Wednesday, September 11, 2013

10 Killer things to know about iPhone 5S

Here are the top 10 things that you need to know about Apple's new iPhones.


The iOS7 will see a much improved version of Siri - it can now draw on information from Twitter, Wikipedia and image searches. 

Apple said: “We’ve also made search more convenient than ever before. With iOS7, you can pull down from anywhere and type what you’re looking for and find it, just like that”


The cheaper handset - the iPhone 5C - comes in five colours: white, green, yellow, blue and red.

Apple said: "The entire back and sides are made from a single part, its front is one glass, multi-touch surface. As close as you look, you wont see joints or seams. This is more colourful than any iPhone we've made yet."


Not only that, but the iPhone 5C comes with a Connect-4 style case. Each case has holes cut out, allowing a bit of the phone’s original colour to pop through.

Apple said: “The team has created a really cool line of custom cases for the 5C. They’re soft, and cool. The soft, matte texture of the case is a contrast to the bright, glossy back of the phone.”


Your next iPhone will be as fast as a computer. The iPhone 5S has a brand new chip called the A7, which makes it two times as fast as the iPhone 5.

Apple said: “The iPhone 5S is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance. It starts with a brand new system on a chip called the A7. A7 is 64-bit, the world’s first and only such CPU in a smartphone.”


As well as this, the iPhone 5S has a chip called the M7. It's a motion processor, which continuously measures motion data, accelerometer, and gestural data.

Apple have been working with Nike to test this, building an app that counts your stride and movements throughout the day. It can determine whether you’re walking or driving.

Apple sees this opening a “whole new generation of health and fitness applications”.


The battery life of the iPhone 5S is “even better than that of the iPhone 5".

It survives 10 hours of constant Wi-Fi browsing, and a whopping 250 hours on standby.


Apple have made serious upgrades on the iPhone 5S's camera. The flash now has two LEDs — one white, and one amber.

This means it analyses the lighting in the room, adjusting the color of the flash accordingly. Your photos should be of the highest quality, no matter what the light.


There is a brand new fingerprint sensor called the Touch ID.

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is located on the home button, reading your fingerprint as a more secure way to protect your phone.

Apple say: “Now you can simply touch the home button to unlock your phone. Since it’s built in, you can also use it to make iTunes purchases.

"It reads your fingerprint at an incredibly detailed level. The sensor is thinner than a human hair"


The iPhone 5S rumours were spot on - the handset is coming out in a subtle gold shade, alongside the usual slate-grey and white.

Apple say: “This is our most forward thinking phone yet. It’s available in silver, gold, and space grey.”


And finally, the release dates. iOS7 is coming out on September 18, while both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are coming out on September 20.

Sources : Mirror News, Yahoo.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

See how Falling Rupee hurts and changes your way of life !!

Interest rates

With a weak Indian rupee, it may be difficult for the RBI to cut interest rates at the monetary policy meeting next week. India’s dependency on foreign investors to bring inflows in order to bridge current account deficit is one of the key factors that will be considered for interest rate changes.


A weak rupee can weigh down your chances of studying abroad. Since students borrow education loans in local currency and spend in foreign currency, you will have to shell out more rupees to buy the dollar which would make accommodation, food and cost of education abroad costly.

If you are planning to travel while the rupee is weak, you may want to reconsider as air fares will be expensive considering an increase in fuel surcharge. Also, eating out when you are traveling overseas will turn out to be costly because you will end up spending more rupees.


Depreciation of rupee will impact loan seekers in a big way. If you apply for a car loan, you will have to pay more depending on where the vehicle is assembled and the components imported by the automobile company.

Oil prices

Rupee depreciation may prompt oil companies to hike petrol and diesel prices. India is highly dependent on importing oil and companies will have to shell out more money to import crude in dollars


A weak currency will increase the price of imports which will translate into an increase in the prices of consumer products. Depreciating rupee will also cause an increase in inflation.


A falling rupee makes imports more expensive in terms of rupees. India is a major importer of oil, gold and iron ore among other things, and more money spent on imports will show up in inflation data which in turn will lead to increase in electronics, fuel prices and consumer products.

On the bright side, rupee depreciation will help increase India’s export competitiveness especially with other emerging Asian markets like China and Korea. But, a weak rupee alone may not boost the country’s exports.

