Buy Intel’s fifth-generation Broadwell desktop processor or wait for Skylake?

Intel has finally revealed the prices of its first Broadwell desktop processors – the  i5-5675C and the i7-5775C, marking the era of 14-nanometer chips in the desktop world. Intel’s fifth-generation Core i desktop processors are coming exactly 9 months after the first Broadwell chips – the Core M aimed at laptops – were announced. The new Broadwell chips have allowed Intel to finally surpass AMD in the latter’s key area of strength – the performance of integrated graphics processing units. But should you buy them or wait for Skylake, due before the…

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LG G4 launching in India this month, price Rs 50k; HTC E9+, M9+ in target

First the good news – the LG G4, the Korean company’s first flagship with 64-bit hardware support, is being launched in India this month. Now the bad news – the phone, at a price of around Rs 50,000, offers very little practical differentiation over predecessor LG G3, priced at just Rs 36,000. The only major difference between the LG G3 is that the display of the newer model is curved and that the chipset has been upgraded from the 32-bit Snapdragon 801 to the 64-bit Snapdragon 808. UPDATE: Phone is…

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Despite Skylake launch, PC semiconductor sales to decline in 2015 – Gartner

The launch of Windows 10 and Intel’s Skylake architecture is likely to happen in the third quarter of 2015, and this would give a boost to semiconductor sales along with factors such as tablet and smartphone markets, Gartner said. The market research firm forecast a 4% growth for semiconductor sales in 2015, boosted primarily by mobile, SSDs and tablets. Despite the Intel and Microsoft refresh, sales of semiconductor parts in the PC market will experience its greatest decline this year, it added. “The next critical season for the PC and…

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ARM-MediaTek-TSMC combo could threaten Intel’s market by year end

New benchmark scores for MediaTek’s implementation of ARM Holdings’ latest core design indicate that MediaTek and ARM are likely to have potential chips suitable for notebooks, servers and even desktop PCs by the end of this year or early next year. These chips would be potentially more powerful than those found in the new Apple MacBook Air and Intel NUCs. The reason for such a doubling of power compared to existing phone and tablet chips is two-fold – the Cortex A72 technology from ARM Holdings, and new 16 nm FinFet…

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Asus launches UHD 4K monitor in India at 65,000

UHD-4K monitors have started coming to India in a big way. The latest is the 27-inch Asus PB279, priced at Rs 65,000. “The PB279Q has native 3840 x 2160 4K/UHD resolution and a pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (ppi). A wide 100% sRGB color gamut and 10-bit color technology means the PB279Q provides true, life-like colors; while extensive connectivity options like DisplayPort 1.2 and Mini DisplayPort provide 4K/UHD content support at refresh rates of up to 60Hz,” Asus said. With 300% more onscreen workspace to spread out various…

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Banned in India, Bangladesh goes virtual with Google Street View

It may be banned in India, but that has not prevented India’s neighbour Bangladesh from going online in a big way with Google’s Street View. The service allows users to virtually walk along any street using their computer or mobile phone using the Google Maps app. Globally, 65 countries are on Google Street View. Google ran into trouble with politicians and bureaucrats in India, who prohibited Google from launching the service here saying that it was a threat to the security of the country. In Bangladesh, the government not only…

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HP launches Haswell-based desktops in India

HP India has refreshed its budget HP 110 and 120 Desktop PC range in India with new models powered by Haswell processors. “Powered by the 4th generationIntel® Core™ processor and pre-installed with Windows® 8.1, the stylish yet affordable, HP 120 Desktop PC is designed to enhance the overall computing experience for home and SOHO users to complete routine tasks such as email, web browsing and online shopping smoothly. The HP 120 Desktop PC can also be customized and expanded with additional memory and dedicated graphic cards to meet customer needs,”…

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With Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm beats Intel, AMD in mobile/tablet space

Intel has always been held up as the maker of the most powerful processors, but with yesterday’s announcement that nearly 60 phones with the Snapdragon 810 processor are in the works, the Chipzilla has lost the status in the mobile world. According to a statement from Qualcomm yesterday, Motorola, Oppo, Sony, Nokia, LG and Xiaomi are among the companies that are working on phones with the Snapdragon 810 chips in them. At present, only the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG Flex2 have been officially announced. Delays related to production…

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Sony Xperia C3 – A really overpriced mid-range phone

Sony Xperia C3, the successor to the mid-range C model, has been listed by online retailer Infibeam, the selling price has not been specified by the etailer yet. The phone, with a sticker price of Rs 23,990, is expected to sell for Rs 22,000 when it makes its debut online. The price is then expected to fall to Rs 21,000 within two weeks. The ‘stable’ price for the Xperia C3 is seen at Rs 18,000 or so, which would be achieved after the initial euphoria over the ‘selfie’ phone dies…

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Coming soon, Gigabyte Brix Pro, the most powerful mini-PC at Rs 51k

A prominent Bangalore-based e-retailer is planning to launch one of the most powerful mini PCs in the world, the Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4770R, along with Zotac Zbox CI540. The Gigabyte Brix model is likely to be launched in the coming days, while the date for the launch of Zotac Zbox has not been firmed up, according to industry sources. Zotac and Gigabyte are motherboard makers, but, like Intel, are now getting into the mini-PC business. Mini PCs are very small computers, and can easily be attached behind a computer monitor. Intel…

