iPhone 7 to ditch 3.5mm jack; Apple to release wireless headphones

EFT Report, Mumbai: If rumors are to be believed, Apple may ditch 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7. According to an allegedly "confirmed" information from iPhone supply chain, Apple will release wireless earphones alongside.
Citing people in the iPhone supply chain, Andrews Forum reports that the iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm jack. This, however, doesn't mean that your existing EarPods won't be compatible with the iPhone 7. The report adds that Apple will make available a Lightning "convert up" to allow headphones with a 3.5mm outlet to be used with the Lightning connector.
Last year, a report claimed that Apple was planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in an attempt to make the iPhone thinner by 1mm. The new report has corroborated he reasoning, adding that Apple also plans to promote its wireless headset. The previous report also claimed that the Lightning connector will retain the same size, and will also come with a digital-to-analogue converter for backwards compatibility with wired headphones.
The removal of headphone jack might not sit well with users. Almost every smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop currently ships with this audio port. But considering Apple's past record, removal of the 3.5mm port doesn't seem unlikely. The company ditched the compact disk drive from its computer lineup with the MacBook Air, and soon many rival manufacturers were doing the same. Last year, the company launched the MacBook which has just one USB Type-C port for data transfer and power input.
Besides, the Cupertino-based company has been hinting at its dislike towards the 3.5mm jack for a while now. In 2014, the company introduced the MFi (Made for iPhone) program specifications to allow third-party manufacturers to make earphones that could be connected to the iPhone or iPad via a Lightning cable. Philips Fidelio NC1L, which features battery-free active noise cancelling technology, connects to an iPhone via a Lightning cable.
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International walking festival in China on Dec. 26

EFT Report, Beijing: An international walking festival will be held on December 26 in Xiamen city in China's Fujian province, organisers announced on Thursday.

China's freestyle skiing world champion Guo Dandan and swimming world champion Zhao Jing were named the official brand ambassadors to promote nationwide the fitness programme, Xinhua news agency reported.

The festival, which will feature 30 km professional group walking, 15 km amateur group walking and 5 km family group walking, will attract about 10,000 walkers from China and all across the globe, including a number of Olympic champions, the organisers added.
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'Sanskari James Bond' trending on Twitter

EFT Report, Washington: After the censor board has slashed 50 percent of the kissing scenes and some swearwords in the latest franchise of Bond, 'Spectre,' Twitter has reacted very sharply and they just can't stop trolling '#SanskariJamesBond.'

Here are some of the funniest tweets.

"I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when billi rasta kaat gayi. #SanskariJamesBond," posted Billo.

"#SanskariJamesBond has a small idol of Ganeshji on the dashboard of his Aston Martin," posted another Twitter user.

"Villan- Come in Mr. James Bond, I've been expecting you. Bond- Ji joote kahan uttaru? #SanskariJamesBond," said a Bond fan.

"#SanskariJamesBond will ride a bullet proof Rath, will wear dhoti, will drink branded Mutra and will touch heroine's feet to turn her on," said ROFL.

"#SanskariJamesBond eats dahi shakkar before leaving home when he goes on a mission," Muskaan said.

"# SanskariJamesBond seduces women by lighting aggarbattis in his bedroom and then introduces them to his Mom," said Purba.
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SRK finds Deepika, Ranveer fantastic

EFT Report, Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has hailed Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh as fantastic actors as well as human beings.

At a promotional event of their upcoming film "Tamasha", the duo had dubbed the pair of Shah Rukh and Kajol as "palangtod".

When asked about the remark, perceived as risque, Shah Rukh said, "I look gentle but I am not gentle. We are married people, so don't talk like this. They (Ranbir and Deepika) are wonderful people, they are great co-actors. They are beautiful people. I read what they said. They have a big heart to say this".

Shah Rukh and Kajol's 1995 release "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" was a cult film which has been a chartbuster for many years.

"We have been here since over 20 years and we (Kajol and I) have tried to give our best. We don't have this thought of working on it (chemistry). I think both (Ranbir and Deepika) on them are fantastic (sic)," he said.

That chemistry between Shah Rukh and Kajol is back with yet another love song, "Gerua" from Rohit Shetty's upcoming entertainer, "Dilwale", composed by Pritam, which the actor considers as the most special song from the album.

The 50-year-old actor said the makers of the film have made him look best on screen.

