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Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain, 56 other employees set to be millionaires soon
Posted: May 24, 2018, 11:24 am
Xiaomi is ready to make some money in India
Posted: May 24, 2018, 11:15 am
Acer Swift 5 weighs less than 1kg to compete with MacBook Air, gaming notebooks and desktops launched too
Posted: May 24, 2018, 9:45 am
Facebook's updated two-factor authentication process no longer needs your phone number
Posted: May 24, 2018, 9:18 am
Apple begins manufacturing 7-nanometer A12 chips for 2018 iPhones
Posted: May 24, 2018, 9:07 am
Facebook will soon help you hire carpenters and plumbers
Posted: May 24, 2018, 8:46 am
In race of smart speakers, Google Home now leads Amazon Echo
Posted: May 24, 2018, 8:12 am
OnePlus 6 teardown by iFixit reveals its display will be hard to repair
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:35 am
Facebook to users: Upload your nude photos and we will save you from revenge porn
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:10 am
Idea Rs 499 prepaid plan offers 164GB data, unlimited calls for 82 days
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:05 am
Xiaomi brings Mi Credit to India, will offer up to 1 Lakh Rupees loan to MIUI users
Posted: May 24, 2018, 7:00 am
WhatsApp bug lets blocked contacts send messages and view stories
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:45 am
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 710, a CPU likely to power Xiaomi Redmi Note 6, Nokia 6 (2019)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:45 am
Apple is refunding Rs 3,900 to Indian iPhone users who got their phone's battery replaced last year
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:18 am
TRAI talks tough, Airtel or Voda cannot offer special plans to users who want to move to Jio
Posted: May 24, 2018, 6:16 am
Lenovo Z5: With bezel-less screen and 45 days of standby time, next Lenovo phone already sounds good
Posted: May 24, 2018, 5:13 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 shown with translucent back in new hands-on video
Posted: May 24, 2018, 5:01 am
Xiaomi Redmi 6 TENNA listing reveals much smaller battery and display than Redmi 5
Posted: May 24, 2018, 5:00 am
Fitbit Versa review: A versa-tile smartwatch
Posted: May 24, 2018, 4:00 am
Coolpad Note 6 review: Good battery life but that can't save it
Posted: May 24, 2018, 3:45 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 launch set for May 31: 3D facial recognition, Snapdragon 845, in-screen fingerprint scanner and other expected specs
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:45 am
Move over Google Duplex, Microsoft's AI bot is already making calls in China
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:00 pm
Amazon now banning people who return too many items from shopping on its site
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:13 pm
Mi 24-hour madness: Xiaomi is giving away its Mi products for as low as Re 1 on Mi store app
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:45 am
20-year-old Indian dies in Australia after slipping from cliff while clicking selfie
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:45 am
Anxiety, FOMO among top reasons for smartphone addiction in Indian students
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:54 am
The HTC U12+ has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4 cameras and pressure-sensitive buttons
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:15 am
Amazon under fire for selling real-time face-recognition technology to police
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:41 am
Spectra takes on Airtel V-Fiber, ACT with 1 Gbps broadband plan at Rs 1249
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:34 am
HARMAN JBL GO 2 water-resistant Bluetooth speaker launched in India for Rs 2,999
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:25 am
Mobiistar XQ Dual, CQ selfie-centric budget phones launched starting at Rs 4,999
Posted: May 23, 2018, 8:15 am
Comio X1 Note with dual rear cameras, Face unlock feature launched at Rs 9,999
Posted: May 23, 2018, 7:15 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 launch set for May 31, Apple iPhone X-like 3D facial recognition and in-screen fingerprint sensor on cards
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:48 am
OnePlus 6 software update brings super slow motion video support and ability to hide notch
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:45 am
At EU hearing when questions got tough, Mark Zuckerberg left because he had to catch a flight
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:45 am
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review: Looks familiar, works better
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:30 am
Instagram now allows you to mute friends without notifying them
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:26 am
Apple WWDC 2018 kick-starts on June 4, iOS 12, new MacBook updates on the cards
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:24 am
Google Photos will now allow you to favourite your pictures
Posted: May 23, 2018, 5:34 am
Samsung Summer Fest sale: 50 per cent discount on earphones, speakers, smartwatches, TVs
Posted: May 23, 2018, 5:15 am
OnePlus 6 AMA suggests OnePlus 6T may happen later this year
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:53 am
WhatsApp group admin stabbed with sharp weapon for removing a member
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:15 am
Vivo is bringing its futuristic Apex phone to the masses on June 12
Posted: May 23, 2018, 3:52 am
Honor wants to be one among top 3 smartphone brands in India, but it's in no hurry to get there
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:41 am
At EU hearing Zuckerberg admits Facebook has not done enough to prevent misuse
Posted: May 22, 2018, 5:15 pm
Lenovo HX03F Spectra review: Good sleep monitoring but not precise for tracking walks
Posted: May 22, 2018, 2:38 pm
Gmail now lets you @ mention people: here's how you can use it
Posted: May 22, 2018, 1:41 pm
Donald Trump avoids iPhone security because it's 'too inconvenient' for him: Reports
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:10 pm
OnePlus 6 is missing a few features but does that matter? Mostly no
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:45 am
Micromax Bharat Go Android Oreo Go Edition phone launched for Rs 4,399 but you can get it for Rs 2,399
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:00 am
Amazon every year asks employees to quit, gives them Rs 3 lakh if they do because it wants loyalty
Posted: May 22, 2018, 10:10 am
OnePlus 6 one lakh units sold in China in 12 minutes, over 25000 in India in 10 minutes
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:54 am
Samsung Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8: All the differences you should know
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:23 am
This is HTC U12+, launching on May 23 at expected price of around Rs 60,000
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:15 am
Honor 7A, 7C quick review: Dual cameras, 18:9 display at a budget price
Posted: May 22, 2018, 9:15 am
Moto Z3 Play specs leak, may come with 6-inch 18:9 display, Moto Mods support
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:44 am
Honor 7A, Honor 7C launched in India: Full specs, top features, price and everything you need to know
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:38 am
Google faces lawsuit over Safari data collection in UK
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:30 am
Two new Nokia phones with 18:9 display stops by FCC certification site
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:07 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 to launch on May 31, may cost around CNY2,799
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:00 am
Honor 7A, Honor 7C launched with 18:9 screens, dual rear cameras and face unlock, price starts at Rs 8,999
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:15 am
OnePlus 6 now available in an open sale on Amazon India, Croma stores
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:00 am
Microsoft pledges to extend privileges of EU GDPR worldwide
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:47 am
Lenovo Z5 camera samples reveal dual camera set up with AI technology
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:21 am
LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7a with 18:9 display, water-resistant body announced
Posted: May 22, 2018, 5:30 am
Honor 7A, Honor 7C with 18:9 display, Android Oreo launching in India today as Flipkart-exclusive
Posted: May 22, 2018, 5:00 am
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to launch in July, may come with 7-inch display, dual cameras
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:15 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 stops by 3C and FCC certification site ahead of May 31 launch
Posted: May 22, 2018, 3:55 am
Samsung Galaxy A6+ vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Xiaomi's phone offers a lot more for a lot less
Posted: May 22, 2018, 2:53 am
Netflix will never make dedicated streaming hardware like Amazon and Google, confirms company
Posted: May 22, 2018, 2:45 am
Don't Be Evil no more, Google removes famous phrase from its policy document
Posted: May 21, 2018, 2:24 pm
Blackberry KEY2 spotted on Geekbench ahead of June 7 launch
Posted: May 21, 2018, 1:00 pm
Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury launched with Galaxy S8-like design, Snapdragon 660 processor
Posted: May 21, 2018, 11:43 am
YouTube Red Vs YouTube Music Premium Vs YouTube Premium: All the differences
Posted: May 21, 2018, 11:07 am
Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 9 in July: Report
Posted: May 21, 2018, 10:34 am
Samsung Galaxy J6, J8, A6 and A6+ launched in India: Top specs, features and everything you must know
Posted: May 21, 2018, 9:20 am
Google Duo rolls out screen sharing feature but it doesn’t work yet
Posted: May 21, 2018, 8:59 am
iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone SE and MacBooks selling with heavy discounts during Flipkart's Apple Week sale
Posted: May 21, 2018, 8:45 am
Apple may be working on affordable HomePod-like smart speaker under Beats
Posted: May 21, 2018, 8:41 am
Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 will have Bixby 2.0
Posted: May 21, 2018, 8:23 am
Samsung Galaxy J6, J8, A6 and A6+ with Infinity display launched in India, price starts at Rs 13,990
Posted: May 21, 2018, 8:15 am
Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 edition launched with Android 8.1 Oreo, face unlock feature
Posted: May 21, 2018, 7:00 am
Moto G6, G6 Play set to launch in India on June 4
Posted: May 21, 2018, 7:00 am
Airtel takes on Jio Rs 448 plan with 246GB data plan at Rs 558
Posted: May 21, 2018, 6:53 am
Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite to be launched as Galaxy S Light Luxury today
Posted: May 21, 2018, 6:52 am
Google’s Duplex AI will alert people when calls are being recorded
Posted: May 21, 2018, 5:54 am
WhatsApp rolls out group calling feature for both Android and iOS users
Posted: May 21, 2018, 5:31 am
OnePlus 6 to go on sale in India today via Amazon, OnePlus.in and pop-up stores
Posted: May 21, 2018, 5:30 am
Teen phone monitoring app leaks thousands of Apple ID passwords
Posted: May 21, 2018, 4:08 am
Samsung Galaxy J4 (2018) full specs and price leaked, may cost around Rs 12,000
Posted: May 21, 2018, 4:00 am
OnePlus 6 review: The best smartphone for most people
Posted: May 21, 2018, 2:45 am
Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ prices leaked ahead of May 21 launch
Posted: May 19, 2018, 8:41 am
Xiaomi Mi 8 with in-display fingerprint scanner leaks in a short video
Posted: May 19, 2018, 8:00 am
Smartisan R1 smartphone comes with huge 1TB storage and a ludicrous price tag
Posted: May 19, 2018, 6:37 am
OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10: Design, specs and price compared
Posted: May 19, 2018, 5:09 am
Google Chrome to remove the green Secure badge from HTTPS sites in September
Posted: May 18, 2018, 2:42 pm
Lenovo leads Indian tablet market in Q1 2018, Samsung follows second: CMR
Posted: May 18, 2018, 12:50 pm
Apple iPhone X best-selling smartphone, Xiaomi enters top 3 models
Posted: May 18, 2018, 12:34 pm
Govt gives a green signal to eSIMs in India
Posted: May 18, 2018, 12:34 pm
Lenovo's all-screen Z5 may come with whopping 4TB storage
Posted: May 18, 2018, 12:25 pm
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 gets permanent price cut of Rs 3,000, now selling for Rs 29,999
Posted: May 18, 2018, 10:45 am
Amazon, Google lead global smart speaker sale, Apple stands fourth: Report
Posted: May 18, 2018, 10:09 am
BSNL upgrades Rs 4,999 FTTH plan to offer 1500GB FUP limit, launches new Data Tsunami offer
Posted: May 18, 2018, 9:01 am
Asus Zenfone Live L1 Android Go edition launched with 18:9 display, Snapdragon 425 chipset
Posted: May 18, 2018, 9:00 am
Apple demands $1 billion from Samsung in smartphone patent infringement case
Posted: May 18, 2018, 8:41 am
Airtel-Amazon Rs 2600 cashback offer: Eligible smartphones, cashback process, and everything explained
Posted: May 18, 2018, 7:51 am
OnePlus 6 launched: India price, variants and when you can buy the phone
Posted: May 18, 2018, 7:45 am
Samsung takes a dig at OnePlus, says the Galaxy S8 offers more than just speed at OnePlus 6 price
Posted: May 18, 2018, 7:23 am
Nokia X6 may come to India, teases HMD chief Juho Sarvikas
Posted: May 18, 2018, 7:15 am
Instagram may soon let you know how much time you spend on it
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:59 am
Xiaomi gearing for 8th anniversary, may launch special edition Mi 8
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:45 am
Samsung set to give its J-series the Infinity treatment, Galaxy J6 launch set for May 21
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:36 am
WhatsApp now finally allows you to re-download deleted media, here's how it's done
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:26 am
Moto 1S is a rebranded Moto G6 for China
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:24 am
OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: Design is fresh, hardware better but Android experience is similar
Posted: May 18, 2018, 6:15 am
Airtel and Amazon to sell 4G smartphones with effective price starting at Rs 3399
Posted: May 18, 2018, 5:30 am
OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T camera: Here's what's new
Posted: May 18, 2018, 4:45 am
Samsung takes a dig at Apple, wants iPhone 6 users to upgrade to Galaxy S9 in new ad
Posted: May 18, 2018, 4:45 am
Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 (2018) receive dual 4G VoLTE support in India via OTA update
Posted: May 18, 2018, 4:09 am
OnePlus 6 is so good because it passed Pete test and this is its secret sauce
Posted: May 18, 2018, 3:30 am
Google rolls out auto-brightness fix, rotation, archive suggestions features to Google Photos
Posted: May 17, 2018, 2:35 pm
HTC U12+ design, full specs leaked ahead of May 23 launch
Posted: May 17, 2018, 2:30 pm
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before European parliament over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Posted: May 17, 2018, 12:22 pm
OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers edition: All the differences
Posted: May 17, 2018, 11:45 am
OnePlus 6 launched in India starting at Rs 34,999, Marvel Avengers limited edition launched at Rs 44,999
Posted: May 17, 2018, 10:45 am
YouTube Music set to launch on May 22
Posted: May 17, 2018, 10:32 am
Vivo V9 Sapphire Blue colour launched in India, available from May 18 onwards
Posted: May 17, 2018, 10:30 am
Paytm launches My Payments feature to automate your recurring payments
Posted: May 17, 2018, 8:40 am
Microsoft is working on low-cost Surface tablets to compete with Apple's iPad: Report
Posted: May 17, 2018, 8:30 am
Xiaomi StRaKz phone spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 625 chipset, could be Redmi 6
Posted: May 17, 2018, 8:26 am
OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers limited edition launched with kevlar-style back, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:15 am
Airtel announces post FUP speed of 128Kbps on unlimited prepaid packs to take on Jio, BSNL
Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:08 am
Nokia 2, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 (2018) expected to launch on May 29, HMD Global sends invite
Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:00 am
Samsung temporarily halts Android Oreo update in Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge
Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:48 am
Apple 2018 iPhones may come with USB Type-C Lightning fast charger: Report
Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:15 am
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 review: A new challenger has arrived
Posted: May 17, 2018, 5:45 am
LG V35 ThinQ specs suggest a notch-less LG G7 ThinQ on its way
Posted: May 17, 2018, 5:45 am
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with Snapdragon 835, Android Oreo spotted on Geekbench
Posted: May 17, 2018, 4:46 am
Can the Nokia X6 take on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in India?
Posted: May 17, 2018, 4:30 am
OnePlus 6 quick review: Fresh design, same classic OnePlus speed
Posted: May 17, 2018, 4:30 am
OnePlus 6 launched: Full specifications, top features, price & everything you need to know
Posted: May 17, 2018, 4:00 am
OnePlus 6 launched with starting price of $529, Bullet Wireless earphones for $69
Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:45 pm
OnePlus 6 launch live: Next OnePlus phone launched at price of $529 along with $69 Bullets Wireless earphones
Posted: May 16, 2018, 3:30 pm
Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India
Posted: May 16, 2018, 1:44 pm
YouTube may soon allow you to watch videos in incognito
Posted: May 16, 2018, 12:02 pm
OnePlus 6 India launch on May 17, Idea to offer cashback, additional data and more on purchase
Posted: May 16, 2018, 11:45 am
Nokia 3.1 in works, HMD Global confirms Android P update for Nokia 5, 6 (2017)
Posted: May 16, 2018, 10:45 am
Sennheiser Momentum Free Bluetooth in-ear headphones launched in India at Rs 14,990
Posted: May 16, 2018, 10:02 am
OnePlus 6 India launch: Here is how to watch the launch event live and get the phone if you like it
Posted: May 16, 2018, 10:00 am
Nokia X6 is essentially a Nokia 6.1 killer
Posted: May 16, 2018, 9:41 am
Nokia X6 launched: Full specs, key features, price and everything you need to know
Posted: May 16, 2018, 9:23 am
Twitter has a new plan to tackle internet trolls
Posted: May 16, 2018, 9:00 am
Facebook removed 583 million fake accounts in the first quarter of 2018
Posted: May 16, 2018, 8:48 am
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ have faster download speed than iPhone X, Pixel 2
Posted: May 16, 2018, 8:15 am
Nokia X6 launched with iPhone X-like notch, Snapdragon 636, dual rear cameras and 16MP selfie shooter
Posted: May 16, 2018, 7:45 am
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Android Go phone is coming to India soon: Report
Posted: May 16, 2018, 7:14 am
HTC is working on a blockchain-powered smartphone for a decentralised future
Posted: May 16, 2018, 7:07 am
Vivo X21i with 6.28-inch display, 24MP front camera launched: Price, specs and more 
Posted: May 16, 2018, 6:56 am
Honor 10 review: Beauty with brains
Posted: May 16, 2018, 6:45 am
LG is giving away free 43-inch LG 4K UHD Smart TV with LG G7 ThinQ
Posted: May 16, 2018, 6:00 am
WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features including Admin controls, Participant search and more
Posted: May 16, 2018, 5:00 am
OnePlus 5, 5T, 3, 3T May security patch open beta brings group MMS, improvements to OnePlus Switch
Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:59 am
Xiaomi Mi 7 may come with iPhone X-like Face ID tech
Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:45 am
Realme 1 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: A really tough battle, but it's advantage Xiaomi
Posted: May 16, 2018, 3:45 am
Nokia X6 with iPhone X-like notch, dual cameras, Snapdragon 636 SoC set to launch today
Posted: May 16, 2018, 3:30 am
OnePlus 6 set to launch tonight, expect new design, higher price, top specs and launch offers
Posted: May 16, 2018, 2:45 am
Honor 10 launched in India: Full specs, top features, price and everything you need to know
Posted: May 15, 2018, 3:00 pm
Honor 10 launched with 3D glass design, dual rear cameras and 24MP selfie shooter: Price, specs and everything to know
Posted: May 15, 2018, 2:30 pm
Honor 7C India launch set for May 22
Posted: May 15, 2018, 1:53 pm
Gmail starts rolling out Nudge, Offline mode features to its users
Posted: May 15, 2018, 11:52 am
Moto G6, G6 Play with 18:9 display launching in India soon, teases company
Posted: May 15, 2018, 11:00 am
Realme 1 review: A really good performer with one real flaw
Posted: May 15, 2018, 10:58 am
Google employees are leaving the company because they don't want it to build AI software for the military
Posted: May 15, 2018, 9:57 am
Realme 1 launched: Full specs, key features, India price and everything else
Posted: May 15, 2018, 8:31 am
Flipkart, Amazon sale: Best phones to buy under Rs 10,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000
Posted: May 15, 2018, 8:15 am
Google may be harvesting user data from Android phones
Posted: May 15, 2018, 8:00 am
Xiaomi takes a dig at Oppo Realme, says its upcoming selfie phone will have fingerprint scanner
Posted: May 15, 2018, 7:45 am
Realme 1 launched with Helio P60, Android Oreo to take on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, price starts at Rs 8,990
Posted: May 15, 2018, 7:30 am
Google revamps Google Drive storage plans, introduces Google One
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:45 am
Galaxy S10 may come with Samsung's own in-display fingerprint sensor
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:43 am
Samsung Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6 full specs leaked, to come with Android 8.0 Oreo, 3000mAh battery
Posted: May 15, 2018, 5:30 am
Flipkart Shopping Days vs Amazon Summer Sale: Decent deals on Flipkart, Amazon has useless exchange offers
Posted: May 15, 2018, 5:11 am
Xiaomi is reportedly creating in-house camera department to improve image quality
Posted: May 15, 2018, 4:33 am
Nokia X6 may be priced around Rs 15,000, Geekbench listing reveals 6GB RAM variant
Posted: May 15, 2018, 4:25 am
Honor 10 with AI-based dual cameras, notched display set to launch in today: Specs, expected price
Posted: May 15, 2018, 3:15 am
Realme 1 set to launch in India today, will be Amazon exclusive
Posted: May 15, 2018, 2:45 am
Redmi Note 5 for Rs 999? No, that Flipkart deal is completely misleading
Posted: May 15, 2018, 2:35 am
Data breach is shameful, very dangerous, says Swara Bhasker
Posted: May 15, 2018, 12:45 am
YouTube rolls out Take A Break feature to counter smartphone addiction
Posted: May 14, 2018, 2:45 pm
Facebook suspends 200 apps as a part of its audit following Cambridge Analytica scandal
Posted: May 14, 2018, 1:30 pm
WhatsApp Chat filter coming soon: What is this new feature and how to use it
Posted: May 14, 2018, 12:03 pm
iPhone SE for Rs 16,499 is the best deal on Amazon and Flipkart today
Posted: May 14, 2018, 11:48 am
Xiaomi Redmi S2 India launch set for June 7, maybe rebranded as Redmi Y2
Posted: May 14, 2018, 10:45 am
Flipkart, Amazon start big sale, here are phones worth buying and some deals you shouldn't touch
Posted: May 14, 2018, 9:49 am
Microsoft to replace Surface Pro 4 tablets affected by flickergate
Posted: May 14, 2018, 9:41 am
Huawei Watch 2 leaked, Wear OS, LTE support and IP68-certification on the cards
Posted: May 14, 2018, 9:25 am
With 4 days to go, OnePlus gives its fans chance to buy OnePlus 6 early
Posted: May 14, 2018, 8:48 am
Realme 1 full specs leak ahead of May 15 launch in India
Posted: May 14, 2018, 8:47 am
No one wants to name their girl Alexa anymore because Amazon Alexa
Posted: May 14, 2018, 8:16 am
Honor 10 will be first phone in India to come with Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, launch set for May 15
Posted: May 14, 2018, 7:45 am

