How to install Linux on an Android device

Unleash the full potential of your Android device by installing Linux OS on it

Installing Linux on Your device involve four steps which are -installing BusyBox, installing Terminal Emulator, placing required files in SD card and finally running the Linux OS.

Step 1: Installing the BusyBox libraries

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Before you start you’ll need:

-Android Device
-4 GB SD card(or more)
Root Access
Full Backup of your data(for recovery if something goes wrong)

You can get BusyBox from Play Store by clicking here. All you have to do is to download and install it.

Step 2: Installing a Terminal

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You’ll need a terminal emulator for using your Linux OS. Installing this is recommended.

Step 3:Putting required files in place

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Connect your device to your PC (remember to enable the USB mount), and then download this file andthis file.

Create a new folder in your SD card and name it Ubuntu(or whatever you like) and then extract these files in the folder.

Step 4: You’re almost ready

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Go back to the Terminal app and write “su’ again. Then write “cd /mnt/sdcard”. To confirm everything is working try to write “ls” and see if you can recognize your folders (you might find the ubuntu folder as well).

To start our ubuntu write “cd /ubuntu” and then “sh ubuntu.sh”. This will execute many procedures which are trying to set your system. It will request to enter a resolution. Use number x number format to express it. For example: 600×400 is the proper format. For the best appearance and performance I suggest 800×480. Now everything is done.

The ubuntu system is running , however we can’t see it. To see it , we must use a VNC app. We can download it from Play Store.

Thats it! However if you feel any difficulty in any of the steps or require further information, you may drop your query in the comments.

Source By techworm…

WhatsApp to get a new Font but you can use it right now with this hack

Here is how you can start using WhatsApps new ‘FixedSys’ font even before it is officially released

Are you bored with WhatsApp’s age old font? Don’t worry because WhatsApp is bringing an all new font to you in its next release. The font which looks pretty similar to Windows’ FixedSys is being rolled out in the next WhatsApp version v2.16.179 beta on Android.  FoneArena has reported that the feature is available on iOS beta as well.

The beta version is available on to those who have signed up for Google Play’s beta program. However, even if you have not signed up for Google Play’s beta program, here is a hack that will let you try the new WhatsApp font and surprise your friends.

To use the new font all you need to do is put three grave accent symbol (`) before and after a word or a sentence which you want to modify. However, it seems when it rolls out globally the font won’t need the symbols because it can’t be used with other formatting options like bold and italics.

For example: “`hi“` will show hi in the new font on WhatsApp.

The world’s most popular cross platform messaging App is doing all the right things to keep its users hooked 24×7 on WhatsApp. It had recently rolled out some new features to beta like ‘mentions’ and ‘group invite links’ that are still to reach stable versions. While mentions is a feature to grab your friends attention is a group chat similar to tagging a friend on Facebook, group invite link now lets you invite your friends to a WhatsApp group.

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Goodbox brings ‘conversational commerce’ to connect consumers to businesses

The app ecosystem is undergoing a paradigm shift. Consumers are tired of downloading individual apps for services that they need to interact with almost on a daily basis – grocery shopping, ordering food, for instance. Even larger brands, with a significant presence, see an abysmal number of downloads just because this fatigue has set in. Goodbox with its ‘conversational commerce’ mobile application wants to change that.

Founded by CEO Abey Zachariah and co-founders Mayank Bidawatka, Nithin Chandra, Mahesh Herle, Mohit Maheshwari, Anand Kelaginamani and Charan Shetty, Goodbox created its app that would help connect consumers directly with businesses just with their app.” Goodbox is a pivot from our previous business of offering content in long distance buses. We introduced an app to help passengers track their bus’ location while they were at their boarding point. This app had a chat functionality. We had passengers asking for help with hotels, bike rentals, etc. We used to help close these requests by mediating deals with hotels. However, we realised that this model of mediation doesn’t scale. If we would hit 1000 requests on a single day it would not be feasible to mediate these discussions,” shares Mayank.

The app is based on the concept that every shop has a person, products and a payment mechanism. “If you were to recreate the same experience on an app, you need a messaging screen, a menu / product list (with prices) and an online payment gateway. That’s exactly how the design of all businesses on the Goodbox app is structured,” explains Mayank. While the businesses on the Goodbox platform have a menu/product and price list so customers get all the required information, they can also chat with them to get answers to unstructured questions. Chat (via messaging) also helps businesses give consumers a standard usability experience.

Goodbox currently operates with a team of about 75 which is composed mainly of sales professionals and engineers. The business model revolves around charging businesses a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) fee of Rs. 999 per year and 1.99% TDR on every online payment. “Our business model is evolving very fast and there will be multiple ways to monetize at scale. The more value we create for all stakeholders, the more the avenues to monetise,” adds Mayank.

