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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Sets Steam Record for Peak Player Count; 150,000 Cheaters Removed Since Launch 

    Highlights Battlegrounds saw 1,342,857 players online at the same time It beats Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive It recently beat non-Valve games in hours spent daily

    Since its launch back in March, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been riding a high, breaking a number of new milestones over the past couple of months. After beating non-Valve games in daily playtime hours earlier this month, and briefly stripping Dota 2 of its peak concurrent players record, the game has hit another milestone by reaching the highest peak concurrent player count on Steam ever.

    PlayerUnknown’s twitter account on Saturday tweeted that the game had 1,342,857 players online at the same time, yet again surpassing games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which recorded 1,295,114 and 854,801 players at the time, respectively. This comes after it was reported last month that the game 877,844 concurrent players on Steam, beating Dota 2.

    Earlier this month, Battlegrounds reached another milestone by beating non-Valve games in hours spent daily on Steam. This is largely due to record sales on Steam, selling over 10 million copies since its launch in March. Despite being relatively new, the game has managed to eat away the audience for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is one of the biggest games on Steam.

    A game as big as Battlegrounds would naturally attract some bad seeds and Eurogamer reports that the game has banned over 150,000 cheaters since its launch, out of which 8,000 were banned in a single 24-hour period. This is a substantial jump since last month when Bluehole Creative Director Brendan Greene tweeted that around 50,000 cheaters had been removed.

    “If you’re caught cheating or using any third-party tool that gives you an advantage we ban you straight away,” Greene told Eurogamer. “Permanent ban, no appeal.”

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    Further reading: Gaming, Laptops, PC, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Steam

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Pixelbook, Home Mini Smart Speaker, New Daydream VR Headset Ahead of Pixel Event 

    Photo Credit: Droid Life

    Google Pixelbook and New Daydream VR Headset

    Highlights The pricing for Pixelbook is said to start from $1,199 All three products have been leaked in renders The Pixelbook is expected to launch in three colour variants

    Ahead of Google’s Pixel event on October 4, several leaks regarding the company’s upcoming devices have now surfaced on the Internet. We already told you about the leaks on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones but the details on the company’s upcoming Chromebook – Pixelbook, the mini variant of its Home smart speaker, and the next generation of Daydream VR headsets, have also been leaked.

    First talking about the details on the upcoming Chromebook, Droid Life reports that the Pixelbook will be a high-end product in the category, just like the Chromebook Pixel. The Google Pixelbook will reportedly come with a pressure-sensitive stylus, called the Pixelbook Pen, and will be offered in three storage variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The 128GB storage variant has been tipped to be priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 77,200), while the 256GB and 512GB variants are expected to be priced at $1,399 (roughly Rs. 90,000), and $1,749 (roughly Rs. 1.12 lakhs) respectively by the company. Notably, the Pixelbook is said to fold into a tablet, which differentiates it from earlier Chromebook Pixel devices.

    Coming to the Daydream VR headset, the new generation of the wearable has now been leaked in renders. While specific details are still not available about the upcoming product, it is believed to be made available by the search giant in Charcoal, Fog, and Coral colour variants. Notably, just like the previous generation, a remote controller can be seen alongside the new generation Daydream VR headset in leaked images. The new wearable has been said to cost $99 (roughly Rs. 6,400).

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Netgear Launches Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems for Small to Mid-Sized Homes in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights The Orbi RBK30, RBK40 are smaller and less powerful than the RBK50 The Orbi RBK30 has a range of 3,500 square feet Both systems include an AC2200 router and wall-plug satellite

    Netgear on Tuesday launched two new routers in the Orbi series – the RBK30 and RBK40 Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems – for small to mid-sized homes in India. The Orbi series started with the RBK50 and introduced a new design language. The new RBK30 and RBK40 start at Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 26,000, respectively, and will be available on Amazon India from the Diwali season.

    The Orbi RBK30 and RBK40 follow a similar design but are smaller and less powerful in terms of coverage area compared to the Orbi RBK50. Netgear says it is introducing new form factors for Orbi to provide customers with more choice of style and flexibility of Wi-Fi placement. The Orbi RBK30 has a smaller range of 3,500 square feet compared to the Orbi RBK40 that can cover an area of up to 4,000 square feet. Both the Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems include an AC2200 router and wall-plug satellite for wider coverage area.

    Additionally, the new Orbi Systems support 802.11ac AC2200 Wi-Fi speeds up to 2.2Gbps, supporting simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands on the router and satellite, which maintains the same name (SSID). It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and the company is touting easy installation via the Android or iOS apps.

