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Google to Launch a Mid-range Pixel smartphone in India

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Google plans a big consumer play in India by expanding into the smartphone, laptop, and smart home market

Google has been planning to expand its reach in the Indian consumer market for a long time now. To achieve this, the search giant has now come up with a strong India-focused strategy to roll out consumer products along with a low-cost pixel phone to take on competitors such as Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.

According to the ETtech report, four industry executives have said that California-based Alphabet, the parent company of Google, will launch a mid-range smartphone, premium laptop Pixel book, smart speakers, and other intelligent home automation products especially for markets such as India. Besides these, the company also has plans of expanding their distribution in the to general trade by spending big on marketing and advertising, something that Apple and Samsung have been doing for years, according to a senior industry executive. The company is looking to expand in the offline market, as it plans to open up its own stores in the country.

Recently, select Indian retailers took part in Google’s trade meet held in Malaysia, the, UK and the U.S. last month wherein Google’s top brass shared information of its consumer products expansion plans in the Indian offline market in the future.

“Google is excited about the expansion of the consumer products business in India with the advent of the cheap 4G internet led by Reliance Jio and other operators which it says will help to realize the maximum potential of these products,” said a leading retailer who had participated in the meet.

Google plans to roll out its smart speakers, Google Home and Google Home Mini in India by the end of this month, which will compete against Amazon’s Echo speakers. The company plans to undertake a massive countrywide advertising campaign for this, they said.

Similarly, Google plans to launch a mid-range Pixel smartphone in India by the end of second quarter of 2018, with its next flagship Pixel smartphone expected to hit the market during Diwali.

Google plans to launch a mid-range Pixel smartphone focused on price-sensitive markets such as India around July-August, and its next flagship Pixel smartphone may hit the market around Diwali, they said.

The search giant is also looking to launch the Chrome OS based Pixelbook laptop, Google Wi-Fi as well as intelligent home automation products including doorbell, security cameras, alarm system, and smoke detector, from its popular Nest brand, the executives said. The company is also expected to launch some Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices, for mid-ranged customers that will likely be sold by partner brands.

One retailer familiar with Google’s plans said that the company “does not plan to become over-aggressive to chase market share in the consumer products space; instead, it first wants to have a sizeable retail presence in the country and build the brand.”

Source: ETtech

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Apple Plans To Use Its Own Mac Chips Starting In 2020

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Apple plans to replace Intel chips; will use its own custom Mac chips from 2020

Apple is reportedly planning to replace processors from Intel Corp. with its own designed CPU chips in its Mac computers as early as 2020, reports Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg who cited “people familiar with the plans”, say that the new plan is part of an initiative named “Kalamata”, which is expected to help all Apple devices, including Macs, iPhones, and iPads, and work more seamlessly together. The Kalamata initiative will allow Apple’s design and engineering teams to have a much greater control over the power and features they wish to implement. The Cupertino giant already designs its own ARM-based chips that it uses in iPhones, iPads, Watches and Apple TV devices.

By moving away from Intel chips will allow Apple to freely release new Mac models without having to wait on new Intel chips. The company will also be able to produce new systems without having to depend on when Intel would be able to put new chips into production.

“The shift would also allow Cupertino, California-based Apple to more quickly bring new features to all of its products and differentiate them from the competition. Using its own main chips would make Apple the only major PC maker to use its own processors. Dell Technologies Inc., HP Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., and Asustek Computer Inc. use Intel chips.

“By using its own chips, Apple would be able to more tightly integrate new hardware and software, potentially resulting in systems with better battery life — similar to iPads, which use Apple chips.”

The Mac chip plans are said to be in the early stages of development and the transition to Apple chips in hardware is likely to begin with laptops such as the 12-inch MacBook as early as 2020. However, the changes to the software side is expected to begin even before that. The transition from Intel chips to Apple chips is likely to result in a multi-step transition.

Apple is also reportedly working on a new software platform internally dubbed as “Marzipan”, which would allow users to run iPhone and iPad apps on Macs, according to an earlier Bloomberg report.

The move by Apple saw Intel’s stock suffering a setback, as it had dropped by six percent by Monday evening. According to Bloomberg, Apple approximately accounts for five percent of Intel’s annual revenue.

