Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Users in the US Can Now Pre-Test Bixby, Launch Later This Month

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is planning to launch an English version of its artificial intelligence (AI)-based voice assistance programme Bixby later this month.

The English version of Bixby, an advanced voice recognition system that comes on the Galaxy S8 and its variant Galaxy S8+, is likely to be launched in the US and taken to other English-speaking countries, Yonhap news agency reported.

Bixby boasts of “deep-learning” AI technology, allowing it to better communicate with users as it accumulates data.

Samsung reportedly began to recruit volunteers for a pre-test of Bixby this week, according to industry sources.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Users in the US Can Now Pre-Test Bixby, Launch Later This Month

Anyone who has either of Samsung’s latest phones can apply through Samsung’s US website.

Samsung had planned to launch the English version at the end of May but it was put off due to problems with language testing.

Similar to Apple’s Siri, Bixby is the latest creation that Samsung banks on to reclaim its edge as the world’s top smartphone maker after it suffered a blow to its sales and reputation due to the unsuccessful Galaxy Note 7 that had battery problems.

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Users in the US Can Now Pre-Test Bixby, Launch Later This Month

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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is planning to launch an English version of its artificial intelligence (AI)-based voice assistance programme Bixby later this month.

The English version of Bixby, an advanced voice recognition system that comes on the Galaxy S8 and its variant Galaxy S8+, is likely to be launched in the US and taken to other English-speaking countries, Yonhap news agency reported.

Bixby boasts of “deep-learning” AI technology, allowing it to better communicate with users as it accumulates data.

Samsung reportedly began to recruit volunteers for a pre-test of Bixby this week, according to industry sources.

Anyone who has either of Samsung’s latest phones can apply through Samsung’s US website.

Samsung had planned to launch the English version at the end of May but it was put off due to problems with language testing.

Similar to Apple’s Siri, Bixby is the latest creation that Samsung banks on to reclaim its edge as the world’s top smartphone maker after it suffered a blow to its sales and reputation due to the unsuccessful Galaxy Note 7 that had battery problems.

From desert dinners to palace stays, you can now explore India like a true maharaja

From a royal procession astride elephants, to dinner in the desert and stays at some of the most opulent palaces across India, a new travel itinerary has been created for travellers looking to explore India like a true maharaja.

For the princely sum of $81,400, travellers can sign up for The Royal India Tour, a 17-day itinerary that includes royal receptions at palaces across India, where they will be hosted by members of Indian royalty.

The Royal India Tour

Evenings will involve home-cooked meals and entertainment such as live music and dance performances.

Curated by online luxury boutique VeryFirstTo and Epic India Travel, the trip isn’t for the modest or spotlight-averse.

Guests receive royal receptions from their hosts, with drums and trumpets signalling their arrival.

During the procession, they will be given the royal treatment, ferried in horse-drawn carriages or atop elephants, with horses, camels, dancers and musicians trailing behind.

Guided tours of Old and New Delhi take guests through the colourful bazaars and narrow streets as only a local can.

The trip will also appeal to those seeking spiritual renewal, with a sail down the mystical River Ganga and a visit to Sarnath, one of Buddhism’s four holiest sites, associated with the Buddha himself.

Travellers will also be blessed with good luck and good health by welcome prayers and chants by priests.

Naturally the trip would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Taj Mahal, where guests will partake in high tea. Other trip highlights include spa treatments, a dinner on the desert dunes near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and a private dinner on a historic 150-year-old boat once used by maharajas.

Palaces on the itinerary include the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur and Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.

Foodpanda Will Now Deliver All Orders For Partner Restaurants, Regardless of the Source

Online food ordering and delivery firm Foodpanda on Thursday said it will provide third-party logistics services to its restaurant base across major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, and Gurgaon. Foodpanda has already been delivering its orders from some partner restaurants for two years now – accounting for nearly half the orders it receives. As part of the new development, restaurants can use Foodpanda delivery services even for the orders which have not come through the Foodpanda channel.

According to the company, this expansion of the delivery ecosystem by Foodpanda is aimed at optimising efficiency of existing on-ground fleet, which was initially used only for orders placed through the brand.

Foodpanda Will Now Deliver All Orders For Partner Restaurants, Regardless of the Source

The deliveries were first started as a pilot three months ago, and the initiative is now live across Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, Foodpanda said in a statement. This includes a fully integrated offering, where orders come via Foodpanda, and are delivered, as well as delivery on a need basis. restaurants will be charged per order, the company added.

Foodpanda on-boarded more than 500 partner restaurants and the number is expected to reach around 1,500 in the next three months, the company said.

“With our new delivery product offering, we intend to be significant support system for our partners by easing hassle of delivery for them and extend best-in-class service levels to more customers,” said Foodpanda India CEO Saurabh Kochhar.

“The new business partnerships with the restaurants are aimed to provide better services and to further expand our delivery network across the country,” added Kunal Suri, COO Foodpanda India. “We are currently able to deliver orders within 35 mins on average, which we further plan to improve on. With Dash we plan to extend this benefit to our restaurant partners thereby strengthening the delivery ecosystem across the nation.”

