Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

 

If you looked at Como Audio’s Duetto tabletop radio and couldn’t swallow its $399 price tag, Tivoli Audio’s Model One Digital sounds about as good and costs $100 less. The Tivoli lacks a number of features compared to its competitor, but you might not miss them.

Like the Duetto, the Model One Digital is equipped with an FM radio, but it’s primarily designed for streaming digital music. There’s Bluetooth support, of course (although aptX support is conspicuous in its absence), or you can connect it to your Wi-Fi network and play the music you own via a DLNA server.

There’s also support for most of the major streaming services, including Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, and the lesser-known (in the U.S., at least) QQ Music. There’s TuneIn support for Internet radio stations, but Apple Music is not supported, and neither is Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Tivoli Model One Digital

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Kudos to whoever designed Tivoli Audio’s app.

You control the radio mostly from Tivoli’s app, which is available on Android and iOS devices. You can also perform basic functions with the volume/power knob and the aluminum ring encircling the radio’s 3-inch display. Turning the ring changes stations and presets on terrestrial radio, and scrolls through playlists on streaming media. Pushing the ring in pauses and resumes a stream.

I expected to encounter a bit of play in the larger ring, but the way the volume control knob wiggles under your fingertips feels disappointingly sloppy. The rest of the radio feels so precise in comparison. The circular display shows basic information, such as the track and artist name, the current source, the status of your network connection, and the time. But the only way to view album art is on your device, via the app.

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The Tivoli Model One Digital has elegantly retro styling, but its largeish display is underutilized—no album art.

As does Como, Tivoli has its own multi-room audio ecosystem, with several other speakers that can be networked and controlled from the app. The Model One Digital has a “party mode” button on its back that can instantly stream the same music to all the compatible speakers at once. It’s on this point that Tivoli offers a significant benefit over Como: Buy Tivoli’s $60 ConX, and you can transform any speakers into a Tivoli network node. Or you can use the same device to stream music from any audio device—a turntable, for example. That’s pretty cool.

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The 3.5-inch slot port helps the Tivoli Model One Digital deliver impressive bass response. But the paucity of inputs and outputs is disappointing.

Features Como offers that Tivoli doesn’t

This is a good time to sum up the features that Como Audio includes in the Duetto that you won’t find on Tivoli’s radio: I’ve already mentioned two of them: aptX codec support and the ability to display album art on the radio itself. The Model One Digital also lacks NFC support, for quick-and-easy Bluetooth pairing; a headphone output; an optical digital audio input, a line-level output (there is an analog Auxiliary input); a USB port for playing music from USB storage, which can also be used to power a Chromecast dongle or an Amazon Echo Dot; and hardware radio preset buttons.

Tivoli Model One Digital top

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The cabinet is made from furniture quality wood, with a tweed-like cloth grill. The ring around the display has multiple function.

You’ll need to decide for yourself, but that’s a lot of features to give up to save a hundred bucks. Fortunately for Tivoli, it doesn’t sacrifice audio quality. The diminutive Model One Digital sounds fabulous, reproducing music in high fidelity at volume levels that are entirely disproportionate to its size: Crisp highs, a well-defined midrange, and surprisingly robust bass response, thanks to a 3.5-inch slot port in back. I no longer have the Duetto to make an A/B comparison, but going by memory, I’d say audio quality is a tossup at worst. Having said that, however, I think the Duetto earns its price premium.

 

Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

 

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Google has removed Magic Browser and Noise Detector apps
These apps belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family of Android malwares
Kaspersky researcher spotted these apps and their attack course
In a bid to increase security on its Android platform, Google has reportedly removed more Android apps from its Google Play store for the second time this month. Google has taken strict action against two malicious apps – Magic Browser and Noise Detector – acting as conduits for attackers to remotely ‘root’ control the infected devices after a researcher from Kaspersky Lab pointed out the threat in his report. The Android malware carried by these apps belongs to the Ztorg Trojan family, which is notoriously known for bypassing Google’s safety controls to root infected Android devices.

