The prime minister has laid out a comprehensive plan of internet restrictions if she wins the election

Theresa May has refused to rule out censoring the internet like China.

The prime minister has looked to introduce sweeping and deep changes to the way the internet works, in what she claims is a necessary move to prevent terror. Those have included restricting the kinds of things people can post online and forcing internet companies to weaken security so that intelligence agencies can read their messages.

Many of those plans have been criticised by internet companies, who argue that such undertakings would require them to put their customers safety in danger and undermine their businesses. It might not even be possible to comply with such rules, they have argued, since laws in other countries explicitly prohibit such measures.

“I think what we need to do is see how we can regulate,” she told the Evening Standard, in response to a question on restrictions on the internet.

The prime minister was then asked if she would rule out “Chinese-style cyber-blocking action”.

She only said that she would “work with the companies” and gave no explicit commitment that she wouldn’t introduce censorship and restriction regimes like the ones that operate in China.

 

Nokia 6 vs Samsung Galaxy On Max vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price, Specifications Compared

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through Amazon in India
  • The smartphone will be up for registrations from July 14
  • It has been priced at Rs. 14,999

Nokia 6, priced in India at Rs. 14,999, is finally up for registrations via Amazon India, and the first sale is scheduled for August 23. The best-specced of the NokiaAndroid phones available internationally, the Nokia 6 provides the stock Android Nougat experience, has a big screen, metallic body, and elegant design. However, it is not the only great smartphone at this price point, since Samsung has released two new models – the Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Prime – with competitive hardware and software, while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4(4GB + 64GB) continues its strong showing in the market. We take a look at how the Nokia 6 fares against the three rivals in terms of price and specifications.

Nokia 6 price, specifications

Nokia 6, priced at Rs. 14,999, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The new Nokia Android phone comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Samsung Galaxy On Max price, specifications

The new Samsung Galaxy On Max, launched earlier this month at Rs. 17,990, is already selling at Rs. 16,900 online. The smartphone has Android 7.0 Nougat-based custom software, 5.7-inch full-HD screen, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and 3300mAh battery. One of its highlights is the 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, which delivers better photos in lowlight conditions; the 13-megapixel front camera has f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.69GHz MediaTek MTK P25 Lite processor, and supports storage expansion up to 256GB.

Samsung Galaxy On Max’s Home button has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and is used to make mobile payments using the Samsung Pay Mini standard. With this payment, users can make purchases via UPI and mobile wallet despite the absence of NFC.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price, specifications

The Xiaomi smartphone is currently available in India in three variants, 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. As the 4GB RAM variant is closest to Nokia 6 in terms of pricing, available at Rs. 12,999, we will be considering it for the comparison with new Nokia offering.

Nokia 6 vs Samsung Galaxy On Max vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Price, Specifications Compared

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The Redmi Note 4 front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB). The connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Moving to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, the dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. At Rs. 15,500, it is priced closer to the Nokia 6 compared to its sibling Galaxy On Max.

In terms of optics, the Galaxy J7 Prime features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB (with OTG), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It houses a 3300mAh battery and measures 151.5×74.9×8.1mm.

Now that you know more about Nokia 6 and its competition, it is fairly clear that the competition offers some powerful specs in comparison to the smartphone. However, the real choice you will have to make is whether you are ready to compromise on specs offered on sheets for the nostalgia factor and the stock Android Nougat experience. We will learn more about Nokia 6 and its performance in the coming days, and let you know in our review if the smartphone is worth the wait or not.

SAMSUNG GALAXY ON MAX VS NOKIA 6 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRIME VS XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4COMPARISON

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RATINGS
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for money Rating
GENERAL
Alternate names Six
Release date July 2017 January 2017 September 2016 August 2016
Dimensions (mm) 156.60 x 78.70 x 8.10 154.00 x 75.80 x 7.85 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.30
Weight (g) 178.00 167.00 167.00 175.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3300 3000 3300 4100
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Black, Gold Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper Gold, Black Gold, Grey, Matte Black
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 5.70 5.50 5.50 5.50
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403 401 401
HARDWARE
Processor 1.69GHz octa-core 1.4GHz octa-core 1.6GHz octa-core 2GHz octa-core
Processor make MediaTek MTK P25 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor Exynos 7870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 4GB 3GB 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 128 256 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 13-megapixel 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front camera 13-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 7.0 Android 7.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Skin MIUI 8
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10 Yes, v 4.10
NFC No Yes No No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
SIM1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer No Yes No Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes No Yes
Gyroscope No Yes No Yes
Barometer No No No No
Temperature sensor No No No No

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Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

 

HIGHLIGHTS
For Prime members, the Moto E4 is up for grabs for $99.99
All the smartphones are up for pre-order right now
Nokia 6 will ship on July 10, while Moto E4 will ship on June 30
The Nokia 6 was announced for the US earlier this week, due to arrive on Amazon. Now, Amazon has now announced it as a Prime Exclusive smartphone – which means it will show offers and ads – featuring a $50 (roughly Rs. 3,200) discount on its price tag. Apart from the Nokia 6, the Moto E4 was also announced as a Prime Exclusive.

