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4 Budget Smartphones under Rs. 15000 with Added Features

Budget is the most important factor that a smartphone user always keeps in mind. Hence, you always look for a budget friendly smartphone. But, often it is seen that certain facilities are not available in smartphones that come in a lesser price range.

So, if you are the one looking for budget friendly smartphone with additional features, then the following list of affordable android smartphones will be the best for you. They contain an additional feature of a fingerprint scanner.

  1. Coolpad Note 3

This smartphone features low pixel density, 5.5-inch display and HD resolution. Below the camera module, it features a fingerprint scanner. Further, it also has a 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP camera with LED flash, octa-core processor and 3GB RAM.

  1. Moto G4 Plus

Fingerprint sensor is the main feature that makes Moto G4 Plus different from Moto G4. This affordable smartphone has varied specifications that include full HD resolution, 5.5 inch display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 401 PPI pixel density, 32GB ROM, 16MP rear camera and 3GB RAM.

  1. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

This smartphone will impress you with its extraordinary features – Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 5.5-inch full HD display, dual-front facing speakers, 13MP camera and 3300mAh battery with fast charging 2.0 technology. Apart from this, this smartphone has a fingerprint scanner that is used for unlocking the device, opening recent apps menu and clicking pictures using finger swipe gesture.

  1. Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi claims that the fingerprint scanner in this smartphone can help you unlock the device within 0.3 seconds. Some other specifications include 16MP rear camera, 5.5-inch display, 64-bit hexacore processor and full HD resolution.

These are the ideal smartphone that may fit within your budgetary constraints. So, if you are planning to buy a smartphone these days, definitely check out these.

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Reality Check for Electronic Gadget Users, by Health Experts

Using the electronic gadgets in an excessive amount can be very dangerous for health. Hence, the health experts often warn the users regarding this issue.

These days, the experts have found that people, who use their gadgets excessively, often become the target to the early signs of ageing. They actually suffer from ‘tech neck’.

It affects the facial looks of the person and leads to undereye bags, sagging skin, creases above the clavicle, dropping jowls, frown lines and horizontal lines on the neck.

According to a Cosmetic Surgeon, bending down constantly while using laptop, smartphone or tablet etc increases the chances of the user to get wrinkles.

The bending position actually causes headache, neck pain, shoulder pain, tingling in the upper limb, numbness, and pain in elbows, arms and wrists.

Due to frequent forward flexion, many changes occur in the cervical spine, tendons, curve, musculature supporting ligaments, and the bony segments.

Further, excessive use of gadgets results into shortening of the neck muscles.

Not just this, the gravitational pull on the skin is also increased which results in marionette lines, sagging skin, loose jowls and double chin.

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Watt-A-Box by KFC India to Boost Your Phone’s Battery

KFC India has introduced a Watt-A-Box that will charge the customer’s phone battery. So, if you are visiting KFC in India to enjoy the 5-in-1 meal box, you will need not to worry about your phone getting dead.

According to reports, this box is available at select stores in Mumbai and Delhi.  The limited edition of this box can be won through online contest on the Facebook page of KFC India or through the contests that would be conducted in Delhi and Mumbai.

Talking about this superb box; this box contains a power bank on the side, with your usual tempting meal. It also features Lightning cables and micro-USB that charges the smartphones, both iPhone and Android.

Furthermore, you can carry the power bank along with you as it is removable.

The concept is really the one to be loved.

Although the power bank will not double up the battery, yet it would charge your phone, while you are enjoying your meal.

Similar marketing campaigns have also been introduced by other brands, like pizza hut, which rolled out a box that converted into a projector. It was introduced in Hong Kong.

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How to Create Secure Passwords to Avoid Hacking

Passwords should always be secure and strong. Hence, when you create them, you should create the one that cannot be hacked or assumed by someone. ‘May’ is the month when the World Password Day is celebrated. Hence, good habits to create a sound password should definitely be promoted.

tips to Create Secure Passwords

Here are some key points, using which you can easily create fortified passwords for different accounts:

1. Neglect the Dictionary Words

Dictionary words should be avoided, as there are certain programs that can easily hack or crack the passwords. If necessary, you can use some numbers between the words, for e.g. comp123ut456er. You can even also use the first letter of a sentence. For e.g. use the password ‘miangambf’ for the sentence ‘meera is a nice girl and my best friend’. But, just make sure you know how to remember a password.

2. Try to Make Them Long

Experts suggest that the length of the password really matters. Hence, the password should have atleast 8 characters. However, 14 and 25 character limit is considered to be highly beneficial.

3. Think of Substitution

Substituting characters or letters with something equivalent can fortify your password. You can use the dollar sign for S and zero for the letter O.

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4. Stop Reusing Passwords

It’s ideal not to repeat or reuse the same password for two or more accounts. You can sometimes use easy passwords and reuse them, only if it does not involve posting over a message board or involving credit card. However, it would be great if you do not reuse the passwords in any condition.

So, from now on, always focus on creating strong passwords that could not be guessed by someone else.


4 Most Popular Messaging Apps That are Safe for Texts or Calls

A number of messaging apps are now safe and secure to text or call someone; WhatsApp is just a big example of this. Just the way WhatsApp is known for its end-to-end encryption, in the similar way other apps are also becoming popular that keeps the messages and texts secure from the hackers.

Popular Messaging Apps for safe messages or calls

Some of the popular apps that you must know are listed below:

1. iMessage & Facetime

Apple claims that both the applications, iMessage & Facetime are end-to-end encrypted and thus, users enjoy a protected communication. They are protected on iOS and OSX operating systems. It is said that the communication cannot be accessed by anyone without your passcode.

