Latest Report Suggests iPhone 7 May not Have a Headphone Port

Apple never ceases to surprise us with all its innovations. The latest buzz suggests that the tech giant is gearing up to launch iPhone 7 within the next ten months. The news has already spread like wildfire letting the still born product enjoy its share of glory in the rumor mill.

Latest Report Suggests iPhone 7 May not Have a Headphone PortThe next generation iPhone is speculated to be much slimmer thus lighter than the latest models. It is also rumored that iPhone 7 would come sans the standard 3.5 mm audio jack. In its place, Apple would introduce its Lightning port as the connector in the device for all wired headphones.      

A few companies are already selling headphones purported to offer high quality audio when connected via the Lightning port as soon as Apple launched the same in iOS7 a while back.

Mac Otakara’s blog, a reliable source site, went a step forward and suggested that iPhone 7 would come with Lightning port supported EarPod headphones.

However, people who are already using the exorbitantly priced 3.5 mm headphones need not worry. Apple would surely make some arrangements and offer 3.5 mm to Lightning port adapter to let everybody use the old headphones with the new device effortlessly.  Of course one needs to be the price for it!… Read the rest

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Jailbreaking Apple Devices Running in iOS 9 Including iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

The process of jailbreaking Apple devices changes with each iOS upgrade. If you are willing to jailbreak an iOS device, you have visited the right page.

Jailbreaking Apple Devices Running in iOS 9 Including iPhone 6s and 6s PlusiOS 9: The Current iOS Version

iOS 9 has been jailbroked with a tool available at the moment for Windows only. The jailbreak is compatible with any device running on iOS 9, including the latest 6s and 6s Plus.

How to Jailbreak

Just follow the below given steps if you want to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad running on iOS 9:

i. To begin with, back up the device. Go to Settings> iCloud> Backup and select “Back Up Now”.

ii. Disable the passkey on the device. Go to Settings> Touch ID & Passcode and disable the code.

iii. Enable Airplane Mode by swiping up the screen that will open Control Center. You need to tap on the Airplane icon.

iv. You need to download the jailbreak tool known as Pangu. You would also need iTunes. So, download it as well if do not already have it.

v. Open Pangu and plug in your Apple device.

vi. As soon as Pangu recognizes your device, choose the “Start” option.

vii. Click on “Already Backup”

viii. After sometime, your device will reboot and Pangu will ask you to put the device again on Airplane mode. Once you do the same and the software will continue with the process accordingly.

ix. A little later, Pangu will tell you to open the Pangu app on the home screen. Tap the app and give it access to your pictures when prompted.

x. Your device will reboot for one last time. Disable Airplane mode and open up Cydia. Your Apple device is jailbroken.

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A Comparative Study- Google’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Google has launched Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in India officially. Nexus 6P manufactured by Huawei would cost Rs. 39,999 for 32 GB and Rs. 42,999 for 64 GB variants. The LG manufactured Nexus 4X is available at a price of Rs. 31,900 for the 16 GB and Rs. 35,900 for the 32 GB models.

A Comparative StudyBoth the smartphones would be available both online and through local retailers. While Nexus 5X is an Amazon exclusive, the Nexus 6P would be available only on Flipkart. Pre-order for both the devices have already started today and they are going on sale online from October 2. The smartphones would be available with retailers later this month.

Nexus 6P would come with a 5.7 inches WQHD AMOLED display and 518 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Moreover, it would also have the fingerprint along with smudge-resistant oleophobic coating.

The Nexus 5X will have 5.2 inch LCD screen with FHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This smartphone like Nexus 6P will have fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating.

The Nexus 6P has a all-metal body which is made up of “aeronautical grade aluminum” and Nexus 5 has a “molded polycarbonate” body.

Nexus 6P is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 64-bit processor, Adreno 430 GPU with 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM and Nexus 5X runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor hexa-core 64-bit processor at 1.8 GHz clock speed, Adreno 418 GPU with 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM.

The common factor is the presence of Android Sensor Hub in both the devices. This feature helps to detect movement on the smartphones and had a direct link with the camera sensors as well. This is believed to reduce power consumption as per Google. Another common thing is that both would have Nexus Imprint, Google’s new fingerprint sensor.

Both the smartphones also have the same 12.3 MP rear camera with IR Laser-Assisted autofocus and a 1.55 µm pixels size to ensure better pictures even in low light. However, they have different front camera. The Nexus 6P has 8 MP front camera and Nexus 5X has 5 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

As far as battery is concerned, nexus 5X has 2,700 mAh and Nexus 6P has 3,450 mAh batteries. Moreover, while Nexus 6P has dual-front speakers, Nexus 5X has only one front speakers.

It is to be seen which one makes it mark in the Indian market.… Read the rest

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Exclusive Apple Store Coming Soon To India

Official Apple stores are all set to come to India for the first time. However, the stores would not be run by Apple Inc but by Croma, a consumer electronics chain owned by Tata.
Reports suggest that these stores would have the signature wooden counters and tables even though they won’t be owned by Apple.

