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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 8, 2020 Permalink |
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    ‘One Small Nibble for Man’: 3D Printer Makes Meat in Space 

    Photo Credit: Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP

    Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka (on screen) gestures in the ISS as he poses with the 3D bioprinter

    Highlights A successful experiment used a 3D printer to create meat on ISS The experiment was carried out in September Roscosmos space agency part-financed the experiment

    The prospect of astronauts tucking into a roast dinner has grown slightly closer after a successful experiment used a 3D printer to create meat on the International Space Station.

    The bioprinter produced beef, rabbit, and fish tissue using magnetic fields in microgravity, a Russian medical technology company involved in the experiment said Wednesday.

    The experiment — an international collaboration involving US, Russian and Israeli companies — was carried out in September by cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka in the station’s Russian segment using a 3D printer developed in Moscow.

    The creators say it is the first to create a small amount of artificial meat in conditions of weightlessness.

    “It’s one small nibble for man, one giant bite for mankind,” said Yusef Khesuani of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, the Russian laboratory that created the bioprinter.

    The laboratory was founded by Invitro, a large Russian private medicine company.

    The Roscosmos space agency part-financed the experiment as of national importance.

    “It was really a breakthrough both for Roscosmos and Russia as a whole,” said Nikolai Burdeiny, executive director of the state space corporation, which includes Roscosmos.

    “For us it was the first experience of international scientific collaboration in space,” Khesuani said, using cells provided by Israeli and US food-tech companies.

    “Thank God the experiment went successfully… All the cells showed a good result in space,” he added.

    Astronauts eat meat on board that is vacuum-packed or dried on Earth but this technology could ultimately be necessary for long voyages into deep space, said veteran cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.

    “If we’re going to fly further from Earth to other planets in the solar system, we can’t take that volume of food with us,” he told AFP.

    “In any case we will have to grow and produce food onboard the spaceship.”

    “I think progress is developing very quickly, science and knowledge, and I think this will be within our lifetimes,” he said.

    Creating larger amounts of meat in the Russian segment will need more complex equipment than the current printer, said Khesuani.

    “Then we can create not just small objects but big ones, made of a large mass of cells.”

    “I hope we will continue these experiments.”

    Other space agencies are also carrying out experiments in this area as making human tissue in space is easier than in conditions of gravity.

    An American 3D printer launched to the station in July can manufacture human tissue and is also being used for experiments by the European Space Agency.

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    Further reading: 3D Printer, Roscosmos

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 8, 2020 Permalink |
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    Apple Starts Selling Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controller on Its Store, No Sign of PlayStation DualShock 4 Yet 

    Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controller is now available to buy on Apple’s website. Sony’s PlayStation DualShock 4 controller is not available though, By Gadgets 360 Staff With Inputs From IANS

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 7, 2020 Permalink |
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    Google Pixel 4 Price, Fabric Cases, Nest Mini, and Pixelbook Go Leaked Ahead of Launch 

    Photo Credit: Twitter/ Ishan Agarwal

    The Pixel 4 event will begin at 7.30pm IST today

    Highlights Google Pixel 4 fabric cases tipped to come in Blue, Black, and Grey UK Google Pixel 4 listing tips at astrophotography, Night Sight features Nest Mini with built-in wall mount also leaked

    Hours before the Google hardware event, a flurry of leaks have let out design details of the Nest Mini speaker, hinting at more colour options, a longer cable, and more tweaks. The Pixelbook Go has also leaked in official renders showing off a new colour option, and some other aesthetics. The pricing of the Google Pixel 4 has leaked once again, and it seems that the 64GB base model will begin at $799 (roughly Rs.56,900). UK’s Carphone Warehouse also briefly posted a pre-order page of the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL, and quickly removed it, but screenshots offer a tell-all.

    Google Pixel 4 price in India (expected)

    Starting with the Pixel 4 pricing, DroidLife reports that the Pixel 4 64GB will start at $799 (roughly Rs. 56,900), while the Pixel 4 XL will be priced a $100 more for the same storage tier. The report doesn’t detail the pricing of the 128GB model, but if Pixel 3’s price structure is to be considered, then Google will likely charge a $100 more for more storage. We can expect the Google Pixel 4 price in India to start at roughly the same price.

