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Gadgets & Gizmos June 2018

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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abaj smart led hd tvs

ABAJ HAS ANNOUNCED the launch of its latest smart TV in the Indian market. It is a 55-inch full HD LED TV with an A+ Grade panel which the company claims has been optimised for watching movies, music, sports, games, online content and more with a 178-degree viewing angle. It runs Android 4.0 and above with pre-installed apps like Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Netflix. The TV features narrow bezel and sound output of 8W x 2 speakers. It supports a five-band equalizer, is PC-compatible, and has LAN connectivity and built-in WiFi. It is powered by Quad Core A7 850MHz with Dual Core MALI450MP2 400MHz GPU, has three HDMI ports, and two USB ports. It uses a LINUX operating system and offers the option of Mouse Cursor on Remote. The…

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amazon introduces alexa for hospitality

AMAZON'S ALEXA FOR HOSPITALITY will help hotels, vacation rental and other hospitality players give a voice-first experience to guests. Amazon Echo smart speakers will be placed in hotel rooms and guests will be able to talk to Alexa for accessing hotel information, room service, housekeeping, controlling lights/thermostats, and playing music. Amazon will work with major property management, ticketing and guest engagement solutions to make Alexa integration simple for hotels. To start with, Marriott International is introducing the experience at select properties under Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels, and Autograph Collection Hotels starting this summer. However, even before Amazon optimised Alexa for the hospitality industry, smart voice assistants have been deployed at some of the hotels, including Wynn Las Vegas and Hotel Park…

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google adds continued conversation to home speakers

SMART SPEAKERS have been understanding commands and responding in real time. But till now, they could process only one command at a time and not make a conversation. As promised at Google I/O 2018 last month, the Home Speakers are now getting support for continued conversation. Jacklyn Konzelmann, Product Manager, Google Assistant, explained in a blog post, "We’re taking another step forward in making your interactions with the Google Assistant more natural with Continued Conversation, available starting today on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max." So, instead of calling out 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google' every time, the Home Speaker would be able to understand when it is spoken to and would be able to respond to several requests during the conversation. For instance, you can say "Hey Google, what’s…

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amazon now rebranded to prime now

AMAZON INDIA has rebranded its grocery service Amazon Now to Prime Now, offering two-hour delivery to Prime members. Available to customers in Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad, the service is available any time between 6 am and midnight; consumers can order as late as 10 pm for midnight delivery. Same-day and next-day delivery will remain available for all Amazon users, in two-hour slots from 6 am to midnight. For this, Amazon India has 15 fulfilment centres equipped with temperature-controlled zones. The centres also store kitchen appliances, beauty products and household supplies available on Prime Now. “On Prime Now, customers can shop for products from our Now store, which is fulfilled by Amazon. We have invested in customised infrastructure at fulfilment centres for faster deliveries and chill chains to maintain temperature…

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blackberry key2 with a physical keyboard, dual camera, unveiled

VANNTED AS the world’s most secure Android smart phone, Blackberry’s KEY2 has just been unveiled. A sequel to last year’s KeyOne, this is a mid-range Android smartphone with a physical keyboard. It is also the first Blackberry with a dual camera. The KEY2 operates on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes a Speed Key – the universal shortcut key for instantly accessing apps, contacts, and other repetitive use functions. The manufacturer says the phone offers a two-day battery backup and a battery that supports Quick Charging (faster than usual charging optimised for the type of voltage available). The KEY2 is available in both the 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage versions with both supporting expandable storage of 256 GB. The phone’s body is sturdy aluminium hosting a 4.5-inch touch display protected with…

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samsung launches concert series tv for the indian market, to focus on the sound experience

Samsung has refreshed its QLED TV offering and expanded its UHD range. The Korean technology giant is not just focusing on the premium category but has also introduced a new Concert series, a 'Make for India' innovation. Focusing on the Indian consumers’ need for immersive and quality sound, Samsung’s Concert series will have four speakers embedded, instead of the regular two. Each channel is said to deliver 10W sound output to pack a total output of 40W surround sound experience. The Concert TV series will be available in Smart Concert (smart TVs) and Joy Concert (non-smart TVs). Smart Concert will feature Bluetooth capability to pair with smartphones or speakers and a customisable advanced user interface. There will be a Smart Hub feature which will allow users to access Live TV and…