(PhysOrg.com) — It is a truth universally acknowledged that quantum computing must have entanglement. Measuring light and vacuum fluctuations from a time flow perspective “Entanglement,” Andrew White tells PhysOrg.com, “is normally considered a non-negotiable part of quantum information processing. In fact, if you told me a couple of years ago that you could do quantum computing without entanglement, I would have been pretty skeptical – to say the least!” White says that he first heard the idea of non-entanglement quantum computing from Carl Caves. “I was intrigued when Professor Caves, on sabbatical here in Australia from New Mexico, mentioned that there were sober predictions that entanglement wasn’t always necessary.”White leads a team of young experimental scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ben Lanyon, Marco Barbieri, Marcelo Almeida and White have been studying deterministic quantum computing with only one pure qubit (DQC1). “Entanglement is not the final story on what makes quantum information processing powerful,” White insists. The Australian team’s results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.”“Normally, in order for quantum computing to work,” White explains, “we need to encode the information into quantum bits—qubits—which are in a noise-free pure state. It’s known that the entanglement between these is what makes standard quantum computing powerful.” He continues, “With a DQC1 scheme, you only have to have one pure qubit, and the rest can be noisy or mixed.” The idea behind quantum information processing using entanglement is that noiselessness has to be applied in order to provide a substantial advantage over classical computing. DQC1, though, could potentially offer a more efficient and less resource-intensive method of quantum computing, since entanglement would no longer be a necessity.“For this demonstration,” White says, “we used the smallest possible example: a circuit with just two qubits, one pure and one mixed. We ran a phase-estimation algorithm as a small example, and found in every setting there was zero entanglement, but that most of the states couldn’t be described efficiently in a classical manner.”White points out that this is suggestive that there are other possibilities, beyond entanglement, that contribute to the power provided by quantum information processing. “We’re still chewing through the implications,” he says. “This is not a universal panacea,” White admits. “For some problems and algorithms you just need pure qubits and entanglement, problems such as Shor’s algorithm. However, there are applications and problems where the DQC1 method will work quite well, and will be more efficient than trying to get qubits that are all pure.”With so many different architectures and schemes for quantum computing – all of them trying to create a system in which all the qubits are pure – it is rare to see a group looking to find applications for a quantum information system that makes allowances for impurity and the introduction of noise – insisting that entanglement is not necessary. “The fact is that certain classes of problems don’t need entanglement, and they don’t need all of the purity. In some cases, all that is needed is one pure qubit and the rest could be mixed. Really, with DQC1, you don’t have to work as hard as you think you do.”We are starting to build more complicated algorithms to get an idea of where this could go. Regardless, the idea that entanglement may not be necessary for some types of quantum computing is big news.”More information: B. P. Lanyon, M. Barbieri, M. P. Almeida, and A. G. White. “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v101/e200501 . Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary (2008, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-quantum-entanglement.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Kwanghee Lee, a professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, have published a paper on the new material in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “So far, there has been no semiconducting material that simultaneously achieves excellent optical transparency, high charge-carrier mobility, and real flexibility,” coauthor Kilho Yu at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology told Phys.org. “Metal oxides, such as ZnO and IGZO, have excellent transparency and high mobility, but they are brittle and show poor mobility if not treated with high-temperature (>200 °C) processes, which are not desirable for fabrication on flexible substrates. General semiconducting polymers are flexible, but show poor mobility without complex processes and are not very transparent because of their high optical absorption coefficient.”The new polymer blend consists of about 15% semiconducting polymer called DPP2T integrated into an inert polystyrene matrix. The two types of polymers do not mix uniformly, but instead the DPP2T forms a web-like nanonetwork through the inert matrix, creating highly ordered, continuously connected charge pathways for rapid charge transport. So far, transparency has been particularly challenging to achieve in semiconducting polymers because of their inherently high light absorption in the visible range. DPP2T belongs to a newer class of semiconducting polymers in which the light absorption peak is red-shifted to the near-infrared range, so it absorbs much less light in the visible range and has greater optical transparency. However, DPP2T by itself still has a greenish tint. Only by blending the DPP2T with the polystyrene matrix could the researchers fabricate a material that is almost perfectly transparent throughout the visible range.In the final analysis, the researchers showed that the individual materials in the polymer blend cannot achieve all three of the desired properties on their own, but only when blended together. © 2017 Phys.org Field-effect transistors integrated with LEDs, showing transparency and flexibility. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Graphene produces more efficient transport of a semiconducting polymer film Photograph of the flexible, transparent field-effect transistor made of the new material. Credit: Yu et al. ©2016 PNAS Citation: Semiconducting nanonetwork could form the backbone of transparent, flexible electronics (2017, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-semiconducting-nanonetwork-backbone-transparent-flexible.html More information: Kilho Yu et al. “Optically transparent semiconducting polymer nanonetwork for flexible and transparent electronics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606947113 To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated prototypes of colorless, bendable field-effect transistors integrated on top of colorless, bendable light-emitting diodes. The devices could withstand 1,000 bending cycles with no severe performance degradation. (Phys.org)—Researchers may have found a “sweet spot” for organic electronics by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated LEDs. “The nanonetwork semiconductor can be made very easily and is solution-processable, and it needs no heat treatment or any other complex processes,” Yu said. “It simultaneously achieves excellent characteristics for future transparent, deformable electronic applications. The applicability of the nanonetwork semiconductor was proven by the fabrication drive of prototype FET/OLED integrated devices. In the paper, we also have shown a new paradigm for achieving facile charge transport in semiconducting polymers, which emphasizes the importance of clean charge pathways along the polymer backbone, rather than the degree of crystallinity of the polymer.”The researchers expect that the results will pave the way for the development of a wide variety of applications, such as next-generation “see-through” bendable electronics and skin-attachable medical devices.”We are currently investigating the intriguing charge transport mechanism of the nanonetwork semiconductor using various experimental tools and modeling,” Yu said. “In addition, we are applying this nanonetwork semiconductor toward various electronic applications, in order to make it a platform technology for deformable and transparent electronics.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sounds like a scene out of any perfect Hollywood movie, but that is exactly where some lucky kids are headed. A lucky break like the one provided by Aanukrati could go a long way to change their lives. These street kids would unite with young contemporary dancers for Anurakti. An initiative that drives to surpass the socio-economic divide and create a mutual understanding between different strata’s through dance. Anurakti is a team of young contemporary dance artists who would be seen tapping their feet with the brilliant self trained acrobatic talents from the street. Anurakti dabbles into various dance techniques featuring mayurbhanj chhau, lyrical jazz, Kathak and street acrobatics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The idea behind it is to put the gymnastic talents of these street children at its best use in an attempt to change to course of their life through the guidance of a dance company. What drives the Urshilla Dance Company team forward: It is rooted in a scene at the traffic red lights, something all of us witness and ignore- the spread out arms of little kids on the road. UDC aims to make these little hopeful arms stretch out not for alms but a heartfelt embrace. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the thought of imparting a sense of pride and a sense of belief in them, UDC hand picked these young artists from the streets of Delhi and created a piece with their team of trained dancers.Enthusing a sense of confidence, UDC would bring forth the talent of these kids through a piece that explores contemporary dance with new dimensions of lighting and multimedia. It would take you through an emotional journey of two street kids with a twinkle in their eye to become famous dance artists and how a dance company makes turns their aspirations into reality.The show has a mass appeal owing to its entertaining story telling; though it is abstract in its form. UDC is currently nurturing the talents of six street children who would all be performing in this show. DETAILAt: Kamani AuditoriumOn Till: 19 April, 7 pm
This week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well, a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2. But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.
The Delhi high court on Monday agreed to hear on Tuesday a plea seeking to restrain the civic bodies in the national Capital from going on strike again.The matter was mentioned before a Bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva which directed that it be listed for hearing on Tuesday. The petition was filed by a lawyer who moved the court as an association of MCD unions has again called a strike on July 22 demanding primarily reunification of the three Corporations as well as payment of pending salaries and other arrears. The association also made other demands which include declaration of sanitation workers as technical employees, timely payment of terminal benefits of retired and deceased employees, pension benefits, cashless medical card facility as well as providing houses to them. The petitioner, Sanjeev Kumar Arora, said that proposed strike of July 22 “is of much wider consequence” as it has been called by all the employees of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi and thus it will “jeopardise the health, safety and normal life of the people” of the city.
