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    LG Electronics introduces its latest flagship TVs with ThinQ AI which are powered by the company’s second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm. LG’s TVs will offer enhanced picture and sound by analyzing source content as well as optimized content by recognizing ambient conditions. LG’s 2019 TV range provides access to a wide selection of popular artificial intelligence services across multiple platforms, including newly implemented Amazon Alexa, built-in Google Assistant. It comes with an intuitive Home Dashboard making it possible to control a wide variety of smart home devices directly from the TV. LG’s 8K 88-inch Z9 OLED TV boasts higher processing capabilities for delivering the most realistic 8K picture quality that looks sharp, vivid and detailed. In addition to content source detection, the new processor adjusts the tone mapping curve in accordance with ambient conditions to offer optimized screen brightness, it leverages on its ability to understand how the human eye perceives images in different lighting. The α9 Gen 2 AI can further refine HDR content by adjusting the brightness to transform even the darkest scenes into ones with contrast, and detail. It comes with Dolby Vision content. The sound quality is augmented by an intelligent algorithm that ...

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    Xiaomi has scheduled an event in China on January 10th to launch a new smartphone. The invite has 4800 written upside down hinting at a 48MP camera phone that was teased by Xiaomi President Lin Bin in an image last month. The image showed a large sensor along with dual LED flash. Another teaser hints at a large sensor and 3x zoom. Honor already introduced its V20 smartphone with a 48-megapixel camera last week. This will likely come with the same Sony IMX586 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) sensor. It could be powered by Snapdragon 675 11nm Mobile Platform since Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will launch Snapdragon 675-powered smartphone this year. Since we have a week to go for the event, we can expect more details about the smartphone in the coming days. Source

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    WIPO and USPTO published a patent of an LG smartwatch and method for controlling same on December 20, 2018. The patent hints at a smartwatch with a camera in the watch band. It is necessary to move the camera to get a clean photograph which is easy with a smartphone, but it's a bit difficult on a wrist. For this exact reason, the camera is configured in such a way that it can be photographed in the direction of the object. The watch band can slide into the watch case, causing the camera to move towards the watch case. Alternatively, the camera itself may move on the watch band or the camera may be implemented in a loose link that users can swap with another link. Additionally, LG may develop a clip that can easily be attached to the watchband. The patent also describes that LG's smartwatch can recognize faces. Once you make a picture of a person, the camera will be able to make a cut-out of the face. The camera can also be used to know more information about a product; meaning take a picture and give a long-press on the display and the watch will display information for the same. In addition, users can take a picture ...

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    Huawei Honor brand has announced that it will introduce its Honor 8A, the company’s new budget smartphone in China on January 8th, a month after it was certified by TENAA with model numbers JAT-TL00 and JAT-AL00. This doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor like the predecessor, but it will feature a waterdrop notch display with minimal bezels, two-tone design, and run Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. This is expected to be powered by the latest MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. Honor 8A rumored specifications 6-inch (1560 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display 2.3GHz Octa-Core (ARM Cortex A53) MediaTek Helio P35 12nm Processor with 680 MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 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 should know the price when it goes official next Tuesday. Source

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    Xiaomi has launched new AirPOP PM2.5 Anti-Pollution Mask in India. It has 99% PM2.5 Protection, 4-Layer filtration, Advanced air circulation vent and is foldable so it is easy to carry. Highlights of Xiaomi Mi AirPOP Uses advanced 4-layer filtration to help you breathe easy by protecting against seasonal haze, dust, storms, cold and flu pathogens, allergic pollen, grease, smoke, exhaust and contaminants Skin-friendly fabric and 3D design with curved 3D lines offer a smooth and comfrotable fit Large vortex breathing valve quickly discharges warm air and vapour while blocking out pollutants. The constant air refreshing design reduces eyeglass fogging Simple design can be folded to one-third of its size for safe pocket storage Can be used for 15 hours, which might vary depending on the use The Xiaomi Mi AirPOP PM2.5 Anti-Pollution Mask comes only in Black color, is priced at Rs. 249 for a pack of two and is available for puchase from Mi.com.

