Samsung Galaxy S8 to drop the ‘Home Button’, So Will The iPhone 8

Apple always intends to do something revolutionary with each of its product and eventually sets a trend. With 2017 marking the company’s 10th Anniversary, our expectations are high with the upcoming releases. There are steady rumours of Apple removing home button in iPhone 8. The phone will feature an edge-to-edge display that’ll make the iPhone look like a single piece of glass. This will bring about a major change in the way we use the iPhone. It is assumed to be launched around late autumn this year.

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The ‘New York Times’ App Removed From China’s iTunes App Store

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request. Both the English and the Chinese versions of the app has been removed since the government considered it a violation of the country’s security terms and law regulations. It is assumed to be a part of the Chinese authority’s wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by the New York Times of that country.

Apps from other international publications like the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times are still available in the iTunes Store.

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Apple To Now Manufacture iPhones In India

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The year 2016 started off on a promising note for Apple. During his maiden visit to India, Mr. Tim Cook, the chief executive officer, announced the setting up of an app development centre in Bengaluru and another one in Hyderabad for maps. The news has now been confirmed officially. The facility will start production from next April, according to industry sources.

Mr. Cook met the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi earlier this year and discussed sensitive issues relating to cyber-security, data encryption, the possibility of fabricating the production in the country and extracting India’s young talent.  The Apple CEO appreciated the breadth of young talent in India with significant skills that Apple would like to acquire and the immense potential for ‘app-development’ in the country.

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What To Expect From Google In 2017

In 2016, Google displayed its vision for a more pervasive and conventional way of interacting with technology. This year, we experienced the company’s focus on more of hardware offerings and launch of top notch devices such as The Android Wear 2.0, Daydream View VR headset, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google Home Speaker, Chromecast Ultra and Google Wi-Fi router, were met with a good market response.

Google also announced improvements to Android by launching a new major update to the software, Android Nougat 7.1.1, which will be available for most of the android devices by early 2017. There was Google Duo as well, the FaceTime competitor, dedicated to a video-only experience, and not to forget Google Allo, the messaging app with a resident chatbot, the Google Assistant.

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Cyanogen Fails To Kill Android, Shuts Down Itself

The ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google, has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder, and is now shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. The company revealed that the move is a part of the ongoing unification of Cyanogen. With this, CyanogenMod will be killed though the company has also confirmed its next open-source initiative designated as LineageOS.

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Google Announces New Self-Driven Minivan

Waymo, formerly known as the Google self-driving car project, is a self-governing car developer and an independent company under Alphabet Inc. The company began in 2009 as a project under Google. In 2015, the project completed its first driverless ride on public roads, giving a ride to a sole blind man in Austin, Texas.

In December 2016, Google evolved the project into a new company called Waymo, furnished under Google’s parent company Alphabet.

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Porche’s Technical Director Joins Apple

Rumors of Apple’s car initiative began back in early 2015 when a report claimed that Apple had been speculating the effort for quite some time. Steve Jobs himself admitted to considering building a car in 2008, but put the plans on hold to focus on development of the iPhone. Over the course of a few months, however, it’s been more clear that Apple is indeed working on a car of some sorts.

In the wake of reports that Apple has shifted its focus towards developing self-driving automotive software, Apple  the technical director of Porsche’s race car program earlier this year, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports car company’s victorious return to the Le Mans endurance race. Alexander Hitzinger is the latest auto specialist to be recruited by Apple as it explores building its own car.

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Moto Z And Moto M To Get The Latest Android Nougat Update

The latest reports on the Android Nougat operating system suggested that Samsung, Motorola, and OnePlus will soon release the updated software for their respective gadgets.

Lenovo launched the K6 Note smartphone for the offline market, just a day after the official launch of the Moto M Smarthphone. The company has now made an important update regarding the Moto M confirming that the phone is now officially announced to get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update soon. Motorola’s release of its Android Nougat update for its Moto lineup seems to have finally caught up with the Moto Z Play too.

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Apple’s AirPods Finally Out For Sale

Apple, today announced that the AirPods are available to order online now from Apple.com and will start delivering to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers next week.

AirPods are Apple’s flawless attempt to bring a better, brighter wireless future to us now, today. They look like the ends of Apple’s current, wired EarPods, but with the cord snipped off at the stems.

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The New iOS 10.2 Update, Available Now

Apple reveals the latest iOS software release, the update bringing a number of improvements and upgrades to the company’s mobile offering, is now available to download for free. The last time that Apple launched an iOS update was on October 31st with iOS 10.1.1, with the developer preview of iOS 10.2 being released the same date. This update includes several major features and many bug fixes.

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