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Lenovo has confirmed the launch of its 2-in-1 Yoga Book in India. The company has sent out media invites for an event on Tuesday where it will unveil its ‘thinnest’ laptop hybrid in the country. To recall, Lenovo unveiled the 2-in-1 Yoga Book earlier this year at IFA 2016. It was launched in both Android and Windows versions.

The Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) was priced at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 37,300) and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow while the Yoga Book (Windows) was priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 44,700) running Windows 10 Pro. As of now, the company has not clarified whether both versions will be available in the market.

Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a hybrid device and comes with a Halo Keyboard and a real-pen accessory. The Halo Keyboard is a full touchscreen backlit ‘slate-like’ keyboard which lacks any physical keys and comes with inbuilt artificial intelligence software which learn the user’s typing and navigation habits. The real-pen accessory on the other hand can draw on the halo keyboard just like a real pen. Lenovo at the global launch of the Yoga Book touted that the device was the world’s “thinnest and lightest” 2-in-1 laptop hybrid with 9.6mm thickness, and 690 grams weight.

For specifications, the Yoga Book features a 10.1-inch full-HD (1200×1920 pixels) display and is powered by quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor coupled with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The device packs 64GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage up to 128GB via microSD card.
The device also supports single Nano-SIM and features Dolby Atmos. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. It packs 8500mAh battery.

 

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The latest OS sales data figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that iOS adoption has seen a boost in three months ending October, all thanks to the sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Japan currently holds the top spot where iOS holds the greatest share at 51.7 percent of smartphone sales, followed by 44 percent in Great Britain, and 40.5 percent in the US.

In the US, iOS share saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase, with the share being at 33.5 percent last year in the three months ending October. Calling Apple the ‘most desirable brand in the world’, the report says that this is the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8 percent).

Even though Android still holds the dominant share of sales at 57.9 percent in the US, the report says the quarter saw the fifth consecutive year-on-year decline in Android share. This strong growth rate of iOS is attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US market. “The lack of the headphone jack has proved to be a non-issue for US iPhone consumers, as iPhone 7 was the top selling device in the three months ending October 2016, achieving 10.6 percent of smartphone sales, despite not being available for the full three month period. iPhone 7 Plus was the 4th best-selling device at 5.3 percent, behind the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The iPhone also did well in other parts of the world. In Europe – France, Italy, Spain, and the UK saw in increase in iOS share, while Germany saw a decline in iOS share. In Great Britain, the iPhone 7 was the top selling device. iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in Urban China in the three months ending October 2016, capturing 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.

 

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A number of users have reported graphics card issues in their new MacBook Pro 2016 laptops, with some even reporting unrecoverable crashes. Now, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi has reportedly replied to a grievance mail claiming that the issue has been resolved in the latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Developer and public beta program members are currently testing macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and the beta cycle for the particular is expected to end soon. According to the alleged email by Federighi, the commercial release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 will mean the end of the graphics card issue and all those visual glitches.

MacRumors got hold of the alleged response email, and it reads, “Thanks for the note! We believe we have addressed all of these graphics issues in the latest [beta] of Sierra 10.12.2 (available at beta.apple.com). I hope that you enjoy your new MacBook Pro – it’s a fantastic machine!”

Many users claim that the graphics card starts showing problems when using Adobe Media Encoder, and the computer eventually crashes, while others claim issues with the Photos app. One user’s MacBook Pro allegedly started ‘flashing violently with red/ green hues and a sort of chequerboard pattern.’

Most users are convinced that the dedicated GPU in the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar is causing this issue, however many 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 users (with Function Keys and with Touch Bar) have also made the same complaint. While MacRumors claims that the mail cannot be verified, there’s little reason for it to be fake. In any case, all shall be known once macOS Sierra 10.12.2 is released. Recently, many MacBook Pro users also reported battery life issues claiming that their fully charged laptops are dying in just three hours of normal usage.

Are you experiencing any glitches on your new MacBook Pro 2016? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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YouTube on Thursday said that it will start showing Indian users more local language content in the Home and Trending tabs. The change in displayed content will start rolling out for all users from Thursday itself, and users will not need to adjust any settings.

The Google-owned video sharing platform in a press statement said that it will automatically identify the user’s preferred Indic language, based on the user’s watch history, user interface language, and location. Languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.

In case YouTube identifies the wrong language for users, they can change their language setting from the bottom of the page on desktop. On the Android and iOS mobile apps, language settings are based on the device settings. YouTube adds that users can alternatively also just watch more videos in their language, and it “will gradually correct itself.”

