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Home MobilesMobiles News Shekhar Thakran, 15 September 2017 Highlights The Lenovo K8 Note offers near-stock Android experience
The handset houses a 4000mAh battery
There are cashback and exchange offers available with the smartphone Lenovo launched its K8 Note smartphone in India last month and starting Friday, the handset will go on open sale in the country starting Friday, i.e., September 15, exclusively through Amazon India. To mark the occasion, the company is also offering special offers to its customers. The Lenovo K8 Note is available in India in two configurations – 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage – at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively. The handset can be purchased in Venom Black and Fine Gold colours.
Coming to the special offers, customers can exchange their old devices for the Lenovo K8 Note and receive additional Rs. 1,000 off for their old smartphone. Further, HSBC credit or debit card holders will receive a cashback of Rs. 1,000 on purchase of Lenovo K8 Note smartphone.
To recall, the highlight features on the Lenovo K8 Note include near stock Android experience and dual rear cameras. Moving on to the specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo K8 Note runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The handset is powered by a deca-core MediaTek MT6797 SoC with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.85GHz, and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. As mentioned earlier, the processor is coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
In terms of optics, the dual rear camera setup on the Lenovo K8 Note comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor, which allows the smartphone to capture depth-of-field effects. The rear camera has a dual-LED CCT flash module. At the front, the Lenovo K8 Note sports a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash support.
The storage on Lenovo K8 Note, with both variants, is expandable via a dedicated microSD card (up to 128GB) slot. The connectivity options offered by the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone houses a 4000mAh non-removable battery and supports rapid charging with the bundled 15W rapid charger in the box.
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Home AppsApps News Indo-Asian News Service, 15 September 2017 Highlights More than 1.3 billion people are now using Facebook Messenger
Messenger surpassed one billion MAUs in July 2016
The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with WhatsApp More than 1.3 billion people around the world are now using Facebook Messenger every month, the company has announced.
The Messenger surpassed the one billion monthly active users (MAUs) mark in July 2016.
“We've continued working hard to make Messenger the best it can be, introducing new masks, filters and reactions for video chat,… making our virtual personal assistant available in more places around the world,” Facebook said in a post on Friday.
The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp which also has 1.3 billion MAUs.
The growth comes as Messenger and WhatsApp both have taken concrete steps towards monetisation.
“We have rolled out 'Instant Games' more broadly and bringing 'Messenger Lite' to more countries. We also redesigned the Inbox so that all of your favourite features are front and centre making it easier to connect,” the Messenger post read.
Facebook announced in June that it has nearly two billion monthly active users.
Facebook-owned Instagram has 700 million monthly users, 200 million of which are using its 'Stories' feature every day.
The nearest rival Snapchat has only about 166 million daily active users.
“We are very grateful to each and every one of you in the Messenger community for Messenger to reach the people and businesses you care most about,” Facebook said.
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Apple Watch Series 3 Fixes the Worst Thing About the Old One


