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    Sony has ramped up and defined their range of audio products very well over the last few years. The top of the line model is, of course, the WH-1000XM2, a luxurious noise-canceling model that also delivers perhaps the best audio quality in its category. A little further down the lineup, however, is the h.ear line up that gives you High Res audio support, noise cancellation capabilities and more for a substantially lower price point. There has to be a catch, right? Let's find out in our review. Design Between the WH-1000XM2 and the h.ear on 2 or the WH-H900N as we'll call it for the rest of the review, the design similarities are pretty obvious. The WH-H900N however replaces all the soft touch bits for hard plastic. We've got the grey version with us and it looks handsome enough. Sony is making these in a number of color variants so you should be able to find one that matches your style. The WH-H900N is an over the head type model and like most of their headphones, Sony has got comfort levels sorted out. You can comfortably wear these on long flights for hours on end and feel almost no fatigue. We felt a ...

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    With OnePlus 6 launch around the corner, Vogue has shared a glimpse of 'how awesome the camera quality is' with the release of its cover image for its May issue, also hinting as to what they can expect from the much-awaited upcoming flagship. Vogue India has released its new cover for their May edition featuring popular Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari, which was shot on the upcoming flagship OnePlus 6! It’s worth mentioning that, this is the first- ever try in India to shoot a magazine cover on a smartphone and a global first for Vogue. The amount of detailing , we see in the photo is a clear indication of what the OnePlus 6 is capable of. With the OnePlus 6, the company wants to create a faster, simpler and smoother phone with a seamless experience for the users. The cover photo was shot by fashion and portrait photographer, Errikos Andreou who has also shot several Vogue covers with popular Bollywood actresses likes Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor. [HTML1] According to Errikos Andreou, shooting on the OnePlus 6 smartphone is all about convenience and portability. He also said that the OnePlus 6 ‘pro’ option lets him shoot pictures in 'RAW' file format, which ...

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    OnePlus is all set to introduce its flagship OnePlus 6 smartphone in a couple of weeks, including the Avengers Edition. Today the company has announced pop-up events globally, including India, as usual. Pop-ups will be held across 8 cities in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata & Ahmedabad in India. Across the globe pop-ups will be held in New York, London, Paris, Milan and Beijing. On the 21st of May, OnePlus 6 pop-ups will open globally in India, US, China, and Europe. "Ahead of general open sales, pop-up attendees will be the first ones in the world to be able to buy the new OnePlus 6," said the company. Mumbai-High Street Phoenix Pune-Phoenix MarketCity Chennai-The Forum Vijaya Hyderabad-The Forum Sujana Delhi-DLF Place Saket Kolkata-South City Mall Ahmedabad-Gulmohar Park Mall Bangalore-OnePlus Experience Store, Brigade Road OnePlus will also offer goodies for people purchasing the phone.  In India, the OnePlus 6 pop-ups will take place between 3:30PM-8PM on 21st May , and between 11AM-7PM on 22nd May. Stocks will be limited, so you will have to get there early to buy the OnePlus 6. You can check out OnePlus India site for more details. The OnePlus 6 is launching in India on May 17 at NSCI @ Dome, Mumbai. , and Amazon.in Prime members will be able purchase ...

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    Nokia announced a review of strategic options for the Digital Health business in February 2018. After rumors that Google’s Nest is looking to acquire Nokia’s Health Division, the company today confirmed that plans to sell back its Digital Health business to Éric Carreel, co-founder and former chairman of Withings. Back in 2016 Nokia acquired Withings, popular for its digital health products and services, for 170 million euros ($191 million) in cash. Last year it re-branded Withings and launched Nokia trackers, scales, vital health devices and home products under its own brand. Nokia said that the planned sale is part of Nokia's honed focus on becoming a business-to-business and licensing company. The transaction is subject to terms agreed in the negotiations and completion of the information consultation with the Works Council of Nokia Technologies (France) SA., with the deal expected to close in late Q2 2018. Value of the deal has not been revealed. Digital Health's business portfolio includes consumer and enterprise products, and it manufactures and sells an ecosystem of hybrid smart watches, scales and digital health devices to consumers and enterprise partners. The company confirmed that the licensing businesses of Nokia Technologies are not affected by this announcement.

