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Honor 9i Review: A first with 4 cameras, edge-to-edge display

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New Delhi, Oct 13: While some of us were thinking smartphone innovation is slowly running out of steam, Huawei has debuted “Honor 9i” with a dual camera set-up in the front as well as the rear, along with bezel-less display.

In the mid-price segment, the device is the first in India to come with a quad-camera system and bezel-less “FullVision” display for an immersive viewing experience.

At Rs 17,999 and with many firsts, how does Honor 9i fare when it comes to real-world performance?

Here is what we think of it.

The smartphone’s 5.9-inch FHD+ edge-to-edge display coupled with the 2.5D curved glass caught our attention the moment we switched the phone on.

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The display is bright, has accurate colour reproduction and good sunlight legibility.

“Honor 9i” has beautifully accommodated a big screen into a small frame and how! The device has 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio which, interestingly, is at par with flagship Android smartphones from the stables of Samsung, LG and others.

The metal unibody build of the device exudes a premium feel.

The smartphone has antenna bands running at the top and bottom of the device, similar to what we have seen in the Honor 8 Pro.

The 16MP + 2MP vertical dual camera set-up at the rear captured good images in daylight with enough details and good colour balance.

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The additional 2MP sensors on both front and rear captured depth data to produce images with “Bokeh” effect.

The rear shooter has handy features such as night-shot, panorama, HDR, portrait mode, pro-photo, capture smiles, light painting, time-lapse, slow-mo and watermark, among others.

An interesting addition is the “moving picture” feature that is similar to what we first saw in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. It lets the user create a moving image instead of capturing a still photo.

Honor 9i’s camera performance did not disappoint us much in low-light conditions either (we would have loved more detailed pictures, though).

The 13MP + 2MP selfie camera equipped with “selfie toning” flash — which is diffused white light for imaging in low-light conditions — is quite capable.

However, there was loss of details in the selfies when the “beauty level” was set to the highest.

It is impressive to see a decent 3,340mAh battery crammed into a fairly slim 7.5-mm body.

We did not find the phone getting heated while browsing videos or playing games.

The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and unlocks the device in a snap.

Huawei’s own mid-range “Hisilicon Kirin 659” chipset powers the device and does it well. The phone handled day-to-day tasks with ease.

We did not find any significant sluggishness while browsing the internet, running multiple applications and social media accounts.

Honor 9i sports 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via Micro-SD card) which is quite standard for a smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.

The device runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS) with the company’s custom EMUI 5.1 skin.

What does not work?

The 3,340mAh battery lasted only around 16-17 hours on single charge.

Considering the price, lack of a USB Type-C port in the device was disappointing.

Conclusion: Honor 9i’s solid frame with no visible creaks and taller-than-wide built is a delight to see and use. A capable camera and wholesome experience make it an interesting alternative to Nokia 6 and Moto G5S Plus.

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Google shows Trump’s photo if you search for ‘idiot’

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The first results shown for the word "idiot" in Google Images search were of US President Donald Trump.

San Francisco, July 20: After grabbing headlines for showing results related to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the search of the word “Feku” in May, Google algorithms are again hogging the limelight. This time for showing images of US President Donald Trump for a search of the word “idiot”.

The latest image onslaught is apparently the result of a campaign by online activists who are manipulating Google’s algorithm by linking the word to an image of Trump, CNET reported on Thursday.

According to a report in The Guardian this week, the trend began with Reddit users upvoting a post containing a photo of Trump and the word.

The campaign to link the word “idiot” with the US president’s images has taken the form of an online protest as it is spearheaded by people who are not happy with Trump’s policies.

By helping prioritise information presented in search results, Google’s algorithms have played stellar role in the rise of the company, but at times they have also played the spoilsport.

In May, a Google search for the name “Pappu” led to results related to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

“Feku” and “Pappu” are less-than-flattering names given by the opponents of parties of Modi and Gandhi.

In April, Google showed pictures of Modi if one searched for “India’s first Prime Minister” until the glitch was corrected by the global search engine.

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WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to 5 chats in India

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New Delhi, July 20: As the government served WhatsApp with a second notice asking it to check the spread of fake and provocative content, the Facebook-owned platform has said it is launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone in India.

“In India where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world, we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once.

“We will also remove the quick forward button next to media messages,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Thursday.

In its second notice, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) on Thursday said WhatsApp has been requested to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news.

“It has been conveyed to them in unmistakable terms that it is a very serious issue which deserves a more sensitive response,” MeitY said.

WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, “will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app”.

“We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we’ll continue to improve our app with features like this one,” it added.

In its first reply, WhatsApp wrote to the IT Ministry, saying the company is horrified by terrible acts of violence.

The IT Ministry had asked WhatsApp to ensure that the platform is not used for malafide activities over the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours.

WhatsApp, which has over 200 million monthly active users in India, listed several measures it is taking — including labelling Forwarding messages — to control the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platform.

Several people have lost their lives in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.

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Rajya Sabha now Wi-Fi enabled

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New Delhi, Jul 19 : The Rajya Sabha is now Wi-Fi enabled, offering law makers of the Upper House access to Internet for browsing government and Parliament websites, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said today.

Present rules allows MPs to carry mobile phones, laptops and tabs inside the Rajya Sabha chamber but the devices were not connected to the Parliament Wi-Di.

Parliament Wi-Fi was available to members in lobbies and other parts of the Parliament House complex.

When the House met for the day, Naidu said there have been demands from members to allow Wi-Fi connectivity inside the chamber.

“The Rajya Sabha chamber has now become Wi-Fi enabled,” he said.

The Wi-Fi, he said, can be used to browse only government websites including those of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on any mobile, laptop or tab inside the House.

The user name and password provided to members for accessing Parliament Wi-Fi in lobbies in other parts of the complex would run in the Rajya Sabha chamber as well, he said.

Parliament Wi-Fi can be used to access any website in the lobby or Parliament House complex as before, he said.

Earlier, the House congratulated Hima Das for winning a gold medal in the 400 meter race in the Athletic Under-20 World Championship in Tampere, Finland.

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