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    Unity engine and technology today has announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to simplify game development that also sees the big developer migrate over its infrastructure to Google. Both the companies together will be building a suite of managed services and tools for creating connected games. Both the companies will first focus on real-time multiplayer experiences. A suite of managed services and tools will help developers build, test, and launch connected games while offloading the trouble on Google and Unity. As a part of the partnership, Google Cloud will be the default cloud provider for developers building connected games with Unity, helping them to easily build and scale their games. What this basically means is that developers will be able to take advantage of Google Cloud right from the Unity development environment. Thanks to Google's robust global network, it enables low-latency player connectivity, quickly scale game servers, to multi-TB memory nodes that can hold massive 3D environments and all without needing to become cloud experts. Google also announced that with Unity it will co-found an open source project to connect players in multiplayer games. This project deeply embodies open source, community-driven solutions built-in collaboration with the world’s leading game companies. This project will launch publicly ...

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    Apple's new iPhones are expected to launch later this year; we already know that the company will be launching three new iPhones this year which includes the iPhone X-second generation, iPhone X Plus that sports a 6.5-inches, and a low-cost 6.1 iPhone. Now a fresh report from supply chain sources suggests that the largest of Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup; the 6.5-inch model will be the top-selling model. Just like the iPhone X, the X Plus will have dramatically reduced forehead and chin to fit a much larger display into a phone about the same size as the current Plus models. The report suggests that the company has ordered more screen panels for the X Plus than any other model and forecasts suggests 45 million 6.46-inch panels, about 25 million panels for the 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, and 30 million 6.04-inch LCD screens for the new lower-priced flagship. However, these forecasts might see the last-minute change and Apple will adjust the orders in response to customer demand. But this report does indicate that Apple is hoping that its larger phone ever would be a top seller this fall. Another factor that affects these numbers would be the delay in LCD iPhone production compared to the OLED models. ...

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    Xiaomi has finally scheduled an event for the announcement of Redmi 6 Pro and the Mi Pad 4, successor of last year's Mi Pad 3 in China on June 25th. The Mi 6 Pro will have a 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, AI powered dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 625 and a 4000mAh battery, as mentioned in the invite, and the Mi Pad 4's back is teased in the invite and the company also confirms that it will have an 8-inch display. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (M1805D1SE ) rumored specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary rear camera 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 149.33×71.68×8.75mm; Weight: 178g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 4000mAh (typical) / 3900mAh (minimum) battery Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 rumored specifications 8-inch FHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 320 PPI Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad ...

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    Amazon India today has announced that Echo users can now control their Smart Home cameras, ACs, TVs and set-top boxes with just their voice. You can switch on the lamp, turn on the geyser without getting out of bed or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie without lifting a finger.  These new capabilities are available to the newly launched Echo Spot. The company says that Alexa can now show live feeds from an Alexa-compatible camera on the screen of the Echo Spot. Alexa now also supports Smart Voice Remotes or IR Blasters such as OakRemote from Oakter and Silvan Sirus. These smart remotes replicate the infrared codes of conventional remotes and enable customers to voice control existing devices like ACs, TVs, and set-top-boxes. These devices come pre-configured for major satellite TV providers and customers can switch on/off their TVs and set-top boxes with their voice command. Much like Google routines, Alexa Routines also allows customers to automate a series of customizable actions using a single voice command. Users can create Routines from the Alexa app. Puneesh Kumar, Country Manager for Alexa Experience & Devices, Amazon India said: With the introduction of Alexa and hands-free voice in the home, we think customers are seeing now- more than ever- that ...

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  • 06/20/18--02:29: Honor 10 Review
  • Past couple of years have marked  the rise in the mid-range flagship segment with the offerings from companies like Honor, Xiaomi and the OnePlus. These are the devices with few compromises yet offers an excellent experience at half the price of the flagships from Samsung, LG and Apple. Since India being an economic market, these devices are received well among masses and critic alike. One such company that enjoyed warm receptions over the years in Indian market is undoubtedly Huawei's online brand Honor. Some devices like Honor 8, Huawei View 10, and even budget Honor 9 Lite mark major changes for Honor in terms of product design. Not long ago, Honor launched its latest flagship device dubbed as Honor 10 sharing lots of aspects from Huawei P20 Pro. The Honor 10 is aimed at Sub 35k segment with some tried and tested elements, retaining their core philosophy yet with some compromises. We got the Honor 10 unit in Phantom Blue with 6GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage. Here's our take on it. Unboxing https://youtu.be/hM5DtkkOCa0 Display The Honor 10 sports a 5.84-inch (2240 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass, 19:9 aspect ratio with a pixel density of 432 ppi. It has 82.6% screen-to-body ratio, making it compact ...

