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Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 28 April 2017 Photo Credit: USPTO
US tech giant Apple is experimenting with wireless charging technologies that could see you charge your iPhone with a Wi-Fi router.
“Apple's patent application for 'Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas' is a method for transferring power to electronic devices over frequencies normally dedicated to data communications,” Apple Insider reported on Friday.
The patch antennas may be used for wireless power transfer at microwave frequencies or other frequencies and may be used to support millimeter wave communications. The patch antennas may be used to form a beam steering array. The wireless circuitry may include adjustable circuitry to steer wireless signals associated with the antenna array.
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“Apple's patent application merely covers the theory behind wireless power transmission using existing communications link frequencies, and does not divulge specific operating details beyond the implementation of specialized beam forming patch antennas,” the report noted.

There have been several reports about Apple finally offering wireless charging as a feature for its iPhone handsets. The company in the recent past was tipped to be using Qi standard inductive wireless charging technology, and recently also joined the Wireless Power Consortium. The Cupertino giant has also been rumoured to be planning wireless charging at a distance, which if true would be a bold entry into the market.
Written with inputs from IANS
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Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe App Launched, Disables Calls and Notifications While Driving

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Home AppsApps News Tasneem Akolawala, 28 April 2017 Highlights The Road Safe is available for Android users for now
Vodafone has partnered with SaveLIFE Foundation
The app has multiple features to prevent distractions Telelcom operator Vodafone has partnered with SaveLIFE Foundation to launch the Road Safe mobile application for Android users in INdia. The app brings a lot of features focused on safety and help during driving and related emergencies. The launch comes soon after Samsung unveiled a similar app, called In-Traffic Reply.
The Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe app has features like 'Distraction Free Driving' that will automatically disable calls, SMSes, and push notifications when vehicle speed is above 10 kmph. The Road Safe app also has Road Safety tips and information on traffic fines and offences. Another feature called 'Automatic Crash Detector' uses the phone's accelerometer to detect sudden drop in vehicle speed, and provides automatic voice enabled emergency response assistance. A sudden drop in vehicle speed is usually a major sign of an accident. There's also a one-touch dial for emergency services, and a feature that will call and SMS to saved emergency contacts.
The app is available for free to download on Google Play, and the interface is really simple to use. Once you complete the Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe app registration, the Home Page has all the features mentioned. The traffic offences and fines section gives you a detailed list of fines depending on state and offence. There's also an option to report harassment from any officer or individual as well. The Settings menu allows you to change language to Hindi; however the default language is English.
The telco has also released a study alongside reasoning why the app makes sense in today's smartphone world. It claims that when it asked several passengers, around 96 percent of them feel unsafe when a driver uses a mobile phone while driving. 34 percent of the respondents in the study tend to apply sudden brakes when talking on the phone while driving, and 20 percent of respondents admit to having a near-miss situation or a crash due to the same. The Vodafone-SaveLIFE Road Safe app is essentially a first step of sorts to prevent distracted driving.
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PS4 Sales to Slow Down After Record Year: Sony Apple Patent Tips Plans for iPhone Wireless Charging via Wi-Fi Router

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Home MobilesMobiles News Reuters, 28 April 2017 Sony Corp said on Friday it expects annual operating profit to surge 73.2 percent, closing in on a two decade-old record, as its cash-cow image sensor business recovers from quake damage and enjoys strong demand from smartphone vendors.
Sony forecast profit to reach JPY 500 billion ($4.50 billion or roughly Rs. 28,877 crores) in the financial year through March 2018 from JPY 288.7 billion (roughly Rs. 16,670 crores) a year prior, when earnings were roughly in line with a revised estimate announced earlier this month.
The outlook compared with the JPY 510.58 billion (roughly Rs. 29,483 crores) average of 27 analyst estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.
If achieved, profit would be at its highest since peaking at JPY 525.7 billion (roughly Rs. 30,357 crores) in the year through March 1998, when strong consumer electronics sales combined with the popularity of the first PlayStation console and box-office hit “Man in Black”.
Profit is nearing that of Sony's golden era after a massive overhaul under Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, including exiting the laptop business and downsizing television set operations.
Image sensors are now likely to be the biggest contributor to the profit growth, as operations at a factory damaged by earthquakes a year ago have returned to normal at a time when smartphone vendors are increasingly adopting dual-lens rear cameras in their handsets, requiring extra sensors.
Sony forecast its chip division, which includes image sensors, to book an operating profit of JPY 120 billion, compared with the previous year's loss of JPY 7.8 billion.
The firm expects profit in the gaming business – another growth-driver – to expand 25.4 percent. It anticipates a slight decline in sales of PlayStation 4 consoles but expects to benefit from online businesses.
Sony expects its pictures segment – which it has said is in need of restructuring – to return to profit after a $1 billion writedown in the previous year.
© Thomson Reuters 2017
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iPhone 8 Tipped to Sport Qi Wireless Charging, Fingerprint Sensor Underneath Display PS4 Sales to Slow Down After Record Year: Sony

