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iPhone 11: Apple’s masterstroke, Indians make a beeline

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : Buoyed by the thumping response to the iPhone XR, Apple has once again hit the price-conscious Indian market with iPhone 11 — starting at Rs 64,900 which is Rs 12,000 cheaper than the launch price of iPhone XR last year. With HDFC cards, you get Rs 6,000 instant discount, so it will cost you Rs 59,900 (the base variant).

iPhone 11 is a win-win deal (only if you manage to pre-order one as the device has been sold out online before its arrival on Friday, 6 p.m., at the authorised premium resellers’ stores).

The 6.1-inch device introduces a powerful dual-camera system, fastest-ever A13 Bionic chip with third-generation neural engine and all-day battery life to help you with the most daunting tasks.

Featuring the toughest glass ever in a smartphone, iPhone 11 is rated IP68 for water resistance (up to two metres for up to 30 minutes) and is protected against accidental spills from common liquids such as coffee and soda.

The iPhone 11 64GB variant is priced at Rs 64,900, the 128GB variant at Rs 69,900 and 256GB storage option will cost you Rs 79,900 (excluding the cash-back offers on HDFC cards).

Let us see what iPhone 11 (that comes in six gorgeous colours) offers other than the affordable price.

Apple has done some real engineering with camera this time, especially with the night-time photography.

The dual rear camera has a 12MP Wide six-element lens and an Ultra-Wide five element lens. The Wide sensor with 100 per cent Focus Pixels enables Night Mode, delivering significant improvements to photos captured in indoor and outdoor low-light conditions.

Result? Brighter images with natural colours and reduced noise.

iPhone 11 shoots beautifully sharp video, with both the Ultra Wide and Wide cameras supporting 4K video with extended dynamic range for more highlight detail and cinematic video stabilization.

With iOS 13, you get powerful video editing tools at fingertips. Instantly rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to your videos.

The all-new Ultra Wide camera fundamentally changes the photography experience by capturing four times more scene, and is great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more.

We are not done yet.

Next-generation “Smart HDR” uses advanced machine learning to capture more natural-looking images with beautiful highlight and shadow detail on the subject and in the background.

Deep Fusion (which will come later this fall) is a new image processing system enabled by the Neural Engine of A13 Bionic. The technology will help you perform pixel-by-pixel processing of photos, optimizing for texture, details and noise in every part of the image.

For the first time on an iPhone, we were able to record video without switching out of Photo mode with “QuickTake” feature, by simply holding the shutter button to start recording.

For selfies, the updated TrueDepth camera introduces a new 12MP sensor with a wider field of view to capture more. The “Smart HDR” enabled more natural-looking photos.

Expressive selfie videos take on a whole new look on the TrueDepth camera, now recording 4K video at up to 60 fps (frames per second) and 120 fps slo-mo.

Now design.

With a back design that is precision milled and sculpted from a single piece of glass, iPhone 11 features the toughest glass ever in a smartphone.

The 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina display features wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience.

You can interact with apps seamlessly with “Haptic Touch”, deeply integrated across iOS 13 to provide app shortcuts right from the Home screen, including taking a selfie or previewing emails with just a simple press.

With iOS 13.1 coming on September 30, AirDrop will get even better with directionally aware suggestions.

With iPhone 11, play games in Arcade or watch stunning movies in TV+.

Conclusion: Simply a masterstroke from Apple for the India premium market before Diwali. It is well within the budget for those who love premium experiences in a premium device. iPhone 11 also comes with a six-month ‘No Cost EMI’ option on Amazon.

If you haven’t been lucky with pre-orders, a little wait is worth to enjoy this festive season with iPhone 11.

(Nishant Arora can be reached at [email protected])

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Black Friday Deals: Realme to bring offers on Realme X3 Superzoom, X50 Pro, Buds Air Neo and more

The Black Friday sale will take place on Realme’s online store, Flipkart and Amazon.

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Over the last few years, online and offline retailers have been offering their Black Friday deals for almost an entire week ahead of Thanksgiving, and some of these deals and offers last well after the Cyber Monday sale.

Black Friday Sale is here!!

After Xiaomi, handset maker Realme on Thursday announced a Black Friday Sale that would arrive with several offers and discounts on a range of its products. The Black Friday Sale would be live for 24 hours and would start November 27, 12:00 AM. The sale would see massive discounts on a range of Realme smartphones including Realme 6i, Realme 6, Realme X3 Superzoom and X50 Pro, and various AIoT products such as Realme Buds Classic, Realme Smart Watch, Realme Buds Air Neo and Realme Smart Cam 360°.

