Saturday, 21 October 2017

Facebook Messenger users in the U.S can now send and receive money using PayPal

Exactly a year ago, Facebook added PayPal as payment support within the Messenger app for users in the U.S. And now it has added the ability to send and receive person-to-person payments via PayPal within Messenger app.

Previously, users had the option to use PayPal to shop on Messenger, but the new announcement, extends the partnership to peer-to-peer payments. This means Facebook Messenger users in the U.S can now send and receive money directly within the app using their PayPal accounts.

The integration will make it easier, for friends and family to exchange money between them, be it splitting bills for taxi ride, night out, or, paying rent and more.

How it works: You have to tap on the blue plus icon, and then select the green Payments button to send or request money. Then choose PayPal as the funding source when making a P2P payments with your Messenger contacts and proceed to pay.

According to PayPal, over 2.5 million users have linked their PayPal account with Messenger, and with the person-to-person integration, the number is expected to grow further.

To go along PayPal also introduced its first ever customer service bot for Messenger, that will enable customer service interactions such as resetting passwords, handling account inquiries and helping with refunds or payment issues. To use PayPal customer service bot, search for PayPal in the search field, followed by a message to PayPal. The bot will then assist you with you request. If you need additional support, you can choose to connect with PayPal’s live customer service. 


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specs outed by TENAA

Just yesterday the Redmi Note 5 appeared on TENAA listing, but only released the image of the phone. Now the entire specs sheet has been published on the certification site.

The Redmi Note 5 will get a major design change, especially the front panel, when compared to Redmi Note 4. However, the specs sheet will get a minor upgrade. 

In terms of design, the Redmi Note 5 will have slim bezels than than Redmi Note 4, but not entirely near bezeless like the vivo V7+, Micromax Infinity or Honor 9i, as it has bezels on the sides. The rear side is still the same, and you'll find the single camera, dual-tone LED flash and fingerprint scanner. The listing also reveals that Redmi Note 5 will be taller, but slightly narrow and a bit slimmer than the predecessor.

Coming to specifications, According to TENAA, the Redmi Note 5 will feature 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and powered by 2GHz octa-core processor, which is likely to be Snapdragon 6xx series chip. It will come in two RAM/Storage variants: 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. The storage is expandable via microSD card.

It will sport 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5MP front facing camera, while a 4000mAh battery will run the show. Connectivity features are 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-SIM support and GPS.

The Redmi Note 5 will come in a variety of colors including Black, Rose Gold, White, Gold, Blue, Red, Pink, Silver and Grey, and is expected to break cover in November. 


Friday, 20 October 2017

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium now comes in "Rosso" red

Sony's first flagship offering of this year, Xperia XZ Premium, was the first smartphone with Snapdragon 835 chip, 4K HDR display and Motion Eye camera for Super slow motion video recording. It was introduced back in February at MWC 2017 in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black colors, followed by a Bronze Pink color variant in April.

And now the company has announced that the Xperia XZ Premium will be available in opulent red, chicly named ‘Rosso’. The new Rosso color version will be available from October 27 starting with Japan via NTT docomo, and will be rolled out to other markets as well.

Regarding the new Rosso color HTC said "The rich, vibrant red is the perfect match for the sophisticated technology it encapsulates. It will set you apart from the crowd and make your smartphone be the centre of attention, both with its looks and its innovative features."   

Sony Xperia XZ Premium specs
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.5-inch 4K HDR display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 19MP f/2.0 rear camera
  • 13MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • USB Type-C
  • IP65/68 water and dust resistance rating
  • Android Nougat
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3230mAh battery
In related news, Sony recently confirmed that Xperia XZ Premium will get Android Oreo in December (or early).

Airtel Diwali Offer: 100 percent cash back on unlimited pack recharges, but.....

Last week Reliance Jio announced Diwali offer, under which it offered 100 percent cashback on recharge of Rs. 399 (offer ended). Now Airtel is following suit, and is offering 100 percent cashback on unlimited prepaid recharge pack of Rs. 348/Rs. 349, Rs.399 and Rs. 548/Rs. 599, but there's a catch.

