How to take care of your flash memory

To minimise data loss and ensure the best results from your Flash storage device, follow these simple recommendations:

Replace or recharge batteries in devices after getting a low-battery warning

Battery discharge is one of the most common problems causing the loss of pictures or other data on Flash storage devices. If a battery dies in the middle of a write operation to the Flash storage device, not only can the file being written become corrupted, but the entire device may be damaged as well. For example, if the File Allocation Table (FAT) directory file update is incomplete and the FAT file is corrupted, some or all files on the Flash storage device may no longer be accessible.

However, it may be possible to repair the Flash storage device using commercially available disk recovery software. Even with these recovery programs, some data or files on the Flash storage device may still be lost, but the rest may be recoverable. To avoid these problems, carry a spare battery if possible or stop using a device when battery power gets very low.

Properly remove your Flash storage device from the host device

It is important to wait until all operations are completed before removing a Flash storage device from a digital camera or other host device. If the Flash storage device is removed during a write operation, for example, the Flash storage device may be corrupted and data loss may occur. Most digital cameras will show a blinking light during Flash write operations, so it is important to wait until all operations are completed.

For example on my PCs, to stop my DataTraveler’s USB connection I go through Windows (In Windows XP, use the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray). For my DataTraveler Elite drives, i use MyTraveler’s Eject button. Computers often “cache” data into memory and may delay the write to USB Flash drives. As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to wait a minimum of two minutes after you finish writing data to a USB drive.

Properly store Flash cards in their plastic cases and close the cap on your USB drives.

Flash storage devices, while quite reliable, can be damaged when dropped on hard surfaces. When they are not in use, store Flash storage cards in their clear plastic cases. In addition, static electricity can also damage Flash storage devices. For example, on dry days, a person can generate enough static electricity to cause a spark while touching a doorknob or other metal objects (this is called electro-static discharge or ESD). My DataTraveler USB drive is designed to resist high levels of electro-static discharge; however, extreme levels of ESD may still cause damage.

Do not force Flash storage devices into connectors.

Flash card or USB Flash drive connectors are unidirectional. This means that the Flash storage device must be inserted in one direction only; if you cannot insert the drive or card, do not force it in. This will prevent damage to the Flash storage device or the socket.

Pack Flash storage devices into carry-on luggage if possible.

Tens of millions of Flash storage devices are in use worldwide and there have been no verifiable reports of Flash storage damage due to airport X-ray scanners.

A 2004 study by the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) verified that today’s airport X-ray machines do not appear to be a risk to flash memory cards. When I bought my DataTraveler USB drives, Kingston recommended that they be treated just like unprocessed film and stored in carry-on luggage, as the passenger screening radiation levels are much lower than those used by newer luggage scanning machines.

Always make backups of your data

Having said all this, Flash storage devices are not infallible and can have their data damaged due to factors mentioned above. It is important to backup important information on multiple media or even print data on paper for long-term storage. Do not store important data solely on Flash storage devices.

About the Guest Author

Vishal Parekh is the Marketing Director of Kingston Technology India, the leading brand in memory modules and data storage. He has lead Kingston in India for more than seven years and has been a key architect of the company’s strategic vision. Being a strong believer of Relationship Management, he has successfully developed a healthy distribution network and channel. He has even managed roadshows in 300 cities in a calendar year with an objective to educate customer.

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XOLO Win – the first AMD powered Win 8 certified tablet unveiled at CES 2014

Xolo, the smartphone brand of Indian handset maker Lava, on Wednesday unveiled its first AMD-powered 10.1-inch tablet ‘Xolo Win’ at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The company stated earlier in its press release that “The XOLO Win tablet is targeted at youth and working professionals, offering a superior high-definition image rendering with great multitasking and impressive power saving technology.”

The XOLO Win is a 10.1″ tablet running Windows 8, powered by a 1GHz AMD A4 Elite Mobility processor with the AMD Radeon HD 8180G Graphics and 2GB of RAM. The Xolo Win tablet is Windows 8 certified and features a 10.1″ touchscreen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The tablet sports a 2MP rear camera and a 1MP front-facing camera. The Xolo Win comes with 32GB (MMC) inbuilt storage(No word on expandable storage yet). The company claims that the tablet can deliver up to 7 hours of battery life.

