Apple announces the two models of iPhone: 5C and 5S

Finally the D day for Apple’s much-awaited event has arrived. Scheduled at 10 am PDT (10.30 pm IST) in Cupertino, California; Apple is set to launch two new iPhones if the consistent rumours and leaks are to be believed.

The two new phones viz, the iPhone 5S an upgraded version of the existing iPhone 5 and the much talked about iPhone 5C, a cheaper iPhone set to compete with Samsung and others in developing yet huge markets like China and India.

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In addition to announcing the iPhone 5C, Apple also revealed the iPhone 5S at today’s media event. As largely expected, the iPhone 5S will have the same size and design and the current iPhone 5 but will feature improved specifications and will be available in three colors: silver, gold, and space gray.

Internally, the iPhone 5S will feature a 64-bit A7 processor that will be up to twice as fast at CPU tasks. Apple’s Xcode development tool and iOS 7 have been updated to be 64-bit compatible.

Apple iPhone 5S Features and Pricing

The Apple iPhone 5S is expected to retain the same design, much like what Apple usually does with their ‘S’ branded ones with some bump in the internal features of the devices.

New Colors: The iPhone 5S is supposed to be launched in two new colours – champagne gold and a lighter grey version.

Fingerprint Scanner: Called Touch ID, the scanner has been the most talked about feature of the yet to be launched flagship device. A biometric scanner was always on the cards after Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec. The scanner is believed to be embedded in the home button which will have a convex sapphire glass over it to provide scratch resistance.

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Camera: A better camera is the norm and rumours suggest that the pixel count could go up to 13MP on the iPhone 5S with dual LED flash integrated at the back if certain leaked images of the casing are to be believed.

iOS7: How can we forget Apple’s redesigned latest software the iOS 7 which promises to breathe freshness in their 6-year-old UI?  iOS 7 not only gives the iPhone 5S full multi-tasking but also the ability to shoot videos at 60 fps and a much improved Siri (hopefully it’ll understand the Indian accent better).

Improved Internals: We should see a faster CPU (should be called A7) and a better GPU. The display size and resolution are more or less likely to be the same; though there are rumours of Apple using Sharp’s IGZO display technology in their future devices, not this one perhaps.

Better Battery: With the new iOS 7, which offers full multi-tasking there has to be a larger battery on the iPhone 5S.

Pricing: The iPhone 5S will be the new flagship device and considering the fact that the rupee is not doing that well against the dollar, it should be easily priced about Rs. 50,000.

Apple iPhone 5C Features and Pricing

The Apple iPhone 5C is considered to be a mid-range device and thus sports a cheaper plastic back cover design in multiple colours.

When it comes to the hardware of the device, it’s believed to be based on the iPhone 5. So essentially all the capabilities will be very similar to that of the iPhone 5, albeit a different and cheaper outer body.

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Pricing: Our bet is that the Apple iPhone 5C would be priced at around Rs. 30,000.

What about the iPhone 4 & the iPhone 4S?

The iPhone 4 will most probably be discontinued and the iPhone 4S should be available at a cheaper rate of about Rs 25,000 for the 32GB version.

(Source: dnaindia, Apple)

India : Poverty and Food Security Bill

Food security bill is the latest burning issue of Indian politics. There is no denying the fact that food security is the first basic big element in the chain of value addition in the earning ability of an individual, his health and India’s march towards poverty alleviation.
The bill aims to provide subsidized food grain to around 67% of India’s 130 crores people. As per the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries would get rice at Rs. 3/kg, wheat at Rs. 2/kg, and coarse grains at Rs. 1/kg. All mentioned rates would be valid for the three years. Every pregnant woman would get free meal during pregnancy till six months after the child birth along with this they would also get a maternity benefit of Rs 6,000 in parts. Children up to the age of 14 would get free meals. In case of any failure in supply of food grains, the states will have to pay the food security allowance to beneficiaries.
Food subsidy bill talks in terms of providing food to 50% of urban India (377 million) and 75% of rural India ( 833 million) at highly subsidized rates at a whopping cost of Rs 1300 billions to the exchequer. Along with this Rs. 160-170 billions, the cost of logistics inefficiencies , grain rotting and theft. So, total cost of 2000 billions (approx) for meeting the basic food requirements of 800 million of Indian after 66 years of freedom from british and rule by politicians.
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As you all know, It was promise of UPA to introduce this bill in their session.
President Pratibha Patil on June 4, 2009 said that a National Food Security Act would be formulated. The National Advisory Council (NAC), which is headed by Sonia Gandhi, has finalised its draft of the Food Security Bill.  S. Gandhi will forward this document to the Prime Minister. The historic Food Security Bill entitles 75% of India’s population to highly-subsidized food grains.
The Bill says households of two types are eligible for discounted grain under Food Security Bill – “priority households” which are below poverty line (BPL); and the “general households” which consist of Lower Middle Class families.
Priority households (below BPL) are entitled to 35 kilograms per month of foodgrains at the discounted rates of Rs. 3/2/1 for Rice/wheat/millets respectively. General households have the right to 20 kilograms at a price not exceeding 50% of the Minimum Support Price paid to farmers for the three grains.
What is food Security Act?
Food Security Bill - 2It was one of the political agenda of congress during there 2004 and 2009 elections. Food security is a proposed act which makes food availability a right for every citizen of India. It aims to give common man to lead a healthy and productive life. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) is a centrally sponsored scheme launched on December 2000 for one crore of the poorest families. It is on the look out for the ‘poorest of the poor’ by providing them 35 kilos of rice and wheat at Rs.2 per kg. Whereas the National Food Security Act helps the poor to purchase 25 kg of rice or wheat per month at Rs.3 per kg. It calls for broader reforms in the public distribution system. Food Security Act takes into consideration the following three important aspects:
  • Food Availability.
  • Food Access.
  • Food Absorption.
Food Security BillHighlights of FOOD SECURITY BILL:
  • 46% of rural households and 38% of urban households are entitled to the lowest rates; together, they add upto 40% of India’s total population.
  • Coverage of two thirds population to get highly subsidized foodgrains
  • Up to three-quarters of people in the rural areas and up to half of the urban population would get five kilograms of grains per month at subsidized prices (3 rupees per kilo for rice, 2 rupees per kilo for wheat and 1 rupee per kilo for coarse grains).
  • The poorest households would continue to receive 35 kilograms of grains per month under the “Antyodaya Anna Yojana” at subsidized prices.
  • Special focus on nutritional support to women and children
  • Provision of providing Food Security Allowance by Central Government in case of non supply of foodgrains.