Allow Your Customers To Pay With Ease

In the virtual era that society has now well embraced, speed and convenience is everything. To be successful online, you need to create not only a visually stunning and organized website, you need to make it as easy to use as possible. At the end of the day, you are in the business of making money. For that to happen efficiently online, you will need to accept payments in a variety of ways and make it easy for the customer to actually pay. A difficult checkout process could just lead to frustration and cause the client to flea to competitor as quickly as they can. The solution is to effectively integrate online shopping cart software into the scope of your existing website.

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You have put a great deal of time and energy into the development of your online site, so it is time to pay attention to how you will get paid as well. There are multiple providers out there, but not all of them integrate well within the typical website that is deployed today. A shopping cart can work well with your existing products and services. You simply update your catalog via your online portal, make sure that accurate pricing is listed, and the shopping cart gateway will take care of the rest.

Show Me the Money

This should excite you. No longer do you have to go to your customers to collect money and deliver orders. All of this can be seamlessly done right from your very own website. You also do not have to wait for a check to arrive in the mail, as customers can now pay with their own bank debit or credit card. Some payment gateways will also allow customers to pay via their bank account, which adds yet another level of convenience that makes doing business all the easier. The money will show up for you right away and then you will have a number of different options to get it into the bank account of your choosing.

Payment Processing Made Easy

People today use a variety of means to pay for their online purchases. An effective and integrated shopping cart will account for this by making it possible to easily accept all major credit cards, in addition to other funding methods as well. While there might be a small processing fee incurred as an exchange for this level of convenience, that cost is negligible when considering the alternative. A lack of payment options, in fact, will likely drive away more business than you attract. Imagine being a customer that finally locates what he or she has been looking for only to discover that their preferred method of payment is not accepted.

Get a payment processing gateway attached to your site and begin to realize all of the many benefits of e-Commerce. Your bottom line will appreciate that you did, and you will begin to attract new customers as a result.

4 TIPS TO MAKE IT TO THE DREAM JOB

We are quite certain everyone has a dream job in mind as soon as they settheir foot into the corporate world. If you too are one of those looking out for their dream job, allow us to help you with a few tips –

  1. Be eligible
  2. Do not ignore extra-curricular activities
  3. Be curious
  4. Get a crisp, hard-hitting CV in place

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In order to land a call from your dream company, you need to make sure you are eligible for the job. While taking up a particular distance education course, you need to keep in mind that it helps you move closer to your dream job. Same goes while applying for internships. For example- a distance MBA in marketing will help you land a role in a company as a marketing manager, while a B.Com in marketing will not suffice for the same role.

Make sure your efforts are dedicated towards achieving your goal. This includes courses, majors and minors, internships, work experience and other activities.

Do not ignore extra-curricular activities

If you thought only studies and courses mattered, you need to think again. Employers look at your CV for 2 things- your relevant qualification in terms of degrees, as well as your participation in extra-curricularevents and activities. It helps the employer establish a personality. This, in turn, helps employers to judge interviewees on their leadership, judgment and other attributes like time management, discipline, etc.

A well rounded CV has a perfect mix of degrees and extra-curricular activities.

Be curious

Do not stop the process of learning. There is a lot of change happening as you read this, and it is imperative that you stay up to date on things relevant to you. For example- those applying for a Social Media Manager’s role need to know the latest updates in the world of Social Media. An app developer needs to know the latest technology trends in the market.

Ask questions to relevant industry experts. This can be done through webinars, online chat sessions, conferences, etc. Be attentive in lectures. Guest faculty is an important source of fresh information. Ask questions, discuss answers. Share knowledge. Keep learning as this will help you grow.

Have a hard-hitting, crisp CV

While your CV must be relevant to the position being applied for, the interviewers will also ask you to elaborate on your experience. Make sure you mention only what is required; the employer would be meeting a lot of candidates throughout the day, and would not remember each and every detail about everyone. Make your CV short, hard-hitting and provide relevant information so that the selection becomes easier.

With these points in mind, go, set out for your dream job!

EaseUS – The Best Utility Recovery Tool

It is a data recovery software which can be installed free of cost by the customers by visiting the official website of the organization i.e. www.easeus.com. This software is especially for those people who suffer from the maximum data losses within short spans of time. Customers can use this software without any reluctance or hesitance as there are no uncertainties in the process. There are only small steps involved in the data recovery process. There are no large chaotic steps involved in the process of recovery. The customer will only have to launch it successfully on the system.

