Become An iPhone Pro With These Interesting Hacks

Check out these interesting tips and tricks to use your iPhone like a pro

Smartphones these days have features more or less features like PC, which coupled with fast internet connectivity makes it easier to work while on the go. As a result, we end up spending most of our time on smartphones. In spite of that, many of us do not know the hidden tricks to use our smartphones in the best possible manner.

You may be owning an iPhone since 2007, the day it was launched but chances are that you dont know many hidden features that Apple has incorporated into it. In this article, we bring you some handy tips that will allow you to use your iPhone like a pro.

1. Keyboard: Double tap the space bar for a period at the end of the sentence in order to start a fresh sentence with a capital letter.

2. Ear plug: Do you know that you can click a selfie without touching your iPhone? All you need to do is press the + button of your ear plugs to click a picture without losing the focus.

3. Home-screen: Want the home screen of your iPhone 6 or 6 plus to lower down further? Just double tap the home button (do not click it) and the menu will drop down by a few centimetres.

4. Volume: Many a times, we end up adjusting the volume while listening to music to avoid the disturbing background noises. Not, anymore. Just, go to Settings > Music > EQ > Late Night and enjoy your music in peace.

5. Browsing: You can save yourself from the hassle of saving your email in drafts in order to copy the content from another email in your inbox. All you need to do is, tap in between Cancel and Send to minimize the New Message window. Now, you can easily scroll through your email and return to the New Message window at the bottom of the screen.

6. Keyboard: You notice a mistake in the sentence formation after typing the entire text. What to do? Just shake your phone to undo typing and write a fresh text without wasting a minute.

7. Reading: Many times we are bombarded with low storage notifications from our smartphone. You have to cut your app list reluctantly. Here is how you can save some storage space in your iPhone.

Avoid installing Dictionary app, as your iPhone already has an inbuilt dictionary. While reading, long press the word whose meaning you want to know. Click on the ‘define’ option from the list of options and improve your vocabulary.

8. Maps: The international mobile data pack makes a huge hole in the pocket while traveling abroad. So, if you wish to browse maps on the go, cache maps for offline use. Zoom in the location you are about to visit, type OK Maps in the search bar and your map will be saved for further reference.

9. Browsing: At times, while checking a webpage on our smartphones, we end up scrolling the page too far. Now, you can scroll to the top in a click only. Tap the status bar (the bar which mentions time and signal strength) and you will be redirected to the top of the webpage.

10. Keyboard: Do you find switching back and forth numeric keypad and alphabetic keypad hectic? Press and hold ‘123’ button on your keyboard and slide to the character you wish to input. The alphabetic keyboard will be resumed, as soon as you release the button.

The above tricks will not only help you use your iPhone better it will also provide you a chance to flaunt your newly acquired skills in front of your friends and colleagues.

Source By techworm…

Google is testing an internet speed tool in its search results

Soon get your Internet speed with“Check Internet Speed” in Google search

Next time you want to know your Internet speed, just type in “Check Internet Speed” in your Google search box and you will be surprised by the result. Forget Ookla and other speed test apps, Google will soon be giving you, your internet speeds directly in your Google search box.

It looks like everyone wants to have their own “speed tests” these days. After, Netflix’s fast.com and Microsoft’s Bing speed test widget, it’s now the turn of Google to launch its own speed test.

The search giant is reported to be trying out a way for people to allow them to check their internet speed by simply typing “check internet speed” into search.

Pete Meyers posted a screenshot on Twitter showing the Google speed test tool in their search results. The tests were performed by Google’s Measurement Lab tools. The inline speed test tool might work like calculator, currency, conversion tools on search results.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

As per the image shared by Meyers, Google internet speed test will consume less than 40MB of data and will check your internet speed in less than 30 seconds. However, the full speed test image is not shared.

