Vivo Looks Set to Launch First Smartphone With In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor at MWC Shanghai

Last week, a short leaked video clip showed a Vivo smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor and while the authenticity of that video was still under scrutiny, the company has now launched an official teaser that hints at the feature. As per the launch teaser, the company might be launching its upcoming smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai, scheduled to start on June 28.

The launch teaser, shared by Vivo India on Wednesday, shows that fingerprint sensor logo going in and out of a plane, seemingly indicating that the sensor will be embedded in the display. Moreover, the company has mentioned a tagline that says “Unlock the Future” on the teaser image. While it is possible that the company could be indicating some other security feature related to the fingerprint sensor, our best guess for now would be a display-integrated fingerprint sensor.

Vivo Looks Set to Launch First Smartphone With In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor at MWC Shanghai

In its tweet, Vivo India said, “We are thrilled to be launching a new solution in just a few days at Shanghai #MWC2017. Let’s unlock the future together!” If Vivo indeed becomes the first company to launch a smartphone with in-screen fingerprint scanner, it will come across as quite an achievement for the company as tech behemoths Apple and Samsung are said to be struggling with the feature’s implementation on their upcoming flagship smartphones.

While Samsung is said to have ditched plans for the feature altogether on Galaxy Note 8, Apple’s iPhone 8 smartphones have been tipped to face delayed shipments as the company is still contemplating the manner in which the sensor should be introduced to its upcoming iPhone 8.

 

 

 

Moto C Plus ‘Entire Stock’ Was Sold Out Within 7 Minutes in First Sale, Says Flipkart

The Moto C Plus budget smartphone on Tuesday was sold out within seven minutes of the start of its first sale, according to Flipkart. The e-commerce retailer also announced that the Moto C Plus will be available via open sale on Flipkart from Thursday.

In a press statement, Flipkart said, “The entire stock on Flipkart was sold out within 7 minutes of the sale opening, selling at a bristling [sic] rate of 100 units per second.” Based on Flipkart’s statement, the first sale of the Moto C Plus had roughly 42,000 units on sale.

Moto C Plus 'Entire Stock' Was Sold Out Within 7 Minutes in First Sale, Says Flipkart

The Moto C Plus was launched in India on Monday, and was priced at Rs. 6,999. It runs on Android Nougat and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot (up to 128GB). The smartphone will be available in Black, White and Gold colour options on Flipkart.

The Moto C Plus comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, autofocus, 71-degree field of view, and an LED flash. It also gets a 2-megapixel front-facing camera similar to the Moto C. The smartphone houses a 4000mAh battery that is much larger than the 2350mAh battery inside the Moto C. The Moto C Plus measures 144×72.3x10mm and weighs 162 grams.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM and 3G connectivity. Much like the case with the Moto C, the Moto C Plus also gets 4G VoLTE support and dual-SIM card slots.

 

OnePlus 5 Impresses in Its First Durability Test

OnePlus 5, the much-anticipated smartphone, was finally unveiled on Tuesday, and as expected, it packs some top notch specifications. The new flagship from OnePlus has received its first durable test that reveals the phone can take care of itself in tough conditions.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything has put the OnePlus 5 through a series of scratch, burn, and bend tests, and you won’t be disappointed with the phone’s performance.

OnePlus 5 Impresses in Its First Durability Test

As per the durability test video by JerryRigEverything, the OnePlus 5 offered resistance against scratches on the screen as well as on the camera lens at the back. The video showed the OnePlus 5 being scratched with a coin and key which initially left a mark but were easy to get rid of. In the video, the OnePlus 5 was however seen having severe scratches at the back with sharp objects like knife and razor. Jerry points that the OnePlus 5 is “durable but not invincible” referring to sharp objects.

The OnePlus 5 was also subjected to fire where the display started showing white pixels after almost 40 seconds, and Jerry adds that users will need to make sure that the phone does not come in contact with fire. In the bend test, the OnePlus 5 back popped up when pressed with hands though it didn’t bend beyond a point. The phone convincingly passed the bend test with flying colours.

