10 Crazy WhatsApp Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Crazy WhatsApp Facts You Probably Didn't Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp’s co-founders were rejected by both Facebook and Twitter
  • The Android app clocked 1 billion downloads with just 5 people
  • You can see when your messages were read

WhatsApp, the messaging platform that cost Facebook $19 billion dollars when it was acquired back in 2014, remains the most-used IM service with its parent’s own platform – Messenger – following suit. And while you (probably) use it every day, there might still be some things that you don’t know about its operations or what you can do inside the app. Here are ten things you likely don’t know about WhatsApp:

1. 1 billion downloads with 5 people
The messaging service hit the 1 billion downloads mark on Android back in March last year, and WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum posted in response that the team working on the Android version was just five people in total.

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WhatsApp crossed 1B Android downloads. btw our android team is four people + Brian. very small team, very big impact.

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2. The company’s co-founders were rejected by Facebook and Twitter
Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton – who earlier worked together at Yahoo – were rejected by Facebook and Twitter in interviews, before they went full-time with WhatsApp. Imagine how different the world would be if even one of those interviews had gone better.

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Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.

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Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.

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3. You can use WhatsApp to compress images and videos
Sure you could use a dedicated photo editing app to do that, but this works great for a quick fix if you don’t mind the drop in quality. Send the set of pictures and video files to one of your friends (or yourself) via WhatsApp, and then head over to the WhatsApp Media folder on Android or your Camera Roll on iOS to find the compressed versions. You can delete the originals to save space, or share the compressed images or videos through some other if you prefer.

4. WhatsApp creates user account in the form of [phone number]@s.whatsapp.net
The service runs a customised version of the open messaging standard XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol), which was first developed for collaboration application Jabber. That’s why WhatsApp uses the ID protocol made for Jabber in the form of <[phone number]@s.whatsapp.net>

5. Type “whatsapp://send?text=HELLO” in browser address bar
The messaging service has its Web protocol as well, which is used by most websites to create a WhatsApp share feature. If the phone has WhatsApp installed, typing the text above into your browser should open WhatsApp and ask you to choose a contact to send the message to. You can customise the message by replacing the word “HELLO” with whatever message you’d like to send. Put in a little though and it could be a good way to prank friends into sending messages they didn’t mean to.

6. See when your messages were read
Sent a message and later saw that it has been delivered and read, but you’re not sure when? WhatsApp displays a couple of different ticks to tell you about the status of your message. But it also goes one step further and gives you a timeline breakdown on when your message was delivered and read. Just hold on any particular message and choose ‘Info’.

7. Custom notifications for any contact or group
Right now, pretty much every message you get on WhatsApp probably sends the same notification, right? So the only way of knowing if it’s something important is to check your phone every time a message comes. But there’s a better way of doing things. You can set up custom message sounds, ringtones, vibrating patterns and pop-ups for your WhatsApp contacts and groups, depending on what device you’re using. iOS is the more restrictive one, allowing for only sounds and ringtones. On Android, you can do all four – even going so far as to choose any sound file for calls, picking between short or long vibrations, and so on. This means that you can have different notifications for your work groups, your friends, and your family.

8. Text formatting – bold, italics and strike-through
Since March, WhatsApp for Android and iOS has supported basic text formatting as well in quite simple fashion, by enclosing your message in asterisks for bold, underscores for italics, and tildes for strikethrough. You can also combine any of the three for a multi-formatted experience.

whatsapp_text_formatting.jpg9. WhatsApp doesn’t store user data
The reason WhatsApp Web needs your phone and its corresponding data services to work is because the company doesn’t provide server storage for your messages, unlike Facebook Messenger or Skype. All the server maintains is a queue of your undelivered messages. Once a message gets delivered to your device, there’s nothing left back on the servers. You can of course backup and restore your messages via Google Drive or iCloud.

10. WhatsApp provides 256-bit end-to-end encryption
Developed by Open Whisper Systems – whose encryption protocol has been used by famed messaging tool Signal for years – all messages sent and received through WhatsApp are now encrypted end-to-end which means hackers or oppressive regimes cannot breach your privacy. This move has thrust WhatsApp into the legal world limelight since then, since it means that messages cannot be lawfully intercepted either.

