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    Intel Corporation today announced that the company's CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned to his role and a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  The company has recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee and an on-going investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Intel is expected to deliver its second-quarter results with revenues of approximately $16.9 billion and non-GAAP EPS of approximately $0.99. Intel said that it will provide full second-quarter results and an updated outlook for the full year on the second quarter earnings call on July 26. In the meanwhile the Interim CEO, Swan will manage operations in close collaboration with Intel’s senior leadership team. Swan has been working as Intel'ss CFO since October 2016 and leads the global finance, IT, and corporate strategy organizations. He previously worked as CFO of eBay Inc. Earlier, he was CFO of Electronic Data Systems Corp and TRW Inc. Robert Swan, Interim Chief Executive Officer said: Intel’s transformation to a data-centric company is well underway and our team is producing great products, excellent growth, ...

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    Google demoed the Assistant's continued conversations at the I/O 2018 event last month, and now the same natural sounding continued conversations are rolling out to Google Home devices including Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. Adding “Hey Google” before each follow-up question for the Assistant doesn’t feel natural, and with this continued conversations, you can have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Assistant without repeating “Hey Google” for each follow-up request. The new feature is starting to roll out today, and you can turn it on in the Google Assistant app by going to Settings → Preferences → Continued Conversation and hitting the toggle. With Continued Conversation, you can ask the Assistant a question; you can ask a follow-up, set a reminder without having to say “Hey Google” each time. Google will end the conversation once it detects that you’re no longer talking to the Assistant. You will have to activate your Assistant devices with “Ok Google,” “Hey Google,” or with a physical trigger, but with this new optional setting turned on, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don't have to say “Hey Google” as often. Source

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    Xiaomi is all set to introduce the Mi Pad 4 along with the Redmi 6 Pro smartphone on June 25th. Yesterday the company teased the Redmi 6 Pro  smartphone in several images, and the specifications were revealed as well. It already confirmed 8-inch display and Snapdragon 660 with smart game acceleration feature for the Mi Pad 4, today the company has confirmed that it will have AI Face unlock. Press images of the tablet have also surfaced that shows the tablet's 16:10 aspect ratio display, even though earlier rumors said that it will feature an 18:9 screen. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 rumored specifications 8-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels)  FHD+ display with 16:10 aspect ratio Octa-Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, OV13855 sensor 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, Samsung S5K5E8 sensor 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 6000mAh battery The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is rumored to cost 1499 yuan (US$ 230 / Rs. 15,625 approx.) for the 4GB RAM with 64GB WiFi ...

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    YouTube at the VidCon 2018 online video conference in California has introduced a handful of new monetization and engagement features for creators. The channel memberships is same as one of existing service that the company has been testing for a while; sponsorships. The new channel membership is where the viewers pay a monthly recurring fee of $4.99 to get unique badges, new emoji, Members-only posts in the Community tab, and access to unique custom perks offered by creators, such as exclusive live streams, extra videos, or shout-outs. YouTube says that this has been successful with this new business model. On this note, YouTube also mentioned that it will soon expand this feature to eligible channels with more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube under the new name Channel Memberships. The company also mentioned that it will soon allow creators to sell merch directly from their channel. From shirts with a logo to phone cases with a creator’s face, YouTube will be partnering with Teespring so creators can choose from over 20 merchandise items to customize and sell via a shelf on their channel. https://youtu.be/Minu0lTlEOI This feature will be available to all eligible U.S.-based channels with over 10,000 subscribers starting today, and it is planning to bring even more merchandising partners and creators in soon. YouTube is also introducing a ...

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    Anyone who looks closely Apple is slowly yet steadily moving towards wireless era, be it the removal of 3.5mm audio jack or the introduction of wireless charging supports in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X phones. This feature brings the ability to drop the iPhones on a charging mat and juice it up via a process known as induction. Apple introduced an accessory of its own for this; the AirPower but said that it wouldn't be available until 2018.  However, Apple hasn't publicly discussed the accessory and the company engineers have been toiling away to address problems. One such challenge is making sure that it doesn't overheat, while another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development. Unlike the most wireless chargers these days, Apple's accessory; AirPower is designed to charge three devices simultaneously. Apple also wants to give the ability to users to place any of their devices anywhere on the charging mat to begin a charge and this ambitious goal requires multiple charging sensors. This process has been proven difficult, said the sources. An executive at an Apple partner that manufactures third-party wireless chargers for iPhones said that the multi-device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires ...

