Thursday, 8 September 2016

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 feature hitting the iPhone models for the first time is the IP67 rating signifying the fact that it is water and dust resistant. The models also have a new home button which is now touch sensitive and uses a new Taptic engine for better response.


Besides featuring stereo speakers with a high dynamic range the new handsets, the handsets as rumoured before, have ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and replaced it with the Lightning port-based connectors.

The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Retina HD display. The camera segment is governed by a new 12MP rear camera with a better f/1.8 aperture, 6 Element lens, 4 flash LEDs, flicker sensor and more for a better photography experience. The camera also makes use of an Image signal processor to apply machine learning to distinguish between a human and an object in the image and adjust its brightness, noise and more.

It is worth noting that while the iPhone 7 features a single 12MP rear camera, the larger screen variant comes with two 12MP rear camera with 2x optical zooming capability upto 56mm. Both sport a 7MP FaceTime camera for selfies and video chats.

Talking about the performance, the two iPhone 7 handsets are powered by the new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor. The processor has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores for a longer battery life. It also has a new 6-core GPU which is 50% faster than the Apple A9 processor.

Apple also launched the Apple Watch 2 with new features and design.

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

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
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 different focal length, allowing users to pick between shooting photos with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. The iPhone 7 Plus will also be able to do some software tricks using those two different focal lengths.

It is worth noting that while the iPhone 7 features a single 12MP rear camera, the larger screen variant comes with two 12MP rear camera with 2x optical zooming capability upto 56mm. Both sport a 7MP FaceTime camera for selfies and video chats.
Powered by A10 chip
Powered by A10 chip

The two iPhone 7 handsets are powered by the new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor with 64-bit four core CPU. The processor has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores for a longer battery life. It also has a new 6-core GPU which is 50% faster than the Apple A9 processor.
Go slimmer
Go slimmer

Getting rid of the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack has helped Apple make its new iPhones slimmer and boost its battery lifetime. iPhone 7 also weighs slightly less than iPhone 6, while iPhone 6 weighs 143 gm, it is 138 gm for iPhone 7.
Stereo speakers
Stereo speakers

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have stereo speakers onboard. While there's one at the top, the other's at bottom of the device. Apple claims that this improves the quality of the sound produced as well as boosts its dynamic range.
Water-resistant
Water-resistant

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boasts of IP67 ration, which makes them water and dust-resistant. This means the phones can be immersed in water up to 1m depth. A popular feature, waterproofing has been there in rival Samsung's flagship devices for sometime now.
Gets 32GB as base storage
Gets 32GB as base storage

With iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company is bidding goodbye to 16GB as base storage. The new iPhones will come in three variants -- 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Here 256GB is the new addition, and as always there is no expandable storage.
No headphone jack
No headphone jack

Yes Apple has ditched 3.5 mm headphone jack (as widely rumoured). The company has replaced it with the Lightning port-based connectors. These plug into the phone's charging port. The company has also bundled an adapter with new iPhones so that older earphones can still be used.

According to Apple, analogue headphone jack has been removed for two main reasons; one Lightning is a better connector for audio, two it helps free up space for other components.
New Home button
New Home button

For the first time ever, since Apple launched iPhones the company has redesigned its Home button. The new home button is now touch sensitive and uses a new Taptic engine for better response.
Adds two new colours
Adds two new colours

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 will come in five colours, including the two new colours Black and Jet Black. The other three colurs are Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. Apple is discontinuing its space colured option.

The company has reportedly used robots to spin the aluminium bodies through sand to make it insanely shiny.
Better and brighter display
Better and brighter display

Apple claims the Retina HD displays in its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are 25% brighter than the screens on last year's iPhones. They are also supposed to support much wider gamut of colours.
Longest-ever battery life
Longest-ever battery life

Apple claims that its new iPhones offer 'longest-ever battery'. According to the company, iPhone 7 will give at least 2 more hours of battery as compared to iPhone 6s, while the bigger iPhone 7 Plus will offer at least 1 hour more of battery life vis-a-vis 6s Plus.

Friday, 2 September 2016

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' feature. The button shows up automatically when the user is capturing images and videos in low-light conditions. Tapping on the button would improve the lighting conditions. Some bug fixes also come as a part of the app update.

Instagram Stories were announced last month . The Snapchat-like feature gives users the option to make pictures and videos to disappear automatically after 24 hours.

Instagram, which has more than 500 million members, said the new feature does not allow users to "like" an image or post a comment, but followers can send direct messages to the uploader.

Instagram Stories got its first update within couple of weeks since its launch. The update allows users to zoom in while recording videos and switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras easily.

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 up to 15 hours.


In addition to the Lenovo Yoga Book, the company also launched the Yoga Tab 3 Plus, Yoga 910, and Lenovo Miix 510.

Lenovo is all set to launch its Z2 Plus smartphone in India by the end of this month. The company recently posted a teaser of the same on Twitter, showing a smartphone with the caption, "Impatience is a Virtue and #FastForward". The Z2 will likely have similar specifications as that of the Zuk Z2 smartphone, which was launched in China back in May.

The Zuk Z2 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It comes with dual nano-sim support and sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. There's also a fingerprint sensor and a 3,500mAh battery.

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
With this plan, 1GB 4G data will cost you Rs 124.75.

The next Jio plan is of Rs 999 . With this pack comes
1) 10 GB 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) 20 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
This plans lowers the 1GB 4G data rate to Rs 99.9.

After Rs 999 pack, next is Rs 1,499 pack . The benefits are:
1) 20 GB 4G data pack 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) 40 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
With this pack, 1GB 4G data will cost around Rs 75.

The next plans are Rs 2,499 and comes with
1) 35 GB 4G data pack 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) 70 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
With Rs 2,499 plan, 1GB 4G data will cost a user Rs 71.4.

Reliance Jio has priced the next pack at Rs 3,999 and offers
1) 60 GB 4G data pack 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) 120 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access


And the Reliance Jio's last offering is priced at Rs 4,999 . The benefits with this pack are
1) 75 GB 4G data pack 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) 150 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

If you opt for Rs 3,999 or Rs 4,999 pack, 1 GB 4G data will cost around Rs 66.65.



Jio's commercial launch will be on September 5 and it plans to cover 90% of India by March, 2017. Reliance Jio's app booking, worth Rs 15,000 for an annual subscription, will be available free for all active customers till December 31, 2017. Ambani also said that Reliance Jio will offer 300 TV channels, 6,000 movies, 2.8 million songs in 10 languages via its app.

(Note: All packs are valid for 28 days. The number of SMS provided under 'Free SMS' offer is not clear yet.)

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 sells connecting adaptors separately. The inclusion comes as a welcome move for folks who wish to use their existing earpods with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without having to invest extra in buying expensive connecting adaptors.

The rumoured 256GB storage variant is also confirmed as per the leak. The portal claims that though it is comparatively easy to fake such images with the kind of software available, more often than not such packaging leaks have turned out to be true.

Apart from these, the usual legal terms and conditions associated with the product also appear as quite convincing. For the uninitiated, the company is all set to unveil its iPhone7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with the Apple Watch 2 on September 7, 2016.

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 can to literally leapfrog as the country's premier and preferred mobile and data network.

The Jio App or 'MyJio', as the company addresses the application, is basically a group of entertainment, lifestyle and customer service applications bundled inside one application. Though they are to be downloaded separately, one needs to install the MyJio app first to get an access to the other apps.

The repertoire of MyJio apps consist of:

JioOnDemand: A one-stop platform for movies, TV shows, music videos, and trailers across languages and genres
JioBeats: A wide array of HD songs in over 20 languages with impeccable clarity and an enriching experience
JioMags: A huge library of premium and popular magazines with a wide choice in regional content as well
JioXpressNews: A live channel to receive the latest news from the best sources across the planet
JioChat: For instant messaging with high quality voice and video conferencing.
JioDrive: On the lines of Google Drive and iCloud, for storing files and accessing them anywhere anytime.
JioJoin: Meant for turning the smartphone into an HD voice and video calling device (dubbed VOLTE ready)
JioMoney: Similar to Apple Pay and Google Pay, for making and receiving payments
JioSecurity: Launched in association with Norton, meant for safeguarding the phone against virus, malware and firmware attacks
JioNet: A personal wi-fi hotspot
JioPlay: A mini DTH service with access to over 300 TV channels and over 30 HD channels
MyJio: For accessing account information, usage details and managing multiple Jio accounts

By bundling so many services within a single subscription, RIL is not only takes telecom battle to the next level but also takes on players from other segments such as DTH and mobile payments.

