Top 6 Foods That Can Help Boost Your Vitamin D Levels

Top 6 Foods That Can Help Boost Your Vitamin D Levels

Like all the other vitamins, vitamin D or commonly called the “sunshine vitamin” is extremely important for your overall health. Vitamin D is a critical fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by the human body to maintain serum calcium, which supports the cellular processes, neuromuscular function and bone density. Vitamin D helps in regulating the cellular growth and reduces the systematic redness and swelling in the body. It further promotes calcium absorption in the body, which leads to the development of stronger bones. Vitamin D also plays an important role in the immune response and is essential for the weight management, prevention of osteoporosis, cancer, fighting depression; enhance brain function, boosting immunity and diabetes.

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Like all the other vitamins, vitamin D or commonly called the “sunshine vitamin” is extremely important for your overall health.
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Also read: Vitamin B3: Healthy Benefits And Foods That Are Rich In Vitamin B3

Some of the common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are getting sick very often, tiredness, chronic pain the bones, depression, digestive issues, trouble in sleeping, excessive sweating, inflammation and swelling, wounds that do not heal quickly and weak bones. Vitamin D deficiency could lead to serious medical conditions like high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, brittle bones and even cancer in some severe cases.

6 simple ways to boost your vitamin D levels:

1. Sunshine:

The most simple and an effective way to get vitamin D is spending some time in the sun. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because our bodies can actually absorb vitamin D from exposure to the sun. Adequate sun exposure can be really helpful to boost your vitamin D intake.

2. Mushrooms:

Extremely healthy and a delicious source of vitamin

Like all the other vitamins, vitamin D or commonly called the “sunshine vitamin” is extremely important for your overall health. Vitamin D is a critical fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by the human body to maintain serum calcium, which supports the cellular processes, neuromuscular function and bone density. Vitamin D helps in regulating the cellular growth and reduces the systematic redness and swelling in the body. It further promotes calcium absorption in the body, which leads to the development of stronger bones. Vitamin D also plays an important role in the immune response and is essential for the weight management, prevention of osteoporosis, cancer, fighting depression; enhance brain function, boosting immunity and diabetes.

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Like all the other vitamins, vitamin D or commonly called the “sunshine vitamin” is extremely important for your overall health.
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Also read: Vitamin B3: Healthy Benefits And Foods That Are Rich In Vitamin B3

Some of the common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are getting sick very often, tiredness, chronic pain the bones, depression, digestive issues, trouble in sleeping, excessive sweating, inflammation and swelling, wounds that do not heal quickly and weak bones. Vitamin D deficiency could lead to serious medical conditions like high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, brittle bones and even cancer in some severe cases.

6 simple ways to boost your vitamin D levels:

1. Sunshine:

The most simple and an effective way to get vitamin D is spending some time in the sun. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because our bodies can actually absorb vitamin D from exposure to the sun. Adequate sun exposure can be really helpful to boost your vitamin D intake.

2. Mushrooms:

Extremely healthy and a delicious source of vitamin D mushrooms can be easily included in your diet. Mushrooms are also rich in other vitamins like B vitamins and potassium. You can easily include mushrooms in your diet by adding them in your salads, sandwiches, soups and wraps.

3. Egg yolk:

Yet another reason to include eggs in our daily diet! But Vitamin D is found only in the yolk of the egg. Whole eggs in general contain all the essential amino acids and are an excellent source of choline and healthy fats. So, if you are vitamin D deficient, include whole eggs in your early morning breakfast or evening snacks

D mushrooms can be easily included in your diet. Mushrooms are also rich in other vitamins like B vitamins and potassium. You can easily include mushrooms in your diet by adding them in your salads, sandwiches, soups and wraps.

