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The Dott smart dog tag is a Bluetooth based location tracker that works like a treasure tag. You attach it to your pet’s collar, and this allows you to track them with a virtual leash in a 350 foot radius. The Dott crowdfunded project wants to make sure that no one ever loses their dog again.

This week, the crowdfunding space is abuzz with the story of Robin, the “cloud-first” smartphone. It’s a really great idea and one that’s shooting past its targets very quickly. Since we’ve already covered the Robin though, our pick for this Kickstarter of the Week goes to the Dott, as one of the more interesting new pieces of pet-tech we’ve seen.

If your pet goes out of a predefined range while wearing the Dott collar, then the companion app will give you a warning, along with its last location. That’s not all though – the Dott tag is constantly broadcasting its Bluetooth signal, and so if others in the community have also installed the app, then their phones also act as location beacons for your pets’ tag.

When your dog comes within 350 feet of anyone with the free Dott app, it will send an alert to the phone, so that others can see your pet’s name, your contact details, and it also automatically sends you the location details so you can find your dog.

Unlike other trackers, there’s no monthly fee (for network connectivity) with the Dott either, and it’s much smaller, and lighter, than most GPS trackers. Since it doesn’t rely on GPS, it’s not limited to specific geographies either, and can be used anywhere in the world.

The project, which is accepting funds until October 2, has already reached its funding goal of $10,000 (approximately Rs. 6.6 lakh). If you pledge $25 (approximately Rs. 1,660) you can get a Dott for yourself, with worldwide shipping estimated by December 2015. The project also has reward tiers for multiple tags – for example, you can get ten for $100 (approximately Rs. 6,600).

About Kickstarter of the week In this weekly column, we look at crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, to try and find the coolest new projects from the world of crowdfunding. Sometimes, we’ve found really interesting projects like the Here Wireless Headphones, which function as an audio equaliser for the real world. At other times, we’ve come across stuff that’s just fun, such as the tobyrich.vegas gaming drones.

Not everything we find here is going to be the next Oculus Rift or Pebble Smartwatch, and of course, with any crowdfunded project there’s the risk that it won’t actually ship, even after being funded. Still, if you can afford to set a little money aside, some of these projects can be really cool, and worth backing. To see more from the world of crowdfunding, check out our previous Kickstarter of the Week stories.

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The oft-leaked Google Nexus 5 (2015) smartphone and the Huawei-based Nexus model will reportedly be launching on September 29. Notably, the search giant for the past couple of years has been launching the Nexus devices in the month of October.

The two Google Nexus smartphones would be launched in an event in San Francisco, reported CNET, citing people familiar with the company plans. As we have already seen in past leaks and rumours, the report tips the smaller Nexus smartphone would be made by LG and the larger one by Huawei. If the leaks are any indication, this would be LG’s third Nexus smartphone after Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. Huawei on the other hand would be making a Nexus device for the first time.

It is yet to be seen if Google would be keeping a grand event for the launch of the Nexus smartphones, or like every year would keep a relatively small event. There is no information on the pricing of the devices as well. Google generally keeps Nexus smartphones and tablet prices low as compared to other devices featuring the same specifications. Of course, as the platform lead devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the smartphones will be running the latest Android version.

The latest Android version would be bringing a number of updates and new features some of which include granular app permissions, Now on Tap, custom Chrome tabs, better handling of Web links and more.

As per the latest rumoured specifications, the LG Nexus 5 (2015) is said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 3GB of RAM; Adreno 418 GPU, and a 5-megapixel front camera. A [USB Type-C port, 2700mAh battery, 12.3-megapixel rear camera are being also tipped for the device.

As for the Huawei-made Nexus smartphone, the device was recently leaked in a couple of images. The smartphone is tipped to sport 64GB of inbuilt storage and the MSM8994 SoC aka the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. It may also feature a USB Type-C port. A 5.7-inch display, front-facing speakers and a fingerprint scanner are also tipped.

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Hewlett-Packard Co is exploring a sale of computer network security solutions unit TippingPoint ahead of a corporate split later this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Private equity firms have expressed interest in TippingPoint, the people said this week. The unit could be valued at between $200 million to $300 million (roughly Rs. 1,325 crores to Rs. 1,987 crores), the people added.

The sources asked not to be identified because the sale process is confidential. A spokesman for HP declined to comment.

HP is reviewing all parts of its business to find assets that may not fit into the separate companies ahead of a planned corporate breakup in November.

HP plans to split into two publicly listed companies, one focussed on enterprise technology, software and services and one focussed on slower-growing computer and printer businesses.