Reliance Jio: 9 things it offers to customers


​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
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.

The introductory, or 'welcome offer' as Mukesh Ambani termed it, runs till December 31, 2016.
Voice calls go absolutely free
Voice calls go absolutely free

All voice calls to be free; no Jio customer will have to pay for any voice call.
​No roaming charges
No roaming charges

It's good bye to roaming charges. Jio customers will not be charged any roaming charges within India.
​Tariff plans starts at Rs 19
Tariff plans starts at Rs 19

Jio will offer 10 tariff plans starting at Rs 19 a day for occasional users, Rs 149 a month for low data users and Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users.
​Base tariff  1/10th of other telecom operators
Base tariff 1/10th of other telecom operators

The base 4G LTE data rate on Jio network will be 1/10th of other players -- at Rs 50 per GB.
​4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 launched
​4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 launched

Customers no longer need to shell out big bucks for 4G smartphones. The company has announced new 4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 under its Lyf brand.
Student discounts
Student discounts

The company will offer 25% extra data to students holding valid ID cards.
Peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS
Peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS

Reliance Jio aims to offer customers a peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS on Jio network.
​No blackout days
No blackout days

Reliance Jio has promised that there will be no 'blackout days.' This means even on occasions like Diwali, Holi, New Year and others when volume is high, free SMS offers will be applicable.

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 her fellow researchers conducted two studies of personality differences between iPhone and Android smartphone users. Lancaster University was also involved in the study.

In the first study, the researchers asked 240 participants to complete a questionnaire about characteristics they associate with users of each smartphone brand.

In the second study, they tested these stereotypes against actual personality traits of 530 Android and iPhone smartphone users.

When measuring the characteristic "avoidance of similarity" which describes whether people like having the same products as others, Android Users avoided similarity more than iPhone users.

"It is becoming more and more apparent that smartphones are becoming a mini digital version of the user and many of us don't like it when other people use our phones because it can reveal so much about us, Shaw noted.

She was scheduled to present her work to the annual conference of British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section in Cardiff on September 1.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

10 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time

10 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time
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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
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 to the website, click the big ‘Please’ button following the ‘Sell me something weird or confusing’ and have fun as you’re redirected to Amazon listings of some of the weirdest products that you can actually buy. Each time you click, you get a different product listing.
Can’t Not Tweet This
Can’t Not Tweet This

Just to be clear, the above title isn’t incorrect. This website’s name is actually ‘Can’t Not Tweet This’.

If you’re a compulsive Twitter user who likes to tweet just about everything, try this website.

Having nothing but a flashing ‘Can’t Not Tweet This’ text and an un-clickable tweet button that follows your mouse pointer, this is website you wouldn’t want to tweet about.
Most Exclusive Website
Most Exclusive Website

Everyone loves to get some sort of ‘elite’ treatment every once in a while.

That’s what the ‘Most Exclusive Website’ gives you. The hilarious website seemingly allows only one visitor to access it, every sixty seconds.

You actually have to type in your name to get a ticket and wait your turn so that you can accomplish the feat of being the exclusive visitor of this website.

And to help you kill the time while you wait, there is a feed of equally pointless YouTube videos that you can watch.
Passive Aggressive Passwords
Passive Aggressive Passwords

The importance of having a secure password can’t be stressed enough. And ‘Passive Aggressive Passwords’ website tells you if the password you wish to have is a secure one, albeit in an unusual way.

Just type in a password and watch the website churn out the most amusing responses ever.

When we tested a simple password on it, the reply was ‘Toddlers eat passwords like yours for breakfast’.
Wikipeetia
Wikipeetia

Wikipedia is probably one of the most amazing websites out there, providing free access to just about everything under the sun.

And ‘Wikipeetia’ (again, that’s how it’s spelled) parodies Wikipedia by having articles that are intentionally misspelled.

This one is sure to annoy people who just can’t stand bad spellings or typos.
 
Uncyclopedia

Uncyclopedia is probably the most humorous parody of Wikipedia that you’ll ever come across.

Calling itself the ‘Mother Ship of amateur comedy writing,’ Uncyclopedia mimics Wikipedia down to the whole layout. It even uses the same backend (wiki) software.

It’s just that the articles on it are factually wrong and intentionally rib-tickling. The website’s entry for Politics defines the same as ‘The art of being wrong.

The name is based on the words Poly and Ticks, with Poly meaning many, and Ticks meaning blood sucking parasites.’ Can’t say we disagree with that, though.
Patience is a virtue
Patience is a virtue

Indeed, there’s no bigger virtue than patience.

And this website thinks that best way to test one’s patience is to make them wait while a website loads on an awfully slow internet connection. That’s because this website displays nothing but an animated loading cursor (along with some funny text) that never ends.

Give this a try and see how long you can go without smashing your computer to bits.
One Million LOLs
One Million LOLs

Of the whole dictionary of internet slangs that everyone loves to use, LOL (Laughing out loud) is probably the most popular.

And this website is just that. It’s nothing but a page with LOL written on it one million times. Go ahead and count it.
Ducks are the best
Ducks are the best

Remember DuckTales? That classic animated TV series starring Uncle Scrooge and his three grandnephews that we grew up watching.

Ducks are the best brings back those memories, showing just a blank webpage that flashes with different colours and DuckTales’ theme playing in the background.

Try moving your mouse, and the page will be filled with countless digital ducks.
Eel slap
Eel slap

There are times when you are so angry you just want to slap someone. Eel slap lets you take that anger out.

The website shows a guy, who’s slapped on the cheek with an electric eel as you move the cursor.

The whole thing can be done in slow motion and can even be reversed.

10 cool travel apps you should try

Long weekends are finally here! Time to plan your trips and adventures to different parts of the country (may be world too). We have already given you a list of useful devices you can take along to make journey pleasant, now here are some apps to make the planning and stay smoother.

While some of these apps will help you plan your trip including hotels and flights, others will help you give a better idea about the place you plan to visit. So over to 10 such apps.

XE Currency

For those who frequently travel out of India for leisure or for business trips, this app might come in handy. The app converts currency of different countries almost accurately as it takes into account current fluctuations in currency value.

Google Translate/Duolingo

Google Translate and Duolingo are the language converting/learning applications that can prove to be very useful in case you are traveling to places where you are likely to face language issues. While Duolingo is mainly for learning new languages, Google Translate is a true language converting app.


AirBnB/Oyo Rooms

Looking for a pocket-friendly place to stay? AirBnb and Oyo Rooms are the go-to apps for this. You can search as well as book rooms within the app itself. Bookings are also possible via their websites.

Google Maps/Bing Maps

Needless to say, maps are the most important thing one should keep close while travelling. You can use Google Maps , which gives information on public transport, hotels, petrol pumps and lot more. Bing Maps are also an alternative option.

Live Trekker

Live Trekker is an app that keeps a complete log of your travel details. It tracks your route, records where you clicked images, where you stayed, where you recorded a video, and creates a small blog for every trip.

Booking.com/MakemyTrip/GoIbibo

Third-party apps like Booking.com, MakemyTrip , Gibibo and more not only help you in booking hotels but also lets you book flights, trains and buses. These apps will help you check places to stay as well as modes of travel available.

Yahoo Weather app

It is important to check the weather of place/places you are planning to visit. Yahoo Weather app is one of the most used weather-tracking apps with an attractive UI design. There are other alternative apps like Accuweather.



Zomato/Yelp

Flights and stay sorted? Now time to plan your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apps like Zomato and Yelp will help you plan these. You can filter restaurants and other places by cuisines, places and more.

Uber/Ola/Lyft

Uber and Ola are two services that will help you move around locally if you are not familiar with the bus or metro routes of the venue. While Uber lets you book cabs, Ola lets you book cabs, autos and shuttle.

Instagram/Snapchat

Social apps are a must while you are travelling not only to keep in touch with family and friends back home. Also, other than communication, you can flaunt exotic venues and food by posting images on apps like Instagram and Snapchat.

Twitter is changing how people grieve: Study

Social media is redefining how people grieve, with Twitter in particular widening the conversation around death and mourning which were earlier considered to be private matters, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) analysed feeds of deceased Twitter users and found that people use the site to acknowledge death in a blend of public and private behaviour that differs from how it is addressed on other social media sites.

