Pokemon Go Update Adds Over 80 Gen 2 Pokemon and More

Pokemon Go Update Adds Over 80 Gen 2 Pokemon and More

Pokemon Go just got its biggest update since the game was launched back in July 2016. This update adds over 80 new Pokemon to the game, which is available on Android and iOS. Pokemon Go, which was officially launched in India in December 2016, now includes the second-generation Pokemon such as Blissey, Steelix, Totodile, and many others.

New Pokemon add a lot of value to the game since these reduce the monotony of catching the same Pokemon over and over. Secondly, the new Pokemon also let you evolve certain Pokemon to their third stage. At launch, for instance, Zubat in Pokemon Go could be evolved to Golbat and no further. Now Golbat can be evolved to Crobat, making it much more powerful.

Apart from these new Pokemon, the game adds several other features. There are two new berries – Pinap Berry and Nanab Berry. In Pokemon Go, the Pinap Berry allows trainers the chance to get twice as many candies if they successfully catch a Pokemon. To increase the chances of that, the Nanab Berry lets trainers slow down Pokemon. This means that they are less likely to run away while you’re trying to catch Pokemon. There are several cosmetic improvements to Pokemon Go as well. These include a new outfit and accessory options, new encounter music, and new encounter mechanics. There’s also a new night-mode map in the game. There are several other minor UI improvements that regular players will notice when they open the updated app.

As is par for the course, the latest update adds several bug fixes to the game and improves the stability of Apple Watch connections, for those who play Pokemon Go via the Apple Watch. The latest Pokemon Go update is now available via App Store and Google Play.

Missed Out on the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition? This Indian Company Has You Covered

Missed Out on the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition? This Indian Company Has You Covered

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first PlayStation, Sony released the PS4 decked out in the colours of the console that started it all. However they were extremely hard to find as they were limited to a mere 12,300 units worldwide.

Fast forward to nearly three years later, the company has forsaken the original PS4 design for the PS4 Slim, and has the PS4 Pro to boot. And while limited edition variants of the PS4 Slim are available, Sony isn’t going to be bringing back the iconic grey of the PS1.

But that hasn’t stopped others from trying. Mumbai-based firm Nova Starke has tricked out the PS4 Slim in the colours of the classic PS1 and labelled it the Nova Starke Limited PlayStation 4 Slim Retro. The concept of custom paint jobs on consoles isn’t new, what with the likes of ColorWare doing so in the US, and Nova Starke appears to emulate this.

So if you missed out on the limited run of the PS4 looking like the PS1, this is worth checking out. Keep in mind it won’t be cheap with the Nova Starke Limited PlayStation 4 Slim Retro costing Rs. 50,000 with only 50 units up for grabs. Aside from the slick paint job, it also comes with a one year warranty too which is similar to what Sony offers in India.

Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) Now Available in India

Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) Now Available in India

Asus has announced availability of its ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) model in India. Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) will now be available via the company’s preferred partner’s retail outlets as well as e-commerce websites. It will be available in Titanium Gary, Glacier Silver, and Sand Gold colours.

To recall, the Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) was announced last month alongside the 5.2-inch display version with model name ZC520TL. The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) is already available in the Indian market priced at Rs. 12,999.

The Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC520TL) and Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) (Review) apart from sharing a similar design also bear a few common specifications, such as the large 4100mAh battery, hybrid dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) support, a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI 3.0 skin on top.

The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an 84-degree wide-angle lens.

The 32GB of inbuilt storage on the ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone weighs 175 grams, and measures 151.4×76.24×8.3mm. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.

As we mentioned, the highlight of the ZenFone 3 Max is its large 4100mAh battery, which also helps the smartphone double up as a power bank. On the 5.5-inch variant, the battery is rated to deliver up to 38 days of 4G standby time, and up to 17 hours of 3G talk time, while the 5.2-inch variant will see the same battery deliver up to 30 days of 4G standby time, and 20 hours of 3G talk time.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Reportedly Delayed Till April; Tipped to Be More Costly Than Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Reportedly Delayed Till April; Tipped to Be More Costly Than Galaxy S7

There’s no doubt that Samsung’s next focus will be its upcoming flagship smartphone after untimely demise of the Galaxy Note 7. Now, new details have emerged around Samsung’s rumoured next flagship believed to be called the Galaxy S8. Samsung is said to have postponed the launch of the Galaxy S8 to gain confidence from consumers before making it available in markets worldwide. Previously, it was reported that Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the side-lines of MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 26. Other reports tip pricing and feature details.

A report claims that Samsung will hold a dedicated event in April and before the event, the South Korean company will work with several external agencies to re-gain confidence from consumers. The report mentions that the external agencies have been asked to come up with comprehensive plans ahead of the release of the Galaxy S8.

A separate report has claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may be priced higher than the current Galaxy S7 series. The Korean report cites financial firm, Goldman Sachs, which predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. According to the financial firm, the price rise will be due to rise in cost of raw material and this will eventually trickle down to consumers.