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    Xiaomi at its Mi POP event in Mumbai officially launched the new Mi Music app with Hungama Music integration. This was rolled out in beta for Xiaomi users back in March. With the partnership, over 10 million tracks will be available for free for streaming across 13 Indian languages as well as international languages. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="248230,248231,248232"] You will just have to pay if you want to download the song for offline listening with Hungama Pro package within Mi Music, which costs Rs. 899 per annum, but you can get it at just Rs. 499 as a part of introductory offer for three months. Xiaomi said that Mi Music in India has nearly 7 million Daily Active Users. [HTML1] The Mi Music also gets  Dynamic lyrics for Karaoke lovers that lets you sing along with lyrics of your favourite track or jump onto your favourite part of the song with just one click. The company plans to add Music Videos, Personalized recommendations, Themes and more songs to the Mi Music app in future. Coming to Mi Video, it gets video content integration and a more powerful local video player, after it was teased in beta back in March. Mi Video content is powered by Hungama Play, SonyLiv and ...

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    Vivo announced X21 smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor in China back in March. Today the company has launched in Singapore, marking the first global launch for the smartphone. To remind you, the phone has a 6.28-inch FHD+ 19:9 Super AMOLED display with a notch, 90.3% screen-to-body ratio, 1.66mm narrow bezels on the sides, 1.79mm bezels on the top and 5mm on the bottom. It is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE Artificial Intelligence Chip with 6GB RAM and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.0 with A.I features. It comes only as in-display fingerprint sensor version, has 3D glass body, features dual rear cameras with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with Samsung 2L9 sensor with Dual Pixel technology along with a 5-megapixel secondary rear camera to capture the depth information. It has AI scene recognition that can automatically detect 17 scenes and the 12-megapixel front camera has AI beauty recognition for a perfect selfie and can output 24-megapixel resolution images. Vivo X21 specifications 6.28-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 Super AMOLED display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 AIE 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6B RAM, 128GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Hybrid Dual ...

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    Asus today has launched the Vivobook 15 X507 laptop in India. It comes with 15.6-inches LED-backlit display and is powered up to 6th Gen Intel Core i3 Processor. It weights just 1.68kgs making it one of the most light-weight laptops. The ASUS X507 sports a 15.6-inch up to Full HD slim-bezel NanoEdge display and is powered by up to 6th Generation Intel Core i3 processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX110 2GB GDDR5 VRAM GPU for the high-end variant. While the low-end variant is powered by the Intel Pentium Silver N5000 or Intel Celeron N4000 Processor with Integrated Intel CPU. It runs on the Windows 10 Home and weighs just 1.68kg. It comes with 1TB SATA HDD storage with a large 1TB HDD, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy logins with Windows Hello and comes with VGA web camera. It also has support for ASUS SonicMaster Technology. Unlike the variant that is available outside of India, the variant that launched internationally is aimed at the entry-level segment. The X507 also supports fast charging and can charge up to 60% in under 50 minutes. Paytm Mall which is owned by Paytm Ecommerce Pvt. Ltd has announced the launch of its connected PoS solution for retail stores, empowering shopkeepers ...

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    Asus launched the  Zenfone Max Pro M1  smartphone last week, and the phone will be available for order in the country from tomorrow, May 3rd, exclusively on Flipkart starting at Rs. 10,999. Today the company has rolled out a new update to review units that brings Face recognition, improves gyroscope and audio as well as improvements to the camera and battery during standby. It also brings Android security patch for April, 2018. Check out the complete change log below. Enable Face Recognition functionality Improvement in the gyroscope functionality Improvement in audio parameters Improvement in the response speed of finger print sensor Optimization in front as well as rear cameras such as color correction, HDR Algorithm, Low light photograph etc. "ZenUI" will change to "ZenFone" on the system update screen Optimization in the power consumption during standby Security update from Google for the month of April Asus said that it is continuously improving camera performance and features as well as battery life and overall performance, improvements and optimization. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IYLoh6mLc Check out the unboxing, first impressions and benchmarks of the phone. We will bring the complete review soon.

