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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows 10 S Can Now Be Installed on Any PC With New Tool 

    Highlights Microsoft is making it easier to try Windows 10 S Insiders can now test Windows 10 S on their machines Microsoft announced Windows 10 S earlier this year

    As Microsoft works to extend the reach of Windows 10 S, an additional education-focused variant of its desktop operating system that it announced three months ago, the company is now looking at enthusiast Insiders to further fuel the growth.

    Microsoft has released an installation tool that any user who has signed up for the Insider program can download and give Windows 10 S operating system a whirl on their regular machines, the company announced on the sidelines of release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16273 for PC.

    There is a catch, however. Only users of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise versions can avail this new option, the company said in a note. Installing Windows 10 S from this tool will also replace the existing operating system on their machines, it added.

    Additionally, Microsoft is also allowing Windows 10 S users to test out the Insider program on their machines. Introduced in 2014, Insider Preview program allow users to test out various beta versions of Windows operating system. While those versions tend to be less stable, the Insiders – those who sign up for the Insider Preview program – are able to test out new features before others while also providing feedback. By the time Microsoft officially introduced Windows 10 for general public in 2015, there were already more than five million Insiders who had been actively testing beta versions of Windows 10 on their machines.

    Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s newest attempt to bolster the security on its desktop operating system, in the context of educational and other institutions. Windows 10 S users cannot install applications from unauthorised sources and have to rely completely on the set of apps available through Windows 10 S app store. This prevents them from sideloading apps, a restriction that has proven beneficial from the security standpoint.

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    Tags: Microsoft, Operating System, Windows 10 S, Windows Insider, Windows

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Augmented, , , Patents, , Wand-Like   

    Microsoft Patents Wand-Like Augmented Reality Controller 

    Highlights Microsoft is working on a wand-like controller for AR and HoloLens Microsoft’s new patent reveals the design of the controller Microsoft had originally filed the patent in June 2016

    A patent filing by software giant Microsoft has revealed that the company is working on a wand-like controller for augmented reality (AR) and “HoloLens”.

    On Tuesday, Microsoft published a new patent that revealed the design for “an AR input device”. The wand-like controller looks like a cross between a motion controller and a pen, The Verge reported.

    Microsoft had originally filed the patent in June 2016 the same day when it published its Windows Mixed Reality vision video.

    The software major has been planning to introduce a range of mixed reality headsets from partners such as HP, Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Acer.

    Fuelled by Snapchat Lenses and Facebook Stories, AR is gaining fast traction in the US. Facebook is also working on developing AR glasses that could blend digital objects with the physical world.

    The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously shown photos of similar glasses, saying that they would be the future of AR, but he did not reveal that it was developing such a product.

    The Facebook CEO has been of the opinion that AR will be the next big consumer tech platform after smartphones.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft HoloLens, HoloLens, Mixed Reality, Wearables, Gaming, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Episode, Half-Life, Posts,   

    Half-Life Writer Posts Plot Details of What Could Have Been Episode 3 

    Highlights Laidlaw posted plot details of Episode 3 on Friday Episode 3 was announced in 2006 but saw production delays Marc Laidlaw retired from Valve in 2016

    Gamers around the world have not forgotten about Half-Life even after a decade since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 came out. Half-Life 2 received critical acclaim in 2004 which was followed by two episodic plots in 2006 and 2007. Sadly, the franchise never saw a third episode, leaving many in a state of limbo over how the story would continue. Luckily, Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw on Friday posted what he calls Epistle 3 on his blog that outlines the story for what the third part could have been.

    Episode 3 was confirmed in 2006 but saw a number of delays in production and eventually never became realised. It has since achieved vapourware status – a product that has been announced for the public but never actually manufacture nor cancelled. But Laidlaw, who wrote both Half-Life 1 and 2, as well as both the episodes of Half-Life 2, posted what looks like a draft for the never-made Episode 3. The plot has been detailed with a few key-names changed and can be found on his personal website (which is currently down), or can be viewed on Archive.org. You can even read the whole plot on Pastebin, where the names have been corrected.

    Half-Life fans may find some respite by reading Laidlaw’s blog, and there may still be hope yet for an Episode 3. The franchise has never been officially pronounced as concluded by developer Valve, but the prospect of a Half-Life 3 ever becoming real has been waning year after year. Still, you can find out where Alyx Vance and G-Man are in Episode 3 by hitting any of the links provided.

