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    Google has introduced three fundamental shifts including a range of new features that use AI to make your search experience more visual. The company also announced that it is making the Google Images experience even more useful and powerful. Google earlier this year worked with AMP Project to announce AMP stories, an open source library that makes it easy for anyone to create a story on the open web. Now Google announced that it will use AI to intelligently construct AMP stories and surface this content in Search. It is starting the stories about notable people like celebrities and athletes—providing a glimpse into facts and important moments from their lives in a rich, visual format. This format lets you discover content from the web. Using computer vision, Google is now able to deeply understand the content of a video and help you quickly find the most useful information in a new experience called featured videos. With featured videos, Google is aiming to deeply understand the topic space and show the most relevant videos for those subtopics. Google is also introducing new features to help you find visual information more easily. It is now prioritizing sites where the image is central to the page, ...

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    Google has shared new features that help you resume tasks where you left off, keep track of ideas and content that you found useful, and get relevant suggestions of things to explore next. The new activity card will help you pick up from where you left off in Search. Next time When you revisit a query related to a task you've started in the past, Google will show you a card with relevant pages you’ve already visited and previous queries you’ve done on this topic. This helps you retrace your steps when you might not remember which sites had that useful information you’d found earlier. This information will only appear when it’s useful and it won’t appear for every search. You can easily remove results from your history, pause seeing this card, or choose not to see it all together. This new activity card will be available in Search later this year. You can also keep track of the searches  by adding useful content to Collections. Collections in Search help you keep track of content you’ve visited, such as a website or article or image, and quickly get back to it later. The improved Collections experience lets you add your content from an activity card directly ...

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    Apple iPhone XS and XS Max which went on sale recently are getting complaints from customers who are noticing an issue with LTE and Wi-Fi speeds and connectivity when compared to other, older Apple devices. Multiple users have reported that there are noticeable differences in cellular reception between the iPhone XS models and the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, suggesting this is a widespread problem. It is reported that users are noticing fewer bars and the poor signal on iPhone XS and XS Max especially in areas where the signal is weak. Furthermore, many of the complaints are coming from Verizon users, suggesting the issue could potentially be carrier specific. The issue is said to be related to Qualcomm vs. Intel models as the new iPhone XS and XS Max are using Intel modems, while older devices used a mix of Qualcomm and Intel modems. AT&T iPhone 8 and iPhone X models used Intel modems previously, while Verizon iPhones had Qualcomm modems. Some AT&T and T-Mobile users are complaining of connectivity problems too, while others have noticed better signal, this is leading to a confusion among users. At the moment, it's not clear if modem differences are causing the connectivity issues that iPhone XS and XS ...

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    Xiaomi-backed Black Shark introduced the Black Shark Gaming Phone in China  back in April this year, now a new Black Shark smartphone with the model number AWM-A0 has been certified by TENAA in China. This reveals a slightly different design compared to the predecessor since the phone has a dual rear cameras arranged vertically and the fingerprint sensor that was present on the front has been moved to the back. You can also see the camera bump and the dedicated One-touch SHARK key on the left. This reveals a 5.99-inch display, so the company could retain the FHD+ display and it has a 4000mAh battery, same as the predecessor. The dimensions of the phone is 160 × 75.26 × 8.7mm, which is almost same, but this is slightly thinner. The certification site doesn't reveal any other specifications, but it will likely retain the Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB RAM, liquid cooling We should know the complete specifications of the smartphone in the coming weeks. Source

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    Vivo has officially launched the V11 smartphone in India, soon after the launch of V11 Pro. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD Halo FullView display, is powered by Helio P60 SoC with 6GB of RAM, feature a 16-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature. It has fingerprint sensor compared to the in-display fingerprint sensor on the V11 Pro, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3315mAh battery with support for fast charging. Vivo V11 specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU (V11i) 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 75.63 x 8.1 x 155.97mm; Weight: 163.7g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3315mAh battery with fast charging The Vivo V11 comes in Starry ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand is all set to announce the Honor 8C, a new budget smartphone in the Honor 8 series on October 11th in China. The successor of Honor 7C that was introduced earlier this year now has a notch and a larger 6.26-inch screen. It is said to be powered by Snapdragon 636 SoC with 4GB of RAM. On the back there are 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras and there is an 8-megapixel camera on the front, same as the predecessor. TENAA certification reveals a fingerprint sensor on the back and a 4000mAh battery. Honor 8C rumored specifications 6.26-inch 1520 × 720 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.1 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP secondary rear camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  158.72×75.94×7.98mm; Weight: 167.2g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 4000mAh (typical) / 3900mAh (minimum) battery The Honor 8C is expected to come in Blue, Black, Purple, Gold colors. We should know the price when the phone goes official next month. Source 1, 2

