Sennheiser HD 4.3 on-ear headphones review: Music with soul

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The Sennheiser HD 4.3 looks a lot like the Sennheiser Momentum and comes with soft leather earcups that surely give you luxury close to those beauties.

The cost of owning a really good headphone has been coming down over the years. While a top-end headphone can still cost you a month’s salary, it is possible to buy a something that fulfils your needs and expectations at the fraction of that. This is where the Sennheiser HD 4.3 comes in.

Sennheiser HD 4.3

The Sennheiser HD 4.3 looks a lot like the Sennheiser Momentum and comes with soft leather earcups that surely give you luxury close to those beauties. These HD 4.3 comes with a detachable cable which has a remote built into it. Plus the design is great and lets the headphone, which is quite large, fold into something that can easily stashed in an office bag, even a smaller one like mine.

What is good?

Well, the Sennheiser HD 4.3 is like other headphones from this company something you will tend to trust. And this is not just for audio quality, but also the build quality. It feels like something that will last long and serve you well.

The ear cups are soft on the ear and stay cool after long hours, which an achievement even in the early summers of Delhi.

The audio quality is something I was expecting to be a notch below the top-end headphones from the company. But there is absolutely no element of disappointment here, for the performance is amazing. The headphone give you a kind of depth and sense of space not usually seen in this price range. From Chainsmokers to Begum Jaan, the HD 4.3 did not disappoint me one bit. And let me tell you my music interests are quite varied.

These are one of the best on-ear headphone I have used recently, when it comes to design. The ear cups are soft on the ear and stay cool after long hours, which an achievement even in the early summers of Delhi.

Well, the Sennheiser HD 4.3 is like other headphones from this company something you will tend to trust. And this is not just for audio quality, but also the build quality.

The remote has buttons that curve outwards making it easy for your fingers to find them as you are blinded because of their location. Also, it works with the iPhone wonderfully well and even gives you call options and even the ability to skip songs. Also, it worked with Siri on the phone and Mac too.

What is not that good?

I would not really recommend anyone to buy the white version I got for review. That might not stay white for much longer.

There is nothing much really wrong with this one. However, I would not really recommend anyone to buy the white version I got for review. That might not stay white for much longer.

Should you buy?

Yes, if you want to spend this much for a headphone which you would use for everything from your smartphone to laptop. This is one of the best you can get in this price range, though it still isn’t really cheap. Maybe it makes a bit more sense to buy this if you are a part of the Apple ecosystem.

Apple May Transform Diabetes Care and Treatment

Apple is working on a secret project to develop wearable devices that can monitor the blood sugar of diabetics without using invasive finger sticks, part of a vision that originated with company founder Steve Jobs, CNBC reported earlier this week.

Apple has assembled a team of biomedical engineers from various companies to work on the project, according to the report.

Cor, a company Apple acquired in 2010, has been working for more than five years on a way to integrate noninvasive glucose monitoring into a wearable like an Apple Watch device.

Glucose monitoring traditionally has required that diabetics use lancets to pierce their fingertips at least four times daily, measuring blood glucose levels before and after meals, when waking up, and before going to bed.

Many Type 1 diabetics wear pumps to deliver insulin, and they sometimes test up to 16 times a day.

One of the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring, or CGM, is to warn diabetics when blood glucose is rising or falling rapidly. Hypoglycemia can result when glucose levels fall below 70 milligrams per deciliter. Hyperglycemia, a rapid rise of blood glucose, can lead to ketoacidosis or, worse, a diabetic coma.

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Apple reportedly has begun feasibility studies in the Bay Area and has retained consultants to help with regulatory issues.

Lucrative Market

Managing diabetes has been a rapidly evolving focus in both the smartphone and wearable device markets.

Integrating glucose sensors into wearable devices is a difficult challenge, but the market potential is very great, noted Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for WW mobile device trackers at IDC.

“Today most wearables are consumer products, but there’s an untapped opportunity in the medical community,” he told TechNewsWorld.

