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Bose QC35 II Headphones Get Amazon Alexa Integration via Update

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bose QC35 II have received Amazon Alexa integration
  • The headphones were previously supporting Google Assistant
  • You need to install a new firmware from the updated Bose Connect app

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Bose QC35 II, the youngest entrant in the company’s Quiet Comfort line of noise cancellation headphones, has now been updated with Amazon Alexa integration. This means that you can now speak with Alexa directly from your Bose QC35 II. Notably, the headphones were unveiled in September last year with a dedicated action button to enable Google Assistant. The same action button can now be used to activate Alexa as well. You need to update the Bose Connect app and install a new firmware version to get the new experience. Bose launched the QC35 II in India with a price tag of Rs. 29,363 in November.

To enable Alexa on your Bose QC35 II, you need to update the Bose Connect app by visiting Google Play or Apple App Store – depending on the device. You’ll also be required to install the new firmware from the updated Bose Connect app. After that, you’ll see the Amazon Alexa option under the My Options section of the app from which you can enable Alexa. If you haven’t installed the Amazon Alexa app on your device, the Bose Connect app will prompt you to first install the Alexa app. After you’ve done with the process, you just need to hit the Action button on the QC35 II to start asking questions to Alexa while on the go.

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With the latest development, the Bose QC35 II perform three different uses from the action button, including access to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as a way to change the noise cancellation settings from high to low or completely disable noise cancellation on the headphones.

The arrival of Amazon Alexa not only makes the Bose QC35 II a bit smarter, it also expands the voice assistant that is making things tougher for Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri by having its presence on a large number of connected devices. You can leverage the Alexa integration to start accessing your favorite tracks from Amazon Music. Similarly, you can use Alexa on the QC35 II to order something directly from Amazon or just see the weather or listen to the latest bulletins – all without checking your phone.

The Bose QC35 II has a proprietary microphone system that includes an active noise cancellation technology to help you ask queries to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant even in a crowded environment. There is also a built-in battery pack that is rated to deliver up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Synology launches latest series of products in India; adds to its existing 18-series

~ Diversify their product range for enterprise models in the market ~

New Delhi, India –August 08, 2018: Synology launches the latest series of products in India; adding to its existing 18-series. The series includes DS118, DS218, DS218play, DS1618+, RS818(RP)+, RS2418(RP)+, RS2818RP+, RS3618xs and RX418.

“Following on from the success of the first batch of 18-series release in April, we are elated to announce the launch of latest 18-series products in India. This launch will diversify our product range of 18-series in the market, especially for enterprise models, therefore can provide customers with more choices for suitable storage solution”, said Mike Shay, Sales Manager of Synology Inc.

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New 18-series Synology NAS products:

DS118, DS218: These 1 and 2 bay 18-series entry-level NAS servers are ideal for small offices and home users. Equipped with Intel® quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, these versatile yet budget-friendly NAS servers can provide good performance for not only personal cloud storage but also data backup and synchronization, media streaming, photo management, file sharing, and other tasks. The intuitive interface of DSM allows you to manage, protect and share all your digital assets easily and efficiently.

DS218play: Designed for multimedia enthusiasts and home users who need a large personal multimedia library and also a reliable backup solution. DS218play supports real-time transcoding of 4K Ultra HD source content, which made it ideal for serving as the home multimedia center. With the availability of centralized management, DS218play is ideal for fast file sharing and reliable backup for all types of devices. Besides, DS218play is an eco-friendly solution with the consumption of only 16.79 W in regular operation.

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RS818(RP)+, RX418, RS2418(RP)+, RS2818RP+: Three high-performance and scalable Plus Series RackStation are specifically engineered for growing small- and medium-sized businesses. RS818+/RS818RP+ comes with a quad-core processor with the AES-NI hardware encryption engine, quad 1GbE LAN ports, and optional 10GbE NIC support. The storage capacity of RS818+/RS818RP+ can be further expanded with Synology expansion unit RX418, providing up to 8 drives for flexible data management and backup.

Powered by Intel® Atom® C3538 CPU, RS2418+/RS2418RP+ offers great flexibility in terms of expandable storage capacity (up to 24 drives with one RX1217/RX1217RP) and upgradable memory (built-in 4GB DDR4 UDIMM, up to 64GB). Equipped with a PCIe 3.0 slot, RS2418+ supports installing an M.2 SSD adapter card or 10GbE NIC for a high-IOPS system cache and ultra-fast data transmission.

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RS2818RP+ is Synology’s first 3U RackStation NAS in the Plus Series product line. RS2818RP+ is powered by an Intel® Xeon® D-1521 quad-core CPU and 4GB DDR4 non-ECC UDIMM RAM (expandable up to 64GB). The four plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports can be expanded with higher performance 10GbE NICs. The 3U chassis design accommodates up to 16 drives and the storage capacity can be further scaled up to 28 drives when connected to one expansion unit RX1217(RP).

