Got the latest iOS 11 update on your iPhone and iPad? We’re sure you like the changes in the interface. The new control center. New fonts. New animations. But did you give augmented reality a try? You must be itching to spawn a dinosaur in your drawing room or paint a graffiti on a wall without the cops chasing you. So here’s a rundown of all the AR apps you should install on your devices right away:

Stack AR

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Stack AR
A simple jenga-based game where you stack blocks on top of each other in your room using AR. The game is simple enough to be the gateway to using AR and also a fun past time when you have nothing to do.

Download here.

Dolby Atmos

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Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is an end-to-end audio solution, which enables the engineers to get a new level of creative control with directional object-oriented sound immersing the audience further than any other cinematic audio technology. Introduced in 2012 in India, Atmos has become an industry standard across the various film industries in the country.

Although a feature found on premium devices in initially, Atmos has reached the masses as a result of various implementations on smartphones and laptops,thus simulating the audio effect that one gets in a cinema with more than 50 speakers on something that works with headphones.

Design

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Design
The strongest rumours so far tells us that the Pixel 2 phones will be near bezel-less, but will mostly maintain the design aesthetics as the first generation. An “anonymous insider” has given us renders of the final prototypes which show the distinct bezel-less display and the same two-toned back.

However, the glass window could be shrunk and the fingerprint sensor will remain in the back, but this time in the metal part. While many are saying the headphone jack will get the axe, some are hopeful it will stay. We definitely want the 3.5mm headphone to stay.

Over the past few months, three different Google phones had popped up in the internet codenamed “walleye”, “muskie” and “taimen” leading many to believe there won’t be two, but three Pixels with one being a giant phablet of 5.99-inches. But fresh rumours now suggest that “Muskie” may have been cancelled and we are slated for just two.

iPhone X

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iPhone X

Let's start with the hottest of the bunch - the iPhone X (note that it is called iPhone 10). The bezel-less marvel, the special 10th-anniversary edition iPhone has been branded as the 'future of smartphone', committed to pioneer the next ten years of smartphones, as the original iPhone did for the last ten years.

The device sports an edge to edge Super Retina OLED display and a whole new stainless steel and glass design. Gone is the Touch ID, as it is replaced by fancy yet practical and more secure Face ID, which unlocks your phone the moment you look at it. This is accomplished by the IR-enabled front camera along with the neural chip packed with the Apple’s latest A11 Bionic processor.

The front facing camera of the iPhone X which has a TrueDepth Camera System,adds Portrait Mode to your selfies. On the rear, there is new dual camera setup with optical image stabilization for both of the cameras with new colour sensors. Interestingly Apple gave up the home button on the new iPhone in favour of new swype gestures from bottom of the screen for closing apps and switching between them. And boy! they are expensive, as the 64 GB variant is priced at 89,000 INR and the 256 GB at 1,00,2000 INR. The iPhone X will be available for pre-orders from October 27th and will ship from November 3rd.

Real world navigation

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Real world navigation

With ARKit, this is Apple’s chance to gain one up over Google Maps. Google Maps has dominated Apple Maps in terms of accuracy, data and options. But using ARKit, Apple can make Apple Maps much more interesting by doing away with the whole maps part. With AR in play, directions can be laid out in the real world and you don’t have to keep your neck bent over your phone deciphering maps to figure out your way to that Sushi place you wanted to go.

iPhone 1

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iPhone 1
With its 3.5 inch screen, the iPhone 1 laid the foundation of the journey of iPhones. The smartphone brought revolutionary features with it as it was the first phone having touchscreen and access to web. The display had the pixel density of 320 x 480 which was considered the best at that time. It also had a 2-megapixel camera and a storage capacity of 8GB.

At the Macworld Conference & Expo in California, Steve Jobs introduced the phone as a combination of three devices : an iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communicator. It was truly revolutionary because at that time most of the smartphone giants were offering phones having keypads and its multi-touch display changed the way how we interacted with a phone and iOS created a mobile computing platform unlike no other. It was the genesis for this revolution we live in.

Bezel-less Displays

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Bezel-less Displays
Last year, Xiaomi, out of nowhere announced its concept-come-true bezel-less phone, the Mi Mix. It features a large edge-to-edge display bound by minimal bezels only on the top and bottom. Samsung followed it up with the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 and LG got into the game with the LG G6, the Q6 and the V30. Heck, even Vivo and Micromax will boast of having the same (they’re far from being one), but then again, how many users are there for these bezel-less phones? Ten million or so? Give or take.

