Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

Amazon and Snapdeal Sales: The Best Deals on Offer

E-commerce giants Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal are running Republic Day promotional sales this week, and we’ve picked the best deals for you. Before we get started, here are a few pro tips to help you make the most out of these sales:

  1. Always compare prices before buying. Paytm is currently running some pretty decent cashback offers on electronics. Some of those are run as flash sales. Before you buy anything on this week’s sale, make sure you compare the effective prices (price after cashback) on Paytm and other rival sites.
  2. Make sure you bundle your purchases with the right cards. Amazon is offering cashback offers to Citibank card users while Snapdeal is running promotions for American Express and Yes Bank users. Bundling these cashback offers will make the deals even sweeter.
  3. If you spot a deal that’s lower than the minimum amount required to get free shipping, add a small book to your cart (ideally less than the shipping fees) to get free shipping on your order. This is presently valid on both Amazon and Snapdeal.

(Also see: Flipkart Republic Day Sale: What’s on Offer)

1. Sony PlayStation 4 1TB
If you’ve waited all this while, now is probably the right time to grab the PlayStation 4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition. Amazon’s Great Indian Sale has Sony’s gaming console down to Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690). The console bundles games like God of War and Infamous Second Son. The 1TB space is perfect if you prefer digital editions of games, and have enough bandwidth bundled with your Internet plans, though it’s relatively easy to upgrade your PS4’s hard disk. The PlayStation 4 comes with Sony’s new DualShock 4 wireless controller, mono headset, HDMI cable, USB cable, and a power cable. You’ll receive complete 1-year manufacturer warranty with the purchase.

sony_playstation_4_1_tb_ultimate_player_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 33,900 (MRP Rs. 37,690)

Link: Amazon

2. LG Nexus 5X 16GB
The Nexus 5X is finally down to the Rs. 20,000 price point. Amazon is selling it for Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990) on its Great Indian Sale this week. Even though the Nexus 5X did receive its due share of price cuts after launch, this is the lowest we’ve seen so far. If you are in the market for an Android device and prefer the 5-5.2-inch screen sizes, the Nexus 5X is a pretty strong contender at this price. It features a 12.3MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 4K, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC which includes a hexa-core processor, supported by 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box.
Price: Rs. 20,990 (MRP Rs. 31,990)

Link: Amazon

3. JBL SB250 soundbar
The JBL SB250 soundbar is now down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990) on Snapdeal’s Republic of Savings promotional offers this week. The soundbar comes with a wireless subwoofer, and includes support for Bluetooth connectivity. You can use the soundbar with your computer, laptop, mobile phone, or even your big-screen TV. The JBL SB250 also ships with a remote control that allows you to enable/disable the speaker and control volume. The soundbar also ships with a 3.5mm analog cable and an optical cable.

JBL_Cinema_SB250_Wireless_Bluetooth_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 39,990)

Link: Snapdeal

4. LG 43-inch ultra HD TV
Looking for a 4K smart TV that fits your budget? The LG 43-inch 4K smart TV is down to Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900) as part of Amazon offers. The TV normally retails at the Rs. 60,000 price point on all major online stores. It includes two USB and two HDMI ports. LG’s Ultra HD TV supports 4K resolution on an IPS display panel that promises a high quality viewing experience. The TV can also upscale existing content to 4K quality, even though that’s not entirely true 4K resolution. The smart TV runs webOS 2.0 which allows you to run several apps like YouTube, Gaana, etc. At this price point, it makes quite an enticing option if you are in the market for a big-screen TV from a reputed brand.

lg_4k_ultra_hd_tv_amazon.jpgPrice: Rs. 57,999 (MRP Rs. 79,900)

Link: Amazon

5. Sony ILCE-3500J with SEL 18-50 lens
Looking for a great camera at the Rs. 20,000 price point? The Sony ILCE-3500J is now down to Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990) as part of Snapdeal’s Republic Day deals. The digital camera ships with SEL 18-50 lens kit and includes Sony’s 2-year standard warranty. The Sony ILCE-3500J is powered by the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and is capable of capturing videos in full HD. The BIONZ image processor promises to reduce the amount of time it takes to view a photo you’ve just clicked on the camera’s display. The camera also features built-in special effects, if that’s your thing. The built-in flash will allow you to capture photos in the dark.

sony_digital_e_mount_alpha_3500_snapdeal.jpgPrice: Rs. 21,280 (MRP Rs. 25,990)

Link: Snapdeal

6. Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime 16GB
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note Prime 16GB is down to Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999) as part of Amazon Great Indian sale. Combine it with Citibank’s 10% cashback offer on the website or the 15% cashback offer on the app to get an additional discount on the smartphone. The Redmi Note Prime 16GB features a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP primary camera at the back. It runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box, and is powered by Snapdragon 410 SoC which includes a quad-core processor and an Adreno 306 GPU. The smartphone supports dual SIM (4G+4G).

xiaomi_redmi_note_prime_sides.jpgPrice: Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 8,999)

Link: Amazon

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RIP Free Basics, No More Refunds on Amazon, and Other Headlines This Week

RIP Free Basics, No More Refunds on Amazon, and Other Headlines This Week

This week in tech, we’ve seen some major developments on Net Neutrality in India, and also some impressive scientific developments. There were also some big game releases, so there’s a lot to track. Worried you missed out on any news this week? Here are the highlights that we’ve picked this week.

