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    Apple has scheduled an event on October 30th but ahead of the launch, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared some details on what to expect from the event as well as information on other products that we might see from Apple in late 2018 or early 2019. According to Kuo, there will be an updated iPad Mini along with the regular Pro model.  As expected, there will be updated iPad Pro models with USB-C, improved displays, and an Apple Pencil with a new design. Furthermore, they will also come with Face ID, edge to edge screens, and no Home button. According to Kuo, there will be a new version of iPad Mini which has not seen an update in several years. It will feature an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel. However, it is unclear if Apple would launch it at the October 30th event or sometime later this year. We can also expect several Mac updates with upgraded processors and other internal improvements. There will also be a low-cost Notebook and updates to the MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini. Apple is also rumored to launch new AirPods and the AirPower either late in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early in the first quarter of 2019. Apple, if it is planning ...

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    Panasonic has launched Eluga Z1 and Z1 Pro, two new smartphones in the Eluga series. These have  6.19-inch HD+ notch display, powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, comes with 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera with AI features, 8-megapixel front camera with AI beautify, LED flash and face unlock. These come with dual SIM support, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, ARBO Hub, an AI powered hub which provides users access to multiple apps and services on a single platform and uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make recommendations and packs a 4000mAh battery. Panasonic Eluga Z1 and Z1 Pro Specifications 6.19-inch (1500 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Dragon Trail Pro glass protection 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU Eluga Z1: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, Eluga Z1 Pro: 4GB RAM and 64GB,  expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary camera 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 157.2x76.25x8.05mm; Weight: 168.8g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS/ A-GPS 4000mAh battery The Panasonic Eluga Z1 and Z1 Pro smartphones come in Black, Gold and Blue colors, are priced at ...

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    Update - October 24: Nokia 8110 4G is now available for purchase in India across top mobile retailers and on Nokia website at Rs. 5,999. Earlier: 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 ...

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    Update - October 24:  POCO launcher has got a new beta update, with version 2.6.1.1 the option to hide apps has been enabled, with this update users can also customize Home Screen layout and icon size. Option to customize layout can be found under POCO settings. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="267004,267003,267002"] Users need to long press on homescreen and then go to Settings, following which system asks to verify the fingerprint. After the fingerprint verification, users need to set a pattern to unhide the apps. To access the list of hidden apps, users need to ‘swipe right twice in the app drawer’, following which they need to enter pattern/fingerprint. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="267005,267000,266999"] Download POCO Launcher Beta 2.6.11 Earlier: Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched the POCO F1 running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a skin on top, which company is referring to as MIUI For POCO. MIUI for POCO is regular MIUI with few new additions like POCO launcher, stock Android like quick setting tiles and others. During the launch, the company mentioned that the POCO Launcher (Beta version) will be available on the Play store starting 29th Aug and a beta version was leaked on the same day but it didn’t have all the features which ...

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    Multiplayer online battle royale games do not need any introduction, you may already have PUBG or Fortnite installed on your mobile device. Online battle royal games like PUBG and Fortnite became very popular on the mobile platform this year, both the games have crossed 100 million downloads mark within a few months of launch. Now, one more mobile internet company wants online battle royale madness to take on users and if you live in India, there are good chances that you have a phone from this company in your neighborhood, take a guess which company are we talking about. Yes, we are talking about Mi, guessed it right? Today, Xiaomi on its Mi Community India announced that Mi game team is working on new online battle royale game called 'Survival Game'. As per the post by Mi Community admin, Survival Game is a large-scale, sci-fi 3D shooting mobile game independently developed by Xiaomi Company. The game created an avant-garde battlefield based on the battle royale mode. Players need to compete with each other and be the last one standing. Each match starts with players flying from the spaceship onto a map area. Players could decide when and where to land on the battlefield. ...

