Micromax’s Yu Yutopia Teased to Sport Large Battery Capacity

Yu has once again made Apple its target in the latest teaser for its upcoming Yu Yutopia smartphone. The image hints towards the smartphone’s battery capacity as compared to those found in iPhone models.

The teaser shows the Apple company logo with low battery indication and a caption stating, “Would you enjoy an apple that doesn’t last long?” The teaser directly hints at the size of the Yu Yutopia’s battery to be greater than the latest iPhone models. The image however, says nothing more about the smartphone.

The company tweeted the teaser image saying “High on price, low on juice! High time; #ThinkDifferent #RaiseTheBar! #Yutopia.” Yu Televentures has also started letting interested users register for the Yutopia on its dedicated website.

So far, the company has confirmed that the Yu Yutopia will include 32GB of inbuilt storage instead of 16GB, which is still the minimum inbuilt storage given by Apple in its iPhone models. Previously, the company confirmed a Quad HD display on the Yu Yutopia smartphone. If true, this would be the company’s first smartphone featuring a QHD display. The company also hinted that the Yutopia would sport a metal build which would be company’s first smartphone made out of metal. It recently took dig at the OnePlus 2 smartphone, which doesn’t support the Quacomm Quick Charge feature.

To recall, ahead of the Yu Yunique launch in September, a high-end smartphone from dubbed Yu550 was spotted in Geekbench listings as well as at an Indian import/ export manifest site. The Yu550 may be the high-end smartphone the company has been teasing.

To recall, the Yu550 smartphone spotted at Geekbench listing showed few specifications including a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone was said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD display and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based build of Cyanogen OS. The Yu5050 scored 1353 in single-core test and 4622 in the multi-core test.

Toshiba Considering Splitting Off Chip Business and Listing It

Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was considering splitting off part of its chip business, with listing it an option, in a move that would help it raise capital needed to fund restructuring following a $1.3 billion accounting scandal.

Toshiba is in urgent need of restructuring after profit-padding revealed a number unprofitable businesses. It agreed in October to sell its image sensor business to Sony Corp.

The accounting scandal rendered Toshiba on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s so-called watch list, meaning the conglomerate is almost unable to raise funds by selling shares or bonds, to bolster capital which could be depleted by restructuring.

“We would consider selling every asset that is possible to sell,” Chief Executive Masashi Muromachi said at an analyst briefing.

He also said NAND flash memory chips comprised a core part of Toshiba’s business and would not be sold.

That effectively leaves system LSI and discrete chips as options to be split off.

Toshiba earlier this month reported a second-quarter operating loss and said it has sued five former executives, including three former chief executive officers, over their roles in a $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 8,683 crores) accounting scandal.

The laptops-to-nuclear power conglomerate posted an operating loss of JPY 79.5 billion ($645.66 million or roughly Rs. 4,320 crores) in the July-September second half of the current fiscal year that began in April. That compared with a JPY 90.2 billion profit a year earlier.

The dismal results mainly reflect sluggish sales of home appliances and a writedown for the point-of-sale information system business.

Toshiba also said it is seeking damages from the five former executives for mismanagement. A panel set up by Toshiba found previous CEO Hisao Tanaka and his two predecessors had played a part in the overstatement of profits.

OnePlus Acknowledges Type-C Cable Could Cause Damage, Offers Refunds

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus on Thursday addressed concerns that its USB-Type C adapter and cable may cause damage to power sources due to the use of a 10kΩ resistor instead of a 56kΩ used in v1.1 of the USB Type-C standard. The company said the OnePlus Type-C adapter is “partially” compatible with some third-party devices, and could damage power sources if the device and the power source don’t have a self-regulation mechanism. The company also insisted that both accessories are compatible with OnePlus 2 smartphone.

Earlier this month, Benson Leung, a Google engineer evaluated OnePlus’ USB cable and adapter and noted that while these peripherals could be safe to use with company’s own smartphone, use with devices like the Google Chromebook Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X may damage the power source – charger, power bank, USB hub. As it turns out, he was right.