Talking about investing in technology, Mayank says, “We are spending time in making our system scalable and useful to millions of businesses in India. We have created booking engines for supermarkets, restaurants and multiple other businesses. These are our IP and can be scaled across the country.” The company essentially aims to make buying from a business on Goodbox easier than calling them or visiting them. “For example, customers can send an order to a supermarket and request a home delivery or a store pick-up and pay online or by CoD.

The same experience over a call can be painful. Many times supermarkets don’t take calls – resulting in consumers having to call them multiple times. If they do take the call, rattling off a long order over a call can get annoying. On Goodbox once you’ve created your shopping list, you can just send it to the supermarket with a single tap. You can get to know the prices of product on the app – something that’s not available over a call. When you buy at a store, you have to stand in a long queue. When you order over Goodbox, you are saved that trouble. If you order over a call and request a home delivery, you will usually struggle for exact change to pay the delivery boy. However, with Goodbox you can just pay the store online and save yourself the requirement to keep cash,” says Mayank citing real-world problems.

In terms of funding, the company raised $2.5 million in its Series A from Nexus Venture Partners. “We have a very capital efficient business model and are seeing excellent traction from our Series A funds. We are able to build a business at 1/10th the cost large aggregators would have used to do similar transactions – thanks to not having any warehousing or delivery costs associated with our business. Being a technology provider that helps connects two parties, we are asset light and our fund requirements are not as high,” Mayank adds. They look to raise funds again this year to build a technology team and expand to more cities in India (they operate in Bengaluru currently), and then globally.

The company believes the app has tremendous scope because all consumers are on smartphones and every business is trying a figure a way to get online and that too on mobile. An app presence is the best way to achieve that objective, says Mayank. “Most businesses have some sort of mediation built into their business model that forces them to charge businesses a heavy commission. Due to this businesses don’t look at these platforms as their own app presence. Businesses want control and a platform like Goodbox helps them get that without any conflict of interest. We believe that enabling is better than trying to replace what many businesses were doing. Aggregators try to replace existing businesses whereas a business like Goodbox helps businesses plug their weak point – technology. We help them start selling on app and get online at 1/100th the time and cost they would incur to do the same themselves,” he explains.

Goodbox is aiming to expand in Bengaluru with 10,000 businesses in the city as its next milestone.

 Source By tech.firstpost…

Lenovo Vibe A1000 launched in Russia: Specifications, features

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Lenovo Vibe A or Vibe A1000 has been launched in Russia and features a 4-inch display, plus 3G connectivity.

Lenovo has launched another budget smartphone in Russia: Lenovo Vibe A or Vibe A1000. The pricing of the budget smartphone has not been revealed, although reports say it is unlikely to launch in India. Lenovo Vibe A1000’s launch comes close on the heels of Vibe C2 in Russia.

Lenovo Vibe A has a 4-inch standard WVGA resolution display, with a 1.3 Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The storage can be expanded via microSD with 32GB as the limit. Lenovo Vibe A is a dual-SIM smartphone, which supports HSPA + technology for connectivity, and has Bluetooth and WiFi support.

It has a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. It comes with Android Lollipop 5.0 version.

Lenovo Vibe A weighs around 132 g and will come in two colour options: white pearl and onyx black. Lenovo is promising 9 hours of talk time and 12 days standby time on the phone, although the battery size is not specified on the Lenovo Russia website.

Lenovo recently launched the Vibe C2 in Russia which has a 5-inch HD resolution display, MediaTek MT6735P processor and 1GB RAM along with 8 or 16GB internal storage.  Lenovo Vibe C2 is a dual SIM device and supports 4G LTE. It sports an 8MP rear shooter and a 5MP front camera and runs Android Marshmallow.

The Vibe C2 is not a replacement for the budget Moto E smartphone, which was launched by the company yesterday at a special event in the UK.

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LeEco Le 2 review: Great value, an awesome content bundle and an average camera

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Around six months have passed since LeEco (formerly LeTV) entered the Indian market, and it is already in its second generation of handsets. The Le 1s was the phone that really made LeEco a household name, apart from its all out advertising blitzkrieg of course. But unlike other smartphone players in the market, LeEco is a hardware company second, but a content company first. In China, LeEco has a content catalogue that has little competition and it is merely using products such as smartphones and TVs to give their users access to this content bank. With its second generation of handsets, LeEco has brought that content experience (although with local Indian content partners) to India. So let us see how good or bad it is as compared to the Le 1s.

