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Panasonic India on Thursday launched a new smartphone – the Panasonic P77. The budget smartphone comes with 4G and VoLTE support and is available at all Panasonic outlets across the country at Rs. 6,990 in Grey and White colour variants.


The Android 6.0.1 Lollipop-based Panasonic P77 is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports 4G only on SIM card slot at a time. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

The Panasonic P77 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. It bears 8GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2000mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The Panasonic P77 measures 143x72x7.6mm.

Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said, “We continue to focus on all the segments of mobile phones with different price points and value proposition. We are pleased to offer the new P77 with 4G VoLTE technology to our Indian customers at an affordable price of Rs. 6990. With this device, we reassure our commitment to offer better design & quality products to our valued customers.”

Panasonic also said it expects a 200 percent growth over the same period last year. “The company expects Rs. 600 crore sales this festive season. by aggressively expanding distribution network and launching more phone models,” Rana added.

 

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Xiaomi has been subtly teasing the launch of its upcoming Mi 5s. The Chinese smartphone maker on Monday released a teaser with a big ‘S’, hinting that the company is ready to unveil the Mi 5s on September 27. The phone has now been subjected to AnTuTu’s benchmark test, scoring a mighty impressive 164,119. Xiaomi is of course proud of the score, using it as a new teaser for the smartphone.


The teaser was posted soon after a leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,002 for the Xiaomi Mi 5s hit the Web. Interestingly, the official Mi 5s AnTuTu score was released by Xiaomi soon after LeEco launched the Le Pro 3 on Wednesday. LeEco revealed the Le Pro 3’s AnTuTu score to be 163,544, which puts Xiaomi’s Mi 5s ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if Xiaomi will price the Mi 5s competitively seeing as how the Le Pro 3 comes with mighty specifications at a mid-range price starting CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Taking all the past leaks into consideration, the Mi 5s is expected expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The Mi 5s is also expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.
On the camera front, the Mi 5s is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button.

A fresh rumour doing the rounds of the Internet suggests that Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s. An alleged image of the smaller variant was spotted on Weibo. Specifications related to the 4-inch variant are very speculative at the moment. The device is expected to come with a 4.3-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB inbuilt storage.
With the 4-inch variant being rumoured, this puts the total list of phones Xiaomi is expected to unveil to four – the remaining devices being the bigger Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2. We’ll have to wait for September 27 event to see just how many new devices Xiaomi is planning to pull out of the bag.

 

 

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Uber on Thursday announced the availability of a new feature in India. Called Schedule a Ride, it allows users the convenience of booking an UberX or UberGo ride from 15 minutes to up to 30 days in advance.


In an emailed statement, the ride-hailing app said the Schedule a Ride feature is now available across over 20 cities in India. Uber added that the feature was one of the top-requested services across the world.
Amit Jain, President, Uber India, in a statement explained the rationale of bringing the Schedule a Ride feature to the country, “Uber’s objective to offer accessible and reliable rides goes a notch further with the introduction of ‘Schedule a Ride’ feature. Riders can use this feature to book a ride from 15 mins to 30 days in advance. For our driver-partners, it minimises idle time and for riders it is an additional comfort of knowing your Uber will be there when it’s time to head out.”
Talking about how the feature relates to the Uber for Business (U4B) ride management platform, the company in its statement added, “With the launch of ‘schedule a ride’ our Uber for Business customers now have the choice to plan every aspect of their business travel well in advance.”
To use the feature on the Uber app, select either UberGo or UberX, then tap Schedule a Ride. You will then be presented with the option to set a pickup date, time, location, and destination. Once you cross check these details are correct, then press the Schedule UberX or Schedule UberGo button.
From this point, you can choose to cancel the ride at any point before the ride is on its way to you. Uber specifies its standard cancellation policy applies to Scheduled Rides as well. Uber says it will send you reminders both 24 hours and 30 minutes in advance of your pickup. You’ll also be notified after your ride is on the way, as well as whether dynamic pricing applies.
Uber recently gained attention in the country when it introduced two new India-specific features – Request a Ride for Others, and Dial an Uber.

 

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Lava has launched a new X-series smartphone in India, the X28. Priced at Rs. 7,349, the handset is now available to buy via retailers across the country.

