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Samsung Galaxy A70s with 64MP rear camera in India this month

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New Delhi, 19 Sep : Aiming to make Galaxy A series a $4-billion brand in India this year, Samsung is all set to launch its most premium Galaxy A device “A70s” with 64MP rear camera sensor later this month, informed sources told IANS on Thursday.

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Nokia 7.2 with triple camera, PureDisplay launched in India

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New Delhi, 19 Sep : HMD Global has launched its new smartphone, the Nokia 7.2 in India on Thursday, the company’s first smartphone with a triple camera and PureDisplay.

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Apple provided users’ data on Indian government requests

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New Delhi, 25 December : The Indian government asked Apple to provide information regarding 27 devices and 18 accounts in the January-June 2018 period, with the company providing data in most of the cases owing to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation.

The number of requests from India — in various formats such as subpoenas, court orders, warrants or other valid legal requests — also included 34 financial identifiers and three emergency requests, Apple said in its bi-annual transparency report released late Monday.

For device requests, Apple provided data to the Indian government in 63 per cent of cases and 85 per cent in the cases related to financial identifiers.

“The high number of financial identifiers were specified in requests predominantly due to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation,” said Apple.

“One request may contain one or multiple identifiers. We count the number of identifiers identified in each request and report the total number of identifiers by type (Device, Financial Identifier, Account),” the company added.

For account requests, Apple provided data in 78 per cent of cases and for all the three emergency requests.

In the July-December 2017 period, Apple had provided data in 14 out of 27 requests (52 per cent) to the Indian government.

Keeping with the global trends where several tech giants, including Facebook and Twitter, release bi-annually transparency reports, Apple has now launched a new transparency report website which makes it easier to scan data requests from various governments.

Globally, the company received 32,342 demands from governments to access 1,63,823 devices, with 80 per cent of the requests granted.

In total, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker approved more than 25,000 government requests to access customer data in the first half of 2018 – an almost nine per cent rise in demands in the July-December 2017 period.

“Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received,” said the company.

The governments around the world sent requests for device information on 29,718 Apple devices, with India asking for 27 device requests in the July-December 2017 period. Overall, the data was provided in 79 per cent of cases globally.

“Apple regularly receives multi-device requests related to fraud investigations. Device-based requests generally seek details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services,” said the Cupertino-based company.

Apple requires government and private entities to follow applicable laws and statutes when requesting customer information and data.

“We contractually require our service providers to abide by the same standard for any government information requests for Apple data. Our legal team reviews requests received to ensure that the requests have a valid legal basis,” the company has said earlier.

“When we receive an account request seeking our customers’ personal information, we notify the customer that we have received a request concerning their personal data except where we are explicitly prohibited by the legal process, by a court order Apple receives, or by applicable law,” it added.

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Samsung Mobile ranked India’s most popular brand

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New Delhi, 30 October : Samsung Mobile tops the list of most popular brands in India, according to a report released on Tuesday. The latest entrant in the Indian telecom scenario, Reliance Jio, which hit the existing telecom firms with unprecedented low tariffs, has been ranked eighth in the list of top 10 brands in the country, the Brand Asia Survey 2018 said here.

“Jio has entered the top 10 as it has brought out about 180 degree shift in the telecom sector, giving its competitors a run for their money by offering free voice calls and cheap 4G services that changed the way Indian users consumed data,” said the report.

Samsung Mobile, the mobile phone brand, is followed by the electronics and IT brand Samsung, from the same company.

In the third rank stood WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app.

“The free of cost messaging service has ranked high among consumers ever since its acquisition by Facebook and has continued to beat its competitors,” the report said. Social network major Facebook ranked sixth in Brand Asia survey, after Amul and Pepsi which stood in the fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Global beverage major Coca-Cola is positioned seventh, while the ninth and the 10th positions were held by Big Bazaar and Colgate respectively.

Brand Asia survey is conducted in many Asian countries and in India the survey had a sample size of 6,780 people. The parameters on which the survey is based are friendliness, convenience, innovation and how outstanding a company is, it said.

Commenting on the findings, Ashwani Arora, Senior Vice President of Market Xcel Data Matrix, the agency which performed the Brand Asia survey in India, said: “No longer consumer talks about FMCG brands alone as the advertising spends are increasing across spectrum and consumer is finding relevance in offerings meted through different verticals.”

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