HBO Defined: 21 Jump Street

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21 Jump Street is a smart satire of ’80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes and offers a rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprising dose of entertainment. This action comedy trails the story of an unusual pair of underachieving cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), who are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a violent and dangerous High School drug ring.

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Meanwhile, Schmidt and Jenko are more than ready to leave their adolescent, high school problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expect to confront the terror and anxiety of their teenage again; the issues they thought they had left behind!

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Apart from Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the movie is also starring Brie Larson, Dave Franco and many more! The movie also has a sequel, ie. 22 Jump Street, and also the manticipated 23 Jump Street!

21 Jump Street is one of 2012’s finest releases, catch it on Saturday, October 25th, at 10 p.m., 100% ad-free on HBO Defined!

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Album Review: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

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“What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here”, crooned Thom Yorke in the year 1992, when their debut single Creep first released. I think he could not have been more eloquent about his music, and it holds true even after so many years. One of the greatest vocalist-composers of our times of one of the greatest rock bands of all times, Radiohead, has released a full-fledged solo album on the 26th of September, after a long sabbatical of 6 years, the previous one being his previous 2008 album Eraser Rmxs. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes consists of 8 new songs, some of their old rehashed classics, the video for A Brain in a Bottle, and their album art.

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[quote_center] It’ a protest against free streaming of music on the internet [/quote_center]

The album has a brilliant history which most people don’t know about, but the background is necessary in order to comprehend the undertones and the purpose that drives this album. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes evolved out of the need to protest against the free streaming of music on the internet which has turned into a real conundrum for musicians who make a living off of their art. So Thom Yorke, along with his music producer Nigel Godrich decided to release the album on BitTorrent, through an experimental Bundle initiative, which has a pay-gate portal that enables the customer to pay a nominal amount in order to download. Nevertheless, the album was downloaded a million copies in the very first week, and on a second hearing and reading between the lines, the songs are found to address this very issue of loss of livelihood for musicians nowadays as they do not get the remuneration due to them. The album is a strong condemnation against Spotify that do not provide for fair compensation of artists. Art should pay, and artists should be handsomely rewarded for their art. That’s their agenda.

[quote_left] Mother Lode is the highlight [/quote_left]

Coming to the songs now, The Mother Lode is definitely the highlight of the album with its overlapping, hypnotic beats and obscure lyrics “A hollow man, a hollow hand puppet”. It leaves a lot to your imagination, and Nose grows some comes a close second. Yorke’s voice weaves such tenderness with melancholy that when coupled with the groovy beats of the album, falls nothing short of amazing. Guess Again is a favourite of mine for its trancy feel and just the right kind of beats. But on delving deeper, the song is so much more than that. Pink Section is an extremely Radiohead-like instrumental. Truth Ray, Interference too are reminiscent of many of Radiohead’s earlier songs, but they manage to carry across a touch of novelty with them. There is no Ice (For my Drink) is trance meets EDM again. A Brain in a Bottle is one of the deepest songs of the album, along with its extremely trippy video. Overall, the album is a treasure for all Thomosapials(Thom York aficionados), but people who love Radiohead more than Thom Yorke solos might not be totally head over heels in love with it.

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[quote_right] It needs time to grow on you [/quote_right]

Some have criticised, saying that the album is a little repetitive. Some have argued the failure to grasp the meaning of a few songs, and how IDM and Electronica do not gel well with the fundamental idea of the album, but I personally feel the album needs some time to grow on you, and precipitate on your soul. The Guardian has rightly pointed out, saying Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is “deviously understated.” Most songs are difficult to recreate in an acoustic setting, given the atmosphere and ambience of most. In a nutshell, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has been the experimental debut of Thom Yorke who has tried to blend post rock with today’s wave of  urban music, without compromising the quality by dabbling in the deteriorating pop culture of our times, in order to create a new kind of progressive rock. So it would make perfect sense if you said it isn’t as good as the previous albums, because the sound-scape of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is too damn new to be true.

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5 Psychology Facts That’ll Shock You

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Psychology provides valuable insights into the lives of us mortals. From the way people perceive us to the way we perceive people, everything can be quite exquisitely explained with psychology. There are an infinite number of phenomena in psychology. The situations where they come into play are equally numerous – let’s check out some of the interesting ones.

