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Want to buy Oppo Watch? Here’s all you need to know about it

Richa Kapoor



Oppo’s flagship watch is here and I must say just, like its smartphones, the watch is also fully loaded with features and is quite an eye-catcher. Oppo Watch comes with Google Wear OS operating system. Being the first there are a few misses, but a lot to like as well. 


 In the design department, it seems like not much thought has been given. The watch is a clone of the Apple Watch. From the box design to its silicone straps and rectangle display with curved edges. The watch is made from a mix of aluminium and reinforced glass, with a ceramic back where the heart-rate sensors are located. AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display that’s responsive and easily readable in sunny weather. The straps, meanwhile, are crafted either from rubber or calfskin. All in all, the design looks great but is not original. PERFORMANCE

 Oppo Watch comes with two chips: The Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and a secondary Ambiq Micro Apollo 3 processor that takes over during the low-power tasks and allows for extended (potentially 21-day) battery life. Although the Wear 3100 is a two-year-old smartwatch chip from Qualcomm, the watch functioned seamlessly and offered a smooth experience. This is backed up by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage to load music. 


The smartwatch comes with five different workout routines: Fitness run, fat burn run, outdoor walk, outdoor cycling and swimming. Here it misses out as the competitors have multiple activity options. One of its cool features is a 5-minute workout with guidance by an instructor. The workout is well-designed and easy. This can come handy for a lot of people. But the lack of any outdoor activity might pinch a few.


 The battery is an integral part of any smartwatch. The 41 mm watch comes with a 300 mAh battery and the 46 mm with 430 mAh battery. Although they claim 30 hours of battery, it worked best up to 17 hours for me. It does come with some tools to help extend battery life. According to Oppo, you can get up to 21 days of use by switching on the power saver mode. This restricts many functions of the watch, but you’ll still have access to the basics such as step count, heart rate functions and alerts for incoming notifications. 


Sleep tracking is another particularly crucial feature now in a smartwatch. With this watch, after waking up it lets you know how you slept, thereby helping you monitor your sleep better. The Oppo Watch also has an always-on optical heart rate tracker providing continuous heart rate data during the entire day. You can view all the health and fitness data from the Oppo Watch on the HeyTap Health mobile app from the brand, available on the Google Play store. It syncs steps, sleep data, heart rate, workouts, and daily activity. 


 Oppo Watch is priced at Rs 14,990. Smartwatches are no longer a luxury product. With the growing craze towards health and fitness, everyone wants one. The market is large and still, the options are few. Thus, it has a good chance to excel. The watch does miss out on multiple exercise modes and I find the design, looking like an Apple watch, a bit cliché. But then you do get sleep tracking, cellular connectivity, e-sim support and fun 5-minute workout suggestions. If the price doesn’t pinch your pocket much, then the Oppo Watch can be an easy choice for someone looking for a smartwatch with rectangular dial and doesn’t want to spend on an Apple watch.

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Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi, launched the first progress report for Xiaomi Pilot Technology for autonomous driving. According to GSM Arena, Xiaomi’s fully internal developed autonomous driving solution is called Pilot Technology.

The company has pledged USD500 million toward the formation of the R&D team and the creation of what it refers to as the most advanced self-driving technology. For its R&D team, Xiaomi hired over 500 experts from around the world.

To ensure access to the most recent innovations and technologies, the company made a number of acquisitions and strategic investments along the way. Lei Jun claims that Xiaomi’s autonomous technology employs an internally developed full-stack methodology and that the development thus far has surpassed all expectations.

The company is adding another USD300 million to its long-term industrial strategic capabilities. This investment entails a direct stake in more than ten already operating businesses that deal with everything from sensors to actuators to controllers in the autonomous driving space.

Xiaomi is taking no chances in ensuring that it has constant access to supplies and technology.

The company uses a full stack strategy, giving it total control over the software and hardware, and developed the autonomous driving algorithm entirely in-house. This strategy enables the business to create wholly proprietary solutions with closed-loop data capabilities.

It allows for rapid software and hardware updates that can be user-driven. The assisted “reserved parking space” or “autonomous valet parking” are intriguing Xiaomi innovations. Even more cutting-edge services are planned to be added by the company, including “automatic robotic arm charging”, as reported by GSM Arena.

