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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on February 28, 2018 Permalink |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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.

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

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 25, 2018 Permalink |
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    HP Sees Higher PC Sales, Growth in Printer and Copier Business 

    Highlights Revenue from HP’s personal systems unit rose 12 percent to $8.40 billion Revenue from its printer, copier business rose to $4.70 billion in Q3 Total revenue rose 10 percent to $13.1 billion

    HP, which houses the hardware business of former Hewlett-Packard, reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit as it sold more personal computers.

    Revenue from HP’s personal systems unit, which sells notebooks, desktops and workstations, rose 12 percent to $8.40 billion (roughly Rs. 53,824 crores) in the third quarter ended July 31. Notebook sales increased 16.4 percent, offsetting a dip in desktop sales.

    The Palo Alto, California-based company forecast full-year earnings per share of $1.63-$1.66 compared with analysts’ estimate of $1.64, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    The company, which bought Samsung Electronics Co’s printer business in September, said on Wednesday revenue from its printer and copier business rose 6.2 percent to $4.70 billion (roughly Rs. 30,112 crores) in the reported quarter.

    However, net earnings from continuing operations fell to $696 million, or 41 cents per share, from $843 million, or 49 cents per share.

    Total revenue rose 10 percent to $13.1 billion (roughly Rs. 83,933 crores), beating analysts’ average estimate of $12.31 billion.

    Excluding items, the company earned 43 cents per share. Analysts on average expected earnings of 42 cents.

    Shares of HP, which have gained 27 percent since the start of the year, were down marginally in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on February 25, 2018 Permalink |
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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 |
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    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.

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

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink |
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    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.

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    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 |
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    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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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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