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Connected cars, 5G technology, VR gaming dominated CES 2017



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Las Vegas, January 11: Not just smartphones, convertibles or cameras, it was time for ground-breaking products in 5G technology, self-driving vehicles, digital health, Artificial Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), robotics and machine learning to be showcased at the world’s biggest annual electronics event here.

As CES 2017 celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, the mega electronics event was also a record-breaker in hosting more than 600 startups and more than 175,000 industry professionals — including 55,000 from outside the US.

“Our industry is helping the world improve through connectivity and innovation, touching literally every facet of our lives. Today’s connected world was on full display at CES 2017 — our largest, boldest show in history,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The event also showcased the connected future of technology with more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and exhibit space of more than 2.6 million net square feet.

This year’s show was all about connectivity — both in the form of the technologies unveiled and in the valuable face-to-face business connections happening throughout the show,” added Karen Chupka, Senior Vice President, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA.

In the field of connected cars, Intel showcased a system with Microsoft Hololens (augmented reality headset) that sent signals to the Cloud via 5G and received commands from artificial intelligence (AI) servers, taking decisions for automatic driving.

“What you see here is all that needs to come together for automated driving to come a reality. At the Intel automated driving experience, the car has the sensors that are collecting information and processing it to recognise everything in its surroundings,” said an Intel exhibitor at the booth.

In a perfect vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the car could also connect with the traffic lights which, in turn, gives less traffic congestion and safe automated driving experience with very less or no accidents.

CES 2017 was a global showcase that demonstrated that we are in a new era of innovation where technology is valued not just for the devices it produces but for the experiences it makes possible,” Bridget Karlin, Managing Director, IoT, at Intel said.

Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Blackberry and QNX Operating Systems, Mitsubishi and Mercedes also showcased their electric and hybrid cars.

The US glass manufacturing company Corning introduced a car with Corning Gorilla Glass that provided toughness with a 30 per cent decrease in the vehicle’s weight.

Chip manufacturer Qualcomm introduced its newest mobile platform Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE modem, which will provide high performance and enhanced power efficiency.

Snapdragon 835 is designed to support next-generation entertainment experiences and connected Cloud services for premium consumer and enterprise devices.

The mobile platform is 35 per cent smaller in package size and consumes 25 per cent less power compared to the previous generation flagship processor Snapdragon 821.

Expected to revolutionise the connected world, 5G was a major focus throughout CES.

CES 2017 was a coming out party for the future of 5G which, we estimate, will generate a net 20 million new jobs,” Jim Mault, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life said.

Companies like Samsung, TCL and Hisense came up with 8K TVs — with Samsung and TCL building the new platform on Quantum Dot technology that offers true RGB colour mixing, more durability and is energy efficient.

Samsung also unveiled its much-awaited Gear S3 Smartwatch.

While companies like Lenovo launched machines dedicated to gaming, the onus was on virtual (VR) games. Several companies launched products that support VR gaming.

The show also received a huge social media momentum, including nearly 1.4 million mentions using #CES2017 hashtags.



80% Indian internet users browse YouTube: Google

Touching 225 million monthly active users on mobile alone, India is one of the fastest-growing countries for the video platform, the company said.




Mumbai, March 23 : With the increasing penetration of smartphones, data becoming affordable and ever-growing availability of content, 80 per cent of internet users across all age-groups in the country are accessing YouTube, Google India said on Friday.

The Google-owned company highlighted how YouTube is associated with India’s internet growth story at “Brandcast 2018” event as it celebrated its 10th anniversary in the country since its launch in 2008.

“For brands, YouTube is now an end-to-end platform and as per the December 2017 ‘ComScore Video Metrix Multi-Platform’ it reaches 85 per cent of all highly engaged internet users, in the 18 years and above age-group,” Rajan Anandan, Vice-President, South East Asia and India, Google, said in a statement.

Touching 225 million monthly active users on mobile alone, India is one of the fastest-growing countries for the video platform, the company said.

“We now have more than 300 channels with over a million subscribers, from just 16 channels in 2014. We will continue to invest in programmes to support creators, and encourage more diversity and distribution of their content,” said Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube.

The total number of online video consumers is expected to reach 500 million by 2020, the company said citing a report by FICCI-EY.

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Vivo V9 with 19:9 ‘FullView’ display launched in India



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Vivo 7 smartphone

Mumbai, March 23: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Friday launched the V9 for Rs 22,990. This is the company’s first flagship device in India with dual rear cameras.

The cameras come with 16MP+5MP sensors, 19:9 “FullView” display 2.0, and have the highest screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent, the company said in a statement.

Prospective buyers can pre-book the device at retail stores, Vivo E-store, Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall.

“We are confident that our latest flagship will set new benchmarks in the smartphone industry,” said Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India.

Vivo V9’s rear camera offers features such as ultra HD, slo-mo, live photos, retina flash, and Augmented Reality (AR) stickers.

The device sports a 24MP selfie camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.

The bezels on the smartphone measure 1.75-mm so that a 6.3-inch display could be accommodated in a traditional 5.5-inch body, the company added.

Vivo V9 also comes with “Game Mode” that would allow users to block all messages, calls, and alerts during gaming sessions.

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage and is fuelled by a 3,260 mAh battery.

The smartphone will be available in champagne gold, and pearl black colours at all retail stores starting April 2.


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Snapchat rolls out ‘Map Explore’ to find friends, events



San Francisco, March 23: Photo-sharing app Snapchat has rolled out a new feature called “Map Explore” that will make it easier for users to find events and see friends’ updates on Snap Map.

Snap said the travel and location updates will automatically appear on user’s Snap Map when friends opt to share their location, The Verge reported on Thursday.

The feature will also show Explore updates for Story snaps, including breaking news and other events from around the world, the report added.

“We made ‘Map Explore’ because we noticed that when you open the Map, you aren’t always sure where to start your journey,” Snapchat was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Unless you swiped outside your city, you might never see some of the amazing events our community is capturing,” the statement added.

To access the feature, pinch to zoom out from the camera screen when you launch the app.

Tap on new updates at the bottom of the screen, then swipe horizontally to scroll through updates from your friends and other content from Snap Map.

If you want to delete your status or turn on Ghost Mode (which hides your location) tap on the settings icon in the top right hand of the map.

In 2017, Snapchat launched Snap Map as a tool to let users share their location with friends.


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