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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 Secondly, the laptop shouldn’t get outdated in two to three years and Thirdly, the laptop should be moderately priced I think under Rs. 35,000 is a good enough price bracket for laptops for casual users.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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SoftBank to acquire majority stake in WeWork.

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SOFTBANK to Acquire WeWork

SoftBank a Japanese telecoms and Internet Company, which is very intimate and well known for funding and acquiring stakes in various Multi National Companies. SoftBank is about to take over around 50 percent of the company WeWork.

WeWork is an American company founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey that provides shared Workspaces and Offices to Technology Startups and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and startups, small and large Businesses.

SoftBank shares fell 5.4 % and suffered their biggest one-day drop in nearly two years on Wednesday (10 Oct 18′) partly on concerns about the prospects of eight-year-old WeWork whose outlook is tied closely to the ups and downs of the real estate market. Recent technology sector weakness also weighed on SoftBank’s shares, traders said.

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One of the sources told that the pricing and other details of WeWork investment are yet to be firmed up and the second source said Softbank is in talks to take a major investment in WeWork.

SoftBank and its giant Vision  Fund invested about $4.4 Billion August 2017 on WeWork and hold 2 board Seats in the Company. And Owns about 20 percent of the company.

Earlier the Wall Street Journal reported Softbank’s investment would be between around $15 billion to $20 billion and is most likely to come from the Softbank’s giant Vision Fund. Earlier June Journal says that the smaller Softbank investment discussion valued WeWork at up to $40 Billion.

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SoftBank’s other real estate-related investments include Compass, an online real estate marketplace, Katerra, a construction startup, and Indian hotel chain OYO Hotels.

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SoftBank had earlier invested Billions of Dollars in U.S. ride-services firm UBER Technologies but owns a minority stack in the firm.

The Chinese unit of WeWork raised about $500 million in July from the investors including Hony Capital, SoftBank, Trustbridge Partners, to drive and expand its existence in the nation.

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What’s inside your smartphone?

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As of 2018, there are around 2.5 billion smartphone users in the world. If we broke open all their newest phones, which are just a fraction of the total that’ve been built, and split them into their component parts, that would produce around 85,000 kilograms of gold, 875,000 of silver, and 40 million kilograms of copper. How did this precious cache get into our phones, and can we reclaim it?

Gold, silver, and copper are actually just a few of the 70 or so chemical elements that make up the average smartphone. These can be divided into different groups, two of the most critical being rare earth elements and precious metals. Rare earths are a selection of 17 elements that are actually common in Earth’s crust and are found in many areas across the world in low concentrations. These elements have a huge range of magnetic, phosphorescent, and conductive properties that make them crucial to modern technologies. In fact, of the 17 types of rare earth metals, phones and other electronics may contain up to 16. In smartphones, these create the screen and color display, aid conductivity, and produce the signature vibrations, amongst other things. And yet, crucial as they are, extracting these elements from the earth is linked to some disturbing environmental impacts. Rare earth elements can often be found, but in many areas, it’s not economically feasible to extract them due to low concentrations. Much of the time, extracting them requires a method called open pit mining that exposes vast areas of land. This form of mining destroys huge swaths of natural habitats, and causes air and water pollution, threatening the health of nearby communities.

Another group of ingredients in smartphones comes with similar environmental risks: these are metals such as copper, silver, palladium, aluminum, platinum, tungsten, tin, lead, and gold. We also mine magnesium, lithium, silica, and potassium to make phones, and all of it is associated with vast habitat destruction, as well as air and water pollution. Mining comes with worrying social problems, too, like large-scale human and animal displacement to make way for industrial operations, and frequently, poor working conditions for laborers.

Lastly, phone production also requires petroleum, one of the main drivers of climate change. That entwines our smartphones inextricably with this growing planetary conundrum. And, what’s more, the ingredients we mine to make our phones aren’t infinite. One day, they’ll simply run out, and we haven’t yet discovered effective replacements for some. Despite this, the number of smartphones is on a steady increase; by 2019 it’s predicted that there’ll be close to 3 billion in use.

This means that reclaiming the bounty within our phones is swiftly becoming a necessity. So, if you have an old phone,you might want to consider your options before throwing it away. To minimize waste, you could donate it to a charity for reuse,take it to an e-waste recycling facility, or look for a company that refurbishes old models. However, even recycling companies need our scrutiny. Just as the production of smartphones comes with social and environmental problems, dismantling them does too. E-waste is sometimes intentionally exported to countries where labor is cheap but working conditions are poor. Vast work forces, often made up of women and children, may be underpaid, lack the training to safely disassemble phones, and be exposed to elements like lead and mercury, which can permanently damage their nervous systems. Phone waste can also end up in huge dump sites, leaching toxic chemicals into the soil and water, mirroring the problems of the mines where the elements originated. A phone is much more than it appears to be on the surface. It’s an assemblage of elements from multiple countries, linked to impacts that are unfolding on a global scale. So, until someone invents a completely sustainable smartphone, we’ll need to come to terms with how this technology affects widespread places and people

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Drop in shares of Tesla after SEC charges CEO Elon Musk with Fraud

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On the last Thursday, Tesla shares dropped more than around 13 percent after the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed securities fraud charges against Chief Executive Elon Musk.

According to SEC, the tweets posted by Elon Musk were ‘false and misleading‘ and so files fraud charges against Musk. Musk Tweeted on August 7, that he had secured funding for taking the Company private at $420 per share.

 

Security and Exchange Commision said that the tweet let to the “Significant Market Disruption” is seeking civil penalties without noting an amount and to bar Elon from serving as an officer of a Public Company.

That Thursday afternoon Musk sent a statement calling it as an unjustified action.

The statement that Musk gave:

“This unjustified action by the SEC leaves me deeply saddened and disappointed. I have always taken action in the best interests of truth, transparency and investors. Integrity is the most important value in my life and the facts will show I never compromised this in any way.”

Elon Musk tweeted in August for considering taking the company Tesla private, which was not embraced by the Tesla board members and many shareholders, and eventually arouse SEC to investigate.

Later on August 24, after the news of the SEC quest had become known, Musk blogged here that the Tesla will remain a Public Company.

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