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    Microsoft to start rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update from April 30th. This update brings a bunch of new features including improved Focus Assist, a new Timeline feature for recalling previous apps you were working on across machines, and more. The company is introducing a new Timeline feature which is a functionality that brings the ability to your Windows 10 PC to go back in time up to 30 days to find your stuff. It lets you see the apps and documents you’ve used in Chronological order. This makes it easier to bring back your work by resuming a previous array of Windows without having to recall the name of every single file. In case if you are using Microsoft apps on your mobile, you can resume it from your PC. It also brings a new Focus Assistant feature which is much like the ‘Quiet Mode,’ which mutes notifications temporarily. You can adjust the timings to turn on during certain times of the day automatically. Once you turn back on, it will show you the summary of the notifications you missed while you were in the zone. You can also add exceptions. Microsoft Edge also gets a bunch of new features, it finally gets the ability mute tabs. ...

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    Google app is getting a new beta v8.1 update that brings features like At a glance' widget that was debuted in the Pixel Launcher and is now making it available to many Android devices and in different launchers, adds Explore link in Settings. The new 'At a glance' widget offers a brief glimpse at your appointment, flight information, traffic updates. If there's nothing immediately coming up, it defaults to just a date and the current weather. This new At a glance' widget can be added any other normal widget. You can use it on devices running Lollipop (API 21). However, it is a full-width widget and doesn't support resizing. It also brings new Explore page along with 'Your Stuff" tab that makes it easy to find things you've added or done with Google Assistant. Explorer is replacing the What can you do?. Digging deep into the Google app v8.1 beta reveals a mysterious codename Avocado, though it doesn't have much in the way of details, it looks it will be settings for At a glance. Since there is no strong link between Avocado and the At a glance widget, it can also just be a coincidence. Though Google Lens feature is been here for quite some time, there's still some confusion about what it does. With ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand confirmed Android Oreo update to several devices including the Honor 7X recently. It even started beta testing the Oreo update for the phone last month, before the stable roll out. Today the company has confirmed that the stable Android Oreo update with EMIUI 8.0 will roll out for the phone from April 30th in the U.S. [HTML1] This will bring several new features including a new floating navigation dock, photo gallery recycle bin, Seamless LinkedIn integration, option to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time as well as the most expected face unlock, which was rolled out for the Indian users through an OTA update last month. Quick shortcut menus from app icons – Users can quickly access specific features in an app by holding the icon and choosing from the app shortcut menu. A user can even drag a desired feature out of the pop-up menu to create a new shortcut on the screen. New floating navigation dock – With the newly added home screen shortcut, the floating navigation dock lets users navigate and operate their device from anywhere on the screen. Updated Setting menu and Phone Manager – The redesigned Settings menu is clearer and more intuitive. The updated Phone Manager ...

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    Xiaomi S2  was certified  by TENAA in China a few days back, now the phone has been spotted in Czech Republic in images and video. This confirms the specifications including 5.99-inch HD+ display, dual rear cameras with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faZERDmqiKs It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) based on MIUI 9 and has a 16-megapixel front camera with flash. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back. Xiaomi Redmi S2 rumored specifications 5.99-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with 650MHz Adreno 506 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 / OmniVision OV12A10 sensor, PDAF, EIS, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung S5K5E8 sensor 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 160.73 × 77.26 × 8.1mm; Weight: 170g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3080mAh (typical) / 3000mAh (minimum) battery The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is expected to come in Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray and Silver and is expected to official ...

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    Back in February BlackBerry Athena was first spotted on Geekbench, through configuration files, and in European device registration databases. Earlier this month press renders of the phone surfaced, now the phone has been certified by TENAA in China with the model number BBF100-4 confirming the specifications of the phone, including a 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio and a 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard with keys that should respond to touch gestures, support for flick typing, up to 52 customizable shortcuts and the fingerprint sensor is built into the spacebar, same as last year's KEYone. It also confirmed Snapdragon 660 SoC with 6GB RAM, Android 8.1 (Oreo), dual rear cameras and a 3360mAh battery. BlackBerry Athena (BBF100) rumored specifications 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI, scratch-resistant glass protection Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD 4-row Physical QWERTY backlit keyboard with capacitive touch Android 8.1 (Oreo) Hybrid dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash,secondary rear camrea 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 151.4×71.8×8.5mm; Weight: 168g 4G VoLTE, ...

