Sunday, June 12, 2016

Best Smartwatch Apps

These are few of best smartwatch apps:

Shazam
An obvious candidate for wrist-based admission, Shazam's Android app was updated gone Android Wear retain last year. You can use the smartwatch app to start the app (obviously set it in settings to begin tagging re motivate) with the tracks will accomplish the main smartphone app. Handy if you have unaccompanied seconds to spare in further a track ends and you'vis--vis fumbling for your phone.

Evernote
This is a no brainer. The popular observations and reminders app  which you probably have going in the region of for your phone already  has been reworked to manage to pay for you glanceable info in checking account to your wrist. Everything is agreed clean and easy behind some full background images, but on the other hand it's just checking off to-dos gone taps and toting happening late extra reminders considering voice meet the expense of advice.

Video for Android Wear & YouTube
How much you bearing in mind this app depends regarding how you air very approximately video around smartwatches. If you have acceptable feelings, have enough maintenance this a whirl  you can view videos directly regarding your watch following Bluetooth headphone preserve for audio and a cast button if you have a Chromecast plugged into your TV. Check the app page for the list of compatible AW smartwatches.

Find My Phone
Its genuine that Android Device Manager supports Android Wear devices now and for the bare minimum, we suggest you at least set in motion that. Those looking for something a tiny auxiliary should find the maintenance for Find My Phone for Android Wear a shot. It uses the member to your device as a means for finding it. You can viewpoint in description to the flashlight, create alarms go off, approach of view regarding vibration, position upon the screen, and more. About half of those require buying the plus report but its a hermetically sealed app that works totally adeptly.

IF by IFTTT
IF by IFTTT may be the most powerful Android Wear app that is currently user-user-easily reached. For those who dont know, you can use this application to create automatic proceedings based upon something that happens. For instance, you can set the app to backup your photo to Dropbox after you addendum it upon Instagram. IF by IFTTT has a stamp album page of Android Wear recipes that you can use to make your devices colleague once each supplementary in various, actually useful ways.

PixtoCam
PixtoCam is a unique application that allows you to use your Android Wear device as a viewfinder for your phone camera. There are a bunch of apps along in the middle of this and most of them appear in the complete swiftly, but we liked the features offered by PixtoCam. It focuses upon photographers and lets you get pact of things with snap pictures, zoom, use a timer, change flash settings, and more. You can in addition to use it as a assist app to see things upon your watch though you narrowing your phone in bad skin you instead couldnt see.

Spotify
The streaming music giant now plays nice following Android Wear offering enhanced smartwatch features making it easier to run your tunes from your wrist. You can view recently played playlists and albums and surgically remove cards for album art and media controls. We don't have offline playlist syncing just still, but here's hoping it's something Spotify plans to accrual in the progressive.

Endomondo
Now below the ownership of Under Armour, Endomondo is a hugely popular fitness platform and lets you can tag your runs, cycles, hikes, climbs and suitably upon, without needing a companion smartphone. The Standalone mode stores all the metrics from your exercise sessions directly upon the watch, and presents them in detail upon the full smartphone app forward the pair are reunited.

Huawei smart watch

Huawei's first attempt at Android Wear did a lot of things right. First, off, it's round, which at this reduction is a close necessity for a watch to land at the summit of our list. And the Huawei Watch (as the company is sudden to remind you) is all-the-mannerism-round, as soon as no "flat tire" to fracture the invincible circle. The bezel is nicely sculpted, make it see a tiny thinner than it actually is. And though the lugs are yet a tiny vis--vis the large side and the body perhaps just a tad thicker than we'd following in a customary watch, it remains nicely meant. The 2-o'clock crown twist is a to hand totaling taking place as ably. And don't see adding Huawei's leather. We've used many Android Wear watches in the heavens of any number of types of leather bands, and Huawei's is the first that hasn't disappointed us. It looks as satisfying as it feels, in the tune of proper stitching the length of both sides. And if you don't amalgamated to the leather, Huawei has a number of first-party bracelet options as expertly. And both the watch and body are to the side of in a number of colors, styles and price points, ranging from $349 to $799 for gold regarding gold.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nikon continues to evolve!

