Apple stores opened in India, Twitter blue ticks away, Tim Cook on the impact of the iPhone camera, and more | Gadgets now

Apple stores opened in India, Twitter blue ticks away, Tim Cook on the impact of the iPhone camera, and more |  Gadgets now

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23 Apr 2023, 08:52 IST

Apple dominated the news cycle this week as it opened not one but two stores in India. Apple CEO Tim Cook was in the country and spoke to The Times of India about the impact of the iPhone camera. Meanwhile, Elon Musk has removed the blue tick from anyone who hasn’t subscribed to Twitter Blue. All this and more in our top tech news of the week:

Tim Cook comments on how Apple celebrates 25 years in India

To celebrate its 25 years in India, Apple has opened its first Apple Store at two different locations in the country. The company’s CEO said: “India has such a beautiful culture and incredible energy and we are excited to build on our long history.” Click here to read the full story

Apple BKC: First ever Apple Store in India opened in Mumbai

This week, Apple made a new milestone in its journey to India by opening its first ever official store for Indian customers in Mumbai. The store is located at Jio World Drive Mall in Bandra Kurla Complex. Click here for all the details

Apple Saket in Delhi is the company’s second official store

After Mumbai, Apple opened the doors of its second official store for Indian customers in the national capital. The company’s CEO Tim Cook himself welcomed customers to the Apple Saket located at Select Citywalk Mall in Delhi. Read all the details here

Twitter Blue tick will start disappearing from several accounts

One of Elon Musk’s long-term plans has finally come true. Social media platform Twitter has started removing the old blue ticks. These verification badges were earned by Twitter users under the old system. The company has removed Blue Ticks from the clicks of users who have not paid for a Twitter Blue subscription. Click here to learn more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook met Prime Minister Modi during his visit to India

Apple CEO Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the national capital. The boss of the Cupertino-based tech giant has promised growth and investment across the country. Click here to read the full story

An exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook about the iPhone camera

We at The Times of India had an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook where he talked about the impact of the iPhone camera on people’s lives. Cook said that for many people, the iPhone camera is “the best camera they have right in their pocket.” Click here to read the full interview

Infosys founder explains why ChatGPT won’t be a big ‘threat’ to jobs

In an interview with CNBC, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy praised the popular Microsoft-backed OpenAI chatbot, ChatGPT. He said the popularity of these technologies would not be a major “threat” to jobs. Murthy added, “There is nothing that can defeat the human mind.” Read the full article here

Samsung Galaxy M14 5G is now available in India for Rs 13,490

Samsung has expanded its affordable 5G smartphone portfolio with a new smartphone, the Galaxy M14. This phone is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy M13 5G that was launched in July 2022. The Galaxy M14 5G has a 90Hz LCD panel and is powered by the Exynos 1330 chipset. It also packs a 6000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. Click here to learn more

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a Leica-tuned camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has expanded its latest flagship line with the most expensive smartphone in the line. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra features a Leica-tuned 50MP quad camera, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 90W fast charging support. This smartphone is currently exclusive to China. However, the company confirmed its global availability but did not share any details about it. Click here for more details

Vivo’s first ever foldable smartphone with a 50MP rear camera is now official

Vivo has added new devices to its lineup of foldable smartphones. Vivo X Fold 2 and Vivo X Flip, which is the company’s first ever flip phone (shaped like a clamshell design). The smartphone is currently exclusive to China, but may be launched in other global markets as well. The Vivo X Flip has a 120Hz AMOLED screen and is powered by the 8+ Gen 1 chipset. It features a 50MP dual rear camera and supports 44W fast charging. Click to read the full article here

The Sony Bravia X80L TV series is now official in India

Sony’s new Bravia TV range with Google TV is now available in India. These new TVs are available in three sizes – 85-inch, 50-inch and 43-inch. Sony’s X80L TVs are powered by the X1 4K HDR image processor, which claims to deliver object-based HDR remaster. Click here for more details

Vivo T2x 5G is now available for sale

Vivo’s most affordable 5G smartphone is now available for sale in India. The Vivo T2x starts at Rs 12,999 and is available in three different color variants. It packs a 50MP rear camera and a 5000mAh battery. Click here for more details

HP adds four new notebooks to its PC portfolio

HP launched its latest Pavilion Plus series of laptops at an event in India. The range includes the HP Pavilion X360 and HP Pavilion Plus 14 powered by 13th generation Intel processors. The company also debuted the HP 14 and HP 15 at the event. Click here to learn more

The Marshall Middleton Bluetooth Speaker is available in India for Rs 31,999

Marshall’s latest audio rig has a four-speaker setup and promises to offer more than 20 hours of playback on a single charge. The speaker is available on the company’s official website and other retailers and comes in two different color options. Click here for all the details

Amitabh Bachchan has a Twitter Blue tick request

Twitter has removed the old blue tick from the accounts of celebrities like Virat Kohli, Ratan Tata and others. The list also includes veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who has asked Twitter to reinstate his blue tick. The actor mentioned that he has already paid for a Twitter Blue subscription. Read the full story here

Truecaller AI-Powered SMS Fraud Protection is here

This feature is aimed at protecting users from fraudsters with AI filters. Alerts users to scams and scams that are spread through SMS. The feature is currently available to all Android users. Click here to learn more

Jabra adds new hybrid work audio devices to its portfolio

Jabra’s latest range of hybrid work products includes seven new headsets and conference speakers. These products are now available from authorized Jabra dealers. Click here for all the details

Blinkit Staff Strike: All the Details

For the past few days, delivery people of Zomat-owned e-commerce platform Blinkit have been protesting against the pay cuts. This disrupted Blinkit services in many parts of the Delhi-NCR region. The company also reportedly planned to close some of its Dark stores in the state capital. Read the full story here

Instagram’s new feature now allows users to add up to five bios links

This feature will help users direct followers to external content such as online businesses, promoted brands, and more. It works similarly to the link-in-bio solutions offered by other platforms such as Linktree. Click here for more details

Facebook parent company Meta is cutting more jobs around the world

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company will cut another 10,000 jobs in March. The social networking giant has now confirmed layoffs that will affect the company’s operations globally. The latest job cuts are said to have affected technical roles at Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Read the full story here

Indian users are safe from 60 malware Android apps with 100 million downloads

McAfee’s Mobile Research Team reportedly discovered 60 Android apps containing malware with 100 million downloads. Indian users need not worry about these apps as they are only available in South Korea. Click here for all the details

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