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Home InternetInternet News Reuters, 28 September 2017 Highlights Nadella said Bing will focus on expanding in the PC search market
Apple said it would replace Bing as its default search engine for Siri
Bing is still the search engine that powers Yahoo, AOL and Amazon Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said on Wednesday the company's search engine, Bing, will focus on expanding in the PC search market after losing its deal with Apple's voice assistant Siri.
“Bing is a big business growing at a strong double-digit rate, and we see a significant opportunity for us even on the PC side,” Nadella said at a Reuters newsmaker event in New York.
Earlier this week, Apple said it would replace Bing as its default search engine for Siri on iOS and Spotlight on Mac with Alphabet Inc's Google.
Bing, the second-largest search engine in the United States, was the default engine for Siri since 2013. It is still the search engine that powers Yahoo, AOL and Amazon.
In the company's most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft said its search advertising revenue grew 8 percent year-to-year.
© Thomson Reuters 2017
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Though Apple’s iPhone 8 models are already available in stores, there’s no denying that the star of Apple’s 2017 lineup is the iPhone X. Set to ship in early November — with pre-orders opening up on October 27 — the iPhone X is arguably the most anticipated iPhone release we’ve seen since the original launched in 2007. And with good reason, the iPhone X will introduce a completely revamped design featuring a sleek edge-to-edge OLED display. With the iPhone X sporting an edgeless display, Apple was forced to do away with the home button, a mainstay on every iPhone release since the beginning. With no home button to speak of, the iPhone X will introduce completely new gestures that will enable users to quickly return to the homescreen and bring up the multitasking pane.

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Home TelecomTelecom Features Manish Singh, 27 September 2017 Highlights For the first time, India is holding its own Mobile Congress
The three-day event attracted several top companies and gov't officials
Several interesting remarks were made on day one Telecom operators Airtel and Reliance Jio have spent much of the past year playing the blame game. They have had several fierce public disagreements over which operator provides the fastest LTE network in India; they have had issues with each other's pricing strategies; and just this month, Airtel railed against the abolition of interconnect usage charges, a move it believes will help its rival Reliance Jio. Despite that, Reliance Industries Limited's Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal shared the stage on Wednesday and exchanged pleasantries, describing each other as friends.
That sighting took place at India Mobile Congress (IMC), the first edition of the event that’s designed to be along similar lines as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that is held each year in Barcelona, Spain. The event is not affiliated with GSMA, the body that organises the MWC and satellite events across the world, but has been put together by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), a group that represents most of India’s leading telcos.

More than 300 exhibitors, and hundreds of startups from across the country gathered across 15,000 square meters at Pragati Maidan in the India’s capital to demonstrate their products and services, while thousands of delegates from more than half a dozen nations roamed around the booths and asked for demos. It's by far the biggest conference of its kind in India, Venugopal Iyengar, Chief Operating Officer at Apalya – an OTT video solutions company which counts Vodafone as a client – told Gadgets 360.
Interestingly, the booth that was drawing the most attention wasn't that of a telco or a smartphone maker, but rather, a feature phone company – Detel. It sells a range of feature phones, with its least expensive model priced at just Rs. 299 ($4.5). “This is why we are here – to get the word out. The entire industry is here,” Munish Jindal, Vice President of Detel told Gadgets 360. Although you might not be familiar with the brand, Detel has already shipped close to a million of these handsets, Jindal said.
The event also saw executives from Google, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Ericsson, Nokia, and HP among others. Top government officials including Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communication; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, and Law and Justice; Aruna Sundarajan, Secretary and Chairperson of Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications; were also present, among others. Many of them took part in various panels as they discussed emerging technologies and areas that still require much attention from all stakeholders.

In less than a year, the country has moved from 150th position in the world in terms of mobile broadband users, to number one, Jio’s Mukesh Ambani said while speaking at a panel discussion. “Data is the new oil,” Ambani said, adding, “India does not need to import it.” Executives from Vodafone, Qualcomm, and e-commerce giant Flipkart also expressed their delight in the development they have seen in their respective businesses, though there were a few who didn't agree entirely.
Idea Top Executive Throws Shade at Reliance Jio at First India Mobile Congress
“It's a proud moment for all of us to launch the first ever India Mobile Congress,” Union Minister Sinha said at the inauguration. “This platform is a much awaited event in the country, which has over a billion subscribers and has seen tremendous growth in terms of number of Internet users, with a large number of IT and telecom companies operating and investing in India.”

