Humanoid Robot Sophia’s favorite actor is Shahrukh Khan

We all know that Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan has admirers all across the globe, but his latest fan is someone really very special. The two-year-old robot Sophia is also a fan of Shahrukh Khan just like we all love him. The first humanoid created in 2015 by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia, was in Hyderabad for a three-day long World Congress for Information Technology (IT) where she addressed the public as a guest speaker.

The humanoid robot won many hearts when she expressed her love for Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. While in the past, former US President Barack Obama had drawn a loud cheer from the audience when he quoted SRK’s ‘Senorita’ dialogue at his Siri Fort address two years ago, the humanoid’s reference to the Khan left many enthralled. Adding to it, Sophia also shared that her perfect date would be in space. Commenting on the Bitcoin, she said that she cannot invest in the popular cryptocurrency as she is just two-years-old, which is not a legal age to open an account.

Responding a question on the chances of separate rules for robots, the world’s first humanoid, Sophia, said, “Don’t need different rules or special privileges. I would like to use my citizenship to speak out for the rights of women.” Sophia has a Saudi Arabian citizenship. When the robot was asked about her previous statement on killing human race, she replied that “I was a lot younger and did not know what it meant. I was told humans have a great sense of humor. I guess my joke bombed”.

Amazon Says Created Over 6,500 Temporary Jobs Ahead of Great Indian Sale

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Amazon India, the E-commerce giant said that it has created more than 6,500 temporary jobs for its mega sale later this month. From January 20 to January 24, 2018, is going to host its Great Indian Sale. Akhil Saxena, Amazon India Vice President (Customer Fulfillment) told PTI, ”More than 5,500 of these “seasonal positions” have been formed across Amazon India’s network for the fulfillment centers, sortation centers as well as the delivery stations.”

Saxena added, “Another 1,000 associates have been added to the company’s customer service sites in order to cater to higher customer demand expected during the period of SALE.”

Saxena said, “This development will be instrumental in driving an exceptional experience during the upcoming Great Indian Sale. These thousands of associates will help in expanding our capabilities to serve our customers with better service and enable us to deliver dependably high levels of customer experience.”

These seasonal positions have been created in metros as well as cities such as Hyderabad and Bengaluru, among others. Saxena said, “ The company’s service partner stations have also hired extra seasonal associates for enabling faster deliveries during the sale.”

Sealed in a penetrating battle for leadership in the e-commerce market of India with local rival Flipkart, has been belligerently invested in increasing its infrastructure and delivery abilities.

It has 41 fulfilment centres (warehouses), more than 25 sortation centres, close to 150 delivery stations and 350 service partner stations all-round the country.

These enable in pickups, packing, shipping, and delivery the orders during the SALE. Amazon India also has 13 customer service sites across 12 cities.

This US-based company has committed an investment of over $5 billion that is roughly Rs. 31,720 crores in the Indian market and has already pumped in a noteworthy portion of that amount.

Google Chrome Installer App removed from Microsoft Store within hours of Its release

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On Tuesday Windows users were in a state of shock and surprise as Google quietly released the Chrome Installer app on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 Store. But a very strange thing is that Microsoft did not let it last long on the store and app was taken back just few hours after its release due to violation of its store policies as described by the Microsoft in a statement.

The browser is not available for download from the Microsoft Store making things worse for Windows 10 users who are limited to the Microsoft Store for installation of all the apps.

According to a spokesperson the app was taken back just few hours after its release due to violation of its store policies and these apps should provide unique and distinct value and we at Microsoft urge and wants Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with the Microsoft Store policies. Microsoft also confirmed that Google Chrome won’t be published on the Microsoft Windows Store. To be on the Window 10 app store Google Chrome browser should use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform that compile to their policy which leads to Windows 10 users stuck with Microsoft Edge and Bing on their devices.

Google Chrome installer had only a single 1 star rating and the reviews were very negative previously. Google has never supported Windows Store, due to which it was a very big surprise to see Chrome installer on the Microsoft Store. Google Chrome is based on the rendering engine Google’s Blink whereas for Microsoft Store apps must use HTML and JavaScript engines provided by Windows 10. Google had issued the new Chrome Installer app and it will come soon in the market if speculations have to be believed to take on the fake third-party apps which have a habit of imitating the Chrome browser on the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft and Google have been fighting the browser war or long now. Windows 10 in August last year had urged users to ditch using Google Chrome and switch on to using Edge as Edge browser offers more than 2 hours battery life that of  Google Chrome as told by Microsoft this year in August. Microsoft had also slammed Google for poor YouTube experience on Windows Phone way back in 2013.

