HBO’s Social Media Accounts Hacked. ‘Again?’ Asks Internet

HBO's Social Media Accounts Hacked. 'Again?' Asks InternetIn the latest of many security breaches that have plagued HBO for the past few weeks, the network’s social media accounts were compromised about three hours before writing this. HBO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked by a group called OurMine, who also hacked the social media handles of many of the network’s shows, including Game of Thrones and Veep. The social media posts were removed shortly after they were posted.

“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine.org -> Contact,” read the messages posted on both the social media platforms.Another message read, “let’s make #HBOHacked trending!”

OurMine is notorious for hacking high-profile social media handles, and has in the past managed to compromise the social media accounts of Netflix, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, reports the BBC.

For HBO, this is the latest in a line of many cyber security breaches which saw leaks of unaired Game of Thrones episodes, show scripts and other sensitive company information. It also follows at the heels of HBO Spain accidentally broadcasting Game of Thrones season 7, episode 6, days before its release, leaving many fans wondering whether HBO seriously needs to upgrade its security.

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Amazon Refunding Customers Who Bought Unverified Solar Eclipse Glasses

Amazon Refunding Customers Who Bought Unverified Solar Eclipse Glasses

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  • Amazon is offering refunds to customers who purchased eclipse glasses
  • It is issuing the recall over concerns with the quality of the glasses
  • The total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21

E-commerce giant Amazon is offering refunds to customers who purchased eclipse glasses from the platform and warned them not to use the spectacles to view the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21.

The company began notifying the buyers about the “unverified” glasses on Saturday. Those who did not receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased, CNET reported on Sunday.

“We recommend that you do not use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email issuing the warning read.

Amazon said it issued the recall over concerns with the quality of the glasses.

“Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards.

“We want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard,” the company added.

The solar eclipse will cross the US from Oregon to South Carolina over the course of an hour-and-a-half and 14 US states will experience night-like darkness for approximately two minutes in the middle of the day.

In India, the Delhi-based Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators will live-stream the upcoming celestial event from the US.

The live streaming will be done from Idaho using a 50 mm f/5 finderscope, a small auxiliary telescope mounted on an Astrotrac tracker – the main astronomical telescope – to follow the Sun.

The device will have a webcam and a solar filter fitted to it, which will enable streaming directly on the official YouTube channel of Space India and will also be available on the organisation’s website.

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Internet strategy is ESPN’s surrender to grim reality, Latest News

ESPN, facing headwinds, might still reverse its slide

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The big news that came out of Disney’s earnings conference call earlier this week was that Disney was going “over the top,” an industry phrase that means that it plans to start a stand-alone streaming service untethered to a cable television subscription. Two, in fact. One will stream Disney’s unparalleled library of movies, which are currently licensed to Netflix, while the second will stream ESPN, the cable-sports behemoth that was once Disney’s cash cow and is now its Achilles’ heel, to mix a few metaphors.

From one perspective, it is obviously the right move. Robert Iger, the company’s 66-year-old chairman and chief executive, has been talking for years about the need to “go where the customers are.” That’s the internet, and now he’s finally made the move. There’s really no good reason for Disney to depend on Netflix to distribute its movies. As for ESPN, with its cable subscriptions in steep, seeming irreversible decline — falling between 2 and 3 percent each quarter — Iger had to do something.

The movie app has the potential to be a big money-maker, especially if Disney bundles everything into it — not just children’s fare, but the Star Wars films, its television catalog, its classic movies, and so on — to keep churn to a minimum. (That’s the Netflix strategy.)

ESPN, however, is a different story, for two reasons. First, there is zero possibility that a streaming service, no matter how good, will be able to make the kind of money that ESPN made as recently as three years ago. Secondly, the ESPN app, at least as it was outlined by Iger during the earnings call, simply isn’t going to be very good.

The core economic issue is this: Cable companies pay the Walt Disney Co. an average of $7.21 per subscriber for ESPN, according to the media-news service SNL Kagan, triple that of other popular cable channels. And because of the way the cable bundle works, the operators end up passing the cost along to many customers who don’t watch sports and don’t want ESPN. That’s why so many people hate the cable bundle, and why cable bills are so high.

