5 Industries Struggling with the Current Economy

Now that the market is strong for many industries, and banks are feeling more generous when it comes to lending, entrepreneurs around the country are considering business startups. However, it’s important to recognize that the market has major ups and downs, and with 90 percent of startups failing, it’s best to avoid a tanking industry. Here are a few things you should know about struggling industries and how to avoid any detrimental experiences.

1. Oil

Oil and gas companies are struggling severely right now. While oil and gas experienced an economic boom at the end of the second quarter in 2014, things have made a turn for the worst. The number of operating oil rigs has diminished significantly, as the price of a barrel of oil has been cut almost in half since June 2014.

Hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs as a result of uneven supply and demand. In the United States, oil production has nearly doubled over the last six years. It was booming at the start, but since that time, we can’t keep up with the endless supply of oil that has been drilled.

Though every oil company has taken a direct hit, many have been able to fight the economic downturn by improving their efficiencies.  This involves cutting capital expenditures and reducing debt. By cutting down on any unnecessary expenses and labor costs, these companies have been able to find a productive niche in a difficult economy. This will keep them going until the oil industry improves.

2. Gas Stations

As a direct result of the oil downturn, gas stations are also having a difficult time turning a profit. Gas and diesel prices are among the most competitive in the country, and since gas stations have had to lower their prices significantly to stay competitive, revenues have remained fairly stagnant. Sales have fallen 1.4 percent as gas stations struggle to stay afloat in an economy where oil is at a surplus.

Once again, the best way to fight against this struggle is for gas companies to improve efficiency. Reducing labor costs, improving facilities, and making employees more productive can reduce debt expenditures.

3. Grocery Stores

Though food is an ever-present need, small-chain grocery stores have struggled recently. This is mostly due to the boom of online shopping. Major retailers have begun providing online shopping for groceries, which makes it difficult for the little man to compete. In addition, big box stores often receive products in wholesale quantities, which means that they can offer far better prices than smaller stores.

Independent stores have their work cut out for them when it comes to beating out their larger competitors. In this instance, it’s best for storeowners to take a look at their marketing tactics. What can they offer to consumers that big stores can’t? Focus is generally on better customer service, weekly sales, event sponsorships, and local marketing. Even though large corporations are known for their better prices, smaller companies can be known for their pleasant atmospheres.

4. Metals and Minerals

Companies that specialize in metal-related industries have experienced a slight drop in sales over the last year, indicating that the industry is facing some challenges. The prices have been forecast to drop as much as five percent over the next year, as well. There is a direct correlation between the drop in oil prices and the drop in metalworking. The dollar has also been getting stronger, which has a negative impact on gold, aluminum, copper, and other metals.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done on the business end about the current reduction in metal pricing. This one relies heavily on the economy and its volatility. The one thing that could help would be if the Fed finally raised rates. This would help multiple areas of the economy, as well as debt reduction.

5. Paper Companies

Not only is everything going digital, but the economic movement is also taking a toll on the paper company. As more companies and consumers switch to paperless, paper companies are struggling to keep up.

Honestly, when it comes to paper, the outlook isn’t good. Even though paper is an important part of business processing and likely won’t die out completely, it will become increasingly difficult for paper companies to maintain their sales. The best advice is to take a look at products and services and consider how to augment them.

For example, instead of offering only paper products, companies can offer accessories, like printers and compatible technologies. Some paper companies are even turning to selling digital software in order to enhance their sales when companies decide to reduce their paper use.

The main takeaway from this discussion is that just because an industry is difficult, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. If you understand the ups and downs of the industry, and how the market is currently operating, you’ll better understand how to turn the market around for your benefit. Once you jump into a struggling industry, your ideas for improvement will have free reign.

New Volkswagen Polo: 5 Things You Should Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This will be the sixth generation model of the Volkswagen Polo
  • The new-gen Polo will come to India next year
  • It will be built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform

The New Volkswagen Polo will be unveiled to the world on 16th June, 2017. This will be the sixth generation Polo and will be coming to India next year as well. Being a completely new-generation, the new VW Polo will sport a new exterior design and will also be slightly bigger than the model currently on sale. The new Volkswagen Polo has been spotted testing many a times as well. Volkswagen says that the design language on the new Polo will complement the sporty demeanour of the car. In fact, the company also released a few teaser images of the new Polo and the Yellow colour surely puts the cheer in the new Polo car.

