Several iPhone 7 Users Facing Issues Pairing Android Wear Smartwatches

Several iPhone 7 Users Complain About Pairing Issues With Android Wear SmartwatchesMultiple iPhone 7 users are complaining that their Android Wear smartwatches are not pairing with their smartphones. Google has acknowledged the issue and has confirmed that the “Android Wear team is actively working to fix” it. Several iPhone 7 users took to Google’s product forum page to post their frustration about the issue.

The pairing issue primarily affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 Gen 2, Asus ZenWatch, Fossil, and Mk watch users who are unable to pair their iPhone 7.

Google employee Ernest has acknowledged the issue on a product forum page, saying, “It has come to our attention that there is a serious pairing issue that affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 v2, Asus Zenwatch, Fossil and MK Android Wear watches which are unable to pair with the new iPhone 7. We would need more information from you, so please “Send us feedback” through the Android Wear app: Gear icon> Feedback > Send Feedback,” said Ernest. He also added that Google has reported the issue to Apple.
One of the users wrote on the Google product forum post, “I’ve got a Tag Heuer connected that was working fine with my iPhone 6 even after I upgraded to iOS 10, but then since I unpaired to connect to my new iPhone 7. I haven’t been able to pass the pairing screen. I’ve tried with both phones, even tried to after downgrading the iPhone 6 to 9.3. I’ve also tried to a factory reset through the ‘Android dead robot’ as advised by Tag, but didn’t help, none of the phones get the code from the watch. Thanks!”

Another user reported, “Can’t get my Moto360 Gen 2 to pair with my iPhone7 (iPhone 6 and 6s with iOS10 was no problem). My iPhone7 sees my Moto360 in the Android Wear App and in the Bluetooth list when trying to pair but I never get the “accept message” on my Wear App when trying to pair so the pairing keeps failing.”

Sony Xperia XZ With 23-Megapixel Camera, USB Type-C Launched in India

Sony Xperia XZ Launched in India: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and MoreAt a media event in Udaipur on Thursday, Sony India unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ. Pre-bookings for the Sony Xperia XZ open on October 1 via Amazon.in, and in retail stores across the country. The smartphone will be available in India starting October 10, carrying an MRP of Rs. 51,990 and a best buy price of Rs. 49,990. Customers who pre-book the smartphone will get a free Sony SWR30 SmartBand worth Rs. 8,990 with their Xperia XZ unit.

According to Sony, the highlight of the Xperia XZ is its camera, which packs in three rear camera sensors – the CMOS sensor can track and predict movement of objects in frame, reducing the chances of blurred shots; the laser autofocus sensor makes the camera better at locking focus on objects, especially in low-light conditions; and the RGBC-IR sensor aims to provide accurate colour reproduction.

All this is backed by the 6-element f/2.0 Sony G lens, and a 23-megapixel Exmor RS sensor as well as Sony’s own ‘Bionz for mobile’ image processor. You now also get manual control over focusing and shutter speed.

Sony claims the 13-megapixel wide-angle front camera packs an Exmor RS sensor that’s 2.6 times bigger than the selfie camera seen on “regular flagship phones”. As we’ve come to expect from Sony phones, the phone is IP68 certified, making it dust and water resistant. The 5.2-inch full-HD display features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
The Sony Xperia XZ variant launching in India is a hybrid dual-SIM unit, with support for 4G VoLTE on both SIMs. Additionally, this model comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, compared to 32GB seen on the single-SIM variant. The Snapdragon 820-powered Sony Xperia XZ packs in 3GB of RAM, features USB Type-C connectivity, and is powered by a 2900mAh battery.

 

Bundled in the package is the Sony UCH12W quick charger, and the Xperia XZ is rated to deliver 5.5 hours of talk time on 10 minutes of charge. The phone also packs in Qnovo adaptive charging and a mechanism that Sony calls ‘intelligent battery charge’, which we will explore in detail in our first impressions piece soon and report on its performance in our detailed review at a later date.

Disclosure: The correspondent’s flights and hotel for the trip to Udaipur were sponsored by Sony.

Sony Xperia XZ Sony Xperia XZ
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.20-inch
Processor
quad-core
Front Camera
13-megapixel
Resolution
1080×1920 pixels
RAM
3GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
23-megapixel
Battery capacity
2900mAh

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to Present ‘Mind-Blowing’ Mars Plan on Tuesday

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to Present 'Mind-Blowing' Mars Plan on Tuesday
Plan to build a human colony on Mars after sending a manned spacecraft
SpaceX plans to send an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to Mars in 2018
Experts are skeptical of the feasibility
SpaceX chief Elon Musk is set Tuesday to unveil his ambitious plan to build a human colony on Mars after sending a manned spacecraft to the Red Planet within a decade.

