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Have you ever noticed the faint symbols pasted on the back of your fancy phone? You probably thought, they were just part of the manufacturing and have no real relevance. Think again!

The trash can with a cross-mark across it or those random number strung together to have a very significant meaning.  All the jumbled symbols at the back of the phone have been trying to make their presence felt since the launch of the mobile phone. But what do they mean? Compatibility with internal software? Recyclability? Sequencing? Actually, these symbols indicate that the phone has received necessary approval to consume various frequency spectra appropriated for mobile and wireless communication, as well as passed required safety checks.

 

These certification marks are issued by government agencies and regulatory organisations to declare that these products can be sold in all countries or countries that adhere to these certifications

 

But what do they mean? Here’s what they mean:

 

1. FC Logo

 

 

The FC logo signifies that the Apple phone is catalogued under the FCC or the Federal Communications Commission and has adhered to all the FCC regulations.

 

2. The ‘No-Garbage’ Logo

 

 

Since it’s an electronic item it should not be discarded in a trashcan with other waste items, as it is hazardous to the environment.

 

3. The ‘CE’ Logo

 

These European symbols are the country’s regulatory authority indications for CE or Conformite Europeenne and Cetecom ICT. They indicate that the phone is approved for sale in the continent.

 

4. ‘0682’ Logo

 

 

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These numbers are usually situated next to the CE mark. They are listed under the ‘notified list’, which independently test and verify the product.  Also, these certifying companies are from different countries, such as Germany, Denmark and Italy.

 

5. Ctick

 

 

 

Each country has their own wireless or carrier services, which sometimes functions on a different frequency bands. When the CE Symbol is accompanied with the alert symbol, it denotes that this device is trying to operate on a restricted frequency in a European Country.

 

6. Exclamation mark with a circle  (Alert Symbol)

 

 

Each country has their own wireless or carrier services, which sometimes functions on a different frequency bands. When the CE Symbol is accompanied with the alert symbol, it denotes that this device is trying to operate on a restricted frequency in a European Country.

 

7. FCC ID

 

 

Each phone that is manufactured is allotted a FCC ID code. The first portion of the FCC ID code consists of five alphanumeric string, which is known as a grantee code.  They can be either (a-z) or (2-9) and are followed by a hyphen or a dash.

 

8. UL

 

 

The letters UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, phones with these markings has been approved by the company.  UL performs tests and safety check on electronic appliances and building materials.

 

9. VCCI

 

 

Letters VCCI stands for Voluntary Control Council for Interference. The certification is issued by Information Technology Equipment, which is a Japanese company. Appliances approved by the company meet electromagnetic standards and can be sold in Japan.

 

So, the next time you a buy a product make sure you turn it around and give a second glance to these very important symbols

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Every relationship needs a little help every now and then. If you believe that your partner is the only one for you, then you must invest in these 7 gadgets, to help sustain your relationship!

 

1. A Shield Against Peeping Toms

 

 

Do you often find people peering over your shoulder and trying to sneak a peek at your phone, whether it is during your daily commute or even at home? If you have experienced this, then you definitely need a phone accessory that can shield your partner’s private messages from the stares of others around you! Pick up the Scratchgard Screen Protector which offers two smartphone screen-guards, including a matte one which shades your screen for only your eyes.

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/scratchgard-twin-pack-screen-protector-for-samsung-galaxy-a7/p/188807

 

2. An Appliance That Builds Your Bond

 

 

Gone are the days, when going out for a ‘coffee’ was only a good pick-up line. Now, it will help you do much more. A hot home-made cup of tea to her liking and coffee to yours, could be your perfect catalyst for a nice and romantic evening conversation. Rather than heading out to a crowded coffee shop or eatery, invest in an appliance that will allow you to relax in the comfort of your own home. You should check out the Russell Hobbs Cordless Kettle which has a wide brim, can be used to make tea, coffee or even soup!

