Want to learn coding? Google Grasshopper app can teach you on your mobile

Google launched Grasshopper app, created by a team of coders known an ‘Area 120’, to help beginners learn programming languages on their smartphones. Here is all you need to know about Grasshopper app

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Global search engine and technology giant, Googlehas launched Grasshopper app, a platform to help budding coders learn programming languages on the go using their smartphones. The app, created by a team of coders known by the name ‘Area 120’ from Google’s workshop for experimental products, is available for free on Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded from Google PlayStore and Apple App Store, respectively.

Here is everything you need to know about the importance of coding and how you can use the Grasshopper app from the comfort of your home to ace the art of coding:

What is coding?

Coding, also known as programming, is the way to communicate with computers. It tells a computer what actions to take; writing a code is like creating a set of instructions for the computer to follow. By learning how to write a code, you can tell a computer what it has to do and how it has to behave in a much faster way. If you know coding languages, you can make websites and apps, process data, and do many other things.

Why Grasshopper?

The ‘about’ section of the Grasshopper app states: “Coding is becoming an essential skill, and we want to make it possible for everyone to learn even when life gets busy. We made Grasshopper to help folks like you get into coding in a fun and easy way. And, we put Grasshopper on a phone so you can turn your commute or waiting in line into a learning moment. We hope you like it and that it helps you embark on or continue your journey in learning to code.”

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Apple iPhone X successor with LCD screen coming soon at half the price?

The 6.1-inch LCD screen and dual-SIM functionality-based iPhone would cost half the price of the current generation flagship, according to a report in 9to5 citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

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The anniversary-edition Apple iPhone X is one of the expensive consumer-centric smartphones launched late last year. However, the iPhone X successor, with a 6.1-inch notch-based LCD screen and dual-SIM functionality, would cost half the price of the current generation flagship, according to a report in 9to5 citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In an earlier Bloomberg report, Kuo said Apple was considering creating another price segment for dual-SIM-based iPhones. He also said that the single SIM model could sell at between $550 and $650, while the dual-SIM model would go for at least $650.

Kuo’s information stands in line with the Digitimes research analyst Luke Lin, who said in his report that Apple would launch a new 5.85-inch iPhone this year with OLED screen at a price much lower than that of the iPhone X.

According to Lin, who cited information from Apple’s upstream supply chain, the next-generation iPhone’s manufacturing bill for materials will be over 10 per cent lower than that for the iPhone X. He added that the MBOM of the iPhone X was more than $400 in 2017.

In the past, Lin had also purported that Apple was preparing for a new inexpensive smartphone similar to the iPhone SE, with the wireless charging functionality but without 3D-sensing technology, for a 2018 launch. Read More

Xiaomi Redmi S2 with dual cameras being developed, to come to India: Report

Most of the phone’s specs, such as HD+ screen, storage and RAM variants put it in line with the Redmi 5. However, the Snapdragon 625 SoC will give the Redmi S2 a huge boost in terms of performance

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is closely working on a new Redmi device, which is expected to make its way to India – according to a report by online technology-based forum XDA-developers. Touted as the Redmi S2, the budget-centric smartphone is reported to sport dual rear cameras and feature the face-unlock mechanism.

Based on the report, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 would sport an 18:9 aspect ratio screen of HD+ (1440×720) resolution. The phone would be powered by Qualcomm MSM 8953 system-on-chip (SoC), which is a Snapdragon 625 processor. In terms of storage, the phone would have a 16GB variant, though other storage models are also likely, and there would be a microSD card slot for storage extension. As for memory, the phone would likely come in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants.

Talking of imaging, the phone would have a dual-camera set-up on the back, which will either have the 12-megapixel primary sensor of Sony IMX486 or OmniVision OV12A10, and the 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 as the secondary sensor. On the front, there would be a 5MP Samsung S5K5E8 sensor.

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 would have a 3,080mAh battery and boot Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box.

Based on most of the specifications and features, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 seems like a mixture of the Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus) with added dual cameras on the back. While most of the specifications, such as HD+ screen and storage and RAM variants put it in line with the Redmi 5, the Snapdragon 625 processor would give the Redmi S2 a huge boost in terms of processing power.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S may not be too different from bezel-less flagship Mi Mix 2

Based on the new leak, the Mi Mix 2S would sport a Mi Mix 2-inspired design, with three-side bezel-less screen and minimal bezel on the bottom

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is gearing up to announce the the Mi Mix 2S, the next iteration of its bezel-less smartphones, on March 27. Before the official launch, however, the phone’s official promo material has been leaked and it drops a few hints on what to expect from the device.

Unlike the previous leak, which showed the bezel-less smartphone with all-screen display and a minute cut-out on the top-right corner for a selfie camera, the new leak shows an altogether new design, in line with the current breed of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.

Based on the new leak, the Mi Mix 2S would sport a Mi Mix 2-inspired design, with three-side bezel-less screen and a minimal bezel on the bottom. However, the front camera placement is not clearly visible and the phone might get a new space to host it.

