Review Category : Hardware

MonoFusion is a Microsoft Research project that uses a camera that could be already available in a tablet or a phone for creating 3-D scans of arbitrary environments in real time, utilizing only a single RGB camera as the input sensor. You should note down that there is no additional input hardware like Depth sensor is required for this technology. If Microsoft uses this technology in Lumia devices, in seconds, a user can generate a compelling 3-D model, which can be used in augmented reality, for 3-D printing, or in computer-aided design. MonoFusion allows a user to build dense 3D reconstructions of their environment in real-time, utilizing only a single, off-the-shelf web camera as the input sensor. The camera could be one already available in a tablet, phone, or a standalone device. No additional input hardware is required. This removes the need for power intensive active sensors that do not work robustly in natural outdoor ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch : Shed weight instead of features with the VAIO Pro 13 touchscreen Ultrabook. It weighs only 2.3 pounds and is wrapped in thin, durable carbon fiber to keep it light and protected from the bumps and knocks of daily use. Under the lid, picture quality shines with Sony’s Triluminos Display for Mobile technology for true, natural shades of color. 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 6.5 hours battery life Now on sale for just $829.00, down from  $1,249.99. You save $420.99 (33% off). Find the listing here from Microsoft. Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Touchscreen: Ultrabook or tablet? How about both? With its flexible flip-hinge design, the Dell XPS Duo 12 lets you transition from a high-performance laptop to a fully connected and media-savvy tablet. The 12.5-inch Full HD display delivers bright and clear images while also bringing the touch-enabled features ...

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MSI has unveiled their full line-up of the gaming All-in-One PCs, including the NVIDIA GTX 880M powered 27” AG270 with speakers & amplifier empowered by Yamaha, and the ultra-slim 24” AG240 and 22” AG220. These PCs come with Intel Core i7 processors for ultra-fast speed, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M series graphics for outstanding image quality, up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Select models also feature Super RAID (2 SSD’s in RAID 0), touchscreen capabilities and Blu-Ray disc burner. MSI has also equipped the AIOs with an anti-glare, anti-flicker matte display with their proprietary Eye Pro Technology.  MSI’s AIO displays stabilize the electrical current to prevent flickering in standard displays while decreasing eye fatigue by generating 75% less blue light. MSI’s gaming AIOs have the ability to connect to two external displays to create the ultimate surround gaming experience.  They can also act as an external monitor for your ...

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Last week, Toshiba announced two new Windows tablets Encore 2 8-inch ($199) and Encore 2 10-inch($269). Today Microsoft has released promo videos to promote them. Convenient for home and away, the Toshiba Encore 2 (8 inch) with Windows 8.1 is ideal for surfing, games, and entertainment, anywhere. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio, ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with ...

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Microsoft today announced that Seattle Children’s Hospital have committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organization. Apart from it, Avanade, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 allows these organizations the complete laptop experience with the power to run all the Windows software they need, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud. The above video provides a quick glance at how the clinicians and staff at Seattle Children’s plan to put Surface Pro 3 to use in their facilities to enable greater efficiency and improved patient care. Pre-order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store today. Source: Surface blog ...

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Microsoft today revealed that big businesses are already choosing Surface Pro 3 even before its release. During the launch event, Microsoft announced that companies such as BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy have already committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 as one of the choices inside their organizations. Today, they revealed that Avanade and Seattle Children’s Hospital have also committed to purchasing and deploying Surface Pro 3 inside their organizations. It is no big surprise on why Surface Pro 3 appeals to businesses, because Surface Pro 3 can effectively replace a laptop and tablet for their employees as a one device. Since it runs on Windows 8.1, they can effectively manage them with ease. When we unveiled Surface Pro 3, we talked about how lots of pro-sumers want a tablet, but need a laptop. We’ve found that businesses are no different. Surface Pro 3 appeals ...

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Five years back, HP and Beats Electronics, LLC, announced an alliance to achieve higher-quality sound from digital music through technology innovation. Starting from that announcement, HP has released no.of PCs, Laptops, Desktops with Beats Audio technology built-in. Over the years, Beats audio has become one of the unique features in HP devices. As Apple today announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics, HP’s partnership has come to an end. However, HP confirmed today that it will continue to integrate Beats Audio technology in its high-end PCs through 2015. HP is allowed to continue developing products with new Beats Audio technologies through 2014. But it’s allowed to continue selling devices with the Beats Audio logo and technology through 2015. HP says it’s planning an aggressive lineup of new products that includes the Beats branding through 2014. These products will have the full Beats Audio experience, the company says. Currently, Beats technology is ...

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With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stock. In the US, they have already stopped selling them on Microsoft Store. In the UK, they have reduced the price of Surface Pro 2 devices by £150. Find the new prices of each model below, 64 GB variant- £569 (down from £719) 128 GB – £659 (down from £799) 256GB – £899 (down from £1049) 512GB version – £1,289 (down from £1,439) Surface Pro 2 is a solid device for those who need a full PC in a 10-inch form factor. There is no other device in its class. Weighing in at 900 grams, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro with up to 7 hours of battery life for video playback 7 and up to 8GB of RAM, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor provides incredibly ...

