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  1. If you are someone who likes to spend your fortune a little more lavishly, and things like holidaying around the world, stocking wardrobes with designer clothes aren't cutting it for you anymore, then Caviar has just the right thing for you. Meet Caviar's “Grand Complications Skeleton Diamond Edition” iPhone. Yes, that's the name of the phone and we aren't even complaining because it carries a rather hefty price tag of $23,380, which roughly translates to about Rs 16 Lakhs. Sounds like a perfect phone for spoiled Insta-kids? © Caviar So, what's with this phone? Why is it so expensive? Well, for starters, it's got a mechanical clock right in the middle of its back, complete with diamonds and gold plates. The phone's back has black engraved titanium, gold plating, and 252 diamonds. No, we won't judge you if you decide to sit and count the number of diamonds. The dial parts of the watch are made of platinum, and the dial itself is protected by sapphire glass. Also, the mechanical clock has nothing to do with the phone itself. It's not getting its power from the phone, so you'll have to manually wind the clock every 30 hours with the gold-plated crown. © Caviar Only 99 of these iPhones will ever be made, and you'll get to see which of the 99 Caviar iPhones you bought. Just to touch base on the pricing, the 256GB variant of this iPhone XS starts at $23,380 (Rs 16 Lakhs), whereas the top of the line 512GB iPhone XS Max variant will cost you as much as $24,530 (Rs 17 Lakhs). Besides the shiny exterior, there's nothing new about these iPhones. You're essentially buying the same iPhone XS which you'd buy from Apple itself. Don't worry, they ship worldwide and the delivery is free. © Caviar You can learn more about these iPhones here.
  2. There's been a lot of banter about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera prowess. My colleague reviewed the phone earlier this week and found it to be really good, but I wanted to test it out myself before passing my judgement, if any. So I decided to borrow our review unit and took it out for a spin. And boy, was I in for a surprise! I use an iPhone XR as my daily driver and I really like that phone, its cameras included. In fact, it has been one of my favorite phones to shoot pictures with lately. Given how much I like the iPhone XR's cameras, I wasn't expecting the Note 7 Pro to take me by surprise. But trust me, I was wrong. At first, I started capturing random pictures with the Redmi Note 7 Pro to get the hang of the camera and Xiaomi's camera app. Even when I wasn't really putting much effort, this phone managed to produce shots like this: © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Yes, it was at this point that I decided to pull out my iPhone XR out of curiosity to see how they compared. It was somewhat a gloomy day here in New Delhi, which I thought was just perfect to push these cameras to their limits. So, I did. Just take a look: Note: All photos captured from the Redmi Note 7 Pro have a watermark. The images used for comparison were shot on an iPhone XR. Also, none of these images have been edited in any way whatsoever. The images, which you see below, were shot from a metro station. Both phones did a really good job here, but I personally like the Redmi Note 7 Pro's photo mainly because of the colors. They're natural, and the overall image look a lot presentable with lots of detail. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Next up, I decided to go with a shot which, honestly, even a lot of flagship smartphones struggle with. As we all know, it's pretty hard to expose the subject when there's a strong source of light right behind or around the subject. But both the phones did great in this case. The fact that Redmi Note 7 Pro managed to make it just as good as the iPhone XR did, is truly impressive. © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another one. The Redmi Note 7 Pro's image is the clear winner for me here. The focus on the subject is on point, and there's a ton of detail. Not that the iPhone's image is bad, but it's not something I would post on social media without doing a bit of tinkering unlike the Note 7 Pro's image. It's truly a stunning shot, is it? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer Even as I was losing the light and things started getting more gloomy, the Redmi Note 7 Pro didn't fail to impress me. This is one of those images, which truly made me question the point of buying an expensive phone to get good cameras. Great dynamic range and really good exposure. Just take a look - © MensXP / Karthik Iyer And here's another shot taken in low light/ artificial lighting. This restaurant is better known for its food than lighting, but the pictures aren't too shabby, are they? © MensXP / Karthik Iyer I can keep throwing in more images here from my gallery, but I think we've established a point here. No, I am not trying to pick a winner and justify my opinion. However, I must say that Xiaomi has done a phenomenal job with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I mean, just Rs 13,990 for a smartphone that's capable of competing with big dogs like Apple's iPhone? Sign me up. Of course, I am not ready to ditch my iPhone, at least not yet, but the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a star. If you like taking pictures on your phone among other things and you don't want to burn a huge whole in your pocket, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a no-brainer. It's truly the budget king that everyone needs to beat. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Well, that wraps up just about everything. Again, most of this is subjective since not all people tend to prefer the same kind of images. But as someone who loves taking pictures for Instagram and craves a bit of a self-validation, I really enjoyed my time shooting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. If you're looking to check out more camera samples or want to learn more about the Redmi Note 7 Pro's overall performance, then be sure to check out our review of the phone.
