Taking part in sports can either be a pleasure or a chore. Whether we are training for a marathon or competing in a game of NFL, we want to look and feel good. Thankfully the sportswear and gadget market is absolutely massive and rammed with cool clothing and innovative applications. Below are some of the trendiest sports gear you can treat yourself to.

Nike Mercurial SuperFly

There are very few people in the world who do not know the name Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star is the current World Footballer of The Year in soccer, as well as being one of the most marketable athletes on the planet. Indeed, in the soccer betting he is favorite to win La Liga's Golden Boot award and guide Real Madrid to another title. His Mercurial Superfly boots, which were specifically designed for the Portugal captain, very much match his playing prowess. The boots follow in a similar design to a pair of Converse high-tops, giving you further ankle protection.

Nike Mercurial SuperFly

These boots come with an updated NIKESKIN tech to give them a nice shimmer effect. Meanwhile, the micro-textured Nike Flyknit gives the user a barefoot feel, aiding both comfort and precision. But the best part about these boots is that they pay homage to the black boots of old. Away from the pretension of these multi-colored football boots that flood the market nowadays, they stand out because of its merits, and not because of its two-tone coloring. If you were going to allow yourself to be swayed by any soccer player, it would be Ronaldo.

Adizero Climaproof Top

Adizero Climaproof Top

If you are out running or cycling in the early hours of the morning, or the late hours of the evening, it is imperative that you stand out. You want people to see you so they know to avoid you. Adidas' Climacool range has always been a popular choice with joggers and cyclists, and their latest high-viz jacket not only makes you clearly visible, but it makes you look good at the same time. High-viz and fashion very rarely go together, but this Adidas top is a rare melange of the two.

KomodoSport Shoes

Getting the right footwear to work out in is something of a bane. Trying to find the right sneaker to both provide support and comfort, whilst not giving you any blisters is extremely troublesome. While the KomodoSport range cannot guarantee to be blister free, they are undeniably bespoke and altogether cool.
KomodoSport shoes

These sandals fit around the foot like a glove to a hand - there are separate compartments for each toe - and give you the closest feeling of being barefoot without actually having to take your shoes off. Anyone who ventures off the beaten track would be absolutely made up to receive a pair of these beasts!

These are just three of many trendy products. Granted, it is nice to look your best, but remember, the most important thing is actually doing the exercise. Don't shell out X amount of dollars on items that you are never going to use; that will be just idiotic.
Xiaomi announced today the launch of its new flagship device, the Mi 4, for 19,999 INR. It is a beautifully designed 5-inch device that is packed with powerful specs. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, comes equipped with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, and runs on a 3080 mAh battery. It also includes a 13 megapixel rear camera, and an impressive wide-angle (80°) front-facing camera of 8 megapixels, both with an unprecedented f-1.8 aperture.

Xiaomi Mi 4

It will go on sale on Februray 10th, and pre-registrations for the device have already started exclusively through Flipkart.

Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global, said,

"I am truly excited to be bringing the Mi 4 to India, after listening to the feedback of so many fans. The Xiaomi team has put a lot of effort into designing a gorgeous device packed with powerful specs, and I trust that Mi 4 will be warmly welcomed by all our Indian fans. I believe India Mi fans will love MIUI 6, the most exciting update to our software platform to date."

In the launch event, the company also took the wraps off MIUI 6, a major update to its Android ROM. MIUI 6 is MIUI redesigned in its simplest form, with beautiful color and motion graphics throughout, and all unnecessary distractions stripped away so you can focus on your content. It is visually stunning, and amazingly simple. MIUI is one of the world's most popular android-based platforms, with over 85 million users worldwide.

Manu Jain, Operations Head, Mi India, said,
"The Mi 4 re-affirms our commitment to bring more Mi products to India. We will continue to work on offering our Mi fans incredible value as we introduce even more great devices in the coming year, and the best user experience ever."