Now, when Apple is unveil the iPhone X Edition tonight, and after it goes on sale, Apple will boast of a million bezel-less phones overnight. That’s the difference the Cupertino giant can make.

Looks good, but feels less like a Note, more like a S8

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Looks good, but feels less like a Note, more like a S8
Samsung has worked overtime to refine the bezel-less concept. The 6.3-inch infinity display on the phone means that it actually looks a lot like the S8. But that is more because Samsung actually has been making the S8 in two sizes than the Galaxy Note 8 borrowing something from its younger sibling. Compared to the S8, the Note 8 has a more rectangular design, but even by Note standards the screen feels narrower, but also could be due to the 18:9 aspect ratio of the phone. With its metal frame in place and glass back, this phone feels very well built, though a tad slippery. The only big snafu on the phone is the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the back.

iPhone X Edition

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iPhone X Edition
If there has been a phone that’s been garnering most of the attention of the rumour mill, it has to be the special-anniversary-edition iPhone which will finally see the light of the day. All those leaks and rumours have pointed to one direction which is that Apple will announce not two but three iPhones on Tuesday. According to some leaks of the iOS 11, we can say that the company would unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X/Edition/Pro.

While iPhone 8 and 8 Plus would very much be similar to the current iPhone’s 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone X, on the other hand, would be an entirely new device and would be the most expensive iPhone Apple has ever made. For starters, it will ditch the bezels and home button as the display will fit into its stainless steel body with just a small cutout for the sensors which also include a 3D face recognition sensor along with the front camera. As Apple does away with the most prominent feature of the iPhone, the home button, it will introduce a face recognition, Face ID technology that should be efficient and will do its job without any lags. There were some reports suggesting that the company couldn’t develop integrating a fingerprint sensor within the display and that is why they removed it altogether, (courage, anyone?) and created a new way to unlock the device.

Now, the iPhone X will come with a TrueTone, AMOLED display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and will be powered by an A11 chipset with 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are expected to come with 2GB and 3GB of RAM respectively.

On the rear, the leaked renders and images of iPhone X point to a vertical placement of the dual cameras instead of horizontal. The iPhone X will also support both wireless and quick charging.

​​Iconic design

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​​Iconic design
The OnePlus 5 was one of the most anticipated device this year. But when it launched, it disappointed a lot of fans precisely because of its design. No matter what OnePlus claims, the design is very much inspired from the iPhone 7 Plus, right down to the camera positioning to the discrete antenna lines to the matte black finish.
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​​Enter the Mi Mix 2. The phone has been designed by Philippe Starck, a renowned French designer who is a pioneer in industrial design. He designed Steve Job’s yacht and the first Mi Mix phone and that itself is a statement convincing enough to shell out the money.

Also Read: MiHappy: The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will launch in India
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​​The Mi Mix 2 is a concept phone that came true. While the OnePlus 5 is just another iteration over the superior experience the company is known for. The OnePlus 5 doesn’t really bring anything to the table. In its defence, the OnePlus 5 only democratises the premium features found in more expensive phones. Whereas, the Mi Mix 2 is breaking new ground. And the word around the watercooler is that it is indeed coming to India later this year.

Mi Notebook Pro

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Mi Notebook Pro
Xiaomi launched a MacBook Pro killer that you can’t get your hands on. Named Mi Notebook Pro, the laptop is powered by the Intel 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and PCIe SSD storage. An Nvidia MX150 provides the graphics capabilities. To improve the thermals, the Mi Notebook Pro features a new fan architecture that distributes the heat more evenly across the device. In comparison to the MacBook Pro, this one has a much larger keyboard which is backlit and with 19 per cent more surface area for ergonomic typing and features a 3-in-1 SD card slot, two USB-Type C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only thing missing is a dedicated Thunderbolt 3 port.

But that’s just the specs. In terms of the hand feel and durability, the Mi Notebook Pro is a keeper. In the ‘violence test’ that Xiaomi demonstrated at the event, the Mi Notebook Pro was run over by the Xiaomi Ninebot but nothing happened to it. The 1080p 15.6-inch screen also has significantly less bezels in the sides with 3rd Generation Corning Gorilla Glass on top of it.

There is a fingerprint sensor which supports Windows Hello authentication and Harman Infinity speakers tuned to Dolby Atmos sound experience.