In a blog post, Carl Pei acknowledged that OnePlus’ cable and adapter use a 10kΩ resistor instead of the 56kΩ required to meet version 1.1 of the Type-C port standard. This is fine for the 2A OnePlus 2 coupled with either a 2A or 3A power source, providing normal charging times and being safe to use. It will also provide normal charging times and be safe to use with 3A devices like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, if coupled with a 2A self-regulated power source (those with CE, UL, or CCC logos).

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But, if the OnePlus USB Type-C adapter and cable is used on a 3A device with a 3A self-regulated source, charging will not be as fast, though it will remain safe to use. It is in the final case – charging a 3A device with an unregulated 3A power source – that the problem occurs, where the OnePlus USB Type-C adapter and cable are unsafe to use for fear of damaging the power source – which could be anything from a third party charger, to a power bank, computer, or USB hub.

“Our cable and adapter use a 10kΩ resistor, but according to version 1.1 of the USB Type-C port standard, these products should be using a 56kΩ resistor. The issue is that the cable and adapter are designed for a maximum of 2 amps of power, but the resistor will allow fast-charging devices to try to draw more power than a power source may allow,” he said. “This could result in damage to the power source (third-party charger, USB port, etc.) if the device and power source do not have an internal mechanism to self-regulate the amount of power flowing to or from them.”

The post adds that if users have purchased the OnePlus USB Type-C adapter or cable to use with devices other than the OnePlus 2, they can apply for a refund. India and China users can visit their nearest OnePlus service centre to claim and accept the refund. North America and Europe users can visit a refund page to fill in details to process the refund via PayPal. Note, the company will only provide refunds up until December 31.

OnePlus says that it will address the issue with future revisions of its adapter and cable, which will meet the v1.1 USB Type-C specification with a 56kΩ resistor.

You Could Soon Stream PS4 Games to PC via an Unofficial Remote Play App

Good news: you’ll soon be able to stream PS4 games to your PC via an unofficial app called Remote Play PC. It’s the work of a developer who goes by the pseudonym Twisted.

Bad news: if you were expecting it to be free, you’ll probably have to pay around $10 (around Rs. 665) to use it.

And this isn’t all, Sony may even take legal action to pull the app from sale since it’s essentially allowing the developer to profit from its functionality.

(Also see: Sony Reveals PS4 Remote Play Support for Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet)

However, from Twisted’s viewpoint, it’s necessary to pursue continued development.

“I’d like to work on this project full time, adding features, getting it stable and porting it to other platforms which I know a lot of you want! The only way to support this is to charge for the app, all my previous projects have been free and I don’t want to have to but sadly its the only way to support my living costs,”a post on the developer’s blog reads. “On the plus side this means I have more time to work on the project and provide support to its users, something which I’ve been limited on in the past.”

With the Xbox One allowing you to stream games to Windows 10 PCs and tablets, and Sony seemingly uninterested in allowing PS4 owners to do the same, this could well be a handy app for many PC and PS4 users. However since this is an unofficial app we won’t be surprised if it’s taken down sooner rather than later.

LG G3 Set to Receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow Next Month: Report

The LG G3 appears set to receive its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as soon as next month. The update is said to arrive between December 16 and December 18, starting with Poland.

A report from Poland states the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the LG G3 is in its final testing stages. The article was later updated to include a quote by an LG Poland executive named Jaroslaw Bukowski, who said it was in fact already ready. Also, the report adds the update would first be rolled out in Poland followed by other regions – a rollout pattern LG has followed with previous updates, including the Marshmallow update for its current flagship, the LG G4.

The LG G3 was launched with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It is worth noting that in June this year LG said the G3 would not be receiving Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 Lollipop version.

Skipping updates is nothing new for LG as the firm has previously too rolled out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its G3 directly from Android 4.4.2 KitKat, completely missing out on v4.4.3 and 4.4.4 KitKat. Notably, the LG G3 was tipped last month to be in line to receive an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, after it was spotted along with the LG G4 in official support documents.

Until now, a number of tech firms have confirmed the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its smartphones. Some of the companies that have detailed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update roadmap include Asus, OnePlus, Lenovo, Honor, Sony and others. Nexus and Android One devices have already received the update, Moto X Play and Moto X Style have also started receiving the new OS version.