The 100 percent cashback will not be provided with a single recharge, instead you'll have to recharge eight/nine/ twelve times consecutively depending on the plan. And also the customer have to recharge using the Airtel Payments Bank to get the cashback.

The offer is somewhat similar to Reliance Jio Diwali offer, but instead of recharge vouchers, Airtel is offering Rs. 75 cashback on the first recharge  and from the second recharge it will be just Rs. 40 for the next seven recharge, so the cashback would amount to Rs. 345. This offer is for the Rs. 348/349 plan, and the cashback can be used for any purpose.

Similarly for the Rs. 399 pack, you'll have to recharge the amount for nine times consecutively, to get Rs. 75 cashback on the first recharge, Rs.40 in every subsequent recharge and Rs. 45 in the ninth recharge (Rs. 400 cashback).

Lastly, for the Rs. 549 pack, you have to recharge 12 time consecutively, to get Rs. 75 cash back on first recharge and Rs. 45 on the next 11 recharges (Rs. 570 cashback).

It's worth mentioning that, the recharges need to be done within a period of 12 months. The cashback will be credited to Airtel Payments Bank wallet or savings account within three working days of the transaction.

Airtel's 100 percent cashback offer is now live and will end on October 26.  

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HTC U11 will reportedly get Android Oreo in November-early December

Back in August, HTC published the list of smartphones that will get Android Oreo. The list included the company's last three flagships: HTC U11, HTC U11 Ultra and HTC 10. 

HTC also confirmed that Android Oreo will be rolled out first for HTC U11 sometime in fourth quarter of 2017.

And now according to reliable HTC tipster L1abTooFeR, Android Oreo update for HTC U11 is in the final stages of its development, and will start rolling out in November-early December time frame.

Unfortunately the roll out time frame of Oreo for HTC U11 Ultra and last years' HTC 10 is not known. The source also mentioned that HTC One M10 and HTC One A9 will not get Android Oreo update.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with 18:9 display spotted on TENAA

Xiaomi recently launched the affordable Redmi 5A in China, which is the successor of the popular Redmi 4. Now the Chinese device maker is all set to unveil the successor of another of its super popular device, Redmi Note 4. That's because, a Xiaomi smartphone with model number MET7 believed to be Redmi Note 5 has been spotted on TENAA, revealing its design. 

As seen in the render, the Redmi Note 5 sports a metal unibody design, and a fingerprint scanner at the back. On the front, the display takes most of the space of the front panel, but there are still thick bezels on all sides. 

This will be Xiaomi's first budget smartphone to come with such a design, and the display is likely to have an aspect ratio of 18:9. That said, there are no navigation keys on the lower chin, and it is larger than other smartphones with 18:9 display. The upper chin is also slightly larger and houses two selfie cameras.

Unfortunately, TENAA has not listed the specification of Redmi Note 5, but according to reports, it will feature 5.5-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, 12MP/16MP cameras and 4000mAh battery. It is expected to come in Champagne Gold, Black, Rose Gold and Platinum Silver color. 

Rumors also has it that the Redmi Note 5 will arrive with additional variants: Redmi Note 5 Pro/Plus. This phone is said to have near-bezel less design and 12MP/5MP cameras. 

The Redmi Note 5 line up is expected to announced in mid-November. To remind you, back in August Xiaomi unveiled an entry-level Redmi Note 5 model called Redmi Note 5A. 


Cortana enabled Invoke speaker will be available from October 22 for $199

Harman and Microsoft unveiled Invoke, the first Coratana enabled smart speaker back in May 2017, without revealing the pricing and availability details.

And now Harman has announced that the Invoke will be available in the U.S starting October 22 at Rs. 199.99 (Rs. 30,000). It comes in Graphite and Pearl Silver color, and will be available for purchase from Best Buy, Microsoft stores and other retail locations, as well as online at and

The Invoke speaker has Amazon Echo like cylindrical design with 360-degrees speaker. Like other smart speakers, Invoke can play music, manage calendars and activities, set reminders, check traffic, deliver latest news, , weather, sports update and more. It features Skype integration, allowing you to make phone calls to other mobile or Skype-enabled devices. You can also control smart home appliances using voice commands to do things like turn out the lights or control the temperature.

