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Qmobile Noir X1S

QMobile has released their newest mid range smartphone in the shape of Noir X1S. The phone is a toned down version of the A1 and A1 Lite, and comes at a price of Rs. 20,000.

Design and Display

The Noir X1S comes with a 5.2 inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS LCD display (282 PPI). It features 2.5D curved glass on the front in addition to Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

There is a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phone which can unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds, according to QMobile.

Internals and Storage

Powering the phone is a quad core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6737T processor with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 256 GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. Noir X1S is a dual SIM phone by default and supports 4G LTE.

Android 7.0 runs the show on the Noir X1S with its Amigo 4.0 skin.

Camera and Battery

Like the A1 phones, QMobile emphasizes the cameras on the Noir X1S. The rear camera features a 13 MP 1/3.06 inch sensor with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash.

Up front we have a larger camera with 16 MP f/2.0 sensor and “selfie flash”.

The Noir X1s features a large 4,000 mAh battery which should last you through a couple of days thanks to its low power system-on-chip (SoC) and the HD screen. Fast charging is not included.

QMobile Noir X1S Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 1.5Hz Cortex-A53

Chipset: MediaTek MT 6737T

GPU: Mali-T720 MP2

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat

Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual SIM

Fingerprint scanner


5.2” IPS LCD with 720p (1280 x 720) resolution (282.42 PPI)



Internal: 32 GB

Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB


Primary: 13 MP, 1/3.06 inch sensor, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

Secondary: 16 MP, f/2.0, selfie flash

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, LTE

Battery: 4,000 mAh

Price: Rs. 20,000

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Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?


Microsoft’s Xbox One X got an official price tag at E3 last week. At $499, it’s coming in at the same price the original Xbox One debuted at. In this case the additional cost has been directly spent on the platform’s gaming horsepower rather than its ill-fated Kinect 2 peripheral.

There’s a lively debate that goes on between computer and console gamers over which platforms offer the best horsepower for your gaming dollar. Whenever a new console hits, it’s interesting to compare what it packs with what you can buy in equivalent PC components.

The Xbox One X is expected to broadly target 30fps @ 4K, though some games, like Forza Motorsport 7 will have a 60fps frame rate. For our comparison purposes, we’ve targeted the 30fps mark. But whether you can match the Xbox One X with an equivalent PC build isn’t just about horsepower; it’s also about how you define the word ‘match.’

Setting some ground rules

The first thing I want to do is acknowledge there’s never going to be a 100-percent-clean matchup between a console and a PC. Not only are the two machines aimed at different environments and have different use cases, but people perceive these benefits differently. To one buyer, spending more money on a PC still makes good sense, because that system is also the primary way they access the internet, work from home, or use social media. Another buyer may handle their browsing from a tablet or smartphone, and find little additional value in a PC’s flexibility.

These aren’t factors we can put a dollar value on, or cleanly estimate for any PC versus  console matchup. Even if we confine ourselves solely to the gaming question, the relative value of each platform’s ecosystem varies depending on how invested you are in it. If you have tons of games on Steam, Xbox Live, or PSN, that’s going to change how you weight each platform.

There’s also the question of peripherals and displays. If you own a nice gaming keyboard, mouse, and 4K monitor, that’s going to push you towards the PC side of the equation. If you’ve already bought a 4K HDR TV, you may not be interested in buying a separate monitor. Conversely, if you’ve already got a really nice monitor, you might not want to buy an expensive 4K TV.

If you have a bunch of friends who already own Xbox Ones or PS4s, then paying a monthly fee for online services may not seem that significant, especially when you can get gift cards that reduce the cost. If you’re looking at this question from the PC side, where non-MMOs tend to be free (and even most MMOs have adopted an F2P model), then you may feel differently.

In short, there’s always going to be specific and particular factors that can tilt a gamer towards consoles or towards PCs. I’m not going to pretend that we can answer those questions just by comparing PC and console pricing.

Building New

The next topic I want to address is the question of how we compare PCs with consoles. Thanks to sheer size, Microsoft can get deals on Xbox One X components that you and I simply can’t touch buying from Newegg or Amazon. Part of what complicates this is that Microsoft isn’t making any money on the Xbox One X, which means there’s no markup on the parts. Remember, our goal here is to hit the same overall visual quality and frame rate that the Xbox One X is expected to offer. That means needing higher-end components than what it takes to deliver 1080p.

