The SA-D40 supports 4.1 channels configuration with upto 80W of output, while the SA-D20 delivers 60W of output with 2.1 channel setup.
Sony has updated it home audio line-up with two new speaker systems, the SA-D40, and SA-D20. Sony promises powerful sound, strong bass and improved connectivity options suitable for television and smartphone consumption.
The SA-D40 supports 4.1 channels configuration with up to 80W of sound output, while the SA-D20 delivers 60W of sound output under the 2.1 channel setup. Sony claims that they have tuned the speakers to offer a wide immersive sound effect which results in cinema-like audio performance at the home. Both the speakers come with side sub-woofers wherein the SA-D40 offers wider peak frequency range.
The speakers support wireless audio using Bluetooth and USB connection alongside standard 3.5mm AUX input. The speakers can also memorise up to eight Bluetooth devices for easy connection. They come with a remote controller and a cable to connect the speakers to your TV effortlessly.
Sony claims that the speakers are tuned based on Indian latest movies and music titles by Sony’s sound engineer. The SA-D20 and SA-D40 will be available across all Sony Centers and major electronic stores in India for the price of Rs 7,990 and Rs 6,990 respectively.
Top five searches on Google included the iPhone 8 at second place and the iPhone X at third, being surpassed by only the Hurricane Irma disaster. Consumer Tech category reveals that the third most searched gadget was the Nintendo Switch which already sold 10 million units.
In other categories, Meghan Markle is the most searched actor, Matt Lauer was at the top spot in the People list, while Tom Petty and Chester Bennington were the most mourned people.
According to Google, many questions started with “how”. Coincidentally or not, the most searched meme was “Cash me outside, how bow dah?”
It is estimatd that by 2031, the urban population will rise to 60 million, while more metro cities in various regions will emerge.
Out of the 1.3 billion people in India, about 30 per cent of the population currently lives in cities, a number equal to the entire population of the US. It is estimated that by 2031, the urban population will rise to 60 million, while more metro cities in various regions of the country will emerge. In addition, the number of cities with populations of one million rose to 50 in 2011 according to the Census of India, from 35 in 2001; this number is expected to rise to 87 by 2031.
Vinayak Bhavnani, CEO, Co-founder, Zophop believes that with rapid urbanisation in the country, and expanding city limits across urban areas, there is a growing need for smart transport systems. Urban infrastructure, especially public transport, significantly lags behind in meeting the requirements of commuters. A majority of the Indian population depends on public transport systems to commute to work daily, and problems such as growing traffic congestion, inadequate capacity of transport modes, and rising pollution levels only add to the woes of commuters who have to deal with an already chaotic public transport system. Hence, there is an urgent need for effective infrastructure for public transport, and this is why India needs smarter mobility solutions at the earliest.
Since public transport is an integral component of urban infrastructure, building a smarter system for urban mobility is imperative to the creation of smarter cities. Urban transport reforms in the country are finally a reality, thanks to national policies by the central government, as well as state government programmes. The Smart India Mission by the Government of India is the biggest and most important program so far, aimed towards improving the urban infrastructure in the country, as part of which the government will facilitate greater investment in public transport systems and initiate transit-oriented development (TOD) across 100 cities in the country, making them more energy efficient, better connected, and less polluted.
As part of the initiative, the government will also provide a funding of Rs 50,802 crore to upgrade the selected cities over a five-year period from 2015 to 2020. The greatest emphasis of the Smart Cities initiative will be on building and developing efficient public transport and urban mobility systems. To achieve this goal, the government approved 90 projects to develop road transport and flyovers, 10 for Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), while other projects will focus on developing intelligent traffic management and integrated multimodal transport.
Technology and intelligent urban mobility solutions
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are helping to ease the troubles commuters face on an almost daily basis. Today, more and more digital start-ups provide urban mobility solutions through mobile applications to commuters and assist them with planning their daily intra-city travels. These Intelligent Transportation Systems employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions such as traffic detection mechanisms, road intersection control, incident detection, road sensors, public transport information and vehicle tracking to effectively manage transportation.
In addition, passenger information systems provide commuters using public transport, with real-time information. Such technologies also power the information systems for airlines and the Indian Railways, and provide more reliable, real-time information on ETAs to control passenger traffic at airports or railway stations.
With digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT), physical and virtual worlds have merged to offer consumers a seamless experience of navigating through a complex transport system. With the government adopting digitisation and technology with open arms, and opening investment avenues for private players, it may not be long before public infrastructural systems in the country such as urban mobility and transport, achieve global standards and help us realise our dreams of living in smart cities.
iBall Musi Poison comes with the rechargeable battery capacity of 1500mAh that claims to offer up to 4.5 hours playback time.
iBall has announced another extension to its audio range with the launch Musi Poison portable speaker. It will be available at a price of Rs 3,999 in Deep Black colour option.
The speaker weighs at less than 0.5kg allows users to carry it easily and offers music with 12 Watts power. The speaker allows you to connect your devices wirelessly via Bluetooth.
Users can play music through USB, Micro SD and AUX. The speaker is also equipped with in-built FM Radio and a microphone for hands-free calling and call control manual buttons.
Sporting digital LED display and bundled remote control, iBall Musi Poison comes with the rechargeable battery capacity of 1500mAh that claims to offer up to 4.5 hours playback time.
Pentium Silver will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC.
Intel has unveiled the new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors. The new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors are based on Intel’s architecture codenamed Gemini Lake. Pentium Silver will deliver 58 percent faster productivity performance compared with a similar 4-year-old PC.
For the first time on any PC platform, Intel will offer Gigabit Wi-Fi capability for ultra-fast connectivity with Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors. Using the industry standard of 2×2 802.11AC with 160MHz channels, users now have the capability for fast networking performance that delivers download speeds up to two times faster compared with systems using 802.11AC, 12 times faster compared with systems using 802.11 BGN, and even faster than a wired Gigabit Ethernet connection.
Ultimately, this translates to Intel Gigabit Wi-Fi providing a blazing fast connection that allows users to enjoy devices uninterrupted – faster content streaming, collaborating with ease, faster web browsing and even downloading large files like HD movies swiftly.
Additionally, Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron-based systems will be able to handle the latest in enhanced media while streaming content from popular sites like YouTube and Netflix.
Understanding that people aren’t watching content in perfectly lit rooms, Intel is also delivering for the first time a display technology called Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) to the value space. This technology is designed to help people clearly see the screen outdoors in glare and bright light.
The Cboe futures don't involve actual bitcoin. They allow investors to make bets on the future direction of bitcoin.
Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent.
It's a step forward for the bitcoin, which has soared this year despite concerns that the surge of investor interest has transformed it from a new-age currency into just the latest speculative bubble.
One prominent securities regulator warned that people were now taking out second mortgages on their homes to buy bitcoin.
The January contract for bitcoin futures closed at $18,545 on the Cboe Futures Exchange. Trading began Sunday and the price rose as high as $18,850, according to data from the Cboe.
The bitcoin futures first day of trading was not entirely smooth. The Cboe's website crashed several times or slowed down, due to a surge of interest. The exchange halted trading twice on the first day to stem volatility. The exchange operator has rules in place to stop trading after price swings of 10 percent.
The Cboe said at least 20 trading firms "actively participated" in the first day of trading, without giving specifics. Volume of the bitcoin futures was relatively low, trading less than 4,000 contracts compared with the tens of thousands that typically trade for more popular commodities like oil, gold, or wheat, or the hundreds of thousands of contracts for popular stock-based futures like the S&P 500.
The Cboe futures don't involve actual bitcoin. They allow investors to make bets on the future direction of bitcoin. Monday's futures price indicates investors expect bitcoin to keep rising in the coming weeks, although at a slower pace than seen recently. The futures price was about 8 percent higher than the price of $17,100 quoted for bitcoin on the large private exchange CoinBase late Monday afternoon.
But with the surge of interest has come concerns about the bitcoin market being in a bubble. In an interview on business network CNBC, North American Securities Administrators Association President Joseph Borg said he observed some people taking out mortgages on their house to buy bitcoin.
While bitcoin has a vocal group of true believers, it also attracts its fair share of detractors. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has called bitcoin "a fraud." Thomas Peterffy, chairman of the broker-dealer Interactive Brokers Group, expressed deep concerns about the trading of bitcoin futures last month, saying "there is no fundamental basis for valuation of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, and they may assume any price from one day to the next."
