Instagram Promotes Vishal Shah as Head of Product

Instagram Promotes Vishal Shah as Head of Product

Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram said on Monday it promoted its director of product management Vishal Shah as the head of product, effective immediately.

Shah, who joined Instagram in 2015, assumed the position previously held by Adam Mosseri, who was appointed as Instagram’s head in October, following the high-profile exits of co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in September.

As the director of product management for Instagram, Shah headed consumer, business, and revenue products divisions, including search, explore, Ads, IGTV, and shopping.

The appointment of Shah comes at a time when Facebook’s core platform is under fire for how it safeguards customer data, while it defends against political efforts to spread false information.

Facebook has seen many executive departures this year, including departures of co-founders of Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp Jan Koum and Brian Acton.

Late last month, Instagram launched a new feature dubbed “Close Friends” allowing users to share their stories with a smaller group of people.

The new feature, which will appear on the user’s profile in the side menu enables Instagram’s more than 1 billion users to create a smaller group of friends and share stories exclusively with the group.

Facebook has been focusing on Instagram, its fastest-growing revenue generator, as the social networking website’s core platform has come under fire from regulators pushing to improve information safeguards for individual privacy, to combat addiction to social media, and to stop misinformation or fake news.

Rival Snap owner of Snapchat, which faces stiff competition from Instagram has been redesigning the app to lure more users and advertisers. Snap also bagged a $250 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crores) investment from Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as it shifted toward a self-serve model for advertisers.


2018 TVS Radeon 110: All You Need To Know

The TVS Radeon is the newest 110 cc commuter motorcycle and takes on the Hero Splendor View Photos

The TVS Radeon is the newest 110 cc commuter motorcycle and takes on the Hero Splendor

Tight-lipped about its latest offering, the TVS Radeon was launched earlier today as the company’s all-new commuter motorcycle. The bike is targeted at semi-urban and rural markets that promise strong growth and will take on a host of offerings from Hero MotoCorp and Honda Two-Wheelers in the 110 cc segment. There was little known about the Radeon prior to its launch, and the two-wheeler maker has only now spilled the beans on its latest offering. Priced at ₹ 48,400, the TVS Radeon is one of the most affordable bikes in the manufacturer’s stable and here’s all you need to know about it.


Oppo RX17 Neo gets priced in Europe, enters pre-orders

After being released in Japan, the Oppo R17 Neo makes its way to European shores as well but under a different name – RX17 Neo. According to the Dutch store that listed the handset, the RX17 Neo is, in fact, the same device that launched in Japan the other day.

As we’ve said before, it’s actually an Oppo K1 or R15X with almost identical hardware – Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 16MP main camera on the back coupled with a 2MP sensor. The in-display fingerprint reader remains, which is the key selling point of the handset.

It comes at a reasonable price as the store lists the RX17 Neo for €349 with deliveries starting in 5-7 working days. The available colors are red and blue. However, this is far from an official announcement for Europe, so we still need to hear it coming from Oppo, probably in the following days.


Yet another set of Oppo A7 renders spotted online

The Oppo A7 is one of those upcoming devices that seem to love to linger in the rumor mill purely on principle, up to the very last hour before release. We already know its full specs sheet and that it is mostly a re-packaged Oppo Realme 2, complete with a smaller “tear drop” style notch.

Another significant visual difference between the Realme 2 and the upcoming Oppo A7 appears to be the finish on the body. While the former has a pretty distinct geometrical pattern design, available in Diamond Black, Diamond Red, Diamond Blue colors, we had only seen the latter appear in a shade of gold, thus far. The only thing this new leaked render seems to bring to the table is a glimpse at another color option for the A7 – Graze Blue, as well as a name for the gold version – Glaring Gold.

The abstract Realme 2 lines on the back panel might be gone, but the A7 does appear to employ an interesting design of its own, with what appear to be vertical stripes or bands. Going by other renders, this will probably be a paint job, hidden underneath a smooth glass surface, rather than an actual texture on the back panel.

