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Reliance's Online Grocery Service JioMart is Now Available in 200 Cities Across India

Reliance's Online Grocery Service JioMart is Now Available in 200 Cities Across India

Reliance Industries initially launched JioMart delivery services as a pilot project in Mumbai.

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  • Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 3:54 PM IST

Reliance Industries has rolled out the online extension of its grocery business, JioMart, across 200 cities and towns in India. The move comes a day after Reliance officially rolled out the services in all leading metro cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. The service is now being offered in smaller towns like Mysuru, Bhatinda, and Dehradun.

While Reliance is yet to launch a dedicated app for JioMart, it has a dedicated website (www.jiomart.com) which is currently live. It is beyond doubt, that the latest move by Reliance is expected to throw a tough competition to other prominent grocery delivery services like Amazon India, Flipkart, and Big Basket.

The JioMart deliveries had been in the test run phase in Mumbai as a small pilot project. The deliveries were available in Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan. JioMart also rolled out a WhatsApp business account to select pin codes through which customers could place an order. Interestingly, Reliance has also started signing up small Kirana stores which would allow customers to order online and get groceries delivered from their neighbourhood shop to their doorstep amid the coronavirus crisis.

It must be noted that Facebook Inc had invested Rs 43,574 crore giving the social media giant as much as 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio. The company had said out of the total investment, Rs 14,976 crore will be retained at Jio Platforms to drive future growth, including the JioMart shopping platform on WhatsApp.

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Online Shopping Orders Are So High, Amazon India is Looking to Hire 50,000 Workers

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The temporary hires will work in Amazon’s fulfilment centers and as part of its delivery network, Amazon said.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 1:02 PM IST

Amazon.com Inc’s India unit said it would hire 50,000 temporary workers to meet a surge in online shopping in the country, where customers have been stuck indoors for two months in lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak. E-commerce firms faced massive disruption in the initial days of the lockdown in India, but a slow easing of the stringent regulations has allowed them to resume large parts of their operations.

“We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing,” Amazon senior executive Akhil Saxena said in a statement on the company’s blog. “(The move) will also keep as many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them,” said Saxena, Amazon’s VP for customer fulfilment operations in APAC, MENA & Latam.

The temporary hires will work in Amazon’s fulfilment centers and as part of its delivery network, the company said, making the announcement at a time when various other companies in the country have been forced to cut jobs as they try to tide over the health crisis. Amazon itself has pushed its annual global Prime Day event, traditionally a summer affair, to September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

In India, where the Jeff Bezos-led company faces stiff competition from Walmart Inc’s Flipkart, Amazon earlier said it plans to create 1 million jobs by 2025. The company also said on Thursday it plans to enter the food delivery business in India, pitting itself against well-established startups such as Swiggy and Zomato.




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Motorola G8 Power Lite Launching Today in India at 12 Noon: Here's Everything We Know

Motorola G8 Power Lite Launching Today in India at 12 Noon: Here's Everything We Know

The new budget handset from Motorola is expected to launch in the sub-Rs 15,000 price range.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 10:44 AM IST

Motorola recently launched its new flagship, the Moto Edge+ in the country and today the company is expected to launch a new handset under its popular budget series, Moto G. The new Moto G8 Power Lite was originally unveiled last month and according to a teaser, the handset is going to launch today at 12PM on Flipkart.

The new Moto G8 Power Lite is going to feature a 6.5-inch IPS LCD HD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot.

There are three cameras at the back, including a 16-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens. There is also a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The camera supports bokeh, face beauty, HDR, Google Lens, and more. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera to take selfies.

The handset also features a 5,000mAh battery with support for 10W charging. Other features include Android 9 Pie OS, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a micro USB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack and a fingerprint scanner at the back. It will be available in Royal Blue and Arctic Blue color options.

The phone had launched in select markets back in April with a price tag of EUR 169 (Rs 13,900 approx) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The India price should be somewhat similar, although it would face stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung.




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Apple iPhone SE 2020 Now Available Via Flipkart: Price, Specifications and More

Apple iPhone SE 2020 Now Available Via Flipkart: Price, Specifications and More

Apple’s most affordable smartphone offering, the iPhone SE 2020 is now available for purchase online through Flipkart.

