Xiaomi-Backed Yi Technology Partners With Google to Launch VR Rig With 17 Cameras

Xiaomi-Backed Yi Technology Partners With Google to Launch VR Rig With 17 Cameras

Xiaomi-backed Chinese company Yi Technology earlier this year launched its Yi 4K+ action camera, which was claimed by the company to be the first in camera market to capture 4K videos at 60 fps. Now the company has announced two new cameras, Yi Halo and Yi 360 VR, for professional users and consumers, respectively.

Coming first to the Yi Halo, the camera has been developed in partnership with Google and is especially targeted at professionals. The Yi Halo camera comes with 17 camera units in total and allows users to showcase their creativity while creating VR content. The camera has been developed to work with Google’s Jump professional virtual reality platform. Yi Halo comes with support for various image quality settings including ISO, WB, EV, shutter, and flat colour. Further the newly launched VR camera is capable of shooting videos in 8K resolution at 30fps and 5K resolution at 60fps.

“We designed the Yi Halo to be modular and upgradeable. When new firmware is released, you can upgrade all cameras at once with just a few clicks on the control panel. In the unlikely event a Yi Halo unit camera is damaged in the field, simply replace it with one of the two included spare cameras. When new Yi Halo unit camera hardware is released, simply replace the existing unit camera to upgrade the Yi Halo,” the company says on its website.

The Yi Halo camera is powered by an 18 Ambarella A9SE75 chipset. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi, sports a 2.2-inch LCD screen with 640×360 pixel resolution, and can be controlled using an Android smartphone app as well. The camera offers a battery life of 100 minutes in video recording. The Yi Halo has been priced by the company at $16,999 (roughly Rs. 10,93,000) and will be made available late summer this year.

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Moving on to the Yi 360 VR, the consumer-centric camera, as the name suggests, it can record videos and pictures in 360-degrees. It is capable of recording videos with 5.7K resolution at 30fps. The camera weighs just around 170 grams and can be easily carried around by users. The Yi 360 VR camera is powered by Ambarella H2V95 chipset and comes with two 12-megapixel Sony CMOS IMX377 sensors. It features Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and offers connectivity options including HDMI, USB 2.0 (Type-C), and micro SD card. Just like Yi Halo, Yi 360 VR can also be operated using a smartphone app as well.

Lenovo Z2 Plus launched in India

Lenovo India has started sending invites of the launch of its Z2 Plus smartphone in the country on Thursday. The company is holding a launch event in New Delhi that’s scheduled to begin at 11:30am IST.

The Chinese consumer electronics giant will be launching the Lenovo Zuk Z2 – which was launched in China in May this year – as the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India.

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Detailing the reasons behind the rebranding in the country, Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, Lenovo MBG India told Gadgets 360, “Once we are getting into a particular price band, we want to make sure consumers know the brand. We want to sell the phone. We are not bringing the device as token flagship as India is still a big market for us. However, Zuk branding will be there on the box, with the text ‘Powered by Zuk’ as a hat tip for the Zuk team.”

The Lenovo Z2 Plus will be launched in two variants in the country – 3GB of RAM with 32GB of inbuilt storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of inbuilt storage. Both variants are dual-SIM, and will support 4G SIM cards in one slot, and 3G SIM cards in the other.

The Z2 Plus won’t run Cyanogen OS – like the Lenovo Zuk Z1 (Review) did – and will instead come with the Google Now Launcher pre-installed. The company says India-specific features will include gesture shortcuts via the fingerprint scanner. It will also bear a dedicated pedometer and come with the company’s new U-Health app.

The Zuk Z2 smartphone launched in China features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved high-fibre glass. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked up to 2.15GHz. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with EIS, an f/2.2 aperture, and PDAF. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture round off the optics on board the Zuk Z2. It packs a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging – charging up to 80 percent in one hour. The Lenovo Zuk Z2’s connectivity options include offers 4G LTE (with support Indian LTE bands), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1 BLE, and USB 2.0 Type-C port.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Spotted on Certification Site; Now Tipped to Launch on September 14

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has seen its fair share of leaks in last few weeks. After the rendered images of the alleged smartphone were leaked last month, reports now suggest that the smartphone has been certified by Chinese certification authority 3C. This means that the rumoured launch date of September 14 might indeed be true for the Xiaomi smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Spotted on Certification Site; Now Tipped to Launch on September 14

According to a report by Playful Droid, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has been officially certified by Chinese 3C authority and now only requires Tenaa certification before it can be officially sold in the country.

