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Soon You Will Not Need to Remember 16-digit Card Numbers, Here is Why

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Payments Council of India (PCI), the representative body for payment companies in the country, says that the customers will not have to remember the 16-digit card number for online payments effective Jan 2022, in contrast to what has been reported in certain sections of the media.  The industry and PCI are working in alignment with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on possible secure card on file solutions which will ensure a near similar customer experience for online purchases whilst enhancing the security of the storage of card credentials of customers. 

On March 31, 2020, RBI released a notification, for payment system providers and participants to put in place workable solutions such as tokenization for enhancing the security of storage of customer’s card credentials, within the framework of the relevant guidelines issued by the RBI.  PCI has shared with RBI the principles which can be adopted by the industry for developing such secure card on file solution.

“We are working closely with RBI on charting a roadmap of the possible solutions that could be adopted by the industry for securing the storage of raw card data. Solutions being worked upon, would not require the customers to enter their card number manually every time they make an online purchase” says PCI. “The solutions will adhere to the security checks and controls and frameworks prescribed by RBI”, it further added.

From tightening the security of card not present transactions by introducing the requirement of AFA in 2009 to tackling the risk associated with data storage/breach effective Jan 2022, RBI has played a key role in enhancing the security of card transactions.

The apex monetary institution has also played a catalytic role in the development and growth of digital payments across the country thereby progressing towards the goal of “less-cash society”. It has set out guidelines and circulars for the effective functioning of the payment systems with focus on security controls. RBI has over the time published several guidelines on security of card transactions, as cards is right now one of the most accepted forms of digital payment. 

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Xiaomi’s Premium Products to be Renamed from ‘Mi’ to ‘Xiaomi’

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Xiaomi India announced a refreshed visual identity for its premium range of products. With an aim to unify its global brand presence and close the perception gap between the brand, its premium “Mi” series products will now be replaced with the new “Xiaomi” logo.

With the new brand identity introduction, there will be two distinct product series under the parent corporate brand. The corporate brand will continue to be represented by the “Mi” logo. Continuing to convey the liveliness and youthfulness of Xiaomi, the company earlier this year had introduced some changes to its corporate logo, adopting a softer, rounder contour on the corners of the previously squared logo, along with a redesigned “Mi” typography.

The earlier “Mi” brand representing the pinnacle of technology and offering premium experience across categories will now be rebranded to the “Xiaomi” series. While “Redmi”,  known for bringing breakthrough technology at an affordable price point, will continue with the same logo. The naming convention — Xiaomi and Redmi — will also be applied across both brands’ TV, Laptop, and IoT offerings.

Commenting on the announcement Jaskaran Singh Kapany, Head of Marketing, Xiaomi India, said, “As a consumer-centric brand, our focus has always been on bringing new and innovative technology across segments that cater to the consumers evolving needs. We have been receiving an excellent response for our premium product range from consumers and Xiaomi fans. According to CounterPoint in May 2021, Xiaomi India captured ~14% market share in the 20K-45K category. This empowered us to push the boundaries of technology and innovation further to elevate the consumer experience.”

“Being a leading technology brand with a strong presence across the globe, our aim is to have a unified presence. With this new logo shift, we envision bridging the perception gap between our brand and products. The new Xiaomi logo will be used for our premium products that represent the pinnacle of technology and offer a premium experience. Ushering in the festive season, Xiaomi’s premium product series ‘Mi’ will be renamed to ‘Xiaomi’”. “

With a clear focus on providing innovation for all and expanding the presence to premium users, this new identity will propel Xiaomi forward in the upcoming years.

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Explore Professional Grade Sports Products at Amazon ‘Professional Sports Store’

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Amazon.in announced the launch of the ‘Professional Sports Store’ which brings the best-in-class premium experience to customers through a curated selection of professional grade products. Customers can look forward to shop from brands such as Yonex, Nivia, Wilson, Speedo, Hero, Firefox, New Balance and many other.

Customers can choose from an array of options ranging from badminton racquets, cricket bats, basketballs, footballs, tennis balls, bicycles, swim wear and much more from the comfort of their homes. The store will also help customers upgrade their playing level by providing the necessary information to find the right sporting gear through buying guides, detailed information and tips and tricks from sports enthusiasts.

Here are some picks from Amazon.in’s Professional Sports Store. All offers & deals are from participating sellers.

For Cricket Professionals

New Balance DC 480 Kashmir-Willow Cricket Bat with Bat Cover: The bat comes with Singapore cane handle and a grip to hold the bat firmly along with rubber toe guard for defense against moisture. It is designed and shaped with large edges and sweet spot for providing maximum acceleration to ball with minimum jarring of the hands and forearms. It is ideal for teens/adults; and suitable to play with leather balls. Get this on Amazon only for INR 2,607.

Ball Sports

Nivia Engraver Basketball: Red colored basketball, that is suitable for indoors, and ideal for training/match. The material comprises of rubber and the core/bladder material is latex. It comes with machine stitched construction type, and 14 panel. The ball is waterproof, and suitable for hard surface, wooden flooring & indoor synthetic surface. Get this for INR 562.00 – INR 1,999.00.