Its no unspecified the market for reduction-and-shoot cameras is shrinking. Ironically, the cameras themselves are significantly improving as soon as each generation, and now have enough allocation most of the capabilities to come on your own found in DSLRs and mirrorless models. Nikons supplement DL associates of cameras is a continuation of this trend. The three models, the DL18-50, DL24-85, and DL24-500, all feature 21MP 1-inch format sensors, which by itself have become common for high-decline reduction-and-shoots. But its the feature set and con numbers that be the matter together along amid the DL associates ahead of Nikons added compacts.
Compacts are starting to be well-disposed and even extinguish DSLRs in Autofocus and Speed

Nikon DL18-50: Nikon's DL relatives of compact cameras feature a eternal rangefinder see -- although without an integrated viewfinderThe launch of hybrid Autofocus  a system which includes phase-detect AF and contrast-detect AF  has revolutionized photography. High-quickness AF was formerly the exclusive domain of bulky DSLRs, subsequent to their dedicated phase-detect AF sensors. Now that sensors themselves can contain contrast-detection elements, reasonably priced cameras can achieve the same or even faster AF operate in many situations. The Nikon DL intimates features 105 phase-detect and 171 contrast-detect AF points, which feed data to their updated EXPEED6A processor.

Frame rates for compact and mirrorless cameras have with taking into consideration future than those of DSLRs. Because they dont need to slam a mirror taking place and the length of all shot, insane-rapid speeds linked to the 60fps maximum for the DL associates are realizable. The little cameras yet dont have the quantity package of high-halt electronics and dedicated phase-detect sensors that flagship DSLRs get your hands on, therefore there are yet ample of applications for the more-costly, bulkier models. But for most people, put-on-engagement taking into consideration that of the DL intimates or Canons newest X-series models will be on pinnacle of okay.
No more slow lenses

Compact cameras used to be totaling limited subsequently than slow lenses (those gone small maximum apertures, typified by a proud minimum f-number). The DL familial has fast lenses, when the DL18-50 and DL24-85 featuring f/1.8-2.8 amendable maximum aperture lenses, and the DL24-500 and f/2.8-f/5.6 bank account. The faster lenses old-fashioned make shallow-severity-of-focus scenes, although because the sensor is smaller than in a DSLR, the cameras still cant surgically remove from quite as skillfully as a DSLR taking into account a similarly speced lens. The faster lenses plus create supplementary low-fresh shooting options.
A hotshoe for EVF or accrual-on the subject of the subject of Flash

Nikon DL24-500 featuring a built-in EVF and superzoom lensAnyone used to a DSLR or rangefinder camera is along with used to a viewfinder. While the 18-50 and 24-85 DL models dont have a built-in EVF, Nikon has announced an optional amass-harshly EVF, the DF-E1. The larger DL24-500 does amassed an EVF, positioned similarly to where the optical viewfinder is regarding a DSLR. Unlike forward-generation electronic viewfinders, which were a needy performing for optical versions, the newest model EVFs are fast, tall-append, and money legitimate times previews of your camera settings. The cameras hot shoes as well as meet the expense of right of entry for an mount taking place-upon flash, if the built-in excuse isnt enough  not at the same era as the EVF of course. Nikon DSLR shooters will with bearing in mind that Nikon has made the DL relatives controls same to that upon its detached-fade away cameras. Clearly one perspective appearance for the DLs is as an every one daylight camera for Nikon DSLR owners.
Video and a few downsides

The DL relatives each and every one preserve 4K UHD video recording at 30p, as soon as audio from a built-in stereo microphone. It also has built-in optical image stabilization. As taking into account most current high-fall compacts, the DL inherited altogether feature Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. ISO can be bumped to 12,800. The shutter promptness ranges from 30 seconds to 1/2000 of a second. The cameras are upon the bulky side for a lessening and shoot (even by now you folder an EVF), subsequent to the lightest, the DL18-50, weighing in at coarsely 13 ounces. Sadly, there is no GPS in the unit, continuing the unfortunate trend of ignoring one of the single most cooperative technologies for keeping track of your images.

Unfortunately, you cant just hurry out to the amassing and charity one of these cameras still. Nikon has said they will be to hand in yet to be summer. The DL18-50 has a street pre-order price of roughly $850, the DL24-85 of $650, and the DL24-500 of $1000. The DF-E1 EVF hasnt been priced yet.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WD My Passport Wireless


WD's personal cloud product range -- MyCloud -- has grown since its initial debut, which WIRED.co.uk praised highly for its innovative approach to consumer data storage. The EX2 and EX4 extended capacity and data redundancy for professional users and now the travelling consumer has been targeted with the portable My Passport Wireless.
In some ways this is a glorified USB hard drive; in others, it takes the best elements of WD's MyCloud innovation and makes it nearly pocketable. Our review unit had a 2TB drive inside, with a retail price of £199. A 500GB (£110) and 1TB (£149) alternative is available.