Source: Bloomberg

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LG G7 leaked renders show off iPhone-like notch, dual rear cameras

LG G7 leaked renders show off iPhone-like notch, dual rear cameras

Leaked LG G7 renders show display notch, headphone jack, and smooth design

LG was supposed to debut its upcoming flagship, G7 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2018. However, the company chose to skip the MWC. Then, leaked renders of a device named G7 (Neo) appeared at LG’s MWC booth, which was later scrapped off. However, the news surrounding LG’s G7 refuses to die.

Now, popular leaker @OnLeaks has made a 3D video of the upcoming LG flagship in collaboration with @TheMrPhone based on the designs and specifications leaked to @OnLeaks by accessory makers. However, LG G7 is yet to receive an official confirmation.

The video below show the device from all possible angles.

As you can see from the 360-degree video, the LG G7 sports a similar design to that of LG G6, and will feature a metal and glass design and an edge-to-edge display. However, the upcoming flagship G7 will include a notch in the screen to house the front-facing camera, light sensor and speaker. It will also have a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a speaker grille placed at the bottom. The new renders of the LG G7 also show that there is a vertically-placed dual rear camera with an LED flash module, and it also has a fingerprint reader on the back side.

The G7 is expected to include a 6-inch LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The G7 will powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor, and will have up to 4GB / 6GB RAM, and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage. It will measure 153.2 mm long, 71.9 mm wide, and 8.2 mm thick but 8.5 mm at the thickest point with the camera bump.

The renders also show just one button on the left, which may likely be the power/ lock key, while the right side has three buttons, including a volume rocker and a mysterious key that might enable access to a personal assistant. The top side of the smartphone suggests two microphones, which could likely be to improve the sound, especially in voice calls and while recording videos.

There are rumors that LG is likely to unveil the G7 in April or May this year. Until the company officially unveils the G7, we can expect to hear and see more leaked renders of the device. Keep watching this space for more updates!

Source: TheMrPhone, OnLeaks

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First 5 Steps When Faced with a Data Breach

First 5 Steps When Faced with a Data Breach

For the average person or company, experiencing a data breach, or any kind of electronic security incident, it can be a lot like a car accident. It’s disorienting. It’s confusing. You’re not entirely sure what to do next.

In situations like this, it is often comforting to have a standard policy of some kind in place. At the same time, it is important to recognize not all security issues are the same, therefore, some cannot be properly addressed with a standard incident response procedure.

Experience comes into play in most situations, but ultimately it is knowledge combined with experience that makes it possible to navigate difficult circumstances and come out stronger as a result. If you think you might be at risk for a data breach or another kind of electronic or digital security issue, here are some things you should consider as part of your response.

Isolate

If your data breach was discovered on any particular piece of hardware, like a server, a cloud machine, or even a mobile device, your first order of business is to isolate that machine from the rest of your network.

The reasons for this are two-fold. First, the overwhelming majority of data breaches rely almost entirely on network access in order to succeed. Second, your top priority is to preserve any evidence available to you and your team. Unless you isolate the breach, there is a better-than-average chance your evidence could be destroyed by the attacker.

Document

It is absolutely vital you keep detailed records of everything you do from the moment the data breach is discovered. This is the undisputed top priority of any investigation or incident response. Without documentation, there is no way you will be able to put the pieces together later and there is no way you’ll be able to prove you performed your due diligence in the event of a dispute.

Photograph

While it may seem strange to suggest that somehow photographs can help you solve a digital data breach, the fact is photographs are a vital tool in any investigation. As all programmers know, software problems are inherently hardware problems. If you have a reliable record of where your hardware was, how it was connected, what was on the screen, how the hardware was configured, what the conditions were at the time and so forth, you may have found details that can help you solve the existing problem or prevent future issues.

Interview

Any person indirectly or directly involved with the systems that were breached should be exhaustively interviewed. Leaving aside for the moment the possibility one of your employees or contractors could have been involved, having eyewitness accounts of the moments leading up to the breach could give you vital clues as to its origin and extent.

Use Your Knowledge

All the investigating in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t put the knowledge gained to good use. Take what you’ve learned and prepare for the next breach. By and large, digital security issues boil down to inadequate knowledge of how security works. Solutions to that problem are hard to come by but are possible with the right steps.

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Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1, a Free and Privacy-Focused DNS Service

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Cloudflare introduces 1.1.1.1 public DNS service, said to be faster than Google DNS and OpenDNS

Cloudflare Inc., a website performance, and security company introduced a new free public domain name system (DNS) service with 1.1.1.1 as its IP address on April Fool’s day. However, this announcement is not a joke as one would assume it to be but is for real.

