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8 things you may not know you can do with government’s mAadhaar app

mAadhaar is the official mobile application developed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to give boost to the Digital India initiative of the Indian government. The app enable users to carry their Aadhaar information on their smartphone and use it whenever required. However, did you know that you can do a lot more with the app. So, here are 8 things that you may not know that can do using the mAadhaar app of the government.

The mAadhar app aims to let users carry their Aadhaar identity on their smartphones.

The mAaddhar app consists of your Aadhaar card details. This means that you can carry your Aadhaar card on your smartphone.

The app also allows users to lock and unlock their biometric data anytime. If the Aadhaar card holder turns on the biometric locking system then their Aadhaar data stays inaccessible till the time they disable the locking system.

Presently, the mAadhaar app is only available for Android users and the government is working on introducing the same for iOS users soon.

You will only be able to download and use the mAAdhaar app if you have a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop version and above.

The app also offers a feature called QR code. Using this, users can share and update their their data for e-KYC.

If your mobile number is attached to other Aadhaar cards in your family then you will be able to store up to 3 Aadhaar profiles in your smartphone and access them in the time of need.The mAadhaar app also allows users to update their Aadhaar app and can later view the updated information after competition of the updation process.

ALCATEL 1T 10

Too many a tablet is an entertainment device and to many it is a work station. The Alcatel 1T 10 tablet features a 10.1 inches (25.65 cm) touchscreen for your daily needs and runs Android v8.1 (Oreo) operating system to quickly open apps and games. The device is powered by a Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A7 processor paired with 1 GB GB of RAM to further enhance the user’s experience. It also has a 4000 mAh battery

Moon to get first mobile phone network

The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission.

Vodafone  Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said on Tuesday they were working together to support the mission, 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on the moon.Vodafone said it had appointed Nokia as its technology partner to develop a space-grade network which would be a small piece of hardware weighing less than a bag of sugar.

The companies are working with Berlin-based company PTScientists on the project, with a launch scheduled in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Vodafone said.
 “This project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure,” Vodafone Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter said.
One executive involved said the decision to build a 4G network rather a state-of-the-art 5G network was taken because the next generation networks remain in the testing and trial stage and are not stable enough to ensure they would work from the lunar surface.

CANON POWERSHOT G1 X MARK III POINT & SHOOT CAMERA

Cmeras have come a long way and have evolved a lot. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Point & Shoot Camera camera has CMOS Sensor sensor. As far as the ISO levels are concerned, this camera supports Auto, 100-25600 ISO. Movies can be recorded at a resolution of 1920×1080 Pixels (1080p HD),1280×720 Pixels (720p HD),640×480 Pixels (VGA). It supports memory card types of SD, SDHC, SDXC. Overall, this camera weighs and has 3.0 Inch display to click, and preview images.

1More Triple Driver Review: It’s all about the bass

he market is flooded with the a plethora of products when it comes to headphones – especially under the price range of Rs 5,000. Most of these headphones available in the market promise to offer great audio experience but often they lack the good build quality. So, if you want headphones that offer the best of both then here is a new kid on the block. The audio equipment manufacturer 1More recently introduced the 1More Triple Driver headphones that come with good build quality and claims to offer great sound experience. We used the headphones for some time and here’s what we think about it.

Design
1More Triple Driver headphones come with a stylish and trendy design that manages to impress the user in one look. The earbuds are made of aluminium and come in different colour options. The device features angled earbuds which offer a perfect fit to the user. The headphones completely fit into the ear with very little portion hanging out. The surface of the earbuds is sand blasted and textured for aesthetic appeal, and is also fingerprint resistant. Coming to the cable of the headphones, the cable comes in two different textures. The interior of the cable is enamelled copper wrapped around Kevlar fibre which increases the durability and tensile strength of the device.

The company claims that the cable is enhanced by TPE which offers comfort and softness. The cable is braided by nylon that keeps them from getting tangled. The cable consists of a remote with three buttons and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. The remote is made of plastic and it fails to match the overall design.The company also offers various silicon and foam eartips and a hard case which keeps the headphones safe while travelling. We liked the overall design and packaging of the earphones.