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2. Wickr

This app was launched for Linux, iOS and Android devices. Using the app, you can send different photos, file attachments and videos securely. According to the company, it does not save or store any of the texts or videos sent via app.

3. Telegram

The company claims that the messages, videos or any kind of data sent by the app cannot be hacked or intercepted by someone. In this app, you may find a secret chat option. Also, the messages destruct by self after a particular time period.

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4. Signal

Available for iOS and Android devices, this app has been developed by Open Whisper Systems. This is based on open-source code and offers encrypted communications for image, videos and texts.

These are some of the many apps that are popularly known for encrypted communication. So, now you can enjoy a private chat without having the fear of being hacked.


Phones Will Have Compulsory Panic Button and GPS by 2017 and 2018

From 2017 and 2018, the mobile phones will be available with inbuilt GPS and panic buttons to ensure women safety and an easier human life. While panic buttons will be made compulsory from 2017, the inbuilt GPS would be obligatory from 2018.

upcoming phone have inbuilt GPS and panic buttons

It is said that the panic buttons will make the emergency calls easier for the users.

In an official notification, it was mentioned that all the mobile phones sold in India should have panic buttons from 2017. These buttons should invoke emergency call.

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This implies that no phone would be sold in India without the provision for a panic button (from 2017). It is said that by long pressing the button, one would be able to make an emergency call. Further, by short pressing the on or off button, 3 times successively, emergency calls would be made.

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Talking about the GPS system, it would be mandatory from 2018. Thus, every phone would be required to have inbuilt GPS.


An App that Makes Smartphone Easy to Use for Low Vision Users

Smartphones have eased our lives a lot. Let it be reserving a taxi, ordering food or surfing the web, anything is merely a few touch away. Well another application has added in the list of making things easier for us.

Smartphone App for Low Vision Users

A team has successfully developed an application that provides a zoomed version to make it easy to see for those who have the problem of low vision.

The team of developers from Schepens Eye research institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School make the application work by projecting a Zoomed in image of Smartphone screen to Google Glasses. Once user has Google glass he can take use of Head Movements to view the required section of the screen.

The senior author Gang luo said “When people with low visual acuity zoom in on their smartphones, they see only a small portion of the screen, and it’s difficult for them to navigate around — they do not know whether the current position is in the center of the screen or in the corner of the screen”.

Luo further added “This application transfers the image of smartphone screens to Google Glass and allows users to control the portion of the screen they see by moving their heads to scan, which gives them a very good sense of orientation”.


Get Spoken Traffic Alerts on iOS and Android Phone

Users will now receive spoken traffic alerts on iOS and android phone through updated google maps. Not just the traffic conditions, but also the alternate routes would be suggested to the user. This will help the user to avoid going on busy routes.

traffic alerts on iOS and android phone

Once you are entered to a destination on the app, you’ll be able to know the route to reach to the destination.

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Further, you’ll be given proper explanations as to why a particular alternate route has been suggested to you.

Henceforth, it is estimated that users will get a big relief from the traffic jams.

If got stuck in a jam, they may also know the approx time duration they will have to spend in the jam.  Additionally, it is reported that both iOS and Android Phone users can use this feature. But, it would help you if the navigation mode is turned on.

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This feature has been expanded to several markets, including india.

Hence, this feature can be very fruitful for the users.


Lease Plans on iPhone SE Now Available for Corporates

Lease plans on iPhone SE are now available for the corporates. Apple has launched some lease schemes for the corporate users under which they will be able to grab the new iPhone SE at just Rs. 999 per month.

iPhone SE Now Available

This would be available on lease for two years. In total, this would sum up to Rs. 23,976. Not just this, customers can also look for similar plans for iPhone 6 and 6s.

Further, it is said that simply by paying the change in monthly fee, the corporate users could upgrade their iPhone (any model).

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It is being estimated that this plan might find success in India, as this allows the user to use iPhone 6, 6s and iPhone SE at Rs. 28,776, Rs. 33,576 and Rs. 23,976 respectively for a duration of 2 years. Further, it is presumed that the customer will not have to pay any down payment.

Reports suggest that as a part of this lease program, other models of iPad and iPhone are also available.

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But, this is not applicable for the individuals. Only corporates can benefit from this.


RBI and Others Launched a Smartphone App for Easy Payments

RBI (Reserve Bank of India) and other banks have launched a smartphone app for easy payments. Known as Unified Payments Interface, this app will make the money transactions (below Rs. 1 lakh) easier. Further, it is said that using this app is also very convenient, both for regular transactions and paying money to someone.

Smartphone Apps for easy payments

In case, you need to pay money to someone, you will just need the receiver’s unique ID. After this, you money will be sent in just 4 simple steps:

1. Open the app
2. Provide the amount that is to be paid
3. Add the receiver’s ID
4. Select send

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Finally, you’ll be asked for a mobile pin. This is simply to authenticate the payment.

Thus, without any IFSC code, you can transfer money from your account to other’s account.

Here is how you can use this app:

• You must have a smart phone plus a bank account.
• Open playstore and download the bank’s UPI app.
• Link the bank account
• Unique ID creation
• Mobile pin Generation
• Link Aadhaar number

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As per the reports, only 10 banks are involved in this. However, sources suggest that few banks may join in future.

Additionally, you can use any bank’s system. You do not need to have an account with a particular bank to use this app.