Amazon reportedly working on proper Android ‘Ice’ smartphones with Google’s apps

 

Amazon might be taking another shot at building its own smartphones, according to a new report from NDTV’s Gadget 360And unlike the company’s failed Fire Phone, the new smartphones — allegedly branded “Ice” — would have access to the full line of Google services and apps, including the Play Store.

The report notes that the Ice line would be targeted at emerging markets like India, instead of the more US-facing focus of the original Fire Phone. As such, the rumored specs for one of the Ice phones fall in line with that goal: a screen between 5.2 and 5.5 inches, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a Snapdragon 435 processor. Gadget 360 claims that this specific model would retail for roughly $93 at launch, although that price could change before launch.

Per Gadget 360’s source, the Ice phone doesn’t have Alexa support, but, like the price, details aren’t finalized which means software, too, could change in the future.

The original Fire Phone was a failure for a multitude of reasons, including a focus on gimmicky features, an expensive price tag, exclusivity to AT&T, and a bizarre operating system. It sold extremely poorly, even with Amazon slashing prices only weeks after launch. But perhaps the biggest failure was the dearth of apps by not using Google Mobile Services, in essence leaving customers with a confusingly skinned Android phone that didn’t really run any Android apps. It sounds like Amazon is taking a different approach with the Ice line, by embracing Google’s services and targeting a different slice of the smartphone market than the Apple-and-Samsung-dominated high-end segment.

If the Ice rumors are true, Amazon could have a big opportunity in emerging market places. Google has made no secret of its desire to put Android phones in the hands of “the next billion users” with initiatives like Android Go and Android One; an Amazon hardware push would certainly go a long way toward getting Google

 

3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience

 

Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.

Use speaker notes

As a rule of thumb, you want to keep text on your slides to a minimum. It can easily take over and clutter up a slide deck, dulling both your presentation itself and your message. Using a graphics on slides is more visually pleasing and keeps people’s focus on the words you’re saying.

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Speaker notes allow you to add talking points—viewable only by you—to any slide.

That doesn’t mean you have to wing the spoken part of your presentation. You can add talking points or complete text to the speaker notes section of any Google Slide for reference. Just click in the text box beneath the main slide area to type your notes, or go to Tools > Voice type speaker notes, click the mic button and start dictating. Your notes will be viewable by only when you select “presenter view” from the Present drop-down menu.

One of the best ways to keep an audience engaged in you presentation it to have them participate in it by asking questions. Adding a question and answer session with Slides Q&A feature is an easy way to do this.

In Slides, click the drop-down arrow next to to the Present button in the top right and select Presenter view. On the Audience Tools tab in the window that opens, click Start new button. A slide will open with a URL displayed across the top. Audience members can visit this URL on their mobile device and type their questions into a simple interface. The question will appear to you in real time in Presenter’s view. Audience members can also vote on questions using familiar thumbs up/thumbs down icons to let you know which questions they’d most like you to answer.

Autoplay video

Using video in a slide is an excellent way to illustrate a point, add comic relief, or just keep you audience interested. But until recently, it meant stopping your presentation to click on the video to play it and again to stop it. With Slides autoplay option, your video will play as soon as you advance to that slide.

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Using the autoplay video feature lets you customize how much of a video you display during your presentation.

To activate this feature, add your video to a slide, then click Video options from the ribbon above the slide. This will open a sidebar on the right. Check the box next to “Autoplay when presenting.” If you don’t want to play the whole video, you can enter start and end times in the fields beneath the thumbnail of the video.

Absolute best apps for your Android

 

You love your apps. We all do. Just think about how many times a day you tap apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Skype and so many others.

Unfortunately, you know the downside of apps. You end up clogging up your smartphone and slowing it down with dozens of apps.

The problem is, if you’re like me, you have so many apps that you never use. That’s understandable.

When you hear about hot, new apps, you download them. And, why not? It’s easy to do from the Google Play Store. Many apps are free. Plus, individual apps don’t typically take up a lot of space on your phone.Absolute best apps for your Android

At Komando.com, one of our goals is to save you time and money when it comes to everything digital. That includes apps. Here, we’ll tell you about five Android apps that you’ll love and use all the time.

These five apps are among the award winners at the recent Google I/O 2017 developers’ summit. We selected FREE apps that we use from those winners. You can download them right from the Google Play Store.

Note: Before you add more apps to your phone, delete some. The way to do that might vary a bit on your Android phone, but try this: Tap on the Apps icon on your home screen >> click on the sprocket – circle with eight points – in the upper-right corner >> tap on the little X next to apps that can be deleted.