Kolkata: Besides carrying out a probe to arrest the people behind the case of ATM fraud, Kolkata Police has initiated a drive to makecommon people aware of information regarding the crime to avoid such incidents in future.Kolkata Police has taken several initiatives to make people aware of the same, which includes sharing messages and videos on social networking sites.According to a senior police officer, the stress has been given on campaigning on social media, as mostly youngsters use the online mode of monetary transaction. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Bank Fraud section of Kolkata Police’s Detective Department has prepared a video and uploaded it on its Facebook page on Friday, with detailed information on what a person should do to avoid falling prey to such crimes.It may be mentioned that recently, around 80 complaints were lodged with the police, alleging unauthorised withdrawal of money from various bank accounts. Investigation has revealed that money from ATM counters was withdrawn after cloning debit cards of several different bank account holders. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police have advised not to use unmanned ATM counters. At the same time, a user also needs to ensure that only one person remains inside an ATM counter at a time and details of debit cards should not be shared with anyone.Moreover, one should not seek help of any unknown person while using an ATM.Most importantly, the police have also advised people to be alert while swiping debit cards in an ATM machine and keying in the password for a transaction. One must not leave an ATM counter immediately if the machine gets disabled during an ongoing transaction.The police have also urged people to be alert while making online payment and one should prefer the use of personal computers for the same. In case of any trouble, people can also seek help of the police on their helpline number 8585063104.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already issued notices to 52 old and dangerous buildings in the city under the amended Building Laws, Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980. The hearing is in final stages for 13 such buildings, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said during the monthly meeting of the civic body on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the amendment empowers the civic body to acquire old buildings whose owners refuse to repair them.The civic body will give notices to the owners and in case they are tenanted structures, will ask them to sit with the tenants and get them repaired at their own expense. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In as many as 212 cases, we have already got the approval of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC) to slap notices under the amended Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980,” Chatterjee said, answering a query from Left councillor Debasish Mukherjee, on the implementation of the amended building rules.Chatterjee further maintained that the maximum number of notices have been slapped at Borough 4, which includes 37 old and dangerous buildings. Borough 2 comes second in the list, with notices served to 10 buildings, while the number of notices served in Boroughs 6, 7, 8 and 12 are 4, 1, 1 and 1 respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building department is yet to serve notices in boroughs 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16.The civic body has already demolished some buildings in the city, particularly in Central Kolkata, since the month of July.A drive for pulling down a building at 80 Bentinck Street was undertaken on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that when a KMC team had gone for demolition of the building in the morning, they were prevented from doing so and the occupants claimed that they would take up repair work on their own, in consultation with the owner. However, even after late afternoon, there was no trace of the building owner. “The building was posing a major risk to a number of businessmen who were occupying the ground floor and also the pedestrians walking on the footpath. So, we have began the work for pulling it down,” an official of the building department said.In the year 2017, 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them. In 2018 too, there have been some deaths due to building collapses.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most widely used chemicals in products of everyday use like plastic water bottles, metal food cans and thermal receipt paper. The findings showed that mothers who exposed their foetus to BPA increased their risk of developing a high fat mass index –a measure of body fat mass adjusted for height, per cent body fat, and waist circumference – by the age of seven. A whopping 94 percent of women in the study had the chemical in their urine and their school-aged children showed increased measures of body fat. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, children exposed to higher concentrations of prenatal BPA had higher levels of adiposity. BPA, which is also one of the endocrine disrupting chemicals may alter the baby’s metabolism and lead to an early formation of fat cells in their body, the researchers said.“The study provides evidence that prenatal exposure to BPA may contribute to developmental origins of obesity as determined by measures of body fat in children as opposed to the traditional indicator of body mass index, which only considers height and weight,” said lead author Lori Hoepner from Columbia University in the US. Further, the association between BPA and fat mass index and waist circumference was higher in girls, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, there was no association found between prenatal BPA exposure and body fat outcomes in boys, the researchers noted in the paper published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.In addition, the chemical has also been linked to several health outcomes such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, early puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity and heart disease in adults. “The evidence that prenatal BPA exposure is associated with measures of obesity in children may be an important underlying factor in the obesity epidemic,” said one of the researchers, Andrew Rundle, associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.For the study, the team analysed urine samples and child body composition from 369 mother-child pairs, from pregnancy through early childhood. Height and weight were measured for children at age five and age seven.
Kolkata: A young man attempted suicide by jumping in front of a Metro train here on Wednesday, causing brief disruption to Metro services, an official said. The youth was rushed to the R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital for treatment. “There has been a suicide attempt in Dumdum station,” Kolkata Metro said. The Metro service was partially disrupted between Dumdum and Girish Park stations for nearly 40 minutes.
Kolkata: Slamming Prof Kanak Sarkar’s misogynist statement, Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said on Wednesday it has sullied the image of the institution and “stringent” action would be taken against him. Sarkar, a professor of International Relations department, had likened a virgin woman to a “sealed bottle” or “packet” in a Facebook post on Sunday, triggering an outrage. Though he had deleted the post, screenshots of it went viral. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal “He is a teacher. His comment has sullied the image of the university. It will also take stringent action against him as per rules,” Das said, adding he had also “heard” that he had had made certain objectionable comments in the class in the past. It has to be seen what kind of step could be taken against him as the statement was made on Facebook, the vice-chancellor said. Das said he has come to know that both the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the West Bengal Commission for Women have taken suo motu cognisance of the statement of Sarkar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The NCW on Tuesday tweeted that it has written to the state Director General of Police Virendra to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. An NCW team would also meet the vice-chancellor on this issue this week. Das said the West Bengal Commission for Women (WBCW) has sought an explanation from Sarkar. “He (Sarkar) has been asked an explanation (by the WBCW). We also received its letter,” Das told reporters on the sidelines of the convocation of St Xavier’s College here. The students had boycotted Sarkar’s classes on Tuesday. Asked if he would ask the students to get back to his class, the vice-chancellor said he would not. Student unions of the university on Tuesday submitted memoranda to Das, demanding strict action against the professor. “They (students) can come and meet me. It will be seen what can be done. I also heard that he had had made certain (objectionable) comments in the class in the past,” he said. Sarkar, in his post, wrote: “Are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits? It is the same case with your wife. “A girl is biologically sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things accompanied as values, culture, sexual hygiene. To most boys, virgin wife is like angel.” Facing criticism, a defiant Sarkar appeared to justify his comments, asserting that it was intended for “fun” among a social media group of friends and “not for public consumption”. “Someone took a screenshot of the post and forwarded it, which triggered the response. I did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment or insult any woman,” he said. He also said according to a Supreme Court order every individual is entitled to express his opinion.
Expensive wines appear to be tastier, say scientists who have found that a higher price tag on the bottle causes the reward centre in the brain to trick the taste processing regions. The phenomenon that identical products are perceived differently due to differences in price is called the “marketing placebo effect.”As with placebo medications, it has an effect solely due to ascribed properties: “Quality has its price!””However, it has so far been unclear how the price information ultimately causes more expensive wine to also be perceived as having a better taste in the brain,” said Bernd Weber, from the University of Bonn in Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers assessed how different prices are translated into corresponding taste experiences in the brain, even if the wine tasted does not differ.Thirty participants took part in the study, of which 15 were women and 15 were men, with an average age of around 30 years.The wine tasting took place lying down in an MRI scanner, allowing brain activity to be recorded “online” while participants were tasting the wines. Each time, the price of the wine was shown first. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOnly then around a millilitre of the respective wine was given to the participants via a tube in their mouths. The participants were then asked to rate via a button on a nine-point scale how good the wine tasted to them.Their mouths were then rinsed with a neutral liquid and the next identical wine sample was given for tasting.Researchers conducted the tests using an average to good quality red wine with a retail bottle prize of 12 euros.In the MRI scanner, the price of this wine was shown randomly as 3, 6 and 18 euros. “As expected, the subjects stated that the wine with the higher price tasted better than an apparently cheaper one,” said Hilke Plassmann from the INSEAD Business School in France.Identical wine leads to a better taste experience when a greater quality expectation is associated with the wine due to its price.The measurements of brain activity in the MRI scanner confirmed this. The research team discovered that above all parts of the medial pre-frontal cortex and also the ventral striatum were activated more when prices were higher.While the medial pre-frontal cortex particularly appears to be involved in integrating the price comparison and thus the expectation into the evaluation of the wine, the ventral striatum forms part of the brain’s reward and motivation system.”The reward and motivation system is activated more significantly with higher prices and apparently increases the taste experience in this way,” said Weber.”Ultimately, the reward and motivation system plays a trick on us,” said INSEAD post-doctoral fellow Liane Schmidt.When prices are higher, it leads us to believe that a taste is present that is not only driven by the wine itself, because the products were objectively identical in all of the tastings.
