Buy Intel’s fifth-generation Broadwell desktop processor or wait for Skylake?

Intel has finally revealed the prices of its first Broadwell desktop processors – the  i5-5675C and the i7-5775C, marking the era of 14-nanometer chips in the desktop world. Intel’s fifth-generation Core i desktop processors are coming exactly 9 months after the first Broadwell chips – the Core M aimed at laptops – were announced. The new Broadwell chips have allowed Intel to finally surpass AMD in the latter’s key area of strength – the performance of integrated graphics processing units. But should you buy them or wait for Skylake, due before the…

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LG G4 launching in India this month, price Rs 50k; HTC E9+, M9+ in target

First the good news – the LG G4, the Korean company’s first flagship with 64-bit hardware support, is being launched in India this month. Now the bad news – the phone, at a price of around Rs 50,000, offers very little practical differentiation over predecessor LG G3, priced at just Rs 36,000. The only major difference between the LG G3 is that the display of the newer model is curved and that the chipset has been upgraded from the 32-bit Snapdragon 801 to the 64-bit Snapdragon 808. UPDATE: Phone is…

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Despite Skylake launch, PC semiconductor sales to decline in 2015 – Gartner

The launch of Windows 10 and Intel’s Skylake architecture is likely to happen in the third quarter of 2015, and this would give a boost to semiconductor sales along with factors such as tablet and smartphone markets, Gartner said. The market research firm forecast a 4% growth for semiconductor sales in 2015, boosted primarily by mobile, SSDs and tablets. Despite the Intel and Microsoft refresh, sales of semiconductor parts in the PC market will experience its greatest decline this year, it added. “The next critical season for the PC and…

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ARM-MediaTek-TSMC combo could threaten Intel’s market by year end

New benchmark scores for MediaTek’s implementation of ARM Holdings’ latest core design indicate that MediaTek and ARM are likely to have potential chips suitable for notebooks, servers and even desktop PCs by the end of this year or early next year. These chips would be potentially more powerful than those found in the new Apple MacBook Air and Intel NUCs. The reason for such a doubling of power compared to existing phone and tablet chips is two-fold – the Cortex A72 technology from ARM Holdings, and new 16 nm FinFet…

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Asus launches UHD 4K monitor in India at 65,000

UHD-4K monitors have started coming to India in a big way. The latest is the 27-inch Asus PB279, priced at Rs 65,000. “The PB279Q has native 3840 x 2160 4K/UHD resolution and a pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (ppi). A wide 100% sRGB color gamut and 10-bit color technology means the PB279Q provides true, life-like colors; while extensive connectivity options like DisplayPort 1.2 and Mini DisplayPort provide 4K/UHD content support at refresh rates of up to 60Hz,” Asus said. With 300% more onscreen workspace to spread out various…

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Banned in India, Bangladesh goes virtual with Google Street View

It may be banned in India, but that has not prevented India’s neighbour Bangladesh from going online in a big way with Google’s Street View. The service allows users to virtually walk along any street using their computer or mobile phone using the Google Maps app. Globally, 65 countries are on Google Street View. Google ran into trouble with politicians and bureaucrats in India, who prohibited Google from launching the service here saying that it was a threat to the security of the country. In Bangladesh, the government not only…

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HP launches Haswell-based desktops in India

HP India has refreshed its budget HP 110 and 120 Desktop PC range in India with new models powered by Haswell processors. “Powered by the 4th generationIntel® Core™ processor and pre-installed with Windows® 8.1, the stylish yet affordable, HP 120 Desktop PC is designed to enhance the overall computing experience for home and SOHO users to complete routine tasks such as email, web browsing and online shopping smoothly. The HP 120 Desktop PC can also be customized and expanded with additional memory and dedicated graphic cards to meet customer needs,”…

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With Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm beats Intel, AMD in mobile/tablet space

Intel has always been held up as the maker of the most powerful processors, but with yesterday’s announcement that nearly 60 phones with the Snapdragon 810 processor are in the works, the Chipzilla has lost the status in the mobile world. According to a statement from Qualcomm yesterday, Motorola, Oppo, Sony, Nokia, LG and Xiaomi are among the companies that are working on phones with the Snapdragon 810 chips in them. At present, only the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and LG Flex2 have been officially announced. Delays related to production…

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Sony Xperia C3 – A really overpriced mid-range phone

Sony Xperia C3, the successor to the mid-range C model, has been listed by online retailer Infibeam, the selling price has not been specified by the etailer yet. The phone, with a sticker price of Rs 23,990, is expected to sell for Rs 22,000 when it makes its debut online. The price is then expected to fall to Rs 21,000 within two weeks. The ‘stable’ price for the Xperia C3 is seen at Rs 18,000 or so, which would be achieved after the initial euphoria over the ‘selfie’ phone dies…

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Coming soon, Gigabyte Brix Pro, the most powerful mini-PC at Rs 51k

A prominent Bangalore-based e-retailer is planning to launch one of the most powerful mini PCs in the world, the Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4770R, along with Zotac Zbox CI540. The Gigabyte Brix model is likely to be launched in the coming days, while the date for the launch of Zotac Zbox has not been firmed up, according to industry sources. Zotac and Gigabyte are motherboard makers, but, like Intel, are now getting into the mini-PC business. Mini PCs are very small computers, and can easily be attached behind a computer monitor. Intel…

