Qualcomm at IFA 2020 on Thursday announced Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform based on ARM design as the successor to its Snapdragon 8cx. The new chipset arrives nearly two years after the debut of the last-generation Snapdragon offering meant for “always connected” laptops. It comes with an AI Engine and a series of incremental improvements over its predecessor. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G supports Wi-Fi 6 and is capable of enabling 5G connectivity through both Sub-6GHz and 5G mmWave using a dedicated modem. The chipset also has power efficiency to deliver a “multi-day” battery life on future laptops.The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G includes eight Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU cores, and it is based on 64-bit architecture and 7nm manufacturing process. It also has the dedicated AI Engine that is backed by a Hexagon 690 processor and Sensing Hub technology to offer artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration. All this helps enable an upgraded performance over the Snapdragon 8cx that debuted back in December 2018.However, instead of highlighting any performance improvements over the predecessor, Qualcomm mentioned in its press statement that the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G delivers over 50 percent greater system-wide performance and battery life versus competing solutions. This suggests that Qualcomm is projecting the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G against Intel chips to attract Windows PC makers.That said, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is aimed to deliver a faster connectivity experience with support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.1. The chipset also offers the Snapdragon X55 5G modem – alongside the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem option. This is identical to what was available on the Snapdragon 8cx.The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G also retains the Qualcomm Spectra 390 image signal processor (ISP) that was provided on 2018’s chip. The ISP supports dual cameras of up to 16-megapixel resolution or a single camera of up to 32 megapixels.Using the AI Engine, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G is capable of enhancing video conferencing interactions with features such as accelerated eye contact and expressive avatars. The chip also supports Microsoft Secured Core PC and Windows Hypervisor.Commercial devices based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G will debut later this year, though the Acer Spin 7 based on the new solution has already been announced. There is no word on how Qualcomm would convince developers to build apps for its platform against AMD and Intel. Nevertheless, Microsoft is opening the App Assure programme for the Snapdragon ecosystem to enable smooth transition of Windows apps.Is Mi Notebook 14 series the best affordable laptop range for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jagmeet Singh
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Microsoft Is Bringing a Skype Meet Now Button to Your Windows 10 Taskbar for Quick Video Calls
Microsoft is bringing a “Meet Now” icon to the taskbar of the latest Windows 10 version to let users quickly set up a video call and invite their friends and colleagues to discuss things virtually. The new development comes over six months after the Redmond company introduced the Meet Now feature on Skype to let…
Microsoft is bringing a “Meet Now” icon to the taskbar of the latest Windows 10 version to let users quickly set up a video call and invite their friends and colleagues to discuss things virtually. The new development comes over six months after the Redmond company introduced the Meet Now feature on Skype to let people start a virtual group conversation without requiring any app or sign up. Emerging players including Zoom have seen a significant increase in their adoption during the pandemic. However, Skype hasn’t received any major growth. Microsoft’s latest move is, thus, a strategy to boost Skype usage.Initially, Microsoft is providing Meet Now on the taskbar of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19042.608 (KB4580364). The new Windows 10 release is also available in the Beta channel for initial testing. Nevertheless, if everything works well, Microsoft seems to be in plans to bring the new experience to all Windows 10 users in the coming future.“In the coming weeks, you will be able to easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area,” Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post announcing the new Windows 10 update.Last month, Microsoft rolled out the Meet Now button to Windows Insiders on the Dev channel. That testing has supposedly helped the Windows maker to now bring the same experience to beta testers.As per a support page on the Microsoft site, the Meet Now icon on the taskbar is already available on Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 through the KB4580386 release. Users on the latest Windows 10 version are, however, yet to receive the new feature.Skype received the Meet Now feature in April to let users quickly make a video call and invite their contacts directly through a link — without requiring any specific app or sign up. The experience is similar to how you invite someone for a virtual meeting on Zoom. The recipients of the invites can join a call through their Web browser using Skype for Web or can even disallow their microphone and camera and just hear or see the video on their systems.Alongside making way for the