Kirin 980 can outshine Apple’s A12 Bionic chip says Huawei

The Apple iPhone Xs, XS max, Xr witnessed the launch of company’s A12 Bionic processor based on a 7nm fabrication process. A few weeks ahead of the Apple launch, Huawei announced their own 7nm processor; the Kirin 980 with Dual NPU.

The Kirin 980 will debut with Huawei Mate 20 series phone whose launch is set for October 16th. However, during product brief, Huawei mentioned that it is confident its processor would outperform Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset. Huawei has been working on the Kirin 980 for over three years and it primarily focused on Power and Efficiency, Intelligence, and, Connectivity.

The Kirin 980 features 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation and is also exactly the same number Apple has managed to pack on the A12 Bionic. The company claims that the Kirin 980 is 75% faster than its previous generation as far as the CPU is concerned and 46% faster when it comes to the GPU.

Kirin 980 is an Octa-Core SoC with two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.6GHz for Turbo performance, two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 1.92GHz for Long-lasting performance and four ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8 …

The Apple iPhone Xs, XS max, Xr witnessed the launch of company's A12 Bionic processor based on a 7nm fabrication process. A few weeks ahead of the Apple launch, Huawei announced their own 7nm processor; the Kirin 980 with Dual NPU. The Kirin 980 will debut with Huawei Mate 20 series phone whose launch is set for October 16th. However, during product brief, Huawei mentioned that it is confident its processor would outperform Apple's A12 Bionic chipset. Huawei has been working on the Kirin 980 for over three years and it primarily focused on Power and Efficiency, Intelligence, and, Connectivity. The Kirin 980 features 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation and is also exactly the same number Apple has managed to pack on the A12 Bionic. The company claims that the Kirin 980 is 75% faster than its previous generation as far as the CPU is concerned and 46% faster when it comes to the GPU. Kirin 980 is an Octa-Core SoC with two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.6GHz for Turbo performance, two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 1.92GHz for Long-lasting performance and four ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8 ...

Instagram denies testing ‘regram’ feature

Instagram might have just confirmed that Regramming; the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers is “not happening.” This comes after the company is rumored to be testing the feature a while back and this is a good move by Instagram.

Earlier rumor suggested that ‘Regram’ button would appear under the profile picture of the original sharer. Users can regram a post once, it will show a stack of both profile thumbnails of who previously shared it. This feature would help Instagram in widening the content on your feed but would be ideal if Instagram’s algorithm could hide the least engaging regrams.

Keeping this in mind, CEO Kevin Systrom shared his views saying:
We debate the re-share thing a lot. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see. And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity.
The ability to share or repost someone else’s post to your feed instead of sharing something original of your own could make Instagram a lot identical to Facebook and this would bring the possibility of fake content getting …

Instagram might have just confirmed that Regramming; the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers is “not happening.” This comes after the company is rumored to be testing the feature a while back and this is a good move by Instagram. Earlier rumor suggested that 'Regram' button would appear under the profile picture of the original sharer. Users can regram a post once, it will show a stack of both profile thumbnails of who previously shared it. This feature would help Instagram in widening the content on your feed but would be ideal if Instagram’s algorithm could hide the least engaging regrams. Keeping this in mind, CEO Kevin Systrom shared his views saying: We debate the re-share thing a lot. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see. And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity. The ability to share or repost someone else's post to your feed instead of sharing something original of your own could make Instagram a lot identical to Facebook and this would bring the possibility of fake content getting ...

Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TVs now available through 500 Mi preferred partner stores offline across 9 major cities in India

Xiaomi today announced that its Mi LED Smart TVs are available offline in 9 major cities including New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Indore, Patna Pune, Mumbai, Maddur (Mi Store). It already mentioned that it sold over 5,00,000 TVs in 6 months.

