• Delhi air pollution: Here’s how to pick the right air purifier for your home

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    Delhi air pollution: The city has been reeling under severe smog since Diwali. (Image source: PTI)
    You know you’re living in Delhi if your eyes burn, your throat is sore and your chest feels heavy. It’s been four days since Diwali night, however the cover of toxic air doesn’t seem to be lifting. The blame lies partly with the excessive fireworks display on Diwali night and partly with the farmers in Punjab who refuse to pay any heed to the environment and continue burning the crop stubble left behind after harvest.

    There’s also the failed attempt by the Delhi government in vacuuming the dust off our streets which continues to be a major source of fine particulate matter available freely in the air. Combine expert medical advice that urges people to leave the National Capital (if they want to be healthy) along with more experts who say…

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  • Apple MacBook Pro 2016 gets Touch Bar: Here’s the expected India pricing

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    Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will take a couple of weeks to ship in India.
    At least for a few weeks from now we won’t be able to say innovation has stalled at Apple. For what Tim Cook showed the world today in Cupertino could change the way we interact with our computers and also the software that runs on them.
    The new MacBook Pro series has a TouchBar and no function keys. This new Retina display strip under the screen and above the keyboard can be customised to do what you want — certainly much more than what the traditional function keys could do — adapt itself to work fluidly with whatever software is on the screen. So with Final Cut Pro you could use the strip to skip frames, or flip through 50 shades of gray to get the colour on your Batman suit perfect. You can even pay with the TouchBar since it ushers in the TouchID into the world of Macs.
    T…

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  • Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2016 compared to the 2015 model: Here’s what has changed

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    Apple MacBook Pro 2016 vs MacBook Pro 2015: Here’s what has changed with the new laptops.
    Apple MacBook Pro lineup has just been refreshed. The last time this happened was in 2015, when Apple introduced the MacBook Pro with Force Touch Keypad, but the 2016 upgrade brings some crucial new features. For starters, the Apple MacBook Pro is now coming in three variants: the 13-inch version without the new Touch Bar, the 13-inch version with the Touch Bar, and the high-end 15-inch version with a Touch Bar.

    The main change to the MacBook Pro is that Apple has gotten rid of the function keys on top, and instead introduced the new OLED Touch Bar which customizes according to the application you’re using. So for Final Cut Pro or Email or Safari, the bar will show specific function keys which apply to application rather than a generic set of funct…

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  • Reliance JioFi now costs Rs 900 less: Here’s all you need to know about the cheapest Jio device

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    Reliance JioFi device now costs Rs 900 less. Reliance JioFi device now becomes more affordable and is one of the cheapest way to access free data at the moment.
    Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has announced Reliance Jio’s 4G data plans which start as low as Rs 50 for 1GB. One of the better takeaways from his speech is that the Reliance JioFi device now costs Rs 900 less. The portable WiFi hotspot that comes with Jio 4G preview offer free was initially priced at Rs 2,899. It is already listed at Rs 1,999 on the company’s website now. “Experience high-speed data with JioFi device and Jio SIM. Unlimited for 90 days,” says the site.
    The Reliance JioFi device now becomes more affordable and is one of the cheapest ways to access free data at the moment. The JioFi device is backed by a 2,300 mAh battery and comes with Reli…

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  • 4K is ready to explode, here’s the reason why

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    There is one good way to check if a screen is 4K, or beyond. It will ideally seem sharper and clearer that the real life outside it. (Source: Amazon)
    There is one good way to check if a screen is 4K, or beyond. It will ideally seem sharper and clearer that the real life outside it. They are meant to evoke a sense of awe and they do that every time you look at a 4k screen playing ultra high definition content. However, there have been complaints over the past two years that this technology is beyond us in every sense, because it is not affordable and there is no content available to play on these screens. But I think the time for 4K has finally arrived. Here are four reasons why:
    1. Affordability: The first 4K televisions in India were priced upwards of Rs 15 lakh. Two years on you can own a 4K screen at as low as Rs 45,000. In fact, by the end of this year…