Currently, the new internet speed test result in search results is under testing and it is not showing up for all users. The test measures download speed, upload speed, and latency. According to Google, the best internet connections have high download and upload speeds but low latency.

It is unclear as to when will Google release the new internet speed test tool on its search results. There are also chances that the speed test tool may never come on Google, as it not necessary that all tests done by the search giant becomes a reality.

Source By techworm…

 

Amazon’s Launchpad is giving startups the very platform they’ve been yearning for

Amazon launched Launchpad in 2015 as an ecommerce platform that was dedicated to startups and it’s proving to be quite a success for the ecommerce giant.

Business Insider reports that Launchpad was originally meant to be a crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, but research indicated that the space was already too crowded to be worth investing in. Amazon, however, realised that the bigger problem faced by startups wasn’t funds, it was getting their products noticed.

To that end, Launchpad only sells and promotes products that are created by startups and approved by Amazon. To get approval, the startup must meet two criteria:

  • The startup must be able to deliver products to Amazon’s warehouses within 30 days of receiving an order
  • The startup must have received funding from venture capital (VC) firms, startup incubators, some sort of crowd-funding initiative or similar funding service.

Once a startup meets these qualifications, Amazon will inspect the offered product and if deemed worthy, will promote them on Launchpad.

Keeping an eye on the myriad upcoming startups isn’t easy, but Amazon does this by keeping in touch with VC firms, startup incubators and crowd-funding sites. At the time of launch, Amazon had only tied up with 25 of such firms and was offering around 200 products. Today, that number has increased 5-fold and the number of products being sold has crossed 700.

You will find the likes of Solyent, Anki, Nextbit and Sphero on Launchpad today.

Amazon tells Business Insider that they’re very happy with the way things are panning out because they’ve created a win-win situation. Amazon gets their hands on the hottest startups and in-turn, startups get exposure as well as access to a global ecommerce platform.

Source By tech.firstpost…

ZTE Nubia Z11 With 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 820 SoC Launched

  • The 6GB RAM model is priced roughly at Rs. 35,000
  • The 4GB RAM variant is priced at roughly Rs. 25,000
  • The ZTE Nubia Z11 will be available starting July 6 in China

Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE has unveiled the new Nubia Z11 smartphone. The smartphone will go on sale in China starting July 6 and it comes in two variants. The ZTE Nubia Z11 will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000), with another variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage priced at CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000).

The ZTE Nubia Z11 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratches. The handset runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both the Nubia Z11 models support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The smartphone comes with hybrid dual-SIM which means it supports one micro-SIM and another either nano-SIM or microSD card. The ZTE Nubia Z11 is powered by a quad-core 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus (PDAF), and optical image stabilisation (OIS) features. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f2.4 aperture.

The smartphone houses a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. Connectivity options on the handset include Bluetooth, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G, and USB Type-C. The handset is backed by a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0. It measures 151.8×72.3×7.5mm, and weighs 162 grams. Some of the other features that the ZTE Nubia Z11 packs include Dolby Atmos technology and for enhanced audio experience sports SmartPA amplifier.

Much like the ZTE Nubia Z11 Max, the Chinese company has launched a special edition of Nubia Z11 with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo signature at the back. It will be available in Obsidian Gold colour.

Source By gadgets.ndtv…

Honor 5C review: Has some ups and downs

The budget segment of smartphones is getting increasingly crowded with new phones launching every week. But surely, this gives users a lot of options to choose from. Huawei’s spin-off brand Honor also launched its 5C smartphone in India last week, and the smartphone falls in the same budget segment.

Priced at Rs 10,999, the Honor 5C directly competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 1s. Previously, when we used phones by Huawei, we had mostly liked them for their looks as well as performance. The Huawei Honor 5X, which was launched just a few months ago, also left us pretty happy. Considering that, we already had high expectations from the Honor 5C.

