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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 Secondly, the laptop shouldn’t get outdated in two to three years and Thirdly, the laptop should be moderately priced I think under Rs. 35,000 is a good enough price bracket for laptops for casual users.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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Huawei Matebook 13: Macbook Air killer

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Matebook 13

Huawei’s Matebook X which was released last year was considered as the MacBook Pro killer as it provided a lot of features which the MacBook Pro provided at a much affordable price. And this year, Huawei is back with Huawei Matebook 13 which offers specification between the ultra-slim Matebook X and the pocket-friendly Matebook D.

MateBook 13

With Matebook 13’s premium Aluminum alloy and metal unibody finish, Intel Whiskey lake processor and thin bezel display, it can be clearly observed as a competitor for the Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Air. The release took place at CES 2019. Let’s have a closer look at the details of Matebook 13.

Starting with the display, it has 13-inch 3:2 touchscreen display which is super sharp with 2,160 x 1,440 resolution. Display provides rich colors with ample viewing angles. Taking a look towards the bezels, company says they are 4.4mm thin providing 88 percent screen to body ratio which is 6 percent more than the rivals MacBook Air with 82 percent screen to body ratio.

Moving to the keyboard, Matebook 13 offers a bigger touchpad than usual which will help you with better space and provide the rich user experience. Matebook 13 comes with an edge-to-edge comfortable keyboard with a 1.2mm travel between each key which is efficient to provide smooth and fast typos which makes it a thumbs up for those who hate Macbook Air’s low-travel keyboard although it is also pretty good. The keycaps barely come out and are not too loud or clicky. It has embedded fingerprint sensor on the power button which makes it easier to wake the computer up by just scanning the finger. With fingerprint sensors come to the security and to enhance it, Huawei has provided an independent security chip for storing the biometrics.

Huawei Matebook 13

Let’s have a look over the heart of the machine. The Matebook 13 is very capable machine in terms of processing. The device will have two configurations in the US. The higher-end version packs in eight-generation Intel Core i7-8565U chipset coupled with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, on the other hand, low-end version ships with Intel Core i5 and Intel’s UHD620 graphics. Both the versions of Matebook 13 will have 8GB of RAM which will be standard considering the price range. The Matebook 13 having quad-core will be having a good multitasking ability which will be a serious upgrade than the MacBook Air which includes a dual-core processor.

Although providing the great performance the weight and thickness of the device matters a lot. The Matebook 13 comes with a 14.9mm thickness which company says is 6 percent thinner than the 2k18 MacBook Air which has 15.9mm thickness. Although the Matebook 13 is thinner than the MacBook Air, it weighs 2.82 pounds which is heavier than the 2.75 pounds MacBook Air.

The Matebook 13 has squeezed a lot of powerful chipsets in such a small device which they mention is due to Shark Fin 2.0 thermal setup which has the capability to handle 8,000 rpm without overheating the device. Huawei has provided dual fan system placing them between the CPU and GPU which enables to separate the heat and also accomplish 25 percent higher volume than a traditional fan. The company also says that cooling system uses an “intelligent filtering solution” which is claimed to manage performance and reduce the fan noise.

Huawei also praised the Shark Fin 2.0 setup for helping them to dedicate almost 50 percent of the laptops underhood space to embed massive 42Whr battery but it is bit smaller as compared to the 57Whr battery of Macbook Air. According to the Huawei’s claim, the low-end version, which is Core i5 Matebook 13, will last up to 10 hours while playing a 1080p video which will be great if it is able to hold on its words.

matebook13

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Following the previous models of Matebooks, the Matebook 13 also comes with two USB-C ports and one headphone jack. But Huawei has included a dock which places in USB – A port, USB-C port, VGA and HDMI port as well. Webcams are important for the video conferences and to help with it, the Matebook 13 houses a one-megapixel camera into its bezel, which makes it at a better place as compared to Matebook X Pro which hid the webcam under one of the keys in the keyboard.

With a webcam you also need good speakers to make the video conferences lively and to do so, the Matebook 13 has two speakers docked into the keyboard with Dolby support giving out the crisp and clear sound.

Huawei also provides a 65W USB-C power adapter which can be used for fact charging the laptop. The Matebook 13 is claimed to provide 2.5 hours of “office work” which may include working with spreadsheets, emails, internet surfing etc. when charged for 15 minutes.

At last, if we list the highs of the device it will go as follows:

  • High performance with Whiskey Lake processor
  • Efficient design making is slim and light
  • High screen to body ratio
  • Affordable price

The Matebook 13 truly looks a well-built laptop to compete with Apple Macbook Air. The base version of Matebook 13 which includes Core i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM will be available in Silver color and will cost $999 and the higher end version with Core i7 with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics and 512GB SSD will start from $1,299. The Matebook 13 will be on sale from January 29 on Amazon and Newegg.

 

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WhatsApp will not work in this Old Phones.

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Whatsapp on Nokia S40

The Facebook-owned worlds most popular instant messaging app have announced that it will discontinue their support for certain Old Mobile phones and Operating Systems. Whatsapp support would end for certain mobile Operating Systems after 31st December 2018 (today).

Earlier Whatsapp have stopped there services on the smartphones like Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 OS. And Now there are stopping services for the Devices which runs on Nokia S40.

Last Year, Whatsapp had being stopped working on the Devices like BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 8.0, Nokia S40, Android versions 2.3.7 and older, iPhone iOS 7 and older.

To recall, the Nokia S40 was one the most popular smart feature phone a few years back, but after acquisition by Microsoft the OS lost its existence.

The reason for not further supporting this OS was the Simple and straight answer from the Whatsapp team. “Tech Industry is going way fast and newer Smartphones are evolved and developed every year. And to make Whatsapp compliant for the Latest Devices, we need to modify new Feature and Old OS is not able to support our updates and so we are discontinuing support for this Devices”.


Also Read: Why Windows Phone Failed?

Some of the Devices of Nokia which are running on Nokia S40 OS are Nokia Asha 201, Nokia Asha 205, Nokia Asha 210, Nokia Asha 230, Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 501, Nokia Asha 502, Nokia Asha 503, Nokia 206, Nokia 208, Nokia 301, Nokia 515. So this all phones will not be able to use Whatsapp for Messaging there loved ones now onwards.

Nokia S40

The Support for these devices was supposed to be discontinued earlier from June this year, but Whatsapp extended till December, bringing some relief to Nokia S40 users. However, the devices running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older version will be ending WhatsApp support after February 1, 2020.

Well, this would not affect a Massive number of people as Nokia S40 OS is extremely old, first unveiled in 1999, updated in 2005 and the latest mobile device that was Nokia 515 was unveiled in 2013. About 0.3 percent of the Android smartphones are running Android Gingerbread platform.

People who are affected with this notice may opt for the feature phones like JioPhone, JioPhone 2, Nokia 8110 4G, as they provide support for Whatsapp on KaiOS.

React your Thoughts in the Comment section Below and tell us, are you affected with this Decision from Whatsapp.

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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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