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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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Start Button Removed!! Is That Relevant?

As much awaited Windows 8 is about to launch in a week, lets discuss about the major change that has been done to the Windows Desktop interface. As everyone knows that the START button is removed from the bottom left position which helps to choose the apps installed, lets concentrate on this point broadly in this post.

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Suited for commuting and in field scenarios, the tablet offers virtually anywhere connectivity .The tablet serves lifestyle computing uses just as well as business tasks with its package of communications and entertainment features

Microsoft Surface isn’t the only Windows tablet you’re likely to see in October, not by a long shot. One of the first announced tablets is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, a reconceptualization of the original Android-based Think Pad Tablet.Unlike the two versions of Surface running Windows RT on a Tegra processor and Windows 8 on a full-fledged ultrabook-grade Intel Core i5 CPU, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 runs a full Windows 8 Professional OS, but does so on a next-gen Intel Atom processor.

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Nokia wants to create a mark in the market of Smartphones with its new range of phones LUMIA 920, 820 powered by WINDOWS 8 OS. However, did not reveal pricing or release dates for the new devices.


The Lumia 920 (left) features a 4.5-inch curved glass WXGA IPS LCD display that boasts what Nokia called PureMotion HD+, which the company said is “better than HD resolution.” That includes blur-free scrolling; “scroll through an email or webpage [and] the text stays crystal sharp.

Harlow claimed that the Lumia 920 is “the most innovative smartphone in the world.” She talked up Lumia 920’s camera, mapping technologies, and extra features like wireless charging. The device also support near-field communication (NFC).


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The world leader in designing chipsets….QUALCOMM which has more than 80 percent share of designing chips of all the electronic devices like smart phones, tablet pc’s etc…. has designed a processor which is perfect for a smart phone way in the past called the SNAPDRAGON PROCESSOR.

It has later released a series of processors named SNAPDRAGON S1, S2 and S3….now it is yet to release SNAPDRAGON S4…

Snapdragon s1

Talk, text and watch videos without interruption. Snapdragon S1 mobile processors deliver superior performance when you need it, with better battery life, always.

Snapdragon S2

Do more without draining your battery. Snapdragon S2 mobile processors deliver split-second connectivity to take multimedia and social networking to the next level.

Snapdragon s3

Now, your mobile device can keep up with you. Snapdragon S3 mobile processors deliver fast, seamless performance for multitaskers that want to do it all on their phone or tablet, without stopping to recharge.

Coming Soon : Snapdragon S4

Snapdragon S4 Processors will take performance to a whole new level. Featuring single, dual and quad CPUs, dual core GPUs, best-in-class multi-media capabilities, the industry’s only 4G/LTE multimode modem technology intelligently integrated into a single system on chip.

About Snapdragon

Snapdragon is a family of mobile system on chips by Qualcomm. Qualcomm considers Snapdragon a “platform” for use in smartphones, tablets, and smartbook devices.

The original Snapdragon CPU, dubbed Scorpion, is Qualcomm’s own design. It has many features similar to those of the ARM Cortex-A8 core and it is based on the ARM v7 instruction set, but theoretically has much higher performance for multimedia-related SIMD operations. The successor to Scorpion, found in S4 Snapdragon SoCs is named Krait and has many similarities with the ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and is also based on the ARMv7 instruction set.

All Snapdragon processors contain the circuitry to decode high-definition video (HD) resolution at 720p or 1080p depending on the Snapdragon chipset. Adreno, the company’s proprietary GPU technology, integrated into Snapdragon chipsets (and certain other Qualcomm chipsets) is Qualcomm’s own design, using assets the company acquired from AMD.

Snapdragon chipsets, as of 2011, include a CPU “Krait” (with speeds up to 2.5 GHz), GPU “Adreno 225”, 2G/3G/4G modem, and severalHexagon DSP coprocessors.

Smart phones and Tablets which use Snapdragon

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

HTC Amaze 4G

HTC Sensation  4G


Nokia Lumia 710

Blackberry® Torch 9850

Sony Ericsson Xperi  PLAY

and more than 800 phones have this processors in it….


courtesy:qualcomm.com. wikipedia

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Mahesh ( MGIT ECE 4th year )

Windows 8 Tablet PC

Like Apple’s latest attempt at a desktop OS, Windows 8 borrows largely from its mobile kin, Window Phone 7, bringing its signature live tiles to tablets and PCs, and from what we’ve seen it does so effortlessly. Before we go ruining a good thing, however, we have to point out that this isn’t everything Windows has to offer — it’s still a developers preview (and in turn, an OS under construction), and the device it’s running on hasn’t been approved as an official Windows 8 slate. Got all that? Good. Read on for our first impressions!

Metro style UI


You’ll hear the words “Metro-style” almost endlessly surrounding the release of Windows 8. Live tiles, hidden menus and controls, large, flashy graphics, bold white type, multi-touch gestures: these are the characteristics that set the OS apart from its predecessor and, to some degree, from its competitors. You won’t see any of the old, static Windows here, unless of course you choose to — the desktop that you’ve grown used to in Windows 7 is still present, albeit as an app, but more on that later. If you’re familiar with Windows Phone 7, the user experience should be pretty familiar, but not entirely so.


Touch Gestures

One thing becomes abundantly clear when you’re zipping through those customizable live tiles: Microsoft is banking on touch screens. The outfit’s execs weren’t shy on that point at yesterday’s press preview, going so far as to say that “a monitor without touch feels dead,” but the proof is in the pudding. Fortunately, most of the touch gestures are perfectly responsive; simple swipes left and right allowed for quick scrolling, a swipe from the right edge of the screen pulled up the appropriate navigation menu, and a gentle tap and pull on any given tile selected it for customization, but there was one gesture we never managed to master. Live tiles are supposed to be easily reorganized, and they are, but so are their selected groupings. A simple pinch-to-zoom technique should bring up a simplified overview of the entire start page, allowing you to rename and customize groupings. However, no amount of pinching or prodding could get our prototype to fall in line, thus our tile teams went unnamed.


Because not every PC has a touch screen quite yet, we’ve been told you can use the conventional keyboard and mouse to make your way through the new UI. While we weren’t able to get our hands on a compatible mouse in time for this write up, we did give the Series 7’s keyboard a spin, and, much as we experienced in our first hands-on with the device, it got the job done. But Windows 8 is clearly a touchy-feely OS, and its various ways of getting text on the page are a testament to that. There are three different methods for text input: two touch keyboards and handwriting. We were amazed that throwing down our signature chicken scratch actually proved fruitful, but handwriting on any computer still seems counterintuitive. The other two keyboards were responsive, and the layout was as good as any we’d seen.


Metro Style Internet Explorer 10

That full-screen experience is carried over into the browser, which also gets the Metro treatment, giving you unencumbered viewing of whatever it is you look at on the internet. Frankly, we’ve never been put out by scroll bars, tabs, or URLs, but it seems nothing is untouched by Windows 8’s new Metro wand. And, truth be told, after doing without for a while, we’re not entirely sure we miss all the added distractions.



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Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year)