26 April 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has reached 80,000 pre-orders in India

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Coming as a sigh of relief for Samsung after the Note 7 fiasco last year, pre-orders for its new flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have reached 80,000 units within a week of the launch in India.

“The pre-orders are expected to hit 150,000 units by the end of this month,” industry sources told IANS.
Packed with a voice assistant, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8, and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ were listed on a Flipkart banner ad for pre-orders, starting from April 19.
According to the sources, the company saw 15 times more traffic than usual on Samsung e-store that led to a temporary downtime.
The pre-booking saw more than four times the pre-booking compared to the earlier Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices.
Early delivery for pre-booking customers will start from May 2 and owing to the high demand of the black color variants, the delivery date of these devices will start from May 12.
Asim Warsi, Senior Vice-President, Mobile Business, Samsung India told IANS: “We are overwhelmed with the response we have received for our flagships Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. A special ‘thank you’ to the customers for such a magnificent response. We are confident that S8 and S8+ will further propel our growth and we will be able to sustain and strengthen our position in India”.
Set to give Apple iPhones a tough competition, Samsung released the devices with a voice assistant called Bixby.
At Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900, respectively, the S8 and S8+ devices with significantly larger screens, have re-engineered design with rounded edges and symmetrical sides make them compact and comfortable for one-handed operation.
The “Infinity Display” and bezel-less design gives a user 18 per cent more screen with no buttons. The physical home key on the front has given way to a more intuitive soft-key with a pressure sensor that is embedded under the display.
For security, the company introduced an iris scanner, which is one of the most secure biometric identification systems on a phone.
Samsung S8 and S8+ have 12 MP rear cameras with multi-frame processing and optical image stabilization and 8 MP auto-focus front shooters. The devices run on Android 7.0 Nougat. While S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery, S8+ boasts a 3,500 mAh battery.


Maruti Suzuki Dzire unveiled in India, to go on sale from 16 May

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Maruti Suzuki today unveiled the new third generation Swift Dzire in India but is just calling it Dzire. While the pricing is not yet confirmed, the new subcompact sedan will be officially launched on 16 May and bookings will begin from the first week of may.

The new Dzire comes with Suzuki’s B platform which is also called ‘Heartect’. This is the same platform that was seen on the Baleno. It is said to be lighter than the previous version and now uses high-tensile steel in its construction as well as brings new safety standards.

Just like previous generations, the Dzire is a sedan version of the Swift. All the styling is pretty much similar as the next generation Swift hatchback. So you get the new LED projector headlights, the large hexagonal grille and a lot of chrome treatment.The boot has been redesigned giving the car a more sedan like the look. Wheel sizes include 14-inch as standard and 15-inch on the higher Zxi/Zdi trims. There is also a two-tone alloy wheel for the top version.
On the inside, the cabin gets a light beige and black dual-tone finish There is also an optional faux burl wood inserts available on the dash, door and steering wheel on the top trim. There are also rear AC vents, ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat restraints as standard. There is a touchscreen system with navigation including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.
The engines will remain the same from last year so there will be an option for a 1.2-litre VVT petrol and a 1.3 DDiS diesel engine. Maruti will also offer an Auto Gear Shift (AMT) variant on both the engine types. As for the trims, the car will be available in Lxi/Ldi, Vxi/Vdi, Zxi/Zdi and Zxi+/Zdi+. The base variant will have a  5-speed manual and the rest will get 5-speed AMT as an option. Pricing will be announced around the launch period.


Cassini spacecraft's 'Grand Finale' takes off with a Google Doodle

Cassini spacecraft's 'Grand Finale' takes off with a Google Doodle
Image Credit: Google

The Cassini spacecraft has finally entered the last leg of its journey through the endless bounds of space. The spacecraft which is now 20 years old, had been orbiting Saturn's Moon Titan and has now entered its science-rich final act called the 'Grand Finale'. Cassini will dive between Saturn and its innermost rings for the final few orbits, before crashing into the gas giant.

