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    Samsung has announced Portable SSD X5, its  first NVMe 1-based portable solid state drive (SSD) with Thunderbolt 3 support. Thank s to Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps bandwidth – up to four times faster than USB 3.13 – the X5 offers a read speed of up to 2,800 MB/s, which is up to 5.2 times faster than the widely used SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external HDDs. It offers fastest maximum write speed of 2,300 MB/s5, enabling users to transfer a 20GB-sized 4K UHD video in just 12 seconds. It has full-metal body with a glossy finish and non-slip bottom mat. It has shock-resistant internal frame and rugged metal housing that can withstand accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet).  The Dynamic Thermal Guard technology and a heat sink, a mechanical internal solution  can safeguard the X5 from overheating, ensuring reliability while maintaining optimal operating temperatures. The Samsung Portable SSD Software, based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption offers optional password protection and easy configuration of security settings. Samsung Portable SSD X5 Specifications Capacity – 2TB/1TB/500GB Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Transfer Speed – Up to 2,800 MB/s sequential read speeds, Up to 2,300 MB/s sequential write ...

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    Online music streaming platform, Amazon Music has introduced a new innovative voice control powered by Alexa to enhance the listening experience. Available in both mobile apps and Echo family devices, users can ask Alexa to play their favorite songs which they haven't listened for a while. In addition to it, they've launched another feature that helps to create playlists or add to the existing playlists just by asking. Furthermore, Amazon Prime Music allows the user to go back and listen to music from an earlier point just by asking Alexa. Also, users can ask for their recently played songs by artist, genre or time to make the listening experience even easier. On top of that, Amazon has also introduced the ability to ask, “Alexa create a new playlist from this song” or add a song from their play queue to an existing personal playlist. Below are some of the command you can use in Amazon Prime music app: Now, you can simply ask for recently played music by artist, genre, or time to make the listening experience even easier. For example, say: “Alexa, play me songs which I recently played”  “Alexa, play me the Arijit Singh song I listened to last month” “Alexa, play ...

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    LG has introduced world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV at the IFA 2018 in Berlin. It features over 33 million self-emitting pixels offering the best contrast ratio and true blacks. LG did not reveal any details about the TV, but said that it will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and drive large scale consumer adoption of OLED TVs. Even though 8K TV market is not big currently, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022. "Despite advancements in LCD field, OLED has been often referred to as the "next-generation display technology" because it emits its own light, eliminating the need for any kind of backlighting. This allows for state-of-art TVs which redefine both the picture quality and the product design. Not only was LG able to pioneer such technologies, but it was also able to successfully market them," said LG. The 88-inch 8K LG OLED TV will be showcased at IFA 2018 in Berlin. Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company, said: LG's first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology. 4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry ...

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    Acer just announced OJO 500, the company's latest Windows Mixed Reality Headset at the IFA 2018 in Berlin. It is the first Windows Mixed Reality headset and first Virtual Reality headset to feature a detachable design that enables the lens and head strap to be individually removed, making the headset easy to store and clean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PDxDbnbnaE It features software-assisted interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment wheel and a patented smart phone app to measure IPD distance (the gap between the eye's pupil and the display). Acer IPD Meter app, along with Acer IPD Indicator software lets you modify this distance for sharper, clearer images and a more enjoyable experience. It has Two 2.89-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) LCDs with wide 100 degree field of view and fast refresh rate of up to 90Hz offering clear and realistic images for an immersive mixed reality experience. The integrated audio uses a patented sound pipe design that directs sound from the built-in speakers toward the wearer's ears. This lets users hear audio without wearing earphones, enabling them to remain aware of the surroundings while still enjoying an immersive experience. The audio system has embedded speakers, a patented sound pipe, and a built-in mic array. You can also use the built-in earphones that come ...

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    Acer at an event in IFA 2018 in Berlin announced new Swift 5 (SF515-51T), which is currently the world's lightest 15-inch laptop weighing just 990 grams. It is powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U / Core i5-8265U processors and have ultra-slim 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display with ultra-narrow 5.87 mm bezels and 87.6% screen-to-body ratio and promise up to10 hours of battery life. The Swift 5 features top and bottom covers that are constructed from magnesium-lithium alloy for a thinner design while ensuring durability without bending or twisting. The magnesium-aluminum alloy palm rest provides an extra sturdy base when using the keyboard and trackpad. The slim chassis measures just 15.9mm thin, yet makes room for a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello unlock. It has up to 16GB of DDR4 SDRAM and up to a 1 TB NVMe PCIe SSD. It has Acer TrueHarmony technology and optimized Dolby Audio for powerful sound through dual stereo speakers. Connectivity features include, WiFi 2x2 802.11ac, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen-2 port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports (one with power-off charging functionality), and an HDMI port. There is also a 14-inch Swift 5 (SF514-53T) with the latest Intel Core i7-8565U / Intel Core i5-8265U processors, offer up to 8 ...