So, why did Cloudflare choose April 1 for the launch? Matthew Prince, CEO, and co-founder of Cloudflare in a blog post explained, “This is the first consumer product Cloudflare has ever launched, so we wanted to reach a wider audience. At the same time, we’re geeks at heart. 1.1.1.1 has 4 1s. So it seemed clear that 4/1 (April 1st) was the date we needed to launch it.”

With the launch of the 1.1.1.1 DNS service, Cloudflare’s is looking to increase internet connection speeds for everyone. Cloudflare promises the service will be “the fastest public resolver on the planet while raising the standard of privacy protections for users.”

Why does one need another DNS service when there are stalwarts like Google and Comodo? Prince says, “What many Internet users don’t realize is that even if you’re visiting a website that is encrypted — has the little green lock in your browser — that doesn’t keep your DNS resolver from knowing the identity of all the sites you visit. That means, by default, your ISP, every wifi network you’ve connected to, and your mobile network provider have a list of every site you’ve visited while using them.”

He further added, “Network operators have been licking their chops for some time over the idea of taking their users’ browsing data and finding a way to monetize it. In the United States, that got easier a year ago when the Senate voted to eliminate rules that restricted ISPs from selling their users’ browsing data. With all the concern over the data that companies like Facebook and Google are collecting on you, it worries us to now add ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T to the list. And, make no mistake, this isn’t a US-only problem — ISPs around the world see the same privacy-invading opportunity.”

Besides speed, Cloudflare also focuses on maintaining user’s privacy by stopping internet service providers (ISPs) from collecting their browser history. The new service would be committed to going beyond not using browsing data to help target advertising. It will not be logging querying IP address permanently and would clean out all logs within 24 hours.

“Cloudflare’s business has never been built around tracking users or selling advertising. We don’t see personal data as an asset; we see it as a toxic asset. While we need some logging to prevent abuse and debug issues, we couldn’t imagine any situation where we’d need that information longer than 24 hours. And we wanted to put our money where our mouth was, so we committed to retaining KPMG, the well-respected auditing firm, to audit our code and practices annually and publish a public report confirming we’re doing what we said we would”, Prince added in the blog post.

Further, the new service is apparently faster than the hugely popular Google DNS and OpenDNS. 1.1.1.1 claims that they are now 28% faster than any other DNS service as rated by DNSPerf.

This new service was created by APNIC, who owned the 1.1.1.1 address, and Cloudflare who will use their network to host the DNS service. It is a free DNS resolution service that can be easily set up on a mobile device, computer, or router. For those who are interested in changing the DNS server on their device, can check out 1.1.1.1’s official website for more details on how to do so for the iPhone, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, and a router.

Source: cloudflare, betanews

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Want a Website in Under 10 Minutes? Here Are 5 Options to Do It

Thanks to advancements in web technology, creating websites has become easier than ever. Nowadays, anyone can have their own website on the fly. No coding or programming skills are needed unless you want to create something sophisticated and specialized. Featured below are five of the best web-based solutions to build and launch a website in a few minutes.

Wix

Wix is a highly popular cloud-based site builder notable for its ease of use and powerful range of features. It’s an excellent option for quickly creating great looking sites. It offers hundreds of templates so you don’t have to start from scratch. These templates are modifiable so you can introduce customization and design changes that will match your preferences.

If you want a logo for your website, you can use Wix’s logo maker. This site builder also comes with an SEO wizard so you can quickly implement search engine optimization strategies on your new website without having to learn SEO basics. Additionally, Wix provides a multitude of free and premium apps that can be installed on the websites created to add more functionality.

Weebly

It is one of the first full-fledged web-based site builders that allows users to quickly come up with a website without the need to learn coding or web publishing software. It is a comprehensive site building solution that includes web hosting, domain name registration, as well as built-in ecommerce support. If you want to quickly build an online store, Weebly can get the job done.

Other Weebly features include photo galleries and slideshows, fully customizable professionally designed templates, SEO tools, forms, ecommerce and branding tools, and third party app integration. Weebly also comes with a mobile app that allows users to build, edit, and manage their Weebly sites through their smartphones or tablets.