In addition to all Mi Home stores, you can now buy Mi TVs from 500+ Mi Preferred Partners across 9 cities.
1. New Delhi
2. Bangalore
3. Ahmedabad
4. Kolkata
5. Indore
6. Patna
7. Pune
8. Mumbai
9. Maddur (Mi Store) pic.twitter.com/MzBOQVABT8
— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) September 24, 2018

The Mi LED Smart TVs are available across 500+ Mi Preferred Partners across 9 cities. The Mi LED Smart TV’s were initially available through Xiaomi India’s online partners and through the brand’s flagship Mi Home retail outlets. Since the demand is high, Xiaomi India has decided to expand the channels of availability for these products.

The company also said that the LED TVs will soon be available across all cities where Xiaomi’s Mi Preferred Partners are present, ensuring that customers in India can easily have access to them.

Xiaomi today announced that its Mi LED Smart TVs are available offline in 9 major cities including New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Indore, Patna Pune, Mumbai, Maddur (Mi Store). It already mentioned that it sold over 5,00,000 TVs in 6 months. In addition to all Mi Home stores, you can now buy Mi TVs from 500+ Mi Preferred Partners across 9 cities. 1. New Delhi 2. Bangalore 3. Ahmedabad 4. Kolkata 5. Indore 6. Patna 7. Pune 8. Mumbai 9. Maddur (Mi Store) pic.twitter.com/MzBOQVABT8 — Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) September 24, 2018 The Mi LED Smart TVs are available across 500+ Mi Preferred Partners across 9 cities. The Mi LED Smart TV's were initially available through Xiaomi India's online partners and through the brand's flagship Mi Home retail outlets. Since the demand is high, Xiaomi India has decided to expand the channels of availability for these products. The company also said that the LED TVs will soon be available across all cities where Xiaomi’s Mi Preferred Partners are present, ensuring that customers in India can easily have access to them.

Chrome 69 forcibly logs in users when signing into a Google service but it doesn’t turn on Chrome Sync

With the Chrome 69 release, when you log into your Google account, or any Google service, you will also be automatically logged into Chrome whether you want to or not. There is a visual indicator letting the user know he is logged into Google. However, Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University, feels that it might be a big deal as it associates browsing with a Google account. 

Browsing history shouldn’t be associated with a Google account unless you choose to log in to Chrome. Though the browsing data is not uploaded and sync is not enabled, there might be data gathered by the authentication process alone. When you sign in to the Chrome browser or a Chromebook with your Google Account, your personal browsing data is saved on Google’s servers and synced with your account.

To reiterate, signing in does NOT turn on Chrome Sync. The Chrome Help Center https://t.co/t2pPjiqkVe and Chrome White Paper https://t.co/RFlpiSSs2j have up-to-date details about this change. My colleagues are updating the Chrome privacy notice ASAP to make this more clear 6/6
— Adrienne Porter Felt (@__apf__) September 24, 2018

The types of information can include browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords and auto fill information, other browser settings, like installed extensions. …

With the Chrome 69 release, when you log into your Google account, or any Google service, you will also be automatically logged into Chrome whether you want to or not. There is a visual indicator letting the user know he is logged into Google. However, Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University, feels that it might be a big deal as it associates browsing with a Google account.  Browsing history shouldn't be associated with a Google account unless you choose to log in to Chrome. Though the browsing data is not uploaded and sync is not enabled, there might be data gathered by the authentication process alone. When you sign in to the Chrome browser or a Chromebook with your Google Account, your personal browsing data is saved on Google's servers and synced with your account. To reiterate, signing in does NOT turn on Chrome Sync. The Chrome Help Center https://t.co/t2pPjiqkVe and Chrome White Paper https://t.co/RFlpiSSs2j have up-to-date details about this change. My colleagues are updating the Chrome privacy notice ASAP to make this more clear 6/6 — Adrienne Porter Felt (@__apf__) September 24, 2018 The types of information can include browsing history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords and auto fill information, other browser settings, like installed extensions. ...

Google Play and Android Security Reward program surpass US$3 million in payouts

Google today announced that its ‘Android Security Reward’ program in its third year has received over 470 qualifying vulnerability reports from researchers and the average pay per researcher jumped by 23%. The company also mentioned that the ‘Android Security Reward’ program has rewarded researchers with over $3M.

