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Important: Internationally Bought iPhones May Get Warranty In India, But Not Insurance

Even since I came across Raju PP’s post on how Apple has expanded warranty coverage in India for iPhones bought abroad, social media is full of posts about how people are going to import their iPhone X from the US (Rs. 73,000 incl. tax starting versus Rs. 89,000 in India) or any other country where its cheaper. While that might save you money now, there is one essential aspect that people  forget is that internationally bought iPhone won’t be eligible for insurance in India. At launch getting a  broken iPhone 7 Plus swapped cost around 34,000 INR, and the repair price for the iPhone X will certainly be even greater.  Given Apple’s reliability otherwise, insurance may be more important than warranty alone.

As a matter of policy, all major providers like Syska or New India etc require a bill issued in India before they sell you coverage. Therefore the only hope is if you purchase Apple Care from the country the phone was bought. But even that doesn’t guarantee that damage related incidents will be covered in another country, its a grey area. The Apple Care US policy seems to restrict coverage internationally, but Apple Australia seems to permit it. Therefore this option is also a hit or miss situation.

Just something you should know before you pull the trigger.

How to replace the ‘Connect’ tab in Apple Music with ‘Playlists’

A component of Apple Music that really differentiates it from other solutions is its ‘Apple Connect’ functionality that lets you follow your favourite artists, in what feels like a mashup of following them on Twitter and Facebook, but in one timeline.

However, a lot of us simply won’t use it that much, and it would be so much easier if it were possible to replace that handy shortcut with ‘Playlists’, a tab you’ll use far more frequently. It is.

To do so goto Settings>General>Restrictions and enable restrictions, if you haven’t already.  From that screen simply disable ‘Apple Music Connect’.

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Apple Music India: Detailed First Impressions

After months of waiting, Apple Music is finally here. With a simultaneous launch across a 100 countries, Apple is really making a splash in the music streaming space. iTunes has long been the preferred destination for people looking to buy music, and Apple has had a huge catalogue, but the streaming business is a whole new game.

Enter the world of customised playlists, live radios, complex algorithms to learn what a user likes, and then offer similar music and so on. At the end, it also comes down to localisation. Music is far from a one size fits all ball game, infact, music is one of the most diverse mediums of expression, and Apple’s solution is to humanise it. Not rely on technology too much, but get real humans to curate music.

That said, here is a look at what Apple Music has to offer to the people of India. The subscription is far cheaper than the global eqvivalent of 9.99$, and is just Rs. 120 a month, with the family plan running Rs 190. This is just slightly more expensive than what Airtel’s Wynk, Saavn or the Gaana streaming services offer. However, the fact that it comes with a 3 month free trial, should be enough to get most people hooked, afterall it also brings the ability to download songs for offline listening, a must have for bandwidth cautious India.

Here is a first look at Apple Music India.

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Demo: Active Share In A Tizen Powered Home

A very cool demo of Active Share in a connected home powered by Tizen. You can starting watching a movie on the TV, that is stored on your phone and seamlessly transition to watching it on the refrigerator, and back to the TV when you’re done with the kitchen. You can also playback media stored on the phone wirelessly to the fridge or the TV.

The refrigerator that you see is a prototype based Tizen and Tizen powered TVs are expected to become commercially available in 2015.

Highlights: Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai 2014

The story of Tizen has been filled with ups and downs. Just when you think that the OS ready for prime time, there is something or the other that prevents that. At first the Samsung and Google’s broad ranging patent agreement threatened to put a shadow over it, but at the last Tizen Developer Conference in June, Samsung took the wraps off the brand new Samsung Z. Since then it has also announced other Tizen products such as the Gear S smartwatch and NX 1 camera. It is another matter that Samsung decided not to release the smartphone, as the ecosystem to support it wasn’t ready yet. One advantage that Tizen does enjoy is that while Samsung’s smartphone efforts may be on the proverbial backfoot, it is also an OS for TV’s, cameras, smart homes and more.

Tizen Summit Shanghai

With that backdrop, we step into the Tizen Developer Summit, Shanghai. The Tizen Association just announced that 16 new companies have signed up, taking the total number of members to over a hundred. More highlights below.

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[Updated] Airtel’s 4G LTE policies are a joke on the consumer

Since Airtel’s 4G launch, a recent court ruling allows intra circle 3G roaming, and operators can offer 3G services in states where they do not own spectrum by getting into agreements with one another. So if you are an Airtel 4G customer, you would think that you will finally have access to high speed internet across the country, even while roaming, akin to what Airtel’s 3G customers now enjoy? Wrong.

Turns out if you are a 4G customer, you can only roam on Airtel’s 4G network for free – which is less than 5 cities in the entire country. So for example if I go to Delhi where Airtel has had 3G services for years, I will not be able to jump from 4G here in Chandigarh to 3G in Delhi, but will be kicked down to EDGE! This is despite paying a premium for the 4G service. The sheer absurdity of this policy is that it includes states where Airtel even has its own 3G network.

This doesn’t stand to logic, as 3G customers in one region enjoy 3G services in other circles while roaming for free, and you would think Airtel would keep the same policies for 4G users as well. So I called customer care, wondering why I wasn’t getting 3G coverage in Delhi?

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