14 ‘Intel India Maker Lab’ Startups Demo Products, Solutions

14 Intel India Maker Lab-Incubated Startups Showcase Products, Solutions

Intel India on Wednesday hosted its first “Maker Lab Startup Conclave and Demo Showcase” at its campus here where 14 startups from the first batch of “Intel India Maker Lab” showcased their products and solutions.

Set up a year ago, the ‘Intel India Maker Lab’ is helping startups accelerate their hardware and systems innovation towards creation of new products and solutions by offering infrastructure, technology, tools and mentorship support, the company said in a statement.

The startups utilised “Intel India Maker Lab” facilities in the areas of education, sports, health, agriculture, Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI), e-governance, Internet of Things (IOT), Cloud and Client Compute.

“With over 15 years of relentless commitment to research and development, we continue to build a community of innovators in India,” said Nivruti Rai, General Manager, Intel India and Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corp.

The “Intel India Maker Lab” supported seven startups that came out from the Department of Science & Technology (DST)-Intel “Innovate For Digital India” Challenge.

The startups that showcased their products and solutions are: Aerx Labs, Avench, Green Ocean Research, Jayalaxmi Agrotech, Klassik Klonec, Parkzap, Skylark Drones, Smartron, Terrablue XT, Acceleron Lab, BrownLogic, Phoenix Robotics, SrishtiESDM and Yaw software.

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Leaked Image Again Tips Dual Edge Display

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Leaked Image Again Tips Dual Edge Display

  • The leak shows the Mi Note 2 sporting a dual edge display
  • It refutes previous rumours of a dual camera setup
  • The Mi Note 2 is set to be unveiled on October 25

Xiaomi is set to unveil the Mi Note 2 at an event in China on October 25. Running up to the launch, there has beenno shortage of leaks and speculations. The latest one comes in the form of purported photographs of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, and the pictures hint that the upcoming smartphone will sport just one camera at the back, and not two.

A little while earlier, an alleged Xiaomi Mi Note 2 teaserhad been leaked, showing the phone sporting a dual camera setup. However, these latest pictures snapped by a Weibo user, speak a different story. If these images are real and accurate, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will sport a single camera at the back. This image also brings back hopes of a dual edge screen. The jet black variant snapped in the photos comes with a dual curved screen, synonymous with the Samsung Edge series.

This latest leak also refutes previous rumours that claim the Mi Note 2 will sport an edge-to-edge bezel-less display with no curved edges. As is the case with all leaks, we expect you to take this with a grain of salt and since we are just a week away from the launch, all the details will be official soon.

As mentioned, the Mi Note 2 has been rumoured to launch for quite some time. The smartphone is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC, and pack a 3600mAh battery. It’s anticipated to sport two speaker grilles at the bottom, and have a fingerprint sensor at the front. Lastly, the Mi Note 2 is expected to come in 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage bundles.

The Mi Note 2 is rumoured to be priced at CNY 5,699 (approximately Rs. 57,000) for the top-end variant and go on sale in China from November 1.

 

SAP’s SuccessFactors Service to Be Available on Microsoft Azure

SAP's SuccessFactors Service to Be Available on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that software and technology firm SAP will make its “SuccessFactors” cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) service available on the former’sAzure platform over the next five years. This is SAP’s first move to supplement its own infrastructure and operate SAP Cloud solutions in a third-party public cloud, Microsoft said in a statement.

“The combination of SAP’s market-leading, innovative HCM solutions with Microsoft’s intelligent Cloud will equip companies around the world to help maximise the potential and skills of their most valuable asset, their people,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

SAP bought SuccessFactors for $3.5 billion in 2011. Azure provides enterprise-grade security, an open developer platform and advanced data services that organisations can use to innovate and grow. With nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers, the Microsoft Cloud is offered in more worldwide data centre regions than any other major cloud provider.

“We’ve seen exponential growth in the past two years, with 42 million users now benefiting from our market-leading solutions. In selecting Azure, we will be able to expand our reach even further,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.

 

Huawei Kirin 960 SoC Announced, Likely to Power Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Kirin 960 SoC Announced, Likely to Power Huawei Mate 9

  • The new SoC will use ARM’s Cortex A73 CPU cores and Mali-G71 GPU
  • Huawei claims up to 180 percent improvement in graphics horsepower
  • Huawei’s upcoming high-end phones including the Mate 9 will use this SoC

Hisilicon, the Chinese semiconfuctor design firm wholly owned by Huawei, announced its next-generation flagship SoC at a press event in China. According to reports, the new chip will deliver massive graphics and storage subsystem performance improvements while also improving battery life. The Kirin 960 could debut as soon as next month, powering Huawei’s expected Mate 9 smartphone.