“Realme would also be hosting the ‘Realme Days’ sale offering similar discounts on its own website Realme.com, Flipkart and Amazon.in,” the company said in a statement.

The Black Friday sale will take place on Realme’s online store, Flipkart and Amazon. In addition to the discounts, SBI credit cardholders can avail of 5% cashback on EMI transactions.

  • Realme is offering discounts from Rs 1,000 up to Rs 7,000 for its Black Friday sale. Realme X50 Pro has received the biggest discount of Rs 7,000 bringing its price down to Rs 34,999 from Rs 41,999. Realme X50 Pro with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage also gets a discount making its offer price Rs 40,999.
  • Realme X3 SuperZoom will be available with a Rs 4,000 discount on all three variants. Realme X3 has also received a Rs 3,000 discount on both its variants. Realme C3, Realme 6, Realme 6i, and Narzo 20 Pro can be purchased with a discount of Rs 1,000.
  • In the AIoT portfolio, Realme Buds Air Neo would be available at a discounted price of Rs 1999, along with the Realme Buds Wireless Pro for Rs 3199 and Realme Buds Air Pro at a special price of Rs 4299. These offers would be applicable on all purchases made through Realme’s official website Realme.com.
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India’s ban on 43 Chinese apps draws mixed reactions

While announcing the ban on 59 apps in June, the ministry also said that it received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”

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New Delhi: While Indian startups have largely welcomed the government’s move to ban 43 more Chinese apps, taking it to a total of 267 in a span of about five months, experts have also cautioned that users deserve more information and transparency about the reasons behind the actions.

Extending its support to the latest “digital strike” on Tuesday that banned 43 more Chinese apps, homegrown short video-sharing platform Chingari said that some of the apps in the new list “were banned earlier as well but they just cloaked themselves under a new identity to enter the Indian market.”

“The ban is a very smart move and sends out a clear message that Chinese apps cannot use such tactics to engage in activities that are ‘prejudicial to India’s sovereignty’. At the same time, we would like to assure our Chingari family that the safety of their data is our highest priority,” Sumit Ghosh, CEO, Co-founder Chingari, said in a statement.

One of the banned apps include Snack Video which offered homegrown short video apps, that gained traction following ban on TikTok, very tough competitions.

“This is yet another welcome move from the government to stand against Chinese apps that always have had serious privacy issues. We happily extend our support to all the language users and creators of Snack Video especially who are residing in tier 3/4 cities to come and join Bolo Indya,” said Varun Saxena, Founder and CEO, Bolo Indya.

However, Mishi Choudhary, Founder of SFLC.in, a legal services organisation working on law, technology and policy, said that the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology “has made it a practice of issuing orders banning websites citing vague reasons without offering details that users deserve when being deprived of access to information.”

Earlier on June, 29, the government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and on September 2, 118 more apps were banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

In addition, the government in late July, cracked down on 47 more mobile apps, most of which were reportedly clones or lite variants of the Chinese apps banned in June.

Launching the fresh assault on 43 Chinese apps on Tuesday, the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said the “action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

While announcing the ban on 59 apps in June, the ministry also said that it received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”

“What started with the ironical assertion that the government was worried about personal data — considering we are still dithering on a personal data protection law and stories about data theft are so rampant that they don’t even make it to front page news anymore — has now turned into an unfortunate trend,” Choudhary said.

“If these Chinese apps are indulging in notorious practices which they might be, more information and transparency would help users see these orders as necessary instead of what they look like now –a sign of controlling choice,” she added.

SafeHouse Technologies, a cyber security tech enterprise that provides solutions to secure mobile phones, has welcomed the government’s move to ban 43 more Chinese apps, saying that “the government has yet again proved that the security and hygiene in the Indian smartphone and app ecosystem needs to be maintained.”

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Landline users need to prefix ‘0’ to call mobile phones starting Jan

Come January 1, landline users across India will need to prefix all calls to any mobile phone with a `0′ , with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) calling on telcos to modify the dialing pattern for such calls in line with the sector regulator’s recommendations.

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Kolkata: Come January 1, landline users across India will need to prefix all calls to any mobile phone with a `0′ , with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) calling on telcos to modify the dialing pattern for such calls in line with the sector regulator’s recommendations.

The move is likely to create fresh numbering resources for mobile services amid the continuing rise in India’s mobile user base and the decline in wireline connections.

The DoT, in a circular, dated November 20, has backed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations and mandated telcos to ensure all landline subscribers are “given a `0 dialing’ or STD facility” to be able to connect with mobile phones under the new calling system from next year.


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