Uber Admits Knowing Levandowski Was Carrying Confidential Waymo Files

Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer – now accused of stealing self-driving car technology – despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer’s property.

The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the latest twist in a high-profile legal fight between the ride-hailing company and a Google spin-off, Waymo. Both companies are battling to build self-driving cars that could reshape the way people travel.

Waymo alleges that Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the crux of the case, ripped off its trade secrets before departing in January 2016 to found a robotic vehicle startup that Uber acquired seven months later.

The lawsuit maintains that Uber then transplanted the intellectual property allegedly stolen by Levandowski into its own fleet of self-driving vehicles – a charge that Uber has adamantly denied since Waymo filed its complaint in federal court four months ago.

In May, US District Judge William Alsup ordered Uber to return the stolen files, writing that evidence indicated the company “knew or should have known that he possessed over 14,000 confidential Waymo files.”

Now, Uber has for the first time has acknowledged that Levandowski informed its now-departed CEO , Travis Kalanick, that he had five disks filled with Google’s information five months before joining Uber. The disclosure, made in March 2016, lends credence to Waymo’s allegation that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents on to a computer before leaving Google.

Uber Admits Knowing Levandowski Was Carrying Confidential Waymo Files

Uber, though, says Kalanick told Levandowski not to bring any of the Google information with him to Uber. At that time, a deal had been reached for Uber to buy Levandowski’s startup, Otto, for $680 million, though the acquisition wasn’t completed until August 2016.

The filing asserts that Levandowski destroyed the disks containing Google’s material not long after Kalanick told him that Uber didn’t want the information on them.

Levandowski’s lawyers didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. They have been advising Levandowski to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination since Waymo filed its lawsuit.

Based on the evidence he has seen so far, Alsup has already referred the case to the Justice Department for a potential criminal investigation.

The scenario sketched by Uber comes a few weeks after the company fired Levandowski for refusing to relinquish his Fifth Amendment rights and cooperate with its efforts to defend itself against Waymo’s suit.

Kalanick resigned as Uber’s CEO Tuesday week after investors demanded he step down. The investors who have financed Uber’s growth had concluded Kalanick had to go following revelations of sexual harassment in the company’s office, a federal investigation into company tactics used to thwart regulators, and the threat of even more trouble posed by the Waymo lawsuit.


WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

WhatsApp has long been used as a medium to share photos, videos, and even Word docs. And for those files that weren’t supported on WhatsApp, users tend to go the long route by uploading them first on the cloud, and then sharing the link for download. There are several other workarounds, including third-party apps, to get your unsupported file from one sender to another, but it appears WhatsApp no longer wants you to use those. The company is said to be testing support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp.

WABetaInfo spotted this roll out, and claims that it’s a phased one. While some users in countries like India, Japan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka have reported that the support has arrived, there are several other users that do not see it still. However, WhatsApp can be expected to roll this feature out to everyone in the due course of time. The file sharing limit is at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android, WABetaInfo reports.

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports
This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp. As of now, it’s now certain what type of file-checking system WhatsApp has put into place to prevent transfer of malicious or booby-trapped files. The other neat addition noted by the tipster is that with the new sharing feature, WhatsApp also allows you to send uncompressed photos and videos without compromising on resolution, but the ceiling limit is too low for high-quality video clips of sufficient length. Presumably, this cap has been enforced to not overwhelm WhatsApp’s servers with huge files.
WhatsApp is also tipped to be working on a recall feature that allows you to undo a message sent to someone, and is also working on bringing the new Status feature to WhatsApp Web.

Microsoft’s SwiftKey Extends Transliteration Support to Tamil, 7 More Indian Languages

Microsoft-owned SwiftKey unveiled its transliteration engine last year in November which allows users to seamlessly type in the Roman script, but write in Hindi and Gujarati, along with “Hinglish” and “Gujlish” – and of course English – all the while seamlessly switching between the languages. Now, at an event in New Delhi, the company has announced expansion of support for Indian users with new features and support for eight additional regional languages.