The Decoy effect

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[quote_center] You can make people select the choices you’d like [/quote_center]

The Decoy Effect is an often used ploy in marketing. It describes the process in which if there are two options given to a set of people, you can successfully manipulate people into choosing the one you’d like. If a third option is introduced cleverly in addition to the two choices, people gravitate towards one of the old options. Let’s take a look at some examples:

  1. A small coke sells for Rs. 100, while a large coke sells for Rs 200. In this manner a new size, medium is introduced which costs Rs 180. Due to this addition, people now prefer the large coke even though they have to pay the same amount.
  2. An internet only subscription is for Rs 125 and an internet + paperback is for Rs 300. And the paperback is for Rs 300. This way the customers buy the paperback + internet pack, which is what marketers targeted in the beginning.

Bystander effect

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A very popular concept in psychology,  the Bystander Effect is effectively states as thus – if you meet with an accident in a crowded place, you are actually less likely to get help. Everyone thinks someone else will be there to help you out.

[quote_center] If you meet with an accident among a crowd, you’re less likely to get help [/quote_center]

This effect comes into play when you are in a group and face a problem. This effect plays a great role in gang rape dynamics. “These factors are diffusion of responsibility, deindividuation, and modelling, all of which can be applied to the dynamics of gang rape. Thus, no one individual in a gang rape believes that he is solely to blame for the victimization taking place.”

 

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The Pratfall effect

According to the Pratfall Effect, an attractive person is considered more likeable when he/she make mistakes. A person who makes mistakes, makes a mess of themselves, and can be laughed on is more likely to be deemed more attractive than people who are perfect. It has the opposite effect than what you’d think!

According to the results of a study, the things we do make an impression on others. But the studies carry three warnings for us:

  1. While it is good to be liked, you should not be seen as incompetent. So, be careful to not be clumsy in an important area. That area should be unimportant.
  2. Don’t be over clumsy as no one wants to be treated as the child. If you do so, they will have pity on you and start behaving as the parent.
  3. It is important to make sure that everyone sees you as competent. While, you want to be seen as friendly, incompetent is not what you are looking toward. If you are perceived as incompetent, then it will lessen your attractiveness.

Cocktail party effect

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Imagine you’re at a party. Try remembering how you can almost always make out if your name’s been called out in the background. How does our brain process our name amidst all the noise in the surroundings? The Cocktail Party Effect has led to researchers completely rethinking how we’re wired. Do we filter sound before it reaches our ears – as previously thought? Or do we process every bit of information in the environment and then filter according to our needs?

Inception

[quote_center] Inception is real [/quote_center]

Recall this scene from Inception where Leonardo falls onto the bathtub:

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This is what happens in his dream:

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Inception is real. This phenomenon describes how stimulus in real life can be incorporated in dreams while we sleep. It happens in a more extravagant manner, nothing like reality, but it is somehow incorporated in your dreams. Even audio stimuli can be added to your dreams. Saying a name can make you dream of that person. This effect has been extensively studied and proven to be true in a normal of cases.

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Nexus Devices: A Visual History

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They say in life, when you retrospect, you realise that every mistake no matter how serious or trivial, all adds up to who you are. When you join the dots you can see the whole picture and you can decipher the point it is trying to make. A series of connections, all leading to the focal point, the Nexus. Perhaps that explains the name of Google’s pure Android devices. They signify the very epitome of the best Android best experience. We’ve come a long way since the very first Nexus device – and they’ve been our window to the evolution of the OS that now powers a huge majority of handsets in the world. We covered the iPhone’s  history last week – let’s walk down that path for the Nexus devices now:

Also Read: iPhones – A Visual History

HTC Nexus One

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Launch: The first of the Nexus flagship was launched in January 2010.

Android version: It supported Android version 2.1 Eclair through 2.3 Gingerbread.

Design and Hardware: The matte plastic along with a brushed metal accent was the HTC design style at that time and the Nexus One was also the same. The phone came with a trackball, 3.7-inch 480×800 AMOLED display, 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor with 512 MB RAM, 1400 mAh battery and a 5MP camera.

[quote_center] The Nexus One was expensive – even by today’s standards [/quote_center]

The Nexus One was sold mainly for developers and was launched at $529 for an unlocked piece, it offered a “pure Android” experience with an unlockable bootloader. It was Google’s first attempt to make people buy a device online without seeing in stores. It was perhaps a bit ahead of its time, but the Nexus buying experience ha evolved over the years.

