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Friday, October 16, 2015

Why #Apple is charging Indians the most for iPhone 6S?

See the chart above, even though a simple currency exchange pricing is not the correct comparison matrix, and minor additional sales tax is levied in some countries, it is evident that iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have been priced much higher in India than in other markets by Apple. Even in France, which has among the highest prices for Apple products, the new iPhone 6S is sold for 749 euros or Rs 55,228 MRP, much lower than what it costs in India.

Though the prices of iPhones usually do not go down in the first few months of launch, there are indications Apple may again allow sellers to cut prices in order to push sales sooner rather than waiting for many months.

Till then, it won't be a surprise if a number of buyers choose to purchase the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus from other countries or grey market to save on the exorbitant Indian prices.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bigg Boss 9 Double Trouble: Final list of contestants

The contestants are:
Digangana Suryavanshi: "Ek Veer Ki Ardaas...Veera" actress Digangana Suryavanshi is among the confirmed contestants list provided by Kamaal R Khan.
Aman Verma: Television and Bollywood actor Verma has been missing from limelight. Verma has worked in television serials, including "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and "Kehta Hai Dil", and movies, including "Sangharsh".
Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai: Kishwer and Suyyash have been dating for more than five years. Kishwer is best known for her role in Zee TV's "Hip Hip Hurray", while Suyyash was last seen in Star Plus's "Phir Bhi Na Maane Badtameez Dil" show.
Roopal Tyagi and Ankit Gera: This "Sapne Suhane Ladakpan" fame, who are also ex-couple, will reportedly participate in Salman Khan's "Bigg Boss 9".
Mandana Karimi: "Bhaag Johnny" actress Mandana Karimi was named as first confirmed contestant of "Bigg Boss 9", before she denied it. However, Kamaal R Khan has said that she will be a part of the show.
Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Maria Rao: VJ Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Maria Rao recently revealed their relationship status on Facebook. Keith was last seen in "Diya Aur Baati Hum", while Rochelle has participated in reality shows, including "Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Darr Ka Blockbuster".
Arvind Vegda: Gujarati singer Arvind Vegda, who is known for his versatility, will entertain viewers from the "Bigg Boss" house.
Rimi Sen: This 34-year-old actress has worked with Salman in "Kyon Ki" and Abhishek Bachchan in "Dhoom" and "Dhoom 2" movies. Rimi will be among the 16 celebrity contestants who will participate in the show, according to KRK.
Prince Narula: "MTV Roadies X2" winner Prince Narula will be another celebrity contestant.
Vikas Bhalla: Television, film actor and singer, who is the son-in-law of Prem Chopra, is said to be quite close to Salman. He was seen in a cameo appearance in the film "Jai Ho".
Yuvika Chaudhary: Yuvika is a Bollywood actress and has worked with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in "Om Shanti Om".

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 36 new features and improvements in the newest Android OS

This is a big upgrade for Android and was first announced at Gogle I/O back in May. Android 6.0 includes major improvements and additions over Lollipop. Here are the 36 that make Android 6 stand out from its predecessors:
1. Google Now on Tap: Users can get assistance without having to leave an app or a website. They only need to touch and hold the home button.
2. Voice power: Users can now have a dialogue with any of their apps that support Android new voice interaction service.
3. Direct Share: A simpler and faster way to share to the right person in the right app.
4. Doze: When an Android 6 device is at rest, Doze automatically puts it into a sleep state to increase standby battery life.
5. App Standby: This restricts battery drain from seldom used apps; App Standby limits their impact on battery life so your charge lasts longer.
6. USB Type C support: This brings in faster data transfer and also faster charging.
7. Permissions: On Android Marshmallow devices, apps designed for Android Marshmallow only ask for permission right when it's needed. Users can deny any permission and still continue to use the app.
8. Advanced permission control: This adds ability to turn permissions on or off for all installed apps.
9. Verified boot: Wne an Android device boots up, it will warn users if the firmware and Android operating system have been modified from the factory version.
10. Fingerprint sensors: Android M brings in the ability to sse fingerprint sensors to unlock the device, make purchases in Google Play, authenticate transactions in apps, and pay in stores.
11. Android Runtime: Improved application performance and lower memory overhead for faster multi-tasking.
12. Bluetooth stylus support: Including pressure sensitivity and modifier keys.
13. Text improvements: Improved typesetting and text rendering performance. Smarter text selection, built-in undo/redo, and text actions closer to your fingers.
14. Quick translate: Text selection actions such as a new Translate option that lets you translate text from one language to another right on the spot. This feature requires Google Translate app installed.
15. Duplex printing support: Save paper by printing on both sides.
16: App links: Enables installed apps to automatically handle their web URLs so you can jump right into the app, rather than the mobile web site, as appropriate.
17. Simpler DND: Quick toggle and configure Do Not Disturb from quick settings.
18. Intelligent DND: If someone calls you twice within 15 minutes, you can choose to allow the call to ring through while Do Not Disturb is enabled.
19. Automatic rules: Use automatic rules to enable Do Not Disturb for as many custom time blocks as you like or around events on your calendar.
20. Simplified volume controls: This allows users to manage notification, music, and alarm volumes with the volume keys.
21. Streamlined Settings: To let users manage an app's settings all in one place, from battery and memory usage, to notifications and permissions controls.
22. Refreshed Google Now Launcher: The app list includes search, fast alphabetic scrolling, and predictive App Suggestions.
23. BLE: More power efficient Bluetooth Low Energy for scanning for nearby beacons and your accessories.
24. Hotspot 2.0: Connect to compatible WiFi networks seamlessly and securely.
25. Bluetooth SAP: Make calls from your carphone using your phone's SIM.
26. New frequencies: Portable WiFi hotspot now supports 5GHz frequency bands.
27. Flex Storage: This makes using SD cards or external storage devices as encrypted expanded storage for your apps and games on Android Marshmallow easier.
28. Improved transfer: Easily transfer your accounts, apps and data to a new device.
29. Additional account support: During setup, you can add an additional personal or corporate email account (eg, IMAP)
30. Auto backup for Apps: App data backup and restore.
31. Backup/restore of additional system settings: Such as Sync settings, preferred apps, Do Not Disturb settings, Accessibility settings and enabled IMEs.
32. MIDI support: Create, consume, and perform music using your Android device with USB MIDI devices, MIDI over BLE, and software-based MIDI devices.
33. New languages: Android is now available more than 70 languages with 6 new additions: Azerbaijani, Gujarati, Kazakh, Albanian, Urdu, and Uzbek.
34. Android for Work improvements: When receiving calls or viewing past messages, you can now see the full work contact details even if you’re not logged into your work profile.
35. Work status notification: A status bar briefcase icon now appears when you are using an app from the work profile and if the device is unlocked directly to an app in the work profile, an alert is displayed notifying the user.
36. VPN: VPN apps are now visible in Settings > More > VPN. Additionally, the notifications that VPNs use are now specific to whether that VPN is configured for a work profile or the entire device.
Source: IBN