Category Archives: Tech

Google adds 6-second preview for videos to mobile search

American Multinational Google on Saturday added a six-second video preview feature to its mobile search results. Searches in Android’s Google app or Chrome will show a little bit of what each video contains as user flips through them in an on-screen carousel. It will be available only when connected to WiFi by default and are opt-out, thus saving cellular data

Google adds 6-second preview for videos to mobile search


All you need to know about the new Sarahah app

This new app Sarahah has become famous from the day it was launched. This app allows anonymous people to comment on your social media profile. Why is it so addictive? Here’s what you can do with this app.
1. To start with it, you need an e-mail id, with which you can register yourself to use it. Then you can share your profile through social media or through messaging apps and keep it open for others to visit. The visitors are allowed to leave a message if they want, and remain anonymous.
2. If you want, you can keep your sarahah profile private. Alternatively, anyone can comment, even if they are not sarahah users.
3. Even though being anonymous is the key, it also allows people to show their identity.
4. You can flag and save your most liked comment.

All you need to know about the new Sarahah app

Facebook Groups for pages launched

Facebook on Wednesday added a new feature called ‘Groups for Pages’ that will allow Page admins to create special groups within their Pages to provide a channel of discussion among people and authorities on subjects of common interest. “We are making ‘Groups for Pages’ available around the world today. If you are an artist, a business, a brand, or a newspaper, you can now create fan clubs and groups centered around your super-fans,” said Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook.

Facebook Groups for pages launched

Airtel says it lost Rs 550 cr each quarter on Jio’s tsunami of calls

Accusing Jio of using “sinister design” to create a monopoly, telecom operator Airtel has said that it lost 21 paisa every minute amounting to Rs 550 crore per quarter due to ‘tsunami of calls’ coming from Jio. Airtel further reportedly said Jio is seeking an end to interconnection usage charge to transfer its own costs of Rs 20,000 crore a year to other operators.

Airtel says it lost Rs 550 cr each quarter on Jio's tsunami of calls

Microsoft officially ends support for Windows phone 8.1

According to reports, American tech major Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it has ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 just over three years after its April 2014 debut, marking the end of the Windows Phone OS. This move would reportedly render nearly 80% of all Windows phones obsolete, as only 20% run on the company’s latest Windows 10 Mobile OS. Notably, Windows Phone was considered Microsoft’s response to Android and iOS.

Microsoft officially ends support for Windows phone 8.1

Apple iPhone 8 might have issues with wireless charging, 3D face recognition: Report

Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, according to a report from Fast Company. The report claims Apple has unable to solve the software issues, which means, the tenth anniversary iPhone could be launched without major features.

Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, according to a report from Fast Company. The report claims Apple has unable to solve the software issues, which means, the tenth anniversary iPhone could be launched without major features. There’s a “sense of panic in the air” among Apple’s team of engineers and designers, the report said

Fast Company says one of the features that might be delayed is wireless charging. Apple is said to be planning to add the inductive wireless charging into the iPhone 8, but rumours repeatably said that it will be enabled through a separate charger sold at an additional cost. The report corroborates claims from blogger John Gruber who also believes that Apple may not ship with inductive wireless charger until the end of this year along side an iOS11.1 update.

Additionally, Apple is struggling with the 3D sensor expected to be embedded into the front-facing camera, which is said to enable facial recognition system that could eventually replace Touch ID. The issue is specific to software related, Fast Company claims.

While reports claims Apple might ditch Touch ID entirely from the iPhone 8, Fast Company explains that it’s “plausible” that the company is still trying to decide where the Touch ID will be located. Fast Company’s sources believes Apple could add Touch ID under the display. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Andy Hargreaves recently claimed that Apple is struggling with iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor.

Several reports in the past have claimed that Apple has been battling with a number of issues which might delay the top-end iPhone model beyond the estimated September timeframe. The iPhone 8 is said to be completely redesigned with an all-new design with an OLED screen that covers the entire face of the iPhone. It is expected to cost upwards of $1200 (or approx Rs. 77, 418). Apple iPhone 8 will be sold along side the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus later this fall.

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Smart Tech Gifts for Father’s Day

Chances are your father probably already has everything he wants. Namely, you—his amazing, pride-inducing offspring who fills his heart with a near-boundless sense of joy.