    Writers Marc Laidlaw and Eric Wolpaw retired from Valve back in 2016, while Chet Faliszek who worked on Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Episode 2 left the company earlier this year. Interestingly, leaked map files for a cancelled Half-Life 2 episode also made it to the Internet earlier this year.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Gaming, Marc Laidlaw, PC, Laptop

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Announce, Assassin's, , Creed, , Fantasy, Final, Gamescom, Origins   

    Assassin’s Creed Origins, Final Fantasy XV Developers Announce Collaboration at Gamescom 2017 

    Highlights Collaboration to see both the two franchises paying homage to each other Assassin’s Festival DLC will be released free for Final Fantasy XV DLC will include Assassin outfits and abilities for Noctis

    The developers behind last year’s Final Fantasy XV and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins are collaborating to bring a bunch of Easter eggs for fans of both the franchises. The collaboration will see both the two franchises paying homage to each other’s gaming universes, Ubisoft reveals.

    The announcement was made during the ongoing Gamescom with a piece of artwork that features Bayek from Assassin’s Creed Origins and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV. Unofficially though, the collaboration has been ongoing for some time now as fans have spotted Easter eggs and references in Final Fantasy XV’s trailer form last year, Assassin’s Creed Origins announcement trailer, and recently in the Assassin’s Creed Origins Gamescom trailer.

    “This collaboration is the result of being huge fans,” says Ismail, game director at Ubisoft Montreal. “There’s a lot of respect between the two teams and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to pay homage to each other’s work.”

    Ubisoft says that the collaboration will officially kick off from August 30 as Final Fantasy XV players in possession of the Dream Egg from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival event will get a be gifted an Assassin outfit for Noctis. On August 31, the Assassin’s Festival DLC will be released free for Final Fantasy XV. The Assassin Festival will see the town of Lestallum transform with signs and banners and will bring additional themed items and features, and another Assassin outfit into Final Fantasy XV’s world. Noctis will also get some pretty neat Assassin abilities.

    Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to release on October 27 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It was also announced at the ongoing Gamescom that Final Fantasy XV will be coming to Windows PCs as Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition in early 2018. Developer Square Enix also revealed Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition or Android, iOS, and Windows, which will be made available in Fall later this year.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Final Fantasy XV, Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft, Gamescom 2017, Gaming, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    iPhone 7 128GB, Sony LED Smart TV, Gaming Laptops, and More on Tech Deals This Week 

    Highlights iPhone 7 128GB available at effect price of Rs. 46890 MSI gaming laptop with 15.6-inch display down to Rs. 79,990 Sony 43-inch full HD 3D smart TV available at Rs. 47,813

    Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm kickstarted the sale season a couple of weeks ago with their respective Independence Day sales. However, things are calmer right now in the e-commerce space as none of the three has an ongoing sale. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t snag a great deal or two online on gadgets. This week we’ve picked out great deals on the iPhone 7, Sony LED TVs, external hard drives from WD, and a whole lot more. If you’re looking to buy electronics before the big Diwali sale next month, this is it.

    Apple iPhone 7 128GB
    The Apple iPhone 7 128GB is down to an effective price of Rs. 46,890 (MRP Rs. 65,200) on Paytm. Use the coupon code GET12K to get a cashback of Rs. 12,000 in your Paytm Wallet. The effective price is very close to the current US price. The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and comes with a 12MP primary camera at the back along with a 7MP front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by Apple’s A10 processor and runs iOS 10 out of the box. In case you’re not too keen on buying the upcoming iPhones at full price, the iPhone 7 is still a pretty good buy at this price.

    Price: Rs. 46,890 (MRP Rs. 65,200)
    Link: Paytm

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Western Digital CEO Said to Be in Japan to Finalise Toshiba Chip Deal 

    Highlights WD to finalise agreement to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business The group and Toshiba aim to announce a deal by August 31 Some senior Toshiba executives had initially balked at WD’s offer

    Western Digital’s chief executive is in Tokyo to finalise an agreement to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business, ending months of dispute over the auction, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

    Toshiba is scrambling to sell its flash memory unit to cover losses from its bankrupt US nuclear business Westinghouse.

    A group including Western Digital, US private equity firm KKR & Co and Japanese government investors are offering around JPY 1.9 trillion ($17.3 billion or roughly Rs. 1,11,298 crores)) for the unit, separate sources previously told Reuters. The US firm is offering JPY 150 billion (roughly Rs. 8,785 crores) through convertible bonds, they said.

    The group and Toshiba aim to announce a deal by August 31 when Toshiba’s board meets, other people said on Monday.

    Both Western Digital and Toshiba declined to comment. A KKR representative could not be immediately reached.

    Some senior Toshiba executives had initially balked at Western Digital’s offer, but sources said on Friday that the US firm took a conciliatory tack and decided not to seek a management role in the new business and limit its stake to no more than one-third even when it converts the bonds to equity.

