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Mandatory accessory, Powerbank.


Have you been out for long without having enough battery on your mobile & realized you should have carried a power bank with you? Missed taking those sunset snaps just because you ran out of battery after using mobile the whole day?

Google maps, WhatsApp, Instagram, Music consume most of your battery with and without your knowledge. How often do you check which app consumes most of your battery?

We spend a lot of time in commute and at outdoors, you can’t expect your phone to have full battery all the times. You can save or extend the battery for a day by turning off data, reducing brightness, closing all unused apps & even turning off location sharing & data for apps that uses it in background.

 

Over the period I used few power banks and I’ve recommended few to my friends and relatives. Here is my power bank collection. I use it on a regular basis.

1. Anker, 2. Vinsic 3. GuliKit 4. Reconnect

Before looking at the Powerbank options…

Rule #1

Use your own Powerbank, do not lend it from others. If you do so, do not use mobile while charging using Powerbank. You’re not only draining the backup charge for its owner but also not optimizing the value of charging time.

Rule #2 

There is no Rule 2! Once power backup is gone, its gone. so use it productively!

Anker

I’ve been using Anker power bank since 2015. Its ultra compact, 10000 mAh portable power bank. It can do a full charge of my iPhone 5c & 6s for 5 times. It comes with a pouch to make it easy to carry. There are two ports in this power bank, so you can charge two mobiles at once. Indicator is helpful in identifying how much battery is left until next charge. It also comes with a scratch guard to protect the power bank.

After house key & laptop if you can find one accessory on my bag, it is this power bank! (Don’t try to snatch it when I’m away, I’ll find you!)

As Anker became a major player in power bank and other accessories, there are various options available from Anker in market. You can checkout these power banks from Anker.

Anker Ultra compact 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2Kzqgjg
Anker Ultra slim 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H9n1wR
Anker Ultra small 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2YQkqCK

 

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Vinsic

This is a beast! It’s ultraslim & 20000 mAh, it does full battery charge for iPhones 5,6 for almost 10 times. I carry it when I go on a road trip. Irrespective of devices, this can be used even to charge your camera and camera battery, provided you have the right cable.

Best part about this power bank is that, it comes with digital indicator, so it’s very easy to know how much battery is left and you can plan to charge this power bank accordingly. It comes with two USB ports as well, so you can charge two devices at a time.

Checkout this power bank here – 

Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2HlqdFZ
Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H5yiyo
Visit New upgraded version 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/31CSpLX

 

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Gulikit

This is a new addition to my power bank, this has a battery indicator as well, which is easy to know how much battery power left for further charge. It has one USB port, it is smaller than your phone! Best part is that you can attach it with your Nintindo switch and use it. It’s a 10000 mAh power bank, it charges phone fast and it can charge your phone more than 6 times.

Gulikit 10000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2TBmN6D


Reconnect

My wife uses this power bank from close to 7 years and it’s great. It’s compact, light weight and it can charge android phones for more than 5 times.

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I’m sure you’re already on amazon to get your power bank! Which power bank are you using? Do let me know in comments!

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DJI – Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom: Price & Features


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DJI is certainly the go to brand when it comes to a Drone. Its used by cinematographers of all grades ranging from a novice to elite film professional. 

Drones ranges from a basic Tello to Phantom 4. Every drone has got it’s own quality & excellent features for what it costs.

With an invite sent to DJI enthusiasts like me to see “The Bigger Picture” DJI has added yet another extraordinary feather to its cap, DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom.

Standing to it’s whooping price of $1,499 & $1,249 respectively, each of this version has got it’s own incredible features. For example Mavic 2 Zoom has got Dolly Zoom feature which was available only to film professionals for more than 6 decades. Both versions has got Hyperlapse while drone is still on the fly, which is personally my favorite and is sure an extraordinary feature for a drone.

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DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Checkout the features & the drone footage published by DJI this morning at New York City.

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Introducing DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

This will be a treat for the professionals who is expecting to upgrade their gear!

Do checkout these videos Mavic+Goggles fun of flying,  Mavic livestreaming across the worldMavic-Shooting waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Low light Photography


It’s my first article about photography & I’m starting it with Low light Photography.

Light plays an important role in Photo, be it day light, or night photography, light is the main source and it can define your photo the way you want to convey it.

My interest for photography goes back to the time when I have never touched a camera & we never had one at home. My dad use to express his interest on how we could have shot a photo if we had a camera on that spot, as a child I have grown up cultivating that interest in me. I bought a first digital point & shoot camera in 2010 for my dad & started taking so many photos whenever we went out.

