Jide Discontinues Remix OS, Moves Focus to Business Customers

Jide Technology on Tuesday announced that the company has decided to discontinue its Android-based Remix OS and that it will be “transitioning away” from consumer space. For those who are unaware, Remix OS is essentially a customised form of Android for the desktop form factor that was launched in January last year.

In a note from Jide, the company says that it has received a large number of queries from enterprises in various industries in the last one year and the company can help these enterprises build “great tools” by leveraging its software and hardware.

Jide Discontinues Remix OS, Moves Focus to Business Customers“We see huge potential in the role that Jide can play to revolutionize how these businesses operate. And given our existing resources, we decided to focus our company efforts solely on the enterprise space moving forward,” it said.

Jide says that it is restructuring its approach to Remix OS and as a result, the development on all existing products like Remix OS and other products in pipeline such as Remix IO and IO+ will be discontinued, as per the company. However, the company has clarified that all the backers for Remix IO and IO+ through KickStarter will be refunded. “In addition any purchases made via our online store that has remained unfulfilled will also be fully refunded. This requires no action from you as we will begin issuing refunds starting August 15th,” Jide said.

To recall, Jide launched its Remix Ultratablet back in 2014 and followed it up with its Android PC – Remix Mini and subsequently launched Remix OS for PC.

Windows 10 Updates Are Failing on Some PCs, Leaving Them at Risk

Owners of computers based on Intel’s Clover Trail generation of Atom processors, released between late 2012 and mid-2013, are reportedly finding that they are unable to install the Windows 10 Creators’ Update, also known as Windows 10 v1703. Users have reported seeing a message saying “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC” when trying to complete the Windows 10 update process. An error code displayed with the message points users to a note that suggests that software incompatibility is the reason that the automated process fails.

The devices affected include low-cost laptops, tablets and convertible 2-in-1s. There are four consumer Clover Trail CPUs; the Intel Atom Z2760, Z2520, Z2560 and Z2580. It is likely that a huge number of Clover Trail-based PCs from all the world’s major manufacturers have been sold. Many were originally shipped with Windows 8 or 8.1, but users were prompted to upgrade to Windows 10 for free when it was released – with Microsoft promoting the upgrade heavily.

Windows 10 Updates Are Failing on Some PCs, Leaving Them at RiskNeither Microsoft nor Intel has not yet published any information for affected users. However, an Acer support page surfaced by ZDNet.com seems to indicate that users were previously able to install the update but reported that text and icons were not showing up correctly on screen, or were appearing as solid blocks or bars. The Acer page goes on to state that Microsoft is working to create compatible drivers to address this problem, which indicates that the block might not be permanent.

This is the first known instance of old hardware becoming ineligible for a major Windows 10 refresh. Instead of a known end date for feature and security updates, Microsoft now promises to support Windows 10 for free in perpetuity, so long as a device is within its “lifetime”. However, that definition is vague, and depends on hardware compatibility, driver availability and OEMs’ support periods.

It is unclear whether affected Clover Trail PCs running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is as of now the latest supported version, will be eligible for security patches or other critical Windows updates. Microsoft officially supports each major Windows 10 release for 18 months, which means that the Anniversary Update falls outside this period in early 2018. Ars Technica points out that security updates for Windows 8.1 are guaranteed till at least October 2023, leaving users who upgraded to Windows 10 at a significant disadvantage.

Toshiba Resumes Blocking Western Digital Access to Chip Joint Venture

Toshiba said it resumed blocking access by Western Digital to data at their memory chip joint venture, intensifying its dispute with the US firm over the Japanese company’s planned sale of the chip business.

Toshiba is counting on the sale of the chip business to cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its now bankrupt US nuclear unit Westinghouse, while Western Digital says any deal would require its consent.

Toshiba allowed Western Digital partial access to shared data servers after the Superior Court of California granted a temporary restraining order earlier this month. But the Japanese company said it resumed blocking access after its petition for an appeal was accepted by the California Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Toshiba Resumes Blocking Western Digital Access to Chip Joint VentureIn response, Western Digital said that it will file a brief against the decision in the coming days.

The California Court of Appeal issued the temporary stay of the restraining order based only on a brief submitted by Toshiba, and without consideration of Western Digital’s opposition filing, the US company said.

