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Home MobilesMobiles Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 30 April 2017 Highlights Updated Reliance Jio prepaid and postpaid plans listed online
Nokia 3310 (2017) price, release date leaked
Vivo V5s, LG G6, Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB launched in India Updated Reliance Jio prepaid and postpaid plans have been listed on the operator’s website just days after they were removed. The company has retained the tariffs of the prepaid and postpaid plans (except the Rs. 309 and Rs. 509 plans), but extended the Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer benefits to them, meaning more bundled data for Jio Prime users. Reliance Jio has also announced that its user base now stands at 108.9 million, and that it is holding trials for its home broadband service.
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By now it should come as no surprise to anyone that rival Vodafone, to combat Reliance Jio's ultra-low cost services, is offering postpaid customers up to 36GB data free. Vodafone postpaid users can either get 9GB of 4G data per month for three months each (meaning 27GB), or get 3GB per month for 12 months (totalling 36GB). This free data is on top of the data they get as part of their plan. Vodafone has also launched international roaming packs with unlimited calls and data for customers travelling to the US, UAE, and Singapore.
The Indian launch of Nokia 3310 (2017) seems to be getting closer, as an e-commerce site has listed the smartphone online with the “Coming Soon” tag. Keeping things interesting, the retailer mentions the Nokia 3310 price in India as Rs. 3,899, though HMD Global told Gadgets 360 there's nothing official about the price yet. A retailer in Spain has also listed the phone online, giving May 15 as the Nokia 3310 release date, and EUR 59 (roughly Rs. 4,135) as the price.
Nokia 3310 pre-orders have also started in the UK at GBP 59,99 (approximately Rs. 5,000), with June 30 as the shipping date. Along with the feature phone, pre-orders have also started in the UK for Nokia 3 (GBP 149.99, about Rs. 12,490), Nokia 5 (GBP 189.99, around Rs. 15,820), and Nokia 6 (GBP 229.99, roughly Rs. 19,150) Android smartphones.
Talking about phone launches in India, this week saw the LG G6 and Vivo V5s India launch. Priced at Rs. 18,990, the new Vivo V5s touts the 20-megapixel 'Moonlight Glow' front camera as its highlight feature. Other key features of this dual-SIM Android 6.0 Marshmallow Vivo smartphone include 5.5-inch HD screen, 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, 4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 64GB internal storage, microSD support up to 256GB, 4G VoLTE support, and 3000mAh battery.
LG G6, priced in India at Rs. 51,990, is a Samsung Galaxy S8 rival featuring last year's Snapdragon 821 processor. The Android 7.0 Nougat phone has a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with near bezel-less design, dual 13-megapixel rear cameras, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, USB Type-C 2.0, 3300mAh battery, dust- and water-resistant design, and MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability. LG G6 India launch offers available presently include Rs. 7,000 cashback on SBI and HDFC cards, 100GB free data on Reliance Jio SIM cards, and 50 percent discount on LG Tone Active+ HBS-A100 wireless headset.
With Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 as the new competition, iPhone models were on discount on the Flipkart Apple Days Sale. Buyers could get discounts up to Rs. 41,050 on the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus, the 16GB iPhone 6 had Rs. 26,010 off, and the MacBook Air could be purchased at Rs. 54,990; iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and Apple Watch were also available on discount. While the sale is over, the 32GB iPhone 7 is still available at Rs. 47,999 with exchange discount up to Rs. 20,000, and additional 5 percent off for Axis Bank credit card users.
Samsung had to release updates to fix Galaxy S8 bugs causing red-tinted screen and patchy Wi-Fi connections the past week, but problems continued for the company as Galaxy S8+ users reported issues with wireless charging. On top of that, SquareTrade – which sells gadget-repair plans – found in its tests that the smartphones are “extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle.”
The refurbished iteration of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is rumoured to be on its way, with the launch now said to be in June in South Korea. This week, Samsung also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8 will be launched in the second half of the year, just a few short months after the refurbished Galaxy Note 7.
