Category - Electronics

Do you want to improve your iPhone’s storage?

Are you planning to upgrade to the new iPhone? Are you concerned with your existing iPhone’s storage capacity? Did you ever wonder whether there is a way to add more storage to the iPhone, even though it has no microSD card slot? Why would you worry so much about the storage capacity? Since with more storage, you can download more apps and media, and take more photos and videos. These options can have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Here we go, there are few options which you can rely on.

You can Buy more storage up front.

The storage options are provided by the Apple or your cellular carrier. For an example, using a SIM-free (unlocked) iPhone 7, you can pay $649 for 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage, $749 for 128GB, or $849 for an iPhone with 256GB of storage. No one knows what the iPhone 8 storage options will be, but it is likely Apple will drop the 32GB model altogether. Buying memory up front and paying an extra $100 for every bump in storage might not be the wisest option of all. But there are more convenient options to go through.


You can Leverage cloud services.

You can establish your cloud account and expand your storage when you have access to the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Storing all your media in the cloud will not only increase your capacity, but your accessibility will increase too.

  • 5GB of free space will be provided by Apple’s iCloud service, but if you require more space, you have to pay a monthly charge. Prices are $0.99 cents/month for 50GB of online storage, $2.99/month for 200GB, $9.99/month for 1 terabyte (1TB), which is about 1,000 gigabytes, and $19.99/month for 2TB.
  • Microsoft OneDrive (5GB for free), for those who have an annual Office 365 Personal subscription ($69/year) — which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. Office 365 Ho
  • me ($99/year) provides 5TB of storage for the family (up to 1TB/user)
  • Dropbox (2GB for free)
  • Google Drive (15GB for free)
  • Amazon Prime member ($99/year), will provide unlimited photo storage in the cloud. If you are not a Prime member, it will take a reasonable amount of $11.99/year for unlimited photo storage (and 5GB), or $59.99/year for unlimited facilities, which makes it the best overall deal across all cloud services.


You can Use an accessory.

With the use of an external accessory, you can expand the memory of an iPhone. The external accessories could be snapped into the bottom of the iPhone’s lightning connector or could work with a local wireless drive.

  • Bolt, which was just launched by Kingston is a small device that lets you store more photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad. After the free companion app is installed on the iOS device, you can use it in a preferred way. Since the one end of the Bolt drive is a full-size USB connector, you can plug it into a PC or Mac to copy over to an SSD (solid state drive) or HDD (hard disk drive), or upload to a cloud account. Bolt costs $59 for 32GB (about 8,000 photos, based on a 12-megapixel camera on iPhone 7); $89 for 64GB (16,000 photos), or $119 for 128GB (32,000 photos).
  • MEEM Memory is a charger (for iOS or Android) which automatically backs up your phone’s or tablet’s, contacts, calendar, photos, videos, music, and messages onto the cable itself each time you charge. In Archive mode, you can choose to delete the files from your device after it has been safely backed up, freeing up storage space. This accessory is priced at $79 for 32GB, and also gives you the options of 64GB and 128GB.
  • SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a wireless USB thumb drive that allows three nearby people to access streaming video, music, or other content, simultaneously, on the device of their choice. You can also choose to wirelessly back up your smartphone or tablet’s photos and videos to the drive, to help free up more space. This is priced at $23 for 32GB (at Amazon) and goes all the way up to $129 for 256GB. 
  • Western Digital (WD) is a network-connected external hard drive (from $139 for 2TB up to 8TB). This is similar to a personal cloud, where monthly charges are not affected. You have the option of backing up your files to this drive.


Though you look forward in deciding which color you prefer for the iPhone, there are much more important facts you need to concern about. Storage capacity must be one of your major concerns since there will not be any microSD card slots available for the iPhone as Android mobile phones do. And also you have to keep in mind that there are both advantages and disadvantages in selecting the most suitable method.

කෝටි ගණන් දීලා ලැම්බෝගිනි ගන්නේ මොකටද? මෙන්න ලංකාවෙම හදන සුපිරි කාර් එකක්!



