Apple to fix bug, Siri will no longer read updates on locked iPhone screen

Siri’s behaviour becomes a privacy issue because it can read out messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail

Apple has promised to fix a bug that can allow Siri to read aloud hidden lock screen notifications from many apps on iPhones.

“We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update,” Apple said in a statement provided to MacRumors.

The fix is likely to come in iOS 11.3, which remains in beta testing, but Apple might also address the problem with a minor update such as iOS 11.2.7, MacRumors reported on Thursday.

As a result of the bug, Siri can read out notification content, even those that are hidden, from a wide selection of apps when someone asks the assistant to do so without verifying whether the command was coming from the owner of the device.

The problem was reported by Brazilian website MacMagazine earlier this week.

In a test, MacRumors reproduced this issue on an iPhone X running both iOS 11.2.6 and the latest iOS 11.3 beta, while confirming that it does not affect iMessage.

Siri’s behaviour becomes a privacy issue because it can read out messages and emails from third-party apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail, even if an iPhone is locked and notifications are hidden, the report said.

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Samsung to bring Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ in India on Tuesday

Although prices are yet to be announced, Galaxy S9 may cost around $720 and S9+ nearly $840

The much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ — unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 last month — are set to be launched in India on March 6.

Pre-bookings for the Samsung flagship devices began in the country on February 26.

Pre-booking for the 64GB variant of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ — available in black, blue and purple colours — was done for an advance payment of Rs 2,000. The 256GB variant of both the devices will be available only in black.

In the US, Galaxy S9 is priced at $720 (about Rs 47,000) and S9+ at $840 (nearly Rs 54,000).

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will go on sale globally on March 16.

Although prices are yet to be announced, Galaxy S9 may cost around $720 and S9+ nearly $840.

In terms of specifications, Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

The S9 houses 4GB RAM whereas the S9+ has 6GB RAM. The S9 comes with 3,000mAh battery while the S9+ houses 3,500mAh battery.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras have a “Super Speed Dual Pixel” sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take high-quality pictures.

Samsung’s “Dual Aperture” (F1.5 / F2.4) — the world’s first such feature in any smartphone — automatically lets in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright, taking photos that are crisp and clear.

The “Super Slow-mo” video captures 960 frames per second. The “Slow-mo” videos can also be turned into GIFs.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offer automatic “Motion Detection”, a feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record — all users have to do is set up the shot.

The devices now support expandable memory of up to 400GB with a Micro-SD Card.

OnePlus 5T launch on Nov 16: Details of design, features & specs revealed

The upcoming flagship from OnePlus is going to cost more than predecessor OnePlus 5, CEO and co-founder Pete Lau hinted in a tweet. The smartphone will be unveiled on Nov 16 in New York

 

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is gearing up to launch the next iteration of its flagship OnePlus 5T on November 16. The smartphone design, features and specifications, however, have been leaked by various sources, attributing the review unit shared by OnePlus.

In terms of design, the upcoming smartphone is reported to sport a 6-inch Optic AMOLED screen in the 18:9 aspect ratio, with FHD+ resolution. Like other smartphones with ultra-wide screens, the OnePlus 5T is also reported to have a fingerprint scanner on the back to allow the phone to accommodate a big screen on the front with small bezels. The device is also reported to have a software-based face unlock feature.

The OnePlus 5T is reported to boast the same innards as the OnePlus 5. The smartphone would use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, in 64 GB and 128 GB storage options. It would come in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants. Built on the same chassis of OnePlus 5, the upcoming flagship would feature 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, along with a USB type-C charging and data transfer port and speaker grill.

The smartphone is reported to boot OnePlus proprietary Oxygen operating system, based on Android Nougat 7.1.1.

The upcoming flagship from the stable of OnePlus is going to cost more than predecessor OnePlus 5, CEO and co-founder Pete Lau had hinted in a tweet a few days ago. The smartphone will be unveiled on November 16 in New York.

Moto X4 to be launched today: Know specs, features & watch live unveiling

This IP68-certified water- and dust-resistant device was launched earlier at IFA 2017. The phone will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart

Motorola is going to launch the Moto X4 in India on Monday, November 13. The smartphone is one of the few devices that support Amazon Alexa voice assistant, and also has an in-built support for Google Assistant. This IP68-certified water- and dust-resistant device was launched earlier at IFA 2017 and would go on sale in India exclusively on Flipkart.

Moto X4 specifications

The Moto X4 sports a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection against scratches and accidental drops. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, which is an octa-core processor ticking at 2.2 GHz, coupled with Adreno 508 graphic processor. The device boasts 32 GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB using microSD card, and 3 GB RAM. The phone boots Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box.

Moto X4 features

The Moto X4 has a dual-camera set-up on the back, which uses a 12-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter with f/2.2 aperture. The cameras on the back are assisted with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual LED flash.

On the front, the smartphone houses a 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera is supported with flash and comes with features like the beautification mode, pro mode, filters, panorama and adaptive low-light mode.

