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Telenor Pakistan Partners With Spotify

Telenor Pakistan Has Become One Of The First Telcos To Launch Spotify Premium In Pakistan. Through This Collaboration

Telenor Pakistan has become one of the first telcos to launch Spotify Premium in Pakistan. Through this collaboration, Telenor Pakistan customers will be able to subscribe to Spotify Premium through their Telenor mobile balance and enjoy unlimited #MoreSeZyadaEntertainment. This collaboration will enable Telenor Pakistan’s 47 million customers to access Spotify’s over 70 million tracks and over 4 billion playlists from around the world. Users may also enjoy personalised music recommendations and discover new music. The premium version offers ad-free music listening and allows access to many personalisation features such as the ability to curate specialised playlists and browse through a wide catalogue of local and international songs. Subscribers also have access to content offline and the service works on computers, smartphones, tablets, television and has the ‘Spotify Connect’ feature as well.

Commenting on the development, Khurrum Ashfaque, COO Telenor Pakistan said, “The launch of Spotify Premium is a much-awaited news for music enthusiasts around the country. With masses having limited online payment options, we are enabling ease of access to 47 million Telenor Pakistan customers to subscribe to Spotify using their mobile airtime. Collaborating with Spotify to enable premium access has also furthered our ambition of bringing new and quality content to our local audiences and will also enable our local artists to tap into Spotify’s over 345 million listeners worldwide.” Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, with 345 million monthly listeners. Spotify comes to Pakistan offering the best listening experience in local and international music, with the Spotify app available to download for free or with an upgrade to Spotify Premium for only PKR 329 per month with free access during 1 month for new Premium users. There are multiple pricing options to fit different users’ needs that include Premium for Students at PKR 165, Duo at PKR 429 per month and Family, allowing 6 profiles for family members living under one roof, at PKR 529 per month. Telenor Pakistan users may subscribe to Spotify by visiting: https://www.spotify.com/premium .

This was originally published at INC Pak

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Apple IPhone 13 May Pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 Modem

Apple is reportedly planning to launch iPhone 13 lineup and now a new report has claimed that the upcoming series will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 5G modem.

According to DigiTimes, Qualcomm will continue to fabricate its next generation 5G mobile chip, tentatively dubbed Snapdragon 895, at Samsung Electronics built using an upgraded 5nm process, but may switch to TSMC in 2022 using its 4nm process.

Built on a 5nm process, the Snapdragon X60 packs higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint compared to the 7nm-based Snapdragon X55 modem used in iPhone 12 models.

This change will give the new iPhone lineup better battery life, and they could also receive data from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands at the same time to deliver high data speeds and low-latency coverage.

The iPhone 13 lineup may mirror the iPhone 12 family of phones, with a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.

In addition, the Ultra-Wide cameras on the two high-end models will be significantly upgraded to f/1.8, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus.

All the current iPhone 12 models are equipped with f/2.4, 5P (five-element lens) Ultra-Wide cameras with fixed focus.

According to Barclays analysts, the iPhone 13/Pro models may feature Wi-Fi 6E. The Wi-Fi 6E provides Wi-Fi 6 features and capabilities, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates.

Originally published at Economic times telecom

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There Aren’t Enough Computer Chips To Power Modern Cars

Global car sales fell in 2020. A shortage of computer chips is compounding poor sales by holding up production. That could cost the industry $60 billion.

Besides reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the motor sector now faces another major challenge – it can’t get all the computer chips it needs.

Modern cars are reliant on technology. There’s software that monitors engine performance and emissions, cruise-control that automatically adjusts to keep pace with the speed of the vehicle in front, alarms that are triggered by straying out of lane – not to mention bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, keyless entry and a host of safety features.

And that’s just in a conventional car. Self-driving and semi-autonomous cars are even more tech-laden.

Chips with everything

The global shortage in supply of semiconductors has caused headaches for other sectors too: from mobile phones and games consoles to 5G-ready industrial and commercial equipment.

Apple faced potential production challenges to its new iPhone 12 model last year, according to Bloomberg. The handset is one of the latest generation of 5G-enabled phones. While shortages of consumer technology grab headlines, a lack of chips risks exacerbating other issues.

As one of the keystones of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technology like 5G play an important part in helping some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals come to fruition. Several of the SDGs are dependent on technology, like Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG3), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG9), and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11).

What is the World Economic Forum doing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Pre-pandemic, global car sales were on track to be around 80 million vehicles for 2020. But that is expected to have fallen to 64 million, according to Statista.

“South America and Europe were among the hardest-hit regions, with auto sales in these regions contracting by about one-fourth year-on-year,” the data journalism site says.

That situation has been compounded by the lack of available chips, meaning cars aren’t rolling off the production lines fast enough and therefore aren’t being sold.

The damage done to global car sales by the lack of technology components is estimated to be around $60 billion, according to a report from CNBC.

“All the way up and down the supply chain, everybody is out some portion of money,” Dan Hearsch, a managing director at consulting firm AlixPartners told CNBC. “This could be 10% of global demand this year, its impact, which craters the recovery. We don’t think we’re overstating this.”