The reaction was very positive despite the lawsuits and patent troubles. These were among the best specifications anyone has ever seen on a smartphone. Everything about the phone was amazing, apart from the pricing- even by today’s standards.

Android’s multitasking capabilities, Gmail’s multiple account settings and the operating system’s voice-to-text functionality were praised initially. It wasn’t free of issues though – users complained about the battery life after the 2.3.3 Gingerbread update. The device was discontinued in July, 2010, since the Adreno 200 GPU couldn’t keep up with the 2D acceleration engine in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung Nexus S

Also Read: Is Samsung’s Android Dominance Over?

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Launch: The next, Nexus S was released in December 2010 and the Nexus S 4G was released in March 2011.

Android versions: From 2.3 Gingerbread to 4.1 Jelly Bean

[quote_left] No 3G support initially [/quote_left]

Design and Hardware: Samsung used a slimy hyperglaze plastic for their first Nexus, the 2nd in the series though, with a slight curve to the screen which was termed as a “Contour Display” by Google. It had a 4-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Samsung Exynos 3 CPU, 512 MB RAM, 1500 mAh battery and a 5MP camera.

The Nexus S retailed at $530, while the Nexus S 4G was sold for $550. The Gingerbread upgrade  didn’t change much on the user interface front.

It was one of the best smartphones at the time and the first to have an NFC chip. The first model didn’t support HSPA+, which was bit of a bummer, although, Google seemed to resolve that by offering a 4G handset in the next few months. It wasn’t a huge leap up from the One, but it managed to keep the users interested in the Nexus series.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Launch: The next Nexus was released in November 2011.

Android versions: From 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Design – Although still plastic, it was more textured on the back plate, still retaining the slight curve of the screen. It included support for MHL through its micro-USB port, which allowed users to output 1080p video to an HDTV. This Nexus had a 4.65-inch 720×1280

[quote_right] Samsung’s second Nexus [/quote_right]

Hardware: It was Samsung’s second Nexus with a completely new Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 1750 mAh battery, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The first Nexus to have a front facing camera and a dual core processor!

The Galaxy Nexus retailed at $399 at its launch. What made this Nexus a huge success, is the software upgrade. The leap from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich is the biggest UI overhaul till date, with loads of new features/improvements.

The Galaxy Nexus became hugely popular due to the new software and UI. The biggest setback of this phone was its battery life, which frankly was quite terrible. A single charge wasn’t even  enough to last through the day! To add to Nexus’ woes, its competitors phones at the time had much better battery life. The users were also disappointed when it was announced that the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update wouldn’t be available to them.

Nexus 4

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Launch: The LG-manufactured Nexus 4 released in late 2012. As the current Nexus handset, it’s fueled by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It’s also the first handset to come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

[quote_center] Perhaps the most popular Nexus phone ever [/quote_center]

Design and Hardware: The Nexus 4 handset was powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It was also the first handset to come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

The Nexus 4 launched with some issues, it was so popular that it quickly sold out at launch and new devices didn’t come in on time because of the lagging manufacturing pace. Although, LG claimed that there were no issues with the Nexus 4 supply chain.

The Nexus 4 hardware also seemed to be giving trouble to the users. The device is covered completely in Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which made it highly susceptible to scratches and cracks. Also, those who had broken their back panel, replacing it became an expensive ordeal. The device also faced heating problems, which was due to the lacking power management settings, which featured in the LG Optimus G.

 

Nexus 5

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Launch: The Nexus 5 was released in October 2013.

Design and Hardware: The Nexus 5 undoubtedly among the best phones there are as of now. Powered with a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, 2GB RAM, a 5 inch display, with full HD 1080p capacity. It has a 2700 mAh battery  and also a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera.The phone comes with the Android 4.4 KitKat version. Additionally, the Nexus 5 has 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The phone has candy bar design with a matte finish polycarbonate shell with a relatively good battery life. The phone is available in a 16GB and 32GB variant.

Nexus 6

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Also Read: Android L – All You Need to Know

Launch: Awaited; most likely by the end of this October (2014).

Design and Hardware: This time Google has partnered with its ex-acquisition Motorola for the Nexus 6. It is a clear sign of Google venturing into the phablet category with its massive 6 inch QHD AMOLED display. Set to release with the latest Android Lollipop, the phone has a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU along with the Adreno 420 GPU. It will have 3 GB of RAM, a 3220 mAh Battery, 13 MP camera, 5 MP front facing camera and will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants. This phone also incorporates Qualcomm quick-charge 2.0, which claims that the phone will last for 6 hours after a mere 15 minute charge!

