Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

In India, the Pixel 2 will be priced as: Pixel 2 64GB (Rs 61,000), Pixel 2 128GB (Rs 70,000), Pixel 2 XL 64GB (Rs 73,000), Pixel 2 XL 128GB (Rs 82,000).

Pre-orders commence on October 26, 2017, and Pixel 2 will be available for sales in more than 1,000 stores across the country and online starting November 1.

Pixel 2 XL will be available for sale in stores and online starting November 15, 2017. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL will be available online, exclusively on Flipkart.

Google’s new products, including a Pixelbook laptop, wireless earbuds and a small GoPro-like camera, showcase Google-developed operating systems and services, notably the voice assistant. That means usage of those devices should stoke the company’s core ad sales business as buyers of the hardware use Google services like search and maps.

Speaking at the launch in San Francisco, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh said the new products “perfectly demonstrate our strategy of re-imagining hardware from the inside out”, a Reuters report said.

The Pixel 2 smartphone comes in two sizes, with comparable features, including aluminium bodies and no traditional jacks for headphones. Prices for the base model start at $649, while the high-end version starts at $849. The phones will be available Oct. 19.

The Pixel phones lack the brand lustre and market share of similarly priced smartphones such as the Apple iPhone or Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones. Still, the original Pixel’s camera and software drew acclaim from reviewers, many of whom expect the line to become a robust competitor at the high end of the Android smartphone market.

Pixelbook, priced at $999, is the first laptop powered by Google Assistant and will support Snap Inc’s Snapchat, the company said. The keyboard folds behind the screen to turn the 12.3-inch touchscreen into a tablet. It will be available in stores from Oct 31, Reuters said.

Google Home Mini, one of the new speakers, is priced at $49 in the United States and would rival Amazon.com Inc’s popular Echo Dot. It will be available Oct. 19. The Home Max, with dual woofers for more powerful sound, is priced at $399 and with availability by the end of the year.

The Pixel Buds, which are priced at $149, arrive in November. Clips, which is pocket-sized camera with object detection and automatic recording capabilities, “soon” goes on sale for $249, Google said. Videos last only a few seconds and do not contain audio.

The Pixel smartphone debuted a year ago, with analysts estimating sales of more than 2 million, pushing Google to record amounts of non-advertising revenue.

Google’s “other” revenue category, which includes both hardware and sales of online storage services, accounted for about 12% of overall sales in its most recent quarter.

Last month, Google expanded its hardware development capabilities by picking up a 2,000-person smartphone engineering team at HTC for $1.1 billion, Reuters said.

“It’s pretty clear Google is serious about hardware,” said Avi Greengart, research director at consumer data firm GlobalData. “Given that there is a Pixel 2, and given the financial investment, there must be a longer-term strategic intent.”


Google moved into smartphones five years ago with the $12.5-billion purchase of Motorola Mobility. But Motorola’s hardware team, under Osterloh, and Google’s Android mobile operating system division remained independent. Google wanted to avoid giving it a special advantage and protect its relationships with Samsung, LG and other distributors of Android. The company later sold the Motorola smartphone business.

Osterloh, now working inside Google, moved to bring in-house the HTC team Google contracted to design the Pixel. He enjoys a strong relationship with Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Android division head. The pair have been friends since working together for several years at Good Technology in the early 2000s.

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Hackers exploiting software stolen from the National Security Agency have executed cyberattacks that has hit dozens of countries worldwide, says a report, which has fretted the authorities.

It is believed that the cyber extortionists have managed to trick victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.

The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.

Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists.

Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.

The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.

International shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible,” it said in a statement.

Still, only a small number of US-headquartered organizations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organizations in Europe, said Vikram Thakur, research manager with security software maker Symantec.

By the time they turned their attention to the United States, spam filters had identified the new threat and flagged the ransomware-laden emails as malicious, Thakur said.

The US Department of Homeland Security said late on Friday that it was aware of reports of the ransomware, was sharing information with domestic and foreign partners and was ready to lend technical support.

Telecommunications company Telefonica was among many targets in Spain, though it said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted.