Build and Design: 7.5/10
When placed side-by-side on their backs, you will not be able to tell the Le 2 and Le 1s apart. It is only when you start looking closely that the differences in the design language pop up. LeEco continues using a metal body for the Le 2, which gives it a slight heft with a 153 gram weight. The front face has the 5.5-inch full HD display. We got the rose gold variant of the phone.

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On the rear is where you will see differences. For starters, the first thing that stands out are the antenna cuts on the top and bottom. The 16MP camera unit protrudes slightly and occupies a position in the centre, beside which you have the dual-tone LED flash unit. Just below the camera module, you have the square shaped fingerprint scanner. On the button edge, you have the USB Type-C port which acts as a data transfer and charging port as well as a CDLA port for digital audio.

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The top portion has an IR blaster, the dual nano SIM card tray is on the left whereas the volume rocker and power button is on the right-hand side. There are antenna cuts on the bottom edge as well. The dropping of the 3.5mm audio jack is a bit too ambitious for a phone at this price range, but thankfully, LeEco bundles in a USB Type C earphone and a Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack converter, for those who prefer using their regular earphones.

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Overall, the build quality is quite good, although the edges around the display are a bit too sharp despite the bevelling. This is compensated well by the transparent silicon cover you get. It also compensates for the bulge in the camera module. The silicon cover gives a good grip, although we didn’t find the metal body to be that slippery.

Features: 8/10
LeEco Le 2 comes with a really good feature set, as has been the case with its first generation outing as well. The Le 2 houses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset which has an octa-core processor with one quad-core Cortex A72 cluster clocked at 1.8GHz and one quad-core Cortex A53 cluster clocked at 1.8GHz. It is paired with an Adreno 510 GPU. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (29.12GB available to the user) — you cannot add in a microSD card to expand the storage though.

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The 5.5-inch Full HD display comes comes with an LCD panel. On the camera front, you get a 16MP sensor on the rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and phase-detect AF along with an 8MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.4 micrometer pixel size.

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It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with LeEco’s proprietary EUI 5.8 skin atop it. There is a nano dual-SIM tray which supports 4G LTE (FDD LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20 and TDD LTE Bands 38/40/41). There’s also support for Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/AGPS with GLONASS and BDS positioning, a fingerprint sensor on the rear and more. All this is powered by a 3,000mAh battery which supports the QuickCharge standard.

Display: 7.5/10

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The 5.5-inch in-cell display on the LeEco Le 2 seems quite similar to what we had seen on the Le 1s. It offers the same 400 ppi pixel density on the Le 2s. The display is sharp and colours appear natural, although with a slight bias towards the blue spectrum. The phone is sufficiently bright, although the adaptive brightness feature isn’t the best. There were some concerns regarding some creaking sound that’s heard when you tap on the phone — we found that to be true only when you press hard on the display, as hard as you would on a 3D Touch panel on the iPhone. In normal use cases you will not press that hard on the display. Watching movies on the display is a pleasure. Although the contrast isn’t the best, we still found it to be quite good.

Software: 8/10
LeEco comes with the proprietary EUI skin atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In terms of the design language, it is not very different from the user interface seen on the first generation LeEco handsets. There is no app drawer, so all apps that you download are on multiple homescreens.

Swiping to the leftmost homescreen, you come across a video aggregation screen called LeView. You can select videos based on genres such as News & Politics, Sports, Science & Tech and so on and you will get the latest trending videos curated by LeEco’s content partners. The LeVidi app is a separate app which gives you access to the same content as was seen in LeView, but in a more organised manner. With the purchase of the Le 2 or Le Max handset, you get access to the video services free for the first year, which comes to around Rs 4,900 a year.

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The Live button in the bottom centre gives you access to TV channels across languages and genres which are powered by YuppTV. You can play 9 streams at the same time, provided you have a high-speed, stable internet connection — a rare find in India. Or you can just go right into the channel of your choice. The LeMusic and LeEco drive — which offers 5TB cloud storage space — are features that are yet to be activated.

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Swiping from the top down, will reveal the recent notifications. You can further make customisations to mark certain app notifications as important or even determine whether they should show on the lock screen or only in the notification shade. You can also use the fingerprint scanner to take selfies.

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The control centre is activated by tapping on the square soft key on the left hand side of the home button. It is divided into five main sections. Starting from the top, you have the shortcut switches followed by the music controller, brightness slider, shortcut switches for Wi-fi, bluetooth, profiles and so on and finally in the bottom half you have the most recently opened apps.

If you are moving from stock Android, it will take some time getting the hang of the EUI skin on the LeEco Le 2, post which it becomes easy to navigate. The skin isn’t that heavy and we did not notice any stutter or slowdown of animations or while switching apps and so on. Unlike the MIUI 7 skin, the EUI lets you access Google Now on Tap.