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    Apple is not stopping its legal battle against Qualcomm as the company has filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge four of Qualcomm’s patents. The main goal of Apple is to have the patent office cancel the four Qualcomm patents in question. Interestingly, all four are involved in the patent infringement lawsuit Qualcomm levied against Apple last year. Apple says that it wants the patent office to cancel four Qualcomm patents, saying they don’t cover new ideas. The patents include ways to automatically focus a digital camera; a device that functions as both a phone and personal digital assistant; touch-sensitive displays; and circuit memory. However, the patent office is easy to work than courts; it regularly invalidates patents involved in patent infringement cases. The next step in the process is for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review the petitions from Apple and give Qualcomm the opportunity to make its case. Post the review; the board will then make a “preliminary” decision. Surprisingly this move comes after the International Trade Commission found Apple guiltily of infringing at least one of Qualcomm’s patents. Source

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    Vivo has announced Y81, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’, soon after the Y83, which was launched in India earlier this month. It has similar specifications, including a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio,  MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode, but this comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and 3GB of RAM, compared to 8-megapixel camera and 4GB of RAM in the Y83. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4, but it doesn't have a glossy mirror back on the Y83. It omes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3260mAh battery, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Vivo Y81 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 146g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS 3260mAh battery The Vivo ...

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    Panasonic has announced Toughbook FZ-T1, the company's latest rugged handheld targeted at enterprise customers  including retail and hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It hasintegrated barcode scanner with two trigger buttons, either side of the device, and will also get a separate long and short range barcode scanning accessory for inventory management such as scanning from forklifts, shelf stocking, assisted sales or order taking and queue busting. It weighs 240 grams and is designed for military standard 810G, dust and water resistant to IP68, tumble tested and capable of withstanding drops of up to 1.5m, and operating within a temperature range of -10 to +50C. Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels), anti-reflective, daylight viewable, 10 point multi touch capacitive touchscreen supporting glove and rain mode 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (APQ8009) Mobile Platform with Adreno 304 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) 8MP rear camera with LED flash Dimensions: 75 x 154 x 13.1~17.5mm; Weight: 240g 3 Microphones (x2 front, x1 rear), speaker (up to 90 dB) 1D/2D Barcode Reader, Two user configurable scan buttons for left and right handed users Enterprise level security and manageability (COMPASS) Security: FIPS140-2 level-1 compliant, Built-in ARM TrustZone MIL-STD-810G certified,  ...

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    Google is rolling out a new update to the Photos app which brings the version to V3.23 and there are no immediate changes right off the bat, but there are many features lying behind the screen one among which is the ability to apply smooth bokeh effects of portrait mode, and we can even control the intensity of the blur. It also includes a new option to downgrade your already backed-up photos to high quality so you can get back some of that cloud storage. The custom adjustments for portrait mode lets users control how much defocus is applied to the background. There will be two sliders; one for setting the blur intensity and one for defining how shallow the depth of field will be. However, it is unclear if the feature will be applicable to regular shots after they were taken. Google Photos offers unlimited photo storage, however, once you reach the point of filling the storage, Google suggests you buy more, but that's about to change. Google is adding a feature to Photos that will make it possible to downgrade images from original to high quality, so you can now reclaim the storage space. Google at the I/O 2018 announced AI-based color pop suggestions that will automatically ...

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    BlackBerry today announced it has entered into a partnership with Bullitt Group, a British smartphone and consumer electronics maker, to develop new highly-secure connected devices that are certified as “BlackBerry Secure.” Bullitt will use BlackBerry cybersecurity technology in its rugged Cat (Caterpillar Inc.) and Land Rover branded products offering better security for the enterprise customers buying the rugged phones. These devices are used by customers in over 100 countries, with a strong focus in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), North America, and Latin America.  BlackBerry Secure secure software platform provides product manufacturers with a deeply embedded security solution that comprises BlackBerry's proprietary software and applications that helps safeguard end-user privacy and protects enterprises from attackers looking to exploit device vulnerabilities. Commenting on the new partnership,  Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry, said: This new deal will allow us to expand our BlackBerry Secure footprint into the more than 100 markets that Bullitt Group currently distributes its products, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Bullitt Group’s customers, from farmers and construction workers to outdoor enthusiasts, will now be able to have rugged products that aren’t just durable on the outside, but also strong on security on the inside. James Shannon, ...