• ASEAN-spec Toyota Camry revealed

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    • The ASEAN version of the new eighth-gen Toyota Camry been revealed in Thailand. This model is likely to be launched in India next year.
    • Aesthetically, it’s quite similar to the North American-spec Camry with minor differences. The front is dominated by swept-back headlamps and a massive lower grille. The rear is also quite angular and takes some influence from the modern Lexus saloons.
    • Inside, there’s a stylish new cabin with all creature comforts like leather upholstery, wireless charging pad, 8.0-inch infotainment system, head-up display, ventilated seats, three-zone climate control, etc.
    • Based on Toyota’s new modular TNGA platform, the new Camry has a longer wheelbase as compared to its predecessor, thereby freeing more interior room. The North American-spec model is also praised for its balanced driving dynamics, however, it’s yet to be seen if the ASEAN-spec model retains the same characteristics.
    • The model on sale in Thailand gets three powertrain options – two petrol and one hybrid. It is likely that the hybrid variant, along with the more powerful 2.5-litre, 206 bhp petrol variant will launch in India.
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  • iPad Pro 2018 range revealed with USB-C, slim bezels

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    • The new 2018 range of iPad Pro models is official and they look nothing like any other iPad. There are two screen sizes to choose between – 11-inch and 12.9-inch.
    • Slim and symmetrical bezels on the new iPad Pro has allowed Apple to reduce the tablet’s overall footprint. However, this has also killed the iconic home button, and the new iPad Pro models now rely on iPhone like gestures for navigation and Face ID for biometric unlock.
    • The headphone jack has also been done away with. However, the new iPad Pros also ditch the lightning port in favour of USB-C, which opens up a lot of new possibilities such as powering an external display.
    • There’s a 120Hz LCD display on both models which Apple calls ‘Liquid Retina’. Power comes from the brand new A12X Bionic SoC which offers 2x the graphics performance versus the A11X. The 2018 iPad Pros now have up to 1TB of inbuilt storage option.
    • The Apple Pencil also has a new variant that now magnetically attaches to the iPad and charges itself. The Smart Keyboard Folio has also been redesigned. It can now hold the iPad Pro at two different angles thanks to the rear placement of the Pogo pins on the new models.


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  • Production-spec Tata Harrier unleashed

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    • Tata Motors has rolled out the very first unit of the upcoming Harrier from its manufacturing line in Pune. The SUV will hit the Indian market early next year.
    • The company has also dropped the veil off the Harrier’s exterior and it stays ridiculously true to the Tata H5X concept it’s based upon.
    • Up front, there’s a slick grille that’s flanked by LED daytime running light strips on either side. Then, there’s a steeply raked, coupe-like roofline and exaggerated wheel arches. The rear profile is very Land Rover like, but the sharp tail lights add characteristic appeal to Tata’s new SUV.
    • The Tata Harrier is confirmed to be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 138 bhp. The engine will be hooked up to 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox options, and both models will have multiple.
    • The Harrier, which will likely be the most radical product ever from Tata Motors, is expected to sit somewhere in between the Hyundai Creta’s and Jeep Compass’ price bracket.


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  • Royal Enfield Bobber teased for EICMA 2018 debut

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    • Royal Enfield has officially tested a new motorcycle that’s set to be revealed next month in Italy at EICMA 2018.
    • From the teaser image, the design cues visible make it quite evident that the upcoming motorcycle will belong to the bobber category.
    • The bike teased has a fat front fender, tall riding posture and a single piece seat with an exposed tail end. Therefore, this model has the potential to be one of the most affordable bobber-style bikes around.
    • Another possibility is that this might be just a one-off concept motorcycle which will never make it to production.
    • Right now, there is no idea of what engine will power this new Royal Enfield Bobber. The company has been rapidly expanding its global presence with its new 650cc parallel-twin engine based models, so there may be a chance that the same engine will power this bike too.
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  • Micromax launches two new Android Go phones

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    • Shortly after the Spark Go, domestic brand Micromax continues its launch spree with two new Android Go powered phones – Bharat 5 Infinity Edition, Bharat 4 Diwali Edition.
    • Both these devices are made for the offline market. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is priced at Rs 5,899, while the Micromax Bharat 4 Diwali Edition will set you back by 4,249. Both these phones run on unspecified chipsets.
    • The Bharat 5 has a Full View display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage, fingerprint scanner and a single 5MP camera on the front & back.
    • The main selling point of the Bharat 5 Infinity Edition is its massive 5,000mAh battery, which is quite remarkable considering its budget price.
    • The Bharat 4 is the more affordable option out of the two. It has a 5-inch screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 2,000mAh battery.
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  • OnePlus 6T goes official

