Company Recalled Renault Kwid To Fix Steering Issue
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Company Recalled Renault Kwid To Fix Steering Issue

Renault has issued a recall for its entry level car, the Kwid 0.8-litre. The issue stated is with the steering assembly of the Kwid, which would be inspected and fixed free of cost. Renault hasn’t yet announced which lot of cars have been affected but it is contacting individual customers whose cars are part of the recall. Also, this is confirmed for the 800cc models but since both the cars (0.8- and 1.0-litre) use the same electronically assisted setup, it is advised that 1.0-litre Kwid owners also get in touch with their nearest dealership.
Renault Kwid
Renault recently launched the Live For More 2018 Reloaded Edition for the Kwid. It gets 10 new cosmetic updates and is available in the top three variants. Updates include chrome inserts on the grille, new ‘Speedster’ graphics and the Climber’s roof rails. The Speedster graphics are present on the bonnet, side panels doors and the boot gate. That’s not all, there are bright lime graphics on the ORVMs and wheel covers. But if you still want more, ‘Live For More’ insignia on the doors should round things up. The Kwid LFM is offered with reverse parking sensors as standard. Powering the Kwid is a 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder motor which produces 54PS of power and 72Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. The other engine is a 1.0-litre petrol producing 68PS/91Nm and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The biggest selling point of the Kwid is its SUV-inspired looks, the 7-inch touchscreen which is shared with the big guns like the Duster and the Captur, and the boot space of 300 litres, which is much larger than even hatchbacks from a segment up. The Kwid rivals the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Datsun redi-GO.
0 0 4 23 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
WhatsApp launches its app for businesses in selected markets
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WhatsApp launches its app for businesses in selected markets

WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. The addition of business profiles and new messaging tools aimed at business customers is part of the company’s broader plan to generate revenue by charging larger enterprises for advanced tools to communicate with customers on the platform now used by over a billion people worldwide.

The WhatsApp Business app is the initial entry point in this market. Aimed at smaller businesses, the free app – Android-only for now – helps companies better connect with their customers and establish an official presence on WhatsApp’s service. Essentially, it’s the WhatsApp version of a Facebook Page. The company had previously announced the app’s arrival, and begun verifying business accounts as part of its WhatsApp Business pilot program back in September 2017. Verified accounts were given a green checkmark as a means of demonstrating their authenticity. With the new WhatsApp Business app arriving today, small companies can set up their WhatsApp Business profiles by filling out information like a business description, email, address and website. WhatsApp says people will know when they’re talking to a business because these accounts will be listed as “Business Accounts.” Over time, some of these will become “Confirmed Accounts,” after WhatsApp verifies the account phone number it registered with matches the business phone number. Once established on the WhatsApp network, businesses can then use a series of tools provided by the app, like smart messaging tools that offer similar technology as what you’d find today in Facebook Messenger. For example, the app offers “quick replies” that provide fast answers to customers’ frequently asked questions; “greeting messages” that introduce customers to the business; and “away messages,” that let customers know you’re busy. Businesses will also be able to access messaging statistics, like number of messages read, and they can send and receive messages from the desktop via WhatsApp Web. While businesses will need to use this new app to communicate with customers, for the general WhatsApp user, there’s no change. They’ll be able to message businesses but can control their experience by blocking numbers and businesses, as well as report spam. In addition, businesses will only be able to contact people who provided their phone number and agreed to receive messages from the business, the company had previously said.
The Business app will later be joined by an enterprise solution aimed at large businesses with a global customer base – like airlines, e-commerce sites, and banks, WhatsApp had said last fall. It didn’t announce any news regarding this solution today, but in the past the company said it would charge for these enterprise tools. Presumably, they’ll be built on top of the current WhatsApp Business core product. The company also indicated today how critical it is to address the needs of businesses on its service, which now reaches 1.3 billion users. According to data it cited from Morning Consult’s research, over 80 percent of small businesses in India and Brazil said that WhatsApp helps them communicate with customers and grow their businesses. WhatsApp declined to say how many businesses are today active on its app, when asked. At launch, the WhatsApp Business is available as a free download on Google Play in supported markets. WhatsApp didn’t offer an ETA on when the Business app would rollout to worldwide markets beyond “the coming weeks,” or when an iOS version would arrive. However, the company did confirm to us that – while it prioritized Android after researching with businesses where WhatsApp is used prominently – it does plan to support other platforms in the future.
0 0 16 19 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
Apple and Samsung are under investigation !
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Apple and Samsung are under investigation !