The phone will also have a self healing back panel. Along with that, some of the additional features the phone is expected to have are: Dual Speakers, the always listening mode- “Ok Google Now” and is also expected to be water resistant!

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Android L: All You Need To Know

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Google is applying the formula of ‘new and reformed’ to Android L, starting with the launch to its features. Shunning the traditional launch events, Android L (now known as Lollipop) was launched via the official Google Blog.

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Android L will ship pre installed with Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which were released alongside, and will be made available for free on the many other major devices just like previous Android OTA updates. These devices were made available for pre order and will be seen on the shelves come 3rd November.

Android L brings Google’s updated “Material design” look. It has support for 64 bit chips and clever login authentication. The lock screen is smarter – if you’ve got a fixed location set up, or if you’re wearing a bluetooth device then the phone will unlock without needing a PIN. Whereas if you step away to remove your watch then you’ll need to swipe in a code to unlock the phone, and it can be unlocked through voice also.

Material Design

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Material Design is by far the biggest change in Android L. There’s a complete visual overhaul and a consistent experience across all devices. Material Design is cleaner and flatter with more intuitive animations. It’s an attempt at realism that’s been executed rather well.

The idea is to make it look more intuitive, which means more shadow gradients and 3D tiles that slide over one another. 

Everything will be the same on all the devices. The idea is to be able to leave off work on one device and continue on the other, much like Apple’s Continuity feature in Yosemite.

Notifications and lock screen

 

 

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Also Read: Is Samsung’s Android Dominance Over?

Though the basic design has been kept the same, you can now choose for the status bar to be colored or transparent, and this correspondingly refreshes your status icons.

You can choose the important apps and people that you want to display notifications from. The notifications are displayed on the lock screen to keep you constantly updated about any activity and can be easily accessed with one swipe on them.

Moreover android L will learn from you, noting what you use most and prioritizing those notifications. This is a major step forward, something we at Yaabot will keen follow. 

The quick settings menu has been revamped to include flashlight, hotspot, cast screen controls and more. The recent apps menu appears like a stack of cards and not the old screenshots. Google has also downgraded the priority that calls get and now the user can choose weather to answer, cancel or just wait for the call to end while continuing with their work.

Google explains the new Material Design for Android 5.0 Lollipop as

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“A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices. Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device. Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention.”

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Security

Google has given its users an opt in kill switch , which will allow users to clear device’s data if a user wills to. For enabling this feature though, the user will have to enter their google login to factory reset the device. The new devices also have extra security as their encryption is automatically turned on to save data on lost or stolen devices.

Android L also included SELinux for better protection. An android smart lock feature is also included which protects the device by pairing it with a trusted device like a watch or even a car.

Messenger App

Google has also launched an android specific messenger app which it will be shipping out along with the Nexus 6. Messenger will be different from Hangouts in the manner that it is an SMS and MMS specific app, while hangouts is a cross platform app and can be used to for video calling, etc.

Also Read: Google is testing a WhatsApp Rival

Device Sharing

Google has made device sharing easier and safer in android L. It allows a guest mode with custom options for access. You can pre-select the screen and the level of penetration a guest can have in your device.

There is also another feature which lets users log in to another Android phone and access their own synced messages and content, mainly targeted to help users at times when they forget their phone at home.

Battery life

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In this day and age when battery life is a chronic problem faced by every consumer, Anroid L has dropped a boon. Android L offers a battery saver feature which claims to extend the battery life by up to 90 minutes.

It will also display the amount of time left for full charge when charging, alerting users more to protect the phone from overcharging. It also displays the estimated time left before the user needs to charge the phone again. 

Device Set Up

Making it easier for users to shift from one phone to another, Google will now allow users to set up their new devices by tapping on their older ones. This allows for a seamless shift and transition between handsets.

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iPhone 6: Hands-On Review [With Video]

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I’m not a fan of big screened phones. In fact, despite being an Android fanboy, I sometimes sway to the iPhone because of its build quality and that perfectly sized screen.

The world thinks differently though. Larger screened phones have been growing in sales with every passing quarter, and companies have responded with equal enthusiasm – with every Android flagship getting bigger and bigger. Uncomfortably bigger. Apple had so far, held its own. Not giving in to the pressure despite years of expectations, Apple reiterated that phones needed to be pocketable and nice to hold.