There are various types of scan modes available. Deep scan and the quick scans for healing purpose ,It provides a quick heal solution. It can be downloaded free of cost without any incur of expense. The files can also be previewed while the process is initiating. The end result is always positive. The customers always get back their files after the deep and the quick scans. It also saves time as the process is not very longer. There are only a Few steps which are necessary to be performed. The customers can also go through the files once they have been restored. The downloading and launching of the software is easier than all the other soft ware’s available in the market. It also avoids and prevents all the data overwriting issues of the customers.

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Today in this modern era, not many people are there who are not connected to the media and digital devices which prevail in the market. The latest technology is all set to develop more and more techniques for helping the customers in times of crisis. The major problem faced by the customers in this digital world is the loss of the crucial information, data and records. One of the major disadvantages of the digital devices is that they may malfunction or disrupt due to any of the reasons. The data may be lost due to any of the reasons. The positive feedback of the organization is available on the official website itself which attracts more and more customers towards this data recovery software free.

It provides the customers with the best highlights of the data recovery software. It is trusted by over millions of users because of its efficient services and loyal experts all around the globe. It also offers the facility of thirty days money back guarantee. It is popular for serving around more than one hundred and sixty two countries. It is universally accepted recovery software discovered and established in 2004. EaseUS provides the customers the best reliable and efficient services in order to provide them the ultimate satisfaction.

The data recovery wizard can be downloaded for free in just a few simple steps. The downloads can be done directly from the official website of the organization i.e. easeus.com. The customers can directly download without any discrepancies. The most reliable services are provided by the customers in order to convey the best possible information to the customers. Quick healing is the essential feature of quick scan. Deep scan monitors the data regress and then progresses for restoring the data. It performs deep scans for the data which has been lost a long time ago.

Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1: The Game Is Afoot, Right Under Our Noses

While the BBC detective series reinterpreted for a modern era may be titled just Sherlock, co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have always tried to explore the relationship dynamic between Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his partner Dr Watson (Martin Freeman). In the three seasons that have already aired – the fourth began this New Year’s Day in the UK – the two have gone from eagerly-willing flatmates and unwilling partners, to a time of strained relations after Holmes faked his death and still managed to secure the slot of Best Man at Watson’s wedding mid-way through season three.

Sherlock Season 4 Episode 1: The Game Is Afoot, Right Under Our NosesThe same season also introduced Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington), John’s wife and now – via a quick montage in the opening of the new Sherlock season – mother to his child, Rosamund. It’s only later we are told that Mary has a sinister past, one that involved secret identities and weapons. John’s love towards her is what leads Sherlock to kill the “Napoleon of blackmail”, Magnussen, at the end of the third season – his actions originating from his sentiment, as his brother Mycroft would say – and what forces the British government to put Sherlock on a plane.

That was three years ago in fact, for it has been tough for the BBC show to align everyone’s schedule properly, now that both Cumberbatch and Freeman are movie stars in their own right. For viewers, what made the gap worse was the fact that Sherlock season three was also the weakest of the lot. It didn’t add much to its characters’ depth, and its villains seemed more like distractions than rich, new paths of narrative development of seasons past.
So much so that Gatiss and Moffat went full circle and “brought back” Holmes’ greatest adversary, Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott). The pitfalls with revisiting an old friend, something the show had done earlier to examine Sherlock’s not-so-fatal fall after keeping audiences in the dark for two years, were laid obvious in the one-off special episode ‘The Abominable Bride’ that hit screens New Year’s Day in 2016. Marketed as a Victorian-era special, the episode turned out to be a lie because it was, in fact, all taking place inside the drug-fuelled mind of the great detective.

This, he claimed, had helped him decipher Moriarty’s true intentions from beyond the grave. But in doing so, Sherlock – which anyway sometimes seems only too eager to showcase the idiosyncrasies of its lead protagonist, be it the clever observations and straight quips delivered in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, his attitudes and reactions towards seemingly-normal human behaviours, or his belief in his own super-intelligence and continued refusal of a possible tunnel vision – went ever deeper into Holmes’ psyche.

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That meant the entire 90-minute episode was seen from Sherlock’s perspective, where everyone apart from him is presented as dumb as a dodo. Overall, it made for another disappointing entry into the modern Sherlock canon, going into this week’s latest chapter, the season four première ‘The Six Thatchers’. With such tumultuous hours of TV on the back of a fine opening, the pressure – and the game – was on.

Note: spoilers below for the latest episode.

