Broadcom yet again proposes to acquire Qualcomm at higher price

Broadcom back in November has proposed an offer to acquire Qualcomm, and the chipset maker rejected the offer saying that the proposal dramatically undervalues Qualcomm and comes with significant regulatory uncertainty. However, Broadcom today has yet again proposed an updated offer at a higher $121 billion and the all outstanding shares of Qualcomm for $60.00 per share in cash and $22.00 per share in Broadcom stock.

Broadcom says that the updated proposal represents 50% Premium to Qualcomm’s Unaffected Share Price as on November 2, 2017, and 56% Premium to Qualcomm’s Unaffected 30-day Volume-weighted Average Price. The offer also includes Broadcom stock to Provide Greater Opportunity for Qualcomm Stockholders to share in transaction benefits.

Broadcom says that it is willing to make strong regulatory commitments and said that it was also inviting Qualcomm Directors; Paul Jacobs, to Join combined company’s board. The new offer stands regardless of either Qualcomm acquiring NXP Semiconductors on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction being terminated.

Qualcomm, on the other hand, confirmed that it had received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Broadcom and it is consulting its financial and legal advisors to review the offer. The company said that it would comment once the board has reviewed the offer.

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Broadcom back in November has proposed an offer to acquire Qualcomm, and the chipset maker rejected the offer saying that the proposal dramatically undervalues Qualcomm and comes with significant regulatory uncertainty. However, Broadcom today has yet again proposed an updated offer at a higher $121 billion and the all outstanding shares of Qualcomm for $60.00 per share in cash and $22.00 per share in Broadcom stock. Broadcom says that the updated proposal represents 50% Premium to Qualcomm's Unaffected Share Price as on November 2, 2017, and 56% Premium to Qualcomm's Unaffected 30-day Volume-weighted Average Price. The offer also includes Broadcom stock to Provide Greater Opportunity for Qualcomm Stockholders to share in transaction benefits. Broadcom says that it is willing to make strong regulatory commitments and said that it was also inviting Qualcomm Directors; Paul Jacobs, to Join combined company's board. The new offer stands regardless of either Qualcomm acquiring NXP Semiconductors on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction being terminated. Qualcomm, on the other hand, confirmed that it had received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Broadcom and it is consulting its financial and legal advisors to review the offer. The company said that it would comment once the board has reviewed the offer. Source 1, 2

Google to roll out revamped Google+ app for Android soon

Google+ may not have been the most used Android apps, but it looks like Google isn’t going to give up on it just yet. The company’s Leo Deegan, the engineering manager for Google+, announced that over the next several days, it would roll out a revamped Google+ app focusing on changes under the hood.

In a Google+ post, Leo says that the brand new app will look the same as the current app, but will include a complete rewrite of many core features using Google’s latest Android app infrastructure which will make the Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack. Other subtle rewrites include stream rendering, scrolling has also been improved, the photo lightbox has been redesigned, comment options slide up from a bottom sheet, and grey-spammed comments are now viewable by post authors.

It looks like Google has put a lot of effort is modernizing the app and how it works at a fundamental level. However, Google also says that there are few known issues, for instance, leaving a comment on a post causes a full refresh of the post to include your comment which it is currently working on. We are yet to see an APK for the revamped Google+, and …

Google+ may not have been the most used Android apps, but it looks like Google isn't going to give up on it just yet. The company's Leo Deegan, the engineering manager for Google+, announced that over the next several days, it would roll out a revamped Google+ app focusing on changes under the hood. In a Google+ post, Leo says that the brand new app will look the same as the current app, but will include a complete rewrite of many core features using Google's latest Android app infrastructure which will make the Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack. Other subtle rewrites include stream rendering, scrolling has also been improved, the photo lightbox has been redesigned, comment options slide up from a bottom sheet, and grey-spammed comments are now viewable by post authors. It looks like Google has put a lot of effort is modernizing the app and how it works at a fundamental level. However, Google also says that there are few known issues, for instance, leaving a comment on a post causes a full refresh of the post to include your comment which it is currently working on. We are yet to see an APK for the revamped Google+, and ...

