Apply for Instant EMI on your Mobile Phone using the Bajaj Finserv Experia App

Buying gadgets today is kind of a big deal. The phones have become expensive, the computers were never cheap and the upcoming wearables also cost a bomb. If you are a fan of technology and want to own them all at one go, then really, the only option for you, unless you are born with a couple of diamond spoons in your mouth, is to look for an EMI based purchase so that you do not have to pay a lot of money at one go. EMI generally is given on a credit card, which not a lot of us have. This is where, Bajaj Finserv, has hit the ball out of the park for a massive six.

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Using their recently launched app on Android and iOS, you will be able to apply for a personal loan and pay off using an EMI plan. No more, hassles of approvals or issues of limits. You can login to the app, using your Aadhar card, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter credentials and get instant approval of personal loans on Durables, Electronics, Mobiles and Furniture. Once the application is accepted after applying under ‘Quick Apply’ you can use the generated code to shop across more than 12,000 stores that support Bajaj Finance. You need to carry one of the mentioned documents in the app, when you buy the device of your choice.

Some of the features of the application are:

• Login with Aadhar Card, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google

• Share only the first 6 digits of their Credit Card to get an extra advantage. This increases their chances of getting an approval, and also makes them eligible for higher loan amounts. No money will be deducted from their card and Bajaj Finserv does not use your Credit Card details for any banking purpose.

• Convenience of applying from anywhere, anytime

• Edit their personal details easily

• Post approval, shop across any of Bajaj Finserv’s 12,000+ partner outlets in, over 150 cities

• Track their loan application

WhatSIM is a SIM card that lets you Access and Send Whatsapp Messages Anywhere in the World

Whatsapp has become the standard communication platform today among just about everybody. With the growing penetration of smartphones, it is little surprise that just about everyone is on Whatsapp and the number of text messages being sent have declined rapidly. In fact, other than brief client interactions, I barely remember when was the last time I sent a text message to anybody to have a conversation.

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No wonder, when we go out or visit a station beyond our home, the only connectivity we long for is our Whatsapp account. It is fine if Twitter fails for a while and things are at a standstill, we are even okay with Facebook not working, but no WhatsApp means no communication and that can be a bit painful.

Solving this issue is a smart SIM card called WhatSIM which basically allows you to use the SIM to send unlimited Whatsapp messages. You will have to pay Euros 10 and additional Euros 5 for the shipment of the SIM which comes to roughly around Rs 1,070 to get the SIM. You will need to further recharge credit on your SIM to be able to send across Voice Messages, Images and Contacts/ Locations. The recharge window for the same will begin only towards end of February.

Explaining the concept, the inventor, Manuel Zanella, issued a statement saying, “Anywhere in the world it connects to the provider with the best coverage and signal right where you are. If you change your position, it automatically searches for a new provider. If a better one is available, it connects by itself without you even noticing it.”

The SIM card will work in over 150 countries with more than 400 networks connecting to it.

Could we see Wearable Tech devices at MWC from Acer and Asus?

Wearables were predicted to be the big thing of 2014 and we are only getting started. With Apple pretty much confirming they are entering the segment with their much hyped smart watch and already a strong existence from the likes of Samsung, Sony, Pebble and Qualcomm looks like we will see two new players joining them as early as MWC perhaps.

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It is being reported that both Asus and Acer, the two most successful players in the PC business are lining up wearables from their engineering laboratories. While Asus pretty much confirmed they are working on a smart watch that would be groundbreaking, Acer has decided to play its cards close to chest.

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, said the following while addressing the question of smartwatches:

We will put our entire design thought into it. There are actually many challenges in this area, and I don’t think products that lack special features will be useful. We’ll try to replace your watch by all means.

Acer executive Peter Shieh did not reveal what exact wearable was the company working on, but there have been rumors that some of the key executives at CES were shown the devices. He said the following:

The company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market.

It is a no brainer that more the number of players in the category, the better it would be for the consumers, but how long do we have to wait for this is still anybody’s guess. Are you excited about the number of players jumping on the wearable bandwagon? Let us know.

