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
HIGHLIGHTS
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.

Tags: OnePlus, OnePlus India, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3, Apple, iPhone 8, 3D camera, demonetisation, COAI, Telecom, Mobile Industry, Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, HTC 10, HTC, Android 7.0 Nougat, Google, hacking

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Power Up with 8 Battery Packs that Keep You on the Go

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Batteries are not a hot business topic, but we each crave longer battery life for our devices and equipment, especially when traveling. This short list of portable battery packs may help you just enough to keep an important business conversation going on your phone or allow you to finish a document on a tablet.

A technical abbreviation that you’ll want to know when considering an external portable battery pack is milliampere hour (mAh). It describes the energy charge that a battery holds and how long a device will run before you need to recharge it. I’ve included the Amazon link for each battery pack, when possible and some of these devices were sent to me for media reviews.

Anker: Astro Slim2

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This is my favorite for travel. Ultra-slim external portable battery that stacks against your smartphone and supplies simultaneous, full-speed charges for two devices. If you do a search for portable battery on Amazon, Anker frequently pops up first.  It’s available here (not an affiliate link) on Amazon for $27.99.

  • Compact, easy-to-grip slim design specifically sized to stack battery behind your smartphone while in use.
  • Hideaway micro USB cable for Android  reduces the number of cords you need to carry to stay connected; USB port available for iPhone. Elegant.
  • 4500mAh battery offers enough power for 2-3 charges on most phones.
  • Dual ports supply 1Amp of power each so you can power up in no time.
  • LED column lets you know exactly how much battery power is left.

Satechi Portable Energy Station

Another favorite of mine. This company makes lots of great travel products and innovative gadgets. I have owned this one for a long time and it has taken some abuse and held up well. You can find it on Amazon here for $59.99.

  • Instant dual power – recharge your tablet and smart phone or other mobile devices simultaneously.
  • 10000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery – Rapid charging – faster than charging from a traditional outlet.
  • Battery life indicator & auto OFF feature that detects when fully charged. (When you look at these tiny devices, this becomes somewhat important.)
  • Lightweight and compact – easily carry it on long flights in your laptop or tablet bag. You can expect the weight to increase when you increase mAh.
  • It offers an overload protection feature to keep your battery safe.

iWALK: Extreme Series Universal Backup Batteries

This company has a large selection of portable batteries for devices, even one to power your laptop. Here is a link to the compact 5200 mAh model on Amazon, which sells for $43.99.

  • 9 compact models ranging from 1,800mAH to 15,000mAH.
  • Equipped with LED battery charge and discharge level indicator.
  • Ideal for smartphones, navigation units, cameras, Bluetooth headsets.
  • Extreme 15000 – largest capacity unit in the world with 8 different connectors.
  • Extreme 8200 Duo – capable of charging two devices at the same time.

Snow Lizard: SLPower 7

Like some of the chargers above, slim and easy to pack. Plus, you have to give them credit for a creative name. It’s memorable. Not sure what it has to do with batteries though. Amazon has it for $51.91 here. White or black.

  • Boasting a 7000 mAh battery the SLPower 7 has enough power to rapidly charge your iPad, tablet and smartphone.
  • Designed for on the go use, the low profile charger provides power and portability at just over one half inch thick.
  • 2 USB connections – Dedicated iPhone Connection and USB connection for tablets and  smartphones.

Digital Treasures: PowerFlask

portable battery packs

Although I don’t think I would walk around with this battery in my pocket, it certainly fits. A portable, novel way to charge two USB devices simultaneously. You can find it on Amazon for $71.91.

  • 13,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will keep supplying extra juice for devices on-the-go. I did find that when I had depleted the charge it took overnight to fully recharge.
  • Two ultra-bright flashlight LED’s are situated at the top of the PowerFlask for lighting options while the user is on the road. (It took me a while to figure out how to turn these on – should have read the manual sooner.)
  • The PowerFlask is wrapped in supple leather with an aluminum finish for a high-quality and eye-catching aesthetic.

Scosche: goBAT II

Dual USB portable charger and backup battery. Available at: Amazon for $42.88. You can also get it at BestBuy.com and Buy.com.

  • Internal 5000 maH rechargeable lithium ion battery can charge a drained iPhone 4 2.6 times.
  • 10 Watt (2.1 Amp) port is perfect for charging tablets and 5 Watt (1 Amp) port can charge virtually any other USB powered handheld.
  • Four blue LED lights indicate how much battery life is left.

New Trent: Powerpak+

This battery is rugged looking and powerful. One of the small things I liked about it is the ridges on the side that made it less likely to slip out of my hand. You can find it on Amazon for $54.95.