The overall diabetic testing market will reach US$17 billion in 2021, up from $12 billion in 2016, ABI has estimated. Revenue from CGM devices is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 41 percent. More than 9 million wearable CGM devices are expected to ship by 2021, and wearable device makers like Apple and other competitors want to get a bite of that market.

Existing Products

Apple has an existing partnership with Dexcom, which offers the G5 continuous glucose monitor. It allows Apple Watch users to monitor their blood sugar using an app that syncs with iPhone.

Many CGM devices have accuracy issues and require frequent calibration with blood glucose sensors. However, regulators last year found the G5 readings were accurate enough to require calibration just once every 12 hours.

Abbott’s Libre blood testing system has a sensor worn on the upper arm up to 14 days at a time, which measures interstitial fluid under the skin every minute. The system originated in 2014 in Europe and now is available in 30 countries worldwide; it is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Medtronic, one of the leading makers of diabetic insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors in the U.S. last year received approval in Europe, Latin America and Australia for its Guardian Connect device, according to company spokesperson Danielle Swanson. The device currently is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“CGM is extremely valuable to people with diabetes, as it allows them to see current glucose levels at any time on their phone without a fingerstick,” Swanson told TechNewsWorld. “People with diabetes can also receive alerts to help them avoid high and low blood glucose levels.”

The app, which is being rolled out on a country by country basis, initially was made for the iOS system. Medtronic will release an Android version at a later date.

Under a partnership announced last year, Medtronic will offer glucose tracking on Fitbit’s iPro2 mLog mobile app, using data from Medtronic’s iPro2 professional CGM system, to give patients a record of their exercise and blood glucose levels. The app is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

UK-based Nemaura Medical has developed the sugarBEAT system, a glucose monitoring device that uses a noninvasive, disposable patch. The 10mm coin-sized device measures molecular amounts of interstitial fluid using an electric current .

The same technology is being developed for a variety of other uses, such as taking measurements related to athletic performance and measuring oxygen depletion in patients. The patch would last up to 14 days before needing to be changed.

The company signed a letter of intent with a China-based Shenzen CAS Health Corp. in a joint venture to manufacture and distribute the sensors in China, pending regulatory approval.

“We have designed sugarBEAT around the needs of the user,” Nemaura Medical Director Bashir Timol told TechNewsWorld. “Accordingly, the primary interface is the app accessible on users’ existing smart device.”

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Compact Camera With 40x Optical Zoom Launched

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Compact Camera With 40x Optical Zoom Launched

Canon has announced the PowerShot SX730 HS, the successor to the PowerShot SX720. The compact camera will be going on sale in this year for an estimated price of $399.99 (approximately Rs. 27,200).

The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is a compact camera designed with high-zoom capabilities in mind. It features a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with 40x optical zoom. The camera uses Canon’s Digic 6 image processor and has a sensitivity of ISO 80-1600, f/3.3-6.9 aperture, 5.9fps burst shooting and shutter speed of 15-1/3200 seconds.

The camera also boasts of a self-portrait and smooth-skin mode, which can be used when you tilt the 3-inch LCD display all the way back 180 degrees. The PowerShot SX730 HS also has Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth built-in so you can connect it to your smartphone for sharing photos and videos.

Canon is positioning its new camera as a “great transitional camera for those looking to use something other or move from a smartphone”. Video recording maxes out at 1080p at 60fps and you also get a stereo microphone. Connectivity includes a Micro-HDMI and USB 2.0 port but no support for an external microphone. You also get the various scene modes like Portrait, Wink Self-timer, Low light, etc.

“We live in a very connected world and want to give people the power to zoom in from far away to capture amazing scenes from a distance, while also being able to share those images in real time,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon USA., Inc. “The new Canon PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera will help photographers effortlessly capture memories, even from great distances and conveniently share their fun with friends and family.”