The next hearing on this case has been set for July 28 in the Superior Court of California.

Western Digital has also sought an injunction to block the planned chip-business transaction, arguing that any sale required its consent.

On July 14, the Superior Court of California postponed a decision on Western Digital’s injunction request and proposed requiring Toshiba to give the US company two weeks notice before closing the sale.

Lenovo India Says Gaming PCs, Convertibles Will Drive Near-Term Growth

The note ban did have a slight impact on the adoption of technology and purchasing trends in the country but that phase is now over and gaming PCs, along with convertible laptops, will drive the next level of growth in the personal computers’ space, a top Lenovo India executive has stressed.

Saying that demonetisation cooled down the demand for PCs in India, market research firm Gartner said earlier this week that worldwide PC shipments saw a 4.3 percent decline in the second quarter of 2017. It added that the PC industry globally is in the midst of a five-year slump and this is the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments.

In the Asia-Pacific region, PC shipments witnessed a decline of 5.1 percent in the quarter and, in India, “the PC market was primarily affected by market dynamics coupled with the absence of a large tender deal compared to a year ago and higher PC prices brought about weak market growth,” Gartner said.

“The market is only looking up. Demonetisation was a blip and it created an instability for a short time — 15 days or a month. We were all surprised with the way the market has bounced back,” Rajesh Thadani, Executive Director-Consumer Business and Ecommerce, Lenovo India, told IANS.

“After the demonestisation, we saw that demand for premium devices (priced more than Rs. 50,000) doubled. The mainstream market – devices which are available for nearly Rs. 30,000 – is also growing,” Thadani added.

According to the latest “Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker” by market research firm IDC, Lenovo, with 17.7 percent market share, came third in India for the first quarter of 2017.

Globally, Lenovo shipped 12.1 million units in the second quarter of 2017 and recorded 19.9 percent market share to grab the second spot, according to Gartner.

Aiming to change these figures, Lenovo on July 19 unveiled new additions to its Yoga and Ideapad range of future-ready laptops.

With this, the Chinese technology major has targeted mainstream and premium segment customers with devices ranging from as low as Rs. 17,800 to a highest of Rs. 74,850.

“The consumers today are no longer satisfied with a basic PC and want more power in it. There is a small set of customers who are deal seekers and want value for money, but those who want New Age devices and have spending capacity are growing very fast. I think this is the trend we are witnessing in the Indian consumer industry,” Thadani noted.

Lenovo India Says Gaming PCs, Convertibles Will Drive Near-Term GrowthEven gamers are now shelling out more money to get a top-of-the-line experience.

“When the cash was going out of the system owing to the note ban, Lenovo changed the strategy and offered discounts on credit cards, EMI schemes and tied up with third-party vendors. This helped us create even more demand,” the Lenovo executive told IANS.

Thadani highlighted that in mature markets like Japan, the PC market is declining but when it comes to evolving markets like India where PC penetration is still low, the demand is growing.

Talking about GST, he said that the move has forced businesses to become more structured.

“We see a lot of opportunity because enterprises and traders are now joining the new tax regime. They would need infrastructure and this is where companies like Lenovo will benefit by providing them solutions,” Thadani said.

Going forward, the company is building products around Virtual Reality (VR) and new technologies where the devices will be Cloud-enabled.

“It’s still early to talk about, but this is something that we look forward to. With the technologies around Microsoft Cortana, Lenovo will come with devices that will fulfil the current and growing needs of the consumers,” Thadani said.

HP Launches New Pavilion All-in-One PCs With Refreshed Design, Processors

HP on Tuesday announced the launch of its two new Pavilion All-in-One PCs with 23.8-inch and 27-inch displays respectively. These two desktop PCs come just in time for the back-to-school spree and pack some of the features that make them suitable for both parents and kids, as per the company. The pricing for the new Pavilion PCs starts from $749.99 (roughly Rs. 48,300).

As mentioned earlier, the refreshed Pavilion desktopscome with 23.8-inch and 27-inch displays with up to 4K resolution. There are variants with touchscreen displays and the 23.8-inch variant is also available with edge-to-edge design (micro-edge bezel). Both new Pavilion desktop PCs are available with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processors and up to 16GB of RAM.

