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There was a time when Microsoft couldn’t stop talking about the innovation it was trying to bring to the smartphone market with its Lumia devices. The company believed that the line-up, tagged with its mobile platform, could compete with the likes of Apple and Google. However, things seem to have not gone according to the company’s plans. Latest reports now suggest that the company might discontinue its “Lumia” brand by the end of this year.

According to a report by WinBeta, which quotes a company insider, Microsoft might bring an end to its Lumia brand of devices in December this year. Anyone who has been keeping the track of the company will not find this piece of news to be very shocking, as Microsoft has been struggling in the smartphone space, and even gave a permanent price cut to its Lumia smartphones Lumia 650 and Lumia 950 last month.

Currently there are four smartphones in Microsoft’s Lumia line-up – Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL. As per the report, the company might discontinue the brand but will keep selling the devices till the existing stock lasts.
The declining sales and the constant rumours about a Surface phone have indicated in past that the company might be considering ending the Lumia line-up soon. Back in February, when the company unveiled its Lumia 650, the smartphone was being rumoured as the last Lumia device to be launched by the company, and we have not seen a Lumia phone since.

As per the rumours, the Surface Phone is expected to pack Snapdragon 830 and come with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone is expected to be launched in 2017.


The RBI’s next bi-monthly policy is scheduled on October 4. New Delhi: The government is likely to finalise the names of three members to the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) within a month and the panel is likely to decide on interest rate at the next review, a top official said on Wednesday.

“I would expect within a month and so, it (final decision on MPC members) will happen… Next monetary policy should to be decided by MPC,” said the Finance Ministry official.

The Reserve Bank of India’s next bi-monthly policy is scheduled on October 4.

“A search-cum-selection committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary with RBI Governor and Economic Affairs Secretary has met already. It is again meeting very shortly. The committee has discussed various names, it (names) will go to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC),” he added.

The Monetary Policy Committee was set up by amending the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, through the Finance Bill 2016. Under this new system, the RBI governor is ex-officio chairperson.

Besides, RBI deputy governor in-charge of the monetary policy and an office bearer of the central bank are the other two members in the committee.

Under an agreement with the government, the RBI is committed to anchoring retail inflation at four per cent (plus/minus two per cent) and has set itself a target of five per cent by next March as part of a “glide path” to achieving the median mark.

The governor will have a casting vote once the country shifts to the panel system.

“The MPC is a fundamental institutional reform which modernises our monetary policy framework and builds a strong platform for a strong and sustainable growth,” former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had said.

Its collateral benefits besides lower inflation will include stable currency and higher real interest rates, he had said.

The RBI has nominated executive director Michael Patra to be its nominee on it, in addition to the governor and the deputy governor in-charge of the monetary policy department.

As per the norms for MPC, each member shall have one vote and in case of a tie, the RBI Governor will have a casting vote. Currently, the governor has over-riding powers to accept or reject the recommendation of RBI’s panel on monetary policy.

Members of the Committee will be appointed for a period of four years and will not be eligible for reappointment.

The idea of setting up an MPC was mooted in February 2014 by an RBI-appointed committee led by Urjit Patel, who was deputy governor at that time.

Mr Patel has taken over as the new RBI Governor this week.


Samsung has become the centre of a controversy after reports started coming in of Galaxy Note 7 units exploding while on charge. Samsung suspended the worldwide sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones shortly after, and is also expected to issue a worldwide recall soon. The explosions were credited to a fault in the battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now new reports are coming in claiming that the fault was exclusive to units featuring batteries made by the company’s own affiliate, Samsung SDI.

Korea Herald is reporting that the issue was found exclusively on Samsung SDI batteries. Almost 70 percent of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices house the SDI batteries, and the rest units house batteries supplied by Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology, which is a unit of Japan’s TDK Corp.

Samsung has decided to stop using the SDI batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 altogether. “As a follow-up of the battery issue, we decided to temporarily stop using Samsung SDI’s battery for Galaxy Note 7,” the report reads.
Amperex Technology only supplied batteries for the units sold in China. Interestingly, no explosions of the Galaxy Note 7 were reported from that country. According to analysts, Samsung will suffer losses close to $1 billion as a result of the recall.