For my first PC-versus-console comparison, I specced out a PC that would duplicate all the capabilities of the Xbox One, except for UHD Blu-ray playback. While this first build contains a Blu-ray optical drive, UHD Blu-ray drives for PCs are still extremely expensive. All prices are current as of 6/18/2017 and were sourced from Newegg.


Opting for Intel over AMD may be controversial with some fans, but it’s a choice I stand by if the goal is to squeeze into an Xbox One X comparison. AMD’s Ryzen chips are a non-starter; the cheapest Ryzen 5 cores are still $169. There’s no room in our budget for a chip that pricey. Meanwhile, AMD’s FX-class processors are outdated, power hungry, and often lag behind Intel’s CPUs in minimum frame rate times. Average fps rates show less difference, but high minimum frame rates are essential to making a game feel smooth. Furthermore, if you opt for the FX family, you’re also going to be limited to DDR3 and have no upgrade path whatsoever. Ryzen 3 could give AMD a leg up in these kinds of budget builds, but we’ll have to wait for those CPUs to become available before we’ll know.

The Core i3-7350K isn’t a quad core, and a quad-core is what we’d prefer. But it supports two cores, four threads, offers overclocking if paired in a compatible motherboard, and has a high 4.2GHz clock speed. We’ve specced out an Asrock Z270M to pair with it for overclocking.

There’s an alternate solution if you want an Intel PC with a slightly lower price point. Dropping to an Asrock H270M pulls the price down to $85 for the motherboard, while the Intel Pentium G4560 also offers Hyper-Threading, but at a lower 3.5GHz base frequency. Substituting these two parts for the Core i3-7350K + Asrock Z270M will save you $25 on the motherboard and $25 on the CPU, for a final all-in cost of $850.

The case chassis from Thermaltake isn’t the cheapest you can buy. But larger cases are generally easier to work in and the Thermaltake we picked gives you the option to build with a full ATX motherboard instead of being limited to mATX options. We opted for a GeForce 1060 6GB because none of AMD’s RX 500-series cards are selling for their supposed MSRPs.

There’s also some opportunity to save money on the Windows 10 OEM license. I’ve seen other companies selling Windows 10 Home keys for less than $100 (typically in the $20-$30 range) but I’m wary of these kinds of deals without assurances the product keys are guaranteed to work. $100 reflects Newegg’s price for the OS. Obviously people who don’t care about running genuine software can save money there.

But even if we knock $50 off the CPU + motherboard combo, ditch the Blu-ray, and don’t count any OS cost at all, the PC is still coming in at $704.55. The answer is straightforward: You can’t equal the horsepower of the Xbox One X within a $500 budget when building your own PC. That will likely change 2-3 years from now. Today, the Xbox One X is a deal that’s hard to beat.

What about upgrading?

I’d be remiss, however, if I didn’t acknowledge most PC gamers have been PC gamers for years, and already have existing hardware that can be repurposed in a new build. Again, I can’t account for every eventuality — it’s possible that your gaming rig from 2012 has enough CPU horsepower and RAM already that the only thing you need is a new GPU (which means, yes, you can easily beat the Xbox One X at the $500 price point). For simplicity’s sake, we’ve considered a scenario where you need a new CPU, GPU, motherboard, and DDR4 RAM, but can source the rest of your components from a previous build.


Here, you’re on much stronger ground. In fact, drop to the Pentium G4560 and the Asrock H270M, and you’ve arrived at a final price of just $518. If you’ve got a Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, or Haswell CPU, you may be able to forego upgrading your motherboard and RAM at all, which definitely means you can deliver a cost-effective upgrade above the Xbox One X’s performance level. For more information on the GTX 1060 and why we’ve picked this GPU in particular, check Eurogamer’s article on using that card to approximate the 4K capabilities of the PS4 Pro, and how well it works.

Conclusion: The Xbox One X is technologically tough to beat

Keeping in mind that we’re speaking strictly about performance, rather than evaluating TCO with included online service costs, the Xbox One X is impossible to beat if you’re building your own system from scratch. Upgraders, however, may have much better luck, especially if your system was high-end within the past five years. CPUs and motherboards haven’t aged the way they used to, and plenty of top-notch gaming performance is available from components that would’ve been far too old to be useful if this was the early 2000s.

