MoreApple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple TV during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California March 21, 2016.REUTERS/Stephan LamMUMBAI/NEW DELHI Reuters - Apple Inc will set up a software laboratory in India to help Indian startups and developers working on the company's iOS platform, Apple said hours after Chief Executive Tim Cook began his first official visit to the country.The company is also expected to unveil plans to expand its software development center in the southern city of Hyderabad, also home to Microsoft's first India office, where engineers are working on Apple Maps.The app design and development accelerator - the term used for hothouse laboratories in the tech sector - will open in Bengaluru, as Bangalore is now known, in early 2017.Indian government sources expected Modi to encourage Cook to set up production facilities in India, supporting the government's drive to find jobs for millions of Indians joining the workforce every year.Cook will be seeing industry partners during his visit.
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks at the Advancing Asia Conference in New Delhi, India.Because there s a lack of data on such issues as intimate partner violence and women s economic contributions, governments and groups can t identify where services are needed or assess which initiatives are working.A mother nurses her newborn at the maternity ward of the Kailahun Government hospital in eastern Sierra Leone.Gates underscored data s crucial role in supporting women by pointing to recent successes where numbers were key.Since 1990, the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth every year has dropped by nearly half.Surveys typically focus on the primary economic activity of the household.
After the visit to China, Apple's CEO Tim Cook now gone to India where he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and representatives from the company's partners in the country. In connection with Tim Cook's visit, we have been told that Apple will open three stores in the country over the next year, specifically in the capital, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore Mumbai Bengalure. In the latter city, Apple will also build a center for IOS development. Tim Cook meeting with Indian IOS developers. Do not miss: Foxconn to build the iPhone factory in India Furthermore, a technology center opened in Hyderabad. IDG News
MUMBAI Reuters – When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie – often using his gold iPhone – can get him into trouble.Modi breached electoral rules when he photographed himself holding his party s symbol of a lotus flower immediately after casting his vote in the 2014 general election, one of the many selfies he regularly takes with his Apple phone.Cook meets the 65-year old prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and will be hoping Modi s enthusiasm for phones can help Apple as it tries to bolster sales in India.While smartphone usage is surging as the middle class swells, most Indians still can t afford Apple s iPhones and the company has only about 2 percent market share in a country where 100 million phones were sold last year.Apart from snapping the usual selfie, Modi is likely to tell Cook that if Apple wants to sell more phones in India, it should make them there, and help the prime minister realize his ambition of turning the country into a manufacturing powerhouse.Cook will also have to remember not to come between Modi and his love of the limelight: on a trip to Silicon Valley in September Modi appeared to shove Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg aside so that the cameras could capture him fully.Cook and Modi s meeting will cap an unusually long trip to India that has seen the Apple boss pray at an elephant-god temple in Mumbai, watch cricket and dine with Bollywood stars.Editing by Tommy Wilkes and Mark Potter
Tim Cook is getting the rock star treatment on his first trip to India.Paparazzi have tailed him since he began the visit Wednesday in the financial capital Mumbai, keeping Cook s bodyguards busy as the Apple Inc. chief executive officer toured the city s most famous temple.Just about every step has has been reported, photographed and tweeted.Cook attended a dinner in Mumbai hosted by Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan, spent time with Anant Ambani -- son of India s richest man Mukesh Ambani -- and met Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, whose sprawling conglomerate includes stores selling iPhones.He also met the top brass for Vodafone Group Plc in India.Cook is expected in New Delhi as early as Friday and may meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The administration is currently reviewing Apple s application to open retail stores in Asia s third-largest economy.As China s market becomes more saturated and people across the globe upgrade their smartphones less frequently, Apple, Samsung Electronics Co. and other vendors are keen to sell to India s middle class, which is projected to quadruple to 200 million by 2020.The challenge for Apple is that its products are beyond the reach of many in India, where most people live on less than $3.10 a day, according to World Bank data.Apple doesn t feature in the top 10 in terms of smartphone market share in the South Asian nation, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Simon Chan.
