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    Google today announced that starting today, users can use Google Maps to easily plan where to go as a group. All you have to do is just long press on any place to add the place to shortlist-the small floating bubble on the side of your screen. Once you've added places, you can quickly share the list with your friends on any messaging platform, add or remove additional places, and vote together in Google Maps. Though this might sound familiar, but including Maps within group planning functionality is very convenient. The group planning feature in Maps starts rolling out for Android and iOS this week. Sophia Lin, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps in a blog post said: Starting today, you can use Google Maps to easily plan where to go as a group. Simply long press on any place to add it to a shortlist — the small floating bubble on the side of your screen. Once you've added places, you can quickly share the list with your friends on any messaging platform, add or remove additional places, and vote together in Google Maps. Source

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    After launching Mi Credit instant loan service in India in partnership with KreditBee for Xiaomi users back in May, Xiaomi India has launched Mi Credit service app for Xiaomi users with MIUI above the age of 18 years. This will offer instant loan with a click of a button for eligible person.  Money will be disbursed to your bank account in real-time, and interest rates stat as low as 1.8% per month, says Xiaomi. After downloading and logging into the app with required credentials and you can also upload the documents in the app itself. You can also select Loan Amount desired, Period of Loan and Repayment Schedule. Once you add and verify your bank account, you get the amount after verification. You can repay the loan on Mi Credit app using Netbanking or Debit cards. Xiaomi said that the app is currently exclusively available to only whitelisted MIUI users, even though you can download the app from Mi Community app here. You can mail to micredit-in@xiaomi.com with the subject "Whitelist" and a note with phone number so that Xiaomi will get back. Source

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    Xiaomi has finally launched the most expected Mi Band 3 in India, as it had promised. It has a 0.78-inch OLED touch screen display, compared to 0.42-inch in the Mi Band 2 so that it can display more characters including WhatsApp, Facebook or SMS messages, 3-day Weather info, caller ID and more. It also 5ATM water proof so that you can take it for swimming under 50 meters. Xiaomi says that it has improved activity tracking, and it shows real-time data for running, cycling, walking, and other activities. It still has a button on the front, and you can view the caller name on the band, and reject the call with a long press of the button. It has a larger 110mAh battery that promises about 20 days of standby. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 specifications 0.78-inch OLED (128 x 80 pixels) touch screen display with scratch-resistant glass, anti-fingerprint coating shows time, step, heart rate, activities, weather, notifications Photoplethysmography (PPG) / Heart rate sensor Monitors your fitness and tracks your sleep, Sedentary reminder 8.5g (20g with band) ultra light body 5ATM (50 meters) water resistant Bluetooth 4.2 LE 110mAh Li Ion polymer battery with up to 20 days of standby The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with ...

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    After Flipkart announced its Big Billion Days sale for the year, Amazon has announced that its Great Indian Festival Sale will happen between October 10th and 15th. It unveiled ‘Amazon Festive Home’ in New Delhi to offer a sneak peek into launches and deals available to customers this season. It has also announced biggest selection & deals on smartphones, large appliances & TVs, home & kitchen products, fashion, consumables such as grocery & beauty, consumer electronics and more. ‘Amazon Festive Home’ saw 1600+ products across 100+ top Indian & international brands and small & medium businesses, giving a glimpse of what customers can look for on Amazon.in this season. Amazon has partnered with hundreds of leading brands, enabled over 380,000 sellers to sell on Amazon.in, expanded fulfilment footprint with more than 50 fulfilment centres in 13 states offering a storage capacity of over 20 million cubic feet. The company will offer Amazon Pay EMI, No-cost EMI on Debit & Credit cards and Bajaj Finserv Cards,  instant discount of 10% on SBI Debit and Credit Cards and Rs. 300 back when you top up minimum Rs.3000 as Amazon Pay balance from September 28th till October 8th. You can check out more details on Amazon Diwali Great Indian Festival ...

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    Off lately Google has been adding a dark mode to its native apps including Android Messages, YouTube. Now the company might soon bring the dark mode to Google Phone app as well as it teased in the PlayStore change log a while ago. While the latest update doesn't bring the change, it sure hints at it.  Going by the screenshots, the main screen has this gradient at the top which still needs to be reversed and the setting screen has dark text which needs to be in white when the background is black. It is unclear if the contact's thumbnail will also be in dark theme, but for now, they still have light pastels. It is possible that they will go through a darkening process as they seem out of place in an otherwise dark screen. The Dark mode settings will be present under the 'Display options' in the Phone app. Furthermore, the Settings screen lost its blue title bar, switched to the white navigation bar, and added back dividing lines that used to be common when it is in Halo. Source

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    OPPO introduced its flagship Find X  and Lamborghini Limited Edition with an unique slider camera design at its global event in Paris last week in June. The Find X comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage, and the Lamborghini Edition has 512GB storage, now the 10GB RAM with 256GB storage version of the smartphone has been certified by TENAA in China. This could make the Find X first the phone in the world with 10GB of RAM. OPPO Find X specifications 6.42-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19:5:9 aspect ratio Panoramic Arc display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection 2.5GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 10GB RAM with 256GB storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB / 256GB storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.1 Dual SIM (nano + nano) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, OIS, secondary 20MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture USB Type-C audio, DSP module, NXP noise reduction Dimensions: 156.7 × 74.3 × 9.4mm; Weight: 186g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, USB Type-C 3,730mAh (typical) / 3645mAh (minimum) battery with VOOC flash charge fast charging Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones still use 4GB of RAM, up ...

