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    Google is extending the Project Fi VPN to all connections. The enhanced network also enables a fast, seamless connection by intelligently switching between Wi-Fi and cellular. Google says that when you enable the enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to. This includes Google's VPN that is designed so that your traffic isn’t tied to your Google account or phone number. Project Fi's enhanced network automatically detects when your Wi-Fi connection becomes unusable and switches to cellular data and will have a seamless connection on the go. Google claims that it has reduced the time without a working connection by up to 40%. The company says that it will be rolling out the enhanced network later this week to Fi-compatible phones running Android P. You can enable it anytime in Fi Network Tools in the Project Fi app. Source

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    Back in October, Microsoft has announced and later paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update over reports of missing files, and after resolving the issues, the company has finally resumed the update via media. The update will be rolled out in batches, meaning it will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.  In addition to extensive internal validation, the company has taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data from the Windows Insiders and from the millions of devices on the Windows 10 October Update and found no further evidence of data loss. The company says that the update will be available via the Windows Update. If it detects that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, the update will not be installed unless the issue is resolved. Microsoft is planning to add a Windows update status dashboard in the coming year to provide more information on any issues that lead to update blocks. The Windows 10, version 1809 is now available through Windows Server Update Services, Windows Update for Business and System Center Configuration Manager’s phased deployment. It is also available for commercial customers. Source

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    Spotify has finally introduced its app for the Apple Watch giving users the ability to seamlessly access and control music and podcasts. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to connect to your speakers or devices. Spotify is also bringing the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline. The Apple Watch app packs feature like play/pause, forward/rewind, skip tracks, and more. You can also easily connect your speakers or devices via Spotify Connect and can also favorite the songs/tracks you like right on the Watch screen. This new experience will be rolling out to Apple Watch users over the coming week. Make sure you are running the latest version V8.4.79 of Spotify which can be downloaded from App Store. Source

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    Waymo, which is a private subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., is planning to launch the world’s first commercial driverless car service in the next two months, according to a report from WSJ. It will operate under a new brand and will compete with Uber and Lyft. Waymo is keeping the new name secret until the formal announcement. The company in an emailed statement said: “Waymo has been working on self-driving technology for nearly a decade, with safety at the core of everything we do.” A Waymo spokesperson declined to comment. While it may be a big milestone for self-driving cars, it won’t exactly be a “flip-the-switch” moment. The service of the Waymo won't appear in Play/AppStore anytime soon, instead, things will start small—perhaps dozens or hundreds of authorized riders in the suburbs around Phoenix, covering about 100 square miles. The first wave of customers will likely draw from Waymo’s Early Rider Program; a test group of 400 volunteer families who have been riding Waymos for more than a year. The customers who intend to move to the new service will be left alone from their non-disclosure agreements, meaning they’ll be free to talk about it, snap selfies, and bring friends or even ...

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    Google has announced that it is rolling out a newly expanded Google Safety Center with updated resources and pulled even more information into one site dedicated to educating and empowering people on important topics like data security, privacy controls, and online protections for all of our users. This new all-in-one site will be available in more than 65 languages in the coming weeks. This will be available in India as well and this newly expanded Safety Center is available in nine Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. Parents can also find information about how to use tools like Family Link and YouTube Kids to protect their family, and get tips on how to talk with their children and teens about topics like being kind online, setting boundaries, and staying safe online. The Google Safety Centre is part of the company's ongoing commitment to give you tools and information to control how your data is used in Google services and help empower you to stay safe online. You can access it from safety.google.com. Sunita Mohanty, Director Trust & Safety at Google said:  India today is the second largest Internet user base in the world. With improved connectivity and affordable smartphones and data, ...

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  • 11/14/18--00:50: BlackBerry Key2 LE Review
  • Optiemus has launched the TCL-made BlackBerry KEY2 LE, a cheaper version of the KEY2 in India last month. It was introduced at the IFA in August and has a similar design as the BlackBerry KEY2. Is the BlackBerry Key2 LE worth the price at this competitive scenario? Check it out the review below to find out. Box Contents BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Black color 2-pin fast charger (5V-3A/9V-2A/12V-1.5A) USB Type-C Cable SIM Ejector tool In ear headset with earbuds User manual and warranty information Design, Display and Hardware The BlackBerry Key2 LE looks boxy and identical to Key 2 but with some cheaper stuff. This stripped-down version of Key 2 comes with a polycarbonate body with a solid build quality.  It features a lightweight polycarbonate frame and a new designed soft textured back that will offer a better in-hand grip to prevent drops. The device is both thinner and lighter and boasts a redesigned keyboard with keys that are nearly 10 percent larger than those featured on the BlackBerry KEYone. Undoubtedly, this device offers a good build quality under the mid-range segment. The phone measures 8.35 mm in thickness and weighs around 156 grams. It's worth mentioning that it doesn’t feel too cheap ...

