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DxO One camera for iPhone gets Facebook Live streaming, Android version coming soon

DxO Labs launched its first camera hardware more than two years ago. The DxO One is still available for iPhones, bringing with it a 1-inch 20 MP sensor in an extremely pocketable form factor. Today it's receiving an interesting software update, and an Android version of it has been promised for the near future.
That device, coming with a USB-C connector instead of the Lightning port used on iPhones, will be fully revealed on November 2. What we do know right now is that there will be an early access program for it, launching sometime in the next few weeks alongside a 1.0 version of the Android DxO mobile app. The company will use the early access stage to refine the experience on Google's OS prior to a general release.
The iPhone DxO One now has support for Facebook live streaming, as well as multi-camera shooting using both itself and your handset's built-in cameras for multi-angle shots. There's also a time lapse feature which easily guides you through the process and employs something called Auto Ramping in order to avoid flicker effects. All of these new functions come courtesy of the 3.0 software update for the original DxO One, which went out today.
The DxO One is also getting a handful of new accessories from this point on. A new tilt stand lets you mount it with different view angles when used hands-free, and it will ship in the box with the camera going forward.
New optional accessories include a $59.99 external battery pack that should double the camera's runtime, and a Cable Back Door add-on for the existing waterproof housing that will let you have it plugged into power while shooting underwater. The latter is bundled with the Outdoor Shell for free.
DxO Labs launched its first camera hardware more than two years ago. The DxO One is still available for iPhones, bringing with it a 1-inch 20 MP sensor in an extremely pocketable form factor. Today it's receiving an interesting software update, and an Android version of it has been promised for the near future.
That device, coming with a USB-C connector instead of the Lightning port used on iPhones, will be fully revealed on November 2. What we do know right now is that there will be an early access program for it, launching sometime in the next few weeks alongside a 1.0 version of the Android DxO mobile app. The company will use the early access stage to refine the experience on Google's OS prior to a general release.
The iPhone DxO One now has support for Facebook live streaming, as well as multi-camera shooting using both itself and your handset's built-in cameras for multi-angle shots. There's also a time lapse feature which easily guides you through the process and employs something called Auto Ramping in order to avoid flicker effects. All of these new functions come courtesy of the 3.0 software update for the original DxO One, which went out today.
The DxO One is also getting a handful of new accessories from this point on. A new tilt stand lets you mount it with different view angles when used hands-free, and it will ship in the box with the camera going forward.
New optional accessories include a $59.99 external battery pack that should double the camera's runtime, and a Cable Back Door add-on for the existing waterproof housing that will let you have it plugged into power while shooting underwater. The latter is bundled with the Outdoor Shell for free.

Essential sued by Keyssa for theft of trade secrets in battle of ex-Google execs

Essential may be a startup in the mobile space, recently releasing its first smartphone, but apparently that doesn't mean it's safe from being sued. While Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm got most headlines so far in 2017, today we learn about a new fight - and it's interesting from one point of view at least.
Keyssa Inc is suing Essential for alleged theft of trade secrets relating to a new technology that allows phones to connect to devices like cameras wirelessly. Yes, that is exactly how Essential's 360-degree camera accessory sends data to its phone.
Keyssa is backed by Tony Fadell, who founded Nest and sold it to Google a few years back. He then headed the Glass division at the search giant before resigning last year. In the other corner, Essential's CEO is Andy Rubin, Android co-founder and long-time Google Senior Vice President before he decided to pursue other ventures too. So this legal fight is more like a battle between a couple of senior ex-Google execs.
Keyssa claims that it's been working since 2009 to develop a chip for handsets which allows large data transfers without wires or using Wi-Fi. The company wants to make this a standard feature on smartphones, and for that purpose it's partnered with Samsung and Foxconn, among others.
Essential apparently held talks with Keyssa about using its technology in the PH-1 for ten months, but then decided to end the relationship and use a chip from a different company, SiBeam. Keyssa says that Essential's phone features its antenna designs and employs its methods of testing handsets on the manufacturing line. And since the information it shared with Essential during discussions comprised of trade secrets (with a non-disclosure agreement signed and all), Keyssa now demands compensation.
"Keyssa has not been compensated for Essential's use of this guidance and know-how. We are pursuing this action because our attempts to resolve this matter through discussions with Essential have not been successful", a spokesperson told Reuters.
Essential may be a startup in the mobile space, recently releasing its first smartphone, but apparently that doesn't mean it's safe from being sued. While Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm got most headlines so far in 2017, today we learn about a new fight - and it's interesting from one point of view at least.
Keyssa Inc is suing Essential for alleged theft of trade secrets relating to a new technology that allows phones to connect to devices like cameras wirelessly. Yes, that is exactly how Essential's 360-degree camera accessory sends data to its phone.
Keyssa is backed by Tony Fadell, who founded Nest and sold it to Google a few years back. He then headed the Glass division at the search giant before resigning last year. In the other corner, Essential's CEO is Andy Rubin, Android co-founder and long-time Google Senior Vice President before he decided to pursue other ventures too. So this legal fight is more like a battle between a couple of senior ex-Google execs.
Keyssa claims that it's been working since 2009 to develop a chip for handsets which allows large data transfers without wires or using Wi-Fi. The company wants to make this a standard feature on smartphones, and for that purpose it's partnered with Samsung and Foxconn, among others.
Essential apparently held talks with Keyssa about using its technology in the PH-1 for ten months, but then decided to end the relationship and use a chip from a different company, SiBeam. Keyssa says that Essential's phone features its antenna designs and employs its methods of testing handsets on the manufacturing line. And since the information it shared with Essential during discussions comprised of trade secrets (with a non-disclosure agreement signed and all), Keyssa now demands compensation.
"Keyssa has not been compensated for Essential's use of this guidance and know-how. We are pursuing this action because our attempts to resolve this matter through discussions with Essential have not been successful", a spokesperson told Reuters.

