Foldable smartphone from Google has multiple pages

Google folding phone

The foldable smartphone is the subject of 2019. Many manufacturers are currently working on the development of this new type of telephone with a flexible display. This also ensures completely new designs, so the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, announced earlier this year, have a totally different appearance. Another leading manufacturer that has a folding phone in development is Google.

In May this year, Google revealed at the I / O Developer Conference that the company has since developed various prototypes of foldable displays. "We have been doing this for quite some time," he added. A new patent shows that the American search giant can sometimes opt for a totally new approach that we have seen to date.

Google folding phone

Google foldable phone with book design

At the end of 2018, Google LLC filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a 'foldable display device with multiple pages'. The patent was published on June 27, 2019, and describes a folding smartphone that folds open like a book.

The patented technology builds on a patent that was published earlier this year. At the time, the thin module layers, in particular, were described, this time the patent goes one step further. This is because the thin layers are implemented in such a way that the mobile device can be used as a book form, consisting of several pages that can be turned over. However, these pages do not consist of paper, they are foldable display panels.

To start with, the flexible screen is on the inside of the patented Google phone. It should be noted that the patent description leaves the room open to place the screen on the outside.

A special feature of this design is that the folding telephone has several flexible displays, which are implemented in such a way that they function as pages that you can scroll through. The OLED display pages are held together by a sort of book spine. The back is also used to process components, such as the battery, memory, processor, camera, etc.

Although there are five pages on the patent sketches, this can actually be any number. Both sides of the display panels (front and back) can be used to display content. In some cases, the content may continue to the next page, just like when reading a traditional book.

It is a very unique design that offers completely new applications compared to the folding telephones that we have encountered so far. Whether and with whom Google wants to release this foldable phone is as yet unknown.

Google does not produce any display panels itself. The first Google Pixel smartphones were designed in collaboration with HTC and LG. For the most recent model, Google Pixel 3, collaboration was sought with Foxconn.

View the patent for the Google foldable smartphone here.

How to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

How to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

The sun was low on the horizon. I was in some straights, and the dusty road was empty. I pulled out my phone to check my battery. 2%. I needed to get home. Uh oh.

It always seems like my battery runs low at the worst possible times. If the same thing is always happening to you, there’s hope. Let me share a few tips that have helped out my battery life. With some simple changes, you’ll be able to make it through the day on a single charge. I’ll also show you some things to look out for that could indicate an old, degraded battery in need of replacing.

Check Your iPhone’s Battery Health First

If you’re worried you’re not getting the battery life you should, the battery may just be old. Over time, batteries degrade, leading to lower and lower life after a couple years—meaning you might be able to solve your problem with an inexpensive battery replacement. Apple rates iPhone batteries at 500 charge cycles, or about a year and a half of typical use–more on that in a bit.

To check your iPhone’s battery health, you can go into the settings and navigate to Battery > Battery Health. If it’s under 80% or so, it may be time to replace the battery. We wrote a detailed step-by-step guide on how to check your battery health.

While you could take your phone to Apple for a replacement, they’ll charge you at least $50. You can save money by doing it yourself, and it’s much easier than you might think. We photographed straightforward and easy-to-follow guides for every iPhone model. We also sell the parts and tools you’ll need to get the job done for much less than Apple.

But you’re nervous. Opening your phone is an endeavor. I feel you! But you’re not in this alone–we’ve got your back. And literally, thousands of people have come before you. We get sent success stories every week from community members who’ve replaced their iPhone battery. You got this!

See Which Apps Are Hogging the Most Battery

To get an overall idea of how your apps are using up your battery, you can go into the settings and select “Battery.” From there, scroll down and you’ll see a list of apps in order of most battery power used, either over the last 24 hours or ten days, depending on what you select. Tap anywhere on the list and you’ll get details of how long you’ve used those apps for, right down to the minute. You’ll also see how much time an app has spent running in the background. If you need help reading the graph, Apple’s support page on the subject is a good resource.

You can use this information to make a few tweaks, either to your app usage habits or to the app’s settings. If you notice that games are hogging quite a bit of battery, maybe reserve that playing time for when you can get near an outlet.

 And if an app is running constantly in the background, you can tweak its settings by navigating to General > Background App Refresh and turning it off for that specific app (Apple’s support page explains the different background states you can put an app in). An app may also be using the GPS in the background, and you can adjust that by going to Privacy > Location Services in the settings.

Turn Down the Screen Brightness

How to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Your screen is a huge battery drain, even if you have a newer iPhone model with an energy-saving OLED display. If you frequently use it with the brightness cranked to 100%, you’re guzzling battery faster than a Hummer guzzles gasoline.

Instead, you should set your iPhone to adjust the screen’s brightness automatically. Go into the settings and navigate to General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations and enable “Auto-Brightness.” This automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on the ambient light in your environment. So if you’re outside in the sun, the screen will brighten up. And at night, the screen will automatically dim down.

Auto-brightness switch in iPhone settings

Moreover, you likely don’t need your screen to be as bright as it is, even if it does automatically adjust for you. You can manually adjust the brightness of the screen whenever you want in Control Center. But if you still have Auto-Brightness enabled, just know that it will override your manual adjustments after you lock and unlock your iPhone.