Meet Now icon, Microsoft has provided an enormous number of fixes and improvements through the latest Windows 10 build that is available for the Insiders who are on 20H2 or Windows 10 October 2020 Update.The Windows 10 update fixes issues using Group Policy Preferences to configure the homepage in Internet Explorer. It also addresses the problem with untrusted URL navigation from Internet Explorer by opening them in Microsoft Defender Application Guard using Microsoft Edge. Similarly, the update fixes the issue that was affecting developer tools in Microsoft Edge for remote debugging on a Windows 10 machine.Microsoft has also given admins the ability to use a Group Policy to enable Save Target As for users in Microsoft Edge IE Mode. The update also includes fixes for displaying incorrect CPU frequency and DDE apps. Further, there is a fix for the issue with starting Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) on ARM64 devices. A deadlock in the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCPIP) driver that limits the performance of the operating system has also been fixed.Is Mi Notebook 14 series the best affordable laptop range for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Western Digital My Passport SSD Refresh With Storage Capacities Up to 2TB Launched in India
Western Digital has introduced the latest version of its compact portable solid state drive – the My Passport SSD – with read speeds up to 1050MBps. The latest product by Western Digital has a durable metal design and is powered by Nvme technology. My Passport SSD is available in capacities up to 2TB, and is…
Western Digital has introduced the latest version of its compact portable solid state drive – the My Passport SSD – with read speeds up to 1050MBps. The latest product by Western Digital has a durable metal design and is powered by Nvme technology. My Passport SSD is available in capacities up to 2TB, and is aimed at everyday creators looking to enhance their productivity. It is shock and vibration resistant, has a password enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption, and is compatible with Mac and PCs.Western Digital My Passport SSD price, availabilityThe new My Passport SSD by Western Digital is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. The product is offered in a range of colours including Grey, Blue, and Gold. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon, and is being offered at a lower price as part of the on-going Amazon Great India Festival. During this period, the My Passport SSD is priced at Rs. 6,999 for the 500GB base variant, Rs. 12,999 for the 1TB variant, and at Rs. 24,999 for the 2TB variant, till October 30.Starting November 13, the My Passport SSD will be available in retail shops as well. The 500GB variant will be priced at Rs. 8,999, the 1TB variant at Rs. 15,999, and the 2TB variant at Rs. 28,999. The My Passport SSD has a five-year limited warranty.Western Digital My Passport SSD specificationsWestern Digital’s new My Passport SSD delivers sequential read speeds of up to 1050MBps and sequential write speeds of up to 1000MBps. It has a password enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption which can help protect content. As per Western Digital, it is the fastest My Passport drive to date.It has a USB 3.2 Gen-2 technology, with a USB Type-C cable and USB Type-A adapter. The new Passport SSD is ready to use out of the box and is compatible with both macOS (v10.13 and above) and Windows (v8.1 and above). It has a durable metal design and is portable. As per the company, creators will be able to move and edit content nearly twice as fast with this product, as compared to the previous version.Flipkart, Amazon have excellent iPhone 11, Galaxy S20+ sale offers, but will they have enough stock? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.
Saudi Arabia Signs MoUs With IBM, Alibaba, Huawei on AI
The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence on Thursday signed memorandums of understanding with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei in areas of artificial intelligence (AI) at a summit in the kingdom, state news agency SPA said.SDAIA and Alibaba Cloud announced an MoU to partner in supporting Saudi Arabia’s path to develop smart cities through AI,…
The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence on Thursday signed memorandums of understanding with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei in areas of artificial intelligence (AI) at a summit in the kingdom, state news agency SPA said.SDAIA and Alibaba Cloud announced an MoU to partner in supporting Saudi Arabia’s path to develop smart cities through AI, SPA said.”Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has clear goals to transform KSA cities into smart ones by unlocking the value of city data as a national asset to realize Vision 2030 aspirations,” said Abdullah Bin Sharaf Alghandi, President of SDAIA.SDAIA and Huawei signed an MOU to recognise Arabic language and character using AI technology and with the help of researchers from the kingdom and Huawei, according to SDAIA’s twitter account.Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan is a package of economic and social policies designed to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports.SDAIA is seeking IBM’s help in developing “real use cases” of AI in areas of health, energy and other sectors, as well as training through a strategic relationship, it said.Saudi Arabia wants to train 20,000 people over the next decade in the field of AI.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.