Blogs Directory Amazing tech news: December 2018

Thursday, 20 December 2018

You may have to pay Rs 70,000 for deactivating Facebook account

You may have to pay Rs 70,000 for deactivating Facebook account


NEW YORK: When it comes to quitting Facebook, users will need $1,000 (nearly Rs 70,000) on average to deactivate their accounts for one year, say researchers who performed real-life auctions to get to this figure.

Using a series of auctions, in which people were actually paid to close their accounts for as little as one day or as long as one year, the researchers found that Facebook users would require an average of more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year.

"We know people must derive tremendous value from Facebook or they wouldn't spend millions of hours on the site every day. The challenge is how to put a dollar value on a service people don't pay for," said study's first author Jay Corrigan, Professor of Economics at Ohio-based Kenyon College.
Facebook, with more than 2.2 billion global users, is among the social media websites that provide access at no cost, so the auctions created by the research team posed the question in reverse as to what amount of money would you require to give up your Facebook account for some fixed period of time, ranging from one day to one year?
The work began as independent efforts by two teams -- Saleem Alhabash at Michigan State University and Sean B. Cash at Tufts University and Corrigan at Kenyon College with Matthew Rousu of Susquehanna University.

In total, the researchers ran three actual auctions. Winners were paid upon proof that their membership was deactivated for the set period of time.
At auction one with 122 students at a Midwestern college, the average bid for deactivating Facebook for one day was $4.17 and for one week $37. To calculate a one-year estimate, the researchers annualised this data which showed a range of $1,511 to $1,908.

At auction two with 133 students and 138 adults from a large Midwestern university/town, the average bid to deactivate Facebook for one year in the student group was $2,076 while the average bid in the community group was $1,139.

"Auction participants faced real financial consequences, so had an incentive to seriously consider what compensation they would want to close their accounts for a set period of time and to bid truthfully," said corresponding author Cash in the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

"Students placed a higher value on Facebook than community members. A number of participants refused to bid at all, suggesting that deactivating Facebook for a year was not a welcome possibility," he added.

The study also contrasts the company's market capitalisation with the value placed on it by its users.

For example, based on a market valuation of approximately $400 billion, and about 2.2 billion users, the market value of Facebook would be approximately $180 per user, or less than one-fourth of the annual average value of Facebook access from any of the auction samples.

"While the measurable impact Facebook and other free online services have on the economy may be small, our results show that the benefits these services provide for their users are large," wrote the authors.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Google Play Store Removes Millions of Fake Reviews and Bad Apps With New Anti-Spam System

Google Play Store Removes Millions of Fake Reviews and Bad Apps With New Anti-Spam System



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google's new anti-spam system cracks down on unethical app practices
  • It recognises fake reviews and bad apps, and removes them
  • Google has managed to remove millions of fake reviews in one wee
Google is on a Play Store cleaning spree, and to that end, it has now introduced anti-spam system that detects fake reviews and ratings. This system will help Google clean up bad apps, and delete fake reviews and rating posted through unethical practices. The tech giant uses its new machine learning anti-spam system to assess which review is genuine, and which is fake or profane in nature. Google notes, that the system was able to spot millions of fake reviews, inevitably leading to removal of thousands of bad apps from the Play Store.
Unethical practices like incentivised ratings often lead to bloated average app ratings as well. Developers run campaigns where they offer users money or valuable in-app purchases in return for good ratings and reviews. This leads to false praise just for that incentive, and it isn't necessarily the true opinion of the user. Google says that its system is able to recognise such an event as well, and take appropriate action. As mentioned, the system will also recognise reviews that use profane language, are off-topic, or spread hate. It will also recognise suspicious sudden increase or decrease in average ratings of apps.
Google notes that it doesn't solely rely on machine learning to take action against developers, apps, ratings, and reviews. In its developers' blog, Google mentions, "In 2018, the Google Play Trust & Safety teams deployed a system that combines human intelligence with machine learning to detect and enforce policy violations in ratings and reviews. A team of engineers and analysts closely monitor and study suspicious activities in Play's ratings and reviews, and improve the model's precision and recall on a regular basis. We also regularly ask skilled reviewers to check the decisions made by our models for quality assurance."
The search giant urges developers to not buy incentivised ratings or fake them in any way. It asks them to not run campaigns that offer in-app purchases in return for 5-star rating or a good review. Furthermore, it urges users to not accept app incentives in exchange for reviews and ratings, or use profane, hateful, or sexual language in reviews. While the tech giant will continue to fish for spam reviews and apps, the company also requests users and developers to keep a lookout, and report such reviews as soon as they spot it. Users can mark the review as spam and developers can submit feedback through the Play Console.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Twitter Warns Of "Unusual Activity" From China, Saudi; Shares Fall 7%valo