£439m gets ST Telemedia 17 data centres across key Indian and Singaporean cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and BangaloreThe Asian data centre market has undergone a massive shift this week as Tata Communications offloaded 74 percent of its Indian and Singaporean data centre business to ST Telemedia.ST Telemedia, one of Singapore s largest communications companies, has bought the stake for $640 million £439m and marks the latest expansion of the company s data centre operations.Key citiesCustomers of these data centres include e-commerce platforms, global multi-national companies, and some of Asia s largest blue chip businesses.Since ST Telemedia s initial investment in the data centre business in mid-2014, we have made remarkable progress in building a formidable data centre footprint internationally, said ST Telemedia executive director Sio Tat Hiang.The latest addition of India to the STT GDC network will be a major impetus to advance the company s ambition to be a significant global data centre service provider.This is thanks to a massive push towards cloud and IaaS workloads from small and medium businesses in the subcontinent, boosting spend on cloud storage.
MorePresidente-executivo da Apple, Tim Cook, fala em evento na sede da empresa, na Califórnia 21/03/2016 REUTERS/Stephen LamMUMBAI Reuters - When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie - often using his gold iPhone - can get him into trouble.Modi breached electoral rules when he photographed himself holding his party's symbol of a lotus flower immediately after casting his vote in the 2014 general election, one of the many selfies he regularly takes with his Apple phone.Cook meets the 65-year old prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and will be hoping Modi's enthusiasm for phones can help Apple as it tries to bolster sales in India.While smartphone usage is surging as the middle class swells, most Indians still can't afford Apple's iPhones and the company has only about 2 percent market share in a country where 100 million phones were sold last year.Cook will also have to remember not to come between Modi and his love of the limelight: on a trip to Silicon Valley in September Modi appeared to shove Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg aside so that the cameras could capture him fully.Cook and Modi's meeting will cap an unusually long trip to India that has seen the Apple boss pray at an elephant-god temple in Mumbai, watch cricket and dine with Bollywood stars.
FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to a question during a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York.Modi suggested that Cook help the global community cope with the challenges of cybercrime.Modi said that in India, "seeing is believing," and that Cook's experiences on his trip would help steer his business decisions.The prime minister explained his Digital India initiative to Cook, identifying its three key objectives as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes, the statement said, adding that Modi sought support from Apple in furthering the objectives.Cook told Modi that he appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and that the country's youth have significant skills that Apple would like to tap, according to the statement.He said Apple runs on 93 percent renewable energy, and spoke of plans to move Apple's entire supply chain to renewable energy.
New Delhi AP -- Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out his company's plans for the vast Indian market in a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple's support for his "Digital India" initiative focusing on e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes.Modi and Cook also discussed cybersecurity and data encryption at their meeting in New Delhi, a government statement said.Modi suggested that Cook help the global community cope with the challenges of cybercrime.Cook, who arrived in India on Tuesday and is winding down his trip, spoke of the potential for the manufacturing and retailing of Apple products in India, and the possibilities for app development in the country, the statement said.Apple has just a 2 percent share of the smartphone market in India, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets.Cook spoke about his visits to the Indian cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kanpur and his meetings with business leaders, young people and Bollywood actors.In particular, he mentioned his visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, and the cricket match he saw in the northern city of Kanpur, the statement said.Modi said that in India, "seeing is believing," and that Cook's experiences on his trip would help steer his business decisions.The prime minister explained his Digital India initiative to Cook, identifying its three key objectives as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes, the statement said, adding that Modi sought support from Apple in furthering the objectives.Digital India, a flagship program of Modi's government, attempts to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy through the use of information technology.Cook told Modi that he appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and that the country's youth have significant skills that Apple would like to tap, according to the statement.He also elaborated on the Map Development Centre that Apple Inc. is setting up in the southern city of Hyderabad, one of India's information technology hubs.Cook also said he appreciated Modi's initiatives for renewable energy.He said Apple runs on 93 percent renewable energy, and spoke of plans to move Apple's entire supply chain to renewable energy.