He will lay out his vision during a presentation titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species” at the International Astronautical Congress in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.

Although the South Africa-born Canadian-American entrepreneur has given few details about his plan, he promised in a Washington Post interview in June that it will be “mind blowing.”

He will discuss the “long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars,” the conference’s program says.

SpaceX plans to send an unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to Mars as early as 2018, paving the way for a human mission that would leave Earth in 2024 and arrive on the Red Planet the following year.

 

However, experts are skeptical of the feasibility.

Reaching Mars – 225 million kilometers (140 million miles) from Earth on average – and living there would require major feats of engineering and a massive budget.

“It’s unlikely that (Musk) will be able to get humans on Mars by 2025,” John Logsdon, former director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said, noting that Musk has wrongly forecast the launch of SpaceX rockets in the past.

SpaceX would have to team up with a state space agency to afford such a mission, he said.

“Bottom line is the cost. You’re talking of tens of billions of dollars and SpaceX doesn’t have that type of money.”

However, while Musk’s timeline is ambitious, “it’s exciting to have someone with the vision” and “we are all interested to see what he has in mind and whether he can make a compelling case,” Logsdon added.
The US space agency Nasa, which is also studying the effects of long-term space flight on the human body, has announced its own plans to send people to Mars by the 2030s.

Rocket blast
A research village could be built on the Moon to serve as a “stepping stone” to a Mars mission, European Space Agency chief Jan Woerner said at a news conference on Monday.

“To go to Mars means also to use the resources over there and this can be also tested on (the) Moon,” he said.

SpaceX has designed the powerful Falcon Heavy rocket, which could send a manned Dragon spacecraft into space.

The company plans to launch the 70-meter (230-foot) tall rocket, which has a liftoff thrust equivalent to 18 Boeing 747 jets, later this year.

 

SpaceX was hit by a setback on September 1 when its smaller Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad during a test in Florida, destroying a satellite Facebook had planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa.

SpaceX had previously logged 18 successful Falcon 9 launches.

The California-based company has also successfully landed a spent rocket vertically four times – a key achievement for the company’s goal of producing reusable rockets instead of jettisoning their parts into the ocean during lift off.

Intex Cloud Q11 With 5.5-Inch HD Display Launched at Rs. 4,699

Intex Cloud Q11 Launched: Price, Specifications, and More
Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow
It is powered by quad-core processor
It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
Intex has launched a new smartphone – the Cloud Q11 – priced at Rs. 4,699. The smartphone is now exclusively available to buy via Amazon India.

The dual-SIM Intex Cloud Q11 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. The company touts that the screen to body ratio on the handset is almost 70 percent. The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Intex Cloud Q11 also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

It bears 8GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Measuring 154×77.2×10.5mm, the Intex Cloud Q11 is backed by a 2800mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 350 hours of standby time, and up to 8 hours of talk-time. It weighs 170 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The official listing confirms that the Intex Cloud Q11 will be available in Blue and White colour variants.

The domestic handset maker had previously unveiled the Aqua HD 5.5 smartphone priced at Rs. 5,637. The dual-SIM Intex Aqua HD 5.5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and feature a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display. Intex touted that the Aqua HD 5.5’s large display is ideal for gaming, movies, and online streaming.

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Intex Cloud Q11 Intex Cloud Q11
Rs. 4,699
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
1.3GHz
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
720×1280 pixels
RAM
1GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
8GB
Rear Camera
8-megapixel
Battery capacity
2800mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note Series Use Banned on Flights: DGCA

Samsung Galaxy Note Series Use Banned on Flights: DGCA

  • The incident happened in a Singapore-Chennai IndiGo flight
  • DGCA to summon officials and ban the use of Galaxy Note series on flights
  • Incident happened as Samsung is busy recalling its Galaxy Note 7 units

A high-end Samsung smartphone caught fire inside a Chennai-bound IndiGo aircraft on Friday, creating a scare among 175 passengers on-board but the plane made a safe landing.

The incident, concerning Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device, prompted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ask all airlines to ban the use of this series of smartphones inside planes, while the company officials have been summoned by the aviation regulator on Monday.

The fire was reported inside the IndiGo aircraft coming from Singapore at the Chennai airport.

Passengers travelling on 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai noticed the smoke smell in the cabin this morning and immediately alerted the cabin crew on board, IndiGo said.

The crew found the smoke to be coming from the hat-rack of seat 23C after which the pilot alerted the ATC of the situation on board.

“Taking the precautionary measure, the cabin crew on priority relocated all passengers on other seats, and further observed smoke being emitted from a Samsung note 2 which was placed in the baggage (of a passenger) in the overhead bin.

“The crew discharged the fire extinguisher which is as per the Standard Operating Procedures prescribed by the aircraft manufacturer, and quickly transferred the Samsung note 2 into a container filled with water in lavatory,” it said.

