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Red’s Hydrogen One Phone World’s First Holographic Media Machine

Red’s Hydrogen One Phone World’s First Holographic Media Machine

Camera maker Red is making its foray into the smartphone space. On Wednesday, the company announced a phone called the Hydrogen One, which, the company claims, will be “the world’s first holographic media machine.”

In a jargon-laden blog post, the company boasts of the Red Hydrogen’s display, camera capabilities, sound system, and support for modularity.  The phone will allow for modular attachments, similar to those found on the Moto Z line or the Essential Phone, but with a special focus on image capture, the module will focus on the higher quality motion.

The Red Hydrogen One smartphone features a “retina-riveting” display, which supposedly springs between “3D” and 2D modes depending on the content. One would be able to enjoy such content with wearing glasses, the company claims. About that, Red has also announced a channel where it will offer “4-view holographic” content.

The Red Hydrogen One will work with Red’s professional camera program and offer familiar user interface and monitor. Much like several recent flagship phones, the Red Hydrogen One will also come equipped with a USB-C port, but interestingly also has a microSD card should you need more storage. A 3.5mm headphone jack will also be present.

The Red Hydrogen runs Android with several proprietary features such as “H3O algorithm that converts stereo sound to multi-dimensional audio.” We will have to wait to find out what exactly that means but the company says that the sound experience would be as good as plugging 5.1 audio out headphones.

The phone comes in two variants: Aluminium, which will retail at $1,195 (roughly Rs. 77,350); and Titanium, which will retail at $1,595 (roughly Rs. 103,250). No word on the phone’s India availability, though readers in the US can expect it to arrive in Q1 2018. Pre-orders for the phone is already started.

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Smartphones can impair your brain power, concentration

Smartphones can impair your brain power, concentration

Having a smartphone within sight or within easy reach – even if it is switched off – can reduce your ability to focus and perform tasks because part of the brain is actively working to not pick up or use the phone, shows an interesting research.

“We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases,” said Adrian Ward, Assistant Professor at McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin in the US.

“Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process — the process of requiring yourself to not think about something — uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain,” Ward explained.

The researchers conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users. In one experiment, the researchers asked study participants to sit at a computer and take a series of tests that required full concentration in order to score well.The tests were geared to measure participants’ available cognitive capacity — that is, the brain’s ability to hold and process data at any given time.

Before beginning, participants were randomly instructed to place their smartphones either on the desk face down, in their pocket or personal bag, or in another room. All participants were instructed to turn their phones to silent.

The findings, published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people feel they are giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand.

In another experiment with similar tests, the researchers found that participants who were the most dependent on their smartphones performed worse compared with their less-dependent peers, but only when they kept their smartphones on the desk or in their pocket or bag. The experiment also showed that it did not matter whether a person’s smartphone was turned on or off, or whether it was lying face up or face down on a desk.

“It’s not that participants were distracted because they were getting notifications on their phones,” Ward said. “The mere presence of their smartphone was enough to reduce their cognitive capacity,” Ward added.

Everything Is New In Android O Developer Preview 2

Everything Is New In Android O Developer Preview 2

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The Android O is the successor to Android Nougat and Google highlighted some new features to expect with the new Developer Preview 2 release, which is now available as public beta users globally as part of the Android O Beta Program.

Features Listed Here:

Redesigned Quick Settings

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One of the most glaring changes made in this new Developer Preview is the redesigned quick settings pages.It now displays your carrier in the top left and the signal, time, and battery percentage in the top right. The buttons to edit the quick setting tiles, change user profiles, and shortcut settings have been moved below the quick settings tiles. The date has also been moved down below, to the left of these aforementioned buttons.

Change Icon Shapes on Pixel Launcher

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With the launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL running Android 7.1, Google hoped that developers would start adding round icon support in their applications. Although ultimately whether or not your device displays round icons is up to the OEM, many developers started to slowly introduce round icons into their apps. In order to make it easier for developers to support multiple different icon shapes, Google introduced Adaptive Icons when they announced the first Android O Developer Preview. And now, we can finally see this feature in action in Google’s own Pixel Launcher.

Widget Selection from Long-Pressing the Icon

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Long-pressing on an app brings up a list of available app shortcuts since Android 7.1 Nougat. Now, Google is adding an additional feature when you long-press on an app’s icon. You can now get quick access to that app’s widgets when you long-press on the icon. If you have installed a ton of apps that each have multiple widgets, this new method to access widgets will definitely be faster than scrolling through a huge list of all your widgets. However, this feature is only available on the Pixel Launcher on Android O Developer Preview 2 for now.