Rajan Anandan, Vice President Google for South East Asia and India also lauded the three-day conference, adding that he truly believes India will be at the forefront on several technological developments in the years to come. He also talked about how Google has been actively involved in India, producing a range of products for the local market, including a free Wi-Fi initiative at railway stations, called RailWire. The free Wi-Fi program has reached 150 railway stations in the country, Anandan said, up from 140 last month.
New technology at IMC
Beyond panels and booths, IMC also saw new products being showcased. MediaTek utilised the opportunity to launch the MT6739, a new SoC from the company that is targeted at bringing several high-end features such as 18:9 display support and VoLTE support on dual SIM slots, to affordable smartphones.

Nokia, Ericsson, and ZTE also showcased a range of products they have built that can leverage the 5G network. An Ericsson representative showed us a bionic arm that a doctor could operate remotely with one millisecond latency. Nokia representatives showcased Ultra Compact LTE Network technology, a small tower that comes coupled with a machine that can create local LTE network spanning kilometres. The device has been designed for military and disaster situations in mind. “Put the tower on the roof, and thousands of people in the neighbourhood would be able to talk to each other and share videos and documents,” a representative told Gadgets 360.
Several major, yet virtually unknown giants were also among the attendees. Ciena – which offers network solutions to six out of seven top service providers, as well as to India's defence department – also had a booth at the event. Sandeep Goel, who oversees marketing for the company in India, told us that while it sells a lot of products, not many people are aware about them. “This platform is allowing us to meet industry leaders, many of whom might become a client of us,” he said. Ravi BT of Dasan, which has the Andhra Pradesh government as one of its clients, said he expects more people to become aware of his company's products thanks to IMC. Dasan sells a device, among others, that triples as a satellite TV box, router, and telephone line.
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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 27 September 2017 Highlights The Diwali with Mi sale ends on Friday
New Jio Phone details have emerged
LG K7i with ‘Mosquito Away’ tech launched The big sales from major e-commerce players have come to an end, but Xiaomi's sale has just begun. After selling a huge amount of products in the recent sales held by Flipkart and Amazon, the company is now hosting its 'Diwali with Mi' sale on the Mi Store app and website, from September 27 to 29. As you'd expect, Xiaomi is offering discounts and offers on most of its popular smartphone models like the Xiaomi Mi A1, Redmi Note 4, etc. The company is also offering discounts on its wearables and accessories.
Users will also get coupons worth Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 at 10am every day. There's also a Re. 1 flash sale which will happen at 11am and 5pm each day, the app-only Bid to Win contest between 2pm and 6pm, and the Fastest Fingers First contest at 4pm throughout the sale. We have the full details for all the deals right here.
Jio Phone could turn out to be more expensive than you think
The Jio Phone has been hailed as the best thing to happen to feature phones since sliced bread. And while that may be true to an extent, the 'effectively' free phone might cost you a lot more in the long run than just Rs. 1,500. The company has put up the terms and conditions on its website for returning Jio Phone units, which have revealed the fine print involved with the process. In order to get that Rs. 1,500 refund after three years, you'll have to spend at least Rs. 4,500 on recharges over a period of time. Also, if you wish to return the phone within the first year, there's a penalty of Rs. 1,500, plus taxes.
For a quick rundown of the most important points from the Jio Phone's terms and conditions, we have a list ready for your consumption.
LG K7i with 'Mosquito Away' technology launched in India
We expected LG to launch the K3 (2017) and LG K4 (2017) but instead, it surprised everyone with a new offering which no one saw coming. Presenting the K7i, a budget-level smartphone priced at Rs. 7,990 whose highlight feature is a 'Mosquito Away' technology. As the name suggests, the rear speaker produces 30KHz ultrasonic frequencies which is said to repel mosquitoes. It even comes with a stand, so you can have it at your bedside. As for specifications, the dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features a 5-inch OnCell display, a quad core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Indian Mobile Congress kicks off in New Delhi
India just got a taste of its very own Mobile Congress, which the Telecom minister Manoj Sinha, hopes to convert into an annual event. The Mobile Congress is designed to be a platform for mobile, Internet, and technology companies to showcase their new technologies in this three-day long event. Among the top executives from various telecom operators, Himanshu Kapania, the managing director of Idea Cellular, walked to the podium to address “the elephant in the room,” referring to Reliance Jio. Without calling out any names, Kapania pointed fingers at a telecom operator that has been “bundling data for free, offering voice calls for free,” for the decline in revenue in the telecom industry as of late, the “first” he has seen in the 22 years of his experience in the space, he said.
Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani also spoke on Day 1 of the Indian Mobile Congress, where he urged executives from other technology companies in India and the government to work in tandem. He talked about how “data is the new oil” and that “India does not need to import it” since we have it in abundance. Ambani was also very optimistic about the spread of 4G, as he said, “4G coverage in India will become larger than the 2G coverage within the next 12 months.” The RIL chairman made the point that it has to be ensured every Indian has access to an affordable smartphone.
iOS 11.0.1 update out, iPhone 8 crackling issue
As expected, Apple has released its first update after the global roll out of iOS 11 on September 19. the update fixes some of the early teething issues where certain users were not able to send emails through their or Exchange mail account using the iOS 11 Mail app. The update is available to all compatible iPhone and iPad models, including the new iPhone 8. Speaking of which, several users of Apple's latest flagship have been complaining about a crackling sound coming from the handset's earpiece that is causing a disturbance on phone calls. Apple has acknowledged this issue and is said to be working on a fix for it.
Twitter's testing a 280-character limit for tweets
If you've found Twitter's character limit to be a bit, well, limiting; there's good news coming your way. The company is said to be testing a 280-character limit that will be initially available only to select users. The company declined to comment directly on how it's choosing those people or why it changed its mind about sticking to its 140-character limit. If you can't wait, here's how to get 280 characters per tweet right now.
Zopo launches Flash X1, Flash X2 with 'infinity' displays in India
