Xiaomi Introduces New Cinema-Quality Mi Laser Projector

When we talk about home theater setups, high-quality projectors have always been the most expensive way to enjoy a quality movie time. But, it seems that a Chinese tech company Xiaomi has solid plans to change the trend with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector.

Xiaomi’s newest addition priced at 9,999 yuan which is quite reasonable as compare to a complete home theater setup and boasts a 150inch display to offer you a tantalizing theater like experience.

The Mi Laser Projector uses LPD 3.0 laser light source tech which is developed by Appotronics. By the way, it is the same company that has developed the laser tech in almost 90 percent of China’s movie theaters.

To make this latest addition a more exciting yet fully integrated home theater, Xiaomi has added a built-in speaker system which makes Mi Laser Projector a one stop-solution for the audience. Well, in all honesty, the technology is not something new, but the cheap prices are putting it in a more favorable situation.

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Spotify Grows Its Profile by Partnering with Eventbrite for Concert Listings

Spotify has been offering concert listing recommendations for quite some time now. And, a big credit goes to SoundKick here. There have already been options like LiveNation, Ticketmaster and SongKick itself. But now, it is the time to add yet another company to the list. Yes, we are talking about Eventbrite.

You know what? Unlike other services, you can buy tickets from Eventbrite in just a couple taps, and that makes it a far easier option than others.

Just like any other concert listing, Eventbrite events’ listing will show up in your feed depending on your listening habits. If you want to go to any concert, all you need to do is, tap “Find Tickets”, and you will be directed to the concert page to buy your ticket from there.

Eventbrite, while talking about the deal in its blog post, said that a third-party study conducted by Music Watch, Inc found that 42% of people discover bands and emerging artists through platforms like Spotify.

It further added, “With the new integration, Spotify listeners can complete their ticket purchase on Eventbrite in two quick taps – no login or captcha required. Since every additional step costs 10% in conversion on average, this seamless checkout experience will reduce overall drop-off and dramatically increase ticket sales for artists and promoters.”


Thanks to Logitech: Now Gamers Certainly Have a Reason to Like Wireless Mice

Logitech has all the reasons to surprise gamers with its new Powerplay technology that builds wireless charging directly into its mouse pad. This allows wireless mice to charge continuously without swapping batteries in the middle of the match.

Logitech, while revealing about the technology, claimed that it took more than four years of constant research and development to make it a reality.

Now, your next biggest concern is a compatible mouse that really works great with the Powerplay, right? Well, things are going just your way because you have two mice to choose from: the G703 Lightspeed ($100) which is quite simple in design and a bit lighter as well. Whereas, the G903 Lightspeed ($150) has a customizable button layout that automatically enhances responsiveness of the button.

You will have to wait a little more to get your hands on the Powerplay because it is not going to arrive before August. However, the G703 and G903 will hit the market in June.


Apple’s Latest iPhone Ad Centralizes Nature to Sell Video Features

Apple’s latest iPhone ad is talk of the town that features a wide range of short clips, shot on iPhone by the users. And the entire video is complimented by a calming voice of astronomer Carl Sagan. The captivating and soothing clips of mountains, forests, birds and insects are intended to signify the smartphone’s camera.

Carl Sagan, a renowned astronomer adds charm to the video by reading out a couple of quotes from his book “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.” Basically, the theme of the ad is focused on reminding viewers that they should take care of ‘Earth’, their only home.

Here is just a glimpse of what he narrates in the video, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known.”

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You Can Now Preorder Your Microsoft’s Surface Pen for $99

Let’s all hear the great news: Preorders for Microsoft’s new Surface Pen are open, which the company announced last month alongside the new Surface Pro. The cost set for the pen is $99. However, for now, it seems that only the platinum version of the pen is available. Moreover, you can’t preorder blue, black or burgundy versions as they are still shown in the “coming soon” section.

Virtually, the pen is lag free as Microsoft reduced lag to 21 milliseconds, and this is where Apple Pencil takes the lead by 1ms. But, the four different color options give Microsoft’s Surface Pen a slight edge and dominance.

Since there is a drastic cut down in lag, therefore the new pen speeds up the inking experience eventually. The new version is double efficient than the previous one, and can also handle tilting, which allows users shade smoothly like they would with a pencil.

So, what’s your take on it? Let us know your feedback!


Mobile UX Trends that are Revolutionizing the Word “Design”

Mobile users today are so much difficult to understand. Getting frequent updates on their smartphones related to latest features don’t surprise them at all, which eventually puts a lot of pressure on UX designers and developers to keep bringing remarkable innovations.

