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ION Party Starter speaker review: At Rs 990, turn your house into a mini disco

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When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, the market now has a number of options and across price bands. The Ion Party Starter speaker is another one that joins the list, but at a very affordable price of Rs 990. The speaker projects multi-coloured party lights on walls and ceilings for those who really want a disco feel, but on a strict budget.
Interestingly, the Ion Party speaker’s pulsating lights tune their projections as per the music that is being played. The Ion Party Speaker is portable, compact and easy to carry around. It easily fit in my hand and its cylindrical shape helps with grip. The Bluetooth speaker comes with on/off button, play and pause button as well as buttons to turn off or on the LED lights. A thick rubber band at the bottom helps the speaker stay at place.
Ion Party Starter speaker can be turned on by long pressing the power button, and there is an LED indicator that turns Blue to show when your Bluetooth device is connected. The sound quality is good enough to fill a medium-sized room, though the audio starts to crack at really high volumes. There are no volume controls on the speaker itself, which is a bit disappointing. Still, the party speaker will stand out for its light show no matter where it is kept.
The speaker does a very good job of projecting light and can easily turn a small room into a mini disco. We wish it did an equally good job with the audio, but then one cannot have everything on a budget.
Ion, Ion party starter, Ion disco lights speaker, disco light speaker, Ion bluetooth speaker, portable Bluetooth speaker, Ion party starter review, Ion party starter price Ion Party speaker’s pulsating lights tune their projections as per the music that is being played.
What I really liked is that you can switch on the LED lights even when there’s no music on. It was fun to watch LED lights pulsating as the projections got faster with fast music and slower while it played slightly slow songs. You get projections in all colours, including red, blue, and green, which is great. The cylindrical speaker has a crystal dome on top, which projects light. Frankly, this is most the interesting and fun part about the speaker.
Ion Party Starter speaker uses a standard USB Type 2.0 charging port. You can also connect your device via a 3.5mm audio jack on the speaker to play music. It also has an in-built mic that allows you to take calls, but I’d not recommend it as the voice is clear only when you hold the speaker really close to you and speak into it.
The Ion Party Starter speaker is currently listed on Amazon at Rs 990, which makes it a really affordable option. The lights bring the fun element, but honestly if you want better audio prepare to spend more.


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iPad Air, iPad Mini 2019 Models With Apple Pencil Support Launched Starting at Rs. 34,900

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Apple is bringing back the iPad Air to further expand the iPad line-up. The Cupertino, California-based company on Monday unveiled the new 10.5-inch iPad Air as well as an upgraded iPad mini model that will succeed the company’s existing iPad mini 4. The company has ditched the numbers from the branding and is simply calling the new models as the new iPad Air and the new iPad mini respectively. According to the Cupertino-based company, the new iPad models packs the A12 Bionic chip, an advanced Retina display, and support for Apple Pencil. The iPad (2018) and both iPad Pro models will continue to be available, however the iPad mini 4 seems to have been axed.


iPad Air (2019) and iPad mini (2019) price in India
iPad Air (2019) price starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi only model, whereas the Wi-Fi + Cellular model will retail starting $629. The iPad mini starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi only model and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model will be sold starting at $529. In India, the Wi-Fi only iPad Air has been priced starting at Rs. 44,900 and the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of iPad Air will retail at Rs. 55,900.

The iPad mini pricing starts at Rs. 34,900 for the Wi-Fi only model and at Rs. 45,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Air and iPad mini will be offered in silver, space grey, and gold colours in 64GB and 256GB storage configurations.

 


Apple says the new iPad Air and iPad mini models are now available for orders in 27 countries via Apple.com and Apple Store app. Some of the major markets that are getting the upgraded iPad models are US, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Italy, and Japan. The new iPad models will be reaching to India “soon”, though the company yet to reveal a specific release date.


iPad Air (2019) and iPad mini (2019) specifications


In terms of the specifications, the iPad Air (2019) packs a 10.5-inch LED-backlit Retina display with 1668×2224 pixels resolution. It is powered by A12 Bionic chip, which is also present in the company’s iPhone XS ? 98,199 and iPhone XS Max ? 108,424 smartphones. For imaging, the company has included an 8-megapixel f/2.4 rear camera on the tablet with five-elements lens, but there is no flash. There is a 7-megapixel front shooter as well on the device with Retina flash support.


On the connectivity front, the iPad Air packs Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, and optional LTE support. Face ID is not present, but the company has include Touch ID support.


