Forget the iPhone 8 and iPhone X – here are 7 reasons you should buy the iPhone 7 instead

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There are a ton of great phones you can buy this year. But if you’re intent on buying an iPhone in 2017, don’t bother with the new iPhone 8 or the high-end iPhone X coming in November.

Here’s why:

It’s the same great experience of using iOS.

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No matter which iPhone you buy, you’re getting Apple’s first-class ecosystem, security and updates, as well as the App Store, which has the best selection of apps. Since all of these iPhones run iOS 11, they all perform and behave very similarly. You’d be hard-pressed to notice the differences between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, in particular.

If you’re still having trouble seeing the differences between the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8, I highly recommend checking out Apple’s iPhone comparison tool. But if you need further convincing, consider this: The iPhone 8 is a basically slightly faster iPhone 7 with a glass back for wireless charging. Would you spend $150 for those changes, especially knowing the phone doesn’t come with an included wireless charging pad? Try everything in store and see for yourself, but I’m not convinced wireless charging is worth investing in quite yet. Wait until charging systems are better, cheaper, and more ubiquitous — it’ll be a much better market by this time next year, for instance.

And if you’re really holding out for the iPhone X, my question is this: Why? Sure, some of the features on that phone are exciting, but are they worth paying nearly double the price of an iPhone 7? That is a question you’ll need to answer for yourself.

Consider this as well: By this time next year, we’re going to be talking about an all-new iPhone, which means the iPhone X will be less expensive by then, and definitely more available than it will be if you’re trying to get a new iPhone before the end of the year. Simply put, there’s no real reason to obsess over the latest phone when there’s nothing really wrong with the iPhone 7, last year’s “all-new” phone. It has an excellent design, a gorgeous screen, and great battery life. And at $549 to start, it’s a steal.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X have near-identical front-facing cameras as well.

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The iPhone X’s front-facing camera is complemented by an all-new TrueDepth camera system, which includes a set of sensors required to operate the new Face ID system to unlock the phone and make purchases via Apple Pay, but the front-facing cameras across all three iPhone models — 7, 8, and X — are almost identical.

Again, here are the specs from Apple’s website:

Based on Apple’s data, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 — as well as their respective “Plus” models — all have near-identical front-facing camera systems. The iPhone X obviously has a more sophisticated front-facing camera system overall, which also helps achieve some of those newer features like Face ID, Portrait Lighting and Animoji, but none of those iPhone X-exclusive features on the selfie camera are must-haves just yet.

The iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X have similar rear cameras.

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If you care at all about photography, the rear cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X are nearly identical. The smaller iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are also great shooters, but the larger “Plus” models include a second telephoto lens so you can zoom in without losing image quality.

This is how Apple breaks down the camera specs of the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. As you can see, all three camera systems are almost identical from a hardware perspective — the newer iPhone 8 and iPhone X have “Slow Sync” on the True Tone flash, for better flash pictures, and the iPhone X has a slightly different aperture in the telephoto lens, but that’s about it.

The only other difference here is that the iPhone X rear camera has optical image stabilization for both wide-angle and telephoto lenses — this helps with sharper images and video, especially in low-light settings. The iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus only have OIS the wide-angle lens, not the telephoto lens. But again, this doesn’t make much of a difference for the user experience; iPhone 7 owners won’t feel like they’re “missing” anything.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast-charging and wireless charging, but both of those features require buying extra accessories, and you don’t need these charging methods in the first place.

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone X support the Qi wireless-charging standard and fast-charging for the first time, but you’ll need to buy Qi charging pads, which aren’t exactly cheap, and another $25 to $75 worth of equipment if you want to try fast-charging.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus charge using Apple’s standard lightning cable, and that works perfectly fine.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X have glass backs, making them more fragile and less resistant to smudges.

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Apple added glass to the backs of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X so those phones can support Qi wireless charging — but as a side effect, those glass backs made them more susceptible to smudges and fingerprints, as well as fall damage. With the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, you’ll need to worry about both the front and the back of the phone cracking if you drop it.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 has the same aluminum unibody frame as the iPhone 6 line, which means you’ll only need to worry about the phone’s display cracking if you drop it. The metal backs on the iPhone 7 line are also more resistant to smudges and fingerprints compared to the glass backs of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

The iPhone 7 comes in more colors than the iPhone X.

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The iPhone 8 comes in three colors: silver, gold, and space grey.

The iPhone X comes in just two colors: black and white.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, meanwhile, come in five different colors: jet black, matte black (the best color), silver, gold, and rose gold.

