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News Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Pay Slumps Along With iPhone Sales

Apple penalized CEO Tim Cook for the iPhone maker’s first sales slump in 15 years with a 15 percent pay cut.

Cook still did extremely well, with a compensation package valued at $8.7 million (roughly Rs. 59.3 crores) for Apple’s fiscal year that ended September 24, according to a regulatory filing made Friday. But the amount was down from nearly $10.3 million (roughly Rs. 70 crores) in the prior year.

The Cupertino, California, company cited a downturn in Apple’s revenue and operating profit as the main reason it cut the pay of Cook and its other top executives.

(Also see: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He Is ‘Open to Acquisitions of Any Size’)

Apple’s revenue dropped 8 percent to $216 billion (roughly Rs. 14,70,204 crores), while its operating profit declined 16 percent to $60 billion (roughly Rs. 4,08,390 crores). That was mainly because it sold fewer iPhones for the first time since the device came out in 2007.

It also marked the first time that Apple’s annual revenue decreased since 2001, which was just before the company’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod. That digital music player set the stage for the iPhone and iPad.

The iPhone triggered a revolution in mobile computing and became Apple’s biggest moneymaker, even as a wide range of device makers released competing products primarily running on Google’s free Android software. Most of the world’s smartphones are powered by Android, but the iPhone remains a popular high-priced status symbol.

Even so, consumers are holding on to their existing iPhones for longer periods instead of upgrading to a newer model every year or two. That has raised investor concerns that Apple has become too dependent on the iPhone, a nagging worry that has been aggravated by the company’s inability to introduce another breakthrough product since Jobs’ death in 2011.

Cook, Jobs’ anointed successor, had hoped Apple would have another huge hit with a smartwatch unveiled in 2014, but that device has only had moderate success.

Apple’s regulatory filing revealed that the company was bracing for a sales drop last year, although not quite as steep as what occurred. The compensation committee for Apple’s board of directors had established a revenue goal of $224 billion for last year, which would have been a 4 percent decline from the previous year.

The company expected sales to rebound during the holiday shopping season on hopes that consumers would be snapping up its latest iPhones, the 7 and 7 Plus. Apple will release its quarterly results that include the holidays later this month.

ZTE Blade V8 Launched

At the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas, ZTE announced two smartphones for the American market – the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, which flagged the entry of ZTE’s Blade series in US, and the Hawkeye smartphone, which is powered by ZTE’s Project CSX. It seems the company isn’t done yet and has now launched a new entrant to its Blade series.

Called the ZTE Blade V8, it is a mid-range smartphone with premium design that is expected to reach Russia and Japan around February and a month later in Germany, Spain, and China. The price of ZTE Blade V8 has not been revealed by the company.

According to GSMArena, the ZTE Blade V8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with ZTE’s¬†Mifavor 4.2 skin on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is a bit lower performance-wise as compared to the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 CPU packed in ZTE Blade V8 Pro. It includes a 5.2-inch full-HD LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. The ZTE Blade V8 is said to come in two RAM+storage options – 2GB of RAM with 16GB inbuilt storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

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ZTE Blade V8 With Dual Rear Camera Setup Launched at CES 2017
Shubham Verma, 07 January 2017
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ZTE Blade V8 With Dual Rear Camera Setup Launched at CES 2017

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Highlights

ZTE has announced Blade V8 at the CES with no price details
It features a dual camera setup of 13- and 2-megapixel cameras
The smartphone is expected to release next month in Russia & Japan

At the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas, ZTE announced two smartphones for the American market – the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, which flagged the entry of ZTE’s Blade series in US, and the Hawkeye smartphone, which is powered by ZTE’s Project CSX. It seems the company isn’t done yet and has now launched a new entrant to its Blade series.

Called the ZTE Blade V8, it is a mid-range smartphone with premium design that is expected to reach Russia and Japan around February and a month later in Germany, Spain, and China. The price of ZTE Blade V8 has not been revealed by the company.