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Huawei P7, Honor X1 with 150 Mbps LTE launched in India

For those who want to be future ready, Huawei has launched two LTE enabled smartphones in India, the Huawei Ascend P7 and the Huawei Honor x1 Mediapad x1. The first one is a five inch phone, while the second phone, though called a phone, is actually a 7-inch tablet. India is no stranger to the Ascend series, with several phones, including Ascend G6, already available in the market. While the P7 is up for sale on Amazon, we are not sure whether Huawei will actually support the purchase with a…

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Tablets to overtake PCs in shipments in second half of 2014

Tablets will overtake traditional PCs in monthly shipments somewhere in the second half of this year, according to the latest projection from Gartner Inc. The market tracker has pointed to total shipments of 276.7 mln PCs in 2014 compared to 270.7 mln tablets. While that looks like it favors the PC market, it also means that PC shipments will drop from 296.1 mln last year, while tablet sales will jump from 195.4 mln last year. In other words, the number of tablets being shipped every month in the second half…

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Wipro unveils India’s first major cloud computing platform

It’s finally here – the first major global Cloud-based platform rolled out by an Indian IT services major. Wipro Technologies, the fourth largest Indian IT services provider, announced it was expanding its Cloud platform by offering a global-level Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product. IaaS is the basic level of Cloud offering. On top of IaaS is built higher levels of Cloud products such as Platform-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service and Business-Process-as-a-Service (PaaS, SaaS and BPaaS.) For now, however, Wipro seems to be offering only the core Infrastructure-as-a-Service part. Cloud computing refers to making everything available…

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Ramco manages a coup, ropes in Dell as Cloud computing product mkg partner

In a coup of sorts to Chennai-based cloud-solutions provider Ramco Systems, Dell has agreed to offer Ramco’s ERP cloud solution to its mid-market clients. ERP or enterprise resource planning helps big organizations and companies manage their resources and assets by tabulating and generally keeping track of assets, people and inventories. It helps companies figure out when inventories of finished products and raw materials are running low, or piling up. Ramco has been one of the pioneers of cloud computing in India and has had the cloud-based ERP for several years….

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Is Cloud Computing hurting traditional IT? Yes and No, says Gartner

It is a much debated question – Cloud computing results in enormous savings for companies, but will all that saving mean IT budgets (and the IT market) will shrink, hitting jobs everywhere? In other words, when you don’t need an army of IT engineers to install and maintain a huge array of local software in offices and datacenters, will that not result in a shrinkage of the industry? Now Gartner has come up with a rather complicated answer — cloud computing will hit certain areas, such as application development, but…

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Cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) to grow 33% this year: Gartner

Even as the rest of IT spending remains more or less flat, cloud computing continues to maintain its scorching pace of growth, according to the latest numbers from Gartner. Revenue from platform as a service (PaaS) — where companies offer cloud platforms for others to develop and deploy their cloud applications — is set to grow 33% this year to $1.2 billion, the researcher said. Moreover, the pace is set to remain high — it will grow 25% next year (2013) to 1.5 billion and touch $2.9 billion in 2016….

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Ramco inks cloud-computing deal with Dubai’s Emirates Engineering

India’s biggest cloud computing company, Ramco Systems, has inked a deal with Dubai-based Emirates aviation group for supplying cloud-based services to its engineering group. The revenue size of the deal, involving Ramco’s ‘Aviation Suite’ of software, was not disclosed. The suite of cloud-based software offers complete ERP functionality including HR, Finance, and Materials. “We have signed the Master Supply Agreement for five years with the Emirates Group, the world’s largest commercial carrier. We have been growing our footprint in the global Aviation Industry and are excited about this undertaking, which…

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Indian ERP, CRM markets changing due to saturation, Cloud-Computing – IDC

International Data Corporation or IDC, the market research firm said it has “slightly downgraded” its expectations for the ERP market in India due to a “continued mindset of caution and tactical investments” among organizations in India. ERP or enterprise resource planning software provides large organizations a ready made way of keeping track of different assets, processes and people within it. The market is dominated by Germany’s SAP and U.S.-based Oracle, and constitutes the biggest chunk of the global enterprise software market. In India too, ERP (also called ERM) makes up…

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Are Indian IT firms like Infosys & TCS barking up the wrong cloud tree?

Indian IT outsourcing firms, such as TCS and Infosys Technologies, may have to tweak their business plans if Forrester Research’ latest prediction on the evolution of the cloud market turns out true. While the firm has come out with one of the (if not THE) biggest projection for cloud services, albeit by 2020, it has attributed a minuscule marketshare of just around 6.25% for the segment Indian companies are all focusing on. While foreign firms — web players like amazon.com and google.com, packaged software makers like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP…

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Only 4% of Indian companies are using Cloud computing: Cyber Media

Only 4% of the enterprises (companies) in India have taken advantage of cloud computing, with the SaaS market reaching Rs 465 crore this year, according to Cyber Media Research. “This is expected to rise to 6.8% for all large and mid-size enterprises in the country by 2012,” it predicted. The key SaaS applications that showed high rates of growth in 2010 over 2009 include customer relations software such as Salesforce.com, collaborative applications such as messaging, and supply chain management — all of which are used by out-of-office or multiple-office staff….

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