Four years before I bought this Digi cam, the first time I ever got my hands on to a digital camera was when my friend Praveen got his cousin Anand anna’s camera. He gave me the first tips to shoot a photo without leaving space about head & to avoid unnecessary blank space on a photo. After my dad he is my first mentor for photography.

Lowlight Photography:

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I called it “Yin-Yang: The actual meaning is different here

I shot this 8 years back with a point & shoot camera, I held this “Spadiga Maalai” in one hand and shot with other hand. As it was a cloudy day our home was more dark when i shot this pic.

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This is 15th photo in my Flickr account. My friend Vikky’s photo is the first photo that I’ve uploaded to my Flickr account.

I got my first DSLR camera two years back & exploring various categories from Landscapes to Portraits. Though I love all the categories, shooting in low light or at night interests me more. Let’s talk about it now.

Low light photography needs an important quality – Patience. If you have patience & dedicated time to take the shot you have in mind, you can certainly produce good quality photos. You don’t need more fancy accessories to shoot photos, just keep a clear idea of what you’re going to shoot & find a spot for your photo.

I’m not going to explain every details like a pro, I’ll talk about it to the level I’ve exposure about it. You need a camera with manual setup, based on how much light is available in the spot you choose, you will have to manually adjust your aperture and shutter speed. One thing to keep in mind is that you will have to keep your camera absolutely still. You cannot let it move a bit. You will end up with a blurred photo without any details. So, find your angle & keep your camera on floor or compound or if you have tripod you can keep it anywhere you can.

You don’t a remote for all your shots, you can use timer but remember even the click that you press in your camera will shake your photo & will end up as an useless shot.

Here are some low light photos that I shot.

 

Below shot is a form of light trails, my wife posed 30 seconds without moving for this photo. Keep in mind, when your subject moves or your camera moves you will end up in a blurred image.

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This is a light trail shot.

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Now give it a try & share your shot with me & Do let me know if this article  was any useful to you in comments.

Checkout my photo works on my Insta & Flickr pages.


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Home Automation, no more a fantasy!


Remember the car chasing scene in Tomorrow never dies? Pierce Brosnan operates his car using a remote device?

This movie was released almost 20 years before! The remote controlled car in this movie was a very big hit! So how does that matter to this post? Well, let’s see.

Since a long time ago there are many companies that are trying to make a lot of automation to the products that we’ve using. When TV channels were manually tuned to different channels, remote control to TV was introduced. Similarly lot of automation were introduced to what we’re using.

One such automation to the home electronics is WeMo. WeMo is a series is of products by Belkin. There are several products that can be used at home in all power outlets.

downloadAfter talking to my friend, Libin, I’ve ordered a WeMo Switch Insight and was very curious to use. As soon as I’d received my order I’ve started using it.

WeMo switch is a 372.jpg simple device, just plug it in any power outlet and connect it to your home wifi, download wemo app in your android or ios device to start using it.

You can easily turn on and off any device that you’ve connected to this device.The remote access feature allows you to control the device from anywhere in the world using your mobile data! You can also connect a switch hub and control all the devices that are connected to the power hub.

I’m using it for my light and it’s super cool to control it from your mobile. The best part is, you can schedule the device to turn on and off anytime you want. And there is a away mode, using which you can schedule the device to turn and off at multiple times just to make up as if people are at home.

You can also see the energy usage using the device which is the additional feature in the device. There is a basic version which is $10 lesser price than this one which is good and same as this one. The reason I bought this is, it’s an affordable price. Unlike super costly devices, this one is $50 & the basic is $40.

On a lighter note, if you’re buying it, don’t tell anyone at home and make a ghost prank by turning on and off remotely, Don’t do it to a light hearted person who can’t handle a prank!

Check out the 30 secs video, I’ve just recorded the turning On and Off using mobile!

Check out  Amazon for more of WeMo products.

Do comment if you like this post. Thanks for reading.


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BM101 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker


I’d bought a new mini wireless Bluetooth speaker. I’d ordered it through Touch of Modern website and I used their mobile application to order this item. I was just surfing their app and found lots of new gadgets. When you want to gift your friends and family this is a best site to look for different gadgets.

When I’d placed the order the order confirmation said it will reach me in 11-18 days which I thought was very long time, yet I’d ordered as I was not in hurry. But to my surprise I’d received the item in a week.

It’s a simple package & the pack included mini speaker and the data cable (no adapter) to charge. Sound of this speaker is really awesome and it can fill a big room! Here are the pics and video of this mini speaker.


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V-Day with Asus Zenfone


Every year the month February brings in lot of happiness for many and sadness for some people. We always think Valentine’s Day is only when we have a boy/girl friend to go cherish the day. But It’s not just about having boy/girl friend. It’s lot more than that.