Modi suggested that Cook help the global community cope with the challenges of cybercrime.Cook spoke about his visits to the Indian cities of Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kanpur and his meetings with business leaders, young people and Bollywood actors.Modi said that in India, "seeing is believing," and that Cook's experiences on his trip would help steer his business decisions.The prime minister explained his Digital India initiative to Cook, identifying its three key objectives as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes, the statement said, adding that Modi sought support from Apple in furthering the objectives.Cook told Modi that he appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and that the country's youth have significant skills that Apple would like to tap, according to the statement.He said Apple runs on 93 percent renewable energy, and spoke of plans to move Apple's entire supply chain to renewable energy.
Apple CEO Tim Cook toured China and India last week, and judging from the photos taken of him, it seems like he made some long-lasting memories.But there was one episode outside New Delhi last Friday he'd likely rather forget: According to the Economic Times, Cook had a moment at a store in Gurgaon where he pointed to what was apparently an Apple-branded iPhone case and wondered out loud if it was "counterfeit.Cook thought it's fake as the color and the different packaging is perhaps not sold in the US or some of the other markets.The episode underscores Apple's challenges in India as it hopes to turn the country into another major market for iPhone sales.Apple sells through "authorized dealers" in India, but the lack of a strong network of retailers means that certain stores might see fake knockoff Apple products as a quick route to a buck.That's part of the reason Apple wants to open its own stores in the country — to give Indians a reliable place to buy iPhones as well as increase brand awareness around the country.In fact, the location Cook visited does not show up when you search for certified shops around Gurgaon on Apple's website.The case Cook mistook for a fraud may have been this model that was phased-out in the United States, but the dealer in India might have had leftover stock — and given the prevalence of fake Apple goods in both China and India, it's a justifiable error.Here's what the scene looked like:  Apple CEO Tim Cook visits company's showroom in Gurgaon's Galleria market @htTweets @HTGurgaon pic.twitter.com/C7GFtXPYSJ — Gulam Jeelani @jeelanikash May 20, 2016NOW WATCH: We dare you to oversleep with Dwayne The Rock Johnson s new motivational alarm clock appLoading video...
View photosMoreA pedestrian walks past an Apple iPhone 6 advertisement at an electronics store in Mumbai, India, July 24, 2015.REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/File PhotoNEW DELHI Reuters - India has said Apple Inc must meet a rule obliging foreign retailers to sell at least 30 percent locally-sourced goods if it wishes to open stores in the country, a senior government official told Reuters.Apple is hoping to expand its retail presence in India, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets, at a time when sales in the United States and China have slowed.A finance ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment.The decision is a setback for the U.S.-based company just days after a four-day trip to the country by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook who met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Saturday.Sources have said Apple planned to open at least three stores in India by the end of 2017.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f97299%2frobin-handThe San Francisco startup is launching its cloud-based smartphone, the Robin, in the country for the highly competitive price of $297 Rs 19,999 — nearly $100 lower than its original launch price of $399 Rs 26,900 in the U.S.SEE ALSO: Running out of storage is a thing of the past with the Nextbit Robin phoneIf you missed Robin's release earlier this year, here's a refresher: Boasting good specs and a refreshing teal-colored plastic design, the phone's main feature is its innovative integration of cloud storage.At the launch event in Delhi, Nextbit CEO Tom Moss stressed India's importance as the second-largest smartphone market in the world and on ensuring that the phone was good value for the money — an important consideration for the country's price-sensitive consumers.As such, Nexbit's initial focus will be on tech enthusiasts, but for long-term viability, its bigger challenge will be appealing to the mass market.The Robin is powered by Marshmallow 6.0, and is close to stock Android, but Moss argues that its intuitive understanding of which apps people use the most and the least will give it an edge over other smartphones in India's Android-dominated market.The Nextbit Robin boasts an unusual teal-colored design, but its real differentiator is how it deals with storage: When it runs out of local space, it automatically and intelligently backs up data and apps to 100GB of cloud storage, which is included in the purchase price."Most of the world is really saturated in terms of growth and India is really the engine that's driving the growth in smartphones for the whole world today," Moss said.