India, with its fast-growing Internet user base, were talked-up once again by two global giants – Amazon and Facebook-owned WhatsApp. In its earnings report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Amazon.in is India's most visited and fastest growing marketplace, adding that it will “keep investing in technology and infrastructure while working hard to invent on behalf of our customers and small and medium businesses in India. WhatsApp spokesperson Matt Steinfeld said the company is working on solutions to allow businesses to connect with consumers, and India will play a crucial role for the product; India is WhatsApp's largest market with 200 million users.
In other WhatsApp news, the app has been banned by the Jammu and Kashmir government for a month to prevent “anti-national and anti-social elements” from spreading “inflammatory messages.” Other social media platforms banned by the government order are Facebook, Twitter, QQ, WeChat, Qzone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram, Reddit, Snapfish, YouTube (upload), Vine, Xanga, Buzznet, and Flickr.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in the news this week for his compensation. The long-time Google executive raked in nearly $200 million in compensation in 2016, twice what he got the preceding year. Pichai’s base salary was $650,000 (roughly Rs. 4.1 crores), and the stock award to him by Google – which was ranked the best place to work for in India – was $198.7 million (approximately Rs. 1,278 crores). Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s shares, stock options, and restricted stock units in the company has been revealed to be $186 million (about Rs. 1,191 crores).
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were in the news too. Cook reportedly pulled up Kalanick, and even threatened to remove the Uber app from Apple’s App Store. The bone of contention was the app’s ability to persistently identify iPhones in a process called ‘fingerprinting’, which violates Apple’s privacy guidelines. Kalanick had reportedly directed Uber employees to camouflage the app from Apple engineers, which angered the iPhone maker. Microsoft, on the other hand, had to advise users not to manually install Windows 10 Creators Update unless they are advanced-level users who can work through some issues.
Lenovo also seems to have some trouble on its hand, with its online-only Zuk Mobile unit now rumoured to be shutting down. The Zuk Mobile unit will reportedly be shut down in the next few weeks, and the rumoured Zuk Z3 will not be launched. The brand will presumably be absorbed in the company as part of its 'one-brand' strategy as well.
Moto brand – also owned by Lenovo – had three of its upcoming smartphones leaked. The Moto E4 is said to have a 5-inch HD screen, 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 2800mAh battery, and cost EUR 150 (roughly Rs. 10,500). The Moto E4 Plus, on the other hand, has 5.5-inch HD display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 3GB RAM option, and 5000mAh battery, and carry a price tag of Rs. EUR 190 (about Rs. 13,300). Moto Z2 Play renders have leaked online too, suggesting that the smartphone will have a new Home button design, protruding camera module on the back, and front flash; the handset is said to launch on June 8.
Market research firm IDC said Samsung (22.8 percent), Apple (14.9 percent), and Huawei (9.8 percent) are the three biggest smartphone brands in the world by shipments for Q1 2017. Chinese brands Oppo (7.4 percent) and Vivo (5.2 percent) round up the top 5. Bulk of growth in the smartphone industry is likely to come from low-cost handset makers, IDC said. Closer home, Xiaomi has been ranked India’s second biggest smartphone vendor by Counterpoint, after Samsung. Vivo, Oppo, and Lenovo (including Moto) occupied the next three spots, and the five brands together account for 70 percent of the India smartphone market.
Talking about smartphones, the past week saw the launch of Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB variant in India at Rs. 16,900, and Zen Admire Metal with front flash, 4G VoLTE, ‘Twin WhatsApp’ feature, and support for 22 local languages has been launched at Rs. 5,749. China-based iVoomi launched the Me 1 and Me 1+ smartphones with 4G VoLTE support and 3000mAh batteries at Rs. 3,999 and Rs. 4,999, respectively.
Gionee has launched the M6S Plus smartphone in China with 6GB RAM, 6020mAh battery, 6-inch full-HD screen, and Android 6.0 at CNY 3,499 (around Rs. 32,800) for the 64GB variant, and 4,299 (approximately Rs. 40,200) for the 256GB model. Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime, a budget smartphone, has been launched in the US with operator T-Mobile for $150 (roughly Rs. 9,600). It has a 5-inch HD screen, 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 chipset, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, and up to 128GB microSD support.