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 28 April 2017 Photo Credit: Weibo
Highlights iPhone 8 schematics leak shows Qi wireless charging components
The Qi standard requires an inductive pad for transmitting power
iPhone casing leak suggests no rear fingerprint sensor iPhone 8 leaks are piling up every day, and the latest one comes in the form of another schematics leak giving away more detailed information than the previous leaked recently by Benjamin Geskin. The schematic leak hints that Apple will include standard Qi wireless charging components, squashing rumours of long-range charging.
A schematics leak from Weibo shows a more detailed view of the innards. The image reveals a vertical dual camera setup, no rear Touch ID again hinting that it will be integrated into OLED display. There are also parts of Qi wireless charging coils mentioned in the image implying that Apple will go with the industry standard of wireless charging.
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If the iPhone 8 uses Qi wireless charging components, it means that the smartphone will rely on an inductive pad for transmitting power. This refutes previous rumours of long-range wireless charging leaked previously. A few months ago, Apple also joined the Wireless Power Consortium, cementing rumours of wireless charging.
Separately, KKSneakLeaks has leaked an iPhone 8 clear case revealing further design details. It again cements the vertical dual camera setup at the back, a longer power button, dual speaker grilles, and no cut out for a rear fingerprint sensor, further testifying to the fact that Touch ID will be embedded underneath the display.

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You’ve fought your way through yet another week, and now your reward has arrived. Behold: our final list of April covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We have nine solid iOS apps for you to check out today, so grab them while they’re on sale. There are also still a few freebies in Thursday’s post, so be sure to download those as well.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

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Home TvTv Reviews Roydon Cerejo, 28 April 2017 Highlights The Sennheiser HD 2.10 is priced at Rs. 3,990
The ear cups fold inwards for better portability
Headphones need good amplification to be driven properly Having recently reviewed the HD 4.30G, it’s now time to take a closer look at a more portable option called the HD 2.10. Unlike the HD 4.30G, these headphones aren’t designed specifically to be used with smartphones as they lack an in-line controls but they do fold, just like the other HD 2 and HD 4 series headphones that the company launched this year.
In India, the HD 2.10 is still on the expensive side retailing at Rs. 3,990, compared to other countries where it’s a lot less. Let’s see what you get after paying this premium.
Sennheiser HD 2.10 design and features
The headphones are packaged well and only ship with an instruction leaflet. There’s no carry pouch included in the box. It’s built entirely of plastic which makes them very light and just like the HD 4.30G, the headphones fold inwards so they’re easy to carry about. The oval shaped ear cups have foam padding without any recesses so they sit on your ear. There’s leatherette covering for the ear cups along with a circular cut out for a cloth insert to let the sound through. They can also swivel and pivot to a small degree so you can adjust the fit for your head.

However, it took us a while to figure out which one is left and right as the ‘L’ and ‘R’ markings are placed at the tip of the headband, inwards, which seems like a poor design choice. A quicker way to know the right way of wearing them is to look at angle of the ear cups, as they should be at a slant, with the top portion tipping towards the back. The height of the headband can be adjusted by sliding the ear cups upwards or downwards. The headband itself has good flex with a rubber lining underneath for your head, although it lacks proper cushioning.
The HD 2.10 has dual-sided 1.4m symmetrical cable that terminates into a standard, L-shaped 3.5mm headphone jack. The flattened cables feel durable and they don’t tangle easily. In terms of specifications, Sennheiser doesn’t talk about the size of the drivers but we do know it has an Impedance of 26 Ohms and frequency response of 18Hz to 18,000Hz. The Impedance rating is a bit on the higher side (compared to 18 Ohms on the HD 4.30G), which might prove to be challenging for portable devices to drive these headphones properly.
Sennheiser HD 2.10 performance
The HD 2.10s cling snugly to your ear and don’t move about too much even when you’re on the run. We also didn’t encounter any major fatigue while wearing them for hours on end. They manage to cut out some ambient noise but not so much which is both a good and bad thing. The good part is that you don’t have to take your headphones off to know what’s happening around you which is useful when commuting, but on the flip side, the volume needs to be boosted quite a bit in order to drown out the outside noise. Thankfully, the Sennheiser HD 2.10 doesn’t leak too much sound.

