Lenovo announces sleek new All-in-One PC, takes entertainment to a whole new level [Price+Specs]

Lenovo today announced a new entrant to its All-in-One desktop PC lineup – the Lenovo C320 – that “boasts affordable, entertainment-focused computing packed with family-friendly features.” The sleek computer is designed in such a way that enables you to make the most of its computing abilities along with watching movies, video chat, etc without occupying much space in your living room.

Boasting a fairly large 20-inch multi-touch display, the C320 is powered by 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and comes loaded with a LED-backlit display with optional multitouch touchscreen support. For a larger experience, you can always hook up your HDTV or monitor to the AIO’s HDMI port and rake up a mini home theater in your own backyard.

For audio, Lenovo says you need to “look no further than this device’s integrated stereo speakers supporting SRS® Premium Sound” that deliver high quality sound, enriching your movie experiences.

The C320 also bundles a High Sensitivity webcam that allows you to video chat with your near and dear ones over a WiFi network, and includes advanced software for facial tracking and fun image effects.

This AIO PC from Lenovo also comes loaded with family-friendly features, basic multimedia features and mainstream processor, graphics technologies, preloaded games and an optional TV tuner. The family-friendly tools include Lenovo Eye Distance System and Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, which alert when you are too close to the screen and dynamically adjust screen brightness.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo C320 All-In-One desktop will be priced from Rs.25,490/- plus taxes and will be available at retail stores across the country.

Via Lenovo

The Benefits of Owning a Tablet

As technology evolves so do our options. Not only do we have the ability to leave our desktop and use our computers anywhere, but now we even have options for our portable computing. Enter the tablet – a piece of computing technology that has taken off faster and more afford-ably than the laptop did. What you may be wondering though is whether or not there are benefits to owning a tablet over a laptop or PC. Actually, there are several benefits tablet owners receive.

Ultimate Portability

It’s true that laptops have gotten smaller and lighter over the years, especially thanks to the introduction of netbooks, but nothing outdoes the size and weight of a tablet. The iPad 2, one of the most popular tablets on the market, weighs less than one and half pounds. Not only does the small weight and size make tablets comfortable to use, but you’ll have no trouble at all carrying a tablet on your journeys. Tablets fit easily into a purse, backpack or even your coat pocket.

Longer Battery Life

One of the drawbacks to laptops is that while you can take them with you, the battery life is often limited to 4-6 hours. With a tablet, you can expect to see batteries last as long as 12 hours. Of course, the exact time you get from the battery will depend on the brightness you use as well as what you’re doing with the tablet. Obviously, watching movies will use more of the battery than typing a document or surfing the internet.

The Perfect All-In-One Concept

Last, but certainly not least, the tablet offers an all-in-one experience. You don’t need a portable DVD player to watch movies or an MP3 player to listen to movies. You don’t even need an ereader and you certainly don’t need a laptop. When you own a tablet computer, you have everything you need in the palm of your hand. You can watch movies, listen to music, read your favorite books and even go online and update your Facebook status. In other words, a tablet can save you hundreds of dollars.

It’s easy to say that tablet computers are a welcome addition to our technologically advanced world. The portability, longer battery life and ability to do everything you need are all wonderful reasons to choose a tablet instead of a laptop or PC. Throw in the fact that you’ll save money buying a tablet and it’s a win/win situation.

About the Author: Collin has more than 10 years of experience in the field of communications and technology. She enjoys comparing and using tablets, eReaders, Samsung phones, iPads, and any other new device she can get her hands on.

India finally launch world’s cheapest tablet — ‘Aakash’

The Government Of India has kept its promise and finally launched, as scheduled, the cheapest tablet the world has seen named ‘Aakash’. Previously expected to arrive earlier this year, the tablet’s October launch has bought a huge sigh of relief to people, especially students, all over India. Costing the government Rs. 2,276 (Approx. $49.98), the device  will be given to students after subsidising the price by up to 50 per cent, Human Resources Development Minister Shri Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the device in New Delhi.

Aakash (which means ‘Sky’ in Hindi) is a low cost access cum computing device running on Google’s Android OS, possessing some decent features required for educational purposes. The device was distributed among 500 children on the occasion of its unveiling a few hours ago.

The device will be available at retail stores at a maximum retail price of Rs 2999 through renowned carrier Aircel in November.

Aakash UbiSlate 7 Specifications

•         Hardware:

–        Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor

–        Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash

–        Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported

–        Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number):  1 Standard USB port

–        Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack

–        Display and Resolution: 7” display with 800×480 pixel resolution

–        Input Devices: Resistive touch screen

–        Connectivity and Networking: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g

–        Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery.  AC adapter 200-240 volt range.

