Author: Keval Padia

GDPR Compliance: Everything that you need to know in 2020

In 2012, the European Commission drew plans for data protection revision across the EU to give Europe a better chance at Digital Privacy. One of the key elements of the reforms is introducing a General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR). This novel model applies to businesses across the European Union and beyond. The European Commission enforced a plan for businesses to comply with GDPR and if you don’t, well then there are serious repercussions (a fine of 4% of revenue or upto 20million euros). I am sure no business wants to get down that road.

Why is GDPR important?

GDPR is a set of norms designed by the European Union that impose a strict set of rules around how it’s citizens data is collected, stored and managed. Essentially, almost each and every facet of our life revolves around data. Ranging from Social Media agencies to retailers, govt. Organisations and banks involve the collection and management of our personal data. To give you a perspective, our name, address, phone number and credit card details are collected, monitored and stored by businesses. These laws have shaped the data protection laws in the United States too. It is extremely important to comply with GDPR laws or lose a chunk of your business revenue if found guilty.

How does GDPR work?

GDPR constitutes one of the most robust data security laws in the world. It enables the people the right to ask organisations how their private data is collected, stored, used and request it to be deleted. It creates a liability for organisations to explain how, where and why your personal data is stored and used. Additionally, users can raise an objection if their personal data is used inappropriately for certain purposes like direct marketing. If you are searching for bags and start seeing ads for similar products, it is creepy and should be able to ask the business to stop using your personal data for marketing activities. GDPR ensures this along with other rights.
European citizens have these rights given to them by Law. However, some organisations may understand it’s better to use GDPR protection policies for all their customers and not just limited to Europe. For example, Microsoft announced that it would provide all users control of their data under the new GDPR rules with a dashboard where users can manage their personal data. Whereas, Facebook, has changed their privacy settings and tools globally but EU users do get special rights due to GDPR laws. Users from other countries still not get the same rights from Facebook till date, which state how GDPR is accepted by each organisation is different.

How does it work for Non-EU Nations?

GDPR comes into play if you have a business website that:

  • Engages in Direct Marketing to the European Union
  • If you collect/store personal data from the citizens of the European Union.

So, even if you are a business not located in the EU but are interacting with EU citizens then GDPR is a must have for you. For example, if you have a website which tracks user data to monitor website traffic, or a blog where users can comment or subscribe to your newsletter, or have a contact us/inquiry form then GDPR applies to you. To be clear and precise, if you have the following service pages and a EU citizen lands on your page, then you have all the reasons to worry about. However, if your business complies with GDPR laws then you have no reason to worry about.

How to implement GDPR policies?

The GDPR policy is all about empowering the end user visiting your website. Hence when a user comes to your website and before loading cookies/ or a tracking code, it is essential to inform the end user of all the ways you are collecting, storing and using their personal information and give them an option to decide. Additionally, it is imperative that you have an easy to understand privacy policy and details of your cookies and the timeframe through which it is stored on your server. It is also necessary to have an easy process for a user to make a formal request for all the personal data you have stored. There should be a seamless system where the users can ask you to change or delete their personal data within 30 days.

We have listed all major concerns relating to the use of GDPR compliance and safe business practices within the EU and global business alike. If you have any concerns or questions pertaining to GDPR, you can contact us to know more.

Top 5 Takeaways from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2020

Samsung’s eagerly awaited product launch event “Galaxy Unpacked” finally happened and we have compiled a list of takeaways from the event if you didn’t get a chance to live stream. Earlier last month, we did a piece on the expectations from Galaxy Unpacked 2020. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are now genuine products along with Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Watch 3 and bean shaped Galaxy Buds too. Let us find out if Samsung could pack a punch and stay true to our expectations.

Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have herculean specs starting at $1000 and $1300 respectively. Both these models have fiery Snapdragon 865 Plus processors along with 5G support and IP68 waterproofing rating. Additionally, there is support for wireless charging but they are different in some ways.

