Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus price details revealed, goes up to Rs 92,000

NEW DELHI: Apple has revealed the
and iPhone 7 model prices in India. The company has also revealed the prices of 32GB storage version of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the country.

The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will cost Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively, while the iPhone 7 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will be priced at Rs 60,000, Rs 70,000 and Rs 80,000 respectively. The iPhone 6s Plus 32GB version costs Rs 60,000 and the iPhone 6s 32GB storage variant costs Rs 50,000.

The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus 128GB variants are priced at Rs 60,000 and Rs 70,000 respectively. As for the iPhone SE, the 16GB version costs Rs 39,000, while the 64GB version costs Rs 44,000.

It is worth noting that the iPhone 6s 128GB previously carried a price tag of Rs Rs 82,000 and has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. The iPhone 6s Plus 128GB version also got a price cut of Rs 22,000.

The price cuts come as the India launch of the company’s latest iPhones —
— nears. Apple will launch the new iPhones in India on October 7. Though Apple has not yet officially started the pre-orders for the two phones, several resellers of the company like IWorld have already started accepting the pre-bookings for the device.

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Apple launched iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in India in October last year. The Apple iPhone6s (16GB) launched at a price of Rs 62,000, while iPhone 6s Plus (16GB) had an MRP of Rs 72,000.

Both the iPhones come with 3D Touch and 2GB RAM. Both iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport 12-megapixel iSight camera, capable of shooting 4K videos. The front FaceTime camera is 5-megapixels.

Both iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature faster-second-generation TouchID sensor and are made of tough aircraft grade aluminium, same as Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Under the hood is the new 64-bit A9 chipset that is 70% faster at carrying out processes than the one seen in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Similarly, the graphics processing too is said to have jumped 90% aided by a new graphics processor versus previous-generation models.

Apple officially launched iPhone SE in India in April. The smartphone comes in two variants — 32GB and 64GB. iPhone SE sports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. It is powered by Apple A9 chipset with M9 motion co-processor. Other specifications of the device are 12MP rear camera and Touch ID. It will be available in Silver, Gray, Gold, Rose Gold colours. The smartphone will be available in the country in April.

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Apple iOS 10 surpasses iOS 9 in early adoption in just 24 hours

NEW DELHI: Apple recently launched its
iOS 10 operating system for all users having supported iPhone and iPad devices. And despite facing some initial glitches, iOS 10’s early adoption rate has been recorded to be higher than that of iOS 9 in the same time frame.

As recorded by the Mixpanel website, iOS 10 reached 14.45% of eligible devices in the first 24 hours of its release. In comparison, iOS 9 was on 12.60% of eligible device within 24 hours of it being released for all users.

It is too early to guess when iOS 10 will be on about 50% of all eligible devices. As per the website, iOS 8 reached 50% adoption rate in a month, while iOS 9 hit the same spot within 12 days. We believe that the adoption rate for iOS 10 would’ve been even faster, had it not encountered the installation-related bugs early during rollout.

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For those unaware, iOS 10 was reported to have caused iPhones and iPads to freeze after they were updated with the latest OS, within hours of its public release. Several users took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their ire as
downloading the update led them to factory reset their devices, wiping all saved data on devices. It was reported that during installation process, the handset showed an error prompting users to plug the device(s) to PC and use iTunes. On connecting, another error cropped up which read, “There is a problem with the iPhone ‘iPhone’ that requires it to be updated or restored.”

However, Apple quickly addressed the issue. “The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help,” it said to Recode website.

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India inflict Super Over heartbreak on New Zealand: 6 losses in 7 tie-breakers

Is there a more heartbreaking story than Super Overs involving New Zealand in world cricket? How many of us can forget the agony New Zealand and its supporters went through after the 2019 World Cup final in Lord’s?

New Zealand and England were tied on 241 at the end of 100 overs in the pulsating World Cup final and in the 1st-ever Super Over in ODI cricket, there was heartbreak for the Black Caps. The Super Over was tied and England were declared winners based on boundary count – a rule that received a lot of flak after New Zealand returned empty-handed.

Cut to January 2020, nothing has changed for New Zealand. In a must-win T20I against India in Hamilton on Wednesday, New Zealand imploded after dominating for the most part of the Super.

India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: Super Over Highlights

New Zealand posted 17 runs after Kane Williamson, who is not an opener, led from the front in the Super Over. The Black Caps skipper had scored 95 to lead New Zealand’s chase and smashed a six and a boundary against Jasprit Bumrah. The India pacer was handed the responsibility of bowling the Super Over despite leaking aplenty (0/45) in India’s defence.

