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Airtel TV app downloaded by over 50 mn Android users

Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that its direct-broadcast satellite service "Airtel TV" application has been downloaded by more than 50 million Android device users. The app currently offers over 375 LIVE TV channels along with over 10,000 movies and popular shows. "We are thrilled at achieving this milestone and being able to scale-up the app so rapidly," Sameer Batra, CEO-Content and Apps, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement. Airtel TV has also partnered with content-providers such as Eros Now, SonyLIV, HOOQ, Hotstar, Amazon and AltBalaji.

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Why Vivo X21 is best among high-end smartphones, know best features, specs and performance

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has focussed primarily on selfie-centric smartphones and is among the few players who are credited with starting the selfie-centric smartphone craze in India. The effort has borne fruit and Vivo has been refreshing its smartphone line-up from time to time in the country. However, this time around, it has come out of its comfort zone to introduce an innovation in its new Vivo X21 smartphone. We are talking about the in-display fingerprint scanner embedded in the display -- a feature that brands as big as Apple and Samsung have not introduced in their flagship devices. Priced at Rs 35,990, the smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage that can be further expanded up to 256GB via a MicroSD card slot.

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FB cheated you..Know how

Facebook has admitted sharing users' data with Chinese company Huawei -- facing the heat in the US over data privacy concerns -- along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL. According to a report in Financial Times on Tuesday, Francisco Varela, vice president of Mobile Partnerships at Facebook, said that many technology companies have worked with Huawei. "Facebook's integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get-go -- and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built," Varela said in a statement. "Given the interest from Congress, we wanted to make clear that all the information from these integrations with Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei's servers," the Facebook executive added. The Facebook confirmation came a day after The New York Times reported that the social media giant provided access to users' data to at least 60 different device makers -- including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and BlackBerry.

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Facebook rolls out lip sync feature "Lip Sync Live" for music lovers

In a major overhaul dedicated to music lovers, Facebook has announced that users will now be able to include music within personal videos and choose from a variety of songs on the platform for a new feature called "Lip Sync Live". Notably, the feature is reminiscent of what popular apps like Musical.ly or Dubsmash have already done in the past. "We're starting to roll out 'Lip Sync Live' which lets you lip sync to songs from forever favourites like 'Welcome to The Jungle' by Guns N' Roses to 'Havana' by Camila Cabello. You can express yourself with music from a variety of genres in real time," Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships and Fred Beteille, Head of Product, Music and Rights, jointly wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

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All you need to know about HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ price, special features and specifications

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC on Wednesday launched HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ smartphones in India for Rs 15,800 and Rs 19,790, respectively. Available in "cool black" and "warm silver" colour variants, the 5.5-inch HTC Desire 12 and the 6-inch HTC Desire 12+ comes with 18:9 edge-to-edge screens. "Both the smartphones come with durable acrylic glass back surface with a new and streamlined look," the company said in a statement. HTC Desire 12+ runs Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS) with the company's own "HTC Sense" on top.

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WhatsApp payment feature delayed due to data privacy concern

The formal launch of the WhatsApp payment services which was expected to be launched this week now has been delayed further as parent Facebook still have concerns, including how it will store and share user data. WhatsApp has been testing a payment service since February in India in partnership with ICICI Bank. The service was offered to limited users who could invite their friends to sample the service and so far, 700,000 users have tried the service, according to industry reports. WhatsApp Payment service was expected to go live for all users by the end of March but the rollout plans have been now delayed due to privacy concerns after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica episode, and RBI’s directive on data storage. WhatsApp has partnered with various banks like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank for transaction process. State Bank of India will also join once it has the necessary systems in place.

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All you need to know about Moto G6 Play specs and launch offers

Eying a bigger pie of India's vast budget smartphones market, Motorola India on Monday introduced the Moto G6 series in the country with the launch of two devices -- Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play. While the Moto G6 Play will be available for Rs 11,999 on Flipkart, the Moto G6 will available for Rs 13,999 on Amazon India and at over 600 Moto Hub stores in the country, the company said. Moto G6 Play launch offers Moto G6 Play Specifications

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All you need to know about Moto G6, Moto G6 Play specs and launch offers

Eying a bigger pie of India's vast budget smartphones market, Motorola India on Monday introduced the Moto G6 series in the country with the launch of two devices -- Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play. While the Moto G6 Play will be available for Rs 11,999 on Flipkart, the Moto G6 will available for Rs 13,999 on Amazon India and at over 600 Moto Hub stores in the country, the company said. Moto G6, Moto G6 Play launch offers Moto G6, Moto G6 Play Specifications

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MediaTek to deploy 5G modem 'Helio M70' in 2019

Mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek on Tuesday announced its first 5G modem "Helio M70" which, the company said, would be ready for commercial deployment in 2019. "Commercial availability of the modem would start from 2019. Some of the partners are Nokia, NTT Docomo and Huawei," Joe Chen, President, Mediatek, told reporters here. Notably, Helio M70 would be a new "radio modem" for 5G and the upcoming modem would provide a speed of 5Gbps. The upcoming modem would also "support critical carrier features". According to MediaTek, the modem would be available as a discrete solution.

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ASUS launches 2 new ROG gaming laptops

Taiwan-based technology giant ASUS on Monday unveiled two new "Republic of Gamers (ROG)" gaming laptops tweaked for players for two different gaming genres. The "Strix Scar II" is aimed at audiences who play games in first-person perspective in "frames per second (FPS)" and "Strik Hero II" that targets "multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA)" players, The Verge reported On Monday. "The two share the same red, green, blue (RGB)-clad chassis, housing a screen that takes the Dell XPS approach to shaving down bezels: three skinny sides with a chunky bottom chin and inconveniently placed webcam," the report added.

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