The iPhone 7 is more affordable than the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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The first but most important reason you should consider the iPhone 7 is its price tag relative to the other new iPhones.

The iPhone 8 starts at $699 — $150 more than the starting price of the iPhone 7, for a very similar phone. The larger iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, and the high-end iPhone X, if you can even find one when it becomes available on November 3, will start at $999.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 starts at $549 — almost half the price of the iPhone X — and the larger iPhone 7 Plus starts at $669. Don’t get me wrong, these phones are still definitely considered “expensive,” but they’re much more reasonable than the prices of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Enjoy!

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Amazon India launches the Amazon Business market in India for SMBs

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E-commerce major Amazon India today launched a new marketplace — Amazon Business — to cater to the requirements of the small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country.
The new marketplace is focussed on meeting the procurement needs of SMBs such as technology and service companies, manufacturers, universities, schools and offices, Amazon.in said in a statement.

They would be able to choose from over 10 crore products including laptops, printers, network storage solutions, electronics, pantry supplies among others at business-only pricing, it added.

Small companies can register with Amazon Business with their GST number and be entitled for input tax credit (varying between 5-28 per cent basis different product types). “With this launch, we now have a fully functional B2B marketplace alongside our thriving B2C marketplace to enable the same benefits for business buyers,” Amazon India Vice President Category Management Manish Tiwary said.

Amazon Business was launched in the US in April 2015, and serves more than one million businesses customers. It has been extended to Germany (December 2016), the UK (April 2017) and Japan (September 2017) as well.

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Reliance Jio will ‘discontinue’ unlimited voice calling for these customers

 

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Although Reliance Jio has been giving a hard time of its competition since last year by giving free voice calls and generous 4G data, it also has the authority to ‘discontinue’ the free voice calling facility for some users.

The telecom giant says it has all rights to discontinue the free voice call service after 300 minutes if they find out that the number is being used for commercial use or in a fraudulent service.

Reliance Jio says it will consider commercial use from a number once the outgoing voice usage goes beyond 300 minutes per day or 1200 minutes for 7 days or 3,000 minutes per month (28 days), whichever hits earlier.

Under the terms of use section in both the ‘Postpaid’ and ‘Prepaid’ page of Jio it has been mentioned that, “This Plan is intended only for personal use of included services. RJIL reserves the right to discontinue the free Voice benefits offered as part of this Plan in case of misuse/ fraudulent use/ unauthorised telemarketing and commercial use. Commercial usage for this plan is defined as outgoing voice usage of 300 minutes per day or 1200 minutes for 7 days or 3,000 minutes per month (28 days), whichever is earlier. Calling to 100 unique MSIDNs in a rolling 7 day period will also constitute commercial usage.

A Reliance Jio executive told , that until now the company has not yet faced any such cases and that the the firm has its own algorithm to note if the calls being made are for commercial purposes or for personal use. It was also communicated over call that the firm will get in touch with the particular user and will cross check the issue. To revive the service, prepaid users would need to make a recharge. The recharge amount details were not mentioned by the executive.

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जब दशहरा के दिन रावण ने दी लक्ष्‍मण को दीक्षा, जानें वो तीन बातें

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दशहरा को सब लोग बुराई पर अच्‍छाई की जीत का दिन मानते हैं. इस दिन भगवान श्री राम ने राक्षस राज रावण का वध किया था. नौ दिन शक्ति के अलग-अलग स्‍वरूपों की अराधना के बाद विजयदशमी का त्‍यौहार रावण के पुतला दहन के रूप में मनाया जाता है. लेकिन बहुत कम लोग यह जानते होंगे कि इसी दिन मरने से पहले विद्वान रावण ने शेष नाग के अवतार माने जाने वाले लक्ष्‍मण को दीक्षा दी थी. यह पौराणिक कथा आज भी उतनी ही प्रासंगिक है…

नाभि में बाण लगते ही रावण रथ से जमीन पर गिर पड़ा
भगवान श्री राम ने रावण के नाभ‍ि में बाण मारा तो रावण तड़पते हुए रथ से जमीन पर गिर पड़ा. उसके गिरते ही राक्षस सेना में हाहाकार मच गया और उन्‍होंने अपने अंतिम सेनापति व राजा के परास्‍त होते ही मैदान छोड़ दिया. अब युद्ध समाप्‍त हो चुका था. श्री राम सहित सब लोग रावण को मरणासन्‍न अवस्‍था में देखने पहुंचे. अचेत पड़े अंतिम सांसें गिन रहे रावण की ओर ईशारा करते हुए श्री राम ने लक्ष्‍मण से कहा, ‘लक्ष्‍मण! रावण जैसे विद्वान इस धरती पर बहुत कम हैं, जाओ उससे शिक्षा ले लो.’ बड़े भाई की आज्ञा पाकर न चाहते हुए भी लक्ष्‍मण जाकर रावण के सिर के पास खड़े होकर शिक्षा देने को कहा. रावण ने लक्ष्‍मण की ओर देखा भी नहीं.

