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HP Spectre x360, EliteBook x360 Convertible Lineups Refreshed

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HP has launched a lineup of new products in its Spectre and EliteBook families with an upgraded design, performance, and security features. The company has unveiled the new HP Spectre x360 13 and HP Spectre x360 15 in the HP Spectre Folio and HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 in the HP Elite Portfolio. Additionally, HP has also released a new HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor and HP USB Fingerprint Mouse. The company is touting world-class features in the updated lineups as they new models come with upgraded hardware. Some of those products will be available starting this month.

The new HP Spectre lineup is equipped with new security features, such as a camera kill switch that allows the user to turn off the webcam when not in use. The 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models come equipped with optional HP Sure View, an integrated privacy screen for public places. The HP Spectre x360 ? 131,000 13 that is claimed to deliver “the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible and gigabit-class 4G LTE.” It promises a battery life of up to 22.5 hours. The Spectre x360 13 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options.

The HP Spectre x360 13 sports a 13.3-inch display with up to 4K resolution. For graphics, it comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620. Ports include Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C 3.1, and more. Other connectivity options include optional 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and more. It also has an IR camera for Windows Hello. It measures 13.6mm in thickness and weighs 1.26kg.
HP Spectre x360 13

 

The HP Spectre x360 15, on the other hand, comes with only a 16GB RAM option. It is also powered by the same Intel Core i7-8565U processor and comes with 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options. It features a 15.6-inch 4K display and for graphics, it has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with Max Q design. It has the same ports as the smaller variant, but also includes an HDMI 2.0 port. It measures 19.45mm in thickness and weighs 2.08kgs.

HP Spectre x360 15

In terms of availability and pricing, the HP Spectre x360 13 will start shipping in November and the prices start at $1,149.99 (roughly Rs. 84,200). Meanwhile, the HP Spectre x360 15 is expected to be available in November as well, for a starting price of $1,389.99 (roughly Rs. 1,01,800).

Coming to the EliteBook x360 1040 G5, HP claims it to be the “world’s smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible” and “world’s first business convertible with gigabit-class 4G LTE”. It sports a 14-inch display packed in a 13-inch unibody CNC aluminium chassis. It comes with an optional HP Outdoor Viewable Display with an anti-glare screen and up to 700-nit display. It is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, comes with up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. The laptop is claimed to to provide up 17 hours of battery life. The HP EliteBook x360 1040 is expected to be available at the end of October for a starting price of $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,09,700).

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5

As mentioned, HP has also launched the HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor as a new dock-and-monitor solution that comes with a single USB Type-A cable or single power-enabled USB Type-C cable for data and video, as well a pop-up privacy webcam. It will be available in December for a starting price of $329 (roughly Rs. 24,000). Additionally, the new HP USB Fingerprint Mouse is capable of enabling users to unlock their Windows 10 PC with a single touch, allowing for secure biometric authentication. It has been priced at $49 (roughly Rs. 3,600) and will also be available from December 2018.


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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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