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    YouTube at the VidCon 2018 online video conference in California has introduced a handful of new monetization and engagement features for creators. The channel memberships is same as one of existing service that the company has been testing for a while; sponsorships. The new channel membership is where the viewers pay a monthly recurring fee of $4.99 to get unique badges, new emoji, Members-only posts in the Community tab, and access to unique custom perks offered by creators, such as exclusive live streams, extra videos, or shout-outs. YouTube says that this has been successful with this new business model. On this note, YouTube also mentioned that it will soon expand this feature to eligible channels with more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube under the new name Channel Memberships. The company also mentioned that it will soon allow creators to sell merch directly from their channel. From shirts with a logo to phone cases with a creator’s face, YouTube will be partnering with Teespring so creators can choose from over 20 merchandise items to customize and sell via a shelf on their channel. https://youtu.be/Minu0lTlEOI This feature will be available to all eligible U.S.-based channels with over 10,000 subscribers starting today, and it is planning to bring even more merchandising partners and creators in soon. YouTube is also introducing a ...

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    Anyone who looks closely Apple is slowly yet steadily moving towards wireless era, be it the removal of 3.5mm audio jack or the introduction of wireless charging supports in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X phones. This feature brings the ability to drop the iPhones on a charging mat and juice it up via a process known as induction. Apple introduced an accessory of its own for this; the AirPower but said that it wouldn't be available until 2018.  However, Apple hasn't publicly discussed the accessory and the company engineers have been toiling away to address problems. One such challenge is making sure that it doesn't overheat, while another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development. Unlike the most wireless chargers these days, Apple's accessory; AirPower is designed to charge three devices simultaneously. Apple also wants to give the ability to users to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat to begin a charge and this ambitious goal requires multiple charging sensors. This process has been proven difficult, said the sources. An executive at an Apple partner that manufactures third-party wireless chargers for iPhones said that the multi-device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires ...

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    Apple is not stopping its legal battle against Qualcomm as the company has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s patents. The main goal of Apple is to have the patent office cancel the four Qualcomm patents in question. Interestingly, all four are involved in the patent infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year. Apple says that it wants the patent office to cancel four Qualcomm patents, saying they don’t cover new ideas. The patents include ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and personal digital assistant; touch-sensitive displays; and circuit memory. However, the patent office is easy to work than courts; it regularly invalidates patents involved in patent infringement cases. The next step in the process is for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review the petitions from Apple and give Qualcomm the opportunity to make its case. Post the review; the board will then make a “preliminary” decision. Surprisingly this move comes after the International Trade Commission found Apple guiltily of infringing at least one of Qualcomm’s patents. Source

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    Vivo has announced Y81, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’, soon after the Y83, which was launched in India earlier this month. It has similar specifications, including a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio,  MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode, but this comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and 3GB of RAM, compared to 8-megapixel camera and 4GB of RAM in the Y83. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4, but it doesn't have a glossy mirror back on the Y83. It omes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3260mAh battery, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Vivo Y81 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 146g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS 3260mAh battery The Vivo ...

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    Panasonic has announced Toughbook FZ-T1, the company's latest rugged handheld targeted at enterprise customers  including retail and hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It hasintegrated barcode scanner with two trigger buttons, either side of the device, and will also get a separate long and short range barcode scanning accessory for inventory management such as scanning from forklifts, shelf stocking, assisted sales or order taking and queue busting. It weighs 240 grams and is designed for military standard 810G, dust and water resistant to IP68, tumble tested and capable of withstanding drops of up to 1.5m, and operating within a temperature range of -10 to +50C. Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels), anti-reflective, daylight viewable, 10 point multi touch capacitive touchscreen supporting glove and rain mode 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (APQ8009) Mobile Platform with Adreno 304 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) 8MP rear camera with LED flash Dimensions: 75 x 154 x 13.1~17.5mm; Weight: 240g 3 Microphones (x2 front, x1 rear), speaker (up to 90 dB) 1D/2D Barcode Reader, Two user configurable scan buttons for left and right handed users Enterprise level security and manageability (COMPASS) Security: FIPS140-2 level-1 compliant, Built-in ARM TrustZone MIL-STD-810G certified,  ...

