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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on June 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Your Laptop as a Wi-Fi Hotspot 

    Have you ever been in a situation where you have no W-Fi router, just one network cable and five people who need to use the Internet? Or maybe you have a 3G dongle that works with your laptop, but leaves your Wi-Fi-only tablet offline. Sounds familiar? It would certainly be handy to share the Internet connection amongst all users and devices without a router, right?

    Or maybe this scenario will ring a bell. Many hotels offer wired Internet access for free, but charge you for Wi-Fi and/ or for using the Internet on more than one device. So should you just pay the crazy amount they ask for? Not necessarily.

    You can share your laptop or desktop Internet connection via Wi-Fi to other devices, and for the most part, it’s quite simple. Mac users face no trouble at all, as setting up Internet sharing in OS X is just a couple of click away, but for Windows users the process can be a little bit more laboured. The built-in options don’t always cut it due to the complicated setup and reliability problems.

    Use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 Laptops as Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Thankfully, there are quite a few apps that let you use your machine as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Before you use any of these apps, you may want to check the steps on Microsoft’s site to see Windows’ built-in Internet sharing and see if you have better luck than we did. We do recommend that you skip that and use a third-party app instead, since the experience is usually much better.

    We tested some popular apps that let you do this – Connectify and Virtual Router Plus. The latter didn’t work very well for us. Our anti-virus flagged it as a threat and during installation it tried to make us install unwanted software.

    We didn’t have the same issues with Connectify. It is a reliable app for turning your computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Before you proceed, know that you will need a Windows PC with a Wi-Fi adapter (or built-in Wi-Fi) to make this work. If your computer does not have Wi-Fi, then you can buy one that connects via USB, such as this one.

    Here are the steps to setup your Windows machine as a Wi-Fi hotspot:

    Download Connectify and install it. The installation is pretty straightforward and when installation is complete, restart your computer. After restarting the computer, check whether it is connected to the Internet. If it is, run the Connectify Hotspot app. You’ll see two tabs in the app – Settings and Clients. In the Settings tab, under “Create a…” click Wi-Fi Hotspot. Under Internet to Share, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Expand it and select the connection you want to share. We tested this app with a wired and a wireless connection and found that it worked perfectly with both. Under that, you’ll see some more options. Add a Wi-Fi password. Click Start Hotspot.

    That’s all you need to do. Now other devices will detect a Wi-Fi network labelled Connectify-me. Key in the password and you’re good to go.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Amazon Sale Begins: Best iPhone 8, iPhone 7, Google Pixel, TV, Laptop Deals You Can Get 

    Highlights The Amazon sale will continue till October 8 There will be no cost EMIs and cashback offers Amazon Prime members will get access to exclusive deals

    Amazon has kick started its second festive sale of the season, with discounts and deals on more than 10 crore products across various categories. Users of the e-commerce platform can get great deals on electronics, consumer durables, fashion, home & kitchen, among many others via the Amazon website and app. Apart from the flat discounts, the Amazon sale will allow consumers to get more bang for the buck via exchange offers, cashbacks on Citi Credit and Debit cards (minimum spending Rs. 3,000, maximum cashback Rs. 2,000) as well as Amazon Pay balance (maximum Rs. 450), and no-cost EMI options. If you are in the market for a smartphone, laptop, TV, or other electronics, check out the Amazon sale offers announced so far.

    Amazon Sale Day 1 Offers: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and More Great Indian Festival Deals

    Amazon sale offers on mobile phones

    As part of the ongoing sale, Amazon is offering up to 40 percent discount on smartphones and up to 80 percent off on accessories such as cases and powerbanks. 160 smartphones and over 100 electronics will be available as Amazon Exclusives in the sale. The company has partnered with Jio and Vodafone to offer up to 90GB and up to 75GB complementary data on select smartphones.

    iPhone 8 64GB is available at a discounted price of Rs. 61,985 against the MRP of Rs. 64,000 in the Amazon sale, while the iPhone 8 Plus with same storage can be purchased for Rs. 69,985 (MRP Rs. 73,000). If you are looking to save some money, you can opt for the iPhone 7 — Rs. 39,999 for the 32GB variant and Rs. 50,999 for the 128GB model. The iPhone 6s with 32GB storage is available for Rs. 37,490 in the sale, and iPhone 6 32GB at Rs. 20,999.

