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


  • 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.

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.


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


  • 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.

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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


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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

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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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  • Too much software bloat
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
    Rs. 9,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs. 15,799
Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Rs. 5,999
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  • Small and light
  • VoLTE support
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • Decent battery life
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  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Gold, 16GB) – 
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  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Grey, 16GB) – 
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Apple ‘Very Bullish and Optimistic’ About India, Says CEO Tim Cook

Apple 'Very Bullish and Optimistic' About India, Says CEO Tim Cook


  • Apple reported healthy sales of iPhone, iPad, and Mac in June quarter
  • Company’s chief executive Tim Cook said he is optimistic about India
  • He mentioned several similarities between India and China

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reaffirmed the company’s interest in India during the latest quarterly earnings call as the iPhone-maker reported strong sales across all major product categories.

Answering an analyst’s queries about the company’s recent progress in India, Cook said Applecontinues to be “very bullish and optimistic about India,” as the company continues to invest in the country.

Apple took many analysts by surprise when it reported a revival of the iPad business and steady sales of the Mac. iPhone sales were also better than expected. But even as the world’s most valuable company reports strong sales across several of its businesses, Tim Cook reaffirmed that the company hasn’t forgotten about the emerging markets.

Cook reminded analysts that it recently began assembling the iPhone SE model in India, a move that could eventually lead to the availability of lower-cost iPhone models in the country. “We’re bringing all of our energies to bear there,” he said. As you recall, it was the first time Apple began to locally manufacture the iPhone units in India.

Cook also said that the company is pleased with the App Accelerator it opened in India earlier this year. “We have already launched App Accelerator, that’s on top of working with the channel and looking at expanding our go-to-market in general”, he said.

Developers who have signed up for sessions at Apple’s App Accelerator shared largely positive feedback with Gadgets 360 last month. At the App Accelerator, Apple trains developers to think more about the local market and how to better serve the local needs of the people, and also shares guides on how to leverage its new technologies.

ALSO SEEIndia Where China Was ‘Seven to Ten Years Ago’, Says Apple’s Tim Cook

Tim Cook, who paid his maiden visit to India as CEO of Apple last year, also reiterated that he sees a lot of similarities in where India is today with where China was just a few years ago, suggesting that the Indian market is quickly maturing. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, while India is the second largest.

Even as India is already the fastest growing smartphone market, much of the population in the country still doesn’t have a smartphone, which creates a great business opportunity for companies like Apple. According to research and marketing firm eMarketer, only about 267 million people in India have a smartphone, a figure that it expects to surpass 400 million in next four years.

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But expanding its presence in India could prove to be a challenge for Apple. The vast majority of smartphones sold in the country are priced under Rs. 10,000 ($150). However, the iPhone-maker realises this and the company’s move to manufacture locally, which makes it eligible to avail several concessions from the government, could eventually help it lower the prices of its smartphones in the country. According to a recent report, the company is seeking additional concessions as it further expands its local manufacturing plans.

The company has also made several efforts to make its products more appealing and relevant to the local market. Among other things, last year Apple partnered with telecom operator Reliance Jio to offer new iPhone users some enticing bundled data plans. Cook has previously noted his excitement about the improving 4G-LTE penetration in India.

“The 4G network started rolling out in the last quarter of 2016, but they are growing at a speed I have not seen anywhere else in the world. It’s truly impressive,” he said last quarter.

Apple’s increased interest in India also comes at a time when the company is struggling to turn China into a bigger iPhone market. The revenue in greater China fell 10 percent in the quarter which ended July 1, the company revealed.

The next big Apple news is expected to be the launch of the next iPhone models, which are likely to be launched next month. In the tenth anniversary year of the iPhone, Apple is said to launch multiple new iPhone models, and at least one featuring a brand new design.


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


  • 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.


Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Flaw Threatens 1 Billion Smartphones, Google and Apple Roll Out Fixes

Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Flaw Threatens 1 Billion Smartphones, Google and Apple Roll Out Fixes


  • The flaw resides in Broadcom Wi-Fi chipsets
  • It could potentially harm 1 billion Android and iOS smartphones
  • Google and Apple have already rolled out a fix for the bug

A Broadcom chip flaw found and demoed by Exodus Intelligence’s Nitay Artenstein exposed a potential critical threat to 1 billion Android and iOS smartphones. This exploit was possible due to a specific Broadcom Wi-Fi chip bug that let the hacker gain remote execution access on smartphones. Fortunately, before this could happen, Google and Apple both have fixed the bug. The Wi-Fi chip is vulnerable to a self-replicating attack, which could spread infect and spread without any user interaction.

Ars Technica reports that this vulnerability was found in the BCM43xx family of Wi-Fi chips manufactured by Broadcom. Artenstein demoed a proof-of-concept attack code that took advantage of the vulnerability at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas recently. This code reportedly fills airwaves with connection requests to nearby devices, and when the request reaches the specified Wi-Fi chipsets’ devices particularly; it rewrites the firmware controlling the chip. Then, the compromised chip sends malicious packets to other exploitable devices, creating a domino effect of sorts. Artenstein has dubbed this bug as ‘Broadpwn’, and this vulnerable chip resides in almost 1 billion smartphones in the market, as mentioned before.

The report states that Artenstein got in touch with Google and Apple both to make them aware about this bug, and Google released a patch early in July to prevent any sort of ripple effect to start. Apple also released a fix two weeks ago as well, preventing a potential self-replicating attack to spread to a large number of devices.

“This research is an attempt to demonstrate what such an attack, and such a bug, will look like. Broadpwn is a fully remote attack against Broadcom’s BCM43xx family of Wi-Fi chipsets, which allows for code execution on the main application processor in both Android and iOS. It is based on an unusually powerful 0-day that allowed us to leverage it into a reliable, fully remote exploit,” Artenstein wrote in a blog post.

In his post, Anrtenstein explains that in order for the attack to begin, targets don’t even have to connect to the malicious network, and simply having Wi-Fi turned on was enough. His attack worked on a number of smartphones, including all iPhone models since the iPhone 5, Google’s Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy Notes 3, and Samsung Galaxy flagship devices from Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S8 launched this year. The researcher also said that this attack was more vulnerable on smartphones than laptops and computers as they provide limited access to Wi-Fi chipsets, not enabling remote execution at least.


Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and More

Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and More


  • Gaming laptops are listed with up to Rs. 20,000 off on exchange
  • Moto headphones are free with Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera
  • Chromecast 2 is up for grabs at Rs. 3,199

Flipkart is hosting one sale after the other, and now it’s begun its Grand Gadget Days, with a host of gaming hardware, laptops, cameras, and audio accessories offers and deals. The Flipkart Grand Gadget Days will go on till July 26, and the three-day festival has personal grooming gadgets under Rs. 999 as well.

In this sale, Flipkart has listed laptops with Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5 processors starting from Rs. 26,990 and Rs. 41,990 respectively. Budgets laptops from Acer, iBall, Lava, and Micromax start from as low as Rs. 10,499. Gaming laptops are listed with up to Rs. 20,000 on exchange for all those interested in heavy-duty processing and graphics. Furthermore, 2-in-1 laptops are listed from Rs. 25,990 and AIO desktops from Intel Intel, Lenovo, and HP start at Rs. 32,490. All laptop deals can be seen here.

With respect to cameras, the Cannon EOS 700D DSLR camera is up for grabs for Rs. 39,499, and Flipkart is offering Moto headphones worth Rs. 6,999 for free with the purchase. An extra 5 percent off on Axis Bank Buzz credit cards is also applicable. The GoPro Hero 5 sports and action camera is also up for grabs for Rs. 36,100. You can see all the cameras and their accessories deals here.

Tablets from Lenovo, Apple, Samsung, Micromax, iBall, and many more have great discounts and offers. The new iPad Pro starting from Rs. 49,900 is up for pre-order and is expected to be shipped on July 28. There’s a No Cost EMI option on select other Apple iPads, and if you’re looking for a budget tablet, then the Lenovo Phab 2 series has an extra Rs. 1,000 off as well. All the tablet deals can be viewed here.

