Finally! SIM-Free, Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Available

iPhone users who’d rather not be locked into a two year contract with a mobile carrier, rejoice. After a longer than usual wait, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can finally be purchased outright.

Apple recently made the unlocked versions of both devices available and they’re currently for sale on the Apple Store website.

Apple usually makes unlocked versions of its phones available within three to four months of the devices being released. This time, heavy demand for the the phones may have delayed release of the unlocked versions, 9to5mac.com speculates.

Apple introduced the latest version of its flagship mobile device, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 phablet, in Sept. 2014. And the company sold a record 10 million phones in its first weekend.

Right now, the unlocked iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet has a $749 base price.

The starting price of the iPhone 6 brings 16GB of storage. More storage from the 64GB model costs $749 and the 128GB version sells for $849.

The base price on the iPhone 6 Plus gets you 16GB of storage. The 64GB model sells for $849 and the 128GB version has a $949 price tag on it.

An unlocked smartphone means the device is sold directly to consumers without an SIM card inside.

This allows buyers of the phone to choose from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or any other carrier they prefer.

Obviously, the unlocked version of any device carries the weight of the full cost initially.

Otherwise, new iPhones are usually purchased by users who will pay for the device over the course of their typical two year contract with a mobile carrier.

Those phones are pre-loaded with SIM cards specific to the carrier. Once someone buys an unlocked iPhone, all they need to do is insert a SIM card in the appropriate slot and turn on the phone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the unlocked versions, will walk users through the activation process once they insert their new SIM card.

The iPhone 6 standard model features a 4.7-inch display with a high 1334-by-750 pixel resolution.

At the same time when iPhone 6 was introduced, Apple also unveiled, for the first time, a phablet version of the device. The iPhone 6 Plus features a larger 5.5-inch display and even more detailed 1920×1080 pixel resolution.

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Google Play Music Service Finally Comes to India

Google Play Music Service Finally Comes to India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Play Music is live on Android and the Web
  • Users can purchase songs and albums individually
  • A song costs Rs. 15 while an album will charge you Rs. 100 – Rs. 200

It has been a long time for the users in India waiting for Google to introduce its Play Music service in India. And the wait is finally over. Google has quietly opened its Play Music store in India, with songs and albums now available for purchase. The Play Music was rumoured to launch back in July but it didn’t happen at that time. Notably, the subscription service – known as Google Play Music All Access – is not yet available in the country.

The news comes after the Google for India’s event on Tuesday where the company launched a bunch of apps and new features suited for the Indian users. However, there is no official announcement by Google India to add to the same on its blog. With the new Play Music service, Google will enter the digital music market in India to compete with the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Airtel’s Wynk Music.

Google Play Music doesn’t let you stream music as of now, with no Google Play All Access subscription plan, no radio, and podcasts services in India. You can only buy songs and albums individually on the app. With no support for streaming, Google may fall behind Apple Music, Saavn, and Gaana that currently occupy the streaming market in India.

Detailing on the pricing, Google Play Music hosts individual songs of the genres like Bollywood, regional, Indian Pop, and International starting Rs. 15 per song, while an entire album costs within the Rs. 100 – Rs. 200 range. You can preview the tracks and pay for them as per your suitability using your debit/ credit card, or with Google Play cards.

The Web version of Play Music is also live with a support for Google Chrome extension for desktops in case users want a player app. Interestingly, the Play Music app on iOS didn’t let us successfully sign into the app, suggesting the service might roll out on iOS platform later. Users can also upload music via Google Play Music on the web – users will be required to download the Music Manager app, which then allows you to upload files from your computer, or playlists via iTunes and the Windows Media player. Users will then be able to listen to the uploaded music anywhere once they sign into the Google Play Music service, whether on Android or the Web.

Tags: Google Play Music, Google India, Play Music, Saavn, Apple Music, Play Music India
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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Apps for iOS Finally Get Multitasking Support

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Apps for iOS Finally Get Multitasking Support

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Split View feature was introduced last year with iOS 9
  • The update also includes some bug fixes and improvements
  • Google has also updated its Drive apps for Android

It has taken a while but Google has finally introduced multitasking support for its Drive productivity apps (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) on iOS. The Split View and Slide Over feature that Apple introduced last year with the iOS 9 made multitasking on the iPad a whole lot easier. Soon after, many developers including Google began updating their apps to support Split View and Slide Over multitasking.

Google has been slowly updating its iOS apps over the months. It began by updating Chrome to support Split View multitasking feature for iPad back in October, and also added the support for apps such as Google Photos and YouTube. In March, Google updated the Google Docs app for iPad Pro that brought native resolution support but was still missing the multitasking features.

The Slide Over feature allows users to see an app over other running apps, while the Split View feature allows the user to run two apps side-by-side in equal or adjustable windows. These features for Google Docs means iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 users can now simultaneously edit their documents and browse the net or social media apps like Twitter without having to close one or the other. The multitasking feature will make editing, researching and browsing a whole lot smoother and convenient.

Apart from the Split View and Slide Over support, the update also includes some bug fixes and improvements. The update also supports inserting images and page breaks in Docs. All three updates app are available on the App Store.

In the meanwhile, Google has also updated its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android, bringing improved table and chart functionality, reports Android Police. Users can now copy cells from a Sheets worksheet to Docs or Slides, and get a formatted table as a result. This new functionality applies to copied cells not more than 400 in number. Sheets’ chart functionality has also been improved, specifically with they way they are drawn. The updated apps will roll out gradually to all users.

Tags: Android Apps, Apps, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Slide Over, Split View, iOS 9,iOS Apps

 

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Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos

Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and VideosInstagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos
HIGHLIGHTS
It’s arrived on Instagram’s latest iOS app version
Pinch to zoom feature will roll out to Android users in ‘coming weeks’
Zooming on photos or videos will make them look gross
There have been a lot of requests to add a much-wanted zoom feature to the Instagram app. The ability to zoom in to a photo or a video on Instagram was highly talked-about but users could not do so. Until Wednesday that is – Instagram added a feature that lets you pinch in to zoom on the photos or videos you see in the app.

Instagram in a post on Wednesday said,”Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt.” For now, the feature has only been made available to Instagram for iOS, while the Android app will receive the feature in the coming weeks. As we know, the Facebook-owned company has recently been releasing numerous features to its widely used app to catch up with the competitors like Snapchat and Twitter.

It’s a simple pinch-and-zoom gesture that will let you zoom in on any photo or video, and lifting or releasing the pinch will restore the size to normal. It’s the same Lightbox effect that protrudes an image out of its original frame as you zoom. Instagram has noted that the ‘pinch to zoom’ will work on photos and videos in the main feed, as well as on profiles and Explore.
The update has arrived to Instagram v9.2.0 for iOS, and though the company said the update will take a few weeks to reach Android, we were able to use the feature with version 9.2.5 of the app available via Google Play, which saw an update on Wednesday as well.

Earlier this year, Instagram introduced ‘Stories’, a feature very similar to Snapchat’s ‘Story’. You can string multiple videos and/or photos in a single ‘story’, plus with the feature of doodling on them. The ‘stories’ disappear after 24 hours. To enhance the ‘Stories’ feature, Instagram has already played well by introducing the zoom features while recording.

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Tags: Instagram, Apps, Social, Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Twitter

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