iPad mini 4 India Price Details

Apple hosted a big event in San Francisco on Wednesday where the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV were the stars. The one new launch that perhaps got the least amount of airtime at the event as well as in subsequent media coverage was the iPad mini 4.

Sporting internals similar to the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 4 is Apple’s newest 7-inch flagship tablet.Apple announced US pricing for the iPad mini 4 at the event, but there has been no information about the India price of the new tablet. Until now.

NDTV Gadgets has learnt that the iPad mini 4 will be priced in India starting at Rs. 28,900 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB variant. The 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 will be available at Rs. 35,900, with the 128GB variant available at Rs. 42,900. The 16GB Wi-Fi + cellular iPad mini 4 will set you back by Rs. 38,900, 64GB by Rs. 45,900, and the 128GB variant by Rs. 52,900. However, there’s no word yet on when the tablet will start shipping in the country.

The iPad mini 4 Smart Cover by Apple – available in Charcoal Gray, White, Midnight Blue, Red, Stone, Blue, Orange, Pink, Lavender, and Turquoise colours – will cost Rs. 2,900 in India. The iPad mini 4 Silicone Case (available in the same colours as the Smart Cover) is priced at Rs. 4,900.

The iPad mini 4 comes with a 7.9-inch 2048×1536 resolution display but it is powered by the second-generation A8 chip, compared to the A8X chip on the iPad Air 2. Rest of the internals are similar to the iPad Air 2. The iPad mini 4 is the successor to the iPad mini 3, which has now been discontinued.

(Also see: iPad mini 4 vs. iPad Air 2)

Apple also announced a price cut for the iPad mini 2 aka iPad mini with Retina Display in the US. The tablet, which used to start at $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi variant, now retails at $269 in Apple’s backyard. However, NDTV Gadgets understands this price cut is unlikely to be passed on to customers in India at this point.

Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi

Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi

Display

7.90-inch

Processor

Apple A8

Front Camera

1.2-megapixel

Resolution

1536×2048 pixels

RAM

OS

iOS 9

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

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Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular

Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular

Display

7.90-inch

Processor

Apple A8

Front Camera

1.2-megapixel

Resolution

1536×2048 pixels

RAM

OS

iOS 9

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

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Google’s Android Pay Rolls Out in US

Google’s answer to the Apple Pay mobile-payment service is debuting in the U.S., marking a do-over by the company behind the world’s most-used operating system for smartphones.

Android Pay will be similar to Apple Pay, except it works on Android phones rather than Apple’s iPhones. On some Samsung Android phones, it will sit alongside Samsung Pay. All three services let people buy goods at retail stores by tapping their phones against the store’s payment terminal. The user’s debit or credit card on file then gets charged.

Google Wallet, the company’s first attempt in mobile payments, flopped because it didn’t have a big enough network of compatible devices and wireless carriers willing to work with it. Softcard, a rival effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, also got little traction. Google Inc. bought much of Softcard’s technology and is combining the two to form Android Pay.

The timing is also better for Android Pay. Apple Pay has raised awareness about mobile payments and more merchants now have equipment capable of accepting the payments.

Android Pay will start rolling out in the U.S. on Thursday, though it might take up to a week for some users to get it from the Android app store. The app will come installed on new, compatible phones from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon – the Softcard partners.

Samsung Pay has been available in South Korea since Aug. 20. A U.S. trial began Aug. 25, with a broader debut planned for Sept. 28. Apple Pay launched in the U.S. last October and expanded to the U.K. this summer.

Here’s a closer look at these payment systems.

What are the advantages over plastic?
Although taking out plastic isn’t difficult, using the phone is more convenient if you already have it out – say, to check Facebook while waiting in line. It’s also great in cabs: When you pull out your wallet late at night, your keys might accidentally slip out.

The bigger advantage is security. With all three services, you’re assigned a substitute card number unique to the phone. The store gets this number, so if its system gets hacked, your main card number isn’t compromised. To work, the substitute number must be paired with a one-time code generated by that device. Hackers getting that number will also need physical possession of your phone.

