All That Glitters is Rose Gold

When Apple launched its Rose Gold Apple Watch priced at $ 10,000 plus, a new colour trend came into being. Warmer than white gold and cooler than yellow gold rose gold is a fancy name for something that is little more than a pale metallic pink. ‘Rose’ gold sounds ~dainty~ and ~fancy~; a step above gold and pink.

According to a writer for the New Yorker, “rose gold is warm and flush—what yellow gold would look like if it suddenly suffered an embarrassment.”

Rose gold gadgets have been around for a long time. Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note 3 in 2014, with a gilded rose gold edge. Back in 2003, Motorola offered a pink Razr but called pink instead of rose gold. There are the Huawei Watch and the Mate S smartphone in rose gold. Samsung has a rose gold Gear S2 smartwatch and the Galaxy S7 in ‘pink’ is pretty much rose gold too.

But it was after the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S in Rose Gold, followed by the iPad 3, MacBook and the Beats by Dre Headphones- all in a charming Rose Gold colour – the trend really took off.

Here are the latest rose gold-tinted gadgets from the rose-tinted world of technology that charges a lot more money for a change of colour:

  1. Apple iPhone 7

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With a wonderful 5.5-inch retina HD display, responsive 3D touch,2 rear facing 12-megapixel cameras, 4K video and a re-engineered enclosure that makes it the very first water-resistant iPhone, iPhone 7 plus offers an enhanced user experience, bolstered by the 64-bit A10 Fusion chip that offers a faster CPU performance.

It comes in 3 variants: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Price: Starts at INR 67,000 (Feel free to look out for online discounts!)

2. Apple MacBook

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Sixth generation dual-core Intel Core M processors, a Turbo Boost feature that gives 3.1 GHz of processing, an 1866 MHz memory, new Intel HD Graphics 515 and faster flash storage bumped with better battery life on a 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display is what the latest MacBook offers.

Price: Starts at INR 106,900

3. Beats by Dre Solo2 Wireless

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Offering up to 30 feet of wireless listening, 12-hour rechargeable battery, an ear cup padding that buffers outside noise and a durable, compact folding design for easy portability the Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones offer a wonderful experience.

Price: INR20033

4. MI In-Ear Headphones Rose Gold

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To satisfy the lust for rose gold earphones, try the MI In-Ear plugs by Xiaomi. These are classy and go with your other rose gold accessories. Don’t miss the really sophisticated box that comes with it.

Price: INR2000 (approx.)

5. Unitek Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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With its roundish rose gold aluminium unibody with Bluetooth 2.1, up to 3.5 hours of playtime, built in micro phone hands free function, auto-scan FM radio, 3W speaker with enhanced bass and a micro USB cable that acts as an antennae, this little wireless speaker packs a punch and matches all the rose coloured gadgets you may have.

Keeping in tune with the trend, it should be mentioned that the world of rose gold gadgets expands to rose gold charging cables, electric toothbrushes, clip-on phone cameras and watches. One could also simply purchase some of the gazillion covers available in this colour till another colour (metallic anything) becomes the next big thing.

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Hackers Dine on Zomato

Online restaurant and food joint aggregator Zomato had indeed hit the jackpot of being Hackers dine on Zomatothe first company with over 120 million visitors every month. The company has been protecting the personal information of its users diligently till recently. A security recently breach of the company’s systems resulted in a theft of their user database as 17 million user records were stolen.

The Delhi-based company claims that the passwords were hashed that means it cannot be converted easily by the hackers. In an official blog, the company has also explained that it has logged all users out of its website and app as a precaution. Emails have been sent to affected users urging them to change their passwords to be on the safer side. In the same blog, Zomato has also assured that financial data and credit card information of users has been fully secured.

A report stated that a web vendor under the pseudonym “nclay” had taken the responsibility for the hack. Further investigations into the matter suggested that the hacker has provided exact details of stealing of the data which shows loopholes in the company’s security system.

Zomato’s founder Deepinder Goyal tweeted that most of the people use their Facebook and Google accounts to log in to Zomato. So, they are not at much risk as they don’t have passwords for these accounts. However, he assured users that the company will be enhancing and focusing on its security measures and will do everything in the interest of the users.

Ransomware is an act of encrypting files from a victim computer and prohibiting access until the user pays an amount of money demanded by a hacker. There have been several cases of ransomware experienced in the past. The most disruptive ransomware named WannaCrypt popularly called Wcry severely hit dozens 74 countries including India affecting more than 45,000 computers in many enterprises that include IT organizations, ATMs, universities, hospitals, railway station networks.

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7 Stylish Headphones for Women

Let’s face it – most headphones are engineered for men! We aren’t being sexist here, but this is a fact. From their fit to the size to the look, a majority of headphones are designed to fit on men’s’ heads.