Originally published at World economic forum

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Oppo Reno 5K With Snapdragon 750G SoC, Quad Rear Cameras Launched: Specifications

Oppo Reno 5K was launched in China on Thursday as the newest model in the Oppo Reno series. The new smartphone shares specifications with the Oppo Reno 5 5G that was launched in the Chinese market in December, with the exception of the chipset. 

By Jagmeet Singh 

The Oppo Reno 5K comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, while the Oppo Reno 5 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 765 SoC. Other highlights of the Oppo Reno 5K are identical to the Oppo Reno 5 5G.

This means that the phone comes with the same quad rear cameras, hole-punch display design, and 4,300mAh battery that debuted on the last year’s model.

Oppo Reno 5K price, availability details

Oppo Reno 5 price details are yet to be revealed. However, the phone will go on sale in China from March 6 in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variants. It will be available in three distinct colour options, namely Green Breeze, Midnight Black, and Starry Dream.

To recall, the Oppo Reno 5 5G debuted at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 30,300) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant and CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 33,700) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model.

Oppo Reno 5K specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo Reno 5 runs on Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 and features a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 91.7 percent of screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, paired with Adreno 619 GPU and up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

The phone comes with a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens. The camera setup also carries a 2-megapixel macro shooter and a 2-megapixel portrait sensor.

For selfies and video chats, the Oppo Reno 5 comes with a 32-megapixel camera sensor at the front. The front-facing sensor comes along with a five-piece lens that has a field-of-view (FoV) of 85 degrees.

The Oppo Reno 5K comes with up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The phone also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Oppo has provided a dual-cell, 4,300mAh battery that supports SuperVOOC 2.0, SuperVOOC, VOOC 3.0, PD, and QC fast charging protocols. Besides, the Oppo Reno 5K measures 159.1×73.4×7.9mm and weighs 179 grams.

Originally published at Gadgets 360

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Nvidia Struggles To Keep Gaming Chips In Stock, Hopes To Counter With Special CMP Mining Chips

Nvidia forecast better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, with its flagship gaming chips expected to remain in tight supply for the next several months.

As people wait for COVID-19 vaccine rollouts around the world, stay-at-home orders have kept demand high for chips that speed up video games. But the Santa Clara, California-based company’s gaming chips have also regained popularity for mining cryptocurrency, a trend Nvidia is trying to counter by offering special mining chips in order to free up graphics chip supplies for gamers during a global chip shortage.

While Nvidia was long known for its gaming graphic chips, its aggressive push into artificial intelligence chips that handle tasks such as speech and image recognition in data centers has helped it become the most valuable semiconductor maker by market capitalisation.

It has eclipsed rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

Nvidia shares were up 3 percent at $597.50 (roughly Rs. 43,230) in extended trading after the results.

On a conference call with investors, Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress said that a global chip crunch made it hard to keep the company’s flagship gaming chips introduced last fall in stock and that the chips would likely remain in tight supply through the fiscal first quarter.

Kress said analysts have estimated that cryptocurrency mining contributed between $100 million (roughly Rs. 720 crores) and $300 million (roughly Rs. 2,170 crores) to Nvidia’s sales in the fiscal fourth quarter. The company expects the new mining chips to generate about $50 million (roughly Rs. 360 crores) revenue in its fiscal first quarter, Kress added.

To discourage miners from using gaming chips, Nvidia will start shipping software with its gaming chips that slows down their ability to mine some currencies and then separately release a mining-specific chip.

Nvidia Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang told Reuters that the mining chips do not need gaming features such as display outputs, which means that chips that might not be suitable for gaming can be used for mining instead.

“The way the use the chips, they don’t need a whole bunch of functionality,” Huang said of miners.

The company expects first-quarter revenue of $5.30 billion (roughly Rs. 38,360 crores), plus or minus 2 percent, above analysts’ average estimate of $4.51 billion (roughly Rs. 32,640 crores).

Revenue in the quarter ended on January 31 rose to $5 billion (roughly Rs. 36,190 crores) from $3.11 billion (roughly Rs. 22,500 crores) a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting $4.82 billion (roughly Rs. 34,890 crores), according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Revenue in the company’s gaming segment was $2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 18,100 crores), above analyst estimates of $2.36 billion (roughly Rs. 17090 crores), according to data from FactSet. Data center revenue was $1.9 billion (roughly Rs. 13,760 crores), above estimates of $1.84 billion (roughly Rs. 13,320 crores) according to FactSet data.

Originally published at Gadgets 360

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Nissan Latest Automaker To Deny Apple Self-Driving Cars’ Ambition

Japan’s Nissan has become the latest automaker to dismiss claims it is working with tech titan Apple on its vaunted self-driving cars project

By Joe Devanesan

Apple has struck out with another carmaker on a potential collaboration to develop self-driving vehicles, this time with Japanese auto giant Nissan.