Audio accessories like headphones, speakers, and Home Theatre systems are also listed. Chromecast 2 is up for grabs at Rs. 3,199 with the Axis Bank Buzz credit card offer applicable for further 5 percent discount. All the audio deals can be seen here.

Deals on gaming hardware, accessories, and CDs can be found here, and personal and health care gadget deals are listed here. There’s also a section where products under Rs. 999 are listed, and the list can be found here.


How Digital Creators Use Hardware And Software To Tell Stories

Image result for How Digital Creators Use Hardware And Software To Tell StoriesEarlier this year at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, Kate Swanborg, Vice President of Technology, Communications and Strategic Alliances at DreamWorks Animation told a room of industry executives in the HP suite that the filmmaking industry changed when films became data.

Swanborg says that when you’re processsing more than 270 billion pixels at time to make Shrek, Boss Baby or another DreamWorks animated films, you need a lot of processing power to make that happen in order to turn 120 minuntes of pure imagination into a final product. Swanborg says that technology is the enabler for today’s storytelling.

“Since we work in a 3D and the digital space, what’s valuable for our artists is the fastest way to realize and visualize their stories. The faster they can author the film in that imagined environment, the more time they have to let their imagination to explode within that unreal world,” said Swanborg. “We’re always pushing the limits and the bottom line is how quickly we give them the chance to visualze these intensely complex and computer heavy worlds.”

“Sometimes I get the question ‘why aren’t you working on creative computer?‘ and I say to those people with great respect, I’m sorry but computers aren’t creative, people are,” said Swanborg.

Those creative people Swanborg is referring to are a part of an industry that’s generated 29.5 million jobs in 2015.  According to a 2015 global study by Ernst & Young in 2015 the creative industries generated around $2,250 billion in revenues.  In the US, that number was $698 billion in 2015 which is about 4.32% of U.S. goods and services according to a report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The study also maintainted that the creative industries employ more people than the automotive industry in the United States, Europe and Japan combined.

Take Boise, Idaho-based independent filmmaker Christian Lybrook. Lybrook says that technology has changed the way he creates films.

Christian Lybrook

Christian Lybrook, Boise, Idaho based independent filmmaker. Image credit: Lila Streicher.

“Certainly technology has made things faster, smaller, cheaper and more efficient, which helps as an independent creator like myself, but I look at this from another angle. Technology for cameras, computers, software, processors, etc. change so fast, and as an independent creator, I’m more interested in how my storylines shift based on changes in technology,” said Lybrook. “As technology evolves, there’s a potential for new storylines to open up.”

“Things that were once sci-fi become reality, so the nature of the storytelling changes from one based in speculation to one based in advancements in tech and human knowledge. This gives my fiction a realistic and relatable edge,” said Lybrook.

Jennifer Kite-Powell is a writer who looks at the intersection of technology and science with art & culture, health, environment and industry. You can follow her on Twitter @jennalee.

But to process billions of pixels like DreamWorks does with its animated films, they chose to work with HP and have been doing so for more than a decade. Swanborg says HP is the only workstation they use to make their animated films.

Swanborg says there were moments in the past when their digital creators had a vision for a film and just couldn’t make it happen because it cost too much or it was impracticable to move forward on financially.

“This is why we don’t use a ‘creative computer’ to get that job done, we use HP Z series workstations,” said Swanborg. “All of our artists work on HP workstations so they can realize and visualize these worlds as quickly as possible.”

“We are so focused on storytelling at DreamWorks and we knew we had to create an environment that would let our team realize their imagination,” added Swanborg. “We have to take the impractical and make it possible and that’s where the technology comes in.”

Accoding to Ron Coughlin, President of Personal Systems, HP empowering creatives is part of their DNA.

“The very first product that Bill and Dave made was the audio oscillator for Disney’s Fantasia back in 1939,” said Coughlin. “As creative fields became more digital, we continued to provide innovations for the world’s most creative people. Today, that includes filmmakers, engineers, scientists, marketers, designers, artists, game developers, personal storytellers and the every day creator in all of us.”

