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    Google has silently renamed its 'Google Keep' to “Keep Notes.” with the V5.0.371.03 that started rolling out on Monday. This tiny rebrand is visible on the home screen icon, launcher, and Android’s App Info page in system settings. However, the Google web app page still refers to the service as Google Keep, and the Play Store listing is yet to be updated. The new “Keep Notes” branding somewhat appears on the side panel add-ons visible in Gmail, Google Calendar, and Docs. This name change explicitly clarifies the purpose of the app. The Google Keep has long featured reminders, which lead to the confusion with Google's Tasks app. Google in the recent time's updated Phone, Calculator, Chrome to material design, but Keep is due for a Material Theme brand. This new name might be used to usher that change in. You can download the latest version of Keep Notes from APK mirror here. Via

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    OPPO launched F9 Pro smartphone in India last month. Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue versions went on sale on August 31st. Today the Starry Purple is available in the country joining the other two color variants. To remind you, the F9 Pro has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 90.8% for a more immersive experience, is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor with up to 6GB RAM, ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.85 aperture, secondary 2MP camera and a 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, AI, Sony IMX576 sensor. It has dedicated dual SIM slots, Fingerprint sensor on the back and a 3500mAh battery with VOOC Flash charge fast charging that promises 2 hours of talk time with 5-minute charge. It has a gradient color design, again a first in the F series. This uses advanced color processes. To achieve a unified design, F9 Pro for the first time has used a gradient design on the side frame, making the sides and the back a naturally connected whole. The OPPO F9 Pro is priced at Rs. 23,990 is available from Flipkart, Amazon.in as well as offline stores. Commenting on the same,  Will ...

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    Qualcomm today announced that it is making its Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS) platform as freely downloadable open-source software. The DIRBS server-based software platform can be used to help identify illegal, and stolen mobile devices in a country. The DIRBS software platform will help regulatory agencies classify devices and generate IMEI-based lists for notification, amnesty, and blocking purposes. This move comes as its efforts to combat the improper use of counterfeit, illegal and stolen devices on cellular networks. Qualcomm says that counterfeiting resulted in around 184M global lost smartphone sales units in 2015. The DIRBS server-based software platform will be hosted on the open-source software website Github, and may be freely downloaded from here and used by anyone. Mohammad Raheel Kamal, Senior Director, IPR Enforcement, Qualcomm Incorporated said: Counterfeit devices are a significant problem worldwide and result in an estimated45.3 billion EUR in lost sales to genuine manufacturers each year, according to a recent European Union Intellectual Property Office Study issued in February of 2017. Sharing the DIRBS solution as the freely downloadable open-source software will allow the mobile industry to rapidly implement this powerful technology to help address counterfeiting and related issues around the globe. John Han, senior vice president, Qualcomm Incorporated and ...

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    Xiaomi announced Redmi Y2 running on MIUI 9.5 based on Android Oreo 8.1 and also announced MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM at the same event back in June. The company recently launched Redmi 6 Pro running on MIUI 9.6 based on Android Oreo 8.1 in India along with Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 on 5th Sep. Xiaomi has recently started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5 Pro and others. Now, Xiaomi has posted recruitment for Beta testers for some devices on Mi Community India, the company is looking for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM testers for Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 4. In case you have any of the above-mentioned devices and want to test the MIUI updates before everyone else, you can apply here to be a part of the Beta testing team. Beta testers get certain privileges including access to Closed Beta OTA updates, in case you are not aware of Closed Beta ROM refer to this post. Users are supposed to flash MIUI Global Beta ROM on their device before applying which can be done using Updater method ...

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    Apple unveiled iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, the company’s next-generation iPhones last week. Apple doesn’t mentions battery capacity for the iPhones on its site, and we usually find those details later on certification sites or in teardowns. Now all these phones have been certified by TENAA in China revealing battery capacities and RAM. To remind you, last year's iPhone X comes with 2716mAh battery and 3GB LPDDR4x RAM. The 5.8-inch iPhone XS actually has a smaller 2658mAh battery compared to the iPhone X, but the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max packs a 3174mAh battery. Both these have 4GB of RAM. The 6.1-inch iPhone XR has a 2942mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. We should know more details about the hardware of the iPhones, including the modem when iFixit or TechInsights does a teardown. Phone Battery capacity RAM Apple iPhone X 2716mAh 3GB Apple iPhone XS 2658mAh 4GB Apple iPhone XS Max 3174mAh 4GB Apple iPhone XR 2942mAh 3GB Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be launching in India on September 28 starting at Rs. 99,900 and Rs. 1,09,900, and the iPhone XR will be available from October 26th starting from Rs. 76900. Source 1, 2, 3

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    HMD Global introduced the Nokia 5.1 Plus along with the Nokia 6.1 Plus in India last month. It said that the phone will be available in the country in September. Today the company has confirmed that the phone will launch on September 24th exclusively on Flipkart. The Android One smartphone packs a 5.86-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass display with 84% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor with 3GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS, which is upgradable to Android P. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for AI portrait shots, 8-megapixel camera on the front for AI-powered selfie portraits and beauty mode. It has a glass back, fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3000mAh battery. Nokia 5.1 Plus specifications 5.86-inch ( 720×1520 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass 19:9 aspect ratio display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS, upgradable to Android P Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, secondary 5-megapixel rear camera ...

