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Vivo X20 Plus UD with in-display fingerprint sensor to launch on January 25
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:05 pm
TRAI gives a go-ahead to in-flight mobile and internet connectivity
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:03 pm
LG X4+ brings military-grade durability and Hi-Fi DAC to the masses
Posted: January 19, 2018, 4:48 pm
Sony not giving up on Xperia smartphones yet, waiting for the next paradigm shift
Posted: January 19, 2018, 4:05 pm
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may have an in-screen selfie camera
Posted: January 19, 2018, 2:20 pm
WhatsApp Business app for Android launched: 10 things you need to know
Posted: January 19, 2018, 1:33 pm
Nokia 9, Nokia 1 (Android Go) and more expected to launch on February 25, a day ahead of MWC 2018
Posted: January 19, 2018, 1:15 pm
Google awards researcher over $100,000 for finding critical flaw in Pixel phones
Posted: January 19, 2018, 12:42 pm
Instagram latest update now shows when you were last active
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:45 am
Intel says 90 per cent of its CPUs have received patches to protect against Spectre and Meltdown
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:43 am
Tecno Camon i quick review: A decent bezel-less smartphone for the masses
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:30 am
WhatsApp Business app for Android launched in select countries
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:59 am
Fitbit Ionic review: High on fitness tracking, low on smarts
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:30 am
Fitbit Ionic launched in India at Rs 22,990, boasts of 5-day battery life and 5ATM rating
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:15 pm
Honor View 10 gets facial unlock via software update
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:53 pm
WhatsApp allows iPhone users to watch YouTube videos in PiP mode
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:32 pm
Idea announces Magic Cashback offer to take on Jio 100 per cent cash back offer
Posted: January 18, 2018, 3:30 pm
Motorola opens 50 Moto Hubs in a day, expands offline retail strategy
Posted: January 18, 2018, 3:15 pm
Sony Xperia XZ Pro launch expected on February 26 at MWC 2018
Posted: January 18, 2018, 2:30 pm
Xiaomi Mi 7 expected at MWC 2018
Posted: January 18, 2018, 2:03 pm
Tecno Camon i launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything else
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:45 pm
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime quick review: This one wants you to shop till you drop
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:34 pm
Tecno Camon I with edge to edge display, 13MP selfie camera launched in India at Rs 8,999
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:17 pm
Apple iOS fix to disable intentional iPhone slowdown is coming next month
Posted: January 18, 2018, 12:45 pm
Meizu M6s with 18:9 display, Exynos SoC, side-mounted fingerprint sensor launched in China
Posted: January 18, 2018, 11:40 am
Samsung Mall isn't Bixby, it's much more than that
Posted: January 18, 2018, 10:45 am
5 reasons why the Honor 9 Lite at Rs 10,999 should worry the competition
Posted: January 18, 2018, 10:15 am
Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally coming to India and it will likely cost you a bomb
Posted: January 17, 2018, 5:45 pm
Xiaomi responsible for WhatsApp obsolete error, says new version available on Mi App Store
Posted: January 17, 2018, 5:29 pm
Honor 9 Lite launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know
Posted: January 17, 2018, 4:15 pm
Fiil Diva Pro headphones review: Has the look and the sound, but lacks the touch
Posted: January 17, 2018, 2:41 pm
Huawei Honor 9 Lite review: A solid, compact budget smartphone
Posted: January 17, 2018, 2:15 pm
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launched starting at Rs 12,990, comes with all-in-one shopping service called Mall
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:50 pm
Honor 9 Lite with glass design, four cameras and Android Oreo launched in India at Rs 10,999
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:36 pm
Orkut is making a comeback in India under a new name called Hello
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:15 pm
Facebook Messenger admits the app is too cluttered, promises to simplify in 2018
Posted: January 17, 2018, 12:39 pm
Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play, X5, Z3 and Z3 Play leak in full glory
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:38 am
JioPhone Rs 153 revamped to offer 1GB daily data for 28 days
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:04 am
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ launch set for February 26, shipping to start from March 16
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:30 am
Honor 9 Lite with four cameras, glass unibody design set to launch in India today
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:15 am
Xiaomi resumes Mi A1 Android Oreo roll-out after brief suspension
Posted: January 16, 2018, 6:00 pm
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has over 12,000 skills in India now
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:30 pm
Flipkart Republic Day sale from Jan 21:Pixel 2 XL at Rs 48,999, Mi Mix2 at Rs 29,999 and more
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:15 pm
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Review: The most feature rich fitness tracker you can buy at its price
Posted: January 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 may have a massive 7-inch FHD+ screen, and a massive 5,500mAh battery
Posted: January 16, 2018, 2:00 pm
Moto E5 leaked image reveals rear mounted fingerprint sensor, expected to launch in April 2018
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:15 pm
Apple may not update its top-of-the-line MacBook Pro this year
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:06 pm
Vivo opens its own online store in India to take on Xiaomi and OnePlus
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:00 pm
Baba Ramdev's Patanjali products will now be available on Flipkart, Amazon & Paytm Mall
Posted: January 16, 2018, 12:47 pm
Google Art & Culture app now lets you match your face to a famous painting
Posted: January 16, 2018, 12:30 pm
Honor 8 will not be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update, company confirms
Posted: January 16, 2018, 11:45 am
Motorola Gamepad Moto Mod review: Pricey but worth it for gamers
Posted: January 16, 2018, 11:15 am
OnePlus responds to credit card fraud reports in India, says it’s investigating
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:45 am
Samsung set to debut an all-in-one shopping service called Mall on Jan 17
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:33 am
HTC U11 EYEs tones down the U11+, adds dual front cameras for portrait selfies
Posted: January 15, 2018, 4:40 pm
Micromax set to launch first Android Oreo Go Edition phone, Bharat Go this month
Posted: January 15, 2018, 2:32 pm
Aadhaar cards: UIDAI enables face recognition to get more Indians on board
Posted: January 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
Samsung apparently showed its foldable display smartphone privately at CES 2018
Posted: January 15, 2018, 1:53 pm
Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update
Posted: January 15, 2018, 1:50 pm
Samsung to ramp up online sales to take on Xiaomi
Posted: January 15, 2018, 1:02 pm
Honor 9 Lite launching in India on January 17, could be priced less than Rs 15,000
Posted: January 15, 2018, 12:30 pm
Amazon Great Indian Sale starts on Jan 21, discounts on OnePlus, Apple and Samsung smartphones
Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:57 am
Facebook to launch home video chat device Portal to take on Amazon Echo Show
Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:35 am
WhatsApp obsolete error faced by some users, company working on a fix
Posted: January 15, 2018, 11:01 am
BSNL to offer 50 per cent more data, extended validity under select prepaid plans
Posted: January 13, 2018, 2:45 pm
HTC 10 users start receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update
Posted: January 13, 2018, 1:15 pm
Google takes down 60 gaming apps with pop-up porn malware
Posted: January 13, 2018, 12:30 pm
Honor 9 Lite quick review: Sleek, shiny and promising
Posted: January 13, 2018, 11:36 am
Samsung Galaxy S9 full specs leaked ahead of MWC launch, stereo speakers & variable aperture camera tipped
Posted: January 12, 2018, 5:15 pm
WhatsApp testing feature that will allow it to dismiss group admins
Posted: January 12, 2018, 4:59 pm
HTC U11 EYEs with bezel-less display, Snapdragon 652 to launch on January 15
Posted: January 12, 2018, 4:43 pm
Xiaomi halts Mi A1 Android Oreo roll-out to fix some grueling bugs
Posted: January 12, 2018, 4:38 pm
Honor 9 Lite with four cameras set to launch in India on 17th January
Posted: January 12, 2018, 3:45 pm
Honor 7x, Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9i to get Android 8.0 update soon
Posted: January 12, 2018, 3:45 pm
Nokia 8 scores poorly in DxOMark camera tests, Google Pixel 2 still rules the chart
Posted: January 12, 2018, 12:51 pm
BSNL offers 2GB free data to new GSM data subscribers
Posted: January 12, 2018, 12:35 pm
Microsoft finally adds end to end encryption to Skype
Posted: January 12, 2018, 12:08 pm
Flipkart Apple week: Discounts, cashbacks on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPad Pro and more
Posted: January 12, 2018, 11:30 am
Top 5 under Rs 20,000 phones we are waiting for
Posted: January 12, 2018, 11:00 am
Facebook goes old-school, will show more content from friends and family in News Feed now
Posted: January 12, 2018, 10:26 am
OnePlus 6 launch set for June, Snapdragon 845 confirmed for it
Posted: January 12, 2018, 9:45 am
Samsung Galaxy A8+ quick review: To infinity and beyond, at half the cost
Posted: January 12, 2018, 8:30 am
Smartron t.phone P quick review: This budget smartphone goes big on battery
Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:00 pm
Honor 9 Lite with four cameras set to launch in India on 17th January
Posted: January 11, 2018, 3:15 pm
Smartron t.phone P launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything you need to know
Posted: January 11, 2018, 1:45 pm
Facebook testing a new section for local news called Today In
Posted: January 11, 2018, 1:26 pm
HMD Global set to bring back Nokia Asha phones as per new trademark filing
Posted: January 11, 2018, 12:15 pm
WhatsApp groups chats prone to hacking
Posted: January 11, 2018, 11:36 am
Smartron t.phone P launched with 5000mAh battery, goes on sale on January 17
Posted: January 11, 2018, 11:00 am
OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition launched at Rs 37,999, open sale starts from Jan 20
Posted: January 11, 2018, 10:30 am
Samsung Galaxy A8+ vs Honor View 10: The Rs 30,000 question
Posted: January 11, 2018, 9:15 am
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ launch set for MWC 2018 in February: Report
Posted: January 10, 2018, 6:44 pm
UIDAI announces virtual Aadhaar ID, hopes it will solve privacy problems
Posted: January 10, 2018, 3:10 pm
iVOOMi launches two new affordable smartphones
Posted: January 9, 2018, 1:45 pm
Amazon Alexa is coming to select Windows 10 PCs this year
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:28 pm
Honor to launch a quad camera smartphone in India, could be Honor 9 Lite
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:22 pm
Vivo to unveil first smartphone with Synaptics' under display fingerprint sensor at CES 2018
Posted: January 8, 2018, 5:19 pm
Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra and Xperia L2 launched with Snapdragon 630, rear fingerprint sensor
Posted: January 8, 2018, 4:17 pm
OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition India launch set for January 11
Posted: January 8, 2018, 3:18 pm
Samsung Galaxy S9+ may have a whopping 512GB storage variant for select markets
Posted: January 8, 2018, 2:14 pm
Honor View 10 now on sale in India: 10 reasons why it is the best under Rs 30,000 phone
Posted: January 8, 2018, 2:05 pm
Nokia 6, Nokia 8 available at Rs 1,500 discount on Amazon India, but there's a catch
Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:50 pm
Samsung's new Notebook 7 Spin 2018 comes with 360-degree rotating touchscreen
Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:14 pm
WhatsApp delete for everyone bug lets anyone recall their sent messages even after 7 minutes
Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:04 pm
Apple should do something to stop youth from getting addicted to iPhones: Investors
Posted: January 8, 2018, 12:34 pm
Digital India: Indian Railways to equip all 8,500 stations with Wi-Fi
Posted: January 8, 2018, 12:18 pm
Google loses 250 bikes every week
Posted: January 8, 2018, 11:52 am
Google Doodle today is about Fearless Nadia, an Australian who became Hunterwali in India
Posted: January 8, 2018, 11:36 am
CES 2018: Intel unveils 8th Gen Core processors
Posted: January 8, 2018, 11:21 am
Airtel revamps Rs 448, Rs 509 plans, offers longer validity to take on Jio
Posted: January 8, 2018, 11:01 am
Acer Swift 7 with Intel Core i7 processor launched as world's thinnest laptop
Posted: January 8, 2018, 10:36 am
Nokia 6 India users receiving Oreo beta update, final release well on track: HMD Global
Posted: January 8, 2018, 9:06 am
Jio revises all 1GB per day tariff plans: Here's what it offered and what has changed
Posted: January 6, 2018, 5:50 pm
This is why Twitter didn't block Donald Trump for his controversial nuclear button tweet
Posted: January 6, 2018, 4:10 pm
OnePlus starts rolling out Android Oreo to OnePlus 5 as OxygenOS 5.0.1 update
Posted: January 6, 2018, 3:53 pm
Micromax Bharat 5 Plus with 5000mAh battery now listed on company website
Posted: January 6, 2018, 2:30 pm
Airtel offers 5GB additional data to home broadband users as JioFiber launch nears
Posted: January 6, 2018, 1:27 pm
Moto G4 Play users start receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, may not get Oreo
Posted: January 6, 2018, 12:45 pm
Nokia 6 (2018) vs Xiaomi Mi A1: Cut from the same cloth
Posted: January 6, 2018, 10:28 am
Jio updates existing 1GB per day data plans to offer 50 per cent more data, here are all the changes
Posted: January 5, 2018, 7:52 pm
All voice call services to stop on phones from Jan 7? Yes, says a mystery SMS
Posted: January 5, 2018, 5:19 pm
Android Malware found targeting over 232 banking apps including Indian banks
Posted: January 5, 2018, 5:02 pm
Samsung Galaxy A8+ India launch set for January 10
Posted: January 5, 2018, 4:21 pm
Flipkart wants you to give up your OnePlus 5 for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 & it's happy to help
Posted: January 5, 2018, 4:09 pm
WhatsApp users sent 20 billion messages on New Year's Eve
Posted: January 5, 2018, 3:55 pm
Nokia 6 2018 Vs Nokia 6: All souped up and ready to go
Posted: January 5, 2018, 3:39 pm
Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale offers Pixel 2 at Rs 39,999, Galaxy S7 gets Rs 16,400 discount
Posted: January 5, 2018, 3:06 pm
Spectre, Meltdown security bugs: Problem, risk to phone users and everything else explained in 10 points
Posted: January 5, 2018, 2:05 pm
Airtel partners with itel to launch A40, A41 4G smartphones at effective price of Rs 3,099
Posted: January 5, 2018, 1:54 pm
Nokia 6 (2018): Specs, price, features and everything you need to know
Posted: January 5, 2018, 1:32 pm
Idea offers unlimited calls, 1GB data at Rs 93 to beat Airtel, Jio
Posted: January 5, 2018, 12:30 pm
Story behind Meltdown: Here's how a researcher hacked his own computer to find the flaw
Posted: January 5, 2018, 12:29 pm
Nokia 6 2018 launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 16MP camera with Dual-Sight & more
Posted: January 5, 2018, 11:43 am
Apple confirms all Mac, iOS devices affected by Spectre and Meltdown flaws
Posted: January 5, 2018, 11:24 am
Samsung Galaxy X may have pressure sensitive display
Posted: January 5, 2018, 11:11 am
Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 leaked in renders ahead of launch
Posted: January 5, 2018, 11:04 am
Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T, Pixel 2 XL: Best phones to buy this January
Posted: January 5, 2018, 9:39 am
Honor View 10 vs OnePlus 5T: Flagship killers battle it out
Posted: January 5, 2018, 8:59 am
OnePlus 5T Sandstone White Limited Edition launched
Posted: January 5, 2018, 8:53 am
Nokia 6 2018 launch set for today
Posted: January 5, 2018, 8:39 am
Microsoft Xbox One X launched in India at Rs 44,990, to start selling from Jan 15
Posted: January 4, 2018, 5:32 pm
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 launched at Rs 9,500, promises 9 hours of video playback
Posted: January 4, 2018, 5:13 pm
Nokia 6 (2018) leaked in live images ahead of January 5 launch
Posted: January 4, 2018, 4:35 pm
10.or D review: A worthy challenger to the Redmi 5A
Posted: January 4, 2018, 3:19 pm
Honor View 10 with bezel-less display, AI features to launch in India on 8 January for Rs 29,999
Posted: January 4, 2018, 3:02 pm
Highest paying IT jobs: Security Architects on top with Rs 19 lakh average income, cloud engineers in demand too
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:57 pm
Vodafone offering Rs 1,500 cashback on buying Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro, J7 Nxt, J7 Max, but there's a catch
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:45 pm
Huawei P20 with three cameras, iPhone X like notch may launch on February 26
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:44 pm
Samsung announces Exynos 9810 chipset with deep learning, expected to power Galaxy S9
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:37 pm
Engineering skills aren't key, communication and 6 other skills determine success: Google study
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:10 pm
Salary of new Infosys CEO revealed, not as high as you expect it to be
Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:03 pm
LG G7 not happening as company set to re-brand its flagship line-up
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:51 pm
Samsung confirms Galaxy J2 2018 launching soon, accessories now up for grabs
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:38 pm
Meltdown and Spectre bugs: If your computer has Intel processor it's time to freak out
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:33 pm
Your Aadhaar number on sale for Rs 500, all Aadhaar-linked details of 1 billion Indians leaked
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:09 pm
You can turn your Instagram stories into WhatsApp status soon
Posted: January 4, 2018, 12:06 pm
HTC U12 render reveals bezel-less display, expected to launch in first half of 2018
Posted: January 4, 2018, 11:13 am
Samsung Galaxy A8+ India launch soon, to be available on Amazon
Posted: January 4, 2018, 10:45 am
Google Pixel 2 at Rs 39,999 on Flipkart is a no-brainer. Go get it now
Posted: January 4, 2018, 9:32 am
LG V30 Raspberry Rose variant announced ahead of CES 2018
Posted: January 3, 2018, 12:30 pm
Nokia 6 2018 edition may launch on January 5
Posted: January 3, 2018, 12:30 pm
CES 2018: Samsung C-Lab to showcase smart glasses, directional speakers and more
Posted: January 3, 2018, 12:18 pm
Xiaomi Mi 7 confirmed to come with wireless charging
Posted: January 3, 2018, 10:59 am
Flipkart sells Pixel 2 at Rs 39,999, iPhone 8 at Rs 54,999 and Galaxy S7 at Rs 26,990
Posted: January 3, 2018, 10:30 am
Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB variant launched at Rs 10,999, but get it for Rs 9999 on Flipkart today
Posted: January 3, 2018, 9:00 am
OnePlus 5T sandstone white variant launch set for January 5
Posted: January 2, 2018, 6:11 pm
Aadhaar-mobile linking: UIDAI says IVR and OTP options coming soon, directive issued to telcos
Posted: January 2, 2018, 6:04 pm
Google and Micromax working on Rs 2000 Android Go phone, launch possible on January 26
Posted: January 2, 2018, 5:45 pm
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 maybe in the works
Posted: January 2, 2018, 4:45 pm
Pixel XL gets a massive price cut, now available at Rs 39990 on Amazon India
Posted: January 2, 2018, 4:00 pm
Here is why WhatsApp can't ignore India anymore
Posted: January 2, 2018, 3:30 pm
JioPhone is now available on Amazon India, but don't fall for it
Posted: January 2, 2018, 1:34 pm
Xiaomi Mi A1 with Android 8.0 Oreo makes it the best under Rs 15,000 phone right now
Posted: January 2, 2018, 1:22 pm
Google Pixel 2 review: Small wonder
Posted: January 2, 2018, 1:02 pm
LG to showcase world's largest 88-inch 8K OLED TV at CES 2018
Posted: January 2, 2018, 12:09 pm
WhatsApp finally pulls plug on these smartphones
Posted: January 2, 2018, 12:00 pm
Apple likely to acquire Netflix this year, say analysts
Posted: January 2, 2018, 11:34 am
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra shows up online with dual selfie cameras
Posted: January 2, 2018, 11:16 am
OnePlus 5T now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo-based Oxygen OS open beta 1
Posted: January 2, 2018, 11:01 am
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ new renders show off dual front cameras, thin bezels
Posted: January 2, 2018, 10:55 am
Airtel revises Rs 799 prepaid plan, now offers 3.5GB data, unlimited calls for 28 days
Posted: January 2, 2018, 9:00 am
Nokia 9, OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9 & more: Smartphones to look forward to in 2018
Posted: January 2, 2018, 8:28 am
Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB storage variant launched in India at Rs 10,999
Posted: January 1, 2018, 3:39 pm
Samsung investigating possible Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 battery issue
Posted: January 1, 2018, 1:23 pm
Pixel, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X get Pixel 2 camera portrait mode with Camera NX app
Posted: January 1, 2018, 1:22 pm
Apple slowed down old iPhones and apologised, now what about slow Android phones
Posted: December 30, 2017, 11:15 am
Apple's battery woes: Apology and what else it is offering to consumers. Everything you need to know
Posted: December 29, 2017, 2:02 pm
Best of 2017: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 most premium high-end phone, Xiaomi Redmi 5A best entry-level option
Posted: December 29, 2017, 2:00 pm
Gionee M7 Power review: This one is for road warriors
Posted: December 29, 2017, 11:15 am
Smartphones in 2017: Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T showed dual-cameras, bezel-less screens, stock Android ruled
Posted: December 28, 2017, 8:30 am
LG V30+ review: Lights, camera, action
Posted: December 14, 2017, 10:45 am
LG V30+ launched in India at Rs 44,990: Full specs, top features and everything you need to know
Posted: December 13, 2017, 2:27 pm
WhatsApp testing Private Replies, Tap to Unblock and more in beta version
Posted: December 11, 2017, 9:12 am
A day without Google apps: The good, the bad and the ugly
Posted: December 5, 2017, 10:44 am
Snapchat redesign could hurt the already ailing social platform
Posted: November 30, 2017, 5:47 pm
Delhi is choking. The Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 makes so much more sense now
Posted: November 9, 2017, 10:19 am
Google Pixel 2 XL review: Best Android phone but with one flaw
Posted: November 6, 2017, 10:46 am
NEVER use a debit card for shopping online, and here is why
Posted: October 25, 2017, 10:00 am
Top phones to buy under Rs 10,000: Xiaomi leads the pack
Posted: September 20, 2017, 11:24 am
Nokia is back with Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, but let's hope Nokia is not late
Posted: June 13, 2017, 4:30 pm

