Asus Zenfone 3: still costly here?
Akshay from Gadget Diary (YouTutbe) announces the launch of the Asus Zenfone 3 Delux ZS570KL in India. The Snapdragon 820 costs Rs 49,999 and the 821 costs RS 62,999. Upto 256 GB of storage! Fast charging, many battery profiles. Jury: definitely expensive. Price is on the higher side.
Price of our gadgets
“Indian men, women and children process discarded technology for as little as 2.10 a day and it is slowly poisoning them.” So writes Matt Wade in an article titled ‘Inside Delhi’s gadget graveyard where the West’s e-waste ends up’. It was published in the Sydney Morning Herald.
India’s capital, Delhi, has emerged as one of Asia’s biggest e-waste processing hubs, Wade warns. He quotes Priti Mahesh of Toxics Link saying: “People sit and work without any safety precautions such as gloves, masks and so on.” Give it a thought folks!
Gear Fit 2
getsetgadget.com reports that the Samsung Gear Fit 2 (Large) can now be pre-ordered on Flipkart. The site calls this “much better than its predecessor and it is much improved than the Gear Fit”.
In case you were wondering, the Samsung Gear Fit – first released in April 2014 – is a fitness wristband. It offers a heart rate sensor, a pedometer, exercise standalone modes – for running and walking, companion modes for cycling and hiking, and a sleep monitor.
Samsung called its Gear Fit the “world’s first” wearable device with a curved Super AMOLED touch display. It is focused on health. It features a 1.84-inch Super AMOLED display with a 432×128 pixel resolution. The Gear Fit comes with a pedometer, heart rate monitor, and a sleep monitor.
Some three months ago, Samsung unveiled its Gear Fit 2. It has an updated design, built-in GPS, and the ability to automatically recognize certain activities, an increasingly common feature in fitness bands and watches, according to information available online.
Check this out: the Bose SoundTouch 10, a compact WiFi speaker, plays “much bigger than its size would indicate” (cnet.com) and it also gives you features of convenience such as Bluetooth and shortcut bottons.
It comes with an app. Despite being a small speaker, it has a fairly good sound. This has been called the “smallest and least expensive Wi-Fi speaker” from the Bose company. It is meant to help you create DIY wireless multi-room audio systems.
It’s price is close to US$200 overseas, but in India, it comes at almost Rs 20k. But it promises you “one-touch access’ to music services through Pandora and Spotify. You can also speedily access (some) internet radio and music library playsets; it has six personalised presets.
The SoundTouch is controlled via an app on your smartphone. Nice!
Some 97 percent of the smartphone market share in India is taken up by Android, according to gadgetdetail.com. Quite a figure.
It says: “Everyone knows that Android has a stronghold on Indian smartphone market but none would’ve expected Android to have 97% share in India. Apple’s iOS went from 4.5% to 2.5% while Windows and Blackberry combined share is now just 0.5%, down from 5.5%. Android had 90% of share same time last year.”
The lack of new iPhone models is one of the reasons for this. Plus there’s Microsoft “totally giving up’ on the world’s second largest market, and Chinese brands have been going in for a huge push here.
Now pinch to zoom on photos and videos on Instagram
Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out a new update to its iOS app where users can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, profiles and on “Explore” tab. “Over the past six months, you’ve seen many exciting changes come to Instagram, from a new icon to longer videos and even a new way to share everyday moments with Instagram Stories. And as things change, we’re still focused on improving the core parts of Instagram,” Instagram said in a blog post, according to IANS.
Zoom is available for Instagram on iOS and will be available on Android in the coming weeks. Instagram recently announced its “Stories” format that clones Snapchat’s popular feature. In Instagram “Stories”, a set of moments are created that will appear in a slideshow format which can be viewed by followers for up to 24 hours which then disappear without remaining on your permanent profile — much like Snapchat “Stories”.