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    Amazon has released its Alexa app for Windows 10, while it was available for selected Windows laptops, today marks the official launch of the app in the Microsoft Store. You can download and install the app on any Windows 10 PC with no specifications requirements.  It is only compatible with devices that support Alexa wake word functionality. If you don’t have a compatible PC then you can hit the button within the app to speak to Alexa or invoke the assistant using a keyboard shortcut. It includes access to now playing to control music and the ability to control smart home devices. Video, calls, Spotify, and Pandora are all not currently supported within this Alexa for Windows 10 app at the moment. Amazon hasn’t added PC specific controls to ask Alexa to do access Windows features, but Amazon says “PC-specific capabilities will be added in early 2019 in addition to ongoing feature updates.” You can download the Alexa app from Microsoft Store here.

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    Amazon has signed a deal with Apple to expand the company's products on its site worldwide. Amazon confirmed that it will soon start selling more Apple products directly and this will also include the latest iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and Apple Watch Series 4, as well as Apple's lineup of Beats headphones. The Amazon-Apple deal is available in US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India. Only Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beat products on Amazon's marketplace. Amazon currently sells some Apple devices such as MacBook laptops and Beats headphones. With the new deal, customers should expect to see a greater selection of new Apple products and at standard prices. The agreement also points to relations between the two tech giants improving, after Amazon removed Apple TV in 2015, then brought the devices back last year. However, it does not include Apple's HomePod smart speaker. Independent sellers with Apple inventory in Amazon warehouses after Jan. 4 will have to remove the products with Amazon offering to reimburse return or disposal fees until early February. Those sellers won't be able to ship more Apple products to Amazon warehouses starting Dec. 1. An Amazon spokesperson said: Amazon is ...

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    Apple today has announced a new display replacement program for the iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro SSD data loss problems. The company will replace the iPhone X display that exhibits touch issues. Apple is It recommending users of MacBook Pro that are sold between June 2017 and June 2018 to visit an Apple store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to service affected drives. The iPhone X display with an issue that may affect the display not responding or the display reacting even though it was not touched should visit the Apple store or Apple Authorized to get it replaced. According to Apple, some iPhone X displays can experience problems with responsiveness due to a display module component that can fail. Apple says that customers experiencing this issue can get a replacement display module from an Apple retail store or Apple Authorized Service Provider at no cost. Since the company didn't disclose any serial number to point out when the affected devices were sold. So, it means that display component failure can impact any iPhone X device. Apple recommends customers to back up their iPhones before pushing to repair. The company warns that other damage, such as a cracked screen, may need to be addressed before the display repair can be ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S10 is right around the corner, but before the official launch, the company has now confirmed to launch the processor that powers the flagship. Samsung has scheduled a special event on November 14th where it will be unveiling the next flagship chip; successor to the Exynos 9810 which powers the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. Think next. #TheNextExynos pic.twitter.com/e5RNSd1Fx2 — Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) November 9, 2018 At this moment, it is not known what Samsung will be calling this chip. If Samsung's number gaming history is any indication, the company might call it Exynos 9820. It will be Samsung’s first Exynos chip to be produced on its advanced 7nm LPP process that relies on the EUV lithography technology. The technology delivers up to 50% lower power consumption and a 20% gain in performance, according to Samsung. The teaser image which Samsung pushed on its Exynos social media handles reads “intelligence from within.” which looks like a subtle hint at a neural processing unit for the chip. Previous reports have suggested that the Galaxy S10 processor will have a dedicated neural processing unit. It is also rumored to have a dual-Core artificial intelligence chip that will enable the Galaxy S10 to perform more complex AI and machine ...

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    Xiaomi-backed, Black Shark has announced that it is foraying into Europe on November 16th. The company will be launching the Black Shark 1 smartphone that comes with 5.99-inch FHD+ display, is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB RAM, liquid cooling to keep the phone cool when gaming by reducing the CPU’s core temperature by up to 8-degree. It has a dedicated One-touch SHARK key that provides immersive gaming experience. You can use the fingerprint sensor on the front to quickly access several features such as silent mode, DND and more when gaming. There is a glowing logo on the back of the phone. It also comes with Bluetooth-powered precision gamepad gives you a competitive edge that comes for free. However, you don’t have to wait until November 16th; the company announced a new Lootbox challenge that allows you to win exclusive prizes, discounts, or even your very own Black Shark gaming phone. You’ll also be able to purchase discounted pre-order credit. You need to sign up to Lootbox Challenge for a player account. Every day, gain XP by completing tasks, playing games, and by purchasing Daily Buffs. As you gain XP, you’ll level up and unlock Lootboxes. The company didn't mention when the device ...