Home WearablesWearables Features Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post, 15 September 2017 Highlights Apple Watch Series 3 can now connect to a cellular network
The new Apple Watch is slightly thicker than the last version
The new chip in the Apple Watch Series 3 makes it downright snappy Apple has a brand-new Watch – and it more or less looks the same as the last one. Although its appearance hasn't changed much, this is one instance in which under-the-hood changes make a huge difference. The Watch can now connect to a cellular network, which fixes the most annoying thing about the older versions: that they relied so heavily on your phone.
The new Apple Watch is slightly thicker than the last version, but the difference is so minimal that you'd hardly notice. Apple executives on stage said the difference was about the same as two sheets of paper. Practically speaking, there was no noticeable change. That's admittedly impressive, given how much more Apple has stuffed into this Watch.
Apple Watch Series 3 Voice Calling Feature Isn't Coming to India
What will get noticed? Speed upgrades. The new chip in the Apple Watch Series 3 makes it downright snappy. If you are an early adopter looking to upgrade, you'll want to skip the Series 2 and jump to the Series 3 – the speed improvement is noticeable. Things are also snappier when talking to Siri, which suffered from some considerable lag on older Watches.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a way to test phone calls at the demo, though you could see how one could place them and there were watch faces that made it easy to tell you how much signal you had.
However, phone calls on your Watch probably won't be the thing you want to use your cellular data for the most. Calls on the wrist are, quite frankly, awkward. (No one tell Dick Tracy.) They might be better with the addition of wireless headphones, but your phone is still probably going to be your primary tool for that.
While calls are useful proof of cell connection, they aren't really what connecting a watch to an LTE network is all about. The point is to be able to do things without needing to carry your phone along – and that's useful in plenty of other ways, especially for Apple's core watch audience of fitness buffs.
Apple Watch Series 3, Which Makes Calls, Turns Comic Book Fantasy Into Reality
And using apps such as Maps and Music on the go without having to take your phone along is a game-changer. Those are the kinds of functions that made you feel tethered to the Watch. Knowing you also had to strap your phone on to go for a run with Watch probably made it much harder to justify the price of such a gadget. After all, you had your phone for music, for directions and for recording your steps. Without your phone, the Watch was more or less a really expensive dumbwatch.
Now, with the Watch free of the phone but with the same access to Apple's App Store, there's at least a more compelling reason to spend $399 (roughly Rs. 25,500) for it if you've been eyeing it.
Here's the thing to remember before you rush out to buy it, though: The Apple Watch Series 3 will require its own data plan. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all said that the Watch Series 3 will cost an additional $10 per month for as long as you have the Watch. Sprint has said it will support the Watch, but it hasn't said for how much.
Those aren't wallet-breaking prices, but that steady expense is worth remembering as you factor in the cost of the Watch. Still, for those who've been waiting for Apple to catch up to other competitors such as the Samsung Gear line and add cellular connectivity, it's a welcome addition.
Apple Watch Series 3 Offers Just One Hour Battery Life for Phone Calls, Requires iPhone 6 or Above
Apple is also releasing a non-cellular version, which will run you $329. You'll still get the speed improvements, but not as much freedom, which may be just fine for people who aren't looking to off-road with their phones.
The price of the Series 1 Apple Watch, the original version, is now $249 (roughly Rs. 16,000) – a move that Apple may hope will lure in those who were sitting on the fence. That still feels a little high for people who've been waiting for the price to drop, given how much slower and more limited it is in comparison with the new version, but it is a good entry-level option for those who want it.
© 2017 The Washington Post
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Vivo V7+ With 24-Megapixel Selfie Camera Goes on Sale for First Time in India Today: Price, Specifications Facebook Messenger Now Has 1.3 Billion Monthly Active Users


Home MobilesMobiles News Gadgets 360 Staff, 15 September 2017 Highlights Vivo V7+ price in India is Rs. 21,990
It is available to buy via both online and offline stores
It went up for pre-orders last week Vivo V7+, following its launch in India last week, will go on sale in the country on Friday via both offline and online retailers – including Amazon, Flipkart, and Tata Cliq. To recall, the smartphone's biggest highlight is its massive 24-megapixel front camera, complete with a soft 'Moonlight Glow' front light, as well as it's 5.99-inch display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone's pre-orders opened last week, and it will be available to buy in Gold, Matte Black, and Rose Gold colour variants. The Vivo V7+ price in India is Rs. 21,990.
Vivo V7+ specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Vivo V7+ runs Funtouch OS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat. It sports a 5.99-inch HD (720×1440 pixels) IPS Incell 'FullView' display with an 18:9 aspect ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and 2.5D curved glass. The display is almost bezel-less on the side, with 2.15mm bezels. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

As for optics, the Vivo V7+ sports a 24-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 1/2.78-inch sensor, and a 'Moonlight Glow' soft selfie light. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. The smartphone features 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Connectivity options on the Vivo V7+ include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and proximity sensor. The smartphone measures 155.87×75.47×7.7mm and weighs 160 grams. It features a 3225mAh battery. The company is also touting the inclusion of AK4376A Hi-Fi Audio chipset.
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Home Social networkingSocial networking News Reuters, 15 September 2017 Highlights The anti-Semitic categories were created by an algorithm
Facebook removed the ability to buy targeted marketing on those topics
Facebook, Google dominate the fast-growing market for online advertising Facebook this week stopped advertisers from targeting messages to people interested in topics such as “Jew haters” and “how to burn Jews” after journalists inquired about it, the news organisation ProPublica reported on Thursday.
ProPublica, a nonprofit outlet based in New York, said it found the topics in Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform and paid $30 to test them with its own content. Another category it found was “History of 'why Jews ruin the world.'”
The anti-Semitic categories were created by an algorithm rather than by people, ProPublica reported. Some 2,300 people had expressed interest in them.
Facebook, the world's largest social network, said in a statement that it had removed the ability to buy targeted marketing based on those topics and believed the use of the topics in ad campaigns had not been widespread.
Along with Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook dominates the fast-growing market for online advertising, in part because it lets marketers target their ads based on huge volumes of data.
Facebook, though, has had difficulty ensuring that advertisers on its self-service system comply with its terms and conditions.
Last year, ProPublica reported that Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude users by race when running housing or other ads, despite a prohibition on such ads under the US Fair Housing Act 1969.
Facebook last week said an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of US ads promoting social and political messages over a two-year period through May, fuelling concerns about foreign meddling in US elections.
The company said it shut down 470 “inauthentic” accounts as part of an internal investigation into those ads.
The anti-Semitic targeting categories likely were generated because people listed those themes on their Facebook profiles as an interest, an employer or field of study, ProPublica reported.
Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, said in a statement on Thursday that sometimes content appears on the network that “violates our standards.”
“In this case,” he went on, “we've removed the associated targeting fields in question. We know we have more work to do, so we're also building new guardrails in our product and review processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.”
Facebook said it was considering other changes to its advertising platform, such as adding more reviews of targeting categories before they show up in the self-service platform.
© Thomson Reuters 2017
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Preorders are now live for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3, following the announcement of the new products earlier this week at Apple’s annual iPhone event. The two new phones and the updated watch should be available now on Apple’s website and mobile store app, as well as through the various major carriers and retailers like Best Buy and Target. The new devices are expected to ship on September 22nd.

