Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

Honor 9i First Impressions: Will It Leave a Mark in Sub-Rs. 20,000 Segment?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Honor 9i has a 5.9-inch FullView display
  • It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
  • It sports dual cameras at the front and at the back

Honor 9i is the latest sub-Rs. 20,000 entrant to hit the Indian market, relying on features such as its four cameras, and bezel-less FullVision display. The company has been expanding aggressively in India, launching a handset for each key price point, such as the Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. So, with the Honor 9i in its portfolio, will the Huawei-owned brand have enough firepower to make a last mark in the segment, which is dominated by the likes of Vivo, Oppo and Samsung? Find out in our Honor 9i first impressions.

 

With the 9i, Honor has a lot of firsts. For starters, this is the first device from the company to sport an 18:9 FullView display. It is also the first to launch with dual cameras at the back as well as the front. So how good is it in the real world? We got to spend some time with the Honor 9i at the company’s launch event and here are our first impressions.

The device looks quite premium. It also feels solid and has a good heft to it. There’s a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary one on the front, while the pair on the rear consist of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera bump on the back is positioned in the centre of the phone and protrude slightly. While it does seem to have a raised metal trim around it, we are curious to see how it holds up with regular use.

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Power the device on and the big 5.9-inch display fires up giving you the first indication of how thin the borders around it are. Honor has followed the current market trend and opted for an 18:9 aspect ratio for its display. The different aspect ratio results in what’s called FHD+ resolution which is 1080×2160 pixels. At the bottom of the phone, you’ll find an old-style Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack along with the loudspeaker. Powering the Honor 9i is Huawei’sown Kirin 659 which is an octa-core processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which seems to be in line with similarly priced devices like the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Moto G5S Plus. You do get the option to expand storage using the hybrid dual-SIM slot, at the cost of a second SIM.

Honor has managed to cram in a 3340mAh battery which is good considering its thickness. In our brief time with the Honor 9i, it didn’t exhibit any abnormal drain or heating issues. However, we’ll hold our comments on battery life till we run it through our full review process.

Once powered on, you are treated to EMUI 5.1 running on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. While the basic functionality of the OS is the same, Honor has added a few features.

There are multiple gestures and shortcuts that can be used to get things done. Also, the higher resolution means that most apps will need to be stretched to make use of the entire screen.

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There is no doubt that the cameras are the highlight of this smartphone. With dual cameras on both sides, Honor is claiming that it is using hardware to create bokeh effects rather than software, which most other manufacturers use. We will test how much of a difference this makes when we conduct our full review.

Priced at Rs. 17,999, it does seem that this phone offers good hardware. With an 18:9 display and four cameras, the Honor 9i could tempt a lot of buyers looking for new features to play with. Stay tuned for our review to see how well it performs in the real world.

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Disclosure: Honor sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel for the event in Goa.

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Huawei Honor 9i

Huawei Honor 9i

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.36GHz octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×2160 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3340mAh

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Making a mark in education

India’s large youth demographic is often touted as the country’s biggest (yet-to-be-realised) asset. But the insidious presence of learning disability in its classrooms is often overlooked. In fact, it was only as recently as last year that the Central Government’s Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act included Specific Learning Disability as one of the 21 new health conditions on its list for the very first time.

Specific Learning Disability is a generic term for a group of neuro-behavioural disorders that affects the acquisition and use of skills related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) or arithmetic (dyscalculia) in individuals who otherwise possess normal intelligence.

It is not uncommon for parents and teachers to wrongly associate learning disability with mental retardation.

As experts point out, early intervention and remedial teaching can offset the problem and help to reintegrate learning-disabled children into the mainstream. But awareness about it remains low.

“With any other disability, the signs are very clearly identifiable, but this is a hidden disorder,” says M Prabhavathy, Assistant Professor and Head, Centre for Differently Abled Persons (CDAP), Bharathidasan University. “Our education system at present doesn’t cater to these children, who often get labelled as slow learners.” The Tiruchi-based centre trains educators to spot learning disability and formulate lesson plans for students who are lagging behind in class.

Raising awareness

With few statistical studies on the prevalence of learning disability available in India, those in the field point to a combination of factors that pushes these intelligent children out of society.

Parents who tend to obsess over their child’s academic performance create a situation where the desire to come first in everything assumes an inflated importance.

Children who cannot keep up, show their frustration through excessively rebellious behaviour or withdraw completely from social interaction.