  3. You can finally play your PlayStation 4 (PS4) games on your iPad or your iPhone via Sony's Remote Play App. The application was already available on Android, considering it was first launched on the Xperia Z3 way back in October 2013. It has taken Sony 4.5 years to get the same feature for iOS devices. © SONY In order to use this feature, you will need to update your PS4, download the RemotePlay app on your iOS device and pair the two. The controller layout is overlaid on the screen and if you want to play on your iOS device, it will work best when paired with a third party controller. You cannot pair the PS4 controller with an iPhone or an iPad unless your device is jailbroken. iOS is a huge platform and bringing the functionally will be a massive expansion for streaming games. There are plenty of MFi gamepads you can use in order to play PlayStation games on your iPad. You can use the SteelSeries Nimbus as a gamepad and map the controls exactly like on the PlayStation 4 controller. © Sony Having said that, you will not be able to play PS4 games remotely such as via a mobile network. You will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi in order for the function to work. You will also need an iPhone 7 or sixth-generation iPad or later to make the application work with your PS4. The new update has been rolled out for the PS4 and in the 6.5 version of the update, users can also remap the 'X' and 'O' buttons on the controller. Japanese consoles have to use the 'O' button for the “Enter” command, however, you can now remap it to 'X' or the other way around.
  4. Donald Trump and Tim Cook have been making headlines all day today for a hilarious reason. During a conference at the White House, the US President accidentally referred to Apple's CEO as 'Tim Apple', instead or Mr. Tim Cook. ... here's the president of the united states calling tim cook, ceo of apple, "tim apple." pic.twitter.com/RTc45RFm5e — fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) March 6, 2019 Goes without saying that it soon became a meme and social media is having a field day joking about it. Calling Tim Cook Tim Apple to his face is my version of the American dream. I want to look Bill Gates in the eye and call him Jim Microsoft. — Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) March 7, 2019 "Please, Tim Apple is my work name. Call me Mr. iPhone." https://t.co/8xcbH8p9cy — Travon Free (@Travon) March 7, 2019 Some people tried to illustrate it with cool pictures and graphic imagery and the result was...well. Tim Apple with President Orange ðð pic.twitter.com/1cI1QkA0an — suppelsa (@suppeIsa) March 7, 2019 Tim Apple on the streets... Red Delicious in the sheets. pic.twitter.com/KieaY1RuOa — Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 6, 2019 The legend of Timmy Apple Phone. #timapple pic.twitter.com/HvxpHwu12s — No Name (@ohheh) March 6, 2019 Low key, most people actually loved this new name! Ok but to be honest, #TimApple is probably how I would have saved his name in my phone. — Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) March 7, 2019 Someone changed Tim Cook's name to “Timothy Donald Apple” and these are the moments in which I love the internet. #TimApple pic.twitter.com/LtEsatpSyg — AndyLincoln's Finger (@Lincolns_Finger) March 7, 2019 Okay, we give full marks to Salman Bhai for this. Salman Khan did it before it was cool. #TimApple pic.twitter.com/KgtzQ9uvyf — MVelhal (@MVelhal) March 7, 2019 People were quick to make a full virtual team of all CEO's with their company name as their surname, which is hilarious. #timapple This should be a good predication for Trump aye? pic.twitter.com/UaI6oyDS0S — Krithiga Narayanan (@Krithiganarayan) March 7, 2019 New Trump-Name Generator: Your Trump-name is your first name + occupation / company. Go! #TimApple pic.twitter.com/CWGsWSwvsV — IG: @TheOriginalCult ð¥ (@OriginalCult_) March 7, 2019 Well, looks like he had too much of 'covfefe' this morning!
  5. MWC saw quite a few interesting and weird smartphones, however, the show was stolen by all the foldable smartphones that were announced. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event, followed by a more practical foldable smartphone by Huawei called the 'Mate X'. As of now, foldable smartphones have been teased by various companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, LG, Motorola and others. Apple has considered making a foldable smartphone in the past and has also filed a patent that covers “Flexible Display Devices”, however, we have not seen anything from the Cupertino giant as of now. Even though Apple may just be the only manufacturer that has not flirted with a foldable prototype, it didn't stop Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak from wanting one. © LetsGoDigital Speaking to Bloomberg, Wozniak said that he really wants to get his hands on a foldable iPhone and wants Apple to be a leader in this segment of smartphones. “Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, (Face ID) and easy payment with the phone,” Wozniak said during the Bloomberg interview. “They're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone.” Apple is known to have surprises up its sleeve and we cannot be sure whether the company is already working on a foldable smartphone. Even though the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have been announced, the two smartphones are not yet ready for consumers. It's still quite expensive and is in the initial stage of development. Apple, on the other hand, is known to launch devices that just work and it may be too soon for the company to unveil its own foldable device. © LetsGoDigital Even if Apple does make a foldable iPhone, there's a good chance it may look like the image above. It's a render based on the patent filed by Apple and developed by LetsGoDigital. Do you want a foldable iPhone in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Source: Bloomberg