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    Apple is rumored to be working on a pair of over-the-ear headphones, while the details regarding the product were pretty slim so far, a newly granted patent titled “System and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones,” reveals what Apple might be planning. The patent describes a pair of headphones that would be reversible, automatically adjusting which ear cup is the right or left based on how you put them on. The patent further reveals that the headphones ear cups would have five microphones on it that are used to determine which ear cup is which through a variety of complicated methods involving comparing relative microphone inputs. Once the headphones have determined their placement, the headphones could use those mic arrays to pull off something similar to the HomePod, using one mic to capture your voice and a second one to cancel out background noise so that you can be clearly heard. The patent only focuses on a technology that can be used to determine which ear cup is on your right ear for voice detection. But, presumably, Apple could apply the reversible nature to play back the proper right / left stereo signals to the proper ear once it’s already established which ...

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    After Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi TV 4 55-inch 4K TV price hike earlier this year, Xiaomi India MD Manu Jain today announced that it will increase the price of Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, 10000mAh Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TV (32" Pro & 49" Pro) from today midnight. Xiaomi blames depreciation of the rupee (by ~15% since the beginning of the year) for the significant increase. The company at the launch of Redmi 6 and 6A smartphones and Mi LED TV 4 Pro series said that it might increase the price of the devices qafter two months. Mi Fans! INR has depreciated against US$ by ~15% since the beginning of this year, resulting in significant rise in input costs. We are adjusting the prices of Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, Mi Powerbank 2i & Mi TV (32" Pro & 49" Pro). Aiming to always provide honest price! Details below: pic.twitter.com/ldOQasO4IH — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) November 10, 2018 Xiaomi Redmi 6A (2GB + 16GB) - Rs. 6599 (Rs. 600 increase) Xiaomi Redmi 6A (2GB + 32GB) - Rs. 7499 (Rs. 500 increase) Xiaomi Redmi 6 (3GB + 32GB) - Rs. 8499 (Rs. 500 increase) Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32" - Rs. 15999 (Rs. 1000 increase) ...

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    Intel has finally announced the XMM 8160 5G modem that is aimed at providing 5G connectivity to phones, PCs and broadband access gateways. The XMM 8160 5G will support peak speeds up to 6 gigabits per second, making it three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems. The company confirmed that it will be available in the second half of 2019. The Intel XMM 8160 is a multimode modem, meaning it will support the new standard for 5G New Radio (NR), including standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes, as well as 4G, 3G and 2G legacy radios in a single chipset. With single-chip multimode baseband capability, the Intel XMM 8160 5G modem will enable device manufacturers to design smaller and more power-efficient devices. Since it is advancing directly to a multimode solution, Intel will offer very clear improvements in power, size, and scalability. Intel’s integrated multimode solution supports simultaneous connectivity (EN-DC) for LTE and 5G – critical as 5G mobile network devices must be backward compatible to 4G if 5G is not available at any moment or at any location. The modem offers support for new millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum as well as sub 6GHz 5G NR support and download speeds up ...

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    Google has announced that starting today, Gboard will use AI to suggest GIFs, emoji, and stickers to you related to your conversation. This makes it easier and faster to share and communicate your feelings while having a conversation. The app will have a “GIF” icon that will appear in the top left corner of Gboard. Tap it, and you’ll see a selection of GIFs, emoji and stickers that Gboard thinks you might want to share. If you’re typing “Awesome!” Gboard will suggest this sticker. To make sure these suggestions are private to you and take place as fast as possible, this feature is processed entirely on your device. This feature is initially available globally for Gboard for Android in English only. Over time, it will be expanded to Gboard suggestions to more languages, and more types of content to help you do and say more right from your conversation. Source

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    iBall has launched Slide Elan 3x32, the company’s latest tablet with 4G VoLTE support. Even though it doesn’t have an earpiece, it supports voice calling via headphones or a Bluetooth headset. It has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) IPS display, is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A53 processor with 3GB of RAM and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs a 7000 mAh battery with intelligent Power management promises up to 20 days of standby time, up to 6 hours of video playback and up to 23 hours of Audio playback. It has support for 22 Indian Regional Languages, DC Pin for charging and a Micro HDMI port that lets you connect to a bigger TV screen or even a Projector. iBall Slide Elan 3x32 specifications 10.1-inch (1280 x 800 Pixels) capacitive multi-touch IPS display 1.3 GHz quad-core processor (Cortex A53) with Mali-T720 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with micro SD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Voice Calling function (Earphone or speaker phone) 5MP rear camera with LED flash 2MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with recording 4G VoLTE, WiFi ...