    Other Google Pixel 4 leaks

    After Best Buy Canada’s slip up, UK’s Carphone Warehouse was spotted briefly listing the Pixel 4 product page. The page has since been removed, and a normal sign-up form now shows up when you head to the website. The page is mostly identical to the Canada listing, but some key differences include mentions of Night Sight, a link to the astrophotography feature coming to the Pixel 4 series, and the addition of the Orange colour option, aside from the Black and White. The page also does not mention free photo backups with Google Photos, something that was mentioned in the Canada listing. This listing was spotted by Android Police.

    Separately, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL fabric cases have also been leaked by tipster Ishan Agarwal. The cases feature a crochet-looking texture in Blue, Black, and Grey. And a distinct pop of colour is offered via the Google logo and power button.

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 7, 2020 Permalink |
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    Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL Launch Event: Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Nest Wi-Fi Also Unveiled – Highlights 

    Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL launch event began at 7.30pm IST.

    Highlights Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL were unveiled at the New York event Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are Google’s flagship smartphones Nest Mini, Nest Wi-Fi, Pixel Buds, and Pixelbook Go also unveiled

    Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL price were revealed today. The Google Pixel 4 launch event began at 7.30pm IST on October 15, and if you recall, the two phones have been leaked multiple times with very few features not revealed ahead of the launch. At its Made by Google event, Google has unveiled the Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and the Nest Wi-Fi router. Lastly, the company also detailed the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

    Here’s how to watch Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL launch live stream.

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 7, 2020 Permalink |
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    Google Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wifi, Nest Mini Launched at Made By Google Event 

    Google Pixel Buds will be made available in early 2020, Google revealed

    Highlights The new Google Pixel Buds will be available in early 2020 Pixelbook Go price is $649 and it promises 12 hours of battery life Nest Wifi is a mesh router with a built-in mic and speaker

    The biggest buzzword during Google’s Made By Google event was

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink |
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    Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ App Gets Calling Support in Beta for Windows 10 

    The Your Phone calling feature is available for Insider members only

    Highlights Windows 10 preview build 18999 brings this feature The phone needs to run on Android 7 Nougat The feature allows you to decline calls as well

    Microsoft has brought calling support to the Your Phone app with its latest Windows 10 Preview build 18999 for Insiders (20H1). It will let users take incoming calls on their PCs using the Your Phone app. There are some pre-requirements needed for this feature to work, including a phone that runs on Android Nougat (or higher) among other things. In July, Microsoft brought along Android notifications support on the Your Phone app for Windows 10 PCs. It allowed users to see notifications received on the phone, on your PC as well – in real-time.

    Now, the Your Phone app has got calling support as well. This means users can make or receive calls on their PC, without picking up their phones to do it. This feature arrives with Windows 10 preview build 18999 for Insiders (20H1), which means if you’re on the stable version, you’ll still have to wait a while before you can try it.

    Even for Insider members, the technical requirements to use the calling feature are

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink |
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    ARM Holdings Still Aiming for 2023 Return to Public Markets, CEO Says 

    Arm Holdings Chief Executive Simon Segars

    ARM Holdings, the semiconductor technology firm owned by SoftBank Group, still plans to return to the public markets by 2023, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

    Speaking at a press conference at ARM’s annual user conference in San Jose, California, CEO Simon Segars said “a lot of things need to fall into place” before the company can return to the public markets. However, the 2023 goal date for a relisting set by SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son remains unchanged.

    The Japanese telecommunications carrier acquired the British chip firm for $32 billion (GBP 26.2 billion) in 2016. Last year, Son said it aims to re-list ARM within five years.

    The returns on SoftBank’s ARM investment have taken on increasing importance as some of the investments made by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, such as Slack Technologies and Uber Technologies, have performed poorly on the public markets.

    SoftBank Group is locked in talks with WeWork over a new $1 billion investment to enable the shared office space company to go through a major restructuring, Reuters reported on Monday. Sofbank is the largest shareholder in WeWork, which had to abandon an initial public offering last week because of investor concerns about how it was valued and its business model.

    SoftBank has been reluctant to plough more cash into WeWork but now believes that a fresh investment is necessary in order to have any hope of salvaging the investment it has already made, a source told Reuters.

    Segars, who is on SoftBank’s board of directors, declined to comment on the WeWork situation or other Vision Fund matters.

    “I’m not spending my days worrying about what is going on at Vision Fund. My primary focus is on delivering an ARM strategy,” Segars said. “The Vision fund is going to do what it needs to do.”

    For its part, Arm, the dominant supplier of technology for mobile phone chips, has seen slow revenue growth with the declining smartphone market while new fields such as automotive chips have yet to begin growing quickly.

