Google Pixel 3 Referral Program Launched With Rs. 7,000 Instant Discount and Other Benefits

Google Pixel 3 Referral Program Launched With Rs. 7,000 Instant Discount and Other Benefits

In order to boost sales, Google has launched a new Pixel 3 ₹ 63,155 referral offer for Pixel and Nexus users this holiday season. As part of this new program, Google is offering Rs. 7,000 instant discount to the referee, and a Rs. 2,000 e-gift voucher to the referrer. This offer has been launched on Flipkart, and will be live till December 20. The referral codes that will be generated during this period will only be valid till December 24, after which they will no longer hold any value.

As part of this program, a Pixel or Nexus user will need to go into their Flipkart app, and click on a targeted banner highlighting this offer. The banner leads to a page that lists offer details and asks for an email ID. Flipkart will then mail the generated code and a unique link within 48 hours. This link can be used by the user themselves, or share it with another user to avail the benefits while purchasing the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL ₹ 77,842. As mentioned, this link will be valid only till December 24, after which it cannot be used to get the instant Rs. 7,000 discount. Once the referee opens the unique link and validates the code, the offer will get tagged to the buyer’s Flipkart account until expiry. Before December 24, the referee can then buy the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL anytime on Flipkart and get Rs. 7,000 off on the purchase. This is exclusive of any other offer running at that time, applying which, will entail the buyer to more discount on the Pixel 3 series.

Currently, Flipkart is offering up to Rs. 14,900 on exchange of old phones, and Rs. 4,500 off on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL all variants due to the Big Shopping Days sale. It is also offering No Cost EMI options, 10 percent off on HDFC debit and credit cards, and 40 percent buyback value for Rs. 199. The Pixel 3 64GB is currently available for Rs. 66,500, and 128GB variant is available for Rs. 75,500. Similarly, the Pixel 3 XL 64GB is priced at Rs. 78,500 and 128GB variant is available for Rs. 87,500 during the Flipkart sale period.

Originally, the Google Pixel 3 price in India has been set at Rs. 71,000 for the base 64GB storage variant and Rs. 80,000 for the 128GB storage model. On the other hand, Google Pixel 3 ₹ 63,155 XL64GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 83,000, while the 128GB storage model comes in at Rs. 92,000 in the Indian market.

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These Are Apple’s Best iPhone and iPad Apps of 2018

Image result for These Are Apple's Best iPhone and iPad Apps of 2018Apple has unveiled its top iPhone and iPad apps of the year.

The list revealed on Tuesday includes the App Store’s hand-picked winners for everything from the best game of the year, Donut County for iPhone and Gorogoa for iPad, to the best app trend of the year, Self-care.

There are a few winners that mirror Google Play’s top picks list that was released on Monday, as well as a few surprises.

While Google selected language-learning app Drops as its app of the year, Apple gave the award to Procreate Pocket, a sketching and drawing app.

The App Store’s iPad App of the Year honors goes to Froggipedia, an augmented reality app for studying frogs and other amphibians.

In the self-care category, Apple named four winners: Fabulous- Motivate Me, Shine, Calm, and 10% Happier.

It also named 10 “Favorite Watch Apps” of the year: WaterMinder, App in the Air, CARROT Weather, Just Press Record, Swing Tennis Tracker, Lifesum, 10% Happier, Overcast, Fun Gold GPS, and Slopes.

Apple also released its top downloads of the year. Here are the “most popular apps” for iPhone and iPad:

  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Facebook
  6. Bitmoji
  7. Netflix
  8. Google Maps
  9. Gmail
  10. Spotify
  11. Amazon
  12. Uber
  13. WhatsApp
  14. Pandora
  15. Wish
  16. TikTok
  17. Cash App
  18. Google Photos
  19. Google Chrome
  20. Twitter

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24 Tech (and Tech-ish) Gifts Under $50 That You Can Buy on Amazon

Best tech gifts

Most people associate the best tech gifts with highest price tags. But there are plenty of great tech gift ideas that won’t decimate your holiday budget and can still make the most serious nerd’s life a little bit easier — like accessories for their new iPhone Xs, gadgets that’ll turn a regular home into a smart one, even an Alexa-enabled singing fish. And to make the hunt for these still-useful-but-not-too-expensive tech gifts a little easier, we found 24 of the best gadgets and gizmos to give your favorite techie this holiday season, all of which are under $50 and readily available on Amazon.

Tile Slim

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Tile Slim

As thin as two credit cards, this Tile slides easily into a wallet or purse and will let them keep track of where it is through the accompanying app.