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    Panasonic today launched P90, the company’s latest budget smartphone in India. It has a 5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC with 1GB RAM, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat), has an 5-megapixel front and rear cameras with LED and packs a 2400mAh battery. Panasonic P90 specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection 1.25 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, expandable memory with up to 128GB microSD Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) 5MP auto focus rear camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 143x71.8x9.3mm; Weight: 151g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS 2400mAh battery The Panasonic P90 comes in Blue, Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 5599 and will be available through offline retailers across India starting today, June 20th. Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India said: Post our association with Corning, we are happy to launch another P-series device, P90, with Corning Gorilla Glass protection which will keep the device protected from all damage and scratches. It has a 5MP front camera with LED flash and smart ...

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    Xiaomi has achieved a new milestone by opening its 1000th authorized service center in India in Hyderabad. This includes 500 service centers for Mi TV. It opened its 500th service center in Bengaluru back in June last year. Xiaomi's service centers are now in over 600 cities in 4 years since the company entered India. The company said that it has over 6000 workforce contributing to the service network. Xiaomi says that it has emerged as the industry leader in after sales service against other players, based on an independent study by Red Quanta. It also said that it has  earned a Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) score of 86% with an industry Field Failure rate (FFR) at less than half of the industry average and the company's after sales team  recorded an Turn Around Time (TAT) with 95% cases resolved within 4 hour repair time and an average of 84% cases been resolved in just 2 hour repair time. To improve the customer satisfaction, Xiaomi has have taken new initiatives such as E-token system which offers customers the privilege to save time and pre-book a visit to their nearest service center on Mi.com or Mi Store app, thereby experiencing a 72% reduction in the customer waiting time at ...

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    Back in April this year LG Electronics signed South Korea’s most popular K-Pop boy band, BTS as its brand ambassador for smartphones globally. Today the company has introduced exclusive BTS-themed content for 2017 and 2018 LG smartphone models. The BTS Value Pack includes seven themes, one for each member of BTS. This completely transforms the UI including home screens, menus, dialing screens, among others. The company has also introduced exclusive BTS Smart Case for the LG G7 ThinQ that incorporates NFC technology to allow owners to implement customized themes based BTS. There are eight unique themes, which transforms the phone’s UI with unique backgrounds, color schemes, even icon designs based on the individual personalities of each BTS member. The BTS Value Pack can be downloaded from the LG SmartWorld app on the LG smartphone.

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    Microsoft today is launching its re-branded Microsoft News app for  Android, iOS and other platforms. Microsoft News is the new name for the company's new engine that powers familiar sites like MSN.com, and this also powers the news on Microsoft Edge, the News app in Windows 10, Skype, Xbox, and Outlook.com. Microsoft says that 'Microsoft News' makes it easy for you to personalize your news experience, including prioritizing your favorite topics on MSN.com or selecting interests to follow in your news feed on the Microsoft Edge Start page and on company's Windows 10, iOS and Android apps. The company is combining curated news from more than 1,000 “premium publishers” and 3,000 brands with human editors and artificial intelligence. As for the Microsoft News app, it offers new personalization upgrades, including the ability to tailor interests to follow in your news feed – such as World News, Personal Finance, Fitness and many more. It is easy to configure to set breaking news alerts and it also features a new dark theme, enabling better night reading and a simplified access through seamless integration with iOS and Android widgets. It also offers continuous reading, for a smooth content experience. Microsoft says that its publishing partners receive more than 100,000 unique ...

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    Back in May we first heard about the Motorola One Power Android One phone, thanks to the render. Now, days after the first leak comes yet another news about the phone and this time the phone finally surfaces in live photos revealing the design in its full glory. It also indicates that the company is working on a phone with a notch display and will launch in the coming months. It is the first device in the new Moto series; ‘Motorola One Power’ and it is an Android One device going by the branding on the rear side. Since the naming suggests power, it might pack a huge battery unit underneath and will be a first in the new series. The design looks a lot like the iPhone X with a notch on top and a slim bottom chin. The fingerprint sensor is present on the rear side which is where the dual-rear cameras are arranged. The front packs a 6-inches display, an 8MP selfie shooter and the dual stereo speakers are at the bottom along with the USB Type-C at the middle of the dual speakers. Unfortunately, this where the good things end, we don’t have any hardware details about the specifications, so we ...

