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    Apple Watch released: Digital Crown to Taptic Engine, all you need to know

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    After months of speculation of will they or won’t they, the Apple Watch is here. Interestingly Apple has dropped the i and its simply called the Watch, not iWatch as was being used by pretty much everyone in the media.

    Apple showcased their Watch at the media event yesterday in Cupertino. The Watch is priced at $349 which comes to around Rs 21,000 when converted without taxes. The Apple Watch will release in 2015 and won’t be hitting the markets this holiday season. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.

    So what does Apple’s Watch look like? Well for starters, it’s got a squarish screen and Apple hasn’t gone for the round watch as some were hoping. Apple’s Watch will be coming three distinct collection and two different sizes. The three editions are Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch Edition is plated with 18 karat gold. We predict this edition might do exceptionally well in India. The two different screen sizes are 38 mm and 42 mm.

    The Watch is crafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel (Apple Watch), space gray or silver anodized aluminum (Apple Watch Sport) and 18-karat rose or yellow gold (Apple Watch Edition).

    With two sizes and three different editions, Apple has also introduced six different straps. These are a sports band; the Milanese Loop as Apple has named which has a flexible magnetic stainless steel mesh; there’s the Leather Loop which has a magnet for quick fastening; the leather Modern Buckle, which closes with a solid metal clasp; the leather Classic Buckle; and the stainless steel Link Bracelet.

    As Tim Cook said during the launch, “What we didn’t do was take the iPhone and shrink the user interface and strap it on your wrist.” A shot at Android Wear aside, Apple has redesigned the iOS-based user interface and recreated it specifically for a smaller device. The Watch has a Touch Screen with Retina Display and what Apple calls “Force Touch” which enables it to differentiate between a tap and a press. While a tap would open the app, a press can give quick access to controls within the app itself. Interestingly we didn’t find out about the Touchscreen part of the Watch, well after the presentation on the device had begun.

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    Tim Cook on stage during the launch of Apple Watch. Image: AP

    The Watch also has Apple’s custom-designed S1 SiP (System in Package) miniature chip. It features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair with your iPhone.

    But Apple has also introduced something called the Digit Crown. Essentially if you remember your watches of old, that little round button on the side which you had to tweak to fix the time, it’s there in the Apple Watch as well.

    Except that tweaking and turning the Digital Crown is a new way to scroll, zoom in, navigate in the apps in the Watch. The cool thing about this that you don’t have to cover up the entire tiny Apple Watch Screen, as you try to zoom into an app. The Digital Crown is also the Home Button and a way to access Siri.

    Apple Watch also has a Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker. What the Taptic engine does is create motion in straight line to alert the user of an incoming notification. Essentially the watch will tap you on the wrist.

    According to Apple, “when you receive an alert or notification, or perform a function like turning the Digital Crown or pressing down on the display, you feel a tactile sensation that’s recognisably different for each kind of interaction.” It is this Taptic engine that will allow users to send something like their Heartbeat to another Apple Watch.

    So what can the Apple Watch do? From the demo during the keynote address a lot of stuff. For starters, Apple Watch has pretty much all the key apps, Health, Fitness, Calls, Messaging, you can even send drawings on your Apple Watch screen to another users. Also iPhone/iPad/Mac photos that have been marked as favourite can be accessed from the Watch.

    When you press the button below the Digital Crown, you can access your close contacts, and call them or message them. If you get a message, the Watch will analyse the text and give you options of short message replies you can send to your friends. Apple Watch even lets you change the emotions on the Emoji, which was pretty much one of the coolest features.

    The Watch also has apps like Stocks, access to Email, World Clock, Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Music, Apple Tv and iTunes and you can use the Watch to control your Apple Tv as well, it’s even got Maps and Passbook and yes it supports Apple Pay, the new mobile wallet systems launched by Apple. Apple’s Watch can be used as a remote for your iPhone camera as well.

    As far as watch faces are go, Apple Watch has 11 ranging from traditional analog faces to new faces like the dynamic Timelapse face, an Astronomy face with an interactive, real-time 3D model of the earth, sun, moon and planets.

    The Digital Touch allows users to send a sketch, a gentle tap, an audio message through Walkie Talkie or even your own heartbeat to another Apple Watch user.

    For Health the smartwatch has two main apps. These are the Activity App and the Workout App.The Activity app on Apple Watch provides a a graphic of your daily activity, with three rings which show calories burnt, minutes of exercise done and how often a user takes a break from sitting. The Workout App lets users set goals as far as fitness and exercise is concerned and you can monitor your progress on your iPhone as well. Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone for all of this.

    Apple also showcased WatchKit, which will provide new tools and APIs for developers to create apps, etc for the smartwatch. We got a glimpse of the Facebook, Twitter notifications as they appear on the Watch. It appears that users can tweet from the Apple Watch as well. Fully native apps will be possible next year.

    Apple Watch straps come in various colours. In fact during the keynote, it has hard to figure out how many watches Apple had launched.

