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This multi-platform I/O software is Dope!

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Boost your efficiency! Try and imagine yourself in a scenario where you need to get something done, and the tools you need are spread across three different systems. Which means you'll have 3 monitors to deal with, on your desk. Supposedly these 3 systems are running on different platforms like Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS. Now your desk will naturally be cluttered by three sets of mice and keyboards, one for each system.  You'd kinda wish for a cleaner solution. And here it is: It's a software called Synergy. Synergy can be installed on all the three systems and it essentially allows you to use a single mouse and keyboard for all three systems, simultaneously. There's a small price to pay, which is either $19 or $29 depending on your choice of the basic or pro package, but once you pay, you get lifetime access to it. You also get universal clipboard to copy content from one system to another, which is very cool. You can drag files acro

Insta360 Air | affordable 360° camera!

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Affordably Dope! Are you a fan of those 360 cameras that are going around? This one will catch your attention. Here, I'm talking about the Insta360 cameras. Particularly the Insta360 Air . It's a small camera system that attaches to your phone via microUSB or type C port and gives that awesome 360° footage. What sets it apart from other options out there, Luke the Gear 360? Well, it's affordable! Almost half the price of the Samsung 360 cams. And the quality isn't too bad either. Cool and trippy photo modes! The pairing is super simple. It's very compact so there's obviously no room for a battery to be built in. It draws power directly from your phone. Since it connects via the USB port, you don't have to worry about pairing it via Bluetooth or WiFi. You might have some concerns about it draining your phone's battery, but don't worry. This thing is tiny and won't suck too much juice out of your device. Besid

Download YouTube videos instantly!

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<No apps needed!> Okay, this post is a bit different. It isn't about any dope gadget or vehicle out there. It's more of a really cool trick to download videos from YouTube. Now, there have been several ways to do this since the beginning of time. But there has always been one or the other issue with it. The common way which most of us followed is by using a third party video downloader app. That's cool, but what if I tell you, you don't need any apps at all! You can download YouTube videos at 720p as mp4 files, just by adding 2 letters to the URL!! Go to the needed video I didn't believe it would work so well, until I started doing it myself. All you need to do is, add ss between http:// and youtube words in your URL and hit enter. That's it!?! Add ss to the url.. What this will do is redirect you to this website. It's called savefrom.net | Free online YouTube downloader. Redirected website..

CAT S60 | A thermal camera phone!

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There has been a new level in 'weirdly awesome smartphone add-on feature' category. It's a thermal camera! The phone is called the S 60 , by a company called CAT . The phone is super rugged and also has a thermal camera on the rear, along side a regular camera. The body of the phone is water and shock resistant. It also has a textured robbery trip to it, and feels secure in the hand thanks to that small form factor. There's a 4.7 inch 720p IPS LCD up front, at 312 ppi. The display gets super bright,  540 nits at peak brightness. There's also a 13 mp rear camera with dual LED flash. For selfies, you get a 5 mp snapper. Other specs include: A Snapdragon 617 CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz Adreno 405 for graphics 3 GB DDR3 RAM 32 GB of expandable storage A massive 3800 mAh battery Apart from the expansion slot, the phone takes 2 nano SIM cards. LTE cat-4 is supported. My little disappointment begins at the microUSB port. Why isn&

A OnePlus killer?!

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LeEco made quite a remarkable name for itself, with the self driving cars and Le supertainment. Their smartphones aren't bad either, which they proved with the Le 1s, Le 2 and Le 2 pro. However, they haven't been all that successful in flagship category. After the disappointing Le max 2, many people turned away from them, myself included. But now they're making some noise in the highly competitive sub $400 category. And these are my thoughts on the Le pro 3. The good... What's good: The display is a bright 5.5 inch 1080p IPS LCD panel at 401 ppi. The display produces balanced and vivid colors, at great viewing angles. The phone has an excellent fit and finish, as we've seen from their previous phones. The frame and the back are made out of aluminium, which gives a very solid feel in the hand. The buttons are also metal, so they'll be capable of taking heavy abuse, and will still function fine. The performance is great, with the

Ulefone Armor 2 | Tank of a smartphone

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Armoured for outdoors Another awesome thing that was seen at MWC was at the Ulefone booth. The company has unveiled it's new rugged phone named the Ulefone Armor 2. It's a chunky and robust looking phone,  whose Iron Man design inspirations are quite apparent at first look. That's not bad by any means, the red and gold paint job looks stunning! The top and bottom are covered in black rubber materials, to absorb impact if you drop it on it's head. There are screws all around the phone,  which gives it a very industrial and tough look. The back has a big NFC receiver, clearly labelled on it. There are speakers on both corners of the back as well. There's a USB type C port on the bottom, sealed with a stylish red bordered flap. The volume buttons are on the left side and the power button on the right. There's also a dedicated camera button, which is always appreciated. The buttons are flat and wide, very nice to click on! What's

Blackberry is back, with buttons this time!