Via: PocketNow

Next Gen USB with Reversible Plug Coming in 2014

A lot was made when Apple announced the Lightening connector with the iPhone 5. It was a major leap for the company which so far had been using a rather big and ugly 30 pin connector. However, what Lightening connector bough to the table was that you could insert it either way and it worked fine taking away the pains of having to read which side are you inserting the cable.

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And looks like USB is so set receive a similar treatment. it is common knowledge that none of us have inserted the USB correctly the first time of trying, yes, if you have, it must have been a fluke. To avoid this and avoid the irritation the new generation of USB cables will have a reversible plug meaning you can push it in either directions.

The USB cable will start to go out in 2014 and will support both USB 2.0 ports and 3.1 ports. This new standard is going to be called Type C and certainly will help reducing the thickness of various devices. The specifications would be released very soon and looks like there will be a fair few players who will take this technology on board.

Via: Technobuffalo

Apple Announces the New iPhone 5s and 5c at the Apple Event

Apple events are literally like Christmas, its a day when wishes of millions of Apple enthusiasts come true. It is the day day that many believe sets the trend for what happens through the year in the world of Mobile Tech, or rather, a day which lays a standard that people in the mobile world strive to match in one year after which Apple holds another of their famous launch events.

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We all pretty much knew what was coming this Apple event. Early morning around 10 AM PST Apple rolled the dice out in the event that saw the announcement of new iPhones, an update on iOS 7 and a lot more, lets dig in one by one and recap these events.

The New iPhone 5S and 5C

The word was well out before the event’s invites that there will be new iPhones on the show. In fact it must have been one of the worst kept secrets that Apple is going to announce a successor to the hugely popular iPhone 5 in the form of iPhone 5S and a budget device called the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is an upgrade to iPhone 5 and would be available from September 20th with pre orders from September 13th in select countries. The device will cost $199 for 16 GB variant, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB on a two year contract. The device as expected will be available in silver, space grey and golden colors. There have been a few changes from the inside. The iPhone 5S features a MegaPixel camera with F2.2 apperture, a faster A7 Processor and comes preloaded with iOS 7. The pixel size is 1.5 microns and the device has two LEDs for the right whitebalance. There is also auto image stablization and burst mode. The camera can also record in slo-mo at 120 fps and 720 P resolution.

An there is a much anticipated Biometric finger scanner called Touch ID in there to keep your iPhone safer than ever. The device has a 64 Bit chip, a first ever for phones. It runs OpenGL|ES 3.0. This makes gameplay even better, and there are a ton of awesome things like the ability to tell when you are walking, stationary etc. There is promised 250 hours standby on the device. Expect the device to be released in India in December 2013 and the unlocked price is $649.

iPhone 5C

The interesting bit of news though is the iPhone 5C. It is basically a more colorful iPhone 5. The device is the first foray of Apple in the world of budget devices taking on the likes of Samsung and Sony and Nokia targeting developing countries esp in South Asia. The iPhone 5C would feature the same 4 inch screen, 8 MP rear Camera, a new HD front facing camera and would be powered by the A6 processor. The device will be available in various attractive colors. Some of them are bright yellow, blue, white, pink and green. Apple announced various shells for the devices which have circular cut outs giving it a very colorful feel. The iPhone 5C would be available from 20th September and will set you back $99 on 16 GB Variant and $199 on 32 GB ones . The shells or cases are worth $29 each. It indeed could be one product by Apple that could rock a lot of players in the tech world. The unlocked price of a 16 GB variant is $549.

iOS 7 will be public soon

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Apple also announced that the much anticipated update to iOS 7 will be rolling out from September 18th. The update will be available globally as an OTA to all the existing devices on previous versions of iOS.  iOS 7 is indeed the biggest leap in terms of UI upgrade from the original iOS. It may have taken some time but iOS 7 is indeed now a lot more pleasing to the eyes than it was initially.

