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Gadgets & Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos

November 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.
apple airpods pro priced at ₹24,900 goes on sale in india

APPLE’S all-new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation feature priced at ₹24,900 is now available in India. Featuring active noise cancellation in an in-ear design, Apple claims that the new buds are designed for immersive sound. Active noise cancellation is common in over-the-ear headphones. To implement that in the in-ear buds, it uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each ear and head-phone fit. Apple says this removes background noise to provide a uniquely customised, superior noise-cancelling experience that allows a user to focus on what they’re listening to – including music as well as a phone conversation. The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyse environmental noise. AirPods Pro creates an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener’s ear. A…

2 min.
opera mini introduces offline file-sharing

Taiwan-based Avision has launched what it claims to be the world’s first self-service copier (SSC) machine in India. Designed for the Indian market, the X2030 self-service copier integrates cloud printing, mobile payment and IoT technology to offer printing and copy service to the public, eliminating the need of a computer or service personnel. Making the copier easy to operate, the machine will have a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display. Eliminating the need to connect to an ethernet cable, it will connect to the available 4G WiFi hotspot. The machine will be equipped with high-yield 4,000-pages toner cartridges, will have a 250 sheets capacity tray, can print up to 30 copies per minute and will support mobile printing, cloud printing, USB printing and ID card copying. The machines can work 24*7. Claire Sung, Marketing…

2 min.
voot kids

EXPANDING ITS DIGITAL eco-system, Viacom 18 Digital Ventures has launched Voot Kids, a platform to offer fun and learning experience for kids. A stand-alone application, Voot Kids is Certified by Early Childhood Association (ECA) and has a collection of 20,000 videos, e-books, stories and quizzes. This is a subscription-based ad-free application available for iOS and Android platforms. They will be available in monthly and annual subscription plans of ₹99 and ₹799, respectively. With a mission to make screen time meaningful, the app has been designed for kids aged two to eight. It will offer a holistic experience focussed on viewing, reading, listening and playing. For content, Viacom 18 has partnered with Nickelodeon, Oxford University Press, Warner Media, Green Gold, Ceebeebies, TV Asahi, Sony Music, Hasbro, Mattel, Lego and many more. All…

2 min.
alexa’s multi-lingual mode to interact in english, hindi or hinglsih simultaneously goes live

After introducing Hindi and Hinglish language support for its digital assistant Alexa, Amazon has now rolled out the multi-lingual mode for the Indian audience. The digital smart assistant powering Echo range of speakers can now interact and respond in English, Hindi and Hinglish simultaneously. Alexa is the brain that powers Echo hardware, which was introduced in India almost two years ago and supported the English language until last month. Amazon says this multi-lingual mode can be useful in Indian households where users speak both Hindi and English interchangeably. Until now, consumers had to switch between Hindi and English to interact with Alexa in the respective language. The launch of this new feature will allow customers to switch between English and Hindi when talking to Alexa without changing the language setting. For…

4 min.
brilliant and buzzworthy

LUXURY IS ATTENTION TO DETAIL, originality, exclusivity, and above all, quality, said Angelo Bonati, the longtime CEO who turned Italy-based Officine Panerai into a cult watch brand before retiring last year. If you also believe the luxury veteran, take a look at these innovative and gorgeous pieces of technology. A few are available online, but it is best to get in touch with the respective companies and buy from them. As expected, many of these are insanely priced but blend perfectly with an opulent lifestyle. Sony Z9G 8K LED TV (98 inches) AN 8K MASTERPIECE is finally here to adorn your living room. With double the resolution of 4K, high brightness (specially developed to match the superb resolution) and projector-quality visuals, this television promises the most spectacular big-screen viewing that money can…

4 min.
wearables with sleep trackers

Sleeping helps heal the human body. However, according to the latest study by Fitbit, India is among the top few sleep-deprived countries in the world. The sleep insights revealed by Fitbit states that Indians are the second most sleep-deprived with an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 1 minute after the Japanese who get an average sleep of 6 hours 47 minutes. Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) is referred as a crucial aspect for emotion regulation, memory, and the peak stage of protein synthesis at the cellular level, which ensures that multiple processes in the body-work properly. Surprisingly, Indians and Japanese get only 77 minutes of REM sleep on average, the lowest in the world. Fitbit also recorded 57 minutes awake time (on an average) each night users' sleep, which…