Bitcoin Recovers Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013

Bitcoin Recovers Some Losses After Its Worst Week Since 2013


  • Bitcoin investors, analysts say decline was a natural correction
  • Bitcoin in previous week's achieved record highs
  • It had risen around twenty-fold since the start of the year
Bitcoin rose 15 percent on Tuesday, recouping about half of the losses it sustained last week, its worst since 2013, as investors who had missed out on earlier rallies bought the world's biggest and best-known digital currency.
While Bitcoin investors and analysts believe last week's decline in its value was a natural correction after a heady run-up in prices, there have been further warnings from market regulators and central banks.
Bitcoin fell nearly 30 percent at one stage on Friday to $11,159.93 (roughly Rs. 7.16 lakhs). At 3:09 p.m. (2009 GMT) on Tuesday, Bitcoin was up 15 percent at $16,030 (roughly Rs. 10.28 lakhs )  in light trading on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange.

The latest price move shows Bitcoin is still a speculative investment. There is enormous amount of volatility there," said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist with Invesco in New York.
The digital currency had risen around twentyfold since the start of the year, climbing from less than $1,000 (roughly Rs. 64,000)  to as high as $19,666 (roughly Rs. 12.61 lakhs)  on December 17 on Bitstamp and to over $20,000 (roughly Rs. 12.83 lakhs) on other exchanges.
"There is no right current price which would reflect the right current valuation," said Andrei Popescu, Singapore-based co-founder of COSS, which describes itself as a platform that encompasses all features of a digital economy based on cryptocurrency.
"Taking profit is right, while buying into a long-term projection is also right. You don't have to be right in this market, just less wrong than the rest," Popescu said.
Critics have pointed to Bitcoin's design flaws and hacks of digital "wallets" in which Bitcoins are kept as an alternative to traditional currencies.
"We therefore think that Bitcoin is a product that is unable to fulfil the basic functions it is meant to fulfil. We therefore think it is likely a bubble, that will eventually fade, as other cryptocurrencies will take over," Citi analysts wrote in a research published on Friday.
Shmuel Hauser, the chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, was the latest among regulators to voice his concerns. He said on Monday he will propose regulation to ban companies based on Bitcoin and other digital currencies from trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Singapore's central bank last week issued a warning against investment in cryptocurrencies, saying it considers the recent surge in prices to be driven by speculation and that the risk of a sharp fall in prices is high.
Prices of other cryptocurrencies, which slid along with Bitcoin last week, have also recovered, with Ethereum, the second-biggest cryptocurrency by market size, quoted around $771 (roughly Rs. 49,000), up from Sunday's low of $689 (roughly Rs. 44,000) but still far from highs around $900 (roughly Rs. 57,000) hit last week.

Redmi 5A 3GB RAM Variant Now Selling Offline, Price Goes Up to Rs. 7,499

Redmi 5A 3GB RAM Variant Now Selling Offline, Price Goes Up to Rs. 7,499


  • The 3GB RAM variant will be available at Mi Preferred offline stores
  • The smartphone can be priced up to Rs. 7,499, subject to retailer
  • 2GB RAM variant can be expected to be available soon
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will soon be available offline via select brick-and-mortar stores across India. Xiaomilaunched two variants of the smartphone that are available on Flipkart,, and Mi Home stores, of which the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant will hit offline partners. The 2GB RAM variant can be expected to be available via Mi partner stores as well. The 2GB RAM variant is available online and via Mi Home stores for a price of Rs. 4,999 (including the Rs. 1,000 introductory discount), while the 3GB RAM version can be bought online and at Mi Home stores for Rs. 6,999.
As we mentioned, the 3GB RAM variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be sold across major Mi preferred stores for a price of up to Rs. 7,499, according to a company spokesperson. This retail price is up to Rs. 500 more than the launch price of Rs. 6,999, and would vary on the discretion of the retailer.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications

To recap, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A has a hybrid dual SIM (Nano+Nano) slot and runs MIUI 9-based on Android Nougat. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM.
In the camera department, the Redmi 5A bears a 13-megapixel rear sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. The front of the device sports a 5-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. The smartphone comes with 16GB/ 32GB inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). There is also a 3000mAh battery under the hood.

Infinix Zero 5 Pro Review

Infinix Zero 5 Pro

The Zero 5 Pro is the latest smartphone from Infinix, a Hong-Kong based company. Infinix has been selling smartphones in India for a little while now, and the Zero 5 Pro is its current flagship device. What is interesting about this smartphone is that it offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and dual rear cameras with optical zoom at Rs 19,999. Those specifications sound impressive for the price, but should you jump at the chance to buy this phone? We review to find out.

