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Home WearablesWearables News Tasneem Akolawala, 27 April 2017 Photo Credit: ABC News
Highlights Dina Mitchell was reading when her Fitbit Flex 2 exploded
She suffered second-degree burns
So far, this is an isolated incident that has been reported Wisconsin resident and Fitbit Flex 2 owner Dina Mitchell was in for an ordeal, as she claims the wearable exploded without warning while wearing it on her arm. At the time of explosion, Mitchell was not doing any strenuous activity, and was just sitting on her bed reading a book.
ABC News reports that Mitchell's Fitbit Flex 2 caught fire without any warning giving her second-degree burns. “I was literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded. It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long. Either way, it burned the heck out of my arm,” Mitchell told the publication.
Mitchell's Fitbit burst into flames while it was on her arm, and she had to remove it while in flames. Later on, the doctors had to remove plastic and rubber from her wound as well. Fitbit is aware about the matter, and in a statement to Engadget, it said, “We are extremely concerned about Ms. Mitchell's report regarding her Flex 2 and take it very seriously, as the health and safety of our customers is our top priority. Fitbit products are designed and produced in accordance with strict standards and undergo extensive internal and external testing to ensure the safety of our users. We have spoken with Ms. Mitchell and are actively investigating this issue. We are not aware of any other complaints of this nature and see no reason for people to stop wearing their Flex 2. We will share additional information as we are able.”
This seems to be a standalone issue for now, as there are no other reports of exploding Fitbit Flex 2 reported just yet. The Fitbit Flex 2 was launched in India in August last year, and was priced at Rs. 9,499. Now, its available online for as low as Rs. 5,999.
Last year, Samsung was embroiled in a similar flaming controversy, when several users' Galaxy Note 7 units started exploding due to a battery defect. Last year, even the Basis Peak wearable was recalled after many exploding reports.
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Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro Available at a Discount on Amazon Is Now the Best Time to Switch to iPhone in India?

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Home MobilesMobiles Reviews Jamshed Avari, 27 April 2017 Highlights The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ cost Rs. 57,900 and Rs. 64,900 respectively
Both models have near-borderless curved glass on the front and rear
The phones are powered by Samsung's own Exynos 8895 SoC A lot has been made of Samsung's need to redeem itself after last year's Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco. The company itself hasn't shied away from acknowledging that it needs to earn customers' trust again. The mistakes it made were inexcusable, and the danger to lives and property was very real. But Samsung handled the situation as responsibly as any multinational giant could, made its investigations and remedial steps public, and swallowed losses equivalent to the entire worth of some of its competitors.
The newly launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are being held up to intense scrutiny because there's a bigger void than usual to fill. There is no doubt a huge PR cloud over this launch, and we can well imagine how careful Samsung has been with the design and manufacturing these new phones. It's really a pity, because to frame the existence of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ only as some kind of test that Samsung needs to pass would be to miss the point of what these devices really achieve. These two devices reimagine, from the ground up, what an Android phone can and should be.
It's a problem that could use a little reimagining. A little while ago, especially in India, Samsung was synonymous with Android. If you were buying a luxury phone that wasn't an iPhone, it was the current reigning Galaxy S model – or a Galaxy Note if you wanted to be different. Other options did exist, but mainly on the fringes of the market. However, brand power doesn't mean as much nowadays, with dozens of companies screaming about low prices and pushing out model after model that all look the same.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were designed to make people remember why ultra-premium phones exist, and to firmly establish Samsung at the top of the market as far as innovation, design and manufacturing are concerned. Very few companies could even attempt to pull something like this off – but has Samsung finally managed to out-Apple Apple? We've spent enough time with the new Galaxy S siblings to tell you.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ designFor at least the last few years, the holy grail of smartphone design has been to turn the entire device into a touchscreen with no borders. Rumours of an all-glass iPhone have been circulating for a while now, LG is on the same page with its G6, and we got some hands-on time with the stunning Xiaomi Mi Mix at CES earlier this year. Companies are definitely chasing this dream, but is it only because they've latched onto the idea – just like everyone rushed out to produce smartwatches when the “iWatch” was still just a rumour – or is there any real benefit for end users?
