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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Backup Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch via iTunes or iCloud 

    Highlights You can easily back up data stored on your iOS devices You can do this via iCloud or iTunes The process is simple and costs nothing in most cases

    If you lose or damage your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you don’t want to be losing all of your data. Think about all of the pictures, videos, messages, passwords, and other files on your smartphone. If you lose or damage one device, you could end up losing a significant chunk of your life. There’s one easy and effective way to ensure that you never lose data

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Download and Install iOS 11 Public Beta 

    Highlights You should back up your iOS device first iOS 11 beta has a lot of excellent new features Don’t install this on your primary iOS device

    It’s that time of the year when Apple releases a preview of the next version of iOS

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Download a Copy of Your Aadhaar Card 

    It is time to link your Aadhaar number with PAN card if you plan to file tax returns on or after July 1. In case you’ve misplaced your Aadhaar card, don’t panic because you can easily download a fresh copy. It needs you to know your Aadhaar number, but you can easily look that up online. The unique 12-digit government identification is not compulsory to have, but it serves as an identity proof on most forms that you’ll fill, and some government agencies also require the Aadhaar these days. It is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Indian government.

    How to Link Aadhaar With PAN Card Online

    The good thing about Aadhaar is that unlike some other identity cards, its digital copy, downloaded from the UIDAI website, is as valid as the original card. So whether you’ve misplaced your card and need a new one, or just wanted to get a digital copy of the card to submit with a form online, the official website has you covered.

    Enrolling for Aadhaar is free and so is the process to obtain a digital duplicate; just follow the steps below and you’re done.

    How to Link Aadhaar to PAN by SMS

    Getting your UID number

    To download a copy of the Aadhaar card, you need to know your UID number or your Enrolment ID. If you’ve gotten your Aadhaar already, then it’s generally a good idea to note down the number somewhere. If you’ve misplaced the Aadhaar, then look for the enrolment form to check your Enrolment ID. In case you don’t have either, then you need to look this number up first. Here’s what you need to do:

    Go to the UIDAI website.

    Make sure that Aadhaar No (UID) is selected from the two options near the top of the screen.

    Type in your full name, as printed on the Aadhaar card.

    Type either the email address or phone number that you used to register for Aadhaar.

    Enter the characters you see in the image above Enter the Security Code.

    Click Get OTP.

    A one-time password will be sent to your email address or phone number, whichever you entered in the form. Enter this password in the form next to Enter OTP.

    Click Verify OTP.

    Now you’ll receive your Aadhaar number on via SMS or email.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 30, 2018 Permalink |

    How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10 

    Highlights You can go back to iOS 10.3 from iOS 11 beta The process is not as easy as installing iOS 11 beta You need to connect your iOS device to a PC or Mac

    If you are reading this, it means you probably downloaded and installed iOS 11 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and are regretting the decision. Switching back to an older version of iOS is not as simple as installing iOS 11 beta. We’ve always advised you to take a complete backup of your iOS device before attempting adventurous things like switching to beta versions of iOS. If you did that, you don’t have much to worry about at all.

    If you did not take a full back up, you may lose some data while downgrading to iOS 10. There’s a simple reason for this

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 30, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Add Touchscreen Home Button on iPhone, iPad 

    The home button is the biggest button on iOS devices and probably the most important one. It’s a great example of what makes the iPhone and iPad so easy to use – that single button will always take you to the homescreen no matter what you’re doing. On many Android devices, home is a software button that disappears inside apps, leaving you feeling stuck, but the physical home button on iOS devices is always there. At the same time, power users can double and triple tap the button for additional functions.

    Unfortunately, this extensive usage means that the home button can become unresponsive. This can really make using the device frustrating, particularly if you’re using an older device that doesn’t support gestures. If you’re facing the same problem, then you should enable the software home button option on your iOS device, and this is how you do it:

    Open Settings.

    Go to General > Accessibility

    Scroll down to the section labeled INTERACTION and tap on AssistiveTouch.

    On the next screen, toggle AssistiveTouch to the green On position.

    A white circle with a grey box will appear on screen. Tap this circle to expand it to a big box on screen. The square Home button at the bottom of the box functions exactly like the physical home button – you can use it to single tap, double tap, or long press the home button even if there is a hardware problem. The grey box remains visible and usable in all apps.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 30, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Download and Watch Amazon Prime Video Movies and TV Shows Offline 

    Highlights Prime Video lets you download movies to your Android or iOS device The offline viewing period varies from title to title You can’t download videos on your laptop

    For film and TV buffs, the new age of streaming services in India is great, but poor connections can throw a spanner in the works. The good news is that most of the popular service allow you to download these videos to watch later. Whether you want to download a movie or show during the night to watch it the next day, or whether you want to download something to watch when you’re on a flight, the option is there for you.

