Apple is increasing its focus on India after announcing plans to open its first developer center in the country.Apple said it will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Building an ecosystem of top apps is one way that Apple can appeal to consumers who are in the market for a smartphone.The U.S. company has steadily put more attention on India in recent years, in part because India s smartphone market is showing signs of serious growth potential and also to offset some of the company s reliance on China for revenue.That s far behind China, where Apple currently enjoys around 22 percent of sales, according to data from Kantar.The company is seen by many as under pressure from the government — appeasing the state, which is cracking down on overseas tech firms, may be behind Apple s $1 billion investment in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing — while the Chinese smartphone market s slowdown is a key reason Apple disappointed in its recent earnings.
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.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is this week visiting India for the first time.And he is wasting little of his time on the ground in India by saying Apple will open a new app design and development center in the country in 2017.Cook officially called the upcoming Apple facility a design and development accelerator,  and that it will be located in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore , which is considered to be the startup hub of India.India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world, Cook said in announcing the new center.With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.Apple said it will use the facility to provide support for the Swift programming language, which Apple created to build apps for iOS, Mac and other products, and will conduct weekly briefings with developers to review development of apps at the center.It s no secret as to why Cook is laying the groundwork for more Apple involvement in India.Anyone with a Groupon account has likely seen an offer for one of these iPhones, which are often phones that were bought, returned for some reason, given the once-over to ensure everything works, and then offered up for sale at less than the original sticker price.However, the Indian government has put up resistance to Apple s efforts as it tries to promote homegrown smartphone makers who sell their products at prices even less than those of refurbished iPhones.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18.
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
Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple.After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market.In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.Over a million of the working citizens there work in the IT sector, while almost 50% of the graduates from local universities are from IT or engineering fields.Apple expects iPhone sales to pick up exponentially as the country rolls out its first network.Although heavily leaning towards iOS, the center will also put forward Apple's self-made programming language, Swift, which lets developers target not just iOS but also tvOS, watchOS, and Mac OS X.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
It looks like 2016 is the year that Apple learns to show India some love.It s already working on plans to open its first official retail stores in the country and announced yesterday that it would set up a support facility for iOS developers in Bangalore early next year.Today, the company revealed that it s opened a new office in Hyderabad, another major IT hub in the country.CEO Tim Cook, who is currently touring India after a stop in China where he invested $1 billion in ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, said:Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.However, it remains to be seen if Apple will make use of that setup, as government authorities are still mulling over plans to regulate how companies and services represent mapping data in the country.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in the middle a busy trip to Asia s two biggest countries.Last week, he was in China where Apple announced a landmark billion dollar investment in Uber rival Didi Chuxing, this week it is India where the announcements are continuing to flow.Yesterday, Apple announced plans to open an an app design and development accelerator in Bangalore, and today it officially opened a development center in Hyderabad, the same city where Uber s support center is housed.This is Apple s first such facility in India.Plans for the center first leaked out in January, and Apple today confirmed that it will be focused on developing its maps services for iOS.The U.S. firm plans to create up to 4,000 jobs to staff the center, although it isn t clearly exactly how it will contribute to Apple s maps services.
Tim Cook said the new facility will open next yearApple has announced plans for a new app design centre in India as the firm's chief executive made his first visit to the country.Tim Cook said the US technology giant was planning to build the app design faculty in the southern city of Bangalore.He said the facility will open early next year and give "developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world".With Apple s sales slowing in China and the United States, Mr Cook will use his four-day visit to develop relations in India's fast-growing market, which Apple sees as increasingly key to its fortunes.While an Apple spokesperson refused to confirm Mr Cook's schedule, local media reported he had lined up meetings with a number of prominent business people, including Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and Airtel boss Sunil Mittal.Airtel, along with other Indian telecoms companies Reliance and Vodafone, are currently rolling out 4G networks across the country.