The defining feature of the Galaxy S8 twins is their oversized screens – Infinity Displays, as Samsung is marketing them. Just like last year's Galaxy S7 Edge (Review), the screens on these phones curve around the sides making for a border-free look. How these phones go further is by extending nearly to the top and bottom of both phones. There's still about 1cm of space on both sides, but while the earpiece, front camera and sensors can be squeezed into the top, Samsung made the decision to ditch its branding and the iconic physical Home button on the bottom.
With their screens off, both phones look beautifully minimalist. As soon as you see them, all you want to do is reach out, touch them, and turn them around in your hands. The level of polish that Samsung has achieved here is stunning, and we have to say that these phones blow even the Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus away. They just exude luxury.
The glass front and rear both curve at the sides to meet a metal frame forming an almost perfectly continuous surface. Samsung has been doing curved glass for multiple generations now, and is so confident of this design's merits that it decided not to even bother producing a flat version of the Galaxy S8. Both the S8 and the S8+ feel extremely smooth, but somehow Samsung has managed to avoid making them too slippery.

We received a Galaxy S8 in Midnight Black and a Galaxy S8+ in Maple Gold. Both are available in both colours, but the S8+ also gets an exclusive Coral Blue option. Maple Gold is more like a dual-tone finish with sand-coloured glass on the rear and a metallic champagne-gold rim. It isn't garish at all and actually looks quite distinguished, but we preferred the black, which is more monolithic and amplifies the slick, glossy look of the front. Both of them were fingerprint magnets, but that's the price you pay.
The only thing that makes gripping these phones a little uncertain is their narrow proportions, which takes some getting used to. The two phones are in fact so narrow that the Galaxy S8+ feels normal despite its phablet-sized screen, and the smaller Galaxy S8 feels like a “mini” variant after using both. We were surprised by how comfortable it was to hold and use the S8. Even with the larger S8+, it isn't terribly difficult to reach all four corners of the screen with one thumb – though we definitely wouldn't recommend doing so when there's any danger of having someone bump into you.
Other than physical size, both phones are identical. You'll find a power button on the right and a volume rocker on the left with a dedicated button for the new Bixby assistant right below it. We often found ourselves hitting this by mistake when we were reaching for the volume down button. There's a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio socket on the bottom and a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the top. Both phones are also certified IP68 for protection against water and dust ingress.
We were happy to see that there's no camera bump at all on the back. The Galaxy S6 had a pretty ugly one, the S7 managed to tone it down a bit, and now it's gone completely. The flash and heart rate sensor are to one side of it, and in what is possibly the only unattractive feature of the S8 generation design, the fingerprint reader is on the other side. The arrangement is asymmetrical and just looks awkward.
This is a key point in the battle of aesthetics vs usability. With no physical button, the fingerprint reader had to be shunted out. By multiple accounts, Samsung wanted to engineer a fingerprint reader into the screen itself – something Apple is also reportedly struggling with – but had to settle for a traditional sensor on the back. It's extremely difficult to reach, especially if you're left-handed. There's also a small ring around the camera lens so that it doesn't get scratched easily, but it's far too easy to feel the ring and assume you've found the sensor, leading to even more frustration. If the sensor had to be on the back, it really should have been centred below the camera lens.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ specificationsThere are two versions of each model – the so-called international ones, which have been launched in India, are based on Samsung's own in-house Exynos 8895 SoC, while the ones sold in North America use Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 835. The two chips are extremely similar – in fact both are manufactured by Samsung on its cutting-edge 10nm fabrication process. The Snapdragon name is well regarded, but buyers in India shouldn't feel as though they're getting second-best. Early reports have shown the Exynos matching or even exceeding Qualcomm's latest and greatest silicone.
The Exynos 8895 has four custom Samsung M2 CPU cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.9GHz, balancing performance and power efficiency. There's also an integrated ARM Mali-G71 GPU which promises up to 60 percent better graphics performance than before. Samsung says that the Exynos 8895 supports cache coherency between CPU and GPU cores, reducing latency for complex tasks. There are also improvements to the media decoder, camera image signal processor, LTE modem and encryption subsystems, plus a new vision processing unit to enable object recognition and motion tracking. All of this benefits from the 10nm process in the form of better power efficiency and the ability to run for much longer before speeds are throttled because of heat. We'll see these capabilities put to use in the Galaxy S8 siblings.