HP’s Z series, can also be found on the International Space Station and is being used by NASA configure how to live in space while on long space voyages through through space farming. The Z2 mini workstations are used by Studio Libeskind, which designed the new World Trade Center master plan in New York City.  The HP DreamColor displays, which were co-created with DreamWorks to replace their CRT monitors which were displaced by flat screen TVs, have been in 80% of Academy Award Nominations for Visual Effects since 2011. And in 2015, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the HP DreamColor Display with the Scientific and Engineering Award.

Studio Libeskind. Image by Dbox.

The World Trade Center master plan by Studio Libeskind in New York City.

Daniel Libeskind, Principal Architect and Founder of Studio Libeskind said he starts every project by drawing a line.

“I start with a line but I use technology to help bring my vision alive,” said Libeskind. “If I want a building with 1,000 windows, I need to be able to see how they can be shaped, or how the light would stream into the room from those 1,000 windows at different times of the day, technology allows me to see that.”

Jennifer Kite-Powell is a writer who looks at the intersection of technology and science with art & culture, health, environment and industry. You can follow her on Twitter @jennalee.

While HP focuses on the hardware game for creatives, Adobe is focused on software.

The company has devoted part of its creative agenda to classrooms to help cultivate digital literacy and creativity for Generation Z. According to a study commissioned by Adobe, 85 percent of students and 91 percent of teachers see creativity as essential to students’ future careers and 94 percent of teachers feel their students will have careers that don’t exist today.

Adobe started working with educators around the country to increase the focus on creativity in classrooms. Adobe Spark, which is a content shop that lets users create and share visual stories such as social media posts, memes, graphics and animated videos is used by some teachers to show their students the power of storytelling with technology.

“Filmmaking is increasingly accessible to anyone. Next generation filmmakers like Joi McMillon have access to the same set of Adobe Creative Cloud film editing tools that David Fincher used for Gone Girl and Tim Miller used for Deadpool,” said Bill Roberts, Senior Director of Professional Video Product Management, Adobe.

“Unlike generations past when film production required specialists in sound editing, color correction or animation, Adobe’s Premiere Pro enables anyone to do professional quality post-production right in their existing workflow,” said Roberts. “Adobe is also helping creators get their work in front of a larger audience with new features like the Social Publishing Panel (beta) that will let creators determine how to optimize the performance of their content online.”

As filmmaking continues to evolve, Roberts says the company will continue to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence into the products as well as focus on the augmented reality and virtual reality markets to meet the demands of the increasing community of filmmakers exploring this new medium.

Which is a good bet since IDC reports that the AR/VR market is expected to reach $29 billion by 2020.

Already Adobe’s Premiere Pro’s virtual reality /360 editing tools have made their way to indie filmmakers and 360 filmmakers for VR storytelling. Indie film studio Vrse.workscreated a 360 film that told the story of an Ebola survivor in Liberia. Producers Randal Kleiser and Tanna Frederick created a VR short imagining what it would be like to reunite with loved ones after being frozen for nearly 30 years. Lucas Wilson of Supersphere VR is stretching reality with After Effects in virtual reality/360 to bring alien abductions to life.

And, then there’s Invisible by entertainment company, 30 Ninjas. This episodic series is considered the first scripted VR series and is produced by Doug Liman, who directed and produced the Bourne Identity.

30 Ninjas

The first VR series, Invisible created by 30 Ninjas.

But, there’s also the power of small tech.

“What’s interesting is that my current projects are more traditional in nature and rely less on obvious technology advances. Behind the scenes, we’re using a ton of tech, but the finished product of these films will feel more old-school,” said Lybrook. “My short film, Split Rail, which is an American gothic family drama is influenced by cinema of the 1970s. Robert Altman, Brian de Palma used camera pans and zooms to reveal information instead of complicated camera moves tracked by computers or CGI effects. And today for us, we’re using small-scale tech, mobile phones, to pre-visualize shots.”

Lybrook says they go to a location and dial up different camera settings or lenses and the phone approximates what it’d look like through that specific camera with that specific lens and settings. Don’t like what they’re getting? They simply swap out the lens through a setting in the app to see how things could look differently.

“This type of tech helps us know exactly what we’re going to do when we’re shooting,” says Lybrook.

