Sridevi, Nawazuddin & Akshaye Khanna Are All Set To Put You On The Edge Of Your Seat With ‘Mom’

Sridevi’s comeback film English Vinglish did phenomenally well at the box office. In fact, the audience was so taken with the film that they have been eagerly waiting to see Sridevi on the silver screen on a regular basis.


Well, she is soon hitting the big screen with yet another masterpiece called Mom. Unlike her last film, which was a light-hearted yet entertaining drama, this film is a dark thriller. While she carried English Vinglish on her own shoulders, Mom also stars some amazing actors like Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.


The intriguing 66-second long teaser keeps you on the edge of your seat and reveals a very interesting plot. It almost has a paranormal touch to it. With a dark background and some thumping music, Mom promises to be a roller coaster ride.

Just before the end of the teaser, Sridevi asks a very interesting question – Galat aur bohot galat mein se chun na ho, toh aap kya chunenge?

Akshaye Khanna can be seen in two-three frames but it’s difficult to decipher his role in the film. However, watch out for Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing a bald old guy. His unrecognisable avatar will definitely pique your interest.

Without further ado, here’s the teaser:

Mom will hit the silver screens on July 14.


Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest Android smartphones. Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest Android smartphones.

The Galaxy S8 is finally here alongside its larger plus-sized sibling. After months of anticipation and rumours, Samsung has unveiled two of its latest flagship smartphones at a press event in New York. And yes, many of the leaks turned out to be true after all. The launch also marks the release of Samsung’s Bixby, a virtual assistant that comes with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Samsung’s Unpacked 2017 was loaded with information, and we guess you may have missed some important details about the Galaxy S8 and S8+. But we’ve got covered. In case you’re keen to upgrade to the Galaxy S8, but can’t quite decide. Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest Android smartphones.

When can I get the new Galaxy S8 smartphones?

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will go on sale starting April 21. Pre-orders are already live in the US. You can pre-order the devices through all four major carriers.Unfortunately, we aren’t still aware when Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India.

How much do the new Galaxy S8 smartphones cost?

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ prices may vary from across retailers. However, it should be noted that Samsung will be selling the devices without any carrier restriction. In the US, the unlocked Galaxy S8 will cost $724.99 (or approx Rs. 47,033) and $824.99 (or approx Rs. 53,521) for the Galaxy S8+.

What colours can I buy?

The new Galaxy S8 series come in five colour options: midnight black, orchid gray, arctic silver, coral blue and maple gold.

What sizes will the Galaxy S8 come in?

Just like its two predecessors, the Galaxy S8 will come in two screen sizes. The smaller Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch while the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch display. Both smartphones have a screen resolution of 2960×1440 pixels but the Galaxy S8 has a higher ppi. Both come with curved-edge Super AMOLED screens, which Samsung likes to call “Infinity Display” due to the increased screen size. The reason for the Galaxy S8’s unusual shape is because of its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 rather than the standard 16:9.

How powerful is the Galaxy S8+ over the Galaxy S8?

Well, actually no. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will have different processors depending on which country you live in. If you’re based in the US, then you will be getting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. The powerful processor comes with a couple of new technology such as 25 per cent battery energy efficiency over the Snapdragon 820, Bluetooth 5.0 support and better graphics.

If you’re in the UK, and parts of Asia however, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor. Both processors are built using the new 10nm process, so you are not going to find a major difference in performance. Both the devices come with 4GB RAM and run Android 7.0 Nougat with a redesigned TouchWiz skin. Both phones also come with 64GB storage and a microSD card slot with a support for 256GB.

Do the new smartphones have better cameras?

Each year, Samsung makes the camera better. This year, you’ll find a 12-megapixel camera on the back of both models. That’s the same megapixel count as last year, alongside an f/1.7 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). Nothing much has changed, unfortunately. On the front, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with an 8-megapixel shooter with an f/1.7 aperture and autofocus.

Do these phones have a home button?

The physical home button has been removed, and replaced with a pressure sensitive button underneath the screen. This would be the big jump from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

Is it true the fingerprint scanner is now located on the back?