SwiftKey’s transliteration technology will be available for 70 million Tamil speakers across India, while support for Bengali, Kannada, Malayam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, and Telugu is now available in beta mode and will be released commercially later this year, Microsoft says. Thanks to transliteration, Tamil speakers will now be able to use SwiftKey to type in their native language by spelling words out phonetically in English. SwiftKey will throw corrections and next word predictions in both English and Tamil, allowing you to write in a mixture of Tamil and English, as you prefer.

It also supports multi-script typing which enables transliterated predictions to appear in multiple languages. So, for example, a multilingual Tamil speaker who uses Hindi and Tamil interchangeably, when he types the word namaskar, the prediction bar will show the word in English, Tamil, and Hindi simultaneously.

Microsoft’s SwiftKey Extends Transliteration Support to Tamil, 7 More Indian Languages

SwiftKey India’s Aarti Samani said in a statement, “Creating transliteration support for Tamil in particular has been a huge challenge for the business as the language contains a total of 247 characters – far too many to fit on a single screen. However, our mission at Swiftkey is to create technology that fits the needs of each user, rather than imposing restrictions and limitations on how they type and communicate, and we’ve been greatly encouraged by the feedback we’ve received to date from users across India. Our goal moving forward is to continue to innovate, expand our support and ultimately help more and more citizens express themselves through messaging.”

SwiftKey has also shared some insight on how Indians use emojis, and it claims that North Indians use the Face Blowing A Kiss emoji the most. Users in the South are more inclined to use the Party Popper emoji, while users in the East love the bikini emoji the most. In the West, people love the Bouquet emoji, and users in the Central region use the Rose emoji the most.

For those unaware, SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft early last year, and it already offers keyboards in 22 Indian languages.

Google Photos Removes Option to Backup Media Only While Charging

Google Photos app for Android and iOS has quietly removed the feature that allowed devices to backup images and video files only while charging the device. Users could earlier choose this option to ensure that the backup of media files doesn’t end up draining their device’s battery life but it seems like the search giant has now removed the option without any explanation for why it did so.

While Google Photo users still have the option to switch off backup of media files while on cellular data, they can no longer add the constraint related to charging. As you might expect, this feature was extremely beneficial as it made sure that the backups were only performed when the device was in proximity to a power source and was not running short of juice.

As pointed out in a 9To5Google report, with the release of version 2.17 for Android and 2.18.0 on iOS, this option in the backup settings within the Google Photos app was removed.

Google Photos Removes Option to Backup Media Only While Charging

The While charging only option is currently not visible with any of our devices, on both platforms, but 9To5Google says that there is a minority that can still see the option available. Interestingly, the option cannot be seen on company’s help page for Google Photos backup settings as well.

Notably, the option to switch off media backup while on roaming is still available within the Google Photos app. Users can always switch the cellular data option off and as Wi-Fi is usually available at either homes or offices, which usually have easily accessible power sources too, they will still be saved from battery drain. However, an extra option at your disposal is something nobody ever complains about – hope you’re listening Google.

Paytm Mall Back to College Laptop Sale Offers: MacBook Air, Intel Laptops, and Other Offers

After its pre-GST sale, Paytm Mall has announced the ‘Back to College’ laptop sale. The sale is already underway and will go on till June 25. The four-day long sale will see great offers on laptops, hard disks, headphones, speakers, and other PC and mobile accessories from brands including Apple, Asus, HP, Acer, and Lenovo.

Just like Flipkart, Paytm Mall is offering Intel-powered laptops starting at Rs. 9,999. Other laptops like Apple MacBook Air will be available with cashbacks starting from Rs. 7,500, Intel Core i3 laptops start at Rs. 22,999 with cashbacks starting from Rs. 3,000. Also, Paytm Mall exclusive Lenovo Ideapad 110 is selling for a price of Rs. 19,990 with an additional Rs. 2,500 cashback – bringing the price down to Rs. 17,490.

Furthermore, Intel Core i3 and i5 laptops with 1TB HDD, 4GB and above RAM are available starting at Rs. 22,999. Intel Core i5 and i7 laptops with 2GB and above graphics card are priced at Rs. 38,999 on Paytm.

