26th Nov 2016
Like every week, this week too has been pretty crazy. While Google is all set to launch a toilet finder service in India, Facebook seems to be working on helping users find public WiFi hotspots. We also witnessed a couple of new launches including new air purifiers from Panasonic, Oppo F1s, HTC Desire 650, HTC Desire 10, Xiaomi Mi WiFi Speaker, Sony A99 II Camera, Intex Aqua E4, Panasonic Eluga Mark 2, 66 Audio BTS Sport Earphones, and much more.
In-fact, this week we saw the launch of much awaited Asus Zenbook 3 and Asus Transformer Pro 3. The best part is, we have put up a detailed review of the same ultrabook as well. As part of demonetization move that has taken the country's cash transaction to a stand still, RBI announced the increase in the limits in Mobile Wallets from INR 10,000 to INR 20,000 as well.
While a top 10 listicle would definitely not be enough to sum up this week, here's our try as we put in 10 best stories we have covered this week in consumer technology.
Apple May Be Working On A 10.5 Inch iPad
Do you remember rumours that came out back in August about a possible 10.5 inch iPad in 2017? Well, we have a few updates on the speculations. It looks like a couple of Taiwan-based supply chain makers have recently confirmed the possibility of this device.
Satya Nadella: Next Microsoft Phone Will Be The "Ultimate Mobile Device"
After writing-off Nokia acquisition, Microsoft has hardly announced any flagship smartphone. While it may seem that the Redmond-based company has given up on its smartphone dreams, that's apparently not the case. In an interview with Australian Financial Review, Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella stated that, "We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device".
Asus Zenbook 3 First Look
With a 12.5 inch IPS Full HD display screen and i7 7500U processor coupled with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD - everything bumped inside 11.3 mm shell that weighs just 910 grams, this laptop definitely looks like a killer. Speaking about the ultrabook, we can see that it is entirely made up of metal with double anodised edges, making it simply a beauty. Also, under the hood, the particular model has a 7th Gen Kaby Lake processor clocked at 2.7 GHz coupled with a 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. However, the company has also launched another variant that comes with i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM.
Google Is Launching Toilet Finder Service In India
Lets face it. Our country has a serious sanitation issue. About 70 percent households in India lack a wash room. What's worse is that finding a decent public toiled is a daunting task. To help make a difference, Google is collaborating with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to launch a toilet locator service.
Incoming: Nokia Branded Smartphones In 2017
Nokia, once dominated the phone market. However, post iPhone, it couldn't keep up with the competition, and finally gave up on the handset division. Under its new CEO, Rajeev Suri's leadership, the Finnish company decided to focus on its network infrastructure business instead. Despite being out of action in the phone business for over a year, Nokia's brand image remains strong among the consumers world over. Taking a hint from that, the company is making a comeback in the smartphone space next year.
Facebook To Help You Find Public WiFi Hotspots
It is being reported by a few users and online forums that they are able to find nearby WiFi hotspots through Facebook’s very own iOS application. Yes. This seems to be true. The social media giant seems to be working on this new feature that helps users find a nearby public WiFi hotspot that they can actually access for free.
Apple Acknowledges A Battery Issue In "Very Small" Number Of iPhones
Apple is offering free battery replacements through its service centres. The Cupertino-based company has rolled out a battery replacement programme for a "very small number of iPhone 6s devices" that may unexpectedly shut down. In the official statement, the Cupertino company has mentioned that there . The affected devices falls in a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015. If you own an iPhone 6s and it has been randomly shutting itself off, you better visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorised Service Provider.
Apple iPhone 8 May Come With Wireless Charging
While rumours regarding the Apple iPhone 8 are boiling over the pot, we have come across a couple of interesting ones recently. The phone which is expected to be launched in 2017 is expected to feature wireless charging, which is so far not implemented in any iPhones that we have witnessed.
RBI Increases Digital Wallet Balance Limit To Rs 20,000
The recent currency demonetization prompted many people to start using digital wallets such as PayTM, Freecharge, and MobiKwik. However, the wallet cash was capped at Rs 10,000 per month, which was quite a hindrance to those looking to go completely electronic during the cash crunch. Thankfully, RBI has acknowledged the ongoing inconvenience and in effect has increased the balance limit to Rs 20,000 per month.
Fake Reliance Jio Bill Circulates Online
Did you ever receive a Reliance Jio Bill with INR 27,718 as due amount and addressed to Mrs. Ayunuddin Mondal as a forward message on WhatsApp or any other social media platform bringing distress in you? Well, if that is the case, there is nothing to be worried about as the telecom company Reliance has recently reassured that the Welcome Offer is actually free until Dec 31, 2016.
Top 10 Consumer Tech Stories Of The Week - Nov 19 to Nov 25
Here’s the roundup of the Top 10 Stories of the week...
- Best Phones Under Rs 10,000 (January, 2017)
- Best Phones Under Rs 20,000 (December, 2016)
- Best Phones Under Rs 30,000 (December, 2016)
- Five Android Apps To Make Your Insta Pop
- 9 Hot Android Smartphones Expected To Hit The Shelves Soon
- 3 Fitness Bands For The Budget Users
- 5 Best Screens From Android Based Smartphones
- The 5 Browser Add-Ons That Everyone Must Have
- Top 5 Pocket Friendly Virtual Reality Headsets
- Top 5 Premium Smartphones Above Rs 30,000