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Leica Camera AG and HUAWEI establish new research and development center

Leica Camera AG and HUAWEI establish new research and development center

The ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality Huawei and Leica Camera AG today announced they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation center, the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’. The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multiple-award winning HUAWEI P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. The new lab, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions. In addition to R&D resources from both companies, Huawei and Leica plan to collaborate with German and international universities and research institutions. The lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG. Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG(left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ “With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of groundbreaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasized Dr. Andreas Kaufmann. “In the future, over 90 percent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”  “HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab. The R&D center is named in remembrance of Max Berek (1886 – 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses, who was also responsible for the optical design of...

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Infinix Note 3 – Bigger, Better & Faster

Infinix Note 3 – Bigger, Better & Faster

Infinix Note 3 is launching soon to shake up the smartphone market in Pakistan, with its incredibly large screen, 2-day battery, ultra-fast charging and fingerprint sensor. Infinix Note 3 boasts two network variants, 3G enabled handsets and 4G enabled handsets.  Note 3’s fast charging technology allows 200 mins of talktime with a quick 5 minute charge and with the Aerospace Cooling technology, the phone is never too hot to handle. SPECIFICATIONS Dimensions: 162.5 x 82.8 x 8.4 mm Weight: 199 g Battery: 4500 mAh Li-Po battery (XCharge 3.0) OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS Processors: 1.3 GHz octa-core CPU, MediaTek Helio X10 MT6753 chipset Display: 6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 368 pixels per inch (PPI) RAM:  2GB Internal storage: 16GB Memory Card Slot: MicroSD, up to 128 GB Camera: Primary: 13MP with dual LED flash (up to 4128 x 3096-pixel pictures) Secondary: 5MP with soft flash (up to 2592 x 1944-pixel pictures) Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n and 3G capability Charging port type: MicroUSB 2.0 Dual SIM compatibility: Yes Design With a thickness of only 8.4mm to go along with the large screen, the Infinix Note 3 has a unique feel about it. The body is made out of aluminum alloy that lends it a fine textured finish. The Cadillac masculine sides of the phone look classy and go very well with the overall look of the phone. Display The Note 3’s 6.0”, 1,080-pixel ultra-high definition screen increases both the viewable area and image quality. Streaming videos on your phone, looking at your pictures and videos or just browsing the internet – all can be done and viewed on the big screen.  Gamers would love the huge screen of the Note 3. With the high definition graphics and a processor that can take the heat, a lot of heavy duty games can be played seamlessly on Note 3. Hardware Equipped with a 1.3 GHz octa-core processor and MediaTek Helio X10 MT6753 chipset, the Infinix Note 3 is quite heavy-duty under the cover. With a slot for extendable storage via a MicroSD memory card, you will always have room for your data and files. Standard connectivity of WiFi, Bluetooth and and 3G are available on the phone.  Dual SIM slots are available for those with the need for the extra SIM card.  The speaker components have been tested and they provide high quality sound to go along with the giant screen to give you the best out of your viewing experience. Software The Infinix Note 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS, a customized operating system that boasts battery optimization capabilities. The interface performs smoothly and you can even make use of fun and useful features such as customized themes,...

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Introducing Google Allo – Your Perfect Messaging Companion

Introducing Google Allo – Your Perfect Messaging Companion

Google have finally raised the curtains on their much awaited new messaging app following the successful launch of Google Duo last month. Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition. Smart Reply Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style.     Ink Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text.       Stickers Say it all with the perfect sticker. Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.     SHOUT or whisper No more typing in ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.     Meet your personal Google Assistant Google Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition. Find restaurants nearby, share videos and get answers, all from within your conversation with your friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.     Incognito mode Send messages with end-to-end encryption, use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet and control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats. The Google Assistant and Smart Reply are only available in English at this time.   Download Google Allo today and start chatting with your friends! Source: Google...

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Singing Dream Comes Alive with Huawei Live!

Singing Dream Comes Alive with Huawei Live!

