Uber Reportedly Says Wouldn’t Pay More Than $2 Billion for Lyft; Lyft Responds

Uber Reportedly Says Wouldn't Pay More Than $2 Billion for Lyft; Lyft Responds

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride-hailing app Lyft accuses Uber of trying to hurt its business
  • Lyft reportedly says it is not available for sale
  • Uber earlier said it won’t pay more than $2 billion for Lyft

There is no denying the fact that corporate world is like an ocean full of sharks and these sharks like to eat up the smaller fishes to survive. If ride-hailing app Lyft’s accusations are to be believed, Uber might just be performing its role of shark very seriously.

Recently, Uber’s executives told their investors that the company is not willing to pay more than $2 billion for Lyft,reports Bloomberg. The report goes on to cite people familiar with the matter to claim that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ‘privately’ said he would not support the deal as it would face intense scrutiny by regulators.

The Bloomberg report has not gone down well with Lyft, as a spokesperson from the company has reportedly accused Uber of trying to hurt its business.

Lyft’s spokesperson told The Verge, “The Bloomberg report is a classic example of Uber using unsavoury tactics in an attempt to impact our business.” He further went on to say that the company is not available for sale and is in fact on a “funded path to profitability.”

A report from Recode last week claimed that Lyft was seeking as much as $9 billion in a buyout offer but failed to generate serious interest from the market. As per the report, after Lyft-investor General Motors expressed its buyout interest in Lyft, the startup hired investment bank Qatalyst to seek out competing offers from other potential buyers. According to site’s sources, the approach was made to Google’s parent Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple.

The Verge’s source has said that Lyft had a “fiduciary obligation” to assess any legitimate order that was made out the firm even if it is not willing to sell itself.

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Barbara Streisand Tips iOS 10 Will Be Released on September 30

Barbara Streisand Tips iOS 10 Will Be Released on September 30

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Barbara Streisand wanted Siri to pronounce her name correctly
  • She called Apple CEO Tim Cook and he promised her a fix
  • Cook said the fix would come with an update on September 30

American singer Barbara Streisand has let slip some crucial information about Apple’s possible release of its upcoming iPhone 7 smartphone. Streisand was having some trouble with how her name was pronounced by Siri, so, being the star that she is, she directly called Apple CEO Tim Cook with her grievances and asked to get it fixed. Cook obliged and told her that the fix would roll out with the next update on September 30.

Streisand said this in an interview with NPR, “She pronounces my name wrong! [It’s] Streisand with a soft ‘s’ like sand on the beach, I’ve been saying this for my whole career. So what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook. And he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name finally with the next update on September 30th.”

Now, if Cook is talking about the big iOS 10 update, then the September 30 date is a major delay from Apple’s traditional launch of mid-September – or almost immediately after the launch of the new iPhone. Like previous releases, iOS 10 is expected to be launched alongside the next iPhone, and if what Streisand says is true, then Apple’s earlier deadline of a September 16 market launch appears to be untrue.

Past leaks suggest that Apple is expected to host an event on September 7 for the unveil of the iPhone 7 and also release iOS 10. It is said to make the smartphone available in the market by September 16. Carriers are tipped to make it available by September 23.

Of course, Cook could just be talking about an update to iOS 10 (and Siri) that may be scheduled to roll out soon after its commercial release. There seems to be very little clarity on this September 30 date, but we hope to know more as time progresses.

In any case, iOS 10 is bringing along a host of new features like the iMessage, Apple Music, Maps, and Photos app overhaul; and the third-party Siri integration. It is also introducing as many as 100 new emojis with the software update. These emojis look to represent professional women better and promote LGBT rights.

 

 

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HTC 10 Gets 2 New Colour Variants and a Limited Period Discount

HTC 10 Gets 2 New Colour Variants and a Limited Period Discount

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The HTC 10 is available for a discount of roughly Rs. 6,700
  • Two new Camellia Red and Topaz Gold colour variants also introduced
  • The new colour variants will be shipped in October

Four months after launch, HTC has announced two new colour options for the HTC 10, and has also introduced a $100 (roughly Rs. 6,700) temporary discount. The HTC 10 will now be available in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold colour variants in addition to the launch colours in the US. The price of the smartphone has also gone down to $599 (roughly Rs. 40,300), instead of the launch price of $699 (roughly Rs. 47,000).

