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Gadgets & Gizmos July 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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2 min.
first take

GLOBAL STREAMING service Netflix has introduced a mobile plan for the Indian market. The ₹199 per month plan will allow users to access uninterrupted and ad-free Netflix content in standard definition (SD) on one smartphone or tablet at a time. This announcement comes a few days after Netflix announced its second-quarter results. Netflix has a subscription base of 150 million globally. While the company does not share region-wise subscriber base, a recent report by RedSeer Consulting, a Bangalore based research and consulting firm, estimates 11 million monthly active users (MAU) for Netflix in India. The launch of the new mobile-only plan is likely to get more subscribers to the Netflix platform. Netflix had three existing plans with the basic one starting at ₹499 per month, standard at ₹649 per month and…

2 min.
hp launcehes chromebook x360

Offering options to consumers, HP has once again introduced Chromebook in the Indian market. Claiming to reinvent the PC experience for modern, Gen Z consumers, the new Chromebook is powered by Chrome OS with access to Android apps. Available in one model for now -- Chromebook x360 (i3 and i5 variant), prices start at ₹44,990. Commenting on the revival of Chromebooks in India, Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc says, "The Chromebook x360 ushers in a whole new era of computing in the Indian marketplace, which is dominated by Gen Z. On top of it, India has more than 90 per cent share of Android. As the generation is growing up using Android, it makes this product suitable for their needs. The other insight we had was that users…

4 min.
makeover mantra

ALL OF US HAVE boxfuls of old snapshots, videotapes and audio cassettes, remnants of an era gone by but still fondly cherished. Digitising them could be a great idea as it would keep the data secure and also ensure instant access and hassle-free sharing. In case the idea of tech transformation intimidates you, help is at hand. For instance, there is Visakhapatnam based ScanCorner, a one-stop solutions provider for all your digitising needs, from scanning decades-old photographs and negatives to transferring audio and videotape content to DVDs. However, you will end up paying anywhere between ₹10 and ₹50 or more for digitising a single photograph/negative. Prices differ for transferring video content. Some companies may charge around ₹700 for a three-hour-long videotape while some will do it on the minute basis…

4 min.
apple maintains its privacy first approach: to introduce innovative features

Apple has always been serious about the privacy of its users. In 2016, it refused to unlock an iPhone for FBI. It even refused to develop a new unlocked version of iOS as it could potentially undermine the security of hundreds of millions of Apple users. Of late, the company has been in the news for privacy-related concerns. Recently, it was reported that some Siri recordings had been passed on to contractors working for the company around the world. Earlier this year, a FaceTime bug allowed the user to hear the audio of the person even before she answered the video call. While such instances are on the rise, the Cupertino giant maintains that it is committed to users’ security and privacy. Apple says that over many years of building processes…

3 min.
motorola one vision

Focussed on offering best performance and experience, Lenovo-owned Motorola is not a part of specification race. The company does not launch new phones loaded with latest specifications every quarter or two. Instead, it has always focussed on offering a great experience with stock Android. The recently launched One Vision is an example. Design Motorola One Vision is a good-looking and a tall smartphone. The all-screen display with punch hole on the left dominates the front and has noticeable bezels on all four sides around the screen. Power and volume buttons are placed on the right edge but reaching the latter gets a little cumbersome during single hand operations. The hybrid dual-SIM tray sits on the right edge, Type-C charging port and speaker grill at the bottom. One Vision has a glass rear with…

4 min.
a flagship arrives

Full-screen AMOLED display, check. In-display fingerprint sensor, check. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, check. The pop-up selfie camera, check. Triple camera module with a wide-angle lens, check. Priced under ₹30,000, check. Price starting at ₹27,999, the new Redmi K20 Pro ticks all right boxes. But what about performance? Design: Companies are experimenting with colour shift patterns. The rear glass on the Redmi K20 Pro has a colour play along with texture. Available in three options, my review unit was in black and red. While the front is all screen, there is a pop-up selfie camera and headphone port at the top, SIM-tray, Type-C charging port and speaker grill at the bottom, and the power and volume button on the right panel. Measuring 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm, and weighing 191 grams, it doesn't feel…