 

Instagram’s Archive Feature is Now Available for All Android and iOS Users

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For some users, Instagram can be a cluttered experience, filled with old, often embarrassing photos. To help remove that clutter, the photo sharing service on Tuesday introduced a new feature called Archive, which lets you move previously shared posts into a space visible only to you. Facebook-owned Instagram hopes that Archive will not only stop people from deleting their photos, but also make them more comfortable with sharing certain photos in the first place. Some users first spotted the feature last month, but is now available to all Android and iOS users running version 10.21 or newer versions of the app.

“Your profile is a representation of who you are and evolves with you over time. With Archive, you now have more flexibility to shape your profile while still preserving moments that matter,” Instagram said in a post on Wednesday.

After updating the Instagram app to the latest version, you will be able to archive any of your shared posts by tapping the three dots seen on the top right corner of the post. Once archived, the post will be hidden from your grid and from the public, but you will be able to view it in the Archive section, which is accessible by tapping on the new Archive icon on the top right corner in your profile page.

Instagram says that the feature will let you remove the photos you don’t want without having to delete them. This lets you shape your profile to match your current taste, while at the same time keeps the archived ones safe for you to revisit later. You also have the option to move it back into the profile at any time by tapping the ‘Show on Profile’ option in Archive.

Archive is a bit like Snapchat’s Memories that was launched in 2016 which lets users save photos and videos that can later be uploaded to their Story.

It’s no secret that Instagram and other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Messenger have been increasingly borrowing features from Snapchat. Archive follows features like Stories and face filters that draw inspiration from Snapchat.

 

SSC CGL 2017 application form filling date extended, apply quickly now

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on Friday extended the last date for filling the online application forms for Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination, till 5pm on June 19, 2017.

Earlier, the last date for receipt of application was June 16, 2017.

In a notification issued on Friday, the commission said that they are extending the date for applying because some of the applicants faced technical problems in filling online application forms for CGLE, 2017 during the last two days.

SSC

Talking about the payments of fee made through challans, the commission further said in cases where challans have been generated by the applicants before 5pm on June 19, they can make the payment to the designated Branches of SBI using this challan within the working hours of the bank upto June 21.

The examination is held for filling up different categories of posts in various ministries/departments/organisations.

The CGL 2017 Tier 1 examination will be held online from August 1 to August 20. The Tier 2 examination will be held on November 10 and November 11. The Tier 3 examination (descriptive type) will be conducted on January 21, 2018 while the Tier 4 (skill test) will be held in February.

The number of vacancies to be filled through this examination will be intimated in the due course.

Candidates can apply in online mode only at www.ssconline.nic.in. Candidates must go through the notification to know requirements for applying like educational qualification, age etc and satisfy themselves that they are eligible before filling the application. The commission will not undertake detailed scrutiny of applications for the eligibility at the time of examination.

To know details of the post, eligibility conditions like age, essential qualification, centres of examination, syllabus, mode of selection etc, candidates should go through the recruitment notification.

The examination will comprise of a computer based examination for Tier-I and Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III and paper-IV), written descriptive examination for Tier-III and CPT/DEST/Document verification for Tier-IV. Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.

Application fee: Candidates (who are not exempted) will have to pay an examination fee of Rs 100 through State Bank of India only either in the form of challan, generated on line, or through SBI Net Banking. Payment can also be made through any Credit or Debit Card. Fee once paid will not be refunded.

There is a single application form for the examination. Candidates, declared qualified by the commission for admission to the (Tier-II) examination, will not have to apply again.

Candidates selected for appointment are liable to serve anywhere in India.

 

Plex App for Android Will Now Let You Play Files Stored on Your Phone

Popular media server Plex has just brought a major update to its app for Android. You can now open and play pretty much any video file stored on your Android device or SD card, and you no longer have to play it through a third-party player. The company says that with this update, you will no longer face the problem of opening video files stored locally.

The latest update for Android will now let you play local video files including .MP4s, .MKVs, .AVIs, .WMVs, and .WMDs, among other formats, within the app. The Plex app for Android already lets you scheduled live TV recordings, offering a DVR-like function, and with this new update, the app has a stronger case to take on apps like VLC.

Plex App for Android Will Now Let You Play Files Stored on Your Phone

The ability to open practically any video format will come in handy as users may sometimes find themselves downloading files from torrent sites that can be difficult to play on mobile. In addition to locally stored files, the latest update also lets you open files stored in third-party apps like Dropbox. You can also open video files from the Web browser, Downloads app, or a file explorer app.

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Notably, the Plex app will also automatically fetch metadata for your media file. If the file is recognised, the title, artwork will show. It is able to do this by matching the videos based on the filename and other details. But sometimes there could be an error in getting the right details for the video. In that case, you can tap on the three dot icon below the video and select the ‘Unmatch’ option to hide the metadata.