  • Powerful 13,500mAh battery pack quickly and efficiently charges USB-based devices.
  • Features a 1A and 2.1A port to juice up both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. (I found this handy for the occasional time when I needed to charge both devices.)
  • Charges most smartphones up to 6 times.
  • Slim and compact design allows it to easily fit into any backpack, purse or carry-on.

Goal Zero: Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit

portable battery packs

This small 3.5 Watt Solar Panel recharging system is pretty cool. It comes with four AA batteries (and will also recharge AAA). You also can purchase a portable unit called the “Switch” that is smaller than a roll of quarters, but powerful enough for smartphones, iPods or your GPS. It is available on Amazon for $119.99 (for the panel only) and $39.95 for the Switch.

If you are out in the field a fair amount, this solar recharger may be the unit for you. You can plug your device into the solar panel charger directly. Of course, you could buy extra battery units for your device(s), instead, but this one at least gives you some recharge options.

  • Charges devices via USB port.
  • Power pack and solar panel combined weight only .7 lbs. (less than one pound). It is small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse.
  • Foldable and rugged Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel recharges Switch in 2-4 hours.

You may not think about batteries on a daily basis, but if you find your devices running low all too often this list may help. It might help you to prevent that beeping tone that says, “You have less than 10% battery life remaining, plug in now…”

How do you handle keeping your devices charged while on the road?

Full Charge Photo via Shutterstock

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8 Innovative Devices, Gadgets and More for Small Business

When you’re on the road, whether locally or internationally, sometimes you just need that little device, gadget or thingamajig to make your work life easier.  These tools are not just for road warriors, but for anyone who appreciates elegant lifehacks.

Here are eight of my favorites:

Breffo spiders are absolutely amazing. Simple, but super cool. You can mold one into a stand for your iPad, iPod, Droid, mobile phone or whatever else it can wrap itself around. My only advice: Do not play around and set one up to look like a giant spider to scare your friend on a dark night. It will scare them, and you won’t like the outcome (nor will your friend).

LoJack for Laptops.  When my laptop was stolen a few years back, how I wished for LoJack-type technology to get the data back–never mind the laptop. Now it’s here. Instead of a silly cable lock that can be easily snipped, load the LoJack software if you are wandering around anywhere where your machine is out of sight.

Skype Mobile has saved my neck a bunch of times. Last year, Skype sent me a DroidX to test and play with, and having VOIP on a mobile phone simply rocks. When I’m close to my call minute maximum or I just feel like making a free call, the Skype Mobile app via the Verizon cell network cannot be beat. You can IM, call Skype-to-Skype and make international calls at Skype rates (not higher cell phone rates).

iTwin looks like a USB-drive, but it is really a device to set the world free from cables. You plug one half into your computer and the other half into any other computer and you can access your files from your home network or the Internet. Pretty sweet.

ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive just commands respect. Rodney Dangerfield could have gotten respect if he had one of these. You can bake ’em, submerge ’em, drive over them with your Ford F150 pickup truck and still get the data out. We gave a couple away after testing them last year. I used a nonportable one as a boat anchor, an anvil, a meat tenderizer (don’t ask), and a spoof on Will-It-Blend where I crushed a blender. Plus, you can bolt them to the floor and make them hard to steal. But the little portable hard drives from ioSafe are amazing and sleek.

iGo provides a variety of eco-friendly chargers and battery boosts. This iGo device has to be one of my favorites for mobile devices (not laptops). You plug it in and charge it up, then if you’re not near an outlet it will continue to run your device on its internal battery. Hat tip to Matt Kostanecki of Archon Systems.

If you need a portable hard drive with above-average security, check out ROCBIT FXKT.  This device has one of the most secure encryption modes available and is both bus-powered and bootable with key-token technology. What does that really mean? The hardware itself is doing the encryption, which makes it more effective and less “hackable.”

The last item I want to share is a neat little compound called Sugru invented by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh. Sugru is like modeling clay, but made from silicone. Once it’s exposed to air, it cures to a tough, flexible silicone overnight.

sugru

It is designed to stick to as many other materials as possible. It forms a strong bond to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass and other materials including plastics. A friend of mine used it to pad the corners of his new iPhone. Another made a thin power cord adapter more “grippy.”  Trust me and check out the Sugru site for more ideas.

What are your favorite gadgets and devices to enhance your productivity, protect your devices, or just plain help you in your work?

When you’re on the road, whether locally or internationally, sometimes you just need that little device, gadget or thingamajig to make your work life easier.  These tools are not just for road warriors, but for anyone who appreciates elegant lifehacks.

Here are eight of my favorites:

Breffo spiders are absolutely amazing. Simple, but super cool. You can mold one into a stand for your iPad, iPod, Droid, mobile phone or whatever else it can wrap itself around. My only advice: Do not play around and set one up to look like a giant spider to scare your friend on a dark night. It will scare them, and you won’t like the outcome (nor will your friend).