RS3618xs: Synology RS3618xs is a 12-bay rackmount NAS providing excellent performance, effortless capacity scaling and optimized virtualization solutions for expanding businesses with demanding business applications. Features an Intel® Xeon® D-1521 quad-core CPU and 8GB DDR4 ECC UDIMM RAM (expandable up to 64GB), RS3618xs has high scalability with up to 36 drives. Complete virtualization solution with Synology Virtual Machine Manager is supported in this model too.

Availability:

The latest 18-series models are now available in India through multiple channels.

iBall announces the launch of its Upgraded Senior Citizen Phone ‘Aasaan 4’

  • Emergency SOS button with Mobile Tracker feature
  • Bigger screen and Large display fonts with Braille & Talking keypad
  • One-touch buttons for Phone Lock, LED Torch & Wireless FM
  • Unique ‘Aasaan app’ for numerous utilities, specific to senior citizens
  • Supports 10 Indian Regional System languages and Multi-Indian languages

iBall – a brand known for its innovative and latest technology products, had introduced the special phone for Senior Citizens which was specifically designed to meet their needs with big keypads, enhanced audio, bigger fonts on screen, enhanced audio levels and SOS function for help in case of emergencies. The same had been very well received and appreciated.

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iBall Aasaan4

iBall now presents an upgraded version of this Aasaan series of the phone with many new features as per feedback from the present users – iBall Aasaan4. It focusses on the holistic needs of seniors with a bigger screen than the counterparts. It also comes with unique features of ‘Braille & Talking keypad’ for the visually impaired as well as mobile tracker which alerts one of the predefined family members once the new SIM card is inserted.

With an easy-to-read larger screen of 5.86 cm (2.31”), large display fonts and large dialing keys, iBall Aasaan 4 Senior Mobile Phone end the struggle of making a call and makes it comfortable. In a bid to empower differently abled, the phone is equipped with the Braille keypad, for the visually impaired. Users who are not conversant with Braille can activate the talking keypad feature that speaks out the digit pressed in English.

Keeping security, of utmost importance with senior citizens, Aasaan4 comes with the SOS feature which will help the users to get help during emergencies. Pressing the SOS button sets off a siren to alert the folks nearby; It also starts sending SMS to 5 predefined numbers and starts calling 5 predefined loves ones till one of them picks the call. Keeping in mind on communication needs during emergencies, the phone is equipped with the activated speed dial. At the touch of a button, it gets automatically directed to the first emergency contact.

With the unique built-in app ‘Aasaan’ the phone also backs senior citizens’ needs. It comes with Medicine Reminder that keeps their road to recovery on track, while the Hearing Aid feature allows conversations with better clarity. The feature phone also acts as the Magnifier to zoom in and read out contents with clarity, while the Human Voice incoming call enables to know the caller without straining an eye. Users can also save favorite speed dial numbers on the ‘*’ and ‘#’ keys, thus avoiding the hassle of remembering the speed dial numbers assigned.

The Dual SIM phone, with increased 1800 mAh battery and Micro SD support of up to 32 GB, can store up to 200 text messages and 1000 contacts on the phonebook without any hitch. The phone is also armed with ‘Chambered Speaker’ and built-in FM Radio, to keep old ones entertained.

The no-frills design, thoughtfully supports 10 Indian Regional System languages and also multi-Indian Regional languages with Reading and Write support for SMS. Crafted in the shade of ‘Serene White’, with a simple user interface and one-touch buttons for Phone Lock, LED Torch and Wireless FM, the phone is all set to provide for a faster and convenient user experience.

The Senior Mobile phone is already available with leading retail stores across India at just MRP Rs 3,499/-

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Report claims Apple HomePod to Account for 6 Percent Smart Speaker Market

Apple HomePod might be known for its premium features, but according to a new research done by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the speaker has only managed to acquire about 6 percent of the market share in the smart speaker industry, which is said to hold about 50 million units by the end of June. In comparison, Amazon and Google are way ahead of Apple, with about 70 percent and 24 percent of the market share respectively.

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Apple-Homepod

To be fair, Apple did only launch the HomePod in February this year, which is almost two years after Amazon launched its first Alexa-powered Echo speaker. However, that’s not the only reason why Apple’s smart speaker is performing poorly in the market. According to Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, the fact that the company only offers one speaker priced at the premium $349 (approximately Rs 24,000) is also a big reason for it to fall behind its competition in the smart speaker space.

In comparison, both Google and Amazon offer a range of speakers at a variety of price points. There are Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot, both of which are priced close to around $50 (approximately Rs 3,400). Not just that, both companies are also focusing on selling more than one speaker to customers. The report claims that about 34 percent of Amazon Echo users and 31 percent of Google Home users own more than one smart speaker.

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Apple-hompod-chart

Not just that, about 10 percent of Echo speaker owners have stated to have more than three speakers at home. The report states that having low-cost speakers in the assortment is a very good strategy, as it encourages the customer to try the device and further get comfortable with the concept, which leads to buying more speakers for every room in the house.

