iPhone 7 Price, Larger 1960mAh Battery, and Lightning EarPods Tipped

iPhone 7 Price, Larger 1960mAh Battery, and Lightning EarPods Tipped

  • iPhone 7 tipped to sport larger battery than iPhone 6s
  • 3.5mm headphone jack is anticipated to be removed
  • The iPhone 7 is expected to release in September

Apple’s next iPhone offering is supposed to come packed with new hardware and minimal design changes. The latest information tips at a possible bump in battery life, while leaked images of Lightning-powered EarPods tip the anticipated demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack. A separate leak also tips the prices of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro.

A leak from tipster Onleaks indicates that Apple is also increasing the battery life to 1960mAh in the iPhone 7. Notably, the iPhone 6s had a 1715mAh battery. This is probably done to accommodate all the new hardware, mainly the new A10 processor that is expected to be more powerful than its predecessor. In any case, it doesn’t seem like a sufficiently major upgrade to ward off those battery woes. One of the most painful problems an iPhone user faces is poor battery life, and looks like Apple isn’t making significant upgrades to solve it yet.

The images, sourced out of Weibo (via 9to5Mac), show Lightning-powered EarPods in high resolution from all angles. If real, the images tip that Apple is indeed ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, and asking users to either switch to Bluetooth earphones for audio support, or make do with these new EarPods that will possibly be bundled with the iPhone 7. Another implication of the removal of the headphone jack would be Cupertino giant is looking to add water resistance to the smartphone. Earlier, a leak also pointed to a possibility that Apple may just bundle the regular 3.5mm EarPods with an additional 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter alongside for users to make the switch.

As for the pricing leak, once again through Weibo (via Digit), the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7 is said to be priced at CNY 5,288 (roughly Rs. 52,900), the 64GB variant at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 60,900), and the 256GB at CNY 7,088 (roughly Rs. 70,900). The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to be priced at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 60,900) for the 32GB variant, CNY 6,888 (roughly Rs. 68,900) for the 128GB variant, and CNY 7,888 (roughly Rs. 78,900) for the256GB variant. The iPhone 7 Pro is expected to be priced at CNY 7,088 (roughly Rs. 70,900) for the 32GB variant, while the 128GB variant is said to cost CNY 7,888 (roughly Rs. 78,900), and the 256GB variant is expected to come for CNY 8,882 (roughly Rs. 88,900).

The iPhone 7 is expected to shift the antenna bands to the edges, and sport a Force Touch Home button. The company will introduce a dual camera setup for the large iPhone 7 Plus variant, alongside a smart connector at the back. There is also expected to be three variants of the iPhone this year – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. Furthermore, Apple is expected to offer new storage options namely – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android

How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android

  • You can play Pokemon Go right now on an Android phone
  • It works on Android devices the world over
  • Expect an official launch soon

If you have an Android device, you don’t have to wait for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to announce anofficial release date of Pokemon Go in your region. The game is out now in the US and Germany in addition to Australia and New Zealand. But if you don’t live in these countries, the game’s APK file is available for download, and it works on Android devices outside of the territories the game is available officially in right now.

“The game is unavailable in my region Brazil, but I could download it with apk pure, just set the region to Australia,” claimed one Reddit user.

“I got it working in Canada on a Galaxy S6! I too caught a Bulbasaur in my living room,” said another.

Steps in order to download Pokemon Go on Android:

  • Download the game’s APK from here.
  • If you’re on a PC, attach your phone via USB and copy the file to the Downloads folder.
  • On your phone go to Settings, Security and allow for the installation of apps from unknown sources.
  • Now simply go to the Downloads folder on your phone and install it.

Keep in mind that Pokemon Go sports some in-app purchases as reported earlier.

Initially the game was discovered on Australia and New Zealand app stores. Usually, most developers use these markets to test out certain aspects of the game such as microtransaction prices and certain design elements. We’ve seen that with titles from other big name publishers like Rovio and EA. Chances are, the same applies here. The US launch seems like a knee-jerk reaction. With an event slated for sometime next month, called Pokemon Outbreak we won’t be surprised to see a formal announcement around that time if not earlier.

Nonetheless, we’ve got the game working, look out for our impressions shortly.

Pokemon Go Welcome at Rio Olympics, Mayor Says

Pokemon Go Welcome at Rio Olympics, Mayor Says

Could hunting for a Pokemon get any hotter? Maybe in Rio, so the city about to host the Olympic Games is urging makers of the popular app to come down to Brazil.