Also Read: Apple Watch vs Android Wear – Which One Beats the Other?

[quote_center] Apple’s gone back on its words [/quote_center]

All that is forgotten now. In what I would call some serious backtracking, Apple’s not only launched a 4.7 inch iPhone, but also a mammoth 5.5 inch one. It’s not as bad as it sounds though – the 4.7 inch infact, still manages to retain its pocket-friendliness. But how does it fare in all the other parameters? Yaabot got its hands on the iPhone 6 on its launch day in India. Here are our thoughts:

Aesthetics

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[quote_right] Where’s the magical feel? [/quote_right] Apple’s always produced swoon-inducing hardware. Android enthusiasts may hate the iPhone for multiple reasons – but there’s no denying that there’s some serious premium feel attaches to all iPhones. The precisely cut edges and the aluminium body are great works of art. There’s clearly an attempt to continue that in the iPhone 6. But they’ve reverted back to the 3GS-era of design – giving the 6 curved edges instead of the block cut ones in the previous 3 iterations of the iPhone. This is nothing but a step backward. Sure, the iPhone 6 still fits nicely onto your palms – but where’s the magical feeling? I’ve had dreams of cheating on my HTC when I’ve held the iPhone 5 and 5S. With the iPhone 6, all of that is gone. It’s ordinary.

The new color options Apple introduced last year continue – the 6 is available in White, space grey, and Gold. Not sure why they did away with black.

Also Read: From the First iPhone to the Sixth – A Visual History

Performance

The iPhone 6 is powered by Apple’s latest A8 chip. It’s a 64 bit processor, which, powering the iOS 8 – is clearly a beast. No stutter. No lag. Great gaming experience. Absolutely no issues here. Apple claims the performance on the iPhone 6 is 50x faster than the iPhone 5 – which is a lot. As if that wasn’t enough, they claim an 84x increase in GPU performance.

Display

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The 4.7 inch screen is the biggest modification Apple has brought to this iteration of the iPhone. That’s an increase of almost 20%. They’ve maintained the pixel density of 326 ppi though – with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. It’s a happy combo of both increased screen real estate and display quality – something almost everyone is going to be happy about. I’d say Apple has managed to keep the phone’s dimensions within pocket-friendly limits. Another plus there.

Software

[quote_left] There’s nothing game-changing about iOS 8 [/quote_left]

The iPhone 6 ships with iOS 8 out of the box. It’ll of course, receive the 8.1 update. iOS 8 is an incremental update over the monumental change that iOS 7 was. We have added functionality like quick response to notifications, an always-on Siri, voice messages on iMessage and major things like custom keyboards. It’s a pleasing experience without much to complain about. But there’s nothing revolutionary either. Over the last few iterations of the iPhone – there really hasn’t been anything game-changing – except for TouchID. You get the feeling that innovation has stagnated and we’re basically being handed simply larger versions of the phone every year. Apple’s got work to do here.


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Camera

The iPhone’s camera is a legend. Always has been. This time, the legacy continues with the iPhone 6. Stellar photos, great clarity, with the right balance between lighting and detail – this is pretty much the usual description of photos I took on the iPhone 6. I’m not much of a photography enthusiast so that really is all I can say.

Verdict

yaabot_iphone6_2   [quote_center] Nothing is extraordinary [/quote_center] The iPhone’s got almost everything right this time. But therein itself lies the problem – nothing is extraordinary. The build is premium, like always. So is the performance, and the high quality camera. Apart from the 4.7 inch screen – there isn’t anything awe-inducing. iOS 8 is still playing catch up to Android. It’s painful to see how Apple execs can introduce custom keyboards with such enthusiasm and confidence while they berate Android (which has had them since eternity) in the same damn keynote.

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Feature: The 16th Mumbai Film Festival

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The 16th MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL

The much awaited 16th Mumbai Film Festival is here and Mumbai’s cultural calendar from 14th to 21st October has been booked. This year, HBO South Asia has partnered with the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) to bring an informative Master Class with acclaimed French actor Catherine Deneuve and Deepika Padukone.

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Catherine Deneuve, known for her iconic roles in films such as Repulsion (1965), Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970), and more recently in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and 8 Women (2002), will also be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The festival will screen a selection of her movies to pay a befitting tribute to this coveted film actor.