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    After leaks, Xiaomi has officially announced the Redmi Note 6 Pro, successor of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in Thailand. The major change is the 6.28-inch Full HD+ screen with a notch, 19:9 aspect ratio and dual front cameras, in addition to dual rear cameras. Both these have AI features including AI portrait and AI scene recognition. There is also AI face unlock. Other specifications are almost same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications 6.26-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, Dual PD focus, EIS, secondary 5MP camera 20MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.38 x8.2mm Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 4000mAh (typical) / 3900mAh (minimum) battery The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro comes in Black, Blue and Rose Gold colors, is priced at 6,990 Thai Baht (US$ 216 ...

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    Microsoft today announced that it is integrating its Translator within Swiftkey keyboard for Android. The Translator uses artificial intelligence to provide translations for more than 60 languages. This real-time translation comes handy especially if you have friends speaking a different language. Once users tap the Microsoft Translator icon on the SwiftKey keyboard, the app translates as you type and translates incoming messages that users copy. Users do not have to leave the keyboard in order to do the translations. https://youtu.be/bQu904BuP1Q The app also remembers users’ preferences, eliminating the need to scroll through the full list of the more than 60 available languages to select which languages to translate to and from each time the feature is engaged. This translation is also available offline for users who have also downloaded the Microsoft Translator app.  Microsoft Translator is a part of Azure Cognitive Services, a collection of AI algorithms. The translation feature is currently available for Android. Colleen Hall, senior product manager, SwiftKey said: We wanted to make it really easy for users to be able to translate as they type and to be able to translate incoming messages. We have always had a strong multilingual offering. Now we are bringing Translator to that as well. Source

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    Google with an aim to make travel planning easier today is announcing a new update to Trips which starting from October will help you manage the travel by organizing what you've saved and searched for and letting you resume where you left off before. You can see Your Trips on the “my trips” on Google, or tap on Your Trips tab from Google Flights or Hotels on your phone. Furthermore, Google will help you with the travel planning by surfacing relevant suggestions right in Google Search. It will show you things to do, days to travel type articles. Once you start booking and receive your flight or hotel email confirmations in Gmail, these recommendations will be customized in search results. Google also mentioned that it is expanding the flight rates comparison to let users know whether a flight price is higher or lower than usual. Google currently surfaces this information during Thanksgiving holidays. This tip will appear worldwide over the coming weeks when you search for flights on your phone. Google will also notify you if prices are not going to drop or if they’re likely to rise in the next five days. It will also surface if the hotel is close to things like landmarks or ...

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    Finnish holdings firm MPH Technologies has filed a fresh lawsuit on Apple in federal court accusing the company of patent-infringing with products including iMessage and FaceTime. MPH Technologies attempted to license its IP to Apple in 2016.  The lawsuit is being filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The firm filed the lawsuit asserting eight patents relating to secure messaging solutions, targeting existing Apple software and services. This specially infringes on IP related to sending and forwarding messages over a secure connection. The lawsuit includes iMessage, FaceTime and Apple's always-on VPN feature, the latter being a mobile device management (MDM) solution marketed to corporations and educational institutions. According to MPH, Apple has implemented the protected tech in devices running macOS, iOS and watchOS without authorization.  MPH claims that it has informed Apple about the patent infringement in a series of emails back in July 2016, this lead to a telephonic conversation with Apple's patent acquisitions executive. This later is followed by a letter in October 2016 detailing the applicability of MPH's patents and introduced Apple to a pending patent that was later granted. Months after reviewing MPH's documents, Apple sent a letter containing conclusory statements, saying it did not "believe a license is required, as the ...

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    Google, as part of an ongoing collaboration with photo industry consortium CEPIC, and IPTC, the global technical standards body for the news media, today announced that now users can access rights-related image metadata in Google Images which was difficult to prior to the announcement. This information is often part of image metadata and is key to protecting image copyright and licensing information. Google said that starting today, it has added 'Creator and Credit' metadata to images on Google Images. To see this information on Google Images, users can click on the “Image Credits” link to view the metadata fields. In the coming weeks, Google will also add Copyright Notice metadata. In partnership with CEPIC and IPTC, Google hopes to create better usage guidance for photographers, photo agencies and publishers by including copyright and attribution information in image metadata. In a blog post, Google said: As part of a collaboration between Google, photo industry consortium CEPIC, and IPTC, the global technical standards body for the news media, you can now access rights-related image metadata in Google Images. It’s traditionally been difficult to know the creator of images on the web, as well as who might own the rights. This information is often part of image metadata, and is key to protecting image ...

