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    Mi.com was the first technology e-commerce platform in India to offer a reward program called Reward Mi which was announced by Xiaomi India back in June 2017. Reward Mi is a program to rewards fans with exclusive benefits such as F-codes and discount coupons which can be redeemed on selected products on mi.com. Earlier this year, Xiaomi India announced another reward program called Mi VIP Club for its fans and classified VIP fans into four levels called Silver Class, Gold Class, Platinum Class, and Diamond Class. Users earn these VIP points and Mi Tokens by purchasing products, users earn 10% of transaction values as Mi Tokens and 1% as Mi VIP points, based on which they are entitled to upgrade reward whenever they reach to a higher level. Platinum and Diamond class users also receive birthday gifts on their birthdays from Xiaomi India. Now, the company has added some new offers for Reward Mi users, users can also redeem Mi Tokens to get discount coupons for Paytm, Hungama, Cleartrip, and Eazydiner. Following are the details for discount coupons/vouchers, Eazydiner: 500 Mi Tokens to get a INR 250 off voucher, applicable on bills exceeding INR 500, for t&c related to this offer refer ...

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    Android 9.0 Pie brings new gesture navigation that replaces three software nav buttons. This new gesture-based navigation requires you to swipe back and forth between apps and menus. This new navigation method is optional on the Pixel and Pixel 2, but Google has confirmed that it is default on the Pixel 3.  The new gesture-based navigation system cannot be disabled or swapped either. Google on Twitter said that "Pixel 3 introduces a new pattern that will represent navigation on all Android phones going forward, the tweet said. "While change & adapting to new patterns is hard, we believe it's a better navigation pattern & makes app switching a faster experience." Hi! Pixel 3 introduces a new pattern that will represent navigation on all Android phones going forward. While change & adapting to new patterns is hard, we believe it's a better navigation pattern & makes app switching a faster experience. — Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 9, 2018 However, this doesn't come as a surprise especially since it is enabled by default on the new phones with Pie. So, if you were hoping on using the classic nav buttons on your Pixel 3, this might be a bit disappointing.

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    Alphabet unit Google has challenged the fine imposed by the European Union antitrust regulators in July. The commission has fined Google a record 4.34-billion euro (£3.8 billion) for imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile networks to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google in a statement said that “We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU.” The company had previously said it would take the case to Europe’s second highest court in Luxembourg. As for the European Commission, in its July decision said that Google had abused its market dominance since 2011. It further said that Google imposed conditions that manufacturers have to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome) as a condition for licensing Google’s PlayStore. Google said to have made payments to certain manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively use the Google Search app on their devices. Since it is a complex case, it could take several years before judges rule on it. A final appeal is possible at Europe’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union. Source

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    HMD Global today launched Nokia 3.1 Plus, the company's latest Android One smartphone at an event in Delhi. It has a 6-inch HD+ display, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), has a  13-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots. It also has an 8-megapixel front camera. It has a metal-like matte finish, comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back, has dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3500mAh battery that promises up to 2 days of battery life. Nokia 3.1 Plus specifications 6-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with toughened glass for protection 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 2GB LPPDDR3 RAM with 16GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, 3GB LPPDDR3 RAM with 32GB  (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash,  f/2.0 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dimensions: 156.88 x 76.44 x 8.19 mm; Weight: 180g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, ...

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    HMD Global just launched the Nokia 8110 4G feature phone in India, months after it was introduced at the MWC earlier this year. It comes with 2.4-inch QVGA Curved display, intuitive tactile mechanics with slide to answer and end the call, and a helicopter-style spin on its axis. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 Mobile Platform clocked at 1.1GHz Dual-Core processor. It comes with access to an app store with apps like Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Maps, Facebook, and Twitter, lets send and receive emails, import your contacts and sync your calendar with Outlook and Gmail. It also comes with a revamped version of Snake game. It comes with Dual SIM support in India with support for WiFi hotspot and packs a 2000mAh battery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_bsCU1-PM Nokia 8110 4G specifications 2.4-inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA display 1.1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform (MSM8905) with Adreno 304 GPU 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, expandable memory up with microSD Dual SIM (micro + nano) Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS 2MP rear camera with LED flash Drip protection (IP52) Dimensions: 133.45 x 49.3 x 14.9 mm; Weight: 117 g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, USB 2.0 2000mAh battery The Nokia 8110 4G comes in Black and Yellow ...