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    Vivo has launched the V9 Pro smartphone in India, as it had promised. It was introduced as V9 6GB back in June in Indonesia. It has the same 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with a notch, 90% screen-to-body ratio and 1.75mm slim bezels and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.0 as the V9 , but this is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE with 6GB of RAM.  It has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel rear camera for AI portrait shots and a 16-megapixel front camera with AI selfie lighting and beautify features. It comes with dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots, has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3260mAh battery. Vivo V9 Pro specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm ; Weight: 150g 4G ...

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    Google is rolling out a new search overhaul to 'Android Messages.' Now you can find more of the content shared in your conversations in Android Messages, by simply searching by contact or type of content. Within the Android Messages, after tapping on the search icon, you'll be able to select a specific contact and see your messaging history with them, including one-to-one and group conversations, and all the photos, videos, addresses or links you shared with each other. This new update will be rolling out from this week. Google in a blog post said: We share a lot of information in our messages, but it’s not always easy to look back and find that photo your mom sent a month ago or the address of the coffee shop your friend recommended. With these improvements to search in Messages, we hope you can more easily find and relive the moments that matter to you in your conversations. Source

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    Qualcomm seems to be in no mood to stop its legal battle against Apple as the chip maker freshly accuses Apple of stealing software and tools to improve chips from its rival Intel. Qualcomm is asking the judge to include the consideration of the latest accusations to a case between the two in state court in California. The suit is due to go to trial in April next year. With this new accusation, the total suits and counter suits between Qualcomm and Apple are now more than 70 across the globe. On the other hand, Apple is fighting legally with Qualcomm accusing it of illegally using dominance of the market to force it to pay unfair technology licensing fees. Qualcomm in response said that Apple is stealing its intellectual property and the legal assault is really a commercial dispute aimed at securing lower prices to increase profitability. Apple currently uses Intel modems, chips exclusively to connect smartphones to cellular networks to access data and voice, in the latest versions of the iPhone. Qualcomm accuses Apple of helping Intel engineers to fine-tune the modems to improve performance using Qualcomm’s software and tools. That’s in breach of the terms of the licenses of that ...

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    With the upcoming Chrome release, whenever you sign into any Google website on Chrome, you will also be signed into Chrome with the same account, as reported earlier. You will also see your Google Account picture right in the Chrome UI, so you can easily see your sign-in status. When you sign out, either directly from Chrome or from any Google website, you’re completely signed out of your Google Account. Google is clearly stating that this change to sign-in does not turn on Chrome sync. Users who want data like their browsing history, passwords, and bookmarks available on other devices must take additional action, such as turning on sync. The new change is to let users know which Google account is signed in. Google says that this is to prevent users from inadvertently performing searches or navigating to websites that could be saved to a different user’s synced account. These changes will be available in the next release of Chrome; 70 which is slated to release in mid-October. It is also adding more control that allows users to turn off linking web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in. For users that disable this feature, signing into a Google website will not sign them into Chrome. It ...

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    Google will officially unveil the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on October 9th, but before the launch, we already know most of the details that are there to know about the flagships. However, Google Camera on the upcoming Pixel 3 series said to have a setting called 'Google Len Suggestions; and according to a new leak, the Google camera on the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL might gain support for real-time Google Lens analysis of images. Furthermore, the new devices will feature Now Playing, Active Edge, Google Assistant, App Actions in the Pixel Launcher, Smart Replies in Android Messages, Smart Text Selection from Android Oreo, AR Stickers, Android Pie’s markup app for screenshot editing, Picture-in-picture mode, Direct Share, Ambient Display with Always On Display support, Fingerprint swipe gestures, Navigation gestures, and the two existing camera gestures. The real-time Google Lens Suggestion feature which when detects a business card, objects and more on the Pixel 3’s camera viewfinder takes a second and recognizes the email address shown on the card and shows a popup that can be selected to open Gmail to send an email. Though Google Lens can work in real-time, it can't be operated automatically when you are in the Google Camera app. With Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 ...