    Netgear says the price for an Orbi RBK30 with one AC2200 router and one wall plug satellite is priced between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 22,000, while the Orbi RBK40 with a similar configuration can be purchased between Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 26,000. The Orbi RBK50 is already available on Amazon India and can be bought for as low as Rs. 26,999 during the Amazon Great India Festival that’s currently live.

    “Each of these new Orbi systems with AC2200 WiFi are faster than competitive products with legacy AC1200 Wi-Fi,” said Marthesh Nagendra, Country Manager, India and SAARC, Netgear. “Furthermore, all Orbi home Wi-Fi systems are Tri-band versus the competition which is dual band mesh. Due to the use of the innovative Tri-band technology, multiple independent reviewers and testers around the world have proven that Orbi Wi-Fi systems deliver far superior performance for more simultaneously streaming devices.”

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    Further reading: Laptops, Netgear, Orbi RBK30, Orbi RBK40, Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi Systems, PC, Routers

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale Live for Amazon Prime Members: The Best Deals on Offer 

    The Amazon sale is exclusively available for Prime members till midnight on Thursday

    Highlights Amazon sale early access is available for Prime users for now Deals on smartphones, laptops, TVs, wearables, and more on offer The Great Indian Festival sale will open for everyone at 12am tonight

    Amazon has kicked off its Great Indian Festival sale this afternoon with special early access to its Prime subscribers. The Amazon sale will be open to everyone else at midnight. Select deals have gone live for Prime members, and we’ve picked out some of the best deals in smartwatches, smartphones, big-screen TVs and more. Most Amazon sale offers on mobile phones, of course, will become available on Thursday only. Apart from the flat discounts, you can also get an additional 10% cashback on HDFC Bank credit and debit card payments, subject to a maximum cashback of Rs. 4,500 per card on a minimum order of Rs. 5,000. The cashback will be credited to your account by 24 December 2017.

    You can also pay using your Amazon Pay Balance. Amazon is offering cashback on select large appliances up to Rs. 4,000 for Prime subscribers. If you buy an LED TV, refrigerator or a washing machine that includes the offer, you’ll be eligible to receive up to Rs. 4,000 in cashback if you pay with your Amazon Pay balance. Check out the best deals on Amazon sale for Prime members available on September 20.

    Amazon’s New Offer Lets You Pay Next Year for Products You Buy in Sale

    Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB
    The Mi Max 2 64GB is now available on Amazon for Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999), and, as mentioned above, the deal is exclusive to Prime members only. The Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch full HD display and comes with a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, supported by 4GB RAM. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. This is a pretty sweet price for a phone with these specifications.

    Price: Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)
    Link: Amazon

    Amazon Fire TV Stick
    The Fire TV Stick can help turn your regular big-screen TV into a smart TV. Amazon is offering a discount of Rs. 500 and another Rs. 499 as cashback when you join Prime. So effectively, the Fire TV Stick can be yours for around Rs. 3,000 (MRP Rs.3,999) after the cashback. The Fire TV Stick can be attached to any TV using an HDMI port. It comes with a Bluetooth based remote and also includes voice search for Prime Videos and YouTube. You can install Android based apps on the Fire TV Stick such as YouTube, Netflix, NDTV, etc.

    Price: Rs. 3,499 (MRP Rs. 3,999)
    Link: Amazon

    Lenovo IdeaPad 14-inch laptop
    If you’re looking for a thin laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad 14-inch could be a good fit. Currently down to Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 45,090) in the Amazon sale, the laptop features a 14-inch display and is powered by seventh-generation Intel Core i3 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 10 out of the box. It’s a pretty decent machine in case you want to run basic operations such as web browsing, watching movies, documentation work, etc.

    Price: Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 45,090)
    Link: Amazon

    Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale Deals on Mobiles, Laptops Revealed

    Apple Watch Series 2 42mm Space Grey
    Amazon has discounted the Apple Watch Series 2 42mm down to Rs. 28,999 (MRP Rs. 34,900). The deal is currently exclusive to Prime members. The Watch Series 2 comes with built-in GPS and is powered by the S2 dual-core processor. It runs watchOS 3 out of the box and can be upgraded to watchOS 4. The Series 2 features a brighter OLED Retina display that is twice as bright as the first-generation Apple Watch.

