On Shania Twain's 'Life's About to Get Good,' We Have No Choice But to Take Her Word for It

There’s something just so inherently delightful about the prospect of a brand-new Shania Twain single, from an upcoming brand-new Shania Twain album, in 2017. The last time Shania released an album, LeBron James had yet to even make his NBA debut, and after endless false-start rumors and reported delays, it was starting to look like she might not release another until well after he retired. It’s not an exaggeration to say there’s been no substitute for her barnstorming country-pop while she’s been gone, either: No star to appear in her wake has matched her effortless charm, her global ambition and her absolute sledgehammer hooks.

This is all to say that “Life’s About to Get Good,” released Thursday (June 15) as the first taste from Now, due in September, didn’t have to actually be all that good to still be a welcome presence in our lives, especially going into the warm-weather months. Luckily, it is anyway; a rollicking anthem of folk-pop perseverance with a gently throbbing pulse, a sing-along-by-song’s-end chorus and an inscrutable, almost quacking hook on the verses that sounds like it should be marking a Naked and Famous song. It’s marvelous, it’s irresistible — it’s Come on Over-worthy, which 20 years later is still pretty much the highest compliment you can give to a song of its ilk.

It is also — rather quietly — completely devastating. If you don’t know about the drama Twain has undergone in her personal life since she’s been gone, a quick summary: She separated from superproducer husband Robert “Mutt” Lange after nearly 15 years of marriage, with Lange alleged to have been having an affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. Shania bounced back quickly, however, and within two years she was remarried — to Frédéric Thiébaud, former husband of Marie-Anne. It’s the kind of stuff that would’ve been deemed over-the-top even in a classic country song, and it’s unignorable context when considering the alternately heartbreaking and heart-filling lyrics of of “Life’s About to Get Good.”

Despite the song’s sunny sonic demeanor and Twain’s unwavering delivery throughout, the verses are a pretty big downer from the opening lines: “I wasn’t just broken, I was shattered/ I trusted you so much, you were all that mattered.” The second verse gets even more brutal: “The longer my tears fell, the wider the river/ It killed me that you’d give your life to be with her.” And then the absolute killer at second verse’s end, as the singer resolves to move on despite her wallowing instincts, declaring “It was time to forget you… for-e-ver.” The pause before the final word and way she extends it to emphasize all three syllables sounds like she’s still considering pulling it back at any second, and it’s spine-tingling just to hear her reach the end of it.

Shania Twain performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, Calif.

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But that’s where the chorus comes in, and thank heaven. The refrain is such an instantly familiar affirmation that it threatens to overwhelm the nuance of the preceding verses, as Twain rhapsodizes (with sturdy backing-vocal support), “Life’s about joy/ Life’s about pain/ It’s all about forgiving and the will to walk away.” She soldiers on with newfound determination: “I’m ready to be loved/ And love the way I should/ Life’s about, life’s about to get good.” It keeps the song from ever becoming a drag — Shania would never, not with a lead single — but has just enough lived-and-learned bruising to steer clear of being pat, either.

And when it comes to the chorus… she would know, wouldn’t she? It’s always dangerous to read too much real life directly into pop music, but with a story like Twain’s it’s pretty hard not to, and the music and delivery sells both the hurt and the healing with such crackling alacrity that it almost seems insulting not to assume she knows exactly from what she speaks. It’s exactly what fans would’ve asked for from a Shania comeback single, and it makes its title one of the year’s most gleeful self-fulfilling prophecies.

Samsung Pay Is Here, and It Could Be the Best Reason to Get the Galaxy S8

On a trip to the mall late last year, as I got to the checkout kiosk to pay for the clothes I had just bought, I realised I didn’t have my wallet on me. Forced to make the walk back to where I had parked, I envied people living in countries that have had the option to pay with their phones for a few years, and wondered when I would be able to have that luxury too.

Well, that day has come. Samsung Pay launched officially in India on Wednesday, allowing you to simply make payments with your phone – as long as it’s one of six Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 5. If you have one, then all you need to do is get the app, and enter your card details on first run (assuming your account is with one of the supported banks, such as HDFC and ICICI). Voilà! Who knew the future would be so easy?

