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AMD expects its Q2 sales to have been lower than anticipated

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AMD has issued a sales warning for the second quarter of this year. What this means is that the company expects its results for Q2 to show lower sales than initially forecasted. AMD is now advising investors that its actual sales for Q2 will be down 8% compared to the first quarter, more than the previous guidance which hovered around 3%.

If you’re wondering what may be to blame for the situation, it’s all apparently related to weaker than expected demand for PCs, according to the chip maker itself. Hence, its APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) have not sold as well as expected. Read more »

Withings adds automatic swim tracking to the Activite and Activite Pop

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If you love swimming as well as Withings-made activity trackers, this will be very good news for you indeed. The company has announced that it’s bringing automatic swim tracking to its Activite and Activite Pop models. This has apparently been much-requested by owners of the two watches.

According to Withings, these are the first activity trackers (from any manufacturer) to sport this particular feature. “Automatic” in this context means that you don’t have to select a special swim mode before you dive in. The trackers will just automatically recognize your movements as a swim workout. Read more »

Flipkart is expected to go app-only this September

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Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, is reportedly gearing up for a huge business change. The e-tailer is planning to shut down its website altogether and follow an app-only business model. This should happen this September and is sure to stir things up in the country’s online commerce segment. The announcement was made by Punit Soni, the company’s CEO at a staff meeting, so it is pretty much official.

As you can imagine, this is a well thought out move and definitely not void of logic. Flipkart has estimated that about 75% of its entire traffic comes from mobile devices, so it doesn’t make much sense to support and invest in a traditional website anymore. The company’s second site Myntra actually already went down the same route in May 2015. The fashion-centric market reported similar numbers prior to the shift – 80 percent of traffic and 70% of purchases were via mobile app. Read more »

Truemessenger brings SMS ID, filters spam

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The makers of Truecaller have come up with yet another useful app. Truemessenger is a new SMS app for Android that lets you find out the names of people sending messages even if you don’t have their names saved in your contact list.

As with Truedialler, Truemessenger taps into Truecaller’s database and find names and photos of unidentified numbers. On top of that it can also detect spam messages and divert them to a separate folder, so your main inbox remains clean. You can also report numbers, which are added to database and helps other people using the app. Read more »

Samsung introduces 2TB SSD drives in 850 EVO and PRO series

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Samsung expanded its 850 SSD series with 2TB drives, in both the PRO and EVO lineups. The company says it has seen increased demand for 500GB and bigger SSDs and the 2TB drives are a “strong driver into the era of multi-terabyte SSD solutions.”

The 2TB versions Samsung 850 EVO and 850 PRO are available in 50 countries right now. Read more »

Xbox Music is now Groove

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Microsoft has rebranded the Xbox Music service in Windows to Groove. Groove will come by default as part of Windows 10 when it launches later this month.

Other than the rebranding, there is not a lot new about the service. You can either stream from the 40 million song library or upload your own to OneDrive, which can be then accessed from anywhere, with Android and iOS apps arriving in future. Read more »

A premature Ciri DLC for The Witcher 3 may hamper your game

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CD Projekt RED accidentally sent out a premature free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game on PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace. Marcin Momot, community lead at CD Projekt Red warned that the free Ciri DLC offering new outfit should be avoided until it is released again.

The new Zerrikanian outfit offering DLC for the playable character Ciri apparently carries some bugs. Adding it might put several hours of your gameplay time at risk. Read more »

Get your hands on a factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 for $499.99 on eBay

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If you are looking for to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6, now might be a good time. A an eBay power seller in the United States is offering a factory unlocked G920F variant of the handset for $499.99.

Of course, the above mentioned price tag will land you a 32GB version of the Korean giant’s flagship smartphone. Read more »

Instagram quietly bumps up the resolution of its photos

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Your beloved Instagram photos are about to get a whole lot prettier! The social network quietly increased the size of its images to 1080 x 1080 pixels – up from the rather ancient 640 x 640 pixels.

Without telling anyone, Instagram started gradually rolling out the new resolution to iOS and Android last week. Read more »

Hero4 Session is GoPro’s smallest camera yet, waterproof without case

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GoPro has announced its smallest camera ever. Dubbed Hero4 Session, the new device is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other Hero4 models, the company claims. “We challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, the company’s founder.

The Hero4 Session is capable of capturing 1080p videos at 60 fps, 1440p at 30 fps, and 720p at 100 fps. There is, however, no support for 4K nor 720p at 240fps modes. It can shoot 8MP stills, and can go up to 10m underwater without needing a case. Read more »

Intel Compute Stick now available for purchase in India

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The Intel Compute Stick, which was announced back in January this year and went on sale in the US in the month of April, is now available for purchase in India.

Online retailer Flipkart is selling the compact computer-on-a-stick for INR9,999 ($155). This compares to the $150 price tag that it carries in the US. Read more »

Cortana update adds several new categories of interests in India

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Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has received an update that brings a slew of new categories of interests, such as daily routine, music, food, and finance.

However, it is not yet known when the update rolled out, and which other markets – aside from India – are getting it. It’s worth mentioning that prior to the update only news and weather categories were available in the country. Read more »

China’s largest taxi app firm Didi Kuaidi may enter US market

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According to reports out of China, the country’s top taxi app company Didi Kuaidi – which is backed by Asian giants Alibaba and Tencent – is planning to enter the US market next year.

It is being said that the company, which is giving stiff competition to Uber in China, is already hiring to set up an R&D center in the US. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best and apps that came out this week.

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Oppo R7 battery life test

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Oppo R7 is quite an interesting smartphone, which upgrades on the super thin Oppo R5. The new R7 brings back the 3.5mm jack and adds extra battery capacity at the price of 1.4mm of extra thickness. We also get dual-SIM connectivity, a microSD expansion slot, a higher-res selfie camera and enhanced rear snapper this time around.

The Oppo R7 keeps the same key hardware specs – a 5″ AMOLED 1080p display, the same Snapdragon 615 chip, this time around with 3GB of RAM, and runs on the aging Android KitKat. The older Oppo R5 returned a disappointing endurance rating and we hope Oppo managed to fix this issue for the successor. Read more »