Tecno Camon i4 with Android 9 Pie and Triple Camera Setup Launched in India

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Tecno Camon i4, the latest offering from the Transsion Holdings brand has been launched in India. Transsion Holdings has been an offline brand, and the latest model from this company i4 features a triple rear camera which can be considered as its biggest highlight. The phone comes with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and has a waterdrop notch display with the 6.2-inch screen.

The mobile has face unlock, 3,500 mAh battery and MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. Based on the price point, the Tecno Camon i4 will be competing with Redmi Note 7 in India.

Tecno Camon pricing starts from 9,499/- where the users will get a basic version of the mobile with 2GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, the next version of mobile costs 10,599/- with 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage and then the final version will be available at 11,999/- for 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Mobiles will be available in four variants- Champagne Gold, Aqua Blue, Nebula Black, and Midnight Black colors.

The 2 GB and 3 GB variants will have Quad-core MediaTek processor whereas the 4 GB variant will have octa-core MediaTek processor. All the three variants of Tecno i4 will sport a triple camera at the rear end. The primary camera is of 13 Megapixel, the secondary camera is of 8 Megapixel, and the third camera is of 2 Megapixel. The company added some extra features like Bokeh mode, stickers, etc. on the mobile. The front camera of Tecno i4 is of 16 Megapixel with special low light photography feature.

Mobile comes with two internal storage variants-32 GB and 64 GB. Both variants have expandable memory feature with SD card. You can find fingerprint sensor on the rear end and the phone also comes with face unlock feature.

Teardown of iPad Mini (2019) has Revealed 3 GB RAM and Upgraded Front Camera

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After long anticipation, Apple upgraded its budget iPad mini family last month with the launch of the iPad mini (2019) version. This new 2019 version of iPad mini is named as iPad mini 5. While the design of this new iPad mini looks similar to the one that has been released last in 2015- the iPad 4, the company had made some internal changes which were revealed when the device was torn down.

iFixit team has put this iPad mini through its standard teardown practice to find the changes that have been made. This teardown has easily depicted how iPad mini is better when compared to its predecessor. The hardware components were detailed accurately. The teardown has also highlighted the fact that the iPad mini is not a scaled down version of iPad air which has got some significant upgrades in terms of display, camera, and processor.

The ifixit team has remarked that there is one of the most critical exterior change between the iPad mini 4 and new iPad mini. This new iPad has a fresh model number- A2133 on the chassis. Apple has also removed all the regulatory markings from this new model. The company has also ditched these regulatory markings from iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus back in 2017.

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Unlike the previous model which had a 1.2- megapixel front camera, this new iPad mini will have a 7-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 lens. The company claims that this iPad is equipped with the same camera setup that was present in 10.5 inches iPad Pro. The engineers’ team from iFixit has also found that the microphone is sitting very close to the selfie camera.  The teardown has revealed that this iPad mini has Bluetooth v5.0 support and 3 GB of RAM.

NASA is planning to take Humans to Mars by 2033

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NASA had made it clear that they want to take astronauts back on the moon by 2024. As of now, NASA is zeroing in on the Red Planet. The US space agency has confirmed that it wants humans to reach Mars by 2033.

NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday that to achieve their goal of reaching Mars by 2033, they have to move forward quickly.  There are some other segments of the program that includes a lunar landing.

Bridenstine has stated to lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill that they want to achieve this Mars landing by 2033. “We can move up this Mars landing by moving up the moon landing. The moon is the proving ground right now” he further added. Jim Bridenstine is a former congressman, and he was appointed as NASA’s administrator by Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is planning to land astronauts on the moon four years earlier than what has planned, and he dispatched Mike Pence, Vice President of America to announce the latest timetable for putting humans on the moon. As per the latest timetable, NASA’s astronaut has to land on the moon by 2024 only.

The new date has political significance too. It will be the final year of Trump’s eventual second term as the President of America at White House.

Many experts and lawmakers are worried that NASA won’t be able to reach this new deadline as Boeing is taking a lot of time in developing the heavy-lift rocket- The Space Launch System. Any mission that has been planned to reach Mars would take two years. Reaching Mars alone takes up six months, unlike the moon which can be reached in three days. Round Trip around Mars can take place if the Red Planet is positioned on the same side of the Sun where Earth is right now. This occurs once in 26 months so the dates can be adjusted with 2031, 2033 and so on.

New Privacy Settings of WhatsApp Prevents Spam Group Invites

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Whatsapp has made a new announcement on Wednesday that it is rolling out new privacy settings which will help you in deciding who can add you to the groups. This will prevent the spam additions which has been an issue for so many users. This instant messaging app is going to bring an invite system which will necessarily give the users a choice of joining the group or not.

This new update is going to play a crucial role in India as the election season will be coming soon. Almost all the political parties are using platforms like social media and instant messaging apps to reach out for a wider section of the audience and influence many people at a time.

WhatsApp has released a new press note on Wednesday stating that with this new privacy setting and invite system, users will gain more control over the groups in which they can be added and the group messages that they want to receive.