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Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon is promoting Prime Day as bigger than Black Friday
  • All deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members
  • Deals will go live throughout the day

Amazon Prime Day is here. A wide range of products have got massive discounts across categories on the online retailer’s website. All of these deals are only available for Amazon Prime members, so if you want to get these discounts, you’ll have to buy a Prime subscription. We picked the best deals we found on Amazon US, though other Amazon stores like the ones in Canada and UK, among others, are also marking Prime Day 2016 with discounts of their own.

Note that most of these deals will not ship to India directly from Amazon US, though you may be able to find many other Prime Day deals that do. But don’t worry, here’s how you can order these products from the US and get them shipped to India. Before you go ahead make the purchase though, remember even if you get a fantastic deal you will have to pay taxes and Customs duties on the goods you order. This can increase the price significantly so you should factor that in before ordering. Note that companies may not honour the warranty locally either.

If the product you select can be delivered by Amazon to your home in India – it will tell you before you order – then the e-commerce company will take care of duties and taxes for you.

Here are the best deals from Amazon US Prime Day 2016 sale. If you already have an Amazon Echo, be sure to check out this page for all Alexa deals. The first purchase you make via Alexa gets you an additional $10 discount.

In addition to these, there are plenty of limited time, lightning deals as well, so keep checking the Prime Day deals page to make sure you don’t miss out on something.

1. Huawei Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P (Review) 64GB and 128GB variants are available at over 25 percent off on Amazon. If you want a smartphone that runs stock Android, this is a good bet.

Buy Nexus 6P 64GB at $404 (approximately Rs. 27,200) [usually $550 or Rs. 36,900].
Buy Nexus 6P 128GB at $479 (approximately Rs. 32,200) [usually $649 or Rs. 43,560].

Amazon India Nexus 6P 64 GB price: Rs. 39,499

2. Xbox One
The Xbox One will soon be replaced by the new Xbox One S but the “old” console has almost all the features of the new one in a bulkier package. While the price is great, you should know that the US unit of the Xbox One won’t work in India without a step-down transformer – otherwise you could end up damaging your console. The deal offers an Xbox One, a $50 Amazon gift card, an extra wireless controller, and a digital code for Forza Horizon 2.

Three bundles are on sale. The Name Your Game Bundle ships with Halo 5: Guardians – Limited Edition physical disc and offers a download code for one of Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle comes with the game in the name of the bundle and Fallout 4 Standard Edition. If you buy the 1TB The Division bundle, you also get Rainbow Six: Siege.

Buy Xbox One 1TB The Division Bundle at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,000) [usually $470 or Rs. 31,500]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]

Amazon India Xbox One price: Rs. 32,490

3. Moto G4 with lockscreen ads
If you are in the US and don’t mind buying an unlocked phone that shows ads on the lockscreen, theMoto G4 (Review) is available only for Amazon Prime members with a big discount. There’s not much point in shipping it if you’re in India though – once you factor in the extra costs to get it here, you’ll find a better deal inside the country itself.

Buy Moto G4 with lockscreen ads at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) for 16GB; $180 (approximately Rs. 12,000) for 32GB
Amazon India Moto G4 price: Rs. 12,499

4. Blu R1 HD
Blu is a relatively unknown brand in India, but its unlocked R1 HD smartphone is available at just $50 (roughly Rs. 3,400) if you’re willing to tolerate lockscreen ads.

Buy Blue R1 HD with lockscreen ads at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) for 8GB storage/1GB RAM; $60 (approximately Rs. 4,000) for 16GB storage/2GB RAM

Not available in India

5. Honor 5X
Another decent Android smartphone available on Amazon Prime Day, the Honor 5X (Review) has a big discount.

Buy Honor 5X at $120 (approximately Rs. 8,054) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,400]
Amazon India Honor 5X price: Rs. 12,987

6. Amazon Echo
The Echo is a speaker that you can use to access Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. This is a nifty gadget that helps you get a lot of things done just via voice commands. Right now it has a huge price cut. Amazon Tap, Dot, and other Amazon devices are on sale as well.

Buy Amazon Echo at $130 (usually $180 or Rs. 12,000)

Not available in India

7. Bose headphones
If you want in-ear headphones, Bose SoundSport has a big discount, while if you’d like a pair of around-ear headphones, then the SoundTrue is on sale.

