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by Mona Karam
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New Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech. Want to connect three devices simultaneously? Easily!

New Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480 is the best choice if you use several devices and want operate them simultaneously with keyboard. Logitech K480 allows you to connect up to three devices so you can switch for example between PC, phone and a tablet which are put in special row on the keyboard.

At $50 you will get great functionality and attractive styling:  fluorescent ergonomic keys, compact size, two color options and wireless connection above all. Logitech K480 will be a real gift for those who want to swap between devices and main computer without KVW switches and other yesterday’s tools. Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard should be available in late September. 

 

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The new U32D970Q Samsung monitor boasts ultrahigh resolution (3,840х2,160 px) and a 10-bit PLS matrix of 31.5-inch diagonal. Besides, the monitor has 4 digital video ports and a USB hub with four USB3.0 outputs. Among its other specials are the Picture-by-Picture mode and the innovative Quad Picture-by-Picture function providing for simultaneous signal processing from four sources. The special design stand makes it possible to adjust the monitor for height, to tilt it, rotate it tablewise and use it in the portrait mode.

Supporting over 1 billion colours and 11 colour models, including sRGB, AdobeRGB, DICOM, DCI, the monitor is an asset to professionals in graphics, photo and video. Additionally, it offers the DualColor mode for advanced color correction, enabling simultaneous display of two colour models. Users can also adjust gamma, backlight uniformity and white balance at their option.

by menarate
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Seagate’s new ultra-high capacity hard drive

According to Seagate’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott Horn, our increasingly mobile world is now in desperate need for a cost-efficient innovative medium to store large amounts of accumulated personal and cloud-based data, so Seagate’s break-through invention could be a proper solution to this problem. The company’s newly launched 8TB hard drive boasts both high capacity and high efficiency, including in terms of operating costs and power consumption, perhaps, even highest in the industry.

Though Seagate has already started supplying the product, the new solution is expected to be available on a wider scale by next quarter.

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WD to Launch New Power-Efficient Hard Drives

The new Re+ hard drives by WD are intended to address the power consumption issues of modern high-capacity datacentres. With 6 Gb/s transfer rates, sequential data rates of up to 225 MB/s and a capacity of up to 550 TB per year, these are claimed to combine the high reliability of Re hard drives and the industry’s best watt-per-gigabyte ratio. In fact, WD claims the Re+ family products have the lowest power consumption of all 3.5-inch hard drives available on the market today.

According to WD, the Re+ hard drive platform is currently the most power-efficient, high-intensity and high-capacity one in terms of total cost of ownership, i.e. capacity-price-power consumption relation. Considering that watts have become a currency, like the dollar, massive deployments of these under today’s large web-scale cloud infrastructures could result in enormous savings of millions of dollars per year, while providing for enhanced performance and reliability as required for high-intensity datacentres.

by menarate
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Flying Cars: Science Fiction or Near Future?

AeroMobil’s CEO, Juraj Vaculik, has announced the company’s plans to make a functional flying vehicle available to consumers by as early as 2017. The vehicle will be based on the prototype AeroMobil revealed back in October 2014. Its initial price is expected to amount to some couple of hundred thousand euro.

The idea of constructing a flying vehicle was born out of AeroMobil founders’ desire to overcome barriers and restrictions faced by air travelers and drivers, including traffic jams, inefficient short-distance air travel, and lack of infrastructure.

For now, though, both Juraj Vaculik and his co-founder Stefan Klein admit the introduction of flying vehicles is concerned with a number of technical, financial and regulatory issues which need to be immediately addressed. Thus, Aeromobil has not found yet the right materials to construct a light enough flying car, while complying with all crash and safety requirements. However, they expect it will only take two years to solve the problem. All the more, the company enjoys strong EU support, both in terms of certification and funding.

The concept of the first consumer vehicle to be manufactured is a posh “flying roadster,” like that from Tesla’s playbook. Packed with Garmin avionics and two-axis autopilots, the carbon-fiber two-seat roadster is expected to be categorized as a light sports aircraft. It will provide for a travel range of around 430 miles, and its operation won’t require any special license. Mr. Vaculik also claims his flying cars will be able to use grass landing strips and will only need 650 feet to take off or land.

Next generation mass-market flying cars, according to Aeromobil, will be fully autonomous hybrids with four seats and a range twice as long as that of roadsters. However, their introduction is rather a matter of distant future, which implies a lot of regulatory and psychological aspects to be taken into consideration before the future can actually happen.

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Some more yoga from Lenovo

Lenovo has announced a new line of Yoga tablets and laptops, available in a variety of sizes and configurations.

The new line includes 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, featuring Android OS, a built-in Pico projector, a 8Wt sound system with a subwoofer, an Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM. The quad-HD 2560x1440 screen makes the large-size Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a powerful presentation tool and, when used to watch movies and TV shows, gives one the feel of a true home cinema theatre. Its battery life is 15 hours in regular modes and 3 hours in the projection mode. The tablet also comes with a stand, which makes it possible to use it comfortably as a keyboard, or in the upright position, or even hung on the hook.

Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will also be available in smaller, 10-inch size, without a projector and with either Android 4.4 KitKat or Windows 8.1.

Another product of the new line is Yoga 3 Pro laptop. It is an ultra-thin and ultra-light Windows laptop, boasting a 13-inch display with HD resolution, 512GB of memory available for storage, a powerful Intel Core M Processor, and, of course, the signature 360-degree hinge. The hinge comes in an upgraded classy design and, as usual, enables using the device in four modes: the Laptop mode; the Stand mode, with the display bent back more than 180 degrees; the Tent mode, and the Tablet mode, with the display fully folded. Its battery is claimed to last for 9 hours, even with an active Wi-Fi connection.

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New Resource for Music Artists

The new resource YouTube for Artists is intended to help musicians with their public debut. It is said to be just one of the numerous resources YouTube plans to launch for the benefit of artists and video publishers. The site, among other things, features tips on how to get discovered, attract fans and earn money from creative work, how to advertise music shows, raise funds and sell merchandise. Plus it includes information on available free production resources.

by Lajj
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Dubai Police Demands CCTV Installed in all Buildings

Setting up a term of 3 months to complete the task, Dubai Police has ordered owners of both residential and office buildings to equip their premises with security cameras, referring to Act No. 10 of 2014 and amendments to Law No. 24 of 2008 on service providers and security regulations.

The Police also emphasized CCTV cameras were to be to their specifications as follows. First, they should be installed at all the entrances, including emergency ones, so that they could get a proper picture of a person entering or leaving a building. Secondly, cameras should be properly fixed and stable, no obstacles in their way, obscuring vision. And, finally, CCTV cameras should cover lobby areas, sections close to elevators, reception areas, entrances to health clubs, and parking places. In the latter case, cameras need to be able to capture number plates with enough precision. Besides, it is essential that all the cameras should keep, at least, a month’s footage.