iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

Apple’s new iPad Pro models are as capable as the refreshed MacBook Pro models, matching, and even surpassing the laptops in certain benchmarks. Bare Feats, a benchmarking blog, posted some CPU and GPU test results that pitted the 2017 MacBook Pro models against the new iPad Pro 12.9 inch and 10.5-inch models.

The devices were tested with a series of benchmark tests like GeekBench and GFXBench giving an idea about the CPU and GPU performance of the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models. The tests also included older 2016 MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models to get a better idea about the improvements that the new hardware brings to the hotel.

iPad Pro 2017 Models Outperform New MacBook Pro Models in Some Benchmarks

In terms of GPU performance, the new iPad Pro models outperform the MacBook Pro (2016 and 2017) models in Geekbench 4 Compute Metal test. The test results showed the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model scoring 27,814, and was closely followed by 12.9-inch iPad Pro which scored 27,597. MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 models came third and fourth with a score of 27,631 and 26,353 respectively.

In the single-core GeekBench 4 tests, the all-new MacBook Pro 13-inch was seen scoring 4,650, which outperformed the new iPad Pro models which scored around 4,000 mark. Though, the test also saw that the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models scores were on par with the older MacBook Pro models.

In the multi-core CPU tests, the 2017 MacBook Pro models yet again outperformed all the iPad Pro models with a stunning score of 10,261. The new iPad Pro models, however, beat the 2016 MacBook Pro models, which can be seen as a big improvement for the tablets.

The benchmark scores may indicate that the new iPad Pro models can match CPU and GPU performance of MacBook Pro though we want to stress that these scores aren’t indicative of real-world usage usage.

To recall, Apple refreshed the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model at the WWDC 2017, and also launched the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The company also refreshed the entire MacBook lineup, including a new 13-Inch MacBook Pro configuration.

 

Government Working On New Industrial Policy

New Delhi: The government is working on a new industrial policy with a view to promoting and developing frontier technologies, innovation and enhancing competitiveness of domestic products.

“With the changing manufacturing scenario, introduction of new technologies, innovation, R&D, artificial intelligence and automation, there is a need to completely revamp the industrial policy of 1991. We are working on that,” a senior official said.

The official said the new policy would focus on several areas like ways to encourage innovation, further simplification of taxation system and address new challenges of the manufacturing sector.

The DIPP, under the commerce and industry ministry, is working on this proposal.

It would also be aligned with the government’s flagship programmes such as Make in India, Skill India, Startup India and the foreign direct investment policy.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the commerce and industry ministry, is working on this proposal.

“The draft of the new policy should be ready by September this year,” the ministry official said.

As per the DIPP website, industrial policy since 1991 has been more for facilitating the industrial development rather than anchoring it through permits and controls.

Industrial licensing was abolished for most of the industries and there are only four industries, including defence and explosives, where licence is currently required.

It said that a number of initiatives have been taken for ease of doing business for industrial licensing, increasing initial validity period of those licences and simplification of application forms.

 

Infosys Veterans Launch New Age Solution For GST Regime

Bengaluru: Infosys veterans on Tuesday launched GSTSTAR, a comprehensive solution catering to Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime needs of businesses, professionals and large organisations.

“It caters to the GST needs of small and big enterprises. Minimum fee will be Rs. 500 per month for the standard on cloud version and the on-premise customisable deployment for larger enterprises may range from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 40 lakh of a one-time cost based on the size of the organisation,” GSTSTAR co-founder Shailesh Agrawal told reporters here.

“Further, professionals may avail it free of cost for a limited period,” Agrawal added.

Infosys Veterans Launch New Age Solution For GST Regime

Based out of Bengaluru and founded by Infosys veterans Agrawal and Balaji G.S. Rao, GSTSTAR offers products and services for GST compliance and will help business transition to GST era smoothly.

“The company is backed with seed funding of $1 million (Rs. 6.4 crore) by software industry leaders and ex-Infosys directors T.V. Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan among others,” Agrawal said.

He said the major chunk of the Rs. 6.4 crore seed fund was received in the last few months.

“The major chunk of the investment is from Pai and Balakrishnan,” Agrawal said.

With the GST regime coming into effect from July 1, the existing 80 lakh tax payer entities that are under the tax umbrella are expected to grow to 3.5 crore.

“We expect to capture 10 per cent of Rs. 3,600 crore market in the country by next year,” he said.