Disable Features You Don’t Use

A lot goes on behind the scenes of your iPhone. There are probably some features that you never use, but are using up power in the background. You might as well disable these features. Here are some to check out:

Automatic App Updates: This feature can be convenient, but may not be worth it if it’s using up power that could be put to better use elsewhere. Motion & Animation Effects: They look pretty and give your iPhone a premium feel, but you’d probably rather have better battery life than a handful of cute effects.

AirDrop: If you don’t use it, might as well as turn it off so it’s not constantly using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to find nearby devices.

Fitness Tracking: Your iPhone can count your steps and track other similar metrics via the Health app, but if that’s not something you’re interested in, you can turn it off and save a bit of power.

My Photo Stream: This automatically syncs photos you take with your iPhone to your other Apple devices. If it’s not something you’ll use, it might be best to save those syncing processes for something more useful.

Significant Locations: You probably want Location Services enabled for various apps, but Significant Locations is kind of useless. No need to give the GPS chip more work than it needs.

Don’t Forget About Low Power Mode

Apple introduced a new power-saving feature in iOS 9 called Low Power Mode. When enabled, it turns off a handful of features that contribute to power consumption in an effort to prolong battery life. Go into the settings, select “Battery,” and enable “Low Power Mode.”

Low Power Mode switch in iPhone settings

How to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Low Power Mode disables email fetching, turns off “Hey Siri,” disables Background App Refresh for all apps, turns off automatic downloads, disables some visual effects, reduces Auto-Lock to 30 seconds, and pauses iCloud photo syncing. All of these can be adjusted manually, but Low Power Mode makes it really convenient to temporarily crank down the power consumption of your iPhone in one fell swoop.

Optimize Your iPhone’s Battery Use and Keep It Healthy

The longer your battery lasts on a single charge, the less you have to plug it in, which can lead to better battery longevity over time.

An iPhone’s battery health is measured by how many charging cycles it’s been through. Going from a 100% charge down to 0%, and then charging it back up to 100% counts as one cycle. Of course, that’s not how we use our phones on a day-to-day basis, so a more realistic look at cycle count is going from a 100% charge down to 50%, and then charging it back up to 100%. Do that twice, and it counts as one cycle.

The more cycles your iPhone’s battery goes through, the weaker the battery chemistry gets and the sooner you’ll need to replace it. So the less you have to charge it up, the longer the battery will last. But there are other things you can do to prolong the health of your battery.

How to Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life

First, it’s best to not completely discharge the battery to 0% all the time, nor is it ideal to charge it up all the way to 100%. Ideally, you want to keep it between 30% and 80% so that you’re not putting a strain on the battery one way or the other. In other words, partial recharges are better than complete recharges. (Of course, don’t stress out about this too much—you can’t prevent the battery’s degradation entirely, and you don’t want your phone to die just because you avoided charging to 100%.)

Secondly, try to avoid getting the battery hot, since heat also puts a strain on the battery. Alas, charging up your iPhone produces heat, but just keeping it a climate-controlled environment is way better than leaving it on a hot dashboard.

Hopefully, all these tips will add up to enough savings to help you get through the day without having to constantly charge up. And needing to charge less has a side benefit: it prolongs the health of your battery so you won’t have to replace it quite so soon.

Apple iPhone X Fold render leaked online

Apple has already made two iPhone updates this year (one planned, one angrily protested) but following the launch of radical folding smartphones by Samsung and Huawei, Apple’s more ambitious iPhone plans are now taking shape…

Earlier this week Apple revealed patents covering its plans for creating a folding iPhone. The illustrations show screen orientation, hinge design and structural integrity, and now Dutch industrial designer Roy Gilsing has fleshed them out.

Working with Foldable News, Gilsing has demonstrated how the application of Apple’s design aesthetic on this form factor has the potential to create a truly transformative device. Most notable for many with be the laptop-style keyboard integration, something which is similar to Nokia’s popular Communicator range which had a loyal following for over 10 years.

More interesting, however, is the fact this design suddenly looks very real

While Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy Fold was a disappointment to many, today Huawei blew audiences away with the Mate X - a folding smartphone which has a design very similar to Gilsing’s vision. Coincidentally, Apple is also expected to launch a punch hole iPhone design (something you can see on Gilsing’s main screen) next year..

Render of Apple iPhone X Fold render leaked online

Render of Apple iPhone X Fold render leaked online

Render of Apple iPhone X Fold render leaked online

Render of Apple iPhone X Fold render leaked online

Google Pixel 4 Leaked

Google Pixel 4 Leaked

Details of the Pixel 4 have been swirling around this week, so Google decided to just leak the design of its next phone via its official Twitter account, revealing the backplate and new camera module on the smartphone.

“Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4,” the tweet from the company’s verified @MadeByGoogle account read.

Renders of the Pixel 4 had leaked this week via smartphone blog Pricebaba.

The back of the phone makes some big changes. Most noticeable is the now-square camera module with a pair of lenses, a flash module and a couple of other sensor modules. Also noteworthy is the apparent lack of a rear fingerprint reader, in contrast to past models. There’s not much else evident here; they didn’t post renders of the device’s front.

Google’s Pixel 3 release kind of cemented that Google doesn’t stake much of the Pixel line’s strengths on hardware specs, it’s all about what it can leverage machine learning software tricks to do within those bounds.

On that note, it’s worth noting that Google has been pretty late to the two-camera rear-module setup; at past events, the company has always justified this by suggesting that because of their software they can do more with one than most can do with two. This was clearly the case given the strengths of their cameras, but there are undoubtedly advantages to having dual cameras with different specs; it seems Google is now ready to take this plunge.