Squarespace

Squarespace is another leading website builder worth considering. It stands out for its enterprise grade infrastructure. It is regarded as one of the more secure and robust site building platforms that particularly appeals to business users. Like in most of the other site builders featured here, Squarespace has a drag-and-drop interface, which makes it very easy to design a site in a matter of minutes. For those who don’t want to start from zero, there are numerous modern templates provided. These templates were designed with the latest approaches in HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Squarespace comes with an image manager that allows you to directly drag and drop images from your hard drive into the site you are building (in your web browser). It also features progressive image loading and a responsive image loader to ensure fast page loading. Moreover, it comes with Adobe Image Editor, Lightbox presentation, image metadata importing, gallery blocks and display effects, automatic image scaling, and gallery blocks.

Site Builders from Web Hosts

Many web hosting service providers are already offering website builders as part of their web hosting packages. These site builders are not exactly feature-rich but they get things done. They may not be the best site builders around but they are able to at least decently deliver on what is expected of them. They allow you to quickly put up a website with a good enough design and range of features.

You can make your own website using a host-provided website builder with a drag-and-drop interface, without any coding knowledge required. You can also use great looking templates although they may not be easily customizable. Even better, these sites may already be search engine optimized. Many site builders of web hosts come with SEO wizards or tools to make a site easier to find online. On the other hand, the website you create with these host-provided site builders may already be mobile-friendly or may employ a responsive web design. For the uninitiated, responsive web designs

The site builders provided by web hosts are usually used as a way to attract customers. As such, they are designed to allow the customers to easily launch complete websites without having to rely on a web developer. They make site creation fast and easy that it’s possible to launch a site in less than 10 minutes.

SiteBuilder.com

This is another good instant website creator. It provides a comprehensive range of services so you can quickly put up a website. Everything you need, from the site design to the hosting and domain name registration, is conveniently provided in one place. SiteBuilder.com, like the rest of the site builders featured here, comes with numerous templates that can be modified through an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Moreover, it comes with ecommerce add-ons so you can quickly set up an online store if you want to make money by selling things on the web.

Site builders are making it inexcusable to not have a website, especially for businesses. These web-based site creation services allow anyone to create a website without the knowledge of web publishing and programming. Learning how to use them is far from difficult; even those who are completely new to using them can create a site within a few minutes.  Also, many instant site builders can be used for free or at least have a freemium business model. They let you create something basic for free but provide the option to use more features and functions for a fee.

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Huawei Has Patented a Foldable Phone with a Flexible Display

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Huawei has patented a smartphone with a foldable display, which can turn into a tablet

Huawei, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has filed for a patent with a foldable display with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), reveals the Dutch website LetsGoDigital.

The patent titled “mobile terminal folding mechanism and mobile terminal”, which was published on WIPO’s website on March 29, was filed by Huawei on September 19, 2017, according to LetsGoDigital, who was the first to spot the patent. The patent explains the working of a foldable smartphone with a flexible screen.

According to the patent granted to Huawei, the illustrations of the proposed foldable smartphone indicate that it consists of one large flexible display that can be folded in the middle. The foldable smartphone when opened will serve as a tablet-sized device and when folded would be the size of a regular smartphone that can be carried around in your pocket.

The folding mechanism comprises of soft and hard components that can be folded frequently without any problems and small gaps or holes in the design are avoided. However, the patent doesn’t explain how the device will be used when it’s closed.

In October last year, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, had told CNET that is working on a foldable smartphone and even have a prototype of it ready. Apparently, the Chinese firm wants to avoid having a gap between the two screens, which is down the center of their foldable smartphone. Looks like this was the reason behind the delay that the company is trying to get rectified.

Not only Huawei but big companies like Apple and Samsung are also working on a smartphone with a foldable display. It would be interesting to see how early does Huawei rectify its technological problem and would it be the first to release the official foldable smartphone in the market.

The patent from Huawei can be seen here.

Source: letsgodigital

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Google Shutting Down Its URL Shortener service

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Google to retire URL shortener service next year, but existing links will work

Google has announced that it will shut down its URL shortener service, also known as “goo.gl” next month followed by a complete closure by 2019. Starting April 13, 2018, the service will no longer accept new users and will discontinue the service for existing users on March 30, 2019.

For those unaware, goo.gl is a URL shortening service offered by Google that was introduced in December 2009 and initially used for Google Toolbar and Feedburner before going public in September 2010. It is now one of the widely used and popular tools for publishers, marketing, and branding agencies.

