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Home MobilesMobiles News Ketan Pratap, 08 February 2017 Highlights Helio P25 expected to debut in Q1 2017
New chip targeted at dual-camera smartphones
Helio P25 can support up to two 13-megapixel cameras Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek on Wednesday announced a new Helio system-on-chip (SoC) specifically targeted at dual-camera smartphones. The all-new Helio P25 is built on the 16nm process, and offers octa-core processing with the company's Imagiq, an Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology.
The company says that smartphones featuring the new MediaTek Helio P25 can be expected to be available in the market in Q1 2017. MediaTek says that the Helio P25 is an upgrade to the company's older Helio P10 and P20 SoCs, and it combines dual-camera support with power efficiency.
The MediaTek Helio P25 packs a 12-bit dual ISP which offers support for up to 24-megapixel single camera or dual 13-megapixel cameras. The company says that the Helio P25 is dual camera-optimised and comes with features like Colour, Mono de-noise, and real-time shallow DoF bokeh effect. The new chip supports video HDR with full preview and also comes with high performance auto exposure.
The Helio P25 offers up to 25 percent better power efficiency than previous versions, and MediaTek promotes to deliver more power while using less energy. On the graphics side, MediaTek Helio P25 packs the recent ARM Mali-T880 dual GPU clocked at up to 900MHz, which the company says it perfect for demanding video and gaming apps. The new chipset also supports enhanced uploads in LTE (up to 64-QAM uplink for LTE-TDD mode) and supports low power double data rate random access memory (LPDDR4x) up to 6GB.
Commenting on the announcement, Jeffrey Ju, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at MediaTek said, “MediaTek Helio P25 paves the way for high-resolution and feature-rich smartphone cameras that enable amazing static shots, 4K and 2K videos. Supporting two cameras up to 13-megapixels each, the MediaTek Helio P25 redefines expectations for mobile photography and our multimedia features like, MediaTek MiraVision technology, continuously enhance visual user-experiences.”
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Home AppsApps News Shekhar Thakran, 08 February 2017 Highlights Browser preloads links most likely to be clicked in background
Update brings along classic link selection to browser
Profile Guided Optimization added to improve browser's performance Opera has released its latest desktop browser – version 43, which it claims is its fastest browser yet, for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Interestingly, the company has introduced a new feature, called Instant Page Loading, which allows the browser to preload webpages in background even before the user actually searches for them from the address bar. Apart from the aforementioned features the company has also introduced Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) to its browser for Windows.
The Instant Page Loading feature in Opera 43 essentially predicts the web address that the user is typing and loads it in the background so that the page loads up instantly when the user presses the Enter key. The feature improves over time by learning which URL inputs led to a particular website, Krystian Kolondra, Opera Desktop head, said in a blog post.

“For example, if you type '' on multiple occasions, it will learn from this and begin loading the New York Times in the background,” Kolondra said in his post.
Further, when a user searches for something in the address bar, the browser will load the results likely to be clicked in the background, it added. “Opera can predict what page a user is going to load not only from its behavior, but also when the current page uses the tag,” Kolondra said.
The other feature introduced with Opera 43, Profile Guided Optimization, is a compiler technique that allows the software running on Windows to work “significantly” faster, as per the company. Profile Guided Optimization is able to tell apart the important tasks from the regular ones to the compiler in order for the browser to complete the crucial tasks faster, while using less processing power.
“With this technology, startup is 13 percent faster. Also, the browser engine has gotten a performance boost, confirmed by several benchmarks such as Speedometer (60.3 percent improvement compared to Opera 42), JetStream (7.7 percent), and Octane (3.35 percent),” Kolondra said in his post.
The startup benchmark was performed on a computer running Windows 7 x32 using an i7-4600 CPU locked at 2.1GHz while the performance benchmarks were performed on a computer running Windows 10 x64 using an i7-6500U CPU. In both cases, builds 43.0.2442.686 (PGO) and 42.02393.78 were used for comparison.
Apart from these two features, Opera 43 has added classic link selection to the browser that allows you to select the text in a link without triggering it. The Opera 43 for Windows, Linux, and macOS is already available for download from the company's website.