Death and mourning were considered private matters in the 20th century, with the public remembrances common in previous eras replaced by intimate gatherings behind closed doors in funeral parlours and family homes.

But with an ephemeral mix of rapid-fire broadcast and personal expression, social media is redefining how people grieve, researchers said.

Posts about death on Facebook tend to be more personal and involve people who knew the deceased, they said.

On the other hand, Twitter users may not know the dead person, tend to tweet both personal and general comments about the deceased, and sometimes tie the death to broader social issues - for example, mental illness or suicide.

"It's bringing strangers together in this space to share common concerns and open up conversations about death in a way that is really unique," said UW doctoral student Nina Cesare.


The researchers used a website that links social media pages of dead people to their online obituaries, to find deceased Twitter users.

They sorted through almost 21,000 obituaries and identified 39 dead people with Twitter accounts.

The most common known causes of death among people in the sample were suicides, automobile accidents, and shootings.

Researchers pored over the 39 feeds to see how users tweeted about the deceased, and concluded that Twitter was used "to discuss, debate, and even canonize or condemn" them.

Some users maintained bonds with the dead person by sharing memories and life updates ("I miss cheering you on the field"), some posted intimate messages, while others commented on the nature of the death.

Some users made judgemental comments about the deceased, while others expressed thoughts on life and mortality.

The expansive nature of the comments reflects how death is addressed more broadly on Twitter than on Facebook, researchers said.

Facebook users frequently know each other offline, often post personal photos, and can choose who sees their profiles.

By contrast, Twitter users can tweet at anybody, profiles are short, and most accounts are public, researchers said.

Those characteristics create a less personal atmosphere that emboldens users to engage when someone has died, even if they did not know the person.

Facebook launches teens-only app, Lifestage

Social media giant Facebook has launched a new iOS app Lifestage -- a sort of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself and share a visual profile of who you are with your school network.

Lifestage only works for those who are 21 and younger and allows you to discover video profiles created by others in your school to learn more about them, Facebook said in a blog post on Saturday.

Every time someone updates their page, it shows up in a feed prompting others to check it out.


Once your school is unlocked, you can access the profiles of others in your school community and discover others who are into the same stuff as you are, and connect with them.

In case you are 22 or older, you will see your own profile and will not be able to communicate with any other users, however it is still not clear how the app will restrict users.

During the sign-up process, Lifestage says that it can not confirm that people who claim to go to a certain school actually go to that school.

Here's how Uber India is celebrating PV Sindhu's feat at Rio Olympics 2016

The US-based cab-hailing company Uber is celebrating Indian badminton player PV Sindhu's feat at Rio Olympics 2016. Uber India is paying a tribute to country's pride Sindhu who has etched her name in history books after she claimed silver medal in the women's singles badminton at Rio Olmpics on Friday.

Commuters booking cabs on through the Uber app can see shuttlecocks plying on the road as the the company has replaced the traditional cab icons with the 'badminton gear'.






The company has also congratulated the badminton icon. "Congrats Sindhu. To celebrate the silver medal and the amazing badminton played by our star shuttler -- PV Sindhu, we've changed our cars to look like shuttles for today #IndiainRio," reads the congratulatory message on the Uber app.

Uber India also congratulated Sindhu on its Twitter page. "Little things that go a long way. Congratulations @Pvsindhu1! :) #Rio2016 #Ind," reads the company's tweet.

Those who don't portray their true selves on Facebook are more stressed: Study

People who do not portray their true self on Facebook may have a greater stress level and feel less socially connected, a new study has warned.

Rachel Grieve and Jarrah Watkinson from University of Tasmania in Australia evaluated the psychosocial outcomes related to presenting one's true self on Facebook.

They assessed Facebook users' true and online personalities, degree of social connectedness, feelings of psychological well-being, depression, anxiety and stress.

Researchers found that people may express their true self more easily on Facebook than in person, and the more one's "Facebook self" differs from their true self, the greater their stress level and the less socially connected they tend to be.


For the study, 146 participants completed a personality assessment once as their true self and once as the self they present on Facebook (Facebook self), as well as measures of social connectedness, subjective well-being, depression, anxiety and stress.

Participants who reported feeling more able to express their true self on Facebook had a greater tendency to post personally revealing and emotional content and their motivations for posting on Facebook were more self-orientated, such as seeking attention from others, researchers said.

These findings are consistent with the theory of true self, where individuals express their true self to have that self-validated by those around them, they said.

The findings were published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking.

Myntra confident of achieving GMV of $1 billion this fiscal

Flipkart - owned online fashion retailer Myntra today said it is on track to touch the USD 1 billion Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) mark this fiscal.

Myntra also said it has become the first ever Indian fashion e-commerce platform to clock the USD 1 billion run rate in annualised average GMV (post discounts) in July.

"We have now surpassed our January benchmark (USD 800 million) to make July 2016 the biggest month ever for Myntra. The annualised GMV run rate of USD 1 billion puts us on the path to touching the USD 1 billion GMV mark in a fiscal," Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan told reporters here.

He said in the past month, the company had taken some market transforming steps, and "our focus is to continue to transform fashion and lifestyle in India through technology ."

The reason why we are excited is because we are doing this while actually maintaining what we call unit economics, he added.



Asked about being profitable, he said "...next financial year, early next financial year is when we hope to get profitable."

Myntra said it has continued to strengthen key strategies which helped the company clock a growth of 70% y-o-y in the first four months of the fiscal.

About future plans, Narayanan said, the objectives are clear and the mission is to democratise fashion and make India a colorful stylish place where fashion and life style is accessible to every one.

"We will do it by combining technology , retail, fashion and lifestyle and supply chain, bringing them all together," he said.

Stating that a lot can be done to shape the fashion ecosystem that includes partnership with brand partners, Narayanan said, "We want to be a lifestyle destination and not just a fashion destination."

Myntra said in order to bring the offline experience closer to its consumers, it will open the physical experience store in the next 3 months with Roadster, HRX and All About You.

The company said the Omni channel strategy is expected to improve confidence in online shopping and accelerate number of customers converting from offline to online shopping.

Myntra also said it is targeting strong growth in new segments such as home furnishing, re-launching its personal care business and expanding its sales of fine jewellery.

Home furnishing is about 1% of the revenue and is growing at 50-60% on a monthly basis, it added.

Jharkhand's Hirachuni village gets on Facebook, WhatsApp

In an attempt to promote digital literacy among villagers under the Digital India campaign, Hirachuni, a small village, about 23 kms from here in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand has been identified for the purpose.

According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate among the male members is high. The village has a population 300 persons in 60 houses and majority of them have access to internet.

Initially, we have identified a small village Hirachuni, near National Highway 33, under Jamshedpur block as majority of the population were literate and have the facility to access internet, District Public Relation Officer of East Singhbhum Sanjay Kumar said.

Kumar visited the village on Sunday and held meeting with the villagers including present and former gram pradhan, ward members, representative of Pragya Kendra and youths in this regard. He agreed to give a digital identity to each household to promote the Digital India campaign.

Details of 47 houses out of the total 60 houses in the village have been gathered to generate a email ID, Whatsapp group of same series such as hirachuni.XYZ@gmail.com, he said, adding XYZ represents the name of the concerned person of the house.

The village will also have its own Facebook account in the name of Digital Hirachuni as well as a Whatsapp group and blog with a similar name, Kumar said.

Majority of the youths of the village possessed smart phones and have the facility to access internet. Hence, it would not be difficult to promote the campaign to start with, he said.

The internet connectivity of the village was also good as it has four mobile towers of service providers such as BSNL, Airtel, Idea and Reliance 4G, kumar added.

Instagram pictures can indicate whether you are depressed: Research

People who post greyer or darker coloured pictures on Instagram are more likely to be depressed compared to those who upload images with vibrant hues, scientists say.

Researchers from Harvard University and University of Vermont in the US have developed a new algorithm that checks photos on Instagram to diagnose depression and other mental illnesses at an early stage.

According to the researchers, there is a connection between the usage of colour and the mental state of a person.

They believe that those who post greyer or darker coloured images on Instagram are more likely to be depressed compared to those who upload pictures of vibrant colours.

The algorithm spots depression in people by identifying the pictures they have uploaded.