Apart from the onboard Intel graphics, there is also an option for AMD Radeon 530 graphics card for advanced video editing, powerful photo manipulation, and casual gaming. In terms of storage, users get the option of choosing between the regular HDD storage and faster SSD storage. The new desktop PCs also offer the option of dual storage that allows users to have both HDD and SSD storage in hybrid configuration.

HP Launches New Pavilion All-in-One PCs With Refreshed Design, ProcessorsInterestingly, the HP Pavilion 27 is among the first PCs to feature Intel’s Optane memory that caches frequently used data to accelerate performance, as pointed out in a report by ZDNet.

In terms of connectivity, the new desktops offer options including a 3-in-1 media card slot, one USB Type-C, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0, an HDMI-in, and an HDMI-out.

The new Pavilion desktops have dual front-firing speakers that have been custom-tuned by the company in collaboration with B&O Play. “A fabric overlay on the speakers, and audio custom-tuned by B&O Play provide more acoustic transparency for a richer, clearer, immersive sound,” the company said in its news blog post.

The new Pavilion All-in-One desktops come with a built-in webcam that goes back into its casing when not in use to provide additional privacy to those users who are wary of hackers (a certain Zuckerbergmight come to mind). There is also an optional Infrared camera that will provide additional layer of security with facial recognition feature.

“Powered for productivity, created to connect and entertain, and designed to enhance the home, these newly redesigned HP Pavilion All-in-Ones gives consumers tools to do it all, without trade-offs,” HP said.

Asus Tinker Board Mini Development PC Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Taiwanese electronics giant Asus on Wednesday launched Tinker Board in India. The single board computer can help people easily invent an Internet of Things (IoT) device for a connected home or robot project at school at affordable prices.

Asus Tinker Board is now available for Rs. 4,750 at pan-India branches of Acro Engineering Company – Asus’s offline partner – headquartered in New Delhi.

The Asus Tinker Board is a near credit card-sized single-board computer (SBC) that makes it the ideal foundation for makers, hobbyists, educators, and electronics do it yourself (DIY) enthusiasts to develop and build low-cost and great-performing computers.

Asus Tinker Board Mini Development PC Launched in India: Price, SpecificationsThe device offers class-leading performance, robust multimedia support, IoT connectivity, enhanced DIY design and compatibility with a wide range of leading SBC chassis and accessories.

The Tinker Board includes a 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 SoC quad-core processor and offers HD and Ultra HD video playback support. The device has 2GB dual-channel DDR3 RAM and Micro SD storage slot. It runs on Asus Tinker OS (Debian-based Linux) and it has Android Support.

As far as connectivity is concerned, it has Bluetooth 4.0 and on-board Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n support. Tinker Board has four USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 out port and one 3.5mm audio jack.

In a statement, Asus described the benefits of the single board computer, saying, “Tinker Board offers class-leading performance, robust multimedia support, IoT connectivity, enhanced DIY design and compatibility with a wide range of leading SBC chassis and accessories. The result is a near credit card sized computer that offers people freedom to tinker and apply their ingenuity to create platforms for a wide variety of uses.”

USB 3.2 Type-C Specification Announced, Doubles Data Transfer Speeds

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now announced a new USB Type-C specification – USB 3.2. It brings along double the data rates – with up to 20Gbps. However, while the aim of USB Type-C was to end the saga of multiple ports, this new added one defeats that purpose. The specification is expected to be finalised later this year, and we could expect the first devices next year.

USB Type-C looked to bring uniformity in ports so that users could charge all devices – be it laptops, mobile phones, cameras, tablets, or anything else through one single USB Type-C port. However, there’s now the age-old USB 2.0, non-reversible USB 3.0, and USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen 2 as well. Amidst all this, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has unveiled USB 3.2 adding to the confusion.

While all these ports are interoperable, they do not work up to optimum unless you have the latest innards to support it on all devices. In any case, USB 3.2 offers really good data transfer speeds at 20Gbps, which is twice what USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers at 10Gbps. To recall, USB 3.1 Gen 1 offers up to 5Gbps transfer speeds. USB 3.2 makes use of multi-lane capabilities to achieve these speeds, allowing for up to two lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10Gbps operation.