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Home Social networkingSocial networking News Pranay Parab , 08 February 2017 Highlights Facebook’s Bandstand is a space for shooting live videos
It is located in Facebook’s Mumbai office
This is the first such space from FB available in India Facebook on Wednesday unveiled Bandstand, a space to shoot live videos, situated in the company's Mumbai office. The room is targeted at celebrities and other Facebook personalities. Anyone with a Facebook page can use the space to shoot videos.
Facebook doesn't plan to charge anything for the use of this space and anyone with a Facebook page can book Bandstand and use it when it's available. This is the first time Facebook has launched such a space in India and as of now the company doesn't have plans to open another studio in the country. The concept is similar to YouTube Spaces – one of which was launched in Mumbai back in 2015.
Facebook has similar setups in Los Angeles and New York in the US, with the former targeted at actors and the latter at all public figures. With Bandstand in Mumbai, Facebook mostly plans to target celebrities but the company said the room is available for personalities “across spectrum”.
Saurabh Doshi, who heads media partnerships at Facebook, said at the launch, “Any artistes whether big or small, whichever spectrum they may be (from) can come to this room and shoot here for free. Obviously depending on the availability.” Doshi said they can use their own phones or use the equipment available in the room.

Facebook said it has a team of people to coordinate with people who want to use the room and help them out in case they require assistance. As of now it's not possible to make money off live videos on Facebook, but Doshi said the company has had some trials in the US where they've allowed people to take ad breaks while they're shooting live videos.
Bandstand has a lot of interesting elements such as a Lego wall comprising monuments from Mumbai such as Gateway of India and Hanging Gardens. The room has been designed in-house, with other backdrops such as a painting of a forest and a chair with cushions representing FB reaction emoji.
Doshi said Facebook has been speaking with celebrities about using the space and most of them saw it and wanted to shoot live videos over pre-recorded versions. This is a part of Facebook's big push towards video in India as it seeks to take on YouTube – the most popular destination for videos in India.
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Home Social networkingSocial networking News Indo-Asian News Service, 08 February 2017 The exodus of top executives at Twitter continues as the company's Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Jeffrey Siminoff is quitting at the end of this month after its Chief Human Resources Officer Renee Atwood has quit, media reports said.
According to a report in TechCrunch on Tuesday, Atwood, who had joined Twitter in August 2016 from Uber, has left the company for personal reasons.
According to the sources quoted in the report, comapny's CEO Jack Dorsey sent a note around the company letting employees know about Siminoff's upcoming exit, revealing that Siminoff was leaving on his own accord. Siminoff joined Twitter in December in 2015.
Twitter is going through a major overhaul under CEO Jack Dorsey as many top-notch executives have quit the company in the recent past. Dorsey brought in two board members in a bid to revive the company and earn the trust of investors.
Several high-profile Twitter executives and managers have jumped the ship in recent months. Twitter editorial director Karen Wickre and Shariq Rizvi, who confounded the direct response ads team at Twitter, announced their departures in late 2016. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Adam Messinger and its Vice President for products Josh McFarland also quit.
Twitter's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Adam Bain who was in-charge of the micro-blogging website's revenue business also quit the company.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X With Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh Battery Unveiled in China

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 08 February 2017 Highlights Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X to go on sale on February 14
It will pack a 4100mAh battery
Hatsune Green Limited Edition variant made official As expected, Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Redmi Note 4X smartphone in China. However, several details about the Redmi Note 4X, such as full specifications, features, price etc., have not yet been revealed. The company has introduced a new Hatsune Miku Limited Edition Redmi Note 4X variant as well, which will be available on Valentine's Day i.e. February 14. Apart from Hatsune Green colour variant, the Redmi Note 4X will also be available in Champagne Gold, Matte Black, Cherry Powder, and Platinum Silver Grey colour variants.
For now, Xiaomi has made only the Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku variant official, whose price and full specifications will presumably be announced ahead of sale day. A few specifications, however, have been unveiled, such as the 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) display just like the Redmi Note 4 smartphone's. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. In China, the original smartphone was powered by the MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core SoC, while the Indian market got a Snapdragon 625 variant of Redmi Note 4 (Review).
