OnePlus 7 Pro receives exclusive update that improves camera, fixes other bugs

The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched earlier this month.

ONEPLUS 7 PRO CAMERA IMPROVEMENTS: OnePlus 7 Pro has started receiving OxygenOS’ newest update that fixes some camera issues and ambient display problem. The OxygenOS 9.5.4 is exclusive to OnePlus 7 Pro, meaning other OnePlus devices would not receive this update. The update is being rolled out in stages so it might not be available on every OnePlus 7 Pro device at the moment. You may expect it in the coming weeks.

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro earlier this month. The smartphone was praised for the features it brings at a reasonable price tag, but some users complained about its camera quality. The company promised an update in about a week’s time to fix the issues.

According to the official changelog, the v9.5.4 update fixes issues like unnatural smoothness in beauty effect, lack of details, smudgy areas in telephoto images and more. The update also fixes white balance issue in pictures as well as focus issue in several scenarios.

Apart from this, the update also improves system optimization. That includes a fix for the ambient display, double tap to wake the screen, audio delay with the Bluetooth headset during gameplay and other general bug fixes.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is currently available in two variants – 6GB/128GB priced at 48,999, 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 in Mirror Grey colour. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available in an all-new Nebula Blue colour in 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 and 12GB/256GB at 57,999 from May 28, 2019 on Amazon.in.

It features a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with a QHD+ resolution and refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is notch-less and has curved edges, much like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro. It is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with three RAM and storage configurations that max out at 12GB/256GB. It comes with a “RAM Boost” mode that allows app to load from RAM memory instead of ROM, hence reducing app load times. It is also the first smartphone to ship with UFS 3.0 memory which offers speeds up to 79% faster than the previous UFS 2.1 standard.

At the back it sports a 48MP+16MP+8MP combination. The 16MP and 18MP sensors have wide angle and telephoto lenses respectively. The front facing pop-up mechanism houses a 16MP camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.

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Quora Now Available in Hindi, Support for Other Indian Languages Coming Soon

Quora Now Available in Hindi, Support for Other Indian Languages Coming Soon

Aiming to expand its user base in India, popular question-and-answer platform Quora on Thursday launched in Hindi and promised the roll out of the platform in several other Indian vernacular languages soon.

“The launch of Quora Hindi is an expansion of our mission to share knowledge. We will soon launch the platform in other Indian languages within a few months,” Gautam Shewakramani, India Country Manager at Quora, told IANS.

“We are preparing the launch of the platform in several languages and the next launch may be in more than one language,” Shewakramani said.

Quora was founded in 2009 by Adam D’Angelo, a former Chief Technology Officer at Facebook.

The Mountain View, California-headquartered company currently has 200 million monthly unique visitors. Its English language version started generating revenues through advertisements from May 2017.

Besides English, the platform is available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and starting May 2018 Indonesian too.

“There is currently no plan to monetise Quora Hindi. The focus now is on maintaining quality and credibility of information shared on the platform,” Shewakramani said.

“The idea of knowledge-sharing has a universal appeal. India fits well into our mission as this country has always valued knowledge and shared them with the greater world community,” he added.

Quora launched a beta version in Hindi to a small group of people in April 2018 before making it available to all.

“Quora has been popular in India for many years, and now that we are opening Quora up in Hindi we hope to have even more participation from people in India. I’ve been excited to see the engagement throughout the beta of Quora in Hindi,” Shewakramani said.

“During the past few months, we’ve already seen thoughtful answers on diverse subjects, such as the relevance of Ram and Sita to couples today, the best places to visit in Delhi, advice for people traveling outside India who do not speak English, gender equality at home, among many others,” he added.

Since its launch in English in 2010, Quora has attracted leading personalities and experts who have answered all kinds of questions asked by people on Quora, and shared knowledge that was not available before.

People like former US President Barack Obama, Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and social sector expert Smarinita Shetty are just a few examples.

