1. India: Reliance Jio’s MyJio is the latest and hottest app in India which iPhone and iPad users have downloaded till the last weekend because of its free 4G internet for 3 months. This app allows users to check their balance, internet usage, payment system and other offerings provided by the company.
2. UK: Bottle Flip 2K16; it is proving itself one of the most best gaming app and users are liking it so much that it is still coming on top charts in the United Kingdom. It is basically an is inspired by the senior talent show water bottle which has perfect tricks compilation and offers a water free alternativ
3. Australia: Monopoly at Macca’s; It is another gaming which is very popular in Australia and as a part of promotion for fast food chain Mac Donald. It is a licensed adaptation of a game called monopoly.
4. Germany: iMovie; It is a photo and video app very famous in Germany. This app allows users not just the videos and photos but also to share their stories and browse videos, share their favorite moments in the form of videos and photos.
5. France: Bitmoji Keyboard; this utility app allows users to create emojis and small cartoon images with almost unlimited range of emotions and reaction. This app uses the photo augmentation and creation suite of snapchat.
6. Canada: iTunes: The education iTunes app is making buzz in Canada. In this app over one million lectures are preloaded with other course materials with more formalized University, School and College set ups for both lecturers and students.
7. Japan: Gintama Kabukicho Daikatsugeki; It is a gaming app based on turn by turn fighting adventure based on the Gin Tama animated series, with a team to lead and other characters to fight more battles and recruitment for it.
8. Singapore: Bigo Live; A social networking site based on a video streaming technology. This app allows users to broadcast them live with real time interaction with others and send some virtual gifts too. It is a paid app and cost only $0.99.
India seeks to buy 24 anti-submarine helicopters MH-60 ‘Romeo’ from US
India has sought from the US 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters for its Navy at an estimated cost of US $2 billion, defence industry sources here said Friday.
India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade now.
The deal is expected to be finalised in a few months, informed sources told PTI, days after US Vice President Mike Pence held a successful meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Singapore on the sidelines of a regional summit.
India has sent a letter of request to the US for an “urgent requirement” of 24 multi-role helicopters MH 60 Romeo Seahawk, sources said.
In recent months, there has been acceleration in defence ties between the two countries, with the Trump administration opening up America’s high-tech military hardware for India’s defence needs.
Bilateral defence relationship was on top of the agenda of the Modi-Pence meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.
The meeting is likely to be followed by a summit-level bilateral between Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump in Argentina on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting on November 30 and December 1. Neither side has confirmed the meeting yet.
According to sources, the MH-60 Romeo deal is expected to have an offset requirement. Sources indicated that India plans to follow up this urgent requirement with a long-term plan to manufacture 123 of these helicopters in India.
Currently deployed with the US Navy as the primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones, Lockheed Martin’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is considered the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.
According to industry experts, it is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. MH-60 Romeo Seahawks would add lethal capabilities of the Indian Navy, which experts say is the need of the hour given the aggressive behavior of China in the Indian Ocean region.
Lockheed over the years has emerged as a major American supplier of state-of-the-art defence military equipment.
“With this Seahawk deal the overall US-India defense trade will surpass USD 20 billion,” an industry source said.
“The pipeline of opportunities for US defense firms can result in another USD 5 billion of sales in the next few years,” the source added.
According to US Naval Air System Command, the MH-60R Seahawk missions are anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, combat search and rescue, naval gunfire support and logistics support.
As the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk is considered to be the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Concept of Operations.
The MH-60R and its mission systems have replaced the US naval fleet’s legacy SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft.
NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years
Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on Mars, experts and top NASA officials said.
The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense. “The cost of solving those means that under current budgets, or slightly expanded budgets, it’s going to take about 25 years to solve those,” said former NASA astronaut Tom Jones, who flew on four space shuttle missions before retiring in 2001.
“We need to get started now on certain key technologies,” he told reporters in Washington. At an average distance of about 140 million miles (225 million kilometers), Mars poses scientific problems an order of magnitude greater than anything encountered by the Apollo lunar missions.
