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Cupertino (California), Sep 10 : Giving its content streaming and gaming dreams a solid foundation, Apple on Tuesday began its mega event at the Steve Jobs Theater here not with regular hardware or software updates, but by unveiling its subscription-based video streaming Apple TV+ and gaming service Arcade.

Apple TV+ will be available from November 1 in over 100 countries for just $4.99 per month (family subscription).

Arcade gaming service will available on App Store from September 19, also for $4.99 per month (family subscription) along with one-month free trial.

Taking a lead over Disney that is likely to unveil Disney+ service on November 12 for $6.99 a month, Apple TV+ will offer a powerful and inspiring line-up of original shows, movies and documentaries, including “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.”

The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

Customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.

“Apple TV+ is an unprecedented global video service with an all-original slate. We look forward to giving audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories within a rich, personalised experience on all the screens they love,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video.

The global revenues from streaming video services will reach $159 billion in 2024 — more than double the figure of $68 billion in 2018. In 2019, the global revenue total is projected to reach about $85 billion, say latest data from Digital TV Research.

“Apple TV+ will be available for one-year promotional package with new Apple products,” announced Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple Arcade gaming service will feature over 100 new and exclusive games from game developers like Konami, Capcom and Annapurna Interactive, and more.

“We can’t wait for it to be launched and start playing,” Cook said.

The App Store currently has nearly 300,000 free and paid games.

With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games to the App Store’s more than one billion gaming customers.

(Nishant Arora can be reached at [email protected])

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Samsung ‘Galaxy Fold’ coming to India on Oct 1

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New Delhi, Sep 24 : Samsung is finally bringing its much-anticipated and most-premium smartphone “Galaxy Fold” to India on October 1 — just a month after its global debut in South Korea — highly-placed sources told IANS on Tuesday.

The smartphone-cum-tablet “Galaxy Fold” smartphone is likely to be priced between Rs 1.5 lakh-Rs 1.75 lakh in India. It will be sold through select retail outlets and will be available only via pre-book mode, the sources added.

Galaxy Fold will come with exclusive access to specialized customer care services – including one-on-one access to Samsung experts, and a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone.

The smartphone was originally set to be released on April 26 but the manufacturer delayed it to fix units that experienced display issues.

Galaxy Fold comes with a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display and six cameras. The device has a secondary 4.6-inch screen on the cover of the phone. It opens up with 7.3-inch infinity flex display and when closed, it becomes 4.6 inch display with a 12:9 ratio.

The premium smartphone is backed by 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage.

“Galaxy Fold” combines consumers’ favourite smartphone and tablet features to deliver a new kind of experience — from a new form factor and materials to its unique foldable UX, versatile camera and premium performance.

“Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics said in a statement recently.

Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s fourth 5G smartphone, following the Galaxy S10, Note 10 and A90, reinforcing its product portfolio for the ultra-fast network.

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RBI bars PMC Bank from business transactions

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Mumbai, Sep 24 The Reserve Bank of India has placed the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd, Mumbai from carrying out any kind of business transactions, here on Tuesday, sparking panic among the banks depositors and sending shock waves in city trading community.

The apex bank’s Chief General Manager Yogesh Dayal said that as per the RBI directions, depositors cannot withdraw more than Rs 1,000 of the total balance in their savings/current/other deposit accounts.

The PMC Bank has been barred from granting, renewing and loans and advances, make any investments, accept fresh deposits, etc, without the prior written approval from RBI.

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End of Boeing 737 MAX grounding up to individual countries, says US FAA

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Two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed over the past year — the first in Indonesia in October 2018 and the second in Ethiopia in March. The second tragedy led to world aviation authorities and carriers either grounding all 737 MAX series aircraft or closing their airspace to them.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday that the FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to passenger service, adding that “aach government will make its own decision to return the aircraft to service, based on a thorough safety assessment”.

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