3. Egg yolk:

Yet another reason to include eggs in our daily diet! But Vitamin D is found only in the yolk of the egg. Whole eggs in general contain all the essential amino acids and are an excellent source of choline and healthy fats. So, if you are vitamin D deficient, include whole eggs in your early morning breakfast or evening snacks

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World’s First Baby Born Out Of Womb Transplanted From Dead Donor

World's First Baby Born Out Of Womb Transplanted From Dead Donor

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.

It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased donors – in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey – failed to produce a live birth.

The girl born in the Brazilian case was delivered via caesarean section at 35 weeks and three days, and weighed 2,550 grams (nearly 6 lbs), the case study said.

Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at Brazil’s Sao Paulo University hospital who led the research, said the transplant – carried out in September 2016 when the recipient was 32 – shows the technique is feasible and could offer women with uterine infertility access to a larger pool of potential donors.

The current norm for receiving a womb transplant is that the organ would come from a live family member willing to donate it.

“The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” Ejzenberg said in a statement about the results.

She added, however, that the outcomes and effects of womb donations from live and deceased donors have yet to be compared, and said the technique could still be refined and optimised.

The first baby born after a live donor womb transplant was in Sweden in 2013. Scientists have so far reported a total of 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 live births.

Experts estimate that infertility affects around 10 to 15 percent of couples of reproductive age worldwide. Of this group, around one in 500 women have uterine problems.

Before uterus transplants became possible, the only options to have a child were adoption or surrogacy.

In the Brazilian case, the recipient had been born without a uterus due to a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. The donor was 45 and died of a stroke.

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Traditional banks can be the ‘trusted face’ of fintech and online finance firms

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Traditional banks see online payment and financial services providers as their biggest threat, but they can still be a part of the shift to digital banking because of their status as regulated institutions that have the trust of customers and authorities, according to banking software provider Temenos.

In a recent survey of 400 banking executives, Temenos said more than 53 per cent of respondents cited e-financial services like PayPal, Alipay, WeChat Pay and Apple Pay as their biggest non-traditional competition in the next two years.

But their relationships could be complementary and not necessarily purely competitive, Temenos said.

“The more organisations like Alipay move into traditional banking such as deposit-taking and lending, the more they will attract the attention of the regulator, as is beginning to happen,” said Lee Volante, director of the business solutions group for the Asia-Pacific at Temenos.

“We believe organisations like Alipay may well become the face of retail banking, but they will rely on banking organisations to do the heavy lifting as regulated institutions,” he said.

 “Traditional banks have spent many years building customer bases who trust them to safeguard their money and provide 24-7, year-round real-time services. Fintech firms, often small start-up organisations, still have to prove themselves to earn the trust of customers,” he said.

In the US, e-commerce giant Amazon’s growing financial services business is increasingly attracting the attention of regulators, according to a recent Bloomberg report, while consultancy Bain & Co has predicted that Amazon could rival the nation’s big banks in as little as five years.

In China meanwhile, where use of Alipay, WeChat Pay and other e-finance services is surging – mobile payments reached 81 trillion yuan (US$12.8 trillion) in the first 10 months of 2017 – links are already forming between online payment firms and traditional banks.

Earlier this week, Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding and the operator of the Alipay service, signed an agreement to help state-run China Everbright Bank with its digital transformation.

Other analysts said that China has a head start on Hong Kong in terms of the adoption of e-payments and fintech systems.

“China’s banking industry is still developing and this is why internet giants were able to gain considerable market share in e-commerce and payments because they were faster to offer convenient alternatives to traditional bank payments,” said Priscilla Ng, head of digital at Citibank Hong Kong.

“In contrast, Hong Kong has a mature banking industry and consumers are already used to doing things a certain way, so it will take a bit of time for them to accept new concepts – but we are getting there.”

Still the spectre of stronger regulation in China and concerns over security could potentially slow the growth of fintech, Volante said.

He noted that the mainland Chinese government has imposed new regulations setting daily limits on transactions via QR codes, which make up a third of all digital payments in China.

