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Buy a 'free' iPhone 13 with trade-in: Everything to know about Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T's deals – CNET

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The three carriers offer the iPhone 13, 13 Mini and 13 Pro for $0 with a trade-in, but there are caveats to keep in mind.
The iPhone 13 lineup arrived last month, and as usual carriers rolled out tempting trade-in deals to entice people to switch over to Apple’s latest and greatest. (Here are some of the best iPhone 13 deals around.) AT&T came out of the gate essentially giving away the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Mini for a starting price that can go as low as “free” to new and existing customers. Verizon later effectively matched that offer, while AT&T bumped its deal to also allow for a free iPhone 13 (and will also offer $1,000 off the iPhone 13 Pro Max with qualifying trade-ins, too). 
T-Mobile is similarly offering all three devices for free to both new and existing customers.
In all cases, there are plenty of caveats. It all depends on the phone model you’re trading in, the wireless plan you have and the financing. 
The iPhone 13 models are now available (already backordered, in some cases). To help you avoid having to comb through the fine print, we’ve outlined the key details on the three carriers’ respective trade-in offers. 
Note: These deals don’t include taxes in their prices, which are often based on the full price of the phone. Some carriers may also charge a one-time activation or upgrade fee (usually around $30) as well. 
It is also worth noting that T-Mobile has added a new Magenta Max iPhone upgrade program it calls Forever Upgrade that will guarantee you “up to $800” back (up to $700 for the Mini, or less if you’re buying an iPhone 12 today) in future trade-in credits. 
The catch here: You will need to wait two years to trade in the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 that you’re buying today to get the credits, and you will need to be on Magenta Max for the entire time. 
Those with other T-Mobile plans can get up to $500 off, but you will need to trade in an iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, or an iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max to get that discount. Those with older devices can get up to $400 offer, with full details available by clicking on the “On us with Magenta Max with trade” link on T-Mobile’s product pages. 
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Indian Gadget Awards winners: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max ranked the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2021 – 91mobiles

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A smartphone’s camera details are usually plastered front and centre in the promos, and for good reason. Our phones have become the de facto tool to click photos and store our fond memories digitally. Understandably, the quality of the photos goes up a notch if the user spends top bucks on a brand new phone. To that note, 2021 saw the launch of a slew of camera-centric flagships with incredible features, but which one is the best? Enter, the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium award. In this category, we’ve ignored the price tags and have picked all the smartphones that we thought offered the finest overall camera experience in 2021. But the award will only go to one phone, so to ensure absolute objectivity, our nominees were thoroughly inspected by the Indian Gadget Awards jury of over 40 experts from the Indian tech media community, and the results are in. Check out the winner of the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2021 award.

Check out the full list of nominees for the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2021 award.

The iQOO 7 Legend is a fantastic gaming phone and one that really pushed the boundaries with its long list of features. While the smartphone’s headlining feature is undoubtedly its SD888 SoC, the device’s 48MP main sensor deserves some credit too. To that note, the shooter excels at delivering great photographs in all lighting conditions. Plus, its Ultra Stable Mode combines  OIS and EIS to give the gimbal-esque stabilisation when recording videos. The smartphone’s assisting shooters are no slouch either and the unit’s 13MP ultra-wide camera (that doubles up as a macro lens) and its 13MP telephoto shooter click quality stills as well. There’s even an Extreme Night Mode on this device that offers amazing low-light shots, and a Video Pro Mode that gives users granular control over their video settings.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is truly an ‘ultra’ in all regards. The device’s main sensor is a 50MP 1/1.12″ unit which is the biggest sensor on any phone to date, offering a pixel size of 1.4 micrometres. As capable as the main camera is, the snapper is accompanied by a 48MP periscope telephoto camera that offers up to 120x digital zoom, and a 48MP ultra-wide camera with a 128-degree FoV. Pictures clicked from the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have a remarkable amount of detail in them and the shots also have great dynamic range. What’s more, the phone also supports 8K video recording, aside from offering a host of other photography and videography focused features.

No surprises here. Apple’s latest top-end flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is also a nominee for the Best Camera Phone of 2021 – Premium category. The larger sensors on this year’s iPhones have enhanced their photography performance even further. The iPhone 13 Pro Max gets a trio of 12MP sensors, with one of them grabbing a wide lens that makes use of the company’s sensor-shift technology, another utilising a telephoto lens 3x optical zoom shots and an ultra-wide angle sensor, which allows users to paint on a larger canvas. What’s more, the company’s upgraded Smart HDR 4 leads to stunning photos no matter what kind of scenario they are clicked in. This device also comes with the Cinematic Mode, which offers professional-grade video effects and there’s even support for capturing RAW video.

