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New Xiaomi Patent Reveals Foldable Phone With Flexible Screen and Rotating Quad-Camera

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Xiaomi has filed the design patent for an inward bending phone in China and has also put 48 images to showcase the handset.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 4:16 PM IST

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a foldable smartphone with a quad-camera system that rotates forward for selfies and back for regular photos. The smartphone maker has filed the design patent for an inward bending phone in China and has also put 48 images to showcase the handset, reports GizmoChina.

The patent images show a flexible screen with no notches or cutouts. The phone folds inwards, protecting the display. There are no signs of a secondary display and the chin rotating camera module is at the top, making the phone look like an upside-down Moto Razr. Earlier, the company also patented a new dual-display smartphone with the quad-rear camera setup.

According to the patent, the primary display is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels and earpiece up top. The secondary display on the new Xiaomi-patented phone is as small in size as the quad-camera housing on the back.




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India Witnessed 37% Spike in Cyber Attacks in First Three Months of 2020: Report

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India also ranks 11th worldwide in the number of attacks caused by servers that were hosted in the country.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 4:16 PM IST

India has seen a 37 percent increase in cyberattacks in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, as compared to the fourth quarter (Q4) of last year, a new report revealed on Saturday. The Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) report showed that its products detected and blocked 52,820,874 local cyber threats in India between January to March this year.

The data also shows that India now ranks 27th globally in the number of web-threats detected by the company in Q1 2020 as compared to when it ranked on the 32nd position globally in Q4 2019. “There has been a significant increase in the number of attacks in 2020 Q1 that may continue to rise further in Q2 as well, especially in the current scenario where we notice an increase in cybercriminal activities, especially in the Asia Pacific region,” said Saurabh Sharma, Senior Security Researcher, GReAT Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

The number of local threats in Q1 2020 in India (52,820,874) shows how frequently users are attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods. Protection against such attacks not only requires an antivirus solution capable of treating infected objects but also a firewall, anti-rootkit functionality and control over removable devices.

According to the firm, the number of local threats detected in Q4 2019 was 40,700,057. India also ranks 11th worldwide in the number of attacks caused by servers that were hosted in the country, which accounts of 2,299,682 incidents in Q1 2020 as compared to 854,782 incidents detected in Q4 2019, said the report.

“We see smartphone users being targeted more due to mass consumption and increased digitalisation,” Sharma said. “Risks like data leakage, connection to unsecured wi-fi networks, phishing attacks, spyware, apps with weak encryption (also known as broken cryptography) are some of the common mobile threats that Android users face,” he added.

“In order to mitigate some of the major risks like data breaches, targeted ransomware attacks, large scale (distributed denial-of-service) DDoS attacks, etc, businesses will need to allocate their budgets correctly to build a stronger security infrastructure,” said Dipesh Kaura, General Manager for South Asia, Kaspersky.



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Samsung Galaxy A31 Tipped to Launch in India in June With 48MP Quad Rear Camera

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A31 (Pic Source: 91mobiles)

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A31 (Pic Source: 91mobiles)

The Samsung Galaxy A31 will be the third smartphone in the Galaxy A line-up to be launched this year, the other two being Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 respectively.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 4:15 PM IST

Samsung is all set to launch the new Galaxy A31 smartphone in India in the first week of June. If reports are to be believed, then mid-range device will be sold across online and offline platforms. It should be noted that the Galaxy A31 will be the third A-series smartphone to be launched this year. Samsung had launched the Galaxy A51 back in January, while the Galaxy A71, a more premium option under the Galaxy-A lineup, was launched in February.

Samsung Galaxy A31 Specifications

Expected to be priced under Rs 20,000, the Samsung Galaxy A31 is likely to sport a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display and will be powered by MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor. It is also likely to come in 6GB and 128GB variants. The handset will run on Android 10 OS and is likely to support MicroSD Slot up to 512GB. Among other features, it will include a 4G LTE, dual-band Wi0Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and USB Type-C port for charging and data synchronisation. The device features a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support.