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    LG just announced the company's flagship G7 ThinQ smartphone at an event in New York, as it had promised. It has a 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision LCD Super Bright display that can be viewed easily even under direct sunlight with brightness up to  1,000 nit, displaying 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut. The bottom bezel  is almost 50 percent slimmer than on the LG G6, says LG. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 6GB RAM (G7+ ThinQ). It 16-megapixel dual rear cameras, standard and Super Wide Angle configurations. The wide angle camera now captures landscapes with less edge distortion and selfies are clearer and look more natural compared with previous LG phones, with new upgraded 8-megapixel camera. It also has AI CAM that now offers 19 shooting modes, up from eight. It also has new Super Bright Camera with images that are up to four times brighter typical of photos shot in dim light through the combination of pixel binning and software processing, the AI algorithm adjusts the camera settings automatically when shooting in low light. The Live Photo mode records one second before and after the shutter is pressed for snippets of unexpected moments or expressions that would normally be missed. It also has ...

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    After Bengaluru and Hyderabad, ACT Fibernet has upgraded its plans for Chennai users as well at no extra cost, about 9 months after the last upgrade.  In some plans speeds have also been upgraded, and ACT has also introduced a new Blast Promo plan that offers 100Mbps speed and 1000GB FUP. ACT Fibernet’s Retail 1999 plan now offers 2TB (download+upload) of FUP, and the speed has been upgraded to 200Mbps. The company's SOHO Plan has also been upgraded. The Rs. 2999 ACT SME Swift plan now offers 200 Mbps Speed and 3TB FUP.  ACT SME Flash Rs. 3999 and Rs. 4999 ACT SME Force plans now have 4TB and 5TB FUP, respectively. Plan Name Tariff (Rs.) Old Speed New Speed Old FUP New FUP (Download + Upload) Speed Post-FUP RETAIL ACT Basic 799 30Mbps 30Mbps 80GB 80GB 512 Kbps ACT Blaze 999 75Mbps 75Mbps 200GB 300GB 512 Kbps ACT Blast Promo 1049 NA 100Mbps NA 1000GB 1 Mbps ACT Storm 1099 75 Mbps 100Mbps 260GB 500GB 1 Mbps ACT Lightning 1299 90Mbps 100Mbps 350GB 1000GB 1 Mbps ACT Thunder 1499 100Mbps 150Mbps 450GB 1500GB 1 Mbps ACT Incredible 1999 150Mbps 200Mbps 700GB 2000GB 2 Mbps SOHO ACT SME Swift 2999 150Mbps 200 Mbps 900GB 3000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Flash 3999 200Mbps 200Mbps 1100GB 4000GB 2 Mbps ACT SME Force 4999 200Mbps 200Mbps 1400GB 5000GB 2 Mbps All these plans are already live in Chennai. ACT is expected to upgrade its plans in Delhi as well soon.

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    Worldwide smartphone shipments have declined 2.9% YoY in Q1 2018. The smartphone vendors shipped a total of 334.3 million units during the first quarter of 2018. This is a sharp decline compared to the 344.4 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2017. According to IDC, a drop of 100 million in the first quarter in China led to the drop in the worldwide shipments. This decline is first since 2013 in the Chin market. According to the survey, despite the presence of flagships from Samsung, Huawei, and the iPhone X, users were unwilling to shell out big bucks on the flagships. As expected, Samsung retained the leader of the global smartphone market with a market share of 23.4% share despite a 2.4% decline from Q1 2017. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ lead the way as the new flagships, however, brisk initial sales of the new devices kept the overall yearly decline at a minimum as the bulk of the positive impact is expected to arrive in Q2 2018. On the other hand, Apple's first quarter saw a 52.2 million iPhones shipments representing a modest 2.8% year-over-year increase from the 50.8 million units shipped last year. Despite the rumors claiming that iPhone X is underperforming ...

