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World’s lightest notebook?

Posted by surfingall on May 11, 2010

Toshiba working on the world’s lightest notebook.

Toshiba has been known for its notebooks over the years, but recent news show that Toshiba might be working something even bigger that is the world’s lightest 13 inch notebook.

Everybody wants a decent laptop with long battery life. Most notebooks provide that, but they can be heavy. So Toshiba has decided to put an end to it with their new notebook.

This is still a new concept but some information has been released, such as hardware specifications. The world’s lightest notebook will be using variety of Intel processors such as Core i3, i5 or i7. This model comes with 4 GB RAM, 500GB hard drive space, (if you prefer you can get 512 GB SSD instead), 13 inch screen display and 16:9 aspect ratio. This notebook will provide solid image for all your needs, but the most interesting thing about it is the SCiB battery technology. SCiB stands for Super Charged Ion Battery that can be charged up to 90% in just ten minutes.

Overall, this is a great notebook with solid hardware power to run all your applications without any problem, and thanks to the SCiB technology. Here after you will never have to worry about battery ever again. You will get grate notebook with fast charging battery and with less weight which is less than 1 kg. So far no additional information has been released such as release date or price, so we have to wait and see.

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Latest gaming notebook

Posted by surfingall on May 3, 2010

Notebooks have always been a huge must have, but we all know that not all notebooks are suitable for gaming. Well MSI wanted to change that and it has announced that it will release new gaming notebook named GE600. 

The new model has a 16-inch display and it is supposed to be the lightest laptop weighing in at 5.9 lbs or 2.7 kg. So that’s a great plus from MSI, because nobody likes to carry a heavy laptop, but will this laptop have enough to deal with latest games? This thing is run by Intel Core i5 processor, which will handle all the latest games and applications with ease, but it’s the graphics power that matters when it comes to gaming. As for graphics GE600 uses ATI Radeon 5730 graphics that supports DirectX 11 which is used to run the latest games.

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Mobile 3-D

Posted by surfingall on May 3, 2010

The Samsung B710 phone looks like a typical smart phone, but something unexpected happens when the screen is moved from a vertical to a horizontal orientation: the image jumps from 2-D to 3-D.

The technology that produces this perception of depth is the work of Julien Flack, CTO of Dynamic Digital Depth, who has spent more than a decade perfecting software that can convert 2-D content to 3-D in real time. It could help solve the biggest problem with 3-D: the need for special glasses that deliver a separate image to each eye. Flack’s software synthesizes 3-D scenes from existing 2-D video by estimating the depth of objects using various cues; a band of sky at the top of a frame probably belongs in the far background, for example.

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Samsung’s Google TV?

Posted by surfingall on May 3, 2010

Yeah! Google is all around the world. The time is not far away when every living human on this planet will be using the word Google at least once every day and using at least one gadget which will have Google’s logo on it.

Today, we don’t search rather we Google! Tomorrow we will never buy a smartphone rather we will be buying Android phones. Similarly, one day we won’t be buying TVs rather will be buying Google TV! With Samsung giving hint about launching its next television that will include Android (tagging it as Google TV) it is raining Google all around the planet.

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HP: Latest all-in-one PCs

Posted by surfingall on May 2, 2010

All-in-one PC are getting more popular because they are so compact and elegantly designed. And now HP has just announced that they will be releasing three new all-in-one PCs, so let’s have a closer look.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Convertible Laptop

Posted by surfingall on April 28, 2010

The ThinkPad X201 is the latest 12-inch ultra-portable business notebook, which promises even faster performance on what was already the industry’s best business convertible tablet.

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Sharp NetWalker PC-T1 tablet runs on Ubuntu

Posted by surfingall on April 26, 2010

The tablet race has been going on for a while and there is now a new player in it. This one comes from Sharp and unlike competitors it uses Ubuntu Linux, which makes it so special. This tablet named NetWalker PC-T1 is using Ubuntu 9.04 Linux ARM and it comes with all other software pre installed, such as OpenOffice.ord, Firefox, Thunderbird and Flash Lite.

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Posted by surfingall on April 3, 2010

Spice Mobiles To Make Handsets In India

Spice Mobiles, one of the fastest growing mobile handset brands in India, will start manufacturing its handsets at its plant at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh by the year end. However, the trial production began last month. The company presently has a handset market share of about 5 per cent in India and an annual volume of 5 million units. The company had been outsourcing production activities of mobiles phones to various EMS providers in other countries, particularly China.

