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    Apple Music is getting a new update and it includes a series of new features including the new section called "Coming Soon," which allows subscribers to check out new albums that are about to be released. It is also listing the album launch dates as well. The coming soon section on iOS and Mac OS can be found in Browse tab > New Music > scroll down to find Coming Soon >. This hub lists artists from a variety of different genres. However, it only lists about 10 albums, so the coming soon section isn't entirely a reliable source for all the upcoming albums, but since Apple has started updating, we expect it will expand the list gradually. Lastly, the company is also adding artist profiles, for now showing up only in iTunes on macOS. These profiles have a slightly tweaked layout with artist portraits in circular bubbles, and a "Featured Release" that includes release dates. There's also a new Play button present next to the artist name, this was first noticed by iOS 12 beta testers and now it appears to be launching now for all Apple Music users. Coming soon tab and release dates have appeared for multiple users on iOS 11.4, as well as on macOS 10.13.4. With Apple ...

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    Apple is said to have asked its suppliers to build "around 20 percent fewer" components for the upcoming iPhones that are set to debut in the second half of 2018, according to four sources of Nikkei . This move is an attempt to cautiously approach with the iPhone shipments in 2018 compared to 2017 orders.  Apple in 2017 said to have ordered around 100 million iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X production units and now the number is down to 80 million in 2018, according to the report, which corroborates with the recent claims made by Security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, stating that all three new iPhones will ship in September 2018, despite some rumors said that the LCD model could launch slightly later. The company has also asked suppliers to prepare earlier for this year's OLED models to ensure that the smartphones can launch in September, and eliminate the iPhone X's like delay in November in 2017. The components for these smartphones will arrive at assemblers like Foxconn and Pegatron for final assembly in July, while the same will occur for the LCD model in August. It is a known fact that Apple is planning on launching three new iPhone models later this year;  a 6.5-inch "iPhone ...

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  • 06/11/18--20:15: Moto G6 Review
  • Motorola launched the  Moto G6, successor of last year’s Moto G5  in India last week. It comes with an improved display, new design, better cameras and lots more compared to the predecessor. Since this is a major upgrade, the launch price is also Rs. 2000 more compared to the predecessor. Is this worth the price? Let us find out in the review. We unboxed the Moto G6 recently, check out the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxclGf38zYs Box Contents Moto G6 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version in Indigo Black color In-ear headset with set of earbuds 2-pin Turbo charger (5V-3A|9V-1.6A|12V-1.2A) USB Type-C cable SIM ejector tool User manual and warranty information Display, Hardware and Design The Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 2160 by 1920 with 18:9 aspect ratio, pixel density of about 423 ppi (pixels per inch) and also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.  The display is bright, colors are vibrant, viewing angles and the sunlight legibility are good as well. There are Standard and Vibrant color modes in the display settings. It has bezels above and below the screen so the screen-to-body ratio of the phone is about 75%, which is similar to some of the full-screen displays. Since this has a 18:9 ...

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    London saw a lot of action when both Honor and OnePlus decided to launch their latest flagships back to back. Priced under the incredibly hot, sub Rs. 35,000 ‘value flagship’ segment, the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6 both bring killer specifications at a very similar price point. So obviously, one can’t help but compare the two to see which one is better. And that’s just what we’re going to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JzmmaoiKc Design [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="255479,255477"] Up front, the Honor 10 jumps onboard trend and manages to have reduced bezels on all sides. The phone is really comfortable to hold with excellent ergonomics thanks to the rounded edges, smaller display. Flip the Honor 10 over and you’ll see the glass back featuring a reflective pattern made up of 15 layers of glass. The phone comes with a nano-scale optical coating and design alternates between various hues of blue and purple depending on how light strikes the back panel. The end result is visually stunning and unlike anything on the market. The phone measures 7.7mm in thickness and weigh around 153 grams. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="255488,255487,255486,255489"] The OnePlus 6 is the company’s first flagship with a glass back and it has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 ...