But these comparisons will ultimately remain anchored in questions of personal value that no spec sheets can match. If you want to build a UHD Blu-ray collection, the Xbox One’s support for that standard is worth several hundred dollars on an equivalent PC right now. If you have friends who play Xbox One games, being able to play with them is a value you may not be able to replicate on the PC until and unless cross-play becomes far more common than it is now. If you’ve already got a 4K TV, you may not want to buy a 4K monitor (or vice-versa). In short, the varying ways that people perceive this question will continue to fuel plenty of fanboy arguments for the indefinite future.

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​E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal

E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal

Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif., last month. European antitrust officials fined the company $122 million on Thursday for giving misleading statements during Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014.



MAY 18, 2017

Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end.
On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.
The fine — one of the largest regulatory penalties against Facebook — comes days after Dutch and French privacy watchdogs ruled that the company had broken strict data protection rules. Other European countries, notably Germany, are clamping down on social media companies, including issuing potentially hefty penalties for failing to sufficiently police hate speech and misinformation.
The European Union’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said that Facebook had told the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, that the social network would not combine the company’s data with that of WhatsApp, which has more than one billion users.
Yet last August, Facebook announced that it would begin sharing WhatsApp data with the rest of the company. That could allow it to gain an unfair advantage over rivals, by giving it access to greater amounts of data to help support its online advertising business.

“Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of E.U. merger rules,” Ms. Vestager said in a statement. “And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook. The commission must be able to take decisions about mergers’ effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts.”
In response, Facebook said that it had acted in good faith in its deliberations with Europe’s antitrust officials, and that it would not appeal the financial penalty.
“The errors we made in our 2014 filings were not intentional,” Facebook said in a statement. “The commission has confirmed that they did not impact the outcome of the merger review.”
The overall penalty amounted to a slap on the wrist — it pales in comparison with the tens of billions of dollars the company earns in online advertising every year, and Europe’s antitrust officials stopped short of voiding the deal completely.
But the fine signals that European officials are increasing their scrutiny of Facebook just as it becomes one of the largest technology companies on the planet.
Increased oversight has become something of a rite of passage for American technology companies operating in Europe.

During the past two decades, Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, among others, have become targets of long antitrust investigations by the European authorities. That has often led to claims by tech executives that the region has an anti-American bias, accusations that European policy makers deny.

Facebook, experts say, is only the latest in a long line of Silicon Valley companies to face European regulatory anger, though this time, the focus is likely to be on the reams of online data gathered, including information that Facebook collects on both its users and nonusers through third-party websites.
On Tuesday, French officials fined the social network €150,000 — another relatively small penalty — for failing to give the company’s users in that country sufficient control over how their data is collected and used. Dutch regulators also ruled that the company had broken privacy rules, but so far they have not imposed a fine.
While Facebook started in the United States and has expanded aggressively across the developing world, its actions in Europe — and the response to those acts by local officials — are likely to have implications on its global oper

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Latest Samsung upcoming smartphones

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

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  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)
    Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)
    Released 2017, May
    148g, 8.6mm thickness
    Android 7.0
    16GB storage, microSD card slot
    744,419 HITS
    720×1280 pixels
    1.5GB RAM
    Exynos 7570 Quad

Also known as Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Duos with dual-SIM card slots
NETWORK Technology
LAUNCH Announced 2017, May
Status Available. Released 2017, May
BODY Dimensions 141 x 70.1 x 8.6 mm (5.55 x 2.76 x 0.34 in)
Weight 148 g (5.22 oz)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~69.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
PLATFORM OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Exynos 7570 Quad
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 2 MP
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
Radio FM radio, RDS, recording
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 408 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h (3G)
MISC Colors White, Black, Gold
Price group 4/10
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Why should we not buy the xiaomi Mi4

Because it really doesn’t seem worthy of the price tag of Rs. 20K. For all those mentioning you’re paying 6k additional for only the 0.2 GHz, you’ve forgotten that there are camera improvements (like the new 8MP front cam) and an additional 1 GB of RAM and that leap is huge. On the other hand,an additional 2k for a notably much better phone i.e OnePlus One along with the additional storage space seems like a more logical way to go(because I own both Mi3 and OnePlus One and have also extensively used an Mi4). OnePlus has been in the news more often than not for the things they’ve done well. The design aesthetics, the display and the fact that it runs CM11(a personal preference over MIUI) which is much closer to AOSP than MIUI can ever imagine / wish to be

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