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    Intex has launched STAARi 11, the company's latest budget smartphone with dual front cameras. It has an 8-megapixel front camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait selfies. It also has an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Both the cameras have LED flash. Other camera features include, Background Change, Night Shot, Face Beauty, and Burst Mode. It has a 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor with 2GB of RAM and a 2400mAh battery. Intex STAARi 11 specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display 1.3GHz Quad-core processor 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD Android 7.1 (Nougat) OS Dual SIM 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 145.4x71.7x9.1mm; Weight: 150g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS 2400mAh battery The Intex STAARi 11 comes in Champagne and Black colors, is priced at Rs. 4499 and is available exclusively on Snapdeal.

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    Amazon has introduces new line-up of Echo devices, and an Echo companion device that include: 3rd generation Echo Dot, 2nd generation Echo Plus and new Echo Sub subwoofer for Echo devices in India. The 3rd-generation Echo Dot features a new curved shape, fabric design and more powerful sound. You can connect devices to it via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable. It offers louder with richer sound, all in a compact design. The 2nd-generation Echo Plus includes an embedded temperature sensor, so you can set temperature-based routines using other smart home devices. It also has a larger 3-inch Neodymium woofer and increased back volume for improved bass and the mids and highs are clearer. It also features an all-new fabric design. The Echo Sub is the first wireless Echo subwoofer offering thumping 100W deep bass sound through a 6" woofer when listening to music on their existing or new Echo devices. You can connect Echo Sub to compatible Echo devices to create a 1.1 or 2.1 pairing for stereo sound. Equalizer feature lets you adjust the bass, mid-range, and treble of the pairing simply by using your voice. Echo Sub is not optimized for other Echo Dot (2nd Gen), Echo Spot or Alexa-enabled devices and does not support video playback, ...

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    As promised, Apple has started taking pre-orders for the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in India, ahead of the launch on September 28th. The company will begin rolling out the new iPhones in more than 30 countries and territories today, and more than 25 countries and territories next week. The new iPhone XS and XS Max are available for pre-order from Flipkart. Some of the colors and storage options are already out of stock. Flipkart is also offering up to Rs. 13,500 off on exchange, No cost EMI on Bajaj Finserv and 5% off on EMI transactions with HDFC Bank Credit Cards and RBL Credit Cards. Airtel has also started taking pre-orders on its online store with cashback offers for Citi and Axis Bank credit cards. You have an option to pick-up the phone from Airtel store on day of launch and it is also offering door step delivery from 28th September, 6.00 PM Onwards. Reliance Jio is also taking pre-orders for the new iPhones on its online store. It says deliveries might 3-5 business days post product launch. Citi Credit card users can avail 5% cashback on EMI purchase of 12 and 24 month tenure at select stores offline and and Airtel online store. This offer is ...

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    Amazon has announced the second generation Echo Show along with Fire TV Recast, AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa, Echo Wall Clock, Amazon Smart Plug and more. The second gen Echo Show comes with a massive 10-inch HD display,  built-in smart home hub, and an upgraded speaker system that delivers powerful bass and stereo sound. The company is also integrating Hulu, and NBC making on-demand and live streaming possible. Additionally, you can use Echo Show with a Fire TV Recast to easily watch, record, and replay free over-the-air live TV programs. The all-new Echo Show supports two-way talk feature that works with Ring and August doorbell cameras. When the doorbell rings or motion is detected by the security camera, just say “Alexa, answer the front door” to see and talk to whoever is there. You can also use Alexa Routines to play custom announcements when the front door camera detects movement or someone rings the doorbell. It has a 5MP camera with support for HD video calling and inbuilt browser. The company has also introduced the Fire TV Recast, a new companion DVR that lets users easily watch, record, and replay free over-the-air TV programming on Fire TV, Echo Show, and on compatible Fire tablet, iOS, and Android devices. It also lets you ...

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    Apart from announcing new Echo products, Amazon is also introducing new Alexa features. These new capabilities include entertainment features like the left-right stereo pairing, TIDAL, and Amazon Music New Release Notifications; productivity features like email management, step-by-step cooking, and location-based Routines. The location-based routines include smart home and home monitoring features like Alexa Guard, Hunches, and Local Voice Control; and FreeTime on Alexa features like kid-focused Routines, podcasts, new skills, and more. Thanks to Alexa Guard; Alexa can keep your home safe- just say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” to activate Guard. Once the Guard is enabled, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts about the sound of glass-breaking, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home. Alexa can also turn lights on and off to help deter intruders using Away Lighting and can integrate with alarm systems from Ring and ADT to keep your home safe. It learns more about your day-to-day usage and can sense when connected smart devices such as lights, locks, switches, and plugs are not in the state that you prefer. The company also announced that it is rolling out Wi-Fi simple setup so customers can automatically connect smart devices to their Wi-Fi network and Alexa. Wi-Fi simple setup ...

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    Google has announced that it is adding a new quick actions page in Google Drive’s left-hand navigation panel that helps you find and take action at the right time. This Priority page uses machine learning to suggest files you might need to work on and has “workspaces” to help you organize files.  Google says that the goal of Priority is to put your most important files in one place using machine learning. When you open the quick options page,  you’ll see those files, along with comments and suggested actions. You’ll be able to reply to some comments directly through the Drive interface and open full documents with one click. Google Drive's Priority page also organizes files into the workspace and lets you gather a private set of working files for ongoing easy access. Google says that users use around 10–20 files at any given time. The workspaces help make sure you can get to those files more efficiently. To build your workspace, you can use Drive's intelligent file suggestions or add files manually. You can sign up for the 'Priority' in Drive beta in case if you wish to try it out. Source

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    Nokia 7 Plus is one of the first set of devices to get Android 9.0 Pie beta when it is announced by the Google at I/O 2018. At the same event, Google announced the Digital Wellbeing feature which was made available in beta back in August. It was available only to Pixel smartphones running Android Pie. However, Google seems to be expanding the feature to other devices as it pushed an update to Digital Wellbeing feature via Play Store to the Nokia 7 Plus.  Nokia 7 Plus users running on Android 9 Pie Beta seems to be getting the update unhiding the hidden Digital Wellbeing feature. The Digital Wellbeing feature is to promote the “joy of missing out”—as opposed to the modern social terror of “FOMO”/fear of missing out. The beta version of the feature includes a ‘Dashboard’ that will help you understand your phone usage better, app usage timers so that you can limit the usage, a “devices down,” Do Not Disturb mode for preventing interruptions, and a new Wind Down feature for encouraging you to disconnect at night. Combined, these features are here to help you better understand your habits and digital health, and will also enable you to limit the usage and how to switch off ...

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    Incognito Mode on Google Chrome lets you browse the web without maintaining a history or saving information like cookies and form inputs. Now, Google might be planning to rename the feature to 'Private Mode' Users have started noticing that the 'Open in incognito tab' option has been changed to 'Open in private tab,' which could signal that Google is about to change it for everyone. It looks like the change might be server side as the option didn't seem to have changed for us as they still read 'incognito' for me. However, things might remain as they are like before since these kinds of tests are nothing new to Google.  The Chrome Help page already has 'private' references quite heavily, so that could be a sign of things to come. This change comes after recent change to Keep which got re-branded to 'Keep Notes.' Source

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    Apple introduced AirPower which is its multi-device wireless charger last year, but the product never went on for sale despite rumored September launch. However, a user guide included with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max has references about the AirPower, suggesting that Apple has not yet shelved the much-anticipated charging mat.  But they definitely mention it in the new iPhone XS Max manual pic.twitter.com/qJO7kVc8bi — Gavin Stephens (@ccgavind) September 20, 2018 The user guide included with the iPhone XS and XS Max clearly shows a passage mentioning the AirPower. It reads: "Place iPhone with the screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger. You can also use the Lightning connector to charge iPhone and connect accessories." It is unclear why Apple mentioned AirPower in the manual, it perhaps suggests that the company might have had plans to ship the charging accessory alongside the new iPhones. Apple didn't mention anything at its 'Gather Around' event though rumors suggested that it might. It's been more than a year since the device was first announced. Apple wants to give users the ability to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat to begin a charge and the ability to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods ...