The Kirin 960 combines four high-powered 2.4GHz ARM Cortex A73 cores and four lower-powered 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores. This arrangement is fairly common, allowing the SoC to allocate resources to tasks depending on power and battery life considerations. According to figures provided by Huawei, the Kirin 960 beats Apple’s A10, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 and Samsung’s Exynos 8890 in the multi-threaded Geekbench 4 test, and is second only to the A10 (though by a large margin) when considering only one core.

Huawei can also boast of being the first to market with ARM’s new Mali-G71 GPU, which wasannounced at Computex this year. The Kirin 960 uses the G71 MP8, which indicates 8 GPU cores. The Mali-G71 is based on ARM’s new “Bifrost” architecture and is geared for 4K content and VR.  Support for the Vulkan graphics API is also a first. The improvements add up to a claimed 180 percent improvement in graphics performance compared to previous-generation Kirin SoCs. HEVC and h.264 encode and decode are supported at 4K 30fps.

Another improvement is support for the high-speed Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard which can improve overall system responsiveness. Thirteen of the 14 most popular apps load faster on the Kirin 960 than its competition, according to Huawei. In addition, LPDDR4 RAM can be used in devices based on the Kirin 960, and there are promised improvements to the camera ISP and sensor control logic.

The SoC integrates a 4G LTE modem, which can handle up to Cat 12/13 speeds, ie 600Mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads. It is fabricated on a 16nm process and will be manufactured by TSMC.

Huawei is expected to launch the Mate 9 next month. It is unknown whether it will take advantage of all the Kirin 960’s capabilities, but it should be running Android N when it makes it to markets.

 

Nintendo NX Reveal Next Week; Price to Be ‘Major’ Disappointment

Nintendo NX Reveal Next Week; Price to Be 'Major' Disappointment: Report

  • The Nintendo NX reveal may be sooner than expected
  • Its price however may be higher than anticipated
  • The console is slated for a March 2017 release

Nintendo has yet to official unveil its next console, the NX, but that hasn’t stopped others in the industry from chiming in on its behalf. This week we’ve seen leaks and rumours regarding its price, specifications, features, and even the games it has in development. And while Nintendo’s silence has reached the point of being deafening, another report from investment firm Macquarie suggests we should see a reveal next week.

“A long-in-the-works revamp to the company’s consoles — the NX, with reveal coming next week — is liable to come at a price that will result in a “major” disappointment for volume sales, the firm [Macquarie] says,” according to a post on investor website Seeking Alpha. “Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii’s former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.”

 

This follows the news that it would be a handheld and home console hybrid already in production trials and may just be called the Nintendo Duo. And then French site Gameblog released some more details which have been translated to English on popular gaming forum NeoGAF. It included information confirmed by multiple sources within the games industry who are developing for the platform and have development kits.

For starters, around 20 games are in development and Nintendo hasn’t shared all of the NX’s “gimmicks” with developers yet. So much so that it being a hybrid of portable and home console not being the only “surprise”. Much like Eurogamer reported earlier, there will be detachable controllers and oddly though, no dock for the handheld component of the NX. Rather a wireless dongle to allow for TV upscaling. Games look on solid on the handheld screen and graphically are on par to the PS4. Along with this, what you can play on the go will run just fine in your living room as well.

 

But perhaps the most interesting points of note are the possible methods of interaction with the NX. It could go beyond the controllers it ships with what with smartphone connectivity being possible. The Wall Street Journal first made this public in July this year and Gameblog has made a similar statement. And although the initial tests haven’t been up to par, there is possibility for VR support as well.

 

Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription

Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription

  • The company says it was only able to restore some lost notes
  • Users with lost notes can attempt to manually restore them
  • Premium users can use the gift code for an additional year of service

A small number of Evernote for Mac users are being sent an email by the company that apologises for a bug that caused data loss in certain types of notes – those featuring images or other attachments. Text notes are said to have remained unaffected. The company is making up for the issue by offering Evernote Premium, which also helps restore missing date from notes by using the premium Note History feature.

The email to users states that a small number of users running versions of Evernote for Mac released in June and September were affected, which is a rather vague description for those worried users who may have lost data in hundreds of notes. However, the company confirmed to TechCrunch that specific versions 453991 (which was available directly from Evernote servers) and 454042 (available from the Mac App Store) were the ones affected, under “specific conditions”.