Tim Cook has announced plans to set up an office in Hyderabad, India, to develop the Maps feature for its Apple products."The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations."Last May it was Google coming to Hyderabad, this May Apple opens its facility in Hyderabad— KTR @KTRTRS May 19, 2016The tech giant earlier said it will open an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bangalore to foster the creation of iOS apps, "support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India's iOS developer community", according to a press release.The company has continued to update Maps since then with features such as 3D views, the Flyover feature and other tools to help users find places to eat, shop and explore.Public transit options were also added in iOS 9, "offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world".Cook is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week, where he may bring up Apple's proposal to open its own stores and sell refurbished iPhones in the country.
£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.
Microsoft launched Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Shanghai this Tuesday together with Shanghai Xuhui District government and state-backed electronics company INESA.It s the latest in a global network of Microsoft-backed accelerators.A total of eight acceleration programs, including the newly established on in Shanghai, have been launched in global startup hubs including Beijing, London, Bangalore, Berlin, Paris, Seattle and Tel Aviv.The Microsoft Beijing accelerator has currently seen 126 projects graduate, providingservices to 500 million users since its establishment in 2012, according to the company.In Shanghai alone, the number of incubators totaled over 150 a figure that surges to 400 including co-working and innovation spaces.While the quick rise of incubators may foster china s young startups, it brings some disturbing problems as well.See our previous dive into China s incubator bubble here Of course, Microsoft is not the first U.S.-based entity to explore China s entrepreneurial market.A consortium of Chinese and American financial institutions also launched a Silicon Valley-China tech accelerator, InnoSpring, in 2012.
Credit: AppleJust last week, a report claimed that Apple had plans to open four stores in India by the end of 2017.Earlier this year, Apple confirmed that it had filed an application to set up at least one store, and the government does consider exemptions to the local sourcing rule on a case-by-case basis.This news comes a few weeks after India s government rejected Apple s application to sell refurbished iPhones there, even if Apple certifies them and gives each a new serial number.In the fourth quarter of 2015, 25.6 million phones were sold in the country, a 15.4 percent growth over the previous year, also according to IDC.Apple opened a developent office in Hyderabad earlier this year, with 150 employees, plus contractors, working on Apple Maps.Tim Cook recently visited the country, and announced another facility in Bangalore, to be called a Design and Development Accelerator, aimed at supporting the large iOS development community there.
Iris scanners could soon hit Samsung's next Galaxy device Peter ClarkeSamsung may include an iris scanner in its upcoming Galaxy Note 6 as the company has reportedly trademarked the technology called Galaxy Iris and Galaxy Eyeprint in both US and South Korea for possible use in future devices.Although the company has been contemplating to introduce the biometric authentication feature since the Galaxy S5, it was only incorporated in the Galaxy Tab Iris.While it was also reported that the Galaxy Note 6 may be too early for the company to promote the technology, with the introduction of the Iris Tab, it seems like the scanner could be featured in the device.The iris technology has been designed and developed by the company's R labs in Bangalore, India over the past 18 months.While fingerprint scanners are being incorporated in almost every new smartphone in the market, the iris technology is yet to gain popularity.As you may notice none of these smartphones are sellout variants leaving a vacuum for a flagship to include the technology.
After an unsurprisingly short pre-launch "blind sale" promo, the Chinese startup is now announcing a post-launch event that will take place in select places all over the world.Initially, its smartphones were mainly sold online and required invites.Although OnePlus still isn't setting up permanent brick and mortar stores, these pop-up events would be the next best thing, at least for those who prefer to do transactions in person.Here's the schedule for those seven cities:• New York - June 15, 7 - 10 pm, 134 Prince St.• Paris - June 15, 11 am, 213 Rue Saint Honoré• London - June 15, 7 - 10 pm, 53 Brushfield St.• Berlin - June 15, 7 - 10 pm, Linienstraße 40• Mumbai - TBA• New Delhi - TBA• Bangalore - TBAMore than just experiencing the OnePlus 3 first hand, these pop-up stores will allow anyone to buy the smartphone right then and there.For the rest of us, the OnePlus 3 will be launched in virtual reality in the company's shiny new "The Loop" VR showroom and store.As for the smartphone itself, the OnePlus 3 has been consistently leaked to have a Snapdragon 820, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 32 to 128 GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch Full HD screen.
