OnePlus is working to make a Entry in Smart TV space

OnePlus the company that is so far popular for its smartphones is now set to enter the television market by launching a smart TV that has internally been called the OnePlus TV. OnePlus Founder and CEO, Pete Lau, will lead the new division alongside the existing smartphone division.

Lau is eyeing a connected future with this move, as he brings 20 years of experience in the smartphone and Blu-ray industries

“I dream about a time when technology is truly seamless, an effortless part of your life without being the focus. As other consumer electronics have evolved and improved our lives, televisions have remained conventional and cumbersome,” said Lau.

He has hinted at developing an AI-assistant for the smart TV, which will be armed with high quality hardware, a seamless user experience and a minimalistic design.

“For most of us, there are four major environments we experience each day: the home, the workplace, the commute, and being on-the-move. The home — perhaps the most important environment experience — is just starting to enjoy the benefits of intelligent connectivity,” said Lau.

“With the development of AI technology, our imagination is endless – and we are looking forward to the future,” he added.

However, he hasn’t mentioned any details on the specifications of the OnePlus TV, but it wouldn’t be surprising at if it came with a 4K display with HDR and an in-house AI-assistant similar to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, only with a more visual element.

The OnePlus TV is in early stages of its development for now. According to Business Insider, it might be launched by next year.

Google Can Change Settings Arbitrarily without Users’ Knowledge

As per the reports of the Android police a bunch of Pixel users had their Battery Saver Mode on, even when they had not done it. Later other users also complained of the same fault in their devices.

Amid the escalating astonishment over this sudden development in approximately a thousand phones simultaneously, Google in a reddit post admitted that it was an internal experiment that was mistakenly rolled out publicly.

“Hi all, some of you may have noticed that battery saver turned on automatically today. This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion,” Google said in the post.

The changes in device Settings remotely by Google, and without users ever knowing it, is forecasting a threat over privacy of the users.

The Verge in its report points out that both Google and Apple do have some mechanism to force changes in users’ devices (software-level). But that’s used as a last resort and mainly aimed at users’ security and safety.

Our Eyes have Natural version of Night Vision Mode: says Study

Scientists have now identified how the retina reprograms itself for low light. According to a study, our eyes have in-built night vision mode which is activated when we see under starlight and moonlight; the retina changes both the software and hardware of its light-sensing cells.

Retinal circuits that were thought to be unchanging and programmed for specific tasks are adaptable to different light conditions.

“To see under starlight, biology has had to reach the limit of seeing an elementary particle from the universe, a single photon,” said Greg Field, an assistant professor at Duke University in the US.

The findings, published in the journal Neuron, show that the reprogramming happens in retinal cells that are sensitive to motion.

Even in the best lighting, identifying the presence and direction of a moving object is key to survival for most animals.

However, detecting motion with a single point of reference does not work very well. So, the retinas of vertebrates have four kinds of motion-sensitive cells, each specifically responsive to a motion that is up, down, right or left.

In humans, these directional neurons account for about 4 percent of the cells that send signals from the retina to the brain.

In a study with mouse retinas conducted under a microscope equipped with night vision eye pieces in a very dark room, researchers found that the retinal cells sensitive to upward movement change their behaviour in low light.

The ‘up’ neurons will fire upon detecting any kind of movement, not just upward.

When there is much less light available, a weak signal of motion from the ‘up’ neurons, coupled with a weak signal from any of the other directional cells can help the brain sense movement.

The loss of motion perception is a common complaint in human patients with severe vision loss. Field said this finding about the adaptability of retinal neurons may help the design of implantable retinal prosthetics in the future.

Xiaomi Redmi: MIUI Updates Available in India

Now the latest update version for the Note 5 Pro users has been brought to India. The users will accordingly get OTA (over-the-air) notification, rolled out for the system update.

As for the changelog, the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM update includes full-screen gestures that enable the device to support different aspect ratio. The latest update also brings natural sound and ambient sound, redesigned notification panel, and improved multitasking management.

MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM update includes September Android Security Patch as well. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro received MIUI 9.5-based Android Oreo update in June this year, but the rollout was later cancelled due to some issues.