Of course, India isn’t the only region to get Samsung’s mobile pay service. Samsung Pay launched in Korea in late 2015, before moving to the US a month later. Since then, Samsung Pay has expanded to the likes of Australia, Brazil, China, and Russia. It’s a tiny market right now, overall, but there’s growing competition from all sides, mostly Apple Pay and Android Pay, at least in markets outside India.

Samsung Pay been here slightly longer for more enterprising people, thanks to an early access programme Samsung made available earlier this month. I’ve tried the beta several times during those weeks, and it’s worked flawlessly so far. To be honest, I have had reservations every time I stepped up to the head of the queue, but the only issue has been the curious/ puzzled faces of the people behind the counter.

It is also really easy to use, too. Like Apple Pay, it’s accessible from the lock-screen. Simply swipe from the bottom, and then swipe left or right to pick the desired one. It remembers what you used last time around, so if you frequently make payments with the same card, you’re good to go with one swipe. Then, align your phone’s back with the card reader, and authenticate using your fingerprint/ PIN combination.

Now if I find myself having forgotten my wallet again, all I’d have to do is get my phone out, and I’d have all my cards with me. Soon, the Gear S3 will have it as well, so you won’t need your phone either. Much more importantly, it’d allow me to leave my clunky wallet behind that I hate having to carry in my back-pocket. It’s a constant annoyance when I’m sitting, and I’d be glad to get rid of it.

Samsung Pay Is Here, and It Could Be the Best Reason to Get the Galaxy S8

This won’t be as universal for everyone, as it depends on your lifestyle. Samsung Pay doesn’t work with ATMs, so you’ll still need to carry your card around if you tend to withdraw cash frequently. Fortunately, I live a cash-less life for the most part, and visit the ATM roughly once every three months, so it’s not a bother for me. But that may not work for you. For what it’s worth, Samsung Pay already has Paytm support, and UPI is on its way, so you can use those routes if you prefer.

The biggest concern for most seems to be security, but mobile payments can actually be more secure. For one, card skimming isn’t possible since you don’t need to physically give your card to anyone, and two, like a chip-and-pin card, Samsung Pay only shares a random token with the reader, not the card number. Plus, it also needs your fingerprint/ PIN for authentication, so you don’t have to worry if your phone gets stolen – although the fact that your phone’s been stolen will still be worrisome.

The other problem with digital payments methods is that support can often be limited. Samsung Pay supports both NFC – which is the common standard for mobile payments – and MST (magnetic secure transmission), which works with most existing card readers, as it emulates the presence of a card by wirelessly transmitting, well, magnetic waves. NFC might be the true future of payments, but it’s a future that’s still not here, even in places such as the US. Samsung Pay’s MST feature is essentially a form of backward compatibility, so you can use this method of payments nearly everywhere, though the people working there might themselves be unaware.

For Samsung, this feature is a fantastic trick up its sleeve, as it gives the Korean company a leg up on its competition. By comparison, the other big two – Apple Pay, and Android Pay – will be limited to NFC-equipped readers even when they do make it to India. Samsung then has a clear advantage in that regard, and one that it can leverage to market its smartphones, and peripherals.

With the launch of the Galaxy S8 just around the corner, Samsung Pay looks like a real selling point. No thanks red iPhone, I know which one I want.

Moto X Play to Get Android Nougat Update Soon, Moto India Confirms

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  • The phone was launched back in 2015
  • The company has not provided a specific release date
  • Moto X Play comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display

It seems like the Moto X Play will be getting the Android Nougat treatment, as the company’s India chapter has confirmed that the update should be coming to the smartphone in near future. While the company has already rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Moto X Force, it also launched Moto C and Moto C Plus smartphones with Android 7.0 Nougat.

In a tweet posted on Monday, Moto India said, “Nougat will come to the Moto X Play soon.” However, the company has said that it is currently unable to provide a “definite release” for the update. Notably, the company has not mentioned whether it will be rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat or straight away upgrade the Moto X Play to a higher (Android 7.1.1) version. The phone was launched back in 2015 in India at Rs. 18,499.

