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Consumer electronic brands have asked Amazon India to moderate their discounts, to not more than 15%, during its week long Diwali sale. This comes a few days after Flipkart’s ” Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.

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One look at the Flint Centre, and no one would say that it is a tech event. It was touted to be Apple’s biggest keynote in a while as this was the first time Apple CEO Tim Cook was launching a new product line. So did he pass the litmus test or not? Here is a rundown of what happened at Flint Centre and how good/bad it was:

iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus 

Apple had to finally give in to the demand for big screen phones and hence it launched two new successors to the iPhone 5S. The first one is the iPhone 6 which has 4.7 inch screen whereas the second is called the iPhone 6 plus which sports a 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are very similar in terms of features and the only thing that sets the 6 plus apart is the resolution and the camera.

The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi and Digital Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920×1080 resolution at 401 ppi and Optical Image Stabilization. Other specs like the A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, etc remain the same for both. Like the 5S, the 6 and 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colours.

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From just a slight chest pain to getting a major heart attack may not take more than seconds. Is there a way to give us a signal of an approaching heart attack? Till now – NO but, maybe the iWatch could change this. There have already been numerous rumours about the upcoming wearable from Apple i.e. the iWatch having the ability to detect an heart attack. And, with this retweet below, did Apple CEO, Tim Cook confirm those rumours?

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The iPod business for Apple is almost coming to end of life. However iPhones is still growing in momentum. It brings Cupertino over 50% of its revenue at the moment. The problem for Apple is that it is no longer the force to reckon with when it comes to smartphones. In India you cannot be iOS first as a developer and perhaps you can survive without an iOS app. Android phones are cheap and billions of users who are still to get their first smartphone would probably get a low cost one. That’s not a market Apple has any hold on.

Apple’s issue starts with the increasing gap between Android and iPhone prices. See the graph below.

Price Gap


An average Android phone today sells for less than half of what the iPhone costs. The price gap is a staggering $374. Apple’s earnings call yesterday revealed that 80% of iPhone 4S buyers were first time iPhone users. What does this tell us? iPhone 4S is the cheapest usable iPhone on the market today. People want an iPhone, but they can’t afford the 5c or the 5s. That’s the reality of the Indian market.  [click to continue…]

When the iPad launched in 2010, Apple competitors were taken by surprise. They were still dealing with the iPhone revolution and Apple re-invented another product category that no one was concentrating on. The handheld industry was never the same again.

Samsung was the first one to respond with a underpowered and poorly optimized 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab. It bombed for all practical purposes with poor reviews all around. However Samsung had sales numbers to throw at the public that made us feel that the Tab was successful. They reported sales of 2 million Galaxy Tab tablets while the true figures released during recent patent trials in US courts was at around 1 million units. These figures as as per Samsung’s own internal documents.  [click to continue…]

While Appel did budge and increase the size of the Apple iPhone with the iPhone 5, however a 4″ screen in 2014 isn’t the right size? Has the market moved away from Apple’s magical iPhone screen size? Something that was gigantic back in 2007 even with 3.5″ surface.

Retina Display

In documents submitted to the court during the ongoing Samsung vs Apple patent battle, it has come to light that Apple has been fretting over the iPhone screen size falling short of popular demand. Cheap Android devices with 5″ screens have become very popular with manufacturers like Micromax making the most of this opportunity. [click to continue…]

Apple’s supplier company Pegatron which is based in China has been in news for quite sometime but for all the wrong reasons. Recently a fifteen year-old, Shi Zhaokun died in the factory. Apple said that the boy died from pneumonia and not from the factory’s working conditions. Pegatron has been the site of several workers deaths in recent months and has been under-reporting the long hours employees endure, according to China Labor Watch . Shi’s family believes the long working hours at the factory played a role in his death. On Monday, Yang Xiaosa, a cousin said that the last time his family contacted Shi, who had a slight cold but was feeling better and was taking medicines. A week later, Shi was found looking severely ill at the factory’s cafeteria, and was taken to a hospital, where he died. Yang said, “We wanted him to take a day off, but he said it would not be easy to.”

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Android and Samsung might be dominating globally, but US still seems to be a stronghold for Apple that Samsung is failing to break. Samsung has been spending high amount of money market its products in the US and capture the top spot last year but still failed to make it despite its efforts, there were repots earlier suggesting that Samsung is planning to increase its marketing spending up by 4 times in US in an effort to further push its smartphone sales in the US. The recent reports from ComScore suggest that the overall sales of smartphones in the US moved up by 8% this quarter and recorded 133.7 million handsets being owned currently. Out of all the handsets in use right now Apple’s iPhone currently occupies 38.9% up by 3.9% compared to last quarter’s 35%.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States, that at times would need to intercept mobile communications to gather valuable data. But recent report from CNET suggest that Apple’s iMessage service is turning out to be a big pain to crack and intercept as iMessage’s encryption are not vulnerable to existing methods used by the DEA. Apple’s terms include a clause to share their iMessage details with governing agencies to comply with law enforcement is deemed necessary as does any other tech company like Google or Facebook. But as of now the laws only state backdoor access to be provided to agencies like DEA by all telecom operators and Apple not being a telecom operator is exempted from it.


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Your favourite game Angry Bird’s maker Rovio reported its annual revenue for the year of 2012 and it seems to be a great year for Rovio which reported a revenue of $195 million up by around 101% compared to the $96.9 million back in 2011. The main source of revenue for Rovio still remains paid games, virtual goods, advertising and merchandise as reported by TheNextWeb, the merchandising revenue alone tripled in the last one year says Rovio. The company’s net profit increased by 57% to record a profit of $71 million up from $45.4 million in 2011.

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Source: hot97

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