#TodayInTech: February 20, 2017 - TechRadar India

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By TechRadar India | Feb 13, 2017, 04.18 PM IST
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Moto celebrates 3 year anniversary with huge discounts on products

To celebrate the 3 year journey of Moto products in India, the company is offering attractive discount and offers on its products. These limited offers will be valid on February 20 and 21 on Moto’s exclusive e-retail partner Flipkart.

Oppo to release new ‘5x’ smartphone photography technology at MWC 2017

According to Oppo’s press release, the 5x smartphone photography technology allows users to have an “unprecedented ability to capture highly detailed images.” As per speculation, it could be about the photography technology could be about its high-resolution image processing.

Sony Xperia X is now available for half of its launch price

Sony Xperia X received a price cut of Rs. 14,000, bringing the price down to Rs. 24,990. At this price point, it competes against phones like Moto Z Play, Asus Zenfone 3, OnePlus 3, Honor 8 and similar smartphones.

Metal-clad HTC One X10 pictures surface

It looks like HTC’s next handset may not be the HTC 11 , as a metal mid-ranger believed to be called the HTC One X10 has just leaked in a couple of images. The pictures, leaked on Weibo , show a metal unibody, sizeable screen with navigation keys below it, fingerprint scanner on the back and a dual-LED flash for the rear camera.

HTC U Ultra to be launched in India on February 21

The HTC U Ultra which was initially launched in January along with U Play is known for ‘adaptability’ factor, meaning the AI based technology in phone will allow it to be capable enough to learn users’ handset usage.

LG’s 2017 K-series coming to India on February 22

With less than a week left for MWC 2017 to commence, LG has slated its media event in New Delhi on Wednesday. It is expected that the company has plans to roll out the 2017 ‘K’-series smartphone in the India.

Leak: LG G6 dual-camera setup is two 13MP snappers

The post, written in Korean which we’ve translated via Google Chrome, highlights two 13MP rear sensors, with one a wide-angled camera with a 125 degree field of view – similar to that of a human eye.

Panasonic launches all new air-conditioning system

Panasonic India on Monday introduced the first of its kind air-conditioner with "radiant cooling" technology that tries to cool the surface, walls and ceiling before it glides down to the room resulting in even and all-round coolness.

Google, Microsoft come together to take down internet piracy

Websites that stream or host pirated material may find it harder to feature on the first pages of two leading search engines as Google and Microsoft , which uses Bing search engine, have agreed to a new code of conduct designed to demote such websites in Britain, media reported on Monday.

Flipkart to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud to boost sales

Leading e-commerce major Flipkart on Monday tied-up with global software major Microsoft to use its Azure cloud platform to boost its e-tail sales.

Apple nabs Israeli facial recognition company

In a bid to boost its technological capabilities, Apple has been reported to have acquired a facial recognition firm Realface. According to the latest report from Calcalist, it might be true that Apple is looking forward to incorporate facial recognition and other biometric features in future iPhones.

#TodayInTech: February 17, 2017 - TechRadar India

Xiaomi phones start receiving MIUI 8.2
Xiaomi has confirmed the official roll out of the MIUI 8.2 Global Stable ROM. The news surfaced on company’s MIUI page, with a complete list of supported devices and download links.

ZTE to launch 5G-compatible 'Gigabit' LTE soon
While we are still trying to move to 4G network, Chinese network tech giant ZTE has announced that the company will will be unveiling one the first gigabit LTE smartphone. The launch will take place at the Mobile World Congress ( MWC ) in Barcelona later this month.

Apple iPhone SE production to start soon in India
Apple Inc will in the coming months start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer's plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru, an industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Twitter announces partnership with FilmFare, Jio
Micro-blogging website Twitter announced a partnership with Jio Filmfare Awards through Twitter Amplify, a content sponsorship package that will enable the brands to extend their presence to targeted social media audiences in India.