Sometimes this leads to an extreme outcome of learning disability children being sent off to special needs schools.

“The worst thing that can happen to a learning disability child is to have him admitted in a special school where children with severe retardation and other loco-motor disabilities study. It’s a big blow to his or her self-esteem,” says Manasi Uday, a psychologist in Tiruchi.

“Parents have to learn to accept their children as they are, and stop emphasising on grades or certain professions like medicine or engineering as a sign of excellence. There are hundreds of jobs out there that don’t require intensive reading and writing skills,” she says.

Manasi recently organised a seminar to raise awareness about the issue in collaboration with the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of National College in Tiruchi. She is hoping to create a resource centre dedicated to learning disability in the city.

Certification for special educators is an area that needs greater attention from the authorities, she says. Standardised testing tools are hard to use in a multilingual society, especially when they are in a language that the child is not familiar with.

“Generally parents ask for Intelligence Quotient (IQ) assessment, not learning disability tests, which are in English or Tamil,” says Manasi. “We use the Binet-Kamat Intelligence Test for most preliminary testing. But if the child already has a perception problem, the BKT tool is not accurate, because the child cannot understand the language. The test then is not an assessment of your intelligence, but of your knowledge of the language, so how can it guide us in spotting learning disability?”

Retraining

How effective is remedial teaching? Teachers can be trained to spot and rectify mild to moderate learning disability in the current education system, but severe cases will require specialist care, says Manasi.

“Any child before the age of 8 can be trained successfully through remedial teaching because he or she doesn’t have to unlearn a lot,” she says.

“It is a sad fact of schooling that kids who don’t fit in are often bullied or ridiculed by their peers. Learning disability kids tend to be socially withdrawn, and after the age of 12, it becomes harder to apply basic modes of remedial instruction.

“Teachers have to be very patient, and adjust the pace of the lessons to their level of understanding. You can see results in a matter of weeks or at the most, a year of remedial teaching,” she adds. What about children in the State board schools whose learning disability is diagnosed late because of the ‘no-fail’ policy until Class 8?

“Such children should be given an opportunity to shift to vocational education after senior school, because they are quite creative,” says Dr Prabhavathy of CDAP. “The only other option for them is to drop out from schooling completely.”

A few mainstream schools in the city have opted to coach their learning disability students during vacations. SBIOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, for instance, identified learning disability in 13 children from Class 1 to 5 last year, and offered them remedial classes during the holidays.

“The result was quite positive, so we are planning to repeat it in the forthcoming academic year,” says the school’s principal V Ambujam.

“Besides training our staff, we had to counsel the parents first to accept the situation, and not to rush their children to do well in studies.”

With even Government schools in the State having tech-savvy classrooms now, the time is right for education to be more inclusive, says Dr Prabhavathy.

“Rather than pinpointing learning-disabled children through special classes and courses and embarrassing them among their peers, we should be working towards a classroom that accommodates students of differing capabilities with all-inclusive lesson plans,” she says. “This is quite possible with educational software.”

Psychologist Manasi agrees. “There are some 25 apps available for learning disabled education — why can’t we create something that works for all?”

Source:-thehindu

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?

Is Mark Zuckerberg Getting Ready to Run for President?
HIGHLIGHTS
Zuckerberg took a new year resolution to visit all 50 US states
Zuckerberg also said that he no longer considers himself an atheist
Some people have started believing that he may run for President
As America changes presidents, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is doing something. This week, he did something in Texas: He went to his first rodeo. He wore a hard hat and a safety vest. He thanked police officers in Dallas for their hard work. He helped plant a community garden.

So what, exactly, is Mark Zuckerberg doing? Well, even without a peep from the man confirming any interest in the job, some have started to believe that Zuckerberg is running for president.

The reason people think that is, well, because whatever it is that Zuckerberg is doing looks a lot like what presidential hopefuls do:

In this case, Zuckerberg was in Dallas to testify in a $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,616 crores) lawsuit. The Facebook-owned Oculus VR company has been accused of corporate theft by ZeniMax – an accusation that Facebook has denied. But the chief executive managed to make the most of his trip on Facebook itself by looping it into an unrelated personal project.

Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure that he has visited each of the 50 states by the end of the year. He has been to several already, (for instance: Hawaii, where he owns a house and is suing some of his neighbours), so the resolution will mean making sure he visits about 30 additional states by December.

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year,” Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook post explaining the resolution.

