OnePlus confirms the OnePlus 8 Pro’s class-leading 120Hz AMOLED display has issues 1

OnePlus confirms the OnePlus 8 Pro’s class-leading 120Hz AMOLED display has issues

OnePlus is working on a fix that should be rolled out in the next software update.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has earned the highest overall display rating and Best Smartphone Display Award from DisplayMate. Though it’s not perfect. No gadget is. Some OnePlus 8 Pro users have been taking to OnePlus community forums to highlight issues with the phone’s display. OnePlus has acknowledged some of these issues and it is now working on a fix that should be rolled out in the next software update.
OnePlus 8 Pro users have been broadly highlighting two issues with the phone’s display. The AMOLED display of the OnePlus 8 Pro apparently shows a green tint when it is set to low brightness. OnePlus 8 Pro users have been able to find a fix on their own, by toying around with the settings, which suggests enabling DC Dimming from the phone’s OnePlus Laboratory settings could help. Though, enabling DC Dimming may also have a side effect. Doing that apparently kicks off a “crushed black” effect which means darker areas of an image start losing out on details. Related News That’s worrisome for a phone that is banking so very heavily on its display prowess to make a selling. The OnePlus 8 Pro is OnePlus’ first phone to ship with a 120Hz high refresh rate ‘fluid’ display. It’s one of the many features that OnePlus has put inside the OnePlus 8 Pro to make it stand toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy S20+. Early reviews seem to suggest the OnePlus 8 Pro’s 120Hz AMOLED display iRead More…

WhatsApp effect: Google Duo video calls will support more than twelve participants soon 2

WhatsApp effect: Google Duo video calls will support more than twelve participants soon

Google Duo already supports up to twelve participants. Hours after it came to light that WhatsApp may be working to increase the participant count in group video and voice calls, Google has announced that its competing platform Duo will do something very similar. But while WhatsApp is apparently planning to increase the number of users who can simultaneously video and voice call from four to eight, Google isn’t revealing a number just yet. Google Duo already supports up to twelve participants, so anyhow we’re looking at something that would beat WhatsApp — at least when it comes to group calling. Google plans to do this in the coming weeks. The motivation behind the move, in addition to one-upping the competition of course, is the apparent surge in video calling during these unprecedented times. Like most video calling services, Google’s Duo is also seeing a surge in usage as more and more people are forced to stay cooped inside their homes to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus. Google also has some numbers to share. People are making up to eight times more group calls on Duo now, even as the whole service is pulling over 10 million new users every week. Related News In order to make Duo more accessible in developing markets like India, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Google is also working to update Duo’s underlying video codec technology switching to the new AV1 video codec that should entail an improvement in video quality even on very low baRead More…

Eight Reasons Why The OnePlus 8 Series Is the Ultimate Flagship 3

Eight Reasons Why The OnePlus 8 Series Is the Ultimate Flagship

The OnePlus 8 series comes with displays of unparalleled quality in the smartphone world. They are the latest flagships in the Indian market. And in best OnePlus tradition, they have totally redefined what we should be expecting from a mobile flagship, with not just very good hardware and design, but also very competitive prices. So, if you are in the market for a flagship phone, here are eight reasons why you should opt for a device from the OnePlus 8 series: Displays that are magnificent The OnePlus 8 series comes with displays of unparalleled quality in the smartphone world. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s 6.78 inch fluid AMOLED quad HD display with an amazing 120 Hz refresh rate has actually got a very high rating from DisplayMate. Not only is the display bright and brilliant but its high refresh rate and OnePlus’ innovative optimisations ensure that graphics and scrolling will be smooth as silk. The OnePlus 8 for its part comes with a 6.55 inch fluid AMOLED full HD display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. Both phones are designed to deliver a visual treat, with tiny notches ensuring that your viewing experience is least obstructed. Jaw dropping design Both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro look simply magnificent, with beautiful and carefully crafted glass fronts and backs. The Glacial Green shades of both phones are bound to inspire jealousy in the competition, and the Interstellar Glow variant of the OnePlus 8 is in particular eye catching, displaying different coloursRead More…

