What to expect from Netflix in India?

Viewers can now access the huge repertoire of domestic and international video contents courtesy Netflix that has arrived in India. The video content that is streamed by Netflix can be viewed on smartphones, laptops, tablets and television screens, a feature that keeps Netflix ahead of other similar companies operating in India. It can also be viewed on larger screens by using Apple TV and Playstation. Netflix exclusively produces a lot of globally popular contents, too.

Netflix in IndiaUncensored content

Considerable amount of uncensored content will be available but all contents streamed by Netflix are rated for the category of viewers that debar children from viewing adult contents. Although plenty of contents have been left out from the catalogue, the collection of new titles is laudable. Indian viewers would be happy to access contents that had remained out of bounds for them, till now.

Bollywood Films

Besides international titles, classic Bollywood films from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun to Piku find a place in the catalog and the process of enhancing the list is already on. Netflix provides a huge platform for independent cinema in India that can now overcome the problem of not finding enough screens to reach to viewers.

Smooth streaming and seamless viewing are assured.

 

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Velmenni Tests Li-fi- Harold Hass’ Technology To Become Reality Soon

Li-fi, the term, which was first heard four years back in a Ted Talk may soon replace the much used Wi-Fi technology. Discovered by Professor Harald Hass of the Edinburgh University the new technology claims to transfer data at a speed of 1Gbps, which is hundred times faster than the present Wi-Fi technology. Though it was initially considered to be just another big idea that will hardly come to fruition, the news of its testing by an Estonian startup company, Velmenni has raised the hope of its becoming a reality in the coming years.

Li-fi is tested at Velmenni

Chief Executive of Velmenni, Deepak Solanki confirmed the news of Li-fi testing to the Velmenni Tests Li-fi- Harold Hass' Technology To Become Reality SoonInternational Business Times and said that consumers can expect to use the technology in the coming three or four years. To test the new technology, the company used a light bulb enabled with li-fi technology and found it to offer a data transfer rate as high as 224 Gbps. As the technology uses light bulb, workers not only transferred their data at a lightning speed but also experienced a smart lighting solution.

Advantages and disadvantages

Apart from the high speed and the smart lighting solution, li-fi offers a host of other advantages as well. As it uses light technology and does not make any kind of interference with the radio signals, it can keep people connected in flights or other places where interference is a problem. The spectrum of light is 10,000 times higher than radio waves. Thus, it will not run out very soon. Yet, like everything, Li-fi too has some shortcomings. Though it does not interfere with radio signals, it intervenes with light signal and cannot be deployed at outdoors under sunlight. The technology also does not have the ability to travel through walls. However, the shortcomings are expected to be recovered once it is released for commercial use. … Read the rest

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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.

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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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ZenBook UX305LA Review: Consider If You Are Willing To Spend

ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ReviewAsus clearly knows how to break the mold and create a completely breathtaking piece of machine. The Asus ZenBook UX305LA is proof of that. Clearly, we are in awe of the new offering made by the Taiwanese giant. Here’s why.

Firstly, it is a good-looking laptop available in three colours–black, white and a stunning gold. It is also available with different variations in color so buyers can choose from Core M, Core i5, and a Core i7-5500U. Apart from this, the laptop has many other features.

Looks:

The new Asus ultrabook is slim and has been tastefully designed with gleaming corners and clean sides. Apple Macbook Air has a clear completion in this one from Asus.

Weight:

It is feather light and we mean it. Weighing 1.3 kg, UX305LA feels like you are a carrying an elegant and a dainty book in your hands.

Display:

It offers crisp picture quality, thanks to a 3200×1800 pixel LED-backlit display. The colors don’t irritate the eyes and the best bit is you can work on this machine for hours without getting tired.

Battery life:

We expected a battery life of upto 15 hours, but the laptop lasts for only 10 hours. This is where Asus could have done some improvements.

Other features:

It comes loaded with two USB ports and features a HD webcam. The laptop also has a SDXC card reader a microphone-in jack, a headphone-out jac.

The laptop will go on sale in India from 15 October. ZenBook UX305LA runs on Windows 10 and is being billed at Rs 97,990. This might be a hefty price to pay but most of the features are worth that hole in the pocket.

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New Year, New Sales But Same Old Problems

Flipkart Big Billion SaleJust as history repeats itself, the Flipkart and Snapdeal big sales have disappointed several online shoppers yet again. As soon as the sale started on Tuesday midnight, both Flipkart’s website and app struggled to cope with the huge traffic coming their way.

Irked customers took to Twitter to vent their feelings. While Shubham Luthra @Shubham_096 tweeted “The app is showing error after every search !!! Not showing the results !” (sic), Asad Khan @Asad96Khan tweeted, “How do you’ll expect us to shop when the app doesn’t open a single thing @Flipkart?”

