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Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits Now Available for Pre-Orders; Microsoft Unveils Motion Controllers

Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits Now Available for Pre-Orders; Microsoft Unveils Motion Controllers

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In March this year, Microsoft announced that the company will start shipping development kits for Windows Mixed Reality (earlier called Windows Holographic) later in the month itself. However, the company seemed to have changed its mind later as it didn't happen. Now the Redmond-based company has finally started taking pre-orders for the mixed reality development kits from HP and Acer. Microsoft also announced its own motion controllers for Windows 10 VR at its Build conference. Notably, Microsoft has still not announced the release dates for these development kits but interested users can now pre-order the development kits from the company's website. While the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition has been priced at $299 (roughly Rs. 19,200), the HP Windows Mixed Reality...
Google Pixel ‘Taimen’ Spotted on Benchmark Site With 4GB of RAM

Google Pixel ‘Taimen’ Spotted on Benchmark Site With 4GB of RAM

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Google is expected to launch three Pixel devices this year and among these, the search giant's device codenamed "Taimen" has now been suggested to feature 4GB of RAM. As per a leaked benchmark listing of Google Taimen, the device will pack 4GB of RAM and will run Android O, which should not come as a surprise considering it is expected to be launched around October as one of the new platform lead devices. The Google Taimen's Geekbench listing, spotted by Dutch site Telefoon Abonnement, suggests that the device will come with an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.90GHz, notes GSMArena. While the processor's name has not been revealed in the leaked benchmark test, it is highly likely to be Snapdragon 835 SoC. As per earlier reports, Taimen is expected to be bigger than other two P...
John McAfee Privacy Phone, Claimed to Be World’s Most Hack-Proof, Is Coming This Year

John McAfee Privacy Phone, Claimed to Be World’s Most Hack-Proof, Is Coming This Year

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When you hear the name McAfee, the first thing that will strike your mind will be security software and rightly so - the Intel-owned brand's antivirus software is popular around the world. Its creator, John McAfee, has now announced that the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' - which has been claimed to be world's most hack-proof phone - will be coming out later this year from his MGT security firm. If you are wondering how the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' will provide you additional security over general smartphones, it will feature hardware switches at the back that will allow users to disconnect the battery, the antennas for Wi-Fi, the camera, Bluetooth and geolocation, and even the microphone, John McAfee told Newsweek. The security features will come with their worth as the smartphone will...
Apple May Ditch Dialog Chip, Analyst Says; Chipmaker’s Shares Plunge

Apple May Ditch Dialog Chip, Analyst Says; Chipmaker’s Shares Plunge

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Dialog Semiconductor risks losing a crucial supply deal with Apple, according to a financial analyst who cut his rating on the stock on Tuesday, sending the Anglo-German chipmaker's shares down by as much as one-third. Bankhaus Lampe cut its rating on Dialog to "sell" from "hold" as it argued in a research note that Apple was working on its own battery-saving chip for the iPhone that could replace Dialog's power management integrated circuits (PMIC) as early as 2019. Apple accounted for more than 70 percent of Dialog's 2016 sales, the broker estimated. Shares in Dialog fell as much as 36 percent to a seven-month low. By 0831 GMT (2:01pm IST) they were trading down 23.7 percent at EUR 36.39. Bankhaus Lampe cited unnamed industry sources as saying that Apple is setting up power managem...
iOS 10.3 Bug Activated Disabled iCloud Services for Some Users, Says Apple

iOS 10.3 Bug Activated Disabled iCloud Services for Some Users, Says Apple

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Apple last week released iOS 10.3 update which brought some nifty little improvements, bug fixes, and some new features like the ability for Siri to show live scores from Indian Premier League (IPL) and International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket matches. Of course, with every update that tries to fix bugs, sometimes, more get created. One bug that was recently spotted was regarding the iCloud settings which is reportedly turning on some services that were previously turned off. The Cupertino giant has been sending out emails to some users telling them that the iOS 10.3 update has a bug that is causing some iCloud services to turn on despite being disabled previously, according to MacRumors. The email sent by Apple basically wants you to check your iCloud settings and see if any service...
Elon Musk’s new venture could turn his cyborg dreams into reality

Elon Musk’s new venture could turn his cyborg dreams into reality

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As if self-driving cars and space travel aren't extraordinary enough, Elon Musk is planning another startup straight out of the pages of science fiction: augmenting the human brain with computers. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has put his weight behind a new company dedicated to working on implants designed to interface with one's literal brain to increase human computing potential, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . Dubbed Neuralink, the startup is reportedly working on a way to merge software with the brain using a surgically implanted neural lace. With this technology, Neuralink hopes to improve the memory of augmented individuals and possibly even create a mind-controlled digital interface for computers. Rise of the machines Though Neuralink hasn't existed nearly l...
US, UK Ban Laptops on Flights From Turkey, Middle East

US, UK Ban Laptops on Flights From Turkey, Middle East

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The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. American officials warned that extremists are seeking "innovative" ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smartphones. The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travelers to America to pack laptops, tablets and portable game consoles in their hold luggage. No US carriers are affected, but the ban hits passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from the busiest hubs in the Arab world and the three Gulf carriers that recently emerged as giants: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. Britain issued a similar order, appli...
Lava Z10, Z25 Mid-Range Smartphones With Metal Design, 4G VoLTE Support Launched

Lava Z10, Z25 Mid-Range Smartphones With Metal Design, 4G VoLTE Support Launched

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Lava on Wednesday launched a pair of new mid-range smartphones that boast of premium metal design and durability. The Lava Z10 and Z25 smartphones support 4G VoLTE connectivity and are priced at Rs. 11,500 and Rs. 18,000, respectively. The smartphones will be available in select retails stores in Delhi from Thursday and in a few more cities in the coming weeks. The Z10 will be offered in Gold while the Z25 will come in Champagne Gold and Grey colour options. The Lava Z10 sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display with a 2.5D curved glass on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The handset runs on Star OS 3.3 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is offered with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). ...
Android O Tipped to Bring Improved Notifications, Adaptive Icons, Picture-In-Picture Mode, More

Android O Tipped to Bring Improved Notifications, Adaptive Icons, Picture-In-Picture Mode, More

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In a new development, the upcoming features of Android O may have been leaked, and it may include revamped notifications, adaptive icons, picture-on-picture feature, automatic text copying, and more. If Google follows tradition, then Android O may be released at I/O only for developers to tinkle with, and the final version will be launched with the new Pixel devices later in the year. As per a 9to5Google report, Android O will have improved notifications, however there's no detail on how the feature will be revamped. There is speculation that the new version will adopt the notification style that was part of Andromeda leaks last year, and if this is true, synced notifications and smarter ordering may be introduced. Android O will also reportedly bring app icon badges for active notific...
Xiaomi Announces Second Manufacturing Unit in India, Boosts Production Capacity

Xiaomi Announces Second Manufacturing Unit in India, Boosts Production Capacity

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Reaffirming its commitment to 'Make in India' after logging $1 billion in revenue in the country last year, Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi on Monday announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh. With the new manufacturing plant also at Sri City, in Andhra Pradesh, more than 95 percent of Xiaomi's smartphones sold in India will be manufactured in the country. Xiaomi will now have a combined production capacity of one phone per second during operational hours. "We are present in 20 markets globally but India tops in terms of volume and is also the fastest growing market for us. All eyes are on this market and we will continue to do what we are doing and provide great after sales service and experience for our users," ...