Airtel ordered to stop airing its misleading 4G ad by October 7

After facing scrutiny from the Advertising Standards Council of India, Airtel now needs to take down its ‘4G Challenge’ ad campaign by 7th October. The reasons cited was that its ads were very misleading. The Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) was also in the meeting who also considered taking an opinion of a technical expert.

According to the Annexure 1 on the documents provided by Airtel’s advertiser, it is indicated that this was meant to be done in ‘favourable conditions’ and stated that its average rates are lower than the peak rate.

The details were very vague at best. It claimed that its 4G challenge can be easily broken down by using a 3G capable phone in certain favourable locations. It contained print advertisements with statements such as ‘movie in 3 minutes’ album ‘upload in 1-minute’ statements. The CCC concluded by saying that that though 4G provides better services than 3G when kept in the same operating conditions, it does not give them the claim ‘the fastest network ever’ with a promise that if a rival operator is better, they will pay your mobile bills for life.

There is also an absence of appropriate disclaimers on its various on various formats, including the advertisement hoardings.

Therefore Airtel has the time till October 7th, 2015 to either remove the entire ad campaign, or to modify it accordingly or to seek a review of this decision.

Manufacturing an Apple iPhone 6S Plus costs US $236

IHS Technology did a tear-down on the new Apple iPhone 6S which was launched recently. According to the implementations and materials used, the new Apple smartphone costs US $236 to manufacture alone, citing new functionality & advanced components such as 3D Touch and Taptic engine.


This also includes its 5.5″ retina IPS display with 1080p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the force feedback assembly. The bill of materials (BOM) itself costs US $231.50, as per its estimate reports, which leaves the other US$4.50 as manufacturing and assembly costs.

Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Technology said,“3D Touch and Apple’s Taptic engine are among the more notable feature upgrades found in this latest round of iPhones. With each generation the company makes measured, incremental technology improvements to its iPhone line, and this time around those changes are increasing Apple’s per-unit material cost.”

He added,“The 3D touch system is novel, and when combined with Apple’s Taptic Engine, these features add about $10 to the total bill of materials cost. Haptic systems are fairly low-tech and forms of haptic feedback like this have been implemented for years in other devices using traditional vibration motors, but the iPhone’s implementation of this feature is unique.”

Apple sold 13 million iPhone 6S units during weekend

Apple broke its previous record during this weekend as they sold 13 million iPhone 6S phones, the biggest numbers iPhones generated during its weekend launch.

Tim Cook is very happy about it.


“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first-weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

In the days to come, Apple all new iPhone 6S Plus will be available in up to 40 countries. This will include many European nations on October 9th, followed by the roll out in the Middle East the next day. For India, Malaysia and Turkey, the iPhone 6S probably will roll out by the end of 2015.

What would be interesting to see if Apple and its third party contractors can keep up with consumer demands and supply along with huge sales expected from these release dates.

Tag Heuer to launch its Android smartwatch yet on November 9th

In partnership with Google and Intel, Tag Heuer will be launching its first smartwatch on November 9th. Unlike the units from other makers like LG and Moto, this one will burn a hole in a lot of pockets with a US$1,800 price tag.


According to Sources, the smartwatch will closely resemble its black dial Carerra 1887 model.

Tag Heuer assured that it will have a 40-hour battery life, and with Intel’s involvement this could be the first Android smartwatch without ARM’s SOC. But many will ask the question- what’s the point of shelling out $1,800 for a wearable device whose planned obsolescence is probably two years at best?

As of now, Samsung, LG and Moto have released their variants of Android smartwatches which is priced well under US$200. But it would be a matter of time where many watch makers will step into the Android smartwatch business with variant models and price segments. Will this help Tag Heuer to get a lead over the Swiss watchmakers is something time will tell.

Google Maps for Apple Watch rolled out

Thanks to Google, Apple Watch users have another choice for a map and navigation app. The company known for Android OS among many things released an update for its iOS Maps app which will add compatibility with the Apple Watch. This is the first release for the on-wrist product, and it should allow an easy to use and access flexibility.

Google Maps Apple Watch

Would Apple mind? As long as it gives proper directions, everybody goes home happy. But to be fair, Apple Maps seem to have been improved from time to time. As one would expect, the information displayed on the Apple Watch will be minimalist at best.

iOS google maps

There are changes for the Google Maps displayed on the phones, with a better navigational element along with other useful information such as expected time to your destination.

Microsoft mistakenly leaked Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL info, NYC Store Details


Microsoft UK revealed its upcoming phones Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in its online store by accidents. But thanks to that, pictures of the phone with Windows 10 and some of its basic specification details are now known.