Buy Bose SoundSport at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Amazon India Bose SoundSport price: Rs. 6,210

Buy Bose SoundTrue at $100 (approximately Rs. 6,700) [usually $179 or Rs. 12,000]
Amazon India Bose SoundTrue price: Rs. 14,513)

8. SanDisk SSDs and other products
As part of Prime Day 2016, Amazon US is offering various SanDisk products at up to 40 percent discount including SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter at $14.99 (approximately Rs. 1,000) – usually $19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,350) – and SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SATA III 2.5-Inch SSD at $164.99 (approximately Rs. 11,000)- usually $224.57 (approximately Rs. 15,000). There are discounts on various other products including pen drives.

Check out the full range of SanDisk products discounted as part of Prime Day.

9. Amazon Kindle discounts
Amazon has discounted some of its Kindle range of ebook readers for Prime Day. In case you want to pick up one, click one of the links below.

Buy Amazon Kindle at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $80 or Rs. 5,200]
Amazon India Kindle price: Rs. 5,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Paperwhite at $90 (approximately Rs. 6,100) [usually $190 or Rs. 12,600]
Amazon India Kindle Paperwhite price: Rs. 10,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Voyage at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,200]
Amazon India Kindle Voyage price: Rs. 16,499

10. Amazon Fire TV
If you want a nice, portable box that streams content to your TV, Amazon Fire TV is a decent option. All variants are on sale.

Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $25 (approximately Rs. 1,700) [usually $40 or Rs. 2,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV at $70 (approximately Rs. 4,700) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $110 (approximately Rs. 7,400) [usually $140 or Rs. 9,400]

Amazon Fire TV range is not officially available in India yet.

Which are your favourite Amazon Prime Day deals? What did you buy? Let us know via the comments.

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Airtel Launches Free Public Wi-Fi Service in Select Gurgaon Locations

Airtel Launches Free Public Wi-Fi Service in Select Gurgaon Locations

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In proximity of Wi-Fi zones, users need to connect to ‘MSG powered by Airtel’
  • Wi-Fi usage is chargeable after first 30 minutes
  • Airtel users will be charged on their data packs; non-Airtel users via vouchers

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday launched public Wi-Fi hotspots to provide wireless Internet connectivity to users in Gurgaon.

People visiting MG Road, Sadar Bazaar, Sector 29 market, and Sarhaul Village can enjoy free Wi-Fi sessions on their devices. Users will be able to enjoy a free daily quota limit of 30 minutes per day per device, Airtel said in a statement.

Airtel had won the mandate for the Wi-Fi launch from Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon last year.

The free Wi-Fi service is open to all users with compatible devices. When in proximity to the Wi-Fi, the user has to just enable Wi-Fi in device settings and search for ‘MSG powered by Airtel’, Airtel said.

One can continue to use the Wi-Fi services post 30 minutes also, however they will be charged a nominal amount, Airtel said.

In its emailed statement, Airtel added, “While Airtel users will be charged on their data plan/packs, non-Airtel users will be able to buy online vouchers with affordable deals. Airtel customers can connect to the Wi-Fi using the Airtel Hangout app also.”

Dhruv Bhagat, CEO – Delhi/NCR, Bharti Airtel was also present at the event on Sunday and said, “We are very happy to partner with the Gurgaon administration and enable citizens in the Millennium City to experience world-class internet services on the go.”

Written with inputs from PTI

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How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iOS 10 public beta is now available.
  • You can download and install it for free.
  • Be sure to back up your iOS device first.

Apple has made iOS 10 public beta available as a free download. If you want to try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you can do so now. A word of caution – be sure to backup your iOS device before you download and install iOS 10 public beta. Be aware that this isn’t the final version of iOS 10 and that it will have quite a few bugs and that your favourite apps may stop working entirely. We strongly advise that if you’re going to install iOS 10 public beta, don’t do it on your primary iOS device.

Which iOS devices can install iOS 10 public beta?
Apple has announced iOS 10 for the following devices:

iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 4th generation
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch 6th generation

If you have any of these, you can install the iOS 10 public beta. Follow the steps below.

