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Apple Will Start Full iPhone Production in India Soon : Wistron Deal Signed

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Amid the reports that the overall iPhone shipments are decreasing in India, Apple has decided to boost its local presence there.

Current plans suggest that Apple will begin assembling its handhelds at a Foxconn plant in Tamil Nadu, the south of the country. Further, the tech giant Foxconn will start assembling more higher-end devices, such as iPhone X, at its plant in the city of Sriperumbudur. Since Foxconn is currently producing the Xiaomi phones at this factory, the company is planning a new $356 million production line expansion that will create 25,000 jobs. Aside from Foxconn ventures, a second Taiwanese company, Wistron Corp, will be handling primarily iPhone 8 unit production.

The manufacturing of iPhones in India should result in a significant cost decrease because Apple will be able shed majority of import taxes and trade tariffs. Due to these lower costs, even the higher-end iPhones should become more affordable in local markets, attracting more Indian customers. It should be noted that iPhone retail prices in India are some the highest around the world. That’s true for absolute costs in USD as well as in relative costs that look at price to income ratio.

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There is no exact date when production will start but it’s an integral step for the “Make In India” program. Until now, the Cupertino-based Apple has only manufactured the lower-end iPhones in India, specifically the SE and 6S.

The Indian government authorities have already approved and signed this plan. The country’s minister said that the Foxconn expansion combined with the Wistron factory will be a big push for the “Make in India” vision. As an economy, India will further benefit from creating many new quality jobs.

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Apple Music To Launch New Multi-Lingual Playlist

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Apple Music has announced its latest playlist called Suave, a multi-lingual, global R&B playlist which includes R&B songs in English, Spanish and a sprinkle of Portuguese. The new playlist will launch featuring Melii’s new song “Fresh Air.”

“We fell in love with Melii’s “Fresh Air” the moment she played it for us and we knew without a doubt that we had to launch Suave with this song,” says Marissa Gastelum, Latin Music Programmer, Apple Music. “This is the definitive home for the best of the best in R&B regardless of language.”

Suave is set to premiere on Thursday (Mar. 21) and will be updated every week with music by Paloma Mami and Rosalia, among others.

“Music itself is a universal language, but great music breaks down language barriers. When artists like Melii, Paloma Mami, Rosalía and others make great music, Suave seeks to be the intersection of culture where the music comes first,” added Alaysia Sierra, R&B and Hip Hop Programmer, Apple Music.

The playlist can be listened to here.

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Facebook Users Will Be Able To Send Messages Between Messengers, Instagram And Whatsapp : Mark Zuckerberg Announces

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Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram users will now be able to send messages to each other, Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

The Facebook boss said it will introduce the vast overhaul of the way all of its messaging apps work as part of a move towards being a “privacy-focused platform”.

That will include upgrading its encryption and refusing to store data in countries with poor human rights records, he said, as well as rewriting how the various chat apps can talk to each other.

“People want to be able to choose which service they use to communicate with people,” he wrote as part of a long explanation of his vision of the future of social networks. ”However, today if you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp you have to use WhatsApp.

“We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer.”

The feature will eventually include compatibility with SMS, he said, which would for example allow someone to text someone using Facebook Messenger. People will still be able to keep all of those accounts separate if they want.

Adding that feature – which Mr Zuckerberg calls “interoperability” – will feed into the privacy focus by allowing people to avoid sending unencrypted SMS messages from Messenger and instead talking on WhatsApp, where conversations are hidden, he claimed. People would also be able to speak to someone on Facebook but do so without having to give out their phone number, he suggested.

But the possibility of combining the apps has been a long-standing source of concern for privacy advocates and using. WhatsApp and Instagram founders have left the company in recent months, reportedly after disagreements over how those various platforms should work together in future.

In the post, titled “a privacy-focused vision for social networking,” Mr Zuckerberg explained how private messaging is becoming the most common and popular method people use to interact with others on its products.

“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I expect future versions of Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.”

In his letter, Mr Zuckerberg detailed why people prefer private networks and the intimacy it offers them.

“People are more cautious of having a permanent record of what they’ve shared,” Mr Zuckerberg added. “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever. This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”

In addition to interoptability, he said Facebook would focus on several principles as it tried to create the future of social networking:

Private interactions. People should have simple, intimate places where they have clear control over who can communicate with them and confidence that no one else can access what they share.Encryption. People’s private communications should be secure. End-to-end encryption prevents anyone — including us — from seeing what people share on our services.Permanence. People should be comfortable being themselves, and should not have to worry about what they share coming back to hurt them later. So we won’t keep messages or stories around for longer than necessary to deliver the service or longer than people want it.Safety. People should expect that we will do everything we can to keep them safe on our services within the limits of what’s possible in an encrypted service.Interoperability. People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely.Secure data storage. People should expect that we won’t store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression in order to protect data from being improperly accessed.
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The changes will be taking place “over the next year and beyond”, said Mr Zuckerberg, noting there will be “more details and tradeoffs to work through related to each of these principles”.

“Doing this means taking positions on some of the most important issues facing the future of the internet. As a society, we have an opportunity to set out where we stand, to decide how we value private communications, and who gets to decide how long and where data should be stored,” he concluded.

“I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won’t all stick around forever. If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we’ve made.”

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Ghana Ranked 25th Country With Least Mobile Data Charges Worldwide

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Ghana has been ranked 25th among the list of countries in the world with low mobile data charges.

This follows a recent statistic which showed that the price of an average 1GB of data is being sold in the country at $1.56.

Comparing the cost of the data to other countries, Ghana emerged the 25th country.

Zimbabwe emerged the country with the most expensive data charges, selling same data package at $75.20.

The research was from data gathered from 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries between 23 October and 28 November 2018.

The country with the cheapest data packages worldwide according to the research was India which charges $0.26.

In Ghana, the research said data packages could go down as low as $0.34 and as high as $4.75, equivalent of ¢25.96.

Mobile data is very cheap in some countries because of an impressive and efficient mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure.

Countries with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data as well as the dictates of their economies.

“Many of the cheapest countries in which to buy mobile data fall roughly into one of two categories. Some have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure and so providers are able to offer large amounts of data, which brings down the price per gigabyte. Others with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data and the economy dictates that prices must be low, as that’s what people can afford,” the research stated.

Contrary to what one might expect, ten out of the top 50 cheapest countries in the world for mobile data are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This is in stark contrast to the cost of broadband on the continent, which is almost universally very high or non-existent.

Rwanda and Sudan featured in the top ten, with 1GB of data being sold for just $0.56 and $0.68 respectively.

However, Zimbabwe is seen as the country with the most expensive data charges, selling same data package at $75.20.

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