About Mumbai Film Festival:

The Mumbai Film Festival is organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) – a Trust comprised of Indian film industry stalwarts, was founded in 1997 by late filmmaker Shri Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Noted filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal heads the body that consists of film directors including: Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, Director Sudhir Mishra, young directors Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Umesh Kulkarni, Kiran Rao, Vikramaditya Motwane and Farhan Akhtar, publisher Navin Berry and producer-director-lyricist Amit Khanna.

The Master Class presented by HBO Premium Channels will see renowned author and film critic Anupama Chopra in conversation with Catherine Deneuve as well as Deepika Padukone, which will be held on Wednesday, 15th October, 2014 from 2:30 noon to 3:30 p.m at Cinemax, Versova.

Monica Tata, Managing Director, South Asia for HBO India Pvt Ltd said,

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We are very excited to have partnered with the Mumbai Film Festival this year, which like our HBO Premium Channels showcases the best of Cinema. This partnership will further highlight the proposition that we offer award-winning cinematic content to our consumers.

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Register immediately and be a part of the eight-day film extravaganza with notable array of film– screenings, academic activities and networking! To register visit http://www.mumbaifilmfest.com

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Tutorial : How to Root your Redmi 1S

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The Redmi 1S from Xiaomi (now rebranded as Mi) is one of the hottest phones (pun unintended) in the market right now. With mid range specifications being offered at a Rs. 6000/- price point, it truly raises the bar for existing budget offerings in the country. And we at Yaabot are, without a doubt, impressed by all the features this device has to offer!

READ OUR REVIEW OF THE REDMI 1S HERE.

Now while the phone truly has great specs under its hood, there are a few places where it could be improved upon. Most consumers don’t really know the first step to do so, and are completely dependant on Mi to start pushing updates.

But it’s actually pretty easy to take full control of your Redmi 1S, or any other device for that matter. The process involves one basic, fundamental step – Rooting your phone.

WHAT’S ROOTING ALL ABOUT?

Also Read: Why Should You Root Your Android Phone?

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Let’s go over the basics first. Your phone is a combination of hardware and software, right? The hardware is incomplete without the software used to control it, obviously. But there are some ‘rules’ or parameters written in the software which do not use your hardware resources to their full extent. These parameters are generally set by the OEM – the company manufacturing your device.

[quote_center]METHOD TO BYPASS SYSTEM PARAMETERS SET BY YOUR OEM[/quote_center]

The biggest advantage of the Android ecosystem is that it supports developers, and developers usually find a workaround to making the most of your device. This workaround starts off with rooting the device.

Rooting basically means disabling the parameters set by your OEM, be it Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG. Rooted devices have capabilities of changing the look and feel of the device completely. Right from custom ROMs, to installing applications directly onto the SD Card, to even overclocking your CPU to play graphic intensive games on a phone which would not support them otherwise – all these things can be achieved. But for that, you need a root.

ALSO READ: BEST ALTERNATIVE FIRMWARES FOR ANDROID

IS IT SAFE TO ROOT MY REDMI?

Mi works on a system of users on an active forum, making changes and supporting software updates. The company started off with developing MIUI, a custom ROM on Android devices which could be accessed by, you guessed it, rooting the device.

So yes, while other companies might tell you your warranty is voided when you rooted their phones, that’s not the case with Mi. But still, in case something does happen, we recommend un-rooting your device before going to the authorised service centers.

PREREQUISITES TO ROOTING YOUR REDMI

1) Although a backup of files isn’t necessary, it’s always good to do one to be on the safe side. You can do so by going into Settings -> Backup and Reset -> Local Backup.

 

2) The phone should have the latest stable version of MIUI running. This is usually available as an OTA  (Over The Air, provided from your phone manufacturer) update as soon as the users power on their Redmi for the first time.

 

3) Developer options must be activated. This can be done by going into Settings and tapping on the Android version rapidly. Once this is done, go to Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.

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PROCEDURE TO ROOT

Now, first things first. To check the Root Status of your Redmi 1S, open the Security app. There, go into Permissions, and you’ll find that the ‘Root Permissions’ area is greyed out. Implying your phone does not have the root access.

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So here are the steps to safely and easily root your Redmi 1S.

STEP 1: Download the file ‘update.zip’ on to your PC. This is actually the update package that will root your device. This link goes to the official MIUI site, so you’ll have to register to download this file. Registration is free!

