Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual review: Impressive all-rounder with a price tag to match

After launching the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in September 2015, Samsung eventually gave in and delivered to power users the Note 5 Dual SIM in January 2016. While the dual SIM variant did arrive a bit late, there is still plenty of time till the next Samsung Note smartphone arrives (around September) so it does make sense to consider one if you are a Note fan or are looking for a flagship smartphone with a stylus and dual SIM.

Even though it sports one of the faster chipsets currently available (yet a year old), the newer Exynos chipset will soon be dethroned by Samsung’s very own Galaxy S7 series. Still then, it is no slouch being the bigger older brother, but as our review points out, we did have a few problems with its design and to an extent its battery life.

Build and Design: 7.5/10

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual follows the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a metal frame sandwiched between two glass panels.

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On the  front we get a massive glass slab with the display taking up 5.7 inches of real estate. On the top is the receiver with the LED notification lamp, proximity and ambient light sensor on the left and the front facing camera on the right. At the bottom end we have the home button that also features the fingerprint reader flanked by the capacitive multi-tasking and back keys.

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On the back we have another slab of glass, but this time it is curved at the edges delivering a look that is similar to the front face of the S6 edge. Topside we have the camera module flanked by heart-rate monitor and the LED flash.

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At the top edge we simply have secondary mic and a slot that reveals the dual SIM card tray.

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At the bottom we get a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and the speaker grille accompanied by the primary microphone. Next to the loudspeaker sits the S pen stylus.

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The design looked modern with minimal bezels and curved back, it was not all that practical in day-to-day use. While glass surface on the front sports an oleophobic coating (that does its best to repel fingerprints) the back was a greasy mess that also made the smartphone slippery and hard to grip. What we also did not like were the fine buttons that have the thickness of a staple pin. We would have preferred if these were thicker as they often ended up feeling a bit too sharp that makes it even more uncomfortable to press them every time.

Features: 8/10

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM packs in plenty of punch and adds some more with a dual SIM slots, something that many power users may have been waiting for. As for the features, the Galaxy Note 5 Duos packs in everything under the sun. This includes a brilliant 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a screen made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.

Inside we have an Exynos 7420 chipset with an Octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz and a Mali-T760MP8 holding the fort for the graphics. There’s 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of internal storage that sadly cannot be expanded. It runs on Android 5.1 with the familiar TouchWiz UI atop it.

On the back we have a 16MP sensor with a bright f/1.9 aperture, OIS, and an LED flash. The front-facing camera is a 5MP unit but again sports an f/1.9 aperture and can also pull off 1440p@30fps video.

Connectivity options include dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC and microUSB v2.0 port. Also available is wireless charging, with a dock that sells separately. Additional features include a fingerprint reader inside the Home button and the all-important S Pen stylus.

Display: 8.5/10

Being in the display business, Samsung’s customers have come to expect more from its smartphones and the Note 5 Dual SIM does not disappoint.

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The display performed well both indoors and outdoors. It showcased some really saturated colours, but turns out that the settings looked pretty close when matched up side by side. Colour saturation was not  really a problem, but at times the display did try to crank up the colours, especially when outdoors to make up for the colour loss, leading to images looking different when viewed outdoors as compared to indoors.

Sharpness was not a problem indeed with display that delivers a pixel density of 515ppi. Viewing angles were great and watching movies was an immersive experience thanks to the high contrast ratio. The oleophobic coating applied to the display screen did a great job and kept fingerprints to a bare minimum.

Software: 8/10

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There’s plenty to like here even if you are a Nexus user. Samsung’s TouchWiz no longer bogs down the UI. It feels smooth and light in day-to-day tasks and can handle all sorts of apps with no stutter. What was surprising is how far Samsung has come and how much its design language has evolved. There were apps from Samsung that were a lot better compared to what Google currently offers. The S Planner is a fine example of form and function and things only get better when you pull out the stylus with its fancy air gestures.