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    Xiaomi is all set to introduce the Redmi 6 Pro smartphone on June 25th, now the company has teased the smartphone in several images. A Chinese website has also shared unboxing images of the smartphone and also confirms that the 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX486 along with a secondary  Samsung S5K5E8 sensor for AI portrait shots, same as the Redmi 6,. The company already confirmed Snapdragon 625 SoC and a 4000mAh battery for the smartphone in the teaser. The phone will come in five colors - Rose Gold, Gold, Blue, Black and Red. It also has an infrared sensor on the top. It will have a dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots. Even though the site mentions 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, it is also expected to come in 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version, similar to the Redmi 6. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 ...

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    Microsoft today has announced that it is acquiring AI startup Bonsai with an aim to fuel its AI efforts. Bonsai has developed a novel approach using machine teaching that abstracts the low-level mechanics of machine learning, so that subject matter experts, regardless of AI aptitude, can specify and train autonomous systems to accomplish tasks and the actual training takes place inside a simulated environment. Bonsai says that going forward, it sees a massive opportunity to empower enterprises & developers globally with the tools and technology needed to build and operate the BRAINs that power these intelligent autonomous systems. This acquisition will also accelerate the efforts furthermore. It will combine Bonsai’s unique deep reinforcement learning and machine teaching platform with Microsoft’s Azure Platform and tools, extensive deep learning research, and recent AirSim simulation innovations. Microsoft says that the Bonsai has achieved some remarkable breakthroughs with their approach that will have a profound impact on AI development. It also reminded that Bonsai has also established a new reinforcement learning benchmark for programming industrial control systems. Gurdeep Pall, Corporate Vice President, Business AI, Microsoft said: We’re really confident this unique marriage of research, novel approach and technology will have a tremendous effect toward removing barriers and accelerating the current state of AI ...

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    Samsung has introduced highest capacity 8TB NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) / NF1 SSD. This optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications used in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems. Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) SSD standard, which succeeds the M.2 standard is expected to be standardized by JEDEC in October. Highlights of 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD Built with 16 of Samsung’s 512-gigabyte (GB) NAND packages, each stacked in 16 layers of 256 gigabit (Gb) 3-bit V-NAND chips, achieving an 8TB density in an ultra-small footprint of 11cm x 3.05cm. This is twice the capacity offered by the M.2 NVMe SSD (11cm x 2.2cm) commonly used in hyper-scale server designs and ultra-slim laptops. The NF1 SSD is expected to quickly and easily replace conventional 2.5-inch NVMe SSDs by enabling up to three times the system density in existing server infrastructure, allowing for an unprecedented 576TB of storage space in the latest 2U rack servers. The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s, five times and three times that of ...

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    Flutter is Google's mobile UI framework that aims at helping developers to make high-quality apps that work on both Android and iOS as easily and seamlessly as possible. Post the Google's I/O 2018 presentation back in May it has seen a 50% increase in active Flutter users.  The Google's Flutter SDK preview one is available right away, and the shift from beta to release preview signals our confidence in the stability and quality of the company's focus on bug fixing and stabilization. It also announced that Alibaba has now deployed their Flutter-based app to millions of devices, and Tencent is currently rolling out their NOW app with Flutter. The Release Preview 1 includes Flutter support for hardware keyboard and barcode scanners, video recording, and including a folder of image or font assets. Also, it will also include many new packages that are contributed to package sites, such as Flutter Platform Widgets, a set of widgets that automatically adapt for iOS or Android. It also further extended the Firebase support to include Firebase Dynamic Links, an app solution for creating and handling links across multiple platforms. It is also broadening the support to include 32-bit iOS devices with ARMv7 chips, enabling apps written with Flutter to run on older devices. It says that it is working on improving the ...

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    Xiaomi has launched Mi Pocket Speaker 2, the company's latest portable speaker in India on the World Music Day. The 5W speaker created in partnership with Germany's popular brand Tymphany has a minimal design made of aluminium with an anodized oxide coating and PC + ABS for durability, fabric net design for clear sound with perfect bass and treble, features an LED indicator, uses Bluetooth 4.1 and promise up to 7 hours of continuous music playback. The speaker was introduced back in 2016 as Mi Round Bluetooth speaker 2 and Won iF Product Design Award 2016. Xiaomi Mi Pocket Speaker 2 (LYYX01ZM) specifications Top mounted control button to power on/off, Bluetooth pairing and volume and playback controls via rotating the aluminium ring Bluetooth 4.1 for connecting to devices Built-in microphone for hands-free calling Maximum output power : 5W; Speaker Impedance : 4 ohms Dimensions : 60.0 x 60.0 x 93.3mm 1200mAh battery offers about 7 hours of continuous music playback USB Power input : 5V. 1A The Xiaomi Mi Pocket Speaker 2 comes in Black and White colors and is available from Mi.com for Rs. 1,499.

