PS4 Slim with Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and Three Months PS Plus Membership Now Available in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The latest PS4 Slim bundle costs Rs. 28,990
  • It comes with three highly rated games
  • Expect more bundles from Sony India in the months to come

The PS4 Slim has received yet another bundle for India. This time around Rs. 28,990 gets you a PS4 Slim 500GB console, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, and Driveclub.

In addition to this, Sony India is also throwing in a three month subscription to PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) – Sony’s online service that allows you to play multiplayer and grants you access to an assortment of games each month.

PS4 Slim with Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and Three Months PS Plus Membership Now Available in India

While the likes of Amazon India list the PS4 bundle for a May 31 release date, several offline retailers have confirmed with Gadgets 360 that it is available in stores right now.

Considering that Horizon Zero Dawn retails for Rs. 3,999, Ratchet and Clank is priced at Rs. 2,750 (finally making it officially in India after months of Sony deciding otherwise), and Driveclub at Rs. 1,999, this is a stellar bundle. That is before factoring in the Rs. 1,599 cost of a three month PS Plus subscription.

If you’re looking to get a PS4, this is the bundle to buy. You may want to act soon though. According to multiple sources at retail, this specific bundle will be short supply much like the previous PS4 Slim Horizon Zero Dawn Bundle.

Don’t expect it to be Sony’s last first-party bundle either. With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Gran Turismo Sport, and God of War expected this year, we could see more to come from the company.

$4 million in refunds doesn’t worry developer of PC survival game ‘Rust’

 

Imagine a $4 million loss sliding off your back like it’s no big deal. Well, Rust developer Garry Newman doesn’t have to imagine it at all.

All told, Facepunch Studios gave out $4 million in refunds — which is only 6 percent of the total sales Rust has made since its soft launch release on Steam’s Early Access platform three and a half years ago, according to an interview Newman did with PCGamesN.

 

The whole point of Rust is to survive its world, and you’re not given a lot of tools to help you do that. Here’s how the game is described on its website:

Rust’s world is harsh. The environment is not kind. Bears and wolves will chase and kill you. Falling from a height will kill you. Being exposed to radiation for an extended period will kill you. Starving will kill you. Being cold will kill you. Other players can find you, kill you, and take your stuff.

It’s not exactly the most forthcoming game and — like a lot of other world-building, player-driven PC games like DayZ — it can have a fairly steep learning curve.

So Newman isn’t exactly surprised that a lot of people didn’t get his game and asked for a refund in the name of a lack of fun. It’s not for everyone.

 

10 great PC games you may have missed in 2017

Now that we’ve taken a peek at the best PC games of 2017—so far, at least—it’s time for our other biannual tradition: Rounding up some of the top PC games of 2017 that might have escaped your notice. The smaller indie titles, the B-games, the ones that slipped between the cracks here at the site and maybe slipped through the cracks in your Steam library too. New PC game releases are a dime a dozen these days, after all.origin steam games

Some of these games have flaws, some are definitely suited for a niche audience, but they’re all interesting—and ultimately that’s what makes PC gaming itself interesting. All of these games can coexist on the platform. We’re living in a golden age for games. We’re spoiled for choice.

And here are 10 games that prove it—everything from a modern Where’s Waldo to a Monty-Pythonesque point-and-click to a sci-fi detective story, and more.

 

Sony Launches 2017 Lineup of Its 4K HDR TVs in India

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The range starts at Rs. 72,900 for 43-inch X70E
  • Goes up to Rs. 6,04,900 for 75-inch X94E
  • Most are already available via Sony stores

Sony has launched the 2017 models of its 4K HDR TV line-up in India, starting at Rs. 72,900 for the 43-inch model. A total of 17 models are being launched across six different series: X95E, X94E/ X93E, X90E, X82E, X75E, and X70E. While most of them go on sale this week in Sony stores across India, some will be releasing in the near future. There’s no mention of Sony’s OLED 4K TV, which stole the show at CES 2017.