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    Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced an agreement with Apple Inc. to license certain of its power management technologies, transfer certain of its assets and over 300 employees to Apple to support chip research and development. Apple will pay $300 million in cash for the transaction and prepay $300 million for Dialog products to be delivered over the next three years. The company says that the employees who are being transferred have worked closely with Apple for many years, and this transition will foster deeper collaboration between the two companies. Dialog also announces that it has been awarded a broad range of new contracts from Apple for the development and supply of power management, audio subsystem, charging and other mixed-signal integrated circuits.  The Revenue from the new contracts is expected to be realized starting in 2019 and accelerating in 2020 and 2021. Dialog’s 2018 revenue will not be affected by this agreement, and the company will continue shipments of current products in production to Apple. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019. Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies said: Dialog has deep expertise in chip development, and we are thrilled to have this talented group of ...

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    Microsoft announced that it joined hands with Open Invention Network (“OIN”) which is a community dedicated to protecting Linux and other open source software programs from patent risk. With this association, Microsoft believes that it will be able to do more than ever to help protect Linux and other important open source workloads from patent assertions. Microsoft says that collaborative development through the open source process can accelerate innovation. Both the companies will demonstrate a commitment to open source software (OSS) and innovation through collaborative development. With more than 2,650 members, including numerous Fortune 500 enterprises, OIN is the largest patent non-aggression community and represents a core set of community values related to open source licensing, which has become the norm. OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. Erich Andersen Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel said: Joining OIN reflects Microsoft’s patent practice evolving in lock-step with the company’s views on Linux and open source more generally. We began this journey over two years ago through programs ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand just announced the Honor 8C, the company's latest budget smartphone and the successor of the Honor 7C in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, is the first smartphone to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 632 SoC, has up to 4GB of RAM, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for capturing depth information in portrait shots and AI scene recognition. It comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the front with AI beautify features. It has 3D nano-level texture design, combining the gradient color and glare, offering an unique light and shadow circulation effect, features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It has Dual 4G VoLTE support, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots, and packs a 4000mAh battery that promises up to 12.5 hours of online video playback. Honor 8C specifications 6.26-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 ...

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    Microsoft Corp. and Anil Kumble’s technology startup, Spektacom Technologies, with support from broadcast partner Star India introduced Power Bat to provide players, coaches, commentators, fans and viewers with a completely new and unique way to engage with the sport and help improve their game. This will be powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using AI and Internet of Things (IoT) services. Microsoft has been working closely with Spektacom and its founder Anil Kumble, the former captain, Indian cricket team, to incubate and launch the product, as part of its ScaleUp program. The Power Bat is a unique concept whereby a lightweight, Azure Sphere-powered sticker is stuck on the shoulder of the bat to form factor that is completely unobtrusive. The #PowerBat leverages Microsoft’s Azure Sphere, #Azure #IoT and #AI services to securely capture, analyse and process the data for real-time insights, which we call Power Spek: @AnilKumble1074 pic.twitter.com/O060YtC5Jn — Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) October 11, 2018 In a live match, as soon as the batsman hits the ball, data on different parameters are captured in a new unit of measurement titled Power Speks. It captures the bat speed, twist of the bat in the hands of the batsman, the proximity of contact made with the ball to ...

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    The OnePlus 6T has been scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks time, following up on the OnePlus 6, which was released in May. As the name suggests, the OnePlus 6T is an incremental update over one of the best smartphones of 2018, the OnePlus 6. Hence what do we get in this 6th generation 'T' edition smartphone? Before talking in-depth, the new upgrades include a water-drop notch, in-display fingerprint scanner, a.k.a. Screen Unlock, Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, bigger battery and of course, several launch offers. With that being said, the mid-cycle refresh of  OnePlus 6 seems to have  some jaw-dropping features to justify its existence in this brief amount of time as well. In this article, we have listed out 5 things we can't wait for in the upcoming OnePlus 6T. Water-drop notch Unlike OnePlus 6 with a big notch, the OnePlus 6T is expected to come  with a trending water-drop notch in a bid to give more real estate on the display. In OnePlus 6T, the notch is really small and shaped like a water droplet wrapping around the front camera. While the regular notch had an earpiece, front camera and sensors, the functionality of the water drop notch remain foggy at present mainly due to its size. Screen Unlock A few days back OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau confirmed the In-display Fingerprint scanner, a.k.a. Screen Unlock through a forum post on OnePlus Forums. He also added Screen Unlock consolidates a collection of software processes and hardware components, tuned in such a way to work optimally on the OnePlus 6T. Having said that, the  Screen Unlock  feature will recognise fingerprint with higher accuracy through extended usage. Furthermore, the company has ditched the 3.5mm audio jack as well. As stated by Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, removing the headphone jack has freed up more space, allowing them to put more new technology into the product. Bigger battery Some rumours and leaks across the Internet so far have been pointing towards the OnePlus 6T equipping a bigger 3700mAh battery for the first time in OnePlus history. Notably, the OnePlus 6T  battery  is  10%  bigger than its predecessor and will be also having OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging technology. Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box OnePlus 6T will be the ...