Huawei Pakistan has once again prepared to come up with an exciting and entertaining campaign, known as Huawei Live; a star-studded platform where youngsters come in the limelight by showing their hidden talent. Smartly integrating an activation with a competition, Huawei is setting up an activation which is both attractive and interactive. A creatively designed Float is all set to welcome participants and onlookers. On its journey, the float will make stops at all well-known educational institutes and  famous markets to provide an easy access for those who want to be a part of this activity. In addition to the Float,  Huawei has devised an app, called as Huawei Live, which will be used to record songs of the participants as well as for providing coverage of the campaign to the audience. The campaign gets even more exciting with leading singers of the Pakistani music industry, the hearthrobs; Amanat Ali, Ali Sethi and Nabeel Shaukat, who will act as jury members. Putting light on the famous singers, it is a must mention that Amanat Ali is one of Pakistan’s leading vocalist, actor and a songwriter who got his fame from his outstanding performance in “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” and also does background numbers the Pakistani film industry. Nabeel Shaukat has a marvelous reputation as a singer where he emerged as the winner of a musical contest “Sur kshetra”. Recently, “Bulleya” by Nabeel Shaukat has also fascinated the audience and accumulated much accolade. Ali Sethi is a famous name of the music industry. A musically talented artist has made his name with his fine singing skills. He has sung background scores for “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, “Manto”. The campaign participants will record their songs by using Huawei Live application. Shortlisted songs will be uploaded on Huawei Live application for voting and for the likes of the audience. Consequently, initially shortlisted contestants  will enter the final auditions out of which 3 finalists will be chosen for the next stage by the judges. Keeping it interactive in every way, the very best part is for those who are unble to appear at the float; they can also be a part of the campaign by recording their auditions using Huawei live application. At the end of this campaign, there will be a concert where the final winner of the contest will be selected through the votes of the audience and the jury decision. The talented winner of the musical contest will have great singing opportunities to avail in the future  besides being a superstar of the Huawei Live contest. The winner will also get a chance to sing along the judges in a...

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WhatsApp introduces new “Mentions” feature for group chats

WhatsApp introduces new “Mentions” feature for group chats

Lets admit the fact that WhatsApp groups can get a bit annoying sometimes especially if people start talking on off-topics rather than discussing about relevant topics pertaining to the groups. Whatsapp knows your grievances and in order to tackle this issue, the company has come up with a very good solution. As of today, Whatsapp has introduced a new “Mentions” feature for group chats that lets you tag people within the conversation. The feature which is similar to the one found in Twitter, Instagram and Telegram can be useful especially for large groups. But that’s not the only new feature that Whatsapp is getting in this update. If you are getting annoyed by increasing number of messages in the group chat but you can not mute the chat either, well, now you can! The new Whatsapp chat allows users to still get notification in muted chats if a member has mentioned him/her using “@”. Whatsapp previously added the option to quote messages, a welcome change by the messaging giant. By introducing this feature, people might not feel that annoyed with a thousand messages waiting for them in group chats. The mentions feature comes with the latest Whatsapp update version 2.16.272 for both iOS and Android devices. Let us know your thoughts on this new feature in the comments below....

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Google set to launch new NEXUS….sorry Pixel devices on October 4th

Google set to launch new NEXUS….sorry Pixel devices on October 4th

After months of speculations and a bunch of leaked images, Google finally confirmed their upcoming Pixel Smartphones that are to be officially launched on October 4th. As seen from the teaser video, Google (in a surprising turn of events) has decided to drop the Nexus brand name which was previously associated with the company’s flagship devices running on the stock versions of Android. As the rumors suggest, we do expect Google to announce two variants, the Google Pixel and the slightly larger Pixel XL. We’ll do a complete review of both the devices once they get officially announced next month. Last year we saw the Pixel C, the first Android tablet designed and built from start to finish by Google with a full keyboard, USB Type-C charger and multi-angle display functionality. So what do you guys think about the new name? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below....