The Japanese automaker said Monday it is not in talks with Apple to develop self-driving cars, a week after Hyundai also denied reports it was discussing the top-secret project with the US tech giant.

Apple’s Project Titan is devoted to electric autonomous vehicles and has been in the works for several years — but details of the venture have been kept under wraps by the notoriously tight-lipped company.

Nissan’s denial came after the Financial Times reported that the iPhone maker had approached it in recent months about a tie-up related to the project, which did not go ahead.

“We are not in talks with Apple. However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation,” the Japanese firm said.

A source close to Nissan told AFP that the company “doesn’t need Apple to sell” its cars. “When you make a product under the Apple brand, you give your soul – and your profit margins – to Apple,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

“We are not interested in giving Apple the best that we offer. This should be under the Nissan brand.”

The denial followed a similar statement from South Korea’s Hyundai and its affiliate Kia last week after reports said Apple had wanted to discuss a potential partnership to develop electric vehicles and batteries.

Apple first revealed its self-driving tech aspirations in 2016 and Chief Executive TimCook later said he saw autonomous driving systems as a “core technology” for the future.

Nissan has been a pioneer in electric vehicles since its Leaf model was released over a decade ago. But the struggling firm – still trying to recover from the devastating reputational damage caused by the sudden departure of now fugitive tycoon Carlos Ghosn – desperately needs a new hit.

In July, Nissan unveiled the Ariya, a new 100% electric crossover model that it said would open a”new era” in the firm’s fortunes. Monday’s statement caused its shares to fall 2.8% to 610 yen, or about US$0.0095.

Originally published at Tech wire Asia

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Sony Launches Full Frame FX3 Cinema Camera with Unexpected Features

Sony has recently launched full frame FX3 camera, basically introduced for single operator capturing image. This model is the most affordable model in Sony’s cinema lineup. It has features which are available on many expensive cinema cameras.

By Sayyed Shehzer Abbas

During 2020, Fujifilm released few cameras that included some of the best camera features in affordable price, Now Sony is doing the same thing with FX3.

Talking about the design FX3 looks a lot like A7S III, but FX3 is slightly thicker and shorter. The thickness of the camera is because of the added cooling system, which cools down the camera during the intervals in video recording. According to the company, this cooling system will allow to shoot in extremely hot weathers.

However, the electronic viewfinder has been removed which gives it more compact shape. FX3 is equipped with five 1/4 -20 threaded mount, 2 at the bottom of the camera and 3 on the top. This allows the camera to be mounted in a cage, on a gimble or a drone. It also has a backlit record button on top, a top-mounted joystick, a zoom control around the shutter button, tally lights on the front and back, a sliding power switch, and shortcut buttons optimized for video workflow.

It also includes a top mounted audio interface, the interface has a three mic inputs, which includes two full-size XLR, a single 3.5mm, and also controls for adjusting mic input. It uses a 12 MP BSI CMOS sensor that’s optimized for 4K video, with sensitivity from ISO 80 to 102,400 and expansion to ISO 40–409,600. Looking at its Microsoft, it is identical to A7S III except for the inclusion of S-Cinetone.

The price of FX3 is $3900 which is $400 more than A7S III, but looking at the amazing features it is worth it. It will be available for purchase in few months, exact date is not revealed yet.

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Which Country Is Leading The Electric Vehicle Race In 2021?

IHS Markit revealed its forecast for 2021 and beyond and the firm believes the electric vehicle will take a market share of 3.5%, just about double from 2020’s number. 

Last year was a tough year for almost every industry globally due to the difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic and the automotive industry was no exception.  

The onslaught of Covid-19 saw automakers suffer a difficult 2020, as global shutdowns halted production and supply chains were disrupted. Yet, despite it all, data shows that electric cars had a stellar year and it is about to get better in 2021.

IHS Markit revealed its forecast for 2021 and beyond and the firm believes the electric cars will take a market share of 3.5%, just about double from 2020’s number.

Fast forward to 2025 and the company forecasts EVs will make up 10% of all new cars sold. That would be a massive shift in buying trends as the firm believes consumer acceptance of EVs will simply continue to grow as more companies continue throwing their weight behind the zero-emissions powertrain movement.

In fact, the number of electric cars, buses, and even trucks on the world’s roads hit a new high last year, and analysts at JP Morgan believe we just passed the point of no return on the global journey to zero-emission motoring.

According to estimates from industry tracker EV-Volumes, plug-in electric vehicles accounted for 4.2% of global light vehicle sales last year, up from 2.5% in 2019. While just eight countries reported an EV share of 5% or higher in 2019, 13 countries managed to push electric vehicles past 10% of new light-vehicle sales in 2020. 

Who’d tops the chart with electric cars in 2021?

Like in prior years, Norway was a positive outlier with a 75% share of plug-in electric vehicles, while Iceland, Sweden, and Finland also featured in the top five– a testament to the quick adoption of electric cars in Nordic countries. 

China, which is by far the largest market for electric cars in terms of unit sales, fell out of the top 10 with electric vehicles accounting for 6.2% of passenger car sales in the country. Meanwhile, the United States fell further behind with an EV share of just 2.3%.