Supercars කියන කොටම කාට වුණත් මතක් වෙන්නේ Bugatti, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini වගේ කාර් තමයි. ඒවායේ තියන සුවිශේෂී වේගය, පෙනුම වගේ කාරණා නිසා  ඕනම කොල්ලෙක් කෙල්ලෙක් මේ වාහන ගැන ලොකු උනන්දුවක් දක්වනවා. පුංචි කාලේ ඒ වගේ වාහනයක කවදාහරි නැගලා යන්න කොච්චර නම් හීන දකිනවාද…? හැබැයි ඉතිං දැනුම් තේරුම් තියන වයසට එනකොට තේරෙනවා ඇයි එහෙම කරන්න බැරි කියලා. ඔය විදිහේ වාහනයක් ගන්න නම් කෝටි ගාණක් වියදම් කරන්න වෙනවා විතරක් නෙවෙයි වාහනේ ගමන් බිමන් යන්නත් නඩත්තුවටත් යන වියදම ගැන හිතනකොට එ්ක හීනයක්ම තමයි. ඒ හීනේ තාම හිතේ තියන නිසා පරිගණක ක්‍රීඩාවක් තුළ හරි මේ වාහන පැදලා සතුටු වෙනවා හැර වෙන කරන්න දෙයක් නැහැනේ. හැබැයි මේ කථාව ගැන ඇහුවොත් පුදුම වෙයි. අපේ රටේදීම නිෂ්පාදනය කරන්න යන සුපිරි මොටර් රථයක් වන VEGA ගැන තමයි අද අපි කියන්නේ.

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iRobot – Design and build robots for the future

With futuristic technology helping us in our daily tasks, consumer robots tend to play a prominent role.“ iRobot ” is such an American innovative company that designs and deploys consumer robots to help people perform their day to day tasks easily.

Let’s have a look at how it all started. iRobot is a  public corporation,  founded in 1990 by “Rodney Brooks”, “Colin Angle” and “Helen Greiner”, three graduates of MIT. Its headquarters is located in Bedford, Massachusetts.

The first ever robot developed by the company was “Genghis” in 1991. Its purpose was to serve as a test platform for researchers. It is currently exhibited at Natural Air and Space Museum (NASM), in Washington DC, USA.

Since the beginning of time, this robotics company has deployed many helpful robots to the market to make people’s daily lives easier. There are many different types of robots available in the market in the present context. Let’s take a look at some of the developed consumer robots.

“Roomba” a robot cleaner, that is designed for you and your home.

It has the ability to sweep the corners of houses which people find hard to reach.  It has dual counter-rotating brushes which efficiently removes dirt, dust, and debris from floors. You can have a customized cleaning experience and view the cleaning history.

It can be connected with  Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant and you just have to speak up to get the cleaning done!

“Braava” belongs to the family of mopping robots,

“Cleaner floors. Fresher home. Every day.”

It has a jet spray and a vibrating cleaning head that loosen dirt and stains while Braava pads breakup and lock away dirt.

iRobot “Mirra” is a pool cleaning robot.

“The underwater robot removes the debris you can see and the hidden stuff you cannot”- Forbes. Mirra has a deep cleaning ability that removes all the dirt particles and bacteria as small as two microns. Because of Mirra, pool cleaning never has been easier.

iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot, it is able to blast away leaves, dirt, and clogs while brushing gutters clean.


It’s skilled in performing difficult and uncomfortable jobs for you. It has two operational modes; Manual mode and Automatic CLEAN mode. The user can select the manual mode and control the robot or just push the CLEAN button and let Looj travel down your gutter on its own where it senses and adapts to debris to provide a more effective cleaning facility.

From the origination of iRobot in 1990  by MIT roboticist, it has grown to become a leading global consumer robot company in the present-day. There have been sales of more than 15 million robots worldwide and more than  25 years of leadership in the robot industry.

Forging a new path entirely of home cleaning, iRobot stays committed to developing new social robots that can save people’s precious time and allow people to engage in their day to day activities in a relaxed manner.

New Apple Watch can help to avoid Diabetes!

How many of you cannot get through a day without a little bit of sweetness?

I presume ALL of you needs at least a tiny percentage of sugar flowing through your blood to get through a day of hard work, maybe at your job, maybe with your studies. Irrespective of age and gender, we all love sweets. Sweetness adds some perfection to the day, no doubt. But what is dangerous about it is, we do not know when we will be diagnosed with diabetes with the amount of glucose we consume.

Around four years back, young children and youth did not have the fear of being diagnosed with diabetes. But, as of now, diabetes has the tendency to affect everyone beyond the barriers of age. Yes, it DOES sound frightening.

