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BenQ launches two new cameras in GH series in India

BenQ launches two new cameras in GH series in IndiaBenQ has expanded its GH series of cameras with the launch of two new digital cameras named, GH650 in the bridge type category and GH210 in the point & shoot category.

The new BenQ GH650 comes with a 16-megapixel image sensor and 26x optical zoom lens with 22.3mm wide-angle view. The comaony is also offering other features like optical image stabilisation support, 1cm super macro mode and a 3-inch 460k LCD screen with the camera. The model is capable of shooting 720p videos at 30 frames per second with zoom.

Leap Motion’s gesture controls now supported in Google Earth

Leap Motion’s gesture controls now supported in Google EarthIn the latest of a series of high-profile partnerships to have been announced by leap Motion of late, the company said on Monday that gesture controls of its 3D motion controller are now supported in Google Earth.

Leap's announcement of the alliance with Internet search giant Google comes close on the heels of the company's last-week announced major partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP); a move which, as per HP, will lead to the embedding of the Leap technology in the HP devices.

Asus announces availability of its 13.3-inch Taichi 31 ultrabook

http://www.topnews.in/files/Asus- ultrabook.jpg" alt="Asus announces availability of its 13.3-inch Taichi 31 ultrabook" title="Asus announces availability of its 13.3-inch Taichi 31 ultrabook" width="205" height="145" align="left" />Asus recently announced the availability of its 13.3-inch Taichi 31 ultrabook which runs Windows 8 as well as Windows 8 Pro; and unfolds a new design form factor for the Windows 8 ultrabooks.

The specifications of the Asus Taichi 31 - the pricing of which still remains undisclosed; though speculated to be around $1,300 - were announced by the company's CEO in a recent press release, in which it was also mentioned that the shipments of the ultrabook in the US will commence immediately after the press release.

Canon announces two high-performance compact camcorders for professional use

Canon announces two high-performance compact camcorders for professional useTo cater to the needs of the professional users of camcorders, Canon has recently made an announcement about its two new high-performance ultra-compact camcorders - the XA25 and XA20. The new camcorders from Canon will hit the markets in June; with the cost of the XA25 being $2,999, and that of the XA20 being $2,499.

Apple iPad's pricing and distribution has been stronger than iPhone’s

Apple iPad's pricing and distribution has been stronger than iPhone’sAccording to a note written by Toni Sacconaghi for Bernstein Research, the iOS market share in tablet computers will be more easily held by Apple, as compared to the software's smartphone-market share; thanks largely to the more competitive pricing as well as the better distribution of the iPad vis-a-vis the iPhone.

Sacconaghi said in the note, which was covered by Barrons, that Apple's approach in the tablet market has been notably different form the approach which the company followed in the smartphone market.

Study: TV continues to attract more people hunting for news than smartphones, tablets and PCs

Study: TV continues to attract more people hunting for news than smartphones, tablets and PCsAccording to the findings of a study by BBC World News, television continues to the primary device for users on the news front, especially in `Breaking News' situations; notwithstanding the increasing usage of smartphones, tablets and PCs for hunting news.

HRD Ministry no more passionate about Aakash tablet

HRD Ministry no more passionate about Aakash tabletThe Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is no more passionate about its Aakash tablet that was once much-publicised as India's low-cost solution to bridge the digital divide between haves and have-nots.

HRD Minister Pallam Raju on Friday marked a major shift in the ministry's thinking about the $35 tablet. He said that students should be allowed to choose a device of their choice, and that the focus should be on facilitating students with educational content; instead of an obsession with the hardware.

Lenovo: The slim and light ThinkPad T431s is a result of extensive research

Lenovo: The slim and light ThinkPad T431s is a result of extensive researchAccording to a new eWEEK report, citing the information shared by Lenovo's Thinkpad unit product marketing manager Alysia Baker, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s - which is being touted as the slimmest and lightest laptop in the ThinkPad T series - has been developed by the manufacturer after carrying out extensive research.

Dropbox launches new version of its desktop client for Mac and Windows PCs

Dropbox launches new version of its desktop client for Mac and Windows PCs On Tuesday, Dropbox updated its desktop client for Macs and Windows PCs to the Dropbox 2.0 version; giving it a refreshed look and feel, and bringing added functionality to the Dropbox window that can be accessed by the users either through the menu bar of their Macs or the task bar of their PCs.

The updated Dropbox 2.0 version - which can be downloaded from the Dropbox website - not only makes the activity on the users' accounts more visible, but also speeds up the users' access to files.

Pew: Smartphone use among US teenagers has increased sharply

Pew: Smartphone use among US teenagers has increased sharplyAccording to a new report released by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, smartphone use among US teens - aged between 12 and 17 years - has witnessed a sharp rise; with nearly 37 percent of the US teens using a smartphone to gain access to the Internet.