Italy’s antitrust organization has launched two separate investigations against Apple and Samsung over accusations of planned obsolescence.

The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, or AGCM, is trying to determine whether the two popular smartphone manufacturers are using software updates to slow down devices in order to influence customers to upgrade their phones. According to the group, Apple and Samsung may not offer enough information to customers as to the effects of software updates, and don’t offer details as to how installing them may slow down devices, which it says could violate several articles of Italy’s consumer protection code.

There’s no mention made to Apple’s recent admission that iOS software is intentionally slowing down phones with older batteries in order to maintain a usable level of performance, but it’s hard to imagine that the issue isn’t at least part of the impetus for the investigation. Apple is already facing a criminal probe over the battery slowdown issue in France, where planned obsolescence is illegal.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said this week that the next iOS update will allow users to disable the slowdown if they choose, and provide more transparent information as to the health of users’ batteries.

0 0 11 19 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
There was a rise is App Downloads in India by 215 Percent in 2017
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There was a rise is App Downloads in India by 215 Percent in 2017

App insights company App Annie has claimed that an average user in India holds nearly 80 apps and accesses over 40 of them. The company, in its 2017 Retrospective Report, also highlights that there has been a 60 percent growth in the total number of app downloads globally from 2015, with a total of more than 175 billion downloads in 2017. Alongside India, mobile users in China and Japan are reported to have over 100 apps on an average. The consumer spends on apps exceeded to $86 billion in 2017, marking over 105 percent of growth from 2015, while each user on an average spends about 43 days per year in apps. App downloads, particularly in India, have surged 215 percent in 2017 than 2015. This has made the country overtake the US and become the top second country by downloads. App Annie also highlights that there is a significant volume of absolute downloads in mature markets, including the US. In India, the top 10 most downloaded apps were WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Truecaller, SHAREit,  MX Player, UC Browser, Amazon, Paytm, and Instagram. The Paytm app is notably the only homegrown app on the most downloaded apps list. App Annie believes that the demonetisation drive by the Indian government and the arrival of Unified Payments Interface (UPI)have significantly contributed in the growth of the Paytm app that received over 30 percent usage penetration among Android phone users in the last year. Also, apps such as PhonePe, Jio Wallet, and Google's Tez are considered to further shake up the market. In addition to wallets, App Annie states that after the debut of Reliance Jio, video streaming in India has received explosive growth - with video consumption increased more than six times since the first half of 2016. The increase in the adoption of video content has pushed the usage of video streaming apps, especially making Hotstar one of the most used video streaming apps in the world. "Emerging markets such as India and Brazil are in the early stages of app maturity. Vast download numbers are driven by new smartphone owners discovering and experimenting with new apps," App Annie said in the annual report. When it comes to the leading market for apps, App Annie claims that the Chinese app market has surpassed other countries and become the world's largest app market. Just in the fourth quarter in 2017, Chinese app users are found to have spent over 200 billion hours in apps across Apple App Store, Google Play, and third-party Android stores. Indian users, on the other hand, are reported to have spent almost 50 billion hours in apps during the same time frame. Furthermore, App Annie team says that $1 out of every $4 from various apps stores, in-app ads, and mobile commerce is generated by the Chinese market. It is important to note that the majority of China's most-used apps are found to be published by Chinese companies, though some of them are entering the global market as well. App Annie reports that the number of apps available across Google Play and Apple App Store expanded to more than six million. "In response, app marketing, particularly app store optimisation and paid user acquisition, has become increasingly critical for those looking to stand out," the company added.
0 0 14 19 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 release would be in March
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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 release would be in March

