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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and GE63VR, GE73VR Raider Gaming Laptops Launched in India 

    Highlights The MSI GE63VR Raider is priced at Rs. 1,49,990 The MSI GE73VR Raider is priced at Rs. 1,85,990 The MSI GT75VR Titan Pro is priced at Rs. 3,24,990

    MSI has launched a new lineup of gaming notebooks in India. It has announced the GT75VR Titan Pro, GE73VR Raider, and GE63VR Raider notebooks for Rs. 3,24,990, Rs. 1,85,990, and Rs. 1,49,990 in India. All the three laptops feature the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia’s current generation GPUs, and are VR ready as well.

    MSI GT75VR Titan Pro

    Starting with the most expensive GT75VR Titan Pro, it sports a 17.3-inch full-HD display with 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Core i7 7820HK CPU with over 4GHz overclock capability, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and Killer N1535 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset. The GT75VR Titan comes with 3 GPU options: GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 SLI, or GeForce GTX 1070.

    The notebook sports a mechanical gaming keyboard with tactile feedback, more durability, and RGB backlighting under every key. The keyboard was designed in collaboration with Steel Series. It incorporates a sophisticated cooling system, and is loaded with gaming features like True Color Technology 2.0, NAHIMIC VR, an upgraded Dragon Center, and much more.

    MSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider

    The MSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are available in 15.6-inch and 17.4-inch full-HD displays respectively. The former comes with Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 GPU, while the latter offers a Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 GPU. It also features the customisable per-key RGB gaming keyboard made by SteelSeries. The USB port also comes with its own LED lighting.

    GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, has 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD. The laptops have two year warranty, and also feature Killer N1435 combo Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset.

    The two models sport the latest Cooler Boost 5 technology for heat management in intense gaming situations. MSI claims that the laptops also boast of the fastest 3ms 120Hz panel with 94 percent NTSC Color Gamut for smoother and sharper HDR ready visuals.

    It boasts of giant speakers by Dynaudio, which is a full-sized chamber that is 5x bigger than any regular design; and the speakers are also 2 to 3x bigger than others at this level of laptops. It offers over 50 percent enhancements on audio quality, sound detail and volume. MSI claims it produces over 105dBA in a smaller chassis and slimmer body than previous GE platform.

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    Tags: MSI GT75VR Titan Pro, MSI GE63VR Raider, GE73VR Raider, MSI, LAptops, MSI Gaming Laptops

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Lenovo Posts First Quarterly Loss Since 2015 on Higher Costs, Slowing PC Market 

    Highlights Revenue was flat at $10.01 billion (roughly Rs. 64,205 crores) Lenovo has suffered from a global decline in PC demand Lenovo’s PC shipments declined 6 percent, after two quarters of growth

    Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group posted a first-quarter loss on Friday citing higher costs and slower growth in the personal computer market, and said the outlook was challenging due to supply constraints.

    Lenovo, which lost its position as the world’s largest PC maker to HP in the quarter through June, lost $72 million compared with a profit of $173 million for the same period last year.

    It was the company’s first quarterly loss since September 2015 and lagged forecasts for a profit of $5.29 million, according to the average of 8 analyst estimates in a Thomson Reuters poll.

    “Looking forward, the supply constraint of key components in the industry and cost increases will continue to bring short-term challenges to the group’s business environment,” Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

    “Market conditions remain challenging in the short term, notably the component supply shortage and cost hike are expected to continue pressuring business operations.”

    Revenue was flat at $10.01 billion (roughly Rs. 64,205 crores), in line with an estimate of $10 billion.

    Lenovo has suffered from a global decline in PC demand as consumers turn to smartphones and tablets, particularly in its home market of China. Gartner forecast the global PC market will shrink by 3 percent in volume in 2017.

    Lenovo’s PC shipments declined 6 percent, after two quarters of growth. That compared with a 3 percent drop for the industry, Lenovo said in its filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its market share dropped 0.6 percentage points year-on-year to 20.4 percent.

    Shortages of memory chips added to costs and dragged down margins, it said.

    Revenue from the PC and smart devices business, contributing almost 70 percent of the total, increased 0.2 percent to $7.01 billion in the quarter.

    The operating loss from the group’s struggling mobile business narrowed to $129 million, from a loss of $163 million a year ago. It turned in revenue of $1.75 billion on a 1 pct rise in smartphone shipments.