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    In the latest research note, Ming-Chi Kuo has cut his shipping estimates for the iPhone XR due to several factors. This might the result of the higher demand for the iPhone XS and the older models. He is reducing his iPhone shipment forecasts by 15–20% for the first quarter of 2019. This news falls in line with reports of Apple canceling additional production of iPhone XR owing to poor reception. Kuo believes that iPhone shipments for the current quarter will be in the same 75–80 million range he previously predicted. However, he has lowered his first-quarter estimate to 47–52 million from a previous range of 55–60 million. Given that he has raised his early iPhone XR estimate a month ago and cited stronger demand seen for the iPhone 8 last year with the potential for more stable demand over time, this new estimate is surprising. This drop in estimation also comes owing to the competition from Huawei's Mate 20 series. Kuo has reduced the iPhone XR shipment estimations for Q4 2018, Q1 2019, and Q2 2019 by 30–35%, 25–30%, and 25–30% to 30–35, 20–25, and 10–15mn units, respectively. In the latest research note, Kuo said: We have reduced our iPhone XR shipment estimation from 100mn units to 70mn ...

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    Vivo has announced Z1 Lite, the company’s latest smartphone in the Z series in China. It has a 6.26-inch FHD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with a notch, 90% screen-to-body ratio and 1.75mm slim bezels, is powered by Snapdragon 626 with 4GB RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4.0, has 16-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera to capture the depth information for portrait shots. It has a 16-megapixel front camera with A.I face beauty for a perfect image event in low-light or glare and has face unlock. It has a metal and glass design, comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots, has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3260mAh battery. Vivo Z1 Lite specifications 6.26-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display 2.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 626 Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera 16MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm ; Weight: 150g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3260mAh battery The Vivo Z1 Lite ...

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    Back in July Microsoft has introduced the Surface Go 2-in-1 that came with  10-inches display and powered by 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and packs up to 8GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. The company has announced the Surface Go with LTE Advanced is available for pre-order in select markets. While the rest of the specifications remain the same, the only addition is the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. The Microsoft Surface Go sports a 10-inches display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The 2-in-1 packs a custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design. It comes with Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. It is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and packs up to 8GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. It runs on Windows 10 with S mode enabled by default. But users can switch to a full version of Windows 10 for free if they want. Connectivity features include Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1, a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion. The full friction hinge extends ...

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    After the Honor 10 and the Honor 10 GT earlier this year, Huawei's Honor brand is all set to introduce the Honor 10 Lite, a cheaper version in China on November 21st. It shows Zhu Zhengting holding the phone. The images of the smartphone have also surfaced on TENAA with the model number HRY-AL00 in Blue, Red and Black colors. The image shows waterdrop notch display, dual rear cameras with AI features, fingerprint sensor on the back and a gradiant finish on the back. The design resembles the Honor 8X that was introduced recently. The Honor 10 Lite press renders have also surfaced that reveals that there is a specicial edition of the phone will be launched in collaboration with Supreme in some markets. We should know all the specifications of the phone once it gets certfied by TENAA in a few days. Source 1, 2, 3

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    Apple introduced the new 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro  models with new all-screen Liquid Retina True Tone displays with refresh rate up to 120Hz, Face ID, new Octa-Core A12X Bionic 7nm chip with next-generation Neural Engine, seven-core GPU and USB-C connector at its New York event starting  last month. It also announced that these will start at Rs. 71,900 (MRP) and Rs. 89,900 (MRP), respectively for the base 64GB WiFi variant. Today the company has announced that it will Pricing and availability iPad Pro 11″ 64GB WiFi – Rs. 71,900 iPad Pro 11″ 256GB WiFi – Rs. 85,900 iPad Pro 11″ 512GB WiFi –  Rs. 1,03,900 iPad Pro 11″ 1TB WiFi – Rs. 1,39,900 iPad Pro 11″ 64GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 85,900 iPad Pro 11″ 256GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 99,900 iPad Pro 11″ 512GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 1,17,900 iPad Pro 11″ 1TB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 1,53,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 64GB WiFi – Rs. 89,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB WiFi – Rs. 1,03,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 512GB WiFi – Rs. 1,21,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 1TB WiFi – Rs. 1,57,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 64GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 1,03,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 1,17,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 512GB WiFi + Cellular – Rs. 1,35,900 iPad Pro 12.9″ 1TB WiFi ...

