Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday.
The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear.
A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment.
Since its founding in 1999, Shazam has offered a high-tech solution to listeners’ longtime agony over not recognizing music on the radio or in bars, letting users identify songs through their phones’ microphones.
Shazam, which is based in London, said last year that it had reached one billion downloads on smartphones.
But it only recently started to see profitability by incorporating advertisements and tying up with other tech firms including Spotify and Apple, to which it refers traffic.
It would remain to be seen how Apple would integrate Shazam, which also faces competitors such as SoundHound.
Apple, which earlier revolutionized online music with iTunes, in 2015 launched Apple Music as the market turns to streaming, which offers unlimited on-demand listening.
Apple said in September that the service had more than 30 million subscribers — a rapid rise but still trailing industry leader Spotify which said it had 60 million paying users as of July and 80 million more on its free tier.
Stockholm-based Spotify earlier Friday announced that it and China’s Tencent were taking minority stakes in each other — a likely sign of Spotify’s growth ambitions in the world’s most populous country, where it is not yet present.
First 5 million buyers of Redmi 5A base variant will get Rs. 1,000 off
Jio Prime users can avail cashback offer till December 15 now
Google released Datally, a new Android app to help you save data
Welcome to another edition of our weekly roundup of the biggest newsmakers in the world of technology. The hottest news this week was the India launch of Xiaomi Redmi 5A, which comes in two variants and will become available on Mi.com and Flipkart from December 7. The Redmi 5A price in India is Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant, and Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option. Xiaomi is offering Rs. 1,000 discount on the 2GB RAM model of the handset to the first five million buyers, bringing down the price to Rs. 4,999. On top of this, Jio is providing cashback of Rs. 1,000 to customers who buy either variant of this handset.
As for the specifications, the Redmi 5A has a 5-inch HD display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, and a 3000mAh battery that is claimed to deliver backup of up to 2 days. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, as well as an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It runs MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat and supports microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity.
In China, Xiaomi teased the launch of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones, which will be positioned above the 5A if we go by convention set in previous years. The company on Weibo said new Redmi models on December 7, and the accompanying image showed bezel-less design and 18:9 aspect ratio on the handset. In previous leaks, the two Redmi 5 handsets have been consistently said to feature the new design language. Other rumoured specifications include a 5.7-inch HD+ display, 1.8GHz octa-core processor, 2/ 3/ 4GB RAM options, 16/ 32/ 64GB storage options, MIUI 9, and 3200mAh battery.
“The creation of God is on a different level, and it plays some tricks when he creates ‘Doppelgängers’“.
As it is so difficult to mark your name on the pages of history books, some people still take courage to cross the lake of sorrows and struggles. They embed their names on the hard plate and emerge out like a shining star. But what about their doppelgängers? How life changes its path for them? What are some good or bad parts?
We recently had a word with Amit Mishra, the doppelgänger of our all-time favourite Virat Kohli. We had a great time discussing his experiences as a doppelgänger of Virat Kohli.
Here are some of the best parts of the interview:
While talking about education and background.
Amit’s birthplace is Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and he completed his mechanical engineering from GLA University Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. He was also passionate about anchoring, so he was an anchor and Head of Campus Affairs during his college days. He was the officer at the office of Transport Cooperation of India. He never thought of becoming an actor, but as people say, ‘you never know what happens next‘.
Amit’s father, Mr. Ram Chandra, is an active member and state level leader of BJP.
He is the General Secretary of BJP in UP. His family follows the simple ethics of life; they never imagined their son to reach this level.
And the twist of the fate still awaits…
It was a sunny morning when Amit was traveling back to his college. He boarded a flight where he met Ikram Akhtar, an Indian film writer, director, and founder of IAF (Ikram Akhtar Films). He has worked as a film writer for major blockbusters Ready, Thank You, No Problem, Nayee Padosan, etc. The conversation started with the obvious topic of Virat Kohli looks, but it took a turn when Amit mentioned his intentions and future goals.
He said in the interview, “I told him about my everyday challenges that how the tag Virat Kohli has been stuck with my name and how it bothers me.”
This was the time when Ikram Akhtar decided to write and direct a film of this concept. But what about the actor of the film? The person was sitting next to him. Yes, Amit Mishra.
VELLORE: Police on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old woman from Vellore for a ‘derogatory’ Facebook post against a Madras HC judge. Police were not clear if the woman had posted or shared the message, but Vellore SP P Pakalavantold TOI that the offence was the same in either case.
