water.”
The inquest concluded that 32-year-old Bull's death was caused accidental electrocution. However, the coroner, a public official who investigate..

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Home MobilesMobiles Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 19 March 2017 Highlights Airtel is now offering up to 30GB data free to postpaid customers
WhatsApp text status updates are coming back next week
Reliance Jio and Google are reportedly working on a budget Android phone Need to catch up to the important developments from the world of tech? You've come to the right place, as we take a look back at the week that's gone by, and highlight the news you can use in one place.
After launching attractive prepaid recharge packs with 1GB bundled data per day, Airtel is now providing its postpaid customers 30GB data free of cost as part of its Airtel Surprise offer. The free data comes with monthly cap of 10GB, and users can claim the free data under the MyAirtel app.
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Airtel wasn't the only telco with a new offer either. BSNL, in a bid to counter Reliance Jio Prime subscription plans, has launched a new recharge pack that provides 2GB of data per day and unlimited calls within its network at Rs. 339. With this, BSNL is providing double the mobile data that other telcos, such as Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone, provide in the same price bracket.
The new Rs. 339 BSNL recharge pack has validity of 28 days, and comes with 25 minutes of free calls to other networks per day. Beyond the free 25 minutes, customers will be charged at 25p per minute for voice calls. The BSNL offer is limited for 90 days. The only catch with the BSNL recharge pack is that it provides only 3G data, while Jio is giving users 4G data.
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The big launch of the week was of course the Moto G5 Plus launch. The phone has been priced starting at Rs. 14,999. The Moto G5 Plus (Review) will compete against the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in the Indian market, as well as its own sibling the Moto M. Lenovo has launched two Moto G5 Plus variants in the Indian market – 3GB RAM+16GB storage at Rs. 14,999, and 4GB RAM+32GB storage at Rs. 16,999.
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The Moto G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch full-HD display, and is powered by a 2GHz octa-corechip, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of storage respectively. When the smartphones were unveiled at MWC 2017, the highlight feature was the Google Assistant, but the company has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Google Assistant feature will not ship with the Moto G5 Plus out-of-the-box. Instead, this will be available as a Play Store update, rolled out by Google. Moto G5 hasn’t launched in India yet.
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WhatsApp replaced its text status updates with the new WhatsApp Status stories but after much negative feedback from users, text updates are coming back. The old WhatsApp Text Status feature was first seen in the 'About' section on Android beta, and now WhatsApp has officially confirmed its arrival.
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WhatsApp had rolled out the new feature last month, but almost immediately users were unhappy about the loss of the text update. Within just a day, rumours were there that the WhatsApp text updates were coming back, but it's now official, and coming to Android next week, and iOS soon.
There are also rumours that Reliance Jio and Google might be working together on a budget-friendly 4G VoLTE Android phone. Neither company offered any comment on the matter, however, the report also suggested that the two have separately partnered to develop software for the latter's smart TV services – due to be launched later this year.
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On his visit to India in January this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had said that there is a need for $30 (roughly Rs. 2,000) smartphones in the Indian market. Industry sources are suggesting that this might happen with some help from Reliance Jio, with a launch before the end of 2017. It's worth pointing out that with its Lyf brand, Reliance Digital was the fifth biggest smartphone vendor in Q3 2016, as per market research firm IDC.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has gone offline – it's being sold in offline stores we mean, as of Saturday. This comes nearly two months after the smartphone went on sale via online channels (Flipkart and Mi.com); the smartphone has already crossed 1 million in sales in the country. The company said that Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will be sold at MRP of Rs. 11,499 onwards.
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Meanwhile, Xiaomi has sent out invites for a launch event on Monday, and the company is now dropping hints on social media running up to launch. This is expected to be the budget Xiaomi Redmi 4A, which was launched in China in November.
There was also some more news about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+, both of which will be launching shortly. Fresh leaks indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will introduce facial recognition, and have a camera that will support ultra slo-mo capturing. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is all set launch at the company's Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29 in New York
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In launches this week, we got the Intex Aqua Trend Lite, with 4G VoLTE, front flash priced at Rs. 5,690. The smartphone packs a 2600mAh battery, and sports a 2-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash, with dual-SIM functionality. There was also the Coolpad Note 5 Lite, launched at Rs. 8,199. The phone will be available from Tuesday, and has a 5-inch display, a 1GHz quad-core CPU, and 3GB RAM. The LeEco Super 4 series smart TVs were launched starting at Rs. 46,990, and go up to Rs. 86,990.
Netflix has been beta testing a thumbs up/ down rating system for some time now, and the company confirmed that it will be replacing the five star rating system that it currently uses, by April this year. Meanwhile, in the UAE, Zomato rolled out its loyalty program Zomato Gold, which gets you free drinks with your orders. This will be making its way to India in the Summer, starting with Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. And Paytm has gone international, announcing the launch of the Paytm Canada app, which can be used to pay Canadian and Indian bills. Paytm already had an R&D lab in Canada but until now, operations were restricted to India.
Finally, in a scary reminder to always buy original batteries and chargers, and to take good care of your devices, a woman who was using battery-powered headphones on a flight suffered from burns when the headphones caught fire mid-flight.
Disclosure: Paytm's parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.
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