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    Huawei  introduced EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 (Pie) at the IFA 2018 last month. Today the company has announced that  EMUI 9.0 will bring local language support, local calendar, deeper integration of Paytm, and more. Huawei promises 12.9% better performance and 10% better app load times with EMIUI 9, compared to EMUI 8. EMUI 9.0 will feature Natural UX design with integration of nature’s sound and color with natural minimalist style, returning to the natural immersive design. This also brings down number of settings from 940 in EMUI 8.0 to 843 in EMUI 9.0. It also promises smooth experience with GPU Turbo 2.0 that improves the graphics performance of a smartphone by 60% while reducing power consumption by 30%, and Helpful AI. Supported operators has been increased from 90 to 147, and the number of APIs has been increased from 22API to 33API, which can identify the scene. It will support more than 1500 atomization services, up from 500. HiVision in EMUI9.0 can identify most of the world’s places of interest and over 10 million paintings. In addition to this, EMUI 9 also comes with Google’s Digital Wellbeing features that help users track how much time they are spending on their smartphones. EMUI 9.0 will be first ...

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    OPPO Mobile has introduced OPPO Hyper Boost, its full-scenario, system-level performance boost engine at an event in Shanghai, China yesterday. Developed extensively over the year, this promises improvements to smartphone's power consumption and performance by optimizing system-level resource allocation, says that company. Hyper Boost works by enabling real-time "two-way dialogs" between applications and system resources. After having recognized the various scenarios and user behaviors from different applications and game programs, Hyper Boost comprehensively optimizes the allocation of resources across the system to specific needs. This helps ensure better utilization of hardware resources, faster response speed of applications and game programs, and smoother operation of the overall system. Consisting of three parts, Hyper Boost offers comprehensive acceleration for smartphones at three levels: system, game, and application. System engine: Hyper Boost delivers system-level optimization across the Qualcomm and MediaTek platforms. The system engine provides over 50 solutions for optimizing the utilization of the underlying hardware resources against 20-plus software scenarios and 20-plus software behaviors, ensuring that users have a smooth and stable experience in almost every common scenario. This optimization helps general applications achieve up to 31.91% shorter loading time. Game engine: One of the smartphone manufacturers to first work with Tencent, Netease and ...

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    Apple seems to be working on a new technology that could detect nuisance callers using spoofed phone numbers as the company filed for patents named "Detection of spoofed call information." This system could let iPhones perform checks on a call to ascertain if it is genuine, if not warn the user of the nuisance callers or prevent it from disturbing the phone user at all.  There are cases where a call is made, a session initiation protocol (SIP) invite is sent along between phone networks to the user's device. The SIP invite can contain a number of elements, with headers providing data meant to establish the call, such as speech codec information, network equipment identifiers, 3GPP VoLTE protocol information, server identifiers, and other elements. While the spoofing caller can fill in some SIP invite fields, some are populated or overwritten by network servers as it travels. This automatically added or altered information constitutes a signature for that network, which could be used to compare with other existing call signatures to determine if the call itself is legitimate. The new Apple's system could also be used to determine if the spoofer is passing the call through a forwarding device, which is connected to a legitimate network ...

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    'Genius' as we know is the world’s biggest encyclopedia of music, built by artists, scholars, and super-fans working together. The company has announced that it is making Apple Music its default music player and subscribers who visit Genius will be able to play any song in full right from the song page. Genius will provide lyrics to thousands of hit songs on the service thus bringing world-class accuracy and timeliness that is backed by Genius’s global community of artists and fans. The Apple Music player is currently available on Genius.com and in iOS app. Ben Gross, Genius’s Chief Strategy Officer said: Being able to read lyrics and annotations on Genius while you listen along on Apple Music is a dream Genius experience. We’re proud to make Apple Music our official music player, and we’re doubly excited to bring Genius lyrics to their amazing platform. Source

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    Google earlier this week has introduced new hardware, and along with it, the company has introduced new Assistant features that will be coming over the next few weeks. The Google Assistant can now also control many popular media and entertainment devices, and the biggest among them is the ability to detect spam calls and let Assistant do the job for you.  When you get an incoming call from an unknown caller, just tap “Screen call” to let the Google Assistant help out. You'll see a transcript of the caller's responses in real-time. This feature is coming to Pixel 3 this month and to Pixel 1 and 2 in November. This uses the same AI technology as Google Duplex. The company back in May at the I/O 2018 introduced the Duplex technology which on behalf of the user takes the appointment requests and more. At the Pixel event, Google announced that this feature would live in November. All three generations of Pixels will be getting Duplex booking capabilities, but only in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and the San Francisco Bay Area to begin with. Every smartphone comes with a lockscreen, and this acts as a security layer but also makes the Assistant useless which could be ...