The message on the FB page of S Mahalakshmi, a homemaker from Sathuvachari, on September 14, questioned Justice Kirubakaran’s remarks against teachers staging protests and strikes. The judge had, in an order on a teachers’ protest in September, said such boycotts and strikes were a primary reason for government school students scoring low marks in NEET.
The post that appeared on Mahalakshmi’s FB page said the protest called by 96 associations under the ‘Jacto Jio’ banner included not just teachers, but also other professionals, including court staff, block development officers, noon meal staff, tahsildars and professors. Attributing motives, she said the judge was harsh only on teachers. Earlier, at least 10 people, most of them Jacto Jio members, who posted messages against the judge on social media were arrested.
Facebook today announced in a blog post it would be phasing out third-party app invites — a feature that was often reserved for games such as Farmville or Bejeweled.
Unless you’re a sucker for pain (or, mercy forbid, someone who actually uses them), you’ve probably long-since blocked out app invites from showing up in your Facebook notifications and feed. After all, who wants to get constant notifications to help out with a friend’s crops? But app invites were an essential part of early Facebook life, for many of us — mostly as a thing we had to live with.
Now, Facebook is slowly phasing the feature out. According to the developer page, the feature will be completely unsupported by February 6, 2018.
Facebook is also deprecating a few other features at the same time. This includes third-party Like buttons, which means that you’ll no longer be able to “Like” a page while you’re in another app. You’ll have to visit the actual Facebook page. Other features getting the boot include the now-redundant Follow button and comment mirroring, which allows you to comment on offsite content using your Facebook account.
Apple has reportedly regained the top spot in the wearable market during the last quarter. The Cupertino tech giant shipped 3.9 Million Apple Watches, as per a report by Canalys. The Quarter 3 of 2017 saw the strongest sales of Apple in 2017, with over 800,000 Apple Watch 3 with LTE support being shipped worldwide. Apple is followed by Xiaomi and Fitbit at the second and the third position, with their total wearable shipments being 3.6 million and 3.5 million respectively.
Historically, sales in the quarter 3 are slow, with this year being an exception and all the players in the wearable market outshining their previous year’s performances. As for Apple, the company has seen a splurge in sales with the Apple Watch series 3, despite the LTE connectivity issue that faced by the users earlier. Apple had then released a software update to fix the same.
The top 3 are followed by Huawei and Samsung at the fourth and fifth position respectively. Vendors are expecting a similarly strong sales performance in the ongoing quarter 4 of 2017.
Let’s have a look at 10 Best Laptops you can Buy in November 2017 that are in the market with some cool features and are with some extreme processing powers. So have a look at the list below.
Laptops are generally one of the most advanced hardware devices out there in the world. These are completely the portable versions for the fully functional desktop computers that were previously meant for performing different tasks. Since the launch of the Laptop devices, we have seen a numerous number of new laptop devices being made by the manufacturers. Every year many of the new models for the laptops are launched by the manufacturers and the users get the availability for something new to choose from. It is really difficult for the totally new user to look for the best laptop device through the list of a numerous number of models with different specs available. We understand the buyers what actually they require, so depending on that we have done a lot of work to review and rate up to the different laptop models. Out of all the rated models of the laptops until this year we have found the best ones preferred by us. We have listed all of those best laptops in the post below for your assistance, please take a look at the list and you shall be able to get the best laptops for the November 2017. Let’s carry on to the list right now, read until the end and give us your ratings!
Top 10 Best Laptops You can Buy in November 2017
1. HP Spectre 360
Excellent, adorable and totally justifiable design of this device is what can attract anyone towards it. If you would search for the best looking and designed laptop in the world ever till now, you would surely get this device on the top of the lists. Highly sleek and minimal design with ultimate hardware implemented inside makes this laptop one of the brilliant laptops around on the globe. The 360-degree rotatable display attached to this device further makes it convenient for the users to utilize this device anywhere around in any situation.
2. Asus UX305LA-FB055T
The Asus is the maker of the finest laptops in the world. All from the small parts of the computer devices like RAM modules to the large parts like motherboards, processors etc, Asus just qualifies as the top-rated manufacturer in each category. More often the users seek for inserting the parts in their computer devices that are built by the Asus, but you know this one laptop we listed here is completely made by the Asus. How could you even leave this solid performer with reliable built up? Think Once!
3. Apple MacBook Air 13
Macbook always makes the sense. It is all about the sharpest, lovely and the incredible operating system that is made to run on the peak level hardware by the Apple. Everyone might be aware of the capabilities of the Mac OS and if you are not then you surely might not be living in this world. No matter what are your requirements from a laptop, the Mac would happen to provide you with all the features and functioning.
