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Gadgets & Gizmos March 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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fitbit versa lite, inspire hr

SAN FRANCISCO based Fitbit has announced the launch of three new products in the Indian market. The Inspire and Inspire HR are fitness trackers, and the Versa Lite Edition will be the company’s new entry-level smartwatch. Fitbit also plans to launch Ace 2, an activity tracker for kids. Built on the success of the Fitbit Versa smartwatch, the Lite Edition continues to be an everyday smartwatch featuring automatic activity, PurePulse 24/7 heart rate and Sleep Stages tracking, 15+ goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS, smartphone notifications, apps, 4+ day battery life and relative SpO2 sensor, which has the potential to estimate changes in blood oxygen levels and help track new health indicators about health such as sleep apnea. The only features it misses out in comparison to Versa are floors climbed, swim…

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youtube music and youtube premium now available in india

JUST A COUPLE of weeks after Swedish streaming company Spotify entered the Indian market, Google Inc. has launched YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in the country. Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube, says, “With You TubeMusic, we are hoping to bring the best in global and Indian music to millions of fans across India.” The YouTube Music is said to be a reimagined, made-for-music app and web player with official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s catalogue of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos. The ad-supported version of YouTube Music will be available for free, whereas the YouTube Music Premium is priced at ₹99 per month free. This paid membership offers an ad-free experience and offline downloads. For existing Google Play Music subscribers, YouTube Music…

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apple services

OST MASTERING the hardware – be it smartphones, tablets or even laptops, Apple is all set to launch a range of digital media services. At a special event at the Apple Campus, the Cupertino giant announced a range of new services – across gaming, content streaming, news reading and payments. This isn’t Apple’s first attempt in the services domain. A decade ago, Apple successfully launched the App Store for downloading apps, offers Apple Music and iTunes subscription and more. Here’s a quick glance at all the new services Apple will be launching this fall. Apple Arcade With nearly 300,000 free and paid games listed on the App Store, Apple is launching a new gaming subscription service. The Apple Arcade will have access to over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases…

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enemy at the gates

AMERICAN DRAMA thriller Mr. Robot, in which the protagonist is a cybersecurity engineer and hacker, has rather terrifyingly shown us what it is like to lose control of your smart home. By turning technology against you, the episode titled Smart Home Hack depicts everything which can go wrong with a connected home – a linked thermostat that fails, a shower that gushes boiling water and alarm bells which seem to have a mind of their own. Only a decade ago, the idea of controlling your home’s refrigerators, cameras, cars, networking devices, and security and entertainment systems remotely, via smartphones, would have been considered sci-fi stuff. Fast forward to 2019 and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) have created a connected ecosystem that enables easy access to consumer…

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look no further

Redmi Note by Xiaomi has been the perfect midbudget Android smartphone hard to fault. And with every successor, the company has been raising the benchmark. But with the Redmi Note 7 Pro coming less than six months after the Redmi Note 6 Pro, does Xiaomi has enough to justify the upgrade? Design & Display: This is a well-designed smartphone with a 6.3inch bezel-less display dominating the front, neatly placed buttons and ports on the side panels and a vertical-dual camera along with finger-print scanner at the rear. Topping the great looks is the P2i nano coating and the addition of the custom rubberized material, which makes it splash resistant and protects liquid from seeping in. The Redmi Note 7 Pro actually survived the unexpected Delhi rain. But it might not survive…

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a summer treat

With the summer heat creeping in, ceiling fans are bound to be in great demand. But in this age of smart devices, one looks forward to premium hardware which offers optimum comfort in sync with a room’s temperature and airflow and an easy way to operate it. So, an IoT-enabled fan with a Qualcomm chipset, sophisticated temperature and humidity sensors, a remote control (you have to buy it separately) and a mobile app from the homegrown consumer electronics brand Ottomate is, indeed, a cool treat. The standard version is available in two colours (mild grey and champagne gold), boasts a neat design and comes with an anti-dust coating. The one we reviewed had a 1,250 sweep (blade) size and was installed in less than 20 minutes by an Ottomate technician. The…