It will also require banks and online payment services to clear payments through a centralised national system from June 30, allowing for closer state scrutiny of transactions.

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Antlion ModMic 5 review: The best headset mic you can get, but is it worth it?

Antlion Modmic 5

“Why buy a headset when you could just buy a great pair of headphones and a good microphone for the same price?” So goes the conventional wisdom in comment sections around the world, every time someone dares to suggest that a gaming headset might not be so bad a purchase.

But what if the self-professed audiophiles are right? And what if you could get the same form factor as a headset, but with any top-tier pair of headphones? Wouldn’t that be a better deal?

We went hands on with the ModMic to find out.

(See our roundup of best gaming headsets for a thorough comparison of headset solutions.)

Hand in hand

ModMic isn’t new by any means. Since 2011, Antlion Audio has done one thing and done it well: It’s allowed gamers to take their high-end headphones, attach a microphone on the side, and thus get great sound with (most of) the convenience of a dedicated gaming headset.

It works exactly as you’d expect, basically. The ModMic costs $69.95 on Amazon and arrives in a tiny little box. After all, it’s just a microphone. Nothing too surprising here. Inside the box is a padded carrying case, and inside the case is the mic itself, along with a bundle of cables.

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You then take the ModMic and affix it to the side of your headphones, probably the left ear as is standard. A bit of 3M double-sided tape holds it in place, and…that’s it. Your headphones are now a headset.

It’s a somewhat permanent installation, which can be a bit hair-raising when you’re talking about audiophile headphones. The Sennheiser HD 280s I had lying around aren’t even that nice, but I did hesitate as I affixed the ModMic to the outside. “Am I okay with this? Forever?”

The good news is that it’s somewhat permanent. The ModMic is actually two pieces. The larger piece is the mic itself, along with the boom arm. But the part that’s actually affixed to your headphones is just a small disc, about the size of a dime. The microphone attaches magnetically to the disc, so you’re free to remove the bulk whenever you’d like. All that’s left over is the weird magnetic rivet on the outside (as seen in the image below).

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The next challenge is cable routing. With a headset, you usually have both your audio and mic cables combined into one, at least until they reach the PC. With the ModMic, you obviously don’t have that luxury. Instead you run a second 3.5mm cable from the ModMic to your computer, with the option to insert a mute toggle in the middle.

Our ModMic review unit came supplied with some cable sheathes, in order to wrapthe ModMic and headphone cables together. The problem is that the HD 280s use a coiled, telephone-style cable for most of their length, so I was only able to wrap the top section effectively. The result was a bit of a mess, aesthetically. With other headphones that use conventional cables, you’d probably achieve a relatively sleek result.

Still, overall, a dedicated headset is going to win out aesthetically. No surprise there—that’s why they exist. Combining headphones and a microphone into a single device allows for a more elegant and efficient design.

Testing, testing

But what about performance? After all, that’s what people are talking about when they say you should separate your headphone and microphone purchases. The theory is that you could buy audiophile-grade equipment in both categories for the price of a single, middling headset.

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Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Set for Today: How to Watch and Everything We Know So Far

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Set for Today: How to Watch and Everything We Know So Far

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set to debut today. As a successor to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the new Pixel 3 models are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC. While the Pixel 3 XL is so far rumoured to come with a display notch, the Pixel 3 could come with a traditional design that won’t include a notch. Both new Google smartphones are so far found to have multiple colour options, including Black, White, and a suspicious ‘Sand’ variant that could be close to the Pink colour. Rumours have, however, additionally suggested the existence of a Mint coloured Pixel 3 variant. The latest Pixel models are also likely to come with a dual selfie camera setup. At the event, the company is also expected to unveil a new Chromecast dongle, the Home Hub, and Pixel Stand, apart from the Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet.