Other Announcements

Apple also announced that the popular apps such as iMovie, iPhoto and iWorks apps would now be free with purchase of any new iOS devices. Apple also announced the official launch of iRadio. Apple also said they would not be reducing the prices of the iPhone 5 but completely replacing it. There was also announcement of conclusion of epic Infinity Blade series.

So this has been a quick snapshooting recap of all that was announced at the Apple event just few minutes ago. What do you make of the announcements? Let us know in the section below.

Images via: The Verge

Top 5 Gadgets You Should Buy This Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights is upon us. It is usually one of the biggest festivals in the calender year of Indians and  no wonder people use the festival as a great excuse for purchasing plenty of gifts. As a tech nerd, the best gift you can get or gift to someone is always a piece of latest technology. So this Diwali, let’s check out the gifts you can consider for yourself or your family to make it a happy festival of lights.

1) iPad Mini: iPad Mini is the smaller and more pocket able version of an iPad. It measures a nice comfortable 7.9 inches in screen size and can be picked for a very decent price of about $349. It may not be available everywhere in India, but if you have a relative coming over from the US or UK, you must consider this piece of technology. It is both easy to carry and resourceful. It gives you a great way to step into the Apple Ecosystem too.

2) iPod Touch-5th Gen: iPods have easily transformed the way we listen to music. Today our entire music library is stored in this small handy device that lasts much longer than your capacity to hear music on the go. Imagine if this iPod came with all the apps and features that a regular iPhone or a iPad comes for, and at a fraction of a price, would it not be a great buy? The answer is obviously yes. So this Diwali, why not pick the latest iPod Touch and treat your ears to nice soothing music rather than the blasts of crackers. And the new gen of iPods are available in plenty of colors too making it the perfect gift.

3) A Samsung LED Smart TV: I until recently failed to understand the fuss people made in picking their TV sets. I had been a loyal Sony Bravia user until I recently tested the Samsung Smart LED TV. If you are in for a TV this Diwali go ahead and pick this. The picture quality is amazing, but the ability to run apps, play games as well as stream content on your TV has never been easier. Also, it is very competently prized which would make it a great pick on Diwali. Do look out for various exchange schemes as well as discounts with your local retailers, you could get as high as 25% off if you have your eyes open.

4) A Nexus 4 Smart Phone: We love Nexus devices here at Blogtechnika. And the latest in the line of Nexus is the Nexus 4. It is a device made by LG and beautifully carved in glass. The phone gives you pure Android Vanilla Ecosystem, Android, just the way it should have been. The device is very well priced for just $299 unlocked if you pick from Google in the US. In India too you can pre order the phone for as low as Rs. 21,000. The phone has every single feature and much more than any of the other high end Android smart phones out there like the HTC One X, Note II, SIII or Xperia TL.

5) A DSLR Camera: We all love to capture that special moment with our family and friends, and what better way to do that than a DSLR camera. These are in rage of late as every Tom and Jerry seem to think they are photographers, as a result there are plenty of DSLR’s especially by Canon and Nikon that can be picked for a very reasonable price. It also makes for a wonderful gift for family and friends. You can pick a DSLR starting at about Rs 25,000 or up depending on the model and the lens configuration you wish to pick up. We would highly recommend the Canon EOS 600D SLR and Nikon D3200 SLR as potential good choices.

So this Diwali what did you gift to your friends and family? Do let us know in the section below.

PwrDrain Tells You About Battery Usage

One thing every laptop user has to be extremely wary of is the battery consumption. Usually it happens that we are working on an extremely important document and the warning signs start to flash on our screen saying battery low, needless to say we try and save all the work ASAP and in this hurry often lose out on important documents

PwrDrain is a wonderful tool to come in handy in such situation. We have a lot of indicators which tell us about the amount of battery left , but PwrDrain actually takes this to another level. It tells us exactly how much battery is being consumed at the current point of time and it generates alert when the battery consumption increases.

