LG’s Four New Phones, Premium Features at a Medium Price

Very soon, some major smartphone manufacturers are going to release new models of their flagship devices.

LG is getting a jump on them by announcing four new LG phones. And the company is hoping to attract customers with some mid-range price tags on those phones.

The company says that the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy smartphones will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference. That’s where a few other companies are expected to make a splash with new devices.

LG offers a sneak peak at its new LG phones ahead of MWC. While others go high-end, the company is banking on an audience with a restricted budget.

Juno Cho, LG’s president and CEO, says in a statement on the company’s website:

“For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets.”

These new LG phones range from the larger 5-inch Magna to a near low-end Joy, and its 4-inch display. In the middle are the 4.7-inch Spirit and a 4.5-inch Leon.

LG has built the Magna and Spirit with its slightly curved design. The displays on the larger devices also feature a 3000 mm radius curve to the display. All four devices will be equipped with Android 5 Lollipop. The Joy could be loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, too. And all of the phones will be available with either LTE or 3G connectivity.

Each of the new LG phones will feature a removable battery. The battery’s capacity ranges with the size of the smartphone.

LG says the 2,540 mAh battery on the Magna is designed to work all day, even with heavy use. The larger of the devices, the Magna and Spirit, will feature HD displays. And it’s apparent that LG is sacrificing some key specifications to keep its price lower on these offerings.

The Magna, Spirit, and Leon will be stocked with either a 1.2- or 1.3GHZ quad-core processor. But each of the four phones is only stocked with 8GB of internal storage. The cameras on the new LG phones aren’t exactly showstoppers, either.

So, if you’re looking for a smartphone to help your business become more social and share more photos, perhaps the Magna (and maybe the Spirit) is the only option to consider.

Magna will feature an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera And a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Spirit features the same rear camera but just a 1-megapixel front camera, which is likely to result in less-than-stellar selfies.

Leon also comes with either the 8- or 5-megapixel rear camera. The Joy phone comes only with a 5-megapixel rear camera. Each of those phones only has a VGA front-facing camera.

LG has given no indication on pricing of its new offerings. So, if the price is low enough, it may be easier to look past some of these slightly unremarkable specs.

Image: LG Electronics

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Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription

Evernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium SubscriptionEvernote Says Small Number of Mac Users May Have Lost Notes, Offers Premium Subscription
The company says it was only able to restore some lost notes
Users with lost notes can attempt to manually restore them
Premium users can use the gift code for an additional year of service
A small number of Evernote for Mac users are being sent an email by the company that apologises for a bug that caused data loss in certain types of notes – those featuring images or other attachments. Text notes are said to have remained unaffected. The company is making up for the issue by offering Evernote Premium, which also helps restore missing date from notes by using the premium Note History feature.

The email to users states that a small number of users running versions of Evernote for Mac released in June and September were affected, which is a rather vague description for those worried users who may have lost data in hundreds of notes. However, the company confirmed to TechCrunch that specific versions 453991 (which was available directly from Evernote servers) and 454042 (available from the Mac App Store) were the ones affected, under “specific conditions”.

Evernote in its email tells users to update immediately to the latest version – v6.9.2 (454158 from Evernote and 454159 from the Mac App Store) – to avoid the issue and also prevent any “further loss of data”. The company added that as soon as it discovered the issue it “worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data”, however, it did not succeed in some cases.

(Also see: Evernote ‘Can Overwhelm Some People,’ Admits Ken Inoue, GM APAC and Japan)
Those users that lost data can manually restore the data by using the Note History feature available to Evernote Premium subscribers, which as we mentioned was also being provided to free users that were affected by the issue via a redemption code. Those users already on Evernote Premium can use the code to buy another year of premium services, or save them as Points to be used at a later point.

The company is telling users to update their Evernote for Mac app via the menu, from where they can navigate to Help > Check For Updates… It adds that users who do not see the option should visit the Mac App Store or the Evernote website to download the latest version of the app.

Of course, the entire debacle is very embarrassing for a note-taking service. Evernote told TechCrunch however that once its recently-begun migration to the Google Cloud platform is complete, such issues will be a easier to prevent and resolve. The full email, with the subject “We’re sorry. Please update Evernote for Mac”, can be seen below.

We have identified a bug in some versions of Evernote for Mac that can cause images and other attachments to be deleted from a note under specific conditions. We believe you are one of a small number of people impacted by this bug.

Please update Evernote on your Mac to the latest version as soon as possible:

From the menu, go to Help > Check For Updates…

If you do not see this menu option, update through the Mac App Store or from our website

The bug can occur in the version of Evernote for Mac released in September, and less frequently in versions released since June. In these versions, certain sequences of events, such as skimming quickly through a large number of notes, can cause an image or other attachments to be deleted from a note without warning. Text in notes is not affected.

Once we identified the problem, we worked quickly to implement a solution and attempted to restore all lost data. Unfortunately, some of your attachments couldn’t be automatically restored. However, you may be able to recover your attachments using Evernote’s note history feature available through Evernote Premium.