Redmi Note 5 Pro marked its debut in India in February this year. The phone features a 5.99-inch full-HD (2160 x 1080 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC, clocked at up to 1.8GHz. Redmi Note 5 Pro offers two RAM configuration- 4GB or 6GB RAM. In terms of camera, the phone bears a dual rear camera setup having a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor.

On the front, it has a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor that comes with soft LED flash. It includes 64GB onboard storage which is expandable via microSD card. Redmi Note 5 Pro is backed by a huge 4000mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes for a price starting at Rs 14,999.

Kolkata’s Bagri Market: Fire still ablaze as Firemen continue to Extinguish the Flames

The massive fire that engulfed the famous Bagri Market in the central part of the city early on Sunday completely gutted more than 400 shops in market, a six-storeyed building at Kolkata’s trading hub of Burabazar, just two months after it received clearance from the state fire services department, Fire erupted again in Bagri market Monday morning more than 30 hours after it broke and a night-long operation to extinguish the blaze.

Flames and black smoke were seen billowing from a part of the third floor on Monday morning even as shop owners tried to salvage some of their goods after the building had been gutted in a fire that began early Sunday morning.

“We’ve reached from ground to top floor and have succeeded in containing fire but due to presence of chemical there, it’s difficult to contain pockets of fire inside. Now 35 fire tenders and 250 firemen are here and operation is going on continuously,” news agency ANI quoted a fire department official as saying.

Cracks have appeared at several places in the building triggering apprehensions of a possible collapse.

Fire services department director general Jag Mohan said on Sunday that many of the 400 plus shops in the six-storeyed building were packed with inflammable items such as cosmetics, deodorants, chemicals, plastic packaging materials that fuelled the flames.

“The government repeatedly urged the market authorities for safety measures. If they heeded the administration, the disaster could have been avoided,” said Trinamool secretary general and education minister Partha Chatterjee, who is heading the government in the absence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee who left the country on a 12-day Europe trip on Sunday morning.

Opposition leaders criticised the government for issuing conditional fire certificates despite the market authorities not complying with the instructions. Left leader in the state Assembly Sujan Chakrabarty said that it should probed why the building was given fire clearance despite not having proper fire safety measures.

“If there is any foul play, the persons concerned should be probed and punished,” he said.

The fire brought back memories of Nandaram Market (another standalone building like Bagri Market) that caught fire in January 2008. As many as 42 fire engines were pressed to battle the blaze that continued for days and destroyed thousands of shops.

Tech Mahindra Stood Up for Its Erstwhile Gay Employee

Gaurav Probir Pramanik accused Richa Gautam, the then global head of training at Tech Mahindra’s Business Services Group and head of the company’s Anti Sexual Harassment Committee of bullying him because of his sexual orientation.

Pramanik hold Richa the main reason behind his resignation from the company in 2015. He further asserted that Gautam was constantly importunate to him. “She used to make fun of the color of my clothes, my behavior, calling it ‘effeminate’” reads the post on twitter.

Following Pramanik’s condemnation of discrimination at TechM, higher official from the management approached Pramanik through Twitter. CP Gurnani, CEO at Tech Mahindra, responded: “Gaurav, you have my personal assurance that this will be thoroughly investigated. We remain committed to supporting and promoting a diverse workforce at TechM.”

Experts believe that a diversity policy alone is inadequate to ensure a conducive work environment for sexual minorities. Start-ups understand LGBTQ culture, but conventional companies, even in the tech world, treat it as taboo. Earlier, it was a clear barrier but since the Supreme Court judgement, there’s a silent barrier. India is still living in the 18th century. It will take several years for the biases to change in the country. The Supreme Court verdict is just the stepping stone.

KC Chakrabarty Under Suspicion in Kingfisher and Airworth’s fraud case; CBI Issued LOC Against Him

Former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India is in a tight spot as Central Bureau of Investigation accused him of being involved in Kingfisher Airlines and Airworth Travels & Tours Pvt Limited debt case.

The apex investigation authority has issued Lookout Circular against him by virtue of which he was restrained in May from going to London. His for the withdrawal of LOC in special CBI court in Delhi was rejected by the special judge Savita Rao, believing that his departure from India can become a weapon to escape justice.