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HUAWEI’S NEW “EMOTION UI 5.0” WITH MAJOR REDESIGN – LAUNCH EXPECTED THIS FALL

HUAWEI’S NEW “EMOTION UI 5.0” WITH MAJOR REDESIGN – LAUNCH EXPECTED THIS FALL

Huawei has been the master inventor in the high technology products over the years. With its unique approach towards Android, Huawei has developed its own Emotion ROM, which has recently gained great popularity and is expected to be re-launched, as EMUI 5.0, after a major upgrade, sometime during fall 2016.  According to industry sources, Huawei has been working on a new major upgrade to the OS – version 5.0, which will bring an entirely new, smartly simplified UI, one closely resembling Stock Android. The current EMUI 4.1 used in the Huawei P9 smartphones is also very advanced, but the newly developed EMUI 5.0 will offer even simpler menu structure and navigation scheme.  Huawei’s Head of Mobiles Division – Li Changzhu stated that; the new EMUI has a new cleaner and minimalist look on the user-interface, while not affecting the original firmware module. This new-found push towards simplicity in the interface is done to resonate better with Western customers. However, this will surely not come at the expense of functionality or options to be customized, which play an important role in EMUI.  Emotion UI 5.0 launch will probably coincide with IFA 2016 in Berlin and in all likelihood, a new Huawei Mate 9 device will be unveiled as a superior smart device in technology and user experience. According to GSM Info; “The EMUI 5.0 will offer an interface that resembles vanilla Android, with a lot more customizable options. The changes are geared towards making EMUI more palatable to a Western audience. With Huawei’s strong presence in Europe and increasing foothold in the U.S. market, dialing the interface back will go a long way toward making its devices more appealing. The redesign of EMUI 5.0 is being led by chief UX designer – Abigail Brody, who was formerly the creative director for iOS at...

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ICI Dulux launches Visualizer App for easy selection of New Paints

ICI Dulux launches Visualizer App for easy selection of New Paints

ICI Dulux recently launched the new version of its Visualizer app for iOS and Android. The app uses technology to help users see, share and paint in their chosen colours in real time. Users can capture a video of their walls and experiment with hundreds of different colours. If they see a inspirational colour somewhere, they can use the Colour Picker technology to instantly match and try it out. Once a user finds the colour he or she loves, they can buy the same coloured paint by going to a store. Store locations are available via the store locator function. Finally, they can share it with friends and family on social media to get a second opinion, directly through the Visualizer app. The app uses augmented reality and video visualization to change colours in a room in real time. Since, the app was first launched it has been downloaded over 10 million times. “Colour is the number one decision factor when consumers choose paint,” said Usman Hafaz, Marketing Manager at AkzoNobel Pakistan Decorative Paints Division. Research shows that 30 percent people struggle to visualize what a colour will look like in their home, and 39 percent discuss colour schemes with friends and family before making a purchase. The new features in the Visualizer app build on these trends. “The Visualizer is a tool designed to give consumers confidence to try new colours, quickly see the potential end result of their purchase, and share with friends to get their views,”explained Usman Hafaz The app is marketed under the ICI Dulux brand and is available for download on both Android and...

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The Galaxy Note 7 has been officially recalled by Samsung

The Galaxy Note 7 has been officially recalled by Samsung

Samsung has officially recalled, its latest flagship device the Galaxy Note 7 globally. The device was getting great reviews all over world less one complain. The battery would explode while the device was on charge. There were 35 reported sets which have had the issue so far. Korean news agency Yonhap first reported that Samsung was preparing the recall yesterday, and a spokesperson later confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that sales had been halted in the company’s native country of South Korea. Yonhap said that Samsung was in discussions with carriers including Verizon Wireless regarding how to handle the recall process. According to an unnamed Samsung official that spoke earlier to Yonhap, the vast majority of Note 7 phones should be unaffected, despite the sweeping recall. “Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold,” said the official. “The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers.”   Samsung has also stated that, this issue will be handled properly and the handsets will be replaced by new units. Below is the statement given by them: Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue. To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7. For customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks. We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible. Picture Source:...

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Infinix officially launch the Hot 4 with a 4000mAh battery and Fingerprint scanner for PKR 12,599

Infinix officially launch the Hot 4 with a 4000mAh battery and Fingerprint scanner for PKR 12,599

