LeEco Le Max 2 Gets a Temporary Price Cut to Rs. 17,999; Will Become Available on Amazon and Snapdeal

LeEco Le Max 2 Gets a Temporary Price Cut to Rs. 17,999; Will Become Available on Amazon and SnapdealLeEco on Thursday announced that the Le Max 2 will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 17,999 from October 1 to October 6 on LeMall.com. The company also announced that the Le Max 2 will no longer be exclusive to LeMall.com and Flipkart, but will from next week also become available on Amazon India and Snapdeal. The smartphone will be available at its discounted price across Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal as well, but on different days.

Note that the temporary price cut is on the 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant of the Le Max 2, which was launched at Rs. 22,999 in June this year – translating to a discount of Rs. 5,000. As we mentioned, the Le Max 2 will also be available with its discounted price on Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal, during their respective sales.

LeEco will sell Le Max 2 at the same discounted price of Rs. 17,999 during Flipkart’s Big Billion Day, from October 2 to October 6. It will be available at the same price during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale from October 1 to October 5, and, on Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale from October 2 to October 6. Notably, LeEco is holding a flash sale on LeMall.com on Friday, and 2,000 participants of the sale will receive a voucher for and additional Rs. 1,000 discount on LeMall.com purchases from October 1 to October 6.

To recall, the Le Max 2 was launched in two variants – 4GB/ 32GB & 6GB/ 64GB – by the Chinese conglomerate at its Future2 event held in June. The 6GB RAM variant was priced at Rs. 29,999, and no discount has been announced for it. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 5.7-inch QHD bezel-less ‘Super Retina’ display, 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 21-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, a 3100mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE in India, apart from VoLTE support.

LeEco iterates that the Le Max 2 has a unique dual fast charging system, combining company’s technology with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 tech, to provide 3.5 hours of battery life with a mere 5 minute charge, along with a Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology.
Commenting on the new e-commerce partnerships, Atul Jain, COO, Smart Electronics Business, LeEco India said, “We have had a great relationship with Flipkart and we are confident that it will only strengthen as we go forward. To ensure that more users have access to our Le Max2, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Amazon India and Snapdeal. We are confident that our users will enjoy the new Le Max2 experience, which is now available at a special price of Rs. 17,999 for the festive sales. Through this move, we now have presence on all major ecommerce platforms in India along with our very own LeMall.com.”

Commenting on the partnership, Arun Srinivasan, Category Leader-Consumer Electronics, Amazon India, said “We are happy to partner with LeEco India ahead of the festive season and offer our customers an easy and convenient access to the Le Max2. We are confident that this device will become a popular choice for customers during the festive season.”

Commenting on the partnership, Tony Navin, Senior Vice President – Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Snapdeal said, “We are very glad to partner with LeEco and provide them a platform through which they can reach to a new set of customers for their exciting product range. This coming festive season, we aim to offer our customer with an enhanced shopping experience with a wide variety of products.”

Reliance Jio Reacts to Airtel’s Claims, Says 16 Million Calls Fail Between Them Every Day

Reliance Jio Reacts to Airtel's Claims, Says 16 Million Calls Fail Between Them Every DayHitting back at Airtel’s allegations of being “under-prepared”, new player Reliance Jio on Wednesday said it had given projections of its required number of points of interconnection to the rival three months in advance.

Reliance Jio said it has been consistently following up with Airtel and other incumbent operators over the last several months for augmentation of interconnection capacity. “In anticipation of such demand for services, Reliance Jio had given its projections for POI requirement to Airtel over three months ago. The massive deterioration in quality of service parameters would not have occurred had Airtel augmented POIs on a timely basis,” it alleged.

These requests had been denied by Airtel and the other incumbent operators as part of their anti-competitive strategy and in complete breach of their licence conditions, it added. This, Reliance Jio said, has resulted in “unprecedented call failures” between Airtel and itself.

“It may be noted that there are no call failures in Jio-to-Jio calls, while over 1.6 crore calls are still failing every day between Airtel and Jio,” it added.

