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- 12/13/18--23:18: _Microsoft Hummingbi...
- 12/13/18--23:25: _Google, United Nati...
- 12/14/18--00:02: _Realme U1 3GB + 32G...
- 12/14/18--05:19: _ASUS CEO Jerry Shen...
- 12/14/18--05:50: _Honor 8A with 6-inc...
- 12/14/18--21:51: _Apple Music integra...
- 12/14/18--22:43: _Apple iPhone XR dem...
- 12/15/18--00:50: _Xiaomi starts crowd...
- 12/16/18--22:52: _Honor Band 4 with 0...
- 12/16/18--23:10: _Microsoft patent hi...
- 12/16/18--23:57: _Huawei Nova 4 with ...
- 12/17/18--00:03: _Google Maps for And...
- 12/17/18--00:04: _Microsoft patents h...
- 12/17/18--00:31: _HTC Desire 12s with...
- 12/17/18--02:37: _Xiaomi No. 1 Mi Fan...
- 12/17/18--05:33: _Qualcomm 9205 LTE m...
- 12/17/18--17:30: _Xiaomi smartphone w...
- 12/17/18--18:50: _Xiaomi Play smartph...
- 12/17/18--22:28: _Apple iOS 12.1.2 br...
- 12/17/18--23:24: _Lenovo Z5s with 6.3...
- 12/13/18--23:18: Microsoft Hummingbird AI-powered news App for Android released
- 12/14/18--21:51: Apple Music integration on Amazon Echo speakers finally goes live
- 12/16/18--23:10: Microsoft patent hint at dual-screen folding device
- 12/17/18--00:04: Microsoft patents hint at a wearable device with actuators
- 12/17/18--05:33: Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem for IoT, wearables, and more announced
- 12/17/18--18:50: Xiaomi Play smartphone to be announced on December 24
Microsoft has released Hummingbird, an AI-powered News app for Android which currently is only available in the USA. The app offers login in through Microsoft or LinkedIn accounts, but you can go ahead by skipping. The main home screen offers various topics for you to chose from.
However, unlike Google News, you can't pin down your choices to granular options like a specific sports team or player, or company, or celebrity. Instead, you get general categories like NBA, celebrities, road trips, and cooking. Once the choices are made, the feed gets updated with the articles that you're probably interested in. It also enables you to save, share, dislike articles, or simply just block all news from that particular source.
Tapping an article opens it in the original site it was published in, but keeps Hummingbird's title bar where you can switch into a reading mode with control over font, background color, and text size as well as copy the URL. There's also a"Search" tab that acts more like a shortcut to general topics, and "Me" takes you to view your topics, saved articles, and history.
Other settings include clear all your data and to disable automatic video and GIF playback. Since it is powered ...
Google, a few years ago worked with eye specialists in India and the U.S. on an AI system to help doctors analyze images of the back of the eye for signs of diabetic retinopathy. The AI model now detects diabetic retinopathy with a level of accuracy on par with human retinal specialists. This means doctors and staff can use this assistive technology to screen more patients in less time, sparing people from blindness through a more timely diagnosis.
The company is rolling out this diabetic retinopathy initiative in clinics in India with its partner Verily, and it also conducting research in Thailand over the past few months. At the AI for Social Good Summit in Bangkok hosted by Google and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the company has announced a partnership with the Rajavithi Hospital, which is operated by the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, kicking off a forward-looking research pilot using AI to detect diabetic retinopathy in Thailand.
To ensure that all sectors contribute to the development of AI in the Asia Pacific, Google is supporting the creation of an Asia Pacific AI for Social Good Research Network with a grant. This network will bring ...
Realme launched its Realme U1 smartphone in India last month starting at Rs. 11,999. It went on sale exclusively on Amazon.in starting December 5th. Today, the company has announced that the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version will go on open sale starting from next Monday, December 17th. The next sale for 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version is scheduled for December 19th at 12 noon.
