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After Jio, Airtel may launch affordable Android smartphones in India

With over 500 million smartphone users in the country, India is one of the biggest consumers of smartphones globally. However, there are still over 350 million users in India who still use a feature phone. To cater to them and grab a piece of the shrinking pie, Airtel is reportedly planning to launch affordable 4G smartphones in India for the masses. According to a new report, Airtel is in talks with local phone manufacturers to launch its own 4G smartphone at an affordable price. It also looks like Airtel is exploring a plan to come up with both locked and unlocked versions of smartphones, which would be a first in India. If that ends up being true, users will be able to buy smartphones in the form of monthly rental instead of upfront. (Image credit: Future) The telecom operator is said to be eyeing a piece of cake from what Jio and Google have planned.  For those who are unaware, at the Reliance AGM 2020 a couple of months ago, Jio announced that it will bring affordable 4G/5G smartphones to the Indian market which will cater to the local needs. And, the affordable phones will run on Android-based OS. This will be an entry-level smartphone with optimizations to the OS and the Play Store so that they will be accessible even for the lower-powered devices. The phone will also include a local ecosystem that ensures that devices with the apps and services in the Play Store are within reach of…Continue readingAfter Jio, Airtel may launch affordable Android smartphones in India

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12 Best Electric Bikes (2020): Lightweight, Affordable, Folding, and More

Around the country, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces are closed or have limited service. Public transportation is becoming a more iffy proposition, and cities are closing streets to give pedestrians more room to move around near their homes. Enter: the electric bike. You don’t need to be physically fit to ride one. It gets you outside, reduces fossil fuels, reduces congestion, and it’s fun. Over the past few years, we’ve tried almost every kind of ebike there is, from heavy-duty cargo bikes to high-end mountain bikes. Whether you’re tooling around your neighborhood buying wood chips from the hardware store or trying to trim a few miles off the ride for a socially distanced visit, we have the best ebike for you. We will be continuing to test and ride bikes, so if you don’t see one you like now, be sure to check back later. Once you get one, check out our favorite biking accessories and gear for a bikepacking adventure. Have questions about electric bikes? Join the conversation in the comments section below. (Register here for an account.) Updated for September 2020: We removed several older picks, added new information, and added new bikes, like the Cannondale Quick Neo SL. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. Learn more. Source linkContinue reading12 Best Electric Bikes (2020): Lightweight, Affordable, Folding, and More

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This 64TB super SSD is now almost affordable and you can even fit it in a PC

Nimbus Data, the company behind the world’s largest solid state drive (SSD), has unveiled the world’s highest capacity QLC SSD – a 64TB monster called the ExaDrive NL (which stands for nearline). The drive targets the millions of 3.5-inch SATA or SAS hard disk drives that exist in data centers all over the world and will need replacing sooner rather than later. “By combining QLC flash with Nimbus Data’s patent-pending architecture, ExaDrive NL offers enterprise-grade reliability, record-setting capacity, balanced performance, and incredible portability,” said Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. The ExaDrive NL weighs less than one pound, reducing the weight per terabyte by 95% compared to bulkier hard drive-based systems. On top of that, savings in terms of opportunity costs, cooling and power and downtime means that the market share of nearline SSD can only increase as technology improves. The biggest surprise is perhaps the pricing. Nimbus Data’s 100TB flagship SSD costs $40,000 (or $400 per TB) while the smaller 50TB Exadrive DC costs $250 per TB. The ExaDrive NL, however, costs as little as $170 per TB, which is far cheaper than the likes of Samsung PM1643 (note, the latter has a smaller form factor, is available with a SAS interface only and uses MLC flash rather than QLC). The NL series will be available in 16TB ($2,900), 32TB ($5,600) and 64TB ($10,900) models, in SAS or SATA. Nimbus Data has confirmed its price list is updated quarterly, based on flash market conditions (in other words,…Continue readingThis 64TB super SSD is now almost affordable and you can even fit it in a PC

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Samsung’s most affordable 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is now available on Verizon

