Friday, January 30, 2015

10 Interesting Picks from the Launch Event of Xiaomi’s Mi 4

I recently got a pleasure to attend the launch event of Xiaomi’s Mi 4.

As you are already aware that tech is not my forte. So this post is definitely not about specifications, comparison with other devices, price review etc. You will find it everywhere on web.

All I got to know about Mi 4 from the hands-on experience is that it’s a beautifully designed 5-inch device with some cool specs.

As a user I can download as much apps and songs as I want! Because it has a powerful processor (2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core), 3 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Also it has got 13 MP Rear Camera and damn 8 MP front-facing camera. Besides it has got an attractive UI. And Guess what? For all this you need to pay a decent price of only Rs. 19,999/-.

Enough reasons to choose Mi 4 for anyone looking to buy a smartphone !

Well this post is about those 10 picks that caught my attention in the event. And I would love to share them with you. So here you go:

1. India is hugely important and we are here to stay, says Hugo Barra (VP, Xiaomi Global). 


A confident statement!

2.     Xiaomi 2014 Revenue is US$ 12 Billion. 


It's huge Hugo ! 

3.  Xiaomi is now the World’s Most valuable private tech startup, valued at US$ 45 Billion. 


Considering Xiaomi being a five year old startup, it's a great start of an awesome journey ahead!

4.      Xiaomi has sold 1,000,000 Phones in less than 5 months


Great going!

5.      Xiaomi’s Mi3 was 7th most searched phone in India 2014


Xiaomi's entry in India was #6 most talked about topic on Facebook in 2014, ahead of Alia Bhatt (#7) ;)

6. Over 85 Million MIUI Users Worldwide


Absolutely a great figure to flaunt! 

7.      MIUI6 a visually stunning update to its software is coming to India


We are excited about it!

8.      Mi 4 Stainless Steel Metal Frame “Smooth as Silk” has gone through 40 various Steps & 193 Processes


The Journey of a piece of Steel!

9.      Xiaomi invested US$ 300 Million in Equipment for Mi 4


Mi 4 is Xiaomi's pampered baby.. 

10.      Registration for Mi 4 on Flipkart has started and the sale is on 10 Feb


The registration is on. 

Last but not the least, my Moment of the Event

Mr. Manu Kumar Jain (India Head, Xiaomi) introduced me to attendees as ex-colleague at Jabong and now a pro-blogger during Q&A in the end.

Well I had the luck to work with him for around 2 years at Jabong. He has been a great boss and a wonderful mentor. One of those people at work I needed not to be politically correct!

Anyways felt really honored and glad with the recognition! After all I am not used to of such mentions. It was the first time I got one. :)

Such things lift your spirits and inspires you to keep moving.

Signing off with love,
Neha Agarwal

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to save time on your laundry

I have been writing a lot about managing house chores after marriage and recently I published an experience of dry cleaning services too. 
Looking at the difficulties I am facing while managing my household, Surf Excel Team approached me with some ideas on saving time on laundry.

Would love to share with my readers, hence publishing the time saving tips on my blog:

If you're a working woman, it can be difficult to find the time to do your laundry – you’re exhausted when you’re getting home in the evening, and would rather spend your weekends relaxing than doing chores. The good news is that whilst doing your laundry will probably never be your favourite activity, it doesn’t need to be something you dread doing either. Take a look at these simple tips for saving time when doing your laundry – so you can go back to that book or TV show in no time at all, or even squeeze in a load in the morning before you head out.



Preparation is key: washing your laundry load together doesn't save you time – actually, quite the opposite. Make sure to always sort your clothes into different baskets or bags as you go. This not only saves you valuable minutes of sorting socks in front of the washing machine but also ensures a smooth washing cycle with no colour bleeding accidents. It will also save you time in the long run, when you don't have to replace faded items or the accidental pink shirt – and save you the panic of potentially ruining your favourite work shirt. Separating into whites, darks, and colours is all you should need, with the occasional delicate cycle for silk and lace items.

Keep it clean: In order to clean and dry your clothes efficiently, it’s important to occasionally clean the washing machine and dryer themselves. Give them a good scrub from time to time, and make sure to remove excess water and lint from the dryer to get maximum efficiency. Tip: Add a dry towel to the drying load with your wet clothes if you’re in a hurry – it will absorb moisture and save you time!

Don’t overdo it: You might think that overloading your washing machine saves you time – after all, the more you can do at once, the better, right? Unfortunately, if you’re overloading your washing machine, its performance will suffer, and your clothes might in fact not get cleaned properly. There might be detergent residue, and in the long run, your machine might even decide it can’t take this anymore – all the more reason to stick to shorter cycles if you’re in a hurry, but do more rounds instead.

Soak it: If you’re facing a stubborn stain, don’t wait until after the washing and drying cycle to remove it – by that time, the colour might have set in your fabric. Instead, take a few extra minutes to remove the stain beforehand, soaking it and carefully dabbing at the stain using household items such as vinegar and washing liquid, depending on what kind of stain you’re facing.

Learn to fold: It’s not just about doing your laundry; it’s also about what you do next. Learn a few efficient folding techniques if you're not exactly a pro in that department yet – this saves you a lot of time, and, if you're doing a good job, you can even avoid ironing your clothes that way.




Use the time wisely: The good news is that once your laundry is in the dryer or washer, you don’t need to look after it for at least an hour. Use that hour wisely – make breakfast, get some work done, or even go for a quick run. Sometimes having a limited period of time available can increase your productivity, so in the end, you might even find yourself gaining time while doing your laundry. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

GOSF 2014 brings lot of Fun & Excitement Along for Shopaholics


The Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) was created by Google India on 12th Dec 2012 in collaboration with a number of Indian Online Shopping portals.  The concept of the GOSF was that the online shopping sites would give heavy discounts for one day, in order to promote their sales.                                                                                                                                                      ~Wikipedia




In 2013, the Great Online Shopping Festival was held on 11–14 December. It was a huge success as it let the online shoppers buy online on heavy discounts.

Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) is here to delight online shopaholics again in 2014 between 10-12 Dec.

GOSF Pre-Party begun on 25 Nov 2104, 14 Days before GOSF.  Here are the highlights of GOSF Pre-Party in India:
  ü  Google has partnered with 14 brands and organizing contests every day from 25th Nov to 9th Dec. 14 Minutes of Free Shopping Every Day for 14 Days #WinGOSF14
  ü  Google has also selected 14 cities and launched exclusive games to test your shopping speed and chance to win some amazing gifts. Check GOSF Game Page!
  ü  As an online shopper, you can register for a reminder of GOSF and be in line when Great Online Shopping Festival Opens!

What Else in GOSF 2014?
  ü  Exclusive Launch Corner – From Dec 10- Dec 12, there will be a whole corner dedicated to launch never seen in India products during GOSF
  ü  Rs. 299 Corner - From Dec 10- Dec 12, there will be a Rs. 299 corner where all the products will cost no more that Rs. 299 including free home delivery and CoD from hundreds of retailers.

14 Brands that partnered with Google for GOSF Pre-Party

Asian Paints (#WinGOSF14)

· During GOSF Asian Paints is offering 50% discount on exlusive range of Asian Paints color books!

PROMO CODE: Colour
Value: 50% Off on MRP
Valid Till: 14 Dec 2014

· Consultancy at Home: Book an appointment with Asian Paints Color Consultant and enjoy a flat discount of Rs. 500 on the booking amount. 

PROMO CODE: CCHPRM
Value: Rs. 500 Off on Booking Amount
Valid Till: 14 Dec 2014


JetAirways (#OnCloud9W)
On 26th Nov’14, Jet Airways launched a contest with Grand Prizes including A Trip 2 Paris for couple including all the expenses, 14 minutes free shopping worth Rs. 2.5 lacs and 10 Free Tickets of domestic flights.

KindlePaperWhite (#WinGOSF14)           
Amazon organized a simple Kindle PaperWhite #WinGOSF14 Contest on 27th Nov 2014.

Micromax (#NowEveryoneCan , #WinGOSF14)
Micromax ran a content on 28th Nov 2014 to win a chance of 14 Minutes Free Shopping worth Rs. 250,000/-
I also participated in the contest. Check out my tweets on twitter.com/nehaagarwal802 J
Crossing my fingers.. Hope I win. :D

HP (#WinGOSF14 , #BendtheRules)
HP is doing a contest today (29 Nov 2014) around HP Pavilion x360 where you need to answer few easy questions based on clues given and you can win a chance of 14 Minutes Free Shopping up to Rs. 2 Lakhs.
Hurry up, Participate in HP GOSF 2014 Contest now!






GOSF Pre-Party - 14 Brands that Partnered with Google for GOSF 2014
Date
Brand
Hashtags
Contest Details
Contest Link
25-Nov
Asian Paints
#WinGOSF14
1) 50% discount on exlusive range of Asian Paints color books!                                             2) Book an appointment with Asian Paints Color Consultant and enjoy a flat discount of Rs. 500 on the booking amount.
http://bit.ly/1B1qiWy
26-Nov
Jet Airways
#WinGOSF14 , #OnCloud9W
Jet Airways launched a contest with Grand Prizes including A Trip 2 Paris for couple including all the expenses, 14 minutes free shopping worth Rs. 2.5 lacs and 10 Free Tickets of domestic flights.
http://bit.ly/1yaocA7
27-Nov
Kindle PaperWhite
#WinGOSF14
Amazon organized a simple Kindle PaperWhite #WinGOSF14 Contest on 27th Nov 2014.
http://bit.ly/1w3iXnL
28-Nov
Micromax
(#NowEveryoneCan , #WinGOSF14
Micromax ran a content on 28th Nov 2014 to win a chance of 14 Minutes Free Shopping worth Rs. 250,000/-
http://bit.ly/1vvzSh8
29-Nov
HP
#WinGOSF14 , #BendtheRules
HP is doing a contest today (29 Nov 2014) around HP Pavilion x360 where you need to answer few easy questions based on clues given and you can win a chance of 14 Minutes Free Shopping up to Rs. 2 Lakhs.
http://bit.ly/1FFfBZz
30-Nov
AskMe
#MyAskMeSelfie
Upload your Selfie using #MyAskmeSelfie & #WinGOSF14 on 30th Nov & win big!
http://bit.ly/1A10h6t
1-Dec
Craftsvilla.com
#craftsvillagosf, #WinGOSF14
Tweet your favorite product on Craftsvilla along with the hashtags and stand a chance to win 14 Minutes of Free Shopping during GOSF
http://bit.ly/1FGBSEs
2-Dec
Ezeego
#WinGOSF14
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3-Dec
Goibibo.com
#WinGOSF14
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4-Dec
Big Bazaar
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5-Dec
Koovs
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6-Dec
Trendin.com
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7-Dec
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