Twitter Warns Of "Unusual Activity" From China, Saudi; Shares Fall 7

A company spokesman declined to elaborate as Twitter shares posted their biggest drop in more than two months


Twitter Inc shares fell almost 7 percent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers and, in what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm said hackers used the platform to try to steal user data.
Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum while investigating a security bug that exposed data, including users' phone country codes and details on locked accounts. It said the bug was fixed November 16.
Twitter observed a large amount of traffic to the customer support site coming from individual internet IP addresses in China and Saudi Arabia.
"While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors," the blog said.
"We continue to err on the side of full transparency in this area and have updated law enforcement on our findings," it said.
A company spokesman declined to elaborate as Twitter shares posted their biggest drop in more than two months.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter blamed the decline on concerns that news of a breach could hurt growth and user engagement.
"Clearly, a breach like this impairs user trust in the platform," he said.
Separately, security software maker Trend Micro Inc said in a blog earlier on Monday that attackers sent out two tweets in October in a bid to steal data from previously infected machines.
The hackers hid instructions in tweeted memes that secretly ordered infected devices to send information, including user names, screen images and other content, Trend Micro said.
The Twitter spokesman declined comment on the Trend Micro report.

Monday, 17 December 2018

WhatsApp for Android Gets Picture-in-Picture Feature for All Users

WhatsApp for Android Gets Picture-in-Picture Feature for All Users


HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp for Android version 2.18.380 brings Picture-in-Picture feature
  • It plays YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram videos in a dedicated window
  • You can download the latest update from Google Play
WhatsApp for Android has now brought the anticipated Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature for all users. The feature, which arrived in beta back in October, is rolling to Android users through the WhatsApp stable version 2.18.380. It essentially lets you watch Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos in a small window and continue to scroll through WhatsApp chats simultaneously. While the new update has now brought a dedicated PiP feature for all Android users, WhatsApp for iPhone has been offering an identical experience since January this year.
To use the Picture-in-Picture feature on the latest WhatsApp for Android, you can now watch Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube videos in a small window and continue to navigate around WhatsApp in different chats simultaneously. The feature works in individual chats as well as group chats.
You don't need to enable an option on the latest WhatsApp for Android to experience the Picture-in-Picture feature. It works just with a link of any Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube videos. Once you tap that link, the video plays in a small, dedicated window that sits on top of your WhatsApp chats. This means you can continue to communicate either with individuals or the members of a WhatsApp group alongside watching the available Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube video.

It is worth noting here that while the new feature plays Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube videos in a separate window on WhatsApp, it doesn't work with the video clips shared natively on the instant messaging app. Similar is the case with videos being shared from other video platforms.

As we mentioned, WhatsApp was spotted testing the Picture-in-Picture feature on Android in October. The Facebook-owned company brought the feature initially for iOS users back in January.
All you need to enable the Picture-in-Picture feature is to download the latest WhatsApp for Android from Google Play. Android blog GoAndroid first spotted the feature in WhatsApp for Android version 2.18.380.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos

New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos



HIGHLIGHTS

  • FB said the bug may have exposed unposted photos from as many as 6.8 million users over a 12-day period
  • It said using Facebook login and granting permission to third-party apps to access photos may have led to the unintended lapse between September 13 and 25
SAN FRANCISCO: 
Facebook
 apologized on Friday for a "bug" that may have exposed unposted photos from as many as 6.8 million users over a 12-day period through third-party applications.

In the latest in a string of incidents on data protection, the leading social network said using Facebook login and granting permission to third-party apps to access photos may have led to the unintended lapse between September 13 and 25.
"When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline," engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers.

"In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or Facebook Stories." Bar added that the bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post -- in situations where someone uploads a photo but doesn't finish posting it, for example.