Moto X4 connectivity options

The Moto X4 offers all-round connectivity options, including near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, 4G LTE, and FM radio. (more)

Rs 2500 JioPhone @ just Rs 1500! How RIL is planning to recover losses

Jio has amassed more than 128 million subscribers since its launch last year

Reliance Industries’ telecom upstart Jio is footing at least 40 percent of the cost of its basic 4G phone, two sources familiar with the matter said, as it bets on recovering the investment by luring in millions of new customers.

The Jio Phone, rolling out this week for a refundable deposit of 1,500 rupees ($23.05), will cost at least 2,500 rupees ($39) to assemble, the sources told Reuters.

That means Jio will likely carry more than $150 million in costs for every 10 million JioPhones it sells.

And the company aims to build a subscriber base of between 250 million and 300 million users in the next two years, said one of the sources.

Reliance Industries did not respond to a request for comment.

Some Reliance investors may flinch at the cost of subsidies, but the scale of the outlay is a clear signal of the level of Jio’s ambition, as it targets an audience of some 500 million who still cannot afford smartphones in India.

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Jio’s advanced voice over LTE (VoLTE) network only works with 4G enabled devices, inaccessible to many even at subsidised rates. The significantly cheaper JioPhone, however, will open the Internet to a less affluent segment of Indians for the very first time.

“The 3,000-rupee smartphone was not cutting it,” the second source said. “Reliance is making a bold attempt with this phone and data will be the key driver for them.”

Analysts estimate a majority of Indian feature phone users have an average revenue per user (ARPU) of rupees 50 or lower. JioPhone’s 153 rupees monthly plan for so-called pre-paid users aims to drive up this ARPU, the first source said.

Jio, backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, has amassed more than 128 million subscribers since its launch last year, by offering free voice and cut-price data for months.(more)

Will iPhone X hurt iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sale? Here’s what experts say

Apple unveiled both iPhone X and iPhone 8 models, with the “super-premium” iPhone X starting at $999

As Apple gets ready to ship iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus before it opens iPhone X for pre-orders, a top analyst with Taiwanese business group KGI Securities has warned that iPhone X will cannibalise iPhone 8 orders.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the most famous analyst with KGI Securities when it comes to Apple, it is very likely that iPhone X demand will cannibalise iPhone 8 pre-orders.

“While it takes three to six weeks or more to ship new iPhone models after they are available for preorder, they see the iPhone 8 taking less than one to two weeks. This is due to the iPhone X cannibalisation,” StreetInsider.com quoted the analyst as saying late on Monday.

Apple unveiled both iPhone X and iPhone 8 models, with the “super-premium” iPhone X starting at $999.

Ming, however, said the new Apple Watch Series 3’s (GPS + Cellular version) could be a runaway hit.

“We estimate the preorder weighting of the GPS + Cellular version is 80-90 per cent. While not available in all countries, most users have pre-ordered the GPS + Cellular version because it offers phone and internet access functions without an iPhone and given the low premium of $70 over the GPS version,” the analyst predicted.

According to the Verge, while Apple Watch shipments are well below iPhone shipments, investors should start keeping tabs on this new product, with shipments expected to surge much higher than previous generation models.

Apple would launch iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, starting Rs 64,000, in India on September 29 while pre-bookings will start on September 22.

The iPhone X will come to India on November 3, starting Rs 89,000. (more)

Dual-camera Lenovo K8 Note launched in India, priced at Rs 12,999

This device has first stock Android (7.1.1), 13MP selfie camera, 5MP sensor with flash

Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo on Wednesday launched the much-awaited ‘ Lenovo K8 Note ‘ in India at Rs 12,999 (3GB RAM and 32GB storage version) that comes with a dual-camera setup (13MP+5MP sensor with flash).

The 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM variant will cost Rs 13,999. The device with first stock Android (7.1.1) has 13MP selfie camera that supports professional mode and flash (full-light LED flash) as well.

Lenovo ‘K8 Note’ will retail in venom black and fine gold colours on Amazon India, starting August 18.

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Ziox to invest Rs 200 cr in mobile assembly units; plans 4G feature phone

“This is the first global launch of a Lenovo product in India. ‘K8 Note’ comes packed with everything that our consumers would expect from a smartphone today – an eye-catching design, dual cameras, 10-core processor, great sound and, of course, the ‘TheaterMax’ technology that is the hallmark of the Note series,” Sudhin Mathur, Country Head, Lenovo Mobile Business Group, India, told reporters here.

‘TheaterMax’ allows users to view the content on your phone on a much larger virtual screen once they put on a VR headset and ‘Dolby Atmos’ ensures high-quality sound.

The dual camera set-up has a 13MP primary and 5MP depth sensor for better pictures and enhanced depth of field.

Reacting to rumours that the company was superstitious and didn’t launch the ‘K7’ series, Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing (Smartphones) at Lenovo, said: “There was a K7 Note but that wasn’t killer enough. We skipped a generation, took a leap and made ‘K8 Note'”. Read more