Posts

Showing posts from July, 2018

YouTube Now Has 1.9 Billion Monthly Active Users, 180 Million Hours Streamed Daily

Image
Over 1.9 billion users are logging into Google-owned YouTube each month and on average, users now watch over 180 million hours ofYouTubeon TV screens every day, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has said. “Our overall interactions, such as likes, commentsandchats, grew by more than 60percentyear over year. More and more creators are building their businesses and discovering that they can shape the global conversation with just a phone and an Internet connection,”Wojcicki said in a mid-year update over the weekend. “We made a conscious effort to respond on social media, and we answered 600 percent more tweets through our official handles (@TeamYouTube, @YTCreators and @YouTube) in 2018 than in 2017 and grew our reach by 30 percent,” Wojcicki informed. YouTube has built a new feature that enables it to deliver relevant information in YouTube Studio (formerly known as Creator Studio).“In February, we began testing a new dashboard with a small group of creators. The dashboard, which was launched …

Samsung Claims Over 20 Lakh Galaxy J6, J8 Units Sold in India

Image
Samsung India says it has sold over 20 lakh units of its recently-launchedGalaxy J8andJ6mid-segment smartphones in India, attracting nearly 50,000 consumers a day, the company said on Monday. Galaxy J6 was launched in May, while the more expensive Galaxy J8 was introduced on July 1.“We are happy with the huge success of Galaxy J8 and J6 smartphones. Our philosophy of keeping our ears to the ground and incorporating consumer feedback into our products has paid off,”said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Samsung India. Samsung Galaxy J8 The “Chat-over-Video” feature and the Super AMOLED display in particular received an overwhelming response with more than 50 per cent consumers using it on a regular basis.“Galaxy J8 and J6 have set the standard for an unparalleled viewing experience with our signature super AMOLED Infinity Display,”Warsi added. Galaxy J8 is available at Rs 18,990 and Galaxy J6 (64GB and 32GB variants) are available at Rs 15, 990 and Rs 13,990, respectively. Both Galaxy…

Sony’s LatesCan Take 48 Megapixel Photos

Image
Sony has announced the next generation of its imaging sensor for smartphones, theIMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor,which is claimed to deliver an effective imaging output of 48 megapixel. The IMX586 is claimed to be the smartphone imaging sensor with the world’s highest megapixel count, beating the 41MP unit inside the age-old Nokia Lumia 1020. Sony also claims that the company has also achieved the world’s first ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 μm, which has made it possible to reach the 48 megapixel figure on a 1/2-type imaging sensor. In an official statement, Sony has revealed that the new sensor carries aprice tag of 3,000 JPY(app. $27) and itsshipment will begin in September. The company claims that the 48MP sensor will make it possible to takeDSLR-quality photoswith a smartphone with an exceptional amount of detail and superior color reproduction. Smaller pixels usually decrease the light collection efficiency, sensitivity and signal saturation volume, but Sony claims that the u…

Google Could Launch 2nd-Gen Pixelbook This Year Along With Pixel 3

Image
Google’s software has been the hot topic for the past month or so, with Android P getting beta updates, and when it comes to hardware a lot of the talk has been about thePixel 3’s notchand thePixel smartwatch. But it’s not just the next-gen Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL that the company is working on. Evan Blass claims Google is preparing to launch the second generation of the Pixelbook this fall, along with the new phones and smartwatches. Evan Blass ✔@evleaks  · Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me -- with high confidence -- that Google's fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch. Have a great summer!

PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 Update Will Hit Devices Soon As Servers Taken Down for Maintenance

Image
PUBG Corp has been working hard to gain back the top spot in the battle royale genre. While the PC version of the game receive anew updaterecently, the mobile variant seems to be next in line to receive a new update, and it might even result in a downtime of the servers. As reported byThe Express, Tencent has confirmed that new downtime has been scheduled for the game, making way for the PUBG update 0.7.0. which has been in the beta testing phase for some time. The full message from Tencent reads: “PUBG Mobile will be taken offline for maintenance from 00:00 to 08:00 (UTC) on July 23. Service may resume sooner or later depending on maintenance progress.” As per the report,the downtime was scheduled to go live at 5:30 am IST today. The new PUBG update will be going live after the server downtime, although the exact timing is not known. That being said, PUBG Mobile has a history of taking up to 24 hours in their update process, so the new update might not go live until July 24, 5:30 am…

