Thursday, December 4, 2014

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G review: Great value for money at Rs 8,999!

Xiaomi has been one of the only Chinese handset makers that has managed to gather a lot of goodwill amongst Indian phone users: first with the Mi 3, followed by the Redmi 1S. We have seen Xiaomi sales lasting mere seconds before devices go out of stock.  Now Xiaomi is hoping for an encore with the Redmi Note – a 5.5-inch 3G phablet which is priced under Rs 10,000 and went on sale on 2 December. We have already got an indication of the response with the Redmi Note going out of stock in the first six seconds. Let us see if this will be another feather in Xiaomi’s cap.
Build and Design: 7/10


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Adidas miCoach Smart Run smartwatch is out now in India

The smartwatch game hasn’t particularly heated up in India yet, but the Adidas miCoach Smart Run has been let out into the country nonetheless by the sportswear giant. This device aims to be your personal trainer, but it comes with an extremely high price tag of Rs 24999.

It will be made available exclusively through the Adidas India website soon. The miCoach Smart Run has been built by its makers using stainless steel and a magnesium backplate. Its strap on the other hand, is made from silicon. This smartwatch’s capacitive touch display is sized at 1.45 inches, and it presents colored visuals in a resolution of 184 x 184 pixels.
Adidas miCoach Smart Run

Apart from a GPS and an accelerometer, this device also grabs a mio continuous optical heart rate sensor. It’s a combination of all these sensors that works towards deploring vital health and fitness information to its owners.

The Adidas miCoach Smart Run is also capable to delivering music, and has around 3GB of storage for you to store your songs on. As revealed by NDTV Gadgets, it can be paired up with wireless Bluetooth headsets, for music as well as audible coaching guidance.
This product from Adidas has a completely different target audience than that of all the Android Wear and Tizen gadgets which are out in the market right now. While they are aimed towards everyday experiences, this device is aimed solely towards sports and athletics use.

Like we said, the Adidas miCoach Smart Run will be released through the company’s Indian store at a price of Rs 24999.

Also View: miCoach SMART RUN Video


Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Watch - know details of the smartwatch

Apple Watch: 10 must-know details of the smartwatch

The Apple Watch will work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S.
Apple has custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip.

Apple Watch comes with 11 watch faces ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like Timelapse face; Astronomy face with its interactive, real-time 3D model of the earth, sun, moon and planets; and the Solar face, a contemporary sundial.
Apple Watch can be personalized in appearance.

 According to Apple, the user can reply to texts via voice reply or emoji.
'The Apple Watch understands questions in messages and then offers preselected answers.'
The feature lets the user respond to messages, and with Handoff, he can start a message on the Apple Watch and continue on the iPhone

Apple has introduced the WatchKit, which provides new tools and APIs for developers to create experiences designed for the wrist.'With Apple Watch, developers can create WatchKit apps with actionable notifications and Glances that provide timely information. Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch,' Apple says.

The mobile wallet Apple Pay will also work with Apple Watch.
Apple Pay allows consumers to use iPhones linked to credit cards for more secure, convenient payments. Apple Pay is built into all the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones and all the devices will have a secure element chip, for apple pay service.

Apple Watch has infrared and visible-light LEDs, along with photosensors, to detect pulse rate.

The price of Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year.


Intex Aqua 4X launched in India with 3G support for just Rs 2999

The Intex Aqua 4X smartphone has made its debut in India and it falls in the affordable category carrying a price of just Rs 2999. Wallet-friendly as it is, the phone isn’t the cheapest on the market, but it does have the upper hand as only a few handsets offer 3G connectivity in this range.

The Intex Aqua 4X has been launched exclusively through eBay and it has basic features to offer. One of its biggest downsides is that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean runs the show, while similar devices come with version 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

 Intex Aqua 4X
On the bright side, you get the stock UI and there doesn’t appear to be any bloatware. The phone is decently sized at 4 inches and you get WVGA visuals. What worth mentioning is that most handset in this price range offer 3.5-inch panel with HVGA visuals, so this definitely gives the handset the upper hand.

