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Exclusive: Best phones under Rs 50,000 (June 2022): OnePlus 9 Pro, Realme GT 2 Pro to Apple iPhone 11

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Best phones under Rs 50,000 (June 2022): OnePlus 9 Pro, Realme GT 2 Pro to Apple iPhone 11

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Here’s our power-packed lineup of phones under Rs 50,000 this month, including a couple of surprise entrants. You have handsets with the most powerful SoC around, absolute flagship grade display and some great cameras too. And we have gone ahead and picked six smartphones instead of five that we believe would be hard to beat in this budget. So here we go.

Best phones to buy under Rs 50,000 in India

OnePlus 9 Pro
Yes, the OnePlus 9 Pro is selling under 50K at the moment and that makes it a great pick in this budget. The phone flaunts an elegant metal frame and a glass body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back. It has a 6.7-inch LTPO Fluid AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a QHD resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The HDR10+ compliant screen can get up to 1300 nits bright and display a billion colours. 

The photography department has a great spread starting with a 48MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide shooter with auto-focus, 8MP telephoto camera with OIS for 3.3X optical zoom and a 2MP mono camera. Hasselblad’s colour tuning makes the colours look a lot more natural. The cameras manage to capture impressive shots in different lighting and modes. The 16MP front camera located in a tiny punch-hole at the top of the screen takes care of selfies and video calls pretty well. 

The 5G ready OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, and you get the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage variant in this budget. Its 4500 mAh battery lasts well over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 65W Warp charger juices it up in about half an hour. The phone also supports fast wireless charging and has IP68 rated ingress protection. It launched with OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. Android 12 update with OxygenOS 12 is already available for this phone.

OnePlus 9 Pro price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage

Realme GT 2 Pro
While the OnePlus 9 Pro offers excellent value for money at its current price, the same cannot be said about its successor. But there’s another phone in the market that offers features comparable to the OnePlus 10 Pro and sells for the price of the 9 Pro. Say hello to the Realme GT 2 Pro that we believe is one of the best phones under Rs 50,000 in India currently. It is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and is accompanied by 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. 

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The design is quite soothing too, thanks to its paper-like biopolymer back. Another standout feature of this phone is its 6.7-inch 10-bit LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with an adaptive refresh rate ranging between 1 to 120 Hz and up to 1400 nits brightness. It has a Quad HD resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels (525 PPI pixel density). The HDR10+ compliant display has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to protect it from scratches and cracks. The phone runs Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0. 

The camera department consists of two 50MP cameras – the primary with OIS and an ultra-wide shooter that do an excellent job in different modes and lighting. The 3MP micro camera is a very interesting addition that provides 20X to 40X magnification. The 32MP front camera handles selfies and video calls quite well. The Realme GT 2 Pro has a 5000 mAh battery that keeps the phone running for a day and a half of moderate use, and the bundled 65W SuperDart charger juices it fully in just about 37 minutes.

Realme GT 2 Pro price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G is another highly impressive option in this budget that offers some great features. This phone too has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Its 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display flaunts a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and capability to display over a billion colour shades. There is Corning Gorilla Glass protection against scratches at the front and back.

Moto Edge 30 Pro

The photography department on the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is loaded too starting with a 50MP primary camera with OIS. There’s another 50MP camera for ultra-wide photography and a 2MP depth sensor. And there’s more! Motorola has opted for a 60MP front camera to enthral the selfie crowd. Its 4800 mAh battery comfortably lasts close to a day and a half of moderate use and supports 68W fast charging as well as 15W fast wireless charging. This phone runs Android 12 out of the box, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock user interface. 

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage

Asus ROG Phone 5s
How could we forget the gamers? Not that the above phones aren’t good enough for gaming in high resolution and max detail, but the Asus ROG Phone 5s is a specialist in this department. Other than the powerful processing hardware, the phone has several optimisations and enhancements to give the gamers a premium gaming experience. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC, and you get 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage to give it company. This phone debuted with Android 11 with ROG UI, and a stable Android 12 update has already started rolling out.

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Its large 6.78-inch Full HD+ 10-bit AMOLED display has a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and can get up to 1200 nits bright. Though this phone is targeted primarily at mobiler gamers, the rear camera department is pretty decent. It consists of a 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide shooter and a 5MP macro camera. The Asus ROG Phone 5s has a large 6000 mAh battery for longer gaming sessions, and even better, the bundled 65W fast charger can juice it up quickly by the time you shower and have a meal. 

Asus ROG Phone 5s price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage

iQOO 9 5G
Another fully loaded device retains its place in our list. And even better, Amazon India is currently offering an additional Rs 2,000 instant discount on this phone. The iQOO 9 5G from the Vivo sub-brand too is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888+ chip, and you get 8 GB or 12 GB RAM options along with 128 GB or 256 GB internal storage to go with it. Its 6.56-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display has 120 Hz refresh rate and can display a billion colour shades. The phone runs Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12.