How to download and install iOS 10 public beta

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  1. Open Safari on any of the iOS devices listed above.
  2. Head to Apple’s iOS 10 public beta website.
  3. Tap the blue Sign Up button and sign up for the beta software program.
  4. If you already have signed up, just tap Sign In and key in your your Apple ID and password.
  5. Read the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement and tap Accept.
  6. Tap the iOS tab. Its background becomes blue when selected.
  7. Under Get Started, tap enroll your iOS device.
  8. Scroll down and tap the blue Download profile button.
  9. This will take open an Install Profile screen, asking you to install iOS Beta Software Profile. Tap theInstall button on the top-right.
  10. Enter your passcode, if any.
  11. Read the Consent message from Apple. Tap Install on the top-right.
  12. Tap Install again in the pop-up.
  13. A pop-up will ask you to restart your iOS device to apply changes. Tap Restart.
  14. Once the device has rebooted, head to Settings > General > Software Update.
  15. You will see iOS 10 Public Beta 1 here. Tap Download and Install.
  16. Enter your passcode, if any.
  17. Read Apple’s Terms and Conditions and then tap Agree on the bottom-right.
  18. Now iOS 10 will begin downloading. On our iPhone 5s, it showed up as a 1.6GB download.
  19. Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device.

Even though this process seems long, it is fairly simple. Most people will have no trouble installing iOS 10 public beta. Did you take the plunge and install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device? Do you like it? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How to section.

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Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and More

Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon india’s 48 hour sale kicked off on Thursday
  • Deals include discounts on Fitbit products, audio products, and more
  • Thursday saw Amazon discounts on popular mobiles

Amazon India is continuing its 48 hour sale with deals on popular electronics and other products. The second and final day of the Amazon India 48 hour sale sees deals on Fitbit products as well as host of other electronics, including audio products from the likes of Skullcandy and other vendors. There is also 5 percent discount on Amazon India gift cards. Check out all the deals here.

In addition to these deals, consumers shopping on Amazon India until Friday can also get an additional 10 percent extra discount on every purchase made via Standard Chartered debit and credit cards. Notably, users can avail the deals via Amazon India’s website as well as mobile app.

On Thursday, some of the smartphones available under the Amazon India’s 48 Hours Sale were theLenovo Vibe K4 Note which was available at Rs. 10,999, with the Ant VR headset available at just Rs. 699. The Coolpad Note 3 was also available at Rs. 7,999, down from the earlier price of Rs. 8,499, andIntex Aqua Star 4G was available at Rs. 4,599, down from the launch price of Rs. 6,499.

Other electronic products available via Amazon India’s 48 hour sale were the Micromax 32-inch HD ready LED TV which was available at Rs. 13,640, down from earlier price of Rs. 17,000; Samsung Evo Plus 16GB microSD card which was available at Rs. 299, down from earlier price of Rs. 353; D-Link (DSL-2750U) Wi-Fi router available at Rs. 1,619, down from the price of Rs. 3,140, and Logitech MK215wireless keyboard and mouse combo available at Rs. 949, down from the earlier price of Rs. 1,645.

Check out all products discounted as part of the Amazon India 48 hour sale.

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Freedom 251 Delivery Update and 6 New Phones

Freedom 251 Delivery Update and 6 New Phones

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5000 ‘lucky’ customers will start getting their Freedom 251 units
  • Ringing Bells Elegance and Elegant are new Android phones
  • The company has also announced 4 new feature phones

Freedom 251 units will finally start shipping on Friday, the controversial manufacturer of the Rs. 251 smartphone said in New Delhi on Thursday. At the event, Ringing Bells also announced two new budget Android smartphones – Ringing Bells Elegance and Ringing Bells Elegant – as well as four new feature phones, three power banks, and a HD TV.

The company reiterated that Freedom 251 deliveries will begin on Friday with 5,000 units that will ship out to customers chosen by lucky draws. ‘Based on feedback from these customers’, Ringing Bells will decide the fate of the millions of others who’d pre-ordered the Rs. 251 smartphone, the company said.

As for Elegance and Elegant, the two new phones announced by Ringing Bells, they come with a 5-inch 720p display and are powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, expandable by another 32GB via a microSD slot. Both smartphones run Android 6.0 out of the box, and come with an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 3.2-megapixel front shooter. Connectivity options on the two phones include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM.

While the Rs. 4,499 Ringing Bells Elegance comes with 4G connectivity (with VoLTE support) and a 2800mAh battery, the Ringing Bells Elegance, carrying a price tag of Rs. 3,999, is a 3G phone powered by a 2500mAh battery.

(Also see: Ringing Bells Freedom 251 vs. Elegant vs. Elegance)

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Both phones are listed on Ringing Bells’ website but there’s no word yet on how and when they will become available.

