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iPhone users, Android is set to get this big feature that you will miss

NEW DELHI: 2017 has been the year of dual rear camera smartphones. Keeping up with the trend, Qualcomm has announced its new ISPs (Image Signal Processors) which are likely to come as a part of the upcoming smartphone SoC and includes an improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing features.

Qualcomm says the improvements are made “to meet growing demands of photo and video for a broad range of mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD).” Also mentioned is that the new ISPs and camera modules will support better image quality and new computer vision, which will use deep learning techniques and make image processing faster.
The new ISPs come with a new camera architecture, which will deliver power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The ISPs include three modules – iris authentication module, passive depth sensing module and an active depth sensing module.
It has been mentioned that the chipset will be using infrared light for measuring depth and accurate face recognition. What may also be seen are some improvements in HDR Photos, video stabilisation and better motion tracking using a VR headset. We are yet to see how much improvement will be there in the upcoming Android flagship smartphones.
On a related note, it looks like the earlier glimpse of the new ISPs could be seen with the rumoured Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Both smartphones are said to arrive later this year and are rumoured to come powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor.
According to a report by Android Headlines, Google’s upcoming flagships will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, which will be quite similar to the Snapdragon 835 but will have quite higher CPU and GPU clock speed as compared to 835. This means that the processor will be energy efficient and quite stronger as compared to 835. However, the new chipset may also include new ISPs for better photography experience.

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Reliance Jio Announces Its New 4G Feature Phone At An “Effective Price” of Just Rs 0

Reliance Jio has just announced it’s latest hardware product at its AGM today, a 4G feature phone designed for people who just want a basic phone with good internet access. 

The JioPhone comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB. It features a VGA front camera and 2MP rear cam, and is powered by a 2000mAh battery. 
The JioPhone has 4G  support, and features both a mini and nano SIM slot, though there’s no 2G or 3G support. Additionally, the device has Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi connectivity, so it’s still more than what you’d expect of a typical feature phone.
More importantly, Mukesh Ambani has proclaimed that the JioPhone “will be available to all Indians at an effective price of Rs 0.” The company says it will collect a Rs 1,500 security deposit to prevent misuse, which will be refunded after a three-year duration, if you choose to return the phone.
So, will you buy the free Jio phone?
SOURCE- IndiaTimes

Why The Dell Alienware 15 Is A Unique Gaming Laptop That Is Truly Out Of This World

There are gaming laptops. Then there’s the Alienware… in a class of its own.

Gaming laptops aren’t new by any means. Each brand tries to differentiate their offering from its competitors in terms of looks and the obvious gaming experience. In a monotonous market, it’s difficult to leave a lasting impression. That’s where Alienware machines differ, offering an aggressive, unique look and feel which is synonymous with the games that you play on it.

Dell’s subsidiary Alienware is known to offer top-of-the-line gaming hardware in an eye-catching laptop shell with a characteristic Alien DNA, which actually makes them look quite extra-terrestrial. Now, Dell has done it again with its newly unveiled Alienware 15 gaming notebook, and here are some reasons why this gaming machine is truly out of this world.
1.The WOW Display
Many of us dream of getting a 4K TV or a 4K gaming monitor. Well, this tiny gaming machine has a 4K UHD display with a 3840×2160 pixel resolution screen fit into a rather compact 15-inch form factor. What does this result in? Something my words can hardly describe! You really need to look into this panel to see how good it truly looks.

Still, let’s try: Super sharp gaming detail and brilliant viewing experience. Not forgetting, the display has amazing viewing angles with minimal colour shift on the edges. Also, watching Netflix or Hotstar on this bad boy is better than most laptops you’d find in the market, thanks to its rad in-built speakers.
2.The Alien’s Armour
No doubt this machine’s a looker, sure, but it is also built well, with a combination of aluminium and polycarbonate shell. It’s not the sleekest laptop by any means, as the vents at the bottom take up most space, making this a thick heavy monstrosity. However, looking at the bulky Alienware laptops in the past, this one has shed a lot of weight and still capable of a ride to a LAN gaming party.