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    Huawei is said to be working on a smartphone with Penta rear camera setup, according to the case design. The company last year introduced smartphones with triple rear camera setup. The company now has applied for a number of design patents at the Chinese CNIPA on 27 June 2018 and the patents were published on 1 January 2019.  The company usually files for smartphone designs, but this time it is cases. One of these cases stood out from the pack as it comes with an interesting opening at the rear, larger than that of the Mate 20 Pro. Based on the design and the shape of the opening, the smartphone, there is a possibility that it might come with Penta rear cameras and LED flash. As you would expect, no details regarding the camera or the smartphone itself are nowhere mentioned in the patent file. But putting the patented case and Mate20 Pro design aside, one could easily identify the difference and it is quite obvious that a smartphone with more sensors is in the making, so this could be Mate 30 Pro. Meanwhile, HMD Global's Nokia is also rumored to working on Nokia 9 flagship with Penta cameras on the back. Via

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    [caption id="attachment_272103" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Screen grab from @evleaks video[/caption] We already know that Samsung is working on its foldable phone, and it was also showcased officially back in November last year. Out of nowhere, now a new video of a foldable smartphone from Xiaomi has surfaced, thanks to @evleaks. It can be folded both the sides, turning the huge tablet-like screen to a small phone-like formfactor. If this is real, this should be the world's first dual-side foldable phone. Can't speak to the authenticity of this video or device, but it's allegedly made by Xiaomi, I'm told. Hot new phone, or gadget porn deepfake? pic.twitter.com/qwFogWiE2F — Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019 It runs MIUI 10, and the UI adapts to the screen size quickly. According to rumors from China, the phone might be teased at its Redmi event on January 10th as a surprise, while the official announcement and availability might take time. We should know more details about the foldable phone from Xiaomi soon. Source

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    Samsung is working on the Galaxy S10 flagships which are due in February. We have heard many rumors and reports leading until today, but we haven't seen the device in live, apart from renders. Filling the void, we are finally are getting to see the S10 "Beyond 1," in the wild.  As expected the device features infinity O display wherein it has a cut out within the display to accompany the front-camera. Going by the surfaced image, the Galaxy S10 packs an ultra slim bezels on all corners giving more room for the display. Like the Mate 20 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Beyond 1, will also feature the ability to wirelessly charge other compatible devices like handsets and watches as well. One cool feature I haven't heard mentioned previously is this model's ability to wirelessly charge other compatible devices like handsets and watches. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019 Since Beyond 1 is the base model of the Galaxy S10, it packs singe front-camera, whereas the Plus variant will have quad-rear cameras arranged horizontally, unlike the Galaxy A9 and dual-selfie shooters, so the cutout is a bit wider. The bezels on top and bottom are slim even when compared to the Galaxy S9, and Note 9.  According ...

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    Samsung is busy prepping the Galaxy M-series, which will be the first series to come equipped with the new Infinity-U display. One among the new series is the Galaxy M30 which looks to be Samsung's answer to the growing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi.  According to rumors, the Galaxy M30 packs a massive 5000mAh battery, and sports a 6.38-inch Infinity U Full HD (2220 x1080 pixels) display. The Galaxy M30 comes with three cameras on the back, a 13+5+5MP sensors which would be regular, wide-angle lens, and telephoto lens for portrait shots. It also comes with a single 16MP selfie shooter on the front. The M30 measures 159 x 75.1 mm and is around 8.4 mm thick. Unfortunately, at this moment we do not have information regarding which processor is used on the device. There is a possibility that the Galaxy M-series might debut in the coming weeks. So until the company launches, all we have are the rumors and concept renders of the design. Source

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    Samsung Electronics has announced three new monitors: the modern and minimalist Space Monitor, the CRG9 designed for gaming experience and the UR59C which is a 4K UHD curved monitor ideal for content creators. The Samsung Space Monitor is easy to set up and adjusts when you aren’t using it, and simple to push back and store flat against the wall. Through easy ergonomic adjustment, port access and a discreet cable management system, Space Monitor improves the form and function. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXYEscjS1a8 The Space Monitor sports a 27-inch display with QHD resolution for incredibly detailed, pin-sharp images, while the 32-inch model presents content in 4K UHD. Space Monitor gives users a unique arm stand, which can disappear into the back of the monitor’s slim-bezel. The Samsung Zero Height Adjustable Stand feature provides the ultimate versatility for any type of viewing preference. The stand not only makes viewing more comfortable but also eliminates the hassle of cable management by integrating power and HDMI cords. The Samsung CRG9 is the first high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with 49-inch 32:9 aspect ratio display. It offers a 120Hz refresh rate with a fast 4ms response time. The monitor features AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology to reduce stutter, screen tearing, and input latency. It comes with dual ...