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    At the ongoing IFA 2018 event, Dell has announced an array of product including the Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1s, 7000 2-in-1 laptops, the Vostro 14 and 15 5000 and premium 27 USB-C ultrathin displays and entry-level SE monitors. Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 The Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 comes with a brushed aluminum exterior with a sleek design. Available in 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch sizes, it comes powered by Intel 8th Generation U Series processors, optional 4K UHD screens, and a thermal flow to move hot air out through hidden vents. Having said that, the 13-inch and 15-inch variant have 3-sided narrow border offering greater performance in low light with Temporal Noise Reduction - the first PC-integrated USB camera to use this technology3. Furthermore, the 15-inch and 17-inch version offer an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 to boost the graphics as well as optional Intel OptaneTM Memory to increase single-drive performance. It is also Alexa-ready, where users can create lists, set reminders, play music, and more with their voice. Alexa support will be available this autumn. Inspiron 5000 2-in-1 The Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 houses some features of the 7000 series, including thermal routing and narrow borders. It comes in two variants -- Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1, 5481 and 5482, ...

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    Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the F1, the company’s first smartphone in India last week, and has promised, it went on sale for the first time today at 12PM. The company has announced that it sold over Rs. 200 crore worth of smartphones in just 5 minutes. It said that this made it the biggest and fastest flagship sale ever. #POCOF1: thank you all for a fantastic response to the first sale! We're happy to announce that we generated ₹200+ cr in less than 5 minutes today, making this the BIGGEST & FASTEST flagship sale ever on @Flipkart! Thank you, Masters Of Speed. Next sale is on 5th September! pic.twitter.com/cydGtGjlb6 — POCO India (@IndiaPOCO) August 29, 2018 The company did not reveal the number of units sold. It offered Rs. 1000 off for HDFC Bank credit/debit card holders for the first sale. Next sale is scheduled for September 5th, next Wednesday. To remind you, the phone packs a 6.18-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a notch, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM and LiquidCool Technology, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI on top with POCO launcher, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera, 20-megapixel front camera with AI ...

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    A couple of months back, YouTube announced new tools at the Google I/O in order to help the user to understand their usage pattern. From now, users can find all the YouTube tools in one place, alongside your personal time watched profile. With this update, YouTube as built a profile that informs you how long you’ve watched YouTube videos today, yesterday and over the past 7 days. As per the officials, it is used to give a better understanding of how much a user spend on YouTube. Another tool helps the user to set up a reminder to take a break, in case if you spend too much time in the app. Users can do it by heading on to settings and set the amount of YouTube time. Once you’ve hit that limit, a friendly reminder will pop up on your screen. Third, is all about controlling the notification. If you hate getting notifications from YouTube now and then, you can control it, bundle all the YouTube push notifications into a single notification at a specific time. You can do this by going to settings choose when you’d like to receive your digest. Notification sounds and vibration may spoil your sleep since, we can't ...

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    Ahead of rumored Pixel Watch release next month, Google today announced the much-needed Wear OS redesign in an aim to provide quicker access to information and notifications, more proactive help from the Google Assistant, and smarter health coaching. Now you can easily browse, dismiss or take action on your notifications with the new notification stream. You can swipe up to see all your notifications at once, use smart reply without even leaving your stream or Swipe down to get quicker access to handy features and shortcuts like Google Pay or ‘Find my phone’. Google Assistant now offers proactive and personalized help such as flight status or hotel reservation. You can use on smart suggestions like the weather at your destination or find a restaurant near your hotel. It can also remind you to bring an umbrella, show meetings for the day, or warn you if there is a delay on your commute. Google said that it will become more helpful over time as it gets to know you and as the company adds new features. Google recently introduced Heart Points and Move Minutes to Google Fit app in association with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to design these goals based on their physical activity ...