LoJack for Laptops.  When my laptop was stolen a few years back, how I wished for LoJack-type technology to get the data back–never mind the laptop. Now it’s here. Instead of a silly cable lock that can be easily snipped, load the LoJack software if you are wandering around anywhere where your machine is out of sight.

Skype Mobile has saved my neck a bunch of times. Last year, Skype sent me a DroidX to test and play with, and having VOIP on a mobile phone simply rocks. When I’m close to my call minute maximum or I just feel like making a free call, the Skype Mobile app via the Verizon cell network cannot be beat. You can IM, call Skype-to-Skype and make international calls at Skype rates (not higher cell phone rates).

iTwin looks like a USB-drive, but it is really a device to set the world free from cables. You plug one half into your computer and the other half into any other computer and you can access your files from your home network or the Internet. Pretty sweet.

ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive just commands respect. Rodney Dangerfield could have gotten respect if he had one of these. You can bake ’em, submerge ’em, drive over them with your Ford F150 pickup truck and still get the data out. We gave a couple away after testing them last year. I used a nonportable one as a boat anchor, an anvil, a meat tenderizer (don’t ask), and a spoof on Will-It-Blend where I crushed a blender. Plus, you can bolt them to the floor and make them hard to steal. But the little portable hard drives from ioSafe are amazing and sleek.

iGo provides a variety of eco-friendly chargers and battery boosts. This iGo device has to be one of my favorites for mobile devices (not laptops). You plug it in and charge it up, then if you’re not near an outlet it will continue to run your device on its internal battery. Hat tip to Matt Kostanecki of Archon Systems.

If you need a portable hard drive with above-average security, check out ROCBIT FXKT.  This device has one of the most secure encryption modes available and is both bus-powered and bootable with key-token technology. What does that really mean? The hardware itself is doing the encryption, which makes it more effective and less “hackable.”

The last item I want to share is a neat little compound called Sugru invented by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh. Sugru is like modeling clay, but made from silicone. Once it’s exposed to air, it cures to a tough, flexible silicone overnight.

sugru

It is designed to stick to as many other materials as possible. It forms a strong bond to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass and other materials including plastics. A friend of mine used it to pad the corners of his new iPhone. Another made a thin power cord adapter more “grippy.”  Trust me and check out the Sugru site for more ideas.

What are your favorite gadgets and devices to enhance your productivity, protect your devices, or just plain help you in your work?

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8 Ways to Write Your Blog Posts with SEO in Mind

Blog SEO Tips: 8 Ways to Write Your Blog Posts with SEO in Mind

As an SEO company, one of the most frequent questions we get from our clients is how they should be managing and writing their blog. While there is some variation to what does and does not work for different forms of content, there are certain best practices that can help enhance your blog from both an SEO and user perspective. If you aren’t already, put these tips into practice for a blog that’s as helpful as it is successful.

Blog SEO Tips

1. Unique, Quality Content. For a while now, we’ve heard over and over that content is king. However, you can’t crank out unoriginal, boring content and expect significant user engagement. What’s more, search engines value high quality content and give well-constructed pieces much greater consideration in their rankings than they do poor bulk content. Avoid copying and pasting other content that you find on the internet unless you are quoting a publication. Always try and add your own spin to whatever you’re writing about, especially if it’s a popular topic, and foster strong content writing habits that will make regular production of blog posts a more natural process.

2. Be Engaging. If you write engaging content, your readers will want to keep coming back. Not only will they want to come back, but they’ll also be more willing to share what you write with their friends. A big part of creating engaging content is providing users with information that’s actionable, specific and offers utility. This is why content like listicles, checklists and infographics are so successful; they’re easy for users to quickly absorb and apply, which then makes them more likely to share the content with others.

3. Social Tools. Incorporating social sharing tools into your blog posts gives your readers an easy option to share content on their social media accounts. This is also important because search engines analyze social signals to determine which companies or websites people like and share as a means of determining the legitimacy of sites. These signals are incorporated into search engine algorithms, so having social sharing tools built into your posts is a must. You can add social sharing sidebars to your content through websites such as addthis.com and sharethis.com.

4. Length of Posts. Even though search engines are looking for content with substance, they do give consideration to the word count of a post. Length isn’t always a true gauge of the quality of a post, but it doesn’t hurt to shoot for somewhere between 250-600 words. Quality content will fair far better than fluff pieces with little depth, but high quality long form content does tend to do better. In short, there isn’t an ideal length for blog posts, because it depends on what you’re writing. Instead of paying attention to length, try and treat each piece of content as an individual resource, and accomplish the end goal of that post in whatever length works the best.

5. Opportunity for Comments. I always recommend allowing comments, because you want to stay connected to your readers. You also get an SEO benefit from the comment content being added to the page, because search engines like it when pages are updated and added to often. If you choose to allow comments, make sure you moderate often and have a comment spam solution in place.