Samsung provided a 64MP telephoto lens in the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom. It is important to note that the Note 20 Ultra has a 120Hz refresh rate OLED screen along with better RAM and microSD. The battery is spectacular for both Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, allowing it to charge 50% in under 30 mins. The Note 20 comes in three colours :Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray and Mystic Green whereas Note 20 Ultra is available in: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the vertical-folding Galaxy Fold. The outer display when closed, is much bigger than the previous version. Galaxy Z Fold 2 is 6.2 inches long but when the main screen is unfolded, the device is actually 7.6 inches. Samsung stated that it improved the phone structure to make it stronger and improved the hinge. This is said to increase the durability of the smartphone. Moreover, there is a punch-hole front camera, with 12GB of RAM and 5G support. It is worth mentioning that more details about pricing and availability will be provided by Samsung on 1st September.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are the latest wireless earbuds by the company, leaked way ahead of the event. It is famously shaped like Jelly beans and is super small compared to Galaxy Buds Plus. Though it is smaller than the predecessor, it is more technologically advanced. Active noise cancellation is a key feature in premium wireless earbuds and Samsung doesn’t compromise. It is said that Samsung has gone step ahead when we thought the Galaxy Buds Plus was the best earbuds from Samsung. Everyone knows how well connected Apple’s Airpods are when you switch between multiple devices. Samsung might have cracked the perfect code for connectivity for these cute bean shaped earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus

In our previous article, we mentioned that if you are a Samsung fan, you must know that there are very few companies that take Android tablets seriously but Samsung ceases to amaze us every year with new variants in the Galaxy Tab lineup year after year. On August 5, Samsung announced two sizes of the Tab S7, an 11-inch tab and a 12.4-inch one. Both Tab S7 and S7 Plus run on Android 10 with OneUI software with Snapdragon 865 Plus processors. The smaller S7 has an LCD screen whereas the S7 Plus is bestowed with an OLED screen and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is sleeker than Samsung’s previous smartwatch models. That being said, it features a stunning 1.4-inch display. The Galaxy Watch 3 will be available in two sizes: 41mm(Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver colour) and 45mm (Mystic Silver and Mystic Black colour). The watch is equipped with fall detection and is notably lighter and thinner too. Galaxy Watch 3 is priced at $399.99 and $429.99 respectively.

Wrapping Up

As promised we brought you the key takeaways from Samsung’s first online event: Galaxy Unpacked. We are still waiting for an update on Galaxy Home and will do a write up once it is launched. If you like reading our blog on the latest trends in technology, please comment below and share it on your social media and do give us a shoutout. 

 

Top 5 Smart Locks for 2020

A smart lock is one of the most essential parts of a new-age smart home. It will enable you to come and go as you wish along with monitoring your visitors when you are away. Some smart locks can be operated from your smartphone or tablet. A range of smart locks lets you assign a special privilege pass to your family/friends or the cleaning staff. Whereas you can activate some locks with the help of a voice command.

What is a Smart Lock?

A Smart Door Lock costs a hell lot of money compared to the traditional locks. There are a few low range ($100~) smart locks, however if you want more features for your smart lock you will need to spend somewhere in the range of $200-300~. Most smart locks have a dedicated mobile app to let you lock/unlock doors with a single tap. There are some locks which provide a web app to control the settings through a computer/laptop. 

How to install a Smart Lock?

It is extremely easy to install a smart lock and doesn’t take more than 15-30 minutes to install a smart lock depending on your existing setup. Most smart locks available today use the normal pre-drilled holes so no need to drill new ones. Moreover, there are smart locks available that can be attached to the inside of your door. These locks are built to use your existing hardware which means you don’t have to make difficult changes.

Let us look at the top five smart locks for 2020 along with features and price range:

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

The stylish August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is extremely easy to install and has great features in its concise frame. It is the smallest smart lock model by the brand at $249.99 and is the first to offer Wi-Fi compatibility. The good part is compatibility with Google Assistant, Alexa, Apple HomeKit just like the previous models. The smart lock is available in silver or more stylish matte back with a textured grip and an August logo indicating the status of the door. You can use it as a manual lock by turning left or right to unlock or lock respectively. The only drawback is a short battery life and a pricey product.

