Xiaomi’s decision to become an offline retailer could seriously hurt the competition

Xiaomi has announced that it wants to direct 50% of its sales to offline channels, i.e. physical stores or physical stores. While this has been talked about for some time now, it looks like Xiaomi is finally ready to take the big step in a few months. This is a big move by the company in a market where e-commerce sales are everything. Businesses go the online route to save on marketing costs and other charges that come with displaying their products in a store.

But it seems that Xiaomi is well aware of the fact that online sales alone will not be enough in a market like India. Many citizens are still not tech-savvy and don’t trust online retailers, and with good reason. So having a physical point of sale for these users makes perfect sense. While this could add to Xiaomi’s marketing costs, it could be a smart move a few years from now.

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Wait, can the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Space Zoom follow moving objects?

We’ve established that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 100x spatial zoom is a photographic and technical marvel, but it has a trick up its sleeve that I didn’t notice until recently.

I’ve been using Samsung’s Note-in-disguise large screen Android 12 phone for five months now (mostly uneventfully), but not consistently. The 6.8-inch device is, at 228 grams, a bit heavy, especially compared to my 6.1-inch, 204-gram iPhone 13 Pro. Still, whenever I want the best in smartphone zoom photography, there is no other choice.

We have more clues for Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 pricing

While some questions have been answered about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 – the release date is set for August 10, for example – there’s still a lot we don’t know, including how much these phones are likely to cost.

Retailer listings published in advance and collected by GSMArena (opens in new tab) show prices for these two phones that are marginally higher than what we saw for their predecessors last year. The difference is not big, but it exists.

Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2022: Catch up on everything that happened

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Hello there! Welcome to ’s Marvel live blog where we’ll be following along with Marvel President Kevin Feige as he unveils what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe live from Hall H at 2022’s San Diego Comic Con.

The whole thing starts at 1 AM UK time, or 5 PM in sunny Los Angeles, but excitement is already building…

We can definitely expect some announcements from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, star Chris Pratt is on his way, so expect something, hopefully a first trailer…

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Comic Con has been in full swing since Thursday and there have been some real highlights already. Yesterday, we got another Lord Of The Rings trailer for Prime Video’s megabucks TV series The Rings Of Power, which teased a proper look at original big bad Sauron. You can see exactly where the $465 million it cost to make the series has gone: 

And a first look at the fourth instalment of John Wick, which looks very special indeed. 

Earlier today, we got a chance to see the first trailer for Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, which you can read more about here. 

And Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson kicking all kinds of behinds in Black Adam. 

What are we hoping for from the panel? As well as a look at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? 

And, on the TV side, might we get some sneak peak of Secret Invasion or Loki season 2? We should get something from She-Hulk, given that’s less than a month away now…

But what will the surprises be? Could we get some details on Deadpool 3? A reboot for X-Men? And will we finally find out just who the new Fantastic Four will be? 

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While we’re waiting for this all to get started, Netflix has dropped a new trailer for The Sandman. 

We weren’t convinced by the show’s first trailer. We are now. 

Earlier on, Warner Bros. offered up a look at their movie slate. While it was nice to see Black Adam and Shazam!, the lack of anything on Aquaman, The Flash, The Batman or Wonder Woman felt quite disappointing. 

Also, rumors of Henry Cavill making an appearance to finally map out what’s next for Superman turned out to be unfounded…

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The news is starting to trickle in. Andy Park, Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, has showed off a first poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. 

Looming large there in the background is Kang, played by Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors. Also known as Kang the Conqueror, a time traveler who is out to control history and has come into conflict with a variety of Marvel heroes over the course of his history in the comic books. 

Could this mean a trailer? Who knows? Let’s hope so. 

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Yesterday, Marvel’s animated arm offered up a look at a few things. There were announcements about the second and THIRD season of What If…?, while those in the room got a first look at X-Men ’97, Marvel Zombies and Spider-Man: Freshman Year. 

You can read all about it here. 

We also to got to see the adorable first trailer for Guardians spin-off I Am Groot, which is coming next month. 

Need a refresher of Marvel’s Phase 4 ahead of the panel?

We’ve got you covered. 

Half an hour to go. 