    Segars said ARM has purposely taken steps like boosting headcount, which has increased costs, to pursue opportunities that will pay off years later, rather than in the next quarter.

    “We’ve been investing our profits in growing the company,” Segars told reporters.

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink |
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    Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Modular, Zero-Footprint PC Launched in India 

    GST The devices will get manufactured in India It can support up to three daisy-chained USB-C displays at once

    Dell Technologies on Friday unveiled its OptiPlex 7070 Ultra – a flexible, modular and zero-footprint PC which targets the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) and Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) sectors.

    The PC has been launched at a starting price of Rs. 47,999

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Said to Launch 15-Inch Surface Laptop 3 at October 2 Event 

    Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

    Microsoft may launch a 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 next month alongside a 13.5-inch model, which is the same screen size as the Surface Laptop 2’s. The company is hosting an event on October 2.

    The company is also expected to launch an AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 and it is possible that this chip could be found on this rumoured 15-inch model, The Verge reported on Sunday, citing German publication WinFuture.

    As per the report, Microsoft will still offer a screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, as it did on the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop. In addition, the larger 15-inch model will likely support the Surface Pen as well.

    The company is rumoured to launch dual-screen Surface device, codenamed Centaurus. In addition to the Centaurus, Microsoft is anticipated to bring Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Book 3 in October. Surface earbuds, codenamed Morrison, could also mark their presence of October 2. Two Surface-branded headphones are expected. Also anticipated are new keyboards with a dedicated Office button taking the place of the right-hand Windows key.

    To recall, Microsoft in late August sent invites for its October 2 event. The event will take place in New York City, and is the same day when Microsoft unveiled the current crop of Surface devices last year.

    The Surface Pro 7 may get a redesigned keyboard, whereas the Surface Book 3 is expected to pack Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU with Turing architecture. Additionally, the new Surface devices will most likely be powered by 10th-gen Intel Core processors and may include USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports. There is still no word on whether Comet Lake or Ice Lake processors will make their way to the new Surface devices.

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    Further reading: Microsoft, Surface Laptop 2

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink |
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    Oracle, VMware Agree to Deal on Cloud Technology, Technical Support 

    Oracle Corp and VMware Inc on Monday announced a deal designed to resolve years of tension over how Oracle handles technical support for VMware users and make it easier for them to move to Oracle’s cloud computing service.

    Oracle is competing against Amazon.com, and Microsoft to offer cloud services, where businesses use Oracle’s data centres to handle their computing needs. In recent years, cloud providers have worked to woo large businesses that still run their own data centres to move some or all of that work to the cloud.

    VMware has emerged as a key player because many cloud holdouts use it to power their own data centres. To win over those customers, cloud providers need technical compatibility with VMware. Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google have all announced partnerships with VMware in recent years.

    Oracle, which announced the deal at its annual user conference in San Francisco, OpenWorld, has designed a system to allow joint customers to move VMware-based computing work to its cloud without reworking the code, said Clay Magouyrk, senior vice president of engineering Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

    “We’ve focussed on giving customers maximal control,” he told Reuters. “We had to do some very fundamental engineering.”

    The two companies said that Oracle would offer technical support to customers who run its applications on top of VMware. Many companies will not run business-critical systems like financial software with the option for support.

    Oracle and VMware have clashed in the past over the issue.

    VMware’s core tool splits up one physical computer server into multiple smaller “virtual” machines to ensure that all of a company’s computers are put to full use. Oracle offered a competing product and was unclear on whether it would provide support when, for example, its financial software was used with VMware.

    Oracle said on Monday it would now provide support for those situations.

    “Customers don’t want to deploy two products unless it’s supported by both vendors. This was a stumbling block for the past two decades,” said Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer for customer operations at VMware, said in an interview.

    “Our relationship with Oracle is significantly better than it was 20 years ago. It’s a new day.”

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    Further reading: Oracle, VMware

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 5, 2020 Permalink |
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    Lenovo Launches ThinkPad Laptops, ThinkCentre PCs for Enterprises in India 

    Lenovo, the world’s top personal computer maker, on Tuesday launched the new generation of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled ThinkPad and ThinkCentre PCs for enterprises in India.

    The newly launched smarter enterprise PC portfolio includes ThinkPad T490, ThinkPad X390, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT, ThinkPad P43s, ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 mobile workstations.