    We’ve written in the past about how to download videos on Netflix, and today, we’re going to walk you through the same process for Amazon Prime Video. The whole process is really simple, though there are a couple of things you need to know.

    First off, you can only download the videos to your smartphone or tablet. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS, but you cannot download the videos to your laptop. Secondly, you can download a maximum of 15 Prime titles at a time – across all devices linked to your account. Finally, the downloads are viewable only for a limited period, after which you will have to renew the file by connecting to the Internet. This period varies from title to title.

    With this in mind, here are the steps you need to follow to download videos from Amazon Prime Video on your Android or iOS device. The steps work in the same way on both.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Become an Amazon Prime Member, What’s the Membership Fee, and How to Avail Free Trial 

    Highlights You can become an Amazon Prime member for Rs. 499 You can sign up for Prime without paying anything You only have to pay after the first month is over

    Amazon Prime is a loyalty programme from Amazon that charges you a membership fee, but then gives you offers such as free shipping, free next day delivery (on some orders), early access to certain Amazon sale offers, lightning deals, exclusive discounts, and also, access to Amazon Prime Video. It’s a pretty good deal overall considering you only pay a nominal price, and becomes especially lucrative when you realise it includes Prime Video streaming service too. Moreover, it gives you access to attractive deals in Prime-exclusive sales. Wondering how to become an Amazon Prime member? We detail everything you need to know.

    Amazon Prime membership fee

    The Amazon Prime membership fee is Rs. 499 for the whole year, a small sum to pay for the free shipping, bundled video streaming service, and discounts during sales. Moreover, users can opt for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial, which entails all the benefits associated with the service without any costs involved. However, if a sale is about to start or is going on, such as the Amazon Prime Day Sale on July 10 and 11, you cannot sign for the free trail to the service.

    Amazon lets you sign up for Prime and try it out for one month before you decide whether or not you want to pay for it, and if after a month you’re not interested, just don’t renew the subscription and you won’t be charged for it at all.

    How to become an Amazon Prime member Open the Amazon website or the Amazon app (Android

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Disable Snapchat’s Snap Map 

    Photo Credit: Snapchat/YouTube

    Highlights Snap Map shows where your friends are It updates location every time you open the app Enable ‘Ghost Mode’ to hide yourself

    Although Snapchat’s newest feature

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates 

    Highlights You can now add photos or videos as WhatsApp Status updates You can upload multiple images or clips as updates The updates all disappear after 24 hours

    When WhatsApp turned eight in February, it has launched a new feature that seems to be pointing to a future where the app moves away from text messages, and relies much more heavily on photos and short videos – the ephemeral status update. This newest feature from the Facebook owned messaging company bears more than a passing resemblance to social rival Snapchat, and the update hasn’t just added a new tab for the status in the menu on top of your screen, but also a camera button right in the middle of things, which can be used to update your status, or a contact, or group. It’s an exciting change, and it’s really straightforward too, but in case you have any doubts about how to use the feature, here’s what you need to know about the revamped WhatsApp Status updates.

    What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?

    You mean the line which most people completely ignored, leaving it on the default “Hi there, I’m using WhatsApp”? Well, that’s gone. Put the past behind you. According to some people the old text status is still visible, but it’s gone for the most of us, so try restarting the app if you’re still seeing the old status. Of course, the user backlash over the beloved text status made the company bring it back in March.

    How can I set a photo or video as my WhatsApp status?

    There are a couple of different ways to create a WhatsApp status you can do. Let’s look at them.

    How to create a WhatsApp Status using the Status option:

    Open WhatsApp. Tap on Status. Tap on My Status. If you’ve already got a status, tap the little circle with a

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    How to Back Up SMS Messages on Your Android Phone 

    Highlights Backing up SMS messages isn’t a built-in feature on Android You can back up your messages with third-party applications SMS Backup and Restore is free and easy to use for this

    If you’re an Android user and need to delete the data on your phone, then you know that there are a number of good options for backing up your phone first. A lot of this can be done via the Cloud, so that the content can be brought back easily, but backing up your SMS inbox requires the use of third-party tools. There are a lot of different options on Google Play, but the question becomes which one should you use. Most of the popular ones require access to your Gmail account to automatically create and restore the backups, but if you aren’t comfortable giving this kind of access, we have a good option you can try, which we used ourselves as well to backup SMS messages on our Android phone.