6. Spelling and Grammar. Search engines pay close attention to spelling and grammar, as well as informed users. There are several low quality websites that outsource their writing needs to content shops that churn out low quality content littered with improper spelling and grammar. Sniffing out and devaluing that low quality content was and is one of the primary objectives for the Google Panda updates. Moreover, a polished and knowledgeable website should be as free of such errors as possible in order to be considered an authority.

7. Linking Strategies.When writing your posts, don’t forget to look for opportunities to link to other content within your website –even better if you have the opportunity to link back to that content with a keyword phrase you’re trying to rank for on the linked page. It’s also encouraged to link outside of your website if there’s an authoritative source on the topic of your post. Obviously, you won’t receive as much of a benefit as you would if you were linking to your own website, but the post could earn some trust points with engines. As a rule of thumb, try and limit yourself to 1-2 links per 200 words.

8. Tags. After you have written your blog post, title, description, and keywords, you also generally have the option to set tags. Tags can be used for categorization by the search engines, but probably don’t hold much weight. Content will be the ultimate guide for their algorithms. When you do tag, try and keep the tags limited to ideas, concepts, locations, events and product names. It’s also important to avoid overusing tags. 10 tags should be plenty to categorize a blog post, but aim for 4 or less.

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8 Top Predictors of Handmade Business Success

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Since launching the Indie Business Network in 2000, I’ve made a career out of studying Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Day in and day out, all I do is work with, mentor, and coach people who sell the products they make. This intense and passionate focus, coupled with my personal entrepreneurial experience, has uniquely equipped me to understand what works and what does not work, and to fairly accurately predict success within the industry. Here are the eight top predictors of handmade business success.

Predictors of Handmade Business Success

1. You Have a Plan for How Your Business Will Serve Your Life

The only way to plan how your business will serve your life is to have a plan for your life. What is your vision for your life? What would make you feel like your life is “successful,” according to your definition of success? What do you see yourself doing and becoming in the future?

It’s never too late or too early to answer these types of questions, and doing so is the only way you can plan a business that serves your life.

The most successful entrepreneurs have a vision and a plan for what their lives will look like, and they build a business around that plan.

2. You Invest More Time in Yourself than You do in Your Business

One of the biggest predictors of handmade business success is how quickly you begin investing more time in yourself than you do in your business.

Do you read at least as many books to strengthen yourself personally as you do to strengthen yourself industry-wise? Do you put personal boundaries around yourself so meaningless time suckers do not threaten your productivity? Do you take intentional time off to focus inward? Do you have a coach or mentor whose mission it is to help you achieve your personal goals?

The most successful entrepreneurs are relentlessly focused on bettering themselves so they can be better leaders of their businesses.

3. You Learn How to Delegate

As an entrepreneur, it’s your job to make sure things done, but that does not mean that you have to do everything yourself. After a few years in business, you should be able to delegate tasks to others so you have the head space to lead you business.

Whether it’s help preparing meals, help with children, help with housework, help with social media, or help with customer service, if you do not delegate to other people, you will not grow personally. If you do not grow personally, you won’t grow as a business leader.

The most successful entrepreneurs delegate as much as they possibly can, freeing up head space for their role as leader.

4. You Create and Nurture a Positive Support System

I’m not talking solely about friends and family members here. I’m also talking about a circle of friends composed of entrepreneurs who are like-minded to you. You choose these people very carefully, bearing in mind that, as Jim Rohn said, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

Choose people from a variety of industries so you can pull new ideas from a cross section of disciplines. The more you invest in nurturing these types of relationships, the more successful your business will be.

5. You Focus on a Tightly Defined Target Niche

If the market you are going after is a large one, then you might as well not have a market. This is especially true for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs because so much of the work you is winning the hearts of consumers who are used to getting everything on the cheap.

Successful Makers offer products that are well-made and packaged to showcase your unique brand and value proposition to a tightly defined niche. You know who those people are like the back of your hand, and your sole focus is to engage in activities that reach out directly to them.

The most successful entrepreneurs are not selling to everyone. They are selling to the same person over and over again, just at a different address.

6. You Know the Difference Between Making Money and Making a Profit

Anyone can make money, but only those who make a profit will be around for the long haul. To be successful, you must know exactly how much money you want to make, and exactly how much money you need to (wisely) spend in order to reach that goal. You know that the difference between those two numbers is profit, and you understand that just because you make money every day does not mean you are making a profit.

7. You Learn How to Market and Sell Both Yourself and Your Products

Successful Makers fully embrace the fact that they need more than just great products in order to be sustain their business over the long haul. You need to learn how to infuse who you are into your marketing routine so your customers experience more than a product when they make a purchase from you.