While neither Google’s FeedBurner nor the Toolbar exists now, the search giant wants the users and developers to move to Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). Starting April 13, 2018, FDLs, which are essentially smart URLs will replace Google’s goo.gl. Google is encouraging developers to make use of FDL APIs, which will automatically detect a user’s platform and direct other users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app.

In a blog post on Friday, Michael Hermanto, Software Engineer, Firebase, said, “We launched the Google URL Shortener back in 2009 as a way to help people more easily share links and measure traffic online. Since then, many popular URL shortening services have emerged and the ways people find content on the Internet have also changed dramatically, from primarily desktop web pages to apps, mobile devices, home assistants, and more.”

He also added, “URL Shortener has been a great tool that we’re proud to have built. As we look towards the future, we’re excited about the possibilities of Firebase Dynamic Links, particularly when it comes to dynamic platform detection and links that survive the app installation process. We hope you are too!”

Hermanto noted that the decision to turn down support for goo.gl is “to refocus its efforts as it transitions to another service that will fill the void.”

Further, users who are looking to create new short links should use FDLs from now on, or try other popular URL shortener services provided by companies like Bitly (bit.ly) and Owly (ow.ly) as an alternative.

Google also noted that “all links will continue to redirect to the intended destination after March 30, 2019. However, existing short links will not be migrated to the Firebase console/API.” But consumers can still manage short links through the console until that time. Additionally, development projects that have not used the URL Shortener APIs before May 30, 2018, will not be able to create short links with the service.

Source: Google Blog

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Cutting-Edge Technologies that Will Become Hallmarks of Our Reality

Technology has changed our lives forever. In this day and age, we are used to downloading apps and using our smartphones for virtually everything, be it taking Instagram-worthy photos or shopping online. We can use smart devices to organize and handle almost every aspect of our reality. We stand in awe before the advance of artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, and computers that fit in the pocket.

It is true that novelties come and go and buzz quickly wears off. After all, there is always something newer and more exciting waiting around the corner. But, new tech solutions are not just about some sheer awesomeness and cool factor. They hold power to improve our lifestyle, health, and time management. So, let us present some innovations that are here to stay and rock our world.

All-in-one service apps

On the winds of rapid tech evolution and rising data accessibility, apps are getting more versatile and powerful. Take the example of Appnext Actions, a solution that draws inspiration and builds on the success of tools like Wechat (a Chinese social app for all things mobile. Namely, Appnext’s flagship streamlines various business activities that need to be performed on mobile devices.

Businesses are able to better understand the context of users in real-time and integrate different services in one dashboard. Along the similar lines, we see modern users downloading fewer and fewer apps (the time spent in them is still increasing) and gravitating towards tools that encompass various different functionalities. Facebook is already buffing up its Messenger by implementing taxi and food ordering features into it. Other social and tech gains are likely to follow suit.

Robotics and automation

Robotic servants are a true life-savior for people with limited capacity or no time to handle house chores. Today, there are various models capable of tackling tedious and recurring activities, such as ironing and cleaning. We also have novelties like self-piloting vacuum cleaners rolling in. The groundwork for them to full shine is already present: a system of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances and smart home solutions.

Besides, AI tech allows robots to operate with zero supervision and even learn our habits and preferences. So, various small and not-so-small robotic minions will soon free us from tiring housework.  Scientists predict that, for most households, this will happen by 2050. The forthcoming automation will finally give us human a chance to sit back and relax. At the same time, we will be able to retain control over the living environment via smart devices.

Health-supporting tech

Despite the uproar about its negative implications, technology is improving the quality of life, increasing its expectancy, and boosting our mental and physical health.  With the surge in wearable tech, we can closely monitor vital health functions via portable trackers. One of them assesses your sleeping patterns and tells you how much shuteye time you need and the other measures your heart rate and blood pressure.

But, recording and analyzing information in real-time is already old news. Today, we have Google Glass tech being used to live-stream a surgery. Moreover, it is possible to schedule virtual consultations with the doctor via instant messaging or apps like Skype. This vastly improves communication between patients and healthcare providers and suggests we will rarely have to leave our homes in order to get checked or even receive medical assistance.