In a report published on Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist website, senior researcher Roman Unuchek presents extensive analysis on the new Ztorg-based malware. Kaspersky Lab says Ztorg malware bypassed Google’s malware checks almost 100 times since September last year, and the malware family is best known for gaining ‘root’ privileges of infected devices to completely control them. Ztorg apps like Privacy Lock and a false Pokemon Go guide raked in huge download numbers before they were recognised as malicious and deleted from Google Play.Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

Coming to the current batch of apps, the first one is Magic Browser that pretended to be a Chrome browser alternative in Google Play. It was published on May 15 and had been downloaded over 50,000 times before it was finally removed. The other app is Noise Detector that was meant to allow users to measure the decibel level of sounds and had more than 10,000 downloads before its removal.
Both the apps, as we mentioned, belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family, but didn’t root affected devices before their removal. Unuchek says the app had the Ztorg digital fingerprint, and speculates that the developers may soon have added the root ability if the apps hadn’t been removed.

Unuchek says the Magic Browser app was being used by developers to either test or use malicious text messaging functions. The Magic Browser could send premium text messages to infected phone numbers and leave no traces behind by even deleting the incoming messages and muting the notification sound. “In total, the Magic browser app tries to send SMS from 11 different places in its code. Cybercriminals are doing this in order to be able to send SMS from different Android versions and devices. Furthermore, I was able to find another modification of the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Ztorg that is trying to send an SMS via the “am” command, although this approach should not work,” reads Unuchek’s report.

 

Two Nokia feature phones reach TENAA, likely 105 and 130 successors

The new Nokia 3310 was a blast from the past, but HMD is interested in feature phones for more than just the nostalgia. Two new Nokia handsets – TA-1010 and TA-1034 – have landed at the TENAA facilities.

These are believed to be the successors of the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. They don’t offer much in the way of features, instead they are pure simplicity. The new 105 doesn’t even have a camera! Still, the original 105 used to cost €11 (before taxes), so we’re probably looking at a similar cost here (the new 3310 is kind of pricey).

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New Nokia 105 (TA-1010) in Black and in White

As for the new Nokia 130, this one does have a camera and is a dual-SIM device (dual-standby). TENAA doesn’t list any more features, though we think the list is pretty complete – again, these are S30+ phones, there is not much to them. It seems that they don’t even have 3G, which could be a problem soon as some carriers have started sunsetting 2G.

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Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 3 was launched as an offline exclusive but is now available online
  • Reliance Jio is offering free data for Xioami and Gionee users
  • OnePlus 5’s ‘jelly scrolling’ issue may be because of an inverted panel

Welcome back to our weekly news roundup, where you’ll find all the stories in technology that you need to know. One of the big items this week was the news that the Nokia 3, the offline-exclusive smartphone launched earlier this month by HMD Global is now available online, via Croma. The electronics chain had earlier listed the Nokia 3310 – another offline exclusive – on its online store as well. The budget-friendly Nokia 3 is the first of the three new Nokia phones to go on sale; priced at Rs. 9,499, it packs a 5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. As part of a launch offer, Vodafone has tied up with HMD Global to give bundled data with the phones. Nokia 3 buyers will get 4GB 3G/ 4G data from Vodafone, while Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 buyers will also get 4GB and 9GB of free data from Vodafone when the two smartphones become available to purchase in July.

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GST rolled out on Saturday, and we saw the first bits of post-GST price cuts. Apple announced it is revising the MRP of all its products, from the iPhone to the iPad, the entire Mac range, and even the Apple Watch. Most price cuts are modest, but since Apple products are now no longer sold at MRP, what impact this has on the price customers will need to pay remain to be seen. Another cut that can be attributed to GST impact was the revision of price of popular Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Max models, with price cuts of up to Rs. 3,000 on popular Asus smartphones.