Bezel-less are currently the hot trend among smartphone manufacturers and Zopo is quick to jump on this band-wagon. It's new Flash X1 and Flash X2 are priced at Rs. 6,999 and Rs. 8,999 respectively and feature 18:9 aspect displays. The Zopo Flash X1 sports a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 640×1280 pixels while the Flash X2 packs a 5.99-inch display with 720×1440 pixels display. Specifications are pretty entry-level which include MediaTek SoCs and 2GB of RAM.
Kaspersky has also got its foot in the door with its first smartphone called TaigaPhone which costs RUB 15,000 ($260 or roughly Rs. 17,000) and is said to be 'surveillance-proof'.
Bill Gates has made the switch to Android
With Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform stuck in limbo, former CEO, Bill Gates seems to have had enough and has finally made the switch to Android. This was revealed in an interview with Fox News. Although he didn't share the exact Android handset that he is using as his daily driver, the reference to “lot of Microsoft software” in the interview points to the Microsoft edition of either Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, which were launched in April this year.
Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL features leaks ahead of launch
We're now less than week before Google reveals its new smartphones and the leaks have started trickling in. A source has reported that the new phones will ship with a redesigned launcher while a separate source claims that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will sport dual stereo speakers on the front, a new Always Listening Music recognition feature, and a Portrait Mode for the camera.
Google tops best places to work in India list
Wondering which are the best places to work in India? Indeed on Wednesday revealed the 50 best places, in which, Google, Bharat Heavy Electricals and State Bank of India have been named as the top three best places to work. The list has been curated from the site’s hundreds of thousands of company reviews from employees. While Amazon grabbed the 4th place, Marriott International was ranked 5th, Intel (6th), American Express (7th), IBM (8th), Tata Consultancy Services (9th) and Hyatt (10th).
MediaTek unveils quad-core MT6739 SoC at IMC 2017
In a bid to get a better foothold in the entry-level smartphone space, MediaTek launched its MT6739 SoC designed for mid- to entry-level 4G smartphone users at the ongoing India Mobile Congress 2017 in New Delhi. Some of the highlight features includes an advanced WorldMode LTE Cat. 4 modem, dual-camera photography and 18:9 display. It's a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor and operates up to 1.5GHz. In addition to MT6739, MediaTek is also introducing its Helio P23 chipset to India.
Asus VivoBook S15 and ZenBook UX430 laptops launched in India
Asus has added a few new models to its laptop portfolio in India, with the launch of the VivoBook S15 and ZenBook UX430. These laptops belong the premium laptop segment with starting prices of Rs. 59,990 and Rs. 74,990 for the base variants, respectively. Some of the highlight features includes a bezel-less 'NanoEdge' display. The laptops are available in a range of Intel's eight-generation CPUs, RAM, storage and graphics configurations. The company also launched the ZenBook Pro UX550VE, which is said to be the “fastest, thinnest, and lightest ZenBook Pro” that it has ever made.
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Home InternetInternet Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 27 September 2017 Highlights Twitter has increased the 140-character limit to 280
This feature is not available for all users
Using this guide you can enable it now Twitter has always been about brevity, but the company appears to be loosening its strict 140-character limit for every tweet. As an experimental feature the company has allowed some people to use up to 280 characters per tweet. Like every major change to products lots of people use, this one has proved to be polarising. Some people love it while others just don’t. No matter which side of the debate you are on, you can try the feature for yourself and decide whether you like it. If Twitter has enabled it on your account, fantastic. If not, these steps will help you double the character count of each of your tweets.
If you are on Google Chrome, follow these steps:
Open Tweetdeck and sign in with your Twitter account. Click View > Developer > Developer tools Click the Sources tab. Now click on the > button and select Snippets. Click New Snippet. Now go to this Github page and copy the code you see there. Alternatively you can copy it right here:,e,f,g,c,d,h){c=c||function(){};d=d||function(){};b=this.request(b,{method:f,params:Object.assign(e,{weighted_character_count:!0}),processor:g,feedType:h});return b.addCallbacks(function(a){c(},function(a){d(a.req,””,a.msg,a.req.errors)}),b};
twttrTxt=Object.assign({},twttr.txt,{isInvalidTweet:function(){return!1},getTweetLength:function(){return twttr.txt.getTweetLength.apply(this,arguments)-140}}); Now paste this code in the box to the right side of the New Snippet button. Click the Play icon. Now click the new tweet button in Tweetdeck and voila! You’ll see that the character limit is now 280. Go ahead and tweet your heart out.If you are on Firefox, follow these steps:
Open Firefox and sign in to Twitter via Tweetdeck. Click Tools > Web developer > Web console. The console will show up on the bottom half of the page. Right at the bottom, you’ll see an icon that looks like this >. Click the space to its right. This is where you need to paste the code. But first, you need to tell Firefox that you know what you are doing. Type allow paste. This will allow you to paste the code — it’s a simple security measure to prevent people from accidentally messing up their browser. Now paste the code from this page or you can copy it from above. Hit Enter. That’s it, you can now start tweeting 280-character tweets.If you are on Safari, follow these steps:
First, you need to enable the Develop menu in Safari. Click Safari on the menu bar at the top and then click on Preferences. Now go to the Advanced tab and make sure that Show Develop menu in menu bar is enabled. Now sign in to Twitter via Tweetdeck. Then you need to click Develop in the menu bar at the top and click on Show Javascript Console. Paste the same code we’ve used for Chrome and Firefox. You can find it here and hit Enter. That’s it, you can now start tweeting 280-character tweets.If all this sounds too complicated, follow this alternative method to start posting 280-character tweets. Note that this involves installing a Google Chrome extension, so it should work on Chrome and Opera:
Download the Tampermonkey extension for Google Chrome. Head over to Github, where you’ll find the script that lets you tweet 280 characters per tweet. Click Raw next to Twitter Cramming.user.js. This will open the Tampermonkey extension in a new tab. Click Install. Now head to Twitter and log in. Start tweeting and you’ll see that you can tweet up to 280 characters. Just ignore the number 140 that shows up under the new tweet box. You will be able to tweet 280 characters.That’s the simplest method to start tweeting 280 characters per tweet. Do you like this new feature? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.
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Amazon Business Launched for SMBs in India, Offers Bulk Purchase Discounts and GST Invoices