Facebook’s EU Regulator Says Close to Deal on Sharing of WhatsApp Data

Facebook's EU Regulator Says Close to Deal on Sharing of WhatsApp Data

Facebook’s European regulator said it hoped to reach a deal in the coming months with the US company to allow it to use data gleaned from the WhatsApp messaging service it acquired in 2014.

The European Union’s 28 data protection authorities last year requested that WhatsApp stop sharing users’ data with Facebook due to questions over the validity of users’ consent.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, the lead EU regulator on privacy issues for Facebook because the company’s European headquarters are in Dublin, on Tuesday said she hopes for a final resolution by the summer.

“I think we are in agreement with the parties – WhatsApp and Facebook – that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms,” she told Reuters in an interview. “We are working towards a solution on that.”

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Launch Without Bixby Voice on April 21

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Launch Without Bixby Voice on April 21

One of the biggest software additions to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones is the Bixby digital assistant, but now the company has revealed that the AI-powered assistant will be missing one key feature at its global launch on April 21. According to the statement provided by the South Korean company, the new flagship smartphones will be missing Bixby Voice at their global launch on April 21. This effectively means that Bixby will lack voice controls when the phones launch later this month.

In an official update, Samsung has reportedly clarified that the new smartphones in the Galaxy line up will launch with Bixby features including Vision, Home, and Reminder. However, the company says that Bixby Voice will be made available in US in spring. “With its intelligent interface and contextual awareness, Bixby will make your phone more helpful by assisting in completing tasks, telling you what you’re looking at, learning your routine and remembering what you need to do. Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring,” Samsung said in its statement as per a report by Engadget.

Notably, the digital assistant currently supports only English and Korean languages.

Last month Samsung launched its Bixby assistant, which helps users with features like image recognition and location awareness among other things. It can be accessed with the help of a dedicated button on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. However, later on it was learned that there was a way to customise this key to launch any app of user’s choice. As many users might prefer Google Assistant simply because of its support for many more languages, this button can be customised to launch Google’s AI-based digital assistant as well.

‘Railwire Saathi’ Wi-Fi Kiosks to Offer E-Services on Remote Railway Stations

'Railwire Saathi' Wi-Fi Kiosks to Offer E-Services on Remote Railway Stations

Aiming to provide connectivity in remote areas, Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes.

Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others.

Automated form filling, mobile and DTH recharge are other services which the Railwire Saathi is expected to provide in areas with limited connectivity.

The Railwire Saathi aims to provide connectivity to the unconnected and at the same time offer jobs opportunities in rural areas, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

While Railways is equipping about 400 stations with free Wi-Fi service in association with Google, this scheme has dual aim – providing jobs as well as connectivity.

He said the scheme is expected to be operational by May.

The Railwire Saathi is a Wi-Fi entrepreneurship model where unemployed youths, preferably women, can be trained and supported to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and provide a platform to online services which will make the business sustainable, he said.

RailTel, the telecom arm of railways, would execute the scheme across the country.

Though there are various schemes for minorities, farmers, common man and many avenues for completing education, people in remote areas are generally not aware of them or find it difficult to access them, said the official.

Unemployed youth who wants to be RailWire Saathi would have to contact RailTel for necessary training.

The training course will be approved by National Skill Development Council (NSDC). After being trained by RailTel, the youth will get certificate which can be used to get loan under the Mudra scheme, he said.

Using the loan money, they will install and manage the Wi-Fi hotspots as per design provide by RailTel.

Railwire Saathi will help in disseminating information about various government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Atal Pension Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Beema Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Surakhya Beema Yojna among others.

Microsoft Rolls Back Docs.com’s Search Feature After Complaints of Exposed Sensitive Files

Microsoft Rolls Back Docs.com's Search Feature After Complaints of Exposed Sensitive Files

In a new development, Microsoft has rolled back a feature that allowed users to search for millions of public documents on its document sharing site Docs.com, without any restriction. This feature has been around for long, and it enabled users to access sensitive information of any user without any permission or request.