Google said that a complete remote exploit chain leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise and over 99 individuals contributed one or more fixes. The ‘Android Security Reward’ program’s reward averages were $2,600 per reward and $12,500 per researcher. Guang Gong received highest reward amount to date; $105,000 for the submission of a remote exploit chain.

Google introduced the Play Security Rewards in October 2017 to encourage security research into popular Android apps available on Google Play. So far, researchers have reported over 30 vulnerabilities through the program and earned a combined bounty amount of over $100K. Google says that it has collaborated with manufacturers to ensure that the said issues are fixed on their devices through monthly security updates.

The company also listed around 250 device models which are said to be having security update from the last 90 days. These models range from brands like Asus, OnePlus, HMD Global’s Nokia, HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry, Blu, Huawei, Lava, Motorola, OPPO, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi and others.

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Google today announced that its 'Android Security Reward' program in its third year has received over 470 qualifying vulnerability reports from researchers and the average pay per researcher jumped by 23%. The company also mentioned that the 'Android Security Reward' program has rewarded researchers with over $3M. Google said that a complete remote exploit chain leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise and over 99 individuals contributed one or more fixes. The 'Android Security Reward' program's reward averages were $2,600 per reward and $12,500 per researcher. Guang Gong received highest reward amount to date; $105,000 for the submission of a remote exploit chain. Google introduced the Play Security Rewards in October 2017 to encourage security research into popular Android apps available on Google Play. So far, researchers have reported over 30 vulnerabilities through the program and earned a combined bounty amount of over $100K. Google says that it has collaborated with manufacturers to ensure that the said issues are fixed on their devices through monthly security updates. The company also listed around 250 device models which are said to be having security update from the last 90 days. These models range from brands like Asus, OnePlus, HMD Global's Nokia, HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry, Blu, Huawei, Lava, Motorola, OPPO, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi and others. Source

Google Chrome for macOS might soon get native dark mode

Google’s YouTube, Android Messages have recently picked up ‘Dark Mode’ in a recent update and it now looks like Google Chrome might also get a dark mode, but it might launch first on macOS. There’s also a chance that the dark mode might be exclusive to macOS. 

Apple with its macOS 10.14 added a feature where it would allow users to choose a system-wide light or dark theme. Switching the system to dark mode will flip all compatible apps to a dark color palette. Though Chrome for MacOS doesn’t support this feature yet, it might be in pipeline. According to a recent commit for Chrome on macOS is titled “Add command line switch to force dark mode.”

According to the bug report, it’s too late to add this feature to Chrome 70, but it might be included in 71. The Chrome 71 stable will release on December 4th and it needs to be seen how Google handles dark mode would basically look in Incognito mode. Being able to swap all apps to dark mode would be very convenient.

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Google's YouTube, Android Messages have recently picked up 'Dark Mode' in a recent update and it now looks like Google Chrome might also get a dark mode, but it might launch first on macOS. There's also a chance that the dark mode might be exclusive to macOS.  Apple with its macOS 10.14 added a feature where it would allow users to choose a system-wide light or dark theme. Switching the system to dark mode will flip all compatible apps to a dark color palette. Though Chrome for MacOS doesn't support this feature yet, it might be in pipeline. According to a recent commit for Chrome on macOS is titled “Add command line switch to force dark mode.” According to the bug report, it’s too late to add this feature to Chrome 70, but it might be included in 71. The Chrome 71 stable will release on December 4th and it needs to be seen how Google handles dark mode would basically look in Incognito mode. Being able to swap all apps to dark mode would be very convenient. Source

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max to get support for depth control while taking an image

Apple with the iPhone XS and XS Max introduced the ability to control or adjust the depth of field of an image after it has been shot. However, a new report suggests that Apple is also planning on letting users adjust the depth while taking the picture. The feature is currently available in iOS 12.1 beta 1, meaning that Apple is using its iOS software to implement the feature.