$28 at Amazon
Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa

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Big Mouth Billy Bass – Compatible with Alexa

America’s favorite singing fish is now a smarter than ever. This newest version of the Big Mouth Billy Bass is compatible with Alexa, able to lip-sync responses to voice commands. (But remember: They need an Amazon Echo device to make it work.)

$40 at Amazon
Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger

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Eton The American Red Cross FR1 Emergency Weather Radio with Smartphone Charger

This hand-crank radio also has a built-in flashlight and phone charger, making it ideal to keep on hand in case the power goes out. Plus, it’s approved by the American Red Cross.

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Samsung, Huawei and Apple shipped the most phones in Q3

At the beginning of the month, we showed you Counterpoint Research’s numbers for the global Q3 market and today we have a further breakdown, including a cool infographic.

To rehash, in the months July through September Samsung captured the most market share (19%), fending off Huawei (14%), which in turn beat Apple (12%). Oppo and Xiaomi ended on par at 9% each, beating vivo’s share by a single percentage point. HMD didn’t ship that many phones, but its shipments grew 73% over the same three months in 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 saw 5% less phones shipped, compared to Q3 of 2017 – totaling 380m units.

Now the breakdown – Oppo took the Asian market with 16% total, followed closely by Huawei (15%), vivo (15%) and Xiaomi (14%). Samsung was relegated to just 10%.

Unsurprisingly, Apple took the biggest portion of the North American market (39%), followed by Samsung (26%).

Samsung’s strongest market was Europe with 31% market share, followed by Huawei’s 22% and Apple’s 19% – no other makers were close.

Overall it was a profitable Q3 for some, despite the declining shipments. Samsung posted record profits, while Xiaomi offset a declining Chinese market with a strong showing in India. Apple’s shipments were flat but its skyrocketing average sales price helped Cupertino bring in the profits.

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Week 47 in review: Samsung dominated the headlines with its S10 and A8s

https://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/17/02/week-6-in-review/-728x314/gsmarena_002.jpgIt was another week of Samsung-themed conversations in the tech world. Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S10 was again a regular in our news section.

This week the Galaxy S10 talk is that Samsung will bring back the “flat” display for the entry-level model (quotation marks because the screen will likely still taper off to a 2.5D curve) while retaining the prominent edge curve for the higher-end Galaxy S10 models.

Those same higher-end Galaxy S10 models could swap out the rear glass for ceramic, which will provide added scratch resistance to the phones while retaining the wireless charging capabilities.

The Galaxy S10 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series (well, technically 9th anniversary, 10th device) and it’s clear that Samsung is betting big on its success. With sales slowing down and rivals such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo bringing aggressive competition, Samsung could be facing a crisis otherwise.

That makes 2019 a big year for Samsung. And the market leader looks poised to take it head on. According to the rumor mill it’s prepping a 6.7-inch smartphone with 5G – perhaps the Galaxy Note10.

The rest of the Samsung-related topics this week round off with the Galaxy A8s and the new Infinity-O screen, which was sighted in the wild.

The display has a circular cutout in the upper left corner of the screen and there’s a good chance we’re going to see it premiered with the upcoming Galaxy A8s, which we saw for the first time this week.

In other news, analysts report that Apple will be forced to scale down iPhone XR, XS and XS Max production due to lower than predicted sales. Apple is still coming out on top, financially, thanks to its higher average selling price, though.

Meanwhile Realme teased that the U1 will go on sale on November 28 while Asus teased the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) – a device with “next-generation gaming”.

The Honor 10 Lite made its debut this week, packing great value-for-money and Xiaomi set a Guinness World Record for the most stores opened simultaneously – 500.

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Samsung Galaxy A and M-series details emerge: storage and color options

The upcoming shake up of Samsung’s product lines is slowly being revealed through rumors. The latest is a summary of storage options and colors for the entry level Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.

Samsung is reportedly seriously thinking about bringing White back as a launch day color option. But it seems that is reserved for the A-series, the cheaper M models will have a more limited palette. It’s not clear if any of these are gradient colors or not.

The naming will change as well, moving to with double-digit numbers – so SM-M205F will be Galaxy M20 not M2.

Interestingly, storage is quite generous, even something like the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with 64GB as standard and offer a roomier 128GB option. That matches the Galaxy A50, which will be a more premium device.