Performance: 7.5/10
Call quality on the Le 2 is quite good. Sound coming from the earpiece speaker is loud and clear. Even at higher volumes there was no distortion from the earpiece speaker. The same cannot be said of the speaker, which tends to distort at high volumes. You are much better off with the bundled USB Type-C earphones.

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The USB Type-C earphones is a huge bone of contention. There seems to be no logic to doing away with the 3.5mm audio jack on a budget device, other than to have the tag of being the first phone company to do so. We have seen non audio jack sporting phones in the past in the form of the Oppo R5, so Le 2 isn’t the first of its kind we are coming across. But with the Oppo R5, it just made sense for the company to do away with the audio jack because R5 measured just 4.85mm thick. The LeEco Le 2 is not slim by any means and moreover, the USP of the CDLA feature — high definition audio — makes little sense for the price point the phone is selling at. A lot of people prefer using their own earphones. The USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter is not really the best implementation, making the adapter hang at a weird angle.

Having said that, the audio output was decent, nothing out of the ordinary. The ear buds are not the best at isolating your ears from ambient noise, and on many occasions we had to press them in to be able to listen clearly in noisy situations. The in-line microphone has a single button which needs to be pressed once to stop music play or to answer a call, two presses takes you to the previous song and three presses takes you to the next song.

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The LeEco Le 2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset and 3GB of RAM. These specs are enough to ensure that the Le 2 runs smooth on most occasions. There were no issues with any of the apps we threw at the Le 2, including high-end games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne. Heat management was quite good and we noticed that temperatures never crossed 38 degree Celsius even after a good 30 minutes of heavy gaming. Benchmark scores are in line with the ones we had seen on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — which houses the Snapdragon 650 chipset.

The fingerprint scanner is a bit of a hit and miss affair though. It is certainly not the fastest we have seen and many times it took us more than two or three tries to be able to log in. It can be used for clicking selfies though. We’d also like to point out that we had similar issues on the Le Max 2 and it does seem like this is a larger issue with LeEco’s current devices.

Camera: 6.5/10
LeEco Le 2 comes with a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera supports phase-detect AF. These are quite high specs on a budget handset. The camera interface is simple and there are four main tabs: Slo-mo, Video, Photo and Pano. The Photo screen has a slider which shows you options such as HDR, Night mode, Square frame, Beauty and Scene mode for quick selections. Settings menu gives further tweaking options. The video camera is capable of shooting 4K videos as well.

Image quality is usable for daylight images but not so great with low light samples. The focusing is quick during day time, and you can also lock focus and then select exposure from another area. The daylight images give a lot of details and even fine objects such as leaves in the distance are resolved relatively well, especially when compared to the phones in this price range. Having said that, the HDR mode certainly needs some work. There were instances where despite selecting HDR, images still turned out overexposed or in shadows. Low light photographs are quite waxy in appearance and noise is easily noticeable even with indoor shots. It is best to use the Le 2 camera in daylight situations only or well-lit interiors. Else just stick to using a flash indoors, which at least cuts down on the damage to some extent.

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Videos shot during the daytime are usable, although the shift between exposures is quite drastic when you move from shadow areas to highlights. Panning does introduce rolling shutter and you may not want to shoot videos while walking as the lack of image stabilisation gives a shaky output.

Battery: 7/10

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The LeEco Le 2 comes with a 3,000mAh battery which easily gives you enough juice to get through my average work day without feeling the need to charge the device. The Quick Charging feature is optional and when you activate it, you get a warning that the phone will heat up while charging. While charging is quick, we noticed on a couple of occasions that the discharging was equally quick. We stuck to regular charging, which tends to hold charge longer. PC Mark for Android predicted a battery life of 8 hours and 14 mins.

Verdict and Price in India
As a standalone smartphone, the LeEco Le 2 offers tremendous value for money at Rs 11,999. The powerful Snapdragon 652 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage are impressive features which ensure that the phone does not falter in the performance department. But LeEco goes even further by adding its Le Ecosystem benefits to the device. The first year of LeEco membership is free for anyone who buys the Le 2, after which you can take a call if you want to continue with it or not.

The LeVidi app is a good start, but we did not get all nine channels running simultaneously despite being in a good Wi-fi environment — we’re lucky enough to be blessed with a 100mbps connection.

The content library does not seem to have changed since we first saw the Le 2 at the launch event. Having the same featured movies for months is just sad and I hope LeEco rectifies this. The Live feature which streams satellite TV is great to catch up on news or your favourite TV shows provided you have stable internet connectivity.

