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Elon Musk aims for $25,000 Tesla car for the masses
After giving a tearful interview to The New York Times, Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk sat with popular You Tuber Marques Brownlee for a chat, revealing his plans for a mass-market electric vehicle priced as low as $25,000. If we work really hard I think maybe we could do that in three years, Musk replied to Brownlee on Friday. Musk also expressed a desire to improve production to the point where Tesla can make two cars at once, said the report.
Microsoft developing next version of BP-monitoring smart glasses
Microsoft is developing the next version of its smart glasses, called Glabella, that can work as a cuff-less, wearable and unobtrusive blood pressure measuring device, according to a new report. Glabella continuously records the stream of reflected light intensities from blood flow as well as inertial measurements of the user's head. Although the glasses did well in a test run, they are not yet ready to hit the store shelves as the Microsoft researchers plan to evaluate the Glabella glasses in a clinical setting.
Google's Android Messages app gets dark mode, revamped interface and smart reply features
Google has released a new update for its Android Messages app which now allows users to use the dark mode feature. The new version 3.5 update also brings a new interface inspired by Google's Material Design and the company's proprietary machine learning-based Smart Reply feature. When users enable dark mode inside the Android Messages app, it will change the look and feel of the app altogether.
How does Google track your location, and how you can prevent it from doing so
After the investigation, the company's Location History settings information on the help page now says that the setting does not affect other location services on your device. According to researchers, things like weather updates and even searches for things unrelated to location are being handed to Google without our permission. It is already clear that even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without our permission. This step will prevent precise location tracking by Google.
Gmail's 'confidential mode' feature has now been rolled out to mobile devices
This year in May, Google rolled out the Confidential Mode for Gmail users on desktop, however, the feature is now available on the iOS and Android mobile application as well. The new confidential mode can be used to set an expiration date for their emails or revoke access at any time. Recipients of the confidential message will have options to forward, copy, print, download and forward disabled. To do so, on your computer or mobile phone, go to Gmail and click compose.
Many Android, iOS apps put user privacy at risk: Symantec research
According to Symantec research, Google Play Store for Android and Apple App Store for iOS have a lot of apps that exposed users to privacy risks. There are certain apps for Android and iOS users that seek excessive permissions to access a user's personal data. In the research, Symantec explained how the personal information is gathered and how suspicious apps on Google Play Store are filled with excessive advertisements, putting a user's privacy at risk.
Pixel 2 users report performance issues, lag on smartphone
A lot of Google Pixel 2 XL users including Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii are facing performance level issues with the 2017 flagship smartphone. Multiple users have reported lagging issues with the Google Pixel 2 XL. According to both Russakovskii and Brownlee, Google Pixel 2 units have become a lot slower over the year. Google Pixel 2 XL was announced in October last year alongside the Pixel 2.
Edward Snowden suggests penalty for misuse of Aadhaar data
Edward Snowden said that it's a myth that youngsters are not concerned about privacy. Jaipur: The government must slap the penalty on anyone using Aadhaar data for purposes other than public services, whistle-blower Edward Snowden has said. Addressing an event via video-conference, he said that if Indian government was serious about implementing Aadhaar for public good, it must ensure criminal penalty against anyone misusing the data.
Xiaomi Mi 8 is reportedly coming to India besides Poco
Xiaomi's Mi and Redmi brands are already a big success in India with the smartphones selling better than any other rival in the segment. The Chinese brand is spreading its wings further with the launch of its new brand Poco. While the handset to come bearing this brand will be the Pocophone F1, Xiaomi is also said to launch its current flagship offering the Mi 8 soon. The Poco brand is set to come to India on August 22.
US tech giants plan to fight India's data localisation plans
US technology giants plan to intensify lobbying efforts against stringent Indian data localisation requirements, which they say will undermine their growth ambitions in India, sources told Reuters. US trade groups, representing companies such as Amazon, American Express and Microsoft, have opposed India's push to store data locally. Stricter localisation norms would help India get easier access to data when conducting investigations, but critics say it could lead to increased government demands for data access.
Google tracks your movements, even when you explicitly tell it not to
San Francisco, August 13 Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a timeline that maps out your daily movements.
Twitter suspends Alex Jones for a week
Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of Alex Jones after the conspiracy theorist tweeted a link to a video calling on supporters to get their battle rifles ready and prepare to act on the enemy. The video, posted by Jones to live-streaming site Periscope, which is also owned by Twitter, reportedly broke the company's rules against inciting violence. The suspension will last seven days, according to The New York Times, and it's the strongest censure of Jones yet by the microblogging site.
Tech in the time of tragedy: Google says Kerala flood victims can share location even when offline
The people of flood-hit Kerala, waiting for relief or for a rescue team, can share their location even when they are offline, Google said on Saturday. Flood victims can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said. When an address is not available, one can use a plus code to find or share a place on Google Maps.
Unofficial Android 9.0 Pie ports available for OnePlus 2, OnePlus X: Report
Google recently launched the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 9.0 Pie. OnePlus has issued an official statement that all its smartphones from the OnePlus 3 onwards will start receiving the update soon. Now, according to a report by XDAdevelopers, the developer's community has stepped up and have made unofficial AOSP ports of the new update for the OnePlus X and OnePlus 2.
OnePlus 6T launch confirmed, just a few days away
OnePlus 6 did lend some commendable numbers to the brand for its performance which is at par with phones much more expensive. There was no reliable report about its sibling OnePlus 6T's launch, until now. The story focuses on the T-Mobile's exclusive partnership with the Chines smartphone maker to launch the OnePlus 6T in the US. As for the US, there still could be a blockage in the launch process as OnePlus needs to get the technical approval at the T-Mobile carrier.
Picostone Basic: The startup IoT for every home
Using hubs and IoT switches, you can use Alexa and Google Assistant to control a plethora of appliances at home. Picostone, a small startup from Mumbai, have a bunch of IoT controllers that can help you build a smart home for a fraction of the cost. The Picostone Basic is an IoT controller that sits inside the gang box of any home and takes control of the existing lights and fans.
Vivo V11 India launch on September 6, company sends media invites
Vivo V11 India launch is set for September 6 and the Chinese company has sent out 'Block your dates' media invites for the event. Experience the 11, the invite reads, confirming the launch of Vivo V11. Vivo V11 was previously leaked in live images that hint at a design similar to Vivo's upcoming X23 smartphone. Vivo V11 live images were put out by Russian website Hi-Tech Mail and Belarusian portal Tech Onliner.
Twitter user spots Samsung faking stock photos as A8 selfies
Samsung is all set to unveil its enticing flagship Galaxy Note 9 on August 22. While this is just a few days away, the company suffered a slight stain on its reputation in Brazil where it was caught posting stock images representing them as selfies from the Galaxy A8 2018 model. In the end, Samsung got away saying that most of the pictures in the array are taken from the A8 selfie camera.
World Photography Day: Brilliant photos shot on an iPhone
When I saw it I took a few steps back tilted the phone up a tad and captured the moment. I shot this image of my best friend's wife, Pashmeena. We were at a friend's wedding and during the send-off (bidaayi), I captured Pashmeena with a faraway look in her eyes. As I depressed with the political agenda of the country, shooting in high contrast helps me to transform my feelings.
Samsung India Set to Launch New Galaxy A Premium Smartphone
Samsung India is set to refresh its popular Galaxy A series with a new dual rear camera smartphone this month which will be a premium device in the Rs 30,000 and above price segment. The smartphone with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, industry sources told IANS on Friday. The smartphone will house 16MP+24MP dual rear set-up with Live Focus feature and a massive 24MP front camera.

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