Notification Dots on the Home Screen

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Notification badges have been a staple feature of alternative third-party launchers such as Nova Launcher for years now, but it appears that Notification Dots is Google’s take on badges. Notification Dots goes beyond the badge concept as you can also long-press on the app icon to see the notification without pulling down your status bar.

Night Light Introduces Intensity Slider

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Night Light is one of the more useful features available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, though a similar feature has existed in OEM software since before Google released these two devices. The Night Light feature on Android 7.1 and the first Android O Developer Preview only offers the ability for you to change when it activates, but starting with the second Android O Developer Preview you can now change the intensity of the color filter as well.

Autofill Service is now Available

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Android O is finally introducing native support for password management applications. Currently only Google Play Service’s autofill service is available (com.google.android.gms/.autofill.service.AutofillService). Hopefully we’ll start to see our favorite password management apps roll out with updates for the Autofill Framework, but given that this is only a Developer Preview, it’s best to give those developers time to get it working.

Enhanced Battery Management Options

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Android O is making some drastic changes to the way broadcast receivers work (basically, they’re killing off the vast majority of implicit broadcast receivers) and they are also limiting how often an app can request location. These two changes will drastically affect battery life and memory performance on your device.

Within the battery settings screen, there’s now new indicators that tell you how long ago your last full charge was, your screen usage since the last charge, and app usage since the last charge.

Picture-in-Picture Mode has its own Permissions Page, New Gesture in System UI Tuner

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Picture-in-picture mode (PiP) is a feature of some television receivers allowing the device to display one program in an inset window while another program is running. This feature made its way to Android TV devices starting in Android 7.0 Nougat, but Google recently announced that the feature will be making its way to Android phones running Android O.

Within System UI Tuner, there’s now a special page dedicated to picture-in-picture mode. Within this page is a new setting that enables a drag/fling gesture in order to minimize the floating window. In order to use PiP, you’ll still have to use the special key code we discovered earlier, but now you won’t have to peek into the AndroidManifest of an app in order to see if it supports PiP. Under the “special app access” permissions page, there’s now an entry for apps that support picture-in-picture mode.

Google Instant Apps Settings now Available

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Google announced that any developer can start building an Instant App version of their application. As a reminder, Instant Apps was announced back during last year’s Google I/O as a way for users to try out an application without having it installed.

The fact that there’s a dedicated section to this suggests to me that Google really wants developers to implement Instant Apps. I can’t see why a developer wouldn’t do so, since this is a way to draw in new users who either dislike browsing on the mobile version of a website or don’t like having to download an app just to view a decent version of the site.

New WiFi Preferences Screen and Network Rating Provider

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Under Settings –> Wi-Fi, advanced WiFi options are now accessible under the “Wi-Fi preferences” screen. Here, you have the option to turn on Wi-Fi automatically when near a saved, trusted network (a feature present in the first DP), connect to open, high-quality public networks (powered by Google’s WiFi Assistant), and the long-standing open network notification. When you expand the advanced section, there’s now a new “network rating provider.” Currently the only option is “Google”, and we’re not 100% sure what this does, but we suspect that Google will use a database of rated networks to let you know if the network you are connecting to is safe.

New Developer Options

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Inside Developer Options, you can now add some Quick Settings tiles that will quickly toggle some common options. These tiles can toggle “show layout bounds”, “profile GPU rendering”, “force RTL layout direction”, and “window animation scale.” We’re most excited about the profile GPU rendering tile given how we like to use that to benchmark real-world UI performance, but developers testing their app should appreciate all of these tiles.

Finally, there’s a new “enable in-band ringing” option which allows system ringtones on your phone to be played over your Bluetooth headset.

“Select to Speak” and “Magnify with Button” Added to Accessibility Services

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In Android O DP 2, the company has added a new “Select to Speak” feature that allows tap on or drag your finger over texts or images so you can then hear what you’ve highlighted.

Next, the new “Magnify with button” feature adds a button to your navigation bar that quickly lets you select an area of the screen to zoom in on. This is no different than the previous gesture to magnify the screen, but this feature can now be activated through a button which I feel is easier than using the triple-touch and zoom gesture.

Finally, Google has changed the way Accessibility shortcuts work. You can now customize the shortcut and also start these shortcuts from the lock screen.

Security Screen now shows Security Patch Level, Access to Android Device Manager

A very minor change, but the UI of the “Security and Location” screen has changed to show which security patch level you are on, whether or not Google Play Service’s app verification is on, and the status of Android Device Manager. Quick access to Android Device Manager is the biggest change here, but the other UI changes should make it easier for the average user to know if their device is secure.

Quick Access to Toggling Location Permissions

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Android Marshmallow introduced run-time permissions, but the menu to change app permissions was likely off-putting to many users. There are just so many apps and so many permissions to deal with that most people probably never bothered giving it a shot. But managing your location permission is one important permission that shouldn’t be ignored, given that your location is one of the most sensitive details about you that a remote entity can access. Now, there’s a quick shortcut to manage location permissions within the Location settings.