Recently Google Chrome announced that it would make sure that an ad blocker comes on the browser from 15th February 2018. This move comes after Google formally joined the Coalition of Better Ads earlier this year.

This installer helps you get the official Google Chrome, which is a fast and safe browser from Google and Windows 10 S is incompatible with apps like Google Chrome. To use Google Chrome one should upgrade for free that to for a limited time to Windows 10 Pro  and Your app must not jeopardize or compromise user security or the security or functionality of the device, system or related systems. Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform,” according to the Windows store guidelines.

Apple offers battery cost by Rs 2,000, apologized for slowing older iPhones

Apple updated its battery replacement programme for India on Monday when they apologized to users for deliberately slowing down iPhones with drained batteries. The company will charge now Rs 2,000 for any user with an iPhone 6 or later, whose battery needs to be changed. Apple had down the prices from approximately Rs 6,000 (plus taxes) to Rs 2,000 (plus taxes) now.

Apple has also promised to more crystal-clear about how it handles power optimization of iPhones. They will also give an iOS software update early in 2018 to provide users more “visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance”. “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that,” Apple said. The company also revealed that it had introduced the power optimization through iOS 10.2.1 update to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE.

“With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance,” the company added. Apple had faced major criticism previously from the users following the disclosure of purposely slowing down iPhones. The company’s move was witnessed as part of Apple’s effort to encourage demand for newer iPhone models iPhone models, a conspiracy model that has been surfing on the internet for a quite long time.

Samsung Christmas Carnival Sale: Rs 8000 Cashback on Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 and more

On the occasion of Christmas, Samsung has partnered with Paytm Mall to offer a huge cashback of up to Rs 8,000 on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and will take place from 8th December to 15th December. To get this exclusive cashback offer customers have to visit the selected Samsung outlets and after that choose the Samsung Galaxy smartphone of their choice and then scan the Paytm Mall QR code available at the store and finally pay the price for the phone applying all the available offers on the phone. Cashback will be automatically transferred once transaction for phone is successful into their Paytm wallet. The offer is valid only for selected products like Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy C9 Pro, Galaxy C7 Pro, and Galaxy J5 Prime. The Galaxy Note 8 price is Rs 63,900, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ price is Rs 53,900 and Rs 58,900 respectively.

Apart from providing Paytm Mall’s cashback offer on purchase of Samsung phones, Samsung will also be running offers on Samsung Shops. Newly, launched products such as Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport wearable devices will be available at a cheap range of Samsung mobiles, speakers, audio accessories, wearable devices, and televisions.

Moreover the company has formed a tie-up with Bajaj FinServ to provide no-cost EMIs for multiple tenures from Bajaj Finserv on all eligible products above Rs. 10,000. Cashify app is offering a buyback of up to 40 percent value of the device when the customer upgrades to the next Samsung device to the one person have. MobiKwik wallet users will be getting a 10 percent discount on the purchase of phones. LazyPay app allows users to buy the phone and pay for it later. The company is selling Bottle Speakers at Rs 4,270 which were of Rs 4,999 previously. The Level U headphones are up for sale at Rs 2,270 which were previously for Rs 2,999. Samsung’s Level Box Slim water-resistant Bluetooth speakers are available at Rs 5,149 which was of Rs 6,699.

According to Mr. Sandeep Singh Arora the Vice President of Online Business of the company they are very happy to sell Samsung products in this festive season at a very cheap rates offering heavy discounts and cashbacks and EMI offers.

iPhone X may go off Shelves soon as Apple cuts down on Retailer Margins

According to a recent news published in the Economic Times Apple Inc has slashed down retailers margins by 30% on the iPhone X which is their 10th anniversary edition in the market. It has been observed in the market that while manufacturers of other brands offers a margin of 10-15 per cent to its retailers on their latest mobiles Apple offers only 6.5 per cent and the same is being offered for the newly launched iPhone X. But the company has reduced the margin of retailers to mere amount of 4.5 per cent which is almost 30 per cent less than others which has caused many retailers to stop taking orders for the much awaited phone in the market.

iPhone X’s sale started from November 3rd and the phone quickly went out of stock from the market but the scenario seems to be completely different now as it would be very hard for people to get the phone in the market. It is Apple’s most expensive phone till date as it starts at a whooping amount of Rs 89,000 for the 64GB model, Rs 1,02,000 for the 256GB model. But despite of such a huge pricing of phone people are all lined up to buy the phone.

