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    ASUS has launched the new F570 gaming laptop and the thinner and lighter VivoBook 15 that come with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor with up to 8GB DDR4 memory and AMD Radeon Vega8 graphics. The F570 weighs in at just 1.9kg and is one amongst the lightest high-performance laptops. The Asus F570 Gaming laptop is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Processor with 2.0 GHz clock speed, AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. It supports dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi for speeds. The keyboard on F570 offers 1.4mm optimum key travel and also features backlit key. It sports a 15.6-inches FHD (1920x1080), 60Hz, Anti-Glare display with 45% NTSC. It packs Up to 8GB RAM and 1TB SATA 5400RPM HDD. It runs on Windows 10. As for the VivoBook 15 (X505), it comes with an 18.9mm profile, weighing only 1.6kg. It sports a 15.6-inch Full HD display and offers 81% screen-to-body ration. It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 3 - 2200U Processor, 2.5 GHz clock speed with 1M Cache, and up to 3.4 GHz boost speed for the base variant, and another model is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5-2500U Processor, 2.0 GHz clock speed with 2M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz boost speed. It comes with upto 8GB RAM and 1TB SATA 5400RPM ...


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    For the past few days, Facebook has been accused of disclosing people’s private messages to partners without their knowledge. Facebook clarified that it worked closely with four partners to integrate messaging capabilities into their products so people could message their Facebook friends only if they chose Facebook login.  Facebook says that users could message their friends about what they were listening to on Spotify or watching on Netflix, share folders on Dropbox, or get receipts from money transfers through the Royal Bank of Canada app. These experiences were publicly discussed. For the same reason, in order for you to write a message to a friend from within Spotify, for instance, the company needed to give Spotify “write access.” For you to be able to read messages back, it needed Spotify to have “read access.” “Delete access” meant that if you deleted a message from within Spotify, it would also delete from Facebook. No third party was reading your private messages or writing messages to your friends without your permission. Opposing the reports floating to the internet, Facebook didn't oblige to the fact that it was shipping over private messages to partners. Facebook says that it has been public about these features and partnerships over the years. Facebook had integration partnerships over the ...


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    Xiaomi has introduced Mi Pay mobile payment solution in India supported by ICICI Bank and PayU. The company today started registrations for beta testing as National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has cleared Mi Pay for large group usage. The company said that Mi Pay would be integrated within the Contacts, SMS, Scanner apps as well as App Vault in MIUI and will be available for all MIUI users soon. It added that at launch, Mi Pay will support all leading credit cards and debit cards, unlike Google Pay or WhatsApp Payments. It lets you easily transfer money to others through UPI, make payments for several utilities such as phone bill/recharge, DTH recharge, water bill, electricity bill and more. All user-generated data will be kept in a highly encrypted format within the India-based cloud infrastructure. Highlights of Mi Pay Link or unlink your bank accounts to Mi Pay to facilitate transactions using the UPI PIN and the virtual payment address (VPA) Transfer money to other UPI users, request and collect money from other UPI users and pay for goods or services that accept UPI payments, using your bank account Modify or reset the UPI PIN for your bank account Check the balance of your bank account ...


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    Google which announced Live Albums in early October this year offers Google Photos users an easy way to create albums that automatically add new photos of specific people and pets. However, the limit was 10,000 on the private album which was considered too low; thankfully, Google has now raised the private album limit to match the shared album limit at 20,000 images. Google has silently changed the limit, allowing Live Album to expand to over 11,000 photos. The new limit can now be found on Google's support pages. Though 20,000 pictures and videos - or even 10,000 - might seem like a ridiculous number to some, it's easy to collect thousands of images over time. Once you create a Live Album, they all come flooding in, and with the limit of 20,000 photos, most users will no longer run into the storage issues. Source | Via


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    Snapchat has launched a new feature to its app called Lens Challenges, which allows users around the world to take part in challenges with other users. Participants of this feature can create and send “Snaps” that use a lens tied to a song, dance, holiday, event.  One holiday-themed function within the Challenges feature that is debuting along is a sing-along to Gwen Stefani’s version of “Jingle Bells.”  The company regarding the Challenges feature said: “inspire creativity, self-expression, and community for Snapchatters and Lens Creators alike.” Snapchat said that the company expects Lens Studio to be used by Challenge participants. The first community-created Lens Challenge is the “Disappear” Challenge, which invites users to share what the company calls “their most creative ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ moment.” The Lens was made by Jye Trudinger and prompts users to take two photos that superimpose, causing the photo’s subject to disappear. Source


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    WhatsApp rolled out Group Voice and Video Calling a few months back. Now it has released a design update to make it even easier to start group voice and video calls from within a group chat. You can now go to the group you want to call, tap the phone icon on the top right corner of the screen, select the contacts within the group you want to call, and choose the voice or video icon. This rolled out for iOS users in beta last month. WhatsApp has also made it easier to make a group call from the “Calls” tab. You just have to tap the new call icon on the top right corner of the screen, select the contacts you want to call, and choose the voice or video icon. Users can call up to four people at once. The new design update is available for all iPhone users through Apple Store and will be available for Android soon.