Yes, the fingerprint scanner is now located on the back of the phones, next to the camera module. Basically, it is designed to be used with the index finger rather than the thumb. Plus, the devices also support an Iris scanner for added security.

What about the headphone jack? Is it still there?

Well, yes, Samsung has no plans to ditch the traditional headphone jack anytime soon. The good news is that you can still listen to your favourite tracks through wired headphones. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come bundled with a pair of wired headphones from Harman’s AKG brand, which is known for churning high-end audio products. The wired Harmon AKG headphones cost $99 (or approx Rs. 6428).

Has the battery improved?

One major difference between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 is the battery size. The Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8+ gets a 3,500mAh battery. We think Samsung did not want to push larger batteries after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Still water resistant?

Yes, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are water resistant in nature. They are IP68 certified, meaning the devices can be submerged in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

What is Bixby? I’m confused.

The most incremental change you will find on the Galaxy S8 is the arrival of Bixby, the built-in AI assistant. Samsung sees Bixby so important that it’s got a dedicated button on the left-hand side of the phone below the volume buttons. Unlike Siri or Google Assistant, Samsung claims Bixby is more “intelligent” and designed for “completeness” allowing users to use your voice for everything you would otherwise do by tapping the screen. Additionally, it’s got image recognition feature that works with the camera. Essentially, it identify an object and provide additional info or suggest where you could purchase it. Well, this feature resembles the Firefly feature that was first debuted on the Amazon Fire Phone.

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UK release date, price, specs and rumours

The next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, called the Galaxy S8, is due for release in the coming months.

Samsung will be hoping to regain consumer trust after the botched release of the Note 7 phone last year with the S8. As part of its bid, it will bring some of the standout features of the recalled Note 7 to the S8, as well as safe batteries and a new AI assistant.

Voice assistant Bixby, the much-rumoured artificial intelligence system, will be introduced when the Galaxy S8 smartphone is unveiled later this month, Samsung has confirmed.

What features and specs will it have?

Samsung is expected to ditch the home button on the upcoming Galaxy S8 to make way for a larger screen that fills the front of the device.

It will reportedly come in two sizes, with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved edge screens – with the larger being called the Galaxy S8 Plus. The curved screen was used in the S6 and S7 Edge, but this would be the first time it features on both of Samsung’s flagships.

Such large displays might sound like they mean enormous phones, but the screens are set to take up a massive 83pc of the front of the phone, meaning the size of the device itself will not change much.


Another standout feature will be Bixby, Samsung’s first AI assistant designed to rival Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Samsung promises Bixby will offer users “a new way to interact with their phone”, claiming it is “fundamentally different from other voice agents or assistants in the market”.

Bixby will be able to support any task users ask of it, as well as understand the current context of commands based on where a user is within an app or service on their device, according to Samsung.

“Instead of humans learning how the machine interacts with the world, a reflection of the abilities of designers, it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us,” Samsung said.

“The interface must be natural and intuitive enough to flatten the learning curve regardless of the number of functions being added.

“With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface designs. Bixby is the ongoing result of this effort.”

Bixby will be gradually applied to all Samsung appliances, the company added.

Edge-to-edge display

I think this is what you’ve been waiting for. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017

The only parts of the front not covered in screen will be a strip at the top containing an 8MP selfie camera and iris scanning sensor that lets users unlock their phone by looking at it. This technology was used in the doomed Note 7 phone last year.

The screen will be AMOLED, have Always On technology and, for the first time, be pressure sensitive – following Apple’s lead with 3D Touch, according to rumours. It is possible that it will be 4K, although Samsung may hold this update for the S9.

View photos The Galaxy S8 is expected to have a headphone jack but no home button, according to leaks More

Leaked pictures appear to have dispelled any suggestions that Samsung is planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

It will probably run Android’s Nougat software and debut Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip. Indications suggest the S8 will come in 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, with a possible 256GB version as well. It will most likely be water resistant to IP68.