"We store a copy of that photo so the person has it when they come back to the app to complete their post," he said.
Bar said affected users would be notified and directed to a help center where they will be able to see what images may have been affected.

"We're sorry this happened," he said. "Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users."

Facebook has been facing heightened scrutiny over its data protection practices in recent months, notably since the revelations over hijacking of personal data of tens of millions of users by Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy working on 
Donald Trump
's 2016 campaign.

Astrum announces Smart Band SB200 with heart rate monitor

Astrum announces Smart Band SB200 with heart rate monitor


The smart band also comes with an OLED display as well as the ability to record motion data.

The Smart Band gives you sedentary reminder, pushing you to achieve your daily targets
Astrum is expanding its product portfolio with the launch of the Smart Band SB200 that boasts superior functions along with a heart rate monitor and a sedentary reminder.
The smart band focuses on everyday health data while you are busy with work. Its Heart Rate sensor supports both Automatic and manual mode. The sensor also works dynamically, means even when you are running or walking it will keep on taking the heart rate data. In addition to the heart rate tracking, the Smart Band SB200 also tracks calories burned, distance walked, notifications, floors climbed with the Step Pedometer.
The Smart Band gives you a sedentary reminder, pushing you to achieve your daily targets. Additionally, the Smart Band monitors your sleep quality along with the silent vibration alarm letting you create your own sleep patterns in sync with your fitness goals.
Featuring an 80mAh battery and a battery life of up to 3 days, the fitness tracker provides notifications on messages, emails, WhatsApp and calls that are received on the phone. Equipped with Anti Lost Alert and Find Phone, it makes the SOS situations easier.
To get the most of the Smart Band you can download the WearFit 2.0 app available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The product is priced at Rs 3,499 and is already available with leading retail and online stores across India.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Debit, credit card holders beware! Your cards may get blocked if you fail to do this by December 31

Debit, credit card holders beware! Your cards may get blocked if you fail to do this by December 31


A majority of banks, including SBI, have already informed their customers about getting their ATM cards replaced. And you need to hurry up if you have failed to do so.



Are you a debit or credit card holder and are still using your old, magnetic stripe cards? Then you need to hurry up and get your cards replaced with EMV Chip Cards as soon as possible. For, if you fail to do so latest by December 31, 2018, then your card /cards may get blocked by your bank.
A majority of banks, including SBI, have already informed their customers about this move. For instance, in a notice titled ‘Important Information for State Bank Magstripe Debit Cardholders,’ SBI says, “Upgradation of Magstripe Debit Cards to EMV Chip Cards for enhanced security and towards compliance of RBI guidelines. Esteemed customers may please note that Magstripe Debit Cards blocked by them will remain blocked permanently. They are requested to apply for replacement EMV Chip Cards, free of cost, through online SBI, or through their home branch.”

How to identify EMV Chip Cards?

SBI says that one can identify one’s Debit Card as an EMV Chip Debit Card if there is a Chip located on the face (center-left position) of the Debit Card. In fact, EMV Chip technology is the latest global standard for Debit Card payments. This technology features Debit Cards with embedded microprocessor chip that store and protect the cardholder’s data. This is a much secure technology as compared to Magstripe variants of cards.

Expert Take

Industry experts say that this move has been aimed at combating card-related frauds and to protect sensitive payment data of the cardholder.
For instance, Sahil Arora, VP & Head of Payment Product, Paisabazaar.com, says, “Payment data is more secured on a chip-enabled payment card than magnetic stripe cards, since EMV cards support dynamic authentication (wherein a PIN is required at the POS (point of sale), unlike magnetic stripe-based cards that involve only static authentication and not PIN). Consequently, data from the traditional magnetic stripe card can be much easily copied/skimmed and stolen by using just a simple card reading device. EMV chip-enabled cards are, therefore, much more effective in combating fraud with their dynamic authentication capabilities.”
It may be noted that according to directive issued by the RBI in 2015, all Indian banks have been mandated to replace the existing magnetic stripe credit cards and debit cards (both domestic and international) with the EMV Chip and PIN cards by December 31, 2018, irrespective of the card’s validity. These EMV chip and PIN-based cards have enhanced security and risk mitigation features. Named after its creators- Europay, MasterCard and Visa, EMV technology is embedded with microprocessor chips which store as well as protect the cardholder’s data in an encrypted form. With such enhanced features, these cards are comparatively less vulnerable to frauds.
“Since the RBI, in its circular, had clearly directed banks to take proactive steps towards replacing customer’s Magstripe cards with EMV chip cards, the onus is now on Indian banks to follow this directive and upgrade each customer’s card latest by 31st December 2018,” informs Arora.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

