Sony’s New G-Series Solid State Drives for Professional Video Recorders Launched in India


The SSDs come with 10 years of lifespan
The new drives have data protection technology
The new G-series drives offer read speeds up to 550Mbps
Sony on Thursday launched its new G-series solid state drives, SV-GS96 and SV-GS48, in India. The new SSDs from the company are meant for the storage needs of professional video recorders and will be made available in the third week of May. The SV-GS96 SSD comes with a storage capacity of 960GB and SV-GS48 comes with 480GB of storage. The storage drives have been priced at Rs. 47,500 and Rs. 25,500 respectively.

The new G-series solid state drives achieve read speeds up to 550Mbps and have been claimed to have 10 years of lifespan, as per company’s claims. “Using Sony’s Error Correction Code technology, the 960GB G Series SSD achieves up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), while the 460GB drive can reach 1200 TBW, resulting in less frequent replacement and increased ROI. 2400 TBW translates to about 10 years of use for the SV-GS96, if data is fully written to the drive and average of five times per week,” the company said in its release.Sony's New G-Series Solid State Drives for Professional Video Recorders Launched in India

Notably, Sony says that while data write speeds usually drop suddenly for other SSDs after repeated re-write cycles, the new G-series drives feature a built-in technology that prevent these speeds from slowing down.
The SV-GS96 and SV-GS48 storage drives come with data protection technology that has been claimed to keep the content secure and intact, even in case of sudden power failures.

“Building on the reliability synonymous with Sony’s Professional Media products, the new SSDs are a solid option for respective video recorders, offering videographers stable high-speed capabilities, a sense of security and lower cost of ownership due to their longer life,” the company said.

The new Sony G-series solid state drives will be made available across all Sony Center and other major electronic stores across India. Further, the drives will come with 10 years of warranty from the company.

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Video: HTC U11 doesn’t hold up well in bend test


Whenever a new smartphone is launched, the world waits for a durability test from popular YouTube channel, JerryRigEverything. Until now, Zach from JerryRigEverything has taken certain flagships through his rigorous durability tests, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6. Now, HTC’s latest flagship is the latest smartphone to go through his tests and it comes out with unexpected results.

The HTC U11’s body is made of a glass-metal combo and that does not sound very assuring on paper. However, HTC has perfected the art of making phones with glass panels that can undergo drops and bends impressively, like Samsung. That explains the reason why the HTC U11 was able to keep its rear glass intact in the bend test, even though the front glass panel shattered. It seems that the functional surfaces of HTC U11 are prone to scratches and shatters whereas decorative surfaces like the rear panel hold up quite well. HTC’s latest flagship is the latest smartphone to go through his tests and it comes out with unexpected results.

The reason we say that because, like the front panel that shattered, the ‘Edge Sense’ side frame was also prone to extreme bending. The metal frame provides a limited structural support to the handset, thus deforming the U11 under some stress. The front display panel is also subject to scratches from sand particles while being unaffected from coins and other stuff that stay in pockets.

While the U11 doesn’t hold up as well as the Galaxy S8, considering the Samsung flagship has more delicate glass surfaces than the U11, the U11’s Edge Sense frame needs some kind of structural strengthening, which we hope that HTC could come up with during the life cycle of the U11.


Apple poaches top Sony TV executives to boost video content


Erlicht and Van Amburg, responsible for hit shows like ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ will join newly created positions to oversee all aspects of programming

Apple Inc. has hired two long-time Sony Pictures Television executives to expand the iPhone maker’s push into original television programming, plunging deeper into a field crowded by Hollywood studios and online streaming services.

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, responsible for hit shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Crown,” will join Apple in newly created positions to oversee all aspects of video programming, the technology company said in a statement on Friday.

“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

“There is much more to come,” Mr. Cue said of Apple’s video effort.

The new hires demonstrate a serious commitment by another deep-pocketed technology company to produce quality television shows. Mr. Erlicht and Mr. Van Amburg have served as senior Sony television executives since 2005.

But Apple did not elaborate on its strategy, leaving investors guessing how many shows it plans to distribute, how much it will spend and where the programming will be available.

The company is playing in an increasingly competitive field. Inc. and Netflix Inc. have invested billions of dollars in award-winning comedies and dramas featuring A-list Hollywood stars. And social media company Facebook Inc. has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators, including Vox and BuzzFeed, to make shows for its upcoming video service.

Apple began its move last week with reality program “Planet of the Apps,” an unscripted show about developers competing for venture capital funding. The series is available only to subscribers to Apple Music, a $10-a-month streaming service.

Viewer data

Apple has one huge advantage compared with other companies — 1 billion iPhones, iPads and other devices that run Apple’s mobile operating system and offer a broad distribution platform. The company has widely promoted “Planet of the Apps” across iTunes, the App Store, Apple’s website and elsewhere.

As tech companies push further into the content business, pressure mounts on traditional media outlets that do not have the same amount of data on viewers or the ability for content to be a loss leader, said Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG.

“These companies do not need to make money off video because they can make money other ways,” Mr. Greenfield said. “And they are going to have tons of data on their viewers.”

It is more cost-effective for Apple to pay for original content and secure licensing deals on its own than to buy a content company, said Moody’s analyst Gerald Granovsky.

“From a credit perspective, we’d much rather see Apple overpay to deliver original content than pay $50 billion to buy Netflix and basically compete for the same content,” he said. “They’ll definitely get a better bang for their buck by focusing on their Apple TV product.”

Mr. Greenfield said news of Apple’s hires should put to rest rumours that Apple might acquire another content company, Walt Disney Co.