There is nothing to be saddened if one doesn’t have a Valentine on V-day; The love in Dad’s strictness when we reach home – ‘Why are you late? Be careful when you’re out at late hours’ & The affection Mother shows after you enter house – ‘Did you had proper food outside or not? I know you would have had some junk food, Wash your hands and plate, let me serve you food’ & the caring words from sister consoling you by saying that ‘mom and dad does everything for your own good so listen to their advice’, More over the love & affection from the best friend who stands with us all time… Until one have these caring people with them, one need not worry about Valentine’s Day.

When it comes to me, My Valentine is special…

She is slim, sleek, colorful, I can feel what others can’t feel, I can see what others can’t see, I can do what others can’t do! Hey!!! Wait… Wait…

I’m talking about the beauty of Asus Zenfone.

You can't take your eyes off from the beauty of Asus Zenfone the whole day!

You can’t take your eyes off from the beauty of Asus Zenfone the whole day! PC: YouTube (Lotus Five Star DVD). Editing: Bhargav Kesavan.

Colorful models, perfect designs, Long lasting battery, Best performance, 6″ HD Display, 13 MP HD Camera, 5 Element optical lens & what not? I can keep describing the whole day, why this phone can be my Valentine.

The Asus Zenfone has various models that the price starts from 5, 299/- The 42 Mbps network speed up to which Zenfone supports is a truly wonderful experience for watching movies in beat display & the battery life that it supports will keep you watching movie after movie! Make sure you have a best data plan in market 😉

A day is not complete without chatting with your best buddies when you can’t meet them, being at home network or at roaming network, with the dual SIM I’m always connected with friends from one or other network connection. A perfect mobile is when it has got all the best features which I have it in Asus Zenfone.

Valentine day comes once in a year, but with my Asus Zenfone, it’s V-day for me throughout the year.

So what are you waiting for? Watch this beautiful #UnconditionalLove video and plan your Valentine 😉

This post is written for a contest sponsored by http://www.flipkart.com/asus hosted by IndiBlogger-Logo-Light-Background-e1350035970796.


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Whatsapp vs Telegram


Today, the less feature that’s used in our mobile is SMS. If you’ve 500 SMS/Month, 400 will be unused end of the month.

No more forward messages are sent in SMS these days. Only fwd images & videos, it’s all sent using various apps.

One of the applications that is widely used is Whatsapp.

Though this application is used by 500 Million users, due to frequent updates users started finding an alternate application with similar features.

Here is a comparison between Whatsapp and a next widely used & growing application Telegram.

After using Telegram for a month, I find this difference between these applications.
Whatsapp vs Telegram

 

Features WhatsApp Telegram
Headquarters California, U.S.A Berlin, Germany
GUI Looks good Looks good
Display Pic Just viewable You can zoom & View the user display picture
Status Message 139 characters NA
Last Seen Time You can choose your privacy Viewable
Contacts Name Your contacts name in memory will reflect here You can rename your contacts name locally for Telegram
Notification Tone Common tone for all (Individual contact), Common tone for all groups. You can assign tones for individual contacts
Mute? Mute is applicable only to group, 8 hours, 1 day or 1 week. You can mute individual contacts as well.
Notifications You can disable notifications only groups You can disable either direct messages, group messages or both.
Message delivery? Single tick when it’s sent from your device, double tick if it’s delivered. Double tick with blue color means message read by recipient. Long press on your message to see who all have read in a group. Single tick if sent, double tick ONLY when if your message is opened!
 Downloads Images/Videos are saved in gallery. Will be available only in chat until you save it to gallery, this way it won’t flood your gallery.
 Share Images, Audio, Video, Location, Contacts. Images, Audio, Video, Documents
Online status? You’ll have to manually check last seen time to know who is online or at least guess who is online Clearly shows how many are online in group chat
Contact Joined You need to manually refresh & it is difficult to find who has joined newly. You’ll get contact joined Telegram notification once your contact installs Telegram.
Who is typing? You’ll never know who is typing in group chat unless you receive a message! Some might start typing and delete text without sending! Shows multiple users name in group chat who is typing. You can catch there if you don’t receive a message from them 😀
Font Size According to mobile settings. You can increase/decrease only to Telegram.
Secret Chat NA Yes. You can initiate a secret chat with a friend who is online. Your messages will not be saved on Telegram’s server. They assure 200% encryption of messages. Messages in secret chat cannot be forwarded (Though there is option to copy the text.) You can also initiate a self-destructive chat for 2 secs, 5 secs, 5 mins etc… the messages sent after choosing the time will be deleted from both sender & receiver’s device after the receiver had read the message
Purchase Need to buy 1 year extension after Facebook had bought WhatsApp. Lifetime free.
Support? NA Online chat support with technical team is available (I’ve tried & used it.)