Facebook confirms to have been working on new internet satellite

According to emails obtained from the Federal Communications Commission Facebook might be working on a new internet satellite since fiber optic cables are the gold standard of a good internet connection. The email documents reveal that the satellite would be named ‘Athena’ and will see an official launch as early as 2019.  

This new satellite is designed to“efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” according to Facebook’s application that appears to have been filed with the FCC under the name PointView Tech LLC. Facebook with this filing joins Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb who are also working on similar projects.

However, emails that go back to July 2016, and subsequent confirmation confirms the reports about Facebook starting a satellite internet project. Now the new detail meetings between FCC officials and lawyers that Facebook hired specializes in representing clients before government agencies to discuss applying for an experimental license to construct and operate a “small LEO [low Earth orbit] satellite system with a limited duration mission.”

Furthermore, the emails indicate that Facebook also set up subsequent meetings with the FCC in June and December of 2017. However, when asked, Facebook confirmed that Athena is their project. The biggest challenge for Facebook and any …

According to emails obtained from the Federal Communications Commission Facebook might be working on a new internet satellite since fiber optic cables are the gold standard of a good internet connection. The email documents reveal that the satellite would be named 'Athena' and will see an official launch as early as 2019.   This new satellite is designed to“efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” according to Facebook's application that appears to have been filed with the FCC under the name PointView Tech LLC. Facebook with this filing joins Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb who are also working on similar projects. However, emails that go back to July 2016, and subsequent confirmation confirms the reports about Facebook starting a satellite internet project. Now the new detail meetings between FCC officials and lawyers that Facebook hired specializes in representing clients before government agencies to discuss applying for an experimental license to construct and operate a “small LEO [low Earth orbit] satellite system with a limited duration mission.” Furthermore, the emails indicate that Facebook also set up subsequent meetings with the FCC in June and December of 2017. However, when asked, Facebook confirmed that Athena is their project. The biggest challenge for Facebook and any ...

Google Chrome for Android to soon let websites send notifications with quick reply

Google Chrome might soon be able to let websites send you notifications, just like how it is currently, but it will come with a newly added Quick Reply support. Meaning, notifications from websites like Facebook lets you quickly get back with a reply just like you would to a normal message from another application.

Just to be clear, the feature is currently in testing and isn’t available even on Google Chrome Canary yet. It would allow you to quickly reply to a notification from your status bar, given that website have support for it. Such a feature should be very useful in scenarios like talking to a customer support chat or messaging friends through a website.

Once the testing is done, the feature should make its way to the Canary channel straight after. Currently, there are no details that explain how the feature works or how to enable it, so it might be a while before it is made available to everyone.

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Google Chrome might soon be able to let websites send you notifications, just like how it is currently, but it will come with a newly added Quick Reply support. Meaning, notifications from websites like Facebook lets you quickly get back with a reply just like you would to a normal message from another application. Just to be clear, the feature is currently in testing and isn't available even on Google Chrome Canary yet. It would allow you to quickly reply to a notification from your status bar, given that website have support for it. Such a feature should be very useful in scenarios like talking to a customer support chat or messaging friends through a website. Once the testing is done, the feature should make its way to the Canary channel straight after. Currently, there are no details that explain how the feature works or how to enable it, so it might be a while before it is made available to everyone. Source | Via

Samsung Galaxy Note9 with dual-rear cameras surfaces in live image

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just little over a couple of weeks from the official announcement. Thanks to multiple leaks, renders, certifications, the device is not new to anyone who is following closely. Filling the void of not having a look at the phone in real, the Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced in live images revealing the flagship in its full glory. 

The image gives us the best look at the rear camera set up on the back including the fingerprint sensor which is presented below the rear camera module. Much like the Galaxy Note 8, the Note 9 also offers a rectangle block design. Most of the specifications such as the chipset (Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 depending on the market) inside and the camera sensors are expected to be the same as the Galaxy S9+. Finally, the flagship will pack a 4000mAh battery.

We finally could see a 512GB storage variant, but it is unclear whether the 512GB variant will be available as widely as the 256GB Galaxy S9. Samsung is also expected to introduce the Bixby 2.0 at the Note 9 launch. It is also known that the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a revamped S-pen which might be able to …

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just little over a couple of weeks from the official announcement. Thanks to multiple leaks, renders, certifications, the device is not new to anyone who is following closely. Filling the void of not having a look at the phone in real, the Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced in live images revealing the flagship in its full glory.  The image gives us the best look at the rear camera set up on the back including the fingerprint sensor which is presented below the rear camera module. Much like the Galaxy Note 8, the Note 9 also offers a rectangle block design. Most of the specifications such as the chipset (Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 depending on the market) inside and the camera sensors are expected to be the same as the Galaxy S9+. Finally, the flagship will pack a 4000mAh battery. We finally could see a 512GB storage variant, but it is unclear whether the 512GB variant will be available as widely as the 256GB Galaxy S9. Samsung is also expected to introduce the Bixby 2.0 at the Note 9 launch. It is also known that the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a revamped S-pen which might be able to ...