Wyze Lock

The Wyze Lock uses your door’s inherent keyed cylinder, deadbolt and hardware. It comes with a plug-in gateway module, 4 AA batteries, a mounting plate, adapters and user guide at $89.99. Impressive right? Certainly. The Wyze Lock sports a minimalist design with an aluminium finish. The LED on top of the lock will be green during installation, dark green if the door is locked/unlocked and will turn red when it fails to lock/unlock. The Wyze lock runs on four AA batteries and has an embedded Bluetooth and Zigbee network, however there is no Wi-Fi compatibility.

Nest X Yale Lock with Nest Connect

The most recent addition to the Nest smart home devices is the Nest X Yale Lock with Nest Connect available at $279. It is a hi-tech smart door lock that can be controlled remotely using a mobile app or web app. The Nest X Yale is pretty easy to install and provides features like One-Touch locking, Auto-lock and a timeline depicting who locked/unlocked the door at a particular time. A small speaker and terminals can be used if the batteries run out of juice. The keypad is slick and remains dark till you touch the Yale logo. Once you touch the logo, it displays the keypad, a check button, back button and settings option. We would advise you to go with Nest X Yale Smart Lock if you have other products from the Nest family. 

Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro + Wi-Fi Bridge

The Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro is a versatile smart lock that enables you to unlock your door through a mobile app, fingerprint scan, a keypad, a conventional key or even a voice command. So cool, right? The Ultraloq smart lock comes with a Bluetooth radio, devoid of Wi-Fi radio. It enables you to lock/unlock the door with Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands, however there is no support yet for Apple HomeKit. There are some cool features like Auto-Lock which locks the door after a set period of time and Auto-Unlock which uses your smart phone’s location to unlock the door when you are near the door and a Magic Shake which allows you to unlock the door when you shake your phone in front of the lock. Also, there is a feature to set temporary/permanent pin codes and you can configure according to your needs.

Schlage Sense

The Schlage Sense deadlock allows you to use your iPhone to lock/unlock doors, customise access codes and set up access schedules. The Schlage Sense is a compact single cylinder lock with a luminous keypad and low battery alert. It is easy to install, easy to program it manually or using the user-friendly mobile app to add users, set up schedules and access codes. Priced at $229, it comes in two variants: the modern century style and a classic Camelot style. The only cons are the price and compatibility only with iOS devices and hence would also require Apple TV for remote control.

If you are interested to buy a smart lock but don’t want to make a change to your existing hardware, it is best to choose one of the above smart lock options available based on your budget. Do let us know in the comment section which topic you would like to see in the next “Top 5 every week” blog.

Top 5 Live TV Streaming Services in 2020

As the world continues to encounter financial crises as we are fighting the battle with COVID-19, ditching the cable TV cord is a great way to cut down on family entertainment. All thanks to streaming, it is possible to ditch cable while still holding onto the live TV channels dear to you. We know live local and international news are so important along with live sports like IPL and Barclay’s Premier League starting to return. You can enjoy them all using an affordable streaming service without a cable box or antenna.

Live TV streaming services start at $20 per month with 0 fee or contract. You can now view your favourite shows on streaming apps on your smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV etc. The pro, you can watch at home or while commuting on a smartphone, tablet or a web browser. In most cases, these streaming services cost far less than a cable TV and you don’t need a professional installer to visit your home, in times of social distancing. Let us check out the top 5 Live TV streaming services according to us in 2020:

Sling TV Blue

Sling TV has a wide range of channels, more options to choose from and a better user interface. It is one of the best budget friendly streaming services available in the market. It is a tad bit expensive than Philo, however considering the wide range of channels, it is still much cheaper than other premium streaming services. Sling TV is definitely more cost effective than premium services like Hulu Plus Live TV or YouTube TV due to few local stations. Additionally, it provides two $30 per month channel packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. There are some common channels on both Sling Orange and Sling Blue, there is a considerable change between other channel offerings.

