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Apple faces iPhone ban in India over government-mandated anti-spam app

“Besieged by spam calls and messages, Indian smartphone users have waited years for Apple to allow a government-developed spam-fighting solution onto iPhones” writes Jeremy Horwitz for venturebeat.com. If Android users have access to the DND app and iPhone users do not, Apple might inadvertently be giving spammers the upper hand with its users, undermining the “premium experience” generally marketed for its devices.The Indian edition of the Huffington Post says that Apple agreed to cooperate with TRAI on building the DND app last October, but wouldn’t share call and message logs.As…

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Amazon Part Finder users AR to identify nuts, bolts, screws

“That said, so far it seems to only work on the iOS Amazon app, with no word yet on an Android version” reports slashgear.com. It’s not a simple case of pointing your smartphone camera at the screw and it will automagically know what kind it is.Mobile AR platforms now have an ability to measure things in the real world using nothing but your smartphone’s camera. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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Improved smartphone glass twice as likely to survive drops

“Glass-maker Corning has unveiled a new version of its Gorilla Glass used in the majority of smartphone displays, which it says is twice as likely to survive being dropped” writes Samuel Gibbs for theguardian.com. Apple’s current iPhones, Samsung’s Galaxy 9 and the majority of premium smartphones sold in the UK, all use the older Gorilla Glass 5.The new glass survived an average of 15 drops from 1m on to rough surfaces in lab tests compared to 11 for the previous version, meaning it should be more resistant to multiple drops.…

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TSMC Trims Full Year Sales Forecast as Crypto Mining, Smartphone Demand Wanes

“TSMC also noted that the proportion of its $7.85 billion in second quarter sales to smartphone manufacturers fell by 10 percentage points to 48%” writes Martin Baccardax for thestreet.com. “Moving into third quarter 2018, we anticipate our business will benefit from new product launches using TSMC 7-nanometer technology while cryptocurrency mining demand will decrease from second quarter.”. Ltd., (TSM) the world’s biggest contract chipmaker and a leader supplier for Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones, trimmed its full year revenue forecasts Thursday, citing a slowdown in cryptocurrency mining and waning smartphone demand.Earlier…

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Google Fined $5 Billion By EU For Illegal Android Practices

“The EU has fined Google a record $5 billion for its illegal Android practices which violated the antitrust laws” reports iphonehacks.com. It says that Google made it mandatory for OEMs to install Google Search and Chrome on their devices as a part of its Google Play licensing agreement.Google also highlights that a typical Android smartphone comes with over 40 apps pre-installed from different developers.It is due to the open nature of Android that there are over 1,300 brands using Android with over 24,000 devices being available at almost every price…

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Light raises $121 million from SoftBank and Leica, reveals its futuristic camera tech is coming to a smartphone in 2018

“With that in mind, Light has announced that a smartphone with its camera technology will launch this coming September” writes Paul Sawers for venturebeat.com. In a nutshell, the company develops digital photography tech that squeezes multiple lenses and sensors into smartphones and other mobile cameras to produce super high quality images.While we still don’t know the full ins and outs of this upcoming Light-powered smartphone, it appears the underlying principle will be similar to that of a growing number of smartphone cameras entering the market.Light, which aims to bring DSLR-quality…

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The new Moto X smartphone is 50% off for Prime Day

“In addition, the smartphone comes pre-installed with Amazon apps, such as Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, Alexa, and the Amazon Widget for Prime members to get access to daily deals from the online retail giant” writes Mashable Deals for mashable.com. Amazon is now offering a 32GB model for only $199.99, which is 50% off its retail price. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Apple has sold less than 1 million iPhones in India in 2018, claims report

“The story suggests that Apple has sold fewer than 1 million iPhones in India during the first half of 2018, according to estimates from Counterpoint Research” writes Diamond Naga Siu for mashable.com. Let’s see whether these revenue gains can carry Apple even with its drastically low sales and high drama.People in India have favored the more budget-friendly and high-quality smartphones like those produced by Samsung and Xiaomi.Only about 2.5 percent of smartphone users own iPhones there, according to estimates from Counterpoint Research, even though Apple CEO Tim Cook once hailed…

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Moment of truth for Google as record EU antitrust fine looms

“Google has denied the charges, saying that bundling search with its Google Play allows it to offer the entire package for free, and that smartphone makers and users have a wide choice” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The EU penalty is likely to exceed the 2017 fine because of the broader scope of the Android case, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Apple is failing spectacularly in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets

“Research from Counterpoint shows that Apple doesn’t even rank among the top five smartphone makers in India” writes Shona Ghosh for businessinsider.com. Adnan Abidi/Reuters Apple is struggling to sell the iPhone in India, the third biggest smartphone market in the world, and has lost several important sales executives in the country.The company is reportedly restructuring its sales operations in India, in an effort to boost its market share beyond single digits.Samsung leads the way with 26% market share, ahead of Chinese makers Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei.Here’s a graph from…

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