HP Chromebook x360 14 has been unveiled as premium Chrome OS machine with a convertible form factor. The new Chromebook model comes with a starting price of $599 or around Rs. 44,400. As a successor to the original HP Chromebook x360 that had an 11-inch display, the Chromebook x360 14 features a 14-inch full HD touch-supported display and eighth generation Intel Core processors. In other news, Asus has also expanded its Chromebook lineup by unveiling the Chromebook Flip C423. Price of the Asus model is yet to be revealed, though. Both new Chromebook models have Android app support.
Among other persuasive features, the HP Chromebook x360 14 features a ceramic-like White finish that comes from an Advanced Electrodeposition (AED) application. The Chromebook also has the metal characteristic along with a scratch-resistant build and a 3D stamped metal keyboard deck as well as a diamond-cut trim design on the touchpad. The anodised aluminium keyboard deck also comes in Cloud Blue with colour-matched keycaps and backlit support. There is a 14-inch full-HD WLED-backlit (1920×1080 pixels) display that sports a 7.5mm thin bezel. The system also has an HD Wide Vision webcam. Under the hood, the Chromebook x360 14 has up to eighth generation Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors, along with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, Intel Graphics 620, and 64GB of SSD storage. It is also touted to deliver up to 14 hours of battery life on a single charge.
As a premium offering, the HP Chromebook x360 14 has Bang & Olufsen-tuned dual speakers. There is an array of ports for connectivity that includes two USB Type-C ports, a USB Type-A (v3.1) port, microSD card slot, and audio jacks. The presence of Google’s Chrome OS brings a bunch of Google apps, including Google Chrome browser and Google Drive integration. Also, there is two years of complimentary 100GB of Google Cloud storage access. The Chromebook also supports Android apps via Google Play.
The HP Chromebook x360 14 will be available for purchase through the HP website with a starting price of $599. It is already on pre-orders through BestBuy.com and is expected to reach Best Buy stores starting October 21.
Unlike the HP Chromebook x360 14, the Asus Chromebook C423 comes in two different variants that both have up to 8GB of SDRAM and 32GB as well as 64GB eMMC storage options. While one Chromebook C423 variant features a 14-inch 1366×768 pixels non-touch display and is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 processor, the other has a full-HD touchscreen along with a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor. The display panels on both Chromebook models have 60Hz anti-glare panel along with a 45 percent NTSC colour gamut.
The Asus Chromebook C423 has two USB Type-C 3.0 ports, two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, and a headphone/ microphone combo jack. In terms of wireless connectivity, Asus has provided 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0. There is a chiclet-style keyboard. The Chromebook also flaunts a 180-degree hinge and dual stereo speakers. Besides, it measures 322.6x228x16.1mm and weighs 1.2kg.
Nike Adapt Self-Lacing Smart Sneaker Will Require Regular Charging
Nike has found a new way to capture more information about its customers: through their sneakers.
At an event called the “Future of Footwear,” Nike unveiled a new shoe concept, called Nike Adapt, that tracks performance in real time, allowing the company to give weekend warriors athletic tips and also sell them more products.
“It’s the start of a new day,” said Michael Donaghu, Nike’s director of global footwear innovation. “It’s like we’re moving from footwear to firmwear.”
The shoes, with their data-tracking capability, present customers with a choice about privacy — if they opt not to share their data, they’ll miss out on a lot of the product’s capabilities. The company is starting with basketball shoes, which will sell for $350 (roughly Rs. 25,000).
The shoe self-tightens to an athlete’s preference – there are no laces – and is adjustable via an app. The products carry sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that can give Nike a full, personalized snapshot of its owner’s performance. They’ll need recharging every two weeks.
“It’s like having two smartphones strapped to your two feet,” said Michael Martin, Nike’s global head of digital products.
CEO Mark Parker discussed the new shoes in vague terms in December, calling it a “major step” in taking Nike’s new digital emphasis and embedding it into actual product.
Nike stores are also going digital. The company calls new flagship locations unveiled two months ago in New York and Shanghai “Houses of Innovation.” They blend online shopping with the in-person experience. To get the full experience, you essentially have to download the Nike app.