Sherlock S04E01 opens with the political fallout of the previous season, with Sherlock’s elder brother Mycroft informing him of the “official version” of the Magnussen story, which involves some high-level video doctoring. Since the UK government needs him to look into Moriarty’s posthumous televised appearance, they’ve gone to considerable lengths to alter the truth. In return, Sherlock doesn’t seem to have a lot on offer – except well, wait.

Post that, we delve into a montage that shows Holmes solving small, random cases hoping to come across something that will explain Moriarty’s big play. It eventually leads to a mysterious turn of events in another mini-case of sorts, involving the son of a British MP who is found dead in his car while he’s thought to be away on a trip to the mountains in Nepal. As ever, Sherlock displays his uniquely rude self, ignoring the matter at hand as he notices the misarranged items on a side table.

For what it’s worth, it does play into the episode title, ‘The Six Thatchers’, which is another play of words on an existing Arthur Conan Doyle story, ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’. But very much unlike that story, which entirely focused on the big mystery around some Napoleon busts, the six Thatcher busts in this Sherlock episode are indeed more of what the show loves to do, again and again – a red herring.

Because even as Sherlock thinks he’s getting close to Moriarty and his devious plan, it all points to another unsolved mystery entirely, that of Mary’s murky past. A simple mind may reasonably think that destroying Thatcher busts is a political point, more so after the events of Brexit in the past year. Turns out instead, it’s not about the Prime Minister figure but what’s inside the sculptures – a thumb drive that contains everything on the black ops team Mary was part of, codenamed A.G.R.A.

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New Sherlock episodes may air multiple years apart, but that doesn’t prevent Gatiss and Moffat from exploring events as if it’s all happening on a weekly basis. It isn’t a stretch to imagine that a section of the audience would have been confused wondering how it ties in, possibly requiring some reading before diving in. Not the ideal case for any TV enthusiast, but it fits within the realm of a show with a protagonist that so keenly observes everything in sight.

For Sherlock, what gets lost on the way – owing to his drug-induced state of mind, a “natural high” if you believe the words coming out of him, and his almost desperate need to feel challenged by something – is that it’s not always all about you. The latter manifests itself in a crazy obsession with unrealistic conspiracies, as Sherlock goes off on a tangent while discussing the case of a man whose wife left him for his stinky breath, walking out in her lingerie. He cooks up a richly detailed story about how the old man’s wife is actually a Swedish spy living in disguise because their place is close to the US Embassy, and how Moriarty is going to the President’s visit to trigger World War III by way of destabilising the United Nations when they vote on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

It’s ultimate absurdity, and proof that Sherlock is so obsessed with wanting a higher mystery to solve that he comes up with these ridiculous ideas just to pass the time. Even in other ways, Cumberbatch’s 21st-century detective has become an increasingly, frustrating individual – be it incessantly texting during the christening ceremony for Rosamund, or his oblivious unconcern towards grieving parents.

Fortunately, when it comes to the crux of the matter – in this case, something about Mary – Sherlock is overly concerned, as he promises to go to any lengths to protect her. So when Mrs Watson takes matter into her own hands and sprints across the globe, relying on the roll of a dice to go from Norway, to Russia, Romania, Iran, Algeria, and Morocco, the duo follow her all the way. Sadly, though, this takes all independence away from the character, and again places Sherlock at the centre of all attention.

When Mary was introduced in the third season, it truly felt that Sherlock – both the show and the character – would grow up in new ways befitting of its setting in a different time and world. Instead, her death – in a slightly melodramatic fashion brought on by Holmes’ goading of the real orchestrator, a secretary in the Top Secret department known as Vivian Norbury – represents the worst kind of treatment offered to a female character, usually called ‘fridging’.

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In doing so, the creators shift the spotlight back onto Holmes and Watson, and do away with any notions of the show’s other characters proving to be more than simply exist to serve the titular character, Sherlock. Even the subplot about John’s emotional infidelity gets hardly any run time, so his guilt over his wife’s death – most of which spills onto Sherlock’s failure to protect her even on “home turf” – doesn’t feel justified or earned. Mary’s story arc, meanwhile, is dented further by her posthumous message on a DVD (do people even have disc readers anymore?), in which she asks Sherlock to “save John”.

Her existence on the show, including her previous life as a master assassin, gets reduced and converted into a mere plot device to generate a rift between Holmes and Watson, and see how their relationship evolves from here on. Whether it’s even necessary at this point is up for debate, considering how Sherlock regularly treats Watson in and out of work, despite considering him to be his best friend.

