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LG launches India’s first smartphone with panic button ‘112’

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New Delhi, Feb 22

In line with the government’s initiative to make the “Panic Button” service on mobile phones mandatory from March 2017, South Korean electronics conglomerate LG on Wednesday launched “K10 2017” smartphone that comes with the panic button service “112”.

With this, LG Electronics has become the first company to adhere to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendation to have a single number ‘112′ for all emergency calls across the country.

“The panic button, 112, is a great initiative and we must applaud the efforts of LG Electronics who is developing technology for the betterment of the society,” Union IT and Electronics Minister and chief guest Ravi Shankar Prasad told media at the launch event here.

Priced at Rs 13,990, the smartphone features 5.3-inch HD in-cell touch display, 1.5GHz octa-core processor paired up with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

“The emergency dialling number 112 is the need of the hour. I would like to thank LG for spearheading this noble initiative mandated by the Government of India,” added Pankaj Mahindroo, Founder and National President, Indian Cellular Association.

The 4G-VoLTE device has 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and houses 2,800mAh battery.

“Keeping in view of consumers’ needs and the Government of India initiatives, we are happy to bring LG K10-2017 built on India-Insight,” added Amit Gujral, Corporate Marketing Head, LG India.

 

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Google kills feature to book Uber rides through Maps

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San Francisco, June 19: Google has reportedly killed the ability of direct Uber ride booking from inside Google Maps without giving any reason.

The feature allowing users to book Uber rides through Google Maps was added in January last year, with which users could enter a location, identify their route, check Uber prices and request a ride without leaving the Maps app.

On one Google Maps Help page, Google simply says “you can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps”, Android Police reported late on Monday.

Uber integration was pulled from Google Maps on iOS earlier then on Android, according to the report.

The ability to book an Uber through Maps allowed users to avoid the official Uber app, which has previously been criticised for its aggressive location tracking.

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Australian court fines Apple for misleading customers

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Canberra, June 19: An Australian court on Tuesday asked Apple to pay a fine worth $6.6 million for misleading customers who bought its devices between February 2015 and February 2016.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit in the Australian Federal Court against Apple and its subsidiary in the country after investigating hundreds of customer complaints regarding to the “error 53”, reports Efe news.

This technical failure disabled some iPhones and iPads after users downloaded an update to Apple’s iOS operating system.

Apple admitted that it refused to repair the devices of at least 275 affected customers in Australia, claiming the devices had already been repaired by a third party.

“If a product is faulty, customers are legally entitled to a repair or a replacement under the Australian Consumer Law, and sometimes even a refund,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

After the ACCC notified the US-based company of its investigation into the case, Apple implemented a programme to compensate the affected customers, which are estimated to be about 5,000, added the government regulator.

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Facebook Messenger app crash? Try new update

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San Francisco, June 16: Facebook’s latest update for its Messenger app can fix the app that was crashing constantly among many iOS users, the media reported.

Version 170.0 was the buggy release, and the company has already submitted a fix (170.1) to Apple, The Verge reported on Friday.

The users can now identify the version by tapping “more” in the updates tab of the App Store.

According to The Verge, many people noticed that the app was crashing frequently after updating the previous update (170.0). The users found Messenger opens well initially. But when they switch to another app and come back to the messenger, it fades to black and crashes to the iPhone home screen.

According to a spokesperson, Facebook was aware of the issue and working on a new update.

Facebook has now confirmed that the new update should solve the issue, CNET reported.

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