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The rear camera department here is somewhat unique. You get a 48MP primary camera with Gimbal stabilisation, accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 13MP 50 mm professional portrait camera, which is great for portrait shots. The 16MP front camera is more than handy for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 5G has a 4350 mAh battery that lasts for a day of moderate use, and the bundled 120W fast charger claims to charge it fully in just 18 minutes. Yes, that’s right! 

iQOO 9 5G price in India: Rs 42,990 for 8 GB RAM/ 128 GB storage; Rs 46,990 for 12 GB RAM/ 256 GB storage

Apple iPhone 11
Two generation old iPhones generally offer good value for money, and the Apple iPhone 11 is at that stage currently. You now get its 128 GB storage variant under 50K. The iPhone 11 has just the perfect size for single handed operation. Its 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD screen supports wide colour gamut and is covered with a scratch resistant glass and an oleophobic coating.

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Powering it is Apple’s former flagship A13 Bionic chip that is still a decently powerful processor for any task you intend to perform on this phone. You get the two trusted 12MP cameras at the back with the primary lens offering OIS and the secondary capable of capturing ultra-wide shots. As you expect from iPhone cameras, the performance is top notch in different lighting, and it can shoot some excellent videos too. The Apple iPhone 11 launched with iOS 13, and is easily upgradable to the latest iOS 15.

Apple iPhone 11 price in India: Rs 49,900 for 128 GB storage


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Ruja Ignatova, the once-founder of OneCoin, is now on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.
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Ruja Ignatova, who in the past dubbed herself the “Cryptoqueen,” is now sitting with a fancy crown in a new royal court: the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.

FBI officials and federal prosecutors announced Ignatova’s new designation in a press conference Thursday. Ignatova was charged in 2019 with wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering for her part in the OneCoin crypto company that prosecutors alleged was just a ponzi scheme.

Michael Driscoll, the FBI’s assistant director-in-charge for New York declined to answer Reuters’ questions whether they had any leads, but said Ignatova “left with a tremendous amount of cash,” adding, “money can buy a lot of friends.”

Ignatova was part of a Bulgaria-based crypto company called OneCoin. The company claimed they were performing a regular crypto mining operation—generating new tokens added to a blockchainand pumped out $3.78 billion in revenue from the end of 2014 to the middle of 2016. But despite the upward momentum, investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice reported that OneCoin’s value was rigged internally, that the coins were essentially worthless, and users could not even trace ownership of the coins. The DOJ alleged those at the head of the company made nearly $2.5 billion in profit that they squirreled away in company bank accounts.

Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters Ignatova capitalized “on the frenzied speculation of the early days of cryptocurrency.”

In an FBI-provided video of Ignatova speaking at a London company event dated June, 2016, Ignatova boasted about her two million active users, adding “no other cryptocurrency has as many users as we do,”

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Bloomberg reported that after Ignatov grew suspicious that the feds were onto her, she fled to Greece and then investigators lost track of her.

In 2019, the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Ignatov, charging her with the previously mentioned litany of financial crimes. That same year, Konstantin Ignatova, one of OneCoin’s founders and Ruja’s brother, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Konstantin managed to get a plea deal, and though his sentencing was set for May 13, his attorneys adjourned the date for 90 days so he could further cooperate with authorities.

The Cryptoqueen has evaded police custody and remains at large to this day. So, the FBI says it’ll pay up to a $100,000 reward for any info that leads to an arrest.

In addition, U.S. prosecutors previously convicted former corporate lawyer Mark Scott of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud for laundering around $400 million for the company. Ruja Ignatov testified against Scott at his trial. Scott is contesting his guilty verdict by claiming Ruja lied on the stand, according to Bloomberg.

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Apple makes some of the most long-lived mobile devices out there — iPhones and iPads basically just keep on ticking. Nothing is perfect, though, and sometimes things do go wrong. Here’s how you can enter Recovery Mode to fix your device.

Reinstalling iOS on your iPhone or iPad always runs the risk of wiping your data, so it is prudent to make frequent backups on your computer via iTunes, or with iCloud. That said, here’s how you boot your iPhone, iPod, or iPad into Recovery Mode.

Make Sure You Have the Latest iTunes Version

First, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes. It comes pre-installed on Macs, and is available for Windows on Apple’s website and in the Microsoft Store.

After it is installed, open up iTunes, click the “Help” tab, then click “Check for Updates.”

If there is an update available for iTunes it should be downloaded and installed immediately. If it fails — or you otherwise have reason to think it isn’t updating properly — you can always redownload the installer from the Apple website if you’re running Windows, or check for updates in the App Store if you’re running macOS. That’ll ensure you’re using the most recent version of iTunes.

With that out of the way, you’re ready to get started. The rest of the procedure varies slightly depending on what device you’re using, so we’ll go over them one at a time.

Entering Recovery Mode on the iPhone 8 or Later

All iPhones manufactured since 2017 have used the same method to access recovery mode. As of June 2022, the included models are:

  • iPhone 8, and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (Second and Third Generations)
  • iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max

Press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the recovery mode screen pops up. It won’t happen instantly, so hang on for at least 15 seconds or so before you try it again.