"I think director Rohit Shetty, Pritam who gave music, producers and all technicians put the best effort to make me look better on screen. They make me look like a lover, it's good of them to do that," he added.

Kajol, who was also present at the event, said there is no hidden secret behind the chemistry between herself and Shah Rukh.

"I think we just look at it as our job and we give our best," she said.

Echoing her views, the actor said, "We never thought of doing it (chemistry) in a special way. We looked at it like an ordinary thing. Over the years people have asked us about chemistry. We don't know how good we can be".

Besides Shah Rukh and Kajol, Varun Dhawan will also be seen romancing in the film.

"Rohit is going to give us two tickets for Iceland. We will go there and play the song in Ipod and enjoy. I don't think any actor thinks of recreating the magic they (Shah Rukh and Kajol) have. They have wonderful chemistry, they are best actors," he said.
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Land Rover launches luxury SUV 'Range Rover Evoque'

EFT Report, Mumbai: British car maker Land Rover on Thursday launched its latest luxury SUV, 2016 model new Range Rover Evoque.

"This luxury SUV has been setting benchmarks in the industry since its launch and with the introduction of the 2016 model, we are confident of its continued success," said Rohit Suri, president, Jaguar Land Rover India Limited (JLRIL), in a statement.

Starting from Rs.47.1 lakh (ex-showroom, pre-Octroi in Mumbai), the new model is available in four variants with the highest variant going up to Rs.63.2 lakh, the statement said.

The models are Range Rover Evoque Pure, Range Rover Evoque SE, Range Rover Evoque HSE and Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic.

The SUV is powered by a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which delivers 140 kW at 3,500 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 420 Nm at 1,750 rpm.

New Gesture tailgate function, which allows automatic opening and closing of the tailgate by waving a foot under the car's rear bumper, and customer configurable mood lighting with a range of 10 colours are 2016 model new Range Rover Evoque's noteworthy features.

Other top features include surround camera system, 17 Speakers, 825 watts Meridian surround sound system, rear seat entertainment, nine speed automatic transmission, LED day time running lights, and head up display.

In India, Land Rover vehicles are available through 22 retail outlets in major Indian cities.
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Akshay Kumar to be seen in new avatar in 'Rustom'

EFT Report, Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar will soon be seen in a new avatar in the upcoming film “Rustom”, which is set in the late 1950s.

Co-produced by Essel Vision, Cape of Good Films and Kriarj Entertainment, the film has been written by Vipul Rawal and will be directed by debutant Tinu Suresh Desai.

Slated to release during the Independence Day weekend next year, “Rustom” will be inspired by real life incidents.

“The film is set in the late 1950s and is a pure work of fiction. 'Rustom' is inspired from certain real life incidents that happened in the past and will be shot in India as well as in Britain,” Shital Bhatia of Friday Filmworks said in a statement.

“Akshay Kumar’s character in ‘Rustom’ demands a completely new avatar. Ameira Punvani who is the costume designer has already begun work on Akshay’s look. Though we can’t reveal much, the role is something that he has never played before," Bhatia added.

The music of the film has been composed by Ankit Tiwari with Santosh Thundiyil as the cinematographer.
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McKinsey to help Yahoo with reorganization

EFT Report, New Delhi: Yahoo Inc has appointed management consulting firm McKinsey & Co to help with the reorganization of its core businesses, technology news website Re/code reported on Monday.

McKinsey will help Yahoo decide which units to shut, sell or invest in, Re/code said, citing several people close to the situation.

Yahoo, which is preparing to spin off its 15 per cent stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, declined to comment, as did McKinsey.

Yahoo has been struggling to boost revenue from ad sales in the face of stiff competition from Google and Facebook Inc.

Under chief executive Marissa Mayer, Yahoo has been trying to revive its core media and online advertising business by spending more to get users on its websites.

There has been little progress, however.

After deducting fees paid to partner websites, Yahoo's revenue fell to $1.0 billion in the third quarter from $1.09 billion a year earlier, and the company forecast a drop to $920 million-$960 million in the current quarter.

Top executives at Yahoo have been asked by Mayer over the last month to make three to five-year commitments to the company, sources told Re/code.

Several top executives, including Media head Kathy Savitt and chief development officer Jackie Reses, have left in the last couple of months.

Re/code said Yahoo insiders expect at least two people reporting directly to Mayer to leave the company.

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