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OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.

Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

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Google has launched its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and prices start at Rs. 57,000. The smartphones have Google Assistant inbuilt, a rear camera with 89 DxOMark score, unlimited cloud storage for full resolution photos and videos, and Android 7.1 Nougat running out-of-the-box. Even with the steep price tag, Google is betting big on these smartphones and expects many users to make the switch. With this in mind, Google is bundling a ‘Quick Switch Adapter’ with all Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones for free to help users migrate from iPhones and other Android phones easily.

Switching between Android phones has always be relatively easy since most of your data is backed up on Google accounts, the big pain point is when users move to Android after using an iOS device. In order to make the switch easy for both Android and iPhone, Google has bundled the tiny Quick Switch Adapter. This adapter is bundled with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. All you have to do is use your old phone’s data cable, connect one end to your old phone, and the USB port on the other side into the adapter that’s attached to your new Pixel phone. Once the two devices are connected, the Pixel smartphone will throw up instructions automatically. Google adds that the Quick Switch Adapter and the transfer process is compatible with both iPhone and iPad devices (running iOS 8 and higher), and most Android devices (running Android 5.0 and higher).

Google warns users to switch off iMessages and FaceTime in Settings before removing the SIM from an iPhone. It also asks users to ensure that the Pixel smartphone is at least 50 percent charged before beginning the transfer. Briefly detailing the instructions users will see on their Pixel phone during the process, Google says the Pixel smartphone will ask you to sign-in into your Google account. If you don’t have one, you will need to register. Once the sign-in process is completed, the Pixel smartphone will ask you what you want to move from the old phone. You can move your contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, music, SMS messages, and even iMessages to the new Pixel smartphone with the Quick Switch Adapter.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are already up for pre-order in US, Germany, Canada, UK, and Australia, and the pre-sale in India will begin on October 13.

Apple is spending more to manufacture its iPhone 7 smartphone than predecessor iPhone 6s due to features such as a bigger battery and larger storage capacity, according to a teardown by IHS Markit Ltd.

Including $5 in basic manufacturing costs, total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 mobile rises to $224.80 (roughly Rs. 15,000), $36.89 higher than the business research provider’s estimates for the iPhone 6s.

Apple retails an unsubsidised 32GB iPhone 7 at $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500).

The company unveiled the iPhone 7 with high-resolution cameras and no headphone jack at its annual launch on September 7.

IHS Markit also said on Tuesday the iPhone 7’s Bill Of Materials (BOM), a financial estimate of the raw materials used, was “in line” with flagship smartphones made by rival Samsung but Apple ekes out better margins.

“All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS Markit.

IHS Markit has not yet performed a teardown analysis on the larger iPhone 7 Plus.

Supplies of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black colour, the company said last week.

Yet, in some markets, such as China, interest in the new phone has been muted, as cheaper local brands amp up their design and marketing.

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Hyderabad: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said it will become easier in the coming weeks for people to transfer funds between bank accounts through their smartphones.

Speaking at the IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence Awards function, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan also made a case for tax benefits to merchants for promoting digital transactions.

Leveraging the high mobile density, mobile banking services are being encouraged through inter-operable USSD channels like *99# and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

“I am especially enthused by UPI, as smartphones become more widely available. Transfers from bank account to bank account will become easier in a few weeks via smartphone through the Unified Payment Interface,” the RBI chief said.

Elaborating, Mr Rajan said a villager needing to pay a shopkeeper only needs to know the latter’s alias – say [email protected] – to transfer funds.

“Neither needs to visit the bank to take out or deposit money, no point of sale machine is needed. With the price of smartphones falling sharply, we are on the verge of solving the last-mile problem,” he said.

Mr Rajan said that despite the huge potential, activation rates and usage levels of electronic payment services remain at low levels though growth is picking up.

“No doubt, the fear of taxation as payments move from cash to electronic plays a part in dampening activity. As information technology brings down the possible space to avoid or evade tax, and as the benefits… I have no doubt that merchants will push more for electronic payments,” he said.

“Some tax benefits to those merchants who show increases in digital transactions, and perhaps innovative ways to encourage customer participation, may be beneficial.”

Mr Rajan also stressed on the importance of systems that offer security of transactions even to the unsophisticated user and do not place a huge burden of care on them.

