Nikon Announces D3400 Entry-Level DSLR With SnapBridge Support

Nikon Announces D3400 Entry-Level DSLR With SnapBridge Support
  • The camera features Bluetooth for sharing files with your smartphone
  • The D3400 ships with a new 18-55mm AF-P DX NIKKOR lens
  • The camera and kit lens will be available early September for $649.95

Nikon has announced the D3400, which will replace the highly popular D3300 in the entry-level DSLR space. The new camera will go up against Canon’s 1300D (Review), which also caters to the beginner segment. The camera will be available from September with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $649.95 (approximately Rs. 43,600).

The biggest addition to the camera is support for Nikon’s SnapBirdge for quickly transferring photos to a connected device like a smartphone or tablet. The D3400 uses Bluetooth Low Energy to sync with your device. Sadly, there’s no Wi-Fi present here. Battery life is also supposed to have improved as the camera now boasts of almost 1,200 shots on a single charge, which is big improvement over its predecessor.

The rest of the features remain pretty much the same. We have a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor mated to the company’s Expeed 4 image processor and no optical low-pass filter, for crisper shots. The camera offers an ISO range of 100-25600, 5fps burst shooting and maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec. You can do 1080p video recording at 60fps however there’s no support for 4K video. GPS is also something that’s still absent. One thing that we found missing is support for an external microphone, which was present in the D3300.

The Nikon D3400 appears to be just a mild upgrade of the outgoing model and we would have liked to see more features added, especially considering its launch price. We’ll have to wait and see when and how Nikon India positions this camera in our market.

Xbox Wireless to Make Xbox One Peripherals Work With Windows 10 PCs and Vice Versa

Xbox Wireless to Make Xbox One Peripherals Work With Windows 10 PCs and Vice Versa
  • Xbox Wireless will let you use the same peripherals on PC and Xbox One
  • PCs will have Xbox Wireless support
  • Microsoft is in talks with motherboard manufacturers for integration

In what seems to be another attempt at merging the PC and Xbox One platforms, Microsoft has announced Xbox Wireless. It’s a new ecosystem of compatible hardware and peripherals.

Existing Xbox One consoles and accessories are Xbox Wireless ready. The upcoming Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube will be the first Xbox Wireless PC. It’s launching in October. More partners and devices are on the way.

“While this is the first partner device to have built-in Xbox Wireless support, it won’t be the last. We are currently working with other partners such as Astro, PDP, Turtle Beach, and many more,” posted Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief on the official Xbox website. “Going forward, you should expect to see both new PCs and new accessories that support Xbox Wireless as we create new ways for our fans to play seamlessly across devices.”

 With Xbox Wireless, you can use a single set of peripherals between the Xbox One and PC such as PDP’s Band Wireless Fender Jaguar Guitar Controller which won’t need extra dongles or adapters – working seamlessly across supported devices.

And if you don’t have a PC that has built-in Xbox Wireless support, there will be an adapter available for you to use Xbox One peripherals with ease. It seems that in conjunction with the Xbox Play Anywhere program, Microsoft wants to unify PC gamers under a single banner, bringing both hardware and software under a single brand – Xbox. What’s more is that the company plans to court PC component makers directly.

“In the IdeaCentre Y710, for example, we are using the Xbox Wireless Adapter and integrating it inside the physical chassis – the first time this has ever been done officially,” Tuttle claims. “In the future, we plan to enable direct integration of Xbox Wireless into PC motherboards with our hardware partners.”

xbox_wireless.pngAll of this falls in line with what Windows insider Brad Sams revealed in March.

“What if Xbox just becomes software?” he asked rhetorically on his podcast. “If your system [PC] meets the specs, your PC can be an Xbox. Don’t get me wrong Microsoft will still build a dedicated box. But eventually it becomes software.”

While these are welcome additions, it means nothing if the gaming experience on Windows 10 isn’t what it should be. With ReCore out later next month we should have a good idea of how Microsoft’s vision of gaming across PC and Xbox One works out.

Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Launch Expected at Pre-IFA 2016 Event

  • Samsung expected to launch Gear S3 at IFA 2016 on September 1
  • The invites have clock hands imprinted on them
  • Company expected to launch Galaxy Tab S3 at the event as well

Samsung has started sending out invites for its event at IFA and if the South Korean manufacturer continues its annual trend of launching Gear smartwatches at the event, it is about time to prepare for the launch of Gear S3. Samsung’s event is scheduled to take place on September 1 from 11am to 12pm CEST. IFA 2016 kicks off on September 2 and lasts till September 7.

To make the launch of next smartwatch in the Gear series even more obvious, the company has even included two clock hands as part of its design on the invite (via Android Police) for the event.

Interestingly, Samsung has also posted on its Columbian website that it will be launching its Galaxy Tab S3 around the same time as the release of Galaxy Note 7, i.e. September 2, and that the tablet will carry features from its predecessor as well as some features that have not been announced yet.

As of now, it looks like both the devices might be launched at the same event but we will have to wait for the official announcement for the confirmation.

 Samsung launched its Tizen OS-based smartwatch the Gear S2 last year in September and the watch was launched in India in January this year starting from Rs. 24,300.