BlackBerry Key2 Launched in India at Rs 42,990; On Sale From July 31

Image
Unveiled back inJune, BlackBerry has finally launched the qwerty keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Key2 smartphone in India and has priced the device at Rs 42,990. The BlackBerry Key2 has been launched as an Amazon-exclusive smartphone and will go on sale starting July 31. As an introductory offer, the device comesbundled with a cashback offer worth Rs 4,450 for Jio subscribers. Moreover, one can also avail a cashback of 5% if the purchase is made using an ICICI Bank debit or credit card.The Key2 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to sport dual rear camerasand also comes equipped with a customizable ‘Speed Key’ button for accessing apps, contacts, and other functions. The Key2 features a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 LCD display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC.It packs 6GB of RAM and offers either 64GB or 128GB of storagedepending on the variant. It also carries a 3,500 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. On the imaging front, the phone ships with a dual-12MP camera setup on the…

Alphabet's Q2 profit triggers rally, despite $5.1 billion EU fineAlphabet's Q2 profit triggers rally, despite $5.1 billion EU fine Alphabet Inc on Monday reported that expenses from its Google search business grew more slowly in the second quarter while revenue rose more steeply than analysts had anticipated, boosting profit above Wall Street targets and pushing shares up 3.6% after hours. Google's dominance in online advertising has been challenged this year by the antitrust battle over its Android mobile software, which led to a $5 billion fine for the quarter, and other regulatory actions, including new European privacy rules. Government pressure to improve moderation of user-created content has forced Google to hire more analysts. YouTube, a Google-owned streaming service, has increased spending on video content to keep consumers from shifting to offerings from Netflix Inc and expanding media conglomerates such as AT&T Inc . But those issues have yet to halt Alphabet, which has grown quarterly revenue at least 20% year-over-year for two straight years. "There was never a question about Google's dominance of a buoyant digital ads market," said analyst Richard Kramer of Arete Research. The quarterly growth rate of what the company pays ad partners, called traffic acquisition costs, fell for the first time in three years, which Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell described as the "most impressive" piece of the results. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told analysts that investments in artificial intelligence software meant to better predict where to place ads are making its services more attractive to advertisers. The company is selling more ads as its YouTube video service and Google search grow globally, he said. Profit margins have dipped as more ads get shown on mobile devices, where Apple Inc and other firms charge fees to distribute Google search on their devices and apps. But Google in the second quarter entered the second year of its latest multi-year deal with Apple, which analysts said helped even out costs. Operating margin rose to 24% from 22% last quarter, excluding the $5 billion antitrust fine issued last week by the European Commission over Google's anticompetitive licensing of Android software. The margin was down from 26 percent a year ago. Net profit dropped to $3.2 billion from $3.5 billion, due to the fine, but analysts focused on operating results. Adjusted earnings per share were $10.58, excluding the fine and the effects of other investments. Analysts estimated $9.52 per share, according to research aggregated by Thomson Reuters. Some analysts excluded other items as well, and Alphabet also beat that consensus of $9.59. Alphabet's $32.66 billion in second-quarter revenue, 86 percent of which came from Google's advertising business, beat an average estimate of $32.17 billion. The rest of the revenue came from Google's non-advertising businesses, which include selling apps, gadgets and cloud computing services, and ventures such as offering internet service. The newer businesses are sucking up investments as Google adds data centres and employees to support them. But Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat told analysts on Monday that the advertising unit is also getting new capital. Alphabet, Facebook Inc and other leading application makers have become big forces in advertising as consumers globally, and in turn, advertisers devote increasing attention to smartphone and TV apps instead of newspapers and traditional TV broadcasts. Pichai said the company had opportunity to show ads on Google Home smart speakers and Google Maps and was slowly determining the best way to do so. Company shares have benefited from easing regulatory concerns. A new privacy law enacted by the EU in May has had a minimal effect on Google's advertising business, and smartphone industry executives have described the EU antitrust case over Android as too late to matter. The company has cautioned that it is too early to measure the impact on both fronts. But Alphabet's outlook is tempered by cost concerns, and Amazon.com Inc's encroachment into advertising has threatened Google's lucrative deals with media companies and advertisers. Alphabet trails Facebook, Amazon and Twitter Inc in valuation as measured by the ratio of enterprise value to expected earnings. Its enterprise value, or market capitalization and debt minus cash, trades at 13 times expected earnings for the next 12 months, compared with about 14 times for Facebook, 24 times for Twitter and 26 times for Amazon, according to TR data.