When it comes to phones with great specs at extremely affordable prices, Infinix is one name that at once springs to mind. In the past one year, the brand has been a massive fan favorite mainly due to its different price variants catered to the needs and requirements of the everyday smartphone user. Continuing on that same practice, the Chinese OEM has yet again come up with another beautiful looking device that not only boasts some really good specs, but also at the same time tends to go easy on your wallets as well. Infinix in an exclusive Facebook live event recently launched the Hot 4, which as the name suggests is the fourth device of the highly acclaimed “Infinix Hot” series. Let us now take a closer look at what the Hot 4 has to offer. Display The screen is the most wanted item on the smartphone list. With the Infinix Note, the screen has been given top priority and modified into a spectacular display that shares such depth of clarity with detail so as to stun the viewer. The 5.5 inch 720p HD screen is perfect for entertainment viewers and regular smartphone usage at all times. The 12 ultra-bright backlight LEDs showcases a wonderful bright and clear picture that is adjustable to meet the user’s high standards. Ultra-Quad Core Processor The Infinix mobiles have spread like wildfire in Pakistan due to their attention to detail, more importantly the smartphone processor and improving upon it to produce some stellar results. The Hot 4 sports a 1.3 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor along with a Mali-400MP GPU, a perfect blend of speed and power needed for high end gaming and other processing tasks. Camera One of the major focus of smartphones these days are the front and rear cameras. With the selfie trend on the rise and the need of capturing those perfect moments, a good camera is always a plus point. On that similar note, the Hot 4 boasts an 8MP rear camera which captures some really decent shots. On the front of the device you will find a 5MP camera perfect for taking selfies. Smart & Secure Fingerprint Scanner The security protocols that are embedded into the Infinix Hot 4 are certainly a dream come true as the new fingerprint scanner has taken hold. Rather than complicate the entire process with long forgettable passwords and confusing patterns and lines, the simple imprint of the finger is enough for providing access to the owner. It’s simple, easy and takes away all the hard work from the equation. ROM & RAM Memory Expansion The Infinix Hot 4 comes with 16GB of on-board storage with...

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Samsung launched the Gear S3 and comes with 3 variants [OFFICIAL]

Samsung launched the Gear S3 and comes with 3 variants [OFFICIAL]

  As we had reported earlier, Samsung officially launched the Gear S3 in a mega launch event held in Berlin a day before IFA, the world’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances expo kicks off. Here’s a quick look at what this beautiful looking new timepiece has to offer:     Gear S3 Specs: Display: 1.3″ Circular AMOLED Resolution: 360 x 360, 278ppi Full Color Always On Display Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Processor: Dual core 1.0 GHz OS: Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2 Memory: 4GB Internal RAM: 768MB Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light Battery: 380 mAh Charging: Wireless Charging (WPC inductive) Weather: IP68 water & dust resistance Compatibility: Android 4.4+ with 1.5GB+ RAM Strap: Standard 22m Now some key differences. Connectivity: Classic: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Frontier #1: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Frontier #2: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE & A-GPS Weight: Classic: 57g Frontier: 62g Note both share 46 x 49 x 12.9...

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Xiaomi officially launch the Redmi Note 4 – A budget phone with powerful specs

Xiaomi officially launch the Redmi Note 4 – A budget phone with powerful specs

Chinese OEMs have been on a rise in recent times with several names leaving their mark not just in the Asian region but also globally. One such name is Xiaomi which has time and again launched some amazing looking devices that not only pack a punch as far as pricing is concerned, the devices also offer impressive specs. The latest addition to its long list of devices is the recently announced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 which is the successor to last years Redmi Note 3. Just like its predecessor, the Note 4 also features a full metal uni-body design and comes in two variants. The 2GB/16GB variant of the Redmi Note 4 will cost $135, with the 3GB/64GB variant priced at $180. As far as the specs are concerned, the Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Media Tek Helio X20 processor, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, 2GB/3GB RAM, 16/64GB onboard storage, a massive 4,100mAh battery, USB Type-C connectivity, fingerprint scanner and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For a device priced at just under $200, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is definitely worth a look especially if you are in the market for a new budget phone without burning a huge hole in your wallets. The Redmi Note 4 is available in three color variants: Silver, Gold and Dark Grey and will go on sale starting from today in China and can be ordered directly from Xiaomi’s website. Availability for other regions is yet to be officially announced in the weeks to come so we’ll be keeping you guys informed. Cheers! Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specs: 5.5-inch Full HD display MediaTek Helio X20 processor w/ Mali-T880MP4 GPU 2GB/3GB RAM 16/64GB storage 5MP front-facing camera 13MP rear-facing camera 4,100mAh battery Fingerprint scanner USB Type-C connectivity Android 6.0...

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