(Also see: Reliance Jio Says Airtel Gesture Welcome, but Won’t Address Call Drops)
Reliance Jio, which has commercially launched its 4G services, has accused dominant incumbent operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea of providing far less than adequate PoIs needed for its users to complete a call to a rival network, while the operators have charged the new entrant of unleashing a “tsunami” of free traffic on their networks.

Telecom regulator Trai, which had asked the operators to submit their network congestion details from September 15-19, 2016, to examine the congestion issue, yesterday decided to issue showcause notices on operators for call drops far exceeding the norms.

“As against allegation of under-preparedness and insufficient testing teams and efforts, reality is that work has not been held up at Reliance Jio’s end even briefly. Transmission media of Reliance Jio has been ready and operational for several months now,” it said.

Airtel on Tuesday blamed Reliance Jio itself for network connectivity issues and call failures, saying they are due to Jio’s own “under-preparedness”, insufficient testing efforts and acquiring a large number of customers at the pre-launch stage itself.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Replacement Units Reported to Have Overheating, Battery Issues

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Replacement Units Reported to Have Overheating, Battery Issues
Issues with replacement units currently highlighted only in South Korea
Exchange program kicked off in the US last week
Company says issues are not related to battery
If we call these to be hard times for Samsung, it will be deemed as an understatement for the South Korean company. Earlier this month, the company asked its consumers to stop using Galaxy Note 7 units, due to battery issues that caused some of smartphone units to explode while charging. It also announced a global recall for the device and started handing out replacement units that it claimed were safe. Now, it seems like these replacement units have their own ‘non-explosive’ issues.

South Korean TV network YTN has reported, as noted by the Wall Street Journal, that some customers in South Korea are having issues with their Galaxy Note 7 replacement units. As per the report, the replacement units of the device that were issued through the exchange program are overheating and losing some amount of battery power even when they are plugged in for charging.

Even though the company has not revealed the number of cases that have been registered for these issues, a Samsung spokesperson has reportedly said that the issues are completely unrelated to the battery on the device. He further said that the issues are related to mass production of the smartphone and company is closely observing the situation.
The company had officially recalled around 1 million Galaxy Note 7 units in the US and the replacement program in the country kicked off last week.

Interestingly, some users earlier complained that the Galaxy Note 7 units that have been bought from Samsung’s US website are allegedly not being replaced and are only eligible for refund.

Yahoo Hack Raises ‘Serious Questions’ From EU Privacy Watchdogs

Yahoo Hack Raises 'Serious Questions' From EU Privacy Watchdogs
Personal information was stolen from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts
Users should follow the actions outlined by Yahoo
Given the scale of the attack, Yahoo will face a series of investigations
The hack on Yahoo that compromised the personal data of at least 500 million users is raising “serious questions” among European Union privacy regulators.

The “vast number of people affected by this cyber-attack is staggering and demonstrates just how severe the consequences of a security hack can be,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement Friday. Like their UK neighbors, Irish data protection regulators said they have asked Yahoo “a number of issues for which we are seeking further information and clarification.”

In a statement Thursday, Yahoo said that the personal information was stolen in an attack on its accounts in late 2014, exposing a wide swath of its roughly 1 billion users. The attacker was a “state-sponsored actor,” and stolen information may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, un-encrypted security questions and answers, Yahoo said.

 

“The US authorities will be looking to track down the hackers, but it is our job to ask serious questions of Yahoo on behalf of British citizens and I am doing that today,” the UK privacy regulator said Friday. “We don’t yet know all the details of how this hack happened, but there is a sobering and important message here for companies that acquire and handle personal data.”

Personal information “must be securely protected under lock and key – and that key must be impossible for hackers to find,” Denham said.

The Irish regulator said it has contacted the Federal Trade Commission to “coordinate our respective inquiries.” In the meantime, it said users should follow the actions outlined in an extensive guidance by Yahoo.
While European watchdogs’ fining powers remain minimal, in some cases even non-existent, new EU-wide rules will take effect in 2018 that could boost sanctions by any of the bloc’s national regulators to as much as 4 percent of a company’s global annual sales.

