Toshiba has announced the Tecra X40-D notebook. The laptop is designed to be thin, sturdy and at the same time offers security features like face detection and a fingerprint reader.
A new 14-inch business notebook series from Toshiba, the Tecra X40-D, now available in South Africa, includes an IR camera for secure authentication via face detection. The Tecra X40-D-110 has a RRP starting from R21 999 and the Tecra X40-D-11Q RRP starts from R23 999.
To ensure the safety of mission-critical data, the Tecra X40-D models have a wide range of security features, such as the SecurePad with fingerprint reader or an IR camera for face detection that supports Windows Hello and Intel Authenticate. A key security feature of the Toshiba Business Notebooks is the self-developed BIOS, which help prevent unauthorised access by third parties.
Toshiba provided the following information:
Both premium notebooks are characterized by an extremely slim and light design. The housing height is only 16.9 millimeters and the weight light is 1.25 kilograms. Thanks to the onyx blue chassis with light gold hinges and a hairline finish, the devices also prove to be a real eye-catcher at the customer’s office as well as in the office. The housing of the notebook is made of magnesium. This is why the 14-inch cabinets, particularly in mobile use, impress with their outstanding stability and shock resistance.
The new models have capacitive 14 inch (35.6 cm) full-HD touch displays with in-cell touch technology, which allows a particularly light weight. The difference between the two variants is the processor and the SSD and memory size. The Toshiba Tecra X40-D-10R is equipped with an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 512GB SSD and 16GB DDR4 memory. The Toshiba Tecra X40-D-10J benefits from an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, a 256GB SSD, and an 8GB DDR4 memory. The SSDs are particularly fast PCI Express SSD (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express Solid State Disk) models. The innovative hybrid air cooling technology also ensures very low energy consumption and maximum performance. This allows the user to work for up to 11 hours without having to rely on an external power supply. The new notebooks work with Windows 10 Pro.
Both Toshiba Tecra X40-D models are equipped with many convenient interfaces. This includes two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 enabled connectors, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, and a MicroSD slot. They also have an integrated SmartCard Reader. The notebooks can be connected to the Toshiba Thunderbolt 3 Dock for even more ease of use and connectivity.
For professional presentations with integrated videos, Toshiba integrates high-quality Harman/Kardon stereo speakers and DTS Sound software into the new notebooks. They deliver superior sound quality. The backlit keypad allows comfortable typing, even in low light conditions, when the light is dimmed during the presentation.
Platinum Support Service
The services within the Toshiba Platinum Support Service ensure that productivity losses are kept as low as possible. Customers will receive a next day service with the on-site service. A Toshiba-certified hardware specialist is supported by a knowledgeable telephone service, who is already trying to identify and solve the problems. For the comprehensive protection of sensitive data, the hard drive or SSD remains with the customer in the house. The Platinum Support Service is complemented by a personal account manager and an individual support portal for managing the mobile devices. In order to proactively reduce the risk of default, the status of the devices can also be recorded by remote diagnostics. The offer is available to all customers at the locations where the service is offered, regardless of where the notebook was purchased.
Motor Racing meets Machine Learning
The car of tomorrow, most of us imagine, is being built by the great automobile manufacturers of the world. More and more, however, we are seeing information technology companies joining the race to power the autonomous vehicle future.
Last year, chip-maker Intel paid $15.3-billion to acquire Israeli company Mobileye, a leader in computer vision for autonomous driving technology. Google’s autonomous taxi division, Waymo, has been valued at $45-billion.
Now there’s a new name to add to the roster of technology giants driving the future.
Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud computing service and a subsidiary of Amazon.com, last month unveiled a scale model autonomous racing car for developers to build new artificial intelligence applications. Almost in the same breath, at its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, it showcased the work being done with machine learning in Formula 1 racing.
AWS DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale fully autonomous race car, designed to incorporate the features and behaviour of a full-sized vehicle. It boasts all-wheel drive, monster truck tires, an HD video camera, and on-board computing power. In short, everything a kid would want of a self-driving toy car.
But then, it also adds everything a developer would need to make the car autonomous in ways that, for now, can only be imagined. It uses a new form of machine learning (ML), the technology that allows computer systems to improve their functions progressively as they receive feedback from their activities. ML is at the heart of artificial intelligence (AI), and will be core to autonomous, self-driving vehicles.
