Motorola is finally ready to bring some new phones to India and will kick things off with the mid-range Moto G6 series. Following some teasers over the past few weeks, we now know that the company will launch the Moto G6 on June 4 as per a new promo page on Amazon India. The promo also confirms that the phone will be exclusively sold on Amazon in the online space. The company has also confirmed the same via its official Twitter handle and adds that the Moto G6 Play will be launched alongside and will be Flipkart-exclusive. Both the phones will also be available at Moto Hub stores across the country.With the Moto G6 line, the company has taken a dramatically different road in terms of design compared to its predecessors. The Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play all sport tall 18:9 display that keep them in line with today’s industry trend. Additionally, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus come with an all-glass design with a Moto X4-like 3D glass back, moving away from the metal design of the Moto G5. Despite the narrow bezels, both the phones sport a home button on the front which houses a fingerprint sensor. The Moto G6 Play doesn’t sport a glass back, but the glossy plastic does give it a glass-like look.#helloyou, gear up for the new #motog family. Get ready to meet the #motog6 on @amazonIN, the #motog6play on @Flipkart & both at a #MotoHub near you! Unveiling on the 4th June. Register now to be the first one to be notified about it. https://t.co/caqLq71AEK pic.twitter.com/slWgbfxfdBadvertisementMotorola India (@motorolaindia) May 21, 2018The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch full-HD+ Max Vision IPS display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. It is offered in two variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. On the back, the phone comes with a circular rear camera setup with dual sensors that includes one 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. Up front, you get an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with a Group Selfie mode. Additionally, the handset is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.Meanwhile, the Moto G6 Play is the cheapest model in the series and sports a similar 5.7-inch bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor and comes in two variants – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB and 32GB. Unlike the Moto G6, the G6 Play gets a single 13-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It bears an 8-megapixel sensor up front and runs near stock Android 8.0 Oreo software out-of-the-box. Notably, the G6 Play gets a larger 4,000mAh battery with fast charge support.The Moto G6 is priced at $249 outside, which translates to around Rs 17,000, while the G6 Play costs $199, approximately Rs 13,000. The official India price of the Moto G6 is yet to be announced but it should be around the same figure or even lower. In fact, we expect the G6 Play to be priced under Rs 10,000 while the Moto G6 should start around Rs 15,000. Motorola is expected to confirm the pricing of the Moto G6 and G6 Play on June 4 along with possible launch offers as well.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)By this time next month, the 2016 college football season will be in full swing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see that most of the country’s top analysts are releasing their version of the ‘Top 25′ rankings this week. FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel is the latest to give fans a look at what he’s thinking will transpire this year. He has some interesting opinions about the strength of the ACC, too.Mandel’s list, which you can view in its entirety over at FOX Sports, is pretty similar to what we’ve seen from others. It won’t shock you to hear that he has defending national champion Alabama as his No. 1 ranked team heading into the season.Here’s a look at Stewart Mandel’s top 10 for FOX Sports. You can check out all 25 teams on his list here.10. Louisville9. Tennessee8. Michigan7. Ohio State6. TCU5. Oklahoma4. LSU3. Clemson2. Florida State1. AlabamaClearly, Mandel is putting some stock in the top half of the ACC this year, with three of the league’s schools finding their way into his top 10. He also has three SEC squads in the group – but that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone.Mandel does not have any schools from the Pac-12 in his top 10 – which will probably upset fans of both Stanford and Washington.Mandel’s selection of Ohio State over Michigan will likely turn some heads, as the Wolverines, which bring back a ton of experience, are a hot pick to win the Big Ten this year. He also has Oklahoma slightly ahead of TCU.Last year, the College Football Playoff was comprised of Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide eventually met in the title game, with Alabama winning a thriller. Mandle has three of last year’s finalists in his top five – while Michigan State comes in at No. 19.
zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise line major Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has agreed a partnership deal with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska.The company, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, informed that the pier is scheduled to be completed for the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season and would be built to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus-class ships.The partnership will provide Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ brands with preferential berthing rights in the popular port destination and allow the company to increase its calls to Icy Strait Point.Currently Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Seven Seas Mariner, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Joy are scheduled to call on Icy Strait Point in the 2019 season.“This partnership marks the latest step in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the area and make a positive economic impact on the Alaska tourism industry,” said Howard Sherman, executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
APTN National NewsThe fifth annual Dreamspeakers Film Festival is on this week in Edmonton.Alberta’s capital city becomes a gathering place for filmmakers, performers and artists from all over the world.The festival provides a spotlight for Indigenous talent and stories and they even have their own walk of fame.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.
Nation to NationThe Commissioner of the National Inquiry examining the staggering rates of Indigenous women who have either gone missing or murdered says public hearings will start in the new year.Marion Buller, appearing on APTN’s political show, Nation to Nation says this won’t be like other public [email protected]
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Looking for Jordan: The case resumes Wednesday against several former SNC-Lavalin and hospital executives charged with fraud in Montreal. The court will hear a motion from the lawyer for one of the accused to quash the case under the Jordan ruling, which set strict limits on the wait times for criminal trials.Poker face: The online gambling company formerly known as Amaya Inc. will face questions Wednesday at a hearing in front of the Ontario Securities Commission, which is investigating allegations of insider trading surrounding the 2014 purchase of PokerStars.Factory figures: Statistics Canada will release its monthly survey of manufacturing for September. Sector sales rose 1.6 per cent in August, their first move higher after two consecutive monthly declines.Not dead, yet: The fifth round of talks for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement kicks off in Mexico City on Friday. The talks are on increasingly shaky ground after a terse end to the last round of talks as the U.S. appears closer than ever to acting on its threats to cancel the agreement.Awaiting inflation: Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for October on Friday. The country’s annual inflation rate continued to accelerate in September, with a reading of 1.4 per cent that brought the data point closer to the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.
SINGAPORE — China’s premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbours that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea.Premier Li Keqiang said his government will favour reforms in the world’s No. 2 economy over temporary boosts from economic stimulus as China copes with a gradual slowing of growth and a trade war with the United States.China can energize its slowing economy by adjusting policies, such as streamlining procedures like business registrations, taxes and fees, Li said in a lecture on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that brings together leaders from the U.S. and across the region.“Despite the downward pressure, we will not resort to massive stimulus. We will make adjustments as appropriate. We want to energize the market, in particular, market entities, and we have the conditions to do that,” Li said in the wide-ranging speech that touched on China’s role in regional development.Li said the government also will “crack down harshly” on businesses that infringe on patents and other intellectual property rights and engage in “other cheating activities.”“China will not stop in its opening up. The door will only open wider and China will continue to deepen reform. Reform and opening up have brought China to where it is today,” Li added.China and the U.S. are locked in a trade dispute over Washington’s complaints that China uses predatory tactics to acquire technologies that could undermine U.S. industrial leadership. The two countries have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.While they have rebuffed U.S. demands that Beijing tone down its technology ambitions, China’s leaders have sought to enhance their own market opening credentials by lowering tariffs and easing access for foreign companies operating in China for some industries.In the quarter that ended in September, China’s economic growth slowed to 6.5 per cent from a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 6.7 per cent. The deceleration reflects long-term efforts to guide the economy toward a more sustainable model of growth and away from excessive reliance on construction spending and exports. But the trade tensions with Washington are adding to the challenges for the Communist leadership, with the two countries imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.Li expressed hopes for a compromise. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are to meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this month.