    Price: Rs. 28,999 (MRP Rs. 34,900)
    Link: Amazon

    Kindle Paperwhite
    As part of the Amazon sale offers, the Kindle Paperwhite is available at a discount of Rs. 3,000, bringing down the price to Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999). That’s a pretty good deal, especially if you bundle it with an HDFC Bank payment method or simply use your Amazon Pay balance for more cashback. The Kindle Paperwhite contains a backlit display which allows you to read in the dark. The battery can last for several weeks depending on your usage. Amazon is also offering discounts on eBook purchases if you bundle your Kindle purchase with a case from Amazon.

    Price: Rs. 7,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999)
    Link: Amazon

    TCL 49-inch full HD LED TV
    The TCL 49-inch full HD LED TV is down to Rs. 26,990 (MRP Rs. 30,990) for Prime members. The LED TV comes with two HDMI ports and two USB ports. If you are in the market for a big-screen TV minus all the bells and whistles. The TV comes with 18-month manufacturer warranty and the installation will be carried out by TCL representatives.

    Price: Rs. 26,990 (MRP Rs. 30,990)
    Link: Amazon

    Ticwatch 2 smartwatch
    The Ticwatch 2 smartwatch is down to Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 21,999) on Amazon’s Great Indian Festival Sale. The deal is currently limited to Prime members only. You can get a no-cost EMI offer with select credit cards, for a specific EMI period. The smartwatch can pair with iOS and Android devices. It can carry notifications from the phone and users can interact with the smartwatch using voice commands.

    Price: Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 21,999)
    Link: Amazon

    Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale Starts With Offers on TVs, Smartwatches, and More

    Samsung 43-inch full HD LED TV
    The Samsung 43-inch full HD LED TV is down to Rs. 35,990 (MRP Rs. 48,900) on The Great Indian Festival sale. The TV includes three HDMI ports and a single USB port. It comes with two built-in speakers rated at 7W each. The TV includes support for Samsung’s ConnectShare which enables users to plug in their hard drive or flash drive to view content.

    Price: Rs. 35,990 (MRP Rs. 48,900)
    Link: Amazon

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    Further reading: Amazon, Amazon Deals, Amazon Discounts, Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale, Amazon In, Amazon India, Amazon Sale, Amazon Sale 2017, Great Indian Festival

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Flipkart Offers on Mobiles Revealed: Big Billion Days Deals on Samsung Galaxy S7, Lowest Prices on iPhones, and More 

    Flipkart offer on mobiles will go live at 12am IST on Thursday, September 21

    Highlights Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available for Rs. 29,990 Huawei P9 is up for grabs for Rs. 14,999 during the sale All smartphone sales will begin on September 21

    The Flipkart Big Billion Days sale has started, with deals on TVs, smartwatches, and accessories. However, if you are looking to buy a smartphone, you will have to wait a day as the Flipkart offers on mobile phones go live at 12am on Thursday. But that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the Flipkart offers on mobiles to decide which one suits your requirements and budget the best. The e-commerce brand has revealed the deals it will provide on smartphones, and among the most attractive offers is the Rs. 16,010 discount on Samsung Galaxy S7 and Rs. 25,000 discount on the Huawei P9 smartphones. There will also be the “lowest prices on all iPhone models,” the company says.

    Apart from these, there will be exclusive launches, exchange discounts, no cost EMIs, and Buyback Guarantee to make the Flipkart offers more attractive. Along with this, Flipkart and Jio have partnered to offer 60GB of complimentary data to consumers buy 4G LTE handsets from the e-commerce website between September 20 and September 26. So scroll down to check out all the Flipkart offers on mobiles revealed so far.

    Paytm Mera Cashback Sale Offers: Deals on iPhone 7, Google Pixel, TVs, and More

    Flipkart offers on mobiles

    As mentioned above, the most attractive Flipkart offers on mobiles are the ones on the Galaxy S7 and Huawei P9, whose prices have come down to Rs. 29,990 and Rs. 14,999, respectively. If fact, the Samsung phone will also come with an offer providing one-time screen replacement for Rs. 990, along with Buyback Guarantee of Rs. 15,000, no cost EMI, and extra Rs. 3,000 discount on exchanging an old smartphone. The Flipkart sale will also offer a host of Samsung smartphones under Rs. 7,000, including the Samsung Galaxy On5, Samsung Galaxy On7, and Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro.

    If your eye is on an iPhone, on the other hand, Flipkart will offer the lowest prices on models such as iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6 too, though it has not revealed the price cuts yet. The Lenovo K8 Plus with 3GB RAM, priced at Rs. 10,999, will also be available at a cheaper price in the sale.