Exclusive Apple StoreThere would be a total of six stores in India–5 in Mumbai and 1 in Bengaluru–as a pilot. In Mumbai, they will be located at Oberoi Mall, Juhu, Malad, Ghatkopar and Phoenix Mall. The sixth store would be the Croma store in Jayanagar, Bangalore. These stores would begin operating before Diwali.

Avijit Mitra, CEO of Infiniti Retail, said that they are proud to be an exclusive partner of Apple to open Apple Store in India. They are sure of this being a profitable venture for them.

These stores may not be an Apple Store in the real sense but the entire design, fixtures, furniture and lightings will be the same as seen in their stores throughout the globe. Moreover, the sales staff would be trained by the company itself.

Apple sells its products through premium resellers, who run brand stores exclusively under the franchise model. Apple products are also available at popular multi brand mobile and electronics retail chains. The tech giant has already sold about 1.7 million iPhones in India between October 2014 and September 2015 and now that Apple is going to have its own store, the sale is expected to increase manifolds.… Read the rest

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OnePlus Event Held in Bangalore; Smartphone Assembling to Begin Soon

OnePlus Bengaluru EventOnePlus announced new plans at an event in Bengaluru today and said they would be assembling smartphones in India. The Chinese startup is partnering with Foxconn to start assembling from the latter’s manufacturing unit located in Andhra Pradesh.

“Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” OnePlus CEO and Founder Pete Lau said at the event.

The company has already sold 250,000 units of OnePlus One and 15,000 units for OnePlus Two in India. The latter had its first-ever open sale on Amazon.in today. It will continue tomorrow as well.

OnePlus General Manager-India Vikash Agarwal said, “Ever since OnePlus debuted in India, we have been deluged with requests for invites to buy our products, with more than 5 million registrations worldwide for our latest release – the OnePlus 2 – alone! With the best of our intentions of fastening up the availability process, we have been constrained by a few supply chain related challenges in meeting consumer demands. The local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India.”

The MakeInIndia move would give full time employment to more than 1000 people at the Foxconn’s facility spread across 30,000 s.ft., where the manufacturing of OnePlus devices would start before the end of 2015.

Locally produced OnePlus smartphones will hit the market as early as the end of this year. Foxconn has the ability to manufacture about 500,000 units at its facility per month, which is further scalable according to the demand.

 

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Facebook Innovating With Good Morning, Updated News Feed

Did you wake up to a good morning message from Facebook today? Facebook Inc is in an innovation mode to enhance user experience. Recently, they updated the News Feed feature that would allow content to load quickly even when the internet connectivity is weak. Today, they gave users a surprise with a personalised good morning message that said, “Good morning Nishtha, we hope you enjoy Facebook today”. 

Facebook morning news updateRecent moves from Facebook suggest they are targeting developing markets. Trying to provide solutions for places with slow internet connectivity is a result of that.

Internet connectivity is slow in emerging markets like Brazil, Mexico and India where most people use 2G connection. This makes it difficult to load videos or pictures that require more data. Facebook is hoping to bring in more users from these countries with this update.

The Facebook app chooses pictures, articles or videos to load depending on the signal strength of users. In case of a weak connectivity, News Feed selects content that is faster and easier to load.

Facebook’s director of engineering Tom Alison said that their employees working in India reported problems of slow connectivity that makes it frustrating to use the app. Thus, the social networking site sent a team to India to look into this matter exclusively and to deliver a faster experience for News Feed in regions with weak connections.

Alison said, “News Feed is a product you tend to want to check regularly throughout the day, and that’s not possible when it’s slow to load.”

The updated News Feed will be able to pull up content in low connection area, even in a subway, by pulling up stories that were loaded during their last Facebook visit but not clicked.

 

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Hopes High on Upvoted; New Reddit Website

upvoted reddit websiteReddit, the front page of the Internet, has announced a new website with new content. It is called Upvoted and works as a kind of digital magazine. There will be original digital bits derived from the community but coming from the mother ship, i.e. Reddit, directly.

There are certain stories in this new site that seems to be sponsored but it is nothing new for Reddit as it already is allowing native advertisements in the site. Maybe the new website has been created to offload some of the ads to make both users and advertisers happy.

Upvoted with have contents in the form of videos, Ask Me Anything section, podcast and everything else that Reddit is offering.

Heath Black, product lead at Reddit, said, “We have an editorial team that only works on the Upvoted content. They have editorial oversight into what we write. They will scour every nook and cranny on Reddit on a daily basis to find the coolest stuff, conduct interviews with the creators, and even in some situations orchestrate video AMAs or podcasts,” when asked about how Upvoted works.

The most important different between both the sites is that in Upvoted you cannot comment on any post. However, if you are yearning to do so, you can click on the link provided with the post to follow the original thread and post your comment. Reddit also did not launch any mobile app for Upvoted . May be it will come up with something soon for the mobile users.

Upvoted will publish around 10-20 original content everyday to start with. However, it is planning to churn out around 40 stories a day.