Infinix Zero 5 Pro design

The Infinix Zero 5 Pro is a big phone, with a screen measuring 5.98 inches. Infinix has used an LTPS IPS display with a full-HD resolution. It doesn’t have the new 18:9 aspect ratio that is becoming popular, and sticks to the traditional 16:9 format. It has thin borders on the sides but thicker ones on the top and bottom. There's 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Above the screen, you get a metal earpiece that sits flush with the glass panel, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera along with its own flash. 
The top of the back has a panel similar to the ones on some Huawei phones such as the Nexus 6P and the Huawei P9. This is where the dual cameras are placed. There's a 12-megapixel camera module in addition to a 13-megapixel one, plus a single-LED flash. The fingerprint scanner on the Zero 5 Pro is positioned at the back and has a bronze ring highlighting it. The sensor is well positioned, and despite the Zero 5 Pro being a bigger device we had no issues when using it, though your mileage may vary. Though the scanner is quite accurate, we found it to be slow to unlock the phone.
The Zero 5 Pro has a metal unibody with antenna bands running along the top and bottom. The body also has a bronze-coloured chamfered border around the front which shines when light reflects off it. The rounded corners and curved sides at the back help improve grip, but it's still large and heavy.
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The phone weighs 197 grams which is definitely noticeable, but the weight is at least spread out well. Not everyone will find this phone easy to use. It packs in a 4350mAh battery and has a USB Type-C port at the bottom, alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack. Infinix has been thoughtful and thrown in an 18W charger that works quickly, as well as a Micro-USB to Type-C adapter.

Infinix Zero 5 Pro specifications and features

The first thing to grab your attention on the Infinix Zero 5 Pro is the display. The 5.98-inch LTPS panel is vivid and has excellent viewing angles. You get options to tweak the output to suit your liking. It sports a full-HD resolution and can get really bright, making it easy to see under sunlight. While stereo speakers would have done better justice to this screen, the single downward-firing speaker is loud enough when watching videos and playing games.
Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P25 processor, with four cores clocked at 1.7GHz and the other four clocked at 2.4GHz. There is 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and if you manage to fill that up, the Zero 5 Pro can also accept microSD cards of up to 128GB. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone has Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB-OTG, and a Type-C port. The Zero 5 Pro is a dual SIM device and has two Micro-SIM slots. It has support for 4G and VoLTE but only one SIM can access the 4G network at a time.
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Infinix has the custom XOS Hummingbird UI running on top of Android Nougat. The UI is tweaked to some extent but is functionally similar to stock Android with a few additions such as gesture control. It shouldn’t take long to get used to using this phone. However, the look isn’t as clean as stock Android, and there's some preinstalled bloatware including TouchPal keyboard, PHX Browser, and a Service app.
There is Dual Apps support through an app called Multi Account. You also have the option to lock an app using the fingerprint scanner. The software has a few nifty additions such as Freezer, which freezes apps that you don’t use frequently to prevent them from consuming resources. Another such addition is Sleep Cleanup which kicks in to free up memory when the phone has been left idle for a while.

Infinix Zero 5 Pro performance, battery life, and cameras

We found the performance of the Zero 5 Pro to be good, and we did not have to deal with any lag or stutter. With 6GB of RAM at its disposal, the phone can multitask easily while holding apps in memory. We played games such as Shadow Fight 3 and Clash Royale which the phone ran without breaking into a sweat. In Antutu, it managed to clock 67,826 points, and also scored 858 and 4083 respectively in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests.
The Helio P25 is powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and efficient enough to last over a day and a half with light to medium use. The 4350mAh battery managed to last for close to 18 hours in our HD video loop test. The supplied charger is an 18W unit and works quite quickly considering the capacity of this battery.
The dual camera setup on the Infinix Zero 5 Pro comprises of a 12-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens. The camera app is easy to use and has most common modes including a professional mode which gives you a wide range of parameters to control. Landscape shots have a decent amount of detail but are slightly grainy, and the camera could do with better light metering. Macros are sharp but the camera occasionally takes a little too long to lock focus. In low light, the camera switches to night mode automatically and delivers usable shots. The Zero 5 Pro manages to keep noise under control but the output is a little too grainy for our liking.
Tap to see full-sized Infinix Zero 5 Pro camera samples

Selfies are good and the front flash does come in handy. You can alter the intensity of the flash to get a better shot. Beautification is also available and lets you smoothen the output. The Zero 5 Pro is capable of recording full-HD video with both its front and rear cameras. Beautification mode can also be used when recording a video.
The Infinix Zero 5 Pro is loaded with features. We liked the display for its vivid output and found the battery life to be more than sufficient. The processor is capable of running day-to-day tasks and is frugal when it comes to power consumption. The dual cameras with a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens give this phone an edge over competitors at this price level. However, the camera software could do with a bit of fine-tuning to improve the final output. For Rs 19,999 the Infinix is a good pick if you can live with its camera performance.