Most of the playback controls will be available when playing a local file, like pausing, skipping or stopping the tracks. The update (v6.0) is rolling out to Android phones and tablets and can be downloaded via Google Play, and will come soon to the Amazon App Store.

 

Spotify Now Has 140 Million Monthly Active Users

Music streaming company Spotify’s operating loss widened in 2016 but revenue rose significantly, the Swedish company said in its annual financial statement ahead of a possible stock market listing before the end of next year.

Spotify, which recently hired advisers to explore a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, reported an operating loss of EUR 349 million ($389 million) in 2016, up 47 percent compared with the previous year.

“This is explained by substantial investments that have been made during the year, mostly in product development, international expansion and a general increase in personnel,” Spotify’s Luxembourg-based holding company wrote in its regulatory filing on Thursday.

Spotify Now Has 140 Million Monthly Active Users

Revenue rose by more than EUR 50 percent to 2.93 billion as paid subscribers increased to 48 million in 2016 from 28 million the previous year. Overall, the service said it now has 140 million monthly active users, against 126 million at the end of last year.

The company, which depends on acquiring content licences from a limited number of music majors, struck a new deal with Vivendi-owned Universal Music in April.

The move could make the streaming platform more attractive to its top-selling artists, such Adele, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Kanye West, by letting them release albums exclusively to premium users. American singer Taylor Swift recently made her music available again on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

Spotify is now hoping to strike deals with Sony Music and Warner Music in the run-up to a market listing, a source close to the matter said in May.

Most recently valued at $13 billion (roughly Rs. 83,810 crores), Spotify could be floated within a year, a separate source told Reuters this month.

The music streaming service, which competes for users and advertising with cash-rich rivals such as Apple Music and Amazon Music among others, will be the first major company to carry out a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange when it goes public this year or early next year, two sources have told Reuters.

The company is working with investment banks Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co to advise them on the process, the sources said.

Last year Spotify raised $1 billion in convertible debt from private equity firm TPG Capital Management and hedge fund Dragoneer Investment Group.

 

Nokia 3 Now Available in India at Your Neighbourhood Retail Store

At the start of this week, Nokia launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Android smartphones in India. At the time of launch, HMD Global said that the Nokia 3 will be available via offline channels from June 16, and as expected, the smartphone is now available via several retailers across the country, a fact that Gadgets 360 has been able to confirm.

Nokia 3 Now Available in India at Your Neighbourhood Retail Store

Nokia 3 price in India and specifications
Nokia 3 is the cheapest of the three new Nokia Android smartphones by HMD Global, having been priced in India at Rs. 9,499. Vodafone customers will get 5GB data per month at Rs. 149 per month for 3 months on purchase of Nokia 3, as well as vouchers for Rs. 2500 off (Rs. 1800 on hotels & Rs.700 off on domestic flights) on travel website Makemytrip.com.

Nokia 3 has been targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget. It comes with a polycarbonate body and metallic frame on the sides. For specifications, the Nokia 3 has a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card support. Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.

With the Nokia 3 now in stores, the next date to look out for will be July 7, when the Nokia 5 will be available for pre-booking through offline channels. It’s worth noting that the Nokia 5 pre-bookings will be carried out via select mobile retail outlets across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Calicut. The Nokia 5 is priced in India at Rs. 12,899. Nokia 6, on the other hand, will be exclusive to Amazon India and will go up for pre-orders from July 14.

The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch HD display, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, a Snapdragon 430 processor and 2GB of RAM. It will also have a fingerprint sensor, 16GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 128GB), a 13-megapixel rear sensor and a 8-megapixel front sensor. Specifications of the Nokia 6 include a Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full-HD display, 3000mAh battery, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front camera.

Moto G5 Plus Now Available via Amazon India as Well

Lenovo brand Moto launched the mid-range Moto G5 Plus in March as an exclusive to Flipkart, while the Moto G5 was available only on Amazon India. It now seems like the Moto G5 Plus will also be available on Amazon India as the smartphone has been listed on the e-commerce website. The Moto G5 Plus was launched in India starting at a price Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB RAM+16GB options, and Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM+32GB variant. Notably, Amazon India only lists the 32GB storage variant, while on Flipkart the 16GB variant is marked as unavailable. The smartphone is available in Gold and Lunar Grey on both the e-commerce sites.

Apart from online availability, Gadgets 360 learnt earlier this month that the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are now also available through offline retailers.

Moto G5 Plus Now Available via Amazon India as Well
To recall, the Moto G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. Notably, the Moto G5 Plus along with the Moto G5 are the first in the series to sport an all-metal design, built using diamond-cut high-grade aluminium 6000. In our review of the handset, we found that the smartphone’s metal body and pure Android Nougat experience are some of the winning points at this price point.

The smartphone also features a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus pixels, 4K video recording, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a wide-angle lens. Connectivity options on the Moto G5 Plus include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. It packs a 3000mAh battery with support for TurboPower charging that will provide six hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.