Private security firms identified the ransomware as a new variant of “WannaCry” that had the ability to automatically spread across large networks by exploiting a known bug in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

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आज से Amazon ने अपने ग्रेट इंडिया सेल की शुरुआत कर दी है. इस सेल में ग्राहक स्मार्टफोन, लैपटॉप, टीवी और फैशन प्रोडक्ट्स इत्यादि पर बड़े डिस्काउंट का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. अमेजन सेल में ग्राहक बड़े स्मार्टफोन्स ब्रांड जैसे Apple, Samsung, Moto और Coolpad जैसे ब्रांड्स पर भी आकर्षक डील्स देख सकते हैं.

कस्टमर्स कुछ लैपटॉप जैसे MacBook Air 13, Lenovo IdeaPad 110 और Asus और HP के लैपटॉप पर भी डील देख सकते हैं. हम आपको iPhone और एंड्रायड फोन्स पर मिल रहे कुछ ऑफर्स की जानकारी यहां दे रहे हैं.

ग्राहक अमेजन ग्रेट इंडिया सेल में 60,000 रुपये की कीमत में मिलने वाले iPhone 7 32GB को एक्सचेंज ऑफर में 47,999 रुपये तक की कम कीमत में और अमेजन सेल ऑफर में 43,999 रुपये में खरीद सकते हैं. वहीं iPhone 7 128GB को 56,000 रुपये की जगह 52,999 में खरीद सकते हैं. सेल के दौरान iPhone SE 32GB की कीमत 27,000 रुपये से घटकर 20,999 रुपये हो गई है.

एंड्रायड फोन्स की बात करें तो Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro को ग्राहक 27,999 की जगह 2000 रुपये की कटौती के साथ 25,999 में खरीद सकते हैं. इसी तरह सेल में Moto G5 को 10,999 रुपये में, Moto G4 Plus को 11,499 रुपये में, Coolpad Note 5 32GB को 9,999 रुपये में खरीदा जा सकता है.

OnePlus 3T को पसंद वाले ग्राहक इस स्मार्टफोन को 29,999 रुपये की कीमत में ही 11,002 रुपये के एक्सचेंज ऑफर का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. वहीं Xiaomi Redmi 4A अमेजन प्राइम मेंबर्स के लिए 3PM से 5,999 रुपये में उपलब्ध होगा.

इसके अलावा ग्राहक लैपटॉप से लेकर टीवी और बाकी प्रोडक्ट्स पर भी डील का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. जिसे अमेजन वेबसाइट पर जाकर देखा जा सकता है.


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This year is an important one for Apple with the tech community expecting the smartphone and software giant to launch a new design this year. This year marks the ten-year anniversary since the first iPhone was launched. Now a new set of renders shows a sleek design and a vertical dual-camera setup on the back.

The renders come from reliable leakster @OnLeaks, in collaboration with @GearIndia, but the tipster has stated that he is not 100 per cent sure that the images portray the final design for the new Apple phone. The reason being Apple has been testing multiple prototypes for the new phone and it’s difficult to say what the final design will be.

The renders portray tiny bezels on the AMOLED iPhone 8, along with a speaker grille at the bottom and curved corners. Moreover, a vertical dual-camera setup is visible on the back, together with LED flash. The renders portray an iPhone that measures 143.5 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, with a display size of 5.8 inches. The removal of the home button and tiny bezels do provide a rather large screen in a small body smartphone.

That being said, there’s no indication of a Touch ID button on the back, the report mentions that perhaps Apple will integrate the fingerprint sensor below the display or incorporate it in the Apple logo on the back.

There have been major speculations regarding the position of the Touch ID. Some analysts have even believed that Apple might ditch the technology completely if it can’t find a solution for embedding it below the display. However, it’s highly unlikely that the iPhone 8 won’t come with a Touch ID at all; it is just a matter of waiting to see if Apple actually does it.

Apple is expected to announce three new smartphones this year, the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The devices will most likely be unveiled in September, while some have said that perhaps Apple will preview the iPhone 8 during its WWDC event this June to build up hype, but that’s quite unlikely.


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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment...