WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

WhatsApp has long been used as a medium to share photos, videos, and even Word docs. And for those files that weren’t supported on WhatsApp, users tend to go the long route by uploading them first on the cloud, and then sharing the link for download. There are several other workarounds, including third-party apps, to get your unsupported file from one sender to another, but it appears WhatsApp no longer wants you to use those. The company is said to be testing support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp.

WABetaInfo spotted this roll out, and claims that it’s a phased one. While some users in countries like India, Japan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka have reported that the support has arrived, there are several other users that do not see it still. However, WhatsApp can be expected to roll this feature out to everyone in the due course of time. The file sharing limit is at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android, WABetaInfo reports.

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports
This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp. As of now, it’s now certain what type of file-checking system WhatsApp has put into place to prevent transfer of malicious or booby-trapped files. The other neat addition noted by the tipster is that with the new sharing feature, WhatsApp also allows you to send uncompressed photos and videos without compromising on resolution, but the ceiling limit is too low for high-quality video clips of sufficient length. Presumably, this cap has been enforced to not overwhelm WhatsApp’s servers with huge files.
WhatsApp is also tipped to be working on a recall feature that allows you to undo a message sent to someone, and is also working on bringing the new Status feature to WhatsApp Web.

 

iPhone 8 leak shows vertical dual rear camera and bezel-less display

The iPhone 8 has been circulating in rumors and speculations for quite some time. We have already seen a slew of renders, leaked features, etc. that have given us an idea of what to expect from the anniversary special edition to be launched by Apple.

The latest one regarding the iPhone 8 comes from the Twitter user @OnLeaks with a good track record on revealing smartphone related information so far. The user has come up with two leaked photos that show the lack of a home button. Without the physical home button at the front, it is clear that the fingerprint scanner will be positioned elsewhere. However, the picture does not show the presence of a fingerprint sensor at the rear of the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 leak shows vertical dual rear camera and bezel-less display

As the leaked images do not show the presence of the fingerprint sensor at the front and rear, there is a possibility for the same to be embedded into the display as revealed by the earlier rumors. In that case, the iPhone 8 will be the second smartphone to feature such a technology, given that Vivo has already announced such a phone.

Talking about the other aspects, the device seems to have a vertical dual camera setup at its rear. Apple launched the yesteryear flagship – iPhone 7 Plus with two rear camera lenses positioned horizontally. Now, Apple seems to have chosen a vertical design for the camera.

Furthermore, the design seems to have narrow bezels and there are claims that the display could be an OLED panel. There appears to be a sensor bar at the top and it might point out at the use of facial recognition in the upcoming smartphone.

While several previous rumors point out at the presence of support for wireless charging in the iPhone 8, there is no confirmation regarding the same for now. Moreover, the iPhone 8 appears to be made of glass that too indicates the possibility for wireless charging support.

The iPhone 8 is slated to be launched in September despite the claims that it might be delayed due to the implementation of the fingerprint sensor into the display. It is believed that the smartphone will be launched in September and go on sale later this year.

Assembled Apple iPhone SE goes on sale selected stores in Bengaluru: Reports

Cupertino based tech giant Apple has finally started selling Assembled iPhone SE in selected stores in Bengaluru at Rs 27,200 for a 32 GB variant and Rs 37,200 for a 128 GB phone.

Powered by According to a report by ET, the iPhone SE boxes have this imprinted on them: ‘Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India. Apple partnered with Wistron Corpis for setting up a plant in Bengaluru to focus solely on assembling iPhones.

Assembled Apple iPhone SE goes on sale selected stores in Bengaluru

It was reported earlier that the company is also planning Apple is likely to launch its online store in the country by the end of this year. Apple will initially start its online store by selling iPhone SE and the company is hopeful to start the online store in India around Diwali,” ET quotes an Apple executive as saying.

It is expected that the company will also sell some accessories which will be sourced from India. At present 50-55 percent of iphones are sold through the online platform in India compared to the industry standard of 30 percent.