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    Razer has introduced a new way to play on a console with the Razer Turret for Xbox One, a wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed for Xbox One. The Razer Turret for Xbox One offers a fast and stable 2.4 GHz wireless connection via a single dongle for the mouse and keyboard, and battery life of up to 40 hours on a single charge. Additionally, Razer has been working with developers to bring Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer Chroma support in-game, offering immersive experiences on supported titles such as “X-Morph-Defense”, “Vermintide 2” and more. The keyboard features Razer’s gaming grade mechanical switches with a lifespan of up to 80-million keystrokes. The included mouse features a high-performance 5G advanced optical sensor and Razer Mechanical Mouse Switches with up to 50-million clicks durability. The mouse surface is conveniently hidden underneath the main body of the keyboard and can be extended for use, then retracted for charging and storage. A built-in ergonomic wrist rest extends from the base of the Razer Turret keyboard for Xbox One for added comfort. The Razer Turret for Xbox One is also fully compatible with PC. The Razer Keyboard is priced at $249.99 (Rs. 17,525 approx.) and will be available from Q1 2019. ...


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    Coolpad has launched Mega 5, Mega 5M and Mega 5C budget smartphones in India for offline markets. The company says that it has been looking forward to put the brand on the forefront again after a successful stint in India in their earlier part of the journey and is looking forward to become a prominent budget smartphone brand in Indian market again.  Coolpad Mega 5 specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 0.3MP (VGA) secondary camera 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh battery Coolpad Mega 5C specifications 5.45-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 5MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera Face unlock 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 2500mAh battery Coolpad Mega 5M specifications 5-inch display 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM ...


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    Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18305 (19H1) to Windows Insiders. The company says that this will be the last major WIP build of 2018. With this build, the company is introducing a simplified default Start layout for new devices, new user accounts, and clean installs. The new layout has been simplified into a sleek one column design with reduced top-level tiles. The simplified Start layout is part of an ongoing effort designed to enhance the Start experience in the upcoming release of Windows. The company is introducing Windows Sandbox which is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation. Windows Sandbox is an isolated desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of lasting impact on your device. Any software installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and cannot affect your host. Once Windows Sandbox is closed, all the software with all of its files and state are permanently deleted. The company is also pushing security app improvements. The new Protection History experience still shows you detections by Windows Defender Antivirus, but it’s now updated to also give more detailed and easier to understand information about threats and available actions. Tamper Protection is a new ...


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    Swiggy has announced that it has executed definitive agreements for a US$ 1 billion Series H round of funding led by existing investor, Naspers. The round includes participation from several existing investors including DST Global, Meituan Dianping and Coatue Management, along with new investors Tencent, Hillhouse Capital, and Wellington Management Company. Swiggy’s latest fundraising round is the single largest in India’s food technology sector to date. Swiggy will use the funds to bring more quality food brands closer to consumers and address gaps in supply through delivery-only kitchens under the ‘Access’ initiative for restaurant partners. Additionally, Swiggy will use the capital to hire talent, especially for machine learning and engineering roles across mid and senior levels. The company will further strengthen its technology and focus on building a next-generation AI-driven platform for hyperlocal discovery and on-demand delivery. Since the last funding round six months ago, Swiggy has expanded to 42 additional cities and doubled in gross merchandise value. Swiggy’s expansion follows a conscious effort to grow in a sustainable manner, ensuring unmatched consumer experience, unprecedented demand for its restaurant partners and sustainable earnings for close to 120,000 active delivery partners. Sriharsha Majety, CEO, Swiggy said: Swiggy has been at the forefront of elevating the potential of Indian ...