The USB Type-C earphones bundled retail for Rs 1,999 and as a promotional offer, Le 2 buyers will get it for free. Since the headset supports the CDLA standard, you will have to go with LeEco’s Type-C headset. This can be an unwanted cost when buying the device, as unless you have lossless audio you will not really be able to enjoy this headset. The price is also very high for the quality on offer.

In the sub-Rs 15,000 price bracket, the Le 2 certainly emerges as the phone to go for. As compared to its closest competitor — the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — the Le 2 offers slightly better performance and comes with the Le Supertainment bouquet which gives it an edge. In terms of camera performance and battery life though, we would still go with the Redmi Note 3. If content is what entices you and you are willing to invest an additional amount for the headset, then go for the LeEco Le 2.

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Fedora Needs Your Help to Port Python Packages

Here’s how you can help the company port Python packages to Python 3

Miro Hrončok from Fedora Project has informed Softpedia today that they need the community’s help to port certain applications written in the Python dynamic programming language to Python 3.

Python 3 is currently being adopted by more and more GNU/Linux operating systems, as the world always tries to move forward and implement the newest of technologies. Additionally, support for Python 2 slowly starts to fade on some of the most popular OSes.

Miro Hrončok is a Fedora ambassador and packager working at Red Hat, focusing on the Python stack and 3D printing for the Fedora Linux operating system. Today, July 15, 2016, he has informedSoftpedia that his team needs volunteers to help with the Python 3 porting of various packages from theFedora Python 3 Porting Database.

“Fedora is always moving forward and that means switching to Python 3. There are plenty of upstream projects that already support Python 3. Unfortunately, they are often not packaged in Fedora,” says Miro Hrončok. “Join the porting party, help us move to the future and get your reward. We can port it, but not without your help!”

Here’s how you can help

Helping the Fedora developers to get most of these packages ported to the latest Python 3 technologies is easy. All you have to do is have some knowledge about the Python 3 programming language, pick one or more packages you want to port, fire up the Bugzilla link on that package(s) and check its status, and claim it yours for the porting revolution.

To actually port the package, you need to prepare a Git commit for the spec file that makes the respective package compatible with Python 3, create the patch and attach it to the Bugzilla bug report. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure that the patch has been applied. Best of all, you can earn a Fedora badge for each patch.

Source By techworm…

Android N’s new Keyboard is now available on Google Play for all devices

Google Keyboard 5.1 is now rolling out in the Play Store

Back in May, Google had given a little sneak preview of Google Keyboard version 5.1 in the Android N’s (Nougat) third developer preview. The search giant has now gone ahead and introduced the new Google Keyboard 5.1 app alongside Android N’s third preview release. Google Keyboard 5.1 is rolling out across the Play store for all devices now.

The updated Keyboard 5.1 app has one of the better new features of Android N and comes with a range of new coloured themes and more emojis and ever, plus the ability to add your own typing background images. It will also find the key boarder toggle, which gives keys a bit of extra visibility when you type. The new version also includes Unicode 9 emoji with selectable skin tone, which will only work on Android N and not older versions of Google’s mobile OS.

Note that this is a staggered roll-out, so if you haven’t received the newest version yet, you will need to check again later. However, fortunately, you can download Android N today.

You can also download the new version of Google Keyboard from Google Play.

Source By techworm…

Startup founders reveal how it has changed their lives

“The amount of the torture you go through being with a startup, transforms you,” reveals Abhinav Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder – Fluid Motion, an Artificial Intelligence technology startup.

Founding or working with a startup might have been hugely glorified but at its heart lies grit, determination and sheer hard work. Tech2 spoke to some such driven individuals who embarked on the startup journey and lived to tell the tale. All of them speak about the jarring difference in the culture they saw, coming in from a conventional corporate setup. Kamal Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO of SenSight Technologies which is a connected car device startup, says that a startup has an unstructured environment and is riddled with uncertainties. Obviously that can be stressful. Having said that, he believes some individuals (like himself) actually enjoy that, and work hard to make it big in that kind of environment. “While corporate has a distinct hierarchy, we don’t. We multitask as there are really no specialised roles and people. But some people thrive on it. There’s a bit of a siege mentality where the larger goal is taking on the big giants,” explains Kamal. On a more personal level, he adds that his mindset has shifted too and he just doesn’t see himself working for a large company, ever.

