Facebook to prioritize news from trusted sources in the news feed

Facebook recently announced an overhaul of news feed to improve interaction between friends and family. Today the company has yet again pushed revealed another change which lets users choose the type of news and news from trusted sources. 

In the latest change, Facebook is enhancing on promoting news from publications that the community rates as trustworthy, type of news that is informative, and news that is relevant to people’s local community. It also gives users choice to choose which news should appear on top of the news feed. The company mentioned that it will start testing news from publications that the community rated as trustworthy.

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Facebook is said to be using the data samples of people using Facebook in the US to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news. The testing will initially start with the US and will gradually roll out to other countries. As for informative content, Facebook will use its traditional way of asking people to rank the informativeness of updates in their feed on a scale of one to five. This will be evaluated and expanded in different ways this year.

Facebook will use the Today In’ local news and events section in the app to display local news and …

Facebook recently announced an overhaul of news feed to improve interaction between friends and family. Today the company has yet again pushed revealed another change which lets users choose the type of news and news from trusted sources.  In the latest change, Facebook is enhancing on promoting news from publications that the community rates as trustworthy, type of news that is informative, and news that is relevant to people’s local community. It also gives users choice to choose which news should appear on top of the news feed. The company mentioned that it will start testing news from publications that the community rated as trustworthy. [HTML1] Facebook is said to be using the data samples of people using Facebook in the US to gauge their familiarity with, and trust in, various different sources of news. The testing will initially start with the US and will gradually roll out to other countries. As for informative content, Facebook will use its traditional way of asking people to rank the informativeness of updates in their feed on a scale of one to five. This will be evaluated and expanded in different ways this year. Facebook will use the Today In’ local news and events section in the app to display local news and ...

iPhone X sales to be weaker than expected, 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display coming in fall: KGI

KGI Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts lower than estimated sales of the iPhone X in China, and he believes that Apple might ship around 18-20 million units in the current quarter, which is significantly lower than the 20-30 million range. The primary reason for the downfall of sales is because of the longer replacement cycles in China.

In the latest report, Kuo reaffirms the launch of three iPhone models in 2018 including a 6.1-inch, 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus, and successor to the iPhone X in the fall. He further added that Apple might completely stop the production of the current iPhone X altogether when production of the new 2018 models ramp up.

The reason behind not so strong reception in China is because customers are holding on to their existing phones for a longer time, as well as the notch screen design has turned away potential Chinese customers. The Chinese users usually prefer large screen devices, and with the notch, the design of iPhone X might affect the real screen estate.

According to report, Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in Q1 2018 and about 13 million in Q2 2018. KGI expects that the iPhone X might end its run around mid-2018 with around 62 million units …

KGI Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts lower than estimated sales of the iPhone X in China, and he believes that Apple might ship around 18-20 million units in the current quarter, which is significantly lower than the 20-30 million range. The primary reason for the downfall of sales is because of the longer replacement cycles in China. In the latest report, Kuo reaffirms the launch of three iPhone models in 2018 including a 6.1-inch, 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus, and successor to the iPhone X in the fall. He further added that Apple might completely stop the production of the current iPhone X altogether when production of the new 2018 models ramp up. The reason behind not so strong reception in China is because customers are holding on to their existing phones for a longer time, as well as the notch screen design has turned away potential Chinese customers. The Chinese users usually prefer large screen devices, and with the notch, the design of iPhone X might affect the real screen estate. According to report, Apple will ship around 18 million iPhone X units in Q1 2018 and about 13 million in Q2 2018. KGI expects that the iPhone X might end its run around mid-2018 with around 62 million units ...

Instagram testing text-only stories and screenshot alerts

Instagram is on the verge of introducing two new features; ‘text-based stories’, and stories screenshot alerts which are currently under testing. Text-based stories are not new, they are available on WhatsApp and Facebook.

The text-based stories feature will be available as another option at the bottom of the Stories camera, next Boomerang and Rewind. You have the ability to chose from several fonts and backgrounds. Instagram by default selects a plain background and it also lets you upload your own image to the background.

The stories-based feature was in testing since December, but it was limited to Japan, but now it looks like the feature is widespread. Another feature that is being spotted is the ability to send notifications when someone takes a screenshot of your story.

The company used to send notification for direct messages previously, but now it looks like the feature is expanding to stories as well. However, Instagram will notify you once about the alert when you take a screenshot of a story, but from the second time, the alert will be sent directly.