The report also says that the company does not require any foreign direct investment as the Indian Government allows companies to directly sell online

Steve Jobs Created The iPhone Because He Hated A Microsoft Employee: Here’s The Story

The iPhone, Apple’s flagship device and arguably one of the most important inventions of the century, has long been attributed as a product of the genius of Steve Jobs. Apparently, though, it is also a product of his hate.

Scott Forstall, the co-inventor of the iPhone and former Apple senior VP of iOS, revealed that Jobs started working on the now-iconic device due to a feud with a Microsoft employee.

How Was The iPhone Created?

In an interview at the Computer History Museum, and in his first public appearance since his controversial exit from Apple due to the failure of Apple Maps in iOS 6, Forstall revealed the events that pushed Jobs to create the iPhone.

“It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin,” Forstall said. That person was not Jobs’s longtime rival and sometimes friend Bill Gates but rather an unnamed Microsoft employee.

The Microsoft employee was the husband of a friend of Steve’s wife, Laurene. The couples often met in parties and other functions due to being in the same social circles, and every time Jobs ran into the man, “he’d come back pissed off,” Forstall narrated.

Setting the creation of the iPhone into motion happened at a weekend party, when the man told Jobs that Microsoft had “solved computing” through its early foray into tablet PCs. These devices, similar to the tablets of today, were lighter and smaller compared to computers and featured touch displays.

The fact that Jobs hated the most about the tablet PCs, leading to his irritation on the Microsoft employee’s comments, is that the devices only worked with a stylus. The Monday after, Jobs launched “a set of expletives” before starting to work on a touchscreen device that would outdo Microsoft’s tablet.

“First thing is, they’re idiots. You don’t use a stylus,” Jobs said, according to Forstall. Jobs said that users are prone to losing them, and they are counterintuitive considering that people are born with 10 styluses on their two hands.

The project started as a tablet, with Apple finding success in creating multi-touch displays. However, around 2004, Apple shifted from developing a tablet to creating a mobile phone after Jobs and Forstall entered a coffee shop. Jobs found that many customers were using their mobile phones, but they didn’t seem happy at all about it. Jobs considered it an opportunity and asked Forstall if the multi-touch display on the tablet that Apple was working on can be fitted on a mobile phone.

It was a “herculean” challenge to decrease the size of the multi-touch display, but Forstall knew that Jobs was right when the iPhone was completed.

“This is how phones need to be made,” Forstall said. The rest is history.

The Evolution Of The iPhone

The iPhone, ever since its announcement in 2007, has continuously evolved. The premium iPhone 8, which Apple is expected to reveal in September, is now a much more powerful and useful smartphone compared to its first iteration.

It is interesting to know that the creation of the iPhone was equal parts an emotional response and unique insight into consumer products. Nevertheless, Apple’s flagship product will not go anywhere as it evolves according to the needs of its users.

 

US Cellular Offers Free iPhone 7 With Trade-In For Switchers

In its latest bid to boost its subscriber base, U.S. Cellular if offering a free iPhone 7 to switchers who trade in a qualifying smartphone.

U.S. Cellular generally caters to budget-conscious shoppers looking for affordable devices, but it’s not shying away from flagships either. And for those looking for a deal to get a flagship smartphone for free with trade-in, the carrier is currently offering a promotion that might seem appealing.

U.S. Cellular Free iPhone 7 With Trade-In

For a limited time, U.S. Cellular is offering a free iPhone 7 to customers who agree to switch to its network and turn in a qualifying phone in working condition and without damage.

“At U.S. Cellular, we provide a better value through a better experience – from our strong network, to top-of-the-line devices, to unmatched customer service,” says Grant Leech, U.S. Cellular VP of brand marketing. “Combined with this current deal, now is the perfect time to get iPhone 7 and experience U.S. Cellular for yourself.”

Qualifying smartphones that switchers can turn in to get a free iPhone 7 from U.S. Cellular include the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S6, or better. U.S. Cellular will cover the cost of the iPhone 7 by offering 30 monthly bill credits of $18.28 per month, as well as a $100 promo card.

U.S. Cellular Deals For Existing Customers

For existing customers, meanwhile, U.S. Cellular has another deal. Those who upgrade to a new iPhone will get a $100 U.S. Cellular promo card they can use to buy accessories, while those who purchase the 9.7-inch iPad Pro get $200 off the regular price.

U.S. Cellular Total Line

The carrier also touts that its Total line of service plans come with no monthly device connection charges, no activation fees, no data overage fees, and no phone upgrade fees.

These plans offer unlimited talk and text with 2 GB, 6 GB, or unlimited data. The carrier also offers family discounts, with various perks for adding extra lines.

“[C]onsumers and businesses who switch can get unlimited data for as low as $40 per line/month with four lines, proving that the only thing better than a free iPhone, is a free iPhone at U.S. Cellular,” further touts the carrier.

Lastly, U.S. Cellular also has a referral program in place, where a current customer can refer someone to the network and if that person agrees to activate a smartphone one of the available Total Plan options, they both get $50 promo cards.

The carrier regularly offers various promotions to attract more customers, but the free iPhone 7 with trade-in is among the most attractive deals it has offered yet. The flagship smartphone is not entirely free since you still have to turn in a qualifying smartphone, but getting the iPhone 7 for and old iPhone 5 nonetheless sounds like a good deal. The iPhone 7 is currently Apple’s flagship smartphone, as the next-generation iPhone 8 is not expected for another few months.

As a reminder, the iPhone 7 sports a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, a quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor, 32/ 128/ 256 internal storage configurations, 2 GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 7-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack.

Would you be interested in switching to U.S. Cellular and trading in a qualifying smartphone to get an iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Virgin Mobile Goes Exclusively For iPhone And Offers A Year Of Service For Only A Dollar

Virgin has announced that it will be making the transition to an iPhone only service provider. In addition, the company will be offering a year of service for $1.

A Year of Service For One Dollar

As part of an ongoing promotion, Virgin Mobile will offer customers a year’s worth unlimited talk, text, and data for only $1. That being said, Virgin also announced that they will throttle the data of customers who exceed 23GB during a single billing cycle. To be fair, most users probably won’t use that much anyway. Beyond that, the service appears to work as advertised. In exchange for $1, customers will get access to unlimited service for a single year.

The offer only runs through June 31, 2017. After that point, the promotional offer will be replaced by a six-month plan.

When the year is up, users will be locked into Virgin’s standard rate of $50 a month. However, there is no contract so it is possible to change providers, but it may be difficult getting the iPhone transferred to a new network.

In terms of costs, there are a couple of catches. For starters, there are taxes and monthly fees, but those will still only come out to a few dollars a month. In terms of monthly phone bills, that’s still a pretty good deal.

iPhones Aren’t Cheap

The biggest hurdle, in terms of cost, will be the fact that customers will have to buy an iPhone. It can either be bought from Virgin or an Apple store, but users cannot bring a phone from another network. Virgin offers the iPhone all the current models of the iPhone for the same price as Apple with the exception of the iPhone Se. The said model is discounted from Apple’s price of $399 to $279 so that is the best bargain for budget conscious consumers.

It remains to be seen how successful this offer will be. Its limited availability means that Virgin doesn’t have much time to market the deal. Beyond that, the high cost of the iPhone, even the SE, means that more budget-conscious consumers who are most likely to be interested in this deal may pass.

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Aside from the cost of the iPhone, one of the biggest hurdles facing consumers will be the fact that Virgin relies on Sprint’s network. Sprint has long been considered the network with the worst coverage, so those who are concerned about coverage may want to look elsewhere.

 

 

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

WhatsApp has long been used as a medium to share photos, videos, and even Word docs. And for those files that weren’t supported on WhatsApp, users tend to go the long route by uploading them first on the cloud, and then sharing the link for download. There are several other workarounds, including third-party apps, to get your unsupported file from one sender to another, but it appears WhatsApp no longer wants you to use those. The company is said to be testing support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp.

WABetaInfo spotted this roll out, and claims that it’s a phased one. While some users in countries like India, Japan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka have reported that the support has arrived, there are several other users that do not see it still. However, WhatsApp can be expected to roll this feature out to everyone in the due course of time. The file sharing limit is at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android, WABetaInfo reports.