  6. It seems like Samsung is all set to take on the iPhone XR with its own affordable version of the Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S10E boasts flagship level specifications but costs less than its bigger brother. It has almost every feature as the Galaxy S10/S10+ but with a few features stripped out. The Galaxy S10E is priced at $750 which is the same price as the iPhone XR and will naturally compete with Apple's affordable version of the iPhone. Having said that, there are some noticeable differences between the two smartphones such as the processor, camera setups and display size/quality. An affordable flagship smartphone is what makes a smartphone a huge success in India. It's a formula that has been working for OnePlus and Poco Phone for now and it seems like Samsung wants a slice of the pie. The Galaxy S10E will be the more affordable variant in the entire Galaxy series of 2019 and here are some of the key areas where it will challenge the iPhone XR. Cameras © Twitter The Galaxy S10E has a slight advantage over the iPhone XR in this department as it has a dual camera setup where one of the lenses is an ultra-wide lens. The primary sensor has dual aperture f1.5/f2.4 whereas the iPhone XR has a single 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide) sensor. The Galaxy S10E will be able to do everything the iPhone XR can with the additional ability to take wide angle pictures. In terms of picture quality, that remains to be seen when we get to take it for a spin ourselves. However, the iPhone XR is capable of taking some awesome pictures which you can have a look in our review here. The Processor © Samsung The Galaxy S10E is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset in the US whereas the Indian variant will come with Samsung's own Exynos 9820 chipset. Apple has an advantage here as the iPhone XR is powered by the A12 Bionic chip which blows Qualcomm's 855 chipsets out of the water. Even though Qualcomm is catching up with Apple's A12's performance, it's still slower in performance. The story remains the same with Samsung's Exynos 9820 chipset. Apple's A12 Bionic Chipset is the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. The Exynos 9820 uses the 8nm architecture which is not quite up to the mark when it comes to battery life and performance when compared to the A12 Bionic SoC. Display © BCCL Samsung is known for its displays and the Galaxy S10E has a 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels panel. The iPhone XR, on the other hand, has a 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792x828 pixels which are not in the same league as the S10E. Even though the iPhone XR has one of the most beautiful LCD screens we've ever seen, it still cannot beat Samsung's AMOLED display with higher pixels and resolution. The S10E's display even has a higher pixel density at 522ppi. It Has Reverse Charging © Samsung Both smartphones have wireless charging support but the Galaxy S10E takes it a step further. Then new Galaxy smartphones have a new feature called PowerShare. It lets the smartphone charge other devices wirelessly. We've already seen this feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro; however, Samsung has brought this feature to a more affordable device.
  7. When you have so much money that you don't even know what to do with it, you start spending it on honestly the most bizarre, frivolous things. Case in point - Drake's new diamond encrusted iPhone case. Oh, and it apparently cost him $400,000 which is exactly â¹2,85,92,000. Basically, while we're all struggling to even afford an iPhone, he spent the money it would take to buy, say 400 iPhones, on a single phone case. I mean, it's his money and he can do whatever he wants with it, so Champagne Papi just decided to call everyone a broke bitch at the same time. Well, here's the cover, and please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this is a little tacky. View this post on Instagram Because we can't do basic! Diamond iPhone case cover for our friend @champagnepapi ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ A post shared by JASON OF BEVERLY HILLS (@jasonofbeverlyhills) on Feb 14, 2019 at 5:21am PST Not so basic, for sure. But, I still have some questions - What will happen when a new iPhone comes and it's time for Drake to upgrade? Will he stick to his current iPhone or drop another half a million dollars on a case? Is he being this extra just because he has a song called 'hotline bling' and this is literally hotline bling come to life? Does this case offer any extra protection when his phone inevitably falls? Will the diamonds prevent a broken screen? But, most importantly, I'm just scared of him losing his phone or someone stealing it. I mean, it would hurt us if we lost our iPhone, but he would not just lost his iPhone but 3 crore worth of diamonds as well. It hurts just thinking about it. Drake, be careful man, your phone is probably a target now.
  8. The iPhone XR is the new smartphone by Apple that costs relatively less than its flagship counterparts. Having said that, the iPhone XR can hold its own when it comes to performance and features without compromising the price. The XR is a hybrid between the iPhone 8 design and the iPhone X and has features that make it one of those smartphones that you just cannot ignore. Here are our favourite features on the iPhone XR that makes it one of our favourite smartphones launched by Apple last year. 1. The Most Powerful Processor © Apple What makes iPhones a beast in performance is its software that works in tandem with what's under the hood. The A12 Bionic chip is the same processor that powers the iPhone XS/XS Max. It's the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. Apple uses all six cores (2 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency) at the same time and offers more power efficiency. The iPhone XR is also the 50% faster than the previous generation which means it can play games with less computing power and can launch apps faster. 2. It Can Take Awesome Pictures © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even the iPhone XR has a single lens 12-MP camera and it can still take portrait image just like Google's Pixel smartphones. Thanks to the neural engine, the iPhone XR is capable of taking portrait shots via the software. It can detect a person's face and apply a bokeh effect. It can even take some awesome HDR images that we managed to click from our recent trip to the Maldives. Check out a few samples below: View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #iPhoneXR #shotoniphone #technology #smartphone #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 23, 2018 at 10:58am PDT 3. It Has Facial Recognition © Apple Earlier, FaceID and the true-depth camera system was exclusive to the iPhone X and were not available to iPhone 8/8Plus users. However, with the introduction of the iPhone XR, it has the same facial recognition features as its flagship counterparts and is faster than the iPhone X. You can even use the True Depth camera system to use Animoji and Memoji. The new True-Depth camera system also lets users take portrait selfies as well. 4. More Battery Life The iPhone XR has a bigger screen and is slightly larger in size than the iPhone XS. Due to the larger footprint, the iPhone XR also has a larger battery which results in longer battery life. The iPhone XR can last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 and can play videos for up to 15 hours. 5. It Comes In Different Colours © Apple If you loved the different colour options on the iPhone 5c, you will see a similar trend with the iPhone XR as it comes with various options. Even though it has a glass back and a metal frame, it comes white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (Product)Red.
