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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Storage Issues while upgrading to macOS Big Sur: How to clean 'Other' storage in Catalina


Come September each year, Mac users around the world look forward to upgrading to the next upgrade to macOS. macOS Big Sur is the latest and 17th major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Catalina, it was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22, 2020, and was released to the public on November 12, 2020.

macOS Big Sur comes with a host of a new features that elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. It offers to experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Be it Safari update or discovering new features for Maps and Messages along with the transparency around your privacy, it is hard to ignore.

Also Read: COVID19 Special Tips & Tricks: 10 things to consider while buying a new laptop

Mac users have flocked to install this new upgrade (~12.23 GB) in size, only to realize that with great features comes the storage hungry requirement to install the same. If you are using MacBook air 2017 with 128 GB storage, you are fatally going to fall short of space to install it i.e. it requires close to 36 GB free space. For the 128 GB storage MacBook, this is a huge requirement to pass. This article is aimed to free-up space in your MacBook Air with 128 GB so that you can install the new upgrade at ease.


Tips to free space in MacBook for Big Sur installation: 

There are many articles to help you with the same online but most of them fail to offer a solution to free up “Other Storage”. We will try to address it.

STEP 1: For starters, please go through some of the preliminary steps mentioned at Apple Support Website: Click here

STEP 2: Download Avira Optimizer from the AppStore or directly from its website. The installation is fairly simple and so is the running of this application. This tool typically cleans your system in seconds to get rid of junk files and improve the performance of your Mac

     STEP 3: Emptying “Others Storage” from MacBook: This is the major process to clean & retrieve free space in your MacBook. We called Apple Help Desk and the steps mentioned here are as per them (SOP): 

i)            Install OmniDiskSweeper – This is an Apple-approved 3rd party tool that shows you the files on your drive, largest to smallest, and lets you quickly Trash or open them

ii)          Provide this tool full access to read & write your HDD/ Storage drives. You can provide the same by going to Settings -> Security & Privacy->Full Disk Access


iii)         Click the Lock Icon to unlock and checkmark Don’t forget to click the Lock Icon again to save the setting

           iv)         Run OmniDiskSweeper tool from Finder

v)          Select Macintosh HD (will be highlighted in blue) and Click Sweep “Macintosh HD” Drive


vi)         It will then start sizing the Harddisk (HDD) i.e. will flag which folder or files are occupying maximum size. Note – for 128 GB Harddisk, sizing process may take up to 10 min

vii)        You can go ahead and remove the Applications(Apps) simply by clicking and moving it to trash if you no longer need it.

viii)       We noticed, in our case about 65 GB was occupied by Apple Mail ( as we had configured a couple of email service providers like Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)

ix)         To delete the apple mail contents – just click on Users-> Your folder->Library->Mail-> Delete Content of Mail (For us now it is just 1.2 GB; it was earlier 65 GB)


x)          Close the OmniDiskSweeper and empty your Trash folder

xi)         Reboot your MacBook & Run Avira Optimizer again to remove any junk file


You will notice, that if you go to Systems->About Mac->Storage-> You have a huge free space available now

Hope you liked our solution and feel free to share your concerns with us if any. Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more exciting tips and tricks. 

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Decoding Nokia 43" Smart TV powered by JBL Audio, 4K UHD Display and built-in Chromecast

It’s raining smart TVs in India. Just few days ago, Realme launched it’s most affordable line of smart TV in India and now Nokia has launched smart TV 43-inch model. The new Nokia Smart TV 43-inch which had delayed launched due to COVD19 is made by Flipkart as part of a licensing agreement. In this post we would like to discuss some of its key highlights:

Key things to know about Nokia Smart TV (43 Inch):

Display: 43-inch 4K UHD (3,840x2,160 pixels) LED flat-screen display with 300 nits brightness, 60Hz refresh rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle

Audio: TV offers JBL Audio and Dolby Vision support. It has two speakers on board with 24W output, also provides DTS Trusurround support. 

Mirroring: Sports built-in Chromecast.

