These Smartphones Have The Most Amazing Discounts For The Republic Day Sale

To rival Amazon’s Great Indian Sale going on now, Flipkart also has announced its Republic Day sale that kickstarts today and runs up until January 23. Under the three-day sale period, lucrative exchange offers and discounts are applicable across most smartphone categories. Even Shopclues has joined the ongoing sale streak, and we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting offers available!

1. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:

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Google’s second-generation Pixel phones are back at a discount for Flipkart’s Republic Day Sale. The Pixel 2 is down to Rs. 47,999 from Rs. 61,000. You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 if you exchange your old smartphone with the purchase. The discount is on both Black & White and Just Black colour variants.

The Pixel 2 XL is down to Rs. 61,999 from Rs. 73,000. It comes bundled with an exchange offer that can take another Rs. 21,000 (maximum) off the discounted price. If you pay using an HDFC Bank credit card, you’ll get additional cashback of Rs. 8,000.

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2. iPhone X 64GB:

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The iPhone X was launched in November last year, with a limited supply. Now the 64GB variant of the iPhone X is available for Rs 84,999, down from its original price of Rs 89,000 which is a 4% discount. You can get an additional discount of up to Rs.18,000 if you exchange your old smartphone with the purchase.

Just like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, if you pay using an HDFC Bank credit card, you’ll get additional cashback of Rs. 8,000.

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3. LG Q6:

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The LG Q6 is one of the best productivity oriented smartphone out there with an 18:9 FullVision Display. The market price is Rs. 16,990, but it’s available for Rs. 11,990 which is a steep Rs. 5000 discount. If you exchange your old device, there is also a cashback option available for Rs. 7,000.

No cost EMI is also available for all major credit cards out there.

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4. Special Price Cut on Honor Devices:

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Honor has announced special offers which are part of Flipkart’s Republic Day sales. Of these, the Honor 9 Lite goes on sale for the first time today. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB model and Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB model. Flipkart is also offering a guaranteed buyback value of up to Rs 7,000.

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On Amazon’s end, the Honor 8 Pro is available for Rs. 24,999 (down from Rs. 29,999), meaning a total saving of Rs. 5,000. Though there is no exchange offer available on the purchase of the Honor 8 Pro.

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5. BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition:

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If you’re out there looking for a phone with physical keyboard, this should be your choice. The BlackBerry KEYone is selling for Rs. 33,990 instead of its market price of Rs. 42,990, thats a discount of Rs. 9,000!

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6. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge:

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The older Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is down to Rs. 35,900 (Rs. 41,900) on the Flipkart sale. The bundled exchange offer can help cut another Rs. 18,000 (maximum) off the listed price. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch quad HD display. It is powered by the Exynos 8890 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. There’s a 12-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Most Awaited Smartphone of 2018

2017 has been a great year for smartphones as we saw the rising popularity of 18:9 Displays as well as the larger adoption of OLED Displays. While the winners are undoubtedly the S8, Note8 and iPhone X, there are many other devices like the Pixel 2 that challenged the dual camera trend with its breathtaking single rear camera, the OnePlus 5 and 5T challenged the status quo of flagships at half the price and LG made a comeback in the second half with its V30.

The best thing about the mobile industry is, there are no boundaries or limitations. Companies too have been daring enough to go against the mainstream demand and create a niche for their own, like the BlackBerry KEYone or the Razer Phone. There is a place for everyone and there is an infinite amount of possibilities. 2018 is going to be super exciting because Samsung will again try to amp up its game with the flagship S9, LG will try to make a comeback and challenge Samsung, Nokia will finally enter the true flagship space with it’s OnePlus will again break the pricing barrier and offer the most for the price.

Here’s our pick of the most awaited gadgets that 2018 shall be bringing!

1. Samsung Galaxy S9:

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Samsung is expected to continue launching two different sizes of the device, the S9 and S9+. Latest reports indicate that Samsung will further cut down on the chins and increase the screen-to-body ratio by up to 90%. The device will obviously feature the latest Bixby has to offer and an even better fingerprint sensor placement.

