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7 Things You Should Know About The Google Pixel 3 Devices.

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7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release

            So the new Pixel's are out and let me say that Google has trolled us hard with their last tweet before the event, conveying did YouTubers knew everything? So after the most significant leak of all time, the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is finally out and more than it hurts to see that Jaw-drop of a Notch, it seems at least for this year, we just got to accept it. So instead of covering the launch & specs, we thought of bringing you the best 7 things that you should know regarding the new Pixel 3 devices.

7 Things You Should Know About The Google Pixel 3 Devices. 

7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release

1. Exclusive Features Of Google Lens:  


  • Google Lens is a feature that allows you to find, interact and surf things better by just pointing your camera and letting Google's AI do its work. If you have never used this, you can now use it by downloading the Google Lens standalone app from the Play Store. Also as a tip, if your device is on Android Oreo and above, the Google Lens feature can be found integrated within the Google Assistant. Fire up your Google Assistant, and you can see the Google Lens logo on the lower left corner. 
  • Now for Pixel 3 devices, the Google Lens feature has been enhanced to the core. The Google Lens feature can easily recognise Web URLs, E-Mail IDs, Phone Numbers, Local Addresses and QR Codes in real time just by pointing your camera towards it, while you're using this feature. This feature doesn't even require you to have an active internet connection, so in a hurry, this might be your time saviour. 
  • All you have to do is point your camera to the subject, long press and hold on the object while you're in the viewfinder, then you can do things such as identify objects, plants, animals, copy text in real-time & search for the items that you've discovered via the camera lens. That is exquisite, and my most favourite part is the copy text option. Are you kidding me, copying text from the viewfinder? That's some nerdy thing. 



2. New Updated Camera:

7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release
  • We all know that when it comes to smartphone photography, nothing comes nearby a Pixel smartphone. The Google Pixel 2 was already the benchmark in this category, now with the announcement of Pixel 3, that gets elevated to the extreme. 
  • Top Shot & Night Sight mode announced with the new Pixel 3 are so astounding. 
  • Top Shot: With the help of this feature, the user can stay at ease by never missing that point precision moment. As sometimes when we click a photo in an urgent moment, it's often.. that we blink. Whereas as that moment is gone we cannot retake that shot, but not with the new Top Shot feature. Due to the addition of this feature, Google's AI automatically takes few shots after and before you pressed the shutter button. Now you can revisit a clicked photo under photo settings and select the needed shot. Fun Fact, even here Google's AI suggests you 3-4 best shots out of the multiple shots taken by it.  
  • Night Sight: This new mode makes the photos taken under low lighting conditions - bright and sharp. They even showed a comparison with iPhone XS Max and Pixel 3 using this mode, as expected the shot on the Pixel 3 was miles better.  However, this mode will be soon available on the Pixel 3 via a software update. 
  • With the help of a Dual Wide angle lens and Google's sorcery with image processing, the new Pixel 3 devices will be able to take Group selfies like never before. Precisely about 184% perfect more field of view than the usual selfie camera lens, as quoted by Google. 
  • You can even shoot RAW photos now and later on play with your favourite photo editing app to extract details from the shot. All of this is again coupled with Google's unlimited Photos storage for free until 1/31/2022. 



3. New Updated Google Assistant: 

7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release
  • Call Screen Feature: This was probably the mode that blew everyone's mind as it was an extension of the Google Duplex AI, the weird call conversation that Google had showcased us during the Google IO 2018. Call Screen is a feature in which when the user receives a regular phone call he gets the option to either pick it up or else select Screen Call. When you select Screen Call, the Google AI speaks with the person on behalf of you getting the relevant questions as to who had called and what was the reason? You get to see the entire call conversation in real time on your phone's screen in a chat format. So that, if you feel that the person trying to call you is essential of any kind, then you have an option to pick up the call right away. This feature would be very much helpful for avoiding the useless telemarketing calls and maybe ignoring that less important person at ease. Although I'm now worried about the people, who are in relationships because that's going to hit hard.
  • You will now receive a snapshot of your day with things such as reminders, calendar events, traffic alerts, weather information etc. whenever you fire up your Google Assistant. 

           


Note: Recently many new features have been introduced in Google Assistant, we have covered them in a separate post here. 


4. Introduction of Playground:
7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release


  • So Playground is a new camera mode announced in the Pixel 3 devices, which is kind of similar to the AR Stickers mode currently present. However now you can interact with the Objects present in the Augmented World, so let's say if you're in a sad mood, the characters you choose will display similar behaviour. It's essentially predicted by the AI depending upon your facial expressions. 
  • You can use the Playground mode to either click photos or shoot videos. Depending upon your background scenario, this mode will automatically suggest you captions and provide smart suggestions to amp up your shot. 
  • Soon more characters will be included from the Marvel cinematic universe and with subjects like Sports, Weather, Signs etc. 
  • This mode will be soon available to all older Pixel devices in the coming months. 



