Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and More

Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and MoreAmazon India is continuing its 48 hour sale with deals on popular electronics and other products. The second and final day of the Amazon India 48 hour sale sees deals on Fitbit products as well as host of other electronics, including audio products from the likes of Skullcandy and other vendors. There is also 5 percent discount on Amazon India gift cards. Check out all the deals here.

In addition to these deals, consumers shopping on Amazon India until Friday can also get an additional 10 percent extra discount on every purchase made via Standard Chartered debit and credit cards. Notably, users can avail the deals via Amazon India’s website as well as mobile app.

On Thursday, some of the smartphones available under the Amazon India’s 48 Hours Sale were theLenovo Vibe K4 Note which was available at Rs. 10,999, with the Ant VR headset available at just Rs. 699. The Coolpad Note 3 was also available at Rs. 7,999, down from the earlier price of Rs. 8,499, andIntex Aqua Star 4G was available at Rs. 4,599, down from the launch price of Rs. 6,499.

Other electronic products available via Amazon India’s 48 hour sale were the Micromax 32-inch HD ready LED TV which was available at Rs. 13,640, down from earlier price of Rs. 17,000; Samsung Evo Plus 16GB microSD card which was available at Rs. 299, down from earlier price of Rs. 353; D-Link (DSL-2750U) Wi-Fi router available at Rs. 1,619, down from the price of Rs. 3,140, and Logitech MK215wireless keyboard and mouse combo available at Rs. 949, down from the earlier price of Rs. 1,645.

Cops to Pokemon Fans: Do Not Come Looking for Pikachu in Our Police Station

Cops to Pokemon Fans: Do Not Come Looking for Pikachu in Our Police StationThe new smartphone app Pokemon Go begins with a warning screen. For a video game, it is an unusual sort of disclaimer. It is not a parental heads-up about critter-on-critter violence. Nor is it an echo of the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that kids should limit their gaming to about two hours daily.

Pokemon Go simply wants its players to avoid physical trauma.

Pokemon Go is a departure from previous iterations of the fantasy bug-collecting sim. Played on a smartphone screen in lieu of a Game Boy or other handheld console, Pokemon Go uses cameras and GPS to construct an augmented reality in which collectible 3D monsters float over physical locales.

To collect these digital critters you have get off the couch, get outside and track them down.

A land-dwelling Pikachu might hang out at the base of, say, the Washington Monument, while trainers (the term for those who play the game) might have to trot over to the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool to capture the fishy creature Magikarp. Digital Pokemon infest buildings, too. The bullish Tauros rampaged through The Washington Post’s break room early Thursday morning.

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The team behind Pokemon Go – developers Niantic Labs and video game giant Nintendo – is concerned you might walk off a bridge, for instance, while you are engrossed in a real-world hunt for the digital critters. Recognizing that the app, which launched in the United States late Wednesday, may encourage the sort of obliviousness that comes when noses are buried in smartphones, other groups began issuing their own warnings, too.

So far, the admonitions have been cheeky: Pokemon Go depicts danger as a cartoon sea serpent. On Facebook, an Australian police force asked Pokemon Go trainers not to burst into stations despite the urge to collect ’em all.

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“The novelty of seeing a Pokemon superimposed onto your sidewalk is delightful,” wrote The Post’s Hayley Tsukayama, who recently reviewed an early version of the game. (Though certain features, she said, like monster battles, left something to be desired.) Pokemon Go has the potential to be immensely popular, as it is Nintendo’s first smartphone app to showcase the 20-year-old franchise. The early interest, at least, seems promising; it had been downloaded in the United States at least 50 thousand times within the first 12 hours, according to a ticker at the Google Play store.

Pokemon Go’s interface, akin to Google Maps, is littered with Pokestops – specific landmarks where players collect game-boosting items. That the Darwin Police Station is one such landmark prompted a Facebook message from Australia’s Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services: “For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go — whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs,” the agency wrote.

A representative for the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency services told The Post by phone that one of its officers downloaded the game, and then recommended the Facebook message. It was a bit of a joke, she said, as no one has yet to enter the Darwin Police Station in pursuit of Poke balls or Pikachu.

