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There is a wide range of video calling apps and services available on the internet, and a majority of their core functionalities remain more or less the same. For example, Microsoft-owned Skype initially came into existence as a standalone desktop app for video calling. But later on, it went to have a mobile app and subsequently, a web app. Since then, the advent of popular instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Hike messenger eventually led to mass-adoption of video calling as a common, must-have feature across different platforms.

Although back then video calling via web browser was not as common as it is today, Skype witnessed competitors rising up against itself in the form of Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts, both of which made video calling possible directly within web browsers, thus eliminating the need for downloading any additional software on a computer.

While there are too many video calling options now, one cannot say the same about video conferencing, especially in a non-enterprise setup. In simple terms, what if you wanted to have a quick video conference with your friends? Recently, a website called Appear.in caught my eye that allows users to setup instant video conference within a web browser without even signing up or downloading any app. So in case you were looking for something just like that, you should read on:

 

Step 1: Go to appear.in and create a chatroom by entering any random string in the box you will find on the homepage. In my case, I used appear.in/techook. Since ‘/techook’ chat room was not already claimed on the website, it remained open throughout my usage.

Step 2: Allow the website to access your device’s camera and microphone. Share the URL of your chatroom with your friends or colleagues over email or any instant messenger. Once your friends load the URL in their web browser and let their device access microphone and camera, all of you can see each other.

Step 3: You can also share your screen with people connected over the video conference. But for that to happen, the website will prompt you to first download a browser plugin.

I made a few video calls to people in my contact and they were fairly successful. However, at one point, the call did not go through for a person I shared the URL with. All he could see was a throbber trying to load the website for a couple of minutes. Some other friend was able to see me and listen to what I was saying, but due to poor connectivity, the call did not last long enough. I have observed that the service works well with Wi-Fi connectivity, though.

But in case you are wondering about a way to prevent someone from accessing your chat room, all you can do is sign-up for the service and claim your chatroom. Once you have claimed the chatroom, you as an owner can have full control over who all can enter your chatroom and be part of your video calls. The free service allows up to 4 people to connect over a video call. But if you subscribe to its paid version, the limit gets extended to 12.

From what I have observed, Appear.in seems like a useful, one-click video calling service to connect with your friends and colleagues without taking much time to register or download any additional software.


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Honor 20 Pro With Quad Camera Setup, Hole-Punch Display Launched

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The Honor 20 series has finally been unveiled, and the most premium of the three phones is the Honor 20 Pro. The phone is equipped with a quad camera setup at the back and a 32-megapixel selfie senor for imaging and video shooting. It features a 6.26-inch hole-punch display, packs a large 4,000mAh battery, is powered by the Kirin 980 processor based on the 7nm process, and offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted. At the London launch, Honor also unveiled the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite.

Honor 20 Pro price

The Honor 20 Pro is priced starting at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 46,500). The phone has been made available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour options.

 

India pricing and availability is set to be announced on June 11. The phone will be sold on Flipkart online. Alongside the Honor 20 Pro, the company also launched the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite phones at its London event as well.

Honor 20 Pro specifications

As for specifications, the Honor 20 Pro runs on Android Pie-based Magic UI 2.1.0. The phone features a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with 412ppi pixel density and 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor with dual-NPU and up to 8GB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is offered up to 256GB.

The Honor 20 Pro offers a quad camera setup that entails a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 snapper with f/1.4 aperture and a large 0.5-inch sensor. There’s a secondary 16-megapixel super-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 117-degree angle lens. It is accompanied by an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture that support 3x lossless optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, 30x digital zoom, and 4-axis OIS..

Lastly, the quad camera setup has a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture for 4cm near macro photography. Features include 4-axis OIS, AIS, EIS, PDAF, AI Ultra Clarity Mode, AIS Super Night Mode, and more. There is also laser autofocus. It supports up to 4K video recording. It has received an overall DxOMark score of 111, Honor announced at the event. Up front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture and 3D portrait lightning. It offers up to 1080p video recording, supported by EIS.

The Pro variant packs a 4,000mAh battery with 22.5W Honor Super Charge support that touts to charge 50 percent of the battery in 30 minutes. The dimensions of the phone are 154.60×73.97×8.44mm and it weighs 182 grams. The phone supports Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology, and comes with dual microphones. Sensors on board include proximity sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, hall-sensor, and gyroscope.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5, and USB 2.0. It supports GPU Turbo 3.0 and Graphene Cooling Sheet technology for intense gaming sessions. As mentioned, the Honor 20 Pro houses a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the company also unveiled a Honor + Fortnite Wonder Outfit, exclusively for Honor 20 series users.

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Roav by Anker Brings Alexa-Powered Smart Car Charger to India

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Roav by Anker is finally entering the Indian market with the launch of its Alexa-enabled car charger – Viva Pro. The company claims that this is the first Alexa-enabled car charger to be released in the country. The Viva Pro has been priced at Rs. 5,490 and is already available via all major electronics and auto accessories stores in the country. It will also be offered via Amazon beginning June.

According to Roav by Anker, the Viva Pro smart car charger supports voice-controlled navigation, music streaming, voice-initiated calling, and a lot more, all using the Amazon Alexa capabilities. Given the availability of thousands of skills on Alexa, there is plenty that Viva Pro users can do with the smart car charger.

Viva Pro can be plugged into the cigarette lighter of your car and features two USB ports with high-speed charging support. It also packs two microphones with Acoustic Echo Cancellation to accurately hear every command being relayed by the user. The company notes that Viva Pro can hear both driver and passenger’s voice clearly even when music is being played in the car.

 

The smart car charger also comes with a physical button to mute the microphone and an LED that lights up when the device is actively listening to voice commands.
Roav by Anker Innovations says that Viva Pro can work with pretty much every car, thanks to the support for Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AUX-Out, and FM Transmission.

The debut of Roav by Anker follows the entry of Anker, Eufy, and Soundcore brands from the company in India. Anker Innovations made its entry in India in June last year with Eufy and Anker brands, and Soundcore followed later.

Gopal Jeyaraj – Head, India and SAARC said, “The smart home has grown at a fast clip, but there’s another space that we spend a whole lot of time living in “Our Car”, said Gopal Jeyaraj, Head, India and SAARC, Anker Innovations, said in a statement. “Roav by Anker Innovations offers products which will transform any car into connected smart car with its product line ranging from Dashcam’s, Voice-activated car charger and Jump Starter.”

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Ananya calls SRK her ‘second dad’

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‘Student Of The Year 2’ actress Ananya Panday, who is said to have called Shah Rukh Khan her “second dad” recently, got playful with the superstar’s youngest son AbRam.

Ananya showcased her ability to touch the tip of her nose with her tongue. She took to Instagram Stories and shared a video clip which also features AbRam.

In the video, she is seen teaching the little boy how to do the gorlin sign.

 

“Shocking him with my talent,” Ananya captioned the video. Ananya shares a close bond with SRK’s daughter Suhana and now with this video, it seems she also enjoys spending time with AbRam.

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