  9. The iPhone is the most selling product every year and the small line-up of phones has a huge market share in the developed markets. Hence, it's no surprise that rumours mills are always churning out something new. The 2019 iPhones are expected to launch in September, but we're already hearing a lot about them. Analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo are known to be highly reliable and have a track record of revealing accurate reports over the past few years. Now, Kuo has released an analyst note that contains his predictions about the upcoming iPhones. The predictions have corroborating reports stating that Apple could announce three new iPhones this year. © Apple According to him, the new iPhones shall have the same screen sizes and the notch isn't going anywhere as well. The iPhone XR successor is expected to get an OLED display, instead of the current LCD. The phones shall also have an upgraded Face ID array, bigger batteries, and a frosted glass casing. Another major update will be a triple rear camera setup on one of the phones. Previous Bloomberg reports have also said that Apple is testing the new camera array, and given the current trends of the market, it makes more sense. Huawei's flagships have been a killer in the segment, and even Samsung has been trying to catch-up. © Imgur The upcoming iPhones are also expected to get an ultra-wideband radio for indoor navigation and bilateral wireless charging. The latter lets you charge other smaller devices wirelessly via your iPhone. This shall come in extremely handy to quickly charge AirPods on the go. In fact, even the AirPods are going to get a successor this year and the AirPods 2 are reported to sport better health tracking, finely tuned audio output, as well as better battery life. Even the much-awaited AirPower charging mat shall be finally coming this year. © Apple Lastly, the new iPhones will continue using the Lightning connector, instead of opting for USB-C. This may be good news for many, but those who already use the new MacBook or iPad Pro know how annoying it can get to carry separate charging wires everywhere. What do you think about the new iPhones? Let us know in the comments section below! Source: 9to5Mac
  10. WhatsApp is now rolling out an update on iOS which lets users further protect their chats with the help of iPhone's onboard biometric authentication. WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption making it one of the more secure instant messaging apps. However, the new update is set to make it even more secure. WhatsApp has now started to roll out an update where users can protect the app with either Touch ID or FaceID authentication depending on the iPhone model you use. Your facial data and fingerprint data will remain encrypted in the phone and WhatsApp will not be getting access to your personal biometric data. © MensXP-Akshay Bhalla Setting up this feature is fairly simple as you need to open WhatsApp, head to setting > account > privacy and select “screen lock”. You can then select the option “Require Face ID” or “Require Touch ID”. Select the preferred time you want the feature to kick in. When replying to messages or answering calls from the lock screen, WhatsApp does not require additional authentication. © YouTube However, if someone knows your PIN, then they will be able to access your WhatsApp the same way you will be able to. It's needless to say that you should be keeping your PIN safe to prevent people from accessing your WhatsApp chats and in-app purchases from other applications that provide micro-transactions. As of now, this feature is only available to iPhone users; however, Android users will be getting a similar feature in the near future. The system that enables Android devices for protecting apps is mostly the same as Apple's and Android users will be able to take advantage of the feature very soon. Will you be protecting your WhatsApp with the new feature? What would be your primary purpose? Let us know in the comments if you love the newly added security on WhatsApp or not.
  11. Apple has changed the primary charging and data transfer port once, and people weren't so happy about it. While new ports bring in better features, it means we need to buy accompanying cables and this simply adds unnecessary cost to the product. The iPhone initially came with a Dock connector, consisting of a 30 pin port. Then came the Lightning Port, it was psignificantly smaller and had a satisfying click to it. According to recent reports, Apple may soon make a shift to USB-C with the new iPhones. © WikiMedia Yes, the lightning port is more than capable. But a shift to USB-C means a universal port for all gadgets in Apple's portfolio. The MacBook already has it, the new iPad has it, and now the iPhone. You can use the same cable for all the devices in the ecosystem, meaning the cost to acquire these cables 'll l will actually come down over a period of time. Even though USB-C should technically reduce the need of adapters as more and more peripherals support the port out of the box, you have to remember that old iPhone accessories are compatible only with Lightning. Apple chargers sell for roughly US$ 25 (Rs 1,500) for an official cable and replica versions are also available for far less. © Apple Last week, Anand Mahindra tweeted how he needs to buy new cables every time a new Apple product is bought. This issue may soon come to an end once all Apple products are supporting USB-C. The Android world has embraced the port long back, and even budget phones are housing one. Bloomberg also reports that the upcoming iPhone will have a triple camera setup, like some Android counterparts. The third camera will have a more powerful zoom, a higher resolution and a wider field of view than any camera on today's iPhones. © Reuters Going a step further, the 2020 iPhone is reported to have a 3D camera system that can sense distance and measure depth through lasers, improving the iPhone's handling of augmented-reality apps and features. Additionally, the Live Photos feature will mean that it can capture videos that are six seconds long, instead of just three seconds.
