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    Huawei is said to be embracing artificial intelligence technologies beyond just smartphones and move it to a wide variety of product categories under the Project Da Vinci, which is an internal initiative. The project is said to be ranging from consumer electronics to telecom equipment. Though the primary focus will be the consumer electronics.  Furthermore, in terms of other applications, the company is reportedly planning to pose a challenge to NVIDIA’s data center chips with hardware of its own, while having its subsidiary HiSilicon developing new AI modules. With the company facing a tough time in the USA, thegovernment is unlikely to accept such hardware anytime soon, so it is evident that the company would not be targeting the stateside anytime soon. Instead, it will challenge NVIDIA in its home country since China currently accounts for nearly a quarter of the chipmaker’s revenue. The project also includes Huawei’s surveillance services and is directly related to camera feed analysis solutions the company is presently offering in some 90 countries across four continents. This initiative would play a large part in the company's wireless plans, inline with the fifth generation mobile networks. This also decreases its dependence on Qualcomm who it sees as its primary rival in terms of semi conductor business. Either way, ...

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    Google has pushed a new beta update to its Google app and this update details how the last remnant of Google Now will soon be killed. It also hints at some minor tweaks to Podcasts and Lens. It features a “deprecation_warning” for a widget. "Feed" is most likely to be removed since how it is the last piece linked to Google Now. Instead of Feed, it will push 'At-a-glance widget' that features the date, weather, calendar and other information. Moving along, search in Google Podcasts is limited to a high lookup of shows currently. However, it might soon get the ability to surface individual episodes when searching in the Podcasts app. It is also in line with Google’s ambition to transcribe every podcast and make them searchable. The Podcasts Settings features a new toolbar with Help, Privacy, and Terms links. The panel that describes Google Lens capabilities is also tweaked slightly; it includes categories and descriptions. “Places” is now  changed to “Identify Plants and Animals.” There is a new 'top apps' feature with rounded search bar and cards. There seems to be a sheet to edit Feed articles, the “spark” icon for topics is present. This was last seen on a Pixel launcher feed redesign that Google ...

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    HTC is said to be working on multi-room VR using Steam as the company has shown off a SteamVR beta, a Vive Pro, and 16 base stations to allow VR between multiple rooms. The tester said to have wandered between rooms finding tracked objects through a complex but connected space. Here’s a video of the test environment that people asked for. Three separate tracked spaces, with two 2.0 BS each, all in a shared virtual space. (Seems to work even behind closed door) Trackers placed within the shared space to show common coordinate system between spaces. pic.twitter.com/efqJKajky6 — Alvin Wang Graylin (@AGraylin) July 11, 2018 However, you can't expect to play VR games that span your entire home, though, as there are limitations. According to Alan Yates, the SteamVR is still limited to tracking from four base stations in a given session. This more or less is about the support for "radio-based channel configuration tools" rather than a dramatic change in SteamVR's capabilities. As of now, you can't really buy the setup, instead, you need to buy a Vive Pro to get Steam VR 2.0 tracking stations, so there's no way to tell if HTC or any other company would release the stand-alone station packs in the near ...

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    Amazon just started its Prime Day sale, exclusively for Prime members, as it had promised. In this 30-hour sale, it is offering great deals on smartphones, accessories, Kindle, TVs and more.  Deals on smartphones on Amazon Honor: Up to Rs. 6,000 off on Honor Dual Camera Smartphones; extra up to Rs. 2,000 off on exchange, no-cost EMI starting Rs. 1,111/month Samsung: Up to Rs. 10,700 off on Samsung smartphones; extra up to Rs. 10,000 off on exchange, first time ever on Amazon.in. no-cost EMI options up to 9 months Huawei P20 Lite / P20 Pro: First time on discount, up to Rs. 5,000 off on Huawei smartphones; no-cost EMI options up to 12 months available Moto: Moto G6 starting Rs. 13,999; extra up to Rs. 2,000 off on exchange; Moto E5 Plus (3GB + 32 GB) - Rs. 11,999; extra up to Rs. 1,000 off on exchange Vivo: Up to Rs. 3000 off on all Vivo smartphones; extra up to Rs. 6,000 off on exchange OPPO: Up to Rs. 4000 off on all OPPO smartphones; extra up to Rs. 3,000 off on exchange Deals on accessories, Kindle and others on Amazon Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds - Rs. 13,499 ( Rs. 1500 off) ...