IDC: Shipments of Android tablets will surpass Apple iPad shipments in 2013

IDC: Shipments of Android tablets will surpass Apple iPad shipments in 2013Market research firm IDC has predicted in its latest report, released on Tuesday, that the tablet market will witness notable growth in 2013; with the shipments of tablets powered by Google's Android mobile OS likely to surpass the shipments of the Apple iPad.

According to IDC's projections, Android-based tablets will likely account for 48.8 percent of total tablet shipments this year; while the shipments of the Apple iPad will witness a plunge from 51 percent of the market in

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and renderings leaked on Twitter

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and renderings leaked on TwitterWith less than ten days to go for Samsung's much-awaited New York City Unpacked event, scheduled to be held on March 14, leaks of mockups and supposed specifications of the highly-anticipated Galaxy S4 handset are widely making rounds on the Internet.

Since there are speculations galore that the Galaxy S4 smartphone will be unveiled by Samsung at its forthcoming event, different reports and rumors have cropped up of late to give bits and pieces of information about the handset.

New images of screenshots of Samsung Altius smartwatch appear online

New images of screenshots of Samsung Altius smartwatch appear onlineIn an implicit indication that a smartwatch war may be in the offing between Apple and Samsung, some new images making rounds on the Internet are believed to be screenshots of what may be a smartwatch from Samsung.

With Apple and Samsung already being the closest competitors in the smartphone and tablets markets, and with Apple reportedly developing its smartwatch - iWatch, as it is referred to on the Internet -, the screenshots hint at Samsung's Altius smartwatch which is likely to hit the markets later this year.

India's fastest supercomputer - Param Yuva II - launched

Param-Yuva-IIThe Param Yuva II - India's fastest supercomputer and the 62nd fastest supercomputer in the world - has recently been launched by Government of India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).

Marking the latest 500 TeraFlop version of the DeitY's earlier Param Yuva at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Pune, the Param Yuva II has undergone a 524-teraflop upgrade that is approximately ten-fold faster than its previous counterpart.

LG Optimus G2 will likely be released some time in autumn

LG Optimus G2 will likely be released some time in autumn According to a new CNET report, LG will likely release its new Optimus G2 smartphone some time in autumn this year. With the report underscoring the likelihood of an end-May or early-June launch of the handset, it is quite evident that Optimus G2 will be launched almost a year after the Optimus G release.

The CNET disclosure about the probably launch time-frame of the LG Optimus G2 smartphone would apparently prove to be a dampener for the speculations making rounds about an earlier release of the handset.

Spec comparison: Apple’s iPad Mini vis-à-vis Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD

Spec comparison: Apple’s iPad Mini vis-à-vis Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDWith competition in the mini-tablet arena heating up by the day, the impressive specifications of the Apple iPad Mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD make these two devices the key competitors in the 7in-tablet form factor.

Deloitte study: More than one billion smartphones will be sold in 2013

Deloitte study: More than one billion smartphones will be sold in 2013According to the findings of a new study by Deloitte analysts, the worldwide sales of smartphones by the end of this year will reach the `one billion units sold' milestone for a single calendar year.

The study by the Deloitte analysts also revealed that the projected number of new smartphone shipments in 2013 will lead to a near two-fold increase in the total number of units all over the world; with the figures to reach approximately two billion before 2014.

Canopy ‘Sensus’ case adds touch sensitivity to iPhone’s back and right edge

Canopy ‘Sensus’ case adds touch sensitivity to iPhone’s back and right edgeAt a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) preview in Las Vegas on Sunday, Canopy unveiled an interesting iPhone case - dubbed `Sensus' - which adds touch sensitivity to the back side of the iPhone as well as to its right edge.

Analysts: Ultra-HD TVs will witness slow start due to high prices and low availability

Analysts: Ultra-HD TVs will witness slow start due to high prices and low availabilityAgainst the backdrop of the fact that leading TV manufacturers, like Samsung, LG and Sony, will unveil their latest `Ultra-HD' TV models at the CES 2013 event to wow the show's audience, analysts are of the opinion that, even in the coming four-year period, `Ultra-HD' TVs will not be able to grab a substantial share of the TV market.

Indians fancy 7-inch Android tablets: report

Indians fancy 7-inch Android tablets: reportAndroid-based 7-inch tablets are attracting more buyers than other tablets in India, a report by Cyber Media Research (CMR) revealed.

Tablets having 7-inch screens accounted for 78 per cent of the total tablet computers sold in the July to September quarter in India, Google’s mobile operating system Android accounted for 91 per cent of those tablets.

The report also revealed that the average price of tablets sold in India was nearly Rs 13,200, but nearly two-thirds (63.5 per cent) of all those tablets were below the Rs 10,000-mark.




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