A specific privacy setting feature will be incorporated into the app and the users have to select it to gain control over the groups. The users can access it by going to the settings menu of WhatsApp>Accounts option, go to privacy and then select groups.

You will be provided with three distinct options- nobody, my contacts and everyone. If you select nobody, you will be prompted with an alert every time someone tries to add you into a group, and you have the provision of accepting or rejecting the invitation. If you select my contacts, all the contacts present in your address book will be able to add you to the group, if you choose everyone, anyone with your number will be able to add you to the group. This new feature is available for beta users and for remaining people this update will come in a few weeks.

Shanghai’s Tech Dream in doubt due to a missing unicorn

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The first batch of the candidates of China to take part in its version of the tech-focused Nasdaq is an uninspiring brunch. Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Board had called for applications to be listed in the board. The board had received a total of nineteen applications out of which nine companies have been vetted to be listed in the Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Board.

However, they are quite tiny and are planning to raise just $ 1.6 billion that too in a combined effort.  This minimal amount of $1.6 billion is only a fraction of the $5.4 billion that Xiaomi Corp. had taken when it sold its share to Hong Kong last year. The investors of this endorsement include names of few renowned companies such as Wuhan Kequian Biology Co., a maker of animal vaccines; Amlogic Shanghai Co., a famous distributor of electronic parts and Jiangsu Berrien Robot System Co, a renowned producer of automation equipment. But there are no signs of the glamour candidate such as SenseTime Group Limited, the world’s biggest artificial intelligence startup, Ant Financial, the payments affiliate of the giant e-commerce Alibaba Group Holding Limited and Bytedance Ltd., the developer of the popular TikTok video app that are famous worldwide.

Had the primary objective of Shanghai technology board had been to get ion completion and reach a step over to Alibaba and Xiaomi to sell their shares at home rather than deserting china to list in Hong Kong or New York, then Shanghai technology board still has a lot to prove in such a case.

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The Shangai market still poses a great threat to Hong Kong which is considered to be the world’s largest IPO fundraising venues in the year 2018. New York has also been a favored listed destination in for chins new economy firms.

New test reveals Redmi Go to be waterproof

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The previous month saw the launch of another new range of Smartphone by Xiaomi named as Redmi Go.  This new launch of Xiaomi that is Redmi Go is the first smartphone manufactured by the Chinese company that is based on Google’s Android Go platform. Since its launch last month in India, the Smartphone has undergone a series of sales. This new launch by Xiaomi has even been pitched as the ideal Smartphone for first-time buyers of the smartphone.

The smartphone has been given a water resistance technology that prevents the smartphone from getting hampered if accidentally dropped in water. A video testing the water resistant capability of Redmi Go has even got surfaced on YouTube. The video showcases that the affordable new launch of Xiaomi, Redmi Go has been given specific water-resistant technology that offers protection to the smartphone from the water.

However, the Chinese mobile manufacturing company Xiaomi and its Redmi brand still have not marketed its new launch, Redmi Go as being waterproof or being a water-resistant smartphone.  The Chinese company Xiaomi even does not make any claims of the smartphone being splash proof. The new launch by Xiaomi, which is Redmi Go also lacks any IP ratings that would indicate its level and intensity of protection from water and dust.

The video demonstrating the water resistance technology of Redmi Go that got surfaced on YouTube shows the smartphone being immersed in water for a complete one minute. Even after being submerged in the water the video shows that the cameras and display are working without any disturbances or malfunctions. There is also no sign of any breakdown in the speaker as well. According to the video, this smartphone by Xiaomi can be a real lifesaver if someone drops it in the water accidentally and pulls it out immediately. However, the video also shows that if the smartphone is submerged in the water for more than one minute, then the smartphone starts to showcase the malfunctions caused by water.

Leaked Render Reveal Moto Z4 with Waterdrop Notch

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Motorola’s Z series smartphones still stuck with a modular concept which was appealing two years ago. Most of the other smartphone manufacturers have departed from making modular smartphones, but Motorola is still coming up with modular phones. When Motorola launched its flagship Z3, they also showcased a Moto Mod. It has enabled smartphone’s 5G connectivity. It seems that Motorola is working on Z3’s successor which will likely to be called Moto Z4.

For quite some time, Motorola has been working on the new upcoming phone. Recently leaked renders have given us a glimpse of the look of the forthcoming smartphone device. 91Mobiles posted the alleged design of Moto Z4 which almost similar to Moto Z3. The new smartphone will have waterdrop style notch with an edge-to-edge display. The notch houses the front camera. The waterdrop notch of Moto Z4 looks similar to Moto G7. Moto G7 will launch in India very soon.

The leaked render suggests the Moto Z4 will sport a single 48-megapixel shooter which might be a Sony sensor. Like most of the other Moto Z series smartphones, Z4 will also feature a 16-pin pogo connector which will be at the back. With the Moto Mods, it can be used. The look of the smartphone is dated; but it seems in order to ensure compatibility with previous Moto Mods, Motorola has to go by the same design.