Powered by Huawei’s home-brewed HiSilicon Kirin 650 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM, the Honor 5C comes with 16GB of internal storage. The smartphone features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a finger-print sensor and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

Over that, the Honor 5C sports a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. It houses a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, too. On paper all of this does seem good, but does it end up being a good buy at this price point? We find out.

First, let’s talk about the design

We were pretty impressed by the look and feel of the rounded corners driven all-metal Honor 5C smartphone. Dressed in white and silver, the smartphone sports a fingerprint sensor on its back panel, which lies right below the rear camera. The rear panel also features the Honor branding.

The volume rocker keys, has the power button sandwiched in-between, are placed on the right side with a hybrid sim card slot on the left. The top edge sports a 3.5mm jack while the microUSB port and speaker grille are placed on the bottom edge.

On flipping the phone, you see a front dominated by the 5.2-inch display. The front of the phone also sports the selfie camera above the display. Like we previously said in the first impressions of Honor 5C, the look and feel of the phone did leave us bewildered.

So, what did we like the most?

The size of the phone is excellent. We loved the holding it and one hand operation is child’s play. It actually nestles in your hand, unlike most phones that we have used off late. Another very good aspect of the phone is the fingerprint sensor. Much like Huawei Honor 5X, Honor 5C can also save up to five finger prints. And during the time we used the phone, there wasn’t a single time that the phone didn’t unlock using the fingerprint sensor. It worked really well, and can easily be called the cherry on cake.

The next aspect of the Honor 5C smart phone, which got our attention, was the brilliant display quality. We found it to be quite nice. The phone comes with 5.2-inch Full HD display with 1,080×1,920 pixel resolution that produced vibrant colours and had good viewing angles. If you like watching videos or play games on the phone, then the display wouldn’t disappoint you at all.

Apart from that, the screen is not very prone to finger smudges and everything was clear and crisp to read. However, the readability goes down a bit when under direct sunlight. In spite of that, the display can still be counted as one of the best features of the mobile phone.

Another outstanding feature of the phone is its call quality as well as the ability to carry out general tasks like web browsing and switching between apps.

What could have been better

As far as the overall performance of the phone is concerned it did fairly well. However, there were few things which could have been improved. The 3,000mAh battery was a bit of a letdown. Even with moderate usage, it did not last a full day.

Similarly, the camera performance left us with a mixed opinion. While the images came out nicely in well lit conditions with the 13MP rear camera were good, the image quality dropped when we used the camera in dimly lit areas. And switching the flash on only made the image appear hazy. Even the selfies we took with the 8MP front snapper had not great shakes.

Also, the Honor 5C heats up when one plays games for long or uses the GPS system for maps.

What needs to be changed

The software of Honor 5C is a customized version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While most things about the software were good, there was one thing that really hampered our user experience – the endless notification. These were were really bothersome and Honor should really do away with it.

This was one thing that we disliked even in Huawei Honor 5X. The SOS app might be useful for few, but Honor should really incorporate a way of switching off the notifications. Similarly, not all users would be interested in getting a notification on how much have they walked during the day.

Verdict

Honor 5C left us with a mixed bag of emotions. While we really liked the design of the phone along with the fingerprint sensor, the battery life and the excessive notifications were a letdown. Likewise, while the performance was mostly smooth, the heating issue we encountered while using maps and playing games was a disappointment.

All in all, at this price point there are a lot of options available in the Indian market with similar or better phone specs. The road to success does seem rocky for Honor 5C.

Source by timesofindia…

LeEco Le Max 2 review: A giant with a heart of (rose) gold

The smartphone space is packed to the gills with smartphones in every shape, size, colour and specification that you can think of. They range in price from Rs 251 for the yet-to-be-seen Freedom 251 to the ridiculous Rs 90,000 plus that some iPhones demand.

This variety is courtesy of the numerous Chinese smartphone makers who’ve made their way into India, and among the more well-known of them is LeEco.

