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Dell OptiPlex AIOs, Towers, Desktops Lineup Refreshed in India

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Dell has launced a new lineup of OptiPlex All-in-Ones (AIO) and OptiPlex Towers in India. On the 25th year of OptiPlex series, Dell at an event in New Delhi released a refreshed lineup that come in small form factors and 8th generation Intel processors. Earlier in April this year, the company had announced a plethora of updates to its professional PC lineup, with new versions of Dell Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, and P-series workstations. However, the only the OptiPlex products have made it to India as of now. With the new lineup, Dell says the series features advances in smart design, productivity and sustainability, alongside being the “world’s most secure and manageable commercial PCs.” The new Dell OptiPlex range starts from Rs. 33,999 onwards and is customisable as per the configuration.
Commenting on the launch, Indrajit Belgundi, Director and General Manager, Client Solutions Group at Dell India said, “Desktops are leading form factors for businesses in India and Dell has been a consistent leader as indicated by IDC for All -in-ones in Q1 CY18. Dell identifies desk-workers as a major workforce persona – one that needs reliable, secure and innovative machines that respond to their business needs.” It is worth noting that since these are commercial products that come with various configurations in terms of storage, processor, graphics, etc, the prices vary accordingly. You can visit the Dell India site to select your customised configurations and place an order.
Getting to the products, first up is the Dell OptiPlex 7760 all-in-one (AIO) that sports a 27-inch InfinityEdge display with optional glare-free 4K Ultra HD with HDR and High-Gamut sRGB or full-HD IPS with touch display, next-generation discrete graphics and quad mic array with Waves Maxx technology. It promises t give a clear sound at distances up to 12 feet. Additionally, it offers 80 PLUS internal Power Supply Unit with optional 200W EPA Platinum and comes loaded with Intel Integrated HD Graphics 630 and an optional 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.
Meanwhile, the OptiPlex 7460 AIO sports a 23.8-inch InfinityEdge display. It comes with an edge-to-edge full-HD IPS display technology and numerous port options. The AIO also offers a 2.5 inch 2TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive, optional Intel Optane Memory of 16GB, and dual storage and RAID support. In addition, Dell is offering consumers with an optional 2.0-megapixel 1080p full-HD or Infrared Pop-up Webcam that supports Windows.
The OptiPlex 7760 and 7460 AIOs come with up to a hexa-core Intel Core i7-8000, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, a 2.5-inch 1TB 7200rpm SATA HDD or M.2 2TB PCIe Class 40 SSD, and more. They support Windows 10/ Linux and connectivity options include Qualcomm QCA61x4A Dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2, or Intel Wireless-AC 9560, dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5. They individually feature one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, one USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1 port with PowerShare, and four USB 3.1 ports. The OptiPlex 7760 panel measures 15.31×24.17×2.28-inch without the stand, and weighs 8.41kg for the non-touch variant and 8.63kg for the touch variant. Meanwhile, the OptiPlex 7460 panel measures 13.54×21.26×2.07-inch without the stand and weighs 6.04kg for the non-touch variant and 6.05kg for the touch variant.
Coming to the OptiPlex XE3 Tower, it is available in a small form factor, and is an “industrial-grade desktop with enterprise-class performance.” It is aimed at industries such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing, and also offers an OEM-ready design. Dell says the XE3 can operate in extreme temperatures and is resistant to shock and vibration, and is available with optional dust filters. It is packed with 8th-generation Intel Core processors and up to 64GB of RAM.
The OptiPlex XE3 comes with up to an Intel Core i7-8700 and 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, and graphics options include up to AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, and Dual AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB. Storage options go up to 2.5-inch 2TB 5400rpm SATA HDD or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. The connectivity options in the device are the same as the AIOs. The tower measures 35×15.4×27.4cm and weighs 7.93kg, and the small form factor measures 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weighs 5.26kg.
The OptiPlex 7060 and 5060 Towers, on the other hand, are micro desktops that come with the next-generation AMD, Integrated Intel HD, Dual AMD Radeon, Nvidia graphics options that can power up to three monitors simultaneously. It has a MIL-STD 810G tested form factor and lockable cable covers and chassis intrusion switch helps make work seamless and hassle-free.
The OptiPlex 7060 and 5060 come with up to an Intel Core i7-8700T processor, and graphics options go up to AMD Radeon RX 550, 4GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB or Dual AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB. They also come with up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM and up to 3.5-inch 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. The connectivity options are the same as that of the OptiPlex AIOs. Additionally, there are several ports in the devices. The towers measure 35×15.4×27.4cm and weigh 7.93kg, the small form factors measure 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weigh 5.26kg, and the micros measure 18.2×3.6×17.8cm and weigh 1.18kg.
Finally, the OptiPlex 3060 is a compact business desktop. It is available in Tower, Small Form Factor, and Micro form factors and with multiple mounting options, this tool-less designed system offers up to 32GB RAM. It supports Dell Data Security and TPM 2.0 for security, alongside lockable cable covers and optional chassis intrusion switch.
The OptiPlex 3060 comes with up to Intel Core i5-8500T and up to 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM with 3.5-inch 2TB 7200rpm SATA HDD or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. Connectivity options include Qualcomm QCA9377 dual-band 1×1 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1, Qualcomm QCA61x4A dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2, or Intel Wireless-AC 9560, dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5. The tower measures 35×15.4×27.4cm and weighs 7.93kg, the small form factor measures 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weighs 5.26kg, and the micro model measures 18.2×3.6×17.8cm and weighs 1.18kg.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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