    The colour scheme is as follows: The Sports band will come in black, blue, green, pink and white. The Classic Buckle comes in black and midnight blue. The leather Loop comes in bright blue, light brown and stone. The Modern Buckle in midnight blue, brown, soft pink, rose gray and bright red. The Milanese Loop is stainless steel and the Link Bracelet in brushed stainless steel and polished space black.

    The fact that Apple’s Watch is not coming out this holiday season means that rival Android Wear will have an early advantage in the market. But it was clear from the video during the demonstration for Apple, with this device the priority isn’t to get to it out first, but to get it right. For now they seem to have done something different with watch as was expected. Whether it will good enough to help convince buyers remains to be seen.
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    Google launches Android One smartphones at Rs 6,399

    New Delhi: Tech giant Google on Monday launched its much-awaited Android One smartphones, priced at Rs 6,399 onwards, in India in partnership with domestic handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, a move that will further fuel the fiercely competitive multi-billion dollar market here.

    India is the first country where the US-based firm's Android One devices are being launched. Roll out across other markets like Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka will follow in the coming months.

    Google is also expanding Android One programme with Acer, Alcatal OneTouch, Xolo, HTC, Lava, Intex, Asus and Lenovo.

    It has also roped in Qualcomm for the chipsets.

    Micromax will sell its handset Canvas A1 on Amazon, while Spice Dream UNO will be available on Flipkart and Karbonn Sparkle V on Snapdeal.

    These phones are available for purchase through online channels in India from Monday and at retail stores across India from early October.

    Besides, to help drive data usage Google has partnered with Airtel for free data.

    "India is one of the fastest growing Android markets globally. In 2013-14, it saw more than 3 times growth. Internet can have a transforming effect. The intent is to take Internet to the next billion people," Google SVP (Android, Chrome and Apps), Sundar Pichai told reporters here.

    Declining to comment on future pricing of the handsets with new partners, Pichai said the idea is to give multiple choice to consumers.

    In June, Google announced its 'Android One' initiative to bring in under-USD 100 handsets aimed at bringing the next one billion population to the Android operating system ecosystem.

    The dual-SIM devices will sport a 4.5-inch screen with a quad core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM and 4 GB internal storage, which can be expanded to 32 GB. It will feature a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 MP front camera with replaceable battery and built-in radio.

    Analysts feel Android One will lead a fiercer competition in the mid-range smartphone market with firms offering better experience at price points in the range of Rs 6,000-10,000.

    Gartner Principal Research Analyst Vishal Tripathi said Android One devices will be under Google's control thereby ensuring a standard hardware and software specs, which in turn will lead to a better experience for the consumers.

    "Besides, it will also help to consolidate the highly fragmented smartphone market in India. No doubt competition will intensify due to this launch," he added.

    Greyhound Research CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia feels Android One is going to be a game changer in India.
    Google's goal is to reach the 5 billion people in emerging markets, including a billion in India. This gives them an edge as compared Microsoft, Apple and Blackberry, he added.

    "Android One gives Google tighter control over the Google OS which means standardised UX. Support for seven regional languages is going to be a solid plus over competitors this will not only help consumers use vernacular, it is also likely to help promote apps in regional language," Gogia said.

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    Microsoft Launches Lumia 730, 830 and 930 Smartphones in India for Rs. 15,299, Rs. 28,799 and Rs. 38,649 respectively

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    Microsoft Launches Lumia 730, 830 and 930 Smartphones in India for Rs. 15,299, Rs. 28,799 and Rs. 38,649 respectively

    Microsoft launched three new smartphones in Lumia series in India. All the new handsets run on Windows operating system. These are Lumia 730, Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 and will come for a price of Rs. 15,299, Rs. 28,799 and Rs. 38,649 respectively. Customers can get 1 Terabyte cloud storage for first six months by paying Rs. 125 for month.

    Mumbai: The new Lumia series phones support dual SIM. Lumia 930 will be made available in India from October 15 and Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 can be purchased from October 8. These handsets were unveiled in the months of April this year.

    Lumia 930 comes with 5 inch display and the resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. Pixel density is 44 ppi. It is powered by 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and is paired with 2 GB RAM. Internal storage provided is 32 GB and it features 20 megapixel primary camera and 1.2 megapixel front facing camera. It supports 4G LTE connectivity. Battery under the hood is 2420 mAh battery. It will be offered in white, black, bright green and bright orange colors.

    Lumia 830 was launched at IFA 2014 and it comes with 5 inch display and the resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. Pixel density is 296 ppi and it is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor. The processor is paired with 1 GB RAM. It is provided with 16 GB internal storage and micro SD card is supported via which memory can be expanded up to 128 GB. The device has 2200 mAh battery that gives 14.8 hours talktime and 22 days standby time. Connectivity features of the handset include 3G.

