Redmi 6A gets a big price cut and is now the best cheap phone to buy in India

he Redmi 5A was one of the most popular smartphones when it was in the market. Now when that smartphone has been discontinued, its legacy is being taken forward by the Redmi 6A, which Xiaomi launched in India in August this year. The Redmi 6A was launched at a price of Rs 5,999, which also happened to be the price at which the redmi 5A was sold, but a couple of months later when rupee sharply depreciated against dollar, Xiaomi decided to increase the price of some of its products in India including the Redmi 6A. The new price became Rs 6,999.

This was a minimal price hike, but given that under Rs 10,000 market is very sensitive to price, it affected the perception of the phone. A few months later, the Redmi 6A is back to its original price. Its price has been slashed by Rs 1,000 and this seems like the permanent price cut. In other words, the Redmi 6A now costs Rs 5,999 again and at its new price it is the best cheap smartphone in the country.

This price is for the 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage model. Similarly, the price of the 2GB RAM with 32GB storage model has also been reduced to Rs 6,999.

With the Redmi 6A, Xiaomi targets buyers who want a decent-looking phone that also clicks good pictures and offers lag free-performance along with long battery life. And all of it at a pocket-friendly price. Currently, the under Rs 6,000 price segment market has a number of phones. But I believe none of them is as good as the Redmi 6A.

Currently, under Rs 6000 price segment you get phones from Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Infinix, and some of other not-so-popular phone brands. Then there’s the Nokia 8810 4G, which isn’t a smartphone. The Nokia 8810 4G is a feature phone and but lets users do some of the basic things like making calls, sending messages on WhatsApp or browsing Facebook or Twitter or Instagram through special variant of these apps. The Redmi 6A is a full-fledged smartphone.

Why Redmi 6A is the best in the price segment

The Redmi 6A comes with a pretty big screen of 5.45 inches with an aspect ratio of 18:9, which not only offers a decent viewing experience but is also bright enough to be used under the blazing sun. This kind of screen is usually a rarity under Rs 6000 segment. So, if a user is looking out for a phone to use for watching movies, web series or browse social media to check out pictures posted by their friends, the Redmi 6A is one of the best to get under Rs 6000.

The Redmi 6A offers way more than just the big and bright screen. The smartphone is also very good looking and capable of handling the day to day task very easily. Xiaomi has designed the Redmi 6A keeping in mind the rough phone users. The Redmi 6A comes with “Arc Design” and a metallic body which makes the phone pretty capable of taking a beating or two. If you’re a power user or use your phone throughout the day for work and messaging or long hours of calls, the Redmi 6A will possibly not disappoint you. Although not as fast or smooth as one of those premium phones, the Redmi 6A is one of the best smartphones available under Rs 6000 in India today as far as the performance is concerned.

The smartphone is powered by 12nm FinFET Helio A22 processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage.

Camera is another very important factor for a lot of smartphone users. There are several phones with good cameras available in the mainstream phone market right now, like the Redmi Note 6 Pro or the Mi A2, but they are slightly expensive. The Redmi Note 6 Pro retail for starting price of Rs 13,999 while the Mi A2 for Rs 15,999.

If you’re looking for phone that is available around Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 and also clicks decent enough pictures with fair amount of details and overall looks presentable, the Redmi 6A can be considered. As for the camera configuration, the Redmi 6A includes a 13-megapixel rear camera paired with EIS and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with AI portrait and beautify mode.

Another aspect that makes the Redmi 6A stand out from the competition handsets is the MIUI 10. To recollect, the Redmi 6A was launched with MIUI 9.6-based on Android Oreo, bit as Xiaomi has previously promised, the phone has now been upgraded to the latest MIUI 10.

Like the other and expensive Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 6A also comes with AI-based face unlock support, dual nano SIM + microSD card slot, and dual VoLTE, dual standby support, which means two 4G network SIM cards can be used at a single time on the phone.


