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HMD Global is launching a new smartphone on October 4 in London HMD Global is launching a new smartphone on October 4 in London
- September 22, 2018

The tweet included a 10-second showing some games being played on a device. That's because the Finnish company is reportedly working on its third X-series device, which will supposedly be called the Nokia X7 in China and Nokia 7.1 Plus elsewhere in the world. (more...)
Amazon connects digital assistant Alexa to microwave, clock and car Amazon connects digital assistant Alexa to microwave, clock and car
- September 22, 2018

The US$50 hockey puck-shaped Dot is one of Amazon's best-selling devices, and with 70 per cent better sound it's going after audiophiles on Sonos Inc.'s turf. The new Echo Dot , Amazon's bestselling smart product, features a fabric design that is similar to the Google Home Mini. Echo Auto is available by invitation and will start shipping later this year . (more...)
OnePlus among top 5 premium Android OEMs in Q2 2018, says report OnePlus among top 5 premium Android OEMs in Q2 2018, says report
- September 22, 2018

This segment typically has the most generous profit margins, and contribute greatly to profitability as a result. Apple took home a mammoth 65% share of the total global handset profit in Q2 2017! Though no matter what the Chinese vendors have done to date, 88% of the top end premium smartphone market is owned by Apple. (more...)
Buyers of the iPhone XS undeterred by eye-watering prices, few upgrades Buyers of the iPhone XS undeterred by eye-watering prices, few upgrades
- September 22, 2018

But this time on the iPhone XS, according to iFixit , Apple used multiple layer sizes and folded electrode sheet to create a curvy power pack that neatly bends around other important iPhone internals like the logic board, Taptic engine and memory. (more...)
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts Internet Split: American vs. Chinese Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts Internet Split: American vs. Chinese
- September 22, 2018

Two weeks after that report, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the company's employees that the China plan was in its "early stages" and "exploratory". Schmidt was speaking at an event put on by the investment firm, Village Global VC. A bipartisan group of six USA senators wrote a letter to Pichai last month describing Google's potential return to China as "deeply troubling", noting China's repressive surveillance regime and human rights abuses. (more...)
Daydream VR gets See-Through Mode and support for any 2D Android Apps Daydream VR gets See-Through Mode and support for any 2D Android Apps
- September 22, 2018

A full write-up and a handful of gifs on these and a few other experimental features Google now has in the works can be found on the Google Developer Blog. The controllers have 6DoF (six-degrees-of-freedom) tracking like an Oculus or Vive controller, meaning that for the first time, Daydream games and apps could let you actually reach out and grab things in three dimensions. (more...)
Amazon unveils the Echo Auto and upgraded Echo Show, Plus and Dot Amazon unveils the Echo Auto and upgraded Echo Show, Plus and Dot
- September 22, 2018

This product will be shipped on October 11th, 2018. To know what is happening with other smart devices in a home, the Echo speaker needs to be connected to them. The idea is to have Alexa everywhere "in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and now in your vehicle or truck", said Tom Taylor, SVP at Amazon Alexa. (more...)
Google Assistant is rolling out for Android TV and Auto in Australia Google Assistant is rolling out for Android TV and Auto in Australia
- September 22, 2018

Android Auto is an app created to work with both smartphones and select models of cars with integrated touch displays, and offers up a vastly simplified version of the OS with all of its core driving-relevant features (music, maps, and so on) intact. (more...)
Twitch confirms it’s been blocked in China Twitch confirms it’s been blocked in China
- September 22, 2018

However, reports have surfaced indicating that Twitch is no long accessible to Chinese citizens, and the mobile app has been removed from the regional app store, leading many to assume that Twitch has been blocked by the Chinese government. (more...)
Almost half of all mobile phone calls in 2019 will be spam Almost half of all mobile phone calls in 2019 will be spam
- September 22, 2018

According to a Washington Post report, there has been a leap from 3.7 per cent of total calls in 2017 to more than 29 per cent this year, to a projected 45 per cent by early 2019. "Recently, the FCC joined forces with several technology companies, including First Orion, to find a way to combat these calls, but we still see rampant increases", he said. (more...)
The Google Pixel Stand leaks out, looks simple enough The Google Pixel Stand leaks out, looks simple enough
- September 21, 2018

Coming to the pricing, JD.com lists the Pixel 3 at RMB 4,999 which is about $729 putting is just around the territory of Apple iPhone XR, which is priced at $749. Taking a look at the details on the listing page, the Google Pixel 3 is available in white and black color versions. These leaked renders also coincide with the leaks that we have been seeing in the past few months. (more...)
IBM launches new toolkit to avoid bias in decisions within AI algorithms
- September 21, 2018

The cloud-based service will detect bias and also explain how the artificial intelligence (AI) made the decision, IBM Research Vice President India and Singapore and CTO IBM India/South Asia Sriram Raghavan said. Reportedly, this initial release of the AIF360 Python package contains nine different algorithms, developed by the broader algorithmic fairness research community, to mitigate that unwanted bias. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A7 official, leaves A Galaxy Event to A9 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 official, leaves A Galaxy Event to A9 Pro
- September 21, 2018

So what makes the A7's camera so special? The 24MP sensor on Samsung Galaxy A7 automatically combines four pixels to form a bigger one, allowing for better quality images in low-light conditions. This is the Galaxy A7 (2018), and it's destined for markets in Asia and Europe. Taking a closer look at the leaked pics, the display features smaller upper/lower bezels as the home button was removed, and the aspect ratio seems to be 2:1. (more...)
Microsoft introduces HoloLens to businesses via Dynamics 365 Microsoft introduces HoloLens to businesses via Dynamics 365
- September 21, 2018