This was done after many users took to Twitter to complain about this slip-up that allowed anyone to search through millions of documents on the site easily. Search results on Docs.com “included password lists, job acceptance letters, investment portfolios, divorce settlement agreements, and credit card statements – some of which contained Social Security and driving license numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers, and email and postal addresses,” ZDNet reports.

Microsoft has quietly pulled the search feature down from the site without any notice, making it more look like it’s a slip-up on the Redmond giant’s part. A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet that the company was “taking steps to help those who may have inadvertently published documents with sensitive information.”

The report also states that the files were still cached in Google and Bing’s search results for everyone to see. There has been no breach on Docs.com, but the worst part is that perpetrators did not even need to hack Docs.com to gain sensitive information, as it was easily accessible through the search feature.

While Microsoft should have had a more stringent search feature in place at first, the users at their end also mistakenly published documents without having realised that they have gone public. The Docs.com’s default setting is to make the file public, unless the user sets it specifically as private. Microsoft should have reversed the default setting keeping privacy as top priority. For now, we recommend users to head to their account and update the privacy setting immediately.

Make your photos look amazing for free with Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for professional photographers the world over. Its enormous toolset gives experts an incredible degree of control over their pictures, enabling them to tweak and edit their shots to pixel perfection. That kind of power doesn’t come cheap though, and although Photoshop’s interface is quite intuitive, it takes a long time to master.

That’s where Adobe Photoshop Express comes in. This fantastic Windows app is essentially a cross between Photoshop and Instagram, with simple but effective tools to help you correct common photographic flaws, plus an array of fun filters for a touch of vintage flair. There are a few paid-for options, but the vast majority of its tools and features are completely free.

For a limited time, you can sign in with a free Adobe ID to get premium features like noise reduction and extra filters. Just install the software as normal, then follow the instructions the first time you run it.

Photoshop Express very easy to use, with a simple interface that’s ideal for mice and fingertips alike. Download it and let’s get started.

Open the photo you want to edit and select the ‘Crop’ icon at the bottom left. Large handles will appear at each corner of your picture. While cropping your snaps, it’s worth bearing in mind the rule of thirds – a guide to composition that can help you create more dramatic-looking and appealing images.

You can also use the Crop tool to rotate your image – ideal if you’ve snapped your picture with a phone held at a jaunty angle.

Once you’ve finished cropping and straightening, click the ‘Back’ arrow at the top left to return to the main editing screen, where you can begin applying filters and refining colors.

If you change your mind about any of the edits you’ve made, simply tap the ‘Undo’ arrow at the top right; none of the changes you’re making will become permanent until you save the picture at the end.

Select the ‘Correct’ tool and three tabs will appear at the bottom – Contrast, Exposure and White Balance. Select ‘Contrast’ and you’ll see three sliders: contrast, clarity and vibrance.

Contrast is the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of your image, clarity makes the midtones in your image lighter or darker (resulting in a softer or ‘harder’ effect), and vibrance is colour saturation. For a natural look, keep your alterations fairly small.

Selecting the Exposure tab will reveal three different sliders – Exposure, Highlights and Shadows. These aim to replicate the effect of more or less light hitting the sensor in your camera.

Adjusting the exposure can be a useful way to brighten up a picture taken on a dull day, but bear in mind that it can never restore detail from a part of your picture that’s in total darkness; the data simply isn’t there. The same is true of overexposed pictures, where the highlights are entirely white.

You can also use Photoshop Express to compensate for color casts created by artificial lighting. Indoor lighting is rarely actually white, and different types of lighting can tint your photos a different colour. For example, an incandescent lightbulb gives off noticeably warmer (more orange) light than a fluorescent bulb.

The ‘White balance’ tab can help you counteract this effect. The Temperature slider will make your image more orange (warm) or blue (cold), and the Tint slider will shift it towards purple or green.

