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Sep

Micromax announces Canvas Juice 3 and Juice 3+, starts at Rs. 8,999


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Micromax has today officially announced the Canvas Juice 3 and Juice 3+. The Juice 3 went on sale last week, but the Juice 3+ is set to go on sale by the end of September.

The Canvas Juice 3 has a 5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6580 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD support up to 32GB, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and a massive 4,000mAh battery. The device is also running the latest version of Android Lollipop and can be bought for Rs. 8,999.

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Specifications aren’t much different on the Juice 3+, with the only noticeable difference being the larger display. It has a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 panel, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD support up to 32GB, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and that giant 4,000mAh battery. Interestingly, it’s only running Android 5.0 as opposed to the Juice 3’s Android 5.1. Details on pricing have yet to be released.

“At Micromax, we have always been committed to address today’s smartphone users’ biggest need of long lasting batteries. With the introduction of two new smartphones in our Canvas Juice series, we aim to create a perfect value proposition enabling our highly mobile consumers to make the most of these heavy duty marathon batteries for work and entertainment requirements,” says Micromax CEO Vineet Taneja.

While these smartphones are nothing to write home about, what is truly impressive is just how large the battery is. A 4,000mAh unit will take you a long way and would be nice to see in flagship devices today.

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15
Sep

New iCloud Pricing Tiers for All Countries Outlined in Updated Support Document


At last week’s “Hey Siri” media event, Apple announced new iCloud pricing tiers, expanding the amount of storage provided to users. The company has now updated its iCloud support document to outline the new pricing information in all countries where iCloud storage is available.

While Apple previously offered iCloud storage in 5GB, 20GB, 200GB, 500GB and 1TB tiers, the new tiers include only 50GB, 200GB, or 1TB of storage at lower prices. With the old pricing, 20GB of storage in the U.S. cost $0.99, but now users will get 50GB for the same price. 200GB was formerly priced at $3.99 and is now $2.99, and 1TB of storage, previously priced at $19.99, is now $9.99.

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Pricing in 24 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe are included in the support document. Countries where local currency isn’t supported will have storage upgrades billed in dollars, and Eurozone countries will be charged in Euros. For countries with Value Added Tax, VAT is included in the iCloud pricing.

Customers who purchased monthly plans before September 16, 2015, will have their accounts upgraded automatically, presumably when iOS 9 launches tomorrow. Customers on an annual plan will continue to renew annually at that rate.


15
Sep

Talk with the cast of ‘Citizen Mars’ during our Facebook Q&A


Citizen Mars S1:E1 | Uncommon People

Would you give up everything you know on Earth to start a new life on Mars and never come back? The five people we profiled in our original series Citizen Mars are willing to do just that for the good of the world. If you’ve watched our short series, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions for the cast, so we’re giving you the opportunity to ask them whatever you’d like in an upcoming Facebook Q&A. On Thursday, September 17th at 11AM PT / 2PM ET, head over to our Facebook page with your questions and get ready for an exciting discussion.

We’ll also update this space with the Q&A post once it goes live on Facebook. See you Thursday!


The Citizen Mars series takes an in-depth look at five of the 100 finalists for the Mars One mission. In each episode, we chart progress of everyday people determined to be the first to colonize the red planet.

Through interviews and extensive vérité that spans Europe, Africa, Asia and the US, discover the obsession with the future, adventure and space that’s propelling them to leave everything — and everyone — behind.

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15
Sep

Now that everyone dislikes Facebook, it’s getting a ‘dislike’ button


Inside The F8 Facebook Developers Conference

For all of those times when “liking” a pal’s Facebook post just doesn’t seem appropriate, it seems you’ll soon have another option. During a Q&A session today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the social network is indeed working on a “dislike” button. Zuckerberg said Facebook didn’t offer the option from the start for fear of a Reddit-like battle of upvoting and downvoting. However, the company discovered we have a range of emotions we’d like to express in addition to affirmation, most notably a way to show empathy. It turns out the button has been in the works for a while, and Facebook plans to launch it in the near future. We’ll be curious to see how it’ll be deployed, but it sounds like we won’t have to wait long to find out. And we pretty much know what it’ll look like.

[Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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15
Sep

Skype’s ‘Mojis’ insert Muppets into your boring video calls


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Skype announced a new feature for its chat and messaging services on Tuesday that will allow users to incorporate short, Gif-like video clips into their conversations. The company is calling these new visual hybrids “Mojis” (le sigh). Just as Gmail now allows users to drop Giphy Gifs directly into emails, Skype now allows users to browse and select a moji by tapping an in-chat emoticon button. The new feature currently includes clips from Despicable Me, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park, The Muppets and other intellectual properties. There’s no word on whether users will be able to upload their own clips or whether the service is limited to participating corporate content partners. The feature begins rolling out to users running the latest app version on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS today.

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15
Sep

Skype’s new ‘Mojis’ feature lets you send short clips of your favorite TV and movie moments


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If you’ve ever had a difficult time expressing your true emotions through a simple text or emoji, Skype has just introduced a new feature that might help. Now when you’re sending text messages to your friends and family, you can use a new feature called Mojis. Mojis are short animations of popular television and movie clips that you can easily send to whomever you’d like with just a few taps. It’s basically like sending your friends an animated GIF, but with sound.

To send a Moji, simply tap on the emoticon button from within Skype. You can browse by movie or by expression, preview the Moji and drop it in the chat from there.

The Skype team says they’ve handpicked some of the funniest and most iconic moments from some of the best television shows and movies out there. They’ve teamed up with Universal Studios, Disney Muppets, BBC and other studios to bring new Mojis to the platform. The first Moji release will consist of clips from Despicable Me, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park, The Muppets and many more. To get a good look at what Mojis can offer, check out the short Muppets clip below:

The new Mojis feature is rolling out to Skype for Android, Windows, Mac and iOS as we speak, so head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest version.

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15
Sep

Sony’s A7S II is a 4K-shooting pro for your darkest moments


We already got a lovely, refreshed A7R II just a few months ago, and Sony’s eager to keep the upgrade train a-rollin’. The company unveiled the A7S II just a few days back, and despite a spec sheet that reads a lot like its predecessor’s, this thing seems poised to nab the low-light shooting crown. If you’ve seen the original A7S in action, you’ll know that’s no small feat — let’s explore together, shall we?Slideshow-320037

To give us a taste of how good this thing is in the dark, Sony set up a pair of A7S IIs in a poorly lit room festooned with flowers and a rotating tray of sushi. Despite the inky (and pungent) conditions, both cameras sucked up a pretty astonishing amount of light and the picture as portrayed on a wall-mounted television came without the snowstorm of noise some cameras produce at ISO 32,000. For the record, you can technically crank the A7S II up to 409,600, which isn’t a huge improvement on paper — the original A7S and Nikon’s D4S could shoot at the same extended range — but that’s no great sin if the results are anything like what we got out of last year’s model.

In fact, while we’re talking about similarities, there are plenty to see here. Both versions of the A7S have a full-frame 12-megapixel sensor (the better to suck up photons with, my dear) and run with the same BIONZ X image processor tucked away inside. Meanwhile, the classic boxy aesthetic of the A7 line remains mostly untouched, and you’ll feel right at home if you’ve played with the A7R II since they share a near-identical control cluster and weight. That also means they’re built like tanks (you know, in a good way), and weigh noticeably more than the RX100 II I used for these hands-on photos.

I’d argue last year’s A7R was a better video camera than it was a still shooter (seriously, look at this), so Sony went big with the video upgrades this time. The biggest addition? You won’t need an external recorder to shoot 4K video. It’s finally been built right into the A7R II, and Sony took this opportunity to ditch pixel binning — long story short, that means clearer video in low light situations. Sony also announced today that the updated A7S can shoot in 14-bit compressed or uncompressed RAW, the latter of which should help keep those super low-light shots even clearer. Alas, it cheekily (and understandably) taped up the SD card slot door so I couldn’t grab any worthwhile sample shots. Sensing a theme here? An updated 169-point autofocus and 5-axis optical image stabilization also did a fine job keeping things steady and crisp in the dark. All things considered, the A7S II is shaping up to be a terribly worthy buy, but only some hands-on time (and a few hours post-midnight) can confirm whether you should pick this up instead of the new A7R II. Stay tuned for a full verdict soon.

