Black Friday, which follows Thanksgiving, marks the beginning of the shopping season in the US, with most retail chains offering massive discounts to entice customers. While it may not have much of a cultural presence outside of the western hemisphere, anyone on the Internet can get in on the action, and grab some truly amazing deals.
For one thing, most software firms are going to jump on the bandwagon and offer big deals. There are big discounts on games for the Xbox One, and other platforms like the App Store and Steam also have short sales during this period.
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Massive discounts on games and apps are par for the course, while discounts on hardware purchases can be accessed from one of the many package forwarding companies that cover the global market. Sometimes the discounts are hefty enough to cover than the cost of shipping and customs duty. Read our nifty guide to these services to understand ..
Home | Mobiles | Mobiles Features No Need to Fret, Apple Is Doing Fine Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times , 28 January 2016 Let's get this out of the way first: Despite what you may have heard, the iPhone is not dying. Neither, by extension, is Apple.
It's true that in an earnings report Tuesday, after weeks of speculation by Wall Street that iPhone sales would finally hit a peak, Apple confirmed the news: iPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate in the last quarter. And the company projected total sales of as much as $53 billion (roughly Rs. 3,61,532 crores) in the current quarter that ends in March, which would be a decline of 8.6 percent from last year and Apple's first revenue drop in more than a decade.
But if Apple is now hitting a plateau, it's important to remember that it's one of the loftiest plateaus in the history of business. The $18.4 billion (roughly Rs. 1,25,518 crores) profit that Apple reported Tuesday is the most ever earned by any company ..
One day in May 2004, Elizabeth Wilmot tried to throw away an old computer and looked around for someone who could properly wipe sensitive data from the hard drive and recycle it. She couldn't find anyone online who would do that at a residential level, and a business idea germinated.
So at the beginning of 2005, she drew her last paycheck from her marketing job at CitiGroup and went off on her own. She set up an office in an upstairs guest room of her house in Severna Park, Maryland, and started ferrying people's unwanted computers back to her garage, where an employee would dismantle them for about $20 each.
And that was how Data Killers got started: a small business smashing computer hard drives into little bits with a sledgehammer on the floor of Wilmot's garage.
The Data Killers of today is much more high-tech. It employs National Security Agency approved “degaussers,” five-foot-tall machines that demagnetize electronic equipment and rob the computer chips of thei..
Home | Science | Science Features Google Mastered a Game That Vexed Scientists – and Their Machines – for Decades Matt McFarland, The Washington Post , 1 February 2016 Artificial intelligence took a historic step forward last week when a Google team announced that it taught a machine to master the ancient Chinese game Go, a feat researchers have chased for decades.
While computers learned to outclass humans at checkers and chess in the '90s, Go – a 2,500-year-old game – was still vexing computer scientists. Because the game offers players a nearly infinite number of moves – and is difficult to score in the middle of a match – it has proved to be the most difficult of classic games to teach computers to play.
But that all changed last week as Google's researchers brought a fresh approach and wealth of computing power to findings published in the scientific journal Nature.
“It's a real milestone and surprise for me how quickly things have happened,” said Martin Muller, a p..
This week we have the Lenovo ThinkPad, a curved screen LED monitor from Samsung, wireless headphones by Sony and a lot more at great discounts.
1. Lenovo X250 ThinkPad
In the market for a solid Windows laptop? The Lenovo X250 ThinkPad is available with a decent cashback offer on Paytm. You can grab the laptop for as low as Rs. 84,301 (effective after cashback). Use the promo code A10K to get a cashback of Rs. 10,000 in your Paytm Wallet. The Lenovo X250 ThinkPad is powered by the fifth generation Core i7 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. You may want to upgrade the RAM later on, for a better experience. The laptop ships with a 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 8 Pro out of the box. You'll be able to upgrade to Windows 10. The laptop features a 12.5-inch display with anti-glare coating. It has one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. The 6-cell battery can last up to 9 hours on a single charge, according to Lenovo.
Price: Rs. 84,301 (effective)
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Home | Mobiles | Mobiles Features Dying Husband Left Her the House and Car, but Forgot the Apple Password Yanan Wang, The Washington Post , 21 January 2016 After Peggy Bush's husband, David, succumbed to lung cancer last August, she liked to play card games on their iPad to pass the time. The 72-year-old resident of Victoria, Canada, was on an app one day when it suddenly stopped working, and she was unable to reload the device without providing a password for their Apple ID account.
Bush's husband never told her the password, and she hadn't thought to ask. Unlike so many of the things David had left for Bush in his will – car ownership, the title of the house, basically everything he owned – this digital asset followed him to the grave.
According to reporting by the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, the journey to procure the password proved more difficult than any other process involved in David's passing.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” Bush told CBC. “I could get th..
South Korean tech giants Samsung Electronics and LG unveiled Sunday new smartphones with better cameras and turned to virtual reality to boost interest in their headsets at a time of slowing sales.
Samsung launched two versions of its flagship phone, the flat screen Galaxy S7 and the curved screen Galaxy S7 Edge, with cameras that can take better pictures under low-light conditions.
The company, the world's number one smartphone maker, also debuted its first 360 degree camera, the Gear 360, in Barcelona where the mobile industry is gathered for the start of the Mobile World Congress on Monday, in its latest attempt to remain ahead of Apple.
The camera is designed to make it easy to take all-around photos and videos that can be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or viewed as immersive experiences on Samsung's virtual reality Gear VR headsets which went on sale in November.
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“User generated 360 degree photos..