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Which laptop to buy in 2018?

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A lot of you guys have been asking questions like which laptop should I buy or which gaming laptop should I buy, well we know buying a laptop can be a tough decision because of the number of options are out there but don’t worry we are here to help you out. That’s right if you’re wondering which is the best laptop for you well we have it covered.

 

Laptop to Buy in 2018

 

Today we are taking a look at the best laptops you can buy right now and note this isn’t your best laptops usual list instead we are dividing this into four categories the best laptops for Casual use, for Professional use, for Heavy use and well obviously the best gaming laptops.  Let’s get started.

 

For Casual Use

 

You must be thinking who exactly is this casual user I mean anybody who uses the laptops to do some word processing or to surf the web and all the lightweight stuff is a casual user and there are three things that are really important when you consider a laptop for a casual user. Firstly, the laptop should have decent storage so that you can store all the media with ease. Secondly, the laptop shouldn’t get outdated in two to three years and Thirdly, the laptop should be moderately priced I think under Rs. 35,000 is a good enough price bracket for laptops for casual users. Now here are the best laptops in this price range:-

The first recommendation is the Acer ePHI 575 laptop which features a 15.6-inch display with seventh generation Core i5 chipset and has eight gigs of RAM and 1 TB of HDD storage. This is a laptop that really brings great specs for the price and another thing I like about the Acer laptop is the fact that it features a USB C port which is great since USB C is becoming the standard in smartphDell’s

Acer ePHI 575

Acer ePHI 575

Another great laptop in this price bracket is Dell’s Vostro 3468 laptop which again brings some great value for this price. On the specs front, it has a 1TB HDD, the 7 gen Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 14.4-inch screen plus it brings a fingerprint scanner which is very rare in this price range. I mean you cannot go wrong with the Vostro 3468 at a price piece of 27,000.

Dell's Vostro 3468

Dell’s Vostro 3468

Lastly, you can also check out the Lenovo Yoga 510 that brings you the touchscreen experience thanks to its convertible two-in-one design. The display here is a 14 inch full HD panel which is amazing especially since most laptops in this price range have a 1366 by 768 display also since it’s a convertible laptop you can use it as a traditional laptop or just flip it for a tablet experience. Other specs of the laptop include of 1TB HDD, core i3 6th generation which does seem a bit old and 4GB of RAM.

 Lenovo Yoga 510

Lenovo Yoga 510

 

For Professional Use

 

These laptops are for people who work long hours on the laptop I mean this is my use case because I use my laptop extensively for almost 10 hours every day and there are three things that really matter the most in this scenario. First is the performance because I won’t be productive unless my laptop is fast and really takes multiple tasks at once. Second is the battery life because I want to be able to use my laptop on the go without having to worry about plugging it in. The third is portability because I should be able to just pick it up and start using it anywhere I want. Now in this use case, MacBook Air is one of the best laptops.

Apple might have stopped bringing a fresh MacBook Air every year but it’s still a very capable laptop. Firstly the battery life on the MacBook Air is amazing as it easily lasts for around 8 hours, then it’s one of the most portable laptops out there I mean just look at it, it’s so slim and light plus it performs really well even if it’s the base version we are talking about, the MacBook Air is available at a starting price of around rupees 55,000 which makes it a great deal. Also, you can always go for the higher-end versions if you want more storage.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Another great laptop for professional use is the latest HP Envy laptop which looks beautiful low bezels and with the aluminum body it looks gorgeous plus it’s so thin and lightweight. It’s also very very powerful with the latest generation Core i5 chipset powering it. The envy is another laptop that should easily last you from 8 to 10 hours and since the fast charging support you should be able to charge it up quickly – I personally have been using the previous generation Envy and I have no complaints about it the battery life the performance is just great plus I like the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner with prices starting at Rs. 68,000 , the envy is another great laptop for professional use.