Separate new research from Canalys shows that a record 1.3 million electric vehicles (EVs) were sold in China in 2020 although year-on-year growth was modest at only 8%. 

“The Chinese government has been supportive of the transition to EVs, but several changes to EV-related policies and consumer subsidies in recent years disrupted the market and carmakers struggled to build sales momentum,” the report reads.

The 1.3 million EVs sold in China in 2020 represented 41% of global EV sales, just behind Europe with 42% of global EV sales. China is still far ahead of the US for EV share – in the US, EV sales represented just 2.4% of sales in 2020.

The research firm said the Chinese EV market in 2020 was all about two vehicles: the made-in-China Tesla Model 3, the market leader in the first half of 2020, and the Hongguang Mini EV from the SGMW joint venture (SAIC, General Motors and Wuling).

Chief analyst for automotive Chris Jones said if it had not been for the huge success of these two very different EVs, the Chinese EV market would have declined in 2020. Between them, the two models represented one in five of all EVs sold in China.

“Prospects are very good for China’s EV market in 2021. There is already an excellent network of standardized public EV chargers in China, good government support, and now a return to strong consumer demand,” he added.

Tesla has already started deliveries of the made-in-China Model Y. Production of the Hongguang Mini EV has been increased to keep up with demand, particularly from young Chinese urbanites. 

Other small, more affordable city cars, such as the Baojun E-Series from SGMW and the Ora R1 from Great Wall Motors (GWM), are also proving very popular, Jones said. Meanwhile, the Ora R1, touted as the world’s cheapest EV, will also soon go on sale in India, where the EV share was less than 0.5% of all cars sold in 2020. 

Canalys forecasts 1.9 million EVs will be sold in China in 2021, growth of 51% and a 9% share of all cars sold in China. “With a share of just 6.3% of all passenger cars sold in China in 2020, EVs have many years of growth ahead,” VP Sandy Fitzpatrick said, adding that with Tesla expanding its portfolio in China, it will be hard for competitors offering premium EVs to gain market share.

With that in mind, Fitzpatrick reckons some Chinese carmakers are already looking for growth opportunities in other parts of the world, especially Europe.

Originally published at Tech hq

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HyperX Pulsefire Haste Review: A Strong Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a great mid-range gaming mouse. That’s why you can find this minimalist, honeycombed lightweight mouse on our best gaming mouse guide.

By GERAINT EVANS

Here at T3, we love to get our hands on the best products, and not just because we like to play with them! We want to give you the best advice which is why you’ll find guides on the best gaming keyboards, best gaming chairs, best gaming monitors and the best gaming headsets right here.

If you want my take on the HyperX Pulsefire Haste in a nutshell then here it is – this is a fairly basic gaming mouse, but everything it says it can do, it does it very well. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a top-tier mouse, but in its price range, it is a very attractive option. Though it does make me worry about crumbs.

HYPERX PULSEFIRE HASTE REVIEW: DESIGN AND SETUP

If we’re talking about how the HyperX Pulsefire Haste looks, well, it looks like a lightweight gaming mouse. I don’t mean for that to sound dismissive, but if you’ve used these before then you’ll recognise the same design principles. It’s small and light and has that honeycomb design that allows manufacturers to shave precious grams from the chassis.

It’s a compact mouse that measures 124.2mm x 38.2mm 66.8mm (LxHxW), with a weight of just 59g – 80g if you include the 1.8m hyperflex cable. That actually puts it among the best ultra-light gaming mice, and there aren’t a host of good options that are lighter. Certainly not in the price range.

Outside of the stand front two buttons, you’ll find two on the left-hand side of this right-handed mouse, as well as the illuminated roller wheel in the centre and a smaller button above that which can toggle the DPI. All of these can be reconfigured to your heart’s content by downloading the HyperX Ngenuity software.

Indeed you can also customise the colour of the lights, as well as having several effects options (solid, cycle & breathings) for how you’d like it to display. That wheel is the only colour you’ll find on this all-black mouse, it’s nice and understated but if you’re into something a bit more flashy then you’re out of luck.

It’s a decent looking mouse and after applying the grip-tape that comes with it, it takes on a rugged air. I do worry about that honeycomb though as there’s no mesh or anything to catch debris. If you’re a desk eater like me then that’s a little concerning no matter how dust-proof the triggers are.

HYPERX PULSEFIRE HASTE REVIEW: PERFORMANCE AND FEATURES

The Pulsefire Haste feels comfortable to use, and even after hours with it in play I haven’t noticed it heating up at all. I found it to be incredibly responsive, and particularly good for more active games, where you’re scrolling a lot or trying no to be shot in the head – which is where ultra-light mice tend to shine. This is aided by the ‘pure virgin-grade PTFE skates’ on the bottom, which provide a frictionless glide.

The PAW 335 sensor at the heart of this mouse isn’t the highest spec, but it’s only the ultra-obsessive gamers that are going to notice. For people like myself, with no ambitions of joining a professional e-sports team, the Pulsefire Haste’s max DPI (dots per linear inch) of 16000 is plenty. To be honest, I’m quite happy much lower than that.