Samsung’s affordable midrange 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is finally available at Verizon. Compared to other phones released within the past year, the $550 Galaxy A51 5G UW is one of the more affordable 5G phones right now: $900 cheaper than the (discontinued) Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip originally cost, $250 less than the OnePlus 8 5G UW, and $100 cheaper than the Galaxy A71 5G UW. The new Galaxy A51 5G UW comes in just one color, “Prism Bricks Blue,” which is basically a slightly pearlescent blue. Compared to the Galaxy A71 5G UW, the A51 5G UW has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and 128GB of storage. Both phones also have the same 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth camera. But the A51 5G UW has a 6.5-inch OLED screen, making it slightly smaller than the A71 5G UW’s 6.7-inch OLED screen, plus a 48-megapixel main camera, whereas the A71 5G UW has a 64-megapixel main camera. The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G UW retails for $550 on Verizon’s website Originally announced back in April, the Galaxy A51 5G UW includes Verizon’s ultra-wideband 5G network and will add its low-band network when it arrives later this year. As my colleague Chris Welch pointed out in this 5G explainer video, while Verizon’s high-band is “blazing fast,” the coverage areas are spotty outdoors and have almost no coverage while indoors. Verizon is expected to launch its low-band 5G network this fall. The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G…Continue readingSamsung’s most affordable 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is now available on Verizon

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Tesla’s planned five-way stock split will make its shares much more affordable

Tesla has announced a new five-way stock split to take effect on August 28th, which will make the company’s shares cheaper for buyers. The electric car maker’s stock closed on Tuesday at $1,374.39 a share, close to its July all-time high and at a total market valuation of more than $256 billion. But at prices that high, it’s difficult for individuals — especially retail traders using platforms like Robinhood — to own more than fractional shares of the company. If you own Tesla stock by August 21st, you’ll receive four additional shares of common stock on the date of the split. Starting August 31st, Tesla says it will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis. Tesla’s stock is nearly $1,400 a share right now Stock splits are typically neutral events for investors — you used to own one share and now you own five, but the value remains the same. However, the split makes it easier for individuals — such as those Robinhood-using retail investors that love to get in on fast-growing tech stocks — to become official shareholders. For Tesla, it helps defend against claims its stock price is inflated by reducing the total cost of one share by 80 percent and giving the company the appearance of having more affordable and accessible shares. There are also plenty of other, somewhat arbitrary reasons why a company, like Apple or Tesla, may want to split their stock, as laid out in this explainer by Bloomberg’s Matt Levine. Some reasons include not…Continue readingTesla’s planned five-way stock split will make its shares much more affordable

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OnePlus Nord Review: An Affordable Phone with 6 Good Cameras

In 2015, fledgling brand OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus X, an affordable phone with mid-range specifications. It didn’t sell well. Its fanatical and tech-savvy customers clamored for flagship specs, or at least that’s what OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei tells me. “I think back then, the OnePlus X didn’t really appeal to them,” he says. OnePlus hasn’t offered a phone with anything but the latest and most powerful processor since—the same chip you’ll find on competing flagship handsets. Until now. The OnePlus Nord is the company’s newest smartphone. But it’s not just a flashy new name and a cool blue color; it’s the first OnePlus phone in half a decade that comes without the best Qualcomm processor of the year. Hot on the heels of its more expensive OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro phones, the company is selling a 399-euro phone (around $462) because it finally believes you can get all the power you need with a lower-tier chip. Oh, and also because everyone is making cheaper phones. From Samsung and Google to even Apple. Who can afford a $1,000 device these days? This new emphasis on more affordable smartphones puts the Nord in a much better position to succeed than the original OnePlus X. It also helps that it’s a fantastic phone in almost every way. The Omissions Photograph: OnePlus First things first—the OnePlus Nord won’t be available in the US when it goes on sale starting August 4. Pei tells me a Nord-branded phone (not necessarily the same as this)…Continue readingOnePlus Nord Review: An Affordable Phone with 6 Good Cameras

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Google is granting another $4 million towards affordable Bay Area housing

According to Google, Larkin Street Youth Services has been able to secure a hotel in San Francisco to “house homeless youth who have been deprioritized from housing waitlists.” During the pandemic, giving people a safe place to live has been even more important, “given the added risk of contracting the virus among people who are on the streets or in homelessness encampments.” Part of the billion-dollar investment announced last year was a $250 million fund meant to “provide incentives to enable developers to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units across the market.” Today, Google said it’s used that to support affordable housing projects like The Kelsey Ayer Station in San Jose, which offers 115 homes for “people with a range of incomes.” Some $50 million went to Housing Trust Silicon Valley’s TECH Fund towards building more affordable units quickly, and that money has gone towards six projects in the Bay Area “with more to come.” Some of the housing developments Google has invested in are expected to break ground next year. Today, Google announced it’s giving another $50 million from the $250 million fund to the Housing Trust’s Launch Initiative, which will invest in a broader range of housing projects. Google estimates this initiative will create 4,000 affordable units. The tech giant is also looking into modular housing by working with modular home maker Factory_OS and helping them double their production capacity. The goal with this investment is to create “tens of thousands affordable housing units over the next…Continue readingGoogle is granting another $4 million towards affordable Bay Area housing

