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Jio Broadband JioFiber launch 'Well on Track'

RIL's chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani confirmed that the company is working to launch optical-fiber-based JioFiber high-speed broadband and a fixed line broadband service. Ambani also said that they are "well on track" to bring its optic-fiber connectivity to enterprises, small businesses, homes, and public spaces soon.

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Facebook Groups for pages launched

Facebook on Wednesday added a new feature called 'Groups for Pages' that will allow Page admins to create special groups within their Pages to provide a channel of discussion among people and authorities on subjects of common interest. "We are making 'Groups for Pages' available around the world today. If you are an artist, a business, a brand, or a newspaper, you can now create fan clubs and groups centered around your super-fans," said Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook.

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Jio Phone plans announced, unlimited 4G data at Rs 153 per month

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani on Friday launched its 4G-enabled feature phone handset during the Reliance Industries Ltd's 40th annual general meeting in Mumbai. Voice and data both will come free with an affordable monthly plan of Rs 153, Jio announced. "At a plan Rs 153 a month, it is only 3 percent of the existing price putting an end to unaffordable data for all Indians forever", Ambani said. The company will also offer similar features for a weekly plan for Rs 54, and a two-day plan of Rs 24.

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Apple patents way to secretly call police using fingerprint

Technology major Apple has registered a patent for a method to let users call emergency services discreetly by using their fingerprint. The patent describes how users can program different fingerprints, patterns and even the Amo-program CE required to switch the phone into 'panic mode'. The mode can initiate emergency calls, activate a live-stream, or provide location data via GPS.

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Apple fixes bug that let users' phones be hacked via WiFi

Technology major Apple released a security update to patch a vulnerability that would have let hackers control a user's iPhone via WiFi. The bug, known as CVE-2017-9417, was first publicized in an Android security bulletin. The bug generally affects chips made by Broadcom which are used in devices made by various companies including HTC, LG, Google, Samsung, and Apple. Google has also released a patch for the vulnerability on Android devices.

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Bengaluru to become hub for animation and graphics

The Karnataka Cabinet on Wednesday reportedly approved to develop Bengaluru as the international hub for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics. This move will reportedly create 20,000 jobs and grant financial aid to 120 skill development institutions. The city will also have a Centre of Excellence for animation in collaboration with Paris-based Gobelins.

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WhatsApp all set to get new update

The instant messaging app WhatsApp recently updated the ability to watch youtube videos in the app of the beta version. The update also supports PiP for video calls on Android O (8.0) which enables users to minimise a video call and browse through other chats while video chatting with someone else.

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LinkedIn Lite Android app launched in India

Professional networking giant LinkedIn on Thursday rolled out the LinkedIn Lite Android app, aimed at users of entry-level Android smartphones, in India. The app with the size of 1MB reportedly loads in under five seconds, even on 2G network. While reducing data usage by 80%, it also offers all key features like news feed, jobs, profile, network, messaging, notifications and search.

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Lenovo launches new range of laptops in India

Chinese technology major Lenovo unveiled new additions to its Yoga and Ideapad range of future-ready laptops. Lenovo on Wednesday launched its Yoga and Ideapad in the price range of Rs 74,500 and Rs 74,850 respectively. Speaking in launch function, Rajesh Thadani, Executive Director, said, "Our latest collection further strengthens our position as the trendsetter in the PC space.”

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UIDAI launches mobile app for using Aadhaar data

The Central government along with UIDAI on Wednesday launched mAadhaar, a new app for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phones. The app allows users to carry their Aadhaar information including name, date of birth, gender, address, and the linked photograph, on their smartphones. Further, the app also allows users to lock or unlock biometrics data.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be launched in late-August

Samsung's President of Mobile Communications DJ Koh has now reportedly confirmed that the company will be officially launching its much awaited smartphone Galaxy Note 8 in late-August. The smartphone is said to be sporting an Infinity Display with an impressive screen-to-body ratio just like the recently launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature less rounded corners in comparison with the current Galaxy flagship.