Here are some important things you should know about the new Polo car.

  1. The first and the most important thing is that the new-gen VW Polo will now be manufactured having the versatile MQB A0 platform as its underpinning. This is the same platform, which also underpins the newly launched Volkswagen Tiguan in India. The previous generation Volkswagen Polo was built on the PQ25 platform.
    new generation volkswagen polo(New-Generation Volkswagen Polo)
  2. The silhouette of the car has changed. The new VW Polo has grown bigger and the wheelbase too has increased by 90 mm, from 2,470 mm to 2,550 mm. The width has increased by a fair margin too. Of course, the car will continue to be less than 4 metres in length. The cabin will have more room than the outgoing generation of the Polo.
  3. As far as connectivity is concerned, the top trims of the new VW Polo will have a 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will have smartphone integration in the form on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There will be other connectivity options as well, depending on the trim level.
    new generation volkswagen polo(This is the base model of the new-gen Polo. Notice the halogen headlamps)
  4. As far as engine options are concerned, the new-gen Polo will have the 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine when it goes on sale in India. We might also see the sportier GT variants of the Polo in due course of time.
  5. The new-generation Polo will also form the basis of the new-gen Vento and the new-gen Ameo as well.

 

5 Faces of the Gig Economy: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

The gig economy is growing at a pace faster than some might have imagined. And driving it forward are freelancers who are redefining the modern workspace.

Not all of these people are gravitating to freelancing for the same reasons. A new infographic created by LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reveals there are five different types of freelancers in the gig economy today. They have different income levels, career objectives and motivations.

Types of Freelancers

Side Giggers

As the name suggests, side giggers are into freelancing because they want to earn extra money. As a result, they are most likely to have a traditional job as well.

These freelancers are driven by financial security and job flexibility. And their current gig helps them earn about 19 percent of their total income.

On average, they make $7,600 a year.

5 Types of Freelancers Revealed: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)

Substituters

For this group of freelancers, a gig provides an opportunity to make money after losing a job. They tend to take on multiple gigs and rely on them until a traditional job comes along.

Their current gig makes up for about 22 percent of their total income. They make $9,400 on average.

Career Freelancers

Career freelancers are the most diverse and satisfied group of freelancers. Their primary objective is to gain more experience and learn new skills to advance their careers.

They also look at gigs as opportunities for social interaction. Not surprisingly, this group mostly includes millennials who are into part-time freelancing.

Their current gig generates about 26 percent of their total income and they make $9,700 on average from freelancing, per year.

Business Builders

For business builders, gigs are an effective means of supplementing or expanding an existing business. These freelancers like being their own bosses and dislike answering to a supervisor.

Their current gig contributes to around 30 percent of their total income. On average, they make $12,300 a year.

Passionistas

These freelancers love what they do and it’s their passion that drives them to look for gigs.

They are well-educated, value flexibility, work the fewest hours, but earn the most per hour from their gig work.

At present, their current gig generates 25 percent of their total income. They make $9,000 a year, on average.

Planning to Hire a Freelancer?

As the infographic reveals, it’s worth remembering that not all freelancers have the same motivations. That’s why you should be careful when you hire one for your business. For example, if you are looking for someone to stick around for longer, you should probably not pick a substituter.

A good understanding of a freelancer’s job expectations and career plans can benefit your business.

For more information on the five types of freelancers, check out the infographic below:

5 Types of Freelancers Revealed: New Study Reveals All (Infographic)2

Images: LinkedIn, Intuit

Acer Nitro 5, Iconia Tab 10, Iconia One 10, Spin 1 Refresh Launched Ahead of Computex

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop releasing in July
  • Acer Spin 1 has also been upgraded with better specs
  • Two Iconia-branded Android 7.0 Nougat tablets also launched

Just ahead of Computex in Taipei, Taiwanese company Acer has launched a host of new devices. This includes a new laptop, an upgraded 2-in-1, and fresh Iconia-branded Android tablets. The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop, while the Spin 1 convertible gets upgraded processors and more. The addition to the tablet lineup brings Android 7.0 Nougat software with one variant sporting a quantum dot display.

