Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: Report

Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Note 8 was the first for the company to sport a dual rear camera setup and going by recent reports it looks like the company is working on its second smartphone with dual cameras. Samsung has appears to have confirmed a Galaxy J7+ mid-range smartphone is in the works that will sport a dual camera setup and the Bixby assistant, among other things, according to a report out of Thailand.

The Samsung Galaxy J7+ has been detailed by ThaiMobileCenter, which cites Samsung, as a mid-range smartphone that is an upgrade over the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). It is said to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back comprising of a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. Samsung will reportedly also be bringing the Galaxy Note 8’s Live Focus feature to the Galaxy J7+ for Bokeh shots. The front will see a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ to Sport Dual Camera Setup, Facial Recognition, Bixby Support: ReportThe report details that the Galaxy J7+ will feature a metal unibody design similar to the Galaxy J7 (2017). However, going by the images posted, the Galaxy J7+ looks to feature straight antenna lines on the back rather than the curved ones seen on Galaxy J7. It will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED display. The handset will be powered by a octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. It will be offered with 32GB of internal storage, which will be expandable up to 256GB.

Apart from the cameras, the Galaxy J7+ will also support Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby, a fingerprint sensor likely embedded in the home button, and facial recognition. It is interesting to see Samsung bringing face recognition technology to the mid-range category with phones like Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Max and now the Galaxy J7+. The upcoming smartphone will support dual-SIM and will pack a 3000mAh battery.

As of now there’s no word on when the Galaxy J7+ will be launched, but the report mentions that it will be available in Black, Gold, and Pink colour options when it launches in Thailand.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Leaked in Live Renders; Tipped to Launch on September 12

Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Mix 2 smartphone has a fair deal of excitement around it and even though the company has not made any official announcement about the launch date of the handset, it has now been tipped to launch on September 12 – the same day as the rumoured launch of the iPhone 8. Separately, the leaked live render of the smartphone might have given us a glimpse the back of the yet-to-be-announced smartphone.

Talking about the leaked renders first, a Weibo user has shared alleged live image of the Mi Mix 2 smartphone, which show the back of the smartphone. In the live image, the smartphone seems to have a glossy ceramic back and two circular cut-outs, which could indicate dual cameras or a single camera sensor and a fingerprint scanner at the back.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Leaked in Live Renders; Tipped to Launch on September 12We can also see the stereo speakers at the bottom of the smartphone along with a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As much of the design is unclear from this live image, we might have to wait before we get a better look at the handset.

The other leak comes from China as well and suggests that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone might be unveiled on the same date as the expected launch of iPhone 8, i.e.m September 12.

Earlier, a concept video suggested that the Mi Mix 2 might feature even thinner bezels than its predecessors and a separate leak tipped the upcoming smartphone to feature 3D Facial Recognition feature as well.

Vivo Y69 With 16-Megapixel Front Camera, Moonlight Glow Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Vivo on Friday launched a brand new smartphone in India, the Y69, once again focusing on the selfie segment. The Vivo Y69 price in India is Rs. 14,990, and it will go on sale from September 1 via Amazon, Flipkart, and offline stores in the country. Apart from a 16-megapixel front camera with a Samsung S5K3P3ST sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and Moonlight Glow light, the company is touting camera modes on the Y69 like Bokeh, Group Selfie, and Live Photo. The smartphone will be available in Champagne Gold and Matte Black colour variants.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo Y69 runs Funtouch OS 3.2 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6570 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. We’ve already detailed the smartphone front camera setup, and on the rear, the Vivo Y69 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a Samsung S5K3L8 sensor, dual-LED flash, and an f/2.2 aperture. It has a fingerprint scanner on its home button.

Vivo Y69 With 16-Megapixel Front Camera, Moonlight Glow Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsThe Vivo Y69 features 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) featuring its own dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and proximity sensor. The smartphone weighs 162.8 grams and measures 154.6×75.7×7.7mm.

Speaking on the launch of the Vivo Y69, Kenny Zhang, CMO of Vivo India, said, “We are pleased to introduce the Y69 in the Y series product portfolio and are confident that its premium design and superior camera features will offer great value to customers at an ideal price point. With the festive season around the corner, we are committed to fulfilling our brand promise and adding a surprise element for our valued customers with innovative devices. The forthcoming quarter shows real promise, and we are confident that our latest offering will gather positive responses from the customers.