    Amazon sale offers on mobiles running Android OS include Google Pixel 32GB at Rs. 41,155, Pixel XL 128GB at Rs. 44,990, and OnePlus 3T at Rs. 24,999. Other popular phones on discount in the ongoing sale include Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro at Rs. 18,990, and Moto G5 Plus at Rs. 12,999, Moto G5S Plus 64GB at Rs. 15,999, Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro at Rs. 6,490 (MRP Rs. 7,990), Honor 6X 64GB at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999), Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro at Rs. 7,590 (MRP Rs. 9,490), Coolpad Cool 1 at Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 11,999), and 10.or G 4GB RAM at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999).

    BlackBerry KEYone (Rs. 36,990), Honor 8 Pro (Rs. 26,999), Samsung Galaxy A5 (Rs. 17,990) and InFocus Turbo 5 Plus (Rs. 8,499) are also on sale for the first time in the Amazon sale. The Nokia 6 is on open sale, while popular handsets such as Lenovo K8 Note (Rs. 11,999), Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs. 8,499), Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (Rs. 10,590), and LG Q6 (Rs. 12,990) are also on discount.

    Amazon sale offers on TVs, laptops, and other electronics

    As for Amazon sale offers on TVs, you can get the BPL Stellar 32-inch HD Ready Smart LED TV for Rs. 14,990, a Rs. 10,000 discount over its MRP of Rs. 24,990. Large-screen TVs (those with screen size of 39-inch or above) will be available for less than Rs. 20,000, and 32-inch TVs will start at less than Rs. 10,000. TVs across different brands have discounts of up to 40 percent in the sale. In laptop offers, Amazon is providing discounts of up to Rs. 20,000, along with exchange discounts. Models with Core i5 processor, as well as those with Core i3 chip and 1TB HDD, will be cheaper in the sale too, while gaming laptops will have exchange discounts of up to Rs. 20,000.

    Storage devices will see prices go down by up to 50 percent, with Seagate 1TB external hard drive down to Rs. 3,899 from Rs. 7,999. Similarly, the SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD memory card can be purchased for Rs. 639 instead of its MRP of Rs. 1,290 in the Amazon sale. The Kindle Paperwhite will be available for Rs. 8,499 (MRP Rs. 10,999), with offers worth Rs. 5,000, and there will be minimum Rs. 1,800 off gaming consoles. PC accessories and headphones & speakers will both have discounts of up to 60 percent. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Android tablet can be purchased for Rs. 9,999 against its MRP of Rs. 16,000 in the sale, while the Rs. 2,999 Lenovo 13,000mAh Powerbank will go for Rs. 999.

    On Amazon Gift Cards, the Rs. 2,000 gift card can be purchased for Rs. 1,800. The Amazon sale offers will include exclusive deals for Prime customers as well, such as the Rs. 499 cashback in Amazon Pay balance on the Fire TV Stick, after the Rs. 500 discount against its MRP of Rs. 3,999. This means the effective price of the Fire TV Stick will go down to Rs. 2,999. Similarly, Prime members will get Fitbit Charge 2 at Rs. 10,499 (a discount of 30 percent) and Sennheiser HD 598 SR at Rs. 8,999 (59 percent cheaper). They can also buy the BPL 55-inch Full HD LED TV and get BPL 32-inch HD Ready LED TV free.

    Amazon Prime Membership’s Rs. 499 Introductory Offer to End Soon

    Wearables will see discounts of up to 40 percent, healthcare devices up to 50 percent, office supplies up 40 percent, and video games up to 60 percent. Products with Amazon Basics branding will be up to 60 percent cheaper in the sale, and tablets up to 45 percent cheaper. Amazon will be offering deals under Rs. 499 on several products, app-only Golden Hour deals between 8pm and 12am, and will host a half-price store as well as a Minimum Rs. 15,000 store during the sale.