TRAI’s new regulations offers users more control to block pesky calls

In a relief to telecom customers in India, TRAI in unsolicited commercial communication rules under which an individual can now revoke permission that they have granted to any commercial entity for a service. A month after the rules are notified, users can set their preferences on when they would like to receive commercial communications as well as preferred modes of communication- call or SMS.

Under these new norms, TRAI has asked telecom operators to allow customers to set their preference using a mobile app that is developed by them or the regulator, by sending SMS to 1909, website, etc. without paying any money for these services. This is a new addition to existing options for subscribers to partially or fully block any commercial communication.

Trai has increased the penalty cap on telecom operators Rs 50 lakh in a month from Rs 5 lakh in previous regulations for violations of the norms. Telecom operators are given 120 days to ensure the modification made by subscribers around receiving tele-marketing or business calls is updated in 15 minutes, and commercial communication is caused by the customer as per the modified choice after 24 hours of request.

Furthermore, to prevent leakages of subscriber information, the regulator ordered telecom operators …

In a relief to telecom customers in India, TRAI in unsolicited commercial communication rules under which an individual can now revoke permission that they have granted to any commercial entity for a service. A month after the rules are notified, users can set their preferences on when they would like to receive commercial communications as well as preferred modes of communication- call or SMS. Under these new norms, TRAI has asked telecom operators to allow customers to set their preference using a mobile app that is developed by them or the regulator, by sending SMS to 1909, website, etc. without paying any money for these services. This is a new addition to existing options for subscribers to partially or fully block any commercial communication. Trai has increased the penalty cap on telecom operators Rs 50 lakh in a month from Rs 5 lakh in previous regulations for violations of the norms. Telecom operators are given 120 days to ensure the modification made by subscribers around receiving tele-marketing or business calls is updated in 15 minutes, and commercial communication is caused by the customer as per the modified choice after 24 hours of request. Furthermore, to prevent leakages of subscriber information, the regulator ordered telecom operators ...

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft join hands for Data Transfer Project (DTP)

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft today announced that they are joining hands for an initiative called the Data Transfer Project which is designed as a new way to move data between platforms. This open source initiative will enable consumers to transfer their data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it.

Download Data feature is already available to users and they can transfer their information directly to their Dropbox, Box, MS OneDrive, and Google Drive accounts starting today. Thanks to this project, the companies involved in this project are developing tools that can convert any service’s proprietary APIs to and from a small set of standardized data formats that can be used by anyone. This makes it possible to transfer data between any two providers using existing industry-standard infrastructure and authorization mechanisms, such as OAuth.

The existing code for the project is available as open-source on GitHub, along with a white paper describing its scope. Google says that data privacy and protection is important, so, services must first agree to allow data transfer between them, and then they will require that individuals authenticate each account independently. All the credentials and user data will be encrypted both in transit and at rest.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft today announced that they are joining hands for an initiative called the Data Transfer Project which is designed as a new way to move data between platforms. This open source initiative will enable consumers to transfer their data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it. Download Data feature is already available to users and they can transfer their information directly to their Dropbox, Box, MS OneDrive, and Google Drive accounts starting today. Thanks to this project, the companies involved in this project are developing tools that can convert any service's proprietary APIs to and from a small set of standardized data formats that can be used by anyone. This makes it possible to transfer data between any two providers using existing industry-standard infrastructure and authorization mechanisms, such as OAuth. The existing code for the project is available as open-source on GitHub, along with a white paper describing its scope. Google says that data privacy and protection is important, so, services must first agree to allow data transfer between them, and then they will require that individuals authenticate each account independently. All the credentials and user data will be encrypted both in transit and at rest. Google ...

Weekly Roundup: Vivo NEX, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, Huawei Nova 3, Nokia 6.1 Plus, X5 and more

Vivo has launched the NEX smartphone in India finally after so much hype. It comes with a pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. Huawei has launched the Nova 3, the company’s latest smartphone in the Nova series. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:5:9 aspect ratio curved glass display with a notch and many more. 

The Vivo NEX packs a 6.59-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with ultra narrow bezels with 91.24 screen-to-body ratio, Screen SoundCasting Technology, and 8-megapixel pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. This uses extremely precise micro-stepping motors, with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms to precisely control this process, says Vivo.

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It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the company says that the third-generation screen fingerprint technology, is smaller, and more powerful offering 50% better accuracy and the unlocking speed is increased by 10% compared to the predecessor. The Vivo NEX comes in Black color in India, is priced at Rs. 44,990, and will be available for order  exclusively on Amazon.in as well as Vivo Shop online and ships starting from July 21st.