The airline said the aircraft made a normal landing and all passengers were deplaned as per normal procedure.

“This equipment (Samsung mobile) will be further examined by the concerned departments. IndiGo has voluntarily informed the DGCA,” the carrier said, while adding that safety was of the utmost priority and at no time it can be compromised.

The watchdog had earlier banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard an aircraft following a series of incidents of the smartphone’s battery exploding in various countries.

However, this is the first incident of the Samsung device catching fire onboard in India. No immediate comments was available from Samsung. The regulator would now issue a fresh advisory about these devices, while it has already asked airlines to advise passengers to switch off their Samsung Galaxy Note phones while on-board.

 

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

Xiaomi Reveals Dual Rear Camera Setup for Next Smartphone

After teasing fans with a benchmark score for its upcoming ‘S’ handset, Xiaomi has released another teaser, this time focusing on the camera. From the looks of it, the smartphone expected to be launched on September 27 – thought to be the Mi 5s or Mi Note S – is likely to come with a dual rear camera setup. This is in line with reports from July that leaked alleged renders of the Mi 5s with a dual camera setup.

However, while earlier renders showed the dual rear camera module horizontally placed on the top left corner, Xiaomi’s teaser shows that the dual camera setup is placed vertically and most likely around the centre of the handset.

Since the Mi 5s is touted as a beefed up version of the Mi 5, a dual camera module was expected from the Chinese manufacturer. Meanwhile, recent rumours tipped a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera for the Mi 5s.

Along with the dual camera setup, the Mi 5s is expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

Xiaomi’s latest teaser, however, raises more questions than answers. Latest rumour going around is that the company will not unveil a Mi 5s, but rather a Mi Note S. This begs to to question whether the latest teaser from Xiaomi is related to the Mi 5s or the Mi Note S, or some other device entirely.

Xiaomi is expected to unveil a slew of devices which include a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s, a Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2 on September 27. We’ll know in a few days which of the devices become a reality.

 

Tesla Sued in Norway Over Sluggish Cars

Tesla Sued in Norway Over Sluggish Cars

More than 100 disgruntled Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker because the electric cars don’t accelerate as quickly as promised, their lawyers said Wednesday.

The 126 plaintiffs claim their electric vehicles don’t accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 3.3 seconds, as marketed.

“At the core of the matter is that there are consumers seeking compensation because the cars have less horsepower than promised,” one of the lawyers for the owners, Kaspar Thommessen, told AFP without specifying the amount of damages sought.

They are suing Tesla for breach of consumer law.

The dispute concerns the Tesla S P85D, a sedan featuring one of the fastest accelerations in the world, listed at 700 horsepower by the carmaker.

But according to the dissatisfied owners, the real horsepower is only around 469, making accelerations a little less spectacular than expected.

“Some may think that this is just whinging,” Tesla owner Frode Fleten Jacobsen told business daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

“But many people pushed their financial limits in order to own a car with 700 horsepower, and when you notice that you didn’t get what you paid for you feel cheated,” he said.

He said he dished out NOK 873,900 (about EUR 94,000, $105,350) for his car.

Tesla Norway meanwhile said its tests and those conducted by third parties showed that the car consistently performed as marketed, or better.

“With respect to acceleration, Tesla described the S P85D as having a 0-100 kph time of 3.3 seconds, and Motor Trend and others actually achieved a time of 3.1 seconds,” a Tesla spokesman wrote in an email to AFP.

The case will go before an Oslo court in mid-December.

Norway, where electric cars are exempt from taxes, is one of Tesla’s biggest markets. The company has sold more than 1,600 cars so far this year.

In August, zero emission cars – all brands combined – accounted for more than 15 percent of new car registrations, a market share which is unparalleled in the world but which is facing stiff competition from hybrid cars.

 

Micromax to Soon Launch Four 4G Smartphones With Google Duo Preloaded

Micromax to Soon Launch Four 4G Smartphones With Google Duo Preloaded

Ahead of the festive season, handset maker Micromax will launch four 4G smartphones, priced under $100 (about Rs. 5,700), to cash in on the booming demand for LTE devices.

Micromax has partnered Google to preload the latter’s video calling app, Duo, on all the 4 smartphones.

“Video calling is perceived to be a very urban phenomenon and niche but at Micromax, we believe that there is a huge potential to massify the service by taking it beyond the tier 1 markets where Micromax has an unmatched edge,” Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain told PTI.

The ‘video series’ will help millions of users discover the Duo app and will be a volume driver for Micromax in the festive season, he added.

Sales of 4G handsets have grown significantly in India as operators expand their high-speed Internet services (4G LTE) networks in the country. According to analysts, the trend will gain further momentum with the launch of Reliance Jio’s service that is offering free voice calling and cheap data rates to consumers.