We are giving your account one free year of Evernote Premium to make amends and give you access to priority customer support via chat or email. If you already have Premium, the gift code can be used to extend your subscription for one additional year, or banked as Points to use for later.

If you run into any difficulties redeeming your code, follow ….

We understand how important your notes and attachments are, and we apologize. Again, please update your app as soon as possible to prevent any further loss of data.

The Evernote Team

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No tax benefit if mediclaim premium is paid in cash

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I pay the health insurance premiums for both myself (67) and my wife (63). Would I get tax exemptions on both?

—Shayan Basu

An individual can claim tax deduction on payment made towards health insurance premium under section 80D of the Income-tax Act, 1961. The deduction can be availed on premium payment for self, spouse, dependent children and parents subject to prescribed conditions.

For senior citizens (above 60 years), during a financial year (FY) the deduction is restricted to Rs.30,000 (includingRs.5,000 towards preventive health check–up). However, this benefit is not available if premium is paid by cash. Since you are paying for health insurance for yourself and your spouse, and both of you qualify as senior citizens during FY17, you can claim up to the maximum deduction of Rs.30,000 in aggregate, for the both of you.

My provident fund (PF) subscription is less than 5 years old with my previous employer. I have got a job in another company and want to withdraw the PF amount maintained with the old employer. Will I be taxed?

—Rakhi Sharma

PF withdrawal is taxable in the same FY if it is withdrawn without rendering continuous services for 5 years, as per the Act. However, if the accumulated PF balance maintained with the old employer is transferred to the PF account of the current employer, then the period of previous employment is also included as part of continuous service.

Assuming that your job with the ex-employer was your first one, or that you had not transferred your PF balance with your employer (if any) before that—as the total period of service with the ex-employer is less than 5 years—withdrawal of accumulated PF balance shall be taxable.

If the employer maintains a private PF trust, the tax would be deducted at source. In this case, you will receive the Form 16 issued by the PF trust depicting the taxable income and taxes deducted. If the PF trust has not deducted the tax, then you should report the income in your tax return and pay taxes.

If the PF balance is maintained through the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, taxes may be deducted at the rate of 10% if amount of withdrawal exceeds Rs.50,000.

If you transfer the accumulated old PF balance to the new employer and, in future, withdraw the accumulated PF balance maintained with the new company, while computing the period of continuous service, the period of service rendered with the earlier company will also be included.

If the cumulative years are likely to be more than 5 years, there will not be any tax implications on PF withdrawal.

PF withdrawal can be as per the provisions of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, which requires you to have a non-employment period of two months after leaving your job.


Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai i20: Struggle of the Premium Hatchbacks

Baleno vs i20

The Baleno become a essential release for the marketplace and for Hyundai too! No I am now notaccidentally announcing Hyundai instead of Maruti Suzuki! Hyundai has had an almost monopolistic run with its i20 hasn’t it? Though the Honda Jazz has additionally carried out alternatively nicely because its arrival. Now the question is will the Baleno enlarge the segment or consume into the proportion of thesecarsspecially the i20 which sells almost an average of 10,000 devices a month?

So the i20 is sincerely the automobile to overcome. This is additionally one of the motors that Suzuki will should contend with while the Baleno launches in Europe next 12 months. The i20 is bold, roomy, and has the best using man or woman of any Hyundai hatch to date – ever! In our final evaluation the i20 hadmanaged to pretty much beat the Honda Jazz and retain section benchmark popularity, andsubsequently we are sticking with simply the i20 for trendy Conflict.

Now the Baleno isn’t obviously proper looking but there are some matters approximately it that assist it redeem itself. What Suzuki is calling the liquid go with the flow concept layout which suggests a touchbit of a bulge at the metallic that nearly organically flows lower back along the car‘s facets. The Balenodoesn’t have the longest wheelbase in its elegance and yet visually looks like it’s miles the most important in its magnificence.

additionally Study: Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

It really is accentuated by means of the second one issue which I absolutely like – which is the use if thiszone glass on the again, which sits at the back of the close line of the rear door. This means the metallicarea gets reduced and so not only do you get a experience of space from the out of doors, but when you‘re inside the cabin, it seems airy and roomy. The bulge within the steel on the rear fender alsoimplies which you‘ve got a whole lot of cargo space, even though over again the Baleno doesn’t havethe most important boot in its elegance!

Baleno vs i20
The the front is in which the automobile could have been a bit sexier looking. The pinnacle give upmodel does appearance nicer with the projector headlamps and the chrome element jogging via the headlamp. The Honda Jazz looks present day and very new age, the Fiat Punto Evo is the beauty, andthen you‘ve were given the i20 which hands down stays the maximum fashionable vehicle in thesection. It has were given that oomph thing; there may be a wow to it. The Baleno may be very one of a kind searching and right away implies a number of space, it seems extra sufficient. So visually the twovehicles are so incredibly one-of-a-kind.