We already know the iPhone X will be Apple’s most expensive iPhone ever. At $999, it’s $300 more expensive than the iPhone 8, which also happens to be more expensive than regular entry-level new iPhones.

But that doesn’t make the iPhone X less affordable unless you want to pay the full price when you purchase it. Apple and carriers will offer plenty of payment plants, upgrade trade-in deals, and other promos to convince you to buy Apple’s best phone ever. And what if someone told you that the iPhone X is less costly than your coffee habit?

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Home InternetInternet News Manish Singh, 27 September 2017 Highlights Amazon Business is targeted at small and medium sized businesses
Earlier this year, Amazon expanded its offering to cater enterprises
Flipkart and Snapdeal don't have large offerings for businesses Amazon on Wednesday launched its Business marketplace in India, as the company continues to work on expanding its e-commerce offering in the country. Amazon Business will help in the procurement needs of small and medium businesses in the country, the company said.
The new B2B marketplace, called Amazon Business, will feature additional “convenience and value offering” by providing business-only pricing, discounts on bulk quantity purchase, and GST invoices to SMB buyers to claim GST credit, the company said.
Arrival of Amazon Business comes nine months after the company launched a business marketplace targeting enterprises and large businesses in January this year. Both Flipkart and Snapdeal have little offering for business customers in India. Interestingly enough, former Flipkart CTO, Amod Malviya's new startup Udaan is also aimed at small enterprises.
The e-commerce giant says it will provide its business sellers with easy access to over 10 crore (100 million) products in a range of categories including laptops, network storage solutions, electronics, office supplies among others. But perhaps Amazon India handling the GST would appeal more to businesses, something that has been a pain point, ever since it was first introduced. SMBs can register for the business account at no charge.
“With this launch we now have a fully functional B2B marketplace alongside our thriving B2C marketplace to enable the same benefits for business buyers including a vast selection, value, convenience of door step delivery and more,” Manish Tiwary, vice president category management at Amazon India said in a press statement.
The company says it has partnered with leading financial banks that will provide a business credit card with an interest free credit period of up to 45 days, to eligible customers. And Amazon Business will also offer reporting and analytics features, giving customers with insight on purchasing patterns.
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