iPhone performance throttling can be disabled with future iOS 11 update, confirms Apple CEO

Recently Apple has been in the news for all the bad reasons, removal of Touch ID, Removal of 3.5 mm headphone jack, and lately throttling down of the older iPhones’ performance. Soon after the news broke down, the company clarified and offered a cheaper battery replacement plan (for $29 instead of $79).

However, this was one way to say sorry, but the Apple enthusiasts expected the company to have transparent choices and users should be able to choose between the performance or the efficiency depending on one’s need.

In a recent interview with the ABC news channel, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple explained how the company is working on improving the services in the US (to return back to the US due to recent tax cut). By the end of the interview, he also quoted that, “in the future, users will be able to see the health of the battery, which has been never done by Apple or any other smartphone brand” at the later part of the interview he also said that, “users will be able to turn off or turn on the CPU throttling”.

However, this will take sometime, as these features will be first tested on the beta version for …

Recently Apple has been in the news for all the bad reasons, removal of Touch ID, Removal of 3.5 mm headphone jack, and lately throttling down of the older iPhones' performance. Soon after the news broke down, the company clarified and offered a cheaper battery replacement plan (for $29 instead of $79). However, this was one way to say sorry, but the Apple enthusiasts expected the company to have transparent choices and users should be able to choose between the performance or the efficiency depending on one's need. In a recent interview with the ABC news channel, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple explained how the company is working on improving the services in the US (to return back to the US due to recent tax cut). By the end of the interview, he also quoted that, "in the future, users will be able to see the health of the battery, which has been never done by Apple or any other smartphone brand" at the later part of the interview he also said that, "users will be able to turn off or turn on the CPU throttling". However, this will take sometime, as these features will be first tested on the beta version for ...

Xiaomi introduces Game Speed Booster in MIUI Global Beta ROM – here’s how to enable it

Xiaomi introduced intelligent CPU acceleration and Dynamic resource allocation to focus on system optimization and fluent user experience with MIUI 9. These certainly helped in reducing app launch timings and made the overall performance better tha…

Xiaomi introduced intelligent CPU acceleration and Dynamic resource allocation to focus on system optimization and fluent user experience with MIUI 9. These certainly helped in reducing app launch timings and made the overall performance better than ever on MIUI. Earlier this month, Xiaomi has introduced a dedicated Game booster to improve gaming performance. The option to enable Game Booster can be found under MIUI Security app. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="240897,240898,240899"] A pop-up to create Game Speed Booster mode shortcut on home screen appears while setting up. The Cache and memory are cleaned by the system as soon as the Game Booster Mode is turned on so that users get the maximum memory required to run the game. Users need to manually add the games/apps for which they want to turn on the Game Booster mode. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="240901,240902,240906"] There are a bunch of customization available in the Settings. Users can keep the screen brightness fixed, keep DND mode turned on, restrict background sync, turn off capacitive key lights, and take hands-free call while playing games. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="240903,240904,240905"] We tested the MIUI Game Booster with Asphalt 8 on Redmi 4 and the performance was smoother but the phone did exhibit more heating as compared when the ...

Samsung Exynos 5 Series 7872 Hexa-Core 14nm processor with Bluetooth 5, iris sensor support announced

Samsung has announced new Exynos 5 Series 7872 hexa-core processor based on 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology  for mid-range smartphones. It has built-in LTE Cat.7 modem that would offer download speed of 300Mbps and supports aggregation of up to two carriers.

It has two 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A73 and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores. “With the addition of powerful CPU, the Exynos 7872 improves the individual single-core performance by two folds, when compared to its predecessor, enabling faster web browsing, app launching and other operations on a smartphone in its class,” said the company.

It also supports out-focusing photography and a dual camera feature. “By combining the information from RGB and monochrome camera, the Exynos 7872 can create out-focus effect to make photographs more visually appealing,” added Samsung.

Highlights of Samsung Exynos 5 7872 SoC

Hexa Core – 2.0GHz x 2 ARM Cortex-A73 CPUs + 1.6GHz x 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs
Mali-G71 MP1 GPU
14nm LPP FinFET process technology
Cat 7 2CA download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, Cat.13 2CA upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (UL)
up to WUXGA (1920×1200) display resolution
Full HD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP8, and decoding with VP9
Up to 21.7MP for both rear and front cameras, iris camera sensor …

Samsung has announced new Exynos 5 Series 7872 hexa-core processor based on 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology  for mid-range smartphones. It has built-in LTE Cat.7 modem that would offer download speed of 300Mbps and supports aggregation of up to two carriers. It has two 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A73 and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores. "With the addition of powerful CPU, the Exynos 7872 improves the individual single-core performance by two folds, when compared to its predecessor, enabling faster web browsing, app launching and other operations on a smartphone in its class," said the company. It also supports out-focusing photography and a dual camera feature. "By combining the information from RGB and monochrome camera, the Exynos 7872 can create out-focus effect to make photographs more visually appealing," added Samsung. Highlights of Samsung Exynos 5 7872 SoC Hexa Core - 2.0GHz x 2 ARM Cortex-A73 CPUs + 1.6GHz x 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs Mali-G71 MP1 GPU 14nm LPP FinFET process technology Cat 7 2CA download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, Cat.13 2CA upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (UL) up to WUXGA (1920×1200) display resolution Full HD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP8, and decoding with VP9 Up to 21.7MP for both rear and front cameras, iris camera sensor ...