Moto X Play to Get Android Nougat Update Soon, Moto India Confirms

In terms of specifications, Moto X Play smartphone features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 403pppi. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Moto X Play comes with a 21-megapixel rear camera which has an f/2.0 aperture and CCT (Colour Correlated Temperature) flash with dual-LED modules.

The rear camera features Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF) and can record 1080p HD video at 30fps. The Moto X Play houses a 3630mAh battery and weighs just 169 grams.

Apart from Moto X Play, Moto G4 and G4 Plus smartphones started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update last year while the Moto Z Play started receiving the update back in February this year.

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Why You Should Blog to Get Your Next Job

Think of the word “blog” and what comes to mind? Mommy bloggers? People posting funny cat videos? Well, no more. Today’s savvy job seekers are putting their skills to the test and blogging their way to success and job opportunities. Here’s why a blog can get you your next job.

1. It’s your resume, only better: Everyone has a resume. But a blog allows you to highlight the skills on your resume, times ten. For example, if you’re a writer, you can flex your writing muscles and post examples of your creative writing. Even if you’re a tax accountant, you can write your thought-provoking opinions on some of the new tax laws or add a testimonial from a happy client. Just be sure what you write is accurate and well-supported.

2. It gives you a positive digital footprint: Whenever you apply for a job, the first thing a recruiter will do is investigate you online. Having a blog will give potential employers a fuller (and positive) picture of who you are and how you carry yourself, both personally and professionally. And unlike being tagged in an unflattering — and public — image of yourself on Facebook, your blog contains content that you can completely control to project yourself in the best light possible.

3. It helps you build a network: Employers are not only looking for employees who bring knowledge and a superior skill set to the table, but they also want someone who is well connected. So while you might have 500+ connections on LinkedIn, having a blog that has a dedicated readership shows that you know how to create — and keep — connections, both in the digital world and the real world.

4. It keeps you current — and sharp: If you’ve been scanning and searching the Internet for job postings for a while, it’s easy to let your skills slip a little. Blogging will not only keep your knowledge current, but it will also keep your skills sharp as you create cool new content for your readers on a consistent basis. It can also help you stand out as a career expert in your industry.

5. It makes you interesting to employers: When hiring managers read resumes every day, it can get really boring, really fast. If you have a blog that represents not only your skills but also (hello!) your personality, that makes you stand out more than the other seekers who submitted their resumes on fine linen watermarked paper. Suddenly, you become a person — and a possible job candidate they’ll call in for an interview.

Creating and customizing a blog makes you attractive to potential employers. It will help set you apart from other candidates and give you that added edge in finding a job.

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GST bonanza: Electronics, lifestyle goods get cheaper

If you have been bitten by the shopping bug, you can’t be blamed. Well, at least, not this year. After all, it is not often that retail stores offer steep discounts in the months of May–June. While monsoon sales by apparel stores usually start by end of June and electronic stores do have some clearance sales in June-July, this year with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) starting from July 1, discounts are bigger than before.

For instance, electronic stores like Vijay Sales, Kohinoor and Digi1 are offering up to 50 per cent off on certain models or till stocks last. Snehanjali, another Mumbai-based electronic chain is advertising its offer as the pre-GST sale with a warning thrown in for good measure that “Prices for most electronic items are set to rise by 5 per cent’’. Electronic manufacturer Samsung is offering free DTH connection with televisions and extended warranty periods and free services with air-conditioners (ACs) and microwaves as part of its ‘June Fest’.

Brands such as Puma, Bata, ONLY, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Benetton and US Polo have already begun their sales across major cities.

Retail chains such as Pantaloons, Lifestyle and Shoppers Stop are yet to come out with their formal end-of-season sale, but they have already started giving discounts on select brands in the range of 20-40 per cent.

Then, Flipkart and Shopclues are running their own versions of GST sale. Flipkart Fashion Days will run for nine days, from June 10 to June 18 under which the company would offer products from 50 brands. It will also hold A ‘Bid n Win’ contest for customers during the nine-day sale and the lowest unique bidders will win prizes like Emporio Armani watch worth Rs 13,995, Victorinox bag worth Rs 15,960 and more.