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It was just yesterday that Xiaomi confirmed it is revealing the Mi 8 at an event on May 31. Now, a video claiming to show off the Mi 8 has surfaced online. The hands-on video of the alleged Mi 8 was posted by Chinese website Sina, and it shows that the phone will feature a translucent back showing the internals of the device, similar to the newly launched HTC U12+. The hands-on video is barely 15 second long, but it shows the supposed Xiaomi Mi 8 from the front and the rear. We can see that the device features a dual camera setup at the back, with the lack of a fingerprint sensor. After a hint dropped by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, it is expected that the 8th anniversary edition phone from Xiaomi will feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, which means that the display will most likely be an OLED. Further, the front of the Mi 8 shows a wide notch at the top and it could house the rumoured 3D depth-sensing modules that the phone is expected to house. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to feature facial recognition, similar to the iPhone X, which could be the reason for the wide notch it sports. The colour of the alleged Xiaomi Mi 8 showed in the video lies somewhere between black and dark grey, and the reflection on the back suggests the use of glass. This could result in the Mi 8 getting wireless charging. The device is expected to hold a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charging. The Mi 8 is also rumoured to come with a 6.0-inch display, which is pretty much consistent with the device shown in the alleged hands-on video. For its processing needs, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will mostly run on the Snapdragon 845 chipset, given that it is a flagship device. Additionally, it is speculated that the Mi 8 will run on MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo. It is expected to be made available in 64GB and 128GB storage options, along with a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM. via Gfycat
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
Acer has announced new gaming laptops and desktops at its next@acer global press conference. Joining the company’s gaming desktop ranks are the Acer Predator Orion 5000, Orion 3000 and the Acer Nitro 50. Alongside the Nitro 50, Acer has also unveiled the Nitro VG0 and RG0 series monitors, which are aimed at gamers and have also bagged the 2018 Red Dot Design Awards. The Predator Orion 5000 and the Predator Orion 3000 series of gaming desktops will be available in North America from July starting at $1,499 (Rs 1,02,500 approx) and $999 (Rs 68,000 approx) respectively. The Acer Nitro 50 gaming desktops will be available in North America from July starting at $799 (Rs 55,000 approx), whereas the  Nitro VG0 and the Nitro RG0 gaming monitors will be up for sale in North America from July starting at $129 (Rs 8,817) and $169 (Rs 11,500) respectively. Acer Predator Orion 5000, Orion 3000 specifications and features  The Acer Predator Orion 5000 is the company’s top of the line gaming desktop, which comes with up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ 8700K processors paired with the latest Intel Z370 SoC, up to 32GB of Intel Optane memory, and up to 2-way Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPUs in SLI configuration. The desktop flaunts a transparent side panel and comes with the IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management design, which is said to segment the system into different thermal zones and provide each sector with its own airflow tunnel to remove heated air. There is also a front mesh panel with dust filters. Additional features of the desktop include ‘Killer’ LAN Ethernet, cradles for audio headsets, and a carry-handle for portability. Coming to the Predator Orion 3000 series, it is equipped with up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7+ processors, and up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs. Same as the Orion 5000, the gaming desktop is also VR-ready, support 4K gameplay and comes with configuration of up to 32GB Intel optane memory and up to 64GB DDR4 RAM support. In terms of design, both the Orion siblings are similar.  Acer has also expanded its gaming gadget and accessory line with some new Predator Accessories. The company showcased the new Predator Cetus 510 gaming mouse that comes with an optical sensor and supports up to 16,000 DPI. There is also the Predator gaming chair which features detachable cushions, and lumbar spine support for gamers, along with the Predator Hard Case, Predator Aethos 500 mechanical keyboard, and a Predator Mousepad. Acer Nitro series gaming desktops and monitors If Orion is company’s flagship gaming desktop range, then the Nitro series caters to gamers on a budget. The Nitro 50 Series features armour-inspired housing with front-facing LED lighting. They are powered by up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, and come equipped with up to GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards. The desktop PCs can deliver videos with 4K resolution and can support up to four displays simultaneously. They feature up to 3TB HDD and a 512GB SSD and also sport a wireless charging deck for Qi-enabled charging of supported devices. For connectivity, the Nitro 50 Series comes equipped with Realtek Dragon LAN that is said to optimise network speed for gaming, browsing, and streaming. In the monitors category, Acer has unveiled the new Nitro VG0 and RG0 Series IPS monitors that come with AMD Radeon FreeSync and features Visual Response Boost (VRB, which is said to decreases blur in fast-moving images to achieve the effect of a 1ms response time, along with up to 144 Hz refresh rates. The monitors feature Integrated 6-axis color adjustment that enables gamers to fine-tune colour, hue, and saturation levels, while built-in black boost enables gamers to select from 11 black level options. The Nitro VG0 Series will be available in 27, 23.8 and 21.5-inch display panels with resolutions of 4K ultra-HD, WQHD, or full-HD. On the other hand, the Acer Nitro RG0 Series features a .27-inch ‘thin’ profile and comes in options of 27 and 23.8-inch variants. Acer says that the IPS panels on the new monitors provide wide viewing of up to 178 degrees horizontally and vertically. The monitors can also tilt from -5 to 20 degrees (-5 to 15 degrees for RG0 series) and meet 72 percent of the NTSC standard while delivering brightness of 250 cd/m2. They are also equipped with two 2W stereo speakers for audio and come with HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort ports. The two monitors also come with a VESA mount for being wall mounted. The display modes on the Nitro VG0 and RG0 series include Racing, Sport, User, Standard, Action, ECO, Graphic, and Movie.
Author: shubham.sharma@digit.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see. Another part of its strategy in some countries is partnering with third-party fact-checkers to review and rate the accuracy of articles and posts on Facebook, Tessa Lyons, a Facebook product manager on News Feed focused on false news, said in a statement on Thursday. The social media giant is facing criticism for its role in enabling political manipulation in several countries around the world. It has also come under the scanner for allegedly fuelling ethnic conflicts owing to its failure stop the deluge of hate-filled posts against the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. "False news is bad for people and bad for Facebook. We're making significant investments to stop it from spreading and to promote high-quality journalism and news literacy," Lyons said.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday told the European Parliament leaders that the social networking giant is trying to plug loopholes across its services, including curbing fake news and political interference on its platform in the wake of upcoming elections globally, including in India. Lyons said Facebook's three-pronged strategy roots out the bad actors that frequently spread fake stories.  "It dramatically decreases the reach of those stories. And it helps people stay informed without stifling public discourse," Lyons added.  Although false news does not violate Facebook's Community Standards, it often violates the social network's polices in other categories, such as spam, hate speech or fake accounts, which it removes remove. "For example, if we find a Facebook Page pretending to be run by Americans that's actually operating out of Macedonia, that violates our requirement that people use their real identities and not impersonate others. So we'll take down that whole Page, immediately eliminating any posts they made that might have been false," Lyons explained.  Apart from this, Facebook is also using machine learning to help its teams detect fraud and enforce its policies against spam.  "We now block millions of fake accounts every day when they try to register," Lyons added. A lot of the misinformation that spreads on Facebook is financially motivated, much like email spam in the 90s, the social network said.  If spammers can get enough people to click on fake stories and visit their sites, they will make money off the ads they show.  "We're figuring out spammers' common tactics and reducing the distribution of those kinds of stories in News Feed. We've started penalizing clickbait, links shared more frequently by spammers, and links to low-quality web pages, also known as 'ad farms'," Lyons said.  "We also take action against entire Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news, reducing their overall News Feed distribution," Lyons said.  Facebook said it does not want to make money off of misinformation or help those who create it profit, and so such publishers are not allowed to run ads or use its monetisation features like Instant Articles.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
Sticking well to the promise of at least six smartphone launches in 2018, the Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi appears to be gearing up for the release of more Redmi phones. Three new Xiaomi phones were spotted on TENAA, the Chinese certification website. On the website, the three phones, among which at least one has been presumed to be the Redmi 6A, have been listed under the model code numbers M1804C3DE, M1804C3CC, and M1804C3CE. While they have the same display, battery, and processor, they vary in RAM, storage, and camera setup. All three phones are of the same dimensions and feature a 5.45-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. They are powered by an unknown octa-core processor clocking up to 2GHz. All three are backed by a 3,000mAh battery and run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. According to the TENAA listing, the Xiaomi M1804C3DE seems to offer either 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB of RAM with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of storage respectively. There appears to be a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Xiaomi M1804C3CC seems to offer only 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. The cameras on it appear to be a 13-megapixel rear shooter and 5-megapixel front shooter. Lastly, the Xiaomi M1804C3CE appears to have 2GB and 3GB RAM variants, both offering 16GB and 32GB of storage respectively. The rear camera is a 12-megapixel sensor and the front camera is a 5-megapixel sensor, same as on the other two models. All three phones could launch in an array of colours including blue, silver, white, gold, rose gold, green, pink, purple, and red. The discovery of these three phones on TENAA comes exactly a week before Xiaomi’s annual flagship product launch in Shenzhen, where it is expected to reveal the new Xiaomi Mi 8 and the latest version of their Android-based custom firmware, MIUI 10.
Author: vignesh.giridharan@9dot9.in (Vignesh Giridharan)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
Its seems like console gamers would have to wait a bit for the PlayStation 5. The Wall Street Journal reports that the head of Sony’s PlayStation division, John Kodera told reported that the next PlayStation is at least three years away. So gamers will have to wait till at least 2021 to get their hands on the next generation of consoles.  The news comes just a few days after the same reporter quoted Kodera in a tweet, saying that the PlayStation 4 was entering the final phase of its life cycle. He also added that recurring revenue via membership services would be able to cushion the transition to the new generation of consoles. The current PlayStation Plus subscription in India costs Rs 599 for a month, while the 12-month plan costs Rs 4,449.  In its Investor Relations Day report, the company noted that it sold 74 million units of the PlayStation 4 by the end of March 31, 2018, By the end of the same period, the company also claimed to have over 80 million users on the PlayStation Network, while there were 34.2 million PlayStation Plus subscribers by then end of FY2017.  Sony claims to have sold 246 million games by the end of FY2017. The PlayStation 4 was praised for offering a better selection of exclusive titles over its rival, the Xbox One, and it seems like the company is planning to use this leverage even more. The company already has a number of exclusives in its pipeline, these include a new Spider-man title, and Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding.  It should be noted that the PlayStation 4 was launched in India back in 2013, while the PlayStation 4 Pro came last year. The new console supports 4K gaming with a number of games updated to make use of the graphical power of the console. Even the Netflix app on the console was updated to allow 4K streaming. The PlayStation 4 Pro also supports the company’s new VR headset, the PS VR. The headset offers 360 degree head tracking, high refresh rates and integration of Sony’s proprietary binaural 3D audio technology. Gamers would be able to interact with the games using the PlayStation Move Motion Controller, Dualshock Wireless Controller, and the upcoming PS VR Aim controller.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
Qualcomm has launched a new mobile platform called the Snapdragon 710. The platform is the first chipset under the company’s new 700 series, which slots in between the flagship 800 series and the mid-range 600 series. The new Snapdragon 710 is an octa-core chipset and is manufactured using the 10nm manufacturing process, which is the same process used for the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 mobile platform features the company’s new Kryo 360 cores in a big.LITTLE architecture. There are 6 efficiency cores clocked at 1.4GHz and two high performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz. Other additions include the a new Adreno 616 GPU, Spectra 250 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP, X15 LTE modem and Qualcomm Aqstic Audio. The Adreno 616 GPU in the Snapdragon 710 supports Vulkan API and the company claims that it offers up to 35% faster graphics rendering as compared to previous generation Adreno GPUs. With the X15 modem, the company claims that users will be able to enjoy up to 2.4X faster downlink than cat 7 LTE in real world use. Other connectivity highlights include 4X4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5 and Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo technology. Qualcomm says that the new Spectra 250 ISP offers noise reduction, active depth sensing, slow motion video capture as well as Ultra HD Video Capture with 40% lower power consumption. The Snapdragon 710 is able to support up to a 32MP single, 20MP dual ISP. The chipset is also capable of supporting 4K HDR videos. In terms of performance, the company says that the Snapdragon 710 is capable of up to a 20% increase in performance as compared to the Snapdragon 660. Similarly, the Snapdragon 710 is said to offer up to 40% reduction in power consumption with 4K video playback or gaming. The chipset also supports the company’s Quick Charge 4+ technology. The Snapdragon 710 also supports AI experiences and the company says that it offers twice the AI performance as compared to the Snapdragon 660. It supports tools likes the Snapdragon Neural Processing (SDK), Android NNAPI and Hexagon NN. It also supports frameworks such as Caffe 2, TensorFlow, TensorFlow Lite and ONNX.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 12:05 pm
Vietnam-based smartphone maker Mobiistar on Wednesday debuted in the Indian smartphone market with "XQ Dual" and "CQ" priced at Rs 7,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively. "XQ Dual" that comes with a 5.5-inch IPS and full HD screen resolution with 2.5D screen sports 13MP and 8MP dual selfie camera and 13MP rear camera. The "CQ" smartphone with a 5-inch HD with 2.75D curved glass is equipped with 13MP selfie camera and 8MP rear camera with autofocus and led flash. Both devices also come with 4G VoLTE and ViLTE support. "We chose India because it is a very big market. It also has a lot of interesting happenings in terms of technology, progress and new things," Carl Ngo, CEO and Co-founder, Mobiistar, told IANS. Mobiistar also announced a partnership with Flipkart and both its smartphones will be available on the platform from May 30. The "XQ Dual", with full metal unibody, comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB. The "CQ" comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB. Both the devices come with Snapdragon processors.  Mobiistar also announced that it has opened 1,000 service outlets in the country already.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 11:05 am