Hulu Plus Live TV

Hulu Plus Live TV became a global favourite when YouTube TV price increased by almost $15. It has a robust channel offering for a modest price and Hulu’s integration of live TV with a decent catalogue of on-demand content is commendable. When compared to YouTube TV, the interface does lag behind and you will need to pay $10/month to be able to skip advertisements on Hulu’s cloud DVR. Due to the increase in the price of other streaming services, Hulu Plus Live TV now gives the best budget experience at $55. 

YouTube TV

YouTube TV improved it’s offering with the addition of eight new channels by June end. YouTube TV, priced at $65 now has more top channels than other services so it is an instant win if you want a premium experience. Additionally, it also has the best cloud DVR of the bunch, including unlimited storage and a generous nine months to watch recordings. Other services, only allow you to watch recorded shows for a maximum of 30 days. The interface is simple to use but has more options than your cable TV. There are no variations provided, it only has one price for the entire package. Pretty neat.

AT&T TV

In the beginning, HBO subscription was bundled with AT&T TV. Now, you will have to shell out an additional $10 a month. Even without HBO, the streaming service still lacks more top channels than other premium services like Hulu Plus or YouTube TV. The DVR quality is also lagging behind YouTube TV. AT&T TV has a decent style interface due to the flipper-friendly ability to swipe left and right to change channels.

FuboTV

We all have those sports fans around us. If you are not one of them, you definitely know at least 5 sports fans who could make the most of FuboTV. FuboTV offers a great variety of channels to choose from. This is second only to YouTube TV and due to the sports focus, FuboTV is a major hit with football fans. However, it is available at$60, which is the second most expensive service after YouTube TV. Recently, FuboTV has added a bunch of new channels like ESPN and Disney. We would recommend you to go for FuboTV, only if you are a big sports fan and more than 80% of your viewing time is dedicated to sports.

Wrapping Up

As we have discussed the top 5 Live TV streaming services based on their price and features, the platform is still evolving. Almost all major streaming services have increased their prices by at least $5 in the last few months along with available channels. We would like to conclude that though streaming is the future, there is still some time before we see a good pricing model to go with the services offered. 

 

Typewise Keyboard – High Speed, Precision Driven Typing Made Possible

Late last year, there was a wonderful case study about smartphone typing published by ETH Zurich, Aalto University of Helsinki and University of Cambridge. According to this study, smartphone users are able to type 70% faster than desktop using only 1 or 2 fingers. However, the maximum typing speed on a handheld device is only 36 WPM. It is notable that the younger generation between 13 to 18 type way faster than someone in their 50’s. 

Over the last decade, the keyboard layout hasn’t updated much in comparison with the smartphone updates each year. All smartphone keyboards are still using the age old QWERTY keyboard. Interestingly, the QWERTY keyboard was never designed to be used with two fingers/thumbs. It was designed to be used by all 10 fingers on a typewriter. 

In 2016, we did a write up about WRIO keyboard when they came up with an exciting new keyboard app for iOS and Android platforms to improve the typing speed by 20 to 70 percent when compared to your routine QWERTY keyboard layout. In the last quarter of 2019, WRIO has now been rightly renamed to Typewise, we know it is an apt name for the keyboard app. The team at Typewise advised that after the initial success of WRIO they started working full time on the app and have spent thousands of hours to build a dream keyboard for hand-held devices.

Features of Typewise Keyboard

Speed & Accuracy

Typewise benefits from years of experience of working on keyboard apps for hand-held devices. They believe that the normal QWERTY keyboard on a smartphone is not very user-friendly due to the small sized keys. It empowered them to come up with a large sized hexagonal keyboard which helps the precise movement of your fingers to reduce typos and increase speed and efficiency. 

Gesture Equipped Typing

By performing simple gestures users can type a capital letter, delete or backspace text or restore a text deleted by mistake. This is possible through a left to write swipe or an up/down swipe. There is something great about this gesture based typing which increases the efficiency of the Typewise keyboard.