For photography duties, the Galaxy A31 will be equipped with a quad-camera set up, with a 48-megapixel prime camera with f/2.0 aperture. There is also an ultra-wide camera with an 8-megapixel sensor having f/2.2 aperture lens, a depth camera of 5-megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture lens, and the fourth one is a macro camera with 5-megapixel sensor sporting an f/2.4 aperture lens. On the front, there is also a selfie camera that has a 20-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture lens.




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Reliance JioMart Service Officially Rolls Out Across Popular Metro Cities

Reliance JioMart Service Officially Rolls Out Across Popular Metro Cities

JioMart has been in the test run phase for the past few months serving in several areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 3:04 PM IST

With the recent strategic partnership with Facebook, Reliance Jio had announced JioMart, where consumers could get access to the nearest kirana and departmental stores and order online and eventually via WhatsApp. The service is said to be live in major metro cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.

Reliance is yet to launch a dedicated app, but a dedicated website (www.jiomart.com) is live. The company is yet to confirm the list of cities, however certain pincodes in the above mentioned are marked as service-able.

JioMart is the company’s new online destination for grocery shopping powered by Reliance Retail’s Smart and Fresh stores. The website offers a variety of categories including fruits and vegetables, dairy and bakery, personal care, home care and baby care, and more. The service is charging a delivery fee of Rs 25 if a customer places an order of less than Rs 750.

JioMart has been in the test run phase for the past few months serving in several areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. JioMart had also launched a WhatsApp business account, through which customers could add a number to their contact and place an order. The WhatsApp service is limited to select pin codes. Reliance has also started signing up small kirana stores which would allow customers to order online and get groceries delivered from their neighbourhood shop.

Facebook had invested Rs 43,574 crore giving the social media giant as much as 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio. The company had said out of the total investment, Rs 14,976 crore will be retained at Jio Platforms to drive future growth, including the JioMart shopping platform on WhatsApp.

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Apple Still 'Wiretapping' Users Without Facing Consequences, Claims Whistleblower

Apple has a reputation for generally paying more attention to user privacy than many of its competitors. However, according to the whistleblower that brought to light the contractual Siri transcription gaffe from last year, Apple is not quite being held accountable enough for what it is doing with user data. In an attempt to do this, Thomas le Bonniec has written to all of Europe’s data protection regulators, alleging that Apple “continues their massive collection of data” — something that is in violation of fundamental human rights, as well as Europe’s data protection laws.

In his letter, which was viewed and reported by The Guardian, le Bonniec has accused companies like Apple for “wiretapping entire populations despite European citizens being told the EU has one of the strongest data protection laws in the world.” On this note, he has further called for the European regulators to actively investigative Apple’s dealings with user data, which according to him have not been investigated enough.

Excerpts of le Bonniec’s letter, which has been published by The Guardian, says:

I listened to hundreds of recordings every day, from various Apple devices (eg. iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads). These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, eg in the context of an actual intention from the user to activate it for a request. These processings were made without users being aware of it, and were gathered into datasets to correct the transcription of the recording made by the device.

The recordings were not limited to the users of Apple devices, but also involved relatives, children, friends, colleagues, and whoever could be recorded by the device. The system recorded everything: names, addresses, messages, searches, arguments, background noises, films, and conversations. I heard people talking about their cancer, referring to dead relatives, religion, sexuality, pornography, politics, school, relationships, or drugs with no intention to activate Siri whatsoever.

These practices are clearly at odds with the company’s ‘privacy-driven’ policies and should be urgently investigated by data protection authorities and Privacy watchdogs. With the current statement, I want to bring this issue to your attention, and also offer my cooperation to provide any element substantiating these facts. Although this case has already gone public, Apple has not been subject to any kind of investigation to the best of my knowledge.

Apple has typically had a far stronger reputation in terms of data collection and privacy, in comparison to rivals such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. In 2019, however, its general privacy reputation was disrupted when le Bonniec anonymously brought to light Apple’s contractual programme, which employed third party human sub-contractors across the world to listen in on snippets of real world conversations from unsuspecting users, all in an attempt to “improve” Siri functionality.