    Lumia 730 is a dual SIM mobile phone and it is offered in orange, dark grey, orange and white color options. It comes with 4.7 inch display and the resolution is 720 x 128/0 pixels. Pixel density is 316 ppi. It is powered by quad core Snapdragon processor whose clock speed is 1.2 GHz. The processor is paired with 1 GB RAM. Internal storage is 8 GB and memory can be expanded up to 128 GB via micro SD card. It comes with 2200 mAh battery under the hood that gives 17 hours talktime on 3G and 22 hours talktime on 2G. It features 6.7 megapixel primary camera and 5 megapixel camera at front.
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    Broadband adoption rate improves in India: Akamai report

    The report hopes broadband adoption is expected to accelerate in future in the wake of government decision to finalise National Broadband Policy in 100 days.

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    Akamai Technologies has released second quarter report on State of the Internet. According to the report, the global average connection speed increased 21% from the first to second quarter of the year. At 4.6 Mbps, the global average connection speed exceeded the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold for the first time.

    According to the report, India’s broadband adoption rate has grown over 5x since the second quarter of 2012 (two years), and over 10x since the second quarter of 2011 (three years). This is expected to accelerate in future with the announcement by Department of Telecom in June to finalize a National Broadband Policy within 100 days. India is in the 5th position for attack traffic originating by IP source. India’s current connection speed is at 2.0 Mbps.

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    Interestingly, the largest year-over-year changes in broadband adoption rates across the surveyed Asia Pacific countries/regions were seen in the four countries with the lowest levels of adoption. Vietnam led the group, growing 722% year-over-year, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, which added more than 200% over the past year, and India, which saw a 179% increase.
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    Eight of the top 10 countries/regions saw double-digit percentage increases from the first to the second quarter of 2014, though South Korea kept its first place average connection speed (24.6 Mbps) with only a 4% quarterly increase. Impressive 18% quarterly growth for Hong Kong (15.7 Mbps) pushed it ahead of Japan, which now matches Switzerland with an average connection speed of 14.9 Mbps. Four of the top 10 countries experienced year-over-year increases of more than 50% in average connection speeds, led by South Korea’s 84% annual rise. Yearly increases were seen in 136 qualifying countries/regions, from 197% in Uruguay (5.6 Mbps) to 1.2% in the United Arab Emirates (4.6 Mbps).

    The global average peak connection speed also saw a significant uptick, with a 20% increase to 25.4 Mbps from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2014. All but one of the 139 qualifying countries/regions experienced average peak connection speed increases this quarter, ranging from 2.3% in Iraq (30.4 Mbps) to 65% in Jersey (43.2 Mbps). This is a significant improvement from the first quarter of 2014, when 92 qualifying countries/regions saw quarterly declines in their average peak connection speeds. Year over year, the global average peak connection speed was up by 34%. A total of 125 countries/regions experienced increases over the year, from 0.1% in Lebanon (4.2 Mbps) to 225% in Uruguay (49.7 Mbps).

    In the Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, 56 countries/regions qualified for inclusion in the mobile section. South Korea’s average mobile connection speed grew slightly from 14.7 Mbps to 15.2 Mbps to maintain its top position, while Vietnam hit a global low of 0.9 Mbps. Average peak mobile connection speeds among qualifying countries/regions ranged from 108 Mbps in Australia down to 4.7 Mbps in Vietnam.

    The report also examines the percentage of connections to Akamai from mobile network providers at “broadband” speeds (more than 4 Mbps). In the second quarter, Denmark reported the highest level of mobile broadband adoption at 92%, whereas Brazil, Croatia, Paraguay, Vietnam and Bolivia all had mobile broadband adoption rates below 1%.

    You can download the full Akamai report here.
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    Indian men can give up sex for the Internet

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    An Internet survey, commissioned by Tata Communications and executed by TNS Global across the US, UK, France, Germany, Singapore and India, confirms what many have been fearing for sometime now. Maslow's hierarchy of needs has a new addition — the Internet.

    Over 9,000 correspondents were interviewed globally, of which 2,117 were from India, highest amongst all the six. Here's a look at some of most interesting findings the survey threw up:

    - 45 per cent Indians spend over 6 hours on the Internet compared to 28 per cent globally.

    - 28 per cent of the respondents globally were willing to give up their beers and whiskies for an Internet connection.

    - 43 per cent Indians are willing to give up television for an Internet connection, trading one screen for another.

    - 53 per cent Indians feel lost without the Internet as compared to 40 per cent of their global counterparts.

    - Women are more tech thrilled than men and prefer wearable technology when compared to men.

    Indians lead in internet knowledge

    Discussing the survey, Julie Woods-Moss, CMO, CEO of Nextgen Business, Tata Communications, says, "It is a way for us to know if our role as a 'deliverer' or 'enabler' in the value chain is understood by the end customer. Along with the functional aspects, we've also focussed on emotional bits."

    The report titled 'Connected World II' puts Indians ahead of respondents from all other locations with regard to Internet knowledge.

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