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    Google is rolling out a new update to the Photos app which brings the version to V3.23 and there are no immediate changes right off the bat, but there are many features lying behind the screen one among which is the ability to apply smooth bokeh effects of portrait mode, and we can even control the intensity of the blur. It also includes a new option to downgrade your already backed-up photos to high quality so you can get back some of that cloud storage. The custom adjustments for portrait mode lets users control how much defocus is applied to the background. There will be two sliders; one for setting the blur intensity and one for defining how shallow the depth of field will be. However, it is unclear if the feature will be applicable to regular shots after they were taken. Google Photos offers unlimited photo storage, however, once you reach the point of filling the storage, Google suggests you buy more, but that's about to change. Google is adding a feature to Photos that will make it possible to downgrade images from original to high quality, so you can now reclaim the storage space. Google at the I/O 2018 announced AI-based color pop suggestions that will automatically ...

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    BlackBerry today announced it has entered into a partnership with Bullitt Group, a British smartphone and consumer electronics maker, to develop new highly-secure connected devices that are certified as “BlackBerry Secure.” Bullitt will use BlackBerry cybersecurity technology in its rugged Cat (Caterpillar Inc.) and Land Rover branded products offering better security for the enterprise customers buying the rugged phones. These devices are used by customers in over 100 countries, with a strong focus in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), North America, and Latin America.  BlackBerry Secure secure software platform provides product manufacturers with a deeply embedded security solution that comprises BlackBerry's proprietary software and applications that helps safeguard end-user privacy and protects enterprises from attackers looking to exploit device vulnerabilities. Commenting on the new partnership,  Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry, said: This new deal will allow us to expand our BlackBerry Secure footprint into the more than 100 markets that Bullitt Group currently distributes its products, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Bullitt Group’s customers, from farmers and construction workers to outdoor enthusiasts, will now be able to have rugged products that aren’t just durable on the outside, but also strong on security on the inside. James Shannon, ...

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    Snapdragon 845 10nm SoC manufactured on second generation 10LPP process from Samsung was introduced back in December last year. Earlier reports said that TSMC will be making the 7nm (FinFET) chips for the Snapdragon 855 SoC, now new report corroborates this, and also says that the production will start by the end of 2018 or early 2019. MediaTek's latest Helio M70 5G Modem is also based on TSMC's 7nm FinFET tech.  Earlier this year Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon X24 as the world’s first 7nm LTE modem with up to 2Gbps download speeds as the successor of the Snapdragon X20. The Snapdragon 855 SoC will likely use this modem. Earlier report said that Qualcomm is going with TSMC since the fab uses normal steppers while Samsung is going with 7nm EUV lithography tech which is riskier, and might not be ready on time. Samsung recently announced that is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018, but it will be risk production, and it might take up to one year to transition to full volume production. This is probably the reason Qualcomm decided to go with TSMC's FinFET tech over Samsung's EUV tech. The Snapdragon 855 SoC is expected to be introduced by the ...

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    Apple today has introduced a new MacBook & MacBook Pro service program that will cover a small percentage of users who might be facing ticky, repeated characters or unresponsive keys. The program says that the process “may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge. However, the type of the service will be determined after the keyboard is examined and may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard. As for those who have already experienced the problem and had to pay for services through Apple, the company will be refunding customers the cost of the repair. The program will cover eligible MacBook and MacBook Pros for 4 years from the date of purchase. The service turn-around time may vary depending upon the type of service and availability of replacement parts. A list of specific models eligible for the program is below: MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, Early 2015) MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch, Early 2016) MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, 2017) MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, ...

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    Rumors are not stopping from flowing despite we are months away from the official launch of the Galaxy S10. In fact, we are hearing more about the S10 which is slated for 2019 launch rather than the Galaxy Note9 which is just a couple of months away from the official launch. Fresh rumor to join the list is that the company said to be ditching the Iris scanner on the Galaxy S10. According to a report The Bell, the Galaxy S10 will be the first Samsung device to feature an in-display fingerprint reader. Apart from the in-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung in collaboration with the Israeli firm Mantis is also reportedly working on a 3D face-scanning module of its own, similar to the one found in the Apple iPhone X. If in case Samsung succeeds in bringing the 3D face-scanning module, it would be ditching the iris scanner entirely for cost and weight savings. It is also reported that Samsung has ordered sample parts for the Galaxy S10 from all the component suppliers except those who supply for the iris sensor. With an in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D face-scanning, it makes complete sense for Samsung to remove the iris scanner module. This module will also help Samsung ...