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports
This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp. As of now, it’s now certain what type of file-checking system WhatsApp has put into place to prevent transfer of malicious or booby-trapped files. The other neat addition noted by the tipster is that with the new sharing feature, WhatsApp also allows you to send uncompressed photos and videos without compromising on resolution, but the ceiling limit is too low for high-quality video clips of sufficient length. Presumably, this cap has been enforced to not overwhelm WhatsApp’s servers with huge files.
WhatsApp is also tipped to be working on a recall feature that allows you to undo a message sent to someone, and is also working on bringing the new Status feature to WhatsApp Web.

OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

OnePlus 5 is the new flagship from the Chinese startup that has become a household name and seen its fan base growing ever since its first smartphone – the OnePlus One – hit the market. The new flagship was officially unveiled on Tuesday, and it will going on sale later this month in several markets including India where it will go on sale from Thursday. The OnePlus 5, much like its predecessor, packs some top notch specifications, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM. It also boasts of a new design approach, and the overall package appears to match several rival flagship smartphones.

With the higher price tag, OnePlus 5 will be pitted against some of the other popular premium smartphones. To put it another way, the OnePlus 5 looks set to offer performance comparable to the Xiaomi Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S8 with top notch specifications and a premium package. We compare the four smartphones.

Price
The OnePlus 5 will be going on sale in the US and select European regions at a starting price of $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900) respectively for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant has been priced at $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively. The Chinese company is yet to announce the India pricing for the OnePlus 5 but we can expect our wait to be over on Thursday.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched in India at Rs. 57,900 (MOP) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. iPhone 7 Plus was launched in three variants, 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, priced at Rs. 72,000, Rs. 82,000, and Rs. 92,000, respectively. However, in the recent spate of sales by Amazon and Flipkart, the prices of the three variants have dropped down to roughly Rs. 57,000, Rs. 65,000, and Rs. 80,000, respectively.

Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 6 price, there are two variants at different price points. The Mi 6 variant with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM has been priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the model with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM costs CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,000); both variants come in Black, White and Blue colour options. The company is yet to officially announce the smartphone in India.

Design
The Chinese company at the global unveiling talked about how the OnePlus 5 was cast out of the anodised aluminium and it does indeed look premium from all angles. We, however, have to confess that the OnePlus 5 indeed sports an iPhone 7 Plus-like design, especially the rear panel. The front is more or less mimics the predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, though the rear entirely looks inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review), on the other hand, brings an all-new design strategy, with the display taking the centre stage. The phone was unveiled earlier this year with 18.5:9 display aspect ratio, instead of industry standard 16:9. Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 6 (First Impressions), it’s very similar to the Mi 5 in terms of shape and size. The Xiaomi flagship looks more refined and premium with four-sided curved glass on four sides, and a frame made of stainless steel. Considering the design is a very subjective matter, we feel that the buyer is the best judge.

OnePlus 5 vs Xiaomi Mi 6 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

Display
OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display which supports sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards, and also sports 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. The display on the OnePlus 5 brings many improvements over the OnePlus 3T. However, this might turn out to be the phone’s biggest weakness considering that it will be compared to Samsung Galaxy S8, which has a bigger screen with higher resolution. On the other hand, iPhone 7 Plus relies on the Retina display for sharpness, and features such as 3D Touch, Night Shift, and Display Zoom to distinguish its LCD panel. It’s worth pointing it out that both the OnePlus 5 and Mi 6 cost much less than those smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch bezel-less ‘Infinity Display’ with 1440×2960 pixels screen resolution. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) ion-strengthened display with oleophobic coating and wide colour gamut.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been also claimed to bring improvements to its display panel which will feature reduced glare for eye care. The Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is smallest among the four. Its maximum brightness is 600 nits, but the brightness can be reduced automatically down to as low as 1 nit to reduce eye-strain.

Specifications
The OnePlus 5 has been launched running OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and supports dual-SIM with dual-standby. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at four cores at 2.4GHz and other four cores at 1.9GHz. It will be available in 6GB with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage options. The phone supports 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). It weighs 153 grams, and measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm.

