Chrome: Faster and more battery friendly

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Google claims that Chrome is now Faster and more battery friendly than it was in 2015 by showing a test in a video on youtube. Microsoft edge had done a test earlier that Chrome was battery hungry whereas Edge was more battery efficient.

So this time Google, instead of comparing it with edge browser compared it with it’s own browser, but with a old version of 2015 with it’s new version chrome browser of 2016.

Google measured this test with tools like speedometer. Conclusion of this test is Google Chrome is now 15% faster than as of 2015 in both windows desktop & android smartphone.

Chrome in 2016 also improved it’s battery life as compared to the 2015 version of Chrome. In this test below in video you can see Google did the test with two Microsoft Surface Books with same hardware configuration side by side. Chrome uses less battery for most visited sites now as per this test. As per the test in this video below, Chrome 46 (2015 version) took 8 hours & 27 minutes to finish the battery charge, where as Chrome 53 (2016 version) took 10 hours & 39 minutes to finish the battery charge. So it’s a 2 hours & 12 minutes extra battery charge savings in one go.

At last we all know how stable is latest version of Google Chrome. I personally do all the tasks using Google Chrome as it won’t hang. But one need to have good hardware like better processor, more RAM & SSD to get the most out of Chrome.

Reliance Jio 4G Preview offer is now open for all 4G smartphones

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If you have 4G smartphone & you are in India, then you can get Reliance Jio 4G SIM which includes three months Preview offer of unlimited 4G data, unlimited VoLTE calls to any network. You have to check out with Reliance Digital & Digital Express Mini Stores & stand in queue as there is long waiting line of lots of Reliance Jio fans who also want to get hold of the free Jio SIM with 3 months unlimited Preview offer.

You have to take your 4G smartphone & show it at Reliance Digital or Digital Express Mini store. Then you will have to provide your identity card & passport photo to get you Jio SIM. After few days your Jio SIM will be activated, this is what they are saying. This step of giving free SIM with freebies by Reliance Jio will surely break backbone of Airtel. There are lots of angry customers of Airtel who want to port to a better network like Jio. As Jio haven’t launched yet fully & we can’t port, so having a Jio 4G SIM in smartphone is surely a positive thing for customers.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S & 3S Prime just launched in India

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Xiaomi launched it’s flagship smartphone Redmi 3s & 3s Prime for price Rs6999 & Rs8999 respectively today on August 3, 2016 with following specifications:-

Camera: 13 Megapixel real camera & 5 Megapixel front camera

mi_5_inch_screenDisplay:
5 inch 720px by 1280px HD Touchscreen

 

CPU: 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor

GPU: Adreno 505 GPU

RAM: 2GB LPDDR3  (Redmi 3s), 3GB LPDDR3  (Redmi 3s Prime)

Internal Memory:

16GB eMMC 5.0 flash (Redmi 3s)/ 32GB eMMC 5.1 flash (Redmi 3s)

32GB eMMC 5.1 flash (Redmi 3s Prime)

Battery: 4100 mAh

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, VoLTE

Sensors: Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope

Multimedia:

OS: Android 6.0.1 or Lollipop

It will come with MIUI 7.

Dimension: height 139.3mm x width 69.6mm x thickness 8.5mm

Weight: 144 grams only

redmi_3s_hybrid_sim_slotUpto 128GB expandable microSD card will be supported. Redmi 3s is available in 3 colours Grey, Silver & Gold. There are two sim slots available with 4G LTE, 3G, 2G supported. It’s actually a hybrid SIM slot which can have nano SIM + micro SIM, or micro SIM + microSD card.

If two SIM cards are used simultaneously in both slots, then the primary SIM will support 4G calls and data while the secondary SIM will support only 3G calls.

The VoLTE support which is available in Redmi 3s & Redmi 3s Prime will help, if you are using Jio 4G sim or going to use in future.

First BGA SSD PM971 by Samsung

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PM971 SSD is the first BGA (ball grid array) solid state drive which is the smallest one even among all m.2 form factors. With this new SSD we can have it in smartphones, tablets & 2in1 laptops which will save more space inside each device while giving increase in performance.

With a new Photon controller tech as well with MLC V-NAND flash memory, Samsung produced such an awesome tiny package PM971 with capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. This BGA SSD PM971 will work on PCIe 3.0 & SATA 3.2 protocols, as well it can also use four PCIe lanes.

Although, they haven’t revealed the internal architecture design yet, they will unveil it soon. We can expect devices with this BGA SSD in last three months of 2016 or in the beginning of 2017 to be available in markets.

With this BGA solid state drive, smartphones can have more speed & performance in a tiny device. There won’t be no need to use the slower mobile memory or sd cards. Now smartphone users can enjoy the speed & reliability of SSD with this new innovation of Samsung.