  12. POCO F1 was launched last year and has been in the news quite a lot, thanks to its pricing and offered features. It is still the cheapest phone to house a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with minor additions like liquid cooling. Xiaomi's POCO initially pushed the F1 as a performance phone, built for those who want speed. Slowly, the brand improved the camera output via multiple software updates and even gave out many new features in the POCO launcher. This made the phone have a good balance of features over time. © YouTube DxOMark is regarded as a formidable benchmark to test camera performance. They tested the POCO F1's rear cameras in terms of quality, and the device performed at the same outstanding level as the iPhone 8. The POCO F1 got a score of 91, at par with the iPhone 8 and very close to the Note 8. Taking a look at the results of the tests, DxOMark praised the device for fast and accurate autofocus while shooting both photos and videos. The camera also recorded “pleasant” and “vivid” colours in photos and videos “in all lighting conditions”. The POCO F1 shines in capturing stills with its fast autofocus, eye-pleasing colours and accurate white balance. © DxOMark The phone scores 90 points in the video department which is the same score that's awarded to the iPhone 8. Thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), the POCO F1 is able to reduce focus time significantly. We must keep in mind that the iPhone 8 costs two times more than the POCO F1. The POCO F1 sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. © Reuters This isn't the first time POCO's camera has been appreciated. In a blind camera test last year, it scored the second position, beating even the likes of iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3. Considering the price, the POCO F1 is turning out to be a no-nonsense package that can deliver on performance, as well as above average camera. We're already hearing rumours about the POCO F2, and hope it'll continue forward the same legacy. Source: DxOMark
  13. 25-year-old Wang Shangkun will never forget the fateful year of 2011 when he took a life-altering decision that would leave him bedridden within the next eight years. When Shangkun was 17-years-old, he decided to sell his kidney in order to get his hands on the latest iPhone that was launched in the market. He hawked his kidney in the black market for $4,500 AUD (Rs. 2,29,357.89) and used this amount to purchase two Apple gizmos, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4. At that time, Shangkun had reportedly said, “Why do I need a second kidney?” One is enough." © Asiawire,Australscope However, such is the irony of life, that today even his remaining kidney is failing him and Shangkun might be looking at a life tied to his bed. He was recently diagnosed with renal deficiency and has to undergo daily dialysis to function, since his remaining kidney can't work efficiently to clear his blood of toxins. Back in the day, when Shangkun had wanted to get his hands on the gadgets, the Anhui province resident of China didn't have enough money to afford the high-end products. However, it was in an online chat room that a possible opportunity presented itself. Shangkun was approached by an organ harvester in an online chat room who assured that selling one of his kidneys could fetch Shangkun 20,000 Yuan. © Asiawire,Australscope In no time afterwards, Shangkun underwent illegal surgery and finally got himself the Apple products he had been lusting after. However, it was his mother who thought something was fishy when she found him in possession of such expensive gadgets and made him confess. In the following months, Shangkun developed an infection in his remaining kidney, and ultimately suffered organ failure. As of today, his condition is so severe that he is in need of daily dialysis and has been left bedridden. Doctors have also suggested that he might need a kidney transplant of his own to get better. Talk about irony.
  14. A serious bug in Apple's FaceTime application lets users listen in on the people they're calling, even when they don't pick up the phone. It was previously reported on Twitter by user Benji Mobb and it's a severe violation of privacy. All you need to do is call someone via FaceTime and listen to their phone's microphone, without consent. Apple says it is aware of the issue and a fix will be released via a software update in the coming week. Multiple publications can confirm that the issue actually works. © AppleInsider The glitch is very easily triggered when you call someone using FaceTime. Before they pick up the call, add your own number to the call and once you're added, the application immediately assumes it to be a conference call and begins relaying the audio from the other phone. Irrespective of whether the end party has picked up the call or not, the audio gets transferred. For the end user, if you're receiving a call from FaceTime, there is a chance the caller can hear you via the microphone. If the recipient of the call presses the power button on the side of the iPhone to silence or ignore an incoming call, their phone will begin broadcasting video to the initial caller. Now you can answer for yourself on FaceTime even if they don't answerð¤#Apple explain this.. pic.twitter.com/gr8llRKZxJ — Benji Mobb™ (@BmManski) January 28, 2019 The only way to stop this from happening right now is to disable FaceTime on all your Apple devices. On the iPhone, go the Settings app and select FaceTime. Tap the toggle and switch it to grey. FaceTime will no longer be active on the device. On the Mac, open the FaceTime app, select "FaceTime" in the menu bar and click on "Turn off FaceTime". © Twitter / Chris Velazco With rising privacy concerns worldwide, these severe glitches in a core application like FaceTime are extremely worrisome. For a long time, Apple has been talking about privacy on its devices and how they are different from others. They even put up a huge billboard outside CES 2019, taking a dig at Google, Amazon, and other data utilizing companies. The banner read "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone", and today's discovery completely nullifies their claim. There isn't much we can do right now, but wait for Apple to release a fix. Until then, be careful when you receive a call via FaceTime. Source: Twitter
  15. The Pixel 3 is probably the best camera smartphone out there, thanks to cutting edge software and AI. It manages to take awesome pictures using a single lens as compared to Apple's iPhone. Google has now taken a jab at Apple with a new campaign that basically pits the Pixel 3's 'Night Sight' mode against the iPhone XS. © Twitter Of course, in the picture in says 'Phone X' however, it is revealed in a smaller font below to be Apple's latest iPhone. The image was posted by Google's Vice President of marketing Marvin Chow which shows a colourful low-light picture taken by the two smartphones. The difference between the two images is quite apparent. The subject in the image is the model rather than its foreground and it shows that the model is rendered entirely in shadow by the iPhone XS. The Pixel 3 image, on the other hand, looks rather closer to what you would see in real life. In fact, it looks like the picture was taken by a professional photographer. © Google Having said that, the image shot using the Pixel 3 loses some detail and also changes the hue of some colours in the background. Regardless, the Night Sight shot reveals more about the scene than the iPhone XS. We can clearly see the model's clothes and even some facial features. However, it's impossible to know what it really looked like at the time and the lighting conditions for both images. Some users on Twitter complained to Chow about Night Sight's tendency to over saturate and overexpose a shot. The Pixel 3's picture does look awesome, and would be the image most would instantly share online. The iPhone XS's picture requires some editing to make it more shareable. Both have their merits and downsides. Which do you prefer?
