With an aim to further expand its presence in the Indian market, OPPO has launched its latest mid-range smartphone F19s ahead of Diwali.
Priced at Rs 19,990, F19s is an addition to the current F-series line-up that includes the F19, F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G.
The smartphone is available in the glowing black and glowing golden finishes.
We used the golden glow-coloured device with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage for a week and here is what we think about the device.
In terms of design, the smartphone scores good marks. The back of the device displays a small OPPO logo and a vertically-placed back camera module that juts out a bit.
At the bottom of the device, the company has placed a USB C-type charging port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
On the right, the phone sports a power button, while the volume buttons are positioned on the left side, next to the SIM tray. The SIM tray accommodates two SIM cards and a microSD card.
The phone also has an in-display optical fingerprint sensor.
The smartphone features a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate, up to 180Hz touch sampling rate, 409 ppi pixel density, and a peak brightness of 800 nits.
The main display also houses a small punch-hole cut-out for the selfie camera, placed neatly at the top-right corner of the phone.
The display is brighter even in outdoor settings.
If you love watching videos on mobiles, you will admire the smartphone. Overall, performance of the display is better than what we expected from the latest OPPO smartphone.
Meanwhile, in the low-light conditions, the phone managed to click better pictures thanks to its dedicated ‘Night Mode'.
OPPO F19s houses a triple rear camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor, an f/1.7 aperture lens and two 2MP depth and macro sensors with f/2.4 aperture lenses each.
It comes with a 16MP primary selfie camera with an f/2.4 aperture lens in a hole-punch cutout in the top left corner of the display.
On hardware, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 662 chip paired with Adreno 610 GPU and 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The Oppo F19s also supports RAM expansion up to 11GB.
As for gaming, popular titles like ‘COD Mobile' with high graphics at medium FPS (frame per second) and high FPS at low graphics were playable without lag.
The dual-SIM (Nano) OPPO F19s runs ColorOS 11.1, based on Android 11. The OPPO ColorOS 11.1 makes everything efficient and smooth.
The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Flash Charge fast-charging support. The smartphone easily lasted for an entire day upon moderate use.
With intense gaming, one can get around six to seven hours of battery life.
Conclusion: OPPO F19s features a good design, a long-lasting battery life, high-speed charging, feature-stocked software and an FHD+ AMOLED face.
However, it won't be an easy task for OPPO to conquer the market as it faces stiff competition from realme and Xiaomi in the same mid-price segment.
Apple Watch Series 7 is all set to go on sale in India starting from Friday and ahead of the sale, the iPhone maker has announced cash back as well as EMI options on the purchase of the latest Apple Watch with immense health benefits.
Apple Watch Series 7 (41 mm) starts at Rs 41,900 but can be purchased for Rs 38,900 after cashback and Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) comes at Rs 44,900 but can be purchased for Rs 41,900 after the cashback.
Consumers can also avail a 12-month no-cost EMI on HDFC Bank loans.
The new Series 7 has been launched in all-new green, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT) red colours. In addition, the stainless steel models will be available in silver, graphite, and gold stainless steel.
The Apple Watch Series 7 features a re-engineered Always-On retina display with significantly more screen area and thinner borders.
The new Mindfulness app, sleep respiratory rate tracking and Tai Chi and Pilates workout types can help improve overall wellness.
It also continues to offer tools for health and wellness, including an electrical heart sensor and ECG app and a blood oxygen sensor app.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is the first Apple Watch to have an IP6X certification for resistance to dust, and maintains a WR50 water resistance rating, the company claimed.
It is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes and provides 18-hour battery life on a single charge and 33 per cent faster charging compared with Apple Watch Series 6.
Apple Watch Series 7 offers two additional larger font sizes and a new QWERTY keyboard that can be tapped or swiped with QuickPath.
IT major Infosys on Wednesday reported a 11.9 per cent year-on-year growth in its consolidated net profit after minority interest for the second quarter of FY22 at Rs 5,421 crore.
The IT major's net profit during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal (FY2020-21) stood at Rs 4,845 crore.
Besides, the company reported a revenue of Rs 29,602 crore during the period under review, higher by 20.5 per cent from Rs 24,570 crore earned during the second quarter of FY21.
According to the company, operating margin for the quarter stood at 23.6 per cent.
Furthermore, the IT major's Board has announced an interim dividend of Rs 15 per share for FY22.
Recently, the company completed the open market share buyback on September 8 at an average price of Rs 1,649 per share.
Consequent to the buyback, the share capital of the company has reduced by 1.31 per cent.