The Mi 4 will be supported by Mi India's 66+ service centres, including five exclusive Mi service centres in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Cochin, to ensure a robust after-sales service and a hassle-free customer experience.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Specifications

Operating System: 
Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)

Processor: 2.5 GHz quad-core

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB

Display: 5 inch HD IPS LCD

Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080

File formats: MKV, XviD, MP4, ASF, H.264, WMV, MP4, VidX, HD, Full HD, 4K - Ultra HD, eAAC+, WMA - V10, AAC, AAC+, PCM, MP3, WMA - V9, AMR - NB, APE, AMR - WB, FLAC

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 8 megapixel

Interface: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WiFi, USB, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack

Battery: 3,080 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 68.5x139.2x8.9 mm

Weight: 149 g

Price: Get a price on the Xiaomi Mi 4.
Comparison of iOS and Android has always been an area of interest among the technology evangelists. No matter the context of comparison, it is bound to make headlines. Even consumers of technology, viz. smartphone, laptop, tablet, and tabtop buyers are often confused which one to go for! In the infographic below, the market share of both these operating systems is depicted. It ranges from the number of sales, to the number of ad impressions served, to the total revenue generated over a period of time.

iOS vs. Android - Market share

Hope you liked it! Are you able to decide upon the platform of your next device? If not, don't blame me ;)
Logitech today announced a transformation in communication. The new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a portable all-in-one video conference solution with a breakthrough design for small and medium sized rooms. It works with any computing device with a USB connection (PC, MAC, or Chromebook), with virtually any video conferencing system (Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Microsoft Lync and Skype, Vidyo, Zoom, etc.), and it can be easily moved from room-to-room.

Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

This device has PC and Mac compatibility for video conferencing, and mobile connectivity for screen-mirror projection. Windows and Android users can connect wirelessly to screen-mirror presentations, spreadsheets, videos or internet content from a mobile device to a TV screen through an HDMI connection. It automatically connects to the display, eliminating extra steps like TV input selection.

"For about the cost of an office chair, businesses of all sizes can now afford to quickly connect with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere with the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect",
 said Jason Moss, General Manager of the Collaboration Group at Logitech.

He also adds,
"We believe there is simply no workspace that should not have video conferencing capability, and the ConferenceCam allows us to connect to meetings no matter where we are."
The device offers razor-sharp resolution and the ability to clearly see objects and everyone in the room via a 90-degree field of view with digital pan and tilt, mechanical tilt, 4x digital Full HD zoom, and a ZEISS glass lens with autofocus. The speakerphone supports both mobile and USB audio calling with features such as Bluetooth wireless technology, near field communication (NFC) and a USB port. With 360-degree sound, users can hear, and be heard, within a 12-foot diameter range while the full duplex sound, acoustic echo and noise-cancelling technology delivers conversational realism.

"Teams are collaborating more frequently than ever before, sharing content and using video conferencing to connect with both local and remote team members,"
says Bill Haskins, Sr. Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse Research.

He further adds,
"At the same time, today's enterprise is undergoing a massive, and sometimes complex transformation. Our research points to a rise in open seating environments, shrinking conference rooms, more telecommuters, and the use of a growing number of collaborative applications. The Logitech ConferenceCam Connect meets these challenges head-on by providing an intriguing combination of flexibility and portability."

Enabling the flexibility to work from anywhere, the device runs on AC power or battery. On a full charge, users can run a video conference for up to 3 hours, or use the speakerphone for up to 15 hours, and its LED indicator shows the battery charge status during use.

It is optimized for Microsoft Lync 2013, Cisco Jabber, and is WebEx compatible and Skype certified, ensuring broad-based UC compatibility and usage with most desktop video conferencing programs, so that users are free to use the application of their choice.

The device is expected to be available in India in March 2015 at a suggested price of 44995 INR.

A few days ago, I shared the first impressions I had of the Xiaomi Redmi Note. After that, I also wrote a tutorial on how to root and unroot this device. In this post, I am going to share the detailed review of this awesome smartphone by a Chinese OEM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note box contents

The box contains the handset with its display covered, a travel adapter, a 3100 mAh battery, a USB cable for charging and data syncing, a user manual and a warranty card. There are no earphones in the box. (I do not understand why OEMs opt not to go for a pair of earpiece. This can well be a reason for somebody choosing another device over this one.)

Xiaomi Redmi Note build and design

Xiaomi Redmi Note features a glossy white plastic back with rounded edges

The device features a glossy white plastic back, which is disappointingly capable of carrying fingerprint smudges. The front is plain, with a black glass surrounded by slightly raised black plastic edging. To an extent, the front also attracts fingerprint smudges.

The device is big and heavy (199 g) to comfortably hold in a single hand. The rounded edges are a relief though - making the grip easier.