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/russell-hobbs-rjk2014i-1-7-litres-cordless-kettle-white-/p/197775

 

3. A Gadget That is Fun and Keeps You Balanced

 

 

Your relationship should be the one which lets you be your craziest self! With work and other daily stress, it can be tough to stay energetic and positive. To help keep your relationship young and fun, it’s essential to have a gadget that will keep you both balanced. The Tukzer Self Balancing Moon Walker is a cool self-balancing mini-segway that will let you and your partner unwind and have fun together!

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/tukzer-self-balancing-moon-walker/p/194822

 

4. A Gadget That Lets You Set Goals Together

 

 

With relationship goals being the ‘in’ thing, getting fit together should be one of your major relationship goals! It can often be difficult to find time to spend with your partner in the midst of hectic daily schedules. A great way to squeeze in time is to work out together. Not only will this build your bond but it will also help you both keep healthy to live a long life with your partner. Set fitness goals together and invest in Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch which will help you and your loved one keep track of your achievements!

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/fitbit-blaze-smart-fitness-watch-small-black-/p/196052

 

5. A Device That Lets You Always Stay In Touch

 

 

While carrying a power-bank around for emergencies is essential, it is not always useful when you have multiple devices to charge. To ensure that you are always connected to your partner and you need a gadget that sustains. The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro with its 5000mAh capacity battery which lasts more than 2 days, is a great option which will even let you watch movies together with your partner without having to hunt for a charger!

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/samsung-galaxy-a9-pro-2016-white-32-gb-/p/199046

 

6. A Device That Keeps You Connected

 

 

The most important thing in a relationship is ‘connection’, whether is between two people or their network! When you run out of internet or are in an area with poor connectivity, you cannot always rely on your phone’s hotspot or an open WiFi connection. Rather than having to be disconnected from your partner, get a gadget that will help your relationship, by allowing you to always stay connected to a WiFi network and remain in touch with your loved one. The portable D-Link 3G Router DWR 710 which has a 21Mbps upload and download speed is the perfect gadget to browse the internet anywhere!

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/dlink-3g-w-l-router-dwr-710/p/183675

 

7. A Gadget That Lets You Share More

 

 

A great way to spend quality time with your partner is to simply unwind and watch a movie in the comfort of your own home! However, watching videos on a laptop or sharing music with your partner over a phone’s speaker does not offer the same experience as a theatre or live show. To help set the mood, buy the JBL Extreme Blue Bluetooth Speaker with its 15 hours of play back. It allows you to share and listen to your favourite songs together. This high-quality speaker has a long battery life and signifies that your relationship will also last forever.

Check it out here: http://www.croma.com/jbl-extreme-blue-bluetooth-speaker-blue-/p/197414

 

So which of these products do you think will best help your relationship sustain?

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4G, the fourth-generation wireless network technology focuses on delivering faster internet everywhere. The smartphone market today is overflowing with devices and a majority of them all offer 4G compatible phones. This even includes the introductory-level budget smartphones. So, whatever your budget may be, you can surely find a 4G compatible device that is perfect for you.

Here are the top six reasons why you should shift to 4G:

 

 

1. Prevents Miscommunication

 

VoLTE, which stands for Voice over LTE, is now available on most 4G networks. This feature is what enables users to make voice calls through 4G. Superior quality of VoLTE reduces disparity from the original voice of the caller and makes the reception of the call crystal clear.

 

2. Does not keep you waiting

 

The most obvious reason to shift to 4G is because it is fast. While 3G speeds in India are largely limited to 3 and 4Mbps, 4G networks are said to offer anywhere from 5Mbps to even 40Mbps where network connections are strong. With 4G you can easily browse the internet, stream videos and music, make video calls and download movies.

 

3. Prevents Time-Wastage

 

4G offers a reduced latency, which means that you will spend less time staring at a blank screen and instead receive responses faster. It is especially helpful when you wish to play games online without lag. This is also very useful when you are making payments online.