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    Vivo India today announced launch offer for its NEX smartphone ahead of launch on July 19th. As a part of the sale customers can buy an Amazon.in e-Gift Card worth Rs. 1,000 between today, July 16th and 17th July, 2018 that can be used to buy the Vivo NEX smartphone between 19 and 25th July, 2018 to avail additional cashback of Rs. 1,000 in the form of Amazon Pay balance and also extended manufacturer warranty of 6 months over and above the existing 1 year warranty on the NEX. Steps to avail cashback during OnePlus 6 Fast & First sale: Purchase the Rs.1,000 Vivo Nex Amazon.in e-Gift Card during the sale on Amazon.in between on Amazon.in   Redeem the Gift Card on Amazon.in for the purchase of the Vivo NEX from 19 to 25 July to receive the additional cashback of Rs. 1,000 in the form of Amazon Pay balance, in addition to any other prevailing launch promotions on the day of sale including bank cash back offers Buyers also receive an extended manufacturer warranty of 6 months over and above the existing 1 year warranty on the Vivo NEX. The company has also announced pre-order offers that include Extra Rs. 5000 off on exchange No cost EMI up to 12 months ...

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    Last week Xiaomi sent out invites for the global launch of a new smartphone in Spain on July 24th where it is expected to introduce global version of the Mi 6X. Today the company started teasing the launch of the successor of Mi A1 smartphone and also said that #2isbetterthan1 which confirms the Mi A2. Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this...#Xiaomi #AndroidOne #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/aLlfothn9g — Mi (@xiaomi) July 16, 2018 If you are a big fan of #MiA1, you will love what is coming. #Xiaomi #AndroidOne #2isbetterthan1 A post shared by Xiaomi Global (@xiaomi.global) on Jul 15, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT Xiaomi Mi A2 rumored specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with  1500:1 Contrast ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB LPDDR 4x RAM with 128GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, 4GB LPDDR 4x RAM with 32GB / 64GB storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.75 aperture, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25μm pixel size, 20MP secondary camera with Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels 20MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 sensor, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels soft LED flash ...

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    At the OnePlus 6 global launch, the company cautiously stayed away from using the word "Dash Charge" while talking about the battery department. Dash Charge is the companies unique charging technology that charges OnePlus phones very quickly and it is also considered to be the fastest among the fastest charging technologies. The OxygenOS Open Beta updates around that time also had replaced the term “Dash Charge” with “charging rapidly.” If that's not enough, online stores in several regions started calling Dash Charge cables as fast charge cables. However, it was later found out that OnePlus had started phasing out the term “Dash Charge” because it was rejected trademark application in the EU as it collides with Bragi’s “The Dash Pro” and Amazon’s “Dash Replenishment.” The alternative to this is for OnePlus to simply rebrand its Dash charging implementation to something more unique. Recent trademark filing in the EU indicates that OnePlus has filed for a trademark of “Warp Charge” as the probable rebrand. The application for “Warp Charge” was made at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and falls in the Nice class of 9. The Nice Classification system gives general information about the type of goods or services intended to be covered under the trademark. The OnePlus application represents to “Data cables; power ...

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    Eros International today announced a strategic distribution partnership with Xiaomi for its Eros Now digital over-the-top South Asian entertainment platform. This new distribution partnership is an extension of the content experience that both partners offer. Under this partnership, Eros Now will further enhances its distribution to the larger screen in India and then across Asia. The company's Eros Now will be available within Patchwall on all Mi TVs sold in India, giving users 11,000+ Bollywood and Regional language films, entertainment shows, music videos and originals at a monthly subscription of Rs. 49 for the Plus Plan and Rs. 99 for the Premium Plan. This new announcement comes at a time when Xiaomi is celebrating its fourth anniversary. To remind you, Xiaomi has integrated its Mi Video app with on-demand streaming services including Eros Now earlier this year. This strategic distribution will enable Eros Now to reach out to a global audience who would be able to enjoy the content.  Commenting on the partnership, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital said: Eros Now intends to take its viewers beyond conventional small screen on demand experience and offering an enviable user interface on smart televisions. In a bid to ensure that the digital-first audience of today has access to the best of entertainment, ...

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    Apple on the occasion of 'World Emoji Day' announced that more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year via software update. These new emojis are based on the approved characters from Unicode 11.0.  The new Emojis include more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, and new smiley face with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts. Furthermore, wide-range of animal emojis including kangaroo, peacock, parrot, and lobster, with the addition of new food emoji for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake and other popular items will be joining. Many additional characters across sports, symbols and more will launch later this year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, Nazar amulet and infinity symbol. These new emojis will be coming to many Apple products via a software update iOS 12. Source

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    Microsoft today is rolling out a new update to Skype for the desktop that brings the version to 8.0 replacing Skype version 7.0. This update replaces Skype Classic. The new features to skype 8.0 include free HD video and screen sharing calls, chat media gallery, share photos, videos, and other files, and more.  The new free HD video and screen sharing calls lets you connect with 1 or 24 of your friends, families, or colleagues no matter what device they use. It allows for video calling in high-definition 1080px video. It allows for more productive messaging through the use of @mentions to easily grab someone’s attention in a group chat. You can easily find all your @mentions and get back to people in the notification center. The new Chat media gallery makes it easier to find files, links, and photos that were shared in a conversation. You can access all the media by clicking the Gallery icon under the chat name to see all the files, links, and photos in the conversation. You can share photos, videos, and other files up to 300MB by dragging and dropping files into your conversation window. Skype V8.0 for iPads with features like quoted messages, personalized themes, chat ...