Earlier this month Samsung announced [https://www.mensxp.com/technology/news/41143-the-samsung-galaxy-s9-may-have-512gb-of-internal-storage.html] that they have started manufacturing 512GB of Memory that can be fit in a smartphone. So, the S9 could be the first device to feature 512GB of Internal Memory. The S9+ is also expected to get a dual camera setup that will further improve the overall optic capabilities of the flagship.

2. LG G7:

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While the LG G6 is undoubtedly an amazing device, it couldn’t keep up with the even better looking S8 this year. Another major drawback was, it came with Snapdragon 821 that was almost a year old and the S8 was powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. We expect the LG G7 to ship with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor this time around and it’s sure LG too will be cutting down on the chins.

There have also been rumours that the G7 will receive an OLED display after the recently-released V30 marked the LG’s return to the screen technology in its mobile devices.

While reports or rumours are very limited as of this moment, we’d love to see a curved display on the G7 and the amazing dual camera setup LG is popular for. A removable battery too will go hand in hand given LG has continued the trend even after competitors like Samsung and HTC have given up.

3. Nokia 9:

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The Nokia 9 will mean HMD Global’s official entry into the flagship space. While the Nokia 8 has been an amazing phone, it lacked the steam to take on the industry leaders and it didn’t intend to do so in the first place. With the Nokia 9, things will be changing.

Nokia 9 will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed.  The leaked Geekbench specifications further indicate that the handset will be powered by an octa-core chipset, comprising of an octa-core Kryo 64-bit CPU with a maximum frequency of 2.45GHz and the Adreno 540 GPU.

It shall have dual rear cameras (12MP and 13MP) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include 18W fast charging, and a larger 3,250mAh battery, compared to a removable 3090 mAh battery in the Nokia 8.

4. iPhone SE 2018:

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It’s been nearly two years since the 2016 release of the iPhone SE, Apple’s 4-inch handset packing the same power and camera as its iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE is still one of the most powerful small phones out there.

The iPhone SE 2 will be a key device for countries in South East Asia, namely India and Indonesia. The smartphone is expected to cost INR 30,000. The low-end device is reportedly already in the initial stages of production and it is being manufactured by Wistron in Bangalore.

The iPhone SE 2018 shall further help Apple push to develop markets where the majority of the sales consist of low and mid-range devices. While it won’t be aggressively priced, it shall surely bring a cheaper iOS option to the table for a lot of people.

5. iPhone 2018:

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With the launch of the iPhone X out of the way, what’s next for the future of Apple’s flagship smartphone? According to early rumours, 2018 will see Apple expand the X’s unique design to a larger form factor — a Plus variant.

There’s currently no knowing what Apple will call the new iPhone, but we suspect it will move from stainless steel back to aluminium to bring the price down while retaining that 19:9 display and using Face ID rather than Touch ID in a home button. We’d expect Apple to offer a couple of sizes in this design, making some differentiation between the two as it does with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus currently

6. HTC U12:

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HTC has added the HTC U11+ to its 2018 line-up, shifting to an 18:9 display and boasting a number of areas of this phone. Rumours are light on the ground at the moment, but HTC has come forward and said that it will be making a return to dual cameras in 2018. HTC was the first to put two cameras on the back of its phone in the HTC One M8.

It won’t be surprising to see HTC take a lot of design and specification queues from the U11+ and refine them further in the upcoming flagship.

If You’re Curious About Bitcoin, This Guide Is For You

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We live in interesting times. It’s the age of electric vehicles and fidget spinners. When a new thing shows up in the Internet age, it takes a while for everyone to determine what it is, let alone what it can become. As for bitcoin, it’s been 8 years since it came out but most of us are still unsure about what it is. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a decentralised consensus network that enables a cryptocurrency? Woah, lucky guess!

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What Is It?