LG V30+ Review

LG V30+ Review

LG is a perennial underdog in the smartphone industry, constantly overshadowed by Samsung and others. To its credit, the company knows this, and keeps trying new approaches that might appeal to niche audiences - things that capitalise on its in-house expertise and that no other company is doing. That's how we got the gloriously impractical G Flex (Review), the V-series with dual screens, and last year's modular G5 (Review). LG also hopes that features such as high-quality audio playback and recordingwill attract buyers who really value that kind of thing above all else. Unfortunately, most of its devices have rough edges, and haven't been priced competitively.
When it comes to flagships, LG has had a split strategy for the past few years. Its G-series phones, usually launched around March, are more typical flagships, while the V-series models launched towards the end of the year are more experimental and offbeat. Last year's V20 (Review) had a secondary screen, dual cameras, reinforced aluminium body and high-end audio. We didn't mind having any of those features, but they didn't exactly make us want to run out and buy it either.

This year there's a new strategy at play. The main features of the LG V30+ are its top-end hardware and focus on design - in fact, this might be the best looking phone that LG has ever produced. Could this be the one that finally propels LG to the top of the sales charts? We can't wait to find out

LG V30+ design

The LG V30+ completely sheds any similarity it might have had with its chunky predecessors. This is an incredibly slick phone, with curved glass in front and on the back, and a polished metal rim that screams luxury. Where the G6 (Review) was bland and thick, the V30+ is gently curved and perfectly proportioned. The construction quality is impeccable, and this phone feels every bit as good in the hand as the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review) and iPhone 8 (Review). It's a huge leap for LG, especially considering how old-fashioned the V20 felt.
Our review unit was the silver version, which has a very subtle texture beneath the rear glass that catches the light as you turn the phone around in your hands. The only problem with this design is that both the front and rear are extremely slippery - the V30+ slid out of our trouser pockets on more than one occasion, especially when we were sitting in a car, and wouldn't stay put on any surface that was even slightly inclined. We were afraid of scuffs and scratches showing, but that didn't turn out to be a problem during our review period, at least.
The tall screen on the front is surrounded by black borders; narrower on the sides than on the top and bottom. Overall the look is quite minimalistic. The screen has rounded corners that match the curve of the frame, just like the one on the G6, and LG says that this makes the frame stronger. LG has used the same type and size of screen on the V30+ as on the Google Pixel 2 XL (Review), and while this phone manages to be less tall, the tradeoff is that doesn't have front-facing stereo speakers.
The power button is on the back, which is LG's one consistent brand differentiator. We personally find this inconvenient, but with face recognition and gesture shortcuts, it's easier to live with than before. There's a fingerprint sensor on the power button itself, and at least that winds up being where it needs to be. Above that is the dual camera bump which thankfully protrudes less than 1mm. Though you can't see it, the LG V30+ is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. The only other interesting point to note is the "Made in India" stamp below LG's logo.
The volume buttons are on the left, and there's a hybrid dual-SIM tray on the right. There's a USB Type-C port and a single speaker cutout on the bottom, and a 3.5mm audio socket on the top. In the box, LG includes a microfibre cloth, an oversized Quick Charge 3.0-compliant charger, a USB Type-C cable, a nice-looking headset, and the usual leaflets.

LG V30+ specifications and software

In some countries, LG sells the V30and V30+ through different carriers, though there are zero cosmetic differences between them. They both have the same processor and screen. The V30, which has not been launched in India, has 64GB of storage and might or might not ship with B&O Play headphones in the box, depending on country. What you need to know is that the V30+ which has been launched in India has 128GB of storage, and you get LG's own Quadplay headset which is also touted as extremely high quality. Those are the sole differences between models.
It's also easy to see that there are several similarities between the LG V30/ V30+ and the Google Pixel 2 XL, which of course LG manufactures for Google. They have nearly identical specifications, right down to the 6-inch pOLED screen that LG developed itself. The panel has a resolution of 1440x2880 and supports the HDR-10 standard. It's extremely crisp and bright, and there's an always-on mode that lets you see the time and notifications when the phone is in standby, without taking too much of a hit to battery life.
However, the big problem is that the V30+ suffers from exactly the same colour shifting issues as the Pixel 2 XL. Just by tilting the phone side to side, you can see the colour tone change. Whites take on a pink or blue tint depending on the angle you hold the phone at. This is something we're going to pay a lot of attention to when evaluating the usability and performance of the V30+.
The processor at the heart of the V30+ is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. LG missed out on this hardware when it decided to ship the G6 ahead of its competition, so this actually makes the V30+ LG's first true flagship phone of the year. Unfortunately, Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 845which will undoubtedly power most of the next wave of flagship phones just a few months from now, and this phone could feel dated then.
There's 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can add up to 2TB more using a microSD card, though you'll have to sacrifice a second SIM because of the phone's hybrid dual-SIM design. Of course 4G and VoLTE are supported. The battery capacity is a generous 3300mAh, and wireless charging as well as Quick Charge 3.0 are supported. You get all the necessary standards including Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS.