The smart speaker is equipped with Harman's "SONIQUE", a 360-degree adaptive technology (with seven microphones) that recognizes all details of voice commands even in environments with high-ambient noise. It supports Harman's beam foaming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction functions to ensure Cortana can hear your voice in noisy environments.

It also comes with features like ‘touch to surprise’ user interface panel at the top of the speaker, interactive Cortana lighting, and intuitive buttons.

HTC U11 Life specs and render leaked

HTC is expected to unveil its near bezel-free flagship, the U11 Plus on November 2. Alongside the company is likely to launch a second phone, which is a mid-ranger called U11 Life, and it will be backed by Google's Android One program.

We already know unofficial details about the U11 Plus including specs and design, and now reliable tipster Roland Quandt writing for has shared details of the U11 Life including press render and complete specs sheet.

The HTC U11 Life will have the exact same design as the Snapdragon 835 powered HTC U11, but will pack mid-range specs. Since the phone has a regular design, it comes with a home button, that hides the fingerprint sensor. Like HTC's recent offering, the U11 Life will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of USB Type-C. HTC is also said to bundle the HTC USonic headphones. 

The device will also have HTC U11-like Edge Sense function, that lets you squeeze the edge of the phone to trigger various actions.

As for the specs, the HTC U11 Life will feature:
  • 5.2-inch Full HD display
  • Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 16MP rear camera with support for HDR, RAW format and 4K video recording
  • 16MP front camera
  • 2600mAh battery
The phone will run the latest Android Oreo, and since the device will be launch under Android One program, it will offer pure Android experience, and come pre-loaded with only Google apps. It will also support NFC, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and boast IP67 water and dust resistance rating.

According to the source, the HTC U11 Life will be priced around 400 Euros ($472 | Rs. 30,000), and come in Sapphire Blue and Ice White. 


vivo announces global expansion; to sell products in six new countries

China based device maker vivo which is now among the top 5 vendors in the world, and also an official sponsor of the next two FIFA World Cup tournaments, has announced that it plans to expand its presence globally to six new markets in the following months.

vivo already has its footprint in India, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Going forward, vivo will soon set its foot in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, and also make its way to the African market by launching its products in Morocco and Kenya. Through Russia it will make its debut in European market, and we can expect expansion to other European countries in the near future.

In these markets, vivo aims to offer devices and "inspire confidence and self-expression in more young people". The punchline sounds perfect as vivo phones are mainly focused on camera and audio experience. The last phone, vivo launched was vivo V7+ which had a near bezel-less design and 24MP selfie camera and selfie flash. 


Sharp Aquos R Compact with near bezel-less design, Android Oreo announced

Sharp was the first smartphone maker to bring bezel-less design to life with the Aquos Crystal. This was even before Mi MIX came into the limelight, and made the design a trend that is being adapted by most of the handset maker this year.

Earlier this year, Sharp unveiled the Aquos S2 with no bezels on sides and top, for a tri-bezel design. And now the Japanese tech giant is packing a similar design into a more compact body, on the company's latest Aquos Compact R. On the other hand, it is basically a compact version of the Snapdragon 835 powered flagship Aquos R.

Just like the Aquos S2, the new Aquos Compact R has a tri-bezel design, but the bottom chin has very thick bezels and accommodates the home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor. It also boasts IP68 water and dust resistance rating and runs the latest Android 8.0 Oreo software with EMOPA 7.0 AI integration.

The Sharp Aquos R Compact features 4.9-inch Full HD+ (2030 x 1080 pixels) IGZO display with 18:9 aspect ratio and is equipped with Snapdragon 660 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card.

For photography, it gets 16.4MP PDAF rear camera with an LED flash, and 8MP CMOS front camera. Connectivity onboard include WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port and GPS. It is fueled by 2500mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

The Sharp Aquos R will be a Japan exclusive device, and come in Moon White, Tourmaline Black, Diamond Yellow and Amethyst Purple color. It will be available via Japanese telecommunication company Softbank in December.

