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    Update 3 - July 17: After postponing the launch event last week due to issue with the venue, HMD Global today confirmed that the launch of new 'X series' smartphone in China will take place tomorrow, July 18th at 2PM (11:30 AM IST). We already know the specifications and the design of the smartphone. We will know the price tomorrow. Update 2 - July 12: HMD Global has postponed the event which was supposed to to take place yesterday. This reason is due to issue with the launch venue. New date will be revealed soon. Update: Press renders of the Nokia X5 has surfaced ahead of announcement this week. This coincides with the image on TENAA and a recemt poster leak. Earlier: After rumors, HMD Global has scheduled an event on July 11th where it will introduce a new 'X series' Nokia smartphone with full-screen display. This is expected to be  the Nokia X5 that got certified by TENAA with model number Nokia TA-1109 last month. It is also rumored to be introduced as Nokia 5.1 Plus in other markets. Nokia X5 (TA-1109) / 5.1 Plus rumored specifications 5.86-inch ( 720×1520 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass 19:9 aspect ratio display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor ...


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    Apple is widely anticipated to launch three new iPhones later this year including a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.46-inch iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch model with iPhone X like feature. Now in order to compete with Apple, Samsung is also said to be planning on launching 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch models, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. Furthermore, the 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch models might be equipped with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. It will become available in the Galaxy Note 10 later in 2019, according to the research note. This news comes two weeks after both the companies settled on a seven-year-long lawsuit where Samsung was found guilty of copying the iPhone's design. Reports from Korea suggest that Galaxy S10 line-up will have a cheaper variant that will better compete with the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone.  However, this variant will have trade-offs, such as a fingerprint scanner built into the edge of the device. Moreover, reports also claim that the Galaxy S10+ will feature five camera lenses: three on the back, and two on the front.  The rear lens will include the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens as the Galaxy S9+, plus an all-new 16-megapixel 120º ultra-wide-angle lens. Apple will also be launching a new iPhone with ...


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    Truecaller has rolled out new features to its premium users, it includes new 'Call Recording' for Android users. This will help users to keep track of important conversations they have with businesses, colleagues, and people. As for how the feature works, when a Premium user dials or receives a call, they can toggle on the recording feature from the Truecaller Caller ID screen and all the recordings are then stored on the user’s phone. The company says that users who do not have a Premium subscription can try Call Recording for free on a 14-day trial. To make it clear, Truecaller says that call recordings are stored locally on the user’s phone and do not touch Truecaller’s servers. Other premium features include who viewed my profile, ad-free experience, contact requests, a premium badge for your profile. Source


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    Earlier this year Samsung introduced the first 10nm-class 16Gb GDDR6 DRAM as well as 16Gb DDR5 DRAM. Today the company has introduced the first 10-nanometer (nm) class 8-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 DRAM as the successor to the 8Gb LPDDR4 DRAM that was introduced back in 2014 and 8GB LPDDR4 RAM mass production started in 2016. Samsung said that LPDDR5 standard will be used in upcoming 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered mobile applications. Highlights of Samsung 8Gb LPDDR5 10nm-class DRAM Boasts a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), 1.5 times faster than LPDDR4X at 4266 megabits per second (Mb/s) With the increased transfer rate, LPDDR5 can send 51.2 gigabytes (GB) of data, or approximately 14 full-HD video files (3.7GB each), in a second Available in two bandwidths – 6,400Mb/s at a 1.1 operating voltage (V) and 5,500Mb/s at 1.05V By doubling the number of memory “banks” – subdivisions within a DRAM cell – from eight to 16, the new memory can attain a much higher speed while reducing power consumption. 8Gb LPDDR5 makes use of a highly advanced, speed-optimized circuit architecture that verifies and ensures the chip’s ultra-high-speed performance. To maximize power savings, the 10nm-class LPDDR5 has been engineered to lower its voltage in accordance with ...


