Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung unveils the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC
  • It is likely to debut on the company’s Galaxy S9
  • The chipset can be expected to feature on phones next year

Samsung has announced a new flagship mobile processor in the Exynos 9 series, built on the 10nm process. As is traditional with such unveils, it can be expected that the new new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC will be the processor powering the company’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9.

The Samsung Exynos 9810 packs the company’s third-generation custom CPU cores and also comes with an upgraded GPU. Samsung is also touting support for Gigabit LTE modem which can offer what Samsung calls industry’s first 6CA (carrier aggregation) support. Samsung says that the new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC has been built on second-generation 10nm process technology.

The Exynos 9 Series is said to be the company’s first processor chipset built on the 10-nanometre FinFET process technology.

The South Korean company earlier this year unveiled its premium application processor, the Exynos 9 Series 8895. Some of the highlights of the Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor were embedding of a Gigabit LTE modem that can support five carrier aggregation, or 5CA. It supports LTE Cat. 16 with download speeds of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (Cat. 13). The chipset was used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as well as the company’s Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

Rumours have pointed to early next year launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which could be seen as the competitor to the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC. The Snapdragon 845 SoC is said to be built on a new faster, more efficient 7nm fabrication process. Furthermore, the new Qualcomm SoC is also said to debut on the Galaxy S9 next year.

For Samsung’s upcoming flagships, the company is widely expected to retain Infinity Displays which allow the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens to come with a relatively compact factor. The upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are rumoured to use the same screen sizes as well as the same curved design first seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

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Google Allo’s Lucky Chatbot Suggests GIF Images Based on Keywords

Google Allo's Lucky Chatbot Suggests GIF Images Based on Keywords

Photo Credit: Image via 9To5Google

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Users need to type @lucky to call the chat bot
  • The chat bot feature has been rolled out to select users as of now
  • Hangouts version 16.0 update is already available on Google Play

Google has been consistent with its updates for its Allo messaging app since its release last year and the search giant has now added another interesting feature to the app in the form of a new chatbot called “Lucky”. While the name might remind you of Google’s search engine’s “I’m feeling lucky” option, the chatbot has an entirely different functionality – finding GIF images.

Google Allo’s new chat bot essentially provides users with GIF images based on their requirements and works similar to Giphy support from Slack, as pointed out in a Google Plus post by Phandroid’s Derek Ross. In order to get help from the chat bot, users need to simply type @lucky in the app followed by whatever phrase they want.

For example, if you type @lucky I love you, the chat bot will suggest you with a GIF filled with hearts, as can be seen from the image shared by Derek Ross (below).

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Photo Credit: Image via Google+/DerekRoss

It is unclear if the latest version of Allo is necessarily required for the chatbot but you can either wait for the update to roll out or choose to grab the APK file from APKMirror over here, shared by 9to5Google in its report. The feature has reportedly shown up only for select users as of now.

In another piece of news from the search giant, Google has tweaked the way contacts are displayed inside its Hangouts app on Android. With version 16.0 update, the dedicated contacts list inside the app is not available anymore. The contact list has essentially been divided into those who are available on Hangouts and those who are not. The company claims that the update makes it “easier to find the right contacts quickly.” Apart from this, the update also carries bug fixes and improvements.

Hangouts version 16.0 update is already available and can be downloaded from Google Play.

Tags: Allo Lucky Chat Bot, Google Allo Chat Bot, Hangouts Contacts Update, Apps, Android, Google, Messaging Apps
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Twitter Adds ‘Direct Reply Count’; Will Reorder Replies Based on ‘Importance’

Twitter Adds 'Direct Reply Count'; Will Reorder Replies Based on 'Importance'

Twitter Adds ‘Direct Reply Count’; Will Reorder Replies Based on ‘Importance’
HIGHLIGHTS
Tweet replies will now be organised according to various factors
Twitter says it wants users to see best content first
Twitter is also introducing a directly reply count feature
Twitter has announced that the social networking company will now organise the replies to a tweet in such a way that users will get to see the “best content” first, bringing its mobile apps in line with the desktop. The company added that people may see replies in different order based of various factors.The ranking of the replies within conversations depends on the factors like whether you follow the person who has replied within a conversation and whether the reply is coming from the person who initiated the conversation.

“You may notice that some replies in a conversation are not shown in chronological order. Replies are grouped by sub-conversations because we strive to show you the best content first, and what we think you’d be most interested in,” Twitter said in its post.

Twitter is adding another feature as well. Just like users are already able to see likes and retweets for any particular tweet, with the help of the reply count, they will be able to see how many people have taken part in a particular conversation. Users will be able to see the reply count next to the reply icon, indicating the total number of replies the original tweet has received. Twitter has clarified that this number does not indicate the total number of replies in the entire conversation.
The new features will be available in Twitter apps for both Android and iOS.
Recently, the Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO and co-founder, was briefly suspended due to an “an internal mistake,” as per Dorsey.

Tags: Twitter Tweet Replies, Apps, Apple, Android, Reply Count Update

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MF redemption process takes 1-3 days based on type of fund

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I have lost a lot of money in stock trading in the past and so I am sceptical of mutual funds (MFs). How do I invest in MFs but still keep the risk at bay? I have a goal of my 5-year-old daughter’s higher education.

—Prakash Anthony

For a regular investor, MFs offer two advantages over direct stock market investing. One, they offer the facility of having your money managed by a financial expert in investing. Since the historical performances of MFs are transparently available, you can also compare fund managers and look at track records before investing.

Second, MFs offer diversification—the ability to invest in a variety of stocks with a relatively small amount of money. Diversification inherently lowers the risk of market investments since an investor’s money gets spread out among many more stocks compared to what individuals can afford by themselves. But it should be noted that while these two factors lower the risk of investing in the market, they do not eliminate the risk. Investing in equity MFs does carry risk. However, past market performances strongly indicate that the longer you stay invested in good funds, the higher is the likelihood of making handsome gains.

For your daughter’s education goal, which is still 10-12 years away, it will be good to have a portfolio with a good chunk, say, 75%, in equity funds. You can go for equity funds such as Franklin India Blue chip fund and Birla Sun life Frontline Equity fund.

How do you redeem an MF?

—Neha Sehwal

If the investment was made through an application form, for redeeming (withdrawing money from) an MF you would need to submit a redemption form, mentioning the folio number, scheme name and the amount of withdrawal. If it was done online, you would need to login into the platform and submit a digital request. Either way, the money will come to your bank account in 1-3 days depending on the type of fund. Liquid and money market funds are paid out in 1 business day, debt funds in 2 days, and domestic equity funds in 3 days.

I had made an MF investment in 2006 and have since moved cities. The bank account linked to that account is no longer active. I got a call from the MF about a dividend cheque. They have made it payable to my older account. What should I do?

—Raman Sen

You would need to write to the MF company citing the issue, and request them to change the bank account attached to the folio. You would need to provide proof of both the old and the new bank account (cancelled cheque or account statement).

You should also mention about the dividend outstanding. The MF will then process the change of bank request, and reprocess the dividend payout. Usually, it will happen in the form of a direct (electronic) deposit to your new bank account, and in some cases, a cheque will be reissued payable to your new account.

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