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  • Last Updated: May 20, 2020, 2:11 PM IST

Apple’s latest smartphone offering, the iPhone SE is now officially available for purchase in India via ecommerce platform, Flipkart. Announced back in April, the new iPhone SE borrows the outer shell of the iPhone 8 and is loaded with the latest processor that the company uses on the iPhone 11 series.

The iPhone SE 2020 was announced for the Indian market at a fairly competitive price, with the 64GB variant of the phone priced at Rs 42,500. The 128GB variant of the new iPhone SE is priced at Rs 47,800, while the 256GB variant costs Rs 58,300. Interested users can get the device in black, white and the special, Product Red edition. The pricing makes it the most affordable new iPhone that can be bought in India.

HDFC Bank card users can avail an instant discount of up to Rs 3,600 which essentially brings down the price of the 64GB model of the phone to Rs 38,900. The offer is available on both HDFC Bank credit and debit cards. There are also no-cost EMI options available for purchase.

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The new Apple iPhone SE comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and remains one of the rare compact smartphones in this day and age. This display also takes advantage of features such as True Tone which adjusts the display according to the ambient lighting, as well as Dolby Vision and HDR10 compatibility. This runs the Apple A13 Bionic chip, which is the latest processor also powering the Apple iPhone 11 line-up. The A13 Bionic also has a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine capable of 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU and a new Machine Learning Controller.

The battery is rated the same as the iPhone 8 at 1,810mAh. There is also wireless charging onboard along with standard 18W wired charging.




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Work From Home Buying Guide: Best Laptops Under Rs 40,000 With Windows 10 & Chrome OS

E-commerce is open again. This means you can now order from Amazon and Flipkart and the orders will be delivered to you in all parts of the country, except in containment zones. This must come as a great relief for those who suddenly shifted to the world from home routine ahead of the lockdown to flatten the COVID curve, a few weeks ago. Chances are, you may not have had a good laptop or PC at home, for it perhaps wasn’t really a critical requirement thus far. But now, you can buy a new laptop or PC to rock the work from home situation, and not be bogged down by an aging and sluggish PC, a bad keyboard, a cracked screen or something you were simply bored of. It is also expected that work from home will be quite a regular thing for a lot of workers in a lot of companies, which means you should be armed with a good computing device.

Do not make the same mistake again of thinking the smartphone can be a PC replacement, because when it really comes down to it, you will need a laptop to get genuine work done. Here are some of the best budget laptops, some running Windows 10 and some Google Chromebook options, which you must add to your arsenal of work from home tools. So that this purchase remains light on your pocket, we are looking at laptops under the Rs 40,000 price point—to get the perfect blend between performance and longevity without breaking the bank. Plus, they should look good too.

HP Chromebook x360 - 12b-ca0006tu

HP Chromebook x360 – 12b-ca0006tu

Around Rs32,990

The biggest advantage of the Google Chrome OS software for computing devices is the sheer simplicity of everything. It is incorrect to assume that you must be locked into the Google ecosystem to be able to use a Chromebook—the variety of apps available for the Chrome OS is as wide as Android phones. That is why the full-fledged Play Store is also available on the Chromebooks. Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps? The Spotify app? Video streaming apps. You name it, and the whole wide world of productivity, utility and entertainment apps are available. For any Android phone user, the switch could prove to be close to seamless—and that is a genuine value addition. In fact, this works brilliantly with the Intel Celeron N4000 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a card slot if you wish to use that for adding more storage space. What’s most interesting is the square-is aspect ratio of the 12-inch display, and the hinge allows it to be folded all the way back into a sort of a tablet mode. Windows machines have never performed as well on this sort of hardware.