Design and Features

In the hand the My Passport Wireless feels like many other USB hard drives. It's not the lightest, at 350g, but for a 2TB drive that's acceptable; and it's a ruggedly designed unit, with a smooth finish and slightly rounded edges.
On one side is an SD card for backing up data on the move; on the front are a couple of LED indicators for wireless and battery information; around the back is a slot for the USB cable.
So far, so standard. What's different here is with 2TB of data loaded up there's no need for the USB cable at all. WD's drive can broadcast its own Wi-Fi hotspot signal and any Wi-Fi-enabled device can connect to it.
This presents a blessing and a curse. The blessing: any media, such as video or images, can be wirelessly viewed on a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device as if it was any other networked storage disk. This extends to multiple simultaneous users, making it useful in a hotel where little Kate, eight-years-old and with dreams of being a princess, wants to watch Frozen, while Nathan, a bratty boy of five, wants to watch Spongebob. Better yet, Mum and Dad can stream Game of Thrones while they do so.

Performance

This blessing extends to said family in the car on the long drive to the hotel, as the built-in battery will last several hours. In our test it wildly varied depending on the number of users, how much data was being streamed and so forth. Realistically you'll easily all be able to watch a movie but it's best to consider the battery a handy backup rather than a primary function. WD quotes 20 hours of standby (switched on and accessible but not reading or writing data), or six hours of continuous streaming. Our testing supports these quotes, but once you start adding additional devices or connecting the drive itself to the internet you can expect this figure to drop -- which brings us to the curse.
Like most drives in this category, connecting your laptop to the hard drive's Wi-Fi network means not connecting directly to the internet. The solution: the drive connects to the internet (and it's very easy to do so in our testing, using a well-designed browser-based interface) and your devices access the public web via the drive.
In our tests this certainly works as advertised, but it does not allow for as speedy a connection as would be achieved directly. The drive itself has a throughput (maximum speed for downloads or uploads) of around 70Mbps, and we confirmed these figures ourselves. However, using the device in "hotspot mode" as described above, the throughput should drop by half, to 35Mbps as the same 70Mbps capacity is being split between uplink to the internet and downlink to your computer or phone. Ours dropped by a lot more though on some occasions, even down to 7Mbps. The ping, or latency (for those concerned) is also affected by the hotspot mode. In our testing the latency dropped from around 7ms to nearly 60ms when connecting to the internet through the drive.
How important are these speeds? To us, not significantly enough when considering how most people will use the drive. The prime functionality is being able to store content on a drive and wirelessly transmit it to multiple devices simultaneously. For this, the internet is not required and so speeds are not an issue. For emails, googling restaurants and directions, or using social media services like Facebook, even with the speed of hotel Wi-Fi being reduced it won't affect your usage too greatly. On the other hand, if you're a video editor backing up a 10GB video file from an SD card, the reduction of internet bandwidth available for uploading this to your production house's server is going to cause a frown until you disconnect from the drive and reconnect directly to the internet.

Conclusion

The My Passport Wireless is an intriguing device. Its smart design, simplicity of operation and flexibility make it an attractive option for families in particular, not least because of its agnostic approach to compatible devices from rival manufacturers. Its built-in battery also liberates entertainment from hotel rooms to the road.
However, it's not quite priced as we'd like to see (a 500GB USB hard drive without the wireless functions can be snagged online for about £35 now from WD) and the speed reductions we noticed when connecting to the internet through the drive make it appear as a consumer product rather than something a professional media producer would want to rely on. We hope WD continues to innovate in this space, as a drive with options such as faster Wi-Fi and a larger battery would be very welcome. As it stands, it's a product that does what it says on the tin with a minimum of fuss, but with room for improvement in performance and a little on price.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