JerryRigEverything says that his series of torture tests shows how phones like the OnePlus 5 are made for handling durability and how well the device will last through the coming years. We can expect the OnePlus 5 passing through several kinds of tests in the coming weeks.

 

Selena Gomez Is An Accessories Queen for Her First Coach Campaign

Selena Gomez signed a deal with the famous luxury label Coach back in December, and she’s been making good on it ever since. First up was her delicate starry look at this year’s Met Gala, and now she’s serving up face (and gorgeous handbags) in her first-ever ad campaign for the brand.

The photos, from iconic fashion photog Steven Meisel, are warm and inviting but also sharply chic. The shots also invoke the same ’70s style that Selena’s clearly fond of; after all, she just personally released a line of throwback “Bad Liar” merch.

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Coach’s bread and butter will always be those forever iconic handbags, but leave it to Selena to be the perfect model of the line’s clothes as well. It may be high summer right now, but these shots have got us coveting autumn and winter wares. (Maybe these can be laid away a season? Asking for a friend.)

Coach, of course, shared some behind the scenes of their new spokeswoman, and gave some lyrical shoutouts to “Bad Liar” too:

Based on the smiles all around (and of course, the end results), it seems like this fashion campaign was a perfect match.

Moto C Plus First Impressions

Moto C Plus is the company’s new budget entry targeted at first-time smartphone buyers. At the India launch event in New Delhi on Monday, Lenovo stressed that the new Moto C Plus with features like massive battery with rapid charging support, selfie camera with LED flash, and stock Android experience, packs enough punches at a price that should fit anyone’s budget. The phone goes on sale via Flipkart today.

The Moto C Plus price in India is positioned smartly to place it in right between the more affordable Moto C and Moto E3 Power. But the new Moto handset will compete against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which is also targeted at first-time smartphone buyers and comes at a lower price tag – even the entry-level Xiaomi Redmi 4 isn’t too far away from the Moto C Plus price tag. We spent some time with the handset at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

Moto C Plus First Impressions

Moto C Plus design
On the design front, the new Moto C Plus strictly follows the Moto design-cues. This means that you will see rounded edges and aesthetics somewhat similar to Moto G5 (Review). Though, there is no metal used on the Moto C Plus. There is, however, a metal lining around the front panel which adds to the overall appeal of the handset.

Moto hasn’t done much different with the design of the Moto C Plus except for adding a textured pattern on the rear cover that looks distinct. The Moto C Plus weighs 162 grams, which might seem slightly heavy for its size but the large battery capacity justifies it. The circular design at the back holds the rear camera alongside LED flash. The circular housing reminds us of the Moto G5. The speaker grille is seen at the back of the smartphone, while the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top edge accompanied by Micro-USB charging port.

Moto C Plus specifications, software, and performance
The Moto C Plus features a 4000mAh removable battery, which means the rear is not sealed. To further sweeten the deal, Moto will ship a 10W rapid charger with the Moto C Plus. Thanks to removable back cover, the phone comes with three dedicated slots for two Nano-SIMs, and a microSD card which can be considered one of the important additions to the phone. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the handset which is obvious considering the price it carries.

The company is additionally marketing micro textured removable back covers which will be available for the handset. The phone itself will be going on sale in Black, White, and Gold colours.

The 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display on the Moto C Plus is good for a budget smartphone. In the limited time we spent with handset, we found the display had good brightness levels and is pretty sharp.

The Moto C Plus is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot (up to 32GB).

One of the biggest attractions of the Moto C Plus is stock Android Nougat experience which is hard to find in this segment. The company has added some minor tweaks though. The Moto C Plus also offers a slew of Nougat-specific features like a revamped Settings app, reply to messages from anywhere feature, quick app switching, multi-window, and a refreshed Quick Settings toggles.