However, in the last few years, there’s been arevolutionary rise in production ofstylish headphones and earphones designed especially for women who are concerned about the artistry of the design and sound.

Here are 7 headphones designed for women exclusively:

 1. Yurbuds Inspire (starting from $39.99)

Yurbuds are a perfect option for the earbuds of female athletes. The headphones come with smaller buds that can fit the average female ear.Each set of earphones offers comfort with a seamless fit and unmatchable music experience.

254777_30543_XL 2. Sol Republic Headphones ($99.99)

 

Portable enough to be tossed in your purse or gym bag, Sol Republic headphones have become the top choice of women these days.

These durable headphones havean indestructible headband that comes in eight shades. Manufacturers also offer the color choice for the detachable cables including red, black, white, purple, blue, grey, pink and orange. The headphones are interchangeable, comfortable and lightweight. The “Sound Engines” are optimized for clear sound definition, vocals and deep bass.

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3. X-1 Momentum Sport In-Ear Bud ($29.99)

These headsets have been designed based on the motto -“Pink it and shrink it.”The method of “shrinking” applies well to the X-1; however the gender stereotype colorway has been put to end, which is a welcome change. Their bright teal and white braided cord is fashionable as well as functional. Plus, these are sweat proof to be used during workouts.

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 4. Molami Twine ($200)

Twine is a silk-satin headpiece inspired by comfortable headbands and offers a unique listening experience to the listener. The speaker bands are adjustable and can be moved up and down. The open-sound design enhances different tones in music.

7795c8baaf295554096e5292092f94a85. Urbanears Plattan ( Price $59.99)

These amazing earphones are gaining widespread popularity because of their adaptability. The smaller design is its plus point that makes it customizable to fit to a woman’s cranium. It comes with a structuredesigned to fit to the ears. In addition, you get a spectrum of bright colors to choose from. Also, the quality material used in its design makes them worth the investment.

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6. Denon Excercise Freak Headphones (Price 149.99)

Engineered for active women, exercise freak headphones by Denon are extremely comfortable and stay up securely on the ears. Denon established slight differences between men and women after taking molds of 4,000 pairs of ears. These Bluetooth sports headphones aresweat-proof and comes with four pairs of anti-microbial ear tips to offer maximum hygiene.

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7. SkullCandy Fix In-Ear Headphones ($69.95)

SkullCandylaunches its amazing set of Fix In-Ear Headphones for women. The headphones are a perfect in fit to the ear’s natural curves. Designed in lightweight injected plastic, these headphones offer long-lasting comfort foractive women.

 

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Simply plug-in to your ears and enjoy the rhythm. Why should boys have all the fun?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to expect from Netflix in India?

Viewers can now access the huge repertoire of domestic and international video contents courtesy Netflix that has arrived in India. The video content that is streamed by Netflix can be viewed on smartphones, laptops, tablets and television screens, a feature that keeps Netflix ahead of other similar companies operating in India. It can also be viewed on larger screens by using Apple TV and Playstation. Netflix exclusively produces a lot of globally popular contents, too.

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Considerable amount of uncensored content will be available but all contents streamed by Netflix are rated for the category of viewers that debar children from viewing adult contents. Although plenty of contents have been left out from the catalogue, the collection of new titles is laudable. Indian viewers would be happy to access contents that had remained out of bounds for them, till now.

Bollywood Films

Besides international titles, classic Bollywood films from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun to Piku find a place in the catalog and the process of enhancing the list is already on. Netflix provides a huge platform for independent cinema in India that can now overcome the problem of not finding enough screens to reach to viewers.

Smooth streaming and seamless viewing are assured.

 

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We Are More Addicted To News Online Than Ever

By Gurpreet Tathgur

woman reading on tabletIt dawned on me today. When I wake up in the morning these days, I don’t have the urge to read a newspaper. Increasingly, I tell myself that there is no time to flip through pages and read detailed editorial pages. Is this shortage of time or just addiction to digital media?

What I actually wake up to every morning are WhatsApp messages, Facebook statuses or trending headlines on popular digital news sites. The digital media has really seeped into our daily lives and I wonder will the newspaper become extinct in future?

According to a research by The Future Exploration Network, print newspapers would be extinct in USA by 2017. The research also shows that by 2040 no one will be reading newspapers around the globe. The ACI has reported that the top reason the  predicted death of print newspapers is easy access to mobile devices.

I spoke to some people to find out what they think about newspapers being extinct. Will they miss the morning headline in the beautiful black ink?

