Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

Just a few days after launching the Nubia Z17 premium smartphone in China, ZTE brand Nubia has now announced the Z17 mini for the Indian market. The mid-ranged smartphone from Nubia is priced at Rs. 19,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon India starting 12pm IST on June 12 in Black Gold colour with pre-registrations beginning today at www.nubiaz17mini.com.

To recall, the Nubia Z17 mini was launched in China back in April, in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. The company has only brought the former to India. In terms of design, the Nubia Z17 mini looks identical to the Z17, only with a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with 424ppi and Gorilla Glass on top. Similar to Z17, the Nubia Z17 mini features a slim form factor with almost no bezels on the the left and right sides of the display. The smartphone features a metal unibody design with a dual rear camera setup on the back along with a fingerprint sensor.

Since the Nubia Z17 mini is a slightly stripped down version of the premium variant, you’ll find that it is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Nubia Z17 mini With Dual Rear Camera Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreThe dual camera setup on the back feature a pair of 13-megapixel Sony sensors (Monochrome + RGB) with f/2.2 aperture, NeoVision 6.0 and protected by Sapphire Glass. The front sees a 16-megapixel camera with 80-degree wide angle, 5P lens, and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone runs on Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow. Nubia says that the camera offers 16 different modes other than pro and normal modes. The dual rear camera combines multi-view and dynamic features to create an interactive 3D motion picture.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C port. The company says that the smartphone supports 2.4G/5G dual-band WiFi, with upload speeds reaching 430Mbps. The Nubia Z17 mini is fitted with a 2950mAh non-removable battery and measures at 7.45mm in thickness. It is offered with 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). It sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It measures 146.65×72.5×7.45mm and weighs 155 grams

“Nubia is committed to setting new performance standards with every product and inspire creative expression of India’s next generation. We are committed to drive and deliver changes in mobile photography across the globe and in India, with Nubia Z17 mini we are raising the bar high for a mobile phone camera and are confident that users across India will accept and appreciate the device,” said Eric Hu, Country Head, Nubia India.

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is like an ultra-realistic Skyrim set in the Holy Roman Empire

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has positioned itself as a “realistic Elder Scrolls game.” Taking the first-person viewpoint, the wide-open world, and the get-better-at-a-skill-by-using-it talent system, there are definite similarities.

Just leave all the magic and dragons and whatever behind. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a period drama set in the Holy Roman Empire of the early 1400s, within the kingdom of Bohemia. You play the lazy son of a master blacksmith whose village is invaded and burned to the ground by King Sigismund.

That really happened. King Sigismund did in fact invade this village and raze it, we were told during our demo. It’s excellent impetus for your own rags-to-riches adventure, but has basis in actual historical fact.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

So “Realistic Elder Scrolls game” is perhaps understating the whole endeavor. It’s obsessive. Listening to Warhorse Studios describe Kingdom Come: Deliverance, it seems like a game tailor-made for history buffs. Every village in the game is an actual historical village in the 1400s. Most of the important characters were also pulled straight from history, with accompanying codex entries the length of a mini-encyclopedia hidden within the menus. Even the maps are done up in the style of the times, with a hand-drawn medieval look I don’t think I’ve seen used in a game before.

It’s like Assassin’s Creed without the accompanying layer of conspiracy theories, more a work of living history than a game in some regards.

Don’t get me wrong, though: It’s an ambitious game too. Our demo focused on the opening 30 minutes of the game, so we didn’t get to see much in the way of story. I pretty much spent my time hauling coal to my father’s forge and then helping him create a sword for the nearby lord.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

But Warhorse did speak in broader terms about the world it’s building—one that’s a far more reactive take on the open-world RPG. For instance, an early quest tasked us with recovering a debt from a local drunkard. With the right stats we could of course talk the money out of him, or we could beat it out of him. If we fail in that regard, we could return and tell our father, at which point he’ll take care of it. Or if you keep exploring, you might find some other way around the quest, maybe some fellow youths to teach you how to break into the drunkard’s house.