Nivia Shining Star Football: Latex bladder offers optimum air retention and high bounce, 32 panel stitched construction. The ball is easy to control – also under wet and moist conditions. It is a match ball for hard and rough surfaces. It comes with rubber bonded fabric lamination. You can get this for INR 799.

Racquet Sports

Wilson Championship Tennis Ball: It has optivis felt as material type and contains 3 balls. The ball has excellent performance and durability on all court surface types. You can get this for INR 420.

DONIC Waldner 700 Table Tennis Bat: The DONIC 2.0 mm comes in wooden material, the bat has an adjustable balance point and an ergonomic handle which fits anatomically perfect to the hand. Get this for INR 1,383.

Li-Ning Windstorm-72 Carbon-Fiber Badminton Racquet (Black/Gold): Li-Ning Windstorm-72 Carbon-Fiber Racquet available in black and gold is a perfect fit for you if you’re a budding badminton player. Available for INR 8,762.

Yonex Voltric Z Force II Professional Badminton Racquet with free Full Cover – This badminton racquet features the thinnest ever shaft and improved tri-voltage system which boosts the smash energy. The single-pass grommet hole construction provides more grommet holes for a more high-performance stringing pattern. Invest in this ergonomically designed racquet from yonex and smash your way to victory and feel the adrenaline rush that befits a champion! Get this on Amazon for INR 10,479

Cycling, Swimming & More

Firefox Bikes Grunge – D, 27.5T Mountain Cycle (Black/Orange): This bicycle comes with an alloy disc brake which generates an incredible amount of stopping power, usually far more than is necessary to adequately stop a road bicycle. These bicycles are without derailleur gears, hub gearing or other methods for varying the gear ratio of the bicycle. While most fixed-gear bicycles are technically single speed, the term single-speed generally refers to a single gear ratio bicycle with a freewheel mechanism to allow it to coast. Get this on Amazon only for INR 13,049.

Hero Lectro Kinza 27.5T SS Single Speed Electric Cycle – 18″ Frame, 95% assembled (No-Cost EMI Available): Kinza electric bicycles are tailored to offer you a comfortable riding experience, and at the same time leave no footprint on the environment. This bike will ensure that you have a seamless experience while commuting on city roads as well as rough terrains. Kinza electric bikes are packed with inbuilt features and are bound to become your prized possession. The Kinza electric bicycle comes with a powerful motor which ensures that you have enough power back-up while commuting on tough terrains. The diameter of tires on the Kinza electric bike is of 27.5 inches. The stylish design, high quality components, and robust build on the Kinza electric bike will provide you with an amazing experience in your commute. Get this on Amazon for INR 24,999.

Speedo 811315B976 Blend Futura Biofuse Goggles (Black/Smoke): Whether you’re swimming for fitness or fun, Speedo goggle allows you to enjoy and get more from your swim. It provides ultimate comfort and make you feel confident in the water. Its flexible frame adapts to the contours of your face for an individual fit and strong internal frame is wrapped in a soft gel-like skin, ensuring stability on your face. It comes with anti-fog coated lens with UV protection. Get this for INR 1,703.

Speedo Unisex-Adult Silicon Flat Swimcap: Speedo’s swim caps are ideal for regular swimming and create a smooth, sleek outline in the water. Made from a wide range of materials so you can find the one that suits you best. It is designed for regular swim sessions and comfortable and easy to fit. The material silicone is durable for long lasting wear and won’t snag or pull hair. The cap also helps protect hair against chlorine. Get this on Amazon for INR 529.

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Acer Now Manufactures Servers and Workstations in India

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Acer announced that it has taken its manufacturing capabilities to the next level by producing high-performance servers and workstations in India. The Altos Tower Server T110F5 and Altos Tower Workstation P130 F5 manufactured in Pondicherry factory are the products that are first of the blocks and there will be more to follow.

The India Server Market is expected to grow at rapid pace due large-scale digital transformation initiatives at enterprise and government levels viz Smart cities Digitization of citizen services and more. Servers and Workstations will form a critical backbone for varied use cases and with manufacturing now done in India Acer will be able to deliver custom solutions to enterprises and governments to fit the demands.

On the occasion, Mr. Sudhir Goel, Chief Business Officer, Acer India said, “We are excited to announce this endeavour to meet the fast-growing needs of the Datacenter and Cloud market in India. With the arrival of lower mobile data costs and increasing awareness, there is a rise in demand for servers amongst Indian enterprises. The Altos servers and workstations manufactured in India is capable of meeting demands of performances, scalability, security, and reliability needed for a wide range of applications and organisational requirements.”

“With this, Acer India has proved its capability to manufacture and produce world-class IT solutions right here in India. This will not only help meet the consumer demand but will also help us to be ready to meet opportunities and benefits under the Make in India initiative by the Government of India. We are a proud participant of this initiative, with a range of custom solutions and top-of-the-line configurations”, he further added.

Acer has been manufacturing PCs and tablets in India for over 20 years and exporting to South-East Asian countries to support the Acer business in the Asia Pacific region. With our added capacity to manufacture servers and workstations, India becomes a hub to support local and Asian markets with Acer IT hardware solutions for a wide range of use cases and simultaneously explore untapped markets.

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