Commenting on the announcement, Vishal Sehgal, Co-founder and Director, Lava International Ltd., said, “Providing superior product experience is at the core of Xolo’s proposition to its target customers, hence joining hands with a technology leader like AMD makes perfect sense. With AMD’s unique Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), featuring both a CPU & GPU on a single piece of silicon, we look forward to this strategic partnership to provide the best performance and graphics on mobile devices.”

Managing Director, AMD India, Ravi Swaminathan said, “Xolo Win expands the usage of tablets with its great battery life, solid performance and superior graphics at a price point that redefines the tablet space. We are delighted to be associated with Lava International Limited, as we usher in a new era of mobility.” 

The company said the tablet will be available in stores across India towards the end of this month. However, the price of  the Xolo Win was not announced.

Jailbreaking iOS 7 on your iPad

Evad3rs have finally announced the much awaited jailbreak for iOS 7. Since I have the iPad 3 myself, I immediately decided to jailbreak it. A few words of caution though: evad3rs have mentioned that there could be boot loop problems even after a successful jailbreak on devices which have been updated OTA. This post  provides instructions based on the Windows version of evasi0n7 on jailbreaking iOS 7 on your iPad. You can follow the same steps while using the Mac version too.

[alert style=”1″]Disclaimer: Jailbreaking iOS 7 on your device will void your warranty. We do not take responsible for any issues you may face after you jailbreak your device[/alert]

I learnt this the hard way, having upgraded to 7.0.4 OTA my device was stuck on boot after a successful jailbreak. So if you are on pre iOS7 or 7.0.0, upgrade your device to 7.0.4 through iTunes. If you are already on 7.0.4 through OTA, just follow Apple’s guidelines to restore iOS device to factory settings. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414.

Once you’re done you are now ready to jailbreak your iOS device.

So now, here the process – It is not very complicated and I just followed the steps provided by evad3rs team.

  • First, backup your device through iTunes or iCloud.
  • Download evasion 7 from http://evasi0n.com/. Unzip the folder
  • Open evasion and hit jailbreak.

Jailbreaking iOs 7 using evasi0n

  • The device will boot several times.
  • You will be asked to unlock device and tap the evasion icon on your iPad.

Jailbreaking iOs 7 using evasi0n

  • A confirmation message will be shown once jailbreaking iOS 7 is complete

Jailbreaking iOs 7 using evasi0n

It’s been a couple of days since I tried jaibreaking iOS 7 on my iPad 3rd Gen and I haven’t really encountered any major issues. So, happy jailbreaking!

Image credit: 3dfoto / 123RF Stock Photo

Acer Launches the Iconia W4 Windows Powered 8 Inch Tablet

Last week, Acer released a Windows 8.1 powered tablet, the Iconia W4 powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor paired with a bunch of interesting accessories.

Acer ICONIA W4The Iconia W4’s announcement comes quickly after their W3’s launch, which saw some complaints about the screen quality. With the W4, Acer has fixed that problem with a better IPS screen which features Zero Air Gap technology with wider viewing angles and better display clarity both indoors and outdoors.

Acer is targeting the Iconia W4 towards active and professional users who are looking at using the device on the move for both work and play. In fact with Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office for Home and Student 2013 comes pre-installed in the tablet at no extra cost.

According to Acer the W4 should give you about 1o hours of internet browsing or 8 hours of continuous video playback time on the 4960 mAh battery which powers it.

“Modern consumers want an all-pervasive computing experience, one that is high on speed and performance as well, taking care of their mobile demands. Addressing the consumer desire for portable computing, Acer has launched a host of computing devices in flexible form factors including convertibles, all-in-ones, and tablet PCs. As a part of our focused efforts to offer industry-changing experience and newer form factors, we bring to you our latest tablet, the Iconia W4. The ultimate on-the-go entertainment hub, the Iconia W4 will appeal to a cross section of users from busy professionals to ultra-mobile youngsters”, asserted Harish Kohli, Managing Director, Acer India during the launch of the device.

Quick Specs

ProcessorIntel Atom 1.8Gh Z3740
Screen
Screen Size8 inches Capacitive
Resolution1280 x 800px @ 16:10 Aspect Ratio
TechnologyIPS LCD with Zero Air Gap
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Storage
Internal Storage32 / 64 GB
External StorageMicroSD Expandable upto 32GB
ConnectivityWifi, Bluetooth 3.0,Micro HDMI Micro USB
Camera
Rear5 Megapixel
Front2 Megapixel
Battery4960 mAh
Form Factor
Dimensions134.9 x 218.9 x 10.75 mm
Weight415 grams

 

Accessories for the Iconia W4

Crunch Keyboard from AcerAcer Crunch Keyboard 

For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers a state-of-the-art; ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard fitted in a soft synthetic leather cover that easily folds outs while also serving as a tablet stand.

