• Delhi air pollution: Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 to Philips 3000 series, the air purifiers to consider

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    Delhi air pollution continues: Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 and more, the top options to consider. ( Image Source: PTI)
    Delhi’s air remains polluted nearly 4 days after Diwali with PM2.5 levels crossing 900 per cubic metre, while PM 10 levels were also in the near 900 mark in various parts of the city. In most cities such pollution levels would be enough to call for a complete shut down, but of course in Delhi life goes on. The only solution appears to be investing in an air purifier, which of course is temporary relief.
    In our own case, we’ve seen two air eurifiers (a Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 and a Phillips AC4025 40 Watt Air Purifier) struggling to cope with Delhi’s smog inside a bedroom. At best, the PM2.5 level falls to 250 after the peak of 600. For now it doesn’t look like the smog is going away anytime soon, and getting an Air Purifier, at leas…

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  • Microsoft launches updated Surface Book with 16-hour battery at $2,399

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    Microsoft’s upgraded Surface Book comes with Intel Core i7 processor, twice the graphics performance and 16-hour battery life (Source: Reuters)
    Microsoft has refreshed its Surface Book portfolio with 30 per cent more battery life and double the graphics performance. At its October event, Microsoft announced upgraded Surface Book which is the most powerful version ever produced. Microsoft is calling the new device – Surface Book i7 – clearly denoting the use of Intel’s Core i7 processor. Microsoft’s updated Surface Book features NVIDIA’s GTX 965M GPU capable of pushing 1.9 teraflops of graphics performance. Microsoft says it redesigned the cooling system in order to allow the processor and GPU work in full force. Microsoft is also touting the battery life upgrade to 16 hours – which definitely means all day battery lif…

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  • Google’s new smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 arriving early 2017

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    Google’s own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2017 (Source: Android Police)
    Google is reportedly working on two new smartwatches based on Android Wear 2.0. The smartwatches first rumoured in July this year are expected to launch early next year. Google recently delayed Android Wear 2.0 till early next year and might debut the new wrist friendly version of Android alongside the new smartwatches.

    Google is currently revamping its hardware ambitions big time. The company recently ditched the Nexus smartphone brand to announce its own Pixel range. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are the most premium Android smartphones one can buy right now. Google is probably preparing its own smartwatches in order to better compete with other smartwatch makers and particularly help Android Wear watche…

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  • Intex launches two new Bluetooth 2.1 speakers at Rs 2,999 in India

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    Intex IT 212 SUFB comes with Bluetooth connectivity, a SD card slot, a USB port, an Aux port and a built-in FM tuner
    Intex Technologies has added two entry-level 2.1 speakers to its home speaker range with the launch of the IT 212 SUFB and IT 213 SUFB models. With the addition of these two speakers, Intex now has 27 models of 2.1 speakers, 15 models in its 4.1 series and 10 models in its 5.1 series speakers.

    Director and Business Head – Consumer Durables & IT Peripherals, Intex Technologies, Nidhi Markanday said, “Brand Intex has been a household name for years and synonymous to sound & music. Intex has always provided consumers with best of the technology at competitive prices. We as a brand understand the pulse of consumers and hence been able to provide the innovative and stylish products catering to different age groups. We are sure…

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  • UE Roll 2 launched in India with better wireless range at Rs 8495

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    UE Roll 2 is IPX7 rated and can be immersed in liquid up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
    Ultimate Ears has announced the successor to its UE Roll wireless speaker. The aptly named UE Roll 2 wireless speaker continues on the legacy of first generation’s anywhere-you-go-proof wireless mobile speakers.
    UE Roll 2 weighs 330 grams and has a diameter of 135 grams. The speaker is IPX7 rated and can be immersed in liquid up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. UE Roll 2 rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for up to 9 hours and has a charging time of 5.5 hours.
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    UE Roll 2 can be paired with up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices. The speaker can connect up to two source devices at the same time. There is also support for wirelessly streaming to 2 UE Roll 2s from one single source.
    “Thanks to its bungee cord loop, UE ROLL was our most port…

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  • Xiaomi’s Mi Air Purifier 2 review: The cheaper, simpler option