The two regular SIM card slots and the microSD slot can be accessed only after removing the battery. Removing the back cover is not so easy - I struggled for a couple of minutes before figuring it out! One needs to pull from the microUSB cut in the back cover in order to remove it. (Do not worry, it is diagrammatically explained in the user manual.)

Xiaomi Redmi Note features

In terms of specifications, the device features an IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. It is powered by 1.7 GHz Mediatek 6592 octa-core processor coupled with ARM Mali-450 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal flash memory (expandable up to 32 GB). It comes with a 5.5 inch screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The internal storage is 8 GB. It runs on Android 4.2 with Xiaomi's skin, The MIUI, and packs 3,100 mAh high-capacity lithium-polymer battery. It also features a 13 MP camera, along with a 5 MP front-camera which is good enough for taking selfies.

The smartphone supports direction, acceleration, light, e-compass, proximity, gyro, linear acceleration, and rotation vector sensors. It does not support temperature, pressure, ambient temperature, and relative humidity sensors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note software

The device runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Xiaomi's skin - the MIUI.

The in-built Security app

Talking about the pre-installed applications, the Security app caught my eye. It offers a lot of useful features viz. Cleaner, Data Usage, Blocklist, Power, Virus Scan and Permission. The Cleaner feature scans the device for junk files and deletes them. It also helps to clear the cache for boosting the device performance. The Data Usage feature tracks the data used over GSM.

Another pre-installed app is the MiTalk. It is yet another instant messenger (IM), with the added feature of audio and video calls. Then there is the Mi Cloud. It allows to backup the device's data on Xiaomi's cloud servers (storage limit 10 GB). The Report Bug application allows the users to report any unexpected behavior directly to the development team.

Themes app

Another awesome feature of the software on this device is the support of themes. There is a separate Themes app to manage the themes that can be downloaded and applied to the device. There are a lot of themes available for free. Only thing is that the user will have to necessarily signup with a Mi account before downloading and using any theme.

Lite Mode in action

Another great feature is the Lite Mode. When set in this mode, only the basic apps such as Contacts, Phone, Message, etc. appear on the screen. The icons of these apps are quite large. The rest of the apps are clubbed together and appear under a single icon.

Add a contact to use as a speed dial in Lite Mode

Moreover, one or more contacts can be directly added to the home screen, and can be used as speed dials. This feature is made keeping those people in mind who are not tech-savvy but still want to use this device.

There is also a Guest Mode option. In case the owner wants to hand over the device to another person, he/she can enable this option before doing so. This will prevent the guest user to access your private data such as messages, images, videos, etc.

Xiaomi Redmi Note performance and benchmarks

The device is smooth in performance, many thanks to its octa-core processor. No sluggishness was observed at my end, even while multitasking frequently. But, if used heavily, slight lag was observed from time-to-time. The touch is responsive.

Xiaomi Redmi Note stability result

AnTuTu rating: 30873
CPU: Good; supports large apps and multitasking
RAM: Excellent
2D graphics: Excellent
3D graphics: Excellent; fluently supports large mobile games.

General performance: Rather high (surpasses 95% other devices)
Game performance: High (surpasses 60% other devices)
Battery performance: Average (surpasses 50% other devices)

Xiaomi Redmi Note supports 10 finger multi-touch

The device supports 10 finger multi-touch, i.e., the touchscreen can detect (and act at) ten touches at any instance in time.

Xiaomi Redmi Note display

The device features an IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. It comes with a 5.5 inch screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is bright enough, and offers a decent contrast. The viewing angles are good, and outdoor stability is also decent.

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera

The smartphone features a 13 MP rear camera, along with a 5 MP front-camera which is good enough for taking selfies. The autofocus speed is impressive. The camera lacks optical image stabilization. But, given the price, that is something I won't complain about. In broad daylight, images are of really good quality. Although, in low-light, the images fail to capture adequate amount of detail due to the absence of backside-illuminated sensor.

Find below a few sample images clicked using this device's camera:

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera sample 1

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera sample 2

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera sample 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera sample 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note camera sample 5

Xiaomi Redmi Note battery life

The device packs 3,100 mAh high-capacity lithium-polymer battery, which is long lasting. It easily lasts for a whole day. One noticeable thing is that the battery gets heated up on a longer usage, and the same can be felt on the rear side of the smartphone just beneath the camera and the flash.

