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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?

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Oppo F1s: Fuel Your Selfie Rage!

Oppo F1s: Fuel Your Selfie Rage!

The famous Oppo F1 just got a successor in the form of Oppo F1s. Just like the F1, this one too is pegged at selfie-addicts and falls in the mid-range category in India. Get your hands on the Oppo F1s for Rs 17,990.

The smartphone launched today joins the elite class of phones made especially for people who love to take selfies with the front snapper.

For this, the Oppo F1s has a 16-megapixel front facing camera with a front-facing flash. It comes protected with a Gorilla Glass 4 screen. It also comes loaded with a feature called beautify 4.0 to make selfies look even better. The camera is loaded with various kinds of filters and seven beautification modes. There is an auto screen flash as well.

The front snapper is reportedly very capable and can shoot brilliant self portraits in low-light as well.

Now its an unofficial rule that phones that are used for selfies should look good themselves. And Oppo doesn’t disappoint in this segment. The phone looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Oppo F1. But the edges are mildly curved, offering a pleasant grip. There’s a slim bezel, adding to the overall aesthetics of this phone. In fact, some may say that it looks like an iPhone ripoff.

Apart from the Gorilla Glass 4, the F1s comes with a pre-installed screen guard, protecting the main screen from scratches every time you drop the phone while taking selfies. (Stop kidding, you know that happens so often!)

There is also a fingerprint scanner, which Oppo claims, unlocks the phone in a mere 0.22 seconds. Unlock. Click. Share, all in a matter of few seconds.

There is also a 13-Megapixel rear camera with a rather large sensor and LED flash, pretty capable of taking good images, even in low-light.

Under the hood, the Oppo F1s is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 eight-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The smartphone gets 32GB of onboard memory that is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The Oppo F1s has a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution and packs a 3075mAh battery. It also comes with the Chinese manufacturer’s proprietary Super VOOC fast-charging technology.

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How to Jump Straight to Important WhatsApp Chats on Android

How to Jump Straight to Important WhatsApp Chats on Android

Now that you’ve gotten over the excitement of WhatsApp scrapping its $1 annual fee , you’re probably wondering how you can start making the most of the Facebook-owned messaging app. One trick for Android users you might not have come across is using widgets to jump straight to your favorite conversations. Here’s how.

There are three ways, actually. Tap and hold on a blank area of the home screen, choose Widgets and then tap and hold on the WhatsApp Chat option, dragging it to a spare spot on screen-the app then prompts you to pick a conversation. Alternatively, press and hold on a conversation in WhatsApp and choose Add chat shortcut from the list (a widget icon is added on the first available home screen spot), or choose Add shortcut from the context menu inside a conversation.

It’s useful for quickly jumping to conversations with your favorite people or groups you’ve set up for work, family, and so on, without having to navigate through the WhatsApp front screen first (particularly if the conversations are old ones). The other WhatsApp widgets for Android let you jump quickly to the camera component or show recent messages on the home screen.

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iPhone 7 Rumored To Be Releasing On September 12

September is the month when iPhones are usually launched in the market by Apple, and this year will be no different, according to fresh leaks. Start saving up, folks!

Apple tipster Evan Blass, known for his accurate predictions, has tipped the release date will be sometime around September 12.

Typically, the Keynote speech happens on a Tuesday while the product starts shipping the coming Friday. This year, September 12 falls on a Monday, so its safe to suffice the presentation will be held on Monday while the iPhones will start shipping from September 16, Friday.

The previous iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus released on September 9 and arrived in India, a month later. Apple is likely to follow the same pattern, this year as well.

While the iPhone 7 was tipped to launch in three variants – the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro, new leaks suggest Apple will just stick to two variants this year.

However, the base storage has been increased to 32GB after a big hue and cry over its 16 GB variants being incapable of providing a good enough experience. The likely storage offerings will be 32 GB, 128 GB and a new whooping 256 GB.

The iPhone 7 Plus may include a dual-camera setup, along with a Smart Connector at the back, like the iPad Pro, allowing for more charging methods and docking options.

Bigger batteries and the new Apple A10 processor will be the powerhouse behind the new iPhones, along with 3GB of RAM for the iPhone 7 Plus variant.

The home button has also been rumored to be 3D Touch enabled, along with getting a lot more functions. Because of the new processor and the rumored death of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the iPhone 7 Plus is likely to be 1mm. thinner than its older brother.

There has also been a lot of conflicting reports that Apple may finally be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a USB Type-C port.

A new Space Black color variant is also touted to be released with the iPhone 7.