"Our stellar performance and robust growth outlook continue to demonstrate our strategic focus and the strength of our digital offerings," MD and CEO Salil Parekh said.
"Given this continued momentum we have further increased our revenue growth guidance to 16.5-17.5 per cent."
IT major Wipro on Wednesday reported 18.86 per cent year-on-year growth in its consolidated net profit for the second quarter of FY22.
The net profit attributable to equity holders of the company rose to Rs 2,930.7 crore during the period under review from Rs 2,465.6 crore during the corresponding period of the last fiscal.
Its revenue increased 30.12 per cent during Q2FY22 to Rs 19,667.4 crore from Rs 15,114.5 crore from the like quarter of FY21.
Managing Director and CEO Thierry Delaporte said: "The Q2 results demonstrate that our business strategy is working well."
"We grew at over 4.5 per cent organic sequential growth for a second quarter in a row, resulting in a 28 per cent YoY growth in the first half of this financial year."
Besides, the company gave a positive outlook for the quarter ending December 31, 2021.
The company expects revenue from IT Services business to be in the range of $2,631 million to $2,683 million, translating into a sequential growth of 2 to 4 per cent.
In addition, the company's earnings per share for the quarter rose to Rs 5.36 ($0.071), an increase of 23.8 per cent YoY.
As learning and work from home become a new normal in India, students and working professionals have been busy scouting for devices that let them create, design and innovate from anywhere, on the go. With its ultra-portable design and wide range of uses, the new Apple iPad mini is their go-to device.
With a new all-screen Liquid Retina display, massive boost in performance, new advanced cameras on the front and back, Centre Stage, USB-C and support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation), the new iPad mini is a big leap forward that can be held in the palm of your hand.
Featuring the new A15 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini claims to deliver up to 80 per cent faster performance than the previous generation.
Let us find out whether this new device can allow work, learning and fun from anywhere.
An all-screen design features a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with advanced technologies including True Tone, P3 wide colour, and anti-reflective coating.
One must agree that display offers lowest reflectivity in the industry, providing excellent performance in all lighting conditions
At just 6.3 mm, the new design is absolutely thin and light, featuring an enclosure made with 100 per cent recycled aluminum.
Available in four finishes -- purple, pink, starlight and space gray -- iPad mini comes in 64GB and 256GB storage.
The all-screen design is enabled by moving Touch ID to the top button of iPad mini. Touch ID can be used to unlock iPad mini and log in to apps.
For performance-intensive tasks and workflows like editing 4K videos, creating detailed artwork and complex music compositions, and playing immersive games, the new iPad mini with A15 Bionic chip handles them all with ease.
The A15 Bionic chip delivers up to 40 per cent increase in performance over the previous iPad mini. It has a new 6-core design with two performance cores to tackle heavy computational tasks and four high-efficiency cores to take on everyday tasks.
A new 5-core graphics engine delivers up to 80 per cent increase in performance for the most demanding tasks, like photo and video editing, playing console-quality games, and incredible augmented reality experiences.
In ideal conditions, iPad mini delivered up to 8.5 hours of battery life.
On the camera front, the 12MP back camera will let you take stunning photos and beautiful 4K video for the first time on iPad mini.
The 12MP Ultra Wide front camera features Center Stage, which makes video calls more natural, by keeping you in the centre of the frame automatically.
The speakers of the new wide stereo audio system have landscape orientation that widens the sound stage to make your personal listening experience even more immersive.
Now shift to Apple Pencil which has become the must-have tool for creative souls.
Apple Pencil also supports handwritten notes, the ability to take down a Quick Note and Markup, which lets the users annotate photos, PDFs and screenshots. With Scribble, you can now handwrite into any text field.
As usual, Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to iPad mini for wireless charging and pairing.
A new USB-C port allows faster connectivity — fast data transfer up to 5Gbps which is 10x faster than the previous generation. It helps connect to a vast ecosystem of USB-C accessories, including cameras and external storage and displays up to 4K.
Those wishing to purchase an all-new Apple iPad mini can do so from its India Store Online. Wi-Fi models of iPad mini are available with a starting price of Rs 46,900 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at Rs 60,900.
Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with iPad mini for Rs 10,900.
Conclusion: In the hybrid work and remote learning era, the 8.3-inch new iPad mini proves to be an ideal device for those who look for light-weight work experience and wish to remain away from smartphones and laptops for ease of travelling and working from anywhere.
Microsoft on Monday announced that Windows 11 users can now start using Chat from Microsoft Teams on Windows. Chat from Microsoft Teams will be pinned to the Taskbar at Windows 11 startup.