Apple, no stranger to legal tussles, might be back in court again thanks to iPhone Error 53. Google meanwhile is having a good year, and gave CEO Sundar Pichai a record setting stock grant of $199 million, making him the highest paid CEO of a publicly traded company in the US this year.

In India, there’s some interesting news about phones this week – Reliance Retail’s fourth Lyf-branded smartphone, the Flame 1, launched at Rs. 6,490. The phone supports 4G LTE, and will work on Reliance Jio’s network, as well as any other 1800MHz network. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Flame 1 offers dual-SIM support. The handset is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. It packs 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). Reliance isn’t the only player with 4G news this week though – Vodafone rolled out its service in Bengaluru this week.

vodafone_4g_delhi_reuters.jpgHTC has slashed the price of the HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM by Rs. 1,000 – the phone was launched just last month, at Rs. 17,990, and is now available at Rs. 16,990. Speaking of shopping online though, you’re not going to be able to get refunds on phones from Amazon anymore. “All mobile phones that are fulfilled by Amazon, purchased on or after 7th February 2016, will have a replacement only policy. Mobile phone items that are fulfilled by Amazon will no longer be eligible for refunds,” a statement posted on Amazon India’s returns policy page states.

There were some big developments in gaming, as one of the biggest piracy groups in the world announced it won’t crack single-player PC games anymore. This would have given game companies something to feel happy about, except that the group quickly took an about face on the subject. Thegroup’s chief announced they were close to breaking the copy protection on games like FIFA 16. This was apparently because people thought the group was quitting because of the technical challenges in the new copy protection, so it wants to prove that isn’t the case.

At the same time, piracy for shows and movies might get even easier, as you can now stream movies, TV shows on the Pirate Bay so all you need is your browser – no torrents software is needed, thanks to a plugin called Torrents Time. It may not be a very good idea though if you are worried about your privacy and security.

thepiratebay_logo_wiki_1.jpgMeanwhile, at the start of the week, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) laid downregulations on discriminatory pricing that are strongly in favour of net neutrality. These new regulations also don’t allow for Facebook’s Free Basics which is why the social network shut down the project in India.

Not everyone was happy with the decision, which drew a lot of criticism from several Silicon Valley luminaires, especially Facebook board member Marc Andreessen, who said an anti-colonial mindset was hurting India. Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had earlier said he was disappointed by the Trai verdict, he condemned Andreessen’s outburst, saying he found the comments deeply upsetting.

Facebook isn’t the only social network in the spotlight this week though. Twitter has drawn ire for its changes to the timeline, and the company rolled out the new Facebook-like algorithmic timeline. The good news – if you don’t like this feature – is that you can opt out of seeing the updates. CEO Jack Dorsey, under pressure to improve Twitter’s financial prospects, also said he is planning to make Twitter less confusing.

square_dorsey_ap.jpgQualcomm unveiled new Snapdragon SoCs for mobiles, which will probably make their way into phones soon. A fuel-cell maker also talked about new battery technology that could give smartphones a seven day battery life.

On Friday, Albert Einstein’s century-old theory about gravitational waves was confirmed and it’s a major development that may inaugurate a new era of astronomy in which gravitational waves are tools for studying the most mysterious and exotic objects in the universe. That being said, it’s also a pretty complicated subject. If you’re wondering what are gravitational waves, and why should you care, the previous link should have you covered.

These were the big highlights of this week according to us. Did we miss something? Tell us via the comments.

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Amazon Faces US Fine for Failing to Report Injuries

Amazon Faces US Fine for Failing to Report Injuries

Amazon.com Inc. failed to report at least 26 work-related illnesses and injuries in a New Jersey warehouse last year, a federal agency said, the latest indication that low-wage employees who rush to fetch online orders often bear the pain of the speedy, convenient delivery of goods.

The Seattle-based Web retailer faces a $7,000 (roughly Rs. 4.6 lakhs) fine and demands to change its warehouse work environment, according to a citation. The action stems from a July inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Amazon failed to report workplace injuries and exposed employees to amputation risks and failed to provide protective gear. Medical personnel hired by Amazon also provided services beyond their expertise when tending to workers’ medical needs.

As Amazon’s online sales have grown analysts project revenue will climb 20 percent to $107.2 billion this year so has its need to expand its network of fulfillment centers and hire more workers to complete online orders. During the latest holiday shopping season, the Web retailer added more than 100,000 extra staff, who pick items in warehouses as large as several football fields. In 2013, a temporary worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey was crushed to death in a package-sorting conveyor system.

“Failure to properly record occupational illnesses and injuries is hazardous to workers,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “The lack of accurate data can mask patterns of injuries and illnesses that could help uncover conditions with the potential of putting workers at risk. In addition to keeping accurate records, Amazon should address the potential dangers identified in the hazard-alert letters to ensure the safety and health of its fulfillment center employees.”

Craig Berman, a spokesman for Amazon, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The federal agency said warehouse workers are exposed to stress from repeated bending at the waist during shifts lasting 10 hours or more and that the “on-site medical unit provided medical care beyond what is allowed by their licensing and certification, without the supervision of a board-certified qualified medical professional licensed to practice independently.”

The citation gives Amazon 15 business days to pay the fine and comply with OSHA’s requests, seek an informal conference with the agency or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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