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OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfect

Recently when the India Today Tech met OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, one question that we asked was this: Where does OnePlus go from here? The last few years have been wildly successful for the company. So what is it that the company is bringing in 2019? Lau smiled and said that it was going to be business as usual but in a direction that would see OnePlus offer a phone that would not be just a flagship-killer -- in other words, a good enough phone at great prices -- but a thorough blue-blooded flagship phone. In other words, he hinted at an ultra-premium OnePlus phone. Today, after the company's launch event in Bengaluru just hours ago, we know this phone is the OnePlus 7 Pro. "This year we are focussing on an even more premium segment. There is a slight change in strategy. You will see more premium technologies, or even technologies not used in other phones, in a OnePlus device this year," Lau had told the India Today Tech. Today we know that this device is the OnePlus 7 Pro and as we go about reviewing it, we can see that OnePlus has indeed put some technologies in this phone that you won't find in any other smartphone right now.

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At IO 2019, with smarter Assistant, more AI and cheaper Pixel phones Google reconsiders vision of future

Twenty years ago Google began as a company with a mission to organise the world’s information. This gradually turned into providing answers to everyone. You search something on Google, you get answers. Now Google is looking to change its mission again. And the new mission, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the company’s annual event IO 2019, is all about helping Google users getting things done. And getting things done, involves reimagining future, quite literally, with smarter technology tools that use cameras and microphones to make the world more interactive, and according to Google, more helpful to people who inhabit this world. Our mission to make information universally accessible and useful hasn’t changed over the past 21 years, but our approach has evolved over time. Google is no longer a company that just helps you find answers. Today, Google products also help you get stuff done, whether it’s finding the right words with Smart Compose in Gmail, or the fastest way home with Maps, says Pichai.

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Google to let you auto-delete location tracking data

In yet another bid to address privacy concerns, Google is rolling out a key feature that will allow people to automatically delete their Location History, Web and App Activity data. Last year, Google courted controversy when an Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store users' location data even if the users explicitly used privacy settings to turn it off. In a blog post, Google said it is introducing auto-delete controls for users' Location History and Web and App Activity data. "Choose a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved a" three or 18 months a" and any data older than that will be automatically deleted from your account on an ongoing basis," announced David Monsees, Product Manager, Google Search. These controls are coming first to Location History, Web and App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks. "You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you," added Marlo McGriff, Product Manager, Google Maps.

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Trump's proposal on immigration policy may benefit Indian green card aspirants

In a major policy speech Thursday, US President Donald Trump is all set to announce a new proposal to overhaul the country's immigration policy that would give preference to foreigners based on merit rather than the existing system that gives preference to family ties, a move that could end the agonising Green Card wait for hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals. Brainchild of Trump's son-in-law, Jarred Kushner, the new plan primarily focusses on strengthening border security and revamping the system of Green Card or legal permanent residency so that people with merit, higher degrees and professional qualifications could get an easy access to the immigration system. As of now, about 66 per cent of the green cards are given to those with family ties and only 12 per cent are based on skills. The Trump Administration intends to change this. Trump is scheduled to roll out his plan at the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday afternoon.

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Jet Airways’ BKC office space up for auction amid financial crunch

Housing Development and Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) has planned to put on sale Jet Airways' BKC office space in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) after the grounded airline defaulted on loan payments to the tune of Rs 415 crore. Jet Airways' 52,775 sq ft office space in Mumbai will go to auction with an initial bidding price of Rs 245 crore. This is yet another blow to the grounded airline, which was forced to stop operations last month on April 17. The office space which is on the fourth floor of the Jet Airways Godrej BKC building, a 12-storey premium commercial building, will be auctioned on May 15, according to a public notice issued by HDFC Bank. In its notice, HDFC said the borrower (Jet Airways) has failed to repay amounts due to the bank, making it entitled to "enforce its mortgage over the immovable property".

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Naresh Goyal pens emotional letter to Jet employees, hopes for airline's swift revival

Former Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal has penned a fresh letter to employees on May 6, just a day after the 26th anniversary of the grounded airline. In the letter, Goyal expressed his gratitude to employees and thanked them for their constant support. Naresh Goyal said he felt "terrible" that Jet Airways employees have not been not getting their hard-earned salaries, adding that it has been an extremely emotional and difficult period for him and his wife. "For Neeta and me, it has been an extremely emotional and difficult period, most particularly about the non-payment of your hard-earned salaries," Goyal said. Goyal added that he understands how difficult it has become for employees of the grounded airline to survive without a salary.

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Auden’s Col—trekking in the high Himalayas.

A high-altitude mountain pass, Auden’s Col is one of the most fascinating and challenging treks that you can take in India. The Auden’s Col Trek takes you through the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located at a height of 5490 m above sea level. The trekking route has long been considered a dangerous one, and is ideal only for expert trekkers. The high mountain pass links two glaciers on the opposite sides; its starting point is Gangotri, while it ends at Kedarnath. Both Gangotri and Kedarnath are very important pilgrimage destinations in India. Here is a look into the route and all that you can expect on the Auden’s Col trek.

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Best beach or coastal destination: Palolem, Goa

The thing about Goa is no matter where you go, the classic combination of sea, stretches of sand and sunshine almost always comes through. While regulars to the state are sharply divided into 'southies' and 'northies' depending on which part they choose to sink their toes into, it's a well known fact that those looking for a slice of quintessential Goa as it was 20 years ago make a beeline for the south. Here there is more curated, hotel and resort-driven tourism, and far fewer tourists scrambling for their share of sun and sand at the beach. Palolem beach, located in southern Goa, emerges as the most favoured beach in the state, given its location, natural beauty and the range of activities on offer.

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Just like adults, children judge people based on facial features

A research found that just like adults, children by the age of five, make character judgement and adjust their behaviour towards people based on the facial features. The study was published in Developmental Psychology. “For centuries, philosophers, scientists and people, in general, have recognised that facial features fundamentally shape how we judge and behave toward others, yet most of that has been based on intuitions of how adults behave and perceive,” said Tessa E.S. Charlesworth, lead author of the study. “What is surprising is that children, from such a young age, are also swayed by relatively arbitrary facial features in their consequential judgments and behaviours,” Charlesworth added.

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Kim Kardashian Sports Traditional Maang Tikka, Gets Called Out for Cultural Inappropriation

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has always been in news for her jaw-dropping style statements. This time she was spotted donning traditional Indian head jewellery, maang tikka for husband Kanye West’s weekly Sunday Service, which is a private concert that features choral arrangements of Kanye West’s music. The couple has been hosting this service from the beginning of 2019, every week. The 38-year-old fashion mogul posted a picture on her official Instagram handle which she captioned as," Sunday Service Vibe." She undoubtedly looked ravishing in this look but it did not seem to go down well with her followers.