• Apple Watch to get flag-themed Olympic edition bands

    Apple Watch Olympic edition bands will only be available in Brazil (Source: Trayvon Bromell, Twitter)
    It is almost time for the Rio Olympics 2016, and all tech companies are trying to cash in on Olympics inspired accessories. Apple plans to sell Apple Watch bands in national flag colours of 14 countries when the games start in August. For example, if you are from the UK, you will be able to cheer your athlete or team while sporting a ‘Union Jack’ inspired wristband on your Apple Watch.
    The catch, these national flag Apple wristbands will only be available in Brazil – specifically at the Apple Store at Village Mall (the sole location that will sell them) in Barra Da Tijuca, according to GQ. The report also states the bands will be available starting early August. The limited-edition nylon straps will be extremely exclusive, and only…

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  • Smartwatch sales decline 32 per cent as Apple Watch stumbles: IDC

    Apple Watch sales have stumbled and the entire smartwatch market has seen a decline of 32 per cent: IDC. (Source: AP)
    The smartwatch market has seen a 32 per cent decline in shipment in second quarter of 2016, reports research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple remains market leader, but was the only vendor in top five to see an annual decline in shipments, adds the IDC report.
    IDC’s data shows smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016, much below the 5.1 million shipments in Q2 of 2015. However, Apple which saw its first annual decline in shipments, is still the number one vendor with 1.6 million watches shipped.
    According to IDC, Apple Watch is still the same device that was launched in 2015, and the comparison for year-over-year is with the initial launch quarter.
    IDC analysts say c…

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  • Edward Snowden’s iPhone case will warn users of surveillance

    Your smartphone can send out information in airplane mode, or even if it is switched off
    Edward Snowden, and well-known hardware hacker Andrew Huang have announced a plan to present designs for a case-like device for Apple’s iPhone, which will check for surveillance. The device will keep a constant check-on what data is transmitted via an iPhone’s radio antennas.
    Snowden and Huang claim this device will be more trustworthy, than simply putting your phone on “airplane mode,” which can be spoofed or hacked. The duo is hoping to offer strong privacy guarantees to iPhone owners by shielding them from surveillance, and advanced hacking.
    “One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history,” Snowden told the MIT Media Lab crowd via video stream. “This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trad…

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  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 now available at limited period discount

    Microsoft Surface Pro 4 powered by Intel Core m3 processor is available on Amazon India at Rs 58,890 under special discount offer (Source: Nandagopal Rajan)
    Microsoft is now offering a limited period discount on Surface Pro 4 in collaboration with Amazon India and Reglobe. As part of the offer, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 powered by Intel Core M processor will be available for Rs 58,890 in exchange of their old tablet or laptop.
    The offer is very easy to redeem. Consumers first have to buy a Surface Pro 4 with Core M processor on Amazon India and then enter the order ID and details of the device they want to exchange on Reglobe’s website. Once the order details get verified, consumers will be notified on the exchange value of their old device. Microsoft says there will be an additional cash bonus of Rs 20,000.
    Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a…

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  • Xiaomi Mi Band 2 revealed by company CEO ahead of May 8 launch

    Xiaomi Mi Band 2 could feature a curved LCD display, a physical home button and come with heart rate sensor (Source: My Drivers)
    Xiaomi could launch the successor to its super cheap Mi Band on May 8. According to My Drivers, the company will launch the new fitness band alongside Mi Max smartphone at an event in Beijing.
    Mi Band has been one of the most affordable fitness tracker in the market for quite a long time. And now Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun has posted a picture of what looks like the Mi Band 2.
    The picture posted by Lei Jun suggests Mi Band 2 will feature a curved LCD display and physical button. The addition of LCD display should allow users to view their activity stats right on the tracker rather than digging on the app.
    Xiaomi had launched Mi Band Pulse in China with a heart rate sensor so it is likely Mi Band 2 will feature heart rat…

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  • Transcend DrivePro 50 with F/1.8 lens and built-in WiFi launched

    Transcend DrivePro 50 is a dashcam capable of recording Full HD images and also has a G-sensor emergency recording function
    Transcend has launched DrivePro 50, its latest car video recorder in India. The DrivePro 50 is the successor to DrivePro 220 and now comes with built-in WiFi and better image sensor.
    Transcend DrivePro 50 features an image sensor with larger f/1.8 aperture for better image reproduction in low-light. It also comes with built-in WiFi and a built-in battery.
     
