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Ice to meet you: first off-road drive in the new 2016 VW Tiguan

The old VW Tiguan has gone out with a bang. Despite having been around since 2008 (usually seen ahead of a caravan or horsebox), 2015 year was its strongest-selling year ever – despite a brand-new version in the pipeline: this one. No pressure, then. We’ve been driving a pre-production car in the extreme cold of Sweden’s Arvidsjaur testing facility to ... Read More »

HTC to Make Windows Mobile 10 Phone, First Smartwatch to Launch Soon: Reports

HTC, which launched the HTC One (M8) Windows Phone-powered flagship smartphone in 2014, may be prepping for another smartphone embracing Microsoft’s mobile operating system. According to a job posting on Microsoft’s website, HTC is working on a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Also, it appears the Taiwanese company is finally ready to launch its first smartwatch. A job posting listed on ... Read More »

Indian Company to Launch $7 Smartphone on Wednesday

Once considered a luxury product, a smartphone has grown to become a commodity over the years. But on Wednesday, things will reach a whole new level. As part of its attempt to connect every Indian, local smartphone manufacturer Ringing Bells ‘with immense support from’ the India government will launch an affordable smartphone called the Freedom 251 on Wednesday. The Freedom ... Read More »

Mattel to Launch View-Master VR Headset Successor Later This Year

American toy manufacturing company Mattel impressed many of us last year with its View-Master virtual reality headset. It was cheap, it was well-designed, and it utilised Google Cardboard’s guidelines. The company has announced that it will be launching the second-generation of the device dubbed View-Master Viewer DLX later this year with improved features. First, the company is improving the design ... Read More »

DoT May Make It Mandatory for Mobiles to Support Local Languages

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to come out with regulations in 3-4 months that will make it mandatory for mobile phones to support Hindi and at least one regional language. The move is aimed at making users communicate in local languages and access government services like e-payment through mobile phones. “Three months down the line, there will be ... Read More »

iPhone 7 to Ditch 3.5mm Jack in Favour of Dual-Speaker Setup: Report

As you may have heard from past reports, Apple is said to be considering shipping the iPhone 7 without a 3.5mm headphone jack. Reports that began coming out last year claimed that the Cupertino-based company will be getting rid of the decades old port in an attempt to further slim the iPhone’s waistline, and introduce a new set of Bluetooth ... Read More »

4-Inch iPhone 5se, New iPad Air to Launch on March 15: Report

Apple is on target to introduce its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15, and aims to start selling the devices in the same week, technology blog 9to5Mac reported, citing sources. Apple, which will introduce a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5se”, and a new iPad Air at a launch event, is unlikely to take pre-orders for the ... Read More »

Instagram to Soon Roll Out Video View Counts

Facebook in September 2014 added the video view count feature on its website and has now brought the feature to its Instagram service as well. Instagram users will soon be able to see how many times a video has been viewed by others. The view counts will appear below the video post along with other regular options such as likes ... Read More »

FreeCharge Partners ePaisa to Strengthen Offline Payment Network

Digital payments platform and wallet player FreeCharge announced Friday its partnership with Mumbai-based PoS (point-of-sale) software and payments solution provider ePaisa. The partnership will enable offline payments on ePaisa’s network spanning thousands of retailers, quick service restaurants, stores and home delivery companies in India, the company said. Customers paying through the FreeCharge wallet will also be able to avail of ... Read More »

Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-Sex Emoticons

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country. In a letter to the president, the New York-based group said the government should publicly ... Read More »