OnePlus Stuns the world with India Pricing for OnePlus 8 series 4

OnePlus Stuns the world with India Pricing for OnePlus 8 series

A glance at the spec sheets of the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro just shows what amazing value for mon-ey they offer. It was supposed to be on the premium side. So much so, that after seeing their prices in the US and China markets, many people in India were expecting the OnePlus 8 series to start at well above Rs 45,000, with some even thinking that it could start from Rs 50,000. The Never Settling brand however, surprised everyone by announcing that the latest OnePlus 8 series would start at a surprisingly low Rs 41,999. Even the OnePlus 8 Pro, the more premium of the two devices in the series, would start at Rs 54,999, which is just Rs 1,000 above the pricing of its predecessor, the OnePlus 7T Pro. These are perhaps the lowest prices for the devices in the world. What makes the pricing of the OnePlus 8 series in India so impressive is that it comes at a time when prices were expected to be much higher. The value of the Rupee has declined considerably in recent times. And then there is the matter of the 18 per cent general sales tax that has been imposed on smartphones by the Indian Government. Add to this the fact that OnePlus, as usual, would be us-ing top of the line components in its devices and it is fair to say that the final price tags for the devic-es in India are nothing short of remarkable. Indeed, there is hardly any other 5G device with similar processor and components available at the OnePlus 8’s starting price. A glance at the spec sheets of the OnePlus Read More…

Beware of this ‘fake’ Xiaomi India authorized online store 5

Beware of this ‘fake’ Xiaomi India authorized online store

A fake website could trick you in a host of ways, right from phishing attacks to stealing your financial details. Xiaomi is a very popular brand in India. But with great popularity has also come many challenges. One of them is meeting demand and while Xiaomi has come a long way from its infamous ‘flash sales’ days, some of its products are still very hard to get — in the first or second round of sales — even after all this time. This is something that scammers and scalpers continue to exploit — to this day. In what appears to be a clear attempt to cash in on India’s ongoing Coronavirus lockdown, wherein e-commerce platforms are prohibited from selling non-essentials including smartphones, a sketchy website claims to be offering Xiaomi products as available to ‘buy now.’ First spotted by XDA’s Tushar Mehta, the mi-home.in website seems like a rather lazy (and shabby) attempt at copying Xiaomi’s mi.com/in website, which is the company’s official online store in India. But what’s baffling is how the makers of the website blatantly claim to represent a Mi India Authorized Store. The website has put up top-selling Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi K20 Pro, as well as select Mi LED smart TVs, ecosystem products like the Mi Band 3, and accessories like power banks. The unrelated Poco X2 is also available for buying on the website — which is not even a Xiaomi-branded phone because Poco is a different brand now. Related News ThisRead More…

Online education needs mindset change in India, institutions must use AI, emotional intelligence 6

Online education needs mindset change in India, institutions must use AI, emotional intelligence

Behavioural changes that train Indians on emotional intelligence will be crucial to ensure that the next generation is fortified against the ramifications of an impending recession By Shahan Sud and Atul Thakkar A mix of rising unemployment and the coronavirus pandemic are guiding young Indians to tap into online education to step-up their game or to ensure that they continue their curriculums through online modules. Though this category has been there for a while, this paradigm shift towards adapting multimodal learning will help rewire learning India has been used to till date. And, as India battles the COVID-19 pandemic, this shift towards online learning will no longer be a choice – but rather become the new normal. Online centric education that is currently being sought as an alternative to continuing the courses amid the coronavirus pandemic – with its accessibility and non-gated nature – is determined to drive the learning experience forward for Indians. These difficult times will set a precedent that will guide ed-tech companies to focus on bundling educational services rather than providing only edu-content as a premium offering. However, what would be crucial is to ensure its adaptability to India’s education market for which behavioural change strategies would be needed – both for the students and for the facilitators (for the latter are conditioned to a structured learning process where the physical presence of students is mandatory). In Read More…

Govt of India kicks off ‘innovative’ challenge to build local Zoom-rival, here’s how you can participate 7

Govt of India kicks off ‘innovative’ challenge to build local Zoom-rival, here’s how you can participate

