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A hands-on video of the iPhone X on Youtube apparently got an Apple engineer fired from the job. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a video on YouTube earlier this week, which featured the iPhone X. The phone belonged to the senior Peterson, who was working on RF and wireless circuit design for the iPhone X. As the video went viral, Apple took the drastic step to dismiss Peterson from the company.

In her latest YouTube video, Peterson now claims her dad has been sacked from Apple. Peterson explained that the former Apple engineer took the full responsibility of giving her access to the iPhone X. Peterson said that her dad broke the company’s rule, as Apple has no tolerance of rule violations. According to The Verge report, Apple requested Peterson to remove the video from YouTube.

While some may think that sacking of an engineer is a little too extreme, the hands-on video evidently include some footage of an iPhone X confidential information such as codenames of unreleased Apple products in the Notes app and special employee-only QR codes. If Apple had not sacked Peterson, otherwise it would have sent a wrong message about the security in Cupertino.

This isn’t the first time Apple has sacked an engineer to showing off the device ahead of the launch. In 2010, Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder claimed (via Gizmodo) that he was shown an iPad 3G for a couple of minutes and the test engineer of letting him access the tablet was fired. The incident happened when Wozniak was waiting in the queue outside the Apple store  to get the iPad.

Apple iPhone X has been the most hyped device of this year. The tenth anniversary iPhone will be available in more than 55 countries around the world, including India.  The iPhone X, Apple’s most expensive iPhone, sold out in less than 10 minutes upon being made available for pre-order. It will start shipping from November 3. The base model costs Rs 89,000 for the 64GB model and the top-end model with 256GB will set you back by Rs 102,000.

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WhatsApp message delete/ recall feature has been in the rumour mill for nearly a year now, with the company mentioning it in the internal code. But fans will be pleased to know that the feature, which had not made an official appearance so far, has started trickling out to some WhatsApp users. WABetainfo now reports that the new feature, named ‘Delete for Everyone’, has started rolling out to some users on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps. It only works if both the recipient and sender have the latest version of WhatsApp installed, the site notes, and it also works on Web version.

How to use WhatsApp ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

The feature is said to be one of the most requested one, and is likely to make things slightly easier for WhatsApp users. The report says that it will be called ‘Delete for Everyone’ and several users have started noticing the feature in the latest WhatsApp version when they press the trash icon. Alongside Delete for Everyone, users will also see the Delete for Me option, if they only want to delete the message from their phone.

It adds that the rollout is slow and it may take some time. As we already mentioned, the feature will only work for both the parties if the sender and recipient are using the latest WhatsApp version. The feature is said to work for all kinds of messages on the most widely used instant messaging app. The report says it will work for all texts, images, videos, GIFs, voice messages, contact, files, location, quoted message, and status replies on WhatsApp.

It also only works within 7 minutes of sending the message – after that, the message can’t be recalled. Deleted messages will be replaced by “This message was deleted for everyone.” Based on the initial report, the sent message will be deleted from the chat page as well as from the notifications pane. For those unaware, the recall feature is already available in other popular chat apps like Telegram, Viber, and others, and WhatsApp is finally looking to make it available to its billion daily active users as well.

WABetainfo notes that WhatsApp at the moment does not recall a message contained in a quoted message. Messages cannot be deleted for everyone if they are sent in a broadcast list. It also adds that messages will not be deleted on the Symbian app, so those users will continue to see the recalled message. The site adds that in its current implementation, WhatsApp will not notify the user that the message has been deleted.

Separately, for Android users, WhatsApp beta version 2.17.397 is now out and it adds new emojis. For those unaware, WhatsApp introduced its own set of emojis that were different from what we have seen so far. The new WhatsApp emojis were visible in beta version 2.17.363 for Android users, and were rolled out to more people. The all-new WhatsApp Beta 2.17.397 brings new emojis like star eyes, swearing face, vomiting face, shushing face, and more to the list. The new beta version was firstreported by Android Police which also points that the new emoji set also gets the T-Rex. Interested users can head to APK Mirror to download the new version or join the beta program to keep updated.

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रिलायंस रिटेल अपने 4जी फीचर फोन जियोफोन की बुकिंग का दूसरा चरण दीवाली के बाद शुरू करेगी. कंपनी पहले चरण में मिली लगभग 60 लाख बुकिंग की आपूर्ति फिलहाल कर रही है.