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    Update: Both the smartphones are now available for purchase in India. The Nokia 7 Plus is available from Amazon.in and the Nokia 8 Sirocco is available from Flipkart. You can also get these phones from Nokia Shop as well as offline stores in India. Check out our Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco reviews, if you are planning to get the phones. Earlier: HMD Global launched new Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco, the company’s latest Android One smartphones earlier this month. The new Nokia 6 went on sale in the country recently, today the company has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco smartphones, as it had promised. Check out the unboxing of Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw4Qyihi2Ow Nokia 7 Plus specifications 6-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB LPDDR4  RAM, 64GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 8.1 (Oreo) 12MP rear camera with f/1.75 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size with ZEISS optics, 13 MP secondary camera with ...

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    Ahead of official unveiling on May 2nd, LG has started revealing more details about the smartphone. Last week it confirmed that the phone will have 1000-nits display, now it has revealed that the phone will feature Boombox speaker that will offer ten times louder sound compared to other phones, and also bass of more than 6 decibels (dB), two times more compared to existing smartphones. LG also said that the bass can be further amplified when you place the device on a solid surface or box. The Boombox Speaker relies on a special resonance chamber design within the phone that uses the device's whole body to make it louder  ten times as much resonance space than conventional smartphone speakers. It will also come with DTS:X support offering 3D surround sound effects at up to 7.1, even with normal headphones. Similar to the G6 and V30S, the G7 ThinQ will also come with Hi-Fi Quad DAC that will lower distortion rate to 0.0002%, and gives a clear sound close to the original sound.  It also supports MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) standard, which allows you to enjoy high-fidelity high-quality streaming with little data capacity, same as the V30 phones. Source

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    Back in November we first heard that Apple is aiming ramping its technology for AR headset by 2019 and ship the headset by 2020. Today, we are seeing reports that Apple is working on a headset capable of running both AR and VR technology.  Current plans at Apple hint at an 8K display for each eye which is higher resolution than today's best TVs. The project, codenamed T288, is still in its early stages. Notably, Apple is said to be working on the headset that combines both AR and VR given the level of focus over the past year on pushing augmented reality in iPhones and iPads. Though Apple has had smaller VR projects in the past, bringing out a headset is a major investment in VR. Reportedly, Apple's headset would connect to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology. The box might be powered by a custom Apple processor which should be powerful than anything that is currently available. This processor would be the backbone of the AR/VR headset. Unlike the HTC VIVE, users won't have to install special base stations in a room to detect their location since everything would be built into Apple's headset and the box. Apple introduced the ARKit; company's first public efforts in AR ...

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    Xiaomi'a Mi A1 was one of the most successful smartphones for the company, and it is also the first Android One phone from Xiaomi in India. It is the same smartphone which was launched in China as Mi 5X. Now that Xiaomi announced the Mi 6X last week, reports started flowing that it will be the successor to Mi A1 considering Mi 5X was re-branded Android one phone in markets like India.  While we don't have concrete evidence that if the Xiaomi Mi A2 exists or if it will indeed be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 6X, thanks to XDA Developers, we now have a confirmation that there will indeed be a Mi A1 successor and that might be based on the Mi 6X. When Xiaomi launched the Mi A1; it had a codename “tissot_sprout” where “sprout” indicates that it will be a part of the Android One program. Now a new device pops up in the firmware files with codename “jasmine_sprout.” while we don't have the full dump of the device’s firmware, all we have is the build. Prop, system applications, and permission files. Unsurprisingly, there are no MIUI system applications in the build, codename 'Sprouts,' the Android framework, SystemUI, and other system applications are stock Android-based. ...

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    After increasing the price of its Mi Power Bank 2i models earlier this month by Rs.100, Xiaomi today announced that it will increase the price of its Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model by Rs. 1000, which will now cost Rs. 14,999 and the Mi TV 4 55-inch 4K HDR TV is getting Rs. 5,000 price hike and will cost Rs. 44,999. The reason for the price hike is due to importing of PCBAs to ramp up the supply due to huge demand for the  Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi LED TV 4 55".  Government recently imposed a 10% tax on imports of PCBAs. Xiaomi also blames depreciation of the rupee (by ~5% since the beginning of the year) for the significant increase. Earlier this month Xiaomi announced local manufacturing of PCBA units, and is expected to ramp up its production close to 100% within Q3 2018, so there are changes the price might come down later this year. Xiaomi believes that the substantial increase in the manufacturing capacity, will help them achieve the monthly volume of one million Redmi Note 5 Pro. Last week ASUS launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in the country that undercuts the pricing of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. We should know ...