Some of the new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow (previously just Android M) include revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap feature; new Chrome feature that will change the Web experience for Android users; new ways to handle Web links; Android Pay mobile payment system is now official with Android M; new fingerprint APIs for developers to add into their apps, New Silent feature for sound and vibrate mode as well as a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to block all sounds or only alarms and notifications, and battery saver features called Doze that will make Android devices smart about managing power. Some of the other additions include new RAM manager, adoptable storage devices, new app drawer, auto backup and restore for apps, and support for USB Type-C ports.

Square Enix Looking to Publish Indian Games: Sources

Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix may be looking to re-enter the Indian market. Earlier, the company had an Indian office that was shut down merely a year after its inception. The news of the firm making a comeback was confirmed by multiple game developers who have been in talks with its representatives for a few months now.

“Yes, we’re in talks with Square Enix,” a studio head told Gadgets 360. “It’s not a secret since they were at a publisher meeting held at NGDC [Nasscom Game Developer’s Conference] last week, taking pitches from other [game] studios.”

(Also see: Nasscom Game Developers Conference 2015 Dates, Key Speakers Announced)

The publisher meet at NGDC is an invite-only session where pre-selected local developers can showcase their upcoming games to publishers. Other attendees included Disney and Nazara.

Our sources also let on that the Japan-based company was looking to publish “midcore, AA games for mobile with an emphasis on story.” Midcore games usually sit between complex console and PC fare like Dota 2 and mobile games like Subway Surfer, such as Machine Zone’s Game of War: Fire Age.

“They’re not looking for anything basic. They want something a whole lot bigger in terms of game design and story than what most of us are up to. They definitely don’t want another Angry Birds or Candy Crush,” another developer told us. “Naturally they quizzed us on all possible metrics such as conversion rates and DAU [daily active users].”

Unlike the company’s presence at previous editions of NGDC, there was a single Japanese representative and his translator doing the rounds at the event rather than an entire entourage. While it’s great that Square Enix is reconsidering its interest in India, most developers are cautious.

“Considering what happened the last time around, we’re not really sure if they’re interested this time around or if this was just done to appease some higher up sitting in Japan,” another source said.

How to Get the New Google+

On Tuesday, Google announced that it is revamping its social network, Google+. The redesign, which is focused on building communities and collections on the social network, started to gradually roll out to users on the Web from Tuesday. If you don’t see the redesigned Google+ yet, you can manually opt-in to see the overhauled interface.

“[We’ve] spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say,” wrote Eddie Kessler, Google’s Director of Streams as he announced company’s plans to revive its social network. “There were two features they kept coming back to: Communities, which now average 1.2 million new joins per day, and Collections, which launched just five months ago and is growing even faster,” he said.

Here’s how you can manually opt-in to gain access the redesigned Google+.

  1. Go to the Settings pane, scroll down to ‘Manage other apps & activity’ section
  2. Click on ‘Manage Google+ activity,’ and click the search bar at the top.

These steps should enable you to get the new Google+, with your next visit to the home page showing you the new layout. At this point, there is no option to enable this feature on Google+’s mobile apps, however. The company says that it will roll out the update to the Google Plus Android and iOS clients in the coming days.

Kessler said Google+ had been overhauled for faster and more consistent performance across the Web and mobile devices. Back in March, Google+ was split into Photos and Streams products. Google Photos has also received many features over the past few months. The company recently released a tool to allow users to change username and other personal information without needing to go to Google+.

Samsung Puts Sticker on Galaxy Note 5 Warning Not to Insert S Pen Backwards

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Following a widely reported design flaw that could potentially break the S Pen stylus for Galaxy Note 5 users, Samsung has started shipping units of the smartphone with a warning sticker to inform users that they should not insert the S Pen backwards into its slot.

In August, several users reported that their S Pen was getting stuck inside the Galaxy Note 5 when inserted backwards. Any attempt to remove it was causing damage to the stylus’ detection mechanism. The design was arguably flawed, as it would have been relatively simple to prevent backwards entry of the stylus into the slot. The company had said at the time that users should read the manual to avoid committing such mistakes.