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    Bing today areleased Bing AMP viewer and Bing AMP Cache enabling AMP-enabled web pages to work directly from Bing’s mobile search results allowing Bing to provide faster mobile experiences to users. The AMP protocol offers the ability to cache and serve cached copied AMP content that is published on the web, providing faster user experiences on Bing. To enable your AMP published content within Bing, content creators need to allow the Bingbot to fetch AMP content and enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) for bing-amp.com domain. Most AMP enabled sites and advertisers have already authorized the CORS sharing for the ampproject.org domain, but now it also needs bing-amp.com to the allowed list. The company has started rolling out the first phase of the AMP viewer and AMP carrousel in the United States for the news carrousel from September 17th. It said that it would continue the phased roll out to more websites, more countries and regions and other links in the search results pages. Source

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    Samsung just launched Galaxy Watch at in India, after it was introduced last month.  It comes in 46mm version and 42mm options with 1.3-inch and 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On Display with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection and has rotating bezel. These run Tizen- Based Wearable Platform 4.0. It has 5ATM + IP68 ratings for water resistance, certified for military-level durability, comes with NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) support for mobile payments using Samsung Pay, built-in speaker for activate voice messaging and music listening, and GPS. It has new stress management tracker, which automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users centered and focused. In addition, a new advanced sleep tracker monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. Galaxy Watch adds 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts that allow consumers to customize and change up their routines. It also offers intuitive calorie tracking and personalized alerts. The 46mm model has 472mAh battery with battery life of 80+ hours with typical usage; up to 168 hours with low usage and Galaxy Watch 42mm with a 270mAh battery promises 45+ hours with typical usage; up to 120 hours with low usage. Samsung Galaxy Watch Specifications 1.2-inch / ...

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    OnePlus has started rolling out OxygenOS 9.0 update based on Android 9.0 (Pie) for its flagship OnePlus 6 smartphone, in about four months after it released the Android P beta as one of the first manufacturers, and releasing three open beta updates this month. The company said that starting with the Android Pie, OxygenOS version number will correspond with the Android version number.  OnePlus already said that it has created specialized team called Team FSE (Fast, Stable, Efficient) to focus solely on maximizing the power of its flagship devices and ensure that OnePlus devices offer the fastest, and smoothest user experience available. Android 9 Pie includes Adaptive Battery technology, which learns how you use your phone, so apps and services you rarely use aren’t a battery drain. OnePlus already promised that it will offer software updates for two years after the launch of a device, and security updates for an additional year after that. The OnePlus 6 Android 9.0 Pie update is 1.52GB in size and also includes Android security patch for September 2018. OnePlus said that using VPN to download this build might not work as the roll out is not based on regions and is randomly pushed out to a limited number of devices. The company will release Android Pie to ...

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    Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max smartphones went on sale few hours back in over several countries and territories globally. As usual, folks at iFixit have already managed to grab both the iPhones from Australia and have given at a teardown treatment as usual. TechInsights have also got hold of the phone. Teardown reveals new notched battery for the first time in an iPhone, Apple-designed power management IC for the iPhone XS Max. We already know that The iPhone XS and XS Max  have 2658mAh and 3174mAh batteries, respectively. The reveals 10.13 Wh battery (2,659 mAh at 3.81 V), weighing 39.5 grams and 12.08 Wh battery  (3,179 mAh at 3.80 V), weighing 46.6 grams. These have L-shaped batteries, similar to the iPhone X, but the iPhone XS battery has notched the internal corner, which is responsible for the decrease in capacity compared to the iPhone XS Max. Apple has used 64GB flash storage from Toshiba (TSB3243V85691CHNA1) and 4GB LPDDR4X RAM from Micron Technology (MT53D512M64D4SB-046). Another interesting thing is the Apple 338S00456  (APL1091) power management IC for the in iPhone XS Max, compared to PMICs from Dialog Systems in the Apple iPhone XS. This time Apple has gone solely with Intel’s LTE modem, as confirmed by Qualcomm earlier. All the models have PMB9955 Baseband Processor (Modem) and ...

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    Google has announced a new set of experimental features for developers to use on the Lenovo Mirage Solo. It said that it is adding APIs to support positional controller tracking with six degrees of freedom or 6DoF to the Mirage Solo. The new see-through mode gives you the ability to see what's right in front of you in the physical world while you're wearing your VR headset. The 6DoF tracking lets you move your hands more naturally in VR. It also created an experimental 6DoF controllers that use a unique optical tracking system to help developers start building with 6DoF features on the Mirage Solo. Instead of using expensive external cameras and sensors that have to be carefully calibrated, this system uses machine learning and off-the-shelf parts to accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers. Google says that it has already put these experimental controllers in the hands of a few developers. The new See-through mode takes advantage of  Google's WorldSense technology, and since the tracking cameras on the Mirage Solo are positioned at approximately eye-distance apart, you also get precise depth perception. It is also bringing the ability to open any Android app on Daydream device, so you can use your favorite games, tools ...

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