Acer Nitro 5

Starting with the laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop with multiple configurations. It includes Intel and AMD processors – up to seventh generation Core i5 and i7 processors for Intel with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and seventh generation A-Series FX, A12, and A10 APUs along with up to a discrete Radeon RX 550 graphics chip from AMD. To take care of heating, Acer has introduced a Coolboost technology that delivers heightened fan speeds and cooling ability, and allows users to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost. It boasts of a 15.6-inch full-HD display with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, and 2TB HDD storage. The keyboard has red back-lighting, and ports include USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and HDMI 2.0. The Nitro 5 will arrive in North America in July with prices starting at $799 (roughly Rs. 51,500).

Acer Nitro 5, Iconia Tab 10, Iconia One 10, Spin 1 Refresh Launched Ahead of Computex

Acer Spin 1
Coming to the upgraded Spin 1 convertible, it now packs new hardware and a sleeker metal design frame. It brings support for up to the latest Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB storage. It sports an 11.6-inch full-HD display with a 360 degree hinge, and weighs only 1.25 kgs. It is rated to offer up to 8 hours of battery life, and ports include USB 3.1 Type-A (gen 1), USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI, and microSD card slot for memory expansion. It comes with a stylus support on the touchscreen display, and also supports Bluetooth version 4.1. The updated Spin 1 will also arrive in North America in July with prices starting at $329 (roughly Rs. 21,200).

 

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Acer Iconia 10 and Iconia One 10
Lastly, but importantly, the new 10-inch Android tablets that runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The more premium variant is called the Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50), and the other is known as the Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40FHD). Both the tablets are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, and are rated to offer up to eight hours of battery life. Starting with the Iconia 10, it sports a quantum dot display, four speakers, and a built-in sub-woofer for better media consumption. The Iconia One 10 brings more connectivity options with two micro-USB ports. Both the tablets support DTS-HD Premium Sound, and Wireless AC connectivity. Acer did not reveal full specification details of these tablets, and also refrained from announcing pricing and availability.

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These 5 Tips Will Change the Way You Market Your Online Store

So, you’ve put together a beautiful eCommerce store and are eagerly anticipating traffic to start trickling in.

At this point, many eCommerce merchants start to realize that, without doing the right types of marketing, this traffic may never come. It’s easy to feel frustrated or confused at the wide variety of different marketing channels available to you, but don’t fret. This guide is designed to present you with 5 of the most effective eCommerce marketing strategies.

eCommerce Marketing Strategies

Invest in a High-Quality Content Strategy

Many eCommerce merchants view content only as an effective marketing channel but, for some, content is the lifeblood of their entire business.

Content is one of the most effective and rewarding marketing strategies out there because it connects with virtually every other marketing endeavor. For example, a simple blog post could be used in your email marketing, social media accounts, and SEO keyword targeting strategies while simultaneously helping to build your brand and position your site as an authority in a specific niche.

Your content strategy should primarily focus on creating valuable content that speaks directly to your audience. The backbone of your content strategy involves researching:

  • A target audience. Come up with a persona that encapsulates your target audience’s needs and motivations. This makes it easier for your content team to visualize for whom they’re creating content.
  • Your audience’s problems. This research can be found anywhere, from in-person interviews with stakeholders to browsing niche-specific forums such as Reddit. What are the pain points and problems your target audience is having? What are some roadblocks that cause people to hesitate before purchasing your products?
  • Content audit. This assessment involves conducting an evaluation on your site’s current content. There’s no need to have a clunky site filled with mediocre content. Here are a few questions you should ask:
    • Is it consistently good?
    • Are there any lackluster articles?
    • Are people engaging with your content on social platforms?
    • Does this content do your brand justice?
    • If the content is meant to convert, is it doing a good job?
  • Competitive analysis. Once you have a firm understanding of where your content stands, take a gander at your brand’s competitors to see how they’re doing. You’ll likely find that many of the top brands do a phenomenal job at producing high-quality content. If they aren’t, you’re in an even better position. There could be a huge opportunity to create value that your competitors are failing to provide.

Create Facebook Ads Around Your Best Pieces of Content

Content is just the gift that keeps on giving.