रिलायंस रिटेल के चैनल पार्टनर ने यह जानकारी दी. इसके अनुसार, ‘जियोफोन बुकिंग का दूसरा चरण दीवाली के बाद शुरू होगा. यह अक्टूबर के आखिर में यह नवंबर के पहले हफ्ते में शुरू हो सकता है.’

उल्लेखनीय है कि जियोफोन की बुकिंग 24 अगस्त को शुरू हुई थी और जानकारों के अनुसार पहले तीन दिन में ही लगभग 60 लाख लोगों ने 500 रुपये का भुगतान करते हुए प्रीबुकिंग करवाई.

कंपनी के अनुसार जियोफोन की प्रभावी कीमत शून्य होगी लेकिन इसे खरीदने के लिए 1500 रुपये की जमानती राशि देनी होगी जो कि बाद में वापस :रिफंड: कर दी जाएगी.

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Flipkart has kicked off its Big Diwali Sale today. The sale will run from 14 October to 17 October. Flipkart will be offering discounts and cashback offers on almost all product categories during the sale. In the Flipkart Big Diwali sale, some popular budget smartphones are on sale. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (usually Rs. 12,999) is down to Rs. 10,999. Moto C Plus is available at Rs. 5,999 (usually Rs. 6,999).Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB) is available at Rs. 8,999 (usually Rs. 10,999). These are not the only deals available in the Flipkart sale.

HDFC Bank debit and credit card users can get an instant discount of 10 percent on their purchases. The minimum order value must be Rs. 3,000 while the maximum discount per transaction is Rs. 1,750. Customers can get a maximum discount of Rs. 3,500 per card. There’s also a no-cost EMI offer on HDFC Bank credit cards. Flipkart is also offering a 20 percent cashback (up to Rs. 200) on payments made using its PhonePe app.

We’ve picked out some more of the best deals on smartphones, LED TVs, gaming laptops, and more from Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale.

Apple iPhone 8 64GB
The newly launched Apple iPhone 8 is available at a discounted price of Rs. 59,999 (MRP Rs. 64,000) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale. You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 20,000 by exchanging your old smartphone. Flipkart is also offering a Buyback Guarantee scheme where it promises a minimum of 50% value for buying this phone back from you next year, at an additional Rs. 99. The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera along with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip.

Price: Rs. 59,999 (MRP Rs. 64,000)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB
Flipkart is offering a discount of Rs. 5,001 on the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB. This brings down the price to Rs. 67,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000). You can make use of the bundled exchange offer to get an instant discount of up to Rs. 20,000 by swapping your old phone. The iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and a dual-camera assembly consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras at the back and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera. The iPhone 8 Plus is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.

Price: Rs. 67,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Apple MacBook Air 2017
If you missed it the last time around, the deal on MacBook Air 13.3-inch is back. Now available at a discounted price of Rs. 49,990 (MPR Rs. 56,990), the MacBook Air is a great buy if you’re looking to switch to a Mac at a lower price. The MacBook Air comes with a 13.3-inch display and is powered by the fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor supported by 8GB of RAM. It includes a 128GB SSD and runs macOS Sierra out of the box. You can upgrade it later to macOS High Sierra as a free update.

Price: Rs. 49,990 (MRP Rs. 56,990)

JBL Tune portable speaker
If you’re looking for a budget portable speaker, the JBL Tune is down to Rs. 1,699 (MRP Rs. 4,990) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale today. The small portable speaker can pair wirelessly with your mobile devices using a Bluetooth connection. There’s a memory card slot in case you want to play music from an external source. There’s a built-in FM radio too. The speaker also features a display so you can use it as a bedside clock too.

Price: Rs. 1,699 (MRP Rs. 4,990)

Lenovo Z2 Plus 32GB
The Lenovo Z2 Plus is down to Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999) on Flipkart. You can get an additional 10% instant discount with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. The Lenovo Z2 Plus features a 5-inch display running at full HD resolution. It comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, supported by 3GB of RAM.

Price: Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 17,999)

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop with decent specifications, the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop is available for Rs. 59,990 (MRP Rs. 79,990) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale. The laptop features a 15.6-inch display with touchscreen support. It is powered by the eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. There’s a 1TB hard drive on board and it runs Windows 10 out of the box. The laptop includes NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 graphics card with 4GB of video RAM. You can also exchange your old device to get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 on your purchase.