However, Chakrabarty, however, denied all allegations of wrongdoing in a May 15 letter to the CBI director. Chakrabarty, who served as deputy governor of the central bank between 2009 and 2014, is now an NRI and lives in London.  He also served as the chairman and managing director of Indian Bank from 2005 to 2007. Chakrabarty was also the chairman and managing director of Punjab National Bank from 2007 to 2009.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held him ‘suspect’ in two cases, including one related to the debt default by fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya-founded Kingfisher Airlines and other in the Airworth Travels & Tours Pvt Limited, forgery case filed by Indian Overseas Bank against the agency. The latter, according to Chakrabarty, has been doing his personal bookings after he left office in 2014.

Flipkart hold talks to Acquire stake in Hotstar

Flipkart has held talks to buy a stake in Hotstar, Star India’s video streaming service, as part of India’s largest online retailer’s strategy to bet big on video content and attract more Internet consumers and shoppers. The talks have not reached an advanced stage and may or may not result in a transaction, for now the talks have been requested to be kept confidential.

The development comes a few months after the online platform tied up with video streaming service Hotstar and launched a video advertising platform. The new platform, Shopper Audience Network, will allow brands to target consumers through personalized video ads on Hotstar.

Experts say that the talks with Hotstar is important when video streaming market is growing exponentially in the country. The content business is also expected to be the biggest driver in the global consumer Internet economy.

According to the report, Flipkart has had discussions with Netflix as well, however, the talks didn’t progress further.

Meanwhile, the OTT content market is currently valued at $280 million with nearly 100 million subscribers, and it is poised to grow at 35 per cent year-on-year.

Hotstar is the biggest OTT platform in the country. As of late December last year, Hotstar had monthly active subscribers base of 75 million, according to Counterpoint.

Importantly, the development in Flipkart is reported a few weeks after Walmart showed similar interest in video streaming services in the U.S.

The offline retail giant is planning to launch a video streaming platform, giving a direct competition to Amazon Prime and Netflix in the U.S.

Experts say that Walmart is aggressively following the market trend and changing itself as per consumer requirements. Original programming is expensive, but Walmart isn’t afraid to spend money to ensure it remains competitive with Amazon.

The development was first reported by Mint.

Nepal and Bhutan inclined to India because of Geography: Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat stated that countries like Nepal and Bhutan “have to be inclined to India because of geography”. He spoke in Pune on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation- Field Training Military Exercise, also known as BIMSTEC-MILEX 18.

Replying to a query on Nepal’s growing alignment with China, General Rawat said, “Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to be inclined to India because of geography. Geography favours inclination towards India and as far as alliance (with China) is concerned, it is a temporary thing.”

Giving the example of Pakistan and the US, General Rawat said such ties were temporary and bound to change along with the scenario at the global level.

“The best example of this is the relation between America and Pakistan. It is not the same as what it used to be 70 years ago. Therefore, we need not be bothered about all these issues. We need to concentrate on how to keep our country strong,” he said.

General Rawat said the leadership in India believes in developing relations with its neighbours.

“We are a bigger country and if we take the lead, everybody will follow suit. That is why we stepped into this (by organising the military exercise),” he said.

He claimed that India looked at China as a competitor because of “economics”. “They (China) are looking for a market and so are we. There is competition. Whoever does it better will win the race,” General Rawat said.

Replying to a query on whether the issue of illegal immigration would be added to the BIMSTEC discussion in future, the general said it was not a new phenomenon.

“Migration always happens from an economically weaker nation to a stronger nation. Therefore, equal growth is important. This phenomenon is not going to end unless there is equitable and good distribution of growth,” said General Rawat.

Earlier, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, while addressing the press at the military function, said that Nepal had participated by way of sending observers.

“In all the previous summits they (Nepal) have participated. This time it was a military exercise and this is the same period when their command changed (new General taking over as CoAS of the Nepal Army),” Mr Bhamre said.

“They (Nepal) have sent their observers so there was participation from them. We need not look at any other angle,” he added.

While contingents of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan took part in the week-long military exercise, Nepal and Thailand skipped it and sent observers instead.