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Apple iPhone 7: Should you buy it? 12 point cheat-sheet

Apple iPhone 7: Should you buy it? 12 point cheat-sheet

Now that the beans have been spilled and the iPhone 7 is officially a real thing, the big question is how good it is. Is it a giant leap over the current models and is it really better than the competition? I take a close look at all these questions.

How different is the design of the iPhone 7?

In the case you hoped for a giant leap in the design of the iPhone, then you’re in for some disappointment. It is largely the same design, which Apple has further refined. In fact, the phone remains 7.1mm thick for the standard iPhone 7 model and 7.3mm thick for the iPhone 7 Plus model.

The big deal, however, is the new jet black colour. Apple is using a new process to get this blingy piano like finish on the iPhone and boy it looks gorgeous.

The other colours gold, silver and rose gold look more or less the same, but thankfully Apple has further reduced the gaudy antenna lines which now only wrap around the rounded corners of the phone. There’s also a standard matte finish black which looks quite boring.

If you hated the minor camera bump on the iPhone 6S and 6, then things only are getting worse as the iPhone 7 has a more dramatic camera bump on the back. The iPhone 7 Plus has even a bigger one because it houses two cameras on the back. But this is just a reality of the market. Camera bumps are now standard issue as smartphone manufacturers try to push the limits of what can be achieved from a smartphone camera.

Design wise, the new big thing is the Jet Black colour which will only be available to 128GB and 256GB owners.

What does water resistance mean to the user?

If you’re the type of person who drops the phone a lot into water or stay near a beach or is in a tropical rainy area, then water resistance on the iPhone 7 will be god sent. It has an IP67 rating, which allows the phone to remain submerged in 1metre of water for 30 minutes.

This by no means is a license to take out the phone for swimming, however, in India, finally you can use your iPhone during holi. Also, it will be a phone that survives a tumble into the pool when your friends decide to throw you one on your birthday.

This is a feature that has been asked for by users for a long time and finally Apple has given in. That being said, on the Galaxy S7 you get even a better IP68 rating, but in the scheme of things this is a minute difference.

How good is the camera?

The camera on the iPhone 6S was already a very good one, but Apple is taking things to the next level with the iPhone 7. Samsung for sometime has managed to usurp Apple in the photography department, but Apple should be the maker of the best camera phones with the iPhone 7.

Why? Well, on the iPhone 7 Apple is using a new 12-megapixel sensor which is bigger and it is coupled with a wider f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation, and a new 6-element lens. Compared to the 12-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6S, which has a f/2.2 aperture, this is a big improvement.

Apple is talking up the new image signal processor (ISP) which is like a micro computer on the A10 fusion processor. It claims that this ISP can do things that no high-end camera ISP can, leave alone a smartphone ISP on a competing device, which enables incredible imaging.

Moreover, there’s a new flicker detector and a new 4-LED TrueTone flash. This will more or less negate any advantage Samsung had in the imaging department with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7.

But there’s more. On the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is using not one but two cameras 12-megapixel cameras on the back. One is the 12-megapixel wide angle 28mm camera with a f/1.8 aperture, which is also on the iPhone 7. The other is a telephoto camera which has f/2.8 aperture.

Using both cameras, a lot of artificial intelligence and the new ISP, Apple has managed to create a 2x optical zoom. Not only do you get the best photos on a smartphone using the iPhone 7 Plus camera, you can also zoom into them without fearing any kind of degradation in quality.

Apple is actually stitching both the photos from both the cameras, which also allows it to offer digitally zoomed photos up to 10x, which are 4 times clearer than standard digital zoom from any other phone. So in essence, even the artificially zoomed photos are going to look a lot more clearer.

In the coming months, Apple will also add a ‘portrait’ mode to the iPhone 7 Plus camera which will give you that shallow blurred background that you normally associate with high-end cameras. For this also, the phone is using both the cameras and a lot of intelligence on the software side of things to deliver some insane results.

Long story short, if you care about photography, you’re going to want the iPhone 7. If you’re really crazy about photography you’re going to want the iPhone 7 Plus. On paper, these are the best mobile shooters.

What about selfies?

In a nutshell, they will be great. Remember, the iPhone 6S already has possibly the best selfie camera there is amongst the flagship smartphones. The iPhone 7 does one better by offering a new 7-megapixel sensor on the front with a f/2.2 aperture, electronic stabilisation and rear camera tech like deep trench isolation.