    Here is everything you need to know about backing up (and restoring) your phone’s SMS archive, which can be saved on the device, mailed to yourself, or saved to the cloud. This will be useful if you need to reset your phone to factory settings, or if you’re switching to a new phone. We used SMS Backup and Restore, which was acquired by Carbonite a few years ago. Just follow these steps to backup SMS on your Android phone.

    Creating a backup of your Android phone’s SMS messages

    To create a backup of all your SMS messages, you’ll need to start by installing Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore on your phone. Once that’s done, follow these steps:

    On the welcome screen, tap on Get Started. You’ll have to grant access to files (to save the backup), contacts, SMS (obviously), and manage phone calls (to backup your call logs). Keep tapping Allow on all four pop-ups. Tap Set up a backup. Toggle phone calls off if you only want to back up your texts. You can also tap Advanced options if you want to back up MMSes or selected conversations; leave this alone if you want to back up your entire text archive. Tap Next. Now, using the toggles, select where you want to make the backup. You can choose Google Drive or Dropbox, but if you don’t want to give access then you can turn on the toggle for Your phone, and then copy the file manually. If you’re okay with the default folder tap on OK, otherwise tap on Browse and find the folder you want to save the backup in. Once that’s done, tap on Next, and then in the popup, tap on Yes. You can either set a backup schedule from the toggles in front of you, or turn off the Schedule recurring backups toggle. Then, tap on Back Up Now.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Aadhaar, PAN Linking: How to Link PAN Card With Aadhaar Card Online as August 31 Deadline Looms 

    Highlights You can link your Aadhaar and PAN via the e-filing website The last date to link Aadhaar and PAN is August 31 If you do not link the two in time, the tax returns will not be processed

    The August 31 deadline to link PAN card with Aadhaar number is here, and you only have a few hours to complete the process. If the two are not linked by the end of the day, your income tax returns will not be processed, says a notification on the Income Tax E-filing website. The last date for PAN card-Aadhaar linking has already been extended once so the government is unlikely to give citizens more time once the deadline ends. Moreover, if the process to link PAN card with Aadhaar is not completed in time, the IT returns filed this year will become void, attracting a penalty of up to Rs. 5,000 and heavy interest can be levied in case of payable taxes. The Aadhaar PAN linking must be done irrespective of whether you provided the acknowledgement number for Aadhaar card, or quoted it in the tax returns form.

    If you want to link the two but are not sure how to do it, you can use the e-facility launched by the Income Tax department, which is the easiest way to link the two. In fact, you don’t even need to sign in to the IT website to link your Aadhaar number and PAN card.

    How to Link Aadhaar and PAN card by SMS

    How to link PAN card with Aadhaar online

    If you want to link PAN card to Aadhaar online, head over to the Income Tax e-filing portal and follow the steps below:

    On the website, click on the link on the left saying Link Aadhaar. Now, enter your PAN number, Aadhaar number, name as per Aadhaar, and the Captcha, and then click on Link Aadhaar. This should link the PAN and Aadhaar, but if there is any discrepancy in your details, you’ll receive an Aadhaar OTP to confirm the linkage. Enter the OTP and click on Save to continue. You can also link the details after logging in to the income tax website. Log in as you normally would and then click on Profile Settings in the top menu. Next, find Link Aadhaar. Enter your Aadhaar number and click on Save to continue.

    This will only work if the details on the PAN and the Aadhaar card match. In case of any discrepancies, you can upload a scan of your PAN card, or register via OTP on your linked mobile number as mentioned above.

    However, with heavy traffic expected on the Income Tax E-filing portal, you can instead choose to link Aadhaar, PAN card via SMS also.

    That’s all there is to it right now. Did this guide help you to link Aadhaar card and PAN? Let us know via the comments, and check out the rest of our How-to articles.

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    Tags: PAN card, Aadhaar Card, Aadhaar, UID Adhaar, Tax Filing, E filing

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Apple Sees Sharp Increase in US National Security Requests 

    Highlights National security related requests quadrupled for Apple in the first half Apple said it had received 13,250 – 13,499 national security requests Google said it had received between 0 and 499 National Security Letters

    Apple Inc has received more than four times as many national-security related requests from the US government in the first half of this year versus a year ago, according to a company report on Thursday.