Formerly LeTV, the company has made quite a name for itself here. Their earlier offerings, particularly the Le Max, were very well received. So how does its sequel fare? Let’s find out.

Build and design: 6.5/10

LeEco Le Max 2 front Tech2 720

At first glance, the LeEco Le Max 2 looked very pink. LeEco can call it Rose Gold if they like, but there’s more rose than gold in the shade they’re using.

In terms of build and design, the phone looks and feels like a slab of metal. The only real concessions to design and ergonomics are the chamfered edges. However, the front surface of the phone, while chamfered, still has sharp edges owing to the poor fit of the front glass panel in the well of the body.

OnePlus 3 vs Le Max 2 camera bump

OnePlus 3 vs Le Max 2

Personally, I’m not a big fan of the design and would go so far as to call it unpleasant. The rear camera bump is large and very ugly. Camera-module included, the device is much thicker than an iPhone 6 Plus or a Mi 5 and I would have expected the camera module to sit more flush with the body. If the Le Max 2 was as slim as the OnePlus 3 for example, the bump would have been forgivable. Also, if you take a close look at the image above, you’ll notice that the part above the antenna line is a little bit depressed, it’s not aligned with the back of the phone. The lower panel below the antenna line also suffers the same fate.

If you like large camera bumps however, you won’t mind the Le Max 2 in the least. The front is host to a 5.7 inch QHD display (2560×1440), camera unit, ear-piece speaker and light sensor. The notification LED and capacitive navigation buttons are very well hidden and you won’t notice them till they light up.

Le Max 2 bottom grill

The bottom offers up two speaker grills and the USB Type-C port and the top only features the small dot of the IR blaster. The left of the device features the dual-slot SIM card tray and the right features the volume controls and power button. On the rear you’ll find the significant bulge of the camera module, dual-LED flash and fingerprint reader. It’s a bog-standard design that you’d find on any average smartphone these days.

Features: 8/10

When it comes to features, the phone is packed to the gills. A Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB RAM (there’s a 4GB variant as well), 32GB or 64GB of storage, dual-SIM support, 21MP rear camera with OIS and PDAF, 8MP front camera, 5.7 inch QHD display, and the ability to record in 4K. And no, there’s no support for a microSD card.

These are features you’d find on any other flagship, but the Le Max 2’s claim to fame is that this is the first smartphone without a 3.5mm audio jack and with CDLA (Continuous Lossless Digital Audio) technology. It’s also got an ultrasonic fingerprint reader. We’ll talk about these later in the performance section; suffice to say that if this is the vision of things to come, we don’t want it.

The phone also comes with Dolby Atmos support, but since Atmos is nothing more than a gimmick, I’m not even going to bother talking about it further.

Display: 7/10

LeEco Le Max 2 display

As mentioned earlier, the 5.7 inch screen features a resolution of 2560×1440, which translates to a PPI of 515. Obviously, it’s very sharp and nigh impossible to spot a stray pixel. The panel itself uses LTPS IPS technology, where LTPS stands for Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon. LTPS technology is used in many phones these days and offers lower power consumption than traditional LCD technology, hence its popularity.

Despite being an IPS panel, viewing angles aren’t that great and you’ll notice a pink cast at certain angles. The angles are good enough for personal use so that’s not much of a complaint, however.

Brightness is fair. We haven’t really managed to try the display out in bright, direct sunlight since we’re in the middle of the monsoon, but I never had issues with the brightness and legibility.

Colour rendition is good, but you’ll notice the lack of punch and colour accuracy when placed next to a OnePlus 3 or iPhone 6.

Software: 9/10

Le Max 2 Lock screen

EUI 5.6, based on Android 6.0.1, runs this phone and it is by far the most pleasant and sensible custom Android skin that I’ve used. It’s not as feature-rich as OxygenOS and neither is it as gimmicky as Samsung’s TouchWiz. It’s also not as simplistic as Xiaomi’s MIUI (which is yet to embrace Android 6.0 features) and simply refines whatever stock Android has to offer.

