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Indian Brand Smartron Launches t.book and t.phone

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Indian start-up Smartron, with Sachin Tendulkar as one of the investors has launched an ultrabook t.book and a smartphone t.phone which runs on Android based Tron-X.

The batting maestro who is also the brand ambassador for Smartron said, “I have always been fascinated by technology. Smartron’s founding vision for the need for a robust product ecosystem in the country to grow is very impressive. We need to support brands that are ‘designed and engineered in India’ by our Entrepreneurs and Engineers that ably compete in the global markets.”

t.book is a 2 in 1 ultrabook which acts as a tablet as well as a lightweight laptop. It features a WQXGA (2560×1600 pixels) screen, 2.0 GHz Intel Core M processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card.

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The ultrabook runs on the Windows 10 operating system and the specs are similar to Mac Air, and other light weight competitors like HP Envy and Microsoft Surface. It comes in gray and orange colors. It’s 10,000 mAh powers the t.book for ten hours.

MRP is set at Rs.40,000.

The smartphone, t.phone, features 5.5″ screen and runs Tron-X, which is an Android based OS which provide IoT experience to users. Meaning data captured in one device can be captured across multiple devices instantly. Say a photo clicked on your smartphone gets across your laptop and tablet, and you could receive and make calls, send and receive SMSs using any of the devices.

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The price of the t.phone is yet to be revealed.

Smartron was started by Mahesh Lingareddy and is founded strongly on Indianism and is backed by the make-in-India initiative launched by prime minister Narendra Modi. The entire range of products including microchips is manufactured indigenously.

The company claims to have invested $10 million in the past couple of years, in its bid to create a strong IoT ecosystem. They are in search of more funds, $100 million in precise, to be spent on research and development in the next 5 years.

The IoT company having Tendulkar as the investor need not look any further for marketing and advertising concerns. He is keen on promoting the products on all mediums.

Uber Introduces Family Profiles; You Can Pay for Other’s Rides

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It is common in India that the person requesting the cab may not always be paying for it, or have the means to it. Like say your wife is going to the mall, and she does not own a card of her own, and doesn’t wish to use cash.

The current Uber app restricts sharing in terms of payments, and we are allowed to pay for ourselves only, and the same card cannot not be used across multiple Uber accounts.

The family profile feature is being piloted in a few locations in the US, and will get rolled out worldwide after its deemed success.

The family feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it is restricted to family members, but anybody who the Uber account holder wishes to add. The maximum number of family members/friends who can be added is restricted to 10.

On the Uber app, go to settings -> add a family profile, and add all the contacts who you wish to associate as family.

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After they are added, the people you have chosen can request rides from their own phone using the Family Profile as their payment method.

The person making the payment will receive the payment receipts.

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Apple to Launch iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in India on November 1st, 2013

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Apple has timed the launch of their latest offerings, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to coincide with the holiday season of Diwali. This is the time of the year when retail sales shoot up in India, and retailers, online and offline alike offer customers with irresistible offers.

The expensive variant, iPhone 5S is estimated to be priced at Rs. 53,500 for 16 GB, Rs. 62,500 for 32 GB and Rs. 71,500 for 64 GB models.

The model designed for developing countries, iPhone 5C is a tad cheaper at Rs. 41,900 for 16 GB and Rs. 53,500 for the 32 GB variant.

While in US, a 16 GB unlocked iPhone 5S is available at $649, which is roughly about Rs. 40,000 and a 16 GB unlocked iPhone 5C at $549 – Rs. 33,000. The difference between the two markets can be attributed to the customs and other taxes that the Indian government fondly imposes.

The iPhone 5S comes with a 4″ retina display and is powered with a 64 bit 1.3 GHz dual core processor along with 1 GB DDR3 RAM. It has a primary 8 MP camera and a 1.2 MP camera for video conferencing.The phone comes in gold, space grey and black colors.

The iPhone 5C has an older 32 bit processor, 1 GHz dual core. Camera specs are similar but a number of fancy features such as dual-flash, slow motion video capture and a burst mode that captures up to 10 photos per second are omitted. However, iPhone 5C is colorful with yellow, green, pink, white and blue hues.

Even before the phone hits the market, iPhone 5S and 5C cases are doing rounds. It will cost anywhere between Rs. 3200 Rs. 1200 depending on the model you pick up.

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications have announced that the new iPhones would be available at their retail outlets from the 1st of November.

Google Doodle for Children’s Day

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Google’s doodle for November 14, 2012 is dedicated to Children’s day in India. The doodle was created by Arun Kumar Yadav, a class 9 student from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh. Keep Reading

Google Nexus 7 Released in India

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Google has introduced its first tablet in India with Nexus 7 going on stands earlier last week.

The tablet PC, manufactured for Google by Asus has a cost price of Rs.19,900 and is expected to compete directly with Samsung Galaxy tab and iPad, more so with the former. Keep Reading

Cellphone Phishing On in Full Swing

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When we start looking at security, things are perhaps moving for the worst by the day. First, it was Windows OS that was susceptible, and slowly but surely, iOS, Linux and other major operating systems fell prey. Next was the turn of cellphone OS, iPods and other gadgets. Now, the latest tantrum is the SIM card in the Indian market. Indian cellphone numbers are getting hijacked by hackers, and all that the telecom operators could do is warn users. Amen to the one and only lame passive approach! Keep Reading

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