It’s hard to understand the jargon when you don’t understand the problem that it’s trying to solve. Let’s imagine a completely hypothetical scenario where you had a 1000 rupee note but you gave that note to the government because suddenly, that’s the law. After that physical transaction, you are left with nothing whereas the government has your 1000 rupee note. Now imagine if you had a digital 1000 rupee note, things are not so simple anymore. You could simply copy-paste and email the note to the government while simultaneously emailing it to the terrorist outfit of your choice. These are not my words; it’s the government that assumes you’re funding terrorists with that money – feel free to take this issue with them. Regardless, this is called the double spending problem and it baffled computer scientists for a long time until Bitcoin offered a solution in 2009.

How Does Bitcoin Solve The Problem Of Double Spending?

Bitcoin consists of a network of peers. Each one has a unique ID (or digital signature) and a copy of the “blockchain”, that is, a public ledger that contains entries of all bitcoin transactions ever performed. When someone makes a bitcoin transaction, it gets processed by “miners” on the network. Miners have dedicated hardware that implements time-consuming crypto algorithms to ensure the validity of the transaction so that it can be added to the blockchain. This is the reason bitcoin transactions take very long. Once added, it is highly improbable that the transaction will be reversed. The miners get rewarded with bitcoins for their service to the network and that is the only way to generate new bitcoins.

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So, if you had five bitcoins and you gave one to the government, then the ledger records that transaction. Now, you can’t pay five bitcoins to someone else because everyone has a copy of the ledger and it says that you have only four bitcoins, thus solving the double spending problem. Everything is so much simpler in retrospect!

Why Is It In The News?

Bitcoin is in the news because recently, its price soared past $15,000 and it made a debut on a major US futures exchange. It’s as if a “Stay at home and get rich!” advertisement has gone viral. Some people are regretting not investing in them. Others are calling it a bubble similar to the dot-com boom in the late 90s that even 90s kids will not remember because they were too busy watching movies like ‘International Khiladi’ and ‘Hero No. 1’. The speculative bubble is also being likened to the Tulip mania in 1636 when the bulb of the tulip flower was being sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craft worker. 1636 was probably the only year when a burly man wearing a cowboy hat, got down from his horse to enter a bar, got completely drunk and then threw a tulip on the counter as payment.

“Criminals Love It!” Is A Bad Sales Pitch

Bitcoin is popular albeit infamous because it is anonymous (well, it’s only a matter of time until they make us connect even this to our Aadhar Card!) and everything happens online, making it a perfect mode of payment for criminals and users of websites like Silk Road (think Flipkart but for narcotics). Even Bitcoin’s birth is shrouded in controversy and anonymity. It was created by a person or a group of people called Satoshi Nakamoto. He posted the Bitcoin code on the Internet as open source and was active in the development process up until 2010. He was the first miner and based on the block-chain, he has roughly one million bitcoin but his software works as designed – no one knows who or where he is.

FACEBOOK FOR 6-YEAR-OLDS? WELCOME TO MESSENGER KIDS

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FACEBOOK SAYS IT built Messenger Kids, a new version of its popular communications app with parental controls, to help safeguard pre-teens who may be using unauthorized and unsupervised social-media accounts. Critics think Facebook is targeting children as young as 6 to hook them on its services.

Facebook’s goal is to “push down the age” of when it’s acceptable for kids to be on social media, says Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. Golin says 11-to-12-year-olds who already have a Facebook account, probably because they lied about their age, might find the animated emojis and GIFs of Messenger Kids “too babyish,” and are unlikely to convert to the new app.

Facebook launched Messenger Kids for 6-to-12-year olds in the US Monday, saying it took extraordinary care and precautions. The company said its 100-person team building apps for teens and kids consulted with parent groups, advocates, and childhood-development experts during the 18-month development process and the app reflects their concerns. Parents download Messenger Kids on their child’s account, after verifying their identity by logging into Facebook. Since kids cannot be found in search, parents must initiate and respond to friend requests.

Facebook says Messenger Kids will not display ads, nor collect data on kids for advertising purposes. Kids’ accounts will not automatically be rolled into Facebook accounts once they turn 13.