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Samsung has reportedly applied for a trademark on Micro QLED and 8K QLED in its home country of South Korea, reports Yonhap. The trademark application has been made by Samsung with the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service. News of the trademark filing has led to speculation that Samsung might be planning to launch a new range of televisions sporting the new display technology. While there are no details available on Micro QLED, it is expected to combine MicroLED and Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology. Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology helps improving colour volumes and brightness but requires backlighting. Quantum dot crystals absorb light from the line of LEDs behind them. An improvement in brightness is also a core requirements for HDR playback. Samsung’s QLED TVs were also the first to achieve 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space. MicroLED, on the other hand, offers better contrast and faster response times that traditional LCD technology. It uses tiny light-emitting diodes to produce a crisper image with more well defined colours. Samsung recently unveiled the world’s first 146-inch modular MicroLED TV called “The Wall” at CES 2018. The Wall uses micrometer (µm) scale LEDs that serve as their own light source so no backlighting is required. Further, Samsung’s trademark application for 8K QLED is in line with its announcement of the 85-inch 8K TV called the Q9S it unveiled at CES this year. The Q9S TV also boasts of AI features and Samsung is expected to bring it to market in the second half of 2018.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:31 pm
It seems we might see another major showing by Nokia at this year’s MWC. HMD Global’s Chief Product Office, Juho Sarvikas posted a tweet which suggested that the company may be planning something big. “Sorry for radio silence. Been super busy planning #MWC2018. Please expect it to be awesome,” Sarvikas said in his tweet. Nokia has also sent out media invites for its presentation, which will be held on February 25. It should be noted that last year’s MWC was also a pretty big deal for the company as it globally unveiled its lineup of Android powered devices as well as its new Nokia 3310 feature phone. Almost the entire lineup of the company’s 2017 smartphones except for the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 were unveiled at the event. Details of what Nokia may be planning to launch at this year’s MWC are not yet known, but the company will most likely unveil the Nokia 1 and the Nokia 9 smartphones. The Nokia 1 is expected to be a budget offering from the company and may run Android Oreo (Go Edition). It is expected to be powered by a MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. It is also tipped to offer 8GB of storage and be equipped with a 720p display. The Nokia 9 is expected to be the company’s new flagship smartphone. The device is tipped to feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD display. It is also expected to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and offer 6GB of RAM. In terms of space, the device may be available in 64GB and 128GB variants. Other features that the phone may offer include IP67 water and dust resistance, and possibly the removal of the 3.5 audio jack. Besides these two, the company may also release a global variant of the Nokia 6 (2018) smartphone that was launched in China earlier this month. The new phone sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The phone is equipped with a 3000mAh battery and is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. There is also a possibility of the company unveiling a 4G variant of the Nokia 3310. The phone was spotted in Chinese certification website, TENAA. However, unlike the 2017 version of the phone, the new phone is tipped to run YunOS, which is capable of running a few Android apps.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:31 pm
For years now GPU makers have been using GDDR5 memory as standard to work along with their respective graphics processors, but that might change this year. Samsung, which is a prominent memory maker in the world has commenced mass production of its GDDR6 memory chips. The new DRAM standard is based on the company’s 10nm technology and is available in 16GB which is double to that of the company’s 20-nanometer 8Gb GDDR5 memory. Samsung claims that with a 18Gbps pin speed, the new chips can hit a speed of 72GBps. What’s more, this new DRAM solution will run more efficiently as it requires just 1.35V. In contrast, GDDR5 currently provides pin speed of 9Gbps at 1.55V. Jinman Han, Senior Vice President, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics, said, “Beginning with this early production of the industry’s first 16Gb GDDR6, we will offer a comprehensive graphics DRAM line-up, with the highest performance and densities, in a very timely manner. By introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, we will strengthen our presence in the gaming and graphics card markets and accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems”. Samsung is certain that this new memory will play a critical role in the early launches of next-generation graphics cards. According to the company, it will also play an important role in rapidly growing fields such as 8K Ultra HD video processing, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). Samsung, however, is not the only player with a GDDR6 memory in the market. Last year SK Hynix also introduced its version of GDDR6 memory which is based on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET process. The company also disclosed at that time that the new chip is being developed for a for a client, for use in an upcoming high-end graphics card to be released in early 2018. 
Author: hardik.singh@digit.in (Hardik Singh)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:31 pm
Hasselblad has announced its latest multi-shot camera, the H6D-400c MS priced at $47,995 (Rs 30,65,000 approx). It is a medium format camera featuring a 100-megapixel sensor and the company claims it’s the only multi-format system equipped with the multi-shot feature. It’s targeted to be used by institutions, organizations, and museums worldwide and can also be rented via local Hasselblad sales rep at EUR 399 (Rs 31,100 approx). The device will ship starting March 2018. The Hasselblad H6D-400c is a successor to the H6D single shot camera and encompasses all of the previous device’s functions. The new camera leverages the multi-shot technology to capture 6 images at an effective resolution of 400MP or 100MP resolution in either 4 shot Multi-Shot capture or single shot mode.The device needs to be tethered to a PC or MAC in order to capture Multi-Shot images. While capturing 6 images in 400MP multi-Shot mode, the sensor is moved one pixel at a time to shoot 4 photos and get real colour data. After this, the cycle returns the sensor to its starting point and then moves it horizontally by half a pixel and again by half a pixel vertically to obtain two more exposures. These total six exposures are then merged by the camera to create a single 400MP 16 bit TIFF image of 23200 x 17400p resolution which is about 2.4GB in size. Apart from the sensor, the H6D-400c MS also features a USB Type-C port, dual media card slots (CFast 2.0 and SD card),  Hasselblad's True Focus II autofocus technology, a 3-inch touchscreen rear display, up to a 60-minute shutter speed, HDMI, Wi-Fi, and audio input. It can record Full HD and 4K UHD RAW video.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 5:31 pm
WhatsApp has announced the launch of its WhatsApp Business app on the Google Play Store. WhatsApp Business for Android is an app designed to help businesses interact with and reach customers through the messaging platform. Businesses will be able to create their own profiles complete with business description, email or store addresses, and website details, allowing customers to reach them easily. As of now, the WhatsApp Business app has been launched in 5 countries including - UK, US, Italy, Mexico, and Indonesia. It is surprising that WhatsApp chose not to include India in the first launch phase since in their press statement, the company makes multiple mentions of the viability of such an app in a country like India. “From online clothing companies in India to auto parts stores in Brazil. But WhatsApp was built for people and we want to improve the business experience. For example, by making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence,” WhatsApp wrote in a statement. “Over 80% of small businesses in India and Brazil say WhatsApp helps them both communicate with customers and grow their business today (Source: Morning Consult study). And WhatsApp Business will make it easier for people to connect with them, and vice versa, in a fast and simple way,” WhatsApp added. In terms of functionality, the WhatsApp Business App will give business access to various features to help them grow their audience and reach WhatsApp’s 1.3 billion users. Business Profiles will mention useful customer information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website details. Smart Messaging Tools will allow businesses to use quick replies to frequently asked questions by customers. Businesses will also be able to send greeting messages introducing themselves to customers along with away messages when they are not available on the platform. In addition, Businesses on the WhatsApp Business app will be able to access Messaging Statistics and review metrics like the number of messages read to see what's working. WhatsApp Business accounts will show up as separate ‘Business Accounts’ on the chat platform, differentiating them from regular WhatsApp accounts. Businesses will also be able to get Confirmed Accounts once their account phone number is matched with their business phone number. People will be able to block WhatsApp Business accounts the same way they block regular accounts. “People will continue to have full control over the messages they receive, with the ability to block any number, including businesses, as well as report spam,” the company says. WhatsApp Business will also be available on desktop, similar to WhatsApp Web. WhatsApp says that the WhatsApp Business Android app will be “rolling out around the world in the coming weeks,” so that’s when it can be expected to launch in India. Although, a beta test has already been performed in India and businesses such as BookMyShow and MakeMyTrip already have functioning WhatsApp Business accounts.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 4:31 pm
Amazon is hosting its Great Indian Sale starting from 12 AM on January 21 till January 24 and is offering over 160 million products across various categories like smartphones, laptops, audio products and more. The e-commerce website has offered a sneak peek of the upcoming sale and we have scrounged through it to list the best deals of the lot. We have also covered some other deals with other electronics and accessories here. Prime members will get 12 hours of early access to the sale starting 12 PM (noon) from January 20, 2018. New prime members will also get up to Rs 300 cashback while loading Amazon Pay balance. The online retailer is also offering exchange offer and no-cost EMI options on all eligible devices. Customers paying via Amazon Pay during the sale will get an extra 10 percent cashback of up to Rs 200 on all purchases above Rs 250. HDFC Bank customers paying using their Debit or Credit Card and on EMI will receive a 10 percent cashback. Amazon is exclusively launching the Samsung A8+ and On7 Prime with no cost EMI on credit cards along with the Lava Red variant of the OnePlus 5T with no cost EMI on credit cards and an extra Rs 2,000 exchange benefit on the smartphone. LG V30+ Blue variant will also be launched during the sale with a no-cost EMI on credit cards and an extra Rs 5,000 while exchanging on select smartphones. The company will offer up to 35 percent off on mobile phones along with Rs 17,000 off on exchange. There will be special offers on Apple iPhones as well along with up to Rs 3,000 off on Lenovo smartphones, up to Rs 6,000 off on Motorola smartphones. Samsung smartphones will receive up to Rs 7,200, whereas Honor phones will receive a discount of up to Rs 17,000. Apart from smartphones, buyers can also get up to 50 percent off on JBL speakers and Sennheiser headphones. The Laptop category will also observe up to Rs 20,000 off along with up to 40 percent discount on Televisions and a no-cost EMI starting from Rs 1,499 per month.  
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 11:31 am
Instagram has rolled out an ‘Active At’ feature for its mobile app. It’s similar to WhatsApp’s ‘last seen’ feature, however, works only on Direct (Direct Messages). It allows one to see the online status of the user they were conversing with and it reportedly works even for those who are not following your account.  Apart from the new feature, WABetaInfo has also reported that the company is testing a new text-only format for stories along with a screenshot notification feature. A newer version of the app could soon allow users to write text statuses as stories and offer some customization options like choosing from different fonts, backgrounds as well as filters. An Instagram spokesperson commented on the new Active feature saying, "We’re always working on ways to make it easier to have fun, real-time conversations with friends on Instagram. We recently rolled out the ability to see when people you follow or message in Direct were last active on Instagram, and they can see when you were last active. Activity status only appears in the Direct inbox and you can control the visibility of your activity status in Settings." Another report suggests that Instagram is testing out a nifty security feature as well. The screenshot notification feature will reportedly notify the user when anyone captures a screenshot of their stories. As per the report, the app won’t send notifications when a story is captured as a screenshot the first time, but it will do so subsequently. Facebook could also soon let their users post Instagram "Stories" directly to WhatsApp as their Status. The company is reportedly testing a new feature to let users post decorated photos, videos and GIFs on WhatsApp which will disappear after 24 hours. You can read more about this here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:31 am
Facebook Messenger was hit with a bug which caused iOS devices to freeze while typing. The problem is relatively new and some users have said that restarting or even reinstalling the app doesn’t fix it. Some users took to Twitter for venting their frustration, soon after which the company issued a statement saying, “On January 17th, we learned that a very small number of people who were using Messenger on iOS had some trouble in typing messages. We investigated and the problem is resolved. We are sorry for any inconvenience.” Facebook didn’t reveal what’s causing the bug, but it seems that it’s limited to a handful of users.  Tonight’s problem with Facebook Messenger: I can’t type more than a few words before it won’t let me type anything else. Restarting my phone and re-downloading the app did nothing. — AJ Roccaforte (@AJRoccaforte) January 18, 2018 Facebook is also aiming to streamline its messaging app and it could soon sport a cleaner interface. The company’s head of Messenger, David Marcus had recently said in a blog post that the app has grown too cluttered. Talking about what to expect from the app in 2018, the executive said, “Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven’t. While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered. Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year,”  The app was recently hit by Digimine malware, which is a cryptocurrency mining bot. It affected the Messenger's desktop app and web version and was first reported in South Korea after which it spread fast through Messenger to other regions as well. 
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:31 am
Flipkart’s weekly Gaming Friday sale is on right now and there are a bunch of deals related to consoles and gaming laptops. These deals include the gaming brands of almost all top laptop manufacturers such as HP Omen, Lenovo Legion, and Acer Predator and more. There are also deals on the PlayStation and Xbox. Here are the top 3 deals from Flipkart’s Gaming Friday’s sale. Acer Predator Helios 300 Flipkart is offering discounts across the whole range of Acer’s Predator Helios 300 series, with prices starting at Rs 62,990. Further,users can get an additional Rs 12,000 off when exchanging their old laptop. The Acer Predator Helios 300 is available with either a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, with Nvidia 1050 Ti GPU. Click here to check out our review of the Acer Predator Helios 300. Microsoft Xbox One S  The 500GB version of Microsoft’s Xbox One S can be picked up for Rs 26,990, while 1TB version is for Rs 30,990. Both are available with a copy of ‘The Crew’ and ‘Steep’ along with the game that comes bundled with the console itself. This hold true for all three bundles, namely the Assassin’s Creed Origin Bundle, Shadow of War bundle, and Forza Horizon 3 bundle. The highlight of the deal though is the fact that those who opt for this deal can pick up a Xbox One Wireless controller for Rs 974. Click here to check out our review of the Xbox One S. Sony PlayStation 4  Sony’s PlayStation 4 console is also up for sale. The 500GB version of the console with Ratchet and Clank, Horizon Zero Dawn and Drive Club can be picked up for Rs 28,000. The highlight deal is on the two 1TB variants of the console, both of which offer the Uncharted collection along with either Uncharted 4 or The Last of Us Remastered. Buyers can get up to Rs 3,000 off on exchange.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:31 am
Reliance Jio hosted the first India Digital Open Summit in Mumbai on January 19, 2018, in partnership with Linux Foundation Networking Projects and supported by Cisco Systems. The main agenda of the event was to promote open source networking platforms and infrastructure in the Indian scenario to change how we experience telecom and networking in the future. L-R: Mr Mathew Oommen, Reliance Jio, Mr Brian Bronson, Radisys, Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, Mr Adrian Ionel, Mirantis, Mr Akash Ambani, Reliance Jio, Mr Manoj Modi, Reliance Jio As a part of the event, many eminent speakers from the industry delivered keynotes in front of an audience that comprised of participants and stakeholders from a wide range of areas, from startups to established companies. A lot of emphasis was put on how open source has already been leveraged by the enterprise and various companies, resulting in today’s end user experiencing almost end to end open source implementations. Mr Akash Ambani, Board Member, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited Adrian Ionel, CEO and Founder, Mirantis, explored how India is on a path to leveraging open source to bring drastic change into how an average Indian uses telecom services. According to him, every 14 months, the open source codebase, as well as contributors, doubles in volume globally, yet India is not even in the top 10 contributors to the world of open source, with even comparatively smaller countries like Norway having shown great promise in the area. He also went on to recall how Mirantis had started off its partnership with Reliance Jio four years ago and how today Reliance Jio is seemingly leading innovation in the telecom industry in India. Adrian Ionel, CEO and Founder, Mirantis Following him, Brian Branson, CEO and President, Radisys, went into the future of networks from where they stand today - declaring it to be open, unbundled and on the cloud. Mr Scott Gnau, CTO Hortonworks, elaborated on how India is today one of the largest creators and consumers of data in the world and the application of open source to this data would put India truly at the forefront of the world of data analytics as well. Brian Branson, CEO and President, Radisys Other eminent speakers at the event were Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Chairman, Telecom Commission & Secretary (Telecom), Dept of Telecommunications and Mr Akash Ambani, Board Member, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, who elaborated on how the last year, in particular, has completely revolutionised the telecom sector in India and where it is headed in the next few years, in terms of 5G, connected platforms AI and more. Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Chairman, Telecom Commission & Secretary (Telecom), Dept of Telecommunications “At Jio we are committed to contribute and use open source technologies to better our consumer experience.” Mr Akash said, “Our chairman believes that India is on the path to be a technology innovation leader and a technology superpower, and open source community will be a driving force behind this.” He also went on to cite examples of Jio being at the forefront of open source and technology with things like Hello Jio, implementation of OpenStack The summit is still underway and we will be updating this article as it progresses.
Author: arnab.mukherjee@digit.in (Arnab Mukherjee)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:31 am
In a design overhaul, Apple has updated its cumbersome App Store web interface similar to the user-friendly iOS 11 App Store. "The new redesign takes cues from the all-new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the new webpage, you'll see a larger app heading, preceded by 'this app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices'," 9to5Mac reported late on Thursday. As part of the design overhaul, Apple is showcasing app screenshots from its latest iPhone X.  "Previously, the web interface used the old square interface of screenshots from older iPhone devices. In the case of screenshots from apps that are not optimised for iPhone X, Apple still shows the older images," the report added. The Cupertino-based giant redesigned and launched the iOS 11 App Store in September last year.  The design change to the web interface follows the company's decision to remove the App Store from the iTunes desktop application. Apple rolled out a similar redesign for Apple Music on the web last year.  The new look is much more streamlined and makes it clearer how apps can be downloaded on an iOS device.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:31 am
As Samsung heats up the smartphone market in the New Year with two new offerings, the South Korean giant is looking to grow its business across channels, including online, as the year progresses, Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India, said on Friday. "We are wherever our users are. And that's why we have the largest retail network in the country with over 150,000 touch points. We are constantly looking to grow our business and are looking to pave growth stories in all channels including the online space," Warsi told IANS.  Samsung, which is gearing up to take on Chinese rivals in the online segment, has launched two back-to-back "online exclusive" handsets.  The two devices -- Galaxy A8+ and Galaxy On7 Prime -- are from different price segments. While A8+ is priced at Rs 32,990 and will compete in the premium segment, On7 prime starts at Rs 12,990 and will compete in the highly-competitive, mid-price segment.  "A8+ will help Samsung consolidate its leadership in the premium segment (above Rs 30,000) where Samsung has nearly 60 per cent volume market share, according to Gfk," Warsi added. So far, Samsung was reluctant to go all out in the online segment as it has huge stakes in the offline trade, with over 1.5 lakh retail outlets.  Samsung has 43 per cent market share in the offline market, which account for nearly 75 per cent of all smartphones sales.  Besides Amazon and Flipkart, Samsung has partnered with Paytm for online sales. It recently recruited over 5,000 online dealers as part of its tie up with Paytm Mall.  Galaxy A8+ will compete directly with OnePlus in the premium category, while On7 Prime is a strong contender in the Rs 10,000-15,000 price bracket.  "Both the phones have been priced competitively and it seems that Samsung is gearing up to take on Chinese companies' dominance in the online segment," an industry expert said.  The South Korean giant is planning to introduce a number of smartphones in the Galaxy "J" and "On" series in the coming months, industry sources told IANS. Samsung first launched its online exclusive "On" series in 2015. Since then, the company has launched nearly eight models of online exclusive smartphones under the "On" series. The company's focus, said Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice President, Samsung India, is to address consumers' needs in online as well as all price segments. "Our focus is to address consumers' needs across all channels, whether it is online or offline. If our consumers are on a particular channel, we would make sure that we address them," Arora told IANS. Both Galaxy A8+ and Galaxy On7 Prime will start selling on Amazon from January 20.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:31 am