4. HP Envy 14-joo8tx
Another great laptop from the HP, build with same passion but it has been included with the slightly lesser hardware capabilities. Although it could be enough to beat any other laptop of the similar price range in case of performance.
5. Dell XPS 13
If you are seeking for the high end or the top-notch device that could do you even the most complex tasks with complete ease, provide you the extreme level functions or anything that you could think of is possible, then please make sure that you analyze this device once. You shall be shocked of what the Dell has to offer for you inside this package.
6. Lenovo Z51-70
Lenovo focuses on making the devices that not only assist the users with the professional level functions, performance etc but also justifies the budget of the buyers. This brand just manufacturers the devices with excellent qualities and thus it sells those build laptops in the least possible price ranges. It means that you can get the highest value device from Lenovo at a much cheaper price comparatively. We prefer you to go for this laptop if you are in the demand for the highly productive laptop.
7. Asus UX305FA
Really small but a giant in case of productivity, this small laptop has incredible powers hidden inside the case. Anyone who is looking for the cheap alternative to the big laptops and also wish to attain all those capabilities indeed, then it should be noted that no other laptop could provide such a great performance at this price point and you should definitely go for it.
8. Asus X555LJ XX132H
For the basic users those who sometimes need to do the moderate tasks on their laptops, Asus has this model for them. Large display with consistent performance and the good battery life all makes this a huge turn for the seekers of a good laptop. No matter what kind of media you would wish to play, this laptop will dare you to throw more heavy tasks so that it could play those flawlessly.
9. Lenovo Yoga 500
Folding laptops are always a better deal than any other laptops, the reason being they are extremely flexible in any kind of usage. You can mold the laptop into a laptop and hence easily do the tasks that require touch facility. Lenovo is the brand that is known for the making of the ultimate flex laptops that could be turned around in any angle for up to 360 degrees. Moreover, this laptop is also filled with tons of amazing hardware as well as the peak level operating system.
10. Hp Pavilion 15-ab032tx
HP is always excellent, and this particular device has made this statement all true. This peak level production brand is known by the users all over the world for its productive laptops. The businesses rely upon this brand for their growth. If this is not enough for you then please go and check out any HP laptop out there, even the cheapest model would make you aspire this brand quality.
After reading the above list of best laptops you have got to know about the most advanced and high-end computing devices that you could be able to buy in this November. The year 2017 is still not over and we would be looking forward to any of the releases by the manufacturers and hence getting the really great laptops out of them. Until the time while the new laptops are not provided to the world you should look no further as we have written about the best of the best laptops of this year till this month. We hope that you might be getting the benefits out of this article or the information. Simply log on to the comments section below and write there for your opinions or suggestions regarding the post.
New Delhi, The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) move to direct banks to take the major debt defaulters through the route of insolvency in order to tackle non-performing assets (NPAs) was principally “not correct”, former RBI Governor Y.V. Reddy said on Friday.
“It is essentially a problem of the public sector banks, which are owned by the sovereign. In a way asking RBI to take the initiative in solving the problem (of NPAs) is extraordinary,” Reddy said here at the 20th JRD Tata Memorial Lecture organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
“In principle, I agree it is not correct. I didn’t say it is not the best option. But the regulator’s measure is special.”
Reddy said banking was a business where one needed to take risks. “Essentially, it is a macroeconomic, banking and public sector problem.
“If it (NPAs) is fixed quickly, the better,” he added.
Reddy also said that if there was a difference in the public and private sector banks’ performance, then it should be attributed to its governance.
Here are ten special features in the Apple iPhone X you need to know before buying.
Apple iPhone X is the first smartphone from Apple to feature a bezel-less design. It offers a 5.8-inch Super Retina display and is powered by a A11 Bionic chip. The iPhone X also comes with wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilisation and of course facial recognition enabled by a TrueDepth camera.
The iPhone X offers an all-screen display that precisely follows the curve of the device. The all-glass (front and back) smartphone will be available in Silver and Space Grey colours. There is a surgical-grade stainless steel band that holds the glass body and reinforces the device. It is water and dust resistance.
2) Display The iPhone X comes with a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display offering true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support. The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, which together make photo and video content look good. The addition of True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience.
iOS 11 is redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina display and replaces the Home button with fast and fluid gestures. This allows users to naturally and intuitively navigate on the iPhone X by simply swiping up from the bottom to go home from anywhere.3) Face ID
On the security front, the iPhone X offers Face ID facial recognition to unlock the device. It is achieved by using a new TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognise a face. Face ID can be also enabled for Apple Pay and Apple claims that it works seamlessly in the dark as well.
