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    Apple yesterday released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, over a month after it released  macOS 10.14 Mojave that brought Dark Mode, a new Dynamic Desktop with a series of time-shifting images to match the time of day, New productivity features and a redesigned Mac App Store. The update brings Group FaceTime, a feature that was removed during the beta testing period. This lets you chat with up to 32 people at once, and is also available in iOS 12.1. It also brings more than 70 new emoji characters that are also available in iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1. It also improves the stability, compatibility and security. The macOS 10.14.1 update is about 3.3GB in size, which varies depending on the Mac and can be downloaded by going to the "Software Update" section of System Preferences, which is a installation method that was introduced with the Mojave update. The macOS Mojave 10.14.1 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. Adds support for Group FaceTime video and audio calls, which support up to 32 participants simultaneously, are encrypted end-to-end for privacy, and can be initiated from a group Messages conversation, or joined at any time during an active call. Adds over ...

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    Google has finally announced Hindi language update on Google Assistant for Google Home smart speakers. Starting today, Google Home will also be able to respond in Hindi with uniquely Indian contexts. The Hindi language support on Assistant is already available on smartphones.  To converse with Google Home in Hindi, users need to set up their Google Assistant to recognize the language. Users need to open the ‘Google Home App’ on their smartphone, tap the ‘Account’, then select ‘Settings.’ Navigate to the ‘Assistant’ tab, and then select ‘Add a language’ and set Hindi as the first language in the list. Users can then just say “Ok Google” to start a conversation with their Assistant on Google Home and ask a question in Hindi. Users can get quick answers, ask to play Hindi songs, control connected home devices, shop, get daily information, and much more. Apart from these, users can also use it to set alarms, know the weather, call your contacts and much more. The feature is available starting today on your Google Home devices.

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    A month and a half after the official rollout, iOS 12 is now installed on 63% of active devices from last four years. This data is according to updated iOS 12 installation statistics shared on the App Store support page for developers. Apple has been actively sharing the statistics since the iOS 12 release, providing information on both newer and older devices.  The iOS installation rates are being broken down in a new way. The 63% statistic applies only to devices released in the last four years. 60% of all iOS devices have the update installed. A 29% of devices continue to run iOS 11 while 11% run an earlier version of iOS. As for devices released within the last four years, 30% still run on iOS 11 while 7% have an earlier version of iOS installed. The iOS 12 installation rate grew 10% from data collected back in October which was at 53%. Between October 10th and October 29th, which is the date Apple last collected the installation numbers, the company released the iPhone XR which likely explains the 10% jump in active devices using the new operating system. The jump is expected to be even more over the next 30 days with the iOS 12.1 update. The iOS 12.1 introduces 70 new ...

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    Apple WatchOS 5.1 seems to be reportedly bricking the Apple Watches, meaning the update isn't quite ready yet. Apple initially rolled out the update earlier this week along with iOS 12.1 but quickly pulled it hours later the reports of bricked Series 4 watches. Users who are affected by this issue took it to Twitter and Reddit to warn of the issues. This caused some watches to be stuck on the loading screen. The update is no longer available, but for those who did download the update and now have a bricked watch, Apple says it is working on a fix and will ship it as soon as possible. This Apple Watch issue comes in less than 24 hours after Apple unveiled new iPad Pro, refreshed MacBook Air, Mac Mini. Since it is Apple, the patch might be underway and can expect it to be rolled out anytime soon. Apple in a statement said: Due to a small number of Apple Watch customers experiencing an issue while installing watchOS 5.1 today, we’ve pulled back the software update as a precaution. Any customers impacted should contact AppleCare, but no action is required if the update installed successfully. We are working on a fix for an upcoming ...

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    Earlier this week Apple released the iOS 12.1 update after testing it for over six weeks. As mentioned in the software update log, Apple has extended the performance management feature to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The company even reflected the change on its iPhone Battery and Performance website. Furthermore, it says that the performance management "may be less noticeable" on the said iPhone models due to their "more advanced hardware and software design."  Going back in time, Apple first enabled the performance management system in iOS 10.2.1, but it was limited to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple back in December mentioned that the design of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X allows for a "different" performance management system that "more precisely" prevents unexpected shutdowns, however, prior to the iOS 12.1, no performance management feature has been enabled to  iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The company said: "Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus." The power management feature can be disabled from the settings app under the battery ...

