Apple may be working on a dual-SIM iPhone
Apple has filed patent applications for a dual-SIM iPhone in the US and China, suggesting that such a device may be part of the company’s future plans. The patent filings show that the inventor of the dual-SIM technology is Li Su, who is listed on LinkedIn as Principal Architect for cellular software at Apple. In regions like the US and Europe, where carrier plans are dominant, a dual-SIM iPhone may put Apple’s relations with telecom operators at risk, but it can be a hit in countries such as India and China, where such smartphones are already popular.
Surge pricing officially supported under new taxi permit guidelines
A Ministry of Road Transport and Highways committee has in its report supported dynamic, or surge, pricing for taxi operators. This committee’s finding includes a cap on the surge prices and has been supported by app-based cab operators such as Ola, Uber, and Meru. The committee has also said that private vehicles should be allowed to operate under a commercial permit. To decongest Indian roads, the committee has recommended a national policy for shared mobility.
LeEco lays off employees in India, other regions
LeEco on Wednesday confirmed that it is laying off employees in several markets, including India, as part of a “right-sizing” exercise. This move is part of LeEco’s revised business strategy for the coming year and implies that several changes are afoot for the company; India is among LeEco’s three biggest markets. The downsizing operation in India is not “led by performance or competence parameters but entirely guided by business imperatives,” the company said. It added that it is “open to offering outplacement services to affected employees who specifically seek assistance.”