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Apple announces biggest discount on iPhone XR, price dropped to Rs 59,900

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If you’ve been eyeing a new iPhone or planning an upgrade, you’re in luck. Apple is offering the iPhone XR with big discounts for a limited time starting April 5.

The base model of Apple iPhone XR (64GB) is now available at Rs 59,900. The 128GB and 256GB storage models of iPhone XR are now available at Rs 64,900 and Rs 74,900 respectively. iPhone XR (64GB) originally retails at Rs 76,900. As for iPhone XR (128GB), it is priced at Rs 81,900, while the highest 256GB storage model costs Rs 91,900.

What’s more, HDFC debit and credit card holders will get an additional 10%. This would essentially bring the price further down to Rs 53,900 for iPhone XR (64GB). This is only a promotional offer for a limited time and not a price drop on the iPhone XR.

Here’s a proper breakdown of the discounted prices for the iPhone XR.

Original priceNon HDFC customersHDFC customers
iPhone XR 64GBRs 79,900Rs 59,900Rs 53,900
iPhone XR 128GBRs 81,900Rs 64,900Rs 58,400
iPhone XR 256GB Rs 91,900Rs 74,900Rs 67,900


Launched alongside the iPhone XS series, iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display. It has the same camera setup as the iPhone XS featuring a 12-megapixel rear and 7-megapixel selfie camera. Some of its camera features include smart HDR, portrait mode with depth control, portrait lighting, Animoji and Memoji.

iPhone XR also supports Face ID and is IP67 water resistant. Under its hood runs Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. Its connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and dual SIM support (eSIM).

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Microsoft ends support for Windows 7: Here’s how you can upgrade to Windows 10

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Microsoft launched Windows 7 back in July 2009. And now, nearly 10 years after its initial rollout the company is ending support for Windows 7.

Microsoft had ended mainstream support for Windows 7 back in 2015. But starting today, the company will no longer roll out security updates to its operating system. This means that the company will no longer work towards fixing bugs and security threats in Windows 7 that users might encounter in future.

So, what’s the alternative?

The alternative is Windows 10. Users can download Windows 10 on their desktops and personal computers to protect their data and continue using the latest features.

Shortly after the roll out of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft was offering free upgrade to all Windows users. However, the free upgrade program ended in 2016. If you missed the bandwagon four years back, don’t worry as there is still a way using which you can download Windows 10 on your desktop or PC. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Go to Download Windows 10 website.

Step 2: Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.

Step 3: If you are upgrading the same PC that you are working on select Upgrade this PC now option.

Step 4: Now follow the prompts.

Step 5: When the upgrading process finishes, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation. Here you will see a digital license for Windows 10. And you are good to go.

It is worth noting that Windows 7 Home and Windows 8 Home users can only upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Similarly, only Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8 Pro users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

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Microsoft Windows 10: Top 5 tricks every user should know

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Microsoft has been introducing new features for Windows 10, making it more user-friendly. Be it laptop or desktop, Windows 10 is widely used. After mid of January this year, Windows 10 is expected to see more users as Microsoft will end support for Windows 7.

Also, there are several tricks about Microsoft’s Windows 10 that most of the existing users are not aware of. These tricks may prove beneficial for users who might soon switch to Windows 10.

Customise Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 users can change the look of the start menu of the operating system as per their interest and convenience. According to The Windows Club, Windows 10 users can remove frequent items from Start Menu. Users can also resize and group tiles. Items can be easily moved from left side to right of Start Menu and can be displayed in Tiles.

Change Theme, Wallpaper, Lock Screen: Windows 10 users can set up personal lock screen, wallpaper and control themes in the operating system. According to The Windows Club, users can simply go to settings, click on personalization, scroll down on themes and click on classic theme settings. One will then see three different themes and four high contrast themes that are specifically designed for night usage. Select the theme of choice and click on save theme.

To change wallpaper, go to settings, click on personalization and tap on background to change the wallpaper of their Windows 10 operating system.

To change Lock Screen, go to settings, click on lock screen option and choose a picture as the lock screen image.

Windows 10 God Mode

Windows 10 has a hidden ‘God Mode’ that allows users to create a shortcut to all the control panels of the operating system. The ‘God Mode’ proves to be beneficial for all power users as it provides them access to all the important panels from single folder.

One can go to their Windows 10 desktop and right click to create a new folder. After the new folder is created, rename it to GodMode. Add code: {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.

Once the user exits the rename section, he/she will notice the icon of folder change to control panel.

It is not necessary to keep the file name ‘God Mode’ and can use any name of their choice.

Close background apps

Windows 10 users can save the battery of their device and prevent the apps running on the background to receive, send notifications when they are not being used. A person can restrict the background apps running on their system by going on the settings option, clicking on privacy and then tap on background apps.