Alcatel 3C with 6-inch full-screen display, fingerprint sensor announced

TCL has introduced a new entry-level smartphone – Alcatel 3C in Italy. The company introduced new 1, 3 and 5 smartphone series along with new smartphones -Alcatel 1X, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 5 that were showcased last week in CES 2018.

Starting with the elephant in the room, the smartphone features a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio with HD+ 1440×720 pixel resolution screen with 76% screen-to-body ratio, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the top for the additional protection. The smartphone runs on an entry-level Quad-core processor from MediaTek (MT8321), paired with 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot.

The Alcatel 3C offers an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP fixed focus selfie camera. Both the cameras do support HD video recording (up to 30 frames per second). The fingerprint scanner goes right below the main camera module and looks aesthetically pleasing. The Alcatel 3C gets its juice from the 3000mAh sealed battery.

 Alcatel 3C specifications

6-inch (1440×720 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio screen with HD+ IPS LCD screen
1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor
1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
8MP …

TCL has introduced a new entry-level smartphone - Alcatel 3C in Italy. The company introduced new 1, 3 and 5 smartphone series along with new smartphones -Alcatel 1X, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 5 that were showcased last week in CES 2018. Starting with the elephant in the room, the smartphone features a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio with HD+ 1440x720 pixel resolution screen with 76% screen-to-body ratio, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the top for the additional protection. The smartphone runs on an entry-level Quad-core processor from MediaTek (MT8321), paired with 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot. The Alcatel 3C offers an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP fixed focus selfie camera. Both the cameras do support HD video recording (up to 30 frames per second). The fingerprint scanner goes right below the main camera module and looks aesthetically pleasing. The Alcatel 3C gets its juice from the 3000mAh sealed battery.  Alcatel 3C specifications 6-inch (1440x720 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio screen with HD+ IPS LCD screen 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) 8MP ...

Xiaomi takes blame for WhatsApp obsolete error, announces a fix

WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging application. This is mainly due to the fact that, it is a cross-platform application and offers a lot of value-added services like voice calls, video calls, multimedia sharing, group chat, and not to forget the end-to-end encryption of these messages. On 13th January, several users, especially the ones with Xiaomi smartphones started noticing an error, which blocked the users from using instant-message with a message “This version of WhatsApp has become Obsolete on 13-Jan-2018” and asked the users to update the same using Google Play store.

When users tried to update the app from Google Play store, the app was up to date and they couldn’t do anything about this. Later on, a few users reported that backing up the messenger (by changing the date from 13th January to 12th January) and re-installing from WhatsApp website or Google Play store solved the issue. WhatsApp did issue a statement that they will look forward the issue for the further diagnosis.

Now we have come to know that Xiaomi’s own Mi App store is the one that has to blame. Xiaomi engineers accidentally uploaded a beta version of the APK on to the store (auto update …

WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging application. This is mainly due to the fact that, it is a cross-platform application and offers a lot of value-added services like voice calls, video calls, multimedia sharing, group chat, and not to forget the end-to-end encryption of these messages. On 13th January, several users, especially the ones with Xiaomi smartphones started noticing an error, which blocked the users from using instant-message with a message "This version of WhatsApp has become Obsolete on 13-Jan-2018" and asked the users to update the same using Google Play store. When users tried to update the app from Google Play store, the app was up to date and they couldn't do anything about this. Later on, a few users reported that backing up the messenger (by changing the date from 13th January to 12th January) and re-installing from WhatsApp website or Google Play store solved the issue. WhatsApp did issue a statement that they will look forward the issue for the further diagnosis. Now we have come to know that Xiaomi's own Mi App store is the one that has to blame. Xiaomi engineers accidentally uploaded a beta version of the APK on to the store (auto update ...

Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 50-inch 4K HDR TV with A.I. voice remote announced

Xiaomi introduced 43-inch and 49-inch 1080p, 55-inch, 65-inch 4K HDR TVs  and the cheapest 32-inch smart TV in the Mi TV 4A series last year. Now it has introduced a new 50-inch 4K HDR TV in the series. It has PatchWall, a UI layer on top of the Android OS that’s based on deep learning AI technology. It can curate content based on recommendations. It also have Dolby and DTS Audio.

