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By Namerah S
Amazon India partners with Mahindra Electric for deliveries in seven cities
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Amazon India has announced a new partnership with local electric vehicle maker Mahindra Electric. The two are working together to enable delivery through electronic vehicles in India. It is also part of Amazon's commitment to the Indian government and its "Make in India" campaign, similar to the recent decision made by the company to start manufacturing some Amazon products locally.
The managing director and CEO of Mahindra Electric, Mahesh Babu, commented on the company's partnership with Amazon India:
In 2020, the tech giant made a pledge to deploy 10,000 electronic vehicles in the Indian region by the yea 2025. The alliance with Mahindra Electric will supply its Mahindra Treo Zor vehicles which resemble rickshaws quite a bit as part of this promised fleet. The Mahindra Treo Zor electric vehicles have already started making deliveries in seven cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow and New Delhi.
Image source: Mahindra Electric
TWIRL 1: SpaceX set to launch 60 Starlink satellites this week
by Paul Hill
'This Week in Rocket Launches' is a new weekly series that aims to bring you a round-up of all the planned rocket launches over the coming week. With India, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States all sending missions to Mars and private companies like SpaceX inserting Starlink satellites into Earth’s orbit, the occurrence of rocket launches is pretty frequent. Streams to upcoming launches will be provided where possible but some space agencies only post videos after launch.
This week, there are five rocket launches from China, India, Iran, Russia, and SpaceX. There’s nothing super exciting such as human flights this week, instead, all of the missions are concerned with getting various satellites into orbit. The launch with the most delays is the SpaceX mission which planned to fly in November, December, January 27, 29-31, February 1-5, 7, 16, and 17 - hopefully, it gets off the ground this week to take a batch of Starlink satellites into the Earth's orbit.
The first launch will come sometime on Monday in China. A Long March CZ-4C rocket will take the Yaogan 31 Group 03 satellites into orbit where they will perform electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. It’s unclear what time the launch is slated for but the Long March rocket will take off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and if we see any footage it will be after the event.
The next launch is slated for Thursday, this time from the Islamic Republic of Iran which is using its Simorgh rocket to carry the Pars 1 satellite into orbit. The mission will launch from the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center in Semnan after it was delayed last year. Pars 1 has been described as the country’s most advanced remote-sensing satellite and will apparently monitor the country’s agricultural lands, forest and lakes, as well as help estimate the damage from fires and floods that occur.
SpaceX is up on Friday at 2:40 AM UTC (Thursday 21:41 PM local time). A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will take 60 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit and further boost the firm’s satellite internet coverage which it recently began opening up to customers. The YouTube channel CosmoSapiens already has a YouTube event lined up so feel free to set a reminder, you might also get to watch the launch directly on SpaceX’s YouTube channel and SpaceX’s launch page.
After SpaceX’s launch, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, will launch a Soyuz 2.1b rocket carrying the first Arktika-M remote sensing and communications satellite that will be used for weather forecasting and monitoring the environment in the Arctic region. The 2.1-tonne payload will sit in a highly elliptical 12-hour Molniya orbit and carry a multi-spectral imager for hydro-meteorological studies and rescue system transmitters for cases where emergency communications are needed. The mission has been delayed several times since 2018 but as long as the weather is good, the dependable Soyuz rocket should take off successfully on Sunday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
The final launch of the week comes from Sriharikota in India. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry the Amazonia 1 satellite as well as three CubeSats: Anand, Saditsat, and Unitysat. Amazonia 1 is a Brazilian satellite that’s equipped with an optical camera to monitor environmental conditions in the Amazon. This launch was originally scheduled for September and February 22 but hopefully, it lifts off on the 28th.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung Galaxy A12 will be available for purchase in India from February 17
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung introduced the Galaxy A12 in the UK last month along with the Galaxy A32 5G and Galaxy A02s after unveiling the phone in Singapore earlier in January. Today, the company announced that the budget device is coming to India as well.
The entry-level device will be available to purchase starting on February 17 in two memory configurations, unlike its Singapore version that can only be purchased in one variant. The 4GB/64GB variant will cost ₹12,999 (approximately $178) while the 4GB/128GB variant is priced at ₹13,999 (approximately $192).
