No One Knows Dark Souls III’s Release Date in India

No One Knows Dark Souls III's Release Date in India

Action role-playing game Dark Souls 3 is due to hit stores the world over on April 12 (well, barring Japan since the game release on March 24 there). India was slated to get the game at the same time. This however, does not seem to be the case anymore.

Eager customers looking to get their hands on the game have been told by local stores to wait as it has been delayed to April 20 at the earliest, while some were informed of availability on April 18. Odd considering that the game was slated for an April 12 release date for the longest time.

Right now, listings for Dark Souls 3 on websites such as Games The Shop show up as “TBA-Slight Delay”. Incidentally, the chain of specialist game stores is run by E-xpress Interactive – the company distributing the game in India. Other retailers like Amazon and Flipkart stopped taking pre-orders last week, only to reopen them today.

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And while the distributor did not comment on the status of the game’s availability, a call to our local Games The Shop outlet resulted in us being told something similar – the game will be available between April 15 to April 18. No reason for the delay has been given at the moment.

You’d think that with a flurry of positive reviews that Dark Souls 3 would make it to India on time. But this is not the case. In the past this has happened with other games from publisher Bandai Namco such as Project Cars. Then again, with India not being a market with a huge demand for RPGs, you can’t exactly blame the Japanese company’s hesitation.

For what it’s worth, we found Dark Souls 3 to be a slick albeit familiar experience. It might not be the last game in the series, but we won’t be surprised if it’s taken in a different direction going forward.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 100S Windows 10 Laptop Launched at Rs. 14,999

Lenovo IdeaPad 100S Windows 10 Laptop Launched at Rs. 14,999

Lenovo has launched its budget-friendly IdeaPad 100S laptop in India, with an end user price (EUP) of Rs. 14,999. The laptop, which is exclusively available via Snapdeal, runs Windows 10 – the highlight of the laptop at this price.

To recall, the IdeaPad 100S was launched by Lenovo at IFA 2015 in September, alongside other IdeaPad and Yoga laptops and convertibles. The specifications of the Indian variant differ significantly however.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 100S sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366×768 pixel) TN display. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor that goes up to 1.83GHz, and is coupled with Intel HD on board graphics. It comes with 2GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, and 32GB of built-in flash storage that can be expanded via microSD card.

Other features of the Lenovo IdeaPad 100S include Bluetooth v4.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, headphone and microphone jack, as well as a 2-cell 39Whr battery that’s rated to deliver up to 8 hours of use. The laptop bears a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and a standard keyboard.

The IdeaPad 100S weighs 1kg, and measures 292x202x17.5mm. The company is also touting Dolby Advanced Audio, apart from the two 1W speakers on board. The laptop is available in a Silver colour variant, and comes with 1-year onsite warranty.

Speaking on the launch of the laptop, Ashok Nair Director, Home and Small Business, Lenovo India said, “Lightweight notebooks that offer superior functionality at affordable price points are a compelling choice in an era where consumers are always on the go and want to stay connected. Another feature that every consumer asks for is a long battery life which we are offering with this really cool product. With its attractive design and specifications, IdeaPad 100S offers unmatched end user experience for both families and professionals.”

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India Funding Roundup: A B2B Fruit Marketplace, Telemedicine Platform, and More

India Funding Roundup: A B2B Fruit Marketplace, Telemedicine Platform, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles investments in Indian startups engaged in price comparison engines, B2B marketplaces, hyperlocal discovery, telemedicine, and hospitality.

VegFru
SaaS (Software as a Service) player Wingify on Monday made an undisclosed investment in VegFru.com, an online B2B marketplace that connects farmers and suppliers in fruit and vegetable trading directly with retailers and large consumers. VegFru.com sees itself as an ‘online-mandi’ where a farmer or a co-op can find buyers giving them the right price, as well as where wholesalers and buyers can find farmers supplying good quality produce at a reasonable price. Registration is free and open to all fruits and vegetables business owners, and there are 5,000 vendors currently listed on VegFru.com, the company said.

PriceRaja
Price comparison and deal aggregation portal PriceRaja, announced Monday that Prashant Puri, Founder and CEO of AdLift, is investing Rs. 2 crores into the company, and will be joining the startup in an advisory role. The website currently sees three million visits and about twelve million page views per month, the company said.

Living Local
Mumbai-based hyperlocal discovery platform Living Local has reportedly raised a seed round of $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.3 crores). Launched in 2014 as a coffee table magazine, the social media platform was launched in January 2016, and is focused on connecting people to neighbourhood activities.

Oyo Rooms
Hotel room aggregator Oyo Rooms has reportedly raised $100 million (roughly Rs. 664 crores) from existing investors, including Japan’s SoftBank, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, DSG Consumer Partners, and Venture Nursery.

Imedilane
Delhi-based telemedicine focused healthcare startup Imedilane has reportedly raised angel funding of $40,000 (roughly Rs. 26.5 lakhs) from angel investors. Its website enables patients to connect with, compare, and consult doctors, who in turn use its service to manage appointments, health records, and billing.

