> Rajat Agrawal
  • 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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  • Hands On

    Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus first impressions: 7 observations after 48 hours

    By on October 10, 2016 at 5:21 PM.

    Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus first impressions: 7 observations after 48 hours

    In the run up to the iPhone 7 launch, rumor mills had suggested that the new iPhones would be boring. They would look and feel the same as the iPhones launched two years ago, the camera bump would be retained and to top it all, they won't even have a headphone jack! As is the case with the pre-iPhone launch news cycle, Apple was supposed to be doomed, the company had lost its Steve Jobs' era mojo and it was a one-trick pony that had forgotten the only trick it knew. More →
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  • Hands On

    Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL hands-on: The real Google phone is here!

    By on October 5, 2016 at 10:48 AM.

    Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL hands-on: The real Google phone is here!

    The 'Google Phone' is real and I saw it today. In some ways it looks similar to the iPhone and in many others it is as Googley (or in the words of a Google executive "Pixel-y") as you would expect a product from Google. For Google's product team, the Pixel project (it started with a Chromebook) is something they are very passionate about. The products are an expression of what Googlers think what hardware should do for users, in conjunction with online services, machine learning and artificial intelligence. I guess with the Pixel smartphones, Google is now formally a hardware company. More →
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  • Google’s Pixel launch event today is not about hardware

    By on October 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM.

    Google’s Pixel launch event today is not about hardware

    If everything goes as expected, in less than eight hours from now, Google will unveil its first real plan that demonstrates the importance of controlling the entire product stack with the amalgamation of hardware and software. Today we will finally get to witness Google's vision of the role connected devices like smartphones, VR headsets, in-home smart devices and possibly even laptops should play in your lives. Today's event might have been positioned as a "Made by Google" hardware event, but at the heart of it lies Google's suite of services. More →
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