Impact of GST: With the GST on the anvil, retailers are worried that as any stock that they have procured in the last six months will not get the full set-off on the tax already paid when the transition to GST happens on July 1. That is why there is a scrambling to clear off stuff.

Currently, on stocks which are invoiced and delivered to the retailer, the VAT, excise and octroi in some cases have been has been paid. From July 1, if this stock is not cleared, retailers will be stuck with two kinds of stock. Stock on which there are GST invoices from the manufacturer client where the retailer can bill out and effectively claim a set off on GST and stock that is from before GST. On that stock retailer does not have GST invoice. And the effective set off would be only 60 per cent. “Essentially there is a loss on that and that is why retailers are trying to get the old stock out,”Ritesh Ghosal, Chief Marketing Officer, Infiniti Retail which owns Croma. The impact of GST will not be uniform and will vary depending on the region. For instance, in areas that have a lower VAT regime, like Karnataka and UP, prices could go up post GST. While in areas with higher VAT like Gujarat or Mumbai (which also has octroi) there could be softening of prices. “The immediate impact will not be more than 1.5 per cent either way,” he adds.

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In case of apparels, with the input tax credit being made available under GST, prices will go down for cotton apparels below Rs 999 and remain unchanged for apparels above Rs 1,000, says Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director, Future Retail. Apparels have a tax rate of 5 per cent and 12 per cent under GST. “June end-July is when end of season sales are held at stores. With the festive season this month, we are offering 50 per cent cash back on purchases of Rs 2,000,’’ he says.

Older models are being cleared: According to Arvind Singhal, Managing Director, Technopak, a management consulting firm, June and July are among the weakest months in the year for a number of categories. So these sales could be a way for many companies to actually use the pretext of GST and get their slow moving stocks out of the way by giving a discount. “Inventory lying in the pipeline will not be able to get any kind of tax rebate abatement. So, that is one reason why sales are happening. But GST is also a reason for stores to get their slow moving stocks out of the way by giving a discount,’’ he says.

Ghosal adds that the current sales are more clearance sales as stores push out inventory. “Every year, at this time there is a churn that happens. It is end of season and setting up for the new season. May and June is the period when stores flush out old stock,’’ he says. For instance, new television models are launched around August and between the festival season. Similarly, new laptop and computer models are launched in July when schools and colleges start their new terms.

It is likely that the discounts may continue post July, as stores clear their stock to make place for new models. “The festival period begins in September and usually there are not much discounts on the new models which will hit retail outlets by then,” says Singhal.

The discounts going on currently are more of a unit wise discount rather than a category wise discount. The discount depends on the age of the model and the particular store. Largely, they range from 15-25 on most categories. Though in stray cases they could be 70 per cent.

“Essentially the discount is catering to people who are deal seekers and who are happy to settle for older models,” Ghosal says.

 

DDN IME flash cache, SFA operating system get updates

DataDirect Networks (DDN) updated its Infinite Memory Engine (IME) flash cache and Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) operating system to try to improve performance and resilience for higher capacity flash storage systems.

Version 1.1 of the DDN IME NVMe-based flash cache and I/O processing system adds support for the latest Intel Xeon Phi x86 processors (code named “Knights Landing”) and 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking. IME already supported 100 Gbps InfiniBand EDR and Intel’s OmniPath Architecture.

DDN sells IME as software-only or on an appliance. DDN also improved the software to enable a cluster to non-disruptively handle a node failure and redistribute journaled data to the remaining nodes, and boost metadata and flash performance. IME added support for customer-configurable erasure code options, offering protection against the failure of one, two or three drives or nodes.

The DDN IME software has server and client components and deploys in front of a file system or parallel file system. The IME client intercepts I/O fragments, applies erasure coding, and then delivers the fragments to IME servers. The DDN IME servers manage the flash drive pool and internal metadata and arrange the I/O for optimal performance before synchronizing the data with the backend file storage.