The stylish 5.3 mm (0.21 inches) thin silver keyboard offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via Micro USB.

Acer  CrunchCover Red

Acer Crunch Cover—made with durable microfibers, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit each user’s reading preferences. The slim-fit cover keeps clear of all ports and is available in several fashionable colors.

Other W4 accessories include the Acer Keyboard Cover, protection film, responsive passive stylus, power bank, adaptor kit with bag, and Micro USB cable.

Price and Availability

The 32GB device is priced at Rs.24999 and the 64GB at Rs.26999. You can get your hands on the Acer Iconia W4 at at Croma and Reliance Digital outlets across the country. If you prefer buying online, the you can get yours at Flipkart.

Notion Ink’s 10.1 Inch Adam II Tablet Reviewed

Last week, I received a review unit of the Adam II from Notion Ink just before the device went on sale. I’ve been playing around with the device since then and I’ve been impressed with some of the features that the Adam II has to offer.

Learning from the mistakes of the ill-fated original Adam tablet, Notion Ink has redesigned the Adam II from ground up to impress us.

While the original Adam came with a Pixel Qi display, which promised a lower power display tech, the Adam II doesn’t feature this technology. When asked about why they decided to forgo Pixel Qi, Notion Ink replied that the Pixel Qi displays had a limited viewing angle, they were looking for a 180 degrees viewing angle along with a display thickness of less than 2.5mm which Pixel Qi couldn’t provide.

Quick Specs

Where’s a review without a quick peek at the device specifications? Of course we all know that only the specs don’t tell the full story, but here goes:

  • The Adam II is powered by a 1.5Ghz Dual Core ARM (Cortex A9) processor.
  • Display: The 10.1 inch IPS LCD display has resolution of 1280×800 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The outer display is protected by a pane of Asahi scratch resistant glass.
  • Memory & Storage: 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Camera: The front and rear cameras are BSI OmniVision Camera 3.2 Megapixel shooters capable of video capture at 720p
  • Battery: 6000 mAh battery
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, HDMI 1.4b, 3.5mm headphone connectors, Micro USB 2.0 with USB-OTG
  • Weighs 584g (lighter than the 4th Generation iPad)
  • Powered by Android 4.2.2
  • The Adam II comes in white only.

Build and Design

The Adam II comes in white and features an industrial design which is mostly rectangular in all aspects, with slightly rounded corners. According to Notion Ink, their design is inspired by the art form of a book. In fact, where the book’s spine comes, the Adam II has an extra bezel area which houses the speakers and front-camera.

Speakers and Front Camera

I like this since my (relatively large) hands can easily grip the device from the left, without touching the screen. This prevents unwanted touch events from triggering while just holding the tablet.

The materials used on the Adam II are of great quality, aluminium matte finish back. A very premium finish if I may add.  The top of the device features a Power button recessed near the corner with the 3.5mm headphone socket next to it. The connectivity options are at the bottom where you have the volume control, SIM, MicroSD card, HDMI and USB connectivity options.

Controls and Connectors Adam II

The spine of the device features something Notion Ink calls the STM Secondary Display which is Black and White LCD display without a backlight like those you see on digital watches or calculators. This shows up notifications if any or the time of the day and a custom Message.

Notion Ink Adam II STN Secondary Display

Adam II Review

Notion Ink decided to forgo heavy UI customizations on the device and have gone with (an almost) stock Android experience, which is a good in my opinion. This should let them come out with future updates faster.

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The only additions I did notice were buried in the setting screen, where there were options to configure the HDMI display options and time outs, the Secondary Settings options and Screenshot settings.  The Screenshot settings allow you to add a screenshot icon to the status bar for you to quickly take a screenshot.

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The Adam II, even though runs on a dated processor, runs well pretty much most of the time lag free. Of course if you run apps which run a lot of background tasks, you may start to notice a lag here and there. For my reading and casual gaming experience on the Adam II, the device performed flawlessly.

