Intel invests $253 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel Capital, the investment arm of chipmaker Intel, has invested $253 million in India’s Reliance Jio in exchange for a 0.39% stake. This is the 12th investment in Reliance Jio in the last 11 weeks, taking the tally to $15.5 billion. Jio Platforms has raised more money in 2020 than all of India’s startups combined last year. Jio is India’s biggest mobile network provider with more than 388 million customers on board. Jio Platform is an umbrella company for its digital businesses including the carrier. Intel Capital invests in startups with a focus on 5G and communication, AI, and next-gen… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel...
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India’s Reliance Jio launches Zoom rival with 100 participant limit

India’s biggest carrier Reliance Jio has officially launched its Zoom rival called JioMeet. The app is available across platforms, including the web, iOS, and Android with support for 100 participants in one meeting. The company had first announced the service on April 30, and now it has made JioMeet available for everyone. During this test period, more than 100,000 people had downloaded the app....
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Google and Apple boot 59 banned Chinese apps in India from their app stores

Two days after India banned 59 Chinese apps over security and privacy concerns, these apps are removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. These apps included some major names such as TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, and SHAREit. Just after the ban, Bytedance pulled out its apps, TikTok and Helo, from both stores and stopped these services to comply with the government’s order. pic.twitter.com/0DZQ3Ucqcl — TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) June 30, 2020 While Bytedance voluntarily pulled its apps, the latest removal of apps seems to have come from Google and Apple. We’ve asked these companies for more details,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple,Google...
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Multiple service providers are blocking DuckDuckGo in India

Just a few days after India banned 59 Chinese apps, many users in the country are reporting that privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is inaccessible to them. Users on Reddit have noticed they’re unable to access the site on their Airtel and Reliance Jio mobile network connections. While Some users on Twitter have further suggested multiple internet service providers (ISP) have blocked the site. Thanks! Colleagues (Divyank, Kushagra) and I ran some tests from Bangalore and Delhi. Confirmed that @DuckDuckGo is being blocked by multiple ISPs in India, including: Vodafone 4G (HTTP HOST-based)Airtel 4G (DNS-based, SNI-based)Jio 4G (SNI-based) ACT not blocking it yet. https://t.co/HSynullIIS —… This story continues at The Next Web...
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TikTok vanishes from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in India following its ban

Last night, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Helo, and WeChat alleging that these apps steal data and send it to servers that are not located in India. Now, TikTok’s Android and iOS apps have disappeared from both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.  Bytedance’s other app Helo has also vanished from both stores. However, several other apps including UC Browser, WeChat, Bigo Live, and Shein were still available to download on both stores. India’s IT ministry issued the press release last night, invoking section 69 of the IT ACT 2000 that gives the government power to block… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple,Google...
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Here’s the list of all 59 Chinese apps banned by India

India banned 59 Chinese apps today in a surprise move. The government alleged that these apps were stealing data and sending it to servers located outside the country. These apps include some major names such as Bytedance-owned TikTok and Helo, Tencent’s WeChat, UCBrower, Baidu Map, Mi Community, and Mi Video. Here’s the full list of apps: TikTok Shareit Kwai UC Browser Baidu map Shein Clash of Kings DU battery saver Helo Likee YouCam makeup Mi Community CM Browsers Virus Cleaner APUS Browser ROMWE Club Factory Newsdog Beauty Plus WeChat UC News QQ Mail Weibo Xender QQ Music QQ Newsfeed Bigo… This story continues at The Next Web...
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India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India has banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video, and UC Browser amid tension between two countries. The country’s IT ministry invoked Section 69A of the IT Act 2000 that lets the government block services if they’re deemed dangerous for sovereignty and integrity of the country: The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Amazon wants to turn Indian retail shops into digital contactless storefronts — with QR codes

Amazon has launched a new program in India called “Smart Stores” that will convert brick and mortar stores to “digital storefronts” through QR codes.  The idea is that you can scan a QR code stuck on the front of the store, browse through their catalog on the Amazon app, and place an order without having to go inside the shop. That way, you can maintain social distancing till Covid-19 is around. This is a useful feature in a post-pandemic India as well, where a lot of shops are crowded on a busy day, and the shopkeeper might not have time to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon...
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Flipkart rolls out support for Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada in its shopping app

Walmart-owned Indian ecommerce company rolled out support for three more languages on its app: Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. This comes after last year’s launch of the Hindi interface on its app. Earlier this month, Flipkart launched a voice assistant for grocery on its app with support for English, Hindi, and mixed-language commands. This new roll-out with additional language support on its app is an indication that the company wants to tap India’s userbase that prefers consuming the internet in vernacular languages. JeyandranVenugopal, chief product and technology officer at the company said 58% percent of its user base is situated. in… This story continues at The Next Web...
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iPhone maker Foxconn wants to expand its manufacturing presence in India

Today, phone manufacturing company Foxconn said that it is looking to expand its presence in India and invest more. The firm’s chairman said that it “views the outlook there very favourably” in the country, and may announce new investments in the coming months. The contract manufacturer currently produces phones for Xiaomi and select models for Apple in India. Speaking at Foxconn‘s annual general meeting, Chairman Liu Young-way said that even though the coronavirus pandemic has impacted operations in India, the country is “a bright spot” in the company prospectus. He said that the firm may reveal its plans in the coming months:… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone...
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