The Ngenuity software I mentioned earlier is fairly basic, you can configure your DPI settings, augment the lights to match the rest of your gaming setup and reconfigure the buttons.

You can also create your own presets which can be switched in and out. I did some experimenting setting up a config to use as a rudimentary video controller which worked quite well.

It’s very hard to fault the HyperX Pulsefire Haste’s performance, more expensive mice will have a more responsive sensor, more buttons and deeper configuration options than Ngenuity’s admittedly basic offering but the Pulsefire Haste delivers on pretty much every promise it makes you.

HYPERX PULSEFIRE HASTE REVIEW: PRICE AND VERDICT

The HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a great mid-range, ultra-light gaming mouse. It’s one of the more expensive mice in that price range, at around £49.99/$49.99, but I think it’s probably worth it. It does everything you really want it to, very well.

I’ve used this mouse to do a bit of everything, playing massive fiddly grand strategies like Stellaris, terrorising Night City in Cyberpunk and more basic clicking around the internet. It even helped me to half build a website. It might not be the pro gamer’s choice but I’ve had a blast.

If you’re the sort of person that needs a gaming mouse that can light up the room like a 1980’s rave, this isn’t for you. If you absolutely have to have the highest DPI, then sidestep it.  But if you can forgive a basic design and a less expensive sensor then the HyperX Pulsefire Haste is a quality purchase.

Originally published at T3

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New Redmi MAX TV To Launch In China Alongside Redmi K40 Series

While the promotional image hasn’t revealed anything about the Redmi MAX TV specifications, it could be a direct successor to the one that was launch last year. 

By Sai Krishna

A new Redmi MAX TV is set to launch in China on February 25th, alongside the Redmi K40 series. The Xiaomi sub-brand has confirmed the launch of a brand new Redmi TV through a teaser image.

While the promotional image hasn’t revealed anything about the Redmi TV specifications, it could be a direct successor to the one that was launch last year.

The upcoming TV may have AI-related features and a massive display large size, similar to its predecessor. To recall, Redmi MAX TV (2020) specs included a 98-inch 4K display, touchscreen panel, and an immersive audio experience with Dolby sound and DTS-HD panoramic audio.

Redmi MAX 98-inch TV specifications

Redmi MAX flaunts a 98-inch 4K display with a 192 percent dynamic backlight and supports local dimming and HDR technology. Redmi MAX also supports the MEMC motion compensation feature and has 85 percent NTSC.

It is equipped with 20+ image quality tuning technology. It is powered by a 12nm quad-camera 64-bit processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The smart TV boots Android TV-based Patchwall OS and ports onboard include 3 HDMI, 2 USB, AV Input, S/PDIF ports. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2 low consumption and WiFi 802.11ac. The Redmi MAX also supports Dolby sound and DTS-HD panoramic audio.

The Redmi MAX 98-inch price in China was set at RMB 19,999 (approx Rs 2,15,200) when it was launched last year. We can expect the successor to be priced on similar lines and it may be limited to the Chinese market only. We expect to learn more about the Redmi Max specifications during the launch event.

Originally published at 91mobiles

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#TECH: World’s Lightest 13-Inch Convertible Notebook Now Available In Malaysia

Weighing just 989 grams, this convertible is the world’s lightest 13-inch convertible notebook computer running on 11th Gen Intel Core processors. 

Dynabook Singapore Pte Ltd (Dynabook) has announced that the Portégé X30W-J is now available in Malaysia.

Weighing just 989 grams, this convertible notebook is the world’s lightest 13-inch computer running on 11th Gen Intel Core processors. And, as an Intel Evo certified mobile computing solution, the X30W-J meets the strict requirements for battery life, start-up time, processor, Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 as specified by the latest iteration of Intel’s Project Athena benchmark for the best mobile computing experience.

FAST AND FOCUSED

Loaded with high-performing 28W variants of the 11th Gen 10nm quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, the notebook is equipped with (up to) 32GB of dual-channel LPDDR4x memory running at 4266MHz, and ultra-fast PCIe SSD storage (up to 1TB) for uninterrupted productivity.

Ideal for today’s increasingly data-intensive business applications, the convertible notebook is also available in configurations with the new Intel Iris Xe powered graphics technology, delivering best-in-class performance, discrete-level graphics, responsiveness and battery life.

READY WHEN YOU ARE

With up to 16-hour battery life, the Portégé X30W-J will be ready to go, even without a plug socket in sight. What’s more, its quick charge function will get the battery back up to 40 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes.

The device’s ‘Instant On’ capabilities also allow for rapid wake in under one second through facial and fingerprint biometric activation.

Made to be spontaneous, the laptop has a 5-mode convertible form, which means it can easily become a tablet and, when paired with Windows Ink Workspace and an optional AES stylus pen, it enables a natural pen-on-paper writing experience.