The display on the Adam II is a 720p screen with a resolution of 1280×800 is a slight negative on this device, since the 10 inch display with that resolution does show slight pixellation on the screen if you look real close. This doesn’t affect the day-to-day usage on the device though . I’m sure all of us are getting spoilt by the Retina and beyond resolution of the iPad and it’s competitors. Remember that the Adam II is way below these in the price band.

Notion Ink claims that the Adam II’s display comes with ICC Color profiles, with one of the best color reproductions available in the market.  They also uses Diamond Glass from Asahi for the display which is quite scratch resistant.

Notion Ink Adam II

The stereo speakers on the device are good. Since they are front facing, the sound pretty loud and since the two speakers are spaced out on the side, we can clearly make out the stereo effect with these speakers. Being smaller speakers, the bass reproduction is not too great, but then you can always plug-in your favourite pair of headsets for more serious music listening.

One thing to note is that the in 3G version of the tablet, the SIM is used only for data, so you can’t make Voice calls or receive SMS on the Adam II. This is pretty much like the way the iPad works on 3G. I don’t mind that since I won’t really be making calls or messaging from a 10 inch tablet. A tablet this side is mostly for media consumption and entertainment.

The Secondary Display or the STN is still a novel feature in the device, and could do with more useful features going forward. It’s kind of useful right now if you want to see if you have any notifications without switching on the display. You can set the custom message from the Settings menu. When reached out, the folks at Notion Ink said that they are working on additional features like battery percentage and cycling though the notifications using the volume key in the near future.

I didn’t get a chance to try out the HDMI output from the device since I didn’t have the right cables handy.

Pricing and Availability

In terms of pricing, Notion Ink is selling the WiFi only version of the device for Rs. 16,499 and the 3G device is Rs. 18,999. They are currently shipping the Adam II only within India via their website. They do plan to have it available on other online retailers like Flipkart soon.

[alert style=”2″]For the holiday season, Notion Ink has a Christmas offer running –  the WiFi is available at Rs. 13,499 and the  3G version at 15,499.[/alert]

Warranty and Support

The Adam II comes with a 1 year replacement warranty. Which means if you do have any issues with the device, they’ll replace the device. If you do have any problem with the device, you can contact the folks at Notion Ink via [email protected] and they’ll arrange for a pickup of the device from your home.

Verdict

I love the premium finish of the device, coupled with the connectivity options the Adam II provides. I love the way they’ve designed the tablet so that it can be held like a book in the portrait mode, and the light weight also ensures that the tablet doesn’t weigh you down.

The pros pretty much outweigh the cons, so if you are in the market for a 10 inch Android tablet in the Rs. 10,000 – 20,000 range, your search stops with the Adam II tablet.

Links

Notion Ink Website

Nokia Launches the Lumia 1520 in India

In a press event yesterday, Nokia launched their first Phablet in their Lumia range here in India. The 1520 features a 6 inch screen with a 20 Megapixel Pureview Camera which also boast of a Rich Audio Recording. More on that a little later in this post.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Here are some quick specs of the Lumia 1520:

  • Windows Phone 8 with the latest Nokia Black update.
  • Display: 6” full HD 1080p LCD , ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz Quad Core )
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal user memory this is expandable via a micro SD card  up to 64GB
  • Camera: PureView 20 MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 2x lossless zoom, oversampling technology, dual LED flash.  Rear Camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle
  • Battery: 3400 mAh (non-removable) with built-in wireless charging.
  • Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
  • Audio: Rich Recording with four microphones; Wide-band Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones; Dolby(R) Headphone,  FM radio

The 1520 is quite a slim phone for all the features it packs, especially a beefy 3400 mAh battery, which should  give you quite a lot of play time on the device between charges. The device also features Wireless charging capability, so you just need to drop the phone on a wireless charging plate and you’re on charge.

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The 1520 comes in four colors – yellow, white, black and glossy red. I played around with the glossy red version of the phone and was immediately in love with it, given that I had a read 920 earlier. The rest of the colors come with a matte finish.

On the camera, well the 1520 follows in the long line of the PureView greats with Ziess Optics, Optical Image Stabilization and the Pureview Oversampling technology to give you great photos during daylight and low light as well.