At the event, the company also announced four new feature phones: Ringing Bells Hit (Rs. 699), Ringing Bells King (Rs. 899), Ringing Bells Boss (Rs. 999), and Ringing Bells Raja (Rs. 1,099). Three power banks – RB Power (4000mAh, Rs. 399), RB Power Plus (5500mAh, Rs. 499), RB Smart (8000mAh, Rs. 699) – are now listed on the company’s website as well.

Ringing Bells has also announced a 31.5-inch HD LED TV priced at Rs. 9,900 that will be launched on August 15. Pre-order and other details will be shared at a later date.

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Ringing Bells Elegance

Ringing Bells Elegance

DISPLAY

5.00-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

3.2-megapixel

RESOLUTION

720×1280 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

STORAGE

8GB

REAR CAMERA

8-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

2800mAh

See full Ringing Bells Elegance specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Elegant

Ringing Bells Elegant

DISPLAY

5.00-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

3.2-megapixel

RESOLUTION

720×1280 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 6.0

STORAGE

8GB

REAR CAMERA

8-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

2500mAh

See full Ringing Bells Elegant specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Hit

Ringing Bells Hit

DISPLAY

1.40-inch

PROCESSOR

FRONT CAMERA

No

RESOLUTION

RAM

OS

STORAGE

REAR CAMERA

2-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

1250mAh

See full Ringing Bells Hit specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells King

Ringing Bells King

DISPLAY

2.40-inch

PROCESSOR

FRONT CAMERA

No

RESOLUTION

RAM

OS

STORAGE

REAR CAMERA

2-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

1800mAh

See full Ringing Bells King specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Boss

Ringing Bells Boss

DISPLAY

2.40-inch

PROCESSOR

FRONT CAMERA

No

RESOLUTION

RAM

OS

STORAGE

REAR CAMERA

2-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

2000mAh

See full Ringing Bells Boss specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
Ringing Bells Raja

Ringing Bells Raja

DISPLAY

2.80-inch

PROCESSOR

FRONT CAMERA

No

RESOLUTION

RAM

OS

STORAGE

REAR CAMERA

2-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

1800mAh

See full Ringing Bells Raja specifications
Also See
  • Amazon
    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
    Rs. 3,999
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Best 4G Mobile Phones Under Rs. 10,000

Best 4G Mobile Phones Under Rs. 10,000

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4G is quickly gaining ground in India
  • 4G rates are the same as 3G at the moment
  • Many 4G phones cost less than Rs. 10,000

Most new smartphones support 4G in India, but there are so many options in the market that it can be hard to zero in on any one of them. You could spend several hours poring over specification sheets and still be unable to decide which phone you should buy. That is where this article will help.

We’ve reviewed several of the best 4G smartphones in the market, some of which cost less than Rs. 10,000. Here are our top picks from this budget segment. Remember that we’ve only considered smartphones we have reviewed. As you would expect, all of the phones run Google’s Android operating system. We have restricted ourselves to smartphones released in 2016 so you aren’t picking up an old model.

1. Asus Zenfone Max (2016)
If you’re looking for a phone with 4G, you’re most probably going to rely on cellular data. That means you need a phone with great battery life, which is where the Asus Zenfone Max (2016) excels. Its 5000mAh battery means that it’ll easily last through the day and more. Its performance is decent, and the camera is good, though you’ll have to live with a sub-par display.

Asus ZenFone Max (2016)

Rs. 9999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Great battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Android 6.0 preinstalled
  • Good camera
  • Bad
  • Low-resolution screen
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • ZenUI can be intrusive
Read detailed Asus ZenFone Max (2016) review

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a pretty solid performer overall. We were pleased most notably with its display and felt it has everything that a good smartphone needs. Only the base variant (2GB RAM and 16GB storage) is available under Rs. 10,000. If you can spare the cash you definitely should buy the 3GB/ 32GB variant, but the base variant will suffice for most people – if you can get your hands on one.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Rs. 9999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Great looks and build quality
  • Vivid display
  • Strong CPU performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Offers good value
  • Bad
  • Expandable storage limited to 32GB
  • Camera could have been better
Read detailed Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review

3. Coolpad Note 3 Plus
Coolpad Note 3 Plus has a pretty good display, decent cameras and comes with a pretty fast and accurate fingerprint sensor too. We noted in our review that this is more than what most phones that cost under Rs. 10,000 will offer you. Our only quibble is that its software is a bit annoying, but if you can get used to that this is a good 4G smartphone.