Redesigned Storage Settings

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Android O DP2 has redesigned the storage settings screen. You now have a circular progress bar showing how much of your storage is being used. The advanced settings menu has been removed, and the Smart Storage option can now be accessed on the very first screen.

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Xiaomi Launched Their First Router In India Priced at Rs.1199

Xiaomi Launched Their First Router In India Priced At Rs.1199

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Along with the Redmi 4, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Router 3C in India. This is the company’s first networking product to be launched in India.

Specifications :

The Mi Router 3C is a 2×2 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n router with a combined up/down transfer speed of 300Mbps. It has 16MB flash storage for firmware updates and 64MB DDR2 memory, which Xiaomi claims is 8x what most budget routers have. It uses a four copper+PCB antenna system. On the back are 2x 10/100Mbps LAN ports and 1x 10/100Mbps WAN port. It has the 80m range and supports 64 connected devices.

Perhaps the best part is the Mi Wi-Fi app, which is available for both Android and iOS. The app makes it easy to setup the router even for novice users and also makes all its features more accessible, something most routers struggle with thanks to their complicated UI. The app also includes features such as real-time monitoring, parental controls, guest sharing, and Wi-Fi boost.

The Classic Nokia 3310 Arrived In India

The Classic Nokia 3310 Arrived In India

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The classic Nokia 3310 has launched in India at Rs. 3,310, with the phone available for purchase starting Thursday, May 18 via offline stores only. You can get it in four color options across two finishes: Warm Red and Yellow in glossy, and Dark Blue and Grey in matte. The Nokia 3310 available for purchase starting Thursday, May 18 via offline stores only.

Specifications :

The 3310 has a 2.4-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) TFT display, just 16 MB internal storage expandable by microSD card (up to 32 GB), and a 2-megapixel shooter on the back. There’s no selfie camera, no Wi-Fi, and no GPS.

It does have support for 2G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, and has a Micro-USB port. What it lacks in mere specifications, it makes up for in month-long battery life.

Xiaomi Launched Redmi 4 in Three Variants

Xiaomi Launched Redmi 4 in Three Variants

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On Tuesday, Xiaomi launched a successor to the Redmi 3S, calling it simply the Redmi 4, starting at Rs. 6,999 for the lowest variant, available for sale from 12 pm IST, May 23 via Amazon India and Mi.com.

The Redmi 4 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4. This phone invariably shares both its upsides and downsides in equal measure. A total of three RAM-storage variants were launched – 2GB/16GB at Rs. 6,999, 3GB/32GB at Rs. 8,999, and 4GB/64GB at Rs. 10,999 respectively. All three are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

You can also get it from the new Mi Home store in Bengaluru starting May 20.

The Redmi 4 has an always-on fingerprint scanner on the back (which works well most of the time unless you have greasy or sweaty fingers) and physical capacitive keys on the front which are not backlit. The power button and the volume rocker are on the right, while the dualSIM hybrid card slot lies on the left.

Specifications :

The Redmi 4 features a 5.0-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) curved 2.5D glass with rounded edges. It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 with 2GB or 3GB or 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage according to RAM with the option to further expand it via microSD card (up to 256 GB).

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. At the front, there is an 5-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Micro-USB 2.0 with USB OTG, and Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE. The smartphone packs a 4100mAh battery as well.

Honor 8 Lite With Android 7.0 Nougat Launched at Rs. 17,999

Honor 8 Lite With Android 7.0 Nougat Launched at Rs. 17,999

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Huawei Terminal’s Honor brand on Thursday launched the Honor 8 Lite in India. It will be available in its Premium Black color variant from Friday via offline retailers in the country, while the Blue color variant will be made available later this month.

The Honor 8 Lite looks a lot like the Honor 8. The front and back feature 2.5D curved-edge glass with a metal frame all around, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy A-series. It sports metal edges and onscreen navigation buttons. The volume rocker and power button are both housed on the right edge, while the hybrid SIM-tray is on the left. You can use two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one microSD card. Also, the Honor 8 Lite has two speaker grilles on the bottom and its 3.5mm audio socket on the top.

Specifications :

The Honor 8 Lite features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the company’s in-house Kirin 655 octa-core SoC (4 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, four cores clocked at 1.7GHz) paired with 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers 64GB of internal storage with the option to further expand it via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Honor 8 Lite sports a 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera as well with a 77-degree wide-angle lens. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB 2.0 with USB OTG, and Bluetooth v4.1. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery as well.

The smartphone has been priced by the company at Rs. 17,999 (MOP) in India.