So it is hardly a surprise that as people began to have more options, including bundles without sports channels, they’ve been abandoning ESPN. Even many sports fans have concluded they can live without ESPN. “ESPN is in secular decline,” says Rich Greenfield of the investment firm BTIG, who has had a “sell” on Disney’s stock since 2015.

At the same time, ESPN is paying staggering sums for professional sports rights, more than $7 billion in total, again according to SNL Kagan. Fewer subscribers plus higher rights fees equals profit squeeze. Which is exactly ESPN’s dilemma.

But a streaming service, while it might attract sports fans who have cut the cord, won’t solve ESPN’s profit problems. Instead it will exacerbate them. Why? Because ESPN will continue to lose the millions upon millions of cable subscribers who pay for it but never watch it. Losing $7.21 from each non-watcher is going to be a revenue killer. There is no possible way the universe of sports fans who want ESPN can make up that revenue, even if they’re charged more for a streaming service.

To make matters worse, Disney appears to be planning a streaming service that even the most rabid sports fan will be reluctant to pay for. All the good stuff — big-time college football, professional basketball, the Sunday night National Football League game — will remain exclusively on ESPN’s cable channels. The streaming service will get, well, other things. It’s pretty clear that Iger is still trying to protect Disney’s legacy cable business, and that his move to the internet is not exactly a wholehearted embrace.

The reality is that the glory days are over for ESPN. Instead of making the $6.4 billion it earned in 2014, it’ll soon be earning $2 billion or less. Iger, or his successor, will have to decide whether to invest in it or to let it hobble along in its diminished shape. Disney will have to decide whether to keep paying megabucks for professional sports rights — thinking of them as loss leaders like the Olympics for NBC — or whether to give up those rights to save money. If it does the former, ESPN’s profits will dwindle even more. If it does the latter, fewer sports fans will want to subscribe.

I’ve been in the magazine and newspaper business my whole working life. I’ve watched the same forces diminish my industry. My former employer, the New York Times, has millions more viewers and subscribers than it ever did when print reigned supreme. Yet it is barely profitable, because the internet destroys a media company’s advertising base and the Times can’t charge subscribers as much as it could charge when readers were buying the dead tree version.

Disney is facing the television equivalent. Its ESPN streaming service will have subscribers, but not nearly as many as it had in the heyday of cable television. If all goes well, it will generate a third of the revenue. Its advertisers will buy time for a fraction of what it cost them to advertise on television. Cable subscribers will continue to find ways to stop paying for ESPN.

And it all may be completely necessary. But it sure won’t be fun for Bob Iger.

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Disney to Quit Netflix, Start Its Own Streaming Services for Movies and Live Sports

Disney to Quit Netflix, Start Its Own Streaming Services for Movies and Live Sports

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Disney is launching its own streaming service
  • New service will include animated, live-action Disney & Pixar movies
  • Disney had already said it would be launching a streaming ESPN service

With new streaming services in the works, Disney is trying to set itself up for a future that’s largely been framed by Netflix: Providing the stuff you want to watch, when you want to watch it.

The Magic Kingdom is launching its own streaming service for its central Disney and Pixar brands and another for live sports. That would allow it to bypass the cable companies it relies on – and Netflix – to charge consumers directly for access to its popular movies and sporting events.

“They’re bringing the future forward. What they talked about were things that looked inevitable, at some point,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Weiser. What’s less clear is if Disney will be able to make big bucks from it, he said.

This is important as the decline in cable households and the shift to smaller, cheaper bundles pressures the profitability of Disney’s cable networks. Fewer subscribers and fewer viewers mean less money. In the nine months through July 1, cable networks’ operating income fell 13 percent from the year before, to $4.12 billion.

Kid stuff
Starting in 2019, the only subscription streaming service with new animated and live-action Disney and Pixar movies will be the Magic Kingdom’s own app. That will include Toy Story 4 and the sequel to the huge hit Frozen. Older movies will be there too, as well as shows from the TV channels Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, and original TV and films. That could be hugely attractive for families with young children in the US.