Acer has announced new gaming laptops and desktops at its next@acer global press conference. For the mobile gamers, Acer has unveiled the new Predator Helios 500 and a Special Edition Helios 300 gaming laptop. The Helios 500 comes with support of up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9+ processors whereas the Helios 300 Special Edition gets some upgrades in both the design and performance department with a distinctive white chassis and some bumped up specs like a display with 144Hz refresh rate. Both laptops are VR-Ready and come with ‘advanced’ thermal technologies for keeping the temperatures low during extended gaming sessions. The Predator Helios 500 gaming notebooks will be available in North America from June starting at $1,999 (Rs 1,37,000 approx).  Acer Predator Helios 500, Helios 300 Special Edition specifications  Staring with the Predator Helios 500, the laptop features up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9+ processors and GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, both of which are also overclockable. The laptop comes with Intel Optane memory, along with NVMePCIe SSDs, Killer DoubleShot Pro networking, and up to 64GB of memory for handling even the most resource demanding games and also live streaming them, the company says. It comes in options of a 4K UHD or FHD IPS 17.3-inch displays with 144Hz refresh rates and supports Nvidia G-Sync technology on both the built-in display and external monitors. For connectivity, it sports dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and HDMI 2.0 ports that support up to three external monitors. For audio, it is equipped with two speakers, a subwoofer, and it supports Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio technology. For keeping the Helios 500 cool while gaming, Acer has equipped it with their proprietary AeroBlade 3D metal fans, and five heat pipes that are said to distribute cool air to the machine's key components while simultaneously releasing hot air. The PredatorSense app will allow users to control the fan speeds and monitor the notebook's vitals from one central interface, including overclocking, hotkeys, temperature, lighting, and fan control. Appealing gamers, the backlit RGB keyboard offers four lighting zones with support for up to 16.8 million colours and the laptop features anti-ghosting technology, which can be set up via five dedicated programmable keys. Coming to the Helios 300 Special Edition, the Acer's budget-friendly gaming line laptop has received a makeover with an all-white aluminum chassis accented with gold trim. There are also upgrades in the hardware department as the Helios 300 Special Edition (PH315-51) features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display that now supports 144Hz refresh rate. It is powered by up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7+ processor, coupled with GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, up to a 512GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe solid state drive, and up to a 2TB hard disk drive. It sports up to 16GB of RAM that can be upgraded to 32GB. The Helios 300 SE also comes with Intel Optane memory, along with Gigabit Ethernet for wired connectivity and Gigabit Wi-Fi, provided by the Intel Wireless-AC 9560, for delivering up to 1.73Gbps throughput when using 160MHz channels (2x2 802.11ac, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz). The notebook includes two of Acer's 0.1 mm all-metal AeroBlade 3D fans, which same as the Helios 500, can also be controlled with Acer's PredatorSense app that offers toggling between three usage modes - Coolboost, Normal, and Silent.
Author: shubham.sharma@digit.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 10:05 am
At the next@acer global press conference, Acer has announced its latest Swift 5 laptop which is equipped with the latest Intel processors and come with upto 16GB of DDR4 RAM. It features an 87.6 percent screen-to-body ratio and thin bezels that measure only 5.87mm. The Swift 5 comes with a 15-inch Full HD IPS panel and features Acer Color Intelligence technology, which the company says can dynamically adjust the gamma and saturation of the display in real-time, optimising screen colour, and brightness. Additionally, the Acer BluelightShield technology allows adjusting of the screen's blue-light emission over extended periods of use. There is no information on the exact specifications, prices, and availability of the Acer Swift 5 in India as of now. The Acer Swift 5 comes with up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of DDR4 memory. IN terms of connectivity, it features one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports where one comes with power-off charging functionality, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. There is also support for Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader and the device features Intel Wireless-AC 9560 that offers 2x2 802.11ac wireless Gigabit performance.  “There’s been great feedback on Acer’s amazingly light 14-inch Swift 5, and we are now pushing the limits with the 15.6-inch model,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “We’ve kept the weight under the 1 kg mark by using ultra-narrow bezels and a marginally larger chassis.” The Swift 5’s top and bottom cover is said to be constructed using magnesium-lithium alloys  and its palm rest area is made from magnesium-aluminum alloys. The “advanced materials” used on the laptop are said to make it sturdier and also lighter as it weighs around 1Kg. The laptop also comes equipped with an LED backlit keyboard.
Author: shubham.sharma@digit.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 8:05 am
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Thursday launched "Mi Credit" -- its new service that acts as a platform for users to initiate instant financial lending in India. According to the company, "Mi Credit" is currently available in partnership with KreditBee which is an instant personal loan platform for "young professionals". "Xiaomi provides Internet services to give our users a complete mobile internet experience and MIUI functions as an open platform for us to deliver our wide range of Internet services like content, entertainment, financial services and productivity tools," Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, said in a statement. The loan can be initiated in under 10 minutes with a simple KYC verification. "'Mi Credit' is a big step in bringing an important Internet service to India and we trust that our users would be able to truly benefit as the service becomes more sophisticated," Jain added. Notably, "Mi Credit" is the third value-added Internet service for Indian Mi Fans after Mi Music and Mi Video which were announced in May, 2018. Financial loan providers are listed on "Mi Credit" platform and Xiaomi users can log in to apply for quick loans. Currently, the service is available only for MIUI users where KreditBee is offering loans starting from Rs 1,000-Rs 1,00,000.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 4:05 am
Long-standing repair site iFixit has torn down the recently launched OnePlus 6, and shown us that the new flagship model seems to be more water-resistant than we thought. When the OnePlus 6 launched, it became clear to everybody that OnePlus did not grant it an official IP rating. Instead, it wrote on the phone’s website, “Thanks to water resistance, your OnePlus 6 is well-equipped to survive a drop in the sink or a spilled glass of water. Just don’t take it for a swim.” Going through iFixit’s teardown, we learn that OnePlus may have gone a mile extra than expected in ensuring the phone’s water-resistance capabilities. To begin with, it has included an integrated rubber gasket in the phone’s SIM card tray, which should prevent water ingress through the gaps when it’s firmly locked in place. The next evidence of good insulation, revealed by the teardown, is the presence of black silicone seals running around most of the sockets on the phone’s motherboard. That said, the sockets themselves aren’t resistant to water. It counts as an effort in the right direction nonetheless. Lastly, the teardown exposes more gaskets surrounding the speaker grille, the Type-C USB port, and the headphone jack. In a quick comment, iFixit adds, “Nice to see OnePlus go for gaskets over goo, making disassembly and reassembly a snap. We probably wouldn't jump into the pool with it, but it's nice to have a little protection that doesn't impede repair.” The OnePlus 6 receives a repairability score of 5 on 10 from iFixt, which means that the phone is neither too easy nor too hard to be repaired if a hardware component inside it goes wrong. All things considered, it’s good to know that OnePlus intended to deliver more than what it promised in this regard.
Author: vignesh.giridharan@9dot9.in (Vignesh Giridharan)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:05 am
It’s not even been a month since LG launched its current flagship, the G7 ThinQ and the company is reportedly planning to unveil five new devices next month. As per an Etnews report, LG will be releasing the LG V35, Q7,Q7 Plus, X5 (2018), and the X2 (2018) in June and these smartphones are expected to cover a range of price points, starting from the flagship V35 to the budget X2 (2018). It was earlier speculated that the LG V35 and a ThinQ variant of the device will be released alongside the G7 ThinQ, however, if the new report is to be believed, the company might launch the phones next month.  The LG V35 could be the next flagship by the smartphone manufacturer and is expected to rival the LG G7 ThinQ with its specifications. The V35 could come with 6GB RAM, coupled with 64GB internal storage and might be backed by a 3300mAh battery. Same as the G7 ThinQ and the V30S ThinQ, the V35 is speculated to come with AI camera and the device could be launched in an “Aurora Black” colour variant. The device is rumoured to feature a 6-inch QHD+ OLED display with an 18:9 display aspect ratio, an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio and is also said to lack a notch. It is speculated to come with a dual 16MP rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing sensor with f/1.9 aperture.  The LG Q7 and Q7 Plus have been already announced by the company but Etnews reveals the pricing and states that the devices could cost around 400,000 to 500,000 Won (Rs 25,365 - Rs 31,706 approx) in Korea. LG says that the smartphones will be launched in Europe next month, followed by subsequent launch in the Americas and Asia. Both the smartphones feature a similar 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision display and are powered by a 1.5Ghz or 1.8Ghz octa-core chipset, which is yet to be revealed. The Q7 Plus comes with a 16MP rear camera and with 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage whereas the Q7 sports a 13MP rear sensor and with 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage. Both phones come with an 8MP front-facing camera, with a 5MP wide-angle sensor.  Finally, LG is also tipped to launch 2018 editions of its X5 and X2 smartphones, which will be the successor to 2016’s X5. The X5 is rumoured to launch as a mid-range smartphone. It is speculated to feature a 5.5-inch HD display and could be powered by the MediaTek MT6750 SoC with 2GB RAM, coupled with 32GB of internal storage. The smartphone could be equipped with a 13MP rear camera and a 3MP front camera, and a fingerprint sensor. Highlight of the smartphone is expected to be the 4500mAh battery which might also support fast charging. The new report adds that the phone will cost around 300,000 won (Rs 20,000).  As per the report, the LG X2 is expected to be launched as a budget smartphone that features a 5-inch display and could be powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The device is tipped to feature a 13MP rear camera and come with a 5MP front-facing sensor. It is expected to be backed by a 2410 mAh battery, feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and could cost around 200,000 Won (Rs 12,500).
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:05 am
OnePlus held an AMA session on its forum page for the OnePlus 6 in which senior executives including, co-founder Carl Pei and product managers of the OnePlus 6, the Bullets Wireless headphones and more took questions from fans and potential buyers. Amidst the general queries about the new glass design, water resistance and the likes, there was a question about the company’s strategy of two devices a year. OnePlus’ two flagships a year strategy has drawn ire from a lot of loyalists who complained of their device being phased out just six months after launch. User idkwhoiam322 asked, “is there a chance that we could see OnePlus reverting the new 2 devices a year plan to once a year?” In reply, Carl Pai said, “We don’t have any plans to change our stategy at this moment”, indicating that a OnePlus 6T will be released sometime later this year. Other fans also raised their concerns of buying the new OnePlus 6. User Jayh123 asked “Will you be launching a OnePlus 6T later? If yes why buy the OnePlus 6”. That question, unfortunately went unanswered, but it did reveal the mindset of loyalists who are now holding back on purchasing the current offering in the hopes of getting something more (or better) later in the year when more features are introduced to devices. The strategy, however, seems to have paid off for the company. The OnePlus 5 became the highest grossing phone on Amazon India when it launched, but it was soon replaced by the OnePlus 5T that launched less than six months after, selling 1.3 million units by January 2018. The company will also look to emulate the same success with the OnePlus 6, which is already off to a raging start. The company announced it raked in Rs 100 crores in the first ten minutes of the OnePlus 6 sale. The phone is also getting rave reviews from all over the world. The OnePlus 6 sports a glass-sandwich design with a 6.28-inch AMOLED panel and a notch on top. The phone also happens to be the first to bring the latest Snapdragon 845 in India, making it the most powerful flagship out there right now. In our review, we noted that the OnePlus is blazing fast. The phone can handle just about any task flawalessly, without a stutter. Furthermore, the Oxygen OS that powers the phone is optimised for speed. At the back, you get a 16-megapixel plus 20-megapixel dual camera setup where the secondary 20-megapixel sensor is used only for portrait shots and faster autofocus. On the front is a single 16-megapixel sensor that can take portrait-selfies as well. Overall, the OnePlus 6 is already a blockbuster hit. That should be reason enough for the company to bring out its successor sooner than usual.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 1:05 am
Apple has faced a lot of flak over the iPhone throttling issue. The company justified its actions by saying that batteries degrade over time and it was important for Apple that users not experience random shutdowns on their iPhone. The company eventually announced on December 28, 2017, that it will offer unconditional battery replacement to people who owned an iPhone 6 or above, for a significantly discounted price of Rs 2000. However, for those who had paid full price for battery replacement in the year 2017, it felt like they had just missed out on a good deal. Today, Apple is correcting that. In a post published on Apple India’s website, the company has said that it will be issuing a refund of Rs 3,900 to those who had the battery replaced before the company’s discounted price kicked in. Apple is offering Rs 3,900 credit back to those customers who had paid full price for an out-of-warranty battery replacement on their iPhone 6 or newer. Apple specified that the repair period should fall between January 1, 2017, and December 28, 2017, and the repair should have been undertaken at an official Apple Store, Apple repair centre or an Apple authorized service provider. The post says that the credit will be offered back to eligible customers either via an electronic funds transfer or through a credit on the credit card used to pay for the service. In order to get the refund, Apple themselves will be sending a notification e-mail to eligible customers with instructions on how to avail the credit. The emails will be sent out between May 23, 2018, and July 27, 2018, however, if you do not get an e-mail from Apple by August 1, 2018, and believe that you are eligible, you will need to contact Apple by December 31, 2018, along with proof of repair. Even after introducing a heavily discounted price of Rs. 2000 on one unconditional battery replacement valid until the end of 2018, Apple continues to face flak over the unavailability of sufficient batteries. The iPhone 6, for example, was launched in 2014 and hence, production of its batteries may have been halted altogether, if not significantly ramped down. Due to the age of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s, their batteries are not being produced in enough numbers to support the sudden surge in demand. It remains to be seen just how Apple will meet the demand for battery replacements in the coming months, but for now, those who did pay full price for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for their iPhone in 2017 can expect a refund very soon.  
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 24, 2018, 1:05 am
Google and LG have a long history of working together to create innovative products. LG already produces displays for Google’s Pixel phones and is a fairly new entrant in the OLED display space considering Samsung has held a monopoly on the same for a long time now. Even with its limited experience with OLED displays, LG managed to reveal some impressive OLED panels and televisions this year. At CES 2018, LG revealed the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display, and now, the company has partnered with Google to set yet another world record. Google and LG have taken the covers off of the “world’s highest-resolution OLED on-glass display” which has been created to push forward innovation in the AR/VR industry. The OLED on-glass created by the two companies is a 4.3-inch, 18MP display with a resolution of 4,800 x 3,840. It has a pixel density of 1,443PPI and a 120Hz refresh rate, which would be great for playing VR games. But don’t get too excited just yet. The display, if ever used in a standalone VR headset, will need immense amounts of processing power to create such high resolution imagery and any headset that houses two of these displays would definitely require to be hooked up to an extremely powerful piece of hardware. However, the two companies do believe that a mobile SoC can do the job.  For the display itself, Google and LG used a custom driver integrated circuit and also highlighted a foveated rendering method to power it more efficiently. Foveated Rendering renders only what the user is directly watching while fading the peripherals around the view. Even though Google aims for a mobile SoC to power a headset that would sport two of these high-end OLED displays, while demoting the refresh rate to 75Hz, the company may just be developing it as an experiment. Googler Carlin Vieri told 9to5Google that “the company embarked on this project to push the industry forward.” And push it will. The OLED display developed by Google and LG is much more powerful than the ones available in current generation standalone VR headsets. In comparison, the HTC Vive features two 3.6-inch 1080 x 1200 pixel displays with 448PPI and the Vive Pro takes it up a notch by using two 3.5-inch 1440 x 1600 pixel screens with 615PPI. Google and LG aim to create a display that is pretty close to human vision. Google is also said to be working on a standalone AR headset codenamed Google A65 to take on the Microsoft HoloLens. We wonder if the company plans to use this high-end OLED display in the rumoured headset. The device is said to run on a Qualcomm chipset and might be the perfect candidate for Google to roll-out its vision of high-end consumer AR/VR.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:05 pm
