7 tips and tricks to take better photos from your smartphone

Camera has become one of the deciding factors of a smartphone. Customers seek for a handset with high camera specifications so they could capture shots and shoot videos to get the most professional outcome. But even the best of smartphones with good cameras may not give you the desired shot at times. No matter which smartphone you have, these nifty camera tricks could improve your photography to a great extent. Get the camera settings right Majority of the smartphone users often ignore the settings section of the camera. They usually assume the default settings are good enough to capture the desired shots. However, one can tinker with the settings and choose the best suited options. Users can tune the camera, its resolution, aspect ratio and more to get the best results.

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: India price starts at Rs 60,000, launch date and specs revealed

Apple Inc. finally put an end to all iPhone rumours by launching the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The handsets were announced in the company's keynote event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Both the devices will be available starting September 16, 2016 in the US.

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black and Jet Black colour variants in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage versions. The company has added the aluminium-finish Jet Black and mirrorless-finish Black variants instead of the earlier Space Grey one. The phones will be available in India from 7 October and the price starts at Rs 60,000 (32GB). There is also an iPhone upgrade programme for users in the US, UK and China. The pre-orders in the US starts this Friday and the shipping will commence from September 16.

The antenna lines, which previously ran across the back panel on top and bottom, now run on the sides giving an overall cleaner look. Another fe…

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: 11 best new features

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: 11 best new features
Apple's new iPhones are official. The company unveiled its latest iPhones -- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- at a glittering event in San Francisco on Wednesday. Other than the new iPhones, Apple also launched the second-generation of its smartwatch -- Apple Watch 2 at the event.

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run on new processors, pack powerful cameras and have a sleeker design. Apple has also made improvements on display, storage and battery front in the new smartphones.

Wonder what are the hottest features of the two new iPhones, the ones that make them a must buy for Apple enthusiasts? Read on to find out ... Powerful camera
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have upgraded cameras. iPhone 7 has a 12 megapixel sensor that is claimed to be 60% faster. iPhone 7 also has a quad-LED flash with 50% light output, and can detect for the imperceptible flickering of energy efficient lights. Each camera on iPhone 7 has a di…

Instagram Stories gets ‘Pinch to Zoom’ feature on iOS app

Facebook's Instagram has announced a new feature called 'Pinch to Zoom' that would arrive as a part of an update 'in the coming weeks' on Android. The feature has already started rolling out to Instagram for iOS as a part of the v9.2 update.

"Today we're bringing ZOOM to Instagram on iOS! Pinch to Zoom on photos & videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore," announced Instagram on its Twitter handle.

According to Instagram, 'Pinch to Zoom', as the name suggests, will let users pinch-to-zoom on images and videos that are posted by others on their Instagram feed and the ones that show up in the 'Explore' section of the app. It works on profiles as well. When zooming a media file on Instagram, a lightbox effect takes place and the image pops out of the original frame.

Besides the 'Pinch-to-Zoom' feature, the Instagram for iOS update also brings a new low-light button under its fairly new 'Stories…

Lenovo Yoga Book with Halo keyboard technology launched at IFA 2016

Lenovo seems to be betting big on convertible laptops. The company expanded its convertible laptops portfolio with the launch of four new 2-in-1 devices at a conference on the sidelines of IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Lenovo Yoga Book takes the spotlight among these. Claimed to be the world's thinnest and lightest 2-in-1, the device comes in Android and Windows OS versions.

The highlight of the Yoga Book is the flat keyboard called Halo Keyboard that also doubles up as the writing interface. It has a LCD/touch panel along with touch sensors and backlight, haptic feedback. The keyboard is pressure sensitive as well and is said to be 60% thinner than a typical mechanical keyboard. It is just 9.6mm thin and weighs 690 gram.

The Lenovo Yoga Book features a 10.1-inch full HD display and is powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM. It also includes 64GB of inbuilt storage and is backed by a 8500mAh battery that is said to power the device for…

Reliance Jio data plan tariffs: All you need to know

Mukesh Ambani gamechanging Jio will force the country's top operators to rethink their tariff. Ambani's offer is going to spike the demand for RJio connections. Jio users can optimise their data rates to cost as low as Rs 50/GB but here's what the tariff will cost you:

Starting from the base plan of Rs 149 valid for 28 days , a consumer will get:

1) 300MB 4G data
2) Free unlimited local/STD voice calls,
3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs 1,250
4) Free 100 local/STD SMS.

