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    Huawei’s Honor brand just launched the Honor 8C, successor of the Honor 7C  in India, as it had promised. It packs a 6.26-inch HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch, Snapdragon 632 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for capturing depth information in portrait shots, AI scene recognition to recognize over 500 scenarios in 22 categories and an 8-megapixel camera on the front with AI beautify features. It has 3D nano-level texture design, combining the gradient color and glare, offering a unique light and shadow circulation effect, features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It has Dual 4G VoLTE support, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD slots, and packs a 4000mAh battery that promises up to two days of battery life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWYvfmG6fw0 Honor 8C specifications 6.26-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, 2MP secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture with LED flash Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  158.72×75.94×7.98mm; ...

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    Apple is facing a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of not installing vent filters in MacBooks and iMacs, leading to lower processor speeds and screen smudges from trapped dust resulting in expensive repairs. Hagens Berman is the firm handling the case.  Dust accumulating from the air allegedly impacts the screen and the motherboard, causing spots on the display and heat regulation issues. Hagens Berman says that Apple has been charging customers with machines out of warranty around $600 to fix these problems. The lawsuit says iMac and MacBook models from 2013 to 2018 are affected. Several plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit, including a photographer who was plagued by dark spots on the Mac's display, a user who had smudges on his iMac who was required to pay $600 for a replacement after five months, and a third iMac owner who saw dark smudges soon after making a purchase and subsequently had his display and motherboard replaced multiple times, leading to high repair bills. The class action lawsuit is seeking compensation for Mac owners, including compensation for screens that "did not perform as advertised," reimbursement for out-of-pocket repair costs, and compensation for those who sold their computers at a loss due to dark ...

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    ASUS just launched ROG Phone, the company’s first gaming smartphone in India, as it had promised. It packs a 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED HDR 90Hz, 1ms response time AMOLED display with DCIP3 gamut with Gaming HDR and Mobile HDR supported by dedicate hardware display chip, is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC that is clocked up to 2.96GHz with 8GB RAM.  It has new GameCool system that improves thermals with a copper heat spreader and 3D vapor chamber that efficiently transfer heat away from the SoC and into the body. It has dedicated ultrasonic buttons, two on the left edge and one more on the bottom right edge actuate with only 20 grams of force for both landscape and portrait modes. Each one can be customized to perform different functions, including executing macros that reliably reproduce game-specific gestures. The buttons can also be configured for non-gaming tasks, like instantly launching specific apps and activating functions like one-handed mode. Under the hood, an advanced haptic engine generates nuanced vibrations for more detailed force feedback in games. It is WiGig-certified for 802.11ad 60GHz WiFi with both 2×2 MIMO and WiFi Direct. The side-mounted port also supports Gigabit Ethernet over Type-C, plus HDMI and USB. It packs ...

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    Google has redesigned Translator on the web to make it easier to use. The site's new look is now consistent with other Google products, and updated labeling and typography make it easier to navigate. Thanks to the new look,  now it’s even more convenient to save and organize important translations you regularly utilize or search for. The company has added labels to each saved translation, so if you speak multiple languages, you can sort and group your translations with a single click. The Translator website is responsive so it can adjust dynamically for your screen size. So when Google launches new features, you get a great web experience across all your devices: mobile, tablet, or desktop. Source

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    Front, centre and well, back too, the Asus ROG phone employs every gaming related schtick and somehow manages to make it look good. This device is one of those rare examples of focussed engineering that delivers on all its promises. Asus claims to have worked with professional eSports teams to design the phone and it shows. Here's what we think about the Asus ROG Phone. The most distinctive aspect of the phone is, of course, the rear panel where it uses a combination of etched Gorilla Glass 5 and a very visible copper heat sink to give it a cutting edge look. Even more interesting is that ROG logo in the middle. Yes, it has fully controllable RGB lighting. Got a blingy gaming desktop? The ROG phone will fit right in. Robust controls through the game centre app means that you can sync these lights with others within the Asus Aura Sync system. The front too has an aggressive design with red highlights around the speaker grilles. The ROG phone is not for anyone who values subtlety. There are stereo speakers on board. Asus really talked up the dual NXP 9874 smart amps during our briefing and it shows. The speakers are loud, crystal ...