AWS has taken ML a step further, with an approach called reinforcement learning. This allows for quicker development of ML models and applications, and DeepRacer is designed to allow developers to experiment with and hone their skill in this area. It is built on top of another AWS platform, called Amazon SageMaker, which enables developers and data scientists to build, train, and deploy machine learning quickly and easily.
Along with DeepRacer, AWS also announced the DeepRacer League, the world’s first global autonomous racing league, open to anyone who orders the scale model from AWS.
As if to prove that DeepRacer is not just a quirky entry into the world of motor racing, AWS also showcased the work it is doing with the Formula One Group. Ross Brawn, Formula 1’s managing director of Motor Sports, joined AWS CEO Andy Jassy during the keynote address at the re:Invent conference, to demonstrate how motor racing meets machine learning.
“More than a million data points a second are transmitted between car and team during a Formula 1 race,” he said. “From this data, we can make predictions about what we expect to happen in a wheel-to-wheel situation, overtaking advantage, and pit stop advantage. ML can help us apply a proper analysis of a situation, and also bring it to fans.
“Formula 1 is a complete team contest. If you look at a video of tyre-changing in a pit stop – it takes 1.6 seconds to change four wheels and tyres – blink and you will miss it. Imagine the training that goes into it? It’s also a contest of innovative minds.”
Formula 1 racing has more than 500 million global fans and generated $1.8 billion in revenue in 2017. As a result, there are massive demands on performance, analysis and information.
During a race, up to 120 sensors on each car generate up to 3GB of data and 1 500 data points – every second. It is impossible to analyse this data on the fly without an ML platform like Amazon SageMaker. It has a further advantage: the data scientists are able to incorporate 65 years of historical race data to compare performance, make predictions, and provide insights into the teams’ and drivers’ split-second decisions and strategies.
This means Formula 1 can pinpoint how a driver is performing and whether or not drivers have pushed themselves over the limit.
“By leveraging Amazon SageMaker and AWS’s machine-learning services, we are able to deliver these powerful insights and predictions to fans in real time,” said Pete Samara, director of innovation and digital technology at Formula 1.
LG rethinks portable speakers
LG adds three sizes to its XBoom Go portable speaker line in a portable revision, writes BRYAN TURNER.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are fairly commonplace at a pool party because they’re battery-powered. The only issue is that louder speakers usually distort the music or break the bank. The LG XBoom aims to change this.
LG has partnered with Meridian Audio to produce great sounding speakers that can go loud without distorting the audio. Meridian Audio is an expert in high-performance, high-fidelity audio experiences. The company is best known for producing the industry’s first audiophile-quality compact disc player and provide audio equipment to McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover.
The Bluetooth software in the XBoom Go is Qualcomm aptX HD compatible, meaning that 24bit vinyl-quality audio can be played through this speaker over Bluetooth instead of standard-fidelity audio.
The major phone assistants feature on these speakers, with tethered Google Assistant or Apple Siri functionality from one’s smartphone. This makes it very convenient to use the voice assistant button to skip tracks and change music when one’s hands are wet.
Three models of the XBoom Go series – the PK3, PK5 and PK7 – offer different audio functions depending on the audio needs of the user. Best fits for these speakers are:
PK3 – The Pool Friendly Speaker: The PK3 is IPX7 water resistant, up to 1 metre for 30 minutes, making this speaker accident proof at pool parties. Boasting up to 12 hours of playback from its built-in battery, this speaker will last as long as the party.
PK5 – The Party Friendly Speaker: Even if the lunch braai turns into a midnight feast, this speaker will play throughout as its battery lasts up to 18 hours. Clear Vocal technology is added to the PK5, which reduces audio imperfections from the music for a sharper sound. It is also water and splash resistant and has a handle, allowing for it to be easily carried. Built-in LED lights which pulse with the beat of the music on this speaker provide a light show for any song.
PK7 – The Audiophile’s Speaker: With a battery life that lasts for up to 22 hours, the PK7 also contains an LED light to the rhythm of the sound. The speaker integrates a convenient handle grip that allows for it to be transported securely. The powerful PK7 Bluetooth speaker also distributes its high frequencies across two separate tweeters for more precise sonic detail.
Overall, LG’s XBoom PK portable speakers are a phenomenal set of high-quality wireless speakers.