Netflix for Android finally gets redesigned UI with larger controls, next episode button and more

Netflix for Android finally brings the much-needed update with redesigned U.I with larger controls, forward video, next episode button, and more. This redesigned U.I is long overdue as the player felt a little underwhelming as opposed to great content it carries. 

It also brings a new forward and back 10-second buttons which makes it easy to jump to the exact point. Much like YouTube, you can double tap on the left or right side of the screen while watching to instantly go forward or back. The update also brings bigger controls like play/pause, with labels to quickly select Episodes or turn on Audio & Subtitles. Most importantly, it gets a new“Next Episode” button to get to the next one even faster.

This new update fixes almost everything, the play/pause buttons are now centered instead of leaving them at the left corner. Though the forward and backward doesn’t rack up to +20, +30, it still is something that is better than nothing. The episodes’ and ‘Audio & Subtitles’ buttons have been moved to the bottom with the caption.

If you are a Netflix user, you can download or update the app from Play Store  Hope the Netflix iOS app will get the new UI soon.

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Netflix for Android finally brings the much-needed update with redesigned U.I with larger controls, forward video, next episode button, and more. This redesigned U.I is long overdue as the player felt a little underwhelming as opposed to great content it carries.  It also brings a new forward and back 10-second buttons which makes it easy to jump to the exact point. Much like YouTube, you can double tap on the left or right side of the screen while watching to instantly go forward or back. The update also brings bigger controls like play/pause, with labels to quickly select Episodes or turn on Audio & Subtitles. Most importantly, it gets a new“Next Episode” button to get to the next one even faster. This new update fixes almost everything, the play/pause buttons are now centered instead of leaving them at the left corner. Though the forward and backward doesn't rack up to +20, +30, it still is something that is better than nothing. The episodes' and 'Audio & Subtitles' buttons have been moved to the bottom with the caption. If you are a Netflix user, you can download or update the app from Play Store  Hope the Netflix iOS app will get the new UI soon. Via

HP introduces new Omen 15 gaming laptop with 15.6-inch 4K display, 8th Gen Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

HP today has announced the Omen 15 gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch display and is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processors with up to six cores. It is  7.4 percent less-wide and 5% thinner than its predecessor and weighs just 2.4 kgs.

The HP Omen 15 gaming laptop sports a 15.6-inch diagonal display with either 144hz 1080p, 60Hz 4k, or 60Hz 1080p options and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.  It also offers vibrant sound blasts through stereo speakers which are powered by Bang & Olufsen along and a discrete audio amplifier. It also has support for DTS Headphone for simulated surround sound.

It is powered by the 8th generation Intel CPUs with upto  Core i+ H-series in six and quad-core configurations and VR ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with MAX-Q Design. It packs 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM and storage range from SSD, HDD, SSD + HDD, or even HDD + Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration. To keep things cooler while gaming, it features vents as well as fluid dynamic bearing fans with larger fins than before.

Apart from Omen 15, HP also introduced OMEN by Mindframe Headset which is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology, OMEN by HP Sequencer Keyboard that features lightweight anodized aluminum frame, and USB port at …

HP today has announced the Omen 15 gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch display and is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processors with up to six cores. It is  7.4 percent less-wide and 5% thinner than its predecessor and weighs just 2.4 kgs. The HP Omen 15 gaming laptop sports a 15.6-inch diagonal display with either 144hz 1080p, 60Hz 4k, or 60Hz 1080p options and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.  It also offers vibrant sound blasts through stereo speakers which are powered by Bang & Olufsen along and a discrete audio amplifier. It also has support for DTS Headphone for simulated surround sound. It is powered by the 8th generation Intel CPUs with upto  Core i+ H-series in six and quad-core configurations and VR ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with MAX-Q Design. It packs 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM and storage range from SSD, HDD, SSD + HDD, or even HDD + Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration. To keep things cooler while gaming, it features vents as well as fluid dynamic bearing fans with larger fins than before. Apart from Omen 15, HP also introduced OMEN by Mindframe Headset which is the world’s first headset with active earcup cooling technology, OMEN by HP Sequencer Keyboard that features lightweight anodized aluminum frame, and USB port at ...