On the software side, you get Android 7.1.2 which is a bit of a disappointment considering how similar this phone is to the Pixel 2 XL. LG's custom UI has a lot of options, but is also a bit overbearing with constant popups and tutorials for things as basic as turning Wi-Fi on. The message alerts and other system notifications are enormous. Right after the first boot, we received a warning not to pop the phone's battery out in case the phone becomes unresponsive (which is hardly reassuring, and impossible anyway because the battery is non-removable), and the first time we used the camera we had to dismiss an endless stream of popup "explanations" for several buttons and modes.
You can choose between single-layer and double-layer UIs, as well as a simple mode with large panel icons and wider spacing. You can change themes as well as the system font. There are templates for the always-on display giving you a choice of clock style and personalised messages to display.
LG lets you swap around the order of the Android navigation buttons and even add an additional shortcut of your choosing. There's a Floating Bar which is essentially a virtualised version of the LG V20's second screen. You can drag it to any part of the screen and swipe through panels to show shortcuts to apps and contacts, screenshot tools, and media playback controls. When gaming, you can pull up another toolbar that lets you take screenshots and change performance settings.
The Settings app is subdivided into tabbed pages making it a little hard to know where to find everything. You can tap the screen twice (LG wants you to "knock", but taps work just fine) to wake the phone and also to go to sleep, which slightly makes up for the power button being on the back when the phone is lying on a table. One new addition is face recognition to unlock the phone, and just like on the OnePlus 5T (Review) and Oppo F5 (Review), you are warned that it is less secure than other methods. It can work even with the screen off, so you don't have to wake the phone first, but will fail in low light and is unavailable when the battery is very low.

LG V30+ performance

Needless to say, with hardware like this, the V30+ was consistently snappy and responsive. It doesn't get too hot when stressed, and there's nothing that we can really fault - except for the screen's colour shifting problem. This can be dealt with when watching movies, as long as you stay perfectly still, but with games that use the phone's use motion sensors for control, the shifts as you turn and tilt the phone can be jarring. This is a really aggravating flaw that feels even more frustrating because of how good this phone is otherwise.
We got scores of 143,739 in AnTuTu; 1,925 and 6,174 in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests; 37,183 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited; and 55fps in GFXBench's T-rex test. We've seen higher scores from other phones based on the Snapdragon 835. You can get better framerates in games by manually reducing the output resolution, either within the Settings app or using LG's game overlay menu.
The single speaker on the V30+ is loud and crisp, but we're a little disappointed to lose the front-facing stereo speakers that the Pixel 2 XL has. We found ourselves muffling the grille on the bottom very often when playing games with the phone in both hands. As far as the much-touted audiophile features go, the quad DACs do seem to make a difference. You can turn the feature on or off through a toggle in the Quick Settings panel, and adjust presets in the Settings app. We tried a few FLAC files and streamed some Apple Music tracks as well, and found that sound was deeper and richer than we're used to.
The bundled earphones were a notch above the usual quality you'd get in a phone's box, but weren't worth getting very excited about. It was hard to get a good seal with the included rubber eartips, and we think anyone who cares about audio would choose something better.
Battery life turned out to be pretty good. We were able to use this phone quite heavily, with lots of photography plus some time spent playing games and streaming audio and video, and still made it to the end of a day without feeling too much anxiety. Our HD video loop test ran for 12 hours, 14 minutes. We also observed that the V30+ could be charged from zero to 100 percent in approximately two hours.