 

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.

 

UPSC NDA NA Examination II 2017: Paper pattern and examination scheme

The official notification of UPSC NDA NA Examination II (2017) has been released. The last date for submission of application is June 30 till 6 pm.

UPSC NDA NA II official notification out

UPSC NDA NA II official notification out

The last date for submission of application is June 30 till 6 pm. The exam is being conducted for admission into army, navy and air force wings of the National Defence Academy.

Vacancy details:

  • NDA (National Defence Academy): 335 (208 for army, 55 for navy and 72 for air force)
  • NA (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme): 55
  • Total: 390

Scheme of examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Subject

  • Mathematics (01): Time – 2.5 hours, total marks – 300
  • General Ability Test (02): Time – 2.5 hours, total marks – 600
  • Total: 900
  • SSB test/interview: 900

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of weights and measures only will be set.

(Read: NDA NA Examination II: Official notification released, eligibility and other details) 

Selection procedure:

The selection of candidates will be done in two stages based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. All the applicants who successfully clear both the stages will have to submit all the original certificates to the selection board committee.

About UPSC:

Union Public Service Commission works under the government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various ministries and departments of the Government of India and in subordinate

 

Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

A malicious Android app that downloads itself from advertisements posted on forums strongly resists removal, security firm Zscaler warns.

The dodgy Android utility poses as “Ks Clean”, an Android cleaner app. Once installed, the app displays a fake system update message in which the only option presented to the user is to select the “OK” button, giving victims little immediate option other than to accept a supposed security update.

As soon as the user presses “OK”, the malware prompts the installation of another APK named “Update”. The Update app asks for administrator privileges which, if granted, can’t be revoked.Image result for Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

The app uses the insidious mask of a “security update” to get a user to complete the installation.

After that, there is nothing to stop malware from slinging pop-up ads at victims even when the user is using other apps. Users would be unable to easily uninstall the app using the traditional “Uninstall” option because it has admin rights.

This is a “security update”. It’s for your own good
and you must comply. [source Zscaler blog post]

Zscaler has identified over 300 instances of malicious APKs from this campaign affecting users in US and UK over the last two weeks, including an attack on a conspiracy forum called “GodLikeProductions”.

“On one such forum we found entitled ‘GodLikeProductions’, visitors complained about the automatically downloading app, but those messages were either removed or ignored by the forum’s hosts, allowing the problem to perpetuate,” Zcaler reports. ®

 

Jiah Khan-Sooraj Pancholi Blackberry Messages Unrecoverable, CBI Tells Court

 

As per the chargesheet, Jiah had left the house of Sooraj on morning of the incident.
MUMBAI: In a setback to the prosecution in the actress Jiah Khan death case, the CBI told a Mumbai court that it was not possible to retrieve Blackberry messages exchanged between her and her actor-boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi who is accused of abetting her suicide. Jiah was found hanging in her flat in Mumbai on June 3, 2013. She was 25. Her mother, Rabiya, had moved an application last month seeking access to the Blackberry messages exchanged between her daughter and Sooraj. As per the reply filed in the court by special CBI prosecutor Rajendra Bhatnagar on Monday, Sooraj’s mobile phone was sent to forensic laboratory where experts said the messages could not be retrieved.

Meanwhile, state-appointed special public prosecutor Dinesh Tiwari told the court that Rabiya’s application should be treated as a plea moved by the prosecution.

However, Special judge Shaeeda Razvi said Rabiya cannot make such request as she does not have a locus standi. In October 2013, Rabiya moved the Bombay High Court alleging that Jiah had been murdered and sought a CBI probe, which was granted.

During the probe, CBI charged Sooraj (25) with abetment of suicide of Jiah.Jiah Khan-Sooraj Pancholi Blackberry Messages Unrecoverable, CBI Tells Court

As per the chargesheet filed in the court earlier, Jiah had left the house of Sooraj on morning of the incident. According to the CBI, Sooraj, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, had hidden facts and fabricated information during his questioning.

The forensic analysis of Sooraj’s statements, which is part of the chargesheet, has “established that Sooraj was concealing relevant information about the actual reason behind the incident and the statement given by him is incomplete and fabricated,” the CBI had said.
Sooraj had refused to be part of any scientific tests like polygraph or brain mapping which the agency wanted to conduct on him.

