Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 Tablet Gets Benchmarked, Specifications Tipped

The rumoured Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet, which was previously had a leaked launch date for March this year, has now purportedly gone through the GFXBench benchmark test, revealing partial specifications.

According to the GFXBench listing, the unannounced Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet features an 8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display and is powered by company’s octa-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor (only four Cortex-A57 cores listed, clocked at 1.9GHz), clubbed with 3GB RAM and Nvidia Tegra X1 GPU. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based tablet includes 32GB inbuilt storage, of which 25GB is user accessible.

It is worth mentioning that the company introduced its Nvidia Tegra X1 processor in January this year during CES 2015. It housed an 8-core 64-bit CPU (4x Cortex-A57 + 4x Cortex-A53) and a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU and was claimed to be the first mobile chip to provide a teraflop of processing power. The latest device to run on Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC is Google Pixel C tablet.

Nvidia last week re-launched its Nvidia Shield tablet as the Shield Tablet K1 priced at $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000).The company’s Shield tablet was launched last year but was recently recalled in the US after the company found the battery in the device can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

For specifications, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 features an 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display; 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 4+1 core processor coupled with a 192-core Kepler GPU; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage along with microSD card slot; and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras.

Practo Ray Adds Specialist Modules for Physicians, Paediatricians, and Dentists

Online healthcare platform Practo announced Thursday the launch of speciality specific modules for Physicians, Paediatricians and Dentists on Practo Ray, its cloud-based healthcare management solution.

The new specialities will be available in across 100 Indian cities and countries in South East Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Eastern Europe, the company said.

In the blog announcing the launch, Shashank ND, founder and CEO of Practo writes that the new version was launched in close collaboration with thousands of doctors globally, in order to address preventable deaths, and India’s low doctor-patient ratio.

Practo Ray’s new module for physicians enables doctors to digitally prescribe lab tests, generate digital lab reports, and check real-time status of the patients’ test, with an index of nearly 100,000 commonly prescribed medicines and brands.

“Doctors can now prescribe lifestyle advice in one click, using preset templates for all common chronic diseases,” writes Shashank on the Practo blog. The regular reminder notification feature ensures that the patient follows dosage and treatment advice on time, the company said.

Practo Ray Paediatric EMR (electronic medical record) uses five automated WHO standard Growth Charts to help parents document their child’s growth pattern including length/height-for-age, weight-for-age, weight-for-length, weight-for-height and body mass index-for-age. These records will be stored on the Childs’ Practo account and can be accessed, updated and shared with other doctors as and when required. Practo Ray Paediatric EMR also enables the parents to receive automated vaccination reminders. By simply entering the child’s birth date, the software generates a 10 year vaccination schedule, which is synced with the Practo account.

practo_ray_dentists.jpgPracto Ray Dental EMR allows dentists to stay in control of dental procedures on a single dashboard, control revenue flow, access information on pending lab orders and upcoming procedures, and enable appointment scheduling. Patients can also view the entire procedure, get their digital dental records, dental procedure updates, test reports and prescription details on the Practo app automatically without having to collect it from the clinic or get it via email.

Over the coming months, Practo Ray will add more healthcare areas like Ophthalmology and Gynaecology, the company said in an emailed statement.

Founded in 2007, Bengaluru-based Practo is one of the largest funded players in the online healthcare space, with apps for patients and cloud-based SaaS software for doctors. Practo Ray plans have a monthly charge of Rs. 999 per month for the starter plan, while the Ray Pro plan costs Rs. 1,999.

Currently present in four other countries apart from India – Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, it has global aspirations in the healthcare space.

Samsung Reportedly in Talks to Make Oled iPhone Displays in 2018


Apple is reportedly in talks with Samsung’s Display division to supply small-sized Oled displays for upcoming iPhones. Korea Times reports that the Cupertino-based giant is likely to use organic light-emitting diode (Oled) display technology for its iPhones in 2018 – technology that Samsung is already well known for.