Why you should buy it?

1. Value for money.

2. Splendid camera.

3. Good battery life.

4. Great display.

Why you shouldn't buy it?

1. The box doesn't contain earphones.

2. Heavy.

3. Glossy back cover.

Xiaomi Redmi Note verdict

The device appears huge when held in a hand, and is heavy as well, hence not suitable for females. Other than that, it is definitely a value for the money you will spend owning this beast.

Xiaomi Redmi Note specifications

Operating System: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Processor: 1.7 GHz octa- core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB internal (expandable up to 32 GB)

Display: 5.5 inch IPS

Resolution (pixels): 1280x720

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Interface: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WiFi, microUSB, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack

Battery: 3,100 mAh lithium-polymer

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 78.7x154x9.45 mm

Weight: 199 g

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Price: Get a price on the Xiaomi Redmi Note.

Xiaomi Redmi Note recommended accessories

Mi 10400 mAh power bank

Mi in-ear headphones

Mi flip cover

Mi back cover

Xiaomi Redmi Note
Reviewed by Garg Ankit Rating: 4.2
Swipe Technologies unveiled Ultimate Tab 3G, India's first tabtop (tablet + laptop) with built-in 3G at Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2015, Las Vegas. Earlier 2-in-1, 10.1" WiFi only Windows tablet, which was launched exclusively on Flipkart, received an overwhelming success and rave customer reviews. Swipe's newest Intel processor powered tablet PC, Swipe Ultimate 3G tab is an upgrade over its previous variant with built-in 3G SIM and direct USB 3.0. It will be available at a compelling price of Rs 19,999.

Swipt Ultimate Tab 3G, India's first tabtop

It comes pre-loaded with genuine Windows 8.1 operating system and 1 year free subscription of Microsoft Office 365.

It is also India's lightest 10.1" easy-to-connect removable pogo pin keyboard tablet, allowing its users dual use: tablet as well as a laptop. For use as a laptop, it's introduced with direct USB 3.0 slot for easy file sharing. 

Speaking at the launch, Mr Shripal Gandhi, Founder & CEO, Swipe, said,
"Personal computing is a dynamic area where consumer preferences are changing at extreme pace. Staying ahead of the curve is essential to survive in this space. We take extraordinary efforts to anticipate the changing preferences of consumers and develop products that will satiate demanding consumers of today. We have made our latest offering more powerful with a more powerful Intel processor and in-built 3G SIM support along with direct USB 3.0 slot to ensure that our customers get the best experience as a laptop. Thanks to our efficient production process, we are able to deliver all of this at an attractive price point."

Powered by the Intel Z3735F processor (burst up to 1.86 GHz) with 646 MHz Intel HD Graphics and 2 GB RAM, the device comes with a long-lasting 7000 mAh battery for multi-tasking and dual usability. It is equipped with a 5 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera, allowing you to click amazing pictures and upload them instantly on the web. The mammoth 32 GB in-built memory allows you the flexibility of storing all your important data.

The device provides the most comprehensive interactive environment for a tab. With its 9.5 mm thickness and slim form factor, it is perfect to slip into a bag. It has been built with productivity in mind. A user can run Microsoft Office and many other applications that allow her to accomplish more than ever before. It enables professionals to turn ideas into actions with powerful applications for photography, video production and music & art design on-the-go. It will be available for sale from 21st January onwards, on the leading e-commerce portals as well as the company's official website. Swipe has also planned a number of exciting product launches for 2015. So, let's wait and watch for more awesome products.

Swipe Ultimate Tab 3G specifications

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1

Processor: Intel Z3735F processor (burst up to 1.86 GHz)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 32 GB in-built

Display: 10.1 inch IPS

Primary camera: 5 megapixel

Secondary camera: 2 megapixel

Interface: WiFi, Bluetooth, mini HDMI, USB OTG, USB 3.0, 3G

Battery: 7000 mAh

Weight: 592 g

Price: Rs 19,999
Cheers Global Pvt. Ltd introduces its latest power banks in India after their entry into smartphonesThey are bringing standard power banks to the market at a low cost.


"We have introduced a range of power banks in many colors to offer sleek and trendy designs. These are very portable which have the ability to increase the battery capacity speedily,"
said Subhash Agarwal, Managing Director, Cheers Devices.

