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Best Tablets For Watching TV,Movies And Games

If you’re looking for the very best tablet to buy, get Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It’s the ultimate combination of premium design, specifications, paired with powerful software and an unrivaled ecosystem of accessories and apps.

The best thing about it, has to be the design but there’s a lot more going for it including the powerful specs, decent battery life and versatility. The breadth of accessories (including the awesome Apple Pencil) is quite something, too.

If you don’t want the iPad Pro, but don’t worry – has you covered with a number of other brilliant tabs to suit your needs.

How to choose the best tablet for you

Let’s face it, tablets aren’t the most exciting devices in the world of tech right now, there’s not that much innovation going on, and they’re not exactly flying off the shelves.

But bear with us, because most households in the UK still own one (or more), and buying a tab should be a big decision, because, unlike smartphones, your tablet will stick around for longer than two years. So what should you look out for in a tablet?

A great screen is a start, as that’s what you’ll be staring at most of the time, great speakers are also important, as these are devices primarily used for consuming media.

Key features to look out for include water resistance (so you can watch Netflix in the bath), and a MicroSD slot to fill up with plenty of media. If you’re planning on using the tab for work a physical keyboard or stylus could be useful.

Now, you may notice that our three top tablets are iPads, that’s because we think iOS is much better suited to larger screens than Android, and the app ecosystem is much better. Of course, we have the best choices for Android users as well.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Simply the best tablet around, don’t even bother looking at the rest

No prizes for guessing the top spot. The iPad Pro 9.7 is the best tablet ever created – and that’s not us getting excited over an Apple product for the sake of it (before you accuse us of being paid by Apple). Yes, it’s expensive, but for that money you’re getting one of the most versatile tablets available.

5 Best Smartphone Battery Cases For Androids And Iphones

1.Emtect Power Pouch

A case that fits a wide variety of phones, the Power Pouch from Emtec is more of a wallet-style holder that a case that fits every nook of your handset, but for some of you that will be ideal. Here’s something else in the Power Pouch’s favour: a 6,000mAh battery, the second-largest in this list.

We’ve put this in the Android list but such is the versatility of the Power Pouch you can use it with iPhones too (you get both Lightning and microUSB adapters when you buy one). Of course there’s the added benefit of not having to change your battery case when you next upgrade your smartphone.

2.KiwiBird Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case

4,000mAh of power to draw on, a slimline fit, and a rock bottom price – there’s a lot to like about this Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case. The model shown is for the Galaxy S6 but if you shop around you’ll find different variations made to work with several of the top Android phones on the market.

There’s an LED power indicator here too and it doesn’t interfere with any of the NFC or infrared functionality on the phone. According to the manufacturer you can get at least double the battery life of your phone with this case attached, and it’s one of the more impressive Android options out there.

3. Mophie Juice Pack

Back to Mophie and the company makes battery cases for Samsung Galaxy phones as well as the iPhone models we mentioned further up this page. For your money you get a 3,300mAh battery that provides up to 11 hours of extra video playback on your phone (by Mophie’s measurements anyway).

The case adds wireless charging capabilities if your phone model doesn’t already have them and it will work with just about any wireless charger on the market – very handy if you have one lying around. Plus, it looks sleek and smart, and has integrated LED lights so you can keep an eye on the charge level.

4.ZeroLemon Nexus 6P Battery Case

If you own a Google-Huawei Nexus 6P and value battery life above form and function then the Nexus 6P Battery Case from ZeroLemon has you covered: it packs in a huge 8,500mAh battery which should theoretically keep your phone running all weekend, so it’s perfect for travellers and explorers.

There’s no getting away from it though, this is a pretty chunky case. Still, its bulk means a lot of protection for your handset, and all the ports remain accessible (including the fingerprint sensor around the back). It’s shockproof and there’s an LED charge indicator and power button on the rear.

5.Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack

If you want the best kit for your phone then it’s sometimes best going down the official accessory route. Enter the Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack from Samsung, perfectly contoured to the shape of Samsung’s latest flagship handset, and offering 3,400mAh of extra battery juice.

The case also doubles up as a wireless charging pad, so when you’re at home you can charge up both phone and case together. The underneath of the case is left relatively uncovered, which means you can easily get at the headphone port and the microUSB charging port when you need to.

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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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.

Report Nintendo Switch Price

The Nintendo Switch release date and price is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo but that hasn’t stopped a slew of reports suggesting what to expect.

