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Samsung Notebook 7, Notebook 7 Force Laptops Unveiled, Sport Bezel-Less Display

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Samsung has announced two new Windows 10-based laptops. The two laptops, Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force, look a lot like Apple’s MacBook Pro notebooks and will ship in 13-inch and 15-inch display sizes. Samsung says the new Notebook 7 laptop is built for everyday usage while the Notebook 7 Pro features high-end specifications ideal for content creators. Samsung’s new laptops will begin shipping sometime later this year. There is no word on the India availability right now.

The new slim laptops from Samsung feature diamond-cut edges and displays with tiny bezels. Samsung says the laptops will first start shipping in South Korea and Hong Kong, followed by the US and Brazil.

Samsung Notebook 7 Specifications:

 

Samsung’s new Notebook 7 laptop will be available in both 13-inch and 15-inch full-HD display options. The laptop resembles Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch in a number of ways. It features diamond-cut edges and a near bezel-less display. Notebook 7 (15-inch) comes with an additional SSD slot so you can add extra storage later on.

Both models of the Notebook 7 laptop are powered by the 8th generation Intel Core processors with up to 16GB RAM. The storage options will be available up to 512GB SSD (NVMe). The laptops also come with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi.

Notebook 7 laptops pack stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. In terms of ports, the new Samsung laptops will include a single USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, one microSD card slot, and a single HDMI port. They’ll run Windows 10 out-of-the-box.

In terms of the pricing, the Samsung Notebook 7 will be available with prices starting at $999 in the US. It’ll be sold on Amazon and Samsung’s online store from July 26.

Samsung Notebook 7 Force Specifications:

Samsung Notebook 7 Force laptops come in only 15-inch display size and feature Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, promising up to 70 percent faster speeds than the last-generation GTX card. Notebook 7 Force laptops also include a variety of ports including USB Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, and a microSD card reader.

Samsung’s Notebook 7 Force laptops are powered by the 8th generation Intel Core processors with up to 24GB RAM. In terms of storage, the laptops will be available with SSDs up to 512GB with expandable slots for adding more SSDs in the future. Both Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force laptops come with a wider touchpad, much like the MacBook Pro notebooks.

The Notebook 7 Force is priced at $1,499 and will be available later this year in the US and China initially.


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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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