The one issue that went against the i20 in that face-off became the dearth of devices that the Jazz had.but now, just in time for Diwali (and possibly more importantly – the Baleno launch), Hyundai hasremodeled the i20’s indoors to provide better colours, higher finish and the all-essential touchscreen with navigation too. This permits the i20 to once again seem absolutely-loaded.

Maruti is being virtually brave to go with an all-black indoors subject on the Baleno. In India all and sundry seems to be obsessed with beige, and recollect when you operate darkish hues it makes the space appearance a touch smaller. but on the Baleno it’s been accomplished properly, and the cabin isobviously roomy anyway.

accurate headroom, tremendous legroom and a pleasing ethereal cabin experience are the Baleno’s strengths. Now even as the rear legroom at the Baleno is extra than the i20’s, it doesn’t have a rear AC vent – which the i20 has. The i20’s growing beltline Though makes the rear cabin appear greater cramped due to the fact the window is a chunk excessive. The Baleno’s weather control machine and universal crucialconsole layout seems nicer and trendier too.

additionally Examine: Hyundai i20 Assessment

The Baleno gives four trims, and all have airbags and ABS as standard. That’s incredible! The i20 has 6variations, and neither are widespread. It gives a driving force airbag in two variations, and twin airbags in 2, even as ABS is available in four of the 6 variants.

The Baleno has a totally smartly designed and sexy searching device cluster. The Zeta and Alphaspinnacle trims additionally have the truely cool TFT display ride pc with a exceptional display or eventhe actual-time torque and strength output display that is the gimmick that truely works! The i20’sinstrument cluster is informative but dull through contrast. Each vehicles now have touchscreen infotainment and navigation, but in Both it’s to be had simplest at the top trim. The Baleno bumps up the cool quotient Though with the Apple CarPlay USP. The top trims also come up with keyless access with astartstop button, reverse digital camera, electric powered mirrors, and a tilt and telescopic guidance.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Each vehicles provide diesel and petrol engines. The i20 is now in desperate want of getting an automatic alternative – and now it’s going to want to be a gas efficient one since the Jazz and now the Baleno have a CVT petrol option (Baleno CVT pushed: http://goo.Gl/fNNEN2)). The Baleno has the Fiat-derived 1.three litre DDiS engine That is a little gem. Tuned to deliver 74 bhp, it works very well. The i20 has the more effective 1.4 litre U2 CRDi, with loads extra torque. And so it makes you marvel why Marutididn’t choose the 90 bhp version of that 1.3 litre engine. The solution likely lies within the mileage figures (Baleno DDiS: 27.39 kmpl, i20 U2 CRDi: 22 kmpl). The lots higher segmentsatisfactory mileage claimgives Maruti Suzuki a actual part doesn’t it?

on the petrol aspect the two appear more lightly matched, almost parent for parent. And even thoughEach use a 5 velocity manual gearbox, as I stated earlier than the Baleno has a CVT option that alsosupplies the identical mileage as the petrol (Baleno VVT: 21.four kmpl, i20 VTVT: 18.five kmpl).

I have pushed Both automobiles of their diesel avatars more substantially, as in an effort to probablestay the higher promoting engine version for Both. The i20 has a mature sense to it, discovering as verybuilt and engineered. That’s what had virtually inspired me about this 2d era automobile while itchanged the first i20. Now the i20 handles higher and has a slight nicer experience, but normal the engine overall performance from the Baleno’s diesel unit is lots more pleasant and more fun. Its greaterpunchy and truely sportier.

Baleno vs i20
So I have to mention that it is the automobile I have loved using greater. Having said that, even as thetools shift has been mated very well, the Baleno ought to use the 6th gear that the i20 offers. Each carshave ample torque so there isn’t always plenty equipment converting involved. that is the only realsadness. the car‘s steering and sporty ride make up for it Even though. The diesel Baleno feels planted, and the steerage and suspension feel solid. The apparent tilt of the suspension setup towards comfort willmove down well with India consumers, Although the i20 also enjoys desirable ride satisfactory as I said.

The provision of torque as low as 2000 rpm in the Baleno and 1500 rpm at the i20 means Each carsmaneuver fast and effects thru city visitors. The i20’s gearbox comes throughout as extra subtleAlthough. And this is more or much less genuine at the petrol versions too. The Baleno does appearzippier – and This is no wonder considering Suzuki’s prowess with small displacement petrol engines.

So what is the verdict? The Baleno appears to hold an area on this contest. The Baleno undercuts the i20by means of a terrific 30,000 on Each the petrol and the diesel versions. Maruti surprised anybody by using launching it at four.99 lakh and the rate is going up to 7.01 lakh for the petrol variation. The dieselhowever begins at 6.16 lakh to eight.eleven lakh (all charges ex-showroom Delhi). So, Maruti Suzuki haswon the fee Warfare but let’s see how the customers take to it.