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  • Realme C3 With 5000mah Battery, Realme Ui Launched


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    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Realme C3 has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 6,999.
    • It has a MediaTek G70 processor and a 5000mAh battery under the hood.
    • The Realme C3 sale starts in India from February 14.

    Realme C3 is now official in India. The latest entry-level smartphone comes as a successor of the Realme C2, which was the second device in the company's affordable smartphone series. Loaded with features such as a MediaTek G70 processor, dual rear cameras, and a 5000mAh battery among others, Realme C3 takes on the likes of Redmi 8 and Nokia 2.3.

    Realme C3 price in India: The Realme C3 is here to entice a large number of buyers with its pricing. The Realme C3 starts at Rs 6,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant while its top-end variant with 4GB/64GB costs Rs 7,999. It will go on sale starting 12 noon, February 14 via Flipkart and realme.com. The offline sale of the Realme C3 will begin 'soon'.

    Realme C3 specifications: The Realme C3 is a dual SIM smartphone that is powered by the recently-launched eight-core MediaTek G70 processor clocked at up to 2.0GHz. The smartphone comes in two RAM and memory variants - 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB - with support for expandable storage of up to 256GB via microSD card. There is a 6.52-inch HD+ 'MiniDrop' display, which is essentially company's term for a water drop-style notch display. Realme UI is based on Android 10, which means the dark mode will be available.

    Realme C3 Cameras: The smartphone comes with dual cameras at the back - a 12-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and fast PDAF and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The cameras support Realme's Chroma Boost technology to produce better contrasts and colours in photographs. There is HDR mode also available on the Realme C3 cameras. For selfies, there is a 5-megapixel AI Beauty camera that has beautification features in-built.

    Realme C3 Battery: The Realme C3 battery, which is 5000mAh. The Realme C3 is claimed to play six continuous movies on a single charge and offer a 30-day standby. The battery supports reverse charging, which means you can charge other phones using the Realme C3. There is no fingerprint sensor on the device though.

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    • Whatsapp Pay Will Be Rolled Out In India In Phased Manner As Facebook Gets NPCI Nod

      WhatsApp Pay will finally be rolled out in India. The Facebook-owned company has received a licence from National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). WhatsApp Pay will be released in a phased manner in India. The digital payments service from WhatsApp is so far available to Indian users under a pilot. The roll-out of WhatsApp Pay will help WhatsApp grow its payments service, and it will reach over 400 million users in the country. The payment service uses the government’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to enable mobile transactions. Facebook has finally managed to get approval as the company was trying to launch the WhatsApp Pay service in India since 2018. It got approval to test the service with one million users in India in 2018, as a part of the beta testing.

      Business Standard reported that WhatsApp Pay service will first be rolled out to 10 million users in India. “Pending other compliance points, the messaging platform will be able to do a full rollout,” said a person familiar with the matter. “The full rollout would make WhatsApp Pay one of the largest mobile payments services” in the country.

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      • Xiaomi Teases Redmibook 13, Set To Launch In India On February 11
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        The device we expect to see tomorrow could be the long-awaited Redmibook. And the video does seem to suggest that Redmi is gearing up to launch a laptop in the Indian market. At the moment, India’s laptop market is ruled by Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer. Given the market size, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Xiaomi entering the laptop market. In fact, it makes sense for Redmi to look beyond the smartphone market, which is already crowded. The laptop market is one segment where Xiaomi’s Redmi brand can grow quickly. Considering Xiaomi is a known player in the laptop market in China, the company would like to replicate the model in India as well. Though Xiaomi has done exceptionally well in India, it is no exaggeration to say that the laptop market works differently. A lot also depends on how Redmi positions its laptops in India.

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        • Youtube May Pull Off Another Apple TV: New Subscription Service In Talks


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          • YouTube may step into the TV subscription market soon, following Amazon and Apple TV.
          • This may help the platform to concentrate its viewers on its platform and gain more traction.
          • It's a risk worth taking for YouTube as it can compensate from the revenue from its existing channels according to analysts.

          It seems that YouTube could pull off another Apple TV as it may soon offer a feature that would allow its subscribers to sign up for services from third-party entertainment companies. The agenda is clear. Its viewers will get everything from one platform and there is less likelihood for them to drift to other platforms. There are speculations that the subscribers of the world’s largest free video streaming service will be able to sign-up to various OTT platforms through YouTube. In simple words, YouTube will become the medium through which its subscribers can sign up for other third-party channels. Through YouTube, they will be able to access the wide-range of subscription-based streaming services.

