iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and More Available With Zero Down Payment EMIs, 5 Percent Cashback in India

Apple has launched zero down payment and low interest EMI schemes for certain variants in its iPhone lineup in India, available at offline retailers. The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will be part of this offer that is valid only for the 18-month EMI plans. The offer is applicable across credit cards issued by several private and PSU banks in India. The offer can also be availed with an EMI plan through debit cards issued by HDFC Bank, and consumer loans from Capital First, HDB Financial Services, and HDFC Bank. The scheme is valid for purchases made between June 15 and September 30, 2018. A 5 percent additional cashback is also valid for select credit and debit cards.

Credit cards issued by American Express, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Citibank, HDFC Bank, HSBC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, J&K Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, and Yes Bank will be eligible for the no down payment and low EMI offer that is available at all offline Apple authorised resellers in the country.

All the offer details are mentioned on the Indiaistore portal, with an EMI calculator that offers the Effective Monthly Cost (EMC) for all variants of the iPhone models under the scheme.

There is an additional 5 percent cashback applicable on Axis Bank credit cards, Citi credit cards, HDFC Bank debit and credit Cards, ICICI Bank credit cards and Standard Chartered credit cards. Much like the first offer, this cashback is only available with the 18-month EMI plans. It is valid for two transactions per card during the period, and cashback is said to be credited within 120 business days from the date of transaction.

Currently, Apple and Citibank have also partnered to ease the purchasing decision for prospective buyers of the iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch with up to Rs. 10,000 cashback for Citibank card holders. This is valid up to July 31, 2018.

Comio C1 Pro With Face Unlock, Dual 4G VoLTE Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Comio C1 Pro was launched in India on Monday. The new smartphone is designed to take on the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 with features including facial recognition and dual 4G VoLTE/ ViLTE. The smartphone comes in three colour variants – Metallic Grey, Royal Black, and Sunrise Gold. Another key feature of the handset include multiple font support in the user interface. Additionally, Comio claims the Comio C1 Pro comes with one year and 100 days of warranty, one-time screen breakage warranty, 30-day replacement, and an upgrade offer that allows customers to get 40 percent discount in return of their less than 12-months-old Comio C1 Pro phone.

Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, CEO and Director, Comio Smartphone commented on the smartphone’s launch in a statement, “We believe that consumers in this price segment deserve better features and our budget-friendly C1 Pro smartphone provides a pot-pourri of exciting features like good camera quality, better speed, security features, stylish design and value-added services.”

Comio C1 Pro price in India, launch offers

The Comio C1 Pro price in India has been set at Rs. 5,599. It will be available through key retail stores across the country and online platforms, including Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, ShopClues, and Snapdeal. Reliance Jio subscribers buying the Comio C1 Pro will receive Rs. 2,200 cashback through 44 vouchers worth Rs. 50. This offer will become valid after the first successful recharge of Rs. 198/ Rs. 299 monthly packs and can be redeemed from the second recharge onwards.

Comio C1 Pro specifications

The dual-SIM Comio C1 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD (720×1440 pixels) display that comes with features like Split Screen and Pop Touch. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek 6739 SoC coupled with 1.5GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Comio C1 Pro features an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, and on the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The rear camera comes with a Panorama mode and Gestures-setup-in-camera mode that lets users capture smile and finger gestures within an image. As mentioned, the front camera has facial recognition technology.

The Comio C1 Pro is equipped with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Notably, the smartphone is fuelled by a 2500mAh battery.

White House looks to contain damage as Laura Bush joins critics of family separations

The Trump administration sought to distance itself Sunday from the controversial policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid condemnation from some prominent Republican voices — including former first lady Laura Bush.

“Nobody likes” breaking up families and “seeing babies ripped from their mothers’ arms,” Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, said during her weekend media blitz.

Conway also denied Trump was using the policy as leverage to force Democrats into negotiating immigration reform that also includes one of the president’s key campaign promises – the border wall.

Speculation about an elaborate strategy was fueled after Trump tweeted Saturday a call for Congress to work on a new immigration bill.

“Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!” he wrote.

“Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!”

– President Donald Trump

The president previously pointed at Democrats for the existence of the “horrible law” and urged them to support its repeal.

“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents once they cross the Border into the U.S.” he tweeted last month.

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Former first lady Laura Bush has come out against the Trump administration’s policy of “zero-tolerance” to parents entering the U.S. illegally with their children.

 (Associated Press)

Over the weekend, Conway echoed the president, saying Democrats should begin working to get “real immigration reform” passed. She didn’t reveal if Trump was willing to stop the family separation policy, saying only that “the president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board.”

The administration continues to face heavy criticism for enforcing the law, which has led to more than 2,000 children being separated from families who tried to enter the U.S. illegally in just the six weeks since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the “zero-tolerance” approach.

The latest critics include former first lady Laura Bush, wife of former President George W. Bush, who deemed the policy as “cruel” and “immoral.”

“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote in an op-ed article for the Washington Post.

“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso,” she continued. “These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”

Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director, also criticized the policy, saying it’s not “the Christian way” or “the American way,” though he hoped that the president would eventually end the policy.

“The President can reverse it and I hope he does,” Scaramucci tweeted.

He reiterated his feelings to Fox 11 in Los Angeles over the weekend, saying that he didn’t think it was a “humane” policy — but claimed the problem lies on both sides.

“People should sit down and have an honest conversation with the president and say, ‘This doesn’t reflect well on us,’” he said. “‘We have to fix this problem.’”

The policy even sparked a rare public statement from first lady Melania Trump, who generally stays out of her husband’s presidential affairs.

According to her spokeswoman, Melania Trump believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” the spokeswoman added.

Amid the criticism, Kirstjen Nielsen, head of the Department of Homeland Security, slammed the media on Sunday, tweeting “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

“This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive. As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry,” she added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

Jabra Elite 45e Wireless Headset With Neckband Design, One-Touch Voice Assistant Access Launched in India

Jabra Elite 45e wireless headset has been launched in India. The new headset features a soft neckband design and comes with customisable equaliser settings. Jabra has also offered one-touch access to voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri. Additionally, there is up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge and a water- and dust-resistant build. The latest headset comes months after the Denmark-based company launched the Jabra Elite 65t and Elite 25e Bluetooth headphones in the country. It will be available for purchase through Croma, Amazon India, and all Jabra authorised retailers starting June 22.

Jabra Elite 45e price in India

The Jabra Elite 45e price in India has been set at Rs. 7,499. It comes in Titanium Black, Copper Black, and Gold Beige colour options. The headset is available with two-year dust- and water-resistance warranty that requires registration through the Jabra Sound+ app.

Jabra Elite 45e features

Featuring two earbuds in an in-ear form-factor, the Jabra Elite 45e headset is designed to offer an enhanced voice and music experience on the go. The headset has a flexible memory wire that contours to the neck. Also, there is a built-in microphone to enable voice calling support alongside Jabra’s proprietary noise reduction technology. The design of the headset is built with an IP54-certified body that offers water and dust resistance to an extent.

When used with the Jabra Sound+ app, you can select your favourite customisable equaliser profiles or settings on the Jabra Elite 45e. It also has one-touch access to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Furthermore, the company claims that with a single charge, the headset is capable of delivering up to eight hours of music playback and voice calling.

“The Elite 45e is an all-rounder: wherever your day takes you, your activities won’t prevent easy, reliable access to calls and music,” said Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra, in a press release while announcing the new launch. “This soft neckband headset with memory wire has a lightweight form factor and a unique box microphone solution that delivers the clearest voice communication on any stereo wireless headphone.”

WhatsApp Business Tipped to Allow Product Showcase Through a Catalogue

WhatsApp Business is reportedly adding a feature to let businesses offer an online catalogue of their products. While WhatsApp is yet to announce the new development, a screenshot showing the online catalogue feature has emerged online to reveal its existence. It could give a boost to the user base of the business-focused app that already has over three million active users. Last month, it was reported that in addition to the existing Android app, the Facebook-owned team is working on a WhatsApp Business app for iOS to expand its presence. The app is also in the rumours to receive a chat filter feature to help businesses easily find the important messages from their customers.