Also Read: Redmi Earbuds S - 10 Key Things To Know

OS: It runs on Android TV 9.0.

Processor: TV powered by the 2GHz CA53 quad-core processor, paired with 2.25GB of RAM and Mali450 quad-core GPU.

Storage: 16 GB.

Apps: Powered by GooglePlay, TV comes with inbuilt apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube.

Connectivity: TV offers three HDMI ports, two USB ports, a digital audio output, RF connectivity input, and an analog audio input. It also supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. 

Remote:  Comes with Google Assistant support.

Also read: Samsung Launches Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 Smartphone: Should you buy it?

Other features: TV includes MEMC technology for smooth frame-to-frame transactions.
Pricing: Television is priced at ₹ 31,999 in India and will be available exclusively by Flipkart.


Nokia products are known for their durability. It is a well-established brand. Though from the pricing point, it may complete with Realme & Redmi TV directly. Since the TV comes with bundled offers such as six months of youtube premium, additional discounts on various credit cards with easy EMIs, it will surely sweeten the deal. 
For those who are looking for a Chinese brand alternative, this Finnish TV will not disappoint you at all.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Samsung Launches Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 Smartphone: Should you buy it?

Looking for a replacement for Chinese mobile phone brand in India, we have some good news on that front. South Korean Samsung mobiles have just launched latest budget phones viz. Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M01. Let’s quickly decode for you what’s in it’s hood and does it really meet the benchmarks of a budget phone.

Decoding Galaxy M11 vs. Galaxy M01:

Galaxy M11 comes with a hole-punch display design and features a triple rear camera setup. It sports a 6.4-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) Infinity-O Display panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Galaxy M01 has a waterdrop-style display and includes dual rear cameras. It features a 5.71-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) TFT Infinity-V Display panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Galaxy M11 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, coupled with 3GB and 4GB RAM options.

Galaxy M01 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series - 10 Things You Didn't Know About

Galaxy M11 is loaded with triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor with an f/1.8 lens, 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. The phone also has an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front, along with an f/2.0 lens.

Galaxy M01 on other hand comes with the dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 lens. The phone also has a 5-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front, along with an f/2.2 lens.

Samsung Galaxy M11 has 32GB and 64GB storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

Samsung Galaxy M01 has 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

Also Read: Redmi Earbuds S - 10 Key Things To Know

Samsung Galaxy M11 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M01 packs a 4,000mAh battery that doesn't support fast charging.

Operating System:
Both phones run Android 10 along with One UI and have Dolby Atmos support.

Other features:
Samsung Galaxy M11 offers connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone embeds array of sensors like accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. Phone also sports a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device.

Samsung Galaxy M01 on other hand offers connectivity options that include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This smartphone misses on fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy M11 price in India starts at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. The phone also comes in 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option at Rs. 12,999.

Samsung Galaxy M01 price is set at Rs. 8,999 for the single, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option.

Where to buy:

The Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M01 will be available for purchase in the India via Amazon, Flipkart, Samsung India eStore, and other major e-retailers.

Overall Verdict:

These two new launches from Samsung will definitely catch eyes of Indians who are looking to move away from Chinese branded mobile due to the current sentiments. The phone are competitively priced and Samsung surely scores a point over customer services and durability of their products. If you are looking for a modestly priced phone below Rs. 15000, we give these phones a thumbs-up.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Redmi Earbuds S - 10 Key Things To Know

Xiaomi India has finally introduced much awaited the Redmi Earbuds S in India. Priced competitively at Rs. 1,799, the Earbuds S are surely an inexpensive pair of true wireless earphones which may appeal & will be accessible to the masses. 