Today’s Google Doodle bids goodbye to Cassini and shows the spacecraft fly by Saturn snapping photos of the planet. On a humorous note, after Cassini finishes its flyby, the spacecraft starts clicking selfies!
Cassini Google Doodle
The Cassini spacecraft has just bid farewell to Titan and thanks to the moon’s gravity has changed its path. The change in path means that instead of the usual orbit which was supposed to see it pass by just outside Saturn’s main rings, known as the ring grazing orbits, will now see Cassini do a series of 22 dives between the main rings and the planet on 26 April.
Sadly, despite the extended service, this last mission will see Cassini take a science-rich plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September. In short, that plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere will burn the spacecraft into a meteor, eventually becoming a part of the planet itself.
Image: Nasa
Image: Nasa
Cassini’s plunge is supposed to deliver plenty of important details as Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes in the bullet points below:
  • The spacecraft will make detailed maps of Saturn’s gravity and magnetic fields, revealing how the planet is arranged internally, and possibly helping to solve the irksome mystery of just how fast Saturn is rotating.
  • The final drives will vastly improve our knowledge of how much material is in the rings, bringing us closer to understanding their origins.
  • Cassini’s particle detectors will sample icy ring particles being funneled into the atmosphere by Saturn’s magnetic field.
  • Its cameras will take amazing, ultra-close images of Saturn’s rings and clouds.
Cassini Grand Finale by the numbers. Image: Nasa JPL
Cassini Grand Finale by the numbers. Image: Nasa JPL
Cassini has spent 13 years in orbit around Saturn after a 7-year journey from Earth. Nasa explains that spacecraft is running low on rocket fuel, which is used for adjusting its course. “If left unchecked, this situation would eventually prevent mission operators from controlling the course of the spacecraft,” said Nasa in the blog.
“In order to avoid the unlikely possibility of Cassini someday colliding with one of these moons, NASA has chosen to safely dispose of the spacecraft in the atmosphere of Saturn. This will ensure that Cassini cannot contaminate any future studies of habitability and potential life on those moons.”


25 April 2017

Google Play Awards: Check out the 60 app and game nominees for the second edition of Play Awards

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Google is all geared up for its annual I/O event. While the developer event is still three weeks away, Google has decided on starting the festivities a bit early by throwing up a list of nominees or finalists that stand a chance to win the Google Play Awards, by category.

 The apps are laid out on a single page on the Google Play Store, all listed by category.
And there is a long list of them indeed. Some of them are well-known titles, while other may be unheard of. Still then, there is a good chance that you may come across your favorites like Pokemon Go, Runtastic, Mars: Mars Mekorama and more.

If you do not want to check out the whole list, the Best VR section is surely worth a try. These are after all handpicked by Google, so there’s definitely something award-winning in there to explore.

Standout Indie
Mars Mars
Standout Startup
– CastBox
– Digit
– Discord
– Hooked
– Simple Habit
Best Android Wear Experience
Best TV Experience
– AbemaTV
– HaystackTV
– KKBox
– Netflix
– Red Bull TV
Best VR Experience
Best AR Experience
Crayola Colour Blaster
Best App for Kids
Hot Wheels Race Off
Best Multiplayer Game
Best App
– Citymapper
– Fabulous
– Memrise
– Money Lover
– Quik
Best Game
Transformer forged to Fight
Best Accessibility
Best Social Impact

Apple iPhone 8 dummy leaked; will be announced this fall but hit store shelves later: Report

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Everyone's excited about this year's Apple event. That is because this year is different compared to every other iPhone launch event by Apple in the past. This year is special because Apple is expected to launch a third new model of the iPhone, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its hero product. From what we have witnessed through leaks and rumors, there are a lot of expectations.

