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Gadgets & Gizmos September 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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first take

LENOVO HAS INTRODUCED new gaming machines under its gaming sub-brand Legion. After the popularity of its Y-series gaming machines, Lenovo introduced the Legion sub-brand last year, which competes against Dell’s Alienware and HP’s Omen.“With the launch of Legion series last year, we have managed to capture the number three spot with 19.2 per cent market share in hard-core gaming segment and aim to be the market leader in this space,” said Shailendra Katyal, Executive Director & India PCSD Consumer Leader, Lenovo. He added that it is important to understand what today’s gamer really wants: authenticity and portability. In the next few quarters, Lenovo plans to host a multi-city tournament in association with NVIDIA.The Y530 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is thermally optimised. The machine has been priced at ₹85,585…

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german camera maker leica to expand presence in india

Leica cameras that involve handwork are manufactured in Germany or PortugalGERMAN CAMERA maker Leica’s products have been available in India for long, but it was only in November last year that the company set up a base in the country. It has a store at Connaught Place, New Delhi, for customers to walk in and experience their line-up; sells lower entry-level models through Amazon India; and has a shop-in-shop in Mumbai and Bangalore. The company plans to introduce 3-5 Leica stores over the next three years in India.Not many are aware of this luxury camera company but unlike other camera brands, Leica prefers brand experience over advertisements. Sunil Kaul, Managing Director, Leica Asia-Pacific, talking about the India operations, says, “We did not come to India to make money. The effort,…

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xiaomi launches redmi 6 series

AFTER LAUNCHING the Redmi Note 5 series, Redmi Y2, Android One Mi A2, and a sub-brand Poco, the Chinese internet company has now launched Redmi 6 Series in India. The new smartphones will be available on Xiaomi’s website and Amazon India.The Redmi 6A is available in 2GB RAM with 16GB ROM for ₹5,999, and in 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM for ₹6,999. The Redmi 6 is available in two variants --3GB RAM with 32GB ROM for ₹7,999 and 3GB RAM with 64GB ROM for ₹9,499. The top-of-the-line Redmi 6 Pro will be available in 3GB RAM with 32GB storage for ₹10,999 and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage for ₹12,999. Prices will depend on rupee’s depreciation against the dollar.Redmi 6A features a 5.49-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with…

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apple begins iphone 8 repair

Some iPhone 8 units sold in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand and the US, have defective logic boardsAPPLE HAS acknowledged a manufacturing defect in last year’s iPhone 8 models but not in iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X. “Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 8 devices contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect. Affected devices may experience unexpected restarts, a frozen screen, or won’t turn on,” says the official support page. For the affected iPhone 8s, Apple will be offering repairs free of charge. A certain number of units sold in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand and the US, between September 2017 and March 2018, have the defect. Apple has launched a web page, where users can enter…

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worthy successors

XS MAXXSSEPTEMBER is usually time for Apple to unveil the iPhones for the year that the Cupertino giant has been working on for years. This year, it unveiled three new iPhones --iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Built on the same design as iPhone X, the new phones packs in a lot more power and, in a first for Apple, support dual SIM too.5.8-inch iPhone XS & 6.5-inch iPhone XS MaxRetiring the last year’s iPhone X (not in India yet), Apple has announced two new successors — 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max — with the latter having the biggest screen on an iPhone ever. They also support dual SIM and are IP68 certified (they can withstand up to two metres water for 30 minutes). Apple…

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health buddy

APPLE’S ANNUAL LAUNCH DAY came and went on September 12 and the Cupertino company ritually unveiled bigger and speedier phones – iPhone XS, XS Max and a slightly toned down and less expensive iPhone XR. But it was the juiced-up Apple Watch Series 4 that stole the show. Even those who complained about the incremental improvement of iPhones could not help applauding the vastly improved Series 4 as it has crossed the domain of fitness wearables and leapfrogged into the holistic realm of health monitoring.The fourth generation Apple Watch is sleeker than its predecessor, has a larger display (40 mm and 44 mm cases), and packs a whole bunch of heart health features, including its ability to perform an electrocardiogram (ECG) and detect atrial fibrillation or Afib, a heart rhythm…