As a reminder, the iPhone 8 costs $699 for the 64GB model, or $849 for the 256GB one, while the iPhone 8 Plus comes in a $799, 64GB configuration or a larger $949, 256GB configuration. The new phones add wireless charging, an improved A11 Bionic processor, upgraded cameras, and a new glass-backed design, with a look that is otherwise pretty similar to the iPhone 7. Apple has also improved the the display on the new models.

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Home TvTv News Manish Singh, 15 September 2017 Highlights Google Assistant-powered headphones might be launched soon
A promotional video shows off Bose's upcoming headphones with Google's AI
On October 4, Google plans to announce new smartphones Google Assistant, the virtual digital assistant from the Android-maker, is coming to earphones and headphones. A promotional video of QuietComfort 35 (QC35) II, an upcoming addition to Bose's QuietComfort of noise-cancelling headphones lineup, surfaced online on Thursday, giving us the first look at what the Google Assistant-powered headphones could do.
Google Assistant will allow users to ask for the song they want to listen to through voice, the video of the Bose's upcoming headphones shows. The Bose QuietComfort 35 (QC35) II headphones also appear to have buttons, which could allow a user to trigger Google Assistant. Even as the text in the video is in Spanish, the song playing on the background is “Say my name,” a probable play of words on what the new headphones are capable of doing.

The video further goes on to add that upcoming Bose's headphones, “made of high quality materials”, would feature improved noise reduction abilities. Also on Thursday, a Reddit user posted an image of what appears to be the box of the same headphones, which he allegedly spotted at an unspecified online marketplace. The description on the box suggests that these upcoming headphones will also let users send and read back texts.