WhatsApp upcoming features: From WhatsApp Dark Mode to Private Reply to Ranking for Contacts, and more

WhatsApp upcoming features: From WhatsApp Dark Mode to Private Reply to Ranking for Contacts, and more


From WhatsApp Business to WhatsApp video group calling, WhatsApp is rolling out new features every now and then. Soon, it is going to launch the WhatsApp Dark mode and some other interesting tools as well.

With 1 billion large family, WhatsApp has become one of the most used application all over the world. With users increasing day by day, WhatsApp is trying to cater to the needs of its audience by offering them a plethora of features and tools. From WhatsApp Business to WhatsApp video group calling, the Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp has become the one-stop solution for almost everything. 
WhatsApp is now soon going to launch some other new features for its users in its latest version to make it more user-friendly. Take a look at the 5 upcoming WhatsApp features below. It is to be noted that these features have not officially launched yet. However, in the coming days, you shall see these new tools rolled out.

5 WhatsApp upcoming features you should know about


1. WhatsApp Dark Mode: The Dark Mode feature will reduce strain on your eyes when you use the app under low lighting. The feature will also help in reducing the battery consumption. YouTube & Twitter have already rolled out dark mode, while instagram and whatsApp are still working on it.
2. WhatsApp Add Contact feature: Users will soon be able to add new contacts on WhatsApp without having to exit the app. While you save the contact number, the App will automatically detect the country code and whether the contact is on whatsApp or not.
3. WhatsApp QR code: This feature will enable users to share any contact by scanning QR Codes. Both the parties who are sharing and receiving the contact need to have the latest Android version to scan the QR codes.
4. WhatsApp ranking for contacts: Through this new feature, contacts will be ranked by the volume of interactions you have had with the person. The interaction can be of any form- whatsApp audio/video call, whatsApp chat. This feature will be made available for iOS beta users soon.
5. Private Reply: Private reply will allow users to privately chat with a member of a particular WhatsApp group without letting other members in the same group know. It has already been introduced for Android beta users with version 2.18.355. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Instagram gets WhatsApp-style walkie-talkie voice messages

Instagram gets WhatsApp-style walkie-talkie voice messages


Facebook-owned Instagram has just added one of the best features from its sister app, WhatsApp: direct voice messages.
Just as in WhatsApp, you can find it in any conversation (including group chats) in the Direct messaging section of the app. Tap and hold the microphone button located in the text entry box, and you can record a message to send to your contacts. They can listen to it whenever they like.
In whatsapp it’s great for when your hands aren’t free to type, or if you need to explain something complex quickly. And seeing as how I already message people on Instagram about as often as on WhatsApp and Telegram, I’m certainly looking forward to using this.
The feature is now available worldwide on Android and iOS, so you can give it a try right away.