What Is IKEA And Why Its First Store In India Is Such A Big Deal

What Is IKEA And Why Its First Store In India Is Such A Big Deal

IKEA Hyderabad store will have a range of 7,500 items to sell


IKEA is a multinational group of companies – founded in Sweden – that sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen ware and home accessories. IKEA is the biggest furniture company in the world, with over 400 stores worldwide, selling affordable household items to millions of customers. It was started by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943, who was 17-year-old at the time, in Sweden. The company is opening its first store in India on Thursday.

IKEA will provide Nordic-inspired furniture to its customers. The store will also have a large restaurant which can accommodate around 1,000 people at a time. The IKEA store, a 13-acre complex, is situated in Hitec City, which is on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

IKEA’s Hyderabad store will have a range of 7,500 items to sell. Out of these, around 1,000 items will be sold at a price less than Rs. 200. The company plans to open 25 such stores across the country by 2025.

IKEA’s restaurant will serve “Biryani” for Rs. 99 per plate.

The company expects a whopping annual footfall of 6 million customers. The company has invested around Rs. 1 billion in its first venture in India.

IKEA plans to open other stores as well, including a store in Mumbai that is expected to be opened in 2019. It will also have stores in Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Bengaluru and Delhi.

The company will currently employ around 900 employees for its Hyderabad store. It aims to provide employment to 15,000 people by 2025.


How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

New Delhi: The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.


“I Am A Tariff Man,” Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

'I Am A Tariff Man,' Trump Says, As China Talks Show Signs Of Sputtering

Trump threatened to slap tariffs if China did not make changes in its trade relationship with US.

The economic agreement President Donald Trump said he reached with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday showed signs of unraveling Tuesday, with the White House threatening new penalties against Beijing and multiple officials seeking to downplay expectations for an eventual deal.

Investors, who had applauded the deal on Monday, turned sharply negative Tuesday. In midday trading, the Dow Jones industrial average had dropped more than 600 points or about 2.4 percent.

Trump, in a series of Twitter posts, threatened to slap a range of import penalties on Chinese products if they did not make major changes in their economic relationship with the United States.

“President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will,” Trump wrote. “But if not remember, I am a Tariff man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power.”

This is a much different characterization of the China talks than just three days ago, when Trump had dinner with China’s president at a meeting of the Group of 20. After the dinner, Trump said they reached the framework of a deal that would come together in 90 days.

“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters after the dinner. “It goes down, certainly, if it happens, it goes down as one of the largest deals ever made.”

He later said China had committed to buying large amounts of U.S. agricultural products and completely removing all tariffs on U.S. automobiles, a huge shift from its current 40 percent penalty. Chinese officials, meanwhile, did not confirm any of these details. They wouldn’t even acknowledge that there was a 90-day deadline under which they were operating.

In the past 24 hours, there were signs that White House officials were beginning to backpedal from some of their initial optimism. In his Twitter posts on Tuesday, Trump said they might need an extension if the 90-day timeline didn’t prove sufficient.

Meanwhile, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said there wasn’t an actual agreement for China to remove auto tariffs, but that he expected China to eventually do it as a measure of good faith.

He also said that China’s vice premier, Liu He, had told him there would be changes made “immediately” to show the Chinese were serious about a new agreement. But Kudlow acknowledged Tuesday that so far they haven’t seen any evidence of concrete steps being taken.

“I have no assurances” China will change, Kudlow said, speaking at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal. He acknowledged that Chinese leaders have stopped short of following through on deals in the past, but he said he believed the involvement of Xi in the discussions Saturday would lead to a different outcome.

“It looks to me that the ball is being moved in the right direction,” Kudlow said.

There are significant differences between the two governments over what was agreed at the dinner, according to a side-by-side comparison of their post-meeting statements prepared by Bloomberg. The Chinese have not acknowledged a 90-day deadline for the talks or said that they plan to “immediately” increase purchases of U.S. farm goods.

Chinese officials are puzzled and irritated by the administration’s shaky handling of the meeting’s aftermath, according to a former U.S. government official who has been in contact with them. Even before the Buenos Aires talks, Trump last month had stated incorrectly that the Chinese government “got rid of” the Made-in-China 2025 program of subsidized technology development in response to his objections.

The comments by the president and his top advisers over the past 48 hours have only added to China’s confusion about their negotiating partners.

“You don’t do this with the Chinese. You don’t triumphantly proclaim all their concessions in public. It’s just madness,” the former official said, who asked for anonymity to describe confidential discussions.

White House national security adviser John Bolton, who also attended the Saturday meeting, said the verdict was still out on what China would ultimately do.

“We need to see some major changes in their behavior,” he said, speaking at the same event as Kudlow. “Nobody is under any illusions.”

Kudlow also said the goal was to eliminate all tariffs on any imports, which is a departure from what Trump wrote Tuesday in a Twitter post, when he said he was a “tariff man.” Trump has not promised to lift all tariffs against Chinese goods.

Trump has argued that China for decades has abused global trade rules to lure away U.S. jobs, steal U.S. intellectual property, subsidize its own companies, and strong-arm U.S. firms. Many Democrats and Republicans, as well as global leaders, have agreed with Trump’s assessment, and he has taken an adversarial approach with Beijing, saying he believes this is the only way to force changes.

That approach so far has amounted to slapping tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports and vowing to impose penalties on all other imports if China doesn’t make changes. The changes U.S. officials have sought include forcing Beijing to lower tariffs on U.S. goods, stop dumping cheap steel and aluminum into foreign markets, and halting the theft of intellectual property, among other things.

As part of the talks Saturday night, Trump agreed not to increase existing tariffs on Chinese goods or impose any new ones for 90 days, while talks took place. Global investors, who had feared for months that a protracted trade war could hurt economic growth, seemed to cheer the cease-fire on Monday, but U.S. markets slid back on Tuesday as it became clear that there were few concrete commitments that came out of the discussions so far.


Turn dated furniture into dazzling decor on a dime

Do you love watching HGTV? Do you enjoy browsing through catalogs from West Elm or Pottery Barn?

It is fun to dream about redecorating your home, but furniture shopping can be expensive. You can easily drop thousands redoing a room, but you don’t have to break the bank. You just need to be open-minded and willing to put in a little work like James Judge!

The realtor, designer and home flipper finds cheap pieces with potential at Goodwill and other Valley thrift stores and then works his magic!

Over the last few years, he’s revamped hundreds of dated and worn furniture items into chic couches, chairs and coffee tables.

How does he do it? We went on a shopping adventure with Judge to find out, starting at the Goodwill near 16th Street and Indian School Road.

“This happens to be my favorite store, because I feel like it brings in a big collection of items from all over the Valley in one central location,” Judge said.

Watching Judge shop for furniture is like watching a kid go to Disneyland!

“It’s all about treasure hunting for me, and really trying to find these special pieces that someone else has discarded that I can find and reclaim and bring life back into,” he said.

Right away, Judge spots a treasure!

“I really like this nightstand for $17.99. You can’t beat that price point,” Judge said.

Judge likes the lines on the pieces and the wood drawers.

“My goal with this piece is to transform it. I would paint the lament part just because it’s not something that can be sanded. I would stain the drawers that way you have a two-tone piece and add some hardware,” Judge said.

Judge does several laps when he shops because he can miss things the first time around. As we make laps, he finds another treasure.

“This coffee table is a great find for $12.99. It has a medal base and glass top. You know it’s dirty and has some scratches on it, but being that this is medal it could actually be used outdoors,” Judge said.

Judge says it won’t take much to bring it back to life!

“The glass is in great condition so some Windex, a can of spray paint, and suddenly for $12.99 plus a can of spray paint, you have a perfect coffee table, perfect for outdoors or indoors,” Judge said.

Judge quickly found two pieces with a lot of potential and a cheap price tag, but he’s still looking for a couch.

We now head to the Goodwill near 32nd Street and Thomas Road to find a sofa and right away, he spots something that could work even though it’s pretty dirty.

“Well the dog hair is really appealing, but beyond that, it has interesting lines and I actually believe these two pieces go together, this is actually a chase that connects into that sofa,” Judge said while examining the two pieces.

He buys both items. Each have a price tag of just $7.99. That’s less than $16 for the couch!

“This is a DIY sofa and by the time it’s done, it will be looking like something from West Elm,” Judge said.

The shopping is complete! James bought three pieces for less than $50. How did he restoration the furniture? Here’s what he did with each piece:


Social media is affecting the way we view our bodies — and not in a good way

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Young women who actively engage with social media images of friends who they think are more attractive than themselves report feeling worse about their own appearance afterward, a York University study shows.

It’s no secret that social media can blur the lines on what’s real and what’s fantasy, but new research at York’s Faculty of Health now shows how young women interact with images online can affect how they feel about their own bodies.

The research entitled “The effects of active social media engagement with peers on body image in young women” appears in the journal Body Image. The study was conducted by Jennifer Mills, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Jacqueline Hogue, a PhD student in the department’s Clinical Program. It focused on young women, aged 18 to 27 years old, who liked or commented on photos of people they deemed to be more attractive than themselves.

“The results showed that these young adult women felt more dissatisfied with their bodies,” says Mills. “They felt worse about their own appearance after looking at social media pages of someone that they perceived to be more attractive than them. Even if they felt bad about themselves before they came into the study, on average, they still felt worse after completing the task.”

The research included 118 female undergraduate students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Participants reported their age, ethnicity, whether English was their first language, and years of post-secondary education in an online questionnaire six weeks before the experiment. Each participant was given a consent form and questionnaire where they had to indicate using a specific scale how satisfied or dissatisfied they were with their appearance or body image.

Participants were then randomly assigned into one of two experimental conditions. One group of participants were asked to log into Facebook and Instagram for a period of five or more minutes and find one peer that was the same age who they felt was more attractive than themselves. After looking at the photos, each participant was asked to leave a comment of their choice. In the control group, participants were asked to do the same task except this time comment on a post of a family member whom they did not think was more attractive than themselves. The data showed that participants’ views of their own appearance were not affected when interacting with their family members.

“I think in a lot of cases, young women who post to social media are hoping to get positive reinforcement for what they’re posting and the way in which women use social media is more appearance-based than it is for men.”

Mills said particularly in this age group, 18 to mid-20’s, appearance is very important, and women care a great deal about how they are perceived by other people. They are also most likely to use social media.

“When we compare ourselves to other people, that has the potential to affect the valuation of ourselves,” says Mills. We really need to educate young people on how social media use could be making them feel about themselves and how this could even be linked to stringent dieting, eating disorders or excessive exercise. There are people who may be triggered by social media and who are especially vulnerable.”

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York U’s fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education..


Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Android Pie Beta-Based One UI, Free Themes Come With a 14-Day Usage Limit

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Get Android Pie Beta-Based One UI, Free Themes Come With a 14-Day Usage Limit

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 ₹ 44,690 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 51,900 have finally started receiving the latest Android 9.0 Pie beta software update in South Korea and the US. Android Pie beta arrives as part of the latest One UI update, which Samsung announced as a successor to its Samsung Experience UI that would be optimised for one-handed operation. The latest software brings plenty of changes including a design overhaul. Apart from that, reports coming in suggest that Samsung’s One UI will now allow free themes to be applied on your handset for only 14 days after which they will be automatically removed.

Tipster Ice Universe took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal the changelog of the Android 9.0 Pie beta-based One UI update rolling out to Galaxy S9 units in South Korea. This was soon followed by the same update rolling out to customers in the US, as reported by Sammobile. The changelog reveals a file size of about 1.9GB and an update to the latest November 2018 Android security patch.