The app, based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago, uses GPS and mapping capabilities in smartphones to let players roam the real world to find “PokeStops” stocked with supplies and hunt cartoon monsters to capture and train for battles.

“Hello Nintendo! There are 23 days until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Everybody’s coming. You should come on down too,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Facebook Wednesday, with the welcoming hashtag #PokemonGoNoBrasil (Pokemon Go in Brazil).

Since its release in the United States, Australia and New Zealand last week, the free Pokemon Gosmartphone game that overlays play on the real world has triggered a major craze.

Some, like Paes, think people might enjoy hunting around the city’s landmarks like Copacabana beach.

Half a million foreign tourists are expected in Rio for South America’s first Olympics from August 5-21.

Ex-supermodel Gisele Bundchen will be in her native Brazil to host the opening ceremony.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Beats Apple iPhone 6s Sales in Q2 2016 in the US

Samsung Galaxy S7 Beats Apple iPhone 6s Sales in Q2 2016 in the US: Report

  • Kantar Worldpanel data shows Samsung and Apple’s US sales
  • Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge accounted for 16 percent of sales
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus accounted 14.6 percent of sales

It is safe to say Samsung’s latest flagship entries Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and have been received well by both customers and critics alike, and now a market research report indicates that sales of Samsung’s flagships were better than Apple’s current flagships iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the US market in Q2 2016.

According to latest mobile market data numbers by Kantar Worldpanel, Samsung’s flagship modelsGalaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge accounted for 16 percent of all smartphone sales in the US, while iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus accounted for 14.6 percent of sales in three months ended May. Even though Apple’s flagships were launched in September last year and those of Samsung in March this year, this can be considered a worrying sign for the Cupertino-based company as it showed a trend of maintaining lead in market sales despite the launch gap till this very year.

In terms of all smartphone models, Samsung took an even bigger lead over Apple as the company accounted for 37 percent of all smartphone sales in US while Apple lagged behind at 29 percent market share during March-May.

The only respite from Apple’s point of view in the released data was that 88 percent of current Apple users have chosen to stay loyal and intend to buy another smartphone from the same company. Although Samsung seems to be catching up in this regard as well with 86 percent of Samsung customers chose to stick with the company.

In April, Apple posted its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years, during January-March, as the company credited with re-inventing the smartphone struggled with an increasingly saturated market and faced the heat from Samsung’s new flagships.

With the latest mobile market data from Kantar Worldpanel, it seems like the trend is likely to continue and Apple will have to hit it big with its upcoming smartphones – anticipated to be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – to change this trend, otherwise the company might not be able to hold onto its position for long.

Trai Says Public Wi-Fi Hotspots Could Slash Mobile Data Costs by 90 Percent

Trai Says Public Wi-Fi Hotspots Could Slash Mobile Data Costs by 90 Percent

  • Trai has floated the paper, seeking answers by August 10
  • The estimated cost on Wi-Fi could be less than 2p per MB
  • Currently, it’s 23p per MB on mobile’s 2G, 3G and 4G connections

Telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday sought public views on allowing non-telecom companies to participate in setting up public Wi-Fi hotspots, and said low-cost Wi-Fi access infrastructure could slash Internet rates by up to 90 percent, while offering faster speeds.

The regulator has sought public views by August 10 on slew of issues including regulatory hurdles, licensing restrictions, business models, interoperability between Wi-Fi networks and delicensing of more mobile airwaves.

“In this paper, ‘public Wi-Fi networks’ has broader meaning and not limited to the Wi-Fi hotspot created by licensed TSP/ ISP at public places. There could be small entrepreneurs or even a very small entity which would like to participate in common and shared Wi-Fi network for larger public use,” Trai said in its paper on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks.

Other issues that would be deliberated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India include policy measures to encourage policy measures required to encourage the deployment of commercial models for city-wide Wi-Fi networks as well as expansion of Wi-Fi networks in remote or rural areas.

The public views have also been sought on adoption of a “hub-based model” where a central third party Authentication, Authorization and Accounting hub will facilitate interconnection, authentication and payments and who should own and control such hub.

The regulator said that it is estimated that cost per MB in Wi-Fi Network could be less than 2 paise per MB while consumers on an average are paying around 23 paise per MB for the data usage in the cellular network like 2G, 3G and 4G.