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    Vivo has announced Y95, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’. It packs a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio waterdrop notch display and 88.6% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 439 12nm SoC with 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 a 20-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, features a gradiant design and packs a huge 4030mAh battery. Vivo Y95 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 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 memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 2MP secondary camera 20MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 155.11x75.09x8.28mm ; Weight: 163.5g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS 4030mAh battery The Vivo Y95 comes in Starry Black and Aurora Red colors, is priced at 13,999 Philippine Piso (US$ 264 / Rs. 19,190) and is available from Lazada ...

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    Samsung has announced new Ice Blue color variants of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. These join the Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red color versions that were introduced earlier this year. It has a gradient color finish for the first time that makes it more fashionable. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Ice Blue edition are available for order in China from today in 128GB storage versions priced at 5499 yuan (US$ 790 / Rs. 57,425 approx.) and 6499 yuan (US$ 934 / Rs. 67,870 approx.), respectively and will be shipped from November 26. The new color variant is expected to roll out in other markets soon.

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    Samsung has announced Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC, as it had promised. It is the successor of Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC that powers the Galaxy S9 series and the Galaxy Note9. It is based on the 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process that reduces power consumption by up to 10% compared to 10nm LPP process, while the Exynos 9820 also optimizes power consumption of CPU and GPU through reduced operating voltage, idle, and leakage power. It has Samsung’s 4th generation custom designed CPU cores which uses innovative tri-cluster architecture. The CPU consists of two custom cores for ultimate processing power, two Cortex-A75 cores for optimal performance, and four Cortex-A55 cores for greater efficiency, resulting in superior performance that lasts. "Tri-cluster with intelligent task scheduler boosts multi-core performance by 15% when compared to the Exynos 9810, while the 4th generation custom CPU with enhanced memory access capability and cutting-edge architecture design improves single core performance by up to 20% or boosts power efficiency by up to 40%," said Samsung. It has LTE-Advanced Pro modem with support for LTE Category 20 to offer downlink speed of up to 2.0Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and uplink speed of up to 316Mbps. Highlights of Samsung Exynos ...

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    With an aim to help web developers optimize their web pages, Google's Chrome Labs has released a new web tool called Squoosh that can downsize, compress, and reformat images. Squoosh’s top priority is speed and the demo showcases the improvements and new capabilities to Chrome. It supports a variety of web formats like MozJPEG and WebP and traditional ones like PNG and allows you to quickly make your images web-ready. The app was able to do a visual comparison of the original image and its compressed counterpart, so it is easy to understand the pros and cons of each format. https://youtu.be/4jPwanaGnfQ The app can work offline and performs all of its work within the browser itself. Google says that Squoosh has the ability to offer consistent smooth UI even when the app is working on a taxing resize or conversion. Squoosh.app is now available for all major browsers including mobile and, quite obviously, it works best on Chrome. You can access it at Squoosh.app.

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    Verizon in partnership with Motorola, Samsung, and Qualcomm has announced the completion of the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. This test was completed with a Moto Z3 paired with a 5G Moto Mod. It is also the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone, and this is the same 5G-upgradeable smartphone that consumers will use on Verizon’s 5G mobile network when commercial service begins in 2019. The transmissions were completed over Verizon’s 28 GHz spectrum and Samsung 5G New Radio (NR) solutions. The moto z3 with 5G moto mod is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, along with the QTM052 mmWave antenna modules. Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon said: In the past two years, we have consistently lead the world in 5G, including launching the world’s first commercial 5G service last month. This successful test, using an actual smartphone, widens our lead. We will be the first to offer a 5G upgradeable smartphone on our network in 2019. Shakil Barkat, vice president, Global Product Development at Motorola said: This test is also one step closer to getting upgraded speed and connectivity that will affect all aspects of our daily lives. 5G ...

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