With today’s rocket technology, it would take an astronaut up to nine months to reach Mars — the physical toll of floating that long in zero gravity would be huge. For instance, scientists think prolonged weightlessness can cause irreversible changes to blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision degradation.
And after a while in zero G, the skeleton starts to leach calcium and bone mass.
With gravity only one-third of Earth’s, scientists don’t yet know the effects of a presumed one-year mission to the surface of Mars.
– Better propulsion –
One way to reduce wear and tear on the human body is to dramatically cut down on travel time to Mars. Jones called for nuclear propulsion systems that would have the added benefit of producing electricity on flights. “If we start now, in 25 years we might have these technologies available to help us and protect us from these long transit times,” he said.
Under current conditions, just an outbound trip to Mars would take so long that any astronaut would receive the same amount of radiation than ordinarily would be deemed safe over the course of an entire career.
“We don’t have the solution yet in terms of shielding, in terms of protecting you from cosmic rays and solar flares that you experience during this transit time,” Jones said. Aerospace experts have identified several technologies that need rapid development, including spacecraft that can survive the harsh entry into Mars and land softly enough, as well as the ability to lift people off the surface and head back to Earth.
NASA currently has a new robotic lander called InSight zooming towards Mars, due to land on November 26 after taking off from California on May 5. The $993 million project aims to expand human knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send explorers there, and reveal how rocky planets like the Earth formed billions of years ago.
Jim Garvin, chief scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said InSight would fill in “critical unknowns” and help build a key understanding of Mars.
In 2020, another mission will see NASA send a rover to Mars that aims to determine the habitability of the Martian environment, search for signs of ancient life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.
Additionally, private firms like SpaceX and a host of other nations are building technologies that could be used on future Mars missions. Some experts see new exploration of the Moon as key to a future mission to Mars, as astronauts there could learn about extracting water or using technology and apply those lessons to future Mars missions.
Countdown begins for launch of communication satellite GSAT-29, weather still holds key
The 27-hour countdown began Tuesday for the launch of India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard the second developmental flight GSLV-MkII D2 from the spaceport of Sriharikota Wednesday evening, subject to weather conditions, the ISRO said.
Though cyclone “Gaja”, earlier forecast to cross the coast between Chennai and Sriharikota, has changed course, the Indian Space Research Organisation said the launch slated for 5.08 pm was subject to the weather and it may go for postponement in case of non-conducive conditions.
GSAT-29 carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users, including in the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The countdown has begun today 14:50 hrs for the launch of GSLVMkIII D2 carrying GSAT29 at Sriharikota (over 100 km from here). Launch scheduled at 17.08 IST on November 14”, ISRO said.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said there might by a postponement if the weather was not conducive.
“But we are expecting that the launch will happen by tomorrow evening”, he told reporters after offering prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, about 140 om from here, on the eve of the mission.
On November 11, the Met office had said Cyclone Gaja was likely to cross the North Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Sriharikota on November 15.
However, the cyclone has changed course and as of Tuesday was expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban, well away from Sriharikota.
The ISRO chief said the Wednesday launch was one of the “very important missions and a milestone” for India’s space programme.
“This is GSLV-MkIII-D2 second developmental flight. It is going to launch very important and high throughput satellite GSAT-29. The satellite will be useful in Jammu and Kashmir and North East region for providing connectivity under the Centre’s Digital India programme”, he said.
A successful launch would pave the way for producing very advanced satellite in future for ISRO, he said.
“(It is) This vehicle (GSLV-MkIII) is going to launch the Chandrayaan-II and also the manned mission. We are getting prepared for that. If everything goes normal, lift off will happen at around 5pm and 8 minutes (tomorrow)”, he said.
Following the lift off, the rocket would inject the satellite into the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) with required inclination to the equator.
The satellite would be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the on-board propulsion system and it may take a few days after separation from launcher to reach the orbital slot, ISRO said.GSLV-MkIII is the fifth generation launch vehicle developed by ISRO and is designed to place satellites of upto 4,000 kg in GTO.