Android Oreo adoption rate climbs to 1.1%, Nougat is now on 28.5% devices

Google is out with Android distribution numbers for the month of January with an Oreo adoption rate now moving past 1% at 1.1%, including the recently rolled out Android 8.1 Oreo. 

The Oreo adoption is now 1.1% which is a solid 0.4% increase from last month. The Nougat including both Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 Nougat adoption rate has now jumped to 28.5% from 26.3% in December which is a steady growth. Android 6.0 Marshmallow adoption rate has declined again and is now at 28.1% down from 28.6%. The Lollipop operating system adoption now stands at 24.6% down from 25.1%.

The KitKat OS now stands at 12% down from 12.8% shows the adoption of the latest OS. The Jellybean is currently at 5% down from 5.6%. Gingerbread and Ice cream sandwich are at 0.3% and 0.4% respectively. Like always all the data is collected before the 7-day period ending on February 8th, 2017, according to Google and Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown.

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Google is out with Android distribution numbers for the month of January with an Oreo adoption rate now moving past 1% at 1.1%, including the recently rolled out Android 8.1 Oreo.  The Oreo adoption is now 1.1% which is a solid 0.4% increase from last month. The Nougat including both Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 Nougat adoption rate has now jumped to 28.5% from 26.3% in December which is a steady growth. Android 6.0 Marshmallow adoption rate has declined again and is now at 28.1% down from 28.6%. The Lollipop operating system adoption now stands at 24.6% down from 25.1%. The KitKat OS now stands at 12% down from 12.8% shows the adoption of the latest OS. The Jellybean is currently at 5% down from 5.6%. Gingerbread and Ice cream sandwich are at 0.3% and 0.4% respectively. Like always all the data is collected before the 7-day period ending on February 8th, 2017, according to Google and Any versions with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown. Source

Google turns on Pixel 2 Visual Core custom image processing chip, to roll out new AR Stickers

Back in October Google announced that the Pixel 2 and 2 XL feature a custom chip; the Visual Core custom image processing chip. However, it was not enabled by default and Google said that it would be enabled once the Oreo 8.1 rolls out, and the day is finally here as the company today announced that it is turning on the visual core to accelerate HDR+ images 5x faster.

In a detailed blog post, Google explains how the Visual Core custom image processing chip with HDR+ enhances the images in challenging lighting conditions. The Visual Core custom image processing chip uses computational photography and machine learning to improve the image quality especially in apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Google says that all you got to do is just point and shoot an image, while the chip does the rest of the job. The company says that Pixel Visual Core is built to do heavy-lifting image processing while using less power, saving battery. The Pixel Visual Core also runs RAISR, meaning the zoomed in shots are now much sharper and more detailed. Google also brags about the Zero Shutter Lag which is capable of capturing the frame right when you press the shutter.

On another note, Google additionally is …

Back in October Google announced that the Pixel 2 and 2 XL feature a custom chip; the Visual Core custom image processing chip. However, it was not enabled by default and Google said that it would be enabled once the Oreo 8.1 rolls out, and the day is finally here as the company today announced that it is turning on the visual core to accelerate HDR+ images 5x faster. In a detailed blog post, Google explains how the Visual Core custom image processing chip with HDR+ enhances the images in challenging lighting conditions. The Visual Core custom image processing chip uses computational photography and machine learning to improve the image quality especially in apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat. Google says that all you got to do is just point and shoot an image, while the chip does the rest of the job. The company says that Pixel Visual Core is built to do heavy-lifting image processing while using less power, saving battery. The Pixel Visual Core also runs RAISR, meaning the zoomed in shots are now much sharper and more detailed. Google also brags about the Zero Shutter Lag which is capable of capturing the frame right when you press the shutter. On another note, Google additionally is ...

