Delhi air pollution: Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2, Philips 3000 series and other top air purifiers to buy

Posted on November 6, 2016  in New Gadget

Delhi air pollution continues: Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 and more, the top options to consider. ( Image Source: PTI)
Delhi’s air remains polluted nearly 4 days after Diwali with PM2.5 levels crossing 900 per cubic metre, while PM 10 levels were also in the near 900 mark in various parts of the city. In most cities such pollution levels would be enough to call for a complete shut down, but of course in Delhi life goes on. The only solution appears to be investing in an air purifier, which of course is temporary relief.
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In our own case, we’ve seen two air eurifiers (a Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 and a Phillips AC4025 40 Watt Air Purifier) struggling to cope with Delhi’s smog inside a bedroom. At best, the PM2.5 level falls to 250 after the peak o…

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Lava Ivory Pop tablet launched in India at Rs 6,299

Posted on November 4, 2016  in New Gadget

Lava Ivory Pop will be running on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be having support for 21 Indian languages
 
Lava has announced the launch of its latest tablet – the Lava Ivory POP, which promises to provide ‘Next generation experience’ to consumers. The quad-core Intel processor powered tablet is being targeted for first time tablet users, students and mobile gaming enthusiasts according to the company. Lava believes that the Ivory Pop will ‘meet the evolving multi-media consumption needs of consumers.’

Lava Ivory Pop features a 7-inch HD display which comes with a ‘Dual Twisted Nematic’ technology. The company claims that the display on the device gives bright visuals with crisp details in all ambient lights. It features 1.0 GHz quad-core processor, along with 1GB RAM and 16GB of ROM (expandable to 32GB).
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Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which one is better?

Posted on November 4, 2016  in New Gadget

Home is smarter in a few other ways, as it taps what it knows about you from Gmail, Maps and other Google services. (Source: AP)
Google’s new smart speaker is at once a secretary, a librarian and a radio. Ask about your day, and the Home speaker will give you the time, weather, estimated commute, the news and upcoming calendar appointments. It will convert miles into feet, and dollars into euros. Want to hear Adele or Coldplay? Home will fetch you some tunes.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Amazon has already been at it for about two years. Its Echo speaker can do what Home does and more, thanks to Amazon’s head start in partnering with third-party services such as Domino’s Pizza and Fitbit. But Home is smarter in a few other ways, as it taps what it knows about you from Gmail, Maps and other Google services. Home is also $50 cheaper, a…

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Fitbit forecasts dismal holiday quarter, shares sink

Posted on November 3, 2016  in New Gadget

Fitbit, which launched two new fitness wristbands, Charge 2 and Flex 2, in late August, said it sold 5.3 million devices in the quarter.
Wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc’s revenue forecast for the key-holiday shopping quarter fell well below of analysts’ estimates, hurt by soft demand and production issues related to its new Flex 2 wristband. Shares of the company, which also reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, plummeted more than 30 per cent in extended trading on Wednesday and were set to hit record-low levels on Thursday. Fitbit forecast revenue of $725 million to $750 million for the October-December quarter. That was well below analysts’ average estimate of $985.1 million.

The forecast implies revenue growth of 5.4 per cent at the top end. Analysts were expecting growth to pick up to 38.4 per cent…

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Apple MacBook Pro online orders highest ever, says Phil Schiller

Posted on November 3, 2016  in New Gadget

Apple MacBook’s online orders are highest ever for any Pro laptop, says Phil Schiller. (Source: AP)
Apple’s MacBook Pro might have received its fair share of criticism for killing off ports, but according to Phil Schiller, the company’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing, online orders for the new notebooks are highest ever. According to Schiller’s comments, the 2016 MacBook Pro has more online orders than any other Pro laptop launched by Apple. Schiller made the comments in an exclusive interview to British newspaper The Independent.

