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Most of us use memory cards with our smartphones and digital cameras to make sure we have that extra storage when it is needed the most. At Photokina 2014, SanDisk introduced a 512 GB memory card. Taking this a step further, they have now revealed a prototype of the 1 TB SDXC card at the same event this year held in Cologne, Germany.

SanDisk 1 TB SDXC card prototype

Going a few years down the memory lane, the first SanDisk 64 MB SD card was introduced sixteen years ago. (link)

Increasing demand for 4K and 8K video content, and applications employing Virtual Reality, 360-degree video solutions, and 24x7 video surveillance systems are perfect candidates that expect more-and-more storage in the devices they run on. This 1 TB card should fit their purpose.

“Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1 TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it is amazing that we are now at the point where it is becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1 TB when we are out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards,”

said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

SanDisk 1 TB SDXC card prototype

Since this is just a prototype, price and availability dates for the product are not known. However, the price can be speculated from the fact that the 512 GB card retailed at $799 in the beginning. The figure later fell to $599.
The rumor mill around Apple's iPhone 7 has been running since days. The frequency of such rumors has increased since the date of launch had been announced to be September 7th, i.e., today.

Amazon confirms iPhone 7 will come with dual-camera

Now, just minutes before the official launch, Amazon US has confirmed a few stories. This is intentional, or just a goof-up is a separate topic for debate.

On thing that the picture clearly confirms is the presence of two lenses for the primary camera setup. There is also a link for "Bluetooth headphones" for the same, partially confirming the news about the absence of 3.5 mm headphone jack from the new iPhone. The name "iPhone 7" is also used in the listings, thus verifying the same.

P.S.: The image seems to have been removed by Amazon now. The screenshot above refers to the one that appeared there.

Source: Gizmodo
We are back, yet again, with our monthly series of the best Android games. Following five (in no particular order) are the ones we played and liked this month. Make sure not to miss any.

Best free Android games of August 2016

Flip Diving




Flip Diving is a cliff diving game for your Android device. The player gets to perform a series of flips, ranging from frontflips and backflips to gainers and pikes. The stunts can be carried out from cliffs, trees, and castles. The player's avatar can be changed to a business person, bodybuilder, karate diver, and others. Get ready to dive.

Modern Strike Online




Modern Strike Online is the best multiplayer shooting game you can play on your Droid right now. The graphics are appealing. Three combat modes, seven arenas and twenty-five different kind of weapons make the deal sweeter. Get ready to give your next headshot.

Taxi Sim 2016




As the name suggests, Taxi Sim 2016 is a simulator game for taxis. The player gets to drive around a city taxi in various cities across the world. Pick up and drop passengers at their respective locations, and earn virtual money for the same. Make sure not to commit any offense if you want to maximize your earnings.

Zombie Age 3




Zombie Age 3 is an intriguing zombie-killing game. More than thirty different kinds of weapons are available to help the player survive. Get ready for the mission to kill them or get outnumbered.

Zootopia Crime Files




Zootopia Crime Files is the latest puzzle game offering from Disney. As rightly guessed by you, it is based on Zootopia the movie. The player controls the famous ZPD officers Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde to solve crimes and restore order in the city. Get ready for the challenge.
Startup scenario is booming across the world. India is not untouched from the same. Every other day, numerous startups spawn from garages and bedrooms of thinkers. Some fail to kick off, while others gather massive funding and try to make a dent in the startup ecosystem. Seeing all this, Indian leg of Axis Bank has come up with an innovative idea to nurture and house a few such startups. They are calling it the Axis Thought Factory.

Axis Bank Thought Factory

Needless to say, all or most of the selected ideas pertain to the finance domain. Moreover, since a startup these days tries to solve a problem using computing and available technology, all this ends up in an amalgamation of finance and technology to address real-world problems. Hence the term FinTech. So, if you have an idea and are thinking of enrolling in the program (details on how to do that later in the article), you have a better shot if it relates to finance. If not, you can still give it a try as there is no such limitation on paper. It is just that the odds are higher in the former case.

Before I go into the details, it is important to note that it is yet another incubator, but with specialization in finance domain. Their specialization pertains to the fact that people working for Axis Bank (read having years of experience in the area) will mentor the to-be-entrepreneurs on anything financial.

How does it work?


The entire concept is divided into three steps. In the in-house incubation step, various ideas and technologies are discussed. In the accelerator step, workspace, mentorship, and tools are provided to improve and realize those ideas. In the final step, social engagements are arranged wherein products and further concepts are presented to potential investors (Axis Bank is one them).