Where to watch Google Pixel 3 event

The Pixel 3 event is taking place in New York City. The event will begin at 11am EST (8:30pm IST). It will be live streamed on YouTube through the Made by Google channel.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL price

A recent listing on China’s JD.com showed that the Pixel 3 price has been set for CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 53,400). Also, Canadian carrier Freedom Mobile lately revealed that the Pixel 3 64GB storage variant will go on sale at CAD $999 (roughly Rs. 56,900), while its 128GB variant will be available at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300). The Pixel 3 XL price in Canada, on the other hand, is set at CAD $1,129 (roughly Rs. 64,300) for the 64GB variant, whereas the 128GB Pixel 3 XL has been listed at CAD $1,259 (roughly Rs. 71,700). Pre-orders for the new Pixel models are expected to begin just after the launch event, though their shipments could take some time.

To recall, the Pixel 2 was launched in India at Rs. 61,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB model is priced at Rs. 70,000. The Pixel 2 XL was originally priced at Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB model, while its 128GB storage model came at Rs. 82,000. The Pixel 2 XL recently received a price cut in the country to Rs. 45,499 for the base variant, while its 128GB storage variant still bears the original price.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL specifications, features

As per the rumours, the Google Pixel 3 will feature a 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display, while the Pixel 3 XL will come with a 6.3-inch (1440×2880 pixels) QHD+ display. Both are expected to run Android 9.0 Pie and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4GB RAM. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are expected to have a dual selfie camera setup that will include two 8-megapixel sensors. On the back, the Pixel 3 XL is rumoured to come with a 12.2-megapixel sensor. There could be features such as a dedicated Portrait mode and some selfie-focused improvements. Further, the handsets are rumoured to come preloaded with a ‘Top Shot’ feature that is found to “capture the perfect shot every time”. A commercial also recently revealed a “groupie selfies” feature. Plus, the Pixel 3 family is expected to have an Active Edge feature that was sported on the Pixel 2 models last year.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come in 64GB and 128GB storage options that both aren’t likely to support microSD card. The Pixel 3 is rumoured to include a 3,915mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL could have a 3,430mAh battery. Both smartphones are likely to have 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. Besides, the Pixel 3 will measure 145.6×68.2×7.9mm and weighs 148 grams, whereas the Pixel 3 XL will measure 157.9×76.7×7.9mm and weight 184 grams.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update Announced by Microsoft at IFA

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Announced by Microsoft at IFA

Microsoft at IFA 2018 announced the name of the upcoming Windows 10 update, internally known as Redstone 5. The Redmond, Washington-headquartered company Microsoft said that the next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. With the update, the company wants to bring new features and enhancements to almost 700 million devices that run Windows 10. Microsoft, however, did not announce what is coming exactly in the update and said that more details will be revealed in the run-up to the release date. The company has been publicly testing Redstone 5 via its Windows Insider Program for a while now, and we detail some of the features that the testing revealed.

At its keynote presentation at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Microsoft showcased several Windows PCs such as the Lenovo Yoga C630, Yoga Book C930, Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, Surface Go, Acer Predator Triton 900, among others. While sharing the new Windows experiences during the event, Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft also confirmed that more things will be coming with the next Windows 10 update.

At the Microsoft Build 2018 held in May, the company brought several new developments on Microsoft’s core products. A lot of those announcements were around Windows 10. While Microsoft has not reconfirmed which features will make it to the final Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the company is expected to bring several new features such as Dark Mode in File Explorer, Your Phone app, and more.

Microsoft had previously stated that a dark theme is finally making its way to Windows 10 and will initially be available on File Explorer, File Explorer context menu, and Common File Dialog menu. Setting for the feature will be accessible under Settings > Personalisation > Colours. A new Clipboard has been a part of the Windows 10 Preview Builds for a while now. The new cloud-based Clipboard will be viewable with the shortcut keys Win + V and could be accessed across any PC with this build of Windows or higher. This new Clipboard will sync using the same technology as Timeline and Sets.