This capability applies AI and natural language understanding to enable virtual agents, or to assist human agents in helping customers get the answers or actions they need to resolve issues. Microsoft Dynamics 365 AI-powered bots can be trained by call center managers, asserted Navrina Singh, Microsoft AI principal product lead, during a demo. (more...)
Tim Cook defends pricing of new iPhones, says it's worth the money Tim Cook defends pricing of new iPhones, says it's worth the money
- September 21, 2018

Will you be queueing up for the new iPhone? With its 6.5-inch OLED display, the iPhone XS Max is officially wading into "phablet" territory. The iPhone XS Max costs up to S$2,349 in Singapore. "And so arguably the product is really important". Apple fans in India are awaiting the arrival of these phones in the country, but until now we did not have much information regarding their launch and availability in India. (more...)
Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt
- September 21, 2018

Google stopped scanning its Gmail for keywords previous year - but still allows third-party developers to do so, according to a July letter from Susan Molinari, Google point person for governmental affairs. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told the Journal there was "simply no way that Gmail users could imagine that their personal data would be transferred to third parties", and the revelation showed that the "privacy policy model is simply broken ... (more...)
Natwest online and mobile banking goes down Natwest online and mobile banking goes down
- September 21, 2018

Millions across the United Kingdom and Ireland were said to be affected as the issued also affected Nat West and RBS customers. It said it was working to fix the glitch but that users were still able to use its phone banking service and ATMs. (more...)
Here's what you'll pay in South Africa for Apple's new iPhone models Here's what you'll pay in South Africa for Apple's new iPhone models
- September 21, 2018

With both having a new 512GB storage capacity - also the largest on an iPhone - and the latter the biggest in the series so far, prices were also hiked. This is why we wanted to ask you whether your own iPhone XS, XS Max, or Apple Watch shipment has been delayed at all. So how does Apple plan on conquering one of the biggest markets in the world? To be fair, as much as I lament the discontinuation of the iPhone SE and that particular design, Apple nearly certainly has more data to ... (more...)
Alibaba to set up new semiconductor firm to develop own chips Alibaba to set up new semiconductor firm to develop own chips
- September 21, 2018

The promise Ma said was based upon friendly U.S. Hangzhou: China's e-tailer giant Alibaba group is developing quantum chips (processors) to power a range of industries , including e-commerce, logistics, finance, materials and pharmaceuticals, a senior official said on Wednesday. (more...)
Black Ops 4 Blackout Is Scaring The Competition! Black Ops 4 Blackout Is Scaring The Competition!
- September 21, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout is a battle royale that has been slightly more miniature than its competitors. For the uninitiated, Black Ops 4 has been continuously criticized for its in-game armor, not just in this battle royale beta but its multiplayer beta too. (more...)
GoPro debuts Hero7 series with enhanced stabilization GoPro debuts Hero7 series with enhanced stabilization
- September 21, 2018

GoPro announced their new camera line up today, including the new line's flagship model, the HERO7 Black, which raises the bar for in-camera video stabilization with an all-new feature, HyperSmooth. Still shooting has also added a lot of the features you would expect from the latest crop of smartphones, with the new SuperPhoto feature providing intelligent scene analyzation with automatically applied HDR, local tone mapping and multi-frame noise reduction. (more...)
Real life Assassin’s Creed Parkour course coming to Sydney in October Real life Assassin’s Creed Parkour course coming to Sydney in October
- September 21, 2018

This actually isn't the first Assassin's Creed-themed board game, as Cryptozoic produced Assassin's Creed : Arena back in 2014. Finally, in addition to the Assassin's Creed Odyssey parkour course, chance to win a Spartan Helmet and the ability to go hands-on with the game, attendees will have the chance to win one of three custom Xbox One X consoles. (more...)
PlayStation Now adds PS4 and PS2 game downloads PlayStation Now adds PS4 and PS2 game downloads
- September 21, 2018

When asked about PS3 games joining PS4 and PS2 software in the new download feature, a Sony spokesperson said: "PS3 games are not available for downloads because they are not compatible to run natively on PS4". Still, a lot of fans have been critical of the move, hoping that all games on the service would be downloadable. All things considered, we will simply have to wait and see what Sony has in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers in several days from now, as the company ... (more...)
Amazfit Verge smartwatch, Health Band 1S with ECG Sensor launched in China Amazfit Verge smartwatch, Health Band 1S with ECG Sensor launched in China
- September 20, 2018

So you can control around 11 different types of smart home products right from your smartwatch . When connected with a compatible Android smartphone, the Amazfit Verge is also capable of enabling voice call support. The Amazfit Verge is the company's new smarwatch, that follows in the heels of Huami devices like the Amazfit Pace. Also, the smartwatch has a bunch of other sensors, including accelerometer, air pressure sensor, ambient light, geomagnetic sensor, and gyroscope. (more...)
Apple CEO defends pricing of new iPhones Apple CEO defends pricing of new iPhones
- September 20, 2018

Courts posted pictures of the queue, and advised customers who want to beat the queue to register their interest for the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max now. iPhone has never been cheap in the Indian market after all. You are looking forward to exploring all the new features and capabilities it brings and the pure joy of unboxing a device you will use every single day of your life. (more...)