Beyond design, like we already mentioned, the Oppo A7 appears to be almost identical to the Realme 2 in specs. There is one notable upgrade to the selfie camera, now set at 16MP, instead of 8MP. Some of the other basics include a 6.2-inch, 720p, 18:9 FullView display, with Gorilla Glass 3, a Snapdragon 450 chipset, along with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage. The main camera is a 13MP, plus 2MP setup and the whole thing is powered by a hefty 4,230mAh battery. You can check the Realme 2 specs page for more details.

The Oppo A7 is expected to arrive on November 13 in China with a starting price of CNY 1,599 ($230).


Watch Oppo RX17 Pro arrive tonight with a €599 price tag

[“source=ndtv”]Oppo R17 Pro is arriving in Europe under the name Oppo RX17 Pro and we are already in Milan, Italy, for the launch. We don’t expect any surprises from the specs sheet of the three-cam smartphone, but the price was the big unknown before the event.

Well, not anymore, since it was leaked by the guys at Mysmartprice – the 8/128 GB phone will cost €599.

The original specs of the RX17 Pro include a Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.4” OLED panel with an UD fingerprint reader. The screen resolution is 2340 x 1080 pixels with a waterdrop notch on the top. It is made for the 25 MP front-facing camera that along with the ColorOS 5.2 would make the selfies even smarter and better with time.

The main setup on the back has three cameras and we are eager to set our hands on the device. Stick around after the event to read our hands-on impressions of the Oppo RX17 Pro. You’ll know it is over by following the stream below. It begins at 20:20 CET:


Oppo A7 to arrive on November 22 for $230

Oppo A7 specs sheet appeared last month, revealing striking similarities with the Realme 2. The phone will be the cheaper alternative to the Oppo A7x and now we have an arrival date of the handset. MrGizmo reports November 22 will be official launch of the Oppo A7 and the phone will pop up in at least three colors – Glazing Blue, Dazzling Gold, and Rose Pink.

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Oppo A7

Looking at the renders, Oppo A7 will indeed have a 6.2” screen with a waterdrop notch. Reportedly it will come with a 720p resolution of the screen and it will be protected by a Gorilla Glass 3. If the specs sheet from September is true, a Snapdragon 450 is on board with its Cortex-A53 octa-core CPU.

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More Oppo A7 images

Reports say the new phone will have 4,230 mAh battery and hopefully it will have some sort of VOOC quick charging capabilities to top up the power cell faster The price will be around CNY1,599 which translates to $230/€205.


Oppo’s upcoming A7 shows its Snapdragon 450 on Geekbench

The Oppo A7 has been spotted in the Geekbench database, revealing its Snapdragon 450 chipset and Android 8.1 platform.

While still unofficial, the phone featured in a few key leaks. It will pack a Snapdragon 450 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 6.2-inch 1520x720px display and a 4,230mAh battery.

The Oppo A7 has been spotted on Geekbench in two versions – CPH1901 and PBFM00, while previously we saw two more – CPH1905 and PBFT00. All are expected to be the same device for different markets. According to rumor, the Oppo A7 will be announced as the Oppo AX7 in Singapore.


Weekly poll: Oppo RX17 Pro and RX17 Neo launch, will they reach the stars?

They’ve been around for a while, but they have a new name and a new market. The Oppo RX17 Pro just adds an “X” to the R17 Pro and changes nothing else. Sales in Europe start next week, so this is a good time to ask – are you getting one?

At €600 it costs more than the OnePlus 6T and it’s no secret that the phones are based on the same hardware. Not quite, though, the RX17 Pro has a different camera setup that includes dual aperture (f/1.5-2.4) on the main module and a third module as well – a 3D Time of Flight camera.