5. Using Google Assistant while your phone is docked-in.


7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release

  • Along with the new Pixels, Google also announced an additional accessory, the Pixel Stand for the Pixel 3 devices. The Pixel stand is essentially a Wireless charger which with the help of software helps the Pixel 3 devices to act as a nightstand where in your Google Assistant can be triggered with your voice. You can also select the Google Assistant logo on the screen to trigger it.
  • Here when you set the alarm and let's say it gets triggered in the morning, the Alarm will wake you up with warm sunrise colours by slowly brightening the screen before turning off. 
  • It also provides the novelty of displaying pictures from your favourite albums on your phone while it's getting charged and is docked on the Pixel Stand. 



6. Digital Wellbeing:

7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release
  • Digital wellbeing has been announced with the launch of Android 9 Pie; however, it wasn't available to the masses due to the beta phase. However, with the new Pixels, that's not the case. Digital wellbeing is a place present under settings, wherein the AI will show you how frequently you're using the phone and on which apps are you consuming most of your time. All this data will be presented to you in a dashboard view. 
  • Now you can keep your phone face down to turn on Do Not Disturb, and with the help of this, it'll trigger the new Shh mode. In this mode, your phone will ignore all the notifications. 
  • You can also set timers on how much time you wish to use a specific app, upon which you will receive a pop-up after the timer goes off. 
  • The Wind Down mode will automatically trigger up turning the screen grey after you have used the phone for a certain period.



7. Privacy and Security Layers: 

  • The new Pixel 3 devices get a dedicated Titan M chipset that adds security features and which keeps track of all the sensitive data that's present on the phone. This new custom chipset adds a security layer by safeguarding your lock screen and strengthening disk encryption. 
  • It also takes care of the vulnerable threats coming to the operating system and helps the critical transactions happening on your devices under security.   


7 Things You Should Know About The Google Pixel 3 Devices. 

7 Things about the Google Pixel 3
Source: Press Release


           Google Pixel 3 devices also come with  Type-C earphones which is pre-included in the box, though without using it it's hard to provide any verdict on it. Pixel 3 and 3XL are currently available for pre-booking on Flipkart and would be open to buy from 31st October. Anyways, we hope that you enjoyed reading the top 7 things we have brought up regarding the new Pixel 3 devices. If you did, share it on twitter and let us know if we have missed any.


Also See: You Can Now Use Google Pay(Formerly Tez) To Pay For Your Uber Rides In India.  

Image Courtesy: Press Release & Google(global).

Now You Can Book A Cab Ride With Google Assistant.

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Now You Can Book A Cab Ride With Google Assistant.
Image Source: Google Press Kit

             Remember those moments where you were in a hurry to rush over to the office to avoid the trouble of getting late, followed by the hassle to then getting in your car & again entering the details on your phone for navigation... A lot of time wasted right? This entire hassle reduces if you have let's a smart speaker like Google home, in such a case, you can easily say, "Hey Google, send me directions to XYZ on my phone", next thing you know while unlocking your phone is all you need to tap on start the navigation. Similarly, today Google is extending their services to book cab rides directly from your google assistant integrating the supported cab services from your area.



 Now You Can Book A Cab Ride With Google Assistant. 

               Just pull out your phone and say, “Hey Google, book a ride to the Bluebird Cafe” or “Hey Google, get me a taxi to Indira Gandhi International Airport.” and it'll show relevant cab ride options with the estimated pricing, wait times and more from every option shown as a cab ride(Uber, OLA, Meru, etc.). If you want let's say a specific cab ride from a specific provider, ask for it. It will be something like, “Hey Google, get me an Ola ride to Gateway of India” or “Hey Google, get me an Uber ride to Gateway of India.”. The same services can be accessed when leaving to your commute via your Google Home, where the Google Assistant will show the relevant options on your phone, provided you're using the same Google account.

Now You Can Book A Cab Ride With Google Assistant.
Image Source: Press Release

             Once you have got your preferred cab service, select it, so that the corresponding app would open up to complete the later process. These features are rolling out in the English Language first and would be available in limited countries to begin wherever Google has one of their supported ride service partners. Google plans to expand these services to many more languages in the coming months. Convenient functions like these would be beneficial while heading out to anyone's party or family dinner where we usually are always in a rush.


Also See: You Can Now Use Google Pay(Formerly Tez) To Pay For Your Uber Rides In India.  

Amazon India Announces The New Fire TV Stick 4K & The All New Alexa Voice Remote Supporting TV controls.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Remote
Image Source: Press Release
           Yesterday Amazon India announced its new Fire TV Stick 4K in India as a successor to the 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick. This new Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote with dedicated voice controls buttons which were found to be missing on the earlier generation remote. The entire bundle is available for the price of Rs.5,999. However, if you wish to buy the new Alexa Remote, it's available for Rs.1,999 as it is backwards compatible with the 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick.

Amazon India Announces The New Fire TV Stick 4K & The All New Alexa Voice Remote Supporting TV controls. 