The launch vehicle is the 67th launch mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota and the 33 communication satellite built by ISRO for which this will be be the fifth launch this year.
The GSLV-MkIII-D2 is a three stage launch vehicle with two solid strap-ons, a liquid core stage and a cryogenic upper stage.Compared to solid and liquid stages, the C25 cryogenic stage is more efficient as well as complex.
According to the ISRO, the GSAT-29 satellite is intended to serve as a test bed for several new technologies. It is specifically designed to cater to communication requirements of users from remote areas of the country.
Around 16 min 43 seconds the GSAT-29 separation is expected to take place after the launch. The mission life is about 10 years.
Good news for the journalists of Uttarakhand. Will get pension and priority in Govt housing schemes !
There is indeed a good news for the journalists of Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand High Court has today given several significant directives to the state government asking it to grant the journalistic community of Uttarakhand all those facilities and privileges which the scribes of other states are getting.
The decision of the high court includes government pension and priority in allotment/ sanction of plots and housing accomodation in govt schemes to the working journalists as per the seniority.
The verdict was given today on a petition filed by advocate Dushyant Mainali who fought the case brilliantly as an amicus curie of the scribes who presented the matter very strongly by presenting the relevant statistics and supportive documents to the jurists hearing the matter.
The verdict of the Nainital High Court is bound to provide relief to good number of working journalists, reporters, stingers, digital journalists, feature scribes n media employees.
According to the final judgement the court directed the respondent ( the government of UK) to improve the conditions of the journalists/ reporters/ correspondents as per the notification dated 11th November 2011 and as per the working journalists and other newspapers employees ( Conditions of Service) and the Misclleneous Provisions Act, 1955.
While directing the state government to frame a scheme for providing certain reservations in housing / flats in government housing schemes the court also issued directives for enhancing the pensions of elderly journalists/ reporters/ correspondents on the basis of the fluctuations of the consumer price index.
The court added that these recommendations are necessary to provide security in the pursuit of fearless and professional journalism.
It also directed the state government for framing of the Welfare fund rules on the analogy of Andhra Pradesh n Orissa etc for the welfare of the journalists of the state.
Showing its immense concern towards the senior journalists who posess no financial security after supperanuation the court directed the UK govt to frame a policy for the health and pension benefits for the journalists of the state.
While delivering this historic decision the Nainital High Court justices Sharad Kumar Sharma and Rajiv Sharma concluded by mentioning in the judgement a quote of the famous English author of 1839 namely EDWARD BULWAR LYTTON ,” The Pen is Mighter than a Sword”.
Samsung may use LCD displays for some Galaxy A series phones next year
Samsung seems pretty confused with how it wants to carry forward its mid-range Galaxy A series. On one hand, the company has been introducing some very innovating features such as the triple-camera system on the Galaxy A7 (2018) and quad-camera on the Galaxy A9 (2018). On the other hand, the company may downgrade some features in the near future like using LCD displays instead of OLEDs, as per a new report of South Korea.
ETNews reported this week that Samsung may go with LCD panels for some Galaxy A phones in 2019. Some of these phones include the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A60. It won’t be the case for all Galaxy A phones, though, as the Galaxy A30, A40, A70 and A80 will reportedly come with OLED panels. Over the past few years, Samsung has been applying its OLED Infinity Displays to mid-range and low-end phones to make them look more premium and set them apart from other phones using LCD panels. But this also came at a cost as it forced the company to sell these devices at a higher price.
There is only one reason that could push Samsung to go with LCD panels and that is sales. The company wants to improve its sales after feeling the pressure from Chinese competitors in markets like India and other South Asian countries. With these LCD Galaxy A phones, Samsung will aim to keep the prices under 300,000 won (approx Rs 20,000).
The report adds that the upcoming Galaxy M series will also largely see phones with LCD displays. You may recall a report a few weeks ago that suggested Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy M series that is a merger between the Galaxy J, On and C lines. The affordable mid-range segment is seeing some stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Oppo, which is forcing Samsung to rethink its strategy. Whether the upcoming LCD phones will offer the same kind of punch as Samsung’s OLED displays are know to give will remain to be seen.
