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Google launches video calling app - Duo

Finally Google has launched the much awaited 'Duo',  A video calling app that Google claims will change the game in the Android world.  Earlier today the app was launched on Playstore.

The app already rated above 4 is seeing a lot of installs.  A few minutes into the launch it crossed the 10000 mark.

You can install the app by going to the Playstore and by searching Allo.  There are a few other apps with the same name,  make sure you look for the one by Google Inc.

Once you install 'Duo' will prompt you for your mobile number and a pin will be sent to the same.  Once verified you will be able to make video calls to other Allo users.

Pay KSEB Current Bill Online - How To - Step by Step

Recently someone from my family wanted help to pay their KSEB bill online. Before this they used to go to the office and pay it. 

So here is a small 'How to' post on paying your Kerala State Electricity Board current bill. First you have to go the page on KSEB website designated for payments at 

KSEB Bill Payment - How To - Video

KSEB Bill Payment Page. 
 From the list, Choose your Electrical Section,

KSEB Current Bill Payment
KSEB Bill Payment Page
Then from the bill you received at home, enter the Bill and Consumer Numbers and Submit. 

Next you will be taken to a page, where you will be able to see the payment due.

From here you can click 'Proceed to Payment' option.

Now you will be redirected to your bank, Once you make the payment from your bank. You will be redirected to the transaction details page. 

Bill Payment Successful

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air in India

Xiaomi Notebook Air

Xiaomi, has launched the much awaited Xiaomi Notebook Air in China earlier today. The notebook which is expected to give Apple a run for it's money is priced at 35000 for the low end version and 50,000 for the high end one. The price compared to Apple's notebook is really cheap and considering the specs on offer it is a real head turner. 

The notebook is said to have two versions of size 12.5 inches and 13.3 inches with Full HD displays with a higher PPI  (per pixel intensity) of 176 and 165 ppi respectively. This is comparatively 10 - 15% better than PPI offered by Apple Notebooks. The pre-loaded OS on this machine would be Windows 10. 

The 13.3 Inch version of Xiaomi Notebook
The 13 inch high end version comes with an i5 processor(6200U) powered by 8GB DDR4 RAM at 2.7GHz. The graphics card is the much lauded NVIDIA GeForce 94MX. The storage device is a 256 GB high speed SSD drive. The notebook packs a 40Wh battery capable of backing up the device for close to 9.5 hours. A back lit keyboard, two speakers, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI port adds to the usability of the device. The device waits close to 1.3 Kilograms.

The 12-inch version however comes with Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD Drive. There is one HDMI and one USB 3.0 on the device. The battery backup is however better than the 13 inch version at 11.5 hours.

Xiaomi on twitter has put up posters of Notebook Air alongside the Macbook Air.

Macbook Air vs Mi Notebook Air

 The Mi Notebook Air would launch in China on August 2nd. It is expected to hit world wide and India on or before the next quarter. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on release. :)

Updating OnePlus Two from Android Lollipop to Marshmallow

Most OnePlus users like me have already received notification for the marshmallow update. Click download to start downloading the update,

Once downloaded the phone will prompt user for installation.  It is very important that your phone has ample amount of charge left before you start installation.  We would recommend already 75% charge.  
Click install and the device will automatically boot up with Marshmallow OS. 

You can verify the same by going to settings > about phone  >Android version and doubt tap the same to see the Marshmallow screen. 

One Plus Two launch in India and Expected Price

The much awaited One Plus Two will be launched in a Virtual reality event on 27th of July. The device is expected to be priced somewhere between 400-450$(25,500-28,500).

The device boasts of Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, QHD display along with new features like finger print scanner. There is a major upgrade in terms of body as One Plus Two is rumored to sport a metallic outer body.

Moto 360 is now on Flipkart

Moto 360 promotional video.

The much awaited Moto 360, The Android smartphone watch is all set for a launch in India is available for Pre-order now on Flipkart, India's online shopping giant. Motorola's partnership with Flipkart in India continues with the Moto 360 launch as well. The device sports some handy features that make it stand out. It's more than just a smart device.

You can catch more about the product here on Flipkart's - Moto 360 Page.

OnePlus One vs Iphone 6 Plus for Indian Customers

The One Plus One 

Being someone who is eagerly awaiting the OnePlus One launch in India. I thought of writing a comparison between the highly awaited OnePlus One and the newly launched Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.


The OPO(162gm) is the lighter phone weighing 10gms lesser than the iPhone 6 Plus, while the i6+ has an edge over it's competitor in being the more slimmer phone of the two. 


OnePlus One
162 gms
iPhone 6 Plus
172 gms


In terms of display It is hard to decide a winner as both the OPO and iPhone has the same resolution and PPI(Per pixel Intensity). Both the phones have an identical resolution of 1080x1920 pixels on a 5.5 inch screen with a PPI of exactly 401. The OPO has an LTPS LCD display and the iPhone an IPS display. While on paper the LTPS display is better than the IPS. You wouldn't feel a considerable amount of difference. 

Display Size
OnePlus One
401 ppi
iPhone 6 Plus
401 ppi

Processing Power and Storage; 

The Apple iPhone 6 plus is backed by the A8 dual core processor with 1GB RAM clocked at 1.4 GHz, while the OPO is backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM clocked at 2.5GHz. Both the processors are hard performers and you wouldn't feel any lag on the phones. 

External Memory
OnePlus One
Qualcomm SnapDragon QuadCore Processor
16,64 GB
iPhone 6 Plus
A8 Dual Core Processor
16,64, 128 GB


While the iPhone 6 Plus is backed by the latest version of iOS, i.e version 8. The OPO is backed by the lightweight and customizable stock android like Android Kitkat(4.4.2). 


Both the phones have identical battery life with OPO having a 3100mAh and the iPhone a 2915mAh battery. Both the phones have non removable batteries. 

SAR Values:

This is where OPO beats most of it's competitors hands down. For a phone with such high specifications the OPO has a very low SAR value(well below the limit of 1.6W/Kg). The SAR values for OPO are 0.62(W/Kg) on the head and 0.75(W/Kg) on the body. 


The OPO's camera is a beast no doubt. Just try googling for photos taken on the OPO. It will just take your breath away. The OPO packs a 13MP Sony Camera on the rear and a 5 MP shooter in the front with a viewing angle of 80%. The OPO's rear camera can shoot video of upto 2K resolution. 

The iPhone still packs an 8MP Camera which has been the same since 4S days. 

HDR mode is available on both the phones. 

If i were given a choice between this two phones my choice would definitely be the OPO which is priced at half of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. 

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