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Gadgets & Gizmos January 2019

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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dyson pure hot+cool

DYSON INDIA has announced the launch of yet another air purifier for the Indian market. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool features technology that can deliver room heating during winters and cooling in summers while purifying the air. The air purifier has been priced at `52,900 and will be available in two colour variants – silver-white and iron-blue. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool can automatically sense the particles and gases in the air. A combination of lasers and sensors identifies and measures particles, detects the amount of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as benzene, formaldehyde and NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) present in the air and even measures relative humidity and temperature. The company claims to have incorporated 60 per cent more HEPA media into a taller and deeper HEPA filter, along with three times more…

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samsung galaxy m series

KOREAN SMARTPHONE manufacturer Samsung has announced the global debut of its Galaxy M series smartphones in the Indian market. Priced aggressively, starting at `7,990, the M-series will compete against the popular Redmi range from Xiaomi, apart from Honor and Asus Zenfone models. To start with, Samsung is launching Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20; the devices will be available from February 5 at Amazon India and Samsung.com in blue and black colour variants. The Galaxy M10 is priced at `7,990 for 2GB+16GB and `8,990 for 3GB+32GB variants. The Galaxy M20 will start at `10,990 for the 3GB+32GB variant and `12,990 for the 4GB+64GB variant. The company claims to have focussed on areas important to the millennial consumer. The series will pack Infinity v-cut displays, will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos processor for…

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healthcare @ces 2019

HEALTHCARE WEARA-BLES and devices are increasingly becoming popular in the consumer tech space as people now actively monitor their health to stay fit all the time. So, it is not surprising that they created quite a stir at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas amid the cacophony of televisions, robots, 5G, automation and smart home devices. From self-care, elderly-care and pain relief to fitness trackers and sleep devices, here is a look at the innovative gadgets that wowed people at the CES. Virtual Health Assistants You need precision to take care of the sick and the elderly. Meet Pria, a virtual home health assistant from Black & Decker, which serves the purpose well. It automates medication management and you can control the device with voice command. Using the smartphone app,…

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trendy timepieces

SMARTWATCHES are no longer a fancy piece of gadget, fetching notifications and tracking step counts. They have quickly evolved into on-the-go fitness guides, monitoring workout progress and heart rates in real time. They also operate as smartphone facilitators, answering/rejecting calls and quickly responding to e-mail, text messages, WhatsApp and more. Plus, they help you access the latest news, alerts you about daily water intake, and provides calendar notifications and map directions. These timepieces have become trendy too with changeable watch straps and watch faces that award them a new look to go with every occasion. But buying a smartwatch is not as easy as picking up a regular one. Smartwatches run on the specially designed operating systems (OS). The popular ones include Apple’s watchOS, Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen OS.…

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audio just got better, cheaper

New-age flat-panel televisions offer excellent picture quality but end up compromising on sound. In case you are not happy with your TV’s built-in speakers and looking for a clutter-free, easy-to-set-up solution, soundbars could be great alternatives. Xiaomi recently launched the Mi Soundbar in India (alongside two LED TV models), which is incredibly pocket-friendly but still offers an immersive audio experience. Although most flat-panel and CRT TVs and even the latest soundbars come in black or dark grey, Xiaomi has been bold enough to continue with the ‘Mi look’ with a pristine white body and a grey, mesh-like fabric grille at the front. Physical controls for volume and source selection are on the top while ports and the power button are placed at the rear. The soundbar features two 20-mm dome tweeters…

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look no further

With the launch of its first Mi TV 4 Pro (55 inches) in India last year, Xiaomi had set the bar too high. The company’s latest entrant costs `10,000 less than its predecessor but still manages to live up to expectations. The 4X Pro 55 has a sturdy chassis but misses out on the sleek, bezelless flagship design although it does not compromise on the build quality. It is slightly thick and uses good quality plastic for thin, metallic-finish bezels on all sides. Also, there are enough connectivity options – three HDMI ports (with ARC support on HDMI1), two USB ports, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, S/PDIF and more. Its panel, sound system and smart functionality are quite impressive. The 10-bit 4k panel offers great colour reproduction, deep blacks across content from different sources…