Lybrook adds that while technology has democratized and opened filmmaking, he doesn’t think that technology changes the creative process, but gives a creator options.

“Back in the day, screenwriting was done on a typewriter. Today, there are dozens of different tools for screenwriting, notecard, storyboarding, editing, pre-vis, visual fx,” said Lybrook. “But it was when editing tools evolved from things like Steenbecks to non-linear editing software applications that really opened things up. Suddenly, you could shoot on a camcorder (now a smart phone) and you could edit on your computer.”

“That’s revolutionized things. Now things like AR, VR and so-called 4D theater experiences, change the experience for audiences. It’s cool to see,” said Lybrook.

Jennifer Kite-Powell is a writer who looks at the intersection of technology and science with art & culture, health, environment and industry. You can follow her on Twitter @jennalee.


Jio’s New Plans, Prime Day Continues, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 India Launch Date, More: Your 360 Daily

Jio's New Plans, Prime Day Continues, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 India Launch Date, More: Your 360 Daily


  • Reliance Jio tweaks data and validity for new plans
  • Amazon Prime Day deals continue in India and US
  • Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 available mid-August in India

Reliance Jio unveiled new prepaid and postpaid plans for its network on Tuesday, which tweak the amount of data offered and validity periods. The new Jio plans start from Rs. 19 for 200MB data for one day, and go all the way up to Rs. 9,999 for 780GB data for 390 days. Most  plans from the Summer Surprise offer have been carried over, with new additions at Rs. 349 and Rs. 399. Among the total of 12 prepaid plans now listed on Reliance Jio’s website, the telco offers two disparate choices: those with a daily FUP, and others that allow you to consume data at your own rate. The former either has 1GB or 2GB data caps, with the latter restricting you to 128kbps once you cross the allotted amount. Postpaid Jio users have five plans to choose from, with three in the FUP category and the rest two offering all at once. You can check out all Reliance Jio plans on offer right now.

Meanwhile, the company accidentally leaked its JioFiber preview offer through its website early Tuesday morning, before taking down the page. Apparently, Reliance aims to offer 100Mbps speeds for 100GB data per month, and will be available for no charge for the first three months, albeit with a refundable security deposit of Rs. 4,500. First spotted by Reddit users, Jio’s home broadband service will be initially available in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Surat, Vadodara, and Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, a person alleged to behind the Jio user data leak has been arrested by the police.

Amazon Prime Day sales in India and the US
Amazon’s Prime Day festivities began on Monday thanks to the protracted 30-hour schedule, but Tuesday saw even more deals and offers across the board. The iPhone 7 32GB dropped further down to Rs. 42,999 as part of the discounts, alongside Google Pixel 32GB for Rs. 38,999. There were discounts offered on iPhone 6/6s, iPhone SE, LG G6, Lenovo Z2 Plus, Honor 6X in smartphones; LG, Samsung, Sanyo, and TCL in TVs; Bose and Ultimate Ears in audio gear; and Amazon’s own products: Fire TV Stick, and Kindle models.

Prime Day also kicked off in the US at 6PM ET on Monday (early Tuesday morning here in India), with 50 percent off on Amazon Echo. Beyond that, there are offers on Samsung Galaxy S8, Moto G5 Plus, Surface Pro 4, PS4 Slim, and Netgear among others. More deals will be revealed by Amazon as Tuesday dawns in the US, so stay tuned for the selection. Prime Day goes on till 11:59pm local time on Tuesday in eligible regions.

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be available next month in India
Nokia’s mid-range Android phones – the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 – won’t be available for purchase until mid-August, HMD Global has said. The company is currently focused on ramping up production of Nokia 3 to meet demand, and will shift focus to the two other models later this week. Sales of Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will begin around August 15, Independence Day. Meanwhile, registrations for Nokia 6’s flash sale begin July 14 on Amazon India.

While those phones have been launched, we’re still awaiting an unveil of the company’s high-end Android competitor, the Nokia 9. A new leaked case render gives us an idea of the phone’s externals, including a vertical dual rear camera setup, and a headphone jack at the top.

