Google Play Reportedly Testing Revamped ‘My Apps’ Section With Sorting Option

Google is about to bring some major visual changes to the ‘My Apps’ section of Google Play. The revamp brings some much needed additions while removes a lot of unnecessary sections. The new visual changes in Google Play are expected to be part of an update with version 7.4, according to a report by Android Police.

Google Play Reportedly Testing Revamped 'My Apps' Section With Sorting Option

With the new update, the ‘My Apps’ section will include options for Updates, Installed, and Library replacing earlier labelled sections for Installed, All, and Beta. As the name suggests, the new Updates tab will list the apps which have received an update with details like size of the update and timeline of the update as in when the update was released on Google Play. The Installed tab in ‘My Apps’, as before, lists the apps that are installed on the Android device while the Library tabs include all the apps ever downloaded by the Android user. Android Police adds that users can still install updates for apps in a batch or separately.

Another notable addition to the ‘My Apps’ of Google Play is sorting – which now allows users to choose how they want to see apps in their Installed tab – alphabetically, size, by last update time, and also by last used. The listed apps will now appear with Open icons which will allow users to launch the apps directly from the Google Play app. Currently, Google Play redirects users to the app listing in the store after which users are offered the option to launch the app. With the new refresh, Google Play will also allow users to check the size of an app. The Installed tab will show the size of the app while the Updates tab will show the size of the update. This might be a very minor addition to the current format in the Google Play but will surely let users keep a check on the app size on the device. The new UI of ‘My Apps’ was first spotted by Android Police, which received screenshots from a tipster. Unfortunately, there is no word when Google will rollout the update for Google Play app to users.

Google is famous with testing new features with its UI in Google Play. The company keeps testing features with limited users before a broader rollout.

FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series to Be Broadcast on ESPN

FIFA isn’t just one of the most popular video games around, now it’s going to be on TV as well. EA has announced it’s partnering with ESPN to bring FIFA tournaments to channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and the Internet-based ESPN3.

FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series to Be Broadcast on ESPN

“We’ve long believed in the potential of competitive gaming to reach an even broader audience once games are more accessible to play and more accessible to watch,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP, EA Competitive Gaming Division. “I’m very excited to bring on ESPN who shares our vision as we pioneer the next phase of our competitions and bring experiences like EA SPORTS FIFA to more fans.”

According to EA, ESPN’s telecast of the Paris Regional Final marked the first time that the network has ever aired an e-sports event in the United States.

Additional coverage of The FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series will also be available on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. Globally, ESPN will carry the Paris Regional Final and the remaining six FIFA EA Majors in more than 60 countries on various key platforms in English (Canada via TSN, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Caribbean), Spanish (Mexico, Central and South America), and Portuguese (Brazil).

“We’re expanding our competitive gaming portfolio to include events that also resonate with traditional sports fans, and EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series fits perfectly into how we intend to continue to serve e-sports fans moving forward,” said John Lasker, VP of programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “The opportunity to reach this passionate audience globally in multiple languages is exciting, and we are pleased to do so as part of our long-standing relationship with EA.”

In addition, the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube.

Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India

Apple has put back on the table a request to sell used iPhones in India as it negotiates with the government for concessions to start production in the country, a person familiar with the matter said.

Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India

The company has asked to bring in used iPhones to be refurbished and sold in India, saying it will have the manufacturing infrastructure needed to make them compliant with quality standards, said the person, who asked not to be named as the matter is private. The request is included in a list of concessions submitted by Apple to a panel of government officials that includes a 15-year tax holiday, the person said.

Apple’s last attempt at such a license was met with resistance as industry executives and government ministries cited risks such a move would open the floodgates to used electronics and undermine the ‘Make in India’ program to encourage local manufacturing. The world’s most valuable company is exerting its brand influence at the negotiating table as pre-owned devices will be cheaper and target the price-sensitive market.

The company collects a large number of used iPhones through upgrade schemes in the US and around the world every time it introduces a new device, some of which are broken down into their component bits and others refurbished and sold. India could become a viable destination for many of those gadgets, though local politicians fret that the country could become a dumping ground for ageing phones.