The top lid has an aluminium plate with the chrome alien head glowing. The lid gets three interconnecting lines which then join with the alien head, adding a bit of a character to the ordinary laptop lid. On the inside, you have this rubberised coating which adds a good grip while typing as well as gaming. This coating also makes the internal space a big smudge magnet, and getting it off isn’t easy.
Speaking about the keyboard, it’s a cropped backlit keyboard with a missing number pad which delivers a pleasant typing experience, thanks to adequate key spacing and decent key travel feedback. We would’ve loved to see a full-sized keyboard, which could have easily fit in here, but can’t expect the Alien to deliver the world. The bottom reveals the exhaust vents which cools the hardware, just so the Alien isn’t set on fire during those frenetic gaming sessions.
3. The Guts Of The Alien
Any gaming machine is as good as the hardware it packs with it. For all the nerds out there this machine this machine is a pure beast on the outside as well as the inside. For starters, the machine is powered by an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor clocked at 2.60GHz, paired with a whopping 32GB of DDR4 memory.For tackling the power-hungry games, the machine comes loaded with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. You also get 2TB of HDD storage to load the machine with a plethora of games.

Now the nerds might be thinking, that the GPU might feel overpowered with the 4K resolution that the laptop display is offering. However, the GPU can still beat the games to a pulp if you tone down the resolution. If you still want to enjoy gaming in 4K resolution, you can always purchase an external Alienware Graphics Amplifier and install it with a GeForce GTX 1080Ti to game smoothly in 4K — adding to the cost, though.
4. LED Bling-a-Ling
One of the reasons why Alienware machines are still popular is due to the numerous LED lighting zones that literally made it stand out of the crowd. The new Alienware 15, too, brings along numerous lighting zones which can be customised according to the user’s choice.

From the edges of the laptop to the keyboard, the Alienware branding below the display, the trackpad and even the Alien head on the lid and the power switch. The Alienware Command Centre app easily lets you tweak the lighting zones and the result is a custom gaming laptop which looks really amazing while gaming in the dark.
5. The Tobi Eye Tracker
If you thought that all the features on top were amazing, then that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What makes this gaming laptop truly out of this world is the Tobii eye tracking module that’s located beside the webcam on the Alienware 15.As the name suggests, Tobii eye tracking module tracks your eye movement and reflects the same in the game world, which you would normally do with your keyboard and your mouse. The eye movement will move the in-game camera, in the direction your eyeball and even allow the character to walk or move in the direction your eyes are pointing at. Moreover, the feedback is instantaneous and accurate which makes taking instant movements a breeze.

However, this tracking feature isn’t just limited to games. The tracker can be configured to perform certain gestures for even regular use. For example, you have a feature where Tobii tracks your eye movement, and the moment your eyes move away from the screen, the app dims the display, and when you look at it again, it lights up, without you touching the mouse or keyboard. How cool is that?
Conclusion
Dell Alienware 15 is one amazing gaming machine which doesn’t only pack in hardware to conquer modern games but offers a unique, distinctive look. The machine packs in very good hardware, a stunning display, bling to awe everyone looking at it, and the Tobii eye tracker, which makes the gaming experience more accurate and fun. Dell Alienware 15 delivers something really distinct and out-of-the-world in every sense. Too bad it will only set you back by Rs 2,12,990. But we never said the Alien would be affordable.

This $2,500 Nokia phone commemorates the meeting of Trump and Putin.

Some people buy newspapers to remember historical events. Others buy customized Nokia smartphones. As first spotted by TechCrunch, a Russian phone-customization company debuted its latest creation this week: a new Nokia 3310 with embedded, gold-plated portraits of US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin on the back. The phone is meant to commemorate the two world leaders meeting at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg.

The middle button on the device features the G-20 Summit logo, while the phone body is made of tempered titanium. The data and location of the summit is also emblazoned across the back. This device is real and costs 149,000 rubles, or $2,500.

Caviar writes on its website that it purposely chose to display the presidents’ side profiles. They’re looking in the same direction, too, to symbolize “the common desire for progress in US-Russian relations.” Such harmonious phone vibes.

SOURCE – theVerge

The OnePlus 5 Will Have The iPhone 7 Plus’ Camera Feature We All Wanted In Android Smartphones

The OnePus 5 is all set to launch in less than a few hours in New York and it is one of the most anticipated smartphones reveal since the Galaxy S8. OnePlus 5 spec leaks have risen in number in the past few weeks and its time to talk about yet another one.

We all know that the smartphone looks somewhat like the iPhone 7 Plus but the company has now shied away from paying homage to Apple for educating the world about dual-cameras. In a mini-documentary about the OnePlus 5, The Verge revealed that one of the most popular features from the iPhone 7 Plus will also be making its way to the OnePlus 5. 

CEO Pete Lau says: “The largest consumer value [from dual cameras] is in the portrait mode.”
Meanwhile, the firm’s imaging director Simon Liu added: “There are technologies that allow portrait mode with a single camera. But at this point, the output is still not as good as those with [a] dual-camera module.”