    Lenovo also showcased the ThinkVision 43.3-inch P44w ultra-wide dual-display monitor and ThinkSmart Hub 500, a smarter conferencing solution.

    “At Lenovo, we understand that today’s workforce is seeking devices that offer intuitive, secure features and a faster, higher performance to improve their workday. ThinkPad is here to help them accomplish their most important goals,” said Rahul Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Lenovo India.

    “ThinkPad features industry-leading security with ThinkShield and AI-powered PrivacyGuard made for business customers on the go,” Agarwal said.

    Under solutions, Lenovo announced ThinkShield 2.0, a 360-degree security platform intended to secure devices through the entire product life cycle, right from the manufacturing and supply chain, ensuring that devices entering the enterprise segment are not infected or compromised before they are even turned on.

    ThinkPad PrivacyGuard for the new range of ThinkPad laptops is a software feature which protects the end users screen from prying eyes.

    Designed to deliver powerful performance in an ultra-portable size, the ThinkCentre M90n is the most compact commercial desktop series in the world, Lenovo said.

    The ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user because it can fit virtually anywhere — behind the monitor, under a table, or on a bookshelf, offering a clutter-free shared-desk work environment.

    Lenovo said the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT has a broader thermal range and is designed for higher vibration and thermal environments like manufacturing.

    Lenovo ThinkPad T490 offers 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia graphics, and rich audio and display features, targeting multitasking professionals. The laptop is just 17.9mm thin and weighs starting 1.46kg. For a great audio experience, Lenovo ThinkPad T490 features Dolby Audio Premium, featuring two up-firing speakers and dual far-field microphones for improved conferencing audio.

    Lenovo ThinkPad P43s is amongst the smallest and lightest portable workstations that supports 100 percent Adobe colour gamut and Dolby Vision HDR technology.

    The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 features with Intel Xeon processors and supports 4GB Nvidia Quadro P1000 discrete graphics to support Client AI.

    The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is an all-in-one purpose built device that simplifies meetings by making meetings start with a single click without the usual connection and sharing hassles, Lenovo said.

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    Further reading: Lenovo, Lenovo ThinkPad T490, Lenovo ThinkPad X390, Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano, ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT, ThinkPad P43s, ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 4, 2020 Permalink |
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    Asus Chromebook Flip C433 Is the Company’s Latest Mid-Range Convertible Chromebook Laptop 

    Photo Credit: Android Police

    Asus has launched a brand new convertible Chromebook in its Flip series

    Highlights Acer has expanded its Flip series of Chromebook with a new model The new Chromebook Flip C433 will start shipping from October It comes with a 14-inch convertible display

    Asus is adding a new mid-range Chromebook to its Flip series. The new Chromebook Flip C433 is a 14-inch convertible laptop that appears to be a redesigned version of the Chromebook C434. The new Flip C433 will start shipping from October this year and will join the existing Flip C302 and Flip C434 Chromebook laptops in the Flip series. The new model sits close to the premium Chromebook Flip C434 that was launched at CES this year.

    The new Asus Chromebook Flip C433 is powered by the Intel Core M-series processor, and is upgradable up to Core i7 (8500Y), as reported by Android Police. The Chromebook laptop features Asus’ NanoEdge display and the 360-degree ErgoLift hinge.

    As for RAM options, the Chromebook Flip C433 is available with up to 8GB of RAM. You can pick from up to 128GB of SSD storage. The laptop comes with an aluminium-based chassis that helps keep it lighter while the 14-inch NanoEdge display offers an 85-percent screen-to-body ratio. On the sides, there are stereo speakers as well.

    Asus’ Chromebook Flip C433 supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connections. There’s a single USB Type-A port on the laptop along with two USB Type-C ports. The in-built 48Wh battery promises to last for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The new Chromebook Flip C433 comes with a free 12-month Google One account with 100GB worth of storage.

    The laptop will be available from mid-October, starting with the UK. There’s no official word on when it will start shipping to other regions. As for the pricing, the Chromebook Flip C433 will cost

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 4, 2020 Permalink |
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    Huawei Eyes Computer Market as US Squeezes Telecom Business 

    Huawei will step up its presence in the global market for computer hardware, a top company official said on Wednesday, as the Chinese telecom giant weathers a US assault on its 5G network and smartphone business.

    Deputy chairman Ken Hu said the strategy is based on expectations that “incredible computing power” is going to be needed as the world turns to complicated and resource-hogging future technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.