“These phones still have life in them,” said Anshul Gupta, Mumbai-based research director at Gartner. He estimates that 70 percent of phones sold in India go for under $200. “In India and other emerging markets, buyers cannot afford the flagship model so opt for older generation iPhones whose prices drop.”

Apple didn’t immediately comment to a Bloomberg question on seeking permission to bring in and sell pre-owned iPhones.

If permission is granted, the iPhone maker will become the first company allowed to import and sell used electronics in the country. Apple sold just 2.5 million phones last year, about 2 percent of the market, and a fraction of the 750 million smartphones are estimated to be sold by 2020. Samsung is the biggest selling brand in the country but Chinese vendors Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are also winning significant market share.

Apple’s latest request comes as it dangles the prospect of setting up large-scale manufacturing in India. Last week, a regional minister said the company will start assembling iPhones in a facility of its partner Wistron Corp in Bangalore by the end of April.

Apple has told officials that its certified pre-owned program would meet environmental and quality requirements and also be open for third party-audits and checks, the person familiar said.

“The government is concerned and will look to framing policy to ensure that India does not become a used electronics dumping ground,” Gupta said.

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Airtel Offers Free 3GB Mobile Data Per Month to Lure Customers to Its 4G Network

Airtel on Tuesday unveiled an offer under which users can avail of free mobile data worth up to Rs. 9,000 for 12 months. The offer is meant to attract users to the Airtel 4G network, and is targeted at 4G handset users currently on other networks, as well as Airtel customers upgrading to a new 4G handset.

Airtel Offers Free 3GB Mobile Data Per Month to Lure Customers to Its 4G NetworkIndia’s biggest telecom operator, Airtel, said that the free data offer will be available across India starting Wednesday and will be valid till February 28. Under the free data offer, customers will get 3GB of free data every month till December 31, 2017, as long as they are using select Airtel 4G prepaid and postpaid plans. Airtel is providing the free mobile data over and above the subscribed plan’s benefits.
Free 3GB Airtel Mobile Data for Prepaid Users
Airtel says prepaid subscribers will get 3GB of free data with every Rs. 345 unlimited calling recharge, which offers free local and STD calls to any network in India as well as 1GB of data per monthly cycle. This, Airtel says, implies customers get 4GB of total mobile data of month. Customers can avail of the additional 3GB of free data benefit via the MyAirtel app, and free data benefits on subsequent recharges will be instant. Airtel specifies that the pack benefits will be valid for 28 days and can be availed for a maximum of 13 data recharges till December 31, 2017.

Free 3GB Airtel Mobile Data for Postpaid Users
As for postpaid users, Airtel’s 3GB of free data per month offer can be availed if subscribers opt for any MyPlan Infinity plan, which includes local/ STD/ roaming calling benefits, bundled data, some free SMS, as well as free subscription to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. Postpaid Airtel customers can claim the free mobile data through MyAirtel App.
Airtel specifies that the pack prices may vary from circle to circle, and customers can only avail the 3GB data per month offer only within the first 30 days of purchasing or upgrading to a new 4G handset.
Commenting on the newly launched offer, Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are inviting customers to experience 4G through the year on India’s fastest network. We are seeing increasing penetration of 4G handsets across the country and believe that this attractive offer will provide an opportunity to more and more customers to enjoy high speed broadband on their devices with Airtel.”

Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet at CES 2017; Unveils Miix 720

Ahead of CES 2017, Lenovo has launched a host of products under its portfolio including ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200. Here, we look at the ThinkPad and Miix launches.

Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet at CES 2017; Unveils Miix 720The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook by the company has been touted as the lightest notebook in its class, weighing in at 1.13kg. It comes in two 14-inch display variants with screen resolutions WQHD (1440×2560 pixels) and full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available with Intel’s seventh-generation Core processors and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM. It is available with up to 1TB of SSD PCIe storage.

