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HP Launches New Envy, ProBook Series Laptops, Unveils Reverb VR Headset

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HP has refreshed its lineup of Envy laptops with the 8th Gen Intel processors and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors. The new computing machines coming out of HP’s stable include the HP Envy 13, HP Envy x360 13, HP Envy x360 15, and the HP Envy 17 laptop. Some key features of the new laptops include webcam killswitch and privacy screen among others. Additionally, HP has also launched the Reverb VR headset, which is claimed to provide a resolution equivalent of 9.3-megapixel per eye and a 114-degree field of view.

Starting with the new Envy laptops, HP has added five new models to the series which include both regular laptops and convertibles. The HP Envy 13 and the HP Envy flaunt a similar design with a metallic chassis and come with features such as webcam kill switch, fingerprint sensor, and privacy screen to prevent others from peeping on the screen content.

The Envy 13 and Envy 17 come equipped with a 3-way micro edge full-HD display with slim bezels, but one can choose the optional 4K panel for the smaller Envy 13 laptop. Both the laptops can be configured with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with a peak clock speed of 4.6GHz (Turbo) and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. The HP Envy 13 and the Envy 17 will be up for grabs from HP’s online store starting next month carrying a price tag of $899.99 (around Rs. 62,200). The larger HP Envy 17 will also be available from Best Buy in May.

 

As for the Envy x360 series convertibles, they borrow some of their features from the vanilla Envy lineup such as webcam kill switch, fingerprint sensor, privacy screen, Bang & Olufsen audio, and 3-sided micro-edge display. The Envy x360 13 offers a choice between full-HD and UHD screens, while the Envy x360 15 model bump up the resolution to 4K.

The Envy x360 13 can be configured with up to a 2nd gen AMD Ryzen 7 processor with maximum clock speed of 4GHz (Boost) paired with AMD Radeon Vega 10 graphics. The Envy x360 15 offers a choice between AMD and Intel processors – the Intel variant packs up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor ticking alongside the Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 4GB of graphics memory. On the other hand, the AMD variant can be configured with up to AMD Ryzen 7 processor paired with AMD Vega 10 graphics.

The Envy x360 13 will hit the shelves in April priced at $699.99 (around Rs. 48,400), while the HP Envy x360 15 models with Intel and AMD processors will be available from HP’s online store in the same month priced at $869.99 (around Rs. 60,100) and $799.99 (around Rs. 55,300) respectively. The Envy x60 15 convertibles will also be available from Best Buy in May.

HP has also launched two new laptops in the ProBook series powered by AMD processors – the ProBook 445R G6 and the ProBook 455R G, both of which pack a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processor and feature a MIL-STD certified metallic build with a 180-degree hinge. The new ProBook series laptops will hit the shelves in June, but there is no word on their pricing yet. The company has also lifted the covers from the ProDesk 405 G4 Desktop Mini that is powered by the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Pro processor with AMD Radeon Vega graphics and will go on sale in May priced at $499 (around Rs. 34,500).

The major highlight among HP’s latest products is the company’s new VR headset – the HP Reverb. HP’s wearable offering has support for the Windows Mixed Reality platform as well. The HP Reverb VR headset comes in two variants – the HP Reverb Professional Edition and the HP Reverb Consumer Edition priced at $649 (around Rs. 44,800) and $599 (around Rs. 41,400) respectively.

As for the specifications, HP’s VR headset features a lightweight design and packs two LCD displays with a resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye and 90Hz refresh rate. The HP Reverb has a 114-degree field of view and comes equipped with two front-facing cameras. Both the headsets will be available to purchase in April, but only in the US market. There is no word from HP if, or when, the Reverb VR headset will be launched in other markets.


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How to remove annoying advertisements from Xiaomi phones running MIUI 10

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Xiaomi is known for its budget smartphones that offer high specifications at attractive prices but it is also known for its advertisement and push notifications that come along with it. The pre-loaded apps in the phone not only show advertisements while running, but also send promotional messages via notifications.

Under the settings of each of these apps, the “recommendations” are turned on, which is basically Xiaomi’s name for advertisement. Fortunately, Xiaomi has kept the option to turn off these recommendations but the process is quite frustrating as there is not a master switch to turn all of it in an instant.

You have to go to each of the apps showing “recommendations” and turn them off one by one. Follow this guide to turn off these push notifications and in-app advertisement in the latest MIUI 10 skin from Xioami.