 

4. Easy on Your Wallet

 

While initially upgrading to 4G was an expensive affair, today telecom companies have reduced the cost to make it at par with the price of 3G. With networks like Reliance Jio offering free 4G data and now extending its offer to provide internet services at rates that are far more pocket-friendly than any other network provider, price is no longer a reason to not shift to 4G.

 

5. Helps with Anger Management for Network Issues

 

Today, a majority of mobile networks have 4G. So if you are worried that you may face network problems when you use 4G, then worry no more. With the increasing network range and availability of 4G, the reasons to stay on 3G are down to zero!

For urban individuals living a fast-paced life, having a network bandwidth that can keep up with you, is essential. That’s why only 4G will do!

 

So, what are you still waiting for? Don’t be a misfit in today’s world of 4G! Check out Croma’s range of 4G compatible smartphones and upgrade your device today!

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The most exciting new tech products launching in 2017

 

Nintendo Switch

 

The year is pretty much over, as far as the tech world is concerned. Just about every major product that's been announced is available to buy in time for the holidays.

 

But 2017 is almost here, and we're expecting a bunch of cool new products. Below you'll find the most important gadgets likely to launch next year.

 

Keep in mind this isn't a comprehensive list, and it doesn't account for the surprises we'll likely see in 2017. But these are the gadgets we think you should be the most excited about.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8

 

Samsung Galaxy S8

 

Samsung's first opportunity to recover from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will come with the launch of its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, in the spring of 2017.

While we don't know too much about the device, Samsung has announced that it will include a new digital assistant powered by Viv, the artificial intelligence startup Samsung bought earlier this year. Oh, and Viv was founded by the same people who built Siri.

 

Galaxy Note 8

 

Galaxy Note 8?

 

The future for Samsung's Note phones are uncertain, following the unprecedented recall of the Galaxy Note 7 this year.

There have been some scattered reports that Samsung may abandon the Note altogether in 2017. But if the Note does make its return, then expect to see it in the fall.

 

New iPad

 

New iPads

 

Apple is expected to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring of 2017, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

The new iPad models will focus on the Pro line, with improvements to the Apple Pencil stylus and new screen sizes.

 

New iMac

 

New iMac

 

While the iMac has been updated with new, high-resolution displays in recent years, it's been a long time since Apple has significantly updated the computer.

Bloomberg's Gurman reported that Apple has considered adding the new USB-C port to the iMac lineup, which makes sense since the company's other computers are adopting the new standard too.

However, there haven't been any solid reports on the timing of a new iMac.

 

iPhone 8

 

iPhone 8

 

The next iPhone is going to be a major refresh for the product, according to a various reports and rumors.

The so-called iPhone 8 is said to have an all-glass design, an organic LED display for better images, no home button, new screen sizes, and more. We've also reported that Apple is working on adding built-in augmented reality features — think Pokemon Go, but for all kinds of apps — but that might not make it into the next phone.

2017 will mark the iPhone's tenth birthday, so expect Apple to go all out to mark the occasion.

 

A smartwatch made by Google

 

A smartwatch made by Google

 

Google delayed its big software update for Android Wear watches until 2017, and the company is expected to launch its own watch as well, according to Android Police.

The circular smartwatches will be Google's opportunity to inject new interest into its wearable computers, a category that's been dominated by the Apple Watch so far.

 

New form factors from Fitbit.

 

New form factors from Fitbit.

 

Fitbit launches new fitness trackers every year, but 2017 could have a twist. The company said recently that it's exploring new form factors for its products.

What does that mean? It's unclear, but it sounds like we may see Fitbit expand beyond fitness trackers you wear on your wrist.

 

Xbox Project Scorpio

 

Xbox Project Scorpio

 

Microsoft is going to supercharge the Xbox.

The company is currently working on Project Scorpio, a more powerful version of the Xbox One designed for 4K TVs and potentially virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.

The console will be aimed at gamers who value performance over everything else. It's expected to launch in the fall of 2017.

 

Courtesy: BusinessInsider

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