Toreto Aqua Review

Toreto Aqua Review

Toreto is an Indian firm that has been selling mobile accessories since 2013. Its range includes earphones, headphones and speakers, and the latest addition to its lineup is the Toreto Aqua, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that is priced at around Rs. 3,000. Is it worth your time and money? Read on to find out.

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Toreto Aqua design and features

The Toreto Aqua speaker ships in a box with clear plastic top that let you see its contents. You get the speaker itself, a Micro-USB cable, a small aux cable, and a user manual. The speaker is quite funky with gray being the dominant colour, and bright orange accents and buttons. The base is made in such a way that speakers point upwards at an angle when the unit is placed on a table, which helps direct audio towards your ears.

The speaker has a metallic grill on the front. The orange accents on the front and the hook at the back are made of plastic while the buttons and the rest of the body are rubberised. There’s a rubber flap at the back that keeps the Micro-USB port, the 3.5mm headphones socket and the microSD card slot waterproof. The Toreto Aqua weighs 340g which is spread across the unit well. Powering it is an 1800mAh battery.

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Build quality is decent and the speaker is IPX7 rated. Toreto claims that it is resistant to water, shock, snow and dust. We did accidentally drop it a couple of times and it survived the impact without showing any signs of damage.

It has 1.5-inch drivers and has a rated output of 6W. There are four buttons on the top; two for volume control, a play/pause button, and a multifunction “M” button for power, toggling between modes and pairing Bluetooth devices. There is an LED between the four buttons that shows the state of the speaker, and a mic so you can make and receive voice calls when your phone is paired.

Toreto Aqua performance and battery life

Long-pressing the M button fires up the device, and the LED blinks rapidly waiting for a device to pair. To test the Toreto Aqua, we paired it with an Asus ZenFone AR (Review) and a OnePlus 5 (Review) with music streaming from Google Play Music and media from Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

When we started testing this speaker, we were surprised at the volume it could put out. It could get really loud indoors, and we had to stick to a lower volume level. We found that the speaker’s volume couldn’t be controlled by a phone, and had to be adjusted independently.

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We played MP3s as well as FLAC audio files, and it was quite hard to tell any difference between them. The overall audio quality of the Toreto Aqua is decent but it seems to go overboard with the highs. It is capable of producing some bass but the mids aren’t very clear. When playing songs with a good bass line at high volumes, the speaker would rock about on our table.

When listening to Levels by Avicii and Keep It Mello by Marshmello, we found the highs to be a little unpleasant at higher volumes in an enclosed room. When watching Le Mans on Amazon Prime Video the hybrid race cars did sound a little different though dialogue was clearly audible. Overall we found that this speaker performed better in open spaces than in closed rooms.

Playing audio files off a microSD card isn’t much of an issue. The Toreto Aqua can play MP3s but not FLAC files. The speaker plays a tone to notify you that a Bluetooth device has been paired or disconnected, and when switching between modes. This can be a little tricky as the cues are easy to miss.

Knowing the speaker is waterproof, we did dunk it in a swimming pool a couple of times. Once pulled out of the pool, it would continue playing songs without any trouble. The speaker would sound muffled with water in the drivers, but just had to bump the volume up to help the speaker push it out. We did check the rubber flap on the back and found that it can keep the ports dry even after multiple dips as long as you secure it properly.

The Toreto Aqua can keep playing music for over five hours, but needs over three hours to charge. It is also quite hard to gauge battery life. There is no obvious way to check how much time you have left before the battery will run out.

Verdict
The Toreto Aqua does a few things well but it could do with some improvements. It looks good and has its waterproofing sorted out, but its output needs to be a little warmer and the mids need a boost. For now, it is safe to say that this is a good speaker for outdoor use, but not the best performer indoors. If you are looking for a bathroom speaker this isn’t ideal, but if you want to blast your tunes on a trek or a swim, this might do just fine.