The most successful entrepreneurs learn how to weave their personal story into their brand story, and to consistently and simultaneously leverage both to win sales.

8. You Regularly Look for and Shore up Cracks Before Walls Begin to Weaken and Fall

It’s not the big and obvious missteps that bite most small business owners. It’s the tiny chinks in the armor that do you in. It’s the little cracks that go unnoticed, and then, before you know it, the walls are caving in.

One of the biggest predictors of handmade business success is your ability to see the cracks before they become gaping holes, and to handle important little cracks before mature into urgent emergencies. This is a learned skill.

The most successful entrepreneurs do it every single day.

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Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990

Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990

Panasonic Eluga Tapp With Reliance Jio Support, Android for Work, Fingerprint Scanner Launched at Rs. 8,990
HIGHLIGHTS
Android for Work lets you have separate work and home profiles
The smartphone comes with 4G VoLTE support
It sports a full-HD display and runs Android 6.0
After the P77, Panasonic has now launched the Eluga Tapp smartphone in India. The Panasonic Eluga Tapp is priced at Rs. 8,990, and is now available via major brand outlets across the country. The budget smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner, offers 4G VoLTE support, and integrates Android for Work feature to keep work apps and personal apps separate from one another, and keeps the data secure as well. This means that the personal apps cannot communicate with work apps or corporate accounts in any way, and vice versa.

As for the specifications, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by 1.25GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded using the microSD card slot (up to 32GB). For photography, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and supports dual-SIM slots (4G/3G + 2G). The smartphones packs a 2800mAh non-removable battery and weighs 138 grams.
The Panasonic Eluga Tapp measures 143x71x8.15mm, and is available in Champagne Gold and Silver Grey colour variants. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Global Positioning System (A-GPS), and FM Radio. Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the Panasonic Eluga Tapp also supports proximity, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor

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KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.00-inch
Processor
1.25GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution

RAM
2GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
16GB
Rear Camera
8-megapixel
Battery capacity
2800mAh
See full Panasonic Eluga Tapp specifications
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Panasonic Eluga A2 (Metallic Gold, 16GB) – OFFER
Rs. 9,019
Amazon
Panasonic Eluga Turbo (Champagne Gold, 32GB) –
Rs. 7,999
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Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12

Honor 8 India Launch Set for October 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is powered by an octa-core processor.
  • The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh battery
  • The smartphone was first unveiled in China in July

Honor, the Huawei Terminal brand, has sent out invites for a New Delhi launch event on October 12. The company has confirmed that it is launching the Honor 8 in India, and pricing and availability details will be unveiled at the event. The big highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup at the back, the full premium metal design, the fingerprint scanner at the back, and the USB Type-C port for charging.

The Honor 8 was unveiled first in China in July. The smartphone was then launched in three variants – CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000) for the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage model, CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 23,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage model, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage model.

(Also see: Honor 8 First Impressions)

As for the specifications, the Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) LTPS LCD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor with 3GB or 4GB RAM configurations. There are also options for 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage, and it isn’t sure whether both or just one variant will make its way to the Indian market.

The Honor 8 smartphone sports two 12-megapixel rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash and laser autofocus. Additionally, there is also an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1, and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It measures 145.5x71x7.4mm and weighs 153 grams.

The smartphone is protected by 2.5D glass at the front and back, has smooth round metal edges, and dons the fingerprint sensor at the back. Interestingly, the fingerprint scanning ring doubles up into a physical button as well, and performs multiple functions on screen. The Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and Infrared sensor.

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How to Manually Download and Install MIUI 8 Right Now

How to Manually Download and Install MIUI 8 Right Now

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Few Xiaomi devices are eligible for an OTA update
  • Other compatible devices can manually flash their devices to MIUI 8
  • The China Stable ROM will be made available in a few days

Xiaomi has started rolling out the MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM to all eligible devices. Initially, MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM over-the-air (OTA) update is restricted to only a few devices, which means that the others will have to manually download and install the build if they wish to use it immediately.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 3G, andRedmi Note 4G will receive the MIUI 8 via an OTA update starting Tuesday, and all they need to do is wait it out patiently for a notification. They can alternatively even check in their Updater app, to see if the update has arrived or not.

For the Redmi 2 and Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi says some users will receive the update from Tuesday, but the rest will start receiving it from Thursday.

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For the rest of the devices, Xiaomi has promised the update rollout sometime in the ‘near future,’ which is very vague. The devices with no immediate update are Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm, Redmi Note 3 Special Edition, , Redmi Note Prime, Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime, Mi 2S, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi 5, Mi Note, and Mi Max 32GB. No ROM download links are available for these devices either.