Coolpad Note 3 Plus

Rs. 8,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Decent fingerprint sensor
  • Good screen
  • Good value for money
  • Bad
  • Poorly designed software
  • Slightly dull camera performance
Read detailed Coolpad Note 3 Plus review
BUY AT
  • Amazon
    Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 8,999
  • Amazon
    Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Champagne White, 16GB)
    Rs. 8,999

4. LeEco Le 1s Eco
LeEco Le 1s Eco’s focus is more on its bundled services, such as free 5TB cloud storage for a year, than the phone itself. Still, we found it to be a pretty good phone that offers excellent value for money. We weren’t too happy with its battery life or camera quality, but the phone performed well in all other aspects.

Le 1s Eco

Rs. 10899

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Free content services and 5TB storage for a year
  • Metal body and good looks
  • Good performance
  • Fingerprint reader and quick charging
  • Bad
  • Heats up when in use
  • No microSD slot
  • Poor camera quality
  • Underwhelming battery life
Read detailed Le 1s Eco review

5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is the most affordable among the 4G phones listed here, which could make it appealing to many people with a tight budget. In our review, we said the smartphone looks great and performs well. We did face some heating issues and weren’t fully satisfied with the battery life, but if you can live with that, the phone is great for its price.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Good display
  • Dolby Atmos sound enhancement
  • Bad
  • Gets hot when in use
  • Poor battery life
Read detailed Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review
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    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Grey, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999

These are the best 4G phones under Rs. 10,000. You could also consider the Xolo Era 4K (Review),InFocus Bingo 50 (Review), and Coolpad Note 3 Lite (Review) as they are decent alternatives to the above.

Which phone will you buy?

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Freedom 251 to Come With a Delivery Charge of Rs. 40

Freedom 251 to Come With a Delivery Charge of Rs. 40

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ringing Bells is holding an event in Delhi today
  • CEO claims 500 service centres ready across India
  • Ringing Bells asks for Rs. 50,000 crore from Digital India funds

Noida-based startup Ringing Bells has now announced that the company will begin delivering the Freedom 251 smartphone from July 8. The company says delivery will be made only to 5,000 customers, and they will be charged Rs. 40 – more than 15 percent of the cost of the phone – for delivery.

Adding the delivery charges, the total cost of the smartphone goes up to Rs. 291. After delivering 5,000 handsets, CEO Mohit Goel told IANS that he ‘will wait’ for customer feedback. He even claims to be ‘ready with 500 service centres pan-India to address people’s queries’. Goel has even written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for government support. He says if the government is willing to dole out Rs. 50,000 crore from its Digital India funds, he can ensure that 750 million people in India can own a smartphone at Rs 251.

Ringing Bells has delayed the delivery of the Freedom 251 smartphone multiple times now. The initial delivery commencement date was at June 30, but that got delayed to July 6. The deliveries didn’t pan out as scheduled the second time either, and now 5,000 units are expected to be shipped on July 8. The company is expected to provide these final shipment details at the event in New Delhi on Thursday. Goel also claims that the company is bearing a loss of Rs. 180 – Rs. 270 per smartphone, as it imported parts from Taiwan, but hopes to make it up in volume sales. Goel also claims to generate revenue by creating as many as 100 new apps, and sell it for Rs. 1 to Rs. 3 to its Freedom 251 users.

The company’s official website is also down currently, with a message that claims to ‘unveil’ a new website on Thursday.

Ringing Bell’s CEO Mohit Goel had earlier said the company is ready with 2 lakh units of the Freedom 251 smartphone. The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and features a 4-inch display. It is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB). It sports an 8-megapixel primary camera with flash, a 3.2-megapixel selfie camera, and a 1,800 mAh battery. It is available in Black, and White colour options, and comes with all basic Google apps.

(Also see: Freedom 251 Now Ringing Alarm Bells Over Workers’ Conditions)

The company is also expected to unveil an HD LED TV for less than Rs. 10,000. There is also a separate new range of smartphones that is going to be launched at the event. Of course, this is subject to the company keeping its word, and its track record of doing that so far is sketchy at best.