    Its data centre business group recorded an operational loss of $114 million, versus a loss of $31 million a year ago.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming and Intel Core i9-7900X ‘Skylake-X’ Review 

    Highlights Intel’s new Core i9 series is based on the Skylake-X architecture The 10-core i9-7900X costs half as much as last year’s Core i7-6950X The Asus Strix X299-E is a workhorse motherboard with a few surprises

    Intel is having a bit of an identity crisis with its top-tier consumer processors, now known as the Core X-Series. The High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform was recently made up of only Core i7 CPUs but now includes Core i5 and the new Core i9 brand. These models have always commanded a hefty price premium and were your only option if you wanted more than four CPU cores or had a workload that demanded any serious processing grunt. As recently as last year Intel was happily charging up to Rs. 1,69,000 for a top-end 10-core CPU – that’s just the processor. If your time is valuable, this is what you had to pay to get work done quickly.

    Now that AMD has come roaring back into the game with its Ryzen 7 and Threadripper CPUs, you can get that level of performance at much lower prices. After repeated disappointments, AMD now has a whole lineup of products that can not only compete, but win. Ryzen CPUs were designed deliberately to disrupt Intel’s product segmentation hierarchy in two ways: stuffing more cores into each CPU, and cutting prices. Intel has clearly taken notice of this and has changed its tune – you now get 18 cores for the cost of last year’s 10-core CPU.


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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Intel 8th Generation Core Series Launched With ‘Kaby Lake Refresh’ CPUs for Laptops 

    Highlights The 8th Generation will include multiple architectures at 14nm and 10nm KBL-Refresh claims to offer 40 percent more performance than Kaby Lake Only four CPU models have launched, all designed for mainstream laptops

    We’ve known for a while now that Intel will be shipping more than one processor architecture under the 8th generation Core brand. We’ve been expecting a fourth 14nm generation codenamed Coffee Lake this year and the much-delayed 10nm Cannonlake generation in early 2018, but now it has come to light that a third architecture will be clubbed into the 8th generation as well. Simply called Kaby Lake Refresh, this will be the basis of the 8th gen’s U-series processors, which are targeted at mainstream and slim notebooks.

    Two weeks ago, Intel announced that the first 8th gen Core CPUs will launch at 8:30pm IST tonight, and while the codename ‘Coffee Lake’ was not specifically brought up, it was widely expected that these would be the first models out of the gate. However, Intel has chosen to unveil Kaby Lake Refresh a few hours before the scheduled event.

    Four new U-series 15W processors for laptops are being announced: the Core i7-8650U, Core i7-8550U, Core i5-8350U, and Core i5-8250U. While Kaby Lake Refresh is not a major new architecture, Intel is promising a 40 percent performance improvement compared to the 7th generation and up to 200 percent compared to a five-year-old machine. The most significant reason for this is the doubling of core counts from two to four, while actual design and manufacturing improvements contribute to a lesser extent.

    Base speeds range from 1.6GHz to 1.9GHz, while boost speeds range from 3.4GHz to 4.2GHz. Cache sizes are also doubled, to 6MB on Core i5 CPUs and 8MB on Core i7 ones. Hyper-Threading remains exclusive to Core i7 models. The integrated GPU is now called Intel UHD Graphics 620 and is completely unchanged compared to Kaby Lake, except for the name change from HD to UHD to reflect its capabilities. The GPUs of Core i5 models run at 1.1Ghz while those of the Core i7 models run at 1.15GHz.

    According to Intel, users can expect up to 10 hours of 4K video playback per charge on a laptop powered by one of these processors, as tested with a 70WHr battery and Windows 10. The company also says that tasks such as photo editing and video rendering are up to 48 percent and 14.7 percent faster on these processors compared to previous-generation ones. However, the major target will be people upgrading from laptops that are several years old. The company is also playing up the benefits of modern experiences such as Windows Hello authentication, voice interaction such as with the Cortana assistant, and stylus input which would not work as well on an older device.

    Intel expects that 145 laptop models featuring these four new CPUs will be available in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. There’s no information about how the rest of the 8th generation will shape up, except for a note that desktop processors will launch in fall this year. It is not yet known how different Coffee Lake will be from Kaby Lake Refresh, but it is quite likely that core counts will increase across the board both due to improvements in power efficiency and because of competition from AMD’s Ryzen series. It is also likely that Intel will reserve its 10nm process for ultra-low-power fanless Y-series chips.

    Attacking the mainstream laptop segment first is an interesting choice for Intel. Previous generations have focused on Y-series models for ultra-light fanless tablets and 2-in-1s, or S-series models for desktops. Releasing these four CPUs under the 8th Generation banner allows Intel to target buyers during the busy US holiday shopping season

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    Tags: Intel, Intel Core, 8th Generation Core, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, Core i7, Core i5, 8th Generation Core launch, Coffee Lake, Kaby Lake, Cannonlake, Kaby Lake Refresh

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Acer Nitro 5 Spin Affordable Gaming Laptop Launched With Eighth-Gen Intel Processors 

    Highlights The laptop comes with a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 64,000) Acer Nitro 5 packs a 15.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display The Nitro 5 is claimed to provide 10 hours of battery life

    Acer on Sunday launched its ‘Nitro 5 Spin’ entry-level gaming laptop and it seems like the company doesn’t want casual gamers to feel left out. The new Nitro 5 Spin has been launched with a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 64,000) and EUR 1,199 (roughly Rs. 76,800), which makes it fall in the affordable range among gaming laptops. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin will be made available for purchase in North America and Europe from October.