What are the disadvantages?
There’s a chance it won’t work when you try to pay.

Many merchants don’t have the newer payment terminals that Apple Pay and Android Pay require.

Samsung Pay has a backup mechanism. When the phone is tapped, it can mimic the old-school, magnetic signals produced by card swipes. That means it should work with most existing equipment – but not everywhere. For instance, you’re not likely to give the waiter your phone – let alone your passcode – to pay the check at a restaurant.

How do you make payments?
For Android Pay, you need to turn on the screen and unlock your phone, such as with your fingerprint or passcode. Then you tap the phone next to the payment terminal. Apple Pay is similar, except it works even with the screen off. When the phone detects the payment terminal, it lights up and asks for your fingerprint.

With Samsung Pay, you need to swipe up from the bottom first. That’s because the phone has no way of detecting when it’s near a traditional, magnetic terminal. You can swipe up from the lock screen or the home screen, or if the screen is off (but the phone is on). If you’re in an app such as Facebook, you need to get to the home screen first.

Apple Pay and Android Pay will work when you’re in any app. There’s no need to swipe first or launch any payment app.

What do you need?
Android Pay requires an Android phone that has a near-field communication, or NFC, chip (most do) and at least the KitKat version of Android, which came out in 2013. Samsung Pay works only with theGalaxy S6 (Review | Pictures), Galaxy S6 Edge (Review | Pictures) and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and theGalaxy Note 5, along with the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch. For Apple Pay, you need an iPhone 6 oriPhone 6s, the Plus versions or an Apple Watch. The latest iPad models support in-app payments, but not those at stores.

Your card also needs to be from a bank that has signed on. The list varies by service and is growing.

China, US Can Cooperate on Cyber-Security

China and the United States can cooperate on cyber-security and could work together with other countries on global cyber-security rules in a spirit of respect, China’s top diplomat was quoted on Friday as saying.

The comments from State Councillor Yang Jiechi were published in the English-language China Daily after US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional committee on Thursday the United States must beef up security against Chinese hackers. Yang’s comments were not a direct reaction.

“China and the United States actually can make cyber-security a point of cooperation between our two countries,” Yang said in an interview focussed on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to America.

“We hope China, the United States and other countries could work together to work out the rules forcyber-security in the international arena in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” said Yang, who outranks the foreign minister.

The Obama administration is considering targeted sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies for cyber-attacks against US commercial targets, several US officials have said. Chinese hackers have also been implicated in the massive hacking of the US government’s personnel office disclosed this year.

Clapper’s testimony added to pressure on Beijing over its conduct in cyberspace just weeks before Xi’s visit.

Yang noted, as Chinese officials regularly do, that China was itself a hacking victim and said suspected cases of hacking should be investigated and handled “on a solid, factual basis”.

On another point of rising friction between the United States and China – the territorial disputes in the South China Sea – Yang said he hoped the United States would stay on the sidelines because it was not part of the disputes.

He added, though: “It is important for both countries to stay in close touch even if they have different perceptions and views.”

Japan Charges Bitcoin Exchange CEO With Embezzlement

Japanese prosecutors on Friday charged the head of collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox with embezzlement, Jiji Press news agency said, amid fraud allegations over the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency.

The charges, which could not be immediately confirmed, come after France-born Mark Karpeles, 30, was taken into police custody in Tokyo last month over the affair. It was unclear if the indictment related to all or a part of the missing money.

He has been held without formal charge for six weeks, as allowed under Japanese law.

Karpeles was first taken into custody over claims he fraudulently tinkered with data and transferred funds to other firms controlled by him dozens of times between 2011 and 2013.

He was later rearrested for allegedly pocketing about JPY 321 million (roughly Rs. 18 crores) worth ofBitcoin deposits, extending an initial three-week incarceration during which time police likely grilled him over the incident.