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    Google today is releasing a new feature to Chrome that offers another way to use Chrome on Android for users in India along with more than 100 countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil. The new feature allows users to surf the web with Chrome even without a constant internet connection. Chrome will now automatically download relevant articles, based on what content is most popular in your location and if you’re signed into Chrome, you’ll also get articles that are relevant to you, based on your browsing history. This downloaded content is then available whenever you want to access it, even if you don’t have a connection. This new feature is already rolling out to users in India and can be used once you have updated the Google Chrome app. This feature is really handy instead of waiting around for a proper internet connection to read the content, users can offload it and read it later. Source

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    Meizu has silently launched M6, its latest budget smartphone and the successor of last year’s M5 in India. It packs a 5.2-inch HD 2.5D curved glass screen, is powered by a 1.5 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 processor and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat)-based FlymeOS 6 on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with 4-color RGBW flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a polycarbonate body with a metal frame and metallic lines, features a mTouch fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button that can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds, comes with 4G VoLTE support and packs a 3070mAh battery. Meizu M6 specifications 5.2-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display, 1000: 1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Flyme OS 6.0 13MP rear camera with 4-color RGBW flash, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD) Dimensions: 148.2 x 72.8 x 8.3mm; Weight: 143g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS / GLONASS 3070mAh battery The Meizu M6 comes only in Black color in 2GB RAM with 16GB ...

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    Intel Corporation today announced that the company's CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned to his role and a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  The company has recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee and an on-going investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Intel is expected to deliver its second-quarter results with revenues of approximately $16.9 billion and non-GAAP EPS of approximately $0.99. Intel said that it will provide full second-quarter results and an updated outlook for the full year on the second quarter earnings call on July 26. In the meanwhile the Interim CEO, Swan will manage operations in close collaboration with Intel’s senior leadership team. Swan has been working as Intel'ss CFO since October 2016 and leads the global finance, IT, and corporate strategy organizations. He previously worked as CFO of eBay Inc. Earlier, he was CFO of Electronic Data Systems Corp and TRW Inc. Robert Swan, Interim Chief Executive Officer said: Intel’s transformation to a data-centric company is well underway and our team is producing great products, excellent growth, ...

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    Google demoed the Assistant's continued conversations at the I/O 2018 event last month, and now the same natural sounding continued conversations are rolling out to Google Home devices including Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. Adding “Hey Google” before each follow-up question for the Assistant doesn’t feel natural, and with this continued conversations, you can have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Assistant without repeating “Hey Google” for each follow-up request. The new feature is starting to roll out today, and you can turn it on in the Google Assistant app by going to Settings → Preferences → Continued Conversation and hitting the toggle. With Continued Conversation, you can ask the Assistant a question; you can ask a follow-up, set a reminder without having to say “Hey Google” each time. Google will end the conversation once it detects that you’re no longer talking to the Assistant. You will have to activate your Assistant devices with “Ok Google,” “Hey Google,” or with a physical trigger, but with this new optional setting turned on, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don't have to say “Hey Google” as often. Source

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    Xiaomi is all set to introduce the Mi Pad 4 along with the Redmi 6 Pro smartphone on June 25th. Yesterday the company teased the Redmi 6 Pro  smartphone in several images, and the specifications were revealed as well. It already confirmed 8-inch display and Snapdragon 660 with smart game acceleration feature for the Mi Pad 4, today the company has confirmed that it will have AI Face unlock. Press images of the tablet have also surfaced that shows the tablet's 16:10 aspect ratio display, even though earlier rumors said that it will feature an 18:9 screen. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 rumored specifications 8-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels)  FHD+ display with 16:10 aspect ratio Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, OV13855 sensor 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, Samsung S5K5E8 sensor 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 6000mAh battery The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is rumored to cost 1499 yuan (US$ 230 / Rs. 15,625 approx.) for the 4GB RAM with 64GB WiFi ...

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