  • The new Fire TV Stick 4K is the first streaming stick from Amazon to support Dolby Vision and HDR10+ for achieving the optimum viewing experience. 
  • The new Alexa Voice Remote now houses a dedicated Volume, Power and Mute buttons with which you can now easily control your TV. 
  • Fire Stick 4K comes with a quad-core processor which is clocked at 1.7GHz which in turn delivers faster loading times and provides a good streaming experience. There are also a vast number of 4K titles including 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision & HDR+ supported content. Just say, "Alexa show me 4K TV shows".
  • The users can also experience 3D surround sound with the compatible home theatre equipment systems. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Remote
Image Source: Amazon
          Mr Marc Whitten, VP - Amazon Fire TV said, “We’ve listened to our customers and pushed to deliver a higher performance Fire TV. The new quad-core processor delivers a fast and fluid experience, and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ provides an amazing picture quality,” He then added, “It is a complete 4K solution our customers are looking for, all within a compact stick form factor. The team invented an entirely new antenna technology & combined that with a powerful 802.11ac Wi-Fi to optimize for the best possible 4K UHD streaming experience, even in congested network environments. Plus, the all-new Alexa Voice Remote lets you control your complete entertainment experience & use your voice to find the content you want quickly. Just say, ‘Alexa, find comedies’, or ‘Alexa, play The Grand Tour’. 

            Not to forget about the thousands of apps and Alexa Skills catered for the Fire Stick and Alexa Remote. Same goes for the vast amount of content which includes new and upcoming movies and TV episodes present on Prime Video, Netflix, Hotstar and others. Users can even get the glimpse of their social media channels with the supported FireFox or the preloaded Silk Browser. Not to mention the swift workaround to access the YouTube content. The users can also enjoy listening to their favourite music via several apps such as Amazon Prime Music, Saavn and TuneIn.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Remote
Image Source: Amazon

            Finding anything on the Fire TV Stick 4K now becomes much easier with the help of the new Alexa Remote. Users can press and hold the microphone button to search Movies, TV shows, Apps, check sports scores and even order food, book a cab, view live camera feeds, control your smart home - all thanks to the Alexa integration in the Fire TV Stick. Users also have the novelty to enable the Far Field Voice control on their Fire TV Stick 4K with the help of their existing Echo devices. Now imagine integrating the recently announced Echo Plus and Echo Subdevices, that'll be like bringing a party to your home. Integration of Echo devices also translates to the fact that the user can now watch and enjoy movies & songs without even touching the Remote. Just say, "Alexa, play ******* on my Fire TV."

Amazon India Announces The New Fire TV Stick 4K & The All New Alexa Voice Remote Supporting TV controls. 

Availability & Pricing: 
           The new Fire Stick 4K is available for pre-order on Amazon India at a price of Rs.5,999 including the new Alexa Remote. While the standalone Alexa Remote costs about Rs.1,999 only. Both of these devices will start shipping from starting November 14.

Fire TV Stick 4K:   amazon.in/firetvstick4k 
Alexa Voice Remote:  amazon.in/alexavoiceremote


Amazon India Announces The New Fire TV Stick 4K & The All New Alexa Voice Remote Supporting TV controls.
Image Source: Amazon
        All the existing Fire TV devices in India will soon receive a software update starting from 14th November which will enable Alexa support on Fire TV which includes the Far Field Control support as well.

You Can Now Use Google Pay(Formerly Tez) To Pay For Your Uber Rides In India.

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Google pay uber tez uber
Source: Google Blog

                If you can recall, recently Google India renamed "Tez" app as "Google Pay" looking at its popularity, given the little time. Google even announced a lot of cashback schemes revolving around the app such as assured cashback.  Today Google expanded their Google Pay services to be used for booking cabs on Uber in India. We all know the hassle of carrying extra cash or maybe fighting for that extra dime of change, whereas some of us even hate the fact to load money into digital wallets. Now the Google Pay integration immediately eradicates this problem as now the payment you make for your corresponding cab ride will be deducted directly from your bank account after the secure authentication. 

                 The users will also be rewarded with assured cashback up to Rs.1000/- when the user takes a total of 10 rides, and he/she makes the payment via Google Pay. Again this assured cashback you receive will be deposited directly in your Google Pay associated Bank Account.

You Can Now Use Google Pay(Formerly Tez) To Pay For Your Uber Rides In India.  


Google pay uber tez uber
Image Source: Google Blog
                Google is thoughtfully expanding their services in the country to onboard more users and make a good step towards cashless payments without the hassle of digital wallets. They're on the verge of integrating Google Pay with many apps, websites and even offline retail stores. Speaking about Online merchants, currently, you can use Google Pay at Goibibo, FreshMenu, BookMyShow, RedBus and over 2000+ other app & websites. Google hopes that extending their Google Pay payments services for Uber India is a step in the right direction for the customers and believes that the users would enjoy it.



Amazon Announces New 2018 Edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India.

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Source: Press Kit.

               When it comes to competing in the Smart Home Speakers race with Google, Apple and Samsung, Amazon has instead stayed ahead of the curve due to the vast ecosystem of the skill-sets present on AWS store. Another strong point that remains in Amazon's repertoire is that they were the first to bring such a concept and suddenly with the boom of IOT, the idea of having a smart speaker in the house has taken off. Extending their portfolio today, Amazon introduced new Echo Dot and Echo Plus. Echo Sub was also introduced in the Echo Family, letting users add a sub-woofer to the compatible Echo devices.

Amazon Announces New 2018 Edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub In India. 