The company says that thanks to the move, users will see more local language content in the Home tab such as movies and music, especially if they are first time users. The Trending section will show videos that are popular with other users with similar language preferences.

“We are excited to help more Indians find content in their local languages, especially those who are coming online for the first time. We hope this will make their experience even more engaging and relevant. We’re equally excited to help regional content creators reach audiences in their local languages more quickly,” YouTube said in its statement.

 

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LG on Monday launched its latest flagship smartphone in India – the V20. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 54,999, and will officially become available to buy via Amazon India – the exclusive online retail partner – and retail stores from Tuesday.

The LG V20 will be bundled with a free B&O PLAY headset worth Rs. 18,000. The company has also announced an exchange offer where consumers can exchange their old smartphone for a new LG V20 and get a “minimum assured Rs. 20,000 off” – the offer is valid on select smartphones only. More details on this offer are forthcoming. The company will also be bundling a free SF coated back cover. The highlight of the smartphone is of course its dual screen and dual rear camera setup, while it also features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder, and B&O PLAY speakers. To recall, it was also the first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box when it was launched back in September.

The company touts that the LG V20 is built out of AL6013 metal, and is MIL-STD-810G rated for shock (516.6). LG says the smartphone can easily withstand a drop from a height of four feet. LG has launched the 64GB inbuilt storage variant of the smartphone in India, and storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

The LG V20 sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) IPS Quantum Display, and a secondary display – just like the LG V10 as well. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. On the imaging front, LG V20 sports a 16-megapixel primary rear camera (f/1.8 aperture) with an additional 8-megapixel secondary rear camera (f/2.4 aperture) as well; in front, LG V20 has a 5-megapixel sensor with a 120-degree wide-angle lens and an f/1.9 aperture.

The LG V20 battery is rated at 3200mAh, and the smartphone measures 159.70×78.10×7.60mm, and weighs 174 grams. Sensors on board the LG V20 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and gyroscope. Connectivity options on the LG V20 include 4G LTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared, and USB OTG.

 

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In the war of social media platforms, we have reached a point where it is becoming hard to distinguish which features are exclusive to any particular platform. Every platform is now borrowing the best features from its rivals, in an attempt to attract audiences. In what seems like a continuation of this trend, Facebook is reportedly working a feature that would enable select publishers to push curated content directly into a user’s News Feed.

The social media networking giant’s rumoured feature ‘Collections’ works similarly to the Snapchat Discover feature that displays content in an organised way from media partners, as per a report by Business Insider. The report adds that early partners have been told the content will be added to the user’s News Feed by Facebook, and therefore reach a much wider audience.

As of now, publishers have to either gather enough likes or pay the website through its sponsored post program in order for their content to turn up in a user’s News Feed. It will be interesting to see how this new feature from the company, if it does roll out eventually, is received by users considering the recent flak it received on accusations of spreading fake news. Facebook declined commenting about the feature when being contacted by Business Insider.

Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook has been working on fake news or misinformation issue for a quite some time now. He said that the problem at hand is complex both technically as well as philosophically. He went on to outline the steps that are already under-way to curb the distribution of fake news.

 

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Lenovo Phab 2 smartphone, featuring a 6.4-inch display and 4050mAh battery, was launched in India on Tuesday. Priced at Rs. 11,999, the Lenovo Phab 2 will be available in India starting Friday and will be come in Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold colours. As teased earlier, the Lenovo Phab 2 will be available via Flipkart.

The company already unveiled the Phab 2 Plus in India last month priced at Rs. 14,999, though there is still no word when Lenovo plans to launch the Phab 2 Pro, the Tango-ready phone, in India.

To refresh, the Lenovo Phab 2 is a Phab 2 Plus variant with some downgrades. The Phab 2 sports a lower resolution screen, camera is also downgraded, and there is no fingerprint scanner on the handset.

For specifications, the Lenovo Phab 2 features a 6.4-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Phab 2 packs 32GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 128GB). For imaging, Lenovo Phab 2 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and PDAF while there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens. Lenovo has also claimed that the Phab 2 comes with augmented reality (AR) effects in camera app. The handset comes with 3 mics to record audio and also supports noise cancellation.

Lenovo Phab 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (both Micro-SIMs). The Phab 2 smartphone measures 175×88.5×9.6mm, and weighs 225 grams. Connectivity options of Lenovo Phab 2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support. It packs a massive 4050mAh battery, and was launched in Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey colour options.

