iPhone 7 RED, iPhone SE, iPad Lineup India Prices Revealed

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED on Tuesday, in addition to iPhone SE with bumped up storage, and a new iPad with an improved display and the A9 chipset. As is the custom, Apple announced India price of only select new models, but now, Gadgets 360 has information about pricing of the entire lineup of new products.

iPhone 7 RED, iPhone SE, iPad Lineup India Prices Revealed

iPhone SE 128GB price in India

Let’s start with the iPhone SE, which we already knew starts at Rs. 27,200 for the new 32GB variant. Gadgets 360 can confirm that new 128GB model of the iPhone SE is priced in India at Rs. 37,200. The 16GB and 64GB iPhone SE variants are priced at price points around Rs. 21,000 and Rs. 30,000, respectively.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus red variant price in India

We can also confirm that all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition models will be available in India at the same price as other colours of the same capacity. That means 128GB iPhone 7 (PRODUCT) RED is priced at Rs. 70,000, while you can get double the storage by paying Rs. 10,000 extra. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition 128GB and 256GB models are priced at Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 respectively.

Apple iPad price in India

As for the new iPad, Apple announced earlier that the 32GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular models start at Rs. 28,900 and Rs. 39,900 respectively. Gadgets 360 can confirm that the new iPad 128GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular models will retail in India at Rs. 36,900 and Rs. 47,900 respectively. Smart covers for the new iPad are priced at Rs. 3,500.

As always, that all prices listed here are MRP, and the market operating prices (MOP) will usually be lower, as we’ve seen recently and before.

Apple Acquires Workflow, a Productivity App for iOS

Apple has acquired Workflow, a productivity app on iOS. Workflow lets you chain multiple actions to create tasks that you can activate with just one tap or sometimes not even that. If you’re the sort of person who’d like to check your calendar for free times and share it with people, Workflow lets you create a one-tap action for this. Similarly, you can create a whole bunch of actions such as making a gif from the album art on Apple Music, among many others.

Apple Acquires Workflow, a Productivity App for iOS

Workflow’s acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch but the report said financial details were not known. The move could mean that Apple realised that Workflow’s automation tools are something it can’t build on its own and that iOS and watchOS could use these tools. If we were to speculate, we’d go so far as to say that we’d see more productivity and automation oriented tools in future versions of iOS, maybe even as soon as iOS 11 that could be announced at WWDC 2017 in June.

While the iPhone is Apple’s leading breadwinner, the iPad is where productivity oriented tasks have more value. With the launch of two models of the iPad Pro, Apple has made it abundantly clear that it intends to push the iPad as a productivity device for professionals. It will be interesting to see how Workflow is integrated into iOS and whether it can help turn the iPad into a device that replaces a laptop for many people.

While Workflow’s acquisition does appear to be good news for Apple and its customers, the people who use the app may not be so chuffed. The latest update of Workflow removes support for several actions that compete with Apple products. Release notes inside the app show that maps actions in Workflow now support only Apple Maps, the Translate Text workflow is powered by Microsoft Translate, and workflows that involve Uber, Telegram, Google Chrome, Pocket, Line messenger, or Google Street View are no longer supported.

This is a typical big company move after acquiring an indie app. They tend to remove some of the app’s best features because those support products that compete with the acquiring company. We saw a similar thing when Amazon acquired Comixology, an independent comics app. The first thing Amazon did was remove support for buying comics via the Comixology iOS app, as 30 percent of the value of every purchase through the app goes to Apple.

The biggest deal-breaker for those who paid for Workflow, however, could be that Workflow gallery submissions are also gone for good. Workflow gallery is a curated showcase inside the app that helps people discover new workflows. We’ve found some of our favourite workflows through this feature and it looks like we’ll have to be content with workflows that are already in the gallery.

We’re big fans of Workflow, as we noted in our review of the app , and the app has only gotten better over time. It even won an Apple design award back in 2015. However, some of the features removed make it a lot less useful now so we’re just going to hope that the app’s integration with iOS will make Apple’s mobile OS a lot better in the future.

Hayo’s Kinect-like sensor for your home now has an API

Sometimes I miss the Kinect. It was such a breakthrough device, yet it didn’t go anywhere. But it inspired a lot of entrepreneurs, including the team behind Hayo. This new device lets you set up virtual buttons on a table to control all your connected objects.

Hayo recently announced there will be an API so developers can play with the company’s image recognition technology. Some people already want to use Hayo for games, others for their shops. There are many possibilities, and I can’t wait to see how developers are going to use this new input device.

Brian already wrote about the device, and the company is now live on Indiegogo — in fact, the campaign will certainly reach its goal today. The device is shipping later this year and currently costs $219 on Indiegogo.