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    Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the POCO F1 running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a skin on top, which company is referring to as MIUI For POCO. MIUI for POCO is regular MIUI with few new additions like POCO launcher, stock Android like quick setting tiles and others. During the launch, the company mentioned that the POCO Launcher (Beta version) will be available on the Play store starting 29th Aug and a beta version was leaked on the same day but it didn’t have all the features which were mentioned during the launch. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="262239,262240"] Today, the POCO Launcher went live on the Play Store with most of the features which were mentioned during the launch, as of now the launcher is under testing phase, so it is listed as an unreleased app. POCO launcher Play Store version also features an app drawer and a search bar at the bottom to search for a keyword, installed app and app in the app store (Mi App Store). Similar to Nova launcher and other third-party launchers, POCO Launcher also has support for third-party icon packs and shows quick shortcuts for the various actions on long press on an app icon, users can long ...

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    Update - August 30: After beta update recently, Xiaomi has finally announced  that it will roll out MIUI Global Stable ROM based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) update later this week. It also said that it will include Face unlocking feature, and it will work for users in Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam with the update, while other countries will get it later. The update will also include update camera algorithms to improve the image quality. Earlier: Xiaomi announced Redmi Note 5 along with Redmi Note 5 Pro running on MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1 (Nougat) in India back in February. Redmi Note 5 Pro has been the talk of the town since its launch, but Redmi Note 5 (Also called Redmi 5 Plus in global markets including China) is not so popular as compared to Redmi Note 5 Pro. Even the company focused more on Redmi Note 5 Pro as company spokesperson confirmed Android Oreo 8.1 update for Redmi Note 5 Pro but didn’t mention anything regarding Redmi Note 5 update. Xiaomi recently updated Redmi Note 5 Pro to Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9.5 update which supports full-screen gestures. Redmi Note 5 received MIUI 9.5 update couple ...

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    HTC has announced U12 Life, the company's latest mid-range smartphone ahead of IFA, as expected. It has a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM, has a 16-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary rear camera to capture portrait shots, Dual LED display, along with a 13-megapixel front camera with LED flash. It has a dual finish featuring soft, subtle stripes on an acrylic glass unibody with a metal-like design, fingerprint sensor on the back. It can withstand scratches, says the company. It packs a 3600mAh battery. HTC U12 Life specifications 6-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x  RAM, 64GB (UFS2.1) storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense Dual SIM 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Dual LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.4 x 8.3 mm; Weight: 175g Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 3600mAh (typical) / 3500mAh (minimum) battery The HTC U12 Life comes in Moonlight Blue ...

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    Micromax's YU has officially launched the YU ACE, the company's latest budget smartphone, as it had promised. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 SoC with up to 3GB RAM, runs Android 8.0 (Oreo), has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash and face unlock. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots, and packs a 4000 mAh battery. YU ACE specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 2GB RAM with 16GB storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM ( nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 4000mAh battery The YU ACE comes in Charcoal Grey, Elektric Blue and Rose Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 5999 for the 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version, and the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version costs Rs. 6999. It will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting September 6th. Commenting ...

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    Sony Mobile just announced the Xperia XZ3, the company's latest flagship smartphone at the IFA, as expected. It has a 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and runs Android 9.0 (Pie). It has a new Dual Motion Eye camera with 19-megapixel 1/ 2.3″ Exmor RS memory stacked sensor, 960 fps super slow motion videos (FHD/HD), Predictive Capture, Anti-distortion shutter, Triple image sensing technology and 5-axis image stabilization for shake-free videos. It has Dynamic Vibration System that analyses audio data and lets you feel the action with your hand– a truly unique entertainment experience. The new Side sense feature uses AI to provide easy and convenient access to your favourite apps. You can double-tap anywhere on either side of your XZ3, and it cleverly predicts and displays the apps you want to use next placing them within easy reach, without having to scroll up or down for them. It features a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, has IP65/68 ratings for dust and water resistance, 3mm aluminium metal frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and the back and packs a 3300 mAh battery with support for fast charging and also has Qi wireless charging. Sony Xperia ...

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    Sony at the IFA announced WH-1000XM3 in the 1000X series of wireless noise cancelling headphones with new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 that promises four times greater performance to cancel mid to high-range noise such as street noise and human voices.  The high quality internal headphone amp for the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 realizes stunning high sound quality. The WF-SP900 truly wireless sports headphones is water-proof and dust-proof and has internal memory to play music without a smartphone. It also introduced DMP-Z1 digital music player with high-output analog amplifier and the IER-Z1R in-ear stereo headphones with frequency response of up to 100 kHz playback. Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones highlights and specifications HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 lets you listen without distractions Unique automatic personal NC, and Atmospheric Pressure optimisation Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts ambient sound to your activity High-quality audio with DSEE HX and LDAC Change the track, turn the volume up or down and take or make calls by tapping or swiping the panel, Hands-free calling with a double tap 40mm, dome type (CCAW Voice Coil) driver Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wired for High-Resolution Audio listening Battery life of up to 30 hours (NC ON), maximum 38 hours (NC ...