Dell Inspiron 14 5490

Dell Inspiron 14 5490

Around Rs 35,585

This started out with a price tag above the Rs 40,000 mark but price corrections have now pushed this beneath that virtual ceiling we have for this buying advice. That means you get the newer 10th generation Intel Core i3-10110U processor with 4GB RAM and a fast 512GB SSD. There is a 14-inch Full HD display which should do well for most productivity and entertainment tasks. The keyboard is not backlit though—perhaps you need to keep that in mind in case working in a dimly lit room is your thing. Dell’s ExpressCharge Boost tops up a fully discharged battery to 35% in 20 minutes and up to 80% in 60 minutes—great if you need to splash and dash. Then there is the Dell Mobile Connect app which pairs your iPhone or Android smartphone with your laptop, which mirrors most things from your phone on the laptop itself, thereby reducing distractions.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330

Lenovo IdeaPad 330

Around Rs 19,990

If you really are on a strict budget, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 (model number: 330-15IKB) could be a steady enough pick. Do not expect this to be powerful or do anything more than basic computing, but what you get is a comfortable 15.6-inch HD display. This runs an Intel Celeron processor, along with 4GB RAM. There is a 1TB hard drive, and these basic specs are really all you should expect at this price. While there are many similarly priced laptops that don’t give you a preloaded Windows 10 operating system, this one does—and that is very important. A keyboard that is well laid out and the build quality doesn’t really betray its budget price tag.

Acer Aspire 5 A515-43

Acer Aspire 5 A515-43

Around Rs 38,369

This started out in life with a price tag around Rs 50,000 and that means you get specifications which are quite powerful. This runs the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U quad-core processor (for some reason, many potential laptop buyers still have a bit of mistrust towards AMD machines). This has 4GB of RAM to get Windows 10 and your apps purring along. What should also make a difference is the 512GB SSD, which will speed up performance. You get a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display. The keyboard isn’t backlit. The laptop weighs around 1.8kg. You should probably also consider this if you are taken in by the large screen goodness of the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (model number 81W800FXIN).

Lenovo IdeaPad S145

Lenovo IdeaPad S145

Around Rs 35,010

We are specifically talking about the Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (model number 81W800FXIN) which runs the Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor with 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It looks like it means business and has the sort of serious personality that most good productivity centric machines have. This is ideal if you prefer large displays—this has a 15.6-inch Full HD screen for you to work on. Not the lightest, tipping the scales at 1.85kg, but that’s the compromise for a large screen laptop. You will quite like the keyboard, which has the sort of inspiration from the more expensive ThinkPad laptops, which make these genuinely good to type on. Lenovo also doesn’t clutter Windows 10 too much by preloading apps, which should also be good in the long run.

HP Notebook - 15s-du0093tu

HP Notebook – 15s-du0093tu

Around Rs38,990

And this price point, you get multiple laptops running the older generation Intel Core processors as well as some Celeron versions. However, this HP Notebook – 15s-du0093tu should hold up well with the Intel Core i3-8145U processor, with 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive. What you get is a 15-inch Full HD display, Windows 10 preloaded and six months of 25GB bundled Dropbox storage. This weighs 1.74kg and is 19.9mm thick. You also get a fingerprint sensor as an added authentication layer to keep your data safe. The HP Fast Charge feature charges a fully discharged laptop battery to 50% in 45 minutes, which should be handy in case you need to get stuff done in a hurry and don’t have access to power at the time. Oh, and the keyboard is backlit too.



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Work From Home Buying Guide: Your Health is Important And These Gadgets Will Help

Working from home is great for productivity, if you can put your mind to it. You don’t need to travel every day; you also don’t need to spend time stuck in traffic jams and you save a bundle of energy (and anger) that way. But on the flipside, your health could take a beating if you aren’t careful. Sitting at one place working hour after hour can have a long-term impact on your health. That is where technology has a solution for you.

For starters, there are a lot of gyms that have gone online over the past few weeks and you can simply book a class online, follow the video guidance on your phone or tablet screens. Yet there are times when you may need certain hardware that focuses on health and wellness, around you at home. Not just because you may be unwell, but because it is convenient and safer to test for BP and blood sugar, for instance, at home rather than going to a nearby clinic. And to keep a track of your exercise routine, you need a fitness band with a good companion

TOGO Infrared Thermometer

Around Rs 3,800 on The Earth Store

Infrared thermometers, also known as contactless thermometers, are perhaps the right way forward as far as hygiene is concerned. Unlike classic thermometers which require contact with a human body to register temperature, such as under the tongue or under your armpit, these can simply be aimed at your forehead from a distance of 3-5 centimeters and will register your temperature. In Celsius or Fahrenheit. The TOGO Infrared Thermometer (model number TG8818H ) works for all ages—infants, children, adults and the elderly. The temperature detection time is one second—you aim, and you get the reading. You get a lot of options for infrared thermometers, mostly unbranded ones, and those are best avoided. This one on www.earthstore.in is one of the more reliable options.

