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Lenovo launches its slimmest convertible Ultrabook ‘Yoga 3 Pro’

Yoga 3 Pro is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest convertible Ultrabook till date. Revealed via a live satellite at an event held in London, this model by Lenovo features Intel’s Latest 14nm fanless Core M processor and is the successor to the IdeaPad Yoga 13 line. The most amazing aspect about Yoga 3 Pro is its 360-degree hinge. It is merely 12.8mm thick and weighs just 1.19kg, making it the perfect travel travelling companion. The simple yet elegant silvery-grey finish of Yoga 3 Pro is quite complementing.

Apart from its hinge design, another intriguing factor of this latest Ultrabook is the accelerometer, which can find out whether it is in portrait or landscape mode. It then rotates accordingly. When it is in the tablet mode, this Ultabook can be easily managed and controlled via physical volume keys and a start button.

Another prime highlight of Yoga 3 Pro is its build, which is very strong.

Amazon launches new version of Fire tablets

Lately, Amazon introduced two Fire HD and two Fire HDX tablets to enable its customers buy more and more products and services from its web store. With prices ranging from $99, $139, $379 and $479 for Fire HD with a 6-inch screen, 7-inch Fire tablet, 8.9-inch Fire HDX 8.9 with Wi-Fi version and 8.9-inch Fire HDX 8.9 with LTE version respectively.

The Fire HD tablets are equipped with powerful hardware features and sports quad-core processors along with front and rear cameras. Both the Fire HD tablets boast Gorilla displays. Amongst the two tablets, the 6-inch screen Fire HD tablet can display images at 252 ppi, whereas the 7-inch screen Fire HD tablet can display images at 261 ppi.

The Fire HDX tablets with Wi-Fi and LTE version weighs as less as 374 grams and offers impressive battery life of 12 hours. These tablets have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 905 processor that delivers 70% faster graphics than other HDX tablets. As far as the functionality of the processor is concerned, it operates at 2.5GHz. The Fire HDX tablets comprise of Andreno graphics core that can render images at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It also comes with a feature to control brightness to make reading ebooks easy and convenient.

In addition to these four tablets, the company also launched its first ever tablet for kids, called as Fire HD Kids Edition. This tablet has been primarily designed to give kids an experience of a real tablet and not a toy. The prime features of the Fire HD Kids Edition, include quad-core processor and HD display. Currently, the company has introduced two versions of Fire HD Kids Edition- one with a 6-inch screen for $149 and another with a 7-inch screen for $189, both with tow-year guarantee. These tablets also offers one year of free access to as many as 5000 books, TV shows, movies, games and educations apps.

Preorder for all these  tablets will start from October.

HP launched two new Pavilion and ENVY models

Lately, HP announced two new additions for its very popular Pavilion and ENVY range with a couple of notable differences. Touted as Pavilion x2 and ENVY x2, both the newcomers feature removable keyboards that convert the laptop into tablets. And in order to provide extra protection to the screen when folded, the keyboards are covered with a special fabric. Not just this, the keyboards also connect to the tablet wirelessly via Bluetooth so that you can easily use them in any position.

Here’s a closer look at the new models of Pavilion and ENVY by HP.

Amongst the two, Pavilion x2 is equipped with an Intel Atom processor and sports a 10-inch screen. As far as the operating system is concerned, it has a full Windows 8 package. Though Pavilion x2 doesn’t offer Beats inside, it has a couple of speakers in the front that deliver DTS sound. The battery life of the laptop is advertised to run for as much as 11.75 hours.

While on the other hand, ENVY x2 has a display of 13.3-inch and offers storage space of 256 GB SSD. It is powered by Intel Core M processor and boasts of a Beats Audio sound system.

In addition to ENVY x2 and Pavilion x2, HP also updated both of its Chromebooks, including Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14.

Apple’s new iMac is Little More Affordable Now

Apple launched a new entry-level iMac on Wednesday in a quiet ceremony and disclosed the features of this all-in-one desktop computer that is little more affordable now.

The price of this 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1099 and contains a 1.4GHz dual-core i5 processor, with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz. The new configuration of this set is based on some new standards like 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 chip. The desktop computer is definitely going to help you get a quality experience thanks to the features including four USB3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and 802.11ac wireless networking.

