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With that covered, here’s a look at other tech news from today you can’t afford to miss.
Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 may launch in India in June
HMD Global’s Vice President for India, Ajey Mehta has been cited saying that Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 Android phones will be launched in India in June. This comes just a couple of days after the smartphones were announced globally; at the time, HMD Globally had only said that the phones will be launched in India in Q2, without specifying any particular month. Mehta has also said that the smartphones will be manufactured in India through Foxconn, and will be sold online as well as offline. There was no word on the availability of the new Nokia 3310 though.
Xiaomi Mi 5c, Redmi 4X, in-house Surge S1 processor launched
Xiaomi today launched the Redmi 4X and Mi 5c smartphones in China; the latter is powered by Surge S1, the chip developed in-house by the company. The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X has been launched in two variants – 2GB of RAM with 16GB storage priced at CNY 699 (approximately Rs. 7,000), and 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 8,500). Other key Redmi Note 4X features are 5-inch HD screen, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, microSD card support, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, and 4100mah battery.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c has a 5.15-inch full-HD display, 2.2GHz octa-core Surge S1 processor, 64GB internal storage, 3GB of RAM, 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 4G VoLTE support, and 2860mAh battery. Xiaomi says that its new Surge S1 processor has been developed in a period of 28 months and can run at clock speeds of up to 2.2GHz; it has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four other power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz.
OnePlus 5 leaked specs hint at 8GB RAM, dual-edge curved display
The next OnePlus smartphone may be named OnePlus 5, as the company is reportedly skipping the ‘four’ in the naming convention because it is considered unlucky in China. The report also says that OnePlus 5 will have dual-edge curved display, 16-megapixel selfie camera, 23-megapixel rear camera, and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Other rumoured OnePlus 5 features include 256GB, ceramic body and Snapdragon 835 processor.
iPhone 8 rumoured to feature USB Type-C port, curved OLED screen
A new iPhone 8 rumour suggests that Apple may do away with the Lightning port, which was introduced four and a half years ago with iPhone 5, and use the new industry standard USB Type-C with iPhone 8. This would mean that Apple would have to find a new way to let buyers use wired earphones with the upcoming flagship, since the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus famously dropped the 3.5mm jack. Of course manufacturers like LeEco have shipped USB Type-C headphones and earphones, so it won't be entirely new. Other leaked iPhone 8 features in the new report include curved OLED screen, which is said to be manufactured by Samsung, and a price tag north of $1,000.
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Amit Singhal leaves Uber amid Google sexual harassment allegations
Amit Singhal, the former head of search at Google, has resigned from the position of Senior Vice President of Engineering at Uber after the ride-sharing startup learned of sexual harassment allegations against him at the Internet titan. Uber, which is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal of its own, declined to comment on the matter; the allegations were discovered after he joined Uber. In an emailed statement, Singhal said “Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behaviour.”
Hyperloop One outlines vision for India
At its ‘Vision for India’ event in Delhi, US-based transportation startup Hyperloop One announced five semi-finalist teams from India for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge (HOGC). Under the global challenge, teams were tasked to propose high-speed transportation routes and develop regional proposals integrating Hyperloop One's transport technology to move passengers and freight from point-to-point.
Hyperloop One revealed the India semi-finalists, which included AECOM, which proposed Bengaluru-to-Chennai route, where one could theoretically travel 334 kilometres in just 20 minutes. The LUX Hyperloop Network proposed Bengaluru-to-Thiruvananthapuram route of 736 kilometres in 41 minutes. Dinclix GroundWorks proposed Delhi-to-Mumbai route via Jaipur and Indore, which is 1,317 kilometres in 55 minutes. Other teams and locations include Hyperloop India, which came with Mumbai-to-Chennai via Bengaluru route measuring 1,102 kilometres in just 50 minutes, and Infi-Alpha – which proposed Bengaluru to Chennai route of 334 km in 20 minutes.
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Reliance Jio to work on improving 4G network, plans to build ‘largest all-IP services platform’
At MWC 2017, Reliance Jio President Jyotindra Thacker announced that the company has partnered with Samsung to upgrade its current LTE services by expanding network capacity as well as coverage. This will be done by utilising spectrum in the 850, 1800, and 2300MHz bands, to enable “seamless indoor and outdoor coverage in dense urban areas.”
