Huawei P10 Teaser is Here; All You Should Know

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 barely a few weeks away, and much-awaited flagship phones being leaked, Huawei released a 20-second teaser on YouTube confirming its next flagship – the Huawei P10 at the Barcelona event.

Also, according to a report, Huawei CEO Richard Ru had posted on Weibo that the Huawei Watch 2 will also be going on stage along with the P10.

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Huawei’s 20-second teaser hints at a dual-camera design with the line: “Change the way the world sees you”, which is divided by two eyes. This is the same metaphor that the company had used to tease Huawei’s P9 dual camera feature.

Watch it here.

Moreover, the upper side shows Huawei’s logo and on the lower side, there is Barcelona 26.02.17, which confirms that this teaser is intended for the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

The Huawei P10 is likely to come in blue and green colour variants, which was suggested by Huawei’s Twitter post.

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Towards the end of the teaser, we can see the background change to a bright green as the lower sign changes to Huawei P10.

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As far as the specifications of the P10 are concerned, there hasn’t been much talks about it; a homegrown Kirin 960 processor, could perhaps be paired with 6GB of RAM. Moreover, in a first, Huawei is expected to leap to a QHD resolution screen for the base (non-Pro/Plus) model.

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China’s Plans Launch of First Cargo Spacecraft in April

China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft in April, state media reported on Tuesday, taking a step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.

President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China’s space programme, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defence. Plans for the maiden voyage of the cargo spacecraft were reported on the front page of the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper.

The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft will be carried into space by a Long March-7 Y2 rocket launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in south China’s island province of Hainan, the daily reported, citing the China Manned Space Agency.

The Tianzhou-1 is designed to dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, or “Heavenly Palace 2”, which China used to carry out its longest-ever manned space mission last October, sending two astronauts into space for a month aboard the laboratory.

The spacecraft can carry 6 tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months, the newspaper said.

For all the advances China has made in its space programme for military, commercial and scientific purposes, it is still lagging the United States and Russia.

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover landed on the Moon in late 2013 to great national fanfare but soon suffered severe technical difficulties.

The U.S. Defense Department has highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations using space-based assets in a crisis.

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L&T, European Firm Set up Joint Venture For Missile Systems

Engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro and European missile major MBDA on Monday announced the setting up of a joint venture to develop and manufacture missiles in India to meet the country’s defence requirements.

The JV, L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, is expected to be incorporated in the first half of 2017 after necessary approvals.

The joint venture — in which L&T holds 51 percent share and the MBDA the remaining 49 percent — will begin with the development of fifth generation Anti-Tank Guided missile, missiles for the coastal batteries and high-speed target drones.

Speaking on the occasion, Antoine Bouvier, Chief Executive Officer, MBDA, said: “Our business strategy in India has always focused on entering into a partnership at the deepest level, not just with the armed forces but also with the Indian industry.”

“The settings up of this JV is a natural progression of our partnership strategy. With L&T, I am convinced, we have found the ideal Indian partner,” Bouvier said.

“We have been trusted partners to the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Navy, delivering complete weapons systems and platforms, command control and sensor systems, designed, developed and manufactured in India for over three decades,” said A.M. Naik, Group Executive Chairman of L&T.

“Over this period, we have worked closely with the Defence Ministry and its different arms in jointly developing and delivering cutting-edge defence solutions,” Naik added.

L&T and MBDA have been working together on the offset programmes for last six year, said Naik.

“When I said by 2021, defence will be very important part of L&T portfolio, I had in mind around Rs 10,000 crore per year as our target. We think we are well on our way,” Naik said.

L&T expects to secure an artillery gun order from the Indian army in a month’s time.

MBDA has been one of the major missile vendors for India and part of aircraft deals, including that recently inked for 36 Rafale aircraft, and Mirage 2000 upgrade programme.

“This has been us involved in the transfer of technology and the production of products and components with the state-owned DPSUs (Defence Public Sector Undertakings) and also with the establishment of very close partnerships with the Indian private sector including large companies and SMEs.”

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Government IT Spending to Grow 9.5% in 2017: Gartner

Led by growth in business process outsourcing, the Indian government is set to spend $7.8 billion on IT in 2017 – an increase of 9.5 percent over 2016, market research firm Gartner said on Monday.

This forecast includes spending on internal services, software, IT services, data centre systems, devices and telecom services.

“Government spending on IT services will total $2,093 million in 2017, a 15 percent increase from 2016,” said Moutusi Sau, Principal Research analyst at Gartner.