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Instagram is on the verge of introducing two new features; 'text-based stories', and stories screenshot alerts which are currently under testing. Text-based stories are not new, they are available on WhatsApp and Facebook. The text-based stories feature will be available as another option at the bottom of the Stories camera, next Boomerang and Rewind. You have the ability to chose from several fonts and backgrounds. Instagram by default selects a plain background and it also lets you upload your own image to the background. The stories-based feature was in testing since December, but it was limited to Japan, but now it looks like the feature is widespread. Another feature that is being spotted is the ability to send notifications when someone takes a screenshot of your story. The company used to send notification for direct messages previously, but now it looks like the feature is expanding to stories as well. However, Instagram will notify you once about the alert when you take a screenshot of a story, but from the second time, the alert will be sent directly. Source

WhatsApp v2.18 beta brings notification channels on Android 8.0 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo bought a cool new feature called notification channels that lets you decide how individual notifications from the same app appear and sound, and vibrate, or not, on your phone. WhatsApp has now rolled out Notification Channel on Android 8.0 Oreo, and the feature was spotted in V2.18.18 beta release.

Though it is also possible that the feature might have been rolled out in the previous versions, there’s no way to tell. WhatsApp now supports 10 notification channels; group notifications, message notifications, chat history backup, critical app alerts, failure notifications, media playback, Uncategorized, other notifications, sending media, and silent notifications.

Each of these settings can be further controlled individually, so you can set priorities to the notifications that you receive from the app. You can even entirely disable or control single notifications by just holding down the notification and then you’ll see the type there, and you can instantly disable it. And, if you don’t want to disable completely, you can change its priority by tapping All Categories, which takes you to the settings where you can choose what you want to do with it.

Another important addition to recent WhatsApp update is the ability to switch from voice to video call. So, instead …

Android 8.0 Oreo bought a cool new feature called notification channels that lets you decide how individual notifications from the same app appear and sound, and vibrate, or not, on your phone. WhatsApp has now rolled out Notification Channel on Android 8.0 Oreo, and the feature was spotted in V2.18.18 beta release. Though it is also possible that the feature might have been rolled out in the previous versions, there's no way to tell. WhatsApp now supports 10 notification channels; group notifications, message notifications, chat history backup, critical app alerts, failure notifications, media playback, Uncategorized, other notifications, sending media, and silent notifications. Each of these settings can be further controlled individually, so you can set priorities to the notifications that you receive from the app. You can even entirely disable or control single notifications by just holding down the notification and then you'll see the type there, and you can instantly disable it. And, if you don't want to disable completely, you can change its priority by tapping All Categories, which takes you to the settings where you can choose what you want to do with it. Another important addition to recent WhatsApp update is the ability to switch from voice to video call. So, instead ...

LG V30+ α with enhanced A.I features could be announced at MWC 2018

LG might be introducing upgraded V30 smartphone with enhanced artificial intelligence features at the Mobile World Congress which will kickstart on February 26th, according to a new report from Korea. The original LG V30 was announced back in August at IFA 2017 in Berlin.

The company instead of introducing G-series flagship like it usually does at the MWC event every year, it is said to unveil the same V30 with A.I features and functionalities.  According to the report, the new version could be named “V30+‘α’.” Considering LG’s close relationship with Google, the upcoming model might feature Google Assistant-based AI functions.

The new move might be a part of the company’s new strategy to retain existing premium models for a longer period. If rumors indeed turn out correct and LG does launch a new variant of V30, G7 might be launched after several months. It is heard that LG CEO Jo has ordered a revision of the G7 smartphone from scratch, though it is anticipated that the phone might make an appearance at the MWC event.

The company recently trademarked ‘Icon’ for smartphones and ‘Iconic’ for smartwatches. The company’s CEO, Cho Sung-jin in an interview during the CES 2018 said “We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But …

LG might be introducing upgraded V30 smartphone with enhanced artificial intelligence features at the Mobile World Congress which will kickstart on February 26th, according to a new report from Korea. The original LG V30 was announced back in August at IFA 2017 in Berlin. The company instead of introducing G-series flagship like it usually does at the MWC event every year, it is said to unveil the same V30 with A.I features and functionalities.  According to the report, the new version could be named “V30+‘α’." Considering LG's close relationship with Google, the upcoming model might feature Google Assistant-based AI functions. The new move might be a part of the company's new strategy to retain existing premium models for a longer period. If rumors indeed turn out correct and LG does launch a new variant of V30, G7 might be launched after several months. It is heard that LG CEO Jo has ordered a revision of the G7 smartphone from scratch, though it is anticipated that the phone might make an appearance at the MWC event. The company recently trademarked 'Icon' for smartphones and 'Iconic' for smartwatches. The company's CEO, Cho Sung-jin in an interview during the CES 2018 said "We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But ...

You can soon use Mobiles and WiFi on Flights in India as TRAI releases recommendations

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released recommendations on ‘In-Flight Connectivity’ paving the way for in-flight internet connectivity. In the recommendations, TRAI said that both IFC and MCA (Mobile communication on airspace) service should be permitted within minimum height restriction of 3000 meters in the Indian airspace.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) sought views of TRAI with a proposal to introduce voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights in Indian airspace on August 10, 2017. TRAI was also asked for recommendations, terms and conditions and other issues including entry fee, license fee, spectrum-related matters including usage charges and other states.

