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  1. Railways has hiked Tatkal ticket charges, the new rates will be effective from December 25. The step has been taken to improve passenger revenue collections. Here are the details of the new Tatkal prices: – Sleeper Class: Rs 200 for the Tatkal booking of Sleeper class instead of Rs 175 earlier. Minimum Tatkal charge was Rs 90 which has been hiked to Rs 100. – AC Chair Car: Rs 225 now as against the earlier rate of Rs 125 in minimum Tatkal charges and Rs 200 as maximum charge against Rs 100 earlier. – AC-3 tier: Maximum revised charge is Rs 400 instead of Rs 350 earlier and minimum is Rs 300 instead of Rs 250. – AC-2 tier: Rs 400 now as against the earlier rate of Rs 300 in minimum Tatkal charges and Rs 500 as maximum charge against Rs 400 earlier. – Executive Class: Minimum Tatkal charge has been hiked to Rs 400 from Rs 300 and maximum Rs 500 from Rs 400. – Second Class (sitting): Tatkal charges remain same at Rs 10 and Rs 15 as minimum and maximum charge respectively depending on the distance.
  2. NEW DELHI: While Samsung, Google, LG etc have graduated their top smartphones' screens from Full HD (1080x1920p) to 2K (1440x2560p) panels, Sony has skipped right to 4K (2160x3840p) displays with the launch of its Xperia Z5 Premium. This is a bold move, especially considering the lack of 4K content available worldwide much less in India. Oh, and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (at asking price of Rs 62,990) is the only smartphone in India that is priced more than iPhone 6S. So, the question really is whether the world's first smartphone with 4K screen worth the price tag. We find out in our Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review... The 4K display Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sports a 5.5-inch display with 4K resolution, but that doesn't mean that all pixels are fired up all the time. No, the 4K screen comes into action only when you view images and videos in Sony's preinstalled Albums and Movies apps only. The rest of the time, the display only works in Full HD resolution. This means that most of the time, you get a screen that offers the same clarity as any other flagship smartphone out there. Next point: where do you get the 4K content to view on your smartphone? Well there is very little content shot natively in 4K resolution, so your best bet is capturing videos and photos from your Sony Xperia Z5 Premium itself. The only other option we could find (that works in India) is YouTube, but there are very few videos that are shot in 4K. Thankfully, Sony has been smart about the implementation of its 4K display technology. Whatever content you have on your phone will be upscaled to 4K resolution automatically. The catch, you ask? Well, the content will be upscaled only if you open it in the Albums and Movies apps. So opening a video in an app like MX Player won't help you much. How's the experience you ask? Well the videos we viewed on Sony Xperia Z5 Premium showed more detail than they do on HD and Full HD smartphones, but the change was not as great compared to a 2K smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. If you are a movie buff, you will love the gorgeous display of Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. Same ol' design Xperia Z5 Premium is Sony's flagship smartphone, so it came as a surprise that the company has used the same design that it has been using for the past two years on it. The Sony's OmniBalance design language, in any case, looks good but you would expect something more refreshing in a phone priced so high. What we miss the most, though, is the frosted glass back panel that Sony used in Xperia Z5 Premium. The new frost glass design looked very nice, but Sony has used the plain old glass back in its top smartphone. Other than that, you get a smartphone that looks very similar to Xperia Z5, which we reviewed recently. The device has a metal frame with corners tipped with nylon to protects the smartphone from damage in case you drop it. Similarly, you get the fingerprint sensor integrated in the Power button, front-facing speakers, water-resistant body with capless design for the microUSB port and earphone jack, and sim as well as microSD card slots hidden under a flap. Due to the big screen and blocky design, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium can be a little difficult to operate with one hand for most people. Hardware & software When it comes to the rest of the internals, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is almost the same as Xperia Z5, except for the bigger battery. Octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor 3GB RAM 32GB internal storage, 200GB microSD card support 23MP rear camera with LED flash 5.1MP front camera 4G support 3,430mAh battery with QuickCharge 2.0 technology The software skin used in Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the same one we saw in Xperia Z5. So you get a clean interface with a number of preloaded apps. Thankfully, you can uninstall most of these apps expect the ones developed by Sony. The company's Android skin is light and the phone has pretty powerful hardware, so you won't have much of a problem in using the smartphone. Performance Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is a flagship smartphone and it shows in the performance. The smartphone is capable of handling whatever you throw its way, but then so do most other smartphones that cost Rs 10,000 less (LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy Note5 come to mind especially). There are no overheating issues with Sony Xperia Z5 Premium either, something we were a little concerned about due to the experience we had with Xperia Z3+. The phone did get a little warm when we were shooting 4K videos, but there were no instances of the camera app shutting down because of overheating. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is an excellent multimedia device, what with its 4K screen and front facing stereo speakers. You get great-looking videos and clear sounds on the smartphone and will be delighted if you plan to watch a lot of movies on the handset. All this talk of 4K videos must mean poor battery life, innit? Not as much as we thought, thankfully. The smartphone offers battery life of almost a day and a half with moderate usage (which includes watching 4K videos for 30 minutes). However, the smartphone delivered battery life of less than 12 hours with heavy internet usage. So if you are a road warrior, keep a powerbank with you. Camera Sony Xperia Z5 Premium features a 23MP Exmor sensor with 6-element lens, hybrid autofocus that can zero in upon the object in 0.3 seconds, and improved SteadyShot stabilization. In terms of image quality, the smartphone is right there on top with the rest of them... offering detailed shots with great colour balance and white balance. Here are a few photos we took with Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Verdict Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is a powerful smartphone offering a big screen that is great for watching videos, excellent camera, stupendous performance and decent battery life. Buy it if you are a video buff, otherwise there are plenty of other options that cost a lot less available in the market today.