Hit the volume up button, then the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Once the recovery mode screen appears you can plug your phone into your computer with a Lightning cable.

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Entering Recovery Mode on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re using an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or the 7th generation iPod start by turning off your phone. Then hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the recovery screen appears. You’ll see the Apple logo first, but don’t release the button when you do — that is still too early.

Hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the recovery screen appears.

It’ll look very similar to this:

iPhone prompting the user to plug in the cable.

Once that screen appears, go ahead and connect your device to your computer via Lightning cable.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on the iPhone 6s or Earlier

These instructions cover how to access Recovery Mode on the iPhone 6s and earlier models, including:

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  • iPhone 3G and 3Gs
  • iPhone 4 and 4S
  • iPhone 5, 5C and 5S
  • iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, and 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (First Generation)

First, make sure your device is turned off. Then all you need to do is hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously. Hang on to the buttons until the Recovery Mode screen appears. It will take a few seconds — the Recovery Mode screen isn’t accessible instantly to prevent people from opening it accidentally.

Press the power button and the Home button simultaneously.

Note: The power button is on the side for iPhone 6 or later users, and on the top right for iPhone 5s and earlier.

After the Recovery mode screen appears, go ahead and connect the phone to your computer.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPads with Home Buttons

Some iPads in Apple’s current lineup — like the iPad 10.2 — have retained their home buttons, and most iPads made prior to 2018 had home buttons.

If your iPad has a home button, all you need to do to enter Recovery Mode is press and hold the Home button and the power button simultaneously for 10-15 seconds, just like older iPhones.

Hold the power button and the Home button simultsneously.

The Recovery Mode screen will appear and you’ll be prompted to plug your iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPads without a Home Button

Most new iPads don’t have Home buttons anymore — most iPad models transitioned away from it between 2017 and 2018. If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, the process for entering Recovery Mode is basically the same as all of the newer iPhones.

Press and release the volume button closest to the power button, then press and release the farther button, and then press and hold the power button until the recovery screen appears.

There are a couple of different button configurations you’ll find on iPads, though. If your iPad has the volume buttons along the top, it’ll look like this for you:

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Press and release the nearest volume button to the power button, then press the farther button, then hold the power button until the Recovery Mode screen appears.

iPads with the volume buttons on the sides follow the same basic procedure: press and release the top volume button, then the bottom volume button, and then hold the power button. Wait for the Recovery Mode screen to appear, and then release the button.

Press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the Recovery Mode screen pops up,

The Recovery Mode screen will display a cable connecting to the iPad — once that appears, connect your iPad to your computer.

iPad recovery mode.

What to Do Once You’re in Recovery Mode

Now that your device is in Recovery Mode, you have about 15 minutes before it automatically exits. If you don’t move quickly enough and your phone exits Recovery Mode, repeat the same button presses as explained above to enter it again.

A window like the one below will pop up on your computer once you’ve successfully entered Recovery Mode on your phone or tablet. You will be prompted to Restore or Update.

You should try the “Update” option first. Your issues may very well be fixed by updating your iPhone or iPad without completely reinstalling your operating system. The “Update” option preserves all of your files and settings, which will — at a minimum — save you time and effort setting everything up again. It’ll also save you from losing anything you neglected to back up.

A notice from iTunes informing the user that an update or restore is necessary.

If the “Update” option fails, you’ll need to go back to the Recovery Mode screen again, just like you did before. This time you’ll have to hit “Restore.” It isn’t ideal, but it may very well be the only way to fix your iPhone or iPad.

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Exclusive: Meta warns employees of ‘serious times’ in internal memo listing key product bets – TalkOfNews.com

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Meta is warning of “serious times” and preparing for a leaner second half of 2022, according to an internal memo circulated to employees this week. The note comes from chief product officer Chris Cox and outlines the company’s priorities and challenges to its business going forward.

“I have to underscore that we are in serious times here and the headwinds are fierce,” Cox wrote in the memo obtained by The Verge and published in full below. “We need to execute flawlessly in an environment of slower growth, where teams should not expect vast influxes of new engineers and budgets.”

The biggest revenue challenge comes from privacy changes affecting Meta’s ad business and macroeconomic pressures, Cox says in the memo, which was first reported by Reuters. Cox says monetizing Reels, the company’s short-form video TikTok copy, “as quickly as possible” is a key priority.

Cox also lays out six areas where he believes Facebook needs to deepen its investments. These include metaverse products; AI; messaging; continuing to push Reels; monetization; and meeting new privacy requirements. Cox says teams will have to “prioritize more ruthlessly” without the help of new staff or budgets.

Meta had already told employees that a slowdown was coming. In May, the company froze hiring across a number of teams, including teams working on shopping and video chatting products. The company’s stock has cratered over the past five months, as investors worry about slowing growth and expensive investments in the metaverse that may take years to pay off. Meta didn’t have a comment for this story.

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