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    The smart wearable market in India has shipped a total of 102,000 units in Q3 2018, according to IDC. This also marks the first quarter where wearable market crossed 100,000 units shipment in the country.  The overall India wearables market saw a 17% year-over-year (YoY) growth in the third quarter as vendors shipped a total of 897,000 units in the country. However, the overall shipments declined 11% from the previous quarter largely because of the double-digit decline in the basic wearables. July and August remain flat in terms of new shipments, September did observe a recovery as vendors started gearing up for the online festival sales. As expected, Xiaomi topped the segment for the 5th consecutive quarter with 41% market share in Q3 2018. However, the shipments witnessed a decline of 20% quarter-over-quarter, but it saw a healthy growth of 77% in this quarter when compared to the same time a year ago. The newly launched Mi Band 3 helped the company. GOQii continues to hold the 2nd position with a healthy 47% YoY growth and 19% market share in Q3 2018. It remains the leading player in the commercial segment, as two-thirds of its shipments fall under the enterprises corporate wellness program. Titan phased out its ...


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    As expected, Apple has officially announced that it will roll out watchOS 5.1.2 update starting today that will bring the Apple Watch Series 4, an ECG app that lets customers take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified. Apple already said that it worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of years to receive De Novo classification for the ECG app and the irregular heart rhythm notification. ECG App New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading. To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, users launch the new ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 and hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the ...


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    Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, the world’s first 7 nanometer PC platform, and the sucessor of Snapdragon 850 on the third day of the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit. This will offer thin, light and fanless always on, always connected Windows 10 PCs and also has support for Windows 10 enterprise customers for the first time. It has new octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU and Qualcomm  Adreno 680 GPU that will be 2X faster and 60% more efficient than Snapdragon 850 and 3.5X faster than Snapdragon 835. It is the first Snapdragon Compute platform for PCs to support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology, comes with Qualcomm Aqstic audio technology and Qualcomm aptX HD for high definition Bluetooth wireless audio and supports voice assistants like Cortana and Alexa for consumers using their PCs.  It also comes with second generation USB 3.1 over Type C, third generation PCI-E, and lets you connect two 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitors.  The Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem offering download speeds of up to 2 Gbps. Qualcomm 8cx Compute Platform specifications Octa-Core (4x performance Kryo 495+ 4x effeciency Kryo 495) CPU 7nm Process Technology Integrated X24 LTE modem Cat 20/13 speeds of up to 2 Gbps down, 7x20MHz carrier aggregation, 256-QAM, 4×4 ...


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    Update - December 7, 2018: Even though Lenovo CEO Chang Cheng teased December 6 announcement for the Z5s smartphone. Yesterday insted of announcement, he just posted a photo on weibo showing the phone's triple rear cameras. Earlier today he shared a new invite that says that the phone with triple rear cameras will be announced on December 18th, after the Galaxy A8s announcement on December 10th and Huawei Nova 4 announcement on December 17th. Earlier: After teasers and certification, Lenovo has officially confirmed that it will introduce the Z5s, a new smartphone on December 6th at an event in China. TENAA certification revealed a 6.3-inch screen, triple rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Some leaks reveal that it will have an in-display camera, before Samsung Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 in coming weeks, instead of top left corner, this is said to feature the camera in the top center. The certification site already reveald its dimensions as 156.7 × 74.5 × 7.8 mmand a 3210mAh battery, which is less compared to its latest Z5 Pro and S5 Pro smartphones that were inrtoduced recently. We don’t have any other details about the phone yet, but everything should be clear when it goes official in a couple of days. Source 1, 2, 3


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    After rumors, Microsoft has officially confirmed that it is adopting the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility and less fragmentation of the web. Working with open source is not new for Microsoft Edge, its mobile browser has been based on the open source from its beginnings. Ultimately, the company intends to make the web experience better for many different audiences. Web developers will have a less-fragmented web platform to test their sites against, ensuring that there are fewer problems; and since the company is planning to continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven understanding of legacy IE-only sites, Corporate IT will have improved compatibility for both old and new web apps in the browser that comes with Windows. In the coming year, it will be making a technology change that happens “under the hood” for Microsoft Edge. The key aspects of this evolution in a direction including the move toChromium-compatible web platform for desktop, Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and it also said that it will contribute web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. It is also expecting this work to enable the company to bring Microsoft Edge ...