Price: Rs. 59,990 (MRP Rs. 79,990)

Sony Bravia 40-inch full HD smart LED TV
The Sony Bravia 40-inch full HD LED TV is down to Rs. 44,998 (MRP Rs. 51,900) on Flipkart. You can get an additional instant discount of up to Rs. 15,000 on exchanging your old TV. The Sony Bravia LED TV comes with support for two HDMI ports and two USB ports. If you are looking to buy a big-screen LED TV this year from a reputed brand, the Sony Bravia smart LED TV won’t disappoint at all.

Price: Rs. 44,998 (MRP Rs. 51,900)

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  एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के ग्राहक उत्तर प्रदेश पूर्व के 887 एचपीसीएल फ्यूल स्टेशनों पर तेल की खरीद के लिए सुरक्षित और सुविधाजनक डिजिटल भुगतान कर सकेंगे
  ये सभी फ्यूल स्टेशन, एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के लिए बैंकिंग प्वाइंट्स की तरह काम करेंगे और ग्राहकों के लिए खाता खोलने, नकदी जमा और वापसी की सुविधा भी प्रदान करेंगे
लखनऊ 11 अक्टूबर 2017ः एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के ग्राहक अब उत्तर प्रदेश पूर्व में तेल की खरीद के लिए 887 एचपीसीएल फ्यूल स्टेशनों पर सुरक्षित और सुविधाजनक डिजिटल भुगतान कर सकते हैं। यह घोषणा लखनऊ के कुर्सी रोड व रिंग रोड पर स्थित एचपीसीएल फ्यूल स्टेशनों पर एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के बैंकिंग प्वाइंट के उद्घाटन के दौरान की गई। इस अवसर पर श्री सोवन मुखर्जी (सेल्स हेड एयरटेल यूपी पूर्व) के साथ श्री विपिन आहूजा (एयरटेल जेड बी ऍम लखनऊ), श्री सौरव सिंह (आर ऍम एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक यू पी  पूर्व), श्री अनुज कुमार जैन (सी जी ऍम  रिटेल नार्थ सेंट्रल जोन एचपीसीएल), श्री अविनाश जैन (डी जी ऍम रिटेल नार्थ सेंट्रल जोन एचपीसीएल), श्री सुनील मल्होत्रा (चीफ मैनेजर हाईवे रिटेलिंग व लॉयल्टी कार्ड्स-नार्थ सेंट्रल जोन एचपीसीएल) मौजूद थे। एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक से तेल की खरीद पर दशमलव 75 प्रतिशत का कैशबैक भी मिलेगा जैसे 100 रूपये के तेल की खरीद पर 75 पैसे का लाभ ग्राहक को होगा।
ये कैशलेस भुगतान स्मार्टफोन (माईएयरटेल एप्प) और फीचर फोन (यूएसएसडी) के माध्यम से किया जा सकता है और इन डिजिटल भुगतानों केलिए ग्राहक से कोई लेन-देन शुल्क नहीं लिया जाता है।
सभी एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक ग्राहक इन 887 फ्यूल स्टेशनों पर सुविधाजनक बैंकिंग सेवाओं का उपयोग कर सकते हैं जैसे कि नए खाते खोलने, नकदी जमा करने और निकासी सुविधा और मनी ट्रांसफर आदि। यह एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के रिटेल आधारित नेटवर्क की गहराई और पहुंच में वृद्धिकरेगा जो राज्य में बैंकिंग प्वाइंट्स के रूप में 40,000 से अधिक एयरटेल रिटेल आउटलेट का लाभ प्रदान करता है।
एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक की नई और सुविधाजनक सेवाओं में शामिल हैंरू-
   डिजिटल बैंकिंग आधार आधारित ई-केवाईसी का उपयोग करते हुए त्वरित और पेपरलेस खाता खोलता है। इसके लिए दस्तावेजों कीआवश्यकता नहीं है, केवल ग्राहक के आधार संख्या की आवश्यकता होती है।
    ग्राहक का मोबाइल नंबर ही उसका बैंक खाता नंबर होगा।
   7.25 प्रतिशत वार्षिक की ब्याज दर पर बचत खाते में जमा राशि पर ब्याज मिलेगा,     जो कि भारत में सबसे ज्यादा है।
   भारत में किसी भी बैंक खाते में पैसे ट्रांसफर की सुविधा ( एयरटेल पेमेंट्स बैंक के अंदर  एयरटेल-टू-एयरटेल नंबरों से मुफ्त मनी ट्रांसफर )।
    एक लाख रुपए का मुफ्त निजी दुर्घटना बीमा, प्रत्येक बचत खाते के साथ।
    एयरटेल रिटेल आउटलेट के विस्तृत नेटवर्क में आसान जमा और वापसी सुविधा।
   गैर स्मार्टफोन ग्राहकों के लिए 12 भाषाओं में यूएसएसडी और आईवीआर।
    मास्टरकार्ड के साथ साझेदारी में एक ऑनलाइन डेबिट कार्ड।
    30 लाख से अधिक व्यापारियों के साथ देशव्यापी डिजिटल भुगतान इकोसिस्टम।

