Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless Headphones Launched in India at Rs. 14,990

Popular audio manufacturer Sennheiser has launched a wireless version of its premium Momentum in-ear headphones with NFC and a 10-hour battery life. The headphones are priced at Rs. 14,990 and will be available in black and ivory trims.

Sennheiser’s Momentum series is known for the premium materials used and this one is no exception. The neckband of the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless use soft sheepskin nappa leather for better comfort and the earbuds are built from milled stainless steel for durability. The drivers have a frequency range of 15Hz-22,000Hz and feature an omni-directional microphone for calls.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless Headphones Launched in India at Rs. 14,990The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless feature a rechargeable 170mAh battery with a charging time of around 1.5 hours. It also supports audio profiles like A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP and Qualcomm apt-X. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. Media controls are placed at the edge of the headband for controlling music playback. The headset also features voice prompts to notify you of the pairing status and if the battery is low. You can also connect it to up to two devices at the same time; get vibration alerts for an incoming call and use it as a wired headset over USB.

Commenting on the launch of Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless, Kapil Gulati, Sennheiser India said, “With wireless being the norm for the discerning audiophile consumers, we are very thrilled to have launched the new Momentum headphones which represent our uncompromised vision and passion to go further and push for something even better. They are for people that demand the best and refuse to compromise on sound quality with progressive technology and high-quality materials in a product that is built to last.”

UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

First unveiled in March, Logitech brand Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom portable speaker was launched in India on Tuesday. It has been priced at Rs. 7,995, and will be available from Tuesday itself in the country. The palm-sized UE Wonderboom is claimed to offer 360-degree sound.

The UE Wonderboom has been launched in six colour variants in India – Grey (UE calls it Stone), Black (Phantom), Red (Fireball), Blue (SubZero), Pink (Cashmere), and a Purple shade (Lilac).

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The company claims that the new UE Wonderboom can deliver up to 10 hours of non-stop music. Ultimate Ears says that the device can be fully charged in less than 3 hours. Ultimate Ears claims that the new Wonderboom speakers have been tested for drops, and can sustain drop from a height of up to five feet. The portable speaker also features a hanging loop on top that Ultimate Ears claims can be attached to a bag, bicycle, or backpack. You can control the music via speakers which will let you increase/ decrease volume as well as skip song from the speaker.

The speaker also comes with IP67 certification which means that it’s dust and water resistant, and can be immersed in up to 1 metre of liquid for up to 30 minutes. The company about the Wonderboom says, “It is also great for showers, pools, beaches, waterfalls, muddy fields and rainy days. If it gets dirty, just rinse it off.”

The UE Wonderboom speakers can be paired with up to eight other Bluetooth-enabled Wonderboom speakers, and can also connect to up to two source devices simultaneously. The speaker supports Bluetooth mobile range of up to 33 metres. The UE Wonderboom weighs in at 425 grams, and has dimensions of 102mm height, 93.5mm diameter, and 140mm width.

Speaking at the launch, Ashok Jangra, Logitech, Cluster Category Head – India & SWA, said, “Wonderboom’s basic proposition of being fuss free is designed for the user who is always-on-the-go and leads a very busy lifestyle. While it may look small, don’t be fooled by its size or price; this little beauty comes with surprisingly big sound and like its predecessors is virtually indestructible. Wonderboom is for users who are extremely passionate about music and always see it as a personal experience. We truly believe that this pint-sized, super-portable Bluetooth speaker is the answer for all personal music related needs.”

Flipkart Dream Phone Sale Offers: Discounts on iPhone 7, , Google Pixel, and Other Deals

Another day, another e-commerce sale. Flipkart is hosting a three-day sale on select smartphones by Apple, Samsung, Google, and Moto. Named #OwnYourDreamPhone, the new Flipkart sale starts just a day after a similar Amazon sale ended. These consecutive sales are not only because of the hyper-competitive environment in the e-commerce industry but also because of the GST rollout. Separately, Flipkart is hosting a ‘Back to College’ laptop sale as well, with Intel-powered budget laptops available for as low as Rs. 9,999.