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    Apple on the occasion of 'World Emoji Day' announced that more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year via software update. These new emojis are based on the approved characters from Unicode 11.0.  The new Emojis include more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, and new smiley face with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts. Furthermore, wide-range of animal emojis including kangaroo, peacock, parrot, and lobster, with the addition of new food emoji for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake and other popular items will be joining. Many additional characters across sports, symbols and more will launch later this year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, Nazar amulet and infinity symbol. These new emojis will be coming to many Apple products via a software update iOS 12. Source


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    Microsoft today is rolling out a new update to Skype for the desktop that brings the version to 8.0 replacing Skype version 7.0. This update replaces Skype Classic. The new features to skype 8.0 include free HD video and screen sharing calls, chat media gallery, share photos, videos, and other files, and more.  The new free HD video and screen sharing calls lets you connect with 1 or 24 of your friends, families, or colleagues no matter what device they use. It allows for video calling in high-definition 1080px video. It allows for more productive messaging through the use of @mentions to easily grab someone’s attention in a group chat. You can easily find all your @mentions and get back to people in the notification center. The new Chat media gallery makes it easier to find files, links, and photos that were shared in a conversation. You can access all the media by clicking the Gallery icon under the chat name to see all the files, links, and photos in the conversation. You can share photos, videos, and other files up to 300MB by dragging and dropping files into your conversation window. Skype V8.0 for iPads with features like quoted messages, personalized themes, chat ...


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    Netflix today announced its revenue for Q2 2018 where the company has added 5.2 million new users, the same as Q2 last year, but lower than the 6.2 million forecast. The total revenue (including DVD) of the company came to $3,907 million which is a solid 40.3% growth YoY. It also reported an operating revenue of $462 million with an operating margin of 11.8%. On the other hand, the revenue (streaming) of the company came $3,814 million that is a 42.8% YoY growth. The total income generated from the US is around $1,893 million, while the international streaming resulted in $1,921 million in the Q2 2018, while it is forecasting a $1,970 million for Q3 2018. The company says that streaming revenue in Q2 rose 43% YoY and it is driven by a 26% and 14% increase in average paid memberships and ASP, respectively. The operating margin of 11.8% expanded 720 bps year over year, resulting in 262% growth in operating income. The EPS of $0.85 vs. $0.15 included an $85 million non-cash unrealized gain from F/X remeasurement on the Eurobond. The US net added a 0.7million which is down compared to same time last year Q2 where it recorded 1.1m. It also claims ...


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    Emporio Armani today has announced the latest-generation connected Wear OS smartwatch with touchscreens. It packs a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and is powered by the aging Snapdragon 2100. They come with smart features like Google Assistant and Google Pay. Furthermore, Emporio Armani connected Wear OS smartwatch packs heart rate tracking, water resistance, and a built-in GPS sensor for fitness tracking. The Smartwatch will use the Tic Health app and Mobvoi's app store in China, though it is made by Fossil group. It packs a new 'Swimproof Technology' which allows the user to take shower, swim, and dive up to 3 ATM. It also comes with an NFC chip for Google Pay transaction and in China, it will offer Alipay and the Mobvoi Assistant instead. It is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones. The stainless steel casing comes in silver, black, and rose gold. Strap options include single link bracelets, as well as leather and mesh. The Emporio Armani pricing starts at $295 (Rs. 20,160 approx.) and goes up to $395(Rs. 27,000 approx.). The watch will be available to pre-order from the Armani website starting today.


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    Last week Xiaomi sent out invites for the global launch of a new smartphone in Spain on July 24th. Yesterday the company started teasing the launch of the successor of Mi A1 smartphone. Today, the company said that it will be launching two smartphones at the event, as expected. The second smartphone that will join the Mi A2 will be the Mi A2 Lite, the global version of the Redmi 6 Pro which was introduced last month, and even passed through the FCC  recently. We are giving you ALL not 1 but 2 smartphones on July 24th! Any guesses? #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/cYQUWCbEqL — Mi (@xiaomi) July 17, 2018 Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite rumored specifications 5.84-inch (2280×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with 500 nits brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 84% NTSC Color Gamut 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 32GB/64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX486 sensor, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with Samsung S5K5E8 sensor, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor 3.5mm audio jack Dimensions: 149.33×71.68×8.75mm; Weight: ...


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    Last week Xiaomi confirmed that it will unveil the Mi Max 3 smartphone in China on July 19th. Today Xiaomi co-founder and President Bin Lin has shared images of the smartphone in Blue Black and Gold colors. He said that even though the phone has a large 6.9-inch screen, the phone doesn't feel big in hand. He also said that the 5500mAh battery will offer long battery life. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 rumored specifications 6.99-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage MIUI based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera 8MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 176.15×87.4×7.99mm; Weight: 221g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 5500mAh (typical) / 5400mAh (minimum) battery with Quick Charge 3.0 We should know the price when it goes official on Thursday. Source