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12th September 2017

WSJ: Discovery, AMC and Viacom try a sports-free streaming bundle

The already crowded field of “skinny bundles” will soon feature another service vying for your attention (and wallet). As The Wall Street Journal reports, a host of broadcast networks are reportedly soft launching a new streaming platform stocked wit… – Source

Apple’s biggest announcement won’t be the iPhone 8, but HOW you use it

Today’s the big day. The very, very big day. It’s Apple’s massive, thoroughly-leaked iPhone-Apple-Watch-iOS 11-Apple TV-and-whatever-else-it-announces day.

The momentous event is especially symbolic this time because it’s being held at the new Steve Jobs Theater at the still unfinished Apple Park campus. The theater is as much an unveiling as whatever new products Apple’s going to announce.

But while everyone will be fixated on the new …

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Google appeals EU’s €2.4B fine

Google filed an appeal against the European Commission’s decision to fine it a record €2.4 billion earlier this year. The Alphabet affiliate is positive that the amount might change for good after Intel managed to overturn an 8-year-old decision for anti-competitive behavior.

The European Commission ordered Google on June 27 to stop tampering with results on Google Shopping and gave the company two months to comply with the decision. With the September 28 date closing, Google had not asked for an interim order of the suspension, according to a court spokeswoman.

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Qualcomm’s takes a subtle shot at Apple, gets its facts wrong

Before Apple releases its new iPhone generation later today, Qualcomm wants you to know all about a few notable world firsts on Android — features or technologies that made their debut on Android smartphones with the help of Qualcomm.

The company took what looks like a subtle shot at Apple by posting a list of these features on its website, which includes things like fast charging, dual-camera technology, augmented reality, OLED and 4K displays, and even the bezel-less design, which we’ll likely see on one of the upcoming iPhones. You can check out all the features below.

See also:Looking at Camp Apple: what to expect from the upcoming iPhonesLooking at Camp Apple: what to expect from the upcoming iPhones4 days ago

Qualcomm is definitely correct, as certain Android smartphones have introduced new technologies with its help in the past and have later been used on iPhones. However, the funny thing about it is that Qualcomm isn’t the best at remembering on which devices these technologies actually made their debut.

As 9to5Google reports, the list shows that the first smartphone with an OLED display was the LG G Flex, when in fact it was actually the original Galaxy S that was released way back in 2010. Qualcomm also seems to think that the HTC U11, Xiaomi Mi 6, and the LG V30 (that hasn’t even been released yet) introduced Bluetooth 5 to the market. This is, of course, incorrect, as the first devices with this tech were actually the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

The last mistake Qualcomm made is also the funniest one. According to the company, the first smartphone with a dual-camera setup was the HTC One M7, which, as you probably know, only has one camera on the back.

However, it is worth mentioning that Qualcomm did realize it made a few mistakes and has since updated the list on its website in order to look more knowledgeable — too late for that.

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Chatbot offers legal help to Equifax data breach victims

DoNotPay bot prints documents to help users sue Equifax in small claims courts for up to $25,000. – Source

Deal: The Moto E4 is just $40 (44% off) on Amazon, but it’s locked to Verizon

The Moto E4 was launched at Verizon back in June as the carrier’s cheapest Android smartphone. At just $70, Motorola’s budget-friendly handset was an absolute steal for customers looking for their first smartphone.

Fast forward three months and the Moto E4’s price has dropped by almost 50%. If you don’t mind being tied to a carrier like Verizon, the Moto E4 is a great phone due to price-specs ratio.

For a limited time, customers can buy the Verizon-branded Moto E4 for just $40 on Amazon. The bad news is the retailer will now ship the phone within 1 to 4 weeks, probably due to high … – Source

Photographer wins ‘monkey selfie’ legal fight

A photographer wins a legal fight against an animal rights group over a “monkey selfie” photograph. – Source

Hugh Jackman and more honor Wolverine co-creator Len Wein – CNET

Wein, who was also co-creator of Swamp Thing and who revived many Marvel and DC superheroes, died on Sept. 10. Joss Whedon and more pay their respects. – Source

Xiaomi Mi A1 with dual-camera setup and stock Android now available in India (Updated)

Update, 03:45AM EST: It looks like the Mi A1 is fast flying off the virtual shelves. The phone is already out of stock on and Flipkart. The next sale on is scheduled for September 19 at 12PM IST. You may still be able to get it from one of the brick-and-mortar retailers listed below.

Original post: The Mi A1, Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, is now on sale in India. It’s available on the company’s online store and Flipkart as well as at various offline retailers: Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, UniverCell, E-Zone, Croma, and Vijay Sales. The device will set you back Rs. 14,999 and can be yours in black or gold.

As a refresher, the Mi A1 was officially announced a week ago and really does offer good value for money. It’s a mid-range handset that sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset. It has 4 GB or RAM and 64 GB of storage that you can expand with a microSD card in case you need more.