Flipkart sale offers on mobile phones

In the ongoing Flipkart sale, which ends June 24, you will get flat discounts, exchange offers, and no-cost EMI options on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, and Moto Z. Smartphone prices are down by minimum Rs. 2,000, and the exchange discounts go up to Rs. 17,000.

Flipkart Dream Phone Sale Offers: Discounts on iPhone 7, Moto Z, Google Pixel, and Other DealsStarting with iPhone 7, the 32GB and 128GB variants of the smartphone are available for Rs. 42,999 and Rs. 51,999, respectively. There are also discounts on the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB and 128GB model, which can now be purchased at Rs. 55,999, and Rs. Rs. 59,999, respectively. As for iPhone 5s (16GB), iPhone SE (32GB), and iPhone 6 (16GB), you can get them for Rs. 14,999, Rs. 21,999, and Rs. 22,999, respectively. The Flipkart sale page mentions a price drop for iPhone 6s 32GB also, but the listing page for the smartphone shows the price as the standard Rs. 47,999. All of the above smartphones come with exchange discount of up to Rs. 15,000, and additional 5 percent discount on Axis Bank Buzz Credit Cards.

As for Android phones, you can get the Moto Z with Style Mod at Rs. 29,999 instead of its standard price of Rs. 39,999 in the Flipkart sale. There’s exchange discount of up to Rs. 17,000, and Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card discount of 5 percent on top. Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro can be purchased for Rs. 39,999 and Rs. 31,990, respectively, both with exchange discount of up to Rs. 15,000. While the 5 percent Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card discount is available for the former, it is not provided with the latter. Both smartphones come with Bajaj FinServ no-cost EMI option.

ZTE Small Fresh 5 With 4GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched

ZTE launched its Small Fresh 4 last year and the company has now the launched the smartphone’s successor – Small Fresh 5 – in China. The most interesting feature in the new iteration of the smartphone series is its rear camera setup, which now comes with two sensors for capturing images with depth of the field. The phone will be available in colours including Dark Grey, Grass Green, Elegant Gold, and Glacier Blue.

The ZTE Small Fresh 5 has been launched by the company in two RAM/ storage variants, i.e 3GB RAM/ 16GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage, priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,400) and CNY 1399 (roughly Rs. 13,200) respectively. The smartphone will be made available for purchase in the country from July 5 onwards.

ZTE Small Fresh 5 With 4GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras LaunchedThe dual-SIM Small Fresh 5 runs MiFavor UI 4.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with either of the RAM variants mentioned above.

In terms of optics, the dual rear camera setup on the ZTE Small Fresh 5 comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor as well. At the front, the smartphone features a 5-megapixel camera for clicking selfies. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner, located at the back, as well.

The storage on the ZTE Small Fresh 5 is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS + GLONASS. The smartphone houses a 2500mAh battery, measures 145×70.7×7.9mm, and weighs 132 grams.

Cybercrime-Related Losses Rose 24 Percent in 2016, Says FBI

Losses from cybercrimes rose 24 percent in 2016 to over $1.33 billion (roughly Rs. 8,589 crores), according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The centre, which was set up in 2000 to receive complaints of internet crime, received 300,000 complaints during the year from hacking victims.

Businesses lost $360 million to cyber criminals, who tricked them into wiring money using fraudulent emails that appeared to be from corporate executives and suppliers, according to the report released on Wednesday.

Cybercrime-Related Losses Rose 24 Percent in 2016, Says FBIIC3 said it received 2,673 complaints last year from victims of ransomware, with losses totalling over $2.4 million.

In May, the WannaCry ransomware attack infected 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries, disrupting factories, hospitals, shops and schools.

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.