 

Turn off msa and personalised ads in MIUI 10

Before starting to disable the advertisement in the MIUI 10, first of all, connect your phone to the internet and go to Settings > Additional Settings > Authorization & revocation. Now turn off the “msa“. You will have to wait for 10 seconds before you can tap Revoke.

The revoke option does not turn off easily. When we tried to turn it off, the system showed an error at least four-five times but it was turned off eventually. Now go back and tap on Privacy (Settings > Additional Settings > Privacy) and go to “Ad services” and turn this off. Now you need to go to each system app, find
“recommendations” and turn them off.

Disable personalised ads in Xiaomi devices running MIUI 10.

Turn off advertisement in File Manager in MIUI 10

*Open Mi File Manager

*Tap the hamburger icon on the top-left and go to About

*Turn off Recommendations

Turn off advertisements in Mi Cleaner in MIUI 10

*Open the MIUI Cleaner app

*Tap the brush icon on the top right corner

*Tap the gear icon and turn off the recommendations on the next screen

Turn off advertisement in Mi Music app in MIUI 10

*Open the Mi Music app

*Tap on the hamburger icon on the top left corner

*Tap on Settings > Advanced Settings

*Find “Receive recommendations” at the bottom part and turn it off

Disable ads in Mi Video app and other in MIUI 10.

Turn off advertisement in Mi Video app in MIUI 10

*Open the Mi Video app

*Tap on the hamburger icon on the top left corner

*Tap on Settings

*Turn off “Online recommendations” and “Push notifications”

Turn off advertisement in Security

*Go to Settings > System app settings > Security

*Turn off recommendations

Turn off advertisement in Mi Browser

*Open the Browser

*Go to Settings > Privacy & security

*Turn off recommendations

Also, go to Advanced and tap on “Set start page“. Now enter any URL you would like to visit when you choose to open the Mi Browser app. It will remove the default start page which shows promotional content.

Turn off advertisement in Folders in MIUI 10

If you have made app folders ion your phone, you will need to turn off “recommendations” for all these folders. Tap the name of the folder the same way you tap to rename it. You will see a tab for Promoted apps, turn this off.

If you happen to have installed an app that is showing you unwanted spammy notifications, as a bonus tip, we are letting you inform how to shut it up. Go to Settings > Notifications & status bar > App notifications. You will see all the apps with a switch before them to turn off notifications.

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Google Stadia controllers won’t be Bluetooth compatible at launch

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Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video gaming streaming service named Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers, at the Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 19, 2019.

Google Stadia controllers would not work with Bluetooth headsets at launch, rather they would connect directly to the Stadia server using Wi-Fi to help with the problem of lag while gaming.

“The Stadia controller comes with a headphone jack for wired audio, but won’t support Bluetooth audio at launch in November. If you’re playing on the computer or a Pixel phone you can connect the BT headset to it directly and use it in Stadia,” Andrey Doronichev, Stadia Product Director, wrote on social news site Reddit AMA.

 

For Bluetooth connectivity, the Stadia product page says, “Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time.

Bluetooth Classic functionality may be implemented at a later date.”

Google has confirmed that Stadia would be available from November in 14 countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada. There’s no confirmation yet about when other areas and territories will get it.

Google Stadia is Google’s vision of the future of gaming — a cloud-based service available on a range of devices, not just high-end gaming PCs and consoles.

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Making Golmaal films is my duty: Rohit Shetty

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Filmmaker Rohit Shetty feels that his successful franchise ‘Golmaal’ has become a household brand, so much so that it has become his duty to make a new film in the series every now and then.

“I feel making ‘Golmaal’ has now become my duty. It’s not my product anymore. It has become a household brand, and I have to just make a new ‘Golmaal’ film every now and then, and offer it to the audience.

The characters of ‘Golmaal’ are simple and happy. They don’t question and analyse everything. Feeling happy is good for health, and ‘Golmaal’ lets the audience do that,” said Rohit, at an interaction with the press at a book launch in Mumbai.

 

The first ‘Golmaal’ film released in 2006 and was declare a hit, and till date there have been four films in the franchise, over 13 years.

Rohit is right now busy filming the Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Sooryanvanshi’. “There is still a lot of time for ‘Sooryavanshi’ to release. It is scheduled for next year,” he said.

Rohit said owing to the needless running-around of modern life, simplicity and peace of mind is missing among us.

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