Dump all this jargon, the big takeaway is that the upgrade is quite substantial and your selfies will look better.

How good is the screen?

Now, Apple has been laggard in the area of screen resolutions for a couple of years. But after you cross the HD resolution, gains in screen technology is throttled by the law of diminishing returns.

Instead of increasing the resolution, Apple has made the screen 25 per cent brighter and added support for TrueTone technology which it first introduced on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It is also talking about something it calls wide colour which is only available on cinema screens.

The end result should be a very good screen. Apple is always known to make great screens and this phone should be no different. At the same time, one can expect this screen to be inferior to the one on the Samsung Galaxy smartphones in terms of sheer brilliance, vividness and brightness.

However, there are some things that Apple’s display does. For instance, these phone also come with 3D Touch technology which first came last year with the iPhone 6S. iOS 10 utilises this technology in a broader way than iOS 9 on the previous phone, so the iPhone 7 should be easier and more fun to use.

Have they fixed the fragile home-button?

In the past few years, Apple’s home-button has become notorious for failures. Apple has addressed this issue head-on with the iPhone 7. Now, it is using the same force touch pressure sensitive technology which it uses in the main screen of the iPhone and trackpads on the Macs.

This means you’re not actually clicking the button, but you’re getting the illusion of a click. It is one piece which doesn’t move about which makes it better.

Additionally, as it is using the same tech as the 3D touch display, it programmable for various other tasks, which should make the iPhone 7 experience more personalised and user friendly.

How will I listen to my music?

Yes, they have indeed removed the 3.5mm jack, but fret not Apple is providing lightning enabled earphones in the package. They are also providing an converter which will allow you to use your existing headphones.The problem will come if you’re a very specific type of user who likes to charge and listen to your music at the same time. It will also be a problem if you’re particular about your headphones and want to use them across a broad range of gadgets.This will probably be a hinderance. That being said, Apple is betting big on a wireless future. It has showcased new AirPod earphones that use new Apple made chip. These will launch in India for Rs 15,400. Apple claims they offer better audio than standard wireless earphones, including even the ones from audio specialists like Bose. It is also using the same technology on its Beats brand of headphones.

Impressively, Apple has simplified the pairing process, which is cumbersome with Bluetooth. You just open the headphones from their case and if the phone is nearby, it will automatically connect with them.One of the advantages of getting rid of the headphone jack is that, now the iPhone 7 gets stereo speakers which will be twice as loud as the current models.

How is the battery life?

This is a bit of an unknown, but Apple claims it has improved it over the iPhone 6S. On the smaller iPhone 7, Apple claims up to 2 hours of extra usage, while on the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple claims an improvement of an hour. Now these aren’t massive improvements per se, and the iPhone hasn’t been a guiding light when it comes to battery life, but it should be better than the current models. Chances are it will be as good as what you get on Samsung’s phones.

How fast is it?

The iPhone 6S is already the fastest smartphone in the market. There’s no denying that fact and with the iPhone 7, Apple has just made it faster. The new A10 Fusion processor is the first quad-core processor we have seen on an iPhone. It has two high performance cores which are according to Apple 40 percent faster than the one on the iPhone 6S and twice as fast as the one on the iPhone 6S. The graphics processor is also now 50 percent faster and Apple claims that it can run console class games like F1 2016.Again, by cutting to the chase, we can conclude this will be a very very fast phone. It will probably be the fastest one around for at least a year, which can’t be said about any Android phone in the market.

How expensive is the 64GB model because 16GB doesn’t cut it anymore? Actually, there’s no 64GB or 16GB model. Apple has doubled the storage on all the SKUs. So the iPhone 7 will launch with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models. The 32GB model will launch in India for a perfect Rs 60,000 which is Rs 2,000 cheaper than the iPhone 6S that launched with 16GB model. Apple is also doubling the memory of the existing iPhone 6S and iPhone SE models.

When is it launching in India? In the US, the phone will be launched on September 16, but Indians will not need to wait for long. It is coming to India on October 7, which is a Friday for a starting price of Rs 60,000. Apple hasn’t specified the price of the rest of the SKUs.

I am an iPhone 6S user should I upgrade? Usually I recommend people to use their phones for at least two years before an upgrade and that holds truer for the iPhone which can be considered amongst the most expensive phones around. However, if you’re crazy about photography then maybe you should make the plunge. Perhaps, maybe even for the new Jet Black colour you could buy the phone, but other than that even in the looks department it is quite similar to the older iPhone.