Nonetheless, advocates focused on marketing to children expressed concerns. The company will collect the content of children’s messages, photos they send, what features they use on the app, and information about the device they use. Facebook says it will use this information to improve the app and will share the information “within the family of companies that are part of Facebook,” and outside companies that provide customer support, analysis, and technical infrastructure.

“It’s all that squishy language that we normally see in privacy policies,” says Golin. “It seems to give Facebook a lot of wiggle room to share this information.” He says Facebook should be clearer about the outsiders with which it may share data.

In response to questions from WIRED, a spokesperson for Facebook said: “It’s important to remember that Messenger Kids does not have ads and we don’t use the data for advertising. This provision about sharing information with vendors from the privacy policy is for things like providing infrastructure to deliver messages.”

Kristen Strader, campaign coordinator for the nonprofit group Public Citizen, says Facebook has proven it cannot be trusted with youth data in the past, pointing to a leaked Facebook report from May that promised advertisers the ability to track teen emotions, such as insecurity, in real-time. “Their response was just that they will not do similar experiments in the future,” says Strader. At the time, advocacy groups asked for a copy of the report, but Facebook declined.

On Thursday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey sent a long list of questions about the app’s privacy controls to Mark Zuckerberg. “We remain concerned about where sensitive information collected through this app could end up and for what purpose it could be used,” they wrote in a letter to the Facebook CEO.

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Tech companies have made a much more aggressive push into targeting younger users, a strategy that began in earnest in 2015 when Google launched YouTube Kids, which includes advertising. Parents create an account for their child through Google’s Family Link, a product to help parents monitor screentime. FamilyLink is also used for parents who want to start an account for their kid on Google Home, which gets matched to their child’s voice.

“There is no way a company can really close its doors to kids anymore,” says Jeffrey Chester, executive director for the Center of Digital Democracy. “By openly commercializing young children’s digital media use, Google has lowered the bar,” he says, pointing to what toy company Mattel described as “an eight-figure deal” that it signed with YouTube in August.

Chester says services such as YouTube Kids and Messenger Kids are designed to capture the attention, and affinity, of the youngest users. “If they are weaned on Google and Facebook, you have socialized them to use your service when they become an adult,” he says. “On the one hand it’s diabolical and on the other hand it’s how corporations work.”

In past years, tech companies avoided targeting younger users because of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection ACT (COPPA), a law that requires parental permission in order to collect data on children under 13. But, “the weakness of COPPA is that you can do a lot of things if you get parental permission,” says Golin. In the past six months, new apps have launched marketed as parent helpers. “What they’re saying is this is great way for parents to have control, what they are getting is parental permission,” says Golin.

Several children-focused nonprofit groups endorsed Facebook’s approach, including ConnectSafely and Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Both groups have received funding from Facebook and each has at least one representative on Facebook’s 13-person advisory board for Messenger Kids. The board also includes two representatives from MediaSmarts, which is sponsored by Facebook.

A Facebook spokesperson says, “We have long-standing relationships with some of these groups and we’ve been transparent about those relationships.” The spokesperson says many backers of Facebook’s approach, including Kristelle Lavallee of the Center on Media and Child Health, and Dr. Kevin Clark of George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, do not receive support from Facebook.

UPDATE 3:25 PM: This story has been updated with information about the advisory board for Messenger Kids.

UPDATE 4:25 PM 12/7/2017: This story has been updated with information about Sen. Blumenthal’s and Sen. Markey’s letter to Mark Zuckerberg.

MUSK SAYS TESLA IS BUILDING ITS OWN CHIP FOR AUTOPILOT

Elon Musk disclosed plans for Tesla to design its own chip to power its self-driving function.
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ROCKETS, ELECTRIC CARS, solar panels, batteries—whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself.

“We are developing customized AI hardware chips,” Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world’s leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips’ processing power would help Tesla’s Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human. “We get there faster if we have dedicated AI hardware,” he said. He didn’t say how far along Tesla is in developing a chip, or when it will start shipping inside vehicles.