Paytm Mall Back to College Laptop Sale Offers: MacBook Air, Intel Laptops, and Other Offers

Coming to accessories, there’s up to 70 percent off and up to 30 percent cashback on the purchase of power banks, keyboards, and mouses. There’s up to 70 percent off and up to 25 percent cashback on headphones, headsets, pen drives, and memory cards. Also, there is up to Rs. 2,500 cashback on external hard drives as well, and up to 50 percent off and up to 25 percent cashback on speakers.

Apart from this, Paytm is also offering up to Rs. 10,000 cashback select smartphones from Oppo, Vivo, Gionee, and Apple. Check out Paytm Mall on the Paytm app to see all the offers and more listed above.


YouTube Unveils VR180 Format, Reveals Mobile Users Spend an Hour a Day on Average

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at VidCon on Thursday announced an all-new video format VR180 that will make VR content creation slightly easier for creators. Google has also confirmed that the Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180 video format.

The company says that the new VR180 video will ensure what’s in front of the user is high resolution, and “look great on desktop and on mobile.” YouTube’s main focus is to boost VR with the new video format as it can be seen on phones with regular 2D screens as well as VR headsets like Cardboard, Daydream, and other headsets which show images stereoscopically in 3D. The new video format will enable depth, where “near things look near, and far things appear far,” adds Wojcicki. Additionally, the VR180 format also supports live streaming videos.

Google has named some partners like YI, Lenovo, and LG who are working with the company to bring new cameras priced same as a regular point-and-shoot camera. Videos and live streams will be easy to upload to YouTube from these cameras. Google has revealed that the first cameras will hit shelves this winter. The new format is capable of delivering 3D video while capturing 180 degrees of vision.

Google has also opened a VR180 certification program for other manufacturers who want to join. Z Cam will be one of Google’s first partners under the program.

YouTube Unveils VR180 Format, Reveals Mobile Users Spend an Hour a Day on Average
“We want to make VR more accessible and more affordable for viewers and creators. The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn’t easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive. That’s why I’m thrilled that YouTube and Daydream have worked together on a new format, VR180, and new cameras, which make it easy and affordable for anyone to make VR videos,” said Wojcicki.

Wojcicki also revealed that now, 1.5 billion logged in viewers visit YouTube every single month and on an average, viewers spent over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone. YouTube also announced an all-new change to YouTube app which will in the coming weeks “dynamically adapt” to whatever size users choose to watch it in. YouTube last month teased the new redesign interface which will come with a Dark theme as well.

The company will soon let user share a video with friends right from YouTube app and this will be available to users in Latin America and the US in couple of weeks.


OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

OnePlus 5 is the new flagship from the Chinese startup that has become a household name and seen its fan base growing ever since its first smartphone – the OnePlus One – hit the market. The new flagship was officially unveiled on Tuesday, and it will going on sale later this month in several markets including India where it will go on sale from Thursday. The OnePlus 5, much like its predecessor, packs some top notch specifications, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM. It also boasts of a new design approach, and the overall package appears to match several rival flagship smartphones.

With the higher price tag, OnePlus 5 will be pitted against some of the other popular premium smartphones. To put it another way, the OnePlus 5 looks set to offer performance comparable to the Xiaomi Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S8 with top notch specifications and a premium package. We compare the four smartphones.

The OnePlus 5 will be going on sale in the US and select European regions at a starting price of $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900) respectively for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant has been priced at $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively. The Chinese company is yet to announce the India pricing for the OnePlus 5 but we can expect our wait to be over on Thursday.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched in India at Rs. 57,900 (MOP) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. iPhone 7 Plus was launched in three variants, 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, priced at Rs. 72,000, Rs. 82,000, and Rs. 92,000, respectively. However, in the recent spate of sales by Amazon and Flipkart, the prices of the three variants have dropped down to roughly Rs. 57,000, Rs. 65,000, and Rs. 80,000, respectively.

Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 6 price, there are two variants at different price points. The Mi 6 variant with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM has been priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the model with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM costs CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,000); both variants come in Black, White and Blue colour options. The company is yet to officially announce the smartphone in India.

The Chinese company at the global unveiling talked about how the OnePlus 5 was cast out of the anodised aluminium and it does indeed look premium from all angles. We, however, have to confess that the OnePlus 5 indeed sports an iPhone 7 Plus-like design, especially the rear panel. The front is more or less mimics the predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, though the rear entirely looks inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review), on the other hand, brings an all-new design strategy, with the display taking the centre stage. The phone was unveiled earlier this year with 18.5:9 display aspect ratio, instead of industry standard 16:9. Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 6 (First Impressions), it’s very similar to the Mi 5 in terms of shape and size. The Xiaomi flagship looks more refined and premium with four-sided curved glass on four sides, and a frame made of stainless steel. Considering the design is a very subjective matter, we feel that the buyer is the best judge.

OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display which supports sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards, and also sports 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. The display on the OnePlus 5 brings many improvements over the OnePlus 3T. However, this might turn out to be the phone’s biggest weakness considering that it will be compared to Samsung Galaxy S8, which has a bigger screen with higher resolution. On the other hand, iPhone 7 Plus relies on the Retina display for sharpness, and features such as 3D Touch, Night Shift, and Display Zoom to distinguish its LCD panel. It’s worth pointing it out that both the OnePlus 5 and Mi 6 cost much less than those smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ with 1440×2960 pixels screen resolution. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) ion-strengthened display with oleophobic coating and wide colour gamut.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been also claimed to bring improvements to its display panel which will feature reduced glare for eye care. The Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is smallest among the four. Its maximum brightness is 600 nits, but the brightness can be reduced automatically down to as low as 1 nit to reduce eye-strain.

The OnePlus 5 has been launched running OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and supports dual-SIM with dual-standby. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at four cores at 2.4GHz and other four cores at 1.9GHz. It will be available in 6GB with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage options. The phone supports 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). It weighs 153 grams, and measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm.

The Mi 6 packs the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. The company has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the USB port is USB Type-C.

iPhone 7 Plus is powered by Apple’s custom A10 Fusion chipset (2.34GHz quad-core) backed by 3GB RAM, and runs iOS 10 operating system. The Lightning port does duty for charging, data transfer as well as music, and the battery capacity of the smartphone is 2900mAh. Its body is water-resistant, and the phone comes with a NFC chip for Apple Pay payments.

Samsung Galaxy S8, in India, is powered by a Exynos 9985 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage with up to 256GB storage expansion. It runs on Android 7.0-based company’s UX, and comes with a USB Type-C port. Samsung in select markets also launched the Galaxy S8 with Snapdragon 835 SoC (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad).

OnePlus 5, iPhone 7 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi 6 are the phones that offer a dual camera setup at the back. The OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus is heavily marketing the fast autofocus, capability. The rear camera setup features a dual-LED flash module and boasts of 4K video recording with EIS. The dual cameras offer features like Bokeh effect and also deliver optical zoom up to 2x, and bumped up to 8x using a multi-frame software algorithm.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a setup reminiscent of the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom. Its binocular stereoscopic vision imaging and depth learning algorithm makes edge recognition more accurate in the photos, says Xiaomi. The Mi 6 camera features phase-detection autofocus, and four-axis anti-shake functionality to ensure blur-free images.

iPhone 7 Plus boasts of a dual-camera setup, and offers Bokeh effect in Portrait Mode. As for the camera configuration, both the primary and telephoto rear camera sensors have 12-megapixel resolution, with f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures, respectively. The camera is backed by quad-LED, dual-tone flash, phase-detection autofocus, and 2x optical zoom. As for the front camera, there’s a 7-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, panorama, and HDR. The rear camera can capture videos 2160p videos at 30fps, as well as slo-mo videos.

Of course, the sensor resolution and lens aperture are not enough to determine photo quality. You will have to wait for our full review of the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5 after which we can give a verdict whether they offer better image quality than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

As for the front camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel front camera while the Mi 6 sports an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. It also offers an 8-megapixel front camera.

