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    Xiaomi has officially entered U.K with the launch of Mi 8 Pro alongside a range of other products including Mi 8, Redmi 6A smartphone, the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness tracker, and the Mi electric scooter. Apart from U.K, Xiaomi is steadily rolling out its range of products in new regions including Latin America and parts of northern and eastern Europe. A recap of the products (and prices!) that we unveiled today at our first UK Launch event. #ThisIsMi pic.twitter.com/ZxEm6cgVYw — XiaomiUK (@XiaomiUK_) November 8, 2018 Though Xiaomi products were available in the UK through a 3rd party, this marks the official entry and a major push for Xiaomi. They will be available through brick-and-mortar Mi Store in Westfield London which will be opened on November 18. The Chinese smartphone giant first debuted the Mi 8 Pro alongside the Mi 8 Lite in China back in September, following Mi 8 which launched in May. The company’s senior VP, Wang Xiang said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions.” The Mi 8 Pro comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor. This only activates the unlocking process once you place your finger on the screen, which is faster and more power-efficient and is ...

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    With Chrome 71 that will be released in December 2018, Chrome will show a warning sign about the insufficient mobile subscription information pages, so that users can make informed decisions when signing up to mobile-based subscription services. Users will be offered the choice to proceed to the page or go back if they were unaware that they were entering a billing page. Google says that it wants to make sure Chrome users understand when they are going through a billing flow and trust that they’ll be able to make informed decisions while browsing the web. To adequately inform users, it’s important to provide a sufficient level of details within the billing page as outlined by the new mobile billing charges. If Chrome detects pages that don’t provide sufficient billing information to users, it will display a warning sign to the user on Chrome mobile, Chrome desktop, and Android’s WebView. When Google identifies such pages, it will notify the webmaster through Search Console where there will be an option to let it know about the changes they’ve made to clarify the billing process. Google won't make any changes if websites offer clear information about the billing process. Source

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    At GDC 2018, HTC Vive announced that it will roll out the Vive focus to global markets later this year. Vive Focus is the first 6DOF stand-alone VR headset to be commercially available. The company is also making Vive Focus developer kits available to registered developers in most countries through the developer portal. Built upon Vive Wave, the open VR platform and toolset that is unifying the development experience for standalone and mobile VR devices, along with Viveport as its content platform. In addition, developers who bring content to Viveport in China for either Vive Focus or PC-based Vive will receive 100% rev-share from title sales and Viveport subscription in China between April and September 2018. The Vive Focus is the company’s first Standalone VR Headset for the China market and is the first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF). Meaning you don’t need a base station like PC or mobile to connect it nor sensors and you get the freedom of mobility to use it anywhere. The Vive Focus VR packs an AMOLED screen to deliver the best VR experience with low latency, and it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR Platform and utilizes the Vive Wave VR open platform. It has a ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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