Evernote in its email tells users to update immediately to the latest version – v6.9.2 (454158 from Evernote and 454159 from the Mac App Store) – to avoid the issue and also prevent any “further loss of data”. The company added that as soon as it discovered the issue it “worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data”, however, it did not succeed in some cases.

 

Those users that lost data can manually restore the data by using the Note History feature available to Evernote Premium subscribers, which as we mentioned was also being provided to free users that were affected by the issue via a redemption code. Those users already on Evernote Premium can use the code to buy another year of premium services, or save them as Points to be used at a later point.

The company is telling users to update their Evernote for Mac app via the menu, from where they can navigate to Help > Check For Updates… It adds that users who do not see the option should visit the Mac App Store or the Evernote website to download the latest version of the app.

Of course, the entire debacle is very embarrassing for a note-taking service. Evernote told TechCrunch however that once its recently-begun migration to the Google Cloud platform is complete, such issues will be a easier to prevent and resolve. The full email, with the subject “We’re sorry. Please update Evernote for Mac”, can be seen below.

We have identified a bug in some versions of Evernote for Mac that can cause images and other attachments to be deleted from a note under specific conditions. We believe you are one of a small number of people impacted by this bug.

Please update Evernote on your Mac to the latest version as soon as possible:

From the menu, go to Help > Check For Updates…

If you do not see this menu option, update through the Mac App Store or from our website

The bug can occur in the version of Evernote for Mac released in September, and less frequently in versions released since June. In these versions, certain sequences of events, such as skimming quickly through a large number of notes, can cause an image or other attachments to be deleted from a note without warning. Text in notes is not affected.

Once we identified the problem, we worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data. Unfortunately, some of your attachments couldn’t be automatically restored. However, you may be able to recover your attachments using Evernote’s note history feature available through Evernote Premium.

We are giving your account one free year of Evernote Premium to make amends and give you access to priority customer support via chat or email. If you already have Premium, the gift code can be used to extend your subscription for one additional year, or banked as Points to use for later.

If you run into any difficulties redeeming your code, follow ….

We understand how important your notes and attachments are, and we apologize. Again, please update your app as soon as possible to prevent any further loss of data.

 

God of War ‘Designed for Standard PS4’; No PS4 Pro Needed to Play

God of War 'Designed for Standard PS4'; No PS4 Pro Needed to PlayWith Sony announcing the PS4 Pro for a November 10 release date, there’s always the temptation for developers to optimise the game for the newer, more powerful platform that is the PS4 Pro at the cost of skimping out on the existing one, which in this case is the original PS4. However this will not be the case with God of War. Revealed at E3 2016 after a fairly accurate leak, it seems that the game will run just fine on a regular PS4.

“What we showed at E3 was running on a standard PS4. The game is designed for standard PS4, don’t need a [PS4] Pro to play,” tweeted Cory Balrog, Creative Director on God of War at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio in response to a fan’s question of what the game will be playable on.

Safe to say there will be some additional visual enhancements for the PS4 Pro, but the fact that Balrog has stated it will run as it should on the PS4 should have many a PS4 owner sighing in relief.

 

And if you’re wondering about the lack of pre-release gameplay demos, Balrog and his team are hard at work on the final product. He believes that “demos pull a month or two away from final game.” Presumably because Sony Santa Monica is “focussed on making this game awesome”, another tweet from him claims.

 

Nonetheless, we’re yet to see a release date for God of War though we won’t be surprised to see it available in time for the holiday season next year. Sony hasn’t had a big exclusive for the second half of the year in the longest time and God of War may just be able to fill that void. That is of course, if it isn’t subject to many a delay like some of Sony’s first-party releases this generation.

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support SoonSoon you’ll be able to use your PS4 controller natively in Steam. Valve will release an update to allow full configuration of the DualShock 4 controller for Steam. This was announced at Steam Dev Days, the company’s biennial developer conference.

“This means that players can pair their PS4 controller directly to their PC and use all the configurability options available to the Steam Controller, including use of the PS4 touchpad and gyro,” said Lars Doucet, developer of Defender’s Quest in a presentation for enhanced controller support.

 

This is just one of many controllers that will receive such support. There will be support for all popular controllers to Steam’s API. While this would allow consumers the ability to use the controller of their choice rather than Valve’s Steam Controller or the Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, it also negates the need of third-party software such as Joy2Key in order to achieve compatibility. From a developer standpoint it allows games to ship with a wider choice of input support for free.

“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything,” Doucet claimed.
The reason for Valve supporting the PS4 controller first, according to Doucet, is due to the fact that it shares similar functionality to the Steam Controller due to the presence of a gyroscope and a touchpad.

