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Lenovo launches 2017 range of Intel-powered Think PCs



New Delhi, June 6Tech giant Lenovo on Tuesday launched 2017 range of ThinkPads, ThinkCentres and Tiny-in-Ones (TIOs) that are powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors.

“With the new Intel processor coupled with our legendary Think product attributes, this latest range is equipped to meet the critical and evolving business requirements,” Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO, Lenovo India, told reporters here.

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The new products include ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X270, ThinkPad Yoga 370, ThinkPad L470, ThinkPad T470, ThinkPad T470s, ThinkCentre M710 Tiny Desktop, ThinkCentre M710 Tower & Small Form Factor (SFF), ThinkCentre M910 Tower, ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One 22 & 24, ThinkVision X1, ThinkVision P27h and ThinkVision T24i.

Weighing 1.1kg and priced at Rs 1,23,000, ThinkPad X1 Carbon features 14-inch IPS display, fingerprint sensor with a dedicated chip for biometric processing and new face recognition Infrared camera.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga sports OLED screen, a built-in rechargeable pen, full-inking capability and is priced at Rs 1,45,500.

Starting at Rs 33,350 (with monitor), ThinkCentre M710 Tiny Desktop has configurable ports, gets powered on from keyboard and space saving mounting options makes the device adaptable to user business needs.

With the modular design, the new TIOs are built to allow users to change Tiny Desktop CPU without any tools, as and when needed, thus making PC refreshes and upgrades effortless for large enterprises and public sector organisations. TIO 22 and 24 modular come with a sleek borderless design and integrated speaker.

Priced at Rs 45,000, ThinkVision X1 is an ultra-HD monitor that features a built-in full-HD camera, dual-array microphone and stereo speakers making it the perfect monitor for an enhanced VoIP collaboration.

“Intel has consistently worked towards driving processor innovation that positively impacts real-life productivity, and creativity. Lenovo’s new range of the Think product line fits a wide range of budgets and needs, across form factors,” added Prakash Mallya, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd.



‘Secret police’ chasing information leakers at Facebook: Report



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San Francisco, March 17: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly deployed “secret police” to catch and punish information leakers at his company.

According to a report in The Guardian, an unnamed employee was called to a meeting in 2017 under the guise of a promotion. However, he found himself face to face with the secretive “rat-catching” team led by Sonya Ahuja, the company’s head of investigations.

The team had records of screenshots he had taken, links he had clicked or hovered over.

The “secret police” also accessed chats between him and a journalist dating back to before he joined the company.

“It’s horrifying how much they know. You go into Facebook and it has this warm, fuzzy feeling of ‘we’re changing the world’ and ‘we care about things’.

“But you get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg’s secret police,” the employee told The Guardian.

According to the report, Zuckerberg hosts weekly meetings where he shares details of unreleased new products and strategies in front of thousands of employees.

“When you first get to Facebook you are shocked at the level of transparency. You are trusted with a lot of stuff you don’t need access to,” the employee was quoted as saying.

During one of Zuckerberg’s weekly meetings in 2015, said the report, he had warned employees: “We’re going to find the leaker, and we’re going to fire them.”

According to a Facebook spokesperson, “companies routinely use business records in workplace investigations, and we are no exception”.

Not just Facebook, James Damore, the software engineer who was fired from Google after writing a controversial anti-diversity memo, “suspects he was being monitored by the company during his final days”.

James Damore stopped using his personal Gmail account after being fired, said the report.


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Google Maps introduces ‘wheelchair accessible’ routes




San Francisco, March 16: To make public transit work for the differently abled, Google on Friday introduced “wheelchair accessible” routes in Maps at major metropolitan transit centres around the world.

The feature is rolling out in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

In city centres, buses and trains, often the best way to get around presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.

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“We’re looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps,” Rio Akasaka, Product Manager, Google Maps, said in a blog post on Friday.

To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps.

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Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon.

Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, the users will find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type.

“When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration,” the blog post said.

“Additionally, we’ve been busy capturing and updating Street View imagery of transit stations and city centres so people can preview a place or transit station ahead of time,” it added.

In 2017, Google Maps added the feature to see if a space is accessible by wheelchair under the “amenities” tab.


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Namaste! Google Assistant now available in Hindi




New Delhi, March 15: Google on Thursday rolled out Hindi support for its virtual assistant Google. The Assistant in Hindi will be available on Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) and will soon come to Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones as well as Android Oreo (Go edition) devices.

Google Assistant is already available in Hindi in the instant-messaging platform Allo and in a special version on Reliance Jio feature phones.

“In order to make it even more useful to Indians over time, developers and businesses can now build Actions for the Hindi Assistant through the developer platform Actions on Google,” said Purvi Shah, Technical Programme Manager, Assistant.

“Once an action is built, you can just say “Ok Google, talk to” and access the service or content straight through your Google Assistant,” she added.

To try it out, just touch and hold the Home button or say “Ok Google” on eligible smartphones and your personal Google Assistant will be ready to help.

To access the Hindi Google Assistant, set your device language to Hindi and update your Google Search app to the latest version.

Google Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages by the end of this year.

“The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 per cent of all eligible Android phones worldwide,” Nick Fox, Vice President of Product, Google wrote in a recent blog post.


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