LG V30+ cameras

We've seen multiple different types of dual-camera configurations on phones - some with one zoom lens, some with a depth sensor, some with independent RGB and mono cameras, and some with enhanced low-light sensors. LG's choice of one standard and one wide-angle lens seems less useful than any of those options. Sure, you can get some nice shots of large groups, or take landscape photos without having to step too far back, but situations when that would be handy don't really come up that often. As another consequence, LG has been unable to implement a portrait mode, which is now becoming something that people specifically look for in a top-tier smartphone.
The camera app is packed with features and modes, not all of which are useful. LG also offers the choice between standard 4:3 photos and 18:9 crops which would look better on the phone's screen but are otherwise of limited utility. You can slide the shutter button up or down to zoom, which is neat, but if you hesitate even a second you'll wind up taking a burst of frames instead. There's also unnecessary clutter in the form of a shortcut bar that lets you add photos to social media posts or note apps directly.
There are some interesting collage and frame options, but the most notable mode is what LG calls Cine Video. This has two components - one lets you tap anywhere on screen and then smoothly zoom in to that portion, which can look quite slick, and the second is a carousel of real-time filters such as Pop-art, Noir, Melodrama, and Summer Blockbuster to give your videos a fun spin.

In terms of photo quality, we were a little underwhelmed. We weren't always satisfied with the quality of textures and colour reproduction that we saw in our photo samples, compared to the standard set by other top-tier phones in 2017. Daytime shots taken with the primary 16-megapixel f/1.6 camera were very sharp, but textures looked artificial and overprocessed in close-ups. In low light, photos were grainy and white balance was hard to get right, although quite a lot of detail did come through. Photos taken with the secondary 13-megapixel f/1.9 sensor and its wide-angle lens came out darker. The same objects right in front of us were much less distinct. As with the V20, we found that we always needed to double-check which camera was active, and that made us miss spontaneous shots sometimes.
Video recording goes up to 30fps at 4K, and you can switch between cameras in the middle of a shoot. The transition is abrupt, and we would have preferred a second lens that can zoom in rather than out, in many situations. Video quality is good, and we had no complaints. The Cine Video modes are fun but a bit gimmicky, and we'd always prefer to apply effects after shooting, so the original is preserved. You can turn videos or bursts into GIFs with one tap, which some might find handy.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Review

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Review

  • The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro works with both Android and iOS
  • It features waterproofing, in addition to GPS and Super AMOLED display
  • It is currently priced at Rs. 13,590
Upon reviewing the Gear Fit 2 at the beginning of 2017, we said it redefined what buyers should expect at its price point (then less than Rs. 12,000). It handily beat every Fitbit offering, and was especially suited to those with Samsung phones. We did have a few complaints, and in the months since then, Samsung has fixed one big one.
The new Gear Fit 2 Pro is similar to its direct predecessor in most ways. The addition of the 'Pro' suffix is because of its more fitness-focused features, including waterproofing – you can easily take this new wearable into the shower, pool, or ocean (up to 50m deep) without worry. There's also continuous heart rate tracking now, so the device will always keep an eye on how you're doing.

This is Samsung's third take on a complete fitness wearable, and it shows in its construction quality, ease of use, and feature list. Now that the Gear Fit 2 has been discontinued, this is the one to consider.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro look, feel, and navigation

Samsung has opted for a traditional railroad strap with the Gear Fit 2 Pro, which will be familiar to most people. Inserting the strap's tooth into the last hole isn't as easy it was on the Gear Fit 2, but the quality of material used here is definitely better. The Gear Fit 2's rubber strap left rashes on our arm on days with a lot heavy walking, but that hasn't been the case with this new model.

The display on the Gear Fit 2 Pro is the same as before; a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED curved screen that can show all colours, and works with the slightest of touches. In contrast, those on Fitbit devices usually require harder presses. The two buttons - Back, and Home - are still on the right side of the wearable. You can wake up the Gear Fit Pro with a press of either button, or just tilt your wrist so that the display faces you.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro software

Samsung has improved the customisation options for watch faces on the Gear Fit 2 Pro. You can tweak not only what statistics you want displayed on the home screen, but also the colour and font. That helps personalise the device, and there are also hundreds more watch faces available via the Gear Store.
Speaking of the Gear Store, Samsung has (thankfully) gotten rid of the strange forced localisation that we were treated to when we reviewed the Gear Fit 2, so you won't have to deal with a Hindi interface just because you're browsing from India. We still couldn't find a way to change it, but defaulting to English is a better choice in our opinion.
The store is still region locked though, which means the likes of Spotify and UA Record aren't available without the help of a VPN, removing the SIM card, and all that jazz. Still, there are many more useful apps now, with the focus clearly on exercising: Under Armour Record, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and Endomondo are the highlights of the lot.
The biggest annoyance with the iOS app is that it takes forever to connect to the Gear Fit 2 Pro. For what it's worth, you don't need to use the app much unless you regularly wish to install and test new apps, but it can be frustrating when you need to tweak something on the go. Even when it does connect, it can end up randomly disconnecting if you move your hand even slightly.
Installing apps is cumbersome for no reason at all. The Gear Fit app throws up multiple dialog boxes before every download, asking whether you want to download directly to the device (the Gear Fit 2 Pro has Wi-Fi as before), informing you that downloads over 1MB can result in high mobile data charges (even if your phone is connected to Wi-Fi), and then a permissions screen. On top of all that, installation takes too long, and apps in the queue don't download if the phone’s screen goes off.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro activity monitoring, GPS, music, and notifications