But there is some hopes that bringing bitcoin to a public exchange like the Cboe or the Chicago Mercantile Exchange will bring some regulation or legitimacy to the world of crypto-currencies.
THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS ARE STORYBOARD, SELFISSIMO! AND SCRUBBIES.
Google has introduced three photography apps which are part of a new series that it has dubbed as photography "appsperiments".
"We're launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: Usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Our 'appsperimental' approach was inspired in part by 'Motion Stills'," the company wrote in a research blog late on Monday.
These apps use several technologies, which are now in development at Google, including those focused on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.
"'Motion Stills' is an app developed by researchers that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilisation and rendering technologies," Google added.
The new photography applications are "Storyboard" (available on Android only), "Selfissimo!" (available on iOS and Android) and "Scrubbies" (available on iOS only).
The "Storyboard" app takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames that it lays out in a comic book-style template. To get new layouts and frames, a user has to refresh the app. Google claims that there are over 1.6 trillion combinations.
"Selfissimo!" is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photograph each time the user poses. Once a user taps the screen to start a shoot, Selfissimo! will snap a picture every time you pose. The idea is to move around into different poses, with the app taking a picture every time you stop moving.
"Scrubbies" lets the user easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces and replay moments. It lets you remix videos by quickly scrubbing back and forth through a clip to create video loops.
The tech giant has also urged users to try out the new apps and provide feedback via the in-app feedback links. The three apps are currently available on iOS and Android.
It was first unveiled at IFA, in Berlin in August 2017 and is priced at Rs 22,490 exclusively available for Prime members on Amazon.in.
Harman International, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has announced the availability of Harman Kardon Allure in India. Equipped with Amazon Alexa voice service, the Allure comes with 360-degree Harman Kardon sound. It was first unveiled at IFA, in Berlin in August 2017 and is priced at Rs 22,490 exclusively available for Prime members on Amazon.in
Harman Kardon Allure is hands free and controlled by voice commands. Just ask Alexa to play music, read the news, make purchases from Amazon.in, and more. Even in noisy environments, proprietary far-field voice technology allows the speaker to hear commands from a far distance.
Harman Kardon Allure’s 360-degree ambient lighting design glows from within. The ambient light will react to the voice commands and move along with the rhythm of the music.
The Buddy speaker runs on built-in rechargeable battery for up to 3 hours of music and offers Bluetooth wireless connection.
Zebronics has launched it's newest portable wireless Speaker ‘Buddy Speakers,’ priced at Rs 1699. The product will be available with leading retail stores across India.
The newest speaker from Zebronics sports LED Display along with RGB LED light, that accesses all parameters of the colour spectrum to optimise and personalise your listening experience. The 5W RMS output in very compact size brings users alive an audio experience that comes alive with depth and immersion.
The Buddy speaker runs on built-in rechargeable battery for up to 3 hours of music and offers Bluetooth wireless connection for ultimate accessibility. The speaker also comes with built-in FM to just enjoy live streaming music. The connectivity options include USB/MicroSD/AUX with the 10-meter range for wireless connectivity.
Commenting on the launch of Buddy speakers, Pradeep Doshi, Director, Zebronics, said “Yet again, comes another small wonder from Zebronics, which promises nothing but BIG Sound. Scoring full on good looks with good Music, the speaker is designed to make heads turn, crafted for pure musical performance.”
Dispatcher Phoenix has been designed to make business workflow processes smarter.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has launched their Dispatcher Phoenix — an automated document workflow solution that assists users with customised workflows and common document processing tasks to improve productivity and efficiency.
Dispatcher Phoenix has been designed to make business workflow processes smarter. It automates the capture and streamlines routing and image processing. Users can also access cloud services like DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sharepoint and Box via the Konica Minolta bizhub MFP control panel. Printed and scanned documents can be stored online or on-premise to facilitate information sharing and streamline workflow.
To improve efficiency, the company built-in a Graphical Workflow Builder tool in the Dispatcher Phoenix to create workflows that can handle document processing needs. It also sports a workflow scheduler, which enables users to run workflow checks at specific times, while its unique Liveflo technology provides a real-time view of documents as they are being processed. This helps to identify bottlenecks and ensure that files are reaching the correct destinations.