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Fast Company has named Apple the world’s most innovative company, highlighting the 2017 product and software line-up to be a hit since the iPad in 2010.

In the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018” list from Fast Company, ranking at the top position is Apple, followed by Netflix in second place, Square in third, Tencent in fourth, and Amazon in fifth. While this year’s list ranks Apple at the top and Amazon at fifth, last year’s list placed the iPhone-maker at fourth position and Amazon at the top.

Fast Company praises Apple’s 2017 line-up, including Apple Watch Series 3, AirPods, ARKit, and iPhone X. It goes on writing about Apple’s hardware-software engineering efforts that make iPhone X (and other Apple devices) faster than the competition from rival companies.

For a company slagged for not having had a hit since the iPad in 2010, Apple had a notable 2017: Its wireless AirPods became ubiquitous around the country; the Apple Watch Series 3 is a bestseller; developers embraced ARKit, its AR framework; and even skeptics were blown away by the iPhone X.

Fast Company also criticizes the fact that Android smartphone makers use a common chip whereas Apple makes its own chip for use in iOS devices, which makes it optimized for particular hardware and software integration.

Despite competition from companies like Google and Amazon, Apple “has made major inroads” in the field of AI, with its privacy-centric approach to the same. Fast Company notes how Apple performs most of the AI operations on-device, instead of parsing data to the server farm.

For instance, it uses AI techniques to wring as much life as possible out of the iPhone’s battery. Because of Apple’s privacy-driven decision to limit the amount of information it aggregates and analyzes in the cloud, it also does much of its AI right on the devices rather than using massive server farms.

Google, Microsoft and Samsung couldn’t make it to the top 50 on Fast Company‘s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018” list.

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OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11

OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.

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OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.

Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.

The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.

OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.

You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.

That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.

Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.

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OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China

OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.

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OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.

While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.

For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.

/ 9to5Google

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Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany

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Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.

Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.

At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.

Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.

/ MacRumors

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