I played with a prototype at a TechCrunch meetup in Barcelona and I was quite impressed by the technology behind it. You can put the tube-shaped device on a table and tap on a specific area to turn on the lights, pause the music and more.

 Hayo isn’t a complicated device. In fact, the first prototype was just a Kinect and a few electronic components inside a Pringles can. But the magic happens on the company’s servers. The startup has been working on image and signal processing for years.

The device creates a depth map with a bunch of sensors and then sends data to a server. The server analyzes the data using the company’s image processing algorithms. If a user triggered something, Hayo can then send a message back to the device. Finally, the device talks with the connected devices around your home to control them.

In my testing, this could provide a nice alternative to voice-powered interfaces like Alexa, Google Home or Siri. We tried using it with Philips Hue lights and a Sonos speaker. You can use objects as “phantom switches” or maybe print some buttons to pin them up. But I’m even more interested in other use cases that will go beyond the smart home.

Google expands its African initiatives

Alphabet is committing to training another 1 million students under its Digital Skills for Africa program in the next 12 months, the company said at events in Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.

The commitment follows the company’s 1 million mark milestone reached today and follows the opening of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator for African startups earlier this month — tracking a growing presence by the global internet services firm on the continent.

Debuted in April 2016 with a goal of training 1 million within a year, Digital Skills for Africa offers online and face to face instruction to individuals and small businesses through 14 partners across 27 African countries. Anyone can register for free and set an individualized plan across three primary categories: business development, career advancement, or basic internet use. Users can choose from 89 courses across 23 topic areas and earn badges and certificates for successful completion.

“Across Africa…one of the things that hold people back from taking advantage of the web is a lack of understanding on how to use digital tools,” said Bunmi Banjo, Google’s Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are providing training to young people and business owners to succeed however, they define success for themselves―finding a job, growing a business, starting on email,” she told TechCrunch.

To meet the goal of another million trained, Google will add countries and regions to Digital Skills for Africa in 2017. It will include more offline versions of online training materials for low net access areas. Google will also offer instruction in new languages, such as Swahili, IsiZulu, and Hausa. Digital Skills for Africa will also increase its partner network for in-person instruction. Current partners include organizations like the eMobilus technical institute in Kenya and vocational training company Centrum Learning in Nigeria.

 As for Google’s overall Africa presence, it now has country heads in core economy nations such as South Africa (Luke Mckend), Nigeria (Juliet Ehimuan), and Kenya (Charles Murito). The Launchpad Accelerator―which offers 6 months of equity free Google startup support with two weeks in Silicon Valley―is now accepting Africa applications.

Google provides financial and capacity support to five African tech hubs in Kenya (iHub), South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda, and Nigeria (CCHub). The company has also begun programs and partnerships to overcome Africa’s internet access and connectivity challenges. Despite progress on mobile phone ownership and ICT infrastructure over the last decade, the continent remains one of the world’s most digitally disconnected. Though some countries, such as Kenya and South Africa, have attained high usage, Africa’s internet penetration lingers at less than one- third of the continent’s estimated 1.2 billion people.

In 2016, Google entered a licensing pact with South African startup Onyx, which plans to manufacture Android smartphones on the continent. In several African countries, the company also offers its “Add to Offline” option for YouTube video playback with little to no connectivity.

Though Google could not provide overall traffic data, African search activity has increased significantly in recent years, a spokesperson confirmed. Statistics are available for popular search terms across Africa’s largest economies, providing insight on the interest palette of the continent’s growing online community.

In 2016, Nigeria’s top Google person search was for Donald Trump. South Africa’s most searched term was Pokémon Go. Kenyans were most keen on football, googling “Euro 2016” more than any other topic last year.

Using Growth Hormone Combined with Steroid Cycles

Hormone injections are quite popular among bodybuilders. However, there is also this persistent debate as whether hormonal injections are same as taking supplements for various purposes. Chemically, these belong to different categories. Hormones such as HGH are produced by recombinant DNA technology in genetic laboratories. Scientists actually combine two or more DNA strands to produce a genetic information template similar to the effects of endogenous hormones. On the other hand, most supplements are various chemical compounds designed to trigger various hormonal and other mechanisms inside the body.

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Pay attention

As common experience in the physical circuit suggests, one should combine the potency of hormones with supplements carefully to achieve the desired results. The best and only way to do this is to depend on adequate research backed by verifiable scientific data. Look up a proper, resourceful website with all the information available. You should be able to make an informed decision always, especially in matters related to health. Visit the preferred service page to check out the pros and cons of using HGH combined with steroid cycles.

Things to note

Go through available scientific data to understand the way these products are supposed to act inside the body. Information such as these allows the allocation of stacking chemicals without damaging the interaction balance between the various elements of your stack. It is important to note that injecting genetic products in excess can mess up with the basic physiology of a body. Severe side effects reported include hampered brain functions, renal, and heart failures. As with anything so potent, it is crucial that proper precaution should be observed.

A common trend among bodybuilders is to combine androgenic supplements with growth hormones for optimum muscular inflation. While this is definitely achievable, yet one should be cautious about the entailed side effects as well. You can find several rich sources of genuine information regarding the use of supplements. These include chat forums, social media, and community discussion boards.

Making informed decisions

Chances are that all your existing questions are already answered by someone. In case, you got something unique to know, the chat forums are always open for posting new threads by members. Not only can you have useful information, but also use the contacts to chart your progress. Needless to mention, it is imperative that an individual expends sufficient physical training all the time. Many people seem to harbor the misconception that supplements have miraculous effects that automatically settle in the body. This is totally wrong because unless one uses up the boost of stamina and internal hormone triggers, the purported positive effects tend to show up as negative side effects.

Only a conscious commitment to real health can help one to avoid circumstances like these. In using HGH combined with steroid cycles, it is always important to keep a close note on the personal body clock symptoms. Observe how your body is responding to the drug after the preliminary discomfort for adjustments is over. Then again, once your system accepts the chemical, it is also necessary to avoid building up tolerance as this can lead to addictive dependency.

Floodgate closes sixth fund with $131 million

Floodgate, a Palo Alto, Ca.-based early stage venture capital firm, has raised $131 million for its sixth fund, according to an SEC filing that shows the 11-year-old firm turned to just eight investors for the capital commitments.

Though small by today’s fundraising standards, the fund reflects a bit of a departure for the firm, whose fifth fund closed with $76 million in 2014. (Its fourth fund similarly closed with $75 million and its third closed with $73.5 million.)

Floodgate doesn’t typically make announcements around its fundraises.

The firm was originally founded by Mike Maples, who cofounded and took public an Austin, Tex.-based software company, Motive, before jumping into venture capital.

Ann Miura Ko, once an analyst at CRV, joined Maples soon after as a cofounding partner in 2008.

The firm also counts as investors Iris Choi, Arjun Chopra and Ryan Walsh.

 Floodgate typically backs very early-stage companies in both the Bay Area and in Austin.

Some of its newest bets include LabDoor, a startup that tests and rates supplements (we wrote about it here); MissionU, a still-stealth education startup; legal discovery startup TextIQ (more on the company here), and a Mexico City-based delivery startup called Rappi.

Some of its most recent exits include the sale of Kanjoya, a cloud workforce intelligence startup, to Ultimate Software for undisclosed terms; the sale of the self-publishing platform Pronoun to MacMillan for an undisclosed sum; and the sale of the software development tool company Xamarin to Microsoft. (The terms were never publicly disclosed, but a WSJ source pegged the amount at between $400 million and $500 million.)

Floodgate’s other bets include the ride-hailing company Lyft; the digital lifestyle media company Refinery 29; the freelance labor force app TaskRabbit; Demandforce (which sold to Intuit for roughly $420 million in cash in 2012); and Twitter, which went public in late 2013.

One bitcoin is now worth more than one ounce of gold

For the first time ever, the price of one bitcoin has surpassed the price of one ounce of gold.

While today’s swap can be attributed to a good day for bitcoin (up ~3%) and a bad day for gold (down ~1.3%), the big picture is that bitcoin has more than doubled in the last year (up ~185% from a year ago) while gold is essentially trading exactly at the price it was a year ago.

bitcoin-vs-gold

Even though bitcoin and gold are both thought of as alternative assets, they don’t usually trade in correlation.

Still, it’s notable that bitcoin has (at least temporarily) surpassed the price of gold. Gold is quite literally the “gold standard” of alternative assets, often used by investors to hedge against potential losses in more traditional assets like real estate and the stock market.

 When it was first launched, many said bitcoin would eventually replace gold as the preferred alternative asset and store of value for investors. This hasn’t happened yet for many reasons, including the fact that it’s still complicated to invest in bitcoin, as well as its volatile price history. So today’s price swap could be a sign that more mainstream investors are allocating at least some portion of their alternative investment portfolio to bitcoin.

And it may become much easier to invest in bitcoin very soon, as the SEC is about to announce whether they will approve the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF, which would be the first bitcoin ETF in a U.S market, and make it much easier for both Wall Street and regular investors to buy the digital currency.

Last week bitcoin hit an all-time high, partially due to speculation regarding the ETF, and partially because of other factors which you can read about here.

Paytm Says It Has Crossed 200 Million Users, Added 700,000 Wallets in a Day

Spurred on by demonetisation and a move towards a “less-cash” India, mobile wallets have been some of the companies that have witnessed a boom in the last few months. On Monday, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted that the company has crossed a major milestone – 200 million wallets. It claimed to have crossed the 100-million mark in August 2015, a year after the wallet launched.

Paytm Says It Has Crossed 200 Million Users, Added 700,000 Wallets in a Day

In a blog post, the company noted that it started 2016 with 122 million users – over the course of the entire year, it grew to 177 million, or about 55 million users. In the last two months, it’s added the remaining 23 million, which shows just how much of a boost demonetisation gave to Paytm.

In the tweet, Sharma mentions that the company has a milestone of 500 million by 2020; that’s an additional 300 million users in three years, which should be possible if the company continues to add users at the same rate. However, there are some challenges to this – for one thing, according to Statista, the total number of smartphone users in India in 2020 will be 444 million – and many of these new users will be in rural India with low-end devices. Capturing this market will not be easy, and of course, it’s unlikely that a single company will serve all the users in the market.

 Interestingly, the tweet revealed a few more details about Paytm. Among other things, it points out the number of new wallets (in million) as 0.7. Sharma tweeted that this is the number of wallets added in a single day – going by that, the target of 500 million seems even more likely, but once again, the external factors of demonetisation are playing a big part in spurring Paytm’s growth.

Another detail revealed in the tweet is the total number of cash in wallets Rs. 899.11 crores. The total number of wallets with money or a saved card is 106.8 million. Based on this, you can see that the average wallet balance is just Rs. 84. Since some people are keeping larger amounts in their wallets (for Uber’s minimum balance, or day to day spending), from this you can infer that most people are using the wallet simply as a processor, topping it up with a saved card whenever they need to make a spend, instead of keeping money in the wallet. What this will mean for Paytm, once the cash situation normalises in India, will be interesting to see.

Nokia to Supply Xiaomi With Fibre-Optic Network and a ‘Private Cloud’

Nokia has inked a deal with Xiaomi to deploy a fibre-optic network to link seven of its data centres in Beijing. The new network is claimed to reduce the bottlenecks in the Chinese conglomerate’s data transport network by interconnecting its data centres and creating a ‘private cloud’.

Nokia to Supply Xiaomi With Fibre-Optic Network and a 'Private Cloud'

The fibre-optic network solution will be deployed to connect seven data centres in the Beijing area. Nokia in a statement added that the implementation would help Xiaomi offer higher-speed, lower-latency Internet services to its customers. The financial details of the deal are not known but Nokia is providing Xiaomi with its data centre interconnect (DCI) solution, based on the company’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) and managed by the Network Services Platform. The company has been providing similar solutions to large enterprises such as financial institutions, healthcare providers and ‘webscale’ companies.

 Drazen Lukic, head of China IP and Optical Networks Business Group at Nokia, said in statement, “As large enterprises in China and around the world look to take advantage of the benefits of private cloud, Nokia’s data center interconnect solution offers an ideal way of bringing together geographically distributed assets to form a single, high-performance cloud. This initiative is enabling Xiaomi to maximize network capacity, address fast-growing traffic demands and enjoy the flexibility of the cloud with the security, reliability and performance of a private network.”

This project also highlights Nokia’s earlier announced strategy to expand its customer base outside of the smartphone industry, and focus on network sales. Nokia sold its mobile business to Microsoft in 2014, and in late-2016, gave HMD Global the rights to make smartphones under its brand name. The company first launched the Nokia 150, then the Nokia 6 in January, and unveiled the Nokia 3310 (2017), Nokia 3, and Nokia 5 last night in Barcelona.

Apple to start India manufacturing in coming months with iPhone SE -source

Apple Inc will in the coming months start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer’s plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru, an industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron Corp is setting up a plant in Bengaluru to focus solely on assembling iPhones, a separate source told Reuters earlier this month.

Apple’s move comes as it seeks to boost its share in the world’s fastest growing major mobile market, where handsets far cheaper than Apple’s iPhones dominate. It also comes as smartphone sales growth is slowing in Asia’s other massive market, China.

To lower prices, Apple has been seeking to set up local production and has been in talks with the Indian federal government regarding issues such as tax concessions.

The industry source told Reuters the initial manufacturing of the iPhone SE model was not contingent on those concessions.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Economic Times newspaper earlier on Friday reported Apple planned to initially assemble 300,000 to 400,000 iPhone SE handsets in India. The industry source told Reuters the numbers would be substantially lower to begin with.

The source also said it was too early to say what other phone models Apple would assemble at the Bengaluru plant.

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to India last year, with a third coming in the December quarter, according to market researcher Counterpoint, which estimates that three-quarters of smartphones sold in India were made locally.

In the fourth quarter, Apple ranked 10th in India’s smartphone market but led the premium segment with a 62 percent market share, Counterpoint said.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and a host of Chinese players including Xiaomi and Vivo dominate India’s smartphone market where the vast majority of phones sold are priced below 15,000 rupees ($225).

In comparison, the entry level iPhone SE model sells on Amazon.com’s India site for 28,433 rupees ($424).