    The Acer Nitro 5 Spin runs Windows 10 and sports a 15.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) rotating display and as mentioned earlier, is powered by eighth-generation Intel Core processors. The new gaming laptop from Acer comes with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and should be suitable for playing games like Dota 2, Overwatch, League of Legends, as per the company. The Nitro 5 Spin is available with PCIe SSD of up to 512GB storage.

    “With a convertible design that features four modes, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a versatile gaming device that opens up exciting new usage scenarios for casual gamers on the go,” James Lin, General Manager of Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer, was quoted as saying in the company’s release. “Power users will also appreciate the great performance and battery life of the Nitro 5 Spin, while enjoying the superb visuals and immersive audio that it delivers,” he said.

    The Acer Nitro 5 Spin has been claimed to provide up to 10 hours of battery life by the company. The new convertible laptop from Acer comes with two-front facing speakers and a subwoofer as well. The Nitro 5 Spin includes a fingerprint reader to help quickly and securely verify an owner’s identity through Windows Hello, logging them on with a touch of the finger.

    “Our new 8th Gen Intel Core processor family is the most powerful processor designed for what’s coming next,” Chris Walker, Vice President, Client Computing Group at Intel Corp, was quoted as saying. “Acer’s new Nitro 5 Spin notebook capitalizes on the up to 40 percent performance boost over just last year, making it possible to take casual gaming and rich entertainment on the go in a flexible, sleek device,” he added.

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    Tags: Acer Nitro 5 Spin Launch, Acer Nitro 5 Spin Price, Acer Nitro 5 Spin Specifications, Acer Nitro 5 Spin Availability, Laptops, Gaming, Microsoft, Acer

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Tipped to Unveil New Chromebook Pixel, Mini Home Speaker Alongside the Pixel 2 Launch 

    Highlights It is unknown whether the new Chromebook is based on Project Bison A mini Google Home could challenge Amazon’s Echo Dot Google Home gets Bluetooth support to connect to Android and iOS

    After finally revealing the name of the next Android mobile operating system, v8.0 Oreo, we can now look forward to Google’s next Pixel smartphones. We’ve seen some rumours in the past about the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, but it now looks like Google has a few more products in the pipeline – namely, a new Chromebook Pixel and a mini Google Home smart speaker.

    Google could be unveiling a bunch of new products at its next hardware event this fall. According to Android Police, we could see a new Pixel-branded Chromebook. This is interesting considering reports back in March that Google was ending Chromebook Pixel devices. Google has responded to the reports back then that the company hadn’t ruled out making laptops.

    While the latest report mentions a new Chromebook Pixel in the works, Android Police could not confirm if the upcoming laptop will be based on Google’s old project code-named Bison. Reports last year mentioned Project Bison to be a highly-modified version of Android termed Andromeda. However, the new report says the upcoming laptop will be a Pixel Chromebook running on Chrome OS.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Kingston KC1000 PCIe SSD Review 

    Highlights Kingston’s KC1000 comes as a kit with an M.2 card and PCIe adapter The drive delivered incredible speeds in our benchmark test runs However, it costs over twice as much as standard SATA SSDs

    The very first time we reviewed a PCIe SSD, we were blown away by the speeds we were able to achieve. PCI Express (PCIe) is the backbone of a PC, shuttling data between the processor and all other components. Hooking storage up to it directly and cutting out the middlemen is an expensive but incredibly effective way of improving data transfer speeds.

    Most common SSDs are designed to the same standards as spinning hard drives in order to be compatible, but that imposes restrictions on their performance – their 2.5-inch bodies are often only half full of components, they use the same SATA protocol which maxes out at a theoretical 600MBps, and they’re saddled with overheads that just aren’t needed anymore.

    That said, SATA SSDs are still a lot faster than hard drives and perform well enough for pretty much any casual PC user. It’s only if you want the absolute best that money can buy, that you should seriously think about ditching SATA for PCIe.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Launches Its First Omen X-Branded Gaming Laptop, Sports a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU 

    Highlights Pricing for the laptop starts from $2,299 (roughly Rs. 1.47 lakhs) The Omen X laptop will be released in November The new portable from HP is aimed at e-sports athletes

    Remember HP’s cube-shaped Omen X desktop from last year? Now, the company has gone ahead and launched its first laptop with the Omen X branding. As you might expect from an Omen X branded product, the new laptop is aimed at gaming enthusiasts. Interestingly, the new Omen X laptop comes with thermals to support unlocked CPUs to allow overclocking and factory-overclocked GPUs, as per the company. The pricing for the Omen X gaming laptop starts from $2,299 (roughly Rs. 1.47 lakhs) and it will be made available for purchase from HP’s website from November.