With Nougat, the Moto C Plus will also offer Google Assistant out-of-the-box which is a feature still not available on phones that are available almost at double the price. The smartphone features capacitive navigation buttons at the front.

In our limited time with the device, we noticed that it was quite a good performer thanks the near stock Android running on top. Taps and swipes registered without any issues, and even switching between apps was smooth.

Moto C Plus cameras
The Moto C Plus sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, 71-degree field of view and an LED flash. There’s also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. During our limited use, we noticed that the rear camera on the Moto C Plus was quick at focusing. We noticed that it automatically adjusted the highlights and shadows depending on the light, which seemed neat. The selfies look good but the addition of LED flash may turn out to be a great addition for consumers of this price range.

We will however reserve our verdict on the Moto C Plus performance and camera until we get a chance to put it through paces during our detailed review.

Final thoughts
After spending some time with the all-new Moto C Plus, we believe that Moto’s idea of keeping it simple might work. The company isn’t looking to impress consumers who are obsessed with better specifications at this price. Instead, the new Moto C Plus is targeted to appeal to first time smartphone buyers. Features like near-stock Android Nougat, front camera with flash, and 4000mAh battery with rapid charging support are some of the features that aren’t common at this price.

At a price point of Rs. 6,999, the Moto C Plus will be going head on with the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s entry-level variant which offers somewhat same kind of specifications but with a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi 4 also features the updated octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC. Xiaomi’s Redmi 4a (Review) will be also seen as a competitor to the Moto C Plus, as will the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro.

 

How To Take the First Steps To Scale Up Your Career

When I stepped into a front desk role, I never imagined I would be an owner by age 25. I often get asked if I knew I wanted to be a business owner and entrepreneur. The truth is, I didn’t. It never occurred to me until much later in my career. I kept working hard and learning as much as I could, and everything was like a domino effect — one opportunity to the next. At some point, I realized that I was cut out to be a business owner, entrepreneur and leader. I’m deeply grateful for my experiences and proud of the hard work I put in, but I can’t stress this enough: I didn’t know it going in. I’m happy where I am and am continuing to learn, grow, and excel.

So whether you’re in a front desk role or trying to scale up in your career, here are five tips that can help move your career in the right direction:

Get the hard stuff done first.

That’s right, cross it off before the clock strikes 9! Whatever it is that you want to put off, whether it’s responding to email or filing papers, do it first. This means once the stuff you detest is done, you get to do all the tasks that bring you joy.

Take ‘massive action.’

What separates the go-getters from the not-so-go getters is massive action. What do I mean by massive action? If you don’t yet have a skill that would really benefit the job you’re doing or the job you want next, go out and develop that skill. If there’s research that would benefit the company that nobody’s doing — go do that research. It’s more than showing initiative. It’s all about actually doing the work that makes a difference for the business. Don’t let your fear or imposter syndrome keep you from greatness!

Never stop learning.

Learning encompasses keeping up with business trends, technology, the actions of your competitor businesses, and more. Teach yourself about nonviolent communication, empowering women-owned and women-run businesses, the hottest trends in benefits, how to retain employees and keep them happy – the learning opportunities are endless. Keep at it.

Become a brand.

Utilize social media to create a strong personal brand, and where appropriate, align it with your business. Personal branding is essentially the process of showcasing the kind of person you are and establishing a reliable and respected voice. Journalist Dan Rather and actress Melissa McCarthy both have strong personal brands, though they are quite different from each other. They’re also great examples because of their longevity. When Dan Rather came back into the public spotlight after he retired, his audience understood why, because his values and his voice demanded that he step back into the spotlight, in light of current events. You don’t have to think like Dan Rather or like Melissa McCarthy, but you can take a page (or eight) out of their personal branding books.

Cultivate relationships.

