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After Sony’s announcement, Lenovo has also confirmed its presence at IFA in Berlin this year. The tech firm is hosting a pre-IFA 2016 event on August 30, and has in a video teased the launch of new products from both the Lenovo and Motorola stables – from new Moto Mods, to an innovative new keyboard, and new Yoga laptops and tablets. A new Moto 360 smartwatch was also hinted at, but not mentioned specifically.

In its teaser, Lenovo confirms that new Moto Mods are going to be announced at the event. Lenovo-owned Motorola announced these snap-on back panels alongside the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in June this year. The modular accessories connect to the smartphones via a 16-pin connector on the back. On launch date, Motorola announced the JBL SoundBoost speaker Moto Mod which introduced stereo quality sound from the smartphone, an Insta-Share pico projector Moto Mod (meant to deliver 70-inch projector experience), and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod that claims to provide up to 22 hours of additional battery life.

Lenovo has now released a sneak peek video of what to expect at the event, and new Moto Mods have been confirmed. Perhaps the rumoured camera module will see the light of the day? Soon after unveiling the Moto Mods, Lenovo announced that it will sell the Module Development Kit (MDK) to third party developers. The kit is now sold on, and contains all the tools that folks at Motorola use to build the Moto Mods. Motorola will showcase these different Moto Mods created by new third party partnerships at the event.

Apart from the Moto Mods, the company also looks to announce “a new chapter in tablets” and launch “a whole new kind of intuitive keyboard”. Motorola is also expected to unveil the new Moto 360 smartwatch at the event, if only because of a brief glimpse in the first segment recounting previous innovations from the company. IFA is set to begin on September 2 and go on till September 7 this year.


LG on Thursday announced another feature reveal for its upcoming V20 smartphone. The successor to the popular LG V10 will sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback, LG said.

In an emailed statement, the South Korean consumer electronics giant that when using compatible wired headphones, the Quad DAC on the LG V20 will deliver “crisp and clear” sound to users. The implementation is said to be superior to a traditional DAC, and can reduce up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels.

LG said it worked with ESS Technology to develop the Quad DAC, which will supposedly be the “lynchpin” for several multimedia-related features on the LG V20. To recall, a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC was also included on the LG V10.

LG worked closely with ESS Technology, a leader in high-performance analog and audio devices, to ensure that the Quad DAC, delivered the best audio experience for owners of the LG V20

In the statement, Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company, said, “As smartphones mature, we’re seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices. Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We’re pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users.”

LG is definitely working to generate interest in the upcoming V20 smartphone, with the company already revealing that the smartphone would launch at a September 6 event, and that it would run Android 7.0 Nougat at launch. The company claimed that this would make the LG V20 the first smartphone to launch with the Nougat version.

In the meanwhile, the LG V20 has been leaked in a series of press renders, which apart from showing the secondary Always On display, also reveal a dual rear camera setup, and a modular chin just like the LG G5.


Reliance Retail’s Lyf brand is gearing up to launch two new smartphones, the Wind 3 and Flame 8, in India. Both the smartphones will be the first to go on sale via a third party e-commerce website Flipkart. As of now, there is no word whether both these handsets will be also available via the company’s offline retail channel.

The Lyf Wind 3 (seen above) has been priced at Rs. 6,999 while the Lyf Flame 8 will be available at Rs. 4,199. Both these smartphones are still listed as ‘coming soon’, and are expected to go on sale from Wednesday under Flipkart’s Freedom sale. The company via its Twitter handle confirms the Wednesday availability of the Lyf Wind 3 on Flipkart, and that it will come with the Jio Preview Offer for 3 months. The Lyf Flame 8 is expected to be available under a similar offer.

Much like other Lyf-branded smartphones, the Lyf Wind 3 and Flame 8 smartphones support 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). Both handsets also support VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility.

The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Micro-SIM) Lyf Wind 3 sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display with Asahi Dragontrail Glass and 267ppi pixel density. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The Wind 3 smartphone supports 4G connectivity only on a single SIM card slot at a time.

The smartphone is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel fixed-focus front camera. The smartphone packs 16GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB).

Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB, apart from 4G (LTE Cat. 4 support). The handset measures 152.6×76.6×9.4mm and weighs 160 grams. The Lyf Wind 3 is backed by a 2920mAh battery.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM) supporting Lyf Flame 8 (seen above) smartphone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 218ppi and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The company says both SIM card slots are 4G enabled; though, at one time only one SIM can use 4G while the other will work on 2G.

It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. The Lyf Flame 8 packs 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Android Lollipop-based smartphone sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Some of the camera features include autofocus, face detection, and smile detection modes. Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB, apart from 4G.

Measuring 132.6×66.2×9.3mm, the Lyf Flame 8 weighs 138 grams. It packs a 2000mAh battery and will be available in Black and White colours. The launch was first reported by TechPP.


Nexus phones usually have certain qualities associated with them, however, with upcoming smartphones in the series, it seems like Google will be changing many of these qualities. In June Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggested that the company will be more ‘opinionated’ with its Nexus devices going forward. Latest leaks suggest that the smartphones will be sold through carriers, unlike most previous smartphones in the series.