New means of transportation

With the advent of driverless cars and other vehicles straight out of SF movies, we will have more time to dedicate towards things that matter the most in life, like our health and family.  Self-driving cars have already hit the roads across the globe. They will only grow in numbers and reducing traffic congestions and accidents. Most likely, they will impact our jobs, improve access to transportation, and dramatically reduce the hassle of commuting.

Let us also not forget the fact that we are reaching new heights in terms of areal mobility. Airbus has carried out successful testing of its ’flying taxi’ (officially called ‘Alpha One prototype’) that uses vertical hovering to ascend. Meanwhile, Dubai has uncovered two-seater drone designed to transport people autonomously. The city plans to lead the race of innovation and move one-quarter of all passengers this way by 2030.

Novelty shopping and delivery solutions

Several technologies will work in conjunction to completely transform the shopping experience as we know it. The trend of online shopping spreading everywhere and this tendency will be bolstered by the arrival of drones for package delivery. Giants like Amazon are championing this trend, which is poised to cut the time needed to receive goods, but also reduce the carbon footprint.

And this is not all. Augmented reality (AR) already enables customers to do incredible things such as virtually “trying on” clothes and hairstyles. Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a role to play as well, producing shopping lists based on previous patterns. So, we will have few incentives to swim through crowds in shopping malls and stores. What is more, we will be able to bid farewell to long waiting times that tend to put off online buyers.

The future is upon us

Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, leaving a slew of innovative solutions and tools in its wake. These are embedded into every facet of life: devices and appliances can brew your coffee, provide you with instant knowledge, and save you from harm. And this is just the beginning. There is an omnipresent flow of data engulfing the globe, fostering a state of the interconnectedness. It is time to think even bolder and bigger.

In the article, we have covered some of the most important technologies shaping us today, but in the near future, we could have nanorobots in our bloodstream and 3D printing creating valuable devices in underdeveloped areas. With the growing global brain of knowledge and tools more powerful than ever, we can certainly work wonders. It might be hard to predict how our life will look like, but high-tech-infused it will be no doubt.

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GoPro releases an entry-level action camera with touchscreen for $199

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GoPro’s new entry-level ‘HERO’ is now available for $199

GoPro has announced their newest “go-anywhere, capture-anything” entry-level action camera known as ‘HERO’ that is targeted at the low-end consumer market. HERO is easy to use, durable, and affordable and intended “for people looking to share experiences beyond what a phone can capture,” claims the company.

“HERO is a great first GoPro for people looking to share experiences beyond what a phone can capture,” says Meghan Laffey, GoPro’s SVP of Product. “HERO makes it easy to share ‘wow’ moments at a price that’s perfect for first-time users.”

The HERO, which looks like the HERO5 and HERO6, comes with a 2-inch color touchscreen display on the back. It also comes with a tiny monochrome display on the front, which shows information like video quality, battery and storage remaining. The device has a built-in 4GB storage, which is expandable up to 128GB by using a microSD card.

The HERO features a single burst capture option (10 frames per second), as well as one time-lapse setting (0.5 seconds per shot). It takes 10-megapixel photos, instead of 12 megapixels, unlike its higher-end siblings. It can record video with a resolution of 1440p at 60 frames per second, which is just above the basic 1080p capabilities. However, it can’t shoot 4K or super-slow-motion footage. The device is water resistant up to 30 feet (1o meters) and can be used to shoot underwater footages.

GoPro also brings its digital video stabilization system to this new camera. It includes built-in hands-free voice control, which can start and stop recording, turn off the camera, and more. Additionally, it includes noise control that’s powered by three internal microphones. The HERO still uses an older Ambarella chip and not the GP1 image processor like the HERO6 Black.

The HERO is compatible with the GoPro app (iOS and Android) and can also auto-edit videos via QuikStory. In addition, it also has all the connectivity features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which makes sharing videos and images a lot easier. It is compatible with 30+ GoPro mounting accessories.

For those who are interested and want to take the camera to the next level, can subscribe to GoPro’s PLUS subscription service. According to GoPro, “cloud backup, damaged camera replacement, 20-percent off accessory discounts and more are included with a PLUS subscription for just $4.99 a month, cancellable anytime.”

Check out the video below:

The HERO waterproof action camera is now available for $199.99 and place orders on B&H Photo. The retail package includes a camera, rechargeable battery, mounting buckle, frame, curved & flat adhesive mount and a USB-C Cable.

Source: GoPro, The Verge

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