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Shares of semiconductor specialist Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO) have shot up roughly 35% this year, perhaps in part because of predictions that its place in the next iPhone could substantially boost its revenue. Investors seem to have forgotten that the chipmaker in February issued terrible guidance for the quarter that ended in March (its fourth quarter), possibly due to market share losses to Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) that led to a revenue slowdown.
MetricQ4 2017 EstimateQ4 2016 ActualRevenue
$610 million to $650 million$607.1 millionGross margin46%50%Diluted EPS$0.70 to $0.90$1.04Non-GAAP numbers.

Qorvo is set to report fourth-quarter results on May 3. Here's what investors should expect from its upcoming earnings.
The headline numbersWall Street expects $0.81 per share in earnings from Qorvo on revenue of $631 million, in line with the company's guidance. Analysts were originally expecting $719 million in revenue, but were forced to dial down expectations thanks to a de..

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Home MobilesMobiles News Ian King, Bloomberg, 29 April 2017 Qualcomm said Apple is cutting off licensing payments related to the iPhone until their legal dispute is settled, forcing the chipmaker to lower forecasts it gave just last week.
The announcement escalates the fight between the world's largest publicly-traded technology company and one of the main suppliers of components to its most important product. The two have traded accusations of lying, making threats and trying to create an illegal monopoly. Their spat involves billions of dollars of technology licensing revenue that, if permanently cut off or reduced, could damage Qualcomm's main source of profit and help bolster Apple's margins.
Apple has told Qualcomm it will stop paying licensing revenue to contract manufacturers of the iPhone, the mechanism by which it's paid the chipmaker since the best-selling smartphone debuted in 2007, the San Diego, California-based company said in a statement. Qualcomm is therefore removing any assumption it will get those fees from its forecast for the current period. Apple doesn't have a direct license with Qualcomm, unlike other phone makers.
Revenue in its fiscal third quarter ending June will be $4.8 billion to $5.6 billion (roughly Rs. 30,859 crores to Rs. 36,002 crores), down from last week's prediction of $5.3 billion to $6.1 billion (roughly Rs. 34,073 crores to Rs. 39,216 crores). It's also short of the $5.78 billion (roughly Rs. 37,159 crores) average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share will range between 52 cents and 62 cents, compared with the earlier forecast of 67 cents to 92 cents. Minus certain items, profit per share will be 75 cents to 85 cents.
For Qualcomm, Apple's move is a further infringement on its legal agreements with the contract makers of the iPhone, who also make devices for other companies. Those agreements predate Apple's entry into the phone market and are still legally enforceable.
“While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm's valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's general counsel. “Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade.”
He said Apple's interference with Qualcomm's agreements to other parties is wrongful and part of the Cupertino, California-based company's global attack on Qualcomm.
Qualcomm's lucrative licensing division funds an industry-leading research-and-development budget, which has helped its chips stay ahead of rivals. That strategy, which has helped the company more than double revenue since 2010, is under threat as the dispute with Apple worsens and it deals with regulatory investigations in the US, South Korea, Taiwan and Europe. It says Apple instigated those investigations by making false claims to government agencies. Apple's end goal is to lower the fees, Qualcomm said.
When it began it's suit against Qualcomm in January, Apple accused Qualcomm of monopolising the market for chips used in wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities. Apple also said it wants back some of the billions of dollars it claims it was overcharged in “Qualcomm's illegal scheme” to control the market for mobile phone chips. It wants a court to change how Qualcomm charges for its technology.
Patents controlled by Qualcomm cover the basics of all high-speed data capable mobile phone systems. It charges a percentage of the total selling price of the phone regardless of whether the device uses a Qualcomm chip or not.
Qualcomm had given a wider-than-normal forecast range for the current quarter, reflecting the possibility that Apple may pressure its suppliers, company President Derek Aberle said last week.
“We'd expect that they will pay, consistent with their obligations,” he said at the time. “We can't completely discount the possibility that Apple will continue to interfere and cause them to pay less than they owe.”
© 2017 Bloomberg L.P.