E3 2019: Everything that matters including the next-gen Xbox, and more!

The E3 highlights: The next Xbox, Microsoft game streaming

Across the E3 press conferences, we go, with a host of new games and developments already announced. There’s too much going on, really, but here’s the big stuff you can’t miss.

Xbox Scarlett

Microsoft’s “Project Scarlett”: its next-gen Xbox console

Microsoft revealed some scant details about Project Scarlett, it’s next-generation Xbox console. A 3m 58s trailer on YouTube showed off some glimpses of the hardware, promising “this generation is going to bigger leap than any generation we’ve done before” - 4 times the performance of the current-gen Xbox.

What we know:

  • It’s powered by a “custom-designed processor,” from AMD, using latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture.
  • More specs: High-bandwidth GDDR6 RAM, and a solid state drive. Microsoft says the SSD is capable of a 40x boost in performance, meaning much faster load speeds.
  • 8K capability, ray tracing, variable refresh rate up to 120fps, and ultra-low latency input.
  • Sound familiar? Microsoft is offering much of what we heard out of Sony and the upcoming PlayStation 5, which will also feature SSD storage, 8K support, and 3D audio.
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  • And it’s also what game streaming services are promising in the next few cycles.
  • Arriving “Holiday 2020”.
  • Oh, and there’s a new Halo because of course there is.
  • Halo Infinite, will launch with the device as its major launch title, a whole new chapter for Master Chief, with this nearly six-minute trailer that disappointingly doesn’t contain a single second of gameplay.
  • By the way, Microsoft hid a tonne of keys in that trailer, all redeemed within minutes for three months of the new Xbox Game Ultimate pass. 
  • Microsoft also unveiled the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, with longer battery life, USB-C, Bluetooth, and a raft of other improvements. It’s also compatible with Xbox Scarlett, and launches November 4, for $179.99 USD.

Xbox Game Pass on PC

Xbox Game Pass is now available on PC

  • Xbox Game Pass has launched on Windows 10 as of right now, the service launching at reasonable $4.99 per month.
  • That’s an “introductory” price, with regular pricing at $9.99.
  • Xbox Game Pass for PC offers 100 games from over 75 developers and publishers, including Football Manager 2019, Imperator: Rome, and Metro Exodus.

Now, this is pretty good value, buuuut….

  • I don’t have a clear view ahead here but I’ve never liked that on Xbox you can only game online with a paid subscription. (The PlayStation originally had free multiplayer, before Sony borrowed Microsoft’s model, while the Nintendo Switch has a paid model too.)
  • Pay $60+ for a game, pay $49 a year (or $9.99 per month) for a Live Gold sub. to play online.
  • It’s been like that for years, too.

  • If that approach seeps into the world of PC gaming, even slightly, it’s not “for the gamers” however Microsoft spins its world of Xbox. To be clear, that’s not happening yet. But signposts are being erected.
  • One more thing - Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, with PC and Xbox games, for $14.99 per month. Included in that is an Xbox Live Gold subscription, making it a nice all-in-one if that’s your ecosystem.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud

Microsoft isn’t letting Google Stadia muscle in on its hard-won gaming turf, with some more detail about Project xCloud - its own streaming service taking Xbox games and more to PC.

  • Essentially, this looks like it’ll be streaming from your Xbox One library - including games from Xbox Game Pass - to any device. 
  • We didn’t get a lot more detail than that, though. Microsoft didn’t provide any dates or pricing for its service, although a public preview starts in October.
  • On the E3 show floor, the service is being shown, with gamers able to try Halo 5: Guardians and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice streaming on smartphones and tablets.

What else at E3? Games!

Elden Ring is the new fantasy game from George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware - the folks behind Dark Souls (The Verge).

There’s a new Microsoft Flight Simulator (trailer) and some Gears 5 action (trailer).

Also, Keanu Reeves is in "Cyberpunk 2077" coming next year and all sorts of mania are happening (reveal trailer + Keanu).

Electronic Arts showed off 14 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming action-adventure game, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" (trailer). Given the careful focus on the lightsaber and use of the Force via new mechanics, people are hype.

Also from EA, “Apex Legends” season 2 kicks off July 2, a new legend "Wattson" was introduced (trailer).

From Bethesda: “Ghostwire: Tokyo” has a lot of people talking (Kotaku), and it might be because someone on stage was a lot of fun. (Too scary for me, I’d say).

“Doom Eternal” is coming out on November 22 (trailer) and it looks devilishly good.

“Fallout 76” gets a huge (free) DLC in Fall 2019, plus battle royale, and it’s free to try from today for a week (trailer).

Also, Bethesda has new tech to make streaming games faster with lower requirements.

The Id Software classic “Commander Keen” is coming back as an iOS/Android game but … no one wants that? (I’m borderline irate over this. My colleagues think I’m nuts. Kotaku is with me, at least.)

And possibly the biggest news: “Final Fantasy VII Remake” will be released on March 3rd, 2020 (Engadget).

More to come: There's a PC gaming Show conference today, Ubisoft also has announcements today along with Square Enix, with Nintendo taking over tomorrow. (There's no Sony PlayStation event at E3 2019, just in case you'd forgotten!)

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?