Fitbit Inspire HR

Around Rs 8,999 on Fitbit India

To see how often and how much you are moving around and exercising every day, a fitness band is a good companion to have around. And you would be hard pressed to find a more competent than a Fitbit band. We are recommending the Inspire HR to be precise. This has a heart rate monitor with heart rate zones and better tracking of calorie burn. You also get the resting heart rate option, for your night sleep. The Fitbit app for your smartphone (free for Android and iOS) is one of the best fitness companion apps when it really comes down to that—you can track detailed activity and exercise stats, track your food and water intake and more. The Fitbit Premium optional subscription also gets you guided training programs, advanced insights into your activity routine, and dynamic workouts tailored for you. There is also a full library of sleep sounds and peaceful tracks to help you reduce stress, lay in bed for a restful sleep or simply feel better after a bad day.

Dr Trust Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

Around Rs 1,700 on Amazon.in

A blood pressure monitor is essential for homes where you may have elders, parents or even self who may suffer from blood pressure issues. Dr Trust Digital Blood Pressure Monitor (model number 118) is what can be categorized as a smart BP monitor. You can pair this via Bluetooth to your phone using the Dr Trust app (free for Android and iOS) and get all the tracking data on your phone—that quite convenient if you need to make a log or share the data with your doctor. You get a BP monitor and a cuff that you wear around your arm to get the reading and voila. Hope you are doing well.

Dr Trust Glucometer

Around Rs 1,599 on Amazon.in

Having a blood sugar monitor around can be extremely important at times when you may feel suddenly low as far as your health is concerned. You can’t always rush to a doctor these days to get tested. This has three operation modes. There is the General mode which lets you take blood glucose measurements at any point of the day. There is the AC mode which is meant for measurements in the early morning on an empty stomach. And there is the PC mode, where you may take readings after taking your meals. This machine comes with 60 strips and the GDH-FAD Strip Enzyme Technology is meant to avoid any variations in the readings according to interference from blood oxygen changes. This also stores the results of the last 1000 tests in its memory, with the data and time.



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Realme Narzo 10 First Sale Today at 12PM: Price, Offers and More

Realme Narzo 10 First Sale Today at 12PM: Price, Offers and More

The new Realme Narzo 10 comes in a sole 4GB RAM + 128GB storage model priced at Rs 11,999.

  • Last Updated: May 18, 2020, 11:58 AM IST

The new Realme Narzo 10 will be going on its first sale today for consumers in India. The company’s new budget offering offers quad-cameras at the back, a big 5,000mAh battery and support for quick charge. Announced a week back alongside the Narzo 10A, the handset is said to be a rebranded version of the Realme 6i.

The Narzo 10 will be going on sale today at 12PM via Flipkart and the Realme India website. The handset is priced at Rs 11,999 for the sole 4GB + 128GB storage variant and will be offered in That Green and That White colour options.

Customers can EMI options as well as special discounts when purchasing the device using the Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card or MobiKwik. Additionally, you can exchange your old Realme phone to avail an additional discount. This exchange offer is only available on the Realme India website.

REALME NARZO 10 SPECIFICATIONS

The Realme Narzo 10 comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ (1600×720 pixels) resolution Mini-Drop display with an 89.8 percent screen-to-body ratio protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. On the inside, there is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor, with a Mali G52 GPU and 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage expandable using a dedicated microSD card slot.

There is a quad rear camera setup at the back that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.25 lens, a 2-megapixel monochrome portrait sensor with an f/2.4 lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The front camera includes a 16-megapixel camera sensor with an f/2.0 lens. The handset will run on Reami UI based on Android 10.

Rest of the features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. There is also a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Quick Charge.




