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E-commerce giant Flipkart makes its second big acquisition, buying out Jabong for $70 million (approximately Rs. 471 crore) in cash, according to Jabong parent-company Global Fashion Group. In 2014, Flipkart had acquired Myntra to shore up its fashion offerings in what was the biggest e-commerce deal at the time, and there had been speculation for a while now that Jabong was going to be sold. Most people however were looking towards the Aditya Birla Group, which recently launched a fashion marketplace called Abof.com, and Flipkart rival Snapdeal, as potential buyers.

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A press release issued by Myntra states that it is the lead on this acquisition, while Flipkart co-founder and Executive Chairman Sachin Bansal tweeted welcoming Jabong to the Flipkart family, as did co-founder and Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal.

In the mailed statement, Binny Bansal, CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart said, “Fashion and lifestyle is one of the biggest drivers of e-commerce growth in India. We have always believed in the fashion and lifestyle segment and Myntra’s strong performance has reinforced this faith.”

Of course, Myntra’s journey with Flipkart has been a bit of a roller coaster – after the company was acquired, Flipkart charted a controversial app-only approach for Myntra. This experiment was short lived, with pushback from customers and a lot of scrutiny about the app-only strategy and what it foretold for other companies. In the end, little less than a year later, the company took a u-turn and relaunched the website.

With the acquisition of Jabong, it has strengthened its hold in the fashion space, and will probably be able to keep away newer competitors like Abof.com, and old foes like Amazon, thanks to the increased catalogue and customer base.

“The acquisition of Jabong is a natural step in our journey to be India’s largest fashion platform. We see significant synergies between the two companies especially on brand relationships and consumer experience,” said Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra.

Curiously, the news comes soon after Myntra founder Mukesh Bansal left Flipkart, though the developments are likely not connected. Mukesh Bansal spent two years working with Flipkart after the acquisition, leaving in March this year.

Myntra’s announcement also coincided with the launch of Amazon Prime in India. It’s an interesting coincidence which also throws into sharp focus the areas that the two companies feel that they need to focus on right now. According to rumours, Amazon Prime has been in the pipeline for India for a long time now, but has been getting delayed because the company wanted to launch it with Prime Video, but that’s been a challenge because of licensing deals. Now, Prime has finally launched in India, and while there are no video service yet, they are said to be “coming”.

This could prove to be a stumbling block for Amazon, as rival Flipkart already has a Prime like service available in the form of Flipkart First. This provides free shipping and other benefits, much like Amazon Prime.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Last month, we reported that OnePlus 3 will be getting a Soft Gold colour variant sometime late in July. Now, the company has announced that the variant will be launched in US on Tuesday and will be launched in Europe, Canada, and Hong Kong on August 1.

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Although the company has not revealed this variant’s launch date for India, it added that “more information on the exact launch date for India soon”

In its forum, the company said that this will not be “your typical gaudy gold smartphone” and has a rather toned-down, “light, elegant look”. OnePlus has also pointed out that the variant will only be available in limited quantities.

OnePlus 3 was launched in India last month at Rs. 27,999 and till now only Graphite colour was available for purchase. Much to the relief of consumers, the company scrapped its invite system with the release of OnePlus 3 and also said that all of its future handsets will be sold without the invite system.

The company also said that it will be focussing on its flagship series and will not be releasing a follow-up to its budget smartphone OnePlus X.

In our review of the phone, we said that after three previous attempts, OnePlus has finally managed to get everything right with the OnePlus 3 and that this is a phone which excels in almost every department. We also added that OnePlus has even fixed the reliability and build quality issues on some of company’s previous devices.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Daimler will deepen its European footprint in the ride-hailing business when its MyTaxi smartphone app unveils an all-share merger deal with UK rival Hailo as soon as Tuesday, three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

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It is the latest push by traditional carmakers to enter the taxi ride hailing services market dominated by technology companies like Uber. In similar deals earlier this year, Volkswagen took a $300 million stake in Gett and General Motors invested $500 million into Lyft.

Hailo is strong in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and will combine its business with Daimler’s MyTaxi giving the German carmaker a majority stake in the combined business, two sources, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

The sources declined to be identified because the matter is still confidential.

Sky News was first to report the potential combination of MyTaxi and Hailo.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Google wants to ensure protection and security of mobile phone users and the company has started rolling out an update from Tuesday that will help you block and report spam callers. The company’s Nexus account said via a Google+ post that it is updating the Google Phone app with spam protection.