But players would be wise to exercise caution in their quest to be a Pokemon master. Niantic Labs pioneered its location-based gaming technology with “Ingress,” an area-control mobile game in which players capture portals (similar to Pokemon Go’s Pokestops and gyms). “Ingress” has attracted players by the millions, according to a Niantic blog post from Wednesday, and some “have literally traveled to the ends of the earth” to capture portals.

As “Ingress” grew in popularity, some players admitted to taking risks like playing in cars, near sinkholes or too close to bicycle lanes. The game has been associated with at least one death. A 48-year-old Irish man lost his life while on a nocturnal mission to capture a portal near a pier last September, according to a Dublin inquest.

“The pier is open at both sides, the surface was uneven, it was night time, there are no lights, it was in the course of this game Ingress,” the coroner said, according to the Irish Times. Niantic Labs has since removed the portal near the pier.

As the Australian police organization pointed out on Facebook, players should navigate augmented worlds just as carefully as vanilla realities. “That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast,” they wrote. “Stay safe and catch ’em all.”

Wal-Mart Now Lets You Pay With Phone at All 4,600 US Stores

Wal-Mart Now Lets You Pay With Phone at All 4,600 US StoresWal-Mart will now let you pay with its phone app at all 4,600 stores nationwide.

The effort is part of Wal-Mart’s strategy to make shopping easier and faster, while learning more about consumer behavior.

With Wal-Mart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to charge a credit, debit or Wal-Mart gift card linked with the account. It differs from Apple, Samsung and Android Pay, which involves tapping your phone next to a payment machine with a wireless technology called NFC.

In December, Wal-Mart said it would develop its own digital wallet rather than honor existing systems from Apple and others, though Wal-Mart said it isn’t ruling out third-party wallets in the future.

Retailers have been pushing their own systems in part because they retain control. Daniel Eckert, senior vice president of services at Wal-Mart US, says data from the app will be used to improve the shopping experience. One way, he said, would be to use past shopping behavior to build a personalized shopping list. The customer could then delete or add items. He said such features would be done only with a customer’s permission.

Wal-Mart joined other retailers in backing CurrentC, a system that was also based on scanning codes rather than NFC. But the beta test of the system faltered as Apple Pay became more popular. The consortium last week suspended its launch indefinitely, saying it plans to focus on other aspects of its business.

Apple Pay, in particular, has been credited with boosting interest in mobile payments, though many consumers still use traditional plastic cards because it’s not difficult to pull one out. Although the number of stores accepting NFC payments has grown, it’s still relatively low, and the stores with the right equipment still need cashiers familiar with it.

Wal-Mart says no payment information is stored on users’ phones or at registers. Rather, card information is stored on Wal-Mart servers. By contrast, Apple, Samsung and Android Pay use alternative card numbers for added security, so if hackers break into a merchant’s system, they wouldn’t be able to go on a buying spree. Wal-Mart uses regular card numbers, but it insists it keeps the information secure.

Wal-Mart Pay is built into Wal-Mart’s app, which has 20 million active users. The Bentonville, Arkansas, company finished upgrading stores in 25 states last week to complete the national rollout. Eckert said 88 percent of Walmart Pay transactions are from repeat users.

Samsung Note 7 With 4GB RAM Running Android Marshmallow Spotted at AnTuTu

Samsung Note 7 With 4GB RAM Running Android Marshmallow Spotted at AnTuTuAs per a report by Times News, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has made its way to the AnTuTu database and its specifications are slightly different compared to the previously leaked specifications on GeekBench where the smartphone was spotted running the Android 7.0 Nougat and with 3GB of RAM. On Geekbench, the phone believed to be Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was listed with model number SM-N930F.

However, on AnTuTu, the latest smartphone is listed as model number SM-N930V and is shown to have 4GB RAM. Note 7 is also said to be running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow instead of Nougat. The other specifications are similar to numerous previous leaks and the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.7-inch qHD display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels.

There have been numerous leaks earlier that suggested Note 7 will come packed with 6GB RAM.

On AnTuTu, the smartphone is listed to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU. It comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear LED flash camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The device is shown to have 64GB of inbuilt storage.

According to multiple leaks, the phone will also feature an Iris scanner and will don a dual-edged display similar to company’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

The phone is also expected to feature a 3600mAH battery that can last for up to 20 hours of video playback.

