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    According to industry analysts, TSMC said to remain as Apple's contract chip maker next year, as the exclusive supplier of "A13" chips for 2019 iPhones. TSMC has been Apple's exclusive supplier of A-series chips since 2016. It also remains a partner for A10 and A11 Bionic chip for iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 series, and iPhone X. Extending the contract, Apple is likely to retain TSMC as the exclusive supplier of the "A12" chip in 2018 iPhones. TSMC's offering is widely considered to be superior to other chipmakers, including Samsung and Intel. So, this new piece of information doesn't come as a surprise. Going by the technology, the company kept refining it over the years as the A10 Fusion is 16nm, A11 Bionic is 10nm, and this year's "A12" is expected to be a 7nm chip. The upcoming A13 will likely remain as a 7nm+ chip with extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). The production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019, in time for a fall iPhone launch next year. TSMC recently confirmed its plans to invest $25 billion towards volume production of 5nm chips by 2020. TSMC partnership with Apple takes a big toll on Samsung which was the exclusive manufacturer of iPhone processors for many years.  TSMC ...

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    Google today announced that it has partnered with science education company Labster to create more than 30 virtual labs on the Daydream platform. This will allow students to do their lab work in VR without having to walk, drive, or fly to a campus. Google says that students in Arizona State University’s online B.S. in Biological Sciences program began their work in these virtual labs for full course credit. Soon it will also let students at the University of Texas at San Antonio, McMaster University, and other institutions across North America and Europe to do their lab work in VR as well. Using Daydream View or the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, students can do things like examining organisms under a microscope and sequencing DNA which previously required a physical lab. These VR labs will also let them do things like seeing and manipulating DNA at the molecular level and visiting Astakos IV, a newly discovered exoplanet being explored as a potential habitat for human beings. Students can review theories, concepts, and techniques as many times as they want. Additionally, students receive personalized feedback in the app to help them understand which concepts they need to review, and which techniques need more practice. Courtney Hampson Program Manager, Google AR & VR in ...

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    Australian Government  has banned Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network as it is citing the risk of foreign interference and hacking. However, Beijing dismissed saying it as an“excuse” to tilt the playing field against a Chinese firm. We have been informed by the Govt that Huawei & ZTE have been banned from providing 5G technology to Australia. This is a extremely disappointing result for consumers. Huawei is a world leader in 5G. Has safely & securely delivered wireless technology in Aust for close to 15 yrs — Huawei Australia (@HuaweiOZ) August 22, 2018 This move comes following the advice from security agencies, signaling the stance toward its biggest trading partner as relations have soured over Canberra’s allegations of Chinese meddling in Australian politics. This move also brings Australia in line with the United States, which has restricted Huawei and ZTE Corp. Furthermore, the government in an emailed statement said that national security regulations that are usually applied to telecom carriers would now be extended to equipment suppliers. Firms “who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government would leave the nation’s network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference, and presented a security risk." While the statement didn't ...

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    Realme already announced that the Realme 2 smartphone will be launched on August 28th. Today Flipkart has confirmed that it will be available exclusively with them and also said that it will be one of the first companies to offer a notch screen under Rs. 10,000. Realme already confirmed 6.2-inch display with 88.8% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon SoC, dual rear cameras and a 4230mAh battery. We had already seen a render of the smartphone that revealed its design. This also revealed a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that the Realme 1 lacked and a glossy back with a symmetrical design, similar to the predecessor. Recently Flipkart conducted a customer survey the ‘Real Pulse of India’.  According to the survey, 58% customers wanted fast performance followed by 18 % wanted better camera and bigger battery respectively. While more than 50% of the millennial considered Notch as a must have as a part of their smartphone design, the others voted for Glass Protection with 29% and FVD with 27%. Commenting on the upcoming launch of the brand, Madhav Seth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India, said: At Realme, ‘Power Meets Style’ will always be our product philosophy, and we constantly strive to provide our consumers with best products and services at a surprising price. ...