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    Ahead of the OnePlus 6T launch, OnePlus has announced pop-ups in 9 cities across 12 locations in the country on November 2, 2018. Notably, the pop-ups start a couple of days after the launch of 6T in India, which is on October 30, 2018. Talking about the location, the pop-ups will land from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm IST on 2 November in 13 locations across 9 cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Globally, these pop-ups will be held in Europe, North America, India and China in premium locations across 32 key cities in total. With pop-ups, people and fans can experience and even buy the new OnePlus 6T on November 2. Those who attend pop-ups will receive exclusive OnePlus goodies including OnePlus 6T phone covers and bumpers, OnePlus Sketchbook, OnePlus ‘Never Settle’ T-shirts and OnePlus tote bags. The premium OnePlus 6T will be available exclusively on Amazon India with some amazing offers including cash back on credit and debit card transactions, No cost EMI, Free damage protection for 12 months and more. Now you can pre-book the device, where the customer will receive a pair of OnePlus’ all-new Type-C Bullets earphones, worth Rs. 1490 along with ...

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    Italy's anti-trust watchdog has fined Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics 5 million euros ($5.7 million) each over reports suggesting both the companies slowed down their phones through software updates. the Cupertino company was hit with an additional 5 million euro fine for failing to give clear information about how to maintain or eventually replace handset batteries. Italian consumer groups report that software updates for Apple and Samsung smartphones reduced the functionality of the devices and were designed to push users into buying new handsets. The anti-trust body said in a statement that some Apple and Samsung firmware updates “had caused serious dysfunctions and reduced performance significantly, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them”. Both the companies failed to provided users with adequate information about the impact of the new software “or any means of restoring the original functionality of the products”. Apple, however, acknowledged last year's iOS had slowed down some phones with battery problems but denied it had ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product. The firm apologized for its actions and cut battery replacement costs. Samsung’s software updates for its phones have not previously been questioned. But the Italian regulator said that it took the decision based on complaints ...

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    Google has announced that it is making it easier for users to make a decision about their data directly within the Google products they use every day, starting with Search. Without ever leaving Search, you can now review and delete your recent Search activity, get quick access to the most relevant privacy controls in your Google Account. When you use Google products, you generate data about your activity. For Search, this data includes the terms you search for, links you interact with and other information like your current location when you search. Google is now bringing the controls to you – from directly within Search, you can review or delete your Search activity and quickly get back to finding what you were searching for. The company is also providing quick access to the privacy controls in your Google Account that are most relevant as you use Search. For example, to control the ads you see when you search, Google is also giving access to Ad Settings. Additionally, you can access your Activity Controls to decide what information Google saves to your account and uses to make Search and other Google services faster, smarter and more useful. The company is launching this improvement in Google Search on desktop ...

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    Google has announced users can use Lens to search for information in an image like a landmark in a travel photo or wallpaper in a stylish room.  Similar to Lens in the Google Assistant and Google Photos, Lens in Google Images identify things within an image you might want to learn about and shows you similar ones. When you press the Lens button in Google Images, dots will appear on objects you can learn more about. The lens in Google Images can also make it easier to find and buy things you like online. Google Images will also show you related information and images. From there, you can learn more about it, or find places where you might be able to buy a similar couch. Lens in Google Images also helps website owners by giving them a new way to be discovered through a visual search, similar to a traditional Google Search. To start, the dots will appear on products and other objects Lens has identified, and in the coming months, the dots will appear in more types of images, such as landmarks, animals and plants. You can still draw around anything you’re interested in the inside of an image to get more ...

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    Xiaomi just announced Mi MIX 3, the company’s latest flagship smartphone in the Mi MIX series at an event in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display 93.4% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to narrow bottom bezels which is reduced by 4.46mm compared to the Mi MIX 2S. It also has a customized antenna design so the antenna space is reduced by 72%. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 10GB of RAM, has support for Google ARCore and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with support for AI voice assistant as well as a dedicated AI button to launch it. It has a magnetic slider design with neodymium permanent magnets, making the sliding screen more reliable and functional. You can answer a call, take a selfie, open the shortcuts drawer and do more just by sliding up. You can also personalize the sound of the screen sliding with five different sounds. The company says that the slider will last for 300,000 cycles. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, Dual Pixel auto focus and a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens with Samsung S5K3M3+ sensor for AI portraits, has AI scene recognition and loss-less zoom. It has a 24-megapixel front ...