Tokyo-based MtGox froze withdrawals in early 2014 and was later shuttered over the missing money, which it said was linked to a bug in the software underpinning Bitcoins that allowed hackers to pilfer them.

The exchange which once boasted it handled around 80 percent of global Bitcoin transactions filed for bankruptcy protection soon after the cyber-money went missing.

Karpeles later said he had found some 200,000 of the lost Bitcoins in a “cold wallet” – a storage device, such as a memory stick, that is not connected to other computers.

Bitcoins are generated by complex chains of interactions among a huge network of computers around the planet, and are not backed by any government or central bank, unlike traditional currencies.

Backers say virtual currencies allow for an efficient and anonymous way to store and transfer funds online. But critics argue the lack of legal framework governing the currency, the opaque way it is traded and its volatility make it dangerous.

Bitcoin’s reputation was also damaged when US authorities seized funds as part of an investigation into the online black market Silk Road.

Mahindra Says Uber, Ola Could Eat Into Auto Sales

Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra on Thursday opined that taxi-hailing apps like Uber and Ola are the biggest potential threat to the automotive industry, which must create new products that customers love to own and not just use as a means of transport.

“The age of access being offered by taxi-hailing apps like Uber and Ola is the biggest potential threat to auto industry. Since these apps operators have made transpiration a commodity, (auto) sales could be hit and volumes get impacted,” Mahindra said here.

He was talking to reporters after launching M&M’s first compact SUV, TUV300, from an all new platform at the company’s plant in Chakan, Pune.

Mahindra said the problem gets confounded as “a lot of youngsters who can own vehicles today don’t want to own one, but only need access to transportation.”

Mahindra, however, expressed hope “people will own those things which they love” and called upon the auto industry to create products with passion so that they induce a desire in customers to buy cars and not just meet their automotive needs.

“The job of automobile manufacturers is to passionately build something that others love to own,” he said.

It can be noted that US-based taxi-hailing app Uber, which despite running into some troubles following the rape of a woman passenger by one of its drivers last December in Delhi and other regulatory hurdles, is investing USD 1 billion here so that it can ramp up its daily ridership to 1 million by March next year.

Uber wants to increase its India presence from the present 18 cities. Industry estimates peg Uber’s daily rides at around 2,00,000.

Similarly, its domestic rival Ola, which leads the market in terms of number of taxis, drivers and riderships by a wider margin, is also getting millions of dollars of investments to increase its market share. Ola is backed by Japanese and American firms and a clutch of other investors.

Others like Meru and Tabcab which are also growing rapidly and such app and phone-based taxi services are tilting the balance against cars faster than expected.

Low cost of ridership is forcing many people in over-crowded cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru to opt to just hail taxis and not buy vehicles.

While Uber charges Rs. 10-13 per km, Ola offers at around Rs. 13-16 per km, thus making a daily tax ride much cheaper than owning a financed car.

Mahindra further said the impact of the current age of access is that “a lot of people, who can afford a vehicle are deciding against owning one. They just need access to transport. So, our job is to offer wider choices to consumers with more innovative models.”

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Tipped to Sport 2GB of RAM

Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were unveiled at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco. The company revealed details about the innards alongside prices; though as usual skipped finer details like battery capacity and RAM.

Now, a Reddit post claims that the new iPhone models feature 2GB of RAM, in line with several rumours. The post says, “The 6s has 2GB RAM,” referring to the iPhone 6s and citing access to internal Apple documents. While the iPhone 6s Plus was not mentioned, both come with an almost identical set of innards.

(Also see: iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6)

Similar to previous years, we will have to wait for the handset’s teardown to confirm the RAM value.Repair and teardown specialists iFixit had last year claimed that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus packed just 1GB of RAM.