According to the company, the new Teams experience on Windows 11 and Chat are "intended for personal Microsoft accounts and will be available only to individuals using such accounts".
"There are two different apps of Microsoft Teams on Windows 11 – for personal and for work purposes. The Teams app labelled as work or school uses the icon with blue tile with a white letter 'T' inside," informed Microsoft.
Microsoft Teams now has 250 million monthly active users and 80 million monthly active Phone users on the platform.
The company said that if you had Teams installed before upgrading your device to Windows 11, you can continue to use Teams for work or school as you had prior to the upgrade.
Earlier this year, Microsoft released new features designed for personal chats on Teams, including Together Mode, Polls, etc.
The company last week announced that Windows 11 is now available through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11 worldwide.
Windows 11 is the first version of Windows designed for the hybrid work era.
Windows 11 comes with redesigns the Taskbar icons and Start menu. It also adds rounded corners for all programme windows and built-in Teams chat.
In a bid to offer more options in the budget segment, global smartphone maker realme has come up with a new phone under its entry-level C-series starting at Rs 10,999.
The realme C25Y comes in two storage variants -- 4GB+64GB priced at Rs 10,999 and 4GB+128GB at Rs 11,999 -- and two colours -- glacier blue and metal grey.
The smartphone comes with a 50MP AI-based triple camera setup and a huge battery.
We used the device with 4GB+128GB storage variant in glacier blue colour for a while and here's how it fared.
In terms of design, the smartphone boasts a simple design with a triple rear camera setup on the top left. The blue colour makes the device look more attractive and soothing.
The smartphone features a 6.5-inch display with a screen-to-body ratio as high as 88.7 per cent. It brings a larger field of view, displaying more information while providing excellent game, audio and video experience.
We did not find any difficulty while using the device under direct sunlight as it offered perfect brightness.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the smartphone packs a triple rear camera setup that consists of a 50MP main camera and two 2MP cameras. For selfies, there's an 8MP selfie camera.
This is the first C-series phone that comes with a 50MP camera. And overall, the camera output was good as it allowed us to capture group photographs and landscape shots with ease.
The selfie camera too delivered decent images under bright light conditions.
The smartphone is powered by a UNISOC T610 processor, which has an octa-core CPU where all cores are 1.8 GHz, with two of them being Cortex-A75, the other six - Cortex-A55. The octa-core 4G mobile platform UNISOC T610 adopts the Arm DynamIQ architecture design.
The performance of the smartphone was decent to normal usage. However, if you are a gamer or loves to play high-end games, this phone might be not for you as it lags while playing heavy games.
The smartphone packs a massive 5000mAh battery, with is appreciating keeping the price of the smartphone in mind. And the best part is that it supports an 18W quick charge. We found that the 5000mAh battery is enough for the phone to last around a day.
Meanwhile, fast charge support adds icing to the cake.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a smartphone for basic mobile gaming, streaming content online and offline for your daily use then realme C25Y can be a good option. The smartphone gives solid competition to smartphones from POCO and Redmi in the same price segment.
A whistleblower, who leaked a selection of internal documents from Facebook, has claimed that "Facebook over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety".
A cache of documents from within Facebook were leaked to the Wall Street Journal by a whistleblower, prompting an exhaustive probe into the social network.
Following the publishing of initial investigatory efforts into the documents, the whistleblower - Frances Haugen - has come forward in an interview, explaining more about the tech giant's workings, and why she chose to release the data, reports AppleInsider.
That data release led to a series of reports, including one that revealed Facebook allegedly knew that Instagram was bad for the well-being of teenagers. That report led to a hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection subcommittee on mental health in teenagers.
In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Haugen doubled down on the document trove seemingly proving Facebook cared more about its algorithms than dealing with hate speech and other toxic content, the report said.
Haugen was formerly a product manager at the company, working in its Civic Integrity Group, but departed after the group was dissolved.
Before her departure, she copied tens of thousands of pages of internal research, which she claims demonstrates Facebook lies to the public about its progress against hate, violence, and misinformation.
"I knew what my future looked like if I continued to stay inside of Facebook, which is person after person after person has tackled this inside of Facebook and ground themselves into the ground," said Haugen over her decision to release the documents.
"At some point in 2021, I realised Ok, I'm gonna have to do this in a systemic way, and I have to get out enough that no-one can question that this is real," the data scientist said.
The documents included studies performed internally by Facebook about its services, with one determining that Facebook had failed to act on hateful content.
Facebook reported a 47 per cent (year-over-year) increase in ad revenue amounting to $28 billion in the second quarter (Q2) this year. The massive outage that left the entire family of Facebook apps down for several hours on a busy Monday produced a cascading effect on the global ad empire that is dependent upon the social networking giant to reach billions of consumers.