“There is no point creating security for the ideal customer, instead the system should incorporate the possibility of mistakes by the actual customer that we have,” the RBI governor said.

Mr Rajan emphasised that the payment mechanism should be cheap and scalable so that they are suited to the economy where ticket sizes are small but transaction volumes huge.

An additional desirable element would be for the different payment systems to be inter-operable – or at least be able “to talk to each other”.

An effective process of consumer redressal that allows speedy and fair resolution of customer complaints is also needed, he said, adding that “so long as customers adhere to a reasonable level of care, residual risks should be absorbed by the operator”.

Mr Rajan further said that while banks find it “more profitable” to cater to requirements of privileged customers, the digital divide should not widen as more and more digital payment options are being designed to serve requirements of those who already have access, but a large segment of society is left dependent on cash.

The RBI governor is of the view that no technology-based or digital services can be offered without consideration for security of transactions, pointing to a recent spate of frauds (through vishing and phishing) in some segments of payment services.

“Banks have a very high level of responsibility when adopting digital channels – to not only ensure security of the channel at infrastructure level, protect data security and personal privacy at system level, but also address the need to build customer awareness on security matters,” Mr Rajan said.

The central bank, Mr Rajan said, will soon be laying down the framework for customer liability in electronic payments.

Banks have to necessarily build this aspect into their customer education and grievance handling processes.

If you are the uber rich with a penchant for everything luxurious, it is likely you are into a sport called Golf and usually, drive up in your chauffeur driven Mercedes-Benz to your preferred club. Now, the German car maker understands all of this and does not want to leave your Mercedes experience in the parking lot. As a result, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Golf cart maker Garia to jointly develop the ‘Garia Golf Car’. A funkier, futurist, Smart-For-Two-ish looking version of the standard Golf car, the automaker suggests that the Garia Golf car will define a “new class of transport for the golf course.”

Mercedes Garia Golf Cart

In terms of styling, the Garia Golf car looks stellar and certainly something that could also make it to expansive private lawns. The front grille design has been inspired by a golf ball and is flanked by LED headlamps, along with a curved windshield, carbon-fibre roof and five-spoke alloy wheels. You also get a carbon fibre diffuser, rear spoiler and the most needed of all – an angled golf bag holder, for easy access to your choice of clubs.

Mercedes Garia Golf Cart Rear

On the inside, Mercedes has replicated its experience in luxury to perfection with the best of materials at play. A lounge styled chair makes it instead of conventional seats upholstered in premium leather and also holds a refrigerator underneath. Cool and convenient, eh? There is also an abundance of expensive materials all around the open cabin including leather, wood and carbon fibre. There is also a 10.1-inch infotainment system, which shows a host of information like vehicle statistics, in addition to the course layout and the current score. Users can also check the weather using the infotainment system and also order refreshments. Other tech features comprise of Bluetooth connectivity and hi-fi speakers with the ability to stream music from your smartphone.

Mercedes Garia Golf Cart Dashboard

Propulsion on the Mercedes golf cart comes from an electric motor that produces up to 14hp and is powered by a lithium-ion battery that allows for a top speed of 30 km/h and a range of 80 km. Unfortunately, the golf car is in a conceptual stage, and Mercedes along with Garia have no immediate plans of introducing the production model. Nevertheless, the company did state that it could put the model to mass production, should there be sufficient demand.

Mercedes Garia Golf Cart Design

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Yes, you read that right. The Government of India has invited Tesla Motors to make India its manufacturing hub for Asian markets. Now Tesla, which is well known for making brilliant electric cars, has always had its eye on entering the Indian market, however, the automobile market here has not yet matured and hence electric cars do not get a lot of attention. Mind you, with the FAME incentive from the government, the price of Hybrid and electric cars has come down but still there remains the problem of infrastructure.

The folks at Tesla Motors had already told us that the next generation low-cost sustainable electric car – the Model-3 will come to India but the timeline hasn’t been decided upon yet. But after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit and now Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari heading to its plant, there seems to be a silver lining to this story. In fact, Gadkari has gone one step ahead and asked the company to outline its proposals for entry into the Indian market.