Meanwhile, just as GST seems to be providing some relief to those looking to buy mobiles, the price of imported mobiles and other electronics looks set to go up, as the government is imposing a 10 percent basic customs duty on these products.Nokia 3 Online, GST Effect, Airtel, BSNL & Vodafone Data Offers, OnePlus 5 Problems, and More News This Week

Other telcos have so been rolling out a number of offers. Airtel announced its ‘Monsoon Surprise Offer’, which gives users up to 30GB of free data. To avail the offer, Airtel postpaid subscribers need only log into the My Airtel app after July 1. Vodafone, on the other hand, is now offering free Netflix to postpaid subscribers on its RED plans. Text ‘Netflix’ to 199 from an eligible Vodafone number, and you’ll get money credited to your Netflix account.

BSNL launched a new pack called Sixer 666, offering 2GB data daily, along with unlimited calling. The pack has 60 days validity and competes with Reliance Jio’s Rs. 509 plan. Reliance Jio also has new offers. Now, Xiaomi users who sign up for Jio after June 16 are eligible for up to 30GB of free data, at 5GB extra for up to six recharges. Gionee has a similar offer, giving users up to 60GB of free data with Reliance Jio, at 10GB extra for up to six recharges.

WhatsApp got some interesting new features this week. On Android, emoji search was added as a beta feature, while video streaming has now made its way to the iPhone version of the app. Last week, WhatsApp started rolling out the feature to attach any file type. Now, a new feature is photo bundling – which will allow you to send multiple images to your friends as an album, instead of single images. This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users earlier this month and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

Soon after its launch, the OnePlus 5 has started running into some problems. Users are reporting a ‘jelly scrolling issue’, which the company finally acknowledged. However, OnePlus says that this is not a defect, saying only that the issue is ‘natural.’ The root cause of the issue could actually have to do with the orientation of the display though OnePlus hasn’t confirmed this.
Not all the news phone the phone is bad though. The OnePlus 5 (Review) launched recently and it’s beating the iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test video. And Amazon says that the OnePlus 5 has had the best launch week on Amazon India, in terms of gross revenue. A teardown also revealed that the phone is pretty water resistant, though not actually waterproof.

There were relatively few launches this week. The Honor Holly 3+, priced at Rs. 12,999, was launched this week. It comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and has a 5.5-inch HD display. The InFocus Turbo 5, which comes with a 5000mAh battery, was launched in two RAM/ storage variants, and will be available exclusively via Amazon India. The Moto M “all metal” smartphone was launched back in December as an online exclusive – it’s finally available offline as well.

Vivo and Qualcomm unveiled an under-display fingerprint sensor. According to Qualcomm, the sensor can work through a number of different surfaces, and will also be available for devices that don’t have a Qualcomm SoC. Gadgets 360 tested out the Vivo demo unit and found some delay in response, but this will not be the case with commercial units expected to launch in 2018, the company executives said.

There was also a leak of the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2. It’s the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, which was launched last July. It’s expected to have 3GB and 4GB variants, and it’s believed to have a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear along with a 16-megapixel front camera. It’s also rumoured to have a full-HD LCD display.

New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were also leaked, promising a dual camera setup, and a fingerprint sensor next to the cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and support for 2K resolution. The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to sport two 12-megapixel sensors and come with independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens.

The specifications of the upcoming Google Pixel phones were also leaked. The XL 2 will have a 5.99-inch QHD display, a 2.45GHz processor and 4GB RAM, and a single rear camera. The smaller Pixel successor is expected to have a 4.97-inch full-HD display, and otherwise the same processor and RAM, but it’s expected to ditch the 3.5mm audio port.

Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

 

Nokia 9 smartphone has been among leaks for several months now and while there have been several specifications that have remained constant, many others have changed in recent weeks. The smartphone is said to be Nokia licensee HMD Global’s flagship Android smartphone, unlike the mid-range and budget offerings released thus far – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. It accordingly is expected to sport top-end specifications, a premium build quality, and compete with the flagships from other major manufacturers.

Here we take a look at everything that we know about HMD Global’s high-end Nokia 9 smartphone, which is expected to be released in the coming months and in the process cement the Nokia brand’s place in the smartphone market.

Nokia 9 price and availability

The much anticipated flagship Android smartphone from Nokia licensee HMD Global can be expected to sport a premium price tag, however, the rumours on this front are few and far between.

