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HTC Not Quitting Smartphone Business: Report

This comes a month after the company indicated on its Instagram page that it was ready to introduce its Blockchain-powered smartphone Exodus

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HTC's contract manufacturing operations and VR division were reportedly not affected, Pixabay

Rubbishing previous reports that claimed it was quitting the smartphone business, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has said it is working towards releasing new devices by the end of this year and in early 2019, the DigiTimes reported.

The smartphone player has reportedly said that it is contemplating to launch a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of HTC U12 life by the end of December.

“HTC said it will not give up its handset business as it believes that the handset has become indispensable to human life and that the related key VR technology will play a key role for the future development of mobile devices,” the report said on Thursday.

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“In addition to continuing optimizing its VR platform and enriching its VR/AR content, HTC said it will also exert efforts to integrate related technologies including AI, blockchain and 5G to roll out new product lines for the 5G era.”

This comes a month after the company indicated on its Instagram page that it was ready to introduce its Blockchain-powered smartphone Exodus.

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The HTC Exodus is the brainchild of HTC Vive Founder, Phil Chen, who was also the driving force behind the Vive virtual reality (VR) headset and forms the start of a major Blockchain push as the company looks to return to the smartphone industry. (IANS)

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U Ear: HTC to Launch Wireless Earbuds Like Apple AirPods

HTC U Ear earbuds were recently spotted on Taiwanese certification authority NCC's website

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HTC is planning to launch new earbuds called U Ear which will look similar to Apple's AirPods. Wikimedia Commons

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is reportedly planning to launch new earbuds called U Ear which will look similar to Apple’s AirPods.

According to a Fone Arena report, the HTC U Ear earbuds were recently spotted on Taiwanese certification authority NCC’s website.

The certification listing includes images of HTC’s first TWS earbuds that reveal a design similar to the first-gen Apple AirPods, with a couple of minor differences like the charging port on the HTC earbuds are located on the front of the earbuds, instead of the end tips, and the earbuds are all black, unlike the AirPods, which only come in white.

The charging case looks similar to the AirPods Charging Case as well, though not identical, and it does open up length wise like the Powerbeats Pro case rather than at the top like the AirPods case.

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The charging case of HTC earbuds looks similar to the AirPods Charging Case. Pixabay

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The case is likely to charge via USB Type-C. However, there is no mention of support for wireless charging.

As of now, there is no information on when HTC will announce these earbuds or how much they will cost.

Since Apple launched the AirPods in 2016, almost all major tech companies such as Amazon, Jabra, and Microsoft, have since tried to capture some of the wireless earbud market. (IANS)

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MediaTek to Launch Improved 5G-Integrated Chip for Smartphones

Improved 5G-integrated chip for smartphones unveiled by MediaTek

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Improved 5G-integrated chip unveiled by MediaTek. Pixabay

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has unveiled an improved version of its flagship 5G chipset called Dimensity 1000+ with upgraded features for gaming, video and power efficiency.

The Dimensity 1000+ is based on the same core hardware as the Dimensity 1000 and showcases an incredible, flagship-grade user experience for smartphone users globally.
“The single chip integrates in a suite of world-leading innovations in 5G connectivity and power-efficiency, plus unique display, video and gaming technologies that make it stand out,” Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit said in a statement.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ supports 144Hz refresh rate screens with resolution maxing out at 1080p+ and up to a 21:9 aspect ratio.

It uses the latest MiraVision technologies to improve per frame picture quality.

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Improved 5G chip introduced by Mediatek. Pixabay

Similar to its predecessor, the Dimensity 1000+ is built on a 7nm process and features an identical 5G modem.

MediaTek has added something called “5G UltraSave”, a built-in power saving mechanism that can dynamically switch between different power states to maximize the battery life.

There are also new technology additions to HyperEngine 2.0 to optimise the phone for a more fluid and immersive gaming experience.

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It comes with a Resource Management Engine to intelligently manage CPU, GPU and memory resources, an upgraded Networking Engine for call and data concurrency, an intelligent switch between 5G and 4G networks based on application needs. (IANS)

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Smartphone Users Beware! You May Reveal Personal Information Online

Smartphone users more likely to reveal personal info online

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Smartphone users know this effect well -- when using their phones in public places, they often fixate so intently on its content that they become oblivious to what is going on around them. Pixabay

People are more willing to reveal personal information about themselves online using their smartphones compared to desktop computers, says a study.

The study, published in the Journal of Marketing, suggests that the device people use to communicate can affect the extent to which they are willing to disclose intimate or personal information about themselves.

For example, tweets and reviews composed on smartphones are more likely to be written from the perspective of the first person, to disclose negative emotions, and to discuss the writer’s private family and personal friends.

Likewise, when consumers receive an online ad that requests personal information (such as phone number and income), they are more likely to provide it when the request is received on their smartphone compared to their desktop or laptop computer, said the study.

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Using both automated natural-language processing tools and human judgements of self-disclosure, the researchers found robust evidence that smartphone-generated content is indeed more self-disclosing. Pixabay

“Writing on one’s smartphone often lowers the barriers to revealing certain types of sensitive information for two reasons; one stemming from the unique form characteristics of phones and the second from the emotional associations that consumers tend to hold with their device,” said the co-author Shiri Melumad from University of Pennsylvania

First, one of the most distinguishing features of phones is the small size; something that makes viewing and creating content generally more difficult compared with desktop computers.

Because of this difficulty, when writing or responding on a smartphone, a person tends to narrowly focus on completing the task and become less cognizant of external factors that would normally inhibit self-disclosure, such as concerns about what others would do with the information.

Smartphone users know this effect well — when using their phones in public places, they often fixate so intently on its content that they become oblivious to what is going on around them.

The second reason people tend to be more self-disclosing on their phones lies in the feelings of comfort and familiarity people associate with their phones.

“Because our smartphones are with us all of the time and perform so many vital functions in our lives, they often serve as ‘adult pacifiers’ that bring feelings of comfort to their owners,” Melumad added.

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The downstream effect of those feelings shows itself when people are more willing to disclose feelings to a close friend compared to a stranger or open up to a therapist in a comfortable rather than uncomfortable setting.

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When consumers receive an online ad that requests personal information (such as phone number and income), they are more likely to provide it when the request is received on their smartphone compared to their desktop or laptop computer. Pixabay

“Similarly, when writing on our phones, we tend to feel that we are in a comfortable ‘safe zone.’ As a consequence, we are more willing to open up about ourselves,” said study co-author Robert Meyer from University of Pennsylvania.

The findings are based on analyses of thousands of social media posts and online reviews, responses to web ads, and controlled laboratory studies.

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Initial evidence came from analyses of the depth of self-disclosure revealed in 369,161 tweets and 10,185 restaurant reviews posted on TripAdvisor.com, with some posted on PCs and some on smartphones.

Using both automated natural-language processing tools and human judgements of self-disclosure, the researchers found robust evidence that smartphone-generated content is indeed more self-disclosing. (IANS)