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    Xiaomi opts Hong Kong to sell its shares giving the city world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) of 2018 and the pole position in a race with New York and Shanghai to be the global capital for raising funds. Xiaomi has submitted the IPO application to the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited under new listing regulations for technology start-ups. While the application lacks financial terms, bankers familiar with the plan said that Xiaomi is seeking to raise US$10 billion, this in a sale that values the eight-year-old firm at US$100 billion. At US$10 billion raising, Xiaomi’s IPO would also be the 15th biggest of all time or the fourth-largest in Hong Kong. Xiaomi's listing is an early justification for Hong Kong’s securities regulator and exchange operator, which when put together makes through the biggest reforms in the city’s listing regulations in decades. On the other hand, Hong Kong, which was overtaken by Shanghai last year for the first time in the global IPO stakes, is now anxious to reclaim the top position in order to sustain jobs in the financial industry and maintain revenue from stock listings. Back in 2014, Alibaba picked New York over Hong Kong for it's US$25 billion, which still holds the record as ...

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    Google back in January merged Android Pay and Google Wallet to Google Pay recently, and the company is slowly making the shift as it is now rolling out Google Pay on the web for desktop and iOS, few months after it rolled out for Android. Google is rolling out the Pay on the web for iPhone, iPad, and desktop and users should start seeing the rebranding when you're trying to make a payment on a supported site, regardless of the browser that you are using. Google also says that the used cards are also accessible from all platforms and you don't have to add them separately. This move pushes Google a step closer to competing with Apple Pay in creating a unified payment. Another interesting feature of Google Pay is that it’ll automatically update your new card details in the Google Pay account in case you replace it with a new one as soon as you order a new card from your bank. The same applies if the card in use expires. Google is also offering rewards when you shop. Source

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    Sony has finally launched its new X9000F series of 4K HDR TVs in India, months after it was introduced at the CES 2018. These have  X1 Extreme processor that promises striking highlights, deeper darks and vibrant colours. It incorporates technologies like Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual database processing. It runs on Android TV version 7.0 with Sony’s exclusive user interface and also has Chromecast built-in. It has TRILUMINOS Display the reproduces reds, greens and blues accurately.  The X-tended Dynamic Range PRO enhances HDR and non-HDR content by boosting and dimming the backlight levels precisely for each zone of the screen with a unique backlighting technology delivering  times the XDR contrast of conventional LED TV.  X-Motion Clarity shows fast action images clear and smooth by utilizing Sony’s proprietary direct LED local dimming and backlight boosting algorithm to control the luminance and optimize its duration. Therefore, pictures are clear and smooth with virtually no loss in brightness. The  TV uses 4K X-Reality PRO to produce stunning detail with Sony’s unique algorithm of reality creation database for any content, such as TV broadcasting, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Internet video and digital photos. The BRAVIA stand features a simple structure of square, metallic bars that come into ...

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    ASUS just launched the most-expected Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone in India last week, and the phone went on pre-order today exclusively on Flipkart. The phone went out of stock as soon as the pre-orders opened at 12 noon. The company says that it got tremendous response for the first sale, despite significantly high number of phones that were up for pre-orders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0IYLoh6mLc It did not reveal the number of phones it put up for sale since several users were complaining that the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version was sold out quickly. Later the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage was available for pre-order, which went out of stock after few hours. [HTML1] The smartphone will be available for purchase again on May 10, 2018. Hope the company will have enough stocks to meet the demand. The company already said that the 6GB RAM version with 16MP primary rear camera and a 16MP front camera will be available within six weeks, so we can expect it later this month or early June. Yesterday the phone got an update that added Face Unlock, April Android security update and several improvements, including improvements to the camera. Were you able to purchase the Zenfone Max Pro today? Let us know in ...