There is not much difference between the other models launched by Apple before but the makers this time have worked on some storage build-to-order options that include a 1TB hard drive for $50, a 1TB Fusion Drive for $250, and 256GB of flash storage for $250. Other configurations of iMac remain the same, but the only difference is with the price that this entry-level iMac has in comparison to previous cheapest models.

It is clear that Apple is trying to access the lower-end of the market with the launch of this entry-level iMac. This is not its usual style but the company is possibly to make its computer more accessible to the users who cannot spend much but on the same hand wants the best of technology.

You can get the new entry-level iMac through the Apple online store and retail Apple locations.

5 hidden truths about ‘The Deep Dark Web’

Do you know there is a world deep down the Internet that people are almost unaware of? Yes, we are talking about the Dark Web also known as the Deepnet or the Hidden Web, the information on which is not indexed by search engines like Google and therefore it is still invisible to the mainstream public.

How deep is the Dark Web?         

The reason why many of us don’t know about the Deepnet is that all the major search engines have not indexed the websites to make things unseen on this hidden world. According to a study performed at University of California, Berkeley in the year 2001, there is an estimate of 1 billion indexed pages on the Internet and around 550 billion in the Deep Dark Web. The surface web shows only 19 Terabytes of information while the Deepnet has 7.5 Petabytes, which is far more than the visible web.

How to access the Dark Web?

To access the Deepnet you need a special browser called The Onion Router referred to as TOR, which is anonymous network of nodes that are projected to mask the user’s IP and protect its privacy. The TOR browser can help you find the information that is not there on the surface web, for example- you can read banned books on TOR, purchase goods from unidentified sellers, purchase fake identification, weapons, etc. Also, you can access websites where the illegal businesses like drugs dealing, child pornography, extortion, ransom, etc takes place.

What is the use of Bitcoin in the Deepnet?

The Deepnet is majorly used by criminals and gangsters and of course, there’s no cash or check exchanged over it and one has to use bitcoin to purchase anything from the dark web. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that has been created using the powerful computers and the same is used by people to buy drugs and other illegal items from the websites in the Dark Web.

What is there in the Dark Web?

The Deepnet or Hidden Web is a hub of criminals and gangsters who perform all the illegal operations like smuggling, gambling, drug-trafficking, human-trafficking, child pornography, selling of unlawful anonymous goods, and many more in the Dark Web. It contains all such pages that are not indexed by Google on the search engines.

Who can access the Dark Web?

Not everyone can get the access to this hidden Web world unless they have TOR installed on their PC. However,Military, Police, Journalists, and Whistleblowers including Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have used the Dark Web to investigate, communicate, and exchange confidential information.

So, now you can figure out what the Dark Web is all about and also why it is referred to as dark while it only contains pages and websites that your surface web includes. Well, The Dark Web has so much illegal stuffs that is not good for mainstream users and therefore it is good to be hidden then been visible.

Blumoo: Answer to multiple remote controls

Recently you bought a home theater and connected it to your LED Television. Now you have two remote controls for both the devices but you are often found juggling a separate remote control to perform different operations on your TV.  No more juggling! Hands on recently launched Flyover Innovation’s Blumoo, designed to replace all your remote controls at home.

Be it your TV, stereos, or optical disc players, Blumoo lets you customize the perfect virtual remote with only the controls you want. Available for $130, this multiple device controller comes with infrared-blasting HomeBase, a wall charger, and a detachable audio cable along with free app that you need to download to control the unit and A/V setup. It is also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 that allows you to send 150’ range, signals from iPhone to the HomeBase hardware.

How does Blumoo function?

Just in case you are wondering how does it manage to control multiple A/V devices at a same time, lets tell you that Blumoo works with Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub, that receives signals from Smartphone app and then releases the appropriate IR Signals to control your TV, Stereo, DVD, Blu-ray players, CD players, cable box, etc.

Blumoo’s Design…..

Designed like a futuristic coffee mug, Blumoo device, also called HomeBase, is only 3 inch tall with translucent black plastic center, sandwiched between a piece of metal that runs around the back. A dongle is permanently attached to the unit with three ports where you can make power, audio, and IR extender connections.