Subhash Chandra who is the managing director at Sangeetha Mobiles recently told in an interview to the Economic Times that the margins have been now reduced from 6.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent and it reduces to mere 1.5-2 per cent for the customers who plan to pay money for the phone through card. It is being reported that India’s leading brands like Samsung and Xiaomi offer more than double the margin that Apple offers which sums upto a whooping amount of around 12-15 per cent and other Chinese brands such as Oppo and Vivo offer very high margins to retailers to gain a good market share. This decision by Apple is not being considered as a good decision as chain owners and small-scale retailers in the market are not at all happy with this decision and in fact are very furious. This move has resulted some retailers like Sangeetha Mobiles to stop taking orders of the iPhone X and many other big retailers will also stop taking orders in future.

Analysts of the market believe that this move by Apple will have an impact on Apple’s focus in India and that it should keep India at a risk of losing out to its rivals in the market like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, Lenovo, Redmi etc among others. Apple need to think about the decision and will have to do something for it now because if they lose a market in India than in next two years it will see its drop rate in the market going very high, it would be very difficult to grow faster and mark its image and impact in the world’s second largest smartphone market. Apple CEO and others have not commented yet and have declined to do so on the margin cuts and supply issues in India. But according to some retailers, people in our country are ready to give a premium on the phone and are ready to pay a whooping amount come what way so for some retailers there no option left but to work with iphone’s margin cut to such a large extent. So the situation is a little bit dicey but Apple needs to do something to maintain its craze amongst the audience as well as the retailers.

Apple reportedly developing in-house iPhone Power Management chips probably by 2018

According to recent reports Apple is now designing and building its own power management chips that are planned for iPhone models which will debut in 2018 in the market. After bringing its own A-series processors and making a dedicated SIP (System-in-Package) for the Apple Watch this is the next big step from Apple. According to a report by Japanese newspaper Nikkei states that Apple is aiming to cut dependency on third-party suppliers in future by making an in-house power management chip design for its own use which will totally cut the third-party dependency as till now UK-based Semiconductor used to manufacture power chips for all iPhone models till date and the Dialog stock dropped by 19 percent following the news. Moreover Imagination Technologies, the company behind PowerVR series GPUs also received a discontinuation from Apple earlier this year. In an official statement in April, the Imagination Technologies chip designer said that Apple would no longer use its graphics processors in 15 months to two years’ time.

A power management chip is for its charging function, battery management, and energy consumption in an iPhone. Although the present chips work very well and iPhone battery backup is considered the best backup till  date in the market but Nikkei report highlights and focuses on in-house development helping Apple integrate hardware and software with better results. It’s a very big chance and opportunity to differentiate itself from competitors such as Huawei and Samsung by executing this idea where future iPhone models get advancement to deliver a longer battery life. Apple has planned to replace partially, or around of half of the existing power management chips with its own semiconductor technology. In a recent interview Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli refused the rumors of Apple moving away from his company. He stated in May that “The relationship remains very strong, we have been invited for the design of a lot of new products, more than we can choose”.                  

It is also being heard that Apple is developing its own power management chips for iPhones but the time frame is less certain and the process could get delayed to 2019. Another report suggests that Apple has recruited some top Dialog engineers in Munich for the development of the custom power chips.

Apple was TSMC’s No.1 customer that contributed to 17% in 2016 to overall revenue to the Taiwanese chipmakers and that will grow to around 20% in 2017 and continue to rise in 2018.

The trend of developing custom chips for iPhone models had started earlier only late back in 2008 when Apple acquired Silicon Valley-based PA Semi which resulted in the development of the Apple A4 chip that unveiled in the iPhone 4 in 2010 in the market.

Some have different opinions regarding iPhone power management chips like according Woo Jin Ho the next generation of the iPhone would not come with Apple’s custom chip and it will still use the Dialog power management chips.

Now the year 2018 and 2019 is very interesting to watch iPhone bringing its new ideas and implementing them.