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Samsung Galaxy S10 family of smartphones will be available for pre-orders on Flipkart beginning tomorrow, revealed the e-retailer today on its website. The e-commerce website is likely to be the only online store except Samsung Online Shop to carry the upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphones. Flipkart hasn’t officially stated which or all of Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e will be listed for pre orders, but we expect to see all three phones. Samsung India has already listed the new phones on its website, but the pricing information remains a mystery for now.

According to a microsite on Flipkart.com, the e-retailer will start taking the pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 lineup. The microsite is pretty bare-bones right now and doesn’t offer any other details, including the exact availability information. It is believed that Samsung India will start selling the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10e around March 8, if not on the same day. The company has already revealed that select markets will be getting the phones on March 8.

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e prices

As we mentioned earlier, the India price of the Galaxy S10 is unclear as of now, however the US prices – Galaxy S10 starting $899.99 (roughly Rs. 63,900), Galaxy S10+ starting $999.99 (roughly Rs. 71,000), and Galaxy S10e starting $749.99 (roughly Rs. 53,300) – are decent indicators of what we can expect to see in India.

Although Samsung Online Shop doesn’t mention anything about the pre-orders or pre-bookings right now, it is quite likely that the Samsung e-store will also begin taking the pre-bookings for the Galaxy S10 phones on February 22.

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e specifications

Officially introduced at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 smartphones run on Android 9 Pie with the company’s One UI on top. The Indian variants of the phones are likely to be powered by octa-core Exynos 9820 SoC, based on 8nm manufacturing process. The Galaxy S10 sports a 6.1-inch Quad-HD+ Curved AMOLED screen, whereas the Galaxy S10+ comes with a 6.4-inch Quad-HD+ Curved AMOLED display and the Galaxy S10e packs a 5.8-inch Full-HD+ Flat AMOLED screen. Samsung has included 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM on the Galaxy S10, up to 12GB on Galaxy S10+, and up to 8GB on the Galaxy S10e. In terms of the on-board storage, you will get 128GB or 512GB on the Galaxy S10, up to 1TB on the Galaxy S10+, and up to 256GB on the Galaxy S10e. All three phones have microSD card slots (up to 512GB) for further storage expansion.

In terms of the cameras, there is a triple camera setup on both Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ with a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto f2.4 auto-focus lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with wide-angle f1.5/ f2.4 auto-focus lens, and a 16-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle f2.2 fixed-focus lens. The Galaxy S10e is missing the 12-megapixel sensor with telephoto lens, packs the other two. On the front, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e include a single 10-megapixel sensor with f1.9 auto-focus lens, whereas the Galaxy S10+ features a dual camera setup with 8-megapixel RGB depth sensor with a f2.2 fixed-focus len and 10-megapixel sensor with f1.9 auto-focus lens.

Lastly, the Galaxy S10+ comes with a 4,100mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10 packs a 3,400mAh battery and Galaxy S10e includes a 3,100mAh battery.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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Lenovo Group, the world’s largest personal computer maker, posted better-than-expected quarterly results and shrugged off the impact of a bruising Sino-US trade war, sending its shares soaring 11 percent to three-year highs.

The company, dual-headquartered in China and the United States, is optimistic of further growth in China and will focus on the premium market, CEO and chairman Yang Yuanqing told Reuters after December quarter revenue rose to the highest in four years on a strong showing across its major business groups.

“Definitely we don’t want to see more trade war, political tension. If that continues, that would affect everyone, not just us, all multinationals,” Yang said in an interview on Thursday.

Lenovo shares rose 11.4 percent on Thursday morning, poised for their best one-day gains in almost 10 years, and adding about $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,100 crores) to their market value.

Yang said Lenovo is well-prepared for geopolitical and economic volatility as its manufacturing facilities are spread across China, the United States, India, Brazil, Japan and Mexico, ensuring a stable supply.

Lenovo, which bought IBM’s personal computer and server businesses, relies on the Americas for 31 percent of its total revenue, versus 26 percent from China.

Net profit for the quarter was $233 million, ahead of the $207 million average of 10 analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv and up from a loss of $289 million in the same period a year earlier when Lenovo took a one-off hit due to US tax reforms.

Lenovo said its share in the global PC market rose to 24.6 percent and that it expanded in premium markets such as workstations, thin and light PCs and gaming PCs.

Total revenue in the quarter rose 8.5 percent to $14.04 billion, while that from its PC and smart devices group rose 12 percent to a record $10.7 billion.

Industry tracker Gartner said last month worldwide PC shipments fell 4.3 percent in the December quarter and 1.3 percent in 2018, but that the biggest three vendors – Lenovo, HP, and Dell – expanded their market share in the quarter to 63 percent of total shipments from 59 percent.