With the current setup, controlling the depth of field control is only supported after an image is clicked in the Portrait Mode. You will have to take the picture, then tap on ‘Edit’ button to adjust the depth. However, the iOS 12.1 update is expected to let users control the depth of field directly while taking images.

Apple will add a new slider button allowing you to access the depth control tools. Since Apple has mentioned such a feature, this type of depth control will be possible in the future directly when taking pictures. A software update in the future will bring in the new slider directly into the camera app. However, Apple did not mention in which version of iOS 12 this feature would be rolled out but confirmed it will be released later …

Apple with the iPhone XS and XS Max introduced the ability to control or adjust the depth of field of an image after it has been shot. However, a new report suggests that Apple is also planning on letting users adjust the depth while taking the picture. The feature is currently available in iOS 12.1 beta 1, meaning that Apple is using its iOS software to implement the feature. With the current setup, controlling the depth of field control is only supported after an image is clicked in the Portrait Mode. You will have to take the picture, then tap on 'Edit' button to adjust the depth. However, the iOS 12.1 update is expected to let users control the depth of field directly while taking images. Apple will add a new slider button allowing you to access the depth control tools. Since Apple has mentioned such a feature, this type of depth control will be possible in the future directly when taking pictures. A software update in the future will bring in the new slider directly into the camera app. However, Apple did not mention in which version of iOS 12 this feature would be rolled out but confirmed it will be released later ...

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Pro with four rear cameras, 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 660 surfaces

It is known that Samsung is holding an event on October 11th where the company is expected to launch a new Galaxy smartphone with four rear cameras. The new Galaxy smartphones will be in the company’s A-series which might include the Galaxy A9 (Star / Pro).

Going by the rumors, the Galaxy A9 (Star / Pro) will likely carry the same A7 (2018) design language but with quadruple cameras on the back. It will have the fingerprint sensor on the back instead of on the side. As for the optics, among the four cameras; it will have an 8MP wide-angle camera with 120 ° FOV, a 24MP main camera, a 10MP, and 5MP zoom sensor, but among of them would work as a depth sensor. It will have a 24 MP Sony IMX576 front camera.

That’s a lot of cameras for a smartphone and hence it sports a large 6.28-inches with a Super AMOLED FullHD + display. It is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core processor with a 3720 mAh battery. Since the launch is not too far, we don’t wait to know much longer to know more details, stay tuned.

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It is known that Samsung is holding an event on October 11th where the company is expected to launch a new Galaxy smartphone with four rear cameras. The new Galaxy smartphones will be in the company's A-series which might include the Galaxy A9 (Star / Pro). Going by the rumors, the Galaxy A9 (Star / Pro) will likely carry the same A7 (2018) design language but with quadruple cameras on the back. It will have the fingerprint sensor on the back instead of on the side. As for the optics, among the four cameras; it will have an 8MP wide-angle camera with 120 ° FOV, a 24MP main camera, a 10MP, and 5MP zoom sensor, but among of them would work as a depth sensor. It will have a 24 MP Sony IMX576 front camera. That's a lot of cameras for a smartphone and hence it sports a large 6.28-inches with a Super AMOLED FullHD + display. It is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core processor with a 3720 mAh battery. Since the launch is not too far, we don't wait to know much longer to know more details, stay tuned. Source

‘The Walking Dead’ game developer Telltale Games hit with 90% layoffs as part of ‘majority studio closure’

Telltale Games who are the mind behind highly successful narratively-driven ‘The Walking Dead’ game today has announced a nearly 90% layoffs with estimated 250 employees let go of their duties. The remaining 25 employees will finish the Netflix “Minecraft: Story Mode” interactive series. The company is calling this a majority studio closure.

The company-wide layoffs started Friday morning during a meeting where the Telltale’s board of directors made the call to move forward with the decision on Thursday evening. This moves ahead of episode two of the final season release. Telltale’s The Walking Dead Suffer the Children is set for release on September 25. Sources suggest that the release of the rest of the final season is “uncertain.”

pic.twitter.com/evqg5X98WZ
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018

It further mentioned that it will be commenting its product portfolio in the “coming weeks.” Telltale and Netflix earlier this year during E3 2018 had announced a partnership where both the companies will work on a game based on ‘Stranger Things’ TV series and “Minecraft” Netflix series.