 The New Echo Dot: 

Amazon announces new 2018 edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India.
Source: Press Kit

                The new Echo Dot gets a wholly refreshed look, it looks a bit bulkier and if you could relate it seems much more like Homepod's Design due to the new Fabricated look and appeal. This new design brings the only biggest concern with the Echo Dot, which is the enhanced powerful sound support. While as always there's a 3.5mm audio jack present in the back so that the user has the novelty to add it to his home theatre or any music system supported. Besides you can also connect it to the Bluetooth supported audio devices. It's available in following colours - Charcoal, Heather Gray and Sandstone variants. It can perform all the functions any Echo Device can perform(including setting up alarms, playing music, set timers, alarms and controlling your smart home devices etc.); however, you might get the Audio Heavy performance as expected from its superior siblings. Despite this fact, the new Echo Dot gets priced at Rs.4,499 which is the same price the earlier generation Echo Dot received.


The New Echo Plus: 

Amazon announces new 2018 edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India.
Source: Press Kit

                 The Echo plus is an upgrade to the existing Echo Plus, however in a much more bloated version, it seems as if the old version was cramped and squeezed to fit the new design. The new variant even comes with a built-in Zigbee smart hub just like the last generation Echo Plus. With the simple command, "Alexa, discover my devices,” you can connect the supported Zigbee router and end node devices without the need of any proprietary app. Still the integrated Smart Hub lacks the support for Z-Wave devices, as usual; however, it includes an integrated temperature sensor which will determine the temperature, but cannot control it stand alone. Though with the help of Alexa, you can create smart routines upon which if the temperature exceeds a certain threshold, your AC could turn on provided it's connected to a smart plug. Speaking about the aesthetics, the new Echo Plus features a large 3" Neodymium woofer which helps in increased volume, resulting in better bass output. It's available in Charcoal, Heather Gray and Sandstone variants. The all new Echo Plus still retains the same price tag, which is it gets priced at Rs.14,999.


The New Echo Sub: First Wireless SubWoofer. 

Amazon announces new 2018 edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India.
Source: Press Kit


                The Echo Sub is the newest addition to the Echo family. The Echo Sub is a wireless SubWoofer which connects to your existing Echo devices, with this one can create a 1.1 or 2.1 stereo surround sound setup with compatible devices. Besides, the user gets to adjust the Bass, Mid-Range and Treble with the equaliser feature via the command, "Alexa, turn up the Bass/Treble."


Jayshree Gururaj, Director of Amazon Devices, "We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere—in your living room, kitchen, bedroom or the office”. He added, “We are excited today to expand the number of ways customers can use Alexa in their homes to make their lives more convenient — whether it’s asking for the day’s highlights in the morning, listening to music in the evening, or simply saying ‘Alexa, good night,’ to turn the lights off & turn on the AC.”

Amazon Announces New 2018 Edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India. 

Availability: 
              All the newly launched Echo devices are available to buy on Amazon India right at this moment, click here to visit. However the new Echo Dot and Echo Plus will start shipping next month, whereas the Echo Sub will be available later in the year.


Also Read: Fossil launches their 4th Gen Smartwatches dubbed under Fossil Q lineup. 

Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21.

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Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21.
Source: Press Release
             Vivo has been catching a lot of heat lately ever so slightly after the introduction of the In-Display fingerprint scanning mechanism. Right from the concepts of Vivo Apex to the reality in the form of Vivo X21 and Vivo Nex S, the company has progressed a lot in the process. They managed to create vows in the mobile industry and fans have never been more excited about the recent launches. Right after progressing in the direction of a Motorized, Pop-up Front Camera module to the In-Display Fingerprint mechanism, Vivo is now introducing "Halo FullView Display" which is essentially introducing a cuter version of the not so fancy - "Notch." The internet called it the TearDrop/WaterDrop notch; however, it's getting termed as "Halo FullView Display" not so fancy name we guess. Let's find out more about the new Vivo V11 Pro regarding specifications, pricing, and availability. Although to the most part, the Vivo V11 Pro is merely a small upgrade to the Vivo X21.

Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21

Vivo V11 Pro Specifications: 

  • It houses a 2.2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660(4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) chipset which is coupled with Adreno 512 GPU & 6GB RAM. 
  • The V11 Pro comes with 128GB. Whereas expansion is available up to 256GB via a MicroSD memory card slot(Dedicated Slot).
  • It has 6.41-inch Full HD+(1080*2340) Super AMOLED panel which gives it about 402PPI pixel density. This design introduces a new type of Halo notch on the front, in turn, providing much more real estate to the user. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. 
  • The rear panel comes with a dual-lens camera setup with first a 12MP sensor having a F/1.8 aperture with Dual Pixel PDAF. While the second lens is a 5MP shooter with F/2.4 aperture. This configuration also includes a Dual LED Flash. While accompanying it is the Backlight HDR and Low Light photography modes for yielding better shots. Video can be shot at 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30fps.
  • The front camera setup is a single lens setup which houses a 25MP shooter with F/2.0 aperture; it comes with AI Stickers features. It shoots maximum at 1080p@30fps. 
  • It supports Dual Nano SIMs(4G) having a hybrid slot setup.
  • It runs on FunTouch OS 4.5 which is built on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. 
  • Regarding connectivity, it comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, Radio FM support, 3.5mm audio jack & A-GPS. 
  • Concerning sensors there's the Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and even an In-Display fingerprint sensor. 
  • It houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery with support for fast VOOC charging(5V=4A), however via a MicroUSB 2.0 connection port. Though it's reversible, so that's a bonus. 
  • Comes in 2 different color variants - Starry Night & Dazzling Gold. 
  • It weighs 156 gms.