Samsung will continue to test out new innovative features on the Galaxy A series before it bring them to its flagship line. So, we may see the Galaxy A9’s quad-camera feature appear on a Galaxy S or Note phone in the future, but as of now details are still slim.
Among prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi was the most caring PM for scribes and press photographers says Praveen Jain
The iconic photo journalist and the associate editor of India Express ( Photo), famous for his outstanding and rare photographs spanning his challenging career of more than three and a half decades Praveen Jain says that among the ten prime ministers he has covered during the last 35 years as a photo journalist, Rajiv Gandhi was the best among all as he was not only physically and mentally smart, intelligent, affable and tremendously caring his face was also extremely photogenic followed by the present prime minister Narendra Modi who’s hectic political activities, engagements, eloquence and mood swings as the most mobile PM accord tremendous opportunities for photographers like him to capture unique pictures thus bringing interest to the profession.
Rajiv Gandhi was too caring for journalists n press photographers in addition to his other unique qualities as a politician and a good human being whereas no other politicians cared for the journos accompanying them compared to concern Rajiv had for the scribes n photographers added Jain.
Praveen Jain was answering to the questions of the budding young trainee journalists who’d visited his photo exhibition at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society at Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
Today was the fifth day of his exhibition titled ” 200& One” inaugurated by the union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on 2nd of November.
Praveen Jain whose exclusive pictures of Hashimpura, UP massacre of the eighties when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, used by the court to punish the 16 jawans of Provincial Armed Constabulary for life convicted of murdering several innocents of the minority community primarily hails from Rohtak, Haryana having started his journey as a budding photographer under the charge of the then photo editor of Indian Express S. Paul thirty five years ago from now.
Today he is an established name in the photo journalism of the country having worked in Indian Express, Sunday Mail, Delhi Recorder, Surya Magazine n several other journals.
Having covered 10 prime ministers and several presidents including parliament for more than three decades Praveen is also a main witness in Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 which he covered for several days despite his camera and valuable equipments having been broken n damaged in the attack by the unruly mob.
Praveen’s exhibition is displaying about 100 to 150 rare photographs depicting various moods, shades and events of prime ministers, presidents, union ministers, their families, chief minister and head of the foreign countries.
The former prime minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh who appreciated Praveen for his outstanding clicks and candid photography was however always scared of him, apprehensive of being captured in an ineasy pose or moods.
Praveen’s pictures showing Laloo Prasad Yadav’s family living in Janata Quarters of Patna in a very modest lifestyle with Rabri Devi holding her children on her lap, former PM Deve Gowda literally napping while sitting with the then chief justice of India in a function, PM Modi with the former France PM Francois Hollande with a caption ” Deal Fixed” , PM Narendra Modi with former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani in a very simple posture raising slogan in his historic Rath Yatra for Ram Temple and with Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi in Kashmir Valley at the time of hoisting the national flag n today he is a PM with both Joshi and Advani out of the political frame etc. are some of the rare appreciable pictures in the exhibition with 100 other outstanding clicks.
Today the union minister of child and women development Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, visited the exhibition . The exhibition has captured the various moods and shades of former and present prime ministers, union ministers, chief ministers, foreigh heads of the state, sons n daughters of politicians of eminence, riots of Hashimpura, Babri Masjid imbroglio, earthquakes, actor turned politicians like Amitabh Bachchan and socio political events.
His work of photography with precision covers political developments of the last three and a half decades. A must see exhibition. Prominent amongst others who had so far visited the exhibition are the former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, union minister Menaka Gandhi, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yachury, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, associate consulting editor of Indian Express Coomi Kapoor, Shekhar Gupta, Chief editor The Print and for editor in chief The Indian Express, the Bofors fame investigative journalist Chitra Subramaniam earlier in Hindu stationed at Geneva, Ravish Kumar of NDTV and the former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s daughter Namita etc and had penned down their appreciations for Praveen Jain’s valuable contribution in photo journalism.
