Archive for February, 2019



WhatsApp has reportedly begun testing the group invitation control feature in Android, a feature that will allow users to decide who can add them to a group. Thanks to the nifty feature, users can avoid being added to a WhatsApp group without their permission and provides them with three levels of control over becoming members of a WhatsApp group. The feature is currently disabled by default, but was nonetheless spotted in code by beta watcher WABetaInfo. It can expected to be added soon once the bugs and glitches have been ironed out.

The group invitation control feature spotted in the WhatsApp beta update (version 2.19.55) is essentially the same feature that was released via a beta update for iOS TestFlight users. As mentioned above, the feature is currently under the early stage of development and is not widely available to all members of the WhatsApp beta programme for Android. The feature’s arrival on the Android platform via the beta channel was spotted by WABetaInfo.

The group invitation feature was not visible in the WhatsApp beta for Android at the time of writing, as checked in two separate builds –version 2.19.55 and version 2.19.56. There is no word when this feature will be made available to beta testers, neither is there any information when it will be rolled out via the stable channel.

As for the group invitation feature itself, it can be accessed by going through this path on WhatsApp’s Android client: Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups, WABetaInfo claims. The “Groups” sub-section allows users to choose between three invitation control settings – Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody. The Everyone option will allow any WhatsApp user to add one to a group without the need to send an invite and wait for approval.

The My Contacts option will only allow users in an individual’s contact list to add users to a WhatsApp group without having to send an invite, while the rest will be asked to send an invitation first that users can choose to accept or decline. The Nobody setting will prevent everyone from adding users to a group. Once this option is enabled, users will receive an invitation whenever an admin wants to add them to a WhatsApp group.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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Fans in India will be able to watch Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona live and free on Facebook Watch, the social media giant’s streaming platform, La Liga has said.

Spain’s top flight signed a landmark deal with Facebook last August which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for free on the social network, although not all matches are streamed live.

Facebook began venturing into sports streaming in 2017 by broadcasting weekly Major League Baseball games and counts India as its largest market by users.

“As home to the two most-followed sports clubs on Facebook and some of the world’s most iconic footballers, La Liga has a huge global presence on our platform,” Peter Hutton, Facebook’s head of global live sports programming, told Reuters.

“Its popularity is notably visible in the Indian subcontinent, so we’re delighted to be able to serve the community of fans there with free, live La Liga matches for the next three seasons.

“We see this as a great opportunity to not only bring people together around world-class football, but also help La Liga reach new audiences and grow its visibility in a key development market.”

Through the Facebook Watch partnership, La Liga has been able to reach a new and younger audience in a country of 1.3 billion people with 82 percent of viewers so far under the age of 35.

Earlier in 2018, Amazon won rights to show 20 English Premier League matches a season from 2019 in Britain showing the growing influence of online broadcasters in sport.

The deal with Facebook is the latest and most significant step in La Liga’s expansion strategy in India, which began with the opening of an office in New Delhi in September 2016.

The league has seen steady growth in the world’s second most populous country and its Facebook page has risen from 300,000 to more than 3.5 million followers since September 2016.

“El Clasico is the biggest rivalry not only in La Liga, but the world, with an aggressive competitiveness between the clubs and of course adding to that luminous history,” Jose Antonio Cachaza, managing director, La Liga India said.

“It is the perfect opportunity for fans in India to experience watching the best of football live and free on Facebook Watch, with enhanced ease and convenience.

“This fixture will be available solely on Facebook Watch for the first time and we hope a maximum number of fans across the nation are able to watch this high-profile clash between two giants of the sport.”

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We have a new trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will quite possibly be the last X-Men movie before its roster of characters get sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of its maker 21st Century Fox. Set nearly a decade after the events of the last chapter — X-Men: Apocalypse — Dark Phoenix is the fourth chapter of the X-Men saga featuring younger versions of the original characters and the twelfth overall in the X-Men franchise, which began all the way back in 2000. The newest X-Men entry is an adaptation of the comic book saga of the same name, which was previously explored in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand.

If you are wondering why writer-director Simon Kinberg — who’s making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, after writing or producing several past X-Men films — is going back to a story fans have partially seen before, there are two reasons for that. The first has to do with the confusing timeline of the X-Men universe and the second with public reception. 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past essentially cancelled out everything we saw in The Last Stand. The latter chapter wasn’t liked by many particularly, anyway. With Dark Phoenix, Kinberg wants to give fans a “more faithful” take on the storyline.