Blumoo is easy to set up…

To set up Flyover Innovation’s Blumoo, first you need to plug in the device and set it near your home theater gear then install the app on your Smartphone or tablet with Android 4.0 or iOS 6.0 running on them. Also, make sure that it supports Bluetooth 4.0 so that you can also connect to iPhone 4s, iPad 3, and iPad mini to set the remote active.

Blumoo can be converted into a custom remote control by adding buttons from multiple units onto one page and can be used as hardware remote with some manual button creation, moving, and tweaking. It has a program guide that can help you know what’s playing, what is next and thus helping you jump right to the show. You can use the audio cable included in the package to switch over to the app’s music to stream Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes to plugged-in audio systems.

Bottom line

Inspite of having shortcomings like small and tricky buttons and wasted space on home screen, Blumoo can do just fine thanks to its biggest benefit Bluetooth 4.0. You can do instant pairing with Blumoo and connect any devices without getting confused with any of its features. Its music streaming feature is mind-blowing and with a few app updates and a syncing feature, Blumoo can be really useful.

Cleanse your PC with System Ninja

When was the last time you cleared the junk files from your PC? How often do you empty system caches from your computer? Not very frequently we believe?

Cleaning of junk files from PC, emptying of system caches, and performing frequent updates are some of the activities that can give benefits to nearly every computer. It is important to take such preventative measures time to time to keep your PC safe and secure. System Ninja is a freeware system cleaner that includes features like Junk Scanner and Startup Manager to perform cleaning activities on your PC.

System Ninja is easy to install and it takes only few minutes to get started, however you might face a little issue while installing the wizard as the moment you click OK the software shows you an error message. In such situations you can always troubleshoot the problem with the help of a guide available on the program’s site. You can also access System Ninja from its Start Menu entry and open it normally after that.

This new freeware is quick in cleaning junks from your computer. It works on a simple interface that contains vertical row of buttons, each of which display results in the main window with the help of a spreadsheet-style list view. System Ninja is made with three office-style skins to choose from where one could add or remove junk files from their computers very easily.

The two important features of System Ninja are, Junk Scanner and Startup Manager that constantly provide support to your PC no matter how infected it is with junk files and unwanted data. The Junk Scanner can help you choose the area that needs to be scanned, including unusual entries like current torrent tags, incompatible files, and game caches. The Startup Manager on the other hand removes items from your system startup list.

The other features that System Ninja can offer to the users are Process Manger and System Analysis feature. While the first is used to display running processes with the option to terminate them, the System Analysis extracts and displays all kinds of system information, including CPU, motherboard, and BIOS data.

System Ninja is a good freeware with expert cleaning application that scans your computer for junk files which can be deleted rather than been saved unnecessary on your PC.

Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3 tablet

The Surface Pro 3 tablet launched by Microsoft recently have some promising features in built, however the device is yet to pose any meaningful threat against Apple’s still dominant iPad.

Microsoft is all geared up to compete against the iPad mini, which is why it had created Surface Pro 3 tablet- a viable replacement for your laptop.  There is a tough competition going on between Microsoft and Apple and the one who’ll get all the benefits out from this are customers.

Explaining about the benefits of using Surface Pro 3, Analyst Jack Gold, said, “Microsoft completely understands what its user wants and that its future is not at the low end of consumer tablets, where ultra-thin margins and highly competitive vendors will dominate.”

He added, “We have focused on business users who look at tablets as replacement for their laptop.” The company has already started taking preorders and the price at which you can bring Surface Pro 3 home is $799. The first units of Pro 3 will be available on June 20.

This new slate has 12.1-inch full HD display that is larger than the 10.6-inch display on current surface Pro models. It has Windows 8.1 software installed with fourth-generation Intel Core processors that made it capable of handling the software like Adobe Photoshop. With Surface Pro 3, a user can get up to nine hours of battery life even after surfing the web.

Other specifications of the device include a light weight magnesium machine (1.76 pounds), single USB 3.0 port, micro SD card slot, and a mini HDMI port. Just in case you want an optional docking station to add ports and connectors to have more of a desktop experience then be ready to pay $199.99 for the add on.

Microsoft is also planning to introduce the pressure-sensitive pen that it believes is as natural and personal as writing with real pen on paper. Also, the company is putting emphasis on preloading Microsoft’s OneNote program, which is free, however, the user has to subscribe to Office 365 for other Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

During the launch Microsoft executive Panos Panay actually dropped the tablet intentionally on stage to show its durability however he did not make any formal claims about its sturdiness.