Both phones have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. They're dual-SIM capable with 4G at Gigabit speeds and VoLTE, but you want to add more storage using a microSD card, you'll lose one SIM slot. You also get Wi-Fi 802.11ac, the brand new Bluetooth 5.0 standard which improves speed and range, NFC, and GPS.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both have the same resolution, 1440×2960, which gives the smaller model a slight edge in terms of pixel density. However, these screens have rounded corners, so you lose a tiny bit of real estate – Samsung measures the resulting rectangular area as 5.6 inches and 6.1 inches for the two models respectively. Because of the non-standard 18.5:9 aspect ratio, lots of apps run in a letterbox with black bars on the top and bottom, though Samsung uses some of that space for the Android navigation buttons.
Both phones have 12-megapixel rear cameras. That might not sound like a lot, but it's the sensors that matter, not the megapixel count. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have 1.4-micron pixels on a 1/2.55-inch sensor, plus optical image stabilisation and a f/1.7 aperture. Interestingly, Samsung is one of the only companies not to go with dual cameras on its 2017 flagship devices, so we'll have to see if buyers lose out on anything. The front cameras on both phones have 8-megapixel sensors and f/1.7 apertures as well.
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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 26 April 2017 Highlights Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ see India pre-bookings hit 80,000 units
iPhone 8 concept video shows fingerprint sensor underneath display
Analyst Pan Jiutang claims that Lenovo is shutting down Zuk Samsung appears to be back with a bang after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. After reports that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ saw record pre-orders in Korea and the US, comes the news that pre-bookings of the two smartphones have hit 80,000 units within a week of the launch event in India.
Meanwhile Samsung has announced that updates to fix red-tinted screen and patchy Wi-Fi connections will roll out this week. And while the device is getting into the hands of more customers in the coming weeks, several teardowns have showcased what to expect. One from YouTube channel JerryRigEverything states that the front camera can move inside the module just like the one on the rear. This indicates that Samsung might have been working on optical image stabilisation (OIS) for the front camera, but didn't actually ship it. Samsung for its part declined to comment.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunges into the depths of Saturn
On the topic of galaxies and all things interstellar, Cassini, an unmanned spacecraft could give us a deeper look into Saturn. It’s a 20-year mission between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency. The first of Cassini spacecraft’s 22 deep dives between Saturn and its innermost rings occurred at 2:30pm IST on Wednesday. Communications with the spacecraft have gone dark and could make radio contact with Earth as early as 3:05am (12:35pm IST) on April 27.
“Images and other data are expected to begin flowing in shortly after communication is established,” NASA said.
Launched in 1997, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. With the spacecraft dangerously low on fuel, it will plunge into Saturn on September 15. At best, it could, in its final run discover life on Saturn. Or at the very worst would we just have more photos of Saturn’s beauty that would make apt wallpapers for our smartphones and desktops.
Cassini Spacecraft Set for Final Plunge Into Saturn Atmosphere in Grand Finale
iPhone 8 concept shows off new features; Apple Watch 3 to use micro-LED screen?
Another day, another iPhone 8 leak. Despite being months away from launch, today’s rumour comes in the form of an iPhone 8 concept video. There’s an edge-to-edge OLED display, a front camera that’s almost hidden behind the display, a function bar at the base, and a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen. A white variant is shown off with the back being ceramic. Not glass like the photos we’ve seen in the past. The iPhone 8 isn’t the only device from Cupertino that’s receiving a rumoured upgrade. The Apple Watch 3 (and later iPhones) may use a micro-LED screen, if leaks are to be believed. Which could mean the company’s dependency on Samsung for OLED screens may be a temporary solution.
“Apple has been working with LuxVue (which it acquired in 2014) to develop new micro-LED screen production in the two years since the technology began gaining public attention in the 2015,” Apple Insider reported on Wednesday, citing a Business Korea report.
WhatsApp for business will see India playing a 'crucial role'
It’s not new that WhatsApp is a big part of most people’s lives in India. Taking a leaf out of WeChat in China, the Facebook-owned company is looking at ways to allow users to interact with businesses on WhatsApp directly. What’s more is that it claims India will play a crucial role in its foray into business solutions.
“…we are definitely in building the product phase. So, what you will see over the year is different tests, both for small and large businesses, and figuring out what's a good experience for these businesses on WhatsApp,” WhatsApp spokesperson Matt Steinfeld said.
He further said: “India is going to play a crucial role in that.”
Facebook releases Reactions for Facebook Lite, India-specific effects for Facebook Camera
During an event in Delhi on Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a few features specific to India. For one, the Reactions feature, which it claims have been used over 300 billion times on Facebook posts, will be rolled out to Facebook Lite. This is the company’s lightweight Android app for markets like India where Internet connectivity isn’t the greatest.