It appears however that the company has realised a retort to read the user manual was not the appropriate mitigation. As many users do not read their operating manuals or guides in detail, Samsung apparently believes a removable plastic sticker on the device will make them aware. Putting a sticker on the back of the device is certainly much cheaper than making available a new S Pen to users.

“Be sure to insert your S Pen with the nip pointed inward. Inserting the S Pen the wrong way can cause it to become stuck and can damage the pen and your phone,” the message reads. The text is followed by two images that are there to help to convey the message easily, even to those who don’t bother reading.

The new practice by Samsung was spotted on a YouTube unboxing video for a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5, and it is not yet known if the company has started shipping units with the warning sticker to all markets where the phone is available.

With the Galaxy Note 5, the company also introduced an improved S Pen which comes with several design changes, which is perhaps what should be blamed for the glitch. Because of the way it has been designed, the Galaxy Note 5 doesn’t offer any resistance to the pen when you’re inserting it the wrong way, which makes it difficult for users to realise their mistake until the damage is done.

After Paris Attacks, Facebook Says Safety Check to Be More Widely Available

Facing criticism for activating its “Safety Check” feature in the wake of the Paris terror attack and not for other bombing incidents, Facebook has decided to use the tool more often in conflicts globally.

The social networking site activated the tool after terrorists struck in the capital of France, killing 129 people and injuring many.

The tool sends users in the affected area a note asking if they are safe.

When a user clicks “Yes, let my friends know,” the tool then notifies their Facebook friends, CNET.com reported.

Facebook came under criticism when it did not activate the “Safety Check” feature for bombings in Beirut a day earlier, for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

“You are right that there are many other important conflicts in the world,” Zuckerberg wrote in a comment on Facebook.

“We care about all people equally, and we will work hard to help people suffering in as many of these situations as we can,” he posted.

Over four million people have used the tool so far to mark themselves safe following the Paris attacks.

The “Safety Check” feature went for checks after an earthquake that caused a devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

The status tool has been activated a handful of times since its official launch in October 2014, including after the recent earthquakes in Afghanistan, Chile and Nepal.

According to Alex Schultz, Facebook’s vice president of growth, the tool is not perfect for all disaster situations.

“In the case of natural disasters, we apply a set of criteria that includes the scope, scale and impact,” Schultz wrote in a Facebook post.

According to Schultz, Facebook has learnt from the feedback it received following the Paris activation of Safety Check and will change its policy regarding when to activate the tool.

Pokemon Blue, Red, Yellow Due in February; Pokemon Go and Z Dates Teased


With a host of old games getting remastered for new consoles and more powerful PCs, Nintendo’s efforts in the space have been relatively small. Barring the superlative Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on the Wii U, a handful of Wii titles such as Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 have found themselves on the Wii U minus any enhancements or added features. Now, the Japanese publisher has announced that the original Pokemon games, Pokemon Blue, Red, and Yellow will hit the 3DS on February 27 digitally via Nintendo’s Virtual Console service.

The news was revealed in the latest Nintendo Direct – a regular event broadcasted to fans eager to know what to expect from the Mario hitmaker.

(Also see: Pokemon Fans Helpless in India as Nintendo Keeps Away)

According to a statement on the official Pokemon website: “The games remain true to the originals-complete with monochromatic pixel art and 4-bit background music-so you can feel as though you’re experiencing these games just as they were back then.”

However, not all things remain the same. Wireless trading and battling will be new additions for the games. This is because when they first hit the Game Boy, you needed a physical Link Cable to trade and battle with friends, something that’s not compatible with the 3DS. The wireless functionality on the 3DS ensures you’ll be able to revisit these classics as they were.

In the meanwhile, Pokemon Go – the augmented reality game announced in September and Pokemon Z – the next new entry in the series, has been rumoured for a February 27 release date as well. Nonetheless, we won’t have to wait too long. Corocoro magazine, known for its unparalleled access to Pokemon news has hinted that there’s massive reveal in its next issue. Hopefully we wouldn’t have to wait too long to see what’s next.