Actor Nicole Kidman has shared her experience of working with director James Wan, saying that she has been following his work ever since he started making films.
The 51-year-old actor is playing Queen Atlanta in the director’s “Aquaman”. Her character is the mother of Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. According to Variety, the Oscar winner said she wanted to work with Wan, especially after watching his low-budget horror films.
“I knew James Wan was going to do something really interesting and really fun and I’ve wanted to work with him since he started out in Australia in low-budget horror, and I’ve followed his career,” Kidman said. “I do this with directors, I follow certain directors.
So I’ve been following James. And then he showed me some of the drawings (he was) doing, and he said, ‘See this is why you have to be in the movie, because I’ve drawn her to look like you’,” she added. “Aquaman”, also featuring Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, released in India on Friday.
HP Launches New Envy, ProBook Series Laptops, Unveils Reverb VR Headset
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.
Xiaomi’s True Wireless ‘Redmi AirDots’ Earbuds Cost Just Over Rs. 1000
Xiaomi has introduced a new pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds called the Redmi AirDots in China. We know the name does sound familiar but that is primarily because the Chinese manufacturer had launched the Mi AirDots Youth Edition wireless Bluetooth earbuds in China a few months ago. Xiaomi launched the new Redmi AirDots alongside the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well as the Redmi 7 smartphones in the country. The company has also unveiled a new product called the Redmi Automatic Top-Loading Washing Machine 1A.
The new Redmi AirDots is a pair truly wireless headphones with support for Bluetooth 5.0. These new earbuds have a Realtek RTL8763BFR chip that helps them connect to the smartphones when they are removed from the case. The Redmi AirDots weigh 4.1g, have a touch sensitive button, which can be used to control music playback as well as voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. These AirDots have a 40mAh battery, which Xiaomi claims can offer 4 hours of battery life on a single charge. The charging case for the headphones has a 300mAh battery that can recharge the AirDots to offer up to 12 hours of playback. The earbuds take about 1.5 hours to charge while the case needs around 2 hours.
The earbuds have 7.2mm dynamic drivers and have a built-in DSP with “environment noise reduction”. These measure 26.65×16.4×21.6mm while the case measures 62×40×27.2mm and weigh 35.4 grams.
Redmi AirDots are available only in black and are priced at CNY 99.9 (roughly Rs. 1,000). These are aggressively priced for a truly wireless paid of earphones and will go on sale in China on April 9. While Xiaomi hasn’t launched such products in India, we hope that these come to the Indian stores soon.
To recall, Xiaomi had launched the Mi AirDots Youth Edition Wireless earphones in November last year and they were priced at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,100).
‘Inbox by Gmail’ to shut down on April 2
Google+ isn’t the only product Google is shutting down next month. Inbox by Gmail is also set to shut down on April 2. Google had announced its plans to kill the popular mobile email app last year. The company did not offer a specific date until now. In case you’re still using Inbox by Gmail, it’s likely that you’ve come across a notification within the app, informing you that the app will be ‘going away’ in 13 days (seen above).
Inbox by Gmail will be shutting down the same day as Google+, the company’s failed social platform. Along with the in-app notice, Google is offering a shortcut that opens the Gmail app for Inbox by Gmail users. Depending on when the in-app notice was seen, Google listed 15, 14, or 13 days to the shutdown – but all these point to the same date – April 2.
Over the past few months, Google has been bringing some of the Inbox by Gmail features to the regular Gmail app. But users are likely to still miss a lot of useful features they fell in love with. Unfortunately, core services of the app will stop working on April 2, so sticking onto the last version in hopes of continuing to use it in the future won’t work.
Google had launched the Inbox by Gmail app back in 2014. The app was meant to increase productivity, especially for those who have to deal with a lot of emails on a daily basis. It allowed users to automatically generate replies, create bundles, and more.
With less than two weeks to go, Google seems to be making it harder for users to find and download Inbox by Gmail for obvious reasons. In case you were looking to try it out for one last time before it dies, you’ll have a hard time locating it on the Play Store.
So far, Gmail has received a bunch of Inbox by Gmail features including Smart Reply, Nudges, inline attachments, and more. However, not all features may arrive on the default Gmail app.
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