  3. The Indian cricket team will open its campaign in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15 next year, followed by a marquee clash against Pakistan in Dharamsala four days later. The ICC announced the groups and itinerary for the sixth instalment of the tournament to be held across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3, confirming that the final will be played at Eden Gardens. In all, the 2016 World Twenty20 will comprise 58 matches - 35 for the men's teams, 23 for women's - over 27 days across Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. The semi-finals will be played in New Delhi and Mumbai on March 30 and 31 respectively, with Kolkata hosting the summit clash. The women's semi-finals and final will be followed by the men's knock-out matches. The men's event will see eight teams decided into two groups of four for the first round of matches, from with the group winners will progress to the Super 10 stage starting March 16; this is two groups of five teams. From the second round, the top two teams from both groups will make it to the semi-finals. In the women's event, ten teams will be divided into two groups and the top two from each group will progress to the semis.
  4. NEW DELHI: Delhi government is contemplating shutting the city's schools for 15 days from January 1 during the trial period of odd-even vehicle formula.
  5. NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the plea of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) challenging the Bombay High Court order on Maggi controversy. The authority, however, did not insist on challenging HC order on lifting of ban but pressed for immediate stay on court's adverse observation against it. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant sought a response from Nestle India and asked the food giant to file it by January 5, while posting the case for hearing on January 13.
  6. Flipkart Ltd will stop selling electronic books from Friday, three years after the online retailer started selling the product, acknowledging that Indians are yet to warm up to them. Starting 11 December, e-books purchased on Flipkart will be serviced by Canada’s eBook and eReader provider Rakuten Kobo, which offers more than four million e-books. Consumers will not be able to buy e-books on Flipkart starting Friday, though their previous purchases will remain intact.
  7. Jet Airways unveiled an app designed exclusively for Apple Watch to enable its passengers access travel information on their wrists Private carrier Jet Airways unveiled an app designed exclusively for Apple Watch to enable its passengers access travel information seamlessly on their wrists. The application with watchOS 2 support, will allow passengers to conveniently access real-time information about their flight status of any flight on Jet Airways’ network, receive a flight status notification, get alerts for upcoming trips as well as updates on special deals and offers from Jet Airways, the airline said in a statement here. The application, which is available on the App Store, features a flight status application, which allows guests to check their flight status on the day of departure. This is done by entering the flight number on the keypad of the watch to receive the latest status update, it said. To access app, users will first need to download the app for iPhone, (existing users will need to upgrade to the latest version), the airline said adding Apple Watch users will need to visit the Apple Watch App on iPhone and turn on the ‘Show App on Apple Watch’ option within the ‘My Watch’ tab. Jet Airways unveiled an app designed exclusively for Apple Watch to enable its passengers access travel information on their wrists
  8. It’s also expected the Redmi Note 3 will be released following the launch of acclaimed Redmi Note 2. The fans may be crying about the poor 720p resolution on the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime, but possible benchmarks suggest that the model may yet have an ace up its sleeve – the new and powerful Snapdragon 618 chipset. Or is the leaked device something else? Xiaomi also announced that the Mi Band (White LED) will be available in an open sale on mi.com/in on Tuesday. Targeting India, Brazil and other emerging markets would allow Xiaomi to sell a larger volume of entry-level smartphones than a market like the USA, which traditionally values higher-end devices, Chau added. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and comes equipped with a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor. SD615, SD617 or even a SD620. The teaser for the Redmi Note 2 comes a week after Qualcomm and Xiaomi entered into a 3G and 4G China patent licence deed. If so it’s worth noting that it will give a stiff competition to the aging Lenovo K3 Note and the Yu Yureka Plus which still rule the 10K range. The regular version of the phone gets 16GB onboard storage, while the Prime version gets 32GB inbuilt storage. The current flagship -the Mi4 – was launched at Rs 20,000. Xiaomi has recently introduced a new addition to their phablets with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which is believed to be available for greater features and lesser price. The Redmi Note 2 Prime takes average quality pictures with its 8MP main shooter which has features such as LED flash, autofocus, 1.4 µm pixel size, HDR and Full HD video capture. SEE ALSO: Up Close and Personal with Moto G Turbo Edition Launched in India Today! Xiaomi’s MIUI operations manager posted news of the OTA update on social networking network platform, Weibo, to confirm the report. Hence there’s no option to wait till then to know more about the so called “secret” product from Xiaomi. We’ll keep an eye out for more details to emerge so stay tuned.
