• Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem promises gigabit speeds on smartphones

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    With Snapdragon X50, Qualcomm is promising a peak download speeds of 5 gigabits per second (Source: Qualcomm)
    At the annual 4G/5G summit being held in Hong Kong, Qualcomm has announced its latest modem chipset, Snapdragon X50 5G modem. With Snapdragon X50, Qualcomm becomes the first company to announce a commercial 5G modem chipset solution. The new 5G modem is designed to support OEMs building the next generation cellular devices.

    Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem will initially support operation in the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 28GHz band. The modem will use multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology for better antenna reception along with support for adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques. Qualcomm is promising robust and sustained mobile broadband communications with…

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  • Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 processors with dual-camera support

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    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 processors come with dual-camera support.
    Qualcomm has announced its latest processors in the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 series. Qualcomm has announced the launch of Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427 processors at company’s annual summit in Hong Kong. Qualcomm says smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 626 should be hitting the market by the end of 2016 while Snapdragon 427 chipset based smartphones will be seen on devices in early 2017.
    Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 series processors bring improvements to processing performance and support for QuickCharge 3.0 and dual rear camera support as well. The processors also add support for X9 LTE modem with Cat 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps and Cat 13 uplink spee…

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  • Amazon Great Indian Festival: Deals on Apple MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, and other laptops

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    Amazon Sale: Deals on Apple MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, Lenovo Yoga 500 and other laptops.
    Amazon’s Great India festival continues till October 20, and there are discounts/exchange offers on smartphones like Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4, OnePlus 3, etc. Amazon is also hosting deals on laptops and tablets, and here’s a quick look at some of the best offers. Apple MacBook Air, HP, Lenovo, Dell and Asus laptops are available at discounts, as well as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Most of these discounts have a time limit, so you’ll need to claim them quickly. Here’s a look at the best deals on laptops, tablets.
    Apple MacBook Air: Apple MacBook Air is available at Rs 59,799 during the deal well below the Rs 80,900 asking price. This one comes with a 13.3-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM + 128GB SSD, Mac OS X which can be upgrade to MacOS…

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  • IIT-Kharagpur students developing fully indigenous drones

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    The drones, being developed under the institute’s Aerial Robotics Kharagpur (ARK) initiative, are being given shape at the Centre for Excellence in Robotics.
    A group of students at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur is developing drones using indigenous hardware and software, officials said. The drones, being developed under the institute’s Aerial Robotics Kharagpur (ARK) initiative, are being given shape at the Centre for Excellence in Robotics, funded by the Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy (SRIC) facility of the Institute. The Centre has received funding from the Institute to the extent of Rs 5 crore for 12 projects. “Under the ARK initiative, drones are being developed, which would be capable of autonomous flight, localisation in GPS-denied environments, and tracking and interacti…

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  • FiiO X1 2nd generation portable music player launched at Rs 7,499

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    FiiO X1 2nd generation is available in Silver, Rose Gold and Black colour variants at Rs 7,499.
    FiiO has announced the launch of its X1 2nd generation portable high resolution music player in India. The FiiO X1 improves on performance and design of its predecessor. The music player has an aluminum alloy body and is light as well as portable. It features a new UI design, and can be used with microSD cards of up to 256GB for music playback. The device is available in Silver, Rose Gold and Black colour variants at Rs 7,499. FiiO X1 can be bought from company’s online store. According FiiO, the company has made major improvements to FiiO touch wheel.

    The new FiiO touch wheel in FiiO X1 is has higher sensitivity, better anti-interference and a longer service life. FiiO X1 comes with Bluetooth v4.0 system based on F1C81 chipset.  The music…

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  • Google’s new smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 arriving early 2017

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    Google’s own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2017 (Source: Android Police)
    Google is reportedly working on two new smartwatches based on Android Wear 2.0. The smartwatches first rumoured in July this year are expected to launch early next year. Google recently delayed Android Wear 2.0 till early next year and might debut the new wrist friendly version of Android alongside the new smartwatches.

    Google is currently revamping its hardware ambitions big time. The company recently ditched the Nexus smartphone brand to announce its own Pixel range. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are the most premium Android smartphones one can buy right now. Google is probably preparing its own smartwatches in order to better compete with other smartwatch makers and particularly help Android Wear watche…

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  • WristWhirl: This new input operates smartwatch with wrist movements

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    WristWhirl uses the wrist wearing the watch as an always-available joystick to perform common touch screen gestures
    Scientists have developed a new smartwatch that can be operated with wrist movements and gestures, allowing users to control the device even when their hands are not free – such as while carrying groceries or holding a bus handle. WristWhirl, the smartwatch prototype, uses the wrist wearing the watch as an always-available joystick to perform
    common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input.

    “While other studies have explored the use of one-handed continuous gestures using smartwatches, WristWhirl is the first to explore gestural input,” said Xing-Dong Yang, assistant professor at Dartmouth College in the US.
    “Technology like ours shows what smartwatches may be able to do in the future…

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  • Intex launches two new Bluetooth 2.1 speakers at Rs 2,999 in India

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    Intex IT 212 SUFB comes with Bluetooth connectivity, a SD card slot, a USB port, an Aux port and a built-in FM tuner
    Intex Technologies has added two entry-level 2.1 speakers to its home speaker range with the launch of the IT 212 SUFB and IT 213 SUFB models. With the addition of these two speakers, Intex now has 27 models of 2.1 speakers, 15 models in its 4.1 series and 10 models in its 5.1 series speakers.

    Director and Business Head – Consumer Durables & IT Peripherals, Intex Technologies, Nidhi Markanday said, “Brand Intex has been a household name for years and synonymous to sound & music. Intex has always provided consumers with best of the technology at competitive prices. We as a brand understand the pulse of consumers and hence been able to provide the innovative and stylish products catering to different age groups. We are sure…

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  • Intel announces Falcon 8+ drone with autopilot for aerial-sensing

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    Intel has announced the launch of the Falcon 8+ drone for North America, and will be the first drone to carry Intel’s name on it
    Intel has announced the company’s first consumer drone, the Yuneec Typhoon H that features Intel’s RealSense technology that allows for obstacle navigation. The drone also comes with Intel’s Aero Platform to allow developers to build their own drones from the ground up.  For commercial usage, the company has introduced the Falcon 8+ UAV for North American commercial markets. Intel has been working hard to create innovative technologies for the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) market in the commercial space.

    Intel’s AscTec Falcon 8 is already available for commercial users in the European market. “The Falcon 8 offers the best performance and weight-to-payload ratio in the entire market; the highest…

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  • MediaTek announces MT2511 and MT2523 SoCs targeted at wearable device makers

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    MediaTek’s new SoCs with onboard GPS and Bluetooth LE are aimed at wearables and fitness device makers
    MediaTek has announced two new SoCs targeted at healthcare and fitness device makers. The two new SoCs – MT2511 and MT2523 – are targeted towards emerging health, fitness and wearables market. MediaTek says end products powered by MT2511 and MT2523 will be available in Indian market by early 2017. MediaTek’s new SoCs deliver on needs of a top range fitness tracking device.

    The new MediaTek MT2511 is the first chip from the semiconductor manufacturer to feature bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip. MediaTek MT2523 is designed for active and fitness smartwatches. The new chip is the first with system-in-package (SiP) to offer GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high resolution mobile screen.
    “Med…

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