For those who have the Redmi 1S, Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 3G, and Redmi Note 4G however, they can download and install the corresponding ROMs from Xiaomi’s website. Follow the below highlighted steps on how to download and install the MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM. However, ensure that you have backed up your files before proceeding.

1) First step is to identify your smartphone and download the corresponding MIUI 8 build for your smartphone. For all the smartphones that have locked bootloaders, they need to be first unlocked. Follow the steps here. There are two methods of manually downloading – the Recovery Method and the Fastbooting Method. If Fastbooting, then you need to download the Mi Flash Tool from here.

Mi 2 / Mi 2S – Recovery ROM

Mi 2 / Mi 2S – Fastboot ROM

Redmi 1S – Recovery ROM

Redmi 1S – Fastboot ROM

Mi 4i – Recovery ROM

Mi 4i – Fastboot ROM

Redmi Note 4G – Recovery ROM

Redmi Note 4G – Fastboot ROM

Redmi Note 3G – Recovery ROM

Redmi 2 – Recovery ROM

Redmi 2 – Fastboot ROM

Redmi Note 2 – Recovery ROM

Redmi Note 2 – Fastboot ROM

This list will be updated with new MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM links as Xiaomi makes them available.

Most users should download the Recovery ROM for their smartphone. Flashing Recovery ROM will not wipe your user data or the files in internal storage and it’s simple to use, so unless you are planning to start afresh we suggest you follow this method. In both cases however, just in case something goes wrong, it is always recommended to back up your data and files first, like we mentioned earlier.

2) Once you’ve downloaded the MIUI 8 Recovery ROM, rename the downloaded ROM file to update.zip on the computer.

3) Connect your Xiaomi smartphone to your laptop via a Micro-USB cable, and copy the ROM file downloaded into the root directory of the internal storage of your device (do not put it in any other folder).

4) Enter the Recovery mode of your device. There are 2 methods to do it as follows:

Method 1: Launch Updater app on your device, click the menu icon at the top-right corner, and selectReboot to Recovery mode to enter.

Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume+ button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode (Once in Recovery mode, you can use Volume +/- to select up/down, and Power button to confirm).

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5) After entering Recovery mode, choose the language you use, select Install update.zip to System One and confirm, and then your device will begin updating automatically. Wait until the update is completed, choose Reboot to System One, and then your device should boot to the MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM version.

6) Xiaomi phones with the new Mi recovery interface, will see a new Choose update package‘option in the Updater app. Select that, go to Download > Choose files, and choose the copied Recovery ROM zip file and tap OK. It will then verify the the package, reboot automatically, and flash the MIUI 8 Recovery ROM accordingly.


Installing a Fastboot ROM is a little bit more complicated. After downloading the Mi Flash Tool and the Fastboot MIUI 8 ROM for your corresponding device ROM here, follow the below steps:

1) Switch off your Xiaomi smartphone. Hit the Volume- key and the power button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Now plug in your device to a Windows PC or laptop via the Micro-USB cable.

2) Double-click on the Fastboot ROM file you downloaded to your PC in step 2 to decompress it. Open the folder where this decompressed ROM is saved and copy the folder path.

3) Now decompress the flashing tool you downloaded in Step 1. Then double-click on it to install it. After this, open MiFlash.exe and in its address bar, paste the folder path copied in the previous step. Now click the Refresh button and MiFlash will recognise your device.

4) There are three options you can choose from at the bottom: Clean all will flash all the files, and wipe all userdata and all files in internal storage. Save User Data will flash updated files, but will not delete user data and files in internal storage. Clean all and lock will wipe all data, and lock the device again.

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5) To preserve your user data make sure you select the Save User Data option. After this, click Flash button towards top right to flash the ROM to your Xiaomi smartphone.

6) Wait till the progress bar fills up. You will then see a message next to it that reads: flash done. Your device will automatically reboot and have MIUI 8 installed.

How was your experience installing MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM on your smartphone? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, head to our How To section.

Note: Post updated to include correct ROM download links

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Xiaomi MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM Is Here: Top 10 New Features

Xiaomi MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM Is Here: Top 10 New Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Mi Cloud Photo Sync feature keeps original files on cloud
  • It also allows two WhatsApp accounts to run simultaneously
  • It also brings the ability to take long screenshots.

Xiaomi first unveiled MIUI 8 in May, and launched the Global ROM in June at an event in New Delhi. After releasing developer previews, the Chinese manufacturer has now started rolling out MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM build for all eligible devices.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm, Redmi Note 3 Special Edition, Redmi Note 3G, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime,Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime, Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 3, Mi 4,Mi 4i, Mi 5, Mi Note, and Mi Max (32GB variant) are all worthy of an MIUI 8 update.

A few devices will receive the update over-the-air (OTA) gradually over the coming week, while some are set to receive it in the ‘near future.’ In any case, all eligible devices can install MIUI 8 right now, byfollowing the steps here.