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    Samsung is on the verge of rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Galaxy Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. While the exact date is unknown, a note posted by the company in the Samsung Members app for Korean users hints at a possible roll out of Oreo for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge around mid-May.  Both the devices are recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the new firmware, so it should be a matter of few days until the update starts rolling out. All U.S. carrier variants have also been certified on Oreo. Guncelmiyiz, a website run by Samsung Turkey that provides time frames for firmware updates has recently updated with a new schedule stating that the Oreo update for Galaxy S7 will be out by May 18. Since the timeframes on this website often tend to change, there's no telling if this timeframe is granted. However, the note posted by the company in the Samsung Members app for Korean users falls in-line with the timeline mentioned on Guncelmiyiz. So, unless Samsung finds any last minute bugs, the update should be out in a couple of weeks. Other devices in the Oreo pipeline include Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2017) as well as both Wi-Fi ...

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    We had heard about entry-level  13-inch retina MacBook Air last month, and in today's new report Digitimes claims that Apple has pushed back assembly of the new laptop into the third quarter and won't be launching at the WWDC in June.  It is also reported that the pricing of the 13-inch retina MacBook Air is said to be around $899. Since there is no possibility of WWDC launch, Apple's supply chain partners are now stuck with piling inventory of parts until Apple gives the go ahead. The report further states that the upcoming product as a new MacBook Air, however, only Apple knows the exact branding. Furthermore, it will have a slim design, a Retina display, and the latest Intel notebook processor. More details like the number of ports are still unclear. Apple back in 2017 has refreshed the entire line of laptops at the WWDC keynote with internal spec bumps. There is also a possibility that the company might tease the new laptop at the event since the mass production schedules are not starting quite yet. WWDC is purely based on the software side of the Apple, although it also reveals details about the hardware. This year at the WWDC we can expect to see the iOS ...

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    ASUS launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India last week. We already brought you the first impressions and benchmarks of the phone, here we have the unboxing of the phone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IYLoh6mLc Box Contents Asus Zenfone Max Pro smartphone in Black color 2-pin charger (5V-2A) Micro USB Cable SIM Ejector tool Asus Max Box Box contents in the retail box might be different. As Asus announced at the launch event, it comes with a passive amplifier accessory for the phone in the box called Max Box that can amplify the sound two times. The phone packs a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display , is powered by Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform with up to 4GB RAM and runs on stock Android 8.1 (Oreo), and the company has promised that it will get an update for Android P. It also said that it will try to provide Android Q. It has an 8-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.2 aperture and soft LED flash. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera on the back with 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera to capture the depth information for portrait shots. The company it is using OmniVision sensors. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and comes with dedicated dual ...

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    Google today announced that it has worked with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to launch to make the JEE Main exam results available on the Google Search results page as soon as they are announced. You can just search "JEE Main results", enter the roll number and date of birth, and the individual results will be displayed. Google also said that it has worked closely with CBSE to ensure that the data is handled securely and used solely for the purpose of showing the results on Google, and only for the duration that this feature is live. Google will also offer important information such as test dates right within Search when you search for an exam like GATE, SSC CGL, CAT, and more. You’ll also be able to easily find links to register, view other important links, and visit the official test site. With over 260 million students enrolled in more than 1.5 million schools across India, education-related information will be useful. Rama Sharma, Senior Public Relations Officer, CBSE, said: At CBSE, we are always looking for ways to enhance facilities to millions of our students across the globe. We are collaborating with Google for smooth dissemination of results through an easy and secure platform. Source

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    After teasing a new brand yesterday, Amazon India has officially announced the launch of its new Realme brand in partnership with OPPO. It also said that the first phone - Realme 1 will launch with them exclusively on May 15th. This reveals Black Diamond version of the phone with triangular-cut patterns that shimmer bright and dark shades when seen from different angles, same as the OPPO F7. Last week OPPO introduced  A3 with similar Diamond patterns on the back, so the Realme 1 could be a cheaper version with a similar design. The OPPO A3  was introduced for 1999 yuan (US$ 315 / Rs. 21,020 approx.), but the version that is launching in India might be cheaper since the company is comparing the phone with the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, even the name Realme sounds similar to Redmi. We should know all the details of the Realme 1 including the price in a couple of weeks on Amazon.in.