“HP has been vocal about looking to sell assets that they consider non-core, and that they are not through that process yet,” said Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah.

TippingPoint, which makes hardware for companies’ firewalls that protect their networks, competes in a crowded space against companies such as Palo Alto Networks Inc . Its technology is not a key part of HP’s broader security strategy, which is focussed on more sophisticated, faster-growing areas such as encryption.

Earlier this year, HP bought an encryption company Voltage Security, which helps customers protect their data.

Other security assets that HP is focussed on include ArcSight, which monitors and analyses corporate networks for breaches, as well as Fortify, which provides application security.

HP acquired TippingPoint as part of its $2.7 billion (roughly Rs. 17,892 crores) acquisition of 3Com Corporation in 2010. In May, HP sold a controlling stake in its China-based data networking business H3C Technologies, another unit of 3com, to China’s Tsinghua Unigroup for $2.3 billion (roughly Rs. 15,241 crores).

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


For the longest time, Nintendo fans could not purchase the company’s consoles from Amazon. Instead, they had to rely on third-party sellers on the site to purchase them. Now, after several years of not stocking consoles like the Wii U and New 3DS XL, Amazon has begun to do so recently.

And this is not all. Now the company has digital versions of Nintendo’s games like Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and Super Smash Bros., as well up for purchase. You can buy 61 titles listed for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U via Amazon and claim them directly on the Nintendo Network.

How it works is, after making your purchase, you will be prompted to log in to your Nintendo Network account to automatically claim your purchases which are sent to your Wii U or 3DS. You can also claim the digital code for your game in the Games and Software Library section of your Amazon account in case you want to redeem it later.

This is good for Nintendo fans in regions where the company does not operate but has a strong fan following, like India. Since Amazon accepts credit cards and some debit cards from the world over, it could provide an easy way for those craving Mario and Zelda a way to get their fix with minimal fuss.

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When Google announced the first wave of Android Wear smartwatches last year, the wearable space was too young, and lacked compelling features that could entice most to ditch their beautifully crafted traditional timepieces. And as the time has since revealed, despite being one of the frontrunners in the game, Android Wear smartwatches haven’t garnered much traction. With the hope to further drive Google’s push into the market, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Wednesday launched the new Moto 360 at the sidelines of IFA 2015 in Berlin.

The new Moto 360 features a premium look, and comes in two sizes, with pricing starting from $299 (roughly Rs. 19,800), and going up to $429 (roughly Rs. 28,400), depending on the size of case and type of band. It goes on pre-order on Wednesday in the US, and will start shipping later this month. The global launch is expected to follow soon. A Moto 360 Sport has also been announced, but pricing and availability will be disclosed at a later date.

The latest Moto 360 is less bulky, and unlike the first generation Moto 360, the model is designed keeping both men and women in mind. For men, it comes in two case sizes – a 46mm design and 42mm design. For women, it comes in only the 42mm size, and has reportedly been designed for slimmer wrists (can be paired only with 16mm bands). The company claims that the Moto 360 has the largest screen-to-case ratio of any smartwatch available today. The Moto 360 is built out of aircraft-grade 316L stainless steel, with Corning Gorilla Glass protecting the screen from scratches. The smartwatch is also IP67 certified, making it dust and water resistant (withstanding immersion in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.)

The 42mm case for men comes in silver case colour, and chamfer coloured bezel. The 46mm comes in black and gold coloured cases, and micro knurl bezel treatment. The women’s Moto 360 comes in silver, gold and rose gold colour options, with bezel shining in peak and micro etch flavours. Both metal and leather ‘quick release’ bands are available for both sizes.

As for other specifications, the new Moto 360 comes in two screen sizes: 1.37-inch (of screen resolution 360×325 pixels and a 263ppi pixel density), and 1.56-inch (of screen resolution 360×330 pixels and a 233ppi pixel density). The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, which comes paired with Adreno 306 with 450MHz GPU. The smartwatch has 4GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. The 42mm variant comes with 300mAh battery, which as the company claims could last up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off. The 46mm variant comes with 400mAh battery, which could last up to 2 days with ambient off, and a full day with ambient kept on. It supports both Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. Among the sensors, it comes loaded with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a gyroscope, apart from a vibration and haptics engine. It also has an optical heart rate monitor (PPG).

Motorola has also introduced several new interesting features to the new Moto 360 to make it more useful to users. One such feature is Live Dial, which lets users get information at a glance, and also let them use shortcuts to quickly access their most frequently used apps. “Set up the smaller dials on your watch to display the battery level, current weather, or your latest fitness stats,” the company noted. For instance, user can use this feature with Shazam app to quickly discover the music playing around them.