Microsoft said to ditch Windows 10 S over ‘S Mode’ for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise and Pro

Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 S back in September aimed at computing with Chromebooks and education customers restricting them to running Microsoft Store apps. However, the company is now said to be ditching the S OS for a new  “S Mode” for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro according to Neowin.

Essentially, the new S-mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10, so it can only run apps from the Microsoft Store. Basically, it does what a Windows 10 S dedicated OS should do. According to a report, Microsoft claims that 60% of users remain on Windows 10 S, instead of switching to Windows 10 Pro free of charge. But, if they do switch, it is within 24hrs of having the device, but if they don’t switch in the first seven days, 83% remain running in S mode.

Windows 10 S will no longer be an SKU offered by Microsoft. Instead, they will offer the S mode for all iterations of Windows 10. Microsoft is reportedly planning to let Windows 10 Home S users upgrade to the Home Mode free of charge, however, Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled will have to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 …

Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 S back in September aimed at computing with Chromebooks and education customers restricting them to running Microsoft Store apps. However, the company is now said to be ditching the S OS for a new  “S Mode” for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro according to Neowin. Essentially, the new S-mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10, so it can only run apps from the Microsoft Store. Basically, it does what a Windows 10 S dedicated OS should do. According to a report, Microsoft claims that 60% of users remain on Windows 10 S, instead of switching to Windows 10 Pro free of charge. But, if they do switch, it is within 24hrs of having the device, but if they don’t switch in the first seven days, 83% remain running in S mode. Windows 10 S will no longer be an SKU offered by Microsoft. Instead, they will offer the S mode for all iterations of Windows 10. Microsoft is reportedly planning to let Windows 10 Home S users upgrade to the Home Mode free of charge, however, Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled will have to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 ...

Facebook introduces Friends Day personalized Awards, Camera filters and more

Facebook celebrated February 4th as Friends Day and it has introduced a way to show gratitude to your friends and family with a personalized Friends Awards and videos. You will now see a message from Facebook at the top of News Feed along with a small video. 

Once the video ends, you can create and share your own Friends Awards pre-made or by creating your own from a template, like “Bestie,” “Great Listener” and “Knows How to Make Me Laugh.” To crank it up a notch, Facebook is offering three unique Camera filters for people to share. It is also celebrating Friends Day with a series of short films that highlight five remarkable friendships from around the world.

This is a really interesting feature and helps to connect friends in a much better way. In a post, Facebook said:
From the beginning, Facebook has been about connecting with your friends, which is why we’re inspired to see more than 750 million new friendships formed on Facebook each day. We hope everyone will take time this weekend to show a little gratitude.
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Facebook celebrated February 4th as Friends Day and it has introduced a way to show gratitude to your friends and family with a personalized Friends Awards and videos. You will now see a message from Facebook at the top of News Feed along with a small video.  Once the video ends, you can create and share your own Friends Awards pre-made or by creating your own from a template, like "Bestie," "Great Listener" and "Knows How to Make Me Laugh." To crank it up a notch, Facebook is offering three unique Camera filters for people to share. It is also celebrating Friends Day with a series of short films that highlight five remarkable friendships from around the world. This is a really interesting feature and helps to connect friends in a much better way. In a post, Facebook said: From the beginning, Facebook has been about connecting with your friends, which is why we’re inspired to see more than 750 million new friendships formed on Facebook each day. We hope everyone will take time this weekend to show a little gratitude. Source

Zebronics Neptune wireless headphones with rhythmic LED lights launched for Rs. 6999

Zebronics has launched the Neptune wireless headphones with rhythmic LED lights, and it comes with advanced high-end chipset boasting sound for a better listening experience. The rhythmic LED lights will showcase your tunes and the graphics groves the beats. 

The company is promising a battery backup of up to 10 hours, and the soft padded cushions won’t hurt your ears even after listening to music for quite some time. It also comes with Microphone for hands-free call function and media control buttons which let you change tracks or adjust the music volume.