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Hike Takes on Line and WeChat With Games on Hike

Hike Takes on Line and WeChat With Games on Hike

Hike isn’t just a messaging app. In an attempt to emulate the likes of Line and WeChat, you can play games on it as well. Labelled as Games on Hike – Beta, there are five games you can play. These are Chess, Snake, Solitaire, Sudoku, and Word Rush. While they might seem like extraordinarily simple fare, Hike has issued a press release claiming a 100 million game plays across these titles in the first 26 days. The beta was made available to two million Android users on March 9. According to Hike, players are spending over an average of 20 minutes a day playing these games, though it fails to state what it defines as a game play session.

“We’re thrilled that Hikers are loving Games on Hike! We’re still in beta but the response has been tremendous with a 100 million plays in less than 30 days. We’ve really just launched simple, bite-sized classics like Snake and Word Rush that users are able to enjoy without leaving their core social and messaging experience. The tiny size of Games on Hike enables everyone to enjoy them regardless of the capability of their smartphones; and clearly users are lapping them up!” claimed Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger in a prepared statement.

If you’re wondering which studio is behind these games, it’s Tiny Mogul which has been a part of the Hike brand since last year following the departure of its erstwhile studio head, Anshumani Ruddra.

Plans to open up Hike for games have been in the works since 2014, what with the company in talks with several local outfits (most of whom claimed the commercial terms were anything but developer-friendly). This was before deciding to work with its own talent. It’s heartening to see some kind of success for the messaging platform. More so considering that sources close to the company have told Gadgets 360 that prior to launch every Hike user had a maximum of three friends on the app. What this meant was poor virality, which could possibly explain the spate of SMSes lapsed users were getting to come back to the service.

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Google Photos for Web Gets Easier Uploading, Keyboard Shortcuts

Google Photos for Web Gets Easier Uploading, Keyboard Shortcuts

Google has updated its Google Photos client for the Web. The search giant this time has improved the uploading process for Web users and has introduced keyboard shortcuts as well in the update.

As per the company, the Google Photos Web client would let users save some precious time by uploading photos from the PC directly into an album, including the shared ones. The update would also let them use keyboard shortcuts to edit, enhance, delete, download, search, and perform other actions quickly. All users need to do is to press Shift + the letter or a combination of letters to perform a task.

Some keyboard shortcuts include X to select a photo; Esc. to go back, close or deselect; Z or +/- to zoom in or out images; i to show or hide the image info, / to search for photos, o to show original photo, a to auto enhance a photo, [up] or r to rotate a photos, and much more, as detailed on the company’s Google+ post.

Last month, Google made it easier to edit photos on the Web version as a part of an update. Users can swipe between images while staying in the edit mode. As soon as the user moves away from the edit mode, the edits will be saved automatically and can be undone as well by clicking on “Revert to Original”. The company also shut Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service, which launched less than a year ago. Pictures or videos in Picasa online albums will be automatically available in people’s Google Photos accounts.

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Artificial Comet May Help Decode Origin of Life on Earth

Artificial Comet May Help Decode Origin of Life on Earth

In a first, researchers have shown that ribose – a sugar that is one of the building blocks of genetic material in living organisms – may have formed in ice on comets.

The genetic material of all living organisms on Earth, as well as of viruses, is made up of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA.

Scientists have long wondered about the origin of these biological compounds.

Some believe that the Earth was seeded by comets or asteroids that contained the basic building blocks needed to form such molecules.

Ribose, the other key component of RNA, had never yet been detected in extraterrestrial material or created in the laboratory under “astrophysical” conditions.

Now, by simulating the evolution of the interstellar ice making up comets in the lab, French research teams have successfully obtained ribose – a key step in understanding the origin of RNA and of life.

To obtain this result, scientists at the Institut de Chimie de Nice, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, in France carried out a highly detailed analysis of an artificial comet.

The astrophysicists simulated the formation of dust grains coated with ice, the raw material of comets.

They then proposed the first realistic scenario for the formation of this key compound which had never been detected in meteorites or cometary ices until now.

Although the existence of ribose in real comets remains to be confirmed, this discovery completes the list of the molecular building blocks of life that can be formed in interstellar ice.

“It also lends further support to the theory that comets are the source of the organic molecules that made life possible on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe,” the authors noted in a paper published in the journal Science

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Fallout 4 Fan Recreates The Walking Dead Trailer

Fallout 4 Fan Recreates The Walking Dead Trailer

Matt Hamlin is a UK-based video gamer who loves Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 4 and making videos for his YouTube channel. Adding to his recent speciality of recreating trailers for movies and TV shows inside Fallout 4 – which included the likes of Daredevil, House of Cards, and Captain America: Civil War – Hamlin decided to take on the first season of zombie-apocalyptic show The Walking Dead which aired back in 2010.

(Also see:Fallout 4 DLC ‘Wasteland Workshop’ Arrives Next Week)

“Following the disappointment of The Walking Dead Season 6 finale I have modded Fallout 4 and used console commands to recreate the season 1 trailer of the Walking Dead in Fallout 4,” Hamlin noted in the video’s description. “The video includes a few mods made by me that you won’t find on Nexus just yet, such as Rick Grimes’ Sheriff hat and clothes.”

