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Gadgets & Gizmos

May 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.

Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Living Media India Limited
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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airtel thanks programme with premium benefits relaunched

BHARTI AIRTEL, one of the leading telecom players in the country, has relaunched its Airtel Thanks programme. Introduced first in October last year, the programme offered various benefits such as membership to premium services including Amazon Prime, three months Netflix subscription, phone protection to name a few, to Airtel customers. Just like last year, this new Thanks Program has been designed to deliver exclusive rewards to Airtel users. Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel says, “#AirtelThanks is an ambitious programme that is built on deep technology and incredible partnerships. In its latest avatar, we are evolving the programme to deliver highly differentiated experiences that are tailored to our customers’ needs. We are also segmenting our customer base and ensuring that our high-value customers get VIP service. We are investing in…

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samsung introduces new 64 megapixel sensors for ultra-high resolution mobile photography

Mobile photography is evolving, and the new sensors are likely to help smartphones capture images at vibrant ultra-high resolution. The world’s leader in advanced semiconductor technology, Samsung Electronics, has come up ISOCELL Bright GW1, which is a 64Mp image sensor. This is the new addition to Samsung’s 0.8 micrometer pixel image sensor line-up, which is now available from existing 20 megapixel to the new ultra-high 64 megapixel resolutions. Samsung claims that the ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor uses pixel-merging Tetracell technology where four pixels are merged to work as one and remosaic algorithm that can produce bright 16 megapixel images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64 megapixel shots in brighter settings. GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues for capturing images resembling the way…

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no chink in android q’s armour

SOFTWARE updates for smartphones are not just about fixing bugs. They should also usher in a host of new features which will address all existing pain points and ensure a smooth, seamless experience. Although many swear by the iconic iOS, Android is the most popular operating system (OS) for smartphones today, and the major overhaul it is about to witness could enhance its performance by several notches. The final release of the new software is still a few months away, but Google has already released the Android Q Beta 3 for developers and early testers. As of now, it is far from perfect and all the features announced by Google are not live yet. However, we installed this version on Pixel 3 XL to get a glimpse of the new…

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lens comes to google go

WITH THE MISSION to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, Google has integrated the much-acclaimed Lens to the search app for entry-level smartphones. Announced during the keynote at Google I/O 2019 in California, this new camera capability in Google Go will provide visual information to help users explore the world and get things done throughout the day by putting information and answers where they are most helpful. For someone who does not understand the language and cannot read words, the camera on Google Go will be able to help. When a user will point the camera at text, Lens will be able to read it out loud. It will even highlight the words as they are spoken so that the user can follow and understand the…

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live relay by google

GOOGLE TOOK the stage at the Google I/O conference in California to talk about an interesting research project Live Relay. Using on-device speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion, the project will allow the phone to listen and speak on the users’ behalf while they type. By offering instant responses and predictive writing suggestions, Smart Reply and Smart Compose help make typing fast enough to hold a synchronous phone call. Live Relay could help people make and receive phone calls without voice or hearing. In the US, for example, there are relay and real-time text (RTT) services available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. These offer advantages in some situations, and Google’s goal is not to replace these systems. Rather, it aims to complement them with Live Relay as an additional option for the contexts…

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goodies at a premium price

The new hardware from Google, the Pixel 3a XL, is a toned down version of its flagship Pixel 3 but comes with the same good camera. Still, does it justify the high price tag in India? One will find some excellent features, though. For instance, unlike most of the premium smartphones with a glass rear, the 3a XL has a 6-inch full HD+OLED display in a polycarbonate unibody and the Pixel’s signature dual-tone finish at the back. I was able to choose the display colour from natural, boosted and adaptive modes, and became a big fan of Active Edge, which means squeezing the sides to activate Google Assistant. There is a SIM tray on the left panel, but one can also configure eSIM (works with Airtel and Reliance Jio) in…

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