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    Razer announced the Razer Phone back in November last year. After the confirmation of the Razer Phone 2 by the company in the earning call recently, it has surfaced in AnTuTu Benchmark confirming some of the specifications, including whopping 512GB of storage, up from 64GB storage on the first-generation gaming smartphone. It is still sticking to its 5.7-inch QHD Sharp IGZO screen with refresh rate of up to 120Hz and support for Qualcomm Q-Sync. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) and scored 283,397 points. We still don't have any details about its design, cameras, and the battery capacity. The Razer Phone 2 is expected to official sometime in October or early November, similar to the predecessor. Will it compete with the other latest flagship smartphones such as ROG Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark and others? We will have to wait for few more weeks to find out. Source


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    After the BIP and Stratos that were launched in July, Huawei's Amazfit has launched Cor fitness band and Amazfit Pace Multisport GPS Smartwatch with support for tracking 12 different sports. The Cor has 5 ATM water-resistant rating and the Pace has IP67 ratings. Amazfit Cor highlights and features 1.23-inch color touch screen with 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection Displays messages, emails, calls and app notifications Heart Rate: manual and continuous heart rate tracking Activity and automatic sleep tracking, exercise tracking 7-day weather forecast, alarms, timer, stopwatch 316L marine-grade stainless steel housing  3-axis accelerometer for activity, exercise and sleep tracking 170mAh battery promises up to 12 days of battery life Amazfit Pace highlights and features 1.34-inch (320 X 300 pixels) color Always-on LCD touch screen 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor 512MB RAM , 4GB internal storage Receive notifications for calls, messages, emails, and other apps on the always-on color touch display Multisport tracking:Get detailed analytics for 12+ different sports modes. Phone-free Music:  Listen to music without having to carry your phone Built-in GPS and Glonass tracks your route and distance. Optical heart rate sensor for heart rate zones Bluetooth 4.0 LE – Compatible with Android and iOS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor (PPG),9-axis IMU (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer), barometer, ambient sensor Weight: 54.5 g ...


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    Google has updated its Gboard app bringing support for 28 new language varieties, including two German dialects, Finland Swedish, and Tahitian. With this update, the Gboard supports 446 language variants on Android. The 28 new languages includes Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Gheg Albanian, Betawi, Bukusu, Chiga, Dargwa, Extremaduran, Gondi, Garo, Hiri, Hunsrik, Jambi Malay, Kurukh, Lango, Kedah Malay, Sabah Malay, Masaba, Nyoro, Picard, Pfaelzisch, Balkan Romani, Tahitian, Soga. Last month, Google added 16 new languages including Handwriting Input for 4 others languages. It has also added support for Japanese in Android TV and improvements to Morse code.The company also introduced new "minis" sticker pack as a celebration towards passing 1 billion installs on the Play Store. On the other hand, Google launched a new app for Indian bloggers called Blog Compass to help them track WordPress or Blogger.com site stats, approve comments, and read tips on how to make the blog more successful, all in one place. The app is currently available in Beta for Android in English and Hindi, and Google says that it is working on adding features and fixing bugs based on feedback from users. Source


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    Instagram has been adding lots of new features lately in a bid to keep up with the trend. Facebook-owned Instagram has added personalized emoji shortcuts to its app, where the most used emoji will be placed on the top of the keyboard when you begin to type the post. This new feature has been rolled out on Thursday on both Android and iOS platform. However, this feature works only on the comments section and not on others like stories or captioning your own posts. That feeling when your favorite emojis are right in front of you 🙌😍 pic.twitter.com/QPF8eGc5yD — Instagram (@instagram) September 6, 2018 Recently, Instagram is trying new things to keep their app relevant and in a profitable position. The company is reportedly working on a new standalone app for shopping. Expected to be called as ‘IG Shopping’, this app lets the users select product from the page or merchant they follow and purchase them directly from the app itself. Last week it introduced Parent’s Guide, a new resource for parents with teens who use Instagram. With this guide, the company focuses on three things — how to manage privacy, interactions and time on Instagram. In addition to it, the company has introduced music in ...


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    Xiaomi’s MIUI is well-known for the customizations it offers, despite being user-friendly and customizable people have some complaints with MIUI such as Notification Shade and MIUI Launcher. Xiaomi tried fixing the notification shade with MIUI 9 notification shade and further improved it with MIUI 10 notification shade but MIUI Launcher didn’t get much improvement with new MIUI versions. At first glance, MIUI launcher seems to have taken inspiration from iOS launcher and it still lacks an App Drawer. Also, MIUI launcher doesn’t have the capability of hiding apps on the homepage which some other Android skins have since 2012. Recently, Xiaomi updated its MIUI launcher with MIUI Global Beta ROM update and after the update users now have an option to hide apps. Option to hide apps can be found under App Lock. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="263050,263049,263048"] A tutorial is shown to users to access hidden apps on turning on the feature for the first time. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="263047,263046,263045"] Hidden apps are moved to a folder on the home screen, the folder which contains hidden apps is also hidden. The hidden folder can be accessed using a pinch-out gesture, following which users are asked to enter the app lock password. As soon as ...