 

STEP 2: After downloading the file, connect your Redmi 1S to your PC via USB. If you are prompted by your computer to choose which action to take, select ‘View Files and Folders’. Usually, the proprietary Mi software pops up, which is not needed in this procedure.

 

STEP 3: Now, copy the downloaded file (“update.zip”) into the Internal Storage of your Redmi. Any folder in the Internal Storage will do, as long as you can find the .zip file!

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STEP 4: After the transfer is complete, disconnect your device safely.

 

STEP 5: Now, in the Redmi, go into the Tools folder. Out there, tap on the Update icon. Once that’s done, click on the ‘Options’ capacitive key (the first capacitive button below the screen), tap on ‘Select Update Package’ and then select ‘update.zip’.

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STEP 6: Follow the on screen prompts to complete the process and reboot your device.

 

STEP 7: Once successfully rebooted (takes about 2 minutes, it waits at the boot screen for some time), the phone will show a success message, saying that the update was successfully installed.

 

And you’re done! Congratulations, you have successfully rooted your device.To verify, go to the Security app -> Permissions, and there you’ll see the Root tab is now, for lack of a more suitable word, un-greyed. Tap on Root Permission to enable it.

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Now, when you’ve rooted your Redmi, you do get more control over it. You can install applications which will control everything in your device – from the CPU clock frequency, to more themes, to even more functionality. But, this leaves you with a disadvantage of not being able to receive updates from Mi via their OTA Update system.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

PROCEDURE TO UNROOT

To continue receiving Mi updates for your Redmi, you need to Un-Root it. Simply follow the same procedure we mentioned above, only with a different .zip file.

The separate file (UnRootNative_Redmi1s.zip) can be downloaded from here.  Follow the exact same procedure in moving it to your Redmi from your computer, and then installing it using the Update application.

TO CONCLUDE

One can unlock infinite potential in any device by rooting it. Although there are the risks of bricking your phone, it won’t happen if you follow each and every step to the letter. In any case, if you have any steps of your own, do let us know in the comments section!

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Tutorial : How to fix the Issues in Redmi 1S

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Update: Xiaomi has recently released an update for the below mentioned issues. If you haven’t received it yet, read on.

We recently posted the Redmi 1S Review, wherein we mentioned the key issues (overheating, poor RAM management and sudden battery drainage) of the device. These issues are unfortunately present in most Redmi 1S handsets out there, and is persuading most consumers to shy away from this device. A simple look at the reviews on the Redmi 1S Product Page will give you an idea.

While Xiaomi has heard the woes of Redmi users and are planning to push an update to rectify the faults very soon, it is actually possible to get rid of the overheating issues very easily.

So here’s a step-by-step user friendly guide to correct the faults and make the most of your
Redmi 1S!

STEP 1: ROOT YOUR DEVICE

You might have seen this coming. The issues with the phone are not so much as hardware related, than a software glitch which uses up more resources. And the first step to correcting that is gaining complete control over the device, ergo rooting.

The process is fairly simple. We’ve actually covered the steps in another article.

STEP 2: UNDERCLOCK YOUR CPU

Let me explain this step. The Redmi 1S comes with a powerful Quad Core Snapdragon CPU clocked in at 1.6 GHz. Although on paper it looks pretty awesome (The Redmi’s processor has a higher clock speed than that of the Moto G, HTC Desire 816 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra!), it actually takes a toll on the device.

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The processor specifications of the Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 mention the MAXIMUM clock speed as 1.6GHz, which is actually not needed. This causes the overheating (more clock cycles, owing to higher clock frequency) which in turn reduces the battery life.

A simple and effective way of underclocking the CPU is to install the No-frills CPU Control application, which needs rooting. What this application does is reduce the maximum and minimum limits of your CPU, thereby reducing problems caused due to the higher frequency of the CPU.

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Optimum values to set:
MAX CLOCK FREQUENCY : 1.19GHz
MIN CLOCK FREQUENCY : 384 Mhz

Basically if you’re using this phone mainly for communication, web browsing and playing games with light to medium graphic requirements, these specifications will fit the bill perfectly. If you are more into intense gaming, a higher clock frequency of 1.4 GHz will be suitable.

Download No-Frills CPU Control from here.

