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LG Introduces its New Flagship V40 ThinQ with 5 Cameras

The company said the exact launch date and price have not yet been decided

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LG Electronics Inc. on Thursday unveiled its new flagship V40 ThinQ that offers five different cameras to provide a versatile and unique experience for its users.

The new device has a unique, upgraded five-camera arrangement with three rear main cameras and dual cameras up front, Yonhap news agency reported.

Moments can be seized as they happen from multiple angles, the company said in a press conference held at LG Science Park in western Seoul.

“LG V40 ThinQ is equipped with the cameras that customers need,” Hwang Jeong-hwan, Vice President, LG Electronics, said in a statement, adding that they will be able to produce new, high-quality content with various functions of the cameras.

The rear-facing cameras can take so-called triple shots through just one click, capturing the same photo ranging from wide to telephoto, the company added.

The new smartphone also offers a so-called triple preview feature that shows a live preview from all three cameras simultaneously, it said.

The upgraded Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature of the camera automatically suggests the best angles and effects and also recognises up to three people and adjusts composition, the company said.

The new flagship allows users to create content combining photos and videos with a feature called “Magic Photo”, the company said.

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LG unveils V40 ThinQ with 5 cameras. Flickr

The users can select a certain area of a photo and add video to it and then share the finished images on social media.

LG said it has conducted a survey to find what customers truly want and found out that cameras and social media apps are the most frequently used features on smartphones.

“We focused on the fact that cameras are the most frequently used smartphone feature yet draw the most criticism,” Hwang said.

“We didn’t just increase the number of cameras. We focused on providing cameras based on the concept of life and story.”

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The V40 ThinQ, which comes in gray, blue and red, features a 6.4-inch display that delivers vibrant and remarkable clarity, LG said.

The company said it used sand-blast technology for the surface of the smartphone’s body, making it feel smoother in users’ hands.

To give the smartphone a more simple look, the company said it added concealed sensors on both sides of the LG V40 ThinQ. The product also comes with curved lines on all edges for improved grip.

The company said the exact launch date and price have not yet been decided. (IANS)

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Vizag Gas Leak: A Tragic Story of Human Blunder

In a horrific accident that claimed 13 lives in amidst the VIzag gas leak, LG polymers face charges

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Vizag Gas Leak from LG polymers claimed the life of 13 innocent people. Pixabay

-BY Varuni Trivedi 

“We were a happy family until Wednesday” said N Greeshma’s parents who lost her life because of the deadly gas release. Her parents found out about their youngest daughter’s demise only after they regained consciousness several hours after the leak. Like Greeshma many others lost their loved ones because of an error that multinational companies call merely a ‘mistake’. 

On the early morning of 7, May 2020 as the nation was under a lockdown one of the worst industrial accidents occurred at the LG Polymers chemical plant in R. R. Venkatapuram village near Gopalapatnam claiming the lives of 13 people. The Vizag gas leak, also known as the Visakhapatnam gas leak took place at the outskirts of Visakhapatnam as a vapor cloud spread over a radius of around three kilometers affecting the nearby areas and villages and exposing more than 1,000 people to the deadly gas styrene. 

The leak took place around 2.30 am in the night, the gas spread over nearby villages. Around 8 people lost their lives almost immediately and more than 800 were rushed to the hospital as the massive gas leaked occurred at LG Polymers chemical plant. Authorities claim that over 2,000 people have been affected in the nearby villages. 

Villages in a five-kilometer radius of the chemical plant were evacuated early morning of 7th. Residents reported being woken up by a cloud of noxious smelling vapor as they struggled to breathe. They suffered pain and itchy eyes and soon fell unconscious. The next day all they know is that they woke up in hospitals and heard the news of the demise of their knowns.

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A gas leak that yet again traumatized the nation. Pixabay

A day after the leak authorities doubled the evacuation area and residents were woken up in the middle of the night by Police. They were asked to board buses and follow the evacuation procedure in case there is a chance of further leakage. The victims came with complaints of vomiting, breathing problems, and severe headaches. 

Horrific visuals from the affected areas showed dead cows and people lying unconscious on the roads near the chemical plant in RR Venkatapuram village under Gopalapatnam limits. It was a dreadful sight, videos, and photographs from the tragedy which surfaced on social media show people lying in drains and on roads. There were even some who fell off their motorbikes after inhaling the toxic industrial gas. 