For Sony, the departures come as the Japanese conglomerate revamps its movie and television studio under new Chief Executive Tony Vinciquerra. In a memo to staff, Mr. Vinciquerra suggested Apple could be a buyer of Sony programming.

“While we are sad to see them go, we are excited by the opportunity to work with them as partners in the future,” he said.

iPhone 8 Prototype Spotted in Video, Expected in Four Colour Variants



  • iPhone 8 tipped to come in a mirror-like finish
  • The prototype video tips iPhone 8 to be taller and wider than iPhone 7
  • Another leak claims wireless charging tech will be delayed

iPhone 8 launch is inching near, and credible sources are now pouring in information about the smartphone regularly. John Gruber, Unbox Therapy and Benjamin Geskin have all leaked additional information on the iPhone 8 revealing a fresh prototype, colour options, and some details on wireless charging.

Starting with Unbox Therapy, the tipster has published a video showing off an alleged prototype of the iPhone 8. It corroborates with all the information about the smartphone in the past, with a bezel-less display, the top panel loaded with sensors, the vertical dual camera setup, the elongated power button, and the recent no Touch ID rumour. He backs Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims of Apple ditching the fingerprint scanner altogether to exclusively use facial recognition for unlocking, authentication, and other security-related features.

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The iPhone 8 prototype is a bit taller and wider than the iPhone 7 – it is said to sport a 5.8-inch display – instead of the 4.7-inch one seen on the predecessor. However, it is significantly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus in size, a smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch display. This is possible because Apple has reduced the bezel on the iPhone 8 from all sides to achieve a large display in a smaller form factor. The tipster also compares it to the current generation Samsung Galaxy S8 to show how Apple has managed to hit the sweet spot in display and size potential. See the full iPhone 8 prototype video below.

Furthermore, tipster Benjamin Geskin has released more information on the iPhone 8 claiming that it will be available in four colour options – with one being a mirror-like finish seen on old iPad models. The finish will either be in silver or black, and the tipster has failed to reveal the other three options. This comes after Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will come in fewer options, and will have a ‘boutique’ branding.

Lastly, John Gruber has brought some bad news, claiming that the iPhone 8 rumoured wireless charging technology may not be ready on launch day, and will launch a little later – just like the Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. The tipster claims that it may be released with the launch of iOS 11.1 perhaps. Furthermore, he claims that the wireless charger will be sold separately for all the three iPhones, something that has been reported earlier as well.

Apart from all these features, the iPhone 8 is also expected to come with an OLED display, a fast A11 chip, and better waterproofing as well.


LG Q6’s promotional video highlights the FullVision display, camera capabilities


LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6, a smaller version of company’s flagship G6 smartphone, was recently launched by the company. Now LG has put out an official promotional video highlighting FullVision display in Q6, its camera features, and the ability to use the device with one hand. LG Q6 is a part of company’s Q series, and the other two smartphones in the series are Q6+ and Q6α. The company has used the same FullVision display with  an aspect ratio of 18:9 in the Q6, like we saw in LG G6.

LG Q6 gets a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with the same 18:9 aspect ration that we saw in LG G6. It comes with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 442ppi. The smartphone is being touted as a sleek phone that “comfortably fits in one hand.” The rear camera is 13MP, while the front shooter is 5MP with 100 degree wide-angle. The video highlights camera features such as Square Camera that divides the UI in two 1:1 squares, and Burst Mode that can be used to take multiple shots in sequence.LG Q6, LG Q6 features, LG Q6 specifications, LG Q6 price, LG Q6 launch

LG Q6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 mobile platform. LG Q6+ packs 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, while the Q6 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. LG Q6α is the most affordable of the three smartphone, and it comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. The Q6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

LG Q6’s promotional video also showcases durability of the smartphone. The company, in a press statement, said that metal frame surrounding the Q6 is constructed of ultra-strong 7000 series aluminum. According to LG, the smartphone has been subjected to over 20 battery tests which include heat, penetration and shock conditions.

LG Q6 measures 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm and weighs 149 grams. Connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-B 2.0. LG Q6+ is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum , and Marine Blue colour options. The Q6 comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, and Terra Gold colour variants. LG Q6α can be bought in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Terra Gold colour options. Other features of the Q6 include face recognition, and Google Assistant.


Video: LG Highlights Tips For The G6 Running On UX 6.0


LG Mobile has released a new video on YouTube, detailing a couple of tricks which can be used on the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the LG G6 running on the LG UX 6.0. The first trick happens to be the “Pinch In And Out” feature, whereby users can simply zoom in on the screen by pinching it and consequently change its font size. The font size can be scaled down to 78 percent of its original size, or up to 160 percent of the thereof. However, it seems that this only applies to system apps such as Call Log, Contacts, Gallery and Messaging. This feature is pretty useful especially if you have a hard time looking for a certain contact and can simply zoom in to look at the contacts more closely.

The second functionality unique to the UX 6.0 is the ability to edit a text message, one which hasn’t been sent to the recipient yet that is. In order to make use of this feature, all you have to do is to type out a message, and if there is a part which you would like to edit, just slide your finger over the spacebar to move the cursor. Once the cursor is at your desired position, simply edit the message. These two features are widely available on LG’s lineup of smartphones but the video below mainly serves as a tutorial for new LG G6 owners who might not know about all of its tricks

In terms of specs, the LG G6 is a feature-packed handset boasting a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU for graphics rendering. Memory-wise, it packs 4GB of RAM with 32GB / 64GB of expandable storage. For optics, the LG G6 comes with a dual camera setup on its rear consisting of two 13-megapixel shooters. Selfies are handled by a 5-megapixel camera housed by the device’s slim top bezel. Keeping the lights on is a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The LG G6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, enhanced with the LG UX 6.0 detailed below.