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As 2016 comes to an end, most of the big companies have already dropped their wearables in the market like Apple Watch 2, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear S2, but the greatest innovations are yet to come.

Following is the list of wearable technologies that are about to hit the market:

§ Microsoft HoloLens (ETA – late 2016)

This upcoming augmented reality headset from Microsoft is the most anticipated technology till date. It does not have a fixed release date yet. This technology uses a depth camera which tracks your head and hand gestures and overlays holograms, blending them into real environment. These can be fixed at one place and you can walk around them, and you can manipulate them as though they are real 3D objects. Microsoft is now having developers and creators to develop games and apps for the headset, and Minecraft, which now it owns, is one of them and is expected to be a big hit.

§ Project Aura (ETA – 2017)

Not much people know about this wearable as it didn’t get as much attention, but it is confirmed. It is based on the concept on Google Glass, but it will be designed for the workplace and will be enterprise focused. It will be waterproof, and you can fold it up and keep it in your pocket. It is durable and has improved battery life and wearers can stream video apps and much more.

§ Magic Leap (ETA – 2016)

This is another AR just like the Microsoft HoloLens, but it’s not sure yet. It has raised over $1 billion in funding and is in talks. They also release a teaser video every couple of months.

§ Blocks (ETA – December 2016)

This is a modular smartwatch, one you’d want to get your hands on. The Blocks smartwatch has a 1.4 inch 400×400 AMOLED display and runs Android Marshmallow. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor with 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM.

§ HTC/Under Armour (ETA unknown)

The smartwatch from HTC was going to be launched in April 2016 but got postponed and as of yet, the release date is not known. It is rumored that it has an all-round display with a 360×360 resolution.

§ Xiaomi Smartwatch (ETA unknown)

The Amazfit Watch from Xiaomi has its own custom OS, and works with Android devices. You need to have the Mii Fit app on your Android smartphone. It is a fitness-focused affordable smartwatch.

§ Asus ZenWatch 3 (ETA – November 2016)

The latest smartwatch from Asus has a 1.39 inch 400×400 AMOLED display and comes in three different colors. It runs Android OS and is quite expensive.

§ Pebble Time 2 (ETA – November 2016)

It is a professional smartwatch and has an e-paper 228×200 1.5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is mostly made of stainless steel with a silicon strap. It has an inbuilt microphone for voice notes. It works with both Apple and Android devices but doesn’t have any GPS or Wi-Fi support. It also monitors heart rate and is embedded with ARM Cortex M7 processor. It has its own custom Pebble OS.

§ Samsung Gear 3 (ETA – November 2016)

The third smartwatch from Samsung has a 1.3-inch 360×360 super AMOLED screen with a 46mm body. It comes with a GPS, barometer, altimeter and speedometer to measure heart rate. It comes in two different colors. It’s release date and price are unknown as of yet.



5 Accessories For Traveling That Make It Easy To Carry Gadgets And Everything

There are so many things about traveling that can cause stress, which sometimes we wonder why we bother leaving the house at all. For one thing, there’s the packing. Stressing about whether or not there’s room in your suitcase for everything you need on your trip can be a real headache – and if you go over your baggage weight limit, you’ll either have to pay the airline an overabundance baggage expense, or leave a couple of things behind.

Some excellent travel gadgets and accessories can significantly reduce the stress of going on a trip. Taking the right travel accessories with you can make your trip easier, less complex, comfortable too and help you have a happier holiday.

1) Travel Steamer.

Regardless of how you pack, wrinkles happen. When you want to look great, a travel steamer can alter the situation, rapidly remove stubborn, packed-in wrinkles without harming fabrics. A good travel-specific model, for example, Travelon will minimize the space and weight it takes in your luggage.

2) Earplugs.