Brave New Computers and PC Trends Spotted in CES 2014

Though CES 2014 had more innovative, gorgeous and weirder gadgets to steal the show, but computers also braved new designs and technologies which made a mark at the show.  This year, PC prototypes have revealed bold new designs, displays, hardware, software and virtual technology which have ushered extraordinary trends in laptops, desktops and other computers.

Latest PC trends that braved at CES 2014, Las Vegas  

Modular gaming computers

Razer had surprised PC enthusiasts with its extraordinary prototype, Project Christine at the CES 2014. Project Christine  pioneered modular gaming PCs wherein modules such as processors, graphics cards, and hard drives in a of a gaming PC which claim  more power will be placed in the form of uniform capsules, that they can be added or removed from of a larger frame. Though immense engineering will be required for creating and presenting a functional model of the prototype, Razer has certainly insinuated new trend in gaming desktop PCs.

Goggles and virtual reality

Wearable tech is certainly here to stay with the advent of new gizmos and advances in augmented and virtual reality. So, move ahead of video cards and processors no matter how powerful they are made, to embrace new 3D goggles and virtual reality. The company to usher this innovation in PC industry is Oculus Rift. As the name (Oculus Rift) rhymes with the ‘paradigm shift’, it also promises the same in gaming PCs with its new prototype of stereoscopic 3D goggles which would feature positioning tracking and an external webcam. A mix of wearable gadget and gaming PCs, this new stereoscopic 3D headset will let you view panoramic virtual world when you will look behind the computer.

Stream games from PCs to living room

Valve has lined up new media streaming to stream games from Stream’s game library to large screen televisions in your living room. The new concept of Stream Machine shown at CES 2014 will work for a compact gaming PC which will support Stream OS to enable users to stream games from PCs to TVs. PC hardware partners to manufacture Stream Machine are Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Origin PC.

4Ks setting new standard

1080K will soon descend to the basics in the standard of PC monitor as 4K is ready to roar in the market. PC giants such as Toshiba, Panasonic and Lenovo have boasted of 4K laptop, a ToughPad and desktop PCs monitors.  Clearly their move from 1K to 4K was anticipated at this CES 2014 as 4K televisions made entries at CES 2013, but the speed at which UHD displays are taking the lead in PC industry is surely astounding.

Other remarkable innovations and surprising PC trends noticed at CES 2014 included gesture controls with RealSense 3D camera by Intel, Aura interface with automatic smartphone detection demonstrated on tablet-top PC. While Aura astonished spectators with its ability to detect an Android phone kept on its touchscreen and access media files stored in the mobile device, RealSense has stunned with its brave new technology which renders hands-free interaction with PCs in three dimensions.

The new ASUS PadFone X for AT&T unveiled

Since its launch in the year 2011, ASUS PadFone has gained a lot of appreciation and recognition. And now almost after three years, ASUS has come with newer version of the device, called as ASUS PadFone X, which will run by AT&T exclusively in the U.S.

This new device comes equipped with a number of advancements than its predecessor. ASUS PadFone X sports a 5-inch HD display. However, the tablet portion of the device now has a 9-inch HD screen display which was 10-inches earlier. The most amazing aspect about this PadFone is that it runs on the latest Android version, KitKat 4.4. As far as its casing is concerned, it is metallic and completely black brushed.

Jeff Bradley , Senior Vice President of Devices for AT&T, said “The PadFone X is first of its kind in the U.S. It combines leading technology, a beautiful design and a remarkably seamless application experience – all on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.”

ASUS PadFone X overall is a powerful device with modern specifications and is likely to give a tough competition to today’s upper-end smartphone.

In addition to this, ASUS also revealed a low-cost alternative for its PadFone X device, called as PadFone Mini. It features a 4-inch HD display screen with a 7-inch tablet display screen and includes a Cloverview Z2560 Atom processor. It currently offers 8GB of storage space with a micro SD card slot. The device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, and 2 megapixel front camera. ASUS PadFone Mini comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, red, and yellow. It runs on Android 4.3 and supports HSPA+networks along with Bluetooth and WiFi.

The price of ASUS PadFone X and ASUS PadFone Mini has not been revealed yet.

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