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Ringing Bells Freedom 251

Ringing Bells Freedom 251

DISPLAY

4.00-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

0.3-megapixel

RESOLUTION

540×960 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

8GB

REAR CAMERA

3.2-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

1450mAh

See full Ringing Bells Freedom 251 specifications
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    Intex Aqua Ring (Black)
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Back to School: 8 Great Gifts for College Students

Back to School: 8 Great Gifts for College Students

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The academic session is about to get underway
  • Great tech gifts can range from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 20,000
  • Some options include a wireless speaker, a Kindle, and a battery pack

The start of the academic season is around the corner, which means someone in your family or someone you know is (probably) preparing to join a university in the next couple of months. If you’ve been looking to get them something that simplifies or makes their life better tech-wise, here’s a guide that could help.

Note: Prices are accurate as of July 6, at the time of writing.

1. A wireless speaker

For occasions when people are having a few friends over, or for their personal entertainment in the shower, you can’t go wrong with the UE Roll. It’s waterproof, fits even in a small bag and has good sound quality to match. It can also be paired with another UE Roll for stereo sound. You can pick one up at Rs. 8,495 in India, or import it from the US starting at $84.98.

back_to_school_gifts_ue_roll.jpg(Also see: Logitech UE Roll Review)

If your budget is substantially higher, consider the Bose Soundlink Mini II – at Rs. 18,000 / $179 – or theUE Boom 2 – at Rs. 15,990 / $179.72. They are both louder, which makes them better suited for a dance party or a backyard barbecue. Plus, the Boom 2 now supports Siri and Google Now, which the Roll cannot as it doesn’t have a mic.

2. A portable battery back-up

With our personal electronic devices having more and more value in daily life (and also getting thinner), you can never go wrong with a battery pack. It’s important to find the right one that suits the kind, and number of devices to be charged. One option is the EasyAcc 6000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank, which has a built-in micro-USB cable along with a second output and a flashlight to boot. It’s available for Rs. 3,051 in India and $19.99 in the US.

back_to_school_gifts_limefuel_blast.jpgIf you need something beefier, the Limefuel USB External Battery Pack Aluminum 20,000mAh is a great choice. It’s got excellent standby times so you won’t find it drained even if you get it out of the bottom drawer after weeks. And its massive capacity means there’s juice for everyone in the house. You can pick one up at the official website for $49.99 (approx. Rs. 3,375) with worldwide shipping. If you’re looking for one with similar capacity that has a USB Type-C port and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, consider the slightly more expensive RAVPower 20100mAh Power Bank. It costs Rs. 4,735 /$55.99.

3. An ebook reader

There are still quite a few options in this category, but the Kindle remains the best pick. The companyrecently announced a new version as well, which means it’s now available in both black and white colour options. It’s also 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter, though we doubt that’s going to be noticeable to most people. Plus the battery can last for multiple weeks, because the device has no backlight. Though, since it has no backlight, you should probably include a clip-on light to accompany the Kindle as well. It’s not just useful for reading books either – the Kindle can actually find use in day to day work by helping stay on top or articles and reading material.

back_to_school_gifts_kindle.jpg(Also see: How to Use Your Kindle as a Read It Later Device)

The new Kindle will cost you Rs. 5,999 in India, and $79.99 in the US. If you’re looking to splurge a little more, choose from the Paperwhite (Rs. 8,999), Voyage (Rs. 16,499) or Oasis (Rs. 23,999) – all part of the Kindle family. To help you decide, here’s our review of the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage and the Oasis.

4. A pair of headphones

Students can’t always play music loudly, especially if they are going to be living with someone. That’s where a pair of on or over-ear headphones come in to help. The wireless Jabra Move is a sound pick, and comes with a mic so they can make calls as well. It’s got wonderful sound reproduction and is light on the bass, for those who prefer it that way. The Move costs Rs. 4,987 in India, and $68.50 in the US.

back_to_school_gifts_jabra_move.jpgA good upgrade pick is Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK, over-ear and wired, mind you. It come with three different cables, two standard 1.2m and 3m ones, and one 1.2m cable with in-line controls and microphone. Costs Rs. 12,599 / $244. If you’re looking to gift noise-cancelling headphones, Sony’s MDR-100ABN h.ear on – coming in at Rs. 19,790 / $348 – is what you should go with. It’s even got support for Hi-Res Audio and NFC, in addition to the usual Bluetooth.