Image
Alphabet Inc on Monday reported that expenses from its Google search business grew more slowly in the second quarter while revenue rose more steeply than analysts had anticipated, boosting profit above Wall Street targets and pushing shares up 3.6% after hours.

Google's dominance in online advertising has been challenged this year by the antitrust battle over its Android mobile software, which led to a $5 billion fine for the quarter, and other regulatory actions, including new European privacy rules.

Government pressure to improve moderation of user-created content has forced Google to hire more analysts. YouTube, a Google-owned streaming service, has increased spending on video content to keep consumers from shifting to offerings from Netflix Inc and expanding media conglomerates such as AT&T Inc .

But those issues have yet to halt Alphabet, which has grown quarterly revenue at least 20% year-over-year for two straight years.











]





"There was never a question about Google'…

Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite to launch today: Here’s how to watch the live stream

Image
Chinese smartphone makerXiaomiis all set to launch its latest Android One smartphones -- Mi A2 and Mi A2 lite today. It is a global launch and the company has scheduled an event in Spain where it will unveil the two devices. The event will be held in Madrid, Spain at 11am local time (2:30pm IST). In order to watch the live stream of the event you can click on this Link.


The Xiaomi Mi A2 is the successor of the last year launched Mi A1 smartphone. On the other hand, the Mi A2 Lite is expected to be the toned down version of the Mi A2. The USP of both the smartphones is that they run on stock Android and don’t come with company customised layer of UI -- MIUI. As both the devices come under the Android One program, they will receive timely updates and security patches rolled out by Google. It is also said that the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the global variant of the Xiaomi Mi 6X which was launched in China last month.


As per the earlier reports, the Xiaomi mi A2 is said to come in two storage vari…

Honor 9N India Launch Set for Today, How to Watch Live Stream

Image
The Honor 9N price in India is likely to be at par with the China price of Honor 9i (2018)
Honor 9N is all set to launch in India today, at an event in New Delhi that kicks off at 11:30am IST. The smartphone will be a Flipkart exclusive, the company announced last week, as well as revealing that it will have a 'Notch FullView' display, referring to the display notch, and the bezel-less display design with an 19:9 aspect ratio. The Honor 9N is expected to be the India variant of the Honor 9i (2018) model that was launched in China last month as the successor the Honor 9i that arrived in India in October last year. The Honor 9i (2018) fits the description of the teaser, and also sports a dual rear camera in addition. The latest teasers also show the smartphone, and it looks the same as well. The Honor 9N is expected to sport similar specifications, though its uncertain how many SKUs will be brought to India. You can catch the live stream of the launch below, and as always, stay …

MKBHD’s Review of OnePlus 6 Turned into YouTube Ad by OnePlus Without Consent

Image
It appears that if you run a company and see a positive review of one of your products or services on YouTube, you can pay some dollars for it to use the video as an ad, even though the video was published independently. Well, at least that was the case with popular tech reviewer and YouTube personality, Marques Brownlee or MKBHD and his OnePlus 6 review video. Brownlee recently posted OnePlus 6 video review, where he praised the device calling it ‘A+ for the price’ and a smartphone that offers a ‘killer balance of performance and features.’ OnePlus seemingly loved the review, paid to run it as an ad, which didn’t go down too well with Brownlee and many others. View image on Twitter Marques Brownlee ✔@MKBHD So it looks like somebody (I’m guessing OnePlus) has paid for my OnePlus 6 review (and others) to run as an ad, inflating the view count massively.

So now it sits as my most viewed video ever…

Pretty smart on their part I guess, just wish they told me ahead of time, sheesh 3:31 AM - Jul…