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Jaguar Land Rover production passes half million-mark

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London, May 31 : Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) consolidated its position as Britain’s largest car builder on Tuesday by announcing it produced more than half a million vehicles for the first time during the past year.

In its annual report, JLR said in the full year to March 31, 2016, it built a record 521,571 vehicles, a 13 percent rise over the previous year, Xinhua reported.

JLR’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth said: “Jaguar Land Rover has sold more cars than at any time in our history. We are now the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain and our vehicles have received more than 140 awards across the range for design, technology, safety and environmental sustainability.”

“During this fiscal year, we have delivered sustainable, profitable growth and introduced new models — such as the Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and XF — that have redefined their market segments,” he added.

JLR said it plans to invest 3.75 billion pounds ($5.49 billion) during 2016-17.

The company said solid growth in markets including Europe, North America and Britain helped support full-year financial revenues of 22.2 billion pounds, up 342 million pounds on the previous 12-month period.

Profit before tax was 1.56 billion pounds after an exceptional charge for the Tianjin Port explosion of 157 million pounds.

The report said the generally positive outlook for the global premium automotive market and the forthcoming launches of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are expected to support the growth of the company in the future.

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Lockdown period helped us grow business, say digital marketers

India”s Internet consumption rose by 13-14 per cent since the nationwide lockdown was put in place.

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New Delhi, June 4 : During the time of Covid-19 pandemic when most of enterprises have cut down on traditional marketing and publicity spend, the scope of digital marketing has increased manifold as target audiences are home in social distancing times and remaining online for more hours has become the new normal, some leading digital marketers said on Thursday.

While lockdown has done serious damage to a lot of businesses, there are some for whom it has become an opportunity and digital marketing agencies are one of them.

“With the world being connected via Internet, things were gung-ho in the digital marketing world using the right digital strategies to reach out to people,” said Kapil Jain, Founder of Graphitto, a Mumbai-based digital agency.

“For the survival of business operations, we are considering each and every step about our future business operations, including burn-rate, debts servicing cost, sales forecasts, supply-chain challenges, team headcount reduction, and optimizing capital spending,” Jain added.

According to Sudhanshu Kumar, MD of Digital Sukoon digital marketing agency, they are in a relatively better position to withstand the lockdown impact.

“We used the time really well and understood the fact that lockdown is going to increase consumption of data in India and we had to put our clients where the audience was. We managed to bridge the gap with all the hard work from our teams while adhering to the norms,” said Kumar.

Digital Sukoon is handling digital promotion for Prakash Jha Productions, Rohit Shetty Pictures, Pooja Entertainment and Panorama Studios, among others, along with artists and popular influencers.

Digital Sukoon is among few firms that has retained entire staff and helped them in need.

“These are an unprecedented time for everyone and we at Digital Sukoon would love to help out people as much as we possibly can,” said Kumar.

India”s Internet consumption rose by 13-14 per cent since the nationwide lockdown was put in place.

According to Anoop Mishra, Co-founder of Publicity Mantra, a strategic marketing and brand communication agency, usually an average company invests two-three per cent of their total marketing budget on digital platforms but since online time per user has increased, companies can pay more attention to it and this is going to be a good opportunity for digital marketers.

“If we talk about Internet users and consumers, we are going to experience more ad floats and digital agencies reaching out to more customers seamlessly,” said Mishra who has also launched OnlyforStartups.com to support and guide the early startups in India.

–IANS

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Samsung Galaxy M21: Long-lasting battery, decent camera

Samsung has also announced price cuts on Galaxy M21. The 4/64GB variant is now available for Rs 12,699 and the 6/128 GB variant for Rs 14,999 on Amazon.in.

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New Delhi, June 4 : Samsung Galaxy M series has been received well especially among the young Indian fans and the affordable yet powerful handsets have created a niche space in the market within no time.

After successfully launching ”Galaxy M31”, South Korean tech giant Samsung introduced another budget smartphone ”Galaxy M21” before nationwide lockdown which has now gained steam as consumer spending is slowly getting back to normal.