Snapchat Launches Snap Map, a Location Sharing Feature

After being reported to acquire social map app Zenly, photo-sharing app Snapchat has introduced location sharing feature Snap Map on its platform.

The feature that lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat, was rolled out on Wednesday to all iOS and Android users globally, TechCrunch reported.

“We have built a whole new way to explore the world! See what is happening, find your friends and get inspired to go on an adventure!,” said Snapchat in its blog.

Once you have access to the feature in the app, you can choose to share your location with all your friends, a few friends you select, or you can disappear from the map at any time by going into “Ghost Mode” or not opening Snapchat for a few hours.

Snapchat Launches Snap Map, a Location Sharing FeatureTo access the Snap Map, you pinch on your Snapchat camera home screen. From there you can scroll around to see where friends are in your city or around the world.

Outside of the location-sharing element, Snap Map also gives users an alternative way to discover Story content beyond the well-worn Stories feed and the powerful “Story Search” feature.

Users can see “heat” colors on the Snap Map to see where lots of Snaps are being uploaded, which might indicate a concert or big event from which you’d want to explore Snap Stories.

Snap Map would compete with Facebook Messenger’s “Live Location” feature. But because Snap Map only updates when you open the app, it’s more geared toward privacy and saving battery life.

Nissan Plans Driverless Ride-Hailing Service to Beat Off Startup Competition

Nissan Motor on Thursday said it plans to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services in coming years, as the automaker looks beyond making and selling cars to survive an industry being quickly transformed by new services.

Automakers are leveraging expertise in automated driving functions for mass-market cars to develop mobility services, as they compete with tech firms such as Alphabet and Uber in the fast-growing “pay-per-ride” market which threatens to hit demand for car ownership.

Ogi Redzic, head of Nissan-Renault’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division, said the alliance would begin self-driving services based on its electric cars “certainly within 10 years,” though not likely before 2020.

“We think that the big opportunity for us is in automation, electric vehicles and ride-sharing and hailing together,” Redzic said in an interview.

Nissan and Renault join a small group of automakers aiming to enter the ride-hailing market, which Goldman Sachs last month estimated would grow eightfold by 2030 to be five times the size of the taxi market.

Nissan Plans Driverless Ride-Hailing Service to Beat Off Startup CompetitionRedzic said the Japanese and French partners were testing self-driving vehicles, and that any service would run on pre-mapped courses with predetermined pick-up and drop-off points.

The two automakers are developing the system with Japanese game software maker DeNA Co Ltd and French public transport operator Transdev SA.

German rival BMW is also testing autonomous vehicles for use in ride-hailing services, while Uber has been developing self-driving technology.

US tech firm nuTonomy and ride services company Lyft, which counts General Motors as a major shareholder, this month announced they would begin piloting an autonomous vehicle ride-hailing service in Boston.

Redzic said to market a self-driving service, regulations need to change to allow driverless cars on roads. At the moment, most global jurisdictions do not expressly authorise vehicles to operate on regular roads without a driver.

“It doesn’t just depend on us,” he said. “To become fully driverless you need laws to change.”

iPhone 8’s Anticipated In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Delaying Shipments: Report

While a recent report suggested that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will not feature a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display, it seems like Apple’s implementation of the feature has also hit a roadblock. If the latest reports are to be believed, iPhone 8 production may have been delayed as the Cupertino-based company has still not finalised the design for the fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.

Investment firm Cowen & Co. has claimed that Apple is yet to finalise plans for the implementation of Touch ID on iPhone 8, as per a memo received by CNET. Citing analysts, the report says that currently, Apple is considering three options for the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming iPhone 8.

As the first option, the company is considering “thinning the cover glass for the fingerprint area (cover glass cutout).” The second option under consideration would be to create a pin hole through the glass for optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing. The final option would be to replace the the AuthenTec Touch ID with a ‘film’ fingerprint sensor that is integrated with the display, as per the report.

iPhone 8's Anticipated In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Delaying Shipments: ReportAs the iPhone-maker still seems to be deliberating upon these options, the investment firm has predicted that the iPhone 8 shipments will be delayed by a month of two and will eventually go on sale in the fourth quarter this year. In order to make up for this expected delay, Cowen says that Apple can possibly stock as many as 90 million iPhone units in fourth quarter of 2017.