शिक्षा मिलती है विनम्रता से, अधिकार से नहीं
कुछ देर इंताजार और अपने को अपमानित महसूस करने के बाद लक्ष्‍मण श्री राम के पास पहुंचे और बोले, ‘भइया! मरणासन्‍न पड़ा है लेकिन इसका का अहंकार…’ इससे पहले लक्ष्‍मण अपनी बात पूरी कर पाते श्री राम ने बीच में टोका, ‘लक्ष्‍मण मेरे भाई! अहंकार रावण में नहीं तुममे है. विजयी होने का. रावण युद्ध हार चुका है. अब वह हमारा शत्रु नहीं है. तुम उससे कुछ लेने गए थे तो उसके पैरों के पास याचक की मुद्रा में खड़े होते लेकिन तुम तो सिर के पास आदेश वाली मुद्रा में खड़े थे. शिक्षा पाने के लिए अधिकार नहीं विनम्रता की जरूरत होती है.’ लक्ष्‍मण बात समझ गए वे तुरंत रावण वहां से जाकर रावण के पैरों के पास खड़े होकर शिक्षा देने के लिए अनुरोध किया.

शुभस्‍य शीघ्रम
रावण ने लक्ष्‍मण की ओर देखा और लक्ष्‍मण को तीन उपदेश दिया. उसने लक्ष्‍मण से कहा, ‘हां, अब तुम मेरे शिष्‍य बनने के योग्‍य हो. मैं तुम्‍हें तीन महत्‍वपूर्ण बातें बताता हूं. ध्‍यान से सुनो. पहला यह कि शुभ कार्य जितनी जल्‍दी हो सके शुरू कर देनी चाहिए. अशुभ कार्य को जितना टाला जा सके टालते रहना चाहिए. मैं परम ज्ञानी होने के बावजूद इस बात को नहीं समझ सका और प्रभु श्री राम की शरण में आने जैसा शुभ कार्य टालता रहा. और उनसे दूर होने वाले तमाम अशुभ कार्य करता रहा. ऐसे में मेरा पूरा कुल खानदान नष्‍ट हो गया. राजपाट सब चला गया. इसलिए लक्ष्‍मण शुभस्‍य शीघ्रम.’

Don’t delay in completing any auspicious work. On the other hand, keep delaying the inauspicious work as much possible.

He supported this teaching by saying, “शुभस्य शीघ्रम्” (Shubhasya Shighram). He told Lakshman that he could not recognize Rama and therefore delayed his chances of achieving moksha.

 

प्रतिद्वंद्वी को कमजोर न समझो
लक्ष्‍मण की ओर मुखातिब रावण ने फिर कहा, ‘अब दूसरी बात सुनो. अपने प्रतिद्वंद्वी को कभी भी कमजोर मत समझो. मैंने श्री राम और उनकी वानर सेना को बहुत कमजोर समझा. हर बार समुद्र पर सेतु बना तो मैंने उनका और उनकी वानर सेना का उपहास किया. ब्रह्मा से अमरत्‍व का वरदान मांगते समय भी मैंने कहा कि मानव और वानरों को छोड़कर कोई मेरा वध न कर सके. क्‍योंकि मैं मानव और वानरों को तुच्‍छ समझता था. यह बात मुझे तब भी समझ नहीं आई जब वानर राज बाली ने मुझे अपनी कांख में छह महीने तक दबा रखा था. उससे मैंने कोई सीख नहीं ली और अब श्री राम को भी तुच्‍छ ही समझता रहा कि वह तपस्‍वी मानव वानरों की सेना से मेरा क्‍या बिगाड़ लेगा. देख ही रहे हो, परिणाम तुम्‍हारे सामने है.’

He said that he committed the mistake of underestimating humans & monekys; whom he thought were lesser in strength than a daitya or asura. And as a result, he lost the battle and ultimately cost him his life.
This he related to the boon of immortality that he received from Lord Brahma.