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    Verizon, Nokia, and Qualcomm Technologies recently reached peak data speeds of 1.45 gigabits per second (Gbps) on LTE in a live commercial environment using six channel carrier aggregation. For the first time in the USA, three companies in a commercial environment combined six separate channels of the spectrum. This record-breaking speeds on 4G LTE were reached on Verizon's network in New York using a combination of Verizon’s licensed PCS and AWS spectrum in conjunction with four carriers of LAA (License Assisted Access) spectrum. The demonstration used Nokia’s AirScale base station and Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon  X24 LTE modem. The demonstration in New York also used LTE Advanced feature, 256 QAM for uploads and 4x4 MIMO. In mid-2018, Verizon announced these technologies were available in over 1,100 markets nationwide. Stephen Marino, Senior Vice President, Verizon Account Team, Nokia. By using the Nokia AirScale, which is designed for 5G, we have taken an important step on the road to 5G, both in terms of customer data rate experience and network infrastructure. Bill Stone, Vice President of Technology Planning and Development for Verizon said: When we first launched our LTE network, we knew there would be a lot of room for innovation and to expand its capabilities. ...

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    Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note9 back in August in Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper with matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen. Now it has introduced the Cloud Silver version with a matching S Pen, as rumored. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 Cloud Silver color variant will be available first in the United States before anywhere else, and the US also gets the Midnight Black version finally. The Cloud Silver Galaxy Note9 will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com, and Samsung.com from October 5th. The 128GB Midnight Black Galaxy Note9 will be available at major carriers and retailers, enterprise distributors, and online at Samsung.com starting October 12, and the 512GB model will be available on October 26. These are priced at $999.99 and $1249.99 for the 128GB and 512GB models, respectively.

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    After confirming earlier this week that the Android Pie update for the Nokia 7 Plus is in final stages, Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global just announced that update for the smartphone has started rolling out, as the company had promised. The update for the phone was confirmed at the launch. Other smartphones will get the Pie update in the coming months. Everybody wants a piece of the Pie! 🥧 #Nokia7Plus is now on pure Android 9™. Your device will be smarter, faster, and adapt as you use it. Which is your favorite feature? #Android9 pic.twitter.com/LPp5OKnAHQ — Nokia Mobile (@NokiaMobile) September 28, 2018 Android P includes Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, App Actions that helps you raise the visibility of your app and help drive engagement using machine learning, and Slices are a new way to surface rich, templated content in places like Google Search and Assistant. The phone recently got Digital Wellbeing via Play Store update. The Nokia 7 Plus Android Pie update has the version number 3.22C and is 1.47GB in size. This is one of the first smartphones to get Android Pie stable update, after Google Pixel phones, Essential Phone last month and the OnePlus ...

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    Ever since the launch of OnePlus 6, it has been the best premium smartphone we’ve seen this year. The launch of the OnePlus 6T is just around, thanks to leaks and other official information from the company itself. If the rumour circulating around the internet turns out to be true, the OnePlus 6T is scheduled for mid-October launch. Even the official sales partner Amazon India has also started teasing the OnePlus 6T with ‘Notify Me’ option for regular updates, without revealing too many details. Recently, the OnePlus 6T battery capacity has been leaked online through an image on the Chinese social media weibo. As per the leak, the OnePlus 6T will be powered by a huge 3700mAh battery which is 10% bigger than OnePlus 6. In addition, the device will be also having OnePlus' proprietary Dash Charging technology too. Having said that, OnePlus on the other hand, has started teasing the OnePlus 6T flagship smartphone in India. The company showed a short TV advertisement between overs during the Asia Cup 2018 cricket tournament happening currently in Dubai. The ad features Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan who was roped in as the company’s brand ambassador last year showing off the phone's rear. It also shows ...