“The launch of Intel’s new Evo platform specification is a significant milestone for the industry in ensuring it meets the requirements of today’s professionals, and it embodies our own commitment to the evolution of device innovation,” said Dynabook’s General manager, product strategy for mobile computing solutions, devices & IoT, Wong Wai Meng.

“The Portégé X30W-J is a great example of our shared philosophies with Intel for providing users with everything professionals need for uninterrupted productivity, creativity and collaboration,” he said.

OPTIMUM CONNECTIVITY

Connectivity is the lifeblood of the new ‘mobile first’ way of working, and the X30W-J offers reliable wireless connections. Equipped with the latest Intel 802.11ax (WiFi 6) + BT 5.1 module, the laptop also features two brand-new Thunderbolt 4 enabled USB-C ports which enable fast charge, connection to peripherals and data transfer at high speeds.

The Portégé X30W-J also boasts a full-size HDMI, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, plus a 3.5mm audio jack, while a micro SD card slot provides optional extra storage.

With video conferencing seeing an unprecedented increase, the device is well- equipped as it boasts high-quality sound with harman/kardon speakers and Dolby Atmos for sound enhancement, as well as noise-cancelling dual mics.

The webcam and a further 8MP world-facing webcam with anti-reflection coating also help to deliver an unrivalled audio/video experience.

DESIGNED TO DELIVER

The 2-in-1 has been developed to combine the tools needed to meet the demands of mobile working into a highly portable footprint. With a re-imagined design including Mystic Blue chassis and a premium look and feel, the Portégé X30W-J boasts a narrow 4-side bezel and high viewability at all angles of its 360-degree hinge.

Support for AES pen provides a flexible and interactive experience, while its Corning Gorilla Glass construction delivers enhanced robustness.

The device’s backlit, frameless keyboard is equipped with larger keys than its predecessor (16x15mm per key), and its ‘glass-feel’ Precision TouchPad or optional SecurePad with fingerprint reader ensure users will get through even the most intense working days in comfort.

The Portégé X30W-J has been vigorously tested for toughness, with its 17.9mm magnesium alloy chassis having undergone a number of MIL STD 810G tests. The device also features dynabook’s new and improved Airflow cooling system and re-designed rubber footing for further cooling and stability.

ENTERPRISE-GRADE SECURITY

The Portégé X30W-J has been engineered to be as resilient internally as it is externally, meeting Microsoft’s Secured-core PC requirements with a range of robust, business-level security measures.

The device combines dynabook’s proprietary BIOS, encryption, as well as face and fingerprint authentication to ensure data is protected from increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. A webcam shutter and security Lock slot also provide further privacy options.

Originally published at New straits times

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Hyundai Motor Plans World’s Costliest Electric Vehicle Recall

Hyundai Motor is drawing up plans for the world’s most costliest electric vehicle recall to replace batteries following a string of electrical fires, according to people familiar with the situation.

Hyundai Motor is drawing up plans for the world’s most costliest electric vehicle recall to replace batteries following a string of electrical fires, according to people familiar with the situation.

The South Korean carmaker said in October that it would recall 77,000 Kona electric cars made between September 2017 and March 2020 after more than a dozen caught fire due to battery problems.

The carmaker is now considering replacing the vehicles’ batteries after a recalled Kona model caught fire even after receiving software upgrades, an endeavour that could cost it as much as Won1tn ($900m), the people said.

The cars that caught fire used LG Chem battery cells made in the South Korean company’s factory in Nanjing, China.

“Hyundai is considering various options including replacing batteries [for Kona EVs],” said a person with knowledge of the company’s talks with LG Chem.

Hyundai has been criticised over the adequacy of previous voluntary recalls. Concerns over the safety of its electric vehicles intensified after an electric bus manufactured by the carmaker caught fire this month. The electric city bus used batteries made by LG Energy Solution, LG Chem’s wholly owned battery division.

South Korea’s transportation ministry is investigating the cause of the Kona fires. Hyundai said no decision has been made about the recall while it awaits the ministry’s findings.

“We are actively co-operating with the battery maker and the transportation ministry to find out the exact cause. We are trying to come up with a fundamental solution for consumer safety as soon as possible,” Chang Jae-hoon, Hyundai’s president, told a press conference on Tuesday at the launch of the Ioniq 5 — Hyundai’s first model using its own dedicated electric vehicle platform.

Hyundai, together with affiliate Kia, is the world’s fourth-largest electric vehicle maker, with a combined 7.2 per cent market share as of September last year, according to industry tracker SNE Research. The pair aims to sell 1m electric vehicles annually by 2025.

Hyundai and LG Chem are in talks about how to divide the cost of battery replacement but have yet to reach an agreement, with each blaming the other for the problem, according to the people close to the discussions.

“Together with Hyundai, we are trying to find the cause of the problem and discussing how to address it, placing our top priority on consumer safety. But nothing has been decided yet,” LG Chem said.

Their decision is likely to set a precedent in the fast-growing electric vehicle industry, where several other automakers are contending with similar problems.