Various shades of political ups and downs during the last 35 years in Pravin’s photo exhibition at AIFACS gallery
A unique, distinctive and an outstanding photo exihibition of the associate editor of India Express (photo) under the title of ,” 200 & one,” exhibiting about one hundred and fifty exclusive and rare photographs of the last three and a half decades pertaining to various political developments of the country showing all the important political leaders in different postures rather evocative n outstanding images, was inaugurated today at All India Fine Arts Theatre Arts Gallery by the union minister Ram Vilas Paswan in the presence of the late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s fostered daughter Namita, the Consulting chief editor of Indian Express Coomi Kapoor, leader of the NCP and MP Devi Prasad Tripathi, eminent journalists, photo journalists and his friends and colleagues of the media fraternity.
Praveen Jain is a recognised name in photo journalism in the country who carries behind him a chequered career of more than three decades as an outstanding photo journalist having covered ten prime ministers, eight presidents, amassing offbeat photos of an array of political leaders.
As per the version of the Consulting editor of Indian Express Coomi Kapoor with whom Pravin Jain worked for several years the latter began his career in 1981 as a helper to S. Paul, the chief photo editor of Indian Express. Paul and Jain both hailed from Rohtak, Haryana, which has spawned a large share of the Capital’s news photographers.
The primary work of Pravin then was to carry the camera, equipment for Paul and make tea including performing sundry other odd jobs. In return to his dedicated services Pravin was taught the basics of photography.
According to Coomi Kapoor he blossomed fast and soon made a unique reputation as an nationally acclaimed photo journalist having worked thereafter in Surya Magazine, Delhi recorder, Sunday Mail, the Pioneer Daily and then again in Indian Express till date in his capacity of an associate editor ( Photo) .
Pravin Jain is one photo journalist who is the one of the prime witnesses in the Babri Masjid demolition trial and was greatly instrumental in leading to several erring policemen getting life sentences in the Hashimpura Messacre of 1987. According to Rebecca Mammen John the lawyer of Jain in the Hasim Pura massacre case :
“Sometimes, the most innocuous piece of evidence are captured like the horror of Hashimpura which later on become the credible evidence. Praveen Jain , the iconic photographer took the unique pictures at ground Zero at Hasimpura while hiding behind bushes ,on 21 st May 1987, , showing the men of Hashimpura being taken away by the PAC . These photographs were part of the court record. Praveen Jain appeared as a witness in the trial and even produced negatives of all the photographs taken . The surviving eyewitness used these photographs to identify the other victims of the crime which finally resulted in getting the erring policemen the life sentences for the murder of the innocent people in this episode which was termed as the most talked about Hashimpura messacre.
The pictures of Pravin Jain’s exhibition were unique in the sense that most of them are the vivid description of the tale of politics of the last three and a half decades.
A pioneer in photo journalism Praveen Jain has covered wide range of breaking stories in India as well as abroad. He travelled to Si Lanka in 1995 to record the ethinic riots, been to Pakistan to cover its national election including the Lahore declaration and various other international conferences. On the domestic front he covered almost all the significant events of the eighties and nineties – from the riots of Bhagalpur, its arbitrary and tortuous human bl8ndings to the eathquake of Latur to the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 to the demolition of Babri Masjid, its rehearsal to the plaque in Surat including the earthquake of Gujarat, opetation Black Thunder in Punjab and the Kargil war of 1999 as well. His last exhibition in 2000 was inaugurated by the prime minister VP Singh who said that he has always admired his outstanding work but has alwaysbeen scared of his candid camera.
While congratulating Praveen Jain for his precious collection of rare photographs of his special work of the last three and a half decades I would advice one and all to visit the rare collections of Jain’s photographs at AIFACS ART GALLERY ON ANY DAY till 7th of this month and have a feel of the political nerve, various shades and postures of political dignitaries of the last 35 years several of them have left of their eternal homes or rest retired from public life like presidents, prime ministers, union minisers and mass leaders etc. . Hats off to you Praveen Bhai.