Merchants that create extremely good pieces of content are able to receive much more value from these pages if they advertise them rather than just leaving them. This not only allows merchants to drive traffic to pages and inspire likes and shares, but it also allows them to provide new users a valuable experience.

By creating content around your audience’s needs by answering questions, offering guidance or providing value in a variety of creative ways, merchants are able to make a positive first impression.

For example, let’s assume your store sells shoes. Instead of creating a Facebook ad campaign to blast out a product page for a few of your shoes on clearance, you could create a single piece of content titled “The 14 Best Athletic Shoes for Summer Under $50.” Now, instead of having to create multiple ads around different product pages, you only have to create a single ad for that specific piece of content.

On that piece of content, you could have links to your product pages and let the sales trickle in. Alternatively, a more value-driven piece of content could be “How to Find the Best Deal on Shoes,” with a guide that includes several options that aren’t sales-driven, and one or two links to your product pages.

Marketing has evolved past the point of constantly hard-selling, and the new age of digital marketing requires merchants to provide their users with value every step of the way. By advertising your most valuable pieces of content, you will be able to drive traffic that is interested in solving a certain issue.

This gives you the opportunity to insert calls to action (CTAs) throughout your content to either collect email addresses to keep the conversation going or to direct interested traffic toward a product page.

Email Marketing for Retention

Email marketing has been around for over 40 years for a reason: it works.

Merchants who are able to build a healthy list of subscribers can segment this list based on specific categories to send out effective messages for specific promotions. For example, if you’re a shoe site, you could send out an email that advertises your discounted sale to shoppers who have a higher propensity to buy from your clearance category, and another email to your customers who tend to spend more money per order.

Email marketing in 2017 involves enticing your potential subscribers with potential value and then delivering it. By setting expectations of what they will be receiving and how often, merchants will be able to effectively set a foundation that will allow them to consistently drive traffic to new pieces of content and product pages.

This strategy not only allows you to reach your audience at any given time, but it also makes building a long-term relationship possible. By consistently providing value to your list through useful content, you will be able to build brand loyalty. The more effective your email marketing is, the more efficient your overall marketing strategies will be. Statistically, email marketing yields 4,300 percent ROI for businesses in the US.

Perhaps the most valuable component of email marketing is the ability to retain your traffic. This reduces the inherent risk associated with primarily relying on a single source for traffic that could potentially change its algorithm.

For example, a minor tweak in Facebook’s algorithm could drastically increase the cost of reaching a specific number of people. If a business is overly dependent on any one source, these algorithm tweaks could be lethal. Thankfully, email marketing has stayed relatively consistent while maintaining its effectiveness for nearly five decades.

eCommerce Marketing Strategies

Leverage Product and Social Media Reviews

Merchants often completely overlook their product reviews as a source for marketing inspiration. Organic and fair product reviews play a huge role in forming trust with your shoppers, and they shouldn’t be tucked away in some obscure corner. First and foremost, you should make sure that they are present on your product pages and every other page that is relevant to the buying decision.

However, the value of reviews doesn’t stop there. Integrating your product reviews in your email marketing and social media strategies in order to convince people that your products are worth a first or second look can help you bring in traffic that would have otherwise overlooked your email or ad.

It’s important that these reviews are user generated and genuine because, if they look falsified, your brand could end up making a negative impression.

Use Ad Retargeting

A shopper clicks through your site and finds a product they like. They add it to their cart and continue shopping. Suddenly … pop! A Facebook notification. The previously committed shopper rapidly changes tabs to check their Facebook alert and gets sucked into a conversation. The minute that customer ventures off your site, the chances of them completing a purchase greatly diminish.

Ad retargeting allows merchants to get another crack at making a sale. Dynamic retargeting allows merchants to send an advertisement based on a user’s certain actions. These ads can be personalized down to the specific action (i.e., cart abandonment) or be just a kind reminder of your site to a user who has spent a significant amount of time clicking around in the past. This strategy helps to fill in the gaps the short attention span of the average internet shopper.

There are a few more reasons that may have caused shoppers to bounce, other than distractions. There are likely a handful of products similar to yours, and the convenience of online shopping allows shoppers to browse different options with relative ease.

Retargeting ads are useful because they are 70 percent more likely to convert than any other type of advertising. This allows merchants to get more out of all their other marketing strategies by creating a retargeting net that helps to bring some shoppers back.