    Amazon Sale Offers: Discounts on 160 Million Products, Up to 40 Percent Off on Mobile Phones

    Limited stocks of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A (3GB

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Toshiba Prepares to Formalise Chip Unit Sale to Bain Capital, Rejected Suitor Steps Up Legal Action 

    Japan’s Toshiba is expected to formalise the sale of its prized memory chip unit on Thursday to a group led by US private equity firm Bain Capital, even as jilted suitor and joint venture partner Western Digital took fresh legal action.

    The embattled conglomerate said on Wednesday it had agreed to the sale, but the formal signing of the contract is awaiting commitment letters from all participants, sources have said.

    Toshiba, struggling to plug a yawning balance sheet hole, has been trying to sell its chip business since late January. The sale of the world’s second-largest producer of NAND memory chips brings the group closer to the end of a tangled and fraught process.

    As late as Tuesday night, sources said Toshiba was leaning towards selling the business to Western Digital.

    But even after Toshiba officials announced that the JPY 2 trillion ($18 billion or roughly Rs. 1,14,817 crores) deal had been reached, question marks remain – not least around antitrust approvals and the legal battle with Western Digital.

    Shares in Toshiba reflected the uncertainty, falling around 2.9 percent in morning trade.

    Bain has partnered with South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc and brought in US buyers of Toshiba chips such as Apple and Dell to bolster its bid.

    SK Hynix said in a statement that it was committed to ironing out the remaining issues in the contract.

    The key unknown, however, is Western Digital, which said late on Wednesday that it had filed its latest legal action against Toshiba for investing in a new flash memory production line without its help.

    It is unclear how long the process could last, and what impact it would have on the completion of the sale.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Opera Developer 49 Brings 360-Degree Videos Support for VR Headsets 

    Highlights The built-in VR 360 player will detect headset automatically You can then play any video on the VR headset This support comes with the latest Opera Developer 49 update

    Opera has released a new developer update bringing VR headset support to watch 360-degree videos from the Web. The latest Opera Developer 49 (for Linux, macOS, Windows) comes with a built-in VR 360 player and supports headsets like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and other OpenVR compatible devices.

    The VR 360 player integrated in the latest Opera Developer 49 version will automatically detect an installed VR headset. Therefore, when a user browses a video, a button above the video (next to Opera’s video pop out button) labelled Watch in VR will appear. Clicking on the button will open the video in the installed VR headset easily. Furthermore, you don’t need a mouse or a keyboard to more around the video, and a simple gesture of the head will work. Opera also notes that the new video playback will not only support 360-degree videos but standard videos as well. You can launch any 2D movie or standard 180-degree video through the headset as well. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this VR 360 player does not work with phone based mobile VR sets such as Google Cardboard.

    Opera claims that it is the first browser to support 360-degree videos in virtual reality headsets. Earlier, to watch an online video from the desktop on VR headsets, the video needed to be downloaded first, and then opened in a separate player app for it to work. However, with Opera Developer 49, this workaround can easily be evaded, saving precious bandwidth.

    Krystian Kolondra, Head of Opera browser, said in a statement, “This is just the first step on the path for a fully immersive and compatible VR experience on a web browser. With the ever-growing resource of 360-degree content from independent filmmakers and major media and sports companies, it’s hard for VR capabilities to keep up with our imagination. To start, we want to make life easier for VR enthusiasts by providing instant VR video playback to your headset without the need of additional software. We will continue to work with our partners to test and support other popular models of VR headsets as they enter the market. Our efforts to bring the best VR web experience will not stop. We also plan to have full WebVR support, once this standard is more mature and ready for great VR content,” he said.

    Mind you, this support is still under testing, and if you want to use the in-built 360 video player right away (may be buggy), you need to download the latest Opera developer version from here.

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    Further reading: 360 VR Player, Internet, Opera, Opera Browser, Opera Developer 49, Opera Developer 49 VR Support

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Toshiba, Keen to Seal $18 Billion Chips Sale, Wrestles With Last-Minute Delays 

    Highlights Toshiba is locked in last minute discussions over “key issues” with Bain South Korea’s SK Hynix said talks were still ongoing Toshiba was earlier said to be leaning towards selling the business to WD

    Japan’s Toshiba is locked in last minute discussions over “key issues” with the would-be buyers of its $18 (roughly Rs. 1,14,817 crores) billion memory chip business led by US private equity firm Bain, potentially delaying a formal agreement on the sale.

    Toshiba said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell the prized unit to the Bain consortium, and had been expected to formalise the sale on Thursday.