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iPhone X, iPhone SE, Other iPhone Models Available With Up to 50 Percent Discount With Exchange, Other Offers

iPhone X, iPhone SE, Other iPhone Models Available With Up to 50 Percent Discount With Exchange, Other Offers

Indian mobile retail chain Sangeetha Mobiles is offering up to 50 percent off on the purchase of iPhonemodels, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE. While it might sound like an unbelievable offer, it does come with its fair share of caveats. The offer price is a combination of HDFC EMI cashbacks, exchange discounts, and the retailer’s discount on EMI transactions. The offer is available across all Sangeetha Mobiles offline retail stores.

According to the offer page, the iPhone X 64GB can be bought at an effective price of Rs. 47,699. Gadgets 360 contacted Sangeetha Mobiles retailers in Hyderabad that quoted a gross price of Rs. 88,000 for this variant. An HDFC card/ consumer loans cashback of Rs. 12,000 is valid on EMI transactions , along with the retailer’s own Rs. 5 percent discount on EMI transactions (up to Rs. 1,500). This gives it an effective price of Rs. 74,500, over and above which exchange discounts can be applied, varying from handset to handset. Do note that Android phones of similar value will also be eligible for the exchange offer on models up to the iPhone 7 Plus. For higher models, a minimum of iPhone 7 32GB models are eligible for exchange.

Additionally, the offer page claims that the iPhone SE 32GB can be bought at a minimum effective price of Rs. 9,990, the iPhone 6 32GB can be bought at Rs. 14,990. The iPhone 6s 32GB has a minimum effective price of Rs. 21,499, the iPhone 8 64GB has a price of Rs. 25,500, the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB has an effective price of Rs. 33,999, and the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB is claimed to have a discounted price of Rs. 45,499. Notably, the phone you wish to exchange should be within official brand warranty.

Details of the mentioned offers and offers on other phones can be verified by visiting any of the Sangeetha Mobiles offline stores. The company has presence in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.

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Social Media-Manipulating Cult Influencers And Other Trends To Look For In 2018

TBWA Worldwide’s annual 2018 insights report examines what the agency calls  “pre-trends” rooted in evolving cultural shifts.

Convergence is the emerging theme uniting the predictions, says TBWA. Genetic technology will collide with activism, memes with currency, digital goods with fashion, creative direction with algorithms and cults will meet social media.

Among the Omnicom-owned agency’s top five pre-predictions, Insta-Cults is the agency’s most “out-there pre-trend,” says Sarah Rabia, global director of cultural strategy, TBWA. “We believe that next year, we may see the formation of a new kind of cult: one built around an influencer who manipulates social media, monopolizes attention and mobilizes their fans, a la Trump.”

Brands, therefore, must ask themselves how they can leverage these cult Influencers and loyal fandoms to build a modern culture brand, she advises. “It wouldn’t take much for many mainstream celebs to tip the balance into cult leader, arguably we have some already,” Rabia says. Singer Lana Del Rey, for instance, asked her fans to join a mass occult ritual against Trump and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop sparked a community of wellness that has made some extreme followers ill with the eating disorder orthorexia.

As the physical and online worlds blur, TBWA believes what it calls “Vaporwear” will introduce computer-generated goods like lenses, filters and virtual designs created purely to be worn for social media. Brands can engage with this trend by enabling audiences to buy in to these products without buying anything.

Another tech-driven trend will allow brands to decide whether their content will be made by humans or machines, possibly resulting in algorithm-penned songs, games, novels, and feature films.

With what TBWA calls Meme Money, Blockchain advancements will help advertisers and brands trace social media shares, likes and follows to a legitimate source for credit and remuneration.

And as DNA technology empowers people to predict and manage their healthcare, brands will need to ask how far they will go with genetic technology, if at all?

This is the first year that TBWA’s cultural insight studio Backslash has published a trends report. The year-old start-up serves mostly as an internal cultural service but plans call for expanding it over the coming months to do more public content and work with brands within and beyond TBWA. The unit’s team comprises journalists, strategists, TV and documentary makers.

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Twitter to Put Warnings Before Swastikas, Other Hate Images

Twitter to Put Warnings Before Swastikas, Other Hate Images

Twitter said on Monday it would begin issuing a warning before a user can see pictures with Nazi swastikas and other items it determines are hateful imagery, as well as prohibit their use in any profile photos on its social media network.

