iPhone 7 Users Fooled Into Drilling a 3.5mm Headphone Jack by Viral Prank Video

iPhone 7 Users Fooled Into Drilling a 3.5mm Headphone Jack by Viral Prank Video

 

The Internet is an extremely powerful tool that can be used for spreading messages of kindness as well as hate. Also, it can sometimes make people do foolish things. In another instance where common sense seems to have failed miserably, a viral prank video on YouTube made certain people believe that 3.5mm audio jack can be drilled into an iPhone 7.

The viral video, posted by YouTube channel TechRax, shows US-based Ukrainian Taras Maksimuk drilling a headphone jack, which was famously removed from the latest iPhone models, into an iPhone 7’s speaker grille. In his description about the video, Maksimuk has written “This video is for those who don’t want to get $159 wireless AirPods or have to insert your headphones into an adapter every time you listen to music.”

The video has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube since the time it was uploaded.

In the comment section of the video, several people have explained how they ended up destroying their smartphones after assuming that it was a genuine tutorial.

Even though Maksimuk has earlier uploaded videos in which he has destroyed iPhone models and in his channel description he says “Smashing technology since 2011,” several people absurdly decided to take the video on its face value.

Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and started shipping EarPods that can be plugged into Lightning port, which was earlier used for just charging. The company now also offers wireless headphones called AirPods.

The company’s decision to remove the headphone jack received mixed reaction overall from users, but invited some strong criticism even ahead of its actual announcement.

In the In the light of the entire episode, it is highly advisable to check the source for information before learning anything from Internet. If not, at least you will have a nice story to tell your grandchildren.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus Announced: Price, Specifications, and More

Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus Announced: Price, Specifications, and More

 

At an event in Beijing event on Tuesday, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus feature a metal unibody design, with the bigger Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus packing a dual rear camera setup, a strategy adopted by Apple with the latest iPhone models. The new Xiaomi smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,000), while the 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900). The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant on the other hand has been priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly Rs. 22,900), while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,000). Both smartphones will be available in four colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White. Both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will go on sale from Thursday via flash sales on JD.com and Mi.com.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with NTSC 95 percent colour gamut and a brightness of 600 nits. The company claims the display bears 16 ultra-bright LED lights to help further boost brightness. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand features a 5.7-inch display with the same resolution, but a brightness of 550 nits, and a NTSC 94 percent colour gamut.

The Mi 5s Plus (seen below) bears a dual rear camera setup, with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for colour, and the other for black and white. The Mi 5s on the other hand bears a single 12-megapixel rear camera, with Sony IMX 378 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. Both smartphones support PDAF autofocus, and both bear a 4-megapixel front-facing camera with 2-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. Other differences between the smartphones include the clock speed of the processor. While the Mi 5s bears a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC, the Mi 5s Plus bears a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The Mi 5s bears an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on its home button. Placed under glass, the sensor will not get damaged with use, however, Xiaomi claims it offers the same level of accuracy and speed as regular planar fingerprint sensors. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand has a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.

Connectivity options on board include 4G LTE connectivity with 3x carrier aggregation support, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, and magnetometer.

 

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Samsung Galaxy On8 Official, to Launch During Flipkart Big Billion Day 2016 Sale

Samsung Galaxy On8 Official, to Launch During Flipkart Big Billion Day 2016 Sale

 

Samsung, as expected, unveiled the new Galaxy On8 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 15,900, the new Samsung Galaxy On8 will be available in Gold, Black and White colours. It will go on sale via Flipkart from October 2 midnight as part of the online retailer’s Big Billion Days sale.

The biggest highlight of the new Galaxy On8 is its 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled display that was being teased ahead of its launch. The smartphone packs metal body and Samsung claims it features diamond cut metal frames. Much like recently unveiled Samsung mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy On8 will also come with features like UDS (Ultra Data Saving) mode and S bike mode as part of the company’s “Make for India” initiatives.

Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Galaxy On8 is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The handset packs 16GB inbuilt storage and comes with expandable storage up to 128GB via microSD card. The 4G-enabled Galaxy On8 smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and f/1.9 aperture. There is a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash on board as well. Backed by a 3300mAh battery, the smartphone supports dual Micro-SIMs. It measures 151.7x76x7.8mm and weighs 169 grams. Samsung says that the Galaxy On8 also supports VoLTE.

Commenting on the launch, Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India said, “The Galaxy On8 is the perfect smartphone for consumers seeking an optimal mix of style, portability and powerful performance. The device not only looks stylish but also packs a punch with a superior consumer experience with powerful processor and vivid display. We are extremely pleased to announce the new Galaxy On8 exclusively on Flipart’s Big Billion Day Sale.”

 

 

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Google Pixel Leaked in Press Render; Shows New UI and App Icons

Google Pixel Leaked in Press Render; Shows New UI and App Icons

Ahead of Google’s much-anticipated October 4 event where the company is expected to showcase new hardware products, we have been treated with an alleged press image of the Google Pixel smartphone.

Posted by Venture Beat, the Google Pixel – which is believed to be the smaller of the two new Pixel smartphones – is seen with its screen turned on. The home screen shows new home onscreen button alongside other interface tweaks. One of the starkest changes in the new UI seems to be the rounded app icons which give the handset a refreshing look. We also speculate that the new UI and rounded icons will be exclusive on Pixel products and may not be seen on other smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. To recall, the Google Pixel smartphones are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat, which is said bring several new features.

Recent teardowns indicate the new icons may bring additional interface options similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, however, without the requirement of pressure sensitive displays.

All this differentiation may be part of the ‘opinionated’ changes that Google is bringing to its flagship smartphones. However, it may also arrive for other Android smartphones as part of the Pixel Launcher – thought to replace the Google Now Launcher. The new press render is also in-line with previously leaked Pixel smartphone image.

In another rumour, the new Pixel smartphone may come in “Very Silver and Quite Black” colour variants, according to Android Police’s David Ruddock.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Google Pixel smartphone, codenamed ‘Sailfish’, is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2770mAh battery. The handset is also expected to sport rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with the USB Type-C port and bottom speaker. The handset is said to pack a headphone jack and come with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The company is also expected to unveiled the Google Pixel XL smartphone, codenamed Marlin.

There is also other bunch of new details about the upcoming Pixel smartphones which are said to come with dust and water resistance rating of IP53 though will lack proper water-resistance. The Pixel smartphone are also expected to be hard to root.

 

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Lenovo Confirms New Layoffs, Says Less Than 2 Percent Employees Affected Globally

Lenovo Confirms New Layoffs, Says Less Than 2 Percent Employees Affected Globally

 

Lenovo has confirmed the latest round of layoffs in the company, saying that it’s part of the “ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola” smartphone business. In a statement, Lenovo claimed that the new layoffs only impact 2 percent of the entire 55,000 employees globally. Unfortunately, the Chinese company hasn’t revealed many details about the layoffs.

Droid-Life in a report claims that the new layoffs mostly impacts Motorola. It adds that over 50 percent of Motorola’s existing employees based in the US have been asked to leave the company. It cites a 20-year veteran of Motorola who reportedly claimed that he was part of the layoffs. The report also says that over 700 employees out of the current 1,200 Moto employees have been laid off.

Notably, the new layoffs are reportedly not the first job cuts for Motorola employees, as Chicago Tribune previously claimed that the company saw layoffs in August as well as October last year.

Lenovo in a press statement also gave reasons for the new layoffs and said it is a part of “resource action impacting less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally.”

“The majority of the positions being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market,” added Lenovo.

The Chinese company added that it’s also adjusting other areas of business as part of a “continued effort to manage costs, drive efficiency and support ongoing improvement in overall financial performance.”

Lenovo further said, “While these actions are never easy, they are a necessary part of our continued efforts to ensure long-term, profitable growth across all of our businesses.”

On the rumours about Lenovo shifting the Motorola headquarters away from Chicago, the company said, “Lenovo is absolutely committed to Chicago and we plan to maintain our Motorola Mobility headquarters there.”

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 India Sales Top 2.3 Million Units, Says Company

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 India Sales Top 2.3 Million Units, Says Company

 

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 has achieved yet another milestone as the company claims that the smartphone has become the bestselling online phone in India. According to a tweet by the company, 2.3 million units of the smartphone have been sold to date. To recall, the Redmi Note 3 was launched back in March in India.

The Chinese company claims that a unit of Redmi Note 3 is sold every 7 seconds in India and that one out of every nine smartphones shipped online is a Redmi Note 3.

In order to celebrate this feat by the smartphone, the company is organising a contest that allows users to win Redmi Note 3 or coupons by playing a game. In the game, the players are asked to type the sentence given by the company in less than seven seconds. Users will get three chances per day till Thursday.

If you fail to type in first three attempts, you can get more chances by sharing the company’s post on Facebook. Users are allowed to take advantage of this chance twice a day. Any user can have up to 9 chances a day.

Last month, the company announced that it had shipped 1.75 million units of the Redmi Note 3 in just five months of its launch. The company further pointed to an IDC report that said it had shipped 880,000 units of the smartphone in the online channel in Q2 2016.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 packs a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by 1.4GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

 

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Samsung Executives Meet DGCA Officials Over Galaxy Note Series Ban

Samsung Executives Meet DGCA Officials Over Galaxy Note Series Ban

Senior executives of Samsung today met officials of aviation regulator DGCA, two days after one of the company’s high-end smartphones caught fire inside an IndiGo aircraft.

During the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour, the watchdog sought technical details about Galaxy Note series amid concerns over batteries of some of the devices getting overheated and exploding, sources said.

On September 23, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 caught fire inside an IndiGo aircraft coming from Singapore during landing at the Chennai airport.

Following the incident, which was the first of its kind involving a Samsung Galaxy Note on board an aircraft in India, DGCA had summoned the company’s officials for a meeting.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will further examine the smartphone that caught fire, the sources said.

The incident happened within a fortnight of the regulator prohibiting the use of Galaxy Note 7 on board following a series of cases of the smartphone’s battery exploding in various countries.

This model is yet to be launched in the Indian market.