Let us know whether you are excited about the new OnePlus 5 via the comments section. Do you feel that the OnePlus 5 can compete against the Xiaomi Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S8 in performance? Do let us know.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

Recording phone calls is a pretty straightforward process on Android, but that’s not the case on iPhone. The App Store has some call recording apps, but we haven’t found any that work in India. None of the call recording apps on the US App Store which actually work are free, so you’re going to have to shell out some cash up-front if you want to record phone calls.

Now, recording phone calls is a bit of a grey area. We strongly advise against recording a phone call without permission. If you are recording a phone call, always let the person on the other end of the line know that you are doing so. You wouldn’t record a video without permission, and the same basic principles apply to recording phone calls. There are several cases, such as telephonic interviews, when recording a phone call can be very useful. It could even be to record a recipe that someone narrates over the phone or a set of instructions that you know you’ll forget. As long as the other person is fine with you recording the call, you’re good to go.

Now that you are ready to record calls, let’s start by talking about a simple hack you can try. When you are on a call on your iPhone, you can just put the phone in speaker mode and use a second phone or a voice recorder to record the conversation. The quality will be poor but at least you will have a recording. If that’s not an option, follow these steps.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

How to make and receive phone calls using a Mac
The only other reliable and free way to record phone calls via an iPhone requires a Mac. Before you begin, check whether your Mac is able to make and receive calls using your iPhone. Your Mac should be on OS X Yosemite or newer, and your iPhone needs to be on iOS 8 or newer versions of the OS. Now, these steps will help you record phone calls on your iPhone via the Mac.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices.
Enable Allow Calls on Other Devices.
Below this, under Allow Calls On, tap the switch next to your Mac so that it turns green and is enabled.
Now make sure that your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Sign in to the same iCloud account on both devices.
Sign in to FaceTime using the same iCloud account on both devices.
Ensure that your iPhone is near the Mac and both devices have Bluetooth switched on.
Now when you receive a call on the iPhone, you’ll see a notification on the Mac and you can answer the call on the laptop or desktop. Similarly, you can even make phone calls from the Mac.
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How to record phone calls on iPhone using a Mac
These steps will help you record phone calls via your Mac.

Free software suck as QuickTime didn’t work to properly record the call. Instead, download Audio Hijack on the Mac. It’s a powerful audio recording app from indie app developer Rogue Amoeba. Audio Hijack costs $49 (roughly Rs. 3,200) but the free trial lets you record for up to 20 minutes in one session.
Open Audio Hijack and press Cmd + N or click Session in the top bar and select New Session.
This will ask you to select a session template. Double-click Application Audio.
On the left side, you will see three blocks — Application, Recorder, and Output. Click the Application block and select FaceTime from the drop-down under Source.
Now when you make or receive a phone call from your Mac, just hit the big record button in Audio Hijack. It’s on the bottom left of the app window.
When you’re done recording hit the record button again to stop. You can access the recorded file by clicking Recordings on the bottom-right of the app window.
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You can record up to 20 minutes for free, but after that the app adds a large amount of noise to the recording. To get around this, you can stop the recording before 20 minutes are up and start a new session and record again. However, if you like the app and are happy with the quality of call recordings, we advise that you support the developer by buying Audio Hijack.

This method of recording calls won’t work if you’re not in Wi-Fi range, so it’s best suited for recording when you are at home or in office. However, it works very well if you have Wi-Fi, and the quality of recordings is good too. If you’ve been looking for a way to record phone calls on your iPhone in India, this method is probably your best bet. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

OnePlus 5 Price in India Revealed, Flipkart Sale Continues, Jio SIM Deliveries, and More

OnePlus 5’s launch in India was the biggest news of the day. OnePlus markets its phones as flagship devices that are available at a much lower price, but the OnePlus 5’s India price almost puts it in the same league as the phones it claims to be better than. The India launch didn’t reveal much other than the price but if you want to check out launch offers and other India-specific details, as usual the team at Gadgets 360 has you covered.