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    Last week Xiaomi sent out invites for the global launch of a new smartphone in Spain on July 24th. Yesterday the company started teasing the launch of the successor of Mi A1 smartphone. Today, the company said that it will be launching two smartphones at the event, as expected. The second smartphone that will join the Mi A2 will be the Mi A2 Lite, the global version of the Redmi 6 Pro which was introduced last month, and even passed through the FCC  recently. We are giving you ALL not 1 but 2 smartphones on July 24th! Any guesses? #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/cYQUWCbEqL — Mi (@xiaomi) July 17, 2018 Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite rumored specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with 500 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC Color Gamut 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 32GB/64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung S5K5E8 sensor, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dimensions: 149.33×71.68×8.75mm; Weight: ...

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    Last week Xiaomi confirmed that it will unveil the Mi Max 3 smartphone in China on July 19th. Today Xiaomi co-founder and President Bin Lin has shared images of the smartphone in Blue Black and Gold colors. He said that even though the phone has a large 6.9-inch screen, the phone doesn't feel big in hand. He also said that the 5500mAh battery will offer long battery life. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 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 3GB RAM with 32GB, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage MIUI based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 176.15×87.4×7.99mm; Weight: 221g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 5500mAh (typical) / 5400mAh (minimum) battery with Quick Charge 3.0 We should know the price when it goes official on Thursday. Source

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    OnePlus has released new beta updates (Beta 14 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 12 for OnePlus 5T) for the OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones that finally brings  support for Google Lens support. It also brings image quality improvements and optimizations to reduce oil painting effect. The smartphones got support for Project Treble in the previous OxygenOS beta update earlier this month. Check out the complete changelog below. Camera Improved photo clarity and optimizations to reduce oil painting effect Supported Google Lens mode If you’ve already flashed a previous Open Beta build, you will receive this update via OTA. The update is 253MB in size and is currently rolling out gradually. Source

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    Samsung is on the verge of launching the Galaxy Tab S4, and so far we have seen render images and was also spotted passing through the FCC certification. We have seen brief specifications of the tablet, but now thanks to the sources, the final full Galaxy Tab S4 specifications are out in the open. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is said to sport a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED  display (2560×1600 pixel resolution) with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of storage. It will run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Experience U.I. In terms of camera, it has a 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera. Connectivity features include a USB 3.1 port, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. In addition, it will come with AKG-tuned audio, and will also support DeX. It will not have a fingerprint sensor, instead, the Galaxy Tab S4 will have the iris scanner. It will also feature a new S Pen, but it is unclear at this point if the tablet will have Bluetooth support and additional features like the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 rumored specifications 10.5-inch (2560×1600 pixel) WQXGA Super AMOLED 16:10 aspect ratio ...

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    Intex has launched Indie 5, the company's latest budget smartphone with a 5-inch HD screen with  Dragontrail Glass protection and a 4000mAh battery. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC with 2GB of RAM, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) and has an 8-megapixel on the front and back, both with LED flash. It comes with dedicated dual SIM slots and comes with built-in app like SwiftKey, QR Code scanner, Gaana and more. Intex Indie 5 specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display with Dragontrail Glass protection 1.25 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737V processor with Mali-T720 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with MicroSD Dual SIM Android 7.0 (Nougat) 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 8MP front-facing camera with LED Flash Dimensions: 146.5x72.2x10.1mm; Weight: 162g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 4000mAh battery The Intex Indie 5 comes in Black and Champagne colors, is priced at Rs. 4,999 and is available exclusively from Flipkart. Commenting on the launch of Indie 5, Nidhi Markanday, Director, Intex Technologies said: Reiterating our commitment to cater to the consumers’ ever- changing needs & demands, Indie 5 is a best in class 4G-Volte smartphone at an affordable price, which not only has the best ...