Smart Power Banks (SPBs) have two capacity options: 5200 mAh (SPB5200) and 10400 mAh (SPB10400). They are available in multi-colors of blue, yellow, green, pink and white with grey color options, and are priced at Rs. 599 and Rs. 999 respectively. They will soon be available at all major retail stores across the country.

The exterior design of the all new light weight Smart Power Banks are made with matte surface offering dirt-free and high temperature resistance. The power banks in 5200 mAh capacity option come in cool combination of grey and other colors expressing implicit style. The ones with 10400 mAh are available in vibrant blue, green, white and pink colors. With a powerful Li-Ion battery, these power banks thoroughly charge the devices in a short time. For people who travel a lot, stay outdoors, and those with not-so-good battery back-up, these devices offer power banks at a pocket-friendly price.


These products not only have robust structure equipped with one USB port to charge a phone efficiently, but also meet the international requirements to ensure the highest standards of quality. These power banks make traveling easier thanks to their sleek design, light weight and optimum power.

SPB5200 specifications

Battery: 5200 mAh lithium-ion

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 99x43x21 mm

Weight: 130 g

Price: Rs. 599

SPB10400 specifications

Battery: 10400 mAh lithium-ion

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 64x138.5x23 mm

Weight: 225 g

Price: Rs. 999
Samsung today unveiled an extensive lineup of SUHD TVs – setting a new standard in premium UHD content and elevating the viewing experience to new levels.

Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV

The innovative SUHD TV celebrates a major milestone in the UHD era. It surpasses the limitations of previous displays, delivering superior picture quality with stunning contrast, striking brightness and spectacular color.

Additionally, Samsung's SUHD TVs have a number of new and exciting features - its SUHD re-mastering engine delivers an unrivaled viewing experience; its stylish curved design provides viewers with a more immersive viewing experience; and its Smart TV functions are now powered by Tizen, giving viewers easy access to their favorite content.

"Our innovative heritage and spirit continue to push the boundaries of the home entertainment experience to new possibilities,"
 said HS Kim, president of the visual display business at Samsung Electronics.

"Regardless of the content source, Samsung provides the leading picture in the industry and will continue to do so with our SUHD TVs. Consumers can trust that we are more committed than ever to consistently deliver a superior home entertainment experience for years to come."
Utilizing Samsung's proprietary, eco-friendly nano-crystal technology and intelligent SUHD re-mastering picture quality engine, Samsung SUHD TVs demonstrate groundbreaking advances in contrast, brightness, color reproduction, and detail to deliver an overall superior picture quality experience.

SUHD TV's nano-crystal semiconductor transmits different colors of light depending on their size to produce the highest color purity and light efficiency available today. This technology produces a wide range of more accurate colors, providing viewers with 64 times more color expression than conventional TVs.

The SUHD re-mastering engine automatically analyzes the brightness of images to minimize additional power consumption while expressing ultimate contrast levels, producing images with much darker blacks and an elevated brightness up to 2.5 times brighter than conventional TVs, and twice the color adjustment points for the most accurate color display.

By collaborating with the leading Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, Samsung has been able to optimize content to meet premium quality SUHD standards. This allows for consumers to have an unrivaled UHD viewing experience.

Most recently, Samsung partnered with the Fox Innovation Lab to re-master multiple scenes from its critically acclaimed film, Exodus, specifically for the SUHD TV. The result was spectacular – generating more vivid colors and lifelike scenes.

Furthermore, Samsung's SUHD TVs use environmental-friendly technology to deliver best-in-class energy efficiency and reliability.

Samsung SUHD TV JS9500 will feature Samsung's Chamfer bezel design, adding more depth to the TV screen, and the elegant frame makes the TV look like a piece of art when mounted on the wall.

SUHD TV JS9000 model has a soft, textured Shirring design on the back, ensuring the TV maintains its stylish edge from any angle.

Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV

New for 2015, all of Samsung's Smart TVs, including the new SUHD TV, will be powered by Tizen, an open-source platform that supports the web standard for TV app development. Thanks to Tizen, Samsung's new Smart TV platform not only has a bevy of new features, but it also allows consumers intuitive access, a more integrated entertainment experience, and more choices for content than ever before.

The new user interface for Samsung's Smart Hub is more responsive and playful, allowing users easier access to the content they want. It is simplified to just one screen, displaying your most recent content and tailored content recommendations for even more entertainment options.