The report quotes an unnamed ‘high-ranking industry executive’ to say, “Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized Oled displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018.” According to the executive, the move will help Samsung’s Display division to expand its portfolio, thus decreasing dependence on just Samsung devices. He added that the Samsung Display-manufactured Oled displays are seen on all high-end Galaxy devices – specifically, its Super Amoled display technology. The 2018 iPhone would imply iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, if following Apple’s current nomenclature.

“Samsung Display needs to have a long-term contract with new and trustworthy major customers for Oled displays,” added executive. The report claims that Samsung Display was also reaching out to other OEMs. Samsung Display already makes LCD panels for iPad tablets, and reportedly also makes small amount of LCD displays for iPhone models.

samsung_oled_ifa_2015_official.jpgThe executive points out that Apple may not pick Oled technology for its iPhone models soon as LCD displays have ‘several advantages’ over Oled displays, including manufacturing costs. He claimed that Apple wants to have profit margins “as high as possible”.

“Despite the current advantages that LCD have, the display industry in which Korea has long been a leader, needs new momentum for further growth. Prices are being brought down and other technological issues are rapidly being addressed. If Apple adopts Oled technology in its next iPhones, this will benefit the entire ecosystem in the global display industry,” added the executive.

The move is also said to fierce the competition between the two South Korean companies – Samsung Display and LG Display. Apple currently uses iPhone display components made by LG Display.

Recent leaks have claimed that the iPhone 7, believed to be the name of the next iPhone launching in 2016, could feature a memory boost and have waterproof capabilities. Some reports have also suggested that Apple may launch a 4-inch iPhone next year.

QiKU Q Terra Smartphone India Launch Set for Friday

QiKU, a joint venture between Chinese Internet company Qihoo 360 and handset maker Coolpad, will launch its first smartphone Qiku Q Terra in India on November 27, the company told Gadgets 360.

With the Q Terra, QiKU will become the latest Chinese company to enter the Indian market. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Coolpad debuted in India in May earlier this year with the launch of the entry-level Dazen 1, and the high-end Dazen X7.

The Qiku Q Terra offers high-end specifications with a fingerprint sensor. It sports a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920) IPS display with a pixel density of 386ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM8992 808 SoC clocked at 2GHz with Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with support for additional storage up to 128GB using a microSD card.

On the photography front, the QiKU Terra sports dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash, and features like ‘Fast Focus’, geo-tagging, and support for 4K video recording. There’s an 8-megapixel front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture also on board, capable of shooting videos in full-HD resolution. The dual-SIM capable handset (Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM) supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and other standard connectivity features. It bears a 3700mAh battery with support for faster charging.

The handset runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Qihoo 360 OS with additional security features. The company will reveal the retail price of the handset at the event on Friday.

Huawei P9 Max Leaked Benchmark Results Reveal Kirin 950 SoC

The Huawei P9 Max, the Chinese telecommunications giant’s rumoured large-screen smartphone, has appeared on AnTuTu benchmarks, giving us partial information on the specifications. The benchmark results also reveal the inclusion of company’s recently launched Kirin 950 SoC processor.

The phablet device, which went through AnTuTu benchmarks by the P9 50S moniker, would be sporting a 6.2-inch screen size with 1600×2560 pixel resolution display. The pixel density would be 486ppi. The results also show the inclusion of Huawei’s home-made octa-core Kirin 950 processor along with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and 4GB RAM. Notably, the Kirin 950 SoC was unveiled by Huawei last week in an event in Beijing. The chipset features four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

huaewi_p9_max_antutu_gizmochina.jpgThe AnTuTu benchmark results shared by GizmoChina also shows the Huawei P9 Max to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and house 64GB of inbuilt storage. It scored 73,759 in the benchmarks, while the 3D graphics score was 16,822. However, both were not as impressive as that of Meizu Pro 5, which scored 76,244 and 23,393. It is worth mentioning that the Meizu handset under-the-hood carries the octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with Mali T-760 MP8 GPU. There are no launch date and price details for the Huawei P9 Max phablet yet.