You can control Chromecast devices from your phone’s Google Assistant

The Google Chromecast doesn’t come with a remote, so it was exciting to hear that you could control a Chromecast device by asking Google to do it via a Google Home device. The thing is, not everyone has one, and some can’t even buy one in their country just yet. Not only that, they also cost money.
Google Assistant on the Google Pixel Chromecast users will be happy to learn that you can now control your Chromecast by asking the Google Assistant right on your smartphone. Even if you already own a Google Home that lives in a totally different room, you’ll be able to use your smartphone to perform the same actions.
The feature may not have fully rolled out yet, but some users have reported that they can successfully change songs, ask Google assistant to play Spotify or Netflix to a TV or Chromecast Audio, and even control YouTube playback such as pausing or adjusting the volume using voice commands with Google Assistant.
Is this feature working for you? Try it out and let us know!
The Google Chromecast doesn’t come with a remote, so it was exciting to hear that you could control a Chromecast device by asking Google to do it via a Google Home device. The thing is, not everyone has one, and some can’t even buy one in their country just yet. Not only that, they also cost money.
Google Assistant on the Google Pixel Chromecast users will be happy to learn that you can now control your Chromecast by asking the Google Assistant right on your smartphone. Even if you already own a Google Home that lives in a totally different room, you’ll be able to use your smartphone to perform the same actions.
The feature may not have fully rolled out yet, but some users have reported that they can successfully change songs, ask Google assistant to play Spotify or Netflix to a TV or Chromecast Audio, and even control YouTube playback such as pausing or adjusting the volume using voice commands with Google Assistant.
Is this feature working for you? Try it out and let us know!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium currently going for $585 in US

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has received a new price cut in the US. The device - which launched in the country back in June this year, carrying a whopping $799.99 price tag - is currently going for around $585.
Amazon is offering both Pink and Chrome color options at this reduced price. A quick look at the websites of other retailers that are officially selling the Xperia XZ Premium reveals $699.99 price tag for these variants.
For those interested in the black version, sadly, there's no such discount on it, as price tag remains at $699.99, irrespective of the retailer you purchase it from.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has received a new price cut in the US. The device - which launched in the country back in June this year, carrying a whopping $799.99 price tag - is currently going for around $585.
Amazon is offering both Pink and Chrome color options at this reduced price. A quick look at the websites of other retailers that are officially selling the Xperia XZ Premium reveals $699.99 price tag for these variants.
For those interested in the black version, sadly, there's no such discount on it, as price tag remains at $699.99, irrespective of the retailer you purchase it from.

Google Photos' facial recognition feature now works for pets as well

Google Photos already has a facial recognition feature that recognizes faces of people in your photos, so that you can label them (which in turns makes it easy for you to search for a particular family member or friend).
And now, the feature has been updated to recognize your pets as well.
So basically, "you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them," the company said in a blog post.
With the update, the section 'People' - which contains all recognized/labeled faces - has also been renamed to 'People & Pets,' which makes sense. Google says the new changes are rolling out in most countries today.
Google Photos already has a facial recognition feature that recognizes faces of people in your photos, so that you can label them (which in turns makes it easy for you to search for a particular family member or friend).
And now, the feature has been updated to recognize your pets as well.
So basically, "you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them," the company said in a blog post.
With the update, the section 'People' - which contains all recognized/labeled faces - has also been renamed to 'People & Pets,' which makes sense. Google says the new changes are rolling out in most countries today.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ receive price cut in India

Samsung has given its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones a price cut in India. The larger model is currently going for INR 58,900 or $907 (down from INR 64,900), while the smaller one will set you back INR 53,900 or $830 (down from 57,900).
So that's a solid INR 6,000 discount on the Galaxy S8+ and an INR 4,000 on the standard model. In addition to the price cut, buyers also get a one time screen replacement at a nominal price and those making a purchase with HDFC Credit Cards get a cash back of INR 4,000.
There's currently no information on whether or not it's a permanent price cut, and if not, when exactly it ends. So those interested in it may have to act fast.
Samsung has given its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones a price cut in India. The larger model is currently going for INR 58,900 or $907 (down from INR 64,900), while the smaller one will set you back INR 53,900 or $830 (down from 57,900).
So that's a solid INR 6,000 discount on the Galaxy S8+ and an INR 4,000 on the standard model. In addition to the price cut, buyers also get a one time screen replacement at a nominal price and those making a purchase with HDFC Credit Cards get a cash back of INR 4,000.
There's currently no information on whether or not it's a permanent price cut, and if not, when exactly it ends. So those interested in it may have to act fast.