Although Facebook 'Stories' is not as popular as it is on Instagram and WhatsApp, the social media giant is convinced that the feature can fetch money through effective advertising and due to this, the company might soon launch it on desktop. Facebook said that the narrative, ephemeral, camera-first format is the future of sharing… and advertising, Tech Crunch reported late on Thursday. The report said that Facebook was doubling down on 'Stories' by testing the ability to create them from desktop and a much more prominent placement for viewing it atop the News Feed instead of in the sidebar. "We are testing the option to create and share 'Stories' from Facebook on desktop and are also testing moving the Stories tray from the top right corner to above News Feed, just like on mobile," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying. Previously users could only consume 'Stories' on web that had to be created on mobile. Brands, Event promoters and Group admins who manage their Facebook presence from desktop might embrace 'Stories' more now that they can post from there, too, the report pointed out. Advertisers are likely to be more comfortable after getting Stories on desktop. Moreover, a Digiday report said that Facebook was also building an augmented reality (AR) team in London to help it pitch sponsored AR filters to advertisers. Facebook users will be able to upload photos or videos, or shoot them with their webcam to post from desktop. That could attract the monologue-style YouTube vloggers who have trained themselves to talk into their computer.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:31 am
Google has awarded $112,500 (Rs 71,75,300 approx) to Guang Gong, a security researcher form Qihoo 360 Technology’s Alpha Team. Gong reported a severe remote exploit chain flaw affecting Pixel smartphones via Google’s Android Security Rewards (ASR) program in August last year. The researcher was awarded $105,000 (Rs 66,93,225 approx), which the company says is the highest reward in the history of the ASR program along with another $7500 (Rs 4,78,087 approx) by the Chrome Rewards program.  The two bugs, CVE-2017-5116 and CVE-2017-14904 are remote exploit chain vulnerabilities. Google blog says, “CVE-2017-5116 is a V8 engine bug that is used to get remote code execution in sandboxed Chrome render process. CVE-2017-14904 is a bug in Android's libgralloc module that is used to escape from Chrome's sandbox. Together, this exploit chain can be used to inject arbitrary code into system_server by accessing a malicious URL in Chrome.” Google has detailed the exploit on its blog post and thanked Guang Gong along with the entire researcher community for their contributions to Android security. The company also stated that the security flaw was resolved on all Pixel and effected partner devices as part of the December 2017 monthly security update. The company’s Android security team had increased top payouts for the ASR program in June last year. Google had also fixed Android devices affected by the Wi-Fi KRACK vulnerability with its December security patch. The KRACK security vulnerability was recently discovered by a security researcher who revealed that it affected almost every Wi-Fi enabled device. Before the fix, an attacker could potentially exploit the flaw for stealing sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords, emails, and more. You can learn more about it here.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:31 am
The Honor View 10 is slated to receive its AI superpowers in an upcoming OTA update. Huawei has announced that the update will bring the Face Unlock feature along with some more AI-centric features to the Honor View 10. The OTA started rolling out on January 17 and will be available to all users by January 24. After the update, you can unlock the phone by looking at it. It works similarl to how face unlock works on the OnePlus 5T. The phone will not unlock if your eyes are closed. It is also not as secure as your fingerprint right now, so it won’t be used for online payments and the likes. However, the face unlock feature will reveal notifications on the lockscreen after authenticating your face. After the update, the Honor View 10 will not turn off the display if you are looking at it but not interacting with the phone. Additionally, the phone can detect the position of your head and can control the orientation. If you are lying down and looking at the phone, the display will not rotate and maintain the orientation. The update also brings some nifty camera upgrades. You can now change the background of  your selfies. Motion detection is enabled for both the front and rear cameras. The feature essentially detects a moving object and captures the entire movement using machine learning. The camera will also leverage AI to enhance digitally zoomed images. We have reviewed the Honor View 10 and found it to be quite the capacious high-end smartphone. It features the latest HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset that has a dedicated neural processing unit. It is also much cheaper at Rs 29,999 than its main rival , the OnePlus 5T which starts from Rs 32,999. We have also pitched the Honor View 10 against the OnePlus 5T and did a full fledged comparison, which you can read here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 6:31 am
Fitbit has launched its ‘Ionic’ water resistant smartwatch, ‘Flyer’ sweatproof wireless headphones and ‘Aria 2’ smart scale in India priced at Rs 22,990, and Rs 9,990 respectively (for both Aria 2 and Flyer). The devices will be available starting February 2018 from retail chains like Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios and online partners in India.  Fitbit Ionic smartwatch The Ionic smartwatch comes with the new SpO2 sensor which Fitbit claims will make tracking deeper health insights like sleep apnea possible in the future. It also features heart rate tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, GPS tracking, contactless payments, onboard music, smart notifications, and is water resistant up to 50 meters.  The device comes with app support and clock faces, which are available in the Fitbit App Gallery. The smartwatch also supports automatic activity and sleep tracking, cross-platform connectivity, and the company claims that it can last up to 5 days on a single charge  Fitbit Ionic will be shipped in three colour combinations of smoke gray tracker and clasp with charcoal band, silver gray tracker and clasp with blue gray band, and burnt orange tracker and clasp with slate blue band. Fitbit Flyer Fitbit Flyer is the company’s first wireless headphones which sport a sweatproof design and support controls for music and calls. It sports dual microphones supports passive noise Isolation as well. The headphone boasts 6 hours of battery life, has quick charge support, sports multi-device connectivity, and is compatible with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. Fitbit Aria 2 Fitbit has also launched the next iteration of its smart weighing scale, the Aria 2. Akin to its predecessor, the new Wi-Fi smart scale can connect to the Fitbit app (via Bluetooth) and is capable of measuring lean mass, BMI, body fat percentage, and of course, weight. The device supports eight different user profiles while maintaining their data private and it will be available in Black and White colour options. 
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 19, 2018, 6:31 am
Xiaomi has announced that it will be rolling out the latest version of MIUI (MIUI 9) to 40 of its devices. This includes devices as old at the Mi 2 which was launched way back in 2012. The announcement was made via the company’s official Weibo account. The news comes as big surprise to almost everyone considering that most manufacturers rarely offer anything beyond two major updates. Another notable aspect is that the MIUI 9 update will not be limited to the company’s flagship ‘Mi’ series, but will be rolling out to the ‘Redmi’ and ‘Redmi Note’ series.  MIUI 9 is based on the 17-month old Android Nougat OS, not the latest Android Oreo. However, those with old devices should definitely not mind this little fact. Currently, Xiaomi only has one device in its portfolio that offers Android Oreo, which is the Mi A1. The phone is a part of Google’s Android One Program and as such, it offers a stock version of the mobile OS instead of MIUI. It is not known when the company will start rolling out the update to all 40 devices, but it should be sooner rather than later. Further, not all devices were released globally. Here’s a list of all Xiaomi devices scheduled to be updated to MIUI 9. Mi Series Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Xiaomi Mi Mix Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Xiaomi Mi Max Xiaomi Mi 6 Xiaomi Mi 5 Xiaomi Mi 4 Xiaomi Mi 3 Xiaomi Mi 2 Xiaomi Mi 5X Xiaomi Mi 5C Xiaomi Mi 5S Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus Xiaomi Mi 4S Xiaomi Mi 4C Xiaomi Mi Note Xiaomi Mi 2S Redmi Series Xiaomi Redmi 5 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Xiaomi Redmi 5A Xiaomi Redmi 4A Xiaomi Redmi 3S Xiaomi Redmi 3X Xiaomi Redmi 4A Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Xiaomi Redmi Pro Xiaomi Redmi 2S Xiaomi Redmi 2A Xiaomi Redmi 1S Xiaomi Note Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Mi Pad series Xiaomi Mi Pad Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:31 pm
Samsung is close to developing its first neural processing units (NPU) which would feature in the upcoming flagships by the company, according to a report by The Korea Herald. Currently, both Apple and Huawei, two proprietary mobile chipset makers, have their own NPUs in their devices.  The NPU on the iPhone X (review) is used for 3D facial recognition and Animojis, while the one on the Huawei Mate 10 is used to learn your habits over time. The report cites a “source with expertise in AI” who said “Samsung has already reached the technological levels of Apple and Huawei, but will come up with better chips for sure in the second half of the year.”  Samsung’s AI chip is already capable of more operations per second than 600 giga operations per second Apple can do as well as 4 tera operations per second Huawei can do. The report also stated that Samsung will highlight the capabilities of its AI technology during the launch of the Galaxy S9 on February 25 MWC 2018.  While mobile AI is still in its infancy, Samsung is reportedly investing heavily in AI-centric projects and has partnered with researchers from various South Korean universities to make its chips more secure and efficient.  The report states that Samsung’s NPU will be prevalent more in the Galaxy Note 9 which is rumoured to come out in November.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:31 pm
WhatsApp has updated its iOS app with YouTube integration. Users can now watch YouTube videos without exiting WhatsApp with the latest v2.18.11 of the app, which is available for downloaded on the App Store. The new version also updates the app with some bug fixes and general improvements. The new feature was being tested on the Facebook-owned messaging app from sometime. It was first spotted by WABetaInfo in beta testing. Before the update, whenever a user tapped on a YouTube link, it would be played using the YouTube app after moving WhatsApp to the background. However, with the YouTube integration, the video can be played within the app without closing it. Also, it comes with (Picture-in-Picture) PiP mode so that one can still use WhatsApp while viewing a YouTube video. While using the PiP mode, the video is displayed in a floating bubble with simple control options like play, pause, close and fullscreen. The video bubble’s size can also be changed and users have the option of moving it around the screen. We tested the feature and it seems to be working only for the receiver and not the sender. So a sender can’t watch a shared YouTube video in the PiP mode unless it is sent by someone else. The feature is currently available only for iOS users and it’s not known when it will be rolled out for Android. An earlier report tipped that WhatsApp might be working on a new feature for its app, which will enable prevention of spam messages. The feature would reportedly work based on guidelines of notifying users of bulk messages, which a spammer usually sources from the internet or some registration services. You can read more about it here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 5:31 pm
Microsoft has sent out invites for an event scheduled for January 23 where the company is expected to launch the Xbox One X. Microsoft briefly listed the Xbox One X on its India website for Rs 44,990. The listing with the price has since been removed. Microsoft launched the Xbox One X towards the end of 2017 internationally for $499 (Rs 32,000 approximately directly converted). It’s nice to see that the Xbox One X is launching only months after its international release in India. The Xbox One S was launched in India a year after its international release.  The Xbox One X competes with the PS4 Pro, a console that boasts of 4.2 teraflops of graphical capabilities in comparison to the Xbox One X’s 6 teraflops. The PS4 Pro is available for about Rs 32,000 online in India and as of writing this story, the PS4 Pro was in stock. It is available in the grey market for a cheaper price. The Xbox One X is currently available in the grey market for about Rs 40,000.  There are more than 100 games that have been enhanced for the Xbox One X. But remember, each game has a download of about 60GB. Some even go to 75 and a whopping 100GB in a few cases. So, if you are planning to pick up the One X, then ensure you have a high-speed data connection with a large cap.  The only place where Microsoft falls short when compared to its Japanese rival is with exclusive games. Sony had a fantastic 2017 with exclusive games when compared to Microsoft. Microsoft has its play anywhere initiative, which means that when you buy an Xbox version of the game, you get the same for the PC at no extra cost. So, this means that if you have a PC and want to play Xbox games, you no longer need to invest in the console hardware. Sony’s exclusives however are limited exclusively to the PS4 and PS4 Pro. Sony also saw a large number of games launch for its platform along with the PC including Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Nier Automata and Nioh to name a few.  If you currently have the original Xbox One X, or the One S and plan to upgrade to the One X, Microsoft has a process to make the transfer easy for you. To begin with, you can start downloading the 4K patch for the games that have it on your original Xbox One or the One S by going to the settings and enabling download for the 4K assets. 
Author: sameer.mitha@digit.in (Sameer Mitha)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:31 pm
Meizu has launched its latest M6s smartphone in China. The device sports a thin-bezel design and comes with a fingerprint sensor placed on its side, similar to many Sony Xperia smartphones and the Razer Phone. It also comes with a feature called “Super mBack”, which allows users to navigate the device by swiping on a new Halo pressure sensitive button built into the display. The Meizu M6s has been launched in two variants and its 3GB RAM/ 32GB ROM variant is priced at Yuan 999 (Rs 10,000 approx). The 4GB RAM/64GB ROM model costs Yuan 1,199 (Rs 12,000 approx) in China. The smartphone has been launched in Champagne Gold, Matte Black, Moon Silver, and Cobalt Blue colour models. There’s no information on when the Meizu M6s will be launched in India. The Meizu M6s features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels and is powered by a Hexa-core Samsung Exynos 7872 chipset. The company claims that it’s the first smartphone to ship with the 14nm Samsung SoC. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery and as mentioned earlier, comes with a side placed fingerprint sensor. The Meizu M6s comes with a single 16MP rear camera setup with Samsung CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture lens. It uses 5P lens and comes with a dual-tone LED flash. The device is equipped with an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture lens. It is a dual-SIM smartphone which runs on Flyme OS 6.2 on top of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The handset also sports connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11, and VoLTE.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 4:31 pm
An Apple official has announced that the company is developing features targeted at Indian users, including maps and other products. As per a PTI report, the insider tipped that the new project will create over 4000 jobs in the country and the company's team in Hyderabad is focused on developing maps for Apple products. The Apple employee said, "We began initial production of iPhone SE in May 2017 and couldn't be happier with the progress our teams are making. Within the next six months, we plan to run our business in India on 100 percent renewable energy, we're expanding and developing features for Indian customers including support for Hindi dictation and new language keyboards on iOS 11, support for local traffic in maps and up-to-date cricket scores and stats by simply asking Siri," Apple inaugurated its first developer centre in Bangalore last year. As per the report, almost 100,000 apps have been created by Indian app developers, which is an increase of 57 percent in 2016. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook also made a special mention of how rapidly 4G network investment began rolling out during the last quarter in India. “They’re moving at a speed that I have not seen in any other country in the world once they were started, and it is truly impressive,” he said. India is the third largest smartphone market in the world after China and US.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:31 pm
Samsung has announced its latest Exynos 5 Series 7872 SoC, which will power some upcoming mid-range smartphones. It is a hexa-core SoC built upon the company’s 14nm manufacturing process. It features two Cortex-A73 high-performance cores, which handle tasks such as gaming and four Cortex-A53 cores for low power consumption. The processor sports a Cat 7 LTE modem which boasts of 300Mbps download speeds, support for two carriers and 150Mbps upload speeds. Samsung says, “it supports almost every network of 2G, 3G and 4G such as CDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD modes. For global location positioning coverage, the processor embeds a GNSS(Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver.” The SoC features connectivity technologies like Wi-Fi, FM radio, GPS, GLONASS,  and comes with Bluetooth 5.0. The company claims that the single core performance of Exynos 7872 has doubled, compared to its predecessor. Also, the chipset features an improved Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Multi-Format Codec (MFC) that can support up to 21.7MP sensors for both the front and rear cameras. The ISP also enables the chipset to support an iris sensor support of up to 8MP and enables capturing Smart WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) images with hardware support. The Exynos 7872 is also capable of full HD video encoding and decoding at 120fps with H.265 (HEVC) and H.264 codecs, owing to the enhanced MFC. It features the Mali-G71 GPU for handling graphics-intensive tasks and can support up to 1920 x 1200p display resolution. The recently launched Meizu M6s is powered by the Exynos 7872 platform. Meizu says it’s the first smartphone to ship with the new Samsung SoC. The smartphone sports a bezel-less design and comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. You can read more about it here.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 11:31 am
TECNO Mobile, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Transsion Holdings, on Thursday unveiled a selfie-centric smartphone "Camon i" -- its first under the global flagship Camon series -- in India at Rs 8,990. The 5.65-inch HD+ device with 18:9 "Full View" IPS display sports 13MP front camera with dual flash and 13MP rear camera with Quad-LED flash. "The key focus area central to our India strategy for 2018 is 'Camera-centric' smartphones line-up enabled with Full View display. 'Camon i' will play a vital role in bolstering TECNO's India growth story," Lin Qin, Vice President, TRANSSION Holdings, said in a statement. The device offers a wide angle 80-degree selfies, with screen flash and LED flash. The rear camera with 4X flash is optimised with 'Night Shot Algorithm' to make images brighter in low-light conditions. "With Camon series in our portfolio, we are certain that TECNO will soon make it to the Top 5 smartphone brands in India market," Qin added. It is powered by the MediaTek 6737H quad-core 1.3GHZ processor and includes 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. "Camon i" will be available from the first week of February across 30,000 retail outlets.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 10:31 am
Olacabs may look to venture beyond ride sharing in the near future. In an exclusive interview with Digit, Ankit Jain, Vice-President and Head of Ola Play hinted at the possibility of Ola Play not being restricted to just being an in-cab service, and may actually be licensed as a complete infotainment and telematics suite to car makers, and even as a third-party aftermarket solution to retailers and customers. "A lot of people want Ola Play head units in their own cars," said Jain, affirming having received "many emails" from customers enquiring about availability of Ola Play as an infotainment suite outside of Ola's own cabs. Ola's Play services have seen considerable success, and ever since launch, has been rolled out to a large number of taxis. It has also increased in the range of functionality, beginning as a limited offering of music, pre-recorded videos and web series episodes. Of late, Ola is putting a lot of emphasis behind Play, having partnered with YuppTV for live TV services, and with Microsoft to integrate its entire productivity suite to the infotainment system. Jain believes that the level of customisability and range of services has been key to Ola Play's rising demand. "We believe our future cars will have smartphone-like customisability. When we spoke to various OEMs, they felt that our approach was different in terms of what we're looking at, in comparison to what the rest of the industry offers right now." He further added, "Our Play services offer internet connectivity integrated into the car's system, and I have not seen other systems which do that right now." Jain also states that the Ola Play head unit and hardware is ready to support advanced telematics and ADAS systems, and going forward, will be able to synchronise with services like drive alert, collision mitigation and other advanced systems. Olacabs aims to develop Play as a complete suite of services, including the existing entertainment services, Microsoft-powered productivity tools and local aids like nearby public facilities and local eateries. Alongside, it will be fused with advanced driver assist services and telematics to provide a customisable infotainment service and advanced systems that can be retrofitted into a wide range of cars. However, the plan to expand Ola Play's scope of business has not been finalised. "We will first meet our own demands to fit Ola Play systems in our own cars, and only then will we look at all the options available to us to expand the business. We have received a lot of interest from retail customers, OEMs and international markets, and only after we meet our own supply requirements for Ola Play will we look at which of these avenues suit us best," said Jain. Ola Play is expected to take a much larger and pivotal role in shaping the future of Ola's business. The company aims to develop the proprietary ecosystem and make it into a complete suite of customisable in-car services, which Jain believes plays a major differentiating role towards customising cars for a wide range of customers.
Author: souvik.das@digit.in (Souvik Das)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 10:31 am