When I was 22, I sat on the board of a local HR organization. I built a relationship with one person in particular, but it didn’t occur to me at the time how valuable that relationship could become. When I left my job as a sales representative for a staffing firm to start my own company, she reached out and introduced me to another staffing firm that was interested in hiring me. She convinced me to meet with them, and because she was a trusted connection, I agreed. After three meetings with the staffing firm, we agreed I would come on board, and after a certain amount of revenue was generated by yours truly, I would become an owner of the firm.

Without that connection, Star Staffing would’ve never been on my radar and I wouldn’t have had the privilege of working alongside my partner and team. Relationships are essential, and you might not know which relationships will bear fruit in the long term. As long as the relationships aren’t unhealthy, cultivate all of them, and one or more or many will prove to be valuable in the long run.

Nobody gets a map when we appear in the world, no matter what philosophy or religion we follow. We’re all winging it a bit, especially in the beginning. But if we have measurable goals, we can make them attainable goals. Once they’re attainable goals, we can break them down into action, and then tackle that action one day at a time. If you’re dreaming of that corner office, use these five actions to keep your eyes on your own prize.

 

HTC U11 First Impressions

After launching its HTC U11, aka the ‘squeezable’ smartphone, in Taiwan last month, HTC has now launched it in India. While internationally, HTC has introduced two memory/storage variants, i.e 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage, it has brought only the latter variant to India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 51,990 and will be available through Amazon India and through offline channels starting from the last week of this month, in Amazing Silver and Brilliant Black colour options.

The HTC U11’s unique selling point is its Edge Sense feature, but it also has a lot of other things going for it in terms of the spec-sheet – it uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and has an impressive 6GB of RAM. We got our hands on the device at HTC’s India launch event, and here are our first impressions.

HTC U11 First Impressions

The first thing that you will notice about the HTC U11 when you pick it up is its glossy back. Just like the HTC U Ultra that came out earlier this year, the U11 also has a shiny glass back. It looks great, especially because of the vibrant colours that HTC has chosen, but the glass is slippery and also a fingerprint magnet.

The HTC U11 measures 153.9×75.9×7.9mm. It is not very hard to hold with one hand, but people with smaller hands might have issues handling this phone. It’s rated IP67 for water and dust resistance.

Coming to the ‘squeezable’ part, HTC has introduced a feature called Edge Sense with the U11. This allows users to launch apps, turn on the flashlight, or even take screenshots by simply squeezing the sides of the device. Pressure sensors allow it to recognize the intensity and duration of squeezes. Users can assign different functions based on the pattern, for example, you can use a light press to launch HTC’s digital assistant, and a longer squeeze for taking screenshots.

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HTC has promised that it will be adding more functionality to the feature in coming months. In our limited time with the smartphone, we found that the Edge Sense feature useful but didn’t feel that it adds great value to the phone as of now. However, these are just our first impressions and you will have to wait till we conduct a full review for our final opinion on the new feature.

Moving on to the display on the HTC U11, the smartphone packs a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In our time with the phone, we found the display quality of the smartphone to be impressive.

As this phone is missing a 3.5mm headphone jack, HTC bundles its USonic earphones with the HTC U11, as well as a USB Type-C adapter. We found the quality of audio offered by these earphones to be excellent.

The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the HTC Sense skin on top, and supports two Nano-SIMs. Thanks to its powerful 2.45GHz quad-core Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6GB of RAM, the smartphone didn’t even seem to hiccup even a little while launching apps, in our brief time with it. As we stated earlier, these are our first impressions, and our full review will contain in-depth analysis of the HTC U11’s performance.

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The HTC U11 has a 12-megapixel primary camera with what the company calls “ultra-spread autofocus”, a BSI sensor, optical image stabilisation, a f/1.7 aperture, and a dual-LED flash. It can record video in slow-motion, and the resolution goes up to 4K. In the front, we have a 16-megapixel camera with a BSI sensor which can record full-HD video. In our brief tests, we found that pictures taken with both front and rear cameras were crisp and clear.