The new X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer opens with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, from Game of Thrones) rhetorically questioning her other personality. Later, Jessica Chastian’s unnamed character — who is said to be playing an alien shapeshifter — convinced Grey that she’s special and that she needs to “embrace the force inside her”. James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier aka Professor X puts it plainly: “She will kill us all.”

In addition to Turner and McAvoy, all the stars are back to reprise their X-Men characters, including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Beast, and Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) as Cyclops. Here’s the official synopsis for X-Men: Dark Phoenix:

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is schedule to release June 7, 2019 in India.

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As the European Parliament election inch closer, the European Commission has claimed Facebook is withholding key data on its efforts towards how the platform is rooting out the spread of poll-related disinformation.

According to a report in The Guardian on Thursday, the European Commission has complained that Facebook has set up fact checkers only in eight of the European Union’s (EU) 28 member states.

“Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been under fire from the European Commission for failing to provide it with the hard numbers to prove that it was living up to promises made in a voluntary code of conduct,” said the report.

“Facebook has again failed to provide all necessary information, including any data on its actions in January on scrutiny of ad placements or efforts to disrupt advertising and monetisation incentives for those behind disinformation,” the report said, quoting EU’s security commissioner Sir Julian King and digital economy commissioner, Mariya Gabriel.

The commission, however, said Google has fared slightly better on sharing information on election-related misinformation.

The next elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held in May. A total of 751 members of the European Parliament currently represent more than 512 million people from 28 member states.

Facebook in January said it is committed to setting a high standard for transparency when it comes to political advertising on Facebook in EU.

“To run electoral ads or ads about highly debated and important issues related to the European Parliament Elections, advertisers will be required to confirm their identity and include additional information about who is responsible for their ads,” Anika Geisel, Public Policy Elections, Europe said in a blog post.

Facebook said it was planning to set up new operation centres, focused on election integrity, including one in Dublin.

“Working together with our teams in our Menlo Park headquarters and across Europe, the new initiative will serve as an added layer of defence against false news and misinformation, hate speech, voter suppression and election interference,” said Facebook.

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Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, and Galaxy A10 have formally been launched in India. The new Galaxy A-series models feature Super AMOLED display panels along with multiple camera sensors and include as much as 4,000mAh battery. There are is also Android Pie out-of-the-box along with Samsung’s One UI on top. Samsung notably unveiled the Galaxy A50 (seen above) and Galaxy A30 for the global markets earlier this week and showcased them at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona. Alongside the two superior Galaxy A models, the South Korean company has launched the Galaxy A10 that comes as a budget option in the new family.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A10 price in India

The Samsung Galaxy A50 price in India has been set at Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configuration, while its 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 22,990. The phone comes in Blue, White, and Black colour options. The Galaxy A30 price, on the other hand, has been set at Rs. 16,990, and the Galaxy A10 price is set at Rs. 8,490. Both models come in Red, Blue, and Black colour options.

Samsung will start selling the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 in India from March 2, while the Galaxy A10 will go on sale in India starting March 20.

To recall, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 for the global markets earlier this week, while it confirmed the existence of the Galaxy A10 through a tweet just a couple of days ago.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A10 specifications
The Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, and Galaxy A10 all the three models run Android Pie along with One UI on top. Samsung has also provided preloaded shooting modes such as Ultra-Wide, Slow-Mo, and Hyperlapse.

In the new Samsung Galaxy A family, the Galaxy A50 features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Infinity-U Display backed by a Super AMOLED panel and 91.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. Further, the Galaxy A50 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9610 SoC, coupled with 6GB and 4GB RAM options.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy A50 has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 25-megapixel sensor along with an auto-focus f/1.7 lens, a 5-megapixel sensor with a fixed-focus f/2.2 lens, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a fixed-focus f/2.2 lens. There is also a 25-megapixel sensor with a fixed-focus f/2.0 lens at the front. Furthermore, the handset comes preloaded with Samsung’s Intelligent Scene Optimiser that is touted to adjust the colour, contrast, and brightness after categorising the subject.

The Galaxy A50 has 64GB of onboard storage option that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. The smartphone packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB Type-C port.

Just like the Galaxy A50, the Samsung Galaxy A30 also has a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7904 SoC, paired with lone 4GB RAM option.

For photos and videos, the Galaxy A30 comes with a dual rear camera setup that comprises a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens. There is also a 25-megapixel sensor at the front along with a fixed-focus f/2.0 lens.

The Galaxy A30 has 64GB of internal storage that supports microSD card (up to 512GB). There is a rear fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the Galaxy A30 packs a 4,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB Type-C port.

Unlike the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30, the Samsung Galaxy A10 has a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) Infinity-V Display panel. The phone comes with an octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC, along with 2GB of RAM.