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Still then, the software felt polished and Samsung indeed seems to have made good use of the split-screen function letting users run two apps at a time on the same screen. The feature works well, and both apps run smoothly thanks to good hardware support.

But like with every Samsung smartphone in the past you do get some bloat, but again it is not as bad as with other manufacturers. You get Microsoft’s Office suite which thankfully works well after the recent update. Sadly, if you don’t fancy apps like Microsoft’s Office, Skype and OneNote (and even WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger) there is no way to uninstall them to free up some space. All you can do is disable them and free up some RAM.

Customisations are plenty with access to a rich theme store with some really good themes that not just change the wallpaper but the ringtones and notifications as well. Samsung’s theme engine goes as deep as the dialer and the Settings menu with even the toggle switches changing shape and form.

Performance: 8.5/10

While many would like to go by the benchmarks, we faced no issues whatsoever with the Note 5’s performance. Apps opened and closed instantly and there was no lag anywhere. The Exynos 7420 Octa kept up with all tasks showing no signs of slowing down even while minimizing games like Real Racing 3, Modern Combat 5 and more.

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Talking about games, every game ran smoothly even at highest settings and heating was not an issue. The device managed to stay cool and the only way we managed to heat it up was during extended camera usage in the baking afternoon heat.

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Call quality was impressive and the HD Voice feature did a brilliant job making the caller sound loud and clear. At the other end of the line, things sounded pretty good as well, with the caller being able to hear us clearly.

Audio quality was at par with the rest of the competition and we had no complaints thanks to number of adjustments and the great equalizer that Samsung has packed in.

The device also sports a fingerprint reader on the front, which did a fine job but had a few misses, prompting us to use the backup password. Oddly, we did experience times when it refused to recognise any of the registered fingerprints. Hopefully this is a software bug that can be fixed with an update. At the same time it was not as fast as the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P.

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Additionally we also have the S Pen stylus that does a pretty good job. At times we found it to be more responsive and more accurate than the one on Microsoft’s Surface tablet as well. It almost showcases zero lag and writing on the display does make you feel that there’s ink flowing out the stylus. Also impressive were its sensitivity levels, that made drawing doodles or even some serious sketching a blast.

Doodling aside, it does pack in plenty of functionality. Sadly they currently only work with some of its apps like S Planner, Gallery, Mail app and some more. This would again be limited to showing previews of what’s below the writing tip of the S Pen on the display. Hopefully with Android N expected to bring native stylus support, we could expect third-party developers to add more support for the same. But for now Air gestures get the tag of just a “cool feature”.

Ejecting the S Pen is easier this time and it won’t accidentally fall out of its slot thanks to the clicker at the back of stylus. Oddly, when out of its slot, clicking on the back of the stylus seems to activate no function. You do get a button on the lower part of body, but it is limited to bringing up the Air Command menu that gives you shortcuts to both apps and custom note taking functions.

Camera: 9/10

Yes, that is a 9 you see in the line above! The 16MP unit does not fail to impress and wows onlookers as well. Part of this is indeed the brilliant display that does a great job of showcasing those images. Still then, it’s the combination of f/1.9 aperture, 16MP sensor and OIS that lets you take some great shots no matter what the lighting conditions are.

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The images look sharp and showcase the right level of colour saturation. In fact the camera set up was so good that we rarely ended up clicking any HDR images. The HDR images however were impressive and in a league of their own with minimal ghosting and exposures that did not look overly dramatic. You can navigate through our sample image gallery below.

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Highlights were rare and the OIS does a brilliant job of delivering blur free photos and videos. Clicking low light shots was a breeze and we ended up with some crisp images and even managed to shoot some light trails without a tripod thanks to the manual or Pro mode.

Talking about videos, this was indeed the icing on the cake. While we mostly tested the video recorder at Full HD @60 fps, the 30fps mode did not disappoint. Even better, was the camera’s ability to handle 4K video, with quick focusing thanks to PDAF and the brightness levels well under control while moving from scene to scene.

