Micromax Bharat 5 launched in India, WhatsApp down, World AIDS Day, and more: Daily News Wrap

Here’s a look at the top news stories of the day.

  • Updated: December 2, 2017 12:35 PM IST

Micromax launched its entry-level Bharat 5 smartphone in India today. The smartphone runs Android Nougat OS, and sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC paired with 1GB RAM. The smartphone has a 5-megapixel camera on the front and back, along with an LED flash. The Micromax Bharat 5 has a 5,000mAh battery, which the company claims to deliver up to two days of battery life, and a standby time of up to three weeks. Micromax Bharat 5 is priced at Rs 5,555 in India, and it will be made available to buy via offline stores in the country.

WhatsApp outage

People in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America and the US reported that their WhatsApp was briefly down and users were facing issues in sending and receiving messages. The company, however, said that after a brief outage, the services have resumed. Not just WhatsApp, but Facebook Messenger users also reported that they are having troubles in sending and receiving messages.

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 every year. To mark the same, Apple has a dedicated its App Store’s ‘Today’ page for World AIDS Day. Apple’s contribution is its partnership with non-profit organisation RED. Apple also says that in 11 years, its “customers have helped provide an equivalent of 475 million days of lifesaving medication”.

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Apple to build its own power management chips

Apple reportedly wants to take more control in manufacturing hardware, particularly for the iPhone. The move would reduce Apple’s dependence on the Anglo-German chipmaker, which itself is heavily reliant on the smartphone industry and has been trying to diversify its customer base. Power management chips handle tasks like iPhone charging, battery life management, and energy consumption.

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Ola Pedal

Ola cabs has announced that after a brief testing for a month, they are all set to introduce a new service, called Ola Pedal in India soon. Ola claims it to be India’s first-of-its-kind bicycle sharing service. On booking the bicycles via the app, users will be provided with a code, which they can use to unlock the service. The pricing and availability details about the smartphone are not yet know.

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  • Published Date: December 1, 2017 9:35 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 2, 2017 12:35 PM IST