 

What is styrene, its effects on the human body?
Styrene (C8H8) is a volatile organic compound, likely to be a carcinogenic chemical. The levels of this deadly compound were 500 times higher than the limits prescribed by regulators on the day of the Visakhapatnam gas leak, an analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) states. It enters the human body through the skin, eyes, and predominantly through respiration, getting absorbed into the blood through alveoli in the lungs. Short term effects of the gas include irritation in the eyes, hearing problems, and irritation in the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting. Its effects can be fatal in kids and result in death. Chronic or longer exposure can affect the central nervous system, as of now human studies on styrene toxicity have been few. 

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Styrene gas leak from LG plant leaves more than five villages around the plant in a hazardous state. Flickr

The aftermath of the tragedy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had immediately announced a package of ₹1 crore to the family of the deceased, jobs to one member from the family, and other relief packages. Inspections done in the aftermath of the gas leak have uncovered that there were other storage facilities at the factory that were vulnerable to a leak of vapour on a larger scale. In the meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against LG polymers Chemical as the nation is still recovering from the trauma of this accident. Many victims blame the sheer negligence of the company’s management which has claimed several lives. On Saturday a protest was organised in front of the main gate of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram, Visakhapatnam, as villagers carried four dead bodies of those who died due to the leakage, demanding the shifting of the company. 

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This incident has yet again left the whole nation dumbstruck and traumatised. This incident questions the credibility of multinational companies and their security protocols. It further poses a question on the management and authorities that cost the lives of 13 innocent people, people who slept not knowing they would never wake up. 

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Huawei’s Flagship Smartphone Mate 40 Pro May Feature “Halo Ring” With Touch Display

In addition to the touch-sensitive halo ring, the drawings also suggest the Mate 40 Pro will have a quad-camera array on the back, just like its predecessor

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According to a new patent granted to the handset maker, the touch-enabled ring will allow users to do things like control the volume, accept or reject phone calls, flip pages, and more. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei’s flagship Mate 40 Pro could feature a Halo ring which might actually house a touch display.

According to a new patent granted to the handset maker, the touch-enabled ring will allow users to do things like control the volume, accept or reject phone calls, flip pages, and more, Android Central reported on Tuesday.

As per the drawings included in the patent application, the circular touch display embedded inside the halo ring will enable users to control the volume, flip web pages, zoom in or out while using the camera.

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Chinese smartphone giant Huawei’s flagship Mate 40 Pro could feature a Halo ring which might actually house a touch display. Wikimedia Commons

In addition to the touch-sensitive halo ring, the drawings also suggest the Mate 40 Pro will have a quad-camera array on the back, just like its predecessor.

Earlier, there were reports that the upcoming P40 Premium could pack in two telephoto cameras.

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The P40 Premium will have a periscope module with f/4.0 aperture and 240mm equivalent lens will provide 10x optical zoom (at an unknown resolution), while an 8 MP f/2.0 80mm equivalent will have 3x optical zoom, out of a 1/4 inch sensor. (IANS)

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Search Engine Gaint Google Completely Cancels Flagship “I/O 2020” Conference

The company said attendees will get refund and those who purchased tickets for this year's event will be granted the option of buying a Google I/O 2021 ticket

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Google on March 3 announced the cancellation of its biggest tech event, scheduled in May, owing to the coronavirus fears. Pixabay

Google has announced to completely cancel its flagship “I/O 2020” conference, saying the digital-only event has also been put off.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities – and in line with recent ashelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties – we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year,” Google said on the I/O website.

“Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges we all face. Please know that we remain committed to finding other ways to share platform updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums,” the tech giant added.

Google on March 3 announced the cancellation of its biggest tech event, scheduled in May, owing to the coronavirus fears.

The company said attendees will get refund and those who purchased tickets for this year’s event will be granted the option of buying a Google I/O 2021 ticket.

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Google has announced to completely cancel its flagship “I/O 2020” conference, saying the digital-only event has also been put off. Pixabay

Google I/O is its biggest news event of the year that brings new changes to Android and updates to services like Google Maps.

Tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco and Salesforce have also cancelled or postponed their annual conferences.

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According to estimates data intelligence company PredictHQ pulled for Recode, the direct economic loss from the cancellation of major tech conferences has crossed $1.1 billion. (IANS)