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    Owing to the general elections in India in 2019, Facebook announced that it is making big changes to the way it manages political ads on Facebook and Instagram. The company has already rolled out such changes in the US, Brazil, and the UK.  Now anyone who wants to run an ad in India related to politics will need to first confirm their identity and location, and give more details about who placed the ad. The identity and location confirmation will take a few weeks so advertisers can start that process early by using to submit proof of identity and location. The company also said that it will start showing a disclaimer on all political ads that provide more information about who’s placing the ad, and an online searchable Ad Library for anyone to access. This is a library of all ads related to politics from a particular advertiser as well as information like the budget associated with an individual ad, a range of impressions, as well as the demographics of who saw the ad. At that time, it will also begin to enforce the policy that requires all ads related to politics be run by an advertiser who’s completed the authorizations process and be labeled with the disclaimer. ...


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    In its latest attempt to improve Translate, Google aims to curb gender bias by providing feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website. Google Translate learns from hundreds of millions of already-translated examples from the web. Historically, it has provided only one translation for a query, even if the translation could have either a feminine or masculine form. However, you will now get both a feminine and masculine translation for a single word—like “surgeon”—when translating from English into French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. You’ll also get both translations when translating phrases and sentences from Turkish to English. In the future, Google plans to extend gender-specific translations to more languages, launch on other Translate platforms like iOS and Android apps, and address gender bias in features like query auto-complete. Google also mentioned that it is thinking on how to address non-binary gender in translations. Source


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    At the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou, MediaTek has introduced the first 5G baseband chipset Helio M70. The Helio M70 is among the industry’s first wave of 5G multi-mode integrated baseband chipsets and is in line with the booming 5G market and the enhanced mobile experience. The MediaTek Helio M70 is a multimode chipset with 2G/3G/4G/5G-enabled support. It supports 5G radio (NR), along with the standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures, the sub-6GHz frequency band, high power user equipment (HPUE), and other key 5G technologies. It’s designed in compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15 new specifications with 5 Gbps data rate. The MediaTek Helio M70 baseband chipset supports LTE and 5G dual connectivity (EN-DC). Thanks to its multi-mode solution, the Helio M70 simplifies the design of 5G devices with a comprehensive power management plan, enabling device makers to design mobile devices with a smaller form factor, improved energy-efficiency, and competitive appearance.  It is combined with the open architecture of the NeuroPilot AI platform. The MediaTek Helio M70 baseband chipset is available now and is expected to ship in the second half of 2019. TL Lee, general manager of MediaTek Wireless Communications Division said: MediaTek is committed to promoting the adoption of the latest ...


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    Facebook is said to be testing a Live video feature for merchants that let them demo and describe their items for viewers. Customers can screenshot the product they wish to buy and use Messenger to send it to the seller, who can then request payment right through the chat app. Facebook confirms the new shopping feature is currently in testing with a limited set of Pages in Thailand. The company says that it had heard feedback from the community in Thailand that Live video helped sellers demonstrate how items could be used or worn and provided a richer understanding. Facebook is also planning new commerce experiences like home rentals in Marketplace in Thailand. “Thailand is one of our most active Marketplace communities,” says Mayank Yadav, Facebook product manager for Marketplace. it is now running the Live shopping test, which allows Pages to notify fans that they’re broadcasting to “showcase products and connect with your customers.” Merchants can take reservations and request payments through Messenger. Facebook doesn’t take its cut for the payments through Messenger, but the feature could still help earn the company money at a time when it’s seeking revenue streams beyond News Feed ads. It will help Facebook show lucrative video ads. The company ...


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    1MORE has launched stylish Dual–Dynamic driver earphone in India and the company has again collaborated with internationally acclaimed Grammy Award Winning producer, mixer, and sound engineer Luca Bignardi to perfect the final tuning to deliver a precise representation.  1MORE stylish Dual-Dynamic driver earphone has a dual-dynamic driver featuring one titanium diaphragm and one graphene diaphragm in a coaxial design with two outer layers of PET. The back-to-back antistrophic coil layout helps to offset magnetic interference and keep the sensitivity high. The earcups are ergonomically designed at 45-degrees for natural angled ear fittings that match the curve of your ear canals. It also feature in-line controller for volume, song selection, and phone calls. Thanks to superior MEMS microphone, it allows for crystal clear communication that eliminates background static. 1MORE Stylish Dual-Dynamic driver earphone is available in 2 colors -Midnight Black and Rose Pink. It is priced at Rs. 2,999 and is available for order from Paytm Mall and 1MORE INDIA website and many leading stores across India.  Pre-orders will start from today, 7th till 15th on Paytm Mall at Rs. 2749, you also get additional Rs. 412 cashback so the effective price is Rs. 2337 .


