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iPhone X repair will be a very costly affair

Last updated on: November 04, 2017 09:09 IST

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iPhone X, Apple's first smartphone to feature a full-screen display, went on sale from November 3 amid great demand.

The iPhone X not only comes with an expensive price tag, of Rs 89,000 and Rs 1,02,000 for the 64GB and 256GB variants, respectively, but any accidental drops could damage the near bezel-less display, and that will cost you a bomb.

Based on a MacRumours report, screen replacement on iPhone X will cost you around Rs 18,300 compared to screen replacement for the iPhone 8, which will cost around Rs 11,000. The same for the iPhone 6 costs around Rs 8,300.

If the phone is out of warranty then repairs will cost you around Rs 35,700.

WhatsApp's 'DELETE FOR EVERYONE' comes with a catch

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WhatsApp has finally brought in the delete for everyone feature for sent messages. However, the user has only seven minutes to perform this action.

The 'Delete for Everyone' feature can be used to delete messages, photos and videos from a single recipient or a group.





Jio now working on Android phone

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A few months ago, Jio created a storm by announcing a smart feature phone that would effectively be free of cost.

As per a report by FactorDaily, the JioPhone production is on hold, as the company is now working on an Android-based phone. The current JioPhone runs on KaiOS (Firefox OS), which comes with limited apps.



Samsung to launch device with foldable display in 2018

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Smartphones can do a lot of things, but you can't yet buy one that folds in your pocket. Samsung plans to change that.

Reports suggest that the South Korean technology major, which has been working on foldable display for a long time, plans to launch its new device in the coming year.





Twisted light could make data transfer ultra fast

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Optical fibre is currently the fastest mode of data transfer. But it's deployment and price are still major drawbacks.

Researchers have now found a way to remove cables from the picture altogether.

Scientists have found a way of using twisted light as a form of wireless, high-capacity data transmission.

In their words, they can twist photons by passing them through a special hologram, giving the photons an optical angular momentum.

Digital communications uses photons as 0s and 1s to carry information, while the twists in the photons allows them to carry additional data -- which results in creating higher bandwidth. But transmitting twisted light across open spaces is a challenge.

The researchers have tested their tech over a 1.6 km long space in Germany, where the light beam had to pass through tall building and obstacles. It's assumed that light beam can cope with real life environments, which makes the data transfer faster and cheaper

-- Source: University of Glasgow

Vodafone launches 2 new prepaid plans to deal with Jio offers

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After Reliance Jio recently updated its tariff plans, Vodafone also revealed Rs 496 and Rs 177 prepaid plans for it's new customers.

The Rs 496 plan offers 1 GB of data per day for 84 days, with unlimited local and STD calling.

The Rs 177 plan will offer 1GB for 28 days with unlimited local and STD calling.

The Rs 496 plan was launched to take on Jio's Rs 459 plan, which offers same data and calling features. However, in Jio's case a new user will have to pay Rs 558 for this package as it includes a Rs 99 Jio prime membership fee.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 processor coming soon

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Rumors suggest that Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is likely to be launched at this year's Snapdragon Technology Summit in December.

Usually, Samsung is the first mobile company to get the new Snapdragon processor. It is expected to be the same this year.

Galaxy S9 devices will likely to feature the new Snapdragon 845 processor ahead of competitors.



OnePlus 5T likely be launched on November 16

OnePlus 5T is expected to feature a new design, and maybe even a new camera setup.

Leaked images show the device as having a full-screen display with minimal bezels on the top and bottom.

The smartphone, which will be an Amazon exclusive, will come with a price tag of around Rs 35,700 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB variant will be priced at Rs 42,300.

Check out the specifications...

DISPLAY 6.0 inches, Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (402 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core
GPU Adreno 540
Card slot No
Internal Memory 1) 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
2) 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
Primary/Secondary Camera Dual 20 MP, f-1.7 / 16 MP, f-2.0
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, fingerprint, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh

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