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Gadgets & Gizmos November 2018

From the Internet to the iPod, from cell phones to laptops, technology rules the lives of urban Indians. Gadgets and Gizmos, a monthly magazine, cuts through the techno-babble by simplifying complicated technology into easy to understand information bytes that readers can use in buying and planning their technology. It uses its state-of-the-art test lab to put the latest gadgets through the toughest drills and then pronounces its verdict for readers. Because technology should make life simpler, not more complex.

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huawei mate 20 pro

CHINESE TECHNOLOGY giant Huawei is bringing one of its latest flagships to the Indian market. Unveiled last month, Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs in latest technology such as reverse wireless charging, in-screen fingerprint reader and a triple camera module. Priced at `69,990, the Mate 20 Pro will be available on Amazon India from December 4 onwards. Water and dust resistant (IP68 certified), the Mate 20 Pro is a tall device with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 3120 x 1440p resolution. The notch on the top houses 3D Depth Sensing Camera System, which the company claims is secure and has a false acceptance rate of below1/1,000,000. There is also an in-screen fingerprint reader. Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by a 7 nm FinFET Kirin 980 chipset and is paired with 6…

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panasonic launches bi-directional bluetooth 5.0 water-resistant trackers

Japanese technology giant, Panasonic is expanding its connected ecosystem with the launch of Bluetooth trackers. The two variants, Seekit Edge and Seekit Loop, priced at `1,599 and `1,299 respectively, will be available across e-commerce platforms starting December 1. Manish Sharma, President and CEO Panasonic India and South Asia, says, “We are largely focusing on both IoT and AI-based solutions at our India Innovation Centre. The launch of Seekit is strategically aligned to our objective to create a smart and connected ecosystem. This is another step towards developing technologically advanced and convenient solutions for our consumers.” Developed at Panasonic’s India Innovation Centre, these Bluetooth trackers help users keep a track of their daily items that get left behind. Connected with a smartphone using Bluetooth 5.0, the tracker has a 100-meter connectivity range and…

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voice power

The concept of always-present, always-connected smart speakers that respond to voice commands and carry out all kinds of tasks sounds fascinating mostly because they tend to simplify our life. Powered by AI software, they fetch relevant information, play music, book a cab, buy flight tickets, order food, control home appliances and do much more. In India, Amazon’s Echo family is leading the race, thanks to its early-mover advantage, but Google is catching up fast with its home speakers. Apple, too, has jumped on the bandwagon. Here is a catch, though. Their compelling hardware stands nowhere without the ‘brain’ or the virtual assistant software, which triggers all activities. Both Amazon and Google know better than restricting consumers to proprietary hardware and allow Alexa and Google Assistant to be integrated with third-party…

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smart and easy on pocket

The idea of a smart home never fails to fascinate, especially as a simple voice command to a smart speaker can get all sorts of things done in and around the house. But when alone (read no compatible devices are connected), these smart speakers could do very little apart from acting as your morning alarm, newsreader, music player, cab-booking device and a handy search engine to answer your queries. As for other household tasks like turning on or off air-conditioners and lights to switching on a coffee machine to scanning a baby monitor/security camera footage, these gadgets must be able to communicate with your virtual voice-controlled assistant (they mostly do it over Wi-Fi). Home automation means some additional investments, but it will not cost you a fortune. Over the years,…

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Amazon’s Fire TV stick is not a good-looking streaming dongle. But as the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover. This 142-mm long stick streams content in 4K resolution, has an intuitive interface and comes with built-in Alexa support. You also get a remote for controlling basic TV functionality as well as the soundbar. Or you can operate it using the Fire TV app. The Stick plugs into a television’s HDMI port and is powered using a microUSB port (comes with cable and adapter). If the TV is wall-mounted, you may have to use the HDMI extender (bundled) or plug it into a port at the side. Setting it up takes only a few minutes – connect it to a Wi-Fi network and follow the instructions. These include…

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beauty with brains

In the huge clutter of smartwatches, this one stands out as a perfect blend of looks and performance. The watch sports a 42 mm circular case in black along with a 20 mm interchangeable black band. It has a bright and circular touch display at the front and is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass DX+. There is an always-on option that prevents the display from going into the sleep mode and continues to show the watch face in the same way traditional analogue watches do. When turned on, the touch sensitivity option can be used to operate the watch even if you are wearing gloves. There are two keys on the right for easy access – the top one takes you to the previous screen and the…