OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily

OnePlus 3T India Launch Date, 3D Photography in iPhone 8, and More: Your 360 Daily
OnePlus 3T coming to India on December 2; price not known yet
Apple may introduce 3D photography feature with iPhone 8
Unlocked HTC 10 units start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
In the big technology news today, OnePlus 3T India launch date finally announced, iPhone 8 may have 3D photography feature, and HTC 10 starts getting Android 7.0 Nougat. For these and more of today’s top technology news, check out your 360 Daily.

OnePlus 3T smartphone launching in India on December 2
OnePlus 3T, the new flagship smartphone of the Chinese brand, will hit the Indian market on December 2, the company has announced. There is no official word on the smartphone’s price yet, which costs $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800) for the 64GB version and $479 (Rs. 32,500) for the 128GB model. The company had previously confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will continue selling the OnePlus 3 (Rs. 27,999), which is just five months old, in the Indian market; on the other hand, the new OnePlus 3T has replaced its older sibling in the US and Europe.
As a consolation for OnePlus 3 buyers in India, the smartphone has received a new incremental update that has added the emergency calling feature. The smartphone also gets full-HD (1080p) recording at 60fps with the new OxygenOS 3.2.8 update.

Apple working on bringing 3D photography to iPhone 8
Apple is reportedly planning to bring 3D photography to iPhone 8. The company is said to have partnered with LG Innotek to add a dual-camera setup to the next iPhone to capture 3D imagery. The report says that the efforts are “likely to bear fruit within the next year.” iPhone 8 is also said to come with features like wireless charging and all-glass design.

You can now use old Rs. 500 notes to recharge prepaid mobiles
The government has announced that the old Rs. 500 notes, which were demonetised in a move to fight black money in India, can now be used to recharge prepaid mobile phones till December 15. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has applauded the move and said that the government’s decision to allow old Rs. 500 notes to be used for prepaid mobile recharges will help users to continue using mobile services without disruption.
Mobile industry to account for 8.2 percent of GDP by 2020
A government report has said that the contribution of the mobile industry to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will rise to 8.2 percent by 2020. The industry will also add 8,00,000 more jobs during the period, says the ‘The Mobile Economy, India 2016′ report. At present, the industry accounts for 6.5 percent ($140 billion or roughly Rs. 9,60,783 crores) of the country’s GDP, and employs approximately 4 million people. India is also expected to cross 1 billion unique mobile subscribers landmark in 2020.

Xiaomi says shrinking sales won’t hurt
Declining smartphone sales are not a cause of concern for Xiaomi, whose global vice president Hugo Barra said that sales of smart home devices and revenue of software ecosystem will drive its profit growth. He added that the company is targeting Chinese users travelling to the US, and is preparing to directly sell its products to consumers in the US. The company, which missed its smartphone sales target by 12 percent in 2015, will also unveil a device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

HTC 10 starts receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update
HTC 10 users will start receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the smartphone on Friday, according to the HTC’s Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi. The HTC 10 Nougat OS update is for unlocked smartphones only for now, and comes with Sense UI customisations. Considering that Versi didn’t mention any particular region for the rollout, it can be assumed that the company will be rolling out the Nougat update globally.

Google warning journalists about state-sponsored attacks on their accounts
Google has reportedly notified notable journalists and professors in the US that their accounts were under attack by government-backed attackers. The prominent personalities warned by Google include New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait, former US diplomat and Stanford University professor Michael McFaul, GQ correspondent Keith Olbermann, and Atlantic magazine writer Jon Lovett. Speaking to Ars Technica, a Google spokesperson said that the recent warnings might be a result of the hacking attempts made on user accounts over the last month or so.

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3D Printer Returns: Will MakerBot’s Replicator+ Suit Small Businesses?

Will the new MakerBot Replicator Plus series suit small businesses?

MakerBot started shipping 3D printer kits in 2009, and since then the company has been having its ups and downs as the market continues to define itself. With the DIY market for 3D printing so crowded, MakerBot has decided to change directions by going after the professional and educational segment with the new Replicator+ 3D printers.

This is a great move by MakerBot, because it can now focus on creating high-quality printers specifically designed to give professionals and educators a reliable device that is affordable from an industry leader.

The New Makerbot Replicator Plus Series

The new line of printers called the MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have a more robust construction with features that take into account today’s mobile and connected world, along with many other features. Whether you are a small engineering and design firm or an educator, these printers have the hardware and software to easily integrate into workflows for creating prototypes, one-off items, replacement parts, and more.

According to the company, both units have been completely reengineered with an extensive printer and subsystem testing of more than 380,000 hours during the development phase to ensure reliable, high-quality performance across multiple facilities.

The MakerBot Replicator+ is around 30 percent faster with a build volume that is 25 percent larger, while being 27 percent quieter. As for the Mini, it is 10 percent faster, with a build volume that is 28 percent larger and the noise has been decreased by 58 percent.