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Samsung reveals its 34-foot, 4K LED Cinema Screen with HDR

Samsung is one of the industry leaders when it comes to huge, 4K HDR televisions. Now, the company is set to expand from the consumer market and into the cinema business with its new Cinema Screen, a LED 4096 x 2160 resolution screen that measures a massive 34 feet.

Unveiled during the Cinemacon 2017 conference earlier this week, Samsung says its screen is the world’s first High Dynamic Range LED theater display, able to show movies at a peak brightness level that’s nearly ten times greater than standard cinema projectors (146fL versus 14fL). It also comes with ultra-contrast and low tone grayscale settings that “enable the screen to showcase both brightest colors and the deepest blacks at a nearly infinity:1 contrast ratio”.

The Korean company hasn’t revealed how much the Cinema Screen will cost. But as noted by Engadget, the $30,000 price tag of Samsung’s upcoming 88-inch Q9 TV suggests the 34-footer is going to be out of reach for all but cinema chains and the very rich (who have homes big enough to fit one). It is, however, smaller than most current cinema screens, which usually measure up to 65 feet wide, or around 72 feet in the case of IMAX.

It will be a few years before Samsung’s display start showing up in US cinemas. It’s currently undergoing the DCI certification process, having just completed compliance testing at Tokyo’s Keio University.

VP of Samsung Electronics America, Sang Kim, says the LED screens would benefit those cinemas that rent out their auditoriums for corporate events, concerts, or even gaming competitions.


The Samsung Galaxy S8 official announcement is today, watch the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event here

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is set to be launched today at an event in New York at 10am EDT (8am PT, 4pm BST). We’ll be updating this story ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked 2017 livestream going live (now streaming above), so you can watch the announcement here.

Update: This is the new Samsung Galaxy S8

With that said, this is possibly Samsung’s worst kept secret ever, as everything about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has been leaked already, from design to price and specifications — even the user’s manual with details on key features (see that further down below). Both phones will have curved edges and are expected to go on sale next month (April 21st or 28th, we’ll know for sure soon).

The redesigned Galaxy looks more svelte than its well-regarded predecessor. There is no physical home button, and the whole front is wrapped around in glass with minimal bezels at the top and bottom. Depending on your location the Galaxy S8/S8+ will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processor or the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Galaxy S8 will be 5.8-inch while the Plus is expected to come in at 6.2-inch, both Super AMOLED with QHD+ display resolutions (2400 x 2960) and 18:9 aspect ratio. Other specs include 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel dual pixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera, IP68 waterproofing, wireless charging, and 3000mAh / 3500mAh batteries. The devices will run Android 7.0 Nougat.

We liked the Galaxy S7 Edge a lot. Now Samsung has to deliver on finer details like software (including carrier restrictions and bloat), improved palm detection when holding the phone by the thin edges, durability, and so on.

Along with Apple’s next-gen iPhone (expected in September), the new Galaxy is easily one of the most anticipated tech launches of the year. This year Samsung has not only to worry about the Android competition and getting ahead of the pack so it’s still relevant by year’s end when the new iPhone will be out, but it has to overcome its own wrongdoing after the failed Galaxy Note 7.

The Korean company will also be revealing the new and improved Gear VR headset that works with the S8/S8+ at the Unpacked event.

Just yesterday Samsung accidentally leaked the Galaxy S8 user guide, which lists many of the phone’s key features. It’s taken down since, but not before someone saved a copy, here it is courtesy of Phandroid:


Always On display – View various information, such as a clock or calendar, even when the screen is off.

Multi window – You can run two apps simultaneously without changing the screen. If you use the snap window feature, you can select an area and pin it to the top of the screen and use other apps or features in the lower window.

Edge screen – With various Edge panels, you can access frequently used features quickly and easily. You can also capture an area of content and share it with others.


Hello Bixby – View frequently updated content, such as the weather, reminders, and alarms, in one place. Hello Bixby analyses your usage patterns and provides suggested information, apps, and functions based on your routine.