With Quick Connect, Samsung Smart TVs automatically recognize Samsung smartphones once paired via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology. Consumers can share video content from their Samsung smartphone to their Smart TV with the press of a button. Also, users can watch TV through their mobile devices without any apps or complicated pre-settings.

Consumers will be able to view UHD movies and TV shows from providers such as Amazon, Comcast, DIRECTV and M-GO. In addition, Samsung has enabled a new UHD movie download service utilizing its existing UHD Video Pack in partnership with M-GO, a premium TVOD service and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation. In 2015, this service will offer the highest quality content for both Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. Samsung Sports Live allows users to watch live games while simultaneously checking team and player stats on the same screen. Samsung has also partnered with global games companies for a large and varied games catalogue.

Samsung introduces its very own Milk Video platform allowing consumers to discover, collect, and share all of the web's best videos seamlessly. Milk Video curates the most popular and interesting video clips from websites, and video giving consumers access to premium content from a fast-growing list of almost 50 content partners.

Samsung Smart TV owners can wake-up a bit easier with Briefing on TV. Samsung Smart TVs now act as an alarm, and sync up with Samsung mobile devices, to turn on and display important items such as the time, weather and your schedule with a large screen for the day.

Samsung's platform powered by Tizen allows Samsung Smart TVs to become part of a much larger content ecosystem, allowing easy collaboration with a number of partners for ultimate flexibility and unparalleled access.

Tizen's compatibility with other devices establishes Samsung's Smart TVs as the control center of any Smart Home. Samsung's new Smart TV with Tizen sets the standard for future Smart TVs, redefining the entertainment experience.

Samsung will offer three new series of SUHD TVs – JS9500, JS9000 and JS8500, in nine screen sizes from 48" to 88", so consumers are able to purchase not only the best possible picture, but a TV that best fits their needs.
Lapcare today announced the launch of its first and unique Bluetooth speaker-cum-stand under the 'YO!' lifestyle series – the Lapcare YO LBS-999. This development also marks the foray of the brand into the fast growing Bluetooth accessories segment. Targeted at the upwardly mobile youth, the sizzling new LBS-999 blends superior audio performance with elegant design. The compact size and its unique ability to act as a smartphone or a tablet stand, makes the new range of speakers, a truly great multi-functional travel companion.

Lapcare YO LBS-999 also acts as a smartphone stand

Delivering great audio output in its segment, the sassy Lapcare YO LBS-999, is foldable, and features a 1050 mAh Li-On battery, which keeps it going for up to 4 hours. So, don't forget to pick it up for that next outing! The Bluetooth plus NFC connectivity easily pairs with any Bluetooth enabled device and provides a range of up to 10 meters. Additional features include a USB Port, LED indicator, volume adjusting function, and an in-built microphone for hands free call receiving. Truly a cool and useful accessory for an on-the-move user.

Lapcare YO LBS-999 Bluetooth speaker also supports NFC

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Sandeep Popli, COO, Lapcare India said,
"Lapcare as a brand has been synonymous with care, trust and continuous customer centric product innovations, since our inception. Lapcare's latest YO! lifestyle series, reflect the youthful demographics of India and their evolving preferences. The new LBS-999 Bluetooth speaker-cum-stand embodies the attitude of the youth and is the first Bluetooth speaker to be launched under the YO! range. Designed with great emphasis on elegant design, multi-functionality and superior audio performance, the new range of speakers, also serve as a smartphone/tablet stand. We truly believe that the LBS-999 with its array of useful features is geared to meet the needs of our customers."

Lapcare YO LBS-999 features a USB port

Priced at Rs. 3997, the Lapcare YO LBS-999 Bluetooth speakers comes in two elegant colors - Black and White, and has a warranty of 12 months. The product is available at all leading retail outlets in India and leading e-commerce sites including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon and ebay.
Asus today unveiled ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), the flagship smartphone in the new-generation ZenFone family. With a gorgeous all-new ergonomic design, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13/5 MP PixelMaster cameras, a 1.8/2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 2/4 GB RAM and 4G/LTE connectivity, it delivers powerful all-round performance.

Asus ZenFone 2

The much-anticipated device premieres many evolved features including a new version of ASUS ZenUI — which has the world's first fully-customizable interface, and Trend Micro security software for safe web browsing.

