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    Samsung Electronics is said to be planning on bringing new voice-assistant features to challenge its rivals in AI. The company is planning on opening its Bixby virtual assistant to third-party developers for the first time at an event in San Francisco next week. It is looking for help in bolstering its challenge to the industry’s big three players; Alexa, Assistant, and Siri. Samsung will outline how developers can create functions, which it calls “capsules,” that are akin to the “skills” that Amazon’s Alexa assistant has, such as ordering pizza or hailing taxis with a voice command. Furthermore, the company will also share more details about a foldable-phone it is working for quite some time. It will also showcase features of the tablet-sized handset, such as the simultaneous use of three apps. The company has even held discussions with YouTube, and Netflix Inc. on how to optimize content for the foldable-screen device. Samsung hopes to make Bixby big by including the ability to control billions of internet-connected devices operated through voice commands. While it might a bit late for Samsung, the company has one major advantage in that as it sells half a billion televisions, smartphones, and appliances. Bixby was debuted on Galaxy S8 last ...

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    On the launch day of the OnePlus 6T smartphone, OnePlus conducted a mega-unboxing event as a part of a celebration with hundreds of community members. With this event, the leading premium smartphone maker set a new 'GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS' title for the most people unboxing simultaneously. On top of that, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking has confirmed the record on 1st November where 559 OnePlus community members came together and unboxed the device simultaneously. Remember the date! 01/11/2018 - We officially broke the Guinness World Record for Most number of people Unboxing simultaneously! Here are some snapshots from the evening. pic.twitter.com/KiDMKeOpUD — OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) November 1, 2018 It's worth mentioning that, the attempt began on Thursday, November 1 at 8.30 p.m. and the participants were the first in India to get their hands on the OnePlus 6T within two days after the launch announcement in India. Lots of OnePlus community members gathered at Richardson and Cruddas in Mumbai to unbox their OnePlus 6T devices. In addition to the community members, the event was attended by presenter, fitness model and actress, Bani J and Indian lyricist, rap artist and music producer, Brodha V. Talking about the device, OnePlus 6T is the most expected ...

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    A year after the introduction of the Honor WaterPlay, its first water-resistant tablet with IP67 ratings, the company has launched a 8-inch version of the tablet. It has a 8-inch WUXGA screen, is powered by Kirin 659 SoC and runs on Android 8.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 8.0 on top. It has stereo speakers with Huawei Histen 5.0 3D audio technology and a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button.   It has a 13-megapixel camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera for portrait shots, 8-megapixel front camera with face unlock, unibody metal design and packs a 5100mAh battery with support for 9V-2A fast charging. It also comes in 4G version with support for voice calling. Honor WaterPlay 8" specifications 8-inch (1200 x 1920 pixels) WXGA display with 60% NTSC Color Gamut Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor (4 xA53 at 2.36GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7GHz) with MaliT830-MP2 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB /128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 5.1 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Water and dust resistant (IP67) 3.5mm audio jack, Huawei Histen 3D audio Dimensions: 248 × 173 × 7.8mm; Weight: 465g 4G LTE (Optional), ...

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    According to IDC, the worldwide tablet market declined 8.6% during the Q3 2018. The global shipments fell to 36.4 million and the slate tablets accounted for the majority of the market with 31.6 million units, down 7.9% from the previous year. Detachable tablets also declined, down 13.1% from the previous year, and accounted for 4.8 million unit shipments. As expected, Apple continued to lead the tablet market with 9.7 million shipments that are nearly double the shipments compared to the competitors. The refreshed iPad model with pencil support that launched in late March continued to drive volume although it was unable to maintain the same momentum from the Q3 of 2017. On the other hand,  maintained its position as the second leading tablet manufacturer despite a year-on-year decline. Its detachable portfolio grew modestly, however that growth was outweighed by continued declines in the slate category. Samsung continues to face pressure in its lower and mid-market segments as competitors offer slate tablets at a better value. Amazon rose to third-largest tablet manufacturer in Q3. Samsung shipped a total of 5.3 million units with a 14.6% market share. Strong sales during the Prime day sale helped it push back Lenovo and Huawei. However, despite the rise in position, the ...

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    According to to a latest report, Apple's first 5G iPhone said to hit the market in 2020. The company is planning on using Intel’s 8161 5G modem chip in its 2020 phones. Intel will be the sole provider of iPhone modems. Intel is also said to be working on 8060 modems which will be used for prototyping and testing the 5G iPhone. The 8161 will be fabricated using Intel’s 10-nanometer process, which increases transistor density for more speed and efficiency. According to the report, Apple is said to be disappointed with Intel, and the reason relates to the challenge of solving heat dissipation issues caused by the 8060 modem chip. Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. will initially rely on the millimeter-wave spectrum to connect the first 5G phones. But millimeter-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips. This causes the normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone, and the heat can be felt outside the phone and also affects the battery life. However, this problem doesn't come an excuse for Apple to re-open its relations with Qualcomm about supplying 5G modems. Rumors also hinted that Apple had talks with MediaTek about potentially supplying the chips. But that would be a ...