The Galaxy A10 comes with a single, 13-megapixel camera sensor at the back that comes along with an f/1.9 lens. For selfies, there is a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens.

Samsung has provided 32GB of inbuilt storage on the Galaxy A10 that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). Besides, the Galaxy A10 packs a 3,400mAh battery.

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Redmi Note 7 Pro press renders have surfaced online just days ahead of its formal launch. The leaked press renders shows the upcoming Redmi phone in three different colour options. Separately, a TENAA listing of the Redmi Note 7 Pro has emerged on the Web. Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing last week confirmed the China launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The executive, without revealing any specific date, highlighted that the new model will reach China sometime this week. It is speculated that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will also launch in India alongside the Redmi Note 7 on February 28. To recall, Redmi Note 7 was originally introduced in China last month.

Tipster Ishan Agarwal has leaked the press renders of the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The leaked renders are reportedly pertaining to the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and suggest that at least three colour options of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will debut, including Black, Gradient Blue, and Gradient Red. However, the design of the new model is quite similar to the original Redmi Note 7 that was launched last month.

Agarwal also claimed that Xiaomi would bring both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7 in India during its formal launch event on February 28. This suggests that India could be the first market for the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Alternatively, the company may bring the Redmi Note 7 Pro to China just ahead of its India launch.

In addition to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Agarwal has also leaked the renders of the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 7. These show Black, Blue, and Red colour options of the upcoming handset.

Furthermore, the tipster claimed the Redmi Note 7 Pro would debut in 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configuration. Xiaomi CEO earlier this month suggested that the Redmi Note 7 Pro may get a 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage option as well. This shows that there could at least be two variants of the new Redmi model.

Separately, a TENAA listing of a suspicious Xiaomi phone with model number M1901F7BE has surfaced that is believed to be the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The listing carries some photos as well as key specifications of the new Redmi model. Moreover, the photos showcase the Redmi by Xiaomi branding at the back.

As we mentioned, Redmi President Lu Weibing last week confirmed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro would launch in China sometime this week.

Redmi Note 7 Pro specifications (expected)

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is already confirmed to come with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera sensor — unlike the 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor on the Redmi Note 7. Moreover, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to have a Snapdragon 675 SoC. The Redmi Note 7, in contrast, comes with a Snapdragon 660 SoC.

If we look at the TENAA listing dated February 21 that was first reported by Nashville Chatter, the Redmi Note 7 Pro could come with a 6.3-inch display with a waterdrop-style notch design. The listing also shows a dual rear camera setup as well as a fingerprint sensor. Further, it shows that the device measures 159.21×75.21×8.1mm and packs a 3,900mAh battery.

Redmi Note 7 Pro price (expected)

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is rumoured to come with a price tag of CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,900). However, Weibing in a recent Weibo post suggested that the Redmi Note 7 Pro price could be set around CNY 2,000 (roughly Rs. 21,200).

To recall, the regular Redmi Note 7 was launched in China with a price starting at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,600) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage option that goes up to CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,700) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,900) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant.

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Facebook’s long-awaited privacy tool — “Clear History”, which would let users erase their information collected by Facebook from third-party apps and websites, is now scheduled to come out later this year.

The information was announced by David Wehner, Facebook’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference being held in Barcelona, the media reported.

“Broadly, (clear history is) going to give us some headwinds in terms of being able to target as effectively as before,” CNBC quoted Wehner as saying on Tuesday.

The “Clear History” feature was first announced in May 2018 and was described as “a simple control to clear your browsing history on Facebook — what you’ve clicked on, websites you’ve visited, and so on”, by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

However, Wehner is concerned that the feature would impact Facebook’s ability to target ads to audiences since the social networking giant collects data based on the user’s location and preference history.

“We want to make sure this works the way it should for everyone on Facebook, which is taking longer than expected,” BuzzFeed News quoted Facebook as saying last week.

The testing of the tool is being planned to begin somewhere between March and May.

“Clear History” was proposed by Zuckerberg in reaction to the company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last March and was announced publicly when it just an idea, the media reported.

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Samsung made the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 official at MWC 2019, and now the Galaxy A10 has also suffered a leak. Renders of the Galaxy A10 have been leaked, and it reiterates the design of the most affordable variant of the three Galaxy A phones. Samsung Galaxy A10 sports an Infinity-V display and lacks a rear fingerprint sensor support. We suspect that the upcoming phone will rely on face unlock or other traditional authentication practices.