HP Envy laptop

HP Envy laptop

Lastly I would recommend you the latest interaction of the essence Mi book which is a pricier offering it would be 78,000 but, it not only brings great specs, a beautiful lightweight design, a stunning bezel-less display but it also packs in Envy Diaz MX 150 graphics card which makes it even more powerful than the Envy and the MacBook Air and it has the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5 processor so what’s not to like. So who exactly is a heavy user well, someone who does 4k video editing on your laptop or you are someone who does heavy photo editing on your laptop or you are someone who uses software that’s extensive on the resources well you sir are a heavy user honestly I would recommend you to go with the custom-built PC for this but there are laptops that can handle these use cases.

Xiaomi Mi book

Xiaomi Mi book

My first recommendation is Apple’s MacBook Pro I mean it’s pretty portable it’s powerful and it looks great yes that displays stunning you personally use the MacBook Pro with the touch bar to edit our 4k videos and it handles things pretty efficiently. I mean we use Final Cut Pro on an Ava pro and it works pretty well also that beautiful large trackpad makes things a lot easier but if you think you’ll be using the laptop for even more extensive software you can go with the 15-inch MacBook Pro which has a dedicated GPU. I mean that thing should serve you ready well.

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro

 

For Every Use

 

The next best laptop for every user is Dell XPS 15. First of all the XPS 15 is a beauty but it’s not just about the looks this thing’s a beast too. There are various variants of the XPS 15 but for heavy usage, I’d recommend you to go with the XPS 15 which packs Nvidia’s GeForce 1050 GT and graphics art which showed to handle video editing made 4k or 1080p like a boss, in fact, it should handle almost anything like a boss even games.

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15

Lastly, we have the Surface Book 2 which I know is not available in India but I could not help, but talk about it because this is another beauty with some beastly specs the Surface Book 2 is available with graphics up to GTX 1060 and offers battery life up to 17 hours yes. I’m not kidding 17 hours I sincerely hope Microsoft brings this to India I know it’s very pricey but it should be worth it.

Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2

Well, I’m not really a gamer but there are a lot of gamers in our office and according to them the best gaming laptops should have enough power to run almost every triple-a title all day, plus they should have good design, good keyboards with enough travel and great displays. With these in mind, these are the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.

Starting with the best affordable gaming laptop shall be the Asus Vivo Book. Isn’t the laptop gamers were drivable but at this price, this is the gaming laptop you can get. It features Nvidia’s 940MX graphics card, it should be able to handle almost all the games out there with mid to low settings. Laptops with 150MX graphics are supposed to be some great cheap gaming laptops but there aren’t any 150 MX laptops in India right now at this price that we could recommend if you can’t bump up your budget. You can get these at price of Rs. 70K which is  a pretty decent gaming laptop I mean it features in Nvidia 1050 TI graphics card which should be able to handle all triple-a titles at medium to high settings which are saying something, plus it comes with Asus cool boost technology which makes sure that the laptop doesn’t heat up that much when you’re playing extensive games.

Asus Vivo Book

Asus Vivo Book

Another great laptop that we recommend is Acer Predator Helios 300. Yes, that’s a long long name. The laptop is usually priced at Rs. 90,000 but every now and then there’s a huge discount. It features Nvidia’s 1050 Ti graphics which as I mentioned in the previous laptop should be great for most games but another sweet thing about the laptop is the 128 GB SSD along with the 1TB HDD which makes up for some really fast in game loading.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

 

For Gaming Use

 

Coming to the best gaming laptop there are a lot of options but honestly, the Alienware 17 is just a beast. It just packs in so much of raw part, firstly it has a display with the resolution of 2560 by 1440 then, it features Nvidia’s heavyweight GPU that is the GTX 1080. Other specs include 16 gigs of RAM, 512 GB of SSD plus 1 TB of HDD storage. Well, this laptop should not have any problems with any triple-a titles at high settings.

Alienware 17

Alienware 17

So this were the laptops you should prefer in 2018.

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What is Flipkart?

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What is Flipkart?