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    ZMI, a Xiaomi funded- ecosystem company has collaborated with India-based Shyam Telecom group, to launch its range of product for the Indian consumers. The company is specialized in designing various products like battery power banks, power adapters, projectors, IOT Cameras, smart mosquito repellent and charging cables for cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other. In fact, ZMI is the mobile power accessories supplier for the Chinese handset maker Xiaomi and sold more than 80 million units worldwide. As of now, ZMI is now available in more than 30 countries and has won various International Design awards. Furthermore, the company launched a 20000mAh 2-in-1 power bank cum Hub to charge Laptop and multi USB hub mode as well to deliver fast charging via Qualcomm Quick Charger 3.0 and high-speed data transfer and at the same time. Also, ZMI has ranked number 1 power company by Green Power Alliance, an International organization that meets the highest standard more than Huawei as well. Moving on, the company is expected to launch more than 50 products in India gradually. ZMI has been featured as a unicorn hardware company valued at more than $1 billion. On the occasion of launch, Business Head, Shyam Telecom said: We are thrilled to partner with ZMI, a Xiaomi ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand along with the global launch of the Honor Play, teased the upcoming Honor Magic 2 smartphone, successor of the Honor Magic which was introduced back in 2016. The successor will feature a full-screen display with ultra narrow bezels. For this, the company has adopted a slide-out design, which it calls Magic Slide full screen with high screen-to-body ratio. It will be powered by Kirin 980 AI chip, which will be officially introduced by Huawei at its IFA keynote tomorrow. It is expected to based on TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process that promises to improves processor speed by approximately 20% and consumes approximately 40% less power compared to its 10nm counterpart. It will support 40W safe super fast charge with 15 layers of safety protection and auto identification of 3 critical parts. The company will reveal more details and the official announcement date of the Honor Magic 2 soon.

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    Apple has officially announced its September 12th event, after recent rumors. This year’s invite The event takes place at Steve Jobs Theater located at the company Apple Park campus. Apple is expected to announce three iPhone - 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model all with a notch, Face ID with gesture-based control system and new A12 processor. The OLED iPhone are expected to come with up to 512GB storage and with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with OIS, while the LCD iPhone is said to feature a single rear camera. The 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone variants are expected come in both single and dual-SIMs (for select markets like China). The entry-level model is said to start at $699 and the top-end OLED model could cost $999. Apple is expected to stick to Intel Modems globally, as hinted by Qualcomm earlier. We can expect Apple Watch Series 4 with a new design, larger display, solid state buttons and improved heart rate detection, new iPads, including two iPad Pro models with Face ID and no Home button in 11-inch version and a 12.9-inch version. Apple could also introduce new MacBook Air with Retina display, new Mac mini with improved hardware, new iMacs ...

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    TCL Communication has introduced BlackBerry KEY2 LE, a cheaper version of the KEY2 at the IFA.  It has a similar design as the BlackBerry KEY2 which includes 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with minimized screen bezels, 4-row QWERTY physical backlit keyboard, fingerprint sensor built into the spacebar and redesigned chassis and also comes with the recently introduced Speed Key for a more customized universal shortcut experience,  but this is powered by Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM, different cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. It features a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a new designed soft textured back that will offer a better in-hand grip to prevent drops. It is both thinner and lighter and boasts a redesigned keyboard with keys that are nearly 10 percent larger than those featured on the BlackBerry KEYone.  The Speed Key is complimented by 52 customizable shortcuts, so you can program each key to instantly bring up the contacts and apps you use most. BlackBerry KEY2 LE specifications 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display with 433 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD 4-row ...

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    After the Honor event, in which the company announced the Magic 2 with a full-screen display with ultra narrow bezels and a slide-out design, Xiaomi Co-founder and President Lin Bin posted a photo of the smartphone and said that it will be introduced in October. This will likely be the Mi MIX 3, successor of the Mi Mix 2S, which was introduced  earlier this year. He did not reveal any details about the phone, but it will likely include 3D face unlock that was introduced in the Mi 8, large FHD+ AMOLED display with screen-to-body ratio of over 90%,  Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB, and similar AI dual rear cameras as the Mi 8. It is doubtful if there will be an in-display fingerprint sensor, but there might be a special edition with the feature, like the  Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The company's CEO Lei Jun posted on weibo that he will make his colleagues to speed up the mass production to begin the sale of the smartphone by the end of October. Source

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