The Mi 6 packs the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. The company has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the USB port is USB Type-C.

iPhone 7 Plus is powered by Apple’s custom A10 Fusion chipset (2.34GHz quad-core) backed by 3GB RAM, and runs iOS 10 operating system. The Lightning port does duty for charging, data transfer as well as music, and the battery capacity of the smartphone is 2900mAh. Its body is water-resistant, and the phone comes with a NFC chip for Apple Pay payments.

Samsung Galaxy S8, in India, is powered by a Exynos 9985 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage with up to 256GB storage expansion. It runs on Android 7.0-based company’s UX, and comes with a USB Type-C port. Samsung in select markets also launched the Galaxy S8 with Snapdragon 835 SoC (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad).

Cameras
OnePlus 5, iPhone 7 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi 6 are the phones that offer a dual camera setup at the back. The OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus is heavily marketing the fast autofocus, capability. The rear camera setup features a dual-LED flash module and boasts of 4K video recording with EIS. The dual cameras offer features like Bokeh effect and also deliver optical zoom up to 2x, and bumped up to 8x using a multi-frame software algorithm.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a setup reminiscent of the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom. Its binocular stereoscopic vision imaging and depth learning algorithm makes edge recognition more accurate in the photos, says Xiaomi. The Mi 6 camera features phase-detection autofocus, and four-axis anti-shake functionality to ensure blur-free images.

iPhone 7 Plus boasts of a dual-camera setup, and offers Bokeh effect in Portrait Mode. As for the camera configuration, both the primary and telephoto rear camera sensors have 12-megapixel resolution, with f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures, respectively. The camera is backed by quad-LED, dual-tone flash, phase-detection autofocus, and 2x optical zoom. As for the front camera, there’s a 7-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, panorama, and HDR. The rear camera can capture videos 2160p videos at 30fps, as well as slo-mo videos.

Of course, the sensor resolution and lens aperture are not enough to determine photo quality. You will have to wait for our full review of the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5 after which we can give a verdict whether they offer better image quality than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

As for the front camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel front camera while the Mi 6 sports an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. It also offers an 8-megapixel front camera.

Let us know whether you are excited about the new OnePlus 5 via the comments section. Do you feel that the OnePlus 5 can compete against the Xiaomi Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S8 in performance? Do let us know.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

Recording phone calls is a pretty straightforward process on Android, but that’s not the case on iPhone. The App Store has some call recording apps, but we haven’t found any that work in India. None of the call recording apps on the US App Store which actually work are free, so you’re going to have to shell out some cash up-front if you want to record phone calls.

Now, recording phone calls is a bit of a grey area. We strongly advise against recording a phone call without permission. If you are recording a phone call, always let the person on the other end of the line know that you are doing so. You wouldn’t record a video without permission, and the same basic principles apply to recording phone calls. There are several cases, such as telephonic interviews, when recording a phone call can be very useful. It could even be to record a recipe that someone narrates over the phone or a set of instructions that you know you’ll forget. As long as the other person is fine with you recording the call, you’re good to go.

Now that you are ready to record calls, let’s start by talking about a simple hack you can try. When you are on a call on your iPhone, you can just put the phone in speaker mode and use a second phone or a voice recorder to record the conversation. The quality will be poor but at least you will have a recording. If that’s not an option, follow these steps.

How to Record iPhone Calls for Free

How to make and receive phone calls using a Mac
The only other reliable and free way to record phone calls via an iPhone requires a Mac. Before you begin, check whether your Mac is able to make and receive calls using your iPhone. Your Mac should be on OS X Yosemite or newer, and your iPhone needs to be on iOS 8 or newer versions of the OS. Now, these steps will help you record phone calls on your iPhone via the Mac.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices.
Enable Allow Calls on Other Devices.
Below this, under Allow Calls On, tap the switch next to your Mac so that it turns green and is enabled.
Now make sure that your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Sign in to the same iCloud account on both devices.
Sign in to FaceTime using the same iCloud account on both devices.
Ensure that your iPhone is near the Mac and both devices have Bluetooth switched on.
Now when you receive a call on the iPhone, you’ll see a notification on the Mac and you can answer the call on the laptop or desktop. Similarly, you can even make phone calls from the Mac.
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How to record phone calls on iPhone using a Mac
These steps will help you record phone calls via your Mac.

