30th Jul 2016
This week was filled with some great news coming out back to back... including high profile news such as 'Yahoo to be acquired by Verizon', 'LG to invest USD 1.75 Billion in flexible OLED display production', and a couple of new gadgets and smartphones being launched.
The week started with newer and stronger Gorilla Glass 5 being revealed and another smartphone in the deca-core competition -- the Xiaomi Redmi Pro was launched. Just then, we also came across the rumour mill spinning about the Iris Scanner that would come with the upcoming Galaxy Note 7.
We also published around another leak that was actually made by the king of leaks as they call him, Evan Blass himself. His shocking announcement via Twitter was that the new Apple iPhone 7 would be launched officially on Sept 16.
Along with this, Amazon Prime service entered the Indian market, Xiaomi launched its new Notebook Air which directly competes with the Apple Macbook Air, Blackberry introduced its new smartphone, Zoho launched a couple of new products along with its very own programming language called Deluge, and Google Chromecast turned three! A lot more happened.
Last but not the least, we also reviewed Brainwavz Audio S1 earphones specially built for iPhones and other iOS devices. Read on if you have missed these wonderful stories.
1. Newer Stronger Gorilla Glass Will Soon Protect Your Next Smartphones
It’s been over two years since Corning revealed Gorilla Glass 4 assuring users to keep phones protected from falling and rough weather. Now the company is back with a new version that can withstand even higher falls. The new version, the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 will survive drops from up to 1.6 meters (a little over five feet) about 80 per cent of the time, it claims.
2. Deca-Core Competition: Xiaomi Redmi Pro Up Next
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has revealed plans for releasing yet another flagship product, with the latest group of processors in the market. The new 'Redmi Pro' will sport the Mediatek Helio X25 SoC, which will be of a Deca-Core design, or 10-core structure. Chief Executive Lei Jun has also confirmed to the media, regarding the use of the latest processor.
3. Galaxy Note 7 May Get Iris Scanner
Rumours have been lately talking about the new Galaxy Note 7 by Samsung with an iris scanner. DNA reported about screenshots of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 getting leaked and also about the new features that are expected to come loaded with the upcoming device. Adding to the pile of rumours, Android Authority also posted on how the iris scanner works in the Galaxy Note 7 device. Users will have to position their eyes as given on the phone screen at a distance of around 25 - 35 centimeters.
4. Amazon Prime Comes To India; Get It At INR 499
Amazon India has finally announced the launch of its Prime subscription service in India. While users can first get the service on a free 60-day trial basis, they can continue the service at just INR 499. However, DNA has recently reported that the price may increase to INR 999 thereafter. Under the 'Prime' service, Amazon India will be offering members access to free, guaranteed and unlimited one-day and two-day deliveries across 100 cities.
5. What’s The Big Deal About Verizon-Yahoo Deal?
When Facebook acquired Whatsapp for USD 19 billion in 2014, a few eyebrows were raised. Reports of Microsoft deciding to gobble up Linkedin.com for USD 26 billion too made us sit up and take notice. However, when news of Verizon acquiring Yahoo! for USD 4.6 billion came along, the industry just stifled a yawn. And, with good reason as about the only thing that appeared exciting with the Yahoo! story in recent times was the exclamation mark that goes with the trademark title of the company.
6. Apple iPhone 7 To Launch On Sept 16, Says Evan Blass
Apple fans, here's some good news for you. TechRadar has recently published a report stating that the Apple iPhone 7 may be launched on September 16, which is actually based on a hint recently tipped out by Evan Blass (@evleaks) himself. Evan Blass has also clarified that the date (Sept 16) which he refers to, is not the launch event date.. but, a retail release. This means that users can actually purchase the new Apple iPhone 7, Sept 16 onwards. However, we are still not clear about the availability in the Indian market.
7. Brainwavz S1 Review: Deep Bass For Bass Lovers [Video]
The Brainwavz S1 comes with a 3.5 mm gold plated audio jack. Also, since the earphone is not compatible with Android smartphone, we could observe a strange noise in the background while recording through the integrated microphone. However, the earphone testing was done with Lenovo ZUK Z1 and not an iPhone. If it would have been an iPhone, the case would have been completely different… since the earphone is specifically designed for iOS devices.
8. Watch Out MacBook, Now Xiaomi Is On Air Too
After all the wait, Xiaomi has finally launched its new Notebook Air, and... it is directly competing with none other than the Apple Macbook Air. You can pretty much see the competition in the name itself! The new Xiaomi laptops come with 12.5 inch and 13.3 inch full HD display and are powered by Intel Core M as well as Core i5 microprocessors.
9. Blackberry Introduces Android Smartphone - DTEK50
BlackBerry has unveiled DTEK50, dubbed as the world’s most secure Android smartphone. DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s second smartphone powered by Android, following the PRIV. Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment.
10. The Humble Chromecast Turns Three, Happy Birthday!
Three years ago, on the 24th of July Google introduced this little fella, who was hailed as the every man’s streaming gadget. There is no doubt about that Chromecast still remains the humble guy in affordability and availability. For over three years and many more to come, Chromecast will be a part of our lives and we will look forward to new features and upgrades in the days to come.
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