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MIUI 8 was unveiled alongside the Xiaomi Mi Max in India, and the company had then promised for the stable build to release in August. Keeping its promise, the MIUI 8 with all of its new features is rolling out, and here is everything new that is arriving with the MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM.

1) Photos
The MIUI 8 brings in a host of new improvements to the Gallery like the introduction of Mi Cloud Photo sync. It keeps low resolution images locally, and uploads the original full size image to the cloud. Xiaomi also tweaked the way panorama shots are seen on the smartphone, and instead of the cropped square version, MIUI 8 displays them horizontally across the screen. It has also introduced a new video editing option where users can trim videos easily and add video effects. MIUI 8 brings quick sharing to the Gallery app, where the user can share a picture on different platforms by just swiping up.

(Also see: Xiaomi India on the Redmi 3s, MIUI 8, and Mi VR India Launch)

2) Quick Ball
The Quick Ball is nothing but a hovering button that stays on the display screen at all times. Users can customise five shortcuts into the ball, and it reminds you very much of Apple’s Assistive Touch. The Quick Ball button also shows up on the lock screen, enabling users to use to shortcuts even on a locked smartphone.

3) Dual apps
Dual apps is a very nifty feature as it brings the ability to have two instances of any app running on the smartphone – such as two instances of WhatsApp. This essentially means you can run two separate WhatsApp accounts on one smartphone.

miui8_dualapps.jpg4) Second Space
The Second Space feature lets you do the work of two smartphones on one. It lets you have two Google accounts that you can switch whenever you please. By switching on the Second Space feature, and setting up a new account, users can keep their business and personal accounts separate, but on one smartphone. It allows users to switch between accounts through a Switch app, that shows up once the Second Space feature is enabled.

5) Scrolling screenshots
This should come in really handy for all the screenshot lovers out there. A screenshot is typically restricted to capture what is visible on the screen at that particular time, cropping out all the other content on a webpage. With MIUI 8, an entire webpage, no matter the length can be taken as a screenshot. To use this feature, press the Volume down and the power key at the same time. An animated icon pops up on the top right for five seconds. Click it immediately, and options to expand, edit or share show up. Click on expand, scroll up the space you want to screenshot, and press stop when you’re done.

miui8_screenshots.jpg(Also see: How to Manually Download and Install MIUI 8 Right Now)

6) Caller ID and Dialler
With MIUI 8, Xiaomi has integrated caller ID into the system, thereby eliminating the need for third-party apps to perform the function. The dialler now lets you type in T9 Hindi directly from the dial pad, and it even enables T9 Business Search. This feature shows contact information of popular businesses around the area, irrespective if the number is stored or not.

7) Calculator
The Calculator app also sees a major redesign. Apart from doing the math, the app now will even convert weight, currency, and temperature.

miui8_calculator.jpg8) Messages
The caller ID integration expands into text messaging as well. MIUI 8 will detect a message, and if a text arrives from your bank (for example), it will show the name of the bank with a profile photo to make it look prettier. For example, HDFC Bank’s SMS won’t show up as VM-HDFC, but will instead show up automatically as just HDFC complete with a contact photo icon. The Messages app also introduced third-party integration, which means it will prompt users to do various functions depending on the message. A movie ticket confirmation from BookMyShow will allow users to add a reminder, and a low data alert from a carrier should prompt the user to recharge using one of the installed recharge apps. For this to work, Xiaomi has currently partnered with MobiKwik in India.

9) Notes app
The new Notes app in MIUI 8 sees a slight change in design, and can be seen in a grid format. It has a new Memo template feature that gives you a better design to work with, and even allows you to share on micro-blogging sites as is. It also allows users to set a password, or fingerprint access to a note for better privacy.

miui8_notesapp.jpg10) Ringtones and Themes
Xiaomi has partnered with Hungama to introduce latest soundtracks as ringtones for users. The ringtones will be made available free of cost. The company has also partnered with many other companies to provide many new wallpaper options, and because of its Theme Contest held in India, MIUI 8 will also see many new themes as well.

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Aditya Birla Nuvo, Grasim fall most in 8 years after merger announcement

The merger is not only complicated in its structure, but also unconvincing on several other elements, including the valuations of the holding company and its disadvantage to minority shareholders. Photo: AFP

The merger is not only complicated in its structure, but also unconvincing on several other elements, including the valuations of the holding company and its disadvantage to minority shareholders. Photo: AFP

Mumbai: Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd shares on Friday tanked close to 24.63% intraday as analysts and minority investors disapproved of its proposed merger with Grasim Industries Ltd. The merger is not only complicated in its structure, it is also unconvincing on several other elements, including the valuations of the holding company and its advantage to minority shareholders.

Grasim shares declined close to 8.35% intraday.

