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Adobe is finally killing Flash

Adobe on Tuesday reportedly announced that it would stop updating and distributing Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. Flash technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch videos and play games online. In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5.

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Canon launches 'EOS 6D Mark II DSLR' camera in India

Japanese camera manufacturer Canon reportedly launched the most awaited high-end EOS 6D Mark II DSLR in India. 6D Mark II starts from the price range of Rs 1,32,995. The major feature of this camera is it has 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor which provides very clear images even in low-light.

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Google might name Android O 'Octopus': Reports

According to reports, Google might name the upcoming Android 8.0 as 'Octopus'. In the latest beta version, Google has replaced the original placeholder Easter egg that traditionally has been there to keep the real name of the OS a secret with the image of an Octopus. Earlier, there were reports that it would be named 'Oreo'. Android O is set to release on Google's Pixel smartphones later this year.

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Google stops highlighting illegal torrent sites on Search

Google has removed the highlighted carousel which showed illegal torrent sites on searching with keywords like 'best torrent sites' or torrent sites’. Google has also filtered out illegal streaming services from searches for ‘streaming sites’ and has completely blocked the results carousel from displaying torrent sites.

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Google tests autoplay videos in search result page

According to reports, Google is testing a feature on its Search results page that would autoplay YouTube videos related to users' searched terms and keywords. The videos will appear in the right-hand side bar but their audio will not play automatically. A Google spokesperson confirmed the test, adding that the company has no plans to launch the feature yet.

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Alcohol may boost memory and learning: Study

Researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK have reportedly claimed that drinking alcohol after learning something new may help better retain the information in memory. For the study, 88 social drinkers were given a word-learning task and then split into two groups at random. They were told either to drink as much as they liked or not to drink at all. They did the same the next day also. Researchers say those who had drunk alcohol remembered more of what they had learned.

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Yu Yunique 2 4G VoLTE phone launched at Rs 5,999

Micromax’s sub brand Yu Televentures on Tuesday launched the Yu Yunique 2 smartphone at Rs  5,999. The Coal black and Champagne Gold colour variant phone will be available for buying from July 27, 12PM. It comes with a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display and a 1.3 quad-core MT6737 processor coupled with MAli T720 graphics processor and 2GB RAM. Operating on Android Nougat, the dual SIM phone comes with 16GB internal storage and 2500mAh battery. Other features include 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.

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MS Paint will be optional Windows Store download: Microsoft

After receiving a severe criticism online for listing MS Paint for removal with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has reportedly clarified that it is not killing the app. The company, in a blog post on Monday, said it would rather be bringing the app to the Windows Store as an optional download. The MS Paint app was mentioned in the deprecated list leading to assumptions that it will be removed from future releases.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) with Android 7.1.1 Nougat spotted

GFX benchmarking website has listed a phone with the model name SM-A730x which is said to be the alleged Samsung Galaxy A7 2018. As per the listing on GFXBench, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) has full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 5 finger gesture support. While it does not clearly mention the screen size, the phone allegedly has 2.21 GHz octa-core processor and Mali-G71 GPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Further, the Samsung phone has a 16MP autofocus camera and a LED flash on its rear panel. There is the same 16MP camera in its front for selfies as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to come with 3x zoom dual cameras

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a massive display and S Pen will support 3x optical zoom feature, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, has reportedly revealed. Rumoured to sport a 6.3-inch display, Note 8 is going to be the first handset by Samsung to sport dual cameras, say reports. The analyst had earlier said Note 8 would sport a 12MP wide-angle CIS (CMOS image sensors), while the secondary camera will sport a 13MP telephoto CIS with dual 6P technology.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explodes into flames

A Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone reportedly exploded inside a shop in Bengaluru. While a shopkeeper was seen trying to insert the SIM into a customer's Redmi Note 4, it caught fire after an explosion. "At Xiaomi, customer safety is of utmost importance to us. We have reached out to the customer to investigate this matter, and are awaiting further response", Xiaomi responded.

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Apple to use ‘L’ shaped batteries from LG in iPhone

Apple has reportedly signed a pact with LG Chem of South Korea for the supply of ‘L’ shaped batteries for its iPhones. LG Chem has invested hundreds of billions in a dedicated line for the purpose and will produce “L-shaped” batteries for next year’s iPhone. Notably, users can experience these new ‘L’ shaped batteries on the iPhone 9.

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Microsoft to discontinue MS Paint after 32 years

American tech giant Microsoft on Monday announced that its 32-year-long-standing basic graphics editing program MS Paint will no longer be available with the next Windows 10 update called the Autumn Creators Update. Notably, MS Paint was first released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985. MS Paint's removal is a part of Microsoft's plan to shut programs that are not in active development.

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Google to discontinue YouTube Editor, Photo slideshows soon

Search engine giant Google has reportedly confirmed that its two online tools -YouTube Editor and the Photo slideshows - will be taken off from the Google video services effectively on September 20. The company’s community manager, Marissa, in a statement, reportedly said, “We've seen limited usage of these features, so we're retiring them to focus our efforts on building new tools and improving on other existing features.”

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Samsung making wireless earphones to rival AirPods: Reports

South Korean technology company Samsung is reportedly working on wireless earphones to compete with Apple's AirPods. According to the reports, Samsung AirPod earphones will be powered by Samsung's smart assistant Bixby and could possibly be launched with the Galaxy Note 8 next month. The earphones are also believed to feature noise-cancelling technology.

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Apple helping Indian Railways to increase train speed: Minister

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday reportedly said that the government is working with global technology firms like Apple to take Indian railways to the next level. Prabhu also added that the government is aiming to increase train speeds to more than 600 kmph with the help of major technology developers. He also revealed the plans of using self-propelled coaches that detect rail fractures.

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Wearable shocks users to keep them awake while driving

A Europe start-up company Creative Mode has reportedly made a ₹15,000 wearable 'Steer' that gives shocks to the users to keep them awake when they're driving. The device is packed with 16 sensors and it constantly measures the wearer's heart rate and skin conductance. It compares the tracked data with the normal and sends a high vibration to alert the users if the data doesn't match.

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Jio Broadband JioFiber launch 'Well on Track'

RIL's chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani confirmed that the company is working to launch optical-fiber-based JioFiber high-speed broadband and a fixed line broadband service. Ambani also said that they are "well on track" to bring its optic-fiber connectivity to enterprises, small businesses, homes, and public spaces soon.

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Facebook Groups for pages launched

Facebook on Wednesday added a new feature called 'Groups for Pages' that will allow Page admins to create special groups within their Pages to provide a channel of discussion among people and authorities on subjects of common interest. "We are making 'Groups for Pages' available around the world today. If you are an artist, a business, a brand, or a newspaper, you can now create fan clubs and groups centered around your super-fans," said Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook.

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Jio Phone plans announced, unlimited 4G data at Rs 153 per month

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani on Friday launched its 4G-enabled feature phone handset during the Reliance Industries Ltd's 40th annual general meeting in Mumbai. Voice and data both will come free with an affordable monthly plan of Rs 153, Jio announced. "At a plan Rs 153 a month, it is only 3 percent of the existing price putting an end to unaffordable data for all Indians forever", Ambani said. The company will also offer similar features for a weekly plan for Rs 54, and a two-day plan of Rs 24.

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