This discounted price is only available till the end of this month, after which the price will go back to $699 (roughly Rs. 47,000). The HTC 10 is only available at the discounted price only on the company website for now. The Camellia Red and Topaz Gold colour variants are available for pre-order, and HTC notes that they have been manufactured only in limited quantities. The shipping of these new colour variants will begin in early October.

Buyers can even opt to not take the discount, and instead go for the JBL noise cancelling headphones. This isn’t the first time HTC has introduced the $100 (roughly Rs. 6,700) discount on the HTC 10 since its launch, and these price slashes reflect on possible low sales figures of the flagship. The companylaunched the smartphone in April in Glacier Silver and Carbon Grey colour variants. It arrived in India a month later with a price tag of Rs. 52,990.

(Also see: HTC 10 Review)

As for the specifications, the HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD 5 display with a pixel density of 564ppi and curved edge Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. There is also a 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of storage variant that has not been brought to India. Optics include a 12-UltraPixel laser autofocus camera with an f/1.8 aperture, dual tone LED flash, BSI sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS); a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It offers Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, DLNA, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G connectivity options, and a 3000mAh battery.

 

 

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Samsung Z2 Images, Specifications Leaked Ahead of Tuesday Launch

Samsung Z2 Images, Specifications Leaked Ahead of Tuesday Launch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung expected to launch Tizen-powered Z2 on Tuesday
  • Z2 is rumoured to come with My Money Transfer app in India
  • Another leak says Samsung will come out with C9 smartphone

Samsung started sending out media invites for a smartphone launch on Tuesday and the South Korean company is widely anticipated to announce its Tizen-powered smartphone Samsung Z2 at the event. As it goes with almost every tech industry event these days, the leaks about the smartphone have emerged ahead of its anticipated launch on Tuesday.

Galaxy Club, a website based in Netherlands, has come up with leaked images of the Tizen-powered smartphone and from the looks of it; the smartphone seems quite similar to company’s smartphone Z3 but has a textured back. Confusingly enough, Samsung Z3 was the second handset to be launched in the company’s Tizen-powered Z series of smartphones.

Samsung Z2 is also suggested to come with My Money Transfer app, which is said to be a new exclusive feature on the smartphone for the Indian market. Apart from this, the phone is rumoured to include WhatsApp and Telegram as pre-installed apps.

An earlier report suggested that the Z2 will be priced at Rs. 4,499 and will come with a 4.5-inch display, 2000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE support.

However, new leaks suggest that the phone might come with a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Amoled display, 1500mAh battery, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE support.

It will be interesting to see which rumoured specifications are able to match the actual specifications of the smartphone, but for that to happen, we will have to wait for the launch of the smartphone, if that indeed happens on Tuesday.

In a separate leak by Sammobile, the company will reportedly be expanding its C-series of smartphones by introducing a smartphone codenamed “Amy”, and has said that it will be called the Galaxy C9 (SM-C9000).

 

 

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Gionee Says Will Set Up Manufacturing Unit in India

Gionee Says Will Set Up Manufacturing Unit in India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gionee expects the plant to be operational in about 2 years
  • Gionee India has crossed half million units sales per month
  • It will spend around Rs. 400 crore on marketing and branding activities over the next few months

Handset maker Gionee will set up a manufacturing unit in northern India, pumping in about Rs. 500 crore, to tap into the demand in India as well as to serve markets like Africa and South East Asia.

The Chinese company, which assembles its smartphones in India through third-party players like Foxconn and Dixon, expects the plant to be operational in about 2 years.