LG G Watch Urbane

LG was one of the first device makers to ship an Android Wear smartwatch in July 2014. Almost a year later, the South Korean giant has introduced G Watch Urbane, the company's third smartwatch on the same platform (the G Watch R was never launched in India). Unlike the original G Watch, the G Watch Urbane is a premium watch, sporting a round design and a stainless steel body with rose gold or silver finish. It's also the first Android Wear watch to come with the latest version of the OS, Android Wear 5.1.1. Interestingly, the G Watch Urbane is pitted against the Apple Watch as the base version of the Cupertino giant's much anticipated device is priced similarly. We used the Urbane for more than two weeks to find out if it is the perfect smartwatch. Here's our review... Look and feel We have to give it to LG for the super premium design of the G Watch Urbane. The stainless steel casing, the gold finish and the stitched leather strap have all been tastefully put together to create a timepiece that will go well with business suits and smart casuals. Unlike the first G Watch or the Sony SmartWatch 3, it's not sporty and feels a little out of place at the gym. But it's one of the few smartwatches that actually look very similar to a premium analog timepiece and don't attract unnecessary attention. The large metal bezel does add to the weight and also makes the watch a little big for people with small wrists. It's 11mm thick, and weighs 66.5grams. This also means that most ladies won't find it appealing; we made some try the watch on and they felt it was too big. We got the gold coloured unit of the watch and to be honest, found it to be gaudy. Straps are swappable and you can use any 22mm band. The G Watch Urbane also has a side button that looks like a watch crown. You can use the button to turn on the display, dim the brightness and access the settings (long press). What makes the G Watch Urbane really stand out is its 1.3-inch fully circular (not like the Moto 360 which has a black bar that disrupts the circular design of the watch-face) P-OLED display with a 320x320p resolution which is crisp, bright and super sharp. The gorgeous display offers excellent black levels and great sunlight legibility. The display is not at the same level as the bezel and is slightly sunken. This prevents you from scratching the screen when you brush past walls and other surfaces. However, at times you feel swiping takes more effort. At the back, you'll see the optical heart rate sensor and metal contacts for charging. LG Watch Urbane is IP67 dust and water resistant (can be submerged up to 1meter for up to 30 minutes). This means you don't have to worry about damage from water splashes on a rainy day. We'll not recommend swimming with the watch on (with that leather strap). Overall, the G Watch Urbane looks suave thanks to all the metal and the leather strap. Hardware LG G Watch Urbane is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and 512MB RAM and comes with 4GB internal storage. The watch comes with an optical heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer and gyro sensors. There's no GPS though. In terms of connectivity, it supports a wide range of options including Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. The SmartWatch 3 is powered by a 420mAh battery. Using the G Watch Urbane It's worth pointing out that you need to connect the watch with an Android 4.3 or above smartphone via Bluetooth. You need Android Wear app to connect the watch. The watch runs Android Wear 5.1.1 Lollipop, the latest build of the OS at this time. You can access the menu and navigate through the different apps and functions through the touch display or make use of voice commands (the watch has a microphone). The "Ok Google" command can help you give instructions to the watch to send text messages, set a reminder, check the weather, track your heart rate, open an app, control music or ask for directions. We've been using Android Wear devices for almost a year and have to admit that Google has been updating the experience with each software update. Version 5.1.1 fine tunes the OS even more dividing the menu into three swipe-able lists (right to left) with the first one featuring all the apps, the second offering recent contacts list (you can initiate calls or messages) and the third one displaying common actions for tasks (the old menu if you've ever used an Android Wear device). We're glad Google realised that the app list needs to be more prominent and placed it on the first screen. Swipe down from top to control notifications (between all, priority and none), turn on Theater mode, boost brightness instantly or quickly access settings. You can now reply to messages by drawing emojis! Well it doesn't really let you draw custom emojis but tries to identify what you're drawing and sends the one that it matches with. The watch also offers notifications for calls, emails, messages, traffic alerts and other Google Now-based contextual updates in the form of cards. The watch also supports gestures so you can just flick your wrist to browse notification cards. LG includes some great looking watch faces that blend in perfectly with the watch and make it look like a nifty analog timepiece. It also includes apps for measuring and tracking your heart rate and for making or rather initiating calls from the watch. The calling app was pretty useful as it gives you access to a keypad and call log but you have to use the phone to converse. Just like other Android Wear watches, the Urbane doesn't come with a speaker so you can't use it for calls. The revolutionary feature that the Urbane and the new Android Wear version brings is support for Wi-Fi sync. The best part is that the watch and your phone need not be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The watch will continue to receive internet-based notifications even if you leave your phone at home, as long as both are connected to the internet. In practice, it's not very efficient and we observed frequent disconnections. Also, apps like Maps require you to go back to your phone on and off. Talking of Maps, the new version is now a lot more self sufficient but unfortunately the G Watch Urbane lacks GPS. The Maps app along with a few others also come with the always-on, ambient display capability with the watch display switching to a power efficient black and white mode with minimal information, when you're not actively looking at it. While you get all your notifications, Android Wear still doesn't offer watch equivalents of popular apps. We still can't check-in on Facebook or Swarm or browse our pictures on Instagram. We also observed some performance improvements. For instance, when we started navigating the menu while listening to music via our Bluetooth headset, there was no stutter. In terms of battery life, the G Watch Urbane is better than the original G Watch and will last you one and a half days if you play music, have your phone set to display notifications from multiple apps and don't use the ambient mode (always on watchface). If you use the ambient mode, the Urbane will hardly last you a full day. LG includes a magnetic clasp charger with it which means there's another accessory to carry (and never lose) in your travel bag. We prefer the Sony SmartWatch 3's charging solution as it doesn't need any additional accessory and charges directly via micro-USB. Verdict The LG G Watch Urbane is available on Amazon at Rs 29,990. We feel it's expensive if you compare it with other Android Wear time pieces. It's without doubt the most good looking smartwatch around and adds features like Wi-Fi and a heart rate sensor. Having said that Android Wear is still evolving and we hope to see more apps and better battery life. Of course the watch is not for you if you're an iPhone, Windows Phone or BlackBerry user. The Moto 360 also offers Wi-Fi and heart rate sensor (albeit with an older chipset and is awaiting the software update) and is now available at Rs 12,999. If you want a more sporty watch and track all your activity, then the Sony SmartWatch 3 is a better option available online at Rs 15,000. You can read our first impressions of the Apple Watch if you're waiting for its India debut and want to know more about it. We expect the Apple Watch base variant to be priced higher or equal to the G Watch Urbane. You'll need to shell out a lot more if you want to buy anything other than the Watch's Sport variant which doesn't really look as good as the Urbane.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Citizen Promaster Air Watch