    Toshiba and Western Digital are the world’s second and third largest producer of NAND chips.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Amazon Apple Fest Offers iPhone 7, MacBook Pro & More With Cashbacks and Discounts 

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Intel Optane Memory Review 

    Highlights Intel Optane Memory is the first consumer implementation of 3D Xpoint Optane Memory is available as 16GB and 32GB M.2 modules Performance is truly impressive, but pricing defies all common sense

    Intel first announced its 3D Xpoint memory technology over two years ago. Developed jointly with Micron, this new kind of non-volatile chip was supposed to be as fast as RAM and as inexpensive as SSDs. The companies described it as revolutionary, and indeed, such a thing would change one of the most fundamental constants of PC architecture as we know it today – unifying RAM and storage into a single fast, non-volatile pool. Intel then introduced the Optane brand for 3D Xpoint products, but things have been a little muted after that. Products were supposed to have launched in 2016, but we’re more than halfway through 2017 and Optane hasn’t yet made its mark.

    The first shipping product, Intel’s Optane SSD DC 4800X, gave the world a little taste of that possibility earlier this year. However, it was limited in scope and capacity, and also rather expensive. Intel downplayed the launch and pitched it only at the machine learning and big data analytics markets. Fast-forward a little bit and we finally have the first widely available consumer Optane product.

    Optane Memory comes in the form of M.2 modules, using the same form factor as many of today’s high-end SSDs. It’s available in 16GB and 32GB versions that plug right into the slots on existing motherboards. Compatibility is restricted to Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors and 2xx-series motherboards (now including the new high-end Core X-series).

    Despite looking like SSDs, these are completely different devices and the pitch to consumers is also very different. These products also focus on the lowest end of the market, where slow mechanical hard drives are still standard. We’re eager to see how much of a revolution Optane truly is.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung to Invest $7 Billion to Boost Its China NAND Memory Chip Output 

    Samsung Electronics expects to invest $7 billion (roughly Rs. 44,726 crores) over the next three years to expand its NAND memory chip production in China’s northwestern city of Xi’an, the South Korean tech giant said on Monday.

    In a regulatory filing Samsung said it approved $2.3 billion of the expected investment of $7 billion on Monday.

    In early July, when Samsung announced an investment of $18.6 billion in South Korea, it said it would add a production line at its NAND plant in Xi’an, but did not set an investment amount.

    A Samsung Electronics spokesman declined to comment on the amount of capacity to be added by the approved or planned investment.

    The firm accounted for 38.3 percent of global NAND flash memory chip revenue in April-June, the latest data from researcher IHS showed.

    China is trying to develop its own memory chip producers but it is likely to be several years before they can compete with existing makers, analysts said.

    Samsung Electronics said a memory chip boom that propelled it to record profit in the second quarter was likely to continue in the July-to-September quarter.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 29, 999, CompBook, Display, iBall, , Rotatable, Touchscreen,   

    iBall CompBook Aer3 With Rotatable Touchscreen Display, Windows 10 Launched at Rs. 29,999 

    Highlights The new laptop comes with support for Windows Hello The CompBook Aer3 laptop weighs 1.48kg The new laptop from iBall comes with 64GB built-in storage

    iBall on Monday launched its CompBook Aer3 laptop with 360-degree rotatable display in India at a best buy price of Rs. 29,999 in India, and an MRP of Rs. 34,999. Despite being a rather budget-level offering, the Windows 10 laptop notably comes with a 13.3-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) touchscreen IPS display, USB Type-C port, and a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello support as well.

    The CompBook Aer3 laptop is powered by a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor with speed of up to 2.5GHz coupled with 4GB RAM. iBall claims the laptop comes with RDS3TNEW Technology (Robust Double Spindle 360-degree Technology) that essentially allows users to turn the portable into 4 different modes, i.e., Notebook, Stand, Tent, and Tablet.

    The new portable from iBall comes with a 64GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 128GB. In audio department, the CompBook Aer3 laptop comes with quad-speakers that have been described as “powerful” by the company. The CompBook Aer3 houses a 37Wh Li-Polymer battery and comes with a “full-sized” keyboard as well. Apart from the USB Type-C port, other connectivity options include a USB 3.0 port and a Micro HDMI port as well. Other connectivity options include Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 and Bluetooth v4.0. It sports a 2-megapixel webcam.

    The laptop comes in Gold colour, features a metallic body, and weighs 1.48kg, iBall said in its release, and measures 321x213x17mm. Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Parasrampuria, CEO and Director at iBall, was quoted as saying, “We saw immense success in the budgeted laptops market in a very short span of time, and taking this to the next level is iBall CompBook Aer3. Aer3 is an excellent laptop which any executive would love to have and is undoubtedly the best executive laptop under Rs, 30,000 with 15 amazing features.”

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: iBall CompBook Aer3 Launch, iBall CompBook Aer3 Price, iBall CompBook Aer3 Specifications, iBall CompBook Aer3 Features, India, Laptop, Micorsoft, iBall

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