You’ll notice the little things, like the fact that password entry happens on the left or the right of the screen, depending on whether you’re using your left hand or the right one. Notifications pop-up at the bottom of the lock-screen and are thus, easier to access on the 5.7 inch display.

Le Max 2 control

The drop-down menu offers clear controls for notification management, the UI is extremely fluid and buttery smooth and as with iOS, the number of alerts are indicated on the app icon itself. All the animations are subtle and smooth and there’s nothing unnecessary or superfluous.

The multi-tasking menu gets a little getting used to as it also doubles as the quick access panel. It’s useful and very responsive and makes full use of the massive real-estate available. After all, app cards do look nice, but they don’t need to take up so much space. There are also some minor issues with design. For example, can you spot the “Undo” text in the middle screenshot above? There are small issues like this all over the place, but nothing of significance.

Le Live

The OS does include Le View and Le Live app integration. The former is a video service like YouTube that also incorporates full movies from LeEco’s partners. Le Live is a kind of streaming TV app for your phone.

As someone who rarely watches TV, I found both services to be unnecessary, but I can see how they might be useful to someone who does watch TV. You get free access to both services for 5 months, but will have to pay a subscription fee of Rs 4,900 a year thereafter.

You access Le View by swiping to the left from your left-most home-screen and Le Live by tapping on the Live button on the persistent dock at the bottom of your UI. I think it would have been better if both apps were merged into one, since they both essentially serve the same purpose. They also take up important UI elements that would have been better served by Google Now or an app drawer.

Performance: 7.5/10

Le Max 2 Performance 1

Considering the hardware, we expected exceptional performance and that’s exactly what we got. The phone is buttery smooth, there’s no noticeable lag anywhere in the UI and all apps and games. What’s more, even under heavy loads, the device only got slightly warm.

Benchmark scores place the device somewhere between the OnePlus 3 and the S7 Edge, but they hardly paint the full picture. There’s a lot of power available and the device makes full use of it. You’ll never notice any lag or stuttering, that’s for sure.

That said, the one place you will notice some lag, and plenty of it, is with the fingerprint reader. LeEco claims to use a fast, ultrasonic fingerprint reader and only the latter is true. The sensor takes a full second or more to read our fingerprint and unlock the device. We tried resetting the device multiple times and different fingers to no effect. In fact, the sensor is even slower to respond than the slower sensor on my iPhone 6 Plus.

Le Max 2 Performance 2

The speaker is loud and legible and the earpiece speaker is also loud. We also never had call quality issues and the signal was strong and consistent throughout our testing, even on 3G and 4G networks.

Now that we’ve got the boring stuff out of the way, let’s talk CDLA. LeEco is very proud of the fact that theirs is the first smartphone that dumped the 3.5mm jack in favour of CDLA. Essentially, digital audio is routed through the phone’s USB Type-C port and a compatible DAC converts that signal to analogue.

Normally, a DAC would be installed within the phone itself, but the quality of that DAC would of course depend on the phone’s manufacturer. A company like Apple goes to great lengths to ensure that they’re using a high-quality DAC, which is why their audio quality is so good. It’s not just Apple that employs high quality DACs of course, but they’re the most consistent when it comes to audio quality.

The problem with a 3.5mm-only output for audio is that the audio signal is already processed and you can’t use a better DAC even if you wanted to. CDLA changes that.

The bundled headphones with the Le Max 2 have an in-built DAC and to be fair, the audio quality from the setup is leagues better than any stock headphones that we’ve tried. But here’s the kicker, an iPhone with EarPods (Apple’s stock earphones) still sounds as good. I’d also like to point out that LeEco’s CDLA headphones cost Rs 1,999 on their own.

You don’t need a DAC if your phone already has a good one built into it.