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Apple Watch 2 Tipped to Launch at WWDC; New iPhone 7 Details Emerge

Apple Watch 2 Tipped to Launch at WWDC; New iPhone 7 Details Emerge

An analyst has claimed that Apple may refresh the Apple Watch in June at its annual developer conference – WWDC. In addition, new details about the next iPhone have emerged, claiming a better battery than previous generations as well as a thinner body.

Analyst Brian White has issued his research notes (via MacRumors) with predictions through 2016. White predicts that the Apple Watch successor may bear a 20 to 40 percent thinner body than the current offering. He adds that Apple’s WWDC conference can take place through June 13 to 17 and will have the iconic Moscone West in San Francisco as the venue. It’s worth noting that Apple is yet to confirm dates as well as venue for its annual WWDC conference this year.

“Finally, we walked away with the sense that the Apple Watch refresh will not occur in September with the iPhone 7, but is more likely to occur within the next 2-3 months, and thus we believe an unveiling at WWDC in June makes sense. We believe Apple Watch 2 could be 20-40 percent thinner than the current Apple Watch,” noted the research note. Previous reports have suggested that Apple is expected to significantly improve the battery life in the Apple Watch 2.

Citing people familiar with the matter, White added that the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 will feature a dual-camera setup. The next iPhones have been rumoured to feature dual-camera setup that was tipped by an alleged iPhone 7 cover case featuring massive cut out for the rear camera. White claims that the iPhone 7 production will begin in July.

In the meanwhile, Digital Trends in a report tipped new details on the alleged iPhone 7. The report says that the new iPhone 7 will feature same aesthetics as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Apple is said to cut down on the thickness of the iPhone 7 from the current 7.1mm seen on the iPhone 6s. It says Apple could cut down the thickness to 6-6.5mm. The report adds that the iPhone 7 antennas may finally get a refresh and run only at the bottom of the handset rather than the entire rear, as seen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

In a separate leak, the battery pack of the iPhone 7 has been purportedly leaked revealing the details. According to the leaked image, the iPhone 7 may house a 7.04 watt-hour battery which means it will be larger than the 7.01 watt-hour battery seen on the iPhone 6s Plus. The leaked image was posted by a Chinese site. The dual-camera setup of the iPhone 7 has been spotted in a purported image leaked by another Chinese website. As rumoured, the iPhone 7 is seen featuring a dual-camera sensor with antennas placed on the bottom side of the handset.

The above leak should be taken with a pinch of salt as Apple has not mentioned anything about the upcoming devices and the leaks legitimacy remains questionable.

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Sony A68 A-Mount Camera With 4D Autofocus Launched Starting Rs. 55,990

Sony A68 A-Mount Camera With 4D Autofocus Launched Starting Rs. 55,990

Sony has just launched the A68 A-mount camera in India at a starting price of Rs. 55,990 for the body-only. You’ll also be able to purchase it as a kit with either an 18-55mm (AL1855) lens for Rs. 59,990 or an 18-135mm (SAL18135) lens for Rs. 85,990. The camera will be available across India in Sony’s flagship stores.

The Sony A68 features a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and is powered by Sony’s Bionz X image processor. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 25600 while the Translucent Mirror Technology lets you shoot 8fps continuous stills. The new camera inherits the 4D autofocus system from the more expensive A77 M2 which gives you phase detection autofocus (PDAF) with 79 focus points, including 15 cross points. The camera also has a dedicated f/2.8 sensor point for better low-light shots.

Sony’s newest offerings can record up to full-HD videos in the XAVC S format up to 50Mbps. There’s an Oled electronic viewfinder for framing shots as well as a 460K-dot resolution 2.7-inch LCD with the ability to tilt upwards and downwards. Sony has also borrowed some of the aesthetics and functionality from the A7-series like a control wheel on the back, for quick adjustments. You can assign 10 customisable buttons for frequently used functions. There’s even a front control dial for speedy adjustments of the settings. Last but not least, the A68 features Sony’s SteadyShot Inside to help reduce camera shakes.

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Scientists Discover Hot Super-Earths Being Stripped by Host Stars

Scientists Discover Hot Super-Earths Being Stripped by Host Stars

Using data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope, astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have discovered extra-solar planets whose atmospheres have been stripped away by their host stars.

According to them, planets with gaseous atmospheres that lie very close to their host stars are bombarded by a torrent of high-energy radiation.

Due to their proximity to the star, the heat that the planets suffer means that their “envelopes” have been blown away by intense radiation.

This violent “stripping” occurs in planets that are made up of a rocky core with a gaseous outer layer.

“The results show that planets of a certain size that lie close to their stars are likely to have been much larger at the beginning of their lives. Those planets will have looked very different,” said Dr Guy Davies from the University of Birmingham’s school of physics and astronomy.

The findings have important implications for understanding how stellar systems, like our own solar system, and their planets, evolve over time and the crucial role played by the host star.

Scientists expect to discover many such “stripped systems” using a new generation of satellites including the Nasa TESS Mission which will be launched next year.

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