Many of these quests are also time-limited, which further changes how events play out. Another early quest has you grab a beer for your father on the way home. “Get one from the cellar so it’s still cold,” he says as you dash off. Buy the beer and come back immediately and your dear ol’ dad will drink full to bursting. Get distracted, though? The beer warms up, and your dad will lament his lazy son again.

This is a minor example, but from the looks of it Kingdom Come is studded with time-sensitive events that lead to entire quests or quest paths, all sorts of people actually going about their lives and you’re just one more peasant in their midst. It’s very A Mind Forever Voyaging in that regard, or Pathologic—the latter another Elder Scrolls-alike, actually.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

You can even lock yourself out of quests entirely. Warhorse stated that it wants the main quest to be modular, easily completed no matter the path you choose, but side quests can end at any moment, either before you’ve even started or (if you really screw up) right in the middle of one. If you’re feeling truly sadistic you can even kill quest givers. That’s one way to fail.

Then there are the small touches I’ve already come to love. Saving the game requires drinking alcohol, and only a certain amount can be carried at a time, limiting the amount of save-scumming. And if you wear a helmet into a battle the screen occludes appropriately—you’ll get a narrow band of vision in the middle, surrounded by black.

 

Google for Jobs Starts Rolling Out in Search on Desktop and Mobile

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings
  • The feature is available only in English, on both desktop and mobile
  • Google will also show employer ratings from current and former workers

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine, with a feature called Google for Jobs.

Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the Internet. The feature is available only in English, on both desktop and mobile. The results will aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. Google in its announcement post says “People from all walks of life, experiences and backgrounds have undergone a job hunt at some point in their lives. Whether you’re a young adult looking for your first job, a veteran hoping to leverage your leadership experience in civilian life, or a parent looking for a job with better pay to support a growing family, we hope this new experience on Google will help make the job search simpler and more effective.”

Google will also show employer ratings from current and former workers, as well as typical commute times to job locations. Google for Jobs will further let job seekers filter job openings based on category, date posted, and full-time or part-time employment, and other options.Google for Jobs Starts Rolling Out in Search on Desktop and Mobile

This detailed jobs information is a departure from the way Google’s main search engine has traditionally shown only bare-bones links to various help-wanted sites.
Google is teaming up with a variety of help-wanted and employer-rating services, including LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, and Facebook.

First announced at Google I/O 2017 in May, the Google for Jobs feature will be initially limited to the US market. There’s no word as to when the feature will be rolled out to other markets.

ALSO SEEGoogle for Jobs Is Now Live; at Least for Some Users

By the end of May, the Google for Jobs feature had become available for limited users in the US.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai had at the I/O 2017 Keynote revealed the motivation behind the new feature – according to the company, almost half of US employers were having issues filling open positions while job seekers weren’t even aware about a job opening.

 

HTC offering upto $200 discount on select smartphones

HTC has is offering discounts on select smartphones in the US. The HTC 10 is being sold for $499, while the U Ultra and Bolt are currently going for $629 and $500, respectively.

This translates into a discount of $200, $120. and $100, respectively. What’s more, those purchasing any of these devices will also get a free gift, and shipping is free as well. It’s a US-only offer that ends June 29, 2017 at 8:59PM PDT.

 

REAP 2017: RTU to release 1st allotment result today at rtu.ac.in

 

Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) will release the results for first allotment through the Rajasthan Engineering Admission Process (REAP) 2017. Candidates who have applied for REAP 2017 can check their allotment result from the official site.

The university has already published the tentative seat matrix for engineering and architecture courses at government and private colleges in the state. To accept the seats allotted in the first list, candidates will be required to report to their chosen college before July 24. Candidates can also choose to move upwards to participate in the next allotment round, which will take place from July 18 to July 26. The second counselling list will be out on July 27, 2017.

“The candidate has to deposit all the original documents and balance fee (if any, after deducting Advance fee of Rs 10,000 deposited with REAP-2017) at the reported institute failing which his/her admission would be treated as cancelled without any prior notice/ intimation,” the university said in a notice.REAP 2017, rtu.ac.in, reap 1st allotment result, reap 2017 1st allotment, real 2017 allotment 1, education news, rajasthan engineering colleges, indian express, rajasthan news,

Steps to check REAP 2017 1st allotment result 2017:

Step 1: Go to the official website for RTU (rtu.ac.in)

Step 2: Click on the link for REAP 2017.