I never go anywhere without earplugs. Whether you’re on the plane, or in a hotel room, earplugs that block out unfamiliar noises can give you the sleep you need. Foam earplugs are easy to use and surprisingly comfortable and effective they compress to half their size for easy insertion, and then slowly expand to block out noise. Hearos is a good brand that provides 33 dB of noise reduction (the highest available).

3). Travel Charger Adapter

If you rely on cell phones and other gadgets to stay in touch while traveling, the Travel Charger Adapter is probably the most useful travel gadget you will ever own.

The Travel Charger Adaptor combines adapters suitable for use throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Australasia and the Far East, as well as featuring a handy USB control socket for charging MP3 players and other gadgets that you would normally charge through your computer.

4). Trace Me Luggage Tag

One of the things most likely to spoil your holiday is losing your luggage. Spending your entire trip wearing just the clothes you arrived in is painful enough, but knowing you’ll never see your precious suitcase contents again is deeply distressing.

With the Trace Me Luggage Tag, you can greatly reduce the chances of losing your luggage forever. The Trace Me Luggage Tag is strong and durable and contains an individual serial number and 2D bar code, linked for life to your registration details on a secure data storage system used by law enforcement agencies, airport baggage handling organizations and lost property administrations worldwide.

If your luggage goes astray, a straightforward scan of the Trace Me Luggage Tag will identify it as your property. Registering your Trace Me Luggage Tag is brisk and easy to do online, and there are no recurring expenses or subscription charges.

5) Packable Tote Bag.

Plastic shopping bags are ubiquitous in the US (though being phased out in places), but other countries don’t always provide them, or charge extra. Be prepared, and be environmentally friendly too, by bringing your packable tote bag. Tiny when folded, you’ll always have a bag at the ready to hold all your purchases.



6 Cool Phone Hacks You Did not Know

It is virtually impossible to study all the features of your phone, some you will never know about in the entire life of your device, whether Android or an iPhone. I have 3 cool phone hacks for each type for both operating systems.

Three Cool Phone Hacks on Android

1. Remotely Lock your Phone

If you ever lose your phone, the Android Device Manager,available on Google Play, allows you to remotely lock the phone and erase all the data in the phone by remotely performing a Factory Reset.

All you need to do is activate the Device Administrator Settings which allows Android Google Play services to erase all data on the phone, change the screen lock ,and lock the screen.

2. Remotely Control Your Desktop Computer

Control your desktop from anywhere using your Android. You only need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop App on your desktop first and follow the prompts in the interface which will also require you to give permission to your Android device and to create a 6-digt PIN to be used later by the phone, where you will also need to install the software.

Installing the software is even more straightforward on the Android device. Follow all the prompts and enter the PIN you had earlier created on the desktop. Once the app is operational you can now operate your desktop remotely from anywhere.

3. Bypass your Security Code While in a Trusted Location

You can de-activate your security code whenever you are in specified, trusted locations. Therefore, anyone can access your phone without the need for a security code. Obviously, care must be taken to ensure that this feature is not activated in public places.

To activate the feature, go to “Smart Lock” under “Security Settings.”

Under “Smart Lock” you will then be required to specify your “Trusted Places,” which can be home or any other place you deem fit.
Three Cool Phone Hacks on iPhone
1. Etch-a-Sketch
Your iPhone can actually mimic an Etch-a-Sketch. All you have to do is shake the phone whenever you make a typing error and the screen will clear and allow you to start all over again.

This is a useful hack for those who hate the dexterous operations required to operate the “erase” tab. And it doesn’t stop at text only, the feature can also be used while editing pictures.

2. Charge Batteries Faster in Airplane ModeSwitch your phone to Airplane Mode and it will charge faster.
Why?

Because in the Airplane Mode all the background processes that consume power, including all radio-related operations, such as GPS and internet, will be off.

The difference in charging is not day-and-night, but it can shave off some minutes especially when you need to leave in a hurry. Remember not to check the charging process often as the screen background light consumes considerable power too.