Anand Babu, who is part of a legal tech startup Surukam Analytics shares a similar sentiment. He shares the reason behind startups coming out with more innovation, that too at a faster rate, as compared with a large corporate. “Startups care about certain things too much,” he says. He shares how even larger companies have the talent and resources, but startups make the most of it. Sharing an example of his own setup, he explains how all big companies have a legal department and a technology department. But both are placed miles apart. “When we came up with the idea, we thought, will this change how the legal industry works? And that’s how we set out on developing the solution. Our technology isn’t perfect yet, and we do face a lot of resistance because the legal domain is not really open to adopting new technology. But we believe that machine learning and AI will make access to justice easier and faster and that is what we are aiming at,” says Anand.

‘Passion’ is not just an expression that startups throw around. Fluid Motion’s Abhinav is a Chartered Accountant and an ISB dropout while his brother, the co-founder, is a CFA and IIM-A dropout. It’s passion that led them to teach themselves coding and scale out a company from scratch. “It’s usually seven day weeks and takes up most of our personal time, but it doesn’t matter,” says Abhinav. On a side note, he adds how working with a startup has completely transformed him from being the guy with the dirtiest room in the house to developing a borderline OCD for being organised. Adding to the topic of being passionate, Anand of Surukam Analytics adds how many people in their team have left their high paying jobs to join them, just because their wavelength matched and they share the same passion. Kamal, of SenSight Technologies, says working with a startup is not a sprint that you can dash through and get done with. It’s a marathon.

So how do these fanatical beings find others of the same species to increase their tribe? “Startup hiring is a massive task,” shares Anand. “It’s not easy to get people because we really don’t have time to train or even pay that much. We just have to look for talented people, who are on the same wavelength and who can join us on the promise that good things will happen!”

Abhinav sets off on their saga of hiring. He explains that they have about 8 rounds that a potential candidate goes through. This includes one round that involves solving a Rubik’s cube. (He can’t help but mention here that he can do one in under 60 seconds.) Then there’s a round that is taken by a chatbot that asks standard profiling questions. And then there’s the final round taken by them where they get to know the candidate better. “We look beyond conventional resumes. We have many people currently working with us who took 3-4 years of gaps in their careers, who failed their 12th standard exams, dropouts, or are self-learned coders,” shares Abhinav. He adds that these candidates come with great talent at a relatively lower cost, which is a big win for the startup.

Despite the uncertainties and hardships, none of these guys would really want to be doing something other than what they are right now. Asked if he would do anything differently if he were to start this entire startup journey over again Abhinav says, “Maybe we would start a little slow, less aggressive. But other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Source By tech.firstpost…

iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 7 Pro prices leak on Chinese website Weibo

A leak on Chinese social networking website Weibo has revealed the prices of all three variants of the iPhone 7. Read on to find out the speculated prices for the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 7 Pro.

Apple’s upcoming flagships IPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 Pro are slated to launch in September this year. As trends have it, rumours regarding the specs of the Cupertino tech giant’s next smartphone have been doing the round of the web for a while now. This time around, a leak on Chinese social networking website Weibo has revealed the prices of all three variants of the iPhone 7.

As per the post on Weibo, the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7 is expected to be priced at CNY 5288 (Rs. 52,983), while the 64GB variant of the same may cost CNY 6088 (Rs. 60,999), followed by the 256GB version at CNY 7088 (Rs. 71,018). As far as the iPhone 7 Plus is concerned, the 32GB variant may be priced at CNY 6088 (Rs. 60,999), followed by the 128GB and 256GB versions, rumoured to be priced at CNY 6888 (Rs. 69,014), CNY 7888 (Rs. 79,014) respectively.

The third and the highest variant of the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Pro, is expected to be priced at CNY 7088 (Rs. 71,018) for the 32GB base variant, CNY 7888 for the 128GB variant (79,014), CNY 8882 (89,000) for the 256GB variant.

Although these prices seem close to Apple’s flagship pricing every year, when it comes to India, Apple fans can expect at least a 5-10K price difference when compared to pricing in China. Last year, Apple’s iPhone 6s saw lower than estimated initial sales, at the time of launch. The phone reportedly sold lesser number of units when compared to its predecessors iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This was due to the high initial pricing of the devices.

When it comes to the iPhone 7, analysts and leaks suggest that the phone might not include a home button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is also predicted that the iPhone 7 is set to feature a waterproof chassis, along with a design overhaul that will see the antenna stripes being removed from the rear of the device, leaving Apple to lend a first redesign to the iPhone since 2014’s iPhone 6. Other reports suggest that the upcoming Apple IPhone 7 Plus may house a dual-camera imaging system, along with 3GB of RAM to power the additional processing required for the camera setup. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, by now famous for his iPhone predictions, stated at a call to investors that the iPhone 7 Plus would house a dual-camera imaging system with optical zoom capabilities.