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    Apple today has updated its app guidelines to stop developers from sneaking any functionality into the apps within the company's ecosystem. The company now says that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, should not run any unrelated background processes; cryptocurrency mining. According to May guidelines, Apple allowed apps to facilitate crypto transactions given that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws making the ICO language nearly identical as well. Apple says that Wallet apps are fine, but the developer is enrolled as an organisation. Apple won't allow apps to mine crypto, unless they process off the device, like in cloud-based mining. It will also allow exchanges as long as they are offering transactions of currency. Apps that facilitate ICOs, futures trading or other securities must be provided by established banks, securities firms and futures commission merchants (FCMs). The company won't allow apps to offer currency as a reward for downloading other apps. The company is also against posting to social networks or encouraging other users to download apps. Going back in time, back in 2013 and 2014, Apple banned Coinbase and other crypto-related apps from the App Store. Source | Via

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    Xiaomi just announced the Redmi 6, the company's latest smartphone in the Redmi series and the successor of Redmi 5 that was announced back in December last year, as it had promised. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ display 18:9 aspect ratio display with 80.7% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 12nm processor and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 on top, which will be upgraded to MIUI 10. It packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for AI portrait shots. It has a 5-megapixel front camera with face unlock and AI portrait. There is also Redmi 6A with the first MediaTek Helio A22 12nm Quad-Core SoC, single 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera both with AI Portrait mode, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Both the phones have a polycarbonate back panel has a brushed metal surface. Xiaomi Redmi 6 specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera ...

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    Android Messages seems to have picked up a new version over the weekend and like before, there aren't any noticeable visual changes, but there are things going on behind hinting the preparation of new features. Some of the Gif search and  Sticker related features of Allo might be coming to Android Messages. Apart from these, we might also be getting helpful search filters that bring attachments into view. It also features some new text that suggests Google is working on an active role in fighting text spam. Android Messages might soon get a native GIF search, ensuring that users may have a way to share Gifs even if they're not using a keyboard with built-in GIF support. It might look and behave just like the GIF search previously found in Gboard. The latest Android Messages update suggest that the sticker interface is going to gain a dedicated space for your favorite stickers or sticker packs. It will let you mark stickers that you want to readily use while texting. It is unclear if the Favorites section is reserved for individual stickers or entire sticker packs. It looks like a double-tap will be used to mark and unmark favorites. Finally, Android Messages might be getting search functionality where you can ...

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    Samsung is not stopping its fight against Apple, the company has asked the court last Thursday to either dismiss the judgment in its phone patent fight with Apple or retry the case in which the damages were decided. Samsung has filed a 34-page post-trial motion filed with the US District Court in San Jose, California suggesting that the jury's $539 million verdict is "excessive" and not supported by the evidence. This move doesn't come as a surprise by any means, to remind you, the verdict was given against Samsung last month and the jury has ordered Samsung to pay $539 million to Apple over patent infringement with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011. Samsung in a response to the verdict: "We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers." The overall verdict was a whopping $140 million steeper than the amount earlier trials had determined it owed, so it was a big step backward for the company. In a separate motion, Samsung said that it wants to be reimbursed for the $146 million, plus interest, that it already paid over an invalidated touchscreen patent. Source

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    Google is pushing out a new developers preview built to Wear OS and this update re-enables alarms and jobs for background apps that were disabled in the previous build with battery life as a major focus. This change will be reflected in all connected Wear OS preview devices. After collecting the feedback, it saw that a strict on/off setting prevents reasonable usage and promotes anti-patterns. It is also planning to leverage the App Standby Buckets feature in Android P to fine-tune a suitable setting for Wear OS devices. However, the exact setting for alarms and jobs for background apps is still being iterated on. According to Google, another area that developers should pay attention to is the strengthening of input and data privacy for background apps in Android P. This depending on an app's requirements, developers may need to use a foreground service to enable access to the device sensor throughout the day. Google says that it is expecting to push out more updates to this preview before the final production release. Source

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    Samsung Carnival is now live on Flipkart, under which it is offering best deals on smartphones, LED TVs, home appliances and more. Offers on Samsung smartphones on Flipkart Samsung Galaxy S8+ – Rs. 43,900 (Rs. 10,000 off + up to Rs. 14,700 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy S8 – Rs. 37,900 (Rs. 12,000 off + up to Rs. 14,700 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Rs. 32,900 (Rs. 9,000 off + up to Rs. 14,700 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy On Max - Rs. 13,900 (Rs. 3000 off + up to Rs. 12,200 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB – Rs. 10,900 (Rs. 7000 off + up to Rs. 10,000 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 16GB– Rs. 8,990 (Rs. 2009 off + up to Rs. 8500 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro – Rs. 6,690 (Rs. 1800 off + up to Rs. 6000 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy On5 – Rs. 5,999 (Rs. 2991 off + up to Rs. 5500 off on exchange) Offers on Samsung accessories, LED TVs and more on Flipkart Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro – Rs. 10,990 (21% off on MRP) Up to 40% off on Monitors Smart TVs from Rs. 23999 We have listed some best deals, you can check ...