  9. The US-based company is supposedly going to sell the 32GB version for Rs 13500 and the 64GB variant for Rs 17900. The gadget improves on its predecessor by providing support for the App Store and Siri, in addition to running on a dual-core A8 chip.
  10. Apple is all set to launch its new iPad Pro in India, which is likely to hit store shelves next week. The exact availability and pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. However, citing sources at Apple, TheQuint has revealed that the 32GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi will be priced at Rs 67900, 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi at Rs 79,900 and 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi Cell at Rs 91,900. The report also adds the availability of the device from the second week of December. The iPad Pro with 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 pixel Retina Display is just 6.9mm thick and weighs 713 grams. On the inside, the iPad Pro sports the Apple A9X chipset which Phil Schiller had said offers better performance than 80 percent of portable laptops out there. According to Apple, the A9X offers desktop-grade CPU and console-grade GPU. It promises a 10-hour battery life as well. More importantly, the iPad Pro is the only iOS device to support data transfers at USB 3.0 speeds with the new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader that Apple launched a few days ago. To complement the iPad Pro, Apple has finally made a stylus called the Apple Pencil. This white coloured pressure sensitive stylus that it launched at $99 and is aimed more at the creative professionals who want to get precise and accurate output for their ideas. There is no word on the Apple Pencil pricing in India. The other additional accessory is the Smart Keyboard which can fold up to become the iPad Pro cover. You can orient the keyboard to be used for typing, for watching content on the display and covering the iPad Pro. This is also sold separately. The recent iFixit teardown leaves the Pad Pro with a poor score of 3/10. iFixit gave it a repairability score of 3 out of 10 and pointed out that the Smart Connector port is virtually impossible to replace and also, that the fused front panel increases the cost of screen repair along with the risk of damaging the LCD when opening.
  11. South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co plans to raise the prices of its car models in India by up to Rs 30,000 ($448.60) starting in January, its local unit said, citing challenging market conditions. "We are constrained to consider the price increase on account of factors like increase in cost of components, weak rupee etc," Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said in a statement. Hyundai's plans come a week after German carmaker BMW said it would raise the prices of its BMW- and Mini-branded cars sold in India by up to 3 percent starting next year. Hyundai is India's second-largest carmaker by sales and the country's largest exporter. India's car market, the world's sixth largest, is expected to grow to the number three position by 2020 as incomes rise.
  12. CHENNAI: When the water came pouring into their house in West Mambalam, R Sailasree and her family sought refuge on the upper storey and terrace of their two-storied house. A day later, they were able to move to her brother-in-law's house in Annanagar. While they are safe and sound, she and her husband are now worried how their son, R Hariharan, will cope with his studies. Apart from missing almost a month of school, all his second term books have been washed away. (People who want books can WhatsApp Vivin at 9677035963, or Vivek at 9566180758. If you want to help SCGOBN, you can drop off books at B 12/12, 25th Cross Street, Besant Nagar or contact Chandrasekhar at 9884224480) Educational institutions are planning to reach out and reassure students once they come back to school. "We can check availability of textbooks and get them. Or else, we can photocopy it. We will also be offering counselling to instill confidence in students and parents," says Vael's Billabong High International School principal Meenakshi Ramesh, adding that they are planning to hold classes for class 10 and 12 students on Sundays. School counsellors will also be talking to students as many may be stressed after having their homes flooded, or anxious about completing the portions and dealing with the exams. "Trauma is trauma, whether it is the floods or exams," says Magdalene Jeyarathnam, founder, Center for Counselling, which also does counselling in schools.
  13. OUKITEL is famous for its unique smartphone marketing strategy. The company seems to believe that smartphones are the most vulnerable things in our daily life, which is probably why OUKITEL has demonstrated the OUKITEL K4000 being power-drilled and the OUKITEL U7 Pro being used as a vegetable chopping board. Well, one such phone from the company is the OUKITEL K10000. The phone was used in a video where it was seen powering an electric cooker, and we saw how the massive 10,000mAh battery generated enough power to cook delicious noodles perfectly. Well, that’s the last thing that you will be doing with the phone, but that experiment does show us that the phone has got a really powerful battery that can last for a whole week on normal usage. You can pre-order the OUKITEL K10000 now from GearBest. Though the original price is $239.99, you can get a $40 discount and buy the phone for $199.99 by using the coupon code – K10000. The phone is available only in Black color, which suits it very much. http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_204428.html
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