Instagram is best known for its retro-style image filters, which are a great way to liven up your shots. Photoshop Express has a similar selection of options, known as ‘Looks’. There are lots of free Looks, plus an array of premium ones, which you can preview before deciding whether to commit to a purchase.

For more ways to apply retro filters to your photos, check out XnRetro – a free photo editor dedicated to the task.

Click and hold the ‘View original’ button at the bottom left to see the differences your edits have made to your photo. Once you’re happy, select ‘Share/save’ and choose whether you’d like to save it to your PC, or share it on Facebook or Revel. If you choose Facebook, you’ll be asked to authorise the app and choose a privacy setting for your pictures. You can then enter a caption and share your polished snap with the world.

If you’d prefer to store your picture locally, just choose a location, enter a filename and click ‘Save’. The editor will close and you’ll be ready to start perfecting another picture.

HP announces new 2-in-1 detachable device at MWC 2017

Targeting today’s mobile professionals who want a stylish device that is easy to use, HP Inc on Sunday announced a dynamic new commercial 2-in-1 detachable laptop at Mobile World Congress 2017 here.

The new HP Pro x2 612 G2 is a versatile 2-in-1 detachable laptop, featuring multiple modes ideal for commercial use, including presentation mode, inking mode for taking notes, tablet mode for data collection, and notebook mode.

“Today, more than 60 percent of Millennials work from more than one location and by 2020 they will be a majority of the workforce. They want sexy mobile devices that meet their on-the-go work styles and IT needs these devices to be manageable, serviceable and secure,” said Michael Park, Vice President and General Manager, Mobility, Personal Systems, HP Inc.

“Only HP is combining these amazing mobile form factors with the built-in security and vertical workflow capabilities with a lower total cost of ownership,” Park said.

The Pro x2 can be configured with a choice of the latest seventh generation Intel processors, providing reliable performance to meet a variety of end-user-needs.

The Pro x2 includes a USB-C connection for quick charging and data transfers and USB-A for accessing traditional legacy peripherals.

The device was built from the ground up for secure work environments and includes a built-in smart card reader, a removable SSD, and the HP Client Security Suite Gen3, along with an optional fingerprint sensor and optional Near Field Communications (NFC), HP said.

HP also announced a range of new vertical workflow accessories for the company’s x2 lineup and Elite x3 platform.

These accessories are designed with versatility in mind, helping mobile professionals be productive and remain connected whether they are in the office or on the go, HP said.

Fossil to launch 300 smart watches across Diesel, Fossil, Emporio Armani and other fashion brands

The more established technology brands may have largely gone quiet on the smartwatch front, but Fossil is set to pick up the slack, as it’s announced that it will be bringing out 300 new touchscreen and hybrid watches this year, split across all its brands.

Only some of these will be ‘true’ smartwatches, with an Android Wear-powered Emporio Armani watch landing in September 2017 and the already-announced Misfit Vapor arriving in late summer.

That will be followed by a Diesel watch and two supposedly very slim Fossil-branded models, dubbed the Q Venture and Q Explorist.

We’ll also see two new Michael Kors smartwatches, with the men’s Access Grayson and the women’s Access Sofie landing.

Each different brand will come with a unique ‘micro-app’, designed to fit that brand, with the Michael Kors option, for example, allowing you to use your Instagram photos for your watch face.

Same specs, different designs

Other than the different micro-apps, the main difference between all these watches is their design, as they all pack roughly the same specs, with an AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset and Android Wear 2.0.

It sounds like a decent selection of watches, but the bulk of that 300 figure is going to be made up of hybrid watches – in other words ones which are likely to use coin cell batteries and an analog watch face, but with some smart features, such as notifications, though Fossil hasn’t shed much light on exactly what features they’ll include.

The first of these will be the slim Fossil Q Accomplice and Fossil Q Activist, both of which are set to launch this summer, followed by hybrid watches from DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Michele, Relic, Skagen, Tory Burch and others.