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Google Pixel's End-of-Life Date, Amazon's Ambitions in India, Xiaomi's Latest Apple Knockoff and More: Your 360 Daily US NSA Spy Agency Halts Controversial Email Sweep

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As far as social networks go, Snapchat, was up until Facebook started to incorporate similar features into its system, rather unique. While, historically, the images and video you capture remain visible for a short space of time, it has millions of users. Users, who like to shoot short Snapchat video, showing pranks, or them with their favorite pets. However, what if there was a way to make the process hands-free via an iPhone? Today, we’re going to explain how to do just that, read on for the how-to.

Snapchat Video and TouchAssistThere’s no doubt that sometimes having to press and hold the apps screen to capture a Snapchat video is a little irritating. Some users have long complained that it removes that spur of the moment capture. And as such, stifles the creativity of those creative people.
Fortunately, buried, not too far within the settings of iOS 10, is a setting called AssitiveTouch, which removes that complication. The following tutorial will show you how to set up an Action G..

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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 28 April 2017 Highlights Google Pixel and Pixel XL to be classified as end-of-life in late 2018
Amazon sees India as a huge growth market and is investing heavily
Xiaomi is backing and selling a blatant Apple Watch lookalike in China Google has confirmed that the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first self-branded smartphones, will continue to receive major Android updates till October 2018, and important security updates for another year after that. The devices have been added to a list of devices with official end-of-life dates on Google's support website.
This would give both devices an effective upgrade window of two years from the time that they were first launched. They will be eligible to receive the Android O update after it releases later this year, and apparently the next major version after that. Users can continue to use their Pixel or Pixel XL phones till October 2019 with the assurance that they will receive patches to prevent against threats and vulnerabilities discovered up to that point, but after that, there is no guarantee of compatibility.
Last year, Google had indicated that the Pixel devices would receive updates for two years. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X which launched in 2015 will receive updates till September 2017 and security patches till September 2018.
Amazon.in is India's “most visited and fastest growing marketplace”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stated that its Indian operation, Amazon.in, is the country's most visited and fastest growing marketplace. The comment was made during an earnings call in which the company reported profits that were higher than expected. Company officials also described Amazon.in as an important area for investments, and that the company sees a lot of potential in India.
Bezos said “It's still Day 1 for e-commerce in India, and I assure you that we'll keep investing in technology and infrastructure while working hard to invent on behalf of our customers and small and medium businesses in India.”
Prime selection has increased by 75 percent since the programme was launched last year, 18 original video series have been announced for Amazon Prime Video, and just last week, the company launched its Fire TV Stick streaming device with voice search in Hindi.
Xiaomi's new WeLoop Hey 3S smartwatch is an Apple Watch clone
Xiaomi has started selling an Apple Watch clone on its crowdfunding platform MIJIA in China. The WeLoop Hey 3S, manufactured by Xiaomi partner WeLoop, bears a striking resemblance to Apple's wearable, in particular the fitness-oriented Nike+ variant.
The device is touted to have a 30-day battery life, GPS, and a 9-axis motion sensor. The display has a resolution of 176×176 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. One of its more compelling features is a heart rate monitor. The device is supposed to be water resistant, and it is priced at CNY 539 (approximately Rs. 5,000)
Samsung, Apple still lead the global smartphone market
According to research firm IDC's latest figures, Samsung and Apple have held on to their positions at the top of the smartphone market in terms of overall shipments. Huawei has climbed up to the number three slot, and fellow Chinese companies Oppo and Vivo are placed at numbers four and five respectively.
Samsung had a 22.8 percent share of the market in the first quarter of 2017, while Apple came in at 14. 9 percent. Neither company grew much, but the overall market jumped by 4.3 percent to 347 million units. Later this year, the impact of the Galaxy S8 and upcoming iPhone will be felt, according to the company.
Apple's 2018 iPhone rumoured to support standard Qi wireless charging
The latest iPhone 8 leaks indicate that the company will add support for Qi wireless charging rather than a proprietary long-distance method, which had been rumoured some time ago. Leaked schematics purport to show dual cameras arranged vertically, and no fingerprint sensor on the rear, which might also indicate that Apple is confident that it can embed a sensor beneath the glass of a display.