We’re just a few hours away from the launch of the HTC U12+, but it seems like we may already know everything that one needs to about the phone. The company accidentally left a page public on its website which revealed the price of the upcoming device. First spotted by Roland Quandt, the website has since been taken down, but not before SlashLeaks managed to take a screenshot. As per the image, the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant of the phone would be available for CNY 5,888, which is approximately Rs 63,000. Slashleaks has also posted an image said to show the rear of the HTC U12+. This seems to the Translucent Black variant of the smartphone as one can make out some of the internal components. The HTC U12+ also recently popped up on benchmarking website, Geekbench with the model name, ‘HTC HTC 2Q55100’. The listing more-or-less confirms that the smartphone will offer 6GB of RAM and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It also shows that the smartphone managed to score 2407 in the single core test, and 8894 in the multi core test. This is about the same scores we got with the OnePlus 6 during our review. It scored 2372 in the single core test, and 8502 in the multi core test. OnePlus’ new flagship is currently the only Snapdragon 845 powered device you can buy in India right now. Last week, noted leakster, Evan Blass aka @evleaks posted images of the three colour variants of the smartphone as well as the spec sheet of the device. The device is expected to be available in Black, Burgundy Red and Translucent Black variants and offer a 18:9 6-inch QHD+ Super LCD 6 display with a resolution of 2280 x 1440 pixels. The phone is expected to be available in 64GB and 128GB variants, both with 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 845. It is also expected to offer support for HDR10, DCI-P3 and sRGB. Other features could include a new ‘Liquid Surface’ design as well as pressure-sensitive buttons. The phone is also expected to offer an updated version of the Edge Sense feature that the company debuted with the HTC U11. Main image source: Slashleaks
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:05 pm
Xiaomi’s global spokesperson, Donovan Sung recently announced in a tweet  that the company would officially launch their next flagship Mi model, the Xiaomi Mi 8 in Shenzhen on May 31. More recently still, the official MIUI account on Weibo posted an image  announcing the new version of their Android-based custom firmware that powers Xiaomi smartphones, MIUI 10. It is also expected to launch on May 31, along with the Xiaomi Mi 8. It’s possible that the new smartphone will arrive pre-installed with MIUI 10. MIUI 10 will be based on Android Oreo and is expected to come with an array of new features and gestures, including a new face-unlock feature accurate enough to compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone X. It is likely to include other Oreo features like picture-in-picture mode, Google Play Protect, System UI Tuner, autofill and smart text selection, better animations, adaptive icons, and others. Xiaomi had reportedly mentioned earlier this year that MIUI 10 won’t be making it to Xiaomi phones that are still running Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, the list of phones that are expected to be eligible for the update include Mi 6, Mi 5 series, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi 4S, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 2, and Mi Note 3. The official launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 seems to be happening only a couple of weeks after the the launch of one of its notable competitor, the OnePlus 6, which boasts a similar spec sheet. The OnePlus 6 too is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, and offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It was launched in India at a price of Rs of 34,999 for the base model. However, there is no word yet on whether Xiaomi has plans of bringing the Mi 8 to India this year. It’s interesting to note that while Xiaomi claimed last year that the MIUI 9 would be as fast as lightning, it claims now that the MIUI 10 will be faster than lightning, suggesting a remarkable boost in speed and performance.
Author: vignesh.giridharan@9dot9.in (Vignesh Giridharan)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:05 pm
In a bid to scale up its business operations, Finnish company HMD Global - which sells Nokia branded phones - has announced that it has raised an additional $100 million from investors. With the latest funding, HMD Global's current market valuation exceeds $1 billion giving it a unicorn status.  "We are thrilled to have these investors join us in our journey to script the next chapter of Nokia phones. It is our ambition to deliver great smartphones that delight our fans while staying true to our Finnish roots and the hallmarks that the Nokia brand has always been known for," Florian Seiche, CEO, HMD Global, said in a statement late on Monday. This round of investment is led by Geneva-based Ginko Ventures via Alpha Ginko Ltd with participation from DMJ Asia Investment Opportunity Limited and Wonderful Stars Pte Ltd -- a subsidiary of FIH Mobile Ltd. "We aim to be among the top smartphone players globally and our success to date gives us the confidence to further continue on a growth path in 2018 and beyond," Seiche added. In 2018, the company plans to aggressively expand its portfolio of Nokia smartphones and double down on expanding channel reach in strategic markets while continuing to deliver innovation where it matters most to consumers. Since Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, the Finnish start-up has introduced 16 devices and global partnerships with industry majors such as Google and ZEISS, in addition to its long term strategic relationship with Nokia and FIH.  The company is also working towards manufacturing its own components in India, a top company executive recently told IANS. "We are following the phased manufacturing programme. In line with this, we have started having conversations with our partner Foxconn to manufacture our own components in the country," said Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:05 am
Expanding its "Helio P" family of power-efficient chips for mid-range devices, mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek on Tuesday launched Helio P22 processor in India. The MediaTek Helio P22 is the first chipset to bring the 12nm manufacturing process to the mid-range mobile segment. "With support for high-quality dual camera photography, AI enhancements and incredible power efficiency, Helio P22 sets a new bar for accessibility to premium features," TL Lee, General Manager, Wireless Communication Business Unit, MediaTek, said in a statement. With the P22 chipset, the chip maker will offer the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerated experiences, improved photography and reliable, high-speed connectivity to more affordable devices, thus, expanding the "new premium" market. "We expect continued device maker wins and consumer growth in this segment with MediaTek's new Helio P22 chipset," Lee added. The Helio P22 chip also brings hardware-driven dual-camera support for 13+8 megapixel setups at 30 frames per second (FPS). Additionally, the chipset brings 20:9 HD+ (1600 x 720) display support. For connectivity, the P22 will support Bluetooth 5.0, dual SIM cards, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. With a low-power, highly capable hardware depth engine for real-time Bokeh preview, the chipset is equipped to minimise grain, noise, aliasing and chromatic aberration. According to MediaTek, the Helio P22 is in volume production now, and is expected to be available in consumer devices by the end of Q2 2018.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:05 am
Vivo showcased its Apex concept smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2018 and gave a glimpse of how future smartphones could look like. Now, the company has sent out invites for an event on June 12 where a market-ready version of the Apex concept smartphone could be unveiled. The invite reads, “The future of smartphone is here,” and the completely bezel-less front of the Apex can also be seen. Vivo didn’t spring this suddenly as a previous report tipped that the smartphone might enter mass production by Q3 2018 and back in March, Vivo officially announced the smartphone in China. In terms of specifications, the Vivo Apex sports a "half-screen" fingerprint scanner, which is basically an in-display fingerprint scanner that is under one-third of the screen. The smartphone features a 5.99-inch OLED display with COF technology and the ambient and proximity sensors are tucked under the display along with the earpiece. The Vivo Apex is the company’s take on a completely bezel-less smartphone without the need for a notch. It features a screen-to-body ratio of 98 percent and is powered by a Snapdragon 845. It comes with a USB Type-C port and retains the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Vivo Apex smartphone is equipped with a periscope 8MP ‘Elevating’ front-facing camera that pops-up from the top edge of the device in 0.8 seconds, the company says. The smartphone uses the Screen SoundCasting Technology, which sends vibrations through the display for producing sound. This technique, according to the company, consumes less power, reduces sound leakage, and optimises low to high pitch sound.  Most smartphone manufacturers are stuck with a notch on the top of their display until they figure out a way to go completely bezel-less. The notch houses the front-facing camera, sensors and the earpiece and no other smartphone manufacturer has been able to relocate this to expand the screen area to near 100 percent screen to body ratio, maybe except Lenovo.  Lenovo is expected to launch its flagship Z5 smartphone on June 14 in China and the company’s Vice President, Chang Cheng, has teased the upcoming device a couple of times. Till now, Cheng has posted two images and a render of the smartphone. The images hint at a truly edge-to-edge display without a notch or a bottom chin and the sketch tips at a device that nears a screen-to-body ratio of 100 percent. The company says it has used four new technologies on the device for delivering the thin-bezel display, which are yet to be unveiled.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:05 am
Most of the details about the upcoming Moto Z3 Play have been outed thanks to the internal document obtained by XDA Developers. The leaked document reveals the hardware specs of the third-generation modular smartphone ahead of its launch. The Z3 Play will rock a 6-inch 18:9 FullHD+ AMOLED panel with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on top. The phone will also come in an aluminium body. Under the hood, the Z3 Play will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phone will be offered in two memory variants — 32GB and 64GB. Quite expectedly, th storage can be expanded via a microSD card. The Moto Z3 Play will also come with three cameras on the body. A dual camera module at the back with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel shooter up front. The phone will offer portrait mode both on the front and back cameras. Other older Moto camera features like cinemagraphs, filters, spot colour (which turns the entire photo into black and white save for the subject) and can scan texts. The upcoming phone will have a 3,000mAh battery which might be cause for some disappointment. However, that indicates the Z3 Play will be made quite slim. Furthermore, its modular capability might allow for expanding the battery life of the phone. There is also going to some change in the way the Moto Z3 Play will be offered to buyers. It will be offered in four bundles — Power, Style, Gamepad and Projection. As the name suggests, the last two will come bundled with gamepad and a projector. The Power offering will bundle a Moto Battery Mod while the Style offering will have a style shell.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:05 am
The OnePlus 6 hasn’t yet launched in all markets and the device has already received a major update. The first OnePlus 6 update brings with it the ability to shoot videos in slow motion along with the ability to hide the notch. The update will let users shoot video in slow motion at 720p@480fps and 1080p@240fps. If you are one that isn’t too happy about the notch on the smartphone, the update will give you the ability to hide it. The OnePlus 6 update also brings the Android May security patch to the smartphone. The camera of the OnePlus 6 has received the ability to quickly capture in portrait mode. To make use of the quick portrait feature, you will have to opens the camera and double tap the power button. The OnePlus 6 is currently available in two variants, one with 6GB RAM/64GB storage, and the other with 8GB RAM/128GB storage. The two variants are priced at Rs 34,999 and Rs 39,999 respectively. The company has also unveiled a OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition version of the smartphone, but that will be available at a later date. This particular version offers 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs 44,999. Coming to the specifications of the smartphone, the OnePlus 6 has a 6.28-inch Full HD+ display with a taller aspect ratio of 19:9. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, and is the first device to be powered by the chipset to launch in India. At the back of the device is a 16MP+20MP dual camera setup, while at the front has a 16MP selfie camera. The phone runs on OxygenOS 5.1, which is based on Android Oreo v8.1. The phone is also expected to receive the Android P beta in the coming days.  In our review of the OnePlus 6 we said, “The OnePlus 6 is built for speed from the ground up. The smartphone has the history of being a flagship killer, but despite the top-of-the-class hardware, the compromises in OnePlus phones have also remained consistent, so much so, that it is now acts as a deterrent to buy this over an expensive flagship. The OnePlus 6 is still just as fast, even more beautiful but has the same flaws as last time.”
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:05 am
There have been a lot of rumours about Xiaomi’s flagship for 2018, which was presumed to be the Mi7. Gizmochina has spotted an invitation sent out by the company over Weibo that reveals that the company is ready to launch its next flagship in China, but it will be called the Xiaomi Mi 8. According to the invite, the phone is set to launch in China later this month. May 31 will see the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Anniversary Edition to commemorate 8 years of the brand. Not much is known about the device itself, but rumours have suggested that it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and could sport a 6.01-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. There’s also allegedly a 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge. What is said to be special about the Mi 8 will be the use of depth-sensing modules very similar to those found on the iPhone X for 3D facial recognition. An in-display fingerprint sensor will also be present on the smartphone as Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said so in a post on Weibo. With the launch of the phone just a week away, it would be interesting to see which markets Xiaomi will take this smartphone to outside of China. The company skipped launching the Mi6 in India and over a period of time, has doubled down on its efforts in the budget segment, which is where the company has gained massive amounts of loyalty. Given that the company didn’t launch their flagship in India before, it remains to be seen if Xiaomi will bring it to India. Xiaomi had not launched the Xiaomi Mi Mix in India, but the company did bring the Mi Mix 2 to the country. For now, however, we will have to just settle for the China launch to see what features the phone will finally have and what price it will be launched at. If Xiaomi is indeed celebrating its 8th anniversary, it would seem like an odd choice of year at first. Typically, the milestone for such celebration is 10 years, like Apple did with the iPhone X. However, during the rumour build-up of Apple’s iPhone X, features like the in-display fingerprint sensor were plenty talked about and then removed. FaceID ended up being a part of the phone, giving birth to the trend of the Notch. It is entirely possible the Xiaomi is trying its hand at giving the consumers something that Apple wasn’t able to deliver. Calling this the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition would make sense culturally as the number 8 is regarded as the luckiest number in china. This is because pronunciation of the number 8, 'Ba' in Chinese, sounds similar to the word 'Fa', which means to make a fortune. It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too, so all businesses favor it very much.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 10:05 am
After numerous leaks, speculations and some official reveals, HTC has launched its U12+ smartphone, which is expected to be the company’s only flagship smartphone for this year. The U12+ is the company’s biggest device yet with a 6-inch Quad HD+ display with 18:9 display aspect ratio. It comes in three colour variants, Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black and Flame Red. Same as its predecessor, the Translucent Blue colour model features a translucent rear panel which gives a glimpse at the device’s interior. It also comes equipped with the company’s Edge Sense 2 feature which helps users in handling one-handed interaction for capturing photos, interacting with the voice assistant, and more. In the US, it is priced at  $799 (Rs 55,000 approx) for the 64GB variant, whereas its 128GB version costs $849 (Rs 58,000 approx). There is no word on when the smartphone will be launched in India or what it could be priced at. The HTC U12+ also comes with new pressure-sensitive buttons with a new haptic feedback experience. There is a fingerprint sensor on the rear and it is IP68 rated water and dust resistant as well. Being a 2018 flagship device, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes with 6GB RAM and options of 64GB and 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. It is running on HTCSense UI, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and is powered by a 3500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. HTC claims that the device’s battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 35 minutes and it can deliver up to 23.8 hours of talk time on the 3G/4G network.  In terms of optics, the U12+ comes with dual cameras on both the rear and the front. On the rear is a 12MP sensor with HTC UltraPixel 4 tech and f/1.75 aperture, along with another 16MP  telephoto camera with f/2.6 aperture lens and that has a pixel size of 1.0µm. On the front rests an 8MP+8MP camera setup with a f/2.0 aperture lens, which can capture ‘natural Bokeh’ shots. The rear camera of the device is capable of handling up to 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, and it also comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).  As tipped earlier, the HTC U12+ is also equipped with the company’s BoomSound Hi-Fi edition audio and supports aptX HD for delivering high-resolution 24-bit audio via Bluetooth. 