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LeEco Le 2 review: Challenging the status quo

Chinese entertainment conglomerate LeEco — formerly LetTV — is often called the Netflix of China, which means it’s already pretty good at offering content streaming services. The company only recently ventured into India with the Le 1S and Le Max phones. It’s been only six months, and it has already launched two new follow-up phones, the Le 2 and the Le Max 2.

But, unlike its first batch of phones — that were all about hardware bragging rights — its new phones focus on a fresh strategy. They are still about bragging rights, vis-a-vis hardware, but they make content services centre-stage. The Le 2 and Le Max 2, then revolve around them, bringing you the best of both worlds, well, almost.

With its new phones, LeEco is looking to bridge the gap — hardware plus content — by making the Le 2 and the Le Max 2 full-on multimedia devices. Multimedia consumption is paramount here, and the company has left no stone unturned. It has even chucked out the 3.5mm audio jack to — as it says — ensure best possible experience to users.

The Le 2 is the more affordable offering of the two. Priced at Rs 11,999, the Le 2 comes pre-bundled with one year of free content membership — worth Rs 4,900 — so, come to think of it, you’re actually getting the phone for just Rs 7,000. So, what’s the catch, you ask? There are a few, but the odd thing is, that at its price point, none of them are deal-breakers.

Design and build quality

The Le 2 is not very different from its predecessor, the Le 1S. And yet, it is miles apart. The core design may be alike, but the Le 2 is a different beast altogether. For one, it is a good 10 grams lighter than the Le 1S, making it all the more pocketable. In fact, the Le 2 is thinner and lighter than both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Huawei Honor 5C. It’s still slippery though, but its chamfers do a far better job at stick to your palm than the Le 1S.

The Le 2 is an all-metal smartphone that comes with clear cut antenna lines — black lines atop a rose gold body. These lines would seem a little cheap on a regular day, but at its price, the Le 2 can be forgiven. The lines also act as barrier points to separate the top and bottom ends. These are the only non-metallic areas — with brushed metal finish — on the phone. LeEco has done a far better job at concealing these areas, as opposed to say the Honor 5C. The Redmi Note 3 and Meizu M3 Note look better, but the Le 2 isn’t far behind.

The one area where the Le 2 wins hands down is screen-to-body ratio. LeEco’s phone does a better job here. Also, it uses a chunkier black strip all along the display to hide its side-bezels. These work well, when the screen is off. But not so much when it is on.

The Le 2 has a prominent camera bulge on the rear and a weird fingerprint scanner below it. Both the camera module and fingerprint sensor on-board the Le 1S were circular and more uniform. These look wayward and disproportionate in the case of the Le 2. The fingerprint scanner retains the mirror-finish of the Le 1S, and needless to say, it retains its dirt accumulating habit as well. It also takes an odd second or two to spring into action. There are definitely more responsive phones at this price point now.

The bottom end is where all the action is happening in the Le 2. The Le 2 (and the Le Max 2) is the world’s first phone to come without a regular 3.5mm audio jack. Instead, it supports a USB Type-C audio connector so the same port that you use for charging and data syncing can be used to connect your headphones. The company has designed special USB Type-C headphones for the purpose — that cost Rs 1,999 — and is bundling them for free along with the phone, for now. You also get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter in the box so you don’t have to throw away your standard 3.5mm headphones yet.

Display

The Le 2 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. Colour reproduction is pretty spot on here, and the Le 2 shows some very accurate colours, without going overboard. Given the price, there isn’t too much to complain here. Moreover, it gives you as many as four different colour modes to tinker with, so just mix and match, and you’ll be set.

Sadly, the phone’s peak brightness leaves a lot to be desired. The screen of the Le 2 is ridiculously dim, even for its price. Combine that with its super-reflective nature, and it gets difficult to read something on it outdoors. This is not a phone that you would want to watch too many videos on or do a lot of texting on when you’re out and about. Stay inside, and you’ll do just fine.

Software

The Le 2 runs Android 6.0.1

Marshmallow-based EUI 5.6. Much like other Chinese counterparts, LeEco’s EUI leaves some heavy — literally and figuratively — imprints on top of Android. At the same time, it takes unabashed inspiration from Apple’s iOS where it can. The end result is a user interface, that although looks a lot like iOS, does not encourage bloat or unwanted apps. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me. Those into stock Android would be disappointed, a lot.

LeEco has used the interface to inculcate its content streaming down to the very core. The phone comes with as many as two apps — Live and Le Vidi — and an HTC BlinkFeed like home screen, called LeView, especially for the purpose. You can’t uninstall either of the apps, but you can disable the LeView, just like you can disable the BlinkFeed. While Live gives you access to YuppTV’s catalogue of live TV channels, Le Vidi gives you access to Bollywood content and regional movies, courtesy Eros Now. There’s a catalogue of as many as 2,000 movies on demand, and a provision to watch as many as 9 live streams — from over 100 channels — simultaneously, using the apps. Provided, you have the bandwidth to enjoy such a luxury.

