Why removal of headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is not “courage” but “greed”

There’s a growing trend among smartphone manufacturers to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack that has long been the standard connector for a huge range of audio equipment over the past century. Motorola’s new Moto Z doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio connector, neither does LeEco’s latest range of smartphones, and Apple has finally done away with the socket this year too. Of course, when Apple did it, it created a much more angry reaction from fans and haters alike than when Moto or LeEco did it.

In fact I had something to say about the removal of headphone jack on the Moto Z and LeEco. And while I still believe that, I am seeing a trend now and all these big names are writing about how Apple did the right thing, how headphone jacks are a 100 year old technology and they should go.

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Are tablets as we know them doomed?

Six years ago, Steve Jobs spoke at the D8 conference proclaiming that the PC was on the way out and the recently launched iPad was going to drive the “post-PC era” of computing. Jobs’ prediction about PCs was on the money, but figures now show that tablets, rather than replacing PCs, seem to be joining them on the digital scrap heap.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s/Prime, Note 3/ Moto G4 Play: Best smartphones under ₹10,000 in India (September 2016)

Until a few years ago, before Motorola launched the aggressively priced Moto E and the Moto G 2nd generation, if you were in the market looking for a decent budget smartphone there were plenty of options but each one of those smartphones almost yelled “I am cheap” at any one who looked. The internals weren’t so great either. Fast forward 2016, the two Moto phones brought a drastic change in the budget segment with many Chinese competitors jumping in.

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Apple’s approach to innovation under Tim Cook

Before we begin and I end up annoying some of you, this is just my very personal opinion and observations and I do not mean I am correct, but this is what I know and have seen. My observations may very well be wrong and some of my emotions may flow out the wrong way, that’s the thing about opinions. Still here? Let’s continue shall we?

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Can Samsung/Huawei really survive without Android?

Samsung is announcing its Tizen powered smartphones in India right now at an event as I sit here typing this out.

Apparently, Samsung is looking into how it can make its future phones run and sell without Google’s Android OS. The company wants to place its own Tizen OS front and centre, according to reports, as this would give it more control over its hardware and software and this, in turn, at least in theory, would mean more money for Samsung.

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Xiaomi : How the Apple of the East is turning out to be the Blackberry of the East

Never had a Chinese domestic phone achieved such dizzying heights of success before Xiaomi came along. The smartphone vendor sold over 61 million phones in China in 2014, beating the immensely popular Samsung and Apple to become the biggest smartphone vendor in the country. It created sales records by selling hundreds of thousands of phones online within minutes. People were quick to claim that Xiaomi was China’s Apple and Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, was given a moniker: ‘Leibs’ which stands for China’s Steve Jobs.

But now Xiaomi is cooling down at a worryingly rapid pace.

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With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy

Microsoft had an ambitious goal with the launch of Windows 10: a billion devices running the software by the end of 2018. In its quest to reach that goal, the company aggressively pushed Windows 10 on its users and went so far as to offer free upgrades for a whole year. However, the company’s strategy for user adoption has trampled on essential aspects of modern computing: user choice and privacy. I think that’s wrong.

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Do you need a Smart Watch? No, but here’s why you should consider buying one

The smartwatch has existed in some form or the other since the early 1980s, but took its current popular form three years ago with the launch and success of the Pebble. Google got into the game in 2014 with Android Wear and 2015 has seen the launch of the highly-anticipated Apple Watch.

Not everyone agrees with the idea of smartwatches, though. I’ve heard a range of arguments against the idea, from the fact that we don’t need another device to charge every night, to the idea that a watch is a stylish accessory that is meant for one single set of functions centred on telling the time. Simply put, why should I spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a device when it’s not obvious why I really need one?

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