In case news about the OnePlus 5 and its India price isn’t enough for you, we have much more to tell you. Our in-depth review of the OnePlus 5 went live today and that is where we answer all the burning questions around the smartphone. There are a lot of positives with this smartphone, such as the raw power under the hood, but not everything is as rosy as OnePlus wants you to believe. The Gadgets 360 review will give you the lowdown on what’s great and what’s not. If gaming is all that you care about, our OnePlus 5 gaming review goes into full detail about how the smartphone holds up when some of Android’s most demanding games are thrown at it.

That’s not all. We also have an entire episode of Orbital, our weekly tech podcast, dedicated to the OnePlus 5. If reading is not your thing and you’re wondering whether the OnePlus 5 is a flagship killer or just another knock-off, the podcast will answer your questions. We cut through all the marketing jargon and tell you exactly what you need to know – should you buy the smartphone or not.

Flipkart sale discounts iPhone 7, Google Pixel, more phones
With ecommerce sites, every season is sale season. Flipkart is running yet another sale and this one runs till June 24. This sale includes several big discounts on smartphones from Apple, Google, Moto, and Samsung. If you’ve been itching to buy an iPhone 7 or a Google Pixel, this sale offers a good opportunity to get these at a low price. Flipkart also has a ‘Back to College’ laptop sale with several budget laptops being available for as low as Rs. 9,999.

OnePlus 5 Price in India Revealed, Flipkart Sale Continues, Jio SIM Deliveries, and More: Your 360 Daily

Reliance Jio accelerates expansion plans
Reliance Jio may have changed the face of the telecom industry in India, but the company is not going to stop its expansion plans anytime soon. Now, Reliance Jio is offering free home delivery of 4G SIM cards in over 600 cities. What’s more, if you want a JioFi hotspot, the company is promising 90-minute delivery in certain cities.

iPhone to get on-screen fingerprint scanner?
A new iPhone 8 leak claims that the smartphone will feature an on-screen fingerprint scanner. The leak claims that this feature is likely to delay shipments of the smartphone. While it’s always advisable to take these leaks with a pinch of salt, Vivo appears to be close to launching a smartphone with a similar on-screen fingerprint scanner. If Vivo can do it, then perhaps even Apple can. We don’t know whether Apple will implement that feature, but what we do know is that the company has begun a crackdown on spam and clone apps on the App Store.

Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, winter is near
It may be peak summer in most places in the northern hemisphere, but the chilly winds of winter are flowing across Westeros. Game of Thrones’ season 7 is coming soon and we got a two-minute trailer to give us a peek into the TV show’s upcoming episodes. Our pop culture whiz also spotted seven things that you may not have in the Game of Thrones trailer.

Nokia 3310’s shocking durability test results
Nokia 3310 (2017) may not be as durable as Nokia would want you to believe. A new durability test report shows that the smartphone is actually nowhere near as sturdy as the iconic phone it’s named after. The new Nokia 3310 fared poorly in scratch and burn tests. While no one can reasonably expect a smartphone to survive fire, but hey, at least it won’t be bending easily if this test is to be believed. At Gadgets 360, we always tell advise our readers against believing the hype and in this case it looks like we had good reason to do so.

Facebook adds a profile picture protection feature
Facebook is giving people in India the ability to “protect” their profile pictures. This means that you can control who can download your profile picture. If you enable this feature, you can stop people from taking screenshots of your profile picture as well, but it currently works only on Android so your picture isn’t entirely safe.

Delhi Metro will let you pay using wrist watches
Delhi Metro has always been ahead of the curve in terms of technology used. The service pioneered the use of smart cards to enter and exit stations in India and now it’s attempting to put these smart cards inside wrist watches. Soon, we could see people waving their watches at the entry barrier to catch a Metro. Sounds futuristic – in theory at least.

ZTE Small Fresh 5 with 4GB RAM launched
ZTE has launched a rather interestingly named smartphone – Small Fresh 5 – in China. The smartphone has a 5-inch display and it appears to be competing in the crowded budget smartphone segment with no real distinguishing features apart from running Android 7.1 Nougat-based MiFavour UI 4.2 out of the box. We’re inclined to believe that it’s not very small or fresh, but that’s just our opinion.