With this year’s phablet, the company is expected to skip a numeral and name the Galaxy Note 5successor – Galaxy Note 7. This move is apparently expected by Samsung to un-complicate things for the customer. While the flagship Galaxy S series consisted of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge this year, the company is believed to be thinking that the name Galaxy Note 6 would confuse customers, and make them think that it was launched last year

Google Reportedly Looking To Make Its Own Android Wear Watches

Google Reportedly Looking To Make Its Own Android Wear WatchesAccording to reports, Google is looking to expand its hardware portfolio and is working on its own line-up of Android Wear smartwatches. The search giant is said to be developing two smartwatches.

Google already develops Chromebook Pixel (laptop), Pixel C (tablet), Chromecast (streaming devices), and will soon launch Google Home (voice-activated speaker).

According to a report by Android Police, the two smartwatch variants codenamed “Angelfish” and “Swordfish” are heavily based on Google’s AI assistant ‘Google Assistant’ revealed during the Google IO keynote earlier this year.

Angelfish, or the large-size variant will fit somewhere in between the 42mm and 46mm sizes of Moto 360, and will be almost same in thickness as LG’s Urbane LTE. According to the report, it will feature LTE connectivity, built-in GPS, and a heart rate monitor.

The larger variant is also said to feature three buttons comprising of a circular crown like other Android Wear devices. However, the functionality of the other two buttons is not yet known. The smaller variant-Swordfish is said to resemble the Pebble Time Round.

The Swordfish version will reportedly have a single button on right-hand side of the smartwatch’s body and it will ship without LTE, GPS, and heart rate sensor, according to the website.

As of now, there are no details as to when these smartwatches will be unveiled; however the website has said that it expects them to be announced separately from new Nexus phones and Android Wear 2.0.

Yahoo Mail Apps Revamped With Undo Send, Document Preview, and More

Yahoo Mail Apps Revamped With Undo Send, Document Preview, and MoreYahoo Mail on Thursday introduced several new updates for iOS and Android mobile platforms that are focused on allowing users to add personal touch to their inbox.

Yahoo now allows iOS users to take back an email right after it’s been sent.

After you press send, an option to Undo will appear at the bottom of your inbox feed for three seconds. Just tap that and you’ll stop the email from sending.

Using Xobni technology, Yahoo will now give iOS users options to search for a person in mail, the company said in a statement.

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In addition to their most recent emails, users will also be able to see their contact card with information including picture, phone number, and email history.

For Android users, Yahoo has introduced the Stationery feature that allows you to add an extra touch to your emails, making that birthday wish to your best friend or thank you letter to Grandma that much more special.

A few other updates include document preview, home screen widgets, disable swiping, spacing, and update to themes.

The new iOS and Android features are available in India and can be updated on the Yahoo Mail app from the App Store and the Play Store to the latest versions (iOS 4.5 and Android 5.6).

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Announced, Available from July 19 Priced at Rs. 22,999

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Announced, Available from July 19 Priced at Rs. 22,999Nvidia has announced its new GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, aimed at mainstream gamers. Graphics cards based on the new GTX 1060 will be available worldwide from partner companies including Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Zotac on July 19. There will be only one configuration featuring 6GB of GDDR5 RAM. Pricing in the US is $249 (approximately Rs. 16,858) but the official price in India has not been announced yet. We can expect it to be considerably higher to account for import duties and distribution costs.

UPDATE, July 8 2016: Nvidia’s recommended pricing for India has been confirmed at Rs. 22,999.

The new GeForce GTX 1060 comes hot on the heels of Nvidia’s high-end GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs, and seems to be aimed at the same market segment as AMD’s new Radeon RX 480. The timing of the launch, and of earlier leaks, could be a direct shot at AMD. Interestingly, the Radeon RX 480 with 4GB of RAM is priced $50 lower in the USA at $199, but AMD’s higher overheads give Nvidia a decisive advantage here in India. However, the GTX 1060’s price could make it less popular than its predecessor, the GTX 960 which sells for under Rs. 18,000.

Gamers will benefit from the same Pascal architecture that the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 are based on, although the actual GPU is a smaller unit codenamed GP106, rather than the GP104 which the other two are based on. The GTX 1060 has 1280 programmable graphics processing units and can run at up to 1.7GHz when under full load. The 6GB of GDDR5 memory has a 192-bit pathway to the GPU, resulting in memory bandwidth of up to 8Gbps. The maximum power draw is rated at 120W, and cards featuring Nvidia’s reference cooler will have a single 6-pin PCIe connector.

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Most notably, the GeForce GTX 1060 dispenses with SLI connectors altogether. Nvidia had de-emphasised SLI with the launch of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, first saying enthusiasts would need a special key to unlock it, and then limiting it to two cards down from four. Now, the company says its research shows that only a miniscule number of people ever used SLI on mid-range cards, and it believes that one GTX 1060 delivers enough performance on its own.

Nvidia will offer a Founders’ Edition version of the GTX 1060, but it has a simple plastic shroud and blower fan rather than the elaborate metal vapour-chamber cooler that gives the GTX 1080 Founders’ Edition its premium pricing. It will be available only in France, Germany and the UK, directly through Nvidia’s online store, priced at EUR 319/GBP 275. Partner companies will offer GTX 1060 cards with their own custom cooler and PCB designs, not Founders’ Editions with their own branding, as is the case with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.

GTX 1060 cards will have three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs as well as a single HDMI 2.0b port and one dual-link DVI-D port by default. Partners might change this arrangement around on their custom designs, with extra HDMI outputs most likely replacing DisplayPort to allow users to connect a VR headset and monitor at the same time.

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Nvidia’s new Pascal architecture, which underpins the entire GeForce 10-series, is the company’s first on a new 16nm process, which results in greatly improved performance and lower power consumption than previous offerings. Pascal has also been designed to enable simultaneous multi-projection which allows for multiple perspectives of the same scene to be rendered in one pipeline pass, greatly improving performance for VR and multi-monitor experiences. SMP support is built into the Unreal 4 and Unity engines, and will be coming to over 30 titles including Obduction, Raw Data, Unreal Tournament, and Adr1ft.

The company also points out that the Ansel screen capture feature which debuted with the more expensive cards is also fully supported, and will debut in July with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.

Nvidia promises equal or greater performance from the GTX 1060 as from last year’s GeForce GTX 980, plus significant overclocking potential. Stay tuned for a full review once these cards are available in the market.

Android’s Full Disk Encryption Compromised, Affects Millions of Devices

Android's Full Disk Encryption Compromised, Affects Millions of Devices It’s far from surprising anymore to hear about security glitches in Android but this latest find could potentially compromise the security of hundreds of millions of devices. The flaw has been spotted by Gal Beniamini, a security researcher, who’s found a way to use ARM’s TrustZone kernel code-execution to essentially break Android’s Full Disk Encryption (FDE).

All Android smartphones running on 5.0 Lollipop or later use something called FDE, which makes all the data on your phone unreadable unless you have the unique key needed to decrypt it. This is the similar to the security feature that caused a tussle between the FBI and Apple recently. According to Beniamini’s report, an attacker can potentially exploit certain loopholes in Qualcomm’s security in order to recover that unique encryption key. He also states that the issue cannot be completely resolved with merely a security patch as it might require hardware changes.

FDE is designed to be uncrackable but clearly it’s not as secure as Google hoped. Breaking FDE still requires a brute-force attack but once the attacker has the key, all that’s left is figuring out your password. Beniamini’s research also found that the key is not hardware bound which means it can be extracted by software. He goes on to state that Android’s current FDE is only as strong as the TrustZone kernel. Any vulnerability exploited here could easily compromise the devices encryption and thereby, exposing your private data.

Google says it rolled out patches for this issue earlier this year. Qualcomm says the issue was “identified internally” and fixed, with patches issued to “customers and partners”, but if and when these fixes find their way down to consumer devices out there is anyone’s guess.

Qualcomm’s full statement: “Providing technologies that support robust security and privacy is a priority for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI). QTI continues to work proactively both internally as well as with security researchers such as Gal Beniamini to identify and address potential security vulnerabilities. The two security vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-6639 and CVE-2016-2431) discussed in Beniamini’s June 30 blog post were also discovered internally and patches were made available to our customers and partners. We have and will continue to work with Google and the Android ecosystem to help address security vulnerabilities and to recommend improvements to the Android ecosystem to enhance security overall.”