  16. Apple is inviting its users and iPhone photographers alike from around the world, to submit some of their best shots for its next “Shot on iPhone” campaign. Apple first started the “Shot on iPhone: campaign in 2015 when the Cupertino giant launched the iPhone 6. Apple mined Twitter and Instagram for pictures with the hashtag “#ShotOniPhone” that went on banners, billboards and magazine ads. The campaign was extremely successful as iPhone sales shot through the roof. © BCCL In fact, some of the best ads from Apple have come from user-generated content; especially from people who don't consider themselves photographers. Entering the contest is quite simple as you just need to upload your best pictures on Instagram or Twitter with the “ShotOniPhone” hashtag by February 7th. Weibo users can participate as well using #ShotOniPhone#. In the image caption, note which model was used. Alternatively, you can also submit the photo in its highest resolution to shotoniphone@apple.com with the file format 'firstname_lastname_iphonemodel.' © Adweek The pictures will be judged by a panel of judges and will select 10 photos that will be featured on billboards in select cities, retail outlets and an online store. The images will be judged by Pete Souza, the official photographer for President Barack Obama, Luísa Dörr who rose to fame after she photographed TIME's Firsts issue exclusively on iPhone and Austin Mann amongst others. If you are serious about submitting your images, you can find additional information here
  17. The iPhone XI is expected to launch later this year, however, rumours are shaping it up to be one of the biggest phone launches by Apple. Rumours are hinting at a few features that may just be game-changing and others that have been long awaited for the iPhone. © Twitter A new patent application with the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) was filed yesterday and it reveals what Apple has in store for the next iPhone. There will be a feature where the camera app will launch the moment you pick up the device making it instantly available to users. It was first spotted by Apple Insider where the patent describes it as “automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in a locked mode based on detecting that the user of the mobile device intends to capture a photograph.” Adding to this rumour, a post from C Technology or better known as “iCTech," lists five more features that are rumoured to be in the works. For instance, a previous rumour suggested that the iPhone XI will have a triple rear camera setup, however, C Technology adds that there will be a 3x telephoto lens. Other new features include a 4,000 mAh battery, 15W wireless charging, reduced TrueDepth camera notch and a 90 to 120Hz screen refresh rate. © YouTube ICTech has been known for some accurate and some dodgy leaks which means you should take this rumour with a pinch of salt. iCTech does not specify any sources, however, the account has previously leaked Apple's iPhone 5c Quick Start guide accurately. In terms of battery size claims, the iPhone XS and XS Max are currently powered by 2,658mAh and 3,174mAh batteries, respectively. Bumping it up to 4,000 mAh would be a massive overhaul for Apple and it would be hard for the company to fit this battery in the existing form factor. © Twitter Other recent rumours have suggested a smaller TrueDepth notch and the same was echoed by iCTech. The TrueDepth notch is expected to have a 10-megapixel selfie camera which will be an upgrade from the current 7MP found in the iPhone XS and XR. Finally, the 90 to 120 Z display is expected to be identical to what we have already seen on the 2019 iPad Pro. A higher refresh rate results in better animation and smoother experience which works best when playing games. Apple already uses something called ProMotion which basically means it has a variable display rate. The display automatically pushes the refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz depending on the activity you are doing on your phone. Source: Apple Insider
  18. If you've been using smartphones since the early 2000s, you may remember the iconic Motorola RAZR and how it took over the world. The slick flip phone was probably the hottest looking smartphone that everyone owned. It was a marvel when it came to the aesthetics, however, the hinges kept breaking easily. It was the first phone that generated a “craze” among the consumers and now, it seems like it will be making a comeback. According to Wall Street Journal's sources, the new phone is expected to launch soon. Photo: © YouTube (Main Image) © YouTube Lenovo, the company that also owns Motorola, is now looking to revive the nostalgic phone, however, there is some rather bad news if you thought you could get it easily. Rumours suggest that the Motorola RAZR will launch in partnership with U.S. Carrier 'Verizon'. However, that's not the disappointing development, it's the staggering price. The price tag that Lenovo will ask for this piece of nostalgia is a mind-numbing $1500 (Rs 1,06,990). That's a hefty price tag for a piece of nostalgia if you ask me. It seems like that this price tag will obviously not result in good sales numbers. © Motorola Apart from the fact that this is a folding phone, there's no news about its specifications, design or anything else. We could speculate that a phone that folds, better have two screens or great specifications that would make it worthy of paying that hefty price tag. There's a good chance that it might a fully foldable phone which could justify its high price tag. As of now, this particular Motorola RAZR phone is just a part of a rumour which should be taken with a pinch of salt. Who knows what the device will look like and what specifications it has to offer. For now, we just hope it's a real device and delivers the same spectacular device as its older counterpart. Source: Wall Street Journal