Benefits of manufacturing in India

Multinational handset companies like Nokia, Motorola and Samsung already have their manufacturing units in India. Spice, being a relative newcomer, began its manufacturing facility rather latish in India despite its good sales record in Rajasthan, Assam and Haryana where the company ranks second in sales. It also sells well in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra (except Mumbai), Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Commenting on the cost benefit in India, Mr Ahuja director and CEO, Spice Mobiles says, “Since we have just started manufacturing handsets in India, we are not looking for any cost benefit now because the tariffs for components are same in India as in other countries. In fact, we are a little uncertain about their quality in India. Moreover, there is a dearth of popular brands manufacturing these components in India. But being an Indian company, it was our moral responsibility to set up our own manufacturing unit in India.”

Hiccups for manufacturers:

The Indian manufacturing scenario has always been poor, something that manufacturers regret. Despite immense potential in various segments, companies don’t find the Indian manufacturing environment feasible enough to set up their manufacturing bases.  The main concern of the manufacturers is lack of availability of raw materials, poor infrastructure, inadequate transportation, poor power facility and higher tariff rates.

While speaking on the purchase of components, Ahuja says, “We are sourcing all the components from outside India. There are limited component suppliers in India.” He further explains, “Government should make a conducive atmosphere to invite top tier component manufacturers in the country. In this regard, the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) presented a white paper to the government wherein we have raised points as to how to create a robust hub for component manufacturers.”

National Solar Mission Targets Achievable But Challenging

The recently launched Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has successive three stages leading up to an installed capacity of 20,000 MW by the end of the Five Year Plan in 2022. The solar mission states to achieve off grid solar applications of 200 MW by 2013, 1000 MW by 2017, and 2000 MW by 2022. In utility grid power including rooftop it targets 1000-2000 MW by 2013, 4k-10k MW by 2017, and 20k MW by 2022.

During the first phase the mission aims to achieve rapid scale up to drive down costs, spur domestic manufacturing, and to validate the technological and economic viability of different solar applications. This will be done by promoting solar water heating and rooftop PV applications/PV panels and establishing pilot demonstration projects to promote technology development and cost reduction. This would include both solar PV utility and solar thermal utility plants explains.

The second and third phase of the mission would focus on scaling up validated applications. This would include pilot deployment of next generation technologies like dish stirling, concentrated solar power, thin-film PV and storage systems. This will further enable achievement of tariff parity with conventional grid power reaching an installed capacity of 20 GW by 2020.

Scientist develops low-cost cancer detector

An Indian scientist has developed a blood-based cancer biomarker which can potentially work as a low-cost diagnostic tool to detect different human cancers. It is perhaps the world’s first low-cost diagnostic tool for detection of cancer in the human body.

Early cancer detection can significantly enhance chances of a patient’s recovery. It is a simple blood-test kit, much like a pregnancy or diabetes test. The bio-molecular tool has passed preliminary trials and is now being vetted through multi-centre tests in the US and Japan. The kit may be ready for mass production in about two to three years’ time.

The test can be performed by any individual at home and it should not cost more than Rs.100-150. What it requires is a small amount of blood, which can be drawn from a finger tip.

Sharan, a leading biochemist said it took him and his team of PhD students over two decades to develop the bio-molecular marker of cancer. Numerous scientific aspects need to be looked into and understood in mouse and cell culture models before a sound hypothesis can be put forward, he informed.

We have now developed and standardized a minimally invasive, non-radioactive and highly sensitive immunoassay to quantify the bio-marker in blood samples of patients the biochemist said. Eighteen different types of cancer were covered in this study and the results support the hypothesis fully.

As per procedures clinical phase 2 a multi-centric study is being initiated in India in collaboration with the Global Discovery Centre of a US-based multinational company covering cancer patients from 3-4 cancer and general hospitals in Delhi. It is proposed that over 350 human samples from patients with almost all types of cancer will be analyzed in this phase. Potentially, the whole test can be packaged in a simple kit.

The test can be conducted by following simple procedures by anyone in primary health centers or even at home. The diagnostic kit can be used for regular screening of population for cancer, who are visiting a hospital, health clinic, or a primary health center for any other medical conditions.

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