SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 Launched in India
HIGHLIGHTS
The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition is priced at Rs. 13,390
The Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB
A WD survey shows that many smartphone users struggle with low storage
SanDisk, the flash storage company now owned by WD, has launched two new products for mobile users in India: the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card, and the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 pen drive with both USB and Micro-USB connectors.

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is aimed at mainstream users in need of a high-capacity storage expansion option for an Android smartphone or other portable device. Users can record up to 24 hours of full-HD video or store loads of high-quality music and other files. Transfer speeds are rated at up to 95MBps, and the card is also touted to be waterproof, shockproof, temperature proof and x-ray proof.

First announced globally in June, the new microSD card will be available in India starting from December 2016 as an Amazon.in exclusive, priced at Rs. 13,390. It will later be available more widely online as well as offline.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is also aimed at Android smartphone users. It features two physical connectors; standard USB 3.0 Type-A as well as Micro-USB which is commonly found on smartphones. The designs allows for USB-OTG functionality with compatible Android devices as well as easy sharing and transfers between the device and any PC.
The drive features a sliding body which covers either connector at any time, and will fit on a keychain. It will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. Transfer speeds are as high as 150MBps when using the USB 3.0 connector.

Availability will be exclusive to Flipkart at first, with prices starting at Rs. 650 for the 16GB model and going up to Rs. 3,600 for 128GB. Other online and offline channels will sell the device at a later date. All sales are covered by a five-year warranty.
Both products can be used with SanDisk’s free Memory Zone app for Android, which lets users browse through their stored content and back up their data.

WD has also released the results of a study relating to the storage needs of Indian smartphone users, commisioned by it and conducted by Access Media International. 1458 users across 14 cities contributed to the report. 84 percent of respondents said they spend more than four hours on their smartphones each day, and 90 percent expect to spend increasing amounts of time on their smartphones over the next year.

Lack of adequate storage was the second biggest challenge that users reported as affecting smartphone performance, behind bandwidth but ahead of battery drain. 88 percent have more than 10 apps on their phones. Social media apps are their highest priority, followed by music and video download apps, utilities, camera-related apps and then music and video streaming apps.

Around 65 percent of respondents had less than 16GB of storage on their smartphones, and 90 percent share content primarily via the Internet. When running out of space, the first thing that most users do is delete apps and even data, rather than moving it to another device.

Tags: SanDisk, WD, storage, mobiles, Android, microSD, microSDXC

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With Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft Does Not Want to Turn Consoles into the Graphics Card Market

With Xbox Scorpio, Microsoft Does Not Want to Turn Consoles into the Graphics Card Market

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Phil Spencer claims that Xbox Scorpio will not see an immediate successor
  • He does not want the console market to emulate the PC space
  • Xbox Scorpio is out in the holiday season of 2017

With the PS4 Pro hitting the shelves in less than 10 days, the age of iterative consoles, whether we like it or not, begins. And while Sony has kept its cards close to its chest on what to expect next, Xbox boss Phil Spencer says that you won’t see a successor to Xbox Scorpio – it’s souped up Xbox One due next year, any time soon.

“I don’t have this desire to every two years have a new console on the shelf”, he explained to Game Informer. “That’s not part of the console business model, and it doesn’t actually help us. The best customer I have is somebody who buys the original Xbox and just buys all the games. That’s the best customer for us in terms of the pure financials of it […]I’m not trying to turn consoles into the graphics card market.

(Also see:Xbox Scorpio Games to Run in Native 4K Resolution: Microsoft)

While it’s heartening to know that at least one console maker isn’t interested in turning the console space into something akin to the graphics card or smartphone markets with new models released frequently, Spencer claims he has no idea on what after Scorpio:

(Also see:Xbox Scorpio has an Obvious Power Advantage over PS4 Pro: Microsoft)

“To be completely honest, I don’t know what the next console is past Scorpio. We’re thinking about it. We’re looking at consumer trends and what the right performance spec and price would be, and [asking ourselves], ‘Can we hit something that has a meaningful performance characteristic that a gamer would care about?'”

Tags: Phil Spencer, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio, Project Scorpio, Microsoft
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Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS

Candy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game 'Shuffle Cats' for Android, iOSCandy Crush Creator Launches Live Multiplayer Card Game ‘Shuffle Cats’ for Android, iOS
HIGHLIGHTS
Shuffle Cats allows you to play rummy on mobile
It enables you to play with other players across the world in real-time
The game is created by Candy Crush maker King
King.com, the company behind the famous Candy Crush game on mobile, has now released a new game for Android and iOS users. Shuffle Cats is a live multiplayer card game that allows you to play rummy real-time with other players across regions.

Shuffle Cats brings the traditional card game rummy on smartphones. It allows players from across borders to play with each other (this means that the app will use data), and compete in the game of cards.

As the name suggests, the characters in the game are all inspired by the feline species, with names like ‘Montie’ to boast. Just like rummy, you’ve got to meld pairs or runs to win the game, and earn points to level up. Each player is rewarded with 1000 gems at first, and to go up each level, a player has to give up a stack of his gem treasure. Whichever player wins, takes the gems along with them, while the other loses his stack. Just like all games, as you level up, the game keeps getting harder and more competitive.

Each player also has a set of Lucky Charms that he can use to boost his chances against an opponent while playing a crucial game. Users can even interact with players using the live chat option inside the game.
Apart from this new Shuffle Cats game, the Candy Crush creator is also reportedly working on a mobile shooter game, and was even looking for employing people for the same.

