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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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Jio may offer part refund for 'Jio Phone' before 3 years

Reliance Jio may refund part of its security amount of Rs 1500 for 'Jio Phone' even before the stipulated three-year period. According to reports, Jio is likely to announce the terms of the refund scheme in the next few days as the company has already signed up nearly 125 million subscribers so far. Jio will start taking orders for the Jio phone from 24 August, but the company started the beta tests of its offering from 15 August.

 

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Instagram gets comment threads to make conversations more natural

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday introduced comment threads on its platform aiming to make chatting with fellow Instagrammers easy. Users who reply to any Instagram post will find their response automatically grouped right underneath it in a thread. "Comment threads help you keep track of conversations and make it easy to respond to a specific thread. This update will make your feed an even better place to share interests, get inspired and connect with others", the company said in a statement.

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Android O to get released on 21st August

Google has reportedly decided to release the next android version Android O for smart phones but they haven't let out what the O stands for. However the release of pixel 2 has not been let out by Google yet. The last android update Nougat has not been updated by 85% of smart phone users. This update to Android O is expected to have a better operating system.

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Facebook ‘News Feed’ gets a major redesign

Social media giant Facebook has updated the look and feel of its ‘News Feed’ section. Facebook has increased the colour contrast to make typography more legible, larger link previews for easy reading, updated icons and Like, Comment and Share buttons and circular profile pictures to show who is posting or commenting.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explodes in man's pocket

According to a report, Samsung copy Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 bursts into flame while it was in a man’s front pocket while he was riding his bicycle, leaving him with severe burns on his outer thigh.  Reportedly, the owner of the phone Bhavana Suryakiran tried to remove it from his pocket but couldn’t do so and he mentioned that the phone was still on fire and smoking even after a bucket of water was poured over it. Suryakiran said he bought the phone only 20 days back through Flipkart and he will sue the company over the defective piece as well as for compensation for his injuries. Previously, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 exploded in Bengaluru when the owner of the phone tried to install his sim.

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Nokia 8 to be launched today

The Nokia 8 is finally set to launch on August 16, Wednesday at an event in London. The Nokia 8 launch event is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, according to invites sent by HMD Global. Nokia 8 launch live stream will likely be broadcast on YouTube when the event starts.A recent report suggests that the Nokia 8 will be priced roughly at Rs. 43,400. This is still not as expensive as the Apple and Samsung flagships, but does fall comfortably in the premium price bracket. Nokia 8 will be available in in four colour options - Blue, Steel, Gold, and Copper.

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No more ‘Blue whale challenge’ links on social media

The government has urged social media giants, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc to remove the link of the deadly ‘game’ Blue Whale Challenge. This life-threatening game has allegedly claimed lives of many teens and children. The Blue Whale challenge is a suicide game, which has 50 levels, one level per day. To complete the final level, the game urges the player to commit suicide.

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Man ordered to pay Rs.6.4 crore for hacking former employer

A US-based man who hacked into the computer system of his former employer has been sentenced to 34 months in jail with a fine over Rs.6.4 crore to cover the cost of downtime his hacking caused at the company. The man used his employee account to cause problems by connecting to network and making changes to settings and configurations.

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Airtel offers 1,000GB free data to new broadband users

Bharti Airtel is offering 1000 GB of ‘free data’ in broadband plans starting at Rs 1,099 under its ‘Airtel broadband big byte offer’ in select cities including Delhi. According to Airtel's website, the additional data on offer under the scheme will be valid until March 31, 2018, and is valid only for online purchase. In Chennai, the telecom company is offering the 1,000 GB extra data benefit in two plans at Rs 1,249 and Rs 1,499. Rs 1,249 plan comes with speed up to 40 Mbps and Rs 1,499 option offers up to 100 Mbps.

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Jio Phone bookings now open in Delhi

Jio Phone bookings is all set to officially open on August 24, but certain offline retailers in the Delhi-NCR region have already started taking pre-orders for the handset. To book Jio Phone, customer will need to submit a copy of your Aadhaar card with the authorised Jio retailer and the refundable sum of Rs 1,500 needs to be paid only at the time of delivery. The Jio Phone delivery date for those who place the order right now will be between September 1 and September 4.

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BSNL announces ‘Onam Plan’ at Rs 44

BSNL has announced a limited-period offer called "Onam Plan” to celebrate Onam festival which begins on August 25. The Onam Plan is priced at Rs 44 and comes with a validity of 365 days. As part of the Onam Plan, BSNL is offering benefits such as 500MB of data and call rates starting at 5p/min for 30 days to its new customers. Mobile data will be charged at 10 paise per MB under the Onam Plan.

 

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Now anyone can use Google's exclusive HDR+ feature with this update

The HDR+ photography feature which is exclusive to Google’s flagship smartphone Pixel will now be made available for a modification app update. Ukrainian developer B-S-G has modified the Google Camera app to enable HDR+ on any Android phone with a Snapdragon 820, 821 or 835 processor. This means that smartphones such as One Plus 3T, 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will now be able to use this feature by installing this custom Google camera app update.

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All you need to know about the new Sarahah app

This new app Sarahah has become famous from the day it was launched. This app allows anonymous people to comment on your social media profile. Why is it so addictive? Here’s what you can do with this app.
1. To start with it, you need an e-mail id, with which you can register yourself to use it. Then you can share your profile through social media or through messaging apps and keep it open for others to visit. The visitors are allowed to leave a message if they want, and remain anonymous.
2. If you want, you can keep your sarahah profile private. Alternatively, anyone can comment, even if they are not sarahah users.
3. Even though being anonymous is the key, it also allows people to show their identity.
4. You can flag and save your most liked comment.

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