News outlet 9to5Google on Thursday reported that Bose was working with Google to launch Google Assistant-powered QuietComfort 35 II headphones, citing promotional material. The news outlet also earlier reported references to the headphones found in strings of code of latest version of Google's app for Android. A Google spokesperson didn't immediately respond to Gadgets 360's request for comment.
Google's imminent plan to trickle down Google Assistant to earphones and headphones could further increase the reach of its AI-powered digital assistant. Google Assistant competes with Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, which already is on select smartphones and headphones.
In the meantime, Apple's AirPods are selling well in the market. According to data from NPD from earlier this month, more than 900,000 completely wireless headphone units have been sold in the United States just this year. Apple's AirPods account for 85 percent of those wireless headphones.
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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 14 September 2017 Highlights Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones launched in India
Yu Yureka 2 smartphone unveiled in India too
Amazon Great Indian Festival sale to start on September 21 Asus has announced the launch of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro and ZenFone 4 Selfie in India. Interestingly, the company has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 4 Selfie smartphone, with a single front camera for the country while the regular variant with dual front cameras has also been launched. All three smartphones are Flipkart-exclusive. The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is priced Rs. 23,999, the ZenFone 4 Selfie’s dual camera variant is priced Rs. 14,999, and the single front camera variant is priced Rs. 9,999. All three smartphones will go on sale on September 21, during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.
Meanwhile, Yu Mobiles launched the Yu Yureka 2, which will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale that starts from September 20. Yu Yureka 2 is priced Rs. 11,999. Highlights include a metal body, 5.5-inch full-HD display, 2.5D glass, a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, a fingerprint sensor, a 3930mAh battery, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Yu Yureka 2 comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The smartphone is powered by a 3930mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging.
Here's everything else that made news in the world of technology.
Amazon’s Great Indian Festival Sale to start on September 21
​Amazon India has announced the dates for Great Indian Festival sale, which will be held from September 21 to September 24; the Flipkart sale – which starts on September 20 and ends on September 21 – will clash with it. Amazon Prime members will get early access to the deals starting noon on September 20 itself. In its banner, Amazon India says that as part of its Great Indian Festival sale, it will offer over 40,000 offers across 4 days with new deals every hour. There will be over 500 offers on mobiles and over 2,500 offers on electronic items. There will be over 10,000 offers on home appliances and 300,000 offers on Amazon Fashion items. We’ll keep you posted on the top tech deals during the sale so stay tuned.
Want fast charging on iPhone 8, iPhone X? Pay more
The fast charging feature on the new iPhones takes just about 30 minutes to get your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X to go from zero percent battery to 50 percent. The catch is you will have to separately buy a USB-C cable, which the company doesn’t offer for free with the iPhone, to make use of the feature. USB-C enables USB Power Delivery, a feature that company has made use of in select other devices including 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPhones will however, ship with a regular Lightning-to-USB cable and a 5W USB charger.
Nintendo Switch getting Super Mario Odyssey bundle, Bethesda games
The Nintendo Switch is getting a Super Mario Odyssey bundle for the Holiday season. The price for this was not revealed at Nintendo Direct, but it is expected to be around $349 (around Rs. 22,500) on October 27. Nintendo Direct was quite exciting overall, as we saw announcements including Minecraft for 3DS, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, the release date for Skyrim, and Doom, all for Nintendo Switch.
Google Pixel 2 to launch on October 4
The Google Pixel 2 will most likely launch on October 4 as billboards from Google, which hint at the launch of a new phone, have been spotted in the US. The Google Pixel 2 might have a “squeezable frame”, similar to the HTC U11. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL could be powered by Snapdragon 835 or 836. The Pixel 2 XL is expected to be manufactured by LG. It could feature a 6-inch edge-to-edge display, which is fast becoming a norm in the flagship smartphone space.
Gionee A1 price slashed in India
The Gionee A1 price has been slashed in India – it was launched at Rs. 19,999 and it will now be available at Rs. 16,999. That's quite a hefty price cut for Gionee's flagship smartphone. The Gionee A1 has a 4010mAh battery and it can be charged from zero to 100 percent in 2 hours, according to the company. It is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs Amigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC. Gionee A1 ships with a 13-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash. The phone has 64GB storage that is expandable via a microSD card, and the smartphone weighs 182 grams.
Google to launch Tez mobile payment service in India
Google wants a slice of the mobile payments pie in India. The company is going to launch a new payments service called Tez to help it realise its ambitions. The service is expected to allow people to pay via UPI, which is increasingly being seen as a game-changer in the payments space in India. Google, Facebook and WhatsApp were in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to provide UPI-enabled payment on their platforms, as reported in July.
Nokia 9 benchmarks spotted
The rumour mill churns non-stop in technology and the latest one claims that the Nokia 9 will run Android Oreo when it ships. The Nokia 9 is a flagship smartphone according to leaks and it now has appeared in a benchmark listing that shows the smartphone is running Android Oreo. The Nokia 9 is also said to sport a QHD display with a screen size of either 5.2 or 5.3 inches. It could ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 540 GPU, and 64GB of inbuilt storage.
All 1.55 lakh post offices to offer payments bank services
India Post Payments Bank is gearing up to provide its financial services through all of 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees by the end of 2018 – which will create India’s second-largest payments bank in terms of reach. India Post will equip every postman and grameen dak sevak with a device which will provide full range of payment solutions.
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Analysts are wrong about the new iPhone: Cramer
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CNBC's Jim Cramer is convinced that analysts who weren't thrilled about Apple's new iPhone release are missing something, and it may have something to do with age.

“I think one of the reasons why there was so little 'Wow, got to have it' about the new iPhone, at least among the analyst community, is that the analysts themselves might be too old to get their heads around the way younger people see these products. When new technology comes out, millennials, who tend to be too young to be senior analysts, are far more likely to figure out how to use them and how to adapt to them,” the “Mad Money” host said.

Analyst reports from Credit Suisse, Canaccord Genuity, JPMorgan and Piper Jaffray were tepid, saying the product launch met expectations, while KeyBanc analysts were “disappointed” with the iPhone X.