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    Samsung is all set to launch its top-end Galaxy A9 2018 (SM-A920F) smartphone with quad-rear cameras in India on November 20th. The phone will be launched exclusively on Flipkart, similar to the A7 2018. According to IANS the phone will be launched for around Rs 35,000, even though earlier rumors revealed it will be priced around Rs. 40,000. It has a main 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 10-megapixel Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture for 2x optical zoom, 8-megapixel 120° Ultra Wide Lens for wide-angle photos and the fourth 5-megapixel camera to capture depth information for portrait shots. It also has a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen, is powered by a Snapdragon 660 with up to 8GB of RAM, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and packs a 3,800mAh battery with support for fast charging. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) specifications 6.3-inch (1080×2220 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 6GB / 8GB RAM with 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM ( nano + nano + microSD) 24MP rear camera with LED ...

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    HMD Global has introduced new Nokia 106 feature phone as the successor of the old Nokia 106 that was introduced back in 2013. It has the same 1.8-inch (160 x 128 pixels) TFT display with 4-way Navi Key and the same 800mAh battery, but this promises 15.7 hours talk time. It has a polycarbonate body, contoured design and comes with classic Snake Xenzia and preloaded try-and-buy games like Nitro Racing, Danger Dash, Tetris and more. It holds up to 2000 contacts and 500 text messages. Nokia 106 (2018) features and specifications Display: 1.8-inch QQVGA (160 x 128 pixels ) Colour TFT Display MediaTek 6261D processor, 4MB RAM Dual band, EGSM 900/1800 Dimensions 111.15 x 49.5 x 14.4 mm weight 70.2 g (including battery) FM Radio Native games Flashlight Micro USB for charging, 3.5 mm AV Connector 800mAh battery with up to 21 days standby and 15.7 hours talk time The Nokia 106 (2018) comes in Dark Grey color and T will go on sale starting next week for a global average retail price of US$ 18 (Rs. 1,299 approx.). The company has also introduced new Light Grey and Dark Blue color variants of the Nokia 230 that was introduced in Black and Silver colors back in 2015.

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    Microsoft has announced the acquisition of XOXCO, a software product design and development studio known for its conversational AI and bot development capabilities. It is established in 2013 and has been paving the way in conversational AI. It was responsible for the creation of Howdy, the first commercially available bot for Slack that helps schedule meetings. Thanks to the new acquisition, the company is continuing to realize its approach of democratizing AI development, conversation, and dialog, and integrating conversational experiences where people communicate. The main goal is to make AI accessible and valuable to every individual and organization, amplifying human ingenuity with intelligent technology. Microsoft is infusing intelligence across all its products and services to extend individuals’ and organizations’ capabilities and make them more productive, providing a powerful platform of AI services. In a blog post, Lili Cheng - Corporate Vice President, Conversational AI said: At Microsoft, we envision a world where natural language becomes the new user interface, enabling people to do more with what they say, type and input, understanding preferences and tasks and modeling experiences based on the way people think and remember. Today, we are announcing we have signed an agreement to acquire XOXCO, a software product design and development studio known ...

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    Started off as OPPO's sub-brand and later formed as a separate company, Realme has launched its fully upgraded Brand Visual Identity system and Logo to provide a new visual experience The "R" logo in “Realme Yellow” designed by Eddie Opara.  Realme announced that it will be rolling out its upgraded brand image across all channels starting from today. Realme's new "R" logo and smartphones will launch across Southeast Asian markets including Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, countries in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The company says that new Visual Identity is a people-oriented design featuring original aspiration and absolute self-expression. Upgrading the new Visual Identity and Logo. The upgraded Visual Identity system and Logo are all based on vibrant golden yellow. This specific color, called "Realme Yellow", represents power, style, modernity, and youthfulness. Sky Li, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, Realme, said: As a global, youth-facing smartphone brand, Realme is continuing to introduce new products that feature stylish design and a powerful performance. At the same time, Realme hopes to create a symbol for young people through the new brand logo – one they can identify with, and where they see a visual symbol of their emotional identity and belonging. Realme's new brand ...