We tested the headphones on the HTC 10 and the Asus Xonar U7 DAC connected to a PC. We also used the headphones with other devices like an iPad and the iPhone 7. Focus tracks included Fast Car (feat. Dakota) by Jonas Blue, In the Blood by John Mayer, and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.
When using a smartphone, the HD 2.10s sound very flat with emphasis on mostly the treble, with weak mid-range and mostly non-existent bass. The volume also had to be raised quite a bit for the audio to be clearly audible over ambient noise, which just makes them sound even brighter. With HTC’s BoomSound turned on, volume levels were a lot better with a warmer tone to the sound. Bass improves a bit not by much however, the mid-range and higher frequencies tend to normalise thereby diluting the otherwise flat sonic signature of the headphones. We had a similar experience on an iPhone 7 too. Essentially, if you’re smartphone doesn’t have a good headphone DAC then the HD 2.10s won’t sound very good.
When used with a DAC, the headphones perform a lot better with nicely detailed highs and a smooth mid-range, however it still struggles with lower frequencies without an equaliser to help out. Vocal heavy tracks like John Mayer’s In the Blood really shine. We like that headphones don’t colour the sound too much so low bi-rate audio files sound quite bad, despite the amplification while properly amplified FLAC files sound very good. The HD 2.10s aren’t really designed to deliver deep bass as despite our efforts, we weren’t able to get them to perform to our tastes.

Verdict
The Sennheiser HD 2.10 costs Rs. 3,990, which is a lot of money considering you can fetch the much better Denon AH-D510R or even the Audio Technica ATH-M30X at a similar price. The trouble with the HD 2.10 is that they need good amplification in order to sound balanced, else be prepared for a very flat sonic signature. They also fail to produce rich bass no matter the source material or amplification, which could be down to the drivers more than anything else. Also, we would have liked to see a carry pouch in the bundle considering the headphones' theme. The Sennheiser HD 2.10 comes with two years of warranty.
Overall, given the headphones build and performance, it would have made sense if it was priced closer to Rs. 2,000, but at its current price, it’s a bit too expensive to consider.

Price (MRP): Rs. 3,990
Pros
Foldable design Comfortable for extended use Sound isn't too coloured​
Cons
Requires good amplification to sound good No carry pouch bundled Cannot deliver deep bass Expensive
Ratings (Out of 5)
Design: 3.5 Performance: 3.5 Value for Money: 2.5 Overall: 3 For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
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Home EntertainmentEntertainment News Shekhar Thakran, 28 April 2017 Highlights The redesign is expected to come with iOS 11
Apple has been focussing on original video content production lately
Carpool Karaoke release was delayed recently by the company While it's a well-known fact that Apple is focusing on video content, with original TV series set to arrive soon on Apple Music. The company is now tipped to revamp Apple Music to a more video-centric interface with the launch if iOS 11, and also host as many as 10 original shows by the end of 2017.
As per a Bloomberg report, the revamp of Apple Music will be driven primarily by the company's plans for original video content. The video-centric approach to Apple Music will come as part of a redesign that is expected to be introduced with iOS 11, which will traditionally be unveiled at WWDC in June, and launch alongside the next iPhone. Apple announced an end-to-end overhaul for the music service last year at WWDC and is expected to take the same route this year as well.
Apple's video content plans currently include documentaries on Drake's music label, Cash Money Records and Clive Davis, Planet of the Apps, and the recently delayed Carpool Karaoke. Meanwhile, Can't Stop Won't Stop, featuring Sean 'Diddy' Combs, was just announced as an Apple Music exclusive, while the Bloomberg report tips a documentary about Bad Boy Records is due as well.
The Cupertino giant recently delayed the release of its first original video series – Carpool Karaoke, which was earlier slated for April but is now expected to come later this year. With the new information, it appears that the delay in release might be associated with the redesign of the Apple Music as well.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Gets the Clear-Back Treatment in This Video