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    Samsung has introduced Galaxy Note9 in limited-edition Alpine White and Galaxy S9+ in a dual tone radiant Polaris Blue colour in India ahead of Christmas. The new Alpine White color variant Galaxy Note9 joins the Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Lavender Purple variants; while Galaxy S9+ has Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red and the latest addition, Polaris Blue. The Alpine White edition of Galaxy Note9 128GB memory is priced at Rs. 67,900 and the Galaxy S9+ Polaris Blue 64GB costs Rs. 64,900. These are available for pre-order from Samsung Online Shop and across selected online platforms and will be available from offline stores starting December 10 onwards. These come with attractive offers from Samsung and partner banks, exchange bonus of Rs. 9,000 on exchanging select old smartphones, Rs. 6,000 cashback for HDFC credit or debit cards and Rs. 3,000 Instant Cashback on Galaxy S9+ Polaris Blue. Commenting on the launch, Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said: Our consumers want to express themselves differently by personalising their tech, and colour plays an important part in that personalization. The limited-edition Alpine White of Galaxy Note9 and the dual tone Polaris Blue of Galaxy S9+ extends the colour ...


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    PUBG Mobile is getting a new beta update bringing the version number to V0.10. Even though the update currently doesn't bring several features, in coming days it is rumored to bring Vikendi 6km x 6km snow map and in-game improvements. There are a new Snow weather mode and an exclusive Snowmobile vehicle. It also brings snowball Fight added to Vikendi's Spawn Island. It is adding a new layout for players with large hands, a display for Crew Challenge winners on Erangel's Spawn Island. Matchmaking changes include an added cross-server matchmaking.  After enabling, players have a chance to be matched to players of the same tier on other servers. Players that repeatedly exit matches right after starting will now be banned from finding matches for a period of time. Players may now report suspicious behavior while spectating after dying. Players now can collect all daily mission awards at once. It is also adding Firearms Finish Upgrade System, where players can use materials at the Lab to upgrade certain weapon finishes getting additional kill effects, unique kill broadcasts, and death crate appearances. It is adding added Arabic support. This new update is expected to hit beta soon and the stable update is rumored to arrive on December ...


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    Vivo today teased the company's NEX 2 dual-screen smartphone ahead of announcement on December 11th in China. This shows the phone's almost bezel-less screen, secondary screen on the back, and more. On the back there is a ring light around the camera that overlaps the display. Two cameras are present inside the ring and there is a third camrea on the far right corner. Since the phone doesn't come with a camera on the front, it has almost all-screen display. A recent leak also revealed that you can switch the screen content from front to back with just a gesture. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top, secondary microphone and small cut outs for the antenna. Since there is a display on the back, you can use rear cameras to take selfies.  The phone is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 10GB of RAM and in-screen speaker. We should also know the complete specifications of the phone once it gets certified. Source 1, 2


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    After FCC certification last month, Samsung Galaxy A8s (SM-G8870) has passed through the TENAA ahead of the announcement on December 10th. This confirms the phone's dimensions, battery capacity, 6.39-inch screen, triple rear cameras, rear mounted fingerprint sensor, glass back with a gradient design and a metal frame. Samsung Galaxy A8s rumored specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display Octa Core Snapdragon 710 10nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.2GHz Kryo 360 + Hexa 1.7GHz Kryo 360 CPUs) with Adreno 616 GPU 6GB RAM, 128 GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card Android 8.0 (Oreo) Dual SIM 24MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 10MP 120° Ultra Wide camera, 5MP f/2.2 depth camera 24MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimension: 158.4×74.9×7.4mm 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, Bluetooth v5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC 3400mAh (typical) / 3300mAh (minimum) battery with adaptive fast charging We should know the price of the Samsung Galaxy A8s when it goes official on Monday. Source 1, 2