“Oh! Their extinct is near. In my society hardly anyone has subscribed a newspaper. I myself get the morning dose of news on my phone,” says a 30-year-banker Sunil Yadav. A group of company executives says they don’t have to take a look at the headlines. At the same time, medical practitioner Charu Mishra says, “Whatever is trending comes on the Twitter feed”.

However, there is a group of people who think the real pleasure of reading the news is via print medium. “My morning ritual is incomplete without the newspaper and tea,” says Dr. Viren. But he does say that there are times I do check what is trending on Yahoo.

Even my mother says that her Sunday is well spent only when she rummages through every page of the Sunday supplement.

However, we cannot ignore that the number of newspaper readers are declining and according to research conducted by McKinsey & Co. that was commissioned by The New York Times, digital media is the flavor of the future.… Read the rest

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How Far Will You Go For A Selfie?

The selfie culture may have taken the world by storm, but for some people it has proved more of a bane than a boon. The recent death of an engineering student, Prakash in Tamil Nadu is a glaring example. The guy was apparently trying to take a selfie while standing at a cliffedge when he fell and succumbed to serious head injury.

  selfieAnd this is not the only example. There have been several cases in the past when people have died while trying to take that perfect selfie. The Week has reported that in 2015 so far, 12 people died while taking a selfie. The major reason of deaths has been sloppy falls and collision with vehicles.

Earlier this month a Japanese tourist died as he tried to click a selfie at the Taj Mahal. He reportedly fell off the stairs. The Independent has previously reported a case where a woman died in a collision just few minutes after she posted her selfie while listening to Pharrel William on her stereo. There have been cases where people have died due to accidental gun shot or have got electrocuted while trying to climb bridges.

I have observed since the selfie fad has set in, people love taking selfies in middle of the traffic or in front of a historical building. They will also share selfies instantly on social media. And it is not only the common people who have jumped on the bandwagon of selfie culture, most of the celebrities share their selfies while doing yoga or having a coffee. Some even take photos while standing in front of the mirror in a bathroom.

“I love taking selfies. I want to fit in the crowd and all my friends take selfies and why shouldn’t I. More so it is a matter of self-love, “says 18 –year-old Rashmi

“Dude, then how will I tell people what I am upto. I generally take selfies all the time, while sleeping, cycling, bathing … you know it is like my lifeline, “ says another teenager (name not revealed on request).

On the contrary the parents feel that their children are so engrossed in this virtual world that they rarely get time to talk to them or to even go out for games in the evening.

“There were times when spent out evening reading books or playing hopscotch but these days, kids and youngsters are generally busy taking selfie, browsing on internet and chatting up. Even I have evolved with time just to become a part of my children’s life, “ says Sunita, a mother of two.

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Technology Turning Into A Mom’s Best Friend

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Mom of two, Shilpi Gupta talks to us about how she used technology and made it a part of her life from pregnancy and child birth to bringing up her toddlers. Most connected women these days use technology as a means to know more about the precious nine months.

Technology has become a part of everyday lives. This is especially true for pregnancy and childbirth when the internet acts as a friend, guide, and to some extent a doctor.

These thoughts took centerstage during my pregnancy days. If it was not for niche apps along with the plethora of information available on the Internet, I may not have sailed through those joyous yet testing times.

Apps like Pregnancy Tracker, My Pregnancy Today and What to Expect gave me daily tips on what to eat, what to do, what not to do. They opened me up to all stages of pregnancy at every step of the way. They suggest our daily exercise routine, foods to eat and everything about and how the body will change in months to come.

Advice on common pregnancy issues are easy to locate with these apps. Household cures provided for problems of morning sickness, swelling in the feet or how to prevent acidity. Interestingly, most of the apps are reliable and share relevant information. They help users to take wise decisions for a safe delivery and healthy baby.

As women get busy with their lives and have little time to seek help, technology comes as a rescue. After I gave birth to my little one, my partner and me were anxious as to how we will raise him. There was immense curiosity about breastfeeding, vaccination and health of the baby. Again, I took shelter under a series of apps which helped me set reminders and provided useful tips.

I joined groups like breastfeeding support and babywearing on Facebook. This gave me a chance to speak to other expectant mothers. Shopping also becomes easy with the online shopping options available. Now that my little baby boy has grown up, I shop for all his needs from clothes and games to school paraphernalia from e-commerce websites.

Everything is simply a click away and the world has become a digital oyster.

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German Court Rejects Apple’s Plea For a ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent on Their iPhone

Apple slide to unlock patent rejected‘Slide to Unlock’, one of the defining features found in an Apple iPhone has been denied a patent according to the Federal Court of Appeals at Karlsruhe in Germany. The upper court has upheld the 2013 verdict of a German lower court. While rejecting Apple’s appeal of patenting the feature, the verdict even mentioned that a similar technique was used by Neonode Inc., a Swedish company, even before the first iPhone was launched in the year 2007.