The biggest and most expensive of the lot is the 75-inch X94E, which costs a whopping Rs. 6,04,900. The X95E is Sony’s new top of the line 4K HDR TV, priced at Rs. 3,04,900 for the 55-inch model, and Rs. 4,04,900 for the 65-inch one. The X93E comes after that, coming in at Rs. 2,64,900 for 55-inch, and Rs. 3,64,900 for the 65-inch.

Stepping down further, you get the X90E series, which starts at a slightly more reasonable Rs. 1,54,900 for the 49-inch model. The 55-inch and 65-inch X90E models cost Rs. 2,04,900 and Rs. 2,84,900 respectively. Further down the line you’ve the X82E, costing Rs. 87,900 for 43-inch, Rs. 1,24,900 for the 49-inch, and Rs. 1,54,900 for the 55-inch.

In the X70E line-up, you can choose from the aforementioned 43-inch model, at Rs. 72,900. If you need something bigger, the 49-inch X70E costs Rs. 94,900. That leaves the X75E – in 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch variants – which don’t have prices or a release date yet.

The reason the X94E is so expensive isn’t just for its size (75-inch), but also because it has direct LED technology in its panel, as opposed to edge LED on the rest of the 2017 Sony line-up. That means the LEDs are behind the panel, which provides better contrast and brightness, at the expense of thickness and a premium. The X90E models also have direct LED.Sony Launches 2017 Lineup of Its 4K HDR TVs in India

To compensate on the X95E and X93E (which have edge LED), Sony is touting “Slim Backlight Drive+” for more brightness, which it says brings more accurate local dimming control. From X90E upwards, the Sony 4K HDR TVs also have better systems for picture processing, and clarity, and contrast enhancement.

In terms of connectivity, you get four HDMI inputs on X82E onwards. While the X82E has two on the side and the back, X90E has three on the side and one on the back. There is one on the side and three at the bottom in the X93E, X94E, and X95E. The X70E has three in total, two on the side and one in the back.

The entire Sony X-series runs Android TV 7.0 Nougat by default, with Sony’s own interface running on top of it. The Android aspect is stressed on the remote as well, with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Google Play Store, and YouTube. All of Sony’s 2017 Android TVs are part of Netflix’s recommended programme, if that’s a checkbox for you.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was globally unveiled at MWC 2017
It sports a 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display
It was launched in Wi-Fi only and LTE variants
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in India on Tuesday at an event in Bengaluru. The productivity-focused tablet was first unveiled at MWC 2017 in Wi-Fi and LTE variants. It will be made available in India via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site from Tuesday itself.

The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the inclusion of the S Pen stylus (featuring a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels), as well as an all-new glass design. The tablet also offers HDR video playback capabilities, and a quad-speaker system that has been tuned by AKG.

Other Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features being touted by the company include the Galaxy Game Launcher (with Power Saver, Mute Games, and Ongoing Calls modes). The tablet also supports a Keyboard Cover that’s sold separately. Finally, the company is touting the up to 12-hour battery life, powered by the 6000mAh battery onboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India and launch offers
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India is Rs. 47,990 for the LTE variant. The company has not brought the Wi-Fi only variant to the country. The tablet will be available in Black and Silver colour variants. The Book Cover has been priced at Rs. 2,999, while the Keyboard Cover has been priced at Rs. 8,499. The S Pen is bundled in box.

As for launch offers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets a double data offer for Reliance Jio users, providing 28GB + 28GB per month at Rs. 309 – this offer is valid till December 31. The company is also offering a one-time screen replacement at Rs. 990 for tablets bought before July 31, for 12 months from purchase.

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samsung galaxy tab s3 india launch gadgets 360 samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications include a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) Super AMOLED display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz), 4GB of RAM; a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and LED flash; a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and 32GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Moving along, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C (3.1) port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 battery is rated at 6000mAh. It measures 237.3x169x6mm, and weighs 429 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. The latter variant supports Nano-SIM cards. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

Disclosure: Samsung sponsored Gadgets 360’s flight to Bengaluru for the launch event.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900
  • The smartphone was first unveiled last week
  • It is the first smartphone with Samsung Pay Mini

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max will go on sale in India on Tuesday, after being unveiled last week. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900, and it will be available to buy via offline retail stores as well as the Samsung India site. It will be available in Black and Gold colour variants.