 

Given the scale of the attack, and the time it has taken for it to become public, Yahoo will face a series of investigations, said Johannes Caspar, one of the more outspoken privacy regulators in Germany.

“The whole thing is pretty gruesome,” Caspar said in an email. “Not only the many millions of users that are affected by the hack make you think, but also the late timing by which the whole thing became public.”

Yahoo in Thursday’s statement said it “is notifying potentially affected users and has taken steps to secure their accounts.” It also recommended that users who haven’t changed their password since 2014, do so now.

Opera on Android Update Brings Revamped Material Design Interface and More

Opera on Android Update Brings Revamped Material Design Interface and More

  • Opera calls the new design ‘fresh’ and ‘modern’
  • User interface redesign inspired by Android’s Material Design
  • Company working on option to switch between tablet and normal layout

Opera browser on Android has received a user interface makeover inspired by Android’s Material Design with its latest update. Opera says that the new design on the browser is ‘fresh’ and ‘modern’.

You will find the Speed Dial on the left of the carousel on the newly designed start page while the news feed will be on the right side of the page. “Scroll through the channels across the top to see your favourite topics, and tap the + icon on the right to configure your favourite topics: you can easily add and remove them to customize the news you get,” the company said in its blog.

The news feed will also be available with a reader mode that will allow your articles to load more quickly. You will be able to get access to offline pages, bookmarks, history and downloads by tapping on the ‘person icon’ in the bottom-right corner. “You can also sign in here to sync your Speed Dial, bookmarks, tabs and typed history across your devices,” Opera said.

By tapping on the three dots on the top-right corner of the screen, you can access options “find in page” and “share”. You also get to enable ‘data savings’ feature from this menu.

The Opera for Android update will be rolling out through Google Play and should be available soon to all users.

Opera says that it is currently working on the options to switch between tablet and normal layouts, change the news feed language, and select your download folder of choice.

 

WhatsApp Directed by Delhi High Court to Delete User Data Collected Before September 25

WhatsApp Directed by Delhi High Court to Delete User Data Collected Before September 25

  • Data of the users who opt out of WhatsApp before Sep. 25 won’t be saved
  • WhatsApp had earlier told it doesn’t infringe on user’s privacy and data
  • WhatsApp was accused of sharing user’s details with Facebook in a plea

WhatsApp, the instant messaging software, was on Friday directed by the Delhi High Court to delete the information and data of those users who would stop using the app before September 25, when its new privacy policy comes into effect.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also asked WhatsApp not to share with Facebook or other group companies the information and details of users who would opt out of the app, as well as the existing users upto September 25 to protect their interest.

As per new privacy policy of WhatsApp, user information would be shared with Facebook.

The court issued the directions as WhatsApp, while launching its app initially, had provided complete security and protection of privacy as also because the issue relating to an individual’s right of privacy is yet to be decided by the Supreme Court.

“Having regard to the complete security and protection of privacy provided by Respondent 2 (WhatsApp) initially while launching Whatsapp and keeping in view that the issue relating to the existence of an individual’s right of privacy as a distinct basis of a cause of action is yet to be decided by a larger bench of Supreme Court, we consider it appropriate to issue the following directions to protect interest of users of WhatsApp,” the bench said.

The court directed the government and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to “consider the issues regarding the functioning of the internet message applications like WhatsApp and take an appropriate decision at the earliest as to whether it is feasible to bring the same under the statutory regulatory framework.”

Referring to the clauses of privacy policy of WhatsApp, the court said users cannot contend that the company shall be compelled to continue the same terms of service as was there at the time of launching of the platform. Under the earlier privacy policy, there was complete protection of user privacy. “We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account,” the court said.

The directions and observations came as the court disposed of a PIL by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi who had challenged its new privacy policy.

The petitioners had alleged that the new privacy policy violated fundamental rights of users by allowing confidential information to be shared with Facebook.