No fingerprint scanner is at the back of the device. It seems the device will feature a fingerprint scanner on the display screen. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC will power the upcoming flagship Moto phone. The compatibility of it could be with 5G Moto Mod which was launched beside Moto Z3.

The new device may ship with Android Pie with few customizations of Motorola on top of it. It will have a USB Type-C port and also expected to retain a 3.5 mm headphone socket.

Metro: Exodus Crossed the Sale of Metro: Last Light by 2.5 Times More Copy Sales

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According to Epic Games, the sales of Metro: Exodus has become a success. Earlier, the game Metro: Exodus switched to Epic Games Store from Steam. It received a backlash. But now during the GDC 209, Epic Games Store has shared some stats where the company claims that Metro: Exodus’s sales are two-and-a-half times more than its predecessor Metro: Last Light for the same time period since launch. It is excellent news for the fans of the Metro franchise. It seems that the switch to Epic Games Store is the right decision for its success. Metro: Exodus is the third part of this survival horror series; Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033 are its predecessor.

The information has come through VG247. But, it doesn’t certainly indicate that the sales of Metro: Exodus entirely took place on Epic Games Store. Before the switch, the game was up on Steam for pre-orders. Still, now, Epic Games hasn’t announced any definitive number on how many units of this game were sold at Steam or the pre-order sale percentage.

The publisher of Metro: Last Light and Metro: Exodus, Deep Silver also didn’t provide sales data for any of the games. It points out that no matter what Epic Games claimed at GDC 2019, it doesn’t have any exact number, only the fact has come on the surface that the sales of Metro: Exodus has sold more copies soon after its launch than its predecessor Metro: Last Light.

The report of VG247 mentions two Epic Games, Subnautica and Slime Rancher hit beyond 4.5 millions of downloads on the platform, when these two were available in Epic Games Store for free.

Facebook Messenger Finally to Get Quoted Replies Like WhatsApp

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In India, the Facebook Messenger might not be as favoured as WhatsApp, but slowly it is going to catch up with WhatsApp. The quick messaging tool is unique; it links your whole Facebook friend list. It also offers some cool features like reacting to specific messages and also a green floating bubble to show active members right at that moment. You can have an active conversation with anyone. It is heard that Facebook Messenger will get a new feature for mobile devices where they will be able to reply to a specific message in the thread of conversation.

This feature is very similar to one of WhatsApp’s available feature. Facebook now owns WhatsApp also. Venture Beat revealed the news in a report. On an Android phone, the feature is not yet available, even the latest Facebook Messenger update via the Google Play Store. It indicates that the roll-out of the feature will be gradual.

When the feature rolls out completely, users will see a reply icon popping up on a particular message beside reaction emojis, after pressing the message for a bit longer. When users tap this, they will be able to reply to that specific message. The feature is similar to WhatsApp’s. The inclusion of the feature will be easier to refer a reply to a specific message. It will remove confusion like which reply is for which message, in typical, long and detailed conversations on Facebook Messenger. Above the reply, the original message will be displayed to keep users in the loop while conversing

WhatsApp has this feature for a while now, and it’s about time that Messenger will also get it. In term of users, WhatsApp is way more popular than Facebook Messenger. It uses your smartphone number, and you can use it on the phone. In the cross-platform, Facebook Messenger uses your Facebook account and work on both smartphones as well as PCs. The addition of this new feature will be useful for users.

Price slash for Vivo Y93 and Y95 in India

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The feature-rich smartphones by Vivo, Vivo Y93 and Y95 have just received a slash in market price in India. This was revealed on Friday for the Vivo Y93 3GB and 4GB RAM models and Y95. Even though online retailers have not yet listed the updated prices, an offline retailer in the country has been reported to confirm that the revised prices were already in effect.

Both the phones had been launched in the fourth quarter of last year and feature waterdrop-style notches. Both run on Android Oreo version 8.1. Vivo has been reported confirming to Gadgets 360 that the revised price of Vivo Y93 3GB+64GB will now be available at stores for INR 11,990 while the Y93 4GB+32GB model will be selling at INR 12,990. In the same vein, the Y95 model- which is only available in the 4GB+64GB variant- will cost INR 14,990. These new prices are expected to reflect in online listings within the next few days.

The Vivo Y93 runs on Android Oreo 8.1 along with FunTouch OS 4.5UI. It has a display of 6.2 inches HD along with Halo Full View and an aspect ratio of 19.9. It also has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. It also has a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP primary sensor. Furthermore, it has an 8MP front sensor. This phone packs a 4030mAh battery.

While the Vivo Y95 has many similarities such as the Android and 19:9 aspect ratio, there are differences as well. The display is 6.22 inches long and the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. The 13MP back camera is paired with a 2MP secondary depth camera. Also, the front features a 20MP selfie camera. Another similarity is the 4030mAh battery packed with this phone.