Final Thoughts

The strategy behind these marketing tips is to allow merchants to be able to reach new audiences while also building in a retention-based component. These two high-level strategies paired together play off each other in beautiful harmony.

The retention-based component lets merchants get another chance by retargeting missed traffic and, also, to “own” their audience through email marketing. This also makes the customer acquisition component much more effective and less expensive to run on a larger scale.

Utilizing these 5 marketing tips, along with other effective ways to add value to your eCommerce site, will not only help you to make more sales but provide an overall better experience for your shoppers.

Top 5 Upcoming Smartphones With 8GB RAM by Samsung, Xiaomi and Others

Technology has been continually evolving and smartphones have come a long way from being used only for calling or checking e-mails. Chinese smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus, Vivo, and Oppo have upped the ante in the ever-growing Indian smartphone market in the past few years.

With the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016 in India began the frenzy for phones with big RAMs – ZTE Nubia is the latest brand to launch a smartphone in China with a whopping 8GB RAM. Samsung has also joined the bandwagon by launching the flagship Galaxy S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage in India recently.

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We bring you a list of forthcoming smartphones with 8GB of RAM.

ZTE Nubia Z17 (launched in China)

ZTE Nubia Z17 with a whopping 8GB of RAM and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset has been introduced in China last week. Nubia launched the new Z17 at an event in Beijing, China at a price of Yuan 3,999, which is roughly Rs 37,000.

In terms of looks, the Nubia Z17, sports a metal and glass design. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) LCD IPS display. The display is bezel-less from the sides.

The Nubia Z17 features a dual real camera, which has two lenses: 12MP and 23MP on the back, with 1.4um pixel size and f/1.8 aperture.

OnePlus 5

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The much-talked about OnePlus 5 is set to launch globally on June 20 and will be introduced in India on June 22. The smartphone has been spotted in benchmarks with 8GB and 6GB of RAM.

The company bust rumours about vertical dual cameras at the rear and stated there is a horizontal dual camera setup on the OnePlus 5. The Chinese smartphone maker has been focussing on the camera, which is evident from an official image released on Twitter.

Other rumoured specifications of the upcoming OnePlus 5 include a 5.5-inch display, a 23MP primary camera and a 16MP front snapper. It is expected to pack in a 4,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi 7

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A Xiaomi Mi 7 concept shows that the smartphone would feature a 21MP primary camera and could have 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

Other rumoured specs of Mi 7 include a 5.7-inch ultra HD 4K IPS LCD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chipset. The device could have a 3500mAh battery as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ gave some respite to South Korean tech major Samsung that suffered a major dent due to the Note 7 fiasco last year. The company’s next note – the Note 8 is rumoured to come with a whopping 8GB of RAM and 5.7 inch full HD super AMOLED display.

Read more: 5 Best Budget Android Smartphones From Xiaomi

Other rumoured specs of Note 8 include an Iris scanner and front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The device could also feature a dual 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash.

HTC 11

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It has not being long that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched its flagship U11. The device will be unveiled in India on June 16 at an event.

Weibo carried a report that suggested that HTC 11 will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels. This means the next flagship from HTC will come with a bigger screen size than the 5.2-inch FHD panel used on the HTC 10.

The leak also suggests that HTC 11 could feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory as well.

The HTC 11 is speculated to come with an improved battery as well. The rumoured 3,700 mAh battery will be much bigger than the 3,000 mAh battery used in the HTC 10.

Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nokia 5 is priced at Rs. 12,899
  • The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • The Nokia 5 will go on pre order from July 7

The Nokia 5, launched alongside the Nokia 3 and Nokia 6, is heading to the Indian market in July. Priced at Rs. 12,899, Nokia 5 is set to compete in the heavily crowded mid-range segment in India. At this price range, Nokia 5 is going to face heavy competition especially from the Redmi Note 4, Vivo Y55s and the Moto G5 smartphones in India. All four smartphones feature specifications and features rather similar to each other’s, but there are a few differences that give one or the other a leg up in the race to pique the buyers’ interest. We pit the Nokia 5 against Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3GB + 32GB), Vivo V5, and Motorola’s Moto G5 to ascertain which is the right device for you.

