TecQ: Apple Launch Event, Vodafone-Idea Merger, Samsung & More

TecQ is our weekly round-up of the stories. 

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TecQ is our weekly roundup of the top technology stories

1. Apple to Launch the 2018 iPhone Series on 12 September

Apple has finally revealed that on 12 September Tim Cook will be hosting the big event at the Steve Jobs Theater in California to unveil the latest series of iPhones.

The use of plural for iPhone is warranted, with multiple reports suggesting Apple could launch three devices this year. In addition to that, many expect to see the Apple Watch Series 4 and even the new iPads.

TecQ is our weekly round-up of the stories. 
5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display on the iPhone X. 
(Photo: The Quint/@2shar)

Here’s a quick look at everything we know about these devices, what they will offer and most importantly, what will Apple call them this year.

Read the story here.


2. Why Indians Are Not Using NFC-Based Debit Cards Enough

Contactless debit cards have become popular in many parts of the world, and even though India got this technology two years ago, consumers haven’t really warmed up to it. However, the likes of Visa and Mastercard are at the forefront of changing this scenario, with experts confident that NFC-based card payments are the future.

TecQ is our weekly round-up of the stories. 
Contactless card payments are yet to find takers in India. 
(Photo: Visa India)

It’s not like there’s dearth of places where you can pay with these cards, but the basic issue is educating the customer and also the seller as often both aren’t aware of the feature.

Visa has been doing its best to market the technology and show its effectiveness with its own set of products. It believes India’s time for contactless card (CC) payments has arrived.

Read the story here.

3. Vodafone Idea Limited Now Officially the Largest Telco in India

It’s official! Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have officially completed their merger to become the largest telecom operator in India with a combined subscriber base of 408 million and a revenue market share of 32.2 percent.

The company had announced Kumar Mangalam Birla as the chairman of this venture while Balesh Sharma has been announced as the company CEO.

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Vodafone will hold 45.1 percent of the merged entity, while Idea will hold 26 percent.
(Photo Courtesy: by The Quint)

Vodafone Idea Limited has claimed that for consumers both Vodafone and Idea will continue to operate individually but at the operational front it will be one entity.

Read the story here for more details.


4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: Just an Incremental Upgrade

People really didn’t think of a large screen phone as “practical” and thought the trend of big displays wasn’t there to stay.

Look at what’s happening today! There isn’t a smartphone maker in the market that’s not making large screen phones and Samsung seems to have a considerable lead in that department. And the smartphone that’s carrying the mantle for the South Korean company – the Galaxy Note 9.

Okay, I am done talking about what’s same. Here’s what’s different about the Note 9.


5. Drones You Can Buy in India and How They Are Classified

It’s official now! The Indian government has given the green flag for commercial operations of drones in India, which means you can finally fly drones in the country. Legally! Not that the process is going to be easy though.

This move has spiked a lot of interest among consumers who earlier could not even think of buying drones in India due to the regulations. But, with the official declaration, one can expect drone sales (especially the smaller or nano drones) to hit a new high.

TecQ is our weekly round-up of the stories. 
To go where no photographer has gone before: Drones are being used in wedding photography like never before. 
(Photo: iStock)

However, before you take your spot on the couch and head online to search for a drone to buy, I think it would be better for you to understand what kind of drone is best suited for you and which ones you can fly in India legally.

There are different kinds of drones in terms of the number of propellers they have, how much they weigh and also the kind of features they have.

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