Xiaomi outs Mi TV 4C in China with ultra-slim bezels

Xiaomi is expanding its Mi TV 4 line with a new model. The Mi TV 4 was introduced at CES 2017 with high-end features and a premium price tag. This was followed by a budget model dubbed Mi TV 4A. 

That said, the China based device maker has now introduced an enhanced version of Mi TV 4A, dubbed Mi TV 4C, with ultra-slim bezels.

The Xiaomi Mi TV 4C has an ultra slim 0.9cm (9mm) black bezels on the sides, and comes in two display variants: 43-inch and 55-inch panel. The smaller 43-inch Mi TV 4A sports Full HD resolution and packs 1GB RAM, whereas the 55-inch mode has 4K HDR and 2GB RAM.

Both models are powered by Amlogic T962 quad-core processor further aided by Mali 450 GPU. They come with 8GM eMMC 5.1 internal storage, and support WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity. Both also support Dolby Atmos and DTS encoded movies, meaning, you don't need an external player for playing these movies.

Lastly, the Mi TV 4C, supports "Patch Wall" a UI layer on top of Android OS, based on deep learning AI technology to curate contents based on recommendations.

Coming to the pricing, the 43-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4C is priced at CNY 2099 ($317 | Rs. 20,600), while the 55-inch 4K HDR variant costs CNY 3099 ($468 | Rs. 30,500). 


Motorola's AT&T Mobile TV Cast Mod lets you cast DirectTV to your TV

Motorola recently launched the Alexa-enabled Moto Smart Speaker Mod for the Moto Z Family. And now the brand is already working on a new Moto Mod.

According to Android Authority, Motorola is planning to introduce a new mod developed in partnership with U.S carrier AT&T called AT&T Mobile TV Cast.

The plug-and-play Mod has a stick that users can plug into any compatible TV set, allowing them to watch contents from AT&T's content streaming service DirecTV Now on a large screen. The streaming service subscription starts at $35 and includes dozens of live TV channels, as well as on-demand content.

The reports also says that the Moto Mod will connect to the TV via USB stick. However, this detail is questionable given that other similar devices (Chromecast, Fire TV stick), plug into the TV's HDMI port. The Mod doesn't require a WiFi connection for streaming, instead the contents will be streamed over LTE, directly from the stick.

Users will also be able to use their Moto Z phone while casting to the TV, and the Mod can also be used to mirror the phone's screen, including media from the phone itself. Lastly, the Mobile TV Cast will pack 2730mAh battery, which will also allow the Mod to double as a power bank for the phone.

It's worth mentioning that Mobile Cast TV Mod will be limited to U.S market. Unfortunately the pricing is not yet known, but the source says, it is likely to cost less than $150.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Monument Valley 2 coming to Android November 6

Monument Valley was a very popular puzzle game in 2014 gaining critical acclaim, and even featured in an episode of political thriller House Of Cards.

The game was developed by UsTwo Games and is well known for its simplistic gameplay, beautiful visuals, bold art and relaxing background music. In the game you have to manipulate impossible architecture and guide the silent princess Ida through a stunningly beautiful world.

That said, the games' surprise sequel Monument Valley 2 was announced back in June at WWDC 2017, and was released at the same time for iOS devices. The developers also promised to bring the game to Android as well, and now the wait is almost over.

According to a launch trailer published by UsTwo Games on YouTube, Monument Valley will be available for Android devices starting November 6 via Google PlayStore and Amazon Underground. You can also pre-register for the game on PlayStore, so that you'll be notified when the game is ready to download.

Monument Valley 2 is set in the same universe as Monument Valley 2, but this time you'll be interacting with two characters at the same time. The game tells the story of a mother and child, as they embark on a journey of discovery through a stunning and impossible world.

As a player, you will explore ever-changing landscapes and mechanics that surprise at every turn and an evolving parent-child relationship. There are total 14 chapters and the game brings new ways to interact to explore the world and changing dynamics between characters.

Just like the first part, Monument Valley 2 will not be a free game, and you'll have to shell out $4.99 or Rs. 420.