Xbox One X: More Speed, More Muscle

Microsoft earlier this week announced the next version of its Xbox line of gaming consoles, ahead of E3 2017, now ongoing in Los Angeles. The new Xbox One X, which goes on sale Nov. 7 for US$499, is slimmer than previous models and packed with power. With a 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, the One X has 40 percent faster graphics performance than its chief rival, Sony’s PS4 Pro. The custom Scorpio engine in the Microsoft box burns chrome at 1172 MHz — a 37 percent increase over its predecessor, Xbox One,…

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Securing Your Linux System step by step

As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. It’s almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part…

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Apple Ogling Gadets

Welcome to the latest edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that mines the latest gadget announcements in search of the latest and greatest gizmos… or at least the ones that provoke enough interest to discuss. And what do you know? With another Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in the book, there are plenty of Apple products over which we can cast our beady eye: Apple HomePod, a refreshed iMac Pro, and a new iPad Pro. These are not reviews, in part because some of these items are months…

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Google Pixel Phones Target Apple, but May Hurt Samsung

Google’s product launch on Tuesday was as much a jab at Apple’s iPhone as a sales pitch for its new Pixel phones, with executives from the Mountain View internet search company taking shots at their competitor at every turn. But any gains Google makes with the $649 (roughly Rs. 43,000) Pixel, billed as completely designed in-house, may come not at the expense of Apple, but phone manufacturers running its Android software, a list topped by Samsung. “A premium Android strategy is really a strategy to take market share from Samsung,” said…

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Google Pixel Event: Android Maker Readies New Phones, Gadgets Featuring Its Software

Google may be getting serious about selling its own hardware gadgets. On Tuesday, the search giant will ramp up its consumer electronics strategy with expected announcements of new gadgets including new smartphones and an Internet-connected personal-assistant for the home similar to Amazon’s Echo speaker. All are intended to showcase Google’s software and online services. A new virtual reality headset and other devices, such as a home router, could also be on tap, according to analysts and industry blogs. Google has declined to confirm any specifics, although it previously described some…

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Xolo Era 1X Works With the Reliance Jio Network

After launching the Xolo Era X in February, the company has expanded its Era series and launched the successor Era 1X in India. The Xolo Era 1X is priced at Rs. 4,999 and will be exclusively available on Flipkart. Xolo has started to take registrations for the device, and will make it available from September 15. The Xolo Era 1X comes with VoLTE support, which means it will work with the Reliance Jio network. It also packs a dual-LED front flash, a rare sight at this price. As for the specifications, the…

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Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 With Wi-Fi Connectivity Launched at Rs. 9,999

Xiaomi on Wednesday launched its first smart home product in India – the Mi Air Purifier 2. Priced at Rs. 9,999, the Mi Air Purifier will be available from 12pm IST September 26 via Mi.com, and from 12am IST on October 2 via Flipkart. The company at the event also launched the Mi Band 2 (Review) in India, priced at Rs. 1,999. To recall, the Mi Air Purifier 2 was launched in China back in November last year, and is smaller and more powerful than its predecessor. To give a…

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iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Users Complain of Lightning EarPods Issue; Apple Promises Fix

After reports of a bug that causes a loss in cellular service after disabling Airplane Mode on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, some more glitches have reportedly been found on Apple’s latest offerings. This time the glitch pertains to the Lightning port, which appears to disable in-line controls on the connected headset after a period of no playback. Apple has acknowledged the issue, and says a fix will be issued via a software update. Reported by several iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users across the Web,…

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iPhone 7 Has the Best Mobile LCD Display Ever Tested, Says DisplayMate

Screen-testing firm DisplayMate termed the display on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the “Best Performing Smartphone Display” that the company has ever tested. Now, the company has tested the display on iPhone 7 and claims that it is the “best performing mobile LCD display” that it has ever come across, while it also sets some overall records. DisplayMate’s President Dr. Raymond M. Soneira said that even though in size and resolution the iPhone 7’s display is indistinguishable from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the smartphone packs a display that…

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Moto Z to Launch in India This Festive Season, Lenovo Executive Confirms

Chinese technology giant Lenovo will bring the much-awaited modular smartphone Moto Z to the Indian market this festive season. The Moto Z, which was unveiled globally in June this year, allows users to attach a set of accessories called Moto Mods to the back of the device that adds various functionalities to the device. “We will launch 8 new devices, of which six we have already announced, in this festive season… This includes the Moto Z,” Lenovo India Executive Director Mobile Business Group Sudhin Mathur told PTI. While Mathur declined…

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