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    Rumors suggest that the next Mate series flagship is said to be called the Huawei Mate 2o/Mate 20 Pro in-line with the P-series flagships. Mate series flagships always feature the best in class challenging the competing flagships in the similar price segment.  Fresh rumors suggest that the Pro model of this series could actually sport a large 6.9-inches display. According to display industry, Samsung Display is said to be currently sampling 6.9-inch rigid (flat) OLED panels to Huawei. Full-fledged supply of panels was announced at the end of the third quarter. Since the display size is pretty large, it might be launched as a separate phone altogether under the Mate branding. Not so long ago we have used the Nexus 7 with a 7-inch display and now we are expecting a 6.9-inch smartphone, shows how fast things have changed. The new Huawei model with 6.9-inch display should be powerful enough to take on Galaxy Note 9 which is scheduled to launch later this year in August.  The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to sport a 6.38 inches display. On the other hand, Apple is scheduling to launch a large 6.45-inch iPhone X Plus variant. Apart from the display size and branding of the panel, there ...

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    Nokia today has announced that it has successfully completed an end-to-end 5G New Radio (5G NR) data call. This is a part of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) 5G Technology R&D trial. The 3GPP-compliant dual connectivity call was conducted using a 5G NR system over-the-air on the 3.5GHz frequency band and LTE in the 2.1 GHz frequency band, supported by a 5G user equipment simulator provided by PRISMA Telecom Testing. The dual connectivity for existing 4G operators will allow the company to more rapidly create 5G coverage and services by connecting 5G NR to a 4G radio that is connected to an existing Cloud Packet Core. This is an important step towards the verification of 5G in the sub-6 GHz frequency bands, that is required for wide-area coverage and massive IoT connectivity. This is in preparation of commercial deployment in China in 2020. China will be one of the first adopters of 5G, and will deliver new possibilities for consumers and industries alike. The end-to-end data call uses the Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN, Nokia AirScale baseband unit, Nokia 5G Massive MIMO Active Antenna, Nokia Cloud Packet Core and Nokia home subscriber service together with a 5G end-user equipment simulator provided ...

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    Apple has quietly closed the loophole that lets app makers store and share data without users consent. The company last week changed its App Store rules to limit how developers use information about iPhone owners’ friends and other contacts. This indeed is a perfect move from Apple that puts an end to years of practice where developers ask users for access to their phone contacts, and then later use it for marketing without proper permissions. Sharing of users information without their consent is what got Facebook into trouble and by announcing new privacy updates, the company is boosting its reputation for safeguarding user data. At the WWDC stage, the company introduced new controls that limit tracking of web browsing. Apple publicly didn't mention the updated App Store Review Guidelines that now bar developers from making databases of address book information they gather from iPhone users. Anyone caught breaking this violation will be banned. Apple back in 2012 has added a way for users to explicitly approve their contacts, photos, location information, and other data being uploaded by developers. Apple says that all apps should include a link to their privacy policy in the App Store. The privacy policy must clearly and explicitly identify the data it collects, app developers should ...

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    The 2018 FIFA world cup tournament is right around the corner and with the same excitement, Apple today announced that it is integrating Siri to stay up to date with stats, scores and their favorite teams across all Apple devices. Siri is adding support for football in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Siri already supports 26 other countries, and this lets users ask for scores, schedules, standings and team rosters. The company says that throughout the month, the App Store editors will highlight their favorite apps and games from football stars, offer tips on taking a perfect football photo. App Store will also feature key football-related apps and games including broadcaster apps like FOX NOW or BBC Sport, and games like FIFA Mobile and PES 2018. Apple TV App acts as a medium on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV to find and watch the TV shows and movies. In US and Canada where Sports feature is available, users will be able to keep track on FOX NOW in the US; and TSN and RDS, Bell Media’s English and French-language apps in Canada. Users can also receive notifications on their Apple devices when their team is playing, or a game is ...

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    Google Translate app has received Neural Machine learning Technology offline—on the device translations. Meaning which the technology will run within the Google Translate apps directly on your Android or iOS device so that you can get high-quality translations even when you don't have access to an internet connection. Google says that the neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than piece by piece. It uses broader context to determine the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to sound more like a real person speaking with proper grammar. Offline translations are really useful when travelling to other countries where data connectivity might be hard or when you are not having a local data plan. Since each language set is just 35-45MB, they won’t take too much storage on your phone. NMT offline translations are available on Android and iOS. In case, if you have used offline translations before, you’ll see a banner on your home screen which will take you to the right place to update your offline files. If not, go to your offline translation settings and tap the arrow next to the language name to download the package for that language. Google is rolling out the update in 59 ...