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    OnePlus has rolled out OxygenOS 9.0.10 update for the OnePlus 6T that brings several improvements, including improvements to Wi-Fi stability, Face Unlock improvements and Improvements to Nightscape performance. It has also released the first open beta update fore the phone that brings several new features. The OnePlus 6T OxygenOS 9.0.10 update is 154MB in size. Both these bring Android security patch for December, 2018. If you want to try the OnePlus 6T Beta ROM, you can flash the full 1.63GB ROM from here. Check out the complete changelog below. OnePlus 6T OxygenOS 9.0.10 update changelog System Updated Android security patch to 2018.12 Improved Wi-Fi stability for better connectivity Face Unlock improvements Camera Improved Nightscape performance OnePlus 6T OxygenOS open beta 1 update changelog System Updated Android security patch to 2018.12 Added toast message when parallel apps are unavailable due to data corruption Communication Added call history for incoming calls from unknown numbers Optimized UI for Spam messages and calls OnePlus Switch Now supports migrating data from iPhone Source 1, 2


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    Google with the Pixel 3 series introduced new camera feature dubbed Top Shot that helps you to capture moments precisely. Top Shot saves and analyzes the image frames before and after the shutter press on the device in real-time using computer vision techniques, and recommends several alternative high-quality HDR+ photos. Google says that each image is analyzed for some qualitative features in real-time and entirely on-device to preserve privacy and minimize latency. Each image is also associated with additional signals, such as the optical flow of the image, exposure time, and gyro sensor data to form the input features used to score the frame quality. Once the shutter button is pressed, Top Shot captures up to 90 images from 1.5 seconds before and after the shutter press, selecting up to two alternative shots to save in high resolution. The shutter frame is processed and saved first and the best alternative shots are saved afterward. Google’s Visual Core on Pixel 3 is used to process these top alternative shots as HDR+ images with a very small amount of extra latency, and are embedded into the file of the Motion Photo. Since the Top Shot runs in as a background process, it has very low power consumption. Top Shot uses a hardware-accelerated MobileNet-based single ...


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    Facebook is said to be working on building a cryptocurrency that will let users transfer money on the company-owned WhatsApp messaging app, focusing first on the remittances market in India. It is said to be working on stablecoin which is a type of digital currency pegged to the U.S. dollar to minimize volatility. Facebook is far from releasing the coin because it’s still working on the strategy, including a plan for custody assets. We saw Facebook's hand in financial service coming after hiring former PayPal president David Marcus to run its Messenger app in 2014. Marcus in May became the head of the company’s blockchain initiatives, which haven’t been discussed publicly in detail. The company now has about 40 people in its blockchain group. Since these are just rumors and reports, there's no way tell if it will ever become true. Facebook which has over 2.5 billion global users, more than $40 billion in annual revenue, it has experience navigating regulatory issues, may have a better chance of making a stablecoin that sticks. If it ever launches a coin, it will be the first large technology company to launch such a project. The company's spokesman in a statement said: Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to ...


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    We had already seen several leaks of the upcoming Moto G7 series smartphones in the form of renders and some of the phones have already been certified by the FCC, now renders of the smartphones have surfaced revealing a notch display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor with signature bat logo. We also see renders of the Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power smartphones with a larger notch compared to waterdrop notch on the G7 and the G7 Plus. Both these have a single rear camera, compared to dual rear cameras on the G7 and the G7 Plus. All the phones are expected to run Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. Moto G7 Plus rumored specifications 6.24-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect display 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 / 6GB RAM with 128GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Android 9.0 (Pie) 16MP rear camera with Dual LED flash, f/1.75 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.2 aperture 12MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), ...


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    Apple has announced that John Giannandrea is named as the company's executive team as senior vice president of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Giannandrea who joined Apple in April 2018 oversees the strategy for AI and Machine Learning across all Apple products and services, as well as the development of Core ML and Siri technologies. The team under him focus on advancing and tightly integrating machine learning into Apple products is delivering more personal, intelligent and natural interactions for customers while protecting user privacy. Giannandrea’s team is also helping to enhance the developer experience with tools including Core ML and Create ML, making it easier and faster to integrate machine learning into apps. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said: John hit the ground running at Apple and we are thrilled to have him as part of our executive team. Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already helping our customers live better lives. We’re fortunate to have John, a leader in the AI industry, driving our efforts in this critical area. Source


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    Samsung Galaxy S10 flagships are expected to go official in February at the MWC 2019 event. Latest we hear that the company is working on Google Night shot like feature, which may be called “Bright Night.” This feature could debut on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. Similar to Night Shot, OnePlus has its own “Nightscape,” Xiaomi's “Night Scene,” Honor has “Super Bright Mode,” and Huawei simply calls it “Night Mode.” Most of these camera modes have a common aim and take a similar approach; they take multiple pictures and combine them into one picture that is much brighter, shows more detail than a typical low-light photo, isn’t overexposed, and doesn’t rely on the LED flash. Decompiling the Stock camera APK on the Galaxy Note 9‘s One UI/Android Pie build shows some interesting strings that explicitly describe a feature similar to what other night mode features do. Although this isn't confirmed, it makes sense for the company to debut it on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. The company obviously will announce a large camera update with its latest flagship phones and this might be Galaxy S10's exclusive feature. Samsung did this with the scene optimizer feature on the Galaxy Note 9 which was eventually added to ...