5. A smartwatch

While most college-goers already have a smartphone, not many of them will have a smartwatch. There are genuine reasons for that, primarily owing to their price and a proven lack of use-case. But if they have expressed an interest towards the growing platform, the Pebble Watch is a great starting point.

back_to_school_gifts_pebble_watch.jpgIt supports both Android and iOS devices, and while it may not provide as much functionality as Android Wear devices or the Apple Watch, it counters that argument by starting at just Rs. 5,999 /$72.95. If you’re looking to gift something that’s fashionable at the same time, consider the Pebble Time – at Rs. 9,999 / $99.99 – or the Pebble Time Steel – at Rs. 15,999 / $203.71. It also rocks a silent alarm, so that’s like two devices in one, really.

6. An Apple Music or Spotify membership

What can be greater than giving someone the gift of all the world’s music (except Prince and a few others)? Apple Music and Spotify are two of the leading music streaming services, and both cost the same where they are available – $9.99 per month in the US. India only has Apple Music for now, and you can gift a subscription with iTunes Gifts – either through iTunes or by using an iOS device via the App Store. For an annual subscription, you’d need a gift card value of Rs. 1,200.

back_to_school_gifts_apple_music.jpgSpotify gift cards are available via Amazon.com, Best Buy and other partner stores.

(Also see: Apple Music, Wynk, Gaana, Saavn, Rdio, Guvera, or Hungama: Which Is the Best Music Streaming Service in India?)

7. A smart notebook

College means a fair share of note-taking, but why have your notes only available on paper? That’s where Moleskine’s Smart Writing Set comes in. The notebook is made up of the quality paper the company is known for, but with the added benefit of some special technology that works with the companion smart pen to recognise where each pen stroke is being made. Plus, the app can transfer your notes and illustrations to your device in real time, according to Moleskine.

back_to_school_gifts_moleskine_smart_writing.jpgYou can pick up the product from Moleskine’s official website for $199 in the US, roughly Rs. 13,509. They don’t ship to India yet, so refer to our international shipping guide to get it here.

8. A USB wall charger

While the smart devices we use have tended to increase over the years – phone, watch, speaker, fitness tracker and more – wall plugs have stayed the same, offering a traditional socket when what you really want is a USB one. Replacing those with USB plugs doesn’t really make sense, when you can get a multi-port USB wall charger, like the Anker 40W PowerPort 4.

back_to_school_gifts_anker_powerport.jpgIt offers four slots, provides 2.4A per port, sports a compact design, and an 18-month warranty. It costsRs. 1,765 in India and $25.99 in the US. If you are looking for something that’s a little bigger, consider the iClever BoostCube 50W 6-Port USB charger. It’s available for Rs. 3,413 in India and at $22.99 in the US.

If you’re looking for one that supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge tech, consider the Anker 42W PowerPort+ 3 (Rs. 1,945 / $25.99).

Have any other ideas? Leave them in the comments below.

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Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi Max has been launched at Rs. 14,999 for 3GB RAM model
  • The Mi Max will be available in its first flash sale via Mi.com
  • The sale kicks off at 2pm IST today

Xiaomi Mi Max, which was launched in India last week, will be available via a flash sale, its first, at 2pm IST on Wednesday via Mi.com.

Priced at Rs. 14,999, only one variant of the Xiaomi Mi Max with 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 650 SoC will be available in the first flash sale. The company has already confirmed that the Snapdragon 652 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage will also be available soon in India, priced at Rs. 19,999. But there’s no word yet on when this will be.

Some of the bundled offers available with the Mi Max include 3 months of free movies on Hungama Play and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Music for the first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users users. The Chinese company also announced Free Batman vs. Superman movie streaming for the first 10,000 Mi Max users.For specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Max features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with a pixel density of 342ppi. The display is the biggest attraction of the Mi Max. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera that offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The phablet also bears a 5-megapixel front camera also on board with 85-degree wide-angle view. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture.

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Mi Max supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs in at 203 grams. The smartphone sports an infrared emitter to act as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

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Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Pleasing aesthetics and build quality
  • Vivid display
  • Good performance
  • Strong battery life
  • 4K video support
  • Bad
  • Unwieldy
  • Low-light camera quality is average
  • Hybrid SIM slot
Read detailed Xiaomi Mi Max review
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    Xiaomi Mi 4i (White, 16GB)
    Rs. 11,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Mi 5 (White, 32GB)
    Rs. 22,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Mi 5 (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 22,999
Tags: Android, Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi Max Price, Xiaomi Mi Max Price in India,Xiaomi Mi Max Specifications
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