The Lava X28 features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, with a pixel density of 267ppi. The smartphone sports a screen-to-body ratio of 67 percent. The dual-SIM X28 smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and supports 4G, but only on one SIM card at a time. The Lava X28 supports 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). The smartphone also supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility, a highlight of the handset.

It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Lava X28 packs 8GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Backed by a 2600mAh battery, the handset offers up to 14 hours of talk-time on 3G and up to 16 hours of talk time on 2G. Connectivity options on the Lava X28 include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS.

The smartphone will be available in Gold and Silver colours. It measures 155x78x8.9mm and weighs 175 grams.

The domestic handset maker earlier this month ahead of the festive season announced a one-time screen-replacement offer valid for a duration of 365 days. The offer was announced for Lava mobiles purchased between September 15 and November 15 (both days inclusive) and was applicable to both smartphones and feature phones.

 
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Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it’s a cable provider.

That could potentially offer real competition to carriers like Verizon and AT&T for a subset of the country. Comcast has just over 28 million customers.

The cable giant plans to create a service that would run on its 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and use Verizon’s wireless network, which it has a deal to resell.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed the company’s plans at an investment conference Tuesday in New York.

He suggested that Comcast was looking at the mobile service as an add-on to customer bundles, and combining wireless service with Comcast cable or internet would likely make customers stick with Comcast longer.

The company has long looked at mobile service as another potential way to grow its business. Consumers are increasingly watching video on their phones.

Adding wireless service on to a cable bill could also mean some savings for Comcast customers.

“If Comcast is to make this a compelling offer, especially given their lack of history in wireless, they’re going to have to offer some steep discounts in their bundles,” telecom analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research said in an email.

Comcast spokeswoman Jenn Khoury declined to answer questions about the mobile service’s pricing and whether people who didn’t subscribe to Comcast cable or internet could sign up for it.

Several attempts by big cable companies to offer wireless service have foundered, like the Wi-Fi-only phone launched by New York-area cable company Cablevision in early 2015 (Cablevision is now owned by European telecom Altice). Cox Communications, one of the biggest cable companies, pulled the plug on its short-lived mobile phone service in 2011, saying it didn’t have the heft necessary to compete, including the ability to sell certain popular smartphones.

 
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In today’s weird news, a Chinese billionaire’s son purchased eight iPhone 7 smartphones. But that’s not the weird part. The iPhone 7 smartphones were purchased for the son’s dog. You may need a moment to digest what you just read, but the story is fantastically true.

Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jialin, a Chinese businessman whose net worth is over $30 billion. The son bought his dog Coco eight iPhone 7s, according to a post on the dog’s account on Weibo. Yes, the dog has his own Weibo account too – and, it’s verified. The iPhone 7 in China is priced between CNY 6,388 and 7,988 (roughly Rs. 64,210 to Rs. 80,000), which means Sicong spent upwards of CNY 51,071 (roughly Rs. 5,13,000). For the son of a businessman worth $30 billion, that price would not pinch too much.
While Apple fans in China started lining up outside the Apple Store on Friday, Sicong easily managed to get eight of the latest devices from Apple only to give it to his beloved dog. The dog, of course, is seen happily posing with his new collection.

This isn’t the first time Wang Sicong’s dog has received such spotlight. In May 2015, Sicong purchased two Apple Watch Editions for his dog (named Wang Ke Chi Bi), which the dog flaunted on his two front paws. In fact, the Apple Watch Edition models were a lot pricier compared to the iPhone 7, costing somewhere between $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6,40,000) and $17,000 (roughly Rs. 11,00,000) each.
By the looks of it, Sicong’s dog is an all out Apple fan and one can expect him to sport the latest Apple Watch Series 2 in the near future.

 

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After stating that video game publishers can decide how they want to bring their games to Project Scorpio – Microsoft’s next iteration of the Xbox, the company itself will ensure its own games will be in native 4K resolution.

“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K,” said Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios General Manager in conversation with USA Today.

This comes after it was confirmed that not all games playable on the PS4 Pro will have full 4K support.

While it’s but obvious that every PS4 game will run on the PS4 Pro, not all of them will reap the benefits of the system’s improved specifications. The same applies for games in the future – both announced or otherwise – though the chance of enhancements for the PS4 Pro is a lot higher versus games that are already out.