Other components are pretty much standard, such as a 1GHz dual core processor, 512MB of internal storage, 256MB RAM and a microSD card slot. Dual SIM card slots also make part of the blueprints along with a 1300mAh battery which can deliver around 3 to 4 hours of talk time.

Front Rear View
Intex Aqua 4X specs at a glance:
- Platform: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Chipset: 1GHz dual core processor
- Screen: 4-inch WVGA panel
- Memory: 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 32GB expandable storage
- Connectivity: Dual SIM, 3G, Bluetooth, AGPS, Wi-Fi
- Camera: VGA front, 2MP rear
- Battery: 1300mAh
The Intex Aqua 4X can be purchased on eBay via this link and it comes in a single shade of black.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The iPhone(s) 6 and more: EW live-blogs Apple's big event


Have you heard? Apple is going to release a new iPhone today. There are some rumors. Today, they will be rumors no longer.
There’s always a lot of hype around an Apple event, and while some of it may seem frivolous and excessive, it’s not all for the tech-obsessed. Thanks to the manufacturer’s immense popularity, the people behind a lot of the pop culture you know and love often follow Apple’s lead when it comes to bringing media your way. So if you want a peek at all the new ways you’ll be able to obsess over pop culture in the coming year, look no further.

If you want to watch the event live, Apple is streaming it on their homepage here—it may be restricted to Safari browsers on OS X and/or iOS devices, however. If you have Apple TV, you can watch it there too, as there will be a dedicated channel for you to tune into.
This post will be updated throughout the event. Refresh for the lastest.
AND WE’RE OFF: Tim Cook is talking about the iPhone’s history.
“Today we’re announcing the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone”
Video showing off the phone. Looks much like leaked images: sleak, nigh seamless body.
And the phones are bigger! iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively. The rumors are true!
With the bigger display, comes a revamped horizontal display. More keys on the keyboard, two columns in iMessage and email, etc.
Apps will scale—older apps for smaller screens will automatically resize for the larger displays.
Of course, both come with new hardware: the faster A8 processor (The 5S has a processor called the A7).
There’s a gaming presentation now, a game called Vain Glory.
Now we’re talking battery life: both iPhone 6 models have have equal or better battery life than the iPhone 5S.
There are new motion coprocessors, which will give the phones better performance for fitness apps—measuring distance, motion, and even altitude. Good for health apps.
It looks like size and battery life may be the main differences between the two iPhone 6 models.
Everything is promised to be faster, clearer. You’ll be able to make calls over WiFi, and the connection will seamlessly carry over from WiFi to Cellular if you lose connection.
Now the camera: 8 Megapixels, all-new sensor, Focus Pixels tech brings DSLR-level autofocus to iPhones, improved face detection.
One feature is different between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: the larger has optical image stabilization, which allows the lens to move around and help stabilize your image even more than usual.
Video camera is also being updated: it now can capture HD video at 60 fps, double the previous frame rate.
iPhone 6 will come with iOS 8, with a new keyboard, a one handed controller, HealthKit suite and more.
Colors will be gold, silver, and space grey.
COST: starts at $199—$399. 16GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB for the iPhone 6.
6 Plus starts at $299, same storage space options.
AVAILABLE: September 19.
There is a weird ad for the phones being shown. It’s very weird. But there’s lots of applause. It’s by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, but you can’t see their faces, so you’d have to be told that.
iPhone news is a wrap. Tim Cook is now talking about replacing the wallet. “Payments is a huge business.”
Cook is talking about how low tech debit cards are, how no one has replaced it yet.
“We’ve created an entirely new payment process, and we call it ApplePay.”
Brief demo video shows user touching their TouchID button and holding the phone up to the swipe-free scanners on registers.
It’s built into every iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, uses NFC chip and new Secure Element chip for security. You can add cards you have linked to iTunes account. Adding a new card is simple: you take a picture, and Apple verifies with your bank. The card is then added to Passbook. Levels of security: uses device-specific account numbers, one-time use security codes, etc.
Apple does not track what you bought, where you bought it, and how much you spent. Cashier doesn’t see your name, credit card number, security code.
ApplePay is supported by AmEx, MasterCard, and Visa, and six biggest banks in US. Major department stores, drug stores, and restaurants are already on board. McDonald’s is even adding ApplePay to its drive through. Whole Foods gets applause, so there’s that.
Here it is: the One More Thing. iWatch?
It’s official: The device is called Apple Watch. Cook talks about how Apple Watch focuses on an entirely new user interface, one focused on the old-school dial you have on regular watches.
There’s a video showing off the design and features of the Apple Watch–the screen can sense touch and force, telling the difference between a touch and a tap. Apple Watch will also give force feedback. Apple Watch will also have wireless charging.
Apple Watch comes in two sizes.
There are three distinct collections, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Standard, athletic, and luxury, respectively.
iPhones are required to use Apple Watch.
Instead of a grid, apps are arranged in a cluster—you arrange them how you like. You can customize the watch face as well.
The watch’s notifications won’t buzz, but ‘tap’ you gently on the wrist—no one will know but you, unless of course the sound is on.
Quick Board is a feature that analyzes your messages and suggests quick responses without having to type. Also has dictation, and a new collection of emoji.
Siri is built into Apple Watch.
There’s a new messaging system—you can tap friends and trace small pictures to other friends that have Apple Watch.
You can also….feel their heartbeats?
A number of new apps are being shown off: American Airlines, Pinterest, BMW, MLB, and more.
Tim Cook is back, talking about health and fitness.
Workout app lets you set specific goals for specific types of exercises. Aim is to give you a comprehensive view of your daily activity, along with two other apps: Fitness and Activity.
There’s a video explaining how Apple Watch will “get to know you the way a good personal trainer will.” Lots of Active People Living Life and exercising whilst wearing Apple Watch.
Apple Watch is “so much more that we don’t have time to cover this morning,” says Cook.
Pricing is coming:
Apple Watch will work with all iPhones from iPhone 5 onward. Remember, it needs an iPhone to work. To charge simply attach a magnet to back.
Apple Watch starts at $349, available early 2015.
ApplePay will work with Apple Watch.
Cook mentions the iTunes festival, and Apple’s relationship with music industry and artists in it. Mentions collaboration with U2. Applause. They’re performing.
Bono is on the mic now, announces new album “Songs of Innocence.” It’s out now on iTunes. For free. Exclusive to iTunes through mid-October.
AND THAT’S A WRAP: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, ApplePay, and Apple Watch, with a dash of free new album from U2. Thanks for following along.


Maruti Suzuki Ciaz - One month to go before launch!!

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz - One month to go before launch

The name Maruti Suzuki is just enough to gather crowd and induce a purchase decision. The upcoming Ciaz sedan shall be the latest offering from India's largest carmaker is due to be launched sometime next month. Physical dimension specifications like 4490 mm length, 1730 mm width, 1485 mm height and 2650 mm wheelbase makes it sound convincing and spacious. As for designing aspect the car is stated to be be based on the Authentics Concept that shall garner attention wherever it goes. The bigger boot space of about 510 liters provides with ample storage area for travelers too.

Sources had stated that Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has already garnered about 3000 bookings and over 12,000 inquires from all over the country have been reported. As the launch day nears, it is believed that the brand may receive additional bookings. The Ciaz sedan is expected to be launched in petrol as well as diesel variants. The petrol version is expected to be powered by 1.4 litre K-Series engine that delivers a top power output of about 92.45 PS with 130 Nm of peak torque output figures. On the other hand, the diesel range of the upcoming Ciaz sedan from Maruti Suzuki is likely to be powered by 1.3 litre Multijet diesel powertrain that is powered by Fiat generating power of about 90 PS and torque figure of about 200 Nm.
Pricing aspect is unknown for now, but it is believed that the vehicle may be priced between Rs. 8.0 Lakhs to 10.0 Lakhs price bracket. Diesel variant of Maruti Ciaz delivers fuel efficiency of about 26.21 kmpl as per ARAI tests. The sedan is likely to be offered with four speed automatic transmission and five speed manual transmission. The sedan may be offered in four trim levels.