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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3-Inch, 15.6-Inch Models With 8th Gen Intel Core i3 Launched

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Xiaomi has introduced two new baseline Mi Notebook Air variant with Intel’s 8th generation Core i3 processors. While one of these models has a 13.3-inch display, the other has a larger 15.6-inch panel. Key highlights of the new Mi Notebook Air models include the 8th Gen Core i3 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, fast charging support with a USB Type-C port, and a 128GB SATA SSD with options to expand externally via HDD. Both notebooks run Windows 10 Home Edition. Let’s have a look at their pricing and specifications.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air price, availability

The base variant of the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air with 8GB RAM has been priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 41,700) in the Chinese market. On the other hand, the newly introduced 15.6-inch Mi Notebook Air base model with 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage gets a price tag of CNY 3,399 (about Rs. 35,500). While the 13.3-inch model is now available for purchase, the latter’s listing shows it is up for pre-orders, and will go on sale on November 11, which is Singles Day in China. The higher end variants of Mi Notebook Air were also refreshed with 8th generation Intel Core processors in January this year.

 

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch specifications

The new Mi Notebook Air runs pre-installed Windows 10 Home, and sports a 13.3-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display panel with 170-degree viewing angle, 300nits brightness, and 80.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. The laptop is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i3-8130U with dual-core four-thread processor with L3 4MB cache, coupled with Intel UHD graphics 620, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB SATA SSD. It supports external hard drive expansion.

In terms of connectivity, the base Mi Notebook Air offers Intel’s 2X2 dual-antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and a fingerprint sensor. Ports on the notebook include 1x USB Type-C port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x HDMI port, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, Dimensions of the notebook are 309.6×210.9×14.8mm and weight is about 1.3kg.

The Mi Notebook Air has a full size backlit keyboard with 1.3mm keystroke and 3nits brightness. It also sports a glass touchpad for precise cursor control and multi-finger gestures. There is a 40W battery cell under the hood. For video calling, the notebook gets a 1-megapixel 720p front camera with a digital array microphone.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 15.6-inch specifications

Thanks to the larger form factor, the Mi Notebook 15.6-inch variant has slightly additional benefits when compared to the 13.3-inch model. It sports a 15.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and features 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. The 8th gen Intel Core i3 processor is equipped with dual fan cooling system and 2+2 heat pipe layout.

Ports on the Mi Notebook Air include 1x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit Ethernet port, 1x HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, and 1x 3-in-1 card reader. It is said to be up for pre-orders with sale starting from November 11, Singles Day, in China.


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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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