Xiaomi is working to build a fleet of 140 test vehicles for the Pilot Technology development program’s first phase.

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Mahindra says the electric SUVs will come with cutting-edge technology, through the three key strategic pillars of Brand, Design and Technology. The company is promising great dynamics with these cars. Along with a semi-active suspension system, the cars will offer enhanced handling and an immersive sporty drive experience.



India’s 76th Independence day was a special day for Mahindra & Mahindra as well. On this day, the homegrown brand unveiled its new INGLO (Indian Global) EV platform and 5 electric SUVs under two EV brands, showcasing its vision for the future of electric mobility. Mahindra says the electric SUVs will come with cutting-edge technology, through the three key strategic pillars of Brand, Design and Technology. The first of the two brands is the XUV with the now popular Twin Peak logo in Copper while the other one is an all-new electric-only brand called BE. The five e-SUVs are the XUV.e8, XUV.e9, BE.05, BE.07 and BE.09. The first four of these will be launched between 2024 and 2026.

The INGLO platform on which these cars will be made will come with progressive battery technology, platform architecture, brain power and human machine interface. The platform will underpin all the Mahindra EVs going forward. According to Mahindra, it also offers class-leading safety standards, exciting performance, excellent range and efficiency, good driving dynamics, versatility and intelligent human machine interface. It also delivers a multi-sensorial driving experience with a futuristic, augmented reality-enabled heads-up display, edge-to-edge screen, 5G network capability. The first car that will be launched in December 2024 is the XUV.e8. In many ways it will be the electrified version of the popular XUV 700. It will get an intelligent all-wheel drive system along with a sophisticated cabin. Mahindra says it will offer supreme ride comfort both on and off the road. Next will be the XUV.e9 that will launch in April 2025. It will come with a silhouette of a coupe and panoramic sky roof and could look something like the XUV 500 Aero that was shown at the Auto Expo in Delhi a few years ago. The first of the BE launches will be the BE.05 that will launch in October 2025. Mahindra says it will be a Sports Electric Vehicle (SEV) in the truest sense, making it a category in itself. The car will come with a racing inspired design complemented by multi-sensory experiences. Following this will be the BE.07 that will launch in October 2026 and will be more of a family car. The final car is the BE.09 which will be a SUV grand tourer with a chiselled design, dynamic roof and solid stance. Launch date of this car has not been confirmed by the company. These electric vehicles from Mahindra will follow a common battery pack design with lean modules and standardised cell-to-pack technology using two different cell architectures – Blade and Prismatic. While the battery capacity options will range between 60-80 kWhr, the cars will come with a 175 kW fast-charge system that will charge them up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. They will be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models and power generated will be between 170-210 kW and 250-290 kW respectively. Mahindra is promising between 5 and 6 seconds to reach speeds of 100 kmph from stationary. According to the company, the powertrain is optimised to offer class-leading range. The company is promising great dynamics with these cars. Along with a semi-active suspension system, the cars will offer enhanced handling and an immersive sporty drive experience. Along with these you will also get a dual-pinion high-power steering system for light steering efforts and brake-by-wire technology that allows multiple brake modes for pedal feel and recuperation. The cars will also come with drive modes that will alter powertrain response, suspension response, brake feel, electronic stability control intervention and many more features at the touch of a button. Finally, there’s the all-important matter of safety. Mahindra says the new electric SUVs are designed to meet the highest vehicle safety norms such as GNCAP and not just limited to regulatory compliance. All the e-SUVs will come with a structural cage around the passenger cabin specially designed for reduced passenger injury. The new e-SUVs are tested at the world’s largest battery development and testing centre. With 5 Radars-1 Vision ADAS architecture, INGLO is futureproofed up to L2+ autonomy.

The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

The INGLO platform on which these cars will be made will come with progressive battery technology, platform architecture, brain power and human machine interface.

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Teen Patti – nice design, attractive pay lines, simple interface



Live Teen Patti for Real Cash, like many card games, is based on the value of the cards and comparing hands. If you play this colorful card game in the Indian world, you will have to find out somewhere to gamble and profit by first getting to grips with Teen Patti.

