Category: Gadgets


Lenovo Yoga Series Laptops

Windows 8 – this is the latest buzz in the operating system market…. mainly because of its typical tiles GUI. But most of the critics opinion is that a Windows 8 OS is easy to use and well defined for a Touch Screen instead of just using a Keyboard and a Mouse.

But we are very much used to play around with a Keypad and a mouse…. So the blend of having a Touch Screen (i.e using a Tablet PC) and having a Keypad (i.e using a Laptop) would really excite us right??

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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Series is the answer to the above questions…. here are three base configurations for the Yoga 13. For $999, you get an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Even with a folding touch screen, that seems pricey for a Core i3. But, for only $100 more, our review unit trades up to a Core i5 CPU and doubles the RAM. Finally, for $1,299, the CPU gets a bump to a Core i7 model. Of the three, the middle-ground $1,099 version certainly seems to be the best bet.

For any 13-inch laptop, battery life is key, and even more so for an ultrabook, which is specifically designed for use on the go. Add a tablet experience to that — tablets being basically never used while connected to a power outlet — and any Windows 8 hybrid or convertible needs to have excellent battery life to be taken seriously. Most of the current wave of Windows 8 systems we’ve seen have done a decent job on this front, despite powering touch screens and accelerometers.

The Yoga 13 ran for 5 hours and 30 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That’s an above-average time, and with some smart use of sleep mode when you’re not actively using it, could stretch to last a full workday. At the same time, pure tablets, such as Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Surface RT, can run much longer, and full Windows systems are not quite in that ballpark yet, absent gigantic snap-on secondary batteries.

Different Modes

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Multi Angle View

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Tablet Mode

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Laptop Mode

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Tent Mode

Specifications

Description Yoga 13
CPU
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3-3217U
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8
Memory
  • 4GB, 8GB DDR3
Graphics
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
Dimensions
  • 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67″)
Camera
  • 1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam
Display
  • 13.3″ HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen) (1600×900)
Weight
  • 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs)
I/O Ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • Combo jack
  • HDMI
  • 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
Storage
  • 128GB SSD (256GB coming soon)
Wireless Connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless
  • Bluetooth®
Keyboard
  • AccuType keyboard
Battery Life
  • 8 hours
Security Features
  • OneKey® Recovery

Conclusion

There’s a good reason companies such as Intel and Microsoft have used the Yoga 13 as a prime example of a Windows 8 laptop done right. The folding screen opens up many possibilities for sharing and display, and the tablet mode, while not perfect, isn’t really any worse in practical terms than that of any other Windows 8 convertible. The Yoga 13 has a great, premium feel at a semipremium price.

Courtesy: cnet.com, lenovo.com

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Use USB More Productively….

We would use a USB to store Data, but there are many more applications of it. Today, we will discuss some of the top ideas which can be used to convert USB from just a Storage Device to a much USaBle device.

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1. Install a full-featured apps suite
Using a full-featured apps suite is one of the most common ways to get the most out of your USB pen drive. These suite of tools can help you run just about any software right from that small piece of hardware. They are basically a collection of portable versions of popular tools, organised in an impressive manner. The most popular among these is PortableApps. Another good one is WinPenPack. Try them out and use the one that fits your needs the most.

2. Use it as a bootable device
Using a CD/DVD to install an operating system is out of fashion, apart from being less convenient. Use your pen drive to create a bootable version of an OS you are likely to use each day. Heck, you could also use it to boot multiple operating systems. Interesting, no?

3. Use it to store data safely
Got a lot of pen drives lying around? Why not use some of them as an encrypted storage of confidential data. Most of the popular encryption tools, like TrueCrypt, offer a way to encrypt an external drive. If you want to store and use passwords from it, powerful password managers like LastPass and KeePass offer portable versions to help you carry them around. The setup might take some time but could come in handy on a rainy day.

4. Use Windows To Go
Not many know that the Enterprise version of Windows 8 can be run completely off a USB pen drive. Of course the drive should be 32 GB or larger but then those aren’t hard to come by these days. Here’s a guide on how to set it up. This isn’t useful to the everyday Windows user but I am sure many business owners would find it interesting and might just consider handing over their employees such Windows To Go enabled drives so that they could work in a familiar environment from any computer.