More or less you’re getting an iterative update. Yes, it will be faster, slicker and it will be the cool toy to have, but most of the features, you will be able to enjoy on your older iPhone 6S. The big deal is iOS 10 which will come as a free update on September 13.If you happen to be a iPhone 6 user or you’re using anything older, yes you should save up as October 7 will be the day Apple will make a dent in your bank balance.For Android users, it will be more of a question of a preference of Android over iOS. While the gap is certainly narrowing, Apple’s controlled software and hardware experience may turn out to be too limiting.

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जीरकपुर में फ्लाईओवर के नीचे बनेगा गार्डन, शुरुआती काम के लिए मिलेंगे 50 लाख

जीरकपुर में फ्लाईओवर के नीचे बनेगा गार्डन

शुरुआती काम के लिए मिलेंगे 50 लाख

जीरकपुर।

जीरकपुर फ्लाईओवर के नीचे जहां गंदगी रहती थी, वहां अब ग्रीनरी होगी। पिलर्स पर पंजाब की संस्कृति को दिखाती पेंटिंग्स बनेंगी। जॉगिंग ट्रैक बनेंगेे। भास्कर के फ्लाईओवर के नीचे गार्डन केे आइडिया पर विधायक और एमसी ने काम शुरू कर दिया है। सोमवार को खबर छपने के बाद विधायक एनके शर्मा ने फ्लाईओवर के नीचे की जगह का दौरा किया। उन्होंने फ्लाईओवर का राउंड लगाया। यहीं से उन्होंने एमसी के अफसरों को फोन किया. कि वे फ्लाईओवर के मुद‌्दे पर मीटिंग करने आ रहे हैं।

इसके बाद उन्होंने जीरकपुर नगर परिषद के अफसरों के साथ म्युनिसिपल भवन में मीटिंग की। कहा कि प्रोजेक्ट को लेकर एक रिपोर्ट बनाओ। मीटिंग में एमसी इंजीनियर विनय महाजन व अन्य अधिकारी शामिल हुए। इसके बाद प्रोजेक्ट पर शुरुआती काम के लिए अंतरिम रूप से 50 लाख रुपए का प्रोविजन किए जाने पर सहमति बनी। एक हफ्ते में जीरकपुर एमसी में यह प्रपोजल पास होगा।

हालत देख अफसरों को मीटिंग करने के लिए कहा एनएचएआई से मिल चुकी है एनओसी…जीरकपुर फ्लाईओवर के नीचे गार्डन बनाने के लिए एनएचएआई से एनओसी की जरूरत होती है। विधायक ने एक्जीक्यूटिव ऑफिसर एमसी परमिंदर सिंह से फोन पर पूछा तो उन्होंने बताया कि इसकी मंजूरी मिल चुकी है।पिलर्स पर होगी कलाकारीविधायक ने अफसरों से कहा कि फ्लाईओवर पर कितने पिलर हैं, यह गिना जाए। इन पर पंजाब के कल्चर को दिखाने वाली पेंटिंग्स बनवाई जाएंगी। विधायक ने सूचना एवं सांस्कृतिक विभाग के एक अधिकारी से इस तरह के कलाकारों के बारे में पूछा भी।फंड की कमी नहीं आने दी जाएगी

शर्मा ने कहा

कि इस प्राेजेक्ट के लिए फंड की कमी नहीं आने दी जाएगी। फ्लाईओवर के नीचे बनने वाले गार्डन पर लोगों के सुझाव भी चाहिए, ताकि हमें पता चल सके कि किस तरह से इसको बेहतर बनाने में हम कामयाब होंगे।

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Reliance Jio’s free Preview Offers comes to Asus and Panasonic devices

Reliance Jio’s free Preview Offers comes to Asus and Panasonic devices

Even with the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) breathing down its neck for providing commercial service in the name of testing its service, Reliance Jio’s 90-day free ‘Preview Offer’ has been extended to select Asus and Panasonic smartphones.

The preview offer that lets users get their hands on a free Jio 4G SIM card to enjoy unlimited 4G data, calls and other Jio services was earlier restricted only for smartphones from LYF, Samsung and LG.

To avail the offer, users having the compatible handsets will first have to download the MyJio app from the Google Playstore and then follow the instructions provided there.