          There is no clarity from the company’s side if YouTube TV would be tied to the new subscription offering or if it would be separate. YouTube, can however afford to take this risk because and make up for the revenue from other means, according to an analyst with Park Associates.

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          • Airtel Gains More 4g Subscribers After Jio Brings IUC Charges

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            • Since Jio brought in the 6 paise IUC fares, customers have migrated to Airtel.
            • Airtel has gained 21 million 4G subscribers in a single quarter.
            • Some other telcos which tried to impose internet usage charges but took a U-turn were Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

            Reliance Jio’s six paise interconnect usage charges (IUC) may have been frowned upon by its users but have proved profitable for Bharti Airtel. For the first time, the company has gained 21 million 4G subscribers in a single quarter. (September-December). Bharti Airtel reported its numbers for the last quarter which ended on 31st December 2019. The company revealed an overall 4G user base of 123.8 million. This has increased drastically as compared to last year’s numbers which were just 77.1 million 4G users. This essentially means that the company has seen growth by 60.6 per cent, Telecom Talk reported. The current 1.5 GB per day packs for Jio are as such: Starting from Rs 199, Rs 399, Rs 555 and Rs 2020 the user can avail benefits up to 42 GB, 84 GB, 126 GB and 547.5 GB respectively. The number of days for which the benefits can be availed are 28, 56, 84 and 365.

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            • Snapdragon 865


              Qualcomm has mentioned the variants in which manufacturers can use the Snapdragon 865 for their phones. The chip supports 5G as expected but Qualcomm isn’t bundling a 5G modem with the Snapdragon 865. Manufacturers will need to opt for the Snapdragon X55 5G modem separately to aid 5G support on their devices. Weirdly, according to a report from The Verge, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 865 is meant to be used with 5G networks only.

              That means that no manufacturer can come out with a phone powered by the Snapdragon 865 and pair it with a different 4G modem. The Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon X55 5G modem are a combination that all phone makers will need to buy. Hence, every phone using the Snapdragon 865 will support 5G, regardless of whether the area or country has 5G networks or not.

              However, Qualcomm still has another chipset that will come with the 5G modem built-in. It’s called the Snapdragon 765 and it comes with native support for 5G networks. The Snapdragon 765 is meant for premium phones that aren’t flagship models and is essentially a successor to the Snapdragon 730 chip from last year. Again, there are no technical details available yet but expect Xiaomi’s upcoming Redmi K30 and Realme X50 5G phone to use this chipset for the 5G supported variants.

              Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 865 has a better-sustained performance for both CPU and GPU, which should mean mobile games could run smoother for longer periods. The chip also supports 15TOPS of AI processing capabilities, which means you can expect better AI features for cameras, augmented reality and more. The Snapdragon 865 will also come with support for AptX Voice along with Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6, which translates to better quality for calls via Bluetooth and faster Wi-Fi speeds. There’s also support for AptX Adaptive that can play Hi-Res 24-bit 96kHz audio files as well.

              On an ending note, the Snapdragon 865 will also bring in support for phone cameras higher than 108 megapixels. Seems like interesting times are up ahead.

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              • Facebook Launches Another Edition Of Vc Brand Incubator Initiative For Indian Startups

                Facebook has launched the next edition of its VC Brand Incubator Initiative with Surge, a part of Sequoia Capital India’s rapid scale-up program. The VC Brand Incubator Initiative, which was launched in 2019, aims to accelerate the growth of early-stage small and businesses (SMBs) in India by collaborating with venture capital funds. SMBs in the VC Brand Incubator Initiative can work with venture capital funds to allow Facebook to scale and support SMBs at an early-stage itself, fast-tracking their growth. For its part, Surge said it aims to supercharge the early-stage journey for startups, by enabling disproportionate access to capital, talent, network, and decades of company-building knowledge. “The knowledge sessions with Surge give us the unique opportunity to work with early-stage SMBs and entrepreneurs to unlock their true potential on digital while also enabling them to drive growth by being conscious of their business ROI.”

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                • Bharat Forge Eyes Defence Orders For Heavy Lift Drones

                  Bharat Forge, India's largest forging company, is eyeing business orders from India's defence forces for heavy lift drones, that can transport emergency supplies beyond enemy lines. The Pune-based company showcased a concept drone, also called quadcopter, at the recently held Defence Expo in Lucknow alongside an array of guns and armoured vehicles. The supposed drones can lift weights of 65 kilograms and fly at an altitude of 6,000 meters, a senior company official stated in a conversation with analysts. "We had some very interesting products at the Defence Expo including drones for carrying cargo. So if emergency supplies have to be sent such as medical, food or radio sets this can do it," said Amit Kalyani, deputy managing director, Bharat Forge.