Let us share 10 interesting things about Redmi Earbuds S:
  1. It features Bluetooth 5.0 for better connectivity.
  2. Redmi Earbuds S go on sale for the first time on May 27, and will be available to buy via Amazon India,, Mi Home stores, and Mi Studio outlets
  3. This is an Indian version of the Redmi AirDots S that were launched in China back in April.
  4. With no strings attached, Earbuds offer the basics of true wireless stereo sound.
  5. Buds sports a total of three pairs of silicone ear tips for a customisable fit.
  6. Redmi Earbuds S use 7.2mm drivers, and are IPX4-rated for water resistance.
  7. Buds weigh just 4.1g each, making these among the lightest true wireless earphones available in Indian markets today.
  8. The Redmi Earbuds S leverages the SBC codec, and also support a low-latency mode which is useful when gaming on a smartphone.
  9. The Earbuds provide four hours per charge ; when complemented with the additional charges provided by the charging case, up to 12 hours of use can be expected.Earbuds are currently available in a black color only.
  10. It features Bluetooth 5.0 for better connectivity. 

      Overall Verdict:

Aggressive product from Mi which is going to compete directly with likes of RealMe (Buds Air Neo), Noise, Boat, and others but at this competitive pricing, MI Air Buds S might just take a lead.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series - 10 Things You Didn't Know About

Much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series cellphone could sport a 16GB RAM and may become standard variant for both Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20+. Samsung is believed to have kicked off mass production of the 16GB RAM earlier this year. Let’s share the top 10 key highlights of Note 20.

Key Highlights:

1. Galaxy Note 20 series will showcase QHD display with 120Hz refresh-rate supporting screen, with the variable refresh rate leading to less drainage of battery.

2. Note 20 series could be offered with Exynos or Snapdragon 865 chipset contingent to the market where it will be launched.

3. Even though Exynos processors have struggled to compete with likes of Snapdragon however new Exynos 992 will likely fill the gap in performance.

4. The new Exynos processor will be based on the 6nm architecture, that will be significantly more efficient than the 7nm architecture used on the Samsung Exynos 990 chipset.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may feature a 4,000mAh battery, something which is not a major push.

Also Read: Redmi Earbuds S - 10 Key Things To Know

6. Note 20 could feature new set of cameras at the back, but no details have been shared as of now.

7. New fingerprint sensing tech will be introduced i.e. Qualcomm’s second-gen 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader which can read two fingerprints at the same time.

8. Expect a 6.42-inch display on the Galaxy Note 20 and a 6.87-inch screen on the Note 20 Plus.

9. On the resolution front, the Galaxy Note 20 is tipped to have a 2345 x 1084 AMOLED screen, while the Note 20 Plus will pack 3096 x 1444 pixels.

10. The price for this phone may be in north of $1000.

Hope you liked our post, do share your comments & feedback with us. Stay tuned to ReviewsToday for more upcoming launches. Stay Safe, Maintain Social Distancing!

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID19 Special: Top 5 Best Antivirus Providers of 2020

COVID19 has resulted in unprecedented challenges around the world especially with many countries implementing restrictions on movements & lockdown. Many employees, especially in IT/ITES sectors are suddenly activating BCP modes and are working from home indefinitely. Those who are self-employed and are heavily dependent on internet for their businesses are wondering how they can safeguard their system. The cybercrime in these pandemics has gone up several folds. Ensuring your devices are equipped with a trusted Antivirus is more critical than ever in 2020. Whether be it personal data security, or many viruses/trojans affecting thousands of users worldwide, it’s inevitable that you must choose the right antivirus for your system. Nothing to panic, our tips and recommendation will ensure you have the right AV to safeguard your devices.

Rank 1: TotalAV


  •  Rated #1 Antivirus Provider 2020
  •  Removes Viruses, Adware & Malware
  •  Includes Safe-Browsing Tools
  •  Simple-to-use Application


Ratings> Security: 4/5 Features: 5/5 Price: FREE

Rank 2: McAfee

  • One of the most trusted around
  • Includes advanced anti-spam technology
  • 39-Time award winning product
  • Includes internet security

Rating> Security: 3/5 Features: 5/5 Price: Rs 1,499

Rank 3: Norton by Symantec


  • Multi-Level plans available
  • Well-Known antivirus has sold millions
  • Triple layer ransomware encryption
  • Family browsing safety tools included