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    As rumored earlier, Nokia X7 that was introduced in China last month, will be introduced as Nokia 8.1, codenmaed 'Phoenix' at an event in Dubai on December 5th, according to marketing materials that have surfaced online. There is no change in specifications, but this will run Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. Nokia 8.1 (X7) 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 Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 4GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage / 6GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM with 128GB (eMMC 5.1)  storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 9.0 (Pie) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 1/2.55" Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixels, OIS, 13MP secondary rear camera with f/2.2 aperture 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  154.8×75.76×7.97mm; Weight: 178g 3.5mm audio jack, Nokia OZO Stereo Audio recording Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 3500mAh (typical) / 3400mAh (minimum) battery with fast charging The Nokia 8.1 will come in Red, ...

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    Huawei's Honor brand today launched the Honor 8C smartphone in India today. We already brought you the unboxing and first impressions of the smartphone, here we have the benchmarks and gaming performance video. The phone is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 632 14nm SoC that has Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 250 (A73-based) Performance + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 250 (A53-based) Efficiency CPUs, better than the Snapdragon 630, however it has Adreno 506 GPU, same as Snapdragon 625 and 450 SoCs. It comes with 4GB of RAM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0491XhZ7Cg AnTuTu Benchmark 7 It scored 1,04,243 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark 7 which is on par with the Snapdragon 636-powered smartphones. Geekbench 4 Single-Core It scored 1261 points in the Geekbench 4 Single-Core benchmark and is once again on par with the Snapdragon 636-powered devices including the Redmi Note 6 Pro. Geekbench 4 Multi-Core It scored 4573 points in the Geekbench 4 Multi-Core benchmark and lies just behind the Redmi Note 6 Pro. Basemark OS II In Basemark OS II benchmark it scored 1861 points. These are just synthetic benchmark scores. For the price of Rs. 11,999, the performance is good. We will bring real life performance test results in the complete review soon.

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    Xiaomi announced the list of phones eligible for Oreo and Pie updates last month and said that devices are supposed to get Android Pie/Oreo update before the end of this year. Except for Redmi 5, all the devices launched by Xiaomi in India this year have already received Android 8.1 (Oreo) update. To recall, Redmi 5 was launched earlier this year with MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) and was recently updated to MIUI 10 Global Stable based on Android 7.1.2. Xiaomi launched Redmi 5A last year on this day with MIUI 9 based on of Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), the company recently released MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the smartphone. Earlier this month, Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A both the smartphones received Android 8.1 based MIUI 10 China Beta ROM and now, the company has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) as we earlier reported. [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="269813,269814"] The new update comes as MIUI Global Beta 8.11.23 and also brings November 2018 security patch to both the devices along with the Android version upgrade. Other devices like Redmi Note 5 Pro have also received November security patch with the same update. Xiaomi has also enabled ...

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    Similar to last year, Google again is describing how it achieved Portrait mode on the Pixel 3 smartphones. Google says that Portrait Mode uses a neural network to determine what pixels correspond to people versus the background, and augments this two layer person segmentation mask with depth information derived from the PDAF pixels. This is meant to enable a depth-dependent blur. PDAF pixels capture two slightly different views of a scene. With Portrait Mode on the Pixel 3, Google says that it is fixing these errors by utilizing the fact that the parallax used by depth from stereo algorithms is only one of many depth cues present in images. Google says that it has built its own custom “Frankenphone” rig that contains five Pixel 3 phones, along with a Wi-Fi-based solution that allowed it to simultaneously capture pictures from all of the phones. With this rig, Google computed high-quality depth from photos by using structure from motion and multi-view stereo. However, even though the data captured from this rig is ideal, it is still extremely challenging to predict the absolute depth of objects in a scene a given PDAF pair can correspond to a range of different depth maps. To account for this, Google instead predict the ...

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    Microsoft back in 2013 has updated the Office icons and after five years, the company is again transforming office into a collaborative suite that lets you work together in real-time from almost any device. The company is changing the official icons for Office 365 again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YplAU5myNP4 The company says that it has used gestalt principles to further emphasize key product changes. While each icon has a unique and identifiable symbol, there are connections within each app’s symbol and the collective suite. The company has removed a visual boundary: the traditional tool formatting. Whereas prior Office icons had a document outline for Microsoft Word and a spreadsheet outline for Excel, it now shows lines of text for Word and individual cells for Excel. These icons embody the collaborative nature of the apps they represent. It also changed the letter-to-symbol ratio. Traditionally, the letter occupied two-thirds of the icon, and the symbol took up one-third. It has changed this ratio to now emphasize the symbol because while the letter represents the tool itself. The new icons will begin rolling out across platforms in the coming months, starting with mobile and web. Source