Both stocks saw their biggest single-day fall in eight years,Bloomberg data showed.

Aditya Birla Nuvo touched a low of Rs1,180 a share, a level last seen on 30 June, and fell as much as 24.63%, its steepest fall since 24 October 2008. It closed the day at Rs1,290.15, down 17.6% from the previous close.

Grasim Industries touched a low of Rs4,160 a share, a level last seen on 11 June, and fell as much as 8.35%, its steepest fall since 11 December 2008. It closed the day at Rs4,565, up 0.57% from the previous close.

HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Pvt. Ltd trimmed its target price as well as stock recommendation on Grasim to “hold” from “buy”. Other domestic and international brokerage firms are reviewing their forecasts based on the management commentary following the merger announcement on Thursday evening.

“Merger will likely remain an overhang as increasing complexity will be perceived negatively. Concerns regarding increasing complexity with addition of several non-core businesses remain,” said an HSBC note.

ALSO READ | Aditya Birla to merge Nuvo, Grasim

Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd saw the merger transaction as a negative for existing shareholders. “Grasim becomes a holding company for the financial services business (in addition to being the holding company for cement business, UltraTech). Likelihood of using cash flows to fund Idea’s requirements is an additional negative. We don’t see any synergistic benefits from this transaction,” it said, downgrading its recommendation on Grasim to “reduce” from “buy”.

Analysts said that minority shareholders are likely to raise objections to the merger deal as Grasim will continue to get the same or higher holding company discount when compared with Aditya Birla Nuvo. This is simply because Grasim will become the holding company of Idea Cellular Ltd and the demerged financial services entity which will be named Aditya Birla Financial Services Ltd under the new structure.

“There is no value unlocking foreseen through the deal,” said an analyst with an American broking firm, on condition of anonymity due to the firm’s compliance rules.

CLSA in a note to investors wrote that the transaction creates a complex conglomerate and adds confusion for minority shareholders. “The new company has multiple businesses that share no commonality whatsoever,” it said.

The Aditya Birla Group is merging two of its main companies, Aditya Birla Nuvo and Grasim Industries, both of which also serve as holding companies, in an attempt to create a stronger entity, and unlock shareholder value by spinning off and listing one of Nuvo’s subsidiaries, Aditya Birla Financial Services Ltd (ABFSL).

ALSO READ | The rise of Aditya Birla Financial Services

“Grasim will suffer the holding company, conglomerate discount that Aditya Birla Nuvo suffered for all these years. Sector-focused investors will not invest in such a diversified entity when there are direct operating entities listed,” said Shriram Subramanian, founder and managing director at proxy advisory InGovern Research Services Pvt. Ltd.

“If you see the beneficial interest of promoters in each of the companies, it is in the range of 20-30%, yet the promoters are able to retain control through cross-holdings and layering,” Subramanian said. So, the to-be-listed Aditya Birla Financial Services will have only 26% minority shareholders, and promoters will have 74% control, while the “true” beneficial interest of the promoters is only 39%, he said.

“We always advocate simple shareholding structures and business structures, but this maze of businesses will disappoint investors,” Subramanian added.

The merger will create an entity with yearly revenue of Rs59,766 crore, net profit of Rs4,245 crore and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, a measure of operating profitability, of Rs12,000 crore.

Each shareholder of Nuvo will receive three new equity shares in Grasim for every 10 held. That means a shareholder with 100 shares of Aditya Birla Nuvo will end up with 30 shares of Grasim. And each shareholder of Grasim (post-merger) will receive seven shares in ABFSL for each share held. That means a shareholder with 100 Grasim shares will also get 700 shares of the finance company. In aggregate, each shareholder of Aditya Birla Nuvo who owns 100 shares will receive 30 shares in Grasim and 210 in ABFSL, Mint reported.

“It’ll come up for voting. I think we looked at multiple options of restructuring and when we looked at all the options, I think we felt as a management team, this is a restructuring which makes sense for both sets of shareholders,” Ajay Srinivasan, chief executive, ABFSL, said during a conference call to investors’ concerns over dilution in the holding in the financial services business and whether the board had other alternatives to the merger plan.

“…there would be pros and cons for every structure, which one can consider. And I think we can keep debating on that, but at the end of the day when we looked at the shareholders’ perspective and what makes sense for shareholders, we thought this is a great way of restructuring and giving access to shareholders directly to financial services, and at the same time take care of the residual, a smaller holding company, which would have risen as a result of a demerger of financial services.

“What we presented to shareholders to look at is a very strong company, which offers pretty much a proxy to the India growth story. It’s a mix of manufacturing and services businesses. It is the story which delivers significant growth going forward and this is an option to shareholders to either invest in this company or look at investing in each of the operating businesses, which we are giving as an option,” Srinivasan explained.

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