Samsung Display showcases new 2.43-inch 1200 PPI AMOLED VR display

Early last week, Google and LG teamed up to showcase the next-gen VR OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 1443ppi. Samsung at the SID 2018 exhibition last week unveiled a 2.43-inch VR panel with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels accounting for a pixel density of 1200 PPI.

Apart from the most ambitious VR panel, Samsung also has three different panels on display; two were 3.5-inch and 3.2-inch panels with 1440×1600 and 1824×1824 resolution, with a pixel density of 616 PPI and 806 PPI. It is possible that Samsung might be working on standalone virtual reality headsets across different price ranges. However, it could also be a speculation at this moment since Samsung didn’t mention anything about an upcoming Gear VR.

https://youtu.be/Hk7j2pFYQQI

However, models with different prices and specs sound like a good idea to get things going for its standalone headset. Either way, we should wait for some more time to see what Samsung is planning.

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Early last week, Google and LG teamed up to showcase the next-gen VR OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 1443ppi. Samsung at the SID 2018 exhibition last week unveiled a 2.43-inch VR panel with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels accounting for a pixel density of 1200 PPI. Apart from the most ambitious VR panel, Samsung also has three different panels on display; two were 3.5-inch and 3.2-inch panels with 1440×1600 and 1824×1824 resolution, with a pixel density of 616 PPI and 806 PPI. It is possible that Samsung might be working on standalone virtual reality headsets across different price ranges. However, it could also be a speculation at this moment since Samsung didn't mention anything about an upcoming Gear VR. https://youtu.be/Hk7j2pFYQQI However, models with different prices and specs sound like a good idea to get things going for its standalone headset. Either way, we should wait for some more time to see what Samsung is planning. Source

TRAI proposes the use of Blockchain technology to curb spam calls and messages

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is back again with new proposals that state the use of Blockchain technology to curb spam calls and messages. This move is to ensure that telemarketing messages are sent only to those who have subscribed to them, and that too by authorized entities. The proposed Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation 2018 will empower billions of subscribers to take control of their voice and text communications.

According to TRAI, twenty-three crore subscribers have registered themselves on the DND Registry since 2010. However, the problem still retained thanks to the unscrupulous elements that started obtaining customers’ consent or resorted to use of unregistered telemarketers that call or message from a ten-digit number. These fraud calls are on the rise in the recent times.

The proposed Blockchain or distributed ledger has proven useful where the objective is to cryptographically secure information and make it available only when it is needed to know basis. In fact, it will be the first instance anywhere in the world to use this technology at such a scale in the telecom sector. Blockchain will ensure two things non-repudiative and confidentiality, meaning only those authorized to access details will be able to access subscriber details and …

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is back again with new proposals that state the use of Blockchain technology to curb spam calls and messages. This move is to ensure that telemarketing messages are sent only to those who have subscribed to them, and that too by authorized entities. The proposed Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation 2018 will empower billions of subscribers to take control of their voice and text communications. According to TRAI, twenty-three crore subscribers have registered themselves on the DND Registry since 2010. However, the problem still retained thanks to the unscrupulous elements that started obtaining customers' consent or resorted to use of unregistered telemarketers that call or message from a ten-digit number. These fraud calls are on the rise in the recent times. The proposed Blockchain or distributed ledger has proven useful where the objective is to cryptographically secure information and make it available only when it is needed to know basis. In fact, it will be the first instance anywhere in the world to use this technology at such a scale in the telecom sector. Blockchain will ensure two things non-repudiative and confidentiality, meaning only those authorized to access details will be able to access subscriber details and ...

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 dedicated chipset with 4K video support for AR and VR announced

Qualcomm today has introduced the Snapdragon XR1 Platform, it is the world’s first dedicated SoC for Extended Reality (XR) platform. The XR1 platform is also specially optimized for Augmented Reality (AR) experiences with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities offering better interactivity, power consumption, and thermal efficiency.

