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Now, you can get discounts at restaurants through Google Maps

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Google Maps on Thursday introduced three new features for Indian users to help them discover local experiences and get recommendations that are personalised for better dining experience, including an “Offers” section to help users find deals and claim them at restaurants in 11 cities.

Users will be able to find deals and claim them at restaurants across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Hyderabad, Google said.

The “Offer” feature is being launched in partnership with Eazy Diner, where users can now find offers from over 4,000 restaurants, with more categories and partners coming soon, Google said.

To use this feature, users can simply tap the “Offers” shortcut in the “Explore” tab or filter for restaurants with offers.

Starting from Thursday, Google Maps users will get exclusive access to Eazy Diner Prime offers for 15 days, across over 1,500 restaurants, with a guaranteed discount of at least 25% on all of them, Google said.

The other two new features introduced by Google Maps include a redesigned, India-inspired “Explore” tab and a new “For You” experience.

“We’ve heard that Indian Maps users prefer a more assistive and visual browsing experience that is easy to access. To reflect this, we have a redesigned, India-focused Explore tab, the For You feature, and dining Offers,” said Krish Vitaldevara, Director, Google Maps.

“This will help Google Maps users discover a new side to their city, whether looking for things to do around town, getting offers on dining out, or getting recommendations that are personalized to their unique tastes,” Vitaldevara added.

The “Explore” tab has been a one-tap route to getting suggestions on dining, events, and things to do in the area being viewed in Google Maps.

Now, based on top queries and the way people interact with Google Maps in India, seven new shortcuts have been added to the Explore tab: restaurants, petrol pumps, ATMs, offers, shopping, hotels, and chemists. Using Machine Learning, Google Maps automatically identifies the top suggestions across these categories in every city.

Users can now explore popular neighbourhoods in their city by simply tapping the arrow beside “Explore Nearby” and making a selection. Apart from exploring their own city, users can also look up other Indian cities by searching the city name.

The ‘For You’ tab serves users information on new restaurants, trending places, and personalised recommendations tailored to their interests.

This feature also uses the ‘Your Match’ score, which uses Machine Learning to combine what Google Maps know about millions of places with the information a user has added like restaurants rated, cuisines liked, and places visited.

The first time a user launches this feature they can select areas/localities they are interested in, and get more personalized and relevant recommendations over time.

Users can now also follow a business and get relevant updates, news on events and stay on top of offers they post to the For You tab.

The “For You” tab offers a simple, assistive experience to help discover the city with a single tap — and it will continue to improve over time, Google said.

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Reliance Jio Fiber vs Airtel Fiber: Who offers the best base monthly plan

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Reliance Jio is looking to disrupt the broadband segment in India the way as it did with mobile service in 2016. With Reliance Jio Fiber, the company is offering up to 1Gbps of speed, free smart TVs with select annual data plans, and lots more. Rival Airtel is also now offering up to 1Gbps along with a new Xstream hardware-software platform. Let’s compare the two operators’ entry-level monthly broadband plans.

Reliance Jio Fiber

Reliance Jio Fiber’s entry-level monthly plan, categorised as Bronze, is priced at Rs 699. The plan comes with 100Mbps data speed with 100GB data per month. The plan is bundled with 50GB additional data which will be available for six months. The company is also bundling Rs 1,200 worth TV video calling/conferencing platform, Rs 1,200 worth gaming, home networking (content sharing at home and outside), Rs 999 worth Norton device security platform.

With Reliance Jio Fiber Rs 699 plan you get Welcome Offer devices – Jio Home Gateaway (worth Rs 5,000) and Jio 4K set-top-box (Rs 6,400). Users will also get access to’s JioCinema and JioSaavn for three months. Users also get free landline calling service as well.

Airtel Fiber Airtel’s base plan, also known as Basic plan, is priced at Rs 799. The plan comes with up to 40Mbps of data speed along with unlimited local and STD calling. Airtel is also offering 100GB data with this plan along with 200GB bonus data which is valid for six months. Airtel Basic plan is also eligible for Airtel Thanks Benefit. Airtel is bundling Xstream platform with the plan, unlike its other premium plans which have free access to Amazon Prime, Zee5 Premium, and Netflix.

Bottomline,

Reliance Jio is clearly offering lots more than Airtel’s. You get free DTH and higher data speed as well. Customers, however, have to make one-time payment for the installation of Rs 2,500. Airtel offers free installation of its broadband connection.

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OnePlus 7 and other smart devices you can buy at iPhone 11’s price in India

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Apple’s new iPhones are here and so are the good old kidney jokes. Apple seems to have learned its lesson about the pricing and has launched iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max at the same price as the last year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

For the iPhone XR successor, Apple has launched iPhone 11 at a lower launch price. This, however, hasn’t stopped the memes from flooding the internet. Just for the kicks, let’s check out what smart gadgets you can buy at iPhone 11’s price in India.

Total budget: Rs 64,900

OnePlus 7

Price: Rs 32,999

OnePlus 7 is one of the best affordable premium smartphones you can buy. The smartphone comes with Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The smartphone has a 6.41-inch display with full HD+ resolution and in-screen fingerprint sensor. OnePlus 7 comes with dual-rear cameras including 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. It comes with a 3,700mAh battery.