As for specifications and features, the phone would boast Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC); this was confirmed by the company spokesperson on social media.

Based on leaked images, the phone is expected to sport a 256GB internal storage and up to 8 GB of RAM. However, another variant with a lower storage option could be there as well.

In terms of imaging, the previous leak revealed that the upcoming device would sport a dual-camera set-up on the back. However, there is no confirmation around it and we would have to wait until the official launch on March 27 to get the final details.

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Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ India launch today: Know all about features & specs

Samsung India has collaborated with home-grown e-commerce giant Flipkart and India’s leading telecom operator Airtel for the online sale of its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones

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Samsung India is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones in India on March 6. The Galaxy S-series flagship smartphones were first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018. The next-generation smartphones are built on the blueprint of the Galaxy 8-series, but with deeper artificial intelligence integration, enhanced camera modules and all-round multimedia capabilities.

The South Korean electronics manufacturer has collaborated with home-grown e-commerce giant Flipkart and India’s leading telecom operator Airtel for online sale of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

Soon after the international unveiling at the MWC, Samsung started taking pre-orders through its official portal. However, both Flipkart and Airtel would take the pre-booking starting today.

Here are some of the key features of the devices:

Camera

In a first for any Galaxy S-series smartphone, the South Korean giant has integrated a dual aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4) lens in a super-speed dual-pixel sensor powered by a dedicated processor and memory chip. The camera in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus has also improved on slow-motion capabilities. The smartphones, unlike any of the previous-generation devices, now support slow-mo up to 960 frames per second – that challenges Sony’s monopoly in this segment.

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Both the devices offer automatic motion detection, a feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record – all that users have to do is set up the shot. For content creators and social media enthusiasts alike, the devices offer on-the-go remixing of shots with selected background music tracks or a tune from playlist.

The camera unit in the devices now supports animated emojis. They use a data-based machine learning algorithm which analyses a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model reflecting and imitating expressions like winks and nods, for personalisation.

Bixby was in an early stage when it was launched alongside Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Read More

Moto Z2 Force with shatterproof display launching today: Watch it live here

The key feature of the smartphone is its shatterproof display, which, the company claims, has better resistance than conventional glass-based screens

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Lenovo-backed smartphone manufacturer Motorola is set to launch the Z2 Force flagship smartphone with ‘shatterproof’ display at 12 noon on Thursday (February 15). The Motorola Z2 Force was first unveiled in July 2017, along with Moto Mods that the phone supports.

The key feature of the smartphone is its shatterproof display which, the company claims, has better resistance than conventional glass-based screens. The phone sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen of plastic-OLED breed. The screen uses a plastic layer for shatterproof properties.

In terms of specifications, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

As for the RAM and storage, the Z2 Force has 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card slot. Imaging is handled by a dual-camera system, utilising two 12-megapixel cameras on the back. For selfies, there is a 5MP camera on the front.

The Motorola Z2 Force runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box with support for Android Oreo scheduled some time soon. The phone relies on USB type-C for data transfer, charging and audio output. The phone is powered by a 2,730 mAh battery that can further be expanded using Moto TurboPower Mod, which might come bundled with the smartphone in India.

The launch of the Motorola Z2 Force is scheduled to go live on YouTube. you can watch it here:

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Xiaomi to launch Flipkart-exclusive Redmi phone on Feb 14; details here

The upcoming smartphones are expected to be either the Redmi 5 or Redmi 5 Plus, or just the Redmi 5 Plus but renamed as the Redmi Note 5 for the Indian smartphone market

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Xiaomi is gearing up to launch the next iteration of Redmi smartphones in India on February 14. The upcoming smartphones are expected to be either the Redmi 5 or Redmi 5 Plus, launched in China last year, or just the Redmi 5 Plus but renamed as the Redmi Note 5 for the Indian smartphone market.

As for the key feature of the smartphones, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus sport a futuristic 18:9 ultra-wide screen aspect ratio. The budget smartphones have a metal unibody design and boots Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 operating system out of the box.

In terms of specifications, the Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch screen of HD+ resolution. The device sports an 18:9 aspect ratio screen, which reduces the bezel size and accommodates larger display in a compact body, with the fingerprint scanner housed at the back. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 450 SoC, an octa-core processor built on the 14nm FinFET technology.

In terms of imaging, the Redmi 5 has a 12-megapixel sensor on the back with a 1.25 micron pixels and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies.

The phone houses a 3,300mAh battery, which the company claims offers 12 days of standby time.

On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus sports a 5.99-inch FullHD+ display in 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The Redmi 5 Plus houses a 5 MP shooter on the front assisted with LED flash and a 12MP sensor with LED flash on the back. The phone houses a 4,000 mAh battery that the company claims to offer up to 17 days of standby time.

In terms of pricing, the Redmi 5 costs CNY 799 in China for the base variant that translates to approximately Rs 7,500 in Indian currency. The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, costs CNY 999 for the base variant that translates to Rs 9,600 in Indian currency.

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