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DDN IME enables faster rebuilds

DDN claims the IME improvements would enable customers to rebuild 1 TB of data in less than four minutes, in comparison to peak rebuild times of about 2.5 hours with hard disk drives under RAID.

Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing at DDN, said the IME enhancements would help customers who are increasing the amount of storage they deploy for analytics and machine learning applications.

DDN IME 1.1 is due for general release in the third quarter.

“We’re working on availability at scale with erasure coding everywhere across the product line,” Shepard said. “Erasure coding is the data protection of choice on IME and also on our [WOS] object storage, and now we’re also adding it for our persistent file system tier on our SFA product line.”

Shepard said declustered RAID would enable the software-based sharding of parity data bits across a large pool of drives in comparison to a small high availability pool in traditional RAID. DDN will start with support for the equivalent of RAID 1, 5, and 6 and release more options later, she said.

“You can have a much lower percentage of your overall capacity dedicated to parity and still have a very high level of data protection,” Shepard said of declustered RAID. “Plus, because parity can be distributed widely among a much larger number of drives than in a traditional RAID [configuration], you can rebuild much smaller bits from each drive, making the rebuilds much faster.”

Shepard said DDN uses a technique called vertical rotation with its declustered RAID to mitigate latency. She said the system offsets writes from one drive to the next so the drive’s on-board cache is not overwhelmed.

“The adaptive resilience features really help the end user tailor how performant they want their storage to be versus how much redundancy they want built in,” said Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research in Sunnyvale, Calif. “That’s just a slider bar that people can tune on their own.”

DDN steps up Lustre support

DDN also spotlighted its ExaScaler Enterprise Lustre Distribution and its work in the open source Lustre community in the wake of Intel’s April announcement that it would discontinue its commercially supported Lustre distribution.

“They’re really helping provide a landing space for the stewardship of high-performance Lustre for enterprise in a supported way,” Snell said. He said Intel offered the most significant commercially supported Lustre option, and DDN would provide “a safe haven” for high-performance-computing users that “want an actual enterprise that’s backing and providing support and contributing back to the open source community.”

iOS 11 Said to Get New Volume Indicator, Drag and Drop for iPhone

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  • The new volume indicator sits on the top right edge of the screen
  • It doesn’t take up the centre of the screen like it does now
  • The drag and drop feature works within apps only
 iOS 11 Said to Get New Volume Indicator, Drag and Drop for iPhone

iOS 11 has brought along a host of new features, some targeted to solely elevate iPad experience, and some focused on improving both – the iPhone and iPad. This includes a new feature called Offload Unused Apps that deletes dormant apps from the phone without losing data on it, Maps improvements like lane guidance, Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, and even speed limit indications. Now, developer preview testers are highlighting new features that they have stumbled upon while using unstable iOS 11. Two big changes noted were the change in the volume indicator which no longer takes the centre space on your iPhone screen, and a drag and drop feature that works within iPhone apps.

Twitter user Devon T has revealed that iOS 11 has a new volume indicator that no longer obstructs the centre of the screen, as it does now. Instead, it sits in the top right corner in a non-invasive sleek manner. This has been a much needed feature by many, as the volume indicator often jarred the experience of a user, especially while watching videos.

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Furthermore, another user named Dave Schukin revealed that the drag and drop feature for iPhone is coming with iOS 11. He’s also shared a small video on how it works on the iPhone, and it seems that the feature works within apps only, and there’s no ‘spring loading’ as seen on macOS. In any case, this will particularly be useful to organise things in the new Files folder as well.

However, it is worth mentioning that there are tonnes of features tested in beta that don’t always make it to the stable version. Although these are both exciting features to look forward to, we recommend you to not hold your breath.

Facebook Rainbow Reaction Is Here and This Is How You Can Get It Now

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Facebook has added the Rainbow reaction to support LGBTQ Pride
  • There are also Pride-themed masks and frames
  • Pride-themed features on Facebook will till June-end

Facebook has launched a new Rainbow emoji reaction, among several other features, in honour of the LGBTQ Pride Month — celebrated every year in June — and show support to the community and the cause. The Facebook Rainbow reaction is accompanied by a Rainbow Frame for profile pictures, Pride-themed masks and frames in Facebook Camera, and even the option to start fundraisers for the community on the platform. The new features will be available throughout the month of June.