How do I begin to play? 

It is recommended that you begin to master the game online with the lowest bet value of Teen Patti. This trick is most useful if you intend to gamble in a conventional casino. An agreed-on minimum bet is called a ” one piece” and all the other players put it into the pot. If yours turns a winning play, you keep the pool for yourselves. With Teen Patti online poker, the betting limits are set by the operator. You just pick your wager and begin the Teen Patti online rules game.

What are the basic rules? 

If you play in a physical casino or on a live poker game app, Teen Patti has a specific set of rules, which are very similar to the game of Hold’em. If you are new to the sport, not being familiar with these exact details can make things difficult, so we’re here to support you.

Prior to beginning a regular round of Teen Patti games online, each player must deposit an ante into his or her bank, otherwise known as the “load-in”.

Every single player gets 3 cards, and their goal is to get the best hand or become the last player left in the pool.

Each player must place an extra bid if he wishes to win the best hand in the pool. each punter must make an additional bet if they want to remain in their round. The size bet is decided by the present ante ( the bet ). The blind bets x1 or x2 gannets, and visible players place x2 or x4 ones.

The betting lasts until after the showdown, at which point a punter may have to pay to see another player’s hand, eventually, or one player takes over the pot when all other players have defaulted.

What are pay lines?

To better grasp the game’s specifics, you first need to learn what the pay lines are. 

  • Triple: The three cards of equal rank, AAA being the highest combination possible.
  • Straight Flush: The three consecutive three cards of one suit.
  • A Straight: Three consecutive cards with the same major.
  • Three cards of a straight: Three of a kind. In the event of a tie, the highest ranked hand wins.
  • Two of a Kind: A Pair of Cards of the Same Number or Chest.
  • High Card: If neither the dealer nor the Player has a couple, the High Card wins the hand.

What’s a Dealer’s Game? 

The Teen Patti Live Dealer Game combines the perfect social activity between players and dealers with a strategic game that gives food for thought without being overly complicated. With the additional stakes that suggest even further action, it’s difficult to require more of a live dealer bench game.

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5 Things to know before you try an online casino



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Are you curious about the world of online casinos?

The world of iGaming is growing each month, and the quality and variety of games increases at a rapid rate. Whether you want to spend an evening playing slots or get competitive in a poker tournament, there are options for all tastes.

Not only that, but iGaming is booming worldwide. People from all corners of the globe can pitch in and enjoy the online casino landscape. Whether you’re playing in Europe or looking for an online casino in India for real money, options are open for everyone.

But what should you know before you delve into the online world? If you’re interested in online gambling, keep reading. We’ve put together our top five tips to ensure you make the most of your iGaming experience.

Shop around before signing up

When investigating online casinos, you’ll have to decide on a specific website before you can get started. The world of online casinos is vast, and some specialize in different areas. Do you want to play on a slots-based site? Or would you rather use a website with high-quality live casino games? Make sure you check the game variety out first.

Another element to consider before signing up is whether players from your country are eligible to play on the particular website. For example, Indian players must find online casinos that adhere to Indian gambling regulations. Check whether the casino uses INR before you start playing.

Check if bonuses are on offer

Alongside checking whether the casino is licensed and has your preferred games, you should also look around for relevant promotional offers. Casinos want players to sign up with their site, and this leads them to make juicy welcome offers.

A welcome offer is typically applied to your login when you create an account for the first time. These offers usually provide free spins, free bets or free cash to play with. This is great if you’re new to the experience, allowing you to bet with free money.

However, each online casino has a different welcome offer. This means to find the best offer, you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons of each! While this sounds like a lot of work, many casino-related blogs offer information on the latest Indian online casino offers to make it easier for you. Research is key.

Practice on free games

Are you new to all things casino? Don’t worry. You can practise before you start. It’s best to start with free online games to help you learn the rules before you start. This is more important if you’re interested in strategy games, such as poker or blackjack.

Alternatively, you can read in-depth guides or watch YouTube tutorials to help you understand the rules and strategy. It’s always best to get started with some prior knowledge, particularly if you compete against other live players.