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    LG has launched a new high-end brand with an aim of combining home appliances with furniture, targeting consumers who are seeking unique design. The new brand will be called 'LG Objet' which it will use for what it calls "premium private appliances." The company said: "LG Objet is a new concept of convergence appliances which brings electronics and furniture together."  This claims that the products will not only function as electronics devices but as home decor too. The new brand is LG's second premium brand and follows LG Signature which was launched in 2016. The company said LG Objet products stand out from other appliances in the market as they utilize various materials, including wood and metal, to help consumers customize their home environment. The company even introduced the first batch of LG Objet products; a refrigerator, air purifier, audio system, and TV. The appliances are custom-made and take around three months to produce. The LG Objet TV comes with a 65-inch Super Ultra HD display and a premium soundbar. The price tag for the TV is at 9.99 million won ($8,755 or Rs.6,46,425 approx.). The brand's refrigerator, which utilizes premium ash wood to give it a luxury look, comes with a price ...

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    Xiaomi has finally started rolling out MIUI 10 update for the POCO F1 smartphone, as it had promised, in two months after it was launched running MIUI 9.6. The new MIUI 10 update brings major changes like 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. The new update comes as MIUI 10.0.4.0.OEJMIFH and is 592 MB in size. This update has October security patch and is still based on Android 8.1 (Oreo). The company earlier this week started rolling out Android Pie update for closed group of beta testers, before stable roll out later this year. You can download the recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method. Check out the changelog below, Designed for full screen experience All-new UI is tailored for full screen devices and lets the content take the front stage. (New design looks fresh and clean on older devices too) 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 of the forest, beach, drizzle, stove fire and summer night will help you to relax and ...

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    Lenovo just announced the Z5 Pro, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in the 'Z series' in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED  19.5:9 aspect ratio display with 2.07mm ultra narrow bezels and 95.06% screen-to-body ratio. It has a slider design that hides the 16-megapixel front camera, earpiece and the 8-megapixel IR face unlock. The company says that the sliding mechanism has been tested to last 300,000 times. It comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by Snapdragon 710, has 6GB of RAM and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 10. It has 16MP + 24MP dual rear cameras with Sony sensors that combines four pixels into one pixel in low light conditions. Lenovo Z5 Pro specifications 6.39-inch ( 1080 × 2340 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 6GB RAM,  64GB / 128GB internal memory Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 10 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX519 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Dual-tone LED flash, secondary 24MP camera with Sony IMX576 sensor, f/1.8 aperture 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, secondary 8MP IR ...

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    Vivo has announced Y93, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in the 'Y series' in China. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio waterdrop notch display, is the first smartphone to be powered by Snapdragon 439 12nm SoC, has 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.5, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for potraits, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It pack a huge 4030mAh battery. Vivo Y93 specifications 6.22-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core (Quad 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + Quad 1.45GHz Cortex A53) Snapdragon 439 Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory  with microSD Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 8MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 155.1 × 75.09 × 8.28mm; Weight: 163.5g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS 4030mAh (typical) built-in battery The Vivo Y93 comes in Midnight Black and Purple colors, is priced 1500 yuan (Rs. 15,890 approx.) and will go on sale in China soon. Source 

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    Huawei's Honor Brand, along with the Honor Magic 2 also introduced the Honor Watch Magic smartwatch, which is similar to Huawei Watch GT that was introduced recently, but with a slightly smaller display. It sports a 1.2-inch (390 x 390 pixels) AMOLED color display with 326 PPI pixel density and incorporates a dual-crown design with 9.8mm stainless steel case. It has a heart rate sensor on the back. The body is made of 316L cold forged stainless steel and Black and Red, two-tone finish on its silicone strap. There is also a Silver version with Italian leather. It can simultaneously tap into GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO, three of the major satellite positioning systems, for precise positioning. It also supports all-round sports activity tracking including indoor exercises, outdoor running, mountain climbing, cycling, and open water swimming. It comes with TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitoring technology tracks the user’s active and resting heart rate. Combining innovative PPG optical and hardware design and AI algorithms, the solution can monitor the heart rate of users in real time with high precision. The TruRelax Technology analyses heart rate variability and accesses your stress status. Honor Watch Magic specifications 1.2-inch (390 x 390 pixels) AMOLED touch display, 326 PPI ARM M4 SoC with 16MB RAM and 128MB storage Bluetooth ...

