LG launches Q6 smartphone at Rs 14,990

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LG Electronics has announced the launch of its first smartphone under the new Q series called the LG Q6 at Rs 14,990 in India. The Q series will offer many of LG’s most sought after, premium features at an extremely attractive price.


An amalgamation of great features, LG Q6 supports 18:9 wide screen, facial recognition and military grade durability to give its consumers the best possible experience.


Q6 has redefined the viewing experience for Indian users via its best in class Full Vision Display technology as well as 1 time free screen replacement within six months. To cater to the growing online consumer demand, LG has entered into a strategic partnership with Amazon.in, India’s one of leading online e-commerce portal, as an exclusive partner.


LG’s Q series is the company’s latest lineup of powerful, mid-range smartphones boasting features which are present in premium phones, but at affordable price points.


For the selfie lovers, Q6 offer a wide 100-degree selfie camera and instant social share features which allows to takes great selfies and also share it with friends and family.


As the first in the Q series to be announced, the LG Q6 features some of the most desired innovations from LG’s premium G6 smartphone and packages them in a sleek, stunning body highlighted by its FullVision display with minimized bezels.



Reliance unveils zero cost 4G phone, aims to further disrupt telecom sector

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Reliance Industries launched on Friday a keenly anticipated phone with 4G-enabled features that it said will be “zero cost”, in a move aimed at further disrupting the country’s highly competitive telecoms sector.


Through the new phone, India’s most valuable company is attempting to woo tens of millions of low-income users to its upstart telecoms venture Jio, which has already upended the telecoms industry in the country by offering cut-rate prices on its services.


Buyers will be able to get the new device, named JioPhone , for a one-time refundable security deposit of 1,500 rupees ($23.32), Reliance chairman, billionaire Mukesh Ambani, said at the petrochemicals-to-retail conglomerate’s annual general meeting (AGM).


Voice calling will be free on the JioPhone, while unlimited data packs will cost 153 rupees a month on the device, Ambani said.


The phone will be available from August 15, India’s Independence Day, on a trial basis.


Reliance plans to make 5 million JioPhones available every week.


About 65 percent, or 500 million, devices in the Indian mobile phone ecosystem are so-called feature phones – that allow basic calling and texting, according to brokerage CLSA. These phones still outsell smartphones.


Jio calls its new device “India’s intelligent smartphone”.


The phone’s launch was widely anticipated as Ambani, India’s richest man, uses the company’s annual meeting to make key launch announcements. Jio was launched at last year’s AGM and now has more than 125 million customers.


Reliance shares traded 3.1 percent higher on Friday afternoon, while shares of rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular fell 2.9 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively.


Facebook video chat gets new masks, animated emoji and filters

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Aiming to take on its competitors, and make video chats with your friends and family in Messenger a whole lot more fun, Facebook has now added four new features- animated reactions, filters, masks and effects, and the ability to take screenshots for one-on-one and group video chats.

So you can now share your emotions with a reaction, add a filter to feel like your best self, make someone laugh with a bear mask, and even take pictures of your time together.

Users can choose one of the five Messenger emoji icons to amplify their emotions and express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger.

“These reactions will animate onto the screen and then disappear, so you can express yourself in the moment,” Facebook said on Monday.

Messenger’s new video filters are designed to make you look and feel like your best self or express your current mood.

Users can choose from a variety of filters, ranging from subtle lighting tweaks to bold colour changes — like black and white, red, or yellow.

Masks in Messenger have been available for a while, but they are even more fun now with a bunch of new ones to choose from.




New smartphone app can alert drowsy drivers

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Scientists have developed a new smartphone app that can alert a car driver if they are sleeply, an advance that may help avoid fatal accidents caused by fatigue driving.

The new approach adopts a smartphone’s real-time video to track and analyse the facial features of a driver, in particular the changes in his eyelids and head position, which are prominent fatigue symptoms.

With the app installed in a smartphone, a driver just has to put it near the steering wheel with the front camera facing him in his normal driving position.

When the camera captures features like drooping eyelids, drowsiness or even nodding off, an alarm is automatically set off.

To ensure that the driver is awakened, the driver has to turn off the alarm either by voice or by hand.

The method, developed by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) in China, requires only a smartphone without any additional devices or sensors.

It is cost-effective, simple to operate, portable, detects accurately, highly reliable, and supports online system updates.

As the system can activate the rear camera of the smartphone, it can also be utilised as a normal driving recording system, as used by many drivers now.

The results of fatigue driving should not be underestimated, said Professor Cheung Yiu-ming from HKBU.

The new system is suitable for all drivers, but especially for professional drivers and machinery workers who have long working hours.

Yiu-ming added that the system may also interest corporations with a vehicle fleet, or insurance companies.

Fatigue-driving detection systems are currently installed only in a few luxury models offered by car manufacturers.

Those systems require additional devices and sensors installed in a vehicle, making them non-portable, expensive and difficult to fit system updates, thus not beneficial to general drivers.

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