Remaining budget: Rs 31,901

Shinco 32-inch HD TV

Price: Rs 8,999

Shinco Smart LED TV SO32AS comes with 32-inch HD ready display with a 178-degree viewing angle. The smart TV runs on Android and supports OTT platforms. The TV has 3 HDMI ports, 2USB ports, 20W sound output, quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB ROM. The product has 4.3 ratings out of 5 on Amazon India.

Remaining budget: Rs 22,902

Amazon Echo Show 5

Price: Rs 8,999

Amazon recently launched Echo Show 5 in India. It’s a smart speaker with a 5.5-inch display. The smart home speaker comes with HD camera, hands-free video calling, built-in shutter, MediaTek processor, and a 1.65-inch built-in speaker. It also supports a 3.5 mm stereo audio output for external speakers. Echo Show 5 is also Amazon’s cheapest smart speaker with display in India.

Remaining budget: Rs 13,903

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Price: Rs 3,999

Don’t have a smart TV? Amazon’s Fire TV stick is the easiest way you can convert any modern TV into a smart TV. Amazon Fire TV stick brings to access to all major OTT platforms such as Netflix, JioSaavn, and Hotstar to your big screen. Amazon Fire TV also supports YouTube application. The latest Fire TV stick remote comes with Alexa voice remote as well.

Remaining budget: Rs 9,904

Tile tracker

Price: Rs 2,499

Always forget where did you keep your wallet or keys? You can consider using Tile, a Bluetooth-based tracking device that allows you to locate your everyday item through an application. You can also use the device to ping your smartphone. The Tile tracking device has a range of 45 meters. The device is quite easy to use.

Remaining budget: Rs 7,405

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Price: Rs 1,999

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is one of the most popular fitness bands in India. The device comes with a heart rate sensor, a 3-axis accelerometer along with other fitness-focused sensors. It’s compatible with devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 or higher. Other key features of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 include 0.78 inch OLED display and 110mAh battery.

Remaining budget: Rs 5,406

Xiaomi Mi Home Security

Price: Rs 2,699

Xiaomi Mi Home Security is a portable smart home security camera. It comes with a 360-degree rotating camera module and supports Talkback. It also allows you to watch the stream at 1080p resolution on your Mi Home app. Other key features of Mi Home Security include Infrared Night Vision, motion detector, and compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

Remaining budget Rs 2,707

Reliance Jio Fiber installation fee

Price: Rs 2,500

Reliance Jio Fiber is now available for everyone in India. Users can get a new Reliance Jio Fiber connection for Rs 2,500. The installation fee includes a security deposit of Rs 1,500 and a non-refundable installation charge of Rs 1,000. The monthly base plan for Reliance Jio Fiber starts at Rs 699.

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Apple iPhone 11: Five reasons why you should wait for iPhone 2020 smartphones

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Apple will introduce three new iPhones at its Special Event on September 10. The latest iPhone 11 lineup is set to come with some important updates including a faster processor, better cameras, and new software features.

Even though there will be some big changes, such as triple-rear cameras, iPhone 11 series is most likely to retain a lot of features from the predecessors, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. The upcoming features may sound like a big upgrade for users with older generation iPhone users, but for iPhone X and above users, iPhone 2019 may not have a lot to offer.

If you’re looking to buy the new iPhone 11 series, here are five key things you should consider:

Better displays and design

Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are likely to come with the same screen size as the current iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max smartphones. The 2020 iPhones, however, are reportedly going to offer a more compact form factor. According to reports, all three iPhones launching next year will come with OLED screens. Currently, Apple offers one LCD model (iPhone XR) and two OLED models (iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max). The screen refresh rate will also be improved to switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate. Apple is said to be working with LG and Samsung to deliver quick and ultra-smooth displays next year.

5G compatibility

Don’t want your iPhone to get obsolete in less than two years? 5G has begun rolling out in the US and Europe. Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei have already introduced 5G compatible smartphones this year. Apple is going to miss the 5G mobile race this year following its dispute (now resolved) with Qualcomm. Apple had to work with Intel for the 5G mobile chip but evidently has failed to build one before the iPhone 11 launch. While Apple is going to source Qualcomm chips for some more years, it’s now looking to build own 5G chips. High speed 5G is going to be a big miss on Apple’s iPhone 11.

3D Camera

We already know that Apple is going to bring major camera upgrades this year. The OLED iPhone 11 models will have triple-rear cameras including a wide-angle sensor. The iPhone XR2 aka iPhone 11 will also come with dual-rear cameras. Even though it seems a big upgrade over the predecessor, Apple is stepping up the camera game with its 2020 models. According to reports, at least two Apple iPhone 2020 models will come with a dedicated 3D depth sensor. The company is said to be working with Sony which has already increased the production of next-generation 3D sensors

Return of Touch ID

One of the biggest features expected on the Apple iPhone 2020 is the Touch ID. Next year’s Apple iPhone models will come will full-screen Touch ID allowing users to unlock the phone by tapping on any part of the screen. This will be a big improvement over the current in-display fingerprint sensors found on modern iPhones.

Others

Apple iPhone 2020 is expected to run on a more powerful A13 chipset. According to reports, chipset partner TSMC is working on 5nm processor, much more compact than the current A13 7m processors. The smartphone is likely to run on a more efficient, A14 processor.

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