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    According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 355.2 million units during the Q3 2018; this is a 6% decline year-over-year.  This was the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines for the global smartphone market. Samsung accounted for 20.3% of shipments in Q3 2018 with 72.2 million units shipped, which is a 13.4% decline year-over-year. China, which is the largest market for smartphones, accounted for roughly one-third of global shipments. Even the China market is down for the sixth consecutive quarter. Samsung seems to be facing the heat coming especially from Huawei who is inching closer to the top after its second consecutive quarter as the number two vendor. Even in growing markets like India, Samsung seems to be losing its position, thanks to the rapid growth of Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo. Meanwhile, China’s domestic market, which represents roughly one-third of all smartphones, has been in decline since the second quarter of 2017, and Q32018 is the sixth consecutive quarter where the market sees contraction. China was down 11% in the first half of 2018, and the challenges continued into Q3 2018. Huawei once again managed to move past Apple into the second ...

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    While CES 2019 is still months away, we started hearing reports about what's coming. One among the tech that LG is planning on introducing a new rollable OLED TV. According to the internal documents highlighting intended topics for the presentation, and it appears that the prototypes we've seen in past years from LG Display are ready to take center stage. Perhaps the new technology might launch as a real product. What's interesting in the documents are plans to showcase a foldable phone, as pointed by Evan Blass a couple of days ago. However, it is unclear what form the foldable phone will take. With Samsung and Huawei already working on foldable smartphones, the competition is becoming heated. As you would expect, LG will showcase products ranging from washing machines to robots, as we've seen in past years and these will be a part of its ThinQ AI plans. Stay tuned as we will keep you posted about any developments. Source

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    Google recently replaced old Google Contacts app with a new version that has a material design. The company launched new contacts in 2015 to provide a modern, smart, and quick contact management experience. With the recent launch of new contacts, it now has many comparable features from old Contacts and more. This is why Google announced to replace the older version, and it will be the only Google Contacts version after February 12, 2019. The replacement process will take place in three stages; 1: New admin-controlled defaults and user options. On November 28, 2018, Google will change the Admin console setting that controls new Contacts. If you currently have new Contacts preview enabled, new Contacts will be the default and there will be no change for your users. Your users will stay using new Contacts with the option to revert to old Contacts. If they previously opted out of new Contacts preview, they’ll remain opted out. If you don’t currently have new Contacts preview enabled, old Contacts will be the default but users will get a new option to try new Contacts. You can find and change the setting in the Admin console at Apps > G Suite > Directory > Sharing settings > Contacts Preview. In Stage 2, ...

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    Apple has reported quarterly revenue of $62.9 billion, up 20% over last year with a net profit of $14.1 billion, up 32% YoY or earnings per share of $2.91, an increase of 41% over last year in their earnings for the financial year Q4 2018 that ended September 29, 2018. During earnings call Tim Cook said that the company produced record results from iPhone, services, and wearables that drove our momentum and it produced strong double-digit revenue growth in all of the geographic segments. iPhone revenue grew 29% with growth of more than 20% in every geographic segment. iPhone ASP was $793 compared to $618 a year ago, driven by strong performance of iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the successful launch of iPhone XS and XS Max in the September quarter Services was best quarter ever in total and virtually in every market around the world, with revenue of $10 billion. Services growth in Q4 this year was 27%. Sevices sector also reached new all-time quarterly revenue records for many services categories, and will achieve goal to double our fiscal 2016 services revenue by 2020. There are now 330 million paid subscriptions on Apple platform, an increase of ...

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    Lava has launched the Z81, the company’s latest smartphone in the 'Z series'. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 12nm Quad-Core SoC with up to 3GB of RAM, has a 13-megapixel front and rear cameras with LED flash, Studio Mode feature to apply six impressive studio-quality lighting effects to the images and packs a 3000 mAh battery. Lava Z81 specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU 2GB / 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Star OS 5.0 Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh battery The Lava Z81 comes in  Black and Gold Colors, is priced at Rs. 9499 for the 3GB RAM version and will be available across national retail outlets and major e-commerce websites like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. 2GB RAM variant will be launched soon. Commenting on the launch, Sunil Raina, President, Lava International said: We are extremely excited to offer yet another ...