It also comes with multi purpose Mi Remote Control, which also has infrared in addition to Bluetooth to work with most appliances such as setup box. It has Mi Touch that replaces traditional navigation buttons so you can use gestures to control your TV. It also has Speech Recognition for voice control.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 50-inch specifications

50-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle,  8ms dynamic response, 5000: 1 contrast ratio
1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic L962 Cortex-A53 processor with 750MHz Mali-450 MP3 GPU
2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory
MIUI TV based on Android
WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Mi Port, 3 x HDMI, AV, 2 x USB, Ethernet
Supports support HDR 10 and HLG,H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG1 / 2/4
2 x 8W speaker, DOLBY AUDIO / DTS- HD audio dual …

Xiaomi introduced 43-inch and 49-inch 1080p, 55-inch, 65-inch 4K HDR TVs  and the cheapest 32-inch smart TV in the Mi TV 4A series last year. Now it has introduced a new 50-inch 4K HDR TV in the series. It has PatchWall, a UI layer on top of the Android OS that’s based on deep learning AI technology. It can curate content based on recommendations. It also have Dolby and DTS Audio. It also comes with multi purpose Mi Remote Control, which also has infrared in addition to Bluetooth to work with most appliances such as setup box. It has Mi Touch that replaces traditional navigation buttons so you can use gestures to control your TV. It also has Speech Recognition for voice control. Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 50-inch specifications 50-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle,  8ms dynamic response, 5000: 1 contrast ratio 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic L962 Cortex-A53 processor with 750MHz Mali-450 MP3 GPU 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory MIUI TV based on Android WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Mi Port, 3 x HDMI, AV, 2 x USB, Ethernet Supports support HDR 10 and HLG,H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG1 / 2/4 2 x 8W speaker, DOLBY AUDIO / DTS- HD audio dual ...

ACT Fibernet launches ‘ACT Entertainment’ Broadband Plan in Hyderabad for Rs. 740

After Bengaluru, ACT Fibernet has launched home entertainment package ‘ACT Entertainment’ broadband plan in Hyderabad. In partnership with Hooq TV, YUPP TV and FastFilmz it is offering bundled entertainment package to all these services in the plan. “Customers opting for this plan can enjoy additional benefits to choose any of these services without paying an extra amount of Rs.229 each per month,” said the company.

As part of the Entertainment Plan, ACT Fibernet has introduced three packages– on a monthly basis, ACT Entertainment plan offers 40 Mbps speed with 175 GB FUP limit at a rental of Rs. 740, for a period of 6 months it costs Rs. 4070 and for a period of 12 months it costs Rs. 7400.

Package Name
Pay term
Speed
FUP
Post FUP Speed
Monthly Rental
Fixed Term Price

ACT Entertainment
1M
40 Mbps
175 GB
1 Mbps
740
740

ACT Entertainment
6M
40 Mbps
175 GB
1 Mbps
740
4070

ACT Entertainment
12 M
40 Mbps
175 GB
1 Mbps
740
7400

Commenting on the launch, Partha Biswas, Chief Operating Office, ACT Fibernet, said:
Customers today look for services which gives them a holistic experience and is a one stop shop for all their entertainment needs. Recently, we witnessed a tremendous demand for over-the-top (OTT) content from our customers and as one of the leading broadband service providers in Hyderabad, our aim is to meet …

After Bengaluru, ACT Fibernet has launched home entertainment package ‘ACT Entertainment’ broadband plan in Hyderabad. In partnership with Hooq TV, YUPP TV and FastFilmz it is offering bundled entertainment package to all these services in the plan. "Customers opting for this plan can enjoy additional benefits to choose any of these services without paying an extra amount of Rs.229 each per month," said the company. As part of the Entertainment Plan, ACT Fibernet has introduced three packages– on a monthly basis, ACT Entertainment plan offers 40 Mbps speed with 175 GB FUP limit at a rental of Rs. 740, for a period of 6 months it costs Rs. 4070 and for a period of 12 months it costs Rs. 7400. Package Name Pay term Speed FUP Post FUP Speed Monthly Rental Fixed Term Price ACT Entertainment 1M 40 Mbps 175 GB 1 Mbps 740 740 ACT Entertainment 6M 40 Mbps 175 GB 1 Mbps 740 4070 ACT Entertainment 12 M 40 Mbps 175 GB 1 Mbps 740 7400 Commenting on the launch, Partha Biswas, Chief Operating Office, ACT Fibernet, said: Customers today look for services which gives them a holistic experience and is a one stop shop for all their entertainment needs. Recently, we witnessed a tremendous demand for over-the-top (OTT) content from our customers and as one of the leading broadband service providers in Hyderabad, our aim is to meet ...