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    Samsung showcased an interesting sound-emitting display concept at the Society of Information Displays (SID) 2018 expo last month. Samsung says that the panel uses vibration and bone conduction to eliminate the need for an earpiece. This also helps in extending the screen all the way from top to bottom. Samsung seems to have a "Sound on Display" tech prototype in what seems to be a Galaxy S9+ casing and the company indeed joked about it being Galaxy S10 display. Cut to the chase, Etnews now claims that Samsung and LG are ready to commercialize their sound-emitting OLED displays in next year's flagships. The source further says that the display might be a 6.2-inch screen, same as the S9+ display. https://youtu.be/uIRfzXy8h0A So, Samsung could introduce an edge-to-edge Galaxy S10 with the panel of the S9+. The transmission bandwidth is said to be in the 100 ~ 8000 Hz range. Thanks to the vibration, you would only hear the sound if you put your ear to a fairly wide area at the top half of the screen, denoted with a circular symbol here. In fact, Vivo's NEX S/A smartphones that were introduced yesterday features similar technology. Vivo calls this Screen SoundCasting and says that unlike other audio solutions for bezel-less smartphones, it conserves power, reduces sound leakage, and optimizes low to ...

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    ASUS has started rolling out an update for its PixelMaster camera app that brings Google Lens support inside the camera app that brings object and landmark recognition. This was announced by Google at the I/O, and Sony smartphones and the Motorola's 2018 lineup got the feature recently. Google Lens lets you browse, and interact with the world around you. It lets you find products online, copy and paste text, learn more about landmarks, add events to your calendar, look up movie posters, identify popular plants and animals, and more. Google recently started rolling out Google Lens through Google Photos app for Android and iOS for everyone. The ASUS PixelMaster camera has received the feature as a part of a firmware update for the Zenfone 5 that also updated the app to v4.1.12.2. It should be available for other Zenfone smartphones as well. Even though the PixelMaster Camera app on the Google Play  has not been updated for over 2 years, ASUS's own app store should provide an update with the new feature. Source

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    With Pixel 2, Google launched an automatic dark theme that changes according to wallpaper color within launcher and quick settings. This is a half-baked move with users requesting Google a dark system theme for years. There is no way you can manually select between light and dark theme. However, this might be changing with Android P release.  The current approach changes depending on the wallpaper that includes dark folder icons, quick black settings, and a dark app drawer. If your background is neutral or light, you get the standard white UI elements. Back in March, a user has added an item to the dev preview issue tracker asking for a toggle choose the theme. Google has apparently taken steps towards it. Custom skins like Oxygen OS had this feature all along, while it is missing from the vanilla Android skin. While it still sounds like it might allow you to leave the theme dependent on your wallpaper, and it possibly will work on other phones with launchers based on the stock launcher3 code, but that's unclear. A Googler has marked the item as fixed in the bug tracker and replied: We have added support for a Dark theme to be applied to quick settings and launcher under ...

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    Last week at the WWDC 2018, Apple introduced Apple Books app, and said that it has been redesigned to make it easier to discover and enjoy books and audio books. Today the company has previewed the new features of the app. Highlights of Apple Books Reading Now tab is home to the books you are currently reading or listening to, as well as a great place to find a new favorite. Want to Read lets you conveniently keep a wishlist of books you hear about. Audiobooks tab lets you listen to books on iPhone and iPad or in the car with CarPlay. Book Store tab makes it easy to browse all that Apple Books has to offer, including Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. As you read more books from the Store, you will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in For You. Library tab shows your full collection of books with large, easy-to-see cover art, including the books downloaded to your device and a Finished section showcasing the books you have read in the past and the date you finished them, displayed in a timeline. The new Apple Books app will replace iBooks, and will launch ...

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    Google Chrome browser needs no new introduction and part of the popularity comes from the wide range of Chrome extensions available through the Chrome Web Store allowing users to customize their Chrome experience.  However, Google on its Chromium blog says that they have been receiving large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing undesirable changes in the user experience, most of the extensions are available through inline installation on websites. Going back in time, Inline installations were introduced in Google Chrome 15 in 2011, this allows an easy and intuitive way to install extensions. Prior to this change, users had to go back to Chrome Store, install the plugin and comeback, instead, they could simply click the install button for an extension hosted on the Chrome Web Store, all without leaving the webpage. However, this negates the user to know more about the plugins and how to use them and ultimately seen a rise in user complaints and extensions were more likely to be uninstalled. With that in mind, Google now has decided to retire inline installations on all platforms. Users will now only be able to install extensions from within the Google Chrome Web Store, where they can view all information about an extension’s functionality prior to ...

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