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    Lenovo has introduced five new tablets - Tab E7, Tab E8, Tab E10, Tab M10 and Tab P10, including a Android Oreo (Go Edition) tablet. The entry-level Lenovo Tab E7 runs Android Oreo Go Edition, has a  7-inch screen, 10.33mm thin frame and promises up to 5 hours of video watching. Tab E8 has an 8-inch HD display, supports by Dolby Atmos, has a slim and light profile at 8.9mm thin and weighing  320g, while offering up to 10 hours of local video playback. Tab E10 packs two front speakers with Dolby Atmos and a 10-inch HD display. The Lenovo Tab E8 and Lenovo Tab E10 both come with 5MP auto focus rear cameras and 2MP fixed focus front cameras. Lenovo Tab M10 is powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core SoC, has a 10.1-inch Full HD display and Dolby Atmos support.  Lenovo Tab P10 has with four speakers with Dolby Atmos, equipped with an 8MP auto-focus rear camera and 5MP fixed focus front camera. Lenovo Tab E7 specifications 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) IPS display, 250 nits brightness 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8167 / MT8321 A/D (3G) processor 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB via microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Go Edition Dual SIM (nano + ...

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    ASUS launched its flagship Zenfone 5Z smartphone in India last month. The company pushed an update earlier this month that brought several new features including option to save images in RAW format, shoot Panorama pictures, turn EIS on or off, several camera improvements, WiFi stability improvements and bug fixes. The company recently started rolling another update that bright Life to Face unlock that detects your face automatically without pressing the power button, support for Auto anti-flicker feature, and more. Check out the complete changelog below. Lift to Face unlock No need to press the power button to wake and face unlock Gesture Controls incorporated New Camera Functionalities Support Auto anti-flicker feature (Phone will auto detect electricity frequency based on lighting condition and switch the frequency setting between 50 Hz and 60 Hz to prevent flickering) Support EIS feature in FHD@60FPS & 18:9@30FPS Support EIS/OIS auto switch feature during video recording (The Camera will switch to either OIS or EIS to take super smooth videos depending on conditions) Support over heat detection in video recording mode (Mainly useful while recording) Support 3 Dimensional Noise Reduction feature also in PRO mode Camera Improvements Improve Manual White Balance function in PRO mode Selfie Camera improvements Since the update is rolled out in ...

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    Huawei's sub-brand Honor announced discounts and offers on Honor’s smartphones as a part of ‘The Great Honor Sale’ exclusively on Flipkart next week. he three-day sale will offer 1-hour flash sale on the recently launched Honor 9N as well as discounts on Honor 9 Lite and Honor 10. Honor 10 will be available at - Rs. 2799 (Rs. 5000 off) Honor 9 Lite (4+64GB variant) available at bump up exchange offer of Rs. 3000 Honor 9i available at a discounted price Rs. 12999 (Rs. 3000 off) Honor 9N (4+64GB & 4+128GB variant) to be available through open sale from mid-night, 25th August Honor 9N (3+32GB variant) to be available through flash sale from 12 noon, 28th August Flipkart also offers additional 10% discount on HDFC debit and credit cards across selected range of Honor smartphones. The sale starts August 27th, Monday and ends August 29th, Wednesday. Commenting on the offers, P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group, said: We have received an overwhelming response for all our Honor smartphones and with ‘The Great Honor Sale’ we wish to give consumers and fans an opportunity to be a part of the incredible Honor experience. It is our utmost endeavor to provide best in class ...