Vivo V11 Pro Price
Source: Editorial team
         
             The Vivo V11 Pro houses a poly fibre body which is a mixture of both metal and plastic. All in all, the device looks and feels premium, those radiant colors make it look overall appealing. Now it might attract fingerprints; however, the radiant color might be able to hide the smudges more efficiently. The idea of a smaller notch is quite exciting but at the same time, it gets spooky if you think about the Facial Recognition features though Vivo has quoted that it scans 1,024 facial feature points to unlock instantly, even in the dark. It's hard to judge that based upon our first look at the device here at the event. If we get the review unit, we would be sure to put the device through its paces to find out more on it in in-depth. However, as an exception, the V11 Pro marches ahead in the fast charging department which was earlier a disappointment in Vivo X21 due to the lack of Fast Charging speeds(Not support). Recently Oppo was the first to bring the Halo Notch to the mobile market segment with their new Oppo F9 Pro. However, the V11 Pro looks much more appealing concerning being value for money due to the In-Display fingerprint scanning mechanism.



Pricing & Availability:

Vivo V11 Pro: 6GB/128GB ROM:  Rs.25,990. 


             Speaking about the availability, it'll be available in the offline market throughout the chain of Vivo's official & partner retail stores. While it'll be exclusively available on Flipkart starting from Sept 2018 itself. There are several offers as well beginning with Free Screen Replacement, Extra Rs.2000/- for HDFC Card users. etc.

Vivo V11 Pro Launched - A Fancier Halo Notch upgrade to the Vivo X21. 

Vivo V11 Pro Specs
Source: Editorial team

             Do you think that the newly launched Vivo V11 Pro be able to compete with the recently announced Poco F1? Regarding cosmetics, the V11 Pro is our pick. However, we know that regarding specifications and benchmarks, the Poco F1 is the king. Would be compromising specifications for the aesthetics? I think we would. Stay tuned to our social channels for more coverage on the device, as our video will be live shortly on the YouTube channel.

Fossil launches their 4th Gen Smartwatches dubbed under Fossil Q lineup.

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           Even though the smartwatch market might be pretty fragile when it comes to innovations, there are a couple of brands like Apple, Mobvoi, Huawei, Xiaomi & Samsung that like to stay ahead of the curve. Fossil as a brand has also stayed ahead in the competition however in terms of offering beautiful cosmetics. However today Fossil extended their portfolio by launching 4th Generation of their already popular smartwatches as an attempt to target the tech-savvy audience or let's even say they're no focusing on ergonomics. The key highlights of these smartwatches are that they feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, Heart Rate scanner, Untethered GPS, NFC, & more. These new smartwatches would allow the user to customize the straps & even help in personalizing the dial from the available collection of more than 36+ dials. Whereas the best part is that, it runs on Android Wear OS 2.0 powered by Google. Now let's find out in detail about the new Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR.


 Fossil Q EXPLORIST HR SMOKE STAINLESS STEEL
      Image Source: Press Release. 


Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR Features & Specifications: 

  • It features a Stainless steel case (Venture HR: 40mm / Explorist HR: 45mm) with interchangeable straps and bracelets (Venture HR: 18mm / Explorist HR: 22mm). 
  • Support Bluetooth, Wireless syncing & Magnetic charging.
  • Battery life is expected to be more than 24+ hrs.
  • Comes equipped with  Heart Rate(Automatic tracking via Google Fit), NFC, GPS, Altimeter, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light & Microphone.
  • Has Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset onboard, while runs on Wear OS platform. 
  • Compatibility: Android KitKat 4.4+ & iOS 9.3+. 




       Steve Evans, EVP of Fossil shared his thoughts on the launch, "Since our entry to the smartwatch market, it has always been our priority to be nimble & adapt quickly to innovations-both in technology & design. We know a lot of watch wearers have both a traditional watch & some activity tracker — by adding significant features regarding technology, without compromising our design standards, this new generation of smartwatch will provide consumers with one device that fits all of their needs. Ensuring the best possible experience for our customers has always been important, which drove the innovation of this product; we cannot wait to see the consumer response around the globe.’’




Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR: 

                These new smartwatches will now have unique fossil dials that'll have heart rate tracking integrated so that users can get a glimpse of their health status without any additional taps. NFC unlocks the capabilities for wireless payments, which might be likely convenient during your daily office transit. Google Pay has been made exclusively available for the same. It also adds a security layer as it allows users to set up a unique lock code of their choice for privacy-related issues. Untethered GPS will enable users to tacks their steps, calories burnt via Google Fit app or any other 3rd party app available on Play Store. This feature is standalone and doesn't require the user to carry his phone along with himself during workouts. The new Venture and Explorist edition watches will also provide the user to track his swim workouts, hop in to shower or tap a dip in the pool as it's waterproof. Users can even save music offline on the internal storage to enjoy the music, whenever they're not carrying their phone around. These new generation watches retail for $255-$275 and would be soon available by the end of Q4 2018(October) in India. For it seems Fossil as a brand has been well aware that their customers shouldn't sacrifice productivity for novelty. If you want to learn more, visit here: Fossil Q  

Image Source: Press Release. 