The most notable of the events is taking place in New York City at 7pm local time, as OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei will be in attendance.However, additional events are pegged for London, Paris, Berlin, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore.It's surely faster than waiting for shipping, even if you drop an order via the VR shop.OnePlus also says that "exclusive swag will be up for grabs," so even if you're not planning to buy the OnePlus 3 in a week's time, anyone nearby a pop-up might want to give it a look and see what's on offer.Of course, the OnePlus 3 has already been properly exposed through a series of leaks and a Chinese regulations listing.The listed specs suggest a 5.5in 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery pack, putting the OnePlus 3 very nearly on par with current flagships, plus an enhanced version with 6GB RAM is also expected to be released.
Israeli-born Nir Blumberger will leave his executive post at Facebook Inc. to join Accel as a venture partner and open an office in Tel Aviv to focus on an ecosystem the global venture capital firm said is flourishing with bold ideas and mature entrepreneurs.Accel Partners has previously backed Facebook, Dropbox Inc., Spotify Ltd. and Slack Technologies Inc., among others.Blumberger, previously a corporate development executive at Facebook responsible for global mergers and acquisitions and strategy, said he will be looking for bold and diverse ideas that can be scaled into world-class companies.Accel has offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, as well as London and Bangalore, and has invested more than $350 million in Israel since 2002.Its investments include the now publicly traded cybersecurity company Imperva Inc., global services marketplace Fiverr and data governance solutions provider Varonis Systems Inc. We see the pace of innovation has accelerated and the best way to cover the market is to have someone who is a core part of the Accel London team physically on the ground, partner Sonali De Rycker said in an interview by phone.Some industry advocates would like to see more local investment but De Rycker says Accel works closely with Israeli funds.These are long journeys.Last year, 131 foreign venture funds made at least one investment in Israel according to IVC Research Center, which monitors the industry.Earlier this year, Accel announced it had raised several new funds including $1.5 billion earmarked for growth stage investments, a $500 million fund for early stage investing, and a new $500 million fund targeting European and Israeli startups.
If you want to write on something, you ll have to use what is known in the industry as high-performance documentation material, a paperlike product that doesn t release fibers.After you put on a hairnet, your next stop is the gowning station, inside a pressurized room that sits between the outside world and the cleanroom itself.The reticence is understandable, considering that the development and manufacture of a new microprocessor is one of the biggest, riskiest bets in business.If you need short-term gratification, don t be a chip designer, says Pat Gelsinger, chief executive of VMware and a longtime Intel executive who most recently served as the company s chief technology officer.Last year its data center group had revenue of about $16 billion, nearly half of which was profit.It takes an additional year and a half to translate the spec into a kind of software code composed of basic logic instructions such as AND, OR, and NOT, and then translate that into a schematic showing the individual circuits.For the E5, mask designers based in Bangalore, India, and Fort Collins, Colo., used a computer-aided design program to draw polygons to represent each transistor, or copied in previously drawn circuit designs from a sort of digital library.
Image caption Google data collection has caused concern in numerous countriesIndia has rejected Google's plans to collect images for its Street View service in the country after objections from security agencies.Security agencies had expressed concerns about allowing such image-capturing services, on the basis that planning for the 2008 Mumbai attacks is believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance of targets by key "planner" David Headley, a US man.The defence ministry said it was not possible to monitor the service once it was launched and it would be detrimental to national security," a senior government official was quoted as saying by The Hindu newspaper.A spokesman for Google told the BBC that had they had not received a copy of the order as yet.In 2011, police in the southern city of Bangalore stopped Google from collecting images for its service in the city on an experimental basis after police objections.Cameras mounted on cars and tricycles had been taking pictures of the city.
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