Even the output from the 5MP front facing camera was top notch and delivered some really good looking selfies in all lighting situations thanks to its f/1.9 aperture. In short, we were really impressed and it seems that Samsung is really taking Android smartphone cameras to new heights.

Battery Life: 8/10

Times are changing and while Apple has a work around, Samsung does a balancing act considering that it does not build its own software. And unlike other smartphone makers who will pack in a massive 4000mAh or 5000mAh battery, Samsung has used a smaller 3000mAh unit that keeps the Note 5’s weight in check. Adding to it are some handy tweaks to the kernel that will let you make use of that capacity for a whole day.

As of writing this review the Samsung’s Marshmallow update had not arrived, leaving us with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

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We had two email accounts on sync, continuous WhatsApp usage, a couple of calls and about 15 photographs, managed to drain the battery when hooked up to just 3G by the end of the work day (7AM to 5PM). Relying solely on 3G the battery drain is noticeable and we did expect a bit more from the Note when using two SIM cards.

Holding it up against an Apple iPhone 6s Plus (with a single SIM), it clearly does not stand a chance. But against the flagship Android smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z5 is the one to beat, but sadly, the Note 5 does not come close to that as well. Overall we were impressed by the battery life, but its just that we expected a bit more.

Thankfully, Samsung has also included an adaptive quick charger in the package that can charge the smartphone very quickly in a little over an hour.

Verdict and Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual is indeed the most polished Note smartphone ever. Its well-mannered and groomed to perfection, it has little or no downsides. We loved everything about it, from the design, camera, display and even its software.

So should you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual? Well, as of today, the S7 twins have already been launched in India. The camera is also expected to be even better on the new models, making the Note 5 a tough sell. Moreover, the S7 twins also pack in Samsung’s dual hybrid SIM slots, giving them expandable memory and dual SIM capabilities.

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Indeed no other currently available Android smartphone comes close to the performance, camera and display of the Note 5, and finding all of them in one smartphone these days is a tough task. With Sony Xperia Z5 (Rs 38,500 onwards) you get great battery life but a not so brilliant camera and terrible heat management, as with the LG G4 (Rs 39,000 onwards), its just the camera and nothing else. With the Nexus 6P (Rs 39,000 onwards), you have to deal with stock Android and the lack of customisation (which may be a bit bland for some) and a good camera.

In short, there is no all-rounder like it and if it’s a stylus that you are looking for, even at Rs 53,500, this dual SIM monster is your best bet when it comes to Android.

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FundTonic launches platform to connect startups to investors

FundTonic, a fin-tech company, launched its online platform for the startup ecosystem. They aim to reach 2000 investors and 5000 startups by next year, the company said in a statement.

FundTonic uses sophisticated proprietary technology that evaluates potential startups and showcases the relevant startups to the keen investors. This process enables investors to have easy access to pertinent startups and at the same time, startups get to know their scalability, says the statement. Akshit Gupta, Co-Founder, FundTonic said, “Year 2016 did not begin well for startups. As many of them either shut shops or merged with large corporates. The closure cycle of investments became long. However, I consider this as a positive sign that investors are no longer content with just the overall projection and valuation of a business; they want in depth analysis of the startup, wherein they decide to invest money. Considering this current situation, we decided to launch our platform.”

“We endeavour to deepen the startup ecosystem in Tier 1 cities and build infrastructure in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities by making partnerships to achieve the larger objective of identifying and scaling disruptive ideas across the country.”, he added.

Nalin Kumar, chief investment officer, SAIML (SREI alternative investment managers limited) said, “Two decades ago, getting the capital for budding enterprises was challenging. Now the situation is changing. Many startups are spawning, as more and more importance is being given to innovation and both entrepreneurs and investors are willing to take risks. However, investors and startups should keep in mind that failure of some kind is bound to come; knowing how you deal with it is important. Minimising losses for the ecosystem by increasing successes and reducing probability of failure is a big step and FundTonic is well positioned to achieve this.”

FundTonic’s app will be available on Android and iOS platforms.