“We are in process of getting land in northern India. The 50-acre unit have an annual capacity of 30 million units. It should be operational in about two years,” Gionee India MD and CEO Arvind Vohra told PTI. He declined however to share details about the location of the plant. “It will be an end-to-end manufacturing unit. It will help us cater to demand in India as well as nearby markets and African region… We will invest about Rs. 500 crore on the plant,” Vohra said.

About 60 percent of Gionee India’s devices sold in the country are manufactured locally at facilities run by Foxconn (Tamil Nadu) and Dixon (Noida).

According to research firm IDC, smartphone shipments in India grew 17.1 percent sequentially to 27.5 million units in April-June quarter, with Chinese vendors like Lenovo, Xioami, Gionee and Vivo driving the growth.

The shipments have revived after two successive quarters of decline. Samsung led with 25.1 percent market share followed by Micromax (12.9 percent), Lenovo (7.7 percent), Intex (7.1 percent) andReliance Jio (6.8 percent).

Vohra said Gionee India has crossed half million units sales per month and by year-end, he expects the number to go up to one million. Vohra aid the company has witnessed 100 percent growth last year and expects a “robust growth” this year too.

To cash in on the festive season demand, Gionee India will spend around Rs. 400 crore on marketing and branding activities over the next few months. It also plans to launch four new smartphones, priced between Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 24,999, by mid-October as part of its efforts to expand its market share in India to 7-10 percent by next March from the current five percent.

“We had earmarked a budget of Rs. 600 crore this year and we have utilised one-third of it till now. About Rs. 200 crore will be pumped in the festive season and the remaining amount will be used in the latter part of the fiscal towards various marketing and branding efforts,” Vohra said. Gionee India has signed up Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador and is in discussions for signing up another celebrity but that is yet to be finalised, he said.

The company today launched its S6s, priced at Rs. 17,999. The 5.5-inch handset features 1.3GHz octacore processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera and 3,150mAh battery.

 

 

[Source  NDTV]

Samsung Z2 Tizen-Powered Smartphone India Launch Expected Today

Samsung Z2 Tizen-Powered Smartphone India Launch Expected Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Z2 expected to launch on Tuesday
  • Z2 will be the third Tizen-powered smartphone
  • The Z2 is tipped to sport 4G LTE connectivity

Samsung is anticipated to launch the latest device in its Z Series of Tizen-powered smartphones at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday that’s scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST. Tipped to be called the Samsung Z2, the smartphone has been the subject of numerous leaks in recent weeks.

Nothing is known about the Samsung Z2 from official sources, but based on recent rumours, Samsung will launch its My Money Transfer app with the smartphone – a feature that’s supposedly exclusive for the Indian market. The Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 is also rumoured to come with include WhatsApp and Telegram as pre-installed apps.

Recent leaks tipped that the Samsung Z2 will sport a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Amoled display, a 1500mAh battery, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, and 4G with VoLTE connectivity support.

Previous leaks however indicated that Samsung’s latest Tizen-powered smartphone will sport a 4.5-inch display, a  2000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM support, as well as 4G with VoLTE support. A leak also tipped a Rs. 4,499 price point.

The smartphone was also leaked in alleged images, showing a design similar to the Samsung Z3, but featuring a textured back panel. Finally, the smartphone was also leaked in a promotional videosuggesting features like Ultra Data Saving Mode. The video once again showed a design close to the Z3.

To refresh, Samsung back in January last year launched its first Tizen-based smartphone, the Samsung Z1, in India. In October, it launched its successor – the Samsung Z3. The Samsung Z2 will be the third smartphone in the company’s Tizen range.

We’ll have to wait and see how these rumours pan out at the launch, which will begin soon. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the latest update from Samsung’s Tuesday event in New Delhi.

 

 

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Android 7.0 Nougat Now Rolling Out to Google Nexus Devices

Android 7.0 Nougat Now Rolling Out to Google Nexus Devices

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The update is compatible with Nexus 5X, 6P, 9 smartphones
  • It also supports Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet
  • It is arriving via an OTA update to compatible devices

As expected, Google has broken its tradition and released the final build of its Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices. Apart from the update being released earlier than usual, Google hasn’t launched a new Nexus smartphone as the platform lead device for Nougat. The update is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA), and should reach all users gradually.

