adminSeptember 24, 2018
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Compared to previous models of Asus ROG laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S appears to be well-built and smaller, owing to its slimmer screen bezels and thinner body. As a result, it is the smallest, thinnest, and quietest Nvidia Max-Q laptop ever. However, I am quite concerned whether the company had to cut corners in order to make the Zephyrus S as portable as possible. Let’s find out more.

 

Pros

  • 15-inch gaming laptop in a 14-inch shell
  • Sturdier overall build quality
  • Lightest, thinnest gaming laptop in its class

Cons

  • Graphics max out with Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • Battery size and capacity hasn’t increased

 

Design

The previous model, the Asus ROG Zephyrus, impressed the consumers with its thin and light gaming laptop that showed no compromise whatsoever to its performance. With the Zephyrus S, consumers are sure to become even more impressed.

The Zephyrus S offers a 15-inch gaming laptop that is in a 14-inch body, thanks to its screen bezels being chipped away and by cutting down on the laptop’s thickness. You don’t need to worry, however, because the performance isn’t compromised by these. In fact, the Zephyrus S promises performance that is on par with the Dell XPS 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15 X.

The Zephyrus S measures 12 x 10.6 x 0.59-0.62 inches and weighs about 4.63 pounds or 2.1 kilograms. Moreover, the laptop has also undergone some relevant changes in terms with design, including its slightly hinge-forward design and a silhouette that is quite similar to the Alienware 15.

Performance

The Zephyrus S comes equipped with Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, which is also used by the Razer Blade and MSI GX65 Stealth Thin. So, it is quite reasonable to expect that the performance of the Zephyrus S would be on par with the two.

However, it won’t be able to support the Nvidia GTX 1080 Max-Q as a configurable graphics option. So, if you want Nvidia’s most powerful and thinnest mobile GPU, you’re better off with Alienware 15 and Acer Predator Triton 7000.

According to the laptop’s specifications, the Zephyrus S will make use of a 4-cell 50WHr battery, which can last for about two hours at best.

Price and Availability

The Zephyrus S comes in two different versions: the expensive and powerful GX531GS and the less expensive and less powerful GX531GM.

The GX531GS version, which comes equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, can be availed at Amazon for only $2,199. On the other hand, consumers can also choose to purchase the less expensive GX531GM version, which is equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card and sold at around $1,999.

Overall, I do think that the Asus ROG Zephyrus S is a decent gaming laptop as opposed to previous ROG laptop models. Well, it certainly looks the part. However, I’m not so sure about the decision of the company to limit the laptop to Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q and its less than impressive battery life.


adminJune 10, 2018
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Computex 2018, the largest computing show of the year, has now kicked off.

Computex 2018, which was held in Taipei, is the annual gathering place for the wider PC industry to show off its latest and best innovations. It is also the ideal place to exchange and discuss ideas about the future of personal computing and is often used as a launch platform for daring new concept designs and high specification gadgets.

One of the most noteworthy innovations presented at Computex 2018 is a dual-screen AI-powered laptop, which is called the ASUS Project Precog. If the Precog name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it’s because Precog was the name given to gifted and other-worldly beings that are capable of seeing the future in Tom Cruise’s film, Minority Report.

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What is Project Precog?

Project Precog, a concept developed by ASUS, is a laptop formed of two shimmering sheets of glass. ASUS intends this laptop to be powered by AI. Now, what exactly does that mean? It means that Project Precog has two screens that can predict how you’ll want to use your laptop. It can actually detect if there’s a mouse or keyboard around as well. Project Precog can even provide virtual mice and keyboards if there aren’t any real ones around!

Asus’s Project Precog can also anticipate where your fingers are over the laptop and shift its virtual keyboard around accordingly. On top of all this, Project Precog will even have face and voice recognition.

There are a lot of great features on this laptop. For example, Project Precog is optimized to function in a normal laptop mode, tent mode, and flat mode. And for all of the creative folks out there, it will also be compatible with a stylus. The Precog can also learn to predict when your meetings are and will be able to conserve battery effectively so as to ensure that you don’t run out of battery, which is a great feature for businessmen.

To make it simpler, this laptop is extremely smart although it is still a prototype. It’s meant to unite AI design and technology in an incredibly substantial way.