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    Ahead of CES 2019 next week, LG has introduced new XBOOM series of speakers that includes new flagship XBOOM mini component (CL98) with 3,500W output and high-end XBOOM (OL100) with 2,000W output. XBOOM series have aptX HD codec for lossless hi-resolution audio streaming over Bluetooth and Wireless Party Link lets you connect multiple speakers. The models also come with Karaoke Star feature that can suppress the vocals on almost any track. The XBOOM CL98 incorporates a Compression Horn to generate crisper, more detailed audio across higher frequencies.  The XBOOM OL100 has a proprietary Blast Horn – a folded air duct behind the driver designed to create acoustic sound pressure by directing air through an amplifying duct – to improve high-frequency reproduction and bass performance. Other feature of OL100 include, Meridian Mode, developed in collaboration with the experts at renowned British company Meridian Audio offers exclusive sound setting for clearer vocals and more responsive bass. It also has Grab & Move handle design. The XBOOM freestyle speakers (RK7 and RL4) can be oriented either vertically or horizontally and feature the X-grip handle for convenient transportation. The LG XBOOM Go PK series speakers promise excellent high-fidelity sound despite their compact size and light weight. LG  XBOOM AI ThinQ speakers featuring built-in Google Assistant and ...

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    Microsoft has switched the dark mode on with October update of Windows 10 and it's up to app developers to do their part. Google is now bringing dark mode for Chrome on Windows 10. Google Chrome for MacOS is already confirmed to bring dark mode in the first half of 2019. Bringing native support for the dark mode in Chrome would put it in line with Microsoft's own Edge browser and Mozilla's Firefox on Windows 10. If you are a tester, you can try an early version of dark mode as early as today. According to a bug report, Google has intended since at least May 2017 that Chrome should embrace Windows 10’s dark mode setting. Comments on the code found in Chromium’s Gerrit source code management have revealed that Windows 10 was originally supposed to gain dark mode support alongside macOS. However, there were some flaws leading to the developer to halt the progress. The dark mode feature is available in Chrome Canary for Windows, including older versions like Windows 7. You can enable it by right-clicking your Chrome Canary shortcut, choosing Properties, then add “ –force-dark-mode.”  The feature is currently in testing, so, we don't know when it would become available for everyone. Source | Via

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    ASUS has announced the Chromebook Education series which includes the Chromebook C204, the ASUS Chromebook C403, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 convertible, and the ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100. The new series features durability, spill- and tamper-resistant keyboards and all-around rubber bumpers. The ASUS Chromebook C204, ASUS Chromebook Flip C214, ASUS Chromebook C403, and ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 boast similar specs. The C204 is the successor to the ASUS Chromebook C202. It sports an 11.6-inch display specially designed for students. The Chromebook Flip C214 comes with a touchscreen display, stylus support, and a 360-degree hinge, it bridges the gap between laptop and tablet and allows for laptop learning. The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100 is the first Chromebook tablet from Asus. It sports a 9.7-inch QXGA display is covered in a strong tempered glass to help it stay protected against scratches and gouges. The stylus slides into a little garage in the tablet’s frame for safekeeping. It is powered by the Hexa-core OP1 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage. The Chromebook Tablet CT100 has a 35Wh lithium-polymer battery and packs USB Type-C port. The ASUS Chromebook C204 sports an 11.6-inch HD display with anti-glare coating. It is powered by the Intel dual-core Celeron processor coupled with 4GB ...

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    Apple has announced that App Store customers worldwide set new spending records over the holidays. The company says that the App Store spending topped with a record $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Apple users also spent over $322 million on New Year’s Day 2019 alone, setting a new single-day record. Apple said that the App Store helped drive Services revenue to an all-time record in the holiday quarter. Apple services set new all-time records in multiple categories, including the App Store, Apple Music, Cloud Services, Apple Pay and the App Store’s search ad business. Gaming and self-care were the most popular categories of app downloads and subscriptions during the holidays. Globally, multiplayer games including Fortnite and PUBG were among the top downloaded games over the holidays, along with Brawl Stars, Asphalt 9 and Monster Strike. Productivity, Health & Fitness and Education apps are already capturing the attention of customers in the first few days of the year with 1Password, Sweat and Lumosity charting in their respective categories. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said: The App Store had a record-breaking holiday week and New Year's Day. The holiday week was our biggest week ever with more than ...

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    After a year-long hiatus, Xolo is back with a new budget smartphone, Era 4X. According to a teaser on Amazon, the phone will come with a 5.45-inch HD+ screen with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection, run Android 8.1 (Oreo), feature an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera, both with LED flash, Dual 4G VoLTE and a 3000mAh battery. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, but comes with face unlock. Xolo Era 4X specifications 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 8MP rear camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Face unlock 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 3000mAh built-in battery The Xolo Era 4X will start at Rs. 4444 and will go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in starting from January 9th. We should know the SoC, RAM and storage variants of the smartphone soon.