Sony has started sending out invites for a press conference scheduled in Barcelona on the first day of the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018. The Japanese tech giant’s MWC invite simply states “#SonyMWC” and mentions February 26 as the date. Sony will be holding the event within the MWC venue and will also have a dedicated booth on the showfloor. It is expected that Sony will unveil its Xperia XZ Pro smartphone at the MWC event. If true, the Xperia XZ Pro will join the  Xperia XA 2 Ultra, Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 to add to Sony’s 2018 smartphone lineup. A recent report by MyDrivers suggests that the Sony Xperia XZ Pro will feature a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display. The smartphone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 platform which has been built on the second generation 10nm process and allows 25-30% improvement in speed, 30% more power-efficiency and three times faster AI processing. Needless to say, one can expect the Xperia XZ Pro to boast of some AI features. The device is also expected to run Android Oreo out of the box.  In addition, the Xperia XZ Pro is expected to house 6GB RAM paired with 128GB storage. It may offer a dual-rear camera setup including an 18MP sensor with 1.33μm pixel size and another 12MP sensor with 1.38μm pixel size. At the front, the Xperia XZ Pro is rumoured to feature a 13MP camera. The phone is also tipped to be IP68 dust and water resistant and the entire package is expected to be powered by a 3420mAh battery. Sony recently unveiled the Xperia XA 2 Ultra, Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 at CES 2018. You can read about the phones here.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:31 am
To firm up its retail footprint in the country, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Thursday announced it would open 50 Moto Hubs stores in the capital this month. "We had earlier said that we will be moving into retail. This is the first big step in that direction," Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India, told IANS. In the second phase, the company plans to bring the Moto Hub experience to over 100 cities.  "More than two-thirds of the smartphone customers in the country buy devices at retail stores. Moto Hub addresses this need by offering a complete platform to interact, engage and purchase," Mathur added. The Moto Hub stores will offer the entire portfolio of Motorola devices, including online exclusives such as Moto X4 smartphones and Moto Mods -- magnetically attachable modules that transform the smartphone into a TV projector, a powerful speaker or a camera. The clip-on accessories work with its Z-series of Motorola phones. The Moto Hubs will also offer accessories like on-ear and in-ear headphones, Moto shells and phone covers.  The company currently has 18 exclusive service centres in Delhi and 155 across the country. The Moto Hubs in Delhi will be located at the popular consumer hangout areas. Last month, the company partnered with Poorvika Mobiles across 43 cities in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka and also with Big C and Lot Mobile stores across 55 cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to provide offline access to consumers.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:31 am
Idea Cellular has announced a Magic Cashback offer for its prepaid subscribers. Users recharging their Idea connection with plans priced at Rs 398 and above can receive a cashback of up to Rs 3,300. It should be noted that the offer is only valid while recharging via online/digital platforms and if one recharges via the company’s website or the My Idea App, they will get an extra Rs 200 wallet cashback. Also, one needs to recharge with an unlimited plan priced at Rs 398 or above. The new cashback offer is applicable for all Idea prepaid customers till February 10, 2018. The cashback will be credited back to the user’s account in the form of eight Rs 50 vouchers. These can be availed on subsequent recharges of Rs 300 and above for one year. Under the offer, customers will also receive five shopping coupons worth Rs 2700, which can be redeemed at idea’s partner stores or websites. Sunil Tolani, Digital Head of Idea Cellular, said, “’Magic’ as a concept was introduced by Idea a few years ago, for creating customer delight. We are now happy to extend it online as ‘Magic Cashback’, offering huge benefits worth Rs. 3300. The offer has been designed with incisive telecom and digital analytics to provide a wholesome and exciting proposition to our digital customers. We are maximizing customer gratification by complementing telecom offers with deals in other relevant categories.” The Rs 398 recharge by Idea offers unlimited voice calls on Local, STD and National Roaming. It comes with 1 GB daily data and 100 SMS with a validity of 70 days. The new Magic Cashback offer by Idea comes soon after Jio announced its new cashback offer. Reliance Jio announced the “More than 100 percent cashback” offer exclusively for its Prime customers. Under the new offer, customers will receive a cashback of up to Rs 700 when they recharge their connections with plans priced at Rs 398 or above. The cashback is divided in the form of Jio cashback vouchers worth Rs 400 and Rs 300 on select digital wallets which will be instantly credited back into a user’s account. The offer is valid until January 31 and you can read more about it here.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:31 am
Apple CEO Tim Cook has opened up about the company’s plans to address performance throttling on iPhones in an interview with ABC. Cook was asked about an update on the issue, to which he responded saying that the next iOS developer beta will carry the promised battery management features. He also revealed that the developer beta including the new features will be released next month, and a public release will follow after. Apple had earlier apologised for throttling performance on iPhones to avoid unexpected shutdowns due to ageing batteries. Cook also said that iPhone users will soon be able to disable performance throttling if they are willing to risk unexpected shutdowns due to degrading batteries. The feature to disable throttling will be made available through an upcoming iOS update. The option will allow iPhone users to maintain the performance of their iPhone’s CPU and GPU, but there is no guarantee of them never facing random shutdowns. Apple had previously promised an iOS update “with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.” This could be done through a dedicated battery management tool built into iOS. After the iPhone slowdown issue came to light, Apple reduced the cost of battery replacements on all iPhone 6 or later devices. iPhone battery replacements used to cost Rs 8,200 originally, which has now been cut down to Rs 2,000. Apple had also clarified that older iPhones don’t need to pass the diagnostic test in order to be eligible for the cheaper battery replacement. This means that iPhone batteries for the iPhone 6, 6s, SE and 7 can be replaced without any need for further testing by Apple.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:31 am
US-based technology firm Redmorph on Thursday forayed into the Indian market with its security solution for the Indian smartphone users. Named "The Ultimate Privacy and Security Solution," the app allows users to control and protect their privacy and security online and visualise background functions of apps, OS and websites in real time. The product is equipped with algorithms to audit all system and user apps to determine and minimise risks. With behavioural and predictive analysis, it uses contextual logic to identify and block suspicious or malicious apps. "Consumers are finding it difficult to make informed decisions, allowing apps multiple permissions to access data due to permission fatigue. This could lead to misuse of user data. At Redmorph, we are committed to helping people better protect their privacy online," Abhay Edlabadkar, Founder and CEO of Redmorph, said in a statement. The solution -- priced at Rs 50 per month with 21 days trial and available on Google Play Store -- monitors background behaviour and pro-actively prevents malicious apps from spying on banking, email, social and other critical apps.  Redmorph is a partner of Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Privacy and Security Institute in the US. 
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:31 am
The Chinese online retailer Alibaba could soon launch an over-the-top (OTT) video service for Indian consumers in the next three months. According to a report by The Ken, the e-commerce platform will launch the new service in partnership with Paytm, in which the company has heavily invested, along with its mobile Internet subsidiary UCWeb. Alibaba commented on the development saying, “India is key in our globalisation strategy and we are committed to growing our existing businesses in this market in the long term.” However, a senior Paytm official stated on condition of anonymity, “It’s (the OTT service) an obligatory play. The global player does it, so we have no option but to follow it.” As per the report, Alibaba has been looking for quality content creators and production houses in Mumbai from some time. The company is also said to be headhunting for a Strategic Alliance Head in Gurugram along with a Strategic Alliance Head for Video in either Mumbai or Gurugram. However, the positions are not displayed on the company’s careers portal. The report’s sources state that both the positions would fall under the company’s subsidiary UCWeb. Alibaba could face tough competition in the OTT video service segment in India. There are both global and local content providers in the country like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Voot and more. Hotstar recently announced that it will allow users to view the upcoming Vivo IPL series in Virtual Reality. Users will be able to watch the cricket matches in VR, select from different camera angles and commentary languages, react using cricket emojis, and access on-demand replays and highlights on a “Super-fan feed”.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:31 am
Facebook has introduced a feature called "Watch Party" that will let the members of a group watch videos and interact with each other at the same time. "In a Watch Party, members of a group can watch videos together in the same space at the same time -- videos are chosen by the group admins and moderators and can be any public videos on Facebook (live or recorded)," said Fidji Simoi, Facebook's Vice President of Product in a post late on Wednesday. He said that with everyone watching, commenting and reacting to the same moments together, it creates a shared viewing experience for video that helps build a community. The social media giant is starting to roll out the feature with groups because "a billion people use Facebook groups every month to connect around their passions and hobbies and video is a huge part of this interaction."  The executive also said that viewing the videos together on the platform will also create an engagement which is similar to the one which is created by Facebook Live.  Today, live videos generate an average of six times as many interactions as regular videos.  Facebook said it would learn from the experience and hope to expand "Watch Party" in the future. Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform has always been about personal connections and interactions in meaningful ways.  "As we think about video on Facebook, we're focused on creating experiences that bring people closer together and inspire human connection instead of passive consumption," he had said, adding, "We are excited about what might be possible when we bring the best elements of Live that people love to more video experiences like Watch Parties."
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 18, 2018, 6:31 am
It’s confirmed that Samsung will unveil their upcoming flagship Galaxy S9 series smartphones at MWC 2018 in February. Evan Blass has tweeted the exact launch date for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus along with their pre-order dates and the day they start shipping. Blass cites a “C-level executive at a major casemaker” as his source. As per the report, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be launched on February 26, 2018, and the preorders will commence starting March 1. The devices will reportedly start shipping from March 16, however, the information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Until Samsung confirms anything, they are rumours. DJ Koh, Samsung’s Mobile division head, confirmed at CES 2018 that the Galaxy S9 series smartphones will be showcased at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Going by the rumours on the internet, the smartphones could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the US and are expected to be launched running on the company's latest Exynos 9810 SoC for other regions. A previous leak from  Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) listing tipped that both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus could sport same battery capacity as their predecessors, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The Galaxy S9 is rumoured to sport a 5.8-inch quad HD+ Super AMOLED display and come with an 8MP front-facing camera with an iris scanner feature. It could come with 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage. An image of the smartphone’s retail box was also leaked recently, on which the printed specifications tip at a dual main camera setup with variable aperture, similar to a flip phone which was launched by the company in China. The flip phone’s camera setup had a variable aperture between f/2.4 and f/1.5 for improved low light photography. Additionally, the smartphone could support “super slo-mo” video recording, which will reportedly capture super slow motion videos at 1,000 fps. If this is the case, the Galaxy S9 will surpass the 960fps benchmark set last year by the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are expected to be IP68 water resistant and the stereo speakers on the devices are tipped to be “tuned by AKG”. You can read more about the smartphone here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 5:31 pm
Reliance Jio has updated its Rs 153 prepaid recharge for the JioPhone to offer extra 500MB data daily. Recharging with the plan, the feature phone customers can now avail 1GB of daily 4G data along with unlimited local and STD calls, free SMSes and unrestricted access to Jio’s suite of apps like JioTV, Jio Cinema and more for 28 days. Apart from the refreshed plan, Jio has also introduced two new sachet packs for the JioPhone. Both the Rs 24 and Rs 54 sachet packs offers 500MB high speed data per day, but with 20 and 70 free SMSes at a validity of 2 days and 7 days respectively. The two plans offer free calling, unlimited data (capped at 64Kbps) and complimentary access to Jio apps for two days. It should be noted that the new sachet plans and the refreshed prepaid packs will only work if the Jio SIM is inserted into a JioPhone. The new recharge plans are exclusive for the device, however, Jio Phone users are allowed to recharge with any plan being offered by the telco. The revamped Rs 153 recharge offers the same amount of data as Rs 149 pack, which is available for regular users. Jio had recently slashed data rates across its prepaid plans for its subscribers. The telco now offers two new options for those recharging with its 1GB daily data plans. As per their requirements, users can either opt for a Rs 50 discount while recharging with the plans or get 50 percent extra data benefits. All the affected 1GB daily data plans still offer free calls and texts along with unrestricted access to Jio’s suite of apps like JioChat, JioCinema, JioTV, and more. You can read more about the offer here. An exclusive offer for Prime customers called “More than 100 percent cashback” was also announced by the network operator. Under the new offer, customers will receive a Rs 700 cashback while recharging their SIM with prepaid plans priced Rs 398 or above. The cashback is split into Jio cashback vouchers worth Rs 400 and Rs 300 on select digital wallets, which will be instantly credited back into a user’s account. The offer is valid until January 31. You can read more about it here.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 4:31 pm
Twitter has denied claims that its employees are monitoring Direct Messages (DM) exchanged among its over 300 million users on its platform. In a statement, the micro-blogging platform denied claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that employees from the company monitor private user data, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. "We do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees," Twitter said in the statement. Project Veritas, in video footage, had claimed that Twitter employees look at users' DMs. A video shows current and former Twitter employees explaining "shadowbans," a practice by which Twitter will make it more difficult to find and view a user's tweets. In one of the videos, "engineers from the company seemed to say that Twitter can hand over President Donald Trump's data, including deleted tweets and direct messages, to the Department of Justice," the report said, citing Project Veritas. Twitter later issued a statement, saying employees shown in the video "were speaking in a personal capacity and do not represent or speak for Twitter".
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 3:31 pm
Microsoft researchers have created a technology that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to read a document and answer questions about it about as well as a human. "It's a major milestone in the push to have search engines such as Bing and intelligent assistants such as Cortana interact with people and provide information in more natural ways, much like people communicate with each other," Allison Linn, senior writer at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. The team at Microsoft Research Asia reached the human parity milestone using the "Stanford Question Answering Dataset", known among researchers as "SQuAD". It's a machine reading comprehension dataset that is made up of questions about a set of Wikipedia articles. According to the SQuAD leaderboard, Microsoft submitted a model that reached the score of 82.650 on the exact match portion. The human performance on the same set of questions and answers is 82.304.  On January 5, researchers with the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba submitted a score of 82.440, also about the same as a human. "The two companies are currently tied for first place on the SQuAD 'leaderboard' which lists the results of research organisations' efforts," the post read. With machine reading comprehension, researchers say computers also would be able to quickly parse through information found in books and documents and provide people with the information they need most in an easily understandable way. That would let drivers more easily find the answer they need in a dense car manual, saving time and effort in tense or difficult situations. "These tools also could let doctors, lawyers and other experts more quickly get through the drudgery of things like reading through large documents for specific medical findings or rarified legal precedent," Linn said.  According to Ming Zhou, Assistant Managing Firector of Microsoft Research Asia, the "SQuAD" dataset results are an important milestone, but overall, people are still much better than machines at comprehending the complexity and nuance of language. "Natural language processing is still an area with lots of challenges that we all need to keep investing in and pushing forward," Zhou said. "This milestone is just a start."
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 3:31 pm
Honor is all set to launch its latest smartphone, the Honor 9 Lite in India today in an event at 12:00 PM. The smartphone was previously launched in China and its highlights are the quad camera setup, similar to the Honor 9i. The smartphone also sports a glass rear panel. In China, the the 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant of the Honor 9 Lite was priced at CNY 1,199 (Rs 11,700 approx) whereas it costs CNY 1,499 (Rs 15,600 approx) for the 4GB RAM/32GB ROM model. It is expected to be priced between the Honor 9i (review) and the View 10 (review) in India and could cost somewhere between 17,999 to 29,999. The live stream of the event can be watched on the company’s YouTube channel. Coming to the specifications, the Honor 9 Lite sports a FullVision (18:9 aspect ratio) 5.65-inch full-HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels. It is powered by the Kirin 659 chipset which houses an i5 co-processor. The co-processor is a low power consuming unit that assists the main processor in performing complex calculations and operate in a low power “always sensing mode”. The dual SIM device runs on EMUI 8.0 layered atop Android 8.0 Oreo and packs a 3000 mAh battery. It comes with a rear placed fingerprint sensor. In terms of optics, the Honor 9 Lite features a 13MP + 2MP dual front and rear camera setup. Both camera setups support 1080p video recording and the rear camera also comes with PDAF support and an LED flash. In terms of connectivity, the device features VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, and comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and Micro-USB port for charging.   It’s clear that except for Android Oreo and a glass rear panel, there is not much difference between the new Honor 9 Lite and the Honor 9i. Honor says that the glass back is covered with an oleophobic coating and comes with 12 layers of protection. The rear panel is produced using the Physical Vapor Deposition (PPVD) technique, which vapourises and condenses a thin film of glass. The company says this treatment makes the rear panel more resilient against scuffs and scratches.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 3:31 pm
Update: Some new leaked photos of the Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, and a 5G Moto Mod have also surfaced online. Droid Life says that a souped-up variant of the Moto Z3 will arrive later in 2018 with a Snapdragon 845 and higher-resolution display. There is currently info on only the specs of the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play which seem to sport a 6.0-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio.  A snapshot of the Moto G6 Plus in the wild have also leaked online. A Redditor has posted alleged photos of the G6 Plus and it looks quite similar to the leaked renders of the device.  Fresh images of upcoming Motorola smartphones have surfaced online, revealing much of their designs and specifications. Droid Life has posted alleged images of the Moto X5 smartphone, along with the images and some specs of the Moto G6, G6 Plus and the G6 Play. All the aforementioned devices are expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018 in February. If the images are to be believed, the Moto X5 will sport a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display with a taller 18:9 display aspect ratio. It can also be seen featuring a notch akin to the one seen on the iPhone X with the status bar icons wrapping around it from both sides. There is a dual front and rear camera setup, but the fingerprint sensor is nowhere to be seen on the device. It is also not known whether the smartphone will make use of an in-display fingerprint scanner or feature a facial recognition feature. A new white software button can be seen on the bottom of the smartphone’s display. It is speculated that it will help users in navigating within the smartphone’s OS, similar to the swipe navigation using front-facing fingerprint reader on previous Moto phones. There could also be an option allowing users to choose between the traditional three on-screen soft keys and the new single soft button. The image also tips at a feature called Moto XP’s which is stated as “Moto’s Smart Ai”. Coming to the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play, all the three smartphones are seen featuring a taller 18:9 display with a thin-bezel design. They retain the same design structure as the Moto X4 with a protruding camera bump along with Motorola’s 3D glass on the rear. Talking about the display size, the Moto G6 could sport a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display whereas the G6 Plus might feature a larger 5.93-inch FHD+ screen. Both the G6 and the G6 Plus are seen sporting a front-facing fingerprint sensor embedded with the home button, however, the sensor might be moved to the rear panel of the G6 Play. In terms of hardware, the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Plus will reportedly be powered by the Snapdragon 450 and Snapdragon 630 respectively. The Moto G6 is slated to come with a 3000mAh battery and the G6 Plus could be powered by a 3200mAh battery. The Moto G6 Play could be equipped with a larger 4000mAh capacity. Both the Moto G6 and the G6 Plus are rumoured to feature a 12MP+5MP dual rear camera setup. They are also expected to sport a 16MP front-facing camera setup. The Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus could be priced around $240 (Rs 15,334 approx) and $330 (Rs 21,085 approx), respectively. Source: Droid Life (1) (2)
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:31 am