Nokia 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 price in India

As mentioned above, Nokia 5 is priced in India at Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. In comparison, the Redmi Note 4 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is made available on Flipkart and Mi.com through flash sales. The Moto G5 is priced at Rs. 11,999 making it the cheapest of the lot, and is available on Amazon India and offline channels as well. Lastly, the Vivo Y55s smartphone is priced at Rs. 12,490 in India, and is available across the country through online and offline channels.

Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 specifications

The Nokia 5 shines on the software front with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the Moto G5 also sports the Android 7.0 Nougat version, not lagging behind. The other two offer Android Marshmallow with their own skins on top. The only smartphone that does not have a fingerprint sensor in this lot is the Vivo Y55s smartphone. In all the other specification comparisons, the four smartphones fight neck to neck, with Nokia 5 lagging behind slightly in screen resolution, and RAM. It’s worth noting that the Nokia 5 has an 8-megapixel front camera, while the others sport a 5-megapixel front sensor.

Nokia 5 fights well on paper, but offers only 16GB of internal storage, while the Redmi Note 4 offers 64GB in the same price range. The big pain point for the Xiaomi phone is its availability, and if you can’t get your hands on one till July 7, you could consider pre-ordering the Nokia 5 instead, though we suggest you stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for detailed review of the Nokia 5 before you make a decision.

Check out the full comparison of the Nokia 5 vs Redmi Note 4 vs Vivo Y55s vs Moto G5 below:

VIVO Y55S VS NOKIA 5 VS MOTOROLA MOTO G5 VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4 COMPARISON

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GENERAL
Release date February 2017 February 2017 February 2017 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 147.90 x 72.90 x 7.50 149.70 x 72.50 x 8.05 144.30 x 73.00 x 9.50 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 142.00 145.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2730 3000 2800 4100
Removable battery No No Yes No
Colours Gold, Space Grey Tempered Blue, Copper, Matte Black, Silver Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.20 5.20 5.00 5.50
Resolution 1280×720 pixels 720×1280 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.4GHz quad-core octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB 2GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 16GB 16GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 128 128 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 6.0 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.0 Android 6.0
Skin Funtouch OS 3.0 MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.10
NFC No No No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Micro-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No Yes No No
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No
Nokia 5

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Display

5.20-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.1.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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OnePlus 5 Registrations Open Ahead of Official Launch, Already Attracting Huge Numbers

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The smartphone will be launched on June 20
  • OnePlus 5 features dual camera setup
  • The flagship phone shares design elements with iPhone 7 Plus

OnePlus knows how to grab public attention and the Chinese company seems to have done it yet again. Even though OnePlus 5 will be globally unveiled next week, the registrations for the smartphone have already opened are attracting great interest in China. At the time of writing this report, around 1.10 lakh people have already registered for the upcoming flagship from OnePlus. Chinese website JD.com has opened registrations for OnePlus 5 ahead of its official launch on June 20 and if registration numbers are anything to go by, the smartphone is going to be a smash hit in the country.OnePlus 5 Registrations Open Ahead of Official Launch, Already Attracting Huge Numbers

We would like to clarify over here that registrations are not the same thing as pre-orders and customers are not required to pay any money while registering themselves for the device. However, registrations do reflect the general interest in the smartphone and as of now, the interest for OnePlus seems to be at its peak.

OnePlus 5 specifications

Talking about the specifications of the OnePlus 5, the company has confirmed that smartphone features a dual camera setup, which was developed by company in partnership with DxO. The company has also confirmed that the smartphone packs a Snapdragon 835 processor.

Moving to the leaked specifications, the OnePlus 5 has been tipped to run OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is expected to be offered in two RAM variants, i.e. 6GB and 8GB. In terms of storage, the phone has been tipped to come with either 64GB or 128GB.

In terms of optics, OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a dual camera setup at the back that has one 20-megapixel sensor and another 16-megapixel sensor. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well.

OnePlus 5 price

The price for OnePlus 5 has been tipped to start at $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800). In India, the pricing for the smartphone was suggested to start from Rs. 32,999, with the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant expected to cost Rs. 37,999.

Recent render leaks as well as the company’s official teaser image has all but confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will feature a design quite similar to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.