For now, there has been no official recall announcement, and reports of retailers continuing to sell the Galaxy Note 7, even after worldwide halt, have surfaced. Only after the recall announcement will it be considered illegal to sell the smartphone, and before that retailers cannot be held responsible for selling the smartphones.


Samsung recently suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after multiple reports of battery explosions. The company was reported to be pulling the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from market shelves in over 10 countries including South Korea and the US. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 India shipments were also delayed due to the global recall of the smartphone. Now, a South Korean report speculates that the Note 7 recall may hit the company’s operating profit for the second half by roughly $740 million, citing an analyst, while another estimate pegs the cost at $1 billion.

Hwang Min-sung, an analyst at Samsung Securities speculated that the recall as well as replacements could cost SKW 120 billion (roughly $110 million). Min-sung added that the recall will also hurt the sales target for the Galaxy Note 7 to 3 million units from the existing 6 million units in the third quarter. The recall is said to cost SKW 300 billion in the fourth quarter.

“In this case, it could cut Samsung’s operating profit by SKW 400 billion, given its operating margin and selling prices. The recall is a negative factor in the short term but will surely be a wise decision because other alternative measures are unlikely to help Samsung regain confidence from consumers and investors,” Hwang was cited saying by Korea Herald. Overall, the Note 7 recall is expected to hurt Samsung in profits in the second half of 2016.
In the meanwhile, Bloomberg estimates Samsung may spend as much as $1 billion to replace the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones it has already shipped. Samsung’s mobile chief, Dong-jin Koh, was asked to elaborate on the costs of the replacement programme at a press conference last week, but all he revealed was that it was an “heartbreaking amount.” Bloomberg points out that the estimated cost is less than 5 percent of Samsung’s projected net income this year. Some part of the costs are expected to be borne by the company’s affiliated battery manufacturer, Samsung SDI.

Last week, Gadgets 360 had learnt that Samsung India was informing its customers who pre-booked the Note 7 and confirmed them about the delay, though no specific reason was provided by the company. The message read, “Thank you for pre-booking Galaxy Note 7. We regret to inform that delivery of your Galaxy Note 7 is being delayed. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience. You can be assured that we are working hard to deliver your Galaxy Note 7 to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”

Samsung has claimed that the Galaxy Note 7 exploding issue has been traced back to a battery fault, and the battery issue is affecting only in 0.1 percent of the entire Note 7 units shipped. The South Korean company however has decided to recall all units giving the safety of the customers as their top priority.

Samsung launched the dual-SIM variant of Galaxy Note 7 at Rs. 59,900 in India, and was taking pre-orders till August 30.

In separate news, Oculus has warned Gear VR users to not use the headset with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In a note on the official Oculus site, the company noted, “Samsung has issued a product exchange program for all Note7 devices due to battery issues. Don’t use your Note7 with Gear VR until you get your replacement.”


In an unprecedented move, Samsung will reportedly issue a recall of Galaxy Note 7 units shipped worldwide, after reports that some of the devices exploded while being charged.

“The most important thing is the safety of our customers and we don’t want to disappoint our loyal customers,” a Samsung official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Yonhap News Agency.

The move is set to cause a further dent in Samsung stock that took a hit Thursday after initial reports of quality issues with the Note 7 delaying worldwide shipments.

“We will share the findings as soon as possible. Samsung is fully committed to providing the highest quality products to our consumers,” Samsung said in an official statement sent to various media outlets.

The development comes a few days before rival Apple is set to unveil new iPhone models in San Francisco next week, and will surely weaken Samsung’s position in the market.
“Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold. The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers,” said the official.

The report indicates that Samsung may not officially announce the recall on Friday as it is in talks with partners in the US on the issue.

“Global discussions are under way about matters such as how to deal with products delivered to dealers. Results of the investigation and relevant countermeasures will be made public this weekend or early next week at the latest,” the official added.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 exactly a month ago on August 2 and it went on sale in 10 contries on August 10. The phone launched in India on August 11, and was supposed to start shipping from August 31, though Gadgets 360 understands majority of the retailers have not received Note 7 units after quality issues were discovered in the interim.


