Get concessions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governmentApple has applied to the Indian government for permission to import refurbished iPhones so that it can offer lower-priced phones to the Indian user.The company's phones are considered too expensive by India's price-sensitive users, even though the iPhone is a well-regarded brand and a status symbol in the country.More than two-thirds of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter were assembled within the country, with over 25 vendors making phones locally, according to IDC.Help increase smartphone penetration in IndiaGrowth in China is slowing, with research firm Canalys reporting that smartphone shipments grew by only 2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.The Indian smartphone market will never grow to the size of China's because of the population's low average per-capita income, high taxes and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific, said in an interview recently.Also, unlike in the U.S. and some other markets where the majority of phones are sold through carriers, in India carriers focus on services rather than offering phones, thus putting demands on Apple to quickly roll out its distribution channels to markets outside the main cities.
The Indian government has said that Apple will not be allowed to open retail stores, unless it agrees to its rule of selling at least some locally-sourced products in India.SEE ALSO: Apple's best hope in India is to sell refurbished iPhones, and it's not looking goodAccording to Indian law, all foreign single-brand retailers have to sell 30% of goods that have been sourced locally in order to open stores in India.Initial reports had suggested that the Indian government would waive off the 30% sourcing norm for Apple under this category, but it has failed to be considered as the exception.There is nothing to show that Apple s technology is cutting edge," a government official told Mint.This is the second major setback for Apple in the last one month.A few days before Cook's visit, reports emerged about the Indian government turning down Apple's request for selling or importing refurbished phones due to their threat as e-waste, effectively halting another attempt at increasing its share in India's smartphone market.
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.
The Government of India launched this challenge as a selection process to distribute central government funding to 100 cities over three years.Since 2014 Cisco have been involved in consulting with local government and development authorities to bring connected capabilities to cities like Hamburg, Barcelona and Adelaide.We make these viable by being free up to a certain point and once a person reaches the paid point, the money earned goes back into funding the free serviceWe ve also made it possible that public services like hospitals and education providers now have extensive Wi-Fi.We ve also set up a City Infrastructure Management Centre CIMC and a Response Control Room to manage the city with greater efficiency… nearly all the solutions are integrated into a digital platform.The digital platform can aggregate data from various sensors and solutions and conduct data analytics.Cisco also announced – in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., General Electric and 3M India Ltd. – the launch of an Innovation Centre in Jaipur to help accelerate co-innovation of IoT-based solutions.
The firm also noted that suspected Pakistani APT Advanced Persistent Threat group has been active for several years and has been conducting intelligence-gathering operations against various South Asian military and political targets.This threat actor has been active for several years and conducting suspected intelligence collection operations against South Asian political and military targets.Fire Eye also noted that the hacker group's activities were identified by another security firm, Proofpoint, who in a blog post in March detailed the discovery of a cyberespionage campaign against Indian military and diplomatic resources, which they labelled Operation Transparent Tribe.The malicious tool was discovered to have been specifically designed to create a backdoor called the Breach Remote Administrative Tool.The report about the cyberattacks comes on the heels of another similar report by Symantec which detailed yet another cyperespionage group called Suckfly targeting Indian government and private organisations with targeted spyware to extract and collect classified data."As with previous spear-phishing attacks seen conducted by this group, topics related to Indian Government and Military Affairs are still being used as the lure theme in these attacks and we observed that this group is still actively expanding their toolkit.
The Indian government has rejected Google's plans to include India in its 360-degreesstreet-mapping service because of security concerns.The company's app and website show 360-degree-views of cities, including roads and important buildings in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru."We believe this innovative and entertaining technology will make it extremely easy for tourists to walk or drive through our most-visited cities," a government official was quoted as saying in 2013.Since then, several important historic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been included on its website, such as Taj Mahal, the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Ajanta Caves.Meanwhile, Street View is available in neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.Mashable has reached out to Google for comments.
Indian government has announced it will relax the local sourcing requirements that have prevented foreign companies, including Apple, from entering the nation, reported Bloomberg.Prior to the changes, in order for companies to open single-brand retailers in India, 30 percent of the components used in their products need to be locally sourced.After the three years are up, companies need to comply with the local sourcing requirement.This is where Apple comes in, which has reportedly been trying to open Apple Stores in India, and sought approval to do so back in April.With these new rules, however, it now appears that Apple qualifies for an exception of up to five years though the Indian government has not yet explicity said so .Seeing how Apple has already expressed interest in the Indian market, plus Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook s May meeting with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the company is expected to apply quickly.