Jio Phone Bookings Begin Online and Offline: All Your Questions Answered

Jio Phone booking process has commenced for the public after a wait for more than a month. However, you will have to wait at least a week before the Jio Phone you booked reaches you as the company will not start deliveries till September. Reliance Jio reportedly aims to sell as many as 100 million units of the phone in the first year, and roughly the same number the next year. However, the Jio servers crashed and users were unable to book Jio Phone from MyJio app and the Jio.com website when Jio started taking the pre-orders. If you have questions about the Jio Phone booking process, price, features, etc., just scroll down for all the answers.

How do I book Jio Phone?

To book JioPhone you have three options – the Jio.com website, the MyJio app, and authorised offline Jio retailers. All you need to do make the Jio Phone booking is to give your phone number and the pincode delivery address, and pay a sum of Rs. 500. Once the booking has been made, you will receive a voucher number that you can refer to while picking up the handset. When the JioPhone you booked is up for delivery, you will receive an SMS mentioning the store from which it can be picked up. Even the units booked online will have to be picked up offline.

Can I book the Jio Phone for a friend?

Yes, you can book multiple JioPhone units, for your friends and family. All you need is their respective phone numbers and delivery pincodes. You will have to make a Rs. 500 payment for each unit you pre-order at the time of booking itself.

Jio Phone Bookings Begin Online and Offline: All Your Questions AnsweredWhen do I make the full payment?

The refundable security amount for Jio Phone is Rs. 1,500, of which Rs. 500 is, as mentioned above, paid at the time of booking. The remaining Rs. 1,000 has to be paid when you pick up the handset from the offline store.

How many units can I book?

On the MyJio app and Jio.com website, there seems to be no cap on how many units of the handset can be booked (we went up to 30 units). Multiple units can be booked against the same number and pincode as well, and you just need to make the Rs. 500 partial deposit per unit at the time of booking.

Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

After ordering the Jio 4G phone, if you decide against buying it, you can transfer the booking to someone else using the Transfer option in the MyJio app, under Manage Bookings. After entering your number and OTP, you will see an overview of your JioPhone bookings, with information such as orders placed and number of units for each order. Now, tap on the Transfer button above the JioPhone banner, and the screen will switch to a new interface with the option to reassign your booking to someone else. All you will have to do is to provide the new user’s phone number, the new delivery pincode, and number of units to be transferred (in case you booked more than one). The recipient will instantaneously receive a SMS from Jio mentioning their new booking.

Lava Announces 2-Year Warranty for Its Smartphones and Feature Phones

Domestic mobile manufacturer Lava on Friday announced a 2-year warranty for all its major models in its product portfolio in India, across smartphones and feature phones. It added the 2-year warrant would apply to all future launches as well. The company claims its 2-year warranty promise, covering such a wide range of products, is the first of its kind in the Indian mobile handset industry.

Detailing the move, Lava says a handset purchased after August 26 will have the 2-year warranty activated. It adds that it has over 1,000 service centres across the country. The standard warranty clause of 6 months on accessories and one year on touch panel or LCD display will continue to apply on both feature and smartphones. More details about which mobile handsets are covered under the 2-year warranty promise can be found on the Lava website, the company said.

Lava Announces 2-Year Warranty for Its Smartphones and Feature PhonesCommenting on the launch of the 2-Year Warranty, Gaurav Nigam, Senior VP, Head of Product, Lava International said, “These are exciting times for us as we continue to gain a stronger foothold in the Indian mobile handset industry. We are presumably the first Indian mobile phone brand to launch 2-Year Warranty offer on such a wide portfolio of devices. This offer exhibits the confidence we have in the reliability of our products and the focus that we put in quality control at every stage of product development.”

Jio Phone Bookings Paused After ‘Millions’ Pre-Book a Unit

Reliance Jio has paused bookings of the Jio Phone, with a message on its website saying that “millions” have already pre-booked a unit. The Jio Phone bookings went live at 5:30 pm on Thursday amidst heavy demand, which the Jio website and apps struggled to cope with for the first couple of hours. Things eventually settled down, and many were able to pre-book a Jio Phone by paying Rs. 500.

Now, however, Jio has paused the bookings, with no indication of when the phone will be up for pre-bookings again. “We will inform you when pre-booking [of Jio Phone] resumes,” a message on the Reliance Jio website reads.