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    Samsung is known to be working on their 10th-anniversary flagship; the Galaxy S10 line-up. The company is also rumored to be going full-on with the device by including features like in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras and more. In the latest development, we hear that the company said to have canceled the iris sensor as an ultrasonic fingerprint is enough to replace it. In 2019, at least half a year, S10's ultrasound and new screen technology are Samsung's exclusive. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 2, 2018 Compared to the optical fingerprint sensors, the S10 ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is faster and has a larger recognition area, and 30% of the screens may be recognized. This accounts for something to stay excited about what's coming from Samsung. Furthermore, 2019 is likely to see demand for S10's ultrasound and new screen technology. This technology will remain Samsung's exclusive. The company is working on three Galaxy S10 variants; 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch models with triple rear cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner. The rear lens will include the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens as the Galaxy S9+, plus an all-new 16-megapixel 120º ultra-wide-angle lens. All these models are likely to launch at the MWC 2019 event in February.  Reports also ...

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    OnePlus last week has launched the OnePlus 6T flagship, and the device comes in two colors — Midnight Black and Mirror Black. However, post the main launch, the company usually brings out a new color variant later in the year giving users more options to chose from. This time too OnePlus seems to be planning a new Thunder Purple color. The leaked renders were spotted on the OnePlus support page in a drop-down menu that allows users to choose a variant of the OnePlus 6T where the Thunder Purple color is one among them. After launching the Midnight Black and the Mirror Black of the OnePlus 6 in May and later introduced the Silk White and Red editions. Given the history of OnePlus, the Thunder Purple color is one among the several options that the company might be launching in the coming soon. Much like the OnePlus 5T, and OnePlus 6 Avengers edition, OnePlus might also introduce a limited edition variant with movie theme later this year. Rest of the specifications remain the same. The new Thunder Purple color is expected to be available only in 8GB RAM+128GB storage option. At the current state, we do not have any information regarding the launch date. Source

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    LG Electronics has inked an agreement with E-mart Inc., a retail giant in South Korea, to develop a new type of service robot that can assist shoppers at supermarkets. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop a smart-cart robot that can automatically identify obstacles and follow shoppers as they walk through aisles. The company said that these new robots will free visitors from the hassle of pushing heavy carts by themselves. These will be developed by the company's research lab. LG so far has released eight different products under the brand, which are suited for different tasks, including guiding, cleaning and even mowing the lawn. The company already introduced the CLOi SuitBot, a robot which will help workers lift and move heavy objects easier. LG as a company has been actively partnering with different clients to bolster its robot business. This includes airports, bakeries, and retail shops. The company says that CLOi stands for clever, clear, close operating intelligence. The company has been making investments in robotic firms, including Robotics, AI startup Acryl and U.S.-based robot maker Bossa Nova Robotics. Source

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    Motorola is said to be working on a new Qi wireless charging pad, as it has been certified by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Since there is no Motorola phone that supports wireless charging at the moment, it means that the company might be launching the wireless charging pad as a bundle with a smartphone that includes the support.  The only wireless charging that Motorola supports is through the Moto Power mod for Moto Z-series. The new wireless charging pad comes with CHR-0661 type number, and the date of registration in the Wireless Power Consortium is Nov 2, 2018.  The description reads; that it packs a  slim-disk shape with the soft touch non-slip surface, non-slip base. It comes with discreet LED charging indicator, supports Qi wireless charging thermal protection and foreign object detection. It will be available with or without a charger. Currently, there no major details available regarding the launch date, pricing, and what it is intended for. So, stick along to know more details. Source | Via

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    Samsung officially announced the Galaxy A9 2018 (SM-A920F), the company’s latest mid-range smartphone that comes with quad rear cameras last month. Here we have the first look of the phone in the form of a photo gallery. The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a 24MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo). It comes with four-rear cameras; there is a 24MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 10MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8MP 120° Ultra Wide camera with f/2.4 aperture and 5MP f/2.2 depth camera. There is also a fingerprint sensor below the camera. The power button and the volume rockers are present on the right side. It packs have 6/8GB of RAM and 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card. The Galaxy A9 (2018) is powered by the Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform Octa Core (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) processor with Adreno 512 GPU. The USB Type-C port is present on the bottom along with 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, and the speaker grill. The SIM card tray and the secondary microphone for noise cancellation are present at the top. It measures 162.5 x ...