A report from May indicated that the Nokia 9 price will be EUR 750 (roughly Rs. 55,100) – a price that will see it compete with flagships from other companies such as Samsung and Apple.

As for availability, not much is known about this aspect. We can expect Nokia licensee HMD Global to launch the smartphone this year itself, but just when the smartphone will officially unveiled remains a mystery.Nokia 9: Everything We Know So Far

Nokia 9 specifications

Talking about the highlight feature of the smartphone, Nokia 9 is expected to sport a dual camera setup at the back with two 13-megapixel sensors with dual-LED flash support. The Nokia 9 has been tipped to come with a 13-megapixel sensor at front as well. If we keep aside the very initial round of rumours, this feature has been suggested by all the recent leaks and is very likely to be on the final product.

The upcoming Nokia 9 flagship is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and while there were initially rumours of a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display on the phone, recent rumours have suggested that the handset will sport a 5.3-inch display with QHD resolution. The smartphone has been tipped to come with Snapdragon 835 SoC – the top end mobile processor from Qualcomm that’s seen in such flagships as the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Xiaomi Mi 6.

Now we move to the most debatable aspect among the specifications. While the Nokia could be made available with up to 8GB of RAM but most leaks have suggested that the phone will come with 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. Notably, the US FCC listing of the smartphone suggested that the smartphone will not be coming with a 4GB RAM variant.

The smartphone has been tipped to come with 64GB of built-in storage. The recent leaks have suggested that the battery on the Nokia 9 will support Quick Charge 4.0 but not revealed the capacity of the battery itself. However, an earlier leak tipped the smartphone to come with a 3800mAh battery.

While the smartphone is also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in home button and an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, the connectivity options are said to include a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

HTC ‘Ocean Life’ Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

 

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  • The smartphone has been tipped to pack a full-HD display
  • HTC Ocean Life is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box
  • The smartphone is expected to offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity

HTC recently launched its U11 smartphone with the company’s unique Edge Sense feature in India. While the U11 offers some really powerful specifications at a competitive price against other flagships, the company has reportedly started working on its sibling model with mid-range price segment in mind.

As per well-known HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, the upcoming mid-range smartphone from HTC has been codenamed ‘Ocean Life’ and comes with Edge Sense 9.0. For those unaware, Edge Sense feature allows users to perform certain tasks like launching apps or access certain functions by simply squeezing the handset from the sides. The sensors located on the side of the smartphone allow it to gather the input from users and the intensity with which each squeeze is registered is also customisable.HTC 'Ocean Life' Mid-Range Phone With Edge Sense, Snapdragon 660 SoC Rumoured

To recall, the HTC U11 was codenamed “Ocean” and as this phone seems to be a younger sibling to the flagship model, the information seems to be well in line.

Moving to the specifications on the HTC ‘Ocean Life’, the smartphone is said to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. In terms of optics, the mid-range smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel primary rear camera and a 16-megapixel camera at front as well.

The HTC U11 Ocean Life is expected to house a 2600mAh battery and offer Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity as well. As the smartphone has been tipped to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, it will come with the company’s HTC USonic earphones with USB Type-C cable.

As these are just rumoured specifications, we would advise our readers to take it with a pinch of salt and wait for official information from the company itself.

 

FYJC admission 2017: Flaws in Mumbai, Pune merit list; corrected lists to release on July 10

 

The School Education and Sport Department of Maharashtra has released the provisional merit list for the First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions 2017 for both Mumbai and Pune on Tuesday. The final merit list will release on July 10. Students who have applied can check the merit list available on the official website.

In comparison to last year, the number of applicants who scored 95 per cent has increased to 2,584 from last year’s 2, 066. However, the students scoring in the 90s have declined to 13,575 from 14,589 last year.

