Saturday, June 22, 2013

Smart Watch that alerts you if you're too drunk to drive


Engineers have developed a new watch, with a built-in breath analyser, that warns you when you're too drunk to drive.

The Kisai intoxicated's sensor is made from stainless steel and features an LCD display.

It reads the alcohol level in your breath and judges if you're too tipsy to climb behind the wheel. Users have to simply blow into the side of the watch after boozing and the screen turns red if they're over the limit.

"The display on the right of the screen shows 10 different levels of blood alcohol content. A green display showing 0.00 percent means you're sober. A yellow display showing between 0.41 and 0.60 percent means you're buzzing. A red display showing 0.61 percent or above means you're drunk," according to TokyoFlash, the Japanese makers of the watch. The snazzy-looking digital watch even features a sobriety game that lets you test your reaction time between drinks, The Sun reported. The gadget will cost 65 pounds. It uses a rechargeable battery which takes 3 hours to charge. Based on average use of the breathalyser, the battery should last for one month on one charge and has a lifetime of over 300 charges. As well as an integrated breathalyser, the watch has date, time and also an alarm mode.

Spice launches Coolpad MI 515 smartphone at Rs 9,900


Mobile Internet Company Spice Group on Friday launched Spice Coolpad MI 515, priced at Rs 9,900.

Spice has tied up with Coolpad, a Chinese handset player, to launch MI 515, which is the first device in a new Spice Coolpad series.

The smartphone has a 1.2GHz quad core processor with Android Jelly Bean operating system. The 5-inch dual sim smartphone with qHD resolution and IPS display has a 5MP autofocus rear camera.

Packed with a 2000 mAh Li-ion polymer battery, the device has 4GB ROM and a 1GB RAM and external storage is expandable up to 32 GB through a microSD card. Spice Coolpad MI515 also comes with other features like Bluetooth 3.0, proximity sensor, 3G video calling among others.

The DTS-enabled smartphone have already been sold in excess of 1 million units globally, said the company.

Idea slashes 2G data tariff by 90 percent


Idea Cellular, the third largest mobile operator in India, has revised data tariff in eight circles across the country.

Following in the footsteps of market leaders Vodafone and Airtel, the third largest mobile operator Idea Cellular, has also revised data tariff in eight circles across the country. Idea users can now access data for 2 paisa per 10 KB which the company claims is a 90 % reduction in thr existing tariff of 2 paisa per KB.

Idea's new data tariff will be applicable starting July 1st, 2013 and the offer will be valid for 90 days. Idea users in the eight circles of Tamil Nadu & Chennai, Karnataka, Kolkata, West Bengal, Assam, North East, Bihar and Orissa will benifit from the revised data tariff on both, prepaid and postpaid 2G plans.

"Idea has continously focused at growing data penetration in tier 2 & 3 markets. These 8 circles comprise of 1/3rd of the total mobile users in India, with a large number of users waiting to board the mobile broadband wagon. Availability of data at such affordable rates will usher in a new wave of mobile data growth in the country", said Ambrish Jain, deputy managing director, Idea Cellular. The revised tariff is applicable on pay-as-you-go basis for all users using 2G data.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lamborghini Gallardo India Limited Edition launched at Rs. 3.06 crore


Lamborghini's Indian celebration on the completion of 50 years in the automobile industry brings to our shore an "India Limited Edition" of the LP550-2 Gallardo, a first of its kind for India. This is part of the celebrations that Lamborghini are having across the globe this year for its birthday.

The India edition will be available in three colours pearl orange, pear white and pearl green. They will be further distinguished by the Indian tricolour racing stripe that runs down the centre of the car.

Pavan Shetty, Head of Operations, Lamborghini India said " The India edition car represents a powerful and sophisticated tribute from the house of the raging bull, symbolic of our common ethos in aspiring for perfection. This reiterates our commitment to India and enthusiasts of Lamborghini."

The tricolour treatment for the Indian edition also extends to the black interiors that are accented with orange white and green stitching on the seat, dash and door trims.

The driver's seat quarter glass also features an "India series speciale" plate. The car is based on the standard LP550-2 and power and torque figures are the same 550PS at 8000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 6000rpm. Only six will be on sale for an ex-Maharashtra price of Rs. 3.06 crore.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Renault launches diesel variant of Scala at 8.29 lakh


Renault India on Wednesday introduced an entry level variant of its premium sedan 'Scala', priced at 8.29 lakh.

