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Technology News, Views, Opinions & Mobile Reviews | Gadgets & Gizmos | Video & Photo Reviews at BGR India
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    A stun gun that looks just like an iPhone is the latest must-have lethal weapon in the underworld and is five times more powerful than a Taser. Modelled on the popular Apple handset, the device discharges its powerful shock from two metal pin points at the top, fired by what is normally the volume buttons, the Mirror reported. Our source said that getting hold of these stun guns was easy as there were plenty of websites out there offering them for sale and most of them were based in China but Germany and the USA had lots too. Sources continued that if a parcel containing one is X-rayed, it looked just like an iPhone and the dimensions were the same

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    World’s largest contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn is looking at re-entering India after shutting down the Nokia plant in Chennai. The company is planning to set up manufacturing units in Gujarat, Noida, and also a small trial unit in Andhra Pradesh. Economic Times reports that this time, Foxconn plans to manufacture Apple smartphones in India. Foxconn holds the largest contract for Apple phones manufacturing. “With booming smartphone sales, Foxconn is ready with its plans. On cards are two plants, one in Gujarat and the second in Noida,” anonymous sources told the publication. After the Nokia-Microsoft deal, Foxconn’s Indian business went for a toss and all the three plants on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway that manufactured Nokia handsets were shut down. The company

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    WhatsApp has been allowing you to block people for as long as you can remember, but now it allows you to report them as spam too. First spotted by AndroidPolice, WhatsApp now lets you report spam any new unwanted user simultaneously in addition to blocking. The report states that this new feature was added somewhere between version 2.12.12 and 2.12.30. The new update for iOS already has this feature. The old interface let you manually only block unwanted users. If the user was blocked by many, then they would be temporarily or permanently banned from the service. Now, you can report spam and block users in just one step. The old option to ‘Block’ or ‘Add’ someone used to appear on

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    In line with what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed about the iPhone 6 a few days ago, another IHS China analyst Kevin Wong also reiterates that the next iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel camera, up from the 8 megapixels it has had since the 2011 launched iPhone 4S. Since 2011, Apple has upgraded the iPhone camera with respect to its autofocus, aperture and video recording capabilities, but has kept its megapixels intact. Speaking in the general sense, megapixels capture details in a photograph, and more megapixels are always better. However, Apple has focused on making the size of each megapixel larger, instead of the number of megapixel – which in a sense is equally important. CNET tries to break it down further and

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    Apple might be ditching its tradition of a September release, and look to unveil its next iPhone a bit earlier than expected. According to the United Daily News, Apple has had some better than expected yield results, and therefore the company might just unveil the iPhone 6s in August. The report notes that Apple has already begun mass production of its components for the next iPhone, thus enabling the early release. The source also reiterates that a larger variant iPhone 6s Plus will also accompany the iPhone 6s, just like last year’s flagships. RELATED: World’s most accurate Apple analystreveals 10 new features of the upcoming Apple iPhone 6S Other rumors about the next iPhone also include a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a

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    Your next iPhone could be designed in California and assembled in India! Apple’s largest contract manufacturer Foxconn is looking to re-enter the country, and dna now reports that the company could set up its plant in Maharashtra. This news was confirmed by none other than Chief Minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, who recently went to China with PM Narendra Modi. On his visit there, he visited the Foxconn facility in Henan Province, and has now confirmed that Foxconn will make a ‘huge investment’ in either Pune or Aurangabad. This inevitably leads to huge employment opportunities in the state, and is all a part of the new government’s effort to further its ‘Make in India’ policy, that it has heavily

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    Apple has detailed an official solution for its iMessage service which has been recently crashing due to a small string of text characters, blocking users from reading incoming texts. According to the Verge, Apple has detailed an official workaround for the problem in a support document on the company’s website. The company said the iPhone owners who are facing this problem can solve the issue by using Siri to unlock their Message app, The users have been directed to ask Siri to “read unread messages” and use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After users reply, they will be able to open Messages again wherein they have to swipe left to delete the entire thread or tap and hold the malicious

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    Days after a string of characters was discovered that could crash the Messages app on the iPhone, a similar bug has been found on Skype. According to The Verge, receiving a message containing characters: “http://:” on Skype crashes the software when running on Windows, Android and iOS. However, Skype for Mac and the touch-optimized Skype for Windows 8.1 will be unaffected. The problem was first reported on Skype’s forums. A spokesperson confirmed the bug’s existence to VentureBeat, saying they were working to provide a solution.  

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    WhatsApp for iOS has received a new update that unleashes a few interesting features. Mostly the 2.12.3 update focuses on bug fixes, but new features like an additional archive option next to individual chats, and a unique ‘Storage Usage’ feature have also been introduced. With this update, iOS users will now be able to archive chats with just one swipe. The swipe right gesture used to first bring out the more and the delete options, now also gives you an additional archive button. There’s also an additional option in the ‘Accounts’ tab called ‘Storage Usage’. This feature gives you a lowdown of the amount of space your chats is using on your device. It gives you the total amount of

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    A team of researchers is launching a new study with the help of an iPhone app to look into the health and wellness issues of LGBT people. A new ResearchKit app developed by the University of California at San Francisco will survey a wide range of LGBT folks about health issues like HIV/AIDS, smoking, cancer, obesity, mental issues and depression, macworld.com reported. Launched last March during Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, the open-source ResearchKit framework has already been used to develop apps to conduct research on diabetes, breast cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease using information collected by iPhone sensors and user surveys. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called ResearchKit as “perhaps the most profound change and positive impact the