The company has also announced that OEMs like Meta, VIVE, Vuzix, and Picoare are already developing on the first dedicated XR1 platform. The Snapdragon XR1 integrates Qualcomm Technologies’ heterogeneous compute architecture, including the ARM-based multi-core Central Processing Unit (CPU), a vector processor, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Qualcomm’s AI Engine. It also includes advanced XR software service layer, machine learning the Snapdragon XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies.

Thanks to the AI engine, it provides on-device processing and brings the ability to process AI-use cases and run high performing, power-efficient machine learning based computer vision algorithms. It supports Ultra high-definition 4K video resolution at up to 60 frames per second for high-quality VR HMDs. The Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP) reduces unwanted noise from snapshots.

It also supports dual-display support, 3D overlays including OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan. The Snapdragon XR1 uses Qualcomm Technologies 3D Audio Suite, Qualcomm Aqstic Audio Technologies, and Qualcomm aptX Audio for high-fidelity audio experiences and “always-on, always-listening” voice assistance …

Qualcomm today has introduced the Snapdragon XR1 Platform, it is the world’s first dedicated SoC for Extended Reality (XR) platform. The XR1 platform is also specially optimized for Augmented Reality (AR) experiences with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities offering better interactivity, power consumption, and thermal efficiency. The company has also announced that OEMs like Meta, VIVE, Vuzix, and Picoare are already developing on the first dedicated XR1 platform. The Snapdragon XR1 integrates Qualcomm Technologies’ heterogeneous compute architecture, including the ARM-based multi-core Central Processing Unit (CPU), a vector processor, Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Qualcomm's AI Engine. It also includes advanced XR software service layer, machine learning the Snapdragon XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies. Thanks to the AI engine, it provides on-device processing and brings the ability to process AI-use cases and run high performing, power-efficient machine learning based computer vision algorithms. It supports Ultra high-definition 4K video resolution at up to 60 frames per second for high-quality VR HMDs. The Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP) reduces unwanted noise from snapshots. It also supports dual-display support, 3D overlays including OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan. The Snapdragon XR1 uses Qualcomm Technologies 3D Audio Suite, Qualcomm Aqstic Audio Technologies, and Qualcomm aptX Audio for high-fidelity audio experiences and “always-on, always-listening” voice assistance ...

Motorola One Power Android One phone with 19:9 notch display, dual-rear cameras surface

Motorola’s 2018 line-up kickstarted with the launch of Moto G6 and E5 series recently, and off lately it is the Moto Z3 Play that is making the noise even before its launch next week. And, now it looks like Motorola might be planning an entire line-up that might replace the Moto X series that got cancelled recently. 

The first device in the new Moto series is the ‘Motorola One Power’ and it is an Android One device going by the branding on the rear side, meaning this phone will be picking off things where the Moto X4 left off last year. Since the naming has ‘Power’ series it might be en entire new lineup, so more variants might be coming along.

Moving along, the Motorola One Power looks a lot like the iPhone X with a top notch and a bottom chin. Since there is a notch, it packs an 19:9 aspect ratio display, curved edges, and a flat back, Unlike most Motorola phones, the Motorola One Power has a vertical arrangement on the left side. It comes with dual-rear cameras and LED flash sandwiched in the middle. In what appears to be a fingerprint sensor is present in the Moto dimple.

Unfortunately, this where …

Motorola's 2018 line-up kickstarted with the launch of Moto G6 and E5 series recently, and off lately it is the Moto Z3 Play that is making the noise even before its launch next week. And, now it looks like Motorola might be planning an entire line-up that might replace the Moto X series that got cancelled recently.  The first device in the new Moto series is the 'Motorola One Power' and it is an Android One device going by the branding on the rear side, meaning this phone will be picking off things where the Moto X4 left off last year. Since the naming has 'Power' series it might be en entire new lineup, so more variants might be coming along. Moving along, the Motorola One Power looks a lot like the iPhone X with a top notch and a bottom chin. Since there is a notch, it packs an 19:9 aspect ratio display, curved edges, and a flat back, Unlike most Motorola phones, the Motorola One Power has a vertical arrangement on the left side. It comes with dual-rear cameras and LED flash sandwiched in the middle. In what appears to be a fingerprint sensor is present in the Moto dimple. Unfortunately, this where ...

Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with AirPlay 2 stereo pairs, multi-room audio, messages in iCloud

Apple is rolling out iOS 11.4 update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch. This update brings AirPlay 2 stereo pairs and multi-room audio bringing more immersive listening experience through HomePod smart speaker. Using AirPlay 2 lets you connect to the multi-room wireless audio system to play music in any room from any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device, Apple TV, and HomePod.

The AirPlay 2; the next-gen version of Apple’s media streaming technology reduces latency and supports multi-room playback from iOS for the first time. As for HomePod, AirPlay 2 features are automatically supported and music can be streamed around the house without the need to link speakers. These features are available on iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access, and HomePod will be able to communicate with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers when they become available.

Messages in iCloud feature is finally available on iOS 11.4, and this lets you keep messages across devices in sync much like email. So, if you delete a message on one device, it will be erased on all your other devices. Similarly, if you set up a new Apple device, your messages will appear without needing to …

Apple is rolling out iOS 11.4 update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch. This update brings AirPlay 2 stereo pairs and multi-room audio bringing more immersive listening experience through HomePod smart speaker. Using AirPlay 2 lets you connect to the multi-room wireless audio system to play music in any room from any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device, Apple TV, and HomePod. The AirPlay 2; the next-gen version of Apple’s media streaming technology reduces latency and supports multi-room playback from iOS for the first time. As for HomePod, AirPlay 2 features are automatically supported and music can be streamed around the house without the need to link speakers. These features are available on iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access, and HomePod will be able to communicate with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers when they become available. Messages in iCloud feature is finally available on iOS 11.4, and this lets you keep messages across devices in sync much like email. So, if you delete a message on one device, it will be erased on all your other devices. Similarly, if you set up a new Apple device, your messages will appear without needing to ...

Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500 gaming WiFi router launched in India

Netgear today has launched the Nighthawk Pro XR500 gaming WiFi router in India. The router was initially announced at the CES 2018 back in January. According to the company, it leverages the software optimize network connections by stabilizing the ping, reducing lag spikes and keeps users always on.

Netgear has partnered with Netduma for the software; the DumaOS includes gaming dashboard, geo filter, Quality of Service (QoS), and Network Monitoring capabilities. With the gaming dashboard, users can view real-time bandwidth utilization by the device, ping delays, all in a single screen. The geo filters help in fixing any gaming lags by limiting distance to the server.

The Quality of Service (QoS) enables users to prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by the device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network. The router comes with gaming VPN protecting gamer’s identity, prevents DDoS attacks, and more. It also features four-port Gigabit switch for wired connection and sports two USB 3.0 ports. The Netgear Nighthawk Pro gaming WiFi router packs 256MB flash storage and 512MB of RAM.

The Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) is available through the authorized Netgear partners as well as online. Though the company has launched it at Rs. 23,000, it is available on Amazon.in for …

Netgear today has launched the Nighthawk Pro XR500 gaming WiFi router in India. The router was initially announced at the CES 2018 back in January. According to the company, it leverages the software optimize network connections by stabilizing the ping, reducing lag spikes and keeps users always on. Netgear has partnered with Netduma for the software; the DumaOS includes gaming dashboard, geo filter, Quality of Service (QoS), and Network Monitoring capabilities. With the gaming dashboard, users can view real-time bandwidth utilization by the device, ping delays, all in a single screen. The geo filters help in fixing any gaming lags by limiting distance to the server. The Quality of Service (QoS) enables users to prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by the device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network. The router comes with gaming VPN protecting gamer's identity, prevents DDoS attacks, and more. It also features four-port Gigabit switch for wired connection and sports two USB 3.0 ports. The Netgear Nighthawk Pro gaming WiFi router packs 256MB flash storage and 512MB of RAM. The Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) is available through the authorized Netgear partners as well as online. Though the company has launched it at Rs. 23,000, it is available on Amazon.in for ...

PUBG developer sues Epic Games’ Fortnite over copyright infringement in Korea

Korean game developer PUBG Corporation, which is also a subsidiary of Bluehole has announced that it is suing US-based Epic Games’ ‘Fortnite’ over copyright infringement in Korea. It also asked the court to determine whether Fortnite copied from the former’s “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” It filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea.

Epic Games Fortnite which was released in July last year is a first-person shooter (FPS) game, that has been gaining a lot of popularity and is also threatening the popularity of PUBG which is already a great hit in the gaming market last year. Though the game was launched with “Save the World” mode where players had to build walls and defended it, in September the company has added the free-to-play “Battle Royale” portion into the game, provoking plagiarism in the gameplay.

There are allegations against the game copied “Battlegrounds” items and user interface (UI). When the controversy started back in September, Bluehole in a statement said that it is finding ways on how to respond to the claims that core elements and UI of the Battle Royale mode of “Fortnite” seemed to be similar to those of Battlegrounds. On the other hand, is a survivor shooter game that became very popular within a short …

Korean game developer PUBG Corporation, which is also a subsidiary of Bluehole has announced that it is suing US-based Epic Games' 'Fortnite' over copyright infringement in Korea. It also asked the court to determine whether Fortnite copied from the former's "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." It filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea. Epic Games Fortnite which was released in July last year is a first-person shooter (FPS) game, that has been gaining a lot of popularity and is also threatening the popularity of PUBG which is already a great hit in the gaming market last year. Though the game was launched with "Save the World" mode where players had to build walls and defended it, in September the company has added the free-to-play "Battle Royale" portion into the game, provoking plagiarism in the gameplay. There are allegations against the game copied "Battlegrounds" items and user interface (UI). When the controversy started back in September, Bluehole in a statement said that it is finding ways on how to respond to the claims that core elements and UI of the Battle Royale mode of "Fortnite" seemed to be similar to those of Battlegrounds. On the other hand, is a survivor shooter game that became very popular within a short ...

Amazon Now rebranded to Prime Now in India; Express 2-hour delivery available for Prime members

Amazon India today announced that it is expanding its ultra-fast delivery on Amazon Now app and re-branding it to Prime Now. With Prime Now, Amazon is offering exclusive Express 2-hour delivery to Prime members anytime between 6 am to midnight. Including the express delivery, same-day and next-day delivery will remain available for all customers, in convenient 2-hour slots from 6 am to 12 midnight.

Prime Now is available in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad and is also expanding to over 10,000 products with everything a customer may need or desire in hours. The categories include Fruits & Vegetables, Grocery, Staples, Meats, and Home & Kitchen fulfilled by Amazon through the Now Store, as well as by supermarkets such as Big Bazaar, Aditya Birla More, and local specialty sellers like Licious and Pescafresh.

Amazon said that the selection is updated every season with seasonal fruits like mangoes among others. Since the company is expanding to Home & Kitchen, customers can purchase from a host of categories including electronics accessories, Home and Kitchen, soft furnishings, small appliances from mixer grinders to induction cookers, and many more.

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Sameer Khetarpal, Director – Category Management (Grocery), Amazon India said:
We are excited about scaling up our grocery …

Amazon India today announced that it is expanding its ultra-fast delivery on Amazon Now app and re-branding it to Prime Now. With Prime Now, Amazon is offering exclusive Express 2-hour delivery to Prime members anytime between 6 am to midnight. Including the express delivery, same-day and next-day delivery will remain available for all customers, in convenient 2-hour slots from 6 am to 12 midnight. Prime Now is available in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad and is also expanding to over 10,000 products with everything a customer may need or desire in hours. The categories include Fruits & Vegetables, Grocery, Staples, Meats, and Home & Kitchen fulfilled by Amazon through the Now Store, as well as by supermarkets such as Big Bazaar, Aditya Birla More, and local specialty sellers like Licious and Pescafresh. Amazon said that the selection is updated every season with seasonal fruits like mangoes among others. Since the company is expanding to Home & Kitchen, customers can purchase from a host of categories including electronics accessories, Home and Kitchen, soft furnishings, small appliances from mixer grinders to induction cookers, and many more. Download Amazon Prime Now - Android | iOS Sameer Khetarpal, Director - Category Management (Grocery), Amazon India said: We are excited about scaling up our grocery ...