The new variant Scala RxE extends the Renault diesel portfolio and offers customers a competitive and well-packaged diesel option, Renault India said in a statement.

Scala has been available in six variants in diesel and petrol options. While the petrol variants are priced between 7.19 lakh and 9.99 lakh, the diesel variant come at a price range of 8.79 and 9.68 lakh.

The entry level Scala RxE will have features including driver' side airbag, anti-lock braking system and electronic brake, the company said.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Google tests balloons to beam internet from near internet


Google is launching balloons into near space to provide internet access to buildings below on the ground.

About 30 of the super pressure balloons are being launched from New Zealand from where they will drift around the world on a controlled path.

Attached equipment will offer 3G like speeds to 50 testers in the country.

Access will be intermittent, but in time the firm hopes to build a big enough fleet to offer reliable links to people living in remote areas.

It says that balloons could one day be diverted to disaster hit areas to aid rescue efforts in situations where ground communication equipment has been damaged.

But one expert warns that trying to simultaneously navigate thousands of the high-altitude balloons around the globe's wind patterns will prove a difficult task to get right.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Piaggio launches Vespa VX scooter in India


Piaggio, the Italian scooter manufacturer, has launched its new two-wheeler Vespa VX in Pune. A variant of the original Vespa, VX has got a lot of new features to boast off. Though the similarities lie around the 125cc, four stroke, three valve cylinder engine delivering 10.06 PS of power @7,500 rpm and 10.6 Nm of torque @ 6,000 rpm along with the automatic CVT transmission.

There's a 200mm front disc, a reworked instrumentation cluster and a more detailed and attractive grab rail. Coming in new color option shades - two metallic green and dual tone red and pink, the Piaggio Vespa VX has a monocoque chassis and linked suspension at front and single-sided suspension at rear. Sporting off the MRF Zapper tubeless tyres, option of a beige coloured seat and a new speedometer, VEspa VX is definitely going to grab the rider a lot of looks when riden.

The original Vespa was received very well by the Indian two-wheeler fans, but the company hasn't gone climbing up on the sales chart. And now, with the launch of this much powerful variant, the Vespa VX might just take a further plunge. This will be assured only if the need s of the budget-friendly young crowd are met by putting a lighter price tag on this scooter. But, we can say this without a doubt that the Vespa is a premium standard scooter and therefore the price of the original model was comparatively higher than the other scooters at the time it was launched. This was a major drawback for success of Vespa in India.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Honda Activa-i launched in India, priced at Rs. 44,200


Honda launched yet another women-friendly scooter which is reasonably priced and with improved mileage. The new version of best selling Activa scooter is being touted as the cheapest in the 110cc segment and is likely to unleash a price-war among the two-wheeler manufacturers.

Apart from the pricing which is almost Rs. 5,000 less than the base Activa, what makes Honda Activa-i stand out in the crowd is its fuel economy which is claimed to be 60 kmpl. The weight of the two-wheeler is reasonably at 103 kg which has been achieved by its ergonomic body design.

With a torque figure of 8.74Nm @ 5,500 rpm, Activa-i uses air cooled, 109cc mill as in other Activa model and is capable of producing 8.15PS @ 7,500 rpm. Using Honda Eco Technology (HET) in its engine, it combines some of the best features of the earlier models like the Combi Brake System (CBS) which reduces brake distance by 24 percent as compared to conventional brakes.

Maintenance of battery is one of the most cumbersome exercises for scooter drivers, thanks to the concept of the maintenance free battery; it will not demand much of the attention. Likewise, its tubeless tyres and viscous air filters will make driving two-wheeler a pleasurable experience.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lenovo to launch Rs. 5000 Android smartphone in India


The Chinese teh major Lenovo is all set to launch Rs. 5000 Android smartphones in India as it plans to sell 1 milion handsets here in the local market.

Indian smartphone market is galloping at furious speed and it is needless to say that every smartphone manufacturing company worth its salt is betting big on the Indian smartphone market. The country has become essential  for many smartphone makers becaise of several reasons.

And the most important reason of them all is the fact that many developed countries handset market has become saturated and to continue their growth they need to look for elsewhere. And here India comes handy for all these companies.

Now the biggest PC and laptop manufacturer in the world, Lenovo is working hard to become an important player in India's smartphone market. The Chinese company has more than 14 percent smartphone market share in China and it has launched as many as six handsets in the Indian market in one go.