With a massive 6000mAh battery, Galaxy M21 comes with 48MP triple rear camera setup and company”s signature Infinity-O Super AMOLED display.

The new Galaxy M21 comes in two memory variants, (4GB+64GB) priced at Rs 12,699 as well as (6GB+128GB) for Rs Rs 14,999 and available in two colours, ”Blue” and ”Black”

Let us see how the 4GB+64GB variant fares.

To all those who spend most of their time on a smartphone, the budget device has several features to offer – from long battery life to camera.

The battery is one single pain point for smartphone users” and Samsung”s budget-friendly Galaxy M21 just refuses to die.

It comfortably lasted for over two days on normal usage. The phone also supports fast charging, thanks to the 15W in-box charger.

On the back, there”s a rectangular camera block with the triple rear camera setup, and a fingerprint sensor at the centre which was surprisingly fast.

The device features an advanced 48MP main camera, 8MP Ultra Wide lens along with the 123-degree field of view making and a 5MP depth camera for clicking shots in “Live Focus” mode.

While using the camera features like High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), 4 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus, the device produced decent images.

The smartphone did manage to capture good images in low-light conditions as well. The in-built features like Night mode, Pro Mode and Live Focus worked well too.

Overall, the device managed to produce good photos and videos both indoors and outdoors.

The device is just 8.9 mm thick and weighs only 188 grams, making it lightweight and comfortable to grip.

On the right side, the device houses the volume rocker and power buttons, the left one hosts a dual-SIM slot.

At the bottom, the device has a Type-C USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack with the loudspeaker.

The Galaxy M21 comes with a 6.4-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display that has a 1,080 x 2,340 pixels resolution and 19:5:9 aspect ratio with a Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

There”s a punch-hole camera in the top centre of the display. The 20MP front camera comes with built-in filters and different camera modes which did create some good selfies with the help of lights.

The device is powered by Exynos 9611 chipset, comes with Samsung”s own UI 2.0 and runs Android 10 OS.

The device performed smoothly during basic tasks like playing games, watching videos, switching between apps, using multiple social media applications were smooth.

Conclusion: With a good battery life and decent performance, Galaxy M21 is a worthy option for those who are looking to buy a budget yet powerful device.

Samsung has also announced price cuts on Galaxy M21. The 4/64GB variant is now available for Rs 12,699 and the 6/128 GB variant for Rs 14,999 on Amazon.in.

(Bharat Upadhyay can be reached at [email protected])

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Snapchat says won’t promote Trump account on its platform

The outrage also grows within Facebook to take action on a controversial post by Trump. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, however, has defended his decision to retain the Trump post on its platform.

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San Francisco, June 3 : Photo-messaging app Snapchat has decided not to promote US President Donald Trump”s account on its Discover page of curated content, Axios reported on Wednesday.

What makes the Snapchat decision significant is that Trump posted or tweeted controversial content on Twitter and Facebook and not Snapchat.

“We are not currently promoting the President”s content on Snapchat”s Discover platform,” a spokesperson for Snapchat”s parent company Snap was quoted as saying.

“We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” the spokesperson added.

The move is “a step beyond” that of Twitter which flagged Trump tweets on glorifying violence and promoting racism as protests against the death of African-American George Floyd grew momentum nationwide in the US.

“Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America,” said the Snapchat spokesperson.

In an earlier memo, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said: “Our Discover content platform is a curated platform, where we decide what we promote. We have spoken time and again about working hard to make a positive impact, and we will walk the talk with the content we promote on Snapchat.”

Snapchat “may continue to allow divisive people to maintain an account on Snapchat, as long as the content that is published on Snapchat is consistent with our community guidelines, but we will not promote that account or content in any way”.

Snapchat has not blocked Trump”s account but would no longer promote it.

While Twitter last week put out a “public interest notice” on the tweet for violating the platform”s policies about glorifying violence, Facebook refused to take action when the tweet was cross-posted to its platform.

The outrage also grows within Facebook to take action on a controversial post by Trump. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, however, has defended his decision to retain the Trump post on its platform.

Several Facebook employees took to Twitter, publicly announcing their solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter protests that have seized the nation.

–IANS

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