राज को राज ही रहने दो
एक गहरी सांस लेने के बाद कुछ देर रुक कर रावण ने लक्ष्‍मण से कहा, ‘यदि जीवन में तुम्‍हारा कोई राज हो तो उसे किसी को भी न बताओ. नाभि में अमृत की बात विभीषण जानता था. यह बात मैंने ही उसे बताई थी क्‍योंकि वह मेरा सबसे प्रिय भाई था. मैं सपने में भी नहीं सोच सकता था कि वह मेरे साथ ऐसा विश्‍वासघात करेगा. अपने सबसे प्रिय जन को जीवन का एक महत्‍वपूर्ण राज बताना मेरी सबसे बड़ी भूल थी. परिणाम तुम देख ही रहे हो. उसने शत्रु पक्ष के साथ मिलकर मेरा ही नहीं पूरे कुल का, राज्‍य का सर्वनाश कर दिया. मेरे अपने चले गए, बेटे और भाइयों सहित कुल का सर्वनाश हो गया. और अब मैं भी…’

Raavan told Laxman that he made a mistake of telling his life’s secret to his real brother Vibhishan, which ultimately backfired. Raavan called this his biggest mistake of life.

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Reliance JioPhone customers can return devices before three years, but there’s a catch

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Reliance Jio has declared that users can now return their JioPhone handsets before the stipulated time period of three years. However, the company will return the amount in accordance with the time of use.

During the company’s AGM event in July, Mukesh Ambani revealed the first JioPhone which according to him was effectively free. The company was charging a sum of Rs 1,500 to avoid misuse of the device. However, Reliance Jio promised that they will return the entire sum of Rs 1,500 when the user completes three years of use.

Users that return their device within a period of one year will get no money in return. Buyers that return the device between the period of 12 months to 24 months from the date of purchase will get Rs 500 in return. Users that return the device within a period of 24 to 36 months will receive Rs 1,000 in return and buyers that return it after completing all three years will get the entire sum of Rs 1,500.

The company has revealed a list of terms and conditions that go with the purchase of JioPhone. The clauses also mention that if the buyer fails to purchase recharge vouchers consistently, the company has the right to repossess the device. In such an event, the user will get a refund in accordance with the Early Return Plans. The user should not tamper the device in any way which also includes rooting.

With the purchase of JioPhone and scanning of biometrics the buyers will have to agree with a series of terms and conditions that come with the device. Users are advised to go through these terms and conditions in order to get the refund amount back.

Time of Return of JioPhone

Early Return Charges

Upto 12 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone

Rs. 1,500/- (Rupees One Thousand Five Hundred only) plus applicable GST or other taxes

After 12 months and up to 24 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone

Rs. 1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand only) plus applicable GST or other taxes

After 24 months and up to 36 months from the date of first issue of the JioPhone

Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only) plus applicable GST or other taxes

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Google launches Drive File Stream app, to replace the Drive desktop app whose support ends in December 2017.

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Google has launched the Drive File Stream application to replace the Google Drive for Mac/PC. As the name implies, this application will be streaming the data stored on Google Drive to your Mac or PC. It will let you stream your My Drive and Team Drive files directly from the cloud, helping in freeing up disk space and network bandwidth and also decreasing sync time.

The company in a blog post also said that it will stop support for Google Drive desktop app from 11th December 2017 and will completely shut down the app on 12th March 2018.

The Drive File Stream app will be turned on for G Suite users, but it will only show download links in the Drive interface. The blog mentioned that the settings to access the Drive File system will not be accessible until 26 September. Once the app is publicly available the setting can be found in the Admin console for Drive File Stream located at Apps > G Suite > Drive and Docs > Data Access in the G Suite app.

Google in its blog mentioned that user may start seeing the message of the Drive app going away on their desktop devices from October 2017.

The other tool Google had introduced in July, Backup and Sync, will continue to function as is. Google had launched the ‘Backup and Sync from Google’ tool to simplify the process of backing up files and photos in the computer. The utility is meant to replace the existing Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client application for both Mac and PC.

As Google provides two ways to sync data. The users using both Drive File stream and Backup and Sync on the same system will be prompted to stop syncing My Drive app with Backup and Sync.

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The second option to sync data on Google is Backup and Sync. According to the tech giant it is a “consumer sync client” which can also be used by organisations. Backup and Sync stores all the Drive content locally. Users can choose any one of the options depending on where they want to sync their data.

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