It’s not as if Sherlock hasn’t previously visited this approach from other directions – Holmes and Moriarty on the rooftops being one, in what was a modern incarnation of the Reichenbach Falls – and the bigger point worth examining is whether Sherlock and Watson’s partnership is healthy for any of them. Incidentally, the final episode of series four is titled ‘The Final Problem’, the name of the short story penned by author Arthur Conan Doyle, in which both Moriarty and Holmes leap to their death.

The show’s previous take on it already involved faking a death on Sherlock’s part, so it will be interesting to see Gatiss and Moffat return to a chapter – in name, at least – that they labelled is “reaching its climax” in regards to their adaptation. The seeds were sown in the season première, with the story of the merchant facing Death, and Sherlock wondering to himself if he could indeed keep outrunning it.

Going by the efforts of the new entry, it seems that Sherlock may have become too myopic for its own good just as its lead detective. Whether the remaining two episodes even truly wish to explore Sherlock’s shortcomings, and the much-needed reckoning of his actions, could well be an unsolved puzzle at the end of it all.

Sherlock season four premièred in the UK on BBC, and is available via its website. It will air in India first on Saturday, January 7 8pm on AXN.

C.Vox ArtOfRunning T-Shirt and Stylish Miler Jacket Review

C.Vox is a relatively new brand that makes running apparel. The USP of its products is that they have built-in earphones, which might seem gimmicky but is actually a big deal for anyone who likes listening to music while running or working out. There are plenty of people who don’t run without music, and wired earphones can become annoying. Long-distance runs put a lot of stress on cables, and eventually almost all of them break. Wireless headphones are an excellent alternative but you need to charge them every day, which becomes tedious.

C.Vox ArtOfRunning T-Shirt and Stylish Miler Jacket ReviewWith the running community in India growing rapidly and full/ half-marathons in major cities attracting participants from all over the country and abroad, it seems natural that this kind of a product will appeal to some.

We trained for a half-marathon for over a month with C.Vox’s ArtOfRunning T-Shirt and Stylish Miler jacket. We also wore the ArtOfRunning T-Shirt while running the half-marathon to check whether these are gimmicky products that no one needs, or whether the idea has any merit.

Design and comfort
Synthetic, moisture-wicking T-Shirts are recommended for runners because they dry quickly when you start sweating. Cotton, on the other hand, tends to absorb moisture and becomes heavy, which could slow you down and lead to skin irritation.
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We’ve been running regularly for around 18 months and have never been comfortable wearing synthetic running T-Shirts. Six or seven synthetic running T-Shirts we’ve tried during this period either didn’t fit us well or weren’t of very good quality, and due to these bad experiences we’d almost given up on “running T-Shirts” until we wore C.Vox’s ArtOfRunning tee.

The ArtOfRunning turned out to be the most comfortable T-Shirt we’ve worn while running so far. It fit very well, and didn’t cause any chafing or discomfort. It has a zip on one side that lets you tighten or loosen it a bit. This is a nice touch which ensures that the T-Shirt is a snug fit for people with different body types. The other nice touch is the pocket on the rear-left of the tee, which provides a secure spot for your smartphone or music player.

These clothes are designed for runners but you can definitely use the T-Shirt for workouts at the gym as well. We used both the T-Shirt and the jacket at the gym and had no issues whatsoever. The jacket was particularly useful when we were using a machine that was placed right under an AC vent. We also used the Stylish Miler jacket during five of our runs. C.Vox says it’s an all-season running jacket but we thought it was too warm in November in Mumbai. We wore it the same month in Delhi and in October at a hill station in Madhya Pradesh, and found it to be quite useful. This isn’t meant to be a running jacket for winter, so you might want to look at alternatives if you want to run on the coldest of days or when it’s snowing.

Both products ship with an LED light covered with a rubber button that slips into a metal ring at the back. Hit it once and it blinks; hit it again and it blinks faster; hit it a third time and it will glow constantly. This is useful if you’re running in dark places – it’s like the tail lights on vehicles that help others spot you when visibility is low. The light worked fine for us, but unfortunately it fell off during the half-marathon. We think this is a good feature but it needs a much more secure way to attach to the T-Shirt and jacket.