Lenovo’s mobile phone business recorded a pre-tax profit – of $3 million, its first pre-tax profit since it bought Motorola’s mobile business in 2014 for $2.9 billion and struggled to integrate the assets. But revenue declined 20 percent, with Lenovo attributing the fall to a strategy of focusing on core markets.

Yang said he expects the PC market to consolidate further and that Lenovo would “leverage suitable opportunities”.

He also said the group sees further growth potential in the China PC market, which still lags the US industry in sales volume and revenue. “This is not consistent with our population,” Yang said, drawing reference to China’s smartphone and automobile markets, which are the world’s largest.

The loss in Lenovo’s data centre business narrowed to $55 million from $86 million a year earlier, while revenue grew 31 percent. Yang said a new joint venture with US cloud storage company NetApp would give a further boost to this segment, but declined to give a target date for breaking even.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Samsung has begun the rollout of the Android 9 Pie update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, several users report. The update is currently said to be live in Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands markets. It is expected to reach other countries over the coming weeks. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the fifth and sixth Samsung phones respectively to receive the stable Android 9 Pie update. The software update brings the company’s One user interface as well as the February security patch to the smartphones.

According to user reports on Reddit, the Android 9 Pie is live over-the-air (OTA) for both Samsung Galaxy S8 ₹ 34,910 and Galaxy S8+ ₹ 41,789 smartphones. The Galaxy S8 update package size is 1610MB, however the update size for Galaxy S8+ is unclear right now, but it is probably around the same size as the Galaxy S8 update. Like all Android updates, the Pie update is also being released in batches by Samsung, so it will take some time to reach all users. If you are living in a country where the update is currently live, you will automatically receive a notification to start the update process. You can also manually look for the update by going to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually. The rollout was first reported by SamMobile.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ update changelog

As per the official changelog published by Samsung, the update bumps the software build number to G950FXXU4DSBA and G955FXXU4DSBA on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ respectively. The update includes One UI, improvements to notifications, updated Samsung Keyboard, new features in Always On Display, and revamped Settings. Additionally, you can expect to see improved Bixby, tweaks to Phone, Contacts, Camera, Gallery, My Files, and Samsung Health apps. As we mentioned earlier, the updates for both phones also pack the February security patch.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ specifications

To remind you, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ was introduced back in March 2017 with Android 7 Nougat on-board and have since received a number of software updates including the Android 8 Oreo.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display. Both the smartphones sport 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture, while there is an 8-megapixel front camera with autofocus on board as well, featuring an f/1.7 aperture.

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones, Samsung has also released the Android 9 Pie update for the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy Note 8. Some of these updates are only live in select markets, and others will get them over the coming weeks.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Tesla said on Wednesday its general counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving the electric carmaker just two months into the job, the latest in a string of top-level departures at the company.

Butswinkas, who joined Tesla in December and was reporting to Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, will return to his previous role as the company’s outside counsel at law firm Williams & Connolly.

Jonathan Chang, Tesla’s vice president of legal department, will replace Butswinkas effective immediately, the company said in an email statement to Reuters. Before joining Tesla in 2011, Chang was its outside counsel at law firm Latham & Watkins.

Tesla hired Butswinkas as an outside counsel last year to help settle a case with the US Securities and Exchange Commission after Musk tweeted that he had secured funding to take Tesla private at $420 (roughly Rs. 30,000) a share.

Musk later settled the charges with the US regulator by agreeing to pay a $20 million fine and relinquishing his position as Tesla’s chairman for three years.

Butswinkas is the latest among the dozens of high-profile executives to leave Tesla over the past two years even as the carmaker struggles to ramp up production of Model 3 sedans, which is seen as crucial for the its long-term profitability.

Tesla, which last month missed Wall Street profit targets for the last quarter of 2018, said Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja would leave after 11 years with the company.

Tesla is facing increased competition from new electric vehicle entrants and was last month forced to cut U.S. prices for all its vehicles to offset lower green tax credits, a move that could impact its margins.

In a bid to save capital and produce cheaper Model 3 cars, Tesla has cut jobs and ended a customer referral program.

Investors continue to worry whether Tesla, which has never posted an annual profit, would be able to ramp up production of Model 3 cars.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Musk estimated that Tesla would make around 500,000 Model 3s in 2019. He quickly clarified that the delivery target this year would be 400,000 cars.

Shares of the company were down 1 percent in morning trading.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


The network integration process of Vodafone Idea is on track and expected to complete by June 2020, said the company’s Chief Technology Officer Vishant Vora on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters here, Vora said that already the ‘Radio’ network integration has completed in nine circles covering 481 million (48.1 crores) of the country’s population.

“Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, MP (Madhya Pradesh) and Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and Jharkhand, RoWB (West Bengal excluding Kolkata), Assam, NESA (North East), and AP (Andhra Pradesh) and Telangana become the first nine circles to successfully consolidate network in the world’s largest network integration exercise,” Vodafone Idea said in a statement.

The nine circles “constitute 48 percent of India’s landmass and population of 481 million”, it said.

Vora also said that “36 percent of the total spectrum (1850 MHz) is consolidated for both the brands.”

On 5G-spectrum auctions, the official said that the auctions should not be held before 2020 as the industry needs time to develop India-specific used cases and the required infrastructure.

He said by 2020, 90 percent of the Vodafone Idea’s TDD (Time Division Duplex) radios would be 5G ready and all the new base bands would be 5G capable.

Earlier in the day, Swedish technology major Ericsson said that it has selected by Vodafone Idea to provide and deploy 5G-ready equipment across eight circles in India.

Under the contract, which has been signed for a three-year period, Ericsson would supply radio access and transport equipment from its “5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including ‘MINI-LINK’ 6000 microwave backhaul solution”, an Ericsson statement said.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Apex Legends may be getting both free and paid battle pass subscriptions soon, a new leak has claimed. The two tiers of Apex Legends season 1 battle pass subscriptions are rumoured to be called free and diamond. Developer Respawn Entertainment had earlier confirmed that the season 1 battle pass will be available at some point in March. Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, published by Electronic Arts (EA), and has been touted to be the company’s rival to Fortnite and PUBG. Battle royale games involve putting up to 100 players on a map and the last person or team standing wins.

This latest leak comes courtesy of @PlayApexLIntel on Twitter, spotted by VG247. Another leak claims that there will be a new recruit mode in Apex Legends, where three teams of up to 20 players each will be up against each other. The twist appears to be that players you revive will join your team and the last team standing wins the match.

These leaks come courtesy of datamining, which means that certain people look at the game’s code to spot unreleased information in advance. We’ve seen this approach being taken for leaks related to PUBG and Fortnite, and it is no surprise that Apex Legends has attracted a group of dataminers too.

Apex Legends has so far been quite successful, having hit the 25-million player mark in its first week. In our Apex Legends review, we said the game is worth playing, even though it lacks variety right now. The addition of new Legends (characters in Apex Legends) and weapons, both of which Respawn has promised will happen this year, could change that.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Tweetdeck, a popular dashboard-style application and Web client for Twitter, has been around for a while and is one of the most popular clients for the micro-blogging service. Available for macOS and Google Chrome, Tweetdeck allows users to manage multiple accounts, viewing the timeline and posting to the right account when needed. The popularity of the application led Twitter to acquire the service in 2011. Tweetdeck has now updated its macOS application, with the update now rolling out on compatible devices.

The latest update for Tweetdeck is rolling out now for macOS devices, and has some key improvements listed in the changelog. This includes a change in the old webview implementation with a modern view based on WKWebView. Due to this change, Tweetdeck is now only supported on macOS v10.10 (Yosemite) and later. However, most current Mac devices run newer versions of the operating system, and won’t be adversely affected by the change.

Other changes include a reduction in memory use, fixing the ability to link Twitter accounts through Teams, and a major fix to a crash issue that is said to have impacted a large number of users. This fix will make the app much more stable as well. The update is available to download through the Mac App Store, and is just 2.9MB in size. As we mentioned, Tweetdeck is also available as a Web client through its website which can be opened on most browsers, and can separately be installed as a Google Chrome app.

Tweetdeck started out as an independently-developed app, but has since been acquired by Twitter. It is one of the most popular Twitter clients alongside the official Twitter apps, and is largely targeted at users operating business accounts on Twitter, or for those with multiple accounts. The feature set allows a fair amount of flexibility, along with a column-based interface for viewing activity on different accounts. Twitter last year discontinued the Twitter for Mac app, instead encouraging users to use the Web interface through a browser.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Samsung unveiled its ‘Galaxy M’ budget series in India last month confirming the rejig rumours that were doing the rounds all of last year. It is largely also expected to rejig its ‘Galaxy A’ series, and three smartphones are largely tipped to launch in this revamped series soon. The Samsung Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, and Samsung Galaxy A50 specifications were leaked in detail last week, and now the most premium of the lot has suffered an image leak as well. The latest Samsung Galaxy A50 leak suggests that this variant will sport a triple camera setup at the back.

The photo has been leaked by MySmartPrice and it only shows only the rear end of the phone. The Samsung Galaxy A50 sports a triple rear camera setup at the back aligned vertically, and an LED flash sitting beneath all the sensors. The phone dons a glossy blue gradient back panel made out of plastic and there is no fingerprint scanner seen at the rear end of the Samsung Galaxy A50. This suggests that the phone may sport an in-display fingerprint sensor after all. The report also states that the phone will be made available in Black and White colour options at launch.

