Month: October 2012

Gmail’s new ‘Compose’ button: It’s faster, smarter, and easier

Gmail is on a revamp and Google is putting in all efforts to make its e-mail client work faster and better. In an attempt to refurbish its looks and functionality, Google has completely redesigned the ‘Compose’ button. With the new change, the ‘Compose’ will now pop up in a window, similar to the way the chat window pops up. The new design will make it easier for the users to reference old e-mails, without the need of closing the draft message. Users will be able to keep their inbox tab on or conduct searches even while drafting a message. With this new functionality, users will be able to draft multiple messages and send them to multiple users at the same time. Phil Sharp, Google product manager, posted, “We’re always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we’re introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.” Google has also introduced some additional features, like the ability to insert inline images and some changes to the prevailing address line. Now, whenever you want to add recipients to your message, profile pictures of all your contacts will roll out in autocomplete. This will help you find out the right person by viewing the profile pictures. You can also drag and drop names between the “to,” “cc,” and “bcc” fields. The address area will automatically...

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Livescribe launches Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen

Technology is all about making our lives simple. From smartphones to cameras, all products are being designed to digitize our world. Following the trend, Livescribe has also rolled out its all-new Sky Wi-Fi smartpen that attempts to bridge the gap between the paper and the cloud technology. The Wi-Fi-enabled pen digitizes your documents and allows you to capture everything you hear or write. Simply record all your hand-written documents or your voice and wirelessly transfer the captured data to a tablet, a smartphone, or cloud-based notes service Evernote. The smartpen works with proprietary physical notebooks and preserves your hand-written notes and audio files on 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of onboard storage. Once the content has been successfully stored on the cloud, you can easily search, organize, and share your files. The Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen also has the ability to directly pair with tablets like iPad through smartpen’s wireless functionality. Through this, Livescribe smartpen automatically transfers your notes taken on a paper to the tablet’s touchscreen. This has been done because around 54% of Livescribe users use tablets. The Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen, which resembles a normal pen, has a replaceable nib, which sits next to the camera that captures whatever you are writing. It also sports a power button, a monochromatic, single-line OLED display, a microphone, and a speaker. All notes are synced with Livescribe’s servers, before getting stored on...

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ORNL unveils Titan: The fastest supercomputer of this world

It’s capable of solving the most complex questions in science. With it, weather predictions will become lot more accurate. And its launch will give rise to a new kind of global arms race. Meet Titan – the most powerful and fastest supercomputer of this world for open scientific research. NVIDIA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has finally launched Titan, the much anticipated supercomputer that runs with a theoretical peak performance exceeding 20 petaflops, which is equivalent to a quadrillion calculations per second. The supercomputer, which is an updated version of its predecessor Jaguar, is ten times faster and five times more energy efficient than Jaguar. The computer, which will be operated in Tennessee by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has 299,008 CPUs made by AMD. It is a Cray-XK7 system and the first machine to have 18,688 graphics processing units (GPUs) made by NVIDIA. GPUs serve as accelerators to the CPUs; this is the reason due to which Titan provides ten times faster performance output when compared to Jaguar. In addition to being faster and more energy efficient, Titan is of the same size as that of the Jaguar. The Titan supercomputer will be used by a number of engineers and researchers from academia, industries, and government labs to research into alternative fuels and changing climatic conditions. Titan targets six flagship applications, which include material science, biofuels, climatic changes, nuclear...

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Step by Step Guide for Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft has finally launched its much talked about, touch-friendly operating system – Windows 8. And as the whole world goes ga-ga over the latest offering from Microsoft, we bring to you some important points that will help you upgrade your PC to the new Windows 8 operating system: System compatibility: The first thing that you need to do before upgrading to Windows 8 is to find out if your system is compatible with Windows 8 operating system. If your PC supports Windows 7, it will also support Windows 8. Some of the basic system requirements for Windows 8 include: Processor: 1 GHz or faster RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver Special requirements: If you are using Intel’s Atom Cedar Trail processor, you should probably put your attempts of upgrading to Windows 8 on hold, as some reports suggest that your system computer might not be able to run Windows 8. Since Windows 8 support multi-touch, you obviously need a tablet or a touch screen monitor. To access apps from Windows App store, you need at least 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution. Apps snapping require additional 1366×768 pixels of resolution. Apps and devices: Although most apps and devices that work on Windows 7 should work on Windows...

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iPad mini: A perfect companion this holiday season and beyond!

Putting an end to all speculations, Apple finally marked the debut of its much awaited iPad mini. With a size that will perfectly fit in your Christmas stockings, iPad mini is “every inch an iPad.” Sporting an all-new design and a much reduced size, this 7.9-inch, pencil-thin tablet is just 7.2 mm thick and weighs about 0.68 pounds. iPad mini has everything that makes it a traveler’s delight. It boasts a powerful processor, beautiful display screen, FaceTime and iSight cameras with 1080p HD video recording, ultrafast wireless connectivity, access to more than 275,000 amazing apps, and 10-hours of battery backup. Thinner shape and lighter form factor makes iPad mini easy to fit in the palm of your hands. Let’s take a quick look at its powerful technical specs: Processor: Applauded for its fast and fluid performance, iPad mini runs on a powerful and efficient dual-core A5 processor. It has a quad-core GPU and comes with 16 GB of internal flash memory, which can be easily upgraded to 64 GB. Screen: iPad mini dons a 7.9-inch LED-backlit screen. Though it does not have a Retina display, it has the same 1024 × 768 resolution as an iPad, which makes everything look crisp, clear, and vibrant. With 35% more screen area, you get maximum amount of screen space that makes reading and interacting easy and comfortable. Camera: iPad mini flaunts both...

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