You can purchase the Galaxy A12 from Samsung's partner retail stores and its own online marketplace as well as via other major e-commerce stores. The phone will also be up for grabs via several financing plans with no upfront cost. For Reliance Jio customers, their Galaxy A12 purchase can get them up to ₹7,000 of benefits including a ₹3,000 cashback on ₹349 prepaid recharge and vouchers worth ₹4,000. Vi customers can get twice the data benefits on ₹299 recharges for three months.
As a quick recap, the device is powered by a Mediatek Helio P35 SoC and it runs Android 10 with One UI Core 2.5. It sports a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display with an 8MP selfie camera. At its back, there's a quad-camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor, 5MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging.
The phone also features a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung noted that the phone's Indian launch marks the debut of the first Galaxy A handset in the country so far this year, following the Indian launch of the Galaxy M02 earlier this month.
By Namerah S
Amazon India to make products like Fire TV Stick devices locally
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Amazon India has announced that the company will soon start manufacturing Fire TV Stick devices and similar products in the region. The move comes as a result of the Indian government's "Make in India" movement.
The manufacturing contract has been awarded to a Foxconn-subsidiary called Cloud Network Technology which is located in Chennai. and start production later this year. According to Amazon, hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick products might be made yearly depending on the local demand for the devices. Production is slated to begin at a later point this year.
Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Indian minister for communications, electronics and IT as well as law and justice, spoke to Amazon India's senior vice president and country head, Amit Agarwal, about the tech giant's decision. Speaking of the talks held between the parties, Prasad commented:
Agarwal also released a statement revisiting Amazon's previously announced commitment to invest $1 billion in the Indian economy to help digitize ten million SMEs. The move was announced in January when Amazon India signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Karnataka.
The deal aims to put local businesses on the global map and enable them to tap international markets, bringing in $10 billion from exports. In addition, Amazon India also pledged that by the year 2025, it will create one million job positions in the Indian region. These initiatives were taken in collaboration with the Indian government to increase e-commerce exports.
By Abhay V
Samsung's Galaxy F62 brings Note10's Exynos 9825 SoC, 7,000mAH battery for ₹23,999
by Abhay Venkatesh
Samsung today announced the Galaxy F62, a new mid-range smartphone for the Indian market. The device’s specs are headlined by a massive 7,000mAh battery and an Exynos 9825 processor. The offering starts at an asking price of ₹23,999 ($330 USD), a sweet-spot for the Indian mid-range market.
The Galaxy F62 features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display with a 2400 x 1080 FullHD+ resolution. The front of the device houses a 32MP front-facing shooter. At the back, the phone sports a quad-camera setup that includes a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle unit, and dual 5MP macro and depth sensors.
The more interesting parts of the F62 spec sheet include the processor and battery capacity. The device is powered by an Exynos 9825 SoC built on the 7nm EUV technology, the firm’s late-2019 flagship chipset that debuted with the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+. The South Korean giant touts the prowess of the processor and its Mali G76 MP12 GPU as being optimal for gaming – aided by the massive 7,000mAh battery that supports USB Type-C to Type-C reverse wired charging. The SoC also brings with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which helps with AI-based enhancements to image processing and more.
As for other specs, the device ships with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 out of the box. Biometric authentication options include a power button-mounted fingerprint sensor. Software features include Single Take and AltZLife, a feature that switches the phone to “private mode” and hides personal information inside the Secure Folder, triggered double clicking the power key.
The F62 is from the series of F-branded devices from the company sells through Flipkart – an Indian e-commerce giant – and select offline retailers. The device shares a lot in common with the Galaxy M51 sold on Amazon.in, a similarly priced mid-range offering. However, the inclusion of the Exynos 9825 SoC greatly improves the credentials of the F62 in comparison with not just the M51, but other competing offerings from the likes of Xiaomi in the same price point.
The Galaxy F62 launches on February 22 on Flipkart.com for an asking price of ₹23,999 ($330 USD)for the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant. Those wanting the 8GB RAM variant will have to shell out ₹25,999 ($358 USD). The internal storage, however, is capped to 128GB since the phone features expandable storage up to 1TB – a feature that has seemingly been removed from the company’s latest flagships. There are additional introductory offers on Flipkart such as the Flipkart Smart Upgrade Program that allow for users to pay 70% upfront, and the remaining 30% if the choose to keep the device instead of upgrading to another Galaxy phone.
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