    Apple said it had received between 13,250 and 13,499 national security requests affecting between 9,000 and 9,249 users. That compares with a range of 2,750 and 2,999 requests affecting between 2,000 and 2,249 users in the first half of 2016.

    The requests come in the form of so-called National Security Letters, or NSLs, and requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Apple and other companies report ranges because government rules prevent disclosing precise numbers.

    Apple declined to comment beyond the figures it released.

    The disclosures are voluntary, and firms like Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have yet to report any figures for 2017. In the past, those companies have issued more detailed reports, for example separating FISA requests and NSLs. The government requires they wait six months to report that level of information.

    Alphabet Inc’s Google said it had received between 0 and 499 National Security Letters requesting information on between 1,000 and 1,499 user accounts in the first half of 2017. A year previously, the number of requests was the same but the government asked about only 500 to 999 accounts, according to Google’s transparency report. Its 2017 FISA request numbers were not yet available.

    It was not immediately clear what drove the increase in requests to Apple. But Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that the number of government requests to technology companies has been increasing since 2014, when data first started to become available as part of a settlement between technology firms and the government.

    “There’s not a huge track record here, but you can start to make a simple graph. The trend does seem to be upward,” Crocker said.

    Crocker also said the higher requests to Apple could represent it coming in line with its peers. Despite Apple’s huge user base – it has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones – the number of requests to it had been relatively low compared with firms like Google or Microsoft.

    National security letters are a type of government subpoena for communications data sent to service providers. They are usually issued with a gag order, meaning the target is often unaware that records are being accessed, and they do not require a warrant.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Assassin’s Creed Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, and Other Games Release This October 

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Macs Vulnerable to Firmware Attacks Like ‘Thunderstrike’, Says Duo Security 

    Highlights Apple has not been able to entirely provide security fixes to macOS Duo Security found this in its report released on Friday It found that 43 percent of Mac machines had out-of-date firmware

    Since 2015, Apple Inc has tried to protect its Mac line of computers from a form of hacking that is extremely hard to detect, but it has not been entirely successful in getting the fixes to its customers, according to research released on Friday by Duo Security.

    Duo examined what is known as firmware in the Mac computers. Firmware is an in-built kind of software that is even more basic than an operating system like Microsoft Windows or macOS.

    When a computer is first powered on – before the operating system has even booted up – firmware checks to make sure that basic components like a hard disk and processor are present and tells them what to do. That makes malicious code hiding in it hard to spot.

    In most cases, firmware is a hassle to update with the latest security patches. Updates have to be carried out separately from the operating system updates that are more commonplace.

    In 2015, Apple started bundling firmware updates along with operating system updates for Mac machines in an effort to ensure firmware on them stayed up to date.

    But Duo surveyed 73,000 Mac computers operating in the real world and found that 4.2 percent of them were not running the firmware they should have been based on their operating system. In some models – such as the 21.5-inch iMac released in late 2015 – 43 percent of machines had out-of-date firmware.

    That left many Macs open to hacks like the “Thunderstrike” attack, where hackers can control a Mac after plugging an Ethernet adapter into the machine’s so-called thunderbolt port.

    Paradoxically, it was only possible to find the potentially vulnerable machines because Apple is the only computer maker that has sought to make firmware updates part of its regular software updates, making it both more trackable and the best in the industry for firmware updates, Rich Smith, director of research and development at Duo, told Reuters in an interview.

    Duo said that it had informed Apple of its findings before making them public on Friday. In a statement, Apple said it was aware of the issue and is moving to address it.

    “Apple continues to work diligently in the area of firmware security, and we’re always exploring ways to make our systems even more secure,” the company said in a statement. “In order to provide a safer and more secure experience in this area, macOS High Sierra automatically validates Mac firmware weekly.”

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Shows Off Fluent Design Start Menu in Latest Windows 10 Preview Build 

    Highlights New Windows 10 Insider Preview Build shows off Fluent Design More Fluent Design elements expected in future Builds New Build 17004 brings tons of improvements for Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build that shows off the future design for upcoming builds. The new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17004 has been released for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who have opted in to “Skip Ahead only.”

    The Build 17004 shows off glimpses of Fluent Design that is said to be part of the next Windows 10 version – codenamed Redstone 4 – and won’t arrive with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

    “As we progress into the next feature update, you’ll begin to see more and more elements of Fluent Design light up. We love the enthusiasm we’ve seen for Fluent Design, and with today’s build you’ll notice that Reveal is now visible on Start in All apps,” said Dona Sarkar, Software Engineer, Windows and Devices Group in announcement blog.

    Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who have opted in to Skip Ahead only will be able to notice the new Fluent Design elements in the Start menu. Users can also notice Reveal, which is a Fluent Design System component that adds light to the app. Currently, there are two main visual components to Reveal: the hover Reveal behaviour, and the border Reveal behaviour. Fluent Design includes elements like acrylic, where surfaces behind primary app content are solid and opaque backgrounds.

    The Build 17004, in general, brings tons of improvements for Microsoft Edge including fixing an issue where typing a web address into the address bar from the New Tab and Start Page would sometimes clear the text and not result in any page navigation; fixing an issue where the tab previews for PDFs were black with a white bar on each side; fixed an issue where the first time users pressed Ctrl

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 26, 2018 Permalink |
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    Google Assistant Is Coming to Chromebooks, Google Reveals Ahead of Wednesday Launch 

    Highlights Google might be incorporating Google Assistant on Chromebooks New Chromebook is expected to launch on Wednesday, October 4 the Pixelbook will be a high-end product in the category

    Google is tightlipped about the products and the features of its new offerings that it will launch on Wednesday, October 4, but now a quiet listing on the Google Assistant app shows users could soon use company’s artificial intelligent (AI) virtual assistant in Chromebooks.

    As per a report in 9to5Google, hidden quietly in Google Assistant app is a mention that some Assistant applications will work with Chromebooks. We were able to spot the same listing ourselves.

    “Listed in the compatibility section of the Chat with your Assistant ‘game’ right alongside phones, Google Home, and Allo is Chromebooks, clear as day,” the report said.

    This seems to be an indication that Assistant is definitely coming to Chrome OS and it could debut on the recently leaked Pixelbook. The new Chromebook is expected to launch on Wednesday, October 4, the same day Google is anticipated to launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, as well as the Google Home Mini speaker.

    As per reports, the Pixelbook will be a high-end product in the category, just like the Chromebook Pixel. The Google Pixelbook will reportedly come with a pressure-sensitive stylus, called the Pixelbook Pen, and will be offered in three storage variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The 128GB storage variant has been tipped to be priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 77,200), while the 256GB and 512GB variants are expected to be priced at $1,399 (roughly Rs. 90,000), and $1,749 (roughly Rs. 1.12 lakhs) respectively by the company. Notably, the Pixelbook is said to fold into a tablet, which differentiates it from earlier Chromebook Pixel devices.


    Written with inputs from IANS

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    Further reading: Google Assistant, Google Chromebook, PC Laptops

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 26, 2018 Permalink |
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    Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G Review 

    Highlights It boasts of an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and Nvidia MX150 GPU CPU performance is good but the 4GB RAM makes Windows 10 very sluggish The Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z is priced at Rs. 51,500

    Intel recently announced its 8th gen Core CPUs for laptops and desktops, which were highlighted in new launches at IFA 2017. Laptops based on these new CPUs have already started trickling into the market, and Acer is one of the first companies to start selling them in India.

    The Aspire 5 series has gotten the refresh, and Acer has launched multiple SKUs with slight variations in terms of specifications, all priced aggressively at around Rs. 50,000. The model on test today is the Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z, which has the best configuration of the lot. Along with Intel’s new CPU, the laptop also boasts of Nvidia’s new budget-minded MX150 GPU, which makes this a very interesting multimedia solution at this price. Let’s see what you get for you money.


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    Amazon Sale Begins: Best iPhone 8, iPhone 7, Google Pixel, TV, Laptop Deals You Can Get 

    Highlights The Amazon sale will continue till October 8 There will be no cost EMIs and cashback offers Amazon Prime members will get access to exclusive deals

    Amazon has kick started its second festive sale of the season, with discounts and deals on more than 10 crore products across various categories. Users of the e-commerce platform can get great deals on electronics, consumer durables, fashion, home & kitchen, among many others via the Amazon website and app. Apart from the flat discounts, the Amazon sale will allow consumers to get more bang for the buck via exchange offers, cashbacks on Citi Credit and Debit cards (minimum spending Rs. 3,000, maximum cashback Rs. 2,000) as well as Amazon Pay balance (maximum Rs. 450), and no-cost EMI options. If you are in the market for a smartphone, laptop, TV, or other electronics, check out the Amazon sale offers announced so far.