It is now to be seen how Upvoted fare in the vast digital universe.… Read the rest

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US Official Supports Surveillance on the Eve of European Union Data Ruling

A senior US official said, “US intelligence does not conduct mass, indiscriminate harvesting of foreigners’ private data,” on the eve of an EU court ruling, which is deemed to affect several companies including Facebook and related websites.

Robert Litt, who is the legal adviser to the Director of National Intelligence, firmly invalidated all allegations suggesting that Prism, an US surveillance program, allows US officials to look into personal data and information on vast scale.

Litt went ahead and wrote in the Financial Times, “Prism is focused and reasonable. It does not involve ‘mass’ and ‘unrestricted’ collection of data.”

The existence of Prism was leaked in the year 2013 by Edward Snowden, a former NSA agent. This revelation instigated Max Schrems, an Austrian student, to file a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to challenge the transfers of European user’s data to US servers by Facebook.

This case is now being heard in the European Court of Justice, which will be ruled on Tuesday. The ruling will be done on the validity of the total legal framework, called Safe Harbour, which lets more than 4000 firms, from airlines to social media groups to transmit data to the US from the EU.

With the abolishment of Safe Harbour, every kind of transfers would be either restricted or become more expensive and time consuming, under EU laws that forbid data-sharing with nations considered to have lesser privacy standards like the US.

US officials are eagerly waiting for the outcome to decide ways to collect data in the future. The commission is expected to give a news conference on Tuesday at 1500 CET in response to the ruling. … Read the rest

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Use of Laptop Leads to Chronic Physical Problems- Survey

It seems that the most essential thing for today’s youth is the biggest cause of their pain. Yes! You guessed it right, Laptop it is. Doctors are implying that the main reason behind neck and lower back pain suffered by youngsters and professionals these days is the use of laptop for long hours on a regular basis.

Dr. H.S. Chhabra of Indian Spinal Injuries Center said, “Unlike desktops, the laptops haveUse of Laptop Leads to Chronic Physical Problems both the keyboard and the monitor attached to each other. You have to slouch to use it while sitting on bed. Many people keep it on the lap but even that causes lower back pain.”

He also said that about 15% of the total patients visiting their center in a month are students or young professionals suffering from chronic neck or lower back pain due to poor posture.

A survey conducted by Dr. Shankar Acharya, co-chairman of spinal surgery department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital revealed that pain in the neck and lumbar region was common among people in North Delhi who were preparing for civil services.

He said, “These days most of the study materials are available online. These students spend hours together reading from laptops, which causes the musculoskeletal problems. Many of them take painkillers but don’t seek professional advice. Only those with crippling pain approach us.”

A recent survey carried in Finland and Britain showed that about 20% to 40% of youth are suffering from neck or back pain due to poor posture. Another study revealed that females are more affected than males. However, due to lack of survey, nobody knows the numbers of people suffering from musculoskeletal problems in India but the surely it would be extremely high. 

To deal with this problem, doctors are suggesting the use of laptops with detachable keyboards so that the same is placed conveniently to ease posture.… Read the rest

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Moto X Play vs. One Plus 2: What Suits The Pocket

The war is on between Moto X Play and OnePlus 2–the two preferred phones available for the mid budget buyer. Let’s do a quick comparison to see what side the features sway against the prices.

Moto X Play vs. One Plus 2Design and Display

Lets look at the similarities first. Both phones have a 5.5-inch full HD display. However, the display of OnePlus 2 appears washed-out whereas the panel of the Moto X Play looks better.

At the same time, while the Moto X Play is better in terms of design, the Sandstone Black finish of the OnePlus 2 is more appealing. Both the devices are available with alternate back covers. 

Weight

Weighing 169 gms, the Moto X Play  is lighter than the OnePlus 2 that weighs 175 gms. However, the Moto X Play is thicker and shorter than OnePlus 2.

Processor, Performance, Memory and Battery Life

While the Moto X Play runs on 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset, the OnePlus 2 is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset. With 4 GB RAM, OnePlus 2 may get a little bossy over 2 GB RAM of Moto X Play. Though, OnePlus 2 enjoys an upper hand due to better synthetic benchmarks, there is very little difference if you consider day-to-day performance, making competition tougher. 

Some reviewers have noticed that the OnePlus 2 tends to gain heat if games are played for a long time. Moreover, many apps face compatibility issue with the phone. Moto X Play users have not reported these issues. Battery of both the phones lasts a day of medium to heavy usage.

Camera

Moto x Play boasts of a 21 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and auto-HRD, whereas the One Plus 2 comes with a 13 MP rear camera with OIS, dual LED-Flash as well as auto-focus.

Price Point

The price difference between both the phones is high. While the Moto X Play can be purchased for Rs. 18,499, the OnePlus 2 needs you to shell out Rs. 24,999.

With both the phones having a good fan following, it is difficult to say who is going to win the battle in the market. Based on our observations above, I would go with the Moto X Play though!… Read the rest

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