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    HTC Vive today announced that it is launching the Vive Wireless Adapter that was introduced earlier this year. This frees Vive owners from the tether back to the PC and letting users experience the full potential of premium VR. It is compatible with both the Vive and Vive Pro. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6BUiCkBFcA The Vive Wireless Adapter will give you the freedom of movement to experience VR to its fullest as it meets the rigorous demands of performance, latency and image quality for premium VR. It is capable of powering VR sessions for over two hours with the included battery. It is easy to install; you just need to install the PCI-e card and attach a sensor from the PC that broadcasts to and from the new wireless Vive headset up to 6 meters from the included sensor. The Vive Wireless Adapter retails at $299 (Rs. 21,708 approx.) while the Vive Pro compatibility pack can be purchased for $60 (Rs.4,356 approx). With every Vive Wireless Adapter purchase, users get two months of Viveport Subscription, offering access to 500 titles. Vive today is also announcing that for the second year in a row, it is giving developers with a title in Viveport a 100% of their subscription revenue until the end ...

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    Google's ARCore is getting a new update that brings support for more phones and tablets including the likes of Galaxy Note9, OnePlus 6T, and ROG Phone, and the Sony Xperia X. The list of supported devices is compiled from the device profiles included within the ARCore APK. This is not the entire list, as some of the names of the devices are still unknown, usually because they belong to currently unreleased hardware. Do note that the presence of profile doesn't mean full support, but it is an indicator. But the PlayStore listing can take a couple of hours to days. Current list of supported devices includes Asus ROG Phone, Huawei P20 Lite, Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus 6T, Razer Phone, Samsung Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy J5, Galaxy J5 Pro, Galaxy J7, Galaxy J7 (2017), Sony Xperia X, Vivo NEX. As we mentioned earlier, the Play Store listing might take sometime before it hits everyone, alternatively, you can download the APK and side-load it. Via

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    Earlier this month LG announced that it will introduce its flagship V40 ThinQ smartphone on October 3rd. We had already seen renders of the smartphone, now have the first press render of the phone, thanks to @evleaks. This reveals a notch design, triple rear cameras, dual front camera, fingerprint sensor on the back and a metal frame with a dedicated Google Assistant button below the volume rockers. The triple rear cameras will include Telephoto lens, wide-angle lens, 2x zoom and AI features. It is also said to feature dual front cameras and run Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. LG V40 ThinQ for AT&T pic.twitter.com/uMsxdsnXf0 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 26, 2018 LG V40 ThinQ rumored specifications 6.4-inch (3120 x 1440 pixels) 19.5:9 FullVision OLED Display with 109% DCI-P3 color gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (V40+ ThinQ) storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD Android 9.0 (Pie) with LG UX 12MP rear camera with f/1.5 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, 16MP camera with f/1.9 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 12MP camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, Dual LED flash 8MP front camera, secondary 5MP camera Fingerprint sensor ...

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    Samsung  launched the Galaxy Note9 smartphone in India last month starting at Rs. 67900, after it went on pre-order a couple of weeks before it, offering a chance to own a Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch for Rs. 4,999 (Originally costs Rs. 22,990). Today the company has announced a new limited offer that will offer the buyers the recently-launched Galaxy Watch (42mm) at Rs. 9999 (Originally costs Rs. 24,990). Buy #SamsungGalaxyNote9 and get #GalaxyWatch @Rs. 9999 (Consumer benefit: Rs 14.9K) Offer period:26th Sep-20th Oct Redemption starts:15th Oct onwards through MyGalaxy#GalaxyWatch (42mm) is Samsung's latest and most advanced offering in Smartwatches. pic.twitter.com/mScJiL1eyN — Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) September 26, 2018 The limited period offer starts today, September 26th and is available till 20th October. The redemption starts from 15th October. The offer is live through Samsung stores offline, and should go live online soon. Samsung already offers Rs.6,000 cashback and No Cost EMI on HDFC Credit Card, No cost EMI on starting from ₹7543.80/month on leading Credit cards and Bajaj Finserv, Rs. 6,000 Paytm cashback on buying at Paytm Mall and additional Rs.6,000 value with exchange on select smartphone.

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    After Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, Xiaomi has opened its first Mi Home Experience Store in Bengaluru. Located at its office in Embassy Tech Village, Devarabisanahalli, the store offers all the products that have launched in India and also showcases some of the products that were launched globally such as Mi Projector, Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Mi Washing Machine, Mi Heater, Mi Bike, Mi Scooter and Mi Ninebot. The new Mi Home Experience Store spans over 2000 sq. ft, and will be the 50th Mi Home in India.  The company recently opened its first COCO store in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, after the government allowed 100% automated SBRT. Proud to announce that we inaugurated the company owned company operated Mi Experience Store at our office today. This store offers all the products launched in India and some of the other cool products launched globally. Which product do you to try out 1st? 😉 #FutureLivesHere pic.twitter.com/FrKnOmUkCU — Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) September 26, 2018 Xiaomi has also announced that this is a COCO (company owned company operated) Mi Experience Store. The company will continue to expand its experience stores in the country, in addition to Mi Home stores to gather  valuable feedback about the next Xiaomi product to launch in India. Xiaomi recently announced that it ...