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ForcePhone is bringing Apple’s Force Touch tech to Android smartphones

Force Touch was introduced back when Apple announced its Apple Watch and its 12-inch MacBook. After the technology was ported to the company’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, other manufacturers decided to bring the technology to their own handsets. Huawei Mate S and Meizu Pro 6 are examples of Android running devices that feature this particular technology, but ForcePhone has decided to do the Android smartphone community a huge favor by bringing this cool new feature to their devices.

A small group of University of Michigan engineering researchers have pulled off what with what they call ForcePhone. ForcePhone is an experimental piece of software that doesn’t need any special screen or built-in sensors to enable 3D Touch. In short, any smartphone in the world that features a microphone and speaker will be able to run this software, which pretty much means every single smartphone in the world released so far.

Here is how ForcePhone works; it sets your speaker to emit a tone at a frequency higher than 17kHz, which cannot be heard by human ears, but can easily be picked up by your handheld’s mic. This will still be able to recognize the vibration caused by the near-silent sound, and thus detect weaker and stronger presses on the screen, plus squeezing actions of the phone’s body.

This will allow a whole new world of user interaction to open, allowing you to clutch your device in a specific pattern to dial 911, for instance, or push slightly harder than usual on the screen to activate options similar to a computer mouse right-click.

While ForcePhone sounds extremely cool, it will take a very long time for the technology to be placed in smartphones.

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LG G5 India launch scheduled for 1 June

LG India has scheduled the launch of its G5 modular, flagship smartphone on 1 June. The launch will take place in Gurgaon and the smartphones that are available for pre-order on Flipkart will also begin shipping on the same day.

LG G5 made waves as the first production modular smartphone back at the MWC in Barcelona that took place in February this year. Tehe smartphone is made out of separate components, which enables users to replace or upgrade certain functions independently. The LG G5 comes with a new design, and a metal uni-body contruction with the bottom end of the smartphone that can be opened up to hook up the add on accessories.

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On the specs front, the G5 features a 5.3-inch QHD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels of resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage and 2800mAh battery. On the camera front, you get a 16MP (regular) and 8MP (wide-angle) rear cameras. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, USB Type-C port that is compatible with USB 3.0 standard, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

The add-on accessories include a camera grip called the LG Cam Plus, a B&O approved sound system and more. For now it cannot be confirmed as to which add-ons will be available for purchase at launch.

The smartphone can be pre-booked at a list price of Rs 52,990 from 21 May to 30 May at mobile stores, LG brand shops and online on Flipkart. Customers who pre-book LG G5, will get the companion device, LG Cam Plus free with the smartphone.



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Lenovo Vibe C launched in India by third party retailers for Rs 6,999

Lenovo Vibe C launched in India by third party retailers for Rs 6,999

Lenovo Vibe C was launched in May 2016 by Lenovo and is set to target the lower end of the market with it’s price and specifications. The device is now available in India through third-party online retailers and soon will be available on offline stores at Rs 6,999.

As per a report by Phone Radar, the device sports a polycarbonate body with rounded corners and is one of the more affordable 4G, LTE devices in the lower budget market. The device sports a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor clocked at 1.1 GHz along with FWVGA display.

Vibe C has 1 GB RAM, 16 or 8 GB internal storage depending on the market, which can be extended using a microSD Card upto 32 GB. The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and has a 5 MP rear shooter with a 2 MP front camera with a 2,300 mAh battery, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS.

There is no official announcement by the company, but the device comes right after reports of Lenovo launching Zuk Z2 on 31 May.



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Lava A79 launched in India: Price, specifications revealed

NEW DELHI: Lava has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of its A79 smartphone. The handset comes with a price tag of Rs 5,699 and is available in gold and grey colour options.

As for specifications, the Lava A79 sports a 5.5-inch display and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage stands at 8GB and can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

The dual-sim smartphone boasts a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front shooter for selfies. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The handset houses a 2,200 mAh battery.

Lava A79 also offers an interesting feature named ‘Smart Screenshot,’ which joins multiple screenshots from WhatsApp , Facebook etc. into a single image that can be shared across social platforms easily.