    Instead, South Korea’s SK Hynix, part of the winning consortium, said talks were still ongoing. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed consortium members were still wrangling over details of their agreement and said commitment letters from all participants were still needed before the sale could be signed formally.

    “There are some key issues still to be agreed upon in the content approved by Toshiba’s board,” the South Korean chipmaker said in a statement, adding that it would continue talks.

    Toshiba and Bain did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

    Adding to uncertainty, jilted suitor and Toshiba joint venture partner Western Digital took fresh legal action overnight, filing new arbitration requests to stop Toshiba investing in a new flash memory production line without its help.

    Shares in Toshiba reflected the concerns, falling more than 2 percent in late afternoon trade.

    Struggling to plug a yawning balance sheet hole after a cost blow-out at its now-bankrupt US nuclear business, Toshiba has been trying to sell its chip business since late January.

    Agreeing the sale of the world’s second-largest producer of NAND flash memory chips brings the group closer to the end of a tangled and fraught process.

    As late as Tuesday night, sources said Toshiba was leaning towards selling the business to Western Digital.

    Major unknowns
    Bain has partnered with SK Hynix and brought in deep-pocketed US buyers of Toshiba chips such as Apple and Dell to bolster its bid.

    But there are major unknowns, including the outcome of antitrust investigations and the battle with Western Digital.

    It is unclear how long that process could last, and what impact it would have on the completion of the sale.

    Industry watchers also said SK Hynix’s participation could prolong antitrust reviews, particularly in China, as Beijing is trying to grow domestic players. The South Korean chipmaker plans to limit its role to financing, but it’s unclear if it hopes to gain a stake in the future.

    “It’s clear to everyone that this Bain deal will have difficulty succeeding,” said Akira Minamikawa, principal analyst at IHS Markit.

    The NAND flash memory chips business faces fierce price competition with Samsung Electronics, he said, and China was likely to join the race.

    “To survive, Toshiba needs to shift its focus to (flash memory-backed) storage systems for servers rather than selling memory chips alone. And strong players there are Samsung and Western Digital, not (new partner) SK Hynix.”

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows Store Is Now Microsoft Store as Company Begins Rebranding 

    Highlights Microsoft has rebranded Windows Store to Microsoft Store The change is live for Windows 10 beta testers Microsoft may have plans to expand Microsoft Store offerings

    Microsoft has quietly rebranded Windows Store, the flagship store for apps and games, to Microsoft Store. The rechristening comes as part of a software update the company pushed to some Windows 10 Insiders (beta testers).

    Besides the name, nothing much has changed as part of the rebranding, news site MSPowerUser reported on Friday. Users will, however, notice a new logo for the Microsoft Store, which instead of Windows logo, now has Microsoft logo. Users who haven’t signed up for Windows Insider program won’t see the change yet. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to comment on the reasons for the rebranding, and will update this copy once we hear back.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Logitech Says You’ll Use Webcams With Your Smartphone in the Future 

    Highlights Logitech is about to launch its MeetUp video conferencing tech in India It’s priced at Rs. 99,995 and has a 4K sensor and a mic array In the future, USB-C enabled phones could use the same accessories as PCs

    “We’ve reached a point where everybody has video, the question is how do you make it good,” says Simon Dudley, Director, Product Strategy at Logitech. Dudley is in India to launch the Logitech MeetUp this week, the company’s latest video-conferencing hardware which boasts of a 120-degree field of view, a 4K-image sensor, and an array of microphones. At Rs. 99,995, it’s a far cry from a commercial webcam, or the camera that’s already there in your smartphone, but Dudley points out that there’s a continuum of devices that meet different needs.

    “I mean, you have a laptop, and you can use it for everything, you can use it to watch movies and shows, right? But I bet that you have a television in your home, because it’s a different experience,” Dudley says. The company is betting that instead of relying on expensive proprietary solutions for video-conferencing, smaller businesses and startups would rather invest in solutions like MeetUp, which can be plugged into a PC and used with whichever videoconferencing software you need to use.

    Like most people, Dudley agrees that mobiles are going to be the future of computing, and so we asked how this would impact the offerings from Logitech. After all, couldn’t smartphones replace what the company is offering? “In our marketing, we have a slogan, that’s ‘Huddle, don’t cuddle’, you know?” responds Dudley. “The phone, the laptop, they’re getting great and for personal use it totally makes sense to use those, or a webcam – and Logitech sells a lot of webcams – but the wide field of view of a MeetUp makes a big difference. Use a simple laptop camera and the person sitting next to you might not be in the frame.”

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