• Computex 2016: Acer Liquid Zest Plus and TravelMate P2 notebooks launched; company sets an IoT vision


    Acer’s Liquid Zest Plus smartphone is priced at 9 and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Android 6.0, and a Mediatek processor.
    Acer has launched a new Liquid Zest Plus smartphone, along with TravelMate P2 notebook series and a cloud-based vision for IoT devices called BeingWare, at the annual Computex conference 2016.
    Acer’s Liquid Zest Plus smartphone is priced at $199 and comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Android 6.0, and a Mediatek processor. The USP of the phone is the 5000 mAh battery, which Acer says will last for three days and can also double up as a power bank.
    It has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, and also supports DTS-HD premium sound.
    The smartphone will be available in Europe, Middle East and America markets by July.
    Acer also revamped its TransferMate Notebook series with the new P2 devices which have the Intel 6…

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  • ForcePhone software brings iPhone 6s’ Force Touch technology to any smartphone


    The researchers used ultrasonic waves to replicate the effects of 3D touch without the need for a special screen technology (Source: University of Michigan)
    Engineers from University of Michigan have developed a Batman-inspired software that can allow users to command their smartphones with sense force or pressure on its screen or body.
    “ForcePhone offers” a new way — like squeezing your smartphone to make a call — to bring pressure-sensitive display technology, similar to the 3D Touch functionality that debuted on the iPhone 6S to any smartphone.
    The researchers used ultrasonic waves to replicate the effects of 3D touch without the need for a special screen technology.
    “You do not need a special screen or built-in sensors to do this. Now this functionality can be realised on any phone,” said Kang Shin, professor of comput…

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  • Video: Samsung showcases 5.5-inch 4K display for VR


    Samsung displayed a high resolution 4K screen for VR at the Display Week conference in San Francisco, CA.
    Samsung displayed a high resolution 4K screen for VR at the Display Week conference in San Francisco, CA. The Korean smartphone maker also showcased a number of other next-generation displays, but it was VR display that grabbed most attention.
    The 5.5-inch 4K VR display has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 with pixel density of 860 ppi. Both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive feature a little over 2K display with a pixel resolution of 2160 x 1200.
    Samsung has not made any official announcement on where it plans to use the display but it says its is just a prototype.
    Samsung also displayed other experimental technologies, aimed at making the VR experience better. One of these was the ‘Bio Blue’ technology, which helps in reducing the harmful blu…

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  • Sony introduces Bravia series with 4K HDR TVs, starting at Rs 1,94,900


    All the 4K HDR series (X9350D, X9300D & X8500D Series) are Netflix Recommended TVs.
    Sony has announced its Bravia series – BRAVIA X9350D, BRAVIA X9300D and BRAVIA X8500D starting at Rs 1,94,900. The TVs feature 4K HDR technology, combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR video content.
    The Sony 4K HDR range supports Android TV OS that offers TV apps and features from Google.
    The Bravia range has an upgraded voice search feature that enables users to search channel names and TV content without typing them. The Content Bar allows users to explore other TV content, internet videos via YouTube or Netflix.

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  • HP announces world’s first production-ready 3D printers, ecosystem


    HP is offering two new 3D printers — the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer for prototyping and HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 for short-run manufacturing needs.
    HP Inc has finally its big 3D printing play, the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.
    The company claims its HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution “revolutionises design, prototyping and manufacturing, and for the first time, delivers superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems”.
    The company had earlier told IndianExpress.com how it wants to bring in mass-level customisations from printing to 3D printing as well.
    By printing functional parts at the individual voxel level — the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing — HP will offers customers the ability to transform part properties and de…

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  • LG Gram ultra-thin notebook with 8GB RAM, Windows 10 launched exclusively on Paytm


    LG Gram PC is the lightest laptop in its category weighing just 980 grams (Source: LG)
    LG has announced the launch of its ultra-thin and lightweight Gram Windows 10 PC in India. The LG Gram PC was first unveiled during CES 2016 and will be available exclusively on Paytm for the initial phase.
    LG Gram PC features a 14-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. What sets LG Gram PC apart from other machines is the frame that is as small as any other 13-inch notebook. The LG Gram PC is the lightest laptop in its category weighing just 980 grams.
    LG Gram PC is powered by a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The laptop runs Windows 10 out of the box and will be available in Gold colour variant.
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    LG is offering 3 year warranty for this machine and the company says Gram PC is ideal for busi…

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  • Xiaomi Mi Drone with 1080p, 4K recording unveiled: Here are the details


    Xiaomi Mi Drone with 4K video recording and swappable 5,100mAh battery has been unveiled by the company.
    Xiaomi Mi Drone has been launched in China. With Mi Drone, Xiaomi has jumped into one of the fastest growing category in consumer electronics.
    Xiaomi Mi Drone is a quadcopter like many others including some Chinese ones with a 360-degree camera that is capable of recording 4K videos. Xiaomi Mi Drone comes with a remote control that users Xiaomi’s Mi smartphone as viewfinder. It is unclear whether other devices will be supported.

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  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 announced along with new GPS accessory


    Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, Peble Core accessory have been announced by the company on its new Kickstarter project.
    Pebble’s smartwatches are getting an upgrade, with the company announcing a new Kickstarter project for Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and two new GPS accessories.
    Pebble’s Kickstarter project has already raised over $5 million, nearly five time the original $1 million goal. Pebble’s new smartwatches come with a heart-rate sensor, a feature that was in missing the previous version.
    Pebble Core accessory comes in two versions: one designed for runners and one for the hackers. Core has 3G support, which allows for a phone-free running experience with GPS and music, and interestingly runs on Android, rather than Pebble’s own watch OS.
    Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are two new smartwatches which put the focus on activity track…

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  • Datawind again on top as India’s tablet market stays flat: IDC


    Datawind remains on top in the tablet market in India, according to IDC numbers.
    India’s tablet market for Q1 2016 remains flat with a total of 0.86 million units (including slate and detachable form factors) getting shipped, even as the detachables saw triple digit yearly growth, according to the latest numbers from research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
    IDC says shipments grew by a marginal 1.3 per cent over the same period last year thanks to declining consumer interest.
    Detachables saw triple digit year-over-year growth, although it was on a low base as uptake in this form factor began mainly from Q2 2016. Interestingly, Micromax leads in the detachables category accounting for more than one-third of total shipments in Q1 2016.
    “Windows based detachables continue to account over 70 per cent share. Howe…

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  • Macbook Pro 2016 revamp rumoured to feature OLED display and Touch ID


    Apple is reportedly bringing OLED display touch bar and TouchID to 2016 MacBook Pro lineup
    Apple is reportedly planning to launch a revamped version of MacBook Pro notebooks this year. According to MacRumors, the new revamped version will feature an even thinner form factor, and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
    Apple MacBooks have been long rumoured to get Touch ID. MacRumors reports the 2016 MacBook Pro will feature a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard and Apple will drop the function keys in favour of an OLED touch panel.

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