    Flipkart has also announced that it will start its next big sale, named Festive Dhamaka Days, on Thursday, October 5 and offer deals on mobile phones, laptops, TVs, cameras, and accessories. Like the ongoing Amazon sale, the Flipkart sale will continue till October 8 and see flat discounts, exchange offers, cashbacks, buyback guarantees, and no-cost EMIs. There will also be Dhamaka Deals that provide big discounts on popular products; these deals will be run twice a day — once at 1pm and then at 10pm.

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    Further reading: Amazon, Amazon Great Indian Festival, Amazon India, Amazon Sale, Amazon Sale Deals, Amazon Sale Offers

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Lenovo ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 Laptop With Retro ThinkPad Design Launched 

    Highlights The “Retro ThinkPad” has a classic 7-row keyboard and ThinkPad logo It’s based on the ThinkPad T470 and has modern-day specifications The first ThinkPad model was launched on October 5, 1992

    Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad line of business-minded laptops by releasing a retro special edition that borrows a lot of design cues from the original model. First teased in a series of blog posts two years ago, the new ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 – or “ThinkPad Retro”, as it was referred to while in development – will be a limited edition release. Its main appeal will be a seven-row keyboard with standard (non-chiclet) keys, dedicated volume buttons and status LEDs, the classic blue Enter key, a multi-coloured ThinkPad logo, and special Anniversary Edition branding and packaging. 

    In terms of hardware, the device is pretty much the same as the ThinkPad T470 model, which it is based on. There’s an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 14-inch full-HD touchscreen. There’s also Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, a Thunderbolt 3 port, stereo speakers and dual mics. Battery life is claimed to be 13.9 hours, and weight is 1.6kg. It will be priced at $1,899 (approximately Rs. 1,23,600). 

    In a series of blog posts in mid-2015, Lenovo’s Chief Design Officer David Hill explored the idea of bringing back features and design touches that have been dropped over the years, and questioned whether customers preferred laptops the way they used to be 25 years ago compared to now. The four-part survey included detailed questions about preferred screen sizes and aspect ratios, keyboard layouts, backlighting options, the shape of the TrackPoint’s rubber caps, and even the long-debated positioning of the Fn and Ctrl keys on ThinkPads. Each post attracted thousands of comments, through which debates raged about the poor quality of today’s laptops.

    In the two years that have passed since then, it seemed as though Lenovo might have abandoned the idea of a retro ThinkPad, but it turns out that many of those insights made it into the Anniversary Edition 25. The original ThinkPad 700C was launched on October 5,1992, and over 130 million units have been sold since. After IBM sold the brand to Lenovo, its new owner has continued to release new models and innovate with designs. 

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    Further reading: Lenovo, Retro ThinkPad, ThinkPad, ThinkPad Anniversary Edition, ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    iBall Compbook Marvel 6 Review: Windows 10 Laptop Under Rs. 15,000 

    Highlights This laptop costs less than Rs. 15,000 but is capable of basic tasks It offers a large screen, full-sized keyboard, and licensed Windows 10 The body flexes and bends easily, and storage is constrained to 32GB

    A little over a year ago, we reviewed the iBall Compbook Exemplaire, a 14-inch notebook that cost less than Rs. 15,000. We found it to be underpowered and flimsy, but ultimately worthwhile, because there really isn’t a lot of choice at this price level, and at least you could get basic work done. There still isn’t much choice – and we still feel that there’s a gap in the market where netbooks used to reign. Sure, tablets can be fun to use and easy to watch movies on, but typing, browsing the Web, and multitasking are still largely off the table. iBall was smart enough to take the guts of a tablet and put them into a clamshell with a usable keyboard and screen, without pushing costs up too high.

    Now, we have with us the successor to that product, the new iBall Compbook Marvel 6. It looks very similar, but benefits from newer technology. The price is still the same, so we hope that iBall has managed to iron out some of the problems with the Exemplaire and give us a machine that’s even better value for money.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Pavilion Power Laptop Launched for Creative Professionals in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights HP Pavilion Power price starts from Rs. 79,990 It is powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card The HP Pavilion Power has FHD IPS display along with audio by B&O Play

    HP on Monday launched its Pavilion Power notebook range for creative professionals in India at a starting price of Rs 77,999. The range of laptops will be available in three models at leading retail stores. It has been launched in its Shadow Black with Acid Green colour variant.