The screenshot leaked by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo shows that the WhatsApp Business app will enable businesses to add information such as Title, Description, Link, and SKU of their products in addition to their images. The app is not likely to offer businesses the option to directly sell their products. Having said that, the online catalogue feature will enable them to easily showcase their new products to customers. WABetaInfo folks additionally claim that the catalogue will visible in the standard WhatsApp as well. This makes sense as customers could generally be attracted with new products on the standard app.

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Photo Credit: Twitter/ WABetaInfo

 

As the screenshot is apparently sourced from an Android device, we can safely presume the availability of the online catalogue feature on WhatsApp Business for Android. However, the WhatsApp team is also in the news for building an iOS version of its business app. A couple of screenshots showing the iOS version of WhatsApp Business app surfaced last month.

The arrival of online catalogue on WhatsApp Business may open another avenue for WhatsApp to generate some revenue as it could levy charges to businesses for user referral to their products.

To recall, WhatsApp Business was launched in January for Android users in six countries, including India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Britain, and the US. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s Q1 2018 earnings call in April highlighted that the app has surpassed the mark of three million active users.

Nokia X6 Global Variants, Nokia 5.1 Plus (Nokia X5) Spotted on Bluetooth Certification Site

HMD Global is seemingly busy in making the newly launched Nokia 2 (2018), Nokia 3 (2018), and Nokia 5 (2018) available across the worldwide markets. However, the company is not just focused on that, and is working on bringing more new models to the market as well. The alleged Nokia 5.1 Plus that was seen in renders recently, has now received Bluetooth certification as well. Furthermore, two Nokia X6 variants have also received Bluetooth certification, hinting at an impending arrival outside of China.

A Nokia smartphone with model number TA-1109 has appeared in Bluetooth certification, and while it isn’t exclusively mentioned that this device is the Nokia 5.1 Plus or the Nokia X5 (2018), it is largely expected to be. Nokiapoweruser reports that Nokia TA-1109 is listed to be powered by a MediaTek chipset, and a recent leak also claimed that the Nokia 5.1 Plus or the Nokia X5 is said to sport a MediaTek chipset. Thus, the speculation that the model number TA-1109 is indeed the Nokia 5.1 Plus can be made, as there is no other low-end to mid-range smartphone from Nokia that has been leaked recently. However, all of this should be taken with a pinch of salt until official confirmation.

Render leaks of the Nokia 5.1 Plus claim that the smartphone will come with a thin-bezel display and include the notch – featuring a front camera, earpiece, and some sensors. On the back, the renders show a dual rear camera setup along with an LED flash, and a fingerprint sensor. Further, there is apparently a USB Type-C port and a loudspeaker grill at the bottom, while the top of the smartphone seems to have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.

Separately, Nokia model numbers TA-1083 and TA-1116 have also appeared in Bluetooth certification, and these could be the global variants of the Nokia X6. Nokiapoweruser reports that the TA-1116 model was also spotted on Russian certification recently, and all of this hints at an imminent release out of China. The smartphone was also spotted on Taiwan certification site, hinting at a release in that market as well.

The Nokia X6 is currently only available in China, and the price starts at CNY 1,299 (approximately Rs. 13,800) for the 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while its 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,499 (approximately Rs. 16,000) and the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant at CNY 1,699 (approximately Rs. 18,100). All these variants will be available in China starting May 21.

Nokia X6 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia X6 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with up to 6GB of RAM, and has a dual rear camera setup with a primary 16-megapixel RGB sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor, featuring an f/2.0 aperture. On the front, the handset has a 16-megapixel camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Both camera sensors work with preloaded AI features and come with HDR support. Besides, the smartphone has up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) and packs a 3060mAh battery.