So, if consumers tend to buy this plan, they will end up paying Rs 508 for 1GB 4G data. That's a bit steep, isn't it? Read on to figure out how Jio fits your pocket:

With Rs 499 pack , a consumer will have benefits like:
1) 4GB 4G data plus unlimited 4G data during night
2) Free unlimited local/STD voice calls
3) Free Jio app subscription worth Rs 1,250
4) Free unlimited local/STD SMS
5) 8GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access

Leaked iPhone 7 packaging image confirms Lightning EarPods and a 256GB variant

There have been reports of iPhone 7 dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack. The speculations left many upset with connecting headphones to the Lightning port needing adjustments. Seems, Apple too has realised that it may face backlash.

Recent leaked images from Nowhere Else website confirm the inclusion of Lightning EarPods and a 256GB variant in Apple 's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

9To5Mac's leak confirms news of the Cupertino giant's smart manoeuvre to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. It also suggests that a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor and a Lightning to USB cable adaptor would come bundled with the box. What's also interesting to note is that the nomenclature given to the earpods - EarPods with Lightning Connector'. It confirms that though the earpods would be similar in design as its predecessors, the change of ports comes out as more prominent.

As per Apple 's usual release patterns, it usually s…

Jio Apps at Rs 1,250: What’s in it for users

- By Spandan Bhattacharjee

Reliance Industries' chairman Mukesh Ambani declared a mobile tariff turf war at the company's annual general meeting (AGM) today and how -- from free voice calling for users over the Jio network to offering hitherto unimaginable data speeds of upto 135 Mbps. So much so that, shares of all incumbent telecom operators slid soon after the elder Ambani ended his 45-minute-long speech.

The company announced up to 10 tariff plans in an attempt to grab the user base across sections. Noteworthy amongst the tariff plans offered, is an interesting note - a Jio app subscription worth INR 1,250 bundled across all plans. The subscription valued at Rs 19,000 annually will be rolled out for free till December 31, 2016.

So what all do you get as a part of the free Jio subscription? Well to be honest, there's a lot on offer. Bluntly said, RIL's going all out to grab as many subscribers from the market as it …

Reliance Jio: 9 things it offers to customers

Reliance Jio: 9 things it offers to customers
At the company's 42nd annual general meeting for shareholders, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani unleashed disruption in the country's telecom industry. Reliance Industries' $20-billion telecom juggernaut, Jio, is finally set to roll out.

The company's plans to offer free voice calls with zero roaming charges to all its customers is sure to change the very face of India's telecom industry.

At the AGM, the country's richest man has set a target of the company achieving 100 million customers in the shortest possible time and set a record as it builds out 4G network across the country.

Here's what Reliance Jio's ambitious foray into the wireless mobile sector offers to the customers. All Jio services free till December 31, 2016
Starting Monday, September 5, Jio's entire bouquet of apps and services (including data and voice) will be available for absolutely free to everyone in the country.


Android users are more honest, humble than iPhone users, claims study

Believe it or not but Android smartphone users have greater levels of honesty and humility, agreeableness and openness personality traits but are seen as less extroverted than Apple iPhone users, an interesting study has revealed.

This may be because iPhone users thought it was more important to have a high-status phone than Android users.

The team from University of Lincoln also found that women were twice more likely to own an iPhone than an Android device.

"This study provides new insights into personality differences between different types of smartphone users. Smartphone choice is the most basic level of smartphone personalisation, and even this can tell us a lot about the user," explained Heather Shaw from University of Lincoln's school of psychology.

However, most of the personality stereotypes did not occur in reality as only honesty and humility was found in greater amounts within Android users, the findings showed.

Shaw and he…

10 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time

1/1110 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time 4 The World Wide Web can is certainly a treasure trove of information, with a large number of websites amongst the billions in existence providing knowledge regarding anything and everything.

As such, it’s near impossible to imagine a world without Wikipedia, Google Search and more.

But as incredible the web is, it’s also home to some totally absurd, pointless and at times, even funny websites.

While some of these parody actual websites, others serve no purpose at all.

Now that you’re undoubtedly curious, here’s a list of 10 such useless websites.

While they don’t have any useful information, you can be pretty sure they’ll help you kill some spare time or even have a good laugh. Weird or Confusing
Just because you shop a lot on Amazon, don’t think you know about everything that the world’s largest online marketplace has on offer.

You can buy some pretty silly stuff on Amazon and ‘Weird or Confusing’ helps you find it. Just go…