With the exception of Nexus 6, developed by Motorola, all the other devices in the series have been sold without carriers. However, famous Android tipster Evan Blass has suggested that both the upcoming devices in “Nexus” series will be sold with mobile-network carrier Verizon.

In his tweet, where he suggested that the phones will be sold via Verizon, he said:

Verizon is going to carry the two “Nexus” handsets (note the quotation marks).

The “note the quotation marks” part of the tweet might suggest a change in the name of the phones that are usually termed “Nexus” but as of now, it can only be termed as a speculation.

Another tipster named Nate Benis has also suggested that phones will be available through carriers AT&T and Verizon as per his findings through the system image of the phone with the project name Marlin. Benis has termed this leak as “guaranteed” in his Google+ post.

According to leaks, Google might also be doing away with its app drawer icon and Google Search bar on home screen in its redesigned launcher for its upcoming Nexus phones.


Samsung has evidently learned from its mistake with the ‘S Pen design flaw’ on the Galaxy Note 5, and has ensured the S Pen stylus cannot be inserted the wrong way around on the new Galaxy Note 7.

The design issue, which was also referred to as ‘pen-gate’ by many, allowed users to insert the S Pen stylus backwards in the Galaxy Note 5, which caused harm to components like the detection mechanism while also getting stuck in the slot. Samsung’s just announced flagship, Galaxy Note 7, the company has ensured that you cannot insert the stylus in the wrong manner.

In fact, as pointed out by Sammobile, the stylus stops at around 2-3mm mark when it is inserted in a wrong way. This measure by the company is likely to avoid it the hassle and the angry letters that it received in the case of Galaxy Note 5.

In addition, the company has also made S Pen water and dust resistant and improve the precision on the stylus with Galaxy Note 7.

The ‘pen-gate’ issue was highlighted to such a level that Samsung had to initially issue warnings on its phone and eventually even make changes to its mechanism to ensure that users didn’t end up inserting the stylus backwards.

The problem, as many users pointed out, was due to the fact that the top and bottom of the S Pen look almost identical in thickness, and therefore made users susceptible to the mistake.

The upcoming iPhone is set for a release early next month, and leaks are picking up pace. The latest comes in the form of an ad from a Chinese telecom firm revealing key information, and a new report that claims the upcoming iPhone to be more waterproof than its predecessor.

A fresh leak from Weibo hints that the upcoming iPhone will be more resilient to water damage, but won’t be IP68 certified. Xiaomi Today noticed this info on a Weibo page owned by a Foxconn insider, and it reiterates that the next iPhone will feature a capacitive home button. This will make it more water resistant than the predecessor iPhone 6s, but not as water resistant as Samsung’s flagships Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge. These two smartphones are IP68 certified, which means that they can survive immersion in five feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

A separate leak comes from TechOrz in the form of an advertisement from Chinese telecommunication firm China Unicom. The image claims that the iPhone 7 Plus will sport the dual camera setup, refuting previous rumours of a third iPhone 7 Pro variant sporting the dual camera setup and Smart Connector. The Plus variant is pegged to be just a larger variant, with no hardware upgrades apart from size. The ad also indicates that Apple is indeed looking to introduce a Space Blue colour option in the mix. There’s also an expected Space Black colour variant that has been heavily tipped in the recent past.

In any case, all of this should be taken with caution as official details will only be unveiled in September. The next iPhone could also just be called the iPhone 6SE, due to minimal design iterations. However, this new ad leak with the big number seven highlighted at the front hints that Apple will stick to the cycle when it comes to naming, and will call the next iPhone – the iPhone 7. Apple is looking to keep all the big goodies for the 2017 iPhone as part of its ten year anniversary celebrations.

Apple is widely expected to host its launch event on September 5 or 6, with the smartphone hitting the market as soon as September 16. The smartphone is said to skip the 3.5mm audio jack, and instead bundle Lightning EarPods inside the box. The Cupertino giant is also expected to kill the 16GB base storage variant, in order to introduce 32GB as the new base storage option.


Earlier this week, tipster Evan Blass leaked that Apple would look to unveil the upcoming iPhone 7 in the week of September 12. Now, he clarifies that he meant the retail availability of the smartphone, and not the actual launch event. He further states that the iPhone 7 will hit store shelves on September 16 specifically. Meanwhile, a separate leak also indicates that the upcoming iPhone, because of minimal design iterations, may just be called iPhone 6SE, instead of the iPhone 7.

As mentioned, Apple may be putting the next iPhone on shelves as soon as September 16. This means that the launch event will be much earlier. Typically, Apple keeps a two-week breather between the launch event and retail release, which means either Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 in August end, or the beginning of September. If Apple would look to stick to its traditional release in September, then presumably it should host the event sometime on September 5 or September 6. However, this is just pure speculation and we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt.