Price (MRP): 3,000

Pros

  • Compact
  • Shockproof and waterproof
  • Loud output

Cons

  • Charging takes a long time
  • Mids suffer at higher volumes

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 3
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5
  • [Source”cnbc”]

2019 Nissan Altima will adopt the new Vmotion 2.0 design

2019 Nissan Altima will adopt the new Vmotion 2.0 design

Nissan unveiled the Vmotion 2.0 concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Now it looks like the Japanese car maker will be gradually incorporating these design elements into its newest offering. A recent spy shot of the 2019 Nissan Altima confirms that the new mid-sized sedan is in the works and will be styled along the lines of the new Vmotion 2.0 concept.

The spotted car wears a camouflage, yet, we managed to get a glimpse of its restyled front. The grille has adopted the new V-shape, the headlamp assembly has been styled to look sleeker and it also houses the DRL inserts. Side proportions are not vastly different from its predecessor, however there could be a few tweaked shoulder and waist lines beneath the camouflage. The rear end is expected to be revamped as part of the update.

 

Inside the cabin, the new car will get a tablet style infotainment system and a flat bottom steering wheel. The dashboard is blacked out, however, the company has put in chrome inserts to add to the premium feel of the cabin.

Power source is expected to be the same in-line four units. However, the higher trims are expected to be offered with a V6 unit. The new Nissan Altima is expected to be unveiled later next year and could be dubbed as the 2019 model.

It is unlikely that Nissan will bring the Altima to the Indian market, however we can expect the current Nissan portfolio to adapt the Vmotion 2.0 concept design in their due update

[Source”cnbc”]

2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 Gets New Look

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The 2018 model gets a new paint scheme
Engine and electronics suite remain the same
Ducati Hypermotard 939 will be available in two colours
Ducati has revealed the Hypermotard 939 with a new look for 2018, in a Star White Silk colour scheme. The satin white paint scheme of the 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 complements the bike’s red frame and wheels, and will be available along with the traditional red Hypermotard 939 with a red frame and black wheels. The Hypermotard range, comprising the super-sporty Hypermotard 939 SP, is powered by a 937 cc Testastretta, 11-degree L-twin engine that makes 110 horsepower and 95 Nm of torque. The engine meets Euro IV emission regulations.

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2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 gets a Star White Silk colour shade

The new Hypermotard 939 gets as standard the Ducati Safety Pack, which offers three-level ABS, eight-level Ducati Traction Control, and three Riding Modes, each with a different electronic setting to transform how the bike operates in different conditions. For the front suspension, the bike gets a 43 mm diameter Kayaba fork, giving 170 mm of travel, while the rear end is propped up by a Sachs monoshock with rebound damping and 150 mm suspension travel. With a dry weight of 181 kg, the Hypermotard 939 has a seat height of 850 mm and wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.

Also Read: Ducati Lowers Power Figures Of Bikes

 

The top-of-the-line Hypermotard 939 SP has a slightly lower weight at 178 kg, and gets an Ohlins 50 mm upside down fork with 185 mm travel at the front. At the rear is a fully adjustable Ohlins shock with 175 mm travel. The SP variant also features a raised chassis set-up, allowing lean angles of 47.5 degrees, useful for track riding. The SP variant also comes with a higher 890 mm seat height and grippier, performance-oriented Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.

 

[Source”cnbc”]

New OnePlus 5 color option incoming

OnePlus is all set to launch a new color option for its 5 smartphone. The Chinese company has shared a teaser through its official Weibo account. The image shows the phone’s two exiting color options – black and gray – along with a new, colorless entry. There’s also a caption: “Who is coming?”

So which color it could be? Well, we’ll place our bet on gold, given that the handset’s TENAA listing had revealed a ‘mint gold’ color option, which wasn’t part of the original lineup.

While pricing shouldn’t change, there’s no information on the availability front, although given that the company has officially started building hype, launch shouldn’t be far off.

[Source”pcworld”]

BMW gives a glimpse of the new M8 GTE

BMW gives a glimpse of the new M8 GTE

BMW revealed the 8 Series Coupe Concept in May this year that will spawn the all-new 8 Series as the new flagship model. The resurrection of the 8 Series moniker will also be joined by a potent M-powered M8 variant that was also showcased a few months ago. However, even before these road going cars hit the production line, BMW has put out images of a race car derivative called the M8 GTE completing its first set of tests on the proving ground of Lausitzring in Germany.

Built at BMW’s Dingolfing facility, the M8 GTE underwent the first round of testing on the German racetrack with BMW works driver, Martin Tomczyk and BMW DTM driver, Maxime Martin, behind the wheel.

Judging bythe few images available right now, the M8 GTE looks nothing less than sinister. The larger than life rear wing looks at home with wide-body wheel arches. The bonnet sports a large air vent (similar to the M6 GT3), while the gaping front splitters are made complete with a wide Kidney grille. The headlamps shall be similar to the road going M8, with BMW new X-style lighting signature.

The mirrors are small and unlike any seen on other race cars from BMW. The racing slicks are wider, and the blacked out alloys compliments the sinister appearance. The exhausts are sticking out on the right side of the vehicle. Although no image of the rearis available at the moment, we expect the race car to have large FIA compliant diffusers.

BMW will introduce the M8 GTE in racing series such as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA WeatherTechSportsCar Championship (IWSC) in North America next year. Ahead of that, the Bavarian carmaker proposes many more testing rounds on the European and North American racetracks to make sure the M8 GTE is ready to take on all the challenges before making its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.

[Source”timesofindia”]

Mini to launch new fully electric model by 2019

Mini to launch new fully electric model by 2019

BMW is currently working on electrifying all its model series. Over the next few years, the brand will launch a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional electrified models will be brought to market and beyond 2020; the company’s next-gen vehicle architecture will be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.

As part of this new strategy, BMW has just announced the new battery-electric Mini which will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door hatch version. This fully electric car will go into production in 2019 at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Dingolfing and Landshut facilities in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Oxford plant which is the main production location for the 3-door hatch.

By 2025, BMW expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25 per cent of sales. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market. BMW is also working on enabling its production facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.

[Source”timesofindia”]

mAadhaar App Review: The New UIDAI App Is a Work in Progress

mAadhaar App Review: The New UIDAI App Is a Work in Progress

Carrying around the Aadhaar card, the biometrics-based unique identifier, recently became a lot easier when the supervisory agency UIDAI launched the mAadhaar app for Android devices. The app enables you to store all your Aadhaar details, such as name, date of birth, gender, address, etc. on your smartphone, instead of having to keep the physical card with you anymore. But the UIDAI clarified, the mAadhaar app is still in beta testing stage, and we quickly realised this to be true when we checked it out. Here we take a look at the mAadhaar app, its features, and areas where it can do with some improvements.

mAadhaar app: What is it?

For one thing, the features present in the mAadhaar app are still pretty limited. Using the app, you can download you Aadhaar details to your device, which can be used in place of the Aadhaar card itself. The downloaded details include your photo, name, date of birth, Aadhaar number, and a QR code that people can scan to get your Aadhaar information.

Beyond that, you can use the mAadhaar app for Android to see if your biometrics are locked or unlocked, and you can change this status. Of course, it was already fairly simple to lock and unlock your biometrics, via the UIDAI website, but having it available through an app on your phone should simplify things.

One more thing that you can do with the app is generate a time-based OTP (TOTP) through the app, which can be used instead of the SMS-based OTP. This is a useful feature given how unreliable SMS networks can be – if you’ve tried to authenticate anything (such as e-verifying your tax filings, perhaps) with your Aadhaar number, then you know how much of a delayed response this can lead to at times. Having a TOTP option should, hopefully, be much more reliable and faster.

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mAadhaar app is a work in progress, and has several areas of improvements for now

In fact, the mAadhaar app itself is a great example of why SMS OTP does not really work. That’s because, in order to use the app, when you enter your Aadhaar details, you’re verified via SMS OTP. Except of course, when we tried to use it, there were a huge number of issues. The SMS did not come and it took multiple attempts before we finally got it. The app tries reading the SMS automatically, except the app would freeze automatically, and we had to start over from the beginning.

This went on multiple times, with the app crashing rather than being willing to add us, until finally, with no real explanation, it worked and we were in.

mAadhaar app: Areas of improvement

Another issue with the way SMS OTP has been implemented with this app is that you can’t manually enter the OTP. You have to give the app access to your SMS inbox, and if you were thinking that you could keep the app on your tablet while getting the OTP on your phone – that’s not going to work. This also means that you can’t store your family members’ Aadhaar details using the Aadhaar app, as the number that’s linked to your Aadhaar should match with the SIM card in your phone. That’s quite likely intended as a security precaution, and thus not likely to change over time.

On the other hand, the mAadhaar app is expected to add new features over time, which would be great, because right now it’s of limited use. TOTP is one reason why we would want to have this app; unlocking biometrics quickly is another area which could be useful. But unless you’re using the Aadhaar for a lot of authentications, it’s not clear why you’d need to have these features on your phone.

5 things you should know about the mAadhaar app

Watch the video below to check out the five things you need to know about the new mAadhaar app, such as checking out the updated look of the Aadhaar card if you update some details, among others.

[Source”pcworld”]

New leak shows the Nokia 8 in a different color

We already know that the Nokia 8 will launch with at least four color options – blue, which we already saw, gold/blue, gold/copper and steel. It’s that last one that is the latest in the series of Nokia 8 leaks, so feast your eyeballs on this.

Nokia 8, the Steel color option
Nokia 8, the Steel color option

HMD has been fairly restrained with its color palette. We do think the Nokia 6 & co. has some interesting color options, though we miss the wacky colors – yellow, orange, red, cyan, green – of the older Nokias. It certainly made the Lumias stand out. The new 3310 has some of those hues, the 105 and 130 as well, so we hope the smartphones get more exciting paint jobs eventually.

[Source”timesofindia”]

Nexus 6P and 5X don’t support this new Android O feature

Google has confirmed that the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X don’t offer support for aptX Bluetooth streaming, a new feature that the company’s upcoming mobile OS – Android O – offers.

The confirmation came in the form a reply from a Google developer to a question put up by a user on the company’s Issue Tracker website.

Here’s what the developer said: “Unfortunately, aptX and aptX HD are not supported on Nexus 6p and Nexus 5X – only on newer devices.”

For those who aren’t aware, aptX is a proprietary streaming protocol currently owned by Qualcomm. In layman’s terms, it is aimed at providing better audio over Bluetooth. In fact, Qualcomm claims aptX audio enables “CD-like quality” wireless audio

[Source”cnbc”]

Tata trademarks Merlin, might be the new SUV

Tata trademarks Merlin, might be the new SUV

Tata Motors has been working on two new cars, the Q501 and the Q502, based on a Land Rover platform. The Indian car maker has trademarked the moniker ‘Merlin’ recently and we think this might be the successor of the Safari Storme.

Incidentally, the Safari Storme was codenamed Merlin while being developed which makes it quite obvious that the moniker has been trademarked for the Safari successor. But just like Tata never used the Kite badge for the Tiago or the Tigor, the SUV might not be badged Merlin when it goes on sale.

Tata, along with Maruti Suzuki, has placed a combined order for over 2 lakh 2.0-litre diesel engines over the next few years which kind of ensures that the Merlin will be powered by the 170bhp mill that will debut with the Jeep Compass next month. It goes without saying that, like the Compass, the Tata Merlin will also get an all-wheel drive but that will be an independently developed system by Tata in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover, akin to the one we have on the Tata Hexa as of now.

One of these is a five-seater premium SUV-rivalling the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass while the other one will be a seven-seater sharing space with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner or the Ford Endeavour. The two new SUVs are expected to come in 2018 and might be previewed at the 2018 Auto Expo held in Delhi in the month of February next year.

[Source”indianexpress”]