The list of compatible Asus smartphones include:
Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL)
Asus Zenfore 3 Laser (ZC551KL)
Asus Zenfore 3 (ZE520KL)
Asus Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL)
Asus Zenfone Max (ZC550KL)
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL)
Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML)
Asus Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML)

While the compatible Panasonic smartphones include:
Panasonic Eluga L
Panasonic Eluga Switch
Panasonic Eluga Icon
Panasonic T45
Panasonic Eluga L2
Panasonic Eluga Mark
Panasonic Eluga Turbo
Panasonic Eluga Arc
Panasonic Eluga A2
Panasonic Eluga Note
Panasonic P55 Novo 4G
Panasonic P77

It seems that while there is no news of full-fledged commercial launch of the Jio 4G service, the Preview Offers has helped the company garner over a million users already. With the free offer, Reliance is not giving users a taste of what’s to come, but its also allowing the company to optimize its networks to handle traffic more efficiently.

But Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and other 4G providers aren’t happy about this. According to them, with over 2.5 million users, Jio is already a commercial service. Things will surely get even more heated up with the 4G spectrum auction scheduled next month.

Its still unknown as to when Jio will finally release commercially having been delayed multiple times over the past two years, but users aren’t complaining.

It is also interesting to note that when 3G was first introduced in India, Reliance used a similar method of providing unlimited 3G data to whoever bought a Reliance SIM card for three months.

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Get ready to fly to Singapore from Chandigarh

Get ready to fly to Singapore from Chandigarh

Two weeks after announcing to start flights from Chandigarh to Sharjah from September 15, Air India Express, a subsidiary of AI, on Thursday said it would also start operations to Singapore from the city soon.
The date of starting flights to Singapore will be announced on September 15, officials said. The Sharjah flight will be thrice a week.
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Addressing the mediapersons here, K Shyam Sunder, chief executive officer (CEO), Air India Express, said, “The flights will be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Initially, a return ticket will cost Rs 9500. We will also increase the flight frequency on the Varanasi-Sharjah route from three flights a week to daily and introduce a daily service from Trichy to Sharjah.”
“For Sharjah flight, 50 seats have already been booked and we are expecting good response from the region,” he said.
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Station manager, Air India, MR Jindal said, “Air India Express is a low-cost carrier and has all 186 seats in economy class. As a practice, a low-cost carrier charges for anything served on board, whereas Air India Express being subsidiary of Air India will serve on board food boxes, along with tea/coffee free of cost. Also, schedule will be modified during winters,” he said.

Flight frequency, schedule
• Flights: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
• New Boeing aircraft 737-800 with all-economy class186 seats
• Departure from Chandigarh airport to Sharjah at 6:15pm and arrival at Sharjah airport will be at 8pm. Total time taken in the journey will be 3:15 hours. The local time difference between India and the UAE is approximately 1:30 hours.
• The flight departure from Sharjah to Chandigarh will be at 12:45pm (local time) and it will arrive in Chandigarh at 5:15pm.
• Fare: The introductory fare of a return ticket Rs 9,500.
Bookings for tickets
• Booking for the tickets can be made either on online Tickets can also be booked at carrier’s local office (SCO 162-163-164 Sector 34A, Chandigarh). Ticket booking staff can be contacted at 0172-2624941-943, while the airport office’s number is 0172-2242201. The helpline number is 18001801407.
Chandigarh-Dubai flight from September 26
From September 26, a daily non-stop Chandigarh-Dubai flight will start. Indigo was the first airline to announce international operations from Chandigarh at an all-inclusive return fare of `9,999. The airline had started the sale of tickets from July 31.

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Happy Krishna Janmashtami & Dahi Handi 2016

Happy Krishna Janmashtami & Dahi Handi 2016

Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami, festival marks the celebration of birth of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated on August 25th and Dahi Handi is celebrated on August 26th, 2016. It is believed that Lord Krishna, took the eighth avatar of Vishnu and came on Earth. According to Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Ashtami of Krishna Paksh in the month of Bhadon of the dark fortnight. The occasion is celebrated with lot of zeal and enthusiasm all over the globe

Lord Krishna were born to Princess Devaki and Vasudeva in Mathura but he was raised in Gokul by his foster parents Yashoda and Nanda. This symbolizes his birth and devotees celebrate this auspicious festival with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

According to Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Ashtami of Krishna Paksh in the month of Bhadon of the dark fortnight. Lord Krishna, the Hindu deity is considered as the most powerful human incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is said that he was born around 5, 200 years ago in Mathura and his sole aim was to free Earth from all evil powers. Happy Krishna Janmashtami!