You get 128GB of storage, which is expandable using a microSD card slot (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the HTC U11 include 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), and NFC. It also packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

Priced at Rs. 51,990, the HTC U11 will be competing against premium flagships including the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and Apple iPhone 7. While it seems good enough in terms of performance, it remains to be seen whether HTC will be able to make this phone stand out from its more established competitors. For our full review of the smartphone, stay tuned to Gadgets 360.

 

Mira Erda Becomes The First Indian Female Driver To Race In Euro JK Series

Mira Erda from Vadodara, Gujarat, will become the first Indian female driver to compete in the Euro JK Series championship. One of the highest classes of Formula racing in the country, the Euro JK series is part of the upcoming JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship. Mira has been active in the racing circuit participating in about 75 races both national and international level, and the 17-year-old will also become one of the youngest drivers to compete in the championship.

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Mira began her motorsport journey in national karting, had been competing in the LGB Formula 4 series till last year. The 17-year-old has proved herself to be equal to bigger and stronger boys and won the Formula 4 Rookie Champion of the Year during the annual FMSCI awards last year. Mira will be driving the BMW FB02 car in the Euro JK series.

Speaking on her progress in racing, Mira said, “Ever since I started racing as a 9-year-old I have been dreaming of becoming a Formula 1 racer. I want to thank JK Tyres and FMSCI for this wonderful opportunity as this is one huge jump forward towards realising my dream.”

Interestingly, Mira is also preparing for her twelfth class boards and will have a packed season as she plans to not only race in the National Championship but also in national rallies and international karting competitions.

Speaking on “This is very good news for Indian motorsport,” Sanjay Sharma, Head of JK Motorsports who sponsor and conduct the National Racing Championship, said. “It will encourage other girls to take up the sport as well. I must congratulate Mira for this huge jump. I am sure she will do well at this level too,” he added.

Ford Endeavour Facelift Caught Testing For The First Time In Australia

The new generation Ford Endeavour (Everest in global markets) arrived internationally in 2014 and will be completing four years in 2018. With product shelf lives getting shorter, the American auto giant has commenced working on the Endeavour facelift that was spotted testing for the first time in Australia. The Ford Endeavour is based on the Ranger pickup that will also witness upgrades and both the facelifted models are likely to arrive globally sometime next year.

The new generation Ford Endeavour is a result of the automaker’s Product Development Centre in Australia and it comes as no surprise that the facelifted model continues development there. Ford is likely to update the Endeavour facelift in-line with its American SUVs. The test mules show the front heavily camouflaged on the Endeavour and Ranger models. Expect to see a wider grille possible taking inspiration from the Ford F-150 and certainly looks good.

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Ford Endeavour facelift could get a F-150 inspired grille for international markets

There will also be revised headlamps and a reworked bumper, but should continue to keep things butch. The test mules show limited changes to the side and rear of the utility vehicles, but do expect new alloy wheels and possibly revised tail light pattern.

In addition, expect to see a host of new features inside the cabin without major aesthetic changes. The Endeavour and Ranger facelifts are rumoured to get Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and radar based cruise control, while speculations also suggest that the system will include pedestrian and animal detection. That said, it is possible that Ford India would skip that feature when the facelifted model arrives in India.

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Ford will also update the Ranger pickup along with the Endeavour SUV

In terms of engine options, the Ford Endeavour facelift will continue with the existing powertrain with the 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre diesels continuing to serve purpose. The power figures could see a mild upgrade from the current version. The 6-speed automatic transmission will continue, as far as the Indian market in concerned.

The Ford Endeavour arrived in 2016 as a major improvement over its predecessor and also managed to win the NDTV Full-Size SUV Of The Year Award 2017. Still a new product in the domestic space, do not expect the Endeavour facelift to arrive in India sometime in 2019. The facelifted version will be facing competition from the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X and the Volkswagen Tiguan in the segment.