Some carmakers have opted to upgrade software for recalled electric vehicles, a far less expensive option than replacing batteries, which account for about 40 per cent of electric vehicle prices, according to analysts.

General Motors said in November it would recall nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles worldwide following several reported fires. The recalled Bolts made between 2017 and 2019 uses high-voltage batteries produced at LG Chem’s Ochang plant in South Korea.

GM’s move came on the heels of a series of recalls by other carmakers including Ford and BMW, all of which cited fire risks.

“GM is suffering a similar problem so Hyundai’s decision will intensify wrangling between EV makers and battery producers over who should be held responsible,” said Chung Sung-yop, an analyst at Daiwa.

Originally published at Washington news post

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Oktoberfest Memories Increase Life-satisfaction, Customer Loyalty

No one went to Oktoberfest, famous German beer festival in 2020, but chances are those who attended in the past are still thinking about it.

In a case study of the famous German beer festival, researchers tested the theory that events which create memorable experiences can increase life-satisfaction. This deep connection with customers has big benefits for associated businesses, according to Robert Harrington, lead author of the study recently published online in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

“If you can do something that transforms people even a little bit, it can have a huge impact on the success of your company and your brand,” said Harrington, professor and director of the School of Hospitality Management at Washington State University Carson College of Business. “The more customers are delighted, the more likely they are to be return customers. They are also more likely to give positive recommendations to friends and relatives, and particularly on social media. In today’s environment, people trust those reviews more than paid advertising.”

For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 820 people attending a festival beer tent over several days of the 2018 Oktoberfest. The majority of the respondents were male (56.8%) and largely German, though roughly 12% were from outside the country, including from Italy and the United States. The respondents answered questions related to food and beverage quality, connectedness, experience uniqueness, memorability and life satisfaction.

When the researchers analyzed the relationship among those answers, they found that connectedness to Oktoberfest, such as feeling a close association with a particular beer tent or to Oktoberfest traditions, influenced impressions of food and beverage quality and the uniqueness of the experience. These in turn influenced how highly the participants felt that attending the event increased their overall satisfaction with life.

The researchers purposely chose to study the annual beer festival in Munich because it is so well-known and brings together a mix of tourism and hospitality services.

“Oktoberfest has a very strong brand. It’s almost like a bucket-list event,” said Harrington. “As a significant event in visitors’ lives, there’s a greater likelihood that there’s a quantifiable measure of life satisfaction or sense of well-being from those experiences, as opposed to people going out to a neighborhood bar or restaurant.”

Emulating Oktoberfest, which attracts more than 7 million visitors a year, may be a tall order, but the researchers suggest that other businesses can learn from its success. Breweries or wineries can create regional or local events on a smaller scale. Like Oktoberfest, these events could bundle goods and services, such as a tasting that pairs beer or wine with food or adding an experience like a music performance or art show.

The idea is to invite customers to participate in creating a memorable experience that lasts, Harrington said.

“Once people go back home, they will want to bring up that memory again,” said Harrington. “They will go buy that beer because they went to a festival where they had a great time.”

Originally published at Eurek Alert

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Changes In Writing Style Provide Clues To Group Identity

Small changes to people’s writing style can reveal which social group they “belong to” at a given moment based on shared interests.

Groups are central to human identity, and most people are part of multiple groups based on shared interests or characteristics – ranging from local clubs to national identity.

When one of these group memberships becomes relevant in a particular situation, behaviour tends to follow the norms of this group so that people behave “appropriately”.

The new study – by the University of Exeter, Imperial College London, University College London and Lancaster University – demonstrates that group normative behaviour is reflected in a person’s writing style.

It also shows that assessing writing style can reveal – with an accuracy of about 70% – which of two groups affected a person while they were writing a particular piece of text.

To demonstrate their method, researchers studied how people who are parents and feminists change their writing style when they move from one identity to another on anonymous online forums such as Reddit, Mumsnet and Netmums.

“People are not just one thing – we change who we are, our identity, from situation to situation,” said Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, of the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, both at the University of Exeter.

“In the current situation, many people will need to switch between being a parent and being an employee as they are trying to manage home schooling, childcare and work commitments.

“Switches between identities influence behaviour in multiple ways, and in our study we tracked which identity was active by focussing on language.

“We found that people not only change their writing style to impress their audience – they change it based on the group identity that is influencing them at the time.

“So, when we asked people in an experiment to think about themselves as a parent, their language patterns reflected this.”

The study avoided “content” words (a parent might mention “childcare” for example) and focussed on stylistic patterns including use of pronouns, “intellectual” words and words expressing emotions.

Commenting on the possible uses of the new method, Dr Koschate-Reis said: “We are currently focussing on mental health.

“It is the first method that lets us study how people access different group identities outside the laboratory on a large scale, in a quantified way.

“For example, it gives us the opportunity to understand how people acquire new identities, such as becoming a first-time parent, and whether difficulties ‘getting into’ this identity may be linked to postnatal depression and anxiety.

“Our method could help to inform policies and interventions in this area, and in many others.”

Group identities have been found to affect thoughts, emotions and behaviour in many settings – from work contexts to education to political activism.