This may not be the ideal time for Musk and Tesla to be juggling a new complex and expensive technical project. Some 400,000 people have plunked down $1,000 to join the waitlist for the company’s new Model 3 sedan, but last month Musk conceded production was months behind schedule.

Musk took the stage Thursday in a historic Spanish revival building in Long Beach, California. Alongside him were Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s director of AI, and Jim Keller, a veteran chip engineer who became vice president in charge of Autopilot hardware last year. Their audience comprised 200 or so lucky attendees of NIPS, a premier academic machine-learning conference that has become a vital bragging and recruiting venue for leading tech companies.

Musk pitched his party as a kind of group hug with the AI community, parts of which he has sometimes been at odds with. He swore that he and Tesla care deeply about the field, and spoke of the company’s need for AI talent in software and hardware. Musk joked self-deprecatingly about his habit of using public appearances to warn that AI poses an existential threat to humanity. “You’ve all heard me sound the alarm bell—there he goes again,” he said, to friendly laughter from the free-drink swilling crowd. “I also think there are things where AI can really be useful, well before you get to godlike uber intelligence.”

As the evening wore on, Musk spoke of his worries about military uses of AI. And he suggested a regulatory agency of some kind might someday require very advanced AI systems to include ethical foundations. But Tesla’s primary use for AI is making sense of data from the cameras, radar, and other sensors through which its Autopilot system perceives the world.

Tesla owners are instructed to only use the system on highways today. Musk has said that a future software upgrade will permit “full self-driving” using the hardware inside existing vehicles. He repeated that claim Thursday, saying that the new chip in the works would improve the reliability of what was already possible. “If you have an order of magnitude more computing power, at a first order approximation that’s an order of magnitude more reliability,” he said.

Reliability will be crucial for self-driving cars. Software hiccups matter when you’re propelling thousands of pounds of machinery around the streets. A Tesla owner died last year when his Model S steered by Autopilot drove into the side of a tractor trailer pulling across the road ahead. The car’s vision system failed to register the white trailer against the bright sky. Tesla’s AI director Karpathy said Thursday that vision algorithms can be troubled by things like trucks with reflective rear ends, or walls painted to appear like roads. Musk hastened to add that he believes cars will soon be harder to fool than people, noting how they can use multiple sensors such as radar and cameras to verify what they’re seeing.

It might seem unlikely that an auto company could design a chip better than a chip company. But Musk’s chip guru Keller told the audience Thursday that nothing on the market is a good fit for Tesla’s mixture of sensors, or the reliability requirements of an auto. “You can get something a lot better if you really design what you want,” Keller said. He previously worked at Apple, AMD, and storied computing pioneer Digital Equipment.

In designing its own chips for AI, Tesla is following other big tech companies. The technique known as deep learning used by Tesla and others for tasks like interpreting camera data is taxing for conventional computer chips. GoogleMicrosoft, and Apple, have all created custom chips to power deep learning in the cloud or on mobile devices.

Those projects pose a challenge to established silicon suppliers, and Tesla’s chip effort could too. Tesla announced last year that all its vehicles would be powered by a computer for automated driving from Nvidia, the graphics-chip company that has morphed into the leading supplier of high-powered silicon for machine learning. Nvidia said queries about its relationship with Tesla should be directed to the automaker. Tesla declined to comment.

Musk dodged a question from WIRED Thursday about the nature and exact function of the chip his team is working on. But he did say it had features that address shortcomings of graphics chips that limit their efficiency—perhaps a reference to Nvidia. Musk said Tesla engineers calculate their chip will match the performance of existing products while consuming a tenth of the power, and costing a tenth of the price.

The chip project reflects Musk’s high expectations for Autopilot, and progress in competing self-driving projects. Last month Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving unit, said it no longer needed safety drivers in the front seat of its prototype automated vehicles in Phoenix.

On Thursday night, Musk predicted that his cars will be able to fully drive themselves better than a human in less than two years, and 100 times better in three years. The assembled AI experts roared with delight and astonishment.