The new policies also ban users who associate either online or offline with organisations that promote violence against civilians.

The step is one of several that Twitter said it would take to crack down on white nationalists and other violent or hateful groups, which have become unwelcome on a service that once took an absolutist view of free speech.

Twitter said in a statement that it would shut down accounts affiliated with non-government organisations that promote violence against civilians, and ban usernames that constitute a violent threat or racial slur.

It said it would also remove tweets that it determined celebrate violence or glorify people who commit it.

Twitter suspended an unknown number of accounts on Monday, including one belonging to Jayda Fransen, the Britain First leader whose videos critical of Islam were retweeted multiple times by US President Donald Trump last month.

A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment on Fransen’s ban or whether it was due to the new policies.

Founded in 2006, the San Francisco company had called itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” and tried to stay out of battles among users. But that has changed as persistent harassers have driven some women and minorities off Twitter, limiting their ability to express themselves.

A rise in white nationalism in the United States has also changed tech industry standards. In August, social media networks began removing white nationalists after hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of them was charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman by running her down in a car.

In October, Twitter vowed to toughen rules on online sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of misconduct.

Tweets can still include hate imagery, but users will have to click through a warning to see them, the company said. Besides being banned from profile photos, hate images may be further restricted where national laws require, as in Germany.

The Nazi swastika was the only specific example of a hateful image that Twitter gave, but the company said it would try to give warnings for all symbols historically associated with hate groups or that depict people as less than human.

Twitter said it had decided not to categorise the US Confederate flag as hateful imagery, citing its place in history.

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With Pixel 2 and Other New Devices, Google Is Re-Learning an Old Adage: Hardware Is Hard

With Pixel 2 and Other New Devices, Google Is Re-Learning an Old Adage: Hardware Is Hard

Google, which prides itself on developing simple, intuitive software that seems to know what you want almost before you do, is finding itself in a very different world when it comes to its own phones and other gadgets.

Its new Pixel 2 phones, released in October, got high marks for their camera and design – at least until some users complained about “burned in” afterimages on their screens, a bluish tint, periodic clicking sounds and occasionally unresponsive touch commands .

Then the company’s new Home Mini smart speaker was caught always listening. Finally, its wireless “Pixel Buds” headset received savage reviews for a cheap look and feel, mediocre sound quality, and being difficult to set up and confusing to use.

In short, Google is re-learning an old adage in the technology business: Hardware is hard.

Growing pains
Google quickly extended the warranty on the Pixel 2 and tweaked software on the devices and its Home Mini in an attempt to fix the troublesome issues. (It hasn’t had much to say about the Pixel Buds.) Still, the problems served as a high-profile reminder of the company’s inexperience in making consumer electronics – a field where Apple has a 40-year head start.

But the company insists that its problems are being blown out of proportion.

“I believe, quite frankly, that Google has a spotlight on it,” Rick Osterloh, the executive in charge of the company’s hardware division, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Things that would normally be pretty minor issues are a bit amplified in today’s environment.”

Of course, Google has actively courted this spotlight. In 2016, Osterloh took the stage at a product event to tout the Pixel phone as “the best of hardware and software, designed and built by Google.” The company is also currently running a major ad campaign to draw attention to its gizmos for the holiday shopping season.

“Being a software company is an entirely different animal from being a hardware company,” said technology analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research. “The cultures are very different and there are more moving parts in hardware, so you have to learn along the way.”

Google has to realize a “fail fast” philosophy that worked well for free software products doesn’t work as well for smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars, said analyst Ross Rubin of Reticle Research.

Software “can be more forgiving of that development philosophy,” he said. “You can’t do that with atoms. You risk some backlash.”

Hardware full of Google
Google’s push into devices, which includes its own Wi-Fi routers and an older line of Web-based notebook computers, has become a key strategy for the internet giant. It sees these gadgets as a way to ensure services such as search, maps, Gmail, and its voice-activated assistant remain prominent as personal computing expands on mobile devices and new smart gizmos in homes.

All those Google services are baked into Android, which powers more than 2 billion devices worldwide – but device makers such as Samsung that use the free software also can make adjustments to highlight their own products instead. And Apple only uses Google’s search engine as a built-in service on iPhones, and that’s only because Google pays billions of dollars annually for the access.