That said, recent reports have suggested Apple be working on a low-priced HomePod speaker, which is touted to be priced around $150 (approximately Rs 10,300). On the side, Apple is also focusing on improving the functionality of its speaker to be on par with the competition. A report suggests that Apple is currently working on a new software for HomePod that could add features like phone calling and multiple timers

Nikon Coolpix P1000 with 125x optical zoom launched in India

Nikon Coolpix P1000 with 125x optical zoom launched, the new compact camera is capable of recording 4K UHD videos at 30 frames per second

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Nikon Coolpix P1000

Nikon announced the new Nikon Coolpix P1000, its latest compact camera in India. The successor to the Nikon P900, the P1000 is equipped with a massive 125x optical zoom lens allowing users to capture enhanced zoom scenario like wildlife photography. The new Nikon Coolpix camera can record 4K UHD video at 30 frames per second.

“Frames from movies recorded in 4K UHD format can also be saved as still images,” the company notes. It is also capable of recording Super lapse and time-lapse movies. Nikon Coolpix P1000 features a 16MP, 1/2.3-inch sensor and has an ISO range of 100 to 6400. The 125× optical zoom lens covers a range of focal length beginning at the wide-angle 24mm equivalent and extending to the super-telephoto 3000mm1 equivalent The camera provide up to 250× zoom when Dynamic Fine Zoom is enabled with a 6000mm equivalent.

The camera is equipped with an enhanced Expeed image-processing engine and Dual Detect Optical VR to provide a level of vibration reduction equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed. The Coolpix P1000 include a 2359k-dot (approximately) OLED electronic viewfinder and equips a 3.2-inch TFT LCD monitor. The camera is also equipped with an accessory terminal and supports a wide variety of accessories, including external Speedlights.

Nikon has not shared any detail regarding the price and availability of the new Nikon Coolpix P1000 in India, however, The Verge cites that the camera is priced at $999 (roughly Rs 68,580).

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1MORE launches Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone in India

1MORE a premiere consumer electronics audio company headquartered in San Diego, California has launched Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone in India.1MORE collaborated with internationally acclaimed Grammy Award Winning producer, mixer, and sound engineer Luca Bignardi to perfect the final tuning to deliver a precise representation of your favorite artist’s intended sound. With the 1MORE Triple Driver over-ear headphones vast breadth of dynamic and frequency ranges, it takes the ear of a master to weave the experience together. Luca Bignardi’s touch brings alive the performance capabilities of the Triple Driver over the ear headphones, rendering an output that is marked by its warm sincerity, refined precision and depth of color. The result is music – pure, unbridled and unsullied – just as the artist intended it.

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The 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone are specially designed and engineered for the Audio enthusiasts, with a highly efficient ceramic tweeter capable of faster response time for exquisite detail and shimmer, a bass reflector used in boutique speakers for extended bass and depth and an audiophile-grade graphene driver to deliver full range definition.

Multiple Drivers, For Flawless Sound Reproduction

Just like a hi-fi sound system 1MORE loaded the Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones with a highly efficient ceramic tweeter capable of faster response time for exquisite detail and shimmer, a bass reflector used in boutique speakers for extended bass and depth, and an audiophile-grade graphene driver to deliver full range definition. Close your eyes and you’re standing in front of a stage.

Studio Quality Sound and Comfort

The 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones are designed for extended performance and listening sessions, the leather headband is soft and breathable. The inner headband uses intelligent grooves to alleviate pressure, while the leather cushioned ear cups rotate 45 degrees to conform to your head and ears. The music feels alive when you don’t feel your H.

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Built for the long haul

The Triple Driver is constructed with space grade aluminum alloy, anodized to a lasting textured finish. Employing over 20 metal precision processes, the Triple’s unique hollow car-wheel design affords a majestic soundstage, encased in a robust, lightweight unit that is built to outlast the rigors of intense frequent use.

Metal Sound Chamber Cavity for Hollow Detail Processing

The aluminum alloy sound chamber in the 1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear headphones enhances acoustic response while polymer “rims” protect the outer bass reflector for extended flexibility and durability. Balance and beauty combine when everything has a purpose.

The launching price of the product is INR.19,999, The product carry’s a 1-year warranty and is available at India.1more.com and many leading stores across India. The Pre-Order has started on Webstore – Use code “1MORE25″ and get extra 25% off for pre-orders.

Product Specifications:

  • Product Name:1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphone
  • Type:Over-Ear Headphones
  • Weight: 293g ( excluding cable)
  • Length: 1.35m
  • Wire Material: Oxygen-free Copper
  • Plug Type: 3.5 mm Gold Plated
  • Speaker Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Sensitivity : 104 dB
  • Frequency Range : 20-40,000 Hz
  • Rated Power: 50 mW

 

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