Shuffle Cats is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play. The game is 109MB in size on the App Store, and 61MB on Google Play. Shuffle Cats includes in-app purchases.

Tags: Shuffle Cats, Gaming, Apps, Shuffle Cats for Android, Shuffle Cats for iOS, Andorid, Apple

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Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme

Freedom 251 Maker Ringing Bells Introduces Loyalty Card Programme

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are 3 loyalty cards each valid for 1 year
  • The denominations are Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively
  • Users will also receive Freedom 251 units as free gifts under it

Noida-based Ringing Bells that introduced the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 on Tuesday launched a loyalty card programme for its products on its first anniversary.

With silver, gold and platinum loyalty cards, customers will get discounts on purchase of every Ringing Bells product, along with a Freedom 251 smartphone as free gift.

“The loyalty cards will be valid for one year and customers will get 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent discount on buying Ringing Bells products with cards on denomination of Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000, and Rs. 2,000,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The silver and gold cards are entitled to one free unit of Freedom 251 and the platinum card is entitled to two free units of Freedom 251,” the company added.

The booking for the loyalty cards will begin on its website from Thursday.

In the meanwhile, yet another unknown company has come forth to announce the launch of a budget smartphone at an incredible price – Rs. 501. Called the ChampOne C1, the smartphone actually features a price of Rs. 7,999, but the Jodhpur-based firm behind the device is selling it at Rs. 501 in its first flash sale on Friday. The smartphone’s highlight feature at the price is the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor.

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The ChampOne C1 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports dual-SIM. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. Optics include an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front snapper. There’s a 2500mAh battery packed inside, and connectivity options include 4G LTE support. It will be made available in White, Silver, and Gold colour options.

Written with inputs from IANS

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ChampOne C1

ChampOne C1

R 501

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1280×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2500mAh

See full ChampOne C1 specifications
Ringing Bells Freedom 251

Ringing Bells Freedom 251

Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

540×960 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

3.2-megapixel

Battery capacity

1450mAh

See full Ringing Bells Freedom 251 specifications
Tags: Freedom 251 Specifications, Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Smartphone, Ringing Bells, Mobiles, Android,Make in India

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Opera Mini for Android Gets Video Boost, Save to SD Card, and More

Opera Mini for Android Gets Video Boost, Save to SD Card, and More

Opera has started rolling out an update for its Opera Mini for Android browser application. The highlight of the update is the new Video Boost feature. As the name suggests, the Video Boost feature would help Opera Mini users “see less of the video-buffering wheel,” the company said.

Users after updating to Opera Mini 15 for Android can tap the savings summary to change to high-savings mode under the “O” menu and check the Video Boost box at the bottom. The feature also shows number of videos that have been optimised. Opera said its new feature shrinks the size of the video data to lessen buffering delays. The company also claimed that it was “the first company to integrate video optimisation into a web browser.”

Some of the other features included in the latest version of Opera Mini for Android app are ‘Save to SD card’ feature on handsets with Android 4.4.4 KitKat or higher OS versions, SD-card file access when uploading on the Web, updated high data-savings mode, improved fast scrolling, option to shrink photos before uploading, and automatic status bar colour change. The updated app is available to download from Google Play.

“In India alone, 70 percent of smartphone users stream video on their phones. Unfortunately, this eats up data plans quickly, and stalled videos waste time and create frustration. Opera Mini for Android comes to the rescue with video boost. It works to make the video sizes smaller serving up slimmer mobile videos and keeping data plans in check. If you love to watch videos on your Android device, but hate getting surprises on your data bill, it’s time to switch browsers,” said Sunil Kamath, Vice President – South Asia & South East Asia at Opera.

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Tags: Android, App Update, Mobiles, Opera, Opera Mini, Opera Mini 15, Opera Mini App Update,Opera Mini Browser Update, Opera Mini Update, Opera Update, Update
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Alexa, Pay My Credit Card Bill Please!

Alexa, Pay My Credit Card Bill Please!

Amazon Echo users can already ask their virtual assistant Alexa to update their calendars, dim the lights and play some music. But soon they will also be able to ask Alexa to help them pay their credit cards.

Capital One announced Friday that it is the first bank to partner with Amazon to let customers review their finances through Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Fire TV.

(Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

People who own one of those devices and have a Capital One credit card or bank account will be able to request information on their account balance and most recent transactions. Instead of having to log in through their laptop or phones, customers will be able to speak the commands while they’re doing the dishes or doing other tasks around the house, said Ken Dodelin, vice president of digital products at McLean, Virginia-based Capital One.

“Maybe you’re wondering whether or not a check cleared,” he said. Credit card users can also request an update on when their payment is due and how much credit they have available. They’ll be able to ask Alexa to pay their monthly credit card bill if they’ve set up a checking account for that purpose.

For security reasons, customers will have to create a four-digit code when they set up the program, and they’ll have to provide that code by default whenever they ask for anything related to their credit cards or checking accounts, Dodelin said. But users can decide to turn off the password requirement later. “As a bank we obviously take security very seriously,” Dodelin said.

With the exception of credit card payments, the first rollout is focused mostly on helping consumers gather information about their accounts – rather than complete transactions. But the service could have broader uses in later editions. (More security measures would probably be needed before other transaction-based services could be included, Dodelin said.)

For example, Capital One is also testing out whether credit card holders would eventually want to use Alexa to put a freeze on their credit card after it has been lost or to request updates on their credit card rewards, Dodelin said, but those uses aren’t being introduced yet.

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Tags: Alexa, Amazon, Amazon Echo, Internet, Jeff Bezos
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