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 7:05 am
The high-end camera maker RED recently stirred everyone’s curiosity with the announcement of its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One. Now, the company is collaborating with the 3D-camera maker Lucid to build an accessory for the smartphone that will allow it to capture 3D VR180 images and videos in 8K resolution. Strongly reminiscent of the Moto Mods concept, this new accessory is expected to be fastened to the back of the RED Hydrogen One using the pogo pins available on the phone's back panel. Utilising Lucid’s existing technology in shooting 3D and VR content along with a ‘3D Fusion Technology’, the hitherto-unnamed accessory will stitch together the two hardware-synchronised 4K streams to create a single 3D video. Further, it will also convert it to RED’s proprietary 8K 4V files, which can then be viewed on the Hydrogen One’s ‘holographic’ display. The content can then be shared on social media. With the help of a crowdfunding campaign, Lucid developed and released the the first VR180 3D camera for consumers, the LucidCam sometime last year. Now it appears it wants to use its technology to aid camera companies like RED in introducing the high-resolution VR element to its images and videos. Han Jin, the CEO and co-founder of Lucid was reportedly heard saying, "Having RED as a partner allows us to combine the best of both worlds - the highest resolution and quality hardware from RED with the most advanced software, our 3D Fusion Technology." There is no information available yet on the price and release date of the camera attachment, but it is expected to be sold through RED sometime this summer after the launch of the Hydrogen One phone.
Author: vignesh.giridharan@9dot9.in (Vignesh Giridharan)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:05 am
It seems like Lenovo is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to creating a hype around its upcoming Z5 smartphone. After revealing parts of the smartphone in a couple of images, the company’s Vice President, Chang Cheng has now shared some camera samples shot using the device. The images suggest that the Lenovo Z5 will feature a dual-rear camera setup, which, like nearly every new smartphone, will come with AI-based features. Alongside the images, Cheng has also revealed that the device will deliver a standby time of up to 45 days, suggesting that it will be backed by a pretty big battery. As the shared camera samples device are not in RAW format, we can’t really speak on the camera quality of the smartphone. However, there is decent background and subject separation in Bokeh shots and if the images are not retouched in any way, then colour reproduction seems to be pretty impressive as well. Cheng also says that the launch event invitations will soon be sent out. Lenovo seems to be using the same marketing tactics as OnePlus by steadily revealing features and information regarding an upcoming product. As mentioned earlier, a couple of images revealing the device’s display were shared online by the company’s executive. They revealed the top and the bottom left corner of the smartphone and Cheng also said that the handset will break the 95 percent screen to body ratio. Additionally, going by the images, the smartphone will feature an edge-to-edge display without a notch or a bottom chin. Being a flagship, the Lenovo Z5 is expected to be launched running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. Cheng had previously revealed that the device will come with a whopping 4TB of internal storage, which seems to be pretty hard to believe considering that the highest capacity of internal storage a smartphone is currently 1TB, which is found on the Smartisan R1. Whatever may be the case, we will wait till the device is launched in June to see what Lenovo has got in store for us.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:05 am
When NASA's Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first mission to "touch" a star, launches on July 31, it will carry more than scientific instruments on this historic journey -- it will also hold more than 1.1 million names submitted by the public to go to the Sun, NASA has said. Back in March, NASA invited people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard its historic Parker Solar Probe. Submissions were accepted till April 27. NASA this week revealed that a total of 1,137,202 names were submitted and confirmed over the seven-and-a-half-week period.  A memory card containing the names was installed on the spacecraft on May 18, the US space agency said.  The card was mounted on a plaque bearing a dedication to and a quote from the mission's namesake, heliophysicist Eugene Parker, who first theorised the existence of the solar wind.  Throughout its seven-year mission, the spacecraft will swoop through the Sun's atmosphere 24 times, getting closer to our star than any spacecraft has gone before. "Parker Solar Probe is going to revolutionise our understanding of the Sun, the only star we can study up close," said Nicola Fox, project scientist for Parker Solar Probe at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland.  "It's fitting that as the mission undertakes one of the most extreme journeys of exploration ever tackled by a human-made object, the spacecraft will also carry along the names of so many people who are cheering it on its way," she added.  This memory card also carries photos of Parker and a copy of his groundbreaking 1958 scientific paper.  Parker proposed a number of concepts about how stars -- including our Sun -- give off material.  He called this cascade of energy and particles the solar wind, a constant outflow of material from the Sun that we now know shapes everything from the habitability of worlds to our solar system's interaction with the rest of the galaxy. Parker Solar Probe will explore the Sun's outer atmosphere and make critical observations to answer decades-old questions about the physics of stars.  The resulting data may also improve forecasts of major eruptions on the Sun and subsequent space weather events that impact life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space, NASA said.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:05 am
While Google Duplex, which lets AI mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables through phone calls, has mesmerised people with its capabilities and attracted flak on ethical grounds at the same time, Microsoft has showcased a similar technology it has been testing in China. At an AI event in London on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that the company's Xiaoice social chat bot has 500 million "friends" and more than 16 channels for Chinese users to interact with it through WeChat and other popular messaging services. "Microsoft has turned Xiaoice, which is Chinese for 'little Bing', into a friendly bot that has convinced some of its users that the bot is a friend or a human being. Xiaoice has her own TV show, it writes poetry and it does many interesting things," The Verge quoted Nadella as saying. Xiaoice interacts in text conversations but now the company has started allowing the chat bot to call people on their phones. The bot does not work exactly like Google Duplex, which uses the Assistant to make calls on a user's behalf but it holds a phone conversation with the user.  "One of the things we started doing earlier this year is having full duplex conversations. So now Xiaoice can be conversing with you in WeChat and stop and call you. Then you can just talk to it using voice," Nadella was quoted as saying. Humans will be humans and the latest victim of humankind was Microsoft. Two years ago, Microsoft launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot on Twitter, named Tay, for a playful chat with people, only to silence it within 24 hours as users started sharing racist and offensive comments with the bot. Launched as an experiment in "conversational understanding" and to engage people through "casual and playful conversation", Tay was soon bombarded with racial comments and the innocent bot repeated those comments back with her commentary to users. Some of the tweets had Tay referring to Hitler, denying the Holocaust, and supporting Donald Trump's immigration plans, among others. Later, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is taking Tay off Twitter as people were posting abusive comments to her.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:05 am
FCC has recently certified two upcoming Nokia smartphones bearing the model code numbers TA-1057 and TA-1063. The FCC certification documents reveal that both phones will have displays with an aspect ratio of 18:9, a 2,900mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and NFC support. The Product Equality Declaration document submitted to FCC states that the hardware and software on both devices are the same, save for one key distinction: TA-1057 is a single-SIM device, while TA-1063 has support for dual SIM cards. Since these documents don’t reveal any more information, one can assume that the two devices are the same phone but will be sold separately as single-SIM and dual-SIM models in the same way Sony had with some of their older Xperia smartphones. It’s hard to say at this point which price bracket these two phones fall under, but judging by their battery capacity, we can speculate that these are mid-range models. Further, some reports were seen saying these two models could be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series SoCs and feature OLED displays instead of regular IPS LCD units, but nothing can be said for sure at the moment. In related news, HMD Global, the brand owner of Nokia mobile phones, recently sent out press invitations for an event it was planning to host in Russia on May 29. It’s unclear which models it plans to unveil during the event and if these two models, TA-1057 and TA-1063 are a part of it.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:05 am
Instagram is rolling out a new ‘Mute’ feature for its users, which will allow them to mute posts, stories or both from other accounts. Additionally, following up on its promise of helping users with their digital well-being, the company is also testing a new ‘You’re all caught up’ feature that informs users when they have seen every post from the last 48 hours. Starting with the ‘Mute Posts’ option, it will show up when one hits the “...” button on a post, along with the ‘Mute Posts and Story’ option. For helping users with the FOMO, TechCrunch reports that Instagram is testing a mid-feed alert, which reads, “You’re All Caught Up – You’ve seen all new post from the past 48 hours.” About the new Mute feature, muting an account doesn’t mean that the user has unfollowed them, even though it is a sort of soft-unfollow. The company says that this feature will enable a user to create a more personalised Instagram feed. It should be noted that one will still be able to see all posts from a muted account by navigating to their profile page and the user will still get notified about the comments or posts they are tagged in. A muted account’s owner won’t be notified of the user muting them and they can be unmuted at the user’s will. Instagram says in its blog post, “To mute an account, tap the … menu in the corner of the post. From there, you can choose whether to mute posts or mute posts and stories from an account. You can also mute posts and stories by pressing and holding on a story in your tray, or from a profile.” The feature is somewhat similar to Facebook's "snooze" feature for timeline posts, however, it doesn't expire after a set amount of time. The Mute feature will be rolled to users over the coming weeks. Instagram’s new algorithmic feed is a departure from the previous chronological feed and as a result, users can easily engage in hours of mindless passive media consumption, which research suggests is unhealthy for an individual. The new digital well-being feature has been confirmed by Instagram, however, it’s not known when this new feature will be rolled out broadly. Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s testing this feature but, “It declined to give details about how it works, including whether the announcement means you’ve seen literally every post from people you follow from the last two days, or just the best ones that the algorithm has decided are worth showing you.“
Author: shubham.sharma@digit.in (Shubham Sharma)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:05 am
After killing off apps used by a minority of its userbase including the "Twitter for Mac", the micro-blogging site is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox from May 24. "On Thursday, May 24, Twitter for Roku, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Xbox will no longer be available. To get the full Twitter experience, visit https://twitter.com on your device or desktop," the microblogging website tweeted. This is due to the dismal feedback that users gave because these Twitter apps did not allow them to tweet from their account or fully interact with the Twittersphere in general, The Verge reported. A report in Tech Crunch, however, said that Twitter has made the decision to kill off these apps as the micro-blogging platform works towards GDPR compliance.  "In addition, neither Xbox or Roku support a standard regularly supported video player, which made them more difficult to maintain. That also came into play with this decision," the report said. As compared to other TV apps like Netflix, Twitter lacked on the "exclusive video content" front as well. Twitter for tvOS (Apple TV) and Twitter for Amazon Fire TV will continue to be available.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 23, 2018, 1:05 am
The OnePlus 6 has launched and is currently reigning as one of the fastest flagship smartphones ever. “It is built for speed,” we noted in our review of the device. However, one thing which is very clearly missing from the phone is wireless charging, a feature most flagship smartphones with glass backs offer. The OnePlus 6 also features Gorilla Glass 5 at the back and the company could have added wireless charging to the phone but it didn’t do so. When asked why? OnePlus official were quoted as saying, “We don't really feel the need to add wireless charging. We're not going to add a feature just for the sake of it.” Seems like the glass back on the OnePlus 6 is only there to give it a premium look and feel. According to the company, OnePlus users have not really complained about the lack of wireless charging on the OnePlus 6 and are just as happy with its proprietary Dash Charging technology, a name the company might have to replace because of lurking trademark issues. Wireless charging also begs the need for buying a separate charger, increasing the overall cost of the device. The iPhone X, Galaxy S9, LG V30, all support wireless charging, but their Qi chargers have to be bought separately. OnePlus probably did not want to increase the expense for its users with the addition of the feature. However, the option should rest with the consumers and both Dash Charging as well as wireless charging could have co-existed without the need to compromise on one for the other. In fact, aftermarket Qi chargers are not even that expensive so users could have actually benefited from wireless charging even though it is not as fast as Dash Charging. The OnePlus 6 goes on open sale starting today. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform and comes with 6GB/8GB of RAM. It features an Optic AMOLED panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution (1080x2280). In the camera department, it sports 16MP + 20MP dual primary cameras and both lenses have an aperture of f/1.7, while only the 16MP camera features Optical Image Stabilisation. At the front is a 16MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7, EIS and fixed focus.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:05 pm
iVoomi has launched a new budget smartphone in India under its i-series of devices. Called the iVoomi i2, the smartphone is priced at Rs 7,499 and will be exclusively available on Flipkart. The device features something called a ‘3D Mirror Finish Back Panel’. The company also says that it is the first device to offer dual active 4G VoLTE SIMs for its price. The iVoome i2 also comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ Full View display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It offers 3GB of RAM and is powered by a quad core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739 SoC. At the back of the phone is a dual-rear camera setup with 13MP+2MP cameras that offer an unnamed Sony sensor with 5P Largan Lens. At the front is an 8MP camera with 4P Samsung Lens. The phone runs Android Oreo v8.1 and offers Facial recognition. The iVoomi i2 sports a 4000mAh battery with 2A fast charging support. It comes in three colour variants, Bronze Gold, Olive Black and Indigo Blue. Commenting on the launch, Mr. Ashwin Bhandari, CEO, iVOOMi India, says, “iVOOMi is geared up for a big splash in India with new product launches to stand tall among the top 10 online players in the country. We are glad to announce our new flagship product – i2, which is the first smartphone in this price segment that provides Dual Active 4G VoLTE connectivity. iVOOMi i2 is a design inspiration with features like face unlock , 3D mirror finish body for a premium look, coupled with a 'Full View' display. We intend to establish a stronger connect with the youth and continue fulfilling their requirements in the times to come” The iVoomi i2 is a successor to the iVoomi i1s smartphone that was launched earlier this year. The device features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 display aspect ratio. At the back is a dual-rear camera setup with 13MP+2MP cameras, while at the front is an 8MP unit. The iVoomi i1s offers 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and is equipped with a 3000mAh battery. Back in February, iVoomi had partnered with Reliance Jio for the latter’s ‘Jio Football Offer’. As part of the offer, those who purchased an iVoomi device would receive a cash back of Rs 2,200. The offer was valid on the iVOOMi iV Smart 4G, V5, Me1, Me 2, Me3, Me3s, Me4, Me5, i1, and i1s smartphones.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:05 pm