“This shows that the consumer tariff for data may reduce as much as one-tenth in Wi-Fi compared to mobile data. From the above, it is obvious that deployment of Wi-Fi network will not only enhance the speed of Internet but also it will make data affordable to consumers,” Trai said.

The regulator said that status of Wi-Fi hotspots in India is not encouraging as while the country represents one-sixth of the world population but its share in Wi-Fi hotspots is less than one-thousandth.

Globally, the increase in number of Wi-Fi hotspots from 2013 to 2016 has been 568 percent whereas India has an increase of 12 percent only.

At present, there are only 31,518 with 13,967 installed in cafes, Trai said.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Pro Tipped to Sport Snapdragon 821 SoC

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Pro Tipped to Sport Snapdragon 821 SoC

  • Mi Note 2 Pro may be Xiaomi’s first phone with Snapdragon 821
  • The handset is expected to come in 4GB and 6GB of RAM models
  • Mi Note 2 is rumoured to launch on July 25

Xiaomi’s alleged Mi Note 2 smartphone is already making rounds on the Internet and is rumoured tolaunch later this month. Now, the alleged Mi Note 2 Pro, which is believed to be the successor to theXiaomi Mi Note Pro that was launched last year, has leaked online.

According to a Chinese tipster, the Mi Note 2 Pro will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD Amoled display and will pack a 12-megapixel rear camera. The handset is said to be backed by a 3700mAh battery. One of the biggest highlights of the Mi Note 2 Pro will be the recently unveiled Snapdragon 821 SoC. It is likely to come in two versions packing 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The Chinese tipster claims that the Mi Note 2 Pro will also come with a fingerprint scanner on the front, much like the Mi 5. The alleged Mi Note 2 Pro is expected to launch in the month of August.

Additionally, a new Xiaomi device codenamed Altun has been spotted in Geekbench listing. The listing was reported by Twitter user Krispi and also claimed that it appeared multiple times on Geekbench listing. The Xiaomi ‘Altun’ in Geekbench single core tests scored 980 while in multi-core tests scored 4076.

All these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Xiaomi has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.

A recent report claimed that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 may be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the standard 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model while the 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage high model will come at CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 30,000). There are rumours that a third top-end variant featuring 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be also launched priced at CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000).

Apple, Cisco Collaborate on Technology Integration

Apple, Cisco Collaborate on Technology Integration

Technology giant Apple is working on plans to facilitate integration of Cisco’s Spark business collaboration service with iPhones in an effort to offer enterprise customers a better calling experience over Internet.

Apple chief Tim Cook has said the company is making iOS devices to work better on Cisco technologies than any other mobile platform.

“With iOS 10, we are making it easier to make and receive voice and video calls over IP (Internet Protocol). Now, Cisco Spark will integrate with iPhone for first-class calling experience. It’s a seamless integration,” Cook said in a video message at the Cisco Live Conference in Las Vegas.

Last year, Cisco had forged a strategic partnership with Apple, under which it optimised its network for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhones with its solutions and providing collaboration capabilities on iPhones and iPads.

“Together with Cisco, we believe that we can take the work experience to the next level by ensuring that iPhones and iPads work together with Cisco technologies,” Cook said.

Apple has been working closely with Cisco teams to help create a seamless experience of Cisco software and network on iOS gadgets.

The iOS integration with Spark will give users access to contacts, ‘recents’, and favourites. Users will also be able to answer calls directly from the lock screen.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Gets Raw Image Support on iOS, Manual Controls on Android

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Gets Raw Image Support on iOS, Manual Controls on Android

  • Lightroom to allow editing and sharing of non-converted Raw images
  • App to allow control over the shutter speed, ISO, and focus on Android
  • Both updates available right now from respective stores

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Lightroom app on both iOS and Android, and has brought significant improvements to both platforms. In case of iOS, Photoshop Lightroom v2.4 will now provide option to edit and share Raw photos instead of having to convert them into some other format like jpeg first.

Lightroom is calling this option Raw Technology Preview and in its Lightroom Journal it said, “You get all of the benefits of raw, such as the ability to change the white balance, being able to recover blown out highlights, access to the full range of colour information, as well as editing an uncompressed file, all using the exact same technology that powers Lightroom on your desktop.”

Apart from this major addition, Adobe has added ability to perform local adjustments with linear and radial selections, and also the ability to use keyboard shortcuts with physical keyboards connected to iPad devices.

