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Apple's plans to rollout Apple Stores in India have been thrown into doubt following the rejection by the Indian government of a special exemption request. Under Indian regulations, companies seeking to open single-brand stores in the country must stock their stores with a minimum 30 percent of products either manufactured in, or produced, in the country. The news is potentially embarrassing for Apple's senior hierarchy, a number of whom were recently in India on a charm offensive, which culminated in a meeting between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi.
In one interview given to an Indian television network, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that the iPhone was "overpriced" in India, saying that he wanted consumers there to be be able to buy iPhones "at a price that looks like the US price." He also talked again about the desire to invest further in India, praising the talent the company wants to invest in. In the StartupFest interview that took place earlier today in Amsterdam, Cook shot down the idea of Apple creating its own "piggyback" carrier network for iPhone users.
Apple CEO has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the two discussing Apple's plans for India and the opportunities this presents for the Indian tech sector and economy in a get-together on Saturday local time. Cook also helped launch Modi's updated iPhone app, which prompted the Indian PM to take to Twitter to express his delight at the gesture. Also discussed were issues around cyber security and data encryption, reports The Times of India.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has continued his tour of India with a new television interview. Among his talking points with the show's host on India's NDTV, Cook made it clear how important the Indian market is to Apple, explaining that it is a top-five priority for the Cupertino-based company. In this latest interview, Cook also kept on point with the messages he has been reiterating throughout the week-long tour, which is that Apple is playing a long game with Asia generally, and is firmly committed to expanding its presence in the region.
Although not widely reported in the press, a number of Apple executives have accompanied Apple CEO Tim Cook on his five-day trip to India. Alongside newly-appointed head of Apple India Sanjay Kaul, Apple's COO Jeff Williams and Environmental VP Lisa Jackson have also been seen participating in events during the trip. Cook himself has taken time out to visit some cultural sites, including the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai and a cricket game, while Jackson visited a school known in the region as "The Barefoot College."
Apple CEO Tim Cook's tour of India continues, with the Apple supremo getting the full VIP rock-star-like treatment. In a series of pictures collected from across the internet by the India Express, Cook can be seen out and about on the town attending parties with Bollywood stars among other luminaries, as well as attending an Indian Premier League cricket match. Cook has managed to fit this into a hectic schedule that has included ongoing talks with everyone from meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, other government officials, heads of domestic telcos, as well as leading Indian iOS developers.
Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. The company claims that this investment will accelerate Maps development, and create up to 4,000 jobs. Across India, Apple says it supports over 640,000 iOS app developer jobs, and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, traveling in India this week, started his trip with a visit to a famous temple in Mumbai on Wednesday before meeting with prominent businessmen and the heads of the major carriers in India at the Taj Mahal Hotel. According to local media reports, Cook will also have dinner with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and meet with local government officials, such as Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Also on Cook's agenda are meetings in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Delhi during the five-day trip, including a meeting with the country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Apple is going to help software producers in India create apps for iOS devices, by establishing a Design and Development Accelerator in the country. Based in Bengaluru, said to be the center of India's startup ecosystem, the initiative aims to provide assistance to thousands of developers in producing apps for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch, teaching participants about the best practices in iOS app development and honing their skills.
Tim Cook may move on from China as soon as tomorrow, with the Apple CEO reportedly traveling from his current location in Beijing to India. Report sources claim the second leg of his tour of Asia will take him to India for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second time, with the agenda likely to cover Apple's attempts to grow in India, as well as the potential for manufacturing of Apple devices within the region.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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