Rating> Security: 3/5 Features: 4/5 Price: Rs. 899 onwards

Rank 4: PCProtect

  • Complete protection suite included in plans
  • Excellent price for all features
  • Includes the smartphone & tablet protection
  • Trusted virus blocking technology

Rating> Security: 4/5 Features: 3/5 Price: FREE

Rank 5: Kaspersky

  • More than 20 Years experience
  • Superior 24/7 customer support
  • Trustworthy & reputed
  • Apt for home users

Rating> Security: 4/5 Features: 3/5 Price: Rs. 899 onwards 

There is a lot to choose from, however we feel these antivirus options are amongst top 5. If you have other recommendations or suggestions, drop us a quick note. 

Stay safe, fit & secured! 

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

COVID19 Special: Air-travel Tips for Parents / Mothers travelling with little ones 3 and below

India is world’s most fastest growing market. It will become 3rd largest aviation market by mid-2020 as per IATA and will dethrone UK. The general thumb rule around the world is that when people can afford to buy an airplane ticket, they fly. And more people today in India can afford to fly. And this number will only increase. And many of fliers are actually first timers in India. While first flying experience can be enthralling  and exhilarating but not all especially if you are new mom. In this post we shall cover some of the flying tips for new mommies which is going to make their travel along with their little ones pleasurable & full-filling. The tips are exclusively sourced from female aviator / pilot Rashi Joshi ( & guest writer of this blog.

Tips & Trick for Air Travel for Parents / Mothers travelling with little ones 3 and below 

Prep Before flight!

a) Airline policies on seats may vary from carriers to carriers but make sure you have seats for all (three/four) of you, you don’t want to risk getting offloaded because there aren’t any seats available.

b) Call the call center & check with them.

c) Car seat, if not a part of the stroller need not be carried, not sure about your bassinet & it’s size, check with call center.

d) Be prepared to get the child out of the bassinet EVERY TIME the seat belt signs are on, for safety reasons.

e) If the front seats aren’t available ask for the middle row (Wide body, long flights). The 3 or 4 seats one.

f) Ask passengers for help if needed. Some crew/passengers are nice to Help out with holding baby & all that, if you are okay with that(ins: follow your GUT FEELING).

g) Book your meals before the flight if you have special requests. This can be done at the time of your booking or by travel agent or upto 24 hrs prior to your flight in some airlines.

h) Carry enough formula for the flight plus 3-4 hours of Grace period. Someone recently ran out of it in flight & then a lovely crew breast fed the baby, thank god. But you don’t want to end up anywhere near such a situation.

i) The water from the water boiler is safe for kids but verify if it is are safe for infants.

j) Check with the airport before your flight if you can carry any water for your baby’s consumption & how much.

k) Carry a flask if needed so you can always fill it at cafe’s or restaurants at the airport after security. (Coffee shops with huge coffee machine are the best.)

l) Try to not let them sleep at home before flight if you haven’t booked the flight during their sleep timing.

m) Make them play and let them be a bit cranky before flight so they sleep through as much.

n) Carry atleast 3-4 sets or more of clothes for him, diapers etc & 2 changes for you. Wear the most comfy clothes you can find for yourself & them. Pajamas are the best.

o) If your feet swell up on long flights carry compression socks for yourself. Easily available in big pharmacies.

p) Carry snacks because the long flights only serve main meals & some small nuts/sandwich etc in between & you’ll be hungry if you’re feeding or pumping.

q) You can carry bread butter/cheese, nuts, whole fruit, healthy bars etc. Carry your own blanket for him & a pillow for yourself because god knows how dirty the inflight ones are.

r) All of your handbags should be only consisting of things for him & small items for you guys but nothing too bulky.