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    After TENAA certification and teasers, Huawei's Honor brand has officially confirmed that it will introduce the Honor 8X and 8X Max smartphone in China on September 5th. TENAA certifications revealed a large 7.12-inch LCD screen with a notch, so this could be the 8X Max. It will be powered by an Octa-Core SoC clocked at 1.8GHz (Could be Snapdragon 636) with 4GB RAM. It has a 16-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It could feature an 8-megapixel camera on the front, glass back with a fingerprint sensor and a huge 4900mAh battery. Honor 8X Max (ARE-AL00) rumored specifications 7.12-inch (2244×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor 4GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP secondary camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 177.57×86.24×8.13mm; Weight: 210g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 5000mAh(typ) / 4900mAh (min) battery with fast charging We should know all the details when the phone goes official in a couple of ...

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    Apple is said to be in plans to adopt a new power-saving backplane technology for the upcoming iPhone and Apple Watch displays with an to contribute to longer battery life, according to research firm IHS Markit. The backplane technology is responsible for turning individual pixels on and off and it plays a significant role in determining a display's resolution, refresh rate, and power consumption. Currently, OLED displays in smartphones use LTPS TFT, or low-temperature polysilicon thin-film transistors, as the standard backplane technology. However, things might in the future and Apple switch to LTPO TFT, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide. Kept in theory, LTPO can save 5-15% in power consumption versus LTPS, resulting in extended battery life on future iPhones. The report says that LTPO has an Oxide TFT structure that can reduce the power leakage of LTPS. Apple might also develop LTPO technology to gain more control over components of OLED displays. The company currently sources flexible OLED panels exclusively from Samsung, but LG might soon become their number two choice and Apple might require both the companies to look into LTPO. Similar fashion, it might ask display manufacturers to start deploying LTPO first on the Apple Watch and then gradually introduce it in the iPhone display ...

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  • 08/25/18--04:48: Huawei Nova 3i Review
  • Huawei launched the Nova 3i, along with the Nova 3 in India last month, soon after it was introduced in China. Even though this doesn’t have top-end specifications as the Nova 3, this has a similar notch design, glass-like finish on the back, a 24-megapixel front camera and it is the first smartphone to be powered by Huawei's latest Kirin 710 Octa-Core 12nm SoC with support for GPU Turbo feature and AI features. Is the smartphone worth the price of Rs. 20,999? Let us dive into the review to find out. Box Contents Huawei Nova 3i smartphone in Iris Purple color 2-pin charger (5V-2A) Micro USB Cable Headset SIM Ejector tool Clear protective case User manual and warranty information Display, Design, and Hardware The Nova 3i comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, pixel density of 409 PPI, 19:5:9 aspect ratio with a notch and a screen-to-body ratio of about 82%. The display is bright, offers good color reproduction, thanks to 85% NTSC color gamut, has good viewing angles and the sunlight legibility is good as well. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="261949,261950,261951"] Like the P20 series of smartphone, this has an option to hide ...

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    Update: The company has now sent out invites for the launch event and has also confirmed YU ACE name for the phone. YU Televentures has announced the launch of a new smartphone, about a year of launching YUREKA 2 smartphone in the YUREKA series back in September last year. The company says that Now, YU can last longer, hinting at a huge battery. It's time for a Faceoff! Are YU ready? #YUFaceOff pic.twitter.com/Yzoo34sBHm — YU (@YUplaygod) August 22, 2018 It has also released few  teasers for the smartphone, but none of these reveal the specification of the smartphone. The phone is expected to run Android 8.1 (Oreo) and could feature a 18:9 aspect ratio display. Since the YUREKA 2 was exclusive to Flipkart, the ACE could also be online-exclusive. We should know all the details when the smartphone goes official on Thursday.

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    Realme today launched the Realme 2, the company's second-generation smartphone as it had promised. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 88.8% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 450 SoC with up to 4GB RAM, ColorOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shot and 8-megapixel front camera with AI beautify features that intelligently recognizes 296 facial features as well as face unlock. It has similar specifications as the OPPO A5 which was launched last week. It has 2nd generation of Diamond-cutting Design with improved reflecting effect and 12-layer nano tech, has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 4230mAh battery. Realme 2 specifications 6.2-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD ColorOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size Fingerprint sensor, face unlock Dimensions: 156.2×75.6×8.2mm; Weight: 168g Dual 4G ...