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    Update - December 8, 2018: Huawei has posted a new teaser video for the smartphone that shows the new in-display camera with a space near the top left. 易烊千玺摘下nova星给你 这世界上有一颗星,如星眸般璀璨。12月17日,和易烊千玺一起期待华为nova4自拍极点全面屏。 Earlier: After teasers, Huawei has confirmed that it will introduced its top-end Nova 4 smartphone in China on December 17th. This will be the first company to introduce launch a phone with a small hole in the display to accommodate the front camera, and get rid of the notch, head of  Galaxy A8s that is also expected to go official later this month.   The camera hole is said to be just 4.5mm and it is expected to come with a feature a Full HD+ screen with a screen-to-body ratio of over 92%. As the teaser image shows, the phone still has a small chin. The phone is rumored to be powered by Kirin 980 processor with 6GB RAM, and feature 16MP + 24MP + 16MP triple rear cameras and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. We should know the specifications once the phone gets certified in coming days. Source 1, 2


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    Back in 2017, Google introduced Google Play Install Referrer API which allows ad attribution providers, publishers, and advertisers to determine which referrer was responsible for sending the user to Google Play for a given app install. Owing to the reports of questionable activity, Google began its own independent investigation on apps on Google Play that are accused of conducting app install attribution abuse by falsely claiming credit for newly installed apps to collect the download bounty from that app’s developer. Google now has an update on the investigation and has removed two apps; CM File Manager, Kika Keyboard from the Play Store because it discovered evidence of app install attribution abuse. It also discovered evidence of app install attribution abuse in 3 ad network SDKs. I also asked the impacted developers to remove those SDKs from their apps. Google Ads SDKs were not utilized for any of the abusive behaviors mentioned above. Google's investigation is ongoing and additional reviews of other third-party SDKs are still underway and assured that it will take action if it finds any evidence of additional policy violations. Source


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    Google is pushing out a new update to the Message app with nothing noteworthy on the surface. But it brings changes to the message attachments. The update also hints details about the upcoming spam protection and support for new file types in the share dialog.  It brings a subtle change in the conversation view when you are interacting with a file attachment. On v3.8, long-press and selecting attachment would show share button, but as of V3.9, the button is now replaced with a classic floppy disc icon, which when tapped will immediately save the file to the Downloads folder. The share button is still retained, though. Now moving to the part that's lying underneath, for now, Google has been working on Spam protection for a while and we have seen references to the same in the past, hinting that it should be arriving soon. A new text and settings layouts have been added with this update that will be used for advertising and managing the feature when it goes live. It is just a toggle to enable or disable spam protection. It is unclear if Google would have access to the context of the message to detect spam or not. So, we need ...


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    A new report from the AI Now Institute which is an influential research institute based in New York has just identified facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers. The report calls out for the US government to take general steps to improve the regulation of technology over the privacy implications. The report further states that the implementation of AI systems is expanding rapidly, without adequate governance, oversight, or accountability. It identifies the strong need for consumer protections against misleading claims regarding AI and urges companies to waive trade-secret claims when the accountability of AI systems is at stake. It asks that they govern themselves more responsibly when it comes to the use of AI. The report suggests that public should be notified when facial-recognition systems are being used to track them and that they should have the right to reject the use of such technology.  Though the technology is not completely exploited, it still comes with issues, for example, some facial-recognition systems have been shown to encode bias. "It’s time to regulate facial recognition and affect recognition. Claiming to ‘see’ into people’s interior states is neither scientific nor ethical," said Kate Crawford, co-founder of AINow and one of the lead authors of the report. Microsoft too opined that ...


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     Google redesigned Fit earlier this year, and now the company is pushing an update with more features right in time for holidays. This new update is aimed at making it easier to achieve your health goals. You can now see your progress at a glance on your Android home screen with new Google Fit widgets. Pin the widget to the home screen to instantly check your Heart Points, Move Minutes and other daily stats. Google Fit now features your last workout on the home screen. When manually logging a workout in the journal, you’ll also have the option to adjust your activity intensity and get awarded more accurate Heart Points for it. On Wear OS which is renamed from Android Wear, Google Fit will now guide you through a breathing exercise to help you unwind and relax. Google will be rolling out these updates on your Android phone or Wear OS by Google watch later this week. Source


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    Google in November discovered a bug affecting a Google+ API and said that it fixed it within a week of it being introduced. Google says that there was no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way. However, thanks to the discovery of this bug, Google has decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days. In addition, it also decided to accelerate the shutdown of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019. Google testing revealed that a Google+ API was not operating as intended. Google has confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. With respect to this API, apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile—like their name, email address, occupation, age were granted permission to view profile information about that user even when set to not-public. Google says that it has begun the process of notifying consumer users and enterprise customers that were impacted by this bug. It will shut down all Google+ APIs in the next 90 days. This means ...


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