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As the dust settles after the launch event of the iPhone 6 and the Apple  watch, rather than the devices themselves, Apple Pay and the Apple SIM have in fact emerged as the key highlights in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent Keynote speech. While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are bigger, faster and have better displays the improvements are incremental at best. And while the Apple Watch is just a start in a whole new ecosystem of smart wearable technology, the reception was not that great, evidence of this is the fall in the share price of Apple on the eve of the launch event.

The thinking behind increasing the phone size was quite evident, with users migrating from browsing on their PC’s to browsing on their smartphones. Apple’s 4 inch displays were most definitely fighting a losing battle there. But, the bigger business impact may come from Apple pay, Apple’s new mobile payment solution. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus weren’t disruptive innovations, however, Apple pay might end up revolutionizing the world of plastic currency. [click to continue…]

Microsoft who acquired Nokia in last year has decided to wipe out the brand name of ‘Nokia’ from their phones by replacing it with ‘Microsoft Lumia’. Microsoft made the announcement via their Facebook page of France. Nokia France’s Twitter account posted the link of the same. Microsoft then confirmed to The Verge of its rebranding in other countries too. Lumia 730 and 830 are believed to be the last two devices and perhaps the last ones to carry the Nokia name. Thus, putting an end to the very much trusted brand which used to be every ones favorite some years back.

 

When Apple launched back in 2007, Apple iOS kept itself exclusive to iPhones whereas Samsung, HTC, LG, etc adapted to the Android platform leaving back their own platforms. To make them more appealing to the consumer they competed on various specs and smart features and they continue to do so, thus managing to stay in the race. Sadly, Nokia failed to do so. Nokia, too could have stayed in the race if they would have adapted to Android and not stayed with Symbian. This could have prevented its downfall. Nokia has long been criticised for choosing Windows as their OS over Android, which many believe led to the slump in its global market share. Slowly in countries like India, Nokia phones were just used as spare phones, in case the primary phone isn’t working or its battery runs out.

It’s worth pointing out that Nokia still exists as a brand and a separate company based in Finland that focuses on location based services including HERE maps, and network equipment. Under the rules of the acquisition contract, Nokia had agreed to carry the Nokia brand till the end of 2015.

The Apple SIM is the latest breakthrough from the California-based technology giant to hit the markets. Currently available only in the UK and US, Apple has created an application that involves the use of a SIM card for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The application that has been dubbed as the Apple SIM allows users to switch between service providers without physically having to change SIM cards. This application was formulated in collaboration with various service providers in the US and UK. iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The application that has been dubbed as the Apple SIM allows users to switch between service providers without physically having to change SIM cards. This application was formulated in collaboration with various service providers in the US and UK.iPad mini 3. The application that has been dubbed as the Apple SIM allows users to switch between service providers without physically having to change SIM cards. This application was formulated in collaboration with various service providers in the US and UK.

With the Apple SIM users will effectively be able to subscribe to multiple service providers while utilizing a common SIM card. This will give the users the advantage to be able to subscribe to short-term data plans from different service providers. Users will be able to select plans as per their requirements and without any long-term commitments on a pro-rata basis.

The Apple SIM will be beneficial to people who travel frequently within the US and the UK as it will allow them to pick up local plans just for the duration of their trips and will not force them to take expensive roaming plans oor the time bound local plans.

Apple has currently tied up with AT&T, sprint and T-mobile in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the Apple SIM can only be used with EE.

While the Apple SIM is currently available only on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 currently apple eventually hopes to roll it out to their handsets as well. Typically most users purchase their mobile phones through carriers which keep’s them contractually bound to that service provider for the duration of the contract. With the introduction of the Apple SIM in the iPhone users will be able to select and change services providers at their whim from the comfort of their homes.

With the array of possibilities that the Apple SIM opens up, one can’t help but wonder why Apple CEO Tim Cook left it out of his Keynote speech. One possible reason could be to maintain a healthy relationship with the service providers, the iPhone contributes to almost two-thirds of Apple’s profits. These iPhones are heavily subsidised by these service providers, the Apple SIM would mean that users would have to purchase the unlocked versions of the phone, which would increase the upfront cost to almost 850$ against the 350$ for the carrier bound version.

That’s why the Apple SIM flew under the radar during Thursday’s launch event. Apple’s relationship with carriers is still vital to its most important business, and in the midst of its desire to take more control of handset distribution, it needs to play nice with AT&T and Verizon.