•         Software:

–        OS: Android 2.2

–        Document Rendering

•         Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP

•         PDF viewer, Text editor

–        Multimedia and Image Display

•         Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF

•         Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA

•         Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

–        Communication and Internet

•         Web browser – Standards Compliance:  xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant

•         Separate application for online YouTube video

•         Safety and other standards compliance

–        CE certification / RoHS certification

Other: Additional Web Browser: UbiSurfer-Browser with compression/acceleration and IE8 rendering.

For more detailed information check out the press release.

Confirmed: Ice Cream Sandwich-equipped Adam tablet coming early November

Remember iPad’s biggest competitor yet, the Adam tablet PC from India? The device has been confirmed to arrive early November and will ship with Google’s latest version of Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, confirmed Notion Ink CEO, Rohan Shravan. This fits well with Eric Schmidt’s claim that Ice Cream Sandwich will be launching sometime in October.

Via Notion Ink

HP TouchSmart 610 All-in-One PC lands in India, packs a punch

HP’s heroic all-in-one PC, the TouchSmart 610 has arrived in India with it’s full glory intact, aiming to make a mark in the busy Indian market with loads of features and a hefty price tag.

HP has given specific attention to TouchSmart 610 and cleansed all the touchscreen nonsense (difficulties) users were facing with HP’s previous attempts. It comes loaded with the latest version of HP’s ‘TouchSmart’ touch software that allows users to pinch, flick, press, rotate, arc, and drag items with multi-touch gestures, and is able to recline on its back to up to 30 degrees, enabling you to set your own comfort level.

HP has left no stone un-turned in any department, tagging a 23-inch flexible display capable of HD viewing, a couple of internal antennas for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, integrated stereo speakers and built-in adjustable-tilt webcam and mic for your complete audio-visual satisfaction. The LCD, even when reclined to the fullest, gives optimum viewing results, even as the company promises to improve the control features display on the screen.

The 610 also comes packed with a new HP Link Up application, which allows one to wirelessly link the device with a netbook PC. The TouchSmart 610 has several pre-reloaded apps such as Facebook, Twitter, RecipeBox, webcam and music to bring everything you need at your fingertips. To add new apps, you can go to the TouchSmart Apps Center and get anything you want. (It also features Beats Audio software for a richer sound experience.)

Specs

  • 23″ diagonal 1080p Full HD widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Internal antennas for 802.11 WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium for simplifying daily activities
  • A slot-loading DVD drive (or upgrade to a Blu-ray player) and 6-in-1 digital media card reader
  • Integrated premium stereo speakers and a built-in, adjustable-tilt webcam and mic
  • Removable base for wall mounting (bracket and adapter sold separately)

Best Buy: The TouchSmart 610 comes with a hefty price tag of Rs.74,150 and will come bundled with 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty.
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Watch Apple’s ‘Mac vs PC’ ads online. ALL 66 of them.

We all loved Apple’s ‘Mac vs PC‘ adverts. The iconic ads always touched our hearts, made us laugh and kept us wanting for more. The series grew stronger by 66 visual treats when Apple finally decided to pull the plug on it last year. But thanks to a few good men, though there will be no new additions in the series by Apple, you can catch all the 66 videos in the series in one place. So what are you waiting for? Relive all the fun at Adweek (and also at Squrl).

(Below is one of those memorable 66s…)

PC vs Mac

Its been an age old debate whether a PC is better or a Mac — and trust me this battle will never end. Still awaiting a clear winner, the guys at Hunch have given us another angle to consider, presenting an infographic comprising of data from about 700,000 of its website visitors onto a deep illustration that shows just how different users of Macs and PCs are.

Via Mashable

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MS Leaks: Windows 8 to boast native SmartScreen file checking

We are getting closer and closer to a full official launch of Windows 8 by Microsoft, and we really hope it brings a refreshing change from the problems that go: oh-it-happens-with-Windows-OS-all-the-time. And we think, this time, we won’t be disappointed.

Microsoft’s next OS, Windows 8 will have native SmartScreen file checking, meaning the SmartScreen filter will be in-built and will help protect your PC environment.

Okay. . . . . .but WHAT is this SmartScreen thing?

If you are familiar with either Internet Explorer or Windows Live Messenger 2011, you might know of something called the ‘SmartScreen Filter.’ If not, it’s a tool that Microsoft has built to protect users against known malware and punk URLs, helping to keep the user safe and undamaged.

One good thing with this is that there is also an option to turn it off if you’re not happy with it. However, we suspect for the average user, SmartScreen in combination with a tighter OS (let’s hope Windows 8 is that OS) and Security Essentials will provide a stable enough computing environment that potential false positives thrown by SmartScreen are worth their annoyance.

Another interesting thing, if you notice in the image above, is the top circled option which allows you to never run an application that has been downloaded from the Internet that SmartScreen does not find clean. This really kills it from Microsoft!

With Microsoft taking so many measures to help protect the users, we really hope Windows 8 could expand the Redmond company’s reputation in the OS arena (which is slowly inclining towards Apple’s Mac OS).

