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Vivo X6S, Music-Focused Smartphones Launched

Vivo has launched two new smartphones in China, the Vivo X6S and Vivo X6S Plus. Like their predecessors that were launched in December last year, the Vivo X6 and Vivo X6 Plus, the two smartphones are nearly indistinguishable with almost identical specifications.

Also like their predecessors, the Vivo X6S and Vivo X6S Plus are music-focused smartphones with DACs and signal processors, and bare much the same specifications as the previous generation. The smartphones are also one more nearly identical to the iPhone 6 in terms of looks. For now, no pricing or availability information has been provided by Vivo.

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Coming to the differences between the two smartphones – Vivo X6S bears an AKM4375 32-bit DAC, while the Vivo X6S Plus bears an ES9028 DAC in its Yamaha YSS-205X signal processor. The Vivo X6S Plus also sports a high-resolution 16-megapixel camera complete with PDAF, while the Vivo X6S continues with the 13-megapixel camera of its predecessors.

The Vivo X6S Plus bears a 3000mAh battery, while the Vivo X6S bears a 2400mAh battery. The X6S keeps the 5.2-inch full-HD Super Amoled display of its predecessor, while the X6S Plus maintains the 5.7-inch full-HD Super Amoled display of the Vivo X6 Plus. The X6S is also marginally thinner than the X6S Plus, at 6.56mm compared to 6.85mm.

Common specifications between the smartphones are: Android 5.1 Lollipop, dual-SIM dual standby, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage with no expansion, rear fingerprint sensor, 4G connectivity (with support for Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0 with USB OTG, GPS, and FM radio.

SOURCE- NDTV

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Xiaomi Mi 5 to Be Available in Open Sale in India on May 4

Xiaomi has announced that its flagship Mi 5 smartphone will be available in open sale on May 4 in India. The smartphone was announced in March and was available via the company’s flash sale model. Apart from the flagship smartphone, the 20000mAh Power Bank will be also available via the company’s Mi.com website without registrations. To recall, the Mi 5 was made available in an open sale in India with the Redmi Note 3 earlier this week.

Getting back to the Xiaomi Mi 5, readers should note that the company has only brought a single variant of the smartphone in India, what was unveiled as the ‘standard edition’ in China, featuring 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. It has been priced at Rs. 24,999. Notably, while the smartphone is only available via Mi.com for now, the company says it will be made available via its e-commerce partners a few weeks later

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The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM card) Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 camera sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens.

The smartphone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel front camera, with 2-micron pixels. Both cameras feature an f/2.0 aperture. It measures 144.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi 5 packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The company says that the Quick Charge 3.0 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Quick Charge 2.0. Also on board is a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.

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Apple ‘heartbroken’ by death of engineer found on campus

The man found dead on Apple’s campus Wednesday has been identified as Edward Mackowiak, 25, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office.

A LinkedIn profile that has been taken down listed Mackowiak as a software engineer working for Apple, according to Reuters.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple. We are working to support them however we can in this difficult time.”

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Deputies were dispatched to Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, in Cupertino, California, at 8:38 a.m. PT, Wednesday, Sergeant Andrea Urena said in an email. When they arrived, they found a man “down.”

“After further investigation it appeared there was no foul play and no other individuals were involved,” Urena said. The coroner has determined that Mackowiak shot himself, according to a report by local TV station NBC Bay Area.

According to police-scanner audio obtained by TMZ, security was escorting out an employee with a “head wound, possibly from a gunshot.” The person speaking then adds, “I do have further that there’s a body in one of the conference rooms.”

A man’s body was discovered in a conference room, according to  News. A gun was found next to him.

 

SOURCE-CNET

 

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Samsung cooks up crazy prototype gadgets like VR camera necklaces, helmet speakers.

This seems to be the week Samsung shows off cool gadgets we’ll probably never get to buy.

First it demoed robots that sense emotion and voice-activated light switches. They’re reference designs Samsung hopes customers will build using its Artik chips, not products it will sell on its own.

Then it displayed some crazy gadgets — like a virtual reality camera you wear like a necklace and a communication device you stick on your helmet — dreamed up by employees in Samsung’s Creative Lab. The South Korean giant gives small groups of employees six months to a year to build their own product ideas, most of which will never be released by Sam

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“Employees have some amazing ideas, but they have no use to our divisions,” Chaehyun Yoo, assistant manager of Samsung’s Creativity & Innovation Center, told CNET at Samsung’s developer conference earlier this week here in San Francisco. “We didn’t want those ideas to disappear” so Samsung launched C-Lab about three years ago to give employees time off their normal jobs to pursue their own interests.

Some of the teams will spin out as independent companies and launch their products on sites like Kickstarter. Others will never see the light of day. But Samsung used its developer conference to show off five projects C-Lab participants have been building over the past year.

Source- cnet

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