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    Google today announced that it is expanding its verification eligibility to more entities. It says that any person, organization, sports team, event and media property with a Knowledge Panel is eligible to get verified and suggest edits to the information shown. Anyone with the said eligibility can simply search for your name or organization on Search and click or tap the prompt below the Knowledge Panel to begin the verification process. Once the verification is done, you can suggest factual changes to information in your Knowledge Panel and suggest a featured image. Knowledge Panel will show up when you search for well-known people, organizations and things on Google on the results page. It is a box with an overview of key information and links to resources to help you go deeper. Prior to this change only individuals and organizations with Knowledge Panels can use the verification process to claim their panels and provide authoritative feedback on the information and images presented. Source

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    After postponing Shanghai IPO, Xiaomi today confirmed that it will list in Hong Kong first offering a total of 2,179,585,000 Shares (subject to the Over-allotment Option), comprising initially 108,980,000 Hong Kong Offer Shares (subject to adjustment) and 2,070,605,000 International Offer Shares (subject to adjustment and the Over-allotment Option). The offer price range is from HK$17 to HK$22 per share, so the company could raise anywhere between US$ 4.72 billion and US$ 6.1 billion. Even though this is less than $10 billion, which Xiaomi was reportedly hoping to achieve a few weeks ago, this would still make it the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO) in nearly two years. Xiaomi said that it intends to use the proceeds from the offering for the following purposes: Approximately 30% for research and development as well as other efforts to develop the Company’s core in-house products, including smartphones, smart TVs, laptops, AI speakers and smart routers; Approximately 30% for investments to expand and strengthen the Company’s ecosystem primarily in the fields of IoT and lifestyle products and mobile internet services, including AI; Approximately 30% for global expansion, including but not limited to hiring local teams across business functions and investing in its retail partners; and Approximately 10% for working capital ...

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    Google today is introducing a new Google Earth measure tool for Chrome and Android. This tool will allow users to measure the distances between two points on Google Earth. Google says that this move comes as it remains the most requested features as it brings the ability to measure a certain area and measure the distance on Google Earth. How can you measure in Google Earth on Android or Chrome: On your Android phone or tablet / Desktop, open the Google Earth. Search for a place, or select a location on the globe At the top, tap More   Measure on Android /  On the left, click Measure distance . Google Earth will switch to a top-down view on Desktop To add measurement points, move the map and tap Add point on Android / Click the map to set measurement points on Desktop To remove a point, at the top, tap Undo . When finished, at the top, tap Done . On the bottom, you’ll see the distance measurement on Android / To complete your line measurement, double-click on your last point, or click Done  on Desktop This feature would allow you to check the size of a park in your neighborhood, know answers to which city is bigger. It also gets the ...

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    Google is rolling out a new update to its Camera application bringing the version number to 5.2.025, and this brings the much talked Google Lens integration to Pixel and Nexus phones. At the I/O 2018, Google showcased the Lens integration directly into the camera app, and OEMs like Sony, Motorola, OnePlus have started implementing it already, and now Google's own Pixel and Nexus are getting it.  The Lens option can be found by opening the navigation drawer and then tapping the hamburger icon at the top left or swipe from the left edge to the center. The functionality remains the same as it used to be in the Assistant and Standalone app. So, technically there is nothing new that we haven't seen already. Simply put, it's just another way to reach Lens. The main features like recognizing and copying text or reading barcodes are retained. This should work on Nexus and Pixel phones, but we hope it should work on any other phone compatible with the Google Camera app. You can update the Google Camera application directly from Play Store or download the APK and side-load it. Via

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    Update June 25: Xiaomi has finally announced that global stable MIUI 9.5 ROM based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) will roll out starting from June 29th, Friday for Redmi Note 5 Pro users in batches. We will update the ROM once it begins rolling out. Earlier: Xiaomi started rolling out MIUI 9.5 in March and as per the schedule Redmi Note 5 Pro was supposed to get the update in April. Towards end of April, company revised the schedule and said that it will roll out MIUI 9.5 update for Redmi Note 5 Pro in May with a surprise. MIUI 9.5 for Redmi Note 5 Pro was leaked last month and it was based on Android Oreo 8.1, so it was not difficult to guess what surprise Xiaomi kept for users. Earlier this week, users on Mi Community started reporting that they started receiving MIUI Global Stable 9.5.6.0 update on their Redmi Note 5 Pro. MIUI 9.5.6.0 brought Treble support along with Android Oreo 8.1 and March security patch to Redmi Note 5 Pro. This update also enabled New Notifications Shade and Full Screen Gestures on device but it is the same buggy version which was leaked last month and soon after updating, ...

