Logitech Introduces World's First Wireless Charging Mousepad, Two New Gaming Mice

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  • Powerplay mousepad will continually charge your wireless mouse
  • Logitech G903 and G703 wireless gaming mouse also announced
  • Powerplay is will cost around $100 (roughly Rs. 6,433)

While we’ve been distracted by the benefits of wireless charging technology for smartphones, Logitech has found a very practical use for it in the form of a mousepad. The Logitech G Powerplay is the world’s first wireless charging system for gaming mice, which is being launched alongside two new flagship gaming mice Logitech G903 and G703. The Logitech Powerplay is priced around $100 (roughly Rs. 6,433) and will be available some time in August, while the Logitech G903 and G703 wireless gaming mice are priced at $150 (roughly Rs. 9,650) and $100, respectively and will be available in June. India pricing and availability are yet to be known.

Logitech Introduces World's First Wireless Charging Mousepad, Two New Gaming Mice

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, says that Powerplay is a departure from existing wireless charging standards and is designed to deliver uninterrupted charging over surface of the mousepad, which essentially means your wireless mouse will constantly be charged when in use. The wireless charging system uses an application of electromagnetic resonance that creates an energy field on the surface of the 275x320mm mousepad. Notably, the company also says that this will not hamper or cause any interference with the mouse’s functionality.

“For decades, we’ve pioneered development in wireless gaming, and our new Powerplay and Lightspeed wireless technologies continue this commitment to wireless superiority,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G. “With Powerplay, Lightspeed and our new G903 and G703 mice, you’ll get unbeatable precision, lag-free performance and infinite power, which gives gamers the highest-quality experience.”

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The new Powerplay mousepad is accompanied with two new wireless gaming mice, Logitech G903 and G703. Logitech says the mice come equipped with PMW3366 optical sensor which has zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000 DPI) for accurate tracking and consistent responsiveness, even at speeds over 400 IPS.

In terms of looks, the mice have a pretty intimidating body design with advanced mechanical button tensioning that give the left and right mouse buttons a good feel, response and consistency. The buttons are also more durable with up to 50 million click switches. Despite its solid feel, the mice have been designed to give a perfect grip, with rubber grips on either sides for greater control. Gamers can assign the buttons with custom game commands using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

Lastly, at the heart of both the Powerplay mousepad and the gaming mice is Logitech G’s Lightspeed wireless technology that delivers competition-level responsiveness at speeds faster than many competitive wired gaming mice.

Tinkle Magazine Goes Fortnightly, Introduces New Character 'Wai Knot'

Tinkle Magazine Goes Fortnightly, Introduces New Character 'Wai Knot'

  • Tinkle Monthly has been a fixture since its launch in 1980
  • It has launched its first fortnightly issue this July
  • It also introduced a new character, a kid from Bengaluru called Wai Knot

Tinkle Magazine has been a fixture in India since its launch in 1980. Along with Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle has long been one of the most famous and iconic Indian comic magazines, and characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu are instantly recognisable to many Indians. One thing that’s been a constant for the magazine is its monthly frequency, but the July issue of Tinkle brought a couple of surprises.

For one, Tinkle has announced its first fortnightly issue – the July 2016 issue. This should have come out at the start of the month, but apparently it got delayed due to some postal issues, and is arriving late. The second issue will arrive mid-July, a first for the magazine.

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As seen on the cover and Tinkle’s website, the new issue also introduces a new character, Wai Knot, a kid from Bengaluru who’s motto in life is, “don’t ask why, ask why not?”

Both Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle were founded by Anant Pai – who signed off as Uncle Pai – with ACK Media acquiring the magazine in 2007. The publisher has been active at Comic Con India and actively participated in comic culture in India, while also embracing technology to stay relevant in the modern era.

The company launched the ACK Comics app in 2014, with which you can read its various comics online, and Tinkle partnered with Blippar to release augmented reality comics as well.

The company now uses WhatsApp to hold contests for fans, and is focusing on digital media as a way of staying relevant without losing the iconic art and storytelling that makes it so recognisable, and it seems to be paying off with a shift from monthly to fortnightly issues, a sign of the increased popularity of the magazine.