If you need a little pick me up, relive the moment the cast of Black Panther saw footage of the movie for the first time at Comic Con in 2017. It’s an absolute tonic. 

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10 minutes to go. Let’s relive the final seconds of last year’s event. 

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Almost there now. Last call for predictions. Will we see Mahershala Ali’s Blade? A first look at The Marvels? We wait and see…

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It’s finally time. We’ve got a sizzle reel to kick things off, with narration from the late, great Stan Lee. We miss you Stan. 

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And here he is! The man himself, Kevin Feige, ready to roll. 

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Feige is recapping Phase 4, which comes to an end later this year with Black Panther:  Wakanda Forever

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Phase 4 is over. Long live Phase 4. Now onto Phase 5, and a brand new slate of release dates. 

We’ve got a title for the fourth Captain America, it’s Captain America: New World Order, that’s coming in May of 2024.

A new Daredevil series! Daredevil: Born Again, that’s coming on Disney Plus in the spring of 2024. 

And Kathryn Hahn will be wowing once again in Agatha: Coven of Chaos in the winter of 2023.

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After a few rumors that it might not make its planned 2023 release date, it seems like Blade is on track for the fall of 2023

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The good stuff keeps coming! A brand new trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has arrived!

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More news on Daredevil: Born Again, Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are both coming back for the new season. 

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It’s Matt Murdock’s second appearance of the night already, did you catch him in the She-Hulk trailer?

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More big news. Thunderbolts will be final act of Marvel’s Phase 5. It’s coming in summer 2024. 

If rumors are to be believed, then Thunderbolts will be a team-up between Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Sebastien Stan’s Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, Wyatt Russell’s US Agent, and Tim Roth’s Abomination. 

Will that be confirmed today?

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The lucky folks in Hall H have just been treated to the first trailer for Secret Invasion. It doesn’t look like we’ll get to see it, but star Cobie Smulders, who returns as Maria Hill, has told the crowd that this is “…a darker show. It’s going to be an exciting thriller. You’re never going to know who people are.”

As well as the return of Hill and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, the trailer also features an appearance from Don Cheadle’s War Machine. 

Show us the damn thing!

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The crowd are now being shown some footage from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd and the cast have been on stage to chat and have told to expect to spend a lot of time in the quantum realm. 

They’ve also confirmed the one and only Bill Murray has a key role. 

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Now James Gunn is up talking all things Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. 

Sadly, it’s going to be the end of his adventures with the gang in the MCU. 

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The Hall H crowd just got a teaser for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3, but we, sadly, will not. 

In the footage we see Gamora as the head of the Ravagers, an origin story for Rocket Raccoon, and a first look at Will Poulter’s villain Adam Warlock.

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A couple of new cast additions for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Chukwudi Iwuji, best known for his role in the BBC’s excellent drama, The Split, stars as the High Evolutionary, and Borat’s Maria Bakalova stars as Cosmo. For the uniniated, Cosmo is a space dog. This should be fun…

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We’ve not got long left now. Is there time for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? Or are we in for a surprise finale?

And here is Chukwudi Iwuji, in Hall H, in his costume as The High Evolutionary. That’s commitment to a role right there. 

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There’s more. Fantastic 4. A release date. November 8 in 2024. 

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And… Oh My Wow! There’s more. All the hot air about Marvel turning its back on team-up movies has proved to be just that. Two more Avengers movies are coming. 

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is coming on May 2 in 2025, and Avengers: Secret Wars in the same year on November 7. Wow. 

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So the new take on Fantastic 4 and both new Avengers movies will kick off the MCU’s Phase 6. We’re now calling Phase 4 to Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Multiverse Saga…

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Now it’s onto Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Right now, director Ryan Coogler is remembering Chadwick Boseman. What a towering performer that man was. 

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The cast have just been onstage, and Hall H has heard from Tenoch Huerta and Dominique Thorne, who will play Namor and Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’ll be Thorne’s introduction to the MCU before she gets her own run as Ironheart. 

Ironheart is Riri Williams, a genius inventor and MIT student who creates her own Iron Man-style armor suit. It’s a tried and well-loved formula. 

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Yes! Just as we hoped! A first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Enjoy…

And, to go with the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a very, very cool poster. 

A mural of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He will be sorely missed. 