BSNL Providing Free 2GB Data to Customers as Part of 4G SIM Upgrade

BSNL Providing Free 2GB Data to Customers as Part of 4G SIM Upgrade


The only factor between Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the top ranks of the telecom operator is the lack of 4G network. However, in 2018, BSNL has taken great strides in terms of stepping into the 4G network. Back in October, BSNL was also allotted the 2100MHz spectrum after getting the affirmative nod from the cabinet. After the allotment of the spectrum, BSNL has been testing its 4G network in many places across India. To take up with the pilot testing of 4G, BSNL was using its 3G airwaves in selected states. Also, in the Idukki district of Kerala, which is one of the prime states for BSNL, the telecom operator did a soft launch of the 4G services. As per a new update, BSNL is up to the task of testing its 4G services in the state of Gujarat.
BSNL 4G services are going to be started in Gandhidham and Anjar towns in Gujarat state w.e.f. November 26, 2018. As a part of this spectrum realignment utilisation (see table below for reference), 3G will not work after this but 2G will keep working on all handsets. We have also reported some speed test results earlier which indicated speeds above 20 Mbps shared by our readers.
BSNL 4G USIM Upgrade
Customers can upgrade their existing 2G/3G SIM to a 4G SIM and experience 4G services. So if you have an old SIM card, the chances are that you’ll end up latching on BSNL’s 2G or 3G network. To avoid that, you can head over to any BSNL’ office in the region to avail a BSNL 4G SIM card. BSNL is also offering 2GB free data for users upgrading to a 4G SIM card, something which we have seen private telcos doing the same in the past.
BSNL 4G Services are Also Available in Nagpur Rural Area, Bhiwapur and Vijayawada
Earlier in October, Chief General Manager, Telecom (CGMT), AP Circle, A Purnachandra Rao, launched the 4G services in Andhra Pradesh Circle. The first 4G tower was commissioned in Nunna (in Vijayawada) and by November-end, 2018, 4G services are said to be made available in 46 towns across the State. Addressing the gathering at the time of 4G launch, CGMT, AP Circle, said “BSNL has 63 lakh mobile customers and 5.80 lakh landline connections in AP. The company has targeted to install 1200 Wi-Fi connections soon. Also, 1700 4G towers and 1240 3G towers are planned this year.
BSNL 4G Commercial Launch Awaited
It has been a few months since BSNL’s testing of 4G services in various parts of the country. At the moment, the 4G user base of BSNL is very limited which could be the reason why users are experiencing high-speed data of over 20 Mbps. Talking about the commercial launch, we might see it happen only in the first half of 2019, subjected its the spectrum allotment happens on time.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Android 9.0 Pie rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi A1

Android 9.0 Pie rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi A1


Smartphones that are part of the Android One program come with a promise for timely OS updates. Well, it's hardly been timely, but Android 9.0 Pie has now rolled out to the Xiaomi Mi A1.

The firmware weighs in at 1074MB and aside from bringing the major OS release, comes with support for FM radio - until now it wasn't available on the A1, but just on its Chinese-only twin 5X.


The brief changelog also mentions new navigation options - whether it's the Pixel pill button and gestures, or Xiaomi's custom implementation, remains to be seen. Adaptive battery and brightness features are also introduced.
The initial report comes from a user in Bangladesh, and as with all things update-related, you can expect a gradual rollout to all markets. Meanwhile, the Mi A2's Pie update has been out for a few weeks now.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Jio GigaFiber broadband services: What we know so far

Jio GigaFiber broadband services: What we know so far


Jio GigaFiber broadband services are yet to be rolled out for the masses, however, there has been a lot of reports as well as leaks in regards to Jio GigaFiber broadband availability, plans, and prices.

Jio GigaFiber broadband services are highly anticipated in India since it is already up for registrations via Jio.com while Reliance Jio has also announced the Jio GigaFiber Preview Offer for new users. However, there has been no confirmation on when the Jio GigaFiber FTTH broadband services will be rolled out for the masses while we already know that Reliance Jio is testing its broadband services since almost the last two years.
That said, there has been a lot of official announcements in regards to the Jio GigaFiber broadband services and we will be providing our readers with everything they need to know about the Jio’s debut in the Indian broadband sector.
There has been no confirmation about the official Jio GigaFiber broadband rollout while registrations for the same began on August 15, 2018. Reliance Jio has confirmed that for a new Jio GigaFiber connection, subscribers will need to pay a redeemable security deposit of Rs. 4,500 for the Jio GigaFiber router and Jio GigaTV router. On the other hand, it has been reported that the Jio GigaFiber plans will start from Rs. 500 offering 300GB of monthly data along with 100Mbps of broadband speeds.

Jio GigaFiber Preview Offer

Reliance Jio has also announced the Jio GigaFiber Preview offer under which all new connections will come with a complementary 100GB monthly data with 100Mbps speed for the first three months. If a user exhausts his or her monthly broadband data limit, he or she can also opt for an additional recharge from Jio.com for more data for the remaining validity.

Jio GigaFiber availability

Jio GigaFiber will be made available in 1,100 Indian cities as part of the initial rollout and these cities will be selected on the basis of the number of registration requests received from a particular area. This means that the more are the numbers of Jio GigaFiber registrations request from a particular city, the sooner will it get Jio GigaFiber connectivity.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

WhatsApp Dark Mode on Android And iOS Smartphones to Come Soon

WhatsApp Dark Mode on Android And iOS Smartphones to Come Soon


WhatsApp Dark Mode is said to be in the works for months and is now expected to launch later this month or early next year.

