Amazon's midtier smart display is the best one in its line. For $130, the Echo Show 8 has great audio quality, a highly visible screen and a convincing nod to privacy with a physical shutter you can slide over its camera. We still like the interface better on the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Those Google Assistant displays also have the edge in useful video due to the voice-activated YouTube integration, which Amazon's lineup lacks. Regardless, for those of you who are committed to an Alexa-only ecosystem, the Echo Show 8 is the best smart display. Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review. … [Read more...] about The best smart home devices for 2020: Amazon, Google and Apple race to control your home
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Vodafone Idea's marketing director Avneesh Khosla said the telco is working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and consumer finance companies to make smartphones affordable for its customers in India. Vodafone Idea also wants to ensure that smartphones reach its last-mile customer, Khosla told Mint. Vodafone Idea, which recently rebranded as Vi, Friday said that it entered into strategic partnerships with key players in the areas of Learning & Upskilling, Health & Wellness, and Business help to offer benefits to its customers. Khosla said that these strategic pacts with help rhe cash-strapped telco to create new revenue streams from various sectors. "It is going to be a meaningful revenue stream…this (the partnerships) is again something that we have very very clearly outlined as one of our strategic moves as we move forward… A strong source of revenue for us as we move this agenda forward," Khosla was quoted as saying by the publication. The telco … [Read more...] about Vodafone Idea working with OEMs, lending companies to make smartphones affordable: Report
Dell's laptops used to be the butt of the industry, but these days it's climbed back to the top with other companies like Apple, HP, Lenovo, and others. The XPS 13 2-in-1 is a remarkable piece of technology, featuring Intel's 10th Gen CPUs along with bright, high-quality displays (either 1080p or 4K depending on the configuration). … [Read more...] about Grab the best Windows laptop for $550 off, today only — Act quickly!
Sudeshna Sarkar of IIT Kharagpur says that while artificial intelligence has been around for the last seven decades, it has taken off only in the last two thanks to machine learning. That has been possible due to the enormous amounts of digital data being captured both in structured and unstructured form. “What an AI system can achieve can only be limited by imagination. It’s one of the most disruptive technologies. It can be transformational in social areas, in scientific discovery,” Sarkar, who heads the computer science & engineering department and the centre for artificial intelligence, says. That is the reason courses on AI at the IITs draw tremendous response from students, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. IIT Kharagpur is now planning a course titled Artificial Intelligence for Economics, which will deal with machine learning, game theory and their application in the subject. “AI can play an important role in the science of … [Read more...] about IIT Kharagpur, AWS jointly developing AI learning, devt portal
Cloud has been a buzzword for some years. But with Covid-19 and the lockdowns, it looks like suddenly almost everyone is talking cloud. And the reason is, cloud can handle disruptions and distributed work better than inhouse data centres. This was the subject of our discussion on Times Techies Webinars last week, a discussion we organised in association with data management and hybrid cloud services company NetApp. Ravi Chhabria, MD of NetApp India, and VP of hybrid cloud engineering at NetApp, said speed and agility are the hallmarks of cloud. When the Covid lockdowns were suddenly announced and entire supply chains were disrupted, companies couldn’t possibly beef up their inhouse data centres to cater to the requirements of all employees working from home. “You don’t have the time to say I’m going to build it out,” said Chhabria. But with cloud, you can almost instantly scale up your compute and network requirements. If your software applications are … [Read more...] about Why post-Covid cloud has become the talk of the tech world