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    Ministry of Indian Railways today announced its partnership with Google to bring the history of Indian railways on Google Arts & Culture. This move comes as a mark to celebrate the historic journey of Indian railways, highlighting the deep-rooted connection of railways with the country. The new online project “The Railways — Lifeline of a Nation”  has also been unveiled at the event. Indian Railways cover over 151,000 kilometers of track, 7,000 stations, 1.3 million employees and 160 years of history. Since its first rail journey back in 1853, Indian Railways has come a long way and has developed into a network of thousands of railway lines connecting remote parts of the country. It is an essential infrastructure in the country. The Google Arts & Culture’s new online collection is a hub for digital story-telling and will make India’s rich rail heritage digitally accessible to people in India and around the world. From the Fairy Queen which is among the oldest functioning steam engines in the world and The Royal Saloons of Mysore and Baroda, to the Palace on Wheels, and the first locomotive built in India; the 100+ online exhibitions, 150+ videos and 3500+ images, will offer an in-depth exploration of the sights, and significance of India’s railways. The project will offer insights regarding the lesser known stories and heroic efforts of people like track ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6A smartphone in India earlier this month running MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) update. After the Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi 5 and Redmi Note 5, the Redmi 6A users have received the stable MIUI 10 OTA update today. The new update comes as MIUI 10.0.1.0.OCBMIFH and is 260MB in size. This update also brings September security patch along with major changes like Full-screen gestures, Redesigned Notification Panel, Redesigned Volume Sliders, Improved multitasking management, natural sound system, and a lot more, for more details on MIUI 10 refer to this post. You can download the recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method.Xiaomi is also rolling out MIUI 10 Stable update for the Redmi 6 users randomly, so it should roll out for everyone soon. Check out the changelog below, Designed for full screen experience All-new full screen gestures will change the way you interact with your device. They can do everything you use buttons for, except they’re faster, smarter, and more convenient. All-new UI is tailored for full screen devices and lets the content take the front stage. Natural sound system You won’t get tired of natural and ever-changing sounds of the new MIUI. We simplified system sounds and applied smart filters, so you’ll hear something only when you need to. Ambient sounds ...

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    The 2018 iPhone is here and we got our hands on the bigger beast the iPhone Xs Max for an unboxing. Apple has managed to cram in much more into a device which has the same footprint of last years's iPhone 8 Plus.  Until recently India launch of iPhones was plagued with delays but this time, the new iPhones are already up for pre-order here and will be available across the country from today, September 28 at 6PM. Box Contents iPhone Xs Max smartphone in Silver color Lightning Earpods Wall Charger SIM Ejector tool Lightning cable First Impressions  Although the new iPhones might look similar on the outside, a lot has changed under the hood. The A12 Bionic 7nm chip powering the new iPhones is one of the best in the business. The 6.5- inch (2688 x 1245 pixels) OLED Super Retina HDR display is a treat to the eyes on the iPhone Xs Max. Everything including FaceID seems a lot faster. Cameras have been improved and we shall compare it with the Google Pixel 2 shortly. It features the similar 12-megapixel primary rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, and a 12-megapixel secondary telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture, both with OIS. What's new is the ...

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    Acer in collaboration with Yulon Group has introduced its self-driving concept car at the Taiwan Automotive Technology Innovation Summit 2018. This self-driving concept car comes integrated with Acer’s autonomous driving system with the Luxgen S3 electric vehicle platform. Both companies demonstrated their level 4[i]-ready self-driving concept car, showcasing their shared vision of AI (artificial intelligence) and autonomous driving technology. The level 4-ready self-driving concept car is based on the Luxgen S3 electric vehicle platform, with Acer’s autonomous driving system encompassing sensing, decision-making and control. The Acer self-driving system leverages AI and sensor fusion algorithms fed with data from real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning, cameras, Lidars, MMW radars, IMU (inertial measurement unit) and ultrasonic sensors. It uses deep learning technology for object recognition, and then implements dynamic vehicle control to implement the autonomous driving. Acer’s self-driving system makes dynamic vehicle control decisions through AI models based on key data including image recognition, 3D Lidar obstacle detection, high-precision maps and real-time positioning to steer the car, brake, cruise, maneuver, or park. It also has a cloud management system for car sharing services so that a control center can dispatch vehicles when users make transportation requests through their mobile device. The cloud management system can manage scheduling, monitoring, notification, ...

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    As promised, Google is rolling out Wear OS 2.1 and this brings a redesign of the OS making everything more accessible, notifications won't take up your entire screen, swiping left on the main screen takes you to Google Assistant, and swiping right displays health data. And, changes to quick settings. It also brings new shortcuts to Google Pay and Find My Phone by swiping down.  Wear OS 2.1 makes it easier to browse, dismiss or reply to notifications with the new notification stream; you can simply swipe up to see all your notifications at once. Busy day? Every minute matters. The new #WearOSbyGoogle design gives you a helping hand when you need it most, convenient access to your notifications, #GoogleFit, and more. Rolling out now: https://t.co/UldqISuWdH pic.twitter.com/dvGlhxQIQg — Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle) September 28, 2018 This redesign now lets you receive proactive and personalized help from your Google Assistant.  Google Assistant will help you stay ahead by reminding you to bring an umbrella, showing you your day’s meetings, or warning you if there is a delay on your commute. However, the update isn't widespread at the moment, as it is rolling out in batches and might be a while before it reaches everyone. Google says any ...

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