USB 3.2 Type-C Specification Announced, Doubles Data Transfer SpeedsUSB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will be capable of realizing over 2GB per sec data transfer performance when using a existing USB Type-C cable certified for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps.

“With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices. We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft in a statement.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group consists of big tech giants like Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and more. The group has announced that it will have even more surprises for the USB Developer Days event in September 2017.

Meg Whitman Leaves HP Board, Chip Bergh Named Chairman

Meg Whitman stepped down as chairman and left the board of HP Inc., further distancing her corporate-computing company from the PC and printer businesses it split off in 2015.

Whitman, who is chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., has served as chairman of HP Inc. since the two companies were formed in the breakup of one of Silicon Valley’s oldest firms almost two years ago. Chip Bergh, who is CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., will take over as chairman of HP Inc., the company said Wednesday in a statement. Bergh has served as lead independent director of the HP board since March.

Meg Whitman Leaves HP Board, Chip Bergh Named ChairmanFor Whitman, formerly CEO of eBay Inc. and a onetime Republican nominee for California governor, stepping down as chairman reduces the remaining ties between her company, which sells servers and storage gear, and HP Inc., which has been gaining momentum on its own in recent months. The PC and printer company has reported four straight quarters of sales that topped estimates. Dion Weisler, who took the reins after the split, remains CEO of HP Inc.

“HP has now been a standalone company for almost two years and I’m proud to have helped get the company off to a great start,” Whitman said in the statement. “The HP board is among the most diverse in our industry, and the company has established a proven track record of successfully delivering on its commitments.”

Whitman has also been mentioned as a candidate to fill the top role at Uber Technologies Inc., the ride-hailing mobile-app company that ousted founder Travis Kalanick last month. Whitman has been meeting with Uber’s leadership in recent weeks, two people familiar with the matter said earlier this week. A spokesman for HPE said she intends to remain at the Palo Alto, California-based technology company.

Windows 10 Preview Build Now Lets Link Your Android Phone to Your PC

Microsoft at its Build conference, a few months back, talked about PCs and phones working together, and the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build for tablets and PCs brings it to life. The company’s latest Build 16251 for “Fast ring” users bring features that enable linking your Android phone to your PC. This is a follow-up to the company’s previous Apple Continuity-like feature for Windows 10. At Build, Microsoft revealed a brand new feature dubbed Pick up Where I Left Off (PWILO) that Microsoft apps will support out-of-the-box.

The all-new Build 16251 for PC is focused on cross-device web-browsing. Currently, Microsoft is releasing the feature for Android devices only while support for iPhone is expected to arrive soon.

Windows 10 Insider Preview users in “Fast ring” to get started can go to Settings > Phone and link your phone, after installing the new build on the PC. After adding the Android phone to be linked, users will receive an SMS from Microsoft directing to install a test app called Microsoft Apps for Android that completes the link between the phone and PC.

After the phone is linked, users can start browsing the Web on their phones. When a user at a website wants to view on the PC, simply tap on the “Continue on PC” option to invoke the native sharing experience. Once invoked, it will first ask users to sign in with their Microsoft account. The company says that users will have to use the same account they are using on their PC. Next it will ask users if they want to Continue now or Continue later.

Windows 10 Preview Build Now Lets Link Your Android Phone to Your PCIf the former is chosen, the website will open on the linked PC. If the latter option is tapped, the website will show up under Action Center for users to get to later when they’re ready.

Apart from link feature, the new preview build also enhances Cortana’s ability to show Web search results without opening the browser. Microsoft says that for some questions Cortana will expand its pane to show the results. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, and flight statuses, to name a few.

“If Cortana doesn’t have a quick answer for your query, the pane won’t automatically expand,” points out Microsoft. Additionally, Microsoft has enabled Cortana voice commands to perform some functions without the need to touch the PC. Currently, Cortana can perform lock, sign-out, shutdown, or turn off the PC. Users will need to use voice command, “Hey Cortana, restart PC” for restarting, and the same format for other functionalities.

EaseUS Data Recovery Software: To The Rescue For Lost Data

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