3. Invert Display Colors at Night

Love browsing late at night while in bed? Do you wake up your spouse because of the bright light? Simple. Invert the iPhone display colors and you will not have to worry about the light. The text will be lighter than the background and this will be less invasive in the dark.

Keep on exploring your phones, there are more phone hacks to be discovered.



Tricks on your Android that you do not know

Smartphones are perhaps the best innovation that has become human’s favorite. Nowadays, manufacturers are competing through addition of features to phones. These many features require an android version that will have speed and enough memory to enable them run smoothly. All applications compatible with a Smartphone are useful to the user.

Although the phone manual describes how to use important features, 90% of android owners utilize less the 40% of the applications. However, most of these features make the phone more interesting, if only you know how to use them effectively. The value of a phone depends on the number of features and applications it has. Here are wonderful tricks that these applications can do:

Security camera

The IP webcam application turns an android phone to an IP webcam that you can use to trace what is going on at your house. The trick requires two phones one for surveillance and the one you will carry. The phone cameras act as the window pc and it is a cheap but effective security management system.

Wi-Fi tricks

Tracing hidden Wi-Fi signal

Using your favorite App store, install the inSSIDer application on your android. This feature allows you to access locked Wi-Fi signal and information.

Wireless files transfer

When you require transferring files and documents from your phone to a laptop, you do not require using a cable. The Airdroid app allows use of Wi-Fi wireless network to connect to any window pc. The size of the file is unlimited while using this app.

Tracking unauthorized Wi-Fi users

The Wi-Fi is usually open and people may take advantage of this. The Fing application allows access to all addresses connected to your signal.

Windows PC and phone connection

If you want to watch a file from your PC using a Smartphone, download and install the Splashtop 2 application. The features connect all the apps including Game plays on your phone and they work with enough speed.

In addition, you can make an exact reflection of your Smartphone display screen on your PC. The All Cast and Teamviewer Quicksupport applications have features and themes to allow this. It is time you leave cables for charging purposes only.

Medical purpose

Our heart rates have some aspect in the overall health and body fitness. It is possible to carry out heart beat rates using your android phone. The Instant Heart Rate application has features that measure the exact pulse rates. Place the middle finger on the phone camera and watch your pulse rates.

Camera to calculator

It is possible to have rapid mathematical problems solutions using a Photomath application. With the application activated, a snap of an arithmetic sum will automatically have a correct solution. It is a very useful feature for students who require quick answers.

Optimizing the Smartphone’

The operating software affects the speed of the phone. Kali Linux software is a perfect OS that is accessible from the App store. Depending on the phone’s android version, there will be specific instructions that will help optimize the phone OS.

In addition to a fast OS, it is possible to bypass the screen lock and retain all your data. However, this is specific for the different brands and you require having specific Brand information. It is time you made your Smartphone interesting using these tricks.



How Protective Accessories Can Prolong the Life of Your iPad

No matter how sturdy, versatile or perfectly protected your iPad is, the risk of getting it damaged beyond repair with a single drop on a hard surface still exists. If you want to protect your valuable electronic companion from unfortunate accidents, unnecessary bumps and scratches, consider buying a protective case for it. There are attractive and fun designs on the market to choose from and all of these accessories can keep your pricey gadget safe from harm at all times.

Here are some of the most important benefits you will enjoy through the selection of protective iPad accessories.

Protection
The main advantage of iPad covers and cases is the ability to protect your expensive device from damage caused by falls, scrapes or knocks. Because of the wide range of shock absorbing materials used in case manufacturing, these accessories offer high level of defense against damages that can potentially render your tablet unusable.

Statistics show that buyers who have purchased protective iPad cases experience fewer problems resulting from accidental damage. These statistics prove the fact that investing in a high-quality casing is one of the best ways to prolong the life of your favorite device.

While covers protect the front of your tablet, cases have the added benefit of covering its sides and back, as well.