VELLORE: The two-day annual International Conference on Science, Engineering, and Technology began at Vellore Institute of Technology on November 13. The ICSET 2018 – 18th International Conference organised by the VIT School of Building Science, was inaugurated by Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India. More than 2,000 scientists, young researchers, academicians, experts and students from different parts of the world are taking part in this Conference. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfS K Sekar, Dean of School of Building Science, welcomed the gathering at the inaugural address of the Conference held at Dr Chenna Reddy Auditorium. Professor Meena, event coordinator outlined the objectives of the Conference. In his address, while presiding over the Conference, Professor Anand A Samuel, Vice-Chancellor of VIT, said that their institution accorded top priority to research. To prepare students for a career and a life ahead of them in the area of research, the faculty at VIT trained students here in research from the second and third year onwards itself, he said and that over 3,000 students were engaged in research at VIT and that the institution was credited with publishing with the maximum number of research papers in science journals among all educational institutions in the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Samuel said that over 1,000 research papers were submitted for presentation in this annual conference on Science, Engineering, and Technology and 998 among them were selected to be presented here. He said that there were over 60 Universities in Ecuador and that next year, VIT would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with some of those universities. Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India, inaugurated the conference and released a special souvenir released on the occasion. In his address, he said that he was delighted to inaugurate the conference. He said India was trying through various means to become a superpower at the world level. He said that there was no doubt that India would become a superpower considering that it had resources for developing its potential in the areas of science and development of its inherent talents. Among others who took part in the inaugural function included Professor S S Narayayan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, S Parimala Ranganayaki, and A Sobi.
The NBA Draft Lottery is tomorrow night, and no team has more riding on it than the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson and the organization see Lonzo Ball as the player that can potentially transform their franchise after years in NBA purgatory. Laker fans do, too. All their hopes and dreams are contingent on getting a Top 3 pick, but should they still pull the trigger on Ball if they win the lottery?Colin thinks Ball has the potential to be an NBA star, but the clear consensus among NBA front offices is that Washington’s Markelle Fultz is the #1 overall prospect. He believes it makes sense to take Ball if the Lakers land at 2 or 3, but it would be a mistake to pull the trigger if they get the first pick.A best case scenario for L.A. is getting the 2nd or 3rd pick so the decision is taken out of their hands. The ping pong balls start bouncing tomorrow. Stay tuned.“It’s understood that Markelle Fultz is the best player, and he’s who you take #1. And that’s who everyone is taking #1.”
Advertisement First, let me say, I personally think the trend of baby gender reveals is stupid, but when they go wrong they can be pretty funny.A dad and mom-to-be tried to pull of a baseball themed reveal, but things when wrong when the wife left the pitch up in the zone and hubby connected with a comebacker that tagged her in the face. Easy there Jose Canseco, it’s not like the scouts are there.It’s a boy, by the way.
Colin crushed it in Week 7, going 4-1 and moving to a healthy 21-13-1 on the year. This week he looks to keep stacking winners as we approach the halfway point of the NFL season. Stand back boys and girls, Uncle Colin’s on a heater and he loves his picks this week.Here are Colin’s Week 8 Blazin’ 5 plays:Jets at Bears (-7) – Colin usually avoids laying big points like the plague, but he likes Khalil Mack and the Bears laying 7 at home against the Fighting Sam Darnold’s. The Bears defense that ranks 2nd in the NFL with 17 takeaways and will face a massively depleted Jets offense that’s given it away 16 times (t-3rd most) so far this season.The Chicago D was miles ahead of the offense to start the year, but Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has been sneaky good in his last three games, averaging 334.3 YPG, with 11 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a passer rating of 115.9. Too much Bears at home. Chicago covers the 7 convincingly, 30-20. Advertisement 4. Niners (-2) at Cardinals – Colin usually likes taking angry teams coming off embarrassing losses, but Arizona is so bad he’s taking the Niners laying 2.5 on the road. Arizona is in a free fall thanks to an incompetent offense that ranks last in Total YPG (220.7), Rush YPG (64.6), 3rd Down Conversion % (23.1) Big Plays – 20+ Yards – (26).The Niners may be missing Jimmy G, but their 2nd ranked ground attack (137.0 YPG) should be able to run at will against an Arizona defense that ranks last in Rush YPG Allowed (148.0). With two unwatchable teams, give Colin the better coach and organization. Take the Niners, lay the 2. 26-23, San Fran. 5. Packers (+9.5) at Rams – The Rams are the best team in the NFL, but Colin can’t pass up Aaron Rodgers getting 9.5, coming off a bye. Mike McCarthy has been getting crushed this season, but he’s 9-3 off a bye weeks, and Rodgers and the offense have been moving the ball recently.Since Week 5, Green Bay ranks 1st in Total YPG (521.0) and Pass YPG (414.0), and 3rd in YDS/Play (7.1). The Rams have been dominant this year, but 3 of their last 4 have been decided by 7 points or less (3rd highest). The Rams are the better team, but the Packers cover getting 9.5. 30-27, Rams. 3. Bucs at Bengals (-4.5) – Colin is swallowing more points with the Bengals getting -4.5 at home against the Bucs. Tampa got a last second overtime win against the Browns at home last week, but their defense still ranks dead last in PPG Allowed (32.7), and has been getting routinely shredded by opposing QB’s to the tune of 327.5 Passing YPG (Most allowed), 18 Passing TD’s Allowed (Most allowed), and a passer rating of 125.8 (Highest allowed). Andy Dalton should carve them up. Throw in that Jameis Winston has thrown at least 2 picks in his last three starts and it adds up to a Cincy cover at home. 32-24, Bengals. 2. Seahawks (+3) at Lions – Colin loves Russell Wilson and the recently surging Seahawks getting a field goal on the road in Detroit. The Pete Carroll era looked like it was on the brink of collapse after an 0-2 start where Seattle only averaged 20 PPG offensively and gave up 25.5 PPG with a 0 turnover differential, but Carroll has turned around by coaching up his defense. The Seahawks are 3-1 in their last 4, and only allowing 16.5 PPG, scoring 25 PPG, and have the best turnover differential in the NFL since Week 3 (+7).The Legion of Boom days may be history, but Pete’s newest edition ranks third in scoring defense (19.5 PPG allowed) and pass defense (206.0 pass YPG allowed) this season. Defense travels. Seattle covers and wins this one outright. 27-23.