Trailing 0-2 in the series, it looked like New Zealand finally found their mojo in the Super Over when they restricted India to 8 runs in the 1st 4 balls. However, Rohit Sharma played a blinder hitting Tim Southee for 2 huge sixes.

Notably, India posted the highest total (20) while chasing in a Super Over.

Agony for New Zealand again as India sealed an unbeatable 3-0 lead and their 1st-ever T20I series win in the country.

When England hammered New Zealand in Auckland Super Over

Not just that. In a span of just over 6 months, New Zealand have lost 3 Super Overs, including the World Cup final.
In November 2019, New Zealand were handed another agonising defeat by England who sealed a Super Over in a series-deciding T20I in Auckland. After the two teams were tied on 146, England posted 17 in the Super Over. However, New Zealand lost the match and the series after managing just 7 runs in the Super Over.

New Zealand in Super Overs: A short history

No of Super Overs played in international cricket – 7, Wins – 1, Loses – 6

New Zealand were involved in the 1st-ever tied T20I match in the history of the format. In 2006, West Indies and New Zealand were tied on 126 in Auckland after which the Black Caps lost the tie via Bowl Out (3-0).

After Super Overs were introduced in T20I cricket, New Zealand have played the most number of Super Overs and lost the most number of Super Overs.

July 2019 – New Zealand lose 2019 World Cup final to England in London

New Zealand (241/8 in 50 overs) vs England (241-all out in 50 overs). New Zealand (15/1) lost to England (15/1) via now-defunct boundary count rule.

December 2008 – New Zealand lose Super Over to West Indies in Auckland

New Zealand (155/7 in 20 overs) vs West Indies (155/8 in 20 overs). West Indies (25/1) win Super Over vs New Zealand (15/2)

February 2008 – New Zealand win Super Over vs Australia in Christchurch

New Zealand (214/6 in 20 overs) vs Australia (214/4 in 20 overs). New Zealand (9/0) win Super Over vs Australia (6/1)

September 2012 – New Zealand lose Super Over to Sri Lanka at T20 World Cup

New Zealand (174/7 in 20 overs) vs Sri Lanka (174/6 in 20 overs). Sri Lanka (13/1) win Super Over vs New Zealand (7/1)

October 2012 – New Zealand lose Super Over to West Indies at T20 World Cup

West Indies (139-all out in 19.3 overs) vs New Zealand (139/7 in 20 overs). West Indies (19/0) win Super Over vs New Zealand (17/0)

November 2019 – New Zealand lose Super Over to England in Auckland

New Zealand (146/5 in 11 overs) vs England (146/7 in 11 overs). England (17/0) win Super Over vs New Zealand (8/1)

January 2020 – New Zealand lose Super Over to India in Hamilton

India (179/5 in 20 overs) vs New Zealand (179/6 in 20 overs). India (20/0) win Super Over vs New Zealand (17/0).

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Aisa lagta hai apunich Bhagwan hai: Sehwag, Yuvraj and others shower high praise on Rohit Sharma

After Indian opener Rohit Sharma led his team to a thrilling win in the Super Over vs New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday, the cricket fraternity immediately started singing praises for the ‘Hitman’. Having helped India post 179 with a 40-ball-65 in the 1st innings, Rohit returned to hit 15 off 4 balls in the Super Over including 2 successive sixes off Tim Southee to mow down the 18-run target.

Former India all-rounder and Rohit’s IPL teammate, Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to write: “Brothaman you beauty@ImRo45.”

Indian batting legend VVS Laxman also heaped praise on Rohit and pacer Mohammed Shami who bowled an excellent last over to pull India back into the game.

“What an incredible win. Mohammad Shami exceptional to defend 2 of the last 4 balls in the main game and #RohitSharma showing once again why he is one of the most dangerous batsman in the world. A match to remember for a long long time #NZvIND”: wrote Laxman.

Virender Sehwag was not one to be left behind as he made use of a ‘Sacred Games’ reference to admire Rohit’s effort.

“Aisa lagta hai apunich Bhagwan hai ! So fit for #RohitSharma the way he has made impossible tasks possible. But defending 2 runs of 4 balls was an unbelievable effort from Shami. Yaadgaar hai yeh jeet #NZvIND”: wrote Sehwag.