Scores of people are using video calling/conferencing apps around the world for work. (Photo credit: Reuters) The Government of India wants Indians to build the country’s own video conferencing platform, something that will take on the likes of the controversy-ridden Zoom, and also more high-profile solutions like Google Meet and Microsoft Teams. Not only will this help promote local expertise, it will also possibly ensure greater transparency when it comes to privacy and data handling. As opposed to giving some x, y, or z company a contract to chalk out and build a home-grown video conferencing platform, the Government of India is offering a level playing field for all developers through a first-of-its-kind ‘innovation’ challenge under the Digital India initiative. Related News The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) ‘Innovation Challenge for Development of a Video Conferencing Solution under the Digital India Programme’ will be conducted in three stages, ideation, prototype, and solution building. Would-be competitors have until April 30 to apply for the programme. At this stage, they are not required to be registered Indian Companies or startups. They have until May 7 to submit their ideas. An ‘unspecified’ jury will shortlist 10 top ideas (on May 14), moving them to the next stage, that is prototyping. At this stage, they are required to register themselves as Indian Startups or Company. Each team will receive a fundiRead More…

Why the iPhone SE (2020) is a stroke of genius from Apple 8

Why the iPhone SE (2020) is a stroke of genius from Apple

Now, let’s just wait for some discounts and cashbacks to kick in! Spurred by the success of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, Apple is adding one more iPhone to its ‘iPhones that you can afford without being subject to lame kidney jokes’ portfolio. It’s the sequel to 2016’s iPhone SE. It’s still called the iPhone SE, but it’s bigger, and it’s better. And taking into account the four-year gap that it has taken Apple to launch it among other factors including the current pandemic scenario, at a starting price of Rs 42,500, you can say that it’s also cheaper. The original was launched at a base price of Rs 39,000. By now I am sure, many of you are wondering, what’s the catch? There are quite a few actually but before I list them out for you, there’s an even bigger question to be addressed first. Has the iPhone SE and its 40,000-ish price tag managed to pique your interest? If the answer is yes, Apple has done its job. If not, let me explain to you how the second-generation iPhone SE is a stroke of genius from Apple. Related News It’s an iPhone There was a time when Apple peddled cheap plastic in the name of giving buyers an accessible iPhone. The iPhone 5c failed not because it was bad, it failed because it went against everything that Apple ever did, or does, to this day. The original iPhone SE and not the iPhone 5c was the first truly affordable iPhone and for good reason. It had a premium all-metal design and powerful hardware. It was reliableRead More…

CSS Corp to utilise the HERE Platform 9

CSS Corp to utilise the HERE Platform

Sunil Mittal, EVP, CSS Corp, said, Location-based intelligence is emerging as a driver for providing personalised services to consumers. (Representational image) CSS Corp, the IT services company, has partnered with HERE Technologies to provide advanced location analytics solutions for their customers. “CSS Corp will leverage HERE’s products and solutions such as HLS, routing, traffic, positioning and tracking fleet telematics for its geospatial solutions to drive contextual intelligence for faster decision-making, scalability, improved efficiency and productivity,” CSS Corp said in a statement. Sunil Mittal, EVP, CSS Corp, said, “Location-based intelligence is emerging as a driver for providing personalised services to consumers. With our portfolio of best-in-class digital solutions in automation and advanced analytics, CSS Corp is in a strong position to deliver compelling business outcomes through this partnership with HERE Technologies, the global leader in location intelligence.” Related News Aditya Waghray of HERE added: “Our tie-up with CSS Corp defines a unique set of joint solutions to address the market demand for location services in the geospatial services space focused on improving fleet productivity, driver retention, while reducing operational costs.” Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best EquityRead More…

Google is shutting down its India-first Neighbourly Q&A app 10

Google is shutting down its India-first Neighbourly Q&A app

The tech giant will shut the Neighbourly app on May 12. (Image: Twitter/Google India) Google is known for its successful and varied products like YouTube, Search, Gmail and Maps. However, it has also delivered products which have failed to fare well among the users. The latest Google product to be added to the list is Neighbourly, which was launched in mid-2018. The app aimed to help users understand their neighbourhood better by asking other residents. The tech giant will shut the app on May 12. Google is sending out an email to all the users of Neighbourly, stating that the app did not perform as well as the company had hoped, suggesting that weak user count for the app might be the reason behind the closure of the app. The app apparently fared well in the weeks following the launch, during which a million questions were answered on the app. However, with the way things stand now, it seems like the popularity of the app was short-lived. Related News In the mail, Google is telling users that it would continue to focus on its current successful apps, and that Neighbourly users should sign up as local guides on its much widely used Google Maps so that they can continue to help people near their community. Using Google Maps as a base, it lets the users help others through reviews, pictures, ratings and answers to questions. Neighbourly was launched in Mumbai and was later expanded to other cities. Google also added more and more features, but the app still could nRead More…