At WWDC, iOS 13 was shown with a system-wide “Dark Mode.” About one month earlier, at Google I/O, Android version Q showed off its own Dark Mode. This shift to the dark side is seemingly happening everywhere. But not every device gets a battery-saving boost from dark mode.

If your phone has an OLED display, turning on dark mode is like turning off a bunch of lights in your house, and the net power gains add up over time. But not all “dark” modes are the same.

How Dark Mode Works on OLED Screens?

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?
Sub-pixels on an OLED display

The hardware explanation for the sudden uptick in dark interfaces is that newer OLED screens light up differently than traditional LCD screens. Each OLED pixel generates its own light, while LCD screens light all pixels from the edges.

OLED pixels that are black draw no power, and are closer to pitch-black than LCD screens, which draw the same amount of power whether they’re displaying an all-white image or an all-black one.
Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?

So if you have a fully black wallpaper on your OLED phone, it’ll only light up the pixels it needs to create the icons and text, while leaving the background pixels off entirely.

But in their zeal to promote the dark side, some articles don’t make an important thing clear: dark mode will not save you any battery power if you’re using an LCD screen.

Not sure if your phone has an OLED display? The iPhone X, XS, and XS Max use OLED screens, while the iPhone XR, and every iPhone before the X, use LCD.

Most newer Samsung phones, particularly the Galaxy S and Note series, use OLED, as do most of the firm’s devices of the past 3 years. It’s easy enough to search for any device on iFixit and look for the “Display” category under Specifications.

How Much Difference Does Dark Mode Make?

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?

Google presentation slide showing 60% difference in battery usage on YouTube, black versus white modes

Image via Google / SlashGear Each OLED pixel is just one tiny light, but for those who use their phone for long periods (more of us than we’d like to admit), those thousands of little pixels add up over the hours.

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?

Google’s engineers calculated a 63 percent drop in screen power use between a Pixel phone showing a screenshot of Google Maps in normal mode versus dark mode. Ryan Whitwam did his own dark mode tests at Greenbot in 2014 and saw a 41 percent drop in battery draw when reading Reddit in dark mode.

AppleInsider measured 60 percent battery savings. In real-world use, that’s about an hour of extra battery life per day, depending on a few factors. That’s nothing to sneeze at. The more battery life your phone gets, the less often you have to charge it, and so the less frequently you’ll have to buy a new battery.

How to Enable Dark Mode on Your Phone, Tablet, or Laptop? 

Does Dark Mode Really Save Battery on Your Phone?
Mac computers with dark mode enabled

The easiest way to enable OLED-friendly dark modes is to look in the settings of the applications you use most often, or for the longest stretches of time. Social media apps like Twitter, Facebook Messenger, many Google apps, and most apps meant for reading (Reddit, Pocket, Kindle) offer a dark mode. The Verge is keeping an ongoing tally of apps going dark, too.

System-wide dark modes are available in Windows 10 and MacOS Mojave (though scant few laptops, and no MacBooks, use OLED screens). iOS 11 and 12 have a “Smart Invert” mode that is close to a true “dark mode,” and iOS 13 will have a dark mode.

Android Q will have a system-wide dark mode, and some alternative home screen launchers, like Nova Launcher, can get you halfway there. In general, searching the name of the app or device and “dark mode” should reveal the answer and the method of enabling dark mode.

Android owners, however, must be extra cautious about installing any extra extensions, apps, skins/themes, or other add-ons, especially from companies that didn’t make the device or software. Third-party dark modes are often awkward and compromised solutions, at best, and could harbor annoying or malicious ads or spyware at worst.

What Other Benefits Are There to Dark Mode?

Besides saving your power, there are also subjective benefits of using dark mode apps. Turning on your phone in the dark can be startling to you, and annoying to people nearby, especially when looking at white webpages or all-white Google apps.

If you’re going to stare at a phone in a dark room, it can feel less fatiguing to look at a mostly-dark screen. None of this absolves you of looking at a phone in a theater, by the way―don’t do that.

The third benefit of the dark mode is aesthetics, and it can work one of two ways. Some people prefer the look of white text on a dark background (our engineering team and John Gruber among them).

But what about those who prefer a modern, white-background look to a somewhat more 1990’s-evoking black canvas with brightly colored buttons? The dark mode is a choice, and almost never the default for an app or device, so you can avoid it entirely.

But consider that making your phone less appealing to look at can be a strategic way of using it less. You can go even further: turn on grayscale mode, disable fingerprint locking and give your phone a more serious unlock password instead of a numeric code. Dark pixels on an OLED screen save you battery power, but a screen that off saves the most.

Xiaomi is now offering one-day delivery option for over 150 cities across India.

Xiaomi is the leading smartphone brand in India but besides selling its devices on other e-commerce platforms such as a Flipkart and Amazon, the company also sells products through its own online store.

With the kind of popularity that Xiaomi – and Redmi – enjoy in the country, its store hosted via has been the third-largest e-commerce platform in the country for the last one year. Extending its services as an online shopping platform further, Xiaomi is now offering “guaranteed” one-day delivery option for over 150 cities across India.

If you place your order on before 3PM of each day, you should receive the product the next day. This delivery option is available not just on smartphones but a wide variety of products including TVs, smart devices, and accessories.

While the service was previously limited to Bangalore, which is where Xiaomi India’s headquarters are, the service can be available in cities like Delhi/NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, and more. When you select the “Express Delivery” option while buying a product, you can enter your pin code to check if the feature is available in your city.