The phone was recently tipped in leaked user manual photos and it also reiterates the triple camera setup positioned in the same manner as the photo leaked above. The user manual also suggests that the Samsung Galaxy A50 will come with an Infinity-U Display panel, a 3.5mm audio jack, NFC support, a USB Type-C port, and lends more weight to the in-display fingerprint scanner claim as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 specifications have also been leaked in detail, and the dual-SIM phone is said to come with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone will be powered by Exynos 9610 octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage options. Expandable storage via a dedicated microSD card slot is also supported (up to 512GB).

The Galaxy A50 is rumoured to pack a triple rear camera setup with one 25-megapixel main sensor with f/1.7 lens, another 5-megapixel depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel fixed-focus ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture. Up front, there is going to be a 25-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Additionally, it is expected to come with a 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

Other leaked Galaxy A50 specifications include dimensions of 158.6×74.7×7.7mm and a weight of 166 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.0, FM radio, a USB Type-C (v2.0) port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung India has confirmed that it will launch a new Galaxy A-Series phone every month in India beginning March, through June. The phones will be priced between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 50,000.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Earlier this year, Realme teased that the company’s next smartphone – the Realme 3 – will be launched in 2019’s first quarter. Today, the company has sent out an official teaser that confirms the Realme 3’s imminent India launch. The teaser image and the caption accompanying it in the tweet leave no speck of doubt regarding the intention of the teaser and the smartphone that is set to make its debut in the Indian market. However, the company is yet to reveal any detail regarding the upcoming smartphone’s hardware and standout features.

The aforesaid tweet, sent out by the official Realme Twitter account, simply says “Let’s see if you can put 1 and 2 together”. The tweet’s text is escorted by an image depicting the retail box of the Realme 1 ₹ 8,990 and the Realme 2 ₹ 9,699, teasing fans about the obvious addition result – the Realme 3. Furthermore, the company’s replies to comments posted by users confirm that the Realme 3 is almost certainly going to be Realme’s next smartphone.

While the Realme 3 teaser is expected to send the rumour mill buzzing, we are yet to come across a concrete leak or official teaser regarding the upcoming smartphone’s design, specifications, and features. The only information we have at our disposal comes from Realme CEO Madhav Sheth, who reportedly revealed last month that the Realme 3 will be launched in Q1 2019. The company is also reportedly working on a smartphone that will come equipped with a 48-megapixel camera, however, there is no word whether it will be the Realme 3 or any other device. At the moment, details regarding the Realme 3 are shrouded in mystery.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


After January’s Super Blood Moon, stargazers are getting ready for yet another stunning sight tonight as a Super Snow Moon or Hunger Moon will grace the skies. February’s full moon is going to be the biggest Super Moon of the year. Super Moon is a term used with a full moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth. On February 19, the Moon will be just 356,846 km away from the Earth, in contrast, this year’s farthest full moon on September 14, 2019 will be at 406,248 km away from our planet. This February full moon is particularly noteworthy after a Black Moon in February last year. Black Moon is a term used when there is no full moon or new moon in a month or there is an additional new moon that appears in a month or in a season.

What is a Super Snow Moon or Super Hunger Moon?

Snow Moon is a name given to February moon by Native Americans and Europeans as it is a month associated with heavy snowfall. Given that it is a Super Moon today, it is being called a Super Snow Moon. Similarly, the hunger moon name comes from the lack or limited availability of food during winter. Other names of the February moon are storm moon, ice moon or bone.

As we mentioned earlier, Super Moon is a term used to describe a full moon that happens when Moon is closed or near its closet to Earth.

When is the Super Snow Moon 2019 and will it be visible in India?

According to NASA, the Moon will be closest to Earth for its orbit at 4:04am EST (2:34pm IST) on February 19 but the full moon will be at 10:54am EST (9:24pm IST) on February 19. Although in India, you won’t be able to see the Moon at its closest because it is falling during the day, the full moon will be visible in the country. At 9:24pm IST, you can look to the sky and enjoy the sight.

How to watch Super Snow Moon Live?

The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will be streaming the Super Snow Moon live on their website. If you wish to watch the event live on your computer, you can head over to Virtual Telescope Project website to see the Moon rise above on the Rome skyline. The live stream can be viewed on any computer or mobile devices with a stable Internet connection.

You can also leave your computer and mobile phones and get on the roof of your building to watch the Super Moon live with your eyes, given there are no clouds.

When is the next Super Moon?

The next full moon is falling on March 20 and it will also be a Super Moon. However, the Moon won’t be as close (360,772 km away) to the Earth as it is tonight. The March moon is called a Worm Moon, so the next month’s Super Moon will be dubbed Super Worm Moon.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)