Even when we tried to access the website, we got the message “503 service unavailable”. It is only after refreshing the page for quite a few times, it loaded fine.

It is to be noted that Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale 2015 is app-only. Users can browse through the site but to avail discounts, it is mandatory to download the app.

Ricky @vohrarohit tweeted, “Big billion days are back on #Flipkart! Anything you click gets out of stock! Flipkart should stop this flop show.”

Some even taunted the owners Sachin and Binny Bansal by asking them to start writing an apology email again, just like last year.

Flipkart Big Billion Sale started just after Snapdeal’s big Monday sale that had some amazing deals and the latter seemed to have handled everything just fine with just a few raised eyebrows about certain offers. However, it is noticeable that Snapdeal does seem to have a lesser inventory for their sales.

Amazon is also holding the Great Indian Festive Sale during the same time period as Flipkart i.e. from 13th October to 17th October. With another couple of days remaining, it is now to be seen who will be able to deal the deals with élan.

 

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5 iOS Games Of 2015 You Cannot Overlook

CrossyRoadiOS_1The market is flooded with gaming apps and millions of titles abound. There are tons of games competing with one another even within specific genres. So many, that it’s difficult to find a good game sometimes, unless one becomes a total sensation (read: the likes of Angry Birds or Clash Of Clans).

As we near the end of 2015, it’s a good time to look back at some of the more noteworthy gaming apps we’ve been at this year. Many of them have been easy to overlook with the unending roulette of apps. We look at five gaming apps that got a dedicated audience and deserve a mention:

 

1. Crossy Road

This was one of the hottest app games of the summer and was designed by Hipster Whale. They specialise in a sort of retro approach to new-age arcade games. The company also put out Pac-Man 256, an endless maze version of the ordinary Pac-Man. With these two titles, they’re starting to be one of the more renowned developers.

Crossy Road itself is like a Frogger-inspired take on the age-old question, “why did the chicken cross the road?” That means you’re hopping across busy highway lanes as a pixel-drawn chicken so it’s endless fun.

2. Agar.io

Miniclip has had a hit on its hands for a while with Agar.io that has been a popular browser-based Internet game for a while. But it’s also suited to play as an app because it works just fine with a touchscreen and makes use of Wi-Fi connectivity to connect with other users.

For those unfamiliar with the app or original browser game, you’re tasked with controlling a blob of space. You can think of yourself as a virus looking to consumer others’ blobs to increase your own reach. There’s a bit more to it than that, but you essentially want to keep growing and expanding at the expense of others while avoiding bigger players who could be a threat to you. It’s a combination between a challenging puzzle and an everyday time waster, and a must-have for any regular app gamer.

3. Avengers Alliance

Plenty of fans have complained over the years about Marvel’s lack of a strong presence in current generation consoles, and it’s a fair argument. But the entertainment giant has always been competitive online, and this game feels like an extension of that success.

Marvel Heroes 2015 has become one of the more impressive MMO options online, and Gala Casino’s selection of online casino games offers a satisfying variety of Marvel characters. Games like these exemplify the best of Marvel gaming—Heroes being a massive world RPG, and the casino games roping in most of the popular Avengers with their own titles.

Avengers Alliance, too, excels by compiling numerous Marvel heroes, and that alone makes it worth a look. The game functions as something of a character collector and RPG aggregate, and is actually a converted Facebook game made for iOS. There’s a plot—collecting a substance called ISO-8 before Dr. Doom and Loki can get it all—but the real fun is in collecting your favourite heroes and taking them into battles.

4. Soda Dungeon

If you’re looking for console-quality graphics that are taking over a lot of major smartphone games these days, this probably isn’t for you. If you, on the other hand, prefer a more old-school arcade experience like what Crossy Road has to offer, you should find Soda Dungeon just as delightful as I have.

It’s a character-collecting brawler in which you can gain new players to enact and then take them on various quests. You attract new characters by upgrading and maintaining a bizarre, dungeon-esque soda bar.

Also, and it’s very tame in case the kids want to play. The whole thing is presented in a perfect pixelated world, just crude enough to look old without being a pain to use.

5. A Blind Legend

This one takes a little getting used to, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. But if you’re the type who likes to really focus on app games rather than fiddle with them once in a while, A Blind Legend might be worth a look. That’s because this is a game designed with no visuals, instead employing the use of surround sound audio to describe your setting and force you into action. Basically, you’re a knight on a quest with your daughter guiding the way, avoiding traps and acting out an adventure entirely by sound and touch.

Apple n Apps described it as “trying to become visionary” (somewhat ironically) in that this game holds the potential to create its own category. It’s not a perfect experience, but it’s certainly different. It’s also good, immersive fun.… 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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