Like its predecessor, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is capable of tracking a wide variety of activities. That includes walking, cycling, squats, and yoga, as well as using exercise bikes and rowing machines. The one big addition this time is swimming. That's made possible thanks to full waterproofing on Samsung's new wearable, as opposed to just splash-proofing on the older Gear Fit 2. The device can track these activities automatically, but you won't get a GPS route of your exercise unless you trigger it manually.
Getting a GPS lock takes a long time on the Gear Fit 2 Pro with an iPhone, more so if there are a lot of trees or skyscrapers on the route you normally use. It can mean losing the first one to two minutes of your activity, and in some cases, the device might even give up and ask you to move into an open space to try again. With Android, it's a lot better as Samsung can pull A-GPS data from your paired phone.
But hey, the fact that built-in GPS is an option means that you can leave behind your bulky phone, and not have to deal with arm straps during workouts. The Bluetooth functionality and 4GB of onboard storage let you carry music with you and use wireless headphones. There's a caveat to that storage figure though - of the 4GB, 1.9GB is already occupied by the system itself, so you start off with 2.1GB. Still, that’s enough space for nearly 300 songs encoded at 320kbps, with an average length of 3 minutes.
You can use Wi-Fi to transfer music via the Gear Music Manager app, and you can even use it to maintain a remote connection with your phone beyond the capability of Bluetooth. That way, you'll know when you're getting a call (and other notifications) even if your phone is silent and in some corner of the house, as long as you're wearing the Gear Fit 2 Pro of course.
Notifications support is wider than with most Fitbits, and alerts from every app – on both Android and iOS – will show up on the wearable. On Android, you can turn off what notifications you want from the app, but with iOS, all notifications are on by default and can be blocked the first time they pop up. With Samsung's own phones, you can send canned replies too.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro performance

We tested the Gear Fit 2 Pro against mile markers on a running track, and with the built-in GPS on, the Gear Fit 2 Pro was well on point during activity tracking, with a 3 percent average error rate in distance measured. Turn the GPS off, and the Samsung wearable became a lot worse, arriving at an 11 percent average error rate. (Runkeeper, using an iPhone's built-in GPS, showed an average error rate of less than 3 percent.)
When cycling, the Gear Fit 2 Pro's GPS problem is more pronounced, since bikes are naturally faster than running. We found that we lost records of the first 40-60 seconds of our exercise routines, unless we were okay waiting for the device to get a lock before starting off. Even worse, doing so affected all our stats, as Samsung considers that time as part of the activity.
Samsung's S Health app hasn't gotten the facelift it needs, but the amount of data it gives you for your exercises is great. It's deeper than what the likes of Fitbit and Runkeeper provide, owing to how both those apps generate revenue for their makers. The behemoth that is Samsung has no need to lock your data behind a paywall. Samsung is also trying to keep up with Fitbit's innovations in the sleep department, giving you a look at light and deep sleep, and how much rest you actually got.
In terms of battery life, the Gear Fit 2 Pro lasts two to three days with moderate usage. That's if you keep Wi-Fi and GPS off through the day, and only rely on Bluetooth to maintain a connection to your phone. For those used to the five days that most Fitbit devices can manage, this means more frequent charges. It only takes a little over an hour to get it from single digits to a full charge, given the 200mAh battery.

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro isn't a game-changer compared to its predecessor, but waterproofing and continuous heart tracking are welcome additions, especially since they come without a price bump. The Pro model has been launched at the same Rs. 13,990 price as Gear Fit 2, and is already down to Rs. 13,590 in retail. Samsung was quite aggressive with the pricing of the original, bringing it down to Rs. 11,990 in a few months, and it eventually hit Rs. 8,990, and we could see the same pattern this time around.
Even if that doesn't happen, Samsung's latest is already more affordable than the Fitbit Charge 2(Rs. 14,990, but often discounted). Moreover, the Gear Fit 2 Pro has more features and capabilities than the Charge 2 – built-in GPS, a Super AMOLED display, full notifications support, and now waterproofing – that Samsung would be our first choice even if it winds up costing a little more.
  • Built-in GPS
  • Super AMOLED screen is still great
  • Waterproofing, can track swims
  • Full notifications support
  • Region-locked store is frustrating
  • Display is weak outdoors
  • Inaccurate without GPS
Ratings (out of 5)
  • Design: 4
  • Tracking: 4
  • Other features: 5
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 4

