iPhone 11 series is now in Bangladesh. Here’s where you can get it

Grameenphone has brought it the magnificent iPhone 11 series in Bangladesh. Following the pre-order period of October 25 to October 30, a handover ceremony was held at the Grameenphone Lounge in Gulshan today as the pre-bookers received their prized purchases from Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone and Grameenphone brand ambassador Tahsan Rahman Khan.

The latest from Apple

The iPhone 11 series is the newest addition to the groundbreaking smartphones brought in by Apple. Presented in three variants iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, each phone is powered A13 bionic chip and 4 GB RAM. While the iPhone 11 is available in ROM sizes of 64GB, 128GB and256GB; iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max caters to ROM sizes 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Prices of the variants range from BDT 87,999 to BDT 169,999.

“iPhones are renowned for its continuous innovation and the new iPhone 11 series poses to be the epitome of new-age smartphones. These innovations are here to enhance the Grameenphone 4G user experience and perfectly aligns with our 4G ambitions.”

Speaking on the occasion, Michael Foley, CEO of Grameenphone said

Customers availing the iPhone 11 series from Grameenphone channels will be able to enjoy bundle offers available from October 31 and continue till December 29, 2019. The bundle includes a primary free 22GB Data (11GB 4G+11GB Bioscope Streaming) with an additional purchase offer of 11GB data (2GB Open + 9GB 4G) at BDT 150 (inclusive all) which the customer can enjoy 6 times in 3 months.

Exclusive offers

Additionally, up to 36 months EMI will be applicable on purchases from Grameenphone sales channels applicable for credit cards of Standard Chartered Bank, The City Bank (AMEX), Eastern Bank Ltd, DBBL, BRAC Bank, Mutual Trust Bank and Trust Bank while the first 75 customers purchasing through The City Bank Amex cards will be entitled to BDT 3,000 cashback.

The customers will also be able to enjoy a 25% discount on share trip, couple dinner at Four Points, original Apple back cover, 30% discount on Diamond World and Watches World and an exclusive exchange program from Livewire. Moreover, the customers purchasing any of the iPhone 11 series smartphones will be upgraded to the topmost tier of the GP STAR program–Platinum Plus.

Tired of Windows and Mac OS? Switch to Elementary OS!

Elementary OS is one of the most beautiful and clean-looking operating systems available for use in computers. It is fast, open and privacy-oriented. Elementary has its characteristic design philosophy and made aesthetic use of colours. Over the years, this free-to-use operating system has collected heavy praise by reviewers around the world – making it a strong replacement option for both Windows and Mac users.

The initial development of ElementaryOS started with building themes and applications for Ubuntu, which later inspired the developers to transform it into a full-fledged Linux distribution. The first release of the operating system was on 31 March 2011, and so far, it has been through continuous bugfix and major feature updates. 

The Elementary OS took shape with the concept of making Linux easier for non-technical users. Instead of terminal-based codes, elementary provides a graphical user interface and settings menus to allow users to perform almost all day-to-day tasks without writing any code. 

Features of Elementary OS:

1. Fast and lightweight

Compared to Windows, macOS and many other Linux distros, Elementary OS is really faster. It boots the system quickly and uses very fewer resources to run the programs. Apps are lightning quick to open and they remember where you left off. Low system requirement means that the old lower-end desktops or laptops can be of use again.

2. Stunning simplicity

Elementary is one of the most beautiful operating systems ever to date. It’s clean, crisp and simple. It is bloatware-free but packs only the most important apps necessary for daily use. Elementary is based on pantheon desktop environment that follows a very minimalistic elegant design. It is arguable that the macOS design inspired parts of the system; but with each update, Elementary is emerging with its unique style. 

The typography, icon design, sound, colour use or the system animations, the new Elementary OS v5 is packed with new features and improved performance. Like any other Linux distro, one can further customize the operating system, but for the regular users, the built-in desktop environment already offers an aesthetically pleasing user interface.

3. Free

Elementary OS is an open-source project and hence, one can choose to use it for free. The developers call it the Pay-What-You-Want method. You can pay whatever amount you want to support the developers. You can even type ‘zero’ dollar and download the OS right away. However, it is an open-source project. And it is difficult for the developers to sustain high-quality development for long without support from its fan-base. So, we strongly recommend lending a hand of support to the Elementary team.

4. App centre

Elementary houses an App Center where you can download both free and paid apps. The App Center is an open, pay-what-you-want app store for indie developers. Unlike traditional app stores, the elementary team has reviewed and curated each app in the Elementary App Center; which ensures a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

5. Regular Updates

Users receive regular bugfix updates and scheduled major upgrades. Since Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions; elementary obtains the necessary source codes from Ubuntu and works on further improving the features. So far, five major versions of elementary have been released: Jupiter, Luna, Freya, Loki and Juno.

6. Safe and secure: Forget antivirus

The developers at Elementary Inc. list privacy, safety and security as one of their top priorities. The Elementary OS is built on GNU/Linux, which is one of the most secure systems in the world. Because Virus and Malware are almost alien to the Linux system. It is the same software technology that powers the U.S Department of Defense, the Bank of China, and many more.