Harbhajan Singh also posted his 2 cents on Twitter writing: “Rohit hai tho mamla hit hai @ImRo45 great T20 series win.. congratulations team india @BCCI #INDvsNZ”.

Soon others joined in:

“Never batted in a Super Over before. Didn’t know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or take a single and see what I can do,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Rohit also stressed the importance of the match as India were looking for history. According to Rohit, it was important for the “important” members of the team to step up given the enormity of the occasion.

“It was a good performance, although I’m a little disappointed with the way I got out, I wanted to carry on for a while longer. We knew that if we won this game, we would win this series. It was important for the important members of the side to step up today,” concluded Rohit.

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Australian Open 2020: World No.1 Rafael Nadal crashes out after quarterfinal defeat to Dominic Thiem

World No.1 Rafael Nadal suffered a shock 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7 defeat to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. Nadal had survived a scare in the fourth round against Nick Kyrgios in a four-set thriller.

On Wednesday, Nadal lost the first two sets to Thiem via tie-breakers and could not recover from the setback. Nadal did well to come back and take the third set 6-4 but Thiem bounced back and closed the match in the fourth.

Dominic Thiem, the world No.5, will now play Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. Earlier on Wednesday, 7th seed Zverev had defeated Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final four.

In the other semi-final, 6-time champion Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open a record 7 times.

“I just wanted to stay in the match. It was a special situation for me, serving for the match against Rafa. It’s such a mentally tough situation I couldn’t handle it! But I turned it around in the tie-breaker,” Thiem said after registering a stunning win over Nadal.

“It’s a little bit demons in the head’, as Roger has said. I was just rushing too much changing my tactics. You have to deal with these situations almost every single game.”

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Free Fire Champions Cup and World Series announced in exciting 2020 esports line-up

Building on a successful 2019, Free Fire, the world’s most popular mobile battle royale game, will host up to 4 international esports tournaments in 2020, with up to INR 14 crore in total prize pool up for grabs. Furthermore, the winners of the Free Fire India esports this year stand a chance to win from a big prize pool of INR 1 crore.

2020 is going to be an exciting year for Free Fire fans, with a host of esports tournaments coming up for players across the country.

The Free Fire global esports announcement can be viewed on YouTube. Click here to access the link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TIh7yfAioc&feature=youtu.be

Southeast Asia to host Free Fire’s first global tournament of 2020
The first international tournament of the new year – the Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 – will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 April 2020. Qualifiers for the Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 have already begun, where the top 12 teams from 9 regions will emerge from local and regional qualifiers. This marks the return of a global tournament to Southeast Asia, where the first-ever global tournament for Free Fire was held – Free Fire World Cup 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Free Fire World Cup 2019 saw Free Fire’s first global champion – Team Evos Capital from Indonesia – being crowned. During their impressive showing, Free Fire World Cup reached over 1 million peak concurrent views on YouTube, which was then the largest simultaneous online crowd for an esports event on the platform, according to Esports Charts.

Free Fire World Series 2020 returns to Brazil after record-breaking 2019
The Free Fire World Series (FFWS) will continue for its second edition in November 2020, with the finals being played in Brazil once more. The reception for 2019’s World Series was one of Free Fire’s highlights of 2019 – the finals of FFWS 2019 had over 2 million peak, concurrent viewers, online, which is a world record high for a mobile esports tournament, according to Esports Charts. In total, 2019’s World Series racked up over 130 million online views around the world.

At the most recent Free Fire World Series 2019, Team Corinthians from Brazil became the first Free Fire team to win a global tournament on home soil – will that home-court advantage happen for the second year running?

Free Fire World Series 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rounding off 2020 with a total of 4 global Free Fire tournaments
Free Fire fans will not have to wait long for the next exciting international tournament after the Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 in April. For the first time in 2020, there will be two additional first-of-its-kind Free Fire global tournaments taking place in June and July. More details will be revealed at a later date.

For more information on all the upcoming Free Fire tournaments, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/freefireIND

Free Fire can be downloaded for free from the following links:

Apple iOS App Store:
https://apps.apple.com/US/app/id1300146617?mt=8

Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dts.freefireth&hl=en_US

About Garena:
Garena is the leading games developer and publisher in India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Latin America, and has expanded into other fast-growing markets globally.

For more information on Garena, please visit https://www.garena.com. To find out the very latest on Free Fire, do head down to https://www.facebook.com/freefireIND.

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