Brought to you by PCWorld The world of science fiction is rapidly becoming fact, from tabletops that charge your laptop wirelessly to wall-mounted PCs that recognize your face and gestures. Thanks to breakthroughs in miniaturization, you’ll be able to tuck products into your pocket that wouldn’t have fit into your briefcase a few years ago, such as projectors and photo printers. The next generation of Internet technology will change everything from TV to Coke machines. And standard computer building blocks are growing ever more powerful, as processor makers squeeze more cores onto each chip and drive makers pack more bits into each platter–guaranteeing that even ordinary PCs of the future will be anything but ordinary.In the pages that follow, we spotlight a dozen major innovations, from ones right around the corner to a few that won’t show up until at least 2012. On multiple fronts, the future you’ve been waiting for has almost arrived. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for it.Kiss Your Power Cord Good-ByeYou hardly think twice about connecting your wireless laptop to the Internet, but you still have to fumble for a power cord when your battery runs out. How quaint. Soon all those cumbersome power bricks will be just a footnote in your grandchildren’s history books, as wireless charging comes to market.What is it? Currently two ways to accomplish wireless charging exist. Inductive charging works by matching the resonance of the charging pad’s electromagnetic field to that of the battery, allowing the battery to charge over a small physical gap. In contrast, conductive charging passes electricity directly between two surfaces in contact. Which method will win out is not yet clear, but in either case you’ll be able to simply place your laptop, phone, and music player onto a universal wireless charging pad that will immediately begin juicing them up.When is it coming? Next year both inductive and conductive charging technologies will emerge onto the market, but most devices will require a $30 adapter to work with them. WildCharge expects to roll out its first conductive-charging notebook product (paired with a compatible notebook) in time for 2008’s back-to-school season, while eCoupled is pushing to get its inductive technology into cars, countertops, and desk surfaces by 2009. Look for wireless charging to become commonplace in 2010, after major phone and laptop vendors sign on to support it.Print From Anywhere (and Anything)Forget about running home to print out your photos or–gasp!–ordering prints online. The next generation of mobile devices will come with their own built-in printers.What is it? Zink (short for “Zero Ink”) Imaging, a spin-off of Polaroid, has been working on a new way of making photo paper. Zink paper has a crystal substrate sandwiched between its layers that colorizes as it passes through a slim-profile printer. The printers themselves are so small that you can slip one in your pocket, and they can easily be built into cameras, laptops, or other devices.When is it coming? In 2008, Zink will partner with a major camera vendor (name not announced) to release the first pocket-size digital camera with a built-in printer. This early model will produce 2-by-3-inch photos. At the same time, the company will begin selling a tiny handheld printer (probably for about $99) for camera phones; it’ll print adhesive-backed photos that will likely grace the school binders of many eighth-graders. Two or three years after that, the technology may be integrated into laptops and other mobile devices.Great Graphics Inside”Integrated graphics” has long been synonymous with “sluggish graphics.” But soon the phrase will have a whole new meaning, thanks to new CPUs with powerful graphics hardware built in.What is it? AMD’s acquisition of ATI brought the company’s rivalry with Intel–which already made its own basic graphics chips–to a new level. Since then the two competitors each have been working to bridge the gap between CPUs and graphics processors. Building graphics-processing functionality directly into a CPU eliminates the delay you’d otherwise experience as data passes between the CPU and GPU across the system bus. Such combined CPU/GPUs will feature DirectX 10 support and acceleration for Blu-ray and HD-DVD while consuming substantially less power, requiring less space on the motherboard, and performing significantly better than most of today’s discrete graphics cards do.When is it coming? Intel plans to put its graphics-integrated Nehalem processors into production in 2008, beginning with a line of server chips. AMD intends to release its integrated Puma notebook platform about the same time. In 2009, Intel will bring its graphics-integrated chips to desktops and notebooks, while AMD’s Puma will likely reach desktops in 2010.Screens Get the BendsThe smaller and more powerful devices become, the harder they are to use. Tiny screens just don’t cut it when you want to do real work. But if your phone or PDA came with a large roll-out display, you could work in comfort without sacrificing portability. That’s where flexible polymers will come in.What is it? Display manufacturers make traditional LCD screens by sandwiching liquid crystals between layers of glass and then zapping them with electricity. Replacing that glass with plastic makes things a little more malleable. Initially developed by E Ink and Philips, so-called electronic paper compresses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) crystals between very thin layers of polymer, allowing for tremendous flexibility. Unlike conventional LCD screens, such ultrathin displays are completely shatterproof, and can even be rolled up into tight spools. The result is a wide-screen monitor that you can carry in your pocket and use anywhere. Better still, such screens will be cheaper and easier to manufacture than today’s flat panels–they’ll simply be printed directly onto sheets of plastic.When is it coming? First-generation flexible displays are already here–they’re just not that flexible yet. E Ink’s electronic paper can be found in such nonflexible products as the $300 Sony Reader and the $130 Motorola Motofone F3. The first actually rollable displays, created by the labs of Philips’s Holland-based spin-off Polymer Vision, will reach the market in 2008: A cell phone from Telecom Italia will carry the world’s first Polymer Vision roll-up display. Currently under wraps, the phone (pricing not yet available) is expected to offer a 5-inch, 320-by-240-pixel, monochrome rollable display. By 2010, Polymer Vision expects to market larger color displays with much higher resolution.The First Real Net PhonesSimple wireless calling satisfied users during the first generation of cell phones, but the second generation (2G) made things more interesting with the introduction of SMS messaging and WAP Internet browsing. 2.5G added pictures and video, but at speeds that feel more like dial-up than broadband. (That’s the main problem with the iPhone’s data service.) With 3G, higher-bandwidth connections have made 2.5G’s multimedia capabilities palatable. 4G will be a whole lot cooler.What is it? The fundamental difference between 4G and 3G is the way in which the networks will be switched. Until now, most phone networks (except for VoIP) have been circuit switched, meaning a dedicated circuit is activated between the callers. This outdated method puts voice calls in a category all their own, distinct from data connections, and prevents cell phones from transmitting voice calls and data simultaneously. 4G networks will be IP switched, just like all the traffic on the Internet. That not only means that you’ll be able to talk and text at the same time, but also that your 4G device will be able to do far more on the network than it can today. IP-switched cellular networks will work more as ISPs do, allowing for greater flexibility in running data applications. Just about any device–from a phone to a laptop to a Coke machine–will be able to connect to the network, and you’ll be able to do just about anything with it. Another result of this flexibility: Wireless carriers will likely be forced to loosen their iron grip on the services customers can use over their networks, giving everyone more freedom to communicate from the road.When is it coming? The four major U.S. wireless carriers are just scratching the surface of what their 3G networks can do, and most consumers seem uninterested in more-advanced data streaming. But the underlying technology for 4G networks, WiMax, exists now and is slowly growing in large enterprise networks and telecom companies. WiMax itself is not a cellular technology, however, and before a fourth-gen cellular network can evolve, the industry will need to find a new telecommunications protocol to base it on. As business users increase their demand for high-end wireless data services, cellular carriers will begin to deploy networks and devices that deliver 4G service. We expect the first handsets and data cards to hit the market in 2011.Enter the Octagon CPURegardless of what Moore’s Law has to say, there’s not much point in increasing processor speeds or doubling the bit paths in a CPU if the system bus can’t carry the traffic anyway. Since problems with transistors leaking current also worsen as clock speeds increase and CPUs shrink, both AMD and Intel have decided to focus on increasing the number of processor cores on a chip instead of increasing processor speeds.What is it? The centerpiece of any given CPU is the processor core, which is responsible for the actual calculations that make all of your software run. Placing multiple cores on a single chip dramatically increases the number of calculations that can be performed, without having to raise the clock speed of the chip itself. By keeping clock speeds relatively low while increasing the number of calculations performed simultaneously, chip makers overcome the inevitable overheating problems associated with faster clock speeds. And the more cores a manufacturer crams onto a single chip, the faster the CPU can go. The performance boost isn’t one-to-one, however: Intel’s four-core 2.66-GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 performs just 26 percent faster than its same-speed, two-core Core 2 Duo E6700 on certain applications, according to the company (see the results of PC World tests). So while you will see improvement with eight-core CPUs, the speedup won’t be as dramatic as it might sound.When is it coming? Before AMD can start selling eight-core chips for the desktop, it needs to get its quad-core Phenom chips to market in 2008. Intel has been selling quad-core desktop processors for about a year now, and it has announced eight-core chips for servers in 2008. Expect OctoCore–or whatever the company ends up calling it–to come to desktops in 2010.Put Your TV AnywhereDespite the wireless revolution happening all around your home, your high-def television remains shamefully hard-wired in place. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put your TV anywhere you wanted, without worrying about where the cable jack was, and still get top-notch video quality? Soon you’ll be able to do just that.What is it? Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI) is a cable-free replacement for HDMI that uses a 5-GHz radio transmitter to send an uncompressed 1080p, 30-fps high-def video signal from a WHDI-equipped DVD player, game console, or set-top box, for example, to a WHDI-equipped TV across a distance of up to 100 feet. Because the WHDI signal is compatible with HDMI, you’ll be able to buy HDMI wireless modems for your existing entertainment gear–and that means you can finally rearrange your furniture the way you’d really like it, without having to run additional cables through your walls.When is it coming? Amimon, which manufactures the WHDI chip set, released the technology to electronics makers at the end of August. Now the race is on to bring WHDI to market. TV makers have already begun demoing new wireless-equipped HDTV models at trade shows, and fans of bleeding-edge tech should be able to get their hands on hardware by the start of the new year. WHDI is expected to add about $200 to the cost of a new TV, so expect to pay a premium for the technology in 2008. WHDI modems for your existing hardware will likely cost $300 to $400 for a pair of adapters (you need at least two–a receiver for the TV and a transmitter for your set-top box, for example–to get started). In a few years, says Amimon vice president of marketing Noam Geri, costs should drop to about $10 for inclusion in a TV and $60 for the adapters.Five Terabytes per DriveEven if you’re not a digital pack rat, you probably still manage to cram a lot of data onto your hard drive. Digital photos, movies, music, and overflowing e-mail folders can pile on the gigabytes before you know it. But don’t worry: Way bigger hard drives are on the horizon.What is it? Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording, or HAMR (and a nearly identical technology called Thermally Assisted Magnetic Recording), uses lasers to heat the surface of a drive’s platters, making it possible to pack a terabyte of data onto a single square inch of drive surface, roughly twice the current limit. As the drive’s read/write head goes about its business, it briefly fires its laser at the surface, destabilizing the iron-platinum particles for reading and writing. With the platter heated, the read/write head can manipulate the surface on a very fine scale–in just tens of nanometers–letting it cram enormous amounts of information into a small space. A few nanoseconds after the work is done, the surface cools for long-term stability. The way data is organized on a disc will change, as well: Rather than having arbitrarily arranged disk sectors, HAMR drives will work with the natural grain of the disk surface, organizing data into self-arranging magnetic arrays that allow the creation of a single bit of data on every grain of the platter’s surface.When is it coming? HAMR is still very much a research project, but it should be coming to market in the next several years. Seagate expects to introduce 5TB HAMR hard drives by 2011, with capacities of up to 37.5TB to follow a few years after that.A Better InternetTCP/IP, the technology on which the entire Internet is based, is no spring chicken. The current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, has been around for more than 25 years. The old technology suffers from some serious limitations–including a shortage of addresses for all the computers that use it. Internet Protocol version 6 will change all that.What is it? Unlike IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses like 188.8.131.52, IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses like 2001:0ba0:01e0:d001:0000:0000:d0f0:0010. This small, simple change permits every person in the world–and even every computer in the world–to have a unique IP address. In addition, IPv6 features network-layer encryption and authentication, enabling secure communications between parties.When is it coming? IPv6 is here right now, and has been for several years, but almost nobody is using it yet because the hardware needed for it remains more expensive than that for IPv4, and few network administrators are trained to manage it. However, the United States government has declared that it will move all of its networks to IPv6 by the summer of 2008, which even at government speeds means the technology should arrive in time to pick up the slack when the pool of available addresses runs out around March 2011. The depletion of addresses should also induce your ISP to update its network before long.A PC in Every SurfaceThough it seems second nature to us now, the idea of manipulating images on a screen by moving around an input device–a mouse–on the desk was revolutionary when Douglas Engelbart introduced it in 1964. But as well as it works, the mouse is still a surrogate for a far more natural human interface, the fingertip. Over the next few years, a new category of PCs will put your fingers in control.What is it? Tabletop computing (aka surface computing) gets back to basics by letting you gather around a table with some friends for some good old-fashioned interactivity. Accepting a variety of input types simultaneously, tabletop PCs allow multiple users to work with data projected onto the surface of the table by touching on-screen objects with their fingertips. Many companies are working on tabletop computing technologies, but two of the leading efforts are Microsoft’s camera-driven Surface PC and Mitsubishi Electronics Research Labs’ RF-driven DiamondTouch. Surface PCs use rear projection to present an image on the surface of the table from inside, while five infrared cameras in the table track finger movements on the screen. DiamondTouch projects the image from above the table and uses capacitive coupling (like that employed in laptop touchpads) to follow your fingertips–with this design, though, you create shadows when you touch it.When is it coming? MERL’s DiamondTouch is still predominantly a research project, but Microsoft’s Surface PC will arrive this year at a hotel, casino, or cellular store near you. First-generation Surface PCs will be strictly for showcasing in public locations, but Microsoft expects to offer a conference-room version for businesses by 2010. Home users will get them three to five years from now. Eventually, says Microsoft, you can expect to have Surface PCs built into countertops, mirrors, or just about any other flat spot in your home.Put Your Data in the Fast LaneAs CPUs grow more powerful and graphics cards rocket toward ever higher levels of realism and detail, a significant bottleneck in your PC’s data flow remains: the system bus. When data travels through your PC, it’s the system bus–not the processor–that limits overall performance. What you need is a faster bus.What is it? PCI Express (PCIe) is the leading system bus architecture for high-end hardware such as graphics cards. The current specification, version 2.3, offers a data transfer rate of 5.2 gigabits per second. The next generation, PCI 3.0, will offer a data rate of 8 gbps. In addition to supporting much higher GPU performance, a key benefit of PCIe 3.0 may be the ability to power graphics cards directly from the system bus, rather than requiring a line into the power supply. But there’s a catch: In order to support the higher data rates, the architecture will no longer work with the older 5-volt hardware used on PCIe versions 1.1 and 2.0. Whereas PCIe 2.3 supports both 5V and 3.3V cards, PCIe 3.0 will be 3.3V only. That means most current 5V hardware will be obsolete when PCIe 3.0 debuts.When is it coming? PCI-SIG, the group that oversees PCI architecture specifications, expects to release the final PCIe 3.0 spec in 2009. PCIe 3.0 graphics cards should hit the market in 2010.Pocket PresentationsWatching video on a cell phone is a pain. Even if you find the content you want, the tiny screen makes enjoying the program difficult. Before long, however, you’ll be seeing shows right-sized again, thanks to your projector-equipped cell phone.What is it? Microvision Pico projectors employ light scanning technology to generate a complete, full-color image from a beam of light. Within the device it’s embedded in, a single red, green, or blue laser bounces off a tiny scanning mirror that oscillates vertically and horizontally to render the image pixel by pixel, producing a larger picture that projects onto a wall or other surface (as large as 120 inches, from 12 feet away in a darkened room). Controlling the scanner, the light source, and the optics is the PicoP engine, which coordinates the various components to control the intensity of each beam of light to create thousands of colors. By using a single beam of light rather than three beams, Microvision is able to make the projectors small enough to fit into cell phones without appreciably increasing the size of the phones. And the company even expects the integrated projectors to play a feature-length movie on just one cell phone charge.When is it coming? Microvision has partnered with Motorola to build Pico projectors into mobile phones, and the first projector-equipped model is expected to debut in 2009. Meanwhile, the company is designing a projector accessory for PCs and game consoles that should be available by the end of 2008. Built-in projectors can be expected to add as much as $150 to the price of a phone, while accessory projectors will likely cost around $200, says Avi Greengart, principal analyst for mobile devices at Current Analysis and editor of the Home Theater View blog.Tech Beyond 2010Gigabit Internet (2012): Dogged by the speed of your home broadband service? With a gigabit Internet connection over a fiber-optic line, you’ll be able to download the latest movies in less than a minute at speeds up to 1 gbps.Mobile fuel cells (2013): Now in development, hydrogen fuel cells will power your laptop for a week at a time using store-bought fuel cartridges.Smart homes (2014): We’ve heard for years about the smart home–a house chock-full of computer-driven appliances that cater to your every need. As homes with built-in ethernet wiring become more common in several years, central home PCs will control everything from the thermostat to the lighting to the security system.Probe storage (2015): Code-named Millipede, the probe storage system being developed by IBM will use atomic force microscopy (think itsy-bitsy dots) to store more than a terabyte of data per square inch on a polymer surface. An array of thousands of little probes will be able to read and write large amounts of that data far more quickly than today’s drives can.Nano lightning systems (2015): It has “lightning” right in the name, so you know it’s cool, but it’s really about cooling off your hardware. Microscopic nanotubes will use an electrical charge to generate tiny wind currents on the surface of your chips to cool them down without the aid of fans.Hot ProductsImpatient for the future? These items are due in the next few months.Microsoft Windows Vista SP1: Early in 2008, Microsoft is expected to release its first service pack for Windows Vista. The update will likely include fixes for everything from User Account Control to DirectX 10 performance, as well as a few interface tweaks.Apple Mac OS X Leopard: It’s been a long time coming, but Apple’s latest revision of OS X, version 10.5 ($129), may be available by the time you read this. It includes an enhanced interface with a transparent menu bar, stackable menus, dynamic workspaces, and the Time Machine file-restoration tool.HP MediaSmart Server: Based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server platform, MediaSmart Server–starting at $599 and due out late this fall–will deliver pictures, music, and movies to devices around the home.Super Talent 32GB SSD 2.5-inch SATA: The 32GB Super Talent drive is one of the first flash-based drives. But early adopters beware: The $500 price tag is likely to drop, particularly after 128GB drives from mainstream makers hit the market next year.Electronic Arts Crysis: Hitting shelves November 16, the $59 sequel to Far Cry looks to be the most visually stunning PC game ever. Developer Crytek has taken full advantage of DirectX 10 graphics technology, offering realism and detail unlike anything we’ve seen.Battles to WatchHere are the top technology fights to follow in the coming years.AMD vs. Intel: Though Intel currently has the performance edge with its Core 2 line and its quad processor, AMD will soon counter with the release of its own quad-core Phenom chips. Expect things to heat up in a big way with the release of consumer graphics-integrated CPUs in 2009.DRM vs. unrestricted access: Will user outrage prompt entertainment resellers to come up with a sensible copy-protection scheme, or will corporations overrun fair-use rights with pay-per-play media services? We’re putting our money on a compromise between the two, as some labels have already begun offering DRM-free music through iTunes and other services in response to consumer demand for more flexible formats.Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux: IDC estimates Apple’s market share at roughly 5 percent in the United States, while Linux is gaining popularity around the world, particularly with governments and educational institutions. Most estimates still peg Linux desktop users at around 1 percent of the market, but the numbers appear to be climbing. This year, Dell and Lenovo gave Linux desktop users a boost by adding to their product lines systems with Linux preinstalled.Microsoft vs. Google: Microsoft’s long-standing dominance in the office-productivity software arena is facing new threats from the likes of Google, which offers its own productivity suite–Google Docs–online. While Docs has yet to make significant inroads against Microsoft Office, Microsoft’s efforts to beat Google at its own game with Live.com have yet to bear fruit. CEO Steve Ballmer’s July announcement that Microsoft will begin shifting to a “Web-enabled desktop” in the coming years suggests that the company takes Google’s threat seriously.Overhyped TrendsHere are three allgedly hot topics we’re tired of hearing about.Microblogging: What are you doing right now? If the answer is “Washing my poodle in the kitchen sink,” we’d rather not know. With short attention spans becoming the norm, services like Twitter and Pownce probably aren’t going away anytime soon–but they’re not very useful, either.UMPCs: In 2005, Microsoft announced a bold new standard for mobile devices known as the Ultra-Mobile PC. Armed with touch screens, GPS, and Wi-Fi, these not-quite-tablet PCs were supposed to revolutionize how and where people compute. But by delivering a platform that’s too small for true productivity and too large for genuine mobility, Microsoft ensured that the UMPC was pretty much dead on arrival, and new designs have done little to arouse consumer interest–Palm recently scrapped plans for the Foleo, a device with similar dimensions.Kitchen PCs: For a while now, certain trade shows have been annual love-ins for companies hyping a future full of household appliances with built-in computers. In all these years, however, the best thing we’ve seen is LG’s LSC27990, a $4000 icebox with a 15-inch LCD screen crammed into the door. It’s mildly interesting to be able to watch a ballgame or get birthday reminders and weather reports while you’re standing in front of the fridge (assuming you have a cable outlet tucked behind your appliance nook); but these overpriced, barely functional computers amount to little more than amusing proof-of-concept novelties. They’re a far cry from the true smart appliances of the future.Overdue TechAfter years of waiting for these promising technologies, we think they’re still far from mainstream.WiMax: Back in 2003, WiMax was heralded as the ultimate solution to the world’s connectivity problems, capable of covering an entire city with ubiquitous broadband. WiMax today, however, is little more than an IT backbone for long-distance line-of-sight wide-area networks, largely because it’s not very effective for the kinds of mobile devices that most people use for wireless Internet service. The basic technology of WiMax may yet evolve as part of future 4G cellular networks, but that’s still a long way off.IPTV: Oh, how we’ve hungered for the video nirvana that IPTV has been promising. But while Verizon’s FiOS TV and AT&T’s U-Verse are finally rolling out, they’ve yet to produce the amazing lineup of HD channels, on-demand shows, integrated gaming, and digital voice calling the companies claimed would come, and they’re still anything but ubiquitous. Meanwhile, digital cable has evolved enough to take some of the wind out of IPTV’s sails.RFID: If early predictions were to be believed, today you would be walking through the grocery store filling up your cart as tiny radio frequency identification (RFID) tags announced the contents of the cart and an RFID-enabled credit card automatically paid the bill. Ummm, nope. The biggest holdup has come from the very companies attempting to roll out the technology, with industry infighting over standardization keeping RFID on the shelf.Virtual reality: Second Life boasts a 3D space in which users can buy and sell property, create objects, and socialize, but its relatively crude graphics still feel more virtual than real. Virtual reality as folks imagined it in the 1990s isn’t likely to emerge until someone invents a wearable display that people will actually wear. At least we have World of Warcraft. 15+ min read The pace of everyday living may be hectic, but the pace of innovation is downright frenetic. Technologies barely imagined a few years ago are now poised to change the face of computing, as digital devices continue to burrow into every aspect of daily life. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 26, 2007 Register Now »
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. June 21, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now In his book “Mobilized Marketing,” author Jeff Hasen details the strategies and tactics that move products and build loyalty through mobile devices, arguably your most personal means of communicating directly with customers. In the following edited excerpt, Hasen offers insights from seasoned marketing professionals on how to gauge, use and succeed with mobile.Interested in mobile marketing but not sure how or where to get started?Here are tips from three leaders in mobile marketing and their thoughts for those new to the field.1. Do some people watching. — Barbara Williams, a senior-level marketer at Microsoft.”This is something really simple. . . . If you’re not sure if you should be doing mobile, take a page out of classic consumer research mode. . . . Go to the store, go to the mall, go out to dinner, and sit back and watch people. Just watch. Old school. And you see everyone is on their devices and they are spending quite a bit of time on their devices and they’re not making phone calls necessarily and they are not just doing SMS [short message service] — they are doing a lot of things.”When you see that happening around you everywhere you go, think about how can I insert my product or my brand or my message into these experiences. Just look at the world around you. And listen to young people who grew up in the digital age. Their behaviors are completely different. You’ll see this is definitely the route to go in. Invest the time to learn it and understand it. Explore it yourself.”Related: Five Mobile Marketing Questions Every Business Owner Needs Answered2. Keep an eye on what “the little guy” is doing, as well as the titans. — Mario Schulzke, founder of IdeaMensch and director of digital strategy at marketing firm WDCW.”You know, I am not smart enough to tell you about major game-changers. . . . But I can tell you there will be a revolution of incremental innovations that are about to take place. It’s so easy nowadays to build your own website, your own piece of software or your own app. So what’s happening is that a bunch of people are starting to solve the problems that they’ve been having in their own lives and industries. We’ll see some major productivity gains in just about every vertical, driven by people solving problems close to their vest.”Do what feels right. . . . Build a marketing program around tactics that make sense for you. I have many clients who are overwhelmed by Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and the like. But when we talk about creating content that provides value to existing and potential customers, they get that. Having a roundtable discussion on Twitter is no different than going to a networking meeting. Crafting a webinar and capturing leads via email is no different than speaking at your local Lion’s Club.”Do what makes sense to you, and always think about the value you provide to your audience. Focus on the fundamentals. Respectfully communicate with your customers via all channels. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, and do the right thing.”Related: How to Crack the QR Code for Mobile Marketing3. Create interactive “rich media” designed specifically for your mobile site. — Microsoft’s Williams.”When you think rich media and digital, you tend to think of the standbys like a whole-page takeover or part of an ad will be in the leaderboard at the top of the page and move into one of the units on the side. . . . On mobile, it’s a completely different type of experience. You don’t have the flexibility but you have the entire device. You can incorporate rich functionality where you can shake the device or where it is actually using the camera function in augmented reality or the location function. There are so many other vectors or parameters that are unique to mobile that I think make rich even richer on mobile. But you have to think about it in a different way on mobile.”If you don’t have a mobile landing page attached to that rich media unit, you have kinda left [your customers] hanging. . . . While rich media is an incredible opportunity to pull people in and to really drive engagement and surface up and push the content out, that back end is still needed when they want to continue their journey. . . .”4. Find out how your customers want to communicate with you. — Eileen Woodbury, director of marketing at Clear Channel Los Angeles.”People will communicate with you the way they want to communicate. . . . So texting isn’t replacing the Web. The Web didn’t replace the phone call. People who want to call will want to call. People who never called us before hopefully will engage with us through text. Some people prefer Twitter or are on Facebook all day.”This is the age of choice. People communicate the way they want to. With every new thing that comes along, we’re adding to our arsenal.”Related: The Top Five Mobile Marketing Mistakes 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free