Another report has claimed that Samsung may place the fingerprint scanner at the back. There have been recent reports suggesting that Samsung may integrate an optical fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 which will boast off high-res scanning through 1mm of glass with button-free design. The report however contradicts earlier rumours that Samsung may ditch the home button and claims that the home button will be present but not feature a fingerprint scanner.

There have been reports that suggest Samsung may be the next company that will ditch 3.5mm audio jack on smartphones. An earlier report claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will only come with a USB Type-C port, and come with a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter.

Toshiba Portege X20W 2-in-1 Laptop With 16-Hour Battery Life Launched at CES 2017

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At CES 2017, Japanese consumer electronics giant Toshiba expanded its Portege laptop portfolio to launch a 2-in-1 offering – Portege X20W – one of several shown off at CES already. The pricing details of the 2-in-1 have not been announced yet.

The Toshiba Portege X20W will go on sale in Slate Grey soon via the Microsoft online store in the US, while the Onyx Blue model will be made available through the Toshiba website before the month end, notes The Verge.

The Portege X20W convertible’s main highlight is touted to be its 16-hour battery life. It is 15.4mm thin and weighs less than 1.13kg. The laptop has a 360-degree hinge that lets you use it in four different viewing modes – Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation, and Audience. It has two IR cameras that support Windows Hello facial recognition.

As for the specifications, the Windows 10 Pro-based Toshiba Portege X20W sports a 12.5-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) multi-touch wide angle display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is powered by a seventh generation Intel Core processor, however, no RAM details have been provided yet.

Ports on board include one USB Type-C port, one USB 3.0 port, Thunderbolt 3 port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Toshiba Portege X20W comes with a TruPen, which uses Wacom Feel technology and “can detect 2,048 levels of pressure, perfect for taking notes, drawing on webpages in Microsoft Edge and using Windows Ink,” Microsoft said on its blog.

The Toshiba Portege X20W sports Harman Kardon stereo speakers that are said to adapt to the rotational view of the display, and it also comes with DTS sound software. The laptop is compatible with the company’s Toshiba WiGig Dock and Toshiba Thunderbolt 3 Dock, which will be available later this quarter.

Want a Touchscreen on Your MacBook? AirBar Might Be the Answer

Want a Touchscreen on Your MacBook? AirBar Might Be the Answer

A touchscreen on a MacBook may not be coming anytime soon but if you really wish for it, then there is an alternative for you. AirBar is a $99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) accessory that connects to your MacBook Air via its USB port. Its a magnetic sensor that rests below the display on the MacBook Air.

The AirBar doesn’t attach an additional screen to your MacBook Air. Its sensors appear to detect motion near the screen to help you simulate a touchscreen. That’s why, its maker Neonode claims, AirBar works with fingers or even a paintbrush.

The downside is that it uses a USB port on your MacBook Air, which only has two of those ports. For most people giving that up is not an option and it’ll probably end up being connected to a USB hub.

AirBar for MacBook Air is the new product but the company has been selling this accessory for 15.6-inch Windows laptops. Those are priced at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,700). At CES 2017, AirBar announced the new variant that works with the 13.3-inch MacBook Air and a variant for 14-inch laptops.

If you buy the AirBar, which is expected to be available in March 2017, you aren’t going to be able to use it with a MacBook Pro. The product requires at least 17mm of space below the display and that means it will cover a small part of the MacBook Pro’s display. The company plans to make it available for other MacBook models in the future. In a statement, the company said, “AirBar for MacBook Air is available for pre-order at www.air.bar/mac, and will also be sold on Amazon.com. Neonode plans to extend AirBar compatibility to additional MacBook models and PC sizes within the first half of 2017.”

If you’ve always wanted to use your MacBook Air as a device for drawing, this could be a cost-effective way to do so. However, most illustrators would probably prefer an iPad Pro or a Microsoft Surface Studio.

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 Unveiled at CES 2017

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 2-in-1 Unveiled at CES 2017

Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced the Chromebook Flip C302 at the CES 2017 trade show. The 2-in-1 convertible, priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 34,000), is the newest entry into the high-end Chromebook market. The all-aluminium unit has a 360 degree hinge that lets you use it in tent mode, tablet mode, and even stand mode.

The Chromebook Flip C302 comes with Android apps support via Google Play and access to apps on the Chrome Web Store as well. It claims to last up to 10 hours of battery life, and has a 12.5-inch LED backlit FHD (1920×1080 pixels) display with 45 percent NTSC. The laptop runs on Chrome OS and is powered by the Intel Core M 6Y30 processor, or the Intel Core M 6Y75 processor. It comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM memory configurations and 32GB / 64GB / 128GB of EMMC.

The Chromebook weighs 1.2kg and measures 304x210x13.7mm. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, microSD card reader, and two USB Type-C 3.1 ports. Furthermore, the 2-in-1 offers a backlit keyboard for night typing and an HD webcam as well.