Recently, Lava launched its A67 smartphone at Rs 4,549. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. The in-built storage is 4GB and can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The device boasts a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing shooter for selfies.

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Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days Sale: Moto Turbo, PS4, Apple Watch, and Other Big Deals

Flipkart is back with a major sale. The Big Shopping Days sale has offers across multiple categories. We’ve picked some of the best deals in technology from the sale.

A few tips to help you make the most out of the sale:

  • Make sure you compare prices before buying. Even though the sale is likely to include lower prices, major competitors like Snapdeal and Amazon may match prices on some top products.
  • Wherever possible, pay using a Citibank credit or debit card for 10 percent cashback (maximum cashback Rs. 2,000 per card).
  • Make the most out of exchange offers on smartphones, tablets, and other products. Flipkart may not offer the best price but nothing can match the convenience of their exchange process.
  • The sale is open for three days but the best deals and products will go out of stock right on the first day itself. Don’t waste time thinking.

1. Apple Watch sport edition
If you’ve waited out to buy the Apple Watch for its price tag, here’s your chance to grab one at a discount. Flipkart is selling the Apple Watch for Rs. 27,900 (MRP Rs. 34,900) on its Big Shopping Days sale. The discount is available on the space grey, gold, and silver variants. It’s one of the lowest price points for the Apple Watch that we’ve seen in the last year. There’s a 10% cashback for Citibank credit and debit cards, bringing down the price even further. Apple Watch can be a great companion to your iPhone, and can help you reduce the number of times you take out the phone from your pocket. Although the second iteration of the Apple Watch is expected by the end of this year, it won’t come at this sweet price tag.

Price: Rs. 27,900 (MRP Rs. 34,900)

2. Huawei Watch
Talking of smartwatches, Huawei’s new smartwatch has received a Rs. 3,000 discount on Flipkart. Huawei Watch is powered by Android Wear, and is compatible with both Android and iOS based smartphones. You’ll experience a limited functionality set on iOS devices though. The smartwatch features looks that bring it much closer to conventional watch designs. The 1.4-inch AMOLED display comes in a stainless steel casing. The watch is protected by the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that can take a few minor hits. There’s a heart-rate tracker built into the watch. If you’re in the market for a sub-Rs. 20,000 Android Wear powered smartwatch that looks gorgeous, this one is worth a shot.


Price: Rs. 19,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

3. Lenovo G50-80 15.6-inch laptop
Finding a decent Windows laptop in the market is a near-impossible task now. There are several companies that make them, and almost all of them do a very good job of keeping customers confused. There are thousands of variants to choose from, and there’s no sure way of finding a good deal either. If you’re looking for a medium level laptop that has just the right amount of juice, the Lenovo G50-80 15.6-inch laptop is perfect for you. Flipkart has also discounted the laptop down to Rs. 44,990 this week, and there’s an exchange offer on it too. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5 (fifth generation) processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 10 out of the box. There’s a graphics card with 2GB of RAM on board, along with two 1.5W stereo speakers.

Price: Rs. 44,990

4. Sony PlayStation 4
Flipkart is offering a discount on the Sony PlayStation 4 as well. The 500GB variant with an additional Dual Shock 4 controller and two free games is down to Rs. 33,990 while the 1TB variant is priced very close at Rs. 34,990. These prices certainly aren’t the lowest we’ve seen but they’re quite decent compared to the prices we had in the last few months, with discounts almost drying up at online stores. The 500GB variant is great for you if you are looking for decent storage as well as an additional controller in a bundle, and the 1TB variant makes more sense if you buy a lot of games digitally and therefore care more about storage. Both consoles come with free games. Pair your purchase with the Citibank cashback offer and you’ll end up with a great deal.