Xiaomi Mi MIX II is already being developed
The Mi MIX is one of the most exciting devices to come out of Xiaomi’s sheds. According to the CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, the company is already working on a successor to this widely popular device. It will be interesting to see how the company will innovate with the second-gen variant, especially since the Mi MIX brought so many new things to the table.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Go leaked
Seems like ASUS is focusing heavily on the budget market segment this year, continuing the trend that began a couple of years ago. A new smartphone, known as the ZenFone 3 Go has leaked out in a pretty official fashion, revealing most of the hardware specifications of the device.

OnePlus 3T 128GB now available on Amazon
As most of us know, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were the best value for money smartphones in 2016 and is still a hot product on Amazon . For those who are not satisfied with the 64GB variant of OnePlus 3T can now get their hands on the 128GB variant.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro with dual camera could be unveiled at MWC 2017
The smartphone will apparently come with dual-rear cameras , which has been an industry trend for the past couple of years or so. It is said that the Honor 8 Pro will be known as the Honor V9 when it breaks cover in China. The handset has already been approved in China, which means we don’t have to wait for the official launch for the confirmation of the hardware specs.

Manu Kumar Jain is the new Global Vice President Xiaomi
Xiaomi has announced the appointment of India head Manu Kumar Jain as the new Vice President of the company. Manu Kumar Jain will be taking Hugo Barra's position by the end of February.


Reliance Jio now has over 100 million users on board

Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday said the company's newly-launched telecom venture Reliance Jio has crossed 100 million customer base.

Blackberry smartphone dips down to zero market share

After hanging up on handset business, Blackberry which was once a market leader has now almost zero percent share in the fourth quarter of 2016 global smartphone sales.

Samsung taking extra care of explosions this time

Dubbed “Quality Assurance: Extensive Tests”, a new one-minute video made by Samsung shows a Galaxy S7 Edge being put through a barrage of tests, including being dropped, bent, drenched in water and operated under extreme temperatures.

In between these torture tests, text explains that “our phones are extensively tested, retested, and then tested again” and the video ends saying “innovation is our legacy. Quality is our priority.”

Next Apple Watch might be charged by winding its digital crown

Digital clown is a system that takes its cues from the world of mechanical watches, with a rotational magnetic field either moving an electric generator producing power for an internal battery, or winding a spring or coil to exert force on gears that produce energy in a system similar to traditional watches.

A clearer look at Huawei P10 and curved P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 Plus is perhaps the most interesting with Chinese site MyDrivers confirming it will have a dual-curved display on the front, much like the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge .

LG G6 confirmed as 5.7-inch, QHD 18:9 monster with brand new UI

We already knew the LG G6 would have an unusual screen after sister company LG Display spilled the beans on the panel tech for the firm’s next smartphone last month, but the FullVision, 5.7-inch display with a QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio has now been confirmed by LG for the G6.

Employers will be able post job listings on Facebook soon

In order to leverage the massive amounts of data at its disposal, the company will now allow employers to post job applications directly on their pages. The candidates can simply click a button on their page and follow the application process directly from Facebook.

Microsoft will enhance Tata’s upcoming cars with its tech prowess

Microsoft will take up its artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and IoT capabilities to transform upcoming vehicles from Tata.

The first vehicle to showcase the idea behind this partnership is slated to be launched at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show scheduled on March 7 2017.


Nokia 6 global version certified

A handset with model number TA-1003, set to be the global variant of the Nokia 6 has got certified in Taiwan. The Nokia 6 is the first Nokia branded smartphone to be launched under the tutelage of HMD Global.

Vodafone Ericsson deal

Vodafone India has awarded a 4G deployment contract to Ericsson in a bid to expand it’s 4G network and take on rivals like Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. The $300 million (Roughly Rs 2,040 crore) contract comes at a time when Reliance Jio has completely shaken up the 4G game with it’s disruptive pricing and pan-India network.

Apple unveils first two TV series

US tech giant Apple unveiled the first glimpse of the future of series-TV programming on Apple Music with trailers for its first two series. Footage of both unscripted series was unveiled. Officials said they are planning a spring launch date.

Samsung to announce official release date for Galaxy S8 soon

As we already know, Samsung has scheduled its press event on February 26 but MWC but February 27 is the official date when MWC 2017 starts. It is being said that the company will unveil the Tab S3 on February 26 and reveal the some details about the Galaxy S8 on February 27.