The GSTSTAR solution is offered both as a standard cloud based self-subscription version and full-scale enterprise version.

“The GST is bound to grow the GDP alongside enhancing the ease of doing business in India and GSTSTAR is poised to help not only big companies but small and mid-size businesses steer into GST era seamlessly,” GSTSAT investor mentor V. Balakrishnan said.

Services and utilities of GSTSTAR are designed to provide businesses with Invoice management, tax calculator, harmonized system of nomenclature (HSN), service account code (SAC) lookup and goods and services taxpayer identification number (GSTIN) collector utility to ease the compliance processes of enterprises.

“This solution is one technology that various industries can rely upon as it is simple, reliable and provides services to help businesses of all sizes,” GSTSTAR co-founder Balaji G.S. Rao added.

 

Mutual Funds Get 19 Lakh New Investors In 2 Months

New Delhi: Mutual fund houses added close to 19 lakh investor accounts in April-May of 2017-18, taking the total tally to a record 5.72 crore, driven by growing interest from retail and HNI investors alike.

This is on top of 77 lakh folios added in the entire past fiscal and 59 lakh in the preceding financial year. In the two years, investor accounts went up following robust contribution from smaller towns.
Folios are numbers designated to individual investor accounts though an investor can have multiple ones. According to data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) on total investor accounts with 42 active fund houses, the number of folios rose to a record 5,71,90,112 at the end of May from 5,53,99,631 at March-end, a gain of 17.90 lakh.

Growing participation from retail as well as HNI (high net worth individuals) categories have contributed to higher overall investor accounts, FundsIndia.com Head of Mutual Fund Research Vidya Bala said. The number of retail investor accounts, which comprise equity, equity-linked saving schemes and balanced categories, surged to 4.60 crore in May-end from 4.4 crore at the end of March.

Mutual funds have gained popularity among Indian investors in the last two years

“A good percentage of investors stay invested in equity oriented schemes for at least 24 months or more than that. This increase in equity-oriented schemes holding period is for applicability of long-term capital gain,” Bajaj Capital CEO Rahul Parikh said.

“Even the Investors’ confidence in MF has increased. Now they are holding their investments in equity-oriented schemes for a longer period of time for both lumpsum as well as SIP (systematic investment plan) investments,” he added. Overall, the country’s mutual fund industry managed an asset base of over Rs. 19 lakh crore, which is likely to cross the Rs. 20 lakh crore mark this fiscal.

Mutual funds are investment vehicles made up of a pool of funds collected from a large number of investors. The funds are invested in stocks, bonds and money market instruments, among others

 

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

OnePlus 5, the successor of OnePlus 3T, has been launched after months of wait, and fans in India will not have to wait too long as it will arrive in the country on Thursday. The OnePlus 5 price in India is yet to be official announced, but if the US and Europe prices are any indication, it will be an affordable alternative to iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, in a price sensitive market such as India, there will be many who will be unsure of which model is right for them, OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 3T. We take a look at the new features that set the current OnePlus flagship apart from its predecessor to help you decide where to go for the former or the latter.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

Price
As mentioned above, the India prices of the OnePlus 5 are not yet out, but the smartphone is expected to be priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants respectively. OnePlus 5 prices in the US and select European regions for the variant with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Slate Gray colour are $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900), respectively. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Midnight Black paintjob costs $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively.

To compare, the OnePlus 3T 64GB model at launch was priced at Rs. 29,999, GBP 399 (roughly Rs. 33,700), EUR 439 (roughly Rs. 31,200), and USD 439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at Rs. 34,999, GBP 439 (roughly Rs. 37,100), EUR 479 (roughly Rs. 34,800), and USD 479 (roughly Rs. 32,500).

While in India, the smartphone will be sold on June 22 at 4.30pm IST on Amazon India, the smartphone has currently gone up for pre-orders in US and Europe right now, with an Early Drop system that will see shipments begin on Wednesday, June 21, a full six days ahead of general sales that begin on June 27. Early Drop pre-order buyers will get special launch offers as well.

Design
With respect to design, the OnePlus 5 sees a lot of design changes, evidently inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus. The antenna bands placement, the dual camera setup, and the thin metal rounded frame are all the changes seen in plain sight. The bezels in the front remain at the top and bottom of the device, with the Home Button still donning the capsule shape sits on the front panel, with the fingerprint sensor placed underneath.