In our review of Samsung Gear S2 we said, “The Korean company has seen success with its smartphones, tablets and TVs already, and has now cracked the budding smartwatch segment with the Gear S2. It’s beautifully designed, has a superb screen, performs well and has a lot to offer for everyone. It is, in our opinion, the best smartwatch you can buy today (February 2016).”

Titan Juxt Pro Smartwatch With 1.3-Inch Display Launched

Titan Juxt Pro Smartwatch With 1.3-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 22,995
  • It sports a 1.3-inch IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • It bears 512MB of RAM and 4GB of inbuilt storage
  • The smartwatch will be available both online and offline

Furthering its presence in the smartwatch game, Titan on Thursday launched the Juxt Pro smartwatch in India at Rs. 22,995. The smartwatch is available in Black and Silver case options, both of which ship with Black straps. The Titan Juxt Pro smartwatch will be available online via Flipkart, and offline at select Titan stores apart from certain electronic retail stores.

The Juxt Pro is the elder sibling of the Juxt that waslaunched at Rs. 15,995 in January in partnership with HP. Unlike many other smartwatches these days, the Juxt was primarily designed as a regular watch with just a touch of ‘smart’ness for the current generation. The Juxt Pro, however, is more akin to the likes ofSamsung Gear S2 (Review) with a full, rounded touchscreen display.

The Juxt Pro is constructed with an all-metal body and has flat buttons on the side. It sports a 1.3-inch (360×360 pixels) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 278ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Like the Juxt, the Pro version is water resistant up to 30 metres of water. The Juxt Pro is 49.5×50.2×15.2mm in dimensions, making it thicker than the Juxt. It features Bluetooth v4.0 connectivity.

The smartwatch can pair with Android (version 4.4 and above) and iOS (version 8 and above) devices through the Titan Juxt app and Bluetooth. The Juxt Pro comes preloaded with 20 watch faces to choose from, and also supports Bluetooth headphones.

The Juxt Pro is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Intel processor along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of inbuilt storage. It sports a 450mAh battery.

The Titan Juxt Pro displays smartphone notifications like messages and email and allows you to answer calls as well. Other features include a built-in music app that lets you store music, a camera app that lets you take smartphone pictures from your watch, fitness, calendar, timer and sensors like accelerometer and gyroscope, among other things. For fitness, the smartwatch can track steps, distance walked, and calories burnt

The Juxt Pro is also big on safety, Titan claims. Installing the Titan Safety app on the paired Android or iOS device will help your emergency contact to track your location. Long-pressing the button on the watch will send your location and an emergency call to the registered emergency contact.

Other features include a weather forecast, a Find My Phone feature, and a converter for quick conversions across units.

Samsung Launches IconX, Gear Fit 2, and New Gear VR in India

At its New Delhi event on Thursday, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in India at Rs. 59,990 from September 2 . However, the company also launched its wearables including the new Gear VR headset, the IconX wireless earphones, and Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker for India at the same event.

Samsung launched its new Gear VR alongside Note 7’s global launch earlier this month and the new virtual reality headset has a dedicated home button and also provides up to 101-degree field of view.

The new Gear VR comes with USB Type-C and Micro USB ports, and sports an accelerometer, gyro meter, and proximity sensors. The headset will be available for Rs. 7,290 when it goes on sale from the first week of September. The new Gear VR headset is compatible with the Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7,Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Launched in a Blue Black colour variant, it weighs 345 grams, and measures 207.8×122.5×98.6mm.

IconX, the wireless earbuds by the South Korean company, were also launched for India at the Thursday event and can track fitness details and also provide users with feedback on their running performance. The new Gear IconX comes in three different sizes of ear tips and wingtips. The IconX wireless earphones have been priced at Rs. 13,490, and will be available from the end of August in India.

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 comes with several improvements over its predecessor and now features an embedded GPS sensor as well as a heart rate monitor. The new fitnes band from Samsung also comes with auto activity tracking feature which effectively means that users will not have to manually activate the sports band. The band is capable of tracking various movements like running, walking, cycling, or even using rowing machine or elliptical trainer. Gear Fit 2 has been priced at Rs. 13,990 and will also be available from the end of August in India.

Intex FitRist Pulzz With Heart Rate Sensor Launched

Intex FitRist Pulzz With Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,799
  • The Fitness Band is available only on Flipkart
  • It comes with a heart rate sensor
  • The battery lasts up to 7 days of usage

After launching the FitRist in February, Intex has now launched another fitness band in India. The Intex FitRist Pulzz will be available exclusively via Flipkart, and is priced at Rs. 1,799.

At the onset, the band sees an upgrade to a smooth black rubber-made changeable strap, instead of the rippled band seen on the predecessor. Intex also adds a heart rate sensor this time. The FitRist Pulzz fitness band features an 0.66-inch touch-enabled Oled digital display (64×48 pixels). Apart from heart rate monitoring, it also allows users to monitor step count, calories, distance covered, and sleep.