(Govt. of India asks Tesla Motors to Make In India)

Gadkari offered to promote joint ventures between the global leaders in electric car manufacturing and the Indian automobile companies with a view to introducing pollution-free road transport in India, especially commercial and public motor vehicles. In fact Tesla senior executives were requested to make India its Asia manufacturing hub and offered land near major Indian ports to facilitate export of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries.

Tesla senior executives appreciated the Indian offer of cooperation which they said will certainly be considered at the appropriate time in future. Currently on a week-long US visit, Gadkari apprised Tesla executive of the progress Indian automobile manufacturers have made in the field of electric vehicles and exuded confidence that very soon Indian market will become very competitive in this sector. He also enquired about the battery packs that can store energy from the power grid and from solar panels.
Tesla is definitely looking for a manufacturing hub outside America but will be in India is what is yet to be decided. If it does happen though, this will certainly give electric cars a boost in India and the Model 3, which is the most of affordable car from the line-up, will give luxury sedans a run for their money.

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A bill that might make it easier to restoration broken telephones, computer systems and capsules turned into killed in the the big apple kingdom legislature on Saturday when the session formally ended. opposed by means of tech giants together with Apple, Cisco and Xerox, the invoice might have forced groups to launch digital parts and design manuals to impartial repair shops. If passed, the invoice might have been a boon to restore technicians and “right-to-repair” advocates nationwide.

The new york legislature had until the stop of June to recollect the fair restore Act, however the invoice turned into squashed in committee earlier than it had a hazard to attain the ground for a vote.

Advocates for the fair restore Act argue that if huge tech companies supply repair shops access to professional manuals and digital parts for gadgets, along with the iPhone, clients could have extra cost options to restore their phones and extend a device’s life. For clients who face high priced in-house restore fees at, say, the Apple keep, shopping for an entire new tool might appear to be the extra economical version. Encouraging third-celebration restore, advocates say, enables keep telephones out of landfills and reduces e-waste.

but groups along with Apple say that retaining tight control over purchaser restore alternatives preserves the integrity of their products and offers a higher customer enjoy. Apple and different tech organizations have funded lobbying efforts against this bill.

Apple declined to touch upon the bill to The Washington post.

“there is no doubt in my thoughts that lobbying efforts performed a function,” stated big apple state Sen. Phil Boyle, R, who co-sponsored the invoice. “but I assume that as legislators find out about the issue from their elements in prefer of this invoice, even the opposition of manufacturers can be conquer. it’s a mastering curve that hasn’t gotten to the pinnacle now.”

Boyle stated he thinks that prospects for passing a similar bill inside the subsequent session are tons higher as lawmakers turn out to be greater aware of the issue.

BlackBerry Ltd’s pinnacle priority for this 12 months is making its gadgets enterprise worthwhile, its chief govt said on Wednesday, even because it weighs the destiny of its hardware operation.

“The tool enterprise need to be profitable, due to the fact we don’t want to run a enterprise that drags onto the lowest line,” chief government John Chen instructed buyers at the employer’s annual assembly. “we have got to get there this 12 months.”

BlackBerry, once the phone market leader before being displaced by Apple Inc and competition run on Alphabet Inc’s Android platform, has been running to reposition itself as a software and provider issuer with a focus on device control for massive corporations.

Chen took up the CEO position in late 2013 with a popularity as a turnaround artist. however the corporation’s stock has only received modestly for the reason that then, with many investors watching for signs the now-smaller business enterprise might be capable of carve out possibilities.

The chief government reiterated that BlackBerry desires to grow its software program sales by way of approximately 30 percentage inside the cutting-edge financial year, which he estimates would be double what the marketplace is developing at.

The agency is also nevertheless aiming to have high-quality free coins float this monetary year, he stated.

Chen and different executives and board contributors gave restricted facts about the agency’s cutting-edge financial performance, as it’s far liberating first zone results on Thursday.


whilst Jessa Jones discovered out her children had submerged her iPhone in her lavatory, causing a clog, she thought her smartphone turned into a lost motive. It powered on expertise did not seem to be taking a fee anymore. The Apple shop warns against water harm, which isn’t always blanketed by way of assurance.

It wasn’t until Jones started poking round on on-line forums that the mom of 4 found that the phone failed to charge due to the fact the charging chip changed into ruined. After years of tinkering with the device, Jones subsequently were given the cellphone to begin running once more.