A 60Wh battery powers the device which is enough to last you the day and if it doesn’t the charger can recharge the battery by 50 per cent in just 15 minutes.

The laptop starts from 5,599 RNB (roughly Rs 54969) and goes all the way up to 6,999 RNB (roughly Rs 68712).

Google Assistant is now faster than ever

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Google Assistant is now faster than ever
In the keynote, Google demonstrated the latest strides in natural language processing and speech recognition. Google Assistant was able to answer questions much faster and even in noisy environments, it could register the questions better than before.

12,000 fans, 695 episodes

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12,000 fans, 695 episodes
Yes, that’s how many fans have watched all the Star Trek episodes on Netflix. This is equivalent to 22 days or 536 hours of binge-watching The Next Generation, Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, The Original Series and Voyager.

iPhone 8

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iPhone 8
Opinions are divided over these names. With iPhone 8 being taken up as the most popular name for the next iteration, it’s become a fairly common choice amongst fans of iPhone too. However, we think that the Cupertino giant wouldn’t go that far because naming a special edition of the iPhone as “iPhone 8” would spoil its next year’s lineup.

Considering Apple’s two-year refresh cycle wherein it releases a freshly designed iPhone in the first year followed by an ‘S’ update in the second year, the company wouldn’t take a risk launching an iPhone with a name that would disrupt its catalogue.

Except, if they do go forward with ‘8’ in an attempt to further reduce its refresh cycle by a year, or increase it. Maybe we see iPhone 9 in 2019! It may be unlikely at the least, but Apple might release the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus along with a third, special edition.

Image Source: MKBHD

Design

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Design
Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the best Apple experts on the planet wrote that Apple would release three iPhone models, one with OLED display and two others with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD displays. Bloomberg has also, on numerous occasions corroborated Kuo’s claims about Apple launching three iPhones. The iPhone Edition will carry on the basic design language but there are a number of changes Apple has done to make it stand out from the 7S and 7S Plus.

According to most leaked renders, images and mockups, the iPhone Edition will feature minimal bezels with the display extending up till the edge. A glyph from the company's HomePod smart speaker firmware confirms the same and later a picture from leak-expert Evan Blass showing an iPhone encased goes along the same lines. Now many think that Apple will eliminate the need to use Touch ID because there is no space left for it after they extend the display. Qualcomm has only recently made public, technology that uses infrared to scan fingerprint through layers of objects and so Apple might not be able to put it underneath the display. What they could do is to place the fingerprint sensor on the back, but that just doesn’t seem likely to be Apple. A subtle way to do this would be to integrate the fingerprint sensor with the Apple logo. Another way the company may have gone around the problem would be to outfit the power button with a fingerprint sensor.

Most of the other information that has come to light about this issue indicates that Apple will be ditching the Touch ID altogether for a 3D face recognition module that will also use infrared for accurate recognition.

On the rear, the leaked renders and images of iPhone Edition point to the vertical placement of the dual cameras instead of horizontal which has met with some flak from iPhone fans.

A picture posted on Weibo also shows the iPhone Edition in a new, copper gold colour.

Design

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Design
Both the Lenovo K8 Plus and the K8 look identical to the previously launched Lenovo K8 Note in terms of design. Metal finish with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The K8 Plus has the dual camera arranged vertically in the center while the K8 has a single camera module. There is also a dedicated media button on the right that can play/pause music. The phones are available in Venom Black and Fine Gold colour variants.

Design

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Design
The Mi A1 looks identical to the Mi 5X that was launched in China a while back. And while it is not bezel-less as was rumoured, the Mi A1 looks a lot like the OnePlus 5, at least from the back. There is the same horizontal dual camera setup interrupted by a rear mounted fingerprint sensor in the middle. The phone itself is carved out a single block aluminium and perfected to give a hand feel that feels very smooth. At 7.3mm of thickness and 165 grams of weight, the phone feels very much at home in the hand.

Design

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Design

Like the LG G6, the V30 belongs to the breed of bezel-less phones which means that the display stands out over the rest of the body. There is an all-metal build underneath the full-fledged 6-inch display. LG ditched the second screen in favour of going bezel-less. The phone is IP68 rated water-resistant and slimmer than the G6. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering both the front and the back and is curved all the way around the edges. On the back is a dual camera module (more on that later) with the fingerprint sensor just below it.