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    After being in beta for a while, Apple rolled out the iOS 12 updates to every compatible phone on September 17th.  The iOS 12 update is now present on 53% of active devices introduced in the last four years, according to Apple states page on the App Store.  iOS installation rates are being broken down in a new way. The 53% statistic applies only to devices released in the last four years. While it is at 50% on the whole. Of all the device released in the last four years, 40% are running on iOS 11 and 7% are running an earlier version of iOS. Among all devices, 39% continue to run iOS 11 while 11% use an earlier version of the operating system. Apple's data is in line with iOS 12 adoption rates as monitored by analytics site Mixpanel which suggested around 46% of devices were running iOS 12. The iOS 12 adoption has outpaced iOS 11 adoption rates at the same time last year. In early October of 2017, iOS 11 was only installed on approximately 38.5% of devices and by the early November 2017, the iOS 11 adoption rate hit 50%, according to Apple's official numbers. iOS 12 adoption rates are in ...

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    Update - October 12, 2018: Images of the S5 Pro and the other smartphone has surfaced on TENAA. This confirms dual front cameras, metal back and rear-mounted fingerprint sensors for the phones. Earlier: After teasers Lenovo has finally announced that the S5 Pro, successor of the S5 will be introduced on October 18th. The invite reveals dual front cameras for the smartphone. Lenovo L58041 that has been certified by TENAA today has revealed more specifications including a 6.18-inch FHD+ display, 1.8GHz Octa-Core SoC with up to 6GB RAM, 20MP + 12MP dual rear cameras and 20MP + 8MP dual front cameras. Lenovo S5 Pro (L58041) rumored specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Processor 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) 20MP rear camera with LED flash, 12MP secondary rear camera 20MP front-facing camera, 8MP secondary camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  154.5×75.45×7.7mm; Weight: 160g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS 3500mAh battery Another smartphone with L38041 model number and a similar display has been certified, but this has 16+5MP dual rear cameras, ...

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    Sony Mobile officially confirmed the list of its smartphones that will get Android 9.0 (Pie) update back in August. It said that its Premium-range models will get the upgrade from November, now the company has started rolling out the Pie update for its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones earlier than expected date. Android Pie update comes with lots of new features and improvements including navigation gestures, Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps, App Actions, and more. The update comes with new camera app, however it doesn't include portrait selfie mode. The OTA update is 1.05GB in size and has version number 52.0.A.3.27. It also includes the latest October Android security patches. Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ1 and XZ should get the update soon. The company already said that its XA2 series will get the update in early 2019. Source

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    HMD Global launched the Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone in India, making it the first country to get the phone. Check out the first impressions and the photo gallery of the smartphone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LCw2xfCUmU The phone comes with a large 6-inch HD+ display 1440 × 720 pixel resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass on the front. The company says that it has toughened glass for protection. Even though it has just 268 PPI, the display looks bright. It runs on stock Android 8.1 (Oreo), and the company has promised Android 9.0 (Pie) update for the phone in the future. There is an 8-megapixel camera on the front along with Nokia branding. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC with 3GB of RAM. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="266050,266052,266054,266051"] The phone has a metal body. The volume rockers and the power button is present on the right, dual SIM and microSD slot is present on the left, 3.5mm audio jack is on the right and the micro USB port and the loudspeaker grill is present on the bottom. On the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and a secondary 5-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture. It has single LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is present below it. ...

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    Samsung introduced the Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) back in June. Today it has introduced the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE) with support for built-in 4G SIM slot for LTE support, making it one of the first Chromebooks with 4G support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_LLSyUWy-s The company says that it is powered by Intel Celeron processor. Other specifications should be similar to the WiFi version, including 12.2-inch (1920×1080 pixels) touch screen that transforms it from notebook to tablet to sketchbook, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with a microSD card slot that can be expanded up to 400GB, built-in pen for the precision of the stylus, 2 x USB-C with 4K display out, 1 x USB3.0, Aluminum alloy/Glass/Plastic body, 1MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera, Stereo Speakers and a 39Wh battery. The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE) is priced at $599.99 (Rs. 44,150 approx.), $100 more than the WiFi model and will be available starting from November 2, 2018 at Samsung.com as well as Best Buy and Verizon.

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