Battlefield V Closed Alpha Date to Be Revealed ‘Later This Month’: EA

Battlefield V is getting a closed alpha. Thanks to a tweet from a developer at EA, we should see details for it emerge later this month. The tweet, now deleted, has been recorded for posterity thanks to the eagle-eyed members of the Battlefield V subreddit. According to Jim Hejl, Applied R&D Engineer at EA we’ll “hear more about” the Battlefield V closed alpha “later this month” and that he’ll be giving away codes for it. Furthermore, EA will be having a Content Creation Contest for Battlefield V too. At E3 2018, EA showed off the game’s multiplayer and teased its single-player along with announcing it would get a battle royale mode akin to PUBG and Fortnite after launch. Dubbed as simply Royale mode, it will be launched after Battlefield V release date of October 19.

Considering that Battlefield V has an October release date, a closed alpha prior is no surprise as it would be a way for EA to drum up pre-orders for the game.

 

Amazon India, EA’s exclusive retail partner in the country has listed Battlefield V for Rs. 3,999. Not too shabby when you consider that EA thought it was a good idea to have Battlefield 1 priced at Rs. 5,199 before the backlash resulted in it being priced at a somewhat more reasonable Rs. 4,299. Though keep in mind that this is for the Battlefield V Standard Edition on disc and not the Deluxe Edition of the game. In line with past EA releases, there isn’t a PC version on disc either.

And while Battlefield V might be exclusive to Amazon India at this juncture, this may not be the case. In the past Gadgets 360 reported that the company was looking at ways to broaden its distribution of EA’s games, tying up with Delhi-based game distributor Zupitex to ensure availability of the likes of FIFA 18, Need for Speed Payback, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 among others goes beyond Amazon’s India website and to offline stores.


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Xiaomi Smartphones Spotted on US FCC Site, Tipping Imminent Launch

Xiaomi launched its latest smartphones – Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A – last week in China. While there were three variants of the Redmi 6 expected at the event, the Chinese manufacturer gave a Plus/ Pro model a miss. However, as per latest reports, Xiaomi may launch some new handsets in the market soon. A couple of new Xiaomi smartphones has been certified by Federal Communications Commission in the US. While not many details about the upcoming phones have been revealed in the listings, they do reveal that the handsets will run MIUI 9.

As per the listings first spotted by Mysmartprice, the FCC IDs of the two new Xiaomi smartphones are 2AFZZ-RMSC3DG and 2AFZZ-RMSC3CG, and the model numbers are M1804C3DG and M1804C3CG. The FCC listing does not reveal the names of the handsets. However, Xiaomi could either launch completely new smartphones, or it could unveil handsets and tablets like Redmi 6 Pro/ Plus or Mi Max 3 or Mi Pad 4. All three devices have been spotted in a few leaks for a quite some time now.

As mentioned, the listing shows that both the Xiaomi handsets with model numbers M1804C3DG and M1804C3CG running MIUI 9. It is surprising to see new phones from the manufacturer to come with MIUI 9, and not the latest MIUI 10. But then, both Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A run MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo.

Now that Xiaomi has already launched the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, chances are high that Redmi 6 Pro/ Plus will be launching before the Mi Max 3 and Mi Pad 4. As per previous reports, the new variant may feature a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio, powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, likely to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC or the MediaTek Helio P60 processor. Additionally, the phone may come in 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB RAM variants with 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB inbuilt storage respectively, and pack a 4000mAh battery.

Meanwhile, Mi Max 3 recently passed through the mandatory 3C certification in China, indicating an imminent launch. Previously, a report had suggested that the Mi Max 3 will come with features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/ Snapdragon 630 SoC, a 5500mAh battery, a 6.99-inch 18:9 display, and run MIUI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Apart from that, wireless charging could possibly be a feature on the upcoming smartphone.