Design

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Design
The Moto G5s phones maintain the design philosophy of its predecessors. They are made out of a single block of aluminium into a unibody design with curved edges for better ergonomics. It is an upgrade as the Moto G5 used copious amounts of plastic. The phones have the capacitive fingerprint sensor on the front which also doubles up as a navigation panel. On the back of the Moto G5s Plus is the dual camera module jutting out significantly from the body and the Moto batwing logo dimple below it while on the Moto G5s is a single sensor camera. Just as the predecessors, the new Moto G5S phones will be available in Lunar Grey and Lush Gold.

#Reason -1

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#Reason -1
With the colour black coming back in vogue due to some smartphones, the matte black finish on the OnePlus 5 despite being nice wasn’t sexy enough for some folks. The new soft gold changes that problem. Firstly, on the front it’s white which makes it look more unique and on the back the soft gold finish doesn’t only look soothing and easy on the eye, it looks utterly classy. Now that can’t be said about some of the other gold finished smartphones because either they are too flashy with a harsher colour of gold or a glossy finish thanks to a glass back that makes the finish look tacky. The OnePlus 5 in gold is a keeper, just like ugh, gold.

How can one book the JioPhone?

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How can one book the JioPhone?

Reliance will kick off pre-bookings of the JioPhone from Thursday, August 24 and users can order the phone from across Jio’s retail outlets and the Jio App. The pre-booking starts at 5:30 PM IST wherein users can visit Jio stores pan India and book their phone. Users booking online will have to visit jio.com and log into their Jio Account after which they will see a timer running on the page.

Behold! The Galaxy Note 8

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Behold! The Galaxy Note 8
The infinity display adorned, dual rear camera trotting, S-Pen attached Galaxy Note 8 is here. This is indeed the biggest manifestation of the brilliant edge-to-edge Super AMOLED QHD+ display at 6.3-inches. Thanks to the 18.5:9 aspect ratio, the display is thinner and combined with rounded edges, it should make using the giant slab comfortable. However, despite a big hue and cry over its placement, Samsung has retained the fingerprint sensor beside the rear camera. The back is once again layered with glass and it is IP68 rated dust and waterproof.

Gimmick #1:

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Gimmick #1:
For Rs 9,999, Micromax is offering a 5.7-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio, but with 1440x720 pixels of resolution. Micromax considers the technology to be the first of its kind in that price range, but what does it really get you? The display has a pixel density of around 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The quad HD display of the Galaxy S8 has a density of 570 PPI, and this chef d'oeuvre has a resolution that’s lesser than even full HD. Imagine a phone which has such a big screen but which such a low-resolution display. Top that up with an aspect ratio that one associates with the best in the class mobile display (the Samsung Galaxy S8) but it will likely only flatter to deceive.

Resignation amid heightened acrimony

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Resignation amid heightened acrimony
Sikka’s resignation brought out some skeletons in the closet especially the war between the board of directors and the co-founders since the past few months. The founders had publicly accused the board of corporate government violation and questioned the hefty pay hikes. Sikka blamed “false, baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks" from the co-founders led by Narayana Murthy as his reason for stepping down.

Design

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Design
The Nokia 8 is a pure Nokia phone at heart. Nothing flashy and eyepopping. A pure functional beast. It follows the same design philosphy that debuted with the Nokia 6. Rounded corners, a slim 7.3mm profile, built in a 6000 series aluminium chassis. It’s not fully waterproof which is a bummer as almost all flagship smartphones are now atleast IP68 water resistant. The Nokia 8 is splashproof with an IP54 rating. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the home button and the display is guarded by thick bezels on all sides. Nokia is offering the phone in some unique colours- polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel.

Welcome TO Nokia World

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Welcome TO Nokia World
Nokia opened its gates for the Nokia World at Abu Dhabi and the world press was eager to see what it had been cooking.

NVidia

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NVidia

Earlier this year, Nvidia dropped a bomb on the world of graphics processing with the Titan, and now this monsterous processor is getting (another) "affordable" twin in the form of the Gefore GTX 780Ti.

Apple iPhone5s

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Apple iPhone5s
We are talking about the best phones to buy and we start with the iPhone 5S. The smartphone is now available in India and yours to take. 

Android Land Shot_1

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Android Land Shot_1
These first of its kind multi-location stores will offer Android experiences created for its customers and will showcase a comprehensive range of Android devices, services and accessories.

Whiz

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Whiz
By themselves, these brand names are reasonably innocuous, but together?