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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, ...


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    Facebook Messenger can now translate Spanish messages to English (and vice versa). Facebook debuted the feature called M's translation suggestions at F8 in May, but that was Facebook's new tools for businesses and used to only work for chats between buyers and sellers in Marketplace. Starting today, you will see "Translate to English/Spanish" module pop up when someone messages you in either language.  The first time you tap on the module, M will ask if you'd like to auto-translate all the messages you receive from friends in the future. Meaning that it will be an opt-in for the auto-translation for every conversation, but you can also opt out anytime. However, the feature is pretty limited, Facebook also said that it would expand its capabilities so that it can also translate other languages and will also roll out in other countries. This feature will eliminate the need for switching between Messenger and translator app to know the actual meaning of the message received. Source


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    Snapdragon 845 10nm SoC manufactured on second generation 10LPP process from Samsung was introduced back in December last year. Earlier reports said that TSMC will be making the 7nm (FinFET) chips for the Snapdragon 855 SoC, now new report corroborates this, and also says that the production will start by the end of 2018 or early 2019. MediaTek's latest Helio M70 5G Modem is also based on TSMC's 7nm FinFET tech.  Earlier this year Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon X24 as the world’s first 7nm LTE modem with up to 2Gbps download speeds as the successor of the Snapdragon X20. The Snapdragon 855 SoC will likely use this modem. Earlier report said that Qualcomm is going with TSMC since the fab uses normal steppers while Samsung is going with 7nm EUV lithography tech which is riskier, and might not be ready on time. Samsung recently announced that is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018, but it will be risk production, and it might take up to one year to transition to full volume production. This is probably the reason Qualcomm decided to go with TSMC's FinFET tech over Samsung's EUV tech. The Snapdragon 855 SoC is expected to be introduced by the ...


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    This week OPPO introduced its flagship Find X smartphone along with the  Lamborghini Limited Edition version at its Paris event, Xiaomi introduced Mi Router 4Q and launched the Mi Pocket Speaker 2 in India, Vivo introduced Y81, Jabra and Garmin introduced accessories, and lots more in this roundup. OPPO introduced its flagship Find X smartphone with 6.42-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Panoramic Arc Screen with 19:5:9 aspect ratio and 93.8% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 845 with 8GB of RAM and Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.1. It has a motorized sliding dual rear cameras with a 16-megapixel primary and a 20-megapixel secondary camera set up with LED flash, OIS, AI portraits and AI Scene Recognition technology that can identify 800 scenes. It has 3D face unlock, which it calls O-Face Recognition. This uses 3D Structured Light Technology which scans 15,000 facial points. It is 20 times safer than fingerprint recognition for unlocking the phone, says OPPO.  It has a 25-megapixel front camera with AI that intelligently analyzes features such as face, nose, and eyes, etc. to naturally personalize selfies. The 3D lighting technique offers artistic portraits. It comes in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue colors, which offer gradient effect so that the phone shines elegantly at different angles. It is priced at 999 Euros ...


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    Apple today has introduced a new MacBook & MacBook Pro service program that will cover a small percentage of users who might be facing ticky, repeated characters or unresponsive keys. The program says that the process “may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge. However, the type of the service will be determined after the keyboard is examined and may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard. As for those who have already experienced the problem and had to pay for services through Apple, the company will be refunding customers the cost of the repair. The program will cover eligible MacBook and MacBook Pros for 4 years from the date of purchase. The service turn-around time may vary depending upon the type of service and availability of replacement parts. A list of specific models eligible for the program is below: MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, Early 2015) MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch, Early 2016) MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, 2017) MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, ...


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    Rumors are not stopping from flowing despite we are months away from the official launch of the Galaxy S10. In fact, we are hearing more about the S10 which is slated for 2019 launch rather than the Galaxy Note9 which is just a couple of months away from the official launch. Fresh rumor to join the list is that the company said to be ditching the Iris scanner on the Galaxy S10. According to a report The Bell, the Galaxy S10 will be the first Samsung device to feature an in-display fingerprint reader. Apart from the in-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung in collaboration with the Israeli firm Mantis is also reportedly working on a 3D face-scanning module of its own, similar to the one found in the Apple iPhone X. If in case Samsung succeeds in bringing the 3D face-scanning module, it would be ditching the iris scanner entirely for cost and weight savings. It is also reported that Samsung has ordered sample parts for the Galaxy S10 from all the component suppliers except those who supply for the iris sensor. With an in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D face-scanning, it makes complete sense for Samsung to remove the iris scanner module. This module will also help Samsung ...


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    After Instagram, Facebook is now said to be working on 'Your Time' tool to manage the time spent on the Facebook app. The code is found lying underneath the Facebook Android app and it shows the total amount of time you spent on the Facebook app on your phone in the last seven days, and your average time spent per day. Facebook is working on "Your Time on Facebook" which could help users to manage their time spent on Facebook app. Instagram is also working on helping users to improve their digital wellbeing: https://t.co/y38mV3RtqB as previously spotted: https://t.co/D26M9RuSxG pic.twitter.com/YqSyH0fpII — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 22, 2018 Furthermore, the feature also lets you set a daily reminder that alerts you when you’ve reached your self-imposed limit, plus a shortcut to change your Facebook notification settings. Facebook confirmed the feature and said: “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.” This feature would help Facebook users stay aware of how long they’re active on the app. Tech giants like Apple, Google have already introduced their own screen time monitoring dashboards that will list out the time you spend using the phone and which apps are dominating your attention. These functionalities ...


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    Google today announced that it is expanding its verification eligibility to more entities. It says that any person, organization, sports team, event and media property with a Knowledge Panel is eligible to get verified and suggest edits to the information shown. Anyone with the said eligibility can simply search for your name or organization on Search and click or tap the prompt below the Knowledge Panel to begin the verification process. Once the verification is done, you can suggest factual changes to information in your Knowledge Panel and suggest a featured image. Knowledge Panel will show up when you search for well-known people, organizations and things on Google on the results page. It is a box with an overview of key information and links to resources to help you go deeper. Prior to this change only individuals and organizations with Knowledge Panels can use the verification process to claim their panels and provide authoritative feedback on the information and images presented. Source


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    After postponing Shanghai IPO, Xiaomi today confirmed that it will list in Hong Kong first offering a total of 2,179,585,000 Shares (subject to the Over-allotment Option), comprising initially 108,980,000 Hong Kong Offer Shares (subject to adjustment) and 2,070,605,000 International Offer Shares (subject to adjustment and the Over-allotment Option). The offer price range is from HK$17 to HK$22 per share, so the company could raise anywhere between US$ 4.72 billion and US$ 6.1 billion. Even though this is less than $10 billion, which Xiaomi was reportedly hoping to achieve a few weeks ago, this would still make it the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO) in nearly two years. Xiaomi said that it intends to use the proceeds from the offering for the following purposes: Approximately 30% for research and development as well as other efforts to develop the Company’s core in-house products, including smartphones, smart TVs, laptops, AI speakers and smart routers; Approximately 30% for investments to expand and strengthen the Company’s ecosystem primarily in the fields of IoT and lifestyle products and mobile internet services, including AI; Approximately 30% for global expansion, including but not limited to hiring local teams across business functions and investing in its retail partners; and Approximately 10% for working capital ...