A new Apple promo video on YouTube on Thursday hinted that the new iPhone 6s included a 1715mAh built-in lithium-ion battery. To recall, iPhone 6 came with an 1810mAh battery, a fact revealed only after a teardown of the smartphone. While the real world difference is just 95mAh; the company’s on its product page capacity claims both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s offer identical battery backup.

According to Apple, the iPhone 6s offers a talk time of up to 14 hours on 3G and up to 240 hours of standby time. Furthermore, the handset is listed to deliver an Internet usage time of up to 10 hours on 3G and up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi. The iPhone 6s can offer HD video playback time of up to 11 hours and audio playback of up to 50 hours. All the above claimed figures are same as the iPhone 6.

Separately on Thursday, Adobe in a blog post detailed its latest products for mobile devices including the name of the Project Rigel app – Photoshop Fix. In the post, the company had noted that the iPad Pro comes with 4GB RAM; though it soon pulled it down.

The price for the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus remain unchanged compared to their predecessors at launch. The iPhone 6s 16GB will be available at $649 (approximately Rs. 43,000); $749 (approximately Rs. 50,000) for the 64GB, and $849 (approximately Rs. 56,500) for 128GB model. The iPhone 6s Plus will be available at a starting price of $749 for the 16GB model, $849 for the 32GB model, and $949 (approximately Rs. 63,000)for the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus (all US prices).

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

Display

4.70-inch

Processor

A9

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

750×1334 pixels

RAM

OS

iOS 9

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

See full Apple iPhone 6s specifications
Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

A9

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

OS

iOS 9

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

Facebook Mentions and Live Now Available for Verified Profiles

Journalists and other public figures can now offer live video to their followers on Facebook, which announced plans Thursday to broaden the streaming service.

As of Thursday, anyone with a verified Facebook profile will be able to use Facebook Mentions, an application made available earlier this year to actors, musicians and other celebrities to connect with their fans.

“People love reading articles from and connecting with their favorite journalists and public figures on Facebook,” the social network announced in a blog post.

“Today, we’re making Facebook Mentions and Live available to public figures with verified profiles to help them engage their followers and interact with their peers.”

The move will allow journalists to report live from a news scene and host questions from followers onFacebook.

The users may choose who gets to see the live video stream.

“Whether you’re sharing text, links, photos or something else, Mentions lets you choose the audience you want to share with,” the blog post said.

“For example, you can share a post so only your followers see it in News Feed.”

Facebook began offering the service amid competition in live streaming from Twitter’s Periscope and the independent Meerkat app, both of which launched this year.

Infosys, ATP Announce Strategic Partnership

Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, and ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, announced on Thursday a strategic partnership to leverage the latest technological advances in mobility, cloud and analytics to transform the experience of tennis fans and players the world over.

As part of this partnership, Infosys will become the Global Technology Services Partner and Platinum Sponsor of the ATP World Tour, as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, for the next three years, according to a media release.

Infosys will leverage its expertise in cloud, mobility and analytics to manage, analyze and interpret large volumes of tennis data (both historical and current) and present insights and predictions through interactive platforms for ATP fans, players, partners and the media.

Under this partnership, Infosys will work on several key initiatives for the ATP World Tour. These will include creation of an exclusive Infosys ATP Scores and Stats Center to revolutionise engagement with tennis fans by providing unprecedented insights and predictions about every tournament, every match and every point.

The Scores and Stats Center will be powered by the Infosys Information Platform (IIP), an open-source data analytics platform for data visualization and data analysis.

That apart the partnership envisages an ATP Player Zone, a next-generation player engagement platform and mobile app, to elevate the experience for players and enable them to register for tournaments, review travel information, connect with other players, and stay up-to-date on all ATP World Tour news.

Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, said: “As a fan personally of tennis, it is really exciting to think about how we can invent great new and engaging experiences for fans.

“Great experience for tennis fans is what ATP has always stood for, and we can now take this to even greater heights with our work together.

“Fans will soon have the opportunity to get completely immersed in the action, and feel the passion and intensity in every match, and more.