Free software suck as QuickTime didn’t work to properly record the call. Instead, download Audio Hijack on the Mac. It’s a powerful audio recording app from indie app developer Rogue Amoeba. Audio Hijack costs $49 (roughly Rs. 3,200) but the free trial lets you record for up to 20 minutes in one session.
Open Audio Hijack and press Cmd + N or click Session in the top bar and select New Session.
This will ask you to select a session template. Double-click Application Audio.
On the left side, you will see three blocks — Application, Recorder, and Output. Click the Application block and select FaceTime from the drop-down under Source.
Now when you make or receive a phone call from your Mac, just hit the big record button in Audio Hijack. It’s on the bottom left of the app window.
When you’re done recording hit the record button again to stop. You can access the recorded file by clicking Recordings on the bottom-right of the app window.
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You can record up to 20 minutes for free, but after that the app adds a large amount of noise to the recording. To get around this, you can stop the recording before 20 minutes are up and start a new session and record again. However, if you like the app and are happy with the quality of call recordings, we advise that you support the developer by buying Audio Hijack.

This method of recording calls won’t work if you’re not in Wi-Fi range, so it’s best suited for recording when you are at home or in office. However, it works very well if you have Wi-Fi, and the quality of recordings is good too. If you’ve been looking for a way to record phone calls on your iPhone in India, this method is probably your best bet. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

iPhone Storage Isn’t Going as Far as It Used To

Nearly every iPhone owner’s been there: you’re snapping pictures or getting ready to download a new game, and you get that dreaded message warning you that your storage is almost full.

So much for watching that movie on the plane.

If you feel like your storage is filling up faster than it used to, you may be on to something. An examination of the most-installed apps for iOS from mobile analysis firm Sensor Tower has found that the size of those apps is, on average, 11 times bigger than they were in 2013.

And some apps have grown far more than that, said Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s head of mobile insights. Take Snapchat, for example, which now takes up 51 times more space than it did in May 2013. Facebook is the largest of the apps Nelson looked at, now clocking in at 388MB – up from just 32MB at the start of Nelson’s analysis period.

Nelson said that there are multiple reasons for the upward creep in app size. For one, apps – particularly social media apps – have been adding new features regularly, to keep up with each other. Snapchat is an excellent example of this, Nelson said. At first, the features of Snapchat were pretty streamlined with its close focus on ephemeral messages. But now it’s locked in a feature war with Instagram and Facebook, and has added things such as the Discover tab, or an ever-expanding array of filters. Games grow for a similar reason; new levels or features in Candy Crush take up extra space, as do prettier graphics that want to take full advantage of the iPhone’s screen technology.

There are also some technical reasons that app size is ballooning, Nelson said. The iPhone and iPad have more screen sizes than they used to, for example, which means that developers often design their apps to adapt to all those different sizes. Supporting a broader range of devices automatically means an app’s size will go up, even though the person downloading the app only sees one version. As developers drop support for older devices, app sizes may go down again, Nelson said – but it may not be by very much.

iPhone Storage Isn't Going as Far as It Used To

The upshot for consumers is that, yes, your phone’s storage isn’t going as far as it used to. And there’s not a clear solution for consumers about how to solve this issue. We can, of course, rely more on the mobile web or simply use fewer apps. But app creep is particularly hard to deal with, because it means that even if you aren’t downloading new apps, the old ones you have are still taking up progressively more space.

Apple has announced some features that may be able to help with this problem down the line. In iOS 11, due out in the fall, there is a feature that lets you “offload” apps you use less often – deleting the apps themselves from your phone, but retaining enough data so that you don’t have to set them up again.

Nelson has not run a similar analysis for Android, though growth causes such as additional features would logically apply there as well.

With app sizes only poised to keep growing, Nelson said the problem is unlikely to go away any time soon. Mobile apps are generally becoming more complex and more graphically advanced, not less. So, if you keep running up against your storage limits, it may be a hint to think bigger for your next phone purchase.

“It is more ammunition for that decision to pull the trigger on buying a phone with more capacity,” Nelson said. “If you know that you’re going to have an eighth of your storage taken up by the top 10 apps, you’ll probably push to pick up a larger phone.”