Focus on Digitization and big reforms towards building infrastructure as well as bridging the rural gap – these are some of the key elements of the Union Budget 2017, tabled in the Parliament. The Finance Minister said that their agenda is to ‘transform, energise and clean India, that is ‘Tech India’. Here’s a complete lowdown on this year’s budget and what it means for Digital India.Increase in Duty of Printed Circuit Boards
Mobile phones are expected to get costlier as the addition of Special Additional Duty of 2% will be enacted on PCBs or printed circuit boards which account for approximately 50% of manufacturing costs of phones. This [...]
Apple inc. will start manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore (Bengaluru) starting April of 2017 to expedite their promise of Make in India and to ensure their ability to open self owned and maintained stores in India. Apple earlier had planned to open their own flagship stores in several cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, but due to the government compliance of requiring manufacturing in India, the process was delayed. Tim Cook’s recent visit to India was a positive sign on the efforts of the Cupertino based tech giant, to fully initiate and integrate it’s services in the Indian market.
The manufacture of iPhones will considerably bring down [...]
Nokia may not be officially back, but, it has made sure you take notice, as the company files a suit over several patent infringements against Apple inc. over technologies that Apple’s been using in heir devices.
The suit was filed in Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Nokia’s head of Patent Business
The suit covers 32 patents for a range of [...]
Apple has just been awarded a patent for anew device which the patent application defines as an iPhone. According to the patent Apple is researching foldable iPhone designs starting from back in 2013. This patent was filed in August and awarded today shows a new design iPhone which will look identical to the current iPhone when folded, but will unfold into a larger display device.
The patent application uses the words “carbon nanotubes” to define the mechanism that will hold the bendy iPhone together.
Conductive carbon nanotube paths can form signal paths that are flexible and resistant to cracking. The carbon nanotube structures may be incorporated [...]
Lenovo has overthrown homegrown Micromax and become the number two smartphone manufacturer in the country just behind Samsung, who don’t seem to be having a good time either. Xiaomi has also climbed up to the fourth spot behind Micromax thanks to their new offline sales models.
While the Smartphone market in India has grown 25% many hown-grown brands have suffered market share losses due to lack of innovation and high yield costs. Both Lenovo and Xiaomi have focused on offline this year and the results have shown. Micromax’s market share reduced to 9.8% in September from 14.1% last quarter. Intex market share also came down from 8.4% to 6.4%.. While Xiaomi, Lenovo, [...]
The state of affairs are poor for Samsung Mobile, as the company deals with its biggest disaster yet. The Note 7 has truly turned out to be a problem for the brand, an expensive problem at that.
The reported recall and disposal of the Note 7, will cost the parent company a whopping $5.3 Billion. However Samsung has assured its investors that it plans to recover the losses in less than three quarters after the Note 7 process is complete.
Samsung claims it will expand sales of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and will not be releasing updated versions of those devices. Samsung has recalled 1.9 million Note 7 units in the US , 200,000 phones in China and [...]
Apple has been off Twitter till now, not communicating with the world through social media. But the tech giant has finally launched a Twitter account @Apple just few days ahead of the iPhone 7 launch set for September 7th.
Although Apple hasn’t tweeted anything yet, the account is verified and seems to be ready to go. From the looks of it Apple will live tweet the Apple iPhone 7, 7th September event. The company also recently updated it’s Newsroom for a more card like approach.
Apple has remained very closed about it’s press relations and the company’s approach towards marketing has been very internal and not social media friendly. With a [...]
While the next iPhone is around the bend, Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have sued Apple in the U.S. over faulty touchscreen controller chips that render the smartphones useless. Dubbed “Touch Disease” it seems to be rampantly affecting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The case alleges that Apple is aware of the technical glitch but refuses to fix affected devices. The named plaintiffs in the case Todd Clearly, Jun Bai and Thomas Davidson are reportedly accusing Apple of fraud.
The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,”
The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a [...]
Today the country is abuzz with the a revolutionary new service, yet to launch. In fact, people have been talking about Reliance’s JIO for almost two years now. The JIO effect being dubbed by publications each time a service provide offers a discount or reduces prices on their 4G services.
1.5 million sim cards have been reportedly given out by the company to willing early consumers who sign up for the service without reading the fine print of the 90 day free service offer. Reliance has done this in the past, tired to revolutionise the mobile industry and sell handsets masquerading under the “Dhirubhai Ambani Offer.”Reliance has done this in [...]
WhatsApp has updated its Terms of Service now that the Facebook control is starting to seep through. WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company.You can Opt Out if you do not want this by going to Settings - Account. Click to Tweet
WhatsApp says they want a n easier way for people including businesses to find you. However, there will be no third-party banner ads on WhatsApp nor Spam.
The intention is to charge companies to allow user to make transactions, and get appointment information, things like delivery and shipping notifications, product and service updates, and marketing. Which would [...]
Cupertino based Apple Inc. has launched its own Bug Bounty program with a winning of US $ 200,000 for hackers and researchers who find and report security flaws in Apple products. Apple claims that they have reached a stagnation point where its own testers and even third party contract security firms are having difficulty finding bugs.
Bug Bounty and hacking seem to be becoming lucrative on the other side of the fence. Recently the FBI paid US $ 1 Million to a Hacker to hack into the San Bernardino case iPhone .
Apple’s Bug Bounty program is by far the biggest corporate bounty program announced, and will definitely get some bug bounty specialists scrambling for [...]
The government of India has finally passed the GST bill, also known as the Goods and Services Tax bill. This is considered a significant step in the reform of indirect taxation in India. While the rate of GST is undecided it should rain between 17 – 19%.
So what does GST mean and how does it affect the Tech and Commerce Sector?
For starters, companies and manufacturers will see big benefits from this taxation policy. Instead of paying taxes at multiple levels of government including State and Central, there will be one Tax allowing for companies to save from the existing cumulative 25-30% tax burden and reduce it to 17-18% a a single unified tax.