In terms of connectivity, the 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon features several options like two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port. The Windows 10 laptop comes with Lenovo’s iconic TrackPoint as well. In terms of security, the laptop features a fingerprint scanner and an infrared camera at front that supports facial recognition with support for Windows Hello logon. The laptop will be made available in colour variants Black and Silver by the company. It has been priced starting $1,349 (roughly Rs. 92,200) and will be made available from February.
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Lenovo has further updated its ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which now has a redesigned rechargeable pen-ThinkPad Pen Pro (2017). The convertible Windows 10 laptop is available with 14-inch display variants including WQHD OLED (2560×1440 pixels), WQHD IPS (2560×1440 pixels), and full-HD IPS (1920×1080). It comes with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or Intel HD Graphics 620, depending on the processor chosen. The connectivity options include two Intel Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port, microSD card reader, and a Micro-SIM card slot.

The company has further made some improvements to the keyboard. “The new keyboard retracts fully flat in tablet mode offering greater stability and user comfort and anchoring the keycaps delivers better long term key durability and reliability,” it said in its release. The Windows 10 laptop is capable of offering up to 16 hours of battery life, barring the OLED variant, which can offer up to 10.5 hours of battery life. It is available with up to seventh generation Intel Core processors and up to 16GB of RAM. The convertible laptop has been priced starting $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,02,000) and will be made available in from February.
Apart from these devices, the company has also updated its ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The company claims that the updated ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers up to 5 hours of additional battery life over its predecessor. The tablet features a 12-inch 2K (2150×1440 pixels) IPS touch display and is available with an option of up to seventh generation Intel Core processors. The tablet is available with up to 16GB of RAM.

It is available with a fingerprint scanner option as well. The tablet sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera at front. Users also get a platform choice between Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. The tablet is further available with a wide range of docking options. It has been priced by the company at $949 (roughly Rs. 64,800) and will be made available from March.

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Lenovo’s new 12-inch Windows 10 tablet, the Miix 720, comes with a QHD+ (2880×1920 pixels) display and is available with up to seventh generation Intel Core i7 processor. The tablet is available with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD for storage. It comes with company’s new Active Pen 2 and has an infrared camera for Windows Hello support. The Lenovo Miix 720 further comes with a detachable keyboard cover with a kickstand. The tablet has been priced by the company at $1,000 (roughly Rs. 68,300) and will be available from April.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Laptops, Lenovo VR Headset Unveiled Ahead of CES 2017

At CES 2017, Lenovo launched a series of products in different categories. It bet big on IoT and launched smart home assistant, smart glasses, and even a smart storage system. Furthermore, it also introduced a sub-brand called Lenovo Legion dedicated only to gaming PCs and launched two new laptops made with the feedback received from the gaming community. To further its gaming efforts, Lenovo also unveiled its first ever VR headset that intends to work with the Windows Holographic program as well.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Laptops, Lenovo VR Headset Unveiled Ahead of CES 2017The Lenovo Legion laptops are targeted mainly at gamers, and they look to offer good graphics performance, powerful processors, and efficient cooling systems. The first two laptops to flag off the series include the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Legion Y520.

Lenovo Legion Y720
The Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop is powered with up to seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM, making it VR compatible as well. The laptop sports a 15.6-inch UHD (3840×2160 pixels) or full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with anti-glare for gamers who prefer playing outside. It is touted to be the world’s first laptop to come with Dolby Atmos technology for superior audio quality. The laptop offers support for the Xbox One wireless controller, and comes with an optimised thermal cooling system for keeping the laptop in normal temperature during intense game fights. The Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop offers up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and you can customise with it 128GB, 256GB, 512GB of SSD storage, or 1TB, 2TB of HDD storage. Lenovo claims that the laptop offers five hours of battery life and weighs 3.2kgs. Connectivity options include the fast Thunderbolt 3 port. The Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop starts at $1,399.99 (roughly Rs. 95,700), and will be available sometime in April.
(Also see:Lenovo Launches Smart Home Assistant and Smart Glasses at CES 2017)

Lenovo Legion Y520
The Lenovo Legion Y520 laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with Anti-glare as well. It is also powered by up to seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors and up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. It offers the same storage and memory configurations as the Y720. The laptop comes with two Harman speakers for good audio quality, and weighs only 2.4kg. Both the laptops come with backlit keyboards for ease in gaming in the night as well. The Lenovo Legion Y520 laptop starts at $899.99 (roughly Rs. 61,500), and will be available sometime in February.
Lenovo VR Headset
Lenovo even ventured into the VR segment, and demoed its first ever VR headset for all attendees to experience. The company has not announced any shipping details of the headset, but it will be priced less than $400 (roughly Rs. 27,400) whenever it arrives, reports Engadget. The design of the headset is such that the lens rests on your forehead instead of the nose. It uses two 1440×1440 pixels OLED panels for display, and the company looks to make it really lightweight, when compared to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Importantly, the Lenovo VR headset will work with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic Program.

