Xiaomi Mi Note 3 launches as a larger Mi 6



Alongside the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi also announced their new entry to the Mi Note series. While successors usually bring upgrades, the Mi Note 3 is a bit of a downgrade.

Xiaomi’s new smartphone follows in the footsteps of its Mi 6 flagship, which is why we can actually call it the Mi 6 Plus. It has an identical design from the front to its back. Compared to the Mi 6, it has a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display and trades the stainless steel frame with 7-series aluminum alloy.

The processor on the Mi Note 3 is not a flagship chipset anymore, unlike its predecessor. It now has a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of memory. Battery capacity also gets a cut to just 3500mAh from 4070mAh.

Dual-camera photography comes to the Mi Note series with two 12-megapixel sensors — one with a wide-angle lens and the other with 2x optical zoom. The main sensor is fitted with 4-axis optical image stabilization to help take a steadier and clearer shot in low-light scenarios. And, like with other dual-camera phones, it can shoot portrait images with bokeh effect. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter that has a new beautify mode from Xiaomi.

The Mi Note 3 will start at CNY 2,499 (US$ 385) for the 6GB memory and 64GB storage variant and CNY 2,899 (US$ 445) if you need the larger 128GB storage. If you want the blue color model with a 6GB+128GB combo, you’ll have to shell out CNY 2,999 (US$ 460). The phone will go on sale tomorrow in China.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 improves on predecessor in every way


OPPO Find X will have the highest screen-to-body ratio in smartphones

Even higher than the Vivo NEX!



Image from Twitter: @VenyaGeskin1

OPPO is all set to announce their latest smartphone. We’re only a day away from the official unveiling of the Chinese company’s newest device, but OPPO just can’t hide its excitement about the phone’s main feature.

The OPPO Find X will be announced at The Louvre in Paris, France on June 19. The location alone already signals that it’ll be grand and that OPPO wants to make a mark in the European market. The Find X should be a premium device in order for the company to entice more international consumers just like what Huawei is doing in the EU region. What does the Find X have that others don’t? A true borderless display.

Just like the NEX phones from Vivo, the Find X will have a high screen-to-body ratio. OPPO teases that it has the highest at 93.8 percent which beats the Vivo NEX’s 91.24 percent. The company even calls it a “Futuristic Flagship phone” and we’re already excited to see (and confirm) it in person.

The phone is expected to have the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, great cameras, and speedy VOOC charging technology.

Via: Twitter (@bang_gogo_)

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Bloo Vision is a non-invasive way to help your child’s lazy eye

As easy as playing a game!



What if I told you that you could help cure your child’s lazy eye by having him play games? One startup aims to cure vision impairment in children, one tablet at a time.

Bloo offers a non-invasive solution to the lazy eye through tech. It’s simple: Their devices use binocular training and gameplay to make sure that kids have fun in the process.

Just how does this all work?  It starts with eyewear and a tablet, plus a game to play on said tablet.

These unassuming shades are custom-made. At first wear, they seem like normal glasses, but a quick look at the seemingly blank tablet will show you that they aren’t.

Playing games on this tablet with glasses custom-fitted to your child’s condition trains the eyes. By making sure that both eyes are utilized, your child’s eyes will be trained to fully function. This is similar to already-existing binocular training already being done, except there are no cumbersome eye patches, there are fun games to play, and you get to do it at your own time.

You can check out Bloo here.

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Toyota makes $1 billion investment in Grab

The ride-sharing company hopes to expand operations through the partnership



Japanese car company Toyota Motor Corporation announced its US$ 1 billion investment plan for the ride-sharing app Grab last Wednesday. Toyota’s investment aims to improve Grab’s operations in Southeast Asia, particularly towards the app’s new features in GrabFood, GrabExpress, and GrabPay.

Grab officials stated that the investment improves their relationship with Toyota and provides better business solutions, as well. Both companies will look into new strategies towards vehicular mobility in Southeast Asia and better “online-to-offline services.” The investment also ensures that an executive from Toyota will be appointed in Grab’s board of directors, and a team member will be an executive officer in Grab.

The investment will also allow Toyota to integrate its services for driver insurance and maintenance. This means that Grab will provide incentives for its drivers to drive safely and to know when to have their vehicles checked. The two companies are also looking into the possibility of autonomous driving, although no plans have been made yet.

This is not the first time Toyota has provided financial support for the Singapore-based ride-sharing company. A year ago, Toyota funded Grab through its Next Technology Fund — an investment fund for artificial intelligence-based startups. The fund gave Toyota an opportunity to optimize the use of their cars for Grab’s services.

Source: TechCrunch

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