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Reliance Jio claims it's the biggest mobile data network in the world

President Devices Sunil Dutt on Tuesday claimed that Reliance Jio has now become the largest mobile data network in the world, carrying 15 percent of world traffic. Dutt added that Jio is the only exabyte network in the world, and it commands 85 percent of India's mobile data consumption needs. He also brought up the previously mentioned statistic of data consumed per month, which has apparently gone up from 0.2 billion gigabytes to 1.2 billion gigabytes, with Jio contributing heavily to the rise.

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Twitter deletes 90,000 fake accounts that offered online sex

Twitter has reportedly deleted nearly 90,000 fake accounts after security researchers discovered a massive pornographic botnet that was posting links to scam websites and offering online sex. The fake profiles had pictures of females and each tweet included a sexually explicit phrase prompting users to click on the accompanying URL. The accounts were reportedly able to attract over 3 crore clicks.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched in India, priced at Rs 16,999

Xiaomi has launched Mi Max 2 in India on Tuesday. Mi Max 2 will come with a new Split Screen feature, which allows users to operate two apps simultaneously. The Mi Max 2 in India has been set as Rs 16,999. The smartphone will go on sale via Mi.com and Mi Home offline store on July 20 and will go on sale via online partners such as Flipkart, Amazon, Tata Cliq, etc. as well as offline stores on July 27 at 10 am.

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WhatsApp message asking to split bill to avoid GST is fake

According to reports, a fake message being circulated on WhatsApp claims that if people split their shopping bills at supermarket chain D-Mart, they can avoid GST. The message says that no GST will be levied on bills below Rs 1,000, while the tax will increase as the amount increases. It recommends shoppers get separate bills of Rs 1,000 for purchases above this amount to presumably attract no GST. However, D-Mart issued a clarification saying GST is levied on products, not on bill amount.

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OnePlus 5 most bought item in Amazon.in’s Prime Day sale

The OnePlus 5 smartphone has emerged as the best selling smartphone in India during the Amazon Prime Day sale. Amazon Prime members were offered the Rs 32,999 OnePlus 5 smartphone at an additional cash back of Rs 2,000. The smartphone is powered by the most powerful processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and comes with up to 8GB RAM along with the proprietary 'Dash Charge' technology of OnePlus.

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Nokia 105 (2017), Nokia 130 (2017) feature phones launched

HMD Global reportedly launched two new feature phones, the Nokia 130 (2017) and Nokia 105 (2017) on Monday. The two feature phones are priced in India starting at Rs 999 only for the Nokia 105 reboot. The Nokia 105 (2017) will be made available across retail stores in India starting July 19, priced at Rs 999 for the single-SIM variant and Rs 1,149 for the dual-SIM variant. HMD Global claims that this is the first feature phone from the company that is priced under the Rs 1,000 bracket in India.

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Paytm offers refunds for movie tickets at a nominal charge

Paytm has reportedly started to roll out a new feature called ‘Cancellation Protect’ which will allow you to cancel your tickets up to three hours ahead of the scheduled show timing if you agree to pay a nominal amount up front. Users have to pay Rs 9 per ticket in the booking up front cancellation protect, and if you then cancel your tickets up to three hours before the show, you will get a full refund of your money in the form of a Paytm cash back. The feature is only available on a limited number of seats per screening, and that too only in select cinemas.

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WhatsApp for iPhone gets ‘Pinned Chats’

Messaging platform WhatsApp has reportedly rolled out an update to iPhone users bringing many new features. The new update version 2.17.40 brings features like pinned chats, support for all file types, and the ability to delete multiple photos in one go. Support for all file types was officially announced for Android users last week and, now, iPhone users get this feature as well.

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Nokia 8 price, launch date leaked

A fresh leak reportedly hints that the much awaited Nokia 8 will be launched as soon as July 31. The leak also stated that the Nokia 8 will be priced roughly around Rs 43,400. The report states that Nokia 8 will launch with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage initially, though the rumored 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variant may see the light of the day a little bit later. The Nokia 8 will be available in four colour options as Blue, Steel, Gold/Blue, and Gold/Copper.

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