Author Archives: Loknath Das

Microsoft Memo Shows High Return Rates for Surface Book: Report

HIGHLIGHTS Surface chief Panos Panay sent out this memo He claims that Consumer Reports heavily relies on two products’ data Return rates on the Surface Book and Pro 4 were very high at launch Microsoft’s Surface products came under the scanner when Consumer Reports released a survey report claiming that the laptops and tablets in this series were not reliable. The non-profit publication surveyed ... Read More »

Sony’s new wireless earbuds include noise-cancellation technology

Sony has headphones for everyone. Seriously, they have neckbuds, earbuds, and over-the-ear headphones. The company is debuting three new models in the 1000X family at IFA in Berlin today to follow up on the success and positive reception of its noise-canceling 1000X headphones. It’s introducing the similarly named wireless WF-1000X, the behind-the-neck WI-1000X, and the WH-1000XM2 headphones. All of these models feature ... Read More »

Cramer: Defense, the dollar and tech make up the market’s ‘new normal’

As news continues to emerge from Texas after Hurricane Harvey, CNBC’s Jim Cramer noticed investors shifting their focus to several other stock market themes. “First feature of the new normal? America’s not the world’s policeman anymore,” the “Mad Money” host said. “Sure, an attack on Japan is like an attack on us. But if North Korea ever sends a missile at ... Read More »

‘Higher Education and Silicon Valley’

Despite what might be said while discussing today’s current political climate, higher education does not exist in a bubble. Higher education is twisted and pulled in many directions by local issues that play out in the economy, housing and transportation sectors of the communities it serves. In Higher Education and Silicon Valley (Johns Hopkins University Press), co-authors W. Richard Scott and Michael W. ... Read More »

Culture: The Hazy Glue Between Music & Technology

Kendrick Lamar poses with his awards at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif. Music industry people claim to know tech, and people who work at technology companies say they understand music. Regardless of how true that is in either case, it’s clear that music and technology are continuing to converge in entirely new ways in ... Read More »

Social media helps save lives during Harvey

Thousands of lives were saved this week in Southeast Texas. Some of those are thanks to social media. People used the internet to broadcast their need for help. A picture of senior citizens in waist deep water at a nursing home is just one case where the horrors of Harvey were shared with the world via social media. Former FEMA ... Read More »

Jio Phone Bookings: How to Check Jio Phone Booking Status Online and Offline

The Jio Phone booking process was suspended roughly a day and a half after it started on August 24, likely leaving a lot of prospective buyers out in the cold. Of course, they will have the opportunity to book Jio Phone when the process starts again, though the company has not yet confirmed when it will open next. For those who were able to ... Read More »

Moto G5 Plus Price Cut in India, Following Moto G5S Plus Launch

HIGHLIGHTS The handset was launched at Rs. 16,999 in India Moto G5 Plus was made available via Amazon India recently Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus were launched in India on Tuesday Lenovo brand Moto has slashed the price of Moto G5 Plus smartphone in India post the launch of the company’s Moto G5S Plus smartphone in the country. The 4GB variant of the Moto G5 Plus, which ... Read More »

Google Play Protect Logo Will Now Be Shown on Google Certified Android Devices

HIGHLIGHTS Google announced Google Play Protect at I/O conference this year The company showed this feature prominently in Google Play recently The company has been actively pushing the security feature Google has been pushing its Play Protect feature for Android ever since it was announced back at I/O 2017. After adding the feature to Android device settings, the search giant started showing ... Read More »

MediaTek Helio P23, Helio P30 SoCs With Dual 4G VoLTE Support Launched for Mid-Range Smartphones

Chipmaker MediaTek on Tuesday unveiled two new chipsets in its mid-range Helio P range – the Helio P23 and Helio P30. The two chipsets are aimed at delivering performance, power efficiency, dual camera photography, dual SIM, and dual 4G VoLTE capabilities to mid-range smartphones. While the MediaTek Helio P30 is on the higher end to garner more performance to the smartphones, Helio ... Read More »