Disney is ending an exclusive earlier movie deal with Netflix, and the streaming giant’s shares tumbled in after-hours trading. Netflix today has grown into an entertainment juggernaut in its own right, however, as it focuses more on its own exclusive programming.

Netflix already seemed to be bracing for the potential loss of the Disney movie rights earlier this week when it announced its first-ever acquisition – the purchase of Millarworld , a comic book publishing company that will develop films and kids shows based on its portfolio of character.

Disney might bring more of its properties – particularly its Marvel superheroes and the Star Warsfranchise – under its wing, and could even offer them as separate streaming services. CEO Robert Iger said Disney is considering whether it should continue licensing Marvel and Star Wars movies to outside services like Netflix, move them into the Disney app or develop individual services for them.

The Disney service will be available in “multiple markets” outside the US as well, taking advantage of Disney’s global name recognition.

Sports
Disney had already said it would be launching a streaming ESPN service. It’s not meant to compete with the company’s TV channels.

The sports service is coming in early 2018, a little later than previously announced, and will air baseball, hockey and soccer games, tennis matches and college sports through ESPN’s popular mobile app. Notably, ESPN will not be streaming pro football or basketball, at least initially.

Customers will also be able to buy fuller streaming packages from the baseball, hockey and soccer leagues, and watch them on the ESPN app.

“Ultimately, we envision this will become a dynamic sports marketplace that will grow and be increasingly customizable, allowing sports fans to pick and choose content that reflects their personal interests,” Iger said on a conference call with analysts.

Disney will have to be careful that it doesn’t transfer too much sports programming from its TV channels to the app. Getting the balance wrong could upset cable companies and weigh on the price they pay Disney for ESPN, Weiser said.

The back end
To roll out its streaming services, The Walt Disney Company will take majority control of BAMTech, a streaming arm of Major League Baseball spun off last year from Baseball Advanced Media, for $1.58 billion. When the deal closes, Disney will own 75 percent of BAMTech, up from the 33 percent stake it acquired for $1 billion as part of an agreement announced last year.

The acquisition and the new services will be “an entirely new growth strategy” for Disney, Iger said.

The new streaming services will likely “accelerate the erosion” of Disney’s TV networks, especially if other major cable networks make similar moves, said Moody’s analyst Neil Begley.

But Iger argues that BAMTech gives Disney “optionality” if the cable ecosystem changes further, Iger said on a conference call with analysts Tuesday. If there’s greater “erosion” – say, if more people drop cable bundles or choose cheaper bundles without key Disney channels – the company has more ways to get its entertainment directly to customers, Iger said.

He said there are no current plans to sell the Disney or ESPN TV channels directly to customers on the apps.

But having a direct relationship with customers tells Disney exactly what they’re watching, giving it powerful tools and information that could help feed decision-making and, on the sports side, sell advertising.

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Amazon Sale Offers: The Best Deals on iPhone 7, Google Pixel, Moto G5 Plus, Android TVs, iPhone SE, and More

Amazon Sale Offers: The Best Deals on iPhone 7, Google Pixel, Moto G5 Plus, Android TVs, iPhone SE, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iPhone 7 is down to Rs. 42,999 as part of the Amazon sale
  • Deals on other iPhone models as well as Moto G5 Plus and Google Pixel
  • Amazon Great Indian Sale is on until Saturday, August 12

The e-commerce sale season has kickstarted with the Flipkart, Paytm and Amazon sales to celebrate the Independence Day. The Amazon Great Indian Sale was the first to be announced, and offers some of the best deals on laptops, smartphones, LED TVs, and other electronics. Of course, Prime members will get early access to the offers, along with exclusive deals like the buy-one-TV-get-one-free. Apart from the Amazon sale deals and discounts, offers include additional cashback on payments made via SBI cards and Amazon Pay balance. Moreover, the e-commerce brand is offering 10 users in the Amazon sale trips to Bali on making purchases from the app.