STEP 3: SPECIFY A RAM LIMIT

Another issue with the Redmi 1S is that the phone constantly runs out of RAM, which in turn results in some apps force-closing. The main culprit behind this anomaly is, ironically, the MIUI on the phone itself, which eats into the memory resources.

Easy fix : Install a RAM manager.

While the Security app in MIUI does have some nifty features to clear cache and redundant applications, it doesn’t play a major impact on the RAM.

We recommend installing MinFreeManager. This is an app which works only on rooted devices, and basically sets a minimum limit to the amount of RAM you must have on your device. Very handy.

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Upon installing the app, press the Options capacitive key, select presets and set to mild. This should be enough to keep your Redmi 1S in a comfortable state.

Download MinFreeManager from here.

STEP 4: DISABLE APPLICATIONS

More applications active, more processes running in the background. You could kill the applications by going into Settings -> Apps, but this would not be a permanent solution.

Thankfully, rooting your phone now enables you to freeze those applications which are not needed at the moment. They go into a ‘Hibernate’ state of sorts, wherein although they aren’t uninstalled, they don’t execute any action as well.

Greenify is one such application which can help in freezing tasks.

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If you want something else, there’s App Quarantine, from which you can shift applications – both System and/or User Installed – into a quarantine state.

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Protip : You might be tempted to shift/freeze the Themes app, thinking you won’t really be changing the appearance of your phone so frequently. However, doing this will render you unable to change sound settings – specifically the ringtones.

Download Greenify from here
OR
Download App Quarantine from here.

STEP 5: CHANGE THE ANIMATION SCALE

This one’s very simple, and actually doesn’t even require the phone to be rooted. It can be performed on ALL ANDROID DEVICES.

Here’s how you can change the animation scale.

Go into Settings -> Developer Options. Out there, scroll down till you reach the various animation scales. Change all three from ‘1’ to’0.5’.

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What this essentially does is reduce the animation scale of all the transitions the UI makes. This has a dual advantage. It makes operating the device much snappier, and also reduces the toll on the GPU of the phone.

Simple, and effective! Perfect if you want a snappier experience to operating your phone!

 

BOTTOM LINE

Like we mentioned in our review, the Redmi 1S packs quite a punch when it comes to specifications. However, more than the hardware capabilities, it’s how the software can adapt to it and make the most of it.

Following the simple steps above, I was able to prolong the battery life and reduce the overheating on my Redmi 1S. No other applications were affected, and even the lag was reduced.

I’ve made these points from the perspective of a regular user who isn’t much into changing scripts, installing custom ROMs or tweaking with kernel values. However, if you are interested in getting a more developer friendly approach to correcting the faults, we’ll recommend viewing this thread.

For users who want a no-nonsense approach to making the most of their Redmi 1Ss, these steps should do the trick!

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Review: Million Dollar Arm On DVD & Blu-Ray

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Based on a true story, the movie Million Dollar Arm is a biopic of two Indian sportsmen becoming baseball players. Yes, you read that right, baseball! Cricket is a religion in our country, while baseball is quite frankly non-existent! The idea that there could be a successful reality show competition centric to baseball was rather unthinkable, as we would presume it to be a failure! Now, the experience is available on home video – DVD and Blu-Ray, courtesy Sony DADC.

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While Million Dollar Arm is a Disney movie, it is free of the stereotypical animation you conjure in your head when you hear that name. Million Dollar Arm is in fact, based on a true story. Directed by Craig Gillespie, Million Dollar Arm stars Jon Hamm as the lead character who pioneers this ‘outrageous’ idea of baseball in a country that worships cricket. The two sportsmen are played by Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal, you would recognise the former from the Life of Pi and the latter from Slumdog Millionaire. The idea of the competition was turn cricket bowlers into baseball pitchers, sounds pretty straightforward right? Well there’s only one way to find that out, watch the film!

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Amazing acting and screenplay, the music is given by A.R. Rahman so in all its a very well made film! It gets rather interesting to see how the two sportsmen battled their hardships and failures to emerge out with a major baseball league contract! Go grab your own copy of the DVD by Sony DADC to watch this amazing film! Its testament to what Indian sportsmen can do, in this case Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. In short – a must watch.

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Bonus Content on Blu-ray

·         Training Camp (Also Available on DVD)

·         Their Story

·         Deleted Scenes

·         Alternate Ending

·         Outtakes

·         Million Dollar Music By A. R. Rahman

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