Notably, all the options mentioned above suggest that the fingerprint scanner will be present at the front of the display and not at the back, as has been suggested by some earlier rumours.

Interestingly, the same report that suggested Galaxy Note 8 will not be getting an in-screen fingerprint sensor due to security issues also suggested that Apple has succeeded in the implementation of the feature on iPhone 8. While the report mentioned that the company faced its fair share of problems with the design, it said that the Cupertino-based tech giant finally succeeded in introducing it.

WhatsApp Support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread Extended till 2020

WhatsApp clearly does not want to reduce its user base too early. With over 1.2 billion monthly active users in February, WhatsApp is available on a multitude of platforms, including ageing mobile platforms like BlackBerry OS, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, and older versions of Android. Recently, the company announced extension of its services on BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 platforms. It has now officially announced that smartphones running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older versions will continue to be supported by the app till February 1, 2020.

WhatsApp support for Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread

In an update to its original blog post announcing the discontinuation of its services on various older platforms, WhatsApp has laid out the timeline for some mobile operating systems that will continue to support the messaging app’s services. Starting with Android, the versions 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older version will support services until a significant time span of February 1, 2020. However, according to recent Android version distribution data released by Google, there are a limited number of devices powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the version having just a 0.8 percent share of active devices.

WhatsApp Support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread Extended till 2020The company further mentions in the blog post that the Nokia S40 and BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) platforms will support WhatsApp till December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018 respectively, which we recently mentioned in a report and wherein the end-of-life timeline for Nokia S40 devices was thought to be a typographical error. In addition, the eligible devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and later will too keep WhatsApp support till December 31, 2017. Meanwhile, Nokia S60 devices will stop being supported by the app by the end of this month.

“Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time”, also reads the blog post issuing an alert for the users who own devices running on unsupported mobile platforms. It could mean that even before the last dates, WhatsApp services may be disrupted on these platforms.

To recall, the company had last year announced it would stop providing support on older mobile operating systems and devices like Windows Phone 7, iOS 6, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Android 2.1, and Android 2.2 by the end of 2016. However later, the deadline got pushed back for few mobile platforms to June 2017. Yet again, the deadlines were changed to the aforementioned timeframes but only for select platforms. For now, it’s unclear whether Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will continue to be supported.

Facebook Gives Users in India More Control Over Their Profile Pictures

Facebook has announced that it is piloting new tools that will give people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures.

“In India, we’ve heard that people want more control over their profile pictures, and we’ve been working over the past year to understand how we can help,” wrote Aarati Soman, Product Manager at Facebook on Wednesday.

In addition, the company is exploring ways people could more easily add designs to profile pictures, which Facebook research has shown helpful in deterring misuse.

Based on what it learns from the experience in India, the social media giant hopes to expand the feature to other countries soon.

“In our research with people and safety organisations in India, we have heard that some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they are concerned about what may happen to their photos,” she added.

These tools, developed in partnership with Indian safety organisations like Centre for Social Research, Learning Links Foundation, Breakthrough and Youth Ki Awaaz are designed to give people more control over their experience and help keep them safe online.

From now on, people in India would start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard.

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“Other people will no longer be able to download, share or send your profile picture in a message on Facebook. People you are not friends with on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture,” Soman clarified.

Where possible, Facebook would prevent others from taking a screenshot of a profile picture on Facebook – the feature currently available only on Android devices.

The company would also display a blue border and shield around profile picture as a visual cue of protection deterring misuse.

Facebook also partnered with Jessica Singh, an illustrator who took inspiration from traditional Indian textile designs such as bandhni and kantha, to create designs for people to add to their profile picture.