Monday, 18 June 2018

Intel: Pushing the Boundaries of Modern Computers at Computex

Intel

Intel to Boost Battery Life

Intel to boost battery life, yes Intel is all about doubling battery life by introducing a simple tech. Intel believes that battery life can be boosted by in fact reducing the consumption of energy by the display screens in laptops. At an announcement at Computex in Taipei, Intel recently created quite a stir by saying that they, by reducing the display screen’s battery’s consumption, they could actually double the battery life of a laptop device.

The most energy hungry part in a laptop is the display, so if the consumption of energy by the display is reduced, the battery life of a laptop can be increased. Currently laptop displays use about 2 watts. Intel says that by bringing down consumption to 1 watt means that we could see even 28 hour laptop battery life.

How is Intel going to boost battery life? 


One way by which Intel plans on boosting battery life and reducing display consumption is by co-engineering low power display technology. This tech co- created by Intel appears in a 1 watt panel manufactured by Innolux and Sharp, which apparently cuts LCD power consumption by half.

Testing of these panels by Intel: 


Intel says that it has seen laptops battery life increase from 20 hours to 24 hours using the tech and in some case it has also seen a jump in power of 4- 8 hours with the low power display technology.

This low power display tech is like a specification for manufacturing companies to meet, if these specifications are met while developing a display then Intel’s processors could use their integrated graphics card to adjust other settings such as refresh rate, brightness as well as various other settings that will boost battery life and reduce display consumption.

So in order to boost battery life, manufacturers would not only have to build display panels that match the low power consumption spec but also would have to use Intel processors to control the display and its settings, all to boost battery life of the laptop.

Cutting battery consumption by looking at the display was the right way to go as the display screens in devices are a major component that is known for consuming a lot of energy. As of now Sharp and Innolux are the only companies who have adopted the low power display tech in their manufacturing of display panels.

5G laptops in 2019: 


At the recent Computex, Intel also talked about selling Intel Processors for 5G connected PCs around the world. Intel is reportedly working with Acer, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft in bringing the first 5G connected PCs to the world in 2019.

Besides this Intel also plans on bringing out 10 more 4G PCs with partners like Acer, Dell, Asus and HP. This is in addition to the 25 4G connected PCs that are already on the market.

All this news at the Computex comes as Intel celebrates its 50th anniversary next month.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 will be a Delight for Gamers

E3
For gamers Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the most awaited convention which brings the latest titles and release cycles of them for the year ahead. This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo(E3) 2018 is being held in Lost Angeles and it is all set to bring a massive collection of new titles offering for the gamers globally.

Giving a firm option against the competitors

Microsoft has so far played the third fiddle when it comes to modern day gaming console maker. But the launch of the latest X box is set to change everything for good and it will settle it as a major option against the likes for PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. It should be noted that at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 there wouldn't be any new console and to be honest there wouldn't be any new console from Microsoft until 2020. But Microsoft is coming up with the new Halo game which will be more than enough for the gamers to choose Xbox console over other to enjoy this remarkably great gameplay.

Secondly Microsoft will also be unveiling as many as 50 games along with 20 exclusive titles to debut on the Xbox consoles. Microsoft has already enhanced the gaming portfolio for its Xbox console which now features the popular Gears of War, Cuphead and Ori adventure games. Microsoft has admitted that it has turned its head towards gaming community and its team is actively focused on bringing the best for the gamers. It has received incredible demand from the fans andusers to come up with more exclusive and first party titles for its console and it will be delivering the same officially at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018.

Ubisoft, Sony and Electronic Arts to unveil new titles

Ubisoft is expected to unveil its Star Fox, Beyond Good and Evil 2 titles which have got some serious fan following in the recent times. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 this French gaming firm will also be bringing the next version of its popular post-apocalyptic online shooting game. It will be named as 'The Division 2'. Another famous series run by the Ubisoft is the Assassin Creed which is all set to comes with the 11th instalment named Assassin's Creed: Odyssey at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018.
Sony had a quite year so far but the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 it is looking forward to shake the things up. It will release more number of new iterations of its popular hit games. It is also expected to unveil a new action game named Control as well as the remake of ever popular Resident Evil 2 zombie-killing game.
Electronic Arts is all set to showcase its next Battlefield game named Battlefield 5 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018. It will also be releasing a new Star Wars based game called Jedi Fallen Order. Jedi Fallen order is being eagerly awaited by the fans globally and it is expected that this game will be realising during the holiday season at the end of the year.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

How to Minimize Privacy Risks from Smart Gadgets

Smart Gadgets Echo

Smart Gadgets are prone to Security Risks

As the number of smart gadgets keep increasing, they make our homes smarter and lives easier. On the flip side, the smart gadgets are prone to security risks thus making them vulnerable to hacking.
There are a number of smart gadgets that have become vulnerable and prone to security risks. The Amazon Echo smart speaker had sent a private conversation to an acquaintance thus increasing the risk of the new voice-enabled technology.

Another smart gadget in the form of a smart doll which was seemingly a harmless toy was in fact a security risk. The smart gadget was used by hackers to intercept conversations over the connection.

A smart car too is not free from security risks. According to security researchers, the common car gadgets were vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The telematic control unit (TCU) are used for navigation, voice and data communication. The researchers were able to attack one of the TCU gadgets which was basically used to track per-mile insurance. The device that was installed in the car enabled them to hack into the car’s systems thereby taking complete control of all the functions of the car.

Let us take into account another smart gadget like the smart fridge. It is easy to get all the information regarding the user’s Gmail. A hacker can intercept all communications over a compromised internet connection. The home network that is connected to the smart fridge becomes vulnerable. According to the security researchers, a flaw in the SSL integration makes it easy for the hackers to access the network and in turn keep a track on all the activity linked to the user name and password that connects the fridge to the Gmail.

Various ways of protecting the smart gadgets from cyber attacks 


There are a few ways to ensure that your smart gadgets are safe from hackers. We can adopt certain practices to make our homes and personal data safe.

Our primary goal is to ensure that the network that enables all the smart gadgets is secure. Make sure that you do not connect to open or any public Wi-fi. On your home Wi-fi, enable password protected access. In case you have a default password on a router, make sure to change it.

On all the smart gadgets that are connected, make sure that all the operating systems are updated.
Get a secure router where the network security is enhanced.

Buy smart gadgets with added security. 


If the smart gadget that you are using is a smart speaker, then you can turn off the microphone button so that any private conversations are not prone to attacks.

In the case of smartphones you can turn off the mic access to all the apps except those apps used for video conferencing or voice recorders.

You can cover the camera of your smart gadgets like laptops or smartphones to prevent spying. The security camera in the house can be turned towards the wall when you are at home.

Since we are in an age where smart gadgets have become a part of our daily lives, we should make sure that we buy devices after checking out the reviews and also check out videos that will keep you aware of the security risks and glitches.