Are you a victim of Diabetes? Have you ever monitored how much sugar you consume per day? If not,

It’s time NOW!

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අලුතින් එන OnePlus 5


OnePlus කියනනේ දැන් ලෝකයේ කියවෙන අලුත් phone brand එකක්. එම brand එක ලෝකෙට ඇවිල්ල තාම වැඩි කාලයක් ගත වුණේ නෑ. මේ mobile phone company එක පටන් ගත්තෙ 2013 අවුරුද්දේ අන්තිම කාලෙ. මෙහි parent company එක වෙන්නෙ OPPO company එක. නමුත් ඇත්තටම බැලුවම OPPO කියන්නෙත් තව company එකක subsidiary එකක්. මේ සේරගේම parent company එක වෙන්නෙ BBK Electronic Corporation කියන චීන company එක. Made in China phone වලට මිනිස්සු අතරෙ තියෙන දුර් මතය ඉවත් කරන්න පුළුවන් වුණ company එකක් තමයි OnePlus කියන mobile phone brand එක. අද කියන්න යන්නෙ OnePlus 5 කියන අලුත්ම phone එක ගැන.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 phone එක ගැන මුලින්ම කියවුනේ පසුගිය 20 තිබ්බ keynote එකකදි. ඇමරිකාව, කැනඩාව ඇතුළු රටවල් කිපයක වෙළදපොලට නිකුත් වුන එදිනම. චීනය හා ඉන්දියාව තුල මෙය වෙළඳපොළට නිකුත් වෙන්නෙ අද. නමුත් ජුනි 27 ඉදන් තමයි අනිත් රටවල මෙය නිකුත් වෙන්නෙ. ඒ කියන්නෙ ලංකාවේ අපිට 27 වෙනකන් ඉන්න වෙනවා මේ phone එක මිලදී ගන්න. $479ක මුදලකට තමයි මෙය මිල නියම වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ. ඒ කියන්නේ රුපියල් 75,000කට අසන්න මුදලක්. නමුත් බදු එකතු වුනාම එහි වටිනාකම තව වැඩි වෙන්න පුළුවන්.

OnePlus 5 එන්න කලින් release වුනේ OnePlus 3T කියන model එක. 3Tට පස්සෙ 4 අවේ නැත්තේ ඇයි කියල ඔබට ප්‍රශ්නයක් ඇති. එකට හේතුව වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ චීන මිනිස්සු අතරේ ඇදහීමක් තියෙනවා 4 කියන්නෙ අසුබ ඉලක්කමක් කියල. එක නිසා තමා අලුත් model එක OnePlus 5 කියල නම් කරලා තියෙන්නෙ.

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Smartphones that charge in 5 minutes could arrive next year


If we compare a smartphone that was released five years ago and a smartphone that was released two months ago, you will notice the differences from a glance. High-quality cameras, pixel rich displays, slim design and the list goes on. Among all these advances there is one feature that has hardly improved from five years ago to today, and that is the battery. If you take an average smartphone, it takes almost two hours for it to charge fully. (Except devices that support Dash Charging and Fast Charging Technologies)

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Intel Core i9 – The latest beast to pump your PC!


The wait is over! Intel has come up with their newest and most powerful consumer processor “Intel Core i9” , mesmerizing the techies all over the world. Though the price is a bit high, they have added some lucrative features to this processor when compared with the previous ones in the Core X series.

This time the processor consist of 18-cores (in addition to 10,12,14,16 Core versions) and 36 threads which could be considered as a huge success in terms of performance. Could you even imagine what kind of things you can do if you have one? To put that into perspective, you could watch videos or play games in 4K while broadcasting them in HD with an Intel Core i9-7900X processor.

Summarized specs:

Processor Number i9-7900X
Threads 36
Cache 13.7 MB L3
Max memory size 128GB
Price $1,999 (18 core)

Now let’s quickly go through some advantages and disadvantages of the Core i9 processor as of now.


  • CPU can handle more tasks at once since the number of cores has increased.
  • 15% faster than the previous processors.
  • CPU can temporarily increase power for short bursts without overheating because of the Turbo Boost 3.0
  • TS13X, the newest cooling system which has been introduced by Intel keeps the chip’s temperature under control.


  • Cost is high compared with other processors in the Core X series.
  • At the moment this is not available for laptops or any other device apart from desktops.

As you can notice, keeping the cost and availability aside, having a Core i9 will get your work done quite easily even if you are a heavy user.