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    Google back in 2017 enabled in select countries to message businesses from the Business Profiles on Google giving users the opportunity to ask questions without having to make a phone call. Now, the company is making it much easier where you can message and connect with businesses via Business Profiles within the Google Maps app.  You’ll find these messages in the side menu of both Google Maps for Android and iOS. This feature is now rolling out to more countries worldwide and will be able to message with businesses for the very first time. https://youtu.be/vsNcMJuRSME However, businesses that want to accept messages from customers can install the new Google My Business app from Google Play or the App Store to sign up and enable messages. The new Google My Business app makes it even easier for businesses to stay in touch with their customers in real-time and on the go. You can download the new Google My Business app from Google Play or the App Store to sign up and enable messages. Source

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    Google, just in time for the holiday season has introduced new Assistant features that can be particularly helpful at home and more. Google Assistant features broadcast where you can send a message from your phone to your smart speakers and smart displays at home, the company is making this feature even more useful where you can reply back to a smart speaker or Smart Display to your phone. When the reply is received back on your phone, a notification will pop up and the message will be transcribed. You’ll respond with text or by voice with the Assistant. This feature will be available across all smart speakers and Smart Displays in the coming weeks. Smart Displays will now be able to bring new recommendations for recipes similar to ones you’ve searched for in the past. Recipes will be regularly updated with smart recommendations. These new features will be available across all Smart Displays in the coming weeks. Google is also adding the ability to set up an alarm from popular animated characters with the Google Assistant on smart speakers. These new alarms will have signature music, jokes, facts, words of encouragement and other fun messages from characters in LEGO City, LEGO Life, and LEGO Friends and ...

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    Update - November 15: The phone has been certified by TENAA in China that confirms the complete specifications of the phone. Vmall listing also shows the phone in Blue and Pink colors. Honor 10 Lite rumored specifications 6.21-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz  Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage / 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0 Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP rear camera 24MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 154.8×73.64×7.95mm; Weight: 162g Fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS 3320mAh battery Earlier: 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 ...

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    Back in September Qualcomm's next-generation flagship Mobile Platform which is said to be released as SM8150 passed through Geekbench revealing scores on-par with the Apple’s A11 Bionic chip and better than the Snapdragon 845-powered flagships. Now the SoC has passed through AnTuTu revealing whopping 362292 points, better than Apple's A12 Bionic chip that scored around 3.5 lakhs, and Kirin 980's score of 2.7 lakhs. The Snapdragon 8150 is said to adopt tri-cluster architecture with large, medium and small cores with a large core, three medium cores and four small cores running at a maxium frequency of 2.84GHz. 2.4GHz and 1.78GHz, respectively. It is said to use Andreno 640 with 20% better performance compared to Adreno 630. Qualcomm already confirmed that the SoC will be built on the 7nm process node and will be 5G-capable when paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 is expected to be announced in Q4 2018 and power smartphones early next year starting from Samsung Galaxy S10. We should know more details soon. Source

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    Asus after the success of the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is working on the successor dubbed; Max Pro M2 and a Pro model. The devices come with ZB631KL, ZB633KL, ZB634KL model numbers. The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 ZB631KL is said to sport a 6-inches FHD+ display, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB and 13MP camera.  To be clear: Not yet totally 100% on screen sizes and res as well as flash mem configs and max cam res. RAM, CPU, cam count are pretty much 100%. Also, yes ZB632KL/ZB634KL def are for India. — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) November 14, 2018 It is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM, but we guess it will also have a 6GB RAM variant. It will have a triple-rear camera, however, the details of the same are still unknown at the moment. As for the other model, the ASUS ZenFone Max M2 ZB633 packs a similar 6-inch FHD+ display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 4GB RAM coupled with 32/64GB storage. It is said to pack a similar 13MP sensor and has a dual-rear camera setup. This is regular Zenfone Max M2, not the Pro model. Another Zenfone Max M2 model with model number ZB632KL is powered by the Snapdragon 636 and packs ...