Performance
The 1More Triple Driver headphones focuses on delivering a powerful bass experience. Along with this, the headphones is also capable of providing good mids and treble. The device comes with two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver which manages to offer an intimate musical experience.

Together the armatures create a transparent audio experience. The armatures can withstand extremely high input of power and that too without any distortion. The company has also expanded the frequency range to 40,000 Hz that easily reproduced high-performance audio.

The prominent high treble offers an impression of great detailing which enables users to differentiate between various vocals. Along with this, the headphones offer robust bass output so that you can enjoy every beat.

The only problem that we had with the earphones is that they fails to offer zing and because of the strong bass the treble seems a disconnected. Moreover, in some songs we also felt that the mids were not that prominent but they were quite satisfactory. The device performed fairly well when it comes to answering calls. The mic performed well and there was no problem in answering calls.

 

Lastly, the 1More Triple Driver earphones manages to create a nice seal which help to seal out the extra noise. However, the headphones don’t offer active noise cancellation but the passive noise isolation offered by the headphones is also good enough.
Verdict
The 1More Triple Driver headphones come with a price tag of Rs 8,999. The headphones are not that revolutionary but they offer a good audio experience. Along with the satisfactory audio experience, the headphones also offer sturdy build quality with stylish looks. The multiple silicon and foam eartips are also an advantage. You can buy the 1More Triple Driver headphones if you are a bass lover.

Apple’s new ad is for Android smartphone users

 

hile other brands – mainly Samsung and Huawai  have been known to take pot-shots at apple  through its ad campaigns, the Cupertino-based tech giant rarely replies individually. However, the latest ad campaign released by Apple takes on Android  phones with a slew of short videos urging consumers to switch from Android to IOS

The series of four ads highlight a few features of iOS that are better than what Android has to offer. These range from security to recycling among others. The ad spot about security shows a man falling from “Your Phone” section to the iPhone section. However, he fails to do so as Apple’s software is secure and safe and won’t allow any sort of infiltration. It’s a message about how much better and safer Apple’s ecosystem is.

Apple has always been vocal about being eco-friendly and another ad spot reiterates this. A man drinking coffee just litters the cup and tries to get it to the iPhone section. A message reads how the iPhone is “assembled at zero waste to landfill facilities.”

The idea behind the ads seems simple: make people switch from Android to iOS. Like the third ad spot which shows how easy it is for anyone to set up an iPhone compared to Android devices. Similarly, the fourth and final ad spot showcases Apple’s customer service and how easy it is for customers.

The message Apple is sending through the ads is that it’s a safe, secure, reliable, trusted and eco-friendly brand. In other words, better than Android and hence the call to shift to iOS.

In the past we have seen how Samsung has always been actively taking digs at the iPhone through its ad campaigns. Apple has a message this time but it’s not for any particular brand but for all Android smartphones.

Microsoft to buy solar power in Singapore in first renewable deal in Asia

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it will buy solar power from the Sunseap Group in singapore, the technology company’s first renewable energy deal in Asia.

Microsoft will purchase 100% of the electricity generated from Sunseap’s 60 megawatt-peak solar power project for 20 years for its Singapore data operations, the software company said in a statement. Sunseap’s project consists of an array of solar panels on hundreds of rooftops across the city-state.

 “This deal is Microsoft’s first renewable energy deal in Asia, and is our third international clean energy announcement, following two wind deals announced in Ireland and the Netherlands in 2017,” said Chrisian Belady general manager, cloud infrastructure strategy and architecture at Microsoft.

Microsoft said it is on track to exceed its goal of powering 50 percent of its global datacentre load with renewable energy this year.
“Once operational, the new solar project will bring Microsoft’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to 860 megawatts,” Belady said.
 The solar project is under construction and will be operational by the end of the year, the companies said.

Airtel’s Rs 995 prepaid plan offers unlimited calls, 180GB data

Telecom companies are not ready to back off in the race of data war. Country’s leading telecom operator airtel has now introduced a new long-term plan for its prepaid customers.