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    Google had added a new 'Follow' button to Maps that allows users to follow places right from the app. Once you’ve followed places, news from them—like events, offers, and other updates will appear in the For you tab. Users who want to know about all the new places opening around town, you’ll start seeing profiles for places before they even open on Google Maps for Android and mobile search and look for the opening date in orange. Places that are opening soon can create a free Business Profile that will appear to people up to 3 months in advance of opening letting users know ahead of time to mark their calendars. The feature is rolling out over the next few weeks and places interested in making sure their coming soon locations are shown on Maps. Source

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    Amazon Web Services (AWS) back in 2017 announced Alexa for Business, giving companies the ability to build custom and scalable voice experiences with Alexa. The company now announced that device makers building with the Alexa Voice Service can now create fully integrated solutions, so their products can be registered with Alexa for Business and managed as shared devices in organizations. Alexa for Business customers will soon be able to centrally manage and deploy supported products with Alexa built-in — whether it’s built by Amazon or third-party device makers. Thanks to a simple extension to the AVS Device SDK, device makers can leverage Alexa for Business to bring the power of voice to enterprises. This solutions allow for deployment of third-party devices to shared spaces such as conference rooms, hotel and dorm rooms, lobbies, kitchens, break rooms, and copy rooms, device management as part of the device makers' existing management flow, such as room designation, device health monitoring, and location setting and skill management, such as public and private skill assignment for shared devices without publishing to the public Alexa Skills Store. The Alexa for Business capabilities is provided as an extension to the AVS Device SDK, starting with version 1.10 that is available to download from ...

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    Microsoft has announced third-quarter results ended on 30th September 2018. When compared to the last fiscal year, the revenue is increased by 19% resulting in $29.1 billion, operating income is $10.0 billion with an increase of 29%, the net income was $8.8 billion with 34% increase, and the diluted earnings per share was $1.14 and increased 36%. Microsoft returned $6.1 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, an increase of 27% compared to the first quarter of the fiscal year 2018. The revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $9.8 billion with an increase of 19%. The Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 17% driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 36%. Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 16% with continued growth in Office 365 consumer subscribers to 32.5 million. LinkedIn revenue increased 33% with record levels of engagement with 34% session growth. Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased by 20% driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51%. Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $8.6 billion and increased by 24%. Windows OEM revenue increased 3% driven by OEM Pro revenue growth of 8%. The Windows commercial ...

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    Xiaomi's second gen Mi TVs launched in India a few weeks back and we've been putting the 49inch 4A Pro through its paces. With some surprises and a bit more polish, the Mi TV 4A Pro 49 inch looks like it has perfected the winning formula. Follow along for our full review. Design While the 55 inch flagship television from Xiaomi opts for barely there bezels and a razor slim profile,  Mi TV 4A 49 Pro takes a more practical approach to design. The bezels are larger, so is the general thickness. Now, these things might matter to give context but do not make a difference in actual utility. The TV looks pretty damn good. The construction is all plastic and looks, feels robust. Close inspection reveals that the use of high-quality plastics instead of glass or aluminium is a way to reduce costs but that's a trade-off that will likely be acceptable to the entire target user base. We do wish that the feet stands were metal instead of plastic but once put up, they held up just fine and did not give any cause for concern. You can of course use a wall mount. The port selection continues to be pretty good on the ...

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    Nokia has announced that its manufacturing unit in Chennai in South India has started manufacturing 5G New Radio (NR) based on the 3GPP 5G New Radio Release 15 standard. The Chennai plant is one of the largest telecom equipment manufacturing plant in the country. It has recently reached 4 million unit annual production milestone of 2G, 3G and 4G units. The Chennai plant serves both domestic as well as global customers, shipping to over 100 countries. Data usage has increased significantly especially in India and is set to increase significantly the in 5G era with billions of connected devices. 5G NR will support such data consumption by providing significantly more network capacity, higher user throughput and lower latency with increased network reliability. Nokia's Chennai factory produces a range of telecom equipment across technologies, and now will include 5G gear in its shipments as network deployments start. As part of an ongoing program, the Nokia Chennai plant recently implemented the first 'real-world' Smart Manufacturing application of Industry 4.0 in India leveraging solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and Internet of Things to enhance operations and increase productivity. The plant is equipped with manufacturing technologies, such ...