You asked for it & we have done it. No more wait to buy your favourite #IndiasSelfiePro #RealmeU1 3+32GB variant as it is going to be available 24x7 starting Dec. 17th on @amazonIN: https://t.co/47xpO8WUW6 and Realme Official Website: https://t.co/N3oPmlbfWY pic.twitter.com/DMNiAVnaHc
— Realme (@realmemobiles) December 14, 2018
To remind you, the phone packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Dewdrop notch and 90.5% screen to body ratio, is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 12nm SoC with AI engine and GPU acceleration with gaming mode. It has up to 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) based on ColorOS 5.2, comes with a 13-megapixel raer camera along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It AI features, 25-megapixel front camera with Sony IMX576 sensor, 4-in-1 pixels, AI beautify feature that scans 296 facial recognition points and studio portrait lighting modes.
It has a shiny back with diffraction grading ...
ASUS has announced that its long-time CEO Jerry Shen is stepping down ahead of the company's "comprehensive corporate transformation" part of a major shift in mobile strategy to focus on gamers and power users. Meaning, we might see more ROG phones and fewer Zenfones.
During his 11 years serving as CEO, Shen oversaw the launch of the PadFone series, Transformer series, ZenBook series, and ZenFone series. Prior to that, Shen was also credited as the main creator of the Eee PC, the small machine that kickstarted the netbook in 2006.
In a statement, Shen announced that he will be running a new AIoT startup, iFast, as chairman and CEO, with its business targeting B2B applications. Despite his departure, Shen will still maintain a link with ASUS thanks to its 30% stake in his new venture. Shen added that he will "devote myself to assisting ASUS effectively transition into the AIoT industry."As for ASUS' vacant CEO role, it will be split between PC business lead S.Y. Hsu and global customer service lead Samson Hu as of January 1st, 2019.
ASUS was quick to clear the air regarding the future of Zenfones; in a statement, the company said:
With regard to the doubts raised by some on the ...
Huawei Honor brand is all set to introduce Honor 8A, the company's new budget smartphone as the phone has been certified by TENAA with model numbers JAT-TL00 and JAT-AL00. This doesn't have a fingerprint sensor like the predecessor, but this reveals a waterdrop notch display with minimal bezels, two-tone design, and Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box.
Honor 8A rumored specifications
6-inch (1560 × 720 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display
2.3GHz Octa-Core Processor
3GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 512GB with microSD
Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0
Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
13MP rear camera with LED flash
8MP front-facing camera
Dimensions: 156.28×73.5×8.0mm; Weight: 150g
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
3000mAh (Typical) / 2920mAh (Minimum) battery
Honor 8A is expected to come in Black, Blue, Gold, Red. We can expect the smartphone to go official in the coming weeks.
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After announcing Apple Music support on Amazon Echo speakers, the update is now rolling out in the US through the Alexa app on iOS and Android a few days ahead of schedule. You can now connect your Apple Music account with Echo speakers through the Alexa app and use Apple’s music streaming service with Alexa voice control.
Once you connect your Apple Music account to Alexa, you can set the music service as your default music library source and default music station source. Apple Music on Alexa will have access to your personal music library including playlists that you create or add to your library from Apple Music. Apple Music’s integration with Alexa is a neat new addition for Echo customers who subscribe to Apple Music.
Alexa integration is capable of controlling your music playback, tell you about currently playing music, and even play Apple Music on speaker groups that you create in the Alexa app. However, you can’t yet control Apple Music with Alexa on non-Echo speakers like Sonos even if those speakers support Apple Music on their own. Alexa also supports features that aren’t available on HomePod like setting alarms to music Amazon also supports music automation through a feature called Routines.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple iPhone XR demand has been lower than expected. Kuo has slashed his overall iPhone shipment forecast by 20% for the first quarter of 2019. However, Kuo now expects Apple to move 38-42 million iPhones in the quarter, down from an original estimate of 47-52 million.
Apple reported sales of 52.2 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2018, which corresponds with the Q2 of Apple's fiscal year. This means that 38 million shipments in the first quarter of 2019 would be a significant year-over-year decline. As for the iPhone XR in particular, Kuo has revised his shipment estimate to 15-20 million for the Q1 2019, down from 20-25 million.