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Built-in headphones
The T-Shirt and jacket both have a 3.5mm plug in the pocket which you need to connect to your smartphone. We used it with an iPhone 5s and then an iPhone 7 for around two weeks each. We had no trouble running with either phone in the pocket, but having to use Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with the iPhone 7 did feel a bit clunky. If more smartphone manufacturers dispense with 3.5mm sockets, C.Vox may have to alter its approach and sell iPhone- and Android-specific T-Shirts. The earphones can be detached from both, the T-Shirt and the jacket, and you need to do this before washing either of them. We washed both the T-Shirt and the jacket multiple times following these instructions and the headphones continued to work just fine post-that.

We were worried about the detachable in-ear headphones getting lost and had to constantly remember to store them in a safe place. The cables have been routed through the back of the T-Shirt with stitches around them. This never bothered us during our runs and we think the cables will last long as they don’t move around much so the chance of damage is low. Our samples came with only one set of ear tips each, which is bad if you need larger or smaller ones. For the most part we had no issues with fit, and only once, towards the end of a sweaty 21km run, did the earphones start slipping so much that we had to adjust them repeatedly. Most of our runs were between 2 and 12km long, and they were largely problem-free.

Unfortunately, sound quality just wasn’t very good. We found it particularly lacking in instrument separation and detail. The sound is a bit biased towards lows, which helps when you play running tracks with heavy beats, but not when you play rock or metal tracks. We missed a remote and mic to answer calls and skip tracks with, but we don’t think that’s a major omission as we prefer not to take calls while exercising. If you need to do that often, then this could be a big deal for you. These earphones had a decent amount of noise isolation – just about enough for us to hear traffic sounds and people around us. That’s good news, but as always, you’d do well to be extra careful while running with headphones on and try to find parks or places with no traffic for running.

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It may seem as though offering wiring with the ability to plug in your own headphones is a good idea but most headphone cords are 1.2 metres long. This means that they’re a bit too long if the company provides 3.5mm port around the shoulder area. The cable will just get in the way. Another alternative is to provide a T-Shirt with hooks to let you plug in your own headphones, but you’ll have to keep taking them out when you’re done working out and that is cumbersome.

Verdict
C.Vox has done a remarkable job especially with the ArtOfRunning T-Shirt. We were surprised by the quality of a T-Shirt made by a relatively unknown brand. C.Vox needs to work on the sound quality of its earphones to make this a compelling purchase, but even if you just want a running T-Shirt, Rs. 2,999 is quite reasonable compared to branded alternatives. The jacket is quite good too, but we can’t see ourselves buying it as it felt a bit too warm during runs. We also feel that at Rs. 4,999, it is a little too expensive.

Pros
Comfort
Built-in headphones
Pocket for smartphones
Cons

LED lights can fall off
Sound quality
Jacket is expensive

Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit Review

The Internet of Things is everywhere now – in theory. We’ve been hearing about how IoT is taking over the world – and in some ways, that’s true, but in the consumer space, we’re far from seeing IoT products becoming the norm.

Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit ReviewThe smart home is one of the most talked-about visions of the future – where your air conditioner turns itself on as you’re parking your car, and your front door unlocks as you walk up to it. The catch is that actually doing this is pretty expensive.

That’s where Oakter, a Noida-based company, comes into the picture. It has developed a simple hub to control its Leaf smart plugs – adaptors that go into the wall socket. Instead of plugging your device directly into the wall, you plug it into the Leaf, which can then be used to control the power to your gadget.

This allows you to add a little bit of smarts to any device in your house – whether it’s your TV, geyser, or air conditioner. Although this doesn’t enable controls to the extent of setting the temperature of your air conditioning, or activating a smart lock, it can help you switch your lights and appliances on and off according to a schedule, or remotely. For example, you could switch on the hot water only when it’s necessary, helping you save money, and making your life a little more convenient.
What’s in the box?
You can get started for as little as Rs. 2,800, which is what the Oakter Hub and one 6amp Leaf plug would cost. The Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit, which we used, costs a little more, coming in at Rs. 4,750. With this, you get the hub, the 6amp Leaf plug, and a 16amp Leaf plug for bigger devices. The full Smart Home Kit will set you back by Rs. 10,000, and it includes all of the above, and a 25amp air conditioner smart box that has to be wired in by an electrician, and also a wireless remote that can manually control all the devices that are paired with the hub.

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The hub is the key to all this, and the company says you can control up to 50 devices with one hub. You’ll need to buy more smart plugs to do so, of course – a 6amp Leaf plug by itself is sold at Rs. 1,350. The included hub is the Wi-Fi model, although Oakter also sells a 3G model with a data subscription, which you can buy directly from the company for Rs. 2,450.
There’s no denying that Oakter has come up with a clever solution
Oakter also sells a smart lock, but it’s fairly expensive, and needs to be installed by a carpenter, and then wired by an electrician – a simpler alternative would be to go with something like the Noke instead.

