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Apple’s India facility, public WiFi launch: Tech news you need to know

Apple’s plans to launch a 4-inch phone to a new facility in Hyderabad and the launch of the first high-speed public WiFi -- the morning dose of tech news

tech Updated: Jan 23, 2016 14:37 IST
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The 4-inch phone will come with the same curved glass display, A8 chip, eight-megapixel rear camera and will support NFC and Apple pay(Apple)

Apple to unveil a new 4-inch phone in March: Apple is all set to showcase a 4-inch phone in march, a report in 9to5Mac said. The device is expected to be based on the design of 5S and not the iPhone 7 which is rumoured to not come with a headphone jack. The 4-inch phone will come with the same curved glass display, A8 chip, eight-megapixel rear camera and will support NFC and Apple pay. Apple might also include a biometric sensor but don’t get hopes high about forced touch or 3D touch.

According to a report in Economic Times, Apple is in talks with real-estate company Tishman Speyer for a long term lease of nearly 2.5 lakh square feet of office space at the outskirts of the city. The facility will have a capacity of 2,500 employees (AFP)

Apple plans tech development centre in Hyderabad: Apple has been increasing its engagement in the country gradually. After the company’s application for single-brand retail stores licence, it is now evaluating plans to set up a huge technology development centre in Hyderabad. According to a report in Economic Times, Apple is in talks with real-estate company Tishman Speyer for a long term lease of nearly 2.5 lakh square feet of office space at the outskirts of the city. The facility will have a capacity of 2,500 employees.

Indian Railways’ telecom wing RailTel in partnership with Google has finally launched the first high-speed WiFi for public use at Mumbai’s CST railway station

Google’s free public WiFi launched:Indian Railways’ telecom wing RailTel in partnership with Google has finally launched the first high-speed WiFi for public use at Mumbai’s CST railway station. The project, which included providing free high-speed public WiFi at 400 railway stations across the country, was announced last September during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Google headquarters in Mountain View. Google, which says that Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur and Ranchi railway stations will follow shortly, has said that the Wi-Fi will be available to any user who has a working mobile connection on a smartphone. Users will be able to easily stream a high definition video while they’re waiting, research their destination, or save some videos for offline viewing, download a book or a new game for the journey, the Mountain View-headquartered company said in a statement.

The Zoom has a Pixelmaster 13-megapixel rear camera and five-megapixel front camera (Asus)

Asus Zenfone Zoom launched:Asus’ latest Zenfone Zoom, which focuses on the photography aspect of smartphones and has 3X optical zoom, has been launched at a price of Rs.37,999. Users can buy the phone on Flipkart right now and from February it will be available on all Asus exclusive stores. The phone runs a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and a 4GB RAM unit. It has a 5.5-inch full HD screen protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 and a 3,000 mAH battery with turbo charging. The Zoom has a Pixelmaster 13-megapixel rear camera and five-megapixel front camera.

The Nexus 5X runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor. It has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage - 32GB version is also available but the price on that hasn’t come down so steeply (AFP)

Google Nexus 5X gets a huge price cut:The Nexus 5X has just gone under a Rs. 12,000 price cut. Google in partnership with LG had launched the Nexus 5X at a price of Rs.32,000 exclusively on Amazon.in. The Nexus 5X runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor. It has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage - 32GB version is also available but the price on that hasn’t come down so steeply. The phone has a 5.2-inch screen with FullHD resolution. The phone uses Google’s Android Marshmallow without any user interface modifications. It is also guaranteed to get quick Android updates for at least two years.