Sony has already released three new devices this year and it seems like the company has no plans of slowing down. According to a report by My Drivers, Sony is planning to launch a new device called the Xperia XZ Pro at MWC 2018.  As per the report, the device may feature a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display. It is also tipped to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM. It is expected to offer 128GB of in-built storage. On the camera front, the Xperia XZ Pro may offer a dual-rear camera setup with one 18MP sensor with 1.33μm pixel size and a 12MP sensor with 1.38μm pixel size. At the front, the device may feature a 13MP camera. Besides this, the phone is tipped to feature a 3420mAh battery as well aws IP68 certification. Sony has already unveiled the Xperia XA 2 Ultra, Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 at CES 2018. The XA 2 Ultra and XA 2 are powered by a Snapdragon 630 SoC and runs on Android Oreo. Both also come with a 23MP rear camera. The Xperia XA2 Ultra sports a 6-inch Full HD display, 3580mAh battery, and dual-front cameras with 16MP + 8MP sensors. The Xperia XA2 5.2-inch Full HD display, 3300mAh battery and a single 8MP camera. The Sony Xperia L2 sports a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 with 3GB of RAM. it offers 32GB of onboard storage and is equipped with a 3300mAh battery. At the back is a 13MP camera, while at the front is an 8MP camera. Samsung has already confirmed that it is launching its flagship smartphone at MWC. According to a post by notable leakster Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, Samsung may launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 plus on February 26. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset in the US version, and the Exynos 9810 in the global variant.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 11:31 am
Oppo has launched its latest entry level A83 smartphone in India priced at Rs 13,990. The highlight of the device is its bezel-less display and an AI Beauty Recognition Technology, which the company claims can “intelligently recognise and bring out your best features and yet retain that distinctive charm that defines every individual.” The smartphone will go on sale via Flipkart and Amazon starting January 20 and will be available in Black and Gold colour models.  In terms of the specifications, the Oppo A83 features a 5.7-inch HD+ LCD display with a 1440 x 720p resolution. It is powered by the Octa-core MediaTek 6763T chipset and 3GB RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card slot. Coming to the optics, the smartphone is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture lens and an LED flash. It also comes with an 8MP front facing snapper and supports face unlock along with the aforementioned AI-based beautification mode which first debuted in the Oppo F5. “Our focus has always been on bringing best photography and Selfie experience to the Indian consumers. We have received an immense response for our Selfie Expert A Series and F Series. With the A83 we wish to bring an affordable selfie camera with advanced features such as the HD + Full-Screen Display and AI Beauty Technology. The A83 truly represents our ambition to continue being the Selfie Expert and Leader in the market" said Will Yang, Brand Director of OPPO India The Oppo A83 is a dual SIM smartphone runs on ColorOS 3.2 on top of Android 7.1 Nougat and is backed by a 3180 mAh battery.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:31 am
Instant messaging app Hike on Wednesday launched "Total, built by hike" that lets users access essential services such as messaging, news and recharge among others without an active data connection and allows get on data by providing packs for as low as Re 1. The product will be available from March 1 on Aqua Lions N1, Aqua Lions T1 and Aqua Lions T1-Lite Intex devices as well as Karbonn A40 Indian smartphone across Airtel, Aircel and BSNL networks. "We have taken the 15-20 step process of someone coming online and made it into only a few steps. Buy a phone, turn it on and you are good to go. Everything, all the essential services all work out of the box even without data," Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike, said in a statement. Mittal said that the company's goal is to bring more Indians online. 'Total, built by hike', has four key elements that make the end-to-end experience extremely seamless. Users just need to provide a single login via a phone number to access all of 'Total' services such as messaging, news, horoscope, recharge, wallet, cricket scores and rail information which take between 100kb to 1MB data. All of the services built on "Total" can be accessed even without data via proprietary technology.  Developed in-house, the proprietary technology, based on the USSD protocol does the heavy lifting of encrypting, compressing and transmitting data. Users will be able to purchase data packs starting as low as Re 1 from inside the "Total" experience itself with the goal of lowering the cost of access. "We have worked closely with telcos on special data packs for these phones starting as low as Re 1 to give people a taste of what it feels like. This is really powerful," Mittal added. Total users will also get up to Rs 200 to spend on any of the services when they buy one of these devices.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 9:31 am
Microsoft has annoucned that it will be launching its Surface Book 2 in multiple global markets including India. In a blog post, the company said that it was releasing both variants of the device in 17 markets, and would start rolling it out from the begining of February. The Surface Book 2 was launched late last year and is available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants, both with PixelSense displays. The device is available with up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. User’s also have the option of choosing up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and up to 1TB of storage. The Surface Book 2 supports the Surface Pen and Surface Dial. Microsoft claims that the new device can offer up to 17 hours of battery life. The Surface Book 2 sports USB Type-C and Type-A ports as well as a full-size SD card slot. The price of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 in India is not yet know, but in the US, the device starts at $1,499, which is approximately Rs 95,700. It should be noted that this would be the first time that Microsoft will launch the Surface Book in India, as the first generation device was not launched in the country.  Microsoft is also expected to launch its latest gaming console, the Xbox One X, in India soon. A page for the console briefly popped up on the company’s Indian page suggesting that the device would be priced at Rs 44,990 and would launch on January 15. However, the page was quickly taken down and there is no information as to when the company would finally launch the device in the country.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 9:31 am
Researchers from Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab have found an Android spyware that has the ability to steal WhatsApp messages via Accessibility Services and connect an infected device to Wi-Fi networks controlled by cybercriminals. Dubbed as "Skygofree", the malware is claimed to have been found on malicious websites in Italy and is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares, Kaspersky wrote in its official blog Securelist late on Tuesday.  Kaspersky said that on the basis of the observed samples and the signatures, it found that the early versions of this Android malware were developed by the end of 2014 and the campaign has remained active ever since. According to tech website Arstechnia, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation with the latest version having 48 different commands.  "High-end mobile malware is very difficult to identify and block and the developers behind "Skygofree" have clearly used this to their advantage: creating and evolving an implant that can spy extensively on targets without arousing suspicion," The Telegraph quoted Alexey Firsh, Malware Analyst at Kaspersky, as saying.  The discovery is concerning because of its ability to record encrypted WhatsApp messages. It is able to do this by tricking an Android feature that was designed to help users with disabilities by making apps more accessible.  The spyware can read messages displayed on the screen through the Android Accessibility feature, including messages a victim sends on WhatsApp, Kaspersky said. The spyware relies on several other exploits to gain privileged root access that allows it to bypass key Android security measures.  "Skygofree" is capable of taking pictures, capturing video and seizing call records, text messages, geolocation data, calendar events and business-related information stored in device memory. It also includes the ability to automatically record conversations and noise when an infected device enters a location specified by the person operating the malware. The spyware also comes with an ability to recording Skype conversations.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:31 am
Technology giant Microsoft has been granted a patent for a brain control device that can give users mind control powers to operate apps with just their brains, without any movement. Using sensor-equipped head bands, the device could ideally interpret neurological data to have users open and use apps with thoughts instead of gestures, the americangenius.com reported. These sensors would send neurological signals like the electroencephalogram (EEG) readings, which the device can decode to launch and operate compatible apps. Moreover, users could "train" the device to recognise which signals should apply to intended app behaviour.  Algorithms would learn the brain behaviour and use neuron fluctuation to draw or move objects at the user's will based on detected patterns. Some operative gestures include intention to swipe, finger pinch, mouse clicks and button pushes. Once the user thinks or focuses on these movements, the data is communicated to the computer system that runs the app. "Neurological user intention data corresponding to a physical gesture is generated when a user thinks about and/or focuses on a movement, in the same way an amputee might think about moving an amputated limb," according to the patent, as quoted by theamericangenius.com. While any kind of app can be used, the patent mentions video games, augmented and virtual reality simulators, three-dimensional modelling software, web browsers and even word processors. Apps controlling mechanical tools and machinery like robotic arms could also be used with Microsoft's new patent technology. The patent could also one day open up the possibility for less dystopic things like controlling prosthetic limbs and giving differently abled individuals the ability to control apps and devices even if they are not able to physically move. In 2017, Facebook claimed to be developing a brain computer interface. 
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:31 am
In a bid to take the industrial manufacturing in India to a new level, printing and PC major HP Inc on Wednesday made its acclaimed Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution commercially available in India. The Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution can be purchased through HP specialised partners -- starting from Rs 2.5 crore -- which includes pre and post-processing unit, the 3D printer and initial consumables. "Manufacturing in India today constitutes 18 per cent of the GDP and the government is trying to push that towards 25 per cent. It is an opportune time for HP to bring its award-winning, revolutionary 3D technology to India to facilitate digital transformation of the manufacturing industry," Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc India, told IANS. "We are targeting mainstream manufacturing use cases in India. Initially, companies will use our 3D solutions for prototyping but eventually, it will help them make parts for real-time production," Chandra added. HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution is a production-ready commercial 3D printing system that delivers superior-quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D printing systems. To begin with, as a certified HP 3D printing reseller partners, Mumbai-based Imaginarium and Noida-based Adroitec will bring best-in-class expertise and knowledge of HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology to customers deploying the solutions. By scaling its business, HP continues to reinvent the $12 trillion global manufacturing market, including the $6 trillion Asia-Pacific and Japan manufacturing segment where India is a strategic hub for this significant shift. According to Alexandre Lalumiere, Director, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) 3D Printing, HP Inc, 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) has huge potential to replace conventional manufacturing. "3D printing is the building block that allows the digitization of production. Industry is yet to fully understand what this technology can achieve but beyond prototyping, industry is now looking at building spare parts, applications like tools, fixtures, moulds, etc. We are aiming to make 3D technology work for mass production environments and customization," Lalumiere told IANS. Currently, HP 3D printing solutions are available in Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the Americas, with more than 65 channel partners engaging with customers and more than 25 experience centres showing Multi Jet Fusion in action.  "We are jubilant to be the first company to bring the HP MJF machine to India. With its revolutionary Voxel technology, the HP MJF machine will be a game changer for the Indian manufacturing sector," said Atit Kothari, Business Development-Leadership Team at Imaginarium. "This partnership will allow Adroitec to offer rapid production of functional parts to its over 6,000 customers, improving their design capabilities and offering them faster time-to-market," added Saroop Chand, Founding Director, Adroitec. With more than 500,000 high-quality, 3D-produced parts in the last year alone, HP's Jet Fusion solutions lead the industry in speed, economics, quality and reliability. According to HP CEO Dion Weisler, after producing plastic-based products, the company now aims to sell 3D printers that produce metal objects. In 2016, HP Inc unveiled the world's first production-ready commercial 3D printing system to bring disruptive manufacturing solutions to markets.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:31 am
Start India has announced that the Hotstar app will stream the upcoming Vivo IPL series in Virtual Reality. The app will allow users to watch the cricket matches in VR, react using cricket emojis, select from different camera angles and commentary languages and access on-demand replays and highlights on the “Super-fan feed”. Users will also able to participate in the upcoming auctions by voting for their favourite players for ‘Election se Selection’ campaign here. This season of VIVO IPL will last 6 months instead of 2 months.  Hotstar is now one of the many global media streaming apps which offer a Sports VR experience, but the first one in India. However, a VR headset is required for using the new feature and it will work with all headsets ranging from the inexpensive cardboard to the higher priced HTC Vive and Daydream VR headset. The company did mention that they will be setting up VR experience stores for users who don’t have headsets. Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director of Star India, said, “Over its 10-year journey, the IPL has grown into the single biggest property by far on Indian television. And now that it is on the Star India network across both, television and digital, we are set to use the confluence of technology, consumer insight, and experience in cricket coverage, to broaden the outreach and experience even further. The VIVO IPL 2018 will be a 6-month-long fiesta with new-age technology putting fans at the heart of the experience. We are confident that the VIVO IPL 2018, as re-imagined by Star India, will empower viewers, advertisers and the media & entertainment ecosystem of India with greater convenience and viewing pleasure, audience deliveries and all-round growth.” Apart from Hotstar, Netflix also offers VR viewing of shows and movies. However, it’s not a full-fledged 360 degrees VR experience and is more like watching a video on a 100-inch screen. We experienced Netflix’s VR  on the first gen Daydream and you can read more about it here.
Author: teamdigit@digit.in (Team Digit)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 8:31 am
With only 17 per cent Internet penetration, rural India is lagging behind in connectivity owing to challenges in deployment of fixed broadband networks, a Deloitte India report said on Wednesday. Wireless networks will drive Internet adoption for nearly 750 million users in India who still do not use Internet, said the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) report. "In future, demand for fixed broadband services would be limited to consumers with higher bandwidth/QoS requirements for accessing services like gaming, HD video, etc," the report added.  Newer technologies like LTE, LTE-A, LTE-A Pro and 5G will make wireless internet commercially more viable due to decreasing cost per bit. When it comes to mobile devices, the smartphones will consolidate its position as the primary access to digital service and content.  "The secret to the smartphone's success over the next five years is likely to be the introduction of an array of innovations that are largely invisible to its users but whose combined impact should feel tangible," the report noted.  The introduction of "smart feature phones", would usher in a new wave of mobile services uptake in the country by both the urban and rural consumers. "There is likely to be an increased range of sensors included on smartphones in 2023, and existing sensors are likely to be upgraded. One additional sensor that may become mainstream over coming years is a forward-facing infra-red camera," the report predicted. The increasing penetration of mobile Internet and smartphones will propel the digital payments industry to grow to $500 billion by 2020. "Mobile wallets with their ease of use and convenience will see an upward trend. However, it will be extremely important for the wallet providers to innovate to reach out to the non-internet user base," it added. Globally, more than 60 per cent of all broadband subscribers will utilise Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology surpassing five billion subscribers globally by 2023. The report also estimated that more than 90 per cent of all mobile subscribers will comprise of broadband subscribers by 2023.  Over-the-top (OTT) platforms, which are witnessing an explosion in original content due to increase in consumption and viewership, will gradually become a preferred medium over television, with the consumers of vernacular content likely to become over 2.5 times that of English language content by 2021. "'Machine Learning' will intensify among medium and large-sized enterprises. Compared to 2017, the number of implementations and pilot projects using machine learning technology is likely to double in 2018 and then doubling again in 2020," said the report.  The report said that IoT-driven point solutions will be adopted to solve a specific business issue and enterprises will combine external perspectives, social inputs (surveys, social media comments, response to a feedback questionnaire) to the internal data sources to improve customer service. IoT appliances can be enhanced with VoLTE improving the productivity and efficiency of applications and especially effectiveness in emergency situations.
Author: adamya.sharma@9dot9.in (IANS)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:31 am
Honor has launched its latest Honor 9 Lite smartphone at an event today. It sports a 13MP + 2MP quad camera setup - two on the front and two on the back. The smartphone has an all-glass rear panel. The device is priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB ROM variant, however, as a launch offer, the company is offering a Rs 1,000 discount on it. It will cost Rs 14,999 for the 4GB/ 64GB internal storage model. The device is exclusive to Flipkart and Honor’s online store. Customers will be able to purchase the device in flash sales starting 12 AM and 12 PM on January 21. There will be subsequent flash sales of the device on January 22 and 23 at 12 PM. The Honor 9 Lite will also be upgraded with features like Ride Mode and integration with Paytm with subsequent OTA updates. The company has touted AI capabilities of the smartphone saying that it can identify whether the subject is male or female and make adjustments to the images captured by its camera accordingly. As mentioned earlier, the smartphone sports an all-glass rear panel and with a 2.5D glass wrapped along both edges and will be available in Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black colour variants. In terms of specifications, the Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch full-HD+ IPS display with a taller 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Kirin 659 chipset with an i5 co-processor which consumes low power and assists the main processor in performing complex calculations and operate in a low power “always sensing mode”. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery and runs on EMUI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It is a dual-SIM device and features a rear placed fingerprint sensor. The Honor 9 Lite features a 13MP + 2MP dual front and rear shooters, both of which support 1080p video recording. The main camera is supplemented with an LED flash and comes with PDAF support. In terms of connectivity, the device features GPS, A-GPS, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack as well.
Author: shubham.sharma@9dot9.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:31 am
Samsung has launched  the Galaxy On7 Prime in India. The new smartphone is exclusive to Amazon and the Samsung store,  and is available in two variants. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 12,990, while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage  variant is priced at Rs 14,990. The device will be available from January 20. The Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime comes with a number of shopping centric features. The phone comes pre-installed with the Samsung Mall app that offers features such as Visual Search, All-in-One Shopping and Universal Cart. Visual Search lets users user any picture from their gallery and search multiple shopping sites for the product. All-in-One Shopping lets users shop across multiple online shopping sites via a single interface, while Universal Cart allows users to add products from multiple  websites to a single cart for review and purchase. In terms of specification, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor. The device sports 13MP cameras on the front and back with a f/1.9 aperture lens for each. The phone sports a 5.5-inch FHD display and comes with Samsung Pay Mini. Samsung recently announced that they will unveiled their next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus+ during MWC 2018. Notable leakster, Evan Blass aka @evleaks posted that the company will unveil the devices on February 29. The device is tipped to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US and an Exynos 9810 globally. The phones are also expected to offer ‘super slo-mo’ recording at 1000fps.  
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:31 am
It seems like we’ll soon see a simpler and cleaner version of Facebook’s Messenger app this year. Talking about what to expect from the app in 2018, the company’s head of Messenger, David Marcus admitted in a blog post that the app is too cluttered, and vowed to streamline the service. “Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven’t. While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered. Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year,” he said. Besides this, the company also stated that it was going to increase its focus on real-time communication services such as voice and video chat this year. It is also planning on offering faster ways to share photos and videos on group chat and add ways to start a live group chat. Further, it is planning to increase focus on 'visual messaging' such as emojis, GIFs and more. Marcus also talked about the milestones reached by the service in 2017. He mentioned the 1.3 million members using the service each month as well as the 200,000 bots that are live on the platform. He stated that there were over 500 billion emojis sent on the platform along with 18 billion GIFs. There was also 17 billion video chats on Messenger last year. Facebook recently announced that it was shutting down ‘M’, its text-based virtual assistant service that used humans workers to train an AI system. The assistant was launched in 2015 and was only available limited to a select number of people in California. The service would be shut down after January 19.  
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: January 17, 2018, 6:31 am