Jio v Airtel v Vodafone v Idea: 2GB 4G Data Per Day Plans, Packs Compared

Jio v Airtel v Vodafone v Idea: 2GB 4G Data Per Day Plans, Packs Compared

  • Reliance Jio offers two prepaid packs, one postpaid plan
  • Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea offer similar benefits to prepaid users
  • Idea is offering competitive Rs. 357 pack in 4G circles
Despite getting slower 4G speeds, mobile phone users in India are demanding more and more data. This influences telecom operators to bring new packs and plans with more data quota at cheaper rates than their existing offerings. Leaders including Bharti AirtelReliance Jio, and Vodafone lately brought their compelling options to offer 1GB of 4G data on a daily basis. But with the increase in demand, the telcos are now offering even 2GB data per day.
If you're on a move to find the best option for your connection, we're listing all the major current prepaid packs and postpaid plans that offer 2GB of 4G data a day, to ease your search.

Reliance Jio

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is the newest entrant in the race but is also the most disruptive one. The operator that entered the Indian telecom sector in September last year has garnered over 160 million subscribers. Moreover, it is claimed to lead 4G availability race by offering its LTE signals 91.6 percent of the time, as reported by OpenSignal. Here are all the available options with Reliance Jio to offer 2GB of 4G data per day.

Reliance Jio has two packs for its prepaid subscribers to offer 2GB of 4G data per day. There is a Rs. 299 pack that offers 4G data (high-speed limit of 2GB per day followed by unlimited usage at 64 Kbps), unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls to and from all national operations, unlimited SMS messages, and access to Jio apps. It comes with a validity of 49 days.
The same benefits can be availed for 49 days by recharging for Rs. 509.
If you own a postpaid Reliance Jio connection, there is just one plan for you. It comes at Rs. 509 that includes unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls in addition to unlimited SMS and Jio app access as well as a daily high-speed limit of 2GB data.

Bharti Airtel

Amongst the competition, Bharti Airtel is the oldest player. The Gurugram-headquartered telco caters to millions of subscribers in the country. As per a recent OpenSignal report, Airtel was ranked on top of the fastest 4G speeds rankings. Here are Airtel's current packs that offer 2GB 4G data per day.
Airtel for now has just one prepaid pack offering 2GB data per day that comes at Rs. 349. The pack, which was launched earlier this month, offers unlimited local and STD calls and 100 SMS per day on a validity of 28 days.


Similar to Reliance Jio and Airtel, Vodafone is offering 2GB of 4G data on a daily basis to cater the ongoing demand. Here are all Vodafone's current packs that offer 2GB 4G data per day.
Vodafone is providing its prepaid subscribers with Rs. 348 pack that offers 2GB of 4G data on a daily basis alongside free local, STD, and roaming calls. The pack, which was launched earlier this month to take on the likes of Reliance Jio and Airtel, is offering voice calls with a ceiling of 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week, after which the subscribers will be charged with 1 paisa per second.

Idea Cellular

Apart from Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone, Idea Cellular is in the race of offering 2GB 4G data per day. The telco so far has limited 4G coverage. However, if you're residing in an Idea 4G circle, you can see the below options for your connection.
Idea is offering a Rs. 357 pack in its 4G circles that includes unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls as well as daily 100 local and national SMS in addition to 2GB per day data quota. You can get identical benefits for 70 days by opting the Rs. 897 pack.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: The Best Camera Phone in the World?

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: The Best Camera Phone in the World?

  • The iPhone X does an excellent job with videos and in portrait mode
  • The Galaxy Note 8 lets you adjust the blur effect in portrait mode
  • The Pixel 2 XL captures the best detail in still photography
The camera in a smartphone has become a crucial part of any shopper's buying decision. Whether you're a photography enthusiast or a casual Instagram-er, it's important to have a good camera in your phone. We get this question all the time - which is the best smartphone camera?
Well, we've tried to answer that in the past in our earlier camera since then, there have been a couple of very interesting and important launches that have grabbed everyone's attention. We, of course, are talking about the iphone xand pixel 2 xltwo flagships with bleeding edge technology but most importantly, with two very impressive cameras. We're also adding the galaxy noye 8 to this comparison, since it's currently Samsung's flagship offering with an equally impressive camera system.