DD correspondent Dheeraj reveals, how they were ambushed by the Maoists in Dantewada losing a precious friend Achyutanand Sahu
A reporter of Doordarshan Dheeraj and the assistent cameraman M. Mukut who’ve come alive from Dantevada, a highly naxal infested zone in Chattisgarh on 1st of November were present in the condolense meeting of their colleague and cameramen Achyutanand Sahu at Press Club of India premises.
The doordarshan team comprising of Dheeraj the correspondent, cameraman Achyutanand Sahu and assistant cameraman M. Mukut were assigned the official responsibility to cover the elections of Chattisgarh and the fearless team members preferred to do an investigative story of a village, 50 miles away from the Dantewada township/ city and apparently sought the permission from the Dantewada district magistrate and the senior police officials to shoot and interact with the poor, economically deprived and hapless tribals who had in the last several decades never participated in any election due to their apprehension of being killed by the naxalites under whose terror they were leading a highly complex lifestyle amid deprivation.
It was this time that the village tribals had shown courage to participate in the state elections. The Doordarshan reporter Dheeraj finally made up his mind to do the story on these village tribals who’d been deprived of their fundamental right to vote n join the mainstream.
When Dheeraj revealed his intention of doing the story on these tribal villagers living in the Maoist area of Dantewada several kilometres inside jungles ruled by the hardcore Naxals whose full fledged writ ran there, the courageous cameraman Achyutanand agreed feeling quite happy and confident to cover it saying to Dheeraj that it’s indeed a very nice story.
There started for this tribal village having made up their mind to face every challenge even if it allegedly means risking their precious lives. The senior most police officers and the district administration have however cautioned them that there is tremendous risk to their lives as even if they reach the two kilometre area inside, away from Dantewada city, the Naxals may attack them even costing the precious lives.
But says Dheeraj: they want to show the people of the country as to how these poor, oppressed and economically deprived tribals have for the first time shown courage to participate in democratic elections despite the terror of the Maoists risking their lives and the lives of their families.
The Doordarshan team and about six paramilitary jawans n an officer were a shield to them but when they were nearer to the village after covering just two kilometres they were surrounded by the Naxals n ambushed.
The firing between the paramilitary troopers and the naxalites continued for several hours in which three valiantly fighting Jawans who included an officer and the cameraman Achyutananda were slained by the bullets of the Naxalites.
The DD correspondent Dheeraj and the assistent cameraman M. Mukut could luckily save themselves by lying on the ground in that jungle where the cross firing continued for several hours. M. Mukut who was without camera at that point of time used his cell phone to record the entire sequence/ scene of cross exchange of fire between the Maoists and the troopers and had even recorded a message for his mother that he may perhaps not come alive as they have been surrounded by armed naxalites uninterruptedly firing on them n the security forces.
His vedio was shown in all the television channels of the country and had become viral on the social media with infinite number of shares.
In the picture/ vedio the Doordarshan correspondent Dheeraj is seen explaining the situation at ground zero when they were surrounded by Maoists firing on them thus losing one of their colleagues’ Achyutanand and three security persons.
It may be recalled that several media organisations from all over Delhi protested on 1st November after holding a condolense meeting at PCI in support of Achyutanand and three jawans of security forces in Dantewada and thereafter marching in a candle light procession till India gate demanding complete stoppage to the killings of journalists n innocent people by Maoists, granting of insurance cover to journalists send to cover the Maoist and terrorist infested areas, adequate financial compensation to the tune of Rs. 50 lakhs to the martyrs and a permanent government job to the next of the kins or the widowed wives of the slained.
Our salutes to these bravehearts and the martyrs and condolenses to the bereaved families. Om Shanti
Apple iOS 12.1 guide: All the new features
The Apple-uploaded iOS 12.1 user guide reveals a group Facetime feature, improved Apple Music, and grouped notification updates in the new operating system.