Advanced Auto-Correct

According to the study, auto correction helps to improve a user’s typing speed. However, there is no improvement in error rate. There could be two simple reasons: one, the autocorrect doesn’t recognize the correct word and second, it tries to correct an unknown word for example: a name. Typewise has solved this problem by enabling a language independent autocorrect feature. Moreover, it is also equipped to learn most repetitive words from another language and offer corrections accordingly.

Multi-language Support

One of the best features of Typewise is its multi-language support. Typewise allows you to choose from 30+ languages and you can use multiple languages simultaneously. It also has a custom dictionary which can learn input languages and provide predictive text accordingly. In addition to this, Typewise has added support for the Hinglish language specially for Indian users due to growing demands from the indian subcontinent.

Simplicity

When you think about all the possible tasks possible on Typewise, one would think of it to be a clunky app to use. However, the look and feel of the app is sophisticated and extremely simple. The layout is very easy to adopt with easy to learn gesture navigation.

Price and Availability

The Typewise app is free to use with basic functions. The price for Typewise premium has been reduced by 70% for all indian users and the new price is ₹249/year or ₹49/month. The app is completely ad free and protects privacy. If you would like to know more, you can download the android or iOS app.

 

Beginners guide to JSON Web Tokens(JWT) in 2020

I am sure you must have googled JSON web tokens (JWT) and skimmed through numerous articles before coming to our space. With the information available online, you would have a perception that JWT is a key element of modern authentication and authorization frameworks like OAuth and OpenID. Though JWT is used in OAuth and OpenID, it is not a part of these frame works. Secondly, its applications exceed authorization and authentication workflows. In this feature, we are going to give you a brief yet well-rounded overview of JWT and its features.

What is JWT?

A JSON web token(JWT) is a JSON object primarily used for secure data transfer over the web. It is ideally suited for information exchange and also an authentication system. The JWT token mainly comprises a header, payload and a signature. All three parts are separated by dots (.). JWT identifies the architecture of information we are transferring between two parties and it comes in two types – Serialized and Deserialized. 

A serialized method is principally used to exchange data through a network with each request and response. Whereas, the deserialized method is used to read/write data to the web token. A JWT in the deserialized type contains a header and payload only and both are plain JSON objects.

Why should you be using JWTs?

JSON web token(JWT) is a fabulous technology for API authentication and server to server authorization. However, it may not be good for sessions. For better understanding, it is important to compare JWT with Simple Web Tokens (SWT) and Security Assertion Markup Language Tokens (SAML).

JSON is less tedious than XML and hence its size is smaller and makes JWT compact than SAML. Hence, JWT is a better choice to be passed in HTML and HTTP environments.

In terms of Security, Single Web Token(SWT) can only be signed by a common secret using the HMAC algorithm. Moreover,  JWT and SAML tokens can use a public/private key pair for signing. Signing XML with XML digital signature with security gaps is extremely difficult compared to the ease of signing using JSON.

JSON parsers is a familiar concept in most programming languages as they map directly to objects. Alternatively, XML doesn’t have a natural document-to-object mapping which makes it easier to work with JWT over SAML assertions.

When we talk about usage, JWT is used mostly at the Internet scale. This emphasizes the ease of client-side processing of the JSON web token on various platforms, particularly mobile.

How should you use JWT?

In this section, let us discuss the cases in which JWTs can be your best bet. When you are building API services which require a server-to-server or client-to-server (imagine a mobile app or single page app (SPA)) communication, JWTs can be used as your API tokens. 

By doing that :

  • You will get an authentication API which a client authenticates against to get a JWT in return.
  • Clients will use this JWT to send authenticated requests to other API services.
  • The rest API services use the client’s JWT to validate and verify the client and can perform a task without having to perform a network validation.

It is advisable to use JWTs when using these types of API services as clients would make frequent requests with a limited scope and authentication data can be persisted without creating a dependency on user data.

When you are building a service where there will be three or more parties, JWTs can come handy. In this peculiar case, the requesting party will get a token to verify their identity and can pass it forward without requiring a real-time validation at each stage.

