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Lenovo India started rolling out an update to the Vibe K5 Note that brings 4G VoLTE (voice over LTE) support. According to the Chinese company, the software update started rolling out to units in India last week and should be available to all users in the country. Users can manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The new update bumps the software version to S312.

With the software update, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note will be able to make VoLTE calls through Reliance Jio network.

To recall, Lenovo launched the Vibe K5 Note in India carrying a price tag of Rs. 11,999 for the variant with 3GB of RAM, and Rs. 13,499 for the variant with 4GB of RAM. The highlight feature of the Vibe K5 Note handset is its fingerprint scanner, placed below the camera module on the rear panel. The handset also packs Dolby Atmos powered speakers, with the technology also extending to the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Lenovo Vibe K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India, the company’s Pure UI skin on top – said to be closer to stock Android. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display, and comes with TheaterMax technology for conversion of regular content into immersive VR content. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM and Mali-T860 GPU. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture and dual-tone LED flash apart from an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It supports dual Nano-SIM cards and packs digital compass, accelerometer, proximity, and ambient light sensors.

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Noida-based Ringing Bells, a company that came to the spotlight with the launch of the ‘world’s cheapest smartphone’ – the Freedom 251, on Friday announced its products will be available on Amazon India, starting Saturday. The day also happens to be the start of the Amazon Great Indian Sale.

In an emailed statement, Ringing Bells detailed which products will be available via the e-commerce site, and notably, the list does not include the Freedom 251.

Ringing Bells says the Freedom LED TV series will be made available on Amazon India, alongside select smartphones, feature phones, as well as power banks.

Detailing which televisions in the Freedom LED TV will be available, Ringing Bells said the Freedom Junior (24-inch), Freedom Young (32-inch), and Freedom Mega (40-inch) will go on sale on Amazon India from Saturday, priced in the range of Rs. 8,999 to Rs. 19,999.

Ringing Bells also said its features phones, Hit, King, and Raja, will be available on Amazon India, priced in the range of Rs. 699 to Rs. 1,099. The company at this point will also be making a single smartphone available, the Elegant, priced at Rs. 3,999. Finally, a 4000mAh power bank from the company will also be sold – the RB Power – at Rs. 399.

Speaking on the occasion, a Ringing Bells spokesperson said, “After introducing loyalty card programme last month, we have received encouraging response from our customers. As most of the buyers prefer online buying rather than visiting the retail outlets especially for items like mobile phones and TVs. Listing our products on Amazon India will help us in expanding our footholds across the country that we were trying to do it through our conventional network”.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will go up for pre-order in India starting 23:59 on Thursday night via Flipkart, Apple’s newest online partner. The latest iPhone models come in 5 colours including Jet Black and Black, with Apple having revealed the India prices for the entire iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lineup earlier, alongside the shipping date of October 7. Flipkart has already setup a page for pre-orders.

The iPhone 7 will start at Rs. 60,000 for the 32GB variant. The iPhone 7 Plus will start at Rs. 72,000 for the same storage capacity. The 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7 will be priced at Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 80,000 respectively, while the iPhone 7 Plus will priced at Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 for the corresponding storage capacities.

To recall, Apple partnered with Flipkart earlier this month to expand the online availability of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones in India. Until recently, Apple had Infibeam as its only authorised online reseller. Apple’s tie-up with Flipkart means the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available at the official launch price at the online retailer. The biggest advantage for Flipkart with the partnership will be that it can source the new iPhone models from Apple directly, instead of Apple partners. Those units still carried Apple warranty, so for end users this is unlikely to be a big change.

The new iPhone 7 series sports a refreshed design and the rear antenna bands have been redesigned to make them less prominent than before. Both the phones feature a brand new home button that uses Taptic vibrations to simulate a physical tap. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also come with IP67 water and dust resistance.

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Apple released the iOS 10 update for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices on Tuesday, and some early adopters reported that their devices were ‘bricked’ while installing the update. The issue was reported by more than a handful of users in the first hour of availability of iOS 10. Apple confirmed the problem and stated that affected users should connect their device to a computer running iTunes to restore the device back to normalcy.

While Apple did not elaborate on the reason that caused this error, Apple told BuzzFeed, “We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologise to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help.”

This incident shows why we advise our readers to always backup their device before installing an update. Apple says users can now go ahead and install iOS 10 over-the-air without any problems.To get step by step help, follow our simple guide here.

If iOS 10 ‘bricked’ your device, connect it to iTunes, look for its icon, select it and choose the Restore iPhone… or Restore iPad… button to bring it back to life. If you’d backed up your device’s data locally to this machine, you can also try the Restore Backup… option.

iOS 10 brings heaps of improvements to the interface. The Photos, Maps, iMessages, Calculator apps have been improved and redesigned. The lock screen has new widgets, the notification and control centre design has been improved, and there is a new Home app for consolidated smart electronics management. Apple has for the first time opened up Siri to allow third-party integration. Apple touts this update to be the biggest ever.

Each Apple iPhone launch brings along its own set of uncertainties – and no, we aren’t talking about the decision to upgrade. The Cupertino-based company never reveals certain specifications – like battery capacity and the amount of RAM – and instead, we have to wait till the first teardowns to learn these details.
Last week, ahead of the first teardowns, we learnt how much memory the iPhone 7 Plus sports thanks to benchmark and certification site listings. Now, Chinese telecommunications certification site Tenaa is once again the source of new information – this time the battery capacity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

According to the Tenaa listings of Apple’s new smartphones, as noted by Mobipicker, the iPhone 7 sports a 1960mAh battery – a bump up from the 1715mAh battery on the iPhone 6s. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus sports a 2900mAh battery – a similar sized bump up from the 2750mAh battery on the iPhone 6s Plus.

