Apple To Give Free AirPods With iPhone 11

If you’ve been planning to buy an iPhone 11 soon, then Apple has a gift in store for you if you buy the smartphone from its Indian online store. For the iPhone 11 customers, Apple will be giving the AirPods for free along with the phone as a part of its Diwali offer. The accessory will be given for free from October 17th on the official Apple India online store. 

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The new deal comes at the perfect time right before the Diwali sale season as the company’s online store went live last month. The website is a dedicated place for customers in India to buy directly from Apple and if you want to know more about all the offers and benefits, check out our detailed report here. The website offers trade-in offers, hands-on customer service and other benefits customers can avail from the online store. 

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Apart from getting the free AirPods during the festive season, customers can also get the custom engraving done on products like the AirPods, iPad, and Apple Pencil from October 17th onwards. The iPhone 11 retails on Apple’s website for Rs 68,300 for the base variant and alongside a new purchase of the phone, customers will get the second generation of AirPods for free that retails for Rs 14,900 in India. 

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It is worth pointing out that e-commerce websites like Amazon will also be offering the iPhone 11 for Rs 50,000 during its festive sale event, however customers will not bet getting free AirPods along with the smartphone. However, it would be still cheaper to buy the iPhone 11 from Amazon at Rs 50,000 and get yourself a pair of AirPods instead of buying from Apple’s online store. Having said that, iPhone deals on Amazon do not last as

Google Is About To Give Your Chromebook A Major Screenshot Boost

It looks increasingly likely that Google will soon roll out a built-in screen recorder and improved screenshot feature for millions of Chromebooks. 

Last month Chrome Story spotted a reference to a built-in screen recorder feature for Chrome OS that popped up in the Chromium Gerrit. Today, Chrome Unboxed found a partially functional version of the feature in the Canary channel of Chrome OS, which is a development channel where new, not widely tested (and possibly buggy or unfinished), Chrome OS features can be trailed.

The new capture mode adds an icon to the Chrome OS taskbar, which gives users options to screen record or screen capture. In a video, Chrome Unboxed showed off how exactly the new features work, including options to take movable screenshots and resize them. Users can also capture a specific window. 

Screen recording is also a major update for Chromebook users who currently rely on third party extensions to capture videos. The experimental feature doesn’t work in its current state, but the mostly complete interface is clear to see. There’s no information on when the new capture options will be rolled out, but this is the feature’s second reference in just over a month.  Google also introduced native screen recording in Android 11, which started landing on Pixel phones last month.  

The benefits of improved screen capture options are obvious as more schools and students adopt Chromebooks. That’s even more true during a pandemic as teachers and students work and learn from home. 

But I suspect capturing high-quality clips of video games will be one of the more popular uses of the new feature. Google has dramatically boosted the Chromebook’s gaming abilities in the last few months. The search company rolled out

Give Kids the Best Start Possible with New HOMER Learn & Grow Personalized Early Learning Program

HOMER expands beyond proven learn-to-read app with comprehensive essential early learning program for children aged 2-8

Today, HOMER, the essential early learning program for young children, introduced its completely reimagined comprehensive learning platform, HOMER Learn & Grow. Building on the success of HOMER Reading, the only app proven to increase early reading scores by 74% with just 15 minutes per day, HOMER Learn & Grow takes kids on a personalized learning journey that grows with them as they boost their confidence across vital subject areas including reading, math, social-emotional, creativity and thinking skills.

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“This has been an extremely challenging year for parents as they were thrust into the role of teaching and grappling with how to ensure their kids aren’t missing out on critical developmental skills. Nearly 60% of parents polled said they were equally terrified and motivated to know that the early years matter most, admitting it’s also hard to discern what’s effective in a sea of mostly edu-tainment options,” said Stephanie Dua, co-founder and president of HOMER. “HOMER aims to alleviate some of this stress by supporting families with a comprehensive expert-designed program focused on both essential school and life skills.”

HOMER’s essential early learning program offers families a unique combination of school-grade efficacy and entertainment-like engagement to give kids the best start to their learning journey.

Key features include:

  • Comprehensive Early Learning Program: Playful learning activities across subject areas including reading, math, social-emotional learning, creativity and thinking skills.

  • Personalized Learning Journey: Interactive lessons, stories and activities are personalized by age, stage and interests, growing with your child and building confidence through new skills kids are proud of and parents can see. HOMER Learn & Grow also features hundreds of stories and characters your

Twitch Rolls Out Soundtrack Beta To Give Streamers Rights-Cleared Music

Licensed music has been an issue for many streamers in the past, with takedown notices coming from rights holders and making certain games complicated to stream or post videos of. It’s made streaming games with big licensed soundtracks, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, difficult. Twitch is testing a solution to this issue, an app called Soundtrack By Twitch that will allow streamers to play license-cleared music in their streams.

In a blog post, Twitch has detailed Soundtrack, which has an interface very similar to Spotify. “Soundtrack gives you a curated collection of rights-cleared music and integrates with your streaming software to separate your audio sources, allowing you to keep your channel safe while you create compelling content and grow as a creator,” the post says.

Artists currently available, according to the blog, include Above & Beyond, mxmtoon, Porter Robinson, RAC, SwuM, “and many more”. Claude Von Stroke, Cloudchord, Chrome Sparks, and Tia Nomore are also listed on the Soundtrack website.

The current beta is compatible with OBS Studio v26.0 or later, and compatibility with Twitch Studio and Streamlabs OBS is planned. Streamers can join a waitlist now, and invites to the program will be sent out over email.

This is an issue that streaming platforms seem to be increasingly aware of–Facebook Gaming also recently licensed a bunch of music for streamers. Microsoft, meanwhile, closed down its streaming service Mixer earlier this year.

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NAB to give businesses access to real-time analytics

National Australia Bank (NAB) has announced it has partnered with cloud-based platform Pollinate to provide small businesses access to real-time sales analytics to help them better manage their businesses.

Through Pollinate, businesses will be able to view their sales data, track average transaction value, compare day periods, and filter by payment type.

“Real-time data that delivers greater insights into what customers want, when and how they want it, can be transformative to a small business,” NAB group executive business and private banking Andrew Irvine said.

“Leveraging Pollinate’s platform, NAB will give businesses the information they need to make decisions about their daily sales at their fingertips.”

Pollinate, which NAB will also be a minority investor in, is scheduled to be rolled out across its customer network next year, following a pilot that will run in March.

Read more: How NAB is taking Australia’s skills shortage into its own hands (TechRepublic)

Additionally, NAB has also announced it will roll out merchant choice routing for business customers later this year.

Merchant choice routing will enable contactless payments to be processed via a merchant’s network of choice — whether that’s Eftpos, Mastercard, or Visa — for a flat price of 1.15%.

The bank boasted that the introduction of merchant choice routing would replace 10 separate pricing plans, while also bringing savings to businesses that process contactless payments.

“Contactless payments are part of our daily lives with more than 400,000 ‘tap and go’ transactions taking place every day in Australia. Automating least cost routing ensures competition in the market while giving small businesses greater control over their expenses,” Irvine said. 

Earlier this month, the red and black bank announced the migration of its NAB Connect platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

NAB Connect is touted by the bank as a solution for businesses