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    Google has announced new Android Auto features including easier access to your favorite content with improved media browse and search features, plus new ways to stay connected with visual message previews and group messaging. You can try out these new features with media apps—like Google Play Books, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, and Spotify. Popular messaging apps like Messages, Hangouts, and WhatsApp also work with new messaging features. Google says that support for more apps will come in the next few months. Thanks to the new updates, you can now spend less time browsing and more time enjoying the content. An improved layout, featuring large album art views, lets you quickly identify and select something to play. it also brings improvements to the voice search experience. Just say “OK Google, play 80s music” or “OK Google, play Lilt” to view even more categorized search results from your app right on the screen. When new text messages arrive, Android Auto can show you a short preview of the text when your vehicle is stopped. This message previewing capability is purely optional, giving you the ability to choose what’s most important—privacy or convenience. In addition to SMS messaging, Android Auto now supports apps that use ...

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    HMD Global just launched the Nokia 7.1, the company’s latest mid-range Android One smartphone in India. It was introduced last month and packs a 5.84-inch Full HD+  19:9 screen with a notch, 80% screen-to-body ratio, has support for HDR and also supports SD to HDR real-time conversion. With HDR10 support; 1 million: 1 dynamic contrast ratio; 500-million pixels processed per second providing smooth and accurate HDR video.The display also adapts to indoor and bright outdoor sunlight. The company calls it PureDisplay. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), and recently got Android 9.0 (Pie) update. It is powered by Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM, has 12MP (RGB) + 5MP (Monochrome) dual rear cameras with ZEISS Optics and fast accurate autofocus. The 8MP AI enhanced front facing camera supports facial recognition.  It has a 6000 series aluminium frame and uses dual-anodised diamond cut coloured edge. It packs a 3060mAh battery with support for USB Type-C fast charging that can charge the phone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes. Nokia 7.1 specifications 5.84-inch (2244 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ HDR 10 display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 4GB LPPDDR4x RAM, ...

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    As promised recently, Realme has started rolling out ColorOS 5.2 stable OTA update in India. This brings several new features single swipe notification dismiss, Headset icon in status bar, Smart Bar for faster multitasking, Game Space, Recorder, and lots more. The Realme 1 ColorOS 5.2 update has build number CPH1861EX_11.A.25, is 2.11GB in size and includes Android security patch for  October 5, 2018. The company said that this is staged roll out, which will complete by December 3rd, if no critical bugs are found. Check out the complete changelog below. System Single swipe notification dismiss. Now you can swipe from left to right to dismiss the notification. Headset icon in status bar. A headset icon in status bar will be shown when you plug-in the headset. Smart Bar for faster multitasking. You can add apps you use often into "Smart Bar" for faster app launching and multitasking. Optimized reminders when Developer Options, Accessibility Mode and Device Manager on. Flashing bar, on-going notification and text at the upper right corner for "Developer Options", "Accessibility" and "Device & Privacy" have been deleted. Gaming Added "Game Space" to for performance mode, do not disturb, game acceleration, and more. You can enjoy an ultra-fast gaming experience here. Function to keep games running with screen off. Video Switch to audio playback mode ...

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    After teasing its upcoming top-end P90 chip with Powerful, Efficient, Groundbreaking AI on social media yesterday, MediaTek today confirmed that it will introduce the SoC at an event in Shenzen, China on December 13th. Coming Soon! The MediaTek Helio P90. Powerful. Efficient. Groundbreaking AI. #MediaTekHelioP90 #thischipchangeseverything pic.twitter.com/HiALFuRWHZ — MediaTek (@MediaTek) November 29, 2018 The company introduced the Helio P70 SoC, successor of the Helio P60 SoC recently, which powers the latest Realme U1 smartphone that was launched earlier this week. However the company has not introduced the Helio P80 SoC yet. According to latest reports, the Helio P90 will be based on TSMC’s 12nm FinFET technology, similar to the P70. It recently surfaced in GeekBench benchmark with MT6779 model number with Single-core benchmark of 2025 and multi-core score of 6831, better than the Helio P70. It revealed that it will be an Octa-Core SoC clocked at maximum frequency of 2.0GHz, and it is expected to replace Cortex-A73 in P60/P70 with Cortex-A75. We will have to wait for about two weeks to find out all the deails of the Helio P90. Source