Device Storage options Colors Additional model numbers
SM-A305F 32/64GB Blue, black, red, white SM-A305FN, SM-A305G, SM-A305GN, SM-A305GT
SM-A505F 64/128GB Blue, pink, black, silver, white SM-A505FN, SM-A505G, SM-A505GN, SM-A505GT
SM-M105F 16/32GB Blue and Dark Grey
SM-M205F 32/64GB Blue and Dark Grey SM-M205FN, SM-M205G
SM-M305F 64/128GB Blue and Dark Grey

It seems that all of these will be dual SIM phones, whether or not this means a hybrid slot (as in, one that also supports a microSD card) remains to be seen.

The Galaxy M-series will reportedly target emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia while the revamped A-series will be available in Europe. Note that Samsung is yet to start mass production on any of these models, so details may change.

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Samsung Galaxy M10 shows Exynos 7870 and 3GB of RAM on Geekbench

The entry-level smartphone in Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy M series has made its first public appearance. The Galaxy M10, model number SM-M105F, was briefly spotted (and subsequently removed) on Geekbench.

Touting an Exynos 7870 with 3GB of RAM and running on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Galaxy M10 looks like a decent entry-level package.

Samsung’s Galaxy M series is set to take over from the Galaxy On series. Just yesterday we got our first informative details about the Galaxy M lineup.

The lineup will consist of the Galaxy M10 (SM-M105), the Galaxy M20 (SM-M205) and the Galaxy M30 (SM-M305). The M10 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations, the M20 in 32GB and 64GB and the M30 in 64GB and 128GB – all three will launch in Blue and Dark Gray colors.

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Samsung and Niantic reportedly working on a Harry Potter game

Samsung scored a timed exclusivity on Fortnite and plans to continue featuring games as a marketing tactic. The smartphone giant is reportedly close to investing $40 million in Niantic, the maker of the highly popular Pokemon Go location-based game. But Niantic wouldn’t share Pokemon.

Instead, a Harry Potter game is planned, which will turn the S Pen into a magic wand. It’s not clear if this will be an addition to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (set to release in 2019) or a separate title. Reworking the existing game may the only way if Samsung wants it in time for the Galaxy Note10 (the Galaxy S10 will launch first, but it lacks the “wand”).

Niantic’s original game, Ingress, will also be part of the deal. Speaking of, the deal may be announced before the end of this year, though it sounds like neither company is in a hurry – insiders report that they want to see a bit more progress in the technical collaboration before making an official announcement.

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2018 Cruising World Holiday Gift Guide for Sailors: Gadgets and Gear

From a cool underwater ROV to a water-resistant down blanket and a tandem kayak that can actually fold up and fit in an onboard locker, Cruising World’s gift picks for sailors for the 2018 holiday season. For even more ideas, check our picks for top eco-friendly gifts for sailors.

West Marine Coastal 7×50 Waterproof Binoculars

Waterproof Binoculars

Every sailor needs a good set of binoculars. The West Marine Coastal 7×50 Waterproof Binoculars are an excellent value for a fully waterproof set of marine binoculars. They are durable and lightweight with nitrogen-purged optics to prevent fogging, have multi-coated lenses for brightness in low-light conditions and sharp optics.

Courtesy of the manufacturer

Eagle 3 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera

Eagle 3 Pro

Want to get some cool shots of your boat under sail or in that postcard-perfect anchorage? Try your hand at drone photography. The Eagle 3 Pro has a 328-foot range, can do 360-degree flips and tricks, and can capture it all on the built-in Wi-Fi camera. Using the free app, you can watch streamed footage live and take photos. Priced under $50, it’s a good starter drone.

Courtesy of the manufacturer

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Google is going to allow iPhones, Samsung, and OnePlus devices to Project Fi

Earlier today, a post over at BGR was posted prematurely which revealed that Google is going to open up its Project Fi network to more devices starting tomorrow. Actually, Google is supposed to officially announce it tomorrow but word got out and Droid Life reported about it before the original post was taken down.

According to the now deleted post, Google Fi will allow you to bring phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and iPhones “in Beta”. Google mentions that the “full Google Fi experience” won’t be available to phones that weren’t “designed for Fi”. These phones (Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL, LG G7, LG V35, Moto G6, and Moto X4), can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint towers to achieve well-rounded coverage.

Source: Google Fi

Not all phones are 100% compatible with Fi, so using an iPhone won’t get you the quick Wi-Fi/LTE “enhanced” transition that is compatible with only devices on Android Pie. Still, even without the Wi-Fi LTE hand-off, you’ll have pretty good combined coverage from three LTE carriers and a great value for those who don’t use too much data on an individual plan.

In any case, Google hasn’t announced this yet, but is expected to at 10AM Pacific time – should anything else come up, we’ll update this post.

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