Tech informant Evan Blass claims to have learned from a C-level executive at a smartphone case maker that the Galaxy S9 and larger Galaxy S9+ will be available for pre-order starting March 1, and will go on sale March 16. The phones will be announced on February 26, during the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona. Before Samsung confirms all the details next month, here’s what we know about the Galaxy S9 so far:
 Samsung has not confirmed a release date for the Galaxy S9, but it did recently confirm its unveiling in February.
This makes Blass’ claim of a March release for the Galaxy S9 quite plausible. The schedule is very similar to how Samsung has released smartphones in the past: The Galaxy S8 was delayed until April 2017 due to safety concerns, but the Galaxy S7 was announced in late-February and released in mid-March of 2016, as were several older devices in the Galaxy-S series. If there are any exciting features on the Galaxy S9, news about them may still be under wraps. So far, most details about the smartphone pretty much suggest the Galaxy S9 is an incremental update. Samsung has confirmed consumers can expect updates to its Bixby AI assistant feature, particularly making its interface easier for users to navigate. Several leaks also suggest Samsung may also make some design tweaks to the device that will make it easier to use. The Galaxy S9 is expected to feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner placed in a centralised location, which would make it easier for users to find. Currently, the Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner is located to the right of the camera module. Many users say the placement isn’t ideal in terms of natural hand placement. Other leaks suggest the Galaxy S9 may include new camera features, such as a super slow-mo video capture function. Samsung may also take a cue from Apple by including a single-lens camera on the standard Galaxy S9 and a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy S9+. Consumers should also expect other well-known features on the Galaxy S9, such as water- and dust-resistance and wireless charging. Recent reports suggest Samsung likely won’t make any updates to the battery capacity on the Galaxy S9, though prior rumours indicated there could be a slight power bump. With no changes expected for the display size or display quality of either the Galaxy 9 or Galaxy S9+ models, an increase in battery power may not be necessary. Leaks have also suggested that memory and storage capacity on the Galaxy S9 will likely remain similar to what is seen on the Galaxy S8. Samsung is also known for including expandable storage on its devices, which should also be expected for the Galaxy S9. For now, it seems likely that the Galaxy S9 will retain the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack at a time when several manufacturers, including Apple and Google, are releasing premium smartphones without a headphone jack. There is evidence, however, that Samsung has considered removing the headphone jack from the Galaxy S9.
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Some rumours suggest the Galaxy S9 could include facial-recognition features similar to Apple’s Face ID and Animoji on the iPhone X; however, Samsung already has its own iris scanner and facial-recognition features on its current smartphones, which could easily be adopted onto newer models. Suggestions for the feature arose when Samsung announced that its Exynos 9810 chip, which may be included in the Galaxy S9, would be able to power those facial-recognition capabilities. Another rumour suggests there could be a Galaxy S9 model featuring eight times the internal storage capacity included on current Galaxy devices. News of this feature arose when Samsung announced it has developed a 512GB capacity for onboard storage, to allow devices to support large multimedia files, particularly high-quality videos. Samsung also recently released the Galaxy A8 smartphone , which includes a dual-lens front-facing camera that made us wonder if the Galaxy S9 could have such a feature. However, it appears dual-camera set may be exclusive to the rear camera on the larger Galaxy S9+.
0 0 18 17 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
The Brand New 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition Has Been launched
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The Brand New 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition Has Been launched

The new 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition is not just limited to a cosmetic update. The motorcycle gets an explorer kit as an addition that comprises of multiple touring friendly bits. The Sleet edition demands Rs 28,000 more than the regular model.