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August turned out to be a disappointing month in terms of mobile data speed with all top telecom operators except Reliance Jio registering a fall in their 4G mobile data speeds (download). This is the fourth consecutive month of decline. The country’s largest mobile broadband services provider, Reliance Jio, improved its performance in August, raising its 4G download speed — albeit marginally — to 18.43 Mbps in August against 18.37 Mbps in July.

However, the new incumbent operator again topped the regulator Trai’s speed test for August 2017 by clocking an average 4G download speed of 18.43 Mbps. This is the eight consecutive month for Jio at the top in the 2017 calendar year.

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries reported data speeds (4G) of 18.65 Mbps, 18.81 Mbps, 19.12 Mbps, 18.49 Mbps, 16.49 Mbps and 17.43 Mbps in June, May, April, March, February and January, respectively, an analysis of the latest figures from Trai revealed.

The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel’s mobile data speed fell to 8.55 Mbps in August from 9.28 Mbps in July. It had clocked 11.25 Mbps, 10.44 Mbps, 9.14 Mbps, 10.15 Mbps, 8.23 Mbps and 8.92 Mbps in January, February, March, April, May and June, respectively.

The top second and third telecom operators — Vodafone India and Idea Cellular — too registered a decline in August. Vodafone clocked a speed of 9 Mbps against 9.59 Mbps in July, while Idea’s speed was 8.75 during the month against 8.89 Mbps in July.

In the first half of the current calendar, Vodafone clocked a 4G download speed of 8.34 Mbps, 7.93 Mbps, 9 Mbps, 13.39 Mbps, 12.30 Mbps and 11.07 Mbps in January, February, March, April, May and June, respectively. Idea clocked speeds of 11.86 Mbps, 12.09 Mbps, 8.89 Mbps, 13.71 Mbps, 11.66 Mbps and 9.47 Mbps during January, February, March, April, May and June, respectively.

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Apple has unveiled hundreds of new emojis based on Unicode 10, which will be a part ofiOS 11.1. These include gender-neutral characters, more clothing options, food types, mythical creatures, and more. The new emojis will make it to developer and public beta previews of iOS 11.1 next week, followed by public release. Apple hasn’t specified final release date for iOS 11.1 for iOS, macOS and watchOS.

“iOS 11.1 will also include characters announced on World Emoji Day like Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position and new food items such as Sandwich and Coconut,” Apple said in a press release. Another addition is the Love-You Gesture which has been inspired from ‘I love you’ hand sign in American Sign Language.

Apple had previewed a couple of emojis on World Emoji Day which is marked on July 17. The list includes new animals like T-Rex, Zebra as well as Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces emojis.  In total, 51 icons were approved by Unicode Consortium.

Apple has also included an Orange Heart, Person in Lotus Position, Woman Climbing, Person Climbing, Person in Steamy Room, Woman Zombie, Man Zombie, Elf, Merperson, Vampire, Fairy, and more. Food emojis like Dumpling, Boroccoli, Fortune Cookie, Canned Food are also part of iOS 11.1 software update.

Apple’s new emojis come few days after WhatsApp rolled out its own set of emojis for Android beta. Emojis released by the Facebook-owned company seem heavily inspired by Apple’s. Facebook Messenger uses a completely different set of emojis which the company unveiled in June 2016 for its platform.

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Four Professors of IIT-Kanpur got a reprieve from the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday when it stayed action against them in connection with harassment...

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