Flipkart is India’s Amazon. It’s the country’s largest online retailer. In 2018 retail giant Walmart announced its intention to acquire a controlling stake in the company for $16 billion, making this the largest e-commerce acquisition, ever.

Flipkart was founded here in Bangalore in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, two Indian software engineers, that happen to share the same surname. They both worked for Amazon in the U.S. before returning to India to start their company.

Like Amazon, Flipkart began as an online bookstore. In its first full year of business, it delivered nearly three and half thousand shipments of books. Now its website has 10 million page visits a day and sells more than 80 different categories of goods, which includes everything from food processors to yoga mats.

This expansion has been supported by the company’s own digital ecosystem. In 2009 it founded Ekart, its in-house supply chain arm.

Ekart is now India’s largest logistics company delivering 10 million shipments a month for Flipkart, as well as independent brands and sellers. It also owns PhonePe, an app the company acquired in 2016, which helps facilitate electronic payments throughout the country. In addition, Flipkart’s purchase of two of India’s leading online fashion retailers, Myntra and Jabong ensured the company remained the leading player in India’s online retail industry.

Flipkart’s strong position in the market attracted $1.4 billion of investment in 2017 from the Indian e-commerce market as a whole is set to quadruple to $200 billion in the next eight years, and by 2034 it’s predicted to surpass the U.S. as the second largest e-commerce market in the world.

The predicted growth in e-commerce has increased competition between the big online retailers. Amazon has been taking on Flipkart in its own backyard. Both have been offering massive sales and discounts pegged to Indian festivals as they battle it out for more customers.

While Amazon’s size and profitable cloud computing service allows it to absorb these costs, Flipkart has suffered losses in its struggle to compete. However, the Flipkart Group as a whole still has the largest share of the market and remains the e-commerce leader in India.

Walmart’s online sales, however, account for just a little more than three and a half percent of its business in the U.S. Acquiring Flipkart gives them a considerable foothold in the sector. Yet when news of the deal broke, the American retailer’s shares tumbled four percent with investors concerned that the company had a long way to go before becoming profitable. The acquisition of a loss-making business also cut Walmart’s profits at the end of 2018 and its earnings outlook for 2019.

Walmart Acquiring Flipkart

Walmart Acquiring Flipkart | Image Courtesy: YourStory

The company also warned that e-commerce growth would be slower next year. For Flipkart, Walmart’s investment is seen by many as a major boost to the company’s logistical operations. It will also help it move into new areas like online groceries. Along with a strong food supply chain, Walmart’s financial support will also help Flipkart keep prices low in its battle with Amazon.

Several key investors have exited the company, including co-founder Sachin Bansal, and they leave with hefty profits. Venture capital firms Accel and Tiger Global invested when Flipkart was valued at just $50 million. They have now pocketed more than 400 times what they invested and still retain some shares.

Softbank is also a big beneficiary of the deal. Its Vision Fund invested $2.5 billion in 2017 and in just over 12 months the Japanese company sold its 20% stake for $4 billion.

Co-founder Binny Bansal had planned to stay on as the company’s chief executive but resigned after an internal investigation into serious personal misconduct following an accusation of sexual assault. He still owns 4.2% of the company and remains a director on the board. Amid the controversy Walmart increased its stake in the $20 billion company from 77 percent to 81.3 percent, offering another sign of its support of an online retail market that is still small by global standards.

The value and sale of Flipkart to a major corporation like Walmart will likely encourage investors to see India’s e-commerce market as an area of growth. Already the Indian startup Ola is competing fiercely with Uber in the taxi aggregation market and both have Softbank as a major shareholder.

As the world’s major tech companies focus more of their attention on India, Flipkart may be the first of many start-up success stories emerging from the growing e-commerce space.

So, do you think Flipkart has a chance against Amazon? Comment below to let us know.