When compared with its competitors, Intel seems to have won yet again against AMD with the Intel Core i9 processor. AMD rolled out 16-core Threadripper CPU which was considered as the best processor for this year. However, Intel’s Core i9 processor beats the 16-core Threadripper and is also taking on the AMD’s new high-performance Ryzen chips.

Although it’s not officially revealed yet Intel is working on eighth generation “Coffee-lake ” Core i-series CPUs which is speculated to be 30 percent faster than seventh-generation processors.
And If you are low on budget, there’s a good news. The 10 core version of Core i9 processors is available for just $999 (about 160,000 LKR) for everyone who can’t afford an 18 core version. All in all, Intel Core i9 seems to be a promising

All in all, Intel Core i9 seems to be a promising high-end processor that is beyond the expectation of any user. It outperforms its competition and will soon be adopted by consumers around the globe with its X series processor line.


නැමිය හැකි tablet එකක්?


එදිනෙදා රාජකාරී වැඩ කටයුතු සදහා දැන් බොහෝ දෙනා smartphone වලට අමතරව tablet වැඩි වශයෙන් භාවිතා කරනු ලබනවා. Email, Internet surfing වැනි කටයුතු වලට ගොඩක් දෙනා යොදා ගන්නේ tablets. ඒ වගේම දුරකථන පණිවිඩ, කෙටි පණිවිඩ වැනි කටයුතු සදහා smartphone යොදාගන්නවා. මෙන්න මේ කියන අවශ්‍යතා දෙකම සලකල බලලා එක් අවස්ථාවක Smartphone එකක් ලෙසත් තවත් වරෙක tablet එකක් ලෙසත් භාවිතයට ගන්න පුළුවන් නවතම නිපැයුමක් Microsoft සමාගම විසින් “phone-to-tab” නමින් වෙළදපොලට හදුන්වා දීල තියෙනවා. සරලවම කිව්වොත් මේක නමන්න පුළුවන් tablet එකක්.


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Xiomi/Huami AmazFit Pace – The best budget smartwatch with 5+ days battery

It is Xiaomi Amazfit Smartwatch!

It’s only $103*

Yes, you read it right!

There are smart watches which lasts only a few hours and even up to a year. Well, it is obvious that we can’t expect many features from a smart watch when it claims to have better battery life.

But then, here comes this badass smart watch!


Xiaomi Amazfit Smartwatch

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Samsung SmartThings – For Your Connected Smart Home

Need to teach your home about how it can assist you and automate your home to react to your unique lifestyle? Now that is not hard as you think. Samsung SmartThings is on your side to help you. It can teach your home new tricks and make your life easier. Any home can be a smart home with Samsung SmartThings.

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

What is Samsung SmartThings?

In 2012, a technology company named SmartThings Inc. was founded in Mountain View, California. They built an open platform for smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things. This Company began to sell its products commercially on its own Website in August 2013. And they started to sell their products on in September 2013. In August 2014, SmartThings Inc announced that they had reached an agreement to be acquired by Samsung Group which is a South Korean multinational company. But SmartThings Inc would operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center. The acquisition was the foundation to move into the internet of things space by Samsung. Now Samsung SmartThings is becoming one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the IoT space.

One of the biggest problem when building a smart home is that, usually the user has to deal with the disparate collection of devices. Samsung SmartThings concerns about that and designed their SmartThings technology with reducing those difficulties. They provide a single hub and app those can be used to control your home and convert it into a smart home. With this free SmartThings app, the you can receive important notifications about what’s happening at your home and you can control smart devices in your smart home with a simple tap.

Categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings

There are several categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings technology. They are

  • Hubs
  • Integrations
  • Voice Assistants
  •  Lighting and Switches
  • Outlets

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

Living in your smart home

In Samsung SmartThings technology, Hubs are used to connect with IoT devices through the Internet. The user can monitor, control, and automate IoT devices using integrations. Google Home, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are the devices which belong to voice assistant category products of  Samsung SmartThings.

Using voice assistants, the user can get help from Google voice Assistant service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather reports, and much more. Also, user can stream music from Google Play Music and YouTube. The user can control a wide range of connected outlets, lights, switches, and dimmers with user’s voice commands. This technology helps to use SmartThings Routines to control multiple devices with single voice command. The user just needs to say “Alexa, turn on Good Morning” or “Alexa, turn on Party Time.” Then all the connected devices will operate according to the setting defined under that routine. Amazon Tap is Amazon Alexa enabled portable Bluetooth speaker which is also built with above capabilities.

