Microsoft Introduces The Surface Pro 3 “Tablet That Can Replace A Laptop”

Microsoft has announced the latest member of its Surface tablet family. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience.

Featuring a gorgeous 12-inch display encased in a sleek magnesium frame, Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest and lightest in our Pro family. Refined to its essential elements, Surface Pro 3 is as beautiful as it is functional so you can stay productive from anywhere. Just slip it into your bag or backpack and go.

Pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 Pro, you can install your favorite desktop software, including the full Microsoft Office Suite1 and thousands of programs created for the Windows platform. Surface Pro 3 also has a 4th generation Intel Core processor which delivers blazing-fast performance.

Offering unmatched versatility, you can go from tablet to laptop in a snap with the multi-position Kickstand and Surface Pro 3 Type Cover.3 Magnetic stability keeps the Surface Pro 3 Type Cover steady, so you can work just as comfortably on your lap as at your desk. Plus, you can easily connect your peripherals and transfer files via a full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader, and Mini DisplayPort.4

Behold the most natural writing and drawing experience on a tablet thanks to the new Surface Pen. Use the Pen to mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps. You can also open a blank OneNote document with a click of the Surface Pen to instantly capture your next idea–even if your device is in sleep mode.

Use the multi-position Kickstand for a hands-free way to watch movies on the brilliant Full HD display.5 Enjoy Dolby audio as you stream millions of songs for free, and import your iTunes playlists. Easily integrate all your social content with free apps like Facebook and Twitter, or stay productive with pre-installed apps like OneNote and Skype.

 

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Tech specs

Software

Windows 8.1 Pro

Exterior

Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.93 x .36 in • Weight: 1.76 lbs • Casing: VaporMg • Color: Silver • Physical buttons: Volume, Power, Home

Storage

64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB2 • 64GB has >36GB available disk space • 128GB has >96GB available disk space • 256GB has >211GB available disk space • 512GB has >450GB available disk space

Display

Screen: 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display • Resolution: 2160 x 1440 • Aspect Ratio: 3:2 • Touch: 10-point multi-touch

CPU & Wireless

4th generation Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 Processor options • System memory: 4GB or 8GB • TPM Chip for enterprise security • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

Battery Life

Up to 9 hours of web browsing

Cameras, Video & Audio

Two 5MP HD cameras, front and rear-facing • Stereo microphones • Stereo speakers with Dolby sound

Ports

Full-size USB 3.0 • microSD card reader • Headphone jack • Mini DisplayPort • Cover port

Sensors

Ambient light sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer

Warranty

1-year limited hardware warranty6

Surface Pen

Dimensions: 135mm (length), 9.5mm (diameter) • Weight: 20 grams

Pre-installed Apps

Flipboard • Skype Wi-Fi • Skype • OneNote MX • Solitaire • Mahjong • Sudoku/Microsoft Number Puzzle • Fresh Paint

In the box

Surface Pro 3 • Surface Pen • 36-watt power supply • Quick Start Guide • Safety and warranty documents

 

Yahoo Buys Vanishing Message App Blink

Self-destructing message application Blink is vanishing into Yahoo´s growing mountain of mobile technology company take-overs.

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A post Wednesday at the Blink website announced that the start-up is becoming part of Yahoo but did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

Blink said that in coming weeks it will shut down its applications for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android.

No mention was made regarding what Yahoo planned to do with Blink technology that is competing with Snapchat by letting people send digital messages, pictures, or voice files designed to erase themselves shortly after being opened.

“We built Blink because we believe everyone should be free to show the same honesty and spontaneity in their online conversations as they can in person,” the Blink team said in a blog post.

“We look forward to the possibilities that will come from bringing the Blink vision to Yahoo.”

Yahoo has been undergoing major changes since former Google executive Marissa Mayer became boss in 2012, notably acquiring what is now more than 20 start-ups including the billion-dollar buy of blog platform Tumblr.

Mayer has made a priority of adapting Yahoo´s products, services, and digital content for smartphones and tablets increasingly central to Internet lifestyles. (AFP)

Now, Charge Your Smart Phone From 5m Away Wirelessly

Researchers have succeeded in developing a device that can charge about 40 smart phones simultaneously, even if the power source is 5 meters away.

Chun T. Rim, a professor of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering at KAIST, and his team showcased, on April 16, 2014 at the KAIST campus, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, a great improvement in the distance that electric power can travel wirelessly.

 

 

They developed the “Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS)” for an extended range of inductive power transfer, up to 5 meters between transmitter and receiver coils.

Since MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) introduction of the Coupled Magnetic Resonance System (CMRS) in 2007, which used a magnetic field to transfer energy for a distance of 2.1 meters, the development of long-distance wireless power transfer has attracted much attention for further research.