On October 26, with the release of the iPhone XR, Apple made the iOS 12.1 user guide available for free download on the Apple Store, giving us some insight as to the new features coming to mobile devices on October 30.
The group FaceTime feature announced earlier but not ready in time for September’s iPhone releases will land tomorrow. Users will be able to have conference calls and video calls supporting up to 32 people at once.
Unfortunately, only the iPhone 7 and more recent models can handle the feature, which will only be available in select regions. The iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and 6s and 6s Plus can also support these multi-person calls, but only in audio; they will be the oldest models to support the new operating system.
New features include a Do Not Disturb During Bedtime feature that prevents you from being awakened during the night by notification alerts or a brightened screen. In general, the notifications will be more under control; users will have the ability to group them and decide which ones are worth being notified about.
Additionally, Apple is answering some common iPhone complaints with the update: the automatic “beauty mode” will be removed, the bagel emoji within the collection of 70 new emojis coming to the OS is no longer plain but spread with some cream cheese, and generally, bugs have been corrected. Your memoji can be more easily duplicated with the new operating system, so your avatar can change hairstyles as often as you do without requiring you to create another one from scratch.
To bring the camera up to speed with other top device models, the depth will be adjustable in real-time within the portrait mode of the camera app, and the operating system will have dual SIM support to properly enable eSIM.
The new emojis and the ability to take true-to-life pictures will be available tomorrow, probably not long after the iPad and Mac event when the iPad iOS 12.1 user guide is expected to be published as well.
OnePlus 6T India price could be higher than OnePlus 6; all you need to know
OnePlus 6T, the next flagship smartphone from OnePlus, will be officially launched tomorrow. The Chinese smartphone maker is hosting an event in New York where it will officially launch the device. The announcement was initially scheduled for October 30 but the company decided to prepone it by a day after Apple announced its own event in New York on October 30.
OnePlus switched to two flagship smartphones a year strategy with the launch of OnePlus 3T in 2016. OnePlus 6T comes just five months after the launch of OnePlus 6 in May and it has huge shoes to fill after most critics believed that it is almost impossible to make a better smartphone without increasing the price. The launch event is scheduled to start at 11AM EDT (or 8.30PM IST) in New York.
The company had also scheduled a simultaneous launch event in New Delhi on October 30 but did not reschedule it for October 29. Following its global launch in New York, the company will introduce the smartphone for the Indian market on October 30. The India launch event is also scheduled to start at 8.30PM IST and will be streamed live on its YouTube channel.
OnePlus 6T, when it becomes official tomorrow in New York, will be hardly new to those following the smartphone. The upcoming flagship has leaked in the form of renders, live images and in the process, revealing complete specifications of the device. There is nothing new in terms of upgrade and it will be aimed at those still stuck with their OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T or OnePlus 5 models.
In terms of design, the OnePlus 6T is expected to feature the same metal and glass sandwich design, we saw for the first time on the OnePlus 6. At the front, it is rumored to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, which will be larger than 6.28-inch screen seen on the OnePlus 6 and feature a teardrop notch, which will be narrower than the notch seen on its predecessor. At the back, there will be same dual rear camera setup but OnePlus is dropping the fingerprint sensor placed below it.
This year, OnePlus 6T will launch with an in-display fingerprint sensor, also seen on phones from its sister brand Vivo and other Chinese smartphone makers including Xiaomi and Huawei. It is not clear whether the in-display fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6T will be as fast as the traditional sensor placed on the front or rear of the device. It is a bold move from a company that has promised to offer meaningful updates every six months.
In terms of hardware, the OnePlus 6T will get the same Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB or 256GB internal storage. It will retain the same dual rear camera setup with 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. One of the big changes is expected to come in the form of larger 3,700mAh battery and support for fast dash charge technology.
OnePlus CEO has already confirmed that it will run Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be available from T-Mobile in the US for the first time. It is also set to drop the 3.5mm audio jack and popular case maker dbrand tweeted that it has cases ready for the smartphone. It is expected to start at $579 in the US and could be available at a starting price of Rs 34,999 or slightly higher in India.
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