But before we get started with the offers, here are are a few pro tips to get the most out of the Amazon sale:

  • Recharge your Amazon Pay balance. Not only will you end up getting a separate cashback on this (maximum Rs. 300) but you’ll also get additional cashback when you pay for your purchases using your Amazon Pay balance.
  • Make the most out of exchange offers as part of the Amazon Great Indian Sale Independence Day special. These are valid on laptops, smartphones, and select other products. Amazon is now offering these to even more new cities.
  • No-cost EMI offers are available on more than 30,000 products, valid on all credit cards. Make sure you use these for high-value purchases.
  • Making Amazon sale purchases from the official app provides benefits such as 15 percent cashback on SBI and Amazon Pay balance, exclusive deals, and Golden Hour Deals between 9pm and 12am.

ALSO SEEThe Best Deals From Flipkart’s The Big Freedom Sale

Apple iPhone 7 32GB
The iPhone 7 is again down to its lowest price this year (without a cashback offer) at Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs. 56,200). Amazon is also offering an exchange offer with an instant discount up to Rs. 13,001 with the purchase. Exchange offers have also opened up to new cities so you may want to check in case your city wasn’t covered earlier. The no-cost EMI offer is also available on the iPhone 7 as part of the Amazon sale.

Price: Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs. 56,200)

Link: Amazon

Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus 128GB is currently down to Rs. 62,999 (MRP Rs. 76,300). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the iPhone 7 Plus this year. Last week, it went down to Rs. 65,200 for a limited time. Considering the 32GB variant sells at around Rs. 63,000 normally, so this Amazon sale offer is a pretty good deal. The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual-camera setup with 2x optical zoom and OIS (optical image stabilisation). It features a 5.50-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch and runs iOS 10 out of the box.

Price: Rs. 62,999 (MRP Rs. 76,300)

Link: Amazon

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch
The 2017 variant of the MacBook Air 13.3-inch is down to Rs. 58,990 (MRP Rs. 77,200) as part of the Amazon Great Indian Sale. That’s quite an insane price drop for the base variant. You can also grab a no-cost EMI offer, which means you don’t end up paying any interest in case you convert your purchase into EMI with your credit card. To claim this offer you must checkout with the MacBook Air only. The MacBook Air 13.3-inch is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 128GB SSD and runs macOS Sierra out of the box.

Price: Rs. 58,990 (MRP Rs. 77,200)

Link: Amazon

LG V20 Titan
The LG V20 is currently discounted at Rs. 29,999 (MRP Rs. 60,000) as part the Amazon sale. The smartphone features a dual camera assembly at the rear (16-megapixel+8-megapixel) with wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The LG V20 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD display and runs Android 7.0 out of the box. It contains a 3200 mAh battery that should be good enough to last an entire day, depending on your usage pattern. Pair your purchase with an exchange offer to sweeten the deal further.

Price: Rs. 29,999 (MRP Rs. 60,000)
Link: Amazon

Apple iPhone SE 32GB
The iPhone SE 32GB is available at Rs. 19,999 (MRP Rs. 26,000) on Amazon. That’s a decent price if you are looking for an iOS device with a 4-inch display. The iPhone SE comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It is powered by Apple’s A9 processor, supported by 2GB of RAM.

Price: Rs. 19,999 (MRP Rs. 26,000)

Link: Amazon

TCL UHD Android TV
TCL is launching two new 65-inch LED TVs today, the first day of the Amazon Great Indian Sale. On pre-ordering either of these you’ll get a free 32-inch TCL LED TV. Once you place a pre-order for any of these TVs you’ll receive a coupon that will enable you to purchase the 32-inch HD Ready TV from TCL for free. The TCL 55-inch UHD Android TV is also available during the Amazon sale. It comes with a free 24-inch HD Ready TV by TCL. The TCL 65-inch UHD Android TV is priced at Rs. 109,990 while the TCL P2 UDH LED TV is available for Rs. 99,990 on pre-orders.

Price: Starting from Rs. 99,990

Link: Amazon

Moto G5 Plus
In case you’re in the market for a budget Android smartphone with a big-screen display, the Moto G5 is currently discounted at Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999). The Moto G5 plus features a 5.2-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It features a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and runs Android 7.0 out of the box.