What’s also important is that not all games will have the same visual upgrades. Although 4K adoption appears to be faster than HD, it’s important to note that not all 4K TVs are the same. The kind of experience you get will depend on support for additional features such as high dynamic range (HDR).

All of this simply adds another level of complexity to the buying process. Earlier, buying a console assured you of uniform support and performance over a few years. But with Microsoft and Sony looking for inspiration in smartphones and PC gaming, the days of relatively care-free console purchasing seem to be over.

 
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Feature phones still exist today and Microsoft is making sure of that. After launching the Nokia 230 Dual SIM in December at Rs. 3,869, Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Nokia 216 Dual SIM in India at a price of Rs. 2,495. The feature phone will be available in the country from October 24.

The Nokia 216 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display (240×320 resolution), running on Nokia Series 30+ operating system, with up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD card support. The handset features a VGA camera (0.3-megapixels) with an LED flash module on both the front and back.

Connectivity options include Micro-USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile. The 216 Dual SIM comes with a smaller 1020mAh battery compared to the 1200mAh found on the 230 Dual SIM. Microsoft claims up to 18 hours of talk time and up to 19 days standby (for Dual SIM) for the Nokia 216.

Microsoft is also offering one free Gameloft game every month for a year and users can enjoy titles like GT Racing and Little Big City. Apps and games are available through the Opera Game Store.

The Nokia 216 Dual SIM measures 118.0×50.02×13.5mm and weighs 83 grams. The device is covered in a polycarbonate shell and will be available in Black, Grey, and Blue colour variants.

The launch of the Nokia 216 from Microsoft is surprising especially after the announcement by the company in May that it would sell its feature phone assets to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision that’s better known as Foxconn, and HMD Global in the second half of 2016. It is likely that the Nokia 216 Dual SIM will be the last feature phone from Microsoft once the deal is closed.

 
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Samsung is facing one of its most turbulent times in recent history because of the safety issues with Galaxy Note 7, related to a battery flaw that could result in an explosion. However, the company is trying to control damage to its reputation. We’ve already highlighted how to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit you’ve bought (or received as a replacement) is safe, via the company’s online tool, the green battery indicator, and, the retail box label with an ‘S’ mark and black square on it. However, there are some changes since then which deserve to be highlighted, such as different regions featuring different labels. There are also reports of troubles with exchange programs.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant on Monday published a press release that reveals the various methods to check if the Galaxy Note 7 unit in the user’s possession is safe. The company details that the green-coloured battery indicator can be found on the Status Bar, on the Always On Display screen, as well as the Power Off prompt screen.

Samsung had earlier revealed the new and replacement units in Australia would carry a white label on the retail box along with an ‘S’ written in blue, with a black square within the label. Now however, it is detailing that the white retail box label will carry a black square inside in other regions.

Other users have also complained that the replacement units are not coming with the green-coloured battery indicator and have the same old white battery indicator as the faulty models. The company does not however that the green indicator will only be visible after a software update.

The replacement programme has further landed in trouble as the Note 7 units that have been bought from Samsung’s US website are allegedly not being replaced and are only eligible for refund. According to a Reddit user, on being contacted, Samsung said shipping companies are not ready to transport the phones.

However, the company did say that it has found a private company which is ready to ship the smartphones.

Further, a report from Phone Arena claims that users are facing various kinds of troubles when they are trying to get their phones replaced. The company has strictly advised all carriers that any customers that come in the stores to get their Note 7 units replaced should be allowed to do so with ease. However, various users have complained that they are being denied on several grounds.

 
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Twitter Inc said on Monday it would lay off some employees and halt engineering work at one of its development centres in India’s technology hub Bengaluru.


The layoffs will impact less than 20 employees at the development centre, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The employees were part of ZipDial, an Indian mobile communications startup bought by Twitter last year, the source said.
“Over the past 18 months, we have incorporated the technology and talent of our ZipDial acquisition across our company,” said a company spokesperson.
Twitter said it remained committed to India as a strategic market and would continue to maintain a presence in the city.
The company had 3,860 employees globally as of June 2016. However, it did not disclose the number of employees it had in India.

 
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