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    Samsung is working on its next Galaxy S flagship smartphone purportedly called as Galaxy S10. As per the recent report, the Samsung is expected to adopt the in-display fingerprint scanner for its next and scheduled flagship device for 2019 launch. If the rumors circulating on the Internet turns out to be true, then we can presume all the three variants of Galaxy S10 will be equipped with technology that allows users to scan their fingerprint on the screen. Furthermore, Qualcomm will be supplying the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for the S10 lineup, rumored earlier. The ultrasonic fingerprint technology creates a 3D mapped fingerprint used by an optical scanner, which indeed boasts more accuracy than traditional ones. It's worth mentioning here that Samsung planned to implement optical in-screen fingerprint sensors developed by Synaptics for its Galaxy S8, but dropped later due to some issues. Having said that, Chinese handset makers like Vivo and Honor have  already launched smartphones with in-display fingerprint and ultrasonic fingerprint scanners, respectively. Also, some analyst predicts the in-display fingerprint scanners could be the next big thing in the overall smartphone market in 2019. The IHS Markit, a market research firm anticipates the shipments will hit 100 million next year with smartphones ...

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    Xiaomi India today announced that it has sold more than 500,000 or 5 lakh units of Mi LED TVs in about six months of launch back in February. This includes Mi LED TV 4 55", Mi LED TV 4A 32" and Mi LED TV 4A 43" sold across mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Home stores. The company said that it has become one of the fastest growing smart TV brands in India The company has been adding new content to Mi TV. It recently partnered with Viral Fever (TVF) to bring all their content including videos and web-series across all Mi TVs, and partnered with Eros Now to launch monthly subscription plans for Mi TVs starting at Rs. 49. Commenting on the new achievement, Raghu Reddy, Head - Category and Online Sales, Xiaomi India said: We are extremely proud to be sharing this milestone with our fans and partners. It took us years of planning to get the hardware design, smart Patchwall User Interface and software partnerships to deliver a truly smart TV experience to our Mi Fans. We are glad that half a million Indians put their faith in a Mi TV in such a short span of time. Based on what we know, ...

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    Amazon India today officially launched Bill Payments facility that lets you pay Electricity, Landline, Broadband, Gas & Postpaid bills across 100+ billers on Amazon India. You can also pay these bills via one-click experience. Some of them include billers like BSES, Tata Power, BESCOM, BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, ACT, Hathway, IGL and MGL. Customers can now do mobile recharge or pay bills using their credit and debit cards, UPI, net banking and Amazon Pay balance. To incentivize customers to use digital means for their high frequency transactions, Amazon Pay provides cashbacks to customers. As a limited period offer, Amazon is offering 10% cash back up to Rs 75 on Electricity Bills and 10% up to Rs.50 on any of landline, broadband, postpaid bills. Prepaid Mobile recharges have Flat Rs 50 back on a minimum recharge of Rs.198 and a Flat Rs.75 back on a minimum recharge of Rs.398 on the customer’s first recharge and up to Rs.30 back on repeat recharge. In addition, Amazon has also partnered with select billers, telecom and DTH operators to offer exclusive promotional offers to customers across recharges and bill payments. Customers can find the option to pay bills and recharge their mobile or DTH connections on ...

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    Apple has reportedly scheduled an event in September, where the company is expected to launch new iPhones with an edge-to-edge screen design. According to the trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the yet-to-be-launched 2018 iPhone models will not support the Apple Pencil, since it spoils the good user experience. Kuo also believes that Apple will announce three new iPhones with 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch OLED display. While the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch variant iPhones will be available starting from September, the 6.1-inch variant seems to be plagued by issues. He also added that the 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone variants will come in both single and dual-SIM and will be available to a specific market like China. Talking about the rumored specifications, the 5.8-inch iPhone will not offer dual-SIM support, but it may include e-SIM. It is expected to sport a display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125, offer a 2-cell 2,700 to 2,800 mAh battery and will go on sale at a price range of $800 to $890. The 6.1-inch LCD model will have a display with a resolution of 1792 x 828, single lens camera, 3GB RAM, 256GB and will be priced around $600 and $699. It will be powered by 1-cell 2,600 to ...