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The Strangest Places Pokemon Go Is Sending its Players

The Strangest Places Pokemon Go Is Sending its Players

A few PokeStops from my neighborhood. What on earth is a “historic bathroom”?
Pokemon Go is the best mostly-broken game I’ve ever played. It crashes in the middle of battles. There are constant server issues. It’s a menace to my health and well-being that has burrowed itself into my heart like a blood clot. But as the game claws its way to usability, players are realizing that Niantic did a really half-assed job setting up the in-game locations, and Pokemon Go is sending people to some really strange places.

Aside from wandering around to catch monsters, the game involves walking to “gyms” and “PokeStops”, which are where Pokemon battle each other and where items are collected, respectively. Gyms and PokeStops are supposed to be linked to local landmarks. The trouble is that Niantic imported these “landmarks” from their earlier game, Ingress, where those locations were created and tagged by players, and seemingly never reviewed before becoming an integral element of a game for children.

Aside, of couse, from the incident in which a Wyoming teen found a dead body while playing the game, many of these locations are irrelevant, bizarre, or borderline offensive, and players are beginning to catalog them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit’s r/TheSilphRoad. Compiled below are the strangest PokeStop locations people are claiming to have come across. They’ve been verified against the Ingress game map wherever possible. Leave your own examples in the comments.

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Independence Day celebrations: Chandigarh, Mohali turned into fortress

Independence Day celebrations: Chandigarh, Mohali turned into fortress

Chandigarh and Mohali were turned into fortresses on the eve of Independence Day celebrations Monday. Special nakas (checkpoints) were set up by the UT police as well as the Mohali police at all entry and exit points of the city Sunday and checks were conducted in sensitive areas.
More than 5,000 police personnel will keep a vigil in Chandigarh Monday and all the routes leading towards prime destinations have been diverted. People have also been advised by the police to avoid some routes Monday morning.
Mohali police also deputed 800 police personnel in the city to keep a strict watch on anti-social elements. As many as 6 Superintendent of Police, 10 DSPs, 30 Inspectors, 85 ASIs and 700 other police personnel will keep a tight vigil in the city. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will unfurl the national flag and also honour the people for the meritorious services. The function will be held at Government College in Phase VI.

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The New Google Photos App Commercial Hilariously Mocks The 16GB Storage On iPhones

The New Google Photos App Commercial Hilariously Mocks The 16GB Storage On iPhones

Apple users, this might sting a bit. Google has made a complete jackass of the iPhone in its hilarious Google Photos commercial.

The commercial, released in the US, mocks the measly 16GB storage of the iPhone. Even though Apple is rumored to be doing away with that base storage this year, Google made sure it didn’t miss the rare chance to take a dig at Apple.

And why not? The iPhones with 16GB storage has been proven to be largely inadequate in real world performance. With app sizes on the upside, and never mind the ever-increasing size of the selfies you tend to take every four minutes, a 16GB memory with no way of expanding it whatsoever, is a tad bit unrealistic. Even Apple’s new Live Photos don’t help matters you know.

The commercial shows people just about capture a beautiful moment in their lives, when dang! “Storage Full. There is no more room on your phone.” The people who have suffered this fate will know this is exactly the message the iPhone shows when it has run out of space. Although Google doesn’t directly show an iPhone, it makes sure everyone knows who’s at the butt of this joke.

And Google knows its superior position in this regard. The Google Photos app can free up a lot of space with just a tap on a button (often prompted by the Photos app itself). The photos app backs up all your photos in the cloud and when your phone is about to run out of space, the app will offer to delete all the photos from your device that has already been backed up.

Unlike iPhone users, you don’t have to see the last of your precious selfies and still have enough space to click another one.

With the iPhone being almost a flawless device, this was a rare chance for Google to take a jab at the company that thinks 16GB (with no expandable storage) is enough for shutterbug millenials.

So go out today, hug a 16GB iPhone user and show them how Google cares for its users.

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5 reasons why people should stop whining about the iPhone 7!

5 reasons why people should stop whining about the iPhone 7!