Ever since it was brought to light, Apple promptly issued an apology for such a practice, that too without adequately informing its users. It then stated that the Siri transcription review programme was moved in-house, which adds accountability and made sure that no user remained identifiable through these recordings.

Now, it remains to be seen if investigations into the matter are renewed based on le Bonniec’s letter, and if so, what repercussions would the brand require to face.

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Realme Band Re-Launched in India With Enhanced Brightness, Updated Software And More

Realme Band Re-Launched in India With Enhanced Brightness, Updated Software And More

The re-launched Realme Band costs Rs 1,499 in India and will go on sale on May 28 on Flipkart, Amazon, and the Realme online store.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 1:04 PM IST

Realme has re-launched the updated version of the Realme Band with enhanced display and update software features in India. Originally launched in March alongside the Realme 6 series, the wearable met with criticism from users who complained of the wearable’s poor brightness, especially in outdoor conditions. However, taking a cue from the poor reviews, the company said that the revamped Realme Band will now have an improved brightness level under direct sunlight as well as several other new features.

Realme Band Updated Features

The revamped Realme Band that comes with a software update (version 6.0), brings with it a new weather page and Realme Link app that provides real-time weather updates by automatically taking location from phones. The user interface (UI) has also undergone a significant change as users will have clean and minimalistic icons that the band lacked before. Furthermore, there will be ‘Find Phones’ and ‘Restart Options’ as well. The heart-rate accuracy sensor in the fitness tracker has been upgraded with enhancements, and this will come handy to those with poor heart condition, as they will be able to access updates on high and low heart alerts. Additionally, Realme said that it will roll out ‘music control’ and ‘stopwatch’ features on the Realme Band soon.

Realme Band Price and Availability in India

The re-launched Realme Band costs Rs 1,499 in India and can be purchased from Flipkart, Amazon, as well as the company website. Available in Ink Black, Olive Green, and Light Yellow, the band will go on sale from May 28 at 12 PM IST through the e-commerce platforms. The wearable features a 0.96-inch (2.4cm) colour TFT LCD panel that has 80×160 pixels resolution. The band also has a sleep quality monitor which can track nine different sports including running, walking, cycling, yoga among others.




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Online Shopping Orders Are So High, Amazon India is Looking to Hire 50,000 Workers

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The temporary hires will work in Amazon’s fulfilment centers and as part of its delivery network, Amazon said.

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  • Last Updated: May 23, 2020, 1:02 PM IST

Amazon.com Inc’s India unit said it would hire 50,000 temporary workers to meet a surge in online shopping in the country, where customers have been stuck indoors for two months in lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak. E-commerce firms faced massive disruption in the initial days of the lockdown in India, but a slow easing of the stringent regulations has allowed them to resume large parts of their operations.

“We want to continue helping customers all over India get everything they need so they can continue to practice social distancing,” Amazon senior executive Akhil Saxena said in a statement on the company’s blog. “(The move) will also keep as many people as possible working during this pandemic while providing a safe work environment for them,” said Saxena, Amazon’s VP for customer fulfilment operations in APAC, MENA & Latam.

The temporary hires will work in Amazon’s fulfilment centers and as part of its delivery network, the company said, making the announcement at a time when various other companies in the country have been forced to cut jobs as they try to tide over the health crisis. Amazon itself has pushed its annual global Prime Day event, traditionally a summer affair, to September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

In India, where the Jeff Bezos-led company faces stiff competition from Walmart Inc’s Flipkart, Amazon earlier said it plans to create 1 million jobs by 2025. The company also said on Thursday it plans to enter the food delivery business in India, pitting itself against well-established startups such as Swiggy and Zomato.




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Samsung Has Launched an IP55 Rated Water Resistant Smart TV Called 'The Terrace'

Samsung Has Launched an IP55 Rated Water Resistant Smart TV Called 'The Terrace'

This is primarily an outdoor TV which also offers increased brightness of 2,000 nits, so the picture will be brighter and reduce the reflection rate.

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  • Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 12:56 PM IST

South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its first outdoor 4K QLED TV called ‘The Terrace’ with an IP55 dust and water resistance rating. According to the Verge, The Terrace QLED 4K Smart TV comes in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models. The 55-inch model is available at $3,455, the 65-inch is at $4,999, and the 75-inch display for $6,499.

Currently, the product is available in US and Canada and will come to Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and other regions later this year. “With the introduction of The Terrace, we are thrilled to transcend the connected living room experience to the outdoors by delivering on engineering feats and content experiences that only Samsung can achieve,” Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

On ‘The Terrace’, Samsung increased the brightness to a maximum of 2,000 nits, so the picture will be brighter and reduce the reflection rate. ‘The Terrace’ boasts a 4K QLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, full-array local dimming, and Samsung’s Quantum processor for upscaling HD images to 4K. It features three HDMI ports, a LAN port, a Toslink optical audio output, and a USB port. Meanwhile, Samsung has also introduced the Terrace Soundbar. The Soundbar can sync with the Terrace TV’s audio via Bluetooth, in keeping with Samsung’s “no wires but the power cord” pitch for its new outdoor Terrace products. The Terrace Soundbar will cost $1,200 and is slated to ship at the end of May.




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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series to be Launched in August 2020 in Online Event

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This would be the first-ever Samsung Unpacked event that would be completely online.

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South Korean tech giant Samsung is planning to skip the physical event to launch its Galaxy Note 20 series and, instead, aims to host it online owing to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Tech companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft have already shifted their major events online and Samsung is the latest company to join this list.

According to South Korea publication The Korea Herald, Samsung is planning an online-only event to reveal the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Plus. This would be the first-ever Samsung Unpacked event that would be completely online.

Despite the online-event, the company still plans on announcing the Galaxy Note 20 series in August this year and might launch Galaxy Fold 2 at the same event. The smartphone maker is expected to confirm the launch date within the next few weeks.

Last year, it unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 series at an ‘Unpacked’ event held at the Barclays Center in New York on August 7. Ahead of the launch, some specifications of the Galaxy Note 20 series surfaced online.

The standard Galaxy Note 20 will sport a 6.42-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1084*2345 resolution. The top-end Note 20 smartphone will get slightly bigger and sport a massive 6.87-inch LTPO screen with an AMOLED panel.

Like the vanilla Note 20, the Note 20+ will also have support for 120Hz refresh rate but with QHD+ resolution of 1444*3096 pixels. The smartphone maker may launch the Galaxy Note 20 with Snapdragon 865 processor or its custom Exynos 990 SoC, depending upon the region.

The processor could be paired with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, which Samsung had previously started mass-producing. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will feature a 7.59-inch screen with 2213×1689 resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz.




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Realme Buds Air Neo Launching in India on May 25, Could be Priced at Rs 2,999

Realme Buds Air Neo Launching in India on May 25, Could be Priced at Rs 2,999

Realme will be launching the new Buds Air Neo alongside the new Realme smart TV range on May 25.

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  • Last Updated: May 22, 2020, 12:42 PM IST

Realme is going to host an online event on May 25 in India where it is expected to launch its first smart TV product. It is also expected to launch a new pair of true wireless earphones dubbed as the Realme Buds Air Neo. As per a report, these new earphones are going to be priced at Rs 2,999, lower than the company’s first TWS offering, the Buds Air.

The company has not shared the official price of the Buds Air Neo, however, a leaked poster was spotted by MySmartPrice. The upcoming earphones are expected to go on sale via Flipkart, Realme.com, as well as offline stores.

While the Buds Air Neo are expected to be a successor to the existing Buds Air, the lower price seems to indicate that it could be a toned-down version. The company has teased some of the specifications for the upcoming true wireless earphones via a teaser page. Expect the Buds Air Neo to feature 13mm drivers, 3 hours of playback on a single charge, and 17 hours of playback with the charging case.

They will feature Bluetooth 5.0 hence they will also bring support for dual-channel transmission along with super-low latency mode. The company says that they will offer 50 percent lower latency compared to normal mode, which means that these could be great for gaming as well. Like the Buds Air, the upcoming Buds Air Neo will offer touch controls for music control, voice assistance, and more.




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