According to the CBI, Jiah had purportedly written a suicide note wherein she narrated about her intimate relationship, physical abuse and mental and physical torture allegedly experienced at the hands of Sooraj.

The three-page note was seized by the Mumbai police on June 10, 2013.

The unsigned letter, however, was not addressed to Sooraj.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

 

Mark Zuckerberg’s dream for education is for kids to learn mostly without teachers

 

Microsoft peddles laptops. Google touts services such as collaborative calendars and spreadsheet-making software. After building their businesses on products that students use, it’s not surprising that tech giants—from actual computer companies to other Silicon Valley darlings like Salesforce and Netflix—are wedging their way into education itself, especially as the US market for education technology is predicted to bloom to $21 billion by 2020. Most tech leaders are getting in by making learning apps, donating to policy campaigns, or partnering with individual schools.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a slightly different, and much more audacious, idea.

Zuckerberg’s goal is for “a billion students” across the world to be able to learn on their own, via software that his company helps build, with teachers merely looking over their shoulders. As the New York Times (paywall) describes it it:Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, center, greets graduating Harvard students as he walks in a procession though Harvard Yard at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Zuckerberg is giving a commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago to focus on Facebook. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

It’s a conception that upends a longstanding teaching dynamic. Now educators are no longer classroom leaders, but helpmates. In public remarks and Facebook posts, Mr. Zuckerberg has described how it works. Students cluster together, working at laptops. They use software to select their own assignments, working at their own pace. And, should they struggle at teaching themselves, teachers are on hand to guide them.

In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, announced they will eventually give 99% of their Facebook shares to—among a few other causes—transforming education through technology. Their organization to accomplish that aim, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, said in March that it will offer a free online software for customizing classroom instruction by the end of the year. The tool “empowers teachers to customize instruction to meet their students’ individual needs and interests”—but its ultimate aim is to have teachers serve as mentors and evaluators, not instructors.

“It’s time for our generation-defining public works,” Zuckerberg said during his graduation speech at Harvard last month. “We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?”

Of course, these plans are still more dreams than reality. What Zuckerberg hasn’t done so far is lay out his organization’s detailed path to those lofty goals.

Paytm Now Lets You Pay Traffic Challans Online

 

In a new development, digital payment service Paytm has now introduced another service on its platform easing every day payment hassles. The platform now has an option to pay traffic challans online. This service is now live in Mumbai, Pune and Vijayawada, and will be expanded to other cities soon.

This option is currently not reflecting on the app for now in the mentioned cities, but is live on the website. If you own a vehicle, you can now use the option ‘Traffic Challan’ to pay for challans obtained for violating any kind of traffic rules. This includes everything from jumping a red light, over-speeding, not wearing a helmet, ignoring traffic signs, driving without a valid licence and so on.

Once the challan is generated against your vehicle’s registration number, log into Paytm, enter the city name, challan/ vehicle number, and choose your payment method. After verification, you can then pay for the challan online, and this will generate a digital invoice and the customer’s surrendered documents will be dispatched via postal services by the respective police department.Paytm Now Lets You Pay Traffic Challans Online
Speaking on the announcement, Kiran Vasireddy, Snr. Vice President – Paytm said in a statement, “Traffic challan payments in India largely happen at select counters and in cash. We are glad to partner with the state traffic police departments to enable challan payments on the go. This is a new stride in our vision to add convenience to every payment use-case in the country.”

This furthers the government’s initiative to making payments cashless, and eradicates the hassle of going to the police department for paying the challan. Plus, the documents are delivered at home, easing the otherwise cumbersome process for vehicle owners and the police.

 

JEE Advanced Results 2017: How to check the results

 

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2017 conducted on May 21 at various centres. Over 2.2 lakh candidates appeared for the exam consisted of two papers, i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.

The results for the same are expected to be declared on June 11 at 10 am.

How to check JEE Advanced Results 2017:

In order to check the results, candidates can follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to the official website, jeeadv.nic.in
  • Click on the relevant link
  • Enter the necessary information
  • After submitting the same, the results will be displayed on the screen
  • Take a printout for future use

As reported, the total number of questions (54 questions) remained same as last year. However total marks of Paper-1 has changed from 186 to 183 marks this year.JEE Advanced Results 2017: How to check the results

Paper analysis:

  • The ‘Matching Type’ questions were different as compared to previous years
  • The coverage of questions from class 12 vs Class 11 was 50: 50
  • Further, equal weightage was given to class 11 and 12
  • Last year more weightage was given to 12 (60:40).

India Today Education team wishing students good luck for their results