28 Oct 2015

Google Nexus 5X review

Nexus 5 was undoubtedly a great smartphone, offering excellent performance, decent design, and good build quality. It was not the most powerful handset when it was launched, but it got the job done, more importantly, at a price that did not burn a hole in the buyers' pocket.

Its successor Nexus 6, however, was hardly fit to take over the position as the best Google had to offer: It is certainly a powerful device, but the huge screen and the equally big price tag prohibited buyers to flock to the new Nexus model as they did to its predecessor.

Now is the turn of Nexus 5X to give it a shot at becoming the best smartphone offered by Google yet, at a relatively modest price tag. On the face of it, the smartphone has a lot to offer, but it also has a few limitations that may prevent it from becoming a hit.

Find out exactly what the device is all about in our Google Nexus 5X review...

From the outset, it is clear Nexus 5X is not going to win any design awards. The all-plastic body is made of the same soft plastic material that was previously used in Nexus 5 (and a few other smartphones).

The front panel has the standard Nexus design, featuring a selfie camera above the display and no hardware buttons. Above and below the Nexus 5X screen are speaker grilles; however, only the one at the bottom acts as the loudspeaker.

26 Oct 2015

Amazon plans Diwali e-store in US, UK

BENGALURU: Amazon will open a Diwali Store on its US and UK websites this year. The objective is to cater to the anticipated huge demand from the millions of Indians who live in these countries. The move has been made possible by the 5,000 Indian sellers on its platform who are eligible to export from here.

For the e-tailing giant, India is no longer just a big market. "We are looking at the country as a big export hub," Diego Piacentini, the company's global head of international consumer business, told TOI.

The export platform was thrown open to sellers in India in February this year on an experimental basis. Now it has been formalized. Indian sellers will be able to sell their products to Amazon's 285 million registered buyers globally.

Deaf-mute Geeta to return home from Pakistan today

Geeta at an airport to depart for New Delhi, outside the Edhi Foundation in Karachi. (Reuters photo)

NEW DELHI: Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border over a decade ago, will return home today with both governments completing all formalities.Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station.

23-year-old Geeta was adopted by the Edhi Foundation's Bilquees Edhi and lives with her in Karachi.

The Indian high commission said that Geeta would be handed over to her family only if their DNA test matched.

Modi ties unity to development

APPrime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Prime Minister says it should pervade ‘our thought, conduct and articulation’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for unity and diversity on Sunday, saying the mantra of unity should pervade “our thought, conduct and articulation.”

Saluting Sardar Patel for geographically uniting India, Mr. Modi called for social unity in his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation. “India is a nation of diversities. There are many sects, communities, languages and castes. India is a diverse country and this diversity is our adornment,” he said. “Peace, harmony and unity are necessary for development.”

Mr. Modi’s statement follows statements made by him and President Pranab Mukherjee in the wake of an outcry over the killing of a Muslim at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh on the suspicion of storing beef and the “insensitive” statements made by some BJP leaders after the incident.

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