"The passion behind the design of ZenFone 2 is our never-ending desire to empower luxury for everyone,"
 said Asus Chairman Jonney Shih,
"We have drawn on our considerable engineering expertise and experience with our popular ZenFone to create a smartphone that embodies this ambition. That device is the incredible new ZenFone 2 — luxury that everyone can enjoy." 
It has a stunning, all-new design employing iconic Asus design elements that echo the spirit of Zen, with a luxurious brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing. The device introduces new and evolved aesthetic refinements, including a graceful curved case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9 mm at the edges to lend it a bold yet elegant look. This curvature provides exceptional comfort and a secure grip, and intuitive control and convenience is further enhanced by the rear-mounted volume control key — ideally-positioned for the user's index finger.

It has an incredibly sharp and vivid 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 403 ppi pixel density, and a wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring lifelike photos and videos and great-looking apps. Asus TruVivid technology enhances display performance even more with bright, brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow 3.3 mm bezel, giving the device a remarkable 72% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing experience, and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for superior resistance to damage and fingerprints. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30%, giving a luxuriously-smooth feel to touch gestures.

The device is available in five unique colors that, together with the beauty and customizability of Asus ZenUI, result in a smartphone that is truly personal, both inside and out. Its color portfolio includes Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available that give users even more choices to match their own unique style.

It has a 13 MP PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens to capture stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. This industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash. When a flash is preferred, it is equipped with a Real Tone flash to ensure warm skin tones and accurate color.

The camera also has Backlight (HDR) mode to let users capture vivid, evenly-exposed photos in challenging backlit scenes such as sunset portraits. By using pixel-enhancing technology to increase contrast by up to 400%, HDR mode ensures that foreground subjects are free of shadows and 
stand out clearly.

For those seeking fine-grained control over camera settings like ISO, shutter speed and more, Manual mode offers users a DSLR-like experience right on their smartphone.

It is also equipped with a 5 MP front-facing camera with a wide, 85-degree field of view perfectly engineered for taking selfies with real-time beautification. For those wanting to capture a group of friends, or include scenery in their selfie, ZenUI Selfie Panorama mode captures panoramic selfies with up to a 140-degree field of view.

The device is powered by 1.8/2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3580, and has 4 GB RAM to deliver up to seven times faster gaming performance than its predecessor. A 60 ms touch response time ensures lag-free input, and OpenGL 3.0 provides incredible gaming performance.

It has built-in 4G/LTE connectivity for blazingly-fast data speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi, ensuring stutter-free streaming of video and music as well as a smooth all-round mobile experience. Dual-SIM capacity with Dual Active technology makes it the perfect travel or business companion, allowing users to have two active phone lines on their device so they can keep in touch from anywhere.

Users will spend less time waiting and more time enjoying the device with its high-capacity, 3000 mAh battery that provides more than a full day of use on a single charge. Fast-charge technology enables recharges to 60% battery level in only 39 minutes.

Freedom, connection, and expression form the foundation for ZenUI mobile user interface. This latest version offers a simpler and smarter user experience, with a stylish new layout that utilizes white space for a cleaner design, and which places information front and center for a simpler, smarter user experience. ZenUI has many great new features — including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro security and ZenUI Instant Updates — that enhance usability; ensure security and privacy; and deliver a seamless user experience.

Asus ZenUI

ZenMotion is a collection of intuitive touch gestures, each providing a new way of interacting with ZenUI, and allowing quick and easy access to frequently-used features such as One Hand mode or Do It Later.

SnapView is a security feature that ensures privacy for apps, photos, and files. It lets users easily keep their personal and business information separate.

Trend Micro security is integrated with the ZenUI browser for the total mobile web browsing security.

ZenUI Instant Updates is a seamless new method of keeping ZenUI apps up-to-date. With ZenUI Instant Updates, ASUS app developers can make updates available immediately, avoiding delays between app releases and ensuring the best experience for the users.

Its prices start from $199 (2 GB RAM/16 GB ROM), VAT excluded. Specifications, price and availability may vary by country.

Asus ZenFone 2 specifications

Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

Processor: 1.8/2.3 GHz quad core

Memory: 2/4 GB RAM

Display: 5.5 inch IPS display

Primary camera: 13 megapixel

Secondary camera: 5 megapixel

Battery: 3000 mAh

Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.2x152.5x10.9 mm

Weight: 170 g

Price: $199