Specifications, features
On paper, the OnePlus 5 is a beast with upgrades in almost all departments. It still sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display (goes from Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to Gorilla Glass 5), but bumps the processor to the latest octa Snapdragon 835 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU. The top RAM configuration is now at 8GB of LPDDR4X. The OnePlus 3T on the other hand sports a quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with two cores clocked at 2.35GHz and two cores at 1.6GHz, the Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The dual camera setup is probably the biggest change. There are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors at the back – with the latter a telephoto lens. The 16-megapixel main camera bears a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T. The 20-megapixel telephoto camera bears a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor, with an f/2.6 aperture. At the front, is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

In comparison, the OnePlus 3T bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and EIS. At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera at the front with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering.

The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor – according to the company. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3T on the other hand uses UFS 2.0 storage. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. Finally, OxygenOS running on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots (brought to the OnePlus 3T with OxygenOS 4.1.6 update), and a semi-transparent app drawer.

One other notable addition is the support for Bluetooth v5.0 on the OnePlus 5, compared to Bluetooth v4.2 on the OnePlus 3T. It also adds an additional microphone for better noise cancellation and audio recording. As for dimensions, the OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer at 7.25mm, compared to the 7.35mm of the OnePlus 3T. It weighs slightly less as well, at 153 grams compared to its predecessor’s 158 grams weight.

 

Regular Exercise Can Bring Down Postpartum Depression in New Mothers:Study

Postpartum depression is a phenomenon that can occur in some mothers right after childbirth. It can hamper the joy of conceiving the child by making you feel dejected, hopeless, and worthless. One may even have trouble caring for and bonding with their baby in severe cases. However, a latest study suggest that working out or being involved in mild physical activity during and after pregnancy can positively influence psychological well-being, and bring down postpartum depression to a great extent. The study shows that even a low-intensity exercise, such as walking with a baby stroller can have a positive impact on the minds and overall psychological development of the new mother.

Regular Exercise Can Bring Down Postpartum Depression in New Mothers:Study

“The negative consequences of postpartum depression not only affect the mother but the child as well who can suffer poor emotional and cognitive development,”said the study co-author Celia Alvarez-Bueno of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain.

 

For the study, the team of researchers analyzed data among expectant mothers over a duration of time and examined the severity of postpartum depression as well as including some basic information about the length, frequency, type and intensity of the exercise included.

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The excerices used for the studies varied from stretching and breathing, walking programs, aerobic activity, Pilates and yoga.The findings revealed that women who didn’t exercise, or weren’t involved in even low intensity physical activity were at a greater risk of slipping into depression.

 

According to The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommendation given out in the year 2009. It was advised that pregnant and postpartum women must engage themselves in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.

Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.

We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Pokemon Go Update to Add Raid Battles, New Gym Features, Items, and More

Pokemon Go’s latest update is set to add raid battles, new gym features, and a slew of new items among other things.

According to game developer Niantic, several changes are coming to Pokemon Go. The biggest addition is the new Raid Battle feature – it’s a cooperative game mode that has users working together to defeat a powerful Pokemon known as a Raid Boss. It’s not too dissimilar to what we’ve seen in massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft or shared world shooters like Destiny and its sequel Destiny 2. Don’t expect it additional tries in a day to be free though.

“Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop,” explains Niantic in a post. “Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokemon of your own.”

Pokemon Go Update to Add Raid Battles, New Gym Features, Items, and More

Defeating a Raid Boss nets players unique items like Rare Candies which when used on a Pokemon turns into that Pokemon’s Candy, Golden Razz Berries which let Pokemon assigned to a Gym recover its motivation meter or increase the chance of catching Pokemon in the wild, and Technical Machines that will teach Pokemon a new Fast or Charged Attack.

Also new is how Gyms work in Pokemon Go. Item acquisition will be possible by spinning the Photo Disc and accessing Gym-based features and content won’t be dependent on Prestige and training. Rather they feature six permanent slots that can be filed by the controlling team’s Pokemon and each Pokemon should be unique. Opposing teams will battle Pokemon in the order they were assigned. Furthermore, the company shed light on the game’s new motivation system.