“I did not need to abandon the smartphone just because it wouldn’t take a fee. It regarded like any such solvable hassle,” she stated.

She failed to understand that her adventure to fix a telephone could lead her to come to be one of the maximum innovative iPhone repair experts in the game, and drive her to a international of black marketplace electronics and leaked iPhone blueprints that spans the globe.

Jones is part of a group of unbiased device repair technicians who are devoted to solving and extracting data from broken telephones, pills and computer systems. those fixers can rescue telephone pictures and extend the life of the tool. yet their exercise exists in a felony grey quarter. because of Apple’s tight grip at the restore services of its merchandise, many repair technicians should rely on questionable digital pieces from factories in China, as well as re-created design guides. The tech giant forbids legit components or device blueprints from being used out of doors of their Apple Genius bars or authorized 0.33-birthday celebration shops.

And Apple isn’t always the handiest organization with these strict restore pointers. even as Jones’s vocation is perfectly felony, she is occasionally forced to make use of not-quite-valid resources.

“For a cracked iPhone, the excellent great screen that i can possibly supply i’m technically not allowed to have,” stated Jones. She dangers confiscation whenever she ships Apple elements from China, where she buys from sellers who may be sending her factory rejects, backdoor stock or shoddy fakes, relying on her good fortune, she stated. Then there are the layout guides, or schematics, which she reveals on unofficial websites and boards.

“It feels very just like we’re doing some thing wrong. It feels unsupported and illegitimate.”

A new york bill referred to as the fair repair Act might help deliver Jones the legitimacy she desires. The bill requires that hardware manufacturers make repair commands and components available to the general public. If passed through country lawmkers, the bill may want to open up unbiased get entry to to maintenance across the nation; its legality in one country would free up data and distribution float to the rest of the usa.

The effect of this proper-to-restore law would extend past independent technicians like Jones. If the bill becomes law, it could be a huge fine for the environment, slicing down on production fees and e-waste generated from disposed phones. it truly is a first-rate purpose that big apple state Sen. Phil Boyle decided to sponsor the bill, mentioning the destructive consumer cycle of purchasing new gadgets due to the fact minor maintenance are too expensive to have enough money through professional shops. these phones normally grow to be in landfills. Even recycling those devices properly relies on get admission to to Apple tool designs so that they can be without difficulty disassembled and processed.

“the producing impact of the digital quarter is massive,” stated Kyle Wiens, a repair advise and founder of iFixit, a web wiki of repair courses and digital components save. “if you’re gonna visit all of the attempt and environmental impact to make a phone, allow’s make it final for seven or 10 years. And it is okay if it’s no longer necessarily used by the primary proprietor for all that long, understanding permit’s make it so that anyone can use it.”

studies have proven that the common American continues their telephone for round 1.5 to two.five years before moving directly to a new one.

expertise ny’s proper-to-repair legislation has made little development toward passage. it’s nevertheless in its early tiers of the country’s congress and could die if it is not surpassed by way of the end of the month. files in public government filings reviewed with the aid of the Huffington post earlier this month understandingdisplay that Apple lobbied to kill the bill.

“Apple especially has been simply vocal approximately information environmentally friendly they are, expertise then, backstage, they’re subverting each viable method that human beings may want to should make their merchandise remaining longer,” said Wiens. Apple removed the iFixit app, created by means of Wiens’ restore community/enterprise, from the app keep final 12 months whilst iFixit published commands on understanding to tear down the Apple television.

Responding to questions from The Washington publish, Apple pointed to a organisation environmental document that demonstrates its e-waste efforts, together with the development of a robot that facilitates take aside and recycle Apple products. The agency additionally emphasised that it wants Apple gadgets to be repaired with authentic components and verified technical recognise-expertise preserve the integrity of the products. whilst pressed approximately Apple’s lobbying efforts to kill the invoice, Apple declined to comment.

Wiens is also worried that Apple’s procedures are quashing innovation. He makes use of Jones, the homemaker grew to become fixer guru, as an example. “She’s capable of do a good deal greater sophisticated maintenance than even Apple does,” he stated. “there’s a big quantity of innovation that kind of begins at the grass-roots community. She’s placing out on the net forums, starts tinkering, starts doing some of it on her personal. And now she’s at the vanguard of information healing.”

