⚡️Here is the headline you did not read after the Apple Event:
‘Apple pushes its price points up again’
⚡️Yes, the big story from the Apple event has to be how Apple has once again pushed up the price points of its new flagship phones. This has been Apple’s great success in the past few years: pushing up the price point of its iPhones even as it sells more and increases its margins.
⚡️Apple’s success comes from its understanding that smartphones are now the most essential commodity for a lot of its users across the world. This means they have very limited price elasticity, at least for those users. These customers will buy it a higher price as they are convinced of the value it brings to.
The Indian Express.
⚡️Apple officially introduced its 2018 line-up of iPhones — the premium iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR at an event in California late on Wednesday.
⚡️The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will support dual SIM and dual standby functionality.
⚡️The premium iPhone XS and XS Max come with upgraded 12MP + 12MP camera and 2x optical zoom. There is an improved TrueTone quad-LED flash as well. Both the models have a 7MP RGB camera sensor in the front with F/2.2 aperture while the iPhone XR has a single 12MP camera at the rear.
⚡️The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max would be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage variants in space grey, silver and a new gold colour starting at Rs 99,900 and Rs 1,09,900, respectively through Apple authorised resellers in India.
The News Minute.
⚡️Imagine commuting from Mumbai airport to CST or from Gurgaon to Central Delhi in just 10 minutes. Well, that is exactly what Uber is envisioning for urban transport in the coming years with UberAir, its concept for urban air mobility. On Thursday, Uber announced India as one of the five countries shortlisted for its air mobility solution along with Japan, France, Australia, and Brazil. One city from this shortlist could end up being the third location where Uber Air flights will take to the skies — Dallas and Los Angeles were the first two cities named.
Source: The Indian Express.
⚡️Chris Daniels, the CEO of communication giant WhatsApp and Shivnath Thukral, the Head of the Public Policy Division of Facebook India on Thursday called on Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao in Hyderabad.
⚡️”During the meeting, the Minister pitched the case of Hyderabad for setting up a customer service operations center of WhatsApp. Chris Daniels responded positively to Minister Rama Rao’s request,” a statement from KTR’s office said.
Source: The News Minute.
⚡️It has been slightly over a year ever since Apple updated its MacBook Air line-up. Last year in June, the Cupertino-based tech firm gave a minor spec bump to its ‘Air’ laptop by simply increasing the clock speed of the processor from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz. Rest of the specifications stayed the same as the 2015 model. The design also remains the same for now. But it looks like another update is coming to the MacBook Air line up this year.
⚡️According to TrendForce analytics website, Apple could launch a refreshed version of MacBook Air in Q3 2018. This basically means July, August and September and since we are already through July and half of August, we’re just left with a month and a half window, if the report from TrendForce holds any weight.
Source: Gadgets Now.
⚡️San Francisco, Facebook on Friday announced the launch of a “Digital Literacy Library” to help young people build the skills they need to safely enjoy online technology.
⚡️”Today, we’re launching our Digital Literacy Library, a collection of lessons to help young people think critically and share thoughtfully online,” Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety at Facebook, wrote in a blog post.
⚡️PUNE: A team of Indian scientists — led by National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) — claims to have finished its part in Phase 1 of the ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope project. The team has designed the Telescope Manager (TM).
⚡️This also is the first team to finish its module among the 12 international engineering teams working on the SKA. The TM — considered the observatory’s nervous system — will control, monitor and operate the SKA telescopes.
⚡️New Delhi: “Our internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the setup wizard of the Android release given to OEMs (Original equipment manufacturers) for use in India and has remained there since.
⚡️”Since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list these get transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
⚡️Google apologised for the same and said the numbers can be manually deleted from the phones. It also promised to fix the same in future editions of its setup wizard.
⚡Do you think you can never be a victim of a cyber fraud?
If you think so, this Android app created by the Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police will give you a reality check.
⚡The yet unnamed app meant to test the cybercrime awareness of internet users poses some really tough questions.
⚡The app comes with a set of 29 questions, divided into two sections. The 16 questions in the first section have ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers, designed to test your digital practices.
Source: The News Minute.
⚡️More recently, a report suggested that Nokia X5 will be launching on July 17 (today). However, the company is yet to confirm the launch date so it is not for sure if we will actually see the smartphone launching today or not. We think that since the issue was regarding venue only, it shouldn’t take long for the firm to launch the device.