Apart from the great camera, the 1520 comes with Rich audio recording. An industry first with this device, it with four microphones, which enable the phone to pick up sound from your intended source while you’re recording and the rest of the of the microphones are used to cancel out the other ambient noise to give you great sound from your recorded video.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is available in stores now at a best buy price of Rs. 46,999. If you are heading to check out the phone, don’t miss checking out the Nokia Protective Cover CP-623 for the Lumia 1520 as well. This should be available in the next few days, which provides flip cover protection for the phone and doubles up as a stand as well. This should retail around Rs. 2999.

Nokia_1520_Protective

A Quick look at the Gionee Elife E3

Gionee Mobile phones, though new to the Market, are making their presence known by introducing smartphones with the latest features at a price that is value for money. The Gionee Elife E3 mobile phone falls in the Rs 15000 segment of the smart phones and has a lot to offer.  Apart from the attractive price range, the phone is very appealing to the eye thanks to  its sleek looks  and curvy edges with various vibrant colors (Blue, Red, Pink, Black, White and Yellow).

Gionee Elife E3

What’s in the Box:

What's in the Box Gionee E3

The following are contained in the box of the Gionee Elife E3
1) The phone and its cover
2) One protective transparent plastic case which covers the rear part of the phone. This gives the phone a glossy finish but the quality of the plastic is very low. It is flimsy and is susceptible to cracking very quickly.
3) Phone battery.
4) Phone Charger with USB data cable.
5) One hands-free Headphones with mic.
6) Two complementary screen guards.
7) User Guide, Warranty card and contact list of service centers across the country.

Software and Hardware:

The Gionee Elife E3 is built with a Quad Core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 CPU. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage space. You can add more storage with a micro SD card up to a maximum of 32GB.  The phone ships with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with a 4.7″ 720p touch screen display which is capable of HD playback.

The UI has been changed quite a bit compared to ‘stock’ or ‘vanilla’ android, and in no way resembles the UI on other phones at this price range. You get different icons and lock screen, which you can change by changing the theme. Unfortunately, there seems to be a limited set of themes available. Hopefully, in a future update, Gionee will add the ability to download more themes. It is fairly snappy with the occasional stutter.

The phone has three capacitive buttons up front: Menu, Home and Back. Long pressing the home button brings up the multitasking option. Switching between apps is fairly quick. There are stutters in terms of the animations once in a while, during the multitasking process. These are bugs that will hopefully be fixed with a firmware update.

Camera:

The primary camera on the Gionee Elife E3 is an 8.0 megapixel HD shooter, with a secondary 2.0 megapixel front facing camera. The primary camera can record HD video at 1080p.

Camera settings contain the following options:

  1. HDR
  2. Face detections
  3. Scene mode(Night, Party, Portrait, Landscape etc.)
  4. Continuous Shot upto 20 Pics
  5. Exposure
  6. Self Timer; Saturation, brightness, contrast, ISO and anti flicker settings.

There are various preset frames that one can use to add an artistic touch to the final picture.

  • Colour effects: Mono, Sepia, Negative, Aqua, Blackboard & whiteboard.
  • White Balance; Capture Actions (Ex. Touch Shot, Gesture Shot, Smile Shot)
  • Capture mode; (Panorama, MAV, Eraser, Best face, EV bracket shot etc.)

The camera interface isn’t the same set up that one sees with other OEMs like Xolo or Micromax. It looks quite nice and is very simple to use. You have easy access to settings and the toggles to the various modes.

 

 

The image quality isn’t the best out there, but it is very much usable for the average buyer who would probably just share them on Facebook. Just don’t expect print quality images. A word of advice: if you use the cover provided by Gionee, if the flash fires, it more or less ruins any night time photos, as the flash seems to reflect off the sides of the cover. Either cut a larger groove on the cover around the camera or get another cover.

Camera Samples:

Battery: 

The phone has an 1800 mAh battery, which is replacable. With usage involving GPS, Data, various apps and Music playback, the phone got me through the day (16 to 20 Hrs) when fully charged. For a phone of this caliber this is pretty decent. When using only the phone with no data, the phone obviously lasts longer. Of course, your mileage may vary, as battery usage will vary from person to person and each individuals usage. Unless you’re a heavy user or play a lot of games, the phone will get you through the day. 