  19. The previously rumoured smart battery case by Apple is now officially a reality and Apple launched it quietly on its website today. The Smart Battery Case works only with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR and can extend the battery life to as much as 39 hours of talk time on the XR with 21 hours of internet use. The cool thing about the new smart case is that it supports wireless charging as well which you don't need to plug it in with the charging cable. © MensXP The new Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi-certified chargers, enabling users to wirelessly charge iPhone and the battery case separately or simultaneously, and can also charge via Lightning cable or fast charge with USB-PD compatible chargers. The Smart battery case is also integrated with iOS meaning you will be able to see the case's battery status on the lock screen and even in the notification center. The case is available in two colours i,e, black and white and will cost $129. As of now, it's not certain how much it will cost in India however we should soon see it at official Apple retailers. © Apple Apple has not sold a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone since the company introduced iPhone 7 and it probably had to do with wireless charging on future iPhones. The new smart case follows the same design as previous battery cases that have the noticeable hump at the back. Even though it looks visually appealing, personally we would have preferred a design that would be uniform and would use the entire length of the case.
  20. In September, Apple launched the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR. The three phones were in-line with Apple's iPhone X design language and featured major internal changes only. Though, the smartphone industry underwent some vital changes in terms of design with companies trying their luck with everything. Huawei's P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro have definitively taken over the mobile photography department and Google's Pixel still kicks ass with a single lens. In this polarised environment, we sure expect Apple to bring in radical changes to the iPhone. Last week, Apple stock dipped massively due to poor iPhone sales owing to their battery replacement program. © BCCL Users just aren't upgrading to a new iPhone thanks to easy and cheap battery replacements. In such a scenario, Apple needs more than just a design change. It needs to be prepared to take on aggressive competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Google. OnLeaks has shared a render that gives us our very first look at Apple's next smartphone – the iPhone XI 2019. The image shows only the rear of the device but it is a big reveal nonetheless. The rumour reveals that Apple will go out of its way to make the upcoming iPhones much special and better than ever before. © Digit x OnLeaks The leaked picture of the iPhone XI reveals that the new iPhone will come with triple rear cameras paired with LED flash. The three camera lenses are located in a squircle manner in the top left corner and the LED flash on the right corner, in an awkward, asymmetric location. At the moment, the exact details of each sensor remain unclear. If we're to guess, one of them shall be the primary lens accompanied by a telephoto sensor. The right lens could be a Time of Flight lens that is more accurate over long distance and can be used for 3D modelling. © Digit x OnLeaks It's being said that the 2019 iPhone models are currently in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, meaning it's still in early design and how the end product will look isn't finalised yet. The current design we see is very "un-Apple" because the company is known for its attention to detail, and we really hope such an asymmetric design doesn't make it to the finals. Source: Digit
  21. A letter issued by CEO Tim Cook addressed to investors said that Apple is expecting a $9 billion loss in revenue due to weak iPhone sales. Cook goes on to explain that this was partly because of people replacing their batteries on older iPhones. © BCCL Apple admitted to throttling older iPhones which let to the company offering cheaper battery replacements as compensation to users. The battery replacing fee was cut down by $50 which encouraged users to simply replace older batteries because their iPhones still worked like a charm. © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Instead of upgrading their iPhones to the latest model, users preferred to replace the batteries instead of spending $1000 on a new iPhone. User's also learned how to turn off the throttling feature which resulted in better performance for older iPhones. The new iOS 12 update also improved performance on older iPhones which discouraged a lot of users from upgrading to the latest model. "Some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacement," he noted. © Pexels Cook also addressed facing growth difficulties in emerging markets such as India and Cina due to the strength of the dollar. In order to counter this issue, Apple may start manufacturing their flagship devices in India to curb the excessive tariffs imposed by the Indian Government on imported smartphones. Having said that, Cook's letter is only indicative of the difficulties faced by the company and should not be referenced for concrete sales numbers. As Bloomberg points out “this isn't to say that Apple's business is falling apart. It is still generating levels of revenue and cash flow that are the envy of the corporate world.” Source: Bloomberg
  22. The next iPhone is expected to have advanced mobile photography that has been tipped to generate excitement amongst users. The 2019 iPhones are expected to follow the same design as the current generation but have some neat camera features. © MensXP According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is working with Sony to include a long distance 3D camera. This new lens is expected to change smartphone photography game and will also result in better security and gaming. Bloomberg spoke to Sony directly to get this information so the source couldn't have been better. “Cameras revolutionized phones, and based on what I've seen, I have the same expectation for 3D [cameras],” said Satoshi Yoshihara, head of Sony's sensor division, when speaking with Bloomberg. © YouTube Bloomberg revealed Apple's plans for this new camera sensor and Sony subsequently confirmed the commercial availability of the lens. According to Yoshihara and Sony, both the front and rear-facing 3D cameras will be ready in 2019 and “kick off mass production in late summer to meet demand”. The 3D cameras will basically use “Time of Flight” technology that will send out invisible laser pulses and measure the time before it bounces back to build 3d models of objects up to five meters away. Source: Bloomberg