Nike is in the midst of a digital transformation. A large part of that is trying to get more of its customers to become members of the NikePlus loyalty program. The company has found members spend three times more than nonmembers when they shop at Nike.com.
Though Nike has seen rapid growth in apparel sales, shoes still accounted for 61 percent of the company’s $36.4 billion in revenue last fiscal year.
Nike auto-lacing shoes have been around since 2017, when the company sold a limited number of low-top sneakers for $720, the most expensive shoes it ever released.
These shoes will be available through Nike’s direct channels, and through retailers, and will debut in the NBA on the feet of Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum later this week.
The shoe’s technology is can be updated through the app, meaning its capabilities can change after it’s purchased. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company plans to release more products with the Adapt technology, including running shoes, sportswear and lifestyle items.
“The advantages we’re looking to provide the athlete are so substantial that you’ll see a mass of people wanting to make use of those benefits,” Martin said.
Microsoft Says Will Set Up 10 AI Labs, Train 5 Lakh Youth in India
Microsoft India to set up Artificial Intelligence (AI) labs in 10 universities and train five lakh youth across the country in disrupting technologies.
The company also said it will upskill over 10,000 developers over the next three years.
“We believe AI will enable Indian businesses and more for India’s progress, especially in education, skilling, healthcare and agriculture,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
Microsoft AI today is fuelling digital transformation for over 700 customers and 60 per cent customers are large manufacturing and financial services enterprises.
Over 700 partners have geared up to support the AI ecosystem, said the company.
Microsoft in December announced a three-year “Intelligent Cloud Hub” collaborative programme in India, for empowering institutes to skill students in AI and Cloud technologies.
India is one of the first countries to have such a programme in which Microsoft will support selected institutes that have the best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum and content, onsite training for faculty and students, access for participating students to Cloud and AI services, developmental tools and developer support.
In April 2018, the company announced the Microsoft Professional Programme (MPP) for the public.
This programme is helping in providing job-ready skills along with real-world experience to engineers as well as others who plan on improving their skills in AI and data science, using a series of online courses.
“Microsoft also believes that it is imperative to build higher awareness and capabilities on security, privacy, trust and accountability,” said Maheshwari.
TP-Link Launches New Wi-Fi 6 Routers at CES 2019 With Something at Every Price Point
TP-Link has announced five new next-generation wireless products at CES 2019. All these routers are based on Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with prices ranges from the affordable entry-level routers to expensive wireless routers meant for gaming. In December last year, TP-Link had introduced its first two Wi-Fi 6 routers based on Broadcom platforms. With its latest announcement at CES 2019, the company seems keen on bringing more Wi-Fi 6 products for everyone.
The new TP Link Deco X10 is a mesh networking-based wireless router. It comes in a pack of two (one main unit and a satellite), priced at $349.99 (roughly Rs. 24,340). It offers a wireless bandwidth of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,200Mbps on the 5GHz band.
The company has also announced a new Archer AX11000 gaming wireless router. It is a tri-band wireless router capable of a maximum wireless throughput of up to 4,804Mbps on the 5GHz bands and up to 1,148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. TP-Link had added USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports to enable storage sharing across the network. The router will sell at $449.99 (roughly Rs. 31,300) and will be available later this month.
TP-Link’s new Archer AX6000 is a dual-band wireless router that offers features similar to the Archer AX11000 and is shipping right away. It includes a 2.5Gbps WAN port so in case you have a high-speed broadband connection, but you don’t play games, this might be the right router for you as it costs $100 (roughly Rs. 6,954) less than the Archer AX11000.
The basic TP-Link Archer AX1800 brings Wi-Fi 6 at an affordable price point. The Archer AX1800 is a dual-band wireless router which comes with a Gigabit WAN port and a USB 2.0 port to share data across the network. The router is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 9,040). It will be available later this year.
TP-Link has also announced a new wireless range extender at CES 2019. The RE705X Wi-Fi range extender is a dual-band repeater which is priced at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,953). It will ship in the third quarter of 2019.