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    Since its inception a few years back, OnePlus has written many success stories, out of it, one that really prevailed over the other is the success of its premium flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. In spite of being on sale for just 5 months, OnePlus yet again dominates the premium smartphone segment for the second successive quarter, capturing 30% of the market driven by the strong performance of its OnePlus 6. According to Counterpoint research, this is nothing but the result of positive word of mouth along with an effective social media strategy in targeting a new user base. In addition to it, the company continues to increase its points of sale by launching its offline and exclusive stores across key cities, in turn helping the brand to reach out to larger user base as well. The Counterpoint Research’s most recent analysis also added that the Indian smartphone market especially the premium smartphone (>INR 30,000/US$400) shipments reached an all-time third-quarter peak during Q3 2018. This is due to various attractive offers and deals during Flipkart's 'Big Billion Day' and Amazon's 'The Great Indian Festival Sale'. At present, the top three brands, Samsung, OnePlus and Apple contributed to 83% of the overall premium market ...

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    OnePlus has announced a partnership with SOUQ.com to launch its upcoming flagship; the OnePlus 6T to consumers in the UAE, marking its entry in the Middle East. It is a well-known fact that the OnePlus 6T will be launching globally on 29 October at an event in New York City. The company says that consumers in UAE can pre-order the OnePlus 6T on SOUQ.com from 31st October. As for the OnePlus 6T, it will come with a tear-drop notch at the front along with a Screen Unlock technology, which uses an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company says that 'Screen Unlock' is all set to be the fastest in-display fingerprint sensor available in the market today. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC with the latest Android version - Android Pie 9.0 out of the box. Following the successful partnership with Amazon in India, OnePlus is all set to team up with Amazon-owned, SOUQ.com to bring OnPlus 6T to more users in UAE. Pete Lau, CEO, and Founder, OnePlus said  We believe in the huge opportunity in the Middle East with its discerning and tech-savvy audiences. Now, we cannot wait for the people of the Souq.com customers to experience the OnePlus 6T and become a part ...

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    Meizu has announced Note8, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in China, as it had promised. It has a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by Snapdragon 632 with 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with flyme OS on top, has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Dual PD auto focus,  Sony IMX362 sensor, f/1.9 aperture along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera for portraits. It has an 8-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It has a metal body, fingerprint sensor on the back, and packs a 3600mAh battery with support for mCharge fast charging. Meizu Note8 rumored specifications 6-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM,  64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Flyme OS 7 12MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX362 sensor, f/1.9 aperture, Dual PD auto focus, 6P lens, secondary 5MP camera 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 153.64×75.56×7.95mm ; Weight: 168g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS 3600mAh (typical) / 3500mAh (minimum) battery with mCharge fast charging The Meizu Note8 comes in Black, Blue, Purple and ...

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    With all the new pocket friendly televisions hitting the market lately, it's been good times for budding cinephiles. The one caveat is of course the rather poor sound output from most of these televisions.  Sony's all new HT-S700 RF Home Theater aims to help you upgrade to a high-quality surround sound cinematic experience at a price that won't pinch your pocket. Does it work well? Let's find out.  Sony Home Theater HT-S700RF specifications 1000W output 5.1 channel surround sound 18cm (HT-S500RF) and 20 cm (HT-S700R) sub woofer size Rear speakers – Tall Boy speakers (HT-S700R) / Book Shelf Speakers   (HT-S500RF) Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.2, USB x 1, HDMI x 1, Optical-in x 1, Analogue Audio Input x 1 Metal Punching Grille design S-Master Amplifier Sony Music Center Mobile Application Design The Sony HT-S700RF uses a hybrid design where the front three channels are combined into a single sound bar. That leaves you two rear 'Tall Boy' speakers as well as a sub woofer. Getting all the components within a single frame proved to be exceedingly hard, so we're going to leave you Sony's product image for that. So, as we mentioned earlier, the centre, left and right channels are combined into a single, well-built soundbar. The ...

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    Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 Android One smartphone in India in 4GB RAM with 64GB RAM version back in August. It also launched the Red Edition last month. At the launch the company said that it will launch the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version soon. After over three months, the company has launched the top-end version of the phone in the country. It doesn't have any other changes other than RAM and storage. Xiaomi Mi A2 specifications 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with  1500:1 Contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage /  6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB (eMMC 5.1) storage Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.75 aperture, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25μm pixel size, EIS, 20MP secondary camera with Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels 20MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 sensor, 4 in 1 – 2.0um pixels soft LED flash Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 158.7×75.4×7.3mm; Weight: 168g Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth ...

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