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    Xiaomi recently scheduled an event to introduce a new Redmi smartphone with a 48-megapixel rear camera on January 10th. Today the smartphone has been certified by TENAA in China with model numbers M1901F7C, M1901F7T and M1901F7E revealing some specifications and the design. This reveals a 6.3-inch waterdrop notch screen with minimal bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a gradient design. There is a Redmi by Xiaomi branding on the back, as Xiaomi said that Redmi will be a separate sub-brand like POCO. It has dual rear cameras, one of which will feature a 48-megapixel sensor. The phone's dimensions is 159.21×75.21×8.1mm and it will come with a 4000mAh (3900mAh minimum) battery. The phone is rumored to come with a Sony IMX586 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) sensor and powered by Snapdragon 675 11nm Mobile Platform since Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will launch Snapdragon 675-powered smartphone this year. The phone could be introduced as Redmi 7. We should know the complete specifications of the phone in a few days. Source 1, 2, 3

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    Xiaomi has annnounced its new 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 3 in China with support for maximum 45W (15V-3A) USB Type-C output offering ultra fast charging so that it can even charge MacBooks, Mi Notebook and other laptops with support for USB Type-C PD charging. The power bank can also be charged in just 4.5 hours with a 45W charger. It has two USB Type-A ports with a maximum 18W output, features one-piece shell with UV coating on the top, while the top and bottom has undergone ceramic high-gloss process for more durabilitiy. It has four LED charge indicators as well as a button on the side, similar to previous  20000mAh Mi Power Bank model. Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 3 specifications 20000mAh, 3.7V, 74Wh battery 2 x USB Type-A Output -  5V-2.4A / 9V-2A / 12V-1.5A USB Type-C Input / Output - 5V-3A / 9V-3A / 12V-3A / 15V-3A / 20V-2A Protection from over current, over-power, short circuit Dimensions: 153.5×73.5×27.5mm Charging time: 4.5 hours (45W charger); 6.5 hours (18W charger); 11 hours (5V/2A charger) The Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 3 comes in Black color, is priced at 199 yuan (US$ 29 / Rs. 2,015 approx.) and will go on sale in China through mi.com from January 11th.

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    Samsung is said to be working on the newer version of the Gear IconX earbuds along with the Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 successor. The latest IconX earbuds come with model number SM-R170 and will be available in black, white, and yellow colors. The earbuds will come with 8GB of internal storage which is the highest on any Gear-branded product for Samsung. However, that's where all the good things end. Much like the Galaxy Watch, there is a possibility that the new IconX might feature the Galaxy branding. This may be a good move as it brings uniformity across products. Samsung is also said to be launching the Bixby-powered Galaxy Home with AKG speakers this year. The company might offer better battery life on the new IconX and this might not be a significant improvement as the current Gear IconX (2018) already brings in a significant improvement in endurance over the first iteration of the earbuds. Instead, Samsung might increase the battery capacity of the charging case, but we can’t say anything for certain at the moment. Source

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    Samsung is working on the foldable display for years now and the company at the Developer Conference in 2018, finally showed off the prototype of this device with its new OLED panel; the Infinity Flex display. The company back then didn't reveal many details regarding the specifications except for the display size. However, digging deep inside the firmware teardown of the Verizon 5G device codenamed “Bolt,” there were references to a new Sony camera sensor that Samsung will use in their foldable phone. “Winner” is the codename Samsung is using for the foldable phone. These files are library files that represent drivers for the device. This camera driver is for the unannounced Sony IMX374 sensor for the device code-named “winner”. However, there is no information regarding the sensor itself. With the launch of the Galaxy S10 inching closer, there is no news regarding the camera sensors and it is rumored that the company will be announcing more information in February right before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Sony IMX374 sensor could be announced at CES or may lead up to MWC.  Samsung isn't planning on launching the "Winner" foldable phone until after Q1 of 2019, so don’t expect much launch information just yet. Source

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    Samsung has started rolling out the stable Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update. The update is currently rolling out in Germany but should make it to other markets where the beta was made available. For those who are already on the Note 9 Pie beta, the stable update is just a 95 MB download, which suggests that the last beta was more or less the final version. The Galaxy Note 9 Pie update should also be available for those on Android Oreo since the stable Galaxy S9 update was also released for non-beta users.  However, at the moment, it needs to be seen just how widespread the update will be since the Galaxy S9 Pie update is still available only in a few countries. Samsung did announce that the Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 would be out in January, so it’s possible the official rollout may begin in the next few days. The software version for the stable Pie update is N960FXXU2CRLT and it includes the January 2018 security patch. To get Android 9.0 Pie, tap the Download and install option in the Software update section of the settings app. Do let us know if you are seeing the Android Pie update on your Galaxy Note ...

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