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    Apple, owing to the disappointing demand for the new iPhone XR, said to have halted additional production of the smartphone. The company has informed its top smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for additional production lines. Foxconn initially started off with nearly 60 assembly lines for the iPhone XR, but it recently came down to around 45 production lines and now Apple informed that it does not need to manufacture that many by now," according to sources. This means Foxconn would produce around 100,000 fewer units daily to reflect the new demand outlook. This is down 20% to 25% from the original optimistic outlook. Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron has also suspended production plans awaiting further instructions from Apple. The company also had asked smaller iPhone assembler Wistron to stand by for rush orders. Surprisingly, the company instead is requesting more of the older iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, which are 20% cheaper than XR's $749 price tag.  "Suppliers of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are getting a combined order of around 5 million more units," sources said. Apple previously planned 20 million units for the older iPhone models this quarter but raised the figure to 25 million units. Foxconn is the main supplier for ...

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    Google with Chrome 71 is fighting ads. It will block every ad on a site persistently shows them. These type of ads includes automatically redirecting you, or attempt to steal personal information. This comes as an addition to the previous Chrome 68 version where Google prevent sites from opening new tabs or windows. Chrome 71 is scheduled for release in December, and Google is giving sites a 30 day grace period to remove spammy ads after an abusive experience is reported. Failure to remove the abusive ads will cause Chrome to block every ad on the site. It also gives users the option to turn off this filtering. Site owners can use the Abusive Experiences Report in their Google Search Console to see if their site contains any of these abusive experiences that need to be corrected or removed. Regardless of how these new changes come, site owners have no choice but to remove the ads that are abusive considering how much power Google has over the internet. Source

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    Following the reports of Watch Series 4 getting bricked, Apple halted the WatchOS 5.1 update which was rolled out on October 31st. However, the company has now resumed the update with a fix that caused the Watch Series 4 non-functional.  Not all users who downloaded the original WatchOS 5.1 update were impacted by the bug, but for those who did, the company is sending out replacement units when contacted. Do note, that the new WatchOS 5.1.1 update does not fix the bug as they are to be repaired by Apple. The WatchOS 5.1 introduced several new features including support for Group FaceTime in an audio-only capacity, allowing Apple Watch owners to join in on group calls, and it introduced support for more than 70 new emoji characters like face with hearts, red hair, gray hair, curly hair, superheroes, kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, cupcake, mango, and more. The update also included a new full-screen "Color" watch face option for the Apple WatchSeries 4 models. The company has also improved Fall detection; a Watch-series 4 exclusive feature, bug relating to walkie-talkie which prevented it from working were addressed, and an issue that could cause some Activity awards not to show up properly. Source

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    Google has started rolling out new over-the-air (OTA) update for Pixel devices and also posted factory images as part of monthly Android Security release. The update for this month includes November security updates. Apart from Google, Essential also rolled out the November security patch update.  The update on the Essential phone also brings support for 'Essential Audio Adapter HD.' The update are already rolling out OTA. Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL (PQ1A.181105.017.A1) Pixel C (OPM8.181105.002) Nexus 5X / 6P (OPM7.181105.004) Check out the complete set of issues that are fixed in the latest update in the Android Security Bulletin here and download full factory images or OTA images for these Pixel and Nexus devices from the Google Developers website, if you don’t have the over-the-air (OTA) update yet.

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    While it is rumored that Apple would introduce the new AirPods with Siri integration at the October 30th event, but surprisingly didn't mention any detail. Now, new AirPods listings were added to the Bluetooth regulatory database on November 1, 2018, suggesting a refreshed version of the accessory could be coming in the near future.  The AirPods have model numbers; A2031 and A2032, which seems to correspond to a left AirPod and a right AirPod, both of which have completed the Bluetooth Qualification Process. The hardware listing for the Apple's hardware is listed as REV1.1, compared to the REV1.0 hardware listing of the original AirPods. Going by the rumors, the company is working on second-generation AirPods with an improved wireless chip, hands-free Hey-Siri. However,  Apple's Charging Case for the AirPods is not listed in the Bluetooth database, so it is not known if an updated version accompanies the revised version of the AirPods. If Apple indeed launches the new AirPods with a charging case that supports wireless charging, we can also hope for updated AirPods sometime in the future. Currently, there's no time frame for the upgraded AirPods launch, however, the first AirPods were added to the database on November 20, 2016, ahead of a December 13, 2016 launch date. If Apple follows the ...

