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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.

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

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

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

The World’s Most Expensive Headphones Priced At Rs 45 Lakh.

German Audio specialist Sennheiser has added another crown to its line-up after its legendary $55,000 (~ Rs 35 Lakh) headphones ‘Orpheus’. This time, the company has taken it even further and is calling the release ‘the world’s best and finest headphones’ and they have named it the Sennheiser HE 1.

With such claims being made, you can bet that the new Sennheiser headphones are not your everyday headphones and that they just might be heavy on your pocket as well. But just how expensive are the new Sennheiser HE 1? Well, the German company has priced the “world’s best” headphones at a whopping Rs 45 Lakh.

And now you are left wondering, what exactly is going on here? You might understand the sound correctness, frequency response, amplifications and all the things required to make a headphone great but 45 Lakh?

Here is why the Sennheiser HE 1 beats the price barriers and the regular audio concepts known to many.

To start with, Sennheiser claims that the headphones deliver ‘a frequency response that extends beyond the range of human hearing’. As a result, the Sennheiser HE 1 have recorded ‘the lowest total harmonic distortion ever measured in an audio reproduction system’. Sennheiser claims to have brought the distortion down to 0.01 percent.

Daniel Sennheiser, CEO of the company, puts it in simple words “No other sound reproduction system in the world is able to deceive our senses like the HE 1. It creates the absolutely perfect illusion of being directly immersed in the sound,”

Amplifier Concept

– Sennheiser has put to use, an entirely new amplifier concept that combines a tube amplifier’s impulse processing with a transistor amplifier’s low distortion.

– Italian Carrara marble has been used to make the Amplifier housing to monitor the sensitivity to air-borne-noise.

– The cups of the headphones house a patented, ultra-high impulse amplifier stage.

– Sennheiser puts its new amplifier concept in Cool Class A, which provides Class A power at any volume in the low-frequency range and switches to Class AB in ultra-high frequency range.

– The amplifier and the diaphragm are placed less than 1 cm away, reducing the power requirement for charge reversal.

– A combined effect ensures high impulse fidelity with relatively low power requirements.

Components

– The Sennheiser HE 1 constitutes of more than 6,000 individual components.

– Sennheiser HE 1 uses platinum-vaporised diaphragms and gold-vaporised ceramic electrodes.

– The eight wires of the cables are made of oxygen-free copper and silver plated for optimum transmission of audio signals.

– Also, the wires are covered with an insulating layer to eliminate any sound waves acting on the cable.

Technology

– Sennheiser HE 1 uses ESS SABRE ES9018 chip to convert digital music data into analog signals.

– HE 1 houses 8 internal DACs to convert audio data with 32 bits resolution and a sampling rate of up to 384 kHz into analog signals.

– 4 DACs are connected in parallel for each stereo channel for noise reduction.

Sound Experience

– The Italian Carrara marble used in the HE 1 is the same type of marble using which Michelangelo created his sculptures.

– A single piece of brass is used to make the rotary switches for the source and the volume controls which are also chromium-plated.

– A microprocessor is used to control the position of four switches.

– Each element follows the listener’s adjustments and can be remote controlled.

The HE 1 will be available in India from May 2017 for Rs 45,00,000.

UberEATS app launched in Mumbai: Here’s all you need to know

UberEATS, a standalone app that helps deliver food, has been launched in India. The delivery service will be rolled out in Mumbai initially, followed by six other cities by the end of the year. UberEATS has partnered with 200 restaurants in the city including The Bohri Kitchen, Nom Nom, The Bombay Canteen, The Good Wife, Fresh Menu, Le 15, Coffee By Di Bella, Krispy Kreme, Chillies, etc.

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“Mumbai is home to a booming food industry with a vibrant food culture offering both global and local cuisines. The introduction of UberEATS in India, with Mumbai as the first city, is a major step in our global expansion and showcases our commitment to the region. The app brings the perfect pairing of amazing restaurant partners, innovative technology, and the efficient Uber delivery network at a tap of a button to people in India,” Bhavik Rathod, Head of UberEATS India, said.

With UberEATS app, users can view food photos as well as search for restaurants. The app uses machine learning to customise taste preferences, restaurants and dishes for individual users, based on their past orders. Another unique feature of UberEATS is that it offers the ability to schedule an order. Users can book deliveries anytime between up to an hour before the delivery window to a week in advance. Just like rival Swiggy, UberEATS lets users live track their order as well. Users can get their food delivered to customised locations including hospitals, parks and office buildings.

Remeber, UberEATS is a separate app and its services aren’t integrated in to Uber app. However, UberEATS uses the same technology as their cab service. There’s a delivery charge of Rs 15 on each order and no minimum order size. UberEATS is available for iOS and Android users on App Store and Play Store respectively.

To start using UberEATS, first download the app. Next, enter the address where you’d like your food delivered. You can browse by restuarants, price, cuisine type as well as speed. Now place order. You can choose items that you want delivered right away or schedule order for later. UberEATS allows users to pay via PayTM, which is their launch partner. Users can live-track their order via UberEATS.

UberEATS was rolled out as a delivery pilot in Los Angeles in 2014. The stand-alone app is now available in 26 countries and in 78 cities around the world. In India, UberEATS will face competition from the likes of Zomato and Swiggy, which are already quite popular as food delivery services. The challenge for UberEATS will be to offer something new in terms of service and UI as against those already present in this space.

SOURCE- indianexpress.com