Reliance Jio also inked a deal with Cisco to expand its existing multi-terabit capacity with the first All-IP converged network in India. With this network, Reliance Jio will be able to offer a combination of high-speed data, mobile video, VoLTE, digital commerce, media, cloud and payment services, Cisco said in a statement.
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Highlights The feature is found in Insider Preview build 15042
It warns users from downloading Win32 apps
The feature will help prevent malware and bloatware Microsoft will soon roll out Windows 10 Creators Update. Insider Preview builds so far have given us a fairly good look at all the features and improvements one can expect once the final build rolls out. The latest Preview build 15042 now reveals that the company is testing out a feature for Windows 10 that will prevent users from installing Win32 apps.
The new feature seemingly hopes to phase out the older desktop apps in favour of apps from the Windows Store, apart from increasing security by blocking apps that may have come from unverified sources. Once the feature is enabled, users will be notified with a warning whenever they try to install a Win32 app. The warning message will read that apps from the Windows Store will help keep the PC “safe and reliable,” according to a report by MSPoweruser.
The new feature is disabled by default and users can manually enable it by heading to the Apps and Feature category in Settings. The feature is available only for users of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and it is yet to be confirmed whether it will make it to the Creators Update.
Microsoft is stressing on security and is trying to push users to download safer apps from the Windows Store. Understandably, the feature will prevent bloatware and malware caused from downloading older Win32 apps. However, this also means that users will not be able to install apps not listed on the Windows Store, like Adobe Photoshop and Google Chrome.
Notably, many Win32 apps can be found on the Windows Store, while the rest can be converted via Microsoft's Desktop App Converter.
Last week, Microsoft confirmed that the second major feature update announced for 2017 will be rolled out later this year.
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Home TelecomTelecom News Ketan Pratap, 28 February 2017 Highlights Google teams up with Bharti Airtel and SK Telecom
The company says working on a platform for mobile operators
Developing next generation of mobile networks Google on Monday announced that it's teaming up with mobile network operators globally including India's Bharti Airtel and South Korea's SK Telecom for working on the next generation mobile networks. The company in its announcement stressed on the need of upgrading the mobile networks as more users are now accessing the Internet through mobile devices.
The company says that the mobile operators are steadily adopting same technologies that are being used at Google for networking infrastructure. “To support our partners as they roll out these networks, we're working on a number of initiatives that we're excited to share progress on today,” said Ankur Jain, Principal Engineer at Google, said in an announcement blog.
Google is developing a platform for operators to run their network services, and claims that the company's SDN framework will enable networks to adapt to new services and traffic patterns. The new platform from Google is also said to reduce costs for operators while promises ability to deliver new features quickly. The platform will also enable automated testing to help quickly launch and iterate on new features.
“This platform also builds on our existing efforts to jointly experiment with mobile operators on richer APIs. These APIs will enable new operational models and help operators bring new features (such as Smart Offline) to people,” added Jain.
Shyam Mardikar, CTO, Wireless (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel commenting on the partnership said, “We look forward to collaborating with Google on this exciting initiative. It's great to see Google bring the benefits of their networking technologies to carriers. This will bring greater efficiencies and capabilities to mobile networks and enable us to rapidly innovate on new user experiences.”
Google recently announced partnership with 27 carriers and device manufacturers available worldwide, who have now launched RCS (Rich Communications Services) for Android users. Apart from the already existing partners (including Sprint, Rogers, and Telenor), the new names include Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe. Mobile manufacturers who have also partnered with Google include Micromax and Lava.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 28 February 2017 Highlights iPhone 8 tipped to sport a USB Type-C port
It will reportedly sport a curved OLED screen
The price tag will be north of $1,000 The iPhone 8 frenzy continues as a fresh report sheds more light on the 10th anniversary Apple smartphone. It is expected to come with significant upgrades, and the latest leak gives us details about the design, display, and price. The iPhone 8 is tipped to let go of the Home Button, sport a curved OLED screen, and even replace the Lightning connector with the industry standard.
Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 8 will sport a curved OLED screen reiterating previous rumours. The OLED screen will take up the entire front leaving no room for the Home Button or the Touch ID sensor. The smartphone will also let go of the Lightning connector in favour of USB Type-C, leaving its own connector for an industry standard. The iPhone 8 will reportedly come with a price tag north of $1,000, again echoing previous rumours. The more display real estate means a touchscreen chin with controls, similar to what Ming-Chi Kuo has been predicting (what he likes to call the 'function area').
The report also says that the iPhone 8 displays will be made by Samsung, as LG and JDI aren't capable to mass produce till 2018. Lastly, the report states that iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus variant will also be launched alongside, packing LCD displays as usual. The three smartphone launches announcement will be a shift from tradition, as Apple prides itself for its simplicity.
Kuo has also said in the past that the iPhone 8 will come with 3D facial recognition and some form of augmented reality addition to it. The smartphone is also tipped to sport a 5.8-inch display in the same iPhone 7 form factor, some form of advanced wireless charging, and come with an improved 3D Touch technology.
In a separate leak, Apple is apparently delaying its iPad launch event and won't release iPad tablet, red iPhone 7, or a 128GB iPhone SE till May or June. DigiTimes reports that the company will not introduce two large-sized iPad before the mentioned time, and this will adversely affect supply chain makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution's (GIS) first quarter results. Apple was first expected to launch three iPads in the first quarter of 2017 – an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, a new 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Tablet sales have been reducing year on year, and this delay will further kill the buzz among the few who still look to buy the large screen device.
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At Huawei’s Mobile World Congress event on Sunday, CEO Richard Yu couldn’t stop saying one particular phrase when talking about the P10’s camera: “Leica-style portraits.” Huawei has put portrait modes into its cameras for a while, and started its Leica partnership last year, but with the P10 the company is making a concerted technical and promotional effort to push the feature.
Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the P10 uses a combination of software and a dual-camera array to simulate the shallow depth of field you typically need expensive gear to achieve. I find this technology fascinating, and it’s clear that similar techniques are going to be a big part of photography’s future. But Huawei and Apple’s implementations are actually very different, each with pros and cons.
The Huawei P10 has two camera sensors on the back: one 12-megapixel chip with a traditional color filter array and a 20-megapixel unit that only captures monochrome images. Both are behind a 27mm-equivalent f/2.2 lens, bran..
Home LaptopsLaptops News Shekhar Thakran, 28 February 2017 Highlights The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card is priced at $200
The 256GB iXpand Flash Drive has been priced at $249.99
New iXpand Flash Drive and Connect Wireless Stick are already available SanDisk has launched its 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC memory card at MWC 2017 in order to expand its portfolio of microSD cards compatible with A1 performance class. Apart from the microSD card, the company has also introduced its 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick at the industry-wide event in Barcelona.
Talking first about the A1 performance standard-compliant 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC memory card, SanDisk says that the company is working with smartphone technology manufacturers to ensure that consumers are able to take full advantage of the recently-introduced A1 performance class with company's products.
“By specifically addressing app performance, A1 is a real game-changer for the industry. We are excited to play a significant role in the evolution of the microSD format, and work with the top smartphone technology manufacturers to offer more advanced storage solutions,” Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product development at Client Solutions, Western Digital, was quoted as saying in company's release.
With the A1 performance class, company's 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC memory card is able to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, the company said in its release. This helps the card in allowing users to open apps quickly and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles, and in-app permissions.
The new SanDisk Extreme microSDXC card will be made available from late March and have been priced by the company at $200 (roughly Rs. 13,300).
The company has also launched its 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive comes with a Lightning connector and a USB 3.0 connector to help users transfer data between their iPhones or iPads and PC or Mac products. It features company's iXpand Drive app for iOS with an improved performance, as per company.
The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive allows users to automatically back up their camera roll, and content from social networking sites including Facebook and Instagram. The device further has encryption software that helps users protect their files across devices.
Further, users can now cast the content of their iXpand Flash Drive to their television from Chromecast or Amazon Fire directly from the app.