The launch date, however, is not very far. The phone will be introduced on October 6th where it’s also assumed Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2 will be shown off during an event in New York.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 will have a 5.2″ WQHD display with a 20 Megapixel Zeiss Optics based rear-facing camera with an onboard storage of 32GB and MicroSD expansion support up to 2TB. The Lumia 950 XL variant will be using a bit larger 5.7″ display while the rest of the specs remain the same.

Both Lumia 950 variants will be using Windows 10.

Microsoft will also be opening a new store in New York. This will be a flagship store, with a five floor, 22,269 square foot retail space just for Microsoft and its partner’s products. The store is located in 677 Fifth Avenue where it used to be a Fendi Store.

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iDance Audio Earphones and Headphones Roundup

Ever heard of it? Introducing iDance earphones and headphones!

iDance Audio isn’t a very well-known company, but they are exclusively into headphones. Their headphone designs are a bit funky in appearance and anyone might mistake these as poser headphones – all looks zero substance. However I was intrigued that they have so many different models but while many smaller headphone manufacturers basically share the same driver across their headphone lineup, the drivers used in each headphone in the iDance Audio lineup seemed quite different.

One model even came with dual drivers! Something rare even for top headphone brands like Sennheiser or Audio-Technica.

Another commendable feature is that most of their headphones and earphones come with a built-in mic. I have tested the mic on two phones and the mic works perfectly. (I was unable to test the headphones with an iPhone but the manufacturer states that all the headphones with mic are compatible with iPhones and iPads.)

The following headphones are under review –

Model Colour Price
EB-X104 Black Rs. 1,799/-
EB-X202 Orange Rs. 2,199/-
FREE 30 Yellow Rs. 1,199/-
CRAZY 611 Orange/Black Rs. 1,999/-
FUNKY 300 Orange Rs. 4,299/-


iDance Audio has 2 earphones in its line-up – the EBX104 and the EBX202!

iDance EB-X104
iDance EB-X202
Specs EBX104 EBX202
Driver Unit 10mm 11mm
Driver Type Neodymium Neodymium
Impedance 32Ω 16Ω
Sensitivity 98dB±3dB 100±3db at 1KHz 1mW
Frequency Response 15Hz~20KHz 20Hz~20kHz
Cord Length 1.2m approx. 1.2m
Cable Type PVC, flat cable Woven Cable
Plug 3.5mm gold chrome 3.5mm, 4-Pole Gold-Plate Plug
Unit Weight 0.012Kg 14g

Build and Comfort

Build quality is average to above average. The cable on the X104 is a flat type which is great for avoiding unnecessary entangling. The X202 has a braided cable which I didn’t like too much as it can get quite entangled on its own. That said both earphones had cables of above-average build quality.

Both earphones come with a black cloth pouch and 3 pairs of ear tips. Both of these are quite standard at this price point. Some other brands give a sturdier hard case pouch and others bundled double flange ear tips so the accessories provided is a bit below average.

On the other hand, like most of the iDance Audio lineup, both earphones come with a built-in mic which worked fine on my Android and BlackBerry device.

Both earphones are quite small in size and both their housing is made of plastic which contributes to they being quite lightweight. Comfort wise both are above average and shouldn’t cause much discomfort.

Sound Quality

I must admit I wasn’t too enthusiastic in reviewing these earphones initially since they are low-priced earphones and most earphones of their class were of very average sound quality.

The general consensus of earphones of this class is they are skewered towards either mids OR treble OR bass and I can’t remember any earphone in this range that didn’t have one or two glaring flaws which were a cause for concern.

Most complaints were of substandard bass or overblown exaggerated bass with little else. Some had very harsh treble with annoying sibilance.

So it was with great surprise that I was shocked at the kind of clarity and quality bass that I was hearing out of the X104! The bass was amazing! Excellent impact, clarity and without being over the top.

Mids are very smooth and very detailed considering the price of the X104 and the overall tonality was very warm.

Treble was smooth but a tad soft and overwhelmed by the bass. However, a little EQ helped quite a bit.

Definitely one of the best earphones in its class for sure.

The bigger brother the X202 has a more balanced and neutral sound. The bass quantity has reduced a bit but it’s still sufficient for most music except maybe dubstep.

Mids are less warm than the XB104 but have better detail and finally, the treble has that sparkle that was missing from the XB104. However, I preferred the less detailed but warmer and meatier midrange of the XB104 to the more detailed but thinner notes of the XB202.

Soundstage too is more immersive and expansive than the XB104.

So both earphones have a clearly different sound and cater to different tastes.