All three phones have 12-megapixel sensors with large apertures and optical image stabilisation. The iPhone X and the Note 8 also sport secondary telephoto sensors, which allow them to do optical zoom and tricks like portrait mode. The Pixel 2 XL lacks a second sensor, but you'll be amazed at what it can achieve thanks to googles software prowess.
For this comparison, we tested the three smartphone cameras under varying conditions, which are all explained in detail

With that out of the way, let's take a closer look at the performance of each of the cameras in different scenarios. Though we used multiple images for each scenario, in the interest of brevity, we've restricted ourselves to just one image that best captures the differences between the various phones. Let's take a closer look'

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Note 8: Daylight landscape

In our landscape tests, HDR was set to Auto for all phones. Here, we look for detail levels, light metering, and accuracy of colours.
The Pixel 2 XL takes the early lead thanks to better light metering and accurate colours. If you look at the first car, you'll notice the details on the bonnet and roof are clearly legible, compared to the overexposed look of the other two. While the iPhone X loses out in exposure, it's close behind the Pixel when it comes to sharpness. The Note 8 doesn't do too badly with the exposure but the details on the objects on the sides are a bit softer than the other two.

WhatsApp Gets Legal Notice in India Over Middle Finger Emoji

WhatsApp Gets Legal Notice in India Over Middle Finger Emoji


  • Advocate Gurmeet Singh sent the legal notice to WhatsApp on Tuesday
  • Singh claims the emoji is an obscene & lewd gesture, an offence in India
  • By offering the emoji, WhatsApp claimed to abet use
An advocate on Tuesday sent a legal notice to mobile messaging app what's app asking it to remove the "middle finger" emoji within 15 days.
Gurmeet Singh, who practises as a lawyer in city courts in New Delhi, said showing the middle finger is not only illegal but an obscene and lewd gesture - an offence in India.

In the notice, the advocate said: "...showing the middle finger is not only offensive but a highly belligerent, invasive, obscene, lewd gesture."
"As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offence to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 showing of the middle finger is also an offence in Ireland," Singh stated in his notice.

"By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture," the notice said. Emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion.
Therefore, it is requested that the middle finger emoji or character or photo must be removed from WhatsApp within 15 days from the date of the present legal notice, it said, threatening to file civil or criminal cases if the app fails to remove it.

Google Play's 12 Days of Play Sales Kicks Off With Discounts on Apps, Books, Movies, and More


  • Premium games are available with up to 80 percent discount
  • TuneIn is offering 40 percent discount on yearly subscription
  • Movie rentals in India are available for Rs. 20
While we're set to say goodbye to 2017, Google Play has launched its "12 Days of Play" holidays sale to offer apps, books, movies, music, and TV shows at discounted prices. There are also discounts on various in-app purchases to offer the best of 2017. The sale is expected to be available live until we enter the new year.
Amongst other offers on the list, various premium games are discounted by up to 80 percent. There are notable titles such as Minecraft: Story Mode - Season TwoFinal Fantasy Tactics: WotLClueReignsThe Amazing Spider-Man 2Need For Speed Most WantedFRAMED 2, and Sonic Jump Pro among various others. Additionally, games like Clash of ClansROBLOX, and Pok√©mon GO are listed with discounted in-app purchases.
If games aren't your choice, TuneIn is available on Google Play with 40 percent discount on its yearly subscription. This means you can enjoy listening to music for the whole 2018 at a discounted price. Similarly, there is 40 percent off on the annual subscription of healthcare app Lifesum that offers you a single platform to track and monitor your calories, food, and nutrition. Google Play Movies & TV is also celebrating the holiday season by offering movie rentals at Rs. 20. You can also buy some of the renowned Bollywood and Hollywood movie titles at a discount of up to 60 percent.
For studious users and bookworms, Google Play has listed various books at up to 60 percent of discount. There are offerings such as I Do What I Do by Raghuram G. Rajan, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Khullam Khulla by Rishi Kapoor, and My Enemy's Enemy by Avinash Paliwal amongst others.
In addition to other offers, Candy Crush Saga through Google Play is set to host huge discounts from December 29 to January 2. Candy Crush lovers can also opt for unlimited lives and get incredible discounts on gold bars during the ongoing sale. Similarly, there are some fruitful offers on other Candy Crush titles including Candy Crush Soda Saga, and Candy Crush Jelly Saga. Some special discounts are also anticipating Dragon Ball Z fans.
Google Play Music in the US is offering subscribers four months of ad-free music playback. Also, there are various discounts on movie rentals and TV shows specifically for the US users.