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X rear camera bears a 13-megapixel sensor, and the smartphone packs a 4100mAh battery. As of now, only these little details have been revealed by Xiaomi. These initial specifications are similar to that of the predecessor's, and apart from new colours and processor, there's nothing else that is different from the original variant – even design wise.
As mentioned, Xiaomi has not announced pricing information, but has confirmed that the Redmi Note 4X will be available on February 14. For now, we just know that Xiaomi has partnered with Japanese firm Crypton Future Media to launch the Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Green variant in limited quantities, and will bundle Hatsune Miku branded back case and a Mi power bank for free with the every purchase of the limited edition device.

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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 08 February 2017 Highlights iPhone 8 production should start in June
This is earlier than historic norms
iPhone 8 release date, however, will remain unchanged Apple is marking its 10-year iPhone anniversary this year, and will reportedly bring significant updates with the iPhone 8. The company traditionally sticks to a fall release date, and a fresh report indicates the company is looking to ensure its supply meets the demand for iPhone 8 by advancing production date. Apple will reportedly start its supply chain as early as June this year.
Apple iPhone 8 Specifications, Release Date, and More – Leaks and Rumours So Far
Barron's Tech Trader Daily cites John Donovan and Steve Mullane from BlueFin Research Partners to report that the iPhone 8 production activity should start earlier than historic norms. The authors write, “The most intriguing data points that we have uncovered suggests that AAPL is ramping the next generation iPhones earlier than historical norms, although we have no indication that there has been any change in release plans for the iPhone 8/X. Builds have been pulled in a few months while aggregate next generation forecasts have increased 10 percent from last month to 122M. Additionally, AAPL has adjusted iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE production downward in preparation for the next generation launch.”
The report suggests that the production of its current generation models (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) will be minimised to make room for its next models, expected to be called iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. Apple is looking for early production to ensure sufficient supply on launch day, and realise manufacturing issues early with time to rectify them if such cases arise. The biggest smartphone vendor in the world would not want any Bendgate or Touch Disease issues with the iPhone 8, as it marks a big milestone for the company. The analysts also note that even though the production will start early, the release date should remain unchanged.
As mentioned, the iPhone 8 will come with significant changes, and is expected to sport an all-glass body, a wraparound OLED display, and improved 3D Touch functionality.
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Home MobilesMobiles Opinion Adam Minter, Bloomberg, 08 February 2017 Last week, an Indian government official announced that iPhones will start rolling off an assembly line in Bangalore by the end of April, targeted at local customers. It's a big moment for Apple Inc., which is counting on India's emerging middle class to make up for slowing sales in other markets. But don't bet on the iPhone conquering India, or any other emerging market, just yet.
That's because smartphones of all kinds are facing stiff competition from an unlikely new challenger: feature phones. With simple handsets and small screens intended mostly for calls and text messages — similar to the Nokia or Motorola you probably owned years ago – a new generation of feature phones is suddenly looking like a threat to Apple and its rivals.
For a technology long ago left for dead, feature phones have lately made some impressive gains. After years of almost continuous decline, global shipments have grown for two consecutive quarters. Growth in emerging markets has been especially impressive: In Africa, feature-phone shipments surged 32 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2016, compared to a decline of 5.2 percent for smartphones. Expect that trend to continue, for a few reasons.
One obvious advantage is price. At the end of 2016, the average global price of a smartphone was $256, compared to $19.30 for a feature phone. In emerging markets, where even educated urbanites typically earn less than $10,000 a year (in India, they average $5,385), that doesn't leave much in the way of consumer choice. But even if a buyer has $256 to spare, the booming secondhand market offers far better options than a smartphone. In Ghana, where I recently spent a few weeks, $256 will buy a used Pentium III desktop computer, a flat-screen monitor, a satellite dish and a decoder box to pirate satellite television broadcasts.
Another factor is battery life. In many emerging markets, where electricity service can be intermittent, smartphones that have to be recharged each day can't compete against feature phones that can now go for weeks on a single charge. In West Africa, it's the rare smartphone owner who doesn't also carry a feature phone as a hedge against missing calls and messages due to battery depletion. Equally important, most emerging-market customers prepay for voice and data, making smartphones that passively eat up bandwidth a major inconvenience.
