USÂ President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are expected to tour facilities in Texas where Apple products are made as soon as next week to showcase companies that keep jobs in America, according to two people familiar with the matter. The trip, which has not yet been announced, would highlight Cook’s strong relationship with Trump as he seeks further relief for Apple from USÂ tariffs on imports from China. The tariffs are part of a prolonged, tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s largest economies.
Apple declined to comment. A White House spokesperson said the office has no scheduling announcements at this time.
In September, Apple said it would make its new Mac Pro desktop computers in Austin, Texas, where it had made previous models at a contract manufacturing facility. The announcement came days after USÂ trade regulators approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts.
Earlier this month, Apple also asked the Trump administration to waive tariffs on Chinese-made Apple Watches, iPhone components and other consumer products, according to filings with trade regulators.
Trump has made boosting the USÂ manufacturing sector one of the goals of his presidency, taking to Twitter to pressure USÂ companies into keeping jobs at home, while he has punished China for what he says are unfair trade practices by levying hefty tariffs on billions in Chinese imports, which in turn have hurt USÂ companies.
The visit would allow Trump to tout his strong bond with Cook, after many CEOs resigned from a business advisory board in 2017 following Trump’s tepid response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Tariff relief for Apple came after the Trump and Cook dined together in August, and Trump said Cook “made a good case” that tariffs could hurt the company against South Korean rival Samsung Electronics, whose products would not be subject to the same levies.
Trump hopes to reach a partial trade deal with China soon, but said Friday he has not yet decided what if any tariffs might be removed as part of such an agreement.
The visit will not be Trump’s first trip to the Lone Star state to tout USÂ manufacturing jobs. Last month, Trump toured a Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado, accompanied by his daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka and top executives from parent group LVMH.
The appearance stirred discord, with Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere decrying Trump’s visit to the factory, which is in addition to Vuitton’s two USÂ manufacturing hubs in California.
Â© Thomson Reuters 2019
Acer Predator Helios 300, Predator Triton 300 Refreshed With 10th Gen Intel Processors in India
Acer Predator Helios 300 and Acer Predator Triton 300 gaming laptop models have been refreshed with a range of 10th Gen Intel Core processors in India. The laptop models can be equipped with up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphic cards and up to 240Hz refresh rate displays. Acer has made some improvements in…
Acer Predator Helios 300 and Acer Predator Triton 300 gaming laptop models have been refreshed with a range of 10th Gen Intel Core processors in India. The laptop models can be equipped with up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphic cards and up to 240Hz refresh rate displays. Acer has made some improvements in the cooling department as well, along with some other changes compared to the previous generation laptops. The refreshed Acer Predator Helios 300 and Acer Predator Triton 300 were originally released in the US and other regions back in June.Acer Predator Helios 300, Acer Predator Triton 300: Price in IndiaThe Acer Predator Helios 300 starts at Rs. 84,999. The Predator Triton 300 starts at Rs. 89,999 and this configuration includes Core i5-10300H CPU + Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card + 8GB RAM + 512GB storage. The two models are available at Acer Exclusive Stores, Flipkart, Amazon, Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales, and Acer E-store.Acer Predator Helios 300 specifications, featuresThe Predator Helios 300 by Acer comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. It features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display up to 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms overdrive. It is powered by up to a six core and 12 thread 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with Max-Q design. It can be equipped with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2,933MHz and two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration along with up to 2TB hard disk drive for mass storage. For connectivity, you get Killer’s E26001 Ethernet Controller, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 2), and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with power-off charging. This laptop is backed by a 59Whr battery.The Acer Predator Helios 300 supports DTS:X Ultra Audio and delivers “high-end 360-degree surround sound”. The thermals are kept in check by two fans, one of which is a custom-designed 4th generation AeroBlade 3D fan that is said to reduce noise while