Step 3: Click on the notification for REAP 1st allotment results.

Step 4: Download the results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

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Over-the-air DVR: Do you really need it?

 

One of the most interesting trends in cord cutting this year is the resurgence of over-the-air TV and new tools to make the most of it.

Over-the-air DVR maker Tablo, for instance, recently launched a new two-tuner model, and has several other products on the way. Plex recently took its own DVR service out of beta with live TV feeds and more tuner support, and tuner maker SiliconDust is working on a DVR service as well. Device makers like Amazon and Roku also seem to be inching toward full-blown DVR support in their smart TV products, which already offer time-shifting of live antenna TV.

While it’s great to see so much antenna innovation, there are other ways to watch broadcast TV on your own schedule, ones that don’t demand making an up-front investment in new hardware. Before you dive in with a product like Tablo, Plex DVR, or TiVo Roamio OTA, consider the alternatives.

Hulu + CBS + PBS: Doing the math

The most obvious alternative to an over-the-air DVR box is a subscription to Hulu, which offers new episodes from ABC, Fox, and NBC the day after they air. Hulu’s on-demand service costs $8 per month with ads, or $12 for a mostly commercial-free experience, and is available on pretty much every streaming device.

This still leaves you without current CBS programming, but you can add many of those shows with a CBS All Access subscription, which includes both a live network feed and on-demand episodes the day after they air. CBS All Access costs $6 per month with ads, or $10 per month for a plan that mostly excludes them. Like Hulu, CBS has apps on all the major streaming TV devices.

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CBS All Access offers a live feed and on-demand shows for $6 per month

As for PBS, many new episodes are available for free through the PBS and PBS Kids apps on streaming devices. Some local stations also offer an expanded catalog through a service called PBS Passport, which requires a minimum $5-per-month donation.

These services do have a few catches, though: For the ad-free plans, some shows still have commercials due to contractual obligations. And with CBS All Access, several shows—including Big Bang Theory—only offer a random selection of episodes, rather than all the most recent ones. You also won’t be able to watch sports or any other live programming on ABC, NBC, and Fox through Hulu’s on-demand service.

 

Are these the latest danger gadgets parents are being warned about?

 

Fidget Spinners were a hit with children across Devon earlier this year and in some schools they were even banned – and now there is a new toy which is set to be the latest craze.

Fidget Spinners come in a variety of colours and can be bought for as little as £2.99. Although the must-have toy of 2017 has been responsible for a number of accidents and injuries.

However the latest “toy” craze is far more menacing – handheld mini-crossbows, or toothpick crossbows, which have been manufactured as kids’ toys in China, The Guardian reports.

Worried parents want them banned before they take off amid fears a child could end up blinded.

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However, more serious damage could occur if the toothpick gets substituted for a needle or nail and could be strong enough to shatter glass.

Worryingly, according to the Shanghai Daily newspaper, the items are also selling out fast.

The Shanghai Daily said: “The ‘toothpick crossbow’ toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation’s primary and middle school children.

“The unusual shooting toy may be very small but it is powerful enough to puncture a balloon and pierce cardboard. And when the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle it becomes a dangerous weapon.”

This story was first published on the Plymouth Herald.

Should Investors Bet on a Nokia Recovery?

Shares of beleaguered networking company Nokia (NYSE:NOK) have rallied off of multiyear lows. Full-year 2016 results were recently provided, showing revenue falling again and profitability proving elusive. However, a few areas of activity are providing hope that the company and its shareholders could enjoy better times in the near future.

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A new ally in Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia completed a merger with communications equipment and service provider Alcatel-Lucent last year. Nokia itself has evolved into a communications service provider over the years, but with the combination with its new business partner, the company’s future now hinges on its network business more than ever.