The iPhone 8, or whatever it is finally called, is rumoured to have a significantly different design, marking the 10th anniversary year of the iPhone line. Apple is reportedly ditching its iconic Home button and expanding the display to cover nearly the entire front face of the device.
Samsung confirms that a new flagship is coming in late 2017
Fresh off the launch of its lifestyle flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung has confirmed that it will launch a flagship device in the second half of this year, lining up with reports that there will be a Galaxy Note 8. Samsung has traditionally launched a new Note series device towards the end of each year, but last year's model had to be recalled after a scandal broke out over the phone's unfortunate tendency to explode.
It was thought that Samsung might retire the Galaxy Note name after the fiasco which saw the Galaxy Note 7 being banned from commercial aircraft, forcibly deactivated, and recalled globally. Samsung could also have been feeling pressure to launch a new high-end device earlier than usual to fill the void left by the Galaxy Note 7, but it appears as though the company wants to proceed as if everything is normal.
No further details about the device's specifications and capabilities are known yet, but the company will need an extremely well-crafted marketing plan to convince buyers to give the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 a chance.
Zen Admire Metal smartphone launched at Rs. 5,749
Zen has launched a new ultra-budget smartphone called the Zen Admire Metal. It is touted to have a “metallic design” and supports 4G data as well as VoLTE. It has an unspecified 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The screen is a 5-inch HD panel.
The phone is aimed at budget-conscious users but aims to deliver compelling features such as the ability to run two instances of WhatsApp, one for each SIM. The device also supports 22 regional Indian languages and has a custom keyboard called Swalekh.
Facebook will target the spread of politically motivated fake news
Facebook has said that it will take action against fake accounts being used to propagate “information operations”. The company has acknowledged the existence of subtle, well-funded efforts to spread misleading and politically motivated information for the purpose of gaining influence over a large number of people.
Facebook has hired veteran security experts, who have prepared a report about how the company can fight these efforts. The problem is described as more complicated than traditional scams and hacks. It is widely suspected that political interference was created to undermine the 2016 US presidential election, and that the same is happening with France's upcoming election.
Nintendo 2DS XL launched for those who don't need 3D
Nintendo has launched a new version of its 2DS console called the 2DS XL. Rather than the wedge shape of the original, this is a clamshell that fits right in with the 3DS line. It has the new C Stick input and Z trigger buttons that recent 3DS models have, and is also lighter and thinner than its predecessor. NFC allows for the support of Amiibo cards and figures, as well as digital payments at some stores in Japan.
The devices is priced at $149 (approximately Rs. 9,600) which should make it popular with a wide audience of gamers. Sales begin in Australia and New Zealand on June 15, with Japan, Canada and the US following over subsequent months.
Hajime botnet already has control over 300,000 devices
Security firm Kaspersky has announced the discovery of a new botnet called Hajime that it says is already big enough to cause significant damage if used to executed distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The company says that over 300,000 devices have been compromised, and the botnet is propagating itself aggressively through malware.
No attack has yet been detected, and the purpose of the botnet is unknown. It infects all kinds of connected IoT devices including digital video recorders, webcams and routers. It is thought to have originated and first gain footholds in Taiwan, Brazil and Vietnam.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 28 April 2017 Milestone — not to be confused with the erstwhile Indian game distributor by the same name — is an Italian developer of games. It’s known for its racing games such as MotoGP and MXGP that’s labelled as the official motocross game.
Milestone’s games will now be available in India officially via E-xpress Interactive. The PS4 and Xbox One versions have been listed with the PC variants absent for now.
Milestone games price list for India
Ride 2 – Rs. 1,499 MXGP 2 – Rs. 1,499 Valentino Rossi: The Game – Rs. 1,499 MXGP 3 – Rs. 3,499 MotoGP 17 – Rs. 3,499The pricing is in line with what you’d expect from new, yet to be released games and older back catalogue titles. Given how well the genre has done in the past, it’s good to see some official support.
“We are excited to have Milestone on board with us. Through this partnership, we look forward to bring their ever popular games to India” said Amit Khemani, Managing Director, E-xpress Interactive, “We will work on promoting their games while also ensuring to reach out to a massive fan base of racing genre which will be made available at all leading offline and online game retailers in India.”
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