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

 

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.

Ultraportable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard ‘Tabmate’

Top Notch Infotronix, which offers products under the brand name Zebronics, has launched an ultraportable wireless Bluetooth keyboard called ‘Tabmate’.

 

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Description

  • Bluetooth wireless keyboard for PC/MAC, Tablet, Smartphones,
  • Portable console/mp3 players
  • 7mm ultra-slim design
  • USB interface for direct charging
  • Functional keys
  • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Rechargeable battery

keyboard

In the Box Tabmate Bluetooth Keyboard
USB cable

Compatibility

Compatibility Bluetooth enabled – PC/MAC, Tablet, Smartphones, portable console/mp3 players

Technical

Bluetooth Standard E3.0
Range 20 meters (approx) max
Standby time 500 – 700 hours

Hybrid Dual Pendrive

iBall has launched an innovative new product, called the hybrid dual connector pen drive. The dual connector flash drive comes with standard USB 2.0 on one side and a microUSB connector on the other.

The pen drive works on mobile phones or tablet PCs supporting OTG (On-The-Go Function). While the other end can be connected as a standard USB 2.0 port that can be used to connect, transfer or copy data from PCs and laptops.

 

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Features / Specifications

  • Dimensions : 7 x 1.7 x 0.8 cm (L x W x H)
  • Weight : 10g.
  • Interface (for PC) : High Speed USB 2.0 (Backward compatible with 1.1)
  • Features : Hybrid Pen Drive with Micro-B & Standard USB Interface
  • High quality & Robust design
  • Strong aluminium alloy casing for maximum protection and durability
  • Available in 8GB and 16GB
  • Warranty : 2 Years

* *Tablet / Mobiles with Micro USB slot and OTG function required

Charge Your Power Hungry Devices From PC USB Ports

It’s good news for the people on the move, for whom PC USB ports have become the most convenient way of charging their power hungry smart devices.

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Global semiconductor leader STMicroelectronics (ST), has recently announced new PC USB chips that can now juice up your mobile devices using USB ports even when the computer is shut down. This is how far technology has gotten today. It’s now time to say goodbye to all those bulky adaptors and charge your devices even while your PC is asleep.

ST’s new chips STCC5011 and STCC5021, also called charger emulators, can detect when a mobile device is connected to the PC using ST’s own patented attach-detection feature (Application number : 13904866). While other charger emulators require PCs to be ON or at least in Sleep mode to charge devices, ST’s new chips operate even when the PC is shut down.

As soon as they detect that a mobile device is connected, they enable the PC’s power supply in order to charge the device. The chips monitor the current to turn the power supply off when the charging is complete, saving on energy.

ST claims that the chips consume only 1/16 of the power of other charger emulators allowing the PCs to charge devices with minimal impact on the PCs battery life during normal use. Provided with the circuitry to avoid discharging the PCs battery, the chips, allow mobile users to charge their devices even when using battery power alone.

Major features of STCC5011/5021:

● STCC5011 is suitable for iPod and iPhones
● STCC5021 is suitable for iPad, iPod and iPhone charging
● Support for proprietary chargers such as Blackberry
● USB2.0, USB3.0 compatible
● Low-resistance (60mΩ) integrated power switch
● Built-in safety protection
● Charging-indication output in DCP (Dedicated Charging Port) and CDP (Charging Downstream Port) modes

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Ultrafast Camera Designed To Work Like Human Retina

Photos and videos are not lightweight files-they quickly add up to gigabytes of data which can be a deal breaker a lot of research. Engineers at the Swiss company iniLabs created a better way-a camera that borrows its mechanics from the marvels of the human retina.

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The Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) works a lot like the human retina which makes for a hyper efficient and ultrafast camera. The individual neurons in our eyeballs don’t actually record all of the information in our field of view; they just spot the changes in movement. This gets rid of tons of extraneous data from the surrounding scene. It’s also exactly how the DVS works. By selectively recording only the motion, the DVS can record hours of video using very little power and only a few megabytes of data storage.

The biological connections goes beyond mimicking the retina, though. The chips that power the DVS are actually from IBM’s line of brain-inspired chips, the TrueNorth computer architecture. It only makes sense to support one human-like process with another, say the researchers that developed the system. “What we’re talking about-the cameras sending information when something changes-is actually a very central theme to how the brain works, or at least how neuroscientists think it works,” Cornell computer scientist Nabil Imam told the Technology Review. “We’re capturing brain features at a high level.”

But frankly, the DVS works better than the brain sometimes. Because it spots changes in movement almost instantaneously, the camera can provide the visual data needed for systems that require quick reaction times, like this robotic goalie. What it gains in speed and efficiency, though, the DVS loses in resolution. As you can see from this video of milk drops, it takes a pretty grainy picture.

Nokia Asha 502 And 503 Specs ‘Appear‘ Online

Nokia seems to be in no mood to rest after the laurels earned by its Asha 501 budget feature phone, as the company is reportedly working on two new Asha devices, if a rumour is to be believed.

In line with the design language of the recently launched Nokia Asha 501, the company reportedly has the Asha 502 and Asha 503 phones in the pipeline. This Is Nokia, a Nokia fan website cites sources to reveal the specifications of the Nokia Asha 502, codenamed Pegasus and the Nokia Asha 503, codenamed Lanai. The site claims that both of the alleged Asha phones could be launched in Q3 or Q4 of 2013.