Blass says that he is confident about the September 16 launch date Next iPhone coud be called the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6SE

The larger variant will sport a dual camera setup

It’s the end of August, and there is no Apple invite. This silence from the Cupertino giant is getting people a bit edgy, and we are now starting to question all previous rumours. However, this delay could possibly be because of the production difficulties Apple is currently facing.

A new report from Nikkei claims that the iPhone is going through production mishaps leading shortages in supply chain. A fair number of faulty components could lead to less stock on launch day. “If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there may not be enough supply at the beginning, as some suppliers are still trying to fix low yield rates of their components,” the paper cites an industry source familiar with the matter to say.

Furthermore, Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu claims that this year almost 10 million fewer iPhone 7 units will be manufactured, than last year’s iPhone 6s. To put things into further perspective, the iPhone 6s also faced significant shortage at launch.

Alongside, noted tipster Evan Blass has again reiterated that Apple will release the next iPhone into the market on September 16. He retweeted his July tweet that hinted at a US market release of September 16, and quoted, “FWIW, I’m very confident on this date.” Apple traditionally hosts an event a week before the smartphone hits the market. This means any time in the next week, largely expected to be on September 7. Blass is rarely wrong, so Apple is still expected to send out invites some time this week. There’s also a report that tips carrier availability a little later on September 23.
While the launch date mystery continues, rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 will come with little change in design. The camera at the back will have a protective ring around it and the antenna bands have been shifted to the edges. It will see camera upgrades, the new iOS 10 running out-of-the-box, and a new Force Touch Home button possibly. There’s also the big absence of the 3.5mm audio jack this time around. Apple says goodbye to the 16GB variant, and is looking to replace it with 32GB as the base storage variant. The other storage options will be 128GB and 256GB.

The larger Apple smartphone will see many hardware upgrades like the dual camera setup, and a Smart Connector as well. To accommodate all of this, Apple will also introduce a new 3GB RAM. Both the variants will come with the new A10 chipset.

Lastly, but importantly, there’s a lot of noise about the next iPhone being called the iPhone 6SE. This is due to the minimal design changes, and one of the latest leak even shows the final retail box with the iPhone 6SE branding on it. Whatever may be the name, expect the next iPhone to go out of stock real soon.


New Delhi: With the government setting inflation target at 4 per cent, the Reserve Bank is unlikely to make much shift in its stance going forward and may go for a 25 bps cut in the second half of the fiscal, says a report.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in his last monetary policy on August 9 left interest rates unchanged citing upward risks to inflation but said the central bank will remain “accommodative”.

Going forward, “we do not expect much shift in stance with the government setting the inflation target at 4 per cent with 2 per cent band on either side”, Kotak Economic Research said in a research note.

“We pencil in 25 bps for the rest of this fiscal (FY2016-17) and see limited room for further easing,” the report added.

On inflation, the report said, the estimated trajectory for FY2017-18 indicates moderation towards 4-5 per cent but sustaining 4 per cent level will be “difficult” even without factoring in statistical impact on housing due to the implementation of 7th pay panel recommendations.

“We are not yet confident of the inflation trajectory gliding towards 4 per cent and sustaining at it,” the report said.

The report also noted that demand driven inflation pressures may not have significant impact in the near term.

“We pencil in another 25 bps cut in the second half of this fiscal with the monsoon’s progress along with favourable base effect in the second half of this financial year continuing to point towards 5 per cent inflation by end-March 2017,” the report said.

“It is essential to wait out the monsoon season to gain clarity on the food inflation over the next few months (there has been some softening) and how the disinflationary impulses are panning out,” the report said.

Every software application out there isn’t without its own set of bugs and issues. And it is important to report these bugs so that developers can improve their apps. Microsoft understands that there needs to be a faster, easier way to do this and what’s easier than sending out a simple tweet? The company is now allowing Web developers to report bugs and issues related to its Edge browser via Twitter using the hashtag #EdgeBug.