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    Social media and micro-blogging service Twitter has launched a new service that let users create audio-only broadcast directly from Twitter itself, as well as Twitter’s Periscope. This feature is available from the same interface where the user normally launches live video. Having said that, it’s currently available on the Twitter app for iOS, as well as on Periscope. Sometimes you just want to talk, without being on camera. We’re launching audio-only broadcasting, so your followers can hear, but not see you. Rolling out now for iOS. pic.twitter.com/tBsm37NcdH — Twitter (@Twitter) September 7, 2018 Instead of having only option to record video, users from now on will have a button to tap to pick up the audio-only broadcast. The company also confirmed that this feature is available only on the Twitter app for iOS and on Periscope for the time being. Also, there is no time-frame mentioned as well for when it will reach other Android and other platforms. You can now do audio-only broadcasts on @Twitter and @Periscope pic.twitter.com/aFxd6WaDH6 — Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 7, 2018 This feature is helpful for those who want to do a podcast, share live news or share something that is longer than 280 words. Furthermore, an audio broadcast will be able ...


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    After the phone got certified by TENAA, Huawei has officially confirmed that the Maimang 7 smartphone will be introduced in China on September 12th. It was introduced in UK as Mate 20 Lite in UK a couple of weeks back and has dual front and rear cameras with AI feature than can recognise over 500 scenarios in 22 categories, 480 fps Super Slow Motion, HDR Pro, Studio Lighting and 3D Qmoji. Huawei  Maimang 7 / Mate 20 Lite specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa-Core Kirin 710 12nm (4 x 2.2GHz  Cortex-A73 +4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) with ARM Mali-G51 MP4 GPU 4GB / 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2 Dual SIM (nano + nano) 20MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, secondary 2MP rear camera 24MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP camera Dimensions: 158.3×75.3×7.6mm; Weight: 172g Fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS + GLONASS 3650mAh battery with fast charging The Huawei Mate 20 Lite was introduced in Black and Sapphire Blue colors at £379 (US$ 490 / Rs. 35,560 approx.). It should be cheaper in China when it launches later this week. Source 1, 2


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    After the roll out of open beta 1 based on the latest Android 9.0 (Pie), OnePlus a few days back rolled out second open beta update which brings fixes to Wi-Fi, optimization for background power consumption, in multi-tasking UI as well as improvements in image quality in camera. System Improved stability for Wi-Fi connection Optimized background power consumption control Optimization for the pocket mode to reduce accidental touches Launcher Optimized multi-tasking UI Camera Optimized image quality for the front camera OnePlus said that some third-party applications may not function as expected when running on this beta version and also said that Google Pay service is not working Users are reporting several bugs. All these should be fixed in future updates. Source


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    Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has officially announced that Daniel Zhang, CEO will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board, starting September 10, 2019. Meanwhile, Jack Ma will continue as executive chairman at Alibaba over the next 12 months and will stay on the Alibaba board of directors until the 2020 annual shareholders meeting. Moreover, Ma is planning to focus on philanthropy, education and also said to pursue new dreams. Ma stepped down as CEO in 2013, handing the position over to Jonathan Lu. Then Lu was replaced in 2015 by Zhang, Alibaba’s former COO. Jack Ma, a former English teacher, co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has a net worth of $36.6 billion, according to Forbes. Alibaba was initially started as an e-commerce website and later expanded into other business areas including cloud computing and digital payments. Jack Ma in a letter penned: Today, as we mark the 19th anniversary of Alibaba, I am excited to share some news with you: with the approval of our board of directors, one year from today on September 10, 2019 which also falls on Alibaba's 20th anniversary, Group CEO Daniel Zhang will succeed me as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. While remaining as executive chairman in the next ...


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    After the box of the OnePlus 6T, the company's upcoming flagship smartphone surfaced revealing an in-display fingerprint sensor and a waterdrop notch, now in an e-mail to CNET the company confirmed that it will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. It also said that it originally intended to introduce the technology on the OnePlus 5T, but it did not do since the technology wasn't mature enough to meet the company's standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience, so it had to wait for an year. Incoming: Top Secret Message... pic.twitter.com/84d9ymNBQW — OnePlus (@oneplus) September 10, 2018 The company has also released a new teaser which hints at the in-display fingerprint scanner. The report also said that the OnePlus 6T will be thicker by 0.45mm since the internal hardware had to be rearranged. The phone is rumored to sport a large 6.4-inch AMOLED display and powered by the same Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM. It is said to pack 128GB of internal storage, but there could also be a 256GB variant. There are also rumors of triple camera setup like the R17 Pro. It is said to pack a large 3700mAh battery which is a significant upgrade from the OnePlus 6 ...


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    Xiaomi launched Redmi Y2 running MIUI 9.5 based on Android Oreo back in June, in the same event company also announced MIUI 10. Xiaomi started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM in mid-June but said that stable roll out will start in September. Today, Redmi Y2 users started reporting that they are receiving a new Stable OTA update on their devices. The new update comes as MIUI 10.0.1.0.OEFMIFH and is 501 MB in size. This update also brings August security patch along with major changes like Full-screen gestures, Redesigned Notification Panel, Redesigned Volume Sliders, Improved multitasking management, natural sound system, and a lot more, for more details on MIUI 10 refer to this post. You can download the recovery ROM here and flash it using the recovery method. There is also fastboot ROM here and flash it manually. The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is the first device to receive MIUI 10 based Global Stable update in India and other devices like Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5 are also expected to receive the update in coming days. Check out the changelog below, Designed for full screen experience All-new full screen gestures will change the way you interact with your device. They can do everything you ...


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    WhatsApp is finally available for the JioPhone that is powered by KaiOS. At the annual AGM back in July, Reliance Jio chairman said that YouTube, WhatsApp and an improved Facebook app will be available for JioPhone from 15th August. After a month's delay, WhatsApp is now available. The app has been built specially for Jio KaiOS, a web based operating system designed for JioPhone, so that its users get the best experience. WhatsApp for JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 is available for download from the Jio App store starting today, September 10, 2018 and will be rolled out on all JioPhones by September 20, 2018. Once downloaded, users can verify their phone number with OTP and start chatting. Since it is available for JioPhone, it should also be available for KaiOS-powered Nokia 8110 4G that is expected to launch in India soon. Commenting on the launch, Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp, said: Millions of people across India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India. By designing this new app for KaiOS, we hope to expand the ability for people to communicate with anyone in India and around the world by offering the best messaging experience possible to JioPhone users. Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm ...


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    Back at Google I/O, search engine giant announced some features and enhancement for Google News. Today, Google has announced new data-saving changes for the News app, which is expected to serve those with low internet connectivity. In the upcoming weeks, Google News will be updated with four new features to save data over a cellular connection. From today, Google News will offer four core features that help the users who are using a lighter connection, including those with Android (Go Edition) phones: When applicable, videos in the app will open in YouTube Go, ensuring that it’s delivered in a lightweight yet clear format. Videos won’t auto-play, saving precious data. Newscasts (previews of a story) will adapt to become more text-focused, saving your data. Images are compressed and can be fully loaded with just a tap. Videos and gifs will also not auto-play. Plus, less data will be cached and saved on your device. Many articles can be saved for consuming in offline mode, easily downloaded over Wi-Fi for reading later. These four core features will be turned on automatically depending on your connection and your device. These features will roll out over the coming weeks to users around the world, ensuring that ...


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    OnePlus is expected to launch its next flagship device purportedly called as OnePlus 6T in upcoming days. As per the recent rumor, the company is likely to launch a new pair of Bullets Wireless headphones as well. Falling in line with this rumor, the successor of OnePlus Bullet Wireless showed up in FCC with the label calling out the name. Codenamed as BT32B, this Bluetooth headset sports a same dog-collar design as its predecessor. Having said that, we have no other information yet about the headphones roll out and price. After the box of the OnePlus 6T, the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone surfaced revealing an in-display fingerprint sensor and a waterdrop notch. The company has also released a new teaser which hints at the in-display fingerprint scanner. It is said to be thicker by 0.45mm since the internal hardware had to be rearranged. The phone is rumored to sport a large 6.4-inch AMOLED display and powered by the same Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM. Source | Via


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    Samsung today opened the world’s largest mobile experience centre in at Opera House on Brigade Road in Bengaluru. This will showcase differentiated product experiences, built around Samsung’s philosophy of Discover Tomorrow Today, and will include transformative technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). You can enjoy VR experiences such as the 4D Sway Chair or the Whiplash Pulsar 4D chair that makes 360 degrees three-dimensional movements. You can slip into the role of a fighter pilot doing extreme aircraft stunts, or experience a space battle, or a roller coaster ride. Fitness enthusiasts can cycle through scenic Europe. You can also pre-book the Centre’s home theatre zone for watching movies and shows with families. The 33,000 sq ft standalone property, which during the British era hosted plays and Operas, has been restored over two years. Samsung will showcase its full lineup of smartphones and wearable devices at the experience centre alongside flagship consumer electronics products such as the QLED TV, Smart TVs, The Frame, and Family Hub Refrigerators. The Home Appliance zone will have a kitchen set up where a chef will provide live cooking demonstrations using Samsung smart ovens. Samsung said that it will have the ...


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    Vivo has announced plans to spearhead industry development of pre-commercial 5G smartphones through the introduction of 5G software and hardware based on Vivo NEX S smartphone. The company has also announced that it has completed the initial development of 5G smartphone software and hardware on Vivo NEX S.  Based on the Qualcomm X50 modem, Vivo has completed the initial architecture planning, 3D placement stacking, RF /antenna designs, and optimized battery space within NEX to deliver 5G capabilities. It has also completed the first phase of protocol and signaling tests with Keysight UXM 5G signaling. The company as the next step for the 5G pre-commercial smartphone will enter further IODT tests with 5G infrastructure and networking equipment. Vivo's 5G version of NEX supports the Non-standalone Architecture (NSA) model which includes dual connection for both Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and New Radio (NR), based on 3GPP Release 15 standards. Vivo began its research into 5G after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the vision of IMT-2020(5G). Vivo set up its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the main contributors at the 3GPP standard group to develop 5G technologies. Vivo has partnered with China Mobile on the “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner ...


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    Apple recently scheduled 'Gather Round’ special event on September 12th where the company is expected to introduce its new iPhones, iPad, MacBooks, Apple Watch, and much more. The company's new iPhone line-up includes a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor - iPhone XS and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model called iPhone Xc or Xr all with a notch, Face ID with the gesture-based control system and new A12 processor. According to a new research note by Kuo, Apple is expected to replace the lightning cable with a USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter right out of the box. However, the new iPhones will retain the lightning connector and will come with the typical 5W charger. The new iPhones will come with the upgraded processor, improved cameras, and more. The 5.8-inch iPhone is likely to be called the iPhone Xs, the 6.5-inch iPhone will be called Xs Max, and the much-hyped low-cost 6.1-inch iPhone will be called either iPhone Xr or Xc. These new iPhones are expected to boost the sales, revenue, and profit. As for the pricing, in China, the iPhone XS is said to be priced at 7388 yuan (USS$ 1,075 / Rs. 77,684 approx.),  iPhone XS ...


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    Instagram has confirmed that it is testing a new feature that would allow users to tag their friends in video posts, not just limiting the tagging feature to photos. The feature would work similarly to photo tagging, but instead of pressing the small icon at the bottom left, it might be more difficult with videos. On tapping the button, you will be redirected to a new page titled “People in this Video” with all the Instagram users who have either appeared in the video or the poster wants to include. This feature is currently available on the mobile and is not present on the desktop site. The company declined to comment on the feature but said that the experiment is underway right now with a “small percentage” of Instagram’s users. As you know, Instagram offers photo tagging since 2013 and later rolled out support for things like tagging products and tagging friends in Stories. Since the video is becoming one of the most used formats of sharing these days, Instagram seems to be bringing a more convenient way to tag friends. This feature would also open doors for shoppable videos, not just photos, allowing users to post videos of their favorite products and places and tag users within them. Currently, ...


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    FiiO Electronics Technology launches the M3K Portable High-Resolution Lossless Music Player in India. It sports a 2.0-inch IPS screen with capacitive buttons + touchpad for operation. There are five sets of touch buttons to make getting around the UI easy: next/previous track, confirmation, back, and menu keys. It comes with an all-aluminium unibody construction with tempered glass to protect the display from scratches. The M3K is powered by Ingenic X1000E processor which provides high performance but with low power consumption. Moreover, the M3K uses the AKM AK4376A, a well-received DAC that is capable of decoding up to 384kHz/32-bit audio recording allowing the user to hear the music clearly. Since it comes with power efficient processor, the company claims that it has a battery life up to 24 hours and standby time up to 38 days. It also has a new AB functionality allows you to compare and repeat between two different tracks as many times as you like, allowing you to really get a handle on any differences. Having said that, the FiiO M3K is automatically recognized when connected in Mac with no need to install a separate driver. With a Windows computer, a special driver from FiiO is required. The M3K supports micro-SD ...


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    The Department of Telecommunications today has approved the state-owned BSNL plan to seek airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band to launch 4G services pan-India. BSNL in 2017 has submitted a detailed project report and in a bid to acquire spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, and sought Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. Telecom Commission has extended the duration for spectrum payments from 10 to 16 years now, after an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava said: “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services." This would allow the telecom to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon. Of all the telecom networks in India, BSNL is lagging behind in the 4G rollout and this is because of the lack of proper radio waves needed to launch 4G services. However, BSNL's full-fledged foray is expected to further disrupt the present market scenario as it aims to offer affordable tariff in competition with rivals to woo consumers in tier-II and tier-III locations. BSNL is expected to roll out 4G services based on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas except Rajasthan where ...


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