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    Xiaomi Air Purifier 2 itself is pretty compact and won’t occupy much space in your house (240 x 240 x 520 mm is the size)
    Xiaomi’s Mi Air Purifier 2 has officially launched in India at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The WiFi-enabled Mi Air Purifier is part of Xiaomi’s range of IoT products, most of which are available in China. For India, this is the first IoT-based home product from Xiaomi; one that is strategically chosen given the deteriorating air quality in the country.
    Air pollution remains one of the most talked about topics for a city like Delhi. You don’t need to go to the live AQI index to know that Delhi still has air pollution problems. And pollution in upcoming Tier-II and Tier-III cities has hardly been addressed. So don’t be surprised if more players launch air purifiers and similar products.

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  • Crusaders PM 2.5 Air Quality Monitor launched in India, priced at Rs 4,999

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    Crusaders air quality meter is fitted with a PM2.5 Laser Meter, that can give real time readings on PM2.5 particles in the air
    Crusaders has announced the launch of its “Crusaders PM 2.5 Air Quality Monitor” that is designed to check the quality of air in the immediate environment of a user. The AQM can be used to check the air quality of rooms, public areas, cars, etc. The product parts on the device includes a main device having an Air inlet, Air outlet, display and charging jack.
    Crusaders air quality meter is fitted with a PM2.5 Laser Meter, that can give real time readings on PM2.5 particles in the air. It comes with an auto standby option when the device is left idle time of two minutes. The AQM comes with an in-built Li-ion rechargeable battery.
    To use the air quality monitor press and hold the ON/OFF button for three seconds. LED lig…

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  • Xiaomi Mi Band 2 launched in India: Price, specifications and features

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    Mi Band 2 has introduced a digital heart rate monitor which also works like a heart rate sleep assistant
    Xiaomi has launched its new fitness tracker in India today, called the Mi Band 2. The band features an OLED display, with a physical button underneath it. The OLED display will show functions like time, heart rate and steps taken. The band gives alerts for calls, app notifications and can also be used for phone unlocking.
    Mi Band 2 has introduced a digital heart rate monitor. It also works like a heart-rate sleep assistant, and is IP67 splash resistant just like the the original Mi band, allowing it to be used while taking a shower, workout sessions and more. By tapping on the button, it lets a user view information like heart rate and steps taken.
    Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is thickest at 10.5mm, and weighs in at 19gms. Xiaomi claims that t…

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  • Apple Watch Series 2 review roundup: Smartwatch, Fitness Tracker or just a minor upgrade?

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    Apple Watch Series 2 requires an iPhone 5 device or later running iOS 10 (Image: Apple)
    Apple has finally updated its smartwatch offering simply called ‘Apple Watch’. The second generation smartwatch is called ‘Apple Watch Series 2’ and features a new GPU, which gives it twice the performance in comparison with the first Apple Watch. The watch is also the first to ship with Apple’s latest watchOS 3.
    Apple Watch Series 2 looks exactly like the first generation watch, but has some cool new features tucked inside. It has a thinner display which features 1000nits of brightness making for a better readability under direct sunlight. The addition of GPS in the watch, makes for a more capable running companion.
    Apple Watch Series 2, like the original Apple Watch, has a stronger focus on fitness tracking, and with its new waterproof desi…

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  • Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple AirPods: First Impressions, India price and More

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    Apple Watch Series 2 is here with GPS, and will be swim-proof. (Source: Nandagopal Rajan)
    While Apple announced two new version of the iPhone 7, there were a couple of other important announcements at the keynote on September 7. The Apple Watch Series 2 was announced with a better, faster, processor and swim-proofing. The AirPod meanwhile became Apple’s first wireless device, ushering in a new era. Here is what we thought of the two new devices.
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    The Apple Watch Series 2 is swim-proof and can resist water till depths of up to 50 metres. But how do you achieve something like this in a smartwatch with a bunch of entry points for the water to get it? Well, you cap most of the entry points and for the rest use the speaker to expel the water. Simple when you look at it, as speakers use air to create sound and the same air can be use…

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