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    Meizu is all set to launch its flagship Meizu 16 smartphone in India on December 5th, based on its teaser on its social channels. The Meizu 16 was introduced back in August and packs a 6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display from Samsung with 91.18% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to 1.43mm side bezels and 5.74mm chin, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB of RAM, has custom copper cooling tube and feature an in-display fingerprint sensor that has 99.12% high recognition rate. Wait for the superior experience to unfold, as it's truly worth the wait ! Just 7 days to go #MEIZU #India #Smartphones #Superior @Meizu_India @Technologyfever #News #Android #Android pic.twitter.com/9S2S1tvLXe — MEIZU India (@Meizu_India) November 28, 2018 If it sounds good, then it surely is ! #MEIZU #India #Smartphones #Superior #MEIZU @Meizu_India @Technologyfever #Android pic.twitter.com/UMfByz4UVI — MEIZU India (@Meizu_India) November 29, 2018 It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX380 sensor, 1.55μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture along with a 20-megapixel secondary telephoto lens with Sony IMX350 sensor for portrait shots and 3x loss-less zoom and a 20-megapixel front facing camera with AI beauty recognition and Face unlock.  It has a 3D glass back with ceramic texture, and pack a 3010mAh with 24W mCharge flash charge. Meizu 16 specifications ...

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    Samsung Galaxy A8s (SM-G8870) has passed through the FCC ahead of the announcement next month. In the FCC documents, there is a screenshot that reveals tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio display, and there is also a space on the left corner of the phone for the display hole so that it doesn't have any icons left. It also shows that it supports adaptive fast charging  (5V-2A/9V-1.67A), similar to other Samsung mid-range smartphones. Samsung Galaxy A8s rumored specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 6GB RAM, 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 24MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 10MP 120° Ultra Wide camera, 5MP f/2.2 depth camera 24MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimension: 159.11 x 74.88 x 7.38 mm 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, Bluetooth v5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC 3400mAh battery with adaptive fast charging We should know the launch date in the coming weeks. Source | Via

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    HMD Global has started sending out invites for the launch of a new smartphone in India on December 12th in Delhi. Based on the 'Expect more' teasers, the company is expected to launch the Nokia 8.1 at the event. It was supposed to happen on December 6th, now the event has been postponed to 10th. Since the Nokia 7.1 has been launched in India, the December 12th event, few days after the global event in Dubai on December 5th, might actually see the Nokia 8.1 (X7) be launched in India. Nokia 8.1 (X7) 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 Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 4GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage / 6GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM with 128GB (eMMC 5.1)  storage, expandable memory up to 400GB with microSD Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD) Android 9.0 (Pie) 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 1/2.55″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixels, OIS, 13MP secondary rear camera with f/2.2 aperture 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions:  154.8×75.76×7.97mm; ...

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    Update: Google is now rolling out Call Screen transcript feature for select users. You can view this under Recent calls -> Call Details -> See transcript. Earlier: One of the handiest features Google introduced with Pixel 3 was Call Screen, meaning it will screen unknown calls so you know who’s calling and why before picking up. It will display a new "Screen call" button when you get an incoming call. Just hit the button and it will start screening the call. The system will ask why they're calling and you'll see a transcript of their response in real-time. Then you can decide whether to pick up, mark the call as spam, or tap to respond with one of the quick replies. Google says that this ability to screen calls is designed to help you quickly determine whether the call is important. The feature is powered by AI and runs in real-time on your device. The company says that the experience is fast, responsive, and private to you. It keeps power consumption to a minimum and even works without a data connection. Call Screen is initially available in English to Pixel 3 users in the US and will launch to Pixel 1 and 2 users ...

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    Apple Music support is finally coming to Amazon's Echo speakers and this will enable Apple Music subscribers to play Apple Music’s 50 million songs on Echo devices. Customers will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums—or any of the playlists made by Apple Music’s editors from around the world. Customers will also be able to ask Alexa to stream expert-made radio stations centered on popular genres like Hip-Hop, decades like the 80s, and even music from around the world, like K-Pop. You need to enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app and link your account to start listening. Customers ask Alexa to play all kinds of music in many different languages. Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices said: Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we’ve expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most ...

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    According to a new report, Google said to be planning on shutting down Hangouts sometime in 2020. This doesn't come as a surprise as Google stopped any further development of the app more than a year ago. Given how Google abandonment the development of the app, many have already transitioned away from using it. However, Hangout still remains a prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app is still live on PlayStore till date but many recent user reviews clearly indicate that the app is aging, noting bugs and performance issues. However, Hangouts as a brand will continue to live on with G Suite’s Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, the former intended to be a team communication app and the latter a video meetings platform. Google's Voice calling which started off as an independent was then integrated into Hangouts was again moved back out into becoming its own redesigned app earlier this year. Despite the shortcoming, Hangouts was one of the few apps to get support for Android Auto's new MMS and RCS functionality. Source

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