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Students working overtime to build Apple iPhone X: Report

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Beijing, Nov 22: Struggling to meet the demand after production delays, Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly employed thousands of students to assemble iPhone X who are being forced to work overtime, media reported.

According to The Financial Times, students in the age group 17-19 were hired as interns in September and were told to work at the assembling unit in Zhengzhou, China, to work for three months to get “work experience in order to graduate”.

“The work has nothing to do with our studies. We are being forced by our school to work here,” Yang who assembles 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day was quoted as saying in the report.

She is among a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School who are working at a local Foxconn facility.

“Apple and Foxconn acknowledged they had discovered cases of student interns working overtime and said they were taking remedial action. But both companies said the students were working voluntarily,” the report added.

According to Foxconn, its internship programme was “carried out in co-operation with local governments and a number of vocational schools in China”.

Three other Foxconn plants in China were found to be in breach of numerous health and safety regulations, exceeding working hours, five years ago, The Guardian reported.

“When Apple’s production demands it, Apple completely ignores the labour standards they have set. Apple allows factories to make workers put in overtime hours without restriction… and for student workers to work night shifts and put in excessive overtime hours,” Li Qiang, Executive Director of New York-based nonprofit China Labour Watch, was quoted as saying in the Guardian report.

After facing a lacklustre response to iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus globally, including in India, Apple placed its bet on successful delivery of “super premium” iPhone X.

However, several media reports claimed that Apple is facing a huge supply gap primarily for two reasons: difficulties in assembling the new facial identification software and 3D camera, and “off the charts” pre-orders for iPhone X after the Apple fraternity didn’t make the expected beeline for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Analysts had warned that the stock on hand is scarce, owing to constrained supply of key iPhone X components.

The iPhone X, which marks the 10th anniversary of the device, costs Rs 89,000 for a 64 GB model and Rs 1.02 lakh for the 256 GB variant.

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Pre-order iPhone XR in India from Friday

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Apple’s cheapest iPhone XR will go on sale in India from Friday, starting from Rs 76,900.

The iPhone XR will be available at the Apple authorised resellers from October 26 in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in black, white, blue, yellow, coral and “(PRODUCT)RED” colours, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The new iPhone XR with all-screen glass and aluminium design features 6.1-inch display a” touted as the most advanced LCD in a smartphone.

The device, launched along with luxury iPhone XS and XS Max, houses A12 Bionic chip with next-generation “Neural Engine”, which unlocks new experiences for immersive augmented reality (AR), games and photography.

“It delivers all day battery life, lasting up to an hour and a half longer than iPhone 8 Plus,” Apple said.

The iPhone XR with 12MP rear camera and 7MP front sensor claims to have better lowa’light performance.

It has “Portrait” mode with a single-lens camera with sophisticated “bokeh” and “Depth Control” features.

The “Depth Control” lets users adjust the depth of field both in real-time preview and post-capture.

The iPhone XR is water resistant, with a rating of IP67, and protects against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soda.

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5 things not to miss at the Krazy Kids Karnival

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Children when given a chance to do what they love the most, the best and unexpected things come out. Karnivals is one such place where kids get at a chance to explore themselves fully. Here they enjoy themselves as well as learn new things. Krazy Kid’s Karnival is one such event where the kids will not only have fun but also learn new things like Robotics, farming etc. It is going to be a gigantic event having many attractions, hence here we have pointed out five activities that one must not miss in the Karnival.

Science of Robotics

Robots always attract the children, how they walk, what they do etc. Here for the first time in this Karnival kids will be able to understand Robotics. This will be one of the main attraction for kids to have fun with learning, Robotics is an upcoming career option, here Kids will be able to understand the science behind this subject with fun.

Jump out all your worries

Jump to get relived and enjoy too. This is a zone where not only kids but parents will also enjoy. Trampoline Park is the best way to lift up the spirits for all. This will be a memorable experience for all which will relax seniors and kids too.

Paint your life with different shades

Through the paintings, you can understand the psychology of the children. And when children are given an open big space to enjoy the painting they pour their heart in it and enjoy. The Karnival will have one of the biggest art zones where the children can explore their crafts, art skills. There will also be workshops and essay-writing and prep classes for kids of all age groups.

Play with music

Instrumental music always has a positive impact on the mind and body. It is observed that kids love to play with instruments. Generally, kids just hear the instruments and they cannot touch or get the real feel of the instrument. But here in the music zone children will be able to take the real feel of the instruments by playing and holding them. This may help them to understand if they really love to play the instrument and listen to

Farm your field

Today most of the kids think that we go to the mall and get the food; hence there will be a small farming session here. The kids can take the real experience of how the farmers work. Kids will be made to understand the whole process from how the seeds are sowed until the final product comes to the mall.

This will be the ultimate one-stop solution for kids; the carnival will become a learn-through-play centre that offers many interactive exhibits for children as well as fun-filled activities for parents to choose, of which above five are a must visit. The Karnival will be held from October 26- 28, 2018 at BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) from 11 am- 10 pm.

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Reliance Jio posts Rs 681 crore profit in Q2

The subscriber base of Jio as on September 30, 2018 was 252.3 million, with an average revenue per user (ARPU) during the quarter at Rs 131.7 per month.

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Mumbai, Oct 17 : Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, on Wednesday said it posted a standalone net profit of Rs 681 crore in the quarter through September on the back of (as yet) highest quarterly subscriber addition of 37 million.

It had posted a net loss of Rs 271 crore in the same quarter a year ago.

The company had recorded a net profit of Rs 612 crore in the first quarter of this fiscal year.

The standalone revenue from operations in the second quarter of this fiscal year ending March 2019 stood at Rs 9,240 crore, a massive on-year jump of 50.3 per cent, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd said in a statement.

The subscriber base of Jio as on September 30, 2018 was 252.3 million, with an average revenue per user (ARPU) during the quarter at Rs 131.7 per month.

The total wireless data traffic during the quarter was at a record 771 crore GB with per user average data consumption of 11 GB per month. The total voice traffic was 53,379 crore minutes in the quarter.

“Jio was conceived with a mission to connect everyone and everything, everywhere – always at the highest quality and the most affordable price… We have enabled our customers to adopt the digital life, with record consumption of data and use of digital services,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries.

“We are making rapid progress on the growth of our digital platforms, across new commerce, media and entertainment, agriculture, education, healthcare and financial services, which will further enhance the quality of life and productivity of the people of India,” he added.

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