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Google Inviting Early-stage Startups for 3rd Batch of Launchpad Accelerator India

At least 50 Indian start-ups have benefited from the programme till date

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google on Monday said it is inviting early-stage startups to apply for its third batch of Launchpad Accelerator India.

Now in its second year, the programme mentors early-stage startups on various aspects of their businesses like technology, product strategy, marketing, UX/UI (user interface design or user interface engineering) and leadership.

The last date to submit applications is August 18.

“Google is uniquely positioned to facilitate the Indian startup ecosystem in building scalable and globally relevant solutions, and Launchpad Accelerator India is one of the key ways in which we drive this,” said Paul Ravindranath, Programme Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Startups that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to solve systemic problems in India can apply.

Each class will receive mentorship and support from the best of Google in AI/ML, Cloud, UX, Android, web, product strategy and marketing. Startups will also receive Google Cloud Credits from $20,000, going up to $100,000 each.

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The three-month mentorship covers all aspects of product design, business models, product credits and technology support to build for scale and go to market strategies.

At least 50 Indian start-ups have benefited from the programme till date. (IANS)

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Flipkart Brings First Nokia-branded Smart TV in India: Report

The visuals of the TV are bolstered with "MEMC" technology, which eliminates blurs and judders for a screen shift devoid of lags, thus, offering better picture definition

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New e-commerce norms to impact e-tailers: Flipkart. IANS

Flipkart on Thursday launched the Nokia Smart TV in India as part of their strategic partnership. Priced at Rs 41,999, the Nokia-branded smart TV is currently available in a 55-inch variant and features “Sound by JBL”.

The smart TV will be available on the e-commerce platform starting December 10 and the firm will expand the line up of 4K variants in the coming months.

“The acoustics of the Nokia Smart TV has been engineered by JBL, which will let customers experience clear vocal tones and minimal harmonic distortion. True to JBL’s brand recall, the Nokia Smart TV will also enjoy deep bass tones, typically popular with Indian audiences,” the company said in a statement.

Notably, this is the first time that JBL is extending its audio expertise in television space in India.

The TV is powered by 24 watt built-in speakers, “DTS TruSurround” and Dolby Audio to enhance the overall audio experience.

Flipkart will provide complete TV protection for Nokia-branded smart TVs, which is available at a launch price of Rs 999.

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Flipkart earlier entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia to launch Nokia smart TVs in India. Wikimedia Commons

The programme gives consumers a coverage of three years against manufacturing defects and accidental damages, along with a guaranteed buyback value at the end of three years.

The Nokia Smart TV offers intelligent dimming that helps produce deeper blacks through accurate backlight control and a wide colour gamut.

It comes with the Android 9.0 Operating System (OS) that will allow users access a host of apps on the Android TV Play Store.

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It sports a quad-core processor and 2.25GB RAM and 16GB ROM.

The visuals of the TV are bolstered with “MEMC” technology, which eliminates blurs and judders for a screen shift devoid of lags, thus, offering better picture definition. (IANS)