Other Specs:

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General, 2G Network, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

,3G Network, 900/2100 MHz
,SIM, Dual SIM

Phone Dimensions,Size, 137.4 x 68.4 x 7.9 mm
Data, “GPRS,EDGE, HSPA,WLAN, Bluetooth”,
Features, “Radio, Multi-media MP3, DTS Sound, GPS, Digital Compass, G-Sensor, Light-Sensor “,

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Conclusion:

In conclusion I find that the Gionee Elife E3 is a phone that offers you true value for money. There is an occasional lag that I find when I using the phone, but the overall experience is satisfactory. The gaming experience and quality of the HD screen watching movies is excellent. However the phone does need a better headset and the quality of sound when listening to music isn’t something that is a standout feature of this phone.

Note: This is a quick write up by an actual end user of the device, who now happens to have bought two more of the same device for other members of his family!

About the Guest Author:

IMG_20131029_195234My name is Ananth Karthik and I’m a sailor who sails the 7 seas. I’m not much of Gadget Aficionado but I do like to move with the times and do my best to keep up with fast moving technology.

Kingston SSD Now UV100 – Speed up your system NOW!

There comes a time when adding additional RAM on your PC or laptop doesn’t get you any further speed improvement. Even putting a faster processor in there won’t help much if the games or applications you use do a lot of reading from the disk drive. The only way to speed that up is to put in a faster drive. How do you get faster Hard drive (hint: the Kingston SSD Now UV100)? Well these days you go out and pick up a SSD (Solid State Drive) replacement for your hard disk. Just running your system off a SSD gives you blazing fast performance, since the system can load data faster from these drives compared to regular drives.

Of course, SSD technology is still much costlier than the regular drives, so our tip for you is to install the SSD drive as your primary drive where you load your system’s Operating system and applications, and have a secondary drive of higher capacity to store your less frequently used data like your movies, music and data.

Getting an SSD drive used to be quite costly affair till now. The super affordable Kingston SSD Now UV100 drives were launched recently here in India.  The Kingston SSD Now UV100 range of drives start at around Rs. 5000 and have are available in two capacities – 60GB and 120GB. Here are some quick specs of the product:

  • Form factor: 2.5″
  • Weight: 77.5g
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities2: 60GB, 120GB
  • Sequential Read/Write3: SATA Rev. 3.0 –  up to: 425/ 425MB/s
  • Maximum 4k Read/Write3:
    • 60GB – up to 65,000/26,000 IOPS
    • 120GB – up to 50,000/50,000 IOPS
  • Random 4k Read/Write3:
    • 60GB – up to: 45,000/7,500 IOPS
    • 120GB – up to: 37,000/14,000 IOPS
  • PCMARK® Vantage HDD Suite Score: 55,000
  • Power consumption:
    • 0.08 W Idle / 0.108 W Avg. / 1.025 W (MAX) Read / 2.8 W (MAX) Write
  • Dimensions: 100.3mm x 69.9mm x 7mm
  • MTBF: 1 million hours
  • Warranty/support: 2-year warranty with free technical support

For more information about the Kingston SSD Now UV100 head over to this link – kingston.com/en/ssd/v

Intex DJ Speakers – Party Hard!

At home, I use a pair of Intex Dj speakers. They were great value for money.  Relatively basic, 2.1 sound good enough for home use for me, since I didn’t need any surround sound for music. Ten years on they still serve me quite well with no problems; as a value for money product they served exceedingly well.

For top of the line equipment, the budget can be extended to virtually no limit..  But for us folks how have a realistic budget to work with (or work around) Intex now has a new range of their Intex DJ speakers for those who like to part. The newly introduced range includes four models – DJ 215K SUFBTDJ 420K SUFBT, DJ 220K SUF and DJ 230K SUF designed to generate loud and powerful performance.

The DJ 215K SUFBT and DJ 420K SUFBT have integrated Bluetooth so you can wireless stream music from any Bluetooth enable media device. To add to that you also have an Aux input as well as usb/MicroSD support..

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The DJ 420K SUFBT, DJ 220K SUF and DJ 230K SUF come with dual cordless mics, so you can really have a great time at a party,  address a gathering, yell at unruly guests to your hearts desire..

Here’s  a more detailed breakup of the new Intex DJ speakers as well as their included prices.