increasing airflow. The fans can be manually adjusted as well through Acer CoolBoost.Acer Predator Triton 300 specifications, featuresThe Predator Triton 300 also features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with 3ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate. The display also covers 100 percent of the sRGB color space. The Triton 300 is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with Max-Q design. It supports up to 32GB of RAM using two soDIMM modules and up to 3TB SSD through three M.2 SSD slots. It also supports HDMI 2.0, mini-DP 1.4, and USB 3.2 Type-C connectivity. The Acer Predator Triton 300 comes with Killer DoubleShot Pro card as well. Other connectivity options include two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 2), and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with power-off charging.It is backed by a 59Whr battery as well. There are three heat pipes in this gaming laptop and two fans. One of them is a 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fan that provides improved airflow. Acer’s CoolBoost technology is present here as well. Acer says the Predator Triton 300 also is 19.9mm thick and weighs just 1.7kg.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Flipkart Big Saving Days Sale 2020 Kicks Off: Best Offers on Mobile Phones, Laptops, and Other Electronics Deals
Flipkart Big Saving Days 2020 sale is back this week. The sale will be open until September 20, and will include hundreds of deals on top mobile phones, laptops, TVs, speakers, and more. The three-day sale is expected to be Flipkart’s last big sale before its upcoming festive season sales kick off. If you’re looking…
Flipkart Big Saving Days 2020 sale is back this week. The sale will be open until September 20, and will include hundreds of deals on top mobile phones, laptops, TVs, speakers, and more. The three-day sale is expected to be Flipkart’s last big sale before its upcoming festive season sales kick off. If you’re looking to pick up something, we’ve selected some of the best deals and offers available on Flipkart’s Big Saving Days sale today. The Walmart-owned company has tied up with State Bank of India to offer 10 percent instant discount (up to Rs. 1,250 per card) to the bank’s credit card users.Flipkart Big Saving Days September 2020 sale – Best offers on mobile phonesiPhone SE (2020)Apple’s iPhone SE (2020) is selling at a discounted price of Rs. 35,999 (MRP Rs. 42,500) during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2020 sale this week. In case you’re looking to switch to an iOS device at an affordable price point, the iPhone SE (2020) seems like a decent choice at this price point. It comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and a single 12-megapixel rear camera. It also includes a 7-megapixel front-facing camera, and is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip. You’ll be able to upgrade it to iOS 14 as well.Price: Rs. 35,999 (MRP Rs. 42,500)Samsung Galaxy A21sSamsung’s Galaxy A21s is down to Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999) on Flipkart during the Big Saving Days 2020 sale. Flipkart is also offering an additional discount worth up to Rs. 14,250 when you exchange your old device with your purchase. You can also pair your purchase with Google’s Nest Mini and grab it for as low as Rs. 1,999. Samsung Galaxy A21s comes with a quad rear camera setup and a massive 5,000mAh batteryPrice: Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999)Realme 6Realme 6 recently received a price cut in India, after the launch of Realme 7 series phones in the country. But in case you were on the fence, the available bundled offers during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days sale in September can help change your mind. Realme 6 (6GB, 64GB) is currently selling at Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999). You can pair your purchase with an exchange offer and receive another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,250. SBI credit card users can avail 10 percent instant discount as well.Price: Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999)Redmi K20 ProRedmi K20 Pro is again available at Rs. 22,999 (MRP Rs. 28,999) on Flipkart’s sale. The Big Saving Days sale includes a bundled exchange offer that can help sweeten the deal further by up to Rs. 17,500. Redmi K20 Pro features a large 6.39-inch full-HD+ display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, supported by 6GB of RAM. It includes a 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera.Price: Rs. 22,999 (MRP Rs. 28,999)Oppo A9 2020If you’re in the market for an affordable Android smartphone, the Oppo A9 2020 is down to Rs. 13,990 (MRP Rs. 18,990) during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2020 sale this week. Flipkart is also offering up to Rs. 13,450 as an additional instant discount with your purchase. Oppo A9 2020 features a 6.5-inch display and a 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 665 SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.Price: Rs. 13,990 (MRP Rs. 18,990)Flipkart Big Saving Days 2020 sale – Best offers on laptopsAcer