“At the heart of the update is a new motivation system that will significantly change how you interact with Gyms. When a Pokemon is assigned to a Gym, a motivation meter will be displayed. Pokemon assigned to defend a Gym lose motivation over time and as they are defeated in battle. As a Pokemon loses motivation, its CP will temporarily decrease, making it easier for opposing teams to defeat. To help keep the Pokemon motivated and in tip-top shape for their next battle, Trainers can treat their team’s Pokemon to some Berries, which restore their motivation. If a Pokemon loses all motivation, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer the next time it loses a battle, so you’ll want to keep your team’s Pokemon motivated by giving them Berries frequently.”

This isn’t all. Interacting with Gyms earns players Gym Badges which players can level up by battling other Pokemon Trainers, giving berries to Pokemon in Gyms, and spinning a Gym’s Photo Disc.

In order for these sweeping changes to come into motion Gyms will be temporary disabled and will return when the update has been rolled out the world over. This will be followed by the Raid Battles added to the game over the next few weeks, first in beta to a small set of players and then via invites to a larger group, gradually expanding to Gyms worldwide.

 

 

Twitter Starts Rolling Out New Look for Web, Apps, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite

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Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati.

“Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use. We listened closely and kept what you love,” Twitter said in a blog post announcing the new design.

The San Francisco company says the new design emphasises simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. On its apps and TweetDeck, tweets will “now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening,” Twitter added.

The company said the new user interface will roll out on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite in the coming days and weeks.

Twitter users immediately responded Thursday by tweeting jokes and memes critical of the changes. There were almost 30,000 tweets about the new user interface, or UI, within hours of the change, the vast majority of them either complaining about the new look or mocking it. A popular image was a suddenly round SpongeBob SquarePants.

Twitter also took heat from users last year when it changed its algorithm that orders the tweets users see. Users also tweeted their dismay when the company rolled out its Moments feature, and when it got rid of its star icon signifying a “favorite” tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar to Facebook’s “like” button.

The redesign is Twitter’s latest attempt to freshen the messaging service, which has struggled to attract new users at the same pace as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Twitter revenue growth has stalled for years, and the company has cut costs and shuffled executives while still never posting a quarter of profit.

 

We Are Loving These 3 New Abs Exercises From Our Favorite Celebrity Trainers

Here’s one thing we can all agree on: getting a flatter, more toned tummy is always on our to-do list. And now that beach season is upon us, there’s no shortage of great ab moves from credible trainers to help you tighten your middle. In fact, all you need to do is open Instagram.

We scrolled through our feed and pulled out three core moves we are loving right now from three top celebrity trainers: Jeanette Jenkins (Pink, Kelly Rowland), Lacey Stone (Amanda Seyfried, Kelly Osbourne), and Simone De La Rue (Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen). Now, who’s ready to get CORE-geous!

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Trainer: Jeanette Jenkins @msjeanettejenkins 

Core move: Alternating Toe Touches

How to do it: Lie on your back, knees bent and arms extended overhead, with a jump rope, towel, or yoga strap pulled taut between hands. Crunch up as you lift right leg straight up, bringing foot to meet hands. Slowly lower back down and repeat movement with the left leg. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

Why it’s good: Our interpretation based on Jenkins’s use of the fire emoji: This move will light up those abs, leaving your midsection more defined.

Bonus: Up for a challenge? See if you can make it through the rest of the moves in her core-centric post: abs tucks, flutter kicks, oblique rotations, pike ups, and cross torso rotations.

Trainer: Lacey Stone @laceystonefitness

Core move: Med Ball Side Throw + 180-Degree Jumps

How to do it: Stand with wall on your right side (about 3-5 feet away), feet wider than hip-width apart, knees bent, and a med ball in hands positioned at left hip. Brace core, rotate torso, and pivot on right foot as you release ball toward the wall. Catch the ball and jump 180 degrees—so that now you are facing the opposite direction, and the wall is on your left. Repeat motion. Continue alternating sides. Do 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

Why it’s good: “When you toss the med ball against the wall, you work your entire core,and the plyometric jumps increase your heart rate, which makes you burn more calories and get faster results,” Stone writes.

Trainer: Simone De La Rue @bodybysimone

Core move: Single Leg Mountain Climber

How to do it: Get into a high plank with left toes on a gliding disc or towel. Bring navel toward spine and tilt pelvis under. Slide knee in toward navel, pause, and then kick leg back. Start with 10 reps per side, increasing reps as you get stronger.

Why it’s good: “You’ll feel it activating in your lower abs,” De La Rue says in the video post.