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    It seems like Sony is already testing the WH1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headset as the device is now spotted passing through the FCC. The company introduced the WH1000XM2 back in November last year and the successor might arrive later this year around the same time.  The FCC ID Filing for the WH1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headset is AK8WH1000XM3. The headset has got the FCC certification, but the details about the headset are slim at the moment. The company has filed for FCC back in April and got the judgment in May. It comes with an operating frequency of 2402-2480MHz. If the predecessor of it of any clue, the headset will come with digital Noise Cancelling lets you listen without distractions. Since it passes FCC, we are hoping the company might be launching it at the IFA next month. Source | Via

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    MediaTek Helio A22, the company's latest budget SoC based on 12nm TSMC FinFET technology was introduced with the Xiaomi Redmi 6A last month, after the Helio P22. Today the company has officially launched the SoC.  It supports 20:9 HD+ screen, has Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs with MediaTek CorePilot, and flexible LPDDR3/LPDDR4x memory controller. It supports 13+8MP dual or 21MP single camera setup. The company says that CPU performance is up to 30% faster and GPU up to an incredible 72% faster than the direct alternative, which should be the Snapdragon 425 SoC. It also has AI-enhancements such as Face ID (Face Unlock) and smart photo albums. MediaTek NeuroPilot support, developers and device makers have the best possible AI-ecosystem, with support for common AI frameworks and full compliance with Android Neural Networks API (Android NNAPI). It has 4G LTE WorldMode modem that integrates dual 4G SIM with VoLTE/ViLTE, MediaTek TAS 2.0 smart antenna technology and essential new standards such as, eMBMS, HUPE, Band 71 and advanced IMS. Connectivity upgrades include a new, dedicated sub-processor for 4-Satellite multi-GNSS (GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo), Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi (802.11ac). The company has still not shared the exact (IMG PowerVR GE-class) GPU version.  Helio A22  Helio P22 Process TSMC 12nm Apps CPU 4x Cortex-A53 @ ...

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    Apple is widely rumored to be launching three new iPhones later this year in September. These three new iPhones include 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.46-inch iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch model with iPhone X like feature. We have the schematics of the iPhones, dummy models, but nothing concrete so far. However, the glass panels of the three iPhones finally make their first appearance. 2018 Apple iPhone, iPhone X, iPhone X Plus front panels pic.twitter.com/fGlzRH5Q6x — Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 17, 2018 2018 6.1-inch LCD iPhone has thicker bezel. I reported this a month and a half ago. https://t.co/SrvNUofPZa pic.twitter.com/FtcwKwgUh5 — Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 17, 2018 The image reportedly shows the glass front panels of the 5.8-inch, 6.5-inch OLED models, and 6.1-inch LCD model in the middle. If the leaked information is to be believed, the 6.1-inch low-cost iPhone with LCD display resembles the iPhone X like design. Since achieving a near-bezel-free display with an LCD screen requires some new technology, but that isn’t expected to match the thin bezels that are possible with the OLED models. Since the source is a well-known leaker Ben Geskin, it should weigh some credibility and he also posted render image based on the panel leak. When you look at the render, the ...

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    After the poster leak last week, the Galaxy Note9 has now surfaced in first press shot, thanks to @evleaks. This show S Pen stylus in the new Golden or Yellow color that we had seen in the poster. We already knew that the S Pen will come with Bluetooth support and it might be able to control music playback, long-range self-timer. S Pen? pic.twitter.com/xizmWw9J2W — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 17, 2018 The S Pen will have a button on its surface along with a clicker on the bottom, according the image. The phone is said to retain the 3.5mm audio jack. On the back there are dual rear cameras arranged very much like the Galaxy Note 8, and the fingerprint sensor is now present below the camera module along with Samsung branding. The phone is said to retain the Iris scanner on the front. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be powered by the Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 depending on the market, the camera sensors are expected to be the same as the Galaxy S9+. We could finally see a 512GB storage variant, but it is unclear whether the 512GB variant will be available as widely as the 256GB Galaxy S9. Samsung will also ...

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    After OxygenOS beta update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T that brought Google Lens support in camera, OnePlus today started rolling out stable OxygenOS 5.1.9 update for the OnePlus 6 that brings the Google Lens support as well as image quality improvements that promises better clarity, dynamic range, edge detection in portrait mode and overall focusing speed and accuracy. The update also brings Selfie Portrait beauty mode, Wi-Fi stability and improvements in Bluetooth connection for cars. System Updated Android security patch to 2018.7 Fixed issues with accidental touches triggering gestures ( Draw V) Supported Telia Finland VoLTE (Default On) and VoWifi (Default Off) General bug fixes and improvements Camera Improved image quality Integrated Google Lens mode Now you can access Google lens from your camera with a tap and Google Lens will tell you what’s in the image, giving you information about things like books, buildings, and works of art etc. Added beauty mode for Selfie Portrait Messages Added Group MMS Wireless & networks Optimized stability for Wi-Fi connection Fixed stability issue with the Bluetooth connection for cars The OnePlus 6 OxygenOS 5.1.9 update is 342MB in size and also bring July 2018 Android security patch. It scored 96 points on DxOMark, beating the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. ...

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