Researchers examined about 170 workers from Amazon 's Mechanical Turk service who had Instagram accounts.




All participants completed a questionnaire, which also included a standard clinical depression survey. They were also asked to share pictures from their Instagram account.

Researchers selected about 100 images from each participant and asked people to rate them on a scale of 0 to 5 based on how interesting, sad or happy the photos looked, 'Tech Times' reported.

The study also categorized the photos based on saturation, hue and the number of faces each picture had.

Researchers found that decreased saturation and brightness, and increased hue predicted depression. Researchers also found the depressed and non-depressed people used filters differently. Depressed people were less likely to use filters.

The algorithm was able to identify depression with a 70% success rate, researchers said.

This security wall will turn your smartcar hack-proof

Scientists have created a security protocol to protect smart cars -- equipped with GPS, bluetooth and internet connections -- from being hacked.

"A car can be fully controlled by the hacker if it is not protected," said Shucheng Yu from University of Arkansas.Yu and his collegue Zachary King also built an experimental environment that simulates communication system in a smart car, which allows the security protocol to be tested through simulations.

The research focused on protection of the Controller Area Network (CAN), an internal communication system in vehicles. "We are proposing to add a layer of security, so if an unauthorised person accesses it they still would not be able to control your vehicle," he said.

The security protocol protects CAN in two ways. Firstly , it authenticates messages sent through the network by creating an authentication code.This code allows nodes on the network to differentiate between a valid message and an attacker's message. The second feature protects against replay attacks, when a hacker attempts to breach the network by repeatedly sending messages. The protocol uses a timestamp to calculate when the network last received message.

RIL to staff: Use only Jio mobile connection

Reliance Industries, India's largest conglomerate, has asked its 40,000-plus employees to stop using phones connections of existing operators, like Airtel and Vodafone , and instead switch to its own high-speed 4G Jio.

RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio, a move that may open another front with the existing operators, who have been up in arms against the Mukesh Ambani-led firm's prolonged beta testing.

"We are excited to announce yet another milestone towards greater excellence, where we will be switching our existing corporate connections to Jio," RIL's HR department wrote to all its employees.

It asked employees to use MNP to port their existing numbers to Jio and explained to them the step-by-step process.

Mobile number portability (MNP) enables telephone users to retain their number when changing from one carrier to other.

"Once you have submitted the required information, we will initiate the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process with the existing operator. This will take around seven working days to complete," the company HR said in the email.


So far, the company subscribed to corporate plans of all major operators including Airtel and Vodafone for the employees.

Reliance Jio test launched its services last December, but no dates for commercial launch has yet been announced. Initially, Jio SIM was available only to its employees, and later bundled with Reliance's own Lyf -branded smartphones. Now, all Samsung and LG smartphones users could walk-in to a Reliance Digital store and procure a Jio SIM

It now has over 1.5 million users.

The company says it has created the world's largest end- to-end all IP network and invested over Rs 1.34 lakh crore. Once launched, the services will cover over 18,000 towns and over 2 lakh villages across all the 22 service areas of the country.

Infosys: Layoffs made on performance and disciplinary grounds

Infosys today said it has laid off "a few" people on grounds of non-performance and disciplinary issues but denied reports of 500 jobs being cut by the country's second largest software services company.

"We would like to clarify that there are no layoffs at Infosys. There have been a few separations that are in response to performance and disciplinary issues, which take place on an ongoing basis and this is no different from previous years," an Infosys spokesperson said.

She added that the number of 500 people being laid off is "incorrect and the number is far below".




There were reports that Infosys had laid off 500 people in the aftermath of losing its multi-million pound deal with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

RBS had announced that it will not pursue its plan to separate and list a new UK standalone bank, Williams & Glyn (W&G), for which Infosys was a key technology partner. The move led to ramp down of about 3,000 jobs at the Bengaluru- based company.

At the end of first quarter of FY2017, Infosys had 1.97 lakh employees with an attrition rate of 21% during April-June, 2016.
Infosys said it offers counselling to employees not meeting the expected standards of performance.

"After adequate counselling, those found consistently deviating from expectations are asked to find alternate employment. This applies to employees across levels and is not connected with any business situation that is not in the control of the employee. The numbers are very low and this is no different from what we have done in the past," it said.

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge get a price cut of Rs 5,000 each

Samsung has slashed the prices of its flagship smartphones - Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, in India. Both the devices have recieved a reduction of Rs 5,000 each in their prices, according to Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom.


Samsung Galaxy S7, which was launched at a price of Rs 48,900, is now available at Rs 43,400. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available at Rs 50,900, having been launched at Rs 56,900.

For those unaware, Both Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sport similar hardware. Galaxy S7 offers a 5.1-inch display, weighs 152 grams and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. As for the Galaxy S7 edge, it sports a 5.5-inch display, has a 3,600mAh battery and weighs 157 grams. The two new high-end smartphones have a Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixel.

In terms of software, the major difference between S7 and S7 edge is in the new improved App Edge display on the right side of the latter. Both run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 6.0 Marshmallow. Both devices support microSD cards of up to 200GB in size.

Other specs of the Galaxy smartphones include Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 12MP dual pixel f/1.7rear camera setup with smart OIS, 5MP selfie camera, 4G support and fast charging, along with all regular connectivity options. Samsung has also incorporated liquid cooling technology to counter heating issues in these phones.

Last week, Samsung launched its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 7 in India. Priced at Rs 59,900, the handset runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD dual-edge SuperAmoled display of 1440x2560 pixel resolution. It's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 houses 64GB of in-built storage which can be further expanded by microSD cards of up to 256GB capacity. Users will also receive 15GB free cloud storage on Samsung Cloud. For imaging duties, the premium phablet has a 12MP dual-pixel rear-camera with Optical Image Stabilization, along with a 5MP front-facing shooter.

Samsung planning to go like Apple, might sell refurbished phones

Samsung Electronics plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10%.

The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade programs in markets such as South Korea and the United States.

Samsung would then re-sell these phones at a lower price, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was not yet public.

The person declined to say how big a discount the refurbished phones would be sold at, which markets the phones would be sold in or how many refurbished devices Samsung could sell.

A Samsung spokeswoman said the company does not comment on speculation.

It was not clear to what extent the phones would be altered, but refurbished phones typically are fitted with parts such as a new casing or battery.

Rival Apple's iPhone has a re-sale value of around 69% of its original price after about one year from launch, while Samsung's flagship Galaxy sells for 51% of the original price in the US market, according to BNP Paribas.

Refurbished phones could help vendors such as Samsung boost their presence in emerging markets such as India, where high-end devices costing $800 or so are beyond most buyers.

Apple sells refurbished iPhones in a number of markets including the United States, but does not disclose sales figures. It is trying to sell such iPhones in India, where the average smartphone sells for less than $90.

Selling used phones could help Samsung fend off lower-cost Chinese rivals that have been eating into its market share, and free up some capital to invest elsewhere or boost marketing expenditure.

Deloitte says the used smartphone market will be worth more than $17 billion this year, with 120 million devices sold or traded in to manufacturers or carriers -- around 8% of total smartphone sales. Some market experts expect the used market to grow fast as there are fewer technology breakthroughs.




"Some consumers may prefer to buy refurbished, used premium models in lieu of new budget brands, possibly cannibalizing sales of new devices from those budget manufacturers," Deloitte said in a report.

Cannibalization risk

Samsung's refurbishment program, details of which the person said could be finalised as early as 2017, could help the firm generate revenue from dated high-end smartphones returned by users upgrading to newer versions.

The company's latest premium phones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7, have received favorable reviews, suggesting cheaper, refurbished versions could be popular. At US carrier Verizon Communications, the Galaxy S7 edge with 32-gigabyte storage retails for $792 without subsidies, while the Note 7 costs $864.

The program could help Samsung defend market share in emerging countries by bolstering mid-tier sales. Refurbished phones could also appeal to enterprise clients who want certain security or software products pre-installed on phones to give to their employees, the source said.

The risk of offering refurbished devices is that they could potentially cannibalize sales of Samsung's other mid-tier devices.

Expectations for solid smartphone sales helped Samsung shares to a record 1.675 million won each on Friday, taking two-day gains to 7% and adding $15 billion in market value. The shares traded down 0.36% in Seoul on Monday.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

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 feature hitting the iPhone models for the first time is the IP67 rating signifying the fact that it is water and dust resistant. The models also have a new home button which is now touch sensitive and uses a new Taptic engine for better response.