Aspire 7If you’re looking for a powerful, yet somewhat affordable, laptop for your work-from-home and gaming needs, the Acer Aspire 7 is selling at a discounted price of Rs. 57,990 (MRP Rs. 84,599) during Flipkart’s Big Saving Days 2020 sale. The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD display, and is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7 processor. It includes 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, with Windows 10 pre-installed. For graphics, there’s an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 card with 4GB of video RAM.Price: Rs. 57,990 (MRP RS. 84,599)Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3iIn case you’re in the market for something more powerful, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i laptop is down to Rs. 78,990 (MRP Rs. 1,15,390) on Flipkart during the Big Saving Days September 2020 sale. The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with anti-glare coating and 250 nits of peak brightness. It is powered by Intel’s 10th generation Core i7 CPU, supported by 8GB of RAM, and comes with a 1TB hard drive paired with a 256GB SSD. Windows 10 Home runs out-of-the-box and for graphics there’s Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 card with 4GB of video RAM.Price: Rs. 78,990 (MRP Rs. 1,15,390)Flipkart Big Saving Days sale – Best offers on electronicsSamsung HW-T42E/XL 150W soundbarWhile most big-screen TVs look great, they can sound horribly low. A decent soundbar can help fix this though. Samsung’s HW-T42E/XL 150W sounder is down to Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 16,990) during the Big Saving Days sale on Flipkart this week. The basic 2.1 channel soundbar comes with Bluetooth support and a remote control for basic operations.Price: Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 16,990)Lenovo X18 TWS earphonesIf you’re eyeing an affordable pair of true wireless earphones, Lenovo’s X18 TWS earphones are down to Rs. 2,299 (MRP Rs. 8,999) on Flipkart right now. The earphones promise a total battery life of up to 24 hours, and a charging time of up to 3 hours. Lenovo X18 supports Bluetooth 5.0, and is rated IPX4 for water resistance.Price: Rs. 2,299 (MRP Rs. 8,999)Philips 43-inch full-HD smart TVIn case you missed it the last time around, Philips’ 43-inch full-HD smart TV is again available at a discounted price of Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 55,990). SBI credit card users can avail an instant discount of 10 percent, while Flipkart is also offering a discount of Rs. 500 on all prepaid transactions. You can swap your old TV and get up to Rs. 16,000 as another instant discount. The TV comes with Netflix, YouTube, and other apps pre-installed.Price: Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 55,990)Will we see blockbuster deals on Amazon, Flipkart during this festive season? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.
Hogwarts Legacy: Harry Potter Game Takes You to 19th-Century Hogwarts
A Harry Potter game is coming in 2021. Or to be precise, a Hogwarts game. The open-world action RPG Hogwarts Legacy is set in the titular school more than a century before the Chosen One step foot there. Though Harry isn’t around, some things are still the same at Hogwarts in the 19th century. We…
A Harry Potter game is coming in 2021. Or to be precise, a Hogwarts game. The open-world action RPG Hogwarts Legacy is set in the titular school more than a century before the Chosen One step foot there. Though Harry isn’t around, some things are still the same at Hogwarts in the 19th century. We have the Forbidden Forest as we know it, as is the village of Hogsmeade, or Ollivanders in Diagon Alley. And oh, you’ll also find Nearly Headless Nick floating around at Hogwarts.You will play as “a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic.”“Developing Hogwarts Legacy at Avalanche is a team endeavour,” Hogwarts Legacy developer Avalanche story head Adrian Ropp said on PlayStation Blog. “Every department understands that immersive storytelling works best when it is woven throughout the DNA of the project. What’s more, we take seriously the responsibility of contributing new content to the beloved Wizarding World franchise.“We are always asking ourselves how we can draw from the rich library of characters, creatures, and themes – and imagine how those details would influence the school more than a century before Harry Potter’s arrival. Who was the headmaster? What challenges did students face? What influenced their society before Tom Riddle, before Newt Scamander?”The Hogwarts Legacy reveal trailer gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the Harry Potter game, and though the graphics aren’t anything to be wowed up, per PlayStation 5 standards, Ropp claims “the new opportunities provided by the PS5 are literal game-changers.” Avalanche is promising that you will feel every sound and touch with the DualSense controller in a duel, feel the ground shake as angry beasts surround you, and feel like you’re inside Hogwarts thanks to 4K HDR graphics.Hogwarts Legacy is out in 2021 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.