Meanwhile, Search on Windows 10 will now be getting previews. With previews, users will be able to jump into, see progress on, and disambiguate between files by seeing more information. Search Previews will also be used to get quick answers to trivial questions like “are bananas good for you?” or “height of mt. Everest”. Microsoft had promised regular updates to Search Previews in the future.

Microsoft is also bringing the ability to name tile folders. The option to name the folder will be shown when you expand the folder that has several tiles in it. The names will be viewable in medium, wide, or large-sized view. Besides, the Insider Preview build brings Bing-powered contextual FAQs built right into the Settings menu as well.

When it comes to Microsoft Edge, the browser tabs will be shown in the Alt + Tab mode. It will be introduced as a new feature in Sets, which will also get a Fluent design based acrylic title bar, and the window border will be adjusted to grey. Windowing preferences is also expected to arrive, letting users choose if apps or websites should open in new windows or tabs. Users will also gain the ability to mute specific Sets tabs, and snooze tabs in the background. Tabs will also restore faster. Also, a key addition to the PDF Reader in the Edge browser will be that all tools in the toolbar now have a text description.

Microsoft had recently updated its Notepad app for Windows with a bunch of new features. The new features are said to be a part of the Windows update that is currently codenamed Redstone 5. During the same update, Microsoft had announced a faster way of signing in to a shared PC, called ‘Fast Sign-in’ and advanced biometric options for Windows 10 sign-in. Notably, the last update with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17744 shows only a few bug fixes and general improvements.

Apart from all the above, Microsoft may announce several changes in Windows Shell, Windows Settings, Microsoft Cortana, and other changes and bug fixes with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Beats Galaxy S9+, Ties With HTC U12+ in DxOMark Camera Rankings

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Beats Galaxy S9+, Ties With HTC U12+ in DxOMark Camera Rankings

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 camera received a higher DxOMark score than the Galaxy S9+

Popular camera testing portal DxOMark, has published its review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. According to the review, the phablet has been given an overall score of 103, ranking it above the Galaxy S9+. To recall, Samsung had launched its latest flagship last month and it is also available for purchasein India. Meanwhile, folks at DxOMark have managed to test the Galaxy Note 9’s camera performance to show pros and cons about the latest Samsung flagship in terms of optics. The overall score of the Galaxy Note 9 surpassed the marks DxOMark Image Labs gave to the Galaxy S9+ and shared the second place with the HTC U12+.

As per the result of DxOMark’s benchmark tests, the Galaxy Note 9 received a photo score of 107 from the DxOMark team, while its video recording capabilities have got a score of 94. To put that in perspective, overall DxOMark ranking leader Huawei P20 Pro got 114 and 98 respectively. Meanwhile, tied with Galaxy Note 9 at the second place, the HTC U12+ got a photo score of 106 and video score of 95. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ got 104 and 91 respectively.

Photo score of any smartphone on DxOMark is calculated by combining various sub-scores across categories like Exposure and Contrast, Color, Autofocus, Texture, Noise, Artifacts, Flash, Zoom, and Bokeh. The DxOMark review says that the Galaxy Note 9’s camera is a “strong performer” for still images. It added that the camera’s autofocus performance is “excellent” and it scored high for balancing detail retention and noise reduction, zoom quality, and realistic Bokeh effects.

The folks at DxOMark claim that the Galaxy Note 9 camera’s performance in bright light is “among the best we’ve tested.” The exposure seems to be good, and dynamic range was said to be “one of the widest we’ve seen”. Additionally, images are said to be bright and vivid with mostly accurate white balance and good colour rendering. There seems to be good noise reduction with a good balance between noise and texture. However, the review claims but the camera has a tendency to smooth fine details a little more than some rivals.

Meanwhile, the secondary camera in the Galaxy Note 9 and its x2 zoom factor work well for long shots, the DxD0Mark tests show. Also, zoom images show good levels of detail, primarily because of optical image stabilisation.