Feature-phone makers are also coming up with innovative hardware and services. Chinese-owned iTel has introduced a speech-to-text system that might appeal to hundreds of millions of illiterate or visually impaired buyers with low incomes. India's Zync has introduced feature phones with as many as six SIM card slots, so customers can take advantage of lower rates when calling phones on the same carrier, or use separate lines for personal and business matters. Reliance Jio Infocomm is said to have a feature phone in the works that enables free calls over LTE networks, much as Skype does, for less than $20.
The most important innovation, though, has been the development of mobile-payment systems that require nothing more than text-messaging. A user simply buys credit at a bank or service center, then transfers the money via text to friends or merchants. For the roughly 2 billion people around the world who lack access to basic financial services, that can be a life-changing service. Kenya's M-Pesa, which enables money transfers via SMS, has about 19 million users who exchange more than $140 million daily. In India, the government is fast-tracking such services as a remedy to its demonetisation crisis.
For smartphone makers, all this spells trouble. Some analysts in India are predicting a slump in smartphone sales and upgrades this year. Leading feature-phone brands have even started introducing cheap smartphones of their own, hoping to convert their considerable market share and brand recognition into upgrades. It's likely that the next major advance in mobile technology won't be dictated by designers in Silicon Valley or Seoul – but rather by the needs of emerging-market consumers. In that sense, at least, old-school feature phones are starting to look very much like the future.
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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.) Tesla 'Hoping' for Summer 2017 India Launch, Says CEO Elon Musk Hans Rosling, Who Made Statistics Interesting With His TED Talks, Dies

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Home CultureCulture News Gadgets 360 Staff, 08 February 2017 Highlights Hans Rosling was a Swedish public health expert
He is best known for his TED Talks on issues such as global poverty
He used both statistics and humour to drive home his points Hans Rosling, a Swedish public health expert who was famous for his TED Talks that helped make statistics interesting, passed away on Tuesday. Rosling was 68 years old. He used TED Talks to make statistics about a number of difficult topics, such as poverty, global warming, and HIV, accessible to the general public, though he himself was not sure of how much of an impact he actually made. “I have no impact on knowledge,” he said, in an interview to the Guardian. “I have only had impact on face, and doing funny things, and so on.”
Yet the immense popularity of his TED Talks suggests that he at least got people to think about these topics. Rosling, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, “dropped out” of teaching public health at Stockholm's Karoinska Instituet, and started a Foundation called Gapminder whose goal was to help fight misconceptions about global development. It describes itself as a “Fact Tank, not a Think Tank”, and produces free teaching resources to make the world understandable based on reliable statistics.
Rosling was best known for 10 TED Talks on a number of different topics, and for his heavy reliance on data, coupled with an endearing sense of humour that used a mixture of animations and props, to liven up what could have been straightforward presentations.
The magic washing machine is one of his TED Talks, and it's an illuminating talk to watch, a fine blend of education and humour. He starts off by talking about watching his mother first use a washing machine, and then starts to talk about global poverty and global consumption. These were themes that Rosling would come to again and again, using statistics in a simple and easy to understand format to discuss issues of politics, equality, and globalisation.
In a talk titled New insights on poverty, Rosling compared worldwide income levels, and the problems with the distinction between developing and industrialised countries, which stems from a lack of access to statistics. Over the course of the 19-minute talk, he used a number of graphs to illustrate his point while also managing to joke about how Sweden was the only country to be able to produce statistics in 1820. As he walks through over a century of data he gives running commentary about “how there comes India and now that's China and it's not doing so well and then Mao Tse Tun dies and you can see the numbers change,” as if he was announcing a particularly exciting race instead.
Using this, he is able to show that countries like those in Sub-Saharan Africa have done a lot better than others after you take into account the conditions they had to overcome; he points out that people need to know much more about the world, and illustrates this with a joke: “My neighbour, he knows about 200 types of wine. I know only about two types of wine, the red and the white. But he knows only about two types of countries, industrial and developing.”