This latest one comes courtesy of Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei. It states that the price of the Nintendo Switch will be JPY 25,000. Despite a direct currency conversion pegging the US price at around $213, it should end up being $250.

The reason for this is the price of Nintendo’s previous consoles. At launch, the Wii cost JPY 25,000 (around $213) in Japan with the US price being $250. The difference is because the Japanese edition of the Wii did not include any bundled games while the US version did.

In the past Nikkei reported that Nintendo stopped production of the Wii U, which the company vehemently denied despite it being true

This latest report is in line with previous ones suggesting a similar price point.

“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames reads.

“We have also learned that a separate SKU featuring more internal storage and a packed in game is planned to sell at £249.99. We have heard rumours as to what this pack in game is, but we currently have only one source on this information so we are unwilling to talk about that pack in title at this time. Both our sources have told us that additional Switch Pro Controllers are expected to sell at launch for £39.99 at GAME.”

This would, if Nintendo’s plans bear fruition, result in a dollar pricing of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 17,000) and $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) respectively.

Japanese publication Nikkei says the Nintendo Switch will cost JPY 25,000

Going by Nintendo’s past pricing history, we could see a $250 price point

An official Nintendo Switch announcement will take place on January 12

Nokia 6 Android Phone Now Already Launched

The first Nokia-branded Android phone – yes, we like to pretend the half-baked Nokia X series never happened – has finally launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 was introduced on Sunday by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand.

Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.

Also seeNokia 6 full specifications

There’s no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in “in early 2017”.

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”

Nokia 6 is the first Nokia-branded Android smartphone

The Nokia 6 smartphone will be available only in China

More Nokia-branded smartphones will launch in other markets soon

Happy iPhone 10 Year Anniversary Apple CEO Tim Cook Says ‘Best Is Yet to Come’

It all started ten years ago when Apple CEO Steve Jobs took centre stage at MacWorld 2007 in San Francisco to introduce the first ever iPhone. 2017 is a big year for Apple as it marks the tenth anniversary of the revolutionary mobile device, but January 9 is even more special, as it is the day Jobs took the stage to unveil it for the first time ever. In commemoration, Apple has issued a press release highlighting the journey of what it claims is the “gold standard” in the smartphone industry.

Apple claims that since inception, the company has managed to sell over one billion units, and now CEO Tim Cook claims that the “best is yet to come.”

Cook says, “iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work, and live. iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

Just to recap, the first iPhone was launched on this day 10 years ago, however it went on sale on June 29, 2007. It spearheaded the smartphone revolution, and was the first phone with a touchscreen 3.5-inch display. In its first year, Apple managed to sell as many as 6.1 million units. However, 2008 was the year of reckoning, as Apple managed to sell as many as 1 million units in the first week of the iPhone 3G launch. With the iPhone 3G, the company introduced 3G mobile network and GPS capabilities. It was also the first time Apple introduced the App Store and allowed third-party apps integration.

“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Celebrating its decade of success, Apple looks to create ripples this year as well with the iPhone 8. The smartphone has been heavily rumoured, and is expected to come in an all-glass display, sport wireless charging, feature three variants, lose the Home Button, and introduce a new Haptic feedback system.

Now Lenovo P2 India Already Launch Set on Wednesday

Lenovo has finally announced that its P2 smartphone will be made available in India exclusively via Flipkart on Wednesday, January 11. The smartphone’s India launch was teased by the company earlier this month on Twitter. Even though company’s earlier teaser didn’t mention any release date for the smartphone, Lenovo has now said that the P2 will be unveiled on Wednesday at 12:30pm IST.

The Lenovo P2 was first unveiled by the company earlier last year at IFA 2016 and has been made available by the company in several other regions, including home country China, already. Notably, in China, only 4GB LPDDR4 RAM variant with 64GB of inbuilt storage has been made available whereas in other regions around the world variants with 3GB or 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage will be made available.

Even in India, the phone is expected to be made available with both the above mentioned memory/ storage variants. The highlight feature for the Lenovo P2 is its 5100mAh battery, which comes with fast charging capability.

Lenovo’s dual-SIM smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and has a 5.5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. The Lenovo P2 is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 processor, and as we said, this is coupled with memory options of 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor and a 5-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.

The phone has a unibody metal design and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). In terms of connectivity options, the Lenovo P2 offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and FM radio. The smartphone is expected to be made available in Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey colour variants.

With display 5.50 inch, processor octa core and front camera 5 megapixel.