But that resolution wasn’t the first thing Zuckerberg that sounded a bit presidential to some. Over the holidays, Zuckerberg said he no longer considers himself an atheist and that religion is “very important” to him. He also hired David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s former campaign chair, to work for the philanthropic organization that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, created.

Once again, it is important to emphasize that while the above sure does make you go “hmm,” Mark Zuckerberg has not said that he is running, or would like to run, for president.
One other reason that Zuckerberg might want to spend 2017 meeting Americans could have to do with, you know, Facebook. This year, the company was accused of having a bias against conservative news sources and topics in its trending topics bar. That accusation had a lasting impact on Facebook’s reputation in conservative circles. And after the 2016 election, the company faced repeated interrogations from the media about its influential role in spreading fake news and hoaxes. As a result, Facebook announced changes designed to improve its ability to discourage the sharing of outright false information.

Zuckerberg’s business model depends on its users believing that the platform is a newsworthy and trustworthy place where they might feel comfortable posting lots of things from their personal lives. Both perceptions have been threatened over the past year. Going out and talking to people, particularly those who have recently lost trust in the company, could be helpful PR for Zuckerberg – for reasons that have nothing to do with running for president.

With someone like Zuckerberg, it can be hard to separate signs of insatiable ambition from those pointing to a specific political goal. Take this passage from Nick Bilton, who outlined the case for at least thinking about the possibility that Zuckerberg might run over at Vanity Fair:

“If he does want the job, Zuckerberg definitely has the personality for it. When Facebook went public in 2012, I co-authored a profile of the young C.E.O. During the reporting, I heard from several friends about his penchant for playing world-conquering board and video games. Early childhood pals told me that one of Zuckerberg’s favorite video games as a boy was Civilization, the game in which you have to “build an empire to stand the test of time.” Others have told me that, to this day, Zuckerberg loves to play Risk, a strategy board game where you have to essentially take over the world.”

Interesting. Except, my dudes, I too really love playing Civilization, and I would never want to run for president. Other things pointed to in that Vanity Fair story are more concrete – like the fact that a Facebook proxy statement from April said Zuckerberg could leave Facebook to serve in a government office but still keep control of his company. Hmm. (In a long statement about those changes in April, Zuckerberg said he was “committed to our mission and to leading Facebook there over the long term.”)

Zuckerberg would be 36 by the time the 2020 election rolls around, which is one year over the minimum required age to be president (by contrast, incumbent President Donald Trump would be 74). But even if the rumors of a Zuckerberg run are true – which, again, is not something that has been confirmed in any way – Bilton says that the prevailing thought in Silicon Valley is that the still completely hypothetical Zuckerberg run for office would happen in 2024.

© 2017 The Washington Post

Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Social, Oculus, Donald Trump

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Mark Zuckerberg appears to put Tape Over His computer Webcam

Mark Zuckerberg Appears to Put Tape Over His Laptop Webcam

HIGHLIGHTS
In a photo Zuckerberg seemed to tape his webcam.
He also tapes the twin microphones at the MacBook.
His Pinterest and Twitter money owed had been currently hacked.
no longer so long in the past, fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest bills were compromised bringing lower back the focal point on fine practices for net security. Zuckerberg of path should have switched to a stronger password, but a photo on social media has reveals some other security practices that Zuckerberg is using to preserve his personal facts secure.

In a picture published quickly after Instagram hit 500 million month-to-month lively users, Zuckerberg isseen sitting at his desk with an Instagram frame placard thanking users for the guide. On his table lie his MacBook and other matters, and Chris Olson become the first one to note that Zuckerberg had taped his webcam and microphone on his MacBook, in a bid to keep hackers at bay.

sophisticated hackers should look at Zuckerberg’s laptop via the audio and digicam hardware, gettingessential facts. Zuckerberg, in actual Indian jugaad-style, has long gone in advance and duct-taped the hackers out. Genius.

This become first said by way of Gizmodo, and the report aptly mentioned that Zuckerberg’s behaviour isquite ironical as fb makes cash off user‘s amassed information each day. The record also claims that thedesk is maximum in reality his, as a stay video walkthrough through the office some months in the past, Zuckerberg himself had claimed this desk as his very own.

Zuckerberg recently also did a live Q&A for one hour, a first from the fb headquarters. He answered manyperson questions, and touched upon subjects round VR, synthetic intelligence, upcoming functions on fb,and plenty more. He even positioned a pin in the Reptilian Conspiracy, and introduced that he isn’t a lizard.

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