The global outage brought millions of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users to Twitter, which saw tremendous traffic (and did not suffer another downtime), leaving advertisers on Facebook and its family of apps flummoxed.
According to global market research firm Forrester, Facebook's core app continues to rank as the top-used social media platform weekly among global audiences except China, including 76 per cent in 'Metro India', 66 per cent in the US, and 64 per cent in five European countries (the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain).
Other apps within the Facebook ecosystem (Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp) also dominate globally over non-Facebook social media platforms.
According to Forrester VP, Research Director, Mike Proulx, although many brands had a "real-time marketing" moment on Twitter, this outage has widespread implications to the advertising ecosystem "given the fact that ads weren't being served for over six hours across Facebook and Instagram, which command the lion's share of social media ad revenue".
"This not only affects Facebook's revenue (and stock price) but also brands' bottom lines," he said in a statement.
The October 4 Facebook outage occurred on the heels of a whistleblower -- data scientist Frances Haugen -- condemning the social media giant for its business practices.
Facebook later explained why the outage occurred.
"Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centres communicate, bringing our services to a halt," Facebook said in a statement.
The social network said it has no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.
"Our services are now back online and we're actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change," the company said.
Over the past two years, Facebook has consolidated its disparate app ecosystem onto one back-end infrastructure.
According to Forrester senior analyst Jessica Liu, it is a move that creates some operational efficiencies for the company and insulation from a potential breakup by regulators.
"But it also exposes Facebook to concentration risk: A single risk event that produces a cascading effect -- like old school Christmas lights where one goes out, they all go out. This strategy comes at the expense of redundancy and impairs the company's resilience. It also irritates consumers who don't want a unified social media profile across Facebook's family of apps," Liu stressed.
This Facebook outage wasn't the first and it won't be the last.
It is a reminder to advertisers to have proactive mitigation plans in place to avoid the scramble of trying to figure out what to do in the moment.
The brands need to diversify media spend within and outside of social media.
"Brands should use this incident to (re)assess how much of their ad spend is concentrated in a single media platform and determine a go-forward diversification strategy that still reaches their target audiences while reducing concentration risk," said principal analyst Jeff Pollard.
When the next outage occurs, brands should position themselves to pivot quickly to lessen the blow to their demand generation efforts.
This involves creating "what if" scenarios with specific actions to take as risk triggers occur.
"Marketers would be wise to pressure Facebook to quickly adjust for the outage to normalise brands' silo-ed Facebook ad performance dashboards," added senior analyst Alla Valente.
Tech giant Google has stopped working on its Plex service, which aimed to let users do their banking through the Google Pay app, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported.
The service was supposed to let users sign up for checking or savings accounts offered by a variety of traditional banks that the user would then manage through the app.
Google cancelled the project due to a series of missed deadlines and because an executive who pushed for the project left the company, The Verge reported citing the WSJ as saying.
Plex was not meant to put Google in direct competition with banks, according to reports that came out before the company revealed the program and information from its official announcement.
Instead, Google planned to partner with a variety of financial institutions that would have provided accounts without monthly or overdraft fees and minimum balances.
Like some other online banks, Google's app would have let users set things like savings targets and automatic transfers. Some of the banks Google planned to partner with included Citi and SEFCU.
In an email on Friday, Google told The Verge that it still believes there's demand from consumers for simpler ways to pay for things while shopping both online and in-person but that it will now be focusing on "delivering digital enablement for banks and other financial services providers rather than us serving as the provider of these services".
Popular audio chat app Clubhouse has is adding a bunch of new features, including one many people have wanted in-app recording.
Clubhouse users will be able to record a room, save it to their profile and club, or download it, The Verge reported.
The audio chat app is calling the feature "replays". Creators and moderators are the ones who can record, and they can toggle that option on or off. Rooms must be public to be recorded.
Along with full recordings, users will be able to create 30-second shareable clips in rooms that allow it.
The app is also gaining a search feature so people can type a keyword or name and receive the rooms, people, clubs, and bios that match.
Finally, spatial audio is also now coming to Android devices after rolling out to iOS devices in August.
To create a clip, users can tap on a scissor icon that will capture the past 30 seconds of audio that can then be locally downloaded and shared widely.
Last month, the audio chat app officially launched a new way to invite people to audio chats called "Wave" for all users on iOS and Android.
With Wave, users can invite friends to a live audio room just by tapping a waving hand emoji. Once they receive their invitation, they can choose to join your call and immediately get added to an audio room.