After looking at the video, one can expect the depth effect that we all adore in the iPhone 7 Plus to be present in the OnePlus 5 . The feat is easily achieved when a smartphone uses a dual-camera setup. OnePlus also claims to have the highest resolution array for the cameras they have implemented in their smartphones. 
According to leaks, the main camera is a 17-megapixel Sony sensor with a f/1.7 aperture. The secondary camera is a 20-megapixel Sony sensor that has a f/2.6 telephoto lens. 
The first reveal of the smartphone is all set to take place today at an event in New York. You can watch the live stream starting 9:30 PM (IST). 

SOURCE – The Verge

North Korea Has Made An iPad Of Their Own And It Looks Like A Piece of Shit.

North Korea has absolutely no chill and clearly, they don’t give a fuck. The country has come out with their very own iPad and they didn’t even shy away from calling it the same name. It is dubbed  the “Ryonghung iPad” and was featured in the country’s “Foreign Trade” magazine. 

The advertisement in the magazine says “The iPad has been…highly appreciated at the third national sci-tech festival and the national intellectual property products show in 2016,” 

It claims that the iPad has a Quadcore 1.2 Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM (Haha!) and 8GB internal storage (ha ha again!). The device also has support for HDMI mirroring and a keyboard that can also be attached. The North Korean iPad is manufactured by the Myohyang IT Company.
The country has blatantly ripped off Apple’s trademarks by producing a tablet with the same name as the popular “iPad”. The isolated nation has infringed on Apple’s trademarks in the past as they also released a computer that eerily resembles the Mac OS X. 

The reclusive state has not really shared what OS the Ryonghung iPad will run on but it is very likely the tablet will run some form of Android.

Source- Mashable

How cyber experts are working round the clock to protect India from the ‘biggest ransomware’ attack

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: Cybersecurity professionals worked round the clock over the weekend, trying o protect corporate clients against what experts are calling the biggest ransomware attack ever, before they open for business Monday morning.

Cyber security firms told ET that though the impact on India from the Wanna-Cry onslaught has been relatively minimal so far, the real test will be on Monday when scores of professionals switch on their work systems.
A malicious piece of software that blocks access to computers until money is paid, ransomware WannaCry is said to have swamped machines in over 150 countries, including India. The hackers, who go by the name Shadow Brokers, are demanding $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unblock access to a user’s files and had reportedly received over $25,000 till Saturday morning.

India is among the most vulnerable because a large number of organisations and individuals still rely on older, outdated versions of the Windows operating system. The country also has the highest number of pirated software users.
So far, those impacted include systems of the Andhra Pradesh Police, four manufacturing companies, two retailers, the India operations of a multinational, two banks and the Chennai facility of an automaker, according to reports.
Burgess Cooper, partner, cyber security, at audit and consultancy firm EY, told ET the real impact in India had not been felt yet. First intimations of the attack came in the UK at about afternoon local time on Friday, by when the weekend had begun in India. “On Monday morning you could see more activity when people come into work,” he said.
Sivarama Krishnan, executive director at PwC, said his team had been working through the weekend alerting and assisting more than 2,000 clients in helping identify and block threats using firewalls. The root is said to be a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was exploited by the hackers.
Microsoft did release a patch to fix the issue in mid-March, so organisations and individuals who did not update their systems are at risk.
‘Security hygiene’
Cooper said the worst hit are organisations that don’t have security “hygiene” in place. “Manufacturing units, healthcare or pharma, energy and utility companies systems designed earlier not to connect to the Internet but are now connected will be highly impacted,” he said. Equally vulnerable will be government establishments, he added.

Krishna said that while financial institutions, telcos and large corporates that have stringent security practices will be safe, their branch networks in far flung areas or small and medium businesses may be hit. “There is impact in India and it is not just a handful of organisations, it is much more than that,” said Shree Parthasarathy, partner, Deloitte.
He said this was a wakeup call for organisations not investing enough in security since attacks will get more severe in the future. Experts did not divulge names of the organisations that have been hit.
“Russia and India were hit particularly hard, largely because Microsoft’s Windows XP, one of the operating systems most at risk, is still widely used in the countries.” Ankush Johar, director at Human-Firewall.io, a phishing protection company, added that India will be among the top three worst-hit countries. “Phishing is at the heart of this ransomware attack. Humans are the weakest link in cyber security, and this ransomware attack proves that yet again,” he said.

The global ransomware attack has reportedly hit the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Spanish telecom company Telefonica and government departments in Russia, Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, Spain and the Philippines. Trishneet Arora, CEO, TAC Security, said manufacturing companies in Mumbai, Gujarat and even jewellery manufacturing companies have reached out to him to safeguard their systems.
Source- GADGETS NOW