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Nokia 216 Dual SIM Feature Phone With Front-Facing Flash Launched at Rs. 2,495

Nokia 216 Dual SIM Feature Phone With Front-Facing Flash Launched at Rs. 2,495

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Feature phones still exist today and Microsoft is making sure of that. After launching the Nokia 230 Dual SIM in December at Rs. 3,869, Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Nokia 216 Dual SIM in India at a price of Rs. 2,495. The feature phone will be available in the country from October 24. The Nokia 216 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display (240x320 resolution), running on Nokia Series 30+ operating system, with up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD card support. The handset features a VGA camera (0.3-megapixels) with an LED flash module on both the front and back. Connectivity options include Micro-USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile. The 216 Dual SIM comes with a smaller 1020mAh battery compared to the 1200mAh found on the 230 Dual SIM. Microsoft claims up to 1...
MakeMyTrip and Ibibo to Merge Under the MakeMyTrip Brand

MakeMyTrip and Ibibo to Merge Under the MakeMyTrip Brand

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MakeMyTrip and Ibibo, two of the biggest online travel platforms in India, have announced a merger that will combine the two businesses under the former's brand. The combined entity, said to have a valuation of $1.8 billion (approximately Rs. 12,010 crore), and will include Ibibo's ride-sharing service Ryde, and MakeMyTrip's homestay platform Rightstay. Ibibo will be merged into MakeMyTrip, and the Naspers-Tencent combine that backs Ibibo will be the single largest shareholder in the combined entity. The transaction, which is expected to close by December 2016 is subject to approval by regulators. This might be a potential stumbling block as the two companies are arguably the biggest in the space in India. In terms of organisation, MakeMyTrip's leadership won't change much - MakeMyTrip fo
Lenovo Z2 Plus launched in India

Lenovo Z2 Plus launched in India

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Lenovo India has started sending invites of the launch of its Z2 Plus smartphone in the country on Thursday. The company is holding a launch event in New Delhi that's scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST. The Chinese consumer electronics giant will be launching the Lenovo Zuk Z2 – which was launched in China in May this year - as the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India. Detailing the reasons behind the rebranding in the country, Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, Lenovo MBG India told Gadgets 360, "Once we are getting into a particular price band, we want to make sure consumers know the brand. We want to sell the phone. We are not bringing the device as token flagship as India is still a big market for us. However, Zuk branding will be there on the box, with the text 'Powered by Zuk'
ESA Maps More Than a Billion Stars in Our Galaxy

ESA Maps More Than a Billion Stars in Our Galaxy

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The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial catalogue of 1.15 billion stars is "both the largest and the most accurate full-sky map ever produced," said French astronomer Francois Mignard, a member of the 450-strong Gaia consortium. In a web-cast press conference at the ESA Astronomy Centre in Madrid, scientists unveiled a stunning map of the Milky Way, including stars up to half a million times feinter than those that can be seen with the naked eye. The images were captured by Gaia's twin telescopes -- scanning the heavens over and over -- and a billion-pixel camera, ...
No Man’s Sky PR Strategy ‘Wasn’t Great’: Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

No Man’s Sky PR Strategy ‘Wasn’t Great’: Sony Worldwide Studios Boss

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Aside from being one of the biggest disappointments of the year, No Man’s Sky was a debacle for fans and the press. Reason being, creator Sean Murray promised a host of features that never quite made it to the final game. For many, No Man's Sky was nowhere close to what Hello Games founder Sean Murray promised it would be. More so with a massive Reddit post detailing missing features (which was deleted later) albeit archived on other sites such as the aptly named One Man's Lie. Despite Sony’s efforts at marketing the game, it couldn’t stop consumers trying to refund it en-masse. Safe to say, the game was a public relations nightmare. And Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida agrees. Speaking to Eurogamer, the President of Sony Worldwide Studios had this to say: "I understand some of the criticisms especi
Google, AppNexus Distance Themselves From Adblock Plus’ Acceptable Ads Platform

Google, AppNexus Distance Themselves From Adblock Plus’ Acceptable Ads Platform

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Eyeo, the maker of the Adblock Plus ad-blocking extensions and apps, recently unveiled its Acceptable Ads Platform to sell and serve ads. When the announcement about the platform was made by the company, it said that it will supply ads from both Google and AppNexus. However, it seems like Eyeo was solely relying on development partner company ComboTag's association with Google and AppNexus to bring them the ads from these companies. In a strong statement to Engadget, Google said, "We were surprised by the announcement and learned of it when we were contacted by press. We have no involvement in their program and this is not a business we want to be part of. We are moving to terminate ComboTag's AdX account. Ad blocking is a symptom of bad ads online and that's why we believe the industry n...
India’s Internet Users to Touch 500 Million by 2020, Says Google

India’s Internet Users to Touch 500 Million by 2020, Says Google

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With the advent of affordable smartphones and growing reach of internet across the country, India's online population will reach 500 million by 2020, Google's Asia Pacific Language Head, Richa Singh Chitranshi said. "India's online population will reach 500 million by 2020 with majority of them being local language users," Chitranshi said while addressing IT students at Rajiv Gandhi Proayogiki (Technology) Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) here. The event was jointly organised by RGPV and MPPOST, an online portal, yesterday. Speaking about the future and present of the internet Chitranshi said it was mainly due to availability of affordable smartphones and data packs that have enabled millions in Indians to go online. She also informed that today over 65 percent of India surf the internet through th...
Google Brings Interactive Display to African American History Museum

Google Brings Interactive Display to African American History Museum

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Lonnie G. Bunch III traveled to Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters a little more than a year ago to meet with leaders of the Black Googler Network, an employee group. The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was then under construction, wanted to tap their technical expertise. "He made the simple request: 'However you can, help me make this museum redefine what it means to be a museum in the modern age and be at the cusp of innovation,'" said Travis McPhail, a Google Maps software engineer. McPhail was inspired. Google employees have since been developing interactive-display technology that will allow visitors to examine artifacts from all angles using 3D scans that they access through their smartphone's Web browser. Their phone will als...
Microsoft Brings Google Drive and Facebook Support to Outlook on Web

Microsoft Brings Google Drive and Facebook Support to Outlook on Web

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Microsoft has finally added Google Drive support for Outlook on Web to allow users to receive and edit the files from the Internet version of its email client. The company has also added the support for Facebook and made it easier to search for attachment in long conversations with its update to Outlook. The Android and iOS version of Outlook already allowed users to receive and edit the files from Google Drive from inside the app. However, users will now be able to edit their Google Drive documents from the Web version of the Outlook email client as well. In order to attach a file, all you need to do is open a new message and click on the attachment icon. Then you need to select Google Drive and enter the credentials of your account. After this, your Google Drive account will appear as a...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Recalled in US; Replacements Due September 21

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Recalled in US; Replacements Due September 21

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday announced a recall of around one million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones plagued by incidents of batteries bursting into flames. The move by the US safety agency formalizes the recall underway in 10 countries after reports of faulty batteries that caused some handsets to explode during charging. Samsung meanwhile announced replacements for the faulty phones would be available to US customers next week. In the United States, there have been 92 reports of batteries overheating, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage, the commission said in a notice. The US notice affects around one million of the global total of 2.5 million handsets being recalled, which has cast a cloud ov...