WhatsApp had earlier informed the court that when a user account was deleted, the information of that person was no longer retained on its servers.

 

Flipkart Claims It Has 100 Million Registered Users

Flipkart Claims It Has 100 Million Registered Users

Flipkarthas crossed the 100-million registered users mark, reportedly becoming the first e-commerce company in the country to hit the milestone. The Bengaluru-based company has doubled its user base over the last year and added 25 million users in the past six months alone.

“This is a small step in our efforts to build a platform that provides quality products, affordable and accessible to millions of Indians shopping online. This milestone has further energised us to ramp-up our efforts and build a world-class shopping destination,” Flipkartco-founder and CEO Binny Bansal said.

One of the most valued startups in the country, Flipkart has Tiger Global, Accel Partners, Morgan Stanley and T Rowe among its investors. The company has raised over $3 billion (roughly Rs. 20,108) in funding so far and has acquired companies like Myntra, PhonePem and LetsBuy. It has also invested in startups like Cube26, NestAway, and BlackBuck.

A recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Report pegged Flipkart as the leader with over 43 percent market share. It forecast that by 2019, Flipkart would increase its share to 44 percent.

E-commerce companies in India have witnessed tremendous growth on the back of strong demand for smartphones and increasing data usage. India, which is among the fastest growing e-commerce markets globally, is expected to continue on the growth momentum over the three to five years.

US online retailer Amazon and Chinese heavyweight Alibaba are making significant investments in India to capture the nascent market here.

India is being seen as an opportunity globally with a significant chunk of foreign investments flowing into the sector in companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm.

 

Google Allo Will Store Chat History After All, to Improve Assistant and Smart Replies

Google Allo Will Store Chat History After All, to Improve Assistant and Smart Replies

  • Google requires chats to be logged to improve Assistant and Smart reply
  • Chat records will be stored until the user deletes them
  • Allo’s Incognito Mode option is still end-to-end encrypted

Google announced the Allo instant messaging app, at this year’s Google I/O conference alongside the Duo video chat app. Duo calls are fully encrypted, and Allo also features encryption, however, the company has now confirmed changes to how it stores non-incognito messages.

With the launch of the Allo on Wednesday, Google says it will be permanently storing all non-incognito messages. Earlier in May, Google had stated that Allo will keep only temporary message logs. But it turns out that the company requires chats to be logged to provide more data to its machine learning algorithms, with the aim to improve the functionality of its Assistant and Smart reply features.

 

This essentially means that chat records will be stored until the user deletes them, giving Google full access to chat histories. Non-incognito messages still feature encryption when being transmitted between the device and Google’s servers, however, Google will be able to decrypt the messages on its servers for the aforementioned reasons. On the other hand, Allo’s Incognito Mode option is still end-to-end encrypted for users who would rather keep their private chats, private. Google will not be able to access these messages in any form. “When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration,” Google mentions in a blog post.

The chats in Incognito Mode are encrypted and there is an expiry timer to chats so they disappear after a set time limit. The duration of time can be set by the user. However, using the Incognito Mode means users won’t get to make use of Allo’s Smart reply and Assistant. All of this of course means that those users truly worried about privacy would have no reason to use Allo, as its smart features are its biggest USPs.

 

Speaking to Gadgets 360, Amit Fulay, Project Manager for Real Time Communications at Google,explained,”Obviously we use TLS even in non-incognito chats. It’s a value trade off, and Smart reply and Assistant bring a lot of value to the users. And it’s still easy to go incognito whenever you want to.”

While the move for a less private messaging app is a win for Google’s machine learning, Allo’s privacy is being put into question and users may not take to it given as how other popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are slowly moving towards end-to-end encryption.

