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OnePlus 7 – Features Which Make It Hard To Wait For The Phone




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Since the launch of its very first phone, OnePlus has been known for its flagship phones with each one having brilliant features. With the launch of its latest phone, OnePlus 7 Pro, the expectations of the new features are at an all time high. If you are planning on buying the phone, then here are some features you should definitely try!

1. Auto Drop Detection

The auto drop detection is made for people who are prone to dropping their phones. If your front camera is out and you are about to drop your phone, the camera senses the fall and automatically pops back in to avoid getting damaged. While it sounds like a cool feature, please don’t try it just because you can!

2. Zen Mode

If you need a timeout from your phone and don’t have the willpower to do it at regular intervals, then the Zen Mode is perfect for you. When the Zen Mode is activated, the phone locks users out for 20 minutes. The only thing users can access is the camera and incoming calls. To exit the Zen Mode, you can’t do anything but restart the phone! Definitely a must have for people addicted to their phones.

3. Screen Recording

Taking screenshots to another level, OnePlus 7 Pro now lets you take screen recordings of your calls! Coming in the form of an integrated feature, the service works with just a tap. All you have to do is activate the service and voila! The feature can work on Zen Mode as well if you add it to the Quick Settings mode and use it through there.

4. Make your colours

Till Android Pie, you could only select a few colours from a given palette. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, you can now choose which colour to use as your main accent colour within the interface. All you have to do is go to the settings and with the slider bar and gradient bar, you can choose whatever colour want! How cool is that?

5. Fingerprint animation

Unlike other phones, you can change the animations on your fingerprint sensor. All you have  to do is go to the settings, then security and then to the lock screen. Once you reach the fingerprint section, pick the fingerprint animation feature and tada! You can now animate the sensor to your liking. If you get tired of the additional animations, you can easily disable it.

6. Navigation Gestures

While the new OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a sharper look and no dents, the navigation feature is increasing the anticipation around the phone. The navigation bar, while one of the most used features on any phone, can be quite an irritant. With the navigation gesture feature, you can now just swipe away the feature and clear the clutter on your phone! Slick and clean, this service is going to be quite a treat.

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Epic Games Locks Horns With Google And Apple In A Lawsuit Over Fortnite




Epic Games Locks Horns With Google And Apple In A Lawsuit Over Fortnite

Google and Apple combined are responsible for providing a platform for downloading applications and are also the market leaders for app stores.  Almost every developer launches their app either on the Google Play Store and/or the Apple App Store, so that consumers and customers can see their products or services.  There are 2.8 million android applications available on the Google Play Store while the Apple App Store has close to 1.3 million apps available for its users in early 2020.

A popular game, Fortnite was removed from both Apple and Google platforms over ambiguity in the way Fortnite developer Epic Games conducted payments inside the gaming app.  This led to Epic Games filing lawsuits against both Apple and Google for banning Fortnite from their platforms.  Fortnite is one of the biggest battle royale games in the world right now and there are over 250 million Fortnite players in the world.  

Unfolding of the ban:

Fortnite’s latest game update offered all players a 20% discount on its in-game currency V-bucks,  but only if they paid Epic Games directly rather than using Apple or Google’s payment systems.  This did not sit well with Google and Apple as both platforms take a standard 30% of purchases on their app stores.  It also meant Epic Games broke the rules applying to both the stores.

Apple proceeded to remove Epic Games from their platform leaving ios users with no way to install the game.  Epic games released a video mocking Apple with a television themes advert similar to the one Apple used in their 1984 Super Bowl commercial.

A few hours later after the Apple ban, Fortnite vanished from the Google Play Store, as well.

What is the lawsuit

Documents available in the public domain through the United States court records system show Epic Games filed a complaint against Google in a California court, just as it did against Apple.  The lawsuit highlights Google’s motto which was once “Don’t be evil.”  Epic Games said “Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought, and is using its size to do evil upon competitors, innovators, customers, and users in a slew of markets it has grown to monopolise (sic.)”

The lawsuit further goes on to describe a deal that Epic Games had reached with phone maker OnePlus to make its games available ‘seamlessly’ on their devices.  Epic Games said “But Google forced OnePlus to renege on the deal, citing Google’s ‘particular concern’ about Epic having the ability to install and update mobile games while ‘bypassing the Google Play Store (sic.)”

What is Epic Games looking for?

Epic Games says it wants the mobile app stores to be fairer for all developers.  Epic Games also highlights that it is not seeking a compensation payout or more favourable deal for itself.  However, they state any reduction in the 30% cut charged by both Apple and Google will help Epic Games favourably.  