Using CDLA on the Le Max 2 was very frustrating. The audio quality was good, but the headphones weren’t exactly a snug fit for my ears and it was hard to appreciate dialogue or music in a noisy environment such as a train. On any other phone, I’d just plug-in my in-ears or a noise-cancelling set from any of a hundred different manufacturers and I’d be set. Not so with the Le Max 2. I have to either stick with the bundled earphones or carry an adapter while accepting a loss in audio quality. Worse still, not all phones or devices use USB Type-C so I can’t even use the bundled earphones on any other device.

I don’t see the point in dumping the 3.5mm jack and can’t figure out why LeEco, and others, see the benefit in it. This is change for the sake of change.

Camera: 7/10

 

The Le Max 2 comes with a 21MP f/2.0 rear camera with OIS, PDAF and dual-LED flash. The front camera is an 8MP f/2.2 unit. As you can see from the images, colour accuracy and metering is actually spot on. The relatively large sensor (1/2.4 inch) and aperture mean that depth-of-field is also quite good.

However, zoom in even slightly and it’s apparent that detail is absent. Many images, especially those in low-light, look like they’ve been painted on.

Focussing was fast in good light, but struggled in low light, especially with difficult subjects. Recorded video was also not bad and OIS helped to some extent.

Still, the camera isn’t bad at this price and the images look great on a smartphone screen anyway.

Battery Life: 8/10

Le Max 2 battery

The phone comes with a rather small 3,100mAh battery. We say small only because the phone is big and heavy and phones like the OnePlus 3 and Galaxy S7 Edge offer 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh respectively in a package that’s smaller, slimmer and lighter.

PCMark put the Le Max 2’s battery at 8 hours and 12 minutes. This pales in comparison the OnePlus 3’s 9 hours 34 minutes and the S7 Edge’s 10 hours 34 minutes. Synthetic benchmarks, again, don’t paint the full picture. In daily usage, I found the phone would just go on and on and on. My usage is fairly light relative to most users I’ve seen. I spend at least 3 hours a day browsing on 4G while listening to music, watch a smattering of YouTube videos (an hour at the most) and maybe reply to a dozen or so mails. Calls and chat (Telegram and WhatsApp) is a little infrequent. I rarely, if ever, play games on the phone despite having a 100 or so of them installed.

Given that usage, my iPhone 6 Plus would die by the time I got home and every other Android phone (though I haven’t used the OnePlus 3 or Samsung S7 Edge as my daily driver) would need a recharge by evening. The Le Max 2 would almost always have power enough power even if I forgot to charge it at night. Not having to worry about battery life is something I got to really experience for the first time with this phone.

Looking at the battery usage graphs it’s very clear that the phone has a very good standby mode. It simply doesn’t drain much when not in use and that makes all the difference in the world.

If you’re a heavy user though, you will be better off with something like the OnePlus 3.

Verdict and pricing

When I look at the Le Max 2, I can’t help but wonder why it’s so large. It’s a heavy and bulky phone that offers less battery life, fewer features, less power and a less-capable camera than its competitors. And all this at a higher price as well (for the 64GB ROM/6GB RAM option).

Why is the camera bump so ugly, why is the battery so small, why couldn’t the 3.5mm jack have been integrated into the phone, why didn’t LeEco work on a better finish and why is the fingerprint sensor so slow?

The OS is pleasant, the UI is slick and fast and there’s no noticeable lag anywhere. The bundled USB Type-C headphones are better than most stock headphones and standby time is exceptional. But it’s not enough.

I see absolutely no reason to recommend this phone over the OnePlus 3 or even the much older Xiaomi Mi 5. It’s not a bad phone, but it’s certainly not a very good one.

The one silver lining is that the 32GB ROM/4GB RAM version sells for Rs 22,999. At that price, this might just be the cheapest Snapdragon 820 toting phone on offer, and even then I’d recommend you save up the Rs 5,000 and take the OnePlus 3.