See also:Xiaomi Mi A1 first impressions: How’s stock Android on a Xiaomi phone?Xiaomi Mi A1 first impressions: How’s stock Android on a Xiaomi phone?5 days ago

One of the main features of the device is its dual-camera setup on the back with a 12 MP wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom. Additionally, the setup allows you to capture those fancy bokeh images that have a blurred background.

The smartphone also comes with a 5 MP selfie snapper, a 3,080 mAh battery, and a metal body. Of course, as this is an Android One smartphone, it ships with a stock version of Google’s OS on board — Nougat. So if you like Xiaomi devices but aren’t a big fan of its MIUI user interface, this is the one you should get.

If you’re interested in picking up the Mi A1, just visit Xiaomi’s website or Flipkart via the buttons below.

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Rail company accepts tickets on a microchip in your hand

The train conductor reads the chip with a smartphone to confirm the passenger has paid for their journey. – Source

What we know about Apple’s spaceship campus – CNET

Here’s everything we know about the massive buildings, which cost Apple a reported $5 billion. – Source

Starling Bank launches Marketplace, integrates with itemised receipt and rewards startup Flux

Marketplace banking — the idea that your bank will provide access to various third-party money-related apps and services within its own app — seems an inevitability in the next couple of years as Open Banking becomes a reality. That’s seeing a number of challenger banks skating to where the puck is going, including Starling Bank, which today is launching the Starling Marketplace. Read More

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Sky Mobile throws in more data for the same monthly price

Sky Mobile’s plans are relatively easy to understand. You can either pay £10 per month for unlimited calls and texts (free for Sky TV customers), or 10 pence per minute or message on a pay-as-you-use basis. Rollover data and other perks are ava… – Source

Xiaomi Mi A1 global rollout starts

When Xiaomi announced the Mi A1 it promised it will be available in 37 different countries and now the company is starting to make good on that promise. The handset went on sale in India today but the number of available units is allegedly going to be quite low.

The phone has only one configuration at the moment – 4GB+64GB and it costs 14,999 INR (€195) – which is down from the announced price of 15,999 INR.

You can pre-order the Mi A1 through Xiaomi’s website, Flipkart and a few local retailers like Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, UniverCell, E-Zone and Croma.

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Galaxy Note 8 makes its debut in India for ₹67,900

The Galaxy Note 8 will go on sale later this month.

Just a few short weeks after its global unveil, Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 8 in India. The Galaxy S8 series was very well-received in the country, and there’s a healthy interest in the Galaxy Note line as well, which Samsung is eager to cater to.

As a reminder, the Galaxy Note 8 shares a similar design aesthetic as the Galaxy S8, with the phone sporting a slightly larger 6.3-inch Infinity Display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440. Samsung makes the best AMOLED panels, and the display on the Note 8 is incredible.

The Note 8 is powered by the Exynos 8895 in India, and comes with 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, IP68 dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C 3.1, iris scanner, and a 3300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging.

A new feature to make its way to the Note 8 is dual cameras at the back. The phone has two 12MP cameras — a primary f/1.7 sensor that acts as a wide-angle lens augmented by an f/2.4 telephoto lens that offers 2x optical zoom. Both sensors have OIS, and there’s a front 8MP camera.

The Note 8 also has a dedicated button to invoke Bixby, and Samsung says Bixby Voice will be rolling out in India in a few weeks.

The Note 8 is retailing at ₹67,900 ($1,060), or ₹4,000 more than the retail cost of the Galaxy S8+. But you do get the S Pen and a larger screen, along with the new imaging sensors. The phone will be available for sale starting September 21, with pre-orders kicking off later today on Amazon India.

As always, those pre-ordering or purchasing the device on launch day will be eligible to receive freebies, including a one-time screen fix along with a wireless charger. HDFC customers will also pick up a ₹4,000 cash back.

Will you be picking up a Galaxy Note 8 in India? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 8, and brings Bixby to India

In a press conference in India today, Samsung announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphone in India, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. With the Note 8, Samsung aims to redeem itself after the disaster of last’s year Galaxy Note 7.

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The company also announced that Bixby, Samsung’s own personal digital assistant, will be available for India on the Note 8 (as well as Samsung Galaxy S8) and has been optimized to understand English in Indian accents. Bixby Voice capability will be available in India from September 30.

There’s also Samsung Pay which was launched in India earlier this year. The Galaxy Note 8 includes wireless charging as well as boasts of IP68 dust and water resistance.

Galaxy Note8 with its stunning Infinity Display, enhanced S Pen and a true Dual Camera, is designed for those who want to do bigger things. At Samsung, we listen to our consumers and bring in meaningful innovations that help make their lives better. With this launch, Samsung will further consolidate its leadership in the premium smartphone segment in India.

– Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President – Mobile Business, Samsung India

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications
Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UI
Display: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED Infinity | 521 ppi | 18.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor: 64-bit octa-core (2.3 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 8895, 10 nm processor
Storage: 64 GB; microSD expansion up to 256 GB
Rear camera: 12 MP wide-angle AF Dual Pixel sensor | ƒ/1.7 aperture | OIS + 12 MP telephoto AF sensor | ƒ/2.4 aperture | OIS
Front camera: 8 MP AF sensor | ƒ/1.7 aperture
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 195 g

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available in two color variants – Midnight Black and Maple Gold – from Amazon and Samsung Shop, as well as from Samsung Stores across the country, at a price of ₹67,990 ($1062), starting September 21. As an introductory offer, Samsung is offering a complementary Convertible Wireless Charger as well as one-time free screen replacement. There’s Galaxy Note 8 users will get a Double Data offer on Jio, under which they can get up to 448 GB of extra 4G data over 8 months, as well as complimentary Jio Prime Membership. Also, customers who purchase the Note 8 using an HDFC Credit Card will get a cashback of ₹4,000.

Samsung also announced an all new ‘Samsung Upgrade’ program offering its loyal Galaxy users the best value when they trade in their old device for the Galaxy Note 8 using the My Galaxy app, powered by Cashify.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is truly one of the best flagship smartphones of the year (and you can read our complete review of the same), but is also the most expensive Android – Source

Zilingo raises $18M for its fashion e-commerce service in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia-based fashion marketplace Zilingo has closed an $18 million Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital India and Burda Principal Investments. Zilingo was founded less than two years ago by ex Sequoia analyst Ankiti Bose (CEO) and former Yahoo engineer Dhruv Kapoor (CTO). The basic vision is to help Southeast Asia’s thriving independent fashion sellers and… Read More

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Clear glass speaker magically displays animated lyrics to match nearly any song

Just calling this a visual speaker doesn’t quite do it justice.

Japanese firm, Cotodama’s gorgeous work of art displays song lyrics on a 22-inch transparent LCD screen, in time with the music.

This means you can get a lyric video generated to pretty much any song you play.

SEE ALSO: Get club vibes in your tiny apartment with these magnetic speakers

The real magic is how the device claims it can analyse a song’s “mood and structure,” before generating the type of animation that will be played with the lyrics.

The result is quite astounding.

According to …

More about Japan, Lyric Speaker, Cotodama, Transparent Speaker, and Music Lyric Speaker

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How to watch Apple’s iPhone 8 event without Safari

It’s finally here.

Apple’s biggest iPhone reveal in recent memory is about to get underway. The event, the first to take place at the company’s new Steve Jobs Theatre, will kick off at 10 a.m. PT when Tim Cook will take the stage and is expected to reveal the special 10th anniversary “iPhone X,” as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s big iPhone 8 event will have much more than just new iPhones

Apple events also have the distinction of being one of the few occasions where you remember that Safari exists. That’s because the company limits …

More about Tech, Apple, Safari, Iphone 8, and Tech – Source

Samsung Galaxy Note8 debuts in India

Samsung has launched its flagship Galaxy Note8 smartphone in India. The phone is priced at INR 67,990($1,060) and is available for pre-order starting today. Actual sales commence September 21.

The Note8 is the latest in the long line of Samsung’s flagship Note smartphones that come with the characteristic S Pen stylus that packs in even more features this year like being able to highlight and translate entire sentences anywhere on the phone, write long memos right on the lockscreen and send animated live messages.

The Galaxy Note8 is also the first Samsung phone to…

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Alteryx Promote puts data science to work across the company

When Alteryx acquired Yhat in June, it was only a matter of time before the startup’s data-science management software began showing up in Alteryx. Just today, the company announced Alteryx Promote, a new tool based on Yhat’s product set.
The company made the announcement at the Alteryx Inspire Europe customer event taking place in London this week.
Alteryx Promote gives data… Read More

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Man wins Grindr with the ultimate opening chat-up line

Dating apps can be tricky. You’re competing with literally hundreds of other people, so it’s more important than ever to make that opening line count.

Some opt for a compliment. Others go for a joke.

SEE ALSO: Being afraid to come out in a country that just elected a lesbian prime minister

And some immediately blow all the competition out of the water with an undeniably excellent Brexit-themed pun:

Well there you go, I’ve found the winner of

— James W.B. (@dontforgetjames) September 11, 2017

You’ve got to hand it to them — that is a very strong opener.