After launching the OnePlus 6 to much fanfare in Mumbai on May 17, OnePlus has officially kicked off the open sale for their newest flagship on Amazon India’s website. The OnePlus 6 had gone on sale on Amazon yesterday, but it was exclusive to Prime members. Today, the open sale for the phone has begun, meaning anyone can buy the phone. The phone as of now is available in two colours; midnight black and mirror black. Both the colour variants are available in 6GB RAM/64GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage variants. The Silk White and Marvel Avenger’s editions of the OnePlus 6 are yet to be made available in the country. The OnePlus 6 once again sees a minor price hike in comparison to its predecessor which sold at a starting price of Rs 32,990. The OnePlus 6 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 34,999 while the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 39,999. For those purchasing the phone on Amazon India, there are a number of offers available. Anyone using an SBI debit or credit card to purchase the OnePlus 6 will get a cashback of Rs. 2000. This offer is valid only for the first week of sale, that is, it expires on May 29 2018. Additionally, OnePlus giving all OnePlus 6 buyers 12-month accidental damage insurance by Servify, an Amazon Prime Video gift card worth Rs. 250, and discounts up to Rs. 500 for purchasing ebooks via Amazon Kindle free of cost. Those who have Idea connections can pick up the OnePlus 6 and get Rs.2000 cashback and dedicated device insurance. OnePlus also announced benefits up to Rs. 25,000 will be available on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip to those who buy the OnePlus 6 from Amazon. While the OnePlus 6 continues to be an Amazon India exclusive, the phone will also be available across select Croma retail outlets around the country. This is the first time a OnePlus smartphone will be sold offline outside of OnePlus’s own stores or pop-up events. The OnePlus 6 is a radical design change from its predecessor, so it makes sense for the company to expand the offline availability so that consumers can themselves experience the new design. In a bid to make the offline purchases equally lucrative, OnePlus is offering deals for those buying the phone from Croma as well. Once again, SBI customers will get a Rs. 2000 cashback and there are cashback offers available through Paytm, Standard Chartered, Axis, ICICI and HDFC Bank. The OnePlus 6 is powered by the most powerful processor from Qualcomm to date, the Snapdragon 845 paired with a ludicrous 6GB/8GB of RAM. There is also ample storage available too so that users don’t feel the need for a microSD card slot. The phone continues to use an Optic AMOLED panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution (1080x2280). The primary cameras use Sony’s IMX 519 and IMX 376K sensors with resolutions of 16 and 20 megapixels respectively. Both the lenses have an aperture of f/1.7 while only the primary camera (16MP) has OIS. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.7, EIS and fixed focus. You can read our in-depth OnePlus 6 review here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:05 pm
Facebook on Monday was reported to have enlisted US-based chipmaker Qualcomm to provide the technology for its gigabit Wi-Fi project that the social media giant announced during its annual developer conference in 2016. "This is a solution for both rural and urban areas that simply have spotty Wi-Fi in certain regions," The Verge quoted a Qualcomm spokesperson as saying. With Qualcomm chipsets being integrated to the "Terragraph" technology, manufacturers would be able to upgrade routers and increase broadband data-sending frequency up to 60GHz. The "gigabit Wi-Fi project" was launched as part of Facebook's multi-node wireless Terragraph system that was meant to focus on improving high speed connectivity to dense urban areas. This project uses technology that transmits higher frequencies to send data through the air -- at rates as high as 7 GB/s. Facebook has not given any official information, but field tests are expected to begin in the middle of next year. Facebook had said in a blogpost in 2016 that Terragraph's reduced interference and ability to operate in non-line-of-sight conditions increases customer reach.  "For customers or business in multi-dwelling units or high-rises, the 'Terragraph system' can be externally attached to a building and connected to an in-building ethernet data network," the company had said. Combined with Wi-Fi access points, Facebook claimed that Terragraph is one of the lowest-cost solutions to achieve 100 per cent street-level coverage of "gigabit Wi-Fi".
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:05 am
After launching the Honor 10 in India just days ago, the company is now launching its budget to midrange offerings - Honor 7A and Honor 7C - in the country. The two smartphones bring Honor’s Face Unlock tech and the now famed 18:9 aspect ratio displays within an affordable price tag if their China pricing is anything to go by. Honor will be livestreaming the launch event of the Honor 7A and 7C starting 11:30AM today. If interested, head here to catch the livestream. Honor 7A Specifications The Honor 7A was launched back in April and features a 5.7-inch, HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device comes with Face Unlock and features dual rear cameras, something we are seeing in almost all smartphones today. The 7A is available in China in two variants, one with 2GB RAM/32GB ROM priced at 799 Yuan (Rs 8,300 approx), and another with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which costs 999 Yuan (Rs 10,300 approx). The internal memory on the phone further supports expansion using a microSD card. It is available in two colour options - Black Gold and Blue. For it’s chipset, the Honor 7A uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, paired with an Adreno 505 GPU. The screen resolution stands at 720 x 1440 pixels and the phone runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. It is powered by a 3000 mAh battery and has a fingerprint sensor located at the back. In the camera department, the device features a 13MP + 2MP dual lens setup with an LED Flash. On the front, it is equipped with an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. Honor 7C Specifications The Honor 7C sports a larger 5.99-inch display HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It also features Face Unlock and dual rear cameras, same as the Honor 7A. The camera setup at the back of the device includes a 13MP unit that is aided by a 2MP depth sensing camera. At the front is a single 8MP camera, also same as the 7A. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the phone and it also runs EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo. The difference rests in the chipset and as opposed to the 7A’s Snapdragon 430, the 7C runs on the Snapdragon 450 processor.   It is available in China in two variants. The 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant is priced at CNY 899 (approx Rs 9,200), while the 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM variant is priced at CNY 1299 (approx rs 13,300).
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:05 am
Another day, another roundup of the top tech deals on Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm Mall. This time around, we’ve got cameras, smart speakers, a couple of Samsung’s newest smartphones. So let’s get down to it shall we. Amazon Lenovo HS10 Smart Scale Deal price: Rs 2,499 The Lenovo HS10 Smart Scale is something that should interest any fitness enthusiast or weight watcher. Besides telling you your weight, the scale links to your smartphones and also gives you metrics such as muscle mass, body water percentage, and more. You can check out the device here. Amazon Echo Dot Deal price: Rs 4,099 The Amazon Echo Dot is the most affordable of the company’s range of smart speakers. The speaker comes with the company’s digital assistant, Alexa. The speaker is able to answer     questions, play music and more. You can check out the device here. Flipkart Canon EOS 200D DSLR Camera Body with Single Lens: EF-S18-55 IS STM Deal price: Rs 44,600 The Canon EOS 200D DSLR kit comes with a single EF-S18-55 IS STM lens. The 24.2MP camera comes with an APS-C sensor. The whole kit also comes with a 16GB card and a camera bag as well. Canon EOS 750D Body with Single Lens: 18-55mm Deal price: Rs 50,800 The Canon EOS 750D sports a 24.2MP sensors and this kit also comes with a 18-55mm lens. Besides the camera and the lens, you also get a 16GB card as well as a camera bag. Google Home Mini Deal price: Rs 4,099 If Amazon’s take on an affordable speaker is not to your liking, then you might want to take a look at the Google Home Mini. The device comes with Google Assistant, and can answer queries and play music. Paytm Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 Deal price: Rs 13,990 + Rs 1,500 cashback The new Samsung Galaxy J6 is one of the cheapest of the four new smartphones that the company unveiled a few days back. The device offers an Infinity Display design with an in-display home button. Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 Deal price: Rs 21,900 + Rs 3,000 cashback The Samsung Galaxy A6 is pretty similar to the Galaxy J6. However, it better cameras in the form of 16MP units on the front and the back of the device.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:05 am
After months of rumours and even making an appearance at the Mobile World Congress 2018, the Micromax Bharat Go running Google’s Android Oreo (Go Edition) operating system has finally launched in India. The low-cost smartphone from the Indian manufacturer comes with 1GB DDR3 RAM and will be available at a market operating price of Rs 4,399, but buyers can avail an extra Rs 2,000 cashback on the purchase of the device under Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative which aims at making feature phone users upgrade to low-cost smartphones. The Micromax Bharat Go is the third Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone to launch in India after the Nokia 1 and Lava Z50. Android Oreo (Go Edition) is meant for bringing the pure Android experience to low-end devices with upto 1GB RAM. The OS is optimised to run smoothly with low-grade specs, including entry level processors. The Micromax Bharat Go features a 4.5-inch display and brings dual-SIM VoLTE support. It runs on an unnamed MediaTek quad-core processor which could be the MediaTek 6737M also found on the Nokia 1 and Lava Z50. As mentioned before, the phone gets 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM. It sports a 5MP rear and 5MP front camera setup which is pretty basic from what we saw of the device at MWC 2018. The entire package is powered by a 2,000mAh battery and the phone comes with OTG support for storage expansion. Since the Bharat Go uses Android Go, it comes bundled with Google’s Go edition apps which have also been optimised to take up less space and load faster. Android Oreo (Go Edition) apps include - Maps Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Files Go as well as an optimised Play Store which highlights all these apps. Commenting on the launch, Shubhodip Pal, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Micromax said, “Android Oreo (Go Edition) is a compelling proposition for the mobile first economy like India. We are proud to announce the launch of Bharat Go, a smartphone powered by the Android Oreo (Go Edition) today.” Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said, “Along with Google, we look forward to collaborating with device manufacturers to leverage the power of Android Go and bring highly affordable smartphone options to the market."
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:05 am
On the issue of missing emoji characters on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform has rolled out updated versions of its Twemoji designs for its Android users. This update appears to target users using the Twitter app on Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 7.1 Nougat, tech website Emojipedia reported late on Monday. Over one-third of the users were reported to be still using Android versions dating back to 2014 or earlier leading to the lack of new emoji support. The emoji implementation has been done using Google-owned "EmojiCompat library" that was created in 2017 to allow apps to support new emojis even on old systems, giving the app developers a choice of not having to choose Google's own emojis. "At least 50 per cent of eligible Twitter users should now see this change, with the feature being enabled for more users over the course of this week," Emojipedia quoted Bryan Haggerty, Twitter Design Lead, as saying. Users, however, would have an option to choose between the native and Twitter emoji set. This feature was being tested on select users since March before being officially rolled out.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:05 am
WhatsApp users on iOS will now be able to export their WhatsApp data from their phones to other devices. The latest update which brings the version to 2.18.60 on iOS introduces the new “Request Account Info” feature to iPhone users. The feature was released for Android back in April and allows users to request a report of their WhatsApp account information and settings. To leverage the feature, head over to the Settings options and then tap on Account. After that, tap on “Request Account Info” and an exportable file be ready for you to download. The feature will be available to users across the world and is part of the GDPR policy of the European Union that makes it mandatory for service providers to allow users to opt out of the service. Clicking on the “Request Account Info” will show a “Request Sent” notification and it takes up to three days from the date of request. The information in the report includes the profile pictures and group names the user has been part of. Furthermore, note that the request once made cannot be cancelled midway. Although, WhatsApp states it will cancel the request of the report if the user deletes their WhatsApp account after requesting for the report, or changes their number or even de-registers the account while the request is pending. Yet another nifty feature in the new update for iOS users is a short description in case another user changes their phone number and even asks whether the user wants to add the new number to their contacts. After the description is dismissed, WhatsApp will merge chats from the old number and new number. The new update is available off the App Store and can be downloaded immediately.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:05 am
Google launched the Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers in India back in April and now, both devices have received a limited period price cut. The Google Home and Home Mini were originally launched at a price of Rs 9,999 and Rs 5,499 respectively. In the limited discount period, the Home has received a price cut of Rs 1,000 making it available for Rs 8,999, while the Google Home Mini is available for Rs 4,099, down Rs 1,400. These best buy offers from Google are valid from May 17 to May 31, 2018. Google is also offering Home users an ad-free Gaana subscription till October 31, 2018. As per the terms of the offer, Home and Home Mini users can stream ad-free music by saying “Play on Gaana”. Account linking is not required for streaming music ad-free on the Google Home speakers, but the ad experience will remain the same while using Gaana on other platforms such as phones. Besides an ad-free Gaana experience, Google Home and Home Mini users will also get a free 6-month subscription to Google Play Music. This Google Play Music 6 Month trial offer is only open to India residents who purchase and activate a Google Home or Google Home Mini by June 30, 2018. The offer will also not be applicable for those who already have a Google Play Music subscription; it is for first time subscribers only. At the end of the trial period, users will be automatically charged the standard subscription fee of Rs 99 per month. The trial can be cancelled at no charge at any time before the July 30 timeline is over. As part of its spate of launch offers, Google is already handing out 10% cashback on the purchase of the Google Home and Home Mini using HDFC Bank Credit Cards. Cashback will be credited after 90 days from program end date, which is May 31. Customer will be eligible for a single transaction per card. The Home and Home Mini are Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo range of smart speakers. Both are equipped with Google’s AI-based digital helper - Google Assistant - which answers to voice commands. The Google Home and Home Mini can be used to search online, play music, play games, work smart home devices, catch up on news, read out audiobooks and more. Read our first impressions of the Google Home here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 3:05 am
Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S Light Luxury in China, a smartphone that was, in recent weeks, rumoured to be christened the Samsung Galaxy S Lite. It was supposed to be a toned down version of Samsung’s older flagship model, the Galaxy S8 that released in early 2017 along with the larger Galaxy S8+. According to the official website for the Galaxy S Light Luxury, the new smartphone’s display, an Infinity Display, is of the same size and has the same aspect ratio as that of the Galaxy S8, 5.8” and 18.5:9, but skimps on resolution, which is now down to 1080 x 2220 pixels. Optics is taken care of by a 16-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. Both cameras have an aperture of f/1.7. Like on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, a fingerprint sensor accompanies the camera on the back panel. The Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury hasn’t forgotten how to swim; it still retains Galaxy S8’s IP68 water and dust resistance rating. It also retains the dedicated Bixby button on its left edge, which, when pressed, will trigger Samsung’s proprietary virtual assistant, Bixby. In place of the Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 is a less powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy S Light Luxury is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. The phone is reportedly priced at CNY 3,999 (Rs 42,740 approx) and will sell in one variant only. Colour options include Black and Burgundy Red.
Author: vignesh.giridharan@9dot9.in (Vignesh Giridharan)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 3:05 am