Source: CNBC International
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Why Windows Phone Failed

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Why Widows Phone failed
 Windows Phone: a product with so much potential that had everything going for it, and yet one that failed spectacularly. Despite the billions of dollars and the priceless connections of Microsoft, the Windows Phone never took off and would go down in history as one of Microsoft’s most expensive mistakes.
We’re gonna look at the reasons behind its failure and the actions Microsoft could’ve taken to possibly prevent it.
When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in 2007 he took the smartphone world by storm. Up until then, smartphones had a big problem: they had small screens with interfaces that were hard to navigate, and the reason for that was because half of the phone was occupied by a keyboard with tiny buttons you could hardly press with any precision at all.
Apple unvield iPhone in 2007

Apple unveiled iPhone in 2007

What Steve Jobs showed to his ecstatic audience was a game changer, but it wasn’t just Apple fans there were watching. The engineers at Google, which for the past two years had been building a smartphone of their own, had to scrap their entire project and to start over with a touchscreen design. Their final product, Android, would arrive more than a year later, at which point the iPhone had taken the smartphone crown.
The iPhone’s model was built on exclusivity: it was entirely produced by Apple to establish maximal control over the user experience and the quality of the product, which allowed Apple to charge a premium for their phones.
To succeed Android would have to adopt a different strategy: instead of going for exclusivity, Google tried to be everyone’s friend, partnering up with as many phone manufacturers as possible with the selling point of their phones being the fact that they were cheap, yet functional.
For a time, the smartphone world was in balance, with Android and the iPhone occupying very distinct segments of
the market. And yet, this balance would soon be disturbed by another tech giant, Microsoft.
Now, out of the three companies, it was actually Microsoft that had the most experience with mobile devices.
Back in 1996, Bill Gates unveiled what he called the handheld PC, which was really more of a tiny laptop. The operating system it ran was known as Windows CE, which was basically Windows 3 modified to function on the lowest specifications possible.
Over the next decade, Microsoft would add features and develop this product line extensively, making another 6 full releases. Between 2006 and 2008 Microsoft’s mobile devices claimed a 15% market share, greater than any of their competitors except Symbian by Nokia.
But this success is exactly what blinded Microsoft to threat of the iPhone.
When Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft at the time was asked about the iPhone his reaction, he was like that iPhones don’t have keyboards which will not make them good email machine. Also said that $500 for iPhone is not customer friendly.
When he was asked “How do you compete with iPhone?”, he replied ” Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.”
We can clearly see the stark difference between the two men: the reporter very clearly sees the innovations
of the iPhone as a threat to the old smartphone establishment, but Microsoft’s CEO can barely look past the sales numbers. And just in case you’re thinking he’s an exception, the CEOs of Blackberry and Palm were equally skeptical of the new iPhone.
It took Microsoft a full year of declining market share to finally realize that something had to be done. Unlike Microsoft, Blackberry’s sales were still increasing, which gave them a sense of confidence they never recovered from.
Now, as they say, it’s better late than never and when Microsoft finally got around to it, their development was actually pretty fast.
Microsoft began developing a touchscreen-based mobile device in late 2008 and it took them only two years to get it ready for market. What Steve Ballmer unveiled was indeed a very unique product whose advancement of smartphone design isn’t really widely recognized, but it should be. At a time when the iPhone and Android were stuck with static icons, the Windows Phone gave you tiles with live information.