WhatsApp, the most popular chat app in the world owned by Facebook, has long rumoured to have been working on a dark mode for its app on iOS and Android. The feature is said to be in the works for months and is now expected to launch later this month or early next year. The Dark Mode not only allows users to save their eyes from glare when they are chatting on WhatsApp late in night but will also probably help save them battery on their phones. A dark mode in WhatsApp will make it much more convenient for users to use the application at night time.

According to WABetaInfo the dark mode is still in development and there’s no launch time as of now. In a tweet, WABetaInfo said: “It’s still under development and there is no news now.” WhatsApp has not officially said anything on whether the dark mode is being developed for the users. 
WhatsApp has been adding many new features to what is arguably the very popular instant messaging app for smartphones, and is still constantly trying to improve the chat experience for its users. According to reports, Whatsapp now working on the feature of accessing the videos directly from the notifications. With this feature, users will not need to open an app to view the videos on the Whatsapp app and they will be able to play videos directly from the notifications. Currently, notifications only come up on the screen with the name of the person and a short preview of the top of their message.

Nokia 8.1 With 6.18-Inch HDR Display, Android 9 Pie, and Snapdragon 710 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications

Nokia 8.1 With 6.18-Inch HDR Display, Android 9 Pie, and Snapdragon 710 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 8.1 price has been set at EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 31,900)
  • HMD Global has announced the Nokia 8.1 will go on sale mid-December
  • Nokia 8.1 Plus features a 6000-Series aluminium body
Nokia 8.1 was unveiled by HMD Global at launch event in Dubai on Wednesday. The smartphone, as expected, is indeed the global variant of the Nokia X7 that was launched in China in October, and the spiritual successor to the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 8.1 bears identical specifications to the Nokia X7, but is part of the Android One programme like other HMD Global Nokia smartphones in the recent past. The highlight of the Nokia 8.1 is its 6.18-inch PureDisplay with HDR10 support, its dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, the Snapdragon 710 SoC, the fact that it runs on Android 9 Pie, and its 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging capabilities.

Nokia 8.1 price and release date

The Nokia 8.1 price has been set at EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 31,900), and it will go on sale in European and Middle East markets from "mid-December". It will be available in Blue/ Silver, Steel/ Copper, and Iron/ Steel dual-tone colour variants. Notably, HMD Globalhas scheduled a launch event in India on December 10, and it is expected to launch the Nokia 8.1 here on that date. We can thus expect the smartphone to make its way to India this month as well.

Nokia 8.1 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 8.1 runs stock Android 9 Pie, and as we mentioned, it is part of the Android One programme that is guaranteed to deliver timely updates. It sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (1080x2244 pixels) display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 81.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 support, 500 nits peak brightness, and is capable of a 96 percent colour gamut. The Nokia 8.1 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked up to 2.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
The Nokia 8.1 bears a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, with the primary 12-megapixel camera featuring a 1/2.55-inch sensor, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, EIS, 2PD (dual photodiode) tech, and a dual-LED flash. The secondary 13-megapixel fixed-focus lens is meant for depth sensing. At the front, the Nokia 8.1 bears a 20-megapixel fixed focus lens with 0.9-micron pixels, and 4-in-1 pixel tech for better low-light photography. The company is touting its Bothie feature, which allows both the front and rear camera to used simultaneously, as well as its Pro Camera UI, with several manual camera options. The dual rear camera setup will help create portrait shots featuring a bokeh effect, the company said.
There is 64GB of inbuilt storage on the Nokia 8.1, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, VoWiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C port. The Nokia 8.1 bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It features a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It features a two-tone design, and is built out of 6000-Series aluminium that has diamond cut edges and has been through two anodising processes, the company claims.
The Nokia 8.1 runs on a 3,500mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 22 hours of talk time, 24 days of standby time, and up to 11 hours of video playback. The company is also touting the presence of 18W fast charging. It measures 154.8x75.76x7.97mm, and weighs in at 178 grams. It features a single speaker design, and also comes with a smart amp, 2 mics, and Nokia Ozo surround capture. HMD Global also points out that the Nokia 8.1 has Google ARCore support
Commenting on the launch, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said, "We've seen great success in the value flagship category with each of our smartphones in this class consistently introducing new premium experiences to our fans. With the Nokia 8.1, we are further pushing the boundaries in this segment. We offer accelerated performance with a first-class processor architecture, dual cameras with an industry-leading sensor, OIS and Zeiss Optics for great low light imaging, and our new PureDisplay HDR screen technology."