Intel has disclosed a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in the chips that hackers may use to extract sensitive data from hundreds of millions of computers and mobile devices. Intel is calling the new strain -- Speculative Store Bypass (Variant 4) -- and it is similar to the earlier flaw that taps into many of the same security vulnerabilities that were first revealed in January. However, this time around it uses a different method to extract sensitive information, CNET quoted Intel as saying. The new vulnerability also includes firmware updates for CPUs and Intel has already delivered microcode updates for Speculative Store Bypass in beta form to original equipment manufacturers. Intel is classifying Variant 4 as a medium risk because many of the exploits it uses in web browsers, like Safari, Edge, and Chrome were fixed in the original set of patches, according to a blog post from the company.  Intel has promised that the patches would be rolled out broadly in the next few weeks. The firmware updates would set the Speculative Store Bypass protection to off-by-default. "If enabled, we have observed a performance impact of approximately two-to-eight per cent based on overall scores for benchmarks," Leslie Culbertson, Intel's Security Chief, was quoted as saying. As a result, end users would have to pick between security or optimal performance. Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have been causing problems to companies like Intel, Arm and AMD that are major producers of chips for computers, laptops and mobile devices. While Meltdown impacts only Intel chips, Spectre affects all other chips, including ARM and AMD. The vulnerabilities allow attackers to read sensitive information on users' CPU.  While companies like Intel, Apple and Microsoft have issued updates to patch the flaws, the fixes have not always worked as intended, sometimes causing computer problems. Earlier this year, following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 2:05 am
Samsung has kicked off its Summer Fest Sale which starts today and will go on till May 28, 2018. The Samsung Summer Fest Sale will be held on Samsung's Online Shop. As one would expect, the company is offering deals and discounts on a range of its products ranging from TVs, to smartphones. In addition, the sale would also include audio products from Harman Kardon and JBL. The company’s online store will offer special deals on select products starting at 11AM and 7PM for the duration of the sale. Further, Citibank will offer 10% cashback on credit and debit card transactions for select products during the sale.   During the Samsung Summer Fest sale, the company will offer specific deals at two separate time slots each day. The ‘Unreal Deals’ offer will start at 11AM each day, during which select products across its range will be available for sale at discounted prices. The ‘50:50 Accessories Store’ sale starts at 7PM daily and during that period, the company will offer a flat 50% discount on a range of its accessories  Some of the deals active during the sale include the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which will be available for Rs 37,990 and Rs 43,990 respectively. The Samsung's mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8+ is priced at Rs 29,990. The DeX Station accessory is available for Rs 5,999, while the JBL Flip 4 speaker is available at Rs 7,999. In wearables, the Gear Sport is availble for Rs 18,99, while the Gear Fit2 Pro is prioced at Rs 10,999. Samsung 32-inch HD Flat TV J4003 Series 4 is priced at Rs 17,199. Samsung has also partnered with other services during the sale. Foodpanda will offer discount vouchers on their platform to consumers buying products during the Summer Fest Sale. Further, the company will do a lucky draw during which 100 Samsung Scoop speakers will be up for grabs. Anyone who makes a purchase during the sale is eligible for the lucky draw.  The sale comes a day after Flipkart kicked off its own Apple Week sale on the portal. As the name would suggest, the sale sees discounts on a number of Apple products ranging from smartphones, to laptops.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 2:05 am
Honor has launched the Honor 7A and Honor 7C in India. Both phones had already launched in China and have now been brought to India at pretty affordable price tags. The Honor 7A and Honor 7C differ only in their display size and chipset. While the Honor 7A comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ screen, the Honor 7C features a 5.99-inch HD+ display. Displays of both phones come with the now popular 18:9 aspect ratio and both devices feature Face Unlock and 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras. They also get 8MP cameras at the front with F/2.2 wide aperture along with smart soft light LED. For their processing power, the Honor 7A and 7C feature Qualcomm’s Octa-core Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 450 processors, respectively. Prices for the Honor 7A start at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant, while the Honor 7C starts retailing at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB ROM version. The Honor 7C also has a 4GB RAM/ 64GB ROM variant priced at Rs 11,999. The Honor 7A will go on sale on Flipkart starting 12PM on May 29, while the Honor 7C will retail on Amazon starting 12 noon on May 31. Both smartphones will also be available through the store on hihonor.com/in. Both phones will come with standard 12 months service warranty along with Honor’s after sale facilities. The devices will be made available in in three colours- Black, Blue and Gold. Further, both the Honor 7A and Honor 7C feature a 3,000 mAh battery and will be bundled with a charger, standard Micro-USB cable in a box. Both phones also feature dual-bluetooth technology allowing them to be connected to two devices via Bluetooth at the same time. This, according to the company, will let users listen to music while talking on a headset at the same time. A fingerprint sensor is also included at the back of both devices. Another commonality between the Honor 7A and 7C is their software. Both devices use Android 8.0-based EMUI 8.0. The company says that EMUI 8.0 improves “system efficiency by 20%” and “delivers a range of functional smart features - including Navigation Dock, Three-finger Screenshot, One-click split, and many others.” At the launch event, P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group, said, “Honor is committed to scale new heights of product innovation and customer centricity through its products. With the launch of Honor 7A and 7C, we are offering market-leading specifications by pushing boundaries of smartphone design with advanced technology and focusing on the needs of larger set of consumers. Honor can do this like no other brand owing to our unique e-commerce business model and world-class R&D capabilities.” There are a few telecom offers bundled with the newly launched Honor 7A and 7C. Jio users will get Rs 2,200 cashback and 100GB additional data with the Honor 7C, while the Honor 7A will offer 50GB additional data and the same Rs 2,200 cashback to buyers who also subscribe to Jio’s services.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 22, 2018, 1:05 am
It’s time for another daily roundup of some of the best tech deals you can enjoy on Flipkart, Amazon and Paytm Mall. This time around, we got deals on consoles, Google Pixel 2, and an HP gaming laptop. Flipkart has an Apple Week sale going on, so anyone interesting in Apple products might want to check that out. So let’s begin shall we. Flipkart Apple iPhone 8 Product Red Edition Deal price: Rs 64,999 The stunning Product Red edition of the Apple iPhone 8 is up for sale. The smartphone is pretty much the same as the standard iPhone 8, expect for that red colour that makes it stand out from its brethren. You can check it out here. Apple MacBook Air MQD32HN/A  Deal price: Rs 55,990 The Apple Macbook Air 2017 features a 13.3-inch display and is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB LPDDR3 RAM with 128GB SSD. It and comes integrated with Intel HD 6000 graphics. You can buy the laptop here. Amazon  Sony PS4 1TB Slim Console with Additional Dualshock Controller  Deal price: Rs 30,990 If you have a sibling, roommate or even a friends that you love hanging out with, then this should definitely interest you. This bundle offers you the PlayStation 4 1TB along with an additional controllers. So two players can enjoy the fun. You can check it out here. Xbox One X Deal price: Rs 39,990 Microsoft’s Xbox One is touted as the “world’s most powerful console” and offers 4K gaming nirvana. It also boasts of a number of exclusives such as the Forza series, Gears of War and of course, Halo. You can check it out here. Paytm Mall  Google Pixel 2 Deal price: Rs 48,440 + Rs 6,000 cashback. The Google Pixel 2 may be powered by last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, but it is still one of the best camera phones in the market. The phones is also quite compact thanks to its 5-inch display. You can check it out here. HP Omen 15-ce070tx Deal price: Rs 74,970 + Rs 5,248 cashback The HP Omen is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM. It offers NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and offer 1TB of storage space. You also get Windows 10 pre-installed. You can check it out here.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 21, 2018, 9:05 am
The successor to the big-screen Mi Max 2 (review) might be on its way. According to a report by Gizmochina, Xiaomi  CEO Lei Jun confirmed on Chinese social networking site Weibo that the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will be launching soon, while asking fans what they expect. Xiaomi is reportedly holding an event at the end of this month on 31st May to launch a wide range of smartphones. Earlier, reports had indicated it could be the company’s flagship phone for this year — The Mi 7 along with an 8th anniversary edition of it which appeared in the Mi Community Forum in China and the Chinese Mi Store. Along with that, the company is expected to launch the successor to its fitness band, the Mi Band 3. The Mi Max 2 was launched at the end of May last year and there were speculations before about the big-screen phablet being replaced. However, the Jun put all the speculations to rest by confirming the phone will be announced in July this year. The Mi Max 3 is expected to retain its giant-sized footprint. Only this time, it will reportedly sport a 6.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display along with a gigantic 5,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0  support. Furthermore, it is expected to support Qi-standard wiresless charging along with an iris scanner for biometric authentication. Earlier reports had claimed the phone will also come with dual rear cameras. It could either have a Sony IMX363 sensor or an S5K217+S5K5E8 Samsung ISOCELL module. On the front, the Mi Max 3 is expected to sport a Samsung sensor along with OmniVision OV2281 iris scanner. Firmware files leaked before indicated the phone will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Now that the rumours of the Mi Max 3 launching this month has been put to rest, it is expected that the event at the end of this month will be the Mi 7 and the 8th anniversary edition of the phone. Considering these are the flagship phones of this year, it is expected they will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The 8th Anniversary phone is also rumoured to bring 3D facial recognition and on-screen fingerprint authentication. If true, the phone will be the first to sport the tech that the iPhone X has exclusively.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 21, 2018, 7:05 am
After bridging the digital gender divide and empowering 15 million women in rural India, Google's "Internet Saathi" programme is set to expand to four new states. Launched as a pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, "Internet Saathi" focuses on educating women to use the Internet who then impart training to other women in their community and neighbouring villages. The programme has contributed towards bridging the digital gender divide in rural India with female to male ratio rising from one in 10 in 2015 to three in 10 in 2017, and has empowered over 15 million women in 13 states. "In the last three years, the programme has not only contributed to improving the digital gender ratio but has become a major force of change in rural India -- inspiring millions of women, their families to embrace the change and gain from the Internet in ways that we couldn't even imagine," Sapna Chadha, Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia & India, Google, said in a statement on Monday. The programme has now expanded to cover over 10,500 villages, spread across the new states of Goa, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Telangana and will train around 1,000 Saathis. "Keeping the momentum of this initiative, we will be continuing our outreach in the next 150,000 villages to improve digital literacy and create sustainable livelihood opportunities for women in rural India," said Raman Kalyanakrishnan, Head - Strategy, Tata Trusts.  Currently, the programme has a network of 48,000 Internet Saathis, who are spread across the villages of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Goa, Karnataka and Telangana.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (IANS)
Posted: May 21, 2018, 5:05 am
Motorola is finally bringing its new ‘G’ series smartphones to India. Lenovo-owned Moto will be launching the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play in India on June 4 and the company has confirmed this through a save-the-date announcement sent out to media outlets including Digit. Further, Moto has confirmed that the Moto G6 will be an Amazon exclusive smartphone, while the Moto G6 Play will be available on Flipkart. Apart from their online sales, the two new Moto ‘G’ series phones will also be sold through Moto Hubs across the country. The Moto G6 and G6 Play were launched back in April. The Moto G6 features a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 platform, same as the newly launched Samsung Galaxy A6+ and Galaxy J8. The Moto G6 is available globally in two variants - 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB ROM. For its photography skills, the G6 features a dual-rear camera setup with 12MP+5MP cameras and an f/1.8 aperture lens at the back. At the front is an 8MP camera. The device is equipped with a 3000mAh battery and Moto’s TurboPower fast charging technology. It features p2i-rated water-repellent coating which protects it from splashes and light rain. The Moto G6 Play also features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 427 SoC and is available in two variants - 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB ROM. The Moto G6 Play features a single 13MP camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture lens at the back, while at the front it houses a 5MP lens. The smartphone is equipped with a 4000mAh battery with a 10W fast charger. Just like the G6, the G6 Play also features p2i-rated water-repellent coating protects it from splashes and light rain. At the time of its global unveil, Moto had also launched the Moto G6 Plus, which features a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and comes with a dual-rear camera setup with 12MP+5MP lenses at the back. At the front is an 8MP camera. The device is equipped with a 3200mAh battery which works with the company’s TurboPower fast charging technology. However, Moto will not be launching the Moto G6 Plus at this time in India. The save-the-date shared by the company has no mention of the higher-end phone. The Moto G6 is priced at a starting MSRP of $249 (approx Rs 16,953), while The Moto G6 Play starts at an MSRP of $199 (approx Rs 13,549). Indian prices for the devices are not known yet.
Author: adamya.sharma@digit.in (Adamya Sharma)
Posted: May 21, 2018, 4:05 am
Samsung has launched four new smartphones in India. These include devices in the Galaxy J6, J8, A6 and A6+. All four of the devices come with the company’s Infinity Display design, which the company claims to offer 15% more display area, without increasing the overall size. The devices come with an in-display home button, while the fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the device. The new A-series of devices feature a metal unibody design, while the J-series of devices offer a polycarbonate unibody. Further, all four devices come with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. The company has also introduced a new Chat-over-Video feature that lets users chat through a transparent chat window and keyboard, while a video is running. The Samsung Galaxy A6+ sports a 6-inch Full HD+ display and is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC. At the back of the device is a dual-rear camera setup consisting of a 16MP sensor with a f/1.7 aperture lens and a 5MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture lens. At the front is a 24MP unit sporting a f/1.9 aperture lens. The device offers 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage which can be expanded by up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy A6+ is equipped with 3500mAh battery and runs Android Oreo. The device is priced at Rs 25,990. The Samsung Galaxy A6 sports a slightly smaller 5.6-inch HD+ display and is powered by the company’s Exynos 7 series processor with 4GB RAM. The phone sports a single 16MP cameras on the front and back of the device, with the rear senor sporting a f/1.7 aperture lens. The Galaxy A6 is equipped with a 3000mAh battery and runs Android Oreo. The device is available in two variants. The 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 21,990, while the 64GB variant is priced at 22,990. The Samsung Galaxy J8 sports a 6-inch HD+ display and is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The phone features a dual-rear camera setup with 16MP+5MP cameras at the back, while at the front is a 16MP unit. The phone offers 64GB of storage and is equipped with a 3500mAh battery. The Galaxy J8 runs Android Oreo and is priced at Rs 18,990.  The Galaxy J6 is the most affordable phone of the lot, and offers a 5.6-inch HD+ display. The phone is powered by the Samsung’s Exynos 7 series processor and sports a 13MP camera at the back, while at the front is an 8MP unit. The device is equipped with a 3000mAH battery and runs Android Oreo. The Samsung Galaxy J6 is available in two variants. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 13,990, while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variants is priced at Rs 16,490. Samsung has also announced special offers for those who are planning to purchase any of the devices. Those who purchase the Galaxy A6+ or Galaxy A6 through ICICI bank credit cards or Paytm will get an additional cashback of Rs 3,000. Similarly, those who purchase the Galaxy J8 and J6 through similar means will get an additional cashback of Rs 1,500. The Samsung Galaxy J6, A6 and A6+ will be available from Samsung retail stores as well as eshop website from May 22. The Samsung Galaxy J6 will also be available on Flipkart, while the Galaxy A6 and A6+ will be available on Amazon from may 22. The Galaxy J8 will be available for sale from July onwards.
Author: news@digit.in (Digit NewsDesk)
Posted: May 21, 2018, 3:05 am