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Along with the announcement about the new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius and next generation 2-in-1 detachable PCs – the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro, Toshiba also announced 8- and 10.1 inch Encore 2 Windows tablets. Encore 2 tablets feature an elegant Satin Gold matte finish and are engineered with rounded edges that make them comfortable in hand. Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs just 1.2 pounds, while the 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Both tablets feature a bright HD (1280×800) multi-touch display,  quad-core Intel Atom processor, 10-hour battery life for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback, Stereo speakers plus Dolby Digital Plus audio,  ultrafast 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Micro HDMI® port and wireless display support, On software side, Encore 2 devices also include TruCapture™, an app that works in conjunction with the integrated cameras to capture and correct snapshots of whiteboards, ...

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Along with the announcement about the hybrid laptop Satellite Radius, Toshiba also announced a pair of next generation 2-in-1 detachable PCs – the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro featuring 13.3-inch detachable displays. Satellite Click 2: Satellite Click 2 is a fanless device priced affordably for everyone at $586.99, the Satellite Click 2 includes a quad-core Intel Pentium processor2 and a 500GB hard drive, plus ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Featuring a 13.3-inch diagonal HD (1366×768) removable display, the Satellite Click 2 includes a durable hinge with a ‘quick-release’ latching mechanism for attaching and detaching the screen to the keyboard base. It comes with an audio experience with a sound system tuned by Skullcandy and DTS. It also comes with USB Sleep & Charge technology and Impact Sensor technology safeguards content stored on the internal hard drive. Satellite Click 2 Pro: Satellite Click 2 Pro comes with Full HD 13.3-inch ...

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Toshiba today announced a new laptop hybrid called Satellite Radius. Satellite Radius design is strikingly similar to that of Lenovo Yoga because you have got the 360 degree hinge. It allows you to enjoy the device in one of the following five modes. Laptop mode: A unique 135-degree angle view ideal for productivity. Tablet mode: A full 360-degree screen fold conveniently transforms the device into a big-screen tablet. Tabletop mode: Collaborate on a screen that lays flat at a 180-degree angle. Presentation mode: Fold to a 270-330 degree angle for a rear-facing screen ideal for sharing content and presentations with groups. Audience mode: A 270-315 degree flip that hides the keyboard under the display for a hands-free movie-watching experience. You can get the device with either an Intel Core i5 processor and a 750GB hard drive for $926, or a Core i7 CPU and a 1TB drive for $1049. These ...

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This is a bad news for PC market as a whole because the sales continues to decline in India, which is one of the largest developing economies. According to the International Data Corporation. the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013. The overall Commercial PC segment recorded a total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1% sequentially over Q4 2013.  Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India comments, “The overall Commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the Banking and Government verticals. Vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiments and believe it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.” On the other  hand, the  overall Consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 ...

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Acer today announced the new Acer XB280HK 28-inch display monitor which offers 4k2k display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for a vivid and responsive gaming experience. The G-SYNC technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes stutter and input lag. Also it offers flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView technologies help reduce strain on eyes for heavy users. Read the full press release below. Acer announces the new Acer XB280HK gaming monitor as the world’s first 4k2k display featuring NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology to provide stunning, ultra-smooth, tear-free imagery and rich colors for outstanding gaming experiences. It features Acer’s flicker-less, low-dimming and ComfyView technologies that reduce strain on the eyes for smooth and comfortable extensive viewing. Part of the new XB0 line of large gaming monitors, the Acer XB280HK is intended to be paired with enthusiast PCs for immersive, ultra high-end gaming. It features a spacious 28-inch LED backlit display with 4k2k Ultra HD (3840 ...

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Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week at a press event. We have covered lots of information on the device, I’m sure you still might have lots of unanswered questions about the device. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the device. For example, a 64 GB Surface Pro 3 unit has more than 36 GB of available disk space, Windows scales up by the factor of 1.5 on Surface Pro 3′s 3:2 screen for better experience  and more. What’s the display resolution on the Surface Pro 3? The native resolution is 2160×1440. That’s a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the width is exactly enough to allow you to snap three apps at equal widths, side by side, in Windows 8.1. Because of the screen size, Windows scales the display by a factor of 1.5, which makes the effective resolution on the device ...

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Just in time for the Memorial Day on which people who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered, Microsoft is offering special discounts for service persons in the US Military. The can take advantage of the following deals from Microsoft Stores, Save 5% of the new Surface Pro 3 10% off all Office suites and apps 5% off all Windows PCs 10% off Windows software Get 10% off all additional software Save 10% on all PC games Check out the discounts page from Microsoft Store here. There is a cool way to say thanks to U.S. troops on Memorial Day, Microsoft Xbox Video now allows you to gift them with a copy of “Lone Survivor,” which is available now on Xbox Video, two weeks before it’s out on DVD. Check it out here. ...

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