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That Black Panther trailer went down so well, they played it twice in Hall H. But the panel is over. That’s a wrap. 

No Deadpool, no X-Men, but so much to chew on, we’ll try and sum it up now. 

So, in summary, we’ve got two new Avengers movies coming in 2025, a release date and a title for the new Captain America movie, a release date for Blade, more details on Secret Invasion and Agatha: Coven of Chaos. 

Also, the return of Daredevil, confirmations of all-star team-up movie Thunderbolts, and a release date for Fantastic Four. 

It’s a lot. 

  • Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, coming to theaters on February 17, 2023
  • Secret Invasion, coming Spring 2023
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, coming May 5, 2023
  • Echo, coming in Summer 2023
  • The Marvels, releasing into theaters on July 28 in 2023
  • Loki season two, dropping Summer 2023
  • Blade, now confirmed for November 3, 2023
  • Ironheart, sometime in Fall 2022
  • Agatha: Coven of Chaos, either the very end of 2023 or the start of 2024
  • Daredevil: Born Again: coming in Spring 2024
  • Captain America: New World Order, in theaters on May 3 in  2024
  • Thunderbolts, coming to theaters on July 26, 2024
  • Fantastic Four, coming to theaters on November 8 in 2024
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, coming to theaters on May 2 in 2025
  • Avengers: Secret Wars, releasing into theaters on November 7 in 2025

Thanks for staying up with us. It was definitely worth it. There is an awful lot to look forward to in the MCU. 

Jio Summer Surprise Offer announced, plus three months of free data

Reliance Jio, India’s largest 4G network, has once again surprised everyone by extending the subscription term for Jio Prime. The last date, which was March 31, is extended to April 15. In addition, the operator also announced a new offer dubbed the ‘Jio Summer Surprise Offer’, which adds another three months of free unlimited data, calls, SMS and other services to Jio Prime subscribers.

To read: Reliance Jio Prime plan last date extended to April 15

Idea changes plan from Rs 348 to offer unlimited calling and 1GB of data per day

Following the lead of Airtel and Vodafone, Idea Cellular has now revised its Rs 348 plan to offer twice as much data (1GB) along with unlimited local and STD calling. This package comes with a validity of 28 days, just like the other networks. This particular plan is eligible to work with 4G handsets, attracting a large number of customers.

That puts Idea on a par with networks like Airtel and Vodafone, which have an oddly similar plan to offer, albeit at a marginally lower price. Given the kind of competition Jio is unleashing on Indian carriers, it’s imperative the networks do something to get back on track.

8 Awesome Hidden Features on Windows 10 Smartphones

Microsoft recently launched its new high-end smartphones – Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in India. Not only does this mark the launch of a new set of flagships, the 950 and 950 XL also herald the official debut of Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system – Windows 10. With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to unify the Windows ecosystem under one roof. One of the most intriguing benefits of this Windows 10 unification is the flexibility it offers developers through the Universal Windows Platform.

In addition, Microsoft is also emphasizing how the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are perfect productivity devices for users. While we haven’t tested these claims from Microsoft yet, we’ve compiled a list of awesome hidden features in Windows 10 smartphones that you might not know about.

Best Cheap Bluetooth Speakers of 2016

Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, and we’ve reached a point where you don’t have to spend a lot to get a decent pair.

From speakers that are incredibly compact, to ones that are waterproof and dustproof, to ones that offer great sound quality at an affordable price, we have a Bluetooth speaker for everyone on the market today.

Xiaomi Mi 6 should come in three versions with two different chipsets

While Xiaomi is ready to launch the Redmi Note 4 in India on January 9, leaks and rumors about the company’s flagship handset, the Mi 6, are gaining traction.

The latest rumors indicate that the Mi 6 will come in three different variants with different chipsets in each. This also leads us to assume that the other specifications will vary depending on the type of SoC used.

Oh! Lenovo Z2 Plus with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM will arrive on Indian shores on Thursday

Lenovo India is holding a launch event in New Delhi on Thursday i.e. 22nd September where the launch of the Z2 Plus smartphone is widely expected.

The Z2 Plus is basically a rebranded Lenovo Zuk Z2 that launched in China in May. According to the company, the rebranding was done to leverage the Lenovo brand, which is much more popular and spun in India than the Zuk brand.