Educational Technology News -- ScienceDaily

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

Preschoolers can learn from educational television, but younger toddlers may learn more from interactive digital media (such as video chats and touchscreen mobile apps) than from TV and videos alone, which don't require them to interact. The article also notes that not all children learn to the same degree from these media.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:21 pm
A new study finds that a child's language skills in kindergarten can predict his or her future proficiency in other subjects.
Posted: May 17, 2018, 11:47 pm
A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. This is the first of its kind to focus on changing students' mindsets and beliefs about their mathematics potential.
Posted: May 10, 2018, 2:12 pm
A professor has used video games to teach Italian, allowing his students to master two semesters worth of language acquisition through one intensive class for students new to the Italian language.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 5:14 pm
One out of two mobile apps released is a clone of an existing app. However, new research shows the success of the original app is not always adversely affected by these clone apps. The study found that whether the copycat app increases or decreases the number of downloads of the original is dependent upon the quality of the copy.
Posted: April 9, 2018, 5:56 pm
Mobile apps designed to help parents keep their children safe from online predators may actually be counterproductive, harming the trust between a parent and child and reducing the child's ability to respond to online threats, conclude two new studies.
Posted: April 3, 2018, 6:44 pm
Researchers have released new online full-color animated models of a loggerhead and a green sea turtle through a collaboration with sea turtle rescue and research institutions.
Posted: April 2, 2018, 8:08 pm
An analysis of more than 2,000 college classes in science, technology, engineering and math has found that 55 percent of STEM classroom interactions consisted mostly of conventional lecturing -- a style that prior research has identified as among the least effective at teaching and engaging students.
Posted: March 29, 2018, 6:10 pm
Young digital gamers do not have fewer friends at school than their non-gamer peers, two new research articles from indicate.
Posted: March 7, 2018, 3:10 pm
A new study describes a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence (A.I.) that teaches machines to learn like humans.
Posted: March 5, 2018, 2:30 pm
In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline -- in high school, when students' commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify.
Posted: March 2, 2018, 5:48 pm
Although the call for improving STEM education is widespread, there is little guidance for teachers on how to do so. A team set out to outline challenges and find best practices for teachers to better integrate science, technology, engineering and math in their classrooms.
Posted: February 27, 2018, 8:58 pm
Players of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, researchers have found.
Posted: February 16, 2018, 7:26 pm
Web-based learning tools can help deepen science knowledge among all middle school students, and ease the science literacy gap for underachieving students, according to a three-year study.
Posted: February 12, 2018, 1:45 pm
Researchers have long been applying AI to protect wildlife. Initially, computer scientists were using AI and game theory to anticipate the poachers' haunts, and now they have applied artificial intelligence and deep learning to spot poachers in near real-time.
Posted: February 8, 2018, 11:03 pm
The biology teacher's pedagogical toolbox is evolving. Bright colors, replicating computer code and a digital petri dish bring evolution science to life for students.
Posted: February 5, 2018, 4:30 pm
For the first time, scientists have identified the brain pathway that links a positive attitude toward math to achievement in the subject. In a study of elementary school students, researchers found that having a positive attitude about math was connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems.
Posted: January 24, 2018, 6:17 pm
Much of the evidence for the negative effects of screen use in children and teenagers is not based on robust enough science.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 6:55 pm
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 4, 2018, 8:34 pm
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 28, 2017, 10:06 pm
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, 3:58 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 7, 2017, 11:25 pm
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 6, 2017, 9:23 pm
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, 3:53 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, 3:40 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, 4:04 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 20, 2017, 7:15 pm
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 15, 2017, 8:36 pm
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 10, 2017, 9:40 pm
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, 3:22 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, 6:05 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 23, 2017, 6:55 pm
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 19, 2017, 9:16 pm
A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:42 pm
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, 1:29 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, 1:51 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, 4:51 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, 1:15 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, 1:09 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, 2:00 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, 3:18 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 13, 2017, 11:31 pm
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, 5:48 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, 4:47 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, 6:12 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, 4:27 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, 3:01 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, 11:36 am
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, 12:49 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, 2:31 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, 2:30 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, 1:54 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 6, 2017, 7:59 pm
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, 2:53 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, 4:10 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, 4:05 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, 3:57 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, 2:38 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 6, 2017, 7:57 pm
A study leverages the unvarnished opinions of Redditors to further our understanding of what makes a good educator.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 8:13 pm

Neural Interfaces News -- ScienceDaily

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

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are seen as a potential means by which severely physically impaired individuals can regain control of their environment, but establishing such an interface is not trivial. A new study suggests the most dramatic improvements in computer-augmented performance are likely to occur when both human and machine are allowed to learn.
Posted: May 10, 2018, 6:58 pm
A new computer program can assess whole brain deterioration and help predict cognitive function after stroke up to ten times more accurately than current methods.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 3:38 am
Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre. This type of model can shed light on how the human brain may be performing the same tasks.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 5:11 pm
Engineers have taken their neural dust invention a step forward by building the smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator to date.
Posted: April 10, 2018, 8:10 pm
Using a tiny array of electrodes implanted in the brain's somatosensory cortex, scientists have induced sensations of touch and movement in the hand and arm of a paralyzed man.
Posted: April 10, 2018, 12:42 pm
Developments in artificial intelligence may help us to predict the probability of life on other planets. The study uses artificial neural networks (ANNs) to classify planets into five types, estimating a probability of life in each case, which could be used in future interstellar exploration missions.
Posted: April 4, 2018, 1:39 pm
In the natural world, intelligence takes many forms. It could be a bat using echolocation to expertly navigate in the dark, or an octopus adapting its behavior to survive in the deep ocean. Likewise, in the computer science world, multiple forms of artificial intelligence are emerging. Cognitive neuroscientists are using those emerging networks to enhance understanding of one of the most elusive intelligence systems, the human brain.
Posted: March 25, 2018, 3:57 pm
Scientists have discovered a way to leverage emerging brain-like computer architectures for an age-old number-theoretic problem known as integer factorization.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 9:40 pm
Deep neural networks (DNNs), which have been developed with reference to the network structures and the operational algorithms of the brain, have achieved notable success in a broad range of fields, including computer vision, in which they have produced results comparable to, and in some cases superior to, human experts. In recent years, DNNs have also been expected to be useful as a tool for studies of the brain.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 2:08 pm
Recent developments in neuroscience set high requirements for sophisticated data management, not least when implantable Brain Machine Interfaces are used to establish electronic communication between the brain's nerve cells and computers. A new method makes it possible to recode neural signals into a format that computer processors can use instantly.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 4:05 pm
Researchers have made a decisive step towards being able to simulate brain-scale networks on future supercomputers of the exascale class. The breakthrough algorithm allows larger parts of the human brain to be represented, using the same amount of computer memory. Simultaneously, the new algorithm significantly speeds up brain simulations on existing supercomputers.
Posted: March 5, 2018, 6:03 pm
Scientists have developed new technology for long-term stable neural recording. It is based on a novel elastic material composite, which is biocompatible and retains high electrical conductivity even when stretched to double its original length.
Posted: March 5, 2018, 2:35 pm
Special-purpose chip that performs some simple, analog computations in memory reduces the energy consumption of binary-weight neural networks by up to 95 percent while speeding them up as much as sevenfold.
Posted: February 14, 2018, 7:58 pm
The tiny worm C. elegans is the only living being whose neural network has been analyzed completely. It can therefore be transferred to a computer, creating a virtual copy of the worm which behaves in exactly the same way to external stimuli. Such a 'virtual worm' can learn amazing tricks -- its neural network can even be used to balance a pole, which is a standard control problem in computer science.
Posted: February 6, 2018, 3:58 pm
Using patient measurement data, researchers have succeeded in further refining the brain modeling platform 'The Virtual Brain'. The software, which has been downloaded almost 11,000 times to date, has been used in projects and publications across the globe.
Posted: February 1, 2018, 4:57 pm
By recording brain activity during a simple task, neuroscientists show that the brain does not necessarily use the regions of the brain identified by machine learning to perform a task. Above all, these regions reflect the mental associations related to this task. While machine learning is thus effective for decoding mental activity, it is not necessarily effective for understanding the specific information processing mechanisms in the brain.
Posted: January 31, 2018, 2:55 pm
Scientists are developing a lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton that can be controlled with brainwaves. The device enhances performance of brain-machine interfaces and can restore functional grasps for the physically impaired.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 8:08 pm
How your brain responds to music listening can reveal whether you have received musical training, according to new research. By applying methods of computational music analysis and machine learning on brain imaging data collected during music listening, the researchers we able to predict with a significant accuracy whether the listeners were musicians or not.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 4:12 pm
One of the big challenges in computer architecture is integrating storage, memory and processing in one unit. This would make computers faster and more energy efficient. Physicists have taken a big step towards this goal by combining a niobium doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3) semiconductor with ferromagnetic cobalt. At the interface, this creates a spin-memristor with storage abilities, paving the way for neuromorphic computing architectures.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 2:13 pm
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 15, 2018, 8:16 pm
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, 4:29 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, 3:28 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, 5:47 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 11, 2017, 8:16 pm
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, 3:53 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 27, 2017, 6:58 pm
Researchers have shown how to write any magnetic pattern desired onto nanowires, which could help computers mimic how the brain processes information.
Posted: November 20, 2017, 7:15 pm
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, 2:20 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, 2:18 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, 1:44 pm
Artificial intelligence software can now evaluate the maturity of a preterm infant's brain directly from an EEG.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 1:00 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, 5:20 pm
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 5:16 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, 3:04 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 27, 2017, 8:20 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, 4:51 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, 2:43 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, 4:26 pm
Scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 4:25 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, 2:35 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, 4:13 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, 2:23 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 17, 2017, 8:20 pm
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, 1:27 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, 2:49 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 13, 2017, 7:50 pm
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, 12:17 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, 6:29 pm
New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read."
Posted: June 26, 2017, 2:57 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, 2:38 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, 4:05 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 8, 2017, 6:56 pm
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, 2:29 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 26, 2017, 8:59 pm
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, 12:32 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, 1:30 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, 1:30 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, 1:43 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, 12:45 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 27, 2017, 8:49 pm

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tizen

Samsung was one of the first large electronics firms to launch smartwatches running Google's Android Wear (now Wear OS), but it pulled back to focus on its own Tizen-based wearables. Now, long-time leaker Evan Blass says Samsung is switching back to Wear OS on an upcoming Gear watch.

The post Samsung May Use Wear OS Instead of Tizen on Upcoming Smartwatches appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 23, 2018, 7:34 pm
Kyocera Vibe

If your existing phone and mobile plan are driving you up the wall, it's time to consider making a switch. Right now, you can snag a free Kyocera Hydro Vibe with free talk, text, and data at FreedomPop when you pay a one time activation fee.

The post ET Deals: Free Phone and Mobile Service at FreedomPop with $9.99 Activation appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Grant Brunner
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:30 pm
hiv

The experiment targeted two of HIV's nine genes that are key to the proliferation of the virus.

The post Scientists Use CRISPR to Block HIV Replication Inside Living Cells appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 23, 2018, 5:02 pm
Inside the ATLAS detector

The Massive Timing Hodoscope for Ultra Stable Neutral Particles (which goes by the inaccurate but much simpler nickname MATHUSLA) will look for particles the LHC misses because they're too stable.

The post Scientists Plan New Project to Search for Particles that Escape from LHC appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 23, 2018, 2:30 pm

Elon Musk is promising a firmware update to fix brake issues with the Model 3, surprising those of us who didn't know brakes were controlled by firmware.

The post Elon Musk: Model 3 Braking Can Be Fixed in Firmware. What? appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: May 23, 2018, 12:25 pm
Security

According to sources who spoke to Politico, Trump uses at least two iPhone devices provided by the White House IT staff. However, they are not swapped regularly like in the Obama era.

The post Trump Reportedly Ignores Smartphone Security Because It’s ‘Too Inconvenient’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:30 am
Security Exploits Intel Press Image

Intel has disclosed a new Spectre Variant, dubbed Variant 4, but the flaw shouldn't be a major problem for most.

The post New Spectre Variant Discovered That Affects AMD, ARM, and Intel appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Joel Hruska
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:32 pm

The Razer Core X looks like a small form-factor PC, but it's really just a place to keep your video card.

The post Razer Core X Is a Cheaper External GPU Box That Supports PCs and Macs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:19 pm

It has a bigger screen with smaller bezels, a faster CPU, and improved GPU performance courtesy of Nvidia Max-Q technology.

The post Razer Announces new 15.6-inch Blade Laptop with Nvidia Max-Q Graphics appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 22, 2018, 5:02 pm

From laboratory experiments, the team estimates that a circuit can still function even if 50 percent of it is damaged or destroyed.

The post New Material Heals Like Biological Tissue to Maintain Electrical Conductivity appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Author: Ryan Whitwam
Posted: May 22, 2018, 3:10 pm
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