Also See: Amazon Announces New 2018 Edition - Echo Dot, Echo Plus & Echo Sub in India. 


Movavi Video Converter Review: Convert Video Formats Quickly and Easily

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             If you’re watching videos on a computer you normally don’t have to worry much about the format, it is in – but the same can’t be said of many other devices. Often you’ll face compatibility issues when watching certain formats on mobile devices, DVD players, and set-top boxes, and may not be able to view some content. In some cases, you may be able to get around compatibility issues by downloading special players or apps, though that isn’t always possible. That is the main reason why a video format converter like Movavi Video Converter (http://www.movavi.com/videoconverter/) could be a big help – as it will let you convert videos to the formats you need and avoid any compatibility issues.

Movavi Video Converter Review: Convert Video Formats Quickly and Easily


Easily Convert Videos To Different Formats:

              While there are numerous converters out there, Movavi Video Converter sets itself apart due to how easy it is to use. If you want to convert any video with it all you need to do is add the video, choose the format that you want, and click on the ‘Convert’ button. The simple and clean user interface will ensure that you have no problem doing any of that, and it should take a minute or so at most. If you aren’t sure what format you want to use you can try out the presets in Movavi Video Converter that will automatically use the best format and video settings for specific devices and platforms.


Important Features of Movavi Video Converter:

             Aside from being able to convert videos into various formats, Movavi Video Converter has a lot of other important features that you should know about:
  • Convert media files including audio files and images between different formats.
  • Cross-convert files to different types of media to create animated GIFs from video clips, extract audio tracks from videos, or save screenshots of video frames.
  • Compress video file size by manually adjusting the bitrate or setting the desired output file size and automatically having the bitrate adjusted to match.
  • Resize the frame of videos and images by a percentage, to a specific size or to fit into a frame using several different methods.
  • Adjust and edit videos to enhance their quality, stabilize shaky videos, add customizable text elements, trim out unwanted parts, and more.


               Overall it should be clear that the features in Movavi Video Converter aren’t limited to just converting video formats – but are designed to help prepare all types of media files. In short, it is more of an all-round utility to manage media files.


Final Verdict:

               Considering how frequently most people watch videos and handle media files in general, having a format converter is definitely a good idea – and Movavi Video Converter will fulfill that role with gusto. It’s simple, and user-friendly approach will ensure that you’re able to convert videos and take advantage of all its other features without any difficulty. Suffice to say it is well worth trying it out and seeing just how much it could help you on a day to day basis.


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Here are all the Tech Deals of the Amazon Prime Day 2018!

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Amazon Prime Day 2018


             So Amazon is starting it's Prime Day bonanza offers by introducing a plethora of offers to begin with their "Amazon Prime Day 2018" exclusively for Prime members. Now's your chance to become an Amazon Prime Member to extract all the benefits in their Prime Day 2018. Today the company is planning to begin with over 200 exclusive product launches across all genres which includes Oneplus 6 Red edition launch,  Intel's 8th Generation gaming laptops, Nestlé NesPlus breakfast cereals, Season’s Iconic Styles by Marks & Spencer, Bosch Microwave oven, ASICS shoes, LEGO Taj Mahal & much more exclusively to it's Prime members.

Here are all the Tech Deals of the Amazon Prime Day 2018


      So to make everything organized, we have made a list of all the available offers as follows which start today at 12:00 PM IST:

- OnePlus 6 Red Edition available in the 8GB RAM + 128GB Memory variant for INR 39,999; extra up to INR 2000 off on exchange.
- Moto E5 Plus is available for INR 11,999 with extra INR 1000 off on exchange.
- Members who buy a TCL 139.7 cm (55 inches) 4K Smart TV get a TCL 81.28 cm (32 inches) TV for INR 1.
- Activity Tracker with BP & Heart Rate monitor from GOQii, with personal coaching.
- Best-ever savings on Amazon Echo including a 45% discount on Echo Dot. Watch out for a flash sale on Echo Spot at 3 PM (IST) today. Also, save big on the latest smart home products such as  Alexa enabled smart plugs, lights, cameras & more.
- Flat 25% off on the bestselling Kindle Paperwhite WiFi, 20% discount on the All-New Kindle, best discount of 15% on the Kindle Oasis.
- Best-ever savings on Fire TV with Amazon Pay discount of up to 100% cashback when purchased along with select TV brands. Or avail INR 300 cashback via Amazon Pay when bought with any TV during Prime Day. 30% discount on Fire TV Stick only.
- Prime members who use at least four skills will get INR 200 Amazon Pay Cashback. Alexa has over 15,000 skills. To explore a few ask, “Alexa, help me relax,” “Alexa, let’s play a game” or “Alexa, I want to meditate.” Skills excluded from the offer – Smart home, News & Flash briefing, Music (Prime Music, Saavn, and TuneIn). View complete T&Cs at www.amazon.in/alexaoffers.
- Alexa enabled devices Eufy and Jabra to offer a minimum INR 1500 discount for purchases made on Prime Day. Eufy to offer 40% discount, Jabra Elite 65T will be available at 11% discount and Jabra Elite 65T Active at 10% discount.
-Prime members get 50% back through Kindle Credits on purchasing of eBooks on Prime day, subject to max INR 100 worth of credits per customer.
- Subscription available for (INR (2388) 1388) only for Prime members on Prime Day.
- Samsung: Up to INR 10,700 off on Samsung smartphones; extra up to INR 10,000 off on exchange, first time on Amazon.in. no-cost EMI options up to 9 months
- Huawei: First time on discount, up to INR 5,000 off on Huawei smartphones; no-cost EMI options up to 12 months available.
Moto G6 starting INR 13,999; extra up to INR 2,000 off on exchange; Moto E5 Plus (3GB + 32 GB) - INR12, 999 for INR 11,999; extra up to INR 1,000 off on exchange.
- Up to INR 3000 off on all Vivo smartphones; extra up to INR 6,000 off on the exchange.
-  Up to INR 4000 off on all OPPO smartphones; extra up to INR 3,000 off on the exchange.
Redmi Y2: Prime-only flash sales at 1 pm on 16th and 12 noon on 17th July.
10.Or smartphones start at INR 4,999.
Mi 10,000 mAH Power bank for 1199 INR 899.
-  Flat 50% off on select headphones from Bose and Sennheiser.
- Select deals on DSLRs from Canon and Nikon.
- Up to 55% off on hard drives from Seagate and WD.
- Select deals on i3 and i5 laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
- Premium TV (including OLED) offers from LG, Sony, and TCL.
- Up to 50% off on extension cords.
- Minimum INR 2,000 off on latest gaming consoles.
- Up to 40% off latest games and accessories.
- Up to 70% off on Kaspersky Antivirus Software.
- Minimum 25% off on Office and Tally.
- 50% off on select headphones from Bose and Sennheiser, Up to 40% off on air conditioners, Minimum 60% off on UCB, Lee and top fashion brands, Up to 45% off on toys and more Biggest discounts of the year on Amazon Devices including the lowest price ever on Amazon Echo Dot.


How to be prepared for the Amazon Prime by making the maximum savings: 


  •  10% cashback on loading Amazon Pay balance 10% instant discount on purchases made through HDFC Bank credit and debit cards, Up to INR 10,000 cashback on purchases above INR 50,000 made through HDFC Bank cards. 
  • Prime members can collect & use over 4500 exclusive coupons to get additional discounts. Coupon discounts can be clubbed with deal discounts to get the lowest price ever on a particular product. Furthermore, Prime members who have watched a video on Primevideo.com between 3rd & 13th July for the first time are eligible for top discount coupons on brands like Fossil, Ustraa, Milton, Davidoff and more


    On this auspicious day, Mr. Akshay Sahi, Director & Head of Prime, Amazon India shared, “With Prime Day, we are excited to bring to our members over 200 exclusive launches, great deals & blockbuster entertainment with new titles from Prime Video & playlists on Amazon Prime music. Our teams have been working for months to source these unique offers & we welcome members who will join us as we celebrate our biggest Prime Day ever!
     

International deals (start at midnight)
- Up to 30% off on Seagate hard drives and Sandisk storage devices
- Up to 40% off on Tommy Hilfiger clothing & accessories
- Up to 30% off on Garmin wearables
- Up to 60% off on Invicta premium watches
- Up to 30% off on 3D printers by Flashforge
- Deals by start-ups on Amazon Launchpad
- Over 250 deals by 180 cool products listed under Amazon Launchpad
- Over 70% off on TAGG products
- Up to 65% off on CrossBeats Raga wireless Bluetooth earphones
- Over 25% off on Gods backpacks


       Additionally Prime users in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai can enjoy ultra-fast 2-hour delivery.  

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.

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TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.
Source: Editorial Team

                So on 9th June 2018, Mumbai witnessed a global phenomenon in the form of a programming contest formerly known as TechGig Code Gladiators. This year's event was the world's most significant coding event to be ever held in the country, and that to one of it's kind. Therefore TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 made headlines all over the world as the event concluded to felicitate the winners in the respective categories. India's tech community has been excited to witness the result of this competition ever since it's announcement back in February 2018 due to a considerable number of participants from across the country. Therefore 9th June 2018 marked the day; Winners got crowned at the TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Awards Ceremony which was held JioTalks Auditorium at Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai. Not to be forgotten that this competition was a 110-day long journey for the participants who have made it to the top. Therefore to congratulate all the participants and winners, the ceremony hosted top global leaders from the technology forefront; so that they could share their experiences among the youth.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IoT & AI. 

So let's first understand, what is TechGig? 
             
               So Techgig is necessarily a big technology platform which exposes IT Professionals to latest industry trends, facts, information and lets them showcase it to the world in a much more creative manner. Techgig, in a way, helps creators by providing them a platform to connect with like-minded individuals which could potentially help them out in getting their dream jobs & understanding cutting-edge technologies, insights from the current trends in the IT industry.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI.
Source: TechGig

               Just like every other year since it's inception, Techgig Code Gladiators has been making records to bring in a massive number of participants consistently every year. As a result of which last year, they managed to grab a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The year 2017 marks their victory in Guinness Book of World Records as the "TechGig Code Gladiators 2017" event was the world's largest programming event in the history. They managed to beat China's Baidu Online Network Technology event record by an 81,641 staggering unique entries. Baidu's Online Network Technology received just 30,634 entries. This year marks a step even further ahead as the participation count this year was even more significant than the earlier. The 2018 edition of the TechGig Code Gladiators event had been focused on new themes such as AI, IOT, Amazon Alexa SKills, Blockchain & Cloud computing. Best three teams got crowned as the winners in respective categories from the above themes.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Award Winner
Source: Techgig

             Out of the total 2,28,880 India's best coders, "Vineet Paliwal" was crowned as the 'Code Champion' of the 2018 edition of the event. He received a massive amount of Rs. 2,50,000 followed by a certificate and a trophy. He is a based out of Noida and currently works as a director in a leading technology company heading a team of 160 individuals. Apart from Vineet, numerous awards have been given to the runner-ups, here are their names as follows:
  • First runners-up: Akashdeep Nain.
  • Second runners-up: Naveen Reddy.
  • Third runners-up: Vikram Singh Panwar.
  • Fourth runners-up: Aneesh D H.

             Fun Fact, did you know that about 2,28,880 coders participated this year out of which merely 15,000 were selected for the semi-finals, while only 300 out of which made it to the finals?. Regarding the records, this year received by far the most substantial number of participants the contest has ever got. The participants included undergrad students, IT professionals and even mothers who were proficient at coding. It proves that Indian community is extremely passionate about programming and exploring new opportunities all the time. Mr. Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head of TechGig & TimesJobs commenced the event with a welcome speech.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 Award Winner
Source: Editorial Team

          During the awards ceremony, Mr. Sanjay Goyal, VP, and Head- Product & Tech at TimesJobs & TechGig congratulated the winners by quoting,TechGig as a platform enables country’s young tech professionals to learn, compete & test their skills. Code Gladiators is a testament to that commitment. I believe technology can no longer be a discrete industry. So, we are planning to go international and create a global innovation exchange for the Indian & International coding fraternity. We would also like to create opportunities where Indian coders can partner with their global counterparts & explore innovations around new and emerging technologies.
Techgig Code Gladiators 2018
Source: Editorial Team

           Even Mr. Vishal Sharma, Managing Director in Consulting at Deloitte Consulting India Private Ltd said,At Deloitte, our focus is to provide an excellent growth opportunity to our professionals to cultivate their talent. We help them leverage their unique strengths to contribute, innovate, & unlock their potential while solving our client’s biggest challenges. TechGig Code Gladiators is one such platform for our professionals to innovate & hone their skills. Last year, we won the ‘Coding Powerhouse of India’ title & this year, we have come back with a much stronger participative spirit. This championship is a great way to assess & identify our caliber in an ever-evolving marketplace, especially for our professionals who can shine among their peers in the industry and be competitive.

          To get a detailed glimpse of the event visit the TechGig website, whereas you can even find the video below to get a small glimpse of the entire show.

TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 congratulates India's mightiest coders; discussions stick to IOT & AI. 



Image Source: Editorial Team. 
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Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.

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Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.
Source: Xiaomi
Xiaomi has been in talks due to the success they have achieved in the fitness wearable space, as a result of which more of their fitness products from the globe are now seen in their Mi-Home spaces present across India. It's been weeks that the officials have been teasing about the launch of their newest devices getting the fans hyped. Well, the hype is real, a total of 6 new products have been announced today. Some of which consists the announcement of Mi 8 SE, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi VR Standalone, Mi Band 3 & Mi TV 4 75-inch. So let's focus on the Mi Band 3 for the moment, a successor to it's already popular Mi Band 2. It keeps all the bells and whistles of the original band and brings in more delicacies to the table. Now let's find out all the details about the Mi Band 3.


Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.

Specifications:

  • Features a 0.78 Inch OLED touch panel having 128 x 80 resolution.
  • Comes on-board Bluetooth 4.2 support.
  • There are two variants available - With/Without NFC support. The NFC variant will enable wireless payments, and this is going to be a significant hit.   
  • Has 110 mAh Battery, which is almost double than the Mi Band 2. Battery life is expected to last around 20 days as quoted by Xiaomi. 
  • 50 meters waterproof which includes swimming. 
  • Comes with Heart rate sensor, Step count support & Sleep monitoring. 
  • Offer support for answering incoming calls.  
  • WeChat messenger and other supported apps would show their notifications along with the content on display.
  • It would support interchangeable straps which would be available in different colors, and you can even expect some third party straps to join the league soon.

Mi Band 3 Officially Launched, even NFC is now on-board.
Source: Xiaomi

The Mi Band 3 overall looks promising and looking at the fact that it gets the most requested feature(NFC) is just icing on the top of the cake. The company even claims that they have improved the band straps to provide a secure fit on the wrist. For those who're fond of wireless payments may very well go for the NFC variant, which will cost for CNY 199 or 31.04$. While those who want an update to their existing smart bands, & want the essential features for the fitness tracking can go with the Non-NFC variant. That variant would be available for CNY 169 or 26.36$. It'll be available starting June 5, 2018, in China. There's no word yet on its availability worldwide.
Source: Xiaomi Chinese

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