Archive for June, 2017



After being launched in India, HMD Global is expanding the availability of Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones. Both the phones will be going on sale in the UK starting next month.

The Nokia 3 will be going on sale in the UK from July 12, and will be available unlocked at GBP 129.99 (roughly Rs. 10,600). The Nokia 5, on the other hand, will be going on sale sale on July 19 and will be priced at GBP 179.99 (roughly Rs. 15,000). Currently, interested consumers in the UK can pre-order the Nokia 3 or Nokia 5 via Amazon or Clove e-commerce websites.

Notably, Clove also mentions that July 12 and 19 are official launch dates for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 respectively. Surprisingly, there’s no availability detail on the Nokia 6, which completes the trio of new Android smartphones from HMD Global.

The company unveiled the trio of Android smartphones in India earlier this month. The Nokia 5 price in India is Rs. 12,899, and will be available for pre-booking starting July 7 through offline channels. Nokia 3, is the cheapest of the three, has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and is now on sale in India. The Nokia 6 has been launched in India at Rs. 14,999. The Nokia 6 registrations for the first sale will start on July 14, but the company has not announced when the smartphone will go on sale.

The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor at the front. The handset features a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button and it houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card support. Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.

 

 

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While Moto G5S Plus has already seen its fair share of leaks, the yet-to-be-announced smartphone’s battery capacity and price estimates have now been leaked by a tipster. While earlier it was estimated that the Moto G5S Plus might be priced at Rs. 17,999, the new leak suggests that the smartphone will be priced slightly higher than the previous estimate.

 

Popular tipster Andri Yatim said in his tweet that the Moto G5S Plus will be priced between Rs. 18,999 and Rs. 19,999 by the company, as pointed out in a report by GSMArena. Yatim has further suggested that the smartphone will house a 3068mAh battery, which will put it in the same bracket as the Moto G5 Plus that comes with 3000mAh battery.

Apart from the information mentioned above, Yatim also shared some of the renders of the smartphone that show the dual cameras and two colour variants of the smartphone. Notably, the renders shared by Yatim are strikingly similar to the renders of the Moto G5S Plus that were leaked earlier. To recall, it was previously suggested that the handset will be made available in in four colours: Gold, Grey, Silver (with White front), and Gold (with White front).

Some of rumoured specifications of the Moto G5S Plus include 5.5-inch full-HD display, octa-core processor, and Android 7.0 Nougat. As seen in the leaked images, the handset will feature fingerprint scanner at the front.

 

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Asus has launched its new Vivobook S laptop with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processor at a starting price of $699 in the US. The highlight feature of the new Asus laptop is thin bezels on the display, described as NanoEdge by the company.

 

NanoEdge bezel provides the laptop with an impressive 80-percent screen-to-body ratio. With the use of this display, the Asus Vivobook S is able to fit a full-size 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch laptop frame, the company says on its website.

The new portable from Asus Vivobook series runs on Windows 10, features a 15.6-inch Wideview colour rich display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and viewing angle of up to 178-degrees. The laptop is available with up to Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop is available with up to 1TB of HDD storage and a combo option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD as well.

 

The connectivity options on the new Asus Vivobook S include a fingerprint sensor, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and HDMI. The new Vivobook S is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs around 1.6kg. It measures 14.2×9.6×0.7-inches and comes with a 42WHrs rated 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery. Asus claims that the battery on the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The Asus Vivobook S laptop is already available for purchase and can be bought either from Asus’ own online store or through third-party retailers like Newegg in the US.

 

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In November last year, Sony started pushing the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its premium line of smartphones. The Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact got the Nougat update in December and now users report the company is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to these devices. As per a report, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat is being released to most of the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact users along with the June Android security patch update.

According to Xperia Blog, the new update for Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact brings Android 7.1.1 Nougat through a new build number 34.3.A.0.194. It also comes with the latest June Android security patches for Xperia X and Xperia X Compact. It is not clear whether the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is rolling out globally.

 

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings a number of features such as app shortcuts, support for circular app icons, keyboard image insertion, new emojis, and more. However, a few Xperia X and Xperia X Compact owners report that the app shortcuts feature doesn’t seem to be working on the handsets. Some other features like the clock widget also appear to be missing. There is a possibility that Sony may have chosen to do away with these features as Android versions customised by OEMs do not always have the exact Android features as packed in Google’s Pixel and Nexus smartphones.

For the specifications, the Sony Xperia X Compact features a smaller 4.6-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It also sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with IMX300 sensor. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Xperia X Compact also comes with USB Type-C port and Quick Charge 2.0 support. On the other hand, Sony Xperia X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM; 32GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card. It has a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash, apart from a 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

 

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Luxury phone brand Vertu on Tuesday announced its agreement with TCL Communication which will let the former use the latter’s smartphone technology for its Vertu-branded phones. The partnership will enable Vertu and TCL to come up with a new line of devices.

 

The company in a press statement confirmed that this is the first agreement signed by Vertu since the company was purchased by entrepreneur Hakan Uzan in mid-March of 2017.

The agreement worth $40 million will allow Vertu to use TCL’s technology. The partnership will see 30,000 handcrafted Vertu phones being manufactured under TCL partnership, and they will be produced at the Vertu facility in Church Crookham, Hampshire.

Commenting on the announcement, Hakan said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with TCL Communication. It is the first of many, considerable investments we are making into the business. TCL Communication is a valued partner of Vertu and we hope that this will be the start of a prosperous new chapter in our relationship.”

Vertu also confirmed that it’s going through a “substantial restructuring and modernisation” of all its business units.

 

“Customers will have access to limited, special edition Constellation X products as soon as mid-July, with full ramp up by early September. The new generation of Vertu Concierge Services will start being introduced in mid-July in limited markets, with a new wide ranging portfolio of Vertu Life Style Products becoming available in Vertu Boutiques in early September,” Hakan added.

The parent company Vertu AK France also revealed plans to launch new services and products in September alongside announcing several exclusive luxury partnerships with global brands. The new products will be sold in the key markets such as France, UK, China, Asia, Russia, Western Europe and the Middle East.

Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President of TCL Communication said on the partnership, “TCL Communication is very pleased to extend our successful relationship with Vertu. Combining our advanced smartphone technology with Vertu’s superb craftsmanship and commitment to superior design and performance, it will help create an outstanding experience for its discerning customers.”

Vertu claims to have sold over 500,000 devices worldwide so far and has phones starting at EUR 7,500 with more than 225,000 registered users.

 

 

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Intel has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cyber-security startups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cyber-security problems, Team8 said on Wednesday.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, joins Team8’s syndicate members Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, Citigroup, Accenture, Nokia, Bessemer Venture Partners and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

Israel has some 450 cyber startups, which receive 20 percent of global investment in the sector. Although the need for security is growing quickly, the proliferation of start-ups means that several companies compete in every subsector.

Team8 has already launched two cyber companies, Claroty and Illusive Networks, and two others will follow suit soon.

Team8 co-founder and CEO Nadav Zafrir told Reuters that one company will move out of stealth mode in a few weeks while another will do the same in early 2018 without elaborating.

He noted that each of the syndicate members has a different perspective on cyber.

 

“Citi enables us to see the world from a financial standpoint. With Intel joining we will see the challenges going forward in cyber-security like computing, automotive, cloud, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things),” Zafrir said. “Together we can address the (cyber) problems before they emerge.”

Intel will also collaborate with Illusive, which catches attackers once they break into corporate networks using deception technologies, to help combat so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs).

The alliance between Illusive and Intel extends deception-based cyber security from software to hardware, Illusive said.

“Our collaboration with Illusive networks provides users with more effective defences against sophisticated APTs, in the early stage of the attack, that otherwise go undetected and pose a great threat to enterprises and individuals,” said Jacob Mendel, general manager of Intel’s platform security division.

 

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After a series of leaks, Lenovo has finally made the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus smartphones official in US and other countries. Both the smartphones offer the latest Android software, fingerprint scanning sensor, and front flash support. The Moto E4 is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,300) while the Moto E4 Plus starts at $179.99.

Design wise, both the smartphones sport a metal back with a circular camera frame and antenna lines. There is a Motorola batwing logo and a speaker grille also situated at the back of the smartphone. The devices have a Home Button in the front with the fingerprint sensor packed underneath, and the volume and power keys are both situated on the right edge of the smartphones. The 3.5mm audio jack is seen residing on top and both the smartphones also have a water repellent coating.

Moto E4 specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 processor (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot. Ahead of the launch, Lenovo had told Gadgets 360 that the phone will be powered by the MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America.

As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

Moto E4 Plus specifications
The Moto E4 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 427 SoC in the US, and MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. Apart from the 2GB/16GB variant, it has an additional 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant as well. The rear camera is bumped up to 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and single-LED flash support. The biggest USP of the Moto E4 Plus is 5000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging as well. The dimensions measure at 155×77.5×9.55mm, and the smartphone weighs 181 grams. In the US, the Moto E4 Plus will be available in Iron Gray and Fine Gold colour options. All the other specifications are identical to the Moto E4.