 

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime Launched in India Price, Specifications

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  • Samsung also launched the Galaxy J7 Prime in India
  • The Galaxy J5 Prime is priced at Rs. 14,790
  • The Galaxy J7 Prime is priced at Rs. 18,790

Samsung alongside the launch of the Galaxy J7 Prime in India on Monday also launched the Galaxy J5 Prime in the country. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 14,790, and it will become available in the country by the end of September.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), and features a fingerprint sensor on the home button. Other differences are minor – the Galaxy J5 Prime supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB), whereas the Galaxy J5 (2016) supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Notably, the Prime variant sports a significantly smaller battery, at 2400mAh, compared to the 3100mAh battery on the Galaxy J5 (2016)

 

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Galaxy J5 Prime is a dual-SIM phone with Nano-SIM card support. It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core SoC that’s coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

The Galaxy J5 Prime comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, and 4G. As we mentioned, the smartphone is powered by a 2400mAh battery. It measures 142.8×69.5×8.1mm, and weighs in at 143 grams.

Tthe company is touting features like S Power Planning (a reserve battery technology for when the battery is running low) and S Secure (allowing users to lock/ hide apps, and more). The company has also detailed a Vodafone bundled data offer for Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J5 Prime customers, wherein they pay for 1GB of data and get 9GB of data free over three months.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.4GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2400mAh

 

LeEco Epic 919 Superfans Festival: Le 2, Le Max 2, Le 1s Eco, Smart LED TVs on Offer

LeEco Epic 919 Superfans Festival: Le 2, Le Max 2, Le 1s Eco, Smart LED TVs on Offer

  • The Le Max 2 is available at a 13 percent discount
  • There an exchange discount of Rs. 10,000 on the Le 2 smartphone
  • The Le 1s Eco ia available at a 10 percent discount

LeEco’s big one-day sale is on, and smartphones, television, and accessories are up for grabs on Flipkart and LeMall.com with major offers. The sale is active only for 24 hours, and this Epic 919 SuperFans festival has been introduced for the first time in India. This one-day festival was a huge hit in China, and the company is expecting it to be received in the same manner in India. It is expecting as much as Rs. 100 crore sales during this 24-hours festival in India. The sale ends at midnight, and smartphones available with offers are the LeEco Le 2, Le 1s Eco, and Le Max 2.

1) Smartphones: 
The LeEco Le 2 is available in Rose Gold and Grey colour variants at the same launch price of Rs. 11,999. However, there is an upto Rs. 10,000 exchange offer discount, and a free gift card worth Rs.2,000 from MakeMyTrip. There’s an extra 10 percent off to credit/debit card holders of major banks (up to Rs. 2,000) as well.

The LeEco Le 1s Eco is being sold at a 10 percent discount, and is priced at Rs. 8,998. Users can further get u pto Rs. 8,000 discount on the exchange offer, and LeEco will bundle free earphones worth Rs. 1,300 with the device. The MakeMyTrip and bank cashback offers are applicable with this smartphone purchase as well.

Lastly, the LeEco Le Max 2 Rose Gold 32GB variant is being sold at Rs. 19,998. Apart from the 13 percent discount, you can further get upto Rs. 15,000 off on exchange of old smartphone. LeEco is giving the MakeMyTrip gift card and the bank cashback here as well, and additionally is also bundling CDLA earphones worth Rs.1,990 for free.

2) Televisions:
Televisions on offer include the 65-inch Ultra HD Smart LED TV for Rs. 99,790. Users can avail up to Rs. 25,000 off on exchange offer. The Smart TV is powered by a Cortex A17 quad-core processor paired with 3GB RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop. LeEco offers 2 years of comprehensive warranty and 2years of panel warranty on the TV set. There’s also a 3D variant for Rs. 1,49,790 with the same listed offers.

The 55-inch variant is up for grabs for Rs. 59,790, and an exchange discount up to Rs. 25,000 can be availed on the product as well. All the products are a part of the F Assured scheme, which means that they will be delivered in 2 to 4 days without any delivery charges.

On the LeMall.com website, the company is selling earphones, headphones, smartphone cases and covers, Bluetooth speakers and ring bracelets at a discount. Notably, the Leme Bluetooth Headphones are available at a Rs. 500 discount, and are temporarily priced at Rs. 1,999.