The reason for the deal? Nokia wants to take the lead in building the technology for tomorrow’s networks. Specifically, the company is betting on new 5G mobile networks, the closely related Internet of Things development, and the cloud.

The company’s capabilities were on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Highlights included the showcasing of 5G FIRST, the first 5G network modem that will begin shipping out later this year. Also on display was new network technology that can help mobile communications providers bridge the gap between current 4G networks and the future 5G one.

The extent to which Nokia has hung its fate on mobile and cloud communications can be seen from its full-year 2016 revenue breakdown. After combining with Alcatel-Lucent, more than 90% of the new company’s revenue comes from broadband and IP network solutions.

Business Segment 2016 Revenue
Network business 21.80 billion euros
Technology division 1.05 billion euros
Other 1.15 billion euros

DATA SOURCE: NOKIA 2016 EARNINGS RESULTS.

Now that Nokia’s transformation into a networking company is complete, emphasis on cost control and cost-cutting has begun. While the bottom line for full-year 2016 was red — a 912 million euro loss, to be exact — the new sales from the acquisition and subsequent cost management helped the fourth-quarter bottom line rise to a 658 million euro profit.

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Boosting outlook from a long-forgotten favorite

For many of us, Nokia may still be synonymous with mobile phones prior to the advent of the smart phone. While that business segment still exists (it falls under Nokia Technologies division in the above chart), it has evolved into a licensing business model rather than an in-house affair.

Nokia’s phone business is now licensed out to a company called HMD Global Oy, which was founded by old Nokia execs. That means Nokia receives royalty payments, an incredibly profitable business model compared with its other segments. Here are the operating level profits for each segment:

Business Segment 2016 Operating Profit
Network business 1.94 billion euros
Technology division 579 million euros
Other (341 million euros)

DATA SOURCE: NOKIA 2016 EARNINGS RESULTS.

Even though the technology division makes up less than 5% of total revenue, it accounts for about one-quarter of operating-level profit. As a result, investors should pay attention to that mobile phone segment.

At Mobile World Congress, Nokia’s attractively priced smart phones were featured, but it was the minimalist throwback 3310 that stole the show. (Remember those old internet memes like “If a Nokia 3310 hits Chuck Norris, the Nokia wins”?) For those who are ready to ditch high-tech connectivity for near-indestructible build and up to a month of battery life on standby mode, the reincarnated 3310 is for you.

Four Nokia 3310 phones in each of the available color options: red, yellow, dark blue, and silver.

IMAGE SOURCE: NOKIA.

What that means for investors is that, even though phones aren’t Nokia’s M.O. any longer, the company could get a boost if the hype is real and it sells a lot of those new 3310s. The new lineup of low-priced smart phones could give the likes of Apple and Samsung some competition as well.

A value play, or value trap?

Even with renewed interest in its old business of phone making, most of Nokia’s efforts revolve around next-gen networks and cost savings now that the Alcatel-Lucent merger is finished. That ugly “Other” line item running an operating loss, for example.

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However, early efforts could be paying off. As of last quarter, net profits are back in the black and much of the company’s efforts around 5G networks won’t even begin to yield any return until next year at the earliest. Investors interested in a value play should take a look, but expect a bumpy ride.

Forget Nokia: “Total conviction” buy signal issued
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Nokia 7, Nokia 8, Nokia 9 is expected to be launched in July

Nokia 7, Nokia 8, Nokia 9 is expected to be launched in July

Nokia has re-entered the smartphone world with a bang. And while the brand is seeking to return to its former glory, the company seems to have many products in its pipeline for 2017.

Only a few days back we reported that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 will be launched in India in May. Now a new report has just appeared online which suggests that HMD Global is reportedly gearing up to release high-end variants of its handsets. According to various reports, the phones that HMD Global will be launching in the coming days are the Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 3310 will be released in India in May

However, we still do not any word or official announcement from the company, but the same report also notes that three models are expected to be launched in July or the first week of August. Other reports suggest that the devices could hit the store shelves by the end of the third quarter.