On the other hand, new iPad mini includes a 7.9-inch LED-backlit Retina display with 1536×2048 pixels resolution. Rest of the specifications of the device seem to identical to the iPad Air.


Apple claims that iPad Air (2019) delivers a 70 percent boost in the performance and twice in graphics capabilities when compared to the iPad (2018).


Apple iPad mini (2019) is powered by A12 Bionic SoC


The company says the Apple Pencil (First Generation, which is compatible with the original iPad Pro models and the iPad 2018) will be sold separately for $99 (Rs. 8,500 in India). The Smart Keyboard for the iPad Air will be offered at $159 (Rs. 13,900 in India). Additionally, Apple will also sell Polyurethane Smart Covers for both iPad Air and iPad mini, which will retail at $39 (Rs. 3500 in India) for iPad mini and at $49 (Rs. 3700 in India) for iPad Air in charcoal grey, white, pink sand and a new papaya, with additional Leather Smart Covers available for iPad Air in black, saddle brown, midnight blue, and red at $69.

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Pune-based firm developing software to operate world’s largest ground telescope in Hawaii

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A Pune-based IT firm is developing software for the world’s largest ground-based telescope, the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT), which is likely to come up on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.


The telescope is being constructed jointly by India, US, China, Japan and Canada and is likely to become operational in the mid-2020s. India is building the telescope’s complex optical structure, called the Segment Support Assembly (SSA), which will comprise 492 hexagonal mirror segments, collectively forming the primary mirror.


An eight-member team at the IT firm, ThoughtWorks, is designing three different software — Common Software Services (CSS), Data Management Services(DMS) and Executive Software (ES) — to deal with the control systems to manoeuvre the telescope and manage the big data that will be generated once it becomes operational.

 


Santosh Mahale, one of the co-heads of ThoughtWorks’ Engineering for Research (E4R) initiative, told The Indian Express, “While the telescope is set for commissioning in a few years, the challenge is in developing software that will remain relevant in the future, too. We are focusing on designing software that will have automatic documentation and coding systems.”


The Big Island of Hawaii is shaken by a powerful tremor, a day after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.


According to Gunjan Shukla, co-head for the E4R initiative, the IT industry in India is ready to take on such mega projects.


“Indian companies have grown and matured. Companies here are at par with their global counterparts in designing and innovating top-class software and hardware,” said Shukla, who has been in the industry for two-and-a-half decades.


The team is also working on a project in the field of radioastronomy.
Recently, they signed up to develop software meant for data analysis of MeerKAT, a radio telescope that will come up in South Africa. This telescope will be a precursor version of the world’s largest proposed radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is coming up in South Africa and Australia.


Mahale, however, dismissed the idea that ThoughtWorks was more keen on astronomy-related projects, saying it was “purely coincidental”.


While the company is expected to hand over all its software for TMT by 2021, the team has nearly completed developing CSS, the design for DMS is ready and work on ES will commence this year.

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?I Am Proud Of Sara Ali Khan says Sharmila Tago

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Actress Sharmila Tagore graced the Hello Hall Of Fame Awards 2019 here in Mumbai. During her media interaction the veteran actress praised her granddaughter Sara Ali Khan for polite, humble and savvy. Sharmila Tagore was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. The veteran actress is wearing a simple floral mint green sari and a pink satin blouse paired with diamond jewellery that compliments the entire look perfectly. Talking about her kids and grandkids taking her legacy forward, Sharmila said, “I am very happy and thank god for it, and it makes a really very happy.


I am so impressed with Sara Ali Khan and all her interviews, more than her films; of course, she is a wonderful actress, but her interviews show how humble, polite and savvy, she is and I am very proud of her” Sharmila Tagore was one the most leading and sought after actress in her time, she was noted for her ground-breaking roles and stellar performance.


When asked about having a biopic made after her life, she said, “When the time comes, I am sure people will make a film on me, they are hardcore business people and they know what sells and what doesn’t, so the person with money matters a lot, so when they think that our story is important and the audience would like it, then they will make it”When asked about Sara Ali Khan playing her on-screen, Sharmila added,

 


“She very much looks like her mother and wonderful actress like her mother, so yes, why not” Further adding Sharmila said anyone from industry can play her role, she said, “I have no idea, today we have such brilliant actors, it is a wonderful time for the film industry, and we have beautiful female and male actors, so I think anybody can do the role”

Sharmila Tagore’s granddaughter Sara Ali Khan is the daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh. She made her debut with Kedarnath and later worked in Simmba, both the films did well at the box-office.

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