Jones, who now owns her very own nook restore save in her hometown of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., hosts schooling courses to train others know-how extract vacation images from a cellphone with water harm. She stated that specialists from 9aaf3f374c58e8c9dcdd1ebf10256fa5, well-hooked up statistics recovery agencies have proven up at her board restore direction to examine her techniques.

Louis Rossmann, who owns a local digital repair shop in big apple’s East Village, is some other DIY fixer who turned his bdd5b54adb3c84011c7516ef3ab47e54 right into a small brick-and-mortar commercial enterprise. Rossmann, who failed to go to college, has taught himself nearly everything that he is aware of about electronics. His day generally includes a flood of nearby new york college or New school students who have fried their computers and stressful that they might not be capable of get entry to their notes or their thesis in time.

The Apple internet site is cagey in phrases of what a fried motherboard would value to repair, pronouncing that it relies upon at the damage, but boards advocate around $750 to $1,000, not which include transport/dealing with. The value is sort of the rate of a brand new computer, and there is no guarantee that the records might be stored.

Rossmann, who has been tinkering with computer systems for nine years, is capable of restore the laptop and save the consumer’s facts for 1/2 the rate. On his YouTube channel, which mixes detailed tutorials on tool repair and motivational movies barked through a thick Staten Island accent, Rossmann advocates for proper-to-restore legal guidelines.

“assume again to a time when the lower back panel of a tv set had schematics and diagrams published on it,” he stated. “This was no longer thousands of years in the past. that is expertise society changed into, information it changed into slowly taken faraway from us piece by piece over the past decade. this is important because we are able to eventually stay in a world where the whole thing is disposable if the precedent maintains — where you do now not own a tool, you’re renting it till it breaks.”

In his films, Rossmann focuses the camera on a motherboard, walking viewers step-by using-step thru the repairs. “I trust inside the top that restore can do for society,” he stated.

at the same time as India shipped a complete of fifty two.eight million handsets against fifty five.4 million inside the first zone this yr – registering a decline of 4 percent (year-on-year), ‘Make in India’ smartphones have come of age and are pushing shipments, a contemporary document said on Tuesday.

The contribution of India brands became at an all-time high of 45 percentage – up 7 percent compared to the fourth area of 2015 and “Made in India” handsets contributed sixty seven percentage to shipments, stated the India cellular Handset file for 1Q CY 2016 with the aid of the market research firm CyberMedia studies (CMR).

curiously, the contribution of chinese and worldwide manufacturers declined in the equal period. To note, CMR designates ‘Make in India’ manufacturers as all home brands and Samsung’s domestic production.

“We saw for the first time that fee band of Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,000 contributed the most (22 percentage) closer to the cellphone shipments. generally, the high contributor was the fee bracket of Rs. 6,000 – Rs. eight,000,” said Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst with CMR’s Telecom practice.

This increase has been typically due to creation of shipments through chinese cellphone maker LeEco and release of new handsets from Lenovo, Oppo, LG, Panasonic, Micromax, Intex, Lyf (RJio) and Vivo in Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,000 rate bands.

“some of the smartphones that have done distinctly well in this fee band consist of Lenovo’s K4 observe, LeEco’s Le 1s, Micromax’s Canvas Mega 4G, Huawei’s Honor 5X and Intex’s Aqua Freedom,” Faisal brought.

The average promoting costs for smartphones is likewise going up. while inside the fourth region of 2015, the common selling charge for a telephone become Rs. 12,285, it become Rs. 12,983 inside the first sector this 12 months. The same was Rs. 10,364 within the first area of 2015.

“many of the handsets produced out of India, sixty six percent of the smartphones and 60 percent of the 4G smartphones were manufactured in India itself. now could be the time to have a look at the top class section wherein the contribution is negligible,” Faisal stated.

at the same time as the worldwide gamers are an increasing number of specializing in 4G LTE technology, domestic gamers should nonetheless see a few income in 3G technology, the report introduced.

Samsung, Micromax and Intex remain the “top 3” gamers inside the universal market in India.

“inside the 2d quarter, we are ready to see how Micromax plays after tweaking its brand brand and developing a new technique toward advertising and income method,” stated Krishna Mukherjee, analyst, telecoms at CMR.