Research is ongoing to understand how much control we have over switches between different identities – most of which are thought to be triggered by the social context.

Dr Koschate-Reis said it might be possible to manipulate the cues that trigger an identity switch by going to a location associated with the identity.

For example, students might find it easier to write in an “academic style” when they are in the library rather than the local coffee shop.

Originally published at Eurek Alert

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Spotify Officially Launched In Pakistan, Bangladesh, And Sri Lanka

The management of Spotify, the world’s largest audio streaming music website, has officially launched in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The management of Spotify, the world’s largest audio streaming music website, has officially launched in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka on February 23, 2021.

Spotify, with more than 345 million monthly active listeners globally, says that it will offer a personalised listening experience to people, comprising local and international artists and more than 70 million tracks.

The Spotify service is available for free or with an upgrade to Spotify Premium, a subscription service that allows users to enjoy music without ad interruptions.

According to an official press release by the company, users can upgrade to Spotify Premium for the ultimate Spotify experience for Rs299 per month.

The Premium Family subscription plan is available for Rs479 per month for up to six family members living under one roof.

The new Spotify Premium DUO is a subscription plan for two people living at the same home address, which includes Duo Mix, a regularly updated playlist made just for the two subscribers to discover audio they both love and enjoy together.

Spotify also has a premium for students for as low as Rs149 per month. Direct carrier billing payment options are also available through Telenor and Zong.

Originally published at Bol news

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OPPO’s Wireless Air Charging Tech Will Let You Charge Your Devices Over-The-Air

OPPO showcased the new Wireless Air Charging tech in a short video using its innovative rollable concept smartphone, the OPPO X 2021. 

At MWC Shanghai, OPPO launched its flash charging project: The Flash Initiative. As part of this project, other companies can license OPPO’s proprietary VOOC fast charging technology and incorporate it into their own products.

Along with the flash charging project, the company demoed a new wireless charging tech at the event, called Wireless Air Charging.

OPPO showcased the new Wireless Air Charging tech in a short video using its innovative rollable concept smartphone, the OPPO X 2021. The video shows the OPPO X 2021 charging wirelessly while kept on what seems to be a normal wireless charging mat.

However, as you’d expect, the wireless charging mat in the video isn’t all that ordinary, as it keeps charging the phone even when the device is lifted a couple of inches above the surface.

The video further demonstrates how OPPO’s new Wireless Air Charging tech will let you charge your phone while using it a few inches above the innovative wireless charging mat. As of now, the company hasn’t shared any details about this new wireless charging technology, but we expect to learn more in the coming days.

It’s worth noting that OPPO isn’t the first smartphone OEM to demonstrate such a remote wireless charging solution. That title goes to Xiaomi, who showcased its Mi Air Charge technology earlier this year in January.

Unlike OPPO, Xiaomi has released a few key details about its remote wireless charging solution, claiming that it’s capable of delivering 5W of power to a single device over a distance of a couple of meters.

Xiaomi’s solution uses a “self-developed isolated charging pile,” which features 5 phase interference antennas that can accurately determine a phone’s position and transmit power to it via a phase control array composed of 144 antennas.

The phase control array directionally transmits millimeter-wide waves through beamforming, and the receiving device requires specialized hardware to convert the millimeter-wide wave signal into electrical energy.

Additionally, Motorola has also demonstrated a similar contactless wireless charging technology, but the company hasn’t released any details about it so far.

We’ll update this post as soon as we learn more technical details about OPPO’s Wireless Air Charging solution.

Originally published at Xda developers

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Vivo S9 Series Confirmed To Launch In China On 3 March: All We Know So Far

Vivo has been working on the new S-series smartphone and the company has confirmed the Vivo S9 series launch will take place in China on 3 March. 

The company roped in K-Pop band BlackPink’s member Lisa as the brand ambassador of the new series, according to a report by Gizmochina. Vivo shared the official teaser for the new smartphone series.

The company seems to have changed the focus of the device. The video shows a tag-line: “Very Night Soft Light Selfie” and “Illuminating My Beauty” that indicates the upcoming phone could be focusing on the front-facing camera technology, instead of the primary camera.

K-pop band BlackPink’s member, Lisa, has been roped in as the brand ambassador for Vivo S9 series. Image: GizmoChina

The leaks suggest that the Vivo S9 series would be the first smartphone to be powered by the 6 nm MediaTek Dimensity 1100 processor. Another report suggests that the smartphone named Vivo S9e could be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 820.

According to TENAA listings, the phone will get a 6.44-inch OLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The highlight of the device is the dual-selfie camera that features a 44 MP primary sensor, while on the back would be the quad-camera setup that includes the 64 MP primary sensor. Details about the other sensor are not known as of now.

For storage and memory, the phone is expected to get 12GB of RAM. The phone will house a 4,000 mAh battery with 33 W fast charging and will support a 5G Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB).

The device will run on the company’s own OriginOS custom interface on top of the latest Android 11 operating system out-of-the-box.

Originally published at First post