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15
Sep

Snapchat lets you replay those epic selfies, if you’re willing to pay


Snapchat Raising Money That Could Value Company At Up To $19 Billion

Being able to revisit one snap a day is quite limiting, but if you’re willing to fork over some cash, you can get more looks. Snapchat announced today that users in the US can buy extra replays for $1. You’ll be able to view three snaps once more after paying up, but you’ll only be able to take another peek once per image/video. So if you really need to have another look, you can do just that for a buck. What’s more, the app now offers a Lenses feature that allows you to add some flair to those selfies and trophies make their debut. If your trusty mobile device hasn’t alerted you to the update just yet, mosey on over to your app store of choice to nab it.

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15
Sep

Augmented reality expert explains how AR will help humanity


We’ve been hearing and seeing plenty about augmented reality these days — from Microsoft’s HoloLens to the mysterious Google-backed startup Magic Leap — but aside from the gee-whiz factor, its benefits can sometimes feel almost as illusory as virtual images. Gaia Dempsey, managing director of DAQRI, which makes an AR-enabled smart hard hat, offers up a strong case for why augmented reality is more than just hype. In a new video for the upcoming Future of Storytelling Summit (which also produced the stunning video of animation legend Glen Keane drawing in VR), Dempsey explains how AR could fundamentally change the way we learn and experience the world. For example, it’s one thing to be told how the mechanics of a clock works in text or video, it’s an entirely different experience to be able to manipulate a moving set of clock gears in three dimensions.

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Dempsey also makes an astute observation: Millions of kids are already building three-dimensional structures in Minecraft, which is giving them the building blocks of working in AR. That’s one major reason Microsoft ended snatched up Minecraft creator Mojang — it’s a game that compliments HoloLens perfectly.

“Many industries are seeing their number of experts dwindling while their number of products are increasing, so getting critical information to the right people in context is a big win,” Dempsey said in an email. “Suddenly, you don’t need to know everything, because you have an interactive knowledge base with you at all times that senses your surroundings, guides you through complicated operations, and connects you to your team. The adoption of AR makes sense in this context because it delivers value today.”

She also thinks AR and virtual reality have plenty of room to coexist. “VR totally immerses the user and puts them into a virtual world, which is great for gaming, and also training scenarios,” Dempsey said. “If you want to control the entire view, VR is best. AR on the other hand puts digital information into the real environment so you can see it in context of the world around you.”

As for DAQRI’s smart helmet, it’s currently in pilot testing with around a dozen Fortune 500 companies, Dempsey tells us. So far, it’s mainly interesting companies in areas like automation, oil, gas, transportation and aerospace. The company plans to launch an SDK for developers to build on its AR platform next year, with an eventual launch at some point later in 2016.

“In the future augmented reality will be everywhere around us,” Dempsey concludes in the video. “It’s something that in a few years we won’t be able to imagine our lives without it.”

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15
Sep

Verizon and AT&T are opening mini-stores in 250 Best Buys


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Best Buy announced a pair of independent agreements on Tuesday with both Verizon and AT&T, according to Re/Code. The deal will reportedly see both brands receive dedicated floor space within 250 of the electronics chain’s locations by the end of the year. In many cases, both AT&T and Verizon outlets will be located in the same Best Buy. Each mini-store will range from 90 to 180 square feet and be staffed by Best Buy Associates specifically trained in each brand’s products and services. These agreements follow similar pacts struck with Apple, Samsung and Microsoft (not to mention Best Buy and Macy’s), all of whom are angling to reach consumers without having to invest in independent storefronts of their own. Best Buy has not released financial details regarding the agreements.

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