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    Asus has moved past Zenfone 5 and is seriously working on completely overhauling the successor; the Zenfone 6. After the Zenfone 6 prototypes that surfaced a few days ago, now we get to see the flagship in live images. The variant we are getting to see is one among the various version that Asus will introduce at the MWC 2019.  Do note that the device is still an advanced state of prototype and might not correspond to a final version. Before going into full production, every smartphone passes a phase in which several prototypes are made virtually by hand and not by the assembly line. Going by the images, the phone comes with an almost edge-to-edge design with slim bezels and a narrow chin at the bottom. https://youtu.be/B-Huk-TN56Q One thing that stands out is the side-positioned notch unlike the regular or teardrop notch. Since there are no details regarding the phone, it isn't clear if this is a mid-range variant or flagship. It has dual-rear cameras, what appears to be a fingerprint sensor beneath the camera module, however, the design of the sensor is unusual, which makes us believe that the company might go with an in-display sensor like the rest. Either way, with the ...

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    Update: Google has confirmed it will roll out an update to fix Pixel 3's memory management issues as well as a bug with the Pixel Stand that broke ambient display notifications. It just said it will be available in the coming weeks without giving any time frame. Earlier: Google Pixel series and bugs seem like a never-ending story as the recent batch of Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones which are making their way into customer's hands are reporting of software related issues. It is being reported that Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, thanks to 4GB of RAM, could be having memory management issue. Reports state that taking a photo is apparently enough to kill the music player if it's playing music in the background. Tests suggest that the phone couldn't handle more than 3-4 apps as they are forced out of memory. The reports started flowing even before the phone hit the markets. Android Police's Artem who was testing the Pixel 3 XL and found that merely cycling between Chrome, Google+, and Twitter was enough to force Chrome out of memory on the Pixel 3 XL, requiring that the app is reloaded the next time it is opened. It is clear the reason ...

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    Samsung Galaxy S10 said to use company's self-developed world's first 7nm EUV dual-core NPU chip on Exynos 9820. One of the features of the AI chip is to enhance the camera. This resembles a human brain as it is a mobile processor with core optimized for artificial intelligence operations such as image processing, image recognition, and speech recognition. The company will release the flagship in the first half of 2019 and the application processor has dedicated artificial intelligence cores. Samsung manufactures APs with a 7nm EUV process that has recently been completed. It is called an exposure (photo) process in which a specific light source is shot on a wafer to engrave a semiconductor circuit. So far, argon fluoride (ArF) has been used for exposure. EUV is newly designed and has a wavelength length of only 1/14 that of ArF. It is suitable for more detailed semiconductor circuit pattern implementation and can reduce the complex multi-patterning process to realize high-performance semiconductor and improve productivity. Samsung Electronics uses EUV to create an artificial intelligence AP to enter the Galaxy S10. A high-ranking official in the industry said: "The Galaxy S10 AP has two artificial intelligence cores. There will be a significant performance improvement over previous 7 nanosecond EUV production with artificial intelligence." Samsung ...

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    There have been rumors about a foldable smartphone from Samsung, while some point at MWC launch, while some say, the company will showcase it before the year-end. However, the company is said to have confirmed the display specifications of the foldable smartphone and decided to mount the panel on the outside.  When folded, it functions as a 4-inch smartphone, and when opened it is a foldable tablet that acts as a 7-inch tablet. According to earlier reports, Samsung confirmed to install two organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels in its foldable smartphone. The main display is 7.29 inches and the secondary display is 4.58 inches. The panel size will be 7.3 inches and 4.6 inches. This means that the smartphone can be used either as a tablet or smartphone, in-line with earlier reports. Samsung Display will start mass production of parts in November. Initial volume is not as large as 100,000 units a month. It is expected to be between 500,000 and 1 million units per year. Since it is the first form factor to be tried, the company intends to observe the market reach and the selling. When mounted, consumers can perform basic smartphone functions such as phone and message transmission. However, this has an advantage, the thickness goes up ...

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    As promised, OnePlus unveiled its most expected premium smartphone - OnePlus 6T last week. The company also announced pop-ups in 9 cities across 13 locations - Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jaipur in the country on November 2, 2018. With that being said, the primary aim of pop-ups is that people and fans can experience and even buy the new OnePlus 6T on November 2. Even before the launch and of course after the launch, the latest OnePlus 6T managed to generate and sustain a lot of buzz among tech enthusiasts and masses. With that being said, it's quite interesting to see the hype around the OnePlus 6T, which is not just from the company but is largely driven by passionate technology fans and the loyal community base as well. Thanks to the futuristic Screen Lock, bigger battery and water drop notch. OnePlus involve themselves in various promotions and activities in a bid to reach out to the audiences and community members. One of the major strategies this time is that the company has been focusing on expanding its footprint in the offline market recently. In addition to its authorized stores in several cities, OnePlus also announced its partnership ...

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