Kuo estimates annual iPhone shipments will fall between 205 million and 210 million in 2018 and based on that, forecasts that annual iPhone shipments in 2019 will decline up to 10% to a range of 188 million to 194 million. This would fall below Wall Street's consensus estimate of around 212 million units in 2019.
Apple will no longer be disclosing unit sales in its quarterly earnings reports going forward, so investors will have to look towards iPhone revenue to determine how well the handset is selling. If sales are ...
Month after launching Mi Crowdfunding in India back in April with Selfie Stick Tripod and Bluetooth Audio Receiver, Xiaomi today started crowdfunding for its Polarized glasses - Mi Polarized Wayfarer and Mi Polarized Aviators in India. Both these promise 100% UV protection against UVA, UVB & UVC rays up to 400 nanometers.
The company also says that these polarized glasses minimizes glare, enhances contrast, are scratch resistant and will reduce eye strain. These have O6 layered lens technology that is formulated to provide throughout elimination of glare, polarized light and harmful UV rays. The Wayfarer glasses have a flexible TR90 frame, while the Aviators have a 304H Metal Frame.
The Xiaomi Mi Polarized Wayfarer come in Blue and Grey colors and Mi Polarized Aviators come in Blue and Green colors in limited numbers - 800 and 1200 units for crowdfunding through Mi.com at Rs. 699 and Rs. 899, respectively, which the company says these are Rs. 300 less than the original price. These will start shipping from 1st January 2019 after successful funding.
Huawei’s Honor brand has launched Honor Band 4, successor of Honor Band 3 in India. It has a 0.95-inch AMOLED color 2.5D curved glass touch screen display in addition to Home button, comes with continuous heart rate tracking and is also water resistant up to 50 meters with Swim stroke recognition.
It has Huawei Huawei TruSleep 2.0 uses cardiopulmonary coupled dynamics spectrum (CPC) to monitor complete sleep structure including deep sleep (REM) to analyse sleep and offer personalized sleep recommendations. The Huawei TruSeen 2.0 heart rate technology offers 24-hour continuous heart monitoring when running, walking, cycling and more.
Honor Band 4 specifications
0.95 inch AMOLED touch display
Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Compatible with Android 4.4 (or later) or iOS 9.0 (or later)
Pedometer, Sleep tracker, Exercise tracker, Sedentary reminder
6-axis sensors; infrared wearing detection sensor
Continuous Heart rate sensor
Call and Message notification, Incoming call mute function
Water and dust resistant (50 meter / 5 ATM)
NFC for payments
Dimensions: 43 × 17.2 × 11.5 mm; Weight: ~ 23g
100mAh battery with up to 14 days of usage time, 20 days standby
The Honor Band 4 comes in Meteorite Black, Midnight Navy and Dahlia Pink colors, is priced at Rs. 2599 and will be available exclusively from Amazon.in starting tomorrow, December 18, ...
A new Microsoft patent filing hints at a twin-screen folding hinged device which is about the size of a smartphone. The hinge connects two screens on the device which also shows that the company is still interested in new form factors for its hardware.
off late, we have been hearing reports and rumors regarding a Microsoft device with a large dual-screen device called Centaurus. This device may be part of its strategy to take on Chromebooks. There are rumors about a Microsoft foldable device called Andromeda, although it is not clear whether this is ever likely to appear.
The latest folding device patent from Microsoft reveals a few interesting features like a pop-up feature which allows the user to open the screen with a button on the outside. This 'user controllable lock' can be used to open the device enough to read a message displayed on the edge of the screen and then close the device again or open it further if they want to respond to the message or carry out another action.
The patent notes that the closed device can be very compact and carried in the user's pocket. As with most patents, it doesn't mean the device is likely to reach ...
Huawei just announced Nova 4, the company’s latest smartphone in the Nova series in China, as it had promised. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ curved glass full-screen display with a 4.5mm hole to house the 3.05mm small 25-megapixel front camera, 0.85mm micro-seam earpiece on the edge and has a 86.3% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by Kirin 970 SoC with support for GPU Turbo 2.0, packs 8GB of RAM and runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0.1. It has a 48-megapixel rear camera, 16 million super wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel camera to capture depth information in portrait shots. There is also a version with a 20-megapixel primary camera.