In the in-flight connectivity onboard is provided by the IFC service providers who need to be created at annual Licence Fee of a token amount of Rs. 1 and get itself registered with the DoT. TRAI after analyzing the comments of stakeholders in its recommendations mentions that IFC doesn’t necessarily be in Indian entity and the internet Services through Wi-Fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are permitted to use only in flight mode.

The IFC provider can start providing IFC (In-Flight Connectivity) services, after getting the necessary arrangement with Unified Licensee and having appropriate authorization. Regulatory further said that the IFC provider could use …

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released recommendations on 'In-Flight Connectivity' paving the way for in-flight internet connectivity. In the recommendations, TRAI said that both IFC and MCA (Mobile communication on airspace) service should be permitted within minimum height restriction of 3000 meters in the Indian airspace. The Department of Telecom (DoT) sought views of TRAI with a proposal to introduce voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights in Indian airspace on August 10, 2017. TRAI was also asked for recommendations, terms and conditions and other issues including entry fee, license fee, spectrum-related matters including usage charges and other states. In the in-flight connectivity onboard is provided by the IFC service providers who need to be created at annual Licence Fee of a token amount of Rs. 1 and get itself registered with the DoT. TRAI after analyzing the comments of stakeholders in its recommendations mentions that IFC doesn't necessarily be in Indian entity and the internet Services through Wi-Fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are permitted to use only in flight mode. The IFC provider can start providing IFC (In-Flight Connectivity) services, after getting the necessary arrangement with Unified Licensee and having appropriate authorization. Regulatory further said that the IFC provider could use ...

HMD Global MWC 2018 event set for February 25, Nokia 9, Nokia 7 Plus and more expected

HMD global just confirmed its MWC 2018 press conference on February 25th, 2018 where the company is expected to launch Nokia 9 flagship as the successor to the Nokia 8 . The company’s Cheif product officer, Juho Sarvikas‏ confirmed the same on Twitter. 

While the news about Nokia 9 isn’t confirmed but given the scale of the event, it is very likely the company would introduce the flagship along with few mid-range phones like the Nokia 1 with Android Oreo (Go Edition), Nokia 4, Nokia 7 Plus and a possible global variant of the Nokia 7. The recent developments in the updated camera APK revealed the information about these upcoming phones.

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If the rumors and leaks are any clues, the Nokia 9 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) display with 530-nits brightness, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Android 8.0 Oreo. In the camera department, it might have a 13MP (RBG) + 13MP (Monochrome) dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED Flash, OIS, EIS 3.0, 4K video recording. On the front, there is a possibility of an 8MP or 12MP front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor.

While these are just rumored specifications, we should know more details about the Nokia 9 and other phones …

HMD global just confirmed its MWC 2018 press conference on February 25th, 2018 where the company is expected to launch Nokia 9 flagship as the successor to the Nokia 8 . The company's Cheif product officer, Juho Sarvikas‏ confirmed the same on Twitter.  While the news about Nokia 9 isn't confirmed but given the scale of the event, it is very likely the company would introduce the flagship along with few mid-range phones like the Nokia 1 with Android Oreo (Go Edition), Nokia 4, Nokia 7 Plus and a possible global variant of the Nokia 7. The recent developments in the updated camera APK revealed the information about these upcoming phones. [HTML1] If the rumors and leaks are any clues, the Nokia 9 will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) display with 530-nits brightness, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Android 8.0 Oreo. In the camera department, it might have a 13MP (RBG) + 13MP (Monochrome) dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED Flash, OIS, EIS 3.0, 4K video recording. On the front, there is a possibility of an 8MP or 12MP front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor. While these are just rumored specifications, we should know more details about the Nokia 9 and other phones ...

Intel RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras with D4 vision processor announced

Intel today introduced the RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras in the D400 Cameras series. The depth cameras add 3D capabilities to any prototype or end user-ready device or machine. It is powered by the D4 vision processor.

The Intel RealSense is idle for educators, hardware prototyping, and software development. The new depth cameras come with a USB-powered form factor paired with D400 camera series. It is powered by the new Intel RealSense vision processor D4 for processing complex depth data in real time. The RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras are supported by the Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 which is available for the first time as a cross-platform.

The company says that the camera can be used indoors or outdoors and in any environments. Applications for a range of computer vision uses advancements across VR/AR, robotics, drones and more. it not just adds new levels of depth for real-time feedback, but will also make the devices more intelligent and enable’s new experiences.

The Intel RealSense Software Developer Kit with Intel RealSense viewer is now available to developers, allowing OEMs/ODMs and system integrators to unlocking new depth data with access to the depth camera to tackle everything from viewing the depth stream, visualizing 3D point clouds recording.