The Le 2 is not very different from its predecessor, the Le 1S. And yet, it is miles apart

While it’s pretty obvious that the company wants you to buy its content subscription in the days to come — after a year, that is — it’s not an absolutely necessity. You can buy the phone, watch the content for free for one year, and then chose not to subscribe to its services at all in the second year.

Take the content part away, and it’s quite commendable how LeEco hasn’t fallen prey to over-boarding the phone with unwanted apps. There are a few, but apps like Remote Control, that make use of the phone’s IR blaster, Yahoo! Weather and a couple of odd balls like gallery and music wouldn’t necessarily bother you.

The drop-down notification menu in case of the EUI houses just the incoming notifications. For everything else, there is the app switcher or control panel. The layout is pretty similar to iOS, but LeEco’s version takes up the entire screen for the purpose. It’s a heavy UI, the EUI and it takes up at least 1.3GB of available RAM, with no apps opened. Club that with the phone’s video streaming apps, and you’d think the phone would be a slouch. But, it isn’t. Full marks to LeEco, for its heavily customised yet smooth as butter UI.

Performance and battery life

The Le 2 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of on-board memory. Expandable storage isn’t supported. The dualSIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.

The Snapdragon 652 is fast, energy efficient and runs cooler than the outgoing Snapdragon 615. The Le 2 makes the most of it. The phone handles everything that you throw at it, with ease, despite the fact that LeEco’s user interface is fairly heavy. It can handle graphic intensive games, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5 and Implosion, at maxed out settings. And it runs cool, for the most part.

The Le 2 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. So, where do you connect your headhones, you ask? Well, you connect them to the phones’ USB Type-C port. Wait, what? LeEco’s proprietary headphones are harbingers of the company’s home-brewed Continual Digital Lossless Audio or CDLA technology that allows it to churn out lossless audio. All your FLAC files for instance will play ‘untouched’ via LeEco’s compatible headphones, just the way they are meant to sound. Note that, your standard headphones will not be able to make use of LeEco’s CDLA technology, as it is integrated right into the proprietary headphones.

It’s not clear how chucking out a 3.5mm audio jack and offering USB Type-C proprietary headphones, which alone can make sense of CDLA for the time being, changes anything

You know how using an external DAC can help improve audio? It’s the same thing. The CDLA chip built into the LeEco headphones serve as external DAC, converting your audio from digital to analog. Having an external DAC comes at the cost of manual control, but leads to far superior audio output. Provided you have good-quality headphones. LeEco’s headphones are good, just that they aren’t good enough. They might be loud, but they are ridiculously flat as well. According to LeEco, there’s not enough innovation happening in smartphone audio. The way I see it, USB audio paired with budget headphones isn’t the way to go either.

Phone calls made with the Le 2 are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit.

The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable. Although, it has the same capacity as the Le 1S, the battery on-board the Le 2 performs better. Extreme usage scores were more or less on similar lines, which is 12 to 13 hours. But moderate to low usage got us close to one full day with ease. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — with its 4,000mAh battery — definitely trumps the Le 2, in every sense of the word, in this regard. The Le 2, just like the Redmi Note 3 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

Camera

The Le 2 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. The rear cam is capable of shooting 4K and slow-motion videos. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.

The Le 1S had a terrible rear camera, even for its low price. Sadly, the Le 2 follows it. More or less. It’s the Achilles Heel of LeEco’s phone. Even the Redmi Note 3 looks better in comparison.

The front camera does try to better things, a tad bit, and shoots some good selfies in outdoor good lighting. Tricky and low-level light selfies come out with lots of noise.

Should you buy it?

LeEco’s new phone cuts across price barriers, once again. Just like its first attempt, there’s a lot to love about its second budget phone as well. Ticks all the right boxes, this one. At the same time, it adds a thing or two that has never been seen before in a device of this price range: content services and USB Type-C. Then again, it dares to do something new by chucking out the regular 3.5mm audio jack. Though the benefits of that move aren’t all that clear cut. LeEco’s forward thinking is commendable but somehow, it doesn’t add up. Sure, the company is giving away free headphones that can make use of CDLA tech but the result doesn’t match the output you can get with a better pair of ‘regular’ headphones.

The Le 2 is a good smartphone. Sure, it has a rather average camera, and its display could have been brighter, but it’s still value for money, especially with its premium body, cool performance and the content services that seem to have been integrated fairly well.

Source By indiatoday…