  23. In an attempt to show solidarity towards Huawei, companies in China are reportedly attempting to encourage employees to buy products from the Chinese giant. A Chinese textile company has released a notice banning staff who use iPhones from possible promotions and providing subsidies to those who buy Huawei devices. Several organisations and business groups in the country have issued notices urging staff members to show their support for the Chinese telecommunications giant by boycotting iPhones. © Reuters One company in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, has even said that it will punish employees for buying iPhones. Menpad, which makes LCD displays and is one of Huawei's many suppliers, wrote in a statement on its website that “if employees buy an iPhone for themselves, the company will impose a 100 percent penalty on the basis of the phone's market price.” "So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands," a manager of Zhejiang Kangjiesi New Material Technology Co, based in Zhuji, East China's Zhejiang Province, surnamed Liu told the Global Times on Tuesday. © Reuters According to 9to5Mac, A Henan Province Brewer is offering free alcohol in the amount of 30 percent of the Huawei device sale price to both employees and customers who present a receipt. Xinjiang Nor-West Star Information Technology said in a statement they will only support Huawei, saying that it 'actively backs the calls to support Huawei and protect national brands with real action'. © Reuters Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 on behalf of the U.S Government under claims the company violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. China and U.S.A are currently in the middle of a trade war after the Trump Administration threatened to apply tariffs on US$ 200 billion of goods imported from China. The U.S has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. It also says Meng and the tech company misled banks about its business dealings in Iran. © Reuters A Chinese court also recently ruled that Apple infringed on patents by Qualcomm, and moved to block sales of some models of the company's smartphone. Apple said it is appealing the ruling.
  24. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is probably one of the fastest Android smartphones out there. It's got 10GB of RAM and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. However, that is where the smartphone is crippled when it comes to being the fastest smartphone. Apple may have not launched an exciting smartphone this year, however, the company's new A12 Bionic Chipset and iOS 12 are fine-tuned in tandem with each other to give the best performance on a smartphone ever. © OnePlus It's no secret that a smartphone's speed depends not only on RAM but the SoC it's being powered with for optimum speed. Qualcomm's 845 chipsets simply do not have enough juice to take on Apple's proprietary chipset. That has been the story for a few years now; however, the A12 Bionic is simply unbeatable right now as it offers significantly overall improved performance while using less power. © YouTube A Youtube channel by the name of PhoneBuff set out to put the two smartphones against each other. The YouTuber pitted the two smartphones against each other to find out which smartphone is faster. The McLaren Edition of OnePlus 6T offers 10GB of RAM and is one of the first smartphones to offer this configuration in India. What's worthy to note is that the iPhone XS Max has only 4GB of RAM. © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP In the video, we can see that the OnePlus 6T was faster in initial speed tests; however the iPhone managed to beat it in the end when it came to overall performance. The video is proof that it's not only about the RAM as the iPhone XS Max managed to beat a smartphone with 10GB RAM with its measly 4GB RAM under the hood. If you don't believe us, you can watch the video for yourself below and see how the iPhone XS managed to defeat the OP6T McLaren edition.
  25. Forbes conducted an experiment where the author 3D printed his own head to test out the face-recognition technology on smartphones. The model was accurate to the minutest of details and had almost every detail captured on the model. The model was printed at Backface in Birmingham, U.K., where the author was put in dome-like studio contenting 50 cameras. The 50 cameras would then take a single shot and combine all images to make a full 3D image. © Forbes The 3D printed head was not a cheap affair as it cost £300 to make and was used to test four flagship Android smartphones and the smartphone that introduced facial recognition — the iPhone X. According to the experiment, all Android phones were unlocked using the 3D printed head. “If you're an Android customer, though, look away from your screen now. We tested four of the hottest handsets running Google's operating systems and Apple's iPhone to see how easy it'd be to break into them. We did it with a 3D-printed head. All of the Androids opened with the fake. Apple's phone, however, was impenetrable.” Forbes said. © MensXP The Android smartphones in question were the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ. Forbes wanted to put facial recognition on smartphones to test to see which device was the most secure. It was found that Android phones have been less secure than Apple's Face ID in the past and this test proves the notion. In the past, some of these facial recognition systems have been fooled with a picture however Apple's Face ID uses IR depth mapping to root out this problem. © Apple Apple's Face ID even requires the user to pay attention to the screen in order to unlock the smartphone. The attention awareness technology alone may have been enough for the iPhone X to remain unlocked then the 3D printed head was put in front of it. Having said that, Apple's Face ID has been fooled in the past using a 3D printed mask that were more sophisticated than Forbes' head. Source: Forbes
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