Price: Starting at Rs. 33,990

5. Microsoft Xbox One
Flipkart’s sale also includes discounts and offers on the Xbox One. Again, these aren’t the lowest prices but they’re still better than what we’ve seen lately. The Xbox One 1TB variant is priced at Rs. 33,990 while the 500GB variant with Kinect is down to Rs. 34,990. The regular 500GB variant is at Rs. 29,990 while the 500GB variant with Quantum Break is at its lowest price currently at Rs. 27,990. Picking one could get quite confusing if you haven’t made up your mind yet. Remember, the discounts only last will the sale or while the stocks last. The 1TB variant offers a great value for money as you get decent storage as well as three free games. If you care about the Kinect, the 500GB variant with Kinect comes with supported games like Kinect Sports Rivals, Dance Central, and Zoo Tycoon.

Price: Starting from Rs. 27,990

6. Moto Turbo 64GB
Flipkart had recently started offering a discount of Rs. 10,000 on the Moto Turbo. The Big Shopping Days sale now includes the discounted price as well as an exchange offer. You can get a discount as big as Rs. 15,000 on swapping your old smartphone for a brand new Moto Turbo. Add an additional Rs. 2,000 cashback when you pay using a Citibank credit or debit card, and you have an amazing deal at the end of the day. The Moto Turbo features a 5.2-inch QHD display and a 21MP primary camera at the back. The smartphone includes a massive 3900 mAh battery which is good enough to last an entire day, depending on your usage. The smartphone runs Android 5.0 out of the box, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC (system on a chip). The Moto Turbo also supports Turbo charging which makes sure you can quickly charge your phone.

Price: Rs. 21,999

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Facebook’s new live video feature is now on floor!

New Delhi: This week Facebook launched its much awaited ‘Live video’ feature globally that let users view broadcasts from around the world.

The little blue dots represents the live streaming going on around the globe and you can also watch it by just clicking on it.

The list of most popular broadcast appears on the left hand side.

In this interactive map, the size of the blue dot is directly proportional to the number of live viewers of that stream. This means that a stream with largest number of users will have a bigger blue dot.

These dots will also let you know from where people are watching it from.

You can access the ‘Live video’ feature on the left side of the navigation bar of your Facebook’s timeline.

Facebook introduced this addictive live video earlier this year and currently it is available in more that 60 countries of the world, according to company’s reports.

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Facebook blocks pic of plus-size model Tess Holliday, apologises later

New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook apologised for refusing to run an advert featuring a plus-size model wearing a bikini.

The image of Tess Holliday, an American plus-size model, meant to promote body positivity at an event was rejected by Facebook stating that “it depicts a body or body parts in an undesirable manner”.

The move had infuriated Cherchez La Femme, Australian feminist group and Melborne’s monthly talk show of popular culture, news and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle.

Jessamy Gleeson, one of the producers of “Feminism and Fat” event, told the BBC she was furious.

“They’re not policing women’s bodies when it comes to acceptable standards of beauty elsewhere,” she said.

However, the social site later said it had made a mistake and that the image has been reinstated.

“Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads. This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad,” the statement from Facebook said.

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Track Your Child’s Every Move With This Cheap Wearable

Losing things is a common enough problem that people went ahead and invented the treasure tag, but if movies like Home Alone taught us anything, then it’s that you really don’t want to lose track of your children either. Okay, most people aren’t probably going to lose their children the way you’d misplace your keys or your wallet, but jokes apart, we do live in a world that seems quite different from how it was 10, 20, or 30 years ago. As a parent, it isn’t unreasonable to want a good way to track your children and ensure their safety.

There are a number of ways to accomplish this – for instance, you could give your child a smartphone. Then, using apps you can track the phone’s location, or just call up and speak to your child. It’s a trend that’s becoming more common these days, and we’ve come across children just starting school whose doting parents are putting an iPhone in their pockets. The catch, as most parents know, is that many schools strongly discourage this, and just carrying a smartphone that’s switch on during school hours can be grounds for punishment. Plus, a smartphone puts the entire Internet in your child’s hands; and makes it possible for anyone to call or otherwise communicate with your child, with a number of new platforms coming up every day that you’ll have to monitor.