Royal Enfield has launched the 2018 Himalayan Sleet edition in India. The price of the said model is kept at Rs 2.12 lakh (on-road, Chennai). Having said that, the new Himalayan Sleet edition is Rs 28,000 expensive than the regular model. The new 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet is limited for sale to just 500 units. The bookings for the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition can be done online exclusively at the company's official website by paying a token amount of Rs 5,000. Since the Sleet edition will be sold on an exclusive and first-come, first-serve basis, interested buyers will have to first register at the company's official website between 12th January and 30th January. After that, the motorcycle will finally go on sale on 30th January. One of the most prominent changes on the new 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition is the new camouflage paint scheme, the images of which had already leaked on the internet earlier. Under the new paint scheme, the adventure tourer gets a white colour with portions of grey.
2018 Royal enfield Himalayan sleet edition with luggage panniers
2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan sleet edition luggage panniers
The new 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition is not just limited to cosmetic update. The bike gets an additional explorer kit in favour of long-distance touring. This new kit includes aluminium handlebar with bar end weights and cross-brace and an engine guard with powder coating finish. Besides, there is also 26-litre waterproof aluminium panniers and pannier mounting rails on offer that enables the rider carry his belongings on long rides. Mechanically, there are no changes to the new 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition. The motorcycle continues to get its power from a 411cc, air-cooled, single cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearbox. The fuel injected motor is good for developing respective power and torque of 24.5 hp and 32 Nm. The braking to the new Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition is taken care of with the help of a 300mm disc brake upfront along with a 240mm disc brake at the rear. Other interesting highlights include a large 21-inch wheel at the front, a transparent windscreen, highly informative instrument cluster with a geographical compass and a lot more.
0 0 30 12 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
Logan Paul ruined his career ! YouTube removes him from Google ad platform !
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Logan Paul ruined his career ! YouTube removes him from Google ad platform !

YouTube has taken steps to discipline star Logan Paul after the disturbing video he posted last month, which included images of an alleged suicide victim in Japan. Paul was removed from Google Preferred, a premier ad service that offers brand advertisers access to top YouTube producers. The company also said he will not be featured on season 4 of the original YouTube series "Foursome," and said "his new Originals are on hold." Paul had been set to star in the YouTube movie, "The Thinning: New World Order," a sequel to the company's 2016 release with Paul. The movie had begun filming in November 2017. YouTube is owned by Google, and creators like Paul earn money through Google's advertising services. On Tuesday, YouTube released a statement on its Twitter page indicating Paul would be penalized for sharing the inappropriate video with his 15 million subscribers. “The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences,” the statement reads. The company expressed that it was upset about the video, stating, “Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.” YouTube acknowledged that it had taken a long time to respond, but said they had been listening to everyone’s comments. The statement also indicated there may be changes in YouTube policies. The release states, "We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again." We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences. On Jan. 3, three days after posting the video, Paul announced on Twitter that he was stepping away from posting videos “for now,” and “taking time to reflect.” A petition on Change.org that demanded his YouTube channel be deleted had over 450,000 signatures Thursday morning. Paul received swift backlash after he posted a video Dec. 31 of him in Aokigahara, a forest near Mount Fuji, Japan, known colloquially as the "suicide forest," showing what appeared to be a body hanging from a tree. The video was viewed 6 million times before being removed from Paul's YouTube channel. Criticism followed despite two apologies by the star, one on Twitter and another by YouTube video. In Paul's first apology, he said he had wanted to raise awareness about suicide, and denied he was being controversial in order to promote his social media content. "I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity," he said in his Twitter post. "I don't expect to be forgiven. I'm simply here to apologize," he said on the more somber video apology uploaded on YouTube and Twitter Jan. 2. "None of us knew how to react or how to feel."
0 0 24 11 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
This is WhatsApp’s new update on Android beta !
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This is WhatsApp’s new update on Android beta !

WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature vis Google Play Beta Program, which makes switching to video calls, during a voice call easier. WhatsApp version 2.18.4 adds a new video call switch button that shows up during a voice call. People can click on the icon to switch to video call automatically, even when they’re on voice call with a friend. In this case, the recipient will get a request for video call, which can either be accepted or rejected. WhatsApp will automatically switch from voice to video when request is accepted. However, in case the user decides to reject the video call request, voice call will normally continue. WhatsApp quick switch feature isn’t available for group calls. Do note the feature is limited to Android beta testers or those who’ve signed-up for WhatsApp’s Beta Program. Those interested in becoming a beta tester for WhatsApp, can head over to Google Play Store. The beta version gives users access to new features ahead of public rollout. To leave testing program at any time, just switch to the public version of WhatsApp app. WhatsApp is one of the largest messaging apps with close to 1.5 billion users globally. India is among its top markets with over 200 million users. According to reports, the company is supposed to roll out UPI (United Payments Interface) -based payments in India and it is also testing new services, businesses in the country. Players like BookMyShow, MakeMyTrip and even Netflix have partnered with WhatsApp in India.
0 0 26 10 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
One Injured As iPhone Battery Explodes At Zurich Apple Store
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One Injured As iPhone Battery Explodes At Zurich Apple Store

A man was injured when an iPhone battery overheated and the device exploded at an Apple Store in Zurich, leading to a temporary evacuation of those present at the premises. The incident occurred at the Apple Store on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse on Tuesday, injuring a repairman. "According to Zurich City police, the device suddenly exploded for an unknown reason as it was being removed by a repair worker on Tuesday, burning his hand slightly. Seven other people received medical attention but were not hospitalised," the report said. The incident prompted the evacuation of around 50 customers and staff from the shop. "The staff responded well and correctly. They sprinkled quartz sand over the overheated battery so that the smoke could be contained and sucked out after switching on the ventilation," a police statement said. The fire servicemen covered the battery with sand, allowing the smoke to be contained and then ventilated. According to police, forensic specialists from the Zurich Forensic Institute were examining the cause of the problem. Apple was yet to respond to this.
0 0 13 10 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more
Over 6 million Google Home speakers have been sold since mid-October
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Over 6 million Google Home speakers have been sold since mid-October

Google decided to brag a little bit about the success of its Home speakers today with a blog post claiming it sold “more than one ... every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October.” That means, from October 19th through the end of yesterday, Google sold at least 6.73 million speakers.

What Google doesn’t say is how those sales were split between the Home, the Home Mini, and the Home Max. It seems fairly safe to guess that the Home Mini was by far the most popular, since it was on sale for $29 for most of the holiday season. The Home Max only launched in mid-December — it’s also $399 — so it likely makes up an incredibly small portion of those millions of sales.

The other outstanding question is whether this is actually making Google any money. Google is thought to be losing money on every unit of the Home Mini; Reuters reported on one analysis that pegged the device’s parts alone at $26, not including the cost of developing the entire thing, supporting it, advertising it, shipping it, and so on. Of course, Google is in this for the long game — the Assistant is an attempt to make sure Google remains the way people get information, and Google has plenty of options to make money through ads or the data it collects in the future.

It isn’t alone in that situation either. Amazon is also believed to be losing money on the Echo Dot, which was similarly cut to $29 during the holiday season. Amazon never gives out specific sales figures, but it did say that “tens of millions” of its own Alexa-enabled devices were sold over the holidays, with the Echo Dot being one of the top sellers. Like Google, Amazon certainly expects to make up for the lost money later by blanketing people’s homes with devices that connect to its store.

Evidently, the strategy is working. These super cheap prices are getting people to buy smart speakers and commit to an ecosystem. These companies are clearly happy to spend a few dollars gaining customers in the short term so that they have an enormous audience available to them down the road.

Google also gave a vague look at its overall home device sales today. The company said that if you include all of its home products — like the Chromecast and Google WiFi — its sales figures reach into the “tens of millions” throughout all of 2017. That’s not at all a specific or helpful figure, but it’s at least a clear sign that Google’s hardware is reaching people.

0 0 20 06 January, 2018 Alternative, Business Top more