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Mahindra & Mahindra showcases India’s first driverless tractor

According to reports, automobile giant Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Tuesday unveiled India’s first ever driverless tractor developed at the company’s facility in Chennai. The tractor, coupled with ‘DiGiSENSE’ technology, would reportedly be available commercially from next year. The tractor can auto-steer and is able to detect and avoid obstacles, say reports. It can also reportedly make automatic headland turns, automatic lift and drops and make emergency stops.

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Google unveils Tez, mobile payments app in India

Technology giant Google has reportedly unveiled Tez, a mobile payments app in India. The new mobile wallet will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers. Tez is launched on iOS and Android in the country and will see Google linking up with several major banks in the country by way of Unified Payments Interface, say reports.

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Apple to launch new iPhones in India on Sep 29

Technology giant Apple has changed its usual policy of launching new devices at midnight and will launch the new iPhone devices in India on September 29 at 6 pm, say reports. Reports further stated that the pre-bookings for the iPhone devices will start on September 22. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will go on sale at a starting price of Rs 64,000 and Rs 73,000 respectively.

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Airtel offers 30 GB extra in new offer

Bharti Airtel reportedly announced a new offer for potential postpaid customers. The offer gives 30GB of free data to new postpaid customers over three months, which amounts to 10 GB of free data every month. The offer is valid on all Airtel postpaid plans apart from the Rs. 299 plan.

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Xiaomi Redmi launches 5A

Xiaomi has come up with a new variant 'Redmi Note 5A.' Reportedly, the phone has a bigger storage and RAM. The phone will be released in India costing Rs.12,000 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and 5.5 HD screen display. It has a battery lesser than  3,080mAh, Type-C charging port and 16MP front camera.

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Hike acquires a startup firm

India's messaging app hike announced that they had acquired a start-up company Creo for an undisclosed amount. Reportedly, Creo will work as a developer platform and build services. According to media reports, CEO of Creo was initially working with hike which initiated the partnership.

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Pocket-sized printer launched in India to print photos stored in mobile phones

According to reports, technology giant Hewlett-Packard has launched a pocket-sized photo printer in India. The printer 'Sprocket' that allows users to take 2x3-inch prints of photographs stored on their mobile phones is priced at Rs 8,999. Users can connect the printer to their Android and iOS-based phones using Bluetooth. The printer also reportedly allows users to edit pictures, add borders and emoji before printing.

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Facebook tests snooze feature that temporarily mutes your friends

Social media giant Facebook is testing a 'Snooze' option that lets users temporarily snooze a friend’s posts from appearing in your news feed. Instead of permanently unfollowing a person and never seeing whatever they’re sharing on Facebook, you can choose to just mute them for 24 hours, an entire week, or 30 days. Snooze can be accessed by clicking on the horizontal dots present to the right of the name of a friend or Page.

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Lenovo K8 Note now available via open sale on Amazon

Lenovo K8 Note, which could only be bought via flash sale on the e-commerce site until now, will now be available via open sale model on Amazon. Lenovo K8 Note comes in two storage variants - 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. The 3GB RAM variant is available at a price of Rs 12,999, the 4GB RAM option costs Rs 13,999.

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Flexible organic battery for a pacemaker made in the UK

A UK based team led by Indian woman reportedly made a flexible organic battery that could power up medical implants. Reportedly, the batteries are made with non-flammable electrolytes, and it can be easily decomposed without incurring a high cost. According to the reports, the flexible design will not be uncomfortable for patients.

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Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4

Technology giant Google has announced that it will launch its Pixel 2 smartphone on October 4. The new smartphone will have a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and ‘squeezable’ pressure sensitive sides, say reports. Pixel 2, which will also be water and dust resistant is said to be coming in both a standard and an XL version, reports further added.

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OnePlus is the most trusted phone brand in India

According to a survey done by CyberMedia Research, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is rated the most trusted brand in India, leaving popular brands such as Apple and Samsung behind, say reports. OnePlus reportedly scored high on various parameters such as loyalty, resale value, and after-sales service among others. The survey also reportedly says One Plus is also rated to have the highest “resale value”.

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Smartphone with four cameras is priced at just Rs 11,999

US-based smartphone manufacturer InFocus on Wednesday reportedly unveiled two camera-centric smartphones. One of them, InFocus Snap 4, comes with four cameras, a 13MP an 8MP on the rear and two 8MP cameras on the front. The 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass smartphone has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button and a reliable 3,000mAh battery. The handset also features a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6750N processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. The Android 7.0 Nougat VoLTE phone is priced at just Rs 11,999 exclusively on Amazon India starting September 26.

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WhatsApp likely to roll out option to recall sent messages

Reports suggest that messaging app WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow users to recall the sent messages. The messages, which include images, videos, GIFs, and documents, can be recalled within five minutes of sending them. However, only the messages that were not read by the receiver can be recalled, suggest reports.

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Samsung to launch foldable smartphone

Samsung on Tuesday stated that they would be releasing foldable smartphones next year. Reportedly Samsung has been planning to do that since 2003. According to media reports, this foldable smartphone will come with the version of Galaxy Note. The announcement was made few hour before the launch of iPhone on Tuesday.

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Find out when iPhone X, 8 and 8S will be available in India

The three new products of iPhone rolled out on Tuesday at Steve Jobs theatre. Reportedly iPhone X will be available in India from November 3rd and preorder starts on October 27. iPhone X 64GB will be priced at Rs. 89,000 and 256GB will be priced at Rs. 1,02,000. Meanwhile, iPhone 8 and 8S will be available from September 29 with prices starting at Rs. 64,000. The focus on iPhone 8 and 8S is the new glass design on the rear side.

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HP launches university to re-skill IT workers

HP Inc. on Tuesday reportedly launched a university to enhance skills of the company's 18,000 partner employees. HP University would combine sales skills education, product training, and certifications to enable partners to migrate to contractual and subscription sales. The global programme combines online and instructor-led training throughout 170 countries and offered in 11 languages.

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Apple launches iPhone X with edge-to-edge display

Apple launched its surprise 'iPhone X', pronounced as 'iPhone ten', with edge-to-edge display priced at $999. The ‘iPhone X’ comes without a home button, a 5.8-inch display, 12 MP dual camera and wireless charging technology. Apple stated that they made the device water and dust resistant, included the highest-pixel density ever seen on an iPhone and introduced facial recognitions technology which cannot be spoofed with a picture to unlock the phone. Apple also launched it's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during the event.

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Facebook fined $1.4 million for breaking privacy law

Social Media giant, Facebook was fined $1.4 Million by Spain for breaking the country's privacy law. Reportedly Spain data protection authority alleged that Facebook collected personal data without informing the users and used it for advertising purpose.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched in India

Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy Note 8 was launched in India on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 price in India is Rs 67,900, and the smartphone has been launched in its 64GB inbuilt storage variant expandable via microSD card(up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and features a 6.3-inch Infinity display. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a dual rear camera setup, with 12 mp cameras at the back and an 8 mp camera at the front. It will be available in its Maple Gold and Midnight Black colour variants. The smartphone is now available for pre-bookings in India.

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