Functionality
Besides protecting your tablet from accidental damage, high-end iPad cases provide great functionality and various useful features that can increase the value of your electronics. And who doesn’t love having an extra functionality added to their favorite gadgets, right?

While back in the day most case models were designed in a way that prevented the user from utilizing some of the tablet features unless the case was removed, today, the picture is completely different. Most iPad case manufacturers focus their efforts on making protective accessories that allow you to use all functions, as well as to take advantage of new ones.

Some iPad covers come with a physical keyboard that transforms your tablet into a handy notebook. Others provide holders that, when folded, turn into a convenient stand for your tablet. The list goes on and on.

Customization
Protective casing also allows you to customize your tablet, making it stand out from the crowd. If you’re looking for ways to tweak the design of your iPad to reflect your personality or to just change its default look, casing is the way to go. Thousands of different designs are available for you to choose among, which gives you incredible self-expression opportunities.

Selecting the right iPad cover may be a confusing and time consuming task, especially with all the shells, sleeves, play-through cases and flip-style covers available on the market. When shopping for protective casing, remember that choosing the cheapest or most expensive model is not necessarily your best bet. Look for an accessory that provides good protection, looks and functionality at a reasonable price.



Upcoming BMW Models Blend Efficiency with Classic Sporting Power

BMW is a company that has always led the pack when it comes to innovative automobiles. From their early advancements in safety and mass production, to success in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, BMW is a brand that commands respect in the industry, and appeal from the buying public.

Looking ahead to what BMW will bring in the near future, is always interesting. In the past, BMW has been known for luxury, power, and an exciting driving experience. Today, they are diversifying, especially into green vehicles with small carbon footprints. This doesn’t mean that enthusiasts need to worry that BMW is going ‘soft’. Their future portfolio will include advanced electric cars, but they are still heavily invested in the internal combustion engine.

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The BMW 330e

The ‘e’ in the model name should give something away about this vehicle. The 3 series is a line of award winning cars from BMW. They have bridged the gap between affordability and luxury, but they haven’t exactly been showcase models to display the best of what BMW can do. With the 330e, that will all change. This model will be a hybrid saloon car that makes the best of a gasoline engine, along with a rechargeable electric motor.

When it comes to power, the figures are impressive. The combination of the engine and motor will produce almost 250hp, with a respectable 310 lb-ft of torque. This should mean that it is as capable on city roads as it is on the open highway. BMW states that it will be able to do a 0 -60mph sprint in just 5.9 seconds.

Bringing high tech innovation, BMW will offer a smartphone app that can display battery levels remotely, so you could check how much power you have remaining, even from behind your desk. The battery can be recharged from a household power outlet.

The benefit of an electric car is that it can save you money when it comes to gas, while also reducing emissions. The BMW 330e will use its onboard computer to calculate your route and automatically switch between the electric motor and gasoline engine. For city driving, the car will operate almost silently.

To top it off, the interior will feature an interactive display unit which gives graphic energy readouts, detailing consumption, and remaining energy store.

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The Upcoming BMW M2

Proving that they haven’t abandoned the high performance segment of the market, BMW plans to release the all new M2. Set to replace the 1M coupe, the M2 will provide head turning looks, exciting driving, and 365 horsepower from an engine that will take the car from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Showing that they have enthusiasts in mind, the M2 will come with a 6 speed manual gearbox, which is something that many drivers have missed on modern cars. All the components on the vehicle have been designed to be lightweight, which improves efficiency. This might be a high performance, gasoline engine vehicle, but it doesn’t mean that BMW isn’t committed to reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

The Future of BMW is Bright

Whether you’re a performance enthusiast who wants a luxury European car with sporty styling and handling, or you need a more sensible family saloon with hybrid electric technology, BMW will have you covered in the near future. Their approach to new vehicle design is the perfect compromise between an industry that is shifting towards alternate power methods, and a market that still demands classic BMW performance.

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