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    Microsoft recently announced that it will start rolling out Windows 10 April 2018 update for Windows 10 users from April 30th. Today the company has announced that will begin the global roll out out via Windows Update on May 8, but you can get it manually. The update brings improved Focus Assist, a new Timeline feature for recalling previous apps you were working on across machines. It also adds new features to Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink, Windows Mixed Reality, Windows Hello, Microsoft Photos, 3D in Windows 10,  Cortana,  Gaming, Touch Keyboard, Handwriting, Accessibility improvements,  Windows Defender Security Center Improvements, Windows 10 in S Mode and lots more. How to get it?  In the Search tab, type "Settings". On the Settings page, navigate to Update & security > Windows Update Once there, simply click "Check for updates" to download the Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 Update will now download and install in the background and prompts you to restart when it’s ready Update time will vary depending on the internet connection for download, and your PC configuration for installation. Microsoft asks users report and issues installing and also share suggestions via the Feedback Hub app Source 1, 2

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  • 04/30/18--22:11: Google Home Review
  • Between the Google Home and Amazon Echo, the race to get a smart assistant into your home is blazing hot. Across different form factors and price points, the idea is to get you onboard the Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystem. We've already brought you our review of the Google Home Mini, so here's a closer look at the full-sized Google Home now that we've spent a good amount of time putting it through its paces.  Design Let's start off with the basics. The hardware is smaller than you'd expect. Where the Google Home Mini was more or less the size of a donut, the regular Google Home is a little over double the size. Despite that, it is half the size of Bluetooth speakers like the UE Megaboom. Suffice it to say that the speaker will fit in any corner space you might have. The design is inoffensive and looks a bit like an air freshener from afar. This plays a larger role than you'd imagine since the end goal here is to make something that can be placed anywhere in the house and to encourage use. Anyways, the top of the Home Mini is slanted off and sports a capacitive touch panel. Usually ...

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    Coolpad has launched Note 6, the company’s latest budget smartphone in the Note series in India, which is offline exclusive. It packs a 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 SoC, runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat), and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary front camera along with flash and capability to capture 120-degree wide-angle selfies, making it the first selfie focused smartphone from the brand. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, fingerprint sensor on the front, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slot and packs a 4070mAh battery that promises  standby time of 350 hours. Coolpad Note 6 specifications 5.5-inch (1920 x  1080 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 Mobile Platform (4 x Cortex A53 1.4GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.1GHz) with Adreno 505 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.1 (Nougat) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 6P lens 8MP front-facing camera, secondary 5MP camera with flash Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 153.7x76.4x8.62mm Weight: 170g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / GLONASS 4070mAh battery The Coolpad Note 6 comes in Gold color, ...

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    Samsung just announced the Galaxy A6 (SM-A600F) and Galaxy A6+ (SM-A605F) smartphones in the 'Galaxy A Series' after several leaks. Both the phones come with Super AMOLED Infinity displays with 18.5:9 screen ratio, but the A6 comes with a 5.6-inch HD+ screen while the A6+ features a 6-inch FHD+ screen. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, and the A6+ also has a secondary 5-megapixel rear camera with Live Focus mode that lets you control the depth of field and bokeh effect before or even after the shot is taken. The Galaxy A6 has a 16-megapixel front camera and the A6+ features a 24-megapixel front camera, both with LED flash Both the phone shave a  sleek metal design that promises improved durability and comfortable grip for maximum usability. These have Face Recognition, Fingerprint scanning, App Pair to pair two apps, halving time and doubling enjoyment. These also have Always on Display that offers information at a glance without unlocking the phone. These also have support Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder, as well as Samsung Pay since these have NFC. Samsung Galaxy A6 specifications 5.6-inch (1480 x 720 pixels) HD+ Super AMOLED 18.5: 9 Infinity 2.5D curved glass display 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 14nm processor with Mali ...

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    Apple has reported quarterly revenue of $61.1 billion, up 16% over last year with a record Q2 net profit of $13.8 billion, up 25.4% YoY in their earnings for the financial year Q2 2018 that ended March 31, 2018. During earnings call Tim Cook said that the growth was broad-based, with iPhone revenue up 14%, services up 31% and wearables up almost 50%. He said that the company grew in each of its geographic segments, and in Greater China and Japan, revenue was up more than 20%. Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter. "Since we split the line with the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014, this is the first cycle in which the top of the line iPhone model has also been the most popular," said the CEO. Q2 was the company's best quarter ever for services with $9 billion revenue, up more than $2 billion over last year's March quarter. Apple also posted all-time record revenue from the App Store, from Apple Music, from iCloud, from Apple Pay and more. Across all its services, paid subscriptions surpassed 270 million, ...

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