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Capture Diwali moments with improved camera, more battery on iPhone 13

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New Delhi, Oct 1: If you are using an iPhone 12, the new iPhone 13 will impress you on two distinctive fronts — enhanced battery life and an improved camera. These two features are part and parcel of our daily lives, and come on top of other stellar hardware offerings on the new iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 introduces major innovations in technology, including the most advanced dual-camera system ever on iPhone, a powerhouse chip, and an impressive leap in battery life.

Featuring a sleek and durable design and the most-talked-about Cinematic mode feature, the device with iOS 15 comes with a big jump in battery life to ensure you can depend on the iPhone when you need it.

Let us see if the new 6.1-inch iPhone 13 (available in pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED colours, starting from Rs 79,900) will be able to help you maintain work-life balance.

Apple has brought major battery life improvements to iPhone 13 — made possible by A15 Bionic, more efficient components, a larger battery, and power optimisations from a deep integration of hardware and software.

iPhone 13 claims to deliver all-day battery life, offering up to two and a half more hours in a day than iPhone 12. In out test, it did achieve over 2 hours extra battery life that iPhone 12 over moderate usage including occasional video streaming, checking work emails and social media.

A faster Neural Engine in A15 Bionic, new image signal processor (ISP), and advancements in computational photography power all-new features on iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 represents a huge leap in camera design with advancements in hardware and computational photography to deliver stunning photos and videos.

The new Wide camera, with 1.7 µm pixels, comes with the biggest sensor ever in an iPhone dual-camera system and is capable of gathering 47 per cent more light for less noise and brighter results.

Sensor-shift OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) — a technology introduced in iPhone 12 Pro Max and not found in any other smartphone — also comes to the Wide camera.

It stabilises the sensor instead of the lens so shots are more steady, while the custom-designed Ultra Wide camera with a new sensor captures images with more detail in the dark areas of photos and videos with less noise.

Photographic Styles will allow you to bring personal photo preferences to every image while still benefiting from Apple’s multi-frame image processing.

Preset and customised preferences work across scenes and subjects, and unlike a simple filter, intelligently apply the right adjustments to different parts of the photo to ensure the important elements, like skin tones, are preserved.

The dual-camera system and power of computational photography support Smart HDR 4, now with improved colour, contrast and lighting for each subject in a group photo, including in challenging conditions, making images more true to life, as well as improved Night mode.

The TrueDepth camera supports all the new camera features, including Cinematic mode, Photographic Styles, Smart HDR 4, and more.

Much has already been written about the Cinematic mode that records videos of people, pets, and objects with a beautiful depth effect with automatic focus changes, so anyone can capture cinema-style moments.

For creative control, the focus can be changed during and after capture, and users can also adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie for iOS.

Cinematic mode records in Dolby Vision HDR. The device also offers HDR video recording with Dolby Vision — from capture to editing and sharing — supported for 4K up to 60 fps on all cameras.

Design-wise, the improved Super Retina XDR OLED display offers great contrast ratio for true blacks and a 28 per cent increase in max outdoor brightness at 800 nits, with higher peak brightness for HDR content like photos and videos at 1200 nits.

The 6.1-inch display features Ceramic Shield on the front, exclusive to iPhone and tougher than any smartphone glass. It has an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, and is designed to protect against spills from common liquids.

iPhone 13 uses 100 per cent recycled rare earth elements in magnets like those used in MagSafe, 100 per cent recycled tin in the main logic board and, for the first time, in the battery management unit.

The device also uses 100 per cent recycled gold in the plating of the main logic board and the wire in the front camera and rear cameras.

Conclusion: iPhone 13 is a major upgrade to iPhone 12 this Diwali, offering excellent cameras and enhanced battery life, thus delivering breakthrough innovations to help you maintain work-life balance. The device also offers double the entry-level base storage at 128GB, as well as 256GB and 512GB capacities.

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realme expands India footprint, opens 100 exclusive retail stores

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New Delhi, Oct 8: Smartphone brand realme on Friday announced a new milestone with the launch of 100 new exclusive stores pan India.

All of these stores will have the latest products from the realme TechLife ecosystem, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets.

“I am proud of achieving this new milestone, as it testifies to our capability to meet consumer needs despite all odds and challenges during the pandemic period. We will continue to maintain the strong pace of mainline expansion and deepen consumer experience. The love we have received from our users has made us more enthusiastic and energetic towards this offline expansion,” Madhav Sheth, Vice President, realme and CEO, realme India, Europe and Latin America said in a statement.

realme has focused on offline expansion into Tier II and Tier III cities. realme will also open its flagship store in Gujarat, where customers can experience a smart and connected life through smart gadgets.

The smartphone maker has set targets to unveil 300 realme exclusive stores by 2021 and expand it to 1000+ stores by 2022.

realme led the India market in 5G smartphone shipments, capturing more than 22 per cent share in Q2 2021, as per a report by Counterpoint Research.

The company said that its next goal is to achieve a dual-100 million target — shipping another 100 million handsets by the end of 2022 and completing the same milestone within the 2023 calendar year.

According to Counterpoint, realme took the sixth spot with 15 million shipments and 135.1 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in the second quarter of 2021.

Out of 100 million realme users worldwide, 50 million users are from India alone.

Amid the chipset shortage, the company is targeting six million handsets and two million IoT products for the upcoming festive season.

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Android 12 will provide robust enterprise trust and security: Google

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New Delhi, Oct 8: Google has made Android 12 open-source earlier this week and now, the company has said it is focused on helping organisations achieve the right balance between protecting employee privacy and equipping IT with necessary security and controls.

Android 12 introduces user privacy enhancements for all managed devices, including improved transparency of admin controls.

“Work profile users will be able to approve (if allowed by their IT admin) or deny sensor-related permissions, such as location and camera, to work profile apps. On fully-managed devices, IT admins can choose to give their users this same control,” Google said in a statement late Thursday.

To further protect user privacy, admins will be able to set up WiFi networks for employees through a new network API that doesn’t require user location permissions.

Hardware device IDs for personal devices have also changed.

“Now, instead of solely hardware-based identifiers, companies can use a combination of hardware and employer-specific identifiers that help preserve employee privacy if they leave their organisation,” said Google.

For Android 12, Google has added additional controls to help enterprise IT teams reduce security risks and ensure tighter monitoring of business data.

A key addition is network logging for the work profile, to give organisations added control and reporting for their work data, while still protecting user privacy in the personal profile.

“We’re also empowering IT to decide what input method editors (IMEs) employees can use in their personal profiles to reduce the risk of using a rogue keyboard that could capture data on the device. IT will also have the ability to disable USB signaling for anything but charging, reducing the risk of USB-based attacks,” the tech giant explained.

Admins can now easily set password requirements that meet modern security best practices by choosing between pre-set password complexity levels.

IT admins will also have the option to slice their 5G network and dedicate connectivity to all apps on a fully-managed device, or specifically to apps in the work profile.

“In partnership with their carrier, admins will be able to have wider control over quality of service and security of work data,” Google noted.

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Bitcoin reclaims $1 trillion cap, Indian crypto players cheer

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New Delhi, Oct 8: As Bitcoin once again reclaimed the $1 trillion market cap, crossing $54,000 per digital coin, Indian crypto leaders on Thursday expressed hope that India and its neighbouring countries will continue their dominance because of the large number of active crypto investors in the region.

The Indian cryptocurrency market is expected to reach up to $241 million by 2030 in India and $2.3 billion by 2026 worldwide.

According to a report by IT industry’s apex body Nasscom, there are 15 million retail investors in India investing in the cryptotech space.

“The recent jump in Bitcoin price has a larger message for the world. In the post-pandemic world, Bitcoin has emerged as the best performing asset class of 2021, as a result of which institutional and retail investors are moving from slow/traditional assets to high growth/technology-led assets,” said Shivam Thakral, CEO, BuyUcoin.

There has been a paradigm shift in the investment patterns across the globe which is underlined by the data shared by crypto exchanges from time to time.

“India is home to around 1.5 crore active crypto investors, which amounts to $40 billion in investment in crypto, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. India’s middle-class population is willing to explore digital assets for creating long-term wealth to fulfil their goals, which may not be possible through any other asset class,” Thakral added.

Crypto asset exchange ZebPay has also launched India’s first global Electronic Over-The-Counter (OTC) Desk for large volume traders and institutional investors globally.

Avinash Shekhar, Co-CEO, ZebPay, said that the company aims to create a robust crypto ecosystem and a multi-faceted business where the needs of both the retail and institutional investors are met seamlessly.

“With the ZebPay OTC Desk, we are addressing the growing institutional interest in crypto globally and in India. This will further encourage adoption of crypto in the country and help create a mark for India as a major player in this emerging space,” he added.

Jay Hao, CEO, OKEx.com, said that during the slight dip last month, crypto-related investments witnessed record inflows owing to the growing global acceptance of crypto assets.

“The same momentum is boosting the prices of other popular crypto assets like Ethereum, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, among others. India and its neighbouring countries are the main growth drivers of the crypto economy in South East Asia and they will continue their dominance because of the large number of active crypto investors in the region,” Hao noted.

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