This is Citizen’s Promaster Air. It costs $375, includes a rubber like strap and a digital display. I didn’t see this watch in person. Instead I took a gamble and picked it based on Citizen’s online photos alone. That in mind, I’m happy to say you see is what you get. And in this case that’s a good thing. Scratch that, a great thing. I wouldn’t usually mention that in a review, but I’ve fallen victim to glitzy watch photos in the past and immediately regretted my purchase upon opening the package. What attracted me to this watch wasn’t just the all black facade, but its mix of clean lines (the strap in particular) and the unique face. Many will find those dials – the circumference can be rotated if you spin the knob that usually winds a watch – excessive. And in my case, I did. But much the same can be said for a watch with chronographs; 99% of the time the watch is used to tell the time and nothing more. Unless of course you’re a diver or someone with a penchant for timing things NOT on a smartphone. Promaster Air Nevertheless, there are a host of features, which include two alarms, a stop watch, a 99 minute countdown timer, a 1/100 of a second chronograph, world time in 30 cities and a perpetual calendar. The case is made from stainless steel (despite its black finish) and it’s can be submerged up to 666 feet (perhaps this is a fitting time to say “the devil is in the details”). The glass is “anti-reflective mineral crystal”. Which is to say it’s not Sapphire. But at $375, and maybe cheaper if you shop around, it’s certainly not a deal breaker. It’s too soon to tell – I’ve only been wearing the watch for the better part of 14 days – but, and this is entirely conjecture, that the black might start to wear on select parts of the watch. But so far it’s held up nicely and shows no signs of wearing or paint peeling off. The strap, which shouldn’t be mistaken from rubber (it’s made of polyurethane) shouldn’t crack, at least not for a long time. Polyurethane is much more durable and won’t dry out over time, though it could eventually wear in some capacity. Promaster Air-2Setting the watch up will take you some trial and error. There are 4 buttons and remembering what each will do and when takes some trial and error. Moreover, there are effectively 6 modes (as mentioned earlier) and depending on what mode you’re in, each button will function some what differently. To set the analog time of the Promaster Air, it’s not unlike any other watch; you’ll want to pull and rotate the bottom right knob as opposed to the middle one. Odd, traditionally speaking, but an interesting one that made me take note and is by no means a negative. So that’s the Promaster Air. I don’t often review watches, but was glad to get my hands on this one. It serves as a nice every day watch. It’s not dressy nor is it super casual. It most certainly stands out from the pact and adds a nice touch of masculinity to my wrist.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Petcube

Ameliorate separation anxiety -- yours or your pet's -- with the Petcube, a monitoring camera that streams video to your phone and lets you communicate with your lonely or misbehaving animals. It came out of a wildly popular Kickstarter and finally began shipping in December.