However, this still marks a step in a good direction for users, who will be allowed cherry-pick the service provider they want to use on an ios device for the first time. We can only hope that Apple works out an economically viable solution with the carriers and roll out the Apple SIM in the whole range of ios devices.apple-sim

Image credit : http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/16/apple-sim-details-and-potential/

The South Florida Company Magic Leap which is led by a successful tech entrepreneur, Rony Abovitz is promising “cinematic reality”.

Speculations are Google and other investors are planning to invest $500 Million. Andreessen Horowitz may also be one of the investors. Magic Leap already announced $50 Million funding earlier this year.

Although Abovitz and Magic Leap have been very secretive about their product specifications, they say they can deliver a more realistic 3-D experience than any current technology including Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift was bought by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion. Is it Facebook Vs Google again?

Abovitz refrained from giving out much information due to the competition. But, Abovitz has given a teaser of how Magic Leap would be through their app called Hour Blue. The app Hour Blue was used during the Comic Con [click to continue…]

The smartphone industry giant, Samsung has developed Wi-Fi technology which will have 5 times more speed than the usual. The 60 Ghz Wi-fi technology will enable a 1 GB movie to be transferred in less than three seconds within devices. I will take more time to search that movie in my files, Samsung! While, uncompressed HD videos can be streamed easily from mobile devices and TV in real time without any delay.

Samsung has overcome this problem by making alterations to the design of the circuit and by leveraging millimeter-waves which previously were susceptible to path loss and had weak penetration properties resulting in poor signal. To support it, they are using the high performing modems and the best antennas. By doing so, Samsung’s new technology removes [click to continue…]

In an attempt to address the concern of slow wireless connection of mobile internet users, Google has announced a streamlined version of search results, specifically for India.

This news comes a month after the release of the Android One series of mobile phones in India, which aims to revolutionize the Indian Smartphone market by providing affordable Smartphone’s to all. Google has taken another step in the direction of strengthening its position in India, by launching a lighter version of its search page which will optimize the results for Smartphone users with slow internet speeds. India is one of the fastest growing Internet economies in the world and most of this growth is driven by mobile, thus mobile Internet usage is a bigger priority In India than anywhere else in the globe.

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Apple’s newly launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available for preorder at online as well as offline stores. Starting from 17th October, both the phones can be bought in a store near you. The official prices as per authorized partners are as follows:

iPhone 6

16GB – Rs. 53,500

64GB – Rs. 62,500

128GB – Rs. 71,500

iPhone 6 Plus

16GB – Rs. 62,500

64GB – Rs. 71,500

128GB – Rs. 80,500 [click to continue…]

Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as the successor to the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C at an event held at the Flint Center. After going on sale on in 10 countries on 19th September, 2014 and an additional 20 on 26th September, 2014. Soon after the hullabaloo of the 10 million phones sold in the opening week, reports of the iPhone 6 Plus bending began to surface. Unbox Therapy’s video which he showed how the iPhone 6 Plus bent with the sheer pressure of his hands went viral. Even though Apple claimed that it didn’t affect more than 9 people, rival companies did their best to mock Apple. Here is who did what —

An image showing the iPhone Plus 6 bending to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 went viral. Although there is no confirmation if the image was officially made by Samsung. Image courtesy – GSMArena

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So 2 days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale, reviews from various top publications in the US are out. Below are a few synopsis, followed by what we make of them —

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Apple has outdone itself with the iPhone 6’s design – despite gaining a significant amount of screen real estate, it doesn’t feel huge compared to its predecessor, and it’s still a very easy device to use one-handed. If Apple has faltered anywhere with design, it might be that protruding iSight camera lens on the back, which sticks out a tiny fraction of an inch thicker than the rest. [click to continue…]

One look at the Flint Centre, and no one would say that it is a tech event. It was touted to be Apple’s biggest keynote in a while as this was the first time Apple CEO Tim Cook was launching a new product line. So did he pass the litmus test or not? Here is a rundown of what happened at Flint Centre and how good/bad it was:

iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus 

Apple had to finally give in to the demand for big screen phones and hence it launched two new successors to the iPhone 5S. The first one is the iPhone 6 which has 4.7 inch screen whereas the second is called the iPhone 6 plus which sports a 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are very similar in terms of features and the only thing that sets the 6 plus apart is the resolution and the camera.

The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi and Digital Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920×1080 resolution at 401 ppi and Optical Image Stabilization. Other specs like the A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, etc remain the same for both. Like the 5S, the 6 and 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colours.

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