In an unrelated announcement, Facebook Camera is getting India-specific camera effects for India such as Namaste and geo-specific experiences for cities like Delhi, Goa, and other popular Indian locations.
In a statement, the company said, “India is a very important country to Facebook, and we're proud to have more than 184 million monthly active people in India who use Facebook to connect with their friends and family, and to build supportive communities online and offline.”
Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolling out
For those of you holding onto your Windows Phones, Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update. Dubbed as Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2, it will be rolled out in a phased manner so don’t expect it on your device just yet.
Improvements include the addition of more call-to-action buttons, new system sounds, and using Continuum to lock and turn off the phone screen. Cortana gets a new UI as well as access to more system functions. Furthermore, Microsoft Edge gets the ‘set aside tab’ feature that’s been on PC as well as a separate bookshelf section and a ‘read aloud’ feature for those with poor vision.
Microsoft is bringing the Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 update to 13 devices, namely HP Elite x3, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640XL, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Alcatel Idol 4S, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, Lenovo SoftBank 503LV, Vaio Phone Biz, MouseComputer Madosma Q601, and Trinity NuAns NEO.
Star Wars: Episode IX release date announced
The Last Jedi may have just got a trailer a couple of weeks ago along with a December release date, but you won’t be waiting till the end of 2019 for the final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy. Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the third and final chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX, will release on May 24, 2019. What this means is fans will be getting closure with this specific story arc sooner than anticipated. At the same time, this also impacts the Summer lineup that just got a lot more crowded for other movies.
Google Maps can now remember where you parked your car
Google Maps has a new feature that lets you save the location of your parked car. The new ‘save your parking’ location feature was a part of Google Maps beta last month and now is being rolled out to all users on Android and iOS. Aside from saving your parking location, it allows for details like level and car parked spot. And if you’re in a location with a paid parking meter, you can set the amount of time before it expires and set a reminder to alert you 15 minutes before expiry. Also, an image of the parking spot can be saved and sent to friends as well.
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be sold in select markets
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units might be able available in a few markets by June. South Korea will be one of the first to get these units as per a report by South Korean publication ET News.
Around 300,000 of the three to four million recalled units will be available in South Korea and will sport a 3200mAh battery instead of the 3500mAh battery of the original. It will be called the Galaxy Note 7 R (SM-935) and could be priced at KRW 700,000 (roughly Rs. 39,700), which is nearly KRW 300,000 (roughly Rs. 17,000) less than the original, non-refurbished Galaxy Note 7.
Lenovo may shut down Zuk brand in a few weeks: Report
According to analyst Pan Jiutang, Lenovo’s Chinese sub-brand Zuk Mobile will be shutting down in the next few weeks. Fuelling this is a post from Weibo user Old Cool stating that Lenovo would not launch the Zuk Z3, to which the analyst replied that the entire Zuk vertical will be shut down in weeks to come.
If true, it would result in Zuk possibly closing down in just 23 months of being in business. It could also mean that it would combine with Lenovo and Moto to form a new brand. Presently Lenovo is marketing Moto smartphones as is, and future phones will continue to use the Moto 'bat wing' logo. Probably in an attempt to leverage Moto’s legacy as much as it can.
Even if this comes to pass, Zuk’s UI would live on. Reason being, Lenovo's Vice-President Alex Chen Yu recently confirmed that upcoming Moto smartphones would use Zuk's ZUI skin.
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Uber Updates Ratings System, Makes it Easier to Find Your Rating Call of Duty: World War 2 Release Date, Campaign, and Private Beta Officially Revealed

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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 26 April 2017 Highlights Call of Duty: World War 2 will be out on November 3
The game will have a private beta
The private beta will be available to those who pre-order the game After much teasing and several leaks, Call of Duty: World War 2 has finally been revealed. Call of Duty: World War 2’s release date is November 3 and there will be a Call of Duty: World War 2 private beta for those pre-ordering the game. No date has been announced for the beta just yet aside from it coming 'later this year.' In addition to this, there will be multiple variants of the game up for pre-order.
The Call of Duty: World War 2 private beta will take place on the PS4 first with Xbox One and PC to follow. No release date for it has been given just yet. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's beta was in August with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's being in October.