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                  • Sony Launches Ht-S20r Soundbar For Rs 14,990

                    Designed and tuned especially for the Indian market, Sony India has launched a sub Rs 15,000 soundbar. Unlike the existing soundbars in Sony's portfolio starting at Rs 18,990, the HT-S20R three-channel soundbar with rear speakers and external subwoofer delivers 400W power output support Dolby Audio to create cinematic 5.1 channel experience. Customers owning and new buyers of a 32-inch TV. Every second TV sold in India is a 32-inch TV and with widely available content through streaming services. ver the last couple of years, smart TVs have become affordable. Xiaomi's 32-inch smart can be purchased for Rs 12,499 whereas Sony's 32-inch LED TV is priced starting at Rs 19,990. However, the built-in speakers on the TVs aren't powerful enough to offer immersive sound experience. HT-S20R soundbar supports HDMI ARC for single-cable connectivity with compatible TVs. For non-HDMI compatible TVs, the options include optical input or analogue input. The soundbar can be used to wirelessly stream music by pairing smartphone over Bluetooth or plug-and-play a pen drive. Sony has added dedicated buttons for various auto, standard, cinema and music mode. Night and voice modes onboard can be used for subwoofer control. It delivers 400W power output with 160mm driver unit of subwoofer rear speakers and an external subwoofer.

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                    • BSNL Increases Validity Of This Long Term Prepaid Plan

                      HIGHLIGHTS
                      • The offer will provide additional validity of 30 days to the subscribers who subscribe to the said plan.
                      • BSNL’s official website posted that subscribers can avail the offer between February 15 and March 31
                      • The offer is region-specific, it will only be available in the Chennai and Tamil Nadu region.

                      The users of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Tamil Nadu and Chennai region are in for some subscriber delight. As a promotional offer, the Telco has announced an offer on the Rs 999 recharge plan. It will provide additional validity of 30 days to the subscribers who subscribe to the said plan. So, in addition, 30 days will be added to the existing 240-day plan making the plan valid for a total of 270 days. The offer, however, will be available for a limited period. Compared to this Jio’s long term plans start at Rs 999 but the validity lasts for 90 days or 3 months. Besides this, Jio users get data benefit of 60 GB and complimentary subscription to Jio apps. The company also claims that the bundled benefits include unlimited voice calls including national roaming. In addition to this, 100 SMS would be benefitted to the user for the entire validity period.

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                      • Facebook Sees Risks to Innovation, Freedom of Expression Ahead of EU Rules

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                        • Facebook warned of threats to innovation and freedom of expression
                        • The company laid out its concerns ahead of an important meeting
                        • Mark Zuckerberg will meet EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager

                        Facebook warned of threats to innovation and freedom of expression on Monday, ahead of the release of a raft of rules by the European Union this week and in the coming months to rein in US and Chinese tech companies. Referring to the possibility that the EU may hold Internet companies responsible for hate speech and other illegal speech published on their platforms, Facebook said this ignores the nature of the Internet. It urged regulators to understand the capabilities and limitations of technology in assessing content and allow Internet companies the flexibility to innovate. Zuckerberg's visit came on the heels of visits by Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Microsoft President Brad Smith to Brussels last month.

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                        • Facebook In Talks To Join Unacademy’s $110 Million Round

                          Education technology startup Unacademy is close to finalising its new round of funding of $110 million, which will see participation from social networking giant Facebook, said sources briefed on the matter. Private equity major General Atlantic is expected to lead the new round of funding which will value the five-year-old startup, which links educators giving lessons to students through online videos for competitive exams, between $400-500 million, said these sources. Unacademy was founded by Munjal, who sold his first startup Flatchat to Commonfloor, along with Hemesh Singh (former CTO at Flatchat) and former IAS officer Roman Saini. Its existing investors already include Sequoia India, SAIF Partners, Nexus Venture Partners and Blume Ventures. Individual investors include Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Sujeet Kumar (co-founder, Udaan) and Haptik’s Aakrit Vaish, among others. As of its latest update from September, Unacademy has over 10,000 educators on its platform and 13 million learners. The startup said it has 150 million monthly views on its own platform and its channels on Youtube as of then.

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