Scalable and slim with a size of 3 m in length, 10 cm in width, and 20 cm in height, DCRS is significantly smaller than CMRS. The system has a low Q factor of 100, showing 20 times stronger against the environment changes, and works well at a low frequency of 100 kHz.

The team conducted several experiments and achieved promising results: for instance, under the operation of 20 kHz, the maximum output power was 1,403 W at a 3-meter distance, 471 W at 4-meter, and 209 W at 5-meter. For 100 W of electric power transfer, the overall system power efficiency was 36.9 per cent at 3 meters, 18.7 per cent at 4 meters, and 9.2 per cent at 5 meters. (Source – ANI)

Gionee Elife 7 Mini Launched For Rs 18,999

In December, Gionee has taken everyone by surprise by launching the Elife E7 mini, along with the Elife E7. Online retailer Snapdeal has now begun selling the device at a price of Rs 19,500.

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E7 mini does not come across as a toned down variant of the E7. It brings the same functionalities as its elder brother but in a smaller display size. Sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, the E7 mini is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor coupled with 1GB RAM.

It runs on rather older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile OS, but does get a layer of the company’s custom Amigo 2.0 UI layer. Gionee’s custom UI will ensure that the mini variant is almost similar to its elder sibling. Interesting, unlike the Elife E7, the mini variant comes with dual SIM support (GSM + GSM). Gionee has included a 13-megapixel rotating camera, just like the Oppo N1. The mini variant also gets a slew of connectivity options such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. It packs in 16GB onboard storage. All of this is fuelled by a 2,100mAh battery.

Microsoft To Make Windows 8.1 With Bing Free For Users: Report

It seems that Microsoft could launch a free version of Windows 8.1 in order to boost the number of people using the operating system, reports The Verge. The report quotes sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans as saying that Microsoft is working on Windows 8.1 with Bing which will bundle key Microsoft apps and services.

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The report also goes on to say that Microsoft hopes to keep Windows 8.1 with Bing as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 users. The report comes days after Bloomberg reported that Microsoft was cut prices by 70 percent for Windows 8.1 on devices which are below $250.

The report said that, “Manufacturers will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead of the usual fee of $50, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public.” 

Microsoft’s move is seen as an attempt to counter newer cheaper rivals in the form of Google’s Chromebooks and strong competition from Apple, added the report. It should be noted that Apple’s latest software upgrade OS X Mavericks was free for users and Apple also announced that iWorks suite which includes the Page, KeyNote and Numbers app would be free for iOS and OS X devices which were bought after September 2013.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 has not seen the kind of adoption that Windows 7 did. The company said that it sold more than 200 million licenses of Windows 8 it went on sale in October 2012, which is a slower rate of adoption than the previous OS.

 Source – The Verge

“Feel” The Texture Of Objects Seen On A Flat Touchscreen

In a game-changing invention, engineers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have developed a new technique that allows you to feel the texture of objects seen on a flat touchscreen.

The novel algorithm enables a person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touchscreen to feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen’s smooth surface.

The technique is based on the fact that when a person slides a finger over a real physical bump, he perceives the bump largely because lateral friction forces stretch and compress skin on the sliding finger.

By altering the friction encountered as a person’s fingertip glides across a surface, the Disney algorithm can create a perception of a 3D bump on a touch surface.

The method can be used to simulate the feel of a wide variety of objects and textures.

“Our brain perceives the 3D bump on a surface mostly from information that it receives via skin stretching,” said Ivan Poupyrev, who directs Disney Research, Pittsburgh’s Interaction Group.

“Therefore, if we can artificially stretch skin on a finger as it slides on the touchscreen, the brain will be fooled into thinking an actual physical bump is on a touchscreen even though the touch surface is completely smooth,” Poupyrev said in a statement.

In experiments, researchers used electrovibration to modulate the friction between the sliding finger and the touch surface with electrostatic forces.

Researchers created and validated a psychophysical model that closely simulates friction forces perceived by the human finger when it slides over a real bump.

Micromax Funbook P255 for Rs.4,499 Only

Micromax has added one more tablet to its catalogue of budget tablets, the Funbook P255, which is now available with online retailers for Rs.4,499.

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The Micromax Funbook P255 features a 7-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800×400 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor with Mali-400 GPU. It sports a 2 megapixel rear camera along with a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera.The P255 also comes with 512MB of RAM and includes 1.15GB of in-built storage that is expandable upto 32GB via microSD card. The Funbook P255 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The tablet has a 2600mAh battery that gives around 150 hours of stanby time and upto 4hrs of browsing time. In terms of connectivity it supports, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and 3G via dongle.