“The original Moto 360 is the most successful Android Wear watch ever launched. It was the first true smartwatch to feature a traditional round face, and it established the bar in design, craftsmanship and style,” the company said. Notably, it still features the infamous ‘flat tire’ UI.

The company is also letting users customise the smartwatch, leveraging its signature Moto Maker feature in the US, Mexico, the UK, France, and Germany, with more markets possible in the future.

The Moto 360 Sport on the other hand is aimed at athletes and fitness enthusiasts, and features an ‘AnyLight’ hybrid display, making it better at sunlight legibility, apart from built-in GPS, and a waterproof silicone body.

Following the announcement by Google earlier this week, the Android Wear-based smartwatch is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, or an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.2 or higher.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Google late on Tuesday unveiled its new logo and brand identity that carries the essence of its evolved form from a search offering to an ubiquitous presence on a variety of devices. The new logo’s sans-serif typeface matches that of Google’s new holding company, Alphabet, while the company is bringing the same four-colour designs to other logos and branding across its products and services. Starting with Search on desktop, the company has now started rolling out app updates with the new logo and icons, apart from refreshed logos and branding in Web services.

Detailing the new design language in a blog post, the search giant said, “Last year we introduced Material Design to help designers and developers embrace an expanding, multi-device, multi-screen world. With those considerations in mind, we are excited to share a new brand identity that aims to make Google more accessible and useful to our users-wherever they may encounter it.” It added most of the changes revolve around the new sans-serif Google Logotype, as well as the four-colour Dots and Google G.

With apps, Google Search, Google Now, Google Maps, and Google+ are among the first apps that have started receiving redesigned elements bringing in the new logotype, four-colour tone, and the new Google G icon.

In a separate blog post on Tuesday, the company announced that the new visual language for Google logo, icon, and animated dots will now be visible on the search on mobile web and Google app. The search results page has also been updated, with content such as images, videos, and news stories among others now accessible by swiping and tapping. On Android devices, the Google Search (aka Google app) app now features the four-colour mic icon on the right in the search bar, and the new ‘G’ icon on the left, which takes users to a new home page. The blog post notes that when there’s doodle, it will appear on top of the home page. The new Google app update bumps the version to 5.2.33 and primarily brings a new logo, icon, design language.

The Google Now cards have also received slight tweak as it will now be organised by category and as the day progresses, the cards will shift and change sizes to make the most important ones stand out.

The new Maps version, which we covered in detail on Tuesday, now includes the new Maps logo as well. Apart from the new navigation UI for users, the version 9.14 of the Maps for Android brings compare option for ETAs across driving, transit, walking and cycling. The new app update also brings bug fixes. Users not seeing the updated app can sideload the Google-signed apk file (via Android Police).

Google Translate has also received an update that bumps the version to 4.3 from 4.1 and brings the new logo to the app.

As for the company’s Web services, the rebranding is visible across Google+, Gmail, Search, Calendar, Translate, Maps, News, and Drive, with the new sans-serif Google logo seen.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Nextbit, a mobile company that boasts of veterans from Apple, Google, and HTC on its team, has unveiled its much-anticipated reasonably priced first Android smartphone, Robin. The device offers flagship stature specifications and is being sold through a Kickstarter campaign.

In August, Nextbit announced that it plans to launch a “fri**in awesome” smartphone, and the company is trying to keep up with that promise. Robin is aimed at addressing one of the most annoying issues we have on our smartphones: limited storage. Nextbit tackles that problem by leveraging a cloud-based storage solution.

How? The company is offering a smart, automated uploading of your photos and other data to make room on the smartphones local storage space. The company is offering a private 100GB storage box to all Robin users. When the right conditions are met – your device is plugged in to a charger, and it is connected to a Wi-Fi network – the device begins to move your data to the cloud.

As for the hardware specifications, the Robin sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is embedded in a funky plastic body (available in two colour variants: Mint, and Midnight). The Nextbit Robin comes powered by Qualcomm’s hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (with no microSD card slot). The device also comes with a fingerprint sensor.

Other features of the Nextbit Robin include a 2680mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a USB Type-C charging port. The single-SIM capable device supports LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi and other connectivity options. On the software side, the device runs Android (the version isn’t specified). The company noted that the Robin is completely carrier unlocked. The bootloader of the device is unlocked too, which essentially means that one could flash their own favoured custom Android ROMs on the handset.