The Pixel phones and Home speakers also serve as a showcase and data-collection tool for the Google Assistant, its voice-activated digital concierge. The virtual assistant is key to Google’s artificial-intelligence efforts, aimed at making computers that constantly learn new things and eventually seem more human than machine.

Slow start
The Pixels, however, got off to a slow start. Google sold only 2.8 million of the first-generation model, accounting for about 0.1 percent of the market, according to the research firm International Data Corp.

Such a low sales volume makes it more difficult to acquire the highest-quality components for hardware, particularly when suppliers make it a priority to meet the demands of market leaders Appleand Samsung.

Apple is expected to sell between 230 million and 250 million iPhones during the fiscal year ending in September.

Like the Pixel 2s, the new iPhone X features an OLED screen to display more vibrant colors. And like the Pixel 2 XL, the iPhone X’s screen may also display a bluish tint and suffer “image retention” that makes it look like something has burned into the screen, by Apple’s own admission.

As part of its effort to catch up to Apple and Samsung, Google recently acquired more expertise in a $1.1 billion deal with device maker HTC that included the brought in 2,000 more smartphone engineers and certain hardware technologies.

But Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor believes many consumers will balk at paying a premium price for the Pixel 2 (prices start at $650), given its troubles. “It appears that the best way to get the most value from Google services is still to use them on another device,” Windsor said.

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Xiaomi Reveals Redmi Note 4, Mi MIX 2, Mi 6, and Other Singles’ Day Deals

Xiaomi Reveals Redmi Note 4, Mi MIX 2, Mi 6, and Other Singles' Day Deals

Xiaomi has announced deals on several of its smartphones on the eve of Singles’ Day sales in China. The Singles’ Day sales happen every year on 11th of November (11/11) and see a lot of companies offering discounts on their products on Ali Express, and is majorly promoted by Alibaba Group.

The Chinese company is offering discounts on Mi MIX 2 and Mi 6 premium smartphones as well as Xiaomi Mi A1 and Mi Max 2 alongside other popular smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Interested users can check the deals on this page.

Xiaomi’s Singles’ Day deals on smartphones

During the Singles’ Day, Xiaomi is offering the Mi MIX 2 at a discounted price of $490, down from original price of $612. The Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship smartphone will be also available with discounted price. The company is offering Mi 6 at $369. Xiaomi, however, will be offering the smartphones in limited supply. The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available at $195 while the Mi Max 2 will be on sale at $218.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will be available at $137. The company will also be selling the 3GB RAM models of the Redmi Note 4. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A 16GB model will be available at $99 while the 32GB storage model will be available at $136.

The Redmi 4X will be available at $116 while the recently unveiled Mi A1 Android One smartphone will be sold at $244.

Xiaomi’s Singles’ Day on other devices

Xiaomi is also offering deal on its Notebook Air 13.3 which will be available at a discounted price of $799 which is almost a cut of $200. The Mi Band 2 will be sold at $21 during the Singles’ Day sale.

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As Halli Labs Is Acquired by Google, Here Are Other AI Startups That Have Attracted Tech Giants

As Halli Labs Is Acquired by Google, Here Are Other AI Startups That Have Attracted Tech Giants

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google acquired Bengaluru-based Halli Labs this week
  • It’s the latest AI-focused startup to get acquired
  • Here’s the list of all such startups that have been acquired

Whether it’s Microsoft trying to help Indian farmers predict when it’s going to rain, Google improving its multi-lingual translation service, Facebook trying to figure out who you should be friends with next, or IBM’s Watson trying to change the health industry, global giants are increasingly betting on AI (artificial intelligence) to expand and perfect their services.

But even as these companies — and many more — race to be the frontrunner in the nascent AI space, many believe that it will take years of efforts to fully realise the potential and reap benefits of how this growing technology will shape the products of today and tomorrow.

In doing so, companies are aggressively looking at talents and startups to bring them on-board — or put their money in — and incorporate their learnings. In fact, dozens of startups focused on AI solutions have been bagged by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon among other companies in the past years.

