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Gadgets & Gizmos December 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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nokia 8.1

HMD GLOBAL, THE OFFICIAL LISCENSEE of Nokia smartphones, has announced the launch of Nokia 8.1 for the Indian market. Nokia 8.1 features a notched 6.18-inch Full-HD+ PureDisplay with HDR10 support. It is powered by Qualcomm’s new octa-core Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and runs on Android Pie. The phone is the successor to the popular Nokia 7 Plus that was launched earlier in 2018. Nokia 8.1 carries a dual-Sim (nano) slot and is part of the Android One programme and therefore is guaranteed to receive at least two major Android OS updates. As far as display is concerned, the phone’s screen has a 18.7:9 aspect ratio, i.e. 81.5% screen-to-body ratio, 500 nits peak brightness, and is capable of a 96% colour gamut. It also features Zeiss…

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google launches shopping experience in india

SIMPLIFYING SEARCH EXPERIENCE for consumers further, Google has unveiled a new shopping search experience for the Indian users that would allow them to filter through offers, review prices from multiple merchants and find the products they are looking for. The shopping search experience will be accessible through multiple products. The first being ‘made-to-browse’ experience on the shopping homepage, second being the shopping tab on Google Search and the last being style search in Google Lens. Talking about the launch of the new experience, Surojit Chatterjee, Vice President - Product Management, Google said, "More than 40 million Indians are coming online every year, and search is an integral part of their online journey. From seasoned desktop shoppers to first-time users with entry-level smartphones, we hope this new shopping experience will make finding…

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in other news

APPLE WATCH SERIES 4 GETS ECG SUPPORT The much-awaited feature of the Apple Watch Series 4, the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification, has finally landed with the watchOS 5.1.2 update. But the app is only available to Apple Watch Series 4 users in the US and its territories. Apple requires regulatory approvals in all the regions before rolling out its ECG app. Changing the Apple Watch or iPhone’s region does not enable the app outside of the US. For the US, Apple has worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of years to receive De Novo classification, to make the features available over the counter. “With the release of these heart features, Apple Watch takes the next step in empowering people with more information about their…

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be smart, buy smart

BLACK FRIDAY and Cyber Monday had come and gone, but did you manage to grab the best entertainment deals? Delhi-based executive Garima Kapoor, a television buff who is rarely happy with the content dished out by local channels, decided to take the plunge and invest in a smart TV this time. She is not a techie, of course, but quite familiar with the term Android operating system (OS), and had no trouble purchasing a TV running on the mobile version of that OS. By doing so, Kapoor hoped to access the latest apps for content streaming. Unfortunately, she has ended up with a not-so-smart TV and is planning to add a streaming dongle. This is not a one-off incident, though, and many have suffered a similar fate. “The right kind of…

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best just got better

Apple took its own sweet time to come up with its first smartwatch in 2015. But since then, there has been no looking back. In such a short span of time, Apple has improvised its watch many folds. From just tracking step count, measuring heart rate and notifying about the incoming calls and emails, Apple Watch has emerged as a holistic smartwatch. But before we jump on to the functionality, let’s talk about the design first. Design: This year’s watch has been redesigned inside out. It is sleek and features a 30 per cent larger display with curved corners. The 38mm watch has been replaced with a slightly bigger 40mm and the 42mm with 44mm. With the previous generation Apple Watch, I always found 38mm to be a little small and 42mm…

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close surveillance

Xiaomi has mastered the art of making great products with minimalistic design and this 360˚ surveillance camera is no exception. The compact gadget weighs 239g, is barely 118 mm tall and 78 mm wide, and done in pristine white-and-black, blends perfectly with any modern décor. It can be mounted on a flat surface such as a table or a shelf, or you can put it upside down on the ceiling, using the accompanying bracket. But there is one drawback. In spite of a shockproof design, the lack of waterproofing eliminates outdoor usage. To set up the camera, all I had to do was switch on the power and follow the instructions on the Mi Home app. Xiaomi is using its India server for this gadget and the same must be selected…