    Transcend DrivePro 50 is a dashcam capable of recording Full HD images and also has a G-sensor emergency recording function. The DrivePro 50’s built-in G-Sensor instantly triggers the Emergency Recording mode when it detects an impact during recording.
    Transcend DrivePro 50 comes bundled with 16GB microSDHC card slot and starts recording once th…

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  • Google Project Jacquard Smart commuter jacket announced in tie-up with Levi’s

    Google and Levi’s have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment (Source: Google)
    Google and denim jeans company Levi’s have developed a new jacket that lets users interact with their smartphones by swiping at the garment in various ways, a media report said.
    Called the ‘Commuter Trucker Jacket’, the garment is aimed at cyclists who may be too busy riding and concentrating on their surroundings to reach into their pockets and fiddle with their phones, Forbes reported on Friday citing Paul Dillinger, company head of global product innovation.
    The jacket is apparently waterproof – except for a detachable electronic smart tag that activates a wireless connection between the clothing and a mobile device.
    “If you get this thing dirty, you put it in the washing machine,” said…

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  • Noble Skiodo TV launches 42-inch Smart TV at Rs 49,000

    Noble Skiodo can be connected to with four USB and three HDMI ports
    Noble Skiodo TV has announced the launch of its UHD (4K) Noble 42KT424KSMN01 LED TV. The TV’s built in Wifi will allow you to stream live videos, surf the web, or watch YouTube.
    Noble Skiodo’s remote has a built-in keyboard that allows you to type in your URL with ease. Noble Skiodo has a special feature entitled Sports Mode – promising to enhance the experience of viewing a game.
    The 4K TV allows for a wide viewing angle. Additional features include volume adjustment through bass and treble adjuster along with an auto volume leveler. You can also connect any device to open files, play music, watch videos, etc. using a USB drive. The in-built digital media player supports various media formats.
    Noble Skiodo can be connected to with four USB and three HDMI ports. VGA po…

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  • Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 can survive a 1.6 meter drop

    Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 5 survived up to 80 per cent of the time when it was dropped face-down from 1.6 meters
    Corning Incorporated – the company that makes Gorilla Glass for smartphones – has unveiled Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The new cover glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops. In the Corning labs, the Gorilla Glass 5 survived
    In it’s press release Corning Inc said, “Rigorous lab tests show that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competitive glass designs.” Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 5 survived up to 80 per cent of the time when it was dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces compared to other glass designs.
    “With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass te…

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  • Xiaomi celebrates 2nd anniversary in India: Offers discounts on Mi 5, Mi 4i and other accessories

    Mi India has announced a couple of new offers for its Mi 5, Mi 4 smartphones, Mi power bank and Mi in-ear headphones.
    Xiaomi, which entered the India market in 2014, is celebrating its second anniversary in the country. Mi India has announced a couple of new offers for its Mi 5, Mi 4 smartphones, Mi power bank and Mi in-ear headphones. Mi Anniversary discounts will be available from July 20 to July 22 on Mi.com online. Some offers are also available on Flipkart. The company also unveiled several new products including Mi power bank with 10,000mAh capacity and Mi Capsule earphones.
    Xiaomi is offering a discount of Rs 2,000 on its Mi 5 smartphone, which is now available at Rs 22,999. Mi 4 gets a discount of Rs 4,000; which now costs Rs 10,999. The smartphone is originally price at Rs 14,999. Mi Bluetooth speaker now costs Rs 500 and can be bou…

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