In case of Android, Photoshop Lightroom v2.1 gets a new Pro mode that allows you control the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus all manually.

Adobe has also added its new camera widget that will allow users to get access to its inbuilt camera and start taking photos directly, making it faster for them to take photos and edit them in Photoshop Lightroom.

Adobe has also improved its Android app’s ability to export full-resolution files and “If the files are available somewhere within the Lightroom ecosystem,” the app will now download full-resolution version and allow you to export them, it added.

Updates for Photoshop Lightroom for iOS and Android are available on the App Store and Google Playrespectively.

Last year in December, Adobe, made Photo Lightroom available for free on Android, two months after it made it free on iOS

Twitter Gets Support for Unicode 9.0’s New Emojis, Including Selfie and Facepalm

Twitter Gets Support for Unicode 9.0's New Emojis, Including Selfie and Facepalm

  • New emojis include fingers crossed, and drooling
  • The support has been added for the Web interface
  • TweetDeck will get support for it soon

Last month, the Unicode Consortium released the Unicode 9.0 standard, bringing 72 new characters and emojis. Now, Twitter has introduced support for these new emojis – starting with the Web interface.

This means that the shrug, facepalm, fingers crossed, drooling, selfie, and even an emoji depicting rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL) are now supported on Twitter. There is also support for skin tones on these new emojis, and the entire Twemoji 2.0 changelog can be seen at Emojipedia.

The social media platform clarified to Emojipedia that the support for emojis is only for the website, as the apps on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows Phone will still support emojis from each platform vendor. Until other vendors roll out support, the Twitter apps will show the new emojis an question marks. The social network adds that support for the emojis will also be rolled out to TweetDeck soon. In order to use these emojis on the website, Twitter recommends copy pasting them from eitherEmojipedia or Emoji keyboard.

Other new emojis that have been introduced with Unicode 9 include the lying face, a pregnant woman, a nauseated face, a sneezing face, a drooling face, a clown face, and a face with cowboy hat emoji. There’s also more representation of food, flowers, animals, birds, and drinks in the emoji list. The full list of new emojis introduced in Unicode 9 can be viewed here. Unicode also deliberated to put a rifle in its set of new emoji standard, but then decided against it.

Airtel Said to Be ‘Sniffing and Censoring’ CloudFlare’s Traffic in India

Airtel Said to Be 'Sniffing and Censoring' CloudFlare's Traffic in India

  • Like all good things, it started with a visit to The Pirate Bay
  • CloudFlare is a popular CDN
  • All CloudFlare traffic from India seems impacted

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by @karthikb351 on Medium and has been reproduced here with permission in full without any edits save for some formatting related changes for better readability and to fix a couple of typos. Gadgets 360 has reached out to both Airtel and CloudFlare for comment on this story and we will update it with their reaction when we hear back from them.

Update at 14:15 – Airtel has responded with the following statement sent to Gadgets 360: “This is completely baseless and incorrect. As a policy, Airtel does not block/ sniff any content. Only in the case of instructions/ orders from the Government or the Courts, specified URLs are blocked. Blocking of any page [as per instructions from relevant authorities] is done at the URL level and not whether it is http/ https. This also has nothing to do with the validity of any certificate.”


Airtel is sniffing and censoring CloudFlare’s traffic in India and CloudFlare doesn’t even know itby Karthik Balakrishnan

Note: This is largely due to the work done by @captn3m0 and @shantanugoel. I’m merely writing this because they are too lazy to.

TL;DR Some (or all) of CloudFlare’s India Data Centers use Airtel’s network to connect to servers upstream, and Airtel is sniffing all unencrypted traffic going upstream from CloudFlare, and even censoring some

It started when we discovered that The Pirate Bay was showing a blank page and was attempting to load an iframe to http://airtel.in/dot, which is a notice saying that the site is blocked as per the Department of Telecom’s orders.

This is fairly routine, there are a ton of sites blocked in India without explanation, and it’s very common to find vague notices like this.

But this one was particularly interesting for a couple of reasons, firstly, we noticed that this was happening on a HTTPS page, with a valid certificate.

We hit https://thepiratebay.org via a VPN and it loaded fine, and we confirmed that the certificate for CloudFlare were the same and valid.

