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Lamborghini launches Android phone at Rs 1.57 lakh

Italian luxury supercar manufacturer Lamborghini has launched an Android smartphone called 'Alpha-One' priced at ₹1.57 lakh. The smartphone features Italian handmade black leather, a 5.5-inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a fingerprint scanner. It also has a 20-megapixel rear-facing and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera along with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. The phone is available starting in both the UK and UAE, as well as online.

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Moto G5S Plus to be launched on Aug 29

Lenovo is set to launch its much awaited Moto G5S Plus in India on August 29. The phone will be an Amazon India exclusive, though there's no word on the price yet. The Moto G5S Plus' highlight feature is the dual camera setup on the back, with two 13-megapixel sensors. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat, has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by Snapdragon 625. The Moto G5S Plus has a fingerprint scanner on the front as well.

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Airtel matches Jio's Rs 399 plan

Bharti Airtel is giving 1GB data per day for a period of 84 days at RS 399. This Rs. 399 offer is pretty much similar to Reliance Jio's plan. However, Airtel's plan is for selected prepaid users while Jio's offer is for all. The offer is applicable only on 4G handsets with 4G SIMs, Airtel said on its website.

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Nokia 6 to go on sale in India via Amazon

The mid-range Android smartphone from HMD Global, Nokia 6 will go on sale for the first time in India on Wednesday. The Nokia 6 is priced at Rs 14,999 in India via Amazon. The Nokia 6 features an aluminium unibody design, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, and a fingerprint sensor. The dual-SIM Nokia 6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. It features a 16-mp rear camera and a  dual-tone LED flash. The Nokia 6 has an 8-mp autofocus front camera. The smartphone bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable up to 128GB.

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Galaxy Note 8 launches, up for pre-orders

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launches on 23 August officially.  Reportedly, pre-orders would be up from 24 August in the US and South Korea.  Samsung Note 8 will have the same 'Infinite Display' as Samsung 8, 8+ smartphone. It is expected to have 4GB RAM, 64 GB inbuilt memory and a 6.3-inch screen. Note 8 launch is considered to be one of the important for Samsung as  Note 7 was a fall.

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Facebook’s Safety Check feature gets its own dedicated button

Social media giant Facebook on Monday reportedly announced that it is adding a dedicated Safety Check feature on its app and website. Safety Check, a disaster response system, will have its own dedicated button on Facebook's navigation menu. It allows users inform friends and family of their safety during a crisis and allows them to find help in such situations, reports said.

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WhatsApp rolls out colourful text status feature

WhatsApp on Monday began rolling out a feature to iOS and Android devices that let users add coloured backgrounds when uploading text status updates. The new feature allows users to choose a font and background colour, and add links to other websites from within a text status. WhatsApp started testing its new colorful Status option with select users earlier this month before rolling it out to everyone on Monday.

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Coolpad planes offline sale; to launch new handsets for Diwali

In an attempt to cover more areas, the Chinese company Coolpad is all set to start offline retail in India, told Syed Tajuddin to The Indian Express. There are even expectations of exclusive coolpad stores before Diwali. He reportedly said that the offline saale has already penetrated and that full-fledged offline sales operation are on the cards.

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Micromax Canvas Infinity launched in India

Micromax on Tuesday launched the Canvas Infinity smartphone in India. Major highlights of the Micromax Canvas Infinity are its 5.7-inch 18:9 display and its 16-megapixel selfie camera setup. The smartphone has a metal body with the fingerprint scanner at the back, right below the single camera setup. The Micromax Canvas Infinity priced at Rs 9,999 is an Amazon India exclusive, but will also go on sale via offline stores at a later date.

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Google names next version of Android as ‘Oreo’

Google has named its latest version of the Android operating system as ‘Oreo’. Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google Play, described the operating system as “smarter, faster and more powerful than ever”. “It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at lightspeed”, Sameer said in his blog post. Android Oreo 8.0 will start rolling out to Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones followed by Nexus devices.

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The new Mercedes Maybach concept is a 20-foot-long convertible

German automobile maker Mercedes on Saturday unveiled 20-foot-long Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet concept car. The electric car is the first full-sized, open top Maybach with a drive system that has an output of 750 horsepower. The car offers a range of 500 kilometres on a single charge and is claimed to run 96.6 kilometres with just five minutes of charging.

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Google adds 6-second preview for videos to mobile search

American Multinational Google on Saturday added a six-second video preview feature to its mobile search results. Searches in Android's Google app or Chrome will show a little bit of what each video contains as user flips through them in an on-screen carousel. It will be available only when connected to WiFi by default and are opt-out, thus saving cellular data.

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Here’s when Android O’s name will be released

Android O’s name will be revealed on August 21st  after the Solar Eclipse by google, according to media reports. A live streaming is expected to be broadcast from New York starting at 12:10 AM IST. A video and a blog have been put up to build up the curiosity among audience to know the final name.

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Samsung Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 prices cut in India

Samsung on Friday slashed the prices of its A series phones ‘Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017)’. The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) will now be available at a MOP of Rs 22,900, down from an earlier price of Rs 26,900. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) will be available at a MOP of Rs 25,900, down from Rs 30,900. The price revisions have been made targeting the festive season in the country.

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Sarahah App: Can you check who sent the messages?

As Sarahah App is gaining more popularity, several websites have claimed to reveal the identities of Sarahah message senders. According to NDTV reports, the websites are just fake claims, and there is no way to decrypt the identities of Sarahah message senders yet. So it's best to stay away from these websites.

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Soon viewers will be able to choose the plot for their shows

Reports suggest that the way people watch TV shows may soon transform since popular video-streaming brand Netflix was reported to be working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions. A report said the feature will enable spectators to make choices that slightly alter the story. It also suggested that the feature will be simple and linear.

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Motorola patents phone screen that repairs itself

Motorola has reportedly filed a patent for a mobile phone screen that can heal itself when heat is applied. According to reports, the screen will be made of shape memory polymers that heal the damage when subjected to rapid changes in heat. The heat could be produced by the phone itself, or from a body or a plug-in panel.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries recalled due to overheating risk

According to reports, over 10,000 batteries for the Galaxy Note 4 are being recalled for risk of overheating that could lead to burns or fires. The company has recalled phones that were refurbished through AT&T's insurance program and handled by FedEx Supply Chain. The phones apparently ended up with “counterfeit” batteries that include anomalies that could make them overheat. All of these phones were distributed between December 2016 and April 2017.

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Maruti Suzuki launches sports variant of Ciaz

According to reports, automaker Maruti Suzuki on Thursday launched a sports variant of Ciaz with several new visual elements added. The vehicle Ciaz S is reportedly priced at Rs 9.39 lakhs for petrol and Rs 11.55 for diesel at an exclusive showroom. The car with all-black interiors with grey chrome finishing gets a spoiler pack - front, side and a rear underbody and a trunk-lid spoiler, added reports.

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Govt sends notice to Xiaomi, Apple, 19 others over data theft

Over fears that smartphone makers are involved in stealing sensitive information such as contact lists and messages from a user’s phone, the Centre has reportedly issued notices to 21 smartphone makers, predominantly Chinese. The list includes names of manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Apple, Samsung and Gionee. “The companies have been given time till August 28 to file compliance with the security norms,” an official reportedly said.

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