JWTs enable cryptographic signing and hence make a remarkable addition to federated user protocols. The concept is that when you are using federation (an example – Sign-on and OpenID Connect), JWTs will be important since you require a way to validate a user’s identity through a third party.

Wrapping Up

While building your next website, you can simply rely on your web framework’s default authentication tools and libraries and stop trying to facilitate JWTs unreasonably. However, if your goal is web security and everything else in the authentication spectrum, you are better off to partner with Nimblechapps. Do let us know if you would like to read more content on network security.

6 Best Learning Management Systems in 2020

The online learning model is going through tremendous growth, expected to pass a value of $325 billion by 2025. Due to Covid-19 pandemic and people staying at home, online learning is becoming a go to solution for educational institutions. Online learning has resulted in flexibility and ease of learning/training for faculty and students alike. Educators can now teach curriculum from around the world and students can learn anywhere in the world at any time. For this, it is important to have an efficient Learning Management System (LMS).

Companies around the world are now utilising the benefits of online learning to allocate work to remote teams, train employees for different functions, monitoring, compliance and much more. Moreover, vloggers and Youtubers are using digital learning platforms to impart knowledge to users globally. We know it is difficult to find the best LMS for your business. However, we have done all the hard work for you and made a list of best LMS for you. Let us check out some of the best Learning Management Systems in the world:

Moodle

Moodle is a free software to assist you in creating your online learning platform in a short time. The software is powered with different attributes, instructions, examination and reporting modules. The LMS platform can accommodate both totally online and mixed learning environments. It is very simple to access course material globally as Moodle comes with a cloud hosted solution. You can easily get a free version of Moodle for your first online learning platform. There are multiple communities for support and bug fixes, however you can also buy a paid version of $80 per year to get complete assistance. It is easy to customise user roles and processes as per your requirements and private server hosting to ensure security. Moodle supports only Android and Windows, so you might miss out on iOS users.

JoomlaLMS

JoomlaLMS is a great option for businesses looking for an economically viable and capable LMS. It is powered with a multi-language platform and can be customized for ease of use. Joomla provides multiple in-built user groups, roles and group management, plus personalised learner profiles. Moreover, you can import/export user lists and have access to features for enrollment and registration. The best part, you can get a 30 day free trial to enable you to make an informed choice. The paid plan starts from as low as $37/month and you can also opt for the Enterprise plan which can be customised as per your needs.                                            

TalentLMS

If you are looking for an unambiguous and user-friendly software, TalentLMS is the perfect choice for your business. To enable online learning, TalentLMS offers you a ready-made solution where you can sign-up and add courses instantly. Moreover, you can also add video-conferencing tools like Zoom to add to your program to enable virtual learning. The best feature is the Assessment Engine as it allows you to evaluate the progress of students with multiple exams and analyse results through different data reports.What this means, you have full control of content and management. Also, it is great to monetise your courses via Paypal. It is best to go for a free trial to get used to the system. In future, you can also get customisable pricing plans as per your business requirements.

Blackboard

Blackboard is one of the most premium LMS in the world, best for customisation. With Blackboard, you are able to design and manage elearning. It is easy to deliver exams and results and enhance the system based on your requirements using Blackboard Building Blocks. Additionally, you can also use Blackboard’s analytics, collaboration tools and broadcast notification system. Blackboard also offers you an option to have self hosted, managed hosted or cloud based SaaS configuration for your program. It is extremely useful to provide a Student Information System where students can access all information at once. The best part, Blackboard enables an excellent user experience without the requirement of taking the system down for maintenance. Unfortunately, there are no free trials and pricing plans are available on request tailored to your needs.

Mindflash

During COVID-19 global crisis, many organisations are working remotely and Mindflash is the best LMS for managing a remote workplace. Mindflash has a lot of big clients in their kitty, like Microsoft and Apple Inc. The cloud based setup allows businesses to train employees, managers, customers and partners. Mindflash has the simplest user interface beneficial for users to enter/ exit the system seamlessly. The dashboard is equipped with a huge white space, fairly visible tabs and super functional search bar. However, the drawback lies in the lack of social media features and gamification. Mindflash doesn’t come with a free plan and pricing is given on request basis only.