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    Update - December 21, 2018: Samsung has finally revealed the pricing for the A8s as 2,999 yuan (US$ 434 / Rs. 30,485 approx.) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version. It is available for order from today in China and ships from December 31st, however the Elf blue and Aurora black versions will be available only from January 15th. Earlier: Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A8s (SM-G8870), the company’s latest mid-range smartphone with Infinity-O display. It has a 6.4-inch (6.2-inch when curved) Full HD+ screen with an in-display camera, which it calls Infinity-O display that has a small cut out, which is said to be 6.7mm, compared to 4.5mm that Honor claims in V20. It is powered by Snapdragon 710 with up to 8GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) and comes with triple rear cameras that includes main 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 10-megapixel Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture for 2x optical zoom, and a 5-megapixel camera to capture depth information for portrait shots. It also has a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture, features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, comes with a glass back and packs a 3,400mAh battery with support for fast charging. Samsung Galaxy A8s specifications 6.4-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 2.5D curved ...


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    Google is shutting down support for Android Beam API that uses NFC to initiate a connection between two devices. Since NFC can’t really be used to transfer large files, the two devices then connect over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct to transfer files. However, the API isn't going away overnight, Google is placing the feature behind a new Android platform feature flag called android.sofware.nfc.beam. Meaning, future devices running Android Q, Android Beam support will not be enabled by default. Device makers will have to declare support for android.software.nfc.beam just like they already declare support for NFC. It is unclear if Google would add new requirements to the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) to force future devices launching or updating to Android Q to not declare support for Android Beam. Google is also dropping support for seamlessly setting up Live Cases. Live Cases were a way for people to not only pick a case design of their liking but to also theme their phone with a live wallpaper that matches the case. Google made the service was made fully available with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and it first experimented with Skrillex-branded Live Cases for the Nexus 6. Live Cases made a comeback for the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL with a shortcut ...


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    LG Electronics has announced the second-generation CineBeam Laser 4K projector HU85L with Ultra Short Throw (UST) technology and will showcase it at CES 2019. It comes with minimal space requirement and a compact design that can project stunningly sharp 4K images on practically any flat surface. The LG CineBeam Laser 4K comes with UST technology which when placed a little more than 2 inches from the wall can project a 90-inch diagonal image. Placed 7 inches away, the projector produces a much larger and still bright 120-inch image. it delivers 2,500 ANSI lumens at 4K UHD resolution. It provides plenty of content options, enabling users to stream movies and shows from their favorite services while USB, Ethernet, and HDMI. It offers enhanced visual accuracy with a 12-point keystone adjustment feature, eliminating the image distortion that often affects other UST projectors. Thanks to ThinQ AI, users can use voice commands to access natural language processing capabilities. The Magic Remote also recognizes gestures and features backlit buttons for easy navigation which turn on automatically when motion is detected. Jang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division said: The new CineBeam Laser projector marries spectacular 4K viewing experience with the convenience of AI technology.  There is no other ...


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    Xiaomi embarked its journey into the Indian smartphone market with Mi and Redmi series. Even though Xiaomi was in talks for its VFM smartphones, the major turning for the company's is indeed the Redmi Note series and specifically Redmi Note 3. In this series, Redmi Note 5 is one of the best selling mobiles from the Chinese handset maker. Powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform, this mid-range device was shipped with Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with MIUI 9 out of the box, and it recently got MIUI 10 update after Android 8.1 (Oreo) update. However, chances of getting Android Pie update is very bleak as of now. In addition to it, the company didn't mention any time frame for the roll out. Notably, the company will be rolling out MIUI updates regularly. In case you wish to enjoy the latest version of Android on your Redmi Note 5, you can use custom ROM on your device. We tried Android Pie 9.0 based Arrow OS on our unit and here are our impressions, Requirements Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with an unlocked bootloader – To Unlock the bootloader of your device, apply here. Arrow OS ROM – Download the latest ROM ZIP file from here. ...


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