For the express next-day delivery, Xiaomi has a flat ₹49 charge for any location throughout India. Further, the delivery option is also available on cash on delivery. For now, the service is only available for weekdays and not on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays. Further, the service is not currently available for exchange orders but the option should be available soon.

Xiaomi says that if the product is not delivered on the next day, the ₹49 fees will automatically be refunded within the next 5-7 days. The Express Delivery option is only available for orders made between 12 AM and 3 PM so if you miss the deadline, you can try again at midnight.

If the idea takes off, we might even see Xiaomi offering an Express Delivery membership plan like Amazon Prime and Flipkart Plus.

How to download any size app over cellular with iPhone

How to download any size app over cellular with iPhone

Another feature arriving with iOS 13 that users are excited about is the ability to download apps greater than 200 MB over cellular. There are a few choices with one option letting users turn off warnings about app download size altogether.

With iOS 12, Apple has a maximum app download size limit set at 200 MB for cellular connections. That was a slight increase over the previous 150 MB limit. While that’s in place to prevent users from unexpectedly going over their data plan, there was no option to override the limit.

iOS 13 now offers the option to download apps over 200 MB on cellular as well as turning the warning off completely.

iOS 13 is currently only available as a developer beta, but Apple says the public beta will be arriving in July. Keep in mind it’s usually not ideal to run a beta on your primary iPhone as there will be various bugs, instability, and issues like decreased battery life.

How to download any size app over cellular with iPhone on iOS 13
  • If you’re not worried about going over a data limit, head to Settings
  • Swipe down and tap iTunes & App Store
  • Under Cellular Data choose App Downloads
  • Select Always Allow

As you can see below, the default setting in iOS 13 is to ask about downloading any apps over 200 MB with a cellular connection. You can still download them, but if you want the most seamless process you can turn off the warning.

How to download any size app over cellular with iPhone

If you keep the default setting for app downloads over cellular, here’s how the warning/override screen looks that comes after you confirm the installation:

How to download any size app over cellular with iPhone

At the other end of the spectrum, you can also opt to get a warning for any size app before you download it over cellular. Choose Ask First in the settings shown above.

Also Read:  All We Know About Redmi Band 4 and How To Pre-order Before Launch

All We Know About Mi Band 4

All We Know About Mi Band 4
Official Poster Of Mi Band 4

Xiaomi has recently teased its upcoming Mi Band 4 on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The launch of its highly popular Mi Band series’ Mi Band 4 is scheduled on June 11 in China.

 The company had further hinted that the screen on the Mi Band 4 would be bigger with a total increase of 39.9% when compared to the predecessor. And, the new colored display would be supporting 16,000 colors with a personalized dial as well.

Ahead of the anticipated launch, the Mi Band 4 is already on pre-sale on the Chinese popular e-commerce AliExpress platform. The e-commerce page of Mi Band 4 has revealed what to expect with the smart wearable/fitness tracker right before the launch.

The description of the Mi band 4 product on the e-commerce page further indicates the material used by the band is of Carbon fiber, however, the screen type is said to be a colored LCD, unlike the predecessor, which featured LED.

The Mi Band 4 will also be equipped with sleep tracker, fitness tracker and pedometer and the wearable are further said to be waterproof. The Mi Band 4 bearing model number XMSH07HM is priced at $49.99 (Rs 3,474). However, the price may considerably vary after the India launch.


Brand Name: XIAOMI
Function: Passometer, Fitness Tracker, Sleep Tracker, Message Reminder, Call Reminder,   Answer Call, Remote Control, Push Message, Alarm Clock, Chronograph, Social Media Notifications, Countdown, Week, Heart Rate Tracker, Activity Tracker
Language: English
Compatibility: All Compatible
Touch Screen: YesWaterproof
Grade: Professional WaterproofBand
Material: Adhesive Tape
Screen Type: Color LCD applications
Age Group: Adult
Style: SportModel:XMSH07HM
Screen Style: Round/oval case
Material: Carbon FibreBand
Detachable: Yes

You can Pre-Order In Ali-Express here

A Button That Killed Thousands At Chernobyl : Review

You may have read in a textbook or answered in a test regarding the worst nuclear human error disaster on the earth. This  HBO’s excellent five-hour mini-series “Chernobyl” ends with the words, “In memory of all who suffered and sacrificed.” It’s a fitting final note for a series that ably pays homage to just those people, from the workers who died in the explosion to those who fought to keep it contained to the scientists who spoke up to make sure it didn't happen again.

At first, “Chernobyl” feels incredibly episodic. We are going to meet various characters in the sphere of what happened on April 26, 1986, when a safety test went very, very wrong. There are the workers directly involved in the test, most of them inexperienced and uninformed about exactly what they’re doing, and led by an abusive jerk who pushes them to make mistakes.

There are the local emergency responders, like the firefighters who run in to stop the flames, unaware that they’re running to their deaths. And then there are the government officials, some of whom immediately swoop in to devise cover stories to maintain the Russian image around the world, claiming that nothing too horrible really happened even as they know otherwise.

The great Harris, so underrated for years in everything from “The Terror” to “The Crown,” plays Valery Legasov, a key Soviet nuclear physicist who is the first to realize what has happened at Chernobyl, and what it means is going to happen now. What “Chernobyl” captures most of all is the events that happened after the incident to contain what could have been a much worse international disaster.

