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Amazon Great Republic Day Sale Begins on January 20 With Discounts on Smartphones, Electronics, TVs, More

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Amazon Great Republic Day Sale will start from January 20. It will bring discounts and offers on smartphones, consumer electronics, TVs, and more. Prime members will get early access to the sale on January 19. Customers can expect up to 40 percent off on smartphones, up to 60 percent off on electronics and accessories, up to 40 percent off on Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and more. There are discounts on offer for SBI, Bajaj Finserv, and Amazon Pay ICICI card users as well.

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Amazon announced that the Great Republic Day Sale will kick off from January 20 for regular users and from January 19 at 12am (midnight) for Prime members. It will last through January 23 and bring exciting offers and discounts on various gadgets and appliances.

Amazon Great Republic Day Sale offers

Shoppers can expect up to 40 percent off on phones and accessories. Some of the smartphone that will be discounted include OnePlus 8T, Samsung Galaxy M51, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime, iPhone 12 mini, and more.

There are discounts on mobile accessories like power banks, headsets, cables, cases, covers, and more.

Amazon Great Republic Day Sale will also have offers on over 4,000 electronics such as computer mouse, Bluetooth speakers, smartwatch models, fitness bands, laptops, TWS earphones, and more. They start from as low as Rs. 199. Amazon is also offering up to 70 percent off on video games.

In terms of large appliances, Amazon Great Republic Day Sale will see TVs starting at Rs. 6,799 and no-cost EMI options starting at 3,300 per month. You can also get Echo smart speakers at up to 40 percent off, Fire TV stick at up to 40 percent off, and Kindle ebook readers at up to Rs. 3,000 off.

Additionally, customers can get 10 percent instant discount with SBI credit cards and credit EMIs, no-cost EMI with Bajaj Finserv EMI cards, Amazon Pay ICICI Credit cards, and select debit and credit cards.


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Germany Urges Taiwan to Help Ease Auto Chip Shortage Affecting Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Others

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Germany has asked Taiwan to persuade Taiwanese manufacturers to help ease a shortage of semiconductor chips in the auto sector which is hampering its fledgling economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automakers around the world are shutting assembly lines due to problems in the delivery of semiconductors, which in some cases have been exacerbated by the former Trump administration’s actions against key Chinese chip factories.

The shortage has affected Volkswagen, Ford Motor, Subaru, Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and other car makers.

In a letter seen by Reuters on Sunday, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier asked his Taiwanese counterpart Wang Mei-hua to address the issue in talks with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). TW, the world’s largest contract chipmaker and one of Germany’s main suppliers.

“I would be pleased if you could take on this matter and underline the importance of additional semiconductor capacities for the German automotive industry to TSMC,” Altmaier wrote.

Altmaier said the aim was to enable additional capacities and deliveries of semiconductors in the short and medium term. The German automobile industry was already in direct talks with TSMC about hiking deliveries and there had been “very constructive” signals from TSMC to solve the problem, he wrote. A German economy ministry spokeswoman said it was monitoring the situation very closely and that it was in talks on the issue with the car industry.

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To reduce dependencies from Asian suppliers and avoid similar problems in the future, Berlin is now planning to increase state support to ramp up production capacities of semiconductors in Germany and Europe, the spokeswoman added. Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said it has received requests through diplomatic channels to help ease a shortage of chips for the auto sector although it was not aware of Altmaier’s letter. It said it had begun talks with domestic chip suppliers in response to requests from other countries and asked them to “provide full assistance”. “The relevant supply and demand situation is also closely related to the plans of automotive chip factories to reduce inventory during the off-season,” the ministry said.

TSMC, in a statement, said the issue of chips shortages for auto companies was very important to them.

“It is our top priority, and TSMC is working closely with our automotive customers to resolve the capacity support issues,” it said.

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Tesla Sues Former Employee for Allegedly Stealing 26,000 Confidential Files

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Tesla has sued a former employee for allegedly stealing about 26,000 confidential files in his first week of working at the company, according to a court filing seen by AFP.

The company said on Friday that within three days of being hired, software engineer Alex Khatilov “brazenly stole thousands of trade computer scripts that took Tesla years to develop” and transferred them to his personal Dropbox, a cloud storage service.

Tesla said that when confronted by Tesla’s security team, Khatilov claimed he had only transferred “a couple of personal administrative documents”, whilst trying to delete the evidence.

Khatilov told the New York Post the software files ended up in his Dropbox by mistake when he had been trying to make a backup copy of a folder on his computer.

Tesla said the files, which represented “200 man-years of work”, were extremely valuable to both the company and its competitors, as they could provide “a roadmap to copy Tesla’s innovation.”

It said Khatilov’s team made up the handful of Tesla employees – 40 out of 50,000 – that had access to the scripts, but that they “had nothing to do with his responsibilities.”

Tesla’s security team detected the file downloads on January 6, after Khatilov was hired on December 28, and confronted him via video-call as he was working from home, according to the court filing.

Tesla said during this call, Khatilov delayed sharing his screen with the team, during which time “he could be seen on videochat hurriedly deleting information from his computer.”

However, investigators were still able to view thousands of confidential files uploaded to his Dropbox, which Khatilov “claimed he somehow ‘forgot.'”

Khatilov, who told the New York Post that he was unaware he was being sued until the newspaper called him on Friday, was fired the same day.

“When it happened, I was shocked,” he was quoted as saying. “I didn’t lie (about) anything.”


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Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 May Launch in Late Q1 or Early Q2 This Year

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Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 could launch in Q1 or early Q2 of this year, a new report claims. All three of these Nokia phones have been in the news in the past with speculations around their release. While Nokia 1.4 is relatively new, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 were originally expected to launch in the third quarter of 2020. It is also possible that whenever these two Nokia phones launch, they could also be named Nokia 6.4 or Nokia 7.4.

Starting with Nokia 1.4, the phone has made its way through multiple listings, as per a report by Nokiapoweruser. The report states that the phone may launch in February. Recently, specifications and pricing for Nokia 1.4 were tipped, suggesting a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD display, a quad core processor, 1GB + 16GB storage configuration, and dual-rear camera setup. The phone is expected to be priced under EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800).

Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3, on the other hand, have been in the news for quite a while now. The report by Nokiapoweruser states that they may launch late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2021. These phones could also launch as Nokia 6.4 and Nokia 7.4.

Nokia 6.3 has been tipped in the past to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and a 24-megapixel shooter. Nokia 7.3 may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It could come with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 are expected to be backed by a 4,500mAh and a 5,000mAh battery, respectively.

Originally, the two phones were expected to launch at IFA 2020 in September. Then, it was reported that they may launch in November. Even now, Nokia or brand licensee HMD Global has not shared any information on the launch date for these phones.


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