Oh. My. God I actually think that’s the best chat up line I’ve ever see. 😍😂

— Joshua Taylor (@jntaylor91) …

More about Uk, Puns, Dating Apps, Brexit, and Grindr

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Volkswagen’s electric Crozz SUV gets closer to reality

Volkswagen continues to push its electric roadmap. At the Frankfurt auto show, it dropped a newer version of the pure electric ID Crozz Crossover. Initially unveiled in Shanghai, the crossover is the third vehicle with the ID brand along with the mi… – Source

Facebook is testing the waters with a new “Instant Videos” feature

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is aiming to become a “video-first” platform in the future, and it’s already making the first steps. TechCrunch reports that an experimental feature called “Instant Videos” has gone live for some users on mobile.
Instant Videos is similar to Facebook’s Instant Articles, in that it aims to load content faster, and works similarly to how Spotify and other music streaming services cache songs that you’ve played for offline listening. What Instant Videos does, is that it downloads, or caches, videos to your device … – Source

Hillary Clinton buys pizza for hungry book-lovers

Hillary Clinton may be out of the race for President of the United states, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped gunning for hearts and minds.

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton confirms she coped after her election loss with yoga, hiking, and wine

People queueing for the release of her new book in New York on Monday night received a welcome surprise from the former Presidential candidate.

When @HillaryClinton sends you pizza..

— Grady Keefe (@GradyKeefe) September 12, 2017

Already a line for @HillaryClinton book signing ( that’s tomorrow). ❤️🇺🇸#WhatHappened @GradyKeefe @joysecuban

— GregHale1 (@GregHale1) …

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A group of ‘It’ inspired clowns are getting ready to scare unsuspecting citizens

If watching the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It surrounded by a room full of clowns, or finding creepy red balloons floating around your neighbourhood wasn’t messed up enough, let’s amp it up with a group of ‘pranksters’ dressing up as clowns to scare an unsuspecting public.

Yeah, don’t.

Because some people want to watch the world burn (read: are braver than me). A group of dwelling humans have planned to dress up as clowns and scare the living daylights out of peaceful citizens across Australia’s capital cities, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.


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Riak NoSQL snapped up by Bet365

Betting firm Bet365 aims to give away enterprise version of Riak NoSQL to the open source community and continue the development of the product – Source

World Cup 2018: FA increases cyber security over hacking concerns

England players and staff will be advised not to use public or hotel Wi-Fi at the 2018 World Cup in Russia over hacking fears. – Source

Nougat for Samsung Galaxy A5(2017) and A7 (2017) arrives in India

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones in India. Weighing in at around 1.4GB, and arriving as firmware version A520FXXUBQI5 and A720FXXU2BQI2, respectively, the update brings along Android Nougat.

As for the changes, the list includes improved notifications and Quick settings, multi-window feature, and improvements related to AOD. The update also brings along features like Dual Messenger and Samsung Pass.

As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take time for the update to hit your device. So be patient.


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Leak reveals Amazon’s new 4K Fire TV dongle and set-top box with Alexa


Amazon’s quest to take over the living room is coming along nicely. Right now, the retailer offers both the Fire Stick and Fire TV, but it looks like it’ll get a few new siblings with some newly leaked devices. According to AFTVnews, we’ll see two new streaming devices soon — a mid-tier Fire TV device and a top-tier set-top box.

The new mid-tier device will be an HDMI dongle that looks a lot like the Chromecast. It’ll plug directly into the HDMI port of your TV and will come with support for 4K HDR video at 60 FPS. Under the hood, the device will sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Mali 450 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage like other Fire TV devices. The quad-core processor and upgraded GPU will make it a more powerful device than the current second-gen Fire Stick. Instead of replacing the second-gen Fire Stick however, the new dongle looks to live alongside it and offer customers a choice between a more budget-friendly option that can stream at 1080p and a more powerful device that can support 4K and HDR.

The second device is a cube-shaped set-top box that integrates far-field microphones and an IR transmitter. This device will also output 4K HDR at 60 FPS and will also include Alexa integration and the ability to control other devices in your home. On top of the box, sit volume and mute buttons as well as an action button to trigger the assistant. The familiar blue LED light bar will also be present. Using the microphones built into the cube or the voice-enabled remote, you’ll be able to trigger Alexa whenever you want and get a response either through your television speakers or the cube’s built-in speakers.

See also:Google Assistant vs Siri vs Bixby vs Amazon Alexa vs Cortana – Best virtual assistant showdown!Google Assistant vs Siri vs Bixby vs Amazon Alexa vs Cortana – Best virtual assistant showdown!2 weeks ago

The power of the new set-top box could be in its ability to control other devices around it. It’ll have the ability to turn on any HDMI-CEC-enabled television it’s connected to. Plus, with the inclusion of an IR transmitter, it’ll also be able to control devices like televisions, A/V equipment, air conditioners, and more. This is a clear decision to take the fight to Google after the release of the Google Home.

Prices have yet to be revealed, though we expect to see the dongle announced this month and released the next. Details are less clear for the top-tier cube, but we think it’s safe to say that it will see the light of day before the holiday season.

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