Developer Sledgehammer Games also brought out the hype machine labelling Call of Duty: World War 2 with a smattering of adjectives we've heard from other games such as 'epic', 'gritty', and 'visceral'. Overselling it to the point where Sledgehammer Games founder Glen Schofield claims Call of Duty: World War 2 is the greatest game he worked on in his 26 year career.
Call of Duty: World War 2 single-player campaign
The solo campaign for Call of Duty: World War 2 will follow U.S. Army private Ronald “Red” Daniels as he and the other members of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division fight throughout World War II’s European theatre, through locations such as the beaches of Normandy and scenarios like the liberation of Paris. Two of World War II's most well-known battles – the D-Day Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge will feature in the game. There will also be separate co-op campaign, featuring an original story.
Call of Duty: World War 2 co-op campaign
Details are few and far between at the moment. Aside from the fact that it will feature zombies. Or Nazi Zombies in this case according to Call of Duty fan site Charlie Intel.
Call of Duty: World War 2 multiplayer
As per publisher Activision, multiplayer in Call of Duty: World War 2 will contain the following elements:
War: This narrative-driven mode brings a gripping new layer of excitement to Axis vs. Allies team play. Divisions: A new approach to Create-a-Class and character customization as you enlist in a division and progress through the ranks. Headquarters: A brand-new, social feature for Call of Duty, where you rally and interact with your fellow soldiers.We discussed the next Call of Duty game on Transition – Gadget 360's gaming and pop culture podcast. You can subscribe to Transition via iTunes or RSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.
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Home WearablesWearables News Gadgets 360 Staff, 26 April 2017 Highlights The fitness tracker can also display message and call notifications
Intex FitRist Cardio is available to buy exclusively via Amazon India
Activity tracking band is compatible with both Android and iOS phones Intex on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its FitRist activity tracker, called FitRist Cardio. Adding heart rate tracking to the fitness band's capabilities, Intex has made the FitRist Cardio available to buy exclusively via Amazon India in Black colour variant, with a price of Rs. 1,499. At its price, it takes on the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which was launched at Rs. 1,999 last year with a heart rate sensor and OLED display.
The Intex FitRist Cardio fitness band sports a 2.18cm OLED display with a 96×32 pixels resolution, and it weighs about 26 grams. The company boasts of Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity on the activity tracker, with which it connects to Android (v4.4 and above) and iOS (v7.0 and above) smartphones. It can also receive OTA updates via a connected smartphone. The FitRist Cardio bears a 80mAh battery that's rated to deliver up to 7 days of battery life. It is water resistant, and features a heart rate sensor, sleep monitor, hydration alarm, and a step/ calorie counter.
Intex FitRist Pulzz With Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,799
The company adds that the FitRist Cardio can provide Facebook, WhatsApp, and SMS message notifications. On Android phones, the fitness tracker will display incoming calls with caller ID, however, on iPhone models, the band will display the call icon if the contact is stored on the phone, and will display the phone number if the contact isn't stored. The Intex FitRist Cardio also has an 'anti-lost' function that will help locate the fitness band if it gets lost.
Finally, Intex is also boasting of a couple of other features on the FitRist Cardio. Users can control their smartphone's playlist with the MP3 control feature, while a remote shutter feature lets users control the camera of their connected smartphones to remotely click pictures.
Commenting on the launch,. Nidhi Markanday, Director & Business Head, Intex Technologies, said, “Since our entry into the wearable segment in 2015, with iRist Smart watch and FitRist band, Intex has been well received by the market and to enrich our bouquet of offerings, Intex FitRist Cardio has been designed to fulfil the needs and become a one-stop solution for those who take their fitness seriously.”
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Symantec Says Cybercriminals Now Executing Politically Devastating Attacks India Could Bolster Snapchat's Prospects as Facebook Goes After It

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Home AppsApps News Press Trust of India, 26 April 2017 Highlights WhatsApp is working on solutions to enable businesses to use its platform
It will test tools that allow users to communicate with businesses
India is the biggest market for WhatsApp Messaging app WhatsApp is working on solutions to enable businesses to use its platform to connect with consumers and India will play a “crucial role” for the product, a company official said on Wednesday.
Last year, the Facebook-owned company had said WhatsApp will test tools that allow users to communicate with businesses and organisations like banks and airlines through its platform.
While WhatsApp does not intend to introduce any third- party ads, it is looking at ways to monetise the platform and working with businesses could be a step in that direction.
WhatsApp remains free for consumers. “… we are definitely in building the product phase. So, what you will see over the year is different tests, both for small and large businesses, and figuring out what's a good experience for these businesses on WhatsApp,” WhatsApp spokesperson Matt Steinfeld said.
He further said: “India is going to play a crucial role in that.”
India is the biggest market for WhatsApp. Of its over one billion users, about 200 million are here. In India, it competes with the likes of Hike and Snapchat.
Facebook, on its part, has a strong focus on bringing businesses to its platform as well. Over five million businesses globally actively advertise on Facebook.
WhatsApp has been working on introducing features to enhance engagement on the platform. It had recently launched a story feature to allow users to express their thoughts using pictures and animations.
WhatsApp is also attempting to foray into digital payment services, with India as a test bed. The company is looking to hire a digital transactions head for the country.
In February, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways in which WhatsApp could contribute to India's vision for digital commerce.
“We listen very carefully to feedback from people across India and how to better serve them. India is obviously our largest country and it's going to be one of the most important markets,” Steinfeld pointed out.
He added that the company is keen to understand how it can contribute more to the vision of Digital India.
Following the government's move to recall old notes of Rs. 500 and 1,000 in November last year, there has been a massive growth in digital transaction volumes in India, including credit and debit cards, mobile banking and m-wallets and UPI.
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NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Plunges Beneath Saturn's Rings Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units to Hit Store Shelves in June: Report

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 26 April 2017 Highlights Meizu E2 packs a 3400mAh battery
The smartphone comes in two RAM and storage variants
It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor At an event in China on Wednesday, Meizu launched its E2 smartphone. The Meizu E2 is capable of fast charging and packs a fingerprint scanner underneath the Home Button in the front. The smartphone has been launched in two variants, and the price starts at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,100).
The only difference between the two variants is RAM and storage. The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,100), and the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 14,800). The Meizu E2 is up for pre-orders and the sale of the smartphone will begin on April 29.
The Meizu E2 has been launched in Silver, Pink, and Black colour variants, and it sports a sleek metal body with round edges and antenna bands visible at the top and bottom chin. The power and volume buttons are housed on the right edge of the device, with the fingerprint scanner, as mentioned, is underneath the Home Button in the front. The 3.5mm audio jack sits at the bottom edge of the device.
As for specifications, the Meizu E2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Flyme OS 6.0 on top and features hybrid dual-SIM slots. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display and 403ppi pixel density. The smartphone is powered by a 2.35GHz MediaTek Helio P20 SoC paired with ARM Mali-T880 graphics. Expandable storage is supported via microSD card (up to 128GB).
As for camera, the Meizu E2 sports a 13-megapixel rear sensor with PDAF, and is accompanied by a Quad LED two-colour warm flash light. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel front sensor with selfies and video chats. The device packs a 3400mAh battery with mCharge fast charging technology that promises 40 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1 and a Micro-USB port. Lastly, the Meizu E2 measures 153.7×75.7×7.5 mm, and the smartphone weighs 155 grams.
Meizu E2KEY SPECSNEWSDisplay5.50-inchProcessor2.3GHz octa-coreFront Camera8-megapixelResolution1080x1920 pixelsRAM3GBOSAndroid 6.0Storage32GBRear Camera13-megapixelBattery Capacity3400mAhMeizu E2 With Quad-LED Flash, 3400mAh Battery Launched
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Apple to Reportedly Use Micro-LED in 2017's Apple Watch 3 and Later iPhone Models NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Plunges Beneath Saturn's Rings

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Home WearablesWearables News Indo-Asian News Service, 26 April 2017 Highlights Apple has been working with LuxVue to develop new micro-LED screens
Apple was granted patents related to LuxVue and micro-LED
The company is also looking to invest in Toshiba's chip business Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3 and iPhones has raised concerns in Samsung as Apple's expected use of Samsung OLED screens for a new iPhone model this year may only be temporary.
“Apple has been working with LuxVue (which it acquired in 2014) to develop new micro-LED screen production in the two years since the technology began gaining public attention in the 2015,” Apple Indiser reported on Wednesday, citing a Business Korea report.
Apple was granted patents related to LuxVue and micro-LED, that also explains the inclusion of sensing Infrared diodes with the ability to read fingerprints on the surface of the display.