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Flipkart Awaits Advisory From States to Resume Full Services Despite Relaxation from Govt

Walmart-owned Flipkart on Monday said it is awaiting advisories from different states for resuming full services, including in red zones, a day after Home Ministry’s guidelines on lockdown 4.0 were released. According to Union Home Ministry’s order on Sunday, “all other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited” under the fourth phase of the lockdown that ends on May 31.

However, in containment zones, only essential activities will be allowed. States and union territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in various zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary, the order had added.

“Post the Government of India’s guidelines last evening, we are awaiting the advisories from different states. We will continue to work in accordance with the directives from the government and local authorities while serving customers, sellers through our safe supply chain,” a Flipkart Group spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that the company is working with lakhs of MSMEs and sellers across India to provide them with constant counsel and help with their business readiness, and is following safety and health procedures at its facilities and for supply chain and delivery staff.

“Our seller support team is providing on-ground support to sellers to help them resume operations swiftly and make products available for the consumers in this time of need…,” the spokesperson said. “We welcome the efforts by the governments at Centre and states in progressively charting out a lockdown exit plan and allowing e-commerce to serve the consumers with their varied product needs in all the classified zones, except containment zones,” the spokesperson added.

In the first two phases of the lockdown (that started from March 25), e-commerce companies were allowed to sell only essential items like grocery, healthcare and pharmaceutical products. In the third phase (May 4-17), these platforms were allowed to sell all items in orange and green zones, but only essential items were allowed to be shipped in red zones, which included top e-commerce hubs like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

An Amazon India spokesperson said the latest development will give a fillip to the six lakh retailers and MSMEs on its marketplace and help revive economic activity more broadly. “We are humbled by the opportunity to be an extended partner to the government as it balances saving lives alongside creating livelihood. We remain committed as always to ensuring the safety of our customers and our employees while creating business and employment opportunity,” the spokesperson added.

E-commerce platforms saw a significant impact on their businesses during the lockdown, given that grocery segment accounts for a small portion of online sales. Sales of non-essential items on e-commerce platforms in the first week of May, after-sales of such items were allowed in green and orange zones, were lower than last year on account of the lockdown.

However, industry executives said orders were scaling as people bought apparel, smartphones and grooming products among other items. The industry continues to face the challenge of availability of limited manpower for warehouses and delivery.

Paytm Mall said it saw a 50 per cent surge in sales for grooming products like shavers, trimmers, epilators, hair straighteners and styling products and hair dryers, from tier II and III cities in May over March. Most trimmers were sold in cities like Lucknow, Raipur, Guwahati, Belgaum, Nagpur, Surat, and other smaller cities.

The company said it has also seen a steady increase in the number of female shoppers from smaller towns on its platform. “We believe the lockdown has made people realize in metros as well as smaller cities that personal grooming products should always be kept handy. We think the demand for these products is set to rise further over the next few weeks and post that it would remain consistently high,” Srinivas Mothey, Senior Vice President of Paytm Mall, said.

Industry body IAMAI said digital services till date have helped ease the burden of lockdown with services facilitating work from home, e-commerce, edutech, digital payments and digital entertainment. “Even as lockdown 4.0 is extended, the country is looking at a new normal where social interactions are bound to be severely distorted, either under injunction or public awareness or concerns. Digital platforms are the only plausible medium for both businesses and customers in the coming days and need to be strengthened,” the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said.

It added that the “bold and emerging Indian tech start-up sector is more than capable to develop a self-reliant digital services sector that can cater to the needs of the country in the new normal”.



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Need a Printer For Your Home Office During The COVID Lockdown? Here Are The Best Ones to Buy

Need a Printer For Your Home Office During The COVID Lockdown? Here Are The Best Ones to Buy

We have picked some of the best options across price bands—for print, scan and copy. Some even allow you to do wireless printing and even have connectivity with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa virtual assistants.

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  • Last Updated: May 18, 2020, 3:45 PM IST

The fourth stage of the lockdown because of COVID comes with guidelines that allow ecommerce companies to accept orders and deliver across the country, accept not in the designated containment zones. This means your work from home scenario can become a bit easier if you had been looking to buy a printer for important document work. We all need prints from time to time, and it is just very inconvenient to try and find a store that lets you take print outs for a charge.

