Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be crafted from old gadgets

Tokyo’s olympic planning committee has a novel idea for crafting new medals: old technology. Instead of relying on mining companies for new gold, silver and bronze, it’s turning to the public and its swathes of unwanted, forgotten gadgets. You might not realize it, but your smartphone and household appliances contain small amounts of these precious materials. Starting in April, public offices and more than 2,400 NTT Docomo stores will offer collection boxes in Japan. The initial target is eight tons of metal, which will be whittled down to two tons…

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OnePlus, Meizu Reportedly Caught Cheating on Benchmark Scores

In a new development, OnePlus and Meizu have reportedly both been found to be artificially boosting their benchmark scores to fool critics and users. The OnePlus 3T and Meizu Pro 6 Plus were found to have been tweaked to show slightly higher scores than they deserve. While OnePlus has acknowledged the issue and promised a fix, Meizu has refrained from commenting on the issue so far. In the past, many OEMs including Samsung were reported to have cheated to elevate their benchmark scores. These unethical measures were lambasted, and Samsung…

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Nokia P1 Concept Render Video Highlights Flagship Nokia Android Phone’s Design

Nokia P1, the long-rumoured flagship Nokia Android phone, is widely expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, where HMD Global has already slotted an event. The company, which has rights to the Nokia brand, is also expected to showcase more devices at the mega trade show, but the Nokia P1 will be the centre of things. Now, concept renders claimed to be of the Nokia P1 have made their way on the Internet giving a rough idea about the design of the smartphone. The concept creator has shared…

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Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets

Google wants to bring smarts to cool gadgets and devices made using Raspberry Pi 3 or Intel’s Edison. The company is chasing makers with open-source tools needed to add artificial intelligence to consumer, industrial, and retail devices made using board computers. The plan may include machine-learning tools, which are central to A.I. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana answer questions with the help of A.I., and the technology also helps self-driving cars cruise the streets safely. “We don’t have any specifics to announce right now, but we’re excited to…

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No, the Nokia 6 White Colour Variant Is Not Coming

Nokia 6, which was sold out in a minute in the first flash sale, is indeed exclusive to China, despite it appearing on an e-commerce website in the Philippines. HMD Global has also denied, in a way, that there is a White version of the smartphone. Recently, several media publications claimed that the Nokia 6 smartphone was available to buy via a third-party online retailer in Philippines and come in a brand new White version. It turns out that the Nokia 6 smartphone being sold via Lazada platform is not…

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Meet Miko, India’s First ‘Emotionally Intelligent’ Companion Robot for Kids

Would parents in India buy a companion robot for their child? That’s the question that Mumbai-based startup Emotix is trying to answer today, with a bot it has built called Miko. The little robot can talk to children, and play with them, but at Rs. 19,000 it’s not exactly cheap. Gadgets 360 went to the Emotix office in Mumbai to meet Miko for ourselves, and get a better understanding of what the company is attempting. Miko’s design reminded us a bit of Eve, the robot from the movie Wall-E. Unlike…

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BSNL Rs. 149 Plan for New Customers Offers 30 Minutes of Free Calls Per Day and 300MB Data

State-owned telecom operator BSNL on Monday came out with a prepaid scheme under which new subscribers can make 30 minutes of free voice calls – local and STD – daily to any other network for a month, for Rs. 149. BSNL customers will also have an option to get similar free unlimited calls for three months by paying lumpsum amount of Rs. 439, BSNL said in a statement. In addition to the free calls, customers will get 300MB of mobile data as part of the BSNL Rs. 439 offer and Rs. 149…

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Amazon Great Indian Sale 2017 Day 2 Offers Include Deals on Pebble, Fitbit, and More

Amazon Great Indian Sale 2017 kicked off on on Friday with deals and offers on popular smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Moto G4 Plus, and iPhone 5s, as well as other popular electronics. Many of those deals are still live, so check them out before you check out our day 2 picks from Amazon India’s first big sale of 2017. Like before, extra cashback is on offer if you use HDFC bank cards or if you pay for a deal during the Amazon Great Indian sale using Amazon Pay. The…

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Smart remote to self-balancing car: Meet the game changing gadgets at CES 2017

I started this column as part II of a report on CES 2017 with some good stuff, a few of the junky products and closing it with some of the weird. Halfway through, I realised that the list of truly innovative stuff was long and very meritorious. Thus, I’m dedicating this column to all the game-changing technology and products of CES 2017. Some of these will change the world this year. Sevenhugs Smart Remote Sevenhugs Smart Remote Remotes are a mixed blessing. A universal remote was supposedly the solution, but…

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