Should you switch to Elementary?

Bored with Windows or macOS and want to have a new experience ElementaryOS (eOS) is a very good replacement option. The eOS is built for simplicity and smooth user experience. Users who want a focused desktop environment for productivity will enjoy the clean and crisp look. If you are someone who loves to do a lot of coding & programming; and are searching for a Linux distro that isn’t awful looking, ElementrayOS is the answer. 

It’s the Netflix for games. Meet, Apple arcade

Apple has announced its very own Netflix for Games called the “Apple Arcade”. The games provided will be available for playing offline as well as online. Just like Netflix allows users to download stuff on certain devices such as Phones and Tablets. Apple Arcade will be released on September 19. The subscription rate for this will be $4.99 in the U.S and approximately 450 Takas in Bangladesh.

Features

It's the Netflix for games. Meet, Apple arcade

Apple Arcade is allowed to share with 5 family members. Basically, like Netflix, again, you get to create 5 profiles. Probably be able to play on five devices at the same time. Apple Arcade initially has more than a hundred games to offer. Out which Lego Brawls seem promising. Now, who wouldn’t like a PvP lego where bricks drop from the sky. You sue those bricks to build stuff to your advantage. Kind of like “Stick Fight”. These games in Apple Arcade are strictly restricted to it. Not available for separate purchase.

The opportunity of a lifetime! 

An interesting thing you would notice if you visit the Apple Arcade website. That is they are giving game developers a chance. Meaning if you are a game developer and want everyone to experience what you have created; then this is a good opportunity for you. https://developer.apple.com/apple-arcade/

What else?

Moving on, The games in Apple arcade will not have any kind of in-app purchase or ads. This is something android users have been dreaming of since the beginning of time. Fret not! As Google is also working on something of this sort Android users. WITHOUT ADS AND IN-APP PURCHASES! FINALLY! The Google Pass is the name for Google’s game streaming service.

Last but not least

It's the Netflix for games. Meet, Apple arcade

For those who’ve been using Netflix, this is a great thing. Like, you are getting good quality games in with ease. Except those who use Netflix. Netflix owners in this side of the globe are mostly android users. So an Apple exclusive service is of no use to them. But on the bright side, this is a good take on the gaming industry and this will reduce piracy a lot. Anyone with Netflix experience would look forward to this.

Rumour has it, Apple is testing its AR Glasses

Ever wondered what it would be like to wear a pair of glasses and give instruction to your AR assistant just like the way Tony Stark gives commands to Jarvis in Iron Man movies? Well, your dream might be coming true because Apple has been working on Augmented Reality glasses for real. And according to recent reports, the codes found in the iOS 13 beta gives hints about Apple already testing its AR device.

In the internal build for iOS 13, there are options for stereoscopic AR apps that can only be used using some sorts of headsets or glasses. The programming codes also point to the development of augmented reality (AR) device, “Garta,” a prototype under Apple’s T288 project.

The hype about the AR glasses got real when Apple started making a team of 100+ people skilled at building virtual reality and AR headsets. Apple then hijacked Nick Thompson who was an engineer for Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset, and Mike Rockwell who was the head of engineering at Dolby Labs. Apple also purchased companies like Metaio, Flyby Media, Akonia Holographics to bolster its AR department.

“THERE ARE CERTAIN IDEAS THAT WE HAVE AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THE TECHNOLOGY TO CATCH UP WITH THE IDEA.”

– APPLE’S FORMER DESIGN CHIEF JONY IVE

If the rumours are true, the operating system for AR glass/headset will be called ‘rOS‘ for ‘reality operating-system’. Or, Apple might entirely ditch the idea of building a separate headset and use the processing engine of the iPhone to power-up the AR glass, as noted by Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst.

The AR glasses, when they arrive, will revolutionize the way we use technology. It has the potential to change the way we use maps, the way we do photography and gaming or simply the way we interact with the objects around us. It could also technically improve the eye-sight and be a great device for those in need for better accessibility features such as hearing, physical and motor skills, and educational settings.

There are excitements and high hopes about Apple AR glasses and they can even hit the market by 2020, thus potentially putting Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens in direct competition. Whatever the case is, it’s a straight win for the customers.

Stay tuned to HiFi Public for more exciting news on Apple products.

Not just a clone: the Imagine Radio Story

It has been more than a full decade since Spotify revolutionized the music streaming industry, through their responsive app and it’s intuitive and intelligent A.I. Ever since, there have been no shortages of attempted replication of their success. Most of these have failed for one reason or another. We’ve had a couple of that right here in Bangladesh with Grameenphone and Robi attempting to launch their own music streaming apps. It’s safe to say they didn’t exactly catch the imagination of the intended audience as much as they had hoped.  So, the first impression of the average person of Imagine Radio is probably”Oh, another Spotify copycat.” But is it actually?