    The new Omen X laptop from HP is aimed at the e-sports athletes and comes with seventh-generation unlocked Intel Core i7 processors, XMP memory options for memory overclocking and tested profiles up to DDR4-2800, and factory-overclocked graphics cards up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, HP said in its release. The laptop will be offered with screen options up to 4K resolution with 120Hz (with G-Sync) frequency.

    The new gaming laptop from HP comes with “Omen Command Center Software to custom tune and push hardware to its limits, with the ability to manage CPU and RAM overclocking,” HP said in its release. This new software also moves the gaming network traffic with a network booster for reduction of latency in online games. The Omen X laptop from HP will be made available with “RAID0 SSD” option to provide “ultra-fast boot” and improve loading time for games. There will be option for PCIe SSD

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft’s Project Brainwave Platform for Real-Time AI Launched 

    Highlights Microsoft’s Project Brainwave is designed for real-time AI processes ‘Project Brainwave’ uses the massive field-programmable gate array The system has been architected to yield high actual performance

    Software giant Microsoft has announced its Project Brainwave deep learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence (AI).

    With the help of ultra-low latency, the system processes requests as fast as it receives them.

    “Real-time AI is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users,” said Doug Burger, an engineer at Microsoft, in a blog post late on Tuesday.

    The ‘Project Brainwave’ uses the massive field-programmable gate array (FPGA) infrastructure that Microsoft has been deploying over the past few years.

    “By attaching high-performance FPGAs directly to our datacentre network, we can serve DNNs as hardware microservices, where a DNN can be mapped to a pool of remote FPGAs and called by a server with no software in the loop,” Burger said.

    He added that the system architecture reduces latency, since the CPU does not need to process incoming requests, and allows very high throughput, with the FPGA processing requests as fast as the network can stream them.

    The system has been architected to yield high actual performance across a wide range of complex models, with batch-free execution.

    Microsoft claimed that the system, designed for real-time AI, can handle complex, memory-intensive models such as Long Short Term Memories (LSTM), without using batching to juice throughput.

    “Project Brainwave achieves unprecedented levels of demonstrated real-time AI performance on extremely challenging models. As we tune the system over the next few quarters, we expect significant further performance improvements,” Burger noted.

    Microsoft is also planning to bring the real-time AI system to users in Azure.

    “With the ‘Project Brainwave’ system incorporated at scale and available to our customers, Microsoft Azure will have industry-leading capabilities for real-time AI,” Burger noted.

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    Tags: Apps, Microsoft, Science, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Real Time Artificial Intelligence, Project Brainwave

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Launches Chrome Enterprise, Takes Aim at Large Businesses 

    Highlights Enterprise users get Chrome OS with added abilities It comes with Microsoft Active Directory integration It also offers VMware Workspace ONE management solution

    To expand its market reach, Google has launched a new initiative with the aim to get large businesses to use Chrome OS, instead of Windows. Chrome Enterprise looks to promote Chrome OS and the devices that run on it. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription is priced at $50 (roughly Rs. ) per device per year.

    Chrome Enterprise is aimed at large organisations and offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app store fronts, deep security controls, 24×7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE, and Microsoft Active Directory integration. This is mainly aimed at enterprise users looking to adopt Chrome OS devices, and give them an option to manage employee Chromebooks more efficiently. This means that for the above subscription price, enterprise users get Chrome OS but with added abilities. The subscription also offers theft protection, single sign-on support, printer management, managed networks, proxies, and OS updates as well.

    As mentioned, Chrome Enterprise is fully compatible with on-premise infrastructure through Microsoft Active Directory. This integration allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralising management of user and device policies for IT admins.

    Furthermore, VMware Workspace ONE management solution gives customers the ability to manage all their Chrome devices from a single management solution. Using this third party solution, enterprise users will be able to deploy device policies using customisable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more – simplifying policy enforcement across the company.

    Google also notes on its blog that Google Play (i.e., access to enterprise apps) is now compatible with more than 25 Chrome devices including the Acer 14, HP 13, Lenovo 13, or mobile devices such as the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus Flip. See the entire list of compatible devices here. Needless to say, the Chrome Enterprise subscription will only work these Chromebooks for now.

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

    Tags: Google, Google Chromebooks, Chromebooks, Chrome OS, Chrome Enterprise

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