    “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. We need to beef up our computing power, explore new architectures, and develop processors that meet people’s needs across all scenarios,” Hu said at a tech conference in Shanghai.

    Huawei is already the world leader in telecom networking equipment, the number two smartphone producer, and is expected to dominate in ultra-fast future 5G networks.

    But it has been swept into the trade war between China and the United States, with its future prospects now in doubt owing to a US campaign to isolate the company.

    Washington says Huawei equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic.

    The United States has provided no proof and Huawei denies the charge.

    A push into the market for computer architecture and software could add a new front in Huawei’s battle with the Trump administration.

    Hu cited independent estimates saying the market will be worth more than $2 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,42,00,000 crores) by 2023, adding that Huawei would invest an additional $1.5 billion toward that effort.

    He gave no timeframe or figures on current investment.

    “We will continue to invest,” he said. “Starting with the most difficult challenge ahead of us — making breakthroughs in architecture — to developing processors, we’re going to help expand the industry and build out the ecosystem.”

    The United States is pressing allies, with mixed success, to reject Huawei’s 5G technology and has threatened to cut it off from US components and services that it needs, such as the Android operating system that runs its phones.

    In August the US Commerce Department effectively suspended those sanctions for a second time, but the possibility of future implementation has placed a cloud of uncertainty over Huawei.

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 4, 2020 Permalink |
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    HP Elite Dragonfly Ultra-Light Convertible Laptop Launched for Business Users 

    HP Elite Dragonfly laptop

    To push work and life boundaries for mobile business professionals, HP on Tuesday introduced the HP Elite Dragonfly laptop, an ultra-light premium convertible notebook weighing under one-kilogram, along with premium displays and accessories for home and office.

    Equipped with up to 16GB RAM and solid-state storage (SSD) of up to 2TB, the 13-inch Elite Dragonfly notebook will be available from October 25 starting at $1,549 (roughly Rs. 1,10,400).

    It is likely to hit the Indian market sometime in November and the local price is yet to be announced.

    The HP Elite Dragonfly offers up to 24.5-hour battery life with latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The optional gigabit-class 4G LTE allows workers to connect and collaborate from almost anywhere as the world’s first business convertible with a 4×4 LTE antenna.

    HP Elite Dragonfly is also the world’s first business convertible with pre-installed personal well-being software called HP “Workwell”, the company claims. The laptop houses 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processor.

    “Delivering the world’s lightest compact business convertible and beautiful-curved displays, HP is reimagining how technology empowers today’s workforce,” Alex Cho, President, Personal Systems, HP Inc, told reporters here.

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink |
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    Apple’s Brand in China Takes a Hit From Backlash Against Trump: Survey 

    Photo Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/ AFP

    A man tries out the new iPhone 11 smartphone at an Apple store in Hong Kong

    The trade war is taking its toll on Apple, a new survey of Chinese consumer attitudes shows.

    The company tumbled to No. 24 in an annual report on China’s top brands, falling from No. 11 a year ago. In 2017, before the trade war started, Apple was fifth in this ranking. Meanwhile, Apple’s biggest local rival, Huawei Technologies, climbed two spots and came in second, behind only Chinese payment service Alipay.

    The shuffle in the rankings is a sign of the growing challenge American brands face in the second year of Donald Trump’s tariff showdown with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. The survey findings show Chinese consumers growing cooler towards some American brands, especially after smartphone giant Huawei saw its Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, arrested in Canada last year at the behest of the US government.

    Trump followed with a ban on Huawei products, which helped fuel a surge of local support for the Shenzhen-based brand, according to Jay Milliken, senior partner in Hong Kong with Prophet, the San Francisco-based consultancy that conducted the survey of 13,500 Chinese consumers.

    Prophet’s survey, conducted annually, this year asked Chinese consumers in large cities for their views on more than 250 brands across 27 categories. Respondents evaluated brands they used or were considering using, rating rated their relevance to the lives of consumers based on qualities such as innovation, usefulness and dependability.

    ‘Nationalistic Buying’
    “There’s a lot of nationalistic buying in that category, because Chinese consumers interpreted what happened to Huawei as an attack,” he said.

    Patriotism helped fuel the rise of other Chinese brands, too. Sportswear maker Li Ning cracked the top 40 for the first time, ranked No. 34, just two spots behind market leader Nike.

    Named after its founder, the famous gymnast, Li Ning capitalized on the nationalistic sentiments of many Chinese consumers with the launch last year of a China Li-Ning collection at New York Fashion Week that heavily used red and yellow, China’s national colours.