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Intel today introduced the RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras in the D400 Cameras series. The depth cameras add 3D capabilities to any prototype or end user-ready device or machine. It is powered by the D4 vision processor. The Intel RealSense is idle for educators, hardware prototyping, and software development. The new depth cameras come with a USB-powered form factor paired with D400 camera series. It is powered by the new Intel RealSense vision processor D4 for processing complex depth data in real time. The RealSense D415 and D435 depth cameras are supported by the Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 which is available for the first time as a cross-platform. The company says that the camera can be used indoors or outdoors and in any environments. Applications for a range of computer vision uses advancements across VR/AR, robotics, drones and more. it not just adds new levels of depth for real-time feedback, but will also make the devices more intelligent and enable's new experiences. The Intel RealSense Software Developer Kit with Intel RealSense viewer is now available to developers, allowing OEMs/ODMs and system integrators to unlocking new depth data with access to the depth camera to tackle everything from viewing the depth stream, visualizing 3D point clouds recording. The Intel RealSense D415 ...

Sony MWC 2018 event set for February 26; CEO says still committed to smartphone business

Given the downfall of Sony’s smartphone business it would be no surprise if the company suddenly decides to pull the plug, but interestingly the company recently confirmed its presence at the MWC 2018 event that is scheduled to happen in February.

Though Sony phones were a range back in the day, the firm got pushed away very soon by Apple, Samsung, and other Chinese brands. Given the age-old design of its smartphones, it is no wonder why Sony is struggling. Most of the design blame might be because of the philosophy of Sony president and CEO Hirai. Hirai took the position of CEO just when the WOW factor of Sony phones started phasing out.

He is being credited for turning around the sinking ship, and in addition to his hands-on approach, his principles regarding design or other departments reflected Sony’s culture. He says that his aim is for an emotional response rather than a technical one and not to change the award-winning design every year for the sake of changing it.

Despite the fact that Sony smartphone business is not doing so well, Hira currently has no intentions to let go. Instead, he sees the smartphone business as their ticket in the communications space. …

Given the downfall of Sony's smartphone business it would be no surprise if the company suddenly decides to pull the plug, but interestingly the company recently confirmed its presence at the MWC 2018 event that is scheduled to happen in February. Though Sony phones were a range back in the day, the firm got pushed away very soon by Apple, Samsung, and other Chinese brands. Given the age-old design of its smartphones, it is no wonder why Sony is struggling. Most of the design blame might be because of the philosophy of Sony president and CEO Hirai. Hirai took the position of CEO just when the WOW factor of Sony phones started phasing out. He is being credited for turning around the sinking ship, and in addition to his hands-on approach, his principles regarding design or other departments reflected Sony's culture. He says that his aim is for an emotional response rather than a technical one and not to change the award-winning design every year for the sake of changing it. Despite the fact that Sony smartphone business is not doing so well, Hira currently has no intentions to let go. Instead, he sees the smartphone business as their ticket in the communications space. ...

WhatsApp might launch UPI-based digital payments service in India next month

WhatsApp UPI-based digital payments service has been in the news for quite some time and it now looks like the company is finally all set to launch the feature as early as next month according to reports. The WhatsApp payment will give a big boost to digital payments in India and will compete with Google Tez that was launched last year and already has over 12 million users.

The peer-to-peer payment system powered by Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is said to be in the final stages of beta testing with few banking partners like HDFC, ICICI, State Bank, and Axis Bank. The final version is expected to go live for users next month considering the trails run smoothly said the people familiar with the matter.

A banker too confirmed the new saying WhatsApp is at various stages of system integration with banks and is currently doing security checks to ensure the safety of the data. The feature before going live will be tested on few users and based on the results, the date will be fixed for final roll out. WhatsApp got the approvals from the government to integrate with UPI in July and will soon join Google, Samsung.

Among the many digital payment solutions, WhatsApp UPI-based …

WhatsApp UPI-based digital payments service has been in the news for quite some time and it now looks like the company is finally all set to launch the feature as early as next month according to reports. The WhatsApp payment will give a big boost to digital payments in India and will compete with Google Tez that was launched last year and already has over 12 million users. The peer-to-peer payment system powered by Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is said to be in the final stages of beta testing with few banking partners like HDFC, ICICI, State Bank, and Axis Bank. The final version is expected to go live for users next month considering the trails run smoothly said the people familiar with the matter. A banker too confirmed the new saying WhatsApp is at various stages of system integration with banks and is currently doing security checks to ensure the safety of the data. The feature before going live will be tested on few users and based on the results, the date will be fixed for final roll out. WhatsApp got the approvals from the government to integrate with UPI in July and will soon join Google, Samsung. Among the many digital payment solutions, WhatsApp UPI-based ...