Alaistair J Dsouza
Desktop PC for `2000?
An Indiegogo project from China is quite confident about a 2k budget PC, running Remix 2.0 O.S. (Android-based). The Unuiga S905 could currently be the cheapest 64-bit android desktop PC and also cheaper than any android mobile phone worth its salt. Retail units will be priced at Rs 2000 ($30) but early bird backers can get the device for about Rs 1,600 approximately ($25). The crowdfunding project needs to hit the funding goal of $75,000 with about a month for backers to do so. A few specifications: the CPU is a 2GHz 64-bit quad core paired with the Mali-450 GPU with storage of 16GB and will natively support HDMI 2.0 and 4k hardware decoding.
Source: NDTV, Indiegogo
Samsung and Note 7
2016 has not been a good year for electronics giant Samsung with battery failures of its Note 7 phones. This year at its CES keynote the company opened with a promise that it would soon release a report on the root cause of the Note 7’s battery explosions/fires. Since the recall of the Note 7 the company has been working hard on retrieving the said units even from customers who still want to hold on to their beloved note 7’s despite knowing about their dangerous conditions. A logical question is if Samsung’s release about the battery failure on the note 7 will have any positive outcome as they are possibly going to gear up on the release of the Galaxy S8 this year.
Hard-core Blackberry fans must be pretty ecstatic at the moment with TCL Communications first blackberry handset since it bought the brand. The handset is currently running with the codename ‘Mercury’, although it isn’t the official name. But TCL hasn’t said anything otherwise so it could be a possibility that the name might stick. A prototype was featured at the CES 2017 though much of the phones specifications are still unknown, but we do know at the moment is that Blackberry is still trying to make the physical keyboard a thing even though it hasn’t worked well for it so far (still better than the Blackberry Priv). So far the features that the company have mentioned are the physical keyboard that also doubles as the touchpad allowing one to swipe on the keyboard to do stuff like scroll in apps or move home screens, etc. A finger print sensor is also embedded into the spacebar key and will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box or with a possible update.
Japan to build the world’s fastest supercomputer *maybe*
With the aim of increasing the country’s research in robotics, medical diagnostics and driverless cars, Japan is hoping to build a super computer that they claim would be ahead of China’s Sunway Taihulight which currently clocks about 93 petaflops. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend JPY 19.5 billion (roughly `1,187 crores) in the hopes of placing itself at the pinnacle of technology. Engineers will be tasked with building a machine capable of making 130 quadrillion calculations per second. The computer project is name ABCI (Al Bridging Cloud Infrastructure).