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Starting Rs60,000, Apple iphone7 in India from October 7
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for iOS lovers in India beginning October 7 - the last in the list of countries.
 
Available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish (jet black), iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, starting at Rs60,000.
 
The new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple authorised resellers and select carriers, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced on Wednesday.
 
Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus begins from September 9 and the shipping will start from September 16 first in 25 countries and other countries a week later.
 
All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with "Lightning Connector" and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately for Rs2,500 and Rs900, respectively.
 
"Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs2,900 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for Rs8,900," the company said.
 
Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for Rs3,700.
 
iPhone 7 has water and dust resistance, dual-lens camera (in iPhone 7 Plus), 4.6-inch retina HD display, a new home button, 7 MP HD front camera and 12 MP rear main camera, no traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack, iOS 10, A10 fusion chip and and longest battery life to date.
 
The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before, more power and performance with the best battery life ever on an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers and wide colour system from camera to display.
 
The newly-launched Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel cases paired with a wide variety of bands starting at Rs32,900.
 
The new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at Rs 110,900 from select Apple authorised resellers and carriers.
 
Apple Watch Nike+ starts at Rs32,900.
 
Apple Watch Series 1 will be available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium cases paired with a Sport Band and starts at Rs23,900.
 
The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for Rs15,400, beginning in late October in India.
 
AirPods require Apple devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.
 
Earlier, ending round-the-clock rumours that had sent the world of technology into a tizzy for quite some time now, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled stunning devices at the jam-packed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium here.
 
"iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
 
"The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone," he told the gathering.
 
The 12MP camera includes optical image stabilisation on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger AE'/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos.
 
"iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos," the company announced.
 
Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on iPhone 7 Plus to capture images.
 
Sophisticated technology including machine learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits, once possible only with DSLR cameras, the company said.
 
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Will Piracy through Torrents Reduce?
In July, the US authorities arrested Artem Vaulin, the alleged boss of world’s biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, which sent shockwaves among file-sharers. Vaulin is facing criminal charges, with the US accusing him of distributing illegally copied films, music and other content worth over $1 billion. While the action resulted in shutting down of several sites related with Kickass, more famously known as KAT among users, it lasted only for few days. According to media reports, about a dozen of the domains related with KAT are still active; but these do not contain useful torrents (read latest). Torrent users can still use The Pirate Bay and Extratorrents, in addition to several mirror sites of KAT, to download files from the Internet. However, beware; this activity is illegal in several countries, including India. Also, there is always a danger of downloading malware along with the file that may have disastrous consequences for you and your PC or laptop.
 
What exactly is a torrent? Or how does it work? As you may be aware, there are limitations like bandwidth that prevent us from downloading a file from a single location from the Internet. But the same file can be downloaded in parts from several locations, thus increasing download speed as well as reducing the load on the single file location on the server. For example, collecting Rs10,000 from one individual would be difficult task, but if you request 10 people for Rs1,000 each, you may find it easy to garner the required amount. 
 
This same principle is used in torrent file-sharing. The only difference is that there are protocols for sharing parts of the file from different locations and then making it into a single file for the end-users. For this, there are servers, like Torrentz, that track each peer (a user who is downloading or has downloaded the file). A torrent file does not contain the content to be distributed; it only contains information about those files, such as their names, sizes, folder structure, and cryptographic hash values for verifying file integrity. Depending on the context, a torrent may be the torrent file or the referenced content.
 
A torrent program, like BitTorrent or uTorrent, connects with this server and with peers after obtaining a list from the server. Based on the popularity of the file (for example, the latest movie), there may be thousands of peers (seeders—who will share parts of the file). The users, or downloaders, are called as leechers. When there are more seeders, you can download the file speedily. 
 
The splitting of files across several locations is the main reason why law enforcement agencies are finding it difficult to completely shut these file-sharing services. In 2014, The Pirate Bay was taken off for a while. It allowed piracy websites, search engines and torrent sites to grow many times. Shutting Kickass may also have a similar impact. 
 
So what is the solution? Two things need to work simultaneously so that we can reduce the instances of piracy and illegal sharing of software, movies and music. One is cost. The cost of authorised files for downloading needs to be reasonable. In fact, cost is the main factor for people to go for pirated versions of software and entertainment content. For entertainment content, over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VOD) players are trying to make an inroad, using the cost factor effectively. 
 
The second point is bandwidth speed. Despite huge claims by the service-providers and government, the common user is not at all happy with the Internet speed she receives. So, unless there is substantial improvement in Internet speed, downloading or viewing content online will not go up. This will continue to help pirates and torrent sites.

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