Past leaks suggest that Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will sport a dual-edge screen (like Samsung Galaxy Note 7) and a dual camera setup at the back. It is expected to come in an all metal body, and pack a 5.5-inch Oled screen.

The smartphone is expected to come in 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage bundles and is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset. The phone is also suggest to have a USB Type-C port, 3600mAh battery, two speaker grilles, and a fingerprint sensor at the front.

The 64GB variant of the smartphone is expected to be priced around CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and the 128GB variant is expected to be available for retail at around CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,000)

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Launched

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a special event in San Francisco. The latest iPhone models comes with a new design, doing away with the antenna lines, and they will be available in two new colours: (matte) black, jet (glossy) black, in addition to gold, silver, and rose gold, seen earlier.

The iPhone 7 starts at $649 (approximately Rs. 43,000) for 32GB variant, doing away with the 16GB variant, while the iPhone 7 Plus start at $769 (Rs. 51,000), with a $100 premium for the next storage variants for both models: 128GB and 256GB. Pre-orders open this Friday and the new iPhone models will ship on September 13 in select countries. No word yet on India launch price and date.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Launched: Price, Launch Date, Specifications, and More

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also feature a redesigned home button, and pack in dust and water resistance, a first for the iPhone series.

There are camera improvements, with the iPhone 7 also getting optical image stabilisation (OIS). There’s a new 6-element f/1.8 aperture lens with 12-megapixel sensor and quad-LED with True Tone Flash. A new 7-megapixel front camera is included as well. The newest iPhone models come with a new image processing image, which, Apple claims, delivers better, faster pictures.

The iPhone 7 Plus packs in the widely rumoured dual rear camera setup – one 56mm telephoto lens and the other wide-angle lens. The bigger iPhone is also capable of 2X optical zoom, with total zoom up to 10x.

The new iPhone models comes with a 25 percent brighter display with a wider colour gambit and improved colour management. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by a new A10 Fusion 64-bit quad core chip, which is 40 percent faster than the A9, and more power efficient, which means the new models have the “best battery life ever” on an iPhone.

The speakers in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are stereo – one at the bottom, and one at the top, and twice as loud as their predecessors.

As expected, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also ditch the headphone jack, which means your existing earphones will not work with the new iPhone models. Apple will use the Lightning port for audio. Each new iPhone model will come with bundled Lightning EarPods, and a Lightning-to-3.5mm audio adapter.

Apple also introduced new AirPods for wireless audio experience, which will not be bundled with the iPhone models. They pair easily with your Apple devices, thanks to the W1 chip inside Apple devices. They are rated to delivery 5 hours of battery life, up to 24 hours with the included charging case that is also used for carrying them around.

LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc said on Sunday it will aggressively invest in robots, seeking to capitalise on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks.

LG, in a statement, said its appliances division is preparing the firm’s entry into the robotics industy with the aim to develop products that will work closely with home appliances products such as refrigerators, washers and air conditioning units.

“We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business’s capabilities,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business, in the statement.

Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence and wireless communications are allowing for more sophisticated machines that can talk to each other via the internet and perform more complex tasks.

Countries across the world are investing heavily in robotics in hopes to develop a new industry or cope with socioeconomic problems such as low birth rates or an ageing population by introducing machines which can serve humans as cooks, caretakers or labourers.

LG did not elaborate on how much it plans to invest in its push or when it expects to launch robotic products, but the firm said it is exploring a variety of options through the combination of technologies including autonomous driving and artificial intelligence.

