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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Mi Smart Bedside Lamp 2 Review

Xiaomi has been slowly expanding the smart home devices portfolio in the country over the last few years. The company made its debut into the smart light segment last year ago with Mi LED Smart Bulb and also unveiled Mi Smart Bedside Lamp 2 under its crowdfunding program. We got hold of a retail unit, and here is our long term review of the same after using it for four months. Continue reading “Mi Smart Bedside Lamp 2 Review”

Paytm SoundBox First Look — Offline payments made easy

Paytm, an Indian e-commerce payment system and digital wallet company launched its own wallet i.e., Paytm wallet in 2014. It is being widely used by many users, retailers and more to send/receive money easily. Now, Paytm is testing a nifty new device known as Paytm SoundBox that is aimed to streamline offline payment systems and is tailored for retailers as well as customers. We spent some time with the SoundBox, and here is the first look.

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Syska Smart Table Lamp with Amazon Alexa support launched in India at Rs. 3699

SYSKA Smart Table Lamp

SYSKA LED today has launched a WiFi-enabled Smart Table Lamp which is compatible with Amazon Alexa. Users will have to sync the smart table lamp with Alexa and once it is enabled, it can be controlled using voice command given by the user. Continue reading “Syska Smart Table Lamp with Amazon Alexa support launched in India at Rs. 3699”

Vodafone trials world’s first 4G IoT drone tracking and safety technology

 IoT drone tracking and safety technology

Vodafone today announced the commencement of trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. It uses the 4G IoT technology to protect aircraft from any unexpected accidents as well as prevent any unintentional or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as airports, prisons, and hospitals. Continue reading “Vodafone trials world’s first 4G IoT drone tracking and safety technology”

Samsung starts mass production of Exynos i T200 first Exynos-branded IoT solution

Samsung Exynos i T200

Samsung has announced that it has started mass production of Exynos i T20, the company’s first Exynos-branded Internet of Things (IoT) solution. It uses 28-nanometer (nm) High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process, has Wi-Fi connectivity offering performance needed for upcoming IoT use cases. Continue reading “Samsung starts mass production of Exynos i T200 first Exynos-branded IoT solution”

Indian wearable market hits 2.5 million units in 2016 – Low cost fitness trackers are primary drivers

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In 2016, fitness trackers saw a total shipment of 2.5 million units in India and the main sellers were low cost fitness trackers.

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Google’s Android Things is a new platform for IoT

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Google is getting more serious about Internet of Things (IoT). The company has released developer preview of Android Things, a platform for IoT. Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services. Continue reading “Google’s Android Things is a new platform for IoT”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600E and Snapdragon 410E processors for IoT announced

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Qualcomm has announced two new processors – Snapdragon 600E and Snapdragon 410E for Internet of Things (IoT). Both the chips are aimed for embedded applications in digital signage, set-top-boxes, medical imaging, point of sale systems, industrial robotics, and other Internet of Things (IoT) related applications.

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Cube26 launches new Message, Camera and Music apps, Roes Lite smart bulb for Rs. 1699

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Cube26 that introduced IOTA Lite smart bulb in India last year, today launched a new brand – Reoes. With the new brand, it plans to extend its data science capabilities across software and hardware products. Continue reading “Cube26 launches new Message, Camera and Music apps, Roes Lite smart bulb for Rs. 1699”

Syska Smartlight Rainbow LED smart bulb launched for Rs. 1999

Syska Smartlight Rainbow LED smart bulb

Syska India, popular for its LED Lighting has launched Rainbow LED Bulb, which is a smart bulb that can be controlled wirelessly over Bluetooth. You can choose up to 3 million colors using the Android or iOS app. You can also color pick from Camera or photo, which will be sensed as per the visual perception of the snapshot and also set timer. It is a 7W bulb which provides 480 Lumens brightness and promises a lifespan of 25000 hours. Continue reading “Syska Smartlight Rainbow LED smart bulb launched for Rs. 1999”

Nokia Growth Partners secures $350M fund for Internet of Things

Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) has raised $350 million fund for investments in Internet of Things (IoT) companies. The fund is sponsored by Nokia and will serve to seek new opportunities to grow the ecosystem in IoT solutions. The latest round of funding brings NGP’s total assets under management to over USD 1 billion, including USD 500 million available for new investments.

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Samsung Connect Auto connected car solution with LTE, KNOX security and Tizen OS announced

Samsung Connect Auto

Google has Android Auto and Apple has Apple CarPlay for newer cars offering in-car connectivity solution, but Samsung is targeting older or existing cars with its new Connect Auto dongle that will be introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona next week. Continue reading “Samsung Connect Auto connected car solution with LTE, KNOX security and Tizen OS announced”

Qualcomm smart home reference platform based on Snapdragon 212 announced

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Qualcomm today announced its smart home reference platform, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor at the CES. It integrates computing, voice recognition, audio, display, camera, connectivity, and control capabilities so that manufacturers and developers can use it in their next-gen smart home devices. Continue reading “Qualcomm smart home reference platform based on Snapdragon 212 announced”

MediaTek introduces MT2523 SoC for wearables, MT7697 for IoT devices and more

MediaTek MT2523

MediaTek has introduced MT2523 SoC for active and fitness smart watches, MT7697 SoC for IoT devices that provides integration with home appliances, home automation, smart gadgets, IoT bridges and cloud connectivity, and MT8581 multimedia SoC for Ultra High Definition (4K) Blu-ray players ahead of CES 2016. Continue reading “MediaTek introduces MT2523 SoC for wearables, MT7697 for IoT devices and more”