It has 3D hyperboloid glass body with gradiant finish in some versions, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging.
Huawei Nova 4 specifications
6.4-inch (2310 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ curved glass display, 96% NTSC Color Gamut
Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo
8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage
Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0.1.
48MP (1/2" Sony IMX586 sensor) / 20MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, CAF, ...
Google has announced that starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode; auto rickshaw in Google Maps. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares.
The new feature can be found within the ‘public transport and ‘cab’ modes in Google Maps and is based on the expected trip route and the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police. The feature will be available in the Google Maps app on Android devices.
To use the feature, users need to update Google Maps to the latest version v.10.6, open the app, search for a destination, then tap on directions and go to the public transport tab. After choosing the mode of transport on the screen, users will be able to see the estimated price of the journey and the route’s traffic information. Then simply tap ‘Navigate’ to start the trip. The same option can also be accessed through the “cab” mode on Google Maps.
Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps said:
The idea of this feature is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the ...
Microsoft has discontinued its lineup of wearable devices after launching the Microsoft Band 2. However, the company seems to be planning a comeback. A new patent file named “WEARABLE DEVICE” was published by USPTO and filed by Microsoft in June 2017.
The patent details a wearable device that has actuators which are adjustable in terms of their duty cycle, power and/or position based on sensor data. The actuators in the wearable device are adjustable relative to one another in terms of their position and in various examples, the actuators may be adjustable relative to one another in terms of their duty cycle, power and/or position based on sensor data.
The Microsoft wearable device uses a haptic actuation for therapeutic stimulation and in various examples, the wearable device may be worn close to a joint and used to affect the involuntary movement of the joint or limb. it may be used to alleviate some symptoms of a condition which affects motion or control of the limbs and one example is Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease typically include tremors; involuntary shaking of parts of the body, such as the hand, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles.
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HTC has announced Desire 12s, months after introduction of Desire 12. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, is powered by Snapdragon 435 with up to 4GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense UI on and 13-megapixel front and rear cameras, both with LED flash. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, comes with dual SIM support and packs a 3075mAh battery.
HTC Desire 12s specifications
5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display
Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 (4 x Cortex A53 1.4GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.1GHz) Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU
3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory with microSD
Android 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense UI
13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 1080p video recording
13MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture with LED flash
Dimensions: 154.2 x 72.7 x 8.3 mm; Weight: 150g
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, NFC
The HTC Desire 12s comes in Black, Silver and Red colors, is priced at NT$5990 (US$ 194 / Rs. 13,920 approx.) for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version costs NT$ 6990 (US$ 226 ...
Xiaomi today announced that year-end No.1 Mi Fan Sale will happen from Wednesday, 19th December until Friday, 21st December offering discounts on smartphones, Mi LED TVs and more. It is being held on Mi.com, as well as its online partner platforms - Amazon.in and Flipkart.com depending on the prodcuts. Xiaomi said that Redmi Note 6 Pro will also be available with an exciting Paytm offer throughout the sale.
POCO F1 (8GB+256GB) Armoured Edition - Rs. 26,999 (Rs. 2000 off)
POCO F1 (8GB+256GB) - Rs. 25,999 (Rs. 2000 off)
POCO F1 (6GB+128GB) - Rs. 21,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Mi A2 (6GB+128GB) - Rs. 16,999 (Rs. 2000 off)
Mi A2 (4GB+64GB) - Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB+64GB) - Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB+64GB) - Rs. 12,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) - Rs. 10,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Redmi Y2 (3GB + 32GB) - Rs. 8,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Mi LED TV 4A PRO (49) - Rs. 30,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Mi LED TV 4A (43) - Rs. 21,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
Mi LED TV 4C PRO (32) - Rs. 14,999 (Rs. 1000 off)
There are games such as Santa is Lost on Mi.com wherein users can log in and search for the Santas hidden ...
Qualcomm Technologies has announced its next-generation modem purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications; the new Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem. It brings together key elements required to build cellular-enabled IoT products and services in a single chipset, including global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC) and NB2 (NB-IoT) as well as 2G/E-GPRS connectivity, application processing, geolocation, hardware-based security, support for cloud services and accompanying developer tools.