In addition to the loss of a billion dollars worth of OLED screens, Samsung and LG are also increasingly concerned that Apple will start sourcing its RAM and cameras elsewhere, too, the report noted.
Aiming to secure a stable supply of memory chips for its iPhones, Apple may invest billions of dollars to obtain a substantial stake in struggling Japanese conglomerate Toshiba's chip business, ending nearly two decades of being among Samsung's largest RAM customers.
Apple executives are also considering joining hands with chip manufacturer Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision, for taking a big stake in Toshiba's semiconductor business.
Early this year, Foxconn announced that it is teaming up with Apple to set up a display-panel manufacturing facility in the US at an investment of $7 billion.
The facility could create between 30,000 and 50,000 new jobs and could include the production of TV screens in addition to smartphone displays.
Foxconn has most of its factories in China where it assembles Apple's iPhones.
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Why Amazon's Use of Self-Driving Technology Would Be a Game Changer

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Home TransportationTransportation Opinion Steven Overly, The Washington Post, 26 April 2017 Self-driving vehicles have yet to hit the road in a major way, but Amazon already is exploring the technology's potential to change how your packages are delivered.
Amazon is the nation's largest online retailer, and its decisions not only turn heads but influence the entire retail and shipping industries, analysts say. That means any foray into the self-driving arena – whether as a developer or customer – could have a significant effect on the technology's adoption.
Amazon has assigned a dozen employees to determine how it can use the technology as part of its business, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. It's unclear what shape Amazon's efforts will take or how far along they might be, although the company has no plans to create its own vehicles, according to the report.
Nevertheless, the Amazon group offers an early indication that big companies are preparing for the technology's impact.
Transportation experts anticipate that self-driving cars will fundamentally alter the way people get around and the way companies ship goods, changes that stand to disrupt entire industries and leave millions of professional drivers without jobs. The forthcoming shift has attracted the money and attention of the biggest names in the technology and automotive industries, including Apple, Uber, Google, Ford, General Motors and Tesla, among others.
In particular, the technology could make long-haul shipping cheaper and faster because, unlike human drivers, machines do not command a salary or require down time. That would be important to Amazon, whose shipping costs continue to climb as the company sells more products and ships them faster, according to its annual report. Amazon even invested in its own fleet of trucks in December 2015 to give the company greater control over distribution.
If Amazon adopts self-driving technology, it may push others to do the same.
“When Amazon sneezes, everyone wakes up,” said Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group, a transportation and logistics advisory firm.
The company said it shipped more than 1 billion items during the 2016 holiday season.
An Amazon spokeswoman declined a request for an interview, citing a “long-standing practice of not commenting on rumors and speculation.” The company's chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post.
Amazon has become something of a pioneer in home delivery, in part by setting the standard for how quickly purchases arrive on your doorstep. The company has begun using aerial drones in an effort to deliver goods more quickly, completing its first successful flight to a customer in the United Kingdom in December. Like self-driving vehicles, drones will need to overcome regulatory hurdles before they're widely deployed.
In its warehouses, Amazon has used thousands of robots that pull items from shelves and pack them. Last summer, Deutsche Bank analysts found the robots reduced the time to fulfill an order from more than an hour to 15 minutes, according to business news site Quartz. They also saved Amazon about $22 million per warehouse. Amazon acquired Kiva, the company that makes the robots, in 2012 for $775 million.
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Home AppsApps News Reuters, 26 April 2017 A South Korean court on Wednesday ruled that the ride-hailing group Uber Technologies illegally used private vehicles for commercial purposes, in the latest legal setback for the US firm in Asia's fourth biggest economy.
Uber's operations in South Korea were not expected to be impacted by the ruling, since it suspended its UberX service after prosecutors filed charges against the local unit in 2014 for violating the transport law, a company spokeswoman said.
Uber's local unit has “admitted and repented” its illegal act and resolved the issue, a judge at Seoul Central District Court said in a ruling. The company was fined KRW 10 million ($8,863).
“Uber respects the court's decision and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with the government and serving riders, drivers and cities in Korea,” the company said in a statement.
Uber's South Korean unit continues to offer its premium taxi service, UberBLACK, and uberASSIST for seniors and people with disabilities, as those services do not use private vehicles, the spokeswoman said.
The US-based company links users to both licensed taxis and unlicensed cars and drivers, a business model that has faced legal challenges in several other cities across the world.
Uber's investors include Goldman Sachs and GV, formerly known as Google Ventures.
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