Price: Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)

Link: Amazon

Google Pixel 32GB
The silver variant of the Google Pixel is available at a discounted price of Rs. 41,999 (MRP Rs. 57,000) as part of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale. Google Pixel features a 5-inch AMOLED display running at a full high-definition resolution. It comes with a 12.3-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, supported by 4GB of RAM. It runs Android 7.1 out of the box.

Price: Rs. 41,999 (MRP Rs. 57,000)

Link: Amazon

Apple Watch Series 2 42mm smart watch
The latest Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatch is down to Rs. 29,900 (MRP Rs. 34,900) on Amazon. Watch Series 2 features a 2x brighter OLED based Retina display with Force Touch functionality. The smartwatch comes with a heart rate sensor, and runs watchOS 3 out of the box. It is powered by Apple’s S2 dual-core processor and is much faster than previous generation Apple Watch smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 2 is also water resistant.

Price: Rs. 29,900 (MRP Rs. 34,900)

Link: Amazon

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Amazon Great Indian Sale Offers Announced: Up to 35 Percent Discount on iPhones, Up to Rs. 5,000 Off on Android Phones, and More

Amazon Great Indian Sale Offers Announced: Up to 35 Percent Discount on iPhones, Up to Rs. 5,000 Off on Android Phones, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The sale will start from August 9
  • Amazon Pay Balance only deals to be available during sale
  • You can play “Guess Who” game on app for sneak peek at deals

The sale has unofficially begun! Both Amazon and Flipkart have announced dates for their next big sales to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day. The two e-commerce bigwigs will start their sales on Wednesday, August 9 and offer discounts on products across various categories. While the Flipkart Big Freedom Sale will last till August 11, Amazon Great Indian Sale will continue for one more day and end on 11:59pm IST on August 12. Of course, there will be early access to top deals for Prime members also in the Amazon sale, along with “blockbuster deals at never-seen-before prices.” Here’s everything you need to know about the Amazon sale offers and deals, and more details are expected as the sale draws near.

Amazon sale offers on mobile phones

In the Amazon sale, customers can get up to 40 percent discount mobiles and accessories, including up to 35 percent off on iPhones, and up to Rs. 5,000 discount on Lenovo smartphones. There will be discounts of up to Rs. 2,000 discounts on Samsung, OnePlus, and Moto phones, and up to Rs. 1,000 off on Honor models. Up to 15 percent will slashed off Coolpad phones’ prices, while InFocus phones will be up to 7 percent cheaper.

Amazon sale offers on TVs, laptops, and more

Samsung and BPL TVs will have their prices slashed by up to 35 percent, while Sanyo and TCLtelevisions will have discounts of up to 33 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Laptops by Apple, Dell, Lenovo and HP will be up to 20 percent cheaper in the Amazon sale. JBL speakers will have minimum discount of 45 percent, while F&D models will have discounts up to 40 percent. Similarly, Philips and Sony speakers will have discounts of up to 45 percent and 30 percent, respectively. There will be discounts of up to 60 percent on headphones brands such as Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, Philips, Skullcandy etc.

TP-Link, D-Link, Netgear, and Digisol routers will have discounts of up to 50 percent, and powerbanks by Intex, Xiaomi, Ambrane, and Lenovo will be up to 65 percent cheaper. Gaming consoles will have minimum discount of Rs. 2,000, while Apple Watch models will be up to 20 percent cheaper. Fitbit trackers will have discounts of up to 30 percent, while Samsung weables will have a flat Rs. 2,000 discount. There will be discounts of up to 75 percent off on software products, up to 50 percent on home entertainment products and PC accessories, up to 45 percent on tablets and cameras, and up to 35 percent on printers and cartridges.

Amazon sale cashback offers

As part of the Amazon sale, there will be “Amazon Pay Balance only deals” on products by Samsung, Bose, Fitbit, LG and others, with instant 10-15 percent cashback. Customers topping up their Amazon Pay balance between August 4 and August 12 will get extra 15 percent cashback; the top-up recharge needs to be of minimum Rs. 500, and the maximum cashback will be Rs. 300. SBI credit and debit card holders can avail additional cashback of 15 percent on app and 10 percent on the website during the sale. Amazon says that there will be a 5 percent cashback on all email gift cards and up to 20 percent off on gift cards from BookMyShow, Cleartrip, Pantaloons, and Joyalukkas.