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    The  iOS 9 beta 5 was released yesterday, and it brings along a critical additional feature called Wi-Fi Assist. What it essentially does is that it prevents iPhones from latching onto poor Wi-Fi connections, and forces the device to switch to cellular 3G and 4G connections, when the signal quality falls a specific level. This is a neat feature as iPhones currently latch onto Wi-Fi, even when the signal is really bad, not allowing the user to browse the Internet effectively. This feature will now allow iPhone users to uninterruptedly use the Internet, without experiencing frequent network fluctuations. The feature was discovered by 9to5Mac, and of course it can be switched off as well. The toggle switch can be found in the Settings menu,

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    Gone are the days when we used a separate digital camera for clicking photos. Nowadays most of our pictures are snapped and stored on a smartphone, and to keep prying eyes away from select private photos is a problem. However, there’s an easy way to hide your photos in an iPhone. The first way doesn’t require the downloading of any apps. You can simply head over to the Photos app, tap on a photo to open a menu and choose to hide it. While the photo disappears from the Photo collection, it will show up in the Hidden Albums section. This serves the purpose only partially, and there is not as much of a foolproof way of doing it as launching the

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    FiftyThree, the development team behind Paper, the popular drawing and sketching app for iPad, has announced its plans of bringing the award-winning app to iPhone soon. The app was released in 2012 and since then it’s been exclusive to iPads. The announcement comes in the form of a blog post, where there’s a single image of an iPhone showing off how the app interface would be like. The iPhone version of the app is also expected to support the company’s optional accessories, such as the Pencil stylus. The mobile notebook for impromptu artwork and sketches would be a nice addition to the current list of iPhone apps. Apart from being a pure sketching tool, Paper also includes added features to convert

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    Driving aside, you will have no doubt come across situations when you are too busy to pick up your phone to look at or reply to SMS messages. Thankfully your smartphone – be it iPhone or Android – is smart enough to do this menial task for you. Apple’s Siri can read your text messages for you, and also lets you dictate a reply without having to pick up your iPhone. Earlier this month, Google updated its digital assistant, Google Now, and gave it similar functionalities. Below are the steps you need to follow for your smartphone to read and reply to your text messages. Android Let’s start with Android first. To use the hands-free option, you will first need

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    An iOS bug has been discovered that could brick your iPhone forever. If you set the date of your iPhone to January 1 1970, it will permanently brick the phone. Discovered by YouTuber Zach Straley and confirmed by iClarified, the bug affects iOS devices running on 64-bit A7, A8, A8X, A9 and A9X processors. However, the earlier iPhones running on 32-bit iOS version are not affected by this issue. As the scroller is limited, one would need to set back the date numerous times before reaching the year 1970. Soon after you set the date to January 1 1970, the bug won’t let your iOS device boot. It is also found that recovery mode restore or DFU mode won’t fix your

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    Apple made headlines when it fought the FBI in the San Bernardino case, turning down the demands to break into the strongly encrypted iPhone allegedly used by the shooter. As an advocate of user privacy, Apple declared that its smartphones come equipped with encryption, which even if the company wanted, cannot be broken into. However, a security firm called Elcomsoft has now claimed that the Apple iPhones automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled. Now the scariest part is that the call data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification. The call details which are uploaded to Apple’s servers contain the list of calls received and made, complete with phone

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    Do not try this with your iPhone. A malicious video link has been found infecting iOS devices and freezing them completely. The bugged .mp4 video when played in Safari is causing the devices to crash, ultimately requiring a hard reboot. Although the link doesn’t immediately render the device useless, it gradually slows down the device before complete freezing. Discovered by YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, the extremely short three-second clip is of someone standing by a bed with the words “Honey” written across the screen. Once the clip is played, affected iPhones will remain usable for a couple of minutes before freezing completely. It has the same result even if you do not let the video play completely. The malicious link appears

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    Flipkart has announced yet another sale targeting users looking forward to owning or switch to premium smartphones by Apple, Google, and Lenovo-owned Motorola. The leading e-tailer will be hosting ‘Own Your Dream Phone’ sale offering discounts and cashback from Thursday, June 22 till Saturday, June 24. During the ‘Own Your Dream Phone’ sale, premium smartphones including Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Moto Z can be purchased at discounted price along with exchange offers and No Cost EMI options. Flipkart promises to bring down prices for all the Apple iPhones by Rs 2000, while iPhone 7 Plus which is the top variant and usually sees more demands

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    Apple announcing ARKit earlier this year at WWDC might have been the company’s first of steps in the Augmented Reality space but releasing it to developers certainly opened it up to endless possibilities. As they say, not all minds function alike, and developers with out-of-the-box ideas continue to raise the bar on what the platform can really achieve. According to a 9to5Mac report, developer Osama Abdel-Karim was able to draw a 3D painting using ARKit. What’s more interesting is the fact that Karim drew the 3D painting without using any companion equipment and just with his fingers on a physical notebook. As seen in the latest ARKit demo footage, the user simply drew lines and figures in air using his fingers