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The company said that “If you already have Caller ID turned on, spam protection will be available on your phone once your app updates to the latest version,” in its post. However, this new security update is only making its way to Nexus and Android One phones as of now.

In its post, the company did not specify if the update will make its way to other Android devices in future. On its support page regarding spam protection, the search giant specifies: “To use caller ID & spam protection, your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google.”

The company says that the Caller ID and spam protection is switched on by default in your phone but you can choose to switch it off by going to Phone app > More Options (three dots on top right) > Caller ID & spam protection, and then switching the option to off.

In order to mark a call as spam, all you need to do is, go to Phone app > Recent Calls, and then just tap the call that want to block and choose the option to block or report the number.

 
Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Micromax on Monday announced the launch of two new laptop series in India, the Micromax Ignite and Micromax Alpha. The company alongside launched the first laptop in the Micromax Ignite series – the Micromax Ignite LPQ61 – priced at Rs. 18,990. The budget laptop is available exclusively via Flipkart starting Monday.

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The company says the Micromax Ignite series is geared towards power users, while the Micromax Alpha series is targeted at first-time laptop users. Micromax in an emailed statement said the launch follows an “overwhelming response” for its entry-level Lapbook laptops and Laptab 2-in-1s. The company says the new series have been launched in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft.

The Micromax Ignite series will come bundled with Windows 10, and run on Intel Pentium processors. It is aimed at increasing “domestic technology adoption and offer superior productivity specifications and premium feel at competitive price points,” the company said.

The Micromax Ignite LPQ61 features a 14-inch HD (1366×768 pixel) IPS LED-backlit display, and the highlight of the laptop at this price point is the presence of a 1TB HDD. It is powered by an Intel Pentium N3700 (4 cores, 4 threads, 1.6GHz base clock, 2.4GHz Burst clock, 2MB L2 Cache) that’s coupled with Intel HD Graphics and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

Connectivity options on the Micromax Ignite LPQ61 include 2xUSB 3.0 ports, 1xMicro-HDMI port, microSD card reader, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, and a 3.5m audio jack. It sports a HD webcam, stereo speakers, and will only be available in a Black colour variant.

Commenting on the launch, Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics Limited, said, “The decision to foray in to newer categories is solely basis the understanding of consumer demand and need and matching it with our strong credentials in the Indian market. While the laptop category is not growing very rapidly today, we believe the key barrier is to give a high performance, well designed product at an accessible price. We have always strived to close the gap between consumer needs and available devices by bringing alive the best technology innovations and we believe we have done it with Ignite.”

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Microsoft released a firmware update for its hybrid Surface Pro 3 on Thursday, more than three months after releasing its last update for the product in April. The firmware update provides improvements to battery life during sleep mode, and also improves the keyboard’s stability as per the change log on the company’s website.

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According to the Redmond-based company, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 firmware update also improves system sleep and hibernation behaviour when battery level is low and provides increased fingerprint touch stability when coming out of sleep. The latest update is also said to improve the setting driver’s stability for Surface Pen.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 update has begun rolling out over-the-air, and users can also check for the update manually via Windows logo > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.

In January this year, Microsoft launched Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 together in India starting from Rs. 73,990 and Rs. 89,990 respectively.

Surface Pro 3 packs a 12-inch screen with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels. The product comes in Intel’s Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processor configurations, and comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card. The laptop-tablet hybrid weighs just 800 grams and is highly portable.

In March, the company made Surface Pro 3 available for Rs. 58,990 for a limited time through Amazon India as part of a discount offer.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it will be selling Surface Pro 3’s successor, Surface Pro 4’s Core M variant for Rs. 58,890 as part of a limited-time exchange offer for any laptop or tablet exclusively through Amazon India.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


US-based InFocus on Monday launched the M535+ smartphone in India, a variant of the InFocus M535 that was launched last year. Priced Rs. 11,999, the company is also bundling a selfie-stick worth Rs. 1,000 alongside. The smartphone will be available via retail stores starting Monday in Gold and Silver colour variants.

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The selfie-focused InFocus M535+ carries forward the all-metal body of its predecessor, but features more memory (3GB of RAM instead of 2GB of RAM on the M535), a higher-resolution front-facing camera (13-megapixel instead of 8-megapixel), a higher resolution display (full-HD instead of HD), as well as a more capable SoC (octa-core versus quad-core).