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    Amazon today started its third Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale for the festive season, after two successful sales. It is offering deals on smartphones, laptops, headphones, LED TVs, speakers and more. Best deals on smartphones during Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale Apple iPhone X 64GB – Rs. 74,999 (Rs. 16,901 off on MRP) Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB  – From Rs. 61,990 (Rs. 4,000 off + Extra Rs 10,000 off on exchange) Huawei P20 Pro – Rs. 54,999 (Rs. 10,000 off) Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (6GB + 64GB)– Rs. 43,990 (Rs. 9,000 off + Extra Rs 3000 off on exchange) Samsung Galaxy A8+ – Rs. 23,990 (Rs. 6000 off + Extra Rs 2000 off on exchange) Honor Play (4GB + 64GB) – Rs. 17,999 (Rs. 2000 off, No cost EMI from Rs. 2,000 per month) Huawei Nova 3i  – Rs. 17,990 (Rs. 3000 off) Huawei P20 Lite – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 5000 off) XIaomi Mi A2 – Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 2000 off) Moto G6 (4GB + 64GB) – Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 3000 off) XIaomi Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) – Rs.10,999 (Rs. 1000 off) RealMe 1 (4GB + 64GB)– Rs.9,990 (Rs. 1000 off) Honor 7C (3GB + 32GB) – Rs. 8,499 (Rs. 500 off) Deals on accessories, Kindle, TVs and others on Amazon Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – Rs. 19,990 ...

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    Xiaomi today announced that it has shipped more than one million Mi LED TVs in over nine months. One million Mi TVs account for all variants sold across all Xiaomi sale platforms for Mi LED TVs. This achievement marks an industry first and is a key milestone for Xiaomi India. The company says that Xiaomi is the number one Smart TV brand in India as per Q2 2018 worldwide report from IDC. Xiaomi had recently announced it sold over half a million Smart TVs in over six months across online and Mi Home, followed by another  100,000 Mi LED TVs during Diwali sale between 9th October and 11th October. This led to Xiaomi shipping 400,000 Mi LED TVs in less than a month. This has also been possible due to the aggressive performance of Mi LED TVs in the offline market. Mi LED TVs have become the most-rated TV online with over 200,000 ratings. The Mi LED TV 4A 32” alone has over 1,00,000 ratings, making it the most popular TV online. Mi TVs have garnered a lot of love from users across India as this quantum of customer ratings suggest, for the TV category in the online space. Raghu Reddy, Head - ...

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    OPPO launched F9 Pro 64GB storage version in India back in August. Now the company has launched the 128GB storage version in India. It has the same 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Waterdrop Screen with screen-to-body ratio up to 90.8% for a more immersive experience, is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor with up to 6GB RAM, ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo), 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.85 aperture, secondary 2MP camera and a 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, AI, Sony IMX576 sensor. OPPO F9 Pro specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU 6GB RAM, 64GB / 128GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.85 aperture, secondary 2MP camera 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, AI, Sony IMX576 sensor Fingerprint sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dimensions: 156.7x74x7.9mm; Weight: 169g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3500mAh (typical) / 3415mAh (minimum) battery with VOOC Flash charge The OPPO F9 ...

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    After OnePlus 6 got open beta 6 update earlier this week that brought several features that OnePlus introduced on the OnePlus 6T including new navigation gestures, Nightscape, Studio Lighting and more, the company has rolled out stable OxygenOS 9.0.2 update that with the features. It also adds support to launch Google Assistant or other third party assistant app by holding the power button for 0.5 seconds. The OnePlus 6 OxygenOS 9.0.2 update is about 350MB in size and also includes Android security patch for November 2018. Check out the complete changelog below. System Brand new navigation gestures Improved UI for About phone Optimized standby power consumption Updated Android security patch to 2018.11 Added support to launch Google Assistant or other third party assistant app by holding the power button for 0.5 seconds General bug fixes and improvements Camera Added Nightscape Added Studio Lighting to enhance face contour Source

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  • 11/02/18--20:35: Top uses cases for 5G
  • The information about 5th-generation mobile a.k.a. 5G has been cooking for more than a year now, however, we are finally starting to see some research and development. Considered to be the next big thing in wireless communications, the so-called 5G can radically improve bandwidth, reliability and other crucial factors as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtZDyprsNqk It is also set to enable extensive development on the Internet of Things apps and solutions, for public, healthcare, Robotics, and numerous Industry use cases. Another primary reason why a majority of the wireless carriers are excited to shift towards 5G is its versatility (array of use cases), low latency between a device pinging and getting a response. In this article, we have listed out the important use cases of 5G in the upcoming days. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality According to a lot of experts, the arrival of 5G can unlock the full potential of VR and AR technology. With 4G, there are lots of limitations including bandwidth, the latency and more, that cuts down what can be done at present. In fact, the world of AR and VR requires a lot of data to process and when the network gets overloaded with traffic, it creates latency that both AR and VR ...

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