Now that you can order a new printer for your home or home office, we have picked some of the best options across price bands—for print, scan and copy. Some even allow you to do wireless printing and even have connectivity with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa virtual assistants. For most homes, print speed isn’t much of a restriction but in home office scenarios, you perhaps would want to pick a faster printer. Then there is the ability to manage a printer’s cartridge in the most cost effective way, and it would be welcome if wireless prints from a smartphone also work. You wish could just come true.

HP DeskJet 2131 All-in-One Inkjet Colour Printer

This all-in-one Inkjet colour printer will let you print, copy and scan. It will take one black cartridge and one tri-colour cartridge and up to 1,000 prints per month. This is a rather good value for money printer if you need a printer for occasional document prints at home. This doesn’t have wireless connectivity which means you will have to connect this to a PC or laptop to take prints. Perhaps the most relevant for most usage scenarios would be the ability to scan as well—quite important if you have to take a print of a form, sign it and then scan it to email or share with someone. This is priced at Rs 2,999 on Amazon.

HP Deskjet 2621 All-in-One Wireless Colour Inkjet Printer

The HP Deskjet 2621 AIO Wireless Colour Inkjet printer which also does print, scan and copy. But, the real cherry on the cake is the compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice-activated printing. The wireless internet connectivity means you can print using your Wi-Fi on the phone, laptop or PC to send a print to the HP Deskjet 2621 printer—it works with AirPrint on the Apple iPhone and iPad. You must download the HP All-in-One Remote app on your smartphone or tablet to set this up and use it—great if you are one of those homes that doesn’t have a PC or laptop. This is priced at Rs 4,149 on Amazon.

Epson L130

This is an ink tank printer which is incredibly quick—27 prints per minute for black and white prints and 15 pages per print for colour prints. It uses four ink bottles—black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The Epson L130 has what is called the Micro Piezo technology which can alter the fineness of the ink drop flow to give you a print just like the image that you see. This is a good option for home offices too, which may not require a printer to do the scan and copy functions as well. This is priced at Rs 7,690 on Amazon.

Canon Pixma TS3370s

This All-in-One (AIO) wireless printer is very similar to the HP Deskjet 2621 All-in-One Wireless Colour Inkjet Printer in terms of the features. This can print 7.7 pages of black and white prints per minute and 4 pages per minute for colour prints. It connects to the home Wi-Fi network and has support for AirPrint, Wi-Fi Direct, Canon Selphy, Pixma Cloud Link, Google Cloud Print and pretty much all computing devices, smartphones or tablets that you may have. It is priced at Rs 4,499 on Amazon, though you do save some money on the HP printer in comparison.




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Now, Order Smartphones, Clothes, Routers and More From e-Commerce Sites in Red Zones

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While deliveries of all non-essential items are opening up in most red zones as well, containment zones still remain under stricter rules.

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  • Last Updated: May 18, 2020, 3:04 PM IST

With Lockdown 4.0 relaxing e-commerce rules in most zones to open up industries, the onus came upon state governments to decide their own deliveries. As a result, people living in the green, orange and red zones will now be able to order laptops, smartphones, headphones, routers, clothes and any other apparel that was so far classified as non-essential, from e-commerce majors such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and other stores. The move opens up the wider e-commerce categories for the first time in over 50 days, since the nationwide lockdown shut numerous categories of products from being traded.

E-commerce majors such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal are now seen to be taking orders for numerous cities including the major metros, which were so far classified to get only essential items. To check whether your area is eligible for servicing now, all that you would need to do is to enter your area pin code, and a prompt will let you know if you can order any item you please, or are still confined to receiving only essentials. The latter is a restriction that will be applicable only in containment zones, i.e. sub-regions in major cities that still have the highest concentration of Covid-19 cases.

However, each e-commerce site has confirmed that while non-essential items have opened up, the duration that each item might take to get delivered to your place is most likely going to be considerably longer than what the previous normal was. This is a result of the staggered reopening, since movement of goods all across the country is still believed to be partly restricted. As a result, one-day deliveries is most likely not going to be available for the immediate future. However, as most parties look to bring operations back to normal while abetting the Covid-19 threat, it remains to be seen how the delivery process pans out across India.




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