    Amazon Sale Day 1 Offers: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and More Great Indian Festival Deals

    Amazon sale offers on mobile phones

    As part of the ongoing sale, Amazon is offering up to 40 percent discount on smartphones and up to 80 percent off on accessories such as cases and powerbanks. 160 smartphones and over 100 electronics will be available as Amazon Exclusives in the sale. The company has partnered with Jio and Vodafone to offer up to 90GB and up to 75GB complementary data on select smartphones.

    iPhone 8 64GB is available at a discounted price of Rs. 61,985 against the MRP of Rs. 64,000 in the Amazon sale, while the iPhone 8 Plus with same storage can be purchased for Rs. 69,985 (MRP Rs. 73,000). If you are looking to save some money, you can opt for the iPhone 7 — Rs. 39,999 for the 32GB variant and Rs. 50,999 for the 128GB model. The iPhone 6s with 32GB storage is available for Rs. 37,490 in the sale, and iPhone 6 32GB at Rs. 20,999.

    Amazon sale offers on mobiles running Android OS include Google Pixel 32GB at Rs. 41,155, Pixel XL 128GB at Rs. 44,990, and OnePlus 3T at Rs. 24,999. Other popular phones on discount in the ongoing sale include Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro at Rs. 18,990, and Moto G5 Plus at Rs. 12,999, Moto G5S Plus 64GB at Rs. 15,999, Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro at Rs. 6,490 (MRP Rs. 7,990), Honor 6X 64GB at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999), Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro at Rs. 7,590 (MRP Rs. 9,490), Coolpad Cool 1 at Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 11,999), and 10.or G 4GB RAM at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999).

    BlackBerry KEYone (Rs. 36,990), Honor 8 Pro (Rs. 26,999), Samsung Galaxy A5 (Rs. 17,990) and InFocus Turbo 5 Plus (Rs. 8,499) are also on sale for the first time in the Amazon sale. The Nokia 6 is on open sale, while popular handsets such as Lenovo K8 Note (Rs. 11,999), Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs. 8,499), Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (Rs. 10,590), and LG Q6 (Rs. 12,990) are also on discount.

    Amazon sale offers on TVs, laptops, and other electronics

    As for Amazon sale offers on TVs, you can get the BPL Stellar 32-inch HD Ready Smart LED TV for Rs. 14,990, a Rs. 10,000 discount over its MRP of Rs. 24,990. Large-screen TVs (those with screen size of 39-inch or above) will be available for less than Rs. 20,000, and 32-inch TVs will start at less than Rs. 10,000. TVs across different brands have discounts of up to 40 percent in the sale. In laptop offers, Amazon is providing discounts of up to Rs. 20,000, along with exchange discounts. Models with Core i5 processor, as well as those with Core i3 chip and 1TB HDD, will be cheaper in the sale too, while gaming laptops will have exchange discounts of up to Rs. 20,000.

    Storage devices will see prices go down by up to 50 percent, with Seagate 1TB external hard drive down to Rs. 3,899 from Rs. 7,999. Similarly, the SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD memory card can be purchased for Rs. 639 instead of its MRP of Rs. 1,290 in the Amazon sale. The Kindle Paperwhite will be available for Rs. 8,499 (MRP Rs. 10,999), with offers worth Rs. 5,000, and there will be minimum Rs. 1,800 off gaming consoles. PC accessories and headphones & speakers will both have discounts of up to 60 percent. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Android tablet can be purchased for Rs. 9,999 against its MRP of Rs. 16,000 in the sale, while the Rs. 2,999 Lenovo 13,000mAh Powerbank will go for Rs. 999.

    On Amazon Gift Cards, the Rs. 2,000 gift card can be purchased for Rs. 1,800. The Amazon sale offers will include exclusive deals for Prime customers as well, such as the Rs. 499 cashback in Amazon Pay balance on the Fire TV Stick, after the Rs. 500 discount against its MRP of Rs. 3,999. This means the effective price of the Fire TV Stick will go down to Rs. 2,999. Similarly, Prime members will get Fitbit Charge 2 at Rs. 10,499 (a discount of 30 percent) and Sennheiser HD 598 SR at Rs. 8,999 (59 percent cheaper). They can also buy the BPL 55-inch Full HD LED TV and get BPL 32-inch HD Ready LED TV free.

    Amazon Prime Membership’s Rs. 499 Introductory Offer to End Soon

    Wearables will see discounts of up to 40 percent, healthcare devices up to 50 percent, office supplies up 40 percent, and video games up to 60 percent. Products with Amazon Basics branding will be up to 60 percent cheaper in the sale, and tablets up to 45 percent cheaper. Amazon will be offering deals under Rs. 499 on several products, app-only Golden Hour deals between 8pm and 12am, and will host a half-price store as well as a Minimum Rs. 15,000 store during the sale.