We’ve a run-down on all the popular AI-focused companies that have been acquired by the giant. As you will notice in the list, these acquisitions only go far as back as five-six years, reaffirming how nascent this space is.

Halli Labs
Google took many by surprise this week when the news got out that it has acquired the Bengaluru-based AI startup. Much about the four-month old startup remains unknown, but we know that some of its founding members came from marketplace Stayzilla. Halli Labs is joining Google’s Next Billion team, which aims to solve the last mile problem by serving people from emerging markets.

Tuplejump
Apple confirmed last year that it had acquired the small Indian machine learning company. Back in the day, Tuplejump offered software services to store, process, and visualise data.

Kitt.ai
China’s conglomerate Baidu acquired Kitt.ai, a startup based out of Seattle that works on chatbots and voice-based applications across several platforms.

Lattice Data
Apple acquired Lattice Data, a startup that uses AI to mine “dark data” — the kind of data that is collected by not used normally for broader purposes earlier this year.

MindMeld
Cisco purchased MindMeld, an AI startup that creates “conversational interfaces” through bots and voice-powered assistants. At the time of the acquisition, MindMeld’s API was being used by over 1,200 companies including Samsung, Google, Intel, and Spotify.

Sonalytic
In March this year, Spotify said it was acquiring Sonalytic, a startup that uses machine learning to offer improved music recommendation.

RealFace
Earlier this year, Apple acquired Israel-based startup RealFace, which developers deep-learning based face authentication technology. Before the acquisition, RealFace was betting big on making passwords redundant.

RavenTech
The Chinese startup that is working on similar capabilities as Amazon’s Alexa was acquired by Baidu earlier this year. The company also has an AI-based app called Flow.

Kaggle
Google acquired the online service Kaggle earlier this year. The company hosted data science and machine learning competitions prior to its acquisition.

Maluuba
Microsoft kickstarted the year by announcing it is buying deep-learning startup Maluuba. The Montreal-based company, Microsoft said, offers “one of the world’s most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding.” Before the startup was acquired, it was working on making advancements toward a more general AI by creating “literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans — a vision exactly in line with ours.”

Harvest.ai
Amazon quietly acquired the San Diego-based startup earlier this year. The startup uses machine learning to analyse user behavior around a company’s key intellectual property.

Geometric Intelligence
Uber acquired the New York City-based company late last year, as it worked on expanding its AI efforts. Geometric Intelligence was said to work on solutions that could accurately estimate rider locations and travel times, and also help Uber in its self-driving project.

Masquerade Technologies
Facebook acquired Masquerade Technologies after the startup’s app that offered Snapchat-like selfie filters gained popularity among young customers.

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Zurich Eye
Before it was acquired by Facebook, the startup enabled machines to “independently navigate in any space.” The startup intended to enable “machines to see.” Much about the company remains unknown.

Nervana Systems
Before it was acquired by Intel, Nervana Systems focused on offering AI solutions that could be integrated directly into the silicon.

Wise.io
General Electric acquired Wise.io late last year. The startup offers machine-learning services to help businesses find patterns in their large trove of data stores.

API.AI
Google bagged the two-year-old startup last year after being impressed by its “fast adoption of the technology from people building conversational interfaces for chatbots, connected cars, and smartphone devices among others.”

Genee
Microsoft acquired the AI-powered scheduling tool Genee last year. The company said at the time it would use Genee’s solution directly in its cloud productivity suite Office 365.

Magic Pony
Twitter acquired the London-based machine learning firm last year. Magic Pony offered tech to improve low-quality pictures and videos on the fly by using machine learning.

SwiftKey
Microsoft acquired SwiftKey, an AI-focused startup that makes popular keyboard app for Android and iOS users. Using machine learning, SwiftKey is able to predict the word you’re typing, and the word which will follow it, helping customers with saving time.

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Emotient
Apple acquired Emotient, a software company that specialises in reading users’ facial expressions as they worked at a computer. The startup could then break down the expressions and predict how much attention the user paid to certain kind of content.

Whetlab
The five-person Cambridge-based artificial intelligence startup was acquired by Twitter in 2015. The company was working to make it easier for other firms to “tune” their machine learning efforts.