Microsoft unveiled first Windows phone in 2010 at MWC

Overall, critics had much to praise: in terms of design the Windows Phone user experience was right up there next to Apple and because Microsoft had very strict requirements for the hardware used by phone manufacturers, all of the early Windows Phones were very powerful machines for their time. And yet, Microsoft ran into a big problem very early on.
Microsoft was trying to do something very difficult: it was emulating Apple in trying to establish strict control over the user experience and hardware, but unlike Apple, it wasn’t actually making its own phones. This approach made the Windows Phone a very refined product, but the degree of control Microsoft wanted to be made working with them much more difficult for phone manufacturers compared to working with Android.
Unsurprisingly, most phone manufacturers decided to partner up with Google, which left Microsoft in a very bad position: it had a great product and no one to make it. The only saving grace for Microsoft was a lucky connection: when Nokia replaced their CEO in September 2010, the new guy, Stephen Elop, was a former Microsoft executive and the first item on his agenda was to try to restore Nokia’s declining market share by abandoning Symbian and pivoting towards Windows Phone.
Now, you can tell that this was a very premeditated plan because of this massive transition, during which Nokia completely changed their product offerings, happened in the span of a single year. Nokia started selling their first Windows Phone in November 2011 and I can tell you right away that this was possible thanks to the billions of dollars Microsoft poured into Nokia as “platform support payments”.
Nokia was supposedly paying Microsoft a licensing fee, but in reality, it was actually getting $250 million back from Microsoft every quarter, which more than made up for their expenses. Of course, the other phone manufacturers knew that this was happening, which pushed them even farther away from Microsoft.
After all, why would they fund their own development and pay a licensing fee to Microsoft, when Nokia was getting it all for free?
Effectively, Microsoft had gone all in with Nokia and there was no going back. But sadly for Microsoft, it was far too late. By the time Microsoft solved its production issue, four years after the introduction of the iPhone, it had fallen to a 2% market share. Nobody was developing applications for the Windows Phone and why would they, considering that Android and iOS were clearly the winners here.
For its first three years, the Windows Phone App Store was empty: it didn’t have Instagram, it didn’t have YouTube, it barely had anything. By 2013 the stock price of Nokia had fallen by 75% at which point angry shareholders were threatening to just fire Stephen Elop and get rid of Microsoft altogether.
In the end, that didn’t happen, Microsoft instead just purchased Nokia’s mobile phone division for $7.2 billion in 2014. Here’s the funny thing though: the very next year Microsoft wrote off their investment for $7.6 billion, and then to top things off they fired almost 8,000 employees. Microsoft kept Windows Phone on life support until October 2017, but it was clearly dead a long time before that.
And yet, it’s easy to imagine the different path Windows Phone could’ve taken had it only not been as greedy with its original philosophy. Had Microsoft been willing to compromise on its control over production, it would’ve
easily convinced the big manufacturers to use Windows Phone instead of Android.
After all back then Google had practically no ecosystem to speak of, while Microsoft had been a software titan for decades.
This was how the Windows Phone ran the path for its downfall.
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WhatsApp CEO to visit India again in October end for Fake News issues

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WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels has planned to make his second trip to India in three months to help the Government Officials of India to find out the root cause of the Spreading Fake News all around the Country via social Media Platform WhatsApp.

A delegation of WhatsApp officials along with the company’s global policy head Christine Turner with Daniels will visit India to meet with Government Officials at Prime Minister’s Office and the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY).

It is reported that the delegation will be arriving on 24th of October, Wednesday.

During the Visit, CEO Chris Daniels is expected to meet the designated authorities on wide range of issues but the main focus would be rather on the data encryption and data sharing. Government of India has asked WhatsApp to find out ways to catch the origin of fake Messages and news, but things would not be that easy. As because WhatsApp runs on end-to-end Encryption.

Government requested WhatsApp to figure out the way to find alternative to find the solution and stop the unnecessary fake news to spread in a larger audience.

CEO chris daniels with Govenment Officials

Visit in August | Image Courtesy: Digit

Lately Fake news over WhatsApp has been leading to very bad condition of Mob lynching in some parts of the country.

Earlier when CEO Chris Daniels visited India for the First time, he was asked to appoint a grievance officer and set up a corporate entity in India to tackle the wide spreading of Fake news all over the Country. Also government demanded for a system to be developed for tracing the origin of fake News.

On demand Chris appointed a grievance officer to look upon the complains of fake messages all over the country. But data sharing and tracing the origin of the fake messages would not be that easy as mentioned earlier, although Indian Government stating “It’s not a rocket science”.

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