    Flipkart has also announced that it will start its next big sale, named Festive Dhamaka Days, on Thursday, October 5 and offer deals on mobile phones, laptops, TVs, cameras, and accessories. Like the ongoing Amazon sale, the Flipkart sale will continue till October 8 and see flat discounts, exchange offers, cashbacks, buyback guarantees, and no-cost EMIs. There will also be Dhamaka Deals that provide big discounts on popular products; these deals will be run twice a day — once at 1pm and then at 10pm.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 25, 2018 Permalink |
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    Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows 10 Mixed Reality Headset: First Impressions 

    For a while, virtual reality has seemed stuck in neutral for the non-gaming audience, with companies struggling to make VR appealing to everyone. But firms keep trying – and they’re starting to make a better case as prices continue to drop. Microsoft on Tuesday showed off a slew of new high-end virtual reality headsets for Windows 10 PCs from a number of partners to show off the breadth of its ecosystem, including a new $500 (roughly Rs. 32,500) set from Samsung.

    I had around 10 minutes to try out Samsung’s HMD Odyssey which works on Windows 10 and is set to hit store shelves on Nov. 6.

    And it’s pretty good. The graphics were immersive enough to activate my fear of heights in a demo set high in the mountains. The headset also has a design that curves snugly around the face. That makes the immersion feel pretty complete, even if the graphics aren’t quite as striking as what you’d see on a high-priced headset hooked up to an equally pricey gaming computer.

    And, having tried out a few versions of virtual reality headsets over the past several years, I was surprised by how comfortable this one was. It weighs about a pound and a half – on the heavy side for a headset, but the weight is distributed well.

    Above all, the price of the HMD Odyssey is notable, as it’s in line with the fast-descending price of virtual reality headsets. Both computer-based virtual reality headset makers, Oculus and HTC, slashed their prices this summer to $500 and $600 respectively – down from their original price tags of $700 and $800. Other previously announced sets from HP, Dell, Acer and Asus are launching for Windows 10 on October 17, and their prices go as low as $350 or so.

    Those still aren’t quite impulse-level prices – at least for me. But at least the price of good VR is down significantly from when the hype first began.

    Which is to say: this may be the beginning of the beginning of VR for the average person. Microsoft showed off some appealing applications, such as being able to watchvideo on the virtual equivalent of a 300-inch television or being able to easily teleconference. Outside of entertainment, the promise becomes murkier. The idea of editing a spreadsheet or writing an article using those VR controllers makes me queasier than any VR-related motion sickness.

    Microsoft consumers should expect to hear way more about this type of experience in the years to come. Microsoft’s Alex Kipman, who invented its Hololens and is its chief presenter on all things augmented and virtual reality, said that the experience lets us “renegotiate our very contract with reality.

    That’s no small claim. To accomplish it, though, there is still a lot of work to be done.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 25, 2018 Permalink |
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    Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Launch: How to Watch and What to Expect 

    Photo Credit: Image: Evan Blass/ Twitter

    Highlights Google Home Mini might be launched at the event Google is expected to introduce Pixelbook at event as well The event will start at 9:30pm IST

    Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launch event is set to start, heralding the launch of the second-generation Pixel smartphones. The Pixel 2 launch starts at 9:30pm IST and will be held in San Francisco, California. Over the past few months, several details of the handset have already leaked online, including the Pixel 2 price, specifications and key features. While there is still some time before we get to see the new handsets, we have decided to compile a list of all the things that you can expect from the Pixel 2 launch event, and share the information on how you can watch the event live. If you think that the California-based company is only expected to unveil the new Pixel smartphones at the event, you might be in for a surprise.

    How to watch Pixel 2 launch live stream

    The Pixel 2 launch event will take place in San Francisco but if you don’t have an invite, you don’t need to be disappointed as you can watch the event live from YouTube. If you are not able to livestream the event for some reason, you need not worry as we will also be tweeting and live blogging right from the event.

    Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL

    Irrespective of what else is announced at the event, the centre stage will undoubtedly be taken by the new Pixel handsets from the company. As of now, most of the leaks have claimed that the search giant will be branding the second-generation smartphones as ‘Pixel 2’ and ‘Pixel 2 XL’. There has been a steady inflow of leaks regarding the specifications on both models over the last few months.