Design
The Oakter Leaf plugs are big and boxy. It wasn’t possible to use them in some places because of how much space they occupy, but by shifting a few things around we were able to get them up and running where they were needed. Still, if you’re looking for sleek, premium devices, these are not for you.

This is true for the hub as well – it’s a boxy piece of plastic that doesn’t look so bad, but it’s designed a bit oddly. There’s a groove in the back through which its power cable is supposed to pass, but it still juts out a little from the bottom, making the whole unit unstable.

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It’s a minor thing, but could very easily have been avoided, either by having a different cable jack, or just by designing the plug point slightly higher on the body of the device.

That said, the hub is small, and the Leaf plugs themselves will rarely be in places where you’re forced to look at them, so these issues are a little moot.

How we tested
To see how useful the Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit is, we tried to come up with different use cases where it would be helpful.

For example, we used one Leaf smart plug for a geyser and set it to switch on automatically at 7AM, and then switch off in an hour. That way, when we woke up at 7.30AM, there was hot water ready to go, with no time or effort required – and the geyser wasn’t left on for too long, which avoided wastage. Having remote access was helpful too – if you decide to take a quick shower in the evening after work, you don’t need to get home and wait for the geyser to heat up – just flip the switch on your phone when you’re en route.

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We used the second plug to control our home entertainment system. The smart plug passed power to an extension cord, through which a TV, set-top box, Fire TV, and a Wi-Fi router were all connected. The Oakter hub was connected to different router which is on all the time. Earlier, we’d turn this switch off in the night, or when going out, and the Oakter setup helped make this easy.

We set the plug to come on on at 9am, and go off again at midnight. As an added bonus, on days when we forgot to turn the entire system off when leaving home, were were able to do so remotely thanks to the Oakter smart plug.

Performance
The hub is very simple to set up – you just download the Oakter app (it’s available for both Android and iOS) and then follow the straightforward on-screen instructions to get started. The whole process took less than a minute, and the app is very simple and easy to understand.
If you’re looking for sleek, premium devices, these are not for you
When you launch the Android app, there’s a menu button on the top left, the Wi-Fi button on the top right (to connect to a network, or change networks later), and below them, there are big, clear buttons that show you the names of the connected plugs.

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You can rename these, and even take photos to display alongside them – that way, you could have multiple plugs of the same type, but with a quick glance at the name and photo, you can easily tell which appliance you’re managing.

Tap the button on the side of the name to toggle each plug on or off, or tap on the name to set up its timings. You can set specific times to turn each plug on and off, and if you want, you can also set a delay so that they turn off after a certain amount of time.

In case there’s a power cut, the plug remembers its last state. This means that you can still use your wall socket’s physical switch – turn it back on, and the smart plug will remember that it’s supposed to be on.

Once your phone is paired with the hub, it doesn’t have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. You can control your plugs even on the go.

This gives you a lot of flexibility in how to use the Oakter smart plugs, but what’s missing here is integrations. Today, many smart home products support services such as IFTTT – this helps them to be a lot smarter than they would otherwise be.

For example, you could set up IFTTT to control air conditioning based on the weather outside – or use your phone to trigger a geofence, and operate lights accordingly. With Oakter’s app, you’re limited to just time as a trigger. The company is working on adding more functionality, and releasing an API, which would help make its products even more useful, but as of now they are rather limited.

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Verdict
The Oakter Smart Home Kit is not the greatest looking set of products, and it doesn’t have the most full-featured software we’ve seen either. It’s got one basic use, and it does a very good job of that, but it’s up to you to come up with ways in which to integrate the smart plugs into your home and make your life better.

All in all, using the Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit for a week, it’s easy to see how handy something like this can be. The app is simple, and intuitive. You can see at a glance the status of your plugs, and their settings. There are notifications as well, so you’re always aware of what’s happening with your devices.

However, getting remote control over two devices for around Rs. 5,000 still feels steep – and if you really want to automate your home, you’re going to need to spend a fair bit more to get everything up and running. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that Oakter has come up with a clever solution which means you don’t need to replace your older devices. Hopefully, pricing will drop over time, while functionality improves, but if you want an early preview of what living in the future could be like, then you really have to check this out.