On the video recording front, the DxOMark team says that the Galaxy Note 9 performs well and its strengths include stabilisation and the smartphone’s ability to keep “artifacts and noise under control.” Additionally, autofocus is said to be the “real highlight”, as the camera reacts quickly to changing light conditions. The review states that the colours are bright and vivid and video exposure is generally accurate. Similar to still images, the videos are said to have generally good exposure accuracy, with quick adaption to changing light conditions. While the videos showed good detail and low noise levels, there were “some luminance and chroma noise visible in low-light scenes,” noted DxOMark in the review.

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Nokia 9 With Single SIM, Dual SIM Options Spotted on Samsung Latvia’s Buyback Portal

Nokia 9 With Single SIM, Dual SIM Options Spotted on Samsung Latvia's Buyback Portal

There is no official word from Nokia or HMD Global on any upcoming phones that will be dubbed Nokia 9

Nokia 9 is expected to the Finnish brand’s upcoming smartphone with a crazy penta-lens rear camera setup, if renders and rumours are a yardstick to go by. In an interesting development, the Nokia 9 has been listed on Samsung’s website in Latvia/ Estonia. Before you assume anything, the Nokia smartphone has been listed as part of a buyback offer, and has been shown to arrive in single and dual SIM variants, as well as in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage configurations. There is no official confirmation from Nokia or licensee brand HMD Global on any upcoming phones that will be dubbed Nokia 9.

As per this buyback offer page on Samsung Latvia’s website, first spotted by tipster Roland Quandt on Twitter, the Nokia 9 is coming soon with up to 128GB of storage. However, there is no backing for this claim and the moniker could have been added to the list considering reports have claimed an impending launch, and Samsung could be outsourcing its buyback scheme to a third-party vendor. That said, users can get up to EUR 292 (roughly Rs. 24,500) on exchanging the Nokia 9 128GB dual-SIM model.

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Earlier this month, an alleged live image of the Nokia 9 had been leaked that gave us a look at a never-seen-before penta-lens camera setup at the back, with seven cutouts placed in the shape of a hexagon. As per the image, the smartphone sports five Zeiss-branded camera sensors, one Xenon flash module, and a seventh cutout, the purpose of which is unknown. A concept render had also been released this month that showed the same back panel, however had a display notch on the front. The Nokia 9 was previously rumoured to witness an unveiling at IFA 2018 in Berlin, however with no sign of the smartphone at the trade show, uncertainty on its launch remains.

As for specifications, the Nokia 9 is expected to run Android Pie, as part of the Android Oneprogramme. It is rumoured to sport a 6.01-inch display, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of inbuilt storage. Apart from that, the smartphone was previously rumoured to sport a triple rear camera setup with a 41-megapixel, a 20-megapixel, and a 9.7-megapixel sensor, coupled with 4X optical zoom and Xenon and LED flash modules. The smartphone is also rumoured to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor, making it the first Nokia-branded handset to achieve the feat.

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, ZenFone 5Z to Be Available With Discounts This Week, via Flipkart

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, ZenFone 5Z to Be Available With Discounts This Week, via Flipkart\

Discounts on ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be available between September 12 and September 14

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone 5Z will be available with discounts on Flipkart this week. The Taiwanese manufacturer has partnered with the Indian e-commerce giant to host an Asus Days sale to provide offers on the two Asus smartphones. Notably, the Asus Days sale will start on Wednesday, September 12 and will continue for three days until Friday, September 14. A day ahead of the sale, the company has notified the exact discounts and offers that buyers of the budget handset, ZenFone Max Pro M1, and flagship, ZenFone 5Z, will be able to avail. Here are all the details about the Asus Days sale.

A Rs. 500 discount will be applicable on purchase of the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage, models of the ZenFone Max Pro M1. Notably, the discount will also be applicable to the 6GB RAM model that was launched in July this year. Additionally, buyers interested in the company’s flagship ZenFone 5Z, will be eligible for an extra Rs. 3,000 discount on exchanging their old smartphones.