The Android 7.0 Nougat update is being rolled out to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player,Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices. As it’s a gradual global rollout, users may not see a notification today, but should receive it within a couple of weeks. Compatible device holders can also go and manually check for the update in the Settings menu, to see if Android 7.0 Nougat has arrived or not. Users on the Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview builds should receive the update first, with those running Marshmallow next in line. Users can also flash the OTA update files that are slowly being released, and while users should not lose data with the sideloading of the update, they should take a backup anyway.

The final Android 7.0 Nougat build will bring a host of improvements like multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, and number blocking. With the final build now out, OEMs can also start building their skins on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and release it soon to their customers. The upcoming LG V20 smartphone was touted to be the first smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, and Google in a post on its Android website has confirmed this.

Alongside the rollout, the tech giant has also announced that it is moving Android to a regular maintenance cycle. This cycle will continue for the next few quarters, and Google has shared few details about the next update. While Google remains discreet on what the next update will hold, it has announced that it will be released as a preview version first. This means Google is continuing its Android Beta Program for users who want to tinker with the update ahead of everyone else. The developer preview will be released this fall, and the stable version will then be released soon after that.

“We’re moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters. In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release, that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning to bring that to you this fall as a developer preview. Stay tuned,” said Dave Burke, Engineering VP in a blog post.

Releasing the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat without the Nexus phone is a shift from Google’s traditional pattern. However, the maintenance cycle announcement does hint that the new Nexus phones may just be released with a newer version of Android Nougat.

 

 

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Reliance Jio Launch: RIL Asks Staff to Stop Using Services of Other Telcos

Reliance Jio Launch: RIL Asks Staff to Stop Using Services of Other Telcos

HIGHLIGHTS

  • RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio
  • MNP enables telephone users to retain their number when changing carriers
  • Reliance Jio has over 1.5 million users

Reliance Industries, India’s largest conglomerate, has asked its 40,000-plus employees to stop using phones connections of existing operators, like Airtel and Vodafone, and instead switch to its own high-speed 4G Jio.

RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio, a move that may open another front with the existing operators, who have been up in arms against the Mukesh Ambani-led firm’s prolonged beta testing.

(Also see: Reliance Jio SIM Is Available to Anyone, but There’s a Catch)

“We are excited to announce yet another milestone towards greater excellence, where we will be switching our existing corporate connections to Jio,” RIL’s HR department wrote to all its employees.

It asked employees to use MNP to port their existing numbers to Jio and explained to them the step-by-step process.

Mobile number portability (MNP) enables telephone users to retain their number when changing from one carrier to other.

“Once you have submitted the required information, we will initiate the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process with the existing operator. This will take around seven working days to complete,” the company HR said in the email.

So far, the company subscribed to corporate plans of all major operators including Airtel and Vodafonefor the employees.

Reliance Jio test launched its services last December, but no dates for commercial launch has yet been announced.

Initially, Jio SIM was available only to its employees, and later bundled with Reliance’s own Lyf-branded smartphones.

(Also see: How to Get a Reliance Jio SIM for Free)

Now, all Samsung and LG smartphones users could walk-in to a Reliance Digital store and procure a Jio SIM.

It now has over 1.5 million users.

The company says it has created the world’s largest end- to-end all IP network and invested over Rs 1.34 lakh crore.

Once launched, the services will cover over 18,000 towns and over 2 lakh villages across all the 22 service areas of the country.

 

 

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Reliance Jio Tests Nothing but Commercial Operations: COAI

Reliance Jio Tests Nothing but Commercial Operations: COAI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • COAI said 2.5 million users for Reliance Jio constituted a commercial launch
  • Letter alleged the government, in the process, was also losing revenue
  • It said the data generated by Jio is rivalling the combined traffic of the rest of the operators

Existing operators shot off another letter to the government on Monday and said 2.5 million users for Reliance Jio constituted a commercial launch, seeking to counter the company’s claim that it is testing its network now to offer superior quality services later.