Watch: Drone Footage of Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus That’s Nearing Completion

Watch: Drone Footage of Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus That's Nearing CompletionDrone footage of the ongoing construction of Apple ‘Spaceship’ Campus 2 have been quite regular, and the latest one comes from aerial documentarian Matthew Roberts. His latest video gives us a full-blown aerial tour of the majestic campus giving us a sneak peek at the auditorium, R&D facility, the parking space, and even the new fitness centre for employees. The video also hints that the construction might be nearing its end.

Roberts has been releasing monthly video updates of the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino since March this year. Apple got a go ahead to build the spaceship-like campus in November 2013. The latest video shows us the progress the construction has made, and it looks like the work is nearing completion.

Drone footage of the ongoing construction of Apple ‘Spaceship’ Campus 2 have been quite regular, and the latest one comes from aerial documentarian Matthew Roberts. His latest video gives us a full-blown aerial tour of the majestic campus giving us a sneak peek at the auditorium, R&D facility, the parking space, and even the new fitness centre for employees. The video also hints that the construction might be nearing its end.

Roberts has been releasing monthly video updates of the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino since March this year. Apple got a go ahead to build the spaceship-like campus in November 2013. The latest video shows us the progress the construction has made, and it looks like the work is nearing completion.

The building’s circular spaceship-like structure is seen taking shape, with glass panels now being installed. The video claims that the company’s Research and Development wing exterior is nearing completion, with glass panels’ installation already underway.

The fitness centre dedicated to employees spans 10,000 sq. ft. on the campus. The car parking area can house as many as 11,000 vehicles at one time. Roberts claims that the parking structure solar panels are about 95 percent complete. These solar panels will be capable of producing 16-megawatts of power, and additional 4 megawatts of power will be supplied by fuel cells. The combined electricity could power as many as 3000 homes, sufficient to power the campus even during events like launches and WWDC, Apple’s annual developers’ conference.

The campus will need a total of 3,000 glass panels to build the spaceship campus. The video claims that about 1.2 million square feet of glass will be used at the Apple Campus 2. The in-house auditorium and visitor centre is also seen taking shape. It spans across 120,000 sq. ft. and provides seating for 1,000 people. It will include a large lobby area with kitchen facilities. This is where Apple is expected host all of its events in the future.

The parallel project of additional buildings along North Tantau Avenue has also been documented. In some areas, the foundation work has begun, while other buildings are being constructed rapidly. Roberts also captures the bizarre mountain of dirt collected at the construction site, which he claims will be used for landscaping later. Of course there is plenty of work that is still left, but comparing it to last year’s video, the campus construction has come a long way in one year. The campus is expected to be ready by sometime next year.

TCL 560 Smartphone Can be Unlocked With Your Eyes: Price, Specifications, and More

TCL 560 Smartphone Can be Unlocked With Your Eyes: Price, Specifications, and MoreTCL, a Chinese company best known for its television sets, has entered the Indian mobile market with its first offering, the 560 smartphone. Priced at Rs. 7,999, the TCL 560 will be available exclusively via Amazon India starting Tuesday 12am.

The biggest highlight of the smartphone is its Eye Verify technology which the company touts can unlock the smartphone using the front camera of the handset. TCL 560 unlocks only after the eye verification of the user to prevent unauthorised access, touted Nicolas Zibell, Vice President of TCL Corporation at the launch.

For specifications, the TCL 560 features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM and bears 16GB of inbuilt storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow based smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and also houses a 5-megapixel front camera on board. The dual-SIM smartphone also supports 4G and VoLTE (voice over LTE). Other connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. The handset packs a 2500mAh removable battery.

Commenting on the launch, Praveen Valecha, Regional Director, TCL India, said “The Indian smartphone market is constantly evolving and the young generation understands technology, consumers are looking for unique smartphones with advanced features and high standards to gain the maximum experience. Our strong in-house research and development team have helped in customising the smart phone especially for such consumers. Maintaining the brand’s legacy, we are looking forward to make this brand a success in the Indian fast growing Smart Phone Market. This launch is just the start of a journey of launching a comprehensive mobile and digital portfolio”.