Flipkart has launched the first smartphone under the Billion brand, called Billion Capture+. As the name suggests, it is a camera-focused smartphone with a dual camera setup (13-megapixel RGB + 13-megapixel monochrome) on the back. The Flipkart phone has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, Android 7.1.2 Nougat software, microSD storage support of up to 128 GB, a 3500 mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Other highlights of the handset include support for fast charging and unlimited cloud storage. The ‘Made in India’ smartphones come in two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for Rs. 10,999 and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs. 12,999. It comes in Mystic Black and Desert Gold colors and sells on November 15, with free EMIs and discounts on select debit and credit cards.

Jio cashback offer with benefits worth up to Rs. 2,599 goes liveReliance Jio has officially announced a new cashback offer that offers consumers cashback and vouchers worth up to Rs. 2,599 on top-ups of Rs. 399 or more. The new Jio cashback offer is available to Prime subscribers, although new users will get more benefits than existing users. Buyers will be given eight vouchers worth Rs. 50 (redeemable from November 15) from Jio, wallet cashback up to Rs. 300 (redeemable immediately), and discounts on Yatra.com, Ajio.com, and Reliancetrends.com (redeemable from November 20) as part of the Jio offer.


iPhone X screen becomes unresponsive in cold weather, 360-degree selfies introduced. Some iPhone X users have reported that their handset screen becomes temporarily unresponsive in cold weather. Fortunately, the problem is not widespread, as very few users have reported the problem. Apple has acknowledged the issue and will soon fix it with a software update.

The Clips movie-making app has introduced several new features, including 360-degree selfies for iPhone X using the TrueDepth sensors. Called Selfie Scenes, this feature offers an option of 10 Apple-designed scenes that add augmented landscapes to the handset, featuring unique locations, characters, colors, and visual styles, including two scenes from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie.

Gionee M7 Power India will launch on November 15 Gionee will launch the M7 Power smartphone in India on November 15; the smartphone was launched in China in September. The highlights are the screen’s 5000mAh battery and the 18:9 aspect ratio. Other key features of the Gionee phone include a 6-inch HD+ (720x1440px) display, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, microSD card support up to 256GB, Android Nougat OS, dual SIM support, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front camera. The Gionee M7 Power price in the company’s home market is CNY 1,999, which roughly translates to about Rs. 20,000.

Twitter extends display name characters and suspends verifications for blue check marks. Twitter has increased user display name characters to 50 characters within days of doubling the character limit in tweets for all users. Likewise, the username (@handle) can be up to 15 characters long. On the other hand, Twitter has stopped the blue tick verifications for users. The Twitter support account said that while the check was supposed to verify users’ identities, it was taken as “an endorsement or sign of importance”. The process has been halted for ‘all general verifications’. Twitter had been criticized for verifying the account of one of the organizers of a meeting of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, where one person died.

Facebook’s effort to fight revenge porn involves employees seeing nude photos of users. Earlier this week, Facebook announced a new initiative to combat revenge porn, where users can share their nude photos (with themselves via Messenger), and the company will hash them to ensure they are no longer published on Facebook or Instagram. Now it turns out that “specially trained professionals” from the company’s Community Operations team will see the images and create the hash for them; hashing refers to creating a human-unreadable digital fingerprint of the picture. When someone else tries to upload the same idea, the company can identify it using the digital fingerprint, and it will not be uploaded to the Facebook network.

Uber will not be profitable in the US for at least six months. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has revealed that the ridesharing company will not be good in the US for the next six months as Lyft continues to gain strength. While the company may break even in some cities, the general US market will not make a profit for the company. However, it was profitable in the US and Canada, although only for a short period.


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