Source By tech.firstpost…

Why Surfing Porn in Browser’s Incognito Mode Is Not Safe

Browsing for porn in your browser’s Incognito mode might not be as private as you think

Last week we had reported why logging out of Facebook while surfing porn websites is good because Facebook tracks users through the ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons on such porn webpages. Carrying the research a bit further, we present you with another fact you didnt know. Surfing porn in any browser’s Incognito Mode doesnt make your porn habits private.

It is a fact that Incognito mode doesnt save history but that’s about the only protection it grants you. 99 out of 100 Google Chrome user think surfing porn in Incognito users is safe! Admit it, you use your browser’s Incognito window to surf porn yourself!!!

Why surfing in Incognito is not private?

Opening a private or incognito browser in either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer only ensures your computer does not remember your online activity. As said above, any web browser will make sure your web searches and online history are not visible the next time you log in. And that is all that it does.

However that doesnt mean that Incognito surfing is private or anonymous. You Incognito browsing is stored by your ISP, your company and eventually the browser company. Your internet service provider – or ISP – is able to monitor every webpage and web search you made from your house.

Try opening your bank account or email webpage in Incognito mode. You will find that the data like your user name and password are filled up despite the Incognito mode not saving your data. It is fact that most browsers pull data from local memory to fill such details in both normal as well as Incognito mode.

Google has been very up-front about its privacy policy for surfing in Chrome browser Incognito mode. “Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider or the websites that you visit.” Google has warned.

Actually signing into your Gmail account in Incognito mode makes Google’s job of tracking your porn surfing habits that much more easier. 

If you haven’t disabled or paused your account’s Google Web History – you are able to log-in and track your porn surfing activity there, too.

What about other browsers? Most browsers do the same thing what Google does. Like Google, Mozilla Firefox uses an almost-identical disclaimer on its private browsing mode. But again, “while this computer won’t have a record of your browsing history, your employer or internet service provider can still track the pages you visit.”

Then there is something called Super Cookies. Many porn websites use something called Super Cookies which are able to track your movements across the web even when you are browsing in private mode. Super Cookies are like the regular, a lightweight software and sit on a website and fingerprint users who visit the page. When you return to that particular page again at a later date, the website is able to track the entirety of the user’s activity between the two visits.

Considering the above facts, it is unwise to think that your Incognito mode porn surfing habits are either private or anonymous. If you really want to be anonymous, use VPN but dont be under the impression that your Incognito browsing records are private.

Source By techworm…

WhatsApp users are making 100 million voice calls per day

Facebook owned WhatsApp said it is working to make the feature even better in the months to come.

WhatsApp has announced over 100 million voice calls are made everyday using the app. It said, the numbers translate to over 1,100 calls a second. WhatsApp calling was introduced in April last year.

“For more than a year, people have used WhatsApp Calling to talk with friends and family around the world. It’s a great way to stay in touch, especially when connecting with people in other countries, or when messages alone won’t do,” WhatsApp said in a blogpost.

“Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made every day on WhatsApp – that’s over 1,100 calls a second,” it added. Facebook owned WhatsApp said it is working to make the feature even better in the months to come.

The announcement comes at a time when the messaging platform is rumoured to be working on video-calling feature. The feature was earlier spotted in an Android beta build, but later taken off. We’ll have to wait and see when WhatsApp finally launches the video-calling feature.

WhatsApp recently added a host of new features to make its platform both convenient and fun. It rolled out a new feature for its Android beta testers that lets users quote a specific message and reply to it.

It is reportedly looking to add GIF support to its iOS app. The company added support to share documents, like PDFs, Doc files, etc even from third-party apps likeGoogle Drive, OneDrive.

WhatsApp is also now fully encrypted end-to-end by default, which means that man-in-the-middle attacks are no longer possible on WhatsApp chats, and no third-party can read or listen in to the conversations.