One of the highlight features of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is the inclusion of Samsung Pay, marking the first time the mobile payments service is offered in a mid-range smartphone from the South Korean company. Samsung has included Samsung Pay Mini, a pared down version of the original service.

Samsung Pay Mini is meant for phones that do not have an inbuilt NFC chip, and doesn’t work with regular swiping machines for ‘tap and pay’ offline payments, but instead just supports mobile wallets and UPI for online payments.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable via a microSD card slot as well.Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 13-megapixel rear and front sensors with f/1.7 aperture and f/1.9 aperture respectively, and flash support on both ends. There’s also a smart glow mode around the rear camera that gives you alerts for notifications when they arrive. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 3300mAh battery, and connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. The smartphone is only 8.1mm thick.

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13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3300mAh

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Nokia 3 online sale debuts in India; listed on Croma at Rs. 9,499

A few days back, HMD launched the Nokia Android smartphones in India. At the time of the launch, it was announced that the Nokia 3 will go on sale starting from June 16 and that it will be exclusive only to the offline stores.

As mentioned by HMD, the Nokia 3 priced at Rs. 9,499 went on sale via the offline stores on June 16. The company did not reveal anything about the possibility of this smartphone to be made available online. Now, the Nokia 3 has been listed on the online retailer website Croma for the same price of Rs. 9,499. Though this move was not announced by the company, many Nokia fans will welcome it.

From the listing on Croma, it looks like the entry-level Nokia 3 smartphone will be available with the cash on delivery payment mode. Also, there is EMI option for those who would like to purchase it with convenient payment options.

We can expect the Nokia 3 to be listed by a few other retailers too in the coming days. Being an entry-level smartphone, the Nokia 3 has a polycarbonate body. It is fitted with a 5-inch HD 720p IPS LCD display.

The hardware aspects of the Nokia 3 include a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC that is coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Notably, the storage capacity can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card.

The camera department of the device comprises of an 8MP camera at the back and another 8MP camera sensor at the front. The other goodies on board the Nokia 3 are Android Nougat, OTG support, 4G LTE and a 2650mAh battery.

 

Xiaomi sold 1 million Redmi 4 phones in India in just 30 days

The Xiaomi Redmi 4-8608.php#redmi-4) has sold over 1 million units in India, the company just announced. It took 30 days, two weeks less than the Redmi Note 4 needed to reach the same milestone.

So, India now has a new record for fastest phone to reach a million sales. The Redmi 4 got to a solid start, selling a quarter of a million in the first 8 minutes of sale alone. It had to take a break after as Mi.com ran out of units, but availability issues have been cleared up now.

Congrats to the Xiaomi team! If you feel like joining the million Redmi fans, head to Mi.com and grab one – the Redmi 4 starts at CNY 7,000 (2GB+16GB) and goes up to the recently released CNY 11,000 (4GB+64GB).

 

Paralympic, Olympic participants get direct admission in DU

Ten students, including eight shooters, one javelin thrower, and one swimmer have been given direct admission in Delhi University.

Paralympic, Olympic participants get direct admission in DU

Paralympic, Olympic participants get direct admission in DU

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With Delhi University (DU) receiving nearly 2.2 lakh applicants to fill in 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges, this year ten Paralympic, Olympic and other sports personality have got direct admission to the varsity colleges.

Surprisingly, nearly 13,000 candidates had applied for admission in these seats.

Further, DU reserves up to 5 per cent sports quota.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, DU began with the Sports Trial for students who have applied under the sports quota for admission to under graduate programmes.

Conditions for direct admission under sports quota:

All the candidates who have represented India in “Olympic games/ World Championship/ World Cup/ Commonwealth games/ Asian Games/ Asian Championships/ South Asian Games/ Paralympic games” according to the DU Sports Council’s guidelines get direct admission.

Further, ten students, including eight shooters, one javelin thrower, and one swimmer have been given direct admission.