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    Google at the 'Google for India' event announced 'Read out Loud' feature for Google Go browser that lets listen to web pages out loud in 28 languages including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil in a natural sounding voice. It is powered by natural language processing and speech synthesis AI and works even in 2G connections with minimal cellular data use. Regarding the feature, Google said: This technology relies on AI to determine which parts of a page to read, and which to leave out, so you only listen to what is important. Using this technology, consuming long-form text becomes as easy as watching TV or listening to the radio. It’s also helpful for multitasking, like following a recipe while cooking a meal, listening to articles while exercising, or catching up on news on your commute. The company is planning to expand the ability to listen to webpages to more Google products in the future. Over the past ten years, we’ve been inspired to reimagine @googlemaps in ways that are accurate and useful for India. Here’s looking back, and ahead. Watch #GoogleForIndia → https://t.co/ZeTTRlZjwk pic.twitter.com/4RDiEJ3LYE — Google India (@GoogleIndia) August 28, 2018 Google also announced turn-by-turn navigation functionality to Maps Go app along with a new home screen ...

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    Samsung just launched the Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260), the company’s first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone in India, after it was announced last wee. It comes with 5-inch qHD TFT display, is powered by the Samsung’s own Exynos 7570 Quad-Core 14nm processor with 1GB of RAM. It packs a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. Samsung Galaxy J2 Core It has Samsung’s Smart Manager delivers automatic RAM management that ensures the device has sufficient free memory and remains fast and optimized. Since it is a budget phone, it doesn’t come with Fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock. It has a 2600mAh battery on board. Samsung Galaxy J2 Core specifications 5-inch (540 x 960 pixels) qHD TFT display 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 7570 14nm processor with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) Dual SIM 8MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture Dimensions:143.4 x 72.1 x 8.9mm; Weight: 154g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 2600mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core comes in Gold, Blue and Black colors, is priced at Rs. 6,190 and is be available available across all retail stores and Samsung ...

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    LG Electronics has announced UltraGear gaming monitors ahead of IFA 2018 in Berlin this week. It comes with a UltraWide 21:9 screen for an immersive playing field that enhances the gaming experience. It was showcased at the CES 2018 earlier this year.  The UltraGear flagship model - 34GK950G comes equipped with a Nano IPS display technology that covers 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. It also provides smooth motion without any glitch, since it has NVIDIA G-SyncTM graphic processing technology built-in and has a high refresh rate of 120Hz (overclocked). This monitor sports a 34-inch display UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) image rendering. With this, gamers can create their own unique ambiance with Sphere Lighting that boasts six color settings. Chang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT Business Division, said: LG’s monitors have been setting standards in the industry for many years and LG UltraGear will be no exception.Announcing our UltraGear monitors at Europe’s largest industry event is demonstration of our confidence and excitement about this new brand.

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    Sony Mobile is expected to introduce Xperia XZ3, the company's next-generation flagship smartphone at the IFA in Berlin on August 30th. Today it has posted the first teaser image that shows Xperia along with the date and it says 'Seeing is believing' hinting at AMOLED display for the smartphone. Seeing is believing. #SonyIFA pic.twitter.com/zTw54dWzKr — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 28, 2018 It is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display, powered by the Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM, run Android 8.1 (Oreo), single rear camera and pack a 3,240 mAh battery pack. We should know all the details when the phone goes official on Thursday at 13.00 CET (5:30 PM IST) and the company is offering live stream on Sony Mobile blog here.

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