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    • After a lot of rumours and leaks, the much-anticipated OnePlus 6T has gone official with a waterdrop notch, no headphone jack, a bigger battery and an in-display fingerprint sensor that unlocks it in just 0.34 seconds.
    • The device’s design is exactly what the leaks had suggested. There’s a 6.42-inch AMOLED display with a new notch design. This screen is of FHD+ resolution and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The rear is identical to the OnePlus 6, albeit the external finger sensor is now missing.
    • The primary cameras on the OnePlus 6T consist of a 16MP main module and a 20MP secondary module, both with f/1.7 aperture. The company claims to have improved the phone’s night time photography through ‘Nightscape’, a new HDR algorithm. There’s a 16MP front camera with new portrait model called ‘Studio Lighting’.
    • Under the hood, there’s a familiar Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256 GB of in-built storage. The battery on the smartphone is now larger at 3,700mAh, however, there’s still no wireless charging on offer.
    • On the software front, the 6T launches with the latest Android 9.0 Pie with gesture-based navigation UI. Prices range between US $549-629 depending on the variant chosen. India prices will be revealed on October 30 evening in New Delhi. Update: Rs 37,999 for 6GB/ 128GB, Rs 41,999 for 8GB/ 128GB and Rs 45,999 for 8GB/ 265GB.
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  • Google homepage gets new Discover feed

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    • Google has started rolling out the new Discover feed on both Android and iOS apps, as well as on its desktop site (currently only in the US).
    • This feature brings relevant information like news stories, sports updates and weather forecasts on the Google homepage.
    • The information shown will be based on the user’s search history and interests. Google’s algorithm is allegedly capable of predicting a user’s level of expertise on a certain topic, and then show him/her content accordingly.
    • On this new feature, Google said, “We’re starting with support for English and Spanish in the US and will expand to more languages and countries soon”.
    • Google has historically always kept its search homepage clean and clutter free. However, the search giant is now making changes to its philosophy so that it can predict the information users consume before they actually search for it.
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  • Jaguar F-Pace petrol launched

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    • Around two after its introduction, Jaguar has launched the petrol-engined variant of the F-Pace SUV in India at Rs 63.17 lakh (ex-showroom).
    • This variant uses a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that makes 247 bhp of max power and 369 Nm of peak torque.
    • For the 2019 model year, the Jaguar F-Pace gets updated with more features such as park assist, lane keep assist, adaptive LED headlights, cabin air ionisation, 360-degree parking sensors and Wi-Fi hotspot & Pro Services for the infotainment system.
    • A few aesthetic enhancements on the SUV include illuminated metal tread plates, chrome switches for the 10-way seats, suede cloth headliner and bright metal pedals.
    • The diesel Jaguar F-Pace currently retails at Rs 63.57 lakh, around Rs 40,000 dearer than the newly launched petrol model. Both engines are offered in the single-spec Prestige variant.
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  • Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion

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    • Microsoft has closed its acquisition of GitHub for an amount of US $7.5 billion. This deal was first announced in June this year.
    • GitHub is a big software development platform which consists of than 31 million developers that create, collaborate, share and build on each other’s work.
    • After this takeover, GitHub would continue to operate as an independent platform, thereby allowing all the developers to use the platform’s tools in the same way they used to do before.
    • “We believe in the power of communities to achieve more together than what their members can do on their own, and that collaborative development through the open source process can accelerate innovation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement to Business Insider.
    • Nat Friedman, the CEO of Microsoft-owned Xamarin, will now take over as the CEO of GitHub.
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  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet launched

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    • After the updated C-Class saloon, Mercedes-Benz has now launched the C-Class Cabriolet in India at Rs 65.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
    • The exterior upgrades on the convertible C-Class include new Multibeam LED headlamps, redesigned front & rear bumpers, two new colours and new alloys. The fabric roof of the car – which opens/retracts in roughly 11 seconds – is offered in four colours including red, black, blue and brown.
    • On the inside, the car gains new trims and upholstery colours. There’s also an updated COMAND system with a 10.25-inch display, smartphone integration and NTG 5.5 telematics.
    • Propelling the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet is a 2.0-litre, BS-VI ready turbo-petrol engine that generates 258 bhp of max power and 370 Nm of peak torque. A 9-speed automatic gearbox comes standard. Merc claims that the car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds.
    • The closest rival to the C-Class Cabriolet in India is the Audi A5 Cabriolet which retails at Rs 69.23 lakh.
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