Lenovo launches ultra-portable workstation
Lenovo has launched a workstation PC that’s lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air laptop. If you’re wondering how that is possible – the weight doesn’t include the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. The traditional PC cabinet is where Lenovo’s workstation has shed a lot of kilos. The ThinkStation P320 Tiny has top-of-the-line specs too, so you won’t be forced to compromise if you want a fairly portable desktop.

Google Play faces another malware attack
Malware on Android is a persistent problem that refuses to go away. The latest one involves several apps on Google Play, which is concerning given that it’s the official source for all Android apps. This particular variant of malware, dubbed Ztorg, bypassed Google’s malware checks over 100 times since late last year. Google is acting on the problem and has been actively removing infected apps, which is good news for everyone.

OnePlus 5 Launched in India: 5 Things to Know Before You Buy

OnePlus 5 (Review) has grabbed all the attention in the smartphone industry over the past week as it joined the ranks of the handful of devices with the Snapdragon 835 processor inside. The smartphone has gone on sale once already, but is out of stock on Amazon India for now, though you can grab one at the pop-up events in Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bengaluru on Saturday. If buying OnePlus 5, whether offline or online, is indeed on your mind, there are a few things you need to know about it as there are a few things that have gotten buried in all the hype surrounding the smartphone.

Tune in to our ‘Ask us anything’ on YouTube and Facebook at 2pm today if you have any questions related to the OnePlus 5, and we will do our best to answer them.

OnePlus 5 comes with a scratch guard pre-installed
Much like the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 comes with a scratch guard installed out of the box. For some, it’s a convenience, as it means you don’t have to spend extra on the scratch guard, but for others there’s an unnecessary step of removing it prior to use. It’s a perplexing addition all the same considering that the OnePlus 5 boasts 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In the box you get a Dash Charger, SIM tray ejection pin, and a post card from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei talking up your new purchase.

The OnePlus 5 screen is still full-HD
Despite most Android flagships moving on from full-HD to QHD – and some even 4K – for a couple of years now, OnePlus is still making do with 1080×1920 pixels on the OnePlus 5 screen. It doesn’t look as sharp or crisp as say, the LG G6 (review) or the Samsung Galaxy S8 (review), and is still is one area where OnePlus lags behind the competition, as every one of its flagships since the OnePlus One sports the same resolution – so if you’re looking to upgrade from something like the Nexus 6P, for example, then you’ll actually be going down in resolution. But for most users, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

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OnePlus 5 lacks waterproofing
Another miss is the lack of any form waterproofing or dust resistance. Don’t expect Samsung Galaxy S8-like IP68 certification either. Perhaps it’s the price to pay for a slimmer profile of 7.25mm, versus the S8’s 8mm thickness? Regardless of the reason, it’s a perplexing omission in 2017, as even the iPhone 7 (Review) is now fairly water resistant.

OnePlus 3 and 3T dash charger works with the OnePlus 5

As expected, Dash Charging – the company’s proprietary quick-charging tech – makes a welcome return with the OnePlus 5. And while the OnePlus 5’s charger is bulkier and boxier than that of previous variants – it looks more like an iPad charger – you can use a OnePlus 3 or 3T charger as well, which is smaller and easier to carry. You won’t be able to charge as fast as compared to using the OnePlus 5’s charger, but it still works a fair bit faster than using a generic cable and charger.

OnePlus 5 camera quirks

It might be one of the thinnest phones on the market, but the OnePlus5 still sports a camera bump, although not without good reason. There’s a 16-megapixel main camera, along with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera, to allow for portraits shots and clearer zoom. What this means is that much like the iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, and Huawei P10 (among others) the OnePlus 5 is capable of taking those bokeh shots that are all the rage, though the dual camera setup has a few quirks. For example, the second camera can only be used to zoom in when in brightly lit surroundings. Also, the video mode is lacking compared to the OnePlus 3T, with 4K recording having no stabilisation at all. You can read about these concerns at length in our OnePlus 5 review.