Image ofAmazon Alexa

Samsung SmartThings technology supports devices in several brands. So you don’t need to get lights, switches, and outlets in Samsung brand. If you are using a Samsung SmartThings compatible bulb you can automate it with SmartThings and set them to turn on, off, or change color when doors are opened, when there’s activity in your home, and much more. You can control outlet with your voice commands using SmartThings and the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The Samsung SmartThings second-generation hub supports wider varieties of devices and third-party integrations, such as for Amazon Alexa. It has dramatically improved SmartThings. When it first launched, SmartThings was an interesting look at the future. But now it’s become an essential part of any smart home. You can control hundreds of connected devices from other brands through the SmartThings Hub and app.

Samsung SmartThings also get some competition with Google and Apple. Both of them have their own smart home solutions. But Google’s and Apple’s solutions are relatively far behind Samsung in terms of quality and number of products that they support.

Android’s new “Instant Tethering” feature

Most of the time students in the university cannot access student Wi-Fi service without getting slow. Then they tend to use their mobile phones’ mobile hotspot service. This is a common situation for most of the internet users that have to face in their day to day life. But setting up the mobile hotspot service on their phones tend to be a little tedious.

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Nokia is back with Nokia 6

For most of us, the first mobile experience was a Nokia, as Nokia was dominating the mobile world for such a long period of time. Inability to adapt to the new technical changes in the market made their sales decrease while the sales of competitors sky-rocketed by a huge percentage. When Nokia was struggling in the market, Microsoft offered to help by entering into a partnership with Nokia. This joint venture lead to the change of the brand name of mobile phones from Nokia to Microsoft and the two companies together could made some profits but not as much as they expected. The rumors of the return of the Nokia were spread out but it was said that the company’s agreement with Microsoft prohibits it from selling Nokia-branded phones until 2016.

What made us talk about Nokia in the very beginning of 2017 is the Nokia 6, a Nokia-branded smartphone which was released a few weeks ago. The Nokia 6 is an Android phone making it the second Android phone under the brand name Nokia. What’s so special is that the Nokia 6 sold out all its initial stock in just a minute after being released. Now let’s look at this new phone.
First I must say that, though the brand name is Nokia it is not from the old Nokia manufacturer we used to know. This phone has been manufactured by a Finnish company called HMD Global which has got license to sell Nokia phones. Currently this phone has announced sales only in the Chinese market.

When looking at the phone itself, Nokia 6 has an aluminum 6000 series metal body. The design is nothing new but more similar to an ordinary smartphone in the market. Nokia 6 was released only in black color. Most of the Nokia fans were expecting this in white as well but they have confirmed that it will not.

The phone comes with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. This has a relatively high resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at a 403ppi. What we find so exciting in Nokia 6 is that it comes with a finger print scanner right inside the home button making it the first Nokia phone to have biometrics installed.

When talking about the cameras, the phone comes with a 16 MP rear camera and a front camera of 8 MP.

As I mentioned before, Nokia 6 is an Android phone. It runs the latest version of Android, which is Android Nougat. Also the company has announced that they will provide quick updates to their phones which is a plus point for the company.

When talking about the performance, Nokia 6 comes with a Snapdragon 430 CPU. Snapdragon 430 is considered to be an entry level CPU and also can be found in smartphones which are one third of the price of Nokia 6. Due to the CPU limitations, Nokia 6 cannot record 4K videos. The maximum video quality is limited to full HD. This can make Nokia fans disappointed a bit about the product but still other features of the phone are pretty much exciting.

Storage is another important factor to be considered about of a smartphone. Nokia 6 comes with an internal storage of 64 GB which is expandable. 3000 mAh battery will help you to stay awake more hours.

Nokia 6 is a mid-range smartphone exclusively targeted the Chinese market. The initial price is set to 1,699 Yuan which is approximately 37, 000 LKR.
This new phone has already got both positive and negative ideas in the market. Although it seems like Nokia fans have expected something better than this, they are indeed happy with the fact that Nokia again came up with their brand name. Hopefully, we can expect some innovative products from the long lost king of mobile phones in the near future.

For the full phone specification of Nokia 6, please visit GSM Arena.