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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: Worth every penny it demands

New Delhi: While the smartphone war in India has been shifted to the mid-price segment of Rs.10,000-Rs.20,000 with only a handful of premium-segment flagship devices being launched, Galaxy S7 edge has truly created an 'edge' over its rivals -- be it Apple 6S, HTC 10 or soon to be launched LG G5.

The reason is pretty simple: Hold Galaxy S7 edge in your hands and you will instantly realise it is the smartphone to beat in 2016.

Facts speak volume: In the first quarter of 2016, Samsung beat Apple to emerge as the clear market leader in India's premium smartphone segment. Buoyed by the success of S7 and S7 edge, Samsung's volume share rose to 62 percent from 35 percent, Apple's share fell to 37 percent from 55 percent, said Counterpoint Research.

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Microsoft, Facebook to build 6,600 km subsea cable for faster internet

San Francisco: Microsoft and Facebook have joined hands to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean that will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.

The 6,600 km MAREA cable will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic -- eight fibre pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps, the companies said in a statement on Friday.

The construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 and is expected to be completed in October 2017.

"As the world is increasingly moving toward a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft continues to invest in our cloud infrastructure to meet current and future growing global demand for our more than 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and the Microsoft Azure platform," explained Christian Belady, general manager, datacenter strategy, planning and development, Microsoft Corp.

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Twitter to soon roll out automatic 'Night Mode' UI

New Delhi: Micro-blogging site Twitter will soon roll out an automatic "Night Mode" user interface (UI) to its Android app that will swap out the white background and replace it with a darker appearance.

The testing of the new feature is happening among a small number of alpha testers, technology website DroidLife reported on Tuesday.

As of now, the standard white background UI with black text is the only option available to users.

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WhatsApp to add call back, voicemail features

New Delhi: Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp is expected to add some new features like a 'call back' feature soon which would allow users to call back friends with just a tap of button without opening the app.

The messaging service is also expected to bring voicemail feature to iOS platform. With this feature, WhatsApp would allow users to record and send voicemails to contacts.

Recently WhatsApp introduced the long awaited end-to-end encryption to all users, instant messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) app for smartphones to protect texts and calls from 'interception'.

Based in Mountain View, California, WhatsApp Inc.was acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately USD 19.3 billion.

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Lava launches A72, A76, A89 smartphones 

New Delhi: Domestic mobile handset company Lava International has launched two new smartphones, namely the A72 and A76.

The cost of the smartphones are Rs. 6,499 and Rs. 5,699 respectively.

The Noida-based company is also expected to launch its A89 smartphone in the coming weeks at Rs. 5,999.

The Lava A72 sports a five-inch display, a five-megapixel front-facing camera with a 2500mAh battery, while the Lava A76 sports a 4.5-inch display, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera with a 1850mAh battery. 

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Xiaomi to launch Smartwatch soon

New Delhi: Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has announced plans to unveil a smartwatch in the second half of 2016.

Xiaomi's Co-Founder and Vice President, De Liu, further said the company looks to expand offline outlets in 2016.

Xiaomi is already expected to unveil the Mi Max smartphone alongside the new MIUI 8 ROM and new Mi Band 2. 

Xiaomi is the world's fifth largest smartphone maker as in 2015 Xiaomi sold 70.8 million units and was countable for almost five percent of the smartphone global market share.

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