“This partnership will enable us to bring new experiences in new ways to fans worldwide and will also serve to inform many new types of consumer engagements in other walks of life.”

Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said: “We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Infosys. The opportunities surrounding technology, statistics and data in men’s professional tennis are vast.

“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the ATP as we welcome an industry leader in Infosys and take an important step towards exploring new opportunities in this area. We look forward to developing a number of exciting initiatives as part of the partnership.”

iOS 9.1 Public Beta Brings Middle Finger Emoji and More

Apple has dropped a bunch of new emoji characters in the iOS 9.1 public beta it released on Thursday, following its announcement of a September 16 release date for iOS 9.

The iOS 9.1 public beta comes with a number of features including APIs for 3D Touch, and Live Photos, allowing developers to make apps and integration supporting these features. However, for the end user, the biggest attraction is the inclusion of several new emoji characters, including one that shows the middle finger.

middle_finger_emoji_emojipedia.jpgThe other operating systems that support the middle finger emoji include Windows 10, Android, and Windows Phone. The said emoji comes part of the Unicode Version 8.0 specifications, which includes a range of other new emoji characters including several faces, food, animals, and vehicles characters as well.

(Also see: Microsoft Will Include the ‘Middle Finger’ Emoji in Windows 10)

Apple will roll out iOS 9 to a range of its devices on September 16. While everyone else will have to wait for the iOS 9.1 update to arrive on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, users signed up for Apple’s Beta Software Program can already start making use of the new features.

Those who can’t wait to flip the bird to their friends can sign up for the Beta Software Program on the company’s website. iOS 9.1 is expected to offer optimised versions of features like split-screen apps, and picture-in picture video playback, two of the three multitasking features for the iPad Pro, company’s 12.9-inch tablet.

Elon Musk Tells Stephen Colbert He Wants to Nuke Mars

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and chairman of SolarCity, stands out from other tech billionaires because he isn’t just talking about saving the planet, but actually taking steps to do it with electric cars and batteries, and plans for a human colony on Mars. But when someone starts talking about using nuclear bombs for terraforming, you’ve got to ask if they’ve tripped across some line from hero to villain, like Ozymandias from Watchmen.

Yet that’s exactly what Musk said, during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. The segment, which you can see for yourself below, starts off with Colbert comparing Musk to Tony Stark, Iron Man from the Marvel universe.

Musk starts off tamely enough, saying only that he’s “trying to do good things.” They then talked about the Tesla “power arm”, a snakelike charger that automatically moves to connect a Tesla to a power source, to recharge the car’s battery.

 

Things took a turn for the unexpected when the discussion moved to Musk’s idea of establishing a colony on Mars. Colbert used the word uninhabitable, and Musk quickly corrected him, saying, “it’s very inhospitable.”

He also admitted that while initially you might need atmospheric domes, terraforming Mars could make it more habitable, describing it as a “fixer-upper of a planet”.

“At first, you’re going to have to live in transparent domes, but eventually, you can transport Mars into an Earth-like planet,” Musk said.

“Just warm it up. There’s a fast way, and the slow way,” he added. “The fast way is just drop thermonuclear weapons on the poles.”

Colbert then summed up what everyone was thinking, as he exclaimed, “You’re a super-villain, that’s what the villain does!”

The slow way, which Colbert did not want to find out more about, involves warming up Mars to melt frozen carbon dioxide, which will in turn make the atmosphere of the Red Planet thicker. Doing that makes the planet even warmer; and the process can continue in a cycle until it reaches an equilibrium point. Of course, that’s a very slow process, but would nuking the planet be enough to make it “Earthlike”.

The average temperature on Mars is similar to that of Antarctica in the winter, said Brian Toon, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who co-wrote a paper in 1991 about making the Red Planet habitable, told the Los Angeles Times.

“It seems possible to make it earthlike, but there’s a lot of barriers to overcome,” Toon said to the LA Times. “Blowing up bombs is not a good one.”