Schiller in his interview also addressed the criticism directed at the new MacBook Pros. One of the most common complaints is about Apple doing away with all the regular ports, and instead placing type-C USB ports, which means people will have to rely on a range of adapters even if they want to…

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Apple AirPods shipments delayed, could launch only in January 2017: Reports

Posted on November 3, 2016  in New Gadget

Apple AirPods: The shipments could be delayed to January 2017, claim reports. (Source: AP)
Apple’s AirPods, the wireless headphones which were showcased at the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are yet to hit the stores. In India, the AirPods will be priced at Rs 15,400, but there’s no word on when these are officially launching in the country. Now it appears the shipments are delayed further in the US, and according to some reports, the AirPods are looking at a January 2017 timeline for shipping.

According to a report in Economic News Daily, which is quoted by DigiTimes, Inventec which is the manufacturer for Apple’s AirPods, is expected to see a boost in revenue around the January period over Apple’s AirPods order. The report says Inventec’s revenues will rise 7 per cent on year and it cites market sources for these numbers…

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Apple MacBook Pro price cut expected in 2017, new 32GB RAM variant: Report

Posted on November 3, 2016  in New Gadget

Apple introduced its new series of 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro at its media event on October 27
Apple released its 2016 MacBook Pro lineup, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that he expects the Cupertino giant to drop the price of the new lineup, and even add 32GB RAM support next year.
Kuo noted that Apple usually launches its products at a higher price, and only does price cuts on the units in the new year that follows. He anticipates that the drop in prices will be coming during the second half of next year. Kuo additionally believes that customers will gravitate towards the new MacBook’s once the USB-C market matures along with the Touch Bar.

Kuo believes that the 2017 MacBook laptops may find support for 32GB RAM, and might also come with Intel’s new Cannonlake CPU (which features 15-20 per cent less power consum…

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Google Glass to teach you Morse code in four hours

Posted on October 30, 2016  in New Gadget

Google Glass can make learning Morse code much easier as researchers have developed a system that teaches the code within four hours.
Google Glass can make learning Morse code much easier as researchers have developed a system that teaches the code within four hours using a series of vibrations felt near the ear. Morse code is a method of transmitting text information in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short light or sound signals. Participants wearing Google Glass learned it without paying attention to the signals — they played games while feeling the taps and hearing the corresponding letters. After those few hours, they were 94 per cent accurate keying a sentence that included every letter of the alphabet and 98 per cent accurate writing codes for every letter, the researchers said.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2016 gets Touch Bar: Here’s the expected India pricing

Posted on October 30, 2016  in New Gadget

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will take a couple of weeks to ship in India.
At least for a few weeks from now we won’t be able to say innovation has stalled at Apple. For what Tim Cook showed the world today in Cupertino could change the way we interact with our computers and also the software that runs on them.
The new MacBook Pro series has a TouchBar and no function keys. This new Retina display strip under the screen and above the keyboard can be customised to do what you want — certainly much more than what the traditional function keys could do — adapt itself to work fluidly with whatever software is on the screen. So with Final Cut Pro you could use the strip to skip frames, or flip through 50 shades of gray to get the colour on your Batman suit perfect. You can even pay with the TouchBar since it ushers in the TouchID into the world of Macs.
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2016 compared to the 2015 model: Here’s what has changed

Posted on October 29, 2016  in New Gadget

Apple MacBook Pro 2016 vs MacBook Pro 2015: Here’s what has changed with the new laptops.
Apple MacBook Pro lineup has just been refreshed. The last time this happened was in 2015, when Apple introduced the MacBook Pro with Force Touch Keypad, but the 2016 upgrade brings some crucial new features. For starters, the Apple MacBook Pro is now coming in three variants: the 13-inch version without the new Touch Bar, the 13-inch version with the Touch Bar, and the high-end 15-inch version with a Touch Bar.

The main change to the MacBook Pro is that Apple has gotten rid of the function keys on top, and instead introduced the new OLED Touch Bar which customizes according to the application you’re using. So for Final Cut Pro or Email or Safari, the bar will show specific function keys which apply to application rather than a generic set of funct…

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