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‘Smart Studio Rooms’ to now enable Alexa for your room check-ins

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With the Internet of Things (IoT) and voice-enabled technologies playing a pioneer for the future, making requests for services such as room cleaning, wake-up calls, laundry, in-room dining, and room check-out is now made easy by Alexa.
With a comprehensive and intuitive smart hotel room feature in India, Park Inn by Radisson IP Extension recently launched its voice assistant-enabled smart hotel rooms, which enables complete automation of service requests and virtual control of TV and lighting fixtures.
“The efficiency of the hotel has improved since the installation of Smart Studio Rooms, as it reduces the time taken to provide the service, due to instant notification and thus improving the performance. The guests can now request for services such as room cleaning, wake-up calls, laundry, in-room dining, and room check-out by speaking to the smart device,” said General Manager, Park Inn, I.P. Extension, Saurav Dutta.
He added that the guests can use their mobile devices to play videos and listen to music, such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube, beamed onto the TV set.
“With the voice-activated in-room solutions we expect a 50 percent improvement in housekeeping efficiencies; ensuring speedier completion of service requests. Eventually, the intent is to diversify & grow the connected room features, as part of our on-going efforts to offer bespoke experiences that evolve with the needs of our patrons,” added Saurav Dutta.
Behind the motive of installing Alexa as an interface, the brand believes that the service will enhance the guest experience using technological innovation and ensuring timely delivery of work while increasing the convenience of the customers and overall performance of services.
“Almost every industry in the world is on the cusp of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution, with a promise of improved efficiencies. Therefore, it is time for hotel businesses to embrace this change with great dexterity; as the sector contributes extensively to India’s GDP. Six studio rooms in the hotel have been fitted with Amazon Alexa’s Echo Dot devices and the services are divided into three categories – accessibility, entertainment and hotel services to serve the customers better. We will continue to enhance and further improve the technology to introduce new prospects time and again,” he added.
As mentioned, six rooms in the property have been fitted with Amazon’s AI-powered Echo Dot devices.
This allows guests to control light settings, music played in the room, and even the television with simple voice commands.
Additionally, guests can now request for services such as room cleaning, wake-up calls, laundry, in-room dining, and room check-out by merely speaking to the smart device.
Once checked-in, guests can use their mobile devices to play videos and listen to music, such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube; beamed onto the TV set.
For a limited-period, complimentary in-room subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video are also on offer.
The guests’ mobile can also be used as a remote control for the television and set-top box. What’s more, their phones can double as a keyboard and mouse, turning the TV screen into a computer interface.
Following the shortcomings, the brand aims to make the interface better by curating voice enabled smart studio rooms for the customers who escalate the services enabled with innovative technology, new challenges are tied up with new technologies.
“Our R&D team is constantly working on refining the experience for the customers by resolving technical issues as and when they appear,” he added.
Adding to the response which the category has received so far, he said, “It has been a great experience for the guests while staying in our Smart Studio rooms. The customers have shared a positive feedback and found the technology that of a high innovation as these are the first ever smart rooms which they experienced.”
“We will continue to improve the technology and make the experience more convenient for the customers,” he added.
The studio rooms integrated with this new technology have been configured by a Bangalore based software firm, Kamakshi Clouds.
The hotel plans to expand the AI services, to other rooms, after careful review of guest preferences in the days to come.


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Realme 3 Pro With 25-Megapixel Selfie Camera, Up to 6GB RAM Launched in India

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Realme 3 Pro is official. The Chinese smartphone maker Realme on Monday unveiled the new smartphone at a press event in New Delhi. The new Realme offering improves upon the Realme 3 by packing a better camera, faster SoC, and a larger display with a higher resolution among others. The Realme 3 Pro comes equipped with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, while ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie handles things on the software side. The Realme 3 Pro comes in a trio of colours and also sports a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. It will be competing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone in the country, which currently retails starting Rs. 13,999. In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also introduced the new Realme C2 budget smartphone.

Realme 3 Pro price, sale date, and launch offers

The Realme 3 Pro has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, whereas the 6GB + 128GB variant carries a price tag of Rs. 16,999.

 

The Realme 3 Pro comes in Carbon Grey, Nitro Blue, and Lightning Purple colour options with a gradient finish. As far as availability is concerned, the Realme 3 Pro’s first sale will be conducted at 12pm (Noon) on April 29 via Realme online store and Flipkart. While the Carbon Grey and Nitro Blue colours will be available from day one, the Lightning Purple colour option will be released in May.

Ahead of the April 29 availability, Realme will also be organising a pop-up store at 04:30pm on April 27 in Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar, New Delhi, where the company will give the consumers a chance to purchase Realme 3 Pro before the first official sale.

According to Realme, the first 1,000 customers to buy the Realme 3 Pro on April 29 via the company’s online store will get free Realme Buds. Additionally, the Realme online store buyers will also be eligible for 15 percent supercash cashback (up to Rs. 1,500) on payment via Mobikwik.