Besides featuring stereo speakers with a high dynamic range the new handsets, the handsets as rumoured before, have ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and replaced it with the Lightning port-based connectors.

The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Retina HD display. The camera segment is governed by a new 12MP rear camera with a better f/1.8 aperture, 6 Element lens, 4 flash LEDs, flicker sensor and more for a better photography experience. The camera also makes use of an Image signal processor to apply machine learning to distinguish between a human and an object in the image and adjust its brightness, noise and more.

It is worth noting that while the iPhone 7 features a single 12MP rear camera, the larger screen variant comes with two 12MP rear camera with 2x optical zooming capability upto 56mm. Both sport a 7MP FaceTime camera for selfies and video chats.

Talking about the performance, the two iPhone 7 handsets are powered by the new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor. The processor has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores for a longer battery life. It also has a new 6-core GPU which is 50% faster than the Apple A9 processor.

Apple also launched the Apple Watch 2 with new features and design.

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

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
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 different focal length, allowing users to pick between shooting photos with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. The iPhone 7 Plus will also be able to do some software tricks using those two different focal lengths.

It is worth noting that while the iPhone 7 features a single 12MP rear camera, the larger screen variant comes with two 12MP rear camera with 2x optical zooming capability upto 56mm. Both sport a 7MP FaceTime camera for selfies and video chats.
Powered by A10 chip
Powered by A10 chip

The two iPhone 7 handsets are powered by the new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor with 64-bit four core CPU. The processor has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores for a longer battery life. It also has a new 6-core GPU which is 50% faster than the Apple A9 processor.
Go slimmer
Go slimmer

Getting rid of the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack has helped Apple make its new iPhones slimmer and boost its battery lifetime. iPhone 7 also weighs slightly less than iPhone 6, while iPhone 6 weighs 143 gm, it is 138 gm for iPhone 7.
Stereo speakers
Stereo speakers

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have stereo speakers onboard. While there's one at the top, the other's at bottom of the device. Apple claims that this improves the quality of the sound produced as well as boosts its dynamic range.
Water-resistant
Water-resistant

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boasts of IP67 ration, which makes them water and dust-resistant. This means the phones can be immersed in water up to 1m depth. A popular feature, waterproofing has been there in rival Samsung's flagship devices for sometime now.
Gets 32GB as base storage
Gets 32GB as base storage

With iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company is bidding goodbye to 16GB as base storage. The new iPhones will come in three variants -- 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Here 256GB is the new addition, and as always there is no expandable storage.
No headphone jack
No headphone jack

Yes Apple has ditched 3.5 mm headphone jack (as widely rumoured). The company has replaced it with the Lightning port-based connectors. These plug into the phone's charging port. The company has also bundled an adapter with new iPhones so that older earphones can still be used.

According to Apple, analogue headphone jack has been removed for two main reasons; one Lightning is a better connector for audio, two it helps free up space for other components.
New Home button
New Home button

For the first time ever, since Apple launched iPhones the company has redesigned its Home button. The new home button is now touch sensitive and uses a new Taptic engine for better response.
Adds two new colours
Adds two new colours

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 will come in five colours, including the two new colours Black and Jet Black. The other three colurs are Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. Apple is discontinuing its space colured option.

The company has reportedly used robots to spin the aluminium bodies through sand to make it insanely shiny.
Better and brighter display
Better and brighter display

Apple claims the Retina HD displays in its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are 25% brighter than the screens on last year's iPhones. They are also supposed to support much wider gamut of colours.
Longest-ever battery life
Longest-ever battery life

Apple claims that its new iPhones offer 'longest-ever battery'. According to the company, iPhone 7 will give at least 2 more hours of battery as compared to iPhone 6s, while the bigger iPhone 7 Plus will offer at least 1 hour more of battery life vis-a-vis 6s Plus.

Friday, 2 September 2016

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' feature. The button shows up automatically when the user is capturing images and videos in low-light conditions. Tapping on the button would improve the lighting conditions. Some bug fixes also come as a part of the app update.

Instagram Stories were announced last month . The Snapchat-like feature gives users the option to make pictures and videos to disappear automatically after 24 hours.

Instagram, which has more than 500 million members, said the new feature does not allow users to "like" an image or post a comment, but followers can send direct messages to the uploader.

Instagram Stories got its first update within couple of weeks since its launch. The update allows users to zoom in while recording videos and switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras easily.

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 up to 15 hours.


In addition to the Lenovo Yoga Book, the company also launched the Yoga Tab 3 Plus, Yoga 910, and Lenovo Miix 510.

Lenovo is all set to launch its Z2 Plus smartphone in India by the end of this month. The company recently posted a teaser of the same on Twitter, showing a smartphone with the caption, "Impatience is a Virtue and #FastForward". The Z2 will likely have similar specifications as that of the Zuk Z2 smartphone, which was launched in China back in May.

The Zuk Z2 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It comes with dual nano-sim support and sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. There's also a fingerprint sensor and a 3,500mAh battery.

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
With this plan, 1GB 4G data will cost you Rs 124.75.

The next Jio plan is of Rs 999 . With this pack comes
1) 10 GB 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) 20 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
This plans lowers the 1GB 4G data rate to Rs 99.9.

After Rs 999 pack, next is Rs 1,499 pack . The benefits are:
1) 20 GB 4G data pack 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) 40 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
With this pack, 1GB 4G data will cost around Rs 75.

The next plans are Rs 2,499 and comes with
1) 35 GB 4G data pack 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) 70 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access
With Rs 2,499 plan, 1GB 4G data will cost a user Rs 71.4.

Reliance Jio has priced the next pack at Rs 3,999 and offers
1) 60 GB 4G data pack 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) 120 GB JioNet Wi-Fi Hotspot access


And the Reliance Jio's last offering is priced at Rs 4,999 . The benefits with this pack are
1) 75 GB 4G data pack 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) 150 GB JioNet WiFi Hotspot access

If you opt for Rs 3,999 or Rs 4,999 pack, 1 GB 4G data will cost around Rs 66.65.



Jio's commercial launch will be on September 5 and it plans to cover 90% of India by March, 2017. Reliance Jio's app booking, worth Rs 15,000 for an annual subscription, will be available free for all active customers till December 31, 2017. Ambani also said that Reliance Jio will offer 300 TV channels, 6,000 movies, 2.8 million songs in 10 languages via its app.

(Note: All packs are valid for 28 days. The number of SMS provided under 'Free SMS' offer is not clear yet.)

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 sells connecting adaptors separately. The inclusion comes as a welcome move for folks who wish to use their existing earpods with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without having to invest extra in buying expensive connecting adaptors.

The rumoured 256GB storage variant is also confirmed as per the leak. The portal claims that though it is comparatively easy to fake such images with the kind of software available, more often than not such packaging leaks have turned out to be true.

Apart from these, the usual legal terms and conditions associated with the product also appear as quite convincing. For the uninitiated, the company is all set to unveil its iPhone7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with the Apple Watch 2 on September 7, 2016.

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 can to literally leapfrog as the country's premier and preferred mobile and data network.

The Jio App or 'MyJio', as the company addresses the application, is basically a group of entertainment, lifestyle and customer service applications bundled inside one application. Though they are to be downloaded separately, one needs to install the MyJio app first to get an access to the other apps.

The repertoire of MyJio apps consist of:

JioOnDemand: A one-stop platform for movies, TV shows, music videos, and trailers across languages and genres
JioBeats: A wide array of HD songs in over 20 languages with impeccable clarity and an enriching experience
JioMags: A huge library of premium and popular magazines with a wide choice in regional content as well
JioXpressNews: A live channel to receive the latest news from the best sources across the planet
JioChat: For instant messaging with high quality voice and video conferencing.
JioDrive: On the lines of Google Drive and iCloud, for storing files and accessing them anywhere anytime.
JioJoin: Meant for turning the smartphone into an HD voice and video calling device (dubbed VOLTE ready)
JioMoney: Similar to Apple Pay and Google Pay, for making and receiving payments
JioSecurity: Launched in association with Norton, meant for safeguarding the phone against virus, malware and firmware attacks
JioNet: A personal wi-fi hotspot
JioPlay: A mini DTH service with access to over 300 TV channels and over 30 HD channels
MyJio: For accessing account information, usage details and managing multiple Jio accounts

By bundling so many services within a single subscription, RIL is not only takes telecom battle to the next level but also takes on players from other segments such as DTH and mobile payments.