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Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 28 April 2017 Highlights A YouTuber took up the DIY project to create a clear-glass Galaxy S8
The project took roughly an hour
The warranty was voided and the phone was not water-resistant anymore Samsung Galaxy S8 is a beautiful smartphone that costs upwards of $720 (Rs. 57,900 in India), so most people would be very careful about how they handle it. Not everyone though. The host of YouTube channel Jerry Rig Everything, seemingly unhappy with the paintjob of his swanky new Galaxy S8, put the smartphone through the paces to give it a “super cool” clear-glass look.
The YouTuber, with close to a million followers on the platform, used easily available tools and chemicals to take off the original Samsung Galaxy S8 paintjob. He said the colouring on the smartphone is in the form of a coating that can be scraped off, but not easily. The glass cover on the back was taken out with the help of heat and a thin prying tool. Getting rid of the paint was the next big task, but scratching off would take a lot of time and effort, so he uses epoxy paint remover, which makes the job much easier. The paint and the lamination underneath were removed using a blade, and a quick rinse gave the back panel the clear glass look Jerry needed.
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Next was getting complete access to the glass slab, which required removing the camera unit and fingerprint sensor. Once that was done, he removed the eight non-essential screws to have a better look at the innards of the Galaxy S8. With the screws removed, it was time for the wireless charging plate to go, and half of the loudspeaker plastics were removed.
The camera unit and fingerprint sensor, which were earlier removed, were stuck back securely using double-sided tape. Then the glass panel was cleaned one last time before it is sealed once again using the same double-sided tape. With the back panel in place, we have the clear-glass Samsung Galaxy S8 at hand.
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The whole project took about an hour, says the YouTuber in the video, and the $8 (roughly Rs. 600) paint thinner was the only thing he had to buy. The only downside, according to him, is the loss of wireless charging and water-resistance, and of course the warranty. Watch the video below to see the whole process:
So, what do you think of this clear-glass Samsung Galaxy S8? Tell us in the comments below.
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Xiaomi Expands to Russia, Launches Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, and Redmi 4X

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We’re still more than four months away from seeing Apple unveil its next-generation iPhone 8, but you wouldn’t know it. There’s already a ton of buzz surrounding Apple’s upcoming new iPhones, which will reportedly include three different models this time around. In addition to the completely redesigned iPhone 8, we’re also expecting Apple to launch updated iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. Interestingly, the updated “S” iPhones this year may feature major hardware updates for the first time ever; Apple typically reuses its iPhone housings for “S” devices, but the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus may get new glass backs to facilitate wireless charging.

Of course, no one really cares about the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus right now. That’s right, everyone’s attention is focused on the completely redesigned iPhone 8. Apple’s new design, however, is a hotly debated topic right now.

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 28 April 2017 Highlights Russia first get Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, and Redmi 4X
Xiaomi already has its footprint in 20 countries
The smartphones will be available online and offline Xiaomi has officially launched full operations in Russia, and brought its Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, and Redmi 4X smartphones to the country. Since inception, Xiaomi has expanded in several countries beyond China, and Russia further broadens the company's world footprint further.
Prior to this, Xiaomi was selling its products in Russia through a partnership with distributor RDC. To flag off operations, Xiaomi's senior VP Wang Xiang flew to Moscow for the launch event. The Xiaomi Mi MIX (6GB+256GB) is priced at RUB 39,990 (roughly Rs. 45,000), the Mi Note 2 (6GB + 128GB) is priced at RUB 34,990 (roughly Rs. 39,400), and the Redmi 4X is priced at RUB 19,990 (roughly Rs. 22,500). The devices are available with promotions on RDC's official website and RDC stores. The Redmi 4X is also available with operators and other major retail outlets as well. Xiaomi Mi MIX and Mi Note 2 were first launched in October last year, while the Redmi 4X is relatively new and was launched in China in February this year.
Xiaomi has expanded over 20 countries in the past, and the list includes Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, UAE, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, and more. The company was also reported earlier to expand to the US, but recent reports douse any hopes of expansion into western countries in the near future.
In India, Xiaomi has been making waves ever since it entered three years ago. The company first launched phones online only-through its unique flash sale model and later got comfortable doing open sales, and even sell its phones in retail stores, after gauging massive interest from Indian consumers.
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