Honor 6X First Impressions

Honor, Huawei’s youth-focused online-only brand, has been picking up steam in India with a series of popular phones, has announced that it will be launching the Honor 6X globally. We first saw this phone when it launched in China in October, and now the company has announced at CES 2017 that it will be coming to more markets soon, India included.

Honor 6X First ImpressionsThere will be two versions of the Honor 6X: one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We can expect the lower-rung model to be priced comfortably under Rs. 15,000 when it goes on sale in India. Both will be available in grey, silver and gold.

We had a chance to spend some time with the Chinese units under embargo in Mumbai prior to the announcement, and we can now tell you what we were able to learn about the device. It’s targeted at young go-getters, and its main selling point is the twin cameras on the rear.

The Honor 6X has a metal back which is curved just right for a palm, but picks up smudges very easily. The front is also nicely curved at the edges, giving the Honor 6X a look that’s cohesive overall. Despite its 5.5-inch screen, this phone is comfortable enough to use with one hand. It uses on-screen Android navigation buttons so there’s very little space around the screen. There’s no pathbreaking design, but it does look and feel quite satisfying.

The power and volume buttons are easy to reach on the right, and there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back, right below the vertically arranged camera lenses. There’s a hybrid SIM tray on the left, which means you have to choose between storage expansion and a second SIM. There’s a single speaker and a Micro-USB port on the bottom, and a standard 3.5mm audio socket on the top.

The Honor 6X runs EMUI 4.1, which is based on Android 6.0. It’s a single-layered skin with no app drawer, and the large number of preloaded apps spread out over four pages makes it look rather cluttered. That said, the custom icons and graphics are all simple and polished, making this a lot easier to live with. There’s a heavily customised notification drawer with a neat timeline design and a separate tab for quick settings.

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Performance is snappy, but we’ll have to wait till we can run some actual benchmark tests before we compare Huawei’s in-house Kirin 655 SoC to the more common Qualcomm and MediaTek offerings at this price level. There’s also a rather generous 3340mAh battery.

The 5.5-inch full-HD screen is sharp and saturated, and we were quite satisfied in our brief experience with it. While the primary rear camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, the secondary one is just 2 megapixels, and is used for depth sensing rather than actually capturing image data. This allows the Honor 6X to artificially create blurred backgrounds for a depth-of-field effect. It works best on close-ups, and while we could definitely tell the difference between images taken with this mode on and off, actual image quality remains to be seen.

The Honor 6X will be going up against some excellent phones, but it looks like it could be quite popular. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full review, and we’ll tell you whether or not to buy this phone when it goes on sale in India.

HP Unveils 15.6-Inch Spectre x360, Refreshed EliteBook x360, and More Ahead of CES 2017

HP on Tuesday at CES 2017 unveiled the refreshed EliteBook x360, a 15.6-inch Spectre x360, alongside the new Envy Curved AIO 34, the new Sprout Pro by HP, and Omen X 35 Curved Display.

The EliteBook x360 will be available by the end of January, but no price has been revealed. The HP Spectre x360 will go up for pre-orders on Tuesday itself, and become available to purchase from late-January starting $1,499 from Best Buy stores, and from February 26 from HP.com starting $1,279.99.

HP Unveils 15.6-Inch Spectre x360, Refreshed EliteBook x360, and More Ahead of CES 2017The HP Envy Curved All-In-One 34 will become available from HP.com on January 11 starting $1,729.99. The Sprout Pro by HP’s pricing and availability for commercial consumers will be announced in March 2017. The Omen X 35 Display on the other hand will go on sale from March starting $1,299.99.

Starting with the HP EliteBook x360 (seen above and below), the company is calling it the “world’s thinnest business convertible”, and adds that it features the “world’s longest battery life in a convertible with up to 16 hours and 30 minutes.”
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The Windows 10-based HP EliteBook x360 comes with a choice of 13.3-inch UWVA ultra slim touch displays, coupled with Corning Gorilla Glass, with resolutions from full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) to UHD (3840×2160 pixels). It comes with a choice of seventh-generation Intel Core processors (Core i5-7200U, Core i5-7300U, and Core i7-7600U) with up to 16GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 620. Storage starts from a 128GB M.2 SSD and goes up to a 360GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Connectivity options on the HP EliteBook x360 include NFC (optional), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth v4.2. On board is one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt, two USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, a Micro-SIM card slot, microSD card reader, and a headphone/ microphone combo jack. It is powered by a 3-cell 57Whr battery, weighs 1.28kg (minimum), and measures 316.9×218.5×14.9mm. It bears a fingerprint sensor and IR camera for Windows Hello authentication.