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The best Lenovo laptops 2020: affordable workhorses and beautiful Ultrabooks

Leave it to the best Lenovo laptops to cover pretty much every segment of the laptop market. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for one of the best Ultrabooks, one of the best 2-in-1 laptops, a dedicated gaming laptop or even if you’re looking for a laptop for college students, Lenovo has your back. The manufacturer even hits the business segment with its Thinkpad lineup, and has some offerings to rival the best gaming laptops. Variety isn’t the only thing Lenovo offers, however. The best Lenovo laptops are known for their stunning design, excellent build and impressive performance – not to mention that cunningly designed 360 degree hinge that’s often copied but never bettered in its hybrid models.  No matter whether you need something for work or for play, you’re likely to find a Lenovo laptop that’s the perfect fit – for much less than you may expect. From high-end multimedia powerhouses to cheap laptops under £500, these are the best Lenovo laptops 2020 has to offer. Lenovo Yoga C930 boasts an excellent battery life, a robust feature set and a strong build. (Image credit: Future) 1. Lenovo Yoga C930 A 2-in-1 laptop experience with little to no compromise CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.9” UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch with Dolby Vision | Storage: 1 TB PCIe SSD | Connectivity: 802.11 AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 720p HD Camera Strong build quality…Continue readingThe best Lenovo laptops 2020: affordable workhorses and beautiful Ultrabooks

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Razor unveils a new lineup of affordable electric scooters for adults

Razor, the company that helped kick off the scooter craze nearly two decades ago, has just unveiled a new lineup of affordable electric scooters for adults. The California-based company is introducing three new models: the EcoSmart SUP, E300 HD, and the C25. Along with the recently released E Prime III, Razor is hoping to expand its footprint in the adult scooter space, while also retaining its title as a trustworthy and recognizable brand in an overly saturated market. Sometimes it seems like there’s an arms race to release the fastest, most rugged, most powerful e-scooter on the planet. Each week, I get pitches on scooters that can hit top speeds of 30, 40, even 50 mph, with jumbo battery packs and dual motors to boot. But there’s a trade-off. Obviously, they can be very dangerous to ride. But it’s also the case that many of these high-powered two-wheelers retail for well over $1,000. That’s more than most people are probably willing to spend on an electric scooter. Razor does not want to play that game Razor does not want to play that game. The company’s fastest scooter, the seated E-Prime Metro, has a top speed of 18 mph — which is on par with lower speed offerings like Bird, Lime, and other shared scooter services. Each of the three new models the company is unveiling today have a top speed of only 15.5 mph, assuming a max load of 220lbs. That’s because Razor doesn’t want to sell you speed; it…Continue readingRazor unveils a new lineup of affordable electric scooters for adults

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OnePlus launches its affordable OnePlus Nord in India and Europe

After plenty of rumors and teasers, OnePlus has finally launched its affordable OnePlus Nord phone in India and Europe. The Chinese phone maker has always tried to make ‘flagship killers’ — phones with high-end specs that are priced below iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices. However, with this new device, the approach is quite different as there’s a larger focus on pricing. The Nord is the company’s second sub-$400 phone, it comes following a five-year wait since the $300 OnePlus X was launched back in 2015. The device is impressive on paper despite the price tag as it packs a lot of components seen on phones above $500. Here are the OnePlus Nord’s full specifications. Specifications Screen: 6.44-inch full HD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G RAM: 6GB(India only)/8GB Rear camera: 48-megapixel gimbal-supported main sensor (f/1.75) + 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor (119-degree field of view) + 2-megapixel macro sensor + 5-megapixel depth sensor Front camera: 32-megapixel main sensor (f/2.45) + 8-megapixels wide-angle sensor (105-degree field of view) Internal storage: 64GB (India only)/128GB/256GB Battery: 4,115mAh Charging: 30W warp charging Software: Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10 OnePlus is going to sell two variants across India and Europe. However, it is also releasing a 6GB+64GB variant for the budget-focused Indian market for ₹24,999 ($335) The OnePlus Nord has a lot of competitors in its price range including, this year’s Samsung A51 and the Realme X3, and last year’s Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro. However, these devices might not be available in all countries OnePlus is launching its device in. The OnePlus…Continue readingOnePlus launches its affordable OnePlus Nord in India and Europe