The telco has rolled out a Rs 995 plan which is available for both 3G and 4G users. The service provider is offering unlimited local, STD and roaming calls with 100 SMS and 1GB data per day under the plan. The Rs 995 plan comes with a validity of 180 days.The Rs 995 plan from Airtel will compete against the Rs 999 plan from Reliance Jio. Under the Rs 995 plan, Relience jio roffers unlimited local and STD calling with 100 SMS per day. The plan will also offer 60GB data with no daily FUP limit and it comes with a validity of 90 days. Along with the above mentioned benefits, the plan also offers free access to all the Jio apps.

Earlier this year, Airtel revamped its Rs 199, Rs 448 and Rs 509 prepaid plans. The service provider is now offering more data under all the three plans. Earlier, with the same plans users used to get 1GB data per day and now they are eligible to 1.4GB data per day.
 The service provider is offering unlimited local and STD calls, 100 local and national SMS per day under the above mentioned plans. The Rs 199 plan comes with a validity of 28 days and the Rs 448 and Rs 509 packs are valid for the 82 days and 90 days respectively.
 The telco is now giving 39.2GB data in the Rs 199 pack instead of the 28GB. Similarly, the Rs 448 pack gives 114.8GB data which is higher than the 82GB data offered before. And the Rs 509 plan offers 126GB data which is more than the 90GB data which was offered earlier.

 Amazon Prime Music launched in India

The e-commerce major Amazon launched its Prime service in India back in 2016. The company has now expanded the service has launched Amazon prime music in the country.

The service was introduced last year and was exclusively available to Echo devices. But, now it is available for Android and iOS device and there is also a desktop version of Amazon prime  Music. The service is free for the prime members as it is included in the their annual membership. Along with this, the service will enable the Amazon Prime members to enjoy adfree music.

The users can select the music in different languages which include English, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati and Rajasthani. The music service also offers the option of offline music download and Alexa voice support which enables you to search for the song you want to listen with your voice.

The company claims that Amazon Prime Music offers millions of songs and gas playlists for Indian and International artists.

 Recently, it was reported that Amazon has agreed to buy video doorbell maker Ring. The deal valued Ring at more than $1 billion, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Amazon declined to discuss the terms. Ring is set to be one of Amazon’s most expensive takeovers, after its $13.7 billion deal last year for Whole Foods Market.
Currently, Ring devices can integrate with Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant Alexa. Users of Amazon’s Echo Show device can say, “Alexa, show my front door” to receive a live feed of activity around their home via Ring cameras.

 Asus Zenfone 5

The Mobile World Congress 2018 conference is still a couple of days away from concluding and we have already seen some of the most powerful smartphones of the year. Although brands like Samsung, LG, Sony and HMD are already out with their best offerings, Asus is one such brand that was yet to showcase its smartphones. The Taiwanese tech firm, following the tradition, has this time unveiled what it calls is its most powerful mobile device for 2018 -Zenfone 5Z. However, alongside the 5Z the company also debuted Asus zenfone 5which is essentially the same in design but with sligthly less powerful innards.

Gadgets Now got some time to spend with the which now has a new design and a better display than ever before. The handset is confirmed to hit the Indian shelves sometime this year. Until that happens, here’s our first impressions of the Asus Zenfone 5, giving you a fair idea of what the smartphone-maker has in store for its fans.

If you are familiar with Asus’ Zenfone lineup, it would only take you seconds to realise that the Zenfone 5’s design is a massive take off from that of the Zenfone 4 series or even the Zenfone 3. It is more block-shaped this time giving a better grip. Many may say it looks like the Apple iPhone X but then Asus tells us that even with a ‘notch’ at the top of the screen and the vertical rear camera setup, it has delivered an even better mobile device than the iPhone X.

The Zenfone 5’s 6.2-inch canvas seemed the most impressive among everything else in the limited time we spent with the smartphone. The screen shows content in full HD+ resolution and is also arguably world’s first to sport 19:9 aspect ratio display. For reference, the Galaxy 9s has 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Zenfone 5’s IPS display reproduces content impressively and the so-called ‘notch’ is smaller than that of the iphone x , showing tad bit more information than the Apple’s flagship.