Perceptio
Before Apple acquired the startup in 2015, it was working on developing AI systems on the device itself without requiring access to cloud.

AlchemyAPI
IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform acquired the Denver-based company in 2015. This enabled IBMWatson to get access to a community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers, who were working on systems that “learn and interact naturally.”

Equivio
The startup, acquired by Microsoft, offered text analytics service for legal and compliance. It used machine learning to identify documents that needed legal and compliance needs.

Timeful
Google acquired Timeful, a startup that offered smart scheduling using machine learning. The app would analyse your schedule and also encourage you to achieve your specific goals.

Concept.io
Apple acquired Concept.io in mid-2014, and immediately discontinued the startup’s streaming-content app Swell. The app, before it was taken down, offered personalised news feed, and looked at the users’ behavior on how they consumed it.

Vocal IQ
Before getting acquired by the iPhone-maker in 2015, Vocal IQ was building digital assistants using machine learning techniques to recreate the type of talking computers that appear in your favourite Sci-fi movies.

DeepMind Technologies
In one of the largest acquisition of any AI-based startup, Google acquired DeepMind Technologies in 2014. The London-based AI company specialised in advanced algorithms and systems neuroscience.

Face.com
In one of the earliest AI-focused acquisitions, Facebook acquired Face.com in 2012. The Israeli company offered facial recognition technology.

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Paytm Mall Back to College Laptop Sale Offers: MacBook Air, Intel Laptops, and Other Offers

Paytm Mall Back to College Laptop Sale Offers: MacBook Air, Intel Laptops, and Other Offers

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel-powered laptops start at Rs. 9,999
  • MacBook Air is available with cashbacks starting from Rs. 7,500
  • Lenovo Ideapad 110 is priced at Rs. 19,990

After its pre-GST sale, Paytm Mall has announced the ‘Back to College’ laptop sale. The sale is already underway and will go on till June 25. The four-day long sale will see great offers on laptops, hard disks, headphones, speakers, and other PC and mobile accessories from brands including Apple, Asus, HP, Acer, and Lenovo.

Just like Flipkart, Paytm Mall is offering Intel-powered laptops starting at Rs. 9,999. Other laptops like Apple MacBook Air will be available with cashbacks starting from Rs. 7,500, Intel Core i3 laptops start at Rs. 22,999 with cashbacks starting from Rs. 3,000. Also, Paytm Mall exclusive Lenovo Ideapad 110 is selling for a price of Rs. 19,990 with an additional Rs. 2,500 cashback – bringing the price down to Rs. 17,490.

Furthermore, Intel Core i3 and i5 laptops with 1TB HDD, 4GB and above RAM are available starting at Rs. 22,999. Intel Core i5 and i7 laptops with 2GB and above graphics card are priced at Rs. 38,999 on Paytm.

Coming to accessories, there’s up to 70 percent off and up to 30 percent cashback on the purchase of power banks, keyboards, and mouses. There’s up to 70 percent off and up to 25 percent cashback on headphones, headsets, pen drives, and memory cards. Also, there is up to Rs. 2,500 cashback on external hard drives as well, and up to 50 percent off and up to 25 percent cashback on speakers.

Apart from this, Paytm is also offering up to Rs. 10,000 cashback select smartphones from Oppo, Vivo, Gionee, and Apple. Check out Paytm Mall on the Paytm app to see all the offers and more listed above.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

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Analysis: Independents lead the way, a north-south divide and four other things we learned from the GCSE and A Level results

Students taking exams

The latest raft of GCSE and A Level results have been released by the Department for Education, with this year’s figures revealing several long-standing national divides.

At the same time, there have been some tweaks to the tables, especially at Key Stage 4 level. Whereas previously a school was judged by how many of its pupils achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, the government’s latest measures seek to assess how well pupils progress as well as how well they perform in exams.

Progress 8, the new metric for GCSEs, measures a pupil’s performance at KS4 against that of pupils who achieved similar results at KS2. Attainment 8 measures the average grades achieved across the same eight subjects.

While these changes make it hard to compare the figures with previous years, there are still several things we can learn from them – including where in England performs the worst, how independent…

 [Source:- telegraph]