MetLife appoints Balachander Sekhar as director for marketing

MetLife India Insurance Co Ltd said it appointed Balachander Sekhar, as its director marketing and products.

Mr Balachander has over 15 years of work experience. Prior to MetLife, he was the principal officer and chief executive of Reliance Retail Insurance Broking Ltd, (a Reliance Retail venture), where he was instrumental in successfully building the first ‘shopassurance’ model in India.

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Bharti Airtel completes Zain deal

Bharti Airtel Ltd said it completed the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of $10.7 billion (about Rs 48,000 crore).

On 30th March, Bharti had entered the deal to acquire Zain Telecom's operations in 15 nations, excluding Sudan and Morocco. Zain has operations in 17 African countries. With this acquisition, Bharti becomes a major Indian multinational company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa with a customer base of over 180 million. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in four countries.

On Tuesday, Bharti Airtel's shares fell 3.8% to Rs257 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex ended 1% down at 16,617 points.

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Apple launches iPhone4 in the US, India to wait till July

The main features of the iPhone4 are an extremely high resolution screen (960x640 pixels), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera for video calls or chat—and video-chat capability with FaceTime

As expected, Steve Jobs, the chief executive officer of Apple, launched the new iPhone4 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in California. For a regular reader, it may sound like just a plain launch of a new, upgraded variant of a popular product. However, from an enthusiast's view, this is not just an upgrade, it is the biggest upgrade, in terms of design, hardware and software that Apple had done since the original iPhone.

The main features of the iPhone4 are an extremely high-resolution screen (960x640 pixels), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera for video calls or chat and video-chat capability with FaceTime besides the new operating system, iOS4. The screen is almost double than old iPhones that had 480x320 pixels. The video chat is not just limited to third generation (3G), you can use it even on Wi-Fi networks.

In terms of design, the new iPhone is more of a square kind with a flat back, unlike the old iPhone's round share back. The iPhone4 weights 137 grams, slightly heavier than the iPhone 3GS. The steel rim that surrounds the new handset is in fact its antenna.

Apple has launched the new phone in the US. The iPhone will be available in the US from 24th June onwards with a new contract of $199 for a 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version. Its full price (without contract) is between $599 to $699. Besides the US, the iPhone will be sold in France, Germany, Japan, and the UK from 24th June. The rest of the world, including India, will get it in July.

For those waiting to upgrade their iPhone, it is the right time. Next question, what to do with your old iPhone? The latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 2.2, runs on the old iPhone. What else will you do with your old iPhone? According to some reports, at the moment, neither sound nor Wi-Fi are working on the old iPhone with Android 2.2, but you can send SMS for sure! 

 

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COMMENTS

Amit Rathiesh

6 years ago

Hey, the video calling is limited to WiFi only! iPhone 4 doesn't support video calling over 3G. :(

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