    There were only two American names in the top ten this year — Android at No. 3 and Intel at No. 9 — compared to five in the 2017 survey.

    Switching Allegiances
    Unlike Apple, Android and Intel don’t have to worry about consumers switching allegiances to local competitors, Milliken said, and that explains why they manage to remain highly ranked.

    “Some Western brands are so integral in the lives of Chinese consumers, they’re almost predisposed to not losing relevance,” he said. “There are no Chinese alternatives so those remain super relevant.”

    Geopolitical tensions aren’t the only problem Apple faces in China, its biggest market after the US.

    While Beijing is pushing to make the country a leader in the introduction of high-speed 5G networks, Apple’s phones – even the newly announced iPhone 11 – don’t support that latest wireless standard.

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    Further reading: Apple, Donald Trump, China

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Offers Free Windows 7 Security Updates for 2020 US Elections 

    Windows 7 reaches “end of life” on January 14, meaning Microsoft stops free technical support and producing “patches” to fix software vulnerabilities. By Associated Press

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink |
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    Apple to Make New Mac Pro PCs in US After Some Tariff Exemptions 

    Apple Inc said on Monday it will make new Mac Pro desktop computers at its Austin, Texas facility, following some relief on tariffs by the US government.

    US trade regulators on Friday approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts.

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  • jkabtech 8:53 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink |
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    Synology Previews DiskStation Manager 7.0 OS For Enterprise and Home NAS Solutions 

    Synology DSM 7.0 is all set to launch sometime in 2020

    Highlights DSM 7.0 will introduces new features and updated apps Boot times and other aspects are also said to have improved DSM 7.0 will rollout sometime next year

    Popular NAS solutions provider, Synology, previewed its upcoming operating system (OS) DiskStation Manager 7.0, which is slated to arrive next year. 2020 also marks the company’s 20th anniversary and with that, it’s new overhauled OS for both enterprise and home NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions brings with a fresh new design, better performance, and new data management features. The company also showcased its upcoming NAS solution for India

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  • jkabtech 12:53 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink |
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    Dell Launches New Lineup of Inspiron and XPS Notebooks, All-In-One PCs, and Gaming Laptops in India 

    The Dell XPS 13 (7390) and XPS 15 (7590) both feature an OLED display

    Highlights Dell Inspiron 15 (5593) features up to 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor Dell’s XPS notebook lineup is getting two new additions Dell has also introduced two new Alienware gaming laptops

    Dell has expanded its portfolio of laptops and all-in-desktops (AIOs) in India by launching a total of 12 new products across the Inspiron, XPS, G-series, and Alienware lineups. Dell has equipped its PC portfolio with the 10th gen Intel Core processors, aside from a host of other hardware upgrades. For example, the new Dell XPS laptops pack an OLED display with a self-lighting pixel technology for completely turning off the pixels to achieve the best black shade for higher contrast. The company has also given an aesthetic makeover to multiple products across its 2-in-1 and AIO desktop portfolio. The new Dell laptops are either immediately available or will go on sale over the next couple of weeks.   

    Dell XPS series

    Starting with the premium XPS notebooks, Dell has launched two new devices

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  • jkabtech 4:53 am on February 2, 2020 Permalink |
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    Windows 10 Now on More Than 900 Million Devices, on Track to Hit 1 Billion in 2020: Microsoft 

    Microsoft has revealed that there were more than 900 million devices running on Windows 10 and the company was also edging closer to its 1 billion mark by 2020.

    Microsoft said that there have been more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than in any previous year since it was introduced in 2015.

    “#Windows10 is on more than 900M devices! Thanks to our customers, we added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever before. From PCs to HoloLens to Xbox to Surface Hub, Windows continues to power innovation-with more to come next week,” Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life and Devices Group, tweeted on Tuesday.

    The company hit the 700 million mark of Windows 10 devices in September 2018, followed by 800 million in March and 900 million this month.

    More than 50 percent of all PCs were now running Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system (OS), which comes after over four years of its release.

    Windows 10 OS had 48.86 percent market share in July and gained 2.13 percentage points to hit 50.99 percent in August. However, growth has been slow ever since the Windows 10 free upgrade expired in July 2016.

    Windows 8 OS stayed flat at 0.63 percent while Windows 8.1 lost 0.91 points to 4.20 percent.

    Together, they owned a 4.83 percent market share at the end of August.

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