It connects to the phone via Bluetooth 4.1 with 10 meters of range. However, the company is also bundling AUX capable for continuous playback even if the battery dies.

It comes with 2 40mm drivers with a Frequency response rate of 20Hz-20kHz and an impedance of 32Ohm, with a Max. An output power of 30mW. The Zebronics Neptune comes with 300mAh with 8 hours of talk time and 2 hours of charging time. It weighs 230 grams. The Zebronics Neptune is priced at Rs. 6,999 and is already available with leading retail stores across India.

Director of Zebronics, Pradeep Doshi, said:
The music quality is bound to be commendable, credits to the high-tech and superior quality technical components that never seize to amaze you. We have also …

Zebronics has launched the Neptune wireless headphones with rhythmic LED lights, and it comes with advanced high-end chipset boasting sound for a better listening experience. The rhythmic LED lights will showcase your tunes and the graphics groves the beats.  The company is promising a battery backup of up to 10 hours, and the soft padded cushions won't hurt your ears even after listening to music for quite some time. It also comes with Microphone for hands-free call function and media control buttons which let you change tracks or adjust the music volume. It connects to the phone via Bluetooth 4.1 with 10 meters of range. However, the company is also bundling AUX capable for continuous playback even if the battery dies. It comes with 2 40mm drivers with a Frequency response rate of 20Hz-20kHz and an impedance of 32Ohm, with a Max. An output power of 30mW. The Zebronics Neptune comes with 300mAh with 8 hours of talk time and 2 hours of charging time. It weighs 230 grams. The Zebronics Neptune is priced at Rs. 6,999 and is already available with leading retail stores across India. Director of Zebronics, Pradeep Doshi, said: The music quality is bound to be commendable, credits to the high-tech and superior quality technical components that never seize to amaze you. We have also ...

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong released as South Korean court suspends his term

A South Korean appeals court on Monday has suspended Samsung’s Heir Jay Y. Lee’s jail term after a year’s detention over the corruption scandal that brought down the former president. The Seoul High Court jailed Lee for two and a half years, reducing the original term by half, and suspended the sentence for charges including bribery and embezzlement, meaning he does not have to serve time.

Jay Y. Lee was in detention since last February and the President Park Geun-hye was dismissed in March 2016 in a case that brought scrutiny to the nature of the ties between South Korea’s chaebols – big family-owned corporate groups – and its political leaders. However, Park, denied wrongdoing and is currently standing trial accused of bribery, abuse of power and coercion.

Back in August, a lower court had convicted Lee for bribing Park to strengthen his control of Samsung Electronics. The court back in the day said that Samsung’s financial support for entities backed by a friend of Park‘s, Choi Soon-sil, constituted bribery, including 7.2 billion won ($6.4 million) to sponsor the equestrian career of Choi’s daughter.

On Monday, the Presiding senior judge Cheong Hyung-sik called the nature of Lee’s involvement in Samsung’s monetary support for Choi a “passive …

A South Korean appeals court on Monday has suspended Samsung's Heir Jay Y. Lee's jail term after a year’s detention over the corruption scandal that brought down the former president. The Seoul High Court jailed Lee for two and a half years, reducing the original term by half, and suspended the sentence for charges including bribery and embezzlement, meaning he does not have to serve time. Jay Y. Lee was in detention since last February and the President Park Geun-hye was dismissed in March 2016 in a case that brought scrutiny to the nature of the ties between South Korea’s chaebols - big family-owned corporate groups - and its political leaders. However, Park, denied wrongdoing and is currently standing trial accused of bribery, abuse of power and coercion. Back in August, a lower court had convicted Lee for bribing Park to strengthen his control of Samsung Electronics. The court back in the day said that Samsung’s financial support for entities backed by a friend of Park‘s, Choi Soon-sil, constituted bribery, including 7.2 billion won ($6.4 million) to sponsor the equestrian career of Choi’s daughter. On Monday, the Presiding senior judge Cheong Hyung-sik called the nature of Lee’s involvement in Samsung’s monetary support for Choi a “passive ...