How to get the new Facebook Rainbow Reaction

To get the new LGBTQ Rainbow Reaction and the other Prime-themed features, you need to ‘like’ the LGBT@Facebook official group. Once you like the page, you will soon see the Rainbow emoji reaction when you long-press on the like button on a post, photo, link, video, etc. Similar is the process to get the new The new features are available only in the US for now, and some even in the US complain of not getting the new features despite liking the page.

Facebook Rainbow Reaction Is Here and This Is How You Can Get It Now

Apart from the Pride-themed features on Facebook, there are some LGBTQ-supporting features on Instagram and Messenger as well. On Instagram, walls in major US cities will be turned into colourful beacons of LGBTQ support, where you can leave supportive comments on your posts. You can also celebrate Pride and be creative with stickers and a rainbow brush. Similarly, Messenger users can use Pride-themed stickers, frames, and effects in the Messenger Camera.

In a statement, Facebook said, “As Pride celebrations begin around the world, Facebook is proud to support our diverse community, including those that have identified themselves on Facebook as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming. It added over 12 million people across the globe are part of one of the 76,000 Facebook Groups in support of the LGBTQ community.  The social networking giant noted that more than 1.5 million people plan to participate in one of the more than 7,500 Pride events on Facebook this year.

Facebook Live to Get Closed Captions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Publishers can now include closed captions in Facebook Live videos
  • Captions will start showing on Live broadcasts if settings are turned on
  • Live video owners can also directly message any of the viewers

In a bid to make Facebook accessible to all, the social networking giant has allowed publishers to include closed captions (one of a series of subtitles) in Facebook Live, helping people who are hearing impaired to experience live videos.

Facebook Live to Get Closed Captions

“By enabling publishers to include closed captions with their ‘Live’ broadcasts, we hope more people can now participate in the exciting moments that unfold on Live,” the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Now if your captioning settings are turned on, you will automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts when they are available.

 

It is already possible to add captions to non-live videos when uploading them to Facebook Pages and publishers can use company’s speech recognition service to automatically generate captions for videos on their ‘Pages’.

To connect more people on Facebook Live, the company has announced a new feature that will let users go live with another friend for a collaborative broadcast.

Facebook also announced the ability for live-streaming users to start a direct message with one of their viewers so they can have a private chat during the broadcast.

Moto Z2 Play Launch Teased, OnePlus 3T to Get Android O, Yu Yureka Black to Launch Soon, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iPhone 8 dimensions tipped at 143.59×70.94×7.57mm
  • Oppo F3 Black Edition will be auctioned on June 3
  • The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro runs Windows 10

Moto’s new ‘bold phone’ announcement on Thursday will most likely be the Moto Z2 Play, a phone that’s been extensively leaked in the past. The most recent leaks tip the smartphone looks very similar to its predecessor and will continue to support Moto Mods.

For specifications, the Moto Z2 Play is said to come with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. The phone is said to pack 64GB storage and come with expandable storage support via microSD card.

OnePlus 3, 3T will receive Android O update

Here’s some reassuring news for current OnePlus 3 and 3T owners. The company’s CEO has announced that above mentioned smartphones will receive an update to Android O, however we don’t have a timeline as to when this will actually happen. OnePlus seems committed to its flagship offerings as this will be the second major update for the phones, following Android Nougat.

Yu Yureka Black launch set for Thursday
Yu Televentures appears to be gearing up for a new launch this Thursday and the phone in question is the Yu Yureka Black. The company has been creating a lot of hype around this and has now confirmed that the phone will be exclusive to Flipkart. We don’t know many details about the phone yet as not much has been teased nor leaked so we guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.