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The base 3GB RAM variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, which is priced at Rs. 10,999, will be available at Rs. 10,499. Meanwhile, the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost Rs. 12,499, down from the original retail price tag of Rs. 12,999. Also, the 6GB RAM model of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 will be available at Rs. 14,499 (MRP Rs. 14,999) under the Asus Days sale on Flipkart.

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To recall, the ZenFone 5Z retails at Rs. 29,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model, and Rs. 36,999 for the one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage. As mentioned, the Asus Days sale will start at 12am on September 12 and will run till midnight on September 14.


Will Asus Zenfone 5Z force OnePlus to slash the price of the OnePlus 6? We discussed that on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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AirPods Long-Term Review

AirPods Long-Term ReviewIt’s been a little over two years since Apple unveiled the AirPods, which marked the company’s foray into the personal wireless audio space (not counting the Beats products). The AirPods design felt totally weird at the time, as if someone had snipped the wires of Apple’s EarPods and left them to dangle from your ears, like two spoons without the handles.

The Internet of course showed no mercy and the inevitable jokes and memes came flooding in. To make matters worst, Apple’s shiny white ear hooks faced production delays and they finally went on sale in the US only in December 2016, three months after they were announced.

Fast forward to 2018 and it’s very clear that Apple is having the last laugh as the AirPods have been a huge hit, despite their relatively high price tag of $159 in the US and Rs. 12,900 in India. In a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook — echoing his earlier comments — said that the AirPods have been a “runaway hit”. That’s no surprise given it’s now commonplace to see people trotting around the city with AirPods in their ears in the US, and this trend is catching up in India too.

AirPods have become an integral part of our lives here are Gadgets 360, so much so that after our smartphones, this is the next piece of tech many of us don’t leave our homes without. We’ve been using them for a long time now and we feel it’s a good time to take a closer look at what makes them so special.

AirPods design and features

The design of the AirPods might have been the butt of many jokes when they debuted, but it’s safe to say now that they are easily one of the best — if not the best — designed truly wireless earphones around. The fact that the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer only recently announced a blatant copy of the AirPods — with another Chinese company following as well — is testament to the design’s success. This success hinges on a couple of things.

First, is the form factor. AirPods are incredibly light thanks to the all-plastic construction, but this doesn’t make them any less durable. Our AirPods have survived multiple drops over the years and surprisingly, they haven’t picked up many noticeable scratches or scuffs marks either. The capsule-like charging case they ship with is also minuscule and easily fits into your pockets without creating an unsightly bulge.

The plastic case is equally durable and has survived many drops too, though it does pick up scratches rather easily. To avoid this, you can dress up you AirPods case with a skin or a little rubber jacket to keep it shiny and scuff-free, though it’s definitely not something you need to do.

AirPods both ndtv AirPodsThe AirPods rest along the crest of your ear canal, which makes them very comfortable even for long durations

The case has a Lightning port at the bottom, which is used to charge the AirPods as well as the case’s own battery. Apple claims the AirPods can last for up to five hours, and with the charging case you can expect more than 24 hours of listening time, which sounds impressive for this form factor — we will get to our real world experience in a bit. The case has a magnetic flap which snaps in place with a reassuring click and the metal hinge for this feels just as solid today as it was the day we first started using the AirPods. There’s a discretely hidden button at the back of the case which is used during the initial pairing process.

Second, is the way the AirPods sit in your ears. Most wireless earphones stick to the in-ear formula, which involves a silicone ear tip that goes into your ear canal. The general advantage of this design is good bass response, lesser distractions from ambient sounds, and a snug fit. On the flip side, such earphones also cause quite a bit of fatigue after a couple of hours of continuous use.

