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HTC’s upcoming U11 might make brand relevant again

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There isn’t going to be an HTC 11 as a follow-up to last year’s flagship HTC 10. Instead, the HTC U11, which is like a smaller and more advanced U Ultra, will be the brand’s torchbearer in 2017, and it’s shaping up to be an innovative one at that if the latest leak turns out to be real.

Actually, the leaked hands-on video seems very real. It shows off every angle of the device and even confirms some of the specifications we were expecting, such as the Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of memory. This would make the handset as powerful as the higher-end Samsung Galaxy S8+ that’s gradually launching across Asia.

More importantly, however, is the demonstration of a feature HTC already teased. By squeezing the edges of the phone, you could execute additional commands at any point. In the video, the user was shown snapping a photo while the camera app was on.

How intuitive this will turn out to be is still up in the air. Fortunately, another demo showed how you could calibrate the pressure needed to activate the squeeze, which would favor those with more feeble hands.

And for those wondering, there’ll be a bunch of shiny colors available, including blue, light blue, red, black, and plain white. Sadly, like the U Ultra, there doesn’t seem to be a 3.5mm audio jack on board.

The official launch is already tomorrow, so we won’t have to wait long to find out the remaining pieces of information, specifically about pricing and regional availability. If we’re lucky, we may see it while in Taiwan later this month.

SEE ALSO: HTC’s ‘unexpected surprise’ is surprisingly disappointing

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Apple iPad explodes inside an Amsterdam store

Three employees treated for minor injuries

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It looks like this exploding gadget trend isn’t ending any time soon.

The latest casualty happened in Amsterdam, Netherlands — inside an official Apple store, no less.

An iPad on display burst because of a leaking battery, causing minor injuries to three employees inside the store. Everyone was subsequently evacuated and the local fire brigade checked the scene for damages.

Fortunately, the three employees suffered only respiratory issues based on the latest report. In addition, there was no actual fire involved.

Apple is still investigating the incident and has yet to release a public statement.

This isn’t the first time Apple is facing problems with exploding products, but these cases are still too rare to cause widespread fear or a recall.

At least the device wasn’t bitten this time.

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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