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    LG introduced its flagship G7 ThinQ  smartphone earlier this week and said that it will roll out first in South Korea in coming days followed by major markets in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Now UK and European retailers have revealed the price of the smartphone. .   U.S. carrier AT&T said that it doesn't have any plans to sell the phone instead, it will bring an exclusive LG device this summer, which could be the rumored Q7. T-Mobile will sell the phone, which will be available later this spring, but the pricing has not been revealed. In UK, Clove UK has listed the phone for £649 inc. VAT (US$ 881 / Rs. 58,750 approx.) / £540.83 ex. VAT (US$ 734/ Rs. 48,960 approx.) and the phone is expected to be available by the end of May. In Europe, Netherlands retailer Belsimpel has listed the phone for €849 (US$ 1,015/ Rs. 67,855 approx.), which is costlier compared to UK. We should know the price in South Korea sometime next week when it goes on sale. Source 1, 2, 3

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    OnePlus is all set to launch next-gen flagship in less than two weeks. However, Before the formal launch, the company had been teasing the features of the upcoming flagship – OnePlus 6, which is touted to be its fastest smartphone, equipped with the latest and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and up to 8GB RAM. Till now, many rumours and speculations about the device have surfaced online revealing the nitty-gritty details of the yet-to-be-launched OnePlus 6, while the company has also confirmed some of the features of the phone, as well as launch dates and pop-up events. The OnePlus 6 is expected to feature a 19:9 aspect ratio to fit a notch on top where the front camera and other sensors will reside. The top-notch will measure exactly 19.62 x 7.69 mm. The phone will come with up to 256GB storage for the first time. It will retain their very popular feature, the alert slider, which is now present on the right side of the phone. Pete Lau, CEO and Founder, recently confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will feature a glass design. He also said that OnePlus design team tested over 70 glass prototypes before selecting the best one. The glass back of the OnePlus 6 ...

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    Google introduced Assistant to its smartwatch back in 2017 and today it is rolling out a bunch of new features including smart suggestions, hear answers to questions and Actions. These features according to Google add even more convenience to your watch.  Firstly, it is the 'Smart Suggestions,' using which you can choose from contextually relevant follow-up questions or responses to continue the conversation. This feature is Perfect for quick interactions when you’re on the go. It also gets the ability to answer your questions rather than read them. From now on, you can hear some helpful information, like your commute times and upcoming agenda, from your watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones when connected. Google, a few months back has announced over 1 million Actions which are basically the things you can do with the Google Assistant. Today, Google is bringing all Actions to Wear OS. You can now use your voice to perform Actions on your connected devices. It also said that it is working with developers and partners to add more Actions and functionalities.Google will be rolling out these new features in the coming days. Source

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    Honor roll out Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Honor 8 Pro in India back in February that brought several new features including option to make VoLTE calls on Vodafone and Jio. Today the company has pushed a new update that adds Face unlock, AR Lens for the camera as well as VoLTE support for Idea Cellular, which started rolling out VoLTE services for consumers earlier this week. The Honor 8 Pro update (DUK-L09 8.0.0.320) is 627MB in size and includes Android security update for April 2018 as improvements and bug fixes. Check out the complete changelog below. ANDROID-8.0[Oreo] upgrade with EMUI-8.0 is available for your device. This will upgrade your system from DUK-L09 8.0.0.310(C675CUSTC675D2) to DUK-L09 8.0.0.320(C675CUSTC675D2). [FaceUnlock feature] Face unlock feature added. [Camera feature] AR Lens feature added in camera. [Paytm feature] User can enroll paytm specific fingerprint and using enrolled fingerprint directly can go to the bar scanner for payment. [VoLTE feature] VoLTE calls enabled for Idea. [Bug Fixes] 3D Creator issue is fixed. [Google Security Patches] Google security patches are merged to make your device more secure. Thanks Pulkit!

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    Asus has silently introduced Zenfone Live L1 (ZA550KL), the company's first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone in Indonesia. It packs a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 425 with 1GB or 2GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition and the 2GB RAM version runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash 5-megapixel front camera and also has face unlock. It comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3000mAh battery. Asus Zenfone Live L1 (ZA550KL) specifications 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 Mobile Platform with Adreno 308 GPU 1GB / 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition (1GB RAM) / Android 8.0 (Oreo) with ZenUI 5.0 (2GB RAM) Dual SIM 13 MP rear camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera Face unlock 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3000mAh battery The Asus Zenfone Live L1 comes in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colors, and will go on sale in Indonesia on May 17th. Price has not been announced yet. It is expected to go on sale in ...

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