    The Windows 10-powered HP Pavilion Power notebook is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card and latest 7th-generation quad-core Intel processors. It bears a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display. 

    “With HP ‘Pavilion Power’, we are reaching out to the creative professionals seeking to fulfil their passions by turning visions into reality. Being a leader in the consumer PC segment, HP has strived to bring the best value to its customers – from design, form-factor to engineering and performance,” said Anurag Arora, Head-Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc India, in a statement.

    The HP Pavilion Power has full-HD IPS display along with audio by B&O Play and HP Audio Boost.  The notebook features hybrid storage of 128GB PCIe SSD and 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) storage. It also has a backlit keyboard with ‘Acid Green’ lighting. The company is also touting the metal keyboard deck with a unique lift hinge design for improved thermal performance. It sports an HP Wide Vision Camera. 

    The HP fast-charge technology enables 90 percent charge in 90 minutes, the company said. Pavilion Power comes pre-installed with MS Office Home & Student 2016 Edition, with a lifetime subscription. 

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    Further reading: HP, HP Pavilion Power, Laptops, Pavilion Power

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Acer Nitro 5 Spin Convertible Gaming Laptop Launched in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights Acer Nitro 5 Spin features a 15.6-inch full-HD display It is available in both Intel Core i7 and Core i5 options It comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and GeForce GTX 1050 GPU

    Taiwanese electronics giant Acer on Tuesday expanded its Nitro gaming series by introducing a new convertible gaming laptop, the Nitro 5 Spin, in India. Priced starting Rs. 79,990, the laptop is now available to buy via Flipkart, leading retail stores, and Acer exclusive stores. The biggest highlight of the laptop is its 360-degree hinge, allowing it to be used in several different form factors.

    The Acer Nitro 5 Spin features a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS LED-backlit display with touchscreen functionality, and is powered by a choice of eighth generation Intel Core i7-8550U or Core i5-8250U processors, coupled with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. As for storage, the laptop is available in 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Lava Helium 12 Laptop With Windows 10 Home Launched: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights Helium 12 is powered by Windows 10 Home and runs on Intel Atom x5-Z8350 The laptop has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB internal storage Lava has priced it at Rs. 12,999

    Domestic mobile handset company Lava on Wednesday announced the launch of the 12.5-inch Helium 12 notebook, what it claims is the “widest screen and lightest notebook”. Lava has priced it at Rs. 12,999. The Helium 12 will be available in Silver and Gold colour variants at major e-commerce portals as well as multi-brand outlets across 14 cities.

    Weighing 1.31kg, the Helium 12 marks the next entry into Lava’s notebook portfolio post the launch of Helium 14 a few months ago. It sports a 12.5-inch display with a 1366×768 pixels display. It’s Helium 12 is powered by Windows 10 Home and runs on an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, with a clock speed up to 1.88GHz. The laptop has 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

    The notebook features 10000mAh battery for prolonged usage. The Helium 12 has 32GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via SD card (up to 128GB). An HDD up to 1TB can also be added. The Helium 12 has VGA webcam with video-calling functionality. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0, and 3.5mm audio jack.

    “The launch of Lava Helium 12 testifies our commitment to constantly innovate our product portfolio and deliver the best-in-class devices for the Indian consumers. We understand the increasing preference for a lightweight yet big-screen notebook for our modern-day customers; which largely comprise budding entrepreneurs and university graduates – these millennials largely represent the country’s evolving mobile workforce. With focus on technology as an enabler, we have given many firsts to our consumers. And, we are committed to contribute to the digital evolution of the Indian economy with the launch of advanced devices; such as Lava Helium 12,” said Gaurav Nigam, Senior Vice President and Head of Product, Lava International Ltd.