Microsoft launched its Edge browser last year, and like any other application, it still has quite a few bugs. Microsoft already made it pretty easy for Edge users to post their feedback and bug reports through its UserVoice and Issue Tracker, but has now simplified it even more.

According to the blog posted by Microsoft, developers can file a bug keeping in mind the following:

“1. Use the hashtag #EdgeBug so our tool catches your bug and we can follow up with a link to the bug.

2. Include a link to a reduced test case of the bug on,,, or – this makes sure the bug is actionable on our end.

3. Use the text remaining to make a title for your bug. Make sure it’s succinct and descriptive!”

Once the tweet is sent, you will receive a reply from @MSEdgeDev with a link of your bug report.

The company revealed that it was a developer, @LeaVerou, who suggested back in June the idea for users to be able to tweet Microsoft Edge bugs. Microsoft has also added some checks so that people don’t start spamming any odd complaints using #EdgeBug.

The idea to tweet bug reports will be quite favourable for developers than having to go through the traditional method of reporting, which can be a long and slow process. For general users, however, using the Edge’s built-in ‘Send Feedback’ is still the best way to report any issue.


Android security researcher RootJunky, known for bypassing factory reset protection on various Android phones from time to time, has been able to find a way to bypass the protection feature yet again on a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 running Marshmallow 6.0.1 with the July Android Security Update.

You may be wondering what factory reset protection (or FRP) is. To recall, Google had first introduced Factory Reset Protection, with devices running on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the security system is meant to ensure that in case an Android device is stolen, the thief cannot gain full access to the device even after factory resetting it.

Samsung had in the June Android Security Update patched several FRP vulnerabilities, but evidently, RootJunky has found one more. In his blog posted on Wednesday, RootJunky has explained the step-by-step procedure to get a ‘Universal Samsung FRP Bypass’ and even though the procedure is a little complicated, it appears to get the work done.

The procedure requires you to download RealTerm program from RootJunky’s website. After that, you are required to download an apk file that has to be loaded into the device through its microSD card or otherwise. From here on, you are required to use the RealTerm program on your PC and follow rest of the instructions.

You can see rest of the step-by-step instructions for the bypass on RootJunky’s website over here.

In a note for those who want to try this bypass, RootJunky has said, “If you dont have a SDcard and are getting the sparse ERROR in ES file explorer then you can buy a OTG flash drive like this one and load the FRPbypass.apk to it from your computer then plug it into the phone. Once plugged in navigate to it in ES file explorer and install the frp bypass app that way.”

This bypass procedure can reportedly work on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 active, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, and even Galaxy Note7. It may work on older devices as well.

In May, RootJunky managed to bypass the factory reset protection system on the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Back in January, he managed to bypass FRP on LG smartphones. Back in November, he managed to circumvent FRP on the Galaxy Note 5.


It has been a week since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 and the phablet has reportedly already broken the record for most pre-ordered Galaxy smartphone in the company’s home country South Korea.

According to a report by The Korean Herald, the company has received over 200,000 pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 within two days of its announcement, which is supposedly double what the Galaxy S7 received.

Samsung has been busy promoting the Galaxy Note 7 in the country, offering deals such as free Gear Fit 2 worth KRW 198,000 (roughly Rs. 12,000), 50 percent discount on screen repair, and a gift card worth KRW 100,000 (roughly Rs. 6,000) with every purchase of the device.

The Galaxy Note 7 has been launched with some major features like an iris scanner and dual pixel rear camera along with top-of-the-line specs including 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), and it is powered by either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or Exynos 8890 SoC, depending on the region.

Furthermore, the phablet comes with IP68 certification which means it is dust and water resistant and can survive for up to 30 minutes or 1.5 meters underwater. The Note 7 borrows the ‘Dual Pixel’ 12-magapixel rear camera sensor from the Galaxy S7 with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash.

The India launch of the Galaxy Note 7 will take place on Thursday, based on the invites sent out by the company last week. In the meanwhile, the dual-SIM version of the smartphone was spotted on the company’s India site.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was announced to be available globally from August 19 at a price of KRW 988,900 (roughly Rs. 59,810) and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx.