• Microsoft to Asus, how tech companies are hedging their bets for the future


    Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, left, smiles as he tries on a Hololens device with colleagues Alex Kipman, right, and Terry Myerson following an event demonstrating new features of Windows 10 at the company’s headquarters. (Source: AP)
    Microsoft accepts that one of its biggest miscalculations was thinking that the personal computer will always be the hub of all digital activity. But then the smartphone came along and Redmont was left scampering to offer a viable platform for this new generation of devices and users, some of whom had never seen a PC.
    With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying not to repeat that mistake. Even with smartphones being where they are in 2015, they don’t want to plan for a future that will maintain this status quo. “To make the same assumption about the mobile phone is not a construct that we want to go into now as we b…

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  • Google launches OnHub WiFi router for homes, priced at $199


    Google OnHub wireless router is priced at 9.
    Google is making a Wi-Fi router called OnHub as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more of its online advertising.
    Pre-orders for the $199 wireless router, called OnHub, can be made beginning Tuesday at Google’s online store, Amazon.com and Walmart.com. The device will go on sale in stores in the US and Canada in late August or early September.
    Google is touting the cylinder-shaped OnHub as a leap ahead in a neglected part of technology.
    The Mountain View, California, company is promising its wireless router will be sleeker, more reliable, more secure and easier to use than other long-established alternatives made by the Arris Group, Netgear, Apple and other hardware specialists. Google…

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  • IBM partners with Canonical to bring Ubuntu Linux on mainframes


    IBM has announced two new mainframe servers based on Ubuntu Linux
    IBM has announced that it is partnering with Canonical to build a new mainframe running Ubuntu Linux called the LinuxOne.
    According to the TechCrunch, the new mainframes come in two flavors. The first is called Emperor and runs on the IBM z13. The other is a smaller mainframe called the Rockhopper designed for a more entry level mainframe buyer.
    This new approach includes a monthly subscription pricing model, deeper involvement with other open source projects, contributing a huge cache of mainframe code to open source and participating in the newly launched Open Mainframe Project.
    IBM as part of its broader strategy to promote the cloud, analytics and security is hoping to expand the potential market for mainframes by running Ubuntu Linux and supporting a ran…

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  • Ricoh Imaging brings Pentax back to India with K-S2 DSLR


    The Pentax K-S2 DSLR features a 20.1 MP sensor with 11 point autofocus
    Ricoh Imaging, the parent company of Pentax, has announced the launch of K-S2 DSLR with 20.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor at a price of Rs 56,995. The DSLR will come with DA 18-50 mm F4.5-6 retractable lens and DA 50-200 mm F4.5-6 lenses exclusively on Amazon India.
    The Pentax name holds a huge legacy in photography, even in India. At 1960 Photokina trade show, Asahi Optical (then Pentax) showed its Spot-matric prototype which took exposure measurements via a spotmeter through the taking lens. It was an incredible innovation that later became an instant success in spite of production issues.  Pentax then went on to introduce K-series with K mount lenses that incorporated aperture-priority, auto exposure with manual shutter speed. Pentax still holds a unique positi…

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  • Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P50 and P70


    Lenovo’s new ThinkPad Workstation.
    Lenovo has launched two new workstations named ThinkPad P50 and P70 at the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Exhibition.
    Both ThinkPad P70 and P50 are powered by Intel Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 and feature NVIDIA Quadro GPUs.
    Lenovo says both workstations have a new FLEX dual-fan cooling system for cooler, quieter and faster performance.
    ThinkPad P70 is a 17-inch mobile workstation. ThinkPad P70 is loaded with 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory and according to Lenovo it can handle four storage devices and up to a 1TB of SSD storage.
    ThinkPad P70 comes with two Intel Thunderbolt 3 ports for ultra-fast connectivity and a 4K UHD display or optional FHD touch.  ThinkPad P50 has a 15.6-inch UHD 4K display.
    The new Lenovo ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations will be available starting in Q4 2015. While ThinkPa…

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  • Panasonic unveils Toughbook CF-54 semi-rugged laptop at Rs 1,39,000


    Panasonic claims the new Toughbook CF-54 to be the thinnest and lightest in its category.
    Panasonic has introduced another Toughbook model called CF-54. Panasonic claims this semi rugged PC to be the thinnest and lightest in its category and is aimed professionals who are always on the move. With the ruggedity it offers it can also be used for usage by service engineers in the automotive diagnostic industry, field work and other business verticals, mainly for indoor maintenance, without compromising on the aesthetic appeal of the PC. It can also be customised as per customer usage with integrated ports, 3G, dedicated GPS and other customisation.
    The Toughbook CF-54 has a thickness of 29.8 mm and weighs 1.99 kg light. “This makes it approximately 50% thinner and 25% lighter than the previous model CF-53,” said Panasonic in a s…

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  • The Add-Ons You Need to Use Intel Compute Stick


    Intel Compute Stick is a tiny stick that turns any TV into a full-fledged PC (Source: Intel)
    The Intel Compute Stick (read our review) is a great device to turn any TV into a full-fledged PC. However, the price of Rs. 10,499 is a barebones unit with just the stick, the power adapter, and an HDMI extension dongle. To really run the PC, you’ll need some other stuff.
    Mouse and Keyboard
    Obviously, Windows requires a mouse and a keyboard. Now, you can actually use your smartphone as a keyboard and mouse. The company recently launched the Intel Remote Keyboard app for Android, a free app that turns your phone into a touchpad with a mouse.
    You can also try Remote Mouse for Android or iPhone, which is free to try but the ads are annoying. If you like it, pay for the unlockable premium features like remote media control, ad blocker, and more. They’re…

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