Legasov sees a report of graphite outside the building and knows that the core has exploded, and, after much opposition from officials trying to claim nothing is wrong—including a version of Gorbachev played by David Dencik—is given the freedom to try to contain the disaster.

After the meltdown, there were several ticking time bombs related to Chernobyl, including the likelihood of a massive explosion, the containment of the nuclear radiation leaking across Russia, and the fact that it was headed down into the water supply for most of the country.

If you’re wondering how some of these more disastrous fates were avoided, the answer is often human sacrifice. Men were forced into situations so full of radiation that the machines designed to read levels simply broke.

Some of the most fascinating parts of “Chernobyl” are almost procedural in the way they detail the hurdles placed in front of Legasov and in his team, including Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgard) and Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson).

Skarsgard gives one of his career-best performances as a man who has been a mouthpiece for his government for years, but realizes that party lines won’t get the job done here, and Watson finds a human core in a character who’s really an amalgam of real people who worked not only to contain Chernobyl but to figure out what happened there.

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Chernobyl (2019) on IMDb

X-Men: Dark Phoenix review

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the 12th installment in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. It is sort of a remake of the 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand.

Phoenix = Bird raises from its own ashes.

The story takes place after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) where mutants are now accepted by the public and X-Men are on good terms with the government. The movie doesn’t recap much and trusts its viewers to have seen the previous films so if you haven’t seen them, you might be confused with a few things here and there.

The plot fully revolves around Jean Grey, who gets a major boost of power after an X-Men mission in space. She loses control to that power and people start to get hurt. Charles Xavier and his team of X-Men have to decide if it is worth it to risk everyone’s life to try to save her from herself.

The film is directed and the screen was written by Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse and 2015 Fantastic Four.

The biggest issue about the film is the rushed progression of the story. Just like the final season of Game of Thrones and Jean Grey here is basically Daenerys Targaryen who turns into this mad powerful biatch without proper character development. Coincidentally, Sophie Turner, who played the role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, is playing Jean Grey.

But even with the rushed development, Kinberg didn’t have enough time in one movie so Jean Grey doesn’t get to become the full Dark Phoenix here. She doesn’t go totally crazy evil. She doesn’t kill too many people. You know the part in the trailer where she says, “When I lose control, bad things happen. But it feels good,” I don’t remember her saying that in the movie itself.

Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not even sure what exactly is making her lose control. I guess it’s just her, deciding to do all the bad things after her power is amplified. Which doesn’t make sense without the proper character development that this story needs?

Some of the other characters’ decisions and thinking are like dumbed down to progress the plot faster. Without Wolverine, it can feel like a strong, iconic presence is missing.

The ending of the film most definitely feels like a rushed job. It doesn’t give us the full aftermath. One of the characters gets injured halfway through the movie and I don’t remember seeing him again after that.

There are two really good action sequences. The space rescue mission at the beginning shows how the X-Men work together with their individual abilities to save a group of astronauts. I actually don’t remember seeing the X-Men being normal superheroes and saving people without fighting a supervillain. I really liked that.

At the start car accident in slow motion, the windscreen glass pieces flying in the air and the entire car crash shot is amazing.

Then there’s this long battle sequence in a train towards the end which I thought was really cool. The mutants really kick ass with their powers and the visual effects are fantastic as well. It’s really fun to watch as a fan.

The performances of the actors are really good.

In overall, despite its flaws, Dark Phoenix is still an entertaining superhero film.

I give it 3.5 out of 5.

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Google Stadia Launch Live Blog

Google announced its game streaming platform, Stadia, at GDC 2019, it seemed to stir up more commotion than most. Maybe because Google is a newcomer to the gaming sphere. Maybe because there's a lot of concern around Google's privacy practices. Or maybe just because it was the first time people paid attention to cloud gaming on a large scale.

Game streaming (or cloud gaming) services render games on a remote server instead of your local machine and then stream the video back to you while your input is simultaneously sent to the server.

At the moment, there are two different ways that you can play games via the cloud, all with a monthly subscription of course. You can either access a library of games on a remote server directly from your computer (eg, PlayStation Now), or you can access a remote, virtual PC on which you can install your own games (eg, Shadow). Think of that one like the remote desktop tool, only you are renting a gaming PC somewhere else that you can connect to.

What are Google Stadia's specs? 

Google's goal is to provide a seamless streaming experience at 4K 60 fps, and it aims to do so with the following specifications:

  • Custom x86 processor clocked at 2.7GHz w/ AVX2 SIMD and 9.5MB of L2+L3 cache Custom AMD GPU w/ HBM2 memory, 56 compute units and 10.7TFLOPs 
  • 16GB of RAM (shared between CPU and GPU), up to 484GB/s of bandwidth 
  • SSD cloud storage

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Google Maps now shows live train, bus times in India

Google Maps is now capable of showing live train, bus, and even mixed-mode rickshaw journeys in ten cities within India starting today.
Google Maps in India will now show live bus times but goes a step further by using live traffic data to give even more accurate public transport arrival times. The feature was confirmed in an official blog post, where a number of core details were explained.

It works seamlessly — as you’d expect — just enter your starting point and target destination, and you’ll be given real-time travel information right there in the Google Maps feed. This feature is now rolling out to Google Maps users in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, and Surat.