The renders have been spotted on SlashLeaks and it shows that the Samsung Galaxy A10 sports a waterdrop-style notch at the top of what appears to be an Infinity-V Display, and a slight chin at the bottom. At the back, the phone is seen featuring a dual rear camera setup aligned vertically. As mentioned, there is no fingerprint sensor at the back, and the 3.5mm audio jack is seen on the top edge of the phone. The volume rockers and the power button sit on the right edge of the Galaxy A10.

As per previous leaks, the Galaxy A10 smartphone is tipped to run on Android 9 Pie. The dual-SIM phone should feature a 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V display and is powered by the Exynos 7884B octa-core processor. The phone also is tipped to pack 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot.

Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy A10 comes with a single 13-megapixel rear sensor with an f/1.9 lens and a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 lens. It packs a 4,000mAh battery and measures 155.6×75.6×7.94mm. Further, it features a Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer purposes. The Galaxy A10 is tipped to feature a plastic body and will be offered in Black and Gold colour options.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 in India on February 28, after unveiling them at MWC. The Galaxy A50 price is expected to be at EUR 349 (roughly Rs. 28,100). The global rollout of both Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 models will begin in the middle of next month.

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WhatsApp has reportedly begun testing the group invitation control feature in Android, a feature that will allow users to decide who can add them to a group. Thanks to the nifty feature, users can avoid being added to a WhatsApp group without their permission and provides them with three levels of control over becoming members of a WhatsApp group. The feature is currently disabled by default, but was nonetheless spotted in code by beta watcher WABetaInfo. It can expected to be added soon once the bugs and glitches have been ironed out.

The group invitation control feature spotted in the WhatsApp beta update (version 2.19.55) is essentially the same feature that was released via a beta update for iOS TestFlight users. As mentioned above, the feature is currently under the early stage of development and is not widely available to all members of the WhatsApp beta programme for Android. The feature’s arrival on the Android platform via the beta channel was spotted by WABetaInfo.

The group invitation feature was not visible in the WhatsApp beta for Android at the time of writing, as checked in two separate builds –version 2.19.55 and version 2.19.56. There is no word when this feature will be made available to beta testers, neither is there any information when it will be rolled out via the stable channel.

As for the group invitation feature itself, it can be accessed by going through this path on WhatsApp’s Android client: Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups, WABetaInfo claims. The “Groups” sub-section allows users to choose between three invitation control settings – Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody. The Everyone option will allow any WhatsApp user to add one to a group without the need to send an invite and wait for approval.

The My Contacts option will only allow users in an individual’s contact list to add users to a WhatsApp group without having to send an invite, while the rest will be asked to send an invitation first that users can choose to accept or decline. The Nobody setting will prevent everyone from adding users to a group. Once this option is enabled, users will receive an invitation whenever an admin wants to add them to a WhatsApp group.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Xiaomi has announced that it is running a limited period promotion for its Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Redmi Y2 smartphones. As a part of this promotion, which is live on Mi.com, Flipkart, and Amazon, these Xiaomi phones will be available at discounted prices. The Xiaomi promotion started on February 26 and will continue through February 28. In addition to Xiaomi discounts, the e-retailers are running their own promotions, including bank offers and no-cost EMI offer.

As a part of the Xiaomi promotion, the Redmi Note 6 Pro ₹ 12,494 4GB variant is being offered at just Rs. 11,999, down from Rs. 13,999, whereas the 6GB version of the phone is being sold at Rs. 13,999, down from Rs. 15,999. This Rs. 2,000 discount is only available on Mi.com and Flipkart, and not on Amazon as the latter doesn’t sell the smartphone.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro ₹ 11,994 4GB version can be grabbed at Rs. 10,999, whereas the 6GB is available at just Rs. 11,999. The smartphone normally retails at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB and 6GB variants respectively. This Rs. 2,000 discount on Redmi Note 5 Pro is live on all three websites.

Lastly, the Redmi Y2 ₹ 7,999 3GB version is being offered at just Rs. 7,999 as a part of the Xiaomi sale. On the other hand, the 4GB version of the Redmi Y2 can be purchased at Rs. 9,999. Xiaomi is providing a discount of Rs. 1,000 on the Redmi Y2’s existing online prices. Like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Y2 promotional discount is also available on all three websites – Mi.com, Amazon, and Flipkart.

As we mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi’s promotional discounts will continue through till 11:59pm IST on February 28.

Separately, Flipkart is running its own Month-End Mobile Fest Sale these days. Apart a part of which, the e-retailer is offering a number of offers on phones like Honor 9N ₹ 9,300, Samsung Galaxy S8 ₹ 34,980, Infinix Note 5 ₹ 7,999, and LG G7 ThinQ.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)