Finally coming to the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, the device comes with company's Connect app for iPhone and iPad to allow “effortless management of content between devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC,” the company said in its release. It is capable of streaming music, videos, or HD content to three devices simultaneously with the Connect app.
It supports streaming to large displays via Airplay with Apple TV, the company said.
Both 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick are already available for purchase and have been priced by the company at $249.99 (roughly Rs. 16,700) each.
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Home MobilesMobiles Opinion Kunal Dua, 27 February 2017 Highlights Nokia 3310 launched in Barcelona on Sunday
Beyond the hope, it's a pretty standard feature phone
Nostalgia could still drive Nokia 3310 sales Though it was the worst kept secret ahead of MWC 2017, the Nokia 3310 launch almost didn't happen – or so it seemed while sitting in the audience at the Nokia/ HMD Global launch event in Barcelona on Sunday evening. It looked like the event was over with Snake for Messenger being the only connection that the event had with the much-anticipated Nokia 3310. But in what's likely to go down as one of the most loved “one more thing” moments in history, Arto Nummela, CEO HMD Global, unveiled the Nokia 3310 (2017), and history was rewritten.
Like everyone else, I have fond memories of my Nokia 3310, not least because it was the first phone I bought with my own money – the only other phone I had before it was a Motorola T180 that was a hand me down from someone in the family, but I digress. Nokia phones back in the day were built like a tank, and no phone epitomised that better than the Nokia 3310. It could survive drop tests that would put modern smartphones to shame – that's not to say it didn't get chipped or get minor dents; it did, and those tiny chips hurt as much as scratches on a modern-day iPhone, take it from someone who's been there and experienced that. But unless you exposed your Nokia 3310 to water, it was almost impossible to kill the bloody thing.
If you threw it hard enough, the Nokia 3310 would open up, and the front of the phone as well as the back cover and the battery would go flying in all directions. You simply put everything back together and it just worked. Every. Single. Time. Once your Nokia 3310 became old enough that you didn't care about tiny dents, you actually threw your phone and put on a little show to flaunt how you weren't worried at all about anything happening to the phone – what? Not everyone did that? Ok, maybe it was just me.
But back to what I say in Barcelona on Sunday night. At first glance, the Nokia 3310 (2017) looks nothing like its namesake from back in the day. Like many phones of that era, the Nokia 3310 had a nice, chunky feel to it when held in the hand. The Nokia 3310 (2017) feels nothing like that in comparison, but that's just a sign of how far we've been able to come in all these years, in terms of making components smaller.
The progress we've made in terms of industrial design is also evident from the premium plastic that the modern day Nokia 3310 is built from. The navigation buttons have also changed in a nod to the grid-like pattern that the software now features, and it's only when you look at the keypad that physical similarities with the original Nokia 3310 emerge. You can still pop open the back cover and remove the battery as well, in another nod to the original.
Nokia 3310 (2017) and the original Nokia 3310
The Nokia 3310 can now accept two SIMs instead of one, and a 2-megapixel camera is thrown in for good measure, as is Bluetooth. On the software front, Opera browser is now included by default, but there are no other apps, so if you want to use Facebook, you are limited to the mobile Web. Of course a modern take on the classic game Snake is very much there, but like almost everything else about the Nokia 3310 (2017), it bears very little resemblance to the original.
So will the Nokia 3310 find any takers? Based on the largely positive and enthusiastic reactions online it seems HMD Global has a hit on its hands. How many of these people actually go ahead and spend 49 Euros (approximately Rs. 3,500) remains to be seen. People who actually buy feature phones because they can't afford a smartphone usually spend around Rs. 800 to Rs. 1200 price bracket, so the Nokia 3310 is unlikely to appeal to these users. Nostalgia alone will have power this phone through the market.
While HMD Global might be a new company, it's clear that it knows how to market a product. If the Nokia 3310 (2017) had released under any other name, it would've been a non-event. Instead, it looks like a pretty standard – and frankly, over-priced – feature phone will turn out to be the biggest highlight of MWC 2017. Nokia is back alright.
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