To gather live train data, Google says that it worked with the local startup Sigmoid Labs that it acquired last year. Sigmoid already has it's own ‘Where is My Train’ app that offered live train tracking, this update simply takes the data and places it within Google Maps for users.

  With over 8 million people using trains daily in India, it stands to reason that this will be a popular addition. There is even a mixed transport mode that looks at both train, bus, and auto-rickshaw times to give you more accurate travel estimates. 

There are even fare estimates for those using auto-rickshaws, for even more accurate cost management. The mixed-mode directions will roll out in Dehli and Bangalore, with further cities being added in the coming months.

Google 'Stadia' Launch info, pricing to be announced on June 6

Google will host its first-ever 'Stadia Connect' event on June 6 to reveal more information about its upcoming game-streaming platform. The company on Monday announced that event will reveal more details about the service, including launch info, game announcements and pricing. 

 Google unveiled Stadia at its Game Developers Conference back in March after much rumors, leaks and speculations. It’s a device-agnostic game-streaming platform that runs on Chrome and is powered by Google’s data centers. It uses custom AMD graphics that the company says deliver more graphics power than a PS4 Pro and an Xbox OneX combined.

New Mac Pro, iPadOS, and iTunes isn't dead yet

Apple finally reveals the new Mac Pro

New Mac Pro, iPadOS, and iTunes isn't dead yet

Surprise -- the successor to that beautifully designed trashcan that Apple introduced in 2013 is here, and it looks a lot like the old cheese-grater-style tower. There's a new Intel Xeon processor on board that has up to 28 cores, and it supports up to 1.5 TB of RAM. As far as expansion, this thing is packed with PCI slots, including one for Apple’s MPX module, which adds a Thunderbolt plug and up to 500W of power.

It can include two of those modules, each ready to fit AMD’s “Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, which features two Vega II GPUs for an incredible 28 teraflops of graphics performance and 64GB of memory, making it the world’s most powerful graphics card.” Just the thing for processing 8K videos on your 6K display.

Plus a swipe keyboard.

iOS 13 focuses on speed and embraces the darkness

New Mac Pro, iPadOS, and iTunes isn't dead yet

iOS 13 is coming this fall, with a lot of upgrades -- according to Apple, Face ID and app opening will get noticeably faster, while app sizes get smaller. Of course, it also includes the long-anticipated Dark Mode, plus big updates to system apps like Maps, Notes, Reminders, Mail and more. Portrait mode is more powerful than ever with the ability to reposition its simulated lights, and the new photo editing menu has more options.

Now Siri can read messages instantly as they come in through any messaging app, and Audio Sharing lets a friend listen to anything along with you just by tapping your phones together. There are almost too many upgrades to count, but we’ll probably hear more about all of them before iOS 13 is officially released. One note -- it’s not coming to the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPad Air.

iOS to iPadOS.

The iPad is getting its own OS

New Mac Pro, iPadOS, and iTunes isn't dead yet

iPad updates arriving with iOS 13 include the ability to run multiple instances of the same app using a tab view. It's based on the existing Split View mechanic; however, users can now detach windows, move them freely about the desktop and then reattach them elsewhere on the desktop. The Home screen is redesigned to make better use of a tablet’s space, the Safari browser is now “desktop-class” and an upgraded Files app is ready to manage any and all storage devices you’d like to connect. This is iPadOS, and now it can even work with a mouse.

MacOS Catalina is Apple's next desktop operating system

Apple announced that the next version of macOS (10.15) will be known as Catalina. This is the one that breaks up the software formerly known as iTunes into three new apps: Music, Podcast and TV. We didn’t get a ton of details on how they’ll work on the desktop, but it certainly appears that iTunes isn’t really “dead.”
As for other new features, macOS Catalina will be able to use iPads as secondary displays with Sidecar, and Voice Control can command any part of the OS simply through spoken words.

Uber will now ban riders if they have a low rating

We’ve long known that Uber is able to ban drivers if their ratings drop too much, but it hasn’t applied this rule to passengers. Now, Uber announced in a blog post that it’ll ban riders if they develop a “significantly below average rating.”

Riders will receive tips on how to improve their ratings, such as encouraging polite behavior, avoiding leaving trash in the vehicle and avoiding requests for drivers to exceed the speed limit,” reads an excerpt of the post. “Riders will have several opportunities to improve their rating prior to losing access to the Uber apps.”

The company didn’t disclose a rating threshold for barring riders, but a spokesperson told Forbes that it’s based on the average rating for riders in each city. The change is rolling out to cities in the U.S. and Canada for now. It will be implemented in India soon

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

The story takes place 5 years after the first film and not too long after Kong: Skull Island (2017) where 17 more of these gigantic monsters are discovered by this agency of scientists called Monarch led by Dr. Serizawa from the first film. The monsters are called Titans by the scientists here and most of them are kept in hibernation at different outposts.

The people, government and military are of course afraid to co-exist with Godzilla and all the other discovered Titans but Monarch believes some of these Titans are the rightful rulers and are here to protect planet Earth. Then comes a group of eco-terrorists who hijack a Monarch outpost and awaken King Ghidorah, the three-headed thunder dragon and ultimate rival to Godzilla, along with many of the other Titans.

One of the main complaints about the first installment was that it’s too slow-paced and Godzilla does not appear enough in it. But a movie can’t do without a proper story and character development. So this sequel tries to offer somewhat of a balance of both.