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It’s a Windows sidebar gadget that sits on your desktop and indicate the battery usage with the help of a power meter. This gadget is a great example of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It is the sort of stuff that any geeky guy would be interested in and quickly try and shut off the applications which are overusing the battery especially in power scarce regions.

Just like any other widgets it can be moved along all over the desktop and is extremely light weight .

Download PwrDrain from Google Code.

Virtual Kiss Transmission Device Lets You Send Kisses Virtually

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In the modern world where every other thing is now digitalized, what’s next in the queue???

Well the physical notebooks are now notepad files on the PC, calendars are maintained in the cell phones, post its which were common reminders can now virtually be placed on your desktop, the big robust alarm clock is now built in your phones or tablets etc. The last thing we need, well at least on personal preference is human touch to be digitalized. But, seems like the Japanese have explored a never heard before avenue in gadgets by creating the very first kiss transmission device.

Here is this revolutionary (at least for some) device in action:

That’s right, what you just saw is indeed a device that can transfer a kiss. It is a good guess that the plastic tube is connected to some sort of a motor that is attached to your computer and a similar arrangement is made at the recipient’s end.

To look at it from a positive perspective, development of such devices may enable things like giving medical attention to people immediately via the computer and it could indeed prove very useful for a nation like India.

So what do you think of this? A pure laughable invention or one that could open floodgates to devices that could potentially make a great deal of a difference to humans, do let us know in your comments.

Bing Image of The Day on Your Desktop Gadget

One unique thing about Bing search engine is its daily changing attractive background images. Although Google also has background image feature for sometimes back but one needs to login into his Google account to use this feature. In past we’ve told you how to download Bing theme RSS feed pack to automatically update desktop wallpaper. If you want to see what’s Bing added today without visiting the website (obviously for Google fans) then there is a desktop gadget available for Windows users. All you need to do is download and install this gadget on your computer.

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One useful feature of this gadget is you can search for any term directly from your desktop. Just click on the Bing icon at the middle of the gadget and a search box pop up will appear. Enter the keyword and press “Enter”. The search result will open inside your default browser.

One drawback of this gadget is unavailability of options panel. You can’t change the size of widget. The small size widget fails to provide the exact idea of the background of the day. We expect that developers of this gadget will either increase the size of gadget or decrease the size of Bing search box (which consumes most of the space of widget).

Download Bing Image of the Day desktop gadget for Windows 7 & Vista.

How To Add Gadgets To Desktop In Windows 7

Windows 7 gadgets are tools or mini programs to perform a specific task . It come in handy when you need to know about current time, watch feeds instantly,  see your CPU performance and many more.

In Windows 7 these gadgets are not added by default.  Unlike Vista, Windows 7 gives you flexibility to move gadgets anywhere in the desktop. There is no sidebar gadgets hassle. To add the desktop gadgets, simply click on the “Start” button and type desktop gadgets in the search box and press “Enter”.

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There is one more option to go to add gadgets option window. Click on the desktop and choose “Gadgets” from the right click menu.

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Desktop gadget window will open. It displays all the basic gadgets which comes with Windows 7 installation. You can always add some more gadgets online.

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To move the gadget to the desktop, simply drag and drop them. It will appear on the desktop instantly. Suppose you want to track weather of two different cities then you can drag and drop weather gadgets two times and change the city from the option panel.

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When you hover your mouse over any gadget, it will show you all the options available. For example, you can close, switch between larger and smaller view, open option panel and drag the gadget anywhere to the desktop by using these options.

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How To Get More Gadgets

You can also download more gadgets from the Microsoft official website. Just go to gadgets window and click on the link given below “Get more gadgets online”.

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It will redirect you to Microsoft website. You can get gadgets in various categories such as featured desktop gadgets, top downloads, and top rated gadgets. There are gadgets for Twitter, traffic, online services, outlook appointments, weather bug, speed tests, language translator and many more.

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That’s how you can add gadgets to desktop in Windows 7. Do you know any other website to download Windows gadgets? Mention them in the comments.