Besides, if these devices are launched it will take some time for them to reach India.Nokia 7

Nokia 7

Nokia 7 is expected to feature a metallic unibody design and come with full HD display with 1,080×1,920p resolution. The smartphone has already been reported to be testing Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

The handset is expected to run Android Nougat operating system. It is also expected to feature a camera by Carl Zeiss optics, with a changed back design. Nokia 7 is touted to come with a fingerprint sensor and fast charging technology.

Nokia 8

 

Nokia 8

Nokia 8 is expected to sport a display bigger than the Nokia 7. According to recent leaks, this phone is expected to come with 5.7-inch Quad HD display and have the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The device is expected to come with 22-megapixel OIS + EIS main camera and a 12MP front sensor. Nokia 8 is reported to use Carl Zeiss lenses for its cameras and the phone might feature 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and 6GB RAM.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 6 now receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

Nokia 8 is also expected to come with Android Nougat pre-installed. While some reports have stated that the phone would be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset like the Nokia 7 but more recent rumors hint at Snapdragon 835 processor.

Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are touted to be mid-ranger products from the company.

Nokia 9

 

Nokia 9

Many reports have suggested that Nokia 9 will be the company’s flagship device. And this phone is expected to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung. While expectations are high, Nokia 9 according to the leaks and renders that we have seen so far will sport a 5.5-inch QHD OLED display with a 1,440×2,560 resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

SEE ALSO: Nokia phones’ May release confirmed; Nokia 3310 will have huge buyer interest

Further, the smartphone should come with an IP68 standard making it water-and-dust resistant. Nokia 9 will have a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and an OZO audio. It may have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS, a 6GB RAM, a 64GB/128GB internal memory (with microSD card slot).

As for the cameras, the Nokia 9 is expected to feature an impressive 22-megapixel dual-camera system on the back with PDAF and Zeiss optics. The front should get a 12MP sensor. The smartphone will reportedly come with a huge 3800mAh battery and Quick Charge 4.0 technology.

 

BlackBerry’s profit beats expectations, shares surge

 

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BlackBerry reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings for the sixth straight quarter, as the smartphone pioneer’s shift to the higher-margin software business paid off, sending shares soaring more than 15 percent.

The Canadian firm also said on Friday it expects to be profitable on an adjusted basis for the second year in a row, and generate positive free cash flow in the year ending February 2018.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has focused on building a robust software business after scrapping production of its once-iconic smartphones, which lost favor with the arrival of sleek and fully-touchscreen handsets.

 

The company outsourced the development of its smartphones last year, signing a deal with Indonesia’s BB Merah Putih to make and distribute new BlackBerry-branded devices. It has also signed similar deals with China’s TCL and India-based Optiemus Infracom.

Adjusted revenue from the software and services unit, which includes mobile device management products and the QNX industrial operating system, rose 12.2 percent to $193 million in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28, from the preceding quarter.

QNX is crucial to BlackBerry’s efforts in the self-driving vehicle industry. The company already has a partnership with Ford Motor to develop autonomous driving software, and CEO John Chen hopes to forge such deals with carmakers around the world.

Blackberry CEO: Good growth & 2 new phones by year end

Blackberry CEO: Good growth & 2 new phones by year end  Monday, 2 May 2016 | 12:18 PM ET | 04:02

Gross margin jumped to 60.1 percent in the quarter from 43.3 percent last year.

BlackBerry received more than 3,500 enterprise customer orders in the quarter, an increase of 16 percent from the last quarter.

“Looking ahead to fiscal 2018, we expect to grow at or above the overall market in our software business,” Chen said in a statement.

The company’s net loss narrowed to $47 million or 10 cents per share in the fourth quarter, from $238 million or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.

The prior-year quarter included a loss of $127 million related to the sale of certain assets.

Excluding one-time items, the company earned 4 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected the company to break even, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Operating expenses nearly halved to $229 million.

Revenue fell about 38 percent to $286 million. On an adjusted basis, revenue was $297 million, beating analysts’ average expectation of $289.3 million.

BlackBerry’s shares were up 16 percent at $8.06 on the Nasdaq in morning trading. The company’s Toronto-listed stock was up 15.4 percent at C$10.70.