On Amazon app, customers will be able to play ‘Guess Who’ and solve puzzles in order to get a “sneak peek” at the products that will go on a deal during the actual sale event, the company said. The programme will be live on August 7 and August 8 exclusively on the app. Customers making purchases in the Amazon sale from the official app stand a chance to win iPhone 7 128GB (Black, Red, Silver and Rose Gold) as well as (up to 10) Bali trips from Goomo.com.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A Pre-Order Sale Today on Mi.com; Amazon and Flipkart to Hold Sales Too

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A Pre-Order Sale Today on Mi.com; Amazon and Flipkart to Hold Sales Too

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 price in India starts at Rs. 6,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A price in India is Rs. 5,999

It’s Friday, and that means Xiaomi is making its popular budget smartphones available to pre-order in India. Specifically, the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi Note 4 will go up for pre-orders on the company’s Mi.com site at 12pm IST. The ‘pre-ordered’ smartphones will ship within five business days, and customers are limited to one smartphone per pre-order. There is also no cash on delivery option. Separately, Amazon is holding a sale for the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, while Flipkart is holding a sale for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. So all in all, it’s an opportune day for interested Xiaomi smartphone buyers to make their purchases.

Let’s start with the Xiaomi pre-orders. As is the case each week, interested Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Redmi 4, and Redmi Note 4 buyers can book the smartphones from their respective pages on Mi.com. They are then guaranteed the purchase without needing the fast trigger finger normally required for flash sale. As for the Xiaomi Redmi 4A sale on Amazon India, the popular budget smartphone will go on sale via the online marketplace at 12pm IST. There are two sale offers alongside – up to 30GB additional Reliance Jio data, and Rs. 200 Kindle promotion credit. Finally, coming to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sale on Flipkart at 12pm IST, the e-commerce site is offering Axis Bank Buzz credit card customers 5 percent off, as well as a BuyBack Guarantee.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, variants

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Xiaomi Redmi 4 Price in India Specifications Variants

The Redmi 4 was launched in May in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price, specifications

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The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999, following its launch in China in November. Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price, variants

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The Redmi Note 4 was launched in January in India in three variants – the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999. It is available in Gold, Grey, Matte Black, and Silver colour variants.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a 401ppi pixel density. Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, it comes with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the SKU.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB).

As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Micro-USB, and Infrared. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and proximity sensor. Redmi Note 4 battery capacity is rated at 4100mAh battery, and the new Xiaomi smartphone measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.

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Airtel Payments Bank, HPCL Tieup for Digital Payments

Airtel Payments Bank, HPCL Tieup for Digital Payments

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14,000 HPCL stations will act as banking points for Airtel Payments Bank
  • Customers will be able to open new accounts, make cash deposits
  • Airtel Payments Bank aims to boost digital payments in the country

Aiming to further boost digital payments in the country, Airtel Payments Bank on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).

All 14,000 HPCL fuel stations will act as banking points for Airtel Payments Bank, an official statement said.

“All Airtel Payments Bank customers would be able to access a range of convenient banking services at these 14,000 fuel stations like open new accounts, make cash deposits and withdrawals facility, and transfer money. This will add to the depth and reach of Airtel Payments Bank’s retail based network that leverages over 300,000 Airtel retail outlets as banking points,” it added.

Shashi Arora, MD & CEO, Airtel Payments Bank said in a statement, “We are delighted to partner HPCL as part of our endeavour to build a robust and diverse merchant ecosystem that brings more digital payments avenues to our customers. We are, in particular, pleased to have these fuel outlets as our banking points. We are confident that this partnership will add to the growth of digital payments in the country and contribute to the Government’s Digital India vision.”

G S V Prasad, Executive Director – Retail at HPCL said in a statement, “We are pleased to join hands with Airtel Payments Bank to promote digital payments in the country and contribute to the government’s digital India endeavour. Customer visiting our outlets will now be able to pay seamlessly for fuel purchases and will also be able to enjoy the added convenience of banking with Airtel Payments Bank. We are confident our customers will benefit significantly with this unique association.

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Amazon Great Indian Sale to Feature Discounts on Apple, OnePlus, and More: What You Need to Know

Amazon Great Indian Sale to Feature Discounts on Apple, OnePlus, and More: What You Need to Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The sale will start from August 9
  • Amazon Pay Balance only deals to be available during sale
  • You can play “Guess Who” game on app for sneak peek at deals

Amazon has announced that the e-retail website will be organising its Great Indian Sale from 12am IST (midnight) on August 9 to 11.59pm IST on August 12 in order to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day. As part of the sale, the website will be offering “blockbuster deals at never-seen-before prices,” the company said in its release.

While the website will be offering deals on a range of brands across categories, Amazon Primemembers will be getting exclusive Prime-only deals apart from 30 minutes Early Access to Top Deals. Amazon India will be offering “Amazon Pay Balance only deals” as part of the Great Indian Sale and customers topping up their Amazon Pay balance starting August 4 will get extra 15 percent cashback up to Rs. 300, the company said in its release.

“Amazon.in is also offering ‘Amazon Pay balance only deals’ on Apparel, Storage and Home with instant 10-15 percent cashback! When customers use their Amazon Pay balance they can enjoy fast and easy checkouts, quicker refunds coupled with a secured shopping experience,” it said.

SBI credit and debit card holders can avail additional cashback of 15 percent on app and 10 percent on the website during the sale. On Amazon app, customers will be able to play ‘Guess Who’ and solve puzzles in order to get a “sneak peek” at the products that will go on a deal during the actual sale event, the company said. The programme will be live on August 7 and August 8 exclusively on the app.

“Customers who shop on the app will also be eligible for exciting travel offers from goomo.com like all-expense paid trips to Bali,” the company said. Amazon says that there will be a 5 percent cashback on all email gift cards and up to 20 percent off on gift cards from BookMyShow, Cleartrip, Pantaloons, and Joyalukkas.

As part of the Great Indian Sale, Amazon India will be offering discounts on brands including Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, UCB, Puma, Adidas, Wrangler, Titan, Marks & Spencer, American Tourister, Vero Moda, BPL, Micromax, TCL, Lenovo, HP, IFB, Bosch,D’Décor, McAfee, and Kaspersky among others.

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Flipkart Announces Billion-Brand to Sell ‘Made-in-India’ Products

Flipkart Announces Billion-Brand to Sell 'Made-in-India' Products

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flipkart today announced Billion
  • Under this brand name, the company will sell made-in-India products
  • These products, the company said, are made to serve India’s needs

Flipkart is having another crack at differentiating its products from rivals’ offerings. The company on Monday announced Billion, a new self-brand under which it will be selling a range of products made especially for the Indian market.

A slew of products including backpacks, mixer grinders, irons, and cookware appliances will soon be available under Billion brand name through the company’s shopping website, it said in an emailed statement. The products sold under the brand will also be manufacturer in India. Billion is backed by the Flipkart assurance infrastructure.

The company conceived these products by looking at reviews from thousands of its customers, Sachin Bansal, co-founder and executive chairman of the company said in a press statement. These products will aim to address the “shortcomings of existing brands,” he said. The company says it will be able to closely monitor product quality of the products it will sell under Billion.

Flipkart’s move on Monday, which comes on the heels of an unsuccessful attempt to acquire Snapdeal, isn’t unprecedented even for the company. It has made several such attempts to sell products under its brand name over the years, many of which are still in existence.

Just last month, for instance, the company launched Divastri, its first private fashion label, as part of Flipkart Fashion, the division inside the company which includes Myntra (acquired by Flipkart in 2014) and Jabong (acquired last year, by Myntra). Flipkart Fashion accounts for 70 percent of the online apparel market.

Late last year, Flipkart announced SmartBuy, a new category which offers an “exclusive range of quality everyday products” such as chargers and data cables under company’s own-brand name. The move was similar to Amazon’s, which offers a range of products including backpacks and chargers under Amazon Basics brand name.

Flipkart also had Digiflip, a now-defunct brand name under which Flipkart sold phones and tablets; Citron, under which it sells home appliances and personal health care products, and Flippd for apparel products.

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