The modem is engineered to reduce power consumption by up to 70% in idle mode. The Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem is also 50% smaller and more cost-effective than its predecessor – making it ideal for IoT applications requiring low-power, wide-area connectivity in a small form factor device. The new modem is also software-compatible with the Company’s prior LTE IoT solutions which allows module manufacturers to reuse software investments to develop new module solutions.
It has support for both 3GPP release 14 Category M1 and NB2 for operation with networks using any of these LTE IoT modes, as well as 2G/E-GPRS to allow for connectivity in areas where LTE IoT is not yet deployed. The Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem features an RF transceiver with extended bandwidth support from 450 MHz to 2100 MHz. It also integrates a comprehensive RF front-end, a ...
Update - December 18: Detailed specifications of the Xiaomi has surfaced on TENAA. It also reveals that the phone will come in a range of colors in addition to Black.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro rumored specifications
5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ curved glass display
2.3GHz Octa-Core Processor
3GB / 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 32GB / 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10
12MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary camera
8MP front-facing camera
Dimensions: 147.76×71.89×7.8mm; Weight: 150g
Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, GPS + GLONASS
300mAh (typical) / 2900mAh (minimum) battery
Earlier: Following the footsteps of OPPO and Vivo, Xiaomi is prepping for its first mid-range smartphone with a water-drop notch screen, as the phone has been certified by TENAA in China with the model number M1901F9T, after it passed through 3C certification along with M1901F7E, M1901F7T and M1901F7C. This also reveals AI dual rear cameras arranged vertically and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
It also confirmed the phone's dimensions - 147.76×71.89×7.8mm, 5.84-inch display size and a 2900mAh (minimum) battery. It also mentions Android, however the version is not mentioned. It could be released under the Redmi series as Redmi 7 ...
After a teaser recently, Xiaomi today announced that it will introduce a smartphone in the new Play series in China on December 24th. The company doesn't reveal any details other than the name of the phone, but the name hints that it could be targeted at gaming.
It could also be the 48MP camera phone that the company has been teasing. There are some rumors that say that it could be a version of Snapdragon POCO / POCOPHONE F1 for the Chinese market at an affordable price tag of less than 1999 yuan. We should know more details about the Xiaomi Play in the coming days.
Apple today has released the iOS 12.1.2 update two weeks after pushing out the 12.1.1 update and one week after Apple seeded the first iOS 12.1.2 beta to developers. Unlike the previous update, the iOS 12.1.2 is only available to iPhones and not iPads.
The Apple release notes state that the iOS 12.1.2 will bring bug fixes to the eSIM activation and a cellular connectivity issue in Turkey. This update is mainly focused on bug fixes rather than any new features. The iOS 12.1.2 release includes software tweaks in China that remove patented Qualcomm functionality.
A Chinese court last week issued an iPhone sales ban on iPhone 6s through iPhone X in China after ruling that Apple had infringed on two Qualcomm patents related to resizing and reformatting photos and managing applications using a touchscreen when using apps.
Apple said it would release a software update for iPhone users in China to address "the minor functionality of the two patents at issue." As for the eSIM functionality, it was first introduced in the iOS 12.1 update and expanded with iOS 12.1.1. In the U.S., T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T are all now supporting the eSIM features.
Apple's release notes:
iOS 12.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone. This update:
- Fixes bugs with eSIM ...
Lenovo just announced the Z5s, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Z series’ in China, as it had promised. It has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio display with 92.6% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 710 with up to 6GB of RAM, runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with ZUI 10 on top, has triple rear cameras, 16-megapixel primary camera, secondary 8-megapixel telephoto lens for 2x zoom and a 5-megapixel camera for capturing depth information in porait shots. It also comes with a 16-megapixel front camera in the notch.
It has a glass back with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection, metal frame, comes with P2i splash-resistant coating to protect the phone from light rain and accidental spills, and packs a 3300mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
Lenovo Z5s specifications
6.39-inch ( 1080 × 2340 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio LTPS display with
Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU
4GB / 6GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB internal storage / 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
Android 9.0 (Pie) with ZUI 10