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Back with them keys! Yup, it's here! The phone that was showcased at CES, but wasn't made clear over anything. Back then, the beautiful phone with a physical keyboard didn't even have a name and was called as 'mercury'. It's real name is now said to be the KEYone . It has caught a lot of obvious attention at MWC, and I'm not surprised! It had to be the hot new thing that everyone wanted a piece of. And these are some initial impressions over it. The phone is a super compact phone, meant to be used in one hand. It's textured back and rounded edges make for a very comfortable single handed experience. It's not the slimmest or the lightest thing out there, weighing almost 180 gm. But there's no arguing with the premium feel it gives in your palms or while it's in your pocket. The power button is on the left side as a TCL trademark and on the right, there's the volume rockers and a convenience key. It's common to mis

Tech flashback | Nokia 808 PureView

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A legend! Nokia had a beast of a phone, back in the days of the galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4s. It was the great Nokia 808 , with a PureView 41 mp camera sensor! Even though it was later followed up by the Nokia 1020, this was the original phone with that mammoth camera sensor. In this age of amazing camera phones and 'selfie experts', I still think that this phone's camera quality is yet to be beaten. This deserves a flashback at least! So let's get to it. The phone's hardware is undoubtedly obsolete and is out of the option of being used as a daily phone in this day and age. But that's not to say that it can't go as a trophy camera phone in your pockets. Pretty dope, huh! Let's get the boring stuff out of the way, for the sake of it. These are the specs: A 1.3 GHz single core ARM11 processor 512 MB RAM 16 GB internal storage, expandable (not bad!) 1400 mAh battery 4 inch AMOLED display 14 Mbps HSDPA support

Motherbox | True wireless power!

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Soccer ball lookin charger!? Smartphones have come a long way since the dawn of their age. We've seen small to insanely powerful ones, with great battery standby times. The only thing that hasn't seen a lot of innovation, is the charging department. Sure, the speeds are getting faster and faster with every new "quick charge" standard out there and there's also some degree of wireless charging available. But it's not truly wireless, is it?! The pod is still connected to the outlet via a 'wire' and you phone must be within 6 mm of the charging pod. So, even though there is technically no wire between your phone and the wall adapter, it's still bounded and needs to be placed down. The Motherbox ™ team hopes to fix all that. A marvellous concept is by Josh Yank , who has been working on the Motherbox for the past 3 years, and have finally found a presentable iteration of our dream product. I came across this name at the good o

LG 360° floating speaker

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Okay, I confess. This isn't the latest stuff that's out there. In fact, it was already there at CES and slipped my thought to cover it. But hey, here it is! Better late than never, right!? Right now you're probably thinking, what sets this one apart from other levitating beauties out there. Frankly, nothing much! But it is made by LG and not some underdog Chinese manufacturer, so you can be all but certain that it will have 'dope' genes in it. In fact, I've already listed 5 of such speakers before. You can check it out if you like. Now let's get on with this one here. LG calls this the PJ 9 Bluetooth speaker. It has a stylish base and a pretty uniquely crafted top mount, which of course, levitates on magnets. The top part is more of a tweeter that emits out higher pitch audio and the base handles the bass, like a woofer. The sound quality is gonna pretty awesome, although they didn't showcase it there. But the build quality here is just t

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge | Should you buy it in 2017?

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This was Samsung's best! The galaxy S7 was one of my favorites back in 2016, and it still is. It was a stunning phone with a beautiful QHD display, great battery life and possibly, the best set of cameras. But just like any other great gadget, this thing also gets old. It gets replaced and forgotten(due to the S8). But such a wonderful phone cannot be given justice with just a single impression, at the time of it's launch. So here's another look at the Samsung Galaxy S7, one year later. Samsung's display is still gorgeous. Even after there have been several great displays out there on the LG V20 and iPhone 7, the galaxy flagship still holds it's own ground! The beautiful AMOLED panel ensures great viewing angles and vivid and a bit oversaturated colors. Though purists may not like the color accuracy on a Samsung AMOLED panel, you can't deny that this 'unnatural beauty' looks great. Even if you buy it right now, I can assure you that you'l