Apple’s AirPods, on the other hand, have a design similar to its EarPods wired headphones that ship with the iPhone. This means the ear buds sit just outside you ear canal, which makes them more comfortable. But what really amazes us is how well they stay put, even with vigorous use. We’ve used them during workouts at the gym and even when running and we’ve never found them budging even the slightest. Yes, we’ve all heard about people who’ve had issues with the in-ear fit of the AirPods, but none of us at Gadgets 360 — we have nearly half-a-dozen AirPods between us — have faced that problem.

The AirPods might look very simple, but they are packed to the gills with tech, including Apple’s custom W1 chip which is the brains behind the operations and manages everything from the Bluetooth connection, battery consumption, handling gestures, and the audio processing. Each AirPod also has optical and motion sensors, which, in conjunction with the W1 chip, can do things like automatically pause/ resume audio as you take out/ put back the AirPods.

Each earphone also has a pair of beam-forming microphones that help filter out external noise when you’re on a call. This means you can use either of the earbuds — and of course, both — to answer a phone call. This is an improvement on most of the competition that restrict calling functionally to just one of the earbuds.

The earphones snap into place in the case with the help of magnets so they don’t accidentally fall out if the lid is open. There’s a single LED inside the case, which glows white when in pairing mode. When the AirPods are in the case, the LED indicates the battery status of the earphones, otherwise it shows the status of the case — green means charged, while amber means less than one full charge remains.

AirPods case ndtv AirPodsThe charging case tops up the AirPods’ battery, which is supposed to extend usage time to about 24 hours

The AirPods also support the AAC audio codec, which is a step up from the default SBC codec used for audio transmission over Bluetooth. They lack support for higher resolution audio codecs like aptX and aptX HD, which is usually found in other products around this price bracket.

The AirPods can only connect to one device at a time, unless you pair them with an Apple Watch and an iPhone, in which case they can dynamically switch between the two. In other words, if your AirPods are connected to your iPhone and you start playing something on the Apple Watch, the audio will automatically stream to the AirPods.

Throwing an Apple Watch into the mix also offers other conveniences like tapping your Watch’s screen to answer an incoming call, something that can also be done by double tapping the AirPods themselves, though we have to admit doing so is a rather unpleasant experience. The AirPods — and indeed other Bluetooth earphones — work great with Apple Watch LTE variant to listen to music or answer calls on the go, even when your phone is not with you.

The AirPods retail packaging is simple. The small white box contains the AirPods, a Lightning cable for charging the case, and some instruction leaflets.

AirPods performance and battery life

Pairing the AirPods with an iPhone or iPad is a simple process. Simply bring the AirPods (in the case) near your device and open the lid. Almost instantly, you’ll see an image of the AirPods pop up on your screen. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and you’re all set.

If you have multiple Apple devices — iPads, iPhones, Macs, or Apple Watches — associated with the same iCloud ID, the AirPods would be automatically added under Bluetooth devices on them as well, eliminating the need of manually pairing with each one individually. This in itself is a major win.

Once paired, the AirPods really begin to shine. Both earbuds have a touch sensitive area along the base of the neck, which can be programmed to do different functions. By default, a double tap will summon Siri but you can change this to play/ pause, previous track, next track track, or simply not do anything at all. What we really miss is physical controls for adjusting the volume. Technically, you can ask Siri to do this, but it’s not the quickest solution especially when there’s ambient noise around.

However, the really cool bit is having the ability to assign different functions for the touch gestures based on the Apple device you’re connected to. For instance, we typically use gestures for controlling music playback when connected to the iPhone, and have Siri summoned when we’re connected to the MacBook. That’s because these settings are remembered on individual devices and not on the AirPods themselves.

The music or video playback stops when you take off one of the earbuds, which is also super useful, and something we find ourselves using a lot whenever someone walks up to us to have a quick conversation. If you take off both the earbuds at the same time while connected to a MacBook though, the audio stops playing from the AirPods and switches over to the built-in speakers of the laptop