But in case you thought that Rosling was limited to a few funny jokes in the middle of his talks, well, the same talk ends with him demonstrating the running theme of how the seemingly impossible is actually possible – by swallowing a steel bayonet. He does this with great showmanship, complete with a drumroll, and it isn't really related to the content of his talk, yet it helps to ensure that everyone remembers the talk.
From bayonets to empty cardboard boxes, Rosling was willing to use everything at his disposal to try and get his message across to the audience. A statistician and teacher who was an entertainer at heart, Rosling was able to reach many more people through his TED Talks than he could have teaching in a university.
Rosling's death was announced on Gapminder with the following message: “Across the world, millions of people use our tools and share our vision of a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. We know that many will be saddened by this message. Hans is no longer alive, but he will always be with us and his dream of a fact-based worldview, we will never let die!”
Tesla 'Hoping' for Summer 2017 India Launch, Says CEO Elon Musk

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Home TransportationTransportation News Ketan Pratap, 08 February 2017 Highlights Elon Musk confirms Tesla may launch in summer this year
American electric car maker expected to launch Model 3
No details about India launch plans American electric car maker Tesla looks set to finally come to India this summer. The company initially hinted at India launch plans in April last year. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed India launch is planned for the summer this year. Musk confirmed India launch plans on Twitter while replying to a user who asked, “Eagerly waiting for Tesla to launch in India. Any plans to do it? If so then When?” He replied, “Hoping for summer this year.” Unfortunately, there are no more details about the India launch plans as of now.
Tesla's electric car launch in India will mean that the current competition in the segment will be ramped up. This will also mean that existing car manufacturers in India will be forced to launch more electric vehicles to counter Tesla.
Last year, Tesla added India in its list of countries which could pre-order the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000 (roughly Rs. 23 lakhs). For those users concerned about network of chargers to power Tesla's electric cars in India, Musk had previously confirmed that the car would come with an India-wide supercharger network. To refresh, Superchargers can charge Tesla cars from 0 to 100 percent in roughly 75 minutes and are currently offered free of cost to those who own Tesla cars. At the moment, it's unclear whether the network will be free for Model 3 owners in India.
Musk had earlier revealed plans for manufacturing operations with Gigafactory installations in India apart from some other countries due to high demand for its batteries and by looking at long-term view of his business. We can finally expect this to happen this year. Musk's plan for Tesla launch apart from the Gigafactory installation may work well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision who previously reiterated the vision of 175 Gigawatts of clean energy by 2022 for the country, and the Gigafactory could help meet those goals. To recall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in 2015 after touring the American automotive company's campus had expressed interest in using Tesla's power storage technologies and its applications in rural areas.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Ketan Pratap, 08 February 2017 Highlights The all-new CMOS sensor enables fast data readout
It also enables less distortion in still images
The new Sony sensor also allows super slow motion video shooting Sony on Tuesday announced its first 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones. The company is promoting that the new CMOS sensor for smartphones will be the first in the industry to include a DRAM layer.
Sony adds that apart from the DRAM layer added to the conventional 2-layer stacked CMOS image sensor, a layer of back-illuminated structure pixels and a chip affixed with mounted circuits for signal processing are also present. With the new CMOS image sensor, Sony claims smartphones can support 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) resolution video at up to 1,000 frames per second (fps). The Japanese company believes that the DRAM layer enables the sensor to deliver fast data readout speeds which will make it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion as well as super slow motion videos.
“In order to realize the high-speed readout, the circuit used to convert the analogue video signal from pixels to a digital signal has been doubled from a 2-tier construction to a 4-tier construction in order to improve processing ability. Although there are speed limitations in the interface specifications for outputting signals from image sensors to other LSIs, this sensor uses DRAM to store signals read at high speed temporarily, enabling data to be output at an optimal speed for the standard specifications. As a result, the product is capable of reading one still image of 19.3 million pixels in only 1/120 of a second (approximately 4x faster than conventional products*3), thereby supporting high-speed image capture,” explains Sony in a press statement.
Sony announced the development results of the all-new CMOS image sensor at the recent International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco. The new Sony CMOS image sensor is claimed to be eight times faster than the Sony IMX318.
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