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Lenovo ahead of CES 2017 also launched the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, Thinkpad X1 Yoga, and the Thinkpad X1 Tablet as well. It also refreshed the Miix series with 12-inch Miix 720 tablet running on Windows 10. The Miix 720 comes with a detachable keyboard and a fold out kickstand for multi-purpose usage. All of these products will hit the market before April.

Dial Toll Free Number to Use Paytm Without Internet, Smartphone

Paytm on Wednesday announced a new feature that will allow anyone to make payments using a Paytm wallet without Internet or smartphone. You will still need a smartphone (or access to a PC) in order to create your Paytm account, and link it to your phone number – and of course to load funds into the wallet. However, you will have the option to use Paytm without Internet or smartphone to make payments on a day to day basis. All you require is working phone – even if it is a feature phone.

Dial Toll Free Number to Use Paytm Without Internet, SmartphoneHow to use Paytm without Internet or smartphone?

To do this, Paytm has launched a toll free phone number – 1800 1800 1234 – you will have to call it from your registered mobile number in order to set your PIN. You’ll hear a voice message letting you know that you’ll get a call back to set the PIN.

After that, you can make payments using Paytm without Internet and smartphone by calling this number, typing in the phone number of the recipient, then the amount, and finally typing in your PIN for confirmation.

Where can this Paytm toll free number be used?

Although it’s not the easiest method for making payments, there could be a number of situations where this feature of using Paytm without Internet or smartphones is useful. For example, several of us have older relatives who still prefer to use feature phones for the simplicity of use. For such users, who are now forced to transact digitally owing to the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes, Paytm’s toll free number would be helpful. On the other hand, for people who are still using feature phones because they don’t have a smartphone, this number, along with a visit to a cyber cafe, could be very empowering. And of course, there are also people who might prefer to use this method rather than tap through multiple screens on an app.

However we have to point out that our first several attempts at getting through to Paytm to set a PIN were unsuccessful as the number was routinely busy. It took half an hour of trying before we were able to sign up for the service, and after that, payments were again a problem because the number was busy on the next few tries.

This might just be because of the initial rush for signups for the option to use Paytm without Internet and smartphone, but it paints a worrying picture – if someone is trying to make a payment using this method, they might not have access to other forms of online payments, and so if the system fails due to the number being busy, it would be a huge problem.

Google Says Set Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal for Global Operations in 2017

Alphabet’s Google is on track to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all its global electricity consumption next year, the company said on Tuesday.

Google expects its purchases of wind and solar energy will be enough to cover its data centres and offices worldwide starting in 2017.

Google Says Set Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal for Global Operations in 2017Google began with a global target because companies often cannot specify what type of power utilities supply to their facilities, and renewable energy is unavailable in some key markets where it operates, particularly in Asia. The company will now focus on striking more regional deals where its data centres and other significant operations are located, said Gary Demasi, director of global infrastructure and energy.

“We have to keep up with growth but also need to evolve beyond this very important milestone for Google, to be able to do renewable energy projects in every market where we operate,” he said.

Google signed its first long-term renewable power agreement in 2010 and has since struck 19 similar deals, making it the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, Demasi said. The cost of wind energy has fallen 60 percent during that time, Demasi said, underscoring the business rationale for renewable energy.
The focus on renewable energy may also help Google’s bid to expand its cloud computing business, he said, noting some prospective clients appear to be taking environmental impact into account.
“To what degree it is a deciding factor on whether you go with Google or somebody else I can’t say, but it will likely be part of some companies’ equation,” he said.

While the milestone announced Tuesday covers only Google, the company accounts for the majority of Alphabet’s energy consumption, Demasi said. Broader sustainability efforts involving other Alphabet companies are in the works, he added.