> Rajat Agrawal
  • Opinion

    iPhone at 10: A great run for Apple but challenges ahead

    By on January 9, 2017 at 10:18 AM.

    iPhone at 10: A great run for Apple but challenges ahead

    "Every once in a while there is a revolutionary product that comes along, that changes everything," that's how Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone 10 years ago. The first iPhone was nothing like anything anyone had seen before. It did not have any keyboard, which was one of the most sought after feature for the productivity conscious, thumbing (remember that?), BlackBerry toting enterprise user. For those wanting to live on the cutting edge of technology, preferred the Palm Treo with its keyboard and touchscreen phones, encased in premium metal body and the antenna jutting out. Full touchscreen phones existed before the iPhone, mostly Microsoft's PDAs, but they used a stylus. Nokia had a "portfolio" of smartphones and dismissed the iPhone by thinking one size did not fit all. More →
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  • Featured

    BGR India Awards: Best Flagship Smartphones of 2016

    By on December 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM.

    BGR India Awards: Best Flagship Smartphones of 2016

    The year 2016 would be remembered for democratizing technology. This was the year when you need not have to buy the greatest hardware to access latest technologies like 4G. You could easily buy a smartphone for less than Rs 10,000 and use it with no compromises. High resolution 2.5D displays, metal unibody design, octa-core processors, high capacity RAM, water resistance... you could get just about everything without breaking the bank.  More →
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  • Opinion

    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Raises the bar, for a price

    By on December 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Raises the bar, for a price

    Apple made the biggest change ever to its MacBook range since the first MacBook Air was launched in 2008. This time, it meant killing off the Air, in favor of the MacBook Pro which is now thinner than the MacBook Air but much more powerful. I have been using the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a few days and here are my thoughts about it. More →
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  • After 4G LTE, Reliance Jio sets eyes on DTH, broadband services

    By , on November 14, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

    After 4G LTE, Reliance Jio sets eyes on DTH, broadband services

    Reliance Jio is already breaking all sorts of records with its 4G services, but turns out, it is only the beginning and there's a lot more in store. After incumbent 4G network operators, Jio now has its eyes set of existing DTH and broadband service providers. Though there is no set timeline for a launch, Jio is working on soon offering broadband services with up to 1Gbps speeds, and a set-top-box with a host of HD channels. Last month BGR India visited Reliance Jio's Experience Centre to get a first-hand experience of some of the services the company has in the works, which could be launched soon. More →

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  • Opinion

    Why India’s demonetization of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes is not affecting me

    By on November 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

    Why India’s demonetization of Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes is not affecting me

    Call me privileged, the one percent or whatever you may. But this week's surprise announcement by Prime Minister Modi to make Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes redundant overnight has not affected my daily routine in any significant manner. I was already living an almost cashless life and it continues as usual with little impact. More →
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  • Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook video-first

    By on November 3, 2016 at 12:39 PM.

    Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook video-first

    Facebook has been one of the rare companies that have successfully straddled the shift to mobile. While most companies and publishers struggle to monetize their ever increasing mobile users and declining desktop base, Facebook's mobile ads now account for 84 percent of its total ad revenue -- $5.7 billion in the latest quarter a staggering annual growth of 70 percent. For the first time Facebook had over a billion daily active users accessing the site from their mobile phones. But Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are already looking at the next big user behavior shift -- videos.  More →

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  • Reviews

    Apple iPhone 7 Plus ‘Portrait Mode’ review: Adding a new dimension to your photos

    By on October 28, 2016 at 12:46 PM.

    Apple iPhone 7 Plus ‘Portrait Mode’ review: Adding a new dimension to your photos

    Ever since the first camera phone was launched in 2002, a race of sorts to beat professional cameras had been flagged off. Over the years we have seen many smartphones being marketed to have cameras as good as DSLRs if not better. Yes, smartphones have overtaken stand-alone professional cameras in terms of their adoption and use, but they have never really been able to match the quality of DSLRs. While not claiming to trump DSLRs in all respects, Apple has launched a new feature for the dual-camera toting iPhone 7 Plus, which it believes brings one of the most sought after features of DLSRs to the iPhone.  More →
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  • Reviews

    Ok Google, your Pixel smartphones are impressive

    By on October 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM.

    Ok Google, your Pixel smartphones are impressive

    "Ok Google. What's the best way to cut a watermelon?" "Ok Google, how do I boil an egg?" "Ok Google, what is the status of my flight." "Ok Google, are there any bookstores around me?" "Ok Google, take a selfie." These are just a handful of queries I made to Google's new Assistant during the week of using the Pixel XL smartphone and it did not disappoint me, even though it now knows I am a noob when it comes to doing anything in the kitchen. More →
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  • Even Samsung does not know what’s wrong with the Galaxy Note 7

    By on October 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM.

    Even Samsung does not know what’s wrong with the Galaxy Note 7

    On September 2, Samsung acknowledged that something was wrong with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The company had investigated 35 cases where the phone was overheating and the battery was catching fire. Samsung initially pinpointed the issue with a manufacturing defect in batteries produced by its subsidiary SDI. "Based on our investigation, we learned that there was an issue with the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact which is a very rare manufacturing process error," Samsung had then said in its statement. More →
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  • The fault in Samsung’s Galaxy

    By on October 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM.

    The fault in Samsung’s Galaxy

    It took Samsung nearly two months to figure out what to do with its fatally flawed Galaxy Note 7. What was supposed to be the ultimate smartphone ever, went up in smoke. What happened with Samsung is unfortunate for any company and there is no playbook to follow in such situations, and how Samsung approached the incident would be dissected and debated upon in the coming weeks. But the impact of the incident and ensuing global recall (Samsung didn't use the phrase recall in today's statement), could be far wider than just the Galaxy Note 7.  More →
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