For the FLIGHT itself! 

a) Use all special assistance you need, don't wait in security lines and ask for special help whenever needed. Do not feel bad whatsoever. You have a child. You have the right.

b) Carry dry cotton swabs for his ears if needed.

c) Board not too early or late, wait outside boarding gate, because cramped spaces might make you & him cranky but have enough time to settle.

d) Ask for infant seat belt & life vest from the crew (per child).

e) During take off/landing, hold the child in your lap in their standing position properly with seat belt on, don't make him sleep or sit in any other positions. Like he facing forward on your tummy or as instructed by your cabin crew.

f) Keep a toy, a feed, pacifier & a cloth before take off/ldg because you are strapped in the front seat and can’t get up to get things or have any bag in front of you for safety reasons.

g) When plane is about to descend ( pilot will make announcements that we are soon going to reach the destination, it means they are descending), air pressure will make their ears hurt, so to avoid that immediately give him a pacifier or bottle or your feed.

h) Their jaws should keep moving throughout so ears don't get blocked. Let him keep sucking/moving the jaw until landing.

i) Take as much help as required from the crew or passengers as we mentioned. Don’t hesitate at all or feel bad. At all.


j) Listen to safety instructions in the flight. Specially because now you have a child with you. It’s different for them in emergencies. We wish, pray and hope you don’t need them ever!

k) And most of all. Don’t stress. You stress, they’ll stress & so will the spouse. Clear calm mind makes better decisions. Don’t panic at the drop of a hat. If something unfortunate happens during travel you just got to find a way to deal with it. Stressing only makes it worst.

Hope you liked our post, You’ll be good so don’t worry much! Go with a calm mind & a good nights sleep. All the best & safe travels always!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

All new 2018 Hyundai Santro Launched Starting ₹ 3.89 lakh | Know 10 Key Things

Much anticipated 2018 Hyundai Santro has finally been launched in India with the price tag starting at ₹ 3.89 lakh for the base D-Lite variant and going up to ₹ 5.45 lakh for the top end-loaded Asta variant. Interesting the Sportz CNG variant is the most expensive at ₹ 5.64 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India). 

Also Read: These are the upcoming Cars & SUVs in Diwali & Christmas

The key aspect about the all-new Hyundai Santro has remained its design. Hyundai states that new Santro is a tall-boy design however the overall angular proportions will flabbergast many. The amount of space and specially the headroom is quite impressive. Let's decode the car in quick 30 seconds.

Know 10 Key Things About New Hyundai Santro 2018 Edition:

1) New Santro is angular in the front while the rear looks nice edgy. 

2) The front fascia gets a smiling wide cascade shaped chrome fringed grille with horizontal slats. 

3) The bonnet is well sculpted with subtle muscular lines on either sides followed by a c-shaped profiling on the side adjoining the front door and the fender.

4) The floating beltline elegantly tapers after the front door and runs through the c-pillar. At an entry level hatch, Santro is not offering fancy fitments like LED DRLs and alloy wheels however it still compliments well with its all new halogen headlamps as standard and 14-inch steel wheels. 

5) The new Santro is powered by all new 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 68 bhp and 99 Nm of peak torque and is coupled to a five-speed gearbox as standard. There is also a CNG version on offer where the engine will pump 59 bhp and deliver a fuel mileage of 30.48 km/kg, the petrol variant offers 20.3 kmpl.

Also Read: This is best compact SUV of India in 2018. 

6) The new Santro is 45 mm longer than it's older generation and has a wheelbase of 3610 mm.

7) Interiors are all new and Hyundai has upped the game by adding a rear air-con vent in the Santro which is uncommon for an entry level car and none of the competitors offer it currently.

8) Even cabin of the new Santro feels plush by segment standard and offers best-in-class legroom at the rear.

9) The major USP of the new Santro is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is equipped with smart phone connectivity and supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto. 

10) Santro will offer side airbags as standard while dual airbags are available on the higher variants and the seat belt with pre-tensioners and ABS with EBD are standard across variants. 

Key Metrics: 

General Observation & Verdict:

In the marketplace, the new Hyundai Santro will clash with the Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid 1.0, Datsun Redi-Go 1.0, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Wagon to name few. We think the pricing is the key which Hyundai has kept quite competitive.

We rate this hatch 4.3 out of 5.

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