According to GSMArena, the ZTE Blade V8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with ZTE’s Mifavor 4.2 skin on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is a bit lower performance-wise as compared to the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 CPU packed in ZTE Blade V8 Pro. It includes a 5.2-inch full-HD LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. The ZTE Blade V8 is said to come in two RAM+storage options – 2GB of RAM with 16GB inbuilt storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

For optics, the ZTE Blade V8 packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and an additional 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera alongside. The additional 2-megapixel camera has been given to impart the bokeh effect and depth to give the photographs interesting effects including the 3D shots. There is a flash module for night time photography as well. It also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Other specifications of the ZTE Blade V8 include a 2730mAh battery under the hood, a fingerprint scanner mounted on the physical home button, FM radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS among others.

To recall, ZTE introduced the Blade V8 Pro in the US market, a phone that comes with dual rear 13-megapixel cameras and a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display. It is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage that is expandable further via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.

6 Smartphone Tricks Make Your Friends Impressed

There’s more to your smartphone than you might think: underneath its user-friendly, simple surface there are all kinds of hidden features and shortcuts you can take advantage of do more with your handset of choice.

Okay, okay – maybe your friends won’t be that impressed unless you make your phone vanish into thin air. But these are all handy little tips you can use to get more out of your mobile, and maybe raise an eyebrow or two along the way.

1.Digtise Your Documents

Thanks to the increasing quality of smartphone cameras, you no longer need a scanner to get all of your paper files up into the cloud. Evernote, Google Drive and CamScanner are three of several apps that can do the job.

2. Identify song in on instant

You can use apps such as Shazam or SoundHound to work out what you’re listening to, but you don’t have to: Google Now, Siri and Cortana can all respond to the voice command “what song is this?”.

3. Put your contact details on your lock screen

If someone else finds your phone, will they be able to get it back to you? Put your details on the lock screen to make sure: the option is in Settings on Android, Health on iOS and on Windows Phone you’ll have to edit the wallpaper.

4. Get automatic weather alerts with IFTTT (Android and iOS)

Set up a recipe on IFTTT (or the accompanying mobile apps) and you can get alerts sent straight to your phone if the weather’s looking bad – handy if rain or snow means you’ll need to leave for work earlier.

5.Control your computer with your phone

A host of apps, from Spotify to YouTube, have some kind of remote control functionality built in. If you want overall control of your laptop or desktop, take a look at the likes of Unified Remote and Alfred.

6.Change the keyboard (Android and iOS)

Both Android and iOS now support the use of third-party keyboards, which can do everything from add extra emojis to apply some neural network processing power to your phone’s autocorrect feature.

Now Xiaomi Mi 6 Purportedly Spotted in AnTuTu, And to be Fastest Phone Ever

Xiaomi Mi 6 has supposedly scored 210,329 in AnTuTu benchmark
That score is higher than what the iPhone 7 Plus got
Xiaomi Mi 6 will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset

¬†According to earlier reports, the successor to Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 5 – the Xiaomi Mi 6 – is likely to be unveiled in the first half of 2017, with February or April said to be the likely launch months. Later, a leak suggested that Xiaomi Mi 6 will launch on February 6 with sales starting in March. And now, an AnTuTu benchmark report for a ‘prototype’ Mi 6 has been shared by a Weibo user, where it’s said to have got a record score of 210,329.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to pack a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was finally unveiled at CES this week and is Qualcomm’s most efficient SoC till date. That said and if the Weibo user’s claim is to believed, the AnTuTu score for Xiaomi Mi 6 rakes in at an impressive 210,329, which is higher than the record score of 183,106 of iPhone 7 Plus. Talking only about Android phones, the Snapdragon 821-powered OnePlus 3T has been the record holder so far, with a score of 163,578.

It’s worth noting that the AnTuTu benchmark scores don’t necessarily guarantee a smartphone’s real world performance.

When Qualcomm took the centre stage at the ongoing CES trade show, it affirmed that the Snapdragon 835 is built on the 10nm FinFET fabrication process by Samsung, and is capable of delivering 27 percent higher performance while consuming 40 percent less power than the Snapdragon 821. “The combination of the CPU, GPU, DSP and software framework support in the Snapdragon 835 offers a highly-capable heterogeneous compute platform,” the company said in a release.

Talking about Xiaomi Mi 6, it is expected to be offered in 128GB and 256GB storage variants in Black, White, and Blue colour options. It will reportedly have a dual-tone design similar to the iPhone 5s, while the camera and dual-LED flash could be situated at the top right corner.