    Written with inputs from IANS

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    Further reading: Laptops, Lava, Lava Helium 12, PC

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Acer Predator Triton 700 Ultrathin Gaming Laptop Launched in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights Acer is touting the laptop’s ultrathin profile at 18.9mm It is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor The laptop has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics

    Taiwanese PC giant Acer on Tuesday launched its latest gaming laptop in India, the Predator Triton 700. An ultrathin offering, the notebook is powered by a seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, and will be available in India through Acer Exclusive Stores and Flipkart at a staggering price of Rs. 2,99,999. To recall, the laptop was first unveiled at the company’s Next

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adware, , Laptop, , , , Superfish   

    Lenovo Pays $3.5 Million Fine to Settle Superfish Laptop Adware Charges by US FTC 

    Lenovo, a major laptop maker, has agreed to pay $3.5 million (roughly Rs. 22.4 crores) and make changes in how it sells laptops in order to settle allegations it sold devices with pre-loaded software that compromised users’ security protections.

    The agreement with Connecticut, the Federal Trade Commission and 31 other states was announced on Tuesday.

    The software, called VisualDiscovery, was installed on hundreds of thousands of laptops beginning in August 2014 in order to deliver pop-up advertisements. The software also blocked browsers from warning users when they tried to access malicious websites.

    The software was also able to access consumers’ sensitive information, like Social Security numbers, the FTC said. That information was not sent to Superfish, which sold VisualDiscovery, the FTC said.

    “Lenovo compromised consumers’ privacy when it preloaded software that could access consumers’ sensitive information without adequate notice or consent to its use,” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a statement. “This conduct is even more serious because the software compromised online security protections that consumers rely on.”

    Lenovo said in a statement that it stopped selling the pre-loaded software in early 2015.

    “While Lenovo disagrees with allegations contained in these complaints, we are pleased to bring this matter to a close after 2-1/2 years,” the company said.

    “To date, we are not aware of any actual instances of a third party exploiting the vulnerabilities to gain access to a user’s communications,” the company said in an email statement.

    As part of the settlement, Lenovo agreed to get consumers’ consent before installing this type of software, the FTC said.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Rugged 2-in-1 Laptop Launched in India: Price, Specifications 

    Highlights The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is priced at Rs. 2.7 lakhs in India It is touted as the world’s first laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio It is powered by a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-7300U vPro processor

    Japanese tech firm Panasonic on Friday launched the Toughbook CF-33 – a rugged detachable laptop – at Rs. 2.7 lakhs in India. To recall, the laptop was first unveiled at MWC 2017 earlier this year.

    The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is touted as the world’s first laptop with an aspect ratio of 3:2 (12-inch QHD display, with a 1440×2160 pixels resolution) and is a fully rugged, two-in-1 detachable laptop.

    “Panasonic Toughpads enjoy 65 percent market share in India and with the introduction of new products in ‘Toughbook’ and ‘Toughpad’ series, we aim to increase our market share to over 70 percent,” said Gunjan Sachdev, Business Head, Toughbook and Toughpad Division, in a statement.

    The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 runs 64-bit Windows 10 Pro powered by a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-7300U vPro processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.

    The Toughbook CF-33 also sports 2-megapixel webcam with stereo microphones and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

    Connectivity options include USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, microSDXC card slot, and headset ports.

    Additional tablet configuration options include second USB 2.0 port, serial and barcode reader, smartcard reader, contactless smart card reader and fingerprint reader.

    The keyboard dock has 2x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, LAN, Serial, HDMI, SD-XC and VGA ports. The Toughbook CF-33 has an IP65-rating for dust and water resistance. The laptop (with detachable keyboard) weighs 2.76kg while just the tablet part weighs 1.53kg. Further, there is an IP55 digitiser pen that provides user with accuracy while writing, working, or giving signatures.

    “We at Panasonic are constantly looking to offer products that not only improve the efficiency, but enhance productivity for a number of years,” said Vijay Wadhwan, Business Head System and Solution Business, Panasonic India.

    The screen of the laptop can be flipped around, detached and re-attached which keeps it functioning in all conditions.

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

    Further reading: India, Laptops, Microsoft, Panasonic, Panasonic Toughbook CF-33, PC, Tablets

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