Via TNW

Run Android Apps on Windows PC Via BlueStacks

Run Android Apps on Windows PC Via BlueStacks is much more easier and simpler than the earlier method we told you to run android apps on Windows XP.

This time you have to simply install BueStacks and you can virually run android apps on windows pc.

download BlueStacks at bluestacks.com

Via-Crunch Gear

Apple,Android and now finally Windows Tablet

We all are using and enjoying the iPad and some of us have also been lucky to try android tablets like Olive Pad but as expected Microsoft had to come out with Windows based tablets. Windows based tablets might be confusing for some people as they would be confused whether windows(used in laptops) will be used or windows(used in windows mobile) will be used.So for all those confused people the windows in the tablet is the pc version of windows and not the mobile version.

Apple has done a sensible thing by naming the two OS-Leopard and iOS differently whereas Microsoft needs some thinking in this sector.

Now coming to windows based tablets- Samsung,Asus and Acer have been the first ones to use windows in a tablet(not counting those cheap and dirty chinese ones).

Here are the details-

1.Dual-Screen PC from Acer

This device is not like a traditional tablet but it is not a laptop either. It consists of two 14 inches screens which are face to face.

2.Samsung PC 7 Sliding Series

This is a tablet which has a keyboard underneath its beautiful glossy screen.It has 3G and WiMAX connectivity and weights around 2.18 pounds. Hard drive is 32GB or 64GB as per choice. This device can be used as a tablet or as a netbook as per the requirement of the situation.

3.Asus Tablet PC

This tablet is the best when you compare it with the above two.It features a full fledge windows 7 with an i5 processor. Also it will ship with a stylus and a wireless keyboard.

The screen is extremely responsive and offers a viewing experience up to 180 degrees(off-axis).

Another iPad competitor: Adam Tablet PC from India

Many of you might not even have heard of this but, according to reposts, it has been already labeled as the i-Pad killer.

Being a tablet PC, comparisons with the iPad are inevitable but making such predictions has to be a brave call (or foolish?).

EXCLUSIVE: Notion Ink ADAM (Specs, Pics)

Launch

It will be presented to the world at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Adam has been developed in Hyderabad in India by Notion Ink. India has had a lot of success in the software industry but Adam might be the first big hardware product to make India proud.

Features

  • The screen will be PixelQi Screen (10 inch) and will actually consume about a tenth of the power a Macbook’s screen does. This will also mean 10 hours of HD video being played without battery running out.
  • It will have a Camera (something iPad still isn’t sure) and will support connectivity with Wi-fi, 3G and bluetooth. It will probably not have a 3G version in India; as the infrastructure for 3G currently is not too enthusiastic for Adam.
  • The best part is that Adam will come with a OS which is Chromium, Android and Ubuntu. This means open source and the source code will be made available for Adam for allowing a free hand to developers to make their own customizations to the OS.
  • The browsers will be Firefox and Chrome and it will have support for Flash and Multitasking.

I guess Adam Tablet will be slightly cheaper than the iPad with the price range rumoured to be somewhere between $300 to $800.

Comparison with iPad

Ten reasons why we’re excited about Notion Ink’s Adam (from technoholik)

  • NVIDIA Next Generation Tegra: Two ARM Cortex A9 cores (a world first) that promise an unimpeded browsing and media experience.
  • PixelQi screen: It is easy on the eyes in bright sunlight and bright office lights. And it could potentially increase battery life between charges by a factor of five. When combined with the dramatic power savings that the Tegra chip can enable, this could be a game changer.
  • 3.2 MP Swivel Auto Focus Camera: A Notion Ink patented design, this could lead to interesting cases of recording your meetings, lectures in High definition.
  • At 12.6 mm and ~650 gms, this is one of the lightest and thinnest tablets around. Talk about size 0 for tablets.
  • App store: With potentially plans for upto $1 million app developer contest, you can expect the app market to provide new and exciting applications that make full use of the Tegra 2’s Geforce level graphics.
  • Flash: Acceleration support for Flash 10.1 means a never before seen experience for web content on mobile devices. (e.g. youtube and vimeo HD videos.) And those giving a presentation using Prezi will be able to render it at full quality on the Adam.
  • Open: Unlike the Apple iPad, this is not a closed system. In the future, this device should also be able to run Google’s Chromium OS or Ubuntu. An Nvidia exec has confirmed that they are working on a Linux build that will run on the Tegra.
  • Support for Multi-touch: Right now, the testing devices are running on Android 2.1. This means that the final release should be technically able to support multi-touch features (minus the Apple-owned pinch zoom) on all if not all apps.
  • Voice Commands: It has voice command support, like the Droid and NexusOne.
  • Expansion slots: It supports 3 USB , an HDMI port and an expandable SD card slot. Means docking to your HDTV and USB keyboard would be a breeze.

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