How does it work?Face ID projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots. The IR image and dot pattern are pushed through neural networks to create a mathematical model of your face and send the data to the secure enclave to confirm a match, while adapting to physical changes in appearance over time.
All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data extremely secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when users look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.
Reinvented Front & Back Cameras Featuring Portrait Lighting 4) CameraThe new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera on the front that enables Face ID features wide colour capture, auto image stabilisation and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for selfies with a depth-of-field effect.The iPhone X also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilisation. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera along with an improved ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera for better photos and videos.
A new colour filter, deeper pixels and an improved Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos. A new quad LED True Tone Flash offers twice the uniformity of light and includes Slow Sync, resulting in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds.
5) Augmented RealityThe cameras on iPhone X are custom tuned for the ultimate AR experience. Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking. The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation. With ARKit, iOS developers can take advantage of the TrueDepth camera and the rear cameras to create games and apps offering fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen.
6) Video recording
The new camera also delivers the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone, with better video stabilisation, 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. The Apple-designed video encoder provides real-time image and motion analysis for optimal quality video.
Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting on both the front and rear cameras brings dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone and allows users to capture portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles.
With iOS 11, iPhone X supports HEIF and HEVC for up to two times compression and storage for twice the photos and videos.
The TrueDepth camera brings emoji to life in a fun new way with Animoji. Working with A11 Bionic, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyses over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different Animoji, including a panda, unicorn and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, users can record and send Animoji messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.
8) A11 Bionic chipset
The A11 Bionic features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion. A new, second-generation performance controller can harness all six cores simultaneously, delivering up to 70 percent greater performance for multi-threaded workloads, giving users more power while lasting two hours longer than iPhone 7.
The A11 Bionic also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation. All this power enables incredible new machine learning, AR apps and immersive 3D games.The new A11 Bionic neural engine is a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing. A11 Bionic neural engine is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animoji and other features.
9) Qi wireless charging
The glass back design enables a wireless charging on the iPhone X. Wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie, available from Apple Authorised Resellers.
10) AirPower: A new way to charge Apple devicesApple gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory coming in 2018, which offers a active charging area that will allow iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X users to simultaneously charge up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods.
The Mi Note 3 comes with ‘Adaptable AI Beautify’ feature
Xiaomi India has sent out invites for a launch event next week where it will unveil “a new series” in the country. It is widely expected that the November 2 Xiaomi India launch could see the release of a new smartphone in a price category that it has not tapped so far. With the Mi and Redmi series already in India, the company may bring the Mi Note series in India. The Mi Note 3 is likeliest candidate, as it is positioned higher than the Mi 6 in Xiaomi’s portfolio, but we will have to wait a week for the event to find out.
The Chinese company couple of months back sent out similar launch invites, teasing a ‘new series’, and then had revealed the Mi A1 – the first smartphone in an all-new Android One range by Xiaomi that’s made in collaboration with Google. Xiaomi currently covers a broad range of price categories with its Redmi and Mi-Series smartphones. The Redmi 4A is the company’s cheapest Android smartphone offering in the country while the recently unveiled Mi MIX 2 is the most expensive one in the entire portfolio. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, the bezel-less display smartphone, was launched in the country earlier this month and comes with a price tag of Rs. 35,999.
Going by the official invite, we expect Xiaomi to announce the Mi Note 3 smartphone in India. It’s worth mentioning that the Mi Note range has been one that has not debuted in India until now. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is essentially considered as a larger version of the Xiaomi Mi 6, launched earlier this year, with some minor differences. A forum post on MIUI also drops a hint that selfies will be a highlight feature of the device.
For those unaware, the Mi Note 3’s biggest highlight is its ‘Adaptable AI Beautify’ feature, which uses AI-based algorithms to beautify selfies, and has a different algorithm for men and women. Both the launch invite and the forum post feature a lightning symbol, implying either fast charging or impressive battery performance. The hint once again points at the Mi Note 3, which features a 3500mAh battery. It also features ‘Fast Charge 3.0 dual parallel’ fast charging technology, as per Google Translate. This fast charging technology doesn’t seem to be directly related to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, and the Snapdragon 660 SoC the smartphone runs on supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 price in China starts at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 24,500) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 28,300) for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant in Black, and CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 29,400) for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant in Blue. We can expect the company to bring only one variant if not all to the country.
The company also unveiled the Redmi 5A smartphone in China earlier this month which is the successor to the Redmi 4A. In August, it had launched the Redmi Note 5A in China, with a 16-megapixel front camera revealing its focus on selfies. The company may launch these smartphones at its November 2 launch as well.