Consider mobile gaming

We use our smartphones for everything, so why exclude online casinos like Playerz? Though most online casinos are desktop compatible, most players prefer to enjoy the games on their phones. Many popularonline casinos offer dedicated smartphone apps, and most of the content is available on these.

The main benefit of opting for smartphone iGaming is flexibility. Want to play from the comfort of your couch? It’s easy. Would you rather play while on the bus? That’s cool too. Unlike playing on a computer, smartphones allow you to take your gaming with you wherever you go. Just make sure your smartphone device has enough memory available before downloading apps.

Set betting limits

Finally, one of the most important things to know before trying an online casino is how to practice safe gambling. When playing alone, you need to be responsible while online. A fundamental way to stay safe is through betting limits.

Betting limits are self-imposed limits that stop you from getting carried away. For example, if you can only spend a certain amount of cash, this amount is your limit. Once you’ve hit it, it’s time to log off for the session.

These limits keep the fun of the game, and they also keep you safe. If gambling doesn’t feel like fun any more, it’s time to stop entirely and seek help from friends, family or a dedicated gambling helpline.

The takeaway

Now you know the top five tips, will you be logging on? Online casinos are a great way to have fun at home. Whether you’re enjoying the game graphics or the competitive edge, make sure you remember these five rules. Enjoy!

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Car Insurance Renewals: All you need to know about it



It is important to know every little detail about auto insurance policies to make sure you save the most and spend the least. Car insurance is a vast topic and with an industry so big, things are bound to get complicated. There are so many types of auto insurance policies in the market, with each company having its terms and conditions. One important part of owning car insurance is renewal. 

Car insurance renewal might seem like a quick and simple process that does not require much thought process. But if you have been just paying the renewal price and nothing else every time your policy needs to be renewed, you could be missing out on great discounts and opportunities to save money on auto insurance policies. 

This article will describe everything you need to know about car insurance renewals, the things to do, things to avoid, and things to do to save money and get better coverage. Let’s get started. 

What’s Car Insurance Renewal?

All car insurance policies are not bought forever. You pay the price for a certain period and then the policy needs to be renewed to be active, just like your data subscription or your WiFi connection. This renewal either happens every year (annual) or twice a year (semi-annual). It solely depends on the policyholder which renewal cycle they prefer.

Policyholders usually get a notification, usually a mail somewhere around 30 to 45 days before their policy is about to expire. With the rise of digitization, it is very easy to renew your auto insurance policy. You can either get it done by a trusted, official insurance agent, or through your computer or smartphone on the auto insurance company’s website/application. You can also visit the insurance company’s office with your policy information and get it renewed there. 

A big disclaimer; never trust anyone who pretends to call you from your auto insurance company and asks you for sensitive information such as your bank account details or credit card information. If they ask you to open a shady website or make a transfer, cut the call and contact your insurer immediately. 

Saving Money During Insurance Renewal

There are some great ways you can save money and get better coverage during the renewal period. Since this is the time you can look at the policies you own, your requirements (which change with time), and other factors affecting your driving habits. Let’s take a look at the things you should do to save money while renewing your car insurance policy. 

No-Claims Bonuses

If you did not make any insurance claims during the policy period, you could be eligible for no-claims bonuses. These bonuses are discounts that you get when you renew your policy. The amount of discount you get may vary, but it usually ranges from 20% to 50% (if you have made no claims for three consecutive years, you could get 50% off on the renewal price).

This is only applicable if you have not made any claims. So while renewing, check for any no-claims bonuses or ask your insurance agent for the same. Even a 20% discount is a big price cut. 

Choosing New Policies 

Everybody wants to get great auto insurance policies, where the prices are low, and coverage is excellent. Sadly, you might make the mistake of choosing the wrong car insurance company and be stuck with them. The policy renewal period is your chance to make a better choice. 

If you are not happy with your current auto insurance company, then look for better car insurance companies in the market with better coverage at lower rates. Just make sure to keep your search specific to get the best results. For example, if you live in Texas, then look for Texas’ best cheap car insurance companies and find the one that suits you the best. 