Bixby Vision (image search) – Bixby Vision is an image search feature that lets you search for relevant information conveniently. Activate Bixby Vision and scan objects or locations with the camera to search for products online or nearby places. You can also translate detected text.

Reminder – Schedule notifications and to-do items or use location reminders. You can also create reminders from videos, images, or websites to view them later.

Bixby (intelligent voice assistant) – Bixby is an intelligent voice assistant that helps you use the device more conveniently. Press the Bixby key or say “Bixby.” Bixby will respond to you. Start a conversation by talking or typing. Bixby will launch a function you request or show the information you want.


Iris recognition – The iris recognition feature uses the unique characteristics of your irises, such as their shape and patten, to strengthen the security of your device. You can use your iris data to quickly unlock your screen, verify your Samsung account, and sign into webpages and more.

Fingerprint recognition – A built-in capacitive sensor reads your fingerprint when you touch it from any direction. Use your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone and pay with Samsung Pay.

Face recognition – Unlock the screen using facial recognition instead of drawing a pattern or entering a PIN or password.

Secure Folder – Protect your private content and apps in Secure Folder. Photos, memos, and apps in Secure Folder cannot by accessed by others. You can also keep your private content and apps secure by hiding Secure Folder when the device is unlocked.

Samsung Pass – Register your IDs and passwords for websites to Samsung Pass and verify your identity securely via your biometric data, rather than entering your login information.


Experience the improved camera for taking photos. You can either take clear selfies with the front camera’s smart Auto Focus (AF) feature and create various scenes with the various shooting modes and optimized filters.



Microsoft rolls out new Cortana feature

These features are all usable without requiring people to unlock their devices.

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Android users which allows them to access and use Cortana from the lock screen on their smartphones. The feature is situated above the lock screen and users can swipe on the lock screen to view Cortana’s basic information screen. Users can ask Cortana questions, set reminders, and view their calendar appointments.

These features are all usable without requiring people to unlock their devices. Microsoft has also improved Cortana home on Android, which now includes information like daily schedules, commute times, reminders, as well as shortcuts for creating reminders and calendar items.

The app has been designed specifically for your mobile life with quick action buttons and voice to get what you need quickly, a streamlined design and widgets for smartphones.

Lastly, Microsoft is making Cortana available to Android and iOS devices in Australia. The new version of Cortana with lock screen access for Android is free to download from the Google Play Store.


Microsoft’s Cortana can now be accessed on Android lock screen

Users can quickly swipe Microsoft Cortana to see access information about their day; and interact with the it without having to unlock their Android device. Users can quickly swipe Microsoft Cortana to see access information about their day; and interact with the it without having to unlock their Android device.

Microsoft Cortana is now available for iOS users in Australia. The voice-assistant is already available for iOS users in the US and UK. The Redmond-base technology giant has announced several updates for Cortana home on Android as well. This includes the ability to get Cortana on device’s lock screen, a feature which was in beta since January. It is now available for everyone.

Cortana now sits above the lock screen on Android. Users can quickly swipe Cortana to see access information about their day; and interact with the voice-assistant to get answers, set a reminder and more without having to unlock their Android device.

Cortana home on Android now gives glanceable information such as user’s schedule, commute times as well as upcoming reminders. Users can quickly add reminders and new calendar items to their day. Microsoft has made it easier to access lists so users can view, edit and add items quickly.

Further, Cortana keeps track of the things that can be used across all the platforms. For example, users can set a reminder on their PC and get it on their mobile phone. The Cortana app can now give a missed call alert on user’s Windows 10 PC. It can also send a text back to the caller, and it can all be down without leaving the PC.

Cortana app has been optimised for mobile phones with quick action buttons and voice. Its design for Android and iOS has been streamlined design. “The more simplified look and feel for the apps makes it faster and easier than ever before to get things done with quick actions, putting the most frequent things you do front and center, so setting a reminder or viewing your reminders is just a tap away when you don’t want to use voice,” said Laura Jones / Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cortana in a blog post.

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