‘Slide to unlock’ is not a patent of Apple

The verdict has come as a setback for the company, which is reported to be gearing up for the launch of new iPhones in a couple of weeks. However, the Apple office in Germany has not released any official statement in response to this verdict.

Read More: iPhone 7 Release Date Could Be September 7

With a few days left for the launch of the rumored iPhone handsets, the company may be busy adding some ground-breaking features to make the device unique.

Even though Apple did not make any comment, the verdict is surely to be a cause of rejoice for Motorola, who originally challenged Apple’s claim for patenting the ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature. Samsung joined Motorola initially but later decided to withdraw their support.

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How Willing Are People To Shop At App Only Websites?

Myntra recently shut down its website and turned app only. The e-commerce giant took this step to tap the burgeoning number of smartphone and mobile users. Flipkart will also be operating exclusively through its mobile app from September. This seems like the next step in the journey for online companies. OLA Cabs, MakeMyTrip and Snapdeal are also said to be considering the trend and may soon bring down the curtains on their websites.

Indian companies going app onlySo, why are more and more Indian companies planning to go app-only? Is India really becoming a hub of smartphone users?

According to Flipkart, “India is gradually transitioning from a mobile first to a mobile only country” and it is expected that over the years people would like to shop from the comfort of their phones.

Apparently, most of the traffic on Flipkart and Myntra comes from their mobile app. Myntra claims that around 85 percent of all users come to the site via the app whereas on Flipkart 70-75 percent traffic is from the mobile app. This is not the only reason why the companies are going the app way.

According to Myntra head of e-commerce Prasad Kompalli, the apps enable better user experience because they are quick and easy to use. “Mobile apps are the best platform for Myntra today, as they allow you to integrate with contacts, calendar, and camera, which can be used to improve the user’s experience in a number of ways,” he said to NDTV gadgets.

It also brings down the cost of website maintenance and according to reports customer retention is also higher with apps. This could be because one does not tend to remove as many apps. Moreover, according to avid online shopper Sushant Sharma, the reach of an app is higher at places where people don’t have access to laptops or desktops.

“In places like Leh, where broadband connectivity is big issue, the phone Internet and app market is like a a boom. Not only does it give one the ease to shop, it makes for a great user experience. I am almost addicted to Myntra shopping app,” he says.

It’s clear that users are shifting to mobile platforms for the ease of use and e-commerce websites are following suit for better profits. However, there are some users who are not happy purchasing only through the app. According to one user, the products don’t appear to be what they are on the app, especially in terms of color.

“The product I ordered through the app did not have the same tint of color as it appeared on my mobile,” the user says. This discrepancy is lower on desktops and laptops as the product is seen in its full glory. Many users are not comfortable using their credit card details on an app. Therefore, they would prefer buying on a website with a desktop presence such as Jabong over an app-only e-commerce company like Myntra.

Also, the deletion and re-installation of the apps is a common tendency. Founder CEO of Freecharge Kunal Shah has raised this issue in his Facebook post. “Based on research, most Indians have only 19-20 apps on their android smartphones. Out of this 15-odd apps are the ones that can’t be deleted. One hypothesis is users are low on memory and keep deleting apps and install them when needed. With such challenge, is “app only” is a good strategy? Maybe this explains high uninstall rates companies see,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Of course, there are always two sides to a coin but having a no desktop presence could shake the loyal base of a company’s customers. But as they say, there is no harm in experimenting and taking risks and e-commerce seems to be doing so. It remains to see how they perform in years to come.… Read the rest

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Twitter Bans Jokes Due To Copyright Issues

Every day, lots of content is being created on social networking website Twitter. This has led to people complaining about  their 140 characters being copied without giving them due credit. The Twitter jokes ban; therefore, seems to have come into place to prevent copyright infringement. Reports suggest that the social media network is deleting jokes and other content that has been copied from other Tweets.Twitter Allows All Users To Direct Message Anyone

It has come to light that Twitter will delete copied Tweets to prevent copyright issues. The Verge has pointed out that a Los Angeles-based freelance writer Olga Lexell filed a case because many people had retweeted her joke that said, “saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side”.

Lexell’s Twitter account has since become private but she had earlier Tweeted that she spoke to the social networking site and told them that she makes money out of her writing. She added that the jokes are her intellectual property and users cannot copy them without her permission and the due credit.

Twitter apparently deletes the “offending” tweets in a few days, without any follow-up or discussions, Lexell told The Verge.

As more content is available on the internet for free, copyright of ones content–which includes pictures, jokes, stories, videos and more–has become an area of concern. The debate on intellectual property and copyright has become important.

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