The Nokia 6 will be available at $229 (roughly Rs. 14,800) in the US through Amazon for non-Prime members, but Prime members can choose to grab it for $179 (roughly Rs. 11,500) only, complete with offers and ads. Similarly, Moto’s recently announced Moto E4 16GB will be offered at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($30 off the full retail price). Verizon still gives you to best price at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,500), but you’re locked on to Verizon with that deal. Both the smartphones are up for pre-order, and the Moto E4 will be shipped on June 30, while the Nokia 6 will be shipped on July 10.Nokia 6, Moto E4 Join List of Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones in the US

Alcatel is also adding to the Prime Exclusive catalogue with the new Alcatel Idol 5S for only $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,900) for Prime members ($80 off the full retail price), the Alcatel A50 for only $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) for Prime members ($50 off the full retail price), and the Alcatel A30 Plus, available for only $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,100) for Prime members (also $50 off the full retail price). The Alcatel phones are also up for pre-order and will ship on July 10.

Nokia 6 specifications
Nokia 6, the best-specced of the Nokia Android phones released so far, runs Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a fingerprint sensor right below the display. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Nokia 6 comes with a 16-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
The US variant of the Android phone from Nokia comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Nokia 6 houses a 3000mAh battery, features a 6000 series aluminium body, and has inbuilt dual speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G.

Moto E4 specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 SoC (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuiltl storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot.

As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro-USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at 144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

 

Amazon has unveiled an early peek of Prime Day deals

 

Amazon’s Prime Day is just hours away, and the online retailer wants to keep anticipation high. To that end, the company has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the deals you can expect throughout the 30-hour extravaganza.

As is typical for Amazon, the company’s preview includes some generic promises, such as up to 40 percent off gaming laptops—but a handful are truly excellent deals. We’ve picked the top three that jumped out to us. Keep these on your radar, and when Prime Day sales truly kick off at 6 P.M Pacific / 9 P.M. Eastern on Monday evening, we’ll be tracking the best of the Prime Day tech deals on PCWorld.com.

Note: To take advantage of Prime Day sales, you must be a member of Amazon Prime. This service is Amazon’s $99-a-year club that offers free two-day shipping on orders, as well as a litany of frills like free premium video and music streaming, free online photo storage, a Kindle lending library, and various promotional offers. New Prime members get a free 30-day trial, which means you can sign up, get the Prime deals, and then dump the membership before the $99 fee kicks in.

Amazon Echo for $90

amazon echo

Amazon

This is easily the best deal yet for Amazon’s smart speaker. The lowest ever price was during its pre-order period, when early adopters could snag it for $99. This undercuts that by $10, and the lowest price on CamelCamelCamel by $40. The Echo—powered by the Alexa digital personal assistant—is a fantastic smart speaker for those looking to get started with smart home gadgets.

Amazon Echo Sales For This Year’s Amazon Prime Day Already Three Times More Than Last Year

The Amazon Echo has proven to be a massive hit for Amazon Prime Day 2017, as the number of smart speakers sold this year worldwide is already three times the number sold in last year’s version of the annual shopping event.

Google tried to draw customers away from buying the Amazon Echo in this year’s Prime Day with a $99 Google Home bundle, but it appears that there is no way to stop the popularity of the Alexa-powered smart speaker.

Amazon Echo Sales Surge

It was largely expected that Amazon Echo sales for this year’s Prime Day will be higher, primarily because there are a few more models of the smart speaker that are available. However, the announcement that Amazon Echo sales are three times higher compared to last year was made halfway through Prime Day, which suggests that by the end of the event, that figure will be even higher.

Amazon Prime Day offered discounts to Amazon Prime subscribers on various products, and Amazon did not hold back for its Amazon Echo product line. For example, the original Amazon Echo, which has an original price of $179.99 and sold in last year’s Prime Day for $129.99, is being sold for only $89.99 this year. Customers who visit Amazon’s website will be greeted by large banners for the Amazon Echo, further drawing eyes toward the deals for the smart speakers.

According to insiders from the company, thousands of Amazon Echo devices are being sold per minute. The Amazon Echo Dot, originally priced at $49.99 and now sold for only $34.99, appears to be the first model that will be sold out.

“Prime Day has beat all of Amazon’s expectations,” the source said, adding that the company is “shocked” by the increase.

Heightened Interest In Smart Speakers

The surge in sales for Amazon Echo products can be attributed to the heightened interest from customers on smart speakers, as the product has slowly moved into the mainstream since the Amazon Echo started selling in late 2014.

The Google Home has since entered the market, with the Apple HomePod and Microsoft Invoke arriving as additional challengers soon. The digital assistants powering smart speakers have also steadily improved, with the devices taking up more headlines, for better or worse.

The increased sales for the Amazon Echo in this year’s Prime Day could also be attributed to a bigger window for the annual event, in addition to its expansion to 13 countries worldwide. Nevertheless, the surge in interest for smart speakers is evident in higher Amazon Echo sales, which is great news for one of the world’s largest retailers.