MakerBot Smart Extruder+

They both have the swappable MakerBot Smart Extruder+. This extruder has been tested to deliver better performance with a long life. It was tested for more than 160,000 hours, and it is backed by a 6-month warranty.

Being able to swap the extruder reduces downtimes by allowing businesses to quickly change the part if there is a problem. The company sells the extruders separately, which according to MakerBot is the only brand to offer a swappable extruder.

On-Board Camera and Connectivity

The on-board camera lets you monitor your print progress remotely with Wi-Fi, USB stick, USB cable, or Ethernet connectivity.

MakerBot Print and MakerBot Mobile

The MakerBot Print software and MakerBot Mobile applications give you more control by auto-arranging and importing native files from different formats for print preparation. The MakerBot Mobile on the other hand simplifies remote access with an all-new wireless guided setup. And if you have more than one printer, you can control them remotely to begin printing.

MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle

The new filament has been designed so professionals can create durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures. While it is much stronger, it is also designed to flex more before breaking just like ABS filaments. The company said these filaments are especially suitable for functional prototypes and prototyping jigs and fixtures that require threaded and snap fits.

Thingiverse Education

The Thingiverse Education is a platform for educators so they can connect with each other in order to collaborate and learn about 3-D printing best practices. Currently there are more than 100 lesson plans that have been created by other educators that has been thoroughly evaluated by MakerBot’s curriculum and education experts.

As MakerBot Learning Manager, Drew Lentz, said, “We believe that Implementing 3D printing in the classroom can only be successful if the technology complements a teacher’s goals for their students. With a new section of Thingiverse dedicated to educational content, teachers can engage in a rich community of educators to find lesson plans, resources, and to find more ways to use 3D Printing in the classroom than ever before.”

The change in direction by MakerBot to address professionals and educators will help it differentiate itself from the crop of 3D printers currently available in the market place. The price point and quality of the Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ are well positioned to meet the needs of a growing segment of small businesses that have adopted the technology. However, it is not so expensive that it will price out individual consumers.

The MakerBot Replicator+ and MakerBot Replicator Mini+ have an MSRP of $2,499 and $1,299 respectively, but the company is offering them at an introductory price of $1,999 and $999 until October 31, 2016.


Blu Pure XR With 3D Touch Display, Helio P10 SoC Launched

Blu Pure XR With 3D Touch Display, Helio P10 SoC Launched


  • The smartphone is priced at roughly Rs. 20,200
  • It sports a 3D Touch Display
  • The Blue Pure XR offers 64GB of inbuilt storage

After the Energy XL launch last month, Blu has now launched another smartphone called Pure XR. The unlocked smartphone has gone on sale on Amazon and Best Buy for $299.99 (roughly Rs. 20,200).

The Blu Pure XR smartphone is available in Gold and Grey colour variants. The fingerprint scanner is located inside the home button in the front. The smartphone houses the speaker grille and the 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, on each side of the USB Type-C port. The volume buttons and the power button sit on the right edge of the device. The Blu Pure XR sports a metal unibody, 3D touch sensitivity, thin bezels, and invisible antenna lines.

As for specifications, the Blu Pure XR runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports dual-SIM cards. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super Amoled display with 401ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 octa-core processor with Mali-T860 graphics GPU and 4GB of RAM. It offers 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be further expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB).

As for the optics, the Blu Pure XR sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with 6P lens, laser focus, phase detection autofocus, f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, and HD video recording ([email protected]). There’s also an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a wide-angle lens. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery that is claimed to deliver up to 20 days of standby time on one Quick Charge. The company claims that just 10 minutes of Quick Charge powers the device to enable 1 hour of talk time. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, and NextRadio. The dimensions of the Blu Pure XR are 154.3×74.9x7mm, and the smartphone weighs 147 grams. There is no word on when this smartphone will launch in countries outside of the US.


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Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D

Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D


  • It allows users to visit the Himalayan region
  • The app is built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery
  • It works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above

Niantic, when it was a startup within Google, leveraged Google Maps as well as crowdsourced data to build the location-based app Field Trip and augmented reality game Ingress, before being spun off last year. Since then, the company has become a household name thanks to the runaway success of Pokemon Go, another location-based AR game. Now Google, leveraging its 3D mapping data, has launched its own experimental location-based game for children called Verne: The Himalayas.

The game essentially lets users roam about the Himalayas alongside a 500-foot Yeti called Verne. The game is only released for Android users, and is now available on Google Play for free. Built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery, the game lets users explore the Himalayas as the character Verne, run atop Mt. Everest, hang glide, ride a jetpack, skate across icy lakes, chase an argali goat, and even bang a gong.

As Verne moves along; famous points, landmarks and regions are highlighted within the app educating users about the geography. Very few get the privilege to explore the Himalayas, and with this app, Google looks to bring that exploration experience to the smartphone in an interactive manner.