Reliance Jio: 9 things it offers to customers


​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
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.

The introductory, or 'welcome offer' as Mukesh Ambani termed it, runs till December 31, 2016.
Voice calls go absolutely free
Voice calls go absolutely free

All voice calls to be free; no Jio customer will have to pay for any voice call.
​No roaming charges
No roaming charges

It's good bye to roaming charges. Jio customers will not be charged any roaming charges within India.
​Tariff plans starts at Rs 19
Tariff plans starts at Rs 19

Jio will offer 10 tariff plans starting at Rs 19 a day for occasional users, Rs 149 a month for low data users and Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users.
​Base tariff  1/10th of other telecom operators
Base tariff 1/10th of other telecom operators

The base 4G LTE data rate on Jio network will be 1/10th of other players -- at Rs 50 per GB.
​4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 launched
​4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 launched

Customers no longer need to shell out big bucks for 4G smartphones. The company has announced new 4G smartphones starting at Rs 2,999 under its Lyf brand.
Student discounts
Student discounts

The company will offer 25% extra data to students holding valid ID cards.
Peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS
Peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS

Reliance Jio aims to offer customers a peak download speed of upto 135 MBPS on Jio network.
​No blackout days
No blackout days

Reliance Jio has promised that there will be no 'blackout days.' This means even on occasions like Diwali, Holi, New Year and others when volume is high, free SMS offers will be applicable.

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 her fellow researchers conducted two studies of personality differences between iPhone and Android smartphone users. Lancaster University was also involved in the study.

In the first study, the researchers asked 240 participants to complete a questionnaire about characteristics they associate with users of each smartphone brand.

In the second study, they tested these stereotypes against actual personality traits of 530 Android and iPhone smartphone users.

When measuring the characteristic "avoidance of similarity" which describes whether people like having the same products as others, Android Users avoided similarity more than iPhone users.

"It is becoming more and more apparent that smartphones are becoming a mini digital version of the user and many of us don't like it when other people use our phones because it can reveal so much about us, Shaw noted.

She was scheduled to present her work to the annual conference of British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section in Cardiff on September 1.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

10 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time

10 absolutely useless websites to help you kill time
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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
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 to the website, click the big ‘Please’ button following the ‘Sell me something weird or confusing’ and have fun as you’re redirected to Amazon listings of some of the weirdest products that you can actually buy. Each time you click, you get a different product listing.
Can’t Not Tweet This
Can’t Not Tweet This

Just to be clear, the above title isn’t incorrect. This website’s name is actually ‘Can’t Not Tweet This’.

If you’re a compulsive Twitter user who likes to tweet just about everything, try this website.

Having nothing but a flashing ‘Can’t Not Tweet This’ text and an un-clickable tweet button that follows your mouse pointer, this is website you wouldn’t want to tweet about.
Most Exclusive Website
Most Exclusive Website

Everyone loves to get some sort of ‘elite’ treatment every once in a while.

That’s what the ‘Most Exclusive Website’ gives you. The hilarious website seemingly allows only one visitor to access it, every sixty seconds.

You actually have to type in your name to get a ticket and wait your turn so that you can accomplish the feat of being the exclusive visitor of this website.

And to help you kill the time while you wait, there is a feed of equally pointless YouTube videos that you can watch.
Passive Aggressive Passwords
Passive Aggressive Passwords

The importance of having a secure password can’t be stressed enough. And ‘Passive Aggressive Passwords’ website tells you if the password you wish to have is a secure one, albeit in an unusual way.

Just type in a password and watch the website churn out the most amusing responses ever.

When we tested a simple password on it, the reply was ‘Toddlers eat passwords like yours for breakfast’.
Wikipeetia
Wikipeetia

Wikipedia is probably one of the most amazing websites out there, providing free access to just about everything under the sun.

And ‘Wikipeetia’ (again, that’s how it’s spelled) parodies Wikipedia by having articles that are intentionally misspelled.

This one is sure to annoy people who just can’t stand bad spellings or typos.
 
Uncyclopedia

Uncyclopedia is probably the most humorous parody of Wikipedia that you’ll ever come across.

Calling itself the ‘Mother Ship of amateur comedy writing,’ Uncyclopedia mimics Wikipedia down to the whole layout. It even uses the same backend (wiki) software.

It’s just that the articles on it are factually wrong and intentionally rib-tickling. The website’s entry for Politics defines the same as ‘The art of being wrong.

The name is based on the words Poly and Ticks, with Poly meaning many, and Ticks meaning blood sucking parasites.’ Can’t say we disagree with that, though.
Patience is a virtue
Patience is a virtue

Indeed, there’s no bigger virtue than patience.

And this website thinks that best way to test one’s patience is to make them wait while a website loads on an awfully slow internet connection. That’s because this website displays nothing but an animated loading cursor (along with some funny text) that never ends.

Give this a try and see how long you can go without smashing your computer to bits.
One Million LOLs
One Million LOLs

Of the whole dictionary of internet slangs that everyone loves to use, LOL (Laughing out loud) is probably the most popular.

And this website is just that. It’s nothing but a page with LOL written on it one million times. Go ahead and count it.
Ducks are the best
Ducks are the best

Remember DuckTales? That classic animated TV series starring Uncle Scrooge and his three grandnephews that we grew up watching.

Ducks are the best brings back those memories, showing just a blank webpage that flashes with different colours and DuckTales’ theme playing in the background.

Try moving your mouse, and the page will be filled with countless digital ducks.
Eel slap
Eel slap

There are times when you are so angry you just want to slap someone. Eel slap lets you take that anger out.

The website shows a guy, who’s slapped on the cheek with an electric eel as you move the cursor.

The whole thing can be done in slow motion and can even be reversed.

10 cool travel apps you should try

Long weekends are finally here! Time to plan your trips and adventures to different parts of the country (may be world too). We have already given you a list of useful devices you can take along to make journey pleasant, now here are some apps to make the planning and stay smoother.

While some of these apps will help you plan your trip including hotels and flights, others will help you give a better idea about the place you plan to visit. So over to 10 such apps.

XE Currency

For those who frequently travel out of India for leisure or for business trips, this app might come in handy. The app converts currency of different countries almost accurately as it takes into account current fluctuations in currency value.

Google Translate/Duolingo

Google Translate and Duolingo are the language converting/learning applications that can prove to be very useful in case you are traveling to places where you are likely to face language issues. While Duolingo is mainly for learning new languages, Google Translate is a true language converting app.


AirBnB/Oyo Rooms

Looking for a pocket-friendly place to stay? AirBnb and Oyo Rooms are the go-to apps for this. You can search as well as book rooms within the app itself. Bookings are also possible via their websites.

Google Maps/Bing Maps

Needless to say, maps are the most important thing one should keep close while travelling. You can use Google Maps , which gives information on public transport, hotels, petrol pumps and lot more. Bing Maps are also an alternative option.

Live Trekker

Live Trekker is an app that keeps a complete log of your travel details. It tracks your route, records where you clicked images, where you stayed, where you recorded a video, and creates a small blog for every trip.

Booking.com/MakemyTrip/GoIbibo

Third-party apps like Booking.com, MakemyTrip , Gibibo and more not only help you in booking hotels but also lets you book flights, trains and buses. These apps will help you check places to stay as well as modes of travel available.

Yahoo Weather app

It is important to check the weather of place/places you are planning to visit. Yahoo Weather app is one of the most used weather-tracking apps with an attractive UI design. There are other alternative apps like Accuweather.



Zomato/Yelp

Flights and stay sorted? Now time to plan your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apps like Zomato and Yelp will help you plan these. You can filter restaurants and other places by cuisines, places and more.

Uber/Ola/Lyft

Uber and Ola are two services that will help you move around locally if you are not familiar with the bus or metro routes of the venue. While Uber lets you book cabs, Ola lets you book cabs, autos and shuttle.

Instagram/Snapchat

Social apps are a must while you are travelling not only to keep in touch with family and friends back home. Also, other than communication, you can flaunt exotic venues and food by posting images on apps like Instagram and Snapchat.