Google said “The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores.  For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users.  While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies (sic.)”

Apple said in a statement “Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem – including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers.  Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users (sic.)”  It also said  “We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store (sic.)”

It will be interesting to watch the outcome of the lawsuit filed by Epic Games and if the courts will rule in the favour of a fairer market or in the favour of existing market rules.


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Storage For Rent: This Startup Idea Is Seeing A Huge Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic




Storage For Rent: This Startup Idea Is Seeing A Huge Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you could travel six months back in time and tell yourself how the world would look now, you might have dismissed it as a hoax.  The world changed suddenly when the COVID-19 virus broke out and started spreading across the world.  The virus which manifests in the form of a flu before attacking the respiratory system currently has no vaccine.  This forced governments across the world and India included, to enforce a strict mandatory nationwide lockdown.  

The lockdown was initially announced in India for just three weeks and many businesses and startups never expected it to go beyond a month.  However, the lockdown is still continuing albeit with a few relaxations, but many industries continue to be badly affected by it as they saw zero revenue in the last three months.  Many organisations and businesses have made the shift to remote work as their offices remain to be closed for fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus.  

As software companies continue to declare work from home for the foreseeable future, many employees are looking to return back home from technology hubs like Bengaluru and Hyderabad so as to save money on huge rents in the metropolitan cities considering their offices are not opening anytime soon.

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This is where a unique concept where companies offering storage spaces for long term rent is seeing a huge spurt in demand.  As software employees in Bengaluru are slowly vacating their accommodations to move back home in order to save on rental expenses, they have no place to store their personal belongings.  Firms like SafeStorage, Storagians, StowNest Storage and MyRaksha, which provide the service (storage for rent,) have seen a spike in clients and quotation requests.  Even some gyms and restaurants, both of which are yet to reopen completely, are offering their facilities for storage in order to reduce their own rental expenses.

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These storage firms offer facilities like pickup services, CCTV monitoring and individual locker facilities apart from providing insurance coverage against theft, natural calamities and fire.  Ramesh Madisetty, co founder of SafeStorage, says “We have 13 warehouses with 1.16 lakh sq ft space in Bengaluru.  We have signed up for another 27,000 sq ft facility near Whitefield.  There is a 10x jump in enquiries due to Covid-19 , from 30 to 300 now (sic.)”

Another company named Storagians, which offers storage for rent in Bengaluru has already run out of storage space and are having to turn away customer requests.  Prasanna Kumar, founder of Storagians says “Unfortunately, we are turning down customers’ requests due to the non availability of slots sic.)”

The average monthly rent is based on the volume of goods.  While goods accommodated in 1BHK are charged a monthly rental of Rs. 2,500-3,500 and it will be Rs. 4,500-5,000 for 2BHK.  As more and more enterprising people are embracing this concept, many others are racing against time to get their own facilities up so they can offer storage space for rent.  This concept will continue to see a huge demand as long as companies keep working remotely.

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India’s Reliance JioMeet To Take On Zoom




India’s Reliance JioMeets To Takes On Zoom

Mukesh Ambani seems to be having one of the best years of his career, proving that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hindrance to his goals.  Mukesh Ambani’s latest product is a video conferencing app which aims to take on the hottest video conferencing app, Zoom.  The telecommunications vertical of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio, formally launched Reliance JioMeet, on Thursday evening, which has an uncanny resemblance to Zoom.

Zoom has emerged as one of the companies which has thrived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses are forced to shut down their offices and shift their operations to remote work.  This meant the demand for a good video conferencing software shot up and Zoom stepped up to the task before Google, Microsoft and Facebook could catch up.  Zoom has also removed time limits for the conference calls and made the entire suite free of cost for schools and businesses in the affected regions across the globe, thereby further increasing its popularity.  

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However, JioMeet has a similar if not better offering than Zoom.  JioMeet offers unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants on a call.  Interestingly, JioMeet appears to not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration.   Jio Platforms says a free call can be uninterrupted for “up to 24 hours” long.  The service currently has no paid plans and considering Jio’s reputation for giving services for free for years like Jio data plans, it would come as no surprise if JioMeet is also made free for the time being.

JioMeet comes at the perfect time as the Indian government suggested that Indians need to aggressively work on homegrown technologies and develop them so that they are on par with technologies developed by global giants.  The government has called for leading Indian software and IT companies to come up with an alternative for Zoom and it looks like Jio has stepped up to the task.


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