While we would have preferred a telephoto (or ultra-wide angle) lens to the 3D cam, the SuperVOOC fast charger is nothing short of awesome – with 50W of power, it needs just 10 minutes to get the battery from zero to 40%.

The Snapdragon 710 chipset inside the Oppo RX17 Pro is not the most powerful around, but we suspect that most people (in Europe especially) will prefer if the phone ran a clean version of Android than upgrading to the Snapdragon 845.

To be clear, this question is open to all – are you buying an Oppo R(X)17 Pro? If you’re still undecided, you can check out our hands-on review for more info.

Or, perhaps, you’re more interested in the Oppo RX17 Neo. This one is €350, quite a discount. Be aware that the chipset drops to Snapdragon 660 (a solid mid-range chip) and there’s “only” 4GB of RAM (guess how much the Pixel 3 XL has). You still get the 128GB of storage and – like the RX17 Pro – there’s a microSD slot if you need more.

You’re also getting the same 6.4” Super AMOLED screen (1080p+) and a 3.5mm headphone jack! Still, no notification LED or Always On Display to replace it, same goes for the OnePlus. No VOOC of any kind either, just standard 10W charging. The camera has been bumped down to mid-range specs as well.

But the Neo isn’t quite a direct competitor to the 6T. Its true competition are the likes of the Galaxy A7 (2018) and Honor Play.


Oppo announces over 100 million shipped phones with VOOC

Oppo held an event in Shanghai, called “Super VOOC Flash Charge Day” to celebrate over 100 million shipped devices with VOOC fast charging technology.

The VP of Oppo Shen Yiren, responsible for the Domestic Business of the company, said the new standard is leading change in consumer habits with people plugging their devices in the morning instead of leaving them overnight.

To celebrate the milestone and to pave its way to the new Super VOOC standard, Oppo introduced Pikachu as their ambassador. As part of the promo, the company launched a protective case for Oppo R17 Pro, series of stickers, an NFC sticker tag and the most important – a 10,000 mAh powerbank with 5V/10A output.

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Pikachu will charge your Oppo with 50W speeds

The price of the Pikachu Edition Super VOOC Power Bank is CNY399, or about $60/€50. It should appear on Oppo’s official online store, but for now only the cases are listed.


Oppo A7 is official with HyperBoost and huge 4,230 mAh battery

Oppo A7 started appearing in rumors and leaks a month ago, but now is time for the real deal. The device was introduced at multiple markets with a promo page, but pricing and date of arrival is known only for China.

The new phone has a Snapdragon 450 chipset, waterdrop notch, and a huge 4,230 mAh battery, but the most impressive feature is HyperBoost for smooth gaming, making the Oppo A7 the first midranger of the company with the in-house technology.

The display of Oppo A7 has 6.2” diagonal, 720p resolution and 19:9 ratio. There is a waterdrop notch as is the case with many recent Oppo phones. The Chinese version will have 4/64 GB memory combo, but other markets, like Nepal, will also get a 32 GB variant, both of them with a microSD.

The main camera is keeping it modest – 13 MP + 2 MP. The more impressive sensor is behind the front-facing snapper – 16 MP with plenty of AI features, including a special 8 MP Beauty shot. The setup on the back allows you to edit the background blur after taking a shot. The phone packs a huge 4,230 mAh battery and runs on ColorOS 5.2.

HyperBoost was introduced at a special event back in mid-October as an answer to Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology. The feature adapts CPU and GPU usage to provide up to 31% smoother experience in selected mobile games, including Arena of Valor, PUBG, and the latest FIFA. This is the first midranger to get the Oppo in-house technology and just the second after Oppo RX17 Pro.

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Oppo A7

Oppo A7 costs CNY1,599 ($230/€200) and is available for pre-order in China, while the price in Nepal is way higher – NPR35,790 ($310/€270). The device is available in three colors – Glaring Gold, Glaze Blue, and Powder Pink. They are market-dependent, meaning not every country will get all the variants.