 

 

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Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 India launch event is over, and all the details of the three smartphones have been officially announced. The prices in India of Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3, as well their respective release dates have been revealed by HMD Global. The company also revealed that all the Nokia phones in India will now be manufactured within the country. Notably, these are the first Nokia smartphones to hit the Indian market since the Lumia brand dropped the Nokia moniker under Microsoft’s ownership. Moreover, these are the first Nokia-branded phones with stock Android as the software, instead of a heavily tweaked version of the popular mobile OS.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Nokia 6 price in India is Rs. 14,999, and the smartphone will be exclusively available on Amazon India. Registrations for the Nokia 6 sale will begin on July 14 on Amazon, and as a launch offer, those who purchase the phone from using their Amazon Pay balance will get a Rs. 1,000 discount.

On the other hand, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are both offline-exclusive products, and will be available via over 80,000 retail stores that stock the company’s handsets. The Nokia 3 price in India is Rs. 9,499 and it will go on sale starting June 16, while the price in India of Nokia 5 is Rs. 12,899, and pre-bookings for the handset will begin on July 7.

These are highly competitive prices, and will mean the three Nokia Android phones will compete with the different variants of Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 in the highly competitive segment of affordable smartphones.

 

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 specifications and features
Nokia 6, the best-specced of the new Nokia-branded Android phones announced so far, features a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and a fingerprint sensor below the display. The Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and was powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset will come with 32GB inbuilt storage, and will support microSD card support up to 128GB, and houses a 3000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 sports a 16-megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel. Featuring body made using 6000 series aluminium, the smartphone comes with in-built dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support, and is aimed at those who want great design and specifications.

Nokia 5 has been targeted to those who want a compact smartphone, and features a fingerprint sensor. For specifications, it comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Nokia 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB inbuilt storage. It also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Nokia 5 packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor at the front. Other features of the smartphone include Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 3000mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.

Lastly, Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget. It comes with a polycarbonate body and metallic frame on the sides. For specifications, the Nokia 5 features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC, 16GB storage, up to 128GB microSD card support, Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 2650mAh battery, and 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back.

 

 

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After years toiling away in secret on its car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time laid out exactly what the company is up to in the automotive market: It’s concentrating on self-driving technology.

“We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in an interview on Bloomberg Television on June 5. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important.”

“We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects,” Cook said in his most detailed comments to date on Apple’s plans in the car space. “It’s probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on.”

The prospect of self-driving cars has seen a slew of technology companies push into the auto industry, which is estimated to be worth $6.7 trillion (roughly Rs. 431,29,903 crores) by 2030, according to McKinsey & Co. Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has signed partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Lyft Inc. to develop the technology. And carmakers from BMW AG to General Motors Co. have opened sizable Silicon Valley offices and dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire autonomous vehicle startups.

Apple had initially been seeking to build its own car, before recalibrating those ambitions last year to prioritise the underlying technology for autonomous driving, Bloomberg News reported. The iPhone maker had hired more than 1,000 engineers to work on Project Titan, as the car team is known internally, after it started in 2014.

Ballooning costs and headcount led to Apple veteran Bob Mansfield being given the reins of the team in 2016. Cook has never before openly outlined Apple’s plans, though public filings have surfaced in recent months that provided snapshots of Apple’s efforts.

The iPhone maker secured a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in April to test three self-driving sports-utility vehicles, photos of which emerged several weeks later. A half-dozen vehicles had been surreptitiously testing the autonomous technology on public roads in and around the San Francisco Bay area for at least a year, according to someone familiar with Project Titan. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment on how long the company has been conducting road tests.

 

In December, Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealing the company’s interest in automotive technology. It became public when it was published on a federal website. In the letter, Kenner wrote about the company’s excitement surrounding the potential for automated systems in fields like transportation.

“There is a major disruption looming there,” Cook said on Bloomberg Television, citing self-driving technology, electric vehicles and ride-hailing. “You’ve got kind of three vectors of change happening generally in the same time frame.”

Cook was also bullish about the prospects for electric vehicles, a market which last week helped Tesla Inc. become the world’s fourth-biggest carmaker by market capitalisation, even as it ranks well outside the top 10 by unit sales.

“It’s a marvelous experience not to stop at the filling station or the gas station,” Cook said.

Apple invested $1 billion last year in Didi Chuxing, the biggest Chinese ride-hailing service. The announcement came soon after Mansfield took over Project Titan and set about cutting hundreds of engineers. Whereas Apple had initially been building its own car, Mansfield scrapped those plans in favor of building an autonomous driving system. The company will make a decision on whether to proceed with the push later this year, the people said at the time.

In the interview on Bloomberg Television, Cook was hesitant to disclose whether Apple will ultimately manufacture its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” Cook said. “We’re not really saying from a product point of view what we will do.”

 

 

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