Millions of Windows PCs Vulnerable to 20-Year-Old Bug

A 20-year-old vulnerability that exists in the Windows Print Spooler process can potentially affect millions of Windows PCs, all the way back to Windows 95. While Microsoft has issued a patch for Windows Vista and later operating systems, earlier versions are still vulnerable.

Millions of Windows PCs Vulnerable to 20-Year-Old Bug

The critical vulnerability is based on the way Windows machines interact with network printers, and could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges to execute malicious code at the system level over either a local network or even the Internet.

The Windows Print Spooler manages the process of connecting the laptop/ PC to available network-hosted printers. It automatically downloads necessary drivers immediately, to avoid manual hassle, and this failure to authenticate made it possible for attackers to trickle malicious drivers into the mix.

Researchers from Vectra Networks discovered the critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-3238 and CVE-2016-3239), and claims that this failure to authenticate installation of drivers can allow illegitimate and malicious drivers to be downloaded. Once this happens, the entire network could be compromised. “Not only will that unit be able to infect multiple machines in your network, but it would also be able to re-infect [them] over and over. Finding the root cause might be harder since the printer itself might not be your usual suspect. This situation comes to life because we end up delegating the responsibility of holding the driver safely to the printer, and those devices might not be as secure or impregnable as one would hope,” Vectra researcher Nick Beauchesne wrote in a blog post.

Equipped with system-level controls, the malware can spread laterally from one machine across an entire network as well. Vectra added that printers, printer servers, or any network-connected printer into an “internal drive-by exploit kit.” Apart from watering hole attacks, the team detailed privilege escalation exploits, a man-in-the-middle attack, and even the ability to infect other devices over the Internet.

Vectra claims that this vulnerability dates back to as far as Windows 95, and Microsoft’s new patch, detailed in its Security Bulletin MS16-087, rated the vulnerability as critical for all supported Windows versions, and issued a Security Update for Windows Print Spooler Components for Windows Vista and later versions. If you don’t have Windows Update turned on, now is a good time to do so.

Notably, security expert HD Moore informed Ars Technica that the Microsoft security update in fact ‘”doesn’t really close the code-execution hole, but rather it merely adds a warning as part of the update.”

The update doesn’t work for PCs running on Windows XP and earlier, as Microsoft ended support for these versions years ago. This means that millions of PCs are still vulnerable. As such, the malware threat is more susceptible to public printers, or loosely-protected office networks.

Moore adds, “This is mostly a risk for BYOD laptops within a company, folks using personal laptops on public networks, and corporate networks where the group policy explicitly enables this feature. Convincing someone to add a printer might be tricky, but there may be other ways to drive that behaviour through other network attacks, such as by hijacking HTTP requests and telling the user to do so.”

Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro Launched in India

Samsung on Tuesday launched its new Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones in India. Both smartphones are successors to the last year’s Samsung Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7.

The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro has been priced at Rs. 9,190, and the Galaxy On7 Pro has been priced at Rs. 11,190. Both the new Galaxy On series smartphones are exclusiveto Amazon India.

Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy On7 Pro Launched in India

The online marketplace has some launch offers on both the smartphones including a Holiday offer from Thomas Cook worth Rs. 6,000 for bookings done before August 31 and an Idea exclusive offer where consumers will get 2GB of data (2G/3G/4G), 200 Mins, 200 SMS at Rs. 343 per month.

There are few similarities between the Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones – both sport 5-megapixel front cameras and support dual 4G SIMs. Both handsets also come with 2GB of RAM and pack 16GB of built-in storage while supporting expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Apart from specifications, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones feature faux leather back panels and come preloaded with Ultra Data Saving mode. Samsung has also confirmed that both the smartphone will pack the S bike mode feature, which was first seen in the Galaxy J-series. In the camera department, both Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro smartphones feature palm gesture selfie mode, and 120 degree selfie mode.

The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos processor. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and packs a 2600mAh battery. It measures 142.3×72.1×8.5mm and weighs 149 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and packs a 3000mAh battery. The smartphone measures 151.8×77.5×8.2mm and weighs 172 grams.

