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Pluto to be a Planet again: NASA Chief says

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Pluto to be a Planet again: NASA Chief says

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]NASA chief, Jim Bridenstine, in his recent speech at the FIRST Robotics Event in Oklahoma, declared Pluto to be a planet again, contradicting the decision of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) deeming it as Dwarf planet in 2006. 

Cory Reppenhagen, a journalist at 9NEWS, shared a 15-minute video clip on Twitter, where the NASA chief is seen saying: “Just so you know, in my view, Pluto is a planet, and you can write that the NASA administrator declared Pluto a planet once again.”

“I’m sticking by that. It’s the way I learned it, and I’m committed to it,” he added.

“Pluto’s status as a planet has sparked the human imagination for decades. Now is not the time to downgrade Pluto’s status,” Jim Bridenstine said.

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The International Astronomical Union had categorized the solar system bodies into three categories — planets, dwarf planets, and small solar system bodies.

IAU stripped Pluto of its planetary status and classified it as a dwarf planet on grounds that it did not fulfill the requirements to be a planet as per the definition of the term by IAU.

The requirements to be defined as a planet, as stated by IAU, said that a celestial body needs to “clear” its own orbit. This means that the body needs to be the largest gravitational force in its own orbit.

However, Pluto did not fulfill this criterion as Kuiper belt objects and frozen gases share its orbit. Besides, the gravitational force of its neighbouring planet, Neptune, also affected Pluto’s orbit.

Moreover, icy Pluto is not bigger than a lot of other objects that currently exist in the Galaxy. If Pluto continues as a planet, three more with similar features – Pluto’s moon, Charon recognized as a twin planet, Ceres and Eris, have to be added to the solar system which would increase the number of planets in the Sun’s orbit from nine to 12.

Therefore, after much debate, Pluto was deprived of its planet status. The then president of planetary systems science Prof Iwan Williams said, “By the end of the decade, we would have had 100 planets, and I think people would have said ‘my goodness, what a mess they made back in 2006’.”

However, even after more than a decade, the debate regarding whether Pluto is a planet or not continues as the decision for it being classified not a planet was taken by just 5% of the total astronomers around the world.

Also Read: An ancient Red Star almost as old as the Universe discovered

In 2018, a planetary scientist from the University of Central Florida, Philip Metzger, argued that Pluto qualifies for the title. He argued that planets should be classified based not on their size, but if they are big enough to create a gravity field that allows them to be spherical.

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Apple launches iPhone 15 series, India price, features, availability  

The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.

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Apple launched its most anticipated iPhone 15 series, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max during the Wonderlust event globally on September 12 night.

The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.

People can buy a new iPhone 15 or upgrade it to the old one. There are five colours available for the people.  

According to reports, Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 15 series in India and China. Apple has moved 7% of its iPhone production to India. Previously, India was not making the newest models. The Centre’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for smartphones played a part in Apple moving its production to India.

The new iPhone 15 has been launched with the same starting price as its prototype, the iPhone 14. The 128GB variant is priced at Rs 79,900, while the 256GB variant costs Rs 89,900. For people who need more storage, the 512GB variant is available for Rs 1,09,900.

This latest iPhone series puffs a 6.1-inch display and comes in five different colours which are pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. While the design remains the same as the previous models, the iPhone 15 features a dynamic island notch instead of the usual notch, which was highly popular among the iPhone 14 Pro phones.

The camera part of the iPhone series has undergone significant upgrades, the new iPhone 15, with an enhanced 48-megapixel primary sensor replaces the 12-megapixel dual camera system which was available in the previous iPhone 14. This significant improvement promises better low-light photography and portrait shots.

The tech giant announced that the iPhone 15 has an all-day battery life, making it more convenient for users to go about their daily activities without worrying about their phone’s battery.

The iPhone 15 Pro models feature a lighter body and thinner bezels. The new AirPods Pro with USB-C charging case will support Lossless Audio with Apple Vision Pro.

Additionally, the iPhone 15 is powered by Apple’s A16 bionic processor, an upgrade from the A15 bionic chipset used in the previous iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models. The Pro models had the faster and better A16 chip, but now this feature is available in all iPhone 15 models.

The USB-C port on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus remain limited to lightning speeds up to 480 Mbps. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max support USB 3 speeds up to 10 Gbps. People will need to buy a separate 1-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable for Rs 5,724 or Rs 10,701 for the 1.8-meter cable to support faster speeds.

The dynamic island notch feature, which can adjust its size according to notifications, was widely discussed before the launch of the iPhone 15. This unique feature can now be available in all models of the phone.

Another important feature of the iPhone 15 is the shift to the USB Type C charging port. Apple has abandoned the lightning port in favour of the more commonly used USB Type C charging port. This means, there is no longer a need for a special iPhone charging cable to be carried around everywhere you go.

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OnePlus Onam Offers: Discounts, cashbacks, exchange offers, check details

ICICI customers can avail an extra Rs 500 discount through Net Banking on OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey purchases from OnePlus.in till August 31, 2023.