March 14, 2017 A fascinating realization you make after spending a week at SXSWedu surrounded by teachers, superintendents, provosts and edtech leaders is that the conference is about so much more than education.While the thousands of attendees at the conference each bring shared passions — improving learning, strengthening education outcomes, innovating traditional systems, eating great barbecue — they also recognize the strategies and tools we need to achieve these goals can come from anywhere. The SXSWedu team also knows this, and that’s why they pack hundreds of panel discussions and presentations with thought leaders from inside and outside education. SXSWedu isn’t about insular conversations in academia; it’s about knocking down silos and bringing people together from all different disciplines to focus on how we make learning better, and more available, for everyone.Related: SXSW 2017 Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Photos (So Far)That realization should be remarkably inspiring for today’s entrepreneurs. In order to deliver the next generation of doctors, scientists, mechanics, artists, engineers, etc., education needs new ideas and technologies that span across disciplines. It’s a give-take system of innovation that makes it an exciting time to be an entrepreneur.Here’s a look at four key themes from SXSWedu that can help entrepreneurs focus and take action to enrich education.Technology as a connective forceTechnology is a leading catalyst in eroding the walls and silos that used to exist in education. When I was a student, written correspondence between pen pals far outweighed the nascent connections I had over AIM. Now students and teachers can connect instantaneously and share resources via Skype, FaceTime, Slack and scores of applications, both purpose-built and borrowed intent, to drive dialogue and innovation forward.Entrepreneurs that can find new ways to harness the connectivity provided by these technologies have an opportunity to thrive. One finalist in SXSWedu’s launch competition that stood out in this regard was TeachersConnect, a tool that promises to “lay the groundwork for a world in which teaching is no longer a solo activity.” TeachersConnect is an app that empowers teachers to share ideas, resources and best practices constantly and across geographies to best inform their individual efforts. When a teacher using this network has a question, she can quickly get an answer or new ideas to help students.Apps and technologies that help educators best connect with both peers and thought leaders in real-time will continue to be valuable in the future. It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs who can take our ever-growing mobile communication tools and leverage them strategically.Related: SXSW: Billionaire Chris Sacca on Tech’s New Business BlindspotRelevancy. Relevancy. Relevancy.A common theme heard at SXSWedu is the need for education to be relevant. Graduating 200 dental hygienists into a marketplace only able to support 30 of them is an example where bigger isn’t always better in education. This need for relevancy is another opportunity for entrepreneurs — what tools and technologies can you create that help educators understand the workforce needs of tomorrow?SXSWedu’s employability track featured a great presentation on this topic, highlighting how job growth in healthcare will outpace overall job growth in our country for the foreseeable future. On a micro level, this is represented in Chicago, where there is a gap between the current market of qualified healthcare professionals and the projected 84,000 healthcare jobs set to come on-line in the Chicago region over the next decade. It’s a statistic that led Malcolm X College to build a new health sciences campus with a virtual hospital specifically equipped to help Chicago-area students take these jobs.Related: SXSW 2017: There’s a Scary Reason You’ll Start Taking Digital Privacy SeriouslyMore institutions in K-12 and higher education are set to bring sharper focus to ensuring the education experiences they deliver line up with employment needs. Entrepreneurs can play a role here on numerous fronts: creating tools that help analyze and predict job trends, developing technologies to better train students to take these jobs or apps that make it easier for educators to connect with professional in leading sectors.Learning by designFor the first time this year, SXSWedu incorporated Learn by Design, a new competition program focused on the design of physical learning spaces and how they impact learning outcomes. The launch of this program is evidence that leaders recognize the growing importance design plays to advancing learning.The program yielded three winners from hundreds of entries: Citti Academy in Los Angeles, the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Mobile Innovation Lab and Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah. All of these projects can point to design strategies that are helping their students succeed. Design was also at the forefront of numerous other discussions during the conference, including a look at Philadelphia University’s NEXUS Learning Hubs — novel learning spaces that are thoughtfully designed to act as the catalyst for pedagogical training, nurturing and experimentation. The NEXUS hubs allow for seamless transitions to different modes of active and engaged learning and optimize collaborative involvement.With design taking a more central role in education, entrepreneurs can make an impact in numerous ways. While schools, colleges and universities are all taking unique approaches to leveraging design, the spaces they create almost always embrace flexibility, technology, collaboration and idea-sharing. Entrepreneurs should focus on how they can introduce furniture, tools and resources that extend these spatial qualities and further empower students.Related: SXSW 2017: The Simple Lessons Reshaping the Cities and Cars of the FutureSeamless job trainingEducation is just beginning to scratch the surface of how technologies like augmented reality and holographics can improve learning. For example, Microsoft recently launched HoloLens, the first self-contained, holographic computer enabling people to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. That’s fascinating and powerful, but educators need help understanding how to best leverage it.Creating content and applications that turn the potential of tools like VR and holographics into results should be a major focus for entrepreneurs. It was inspiring to see LlamaZoo as part of the SXSWedu launch competition; it’s a tool that marries highly interactive 3D, augmented and virtual reality, and modern teaching techniques such as adaptive quizzing and spaced repetition to create more collaborative and useful student experiences. More tools like this can prove intensely valuable for education moving forward if and when entrepreneurs deliver them.Amidst the wealth of thought leadership and innovation that defined SXSWedu, these four themes stood out. To host such a rich discussion on education, SXSWedu invited teachers, journalists, scientists, architects, healthcare professionals and more to be part of it — an inspiring reminder that education touches everything. Entrepreneurs should be motivated to launch companies and products that further break down silos to accelerate learning and discovery. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Technology has quickly engulfed the world around us. Everything we do, both at a business and personal level, seems to involve technology in one way or another. However, as that happens, small businesses continue to be a top target for hackers, with the number of organizations hit by cybercrime rising each year. According to The Ponemon Institute’s 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report, 61 percent of businesses experienced a cyber attack in 2017, signifying a 6 percent increase from the previous year’s 55 percent. Data breaches were up to 54 percent from 50 percent in 2016.This year promises faster internet, more connectivity, and unfortunately, more cybersecurity threats. Threat Horizon 2018, from the Threat Horizon series by the non-profit association Information Security Forum (ISF), shows that with the growing connectivity, there will be an increase in the information security threat landscape.1. Internet of Things (IoT) leaks.As real-time data collection becomes increasingly important, the IoT is growing too. From monitoring traffic and collecting real-time patient information to optimizing the uptime of industrial equipment, organizations are massively acquiring IoT devices. However, these devices aren’t always secure. This creates a potential backdoor into the organization, warns the ISF.Related: How Smart Technology is on the Verge of Compromising Your Business SecurityIoT works so great because it’s comprised of dozens of devices that hide in plain sight. Be it alarm systems, GPS, web cameras, HVAC or medical devices, such as pacemakers, it’d be hard to guess which of these devices are even connected to the internet in the first place. But since IoT devices lack built-in security, they are often easy targets by hackers.Attackers usually use automated programs to locate IoT devices. Once located, attackers attempt to connect to the device using the default admin credentials. And since most users don’t change them, this is usually a success for the attacker. Once in, the hackers can easily install malware, basically taking the system under their control.Daniel Soderberg, CEO of EyeOnPass, advises changing all passwords immediately when you acquire a new device. “I wouldn’t operate any device with the default password,” he warns. “Default passwords are usually printed and freely available, exposing the user to all manner of cyber dangers.”2. Opaque algorithms. The Threat Horizon 2018 report also warns of the increasing using of algorithms. As organizations continue to fully trust algorithms with the operation and decisions concerning critical systems, the report says, they lose the visibility into the functioning and interaction of their systems.The lack of proper and transparent interactions between algorithms poses a security risk in case unintended interactions between algorithms create incidents — like the U.S. Treasury Bonds “flash crash” of October 2014 that saw bond yields drastically drop briefly before the algorithms corrected themselves.“We know they’re going to do some quirky stuff from time-to-time,” says Steve Durbin, managing director of the ISF. “You need to understand some of the exposure you have to algorithmic systems. We’re building more and more of our systems on top of algorithms — industrial control, critical infrastructure. There’s an increasing risk in this space we need to be addressing.”Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018To be able to manage these risks, organizations need to have a human monitoring the execution of operations and decisions often left to algorithms. The report advises organizations to know the risks that come with algorithm-controlled systems and know when to involve a human. Also, they must update their code maintenance policies and identify alternatives to treating algorithm-related incidents, especially when insurance isn’t an option.3. Security researchers are being silenced.Security researchers are often the whistleblowers. They impart knowledge about digital vulnerabilities, making sure systems are secure and users’ data remains in the intended hands. When they are silenced, either by the government or private companies, it’s often a loss for all users.With software replacing hardware in most major sectors, users and businesses depend on researchers to unearth vulnerabilities and make them public as part of ongoing efforts to improve security. However, lately, manufacturers have been responding to such actions by taking legal action instead of working with the research to fix those vulnerabilities. The ISF predicts that this trend will only grow; exposing customers to vulnerabilities that manufacturers have decided to hide rather than fix.To protect themselves, the ISF advises technology buyers, which include small businesses, to insist on transparency during the procurement process. It advises manufacturers to take it more positively when vulnerabilities are found within their systems by rewarding the researchers rather than attempting to punish them.Considering that a researcher might find a vulnerability in a tool in 2018 and not report it, it’s imperative for the small business owner to take a step further in protecting themselves, even if it means working with other business in order to come up with an affordable solution.Related: Making Your Data Unreadable to Whoever Steals It Might Be the Only Way to Keep It SafeTransparency is key.When it comes to security, transparency has a great role to play. But this part has long been left for the security professionals. If all users reflected some degree of transparency, security in the cyberspace would be easier to achieve. If the non-technical managers and leaders understood the impact of good and poor protection, they would use the cyber assets they have more responsibly. Employees would be more careful about the devices they introduce to the network.As the business owner, it’s your job to carefully manage the inventory of the connected IoT devices. “Some things have internet capabilities that you didn’t ask for and will never use,” says Leon Adato of SolarWinds adding that any devices that don’t need to be connected to the internet should be disconnected. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 31, 2018 Register Now »
Hard Drive Type Highest Available Resolution USB 2.0 Secondary Hard Drive Size Review Optical Drive Speed Advertisement Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 Specifications USB 3.0 2.0-GHz AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor Bluetooth 591 3 Weight RAM Upgradable to Ports (excluding USB) Secondary Hard Drive Type 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 12Tests notebook graphics performance.Huawei MateBook D 14 inch (AMD)Acer Spin 3 (Core i5 – 2018)Avita ClarusCategory Average (as of 09/30/18) Hard Drive Speed Windows 10 Home Operating System Warranty/Support Secondary Hard Drive Speed Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Size 3.41 pounds CPU 1920×1080 Huawei’s 14-inch MateBook D packs a solid AMD processor and touch-screen display into a sleek aluminum body for an affordable $621. This MacBook doppelgänger also boasts long battery life, a comfortable keyboard and a pair of decent speakers. The MateBook D doesn’t have the brightest display, but, overall, it’s a solid mainstream laptop.article continued below Design The MateBook D’s silver aluminum chassis sports a build quality similar to an older MacBook Pro before Apple opted for its flat keyboard. The MateBook’s Mystic Silver paint job also screams older Mac. The interior is lathered in the same silver finish and accompanied by an eerily familiar black chiclet keyboard. There are two speaker vents to the left and right side of the keyboard, and a fingerprint reader/power button located just above the right. It also has superthin bezels, which is a major plus. At 3.4 pounds and 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches, the MateBook D is one of the lightest and thinnest laptops among its competitors. The Avita Clarus 14 is 3.5 pounds and 13.1 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches), while the Acer Spin 3 (Core i5 – 2018) measures 3.6 pounds and 13.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches. Unlike the premium laptop it mimics, the MateBook D actually has full-size USB ports. The left side features one USB Type-C charging port, an HDMI port and one USB 3.0 port, while the right has one USB 2.0 port and a headphone jack. Display The lab results for the MateBook D’s 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display didn’t wow, but this glossy touch-screen display held up fairly well in our real-world testing. In the trailer for Holmes & Watson, a close-up shot of Ralph Fiennes revealed tightly knit wrinkles just above his cheekbones as well as the sharp strands of the thinning hair on his head. Rebecca Hall’s red coat looked prominent in the next scene, but the color itself wasn’t as bold as it should have been. And when the infamous Baker Street crew are goofing around with the locals, the walls in the foreground start to blur into darkness. According to our colorimeter, the MateBook D’s panel covers 73 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is short of the 83 percent mainstream laptop average. It did, however, beat the 69 percent from both the Avita Clarus 14 and Acer Spin 3. At 230 nits, the MateBook D’s display is once again shy of our 241-nit category average, but so was the Avita Clarus 14 (215 nits) and the Acer Spin 3 (237 nits). MORE: Highest Resolution Screens The MateBook D’s touch-screen panel had no problem keeping up with my finger as I bounced across Paint to make a kingdom of infinite squiggles. Keyboard and Touchpad Despite its low key travel, the MateBook D’s keyboard delivers punchy feedback. I banged out 72 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, surpassing my 66 wpm average. The keyboard offers 1.3 millimeters of travel and requires 72 grams of actuation force (we recommend 1.5 to 2.0 mm of travel and a minimum of 60 g of force). We did encounter an issue with the first MateBook D unit we tested. The left Ctrl key had something stuck under it, so I couldn’t fully depress the key without putting more weight than usual on it. We reached out to Huawei about this issue, and the company sent us another one with a pristine keyboard. The first laptop came straight from Amazon, so it’s still a little concerning. The 4.1 x 2.5-inch touchpad has a soft, matte texture, and while its left and right click buttons have low travel, there’s a solid click. The touchpad also responded well to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tab swiping. Audio The MateBook D’s speakers managed to fill a small office with Blue October’s “Calling You,” but I would have liked them to be a little louder. Despite that, the placement of the speakers delivered solid stereo sound. I could hear each chord of the guitar vibrate through my ears, but when Justin Furstenfeld blasted his vocals on the chorus, it lacked depth. Overall, the speakers aren’t bad; it’s what I’d expect from a sub-$700 laptop. Performance Armed with a 2.0-GHz AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile GPU, the MateBook D showed signs of slowdown only when I opened the Camera app, Paint, Steam, 30 Google Chrome tabs and a 1080p YouTube video all at once. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the MateBook D scored 8,845, which is nearly a 1,000 points below the 9,794 category average. The Avita Clarus 14 (Intel Core i5-7Y54) was even worse at 6,337, but the Acer Spin 3 (Core i5-8250U) excelled at 13,203. The MateBook D matched 65,000 names and addresses on our Excel test in 1 minute and 48 seconds, sliding past the 2:01 category average as well as the Avita Clarus 14’s 3:08. The Acer Spin 3 finished nearly 20 seconds faster, at 1:29. On the HandBrake benchmark, the MateBook D took 21 minutes and 30 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p. That blows past the 27:41 category average. The Avita Clarus 14 completed the test at more than double the time (46:31), but the Acer Spin 3 once again beat the MateBook D at 21:09 Copying 4.97GB of data took 46 seconds for the MateBook D’s 256GB SSD, for a rate of 110 megabytes per second. That’s slightly slower than the 134 MBps category average and the Acer Spin 3’s 128GB SSD, which hit 146 MBps. The Avita Clarus 14 mustered just 58 MBps with its SSD. The MateBook D scored 63,302 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark. While that doesn’t meet the 70,427 category average, it surpasses the Avita Clarus 14’s Intel HD 615 GPU and the Acer Spin 3’s Intel UHD 620 GPU score of 52,877 and 61,440, respectively. MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall Performance The MateBook D fared better in real-world graphics testing, as it nailed 65 frames per second on the Dirt 3 benchmark, surpassing the 46 fps category average as well as the Avita Clarus 14 (34 fps) and the Acer Spin 3 (47 fps). Battery Life The MateBook D’s long battery life is one of its key selling points. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the notebook lasted 9 hours and 16 minutes, which is nearly 2 hours longer than the mainstream laptop average. The Avita Clarus 14 hit only 6:42, while the Acer Spin 3 came close to the MateBook D, with 9:12. Webcam Although the MateBook D’s webcam will get you through conference calls, it was hard to ignore the pixelated strands of hair coming out of my head in the images it took. The webcam’s color is somewhat dull, but it captured the blue and red in my shirt quite well. And although the lights behind me blew out the surrounding area, it wasn’t enough to wash out the image completely. Heat The MateBook D managed to sustain steady, cool temperatures. After streaming a 15-minute HD video, the underside reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit, staying below our 95-degree comfort threshold. The center of the keyboard hit 91 degrees, while the touchpad measured 81 degrees. The hottest temperature that the MateBook D reached was 97 degrees, located at the center of the underside near the hinge. Software and Warranty Huawei is minimalist when it comes to its own branded software. The only app the company included is called PC Manager, which provides tools to check your hardware, manage drivers and find customer support links. There is, of course, your typical Windows 10 bloatware, like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Dolby Atmos and Royal Revolt 2: Tower Defense. The MateBook D comes with a one-year limited warranty. Configurations The MateBook D 14-inch that I tested costs $621 and is outfitted with a 2.0-GHz AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile GPU The only other configuration costs $1,099, and comes with an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. Bottom Line It’s rare to see an aluminum chassis offered in a laptop that costs less than $650, but Huawei delivers that and much more. Its AMD processor and GPU performed well on our tests, while its battery lasted longer than a typical workday. Not to mention that it has a solid keyboard and decent speakers. However, the display is a bit dim and the overall aesthetic apes Apple. For $699, you can get the Acer Spin 3, which comes with a more powerful Core i5 processor, solid battery life, a faster SSD and 2-in-1 flexibility. Still, the AMD-powered MateBook D 14-inch is a very solid notebook for the price. 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