To restrict all the apps running in the background, Windows 10 users can select the off option of the let apps run in the background menu.

Let battery of device last longer with Windows 10: Using Windows 10 on your laptop? Worried that your laptop battery might drain out? You may opt for new battery saver mode.

Windows 10 users can enable or disable battery saver by going to the settings, click on system and tap on battery saver. Turn it on to save your laptop’s charge.

According to The Windows Club, Windows 10 users can also select ‘turn battery saver’ mode on automatically if the ‘battery falls below’. The default is 20 percent and users may increase it to 30 percent.

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5 smartphones we are looking forward to in 2020

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2019 was arguably insignificant for the smartphone industry. Sure, sales grew, more phones were launched and so on, but as reviewers, we struggled to see real innovation. And we don’t see 2020 to be that different.

Having said that, 2019 did lay the groundwork for future improvements in smartphones, and that is what gets us excited about the phones we’ll see in 2020. Here’s what we are looking forward to:

Google Pixel 4a

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Google didn’t bring the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL to India, primarily because of the radar-based motion-sensing feature, a.k.a Project Soli. They will probably remove it entirely or deactivate it for the Pixel 4a if they are bringing it here. Also, given that the Pixel 3a was a more affordable Pixel, the Pixel 4a should be the same for this year’s version, and that makes sense for India.

If the leaked renders are anything to go by, the Google Pixel 4a is going to be everything the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL had and then some. There should be a punch-hole selfie camera in the front, which technically means more screen real estate, but the top and chin bezels don’t seem to have been reduced either, so we will have to wait and see. There’s also the square camera module on the back along with a fingerprint scanner and the bright power button on the side.

The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL had the square camera module too so we are expecting pretty much the same camera setup on the 4a, slight differences in how images are processed. Given the price cut, Google will have to reduce costs somewhere after all.

Pixel’s photography chops have been above question, however, the Pixel 4 series did not fare too well when it came to reviews.

iPhone 12

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Apple absolutely killed it with the Apple iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. The company had lost its camera supremacy over Android for the past few years, but it returned to the helm in 2019. The battery life has also been significantly improved, another thing iPhones have not been known for.

Frankly, there was very little one could fault with the phones Apple launched in 2019, except the price. But complaining about Apple products being expensive is so last season, so let’s not.

Given all this, we can’t wait to see what else Apple adds to the iPhone 12.

In all probability, Apple will be launching a few other phones, like a successor to the iPhone SE, and the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is on our radar alongside the new iteration of the iPhone SE. The latter will (hopefully) bring an affordable iPhone into the market, which, much like a cheaper Pixel will be much appreciated.

Apple brought down the price of the iPhone XR earlier this year, which helped push the smartphone to become one of Apple’s best selling products ever, according to reports. If Apple sticks to this strategy in 2020 too, that will be something to look forward to.

Motorola Razr

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The only reason my first smartphones was a Sony was because the Moto Razr wasn’t available in the colour I wanted. This time, however, I totally intend to get my hands on the new iteration.

Motorola is bringing back that iconic phone as the new foldable Razr. This is going to be the first foldable offering from the house of Motorola and besides the immense nostalgia factor attached to it, the new form factor indeed looks interesting.

Perhaps most significantly, the new Razr doesn’t look as bulky as the other foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X (speaking of which, we should see a new Mate X hit the markets in 2020) – it should be sleek, easier in the hand and, Motorola is confident enough to tell people it doesn’t come with a million tips on how to use it…*cough* Samsung *cough*.

Motorola has already pushed the launch date back to meet demands. Clearly there is a lot riding on this smartphone and we are quite excited.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

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Samsung screwed up with the Samsung Galaxy Fold this year. Sure, it sold MANY units, I mean enough units for the company to think its foldable offering did well enough for them to plan a Fold 2 for 2020.

Rumour has it that the Fold 2 is going to come with an ultra-thin glass cover that will replace the plastic cover Samsung used on the Fold we saw this year. This should make the display flatter and with lesser wrinkles.

Samsung is also supposed to adopt a clamshell design, much like the foldable Razr. And it is apparently going to be cheaper too. If you haven’t caught on already, lower prices excite us!

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

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108-megapixel camera. Enough said!

The Mi Note 10 is probably going to be one of the most expensive phones from Xiaomi’s stables that we have seen so far (it might be priced around Rs 47,000) and is going to come with a penta-camera setup, consisting of a primary 108 MP camera, a 20 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 12 MP telephoto sensor, a secondary 5 MP telephoto sensor, and finally a 2 MP macro camera.

Xiaomi is going to be the first of the lot to get a 108MP sensor on the back, because the smartphone is supposed to launch in January. One race won, at least.

And going by its record, the Mi Note 10 should have pretty much everything and the kitchen sink thrown at it, including a 5,260mAh battery, 30W fast charging support and more.

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