LearnDash

LearnDash is the best bet for businesses with a WordPress website as it has a dedicated WordPress LMS plugin. It is relatively easy to publish an online curriculum with LearnDash LMS. The LearnDash LMS enables businesses to offer paid courses to access online learning in multiple ways. Also, you can use the extensive library of official and third party add-ons with other integration options to use extra features. LearnDash being a cloud software, enables businesses to upload unlimited courses online. For beginners it is extremely easy to use the drag and drop feature to create and manage your online course content. The LearnDash LMS software starts from $159/year to $329/year which is quite reasonable.

In conclusion, we would like to say that the features of LMS may be different but most softwares work in the same way. It is best to use an LMS Software that serves your business requirements and future goals. If you wish to get more information or need to develop your online learning platform, you can contact Nimblechapps Ltd – a mobile app development company. We will keep writing more interesting articles every week to engage and educate our readers.

Amazfit T-Rex by Huami: The Smartwatch with a rugged look

We have to confess the fact that a watch being called the “T-Rex” was a deciding factor to check it out. Who wouldn’t want to say they have a T-Rex on their hand? Pretty cool, right? Even better, was Huami’s assertion about its battery life and the T-Rex doesn’t disappoint. The Amazfit watches and wearables are made by Huami, the company responsible for making Mi bands. With products like Amazfit T-Rex, the future of wearables is looking bright.

The Amazfit T-Rex is Huami’s first sturdy smartwatch at under $140, a perfect reply to competitors like Garmin. However, this comes with a couple of advanced features. The look and feel of the Amazfit T-Rex is pretty similar to Casio’s G Shock, only this is a smartwatch. 

Amazfit T-Rex Design

The Amazfit T-Rex is a rugged smartwatch, staying true to its name. This smartwatch is not for anyone with a small wrist, but it gives that macho feeling at this price. It comes with enormous bezels and stark lines across the case and its strap. The T-Rex is a relatively lightweight smartwatch at 56.7 grams. However, smartwatch weight is just a relative concept.

The watch case is plastic and boasts four buttons: up, down, back and select. This particular watch case design enables an excellent battery life. The Amazfit T-Rex can run for 20 full days on single charge with normal use and full 20 hours with GPS use.

Amazfit T-Rex Specifications

The display of Amazfit T-Rex has made up for the lacking slightly cheap hardware. The T-Rex has a 1.3 inch AMOLED display panel covered in Gorilla Glass 3, amazing right? It is best to have an automatic brightness turned on with this smartwatch and it will adapt accordingly. The Amazfit T-Rex has got a MIL-STD-810G durability rating and 5 ATM water resistance capacity, enabling it to endure anything thrown at it with relatable ease. 

Usually, smartwatches and fitness trackers above $200 level have IP67 or 68 rating, while many don’t have a durability rating. Huami mentioned that it has 12 military certifications which allows the watch to work between minus 40 to 70 degree celsius. The Colours reflect the rugged exterior too. This Amazfit smartwatch is available in Army Green, Khaki, Camouflage green, Rock Black and Gun Gray. 

Amazfit T-Rex : The Good and Bad

The Amazfit T-Rex has features like GPS, optical heart rate monitor and almost everything that you might expect from a smartwatch. The battery capacity of 390mAh isn’t noteworthy and is charged with a magnetic pogo-pin cable like other smartwatches. If you are buying the Amazfit T-Rex, you will just need to charge once or twice a month depending on usage. It is so convenient that you don’t have to take it off often, it feels great not to think about charging one more device.

The Amazfit T- Rex uses its own Amazfit OS, rather than using battery sucking WearOS.  If you have been using the Apple Watch or a smartwatch with WearOS, it will be difficult to adjust to the Amazfit T-Rex. As, you are stuck with 20 plus preloaded watch faces which are non customizable and only a few watch faces include important updates like Weather.