Also, a previous report had leaked some of the specifications of the Mi Pad 4. It has been claimed to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and sport a 6000mAh battery. According to the camera configuration files, the Mi Pad 4 might sport a 13-megapixel OmniVision OV13855 sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On the front, there is expected to be a 5-megapixel Samsung S5K5E8 sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

Moto C2 Spotted on FCC, Tipped to Be Company’s First Android Oreo (Go Edition) Phone

After rumours of Motorola’s new Android One-based smartphone expected to arrive soon, fresh reports are coming in that suggest the Lenovo-owned phone manufacturer might also be working on a smartphone that runs Google’s Android Oreo (Go edition), targeted towards budget smartphones. Dubbed the Moto C2, this smartphone is expected to be the most affordable smartphone in the brand’s lineup with features like 1GB of RAM and a 2100mAh battery. Multiple variants of this particular handset have been spotted going through certification in different regions.

The Moto C2 has been spotted on the portal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as first reported by Nashville Chatter Class. The report goes on to state that, previously, multiple variants of the same smartphone were spotted on other certifications sites; these include XT1920-15, XT1920-16, XT1920-18, and XT1920-19. The XT1920-15 is expected to launch in Western European markets, the XT1920-16 in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), and the last two variants (XT1920-18 and XT1920-19) of the purported Moto C2 are said to be made available in Latin America single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, respectively.

As for specifications, the Moto C2 will sport 1GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, a 2000/ 2100mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a Cat. 10 LTE modem, the report notes. The budget smartphone is said to measure 147.88×71.22mm. The report claims that, being an Android Oreo (Go edition) phone, the Moto C2 might sport a small 5.2-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

As for the rumoured Motorola One Power, previous leaks have suggested that this will be a mid-range smartphone with specifications on par with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. It is expected to feature specifications such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 3780mAh battery, a 12+5-megapixel dual rear camera setup, and Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Huawei Blasts Australian Security Concerns Amid Sino-Canberra Tensions

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co said Australian claims it poses a security risk are “ill-informed” as it published an open letter on Monday that threatens to inflame already heightened Sino-Canberra tensions.

Huawei is likely to be banned by Australia from participating in a 5G mobile telecommunications rollout in the nation as it fears Huawei is de facto controlled by China and sensitive infrastructure will fall into the hands of Beijing, according to Australian media reports.

Huawei denies the allegations, and in a move that threatens to draw Australian politicians into a public spat that will further stains relations with China, dismissed Canberra’s security concerns.

“Recent public commentary around China has referenced Huawei and its role in Australia and prompted some observations around security concerns,” Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord and board directors John Brumby and Lance Hockridge wrote in the unprecedented letter.

“Many of these comments are ill-informed and not based on facts.”

Huawei said it operates in 170 countries, abiding by national laws and guidelines. The company said it has 5G investments in Britain, Canada and New Zealand where it said the respective governments had taken up its offer to evaluate the company’s technology to make sure it abided by cybersecurity protocols.

A spokesman for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Huawei’s letter.

Australia has longstanding concerns about Huawei. In 2012 it banned the company from supplying its massive National Broadband Network, and in May Canberra committed millions of dollars to ensure Huawei did not build an internet cable between Australia and the Solomon Islands.

A decision on 5G would come amid a low in Beijing-Canberra relations. Canberra is preparing to pass laws designed to limit Beijing’s influence in domestic affairs following criticism by Turnbull late last year that Beijing was meddling in its affairs.

“It won’t be great for the relationship if Australia bans Huawei but it won’t come as a huge surprise,” said Merriden Virrall, director at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute.

“What is important is how Australia articulates it. Australia can’t make sweeping statements about great foreign powers. That will determine the response from China.”

Alienating China could herald additional trade restrictions from Beijing, analysts said, as six Australian wines, including some produced by Treasury Wine Estates and Pernod Ricard, continue to suffer in shipping supplies to China.

Australia’s wine exports to China were worth AUD 848 million ($631.17 million) last year and are forecast to top AUD 1 billion in 2018, government figures show. Some analysts say those figures now look optimistic.

“The bilateral relationship isn’t in a great place, and the government’s announcement will be another major pothole,” said Danielle Cave, a former analyst at an Australian security intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments.

© Thomson Reuters 2018