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ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Smartphone First Impressions

When both displays are open, ZTE Axon M has a large square-shaped display HIGHLIGHTS ZTE Axon M has two 5.2-inch displays and only one camera When the display is folded, the secondary display becomes inactive The dual-display design can be useful for multitasking If you’re bored with your standard candybar smartphone and miss the days when phones came in all shapes and sizes, the new ZTE Axon M might appeal to you. It’s basically a clamshell smartphone, but instead of a keyboard, ZTE Axon M has a second screen that…

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Nokia 8110 (2018) First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 8110 (2018) has little in common with the original model It will come in black and yellow colours The phone runs on Smart Feature OS Last year at MWC, HMD Global launched the newly resurrected Nokia on a global scale, and made it memorable by unveiling the new Nokia 3310 (2017). This was a brilliantly calculated move; delighting and amusing Nokia fans, playing on nostalgia, and bringing something much more interesting than a line of formulaic Androidslabs to the market. It wasn’t a game-changing phone by any means, but it led to an incredible outpouring…

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3D-Printed Clip-On Turns Smartphones Into Microscopes

Australian researchers have developed a 3D-printed “clip-on” that can turn a smartphone into a fully-functional microscope to visualise specimens as tiny as 1/200th of a millimetre. The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide requires no external power or light source to function. Described in the journal Scientific Reports, the device is powerful enough to visualise specimens, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells and cell nuclei. Photo Credit: CNBP The “clip-on” has “internal illumination tunnels” that use light…

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Nokia 1 Variant Reportedly Spotted on US FCC Site

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia TA-1071 has been spotted on the FCC site The smartphone is listed with 134mm of height and 50mm of width It is likely to be a Nokia 1 variant and could be unveiled at MWC 2018 While Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 is just around the corner, a secret Nokia handset with model number TA-1071 has been spotted on the US FCC website. The new Nokia phone appears to be a variant of the Nokia 1 that is already in the buzz world as one of the first Android Go devices. HMD Global is hosting a press conference on…

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Qualcomm Raises Offer to Buy NXP Semiconductors

US chipmaker Qualcomm raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 (roughly Rs. 8,265) per share on Tuesday, and said it now has the backing of the shareholder group led by Elliott Management that opposed the previous proposal. Qualcomm said it needs to buy a minimum 70 percent of NXP’s outstanding shares in a tender offer, instead of the 80 percent required in the earlier agreement. The latest offer values NXP at $44 billion (roughly Rs. 2.85 lakh crores). NXP’s shares were up 6.5 percent at $126.15 in premarket trading. The stock has…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Gets $102 Million Payout in 2017 After Earnings Rebound, Must Fly by Private Aircraft

HIGHLIGHTS Cook’s incentive pay totalled $9.33 million The Apple CEO was paid $3.06 million in salary He also received an equity award of $89.2 million Apple CEO Tim Cook will now fly on private aircraft even for personal travel for “security and safety reasons”, a regulatory filing with the SEC reveals. Separately, his received a massive increase in his annual bonus, thanks to earnings rebound for the company. According to a new shareholder proxy statement from Apple, the board of directors has approved that Cook must fly on private aircraft whenever he travels,…

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