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The site notes that the Nokia Asha 502 will feature a polycarbonate design with a 3.2 to 3.5-inch scratch resistant display which is said to be better than that of the Asha 501, though the source is not sure about the screen resolution. It is likely to be slimmer and lighter. The RAM could be in the range of 128 to 512 MB while the processor is expected to be clocked at 1-1.2GHz. The Asha 502 is said to support 3G connectivity, the feature that was widely missed on the Asha 501. It could sport a 5-megapixel rear camera with the new Nokia Camera app for Asha devices. The site also claims that the device could support dual-SIM.

Meanwhile, the alleged Nokia Asha 503 is said to feature a polycarbonate and glass design. The display is likely to be around 3.2 to 3.4-inches. It could be powered by a 1-1.5GHz processor with a GPU and RAM could be in the range of 128 to 512MB. The Asha 503 is also likely to be a dual SIM phone with 3G connectivity.

Canon’s First ‘Facebook Ready’ Camera

The Canon PowerShot N is not your typical point-and-shoot camera. There’s a button on the side that sports the Facebook logo. One press, and you’re ready to share the photos or videos you have just shot.

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It also has the compact form factor that includes a folding LCD and posts on the sides for attaching to a neck lanyard,

Of course, that assumes the camera is connected via Wi-Fi, since there’s no 3G/4G option for the camera. But as long as you’re in a hotspot (or can tether to your phone), you’re in business. Pressing the Facebook button will immediately connect to the service, and you can upload, share and comment on pics and videos right from the camera.

Otherwise, the extremely social PowerShot N is the same camera we first saw back in January at CES: a 12.1-megapixel compact camera with an 8x zoom, a 28mm wide-angle lens, a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD and a “creative” mode meant to find the best possible picture by mixing up the composition, color and lighting of your shots. The original PowerShot N included a button to wirelessly send pics to a mobile device, but Canon found that most people used it as a bridge to Facebook, so why not make it a direct connection?

Canon’s Facebook PowerShot is far from the first device with a dedicated Facebook button — HTC has been doing that for some time on certain phones (although the recent “Facebook Home” phone, the HTC First, hasn’t been a success for the company).

The regular version is still available, but the PowerShot N Facebook will be exclusive to the Canon Direct online store. It’ll cost $299.99 and will be available in September.

In addition the Facebook PowerShot, Canon is debuting three new PowerShots with “advanced” Wi-Fi capabilities. The PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 can quickly relay images to an iOS or Android device via the Canon CameraWindows app. The G16 and S120 also have an upgraded image processor, the DIGIC 6, said to reduce noise when at high ISO values as well as a new shooting mode called Star that’s configured to capture the night sky in brilliant detail.

Camera To Capture Objects Travelling Faster Than Sound

Researchers have designed a new digital streak camera that captures high-resolution images of projectiles travelling up to 3,350m/s — 10 times the speed of sound.

The system was designed to replace the outdated film-based streak cameras that are still in use at high-speed test tracks, researchers said.

Film-based streak photography records the motion of an object as it passes in front of a camera lens, while the film moves behind a vertical slit aperture during the exposure. The result is a long, continuous composite image of the object.

However, the transition from film to digital has changed the photography industry, and the specialized film required for streak photography is no longer being manufactured.

The US Air Force asked Benjamin Buckner and Drew L’Esperance under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to design a system that could produce high-quality magazine-type images, as no existing digital technology exists that can capture images at the high speeds they require.

The new digital technology for this camera relies on a precisely controlled mirror to follow the object and freeze the image on the camera.

Buckner, the lead author of the paper described in Optical Engineering, said that the galvo mirror tracks the object as it moves past the camera and directs the right portion of the object’s image onto the right portion of the image sensor in order to form a complete, undistorted image.

Since the mirror is synchronized to a ballistic object, the biggest challenge is to accurately measure the object’s speed, and calculate the swing of the mirror to match that speed precisely.

“This has to be done in a few thousandths of a second,” Buckner said.

The optical design also allows the wave of compressed air pushed along by the object (the schlieren effect) to be seen in the captured image. The camera is triggered by the motion of the object.

The digital streak camera was built to meet specifications established by operators of rocket sleds, which means that the camera is able to resolve an object 1.27mm in size when the sled is travelling 3,350m/s, and must be able to operate outdoors in conditions of heat, cold, dust, and moisture.

The setup developed at Metro Laser utilizes a commercial portrait quality digital camera and conventional photographic flash illumination. The software was designed to run efficiently on a compact, low-power computer, while maintaining a high level of mathematical accuracy.

“The real power of this approach is that you can take almost any kind of existing camera back and fit it into a rig like this to turn it into a high-speed streak camera,” Buckner said.

Buckner and L’Esperance envision applications of digital streak imaging including ballistics, rocket sled imaging, and determining finishing order in high-speed races.

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LG Launches Wood-Panelled LED TV With Knobs

 As companies like Apple and Samsung are heralding the end of the button, LG is taking its design in a different direction. This new “Classic TV” features a wood-panelled front complete with tuning knobs and buttons to create what LG describes as a “classic Scandanavian-style design that emphasizes simplicity, modernity.”

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The 32-inch LED TV is only retro on the outside. It comes with full HD, plenty of peripheral ports and a free “coffee machine with cute design.” Okay, when the TV costs 840,000 won ($754) the coffee machine isn’t exactly free, but it’s a nice gesture. Unfortunately, the classic TV is currently only available in South Korea, though with style like that it’s probably worth the price of shipping.

Source: Gizmodo.in