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

Godzilla and King Ghidorah do appear a lot and there are more than a couple of fight scenes between them. Not all of the 17 Titans are shown. Mothra and Rodan are quite involved but the other three or four more featured only make cameo appearances.

As a fan, it’s fun to watch the action of the Titans battling out, crashing hard, biting and killing one another. We get to see them fight in different types of locations as well. Some sequences are even shot in wide angle to show the humans running away or doing whatever while the Titans are fighting in the background.

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

The big monster Royal Rumble at the end is quite entertaining. The Titans fight in a city and causing destruction on the skyscrapers and whatnot. And the setting of the final battle felt quite similar to the first film’s. I would’ve preferred a battleground in broad daylight that’s not fully evacuated.

To prolong the final battle, the film cuts to the human characters a lot in between the action but I never felt like I wanted to see what happens to them. Which brings me to the main issue I had with the film.

The performances by all the actors are faultless but the film fails to make me care about the human characters. The Brody family which the first film took a lot of time to develop is not in this sequel.

Only Dr. Serizawa, played by Ken Watanabe, and a couple of the minor characters are back from the first movie. So this sequel has to rush to introduce and develop a new family by starting the film off like how Batman v Superman (2016) does.

Dr. Mark Russell, played by Kyle Chandler, hates all the Titans because his son was killed during the destruction at the end of the first film. His ex-wife Emma, played by Vera Farmiga, and daughter Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown, are taken by the eco-terrorists and he must work with Monarch to save them. Basically, Mark is just animal behavior and communication expert but he can do pretty much everything in this film.

The film tries hard to be thrilling by putting the family in the dangerous set pieces but never once was I engaged or cared about them and it’s predictable. The eco-terrorist leader Alan Jonah, played by Charles Dance who’s most known for his role as Tywin Lannister in the Game of Thrones series, is even more underdeveloped.

Dr. Serizawa, who bears the same surname as the scientist in that 1954 film, is actually given more important stuff to do that in the first movie. He's so biased towards Godzilla, he mentions and asks about Godzilla in the whole movie as though he’s really Godzilla’s pet.

The script definitely could’ve been better. The movie has a lot of exposition to fill the 5-year gap between the first film and this one, which I’m okay with, but there are times that the characters are just stating the obvious or just being cheesy.

The original 1954 Godzilla film and 2016’s Shin Godzilla both explore themes of nuclear bombings and disasters. And in those films, Godzilla is the metaphor of those destructions. This sequel’s story, however, is more similar to Netflix’s recent three-part Godzilla anime feature (2017 – 2018) where it is pro-environment and sees some of the Titans as nature’s defensive system. Problem is that the film just blatantly calls it out with slideshows that the characters seem to have conveniently prepared, instead of conveying any of it through the experiences of the characters. The religious symbolism is very obvious as well. This version of Godzilla is basically like Jesus.

Anyway, despite the issues I had with this sequel, I think King of the Monsters is the Godzilla movie that both kaiju fans and general audiences can be happy with.

Rating: 2/5

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Six Dangerous Computer Virus In History

6 Dangerous Computer Virus In History


In the year 2000 on May 5th, millions of people around the world received the same exact email from someone they knew.

"Kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from me," read the email, which had "ILOVEYOU" as a subject.

The missive included an attachment that looked like a text file named "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU."

The ILOVEYOU virus, distributed via email and file sharing, affected 50 Million systems and caused $15B in damages total, with $5.5B in damages being caused in the first week.

This virus came to be known as the ILOVEYOU worm, or LOVEBUG. At the time, it was the biggest computer virus the world had ever seen, and the first successful use of social engineering.


It arrives as an e-mail attachment in a text file which sends itself out to other e-mail addresses if opened.

MyDoom, potentially commissioned by Russian e-mail spammers, was one of the fastest spreading worms. It's projected that this virus caused $38B in damages.


SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral spam. This piece of malware could copy files, email itself to others, and could damage computer software/hardware. This piece of malware caused $37B in damages and affected hundreds of thousands of PCs.


WannaCry was an extremely virulent ransomware crypto worm that also set up backdoors on systems. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B.


A sophisticated and evasive piece of malware that targeted users mainly in Latin America, DarkTequila stole bank credentials and corporate data even while offline. DarkTequila cost millions in damages across many users.


BlackEnergy 2 uses sophisticated rootkit/process-injection techniques, robust encryption, and a modular architecture known as a "dropper". BlackEnergy was used in a cyber attack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015.

One anonymous buyer brought a laptop filled with these computer viruses for 1.6 million US dollars. A 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB were chosen for the magnitude of economic damage they’ve caused. And It’s perfectly safe — as long as you don’t connect to your Wi-Fi or plug in a USB.

Navy pilots spotted UFOs flying at hypersonic speeds: report

Some US Navy pilots reported spotting UFOs while training over the East Coast in 2014 and 2015, they said in a recent New York Times report.

The pilots told the paper they saw “strange objects” with “no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes” reaching at least 30,000 feet and flying at hypersonic speeds almost daily while training off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years and who said he reported the sightings to the Pentagon and Congress.

“Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

The unidentified flying objects were seen performing maneuvers that were “beyond the physical limits of a human crew,” like stopping rapidly, turning instantly or immediately accelerating at hypersonic speeds, the pilots said.

The sightings were reported to the Pentagon’s shadowy Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which, as The Post exclusively reported earlier this month, confirmed it still investigates claimed sightings of alien spacecraft.