The Nextbit Robin is available for purchase through Kickstarter with a $500,000 funding goal. The first 1,000 backers can snag the smartphone for $299 (roughly Rs. 19,800). Other will have to cough up $349 (roughly Rs. 23,100) to snag the device in the next 30 days. The company says that it would eventually start selling the smartphone to all for a retail price of $399 (roughly Rs. 26,400). The device will begin shipping January 2016.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


France’s markets watchdog said Tuesday it would examine a deal that could see the former head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent receive around EUR 14 million (roughly Rs. 104 crores) as part of its buyout by Finland’s Nokia.

The AMF watchdog will “check to see if there are no irregularities” in the payments that Michel Combes could receive over a three-year period, its head said in a statement to AFP, including compensation due to a non-competition clause.

In a growing storm around the payments, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said he was “unhappy” that Combes was leaving the company “prematurely”.

“The minister showed his unhappiness at Mr Combes’ decision to leave the company prematurely before the deal with Nokia has been finalised,” a ministerial source said of Macron’s meeting with Alcatel-Lucent’s new chief executive Philippe Camus.

Government officials have publicly called on Combes to reconsider accepting the bonuses.

Large bonuses have become a politically sensitive issue in France, where unemployment is stuck at around 10 percent and the economy is sluggish.

A government committee is also investigating the deal and is expected to announce its findings within the next two weeks.

Alcatel-Lucent told AFP the market watchdog probe into Combes’ package was normal procedure in such cases. “We are relaxed about this,” the company said.

Combes left his role at Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday to join French telecoms group Altice as its chief operating officer and chairman of its Numericable-SFR mobile phone business.

He defended the 14-million-euro package in an interview Monday with the Les Echos newspaper, saying the payments were not linked to the Nokia deal, but to the fact he had turned around Alcatel-Lucent’s fortunes and its share price.

He noted that in April he had foregone a 2.4-million-euro bonus due to him for leaving the company.

Combes oversaw a recovery plan that has tripled Alcatel-Lucent’s share value. But it also led to the loss of 10,000 jobs.

Union leaders have also criticised the size of the bonuses.

“Employees who saw the amounts announced at the weekend were no doubt sick, they are indecent considering the social problems of recent years,” said Herve Lassale, a leader at Alcatel-Lucent of the CFDT, the main union at the company.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Facebook Inc’s Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat.

The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a young audience addicted to messaging with younger and hipper rival Snapchat, which has 100 million users and growing.

The new features mean Instagram users can share pictures directly with one friend or a group of people and send back text responses or pictures, which Instagram hopes will make users want to stay on its mobile app or web site longer.

Young mobile users are increasingly interested in messaging friends and having conversations online, rather than merely viewing content. As much as 40 percent of all comments on Instagram posts mention other accounts, Instagram said, suggesting that many users like to flag content to users they know and start conversations about it.

The move comes a week after Instagram upgraded its service to allow new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos, which was viewed as a move to compete better with Snapchat.

Snapchat, which is popular partly because messages on its platform disappear after a few seconds, already offered a variety of picture and video formats. Earlier this year, Snapchat upgraded its service so users could exchange text messages in response to photos and videos.

Many social sites and apps have added specialised messaging features recently in a bid to keep users.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, launched its Messenger service as a standalone app earlier this year, and added a virtual assistant called ‘M’ last week that can complete tasks for users such as shopping.

On Tuesday, LinkedIn Corp said it would revamp its inbox with new apps and designs that mimic chat services.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Following its corporate reorganisation last month, Google is making another major change – the company on Tuesday unveiled a new logo.

Google’s new logo epitomises the company as it stands today, present on myriad devices rather than its humble roots of a single browser page. Apart from the redesign of the full logo, which while retaining the same colours for the letters features a new font, Google has also reimagined its little blue ‘g’ icon to a four-colour ‘G’.

The updated logo features a sans-serif typeface, similar to the one being used by Google’s newly created holding company, Alphabet. The new logo is already visible on its Search home page, and will roll out across products soon. It is the fifth such logo redesign since Google started in 1998.

The Mountain View firm announced the new logo in a blog post, and said it will be visible in various forms across devices and interfaces, such as a new four-colour mic symbol (seen below) and a four-dot loading symbol.

The new logo comes three weeks after the company’s surprise move to create a holding company called Alphabet to pool its many subsidiaries and separate the core Web advertising business from newer ventures like driverless cars.

The new brand identity “aims to make Google more accessible and useful to our users”, the firm explains on its blog, adding that it has taken the ‘best of Google’ – simple, uncluttered, colourful, friendly – and embodied it in the logo.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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