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iPhone Error 53: Apple Wants a Monopoly on Repairs, Says iFixit

Apple is facing heat from furious customers over bricked iPhone models. For more than a year, the Cupertino-based company has been disabling iPhone models upon detecting an unauthorised or third-party service on the smartphone, specifically related to Touch ID or Apple Pay components. The company says it does so only to ensure that a user’s security isn’t compromised. But the ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge Leak in Live Images

Days ahead of Samsung’s pre-MWC 2016 event, the company’s two anticipated flagship models – the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge – have leaked in live images for the first time. Other details including their prices have also been tipped. As per a leaked live image shared by Reviewdao, a Vietnamese website (via GSMArena), the 32GB variant of the ... Read More »

Lyf Flame 1 With 4G Support, Snapdragon 210 SoC Launched at Rs. 6,490

Reliance Retail’s fourth Lyf-branded smartphone, the Flame 1, has been introduced by the company. Priced at Rs. 6,490, the Lyf Flame 1 smartphone is now listed on the company’s online store, the Reliance Digital. Unfortunately, there is no word on the availability of the handset as of now. The company has so far unveiled three Lyf branded phones namely the ... Read More »

MIT Builds Low-Power Artificial Intelligence Chip for Smartphones

A team of US researchers has built an energy-friendly chip that can perform powerful artificial intelligence (AI) tasks, enabling future mobile devices to implement “neural networks” modelled on the human brain. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU (Graphics ... Read More »

Smartphones With 7-Day Battery Life Promised by Fuel-Cell Maker

A British fuel-cell developer that was first to put the technology harnessing the power of hydrogen into London’s distinctive black cab said it’s working on a system that would allow mobile phone users to charge just once a week. Intelligent Energy Holdings said an emerging smartphone maker will provide GBP 5.25 million (roughly Rs. 51 crores) to develop a fuel ... Read More »

Intex Aqua Wing, Aqua Raze Budget Phones Reportedly Launched in India

Intex has reportedly launched two new Aqua-series phones in India, the Aqua Wing and Aqua Raze, according to an established Mumbai-based retailer. The retailer claims that the Intex Aqua Wing and Intex Aqua Raze smartphones are now available to buy in India priced at Rs. 4,599 and Rs. 5,199 respectively. Notably, Intex hasn’t yet announced or listed the devices officially ... Read More »

Mobile Phone Production in India May Reach 500 Million in 2 Years: DoT

Mobile phone manufacturing in the country may reach 500 million units in coming two years on the back of good base of talent and an incentive policy, a top Department of Telecom (DoT) official said Sunday. This year, India produced 100 million phones as compared to 45 million last year. “The number of phones being manufactured was 10 million sometime ... Read More »

Samsung Z1 Reportedly Receiving Tizen 2.4 OS Update

Samsung has started rolling out the Tizen 2.4 update to its Samsung Z1 smartphone in India. The update, which was in beta testing programme since September last year, weighs in at 262MB and brings loads of new features. To recall, the Z1 came with Tizen 2.3 out-of-the-box. While the Tizen 2.4 update (Z130HDDU0CPB1) weighs 262MB for regular Z1 users, it ... Read More »

Oppo F1 Selfie-Focused Smartphone Now Available in India

After launching the selfie-focused smartphone in India last month, Chinese manufacturer Oppo on Sunday announced availability of the smartphone in the country, starting with New Delhi. Priced at Rs. 15,990, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM) supporting Oppo F1 runs on ColorOS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The sports an aluminium body and is slim at 7.25mm. The Oppo F1 ... Read More »

Apple Patent Tips iPhone Home Button With Trackpad Functionality

Apple has been granted a new patent, which suggests company’s future plans for its iconic circular home button on the iPhone and iPad. The patent, published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week, gives an insight how Apple might use the home button as a trackpad on future iOS devices. The patent titled “Force-Sensitive Fingerprint Sensing Input” ... Read More »