I received the following 3 headphones for review – FREE-30, CRAZY-611, FUNKY-300

iDance Funky
iDance Crazy

iDance Free

Specs Free-30 Crazy-611 Funky 300
Driver Unit 30 mm 44mm 40mm/15mm
Driver Type Neodymium Neodymium Neodymium
Impedance 32Ω 32Ω 32Ω/8Ω
Sensitivity 108 dB±3dB 108dB±3dB 108dB±3dB
Freq.  Response 15Hz~20KHz 15Hz~20KHz 15Hz~20KHz
Cord Length 1.5m Approx.1.5m 1.5m
Cable Type PVC PVC PVC
Plug 3.5mm gold-plated 3.5mm gold chrome 3.5mm gold chrome

Yes! You read that correctly! The Funky 300 has TWO drivers.

Build quality and comfort

The Free 30 is the cheapest of the lot and it’s also the lightest headphone in the comparison. The clamping force is quite light and that added to its lightweight design makes for a very comfortable fit.

However, the isolation is also the worst among the headphones on review.

The Crazy611 is higher up the food scale and it has a bigger driver, better-built quality and bigger cups. The clamping force is also much higher which made it less comfortable. On the plus side, the isolation is quite decent. It’s more than reasonable for taking out on an evening walk. The Crazy phones can be folded for better portability.

The Funky 300 is substantially more expensive than the other two and its build quality also matches the price. The faux leather headband, head cups and adjustable clips are of a higher quality than the other two headphones.

All three headphones come with mic support and as mentioned earlier work fine with an Android and BlackBerry device.

Sound Quality

The Free 30 is a surprisingly balanced headphone. Bass is not very deep but there is a slight mid-range hump to give some semblance of bass. Mids are pretty inoffensive and the treble is respectable. Not bad at all considering the price at which the Free 30 retails for.

If I have to point out any glaring flaws I seriously can’t think of any.

The Crazy611 easily sounds like a more expensive headphone. The bass is much more than the Free 30 and the overall detailing is improved. Also unlike the Free 30, the Crazy has a real deep bass which isn’t bloated. In some tracks (like Def. Leppards Photograph) you can really feel the bass pounding in your ears as the headphone housing literally vibrates! However, the Free has a wider and more expansive sound while the Crazy611 has a much tighter and intimate soundstage for a more in your face sound. Mids are weighty and thick and the treble is decent but nothing special. On the plus side, sibilance and harshness are generally absent.

On a whim I tried the Crazy611 on my dedicated headphone setup which has the Music Streamer II DAC as the source connected to a custom made EHHA headphone amplifier to see if the Crazy can benefit from an upgrade in the audio chain. I am happy to report that the Crazy does benefit from an upgrade in the found chain which means the Crazy is a capable headphone.

I tried it to my favourite headphone at this price range – the Koss Porta Pro and frankly the bass of the Crazy 611 simply outperforms the Porta Pro. The Porta pro wins on midrange but only just. The build quality of the Crazy is also better than Porta Pro.

Once I put on the Funky 300 you immediately feel like you have moved up to a proper mid-range headphone. The entire soundstage is improved. The Funky 300 sounds more like an open headphone rather than a closed headphone. The treble is far better than what either the Funky or Crazy can show. Midrange is also improved. The bass also is a step above the Crazy (which was awesome in its own right). The bass is equally as hard-hitting (the housings vibrate on certain bass tracks.) but it’s more tactile and fast now.

The dual drivers are definitely playing their part here. The Funky is at home on even portable devices like the Sansa Fuze and my Blackberry phone.

My Pantech Burst was unable to provide adequate volume to any of the three headphones, but the Pantech is known to provide insufficient power.

I was very worried when I saw the price of the Funky 300 at 4495 as a lot of top-tier manufacturers like Sennheiser, Audio-Technica and AKG have models in this price range. However, I can safely say that the Funky 300 can easily compete in this price range. The expansive soundstage, great bass, nice midrange and excellent treble all contribute to a well-rounded headphone. The good build quality and built-in microphone easily add to the number of plus points of this headphone.


I must admit I was very apprehensive reviewing the iDance Audio product line up. As a reviewer, I don’t like writing negative reviews but at the same time, my reputation is at risk if I give false praise to any product. So considering I have never even heard of iDance Audio I was a tad apprehensive about the brand’s competitiveness in front of so many headphone manufacturers out there with a rich brand heritage and years of expertise in making headphones. To add to that the entire iDance Audio line up seemed to be geared towards looks and there are plenty of ‘poser’ headphones out there.

So I am happy to say that iDance Audio belied my apprehensions and most of their line up is stellar products especially the Funky 300 and EB-x102.

The brand has many more headphones available and it’s not possible to review them all. But considering 5 of their lineup sounds so good there may be a fair chance that others too offer a good acoustic performance and worthy of your hard-earned cash.

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