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    Google Duo has received a new update with version number V36, and this seems to be a small service update that doesn't bring major changes to the table. However, it marks the end of Jelly Bean support and sets KitKat (4.4) as the oldest officially supported version. The end of Jelly Bean support doesn't mean that the won't work anymore. Instead,  it will no longer receive updates to the app. It also stands as a reason that the app will eventually adopt new protocols and codecs for audio and video that might no longer be compatible. Now to the stuff lying underneath, we have always known that Google Duo will have multi-device and tablet support. The addition of Google account support made us log into a phone and tablet at the same time with the same account and use them seamlessly. Since Play Store on tablets didn't have Google Duo listing, side-loading was the only way to go. The new update comes with some new and updated text that suggests the team is almost ready to unveil tablet support. The big addition points out that users can make and receive calls on tablets. In fact, the new version adds that you can sign into "other devices" with the same account. ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand launched the Honor 7C smartphone in India starting at Rs. 9999 last month, and the phone went on flash sale every week exclusively on Amazon.in starting from May 31st. Now, after four flash sales, the company has started open sale from 25th June on Amazon, and also offers No cost EMI on all banks. Honor 7C specifications 5.99-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0 Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm; Weight: 164g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh (typical) / 2900mAh (minimum) built-in battery The Honor 7C comes in Black, Gold and Blue colors.

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    Xiaomi Mi Max 3 with model numbers M1804E4A, M1804E4T and M1804E4C got certified by TENAA in China last week. This revealed 6.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio screen, Snapdragon 636 SoC with up to 6GB of RAM,  Android 8.1 (Oreo), 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, along with a secondary rear camera with AI portraits. Now details about the Mi Max 3 Pro has surfaced in China, which is rumored to pack a Snapdragon 710 SoC and 6GB of RAM. Other specifications including the display and a 5400mAh battery are expected to be similar. The render of the phone doesn't match the TENAA image since it doesn't show the earpiece, sensors and the front camera. The image also mentions dual speakers, so it could be dual bottom firing speakers. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 / Mi Max 3 Pro rumored specifications 6.99-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU / Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), ...

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    Huawei's Honor Brand launched the Honor 7X smartphone in India back in December last year starting at Rs. 12,999. Today the company has announced a permanent price cut for the smartphone. The company even introduced a limited Red Edition earlier this year that joined Black, Blue and Gold color variants, and started manufacturing the phone in partnership with Flex at its plant in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. Earlier this month, the company introduced new GPU Turbo graphics processing acceleration technology that combines hardware and software to increase graphics processing efficiency on its smartphones. This feature will be available for mid-range and high-end Honor phones, including the Honor 7X globally. Honor 7X specifications 5.93-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor (4 xA53 at 2.36GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7GHz) with MaliT830-MP2 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm; Weight: 165g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS / GLONASS 3340mAh battery (typical) / 3240mAh (minimum) battery The Honor 7X  is now available ...

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    Lenovo's ThinkPad series of laptops are iconic machines. It wouldn't be wrong to say that in the business world, they occupy the same position as Apple products do for media professionals. Head to any office and you are bound to spot a number of ThinkPads. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon sits at the top of the ladder then with its svelte build, classic keyboard and a brilliant display. Follow along for our review of what could be the ultimate business laptop. Design With a design as iconic and loved as the ThinkPad's, there is little room for changes. Over the years though, Lenovo has tweaked the design to make sure it remains the same aesthetics while being lighter, slimmer and more capable than ever before. Like most ThinkPads, the X1 Carbon too is finished in all black. There's little in terms of extraneous design flourishes, not that the machine needs it. The corner of the lid has the famous ThinkPad logo stamped into the machine with a bright red dot on top of course. The red dot, of course, pays homage to the TrackPoint placed in the middle of the keyboard. The chassis is made of carbon fiber that goes a long way in making the ...

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