According to education officials, about 1000 students filled incorrect information during the application process due to which there are errors in the merit list where students scoring lower marks in the SSC boards have been given higher ranks as compared to others. The Department has opened the correction facility until 5 pm on July 6 so that students can correct the mistakes in their forms.fyjc, fyjc mumbai, fyjc pune, fyjc admission 2017

The School Education Department is responsible for administration of elementary, secondary and higher secondary education and manages more than 20 million students and over 6 lakh teachers in the state. The updated and corrected list will be made available on Friday and the admission process through the first merit list will be done from July 10 to July 13, 2017.

Steps to FYJC merit list 2017:

– Go to the official website for class 11 admissions (pune.11thadmission.net or mumbai.11thadmission.net).

– Click on the notification to “check merit list”.

– Enter your application number or form number and search for your rank.

– Download the result and save a copy for further reference.

 

Huawei launches Honor 8 Pro in India

Huawei has finally launched the Honor 8 Pro in India, almost three months after its international launch. The phone is priced at INR 29,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon India.

The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch QHD display, HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage, dual 12 megapixel rear cameras, 8 megapixel front camera, 4000mAh battery, and Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1. The phone also comes inside a packaging that turns into a VR headset.

The phone will be available through an open sale on July 13, 12:00 AM. For Amazon Prime customers, the phone will be available starting July 10 at 6:00PM. There will also be offers on launch, including 0% EMI, 15% cashback for HDFC card holders, and 45GB 4G data from Vodafone for 5 months.

 

Attention bookworms! Digital libraries launched by NDMC, 68 lakh books available

 

Book lovers now have a reason to rejoice as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), on Thursday, launched digital libraries comprising 68 lakh books. The initiative has been taken in order to digitise its education system and the same would cater to students from the primary level to the PhD level.

Digitising the education system

As per a DNA report, the libraries were launched by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and would be accessible on the NDMC website and mobile application for free. The initiative is part of the Smart Classroom initiative of the NDMC under which the civic agency aims to digitise the education system in the schools of their jurisdictions.Representative image

An NDMC spokesperson said, “With an aim to improve education to move ahead in the digital era, the NDMC has endeavored to provide digital libraries in its schools using the e-Granthalaya Integrated Library Management Software from National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.”

Material available for free of cost

“Students can have access to over 68 lakh books on subjects like literature, mythology, science, research papers and academics free of cost,” added the spokesperson.

He also said that the council now aims to digitise all its public libraries. While launching the service, Naidu said that the school library will not only promote building a knowledge driven community for the future but will also develop a road map for students. He said that books are our best friends because books can provide us company in our bliss and rainy days.

 

New 3D Chip Combines Computing, Data Storage

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New chip uses multiple nanotechnologies to reverse data bottleneck
  • 3D architecture promises to address the communication “bottleneck”
  • The architecture features interleaving layers of logic and memory

At a time when computer chips’ ability to process a glut of data is slowing, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have developed a three dimensional (3D) chip to tackle the situation.

Computers today comprise a chip for computing and another for data storage. As increased volumes of data are analysed, the limited rate at which data can be moved between the chips is creating a communication “bottleneck”.

The new prototype chip, detailed in the journal ‘Nature’, uses multiple nanotechnologies, together with a new 3D computer architecture, to reverse this trend.New 3D Chip Combines Computing, Data Storage

“The new 3D computer architecture provides dense and fine-grained integration of computing and data storage, drastically overcoming the bottleneck from moving data between chips,” said Subhasish Mitra, Professor at Stanford University.

The researchers integrated over one million resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells, a new type of memory storage, and two million carbon nanotube transistors for processing, making a dense 3D computer architecture with interleaving layers of logic and memory.

By inserting ultra-dense wires between these layers, the 3D architecture promises to address the communication “bottleneck”.

“Logic made from carbon nanotubes can be an order of magnitude more energy-efficient compared to today’s logic made from silicon and, similarly, RRAM can be denser, faster and more energy-efficient,” added Philip Wong from Stanford.

A big advantage to the find is that the new chip is compatible with today’s silicon infrastructure, both in terms of fabrication and design.

“The technology could not only improve traditional computing, but it also opens up a whole new range of applications that we can target,” said Max Shulaker, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.