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Read about the latest research on technology in the classroom, from new educational computer games and iPad apps to research on cyberbullying.

Much of the evidence for the negative effects of screen use in children and teenagers is not based on robust enough science.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 12:25 am
Virtual assistants have become increasingly sophisticated -- and more human-like -- since the days when Clippy asked if you needed help with your document. These assistants are intended to make programs and apps easier to use, but research suggests that human-like virtual assistants may actually deter some people from seeking help on tasks that are supposed to measure achievement. 
Posted: January 5, 2018, 2:04 am
Male students tend to do better on high-stakes tests in biology courses, but it's not because they are better students. Gaps in performance change based on the stakes of the test. A new study confirms this, finding that performance gaps between male and female students increased or decreased based on whether instructors emphasized or de-emphasized the value of exams.
Posted: December 29, 2017, 3:36 am
With children spending increasing amounts of time on screen-based devices, there is a common perception that technology is taking over their lives, to the detriment and exclusion of other activities. However, new research has revealed that as digital pasttimes have become intertwined with daily life, children have adapted their behaviors to include their devices. Much like adults, they are able to multi-task and also do all the things that they would do anyway.
Posted: December 21, 2017, 9:28 pm
It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers.
Posted: December 8, 2017, 4:55 am
Researchers have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps.
Posted: December 7, 2017, 2:53 am
Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study found that typical teens seem to be resilient and cope with most online risks, moving beyond the temporary negative impacts quickly.
Posted: December 4, 2017, 9:23 pm
Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows.
Posted: December 1, 2017, 9:10 pm
As many other current, and potentially future, devices can connect to the Internet researchers are keen to learn more about how so called IoT devices could affect the privacy and security of young people.
Posted: November 29, 2017, 9:34 am
Researchers are learning more about undergraduates' experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and sharing a set of survey questions that will help researchers and educators at other universities do the same.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 12:45 am
A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 2:06 am
Preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University.
Posted: November 11, 2017, 3:10 am
A new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern. The behavior: 'digital self-harm' or 'self-trolling,' where adolescents post, send or share mean things about themselves anonymously online. The concern: it is happening at alarming rates and could be a cry for help. A new study is the first to examine the extent of this behavior and is the most comprehensive investigation of this understudied problem.
Posted: October 30, 2017, 8:52 pm
Designing apps for maximum utility is mostly a hit or miss process, according to researchers. There are only limited guides to what works and what doesn't. Scientists would like to change that, and they believe it is possible with the recent release of Rico, a huge database of mobile app designs.
Posted: October 25, 2017, 11:35 pm
According to Pew Research center, in 2013, about six out of ten Americans searched for health information online in the past year. With patients regularly turning to the internet for health advice, a group of researchers aimed to evaluate the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on the user-generated, video-sharing platform, YouTube.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 12:25 am
Americans should be concerned about how health and wellness apps collect, save and share their personal health data, a medical media expert says.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:46 am
A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:12 am
Digital services that require users to log in with a personal account often collect more information about users than is needed. Certain policies may encroach on our privacy.
Posted: October 9, 2017, 6:59 pm
Everyone needs a good teacher -- including teachers. Two new studies show how digging deeper into what STEM education means and strategically designing online classrooms can enhance teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:21 pm
Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 10:21 pm
A new study is one of the first to demonstrate the consequences of allowing children to have a TV or video game system in their bedroom. Researchers found children did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 6:45 pm
New research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:39 pm
Researchers replicated a previous study to confirm that 4- to 6-year-old children can transfer learning of a puzzle from a touchscreen device to the physical version. This contradicts most previous research and suggests that different types of screen learning media could have different effects on whether children can transfer learned skills to the physical world.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
A video game to promote health and reduce risky behavior in teens improves sexual health knowledge and attitudes among minority youth, according to a new study. The findings validate the value of the video game as a tool to engage and educate teens at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, said the researchers.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 8:48 pm
Students who took part in a program that taught scientific argumentation learned the concepts better than their peers who did not, a study concludes.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:01 am
Smartphone apps that share users' personal Information often do so through services called third-party libraries, suggesting a new strategy for protecting privacy. CResearchers say controlling access to these third-party libraries, which help app developers make money by targeting people with ads or compiling marketing profiles, promises to be an effective way of limiting the unwanted release of personal information.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 11:18 pm
Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 10:17 pm
Scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry -- the study of triangles -- by more than 1,000 years.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 11:42 pm
Many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have inadequate security policies or lack security policies altogether, new research concludes.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 9:57 pm
Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:31 pm
Students from families with little interest in math benefit more from a school intervention program that aims at increasing math motivation than do students whose parents regard math as important. A study indicates the intervention program has a "Robin Hood effect" which reduces the "motivational gap" between students from different family backgrounds because new information about the importance of math is made accessible to underprivileged students.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:06 pm
A mobile learning app that uses game elements such as leaderboards and digital badges may have positive effects on student academic performance, engagement, and retention, according to a new study. Researchers developed a fully customizable app that allowed lecturers to push quizzes based on course content directly to their students' devices in order to motivate them, increase their competitiveness, and keep them engaged with the course.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 6:19 am
Online mathematics assessment could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa, suggests a new report.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 8:01 pm
Computer scientists have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies. Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 8:00 pm
The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use.
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:24 pm
Playing a popular physically-interactive, smartphone based game, like Pokémon GO, may actually promote exercise, a new study has concluded. The researchers suggest that while many smartphone functions may promote sedentary activity, they are hopeful that playing physically-interactive, smartphone based video games like Pokémon GO may help promote walking and reduce sitting in college students.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 1:29 am
Teens expect to experience some digital forms of abuse in dating, but girls may be suffering more severe emotional consequences than boys, according to a new study.
Posted: June 27, 2017, 8:23 pm
A new study has developed a novel way of evaluating and improving VAMs. By taking data from Boston schools with admissions lotteries, the scholars have used the random assignment of students to schools to see how similar groups of students fare in different classroom settings.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 9:40 pm
A study has identified a functional brain pattern linked to cognitive behavior able to activate an iPad's touchscreen. Results may be useful in brain-machine interfaces, of particular interest for people with physical difficulties to communicate with the outside world.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 9:35 pm
Based on a study of more than 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students conducted in winter 2015–16, researchers found that elementary and middle school students scored lower on a computer-based test that did not allow them to return to previous items than on two comparable tests—paper- or computer-based—that allowed them to skip, review, and change previous responses.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 9:27 pm
Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn’t surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy. However, more than 70 percent of smartphone apps are reporting personal data to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 8:08 pm
Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills -- including a new language, cognitive skills, and coding -- while also improving their mental health, finds new research.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 1:27 am
A study leverages the unvarnished opinions of Redditors to further our understanding of what makes a good educator.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 1:43 am
Scrapping automatically-playing videos in apps and reversing trends of instant messaging and on-demand services could be key to cutting the growing energy demand of the Internet, say researchers.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 8:18 pm
Technology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why a professor is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.
Posted: May 9, 2017, 10:58 pm
Whether parental help has positive or negative effects on students’ academic outcomes depends on the motivation and involvement of their parents. Results of a new study suggest that students whose parents are interested in math and perceive their own math competencies to be high perform better than students with parents who show a low interest in math and regard their competencies in the domain as equally low – regardless of the intensity of the help students receive at home.
Posted: May 8, 2017, 6:04 pm
Researchers have challenged traditional teaching and learning concepts employed in medical training. A comparison with conventional learning methods led them to conclude that tablet-based, multimedia-enhanced training improves medical examination results. Their study clearly shows that an integrated program of tablet-based theoretical training and clinical practice enhances medical training.
Posted: May 5, 2017, 1:45 am
Consumers are being warned about the accuracy of heart rate apps after a study found huge variability between commercially available apps, even those using the same technology.
Posted: May 3, 2017, 6:51 pm
The content of a children's book -- not its form as a print book or a digital book -- predicts how well children understand a story, finds a new study.
Posted: May 1, 2017, 7:12 pm
Girls start believing they aren't good at math, science and even computers at a young age -- but providing fun STEM activities at school and home may spark interest and inspire confidence, suggests a new study.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:37 pm
A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. The study also found that while almost all teens -- 91 percent -- use the regular text messaging tool on their mobile phones, 40 percent of teens also use messaging applications like Kik, WhatsApp, or Line on a smartphone.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 9:03 pm
In the first known study of older adults learning computer programming, a cognitive scientist advocates coding skills for all ages.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 6:32 pm
Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to engineers.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 7:38 pm
Dependence on technology is slowly eroding some of our core principles, according to an expert. It's impacting everything from fake news to texting while driving.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 9:13 pm
To help us make the most of idle moments, researchers have developed a series of apps called 'WaitSuite' that test you on vocabulary words during moments of waiting, like when you're waiting for an instant message or for your phone to connect to WiFi.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 1:20 am
Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 12:22 am
Mobile phones have increasingly become the repository for the details that drive our everyday lives. But researchers have recently discovered that the same apps we regularly use on our phones to organize lunch dates, make convenient online purchases, and communicate the most intimate details of our existence have secretly been colluding to mine our information.
Posted: April 4, 2017, 12:41 am
In the first study to survey and interview parents who play 'Pokémon GO' with their children, families report a number of side benefits, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding. However, some guilt about screen time persisted.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:32 pm
A majority of first-year medical students changed their online behavior after participating in a social media and professionalism course, researchers have found. Their report highlights effective methods for teaching medical students about the importance of responsible social media use as it relates to their careers.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:20 am
Digital gaming has generally been perceived to increase individuals’ sedentary time. According to a new dissertation, gaming can also act as a medium to promote health. Exergaming is a form of digital gaming that combines games with physical activity: the game requires physical activity from the player in order to play the game, and the outcome of the game is partly determined by that physical activity. Examples of such games are console-based dance games and different mobile exergames, such as Zombies Run and Pokémon GO.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 10:50 pm