Huawei P20 with triple rear cameras surface in case renders, could run Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1

Huawei was supposed to introduce the P20 at the MWC 2018 event later this month, but the company backed out and is now launching at a later date on March 27th in Paris falling in-line with the reports. Today, it is learned that the P20 will likely run on Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on top according to XDA Developers. 

Back when the P20 first surfaced it is said that the phone will run on Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0.1, but according to the latest firmware files obtained for the same phone, the P20 will most definitely run on the latest Android version with Huawei’s custom skin baked on top. However, the features of the most recent EMUI version will remain a mystery for now. Flashing the firmware on a Kirin 970 powered Huawei Mate 10 didn’t help either.

On a different note, a new case render of the P20 which surfaced today gives us a clean look at the rear side of the P20. Falling in line with the earlier reports, the Huawei P20 will have a triple rear camera with iPhone X style vertical arrangement. Since the rear is covered by the case, we don’t really get to see if …

Huawei was supposed to introduce the P20 at the MWC 2018 event later this month, but the company backed out and is now launching at a later date on March 27th in Paris falling in-line with the reports. Today, it is learned that the P20 will likely run on Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on top according to XDA Developers.  Back when the P20 first surfaced it is said that the phone will run on Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0.1, but according to the latest firmware files obtained for the same phone, the P20 will most definitely run on the latest Android version with Huawei's custom skin baked on top. However, the features of the most recent EMUI version will remain a mystery for now. Flashing the firmware on a Kirin 970 powered Huawei Mate 10 didn't help either. On a different note, a new case render of the P20 which surfaced today gives us a clean look at the rear side of the P20. Falling in line with the earlier reports, the Huawei P20 will have a triple rear camera with iPhone X style vertical arrangement. Since the rear is covered by the case, we don't really get to see if ...

Google launches new public safety initiative in India to secure internet user’s data and devices

Google today on the occasion of Safer Internet Day launches a new public safety initiative in India; #SecurityCheckKiya to ensure data protection targeted at young and first-time web users. Google brings three simple actions to users to protect and prevent themselves from account hijacking, safeguarding their Android phones from malicious apps and also secure data even if the device is lost.

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Google believes that Indian users who are coming online for the first time are increasingly getting vulnerable to bad actors and abuse on the web. With the new three steps, the company aims to protect the internet safety and online experience. The company further said that it will make this initiative available on its home screen (www.google.com) to encourage users to take the first step of security check.
The three steps for safer web experience including for all Android mobile users, Gmail users. Google is asking users to review the security settings and Google account activity with one click in the ‘My Account’ section on Desktop and in Gmail app for Android mobile users. Google Security check helps you to automatically scan for any vulnerability and suggests you required changes.

At the I/O 2017, Google introduced the new Play Protect for Android mobiles which run safety check …

Google today on the occasion of Safer Internet Day launches a new public safety initiative in India; #SecurityCheckKiya to ensure data protection targeted at young and first-time web users. Google brings three simple actions to users to protect and prevent themselves from account hijacking, safeguarding their Android phones from malicious apps and also secure data even if the device is lost. [HTML1] Google believes that Indian users who are coming online for the first time are increasingly getting vulnerable to bad actors and abuse on the web. With the new three steps, the company aims to protect the internet safety and online experience. The company further said that it will make this initiative available on its home screen (www.google.com) to encourage users to take the first step of security check. The three steps for safer web experience including for all Android mobile users, Gmail users. Google is asking users to review the security settings and Google account activity with one click in the 'My Account' section on Desktop and in Gmail app for Android mobile users. Google Security check helps you to automatically scan for any vulnerability and suggests you required changes. At the I/O 2017, Google introduced the new Play Protect for Android mobiles which run safety check ...