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What Is a Smart Plug?

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Smart plugs make any appliance or device smarter by allowing you to control them remotely. You can track energy consumption, schedule when a device turns on and off, and control it with your voice.

What Does a Smart Plug Do?

A smart plug is far more than just a plug. It’s more of a smart home device than a typical electrical outlet. But although smart plugs are more convenient than regular power plugs, their features are limited compared to other smart devices.

Many smart plugs can track the amount of electricity that appliances and other devices use. In the respective app to control the smart plug, you can view reports displaying the amount of energy used during specific dates.

Smart plug energy consumption report

You can turn smart plugs on and off by voice if they’re compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Google Home, or IFTTT (a platform that allows you to control services such as Alexa and Google Assistant better).

You can also schedule smart plugs to turn on and off during set times. This feature is incredibly valuable because there are many practical ways to use it. The perfect example would be setting a schedule to turn off the air conditioner two hours after you go to sleep to save on electricity. There are many other useful ways to use the scheduling feature, too. We’ll discuss them below.

You can find large smart plugs, such as the Gosund Wall Outlet, that provide additional ports for your appliances. With a plug this big, you can turn multiple appliances into smarter ones.

How Do Smart Plugs Work?

Smart plugs let you schedule power on and off and control an outlet with an app—or with your voice. Your smart plug might also monitor and display energy use, depending on the one that you choose.

When you set up a smart plug, it will be registered in the manufacturer’s app. And with the app, you can control the plug on your phone. Once you plug an appliance into the smart plug, you can now control it like a smart device.

If your smart plug is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit, or IFTTT, you can pair the plug with them to control it by voice using Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.

This gives you more convenience, as you won’t need to lift a finger to turn an appliance on or off.

Even if you’re not home, you can still control your smart plug on your phone as long as both your plug and phone are connected to the internet.

How to Control Smart Plugs

There are three methods of controlling your smart plugs.

The first method is by using the manufacturer’s app. This is the app that you need to install on your phone when you’re setting up the plug. You can usually find the app’s name by looking at the packaging or product description of the plug.

Once you open the manufacturer’s app, set up your smart plug by following the instructions in the app. Keep in mind that the process will vary from app to app—in case you’re following a video tutorial.

After setting up the smart plug, you can turn it on and off in its app. Using the app, you can also create a schedule for it to operate on.

Smart plug turning on or off in app

The second method of controlling your smart plugs is through voice commands. The smart plug needs to be compatible with a voice assistant such as Alexa or Google Assistant.

You then need to pair the smart plug with the respective voice assistant. The voice assistant’s app, such as the Alexa app, will guide you through pairing your smart plug.

Once it’s paired, you can control your smart plug using your voice assistant’s commands.

For example, “Alexa, turn on [smartplug name].”

The last method of controlling a smart plug is the conventional way—by physically pressing the on or off button (if it has one) or unplugging it. Although this defeats the whole purpose of the “smart” aspect, it’s mandatory whenever your internet shuts off.

What Smart Plugs Are Useful for

Even though smart plug features are limited, there are countless ways to make them useful. Here are some practical ways to use your smart plugs:

  • Turning off in groups when not in use: Every appliance that’s plugged into an outlet continues to use energy even when powered off. You need to completely unplug them to save on electricity. You can group smart plugs and turn all of them off at once—which is great for lights, TVs, and chargers.
  • Scheduling your daily routine: You can schedule smart plugs to help you with your daily routine. An example of this would be scheduling your coffee maker to turn on when you wake up. Think about everything that you can schedule that could make your life a little easier.
  • Turning on lights when you’re away from home: To deter thieves from breaking into your home at night, you can create a schedule to turn on lamps and other lights around your home.
  • Turning on appliances without getting up: Using the app or by voice, you can turn on the TV, fan, heater, nightlight, and Christmas tree without getting up—making your life a little easier.
  • Turning appliances off as a safety check: Suppose that you plug potentially dangerous appliances, such as ovens, curling irons, and hair straighteners into smart plugs. You could make sure that you’ve turned them off at any time, which can give you peace of mind if you were unsure.
  • Monitoring energy consumption: Many smart plugs allow you to track the energy consumption of any appliance or device. Use the reports to make energy-efficient decisions or upgrades.