Still, it would be nice to get dad something this Father’s Day. A token of gratitude to the man who helped raise you into the wonderful person you are today.

We’ve found some devices that offer a high-tech twist on a few classic gifts for Pops.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Beards may be experiencing something of a renaissance these days, but many fathers are engaged in a near daily dual against a forest of hair follicles.

For dads who are determined to live the clean-shaven lifestyle, the SmartRazor is a smart fit.

What separates this blade in the battle against beards? Heat.

Born out of an effort to replicate the hot barbershop shave, the SmartRazor comes equipped with a rechargeable power source and microprocessor that heat the razor’s six replaceable blades to the optimal shaving temperature, and maintain that temperature for a close and comfortable shave.

The SmartRazor is available for pre-order via Indiegogo (it has already far surpassed its fundraising goal) for $59, with delivery expected to begin in December 2017.

Or you could just spring for electrolysis for dear old dad.

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Handy Man

Make dreams come true for a father who is a builder with the Shaper Origin smart tool.

A powerful and compact CNC (computer numerical control) device, the Shaper Origin unlocks a world of design possibilities for pops who have a passion for building, providing an all-in-one intelligent tool that cuts, drills and shapes with ease (and a touchscreen).

The options are endless—if you can design it, you can do it with the Shaper Origin—but just in case you’re suffering from a case of builder’s block, the Shaper also offers a bevy of project blueprints that can be downloaded from the cloud directly to your device, allowing you to produce your pick with precision.

Best of all—especially for dads—the Shaper’s exacting nature allows you to stop a project at a moment’s notice, put the tool away and return weeks later without missing a beat. The tool will pick up exactly where you left off, ensuring the precision building of your project is not subject to dad brain.

The Shaper Origin is available for pre-order for $1,699, with expected delivery in January 2018.

Watch Men

For the dad who enjoys the convenience of constant connectedness but hasn’t embraced the activewear apparel, Fossil watches offer an intelligent wearable that still provides a measure of classic style.

The Fossil Q hybrid smartwatch series includes a number of the intelligent features you’ve come to expect from top-of-the-line timepieces, including activity tracking (steps, distance, calories burned), text and app notifications, phone-based music control, and sleep stats—all that and wearing one won’t make you look like you stepped off the set of a SyFy Original Series.

Fossil Q hybrids have also redefined the very dad-ly activity of a self-timed photo by giving wearers the ability to control their phone’s camera from their watch, snapping the perfect family portrait without making repeated trips to the tripod.

Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches are available for $155 to $175, depending on model and features.

Greater Navigator

Forty-plus years of tired TV tropes have thoroughly cemented the stereotype that the dad/husband figure is responsible for knowing driving directions and that stopping to inquire for ANY navigation advice is an affront to their rock-solid sense of manliness.

Fortunately, there is now the Navdy, which protects against potential navigation-based insecurities—and provides a lot more.

Connecting to your phone via the Navdy app, the Navdy projects the travel route (pulled from Google Maps) directly in front of drivers, allowing them to see the directions, and any changes, in real time without ever taking their eyes of the road. This beautiful blending of safety and convenience is just the start.

Navdy users can also have their text messages, emails and notifications displayed and read to them and can respond in kind via Siri or Google Assistant. They can control the music on their phone or select alternate routes via the Navdy Dial peripheral attached to the steering wheel. And they can answer, or dismiss, phone calls (to speakerphone) with a wave of their hand.

The Navdy is available now for $399.

One Remote to Rule Them All

One of the side benefits of being the sire to a household is that you can demand the TV remote and it will be proffered without protest. Now…if only there were a way to make the remote more powerful?

Ask and sevenhugs will answer, via the Smart Remote.

Aping the shape of a standard TV remote, although with a sleek touchscreen and minimal style, the Smart Remote can control anything in your home that can be connected to by Wi-Fi, bluetooth or infrared—lights, thermostats, blinds, locks, speakers, fans and, of course, TVs among many others.

Essentially, the Smart Remote can interact with  anything “smart,” meaning you can set up the optimal movie night mood in a matter of moments with a few movements of your clever clicker.

All that, and the Smart Remote can call an Uber too, so you can send your guests home as soon as the cinema concludes.

The Smart Remote by sevenhugs is available for preorder now for $229, with delivery expected in September 2017.