Key specifications

Display

6.18-inch

Processor

2.2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

20-megapixel

Resolution

1080x2244 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 9.0 Pie

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel + 13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3500mAh

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 Price Cuts During ‘I Love Mi’ Amazon Sale This Week

Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 Price Cuts During ‘I Love Mi’ Amazon Sale This Week


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi India will be running its 'I Love Mi' sale on Amazon India
  • The sale will offer discounts on Mi A2, Redmi Y2 and Redmi 6A
  • Bundled offers include no-cost EMI options and exchange offers
Xiaomi India will be running a promotional sale on Amazon from December 6 to December 8. The Xiaomi sale will offer deals on smartphones available on Amazon India. Xiaomi has revealed two offers while teasing a third 'special surprise' that will be revealed on Thursday. The Mi A2 will be available with discounts worth up to Rs. 3,500 while the Redmi Y2 will be discounted by up to Rs. 2,000.
The 'I love Mi' sale will offer discounts on the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Redmi Y2. The Redmi Y2 (3GB, 32GB) will be available at Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 10,499) while the Redmi Y2 (4GB, 64GB) will be down to Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 13,499) during the sale.
On the other hand, the Mi A2 will also be available at a discounted price from December 6 to December 8 on Amazon India. The 4GB RAM, 64GB variant of the Mi A2 will be available at Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,499) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB variant will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 16,999 (MRP Rs. 20,500).
Apart from these two phones, the Redmi 6A will also receive discounted pricing during the sale. The Redmi 6A (2GB, 16GB) will be down to Rs. 5,999 while the Redmi 6A (2GB, 32GB) variant will be available at Rs. 6,999.
Xiaomi will also reveal another deal which will go live during its 'I love Mi' sale on Amazon on Thursday, which could be the discount on the Redmi 6A. Amazon India will also offer bundled deals including exchange discounts and no-cost EMI options on the Mi A2 and Redmi Y2.
Xiaomi's 'I Love Mi' sale will be running alongside the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale which is scheduled to start from December 6. Meanwhile, the Poco F1 will be available with discounts worth up to Rs. 5,000 during Flipkart's sale this week. The offers on Xiaomi's phones will also be available on the company's own online store apart from Amazon and Flipkart. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Motorola One Power Price in India Cut During Flipkart Sale, Will Start at Rs. 14,999


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Motorola One Power price in India will be Rs. 14,999 during Flipkart sale
  • The Motorola One Power was launched at Rs. 15,999
  • The smartphone was launched in India back in September
Motorola One Power price in India has been slashed, the Lenovo-owned company announced on Tuesday. Notably, this is a temporary price cut, and is only applicable during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale, from December 6 to December 8. The smartphone is now available for Rs. 1,000 less - it is now priced at Rs. 14,999, down from its Rs. 15,999 launch price. Alongside, Motorola has announced offers during the Flipkart sale, with instant discounts, no-cost EMIs, and exchange offers. The company is also touting the presence of Android 9.0 Pie on the Motorola One Power - to recall, it recently received an update.

Motorola One Power price in India

Motorola One Power price in India will now be Rs. 14,999, down from its Rs. 15,999 launch price, during the Flipkart sale. To recall, it was launched in India back in September this year. It is a Flipkart exclusive. As we mentioned, the company is also touting offers during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale, which kicks off on Thursday. These offers include 10 percent instant discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards, as well as EMI transactions. There will also be no-cost EMIs available starting at Rs. 2,500 a month, as well as exchange offers.

Motorola One Power specifications, features

The Motorola One Power (Review) sport a 6.2-inch full-HD+ LCD Max Vision panel along with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo software, while an Android 9.0 Pie update is available for users - it started rolling out last month. Under the hood, the handset has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 509 GPU and 4GB of RAM. There is a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, with support for 4K video recording. Further, the handset comes with a 12-megapixel sensor at the front.
Motorola One Power Review
Motorola has provided 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Motorola One Power also has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Further, there is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver six hours of usage in 15 minutes using the 15W TurboPower fast-charger.