It supports Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and pairs up with the smartphone to give incoming call alerts, SMS alerts, WhatsApp notifications, and even Facebook notifications. It also gives access to the mp3 player on the smartphone to change tracks while working out. Furthermore, there is a remote shutter feature that allows users to click pictures on their smartphone from a far off distance. Apart from the normal alarm, there is also a hydration alarm feature on the FitRist Pulzz reminding users to drink water regularly amid workouts.

The Intex FitRist Pulzz is compatible with Android and iPhone devices (running above Android 4.4 KitKat and iOS 7). It offers 32KB RAM, 256KB ROM, and features IPX 66 certified water resistance (splash proof and protects from rain).

 It packs an 80mAh battery that takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to fully charge. Intex claims that the battery can last up to 7 days of usage. The band’s dimensions measure 23.8×12.3×138 – 197mm, and it weighs in at 28.6 grams. As of now, the Intex FitRist Pulzz is only available in Black colour option, and is offering an extra strap for free with every purchase.

AOC VR Headset Announced At Gamescom

AOC VR oblique

AOC has announced a new VR headset at this years Gamescom and the company is showing off  the device at Gamescom.

The device appears to be a prototype at the moment and now specifications were give for the device, you can read what AOC have to say about their new VR headset below.

Virtual reality has a history of being declared “the next big thing” and failing miserably a short time after the hype was at its peak. In 2016, however, all signs indicate that this time its development and the underlying technology are sound enough for it to stay. Goldman Sachs even stated in a report published in January 2016 that VR “has the potential to spawn a multi-billion-dollar industry, and possibly be as game changing as the advent of the PC”1. Use cases are as diverse as those of personal computers and smartphones: besides the obvious: gaming (and the military), there are video entertainment, live events, education, healthcare, engineering and even retail and real estate. Want to get a first-hand impression of your new home, hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away, from your old apartment’s couch? Just don a VR headset and walk around… And the list will get even longer the further the technology evolves.

For AOC, the entry into the HMD market is a natural step, says Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management EMEA: “As a subsidiary of the world’s largest display manufacturer, we at AOC have always been at the forefront of developments in the display sector, be they desk- or head-mounted. I am sure that our new VR headset is only the beginning of a fascinating development and that AOC customers can look forward to even more exciting products in the not too distant future.”

Oculus Rift Hitting Canada And Europe Next Month

oculusOculus is now gradually rolling out the Rift VR headset in additional markets. As you probably know, it has been available in the United States for a couple of months, but now the company has announced that the Oculus Rift headset is going to be available from select stores in Canada and across Europe starting next month.

Customers in these markets can place their pre-orders now for the virtual reality headset.

You can pre-order and purchase the Oculus Rift from Amazon in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. It will also be available from retailers like John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, GAME Digital Plc, and London’s Harrods in the UK. So you will have plenty of options when it comes to picking one up.

Those in France can get it from FNAC, those in Germany from Saturn and MediaMart as well as from Best Buy and Microsoft’s online store in Canada. Customers in these markets can place a pre-order today for the Oculus Rift. The suggested retail price in Europe is £549/€699. The headset will be available in-store starting September 20th. You won’t have long to wait.

All customers will get a free copy of the popular VR platformer Lucky’s as well as a collection of hundreds of 360 videos and VR movies. Your wait is almost over.

You Can Now Rent A Nest Thermostat In The UK

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat has been available in the UK for a while now and the device costs £199. Now one company has decided to offer the device for a monthly rental.

Octopus Energy is now offering the Nest Thermostat to its customers for a monthly fee of £6.99, the offer will be available to new customers.

Octopus Energy, part of the Octopus Investment Group who are the UK’s biggest investor in solar energy, announced today that it is helping consumers save even more by being the first utility provider in the UK to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat to its customers as a monthly rental. New customers signing up to any of the existing Octopus Energy tariffs will now not only save money on their energy supply, but also have the opportunity to add a Nest Thermostat (£199 value) rental for just £6.99 a month.

“Octopus Energy is dedicated to delivering the best experience to customers, taking every aspect of our service seriously, from offering the best prices on energy to fast, effective customer care,” said Greg Jackson, Octopus Founder. “By offering our customers access to intelligent technology, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, we are not only helping people get the best deal on their energy needs, but also give them control of their usage.”

Oculus Rift Lands In The UK On September 20th

Oculus Rift

Good news fore VR fans as the Oculus Rift is launching in the UK on the 20th of September. The device will be sold through Amazon, John Lewis, Currys, PC World, GAME and other retailers in the UK including Harrods.

The Oculus Rift will retail for £549 in the UK and the companies above are now taking pre-orders for the device.

Every Rift comes with the popular VR platformer Lucky’s Tale, along with hundreds of free 3D 360 videos and VR films, plus access to the ever-expanding collection of made-for-VR games and experiences on the Oculus Store.

Over the coming weeks demo experiences will be rolled out at retail locations across the UK. Demo titles available include:

·       The Climb – every thrill-seeker’s favourite
·       Henry – a heartwarming VR film, narrated by Elijah Wood
·       Farlands – an exotic planetary experience
·       Oculus Dreamdeck – the perfect introduction to VR

Oculus will be offering demos of the device throughput the IL over the next few week and you can find out details of demos in your area at the link below.