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    At the opening of Photokina 2018, Leica Camera AG, Panasonic, and Sigma announced a strategic partnership. The collaboration enables Panasonic and Sigma to make use of the L-Mount standard developed by Leica for their own developments and to offer both cameras and lenses utilizing this lens mount.  Thanks to their numerous interchangeable components, system cameras are extremely versatile and can be individually configured for a wide range of photographic needs.  Thanks to the strategic partnership between Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma, customers will be able to choose from a much wider selection of cameras and lenses without having to limit themselves to a particular brand, as all three brands will share the same proprietary bayonet mount. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG and majority shareholder said: For photographers, the ability to choose from a wide range of lenses for their system of preference is extremely important. Especially in the strongly growing market for mirrorless system cameras, users seek increasingly greater product diversity to fulfill a wide range of different photographic needs. We have therefore decided to work together with prominent partners in the photographic segment as an immediate response to these needs. Our long-established partnership with Panasonic is a ...

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    Xiaomi India has created new Guinness World Record  by building the largest light mosaic (logo) in the world. Depicting its popular Mi logo, the light mosaic was laid out by assembling 9,690 bulbs. The light mosaic by Xiaomi India was a special initiative driven by the Brand Marketing team to highlight the brand’s journey in India. Here is a special record we have created, our first Guinness World Record (@GWR) by building the largest light mosaic logo in the world. The light mosaic was laid by assembling a staggering 9,590 bulbs. The pictures speak for themselves. See how beautiful our logo looks. pic.twitter.com/2BVezHdfNX — Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) September 26, 2018 This is designed to symbolize the collective contribution of Xiaomi India employees and Mi fans, who have all contributed to the overall success of the brand, it further highlights the brand’s effort towards pursuing unconventional modes of marketing and promotional techniques, which sets it apart from most other smartphone brands. Xiaomi also launched its new Mi Home Experience Store in Bengaluru at its  head office building on the ground floor. Upon celebrating this occasion, Anuj Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Xiaomi India, said: It has been another phenomenal year for us with our first Guinness World Records achievement to celebrate. ...

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    LG has released a new 30-second video teaser for the company's upcoming flagship V40 ThinQ smartphone ahead of October 3 announcement. The phone will come with penta or five cameras that includes three rear cameras including standard, wide and telephoto lenses at the back and dual front cameras. LG said that the phone will offer a soft feel since it uses sand-blast technology for the surface of the smartphone's body, comes with reinforced glass to prevents scratches and also doesn't attract fingerprints or dirt. "The matte color also adds to the charm not found in conventional tempered glass or metal.," added LG. The phone has a metal frame on the side, unlike the glass back this is treated with glitter to emphasize the solidity and aesthetics unique to the metal. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, below the cameras. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6rhsBjjeiA The LG V40 ThinQ will come in three colors - New Platinum Gray, Carmine Red and Morokan Blue colors. The new Carmine Red color gives the impression of elegance and depth by increasing the saturation than the existing Raspberry Rose color. The phone will feature a large 6.4-inch screen, but it will have minimal bezels offering a comfortable grip for one-handed usage. It will also feature 2 ...

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    Apple iOS 12.1 Beta has introduced the support for eSIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from your carrier without the need for a physical SIM. This eSIM on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the eSIM pairs with the included nano-SIM to enable dual-SIM functionality. Apple at the launch announced that it will roll out the support for eSIM via a software update and this appears to the iOS 12.1. The eSIM settings are available in the Cellular section of the Settings app and choosing "Add Cellular Plan," which is the method used to add another cellular provider via the eSIM. The contact app in the iOS 12.1 lists all the contacts by "default [P] Primary" which lets you change the default phone number that you use often to contact each person if you have multiple phone numbers. Carriers need to implement the eSIM feature before it will work, and Apple offers a list of carriers that plan to offer the eSIM. In the USA, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are planning to offer the eSIM support. However, the feature might not be rolled out until the public release of iOS 12.1. Either way, this dual SIM support through eSIM is ...

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