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  • Ringing Bells Freedom 9900 TV booking starts tomorrow: Here’s what you must know

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    Ringing Bells claims its Freedom 9900 TV is the cheapest LED TV in the market with HD resolution (Source: Hansa Verma)
    Ringing Bells, the company behind now popular Freedom 251 smartphone, has announced that it will open bookings for its Freedom 9900 LED TV from August 15. The company says the deliveries will start from next day.
    Ringing Bells was extremely criticised for foulplay after Freedom 251 announcement. The company was also under the scanner of enforcement directorate for alleged scam. But the company came clean on its promise of delivering an Android smartphone for just Rs 251. Freedom 9900 TV is a budget HD LED TV priced at just Rs 9,900.
    In a press statement, Ringing Bells has confirmed that the booking will be open only for one-day and will be done via company’s website. The company has confirmed that the product will b…

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  • Lenovo Yoga 710 convertible laptop launched in India: Here’s all you need to know

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    Lenovo Yoga 710 is available in Platinum Silver and Ebony Black colour variants.
    Lenovo Yoga 710 convertible laptop has been launched in India for users who need on-the-go connectivity. Yoga 710 is listed on the company’s website for Rs 85,490. The laptop offers its users, four different ways to work – Laptop, Stand, Tent, or Tablet. Yoga 710’s hinge and touchscreen display allows the screen to flip around 360 degrees. The Yoga wireless mouse supports Bluetooth 4.0 and can be converted into a remote for media player, presentations and other applications.
    Lenovo Yoga 710 features a 14-inch FHD IPS multi-touch display with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. “Ten-point multitouch technology provides a superior touch experience, greater responsiveness, and faster response times,” says Lenovo. The laptop is powered by s…

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  • Getting a 360-degree camera? Here’s how you use one

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    Phone apps can create 360-degree photos by stitching together images, but a 360-degree camera is required for video
    As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, curious users will face a new challenge: Figuring out how to take meaningful and compelling shots in what’s effectively a new medium.
    With 360 cameras, it’s tough to stay out of the shot, as there’s no hiding behind the lens. And old video habits – like following subjects as they move will be difficult. Whoever holds the camera no longer controls the field of vision. With 360 cameras, viewers do that in virtual-reality headsets, phones or computers.
    Some phone apps can create 360-degree photos by stitching together images, similar to a panoramic shot, but a 360-degree camera is required for video. Ricoh’s 360-degree Theta S camera sells for $…

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  • Apple iPhone SE, iPad Pro and new Watch in India: Here’s our buying guide

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    Apple iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7-inch and Apple Watch. Read buying guide for the new Apple devices before you put your money on the shop table.
    The latest wave of Apple devices, including a new iPhone SE made primarily for emerging markets, will start selling in India from today. Before you put your money on the shop table, read our buying guide for the new devices.
    Apple iPhone SE
    Price: Rs 39,000+
    Yes, this is the most powerful 4-inch smartphone. Given that the best alternatives are all Apples phones which are already a couple of years old, the iPhone SE comes across as a good phone for those who don’t want a large screen. The performance is in no way underwhelming despite the size and the camera is good too. However, this phone will be a downgrade for those who have used a larger screen. And gives that this one is priced higher than the larger…

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  • Dolby Vision is coming to India: Here’s What You Need to Know

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    Dolby Vision, put in layman’s terms, is an entire ecosystem of technology based around HDR, or High Dynamic Range
    More megapixels does not necessarily mean a better camera. That myth has now been busted, as people are understanding more about sensors and lenses. But the one-pixel myth persists: more pixels means a better screen.
    This is most prevalent with TVs. We’re seeing the advent of 4K or Ultra HD televisions, which boast of twice the resolution of a Full HD TV. Sharper images, the advertisements say. Better pictures than ever before, the billboards scream. But resolution is just a function of pixels. And like with cameras, more pixels or megapixels isn’t all that it takes to make a better screen.
    Dolby, more famous for its sound prowess, is now stepping into the visual space to make screens better. Its idea is to bring a holis…

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