“We hope that negotiations will be carried out on the basis of mutual respect, balance, mutual benefit and good faith, so that a solution can be found acceptable to both sides,” he said.The meetings in Singapore this week will be followed by an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea.Both gatherings address similar concerns about trade, economic integration, regional security and development.Li also said China was hoping to see within three years a regional “code of conduct” governing activities in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.Over U.S. objections, Beijing has moved to cement its claim to most of the South China Sea, including by building artificial islands and military airstrips atop coral reefs. Talks on a code that would belatedly constrain such activities have made slow progress.“China and ASEAN countries will benefit in that process. It will also be conducive to free trade and go on to serve the interest of other parties,” Li said.“I want to reaffirm here that China will stay firm on the course of peaceful development,” he said. “What we hope is to have a harmonious relationship with our neighbours and together, we benefit from our good neighbourliness.”Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. — Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston says he is urging Canada’s transport minister to ensure a reliable supply of rail cars in Northern B.C., where the economy is suffering due to a chronic shortage of freight cars.“The impact of unreliable, and inadequate, rail service extends far beyond grain producers in northern B.C.,” Ralston stated in a letter to federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “Lumber mills and other industries, from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson, are also being seriously impacted by the lack of rail service.”Ralston has asked Garneau to work with northern B.C. chambers of commerce to develop plans for improving oversight and performance of Canadian National (CN) Rail’s system in the region. “Minister Garneau needs to convey that the Prairie backlog at CN Rail and Canadian Pacific Railway is having a detrimental impact on northern B.C. families and businesses. Companies looking to invest in northern B.C. communities are understandably discouraged from doing so because of the risk and uncertainty caused by CN Rail’s unreliable service. While the recent apology from CN is an important acknowledgement of how serious the situation has become, longer-term solutions need to be found.”
The governor says the project does not move the region toward a clean-energy future and he’s concerned about the risk of oil spills and impact to endangered southern resident killer whales off the coast of B.C. and Washington.Canada has purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion and the National Energy Board is currently reviewing its potential impacts to the marine environment.Horgan also announced that B.C. will kick in another $300,000 to help fund a study of a potential high-speed transportation service linking B.C., Washington and Oregon, after contributing the same amount last year. SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state shares concerns with British Columbia about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and will try to influence the project every way it can under Canadian law.Inslee made the comments at a joint news conference in Seattle today with B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is visiting the state to discuss partnerships on endangered killer whales, clean energy and high-speed transportation.Inslee says Washington’s Department of Ecology has made a vigorous, robust statement about its concerns about the pipeline project and he has exercised his right to speak publicly about his objections.
The raging frenzy against Pakistan following Pulwama massacre after a suicide bomber rammed in an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convey leading to the death of 40 soldiers on February 14, had toned down considerably and was nearly put to rest until Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed in a statement that based on their intelligence report, India is planning another attack on Pakistan. The western neighbour’s “reliable intelligence” specifies the time of this attack to be in between April16 and April 20. The foreign Minister’s concern was shared with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a matter of fact – and politics – the retaliation to Pulwama came with the widely-sensationalised Balakot air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed establishment in PoK just two weeks later. The relation between these nuclear-armed nations nose-dived to unprecedented lows after successive events of aggression. Qureshi did not give any comprehensive point on the evidence Pakistan had or the basis on which he could be so specific with the timing, but confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country. Such a stunt in politics deserves an independent and elaborate commentary. Prime Minister Khan blames Indian establishment for whipping up war hysteria over claims of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff. India’s accomplishment in the Air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp, however, is given to doubt after satellite images betrayed little evidence of damage. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIndia refrained from making a statement immediately but eventually replied befittingly and politically correctly that it rejects the statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister and termed it as irresponsible and preposterous. Also, that his statement comes with a “clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” the spokesperson of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. War hysteria was, in fact, whipped up a fortnight earlier when Pakistan sponsored the suicide attack on Indian soldiers. War-mongering is deployed as a political tool. Both sides have a pressing need to focus on development over politics at the cost of development and welfare. The possibility of war between two nuclear-armed nations is a serious international concern and will end up affecting sovereignty and integrity of especially India, given how it has carved an image in the global arena in the past 5 years. Elections happen routinely but the impact of war is suffered for generations together.