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5.50-inch

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2.35GHz octa-core

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16-megapixel

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1440×2560 pixels

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8GB

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Android 7.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

23-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

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    Rs. 29,999

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro Launched, OnePlus 5 Price Leak, Reliance Jio Growth Slows, and More: Your 360 Daily

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  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and J7 Pro run Android Nougat
  • OnePlus 5 might cost $479 (about Rs. 30,800)
  • Reliance Jio added 3.87 million new subscribers in April

Samsung launched two mid-range Android phones in its J-series on Wednesday in New Delhi. They are called the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, which costs Rs. 17,900, and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, which comes in at Rs. 20,900. While the former will be available June 20, the latter won’t go on sale until mid-July, weirdly. Both run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat underneath. Samsung has partnered with Reliance Jio to offer up to 120GB of additional data. Both phones also have Samsung Pay digital payments service, though it’s scaled down as Samsung Pay Mini (no card functionality) on Galaxy J7 Max, since it doesn’t have NFC capability.

In terms of specifications, Samsung Galaxy J7 Max gives you a 5.7-inch full-HD display, powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, with 4GB RAM. It has 32GB internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear (f/1.7) and front (f/1.9) camera, with flash on both ends as well. There’s a 3,300mAh battery inside. The Galaxy J7 Pro, on the other hand, has a 5.5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display, powered by an Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC, with 3GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. The phone has the same camera and flash setup. There’s a 3,600mAh battery inside.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, J7 Pro Launched, OnePlus 5 Price Leak, Reliance Jio Growth Slows, and More: Your 360 Daily

OnePlus 5 price, specifications leaked once again
Less than a week ahead of its global launch, the OnePlus 5 has faced more leaks. This time, it’s the price, specifications, and pictures of the new flagship from the Chinese manufacturer. According to a blog, the OnePlus 5 will start at $479 (about Rs. 30,800). In India, the phone is expected to start from Rs. 32,999 for the base variant. Meanwhile, registrations for the phone have been opened on Chinese ecommerce website JD.com. If you register, you’ll be able to take part in a flash sale on June 22, the listing says.

The same website also provided the specifications and images, which show that the OnePlus 5 will indeed look similar to the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of its design, and rear camera setup. It will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat on a 5.5-inch full-HD display, with two RAM options: 6GB and 8GB. OnePlus has already confirmed the presence of Snapdragon 835, so there’s no point debating about that. The OnePlus 5’s camera setup will most likely have a 20-megapixel f/2.6 and 16-megapixel f/1.7 sensors on the back, and a 16-megapixel sensor on the front. The phone is also said to have a 3,300mAh battery.

Reliance Jio’s growth was slowest in April
According to TRAI data, Reliance Jio experienced its slowest growth in April, though its numbers were ahead of all competitors. It added 3.87 million new subscribers to take its total up to 112.55 million, with Airtel (2.85m), BSNL (0.81m), and Vodafone (0.75m) following behind. The total number of telecom subscribers in India now stands at 1198.89 million, after an increase of 4.31 million over March.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly launch mid-August
Samsung isn’t shying away from the Note brand after last year’s Note 7 debacle, with the Galaxy Note 8 expected to arrive mid-August, as per a new report. A launch in that month would give it a head start on the iPhone, something Samsung has always been keen on with its Note series.

Meanwhile, a tipster on Weibo has revealed the Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual camera setup on the back. Some section of the consumers were disappointed with the lack of rear camera upgrade on the Galaxy S8/ S8+, and it seems Samsung is happy to oblige with the upcoming new smartphone.

LG G6 now available at Rs. 38,990 in India
LG’s latest flaghship – the LG G6 – arrived in India at the tail end of April, and it’s already seeing interesting price drops. The phone is now available at a Rs. 13,000 discount, which puts the price of LG G6 at Rs. 38,9990. There are two caveats though: only Amazon Prime members can avail the offer, and it’s only applicable to Ice Platinum and Astro Black colour options. There are a couple of other offers as well – for Bajaj Finance card owners, and Reliance Jio extra data – which you can check out here.

Intel invests Rs. 1,100 crore in Bengaluru R&D centre
Intel is putting in Rs. 1,100 crore with its upcoming Bengaluru R&D centre, the company’s India GM Nivruti Rai said in a press conference on Wednesday. Set on an eight-acre campus in the city’s south-east suburbs, it’s also expected to add 3,000 jobs over the next year and a half. This is in addition to the $2 billion (roughly Rs. 12,852 crores) Intel has already invested until 2016.