Jio Phone price and delivery date

The Jio Phone is technically free to buy, but you will have to make a Rs. 1,500 refundable security deposit “to avoid potential misuse”. The booking fee is Rs. 500, while the remaining Rs. 1,000 needs to be paid when the mobile is delivered.

Delivery dates for JioPhone will depend upon how early you book the device, as Reliance Jio is following the first-come, first-serve rule. The company had earlier said it aims to deliver 5 million units of the handset each week, but the demand expected to be high so there is no surety on when the deliveries would be made.

Jio Phone Bookings Paused After 'Millions' Pre-Book a UnitJio Phone features and specifications

The 4G VoLTE feature phone has a 2.4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood, backed by 512MB of RAM. The operating system keeping the handset running is KAI OS, and the Jio Phone has 4GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 128GB. You get Wi-Fi support, 2000mAh battery, and NFC for digital payments.

Unique features of Jio Phone include support for 22 Indian languages, a voice assistant to control certain functions, and the option to mirror content playing on the phone to the TV using a proprietary cable. The first Jio-branded phone will come preloaded with apps such as JioCinema, JioMusic, JioTV, and JioXpressNews, along with popular instant messaging and social networking apps.

Qualcomm President Derek Aberle Quits Amid Legal Battle With Apple

Qualcomm President Derek Aberle, who was closely fighting a legal battle with Apple, has quit after a successful 17-year career.

According to a Qualcomm statement late on Thursday, Aberle has decided to quit after he helped drive the company’s overall global strategy and vision as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Aberle will stay till December 31 for a smooth transition.

“On behalf of the Executive Team, I want to thank Derek for the vision, creativity, dedication, and judgment he brought to the company and wish him all the best in the future,” said Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf.

Over the past 30 years, Qualcomm has invented the core technologies that have enabled the mobile revolution and made all modern smartphones possible.

“I am very proud to have been a part of that tradition of innovation, and of all that we’ve been able to accomplish during my tenure,” added Aberle.

Executive Vice President Alex Rogers would now report directly to Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf.

Qualcomm President Derek Aberle Quits Amid Legal Battle With AppleTo find a solution to the protracted legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to start a probe into the chip-maker’s claims that Apple violated its patents in devices like the iPhone 7.

Qualcomm has asked the ITC to stop further sales of iPhones equipped with cellular baseband modem processors made by rival chip-producer Intel.

The mobile-phone chip-maker claimed that Apple violated potentially six of its patents in how it uses the Intel modems.

Apple began using Intel cellular modems for some versions of the iPhone 7 launched last year, with the remaining supplied by Qualcomm.

Apple continues to reassert claims it made in its lawsuit against Qualcomm, saying “the chipmaker supplies Apple with a single connectivity component, but for years has been demanding a percentage of the total cost of our products – effectively taxing Apple’s innovation”.

Delhi Metro’s Blue Line Gets Free Public Wi-Fi Facility at All 50 Stations

Delhi Metro on Friday launched free high-speed Wi-Fi service at all 50 stations of its Blue Line service.

Passengers can now use the service between Dwarka Sector 21 and Vaishali/ Noida City Centre stations by searching for Wi-Fi options and selecting ‘Oui DMRC Free Wifi’ for one-time registration, a DMRCstatement said.

“With this facility, passengers will be able to use all standard Internet applications inside the station premises,” said the Delhi Metro Rail Corp.

Delhi Metro's Blue Line Gets Free Public Wi-Fi Facility at All 50 StationsThe transporter would provide Wi-Fi on its entire network in a phased manner and was hopeful of starting it on the Yellow Line (HUDA City Centre-Samaypur Badli) and in Airport Line metro trains in six to nine months.

Wi-Fi service was started at all six stations of the Airport Line in October last year.

Back in July, Delhi Metro commuters were offered the facility to buy tokens and recharge their smart cards through their mobile banking application, the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) said on Sunday.

“The DMRC today launched the cashless token sale/smart card recharge facility by using the Bharat Quick Response (QR) code displayed at the token counters and customer care centres of metro stations,” said a DMRC statement.

The service can be availed through any bank application and has been provided by HDFC Bank. The passenger would have to select ‘pay through QR’ option in the app and then direct the smartphone camera-wise to the QR code displayed at the ticket counter. He or she can then enter the fare and make the payment.