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Read amazing research on neural interfaces, brain-controlled robotic devices, microchips that mimic the brain and more.

A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord, according to a study of healthy adults. This work could have implications for restoring function in stroke patients with hand paralysis.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:46 am
Easily printable, organic thin films can retain data for more than 10 years without power, work with low voltages -- and become the building block of future computers that mimic the human brain.
Posted: January 10, 2018, 9:59 pm
When the human-likeness of androids exceeds a certain threshold, the human's affinity for them decreases and an uncanny feeling about them increases. This effect, however, has been relatively unexplored. Osaka University-centered researchers recently found the visual observation of the android, compared with that of the human model, caused greater activation in the subthalamic nucleus, a brain region also involved in the pathology of Parkinson's disease. The findings further contribute to the knowledge needed to design androids with more natural movements.
Posted: January 9, 2018, 8:58 pm
A team of researchers has used cryptographic techniques to decode the activity of motor neurons. Their approach has allowed them to predict, from brain data, and with only generic knowledge of typical movements, which direction monkeys will move their arms.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 11:17 pm
Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren't possible with current commercially available devices.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:46 am
Engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain's neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before. This next-generation brain-interface technology is the first noninvasive, high-resolution system of its kind, providing higher density and coverage than any existing system. It has the potential to revolutionize future clinical and neuroscience research as well as brain-computer interfaces.
Posted: December 4, 2017, 9:23 pm
Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to learn how to control the device, even several years after an amputation.
Posted: November 28, 2017, 12:28 am
Researchers have shown how to write any magnetic pattern desired onto nanowires, which could help computers mimic how the brain processes information.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 12:45 am
Researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind bioengineered robotic hand that will actually feel and adapt to its environment. This “living” robot will have its own peripheral nervous system directly linking robotic sensors and actuators.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 7:50 pm
Researchers have recently discovered a mechanism that could explain how the brain retains working memory when faced with distractions. These findings could endow cognitive flexibility to neural networks used for artificial intelligence.
Posted: October 31, 2017, 7:48 pm
Scientists have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic approach where residual limb nerves are rerouted towards intact muscles and skin regions to control a robotic limb.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 7:14 pm
Artificial intelligence software can now evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant's brain directly from an EEG.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 6:30 pm
Researchers have demonstrated how to decode what the human brain is seeing by using artificial intelligence to interpret fMRI scans from people watching videos, representing a sort of mind-reading technology.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 10:50 pm
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:46 pm
Single unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) directed by joysticks, radio controllers, and mobile phones are already accomplishing a variety of useful tasks, such as aerial photography and security patrols. But using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, and this presents a coordination problem.
Posted: September 30, 2017, 8:34 am
Scientists have made a crucial step towards unlocking the 'holy grail' of computing -- microchips that mimic the way the human brain works to store and process information.
Posted: September 28, 2017, 1:50 am
Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 10:21 pm
Results from an unexpected quarter is could help neurologists to identify which brain region to remove to eliminate an epilepsy patient’s symptoms. Mathematicians have shown that it is sensible to examine the interconnections between different brain regions closely, instead of searching for abnormal regions only.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 8:13 pm
A new brain-computer interface application that allows music to be composed by the power of thought has now been developed by scientists.
Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:56 pm
Scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 9:55 pm
It is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer, research shows.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 8:05 pm
Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 9:43 pm
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG).
Posted: August 18, 2017, 7:53 pm
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications.
Posted: August 18, 2017, 1:50 am
Scientist, for the first time, have developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:57 pm
A mathematician and computer scientist joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:19 pm
Scientists have created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years.
Posted: July 14, 2017, 1:20 am
EEG headsets, growing in popularity among consumers, need better security, suggests a team of researchers who say that hackers could use the items to steal passwords.
Posted: July 1, 2017, 5:47 pm
As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, researchers say that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and beneficial use of direct brain-machine interaction.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 11:59 pm
New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read."
Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:27 pm
Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:08 pm
A study has identified a functional brain pattern linked to cognitive behavior able to activate an iPad's touchscreen. Results may be useful in brain-machine interfaces, of particular interest for people with physical difficulties to communicate with the outside world.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 9:35 pm
New work outlining the brain's visual process could improve self-driving cars and point to therapies for sensory impairment, suggest investigators.
Posted: June 9, 2017, 12:26 am
Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:59 pm
Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a plastic brace fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some ability to control their own hands when they were not wearing the brace, according to a new study. The participants, all of whom had moderate to severe paralysis, showed significant improvement in grasping objects.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 2:29 am
Inspired by how mammals see, a new 'memristor' computer circuit prototype has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faster and with much less power than today's most advanced systems.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:02 pm
Despite significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it has been notoriously hard for computers to understand why a user behaves the way s/he does. Now researchers report that computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements.
Posted: May 3, 2017, 7:00 pm
Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
Motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner, new research reveals. The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain controls movement and have the potential to improve the performance and reliability of brain-machine interfaces, or neural prosthetics, that assist paralyzed patients and amputees.
Posted: April 18, 2017, 7:13 pm
Researchers modelled learning and visual search and predicted how users learn new or partially changed user interfaces. The model shows that even small changes can disturb visual search and impede use.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:15 pm
Cognitive neuroscientists are using the Stampede supercomputer to provide accurate predictions of risk for those with depression and anxiety. They have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75 percent accuracy using a machine learning approach. Stampede 2 -- which will come online later in 2017 -- will provide the increased computer processing required to incorporate more data and achieve even greater accuracy.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:19 am
When brain cells don’t get enough energy, caused by a stroke or trauma, they can start swelling rapidly. New mathematical models of this mechanism show a critical tipping point: at lower energy levels, there is no way back.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:29 pm
Researchers have developed a technology that can remotely control an animal's movement with human thought.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:20 pm
A new mathematical model could help clarify what drove the evolution of large brains in humans and other animals, according to a study.
Posted: March 10, 2017, 12:53 am
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. Scientists have developed a new machine-learning device that detects the emotional state of its listeners to produce new songs that elicit new feelings.
Posted: March 9, 2017, 10:36 pm
New software allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 12:09 am
A new organic artificial synapse could support computers that better recreate the way the human brain processes information. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:50 am
A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 6:34 pm
In anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition software might require about 1 watt of power, the new chip requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize.
Posted: February 14, 2017, 3:44 am
A similar rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems, reports a researcher. An algorithm used for the Internet is also at work in the human brain, says the report, an insight that improves our understanding of engineered and neural networks and potentially even learning disabilities.
Posted: February 10, 2017, 12:02 am
The use of brain computer interface has the potential to improve the daily lives of people with prosthetic limbs, according to new research.
Posted: February 6, 2017, 7:19 pm
A computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with completely locked-in syndrome, according to a new article. Counter to expectations, the participants in the study reported being "happy," despite their extreme condition.
Posted: February 1, 2017, 1:31 am
Researchers studying the brain have long been interested in its neural oscillations, the rhythmic electrical activity that plays an important role in the transmission of information within the brain's neural circuits. Working with the Wilson-Cowan model, a widely-used model in computational neuroscience that describes the average activity of populations of interconnected neurons, Leandro Alonso has designed a new mathematical tool to help explore the broad spectrum of responses possible from a simple neural circuit.
Posted: January 24, 2017, 9:44 pm
Researchers have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the basic operation of spintronics-based artificial intelligence.
Posted: December 20, 2016, 8:21 pm
Artificial intelligence and neuroscience experts have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new 'deep learning' method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do.
Posted: December 16, 2016, 10:24 pm
The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to new research.
Posted: December 15, 2016, 9:22 pm
The neural structure we use to store and process information in verbal working memory is more complex than previously understood--a discovery that has implications for the creation of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, such as speech translation tools.
Posted: December 12, 2016, 8:27 pm
High-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss, report investigators.
Posted: December 8, 2016, 1:43 am
Researchers have published the first demonstration of humans playing a simple, two-dimensional computer game using only input from direct brain stimulation -- without relying on any usual sensory cues from sight, hearing or touch.
Posted: December 6, 2016, 9:05 pm
A novel method of treating phantom limb pain has been developed using machine learning and augmented reality. This approach has been tested on over a dozen of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain who found no relief by other clinically available methods before. The new treatment reduced their pain by approximately 50 per cent, reports a clinical study.
Posted: December 2, 2016, 7:52 am