Will you use the PS4 controller for Steam or are you a loyalist to the keyboard and mouse? Let us know in the comments.

Buying iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus? Here Are the Discounts You Can Still Get

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Offers You Can Still Get on Launch Day in India
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus go on sale at 7pm IST
iPhone 7 price starts at Rs. 60,000
iPhone 7 Plus price starts at Rs. 72,000
Want to be one of the early buyers of the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, but have not pre-ordered the shiny new Apple smartphones so far? Set to hit the Indian shores at 7pm today, the latest iPhones are no longer available for pre-orders on many of the big e-commerce websites. However, you are still not too late to the party: though early-bird offers – like the ones being provided by Amazon and Snapdeal – have dried up, you can still get some discounts in the form of cashbacks or exchange offers if you book the new iPhones now.

Here’s a look at the discounts you can still avail if you pre-order the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus right now:

Flipkart
Flipkart has been taking pre-orders for the device since last week. It is still offering a discount of up to Rs. 24,500 if you exchange your old smartphone. However, the cashback offer with Citibank expired Thursday on the website. That means that the exchange offer is your best bet.

Link: Flipkart

Paytm
The popular online payments platform is offering cashbacks of Rs. 5,000 on the 32GB iPhone 7, Rs. 6,000 on the 128GB iPhone 7 and 32GB iPhone 7 Plus, and Rs. 7,000 on the 256GB iPhone 7 as well as the 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.

Link: Paytm
Tata Cliq
Tata Cliq is offering a deferred cashback of Rs. 10,000 to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus buyers. The offer is valid till October 14 or till stocks last.

Link: Tata Cliq

 
Infibeam
If you are planning to buy iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on EMI, then you can opt for Infibeam’s no-cost EMI plan. Under this offer, provided in partnership with CashCare, no credit card is required and there is no interest levied. Moreover, you get a Rs. 500 cash-back on the first EMI.

Link: Infibeam

Snapdeal
Snapdeal offers a flat discount of Rs 10,000 to those who buy iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus using American Express cards; similarly, Axis Bank credit and debit card buyers get a 10 percent discount. The e-commerce player is also offering cashback up to Rs.16,000 if you exchange an old smartphone. Though the offers are valid for all variants, only the 256GB iPhone 7 is available for pre-bookings right now. A Snapdeal spokesperson said in a statement to Gadgets 360 that its entire stock is pre-booked and the offers will be revived on the website later on Friday.

Link: Snapdeal

To recall, this year’s iPhone models come in three storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in Gold, Jet Black, Matte Black, Rose Gold, and Silver colour variants in India.

The 32GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 60,000, while the 128GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 70,000, and the 256GB iPhone 7 has been priced at Rs. 80,000. The 32GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 72,000, the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 82,000, while the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 92,000.

 

Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 7
Rs. 60,000
KEY SPECS
Display
4.70-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
7-megapixel
Resolution
750×1334 pixels
RAM
2GB
OS
iOS 10
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
12-megapixel
Battery capacity
1960mAh

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Smartwatch Is Now Available for Pre-Orders

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in NovemberPebble’s first smartwatch created more than just ripples in the tech industry when it was launched back in 2012. However, with the release of other smartwatches over the years, the initial charm of the wearable has been lost to quite an extent. After introducing the Pebble 2 and Time 2 on Kickstarter in May the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the company has slightly re-branded the former and launched them for regular buyers. The Pebble 2 without a heart rate sensor is being called the Pebble 2 SE (or Standard Edition) while the variant with a sensor is being called the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate.

The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) and the and Pebble 2 SE at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) respectively. While the former is available to pre-order in five colours, with shipments beginning this month, the latter will go up for pre-orders soon in Jet Black, and start shipping in November. The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, as the name suggests, comes with a heart rate sensor that allows you to monitor your heart rate while doing various physical activities. The smartwatch is optimised for use with company’s Pebble Health app and comes with an inbuilt Workout app.

“Pebble Health automatically detects long walks, runs, and naps, feeding you a performance summary when you’re finished. Dive deeper into your stats with beautiful in-app graphs. Tap and drag on your mobile graphs for targeted views of your step and heart rate stats at specific times. Sync with Google Fit or Apple’s HealthKit to paint an even clearer picture of your overall wellbeing,” company said in its official blog.
The company claims that the battery life on Pebble 2 can last up to seven days, making it possible for the watch to track your sleeping patterns. The smartwatch further allows you to choose the apps that are able to send notifications to your phone. It provides water resistance up to 30 metres.

The Pebble 2 SE is otherwise identical to the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, but forgoes the heart rate sensor.