Why should a startup consider enrolling?


There are various convincing reasons for the same:
  1. A chance to display your idea to the world
  2. It is always better to have another helping mind
  3. Support and mentorship from industry experts
  4. Help in getting funded. 
  5. Invaluable experience and lot to learn

How can one enroll?


One of the following will work:
  1. Participate in road shows conducted in various cities across the country
  2. Look out for hackathons being arranged under "Hack for Hire" label
  3. Just drop the team an email and wish you get lucky
For details like email address and exact locations, refer to the official website.

Good luck.
As reported earlier, Lenovo has launched the latest smartphone in the Vibe Note series, the Vibe K5 Note, at an event held in New Delhi. Refreshed version of Vibe K5 Plus wth increased RAM is also launched.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

The smartphone features a full metal body. Vibe K5 Note comes with Android Marshmallow with its custom built Vibe UI on the top. A non-removable 3,500 mAh battery is powering the device.

The device comes in two variants, viz. the 3 GB RAM and the 4 GB RAM versions. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 (Helio P10) 64-bit processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, coupled with Mali T860 GPU. The onboard storage is 32 GB. The dedicated slot for external storage allows extending memory by up to 128 GB. The Vibe K5 Note comes with dual SIM (both nano) support, along with 4G LTE.

The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD display, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and pixel density of approx. 401 pixels-per-inch.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note comes with a 13 MP primary camera with dual LED flash and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). The front camera is a 8 MP selfie shooter. The fingerprint sensor is integrated at the rear.

The device supports parallel spaces with a feature named Secure Zone. It allows one to keep two copies (say work and professional) of apps and data separately. Note that something similar was recently seen on MIUI 8, the Android-based OS from Xiaomi.

To make its TheaterMax technology more friendly  that support ANTVR headset, Lenovo launched a Bluetooth TheaterMax controller and for gaming purpose with Amkette, launched and Evo-pad 2

The smartphone will be available in gold, gray, and silver color choices. It is priced at ₹13,499 ($200 approx.) for the 4 GB RAM option and ₹11,999 ($180 approx.) for the 3GB RAM variant. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart midnight August 4 onwards, via an open sale.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note specifications


Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core
Memory: 3/4 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch full HD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 3,500 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 75.7x152.0x8.49 mm
Weight: 165 g
Price: ₹13,499 ($200 approx.) for the 4 GB RAM option. ₹11,999 ($180 approx.) for the 3GB RAM variant
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Lenovo is all set to launch the K5 Note in the Indian market on the 1st of the next month. Note that it has already launched in China in January earlier this year. That is the time when the predecessor device, the Lenovo K4 Note, was dumped in India. Now, after almost six months, the latest offering in the Note series is finally coming here. But with a catch! (more on this later).

Lenovo K5 Note

Lenovo K5 Note features a full metal body, which is a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. It runs on Vibe UI, which was based on Android Lollipop back in January, but we can expect it to run on Marshmallow now. The battery capacity of the device is 3,500 mAh (3,300 mAh on the K4 Note) and supports fast charging.

2 GB RAM powers the Chinese variant. But the one coming to India will run on 4 GB RAM (Lenovo has confirmed the same in the video below). That's the catch. It makes sense since the K4 Note itself has three gigs memory, and reducing that amount doesn't sound like a successor.

They are also running a contest on their official Twitter account, and have posted yet another tweet confirming the presence of 4 GB RAM.

The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor (eight cores of ARM Cortex A53) clocked at 1.8 GHz, coupled with Mali T860 GPU. It is a significant improvement over the MediaTek MT6753 chipset on the K4 Note.

It supports 4G LTE and VoLTE, along with the usual connectivity features like WiFi and Bluetooth. It is a dual SIM (both nano) smartphone.

There is no change in the storage and display. The inbuilt storage is 16 GB, which is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card. Lenovo K5 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

The smartphone features a 13 MP primary camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus, and dual tone LED flash. The secondary camera is a 8 MP shooter. The fingerprint module is placed at the rear of the device.

The device supports Dolby Atmos surround sound system with the proprietary TheaterMax technology. It is compatible with Lenovo's AntVR virtual reality headset.

The smartphone comes in gold and silver color options. In China, it was priced at 1,099 Yuan ($165/₹11,000 approx.). Now that the K4 Note is available for ₹10,999, we expect the K5 Note will be initially priced at ₹11,999. It will be exclusively available on Flipkart.

Stay tuned to Today's Trendy for the launch and official pricing for Lenovo K5 Note.