Moto Z2 Play Launch Teased, OnePlus 3T to Get Android O, Yu Yureka Black to Launch Soon, and More: Your 360 Daily

Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega launched in India
Panasonic has taken the wraps of its brand new smartphone called Eluga I3 Mega, priced at Rs. 11,490. The phone features a 4000mAh battery, 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6735. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and sport a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Apple MacBook lineup refresh expected at WWDC 2017
Looking to buy a new MacBook? It would be wise to hold off on your purchase for now as according some recent information, Apple might just refresh the entire lineup next week, at WWDC 2017. The indication comes from Apple’s own online store as delivery times of the 15-inch MacBook Pro have now been delayed to June 5-June 6 which is one day after company’s WWDC keynote. This is a departure from the usual delivery period of either the same day or in 3-5 business days.

iPhone 8 dimensions and renders leaked
In more Apple news, we have have the purported dimensions of the upcoming iPhone 8.Renders have also been leaked alongside, and the iPhone 8 is seen being compared to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Samsung Galaxy S8+. As for the display on the new phone, LG is reportedly eyeing OLED display orders from Apple next year and is already setting up the necessary infrastructure for mass production.

Freedom 251 maker Ringing Bells MD Mohit Goel granted bail
The man behind the infamous ‘cheapest smartphone in the world’ has been granted bail by the Allahabad High Court. Mohit Goel, Managing Director of Noida-based Ringing Bells which ‘made’ the Freedom 251 smartphone was arrested in February after Ghaziabad-based Ayam Enterprises alleged that Goel ‘defrauded’ the company of Rs. 16 lakh.

Oppo F3 Black limited edition smartphone launched
Oppo launched its F3 smartphone earlier this month and now, the company has announced a limited edition version that’s available in Black. Oppo, being the official sponsor for the Indian Cricket team is launching the Black Edition to commemorate the commencement of the ICC Champions Trophy. This new edition will be auctioned one day before the India vs. Pakistan match this Sunday.

Essential Phone to begin shipping next month
Hailed as the ‘father of Android’, Andy Rubin’s new smartphone called Essential Phone will start shipping next month. This was revealed during an interview with Walt Mossberg. The phone is said to ship with an AI assistant and a new OS called Ambient OS. It will also have today’s flagship specification onboard and is available for pre-order in the US starting at $699.

New product launches from Computex 2017
At the annual technology trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, companies from all around the globe gather under one roof to show off their latest products. Microsoft shed more light on its upcoming Mixed Reality (MR) headsets from partner brands like HP, Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo.

Asus announced a slew of products including the ROG Zephyrus, which is being touted as the ‘world’s slimmest gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1080’ inside. After looking at it, we have to say that the design looks very similar to Acer’s Predator Triton 700, which was unveiled only last month. The company also announced new tablets like the ZenPad 3S 8.0 and the new ZenPad 10.

Samsung announced a new Windows 10 laptop called the Notebook 9 Pro with support for its S Pen stylus. The laptop will be available in multiple configurations ans is said to be made available later this year.

YouTube for Android gets redesigned
After being tested for about a year, YouTube’s new redesigned layout is finally official. The new design repositions the navigation bar, earlier placed at the top of the screen, to the bottom half just like on the iOS counterpart of the app. The redesign is claimed to allow for easier navigation within the app.

AMD details Ryzen Mobile, Threadripper, Radeon Vega, and Epyc at Computex
At the ongoing Computex trade show, AMD made several announcements including Ryzen desktop and mobile CPUs, Threadripper enthusiast CPUs, and Radeon Vega graphics processors and its new Epyc platform for servers. All desktop Ryzen processors, including the upcoming budget-oriented Ryzen 3 lineup, have been certified as Oculus VR ready.

Twitter now filters Direct Messages from people you don’t follow
Popular social networking app, Twitter, has added a new feature Direct Messages (DMs) that will now filter DMs from people not followed by users. DM’s from such people will be stored in a “Requests” section, in the new Messages tab inbox in the iOS and Android app.

Microsoft, Qualcomm partner to bring Windows 10 to Snapdragon-powered laptops
At Computex 2017, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the new Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, capable of running Windows 10. No specific time models, prices or time frames have been disclosed, but the companies have previously stated that they will ship products later this year. Prices for such products is expected to be around the $700-800 mark.