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Nemo @captn3m0

@oddtazz Updated the gist to include the valid log (over a US server). Same cert in both cases:https://gist.github.com/captn3m0/c854e22f4e0c88feecd3b54cd9ea7667 

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So Airtel couldn’t have changed the page to show that notice. Unless they had CloudFlare’s certificates, which was super unlikely, and in anycase we ruled out since the exact same page was shown to people who on non-Airtel networks as well, with a link to Airtel’s notice.

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@karthikb351 Nopes, fails silently.

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@karthikb351 LOL WHAT. Just stopped working next instant. Showing some Airtel error now? I’m on ACT. LOLOLOL @argvK

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@captn3m0 same iframe on ACT connection in hyd. Let me dig as well.

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One possibility: Is CloudFlare itself serving the notice?
Since this wasn’t specific to Airtel’s network, but was happening to everyone across India, we figured that maybe CloudFlare itself was blocking it. This would explain why it was served over a valid HTTPS connection.

On the other hand, is there any legal grounds for the Department of Telecom to ask CloudFlare to block anything? They aren’t an ISP.

Moreover, why would they embed an iframe that links to Airtel’s block message?

That seemed unlikely.

Is CloudFlare’s upstream network being censored?
The most plausible explanation then was that CloudFlare was thinking it was talking to The Pirate Bay and was completely unaware that it was actually getting a response from Airtel saying the website was blocked.

There was some evidence that supported this theory,

The iframe’s URL had a ‘userip’ parameter that (we assumed) referred to the client’s ip.

Nemo @captn3m0

@shantanugoel Do you get `userip=162.158.54.104` as well?

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@captn3m0 similar. Last octect is 168, i.e. 162.158.54.168

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In this case, all the IPs were CloudFlare’s (Their IP range list includes 162.158.0.0/15). Okay so it’s likely that Airtel was serving this page between CloudFlare and The Pirate Bay.

How does Airtel know who CloudFlare is talking to?
CloudFlare talks to The Pirate Bay directly via its IP, and one of the advantages advertised by CloudFlareis that you can mask (and change) the Origin’s IP from the public. You and I (and Airtel) can’t know the actual IP of the server, so how would Airtel know which requests to intercept and show the block notice to?

We figured that Airtel probably doesn’t know, and was perhaps looking at the ‘Host’ header of the request to figure who CloudFlare was talking to, and that CloudFlare and The Pirate Bay had to becommunicating over unencrypted HTTP for this to be possible, that’s the only way Airtel could look at the headers. This was easy enough to test.

We made a request to a random IP address (in this case, GitHub’s) with the host as ‘thepiratebay.org’ and we got a valid response when we ran this this on a non-Airtel networ – a 301 redirect.

>curl -H "Host: thepiratebay.org" http://192.30.253.112/ -i
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Content-length: 0
Location: https://thepiratebay.org/
Connection: close

But when we tried the same thing on Airtel’s network, sure enough, we got served the block page.

curl -H "Host: thepiratebay.org http://192.30.253.112/
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1.0,maximum-scale=1.0"/><style>body{margin:0px;padding:0px;}iframe{width:100%;height:100%}</style><iframe src="http://www.airtel.in/dot/?dpid=1&dpruleid=3&cat=107&ttl=0&groupname=-&policyname=-&username=-&userip=122.171.125.65&connectionip=127.0.0.1&nsphostname=Policy04-Chennai&protocol=policyprocessor&dplanguage=-&url=http%3a%2f%2fthepiratebay%2eorg%2f" width="100%" height="100%" frameborder=0></iframe>

So it was clear, Airtel was treating CloudFlare just like any other user, and censoring some pages to them. CloudFlare was undergoing a Man-in-the-middle attack by Airtel and didn’t even know it.

Implications
There are some really important conclusions to draw from this.

  1. The Pirate Bay has surprisingly chosen not to enforce SSL between CloudFlare and itself, and they talk to each other over HTTP.
  2. CloudFlare has chosen to run on an ISP that is censoring traffic upstream and they don’t have mechanisms to detect it, completely defeating the purpose of SSL and providing users (and websites) with a false sense of security. Airtel could modify the response, add tracking codes, etc, and nobody would know.
  3. Airtel is sniffing traffic of ALL of CloudFlare’s websites that don’t have Full SSL enabled (which is the default setting on CloudFlare).
  4. All Indian users, even if they are not on Airtel’s network, who access any of 2 million+ websites on CloudFlare have their traffic inspected and sniffed by Airtel.