The software of Amazfit T-Rex is pretty basic. It has trackable activities like walking, running, cycling, swimming, climbing, elliptical etc. It is easy to access your workouts but it will take a whole lot of button presses. The major drawback is that you will have to depend on the Android or iOS app to configure with limited options on the watch itself. It would be a crime to call Amazfit’s software an advanced smartwatch OS, however it does the job in terms of excellent battery life. This is a noteworthy feature for some people though it would be a disappointment  for Apple or Samsung smartwatch users. 

Who should buy Amazfit T-Rex?

It is worth noting that if you are looking to get a decent smartwatch with G-Shock like design a very appealing battery life and not dependent on WearOS then the Amazfit T-Rex is your best bet. It is available on Amazon for $139.99 and is made available in India starting from INR 9,999. If you would like to read more about technology and gadgets, please subscribe to our blog for latest updates.

 

Top 5 Smart Speakers to lookout for in 2020

The top smart speakers of 2020 are the most hard working gadget ever as it not only plays our favourite music, it also helps to control our smart home devices and comes with our favourite virtual assistant always ready to solve our questions. These voice assistants have literally taken over our homes by playing our music, ready to answer our questions, tell us about the news and weather updates etc. 

Apple, Google and Amazon all make efficient smart speakers and their rivalry has made this segment quite appealing. Amazon has been a pioneer in smart speakers with the advent of the original Echo and virtual assistant Alexa. Today there is a diverse range of smart speakers available from different companies each with their own set of pros and cons. If you are confused about making the best choice, allow us to lead you to the right choice.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

It is insanely difficult to choose the best speaker these days as customers are spoilt with the number of choices available. Amazon and Google both have proficient smart speakers that are economically viable. If you do not wish to deal with the humdrum of the category and just wish to try out your first smart speaker, you should go for 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot. It has been noted that Amazon’s voice assistant has more abilities than Siri or Google Assistant. You would be pleasantly surprised that the third generation Amazon smart speaker looks and sounds much better than its predecessors and yet costs only 50 USD. That being said, you do sacrifice some sound quality for this price. However, it can easily add value as it plugs into your own speakers.

Sonos One

Sonos one priced at USD 200 enables you to pair two play stereo sound but even one speaker sounds good to play a wide range of music categories and costs much less than premium quality smart speakers like Google Home Max and Apple HomePod. Sonos One comes with both Alexa and Google Voice Assistant built in which you can simply choose during set up or you can control with Siri. You can choose between top three voice assistants from Apple, Amazon and Google at this price which is tough to beat.

Apple HomePod

If you are looking for the best sound quality overall, Apple HomePod is your best bet to play your favourite music. The sound quality is at par with similarly priced Google Home Max and way better than that of Sonos One. There are some limitations to using an Apple HomePod as you can only play music from Apple Music using a voice command. Unfortunately, you will not have the option to stream your Spotify playlist. This shouldn’t be news to Apple users who have already spent a good chunk of money in Apple products and are just looking for premium sound quality. 

Google Nest Mini

Amazon was the undisputed leader in the smart speaker segment however, Google has done a remarkable job with its digital assistant sound. The Google Assistant is now at par with Alexa and hence 50 USD for a Google Nest Mini is a steal. The Google Nest Mini also works better with your other smart home devices if you are unable to remember the exact name of the devices. Moreover, Google Assistant can distinguish different voices and hence it is a good choice if used by multiple people. Google has the expertise in assistant intelligence and hence Google Nest Mini is an ultimate option at a giveaway price.

Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa and Google Assistant are compatible with most of the devices and help you command them easily. As mentioned above, Google Assistant is better than Alexa but Alexa works with more smart home devices. Alexa is actually smart at sending you notifications if your smart speaker hears glass breaking or detects smoke. The Echo Plus has a great sound and smart-home hub built in so it is easy to sync other devices rather than buying new ones.

Finally, these are the five best smart speakers of 2020 according to us. There are other smart speakers available in the market with built in Alexa or Google Assistant. If you are still confused, we would recommend you to figure out which platforms and functionalities you like. This will enable you to make your choice easy.