The dual-SIM InFocus M535+ runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display with a pixel density of 401ppi. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. As we mentioned, it sports a 13-megapixel front-facing camera – which offers autofocus abilities – with a Samsung 3L2 sensor, apart from a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a Samsung 3M2 sensor.

The InFocus M535+ comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB). It is powered by a 2600mAh battery, weighs 158 grams, and is 7.2mm thick. It supports 4G connectivity, with 4G VoLTE support. The other specifications of the M535+ are common to the M535.

Commenting on the launch, Sachin Thapar, Country Head, InFocus India, said, “InFocus M535 has received tremendous response from the customers and has become one of the iconic models in the premium metal series. Riding on the popularity of M535 and further expand the metal series line-up, we have launched the new InFocus M535+ which is designed to cater to the pro-selfie generation who is looking for best camera, more power and style in their smartphone.”

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Apple is expected to release its iPhone 7 sometime in mid-September, and the leaks have been overflowing. The latest brings more mystery into the 3.5mm headphone jack controversy, through a full-blown video comparison of a purported iPhone 7 with its predecessor, the iPhone 6s.

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A video released on Weibo shows the two phones held against each other from different angles. While the overall form doesn’t see much change, the antenna bands have been shifted to the edges of the iPhone 7. The visible change at the back is the introduction of a protective ring around the protruding camera lens. The bottom of the iPhone 7 confirms the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a Lightning port and two speakers grilles adjacent to both sides, while the predecessor has the audio jack on one side and the speaker grille on the other.

A separate research note (via Business Insider) also sings the same ‘no 3.5mm audio jack’ tune. A research note from Deutsche Bank based on anonymous supply-chain sources claims that Apple will not bundle Lightning EarPods inside the box, but will bundle a Lightning-3.5mm audio adapter in the box instead. This is in contrast with previous rumours that suggest otherwise.

The note also reiterates past rumours of the dual camera setup, touch sensitive Home Button, similar design structure, and possibly better waterproofing. Also, bundling an adapter instead of Lightning EarPods would be an odd way to persuade and encourage users to switch to the new audio input (or wireless input for that matter). Apple would do good to sell this adapter as an additional accessory, as many users would still not want to make the switch if they get the adapter bundled alongside.

The iPhone 7 is pegged to sport an A10 chipset for faster processing. The larger variant is also expected to sport a Smart Connector at the back for connecting a accessories.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


E-commerce firm ShopClues Wednesday refuted reports that it is in talks with rival Flipkart for a merger.

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“Really speaking, it is not the fact. Of course, mergers help but do not guarantee businesses to grow,” ShopClues CEO Sanjay Sethi told reporters in Bengaluru .

Sethi said if money was the sole criterion to make and sustain a business, Tatas and Birlas would have merged their companies.

“If money was the only reason why businesses have to be made and sustained, then Tatas and Birlas should be one entity, but they aren’t. They are competing with each other,” he said.

Sethi also said it is wrong to link Flipkart and ShopClues on the basis of a common investor – Tiger Global.

“The largest investor in our company is Nexux Venture, which is also a very large investor in Snapdeal. Nexus Venture has been with ShopClues for four years, but somehow, nobody asks the same question about Snapdeal,” he said.

Reports of ShopClues-Flipkart merger come in the wake of speculation about consolidation in the e-commerce space.

Earlier, ShopClues launched AdZone, a dedicated sellers’ platform where merchants looking to advertise their products on ShopClues can enter a bidding process to initiate their campaign.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


People and Page administrators on Facebook will now be able to broadcast up to four hours of video with Facebook Live – in both fullscreen and video-only mode, a media report said on Thursday.

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Broadcasts were limited to two hours when Facebook Live was launched last year.

These options are intended to benefit both the creator and the viewer and are set to be released more broadly in the coming weeks, technology website Venturebeat.com reported.

Users will be able to go live in fullscreen, meaning that if you’re doing so on an iOS device, it will go fullscreen in portrait and landscape mode.

On Android devices, fullscreen mode is only supported in portrait mode, but Facebook plans to make it available in landscape later this year, the report noted.

The video-only mode allows both broadcasters and viewers who want to focus on the videos to temporarily hide Reactions and comments by swiping right.

Users can bring back Reactions and comments by swiping left.

Last month, Facebook announced that users can go live from the face-swapping MSQRD app and utilise different Snapchat-like masks and filters while the video is running.

Facebook first acquired Masquerade, the Belarusian startup behind MSQRD back in March with the intention to “continue enhancing the Facebook video experience.”

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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