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Pinterest acquires ‘human powered’ search engine Jelly

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New York, March 9 San Francisco-based Pinterest has acquired Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s “human powered” search engine start-up Jelly.

“This is the best decision for the future of human powered search and discovery. Jelly plus Pinterest is an exceedingly powerful match. A new adventure begins!” Stone, Co-Founder and CEO, Jelly Industries Inc, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deals are yet to be disclosed and whether Jelly would remain separate, or integrated was also not revealed.

“We’re still working out details, so there are unknowns,” Stone said.

Jelly offers a search engine service that answers user’s questions in details. To answer the user’s questions Jelly routes them to people who might know.

“Human powered search, a subjective search engine, and discovering things you didn’t know you need to know. These are all key to Jelly!” Stone said.

But for all the fame of the co-founders and hype when it first launched, Jelly’s business never, well, jelled, Techcrunch.com reported.

The app has only ranked in the top 1,500 for iOS sporadically since launching in 2014, so it is hard to get reliable download estimates, according to Sergey Bystritskiy, Director of Data Science, SensorTower.

It is currently ranked at No 1,293 for the Social Networking category on iPhone in the US. It is not currently ranking on Google Play in the US, the report said.

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Mobile manufacturing to touch Rs 132,000 cr: Prasad

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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Indian mobile manufacturing industry is expected to touch Rs 132,000 crore by the end of 2018, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

India manufactured about 110 million mobile phones in 2015-16 as compared to 60 million in 2014-15, a growth of over 90 per cent. In value terms, India’s mobile manufacturing industry produced mobile phones worth Rs 54,000 crore in FY15-16, compared to Rs 18,900 crore in FY14-15. This touched Rs 94,000 crore by the end of 2017, the minister said.

He was speaking at an event organised by MeitY, ASSOCHAM and Ericsson.

In terms of volume, in 2014 India produced 5 crore mobile phone made locally in India, which reached 15 crore in 2015-16.

In 2017 the Indian mobile manufacturing industry produced 22 million mobile phones. “The industry would produce 50 million mobile phones by 2020,” said the minister.

In terms of electronics manufacturing units, the minister said that within three years, the industry added 120 such units. Two-third of these were mobile manufacturing units and there were 54 such units in Noida alone. These industries employ 5 lakh people, he added.

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‘Galaxy J2 2018’ to come pre-loaded with ‘Samsung Mall’

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New Delhi, April 26: Samsung on Thursday said its smartphone “Galaxy J2 2018” will be available from April 27 pre-loaded with a new feature called “Samsung Mall.”

“Samsung Mall” is part of the “Make for India” initiative that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to deliver search results on the basis of a product picture clicked on or uploaded from the user’s gallery, the company said in a statement.

“Samsung Mall uses AI to revolutionise the way customers shop online with visual search,” said Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile business, Samsung India.

Priced at Rs 8,190, “Galaxy J2 2018” features a 5.0-inch “super AMOLED display, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera — both with LED flash.

The device is powered by Quad-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 2600mAh battery.

Additionally, Jio users who purchase “Samsung Galaxy J2 2018” can avail a cashback of Rs 2,750 in their “MyJio account” on recharging with a Rs 198 or Rs 299 plan.

The cashback for Jio users comes bundled with an extra 10GB of 4G data on every recharge for the next 10 recharges.

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More people prefer iPhone 8 over iPhone X in the US: Report

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San Francisco, April 25: More and more people are buying iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus than the “super premium” iPhone X in the US, a new survey has revealed.

According to the research group Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), iPhone 8 made up 23 per cent of iPhone sales in the first quarter of 2018 and iPhone 8 Plus registered 21 per cent.

“The iPhone X trailed at 16 per cent, down from 20 per cent the previous quarter,” CNET reported on Tuesday, citing the survey’s findings.

The survey also showed a trend among respondents toward buying past years’ iPhones.

“During the same months of 2017, the brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for nearly 70 per cent of iPhone sales. This year, a lot more people are buying iPhones from one, two and even three years ago,” the report noted.

Apple will announce its next quarterly earnings report on May 1.

In March, a top analyst with asset management firm Piper Jaffray said that unlike what Apple had expected, the response to iPhone X has been lukewarm as many existing users believe that the device is too expensive.

“According to Apple news site PED3.0, Michael Olson, a senior researcher with Piper Jaffray found that 44 per cent people who didn’t upgrade said that they baulked at the idea because their current ‘iPhone works fine’,” Fortune reported.

More than a third of the respondents said that the iPhone X, which starts at $999, is too expensive.

“And eight per cent said they would have upgraded if the new phone had a larger screen,” the report added.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, said in March that the Cupertino-headquartered company would cease production of iPhone X mid-year.

Apple is reportedly gearing up to introduce three new iPhones in 2018 and one of them will be more popular than the others, according to Kuo.

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