It is learned that under Bruner’s leadership, Telltale Games was reportedly known for having poor working conditions. The studio was known for pushing employees to work long hours and an overall toxic work environment.

Telltale CEO Pate Hawley in a statement said:

It’s …

Telltale Games who are the mind behind highly successful narratively-driven 'The Walking Dead' game today has announced a nearly 90% layoffs with estimated 250 employees let go of their duties. The remaining 25 employees will finish the Netflix "Minecraft: Story Mode" interactive series. The company is calling this a majority studio closure. The company-wide layoffs started Friday morning during a meeting where the Telltale’s board of directors made the call to move forward with the decision on Thursday evening. This moves ahead of episode two of the final season release. Telltale’s The Walking Dead Suffer the Children is set for release on September 25. Sources suggest that the release of the rest of the final season is "uncertain." pic.twitter.com/evqg5X98WZ — Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018 It further mentioned that it will be commenting its product portfolio in the "coming weeks." Telltale and Netflix earlier this year during E3 2018 had announced a partnership where both the companies will work on a game based on 'Stranger Things' TV series and "Minecraft" Netflix series. It is learned that under Bruner’s leadership, Telltale Games was reportedly known for having poor working conditions. The studio was known for pushing employees to work long hours and an overall toxic work environment. Telltale CEO Pate Hawley in a statement said: It’s ...

‘The Walking Dead’ game developer Telltale Games hit with 90% layoffs as part of ‘majority studio closure’

Telltale Games who are the mind behind highly successful narratively-driven ‘The Walking Dead’ game today has announced a nearly 90% layoffs with estimated 250 employees let go of their duties. The remaining 25 employees will finish the Netflix “Minecraft: Story Mode” interactive series. The company is calling this a majority studio closure.

The company-wide layoffs started Friday morning during a meeting where the Telltale’s board of directors made the call to move forward with the decision on Thursday evening. This moves ahead of episode two of the final season release. Telltale’s The Walking Dead Suffer the Children is set for release on September 25. Sources suggest that the release of the rest of the final season is “uncertain.”

pic.twitter.com/evqg5X98WZ
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018

It further mentioned that it will be commenting its product portfolio in the “coming weeks.” Telltale and Netflix earlier this year during E3 2018 had announced a partnership where both the companies will work on a game based on ‘Stranger Things’ TV series and “Minecraft” Netflix series.

It is learned that under Bruner’s leadership, Telltale Games was reportedly known for having poor working conditions. The studio was known for pushing employees to work long hours and an overall toxic work environment.

Telltale CEO Pate Hawley in a statement said:

It’s …

Telltale Games who are the mind behind highly successful narratively-driven 'The Walking Dead' game today has announced a nearly 90% layoffs with estimated 250 employees let go of their duties. The remaining 25 employees will finish the Netflix "Minecraft: Story Mode" interactive series. The company is calling this a majority studio closure. The company-wide layoffs started Friday morning during a meeting where the Telltale’s board of directors made the call to move forward with the decision on Thursday evening. This moves ahead of episode two of the final season release. Telltale’s The Walking Dead Suffer the Children is set for release on September 25. Sources suggest that the release of the rest of the final season is "uncertain." pic.twitter.com/evqg5X98WZ — Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018 It further mentioned that it will be commenting its product portfolio in the "coming weeks." Telltale and Netflix earlier this year during E3 2018 had announced a partnership where both the companies will work on a game based on 'Stranger Things' TV series and "Minecraft" Netflix series. It is learned that under Bruner’s leadership, Telltale Games was reportedly known for having poor working conditions. The studio was known for pushing employees to work long hours and an overall toxic work environment. Telltale CEO Pate Hawley in a statement said: It’s ...