Xiaomi Mi Max Launched in India

Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Mi Max in India, its “largest smartphone yet”, priced at Rs. 14,999. It will be available from Mi.com in its first flash sale on July 6, with registrations opening on Thursday. The company at the event also unveiled the global ROM of MIUI 8. Open sale on all partner platforms will begin on July 13.

To recall, the Xiaomi Mi Max had been launched first in China in May. The all-metal body smartphone is available in Dark Grey, Gold, and Silver colours. It sports a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. While the company had unveiled three variants in China, only one variant has arrived in India – 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 650 SoC.

The Chinese conglomerate added that the Snapdragon 652 variant 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage will also be available soon in India – Xiaomi says it will be priced at Rs. 19,999. All variants of the smartphone come with a hybrid dual SIM configuration, allowing users to place up to a 128GB microSD card in the secondary SIM card slot.

Xiaomi also announced 3 months of free movies and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Play for the first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users. Free Batman vs. Superman movie streaming for first 10,000 Mi Max users.

The Xiaomi Mi Max sports a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) 342ppi display. It bears a  16-megapixel rear camera that offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The phablet also bears a 5-megapixel front camera also on board with 85-degree wide-angle view. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture.

The dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. There’s no NFC on board. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs in at 203 grams.

The Mi Max sports an infrared emitter to act as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

As for MIUI 8, the company said the public beta will be available in the form of an OTA update starting July 11, and users can get instructions on how to download and install the update via the new Mi Community in India, and the MIUI Forum. The stable version of the Global MIUI 8 ROM will begin rolling out on August 16.

iPhone 7 Said to Come in 3 Variants; 256GB Model Tipped Again

Apple unveiled iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 this month, and the commercial release is expected to be rolled out with the release of the iPhone 7 in September. The leaks surrounding the upcoming smartphone are in full force, and the latest one testifies to previous rumours of a 256GB storage variant and a possible third variant of the iPhone 7 this year.

The iPhone 7 has been rumoured previously to come in three variants, the third one being called either the iPhone 7 Pro or the iPhone 7 Plus Premium. A leak out of Weibo (spotted first by PocketNow) also claims that Apple is looking to introduce a third model, and is most likely going to call it the iPhone 7 Pro.

The tipster also attests to the 256GB rumour. Apparently, the iPhone 7 will come in new storage options namely – 32GB, 64GB, and 256GB. However, the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro will come with – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.

The report also reveals the pricing of the iPhone 7 Pro. The price of the new variant is expected to begin from CNY 7,088 (roughly Rs. 72,900) for the 32GB model, and go up to CNY 8,888 (roughly Rs. 91,200) for the 256GB model. Apple is known to keep the pricing of its iPhone 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants the same every year, and the Weibo leak says that will be the case this year as well.

The iPhone 7 is expected to come with minor iterations, and Apple is apparently keeping the big changes for the 2017 iPhone. There is an expected dual camera setup on the larger variant, and aSmart Connector at the back. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the see-saw, and may or may not be removed.

Oppo A37 With 4G Support, 7.6mm Thickness

Oppo has unveiled its new A-series smartphone, the A37, in China. Priced at CNY 1,299 (approximately Rs. 13,300), the Oppo A37 is now available to buy in China via the company’s official store. The company has so far not revealed plans to launch the Oppo A37 in more markets.

Oppo A37 With 4G Support, 7.6mm Thickness Launched

The Oppo A37 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with a pixel density of 293ppi. The smartphone runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual-SIM support (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM). It will be available in China in Gold, Grey, and Rose Gold colours.

Under the hood, the Oppo A37 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, USB-OTG, and Micro-USB. The Oppo listing confirms that the A37 smartphone will support India LTE bands.

The Oppo A37 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, and full-HD (1080p) video recording capability. There is a 5-megapixel front camera on board as well. It is backed by a 2630mAh non-removable battery. It measures 143.1x71x7.68mm and weighs 136 grams.

The Chinese company earlier this month unveiled its new A59 smartphone in China. Priced at CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,500), the Oppo A59 was available in Gold and Rose Gold colour options. One of the highlight features of the Oppo A37 was it supported VoLTE (voice over LTE).