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Gadgets & Gizmos October 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.
asus zenbook pro duo and zenbook duo

TAIWANESE PC manufacturer Asus on Thursday launched two new dual-screen laptops — the ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581) and ZenBookDuo (UX481) — in the Indian market. Part of the brand’s dual-screen laptop line-up, both the laptops feature secondary touchscreen atop the keyboard. The company says that these new laptops are designed to de-clutter usage of various screens and unlock efficiencies through a singular and integrated offering. Arnold Su, Head of Consumer Notebooks and ROG Business, ASUSIndia, says, “The need for the industry to evolve with the changing times necessitates innovation. As one among the industry incumbents, we realised it was both an opportunity and responsibility for us to push the envelope, disrupt the status quo and come up with a magnificent offering that would not only enable greater productivity but also ignite…

2 min.
opera mini introduces offline file-sharing

Eliminating the need for having a dedicated file-sharing app on smartphones, Oslo-based Opera has introduced an offline file-sharing feature to its popular Opera Mini browser. Offline file-sharing feature can be used to transfer images, videos and audio files between nearby devices. Claiming it to be fast and secure, the browser will not be depended on slow mobile networks or using mobile data. The native offline file-sharing feature in Opera Mini can transfer files at a speed of up to 300MB/s. “Opera Mini is the mobile browser of choice for more than a hundred million people. With the new offline file-sharing feature, Opera Mini users can now choose to share files at high speeds with people in their proximity without worrying about low speeds or expensive mobile data,” says Kystian Kolondra, Head…

5 min.
alexa, google assistant powered best smart speakers

WIRELESS SPEAKERS and devices with built-in AI-powered voice assistants are a rage these days. Imagine playing your favourite music, fetching news updates, adding things to your shopping list or controlling compatible home appliances with just a voice command. Smart voice assistants for smartphones had been there for a while but Amazon popularised this concept for homes with its virtual assistant Alexa. From just being speakers, the category has evolved into smart devices. While some of popular virtual assistants include Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, only smart devices powered by Alexa and Google Assistant are widely available in the country. These are commonly known as smart speaker Alexa and smart speaker Google. Interestingly, you can interact with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in Hindi as well. If you are…

3 min.
first time buyers must go for it

A mid the overcrowded Android smarthphone space across the price spectrum, the annual launch of new iPhones each year is followed by most with high expecnottations. The recently launched iPhone 11 Pro does disappoint. While it has a similar design language as of the previous generation iPhone XS, a lot has changed – improved display, new camera module, better battery and next-gen processor. Design This is for the third year in a row that Apple has not changed the size and basic design of the new iPhone. The iPhone 11 Pro looks similar to the last year’s iPhone XS and two-year old iPhone X. It has a 5.8-inch display with a wide notch at the top. No, Apple has not experimented with a tear-drop notch or pop-up selfie camera. The reason being…

3 min.
the best smartwatch in the market

Positioned as the ideal health and fitness tracker, the Apple Watch has improvised with every new iteration. The Series 5 takes it a notch higher. Always-on display: Looks identical to the Apple Watch Series 4, the biggest update to the Series 5 is the Always-on display. With the new Always-on display on Series 5, the screen only dims and continues to show the time with other relevant information on the selected watchface. Raising the hand or tap on the watch brings it back to full brightness. Apple has used advanced technologies such as low-temperature polysilicon and oxide display (LTPO), ultra-low power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit and new ambient light sensor along. But does it take a toll on the battery life? Well, sort of. With the Always-on display…

2 min.
one band, many benefits

Xiaomi has done an excellent job this time in terms of utility, precision and affordability. This fitness band is lightweight, much like the previous editions, has a simple design but has loads of features and a power-packed battery. At the centre of the capsule-shaped body is a 0.95-inch OLED screen with good touch response and excellent sunlight legibility. Just below the display is a circular capacitive touch button for going back to the previous screen. The silicon straps are comfortable, and you can sport a new band face now and then, choosing from a long list of options. To get started, I paired the device with the Mi Fit app. The home screen displays time, date and day along with battery status and step count. I could access a host of…