Analysts, however, say that fans and customers should not get too excited. While Apple’s usual flagships (standard and ‘Plus’ models) will go on sale shortly after the big announcement, the third new iPhone (tagged as the iPhone 8) will probably not.
According to a report by Digital Trends, KGI and other Apple watchers say that the Cupertino giant will most likely, not put the iPhone 8 up for sale at the same time as the upcoming iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. What this means is that Apple may announce all three iPhones at its big event, but only the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will go on sale, leaving the iPhone 8 for a later date.
And there are reasons for this. These are to do with problems with acquiring a fingerprint reader with a touch sensor that is hidden beneath the display, one that Samsung also tried, but failed to implement due to time constraints in its just-launched Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. Instead, Samsung went with facial recognition along with iris recognition on the front, with the fingerprint reader located at the back of the device, thanks to the restrictions put in place with the new Infinity display.
At the same time, fresh new images have leaked out of what appears to be an iPhone 8 dummy unit.
As you can see from the images leaked by the Twitter user, Benjamin Gaskin, both the front and back get the 2.5D glass treatment, with the center frame (or chassis) being made out of stainless steel. This would be similar to the Apple Watch Series 2 models that feature a stainless steel case for durability. Again, the stainless steel case will also allow Apple to add some color to their lineup without the worry of smartphones getting scratched, like on the recent Jet Black models of the iPhone 7.
According to the tipster, the dummy is a CNC model from Foxconn.
If this truly turns out to be the iPhone 8, Apple would, in a way, be going back to its roots. The iPhone 8 you see above looks eerily similar to the first iPhone by Apple with blacked out bezels and a chromed body.
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iPhone 8 Dummy (This is CNC model according to Foxconn)
Back is 2.5D Glass.  
What is interesting here is the lack of a home button on the front. On the left, we have the usual ringer switch with the volume buttons, while the right side gets two cutouts. While the one closer to the top is the power button, the cutout below is the place for the usual single SIM tray. The rear, as with recent leaks, showcases a cutout for the dual camera setup laid out in a vertical manner.

It isn’t clear as to what Apple would name this third iPhone model, but the rumor mill so far hints at iPhone 8, iPhone X or the iPhone Edition, which would also hint at its premium price tag.


24 April 2017

Facebook now offering publishers money to create live and produced video

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According to a report by Recode, citing multiple sources, Facebook is now willing to pay publishers to create more produced video content to the social network. The move comes as part of wider plan to push the company's new ad products and the company will apply to both live and produced video.

The new deal will replace the earlier agreements Facebook signed with publishers (regarding live video) a year ago and has been designed to encourage publishers to create produced videos. At the same time, Recode’s sources also state that the new design still favors publishers paying for live video.

As per the report, Facebook will put on offer a monthly sum in return for a minimum amount of videos produced every month. The deal as mentioned earlier supports live video as well, but Facebook is looking at a balance so live content cannot account for more than half of the monthly quota.
There are other conditions as well. For instance, the produced videos need to be long enough to allow Facebook to drop in at least one ad in the middle of play. In all probability produced videos would need to be at least 90 seconds long, while live videos at least six minutes in length in order to make it count.
Coming to payments, Facebook will recover the money from ads placed in these videos. Once Facebook makes its money, 55 percent goes to the publisher, while, 45 percent goes to Facebook.
The article states that major publishers including the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Washington Post and Vox Media have been making money from Facebook over the past year thanks to their Facebook Live videos.
For now, publishers will indeed need to wait and watch as to how the pre-roll ads (on YouTube) work compared to mid-roll ads on Facebook. But if everything goes as planned, Facebook publishers who are billions of view could be looking at major payouts.


23 April 2017

Snap Inc pays worth $7.7 million for geofilter patent

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Snap Inc has acquired "Geofilters," or photo filters based on location, the patent from photo-sharing platform Mobli for $7.7 million, a media report said.

According to a report in Tech Crunch on Friday, an Israeli entrepreneur and investor Moshe Hogeg, who co-founded Mobli — an Instagram competitor launched six years ago, patented the idea of Geo-photo filters in 2012, after launching it the previous year.

This is believed to be the highest amount paid for a patent from the Israeli tech industry. The earlier most expensive patent from Israel was a $2.7 million one to do with Google Maps.
The report said that Mobli first spoke to Facebook about selling the patent and the social media giant “100 per cent wanted it”.
However, other Silicon Valley sources poured scorn on the idea that Facebook had even been offered the patent.
Had Facebook secured the patent, it would have destroyed Snap’s ability to garner revenues from geo-filters, and thus Snap’s main source of income.
According to Snap’s S-1 filing for its IPO, of the $400 million in revenues the company has, $360 million is made by selling “Geofilters”, which advertisers can buy.
The company has been in a bit of trouble after an allegation made by a former Snap Inc. employee, Anthony Pompliano, who accused Snap Inc CEO Evan Spiegel of making this statement: “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Snap Inc came on record to dismiss these allegations as false. “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free,” said the Snap Inc. statement. It has also alleged that Pompliano worked with Snapchat for only three weeks and that these allegations were nothing but the rants of a disgruntled employee.

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