Smart plugs are inexpensive, so it’s easy to buy one—or more—to try out if you’re interested. Here are our top recommended smart plugs.

The Best Smart Plugs of 2022

Wyze Plug, 2.4GHz WiFi Smart Plug, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, No Hub Required, Two-Pack, White

Wyze Smart Plug

Wyze Outdoor Smart Plug

Best Amazon Alexa Smart Plug

Amazon Smart Plug, for home automation, Works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device

Best Google Assistant Smart Plug

Kasa Smart Plug HS103P2, Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control,15 Amp,UL Certified, 2-Pack White

Best Apple HomeKit Smart Plug

Wemo Smart Plug (Simple Setup Smart Outlet for Smart Home, Control Lights and Devices Remotely Works w/Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit)(Pack of 1)


Read Now: Best phones under Rs 40,000 (May 2023): OnePlus 11R 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G to iQOO 9 5G – 101 Latest News



Best phones under Rs 40,000 (May 2023): OnePlus 11R 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G to iQOO 9 5G

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There were quite a few handsets vying for a slot on our sub-40K list of phones this month. After much deliberation, we have shortlisted five. This budget gives you access to some premium features like flagship-grade processors, high quality cameras with OIS, excellent high refresh rate displays and more. You get phones suitable for gamers as well as photography enthusiasts in this budget. So let’s take a look at the best options you can get your hands on under Rs 40,000 this May.

Best phones to buy under Rs 40,000 in India

OnePlus 11R 5G
OnePlus had a strong start to the year courtesy of the launch of the OnePlus 11 series. While the flagship OnePlus 11 5G is loaded with more bells and whistles, the more affordable 11R 5G is no pushover either, and borrows a lot of goodness from its more premium sibling including the design. This stylish phone looks just like the 11 5G from the front and back, barring the placement of the front camera and a missing Hasselblad logo at the back.

The OnePlus 11R has a curved display too, measuring 6.74-inch with an unusual (higher than Full HD) resolution of 2772 x 1240 pixels. You get a standard Fluid AMOLED display here instead of the more premium LTPO3 variant on the 11. This HDR10+ compliant screen supports 10-bit colour, 120 Hz refresh rate and can get up to 1450 nits bright. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, and you get its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage variant in this budget.

The 50MP primary camera with OIS but without Hasselblad’s colour tuning is quite impressive and does most of the heavy lifting. The support cast is modest with an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera. There’s a 16MP selfie camera too. Its 5000 mAh battery can last for a day and a half of moderate use, and the bundled 100W charger promises to juice it up in just 25 minutes. The phone runs OxygenOS 13 based on Android 13 and one can expect several OS and security updates going forward.

OnePlus 11R 5G price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G seems to have received further price cuts and you can now get it under 35K. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s previous flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which is still extremely powerful, and comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Its 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED screen flaunts a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and can display over a billion colours. You get Corning Gorilla Glass protection against scratches at the front and back.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G

The photography department on the Motorola Edge 30 Pro is impressive too, starting with a 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and another 50MP camera for ultra-wide photography; there’s a 2MP depth sensor too. The 60MP front camera is bound to impress the selfie crowds. This phone has a 4800 mAh battery that comfortably lasts close to a day and a half of moderate use and supports 68W fast charging as well as 15W fast wireless charging. This phone launched with Android 12, and an Android 13 update has started rolling out. Like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock user interface.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 34,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is another great option in this budget. This phone has a sleek design and also flaunts an IP68 rating for dust and fluid resistance. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with HDR10+ compliance, 120 Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip which can be found in several premium phones from the company. You can get its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage variant in this budget. The phone launched with Android 12, and is upgradeable to Android 13 with Samsung’s One UI 5.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Photography department on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G consists of three cameras at the back starting with a 12MP primary camera with OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with 123 degrees FOV and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS that provides 3X optical zoom. The camera performance is impressive with excellent detail and wide dynamic range, and with a strong low light performance too. A 4500 mAh battery keeps the phone running for close to a day and a half of moderate use and supports wireless charging as well.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

iQOO 9 5G
The iQOO 9 5G is for those looking for a solid camera phone with ample storage under 40K. It is powered by Qualcomm’s earlier flagship Snapdragon 888+ chip, and you get its 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage variant in this budget. Its 6.56-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display has 120Hz refresh rate and can display a billion colour shades. The phone launched with Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12, and the company released an Android 13 update for the phone a few months ago. One can expect more software updates for this device in the future.


The rear camera department here is quite versatile too. You get a 48MP primary camera with Gimbal stabilisation, accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 13MP 50 mm professional portrait camera for great portrait shots. The 16MP front camera is more than handy for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 5G has a 4350 mAh battery that can last over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 120W fast charger claims to charge it fully in just 18 minutes.

iQOO 9 5G price in India: Rs 37,990 for 12GB RAM/256GB storage

Asus ROG Phone 5s
Here is a surprise entrant in this list. A relatively old phone but still highly relevant for mobile gamers, and certainly a very interesting option at this price point. We are talking about the Asus ROG Phone 5s. Other than powerful processing hardware, the phone has several optimisations and enhancements to give gamers an immersive gaming experience. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC which is still fairly powerful for gaming, and you get 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage to go with it.

Asus ROG Phone 5s

Its large 6.78-inch Full HD+ 10-bit AMOLED display has a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and can get up to 1200 nits bright. This phone is targeted primarily at mobile gamers, but it can handle photography reasonably well, courtesy of a 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP macro camera. The Asus ROG Phone 5s has a large 6000 mAh battery for long gaming sessions, and the bundled 65W fast charger can recharge it briskly. This phone launched with Android 11 and Asus’ ROG UI, and a stable Android 13 update has started rolling out recently.

Asus ROG Phone 5s price in India: Rs 39,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

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Read Now: Blade Runner Show Possibly Delayed a Full Year as Companies Refuse to Pay Writers – 101 Latest News



Blade Runner Show Possibly Delayed a Full Year as Companies Refuse to Pay Writers

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You can now add the upcoming Blade Runner 2099 TV show to the list of shows impacted by the Writers Strike.

According to the BBC, the Prime Video series was set to start shooting at Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland. The ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America also affects writers whose shows or films are filming outside of the US, such as 2099. And even though it hasn’t even been a full month since the strike started, the sci-fi series may not end up starting up production again until spring 2024.

Speaking to the outlet, Northern Ireland Screen (the country’s national screen agency) said it was “extremely disappointed” by production being halted. Its CEO Richard Williams added that the company “hope a fair deal is reached soon so crew can get back to work.” In the meantime, NI Screen plans to find something else to take up 2099’s production schedule, while being mindful that “many freelance crew and supply chain companies were relying on this project for work in the months ahead.”

Blade Runner 2099 was officially picked up by Prime Video last September as a limited series with original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott on hand as an executive producer. We know that it’s set 50 years after 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, but details on the show have otherwise been basically nonexistent. The biggest piece of recent news was back in March, with Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer reportedly in talks to star.

The news of 2099’s production being halted comes not long after Marvel Studios decided to kill production for both Thunderbolts and Wonder Man for the foreseeable future. Countless other films and shows have stopped production in the month of May as a result of picketing writers, which has to be a blow felt by all the companies as solidarity for the writers grows and the WGA may not be the only ones picketing for better pay and profits from streaming services.

Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about the future of Doctor Who.

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Read Now: Watch this Nvidia demo and imagine actually speaking to AI game characters – 101 Latest News



Watch this Nvidia demo and imagine actually speaking to AI game characters

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At Computex 2023 in Taipei, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang just gave the world a glimpse of what it might be like when gaming and AI collide — with a graphically breathtaking rendering of a cyberpunk ramen shop where you can actually talk to the proprietor.

Seriously, instead of clicking on dialogue options, it imagines you could hold down a button, just say something with your own voice, and get an answer from a video game character. Nvidia’s calling it a “peek at the future of games.”

Unfortunately, the actual dialogue leaves a lot to be desired — maybe try GPT-4 or Sudowrite next time, Nvidia?

Here’s the entire conversation I hastily transcribed:

Player: Hey Jin, how are you?

Jin: Unfortunately not so good.

How come?

I am worried about…

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