    As per the latest leaks, in terms of key differences between the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2, the former variant has been tipped to come with a QHD Curved Gorilla Glass 5 display with narrow bezels and support for wide colour gamut – like the LG V30 – while the latter is expected to come with similar design to last year’s model and feature a full-HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top – like the HTC U11. The Pixel 2 XL has been tipped to house a 3520mAh battery while the Pixel 2 is expected to come with a smaller 2700mAh battery.

    Putting aside the expected differences between the models, there are some specifications that have been expected to feature on both handsets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor. Both handsets have been tipped to come with IP67 dust and water resistance rating, which is a notable improvement over last year’s models. The handsets have been tipped to come with Pixel Cameras with OIS at front and back, and a dedicated ‘Google Imaging Chip’.

    Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be made available in two storage variants, i.e., 64GB and 128GB, and feature dual front-facing stereo speakers but ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Google Pixel 2 has been said to feature the ‘EdgeSense’ feature, which was previously seen on HTC U11 smartphone and allows users to perform certain actions by squeezing the handset’s frame from the sides. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Google recently acquired the HTC division that was working on the Pixel smartphones.

    A recent report suggested that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with an eSIM card slot, which allows users to connect to different networks without replacing the SIM card, much like the Apple Watch Series 3.

    It has also been suggested that the second-generation Pixel smartphone customers will get unlimited Google Cloud storage until 2023. However, it is currently unclear if users will be able to add just images or all sort of files to this storage. While the Pixel 2 smartphone has been said to be developed by HTC, the Pixel 2 XL has been tipped to be made by LG.

    If we talk about pricing, a recent report claimed that the Pixel will be priced at $649 (roughly Rs. 42,000) for the 64GB variant and $749 (roughly Rs. 49,000) for the 128GB variant. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, will be priced at $849 (roughly Rs. 55,750) and $949 (roughly Rs. 62,250) for the 64GB and 128GB variants respectively.

    Google Home Mini

    Google launched its smart speaker named ‘Home’ last year and as per the recent leaks, the search giant will launch a mini variant of this speaker at the Wednesday launch event. The smart home speaker, which might remind you of Amazon Dot, has been tipped to be made available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colours by Google. The Google Home Mini is said to be priced at $49 (roughly Rs. 3,200) by the company. Interestingly, a Reddit user has also indicated that Google might be giving away a free Google Home Mini speaker for those who pre-order Pixel 2 smartphones.

    Google Home mini was accidentally listed on Walmart and the listing was pulled soon after, as pointed out in a report by Droid Life. As per the listing, Google Home mini weighs less than a pound and measures 4.53×4.53×4.72 inches, as per the report. Further, the company is said to start shipping the product from October 19.

    While the company has been said to be working on a higher-end variant of its smart speaker, dubbed Google Home Max, with premium build quality and design as well. It was said to come with a single tweeter with dual mid-range drivers. However, there is no clear indication if the search giant will launch Google Home Max at the Wednesday event or not.

    Google Pixelbook

    Google is expected to launch its high-end Chromebook, called the Google Pixelbook, at the Wednesday event as well. It will reportedly come with a pressure-sensitive stylus, called the Pixelbook Pen, and will be offered in three storage variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The 128GB storage variant has been tipped to be priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 77,200), while the 256GB and 512GB variants are expected to be priced at $1,399 (roughly Rs. 90,000), and $1,749 (roughly Rs. 1.12 lakhs) respectively by the company. Notably, the Pixelbook is said to fold into a tablet, which differentiates it from earlier Chromebook Pixel devices.

    A recent report suggested that Chromebook users might soon use some Assistant applications soon and the support might be introduced with the company’s upcoming Pixelbook. An inventory page from a reseller called Synnex, which was spotted by 9To5Google, has also suggested that the Pixelbook will sport a 12.3-inch display, which is smaller than the previous Chromebook Pixel models. The portable is also said to pack Intel Core i5 chipset.

    New Daydream VR headset

    The new generation of the Google’s Daydream VR headset has been leaked recently in renders. While specific details are still not available about the upcoming product, it is believed to be made available by the search giant in Charcoal, Fog, and Coral colour variants. Notably, just like the previous generation, a remote controller can be seen alongside the new generation Daydream VR headset in leaked images. The new wearable has been said to cost $99 (roughly Rs. 6,400).

    Google Clips

    The inventory page from Synnex, which has been mentioned above, has also indicated that Google might launch a new device at the event called “Google Clips” at the event as well. As the product has been categorised as a “computer accessory,” it might be a wearable or even camera. There isn’t enough information about this product and it would be wise to wait for Google to confirm if it even exists.

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