Even though it has a slim and light form factor, the Chromebook Flip C302 comes with superior audio output, thanks to high quality stereo speakers and extra-large resonant chambers that generate up to 87dB of high-fidelity audio. It also comes with built-in anti-virus protection. The $499 (roughly Rs. 34,000) price tag is for the base model i.e configuration 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the price tag will increase if you opt for a higher configuration.

At the event, Asus also unveiled the lightest business laptop and a compact gaming PC as well. It also refreshed many of its laptops and PCs to integrate the new Kaby Lake processor.

CES 2017: Intel Launches 5 NUC Mini PCs Sporting Fresh Kaby Lake Chips

CES 2017: Intel Launches 5 NUC Mini PCs Sporting Fresh Kaby Lake Chips

Soon after the Kaby Lake processors went official, Intel has announced its new line of NUC compact PCs powered with these new chips. At CES 2017, the company has announced five NUC mini PCs with different processor configurations. Two PCs runs on a Core i3 processor, two run on a Core i5 processor, and the remaining one runs on a Core i7 chip.

As for ports, the NUCs running on the Core i3 processor have USB Type-C 3.1 ports, while the Core i5 and Core i7 processor-based units come with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Even though the processors are different, the outer form remains the same for all the five models. The mini PCs sport an old-school square form factor with a dark finish. There’s also a slightly larger form factor that supports a 2.5-inch SATA storage devices, while the shorter form is designed for PCIe SSDs.

Connectivity options also include USB 3.0 ports, as well as ports for Ethernet, HDMI, audio, and the microSD card reader are also integrated. The NUCs with Core i3 processors will be made available soon, while the others with Core i5 and i7 chipsets will ship later in the first quarter.

The new Kaby Lake chipsets bring better performance, battery life and overall efficiency. The company claims that the new chips are ten times more efficient than the first generation processors. At CES, even Asus announced a refresh for a host of its laptops and PCs integrated with the new Kaby Lake chips.

Kingston Launches ‘World’s Highest Capacity USB Flash Drive’ With Up to 2TB Storage at CES 2017

Kingston Launches 'World's Highest Capacity USB Flash Drive' With Up to 2TB Storage at CES 2017

Kingston has launched its DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drive, touted as world’s highest capacity USB flash drive, with storage capacity up to 2TB. The newly-launched flash drive has been launched by Kingston in two storage variants of 1TB and 2TB. It will start shipping in February but the pricing has not been revealed by the company as of now.

The DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drive is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compatible and offers excellent read/write performance, the company claims. The flash drive comes in a zinc-alloy metal body to provide resistance to shock.

“With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily,” said Jean Wong, business manager at Kingston.

The flash drive measures 72mmx26.94mmx21mm. Even though the company has not revealed the pricing for the flash drive DataTraveler Ultimate GT, where GT stands for Generation Terabyte, the highest storage variant is expected to be made available at a premium price by the company.

Considering that even most of the laptops don’t feature inbuilt storage capacity that can match the one present on these flash drives, Kingston has clearly come up with an impressive product in a compact form.

Fasetto Link Is a Wireless 2TB SSD That You Can Carry in Your Pocket

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This year at CES, a US-based startup called Fasetto is showing off Link – an ultraportable SSD external drive that’s small enough to fit into a jeans pocket. Available in three sizes – 256GB, 512GB, and 2TB – the Link uses Wi-Fi to wirelessly connect with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other supported gadgets.

Measuring 2 inch x 2 inch, the device weighs a little over 100 grams. It is MIL-STD 810G certified for ruggedness and an IP68 certification for water resistance. The Link comes with supporting software that lets you access your files and even seamlessly backs up content from your computing devices. You can even grant permission for guests to view specific content inside the Link.

Using dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, it can connect up to 30 devices at once, and a whopping 15 devices can stream content together. The company’s official website has a video where it is shown that Link can wirelessly back up photos from a DSLR cameras in real time, although the specifics of how that actually works is not explicitly mentioned.

The internal battery can supposedly power the device for up to 5 hours of streaming on connected devices. Using a separately sold magnetically attachable external battery, it can go on for up to 8 hours. A USB Type-C port at the back claims quick charging, but is said to juice up the 1300mAh battery inside in 75 minutes (which is not really that fast considering smartphones with far bigger batteries charge in about the same time). Speaking of other accessories, there’s also one that makes the Link connect to 4G networks.

The Link starts at $349 (roughly Rs. 23,700) for the 256GB version, $499 (roughly Rs. 34,000) for the 512GB one, and a pricey $1,149 (roughly Rs. 78,000) for the 2TB version. It’s available for preorder on Fasetto’s website and the shipping date is estimated to be April 2017.

Although Link is a nicely packaged concept, it essentially is a wireless external drive. You can check out some more traditional hard-drive based products we’ve reviewed in the past, if you’re interested.