WhatsApp will have UPI support soon – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Uber as well?
WhatsApp is in the process of integrating UPI digital payments infrastructure for its massive 200-million Indian user base, a source familiar with the matter told Gadgets 360. The company is in talks with umbrella organisation NPCI, and wants to implement the feature before the current year is up. India-made Hike Messenger already support UPI payments, but its user base is much smaller.

Meanwhile, Google has completed its own UPI testing with Android Pay, according to NPCI. The organisation’s MD and CEO A.P. Hota confirmed that WhatsApp and Facebook were in talks as well, and all three will be “operational” soon. Hota added that Amazon and Uber too would soon integrate UPI.

Xiaomi’s new sub-brand and Bluetooth receiver; Mi Max 2 India launch date
Xiaomi is reportedly set to launch a third sub-brand as part of its offerings, according to a Chinese website, alongside Mi and Redmi. It will focus more on the offline market unlike the aforementioned two, since Xiaomi has taken a beating in its home market from Oppo and Vivo. Though we don’t have a name yet, a new phone render has been leaked, which is expected to launch later this month.

Xiaomi has launched a Bluetooth audio receiver in China on Tuesday at CNY 99 (roughly Rs. 900), which helps users connect their favourite wired headphones to phones that don’t have a headphone jack. It hasn’t licensed Apple’s MFi program, so any integrated buttons won’t function if you connect it with an iPhone.

Meanwhile, the company has sent out invites for the India launch of its budget battery-powerhouse (5,300mAh) Mi Max 2, scheduled for July 18. We already know all about the phone thanks to its China launch, so it’s down to what the pricing mark-up will be – it’s CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,100) in China.

LG announces three Q-series phones with taller displays
LG unveiled three phones in its new Q-series – the LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a – on Tuesday, which aim to offer some of LG’s premium features at a less expensive price. The new phones include the taller FullVision display introduced on the LG G6 earlier this year, along with quad-HD displays and Android 7.1.1. Weirdly enough, LG didn’t reveal price of a single model. In terms of specifications, you get a 5.5-inch screen and Snapdragon 635 chip on all three, albeit with varying amounts of RAM and internal storage.

Microsoft 365 bundles Windows 10 and Office 365 for businesses
At its partner conference in Washington, Microsoft introduced a new offering for businesses, bundling Windows 10 and Office 365 (along with other services) as part of a new service called Microsoft 365. It’s meant to make it easier for businesses to get their organisation members and employees aboard the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer, and possibly streamline things in the process. Two variants – Enterprise and Business – will be available. The first arrives August 1 with pricing dependent on specific plan. The second enters public preview on August 2, and will cost $20 (about Rs. 1,290) per user per month.

Lava A93 launched at Rs. 7,999 without 4G support
Lava has launched a new budget Android phone – the Lava A93 – on Tuesday at Rs. 7,999. It’s meant to compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Moto C Plus, but it’s missing 4G support let alone VoLTE. The A93 runs Android 6.0 on a 5.5-inch HD display, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), and 3,000mAh battery. In terms of cameras, you get an 8-megapixel rear sensor, and a 2-megapixel front sensor. Both cameras have their own flash.

Twitter allows to mute notifications from accounts you don’t follow
Twitter has introduced new features to curb abuse on its platform, including the option to disable notifications from accounts you don’t follow and those that don’t follow you. This comes on the back of giving users more control over the content they see, and make Twitter less of a toxic experience for some users.

Oculus Rift and Touch price drops to $399
Oculus has discounted its Rift VR headset and Touch controller bundle by $200 in certain regions, pushing it to $399 (about Rs. 25,700) combined for six weeks. That puts it on par with PS VR, which works with Sony’s PS4. Oculus Rift is the only VR headset not available in India; PS VR retails around the Rs. 40,000-mark and the HTC Vive is currently down to Rs. 79,990 as part of Amazon’s Prime Day sale.

China moves against VPNs
The Chinese government has instructed state-run telecommunication firms to block access to VPNs in the country, which is heavily used by a select bunch of users and foreign companies to bypass the ‘Great Firewall’. China has always heavily regulated and censored web traffic, and the latest move will push both VPN operators, and companies that rely on corporate VPNs to consider shutting shop in the 1.5-billion strong nation.