Talking about phablets, Huawei would soon be launching its Mate 8 phablet as well. The company in ateaser last week suggested the launch date of the device as November 26. The phablet is also said to house the company’s Kirin 950 processor. An earlier leaked roadmap of the company tipped that the Mate 8 may feature a 6-inch QHD display, Kirin 950 SoC, and a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS.

Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL, Idea Offer Free Data, and More

Telecom operators are leaving no stone unturned to woo consumers at Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights in India. Soon after Vodafone announced a special Diwali offer that will offer users 100MB of free data on November 11, Idea and Bharti Airtel have also come with offers for their subscribers.

Idea Cellular has introduced its all-new Idea Freedom Packs with which the company is targeting limited subscribers including students, housewives, and new users. Under the new Idea Freedom Pack (available only for prepaid users), the company is offering up to 300MB 2G data at Rs. 100 and up to 500MB 3G data at Rs. 175. Both the packs come with a validity of 28 days.

Announcing the new packs, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said, “Idea Freedom packs target those consumers who want to stay digitally connected throughout the month, however at 30-40% lower costs. These packs would help us enhance convenience for prepaid customers, who have to otherwise depend on multiple sachet recharges to manage their costs and internet needs throughout the month. These packs could serve as a one stop solution for them.”

Bharti Airtel, on the other hand, has announced multiple offers catering to various subscribers. The latest pack from Airtel offers new smartphone users up to Rs. 750 for signing up for the company’s data packs. The company late last month had introduced 50 percent daily cashback offer for mobile data. Airtel subscribers under the offer received daily morning credit of 50 percent of data, be it 2G ,3G or 4G, that they consumed between 12am to 6am.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced two special recharge vouchers that come with reduced call rates and also offer free talk-time. The new special tariff vouchers include STV35 (Rs. 35) offering local and STD voice calls to any network at Rs. 0.20 per minute, and STV48 (Rs. 48) offering 80 free minutes on local and STD calls on any network on national roaming. The company has confirmed that the special vouchers can be only availed till November 17. Notably, the new special vouchers come with limited validity.

Apart from 100MB free data, Vodafone India for its subscribers in South has also introduced ‘One Rate, One South’ pack in five south states. The Rs. 57 pack will offer outgoing mobile calls (local, STD and while roaming) at Rs. 0.01 per second in South India. The five states which will get the offer include Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.

Vodafone is also offering its subscribers in Mumbai the chance to win an iPhone 6s by sharing their selfies on Facebook with hashtag Vodafone Diwali (#VodafoneDiwali).

Yahoo Now Shows Your Flickr Images in Search Results

Yahoo will now also look at your Flickr account while catering results for your search queries. The company has announced that users who’re signed into their Yahoo account will now see their Flickr images in Yahoo image search results.

The search result will also include a selection of images from people you follow (presumably public personalities) and public photos on Flickr, the company announced last week. “Now, if you’re signed in, your search will display personalised results from Flickr, including a selection of your own photos, images from people you follow, and top public photos on Flickr,” it wrote in a blog post. The idea is to make your searches more personalised, and throw up related image results from Flickr.

If you are worried that your Flickr images might show up on other’s searches, don’t be. The company says that only images from one’s personal Flickr account will appear in the results. “We will only pull Flickr photos from your personal account if you have images relevant to your search.”

The image revamp is one of the many features and changes the company has introduced to its search engine and Flickr, the image sharing network it owns, in the recent months. Most notably, the company last month inked a deal with Google to get search ads, image search, and algorithmic search for both desktop and mobile.

In July, the company announced that it is bringing back the Pro plan to Flickr. The paid subscription is priced at $5.99 (roughly Rs. 380) per month – or $49.99 per year. With that, users also get a two-percent discount on Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photography plan.

HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM With 13-Megapixel Camera Launched

HTC on Monday launched the Desire 728G Dual SIM in India. Priced at Rs. 17,990, the smartphone is now available in Purple Myst and White Luxury colour variants with mobile operators and major retailers.

The HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM handset was tipped by a retailer last month to launch soon in the country.

The Desire 728G Dual SIM runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7 and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It packs a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera with BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel fixed focus front-facing camera. The handset is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and clubbed with 1.5GB RAM.

htc_desire_728g_dual_sim_purple.jpgThe 16GB inbuilt storage on the Desire 728G Dual SIM is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The Desire 728G Dual SIM does not support 4G, and features 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.1, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity. It is backed by a 2800mAh battery that can offer up to 21 hours of talk time and up to 485 hours of standby time in 3G. It measures 157.9×77.84×7.87mm and weighs around 153 grams. Much like other recently launched HTC smartphones, the Desire 728G Dual SIM features HTC BoomSound technology, which is complemented by Dolby Audio as well.

“The new HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM brings distinctive design into a feature-rich smartphone, providing you with a great value smartphone which you can truly make your own. We want to provide a powerful, fully customisable experience to our customers, and the HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM brings this in abundance,” said Faisal Siddiqui, President, HTC South Asia during the launch.

Nod to Arianespace for Launch of Isro Satellite

European space agency Arianespace has got the nod to go ahead with the November 10 launch of Indian communication satellite GSAT-15 and Arabsat-6B, the agency said.

In a statement early Saturday, Arianespace said the November 10 dual-passenger mission with Ariane 5 rocket the spaceport in French Guiana got the authorisation after the Launch Readiness Review on November 6.

Planned during a 43-minute launch window that opens at 6.34 p.m. (local time in French Guiana), the Ariane 5 mission will have a total payload lift performance of 9,810 kg.

“This includes the two satellites’ mass at liftoff – 5,798 kg for Arabsat-6B and 3,164 kg. for GSAT-15 – along with launcher integration hardware and Ariane 5’s dual-passenger deployment system,” Arianespace said.

The Indian satellite GSAT-15 is designed to deliver telecommunications services, along with dedicated navigation-aid and emergency services, for India.

Built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), it will be the 19th payload launched by Arianespace for this customer – which is one of the world’s six largest space agencies.

The Indian satellite with a design life of 12 years will have 24 Ku-band transponders (automatic receivers and transmitters of radio signals) and two GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) transponders.

China’s QiKU Set to Launch Terra 808, Terra 810 Smartphones in India

QiKU, a joint venture between Chinese Internet company Qihoo 360 and handset maker Coolpad, announced on Friday that it plans to begin selling smartphones in India. The company says that it is planning to launch the QIKU Terra 808 and QiKU Terra 810 in the country.

Both the handsets offer top-of-the-line specifications. The company also touts security features of the devices such as a secure payments option that uses a dedicated VPN for payment apps.

The QiKU Terra 810 sports a 6-inch QHD (1440×2560) display and comes powered by a QualcommSnapdragon 810 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage. On the camera front, there are two 13-megapixel Sony IMX278 sensors of aperture f/1.8 at the back, and an 8-megapixel sensor upfront. There’s a 3700mAh battery.

The QiKU Terra 808, moving along, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and 3GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage. The handset also comes with two 13-megapixel Sony IMX278 shooters of aperture f/1.8 at the back, and an 8-megapixel upfront. The company told Gadgets 360 that it will reveal the full specifications and final price at the time of launch. The Terra lineup, which features high-end handsets, starts in China at an equivalent price of $314 (roughly Rs. 20,700). The company also maintains a Luna lineup, which consists of entry-level handsets. QiKU, at this point, hasn’t disclosed whether it wants to sell those handsets in India as well.

On the software side, both the handsets run Qihoo 360 operating system, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with additional security features. In addition to the secure payments feature, the handsets also let users remotely disable the lost phones even if it isn’t connected to the Internet or have a registered SIM card. Additionally, users can also hide confidential documents on the device using a unique personal code.