For older children, this might still be the best option, but for younger kids, a better solution is required. Delhi-based Fitnano believes that it has the solution. The company has a product called the Kidfit that is going to launch in June, which allows you to track your child, call her or him if you want to, without allowing anyone else to do so or providing Internet access. You can pre-order one now for just Rs. 299 with a final price that should be Rs. 3,499, though the company is still trying to find out if it can lower that further.

Tarun Shekhar, one of the founders of the company, spoke to Gadgets 360 and walked us through a demo of the product, which should be available from the start of June. “I was working as an engineer at STMicroelectronics for four years,” says Shekhar, “before we designed this product. We wanted to make it in India, but unfortunately, in the ecosystem right now, we could not find anyone who can make it for us at a competitive price, so we are manufacturing in China for now.”

The Kidfit looks like a toy watch that a child might wear. It’s available in pastels, with buttons that make it look like a Fisher-Price toy. The LCD display just shows the time but there are four buttons – two on either side. On one side, the buttons are labeled ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’. On the other side, there’s a power button, and an ‘SOS’ button.


“What you do is, there is an app you download free, which works on Android and on iOS,” explains Shekhar, “and then you pair the watch with your phone, after which, you can see the location of the watch at all times using the app.”

The app is also used to configure the wearable – you program the keys with the numbers to dial for the Mom and Dad buttons, and you can also use the app to set the frequency for location pings – from once a minute, to once an hour, depending on what you think is necessary. Check at a high enough frequency, and the battery needs to be charged every second day, “Roughly around 40 hours,” says Shekhar. “If you are polling once in half an hour, which should be fine for most people, then the battery will last around 72 hours, and you can charge the Kidfit with a regular Micro-USB cable.”

The way it works is pretty simple – the Kidfit is actually connected using a regular Micro-SIM that the user will purchase and insert. The device picks up the GPS signal, and uses a 2G data connection to transmit this to the app on your phone. The same SIM card also means that the Kidfit can be used to make calls.

“There is a speaker in the band, and a mic on the other side, so you can call the Kidfit from your phone,” says Shekhar. “And you can set a whitelist of numbers that are allowed to call the band. If someone else tries to call, it won’t allow the connection.” And since the whole process is controlled via an app on your phone – there is no way to directly access the settings from the watch – there is no way your child would be able to even inadvertently circumvent these security measures. In the demo, the speaker is quite loud, and the call came through clearly.

The same way, the Mom and Dad buttons are also programmed from the app, and a long press on either sends out a phone call. And the SOS button will try and call both numbers, and play an emergency message, while also sending an SMS alert that includes a Google Maps link to the location of the watch. “You can dial the number of the watch, but using the app, you can also make a spy call,” adds Shekhar. “So the watch doesn’t ring, it just connects a call but the speaker stays off. So that way you can hear your children, make sure they’re playing nicely, things like that.”


You can also define “safe” zones using the app, and get automatic alerts the moment your child steps out of one of these locations. “So if they’re playing in your colony, they’re safe, but if they go outside for any reason, you’ll get an alert,” he explains.

There are plenty of other devices that offer these features, but as of now, from what we could tell by looking online, there isn’t much that is available in India. Most products come with built in SIM cards, which limit the countries they will work in, and require monthly fees. A few are available globally, but prices are closer to Rs. 10,000, before factoring in import costs.

With this in mind, the Rs. 3,499 price starts to look pretty reasonable; you’re also going to be paying a little money to keep a prepaid SIM that’s connected in the device, but it wouldn’t be much. Shekhar says that the company is hoping to bring the price down to Rs. 2,999, though he admits that fabricating the parts in China means that there isn’t much he can do about import fees.

The device itself is pretty simple, and not necessarily something that most people need. Given the relatively low price point, it does seem appealing – though without having tested the device to see how accurate it is and how quickly it refreshes outside of a trial conducted by the watch’s inventor, we can’t recommend it. That being said, it certainly looks like something you should check out if you’re concerned about tracking your child.

Source by gadgets.ndtv…