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The custom CPU manufacturer MIPS has returned to its roots in Silicon Valley, and it's already plotting its comeback. Can the small CPU firm still find a place at the AI table?

The post MIPS Returns to Silicon Valley, Eyes Burgeoning AI Market appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:57 pm
PC F2P

There are loads of free PC games out there, but many of them aren't worth your time. These will have you hooked for hours.

The post The 20 Best Free PC Games appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Grant Brunner
Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:16 pm
16Gbit-DDR6

Samsung is ramping up production of GDDR6 with an 18Gbit clock and a new process node.

The post Samsung Now Producing 16Gbit GDDR6 for Upcoming GPUs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: January 19, 2018, 6:00 pm
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Data from a Google engineer shows that just 10 percent of users have enabled two-factor authentication, with only slightly more deploying a password manager. Security advocates hate him.

The post Few Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: January 19, 2018, 3:40 am
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January is more than half-way over – have you started your new exercise routine yet? Well, you can find discounts on new equipment if you know where to look. You can also unload some of those gift cards on a new TV or even Nintendo's new cardboard-based Labo kit.

The post ET Deals Roundup: Up to 30% off ThinkPads Coupons, Pre-Order the Nintendo Labo, and more appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Grant Brunner
Posted: January 19, 2018, 3:00 am
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The app is called Wehe, and it was designed to further research conducted by David Coffnes at Notheastern University.

The post Apple Blocks App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: January 19, 2018, 2:00 am
Hasselblad H6D-400C Multishot

Multi-capture-based computational imaging isn't just for smartphones. High-end camera maker Hasselblad's new multi-shot version of its flagship H6D provides improved color and resolution using several images combined in-camera.

The post Hasselblad Soups Up Its 100MP H6D With 400MP Multi-Shot Version appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: David Cardinal
Posted: January 19, 2018, 12:45 am
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Apple has come under fire in recent weeks for its decision to slow down older iPhones with degraded batteries, but it wasn't just the actions that got Apple in hot water.

The post Apple Will Let Users Deactivate Performance Throttling on iPhones appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: January 18, 2018, 11:28 pm
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While Bitcoin has grabbed most of the attention, permanent advances in computing due to the invention of blockchain technology are likely to come from other innovative solutions. We'll take you through the differences.

The post Bitcoin, Blockchain, and ICOs: What You Need to Know appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: David Cardinal
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:45 pm
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Virtual reality is a potentially revolutionary tech with some significant usability problems. One company thinks it can change that.

The post New VR Tracking Tech Could Solve Platform’s Biggest Woes appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:00 pm
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