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    After ZTE Iceberg earlier this year, Sharp has announced AQUOS R2 Compact smartphone with dual-notch design with front camera at the top of the display and fingerprint sensor at the bottom. It also has face reconition, 5.2-inch full HD IGZO LCD display and has a compact body with a width of 64mm making to easy to hold. SHARP AQUOS R2 Compact specifications 5.2-inch Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) 19:9 IGZO LCD 2.5D curved glass display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB storage (UFS), expandable memory up to 512GB with microSD Android 9.0 (Pie) 22.6MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, OIS 8MP front-facing camera Water and dust resistant (IPX 5 – IPX8 / IP6X) Fingerprint sensor Dimension: 131 x 64 x 9.3mm; Weight: 131g 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C 2,500mAh battery with fast charging The SHARP AQUOS R2 Compact comes in Smoke Green, Deep White and Pure Black colors and will go on sale in Japan after mid-January 2019. Pricing will be revealed closer to the launch. Source

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    Intel India has inaugurated its latest design house, SRR4, at its Bengaluru campus. It also announced key initiatives to promote innovation in the technology ecosystem. The company has invested over Rs. 1100 crore. It is located in a 44-acre campus on Sarjapur Ring Road (SRR) in Bengaluru. This campus will extend Intel’s R&D presence in India, it will house technologists who work on cutting-edge engineering across hardware and software. The new building is equipped with IoT-based smart features, including smart lights and real-time occupancy management, as well as innovative energy harvesting tiles installed at the entrance of the building that generates and store energy. Additionally, it uses renewable energy sources like solar and fuel cells for power generation, which is expected to meet 40% of the building’s power demand and reduce CO2 emissions by 37%. In an effort to accelerate innovation and research, Intel India in collaboration with the Government of India is instituting national-level awards named in honor of former President of India and eminent scientist, the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. These annual awards have been introduced with the intent to recognize and celebrate the pioneering work and contributions made by distinguished scientists and innovators across three categories; Intel Product Innovation Award, Intel Technology Advancement Award, ...

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    HMD Global today announced an event in Dubai on December 5th to unveil three new smartphones. It has #expectmore. The company is expected to introduce the most expected Nokia 9, successor of the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco at the event along with the Nokia 8.1 that will likely be the global version of the Nokia X7 that was introduced in China last month and the Nokia 2.1 Plus, successor of the Nokia 2.1 Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone that was introduced earlier this year. Nokia 9 is said to feature 5-camera lens on the back arranged in 1-1-3 formation, one LED flash, an unknown sensor on a circular ring. It might feature 3D face unlock or go for an in-display fingerprint sensor, pack a 5.9-inch Quad HD OLED screen, Snapdragon 845, up to 8GB of RAM and OZO audio. HMD Global recently acquired ‘PureView’ brand, that Microsoft acquired right after the purchase of Nokia’s Devices and Services business back in the day, so there are chances for PureView to come back with the Nokia 9. Nokia 8.1 rumored specifications 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ Puredisplay with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 96% NTSC Color gamut, DCI-P3, 1500:1 Contrast ratio Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz ...

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    After live images back in August, and renders  last month, we have the first press render of the Moto G7, the successor of Moto G6. The phone has also been certified by the FCC in U.S. with the model number XT-1965. This confms Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery and dimensions. The Moto G7 is said to feature a glass back similar to the G6.Below the dual camera module there is a fingerprint sensor that is embedded inside the Motorola logo. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port, and a bottom-mounted speaker grille. Moto G7 rumored specifications 6-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 9.0 (Pie) 16MP rear camera with Dual LED flash, secondary 5MP camera 12MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 156.86×75.4 x 8mm 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS, USB Type-C 3000mAh battery The Moto G7 is expected to come in Black, Red and Silver colors. It could go official sometime in December or in January. Source 1, ...

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    Update: Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for sale starting November 23rd, 12 noon, a day after launch exclusively on Flipkart. Earlier: Xiaomi just sent out invites for the launch of a new Note series smartphone in India. The image shows a notch and the number '6' so it will likely be the Redmi Note 6 Pro, as we had reported last month. Redmi Note 6 Pro features a 6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display with a Notch and packs dual cameras at the front. It features micro-USB port and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 similar to its predecessor. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications 6.26-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, Dual PD focus, EIS, secondary 5MP camera 20MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.38 x8.2mm Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, ...

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