Twitter is changing how people grieve: Study

Social media is redefining how people grieve, with Twitter in particular widening the conversation around death and mourning which were earlier considered to be private matters, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) analysed feeds of deceased Twitter users and found that people use the site to acknowledge death in a blend of public and private behaviour that differs from how it is addressed on other social media sites.

Death and mourning were considered private matters in the 20th century, with the public remembrances common in previous eras replaced by intimate gatherings behind closed doors in funeral parlours and family homes.

But with an ephemeral mix of rapid-fire broadcast and personal expression, social media is redefining how people grieve, researchers said.

Posts about death on Facebook tend to be more personal and involve people who knew the deceased, they said.

On the other hand, Twitter users may not know the dead person, tend to tweet both personal and general comments about the deceased, and sometimes tie the death to broader social issues - for example, mental illness or suicide.

"It's bringing strangers together in this space to share common concerns and open up conversations about death in a way that is really unique," said UW doctoral student Nina Cesare.


The researchers used a website that links social media pages of dead people to their online obituaries, to find deceased Twitter users.

They sorted through almost 21,000 obituaries and identified 39 dead people with Twitter accounts.

The most common known causes of death among people in the sample were suicides, automobile accidents, and shootings.

Researchers pored over the 39 feeds to see how users tweeted about the deceased, and concluded that Twitter was used "to discuss, debate, and even canonize or condemn" them.

Some users maintained bonds with the dead person by sharing memories and life updates ("I miss cheering you on the field"), some posted intimate messages, while others commented on the nature of the death.

Some users made judgemental comments about the deceased, while others expressed thoughts on life and mortality.

The expansive nature of the comments reflects how death is addressed more broadly on Twitter than on Facebook, researchers said.

Facebook users frequently know each other offline, often post personal photos, and can choose who sees their profiles.

By contrast, Twitter users can tweet at anybody, profiles are short, and most accounts are public, researchers said.

Those characteristics create a less personal atmosphere that emboldens users to engage when someone has died, even if they did not know the person.

Facebook launches teens-only app, Lifestage

Social media giant Facebook has launched a new iOS app Lifestage -- a sort of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself and share a visual profile of who you are with your school network.

Lifestage only works for those who are 21 and younger and allows you to discover video profiles created by others in your school to learn more about them, Facebook said in a blog post on Saturday.

Every time someone updates their page, it shows up in a feed prompting others to check it out.


Once your school is unlocked, you can access the profiles of others in your school community and discover others who are into the same stuff as you are, and connect with them.

In case you are 22 or older, you will see your own profile and will not be able to communicate with any other users, however it is still not clear how the app will restrict users.

During the sign-up process, Lifestage says that it can not confirm that people who claim to go to a certain school actually go to that school.

Here's how Uber India is celebrating PV Sindhu's feat at Rio Olympics 2016

The US-based cab-hailing company Uber is celebrating Indian badminton player PV Sindhu's feat at Rio Olympics 2016. Uber India is paying a tribute to country's pride Sindhu who has etched her name in history books after she claimed silver medal in the women's singles badminton at Rio Olmpics on Friday.

Commuters booking cabs on through the Uber app can see shuttlecocks plying on the road as the the company has replaced the traditional cab icons with the 'badminton gear'.






The company has also congratulated the badminton icon. "Congrats Sindhu. To celebrate the silver medal and the amazing badminton played by our star shuttler -- PV Sindhu, we've changed our cars to look like shuttles for today #IndiainRio," reads the congratulatory message on the Uber app.

Uber India also congratulated Sindhu on its Twitter page. "Little things that go a long way. Congratulations @Pvsindhu1! :) #Rio2016 #Ind," reads the company's tweet.

Those who don't portray their true selves on Facebook are more stressed: Study

People who do not portray their true self on Facebook may have a greater stress level and feel less socially connected, a new study has warned.

Rachel Grieve and Jarrah Watkinson from University of Tasmania in Australia evaluated the psychosocial outcomes related to presenting one's true self on Facebook.

They assessed Facebook users' true and online personalities, degree of social connectedness, feelings of psychological well-being, depression, anxiety and stress.

Researchers found that people may express their true self more easily on Facebook than in person, and the more one's "Facebook self" differs from their true self, the greater their stress level and the less socially connected they tend to be.


For the study, 146 participants completed a personality assessment once as their true self and once as the self they present on Facebook (Facebook self), as well as measures of social connectedness, subjective well-being, depression, anxiety and stress.

Participants who reported feeling more able to express their true self on Facebook had a greater tendency to post personally revealing and emotional content and their motivations for posting on Facebook were more self-orientated, such as seeking attention from others, researchers said.

These findings are consistent with the theory of true self, where individuals express their true self to have that self-validated by those around them, they said.

The findings were published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking.

Myntra confident of achieving GMV of $1 billion this fiscal

Flipkart - owned online fashion retailer Myntra today said it is on track to touch the USD 1 billion Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) mark this fiscal.

Myntra also said it has become the first ever Indian fashion e-commerce platform to clock the USD 1 billion run rate in annualised average GMV (post discounts) in July.

"We have now surpassed our January benchmark (USD 800 million) to make July 2016 the biggest month ever for Myntra. The annualised GMV run rate of USD 1 billion puts us on the path to touching the USD 1 billion GMV mark in a fiscal," Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan told reporters here.

He said in the past month, the company had taken some market transforming steps, and "our focus is to continue to transform fashion and lifestyle in India through technology ."

The reason why we are excited is because we are doing this while actually maintaining what we call unit economics, he added.



Asked about being profitable, he said "...next financial year, early next financial year is when we hope to get profitable."

Myntra said it has continued to strengthen key strategies which helped the company clock a growth of 70% y-o-y in the first four months of the fiscal.

About future plans, Narayanan said, the objectives are clear and the mission is to democratise fashion and make India a colorful stylish place where fashion and life style is accessible to every one.

"We will do it by combining technology , retail, fashion and lifestyle and supply chain, bringing them all together," he said.

Stating that a lot can be done to shape the fashion ecosystem that includes partnership with brand partners, Narayanan said, "We want to be a lifestyle destination and not just a fashion destination."

Myntra said in order to bring the offline experience closer to its consumers, it will open the physical experience store in the next 3 months with Roadster, HRX and All About You.

The company said the Omni channel strategy is expected to improve confidence in online shopping and accelerate number of customers converting from offline to online shopping.

Myntra also said it is targeting strong growth in new segments such as home furnishing, re-launching its personal care business and expanding its sales of fine jewellery.

Home furnishing is about 1% of the revenue and is growing at 50-60% on a monthly basis, it added.

Jharkhand's Hirachuni village gets on Facebook, WhatsApp

In an attempt to promote digital literacy among villagers under the Digital India campaign, Hirachuni, a small village, about 23 kms from here in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand has been identified for the purpose.

According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate among the male members is high. The village has a population 300 persons in 60 houses and majority of them have access to internet.

Initially, we have identified a small village Hirachuni, near National Highway 33, under Jamshedpur block as majority of the population were literate and have the facility to access internet, District Public Relation Officer of East Singhbhum Sanjay Kumar said.

Kumar visited the village on Sunday and held meeting with the villagers including present and former gram pradhan, ward members, representative of Pragya Kendra and youths in this regard. He agreed to give a digital identity to each household to promote the Digital India campaign.

Details of 47 houses out of the total 60 houses in the village have been gathered to generate a email ID, Whatsapp group of same series such as hirachuni.XYZ@gmail.com, he said, adding XYZ represents the name of the concerned person of the house.

The village will also have its own Facebook account in the name of Digital Hirachuni as well as a Whatsapp group and blog with a similar name, Kumar said.

Majority of the youths of the village possessed smart phones and have the facility to access internet. Hence, it would not be difficult to promote the campaign to start with, he said.

The internet connectivity of the village was also good as it has four mobile towers of service providers such as BSNL, Airtel, Idea and Reliance 4G, kumar added.

Instagram pictures can indicate whether you are depressed: Research

People who post greyer or darker coloured pictures on Instagram are more likely to be depressed compared to those who upload images with vibrant hues, scientists say.

Researchers from Harvard University and University of Vermont in the US have developed a new algorithm that checks photos on Instagram to diagnose depression and other mental illnesses at an early stage.

According to the researchers, there is a connection between the usage of colour and the mental state of a person.

They believe that those who post greyer or darker coloured images on Instagram are more likely to be depressed compared to those who upload pictures of vibrant colours.

The algorithm spots depression in people by identifying the pictures they have uploaded.

