Apple iPhone 12 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

It is that time of the year again and the new iPhones have landed. The iPhone design language moves to a rectangular design which is interesting and there are 4 new models this year. We just got the iPhone 12 Pro and here is a quick unboxing and first impressions.

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Amazon Smart Plug Review — Easiest way to remotely control your appliances

If you are looking for the easiest way to remotely control your domestic appliances, the Amazon Smart Plug might be of interest to you. I have tried smart plugs and power strips from several companies over the past few years and it is good to finally see a product from Amazon which is the creator of Alexa and has smart devices under the Echo and Fire line-up. Amazon had announced a similar product in the US market almost 2 years ago at a similar price of $25 and continues to sell it. Now the Amazon Smart Plug has been launched it in India and I have been using it for a while now. Here are my thoughts on the device and if it makes sense to invest in one.

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Pankaj Kedia of Dolby on Importance of Audio for Indian Smartphone users

Thanks to the rapid development in technology, mobile phones are evolving at a faster rate than ever before, and smartphone manufacturers have come a long way in terms of innovation. There are a plethora of smartphones at every price segment and users now have a wide range of options to choose from. Among the key pillars of the smartphone, audio quality also plays a vital role in a purchase decision and with now people working remotely and staying indoors, there is a significant rise in online video consumption. This, in turn, has given rise to the demand for richer smartphone audio quality that consumers do not want to compromise on. 

To better understand consumer behaviour, a survey was conducted on what audio means for Indian consumers by CMR (CyberMedia Research) across six cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. The focus of this survey was to understand how Indians are consuming content, the importance given to sound quality and what they seek going forward while purchasing their next smartphone.

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Apple iPhone SE 2020 Unboxing and First Impressions

Apple launched the new iPhone SE (2020) without much fanfare back in April and it has gone on sale in several markets worldwide including India. The iPhone SE has been rumoured for quite some time now and it is a great time for an affordable iPhone from Apple. It could be a great first iPhone for those wanting to get onboard the iPhone bandwagon.
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Dyson V11 Absolute Pro Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

We all would have used a vacuum cleaner at some point in our lives, more so during the lock-down. Dyson sent us the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro Gold Cordless stick vacuum cleaner right in time and I have been using this gadget for a month for cleaning my home and here are my impressions in this review. As a precursor this gadget is a result of more than a decade of development at Dyson hence the V11 moniker for the Dyson digital motor which spins at up to 125,000 rpm. In this real world review, let me walk you through the highlights of this vacuum cleaner from Dyson.

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An interview with Pete Lau — Founder and CEO of OnePlus on OnePlus Concept One, wearable devices and more

At CES 2020, we had a chance to sit down with with Pete Lau – Founder and CEO of OnePlus, and we asked questions that would answer all your queries regarding the latest OnePlus Concept One, what’s next for OnePlus, OnePlus wearable device? and more. You can check out our hands-on and first impressions of the OnePlus Concept One here.

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Sony schedules MWC 2020 event on February 24, Xperia 5 Plus and more smartphones expected

Sony has started sending out invites for its MWC 2020 event on February 24th in Barcelona. This year’s invite just has an image that shows something like sky line. The invite doesn’t give us any other hints about the smartphone. Last year at the MWC the company introduce Xperia 1 flagship smartphone along with Xperia L3, Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. Continue reading “Sony schedules MWC 2020 event on February 24, Xperia 5 Plus and more smartphones expected”

Next generation Apple Pencil may support more touch gestures including swiping, etc.

With the Apple Pencil 2, Apple introduced a double tap control interface that enabled secondary functions in supported apps for the iPad Pro. Now, according to a new patent filed by Apple, they may be introducing more gestures and swipe capabilities with the addition of new touch sensors in the next generation Pencil.

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SanDisk 1TB UltraDual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive, 8TB SSD Prototype and more at CES 2020

Western Digital is showcasing  a variety of new SanDisk products at CES 2020, including the world’s highest capacity 8TB SSD prototype that features the SuperSpeed USB 20 Gbps interface. Among the products that launched, Western Digital has released its newest dual connector drive with capacities up to 1TB.

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Samsung SSD T7 Touch with built-in fingerprint scanner announced in India starting at Rs. 11999

Samsung just announced Portable Solid State Drive (SSD) T7 Touch with sleek, compact design based on the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard offering up to 1,050 MB/s transfer speed, twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and up to 9.5 times faster than external HDDs. It also has a built-in fingerprint sensor on top of password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. Continue reading “Samsung SSD T7 Touch with built-in fingerprint scanner announced in India starting at Rs. 11999”

Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition and 1-Inch Edition modular action cameras with interchangeable lens design announced

360-degree cameras are gaining popularity day by day due to the different perspectives that they offer and are now being used by a lot of content creators. GoPro, popular for its action cameras launched its 360-degree camera, but back in 2017, Insta360 launched the Insta360 One 4K 360-degree camera which became popular, and later the company launched the Insta360 ONE X. Following that now, Insta360 has announced its new ‘Insta360 ONE R’ which is a module action camera that gives users the freedom to change multiple lenses.

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Lenovo announces Legion Y740S its thinnest ever gaming laptop, eGPU enclosure, gaming monitors and more at CES 2020

Legion, Lenovo’s line of gaming focused products has made a few announcements at CES 2020. These include their thinnest ever Legion Gaming laptop called the Legion 740s, their external GPU enclosure called the Legion Booststation, a 240Hz Legion gaming monitor and bunch other peripherals like keyboards and mice.

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Qualcomm introduces aptX Voice audio codec for HD voice calls through Bluetooth

Smartphone manufacturers have been improving the voice quality on smartphones through better hardware every time to offer the best voice quality experience to users. In the past, brands like Xiaomi have also experimented with Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic system instead of an earpiece. Although the voice call quality also depends on the network, the quality of the voice calls made through Bluetooth accessories is not there yet. Now, Qualcomm’s new aptX voice codec aims to solve this issue and this comes after the introduction of aptX and aptX HD technologies for music streaming previously.

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OnePlus Concept One Hands On and First Impressions

OnePlus just announced the Concept One, the company’s first concept phone at its CES event today.  The main highlight of the phone is its invisible camera electrochromic glass technology. The company has partnered with McLaren once again for the phone. We checked out the phone at the event, here is our first impressions. Continue reading “OnePlus Concept One Hands On and First Impressions”