In its blog post introducing the game, the Google Maps team said, “For years, Google Maps has been adding 3D imagery from all over the world – New York City, the Grand Canyon, Mont Blanc, and more. A few of us started wondering if this 3D imagery could make learning about the world a bit more fun for kids. We started playing with quick prototypes, and even brainstormed with our own kids to get inspired by their sense of curiosity. Our idea became a new, experimental app called Verne: The Himalayas. [..] We’re excited to share it today as a fun way for anyone to take a summer trip to the tallest mountain range in the world.”

For now, the game only focuses on visiting the Himalayan region and learning more about it, but we expect Google to release more games highlighting other famous regions across the globe in the future. Verne: The Himalyas app is 213MB in size and works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above. There is no word on availability for iOS devices.

The Pokemon Go game managed to become an instant success because of its recall value of the famous Pokemon series, and its interactive gameplay. The game was downloaded more than 10 million times within a week of its release in July, becoming the fastest such app to do so.

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Meizu Pro 6 With ‘3D Press’ Display, 10-LED Ring Flash, 4GB of RAM Launched

Meizu Pro 6 With '3D Press' Display, 10-LED Ring Flash, 4GB of RAM Launched

Meizu launched its Pro 5 smartphone back in September last year and has now launched its successor, the Pro 6. The 32GB inbuilt storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,500 (roughly Rs. 25,700), while the 64GB inbuilt storage version has been priced at CNY 2,800 (roughly Rs. 28,800). The smartphones will go on sale from April 23.

The USP of the Android-based Meizu Pro 6 is its 5.2-inch Super Amoled full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display with 3D Press functionality. The feature is Meizu’s take on the 3D Touch pressure sensitive display technology that Apple debuted with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The display has a pixel density of 423ppi and is protected with Gorilla Glass 3.

meizu_pro_6_moonlight_silver_rear.jpgThe smartphone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 processor, with the 4 Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.4GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, and 2 Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz. The deca-core processor is clubbed with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and Mali-T880 GPU. Meizu Pro 6 features a fingerprint sensor on the home button.

The smartphone sports a 21.1-megapixel rear camera with 1/2.4 sensor size, f/2.2 aperture, and a 10-LED dual-tone ring flash. It is also supported by laser and PDAF (phase detection autofocus) features. A 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture is also included. The smartphone is backed by a 2560mAh battery that supports fast charging with mCharge 3.0 technology.

On the connectivity front, the Meizu Pro 6 comes with the support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, A-GPS, and USB Type-C connectivity. The company is yet to announce the smartphone’s availability outside the country. The smartphone measures 147.7×70.8×7.25mm, weighs 160 grams, and will be arriving in Champagne Gold, Black Star, and Moonlight Silver colour variants.

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LeEco’s 3D Helmet: Joining the VR bandwagon

LeEco's 3D Helmet: Joining the VR bandwagonVirtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular but choices in India are very limited. Joining the bandwagon is LeEco’s 3D Helmet. The Helmet can be paired with anysmartphone as long as it has a USB Type-C port which gives it an advantage over the Samsung Gear VR headset, as the latter only supports four phones.

A standalone VR headset, the Helmet has its own 5.5-inch 2K display unlike the Samsung Gear VR and has a 70-degree field of view. The headset has adjustable straps at the top and on the side which provides for a snug fit. There are six buttons on the right side of the headset – a power button, buttons for volume and brightness adjustment, and a Mode button which switches between 2D and 3D.

The headset has an adjustment wheel at the top and two adjustable sliders at the bottom, which can be used for Myopia and IPD adjustment so that the user doesn’t need to wear glasses or contacts while using the headset. There is also a 3.55-mm headphone jack at the bottom.

Setting up the 3D Helmet is easy. It has a physical cable with two ends – one to be connected to a power source and other to a smartphone that supports a USB Type-C port. After the headset is powered on, one gets the option to adjust one’s vision with the aforementioned sliders and adjustment wheels. Once set up, the headset displays the smartphone’s content.

LeEco's 3D Helmet: Joining the VR bandwagon

I connected the headset to the Le Max smartphone and was ready to test it out. I downloaded various games and apps from the Google Play Store such as the one which lets you take a virtual tour of Tokyo. The visuals were great and provided for an enjoyable experience. Next, I wanted to test it out with a 3D movie. I played the 3D version of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Again, the headset didn’t disappoint.

Both the headset and the phone heat up quite fast and even though it’s not advisable to use it beyond two hours, I couldn’t continue for more than an hour because of the heating issues.

However, there is a downside to this headset. The Samsung Gear VR uses the smartphone’s battery as its power source but the LeEco 3D Helmet has to be powered externally. The power cord that it comes with isn’t that long and if the power socket is not near enough, you find yourself perched precariously on the couch tilting your head at odd angles trying to use the headset. So, if one doesn’t own a power bank, the headset becomes quite difficult to use. Also, it doesn’t come with a touchpad unlike the Samsung VR, which restricts the usage of the 3D Helmet to just watching videos.

The headset hasn’t been commercially launched yet so it’s difficult to say which segment it will fall under. However, the attractive price tag that the Samsung Gear VR comes with might just overshadow this one.