Enough is enough! People just have to stop whining about the iPhone 7. It is a case of history repeating itself. Every year, leaked photos, schematics and what not start trickling in months in advance of the official announcement and people just jump to conclusions about the phone. Its fate is sealed before even people have touched it. That’s just not fair right? It is a big problem because often with Apple’s products the devil is in the details. Some things aren’t even announced and yet their presence can make a major impact on the performance or effectiveness of a device. So here’s my five pointer on why people should stop whining about the design of the iPhone 7.

1. If you remember the months preceding the launch of the iPhone 5, leaks and rumours pointed towards the fact that the iPhone 5 would look very similar to the iPhone 4/4S. And yet, history is quite kind to the iPhone 5 and 5S. It was the first phone with metal chamfers, which is a design motif that’s now a regular part of smartphone design language. Its heavy use of metal pushed the envelope for build quality and design. There are things that you can’t tell without playing around with the phone. In the case of the iPhone 5, it was wildly different from the iPhone 4, and that too for the better. Similarly, even the iPhone 6 was a nicer looking phone in person than in the leaked photos. Perhaps, subtle tweaks are all that design needs.

2. The iPhone is about the interplay between hardware and software more so than any phone in the market. It hardware is developed for its software unlike other Android phones which use off the shelf components. The specs may not look very swanky on paper, but they perform wildly better. That will apply to battery life, the camera software, the performance and etc.

3. I can bet my life that there will be critics who will argue that the iPhone 7 isn’t the thinnest phone in the market. But you know what, I don’t care. Thin is not always better. It causes compromises to the battery, and it also ruins ergonomics. Look at the Xiaomi Mi 5 which looks gorgeous, but it isn’t the most comfortable phone to hold. The iPhone 6S is amongst the most ergonomic iPhones around, Apple should try to keep it that way.

4. The elephant in the room is the rumored removal of the headphone jack! Well, 8 out of 10 people use the headphones that are supplied with the phone, so most people wouldn’t be left in the lurch. Moreover, chances are because of the digital interface, now the Apple earphones will deliver a higher standard in terms of audio, which should only be appreciated. Yes, the odd audiophile with the high-end Grando headphone may be left out, but for masses on an average, it will be case of better sounding music. Apple can certainly build upwards from a solid foundation.

5. The display resolution doesn’t matter these days on high-end phones. Apple already makes a very nice screen so don’t harp on the fact that Samsung makes a phone with a QHD resolution while Apple is only offering a full HD panel. What matters is how useful the display is. In combination with the software improvements on iOS 10 we could be looking at 3D Touch taking center stage as the interface of the iPhone; offering something wildly different and vastly efficient than Android phones. I can testify to the same as I have been running the iOS 10 beta on an iPhone 6S Plus for the last month or so.

Even apart from this, there are assortment of new things that the iPhone 7 is expected to bring like the dual camera system on the larger model and water resistance, which will be appreciated much by its users. So yes, PEOPLE, STOP WHINING THE iPHONE 7. There is a very high possibility it will be much nicer than your current smartphone.

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Artisto Will Do To Videos What Prisma Does To Photos

Exponential growth of technology. That’s the mantra of the age we are living in. Don’t believe me? Just see what the release of Prisma has done to the world.

When the neural-network based photo editing app released, it was pretty evident it’s about to disrupt all the photo filters apps we had been using.

And now, there’s another app to beat the mighty Prisma as well. Prisma had promised to bring its filters to videos, but another app has beaten it in its own game. Artisto, available both for Android and iOS users, make use of a similar technology to transform your average videos to works of art.

The filters look straight out of canvasses from the likes of Van Gogh, Dali, Munch, etc. Only, the end result is an art-form in motion.

Artisto works the same way as Prisma does. It uses machine-learning algorithms to scan every detail of the photo and then apply the filter accordingly. But, Artisto is beating Prisma in its own game with the speed with which it is rendering full-scale videos.

While Prisma was being criticised for the amount of time it takes to apply the filter, Artisto seems to have taken the lead in this.

The app can render videos stored either in the gallery or shot from the in-app camera itself. Select the 10-second sequence where you want to apply the filter and the app will do the rest for you.

Some filters are quite similar to what you get in Prisma, but most of them are unique to Artisto.

Even though the app has been released for both Android and iOS, its not available in all regions. The app isn’t available for Android users in India, yet.

With Prisma launching its video mode soon, and many other apps mimicking the AI-based photo editing both these apps do, the next few months are surely going to be interesting. Whoever thought being an artist is as easy as tapping on a button?