It can improve battery life by 10% while reducing vertical height. Samsung claims it will have better & improved thermals. It uses 1.8v power rail instead of 3.3v to save battery life.

Sequential reads of speed up to 1500 MB/s & sequential writes of speed up to 600 MB/s, up to 190,000 IOPS random reads & up to 150,000 IOPS random writes can be achieved.

M.2 form factors:-

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Seagate unveiled world’s fastest SSD of speed 10 GBps

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Seagate announced the world’s fastest NVMe SSD Drive which can achieve 10 GBps (Gigabytes per second) transfer speed. This broke fastest record of Solid State Drive by Samsung.

This SSD is based on non volatile memory express (NVMe) interface, so it will work on motherboard with NVMe support.

Seagate’s last fastest Solid State Drive was an 8-lane PCIe 4TB named Nytro XP6500 flash accelerator card which has a data transfer speed of 4GBps. So the new one got improvement of 6GBps speed compared to the old fastest one of Seagate.

This NVMe SSD is not yet available on market. As well as space size, pricing is not declared yet. Although Seagate will announce with full details soon at the upcoming Open Compute Project Summit 2016 in San Jose, California which will be held on 9th-10th March 2016.

Samsung starts shipping highest capacity 15TB SSD

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Samsung started shipping it’s monster SSD which has a high data capacity of 15TB which is named as PM1633a. This monster SSD is unveiled for large enterprise storage systems. It uses 12GB/s serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface. It uses 3D V-NAND of Samsung, for this capacity in 2.5 inch for factor.

It have a read speed of 200,000 IOPS while write speed is 32,000 IOPS. Maximum sequential read & write will be 1.2 GBps.

15.36TB of data means one can hold 300 numbers of Blu-ray discs or 4,000 numbers of standard layer DVDs. This will help the businesses who need this much of storage & need fast access.

It’s cost will as be huge like it’s capacity. It’s a premium product for premium enterprises & data centers.

Why use SSD over HDD in your laptop or desktop?

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Is you laptop or desktop running slow? Then it may not be the processor. We have done many upgrades to processor, but the HDD is same 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm. So even if you get the latest core i7 processor, you won’t get the best performance.

You may ask why? Then my answer will be, What if we make bed with 3 strong legs & 1 weak leg & there will be 10 people standing on it? Won’t it break? Same thing happens with your system. When you have a poor slow HDD & the best processor, you still get a system which is slower or like the the weaker bed for only one weak leg.

When we use the system, it reads & writes data from & to the HDD or hard disk drive. With HDD, it reads & writes super slow. While with SSD, it reads & writes ultra super fast.

HDD has more power consumption, while SSD has too low power consumption which helps to save battery life if used in laptops.

HDD have mechanical parts which leads to broken HDD at any time. SSD don’t have any mechanical parts which leads to longer life of SSD.

From price point of view SSD costs more than HDD. But if you see the lifespan of SSD vs HDD, then you get back with the SSD.

Transcend unveils 1TB MTS800 M.2 SSD

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Transcend unveiled 1TB option for MTS800 M.2 SSD which is named as TS1TMTS800. It has ultra-thin, space saving & compact size of 80mm in M.2 form factor. It weighs 9 grams only. MLC NAND Flash memory technology is used for this one. But it has transfer speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 460MB/s write. This is well fit for modern ultrabooks, light & thin notebooks. SATA III 6Gb/s interface used by this M.2 SSD. It has support of DevSleep mode, which allows system to shut down the SATA interface completely and save some battery life. It comes with three-year limited warranty. Added with (The 3 years warranty does not apply when SSD Scope’s wear-out indicator shows 0% within 3 years.). It’s somewhat bad for us. They should not have added this thing. What if your Transcend SSD wear-out indicator shows 0%? You won’t get any warranty claim even within 3 years.

 

NVIDIA announced revenue of 1.4 billion in last quarter

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NVIDIA announced record quarterly revenue of 1.4 billion dollar as well as a record full year revenue of 5.01 billion dollar, which is a rise of 12% & 7% revenue rise for quarterly & yearly respectively.

nvidia q4 summary

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NVIDIA share value increased by 8% after this record revenue release.

Reflex the first flexible smartphone in world developed by researchers

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The research team of Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab developed the worlds first flexible, bendable smartphone called Reflex. This smartphone has a new way of physical interaction which is gained by bending it in different ways. If the smartphone is bent on right side, pages can be flipped through fingers as we do with real book pages. It is equipped with a LG Flexible OLED HD touch screen display, Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Behind the display, there are bend sensors which can detect the amount of force from bending to benefit from different input interaction.

Watch this video, how interaction is done by bending using certain amount force.

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