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Huawei P7, Honor X1 with 150 Mbps LTE launched in India

For those who want to be future ready, Huawei has launched two LTE enabled smartphones in India, the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Huawei Honor x1 Mediapad x1. The first one is a five inch phone, while the second phone, though called a phone, is actually a 7-inch tablet. India is no stranger to the Ascend series, with several phones, including Ascend G6, already available in the market. While the P7 is up for sale on Amazon, we are not sure whether Huawei will actually support the purchase with a…

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Tablets to overtake PCs in shipments in second half of 2014

Tablets will overtake traditional PCs in monthly shipments somewhere in the second half of this year, according to the latest projection from Gartner Inc. The market tracker has pointed to total shipments of 276.7 mln PCs in 2014 compared to 270.7 mln tablets. While that looks like it favors the PC market, it also means that PC shipments will drop from 296.1 mln last year, while tablet sales will jump from 195.4 mln last year. In other words, the number of tablets being shipped every month in the second half…

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Biggest Indian cloud brand Ramco expands product portfolio

Ramco Systems, the Chennai-based cloud-provider and arguably the largest Indian stand-alone cloud brand, has expanded its portfolio to analytics. The player, one of the pioneers of the Cloud model in India and among the most affordable among such services, said it has around 3,000 users for its current offering — enterprise resource planning or ERP. ERP software is used to keep a tab of a company’s assets, operations and processes and is considered the heart of a company’s software infrastructure. Ramco had bet on the Cloud several years ago, coming…

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IEEE attempts to “build bridges” between different cloud computing providers

The IEEE, World’s largest professional association that has invented standards like WiFi may be the one to solve one of the biggest challenges in the emerging Cloud computing economy. Unlike the current business software vendors such as SAP, Oracle, IBM etc., providers of equivalent cloud versions do not provide an easy way for their individual offerings to work together (interconnect.) As a result, while I can easily make an enterprise planning software (ERP) from SAP talk to an HR software from its main rival Oracle directly, I cannot make a…

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Cloud spending to grow 20% this year, corner 10% of enterprise app market: Gartner

Gartner Inc, the World’s leading IT research firm, has revealed that cloud computing or Internet based software already accounts for 10% of the global enterprise market. The service, known also known as Software as a Service or SaaS, requires the user to log into his or her application through the Internet and is located at a remote location, instead of his own office or computer. It is currently the hottest software trend as large companies try to cut costs by having their software hosted on huge collections of servers in…

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TCS will focus on own brand and identity for Cloud services: Chandrasekaran

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has based its Cloud strategy on an ‘own brand’ model, CEO N Chandrasekaran told reporters in Delhi today. He said TCS’s strategy for the Cloud market — in which software is not purchased or ‘deployed’ by customers, but used through the Internet — will not be dependent on other big cloud-brands. “Our approach will be one of TCS branded cloud solutions,” Chandrasekaran said. TCS already has such a product aimed at the small and medium enterprise (SME) market — which typically does not purchase costly ‘packaged’…

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Some IT outsourcing firms in denial mode on Cloud computing: Gartner survey

18 percent of all IT outsourcing contracts will have elements of ‘as a service’ or ‘utility’ billing model this year, according to a survey of the IT Outsourcing (ITO) companies by Gartner, the World’s largest IT research agency. This will rise to 24% in 2012, according to the same survey. It also found some IT outsourcing providers living with the belief that they can survive without adapting to the Cloud ecosystem. The ‘as a service’, ‘utility’ billing model etc. are new ways in which IT outsourcing companies get paid and…

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Wipro unveils India’s first major cloud computing platform

It’s finally here – the first major global Cloud-based platform rolled out by an Indian IT services major. Wipro Technologies, the fourth largest Indian IT services provider, announced it was expanding its Cloud platform by offering a global-level Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product. IaaS is the basic level of Cloud offering. On top of IaaS is built higher levels of Cloud products such as Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service and Business-Process-as-a-Service (PaaS, SaaS and BPaaS.) For now, however, Wipro seems to be offering only the core Infrastructure-as-a-Service part. Cloud computing refers to making everything available…

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Ramco manages a coup, ropes in Dell as Cloud computing product mkg partner

In a coup of sorts to Chennai-based cloud-solutions provider Ramco Systems, Dell has agreed to offer Ramco’s ERP cloud solution to its mid-market clients. ERP or enterprise resource planning helps big organizations and companies manage their resources and assets by tabulating and generally keeping track of assets, people and inventories. It helps companies figure out when inventories of finished products and raw materials are running low, or piling up. Ramco has been one of the pioneers of cloud computing in India and has had the cloud-based ERP for several years….

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Is Cloud Computing hurting traditional IT? Yes and No, says Gartner

It is a much debated question – Cloud computing results in enormous savings for companies, but will all that saving mean IT budgets (and the IT market) will shrink, hitting jobs everywhere? In other words, when you don’t need an army of IT engineers to install and maintain a huge array of local software in offices and datacenters, will that not result in a shrinkage of the industry? Now Gartner has come up with a rather complicated answer — cloud computing will hit certain areas, such as application development, but…

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