Huawei announced the Nova 3 which is the company’s latest smartphone in the Nova series …

Vivo has launched the NEX smartphone in India finally after so much hype. It comes with a pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. Huawei has launched the Nova 3, the company’s latest smartphone in the Nova series. It packs a 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:5:9 aspect ratio curved glass display with a notch and many more.  The Vivo NEX packs a 6.59-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with ultra narrow bezels with 91.24 screen-to-body ratio, Screen SoundCasting Technology, and 8-megapixel pop-up front camera that automatically rises and hides when you open and close the camera app. This uses extremely precise micro-stepping motors, with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms to precisely control this process, says Vivo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAXnvS45D0c&t=4s It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the company says that the third-generation screen fingerprint technology, is smaller, and more powerful offering 50% better accuracy and the unlocking speed is increased by 10% compared to the predecessor. The Vivo NEX comes in Black color in India, is priced at Rs. 44,990, and will be available for order  exclusively on Amazon.in as well as Vivo Shop online and ships starting from July 21st. Huawei announced the Nova 3 which is the company’s latest smartphone in the Nova series ...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 said to feature Iris Scanner and Intelligent Scan

When the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 surfaced in renders, one striking detail that caught our attention is the lack of a fingerprint sensor and the only possible explanation for this is that Samsung could employ an iris scanner instead. Obviously, Samsung wouldn’t launch its new flagship tablet without any sort of security features. 

Cut to the chase, thanks to the instructional video, it is more or less confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S4 would feature an iris scanner. The new demonstration video comes from the official Galaxy Tab S4 firmware. Unsurprisingly, it is the same animation that plays when you’re setting up an ‘Intelligent Scan’ on the Galaxy S9 or S9+.

If you are unaware, the Intelligent Scan combines the iris scanner and facial recognition when unlocking the device. Should one of them fail, other is used as a backup. According to the Wi-Fi Certification, Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. We are hearing rumors that the Galaxy Tab S4 will be introduced at the Unpacked on August 9th, 2018.

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When the Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 surfaced in renders, one striking detail that caught our attention is the lack of a fingerprint sensor and the only possible explanation for this is that Samsung could employ an iris scanner instead. Obviously, Samsung wouldn't launch its new flagship tablet without any sort of security features.  Cut to the chase, thanks to the instructional video, it is more or less confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S4 would feature an iris scanner. The new demonstration video comes from the official Galaxy Tab S4 firmware. Unsurprisingly, it is the same animation that plays when you’re setting up an 'Intelligent Scan' on the Galaxy S9 or S9+. If you are unaware, the Intelligent Scan combines the iris scanner and facial recognition when unlocking the device. Should one of them fail, other is used as a backup. According to the Wi-Fi Certification, Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. We are hearing rumors that the Galaxy Tab S4 will be introduced at the Unpacked on August 9th, 2018. Source

Sony MP-CD1 ultra-portable mobile projector with 120-inch projection launched in India at Rs. 29990

Sony today has launched the MP-CD1 ultra-portable Mobile Projector in India. This was previously announced at the CES 2018 earlier this year. The company says that it can fit in your palm and can project up to 120 inches in size from a short distance of 3.5m and weighs just 281 grams and measures 83.0 mm x 16.0 mm x 150.0 mm. 

The Sony MP-CD1 ultra-portable Mobile Projector features Texas Instruments’ DLP IntelliBright technology that employs advanced image processing algorithms to boost brightness without compromising on battery consumption. Thanks to its unique design, it helps in minimizing the heat while still maintaining high brightness. It can project up to up to 120 inches in size at a resolution of 854 x 480.

The Sony MP-CD1 projector comes with 105 ANSI lumens and 5,000mAh built-in battery offering two-hours of projection time. The projector’s auto keystone correction provides full-screen display without distortion even when projected from an angle or onto an uneven surface. It connects to an HDMI connection, and the company is claiming five-second bootup time. It connects via a standard USB-C port and rated at 5V 3A.

The Sony MP-CD1 projector is priced at Rs 29,990, and it will be available in India from August 3.

Sony today has launched the MP-CD1 ultra-portable Mobile Projector in India. This was previously announced at the CES 2018 earlier this year. The company says that it can fit in your palm and can project up to 120 inches in size from a short distance of 3.5m and weighs just 281 grams and measures 83.0 mm x 16.0 mm x 150.0 mm.  The Sony MP-CD1 ultra-portable Mobile Projector features Texas Instruments’ DLP IntelliBright technology that employs advanced image processing algorithms to boost brightness without compromising on battery consumption. Thanks to its unique design, it helps in minimizing the heat while still maintaining high brightness. It can project up to up to 120 inches in size at a resolution of 854 x 480. The Sony MP-CD1 projector comes with 105 ANSI lumens and 5,000mAh built-in battery offering two-hours of projection time. The projector’s auto keystone correction provides full-screen display without distortion even when projected from an angle or onto an uneven surface. It connects to an HDMI connection, and the company is claiming five-second bootup time. It connects via a standard USB-C port and rated at 5V 3A. The Sony MP-CD1 projector is priced at Rs 29,990, and it will be available in India from August 3.