Running Android 8.0 Oreo (ZenUI 5.0), the smartphone’s UI is cleaner now. The notification tray, camera UI and everything else is implemented keeping the ‘notch’ in focus. The executives told Gadgets Now that they have worked hard on removing the number of preloaded apps on the smartphone, something we have been complaining about in almost all our Zenfone reviews. The preloaded apps have gone down to just nine this time.

We even got a glimpse of the smartphone’s AI capabilities. The executives say that this time Asus has given special attention to AI and has integrated it even deeper than before. Most of the AI features are designed to work offline as well, something that for now sounds impressive if nothing else. Of course, you’ll get Google Assistant for everything else.

Best Gaming Laptops in India 2018

Over the past 12 months we have seen some of the most powerful laptops hitting the Indian market exclusively targeted at gamers. These gaming laptops come with top of the class specifications and a hefty price tag as well. We got our hands on some of these laptops and have reviewed. Some of the brands include HP, Asus, Acer, Dell and more. So based on our review ratings, here are the top seven gaming laptops that we found worth including in this list of 2017.

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501 – RS 2,99,999

The Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is one of the newest gaming laptop in the India market. With a review rating of 4 out of 5, it proved to one of the most well-performing laptops at a given price range. It has a 15.6-inch full-HD display and is powered by the 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, along with 16GB RAM and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. The variant we reviewed is priced at Rs 2,99,999.

DELL INSPIRON 15 7000 – RS 1,14,990

Don’t confuse its name with the one that launched last year. This year’s Inspiron 15 7000 proved to be strides better than the older one with its power-packed specifications and looks. With a rating of 4 out of 5, the device sports a 15.6-inch Full HD display along with 7th-gen Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. It also has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics processing unit on board.

MSI GE63VR RAIDER – RS 1,49,999

The MSI GE63VR Raider got a review rating of 3.5 out of 5 as it comes with a decent set of specifications and price combination. The unit we reviewed this year was priced at Rs 1,49,999. It has a 15.6-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate, Intel 7th generation core i7 processor coupled with GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5.

HP OMEN 17 (AN009TX) – RS 1,79,990

The HP Omen 17 (AN009TX) is the company’s newest gaming laptop in the series. The Rs 1,79,990 unit we reviewed got a decent rating of 3.5 out of 5. It comes with beastly set of specifications including a 17.3-inch full-HD display, Intel 7th generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD storage

The Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop which came out earlier this year, comes with a 15.6-inch screen, 7th generation of Intel Core i7 processor, 6GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GPU. You can get it at Rs 1,69,999 in the Indian market.

ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 – RS 1,69,999

The Acer Predator 15 (2017) gaming laptop has a 15.6-inch Full HD screen and got a decent review rating of 3.5 out of 5. The unit we reviewed is priced at Rs 1,59,990 and includes specifications such as Intel 7th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD along with 128GB SSD and NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU

ASUS STRIX ROG GL553VD – RS 1,36,990

The Asus STRIX ROG GL553VD unit we got is priced at Rs 1,36,990 and performed without any hassles. Powering the entire laptop is a 15.6-inch full HD screen, Intel 7th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD along with 256GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Review ,Good Smartphone, But Average Upgrade

he year 2017 has been great for Xiaomi as the Chinese brand managed to displace Samsung for the numero uno slot in the Indian smartphone market. The company owes a part of its success to xiaomi redmi note 4, which it claims was its best-selling smartphone during the year 2017. The company has now launched successor of its most popular smartphone in the country, Redmi Note 5 . Redmi Note 5 is the company’s first smartphone in this price segment to come with bezel-less display and a selfie flash. Xiaomi also claims that it has made some aesthetic changes to the handset vis-a-vis its predecessor. However, if one goes by pure-play specs then xiaomi redmi note 5 is not much different from Redmi Note 4.

We used the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 for some time to test whether it’s a worthy upgrade or not. So, here is our complete review of the smartphone.

Redmi Note 5 Design and Display

At first glance, you may actually feel that you are holding Redmi Note 4 and not Redmi Note 5. The smartphone shares almost identical looks as its predecessor. The similarity is all the more prominent at the rear side. The front of the smartphone has some difference to offer. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the first budget smartphone of the company to come with a bezel-less display. The device comes with a same chassis with antenna lines running across the device but the a large and bright display is its highlight.