Talking about some of the most promising design trends (virtual and augmented reality, conversational interface and motion design), they have been incorporated massively. And, we would definitely see them performing well in the coming years too.

So, let’s take a closer look at these three mobile trends and why they have become extremely popular in just a short span of time.

  • Virtual Augmented Reality

Since smartphones have become efficient in terms of speed, cameras and quality of graphics, therefore virtual reality and augmented reality experiences are booming quite drastically.

The magic of AR and VR is that they allow you to put your users into a multi-sensory environment, where they can have a real-like experience without being there.

  •  Conversational Interface

If something related to UX design is hot, then it is a conversational interface. And, due to native virtual assistants that are built in majority of smartphones, users look more happy and comfortable talking to a bot.

  •  Interface and Motion Design

The time when flash-based design got retired, animation has risen from there and it rapidly become one of the demanding UX trends. There is a Dubai-based agency known as QousQazah, which implements motion design to its clients’ websites and mobile apps in an incredible way. You got to check them out!

Alright! So, this is it. If you have not started using these mobile UX trends yet, then what are you waiting for? Give your users a splendid experience that they can’t get rid of.


Now You Can Create and Order Physical Albums with Google

Google announced a lot of incredible advancements at I/O 2017 last week. And, among all of those amazing announcements, the ability to create and order albums with Google Photos grabbed some considerable attention.

In the past, it was only possible to use this feature through a desktop browser, which was a major drawback. Now, the good news is, Google has updated its Photos app on Android and iOS. It certainly breaks the barrier and allows you to use your smartphone to order a book of your preferred images, which is quite easy to create by using Google’s AI.

If you want to buy softcover albums, then you will have to pay $10. Otherwise, the premium hardcover will cost you $20.

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The Iconic 3310 Becomes Talk of the Town as It Goes on Sale

The world is going crazy and they all have a reason for this. Yes, the rebooted version of iconic Nokia 3310 has gone on sale today.

It’s been nearly 17 years from now the original version made debut, but people still can’t get over its fever. So, let’s dig in deeper to see what you can expect from the newly upgraded version of Nokia 3310.

The rebooted version has two-megapixel camera, and it is compatible with 2.5G connectivity, which certainly means it doesn’t offer unlimited access to the internet. The initial price set for this nostalgic model is £49.99 and its battery claims to offer up to 22 hours of talk time.

Remember, you won’t be able to enjoy all the latest apps on this device, but a fresh version of the classic snake game will be there to assure some sort of entertainment.

“The interest shown for this reimagined classic has been backed up by incredibly strong levels of pre-registration, and we have already sold out of very limited stock online.” Carphone Warehouse’s Andrew Wilson said.

So, what is your take on it?

Let us know by making a comment!


A Collaboration Between Mercedes-Benz and Vivint Aims to Power Your Solar Home

Yes, you have heard that right. Mercedes – Benz is teaming up with Vivint Solar, a U.S based company for giving a real tough time to Tesla and other similar companies that work in residential solar energy and storage.

The plan is to make a combined product for homeowners for which Mercedes – Benz Energy will amalgamate 2.5kWh of its energy storage batteries with a Vivint’s rooftop. According to experts, this amount of energy is sufficient to electrify majority of your home’s appliances for almost twenty hours straight. Isn’t that awesome?

And, this is what Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes – Benz Energy Americas said about the project: “As Mercedes – Benz electrifies its vehicle fleet, solar plus storage is essential to enable those vehicles to be powered by clean energy.”

The cost is not going to be the same as it will vary depending on the system. However, a complete 2.5kWh battery system, when paired with a Vivint solar will cost about $5,000. On the other hand, 20kWh home energy storage system comprising of several connected batteries will be priced about $13,000.

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Facebook Now Makes Use of AI to Eradicate the Language Barrier

Facebook prefers its users and keep them on the front-line. And, the company makes every possible effort to prove it right. This time, Facebook is taking a step further by using artificial intelligence to improve language translation efficiency.

It certainly means that Facebook users will not only be seeing videos and posts in their preferred languages, but just anything. Well, it is not going to be an entirely new concept for Facebook because it already translates posts in more than 45 languages. However, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook believes that there is still a lot of work to be done.

Also, Facebook has unveiled its research publicly for developers, so that they can build translation and other relevant tools. Moreover, apart from language translation, this incredible technology could also be used to create chatbots.

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