To provide emergency assistance to women, the Indian government had recently announced that all mobile phones sold in India from 2017 would require a panic button to let users make emergency calls.It has now been clarified that only new handsets will come with panic buttons, with Indian handset manufacturers arguing that it isn't "possible" to install them on mobile phones that are already in use.This effectively excludes the country's one billion plus mobile phone subscribers from the new facility.SEE ALSO: From 2017, all new mobile phones in India will have a panic button for women s safetyThe Indian government had ordered handset manufacturers to install panic buttons for all new phones from January 1, 2017 and made in-built GPS navigation mandatory for all phones sold from 2018.In June, the government's Department of Telecommunications also requested all companies to install software to enable panic buttons in all existing phones.
Traffic to Pirate Bay and others redirected to AirTel banned URL noticeAn unknown agency in India, possibly telco Airtel, is quietly capitalising on encryption gaps in sites tended by DDOS-buster CloudFlare to intercept and redirect users.Little is yet known about the attacks, so far detected targeting piracy torrent site The Pirate Bay and a handful of other outfits.Visitors to intercepted websites are redirected to an AirTel page which reads that the "requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India".Some of CloudFlare's sites include those run by political dissidents, hacking forums, and piracy sites.Such sites are often in the crosshairs of governments.
No country for torrent downloaders.Several internet service providers in the country are warning users about extreme repercussions for downloading copyright infringing content from objectionable websites.According to a government order displayed on some blocked websites, the repercussions include three-years of imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs.Over the weekend, several ISPs including New Delhi-based Gigatel began showing a warning to users when they visited certain torrent or other file-sharing websites.Multiple reports in the local media incorrectly suggested that merely visiting these websites would result in the penalty.However, the order clearly states that it is only when someone watches, downloads, exhibits or duplicates the "content" that they could be liable to the fine and imprisonment.
For years, air travelers in India have complained about the unavailability of internet connectivity on flights.But those days will soon be behind them.The Indian government is all set to announce a set of reforms which will let airlines offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all flights over Indian airspace.Civilian flights in India will soon offer Wi-Fi services to their passengers, aviation secretary R. N. Choubey said.The home, telecommunications and aviation ministries are also in favor of allowing flights coming in and out of the country to continue their Wi-Fi services without any interruption, he added.Wi-Fi services haven t been permitted on domestic flights in India out of security concerns.
The popular game is offensive to hindus and jains.The mean in all cases an indian Game Pokemon Go is blasfemiskt, according to an indian lawyer.the Game is offensive for the hindus and jains who, for religious reasons is vegetarians and vegans and do not eat animal products, because you are rewarded with is Particularly bad when you get eggs from the game, even in holy places, according to the attorney Nachiket Dave.Dave, who has pushed the case to the court on an individual's behalf, believe that the rule in the western indian state of Gujarat, government of India and the creators behind Pokémon Go in San Francisco to respond to the allegations.
The Indian government plans a series of changes in cars and two-wheelers in the country as it continues its efforts to curb road accidents.The government will soon require cars to have rear parking sensors, a transport ministry official said."Although most cars come equipped with rear view mirrors which are adequate for detecting vehicles behind a car, but they are inadequate on for detecting small children or objects close to the ground, which fall in the car's blind spot," said Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.The Indian government is expected to make the announcement soon.The government is also ensuring that drivers are fully aware of the speeds at which they are driving.For this, it wants a beeping system to be installed in the vehicle that rings as soon as the car hits 60 kmph, which is the top speed limit for cars on most city roads.
India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are about 200km east of India, way out in the Bay of Bengal.The Islands are home to about 380,000 people, among them the Jarawa people who lived a more-or-less stone age lifestyle until the late 1990s, when they started to interact with other islanders after a road was built close to their jungle home.India's cabinet has two reasons for the cable, the first being strategic as the official notice of the project says the islands safeguard India's eastern seaboard.As, presumably, does the nation's successful test yesterday of a new Long Range Surface to Air Missile System.Sea power projected from the Andaman Islands is important to India, as proximity to the Malacca Straight means it can throw its weight around in the Malacca Straits, the key sea route to China.