The smartphone comes with minimal bezels on the sides and this time the smartphone also comes with a selfie light flash. The smartphone is also slightly slimmer as compared to the Redmi Note 4. The handset is appears sturdy and boasts of good build quality. In fact, it is quite solid when compared to most smartphones in the market.

Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch display with round edges and matte finish metal unibody. The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right, while the SIM card tray sits on the left. The audio jack and infrared sensors are located on the top and the charging port and speaker are at the bottom. The back side of the device houses a 12MP snapper with dual-LED flash and circular fingerprint sensor.

In all, Redmi Note 5 offers nothing new on the design front as there is nothing new and revolutionary that the device offers.

Display is the major highlight of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. This is the first time that the company has included a full-screen display in a Note series smartphone. The smartphone packs a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 1080×2160 pixel resolution. The 2.5D curved glass display is coated with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top which protects it from damage and scratches.

The display is sharp and the colours are also vivid with deep contrast. The images and videos also offer accurate colour reproduction but it is a bit reflective when used under direct sunlight. Other than this, the overall performance of the display is good for a sub-10K smartphone. Like all the other Xiaomi mobile , the Redmi Note 5 also comes with a Reading mode, which reduces the blue light emission and prevent the eyes from any kind of strain.

Redmi Note 5 Performance and Camera

It seems that the company devoted all its attention in making the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.The smartphone packs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor as there is in the Redmi Note 4.

The handset offers a balanced and efficient performance. It managed to do most tasks quite efficiently, be it gaming, multi-tasking or using heavy apps. We did not witnesse any lag or slowness during any of the tasks. The processor is not that great as the Snapdragon 636, but it is for a budget smartphones. In order to test the performance of the smartphone we also ran two benchmark tests. The device scored 77,682 on AnTuTu and 962 and 4324 on Geekbench.

The company has introduced two variants of the device — 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The users can add more storage by installing a microSD card. The device packs a 4,000 mAh battery, which is less when compared to Redmi Note 4, which has 4100 mAh battery capacity. The battery easily lasts up to a day on single charge. The company has not incorporated fast charging but despite that the smartphone charges quickly. The audio experience is also decent on both headphones and loudspeakers. The call quality and signal reception was also fine and we faced very few call drops.Despite being the first launch of the year, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system topped with the MIUI 9 layer of the company. The device offers all the features of Android Nougat and comes with all the standard apps from Xiaomi. These include pre-loaded apps like Amazon, WPS Office and Hungama. A company spokesperson also told us that they are working on Android Oreo Update for the smartphone and that it will be rolled out to Redmi Note 5 soon.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 offers similar camera specifications as the Redmi Note 4. The smartphone sports a 12MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash and a 5MP front shooter with Selfie Light.

However, the company has altered a few things in the camera department. The rear camera of the Redmi Note 5 features a 12MP shooter with larger pixel size of 1.25um pixels and f/2.2 aperture. In proper light or daylight, the handset managed to deliver some great shots. Moreover, the images captured in macro mode also turned out be good with apt colour reproduction and detailing.

The camera manages to focus quickly on the subject and it also captures the moving objects with ease. We noticed graininess and noise when we used the camera in low-light. The larger pixel size manages to capture more light but with the absence of electronic stabilisation some shots turned out to be blurry.

 Talking about the front camera, the device offers a 5MP snapper with selfie flash for capturing low-light selfies. The front camera comes with f/2.0 it captures good selfies in daylight. When we took some selfies in low-light the images turned to be good at sometime and bad at others.
 The device is capable of recording HD quality videos which is fine for the smartphone for this price segment.

Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good smartphone in the price bracket of Rs 9,999. However, the smartphone is surely not the right upgrade for those who have Redmi Note 4. As, apart from larger display and some tweaks in the design there is nothing new that the phone offers when compared to Redmi Note 4. Apart from this, we also feel that the device faces tough competition from the company’s Redmi Note 5 Pro which comes with a starting price tag of Rs 13,999 and offers better specifications and dual rear camera setup. However, for buyers with a budget of Rs 10,000, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good bet. However, anyone who has even slightly higher budget should go for Redmi Note 5 Pro.