According to research firm IDC, 4G smartphones shipments stood at 15.4 million units in January-March 2016 quarter, registering a growth of more than 6 times over the same period last year.

“The collaboration with Google Duo is extremely important.

Users will find Duo easy to latch on to Duo’s simple interface…all the 4 phones will be sub-USD 100,” he said. Last month, Google launched Duo for Android and iOS users that competes with apps likeFaceTime and Skype.

The video calling app, first announced by Google at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, aims to take the “complexity out of video calling”.

“In the first month alone we have seen over 10 million downloads, with US and India being among the top countries,” Google Group Product Manager Amit Fulay said.

Duo allows users to connect using their phone number without a separate username/account. Google also introduced a new feature ‘Knock Knock’ that allows people to see live video of the caller before they answer, helping users connect with the person even before they pick up.

“Duo has been built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks, something that we think is relevant for the Indian market,” Fulay said.

 

GoPro Unveils Foldable Karma Drone Alongside Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session Cameras

GoPro Unveils Foldable Karma Drone Alongside Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session Cameras

  • GoPro Karma drone costs $799, will be available starting Oct. 23
  • GoPro Hero5 Black costs $399; Hero5 Session $299
  • Karma drone bundled with Hero5 cameras will cost starting $999

GoPro on Monday took to the sky with a Karma drone with its first-person-action mini-cameras as part of a move to become a platform for modern-day storytelling.

GoPro founder and chief executive Nick Woodman unveiled Karma while introducing new Hero5 cameras and a new cloud-based service for storing, editing and sharing video.

“We want to help you all become great storytellers,” Woodman said after making a rock-star entrance at a media event in a tent at the Squaw Valley ski area where the 1960 Winter Olympic Games were held.

“We transformed GoPro into an end-to-end storytelling solution.”

Karma drones will be priced at $799 (roughly Rs. 54,000) when they become available starting on October 23.

The drones boast simple joystick and touch-screen controls, and fold easily into a padded backpack that is provided.

An image-stabilizing grip in the drone is designed to hold Hero cameras, which are not included in the backpack.

GoPro’s much anticipated entry into the drone market comes as the California-based company strives to distinguish itself in an increasingly competitive market for mini-cameras that can be used to capture adventures or sports from personal perspectives.

The new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session cameras, which boast features such as voice control and ultra-high-definition image quality, will be available on October 2 with pricing of $399 (roughly Rs. 27,000) and $299 (roughly Rs. 20,000), respectively.

Karma drones bundled with Hero5 cameras will be priced at $1,099 or $999, depending on whether a Black or Session model is selected.

The company is setting out to build its adventure-oriented community, and create a steady revenue stream, with a GoPro Plus subscription service that uploads imagery to the internet cloud and provides simple tools for editing and sharing from smartphones or desktop computers.

GoPro Plus will cost $4.99 per month after it becomes available to the public on October 2.

Woodman said GoPro was packing more into its cameras, and making it easy for users to quickly compose story vignettes to share, whether doing adventure sports or enjoying beautiful moments.

“Get out there and live a big life everybody, that is what it is all about,” Woodman said as he wrapped up the media event.

 

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Users Complain of ‘No Service’ Bug After Disabling Airplane Mode

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Users Complain of 'No Service' Bug After Disabling Airplane Mode

Complaints of loss of cellular service have emerged after iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus (and in some cases iPhone 6s) users disable Airplane Mode.

Apple released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to pre-order customers and retail stores in select countries on Friday, and the first round of bugs have already popped up. Complaints of loss of cellular service have now emerged after users turn off Airplane Mode on the device.

 

Apple has reportedly acknowledged the matter and is investigating the issue, according to MacRumors.

Meanwhile, service providers have reportedly been told by the Cupertino-based giant to inform users to restart their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus if their devices have been affected by the bug. Apple has also advised affected users to remove and re-insert the device’s SIM card if the issue persists. As a last case scenario, Apple is reportedly also willing to replace the device, though the conditions for a replacement are not known.

An iPhone 7 user named Yasser El-Haggan posted a video on YouTube which shows his device unable to receive a signal after disabling Airplane Mode. The iPhone 7 is kept alongside an iPhone 6s device which shows two bars of LTE. Both the devices are said to be AT&T models, which means the iPhone 7 has an Intel modem.

Yasser El-Haggan received a new unit from the Apple Store after the video was posted online. The employee at the store had allegedly seen the issue prior to Yasser El-Haggan and immediately replaced the device as per Apple’s policy.

While most of the cases have been related to the new iPhone 7, some users have experienced the problem on their iPhone 6s. If the rumours are true then it would likely mean that the glitch is related to the new iOS 10 update – and not the new iPhone hardware.

 

You can expect Apple to address the issue and release a patch in the coming days.