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With the aim to cover more than 10 states with one million sales volume by 2017, Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad on Monday announced that it will start selling smartphones through offline channels.


Coolpad will establish 5,000 core shops and 10,000 retail shops by 2017, the company said in a statement. “Since the launch of Coolpad in India, we have sold more than one million smartphones and are confident that the offline presence will contribute majorly to our growth trajectory in India for 2017,” said Syed Tajuddin, CEO of Coolpad India.

Coolpad’s recently launched Note 3S will also be available in offline stores for which Amazon India will be the national distributor.

The Coolpad Note 3S sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1080 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D screen protection. It is powered by the 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 32GB).

The Coolpad Note 3S runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based of Cool UI 8.0. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and f/2.2 aperture. There’s a 5-megapixel selfie camera with fixed focus and f/2.2 aperture as well. It packs a 2500mAh battery that is claimed to last up to 200 hours on standby. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, and 4G VoLTE.

 

 

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US-based handset maker InFocus will soon launch a new smartphone in India that will support Aadhaar authentication using the iris scanner on the device.

Priced at under Rs. 12,000, the device will be made available early next year. InFocus also says it has been awarded STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) from the Indian government and the company plans to launch more devices supporting Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the future.

STQC certification authenticates the use of Iris-recognition devices, used for biometric authentication linked under the Aadhaar project.

“InFocus smartphone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment and on-board K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximising true positive identification rates,” InFocus India Country Head Sachin Thapar told PTI.

Apart from UIDAI, IriTech also works with government agencies in the US, Kenya and Columbia. The smartphone with embedded algorithm can complete an image capture and K7 image generation in less than 2 seconds. It can capture the iris image under various environments, including under direct sunlight.
“Moreover, the biometric data from the InFocus device gets encrypted by a UIDAI key at the chip level in device, making it impossible for anyone but the Aadhaar server to see the information. Such encryption prevents information leakage of all kinds,” Thapar said.

Thapar added there is a great potential in the integration of iris recognition technology in a ubiquitous device like a smartphone.

“While the M425 will be made available in the next 2-3 months, we will bring more devices with this technology as we have received the certification,” he added. Thapar was referring to an iris scanning variant of the InFocus Bingo 20 (M425), which was launched in March this year at Rs. 5,749.
Currently, Samsung is the only phone maker to have already embedded Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS technology in its Galaxy Tab Iris.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has held discussions with handset makers and operating system providers to embed the identification technology onto their devices. The

availability of smart devices that are Aadhaar-enabled will help people authenticate their Aadhaar biometrics on the phone itself to avail of various government schemes, subsidies and services.

“The InFocus Aadhaar-enabled iris smartphone is a great example of the innovation possible on the Aadhaar platform. The phone is timely as it can be used for applications like opening instant bank accounts with eKYC and as a cashless micro ATM for merchant payments. This will accelerate JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) implementation,” said Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of UIDAI.

The dual-SIM InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) smartphone is a 4G-VoLTE enabled smartphone that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The phone features a 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB), apart from a 2300mAh battery.

Stating that the device can be used as a secure and reliable biometric solution in various arenas like banking, E-PDS (Electronic Public Distribution System), MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act) payments, E-governance services such as passport, taxation, healthcare and education, Thapar said this also represents a huge leap towards facilitating biometric identification.

“It also eliminates use of any separate devices for biometric identification,” he added.
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Alcatel unveiled its smartphones Idol 4 and Idol 4s at its pre-MWC 2016 event earlier this year. Interestingly, these were the first smartphones launched by the company after its rebranding to simply Alcatel from Alcatel OneTouch. Now, the company has started sending out invites for the launch of the Idol 4 smartphone in India on Thursday.

The Alcatel Idol 4 will be launched with a VR headset in India and the company says that it marks its foray into the expansive VR space. “The uniquely designed Idol 4 smartphones take everything up a notch with a new Boom Key and an augmented multimedia experience,” Alcatel said in its press invite for the event.

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LTPS display. The Idol 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable (up to 512GB) via microSD card.

In terms of optics, the Alcatel Idol 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with touch focus and dual-LED flash. At front we have an 8-megapixel shooter, tagged with flash. The smartphone comes with a real-time face beautification feature.

The Alcatel Idol 4 measures 147×72.5×7.1mm and weighs 135 grams. It houses a 2610mAh battery, and further comes with support for Quick Charge version 2.0. The device was priced at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 20,100) by the company at its launch but Indian pricing is yet to be announced by Alcatel.

 

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