Google hires Apple chip architect to help with Pixel
Google is looking to drive up its in-house product innovation, and it has hired Apple’s long-time chip architect Manu Gulati to do just that. Gulati announced the job change publicly on his LinkedIn profile on Tuesday, stating that he now works as Google’s “Lead SoC Architect”. He has over 27 years of experience in the industry.

One of the biggest reasons for iPhone’s success is the home-grown nature of its chips, something Samsung has started to emulate with its own Exynos line. Google had earlier shown interest in doing so, and Gulati’s hiring shows that it’s very much on that path now. Expect the Pixel phones to have Google’s home-made chip designs in the near future.

Meanwhile, a leak discovered by 9To5Google and Android Police’s sources have revealed that the Pixel 2 might be manufactured by LG. The nitty-gritty has to do with a bug entry filed by an LG employee for a device codenamed Taimen, which seems to be the internal name for Pixel XL successor. If you didn’t already know, HTC made the first Pixel line.

Instagram’s Archive feature now rolling out to everyone
Instagram’s Archive feature, which lets you store away previously-shared photos to a private section, is now rolling out to all users worldwide. Think of it as Facebook’s “Only Me” setting, which means you don’t have to delete something if you’d rather just hide it from everyone. To access it, you’ll need the latest 10.21 version of the Instagram app, on Android and iOS.

IRCTC offers Rs. 50 cashback for mVisa payments
As part of a digital payment promotion running till September 4, IRCTC is offering Rs. 50 cashback to travellers who use the new mVisa payment option. To do so, you’ll need to first get the mVisa app on your smartphone, link your Visa debit/credit card, and then scan the mVisa QR code on the IRCTC website.

Uber CEO takes indefinite leave, and Yahoo CEO steps down after Verizon takeover
Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has decided to take time away from the company, after a months-long internal investigation pointed out the various flaws in Uber’s work culture. In an email to staff, he said he needed to become a better leader to run the highly-valued Silicon Valley startup.

Meanwhile, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ended her five-year reign after her position was made redundant due to Verizon’s completion of its takeover of the once Internet giant. She will receive a compensation package estimated to be worth about $125 million (roughly Rs. 804 crores).

 

Flipkart Fashion Days Sale: Top 5 offers and big discounts on clothes, bags, footwear, makeup that you cannot afford to miss

The first-of-its-kind nine day fashion sale by online shopping website Flipkart, ‘Fashion Days Sale’ begins today and there is something for all kinds of fashion addicts. The end-of-season sale that will go on till June 18, has some pretty steep discounts on some of the biggest brands of fashion clothing and accessories. Products like jeans, t-shirts, tops, dresses, sports wear for both men and women, sunglasses, watches and even , bags, sports accessories and footwear from brands like Addidas and others, are on sale at Flipkart.

Here are some of the deals that you just can’t afford to miss today:

1. Upto 60 per cent discount on makeup and beauty products from Maybelline, Lakme and other top brands. Products like foundation, eye liner, mascara, lipsticks, eye shades, nail polishes and even makeup brushes are available at huge discounts.

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2. Upto 70 per cent off on travel and trolley bags, suitcases, backpacks and handbags from Giordano.

3. Skmei, Sanda, S Shock and other sports watches are available for under Rs 999, starting from as low as Rs 470. The sale also features fashion watches from Timex and Fastrack at discounts that go up to as much as 80 per cent.

4. Running, hiking, trekking and other heavy duty and normal sports shoes from Wildcraft, Nike, Fila, Adidas, Reebok, are also available on discounts that go up to 50 per cent.

5. Casual tops for women start from Rs 300, with discounts of as much as 70 per cent. There is a discount of upto 50 per cent on women’s tunics as well.

There are additional discounts for payments application Phone Pe and also HDFC customers who use the shopping card to make purchases. The sale is expected to rake in big monies for the website that is looking to clear its stocks with this end-of-season sale. The website has done something different this time, by curating wardrobes according to preferences of shoppers with sections like Diva, Workaholic, Sports Guru, etc.