ModelDJ 215K SUFBDJ 420K SUFBTDJ 220K SUFDJ 230K SUF
Output Power60W + 60W60W + 60W60W + 60W40W + 40W
BluetoothYesYesNoNo
Cordless MICSingleDoubleDoubleDouble
SUFYesYesYesYes
Remote ControlYesYesYesYes
Frequency Response50Hz – 20KHz50Hz – 20KHz50Hz – 20KHz50Hz – 20KHz
FM Frequency range88Mhz to 108Mhz88Mhz to 108Mhz88Mhz to 108Mhz88Mhz to 108Mhz
Sensitivity< 550mV< 550mV< 550mV< 550mV
S/N Ratio>=60dB>=60dB>=60dB>=60dB
Seperation>=40dB>=40dB>=40dB>=40dB
Impedance4 ohm4 ohm4 ohm4 ohm
Speaker Unit25.4cm (10″) x 2 + 7.62cm (3″) x 625.4cm (10″) x 4 + 7.62cm (3″) x 630.48cm (12″) x 2 + 7.62cm (3″) x 625.4cm (10″) x 2 + 7.62cm (3″) x 4
Size of Appearance(360 x 290 x 620mm) * 2(352 x 300 x 860mm) * 2(373 x 297 x 622mm) * 2(332 x 297 x 628mm) * 2
AC 200V – 240VAC 200V – 240VAC 200V – 240VAC 200V – 240VAC 200V – 240V
50/60Hz50/60Hz50/60Hz50/60Hz50/60Hz
Box Dimensions40.0 x 67.0 x 63.5 cm38.5 x 35.0 x 88.5 cm43.0 x 35.0 x 68.5 cm64.5 x 38.5 x 75.8 cm
PackagingSingle packingSeparate packingSeparate packingSingle packing
MRPRs. 11705/-Rs. 17000/-Rs. 14275/-Rs. 10090/-

 

 

XOLO launches the Q900 in India for Rs.12,999

XOLO Q900 Xolo has been on a roll of late when it comes to releasing products. The released the Xolo Tab which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SOC and the Xolo Play Tab 7 which uses a Tegra 3 SOC. Now, they’re back again with a new, affordable phone, with a 4.7″ 720p screen, the XOLO Q900.

Here are the specifications:

 

  • Display: 4.7″ 720p screen (1280 x 720) TFT
  • Processor: 1.2 G Mediatek (MTK 6589) with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (3G/2G) Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA 2100 MHz, Micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Storage, MicroSD Slot (expandable upt 32GB), 1GB RAM
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Imaging: 8MP with a BSI Sensor Rear Camera, 2MP Front Facing Camera, 1080p Video Recording
  • OS: Android 4.2.1

The whole thing should cost around INR 12,999. You can find out more about the phone over on its product page, here.

Honestly speaking, I wish Xolo would also spend more effort on after sales support and updates for its older phones, but that might just be me.

 

Here’s the Press Release:

XOLO launches Q900 – Perfect Size with Brilliant Display
Priced at Rs. 12,999
30th October 2013: XOLO, the premium smartphone brand, today expanded its impressive portfolio of Quad-core Smartphones by announcing the launch of XOLO Q900. The newly launched XOLO Q900 is a perfectly sized smartphone with a super sharp 312 ppi display. It comes with an ideal screen size of 4.7 inches which makes this device very comfortable to hold and very easy to reach each corner of its screen effortlessly.
Its high density screen with 312 PPI, delivers crystal clear display that produces sharper, crisper images reflecting true colors. XOLO Q900 smartphone is perfectly suited for endless entertainment. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is equipped with a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB  RAM for lag-free and smooth performance. It supports full HD video playback for a wholesome multimedia experience.
The 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash and BSI sensor produces brilliant pictures even in low light. The XOLO Q900 comes with 2 MP front camera for 3G video calling. The camera at the rear is also capable of recording videos at 1080p.
XOLO Q900 has 4 GB internal memory and its external memory can be expanded up to 32 GB to store lots of apps, pictures, videos, music and more.
The 1800 mAh battery on XOLO Q900 will support long hours of non-stop entertainment. It offers 18 hours of Music Playback and 5 hours of Video Playback. The standby time is 384 hours on 2G and 298 hours on 3G, the talk time on 2G is 13 hours and on 3G it is 10 hours.
The XOLO Q900 will be available in white color at Rs. 12,999
Key specifications of XOLO Q900
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-core Processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4.7 inch HD display with 312 PPI
  • 8 MP AF rear Camera with BSI Sensor
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 4 GB internal Memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1800 mAh Battery
  • Dual SIM (3G+2G)