New iPhones attracting more Android users in US: Survey


San Francisco: Amid reports of Apple halting a production boost for its newest iPhones due to slower than expected demand, a new survey of US customers revealed that more Android users switched loyalty to Apple this year than in previous years. Leading the transition for Android users is iPhone XR, a relatively cost-effective model that debuted alongside the iPhone XS ...

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Nokia 8.1 review: Alluring design, capable hardware in a value flagship


New Delhi: Finnish company HMD Global, which sells Nokia-branded phones, has more or less designed products based on the traditional “Nokia build” that has been received warmly by Indian buyers. The latest Nokia 8.1 smartphone retains the design language that we have been seeing in Nokia devices. Available in India for Rs 26,999 in a single configuration of 4GB RAM ...

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Google to shift Messages web app from Report


San Francisco: In a blow to brand Android, Google is planning to shift its Messages web app — which allows users to manage SMS/MMS messages on their phone from another device — from to, a media report said. The move is seen as Google’s plan to minimise the use of the word “Android”, reported on Wednesday. The ...

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Sony launches new wireless noise-cancelling headphones


New Delhi: Sony India on Wednesday expanded its noise cancellation headphones line-up with the launch of WH-CH700N in the country at Rs 12,990. The Artificial Intelligence noise cancellation (AINC) technology in the headphones analyses background sound and adjusts it for optimal performance on airplanes and other noisy environments, Sony India said in a statement. The headphones are equipped with a ...

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China announces tariff cut on 700 foreign products


Beijing, Dec 24:China on Monday said it would lower provisional tariffs on over 700 foreign products, including certain high-tech items, from early 2019, the media reported. Citing China’s Finance Ministry, the state-run Global Times reported that the government would impose “zero tariffs on ingredients for livestock feeds and certain medicines”, including manganese slag. The tariff reductions will also be imposed ...

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Jet Airways announces ‘Christmas sale’ for travel starting 2019


Mumbai, Dec 23:  Jet Airways on Sunday announced discount offers on the occassion of Christmas for both domestic and international travel beginning 2019. The sale would take place from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019, the airline said in a statement. The festive season sale offers discounts of up to 30 percent, it said, adding that, “guests booked for ...

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Petroleum products should be under GST: PHD Chamber

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New Delhi, Dec 23:  Hailing the GST Council’s decision to reduce tax rates on several items and services, President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rajeev Talwar on Sunday urged the government and the council to consider bringing petroleum products under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST). “Considering the volatility in the international crude oil prices, petroleum products ...

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Gradual rate cuts to stabilise GST regime: Ficci


New Delhi, Dec 23: Lauding the GST Council’s decision to reduce the tax rates on several items and services, Ficci’s President Sandip Somany on Sunday said a gradual reduction in GST rates would further stabilise and strengthen the tax regime. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 31st meeting on Saturday reduced the tax rates of 17 items and ...

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Google Duo crosses 1 billion mark on Google Play


San Francisco: Google’s video chat app Duo has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Google Play. The company launched Duo in 2016 along with instant messaging app Allo with much fanfare. “Duo hit 500 million downloads just six months ago, so another 500 million in that time span is pretty impressive,” tech website Android Police reported late ...

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