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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
DELL INSPIRON 15 7000 – RS 1,14,990
MSI GE63VR RAIDER – RS 1,49,999
HP OMEN 17 (AN009TX) – RS 1,79,990
ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 – RS 1,69,999
ASUS STRIX ROG GL553VD – RS 1,36,990
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.
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.