HTC reveals HTC U Ultra and U Play price

The Taiwanese smartphone maker has finally revealed the price of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play for UK market. Both the smartphones are listed on company’s official online store as well as at third party retailers. The HTC U Ultra is priced starting GBP 649 (approx. Rs. 54,000), and the HTC U Play is priced starting GBP 399 (approx. Rs 33,000). Both the smartphones will start shipping from March 1.

ISRO sends 104 satellites in one go

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with a record 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series.

Facebook rolls out video app for TV

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will help the social network's users enjoy its videos on a bigger screen. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday.

Acer Spin 3 convertible laptop launched

Taiwanese hardware and electronics corporation Acer on Wednesday launched a convertible laptop "Acer Spin 3" in India at Rs 42,999. The device boasts 15.6-inch HD Acer "Color Intelligence" display, 360-degree hinge and offers up to nine hours of battery back-up.


Amazon steps into video conferencing

Amazon's expanded its services with the launch of Chime, a new online VoIP call and video messaging platform aimed at business users. It allows users to host or join virtual meetings with a single click, and share content and screens across multiple platforms, including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 teaser revealed it all

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has been caught on camera alongside an S Pen stylus, and the latest leaks suggest it will only come in one size.

Reliance Jio and Samsung announce joint event on February 28 at MWC 2017

In a recent report, Samsung has announced that it will be hosting a joint conference with Indian telecom giant Reliance Jio at the upcoming MWC 2017.

Airtel Payment Bank now running across 200 villages in India

Airtel today revealed that it has enabled 200 villages across India to go cashless using the Airtel Payment bank. More than 200 villages have access to basic banking facilities now, claims Airtel.

Huawei P10, latest video teases dual cameras and iris scanner

In the recent P10 teaser, the slogan “change the way the world sees you” gives us a hint of some potentially the new features. It follows the tagline for the Huawei P9 event that said, “change the way you see the world” and sold itself on a dual-lens rear camera.

Intex launched 3 new phone in India

Intex today launched 3 new phones in India. Intex Aqua Lion 4G is an Android powered smartphone, and the other two are non 4G feature phones priced under Rs. 2000.

Idea cellular shares fall by 3% in Q3 2016

Shares of Idea Cellular fell by nearly 3 percent after the company logged a consolidated net loss of Rs 383.87 crore for the December 2016 quarter.

HMD Global will show off the Nokia 6 and 3 new handsets at the MWC

Following the Nokia 6 unveiling, the company will reveal the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 smartphones. It is hoped that these phones will be available across the globe. The report also goes on to say that HMD Global will unveil a newer version of the cult favorite Nokia 3310.

Delhi High Court rules against taxi unions blocking Uber trips

The Delhi High Court in its ruling said “Till further orders, the defendants (unions) are restrained from stopping/blocking of the cars of the driver partners of the plaintiff (Uber) or removing/ confiscating the devices installed in those cars including in any manner hampering, obstructing or interfering in the legitimate business of the plaintiff and in this regard, causing violence in any manner.”


#TodayInTech: February 13, 2017 - TechRadar India

Home Ministry website hacked?
The website of the Union Home Ministry was non-functional on Sunday and officials said cyber experts were trying to ascertain if it had been hacked.

"I don't know when the site developed the snag," ministry spokesperson K.S. Dhatwalia told IANS. "Details will be available after we find out the glitches.

Tim Cook predicts: Augmented Reality could be as big as smartphone
"I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone. The smartphone is for everyone, we don't have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it's for everyone. I think AR is that big, it's huge," Cook said.

"I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it's not a product per se, it's a core technology," he added.

Apple’s new mystery device spotted yet again
Apple has asked for permanent confidentiality for this particular product, which means we’re still pretty much in the dark about what this could be. All we know for now is the fact that it comes with Bluetooth LE and NFC. Given that the secret is still pretty much intact, there have been quite a lot of speculations as to what this could be.

Google Assistant could be coming to your old Android phone as well
Based on the code in a new alpha release of the Google app for Android , it looks like Google Assistant could be coming to older phones as well. The app includes code for adding the AI-powered bot to any phone, as Android Police reports .

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X price announced
Price for the Redmi Note 4X starts from RMB 999 (Approx. Rs. 9,700), whereas the limited edition Hatsune Miku edition is priced at RMB 1,299 (Approx Rs. 12,600). The Hatsune Miku variant has the same specifications as the normal version but it comes bundled with a customised power bank, phone casing, and a Hatsune theme pack.

LG G6 confirmed to have top-tier audio skills
That news comes straight from LG itself, with the company claiming that with this new DAC there will be almost no loss of acoustic information, and distortion levels of just 0.0002%, leading to clean sound that’s almost identical to the original recording.

This new 32-bit DAC can also control the left and right earphones separately, for more balanced sound, which LG reckons brings the experience closer to feeling like you’re actually at a live concert.

Tim Cook wants steps ahead to fight fake news
Apple CEO, Tim Cook has urged companies to raise their voices in unison about the growing menace of fake news that’s floating around on Facebook and Twitter. He mentioned that people are merely complaining now, and there needs to be something like a PSA (public service announcement) to call out fake news when they emerge. Cook mentioned that fake news today is “killing people’s minds.” Those are pretty strong words coming from the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world.

Reliance Jio customers to get 6-Series numbers
Reliance Jio has been granted permission by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to use 6-Series numbers, i.e. mobile numbers that begin with ‘6’. The carrier can use these numbers in Assam, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu.

Indian smartphone market grew by 5.2 per cent in 2016
According to a recent report from market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), India registered 109.1 million units of smartphone shipments in 2016. Despite of the demonetisation drive in November, there is a marginal 5.2 per cent of annual growth in 2016.

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#TodayInTech: February 10, 2017 - TechRadar India

Nokia may revive the legendary N-series
Nokia has filed the “Nseries” trademark with the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). The trademark documents were first spotted on SAIC’s website on Wednesday. This hints that the company may come up with all new Nseries in China by the end of this year.

You can now pre-order Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro in India
The latest mid-ranger Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro was launched recently in India. The smartphone is now available for pre-order on company’s official online store at a price of Rs. 36,900. Shipping will begin from February 24th 2017 and the device will be available in Gold and Rose colours.

Booking cabs gets difficult as Uber and Ola drivers go on strike
The strike is applicable across the whole Delhi-NCR region including Noida and Gurugram. The drivers are demanding better pay, relaxed hours for targets, more perks and amenities, accident insurance and more.

WhatsApp rolls out 2-step verification
Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. With the feature enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by a six-digit passcode of your choosing.

Google Chrome now supports VR content for your web browsing enjoyment
Google announced today that it's updated the Chrome browser to support VR-enabled websites, allowing those surfing applicable parts of the net to strap on their goggles and dive in.

US may ask you for your social networking credentials to let you in
If you are planning a visit to the US, you could be asked to hand over Facebook and other social media passwords as part of an enhanced security process, media reports said.

Paytm plans to kill card transactions in India soon
The CEO of Paytm, Vijay Shekhar, has mentioned that he remains optimistic about soon replacing conventional card transactions in the country. With Paytm already seeing 8.5 million transactions on a daily basis, this day might not be far away.

Ola CFO and CMO resign
Ola has been struggling to gather funds to stand against its rival Uber in recent times. Looks like things are not cooling down for the company as Chief Financial Officer and former Infosys employee Rajiv Bansal has resigned from his position, as per sources linked to the company. Along with Bansal, the Chief Marketing Officer Raghuvesh Sarup has also departed from the company.

OnePlus 3T receives oxygen 4.0.3 update
The new updates includes Wi-Fi IPv6 support toggle, optimized smart Wi-Fi switcher, increased stability of the camera app, optimized exposure when taking night time photos, upgraded audio parameters and Amazon Prime app which will be pre-installed.

Another iPhone rumours pops up
It is strongly anticipated that Apple will introduce wireless charging in at least one of the new models. According to a report by KGI Analyst Ming Chi Ko, procured by MacRumors, all three models releasing in 2017 will sport wireless charging.

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