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OnePlus Onam Offers: Discounts, cashbacks, exchange offers, check details

OnePlus, one of the leading global technology brands, has announced a captivating lineup of products to celebrate the festive spirit of Onam. According to reports, OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11R 5G come with exclusive savings and exchange bonuses during this festive season.

OnePlus Ensemble Bundle: The technology brand has introduced a curated collection of OnePlus 11 5G, OnePlus Pad and Buds Pro 2. Following an instant discount of Rs 4000 through ICICI Bank and OneCard, prices began at Rs 1,07,997. Furthermore, customers of Axis Bank, Citi, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, and OneCard can benefit from up to a 24-month No Cost EMI. 

OnePlus 11 5G: ICICI customers can avail an extra Rs 500 discount through Net Banking on OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey purchases from OnePlus.in till August 31, 2023. Meanwhile, OneCard users can also take an instant Rs 2000 bank discount on the same devices exclusively till August 31. Purchasers also have the opportunity to unlock an additional exchange bonus worth Rs 6000 and Rs 10000 on the OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey.

OnePlus Nord 3 and Nord CE 3: ICICI Bank Credit Card, Credit EMI and Debit Card EMI users can get an instant discount of Rs 1000 on purchase of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G. The offer is valid till August 31. Furthermore, OneCard credit card and EMI users can also enjoy an instant discount of Rs 1000 on the purchase of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G. 

Moreover, OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G purchase facilitates a Rs 1000 instant discount on Axis Bank and Citi Credit and Debit Cards through EMI transactions and all OneCard transactions. This particular offer will be valid from September 1, 2023. Reportedly, this offer also holds eligibility for No Cost EMI with Axis Bank, Citi, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI cards and OneCard for six months.

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vivo v23: A comprehensive review of the latest smartphone

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vivo V23 Overview

Looking for a new smartphone that blends design with performance and utility? Launched in January 2022, vivo V23 delivers a premium experience, both in terms of hardware and software, while keeping the cost in check. If you want a fast vivo 5G mobile with a professional-quality camera, vivo V23 can be a good choice.

vivo V23 Price and Specifications

The price for the base variant of vivo V23 (Sunshine Gold, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage) is Rs. 29,990 in the Indian market. 

1. Performance

vivo V23 has the efficient MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset under the hood. Coupled with 8GB RAM, the processor allows you to breeze through heavy gaming sessions, HD streaming, and multitasking. Since the processor goes through a 6 nm fabrication process, it can deliver a benchmark performance without draining the battery too much. The handset runs on Funtouch OS (based on Android 12) that offers a seamless and intuitive performance. 

2. Design

vivo V23 weighs just 179g and is only 7.3mm thick, making it super easy to fit in your pocket. The mineral glass back gives the phone a classy, ergonomic feel, and the phone feels comfortable to operate even after long hours of usage. If you want to flaunt a unique-looking smartphone without paying too much, you should consider vivo V23.

3. Battery

A smartphone is only as good as its battery. vivo V23 seems to have taken this advice to heart – it packs a stunning 4,200 mAh battery that can last all day on a full charge. Additionally, the phone supports 44W quick charging that can charge the battery from 0 to 68% in only 30 minutes. If battery life is your main concern, vivo V23 can offer a promising solution. 

4. Connectivity

The vivo V23 supports the latest 5G and 4G bands along with Wi-Fi 5, ensuring blazing-fast internet speeds. You also get Bluetooth 5.2 and a USB Type-C port allowing easy and seamless data transfer between devices. For uninterrupted and accurate navigation, the phone includes GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. You also get support for a dual nano SIM, so you can use two numbers in a single smartphone. 

5. Storage

vivo V23 packs 128GB of in-built storage, allowing you to store all your apps, multimedia, games, documents, etc. on the device. The storage capacity is sufficient even for heavy users who use their handsets as a portable hard drive. vivo V23 5G comes with the support for an OTG flash drive to store more if you run out of space. 

6. Camera

vivo V23 offers a triple rear camera with a 64MP primary sensor (f/1.89 aperture), an 8MP Ultra-Wide sensor (f/2.2 aperture), and a 2MP macro lens (f/2.2 aperture). The dual front camera setup comprises a 50MP primary camera (f/2.0 aperture) and an 8MP Ultra-Wide camera (f/2.28 aperture). You also get a dual LED flash (one at the front and one at the back) allowing you to capture unbelievable night shots with the utmost clarity.

7. Display

Passionate gamers and OTT binge-watchers can rejoice over vivo V23’s stunning display. The large 6.44-inch AMOLED screen with HDR 10+ supports life-like colours and brings all your favourite TV shows and movies to life. Impressively, a 91% screen-to-body ratio provides a bezel-free viewing experience. Thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate, the display is also awesome for HD gaming. 

With a premium design, amazing performance, and mesmerising display, vivo V23 is a value-for-money device and a mid-range smartphone marvel. If you want a premium handset experience without paying a premium price, you should definitely check out vivo V23 5G. The phone not only offers a smooth performance but also a long battery life on a single charge. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on this impressive device from Bajaj Mall online and walk away with the best deals and discounts in India.

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