5. Use it to run Dropbox or Google Drive on other computers
You start working on someone else’s, or may be a public computer and you realise that all your important files are on Dropbox (or Google Drive). And you’ve always hated their web versions. What do you do now? How about a thumb drive running the portable version of those tools? Dropbox portable should be available in the Portable Apps suite or you could set it up separately. Google Drive portable can be used via SyncDocs.

Courtesy: gadgets.ndtv.com

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The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is one of the largest showcases of new technology in the world.

Hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association in Las Vegas, CES 2013 will open to press and exhibitors from every facet of the electronics industry.

We’ll wait to descend upon the gambling capital of the world for four days of basking in the glow of the latest computers, televisions, cameras, phones and more.

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Handmate – Ordinary to Touch Displays

Portronics has introduced a handy new device that lets users convert ordinary computer and laptop monitors into touch displays. With Handmate, the company hopes to tap the large market of people who would want to upgrade (or have upgraded) to Windows 8, without making an investment in touch monitors to fully access the more intuitive, touch-friendly features of Microsoft’s new OS.

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D-Link Portable Wireless 3G Router

We heard of Routers which we connect at our home or office to enjoy the internet on Air, in such routers we basically connect our wired Lan – RJ 45 pin to it and the router creates a Wireless field in the vicinity. But what if you wanted to connect your wireless devices like Laptops, Tablets, Smart Phones etc.,  to the internet and you do not have a common point to connect these three devices as you are not at your home or office.

The Solution to the above problem is using a Portable Wireless 3G Router which uses a 3G Sim to connect to the internet and provides a wireless field. D-Link has released a set of devices which use this functionality.

D-Link has launched a trio of portable Wi-Fi consumer devices for India which enable users to harness the 3G networks of their mobile phone to set up ad hoc wireless networks for their gaming devices, e-book readers, netbooks, notebooks, digital cameras – even pocket printers — that are increasingly wireless –friendly. You may no longer have to depend on the costly broadband connections that hotels provide – and if free public WiFi networks are available, you can use these devices to fuel multiple platforms. All of them are 3G friendly which means the fastest connections you can get today while on the move.

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Can’t find the keys — or the family dog? A new project can help track them and other easy-to-lose objects using Bluetooth-enabled buttons.

You might be interested in a new device which has been developed called the StickNFind, which has started its journey from concept to production over on the Indiegogo crowd funding website. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the StickNFind project and see it in action.

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Phorce: The World’s First Smart Bag

A bag that charges all your devices, communicates with your smartphone, and transforms from a messenger, to a backpack, or briefcase.

Power your entire life. On the go.
 Say goodbye to dead batteries.

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Aakash 2 Tablet Launched – @ 1,132 INR (Students Only)

The second version (third in a way) of the low-cost tablet meant for students, which never seems to reach the students, was announced at a press event earlier today. Dubbed as Aakash 2, the tablet will be sold to students across India for a subsidized price of INR 1132.

Aakash 2 features a 1GHz processor, Android 4.0, seven-inch capacitive display and will give four hours of battery backup.

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DONGLE – How Does It Work ?

Many of us might have old desktops at home which we will be using for watching movies, playing songs and working on some low end applications. Because our Old Desktops configuration probably would be a Intel p4 or a Intel Pentium D or an older version of AMD, also that the RAM would be around typically 512MB.

But still we use them for our daily use because the resale value of them in the market is very less as Electronic Devices are growing very fast and we are able to get high end devices at a lower cost so who wants to buy an Old Desktop PC. Now-a-days many of us are using Wi-Fi at home and because our Old PC’s typically don’t have a wireless capability built into it, we face difficulty to connect our Mobile Devices, laptops to our Desktop PC. Come’On guys Wireless Connectivity is the new trend, so i would like to introduce you to a device which would solve this problem .

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Micromax  A110 Superfone Canvas 2 is finally available for purchase online. Micromax started taking pre-orders for the phone couple of weeks back. The Dual SIM Android phone comes with a 5-inch (480 x 854 pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen IPS display and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor. It has an 8 Megapixel camera with Dual LED Flash and a 0.3MP front-facing camera for video calling.

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