According to sources, Samsung executives told DGCA that Galaxy Note 7 manufactured till September 15 will not be sold in India in order to address battery issues.

About today’s meeting, DGCA spokesperson was not available for comment while Samsung did not offer any immediate comment.

Soon after the incident of Galaxy Note 2 catching fire was reported on September 23, Samsung had said it was looking into the matter and was in touch with relevant authorities to gather more information.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 With 6GB of RAM Spotted in Benchmark Listing

Samsung Galaxy C9 With 6GB of RAM Spotted in Benchmark Listing

 

After much speculation and a leak, Samsung’s rumoured new smartphone – the Galaxy C9 – has reportedly appeared on Geekbench.

A smartphone bearing model number SM-C9000 was spotted on Geekbench, and it’s thought to be the Galaxy C9. A smartphone with the same model number was also recently spotted on Indian import-export website Zauba with a per unit price of Rs. 17,107. Note that import/ export website price listings are only declared values, and usually aren’t accurate reflections of actual market price. Coming back to the Geekbench listing, we see the smartphone is listed to sport a 6-inch display, quashing the early rumours of a 5.7-inch display. The device may also sport an octa-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1.4GHz.

The Geekbench listing also shows the Samsung Galaxy C9 to sport 6GB of RAM – significantly higher than all of Samsung’s flagship smartphones that have just 4GB of RAM. If the listing is correct, it will be the largest amount of RAM Samsung has offered in a smartphone yet. Of significance is that Samsung was anticipated to launch a 6GB of RAM variant of the Galaxy Note 7 in China last month, with the company’s mobile division chief citing intense competition with Chinese rivals as the decision for the move. However, that never happened.

It will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and other specifications look identical to Samsung Galaxy A9. As reported by Sammobile, Samsung may also be working on Galaxy C5 Pro and Galaxy C7 Pro as well. Both smartphones are thought to house mid-range smartphone specifications.

The Samsung Galaxy C range is presently available in China for now, so it is relatively safe to presume that the Galaxy C9 will launch in China initially.

Samsung launched the Galaxy C9’s predecessors in China – the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 – in May this year. The Galaxy C5 was launched at a price of CNY 2,199 for its 32GB variant and CNY 2,399 for its 64GB variant, while the Galaxy C7 was priced at CNY 2,599 for its 32GB variant and CNY 2,799 for its 64GB variant.

The details are yet to be confirmed and we are not sure if the Galaxy C9 will launch with 6GB of RAM or not. Thus, we recommend you to take all of these details with a pinch of salt, until official details are spilled by Samsung.

 

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Moto Mods Development Kit Now Available in More Regions

Moto Mods Development Kit Now Available in More Regions

Motorola back in June unveiled its flagship Moto Z smartphone with Moto Mods. The company alongside had also unveiled the Module Development Kit (MDK), which is now being referred to as Moto Mods Development Kit and was promised to be available by summer to third-party developers. The company after some delay has finally made the development kit available to wider audience and is also pushing for users to create new Mods.

Initially available in the US, the MDK comes with tools that are being used by the company to develop Moto Mods. The MDK is now available in more regions including China, Europe, and South America. The MDK will be available in Canada from October 5.

Motorola says MDK will enable developers to come up with new prototypes for Mods with the help of a reference Moto Mod that will feature all core computing functions; a perforated board with 364 solder points, and rear housing to carry the prototype around. Lenovo had previously confessed to establish an ecosystem for the Moto Mods.

Lenovo has so far showcased limited Moto Mods including the JBL SoundBoost for enhancing audio through speakers; the Moto Insta-Share Projector, which is meant to deliver a 70-inch projector experience, and the Power Pack, which is said to provide up to 22 hours of additional battery life.

To recall, Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones at its Tech World 2016 in San Francisco in June. The Chinese company also unveiled the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango smartphone developed in collaboration with Google, at the same event.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 India Sales Top 2.3 Million Units, Says Company

Apple Admits iOS 10 Backup Security Flaw; Recommends Using Strong Passwords Until Fix Is Issued

 

Security research company last week announced it had discovered a flaw in Apple’s local password protected iTunes backups in iOS 10 that reportedly weakened password security. Apple has now acknowledged the flaw and has confirmed that it is working on a fix.

An Apple spokesperson in a statement to Forbes said, “We’re aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update.” The Cupertino-based giant again stressed that the flaw “does not affect iCloud backups.” In the meanwhile, Apple has recommended users to “ensure strong passwords on their Mac or PC.”

“We recommend users ensure their Mac or PC are protected with strong passwords and can only be accessed by authorized users. Additional security is also available with FileVault whole disk encryption,” added the spokesperson. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed an exact timeline for the update.

The security research firm ElcomSoft claimed that the security flaw can let attackers develop a new attack that can bypass certain security checks when tallying passwords protecting local backups in iOS 10 devices. “The impact of this security weakness is severe,” claimed the firm. It also said that the new security check in iOS 10 was roughly “2,500 times weaker” compared to the one used in iOS 9 backups.

It’s worth mentioning that the flaw discovered cannot be exploited remotely and needed the attacker to have access of the local backups in iOS 10.

 

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