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As for the 15.6-inch HP Spectre x360 (seen above), it follows in the footsteps of the 13.3-inch model, and the company touts its bigger battery (6-cell 79.2Whr with 90W adapter) allows for up to 12 hours and 45 minutes of battery life despite having a 4K display. It sports two new front facing speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, apart from an IR camera with Windows Hello support. It weighs in at just over 2kg, and measures 355.6x251x17.78mm.

The 15.6-inch Spectre x360 is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor, coupled with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB of DDR5 video memory. It sports a 15.6-inch UHD (3840×2160 pixels) UWVA eDP BrightView WLED-backlit display. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 Type-A port, one HDMI port, and one headphone/ microphone combo jack.
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As for the HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 (seen above), the company says the next edition of “the world’s widest curved all-in-one” features more computing power for immersive media experiences. Apart from a 34-inch curved ultra-wide QHD (3440×1440 pixels) Micro-Edge display that’s Technicolor Color Certified, the AIO bears an integrated four-speaker sound bar tuned by Bang & Olufsen, apart from dual array digital microphones. Also touted by the company is a low blue light mode.

Other specifications of the HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 include a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700T processor, 16GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, AMD Radeon RX 460 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 video RAM, 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and a 3-in-1 media card reader. Ports include HDMI out, HDMI in, four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port. It ships with a HP Premium Lifestyle Wireless Keyboard with volume control and optical mouse.

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Coming to the refreshed Sprout Pro by HP, the second generation immersive all-in-one PC meant for commercial customers. The company says it has been redesigned from the ground-up and sports a 2.2mm thick, 20-point capacitive Touch Mat display with a sharper, near 1080p projected resolution.

HP adds that the Sprout Pro has been optimised to be easy to interact with Windows 10 Pro while featuring streamlined software for easy access to Sprout’s key features including faster 2D scanning and high-precision 3D scanning. Included in the package is an Active Pen, allowing pressure-sensitive digital inking for annotation and design. It also bears audio powered by Bang & Olufsen.

The Sprout Pro by HP runs on a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700T with Intel HD Graphics 630 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5 video memory). It bears up to 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, and ships with either a 1TB SSHD or a 512GB SATA SSD. Connectivity include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.0, one headphone/ microphone jack combo, one SD card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and one audio line-out. It measures 568x672x586mm and weighs 12.8kg. The top 23.8-inch LCD display bears a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, apart from a bottom touch and stylus enabled 21.3-inch display. It comes with a 2-megapixel webcam, and a 14.6-megapixel HP High Resolution Camera.

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Finally, we come to the Omen X 35 Curved Display (seen above). It bears a 35-inch ultra-wide QHD (3440×1440 pixels) 21:9 anti-glare AMVA+ LED-backlit display that’s rated to deliver a brightness of 300 nits, and offers a 100 percent sRGB colour gamut. With Nvidia G-Sync tech, it has a refresh rate of 60Hz via DisplayPort and 50Hz via HDMI, while the company is touting a 4ms GTG response time. Apart from DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4, it bears one audio output port, one headphone jack, and three USB 3.0 ports. The backlight lamp is rated to last 30,000 hours.

Honor 6X Set to Launch in India at the End of January

Huawei brand Honor has revealed it’s set to launch its Honor 6X smartphone in India in late-January. For now, the exact Honor 6X India price and availability details are not known. The Honor 6X smartphone was launched in three variants in China back in October.

Honor 6X Set to Launch in India at the End of JanuaryTo recall, the biggest highlight of the Honor 6X is its dual camera setup. The three Honor 6X variants launched in China were – 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage, priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,900), CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,900), and CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 15,800) correspondingly. It’s uncertain which Honor 6X variants will make their way to India.
The Honor 6X was launched in Gold, Silver, Grey, Blue, and Rose Gold colour variants – which of these will be made available in the country remains unknown. The new Honor 6X smartphone features several upgrades over the Honor 5X, sporting a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection; a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC, and a hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card slot, with support for microSD cards (up to 128GB) in the second SIM card slot.
Running EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Honor 6X sports a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel sensor that supports PDAF and an additional 2-megapixel sensor sits right below it. Honor 6X features a 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. It sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel that the company claims can unlock the smartphone in 0.3 seconds.
Connectivity options on the Honor 6X include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. Honor 6X is powered by a 3340mAh battery with fast charging support. The Honor 6X measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams.