Amazon Alexa is now updated with the latest COVID-19 related features for Indian users. In 2020, Alexa was able to share information about COVID-19 related symptoms and cases in India, to name a few. Now, Alexa will be able to provide information about testing and vaccination centres, as well as information on vaccination availability, COVID-19 helpline numbers, details to contribute towards COVID-19 relief, and much more. The information is sourced from CoWIN portal, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website as well as MapmyIndia.
Here is all the new COVID-19 related information available on Alexa in India:
Ask for nearest COVID-19 testing centres
Alexa with the help of MapmyIndia, can now help you find the nearest COVID-19 testing centre along with the travel distance. Get started by asking questions such as “Alexa, where can I get a COVID-19 test?”
Get information about nearest vaccination centres
Alexa can help you identify the closest COVID-19 vaccination centres where vaccines are available. Alexa recognizes your location from your device registration and provides a list of all the vaccination centres near you. You can use this information to time your visit to the CoWIN portal for booking an appointment. Just say, “Alexa, where can I get a COVID vaccine?”
Search vaccination centres for friends and family
If you want to search for vaccination centres near other pin codes then use the Vaccine Info Alexa skill. The skill will ask you for a pin code, as well as the age category to provide you with information. This can be extremely useful if you are helping friends and family book appointments. In case of unavailability of the vaccine, Alexa can also set a reminder to check with the skill if the vaccine is available the next day. Just say, “Alexa, open vaccine info.”
Get updated on the COVID vaccine completion rates
Alexa with the help of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, provides the latest updates on the COVID vaccine completion rates in India. To know how many people have been vaccinated so far just ask, “Alexa, how many people have been vaccinated in India?”
Get all your COVID vaccination related doubts cleared
Alexa will now answer all your queries related to vaccination. Not sure if the vaccination is safe? Or need to book a slot for vaccination? Just ask, “Alexa, is COVID vaccine safe?” or “Alexa, how can I register for COVID vaccine?” Alexa also provides the COVID helpline numbers in each state, just say, “Alexa, what is the COVID helpline number in Tamil Nadu?”
Donate for COVID welfare
Amazon has partnered with several NGOs such as Akshaya Patra, Give India and Goonj to make the process of donations easier. Just say, “Alexa, donate now’’ and Alexa will send an app notification and an SMS containing Amazon.in/donate link, where users can complete the transaction with their preferred NGO partner and the amount of their choice.
Grab New Realme Pad Now on Flipkart, Starting at 15,999
Realme announces the availability and sales date of its first-ever tablet, the realme Pad, an ultra-thin and light tablet with WUXGA+ display. Available in two trendsetting and unique colors of Real Grey and Real Gold, realme Pad is an ideal device which provides an opportunity to enjoy technology-connected life anywhere, anytime.
Available in two storage and connectivity variants for this sale – 3GB+32GB (Wi-Fi + 4G) and 4GB+64GB (Wi-Fi + 4G), realme Pad is priced at INR 15,999 and INR 17,999 respectively. This slim and stylish designed device will go on sale starting September 16, 2021, 12 noon onwards on realme.com, Flipkart & Mainline channels.
realme Pad is the slimmest WUXGA+ and marathoner Pad and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 gaming processor which is the most powerful chipset in this price segment and provides strong performance which will take the gaming experience to the next level. It comes with a 10.4-inches WUXGA+ (Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array Plus) full screen, up to 2000×1200 pixels screen resolution, and a screen-to-body ratio of 82.5%, for a more immersive viewing experience with crystal-clear details. realme Pad comes with a trend-setting ultra-slim metallic design body and is as thin as 6.9 millimetres and weighs only 440 grams.
Realme Pad is equipped with a 7100mAh large capacity battery for whole day endurance. It delivers power beyond expectations – enough for 65 days in standby or 12 straight hours of video viewing. It is equipped with an 18W quick charge, this is the fastest charging in this segment, for quickly recharging and it supports reverse charging too. On the camera part, it features an 8MP ultra-wide-angle front camera that takes clear and bright selfies and also features a 105° ultra-wide-angle which will let you capture more of your surroundings when you take a selfie or attend video conferences.
Realme Pad comes with the brand new realme UI for Pad based on Android 11, which is fun to use, feels smooth, and packs lots of amazing features, which makes it not only suitable for entertainment but to get some light work done too. It also features ‘Smart Connect’ which allows users to use your realme Band or Watch to unlock realme Pad instantly, and the option ‘Nearby Share’ allows users phones and tablets to share the files and images immediately. It also features Dolby Atmos® enabled Quad speakers and provides the best stereo surround sound and amazing sound quality in this segment. realme Pad is available in two eye-catching and quite unique colours – Real Grey and Real Gold.
Xiaomi’s Premium Products to be Renamed from ‘Mi’ to ‘Xiaomi’
Xiaomi India announced a refreshed visual identity for its premium range of products. With an aim to unify its global brand presence and close the perception gap between the brand, its premium “Mi” series products will now be replaced with the new “Xiaomi” logo.
With the new brand identity introduction, there will be two distinct product series under the parent corporate brand. The corporate brand will continue to be represented by the “Mi” logo. Continuing to convey the liveliness and youthfulness of Xiaomi, the company earlier this year had introduced some changes to its corporate logo, adopting a softer, rounder contour on the corners of the previously squared logo, along with a redesigned “Mi” typography.
The earlier “Mi” brand representing the pinnacle of technology and offering premium experience across categories will now be rebranded to the “Xiaomi” series. While “Redmi”, known for bringing breakthrough technology at an affordable price point, will continue with the same logo. The naming convention — Xiaomi and Redmi — will also be applied across both brands’ TV, Laptop, and IoT offerings.
Commenting on the announcement Jaskaran Singh Kapany, Head of Marketing, Xiaomi India, said, “As a consumer-centric brand, our focus has always been on bringing new and innovative technology across segments that cater to the consumers evolving needs. We have been receiving an excellent response for our premium product range from consumers and Xiaomi fans. According to CounterPoint in May 2021, Xiaomi India captured ~14% market share in the 20K-45K category. This empowered us to push the boundaries of technology and innovation further to elevate the consumer experience.”
“Being a leading technology brand with a strong presence across the globe, our aim is to have a unified presence. With this new logo shift, we envision bridging the perception gap between our brand and products. The new Xiaomi logo will be used for our premium products that represent the pinnacle of technology and offer a premium experience. Ushering in the festive season, Xiaomi’s premium product series ‘Mi’ will be renamed to ‘Xiaomi’”. “
With a clear focus on providing innovation for all and expanding the presence to premium users, this new identity will propel Xiaomi forward in the upcoming years.
Explore Professional Grade Sports Products at Amazon ‘Professional Sports Store’
Amazon.in announced the launch of the ‘Professional Sports Store’ which brings the best-in-class premium experience to customers through a curated selection of professional grade products. Customers can look forward to shop from brands such as Yonex, Nivia, Wilson, Speedo, Hero, Firefox, New Balance and many other.
Customers can choose from an array of options ranging from badminton racquets, cricket bats, basketballs, footballs, tennis balls, bicycles, swim wear and much more from the comfort of their homes. The store will also help customers upgrade their playing level by providing the necessary information to find the right sporting gear through buying guides, detailed information and tips and tricks from sports enthusiasts.
Here are some picks from Amazon.in’s Professional Sports Store. All offers & deals are from participating sellers.
For Cricket Professionals
New Balance DC 480 Kashmir-Willow Cricket Bat with Bat Cover: The bat comes with Singapore cane handle and a grip to hold the bat firmly along with rubber toe guard for defense against moisture. It is designed and shaped with large edges and sweet spot for providing maximum acceleration to ball with minimum jarring of the hands and forearms. It is ideal for teens/adults; and suitable to play with leather balls. Get this on Amazon only for INR 2,607.
Nivia Engraver Basketball: Red colored basketball, that is suitable for indoors, and ideal for training/match. The material comprises of rubber and the core/bladder material is latex. It comes with machine stitched construction type, and 14 panel. The ball is waterproof, and suitable for hard surface, wooden flooring & indoor synthetic surface. Get this for INR 562.00 – INR 1,999.00.
Nivia Shining Star Football: Latex bladder offers optimum air retention and high bounce, 32 panel stitched construction. The ball is easy to control – also under wet and moist conditions. It is a match ball for hard and rough surfaces. It comes with rubber bonded fabric lamination. You can get this for INR 799.
Wilson Championship Tennis Ball: It has optivis felt as material type and contains 3 balls. The ball has excellent performance and durability on all court surface types. You can get this for INR 420.
DONIC Waldner 700 Table Tennis Bat: The DONIC 2.0 mm comes in wooden material, the bat has an adjustable balance point and an ergonomic handle which fits anatomically perfect to the hand. Get this for INR 1,383.
Li-Ning Windstorm-72 Carbon-Fiber Badminton Racquet (Black/Gold): Li-Ning Windstorm-72 Carbon-Fiber Racquet available in black and gold is a perfect fit for you if you’re a budding badminton player. Available for INR 8,762.
Yonex Voltric Z Force II Professional Badminton Racquet with free Full Cover – This badminton racquet features the thinnest ever shaft and improved tri-voltage system which boosts the smash energy. The single-pass grommet hole construction provides more grommet holes for a more high-performance stringing pattern. Invest in this ergonomically designed racquet from yonex and smash your way to victory and feel the adrenaline rush that befits a champion! Get this on Amazon for INR 10,479
Cycling, Swimming & More
Firefox Bikes Grunge – D, 27.5T Mountain Cycle (Black/Orange): This bicycle comes with an alloy disc brake which generates an incredible amount of stopping power, usually far more than is necessary to adequately stop a road bicycle. These bicycles are without derailleur gears, hub gearing or other methods for varying the gear ratio of the bicycle. While most fixed-gear bicycles are technically single speed, the term single-speed generally refers to a single gear ratio bicycle with a freewheel mechanism to allow it to coast. Get this on Amazon only for INR 13,049.
Hero Lectro Kinza 27.5T SS Single Speed Electric Cycle – 18″ Frame, 95% assembled (No-Cost EMI Available): Kinza electric bicycles are tailored to offer you a comfortable riding experience, and at the same time leave no footprint on the environment. This bike will ensure that you have a seamless experience while commuting on city roads as well as rough terrains. Kinza electric bikes are packed with inbuilt features and are bound to become your prized possession. The Kinza electric bicycle comes with a powerful motor which ensures that you have enough power back-up while commuting on tough terrains. The diameter of tires on the Kinza electric bike is of 27.5 inches. The stylish design, high quality components, and robust build on the Kinza electric bike will provide you with an amazing experience in your commute. Get this on Amazon for INR 24,999.
Speedo 811315B976 Blend Futura Biofuse Goggles (Black/Smoke): Whether you’re swimming for fitness or fun, Speedo goggle allows you to enjoy and get more from your swim. It provides ultimate comfort and make you feel confident in the water. Its flexible frame adapts to the contours of your face for an individual fit and strong internal frame is wrapped in a soft gel-like skin, ensuring stability on your face. It comes with anti-fog coated lens with UV protection. Get this for INR 1,703.
Speedo Unisex-Adult Silicon Flat Swimcap: Speedo’s swim caps are ideal for regular swimming and create a smooth, sleek outline in the water. Made from a wide range of materials so you can find the one that suits you best. It is designed for regular swim sessions and comfortable and easy to fit. The material silicone is durable for long lasting wear and won’t snag or pull hair. The cap also helps protect hair against chlorine. Get this on Amazon for INR 529.
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