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is among the most impressive phones of 2021 and the smartphone offers a ZEISS-backed camera setup with ZEISS T* coating to avoid lens flare. The phone comes with two main cameras – a 48MP gimbal-stabilised snapper and a 50MP Ultra Sensing GN1 sensor that has regular OIS. While these are able to dish out spectacular photos and videos, the phone also offers two telephoto cameras of 8MP and 12MP resolutions, which together provide up to 60x digital zoom. Suffice it to say, the photography and videography experience of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus is as diverse, as it is fulfilling.

As is customary with any Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S21 Ultra also snaps gorgeous stills with plenty of vibrancy and details in the frame. The device ships with a 108MP f/1.8 wide camera which works alongside a pair of 10MP telephoto cameras. The assisting sensors allow users to snap photos at up to 100x digital zoom, a feature aptly dubbed ‘Space Zoom’ by the company. And, then there’s the 12MP ultra-wide camera that also returns stunning images. All said and done, the phone offers a complete camera setup with plenty of incredible features like support for 8K video recording, a Super Steady mode to mimic gimbal-like shots, and much more.

OnePlus is the go-to brand for performance-fiends, however, the company’s OnePlus 9 Pro managed to sway a lot of budding photographers to the company’s doorsteps too. To that note, the brand partnered with photography-giant Hasselblad in an attempt to finetune the phone’s colour science. The partnership worked brilliantly as the OnePlus 9 Pro delivers natural-looking photos with realistic colours under all kinds of light. The phone’s camera setup includes a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide snapper, an 8MP telephoto sensor, and a 2MP monochrome sensor which, when put together, offer a complete camera setup.

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Kodak Magnetic Wireless Chargers for Car, Home, and Office Launched for iPhone 12, iPhone 13 Series in In… – Gadgets 360

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Kodak Magnetic Wireless Chargers feature neodymium magnets
Kodak has launched magnetic wireless chargers in India that are compatible with Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 13 series. While one is for use in the car, the other one is for juicing up an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 series handset at home or office. Both of the chargers offer 15W maximum charging power. Kodak announced a licensing agreement with Bengaluru-based Georgian Enterprises to sell such consumer electronics in the Indian market. The US-based photography company also said that it will launch more exciting products in future.
As per the company, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (15W) and for home (15W) is available for an introductory price of Rs. 2,499 on Amazon. As per Kodak, the charger will be soon be available on Flipkart as well.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car (WCM101C) can be fitted onto a standard Car AC vent with easy to detach vent hook and grip-locking ring. It features a square body with neodymium magnets around its edges. As per the company, the charger keeps the iPhone safe from scratches, and prevents it from slipping while the user is driving. It sports a 360-degree rotating ball mount allowing users to stick the phone in any orientation.
Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for car is equipped with an intelligent charging chip and offers a maximum power of 15W. It is certified with high protection features such as over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and over-charging, Kodak says.
Meanwhile, the Kodak Magnetic Wireless Charger for home or office (WCM201) also offers a high-speed 15W desk chargercum-stand. It comes with the similar neodymium magnets for a secure hold as the one in the car charger, however, it has a compact kickstand allowing users to position the phone in upright position.
The Kodak Magnetic Wireless Chargers for car and home are compatible with Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. Kodak is offering a bundled wire, and a compatible USB car or wall charger with up to 20W power is needed to get the chargers running.

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Google Play lists games ‘optimized for Pixel 6’ with Android 12’s Game Dashboard/Modes – 9to5Google

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November 14, 2021
Abner Li
– Nov. 14th 2021 12:22 pm PT


Android 12 introduces a Game Dashboard that’s currently exclusive to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Besides providing useful tools, Google is encouraging developers to take advantage of Game Mode API. Google Play is now listing games that are “optimized for Pixel 6.”

At the top of the Play Store’s Games tab, some users are seeing an “Optimized for Pixel 6” carousel with a “Boost performance or save power” section. This is in reference to the Game Mode API that developers can support to let users set whether they want a title to prioritize gameplay for longer battery life or peak frame rates.
Update: As people in our comments have observed, Game Mode support is the only optimization needed to be listed in the Play Store list. In our testing, we spotted the Modes on Scrabble Go (casual game) and FIFA Soccer (more intensive title).
End-users can enable the “Game Dashboard” from system Settings > Apps > (under General) Game settings. When opening a compatible title, you’ll get a floating bubble that opens the overlay. In compatible games, the “Optimization” tile – which is underneath the row of screen capture, record, FPS counter, and DND shortcuts and next to YouTube Live streaming – presents three modes:
At the moment, the Game Dashboard is only live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It does not appear on other Pixel phones running Android 12. Back in July, Google said that the Game Mode API would be available on “select” Android 12 devices later this year and that Samsung is already a partner for the effort, “with more OEMs on the way.”
The full Google Play list of Game Mode-optimized titles for the Pixel 6 is below: 
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