Renewal time is also the time when you can completely switch your auto insurance policy. For example, if you have reduced your car usage, or perhaps the place where you work has adopted a hybrid work routine with some days of office and some days of work from home, then how about switching to pay-per-mile auto insurance?

With pay-per-mile car insurance, you only pay for the miles you drive, just like gas. So if your monthly mileage has reduced significantly, and you do not need general car insurance, then the renewal period is the time to make the switch and get a better, more useful car insurance policy.

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The Hunter 350 is a bike where old school analogue meets new age vibes. The company is calling it a ‘two-wheeled double-espresso’ of motorcycling and says it is engineered and designed for the urban hustle. It comes in two editions—Retro Hunter and Metro Hunter.



Cult bike-maker Royal Enfield is changing and how. This is very evident from the kind of motorcycles the brand has been launching in the last few years. From being technologically advanced to feature rich, the new bikes are leaving hardly anything to complain about and the latest in line is the Hunter 350, which has just been launched in the market. The company is calling it a ‘two-wheeled double-espresso’ of motorcycling and says it is engineered and designed for the urban hustle, and can tackle crowded city streets, suburban backroads and beyond, with aplomb.

The Hunter is powered by the now popular 349cc air-oil cooled single cylinder J-series engine, recently launched on the Meteor and Classic 350.


Clearly, the Hunter 350 is a bike where old school analogue meets new age vibes. It comes in two editions —Retro Hunter and Metro Hunter—both finished with blacked-out engines and components. The Retro Hunter runs on 17” spoked wheels and has a 300mm front disc brake combined with a 6” rear drum brake, single channel ABS, a retro-styled digital-analogue instrument cluster and a choice of two classical, single-colour tanks.

The Metro Hunter has a more contemporary look with dual-colour liveries, cast alloy wheels, wide tubeless tyres, and rounded rear lights. There are five colourways across two editions on the Metro Hunter. There are three tank colour and graphics options on one edition, and the top of the range edition is finished with a choice of three unique petrol tank designs. The bike is also compatible with Royal Enfield’s Tripper TBT navigation but that is available to order as an accessory.

Both Metro editions are equipped with alloy wheels and wider rear tubeless tyres for superior handling. They get 300mm front and 270mm rear disc brakes, dual channel ABS, and a centrestand. The bike also gets an LED tail lamp and digital-analogue instrument cluster that displays odometer, tripmeter, gear indicator, fuel graph bar with low fuel warning, clock and a service reminder. The bike gets rotary power and lighting switches giving a gentle nod to the past and are fitted with a USB charging port.


The Hunter is powered by the now popular 349cc air-oil cooled single cylinder J-series engine, recently launched on the Meteor and Classic 350. Fuel-injected, it produces 20.2 bhp at 6100 rpm and 27Nm of torque at 4000rpm resulting in strong, low-end grunt, super smooth linear power delivery. The idea is to give a lively throttle response and a distinctive exhaust note to suit the character of the Hunter. To cut down vibrations, a primary balancer shaft has been used, while gear shifting is crisp and smooth thanks to an optimised 5-speed gearbox. The Hunter 350 is built on the 350cc J-series platform, combined with a Harris Performance chassis, this according to the brand helps the bike deliver agility without fragility on city streets and an equally pleasurable ride on the open road. Royal Enfield says, the chassis geometry on the motorcycle is designed to give the optimal height-to-weight ratio while offering superior comfort, thanks to its wide, long, one-piece seat. With revised rake and trail angles, a lower 790 mm seat height and shorter wheelbase, the bike’s manoeuvrability encourages greater confidence when carving through cramped streets and it feels planted and stable.


The Hunter is now available for bookings in India while the test rides and retails have also begun. It starts at Rs 1,49,900 and goes up to Rs 1,68,900 (ex-showroom). The bike will also be launched across key markets in the Asia Pacific before the end of this year, with Europe and the Americas following in during the first quarter of the next year. You can also choose from a host of accessories on the Hunter, these include engine and sump guards, pannier mounts and luggage, custom seat and touring mirrors. Some other options are a signature bench seat, black LED indicators, a tinted flyscreen and a minimalist ‘tail tidy’ rear end.

The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com.

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