Source By indianexpress…

Gigato wants to cut down your mobile data bill without violating net neutrality

Built by former Google and Microsoft engineers, Gigato app aims to bring down the cost of mobile data in emerging nations such as India. It does so by allowing app developers to sponsor the data for their end users, and supports prepaid users on all mobile operators across all telecom circles in India.

For most of us, mobile data has become an essential, yet expensive commodity. Gigato co-founder Shailesh Nalawadi adds, “Despite deep smartphone penetration with devices and affordable devices, there is a solid demographic of consumers who are uncomfortable with paying for data and only connect to the net when they’re in a Wi-Fi enabled area. Gigato is a mobile application that reimburses consumers with data for data spent on browsing partner apps. It can be used by Android prepaid users across telecom operators and regions in India.

“As we dug into the problem, we also saw that this was a significant issue that was hampering the growth for startups in India relying on these users. This system had to be made better for all parties involved and that is what we set out to do. Make internet sponsored and available to all. This is how we began our journey with Gigato,” Nalawadi adds.

Shailesh Nalawadi did his MBA from the University of Chicago. He also holds an M Eng from University of Michigan and a Bachelors from the University of Toronto. Co-founder Raina Kumra holds degrees from Boston University, New York University and Harvard University. Alfian Tan, the third co-founder, who previously worked at Microsoft, studied at the University of Washington and University of Michigan.

Nalawadi explains that Gigato benefits both consumers and app publishers. Publishers can reward for loyal behaviour and also engage with their customer base. On the other hand, consumers benefit by the offerings for data reimbursement. “We charge for every megabyte that we give out to users. However, our model is not inherently different from cashback models out there now. Our only difference is we give megabytes and we create engagement feedback loops,” he said.

Gigato doesn’t charge for appearing on their platform, but only for actual engagement and usage. Therefore, for app publishers who want to test drive can do so at no cost. Gigato has also launched a Wallet that lets users save their recharges to use as and when they require it. This is a change from their previous model wherein one had to instantly redeem recharges.

When asked about the net neutrality debate, Nalawadi says Gigato launched at the time when the Net Neutrality debate and Facebook’s Internet.org was at its peak and there were questions regarding their role. He adds, “We support the principles of Network Neutrality. We worked hard to make stakeholders understand why our particular approach as aligned with the spirit of net neutrality. Being declared completely compliant and net neutral by TRAI and the Save The Internet group was very heartening.”

The app developers only pay for actual megabyte consumption and a setup fee or contract fee depending on the arrangement.  “In effect, we are buying data packs from operators and it is exactly the same price that you would pay for a data pack so we don’t even get any preference from them,”he adds. The startup has received seed funding and now plans to widen its reach by adding more app developers.

Source By tech.firstpost…

Xiaomi Mi 5 Black Colour Variant to Go on Sale in India Today

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Xiaomi India has announced that the Black colour variant of its Mi 5 flagship smartphone will go on sale in the country on Friday. The smartphone will be available via Amazon India and Flipkart from 10am.

To recall, Xiaomi had launched the Mi 5 in India back inMarch, and the smartphone was only available in its White colour variant. Specifically, the company had only brought the 3GB RAM/ 32GB built-in storage variant to India, and despite the evident clamour for more variants, has not yet brought any other configurations to the country.

Xiaomi in a Facebook post explained that the Xiaomi Mi 5 Gold colour variant will also be made available in India “soon”, but did not specify when. To recall, the smartphone was made available via Amazon India, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq earlier this month, with the company abandoning the Mi.com exclusivity for the phone.

Last month, Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the company was working on bringing the Black colour variant of the Mi 5 to India soon.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) smartphone. It sports a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 camera sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens. The smartphone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel front camera with 2-micron pixels. Both cameras feature an f/2.0 aperture.

It measures 144.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi 5 packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The company says that the Quick Charge 3.0 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Quick Charge 2.0. Also onboard is a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.

Source By gadgets.ndtv…