Google Station Wi-Fi Service, YouTube Go Launched in Indonesia After India Debut

After a successful run in India, Google has brought its public Wi-Fi programme Google Station to Indonesia that will help improve access to Internet at railway stations and other locations. Alongside, the company had 10 other announcements to make on Thursday at its Google for Indonesia event.

“We are partnering with CBN and Fiberstar to bring high-speed public Wi-Fi to hundreds of locations across Indonesia,” Google said in a blog post on Friday.

“Soon, we will be bringing Google Station to even more places around the world. We are also continuing our work to expand Google Station across India,” it added.

Google Station Wi-Fi Service, YouTube Go Launched in Indonesia After India DebutGoogle, in collaboration with RailTel, has rolled out free Wi-Fi service at several railway stations in India, offering high-speed Internet to millions of people. Google launched its first free Wi-Fi services at Mumbai Central station in January 2016. The company would continue to deploy high speed Wi-Fi in 300 more stations across the country.

Other announcements at Google for Indonesia included the launch of YouTube Go (an offline-centric app initially launched for India), Google Assistant with Bahasa Indonesia language support, tappable shortcuts in Search (again, only recently rolled out in India), health answers in Google Search, and Waze updates.

Google also had announcements surrounding its digital training and empowerment initiatives in the Southeast Asian country. These include the announcement that it had trained 25,000 developers in the country, the launch of the Primer training app, as well as 4,500 sign-ups milestone for its SMB programme.

Milky Way’s Fastest Stars Are ‘Runaways’ From Another Galaxy: Study

The fastest-moving stars in our galaxy – which are travelling so swiftly that they can escape the Milky Way – are in fact ‘runaways’ from a much smaller galaxy orbiting around our own, scientists say.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge in the UK, showed that these stellar sprinters originated in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a dwarf galaxy orbiting around the Milky Way.

These fast-moving stars, known as hypervelocity stars, were able to escape their original home when the explosion of one star in a binary system caused the other to fly off with such speed that it was able to escape the gravity of the LMC and get absorbed into the Milky Way.

Astronomers first thought that the hypervelocity stars, which are large blue stars, may have been expelled from the centre of the Milky Way by a supermassive black hole.

To date, roughly 20 hypervelocity stars have been observed, mostly in the northern hemisphere.

“The hypervelocity stars are mostly found in the Leo and Sextans constellations – we wondered why that is the case,” said Douglas Boubert, a PhD student at Cambridge.

An alternative explanation to the origin of hypervelocity stars is that they are runaways from a binary system.

In binary star systems, the closer the two stars are, the faster they orbit one another. If one star explodes as a supernova, it can break up the binary and the remaining star flies off at the speed it was orbiting.

The escaping star is known as a runaway. Runaway stars originating in the Milky Way are not fast enough to be hypervelocity because blue stars can not orbit close enough without the two stars merging. However, a fast-moving galaxy could give rise to these speedy stars.

The LMC is the largest and fastest of the dozens of dwarf galaxies in orbit around the Milky Way. It only has 10 percent of the mass of the Milky Way, and so the fastest runaways born in this dwarf galaxy can easily escape its gravity.

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The LMC flies around the Milky Way at 400 kilometres per second and the speed of these runaway stars is the velocity they were ejected at plus the velocity of the LMC. This is fast enough for them to be the hypervelocity stars.

Milky Way's Fastest Stars Are 'Runaways' From Another Galaxy: Study“This also explains their position in the sky, because the fastest runaways are ejected along the orbit of the LMC towards the constellations of Leo and Sextans,” said Rob Izzard, a Rutherford fellow at the Institute of Astronomy.

The researchers used a combination of data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computer simulations to model how hypervelocity stars might escape the LMC and end up in the Milky Way.

They simulated the birth and death of stars in the LMC over the past two billion years and noted every runaway star.

The orbit of the runaway stars after they were kicked out of the LMC was then followed in a second simulation that included the gravity of the LMC and the Milky Way.

These simulations allow the researchers to predict where on the sky we would expect to find runaway stars from the LMC.

“We are the first to simulate the ejection of runaway stars from the LMC – we predict that there are 10,000 runaways spread across the sky,” said Boubert.