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Apple Puts DND App on its App Store

Unwanted calls were tackled with TRAI's initial release of DND which Google allowed in its Google Play Store back in 2016

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Apple puts a spam-filtering app “Do Not Disturb” on its iOS App Store, months after regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) threatened to ban iPhones if the firm did not approve the app by January 2019.

“Fed up with years of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, India’s telecom regulator TRAI threatened in July to ban iPhones from the country’s cellular networks.

“With that deadline fast approaching, an Apple spokesperson in India has confirmed that the app became available today in the iOS App Store,” the VentureBeat reported late on Friday.

The app, called “TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb”, aims to help Indian users curb unsolicited marketing phone calls and text messages, an issue that has become hugely problematic in the past few years.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Unwanted calls were tackled with TRAI’s initial release of DND which Google allowed in its Google Play Store back in 2016.

However, Cupertino-based Apple wouldn’t allow the app to be released to iOS users, citing privacy concerns, though it agreed to cooperate on a version of the app that wouldn’t share a user’s call or message logs with Indian authorities, the report added.

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It was not clear if the current version of “TRAI DND-Do Not Disturb” app released in the Apple App Store implements additional privacy protections beyond what was originally devised by the TRAI.

The registration process appears to leverage the SMS/Call Reporting framework Apple recently introduced into iOS, tying reporting directly into the Phone and Messages applications and sharing only specific spam content with authorities, the report said. (IANS)

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Samsung Competes Apple, Launches Stores and Expand Retail Footprints in US

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its "Unpacked" event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and "Galaxy S10".

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Samsung's retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

Keeping in line with the prevailing competition with Apple, Samsung is planning to inaugurate three full-scale stores in Los Angeles, New York and Houston on February 20, aiming to expand its retail footprint in the US, Apple Insider reported.

Samsung intends to allow users to try and buy its products ranging from smartphones to Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and televisions via these retail stores.

Much like Apple Stores, the South Korean giant plans on providing in-person customer support along with walk-in repairs available for mobile devices.

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Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. Pixabay

Up until now, Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. This move comes at a time when Apple is coping with declining iPhone sales, driven mostly by tough competition in China from local smartphone makers.

“Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. It remains to be seen whether Samsung would be able to cultivate an equal or superior level of support and whether or not will enough people choose to shop at outlets instead of online or at the many third-party vendors that carry Samsung gears,” the report said.

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Due to low traffic and poor response, the company failed in its attempts at retail expansion in the UK and withdrew quickly.

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and “Galaxy S10”, the report noted. (IANS)