Honor 9 Lite Unboxing and First Impressions

Huawei’s Honor brand today launched the Honor 9 Lite smartphone in India, soon after the launch of Honor 7X. This has dual front and rear cameras similar to the Honor 9i, but it has a smaller 5.65-inch full-screen display. Check out the unboxing below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS6XRoBGp5w

Box Contents

Honor 9 Lite in Midnight Black color
2-pin charger (5V-2A)
Micro USB Cable
SIM Ejector tool
Quick Start Guide, Warranty information

It has a 5.65-inch Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 428 PPI pixel density, which is slightly better than 407 PPI on the Honor 7X and Honor 9i. Powered by Octa-Core Kirin 659 SoC, similar to most other mid-range Honor smartphones, comes with 3GB or 4GB RAM with 32GB of 64GB storage depending on the model and it runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0. The display is good and is compact since it is housed in a 5.2-inch body.

It has a 13-megapixel front camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information for selfie portraits.

On the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, PFAF along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It also has wide aperture mode that lets you focus after clicking the photo,. There is a …

Huawei's Honor brand today launched the Honor 9 Lite smartphone in India, soon after the launch of Honor 7X. This has dual front and rear cameras similar to the Honor 9i, but it has a smaller 5.65-inch full-screen display. Check out the unboxing below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS6XRoBGp5w Box Contents Honor 9 Lite in Midnight Black color 2-pin charger (5V-2A) Micro USB Cable SIM Ejector tool Quick Start Guide, Warranty information It has a 5.65-inch Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 428 PPI pixel density, which is slightly better than 407 PPI on the Honor 7X and Honor 9i. Powered by Octa-Core Kirin 659 SoC, similar to most other mid-range Honor smartphones, comes with 3GB or 4GB RAM with 32GB of 64GB storage depending on the model and it runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0. The display is good and is compact since it is housed in a 5.2-inch body. It has a 13-megapixel front camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information for selfie portraits. On the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, PFAF along with a secondary 2-megapixel camera for portrait shots. It also has wide aperture mode that lets you focus after clicking the photo,. There is a ...

OPPO A83 with 5.7-inch full-screen display, face unlock launched in India for Rs. 13990

OPPO has launched A83, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘A series’ in India. It was introduced in China last month, has a 5.7 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by MediaTek Helio P23 SoC with 3GB RAM, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with support for A.I beauty technology that scan 200 facial recognition spots to beautify a selfie shot perfectly as well as face unlock to unlock the phone quickly.

It has dedicated dual SIM slots along with a microSD slot and packs a 3180mAh battery. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.

OPPO A83 specifications

5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display
2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 7.1 (Nougat) with ColorOS 3.2
Dual SIM
13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
Dimensions:150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7mm; Weight: 143g
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
3180mAh (typical) / 3090mAh (minimum) battery

The OPPO A83 comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 13,990 …

OPPO has launched A83, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the 'A series' in India. It was introduced in China last month, has a 5.7 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by MediaTek Helio P23 SoC with 3GB RAM, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with support for A.I beauty technology that scan 200 facial recognition spots to beautify a selfie shot perfectly as well as face unlock to unlock the phone quickly. It has dedicated dual SIM slots along with a microSD slot and packs a 3180mAh battery. It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. OPPO A83 specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display 2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.1 (Nougat) with ColorOS 3.2 Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions:150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7mm; Weight: 143g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3180mAh (typical) / 3090mAh (minimum) battery The OPPO A83 comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 13,990 ...

Alcatel 3V detailed specifications surface – 6-inch FHD+ full-screen display, dual rear cameras and more

Alcatel showcased a new mid-tier smartphone, the Alcatel 3V last week at the CES 2018. However, the company didn’t disclose the actual tech specifications of the smartphone, except for the 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Thanks to tipster Roland Quandt, …

Alcatel showcased a new mid-tier smartphone, the Alcatel 3V last week at the CES 2018. However, the company didn't disclose the actual tech specifications of the smartphone, except for the 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Thanks to tipster Roland Quandt, now we have the complete information about the Alcatel 3V, which is likely to go official in Europe for 179 Euros (US$ 218 / Rs. 13,990 approx.) .The glass sandwich design is the head-turner of this smartphone and the dual cameras is like icing on the cake. Like most of the modern smartphones, the Alcatel 3V offers 2160x1080p FHD+ IPS LCD screen, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the top. Under the hood, the smartphone runs on a Quad-core processor from MediaTek (MT6737T), coupled with 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot. The optics on the V3 include a dual rear camera setup (16 MP RGB shooter and a 2 MP depth sensing shooter) with portrait mode and 1080p video recording capability. For the selfie camera, the phone packs in an 8 MP fixed focus shooter. The phone does offer dual SIM card slots with 4G LTE and VoLte on both the ...