Interview: techUK s newly established Central Government Council chair talks about its challenges and aims in a significantly changing procurement landscape Tom McCann, of systems integrator Sopra Steria has been appointed Chair of the newly established Central Government Council which brings together leaders from across the tech industry to engage more closely with Central GovernmentMr McCann said the landscape for central government IT procurement had shifted significantly away from multi-year large scale projects and that this is evidenced by efforts in government to build its own capability internally as opposed to always going to the market to fulfil requirements.The old world of central government just being about the big six is over, there is a much greater push towards SMEs and there are lots of contractors in use.There is a shift toward outcome based procurement and there are more barriers and gateways to get through.With the expected publication of the Government Digital Service strategy paper in the next few weeks under the leadership of recently appointed GDS director general Kevin Cunnington, Mr McCann said the major area of interest is how the Government is going to approach doing digital at scale.
New hope is brought back now for the Saab if a deal with India in relation to sell the jas Gripen aircraft to the country.Saab is one of several companies that uppvaktats of the government of India for the purchase of single-engine fighter aircraft, writes the Financial Times.For more than a month came the news of a jätteaffär between Saab's competitor, the French Rafale, and India in relation to 36 stridflygplan.Saab has, however, maintained that hope for a sale of the Swedish gripen aircraft still lives in the highest degree.Now also reports the Financial Times that a letter has gone out to the Saab as well as the american competitor, Lockheed Martin.In the letter, made a request to be included in a partnership with an indian company on the construction of a single-engine fighter aircraft.
Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick may have 99 problems to worry about, but his local competitor s controversial proposal to gain foothold in the market isn t one of them.Taking a jibe at Ola s Bhavish Aggarwal s recent remarks that the Indian government should favour local companies, Kalanick says if people have an issue with his US citizenship, he would love to become an Indian.It's much easier for non-Indian companies to raise capital because they have profitable markets elsewhere, Aggarwal said at Carnegie India Global Technology Summit last week.You might call it capital dumping, predatory pricing or anti-WTO but it s a very unfair playing field for Indian startups.The remarks by Aggarwal stirred a debate among VCs and people alike, with some questioning whether Ola is an Indian company after all as it has raised a lot of money from foreign companies.Using calculated words, Kalanick also pointed that out.
NEW DELHI— Apple Inc. is discussing with the Indian government the possibility of manufacturing its products in the country, according to two senior government officials, as the company seeks to expand its sales and presence in the South Asian nation.In a letter to the government last month, the Cupertino, Calif., firm outlined its plans and sought financial incentives to move ahead, the officials told The Wall Street Journal.Making goods such as iPhones locally would allow Apple to open its own stores in India, helping build its brand in a country where it has less than a 5% slice of a booming smartphone market.For years, sales in China fueled Apple s expansion, but now growth there is slowing.Apple wants to emulate its China model in India, said one of the officials with direct knowledge of the matter.Under Mr. Modi, India has been eager to attract investment and create the manufacturing facilities and jobs the country needs to sustain long-term growth.
View photosMoreThe Apple Inc. store is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016.MUMBAI Reuters - Apple Inc is in talks with India's government to explore making products locally, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, as the U.S. firm aims to make deeper inroads in the world's second-largest mobile phone market by users.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to boost technology manufacturing in the country through his 'Make in India' initiative.His government in June exempted foreign retailers for three years from a requirement to locally source 30 percent of goods sold in their stores.The Journal said Apple, in a letter to the federal government in November, outlined manufacturing plans and asked for financial incentives.Government representatives were not available to comment while an Apple spokesman in India did not immediately respond to an email from Reuters seeking comment.
Apple plans to start manufacturing activities in India.the california company is currently in discussions with the government of India and it has asked authorities for financial help for production to start.The Wall Street Journal's anonymous state, according to sources, Apple wants to start manufacturing phones in India in order to increase their market share.Apple is in India for less than five per cent share of the market the phone the most expensive price.the Chinese and indian smartphones led to sales statistics.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi wants to increase the country's electronics industry are many fold and the government is believed to be apple's demands favorable.