How Imagine Radio works

Firstly, the average Bangladeshi listener isn’t really familiar with the concept of Royalty fees or purchasing songs. Therefore the artists don’t receive the returns they deserve on the effort put into each song. In addition, it’s difficult for new bands to arrange record deals. Imagine Radio aims to give the artists a platform to distribute their songs directly to the audience. They boast a large selection, more than 10 million tracks of both local and international music, and plan to expand on the collection in the near future. Local artists will be paid a royalty fee for their songs on the app, which will be somewhat popularity oriented. The more popular a song is on the app, the larger the amount of royalty paid.

It will have unique features for musicians like per stream royalty, dedicated dashboards, audience analytics and marketing services. All of these services will be free. For the customers, Imagine radio will have custom made playlists targeted at specific moods, time periods and even the weather. It will also have a live aspect to it, as a selection of music will be played throughout the day on the app, sort of like a radio show. Many prominent musicians and bands like Nemesis, Feedback, Bappa Mozumder and Elita Karim have endorsed the app. And the general audience waits with bated breath for the app to reach the high potential it promises.

Does the model work in Bangladesh?

The point might be made that Mobile operators of our country tried a similar thing with GP Music and Robi/Airtel Yonder. And those weren’t the biggest hits. So is there really a demand for such an app in Bangladesh? If so, how can Imagine Radio hope to fill that demand where many others couldn’t?

There is certainly a demand for such a service in Bangladesh, as Spotify isn’t available here unless you own a premium account you made in another country. Music lovers clamor for an all-in-one music service like Spotify, and it is difficult to access it here. I spoke to an executive in Imagine Radio’s creative team, and he was of the belief that Grameenphone and Robi targeted too average a market to target their product at. They tried to generalize the market, which made for fewer opportunities for personal profiling. Imagine Radio targets a niche, urban social market. They mainly target the behavioral segment of the urban youth. In addition, they aim to have highly customizable profiles for each individual. No two people will have the exact same experience with the app, as it is oriented to make your experience as suited for you as possible. It is also to be mentioned that GP Music and Yonder tried to make the music platform very contained and partitioned. You needed a Grameenphone SIM to have access to GP Music and its contents, the same for Robi. The people at Imagine Radio hold the belief that music should be free. They want to spread music universally, without constraints. These things set them apart from their predecessors.

How is Imagine Radio any different?

It becomes important to separate your product from the one yours is often compared with. The fact remains that some people in Bangladesh still do use Spotify, with some form of workaround in play. Imagine Radio attempts to differentiate itself from Spotify in two key ways. Spotify doesn’t really evaluate Bangladesh as a potential market, hence it not being available here. Imagine Radio wants to make Bangladesh its primary target, with the added goals of distributing local music over the world and bringing international music here. In addition, opposed to Spotify’s AI generated playlist creation, the people at Imagine Radio believe something as subjective and emotional as music needs a human touch. As such, most of their available playlists are custom made by music enthusiasts and experts, adding a more personal touch to the product they offer. This also adds opportunites for targeting very specific and nuanced needs.

For example, they have a custom-made playlist for when one is stuck in traffic, as we tend to do that quite a lot. This is not to say that Imagine Radio execs do not acknowledge the need for an AI and a functional algorithm. In fact, they plan to implement an AI which will have twice as many information points as Spotify’s 6-8 to target specific moods, times, weather and other nuances. This also adds layers of content curation to their live aspect. The bottom line is Imagine Radio offers an intensely personal experience through their app, where you can listen to music curated to fit your every mood; be it uplifting music on the weekends or sad on a Sunday morning.

The ultimate goal

As stated by a representative, Imagine Radio is intended to be a cause driven project with two specific goals in mind in order to help Bangladeshi music. They want to spread Bangla music universally, and they want to create a platform for music and for musicians. It’s safe to assume a person from a foreign country won’t exactly go looking for Bangla music, so Imagine Radio brings the music to them. As mentioned before, they have adopted a very fair and rewarding royalty model for local artists. This serves to encourage the production of good music in Bangladesh greatly, as it is a convenient way to distribute music legally. Artists may choose to release new singles or albums through Imagine Radio as well. For International music, they use a third party distributor to stream quality music legally.

Imagine Radio adopts a Freemium model, according to the International standard unit. The free version has all the features of the app, while a premium version is set to be released over the next three quarters which will be free of ads and will contain other premium features. As of right now, their primary source of income is ad revenue.

Sounds promising!

In addition to the many music features and personalized experiences, Imagine Radio has a formidable line-up of podcasts and specials lined up; 14-15 of them in fact. They have held a Freddie Mercury special, hosting the late great Queen front’s best performances, his inspirations and parts of his story. They have a similar program called Legacy of Rock coming soon. It will be a 90-minute program with a host, with 10 minutes of the host explaining the story and background of the track to be played and music to fill the rest of the time slot. They look to adopt a “song and the story behind it” formula for some of these specials, which sounds very interesting to me. In conclusion, Imagine Radio holds an inconceivable amount of promise. And we look forward to it reaching the great heights it strives for.