Samsung and Xiaomi accounted for 9.9 million smartphone shipments in India in Q2 2018: Canalys

According to Canalys, Samsung, and Xiaomi each shipped a total of 9.9 million smartphones in the last quarter in India. Together, both the companies now account for a 60% market share which is up from 43% the same time last year.

As for Xiaomi, the company has almost doubled its shipments putting it again in the first place. Samsung annual growth rate was nearly 50% and it is the company’s best since Q4 2015.  Vivo took third place while OPPO came fourth, with shipments of 3.6 million and 3.1 million respectively. The overall shipments grew by 22% with 33 million units.

Samsung’s J2 Pro was its top-selling model in Q2 2018, with 2.3 million units. In, Xiaomi shipped 3.3 million of its Redmi 5A. Despite the growth of top brands, smaller vendors are not giving up and they continue to make tweaks to their business strategies with a view to long-term sustainability and profitability. Asus shipments almost tripled since the previous quarter, thanks to its partnership with Flipkart. OPPO which saw a 2.2 million in Q4 2017, has launched an online-only brand, Realme, challenging Xiaomi.

Canalys Analyst TuanAnh Nguye said:
Samsung has launched devices pitted directly against Xiaomi and its portfolio and is focusing on its cameras and imaging …

According to Canalys, Samsung, and Xiaomi each shipped a total of 9.9 million smartphones in the last quarter in India. Together, both the companies now account for a 60% market share which is up from 43% the same time last year. As for Xiaomi, the company has almost doubled its shipments putting it again in the first place. Samsung annual growth rate was nearly 50% and it is the company's best since Q4 2015.  Vivo took third place while OPPO came fourth, with shipments of 3.6 million and 3.1 million respectively. The overall shipments grew by 22% with 33 million units. Samsung's J2 Pro was its top-selling model in Q2 2018, with 2.3 million units. In, Xiaomi shipped 3.3 million of its Redmi 5A. Despite the growth of top brands, smaller vendors are not giving up and they continue to make tweaks to their business strategies with a view to long-term sustainability and profitability. Asus shipments almost tripled since the previous quarter, thanks to its partnership with Flipkart. OPPO which saw a 2.2 million in Q4 2017, has launched an online-only brand, Realme, challenging Xiaomi. Canalys Analyst TuanAnh Nguye said: Samsung has launched devices pitted directly against Xiaomi and its portfolio and is focusing on its cameras and imaging ...

Apple 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard features ‘Membrane’ to prevent dust from entering the ‘Butterfly Mechanism’

Apple 2018 MacBook Pro models said to have been equipped with “membrane” that prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, Apple seems to have confirmed the same.

Though the US version of this Service Readiness Guide does not mention anything of this sorts, it does link to a separate internal document titled “Butterfly Mechanism Keycap Replacement MacBook Pro (2018)”. This reads: “Caution The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. Be careful not to tear the membrane. A torn membrane will result in a top case replacement.”

iFixit is the first to discover the thin, silicone barrier underneath the keycaps in a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.  Apple filed a patent for a contaminant-resistant MacBook keyboard back in 2016. As for Apple, it just confirmed that 2018 MacBook Pro models feature an “improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing.”

After complaints from users, a few class action lawsuits, Apple has initiated a worldwide service program last month, offering free repairs of 2015-and-later MacBook and 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro keyboards, that came with low-profile butterfly switch mechanisms. However, the company confirmed that third-generation keyboards will not be offered as replacements under its service program for …

Apple 2018 MacBook Pro models said to have been equipped with "membrane" that prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, Apple seems to have confirmed the same. Though the US version of this Service Readiness Guide does not mention anything of this sorts, it does link to a separate internal document titled "Butterfly Mechanism Keycap Replacement MacBook Pro (2018)". This reads: "Caution The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. Be careful not to tear the membrane. A torn membrane will result in a top case replacement." iFixit is the first to discover the thin, silicone barrier underneath the keycaps in a teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.  Apple filed a patent for a contaminant-resistant MacBook keyboard back in 2016. As for Apple, it just confirmed that 2018 MacBook Pro models feature an "improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing." After complaints from users, a few class action lawsuits, Apple has initiated a worldwide service program last month, offering free repairs of 2015-and-later MacBook and 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro keyboards, that came with low-profile butterfly switch mechanisms. However, the company confirmed that third-generation keyboards will not be offered as replacements under its service program for ...