Under the umbrella of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), the letter addressed to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, alleged the government, in the process, was also losing revenue.

It said the data generated by Jio is rivalling the combined traffic of the rest of the operators who have been in operation for 15-20 years. Under the name of Lyf (Jio brand for handsets), the company is using spectrum allocated for commercial use yet not yielding any revenue and consequently no share to the government.

(Also See: Reliance Jio SIM Is Available to Anyone, but There’s a Catch)

Talking about the bundle offerings by Jio, COAI said: “Such bundled sale and purchase have not been to a few hundred, but to millions of customers, across thousands of cities, fetching hundreds of crores of rupees, making them large scale nationwide commercial operations going on for months.”

Reliance Jio on Aug 18 has strongly refuted the claims of the COAI that its members are providing sufficient inter-connection points for its 4G services, saying the reality was that such access was grossly inadequate.

(Also See: How to Get a Reliance Jio SIM for Free)

The reaction follows a statement by the industry body a day before on behalf of its members, rejecting the request from Reliance Jio for additional points of inter-connect from its member companies on the ground that optimal links have already been provided.

Prior to this, in a letter to the watchdog, Reliance Jio had requested for directives to the existing service providers to immediately provide interconnection to its Jio 4G network with their own, in the spirit of the licensing agreements.

But the members of COAI, through letters to the government and the watchdog, had alleged that Reliance Jio had already launched a full commercial service in the garb of test runs.

 

[Source  NDTV]

Two,New,PlayStation,Consoles,Could,Signal,Major,Change,in,Industry

Two New PlayStation Consoles Could Signal Major Change in Industry

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sony will release two models of the PlayStation early next month
  • Sony confirmed that it is working on an updated PlayStation, codenamed Project Neo
  • Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first hit the market in 2013

If you were planning to give the gamers in your life new consoles before they head back to school, you may want to pump the brakes.

A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates that Sony will release two models of the PlayStation early next month: a high-end model with enhanced graphics and a new version of the console’s standard model. The Vergehas also published images of a slimmer console with PlayStation 4 branding from someone claiming to have the new device. On forums at the gaming site NeoGAF, others have posted similar photos claiming to show a new PlayStation model.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the rumors. The company had confirmed that it is working on an updated PlayStation, codenamed Project Neo. But the Journal’s report is the first hint that the firm is planning two models for the near future.

It’s not clear whether the pictures published by the Verge and on the forums are two separate models. It’s also unclear whether either is the Project Neo model. But if Sony does as the Journal story suggests and releases two models, it will be using the same game plan as its arch-rival in the gaming world, Microsoft.

In June, Microsoft announced a slimmer version of the Xbox One, called the Xbox One S, which is now on sale. At the same time, the company confirmed it will release a more powerful version of the Xbox, codenamed Project Scorpio, next year.

Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first hit the market in 2013 — just three years ago. Usually, these companies have waited at least five years to release new hardware. The shorter lull between completely new models could anger some customers who dropped up to $400 on a brand-new console a few years ago.

For Sony and Microsoft, however, new models give both firms an opportunity to capitalize on technologies that have become more mainstream in the past few years. For example, the Xbox One S is compatible with 4K video, which offers a super high-resolution picture; Scorpio will support full-4K gaming. And Neo is also rumored to be 4K compatible, though Sony has not offered many more details ahead of the console’s launch.

Offering devices that can stream 4K video is crucial for Sony and Microsoft. The general market for gaming has grown in the past few years, and both companies have been trying to capitalize on a larger potential audience by promoting their consoles as a valuable entertainment device for the whole family, rather than only hardcore video game players. This effort has included supporting and starting streaming video services of their own.

Both new consoles are also expected to provide a higher-quality experience for virtual reality, which has drawn the interest of game developers and is expected to be a main focus for the next chapter of gaming.

 

 

[Source  NDTV]