The consumers getting the Realme 3 Pro via Flipkart will get flat Rs. 1,000 discount on payment via HDFC Bank credit cards, debit cards, and EMI transactions. The Flipkart buyers will also be eligible for no-cost EMIs up to six months.

Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro buyers, regardless of where they are purchasing the phone from, will get benefits worth Rs. 5,300 from Reliance Jio.

In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, Realme also launched the new Realme C2 at the event, which has been priced starting at Rs. 5,999.

Realme 3 Pro specifications, features

The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 3 Pro runs ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie and packs a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) IPS display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass that is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla 5. The display has a peak brightness of 400 nits with a contrast ratio of 1200:1. Under the hood, the Realme 3 Pro draws power from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz, ticking alongside Adreno 616 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.

Realme 3 Pro camera

In the imaging department, the Realme 3 Pro packs a 16-megapixel primary camera (IMX519 sensor) with f/1.7 aperture , paired with a 5-megapixel secondary camera (GC5035 sensor) with f/2.4 aperture. On the front is a 25-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture. Talking about camera features, the Realme 3 Pro brings support for 960fps super slow motion video recording, Ultra HD mode for capturing 64-megapixel images, and optimised Nightscape among others.

For authentication, the Realme 3 Pro packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone also comes with Widevine L1 certification to let users stream HD content from services like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. Additionally, the phones features up to 128GB of onboard storage, which can further be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

The latest Realme offering’s connectivity suite includes Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz+5GHz), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port. The device comes equipped with a 4,045mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The dimensions of the Realme 3 Pro are 156.8×74.2×8.3 mm and it tips the scales at 172 grams.

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Blaupunkt SBWL-01 Soundbar With Wireless Subwoofer Launched

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After years of focusing on the car audio and in-car entertainment segments, Blaupunkt has taken on consumer audio in a big way. The company has launched various products including headphones, wireless portable speakers and soundbars in India, with competitive pricing. The latest product from Blaupunkt is the SBWL-01 soundbar, which is priced at Rs. 13,990. The new soundbar features wireless connectivity and also has a wireless soundbar included. The new soundbar will be available to buy both online and offline in the country.

The Blaupunkt SBWL-01 soundbar has a rated output of 200W, and comes with a wireless subwoofer. This means that the subwoofer can be placed away from the main speaker, and will receive its audio signal wirelessly. However, the subwoofer does still need to be plugged into power. The main speaker itself is a two-channel one with 3-inch drivers. The soundbar is also Dolby Digital tuned, promising better sound quality.

In terms of connectivity, the Blaupunkt SBWL-01 can be used with Auxiliary, Bluetooth, RCA, Optical, and HDMI ARC. This allows for various connectivity options when connected with either a TV or any other source device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, for audio playback. The soundbar also has its own remote for ease of use.

 

The new Blaupunkt soundbar is available both online and offline, and can be purchased via Amazon, Flipkart, and a variety of other stores. The new soundbar is the latest in the range, which also includes the SBW-100 and SBW-02, which are also available on Amazon for under Rs. 10,000 right now. Blaupunkt had also recently launched new earphones, including the BTW-01 truly wireless earphones.

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Microsoft Starts Reminding Windows 7 Users to Upgrade, Recommends Buying a New PC

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Earlier last month, Microsoft had made it clear that it will start pushing notifications to Windows 7 users, asking them to upgrade their machines. Windows 7 users must upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft is set to end support for the operating system by January 2020. Some Windows 7 users have reported that they’ve started receiving such notifications. Such users can continue to use Windows 7 after the support period ends, but they’ll be putting themselves at risk.

The notification pop-up seems to appear when users boot up their Windows 7 machines. It reads, “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end.” This is the same notification that was reported earlier last month. Users on Reddit are claiming they’ve started receiving these notification pop-ups from April 18, 2019. The Reddit reports over Microsoft’s Windows 7 notification were first spotted by Windows Latest.

As of now, the users with Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate are receiving the notification. Enterprise users still have the option to use Windows 7 until 2023, while paying for Extended Security Updates (ESU).

 

The nagging notification can be turned off by checking the ‘Do not remind me again’ option on the bottom left-hand corner of the notification pop-up. In case users close the pop-up directly, the notification is likely to appear again.

Microsoft has linked a support page with the notification pop-up, explaining the end of support for Windows 7 and what options users have right now. The final security update for Windows 7 will be released on January 14, 2020.

The support page clarifies that without software and security updates, Windows 7 users will be prone to malware and viruses. Microsoft is asking users to switch to Windows 10 and claims it is ‘not recommended’ to install Windows 10 on your older device, and users should buy a new machine.

In case you’re still using Windows 7, you should look at upgrading your machine right away. You can upgrade to Windows 10 or switch to a Linux distribution of your choice.

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