IT services (which includes consulting, software support, business process outsourcing, IT outsourcing, implementation and hardware support) is expected to grow 14.6 percent in 2017 to reach $2 billion, making it the largest segment within the IT spending category.

The software segment is expected to grow 15.7 percent in 2017 to reach $1 billion. Desktop will be the fastest growing segment with 16 percent growth in this category, the findings showed.

Devices spending will grow 12.7 percent in 2017 to reach $917 million. ‘Devices’ here refers to printers, copiers, MFPs, mobile devices, PCs and tablets.

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NASA Shortlists Three Landing Sites For Mars 2020 Rover

Scientists have shortlisted three landing sites for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover — slated for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The three potential landing sites include Northeast Syrtis (a very ancient portion of Mars’ surface), Jezero crater, (once home to an ancient Martian lake), and Columbia Hills (potentially home to an ancient hot spring and explored by NASA’s Spirit rover).

The sites were recommended by participants in a landing site workshop, NASA said in a statement on Monday.

The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.

It will also prepare a collection of samples for possible return to the Earth by a future mission.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will manage operations of the Mars 2020 rover.

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Twitter War Erupts Between Donald Trump And Mark Cuban

A Twitter war spurred between US President Donald Trump and American businessman and TV celebrity, Mark Cuban after the latter cautioned the CEOs in a newspaper article “not to cozy up to Trump”, media reports said.

According to a report in Esquire on Sunday, Cuban in Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper advised CEOs on how to act during the Trump administration. He cautioned them to not cosy up to Trump, even though the immediate political payoff could be tempting.

“Do what you think is right. Be an American citizen first,” Cuban was quoted as saying.

However, these remarks did not apparently go well with Trump as he tweeted, accusing Cuban of being a disgruntled former supporter.

“I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!” he tweeted.

Cuban responded by simply writing “LOL”.

Cuban posted the receipts of his correspondence with Trump during the campaign when Trump sent Cuban a letter questioning why Cuban no longer supported him.

Cuban responded with a note of his own and even dropped a hint that he may also campaign for presidency someday.

Mocking Trump, Cuban tweeted that it was better that the President was tweeting rather than governing.

“I don’t know. But isn’t it better for all of us that he is tweeting rather than trying to govern?”.

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BSNL Aims to Complete North East Telecom Project by December 2018

State-run BSNL is expecting to complete its portion of mobile network roll-out project, funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), in the North East by 2018-end.

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“The project was approved in September 2014 but it came to BSNL in April 2016. BSNL is expecting to place execution order in April after which roll-out of the project will start in July and should be completed by December 2018,” a source told.

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The project is part of the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the North-Eastern Region (NER) which was approved by the Union Cabinet in September 2014 but is yet to be rolled out. The project proposal entails an estimated expenditure of Rs 5,336.18 crore which is to be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

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The project envisages providing 2G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas and seamless mobile coverage along National Highways in the North-East region. Under this project 8,621 villages out of the 9,190 unconnected villages are to be covered by 6,673 towers.

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The project has been divided into two parts where tough terrain, which includes two districts of Assam and Arunanchal Pradesh, has been given to state-run telecom firm BSNL for installing about 2,100 mobile towers and the rest was kept for private telecom operators.

Bharat Broadband Network opened tender for installing about 4,500 towers under the project after two years in 2016 but received no bids. “BSNL received bids from five companies but has not been able to finalise it because of external influences which are delaying the project. There have been multiple exchange of letter between the Department of Telecom and BSNL in this regard,” an industry source said.

A BSNL official, involved in the project, denied the allegation saying that the process is running smoothly and communications with DoT and USOF have taken place for clarifications and more transparency.

“Technical bids were conducted but after discussion it has been decided to retest telecom equipment to generate more competition. The government wants to assure that fair opportunities have been given to bidders in fray. Retesting will be completed in March after which execution order will be placed to successful bidders in April,” the official said.

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More Trouble For Samsung: South Korea Prosecution Considering More Arrests of Execs

The South Korean special prosecutor’s office said on Monday it will decide whether to seek arrest warrants for more Samsung Group executives amid a widening influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye.

Special prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told reporters four executives other than Jay Y. Lee, head of South Korea’s top conglomerate, have been identified as suspects and a decision on whether to seek their arrest would be made after questioning.

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Prosecutors had previously said they would not seek arrests for any Samsung officials other than Lee, who is being questioned for the second time on suspicions that he pledged 43 billion won ($37.30 million) to a business and organisations backed by Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support for a 2015 merger of two Samsung units.

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