Researchers examined about 170 workers from Amazon 's Mechanical Turk service who had Instagram accounts.




All participants completed a questionnaire, which also included a standard clinical depression survey. They were also asked to share pictures from their Instagram account.

Researchers selected about 100 images from each participant and asked people to rate them on a scale of 0 to 5 based on how interesting, sad or happy the photos looked, 'Tech Times' reported.

The study also categorized the photos based on saturation, hue and the number of faces each picture had.

Researchers found that decreased saturation and brightness, and increased hue predicted depression. Researchers also found the depressed and non-depressed people used filters differently. Depressed people were less likely to use filters.

The algorithm was able to identify depression with a 70% success rate, researchers said.

This security wall will turn your smartcar hack-proof

Scientists have created a security protocol to protect smart cars -- equipped with GPS, bluetooth and internet connections -- from being hacked.

"A car can be fully controlled by the hacker if it is not protected," said Shucheng Yu from University of Arkansas.Yu and his collegue Zachary King also built an experimental environment that simulates communication system in a smart car, which allows the security protocol to be tested through simulations.

The research focused on protection of the Controller Area Network (CAN), an internal communication system in vehicles. "We are proposing to add a layer of security, so if an unauthorised person accesses it they still would not be able to control your vehicle," he said.

The security protocol protects CAN in two ways. Firstly , it authenticates messages sent through the network by creating an authentication code.This code allows nodes on the network to differentiate between a valid message and an attacker's message. The second feature protects against replay attacks, when a hacker attempts to breach the network by repeatedly sending messages. The protocol uses a timestamp to calculate when the network last received message.

RIL to staff: Use only Jio mobile connection

Reliance Industries, India's largest conglomerate, has asked its 40,000-plus employees to stop using phones connections of existing operators, like Airtel and Vodafone , and instead switch to its own high-speed 4G Jio.

RIL has asked employees to port their existing phone numbers to Jio, a move that may open another front with the existing operators, who have been up in arms against the Mukesh Ambani-led firm's prolonged beta testing.

"We are excited to announce yet another milestone towards greater excellence, where we will be switching our existing corporate connections to Jio," RIL's HR department wrote to all its employees.

It asked employees to use MNP to port their existing numbers to Jio and explained to them the step-by-step process.

Mobile number portability (MNP) enables telephone users to retain their number when changing from one carrier to other.

"Once you have submitted the required information, we will initiate the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process with the existing operator. This will take around seven working days to complete," the company HR said in the email.


So far, the company subscribed to corporate plans of all major operators including Airtel and Vodafone for the employees.

Reliance Jio test launched its services last December, but no dates for commercial launch has yet been announced. Initially, Jio SIM was available only to its employees, and later bundled with Reliance's own Lyf -branded smartphones. Now, all Samsung and LG smartphones users could walk-in to a Reliance Digital store and procure a Jio SIM

It now has over 1.5 million users.

The company says it has created the world's largest end- to-end all IP network and invested over Rs 1.34 lakh crore. Once launched, the services will cover over 18,000 towns and over 2 lakh villages across all the 22 service areas of the country.

Infosys: Layoffs made on performance and disciplinary grounds

Infosys today said it has laid off "a few" people on grounds of non-performance and disciplinary issues but denied reports of 500 jobs being cut by the country's second largest software services company.

"We would like to clarify that there are no layoffs at Infosys. There have been a few separations that are in response to performance and disciplinary issues, which take place on an ongoing basis and this is no different from previous years," an Infosys spokesperson said.

She added that the number of 500 people being laid off is "incorrect and the number is far below".




There were reports that Infosys had laid off 500 people in the aftermath of losing its multi-million pound deal with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

RBS had announced that it will not pursue its plan to separate and list a new UK standalone bank, Williams & Glyn (W&G), for which Infosys was a key technology partner. The move led to ramp down of about 3,000 jobs at the Bengaluru- based company.

At the end of first quarter of FY2017, Infosys had 1.97 lakh employees with an attrition rate of 21% during April-June, 2016.
Infosys said it offers counselling to employees not meeting the expected standards of performance.

"After adequate counselling, those found consistently deviating from expectations are asked to find alternate employment. This applies to employees across levels and is not connected with any business situation that is not in the control of the employee. The numbers are very low and this is no different from what we have done in the past," it said.

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge get a price cut of Rs 5,000 each

Samsung has slashed the prices of its flagship smartphones - Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, in India. Both the devices have recieved a reduction of Rs 5,000 each in their prices, according to Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom.


Samsung Galaxy S7, which was launched at a price of Rs 48,900, is now available at Rs 43,400. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available at Rs 50,900, having been launched at Rs 56,900.

For those unaware, Both Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sport similar hardware. Galaxy S7 offers a 5.1-inch display, weighs 152 grams and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. As for the Galaxy S7 edge, it sports a 5.5-inch display, has a 3,600mAh battery and weighs 157 grams. The two new high-end smartphones have a Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixel.

In terms of software, the major difference between S7 and S7 edge is in the new improved App Edge display on the right side of the latter. Both run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 6.0 Marshmallow. Both devices support microSD cards of up to 200GB in size.

Other specs of the Galaxy smartphones include Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 12MP dual pixel f/1.7rear camera setup with smart OIS, 5MP selfie camera, 4G support and fast charging, along with all regular connectivity options. Samsung has also incorporated liquid cooling technology to counter heating issues in these phones.

Last week, Samsung launched its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 7 in India. Priced at Rs 59,900, the handset runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD dual-edge SuperAmoled display of 1440x2560 pixel resolution. It's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 houses 64GB of in-built storage which can be further expanded by microSD cards of up to 256GB capacity. Users will also receive 15GB free cloud storage on Samsung Cloud. For imaging duties, the premium phablet has a 12MP dual-pixel rear-camera with Optical Image Stabilization, along with a 5MP front-facing shooter.

Samsung planning to go like Apple, might sell refurbished phones

Samsung Electronics plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10%.

The world's top smartphone maker will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade programs in markets such as South Korea and the United States.

Samsung would then re-sell these phones at a lower price, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was not yet public.

The person declined to say how big a discount the refurbished phones would be sold at, which markets the phones would be sold in or how many refurbished devices Samsung could sell.

A Samsung spokeswoman said the company does not comment on speculation.

It was not clear to what extent the phones would be altered, but refurbished phones typically are fitted with parts such as a new casing or battery.

Rival Apple's iPhone has a re-sale value of around 69% of its original price after about one year from launch, while Samsung's flagship Galaxy sells for 51% of the original price in the US market, according to BNP Paribas.

Refurbished phones could help vendors such as Samsung boost their presence in emerging markets such as India, where high-end devices costing $800 or so are beyond most buyers.

Apple sells refurbished iPhones in a number of markets including the United States, but does not disclose sales figures. It is trying to sell such iPhones in India, where the average smartphone sells for less than $90.

Selling used phones could help Samsung fend off lower-cost Chinese rivals that have been eating into its market share, and free up some capital to invest elsewhere or boost marketing expenditure.

Deloitte says the used smartphone market will be worth more than $17 billion this year, with 120 million devices sold or traded in to manufacturers or carriers -- around 8% of total smartphone sales. Some market experts expect the used market to grow fast as there are fewer technology breakthroughs.




"Some consumers may prefer to buy refurbished, used premium models in lieu of new budget brands, possibly cannibalizing sales of new devices from those budget manufacturers," Deloitte said in a report.

Cannibalization risk

Samsung's refurbishment program, details of which the person said could be finalised as early as 2017, could help the firm generate revenue from dated high-end smartphones returned by users upgrading to newer versions.

The company's latest premium phones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7, have received favorable reviews, suggesting cheaper, refurbished versions could be popular. At US carrier Verizon Communications, the Galaxy S7 edge with 32-gigabyte storage retails for $792 without subsidies, while the Note 7 costs $864.

The program could help Samsung defend market share in emerging countries by bolstering mid-tier sales. Refurbished phones could also appeal to enterprise clients who want certain security or software products pre-installed on phones to give to their employees, the source said.

The risk of offering refurbished devices is that they could potentially cannibalize sales of Samsung's other mid-tier devices.

Expectations for solid smartphone sales helped Samsung shares to a record 1.675 million won each on Friday, taking two-day gains to 7% and adding $15 billion in market value. The shares traded down 0.36% in Seoul on Monday.