6 Gadgets Everyone Over 50 Should Own

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The high-tech world is providing people with more services and enjoyment than they imagined just a few years ago. People over age 50 now have a wide range of gadgets to choose from to make their lives simpler while still participating in a fast-paced environment.

Whether at home or on the road, seniors can get assistance or just have fun with the latest state-of-the-art devices. Some gadgets are expensive and others are cheap, but changing technologies allow prices to go down.

Here are six gadgets everyone over 50 should own:

1. Robot vacuums — Aging boomers can take advantage of cleaning the home with these gadgets while attend to other things. Technology is always improving. The Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum, although expensive, has an advanced navigation system and greater suction abilities than other robot vacuums, Heavy.com pointed out.

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2. The Philips Airfryer — The healthy alternative to frying circulates hot air and provides an easier and less messy method compared to traditional frying, AARP reported. Rapid air technology flows around the entire unit to cook evenly and quickly, keeping food crispy on the outside and tender inside, according to Philips.

3. Mobile Passport — The free app for Android and iOS phones makes traveling abroad quick and easy. Users can quickly scan passports, take selfies, and type in flight or travel details. Many airports have faster Mobile Passport lanes.

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4. Switchmate — The smart light switch snaps over a wall switch and can be used with an accompanying smartphone app. Wherever you are, you can make lights turn on at any time, indoors and out, by controlling lighting from the phone.

5. Misfit Flash — The easily wearable fitness tracker can track the number of steps taken and athletic activities, such as running, swimming, and cycling. It also records caloric intake and the quality of sleep, Digital Trends reported. The plastic device can be worn around the wrist, and information is then passed on to your smartphone.

6. The grandPad — The device has been promoted as simpler to use than other tablets for older seniors. It comes pre-set up with no configuration options, passwords, or notifications necessary; it’s ready to go as soon as it arrives. For a monthly membership, grandPad allows seniors to digitally connect with family and friends with photos, videos, games, emails, or phone calls.

Best festival tech 2017: Gadgets and free apps to help you survive the summer’s hottest music events

Festival season is almost upon us, and whether you’re heading to Glastonbury , Download , Latitude or Bestival , you’re probably starting to think about what to take.

Music festivals are a lot more high-tech than they used to be. You’re unlikely to struggle for mobile signal, and there are usually plenty of phone charging points around the place.

But that doesn’t mean a few extra gadgets and apps won’t come in handy, to help you make the most of your festival experience and ensure things run smoothly.

Here’s our pick of the best Festival tech for 2017:

Nokia 3310


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Nokia made a splash this year with the relaunch of its classic 3310 handset.

Boasting battery life of up to a month and a durable plastic body in an array of bright colours, the new phone is aimed squarely at festival goers.

It even has a 2-megapixel rear camera so you can snap photos – although the 16MB of internal memory means you’ll probably want to get a microSD card to store them on.

While there’s no doubt the Nokia 3310 is the trendy phone to be seen with this festival season, the retro styling comes with an inflated price tag.

Amazon adds multiroom audio control to Echo devices

There were rumors earlier this month that Amazon was working on incorporating multiroom audio into its Echo line and today, the company has announced that it’s done just that. For those with Echo devices in multiple rooms, you’ll now be able to play music on a specific device or group multiple speakers together.

Through the Alexa App, users can create groups of speakers — like, for example, all of the speakers in the upstairs rooms of your house — then when you want to hear music just through those devices, you’ll just have to say, “Alexa, play Kesha upstairs.” For now, this capability is offered with Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Pandora. Spotify and SiriusXM support is on the way.

Along with the new Alexa capability, Amazon will make tools available later this year that will allow developers to enable standalone Alexa-enabled devices to integrate with the new multiroom skill. So, users with Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled speakers will be able to use them together to play music.

Other systems like Google Home and Sonos already have these multiroom capabilities, but Amazon announced an additional feature in the works that paints the Echo as more of an accompanying device rather than just a competitor. Amazon’s new Connected Speaker APIs will allow other audio systems to be controlled by Alexa. The company said it’s already working with Sonos, Bose, Sound United and Samsung on the upcoming capability, which would let users control connected Sonos speakers through their Echo Dot, for example.