NEW DELHI—India s finance ministry has rejected a government-panel recommendation to exempt Apple Inc. AAPL 0.33 % from local sourcing requirements, two government officials said, in a decision that could effectively block the technology company s plan to open its own retail stores in the country.An Apple spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Like China, which for years fueled the Cupertino, Calif., company s growth, India is a large, developing economy in which more people can afford its high-end gadgets every year.But the company still has less than a 3% share of the country s smartphone market, leaving ample room to expand its footprint in the world s second-most populous nation.Having its own stores would help boost awareness of Apple s brand in the country, where it faces stiff competition from low-cost smartphones, analysts say.However, the government is allowed to waive the requirement if the retailers are bringing state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technologies to India that aren t available locally.
The Apple logo is seen from inside the company's Boylston Street store in Boston on Sept. 16, 2015.Apple may still get to set up wholly-owned stores in India, with the country s Commerce Ministry promising to discuss the matter with the Finance Ministry that had objected to the proposal.Indian government rules require that foreign-owned, single-brand retailers source 30 percent of their products locally, but the Indian government had indicated that it could provide a waiver of that requirement for branded stores of retailers of high-tech products.Why this matters: Apple has decided to focus on India, where it saw 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the last quarter.But that move came in for criticism from the environment ministry, which is concerned that this could create a recycling problem, as the phones would be closer to end of life.But during a meeting this month between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, the executive spoke of the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in India, according to the country s Press Information Bureau.
The Commerce Minister said her ministry wouldn t mind a waiver of retail rules for AppleThe Apple logo is seen from inside the company's Boylston Street store in Boston on Sept. 16, 2015.Apple may still get to set up wholly-owned stores in India, with the country s Commerce Ministry promising to discuss the matter with the Finance Ministry that had objected to the proposal.Indian government rules require that foreign-owned, single-brand retailers source 30 percent of their products locally, but the Indian government had indicated that it could provide a waiver of that requirement for branded stores of retailers of high-tech products.Apple has decided to focus on India, where it saw 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the last quarter.But that move came in for criticism from the environment ministry which is concerned that this could create a recycling problem, as the phones would be closer to end of life.But during a meeting this month between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, the executive spoke of the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in India, according to the country s Press Information Bureau.
View photosMoreA pedestrian walks past an Apple iPhone 6 advertisement at an electronics store in Mumbai, India, July 24, 2015.The finance ministry's foreign investment promotion board FIPB , which clears foreign direct investment applications, has asked the iPhone maker to sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods if it wished to open shops in India.Apple hopes to expand its retail presence in India, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets, at a time when sales in the United States and China have slowed.A panel set up by Sitharaman's ministry had favored waiving the sourcing requirement for the U.S.-based phone-maker."We took a line that we wouldn't mind waiving off the local sourcing norm for Apple's high-end products," said Sitharaman."The FIPB decision is a setback for Apple, whose chief executive Tim Cook met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a week ago.
View photosMoreThe Deloitte Company logo is seen on a commercial tower at Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi August 9, 2012.REUTERS/Parivartan SharmaWASHINGTON Reuters - Deloitte Consulting LLP has agreed to pay $11.38 million to resolve allegations it submitted false claims under a U.S. government contract, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.Deloitte, a New York-based consulting company, allegedly failed to comply with a price reductions clause in a contract awarded in 2000 by the General Services Administration for information technology services, the department said in a news release.
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He rides every day for several hours long commuting Delhi crack, sometimes very late at night. The driving conditions are 20 million people in a very poor, street lights, and there is no safety along the roads non-existent. India recently arrived Yepzon wants to play a role in the Indian security market. Positioning technology has become a smartphone with a viable business in India. For him and family members of Finnish turvallisuusmokkula phone is much more convenient, and easy to use. However, Yepzonin device is able to track its carrier, says Misra.
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