Details of candidates who have got direct admission:

Parathlete Rinku: He represented India in the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Swimmer Shivani Kataria: She represented India at the Rio Olympics in 2016

Shooters Asees Chhina, Diwakar Yadav, Fateh Singh Dhillon, and Simran Preet Kaur: They all were part of the ISSF Junior World Cup held in Germany in 2016.

Double trap shooter Bhowneesh Mendiratta and shotgun shooter Manavaditya Singh Rathore:  They both represented India in the International Junior Shotgun Cup held in Finland in 2016

Trap shooter Lakshay: He participated in the 13th Asian Championship held in Kuwait in 2015

Vidhi Jain: She participated in the 9th Asian Championship held in Iran in 2016

Here’s what the director of DU sports Council said:

“These are the highest tournaments for sports as recognised by the government of India. We are trying to honour their performance and achievements. Their participation (in these tournaments) is not just an honour for them, but also others,” said Anil Kumar Kalkal, the director of DU sports Council in recent HT report.

“These students can get directly admitted to those DU colleges which offer their particular sport,” explained Kalkal.

 

Location and context advances in Android

 

Google’s annual developers conference in May, Google I/O, featured many announcements, accomplishments and 2017 plans. Of particular interest, the Android Location and Context Team’s talk “Android Sensors & Location: What’s New and Best Practices,” is available online.

This followed a keynote by CEO Sundar Pichai on solving problems at scale with deep neural networks, machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI). He also spoke about a shift from a mobile-first model to AI-first. Google is doing this across every product area, applying AI and machine learning. Other keynotes updated Assistant, Photos, YouTube, Superchat, Android and VR (virtual reality).

The Android Location and Context team — Marc Stogaitis, Wei Wang, Souvik Sen and myself — spoke about background location, location accuracy, activity recognition, Android sensor hub, Android sensors and the future of location and context.

Discussing why battery life is so important, we showed detailed graphs on the costs of accessing different parts of the phone subsystems like WiFi, GNSS and making data connections.

Then we introduced Background Location Limitations (at the 4:30 point in the posted video) coming with Android’s latest operating system in Android O. These limits will prevent applications from misusing Android’s APIs in the background, thus saving its user’s battery. There were examples on how to make your app background ready for these upcoming changes.

We showed plans for location accuracy improvements (12:50) coming later this year and comparisons of existing vs. upcoming solutions for the positioning algorithm.

We covered the tools to help analyze GNSS measurements. How strong are the individual measurements? How accurate are the range measurements? With these tools, developers now have direct insight into the lowest layers of a GNSS receiver. Then came activity recognition algorithms (15:40) and how deep neural networks will improve the precision of these algorithms and help advance the field in activity recognition.

I spoke spoke about the Android Sensor Hub (20:27), how Google is leveraging the capabilities of an always-on low-power processor in Android phones. The sensor hub allows Google to port algorithms such as Activity Recognition, Geofencing and Gestures from the main application processor into the low-power sensor hub. We then went into detail around the new sensor features (25;55) and improvements around the compass (28:34).

Finally, we looked into the future (33:28). I covered Project Elevation, Accurate Indoor Location, and dual-frequency GNSS. Closing thoughts were around how more signals are going to be added into the low-power always-on compute domains so that the phone is more aware and intelligent, simplifying users’ interactions, augmenting human memory and knowledge, and assisting users understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Access to Raw GNSS Measurements

In related news, our new web page is up and operational!  This site provides all the details around GNSS Raw measurements in Android along with our analysis tools for anyone to download. Our previous site was accessible to people who signed up as a partner with Google, but now we have opened up this site to everyone.

Android GNSS Analysis Tool: Shows how you can select and run the analysis on a per satellite basis. This tool now supports multi-constellation and dual frequency (L1+L5) by default

Android apps typically access GNSS chipsets through a filter, which improves the GNSS location output for the majority of use cases. Filters use additional sensors, such as motion sensors, to improve the end user experience. However, filtering is not appropriate for some applications used by professionals such as researchers and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) developers. The Android Framework provides access to raw GNSS measurements on some Android devices. The page lists Android devices that support raw GNSS measurements as well as tools that help you log and analyze GNSS data.