The beta update is reportedly available for T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in the US. To register, open the Samsung+ app and click on the link with “One UI with Android 9.0 on Galaxy S9/S9+” text mentioned, on the home page. The beta update can then be downloaded by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.

One UI brings a lot of new features such as a redesigned interface, redesigned notifications with the ability to reply directly from the notification panel, new Unicode 11.0 emojis, adaptive themes, Device Care and power saving features, new clock styles for the Always On display, improved Bixby search, redesigned Phone app, and more. You will be able to use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters, without the need for a DeX station.

To recall, Samsung had previously confirmed that the stable Android Pie-based One UI update will roll out to the Galaxy S9 lineup sometime in January. The open beta is expected to soon go live in other markets of Europe and Asia as well.

While this update brings a lot of functionality and new features to the Galaxy S9 range, it also has a frustrating time limit for free themes. Android Pie, with One UI on top, restricts the usage of free themes on your Galaxy S9 to just 14 days, reports Sammobile. After this time limit, the theme will forcefully automatically reset to the stock theme.

A notice is reportedly being sent by Samsung to users on the latest update. Samsung clarifies the change by saying that it has “changed the policy in order to help our designers continue to create high quality products and also to provide stable and satisfactory services for you.” Samsung will notify users 10 minutes before the theme reverts to the original one. It is not known yet as to whether the previously applied theme will be rendered unusable or can be used again at a later stage


Before and after: A ‘boring’ neutral living room gets a glam and dramatic makeover

The owners took a risk and banished the beige…

‘This room was all shades of beige and brown,’ says the owner of this five-bed Edwardian house in North London. ‘I had been contemplating grey walls for this room, but got tired of seeing the colour everywhere.’ After spotting the gold cabinet from Swoon, she planned a luxe look with dark walls and pink accents, instead.

You can find more makeovers in our living room ideas

She chose Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue. ‘I was definitely the right choice, but everyone else was doubtful!’ she admits. ‘As soon as I saw the first coat go on, I knew we’d made the right choice. I don’t know how painting a room darker can make it brighter, but it has!’



Image credit: Georgia Burns

‘At first, we weren’t planning that pink would be part of our scheme,’ says the owner. ‘I was toying with the idea of adding emerald green. However, a velvet sofa had been on my wish list before we even moved in.

‘So when I found this one, I knew it would add opulence along with the gold cabinet and dark walls. The blush hue just ticked all the boxes in terms of the look we were after.’

Get the look
Buy now: Farrow & Ball Hague 
Blue modern emulsion, 
£45 for 2.5ltrs, B&Q
Buy now: Similar Carnaby velvet sofa, £1,210, Debenhams



Image credit: Georgia Burns

‘I ended up painting the fire surround white, but leaving the rest – picture rail and skirting included – dark blue. Our decorators suggested picking out the picture rail in white, but I politely declined. I’m so pleased that I stuck to my guns, because the walls are a great backdrop for our furniture and accessories.’

Get the look
Buy now: Similar Palm Tree candle holders, £59 each, Out There Interiors



Image credit: Georgia Burns

‘Before, cabinets and shelves cluttered the alcoves, which made the room feel much smaller 
than it is, says the owner. ‘We are self-confessed hoarders and didn’t want to fall into the trap of having too many places to stash things we don’t need!’

Get the look
Buy now: Kempton velvet armchair, £233.10, Debenhams
Buy now: Marble 
foot floor lamp, £69, Barker 
& Stonehouse
Buy now: Vintage Metal Star, 
£39, Rockett St George



Image credit: Georgia Burns

‘We decided not to rush into buying furniture and accessories that might not suit until we’d let the colour settle. It was a pain not to have it all ready immediately, but it saved money in the long run.’



Image credit: Georgia Burns

Love them or hate them, 
dramatic walls do make spaces 
cosy – and they’ll never 
overwhelm in a big, 
bright room. Honey oak flooring 
cosies up all the 
cool blue, grey 
and pink tones, and brass and gold 
details have given 
the room a luxe feel.