Two top Apple executives in India met Monday with CEOs and top executives of major retailers in the country to discuss a new strategy and marketing vision, according to the Economic Times. The idea is to set up "stores within stores" in the "top 50 tier II and III markets," expanding its presence outside large metropolitan areas and into smaller markets. According to the report, the … Read more
The Indian government is reportedly carrying out Internet surveillance on its citizens, in contrast with the government's rules and notifications for ensuring communications privacy.
According to an investigation by Chennai-based publication The Hindu, Lawful Intercept and Monitoring (LIM) systems have been deployed by the country's Center for Development of Telematics (D-DOT) to monitor Internet traffic, e-mails, Web browsing, Skype, and other Internet activities by Indian citizens.
The systems are fully owned and operated by the Indian government, unlike similar systems deployed by local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which have to comply with Indian Telegraph Act and Rule 419(… Read more
On Labor Day, we celebrate those who perform arduous jobs when they wish they could be, well, celebrating Labor Day.
I wonder, therefore, how the cabin crew of a recent Air India flight from London to Mumbai might have kept their good humor when a passenger called them over and said she'd just been insulted by a machine.
She claimed that she'd switched on the in-flight entertainment system and two messages greeted her. The first was: "This selection is not currently available. Please try again later."
Normal enough, you might imagine. However, beneath it were the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ants aren't the only ones destroying electronics: Bored pets are, too.
- Snapcat: A photo app for cat selfies.
- Stop the presses: Today is the last day to send a telegram in India.
- RIP Google Reader: Today it is kaput.
- What happens when a guy logs in under his wife's gamer tag? Understanding sexism in gaming.
India is now the third biggest smartphone market in the world.
During the first quarter of 2013, smartphone sales in India jumped by 163 percent over the prior year's quarter, Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday. In comparison, smartphone volume over the same period rose by 86 percent in China, 24 percent in Japan, and 19 percent in the United States. The global average came in at 39 percent.
India's surge in smartphone use helped it swipe the third spot from Japan for the first time ever. It now ranks behind the U.S. in first place and China … Read more
Apple lost market share to Android in Western Europe, according to market researcher IDC.
Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. "Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]," IDC said Tuesday.
Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. "Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape," according to IDC.
In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the … Read more
Amazon on Tuesday quietly launched an online marketplace in India that allows users to list and sell their products directly to consumers.
The site, Amazon.in, lists more than 7 million print books, as well as 12,000 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray. It plans to introduce mobile phones and cameras in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement.
"Our vision, at Amazon, is to be Earth's most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online," Greg Greeley, … Read more
The Indian government is launching a investigation over Huawei and ZTE equipment, following increased scrutiny on China's alleged involvement in cyberspying.
Sina Tech reported this on Thursday, citing an official from India's Department of Telecommunications. The official said the ministry knows about the concerns of Indian intelligence agencies and os expediting the developing of systems for testing the networking equipment of foreign manufacturers, which could also include the likes of Cisco Systems and Alcatel.
A lab reportedly will be set up in Bangalore, where the gear will be tested.
Comedic spoofs on popular songs can sometimes work, but what about if they're earnest remakes?
It appears that Samsung is testing those waters. At the launch party for its Galaxy S4 smartphone in India, one of the country's Bollywood actors, Ranveer Singh, performed "Gangnam Style" as "Samsung Style" (imagine pronouncing Samsung like Gangnam).
A video posted to YouTube shows the entire spectacle of Singh rapping and attempting the signature "Gangnam Style" dance backed by men and women in sequined outfits. But it's the lyrics that are the real kicker to the … Read more