A separate report from Apfelpage suggests that the Cupertino giant will call the upcoming iPhone the iPhone 6SE, and not the iPhone 7. The report cites China supply chain sources who have seen the labelling and packaging of the device. The minimalistic design changes, and the fact that Apple is breaking its tick-tock cycle does give this leak a tad bit of credibility, but it also seems to be a bit of a stretch given Apple’s previous launches.

In any case, invites for the Apple event should start pouring in from mid-August. Leaks about the iPhone 7 have been aplenty. A possible Smart Connector, and a dual camera setup at the back is also speculated for the larger variant.


Raghuram Rajan’s current three-year tenure as RBI Governor ends on September 4. New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan’s successor is likely to be announced as early as this week, for which top contenders include NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya and former deputy governors of the central bank Subir Gokarn and Rakesh Mohan.

Sources said a decision is expected soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return from his four-national Africa trip on Tuesday.

Mr Rajan, whose current three-year tenure ends on September 4, made a surprise announcement last month that he would not seek a second term and would return to academia, triggering intense speculation about the possible contenders.

Among those being talked as possible contenders, Mr Panagariya is also India’s key negotiator at G20 summit and has been Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.

He is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD and is PhD in Economics from Princeton University.

Mr Pangariya, who is said to have been mentored by noted economist Jagdish Bhagwati, has been a vocal supporter of various economic policies of PM Modi.

Among other possible contenders to replace Mr Rajan, on-leave Professor of Finance at Chicago University and a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr Gokarn is currently serving as an Executive Director at the Fund, a post previously held by Mr Mohan as well.

Others said to be in the fray included State Bank of India chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and the RBI’s current deputy governor Urjit Patel.

Traditionally, prime minister picks the RBI governor after consultation with the finance minister and the same process is likely to be followed this time.

Sources said once a new governor is named, he will become an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the central bank to allow smooth transition.

Mr Rajan, who will have the shortest tenure as governor of the central bank since liberilsation began in 1991, decided not to seek a second term amid unbridled political attacks against him including by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.

Samsung is set to host its Galaxy Note Unpacked 2016 event next month where it will launch its latest phablet flagship – the Galaxy Note7. Leaks have left little to imagination, and now a fresh one also tips the phablet’s water-resistant build. There’s also a live photo leaked separately reiterating the design and form of the phablet.

A Zauba listing (via details a Samsung smartphone with model number SM-N930F (thought to be the Galaxy Note7) to be dust and water resistant. The SM-N930F model number has been widely associated with the phablet in past leaks as well. There is also a separate live photo leak revealing the front of the phablet in full glory.

The image shows the additional sensors at the top of the display panel, previously speculated to contain the iris scanner, and the dual-edge display is also confirmed again. This year, Samsung is ditching the flat design altogether, and unveiling only a dual-edged variant exclusively with the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Samsung has even skipped a numeral this year to unify its product portfolio with its flagship Galaxy ‘S’ series, and avoid any confusion to its customers.

The Galaxy Note 5 last year did not have an Edge variant as companion, reportedly due to some technical issues with implementation of the S Pen stylus on the curved display variant. However, Samsung seems to have resolved all those issues and is anticipated to include an Edge display technology on its upcoming Galaxy Note7.

Samsung is also expected to finally adopt the USB Type-C port with its latest phablet flagship. As we mentioned, it is also expected to introduce an iris scanner that will enable the Galaxy Note7 to be unlocked just by the user looking at it. Several leaks hint at a 6-inch QHD Super Amoled dual-edge display; three inbuilt storage options – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB (with the choice to expand as well); a 12-megapixel rear camera; 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3600mAh battery. The Galaxy Note Unpacked 2016 event is set to begin at 8.30pm IST on August 2, and will be hosted in New York, Rio de Janeiro, and London simultaneously.


Selfie addicts, beware! Constantly takings too many pictures of yourself may cause you to develop a “selfie elbow”, doctors have warned.

Like tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, a dedication to selfie-taking is landing people in the doctor’s office.

According to Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in the US, the problem is overuse.

Like carpal tunnel and tendinitis, it is the repetitive nature of the task that causes the aches. If you do something enough times – typing, texting, or taking selfies – it is going to have consequences.

“Basically, the interface between technology and the human body sometimes causes injuries of over-exuberance,” Metzl said.

“We used to see it with Blackberry phones – it was a real thing. People would get tendinitis in their thumb because they were on their Blackberries all the time,” he said.

“You put too much stress on the muscle and it irritates the area where the muscle comes off the bone and you get this inflammatory response,” said Metzl.

He advises switching arms for balancing the burden, or using painkillers.

There is a rising concern about the increase in tech injuries in teens, ‘’ reported.

Gaming, using Snapchat, selfie-taking, texting and tweeting, teens are more prone to overuse injuries than ever before.

“In recent years we’ve been seeing an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis from overuse in teens, where 10 to 15 years ago it was mostly scraped knees and falling off a bike,” said Charles Kim, a musculoskeletal rehab specialist at Rusk Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Centre.

Kim suggests a selfie stick for the dedicated documenters – which works like an arm extender and takes the pressure off the elbow.