Of course, while certification site listings are usually credible, waiting for the first teardowns to make their way to the Web is recommended.

Like every year, and as expected, Apple is touting the increased battery life on its latest smartphone offerings. As you’d expect with the latest iterations, Apple also says the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the best battery life of any iPhone till date. The company credited the increase in battery life to the Apple A10 Fusion SoC on board, which features two high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. The company said that alongside the 14 percent larger battery on the iPhone 7, this leads to a battery life that’s 2 hours longer compared to the iPhone 6s.

New Delhi: Private lender Dhanlaxmi Bank will raise Rs 150 crore by issuing non-convertible debentures as well as through equity sale.

The bank is slated to pass a resolution to this effect at its annual general meeting due on September 29.

The bank said it will “issue redeemable secured/unsecured non-convertible debentures (NCDs) including but not limited to subordinated debentures, bonds, tier-II bonds and or other debt securities, in one or more tranches, subject to an aggregate limit of Rs 100 crore,” it said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

It said the amount will be raised within one year from the date of passing the special resolution by the (board) members.

Besides, the bank said it will raise an additional Rs 50 crore by issuing shares.

The capital will be utilised for growing business as well as other regulatory requirements.

“The bank has been continuing to grow organically and has shown steady growth during the last few years. The bank foresees a rise in demand for credit in various sectors and retail banking market,” it added.

The stock closed 0.22 per cent lower at Rs 22.50 on BSE.

Earlier this week, security researchers reported that Qualcomm-based Android devices were exposed to attack by the ‘QuadRooter’ vulnerability, affecting nearly 900 million devices.

Now, Sony has said that the QuadRooter security fix for its smartphones will come through regular software maintenance and has advised users to upgrade their devices regularly. To recall, if the QuadRooter vulnerabilities are exploited, attackers can gain the full control of the affected phone or tablet.

Sony Mobile has been quoted by Xperia Blog as saying:

“Sony Mobile takes the security and privacy of customer data very seriously. We are aware of the ‘QuadRooter’ vulnerability and are working to make the security patches available within normal and regular software maintenance, both directly to open-market devices and via our carrier partners, so timings can vary by region and/or operator. Consumers are recommended to continuously upgrade their phone software in order to optimize performance of their Xperia smartphone. Users can take steps to protect themselves by only downloading trusted applications from reputable application stores.”

Qualcomm claims that patches for the issue were released to “customers, partners, and the open source community between April and the end of July.”

lthough fixes for three of the four vulnerabilities have already made it to recent Android monthly security updates rolled out by Google, the remaining one will be included in the September update.

Google, in response to ‘QuadRooter’, announced that its ‘Verify Apps’ feature in Google Play Services effectively blocks all apps that possess QuadRooter vulnerabilities from installing. The ‘Verify Apps’ feature is currently available to all the Android devices running on v4.2 Jelly Bean and above. According to the latest figures released by the search giant, this comprises of around 90.6 percent of all the devices that visit Google Play.

 
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Nexus phones usually have certain qualities associated with them, however, with upcoming smartphones in the series, it seems like Google will be changing many of these qualities. In June Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggested that the company will be more ‘opinionated’ with its Nexus devices going forward. Latest leaks suggest that the smartphones will be sold through carriers, unlike most previous smartphones in the series.

With the exception of Nexus 6, developed by Motorola, all the other devices in the series have been sold without carriers. However, famous Android tipster Evan Blass has suggested that both the upcoming devices in “Nexus” series will be sold with mobile-network carrier Verizon.

In his tweet, where he suggested that the phones will be sold via Verizon, he said:

Verizon is going to carry the two “Nexus” handsets (note the quotation marks).

The “note the quotation marks” part of the tweet might suggest a change in the name of the phones that are usually termed “Nexus” but as of now, it can only be termed as a speculation.

Another tipster named Nate Benis has also suggested that phones will be available through carriers AT&T and Verizon as per his findings through the system image of the phone with the project name Marlin. Benis has termed this leak as “guaranteed” in his Google+ post.

According to leaks, Google might also be doing away with its app drawer icon and Google Search bar on home screen in its redesigned launcher for its upcoming Nexus phones.

 
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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.

Tata Power board approved raising up to Rs. 3,500 crore through issuance of non-convertible debentures. New Delhi: Tata Power on Monday said that its board has approved raising up to Rs. 3,500 crore through issuance of non-convertible debentures in one or more tranches on a private placement basis.

“The Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting held on July 11, 2016, has approved issuance in one or more tranches, of non-cumulative, redeemable, taxable, listed, rated securities in the form of non-convertible debentures up to an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs. 3,500 crore,” the company said in a BSE filing.

According to the statement, the tenor of these securities will not exceed 3 years (Debentures) from the date of issue on private placement basis to any persons, entities, bodies corporate, companies, banks, financial institutions and any other categories of eligible investors permitted to invest in the Debentures under applicable laws.

Tata Power also informed BSE that the Board of Directors at its meeting today, has decided to change the date of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company to September 21, 2016 at Birla Matushri Sabhagar, Sir Vithaldas Thackersay Marg, 19, New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 020.

Eariler the AGM was scheduled on August 5, 2016.

“Dividend, if declared at the said AGM, will be paid on and from September 23, 2016 to the shareholders entitled to receive the same,” it said.