In a statement, Sound United CEO Kevin Duffy said, “Soon, users will be able to play their favorite song, alter the volume, or change an input in any room where our connected products are placed, simply by asking Alexa to do so.”

Moto G5S Plus first impressions: Joining the dual-rear camera trend

Moto G5S Plus is here, pushing a dual-rear camera setup to a budget line. This year is pretty much becoming the year of the dual-rear camera system which pretty much every smartphone manufacturer has adopted by now. Coolpad launched a budget friendly one called Cool Play 6. Lenovo, which owns Motorola, also launched a mid-range option in India with similar features called Lenovo K8 Note. Huawei is another brand that has been consistently launching Honor phones with dual rear cameras on board. Of course, in the flagship range, the dual rear camera is emerging as the de facto set up.

With Moto G5S Plus you are getting is a bigger display compared to the Moto G5. The Moto G5 Plus also comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, along with the new camera setup. We have had the chance of using the Moto G5S Plus and here are our initial first impressions.

Moto G5S Plus Design and Display

Motorola is sticking with the same design language for the Moto G5 series. Moto G5S Plus in the gold version looks a little on the pinker side in my opinion, which explains the name “Blush Gold.” This might be a little too bling for some people’s tastes, but overall the Moto G5S Plus is a solid-looking phone thanks to the all-metal body.

There’s a front button as well, which has the fingerprint scanner embedded inside it, and can be used as the home button too. However, Moto has added the back and overview button as on-screen ones. The dual-rear camera on the back juts out quite prominently, but it follows the same round setup as the ones on other G5 smartphones. The rear of the phone has two prominent antenna bands on the top and bottom. Motorola has stuck with the micro-USB charging port for this phone, and there is a single firing speaker next to this.

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The display is 5.5-inches full HD resolution and pretty standard given the pricing of this smartphone. Most phones in this range are on the 1080p resolution. The display on the Moto G5S Plus should be ideal for video consumption, social media and so far the viewing angles are good enough. The display has two modes for colours: Standard and Vibrant.

Moto G5S Plus Processor, Storage, Software 

Moto G5S Plus runs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor we’ve seen on the Moto G5 Plus. The device responds quickly, there’s no noticeable lag just yet, and setting up the phone was hassle-free. The fingerprint scanner on the front is accurate and unlocks the phone quickly.

We have the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version with us which Motorola has launched for Rs 15,999. The phone comes with stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 and it will hopefully get the Android Oreo update. However, Motorola has not announced a timeline for updating its older portfolio to Android 8.0 Oreo. We will have more details on the performance once we have completed our full review.

Moto G5S Plus Camera, Battery

On the Moto G5S Plus, the battery remains at 3000 mAh just like the Moto G5 Plus and the company is promising over 6 hours of talktime with just 15 minutes of charging thanks to the Turbo Charge feature. We’ll have to put the battery to the test to see how long it lasts on average.

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The camera app has a depth mode (which is the bokeh mode), professional mode where users can tinker with ISO, Shutter speed, etc, and a dedicated low-light mode as well. The rear camera is capable of 4K video recording as well at 30 fps and has a slow-mode for option as well.

So how does that dual-rear camera fare? The ‘bokeh’ mode isn’t perfect, and the software still has trouble figuring out what it should be blurring. For instance with one picture, a colleague’s hand is slightly blurred out. But given the Rs 15,999 price point, the bokeh effect on the camera is not bad and will interest users. More on the camera in our full review.

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Moto G5S Plus Final Thoughts

The Moto G family is suddenly a lot bigger. The Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus were already available though with smaller display sizes, and now we have the Moto G5S series. With the Moto G5S Plus the key highlight is the dual-rear camera, and we are seeing many other options in the market offering this.

The Lenovo K8 Note is a good example of one, and it appears to be quite a capable phone. For now, Moto G5S Plus is a more expensive option and this is because of the camera upgrade. How it performs in the performance and camera department, will determine the success of this device.