Project Precog

Project Precog as a Finished Product

As I’ve already mentioned, Project Precog is merely just a prototype. So, what will be its complete features as a finished product? Here’s a quick summary of what ASUS says will be in its final build:

  • Project Precog will have a dual-screen and AI setup.
  • It will be able to detect whether a keyboard or mouse is near and will instinctively give you virtual, on-screen ones if necessary.
  • When you are using the virtual keyboard, it can identify where your hands are placed above the frame and can accordingly shift the keyboard.
  • It can learn to recognize what part of the day your meetings or appointments are and will be able to conserve battery accordingly.
  • The AI will be compatible with Microsoft Office applications. One example cited was that Excel would suggest the best approach on how you would be able to present your data as you type or put it into a spreadsheet.
  • Project Precog can work in book, laptop, flat, and tent modes. It can also be used with a stylus. In addition, it will have face and object recognition.

Project Precog as a Finished Product

Of course, we still don’t have an idea on how expensive this laptop will be and also when exactly it will it be launched, but it’s an exciting concept and I am on the edge of my seat to get my hands on this one.


adminJune 6, 2018
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Nowadays, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in a variety of ways, the most common of which is in improving computer programs and technologies. You might have heard of the popular artificial intelligence conversation program SimSimi back in 2012. For those who don’t know this piece of information, SimSimi was created by ISMaker, and it has an application designed for Android, for Windows Phone, and for iOS.

Another artificial intelligence application is in application programs that function as AI assistants, such as Alexa and Siri. These AI assistants help businessmen run their businesses more efficiently. Most of these AI assistants manage client projects, leaving businessmen more time to help their clients and make them feel satisfied and happy.

AI assistants alexa and siri

A Look into AI Assistants

Before we have further discussion, let’s try to learn what an AI assistant is. An AI assistant is an application program that understands natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user. They use natural language processing, or NLP, to match user text or voice input to executable commands. Most of them continually learn using artificial intelligence techniques including machine learning.

To activate an AI assistant, a keyword may be used. A keyword is a word or group of words such as “Alexa” or “Siri”.

A Deeper Understanding of Alexa and Siri

Amazon’s Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon. It was first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, which was developed by Amazon Lab126. Among other things, Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do-lists, streaming podcasts, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Another great function of Alexa is its capability to control several smart devices while using itself as a home automation system. What’s more amazing about Alexa is that users can extend Alexa’s capabilities by installing “skills”. To make you understand more clearly, skills (also referred to as apps, such as weather programs and audio features) are additional functionalities that are developed by third-party vendors.

Additionally, Amazon allows device manufacturers to integrate Alexa voice capabilities into their own connected products by using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), which is a cloud-based service that provides application programming interfaces to interact with Alexa.

Whereas Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon, Siri is an AI assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. The AI assistant uses voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer queries, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of internet services. The software adapts to every user’s unique language usages, searches, and preferences, with continuing use; thus, returned results are individualized.

In actuality, Siri is a spin-off from a project originally developed by the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center, and its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications.

Siri supports a wide range of user commands, including performing phone actions, handling device settings, checking basic information, searching the Internet, scheduling events and reminders, navigating areas, and is able to engage with iOS-integrated apps, and in addition, Siri uses advanced machine learning to function.

Amazon’s Alexa

How did Alexa and Siri get their names?

We all have been saying, or sometimes practically shouting, their names at our gadgets, but does anyone ever have an idea where they got their names in the first place? If you still don’t know the answer to that, let me tell you now.

No one has ever revealed who actually developed Siri, but we do know that Siri was eventually bought by Apple for their iOS products. And so, Apple had no say over what to name this piece of technology.

Adam Cheyer, Siri’s co-creator, said that the name Siri was chosen because it was short to type, easy to remember, comfortable to pronounce, and is a unique name.

As for Alexa, apparently, the inspiration for the name came from Star Trek. The characters in Star Trek would say “computer” aloud before issuing a voice command to their spaceship. And so, it gave them an idea. However, “computer” wasn’t a suitable choice for the Amazon Echo since the staff needed a unique word that wouldn’t accidentally be said out loud.

In the end, they eventually settled on Alexa because it’s a unique word and easy to pronounce, but most importantly, it has a letter “X”, giving it a very unique sound.


adminJune 4, 2018
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Nothing can beat massage by hands for aiding blood circulation and alleviating body pain.  However, because of time constraint in going to the massage spa or booking masseur home service with a fat tip, people think of alternatives solutions that can save them time, effort and money with almost the same benefits drawn. There is non-invasive high-end health equipment that is in the market since the80’s. A motorized massage chair can do miracles for your relaxation and other health concerns.  Today’s edition became even more comfortable and fashionable and as the price goes becoming more of a competitive product. Say goodbye to irregular sleeping habits and enjoy the soothing relief using a chair massager in the comfort of your home or even at your workplace.