Considering India’s reliance for raw materials from overseas, a weaker rupee affects the profits of companies. While IT and pharma sector gain from a weak rupee, it might be trouble for aviation.

Its good news for a few IT companies operating in India because most of the countries tech firms gain revenue from the US, a weak rupee can help them earn relatively more. Pharmaceuticals companies in the doing business in the country will gain when rupee depreciates because they export more than they import. On the other hand, aviation sector will be disappointed with a weak rupee because most of their earnings are in rupees while they spend in dollars.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Here is how you are charged at Restaurant...!

A simple thing made complicated
We have an uncanny ability to screw simple things and make it complex. Taxes and charges on seemingly simple stuffs like food and drinks are one such thing where customers are taken for granted. Let’s understand few terms that we see on our food bill often but do not understand.
Service charge
This is charged by the restaurant for the services rendered to you. This money goes to the restaurant. The establishments are free to charge any amount as service charges as there are no guidelines provided by the tax authority. The charge varies from 5% to 10%. Few restaurants don’t charge it. This is equivalent to the tips people usually give to waiters. If you are charged service charge in the bill, don’t pay tips as this charge is supposed to be shared among the staff.
Most of us don’t bother about it even when we feel the charges are higher. One reason is that we don’t think anything can be done about it. Secondly, we don’t want to spoil our evening because of this and argue with restaurant manager. However, the ground rule is that if the menu mentions service charges, you have to pay. If it doesn’t, you can question it.

Service tax
Many people confuse service tax with service charges. Service tax is the tax levied by the Government on the services rendered by restaurants. Service tax is same in all states. It is 12.36% on the 40% of the bill. The bill includes your food and drink and the service charge. The restaurant must be air-conditioned for the service tax. The problem here is that most of the customers are taxed at the full bill and not on the 40% of the bill as directed.
To make things simple, service tax should be 40% * 12.36% = 4.94% on the total bill. Hence whenever you see service tax on the total bill exceeding about 5%, you can question it.
VAT (Value Added Tax)
There is another tax called VAT (value added tax) that is state specific. The rates can be as low as 5% and as high as 20% depending upon the states. Moreover, VAT for food items and drink are different. Many restaurants might club food items and drink and charge a flat rate on the total bill. In such cases, it is good to ask for separate bills for food and drinks. This should clearly show the different VAT for both the items.

Let’s see how service charge, tax and VAT work with an example. Suppose you have dined in an AC restaurant and the price of food items is summed to Rs 900. You will be asked to pay service charges (goes to the restaurant) and VAT and service tax (goes to Government)

Bill of food item
Service charge (assuming 6%)
Sum Total
Service tax to be levied on (40% of sub-total)
Service tax (at the rate of 12.36%)
VAT @ 12.5% of the sub-total
Total amount to be paid

Many times, restaurants charge the highest rate on the total bill. This is general complaint by almost all the customers.
Source from Yahoo!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

All about Mobile Screens...!

The screen defines your smartphone. This is why its size and the quality of image it reproduces determines, to a large extent, your overall experience of using a smartphone.

No wonder mobile phone makers are investing a fortune in screen technologies. But what makes one screen better than the other? ET explains the mainstream technologies behind smartphone displays.


LCD, or Liquid Crystal Display, is the most common flat panel display. It uses a combination of layers of liquid crystals and a backlight to produce an image. The properties of the liquid crystals to block or allow light change as current is applied


TFT or Thin Film Transistor is used to improve readability of LCD panels. Transistors are embedded within the panel itself, reducing crosstalk between pixels and improving image stability. Used mainly in entry-level handsets with colour screens.

#3...IPS LCD

IPS, or In Plane Switching, is a further evolution of the LCD, invented by Hitachi and LG to improve on colours and viewing angles of TFT displays


Introduced by Apple, this type of LCD uses pixels smaller than the human retina can perceive. Retina displays are found in fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPhone 4/4S.


OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diodes, produce their own light rather than relying on a backlight. It offers a brighter, more vivid picture with a higher contrast ratio on lower power consumption.

AMOLED, or Active Matrix OLEDs, allow for a larger size screen with a higher number of pixels.


SuperAMOLED Plus & AMOLED Advanced are improvements that increase brightness, reduce reflectance or lower power consumption.


Super, or S-LCD, is a corporation founded by Samsung and Sony. S-LCDs use technology that brings quality and contrast levels to near-Amoled standards, but at a lower price.
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