Therapeutic massage aids in venous and lymphatic flow clearing toxins and increasing flow of blood for revitalization. It alleviates chronic pain, relieves fatigue, and eases sore and strained muscles. It improves strength and flexibility and is considered a stress buster.  The most beneficial aspect of why people prefer massage is that it produces happy hormones in form of endorphin, thus the release of tension and anxiety.  Professional therapists use soft or hard techniques to work with strained, sore muscles, just like reflexologists to the hands and feet.  These basic strokes can also be done by a motorized massage chair especially hitting pains in the back. It aligns the spinal column and reduces nerve tensions. It also aids in digestion, improves the immune system and most especially helps a person to maintain good posture.

Depending on the time set, a person can enjoy a different form of massage. Other chair massagers come with a heated bag and a piece of calm music for a warm cozy feel just like in a typical spa.  The strokes of massage vary according to your preference whether it hits hard on the upper or lower body, or squeeze the arms and legs, or for spinal decompression, or just simply a soft soothing massage set to a relaxing mode. This chair detects where shoulders are located, the spinal column and basically every part of your body. There are spinning rollers at the bottom area to massage the feet. Everything can be set through remote control.

Somehow, there are slight contraindications that should also be followed because basically there’s nothing perfect in this world. Even natural massage can also pose risks in some ways.  If one is suffering from osteoporosis or other bone ailments, caution is heeded.  Persons who are newly operated or have undergone chemotherapy/radiation are not advised to undergo any massage unless with a physician’s consent.  If you have unleased or infected wounds, rashes, and skin problems, seek physician’s advice first.

Motorized Chair Massagers are not cheap, but it is a beneficial health investment.  Because it is user-friendly,   senior citizens can easily adapt to it. Its goal as a pain reliever and stressbuster delivers psychological peace of mind especially those suffering from minor depression. In this technological age, a lot of high-tech gadgets and equipment are competing in the market, so why not settle for something that can add up energy and add to life?


adminMay 31, 2018
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Nvidia Corporation, most commonly known as Nvidia, is an American technology company based in Santa Clara, California. They basically design graphics processing units (GPUs) for the professional and gaming markets, as well as a system on a chip unit for the automotive and mobile computing market.

Ever since 2014, Nvidia has shifted to becoming a platform company focused on four markets: gaming, data centers, professional, and auto. Nvidia is now also focused on artificial intelligence.

Just yesterday, Nvidia launched a monster box called the HGX-2 and it’s exactly the kind of thing that technology nerds would die for. It’s a cloud server that is purported to be extremely powerful in that it combines high-performance computing with artificial intelligence requirements in one phenomenal and compelling package.

Now, let’s see the specifications since I’m sure you are all waiting for it. The Nvidia HGX-2 starts with 16x NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. That is really good for 2 petaFLOPS for artificial intelligence with low precision, 250 teraFLOPS for medium precision, and 125 teraFLOPS for those times when you require the highest precision. It also comes typically with a ½ a terabyte of memory and 12 Nvidia NVSwitches that enables GPU to GPU communications at 300 GB per second. Compared with the HGX-1, which was released last year, they have doubled the capacity of the HGX-2.

The sad part about all of this is you won’t be able to buy one of these boxes. As a matter of fact, Nvidia is distributing them strictly to resellers, all of whom would most likely package all of these boxes and sell them to data centers and cloud providers. “The beauty of this approach for cloud resellers is that when you buy it, they have the entire range of precision in a single box,” Paresh Kharya – Group Product Marketing Manager for Nvidia’s Tesla data center products – said.

“The benefit of a unified platform is that while companies and cloud providers are building their infrastructure, they can standardize on a single unified architecture that supports the whole range of high-performance workloads. So, whether it’s an artificial intelligence or high-performance simulations, the whole range of workloads is now possible in just a single platform,” Kharya further explained.

“In hyper-scale companies or cloud providers, the main benefit that the Nvidia HGX-2 provides is the economies of scale. If they can standardize on the fewest possible architectures, they can ultimately maximize their operational efficiency. What HGX-2 allows them to do is to standardize on that single unified platform,” he added.

While Jensen Huang – Nvidia’s founder and chief executive – said, “The world of computing has changed. CPU scaling has slowed at a time when computing demand is skyrocketing. Nvidia’s HGX-2 with Tensor Core GPUs gives the industry a powerful, versatile computing platform that fuses high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to solve the world’s grand challenges.”

But this GPU-driven technological powerhouse is just the beginning. Although it is incredibly capable in its own right, it could also just simply act as the basis for even more powerful arrays of technologically-advanced creations.

The Nvidia HGX-2 powered serves will be available in the market later this year.



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