Archive | November, 2011

Dell fails to remove misleading ad images

28 Nov

Dell has reacted to its own misleading advertisement. The inquirer brought the advertisement to its notice, the firm thanked and removed it. It was a image that tries to expose how using a different kind of unspecified hardware would turn a display from a bleary appearance to a clear vision.

The images were running under a “Help me choose” banner on the Dell web site, but really were not helping much at all. Although reading the accompanying text would have helped users actually make an informed decision, a glance at the images, which claimed to show how different displays could perform, definitely did not.

After The inquirer made it a note that the image quality was very different between the two displays, Dell responded, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Dell endeavours to help customers make the best decisions regarding their purchases.” Further, “It was never our intention to mislead customers, and we apologise for any confusion caused. We have now removed the image from our Global sites. Dell remains committed to delivering the best possible experience to all our customers.” This created a scene that Dell has understood the problem. But not really. While again visiting the main “Help me choose” page and surveyed the video card options on a range of hardware displays, there they found the same image of our two less than similar twins.

As of 12.30pm on Friday November 25, the image could be found here, when comparing Vostro laptops, here, for Vostro desktops, and here, for Optiplex desktops.

The inquirer told Dell about these mistakenly persistent images and it promised us that it would fix them.

Dell contacted inquirer again yesterday morning to ask them to publish its apology about the error and report that it had removed the image, so they checked to see if they could the image.It was not there. The above links were checked again and found that the images that they told Dell about were still there.

They informed Dell about the fact that despite The INQUIRER telling it where the images were, and despite it asking us to tell our readers that it has removed them, it has not. So far the inquirer did not had any further response.

Source: theinquirer

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Intel Scheduling 22 nm Ivy Bridge for April 2012

28 Nov

Following a report that AMD is scrapping the production of its 28 nm processor at GlobalFoundries, there is a note that Intel may also be delaying at least some of its 22 nm processors due to manufacturing hiccups.

Since the introduction of its tick-tock balanced, rhythmic beat back in 2005, Intel traditionally launched a new generation of die shrinks at the end of uneven years, but the 45 nm and 32 nm products appeared to be squeezed into those years, while the actual volume rollout occurred several months later. The reports that 22 nm Core i3000 processors won’t make it into 2011. Instead, Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform is likely to debut around April 2012. Intel’s (32 nm) Xeon E5 is delayed to spring 2012 as well.

There is no information about the reason of the possible delays. Last week, a report suggested that AMD is also dealing with some manufacturing problems.

Source: tomshardware

Fujitsu Launches 23 PFlops PRIMEHPC FX10 Supercomputer

28 Nov

Fujitsu has begun offering a new supercomputer, which the company claims can be scaled to a performance of up to 23.2 PFlops, which would make it the fastest system on the Top500 list and even exceed the upcoming BlueGene/Q-based Sequoia system.

To accomplish this performance, the computer will be configured with a total of 1024 racks integrating a total of 98,304 computing nodes and 6 PB of memory. The base configuration has four racks with 384 processors.

The announcement seems to more interesting with the fact that PRIMEHPC FX10 will be using the SPARC64 IFfx  processor, the successor chip to the SPARC64 VIIIfx, which is currently used in the world’s fastest supercomputer, K Computer system, in Japan. But, however, the SPARC64 IXfx  integrates 16 cores, instead of eight cores. This indicates that Fufitsu’s 23.2 PFlops supercomputer would boast a stunning 1,572,864 processing cores – more than twice the number of cores in the K Computer’s 705,024.

As stated by Fujitsu, a single SPARC64 IXfx processor will deliver a floating point performance of 236.5 GFlops, about 85 percent more than the SPARC64 VIIIfx, which tops out at 128 GFlops. The company said that the computation efficiency is at about 2 GFlops per watt, which indicates that individual processors will run at about 115 watt at 1.85 GHz.

In comparison, IBM will use a 16-core PowerPC A2 processor in the 20 PFlops Sequoia system which will be installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 2012. IBM said that its A2 processor will consume only 30 watts; however, since the company states that the 98,304 computing nodes A2 system will reach just about 20 Flops, we would assume that the A2 is not quite as powerful as the SPARC64 IXfx.

Source: tomshardware

Yikes! New Computer System Can Read Your Emotions

28 Nov

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has developed an emotion-reading AI.

It’s bad enough your significant other insists that there’s something wrong when there really isn’t, but now it looks as if we’ll be dealing with an emotion-reading AI in the not-too-distant. But don’t get too frightened just yet: we may still be a ways off from talking to HAL 9000 and listening to him/it cheering us up first thing in the morning with a little tune if we seem a little down in the dumps. 

The study was published in the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. As explained in their study, the computer system created by these researchers independently adapts its dialogue to the users’ situation so that its responses are on the same page as the users’ emotional state. The system uses up to 60 different types of acoustic parameters including tone of voice, speed of speech, duration of pauses and even the energy of the voice signal. Significantly, it looks for negative emotions like anger, boredom and doubt.

When the emotion is detected, the system then finds out the user’s overall intention in a given dialogue. A news release by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid states an example.

For example, if the system did not correctly recognize what the interlocutor wanted to say several times, or if it asked the user to repeat information that s/he had already given, these factors could anger or bore the user when s/he was interacting with the system. Moreover, the authors of the study point out that it is important that the machine be able to predict how the rest of the dialogue is going to continue.

The researchers solved the problem by developing a statistical method that uses earlier dialogues to learn what actions the user is most likely to take at any given moment. Once the system has detected the user’s intention — along with his/her emotional state — it automatically adapts the dialogue to the situation the user is experiencing. The report reads,

For example, if s/he has doubts, more detailed help can be offered, whereas if s/he is bored, such an offer could be counterproductive. The authors defined the guidelines for obtaining this adaptation by carrying out an empirical evaluation with actual users; in this way they were able to demonstrate that an adaptable system works better in objective terms (for example, it produces shorter and more successful dialogues) and it was perceived as being more useful by the users.

There is no doubt, if this AI goes commercial, we might as well kiss human tech support — whether it’s local or based overseas.

Source: tomshardware

Canon to open 300 outlets across India

28 Nov

Japanese imaging major Canon’s Indian arm aims to triple its businessto Rs 4,500 crore ($1 billion) in four years by opening 300 exclusive outlets, many of them in tier-III and IV cities, the head of its operations here says.

The company’s India president and CEO Kensaku Konishi told IANS in an interview that they hope to close this year at Rs, 1,600 crore. By 2015, the firm believes to upraise this to Rs. 4,500 crore. Konishi also said that in this process the firm will be spreading their exclusive retail brand stores from 95 by the end of this year to 300. Their plan is growing not only in big cities but in the tier II and tier III cities too. If one live in these towns, they would have to go to a big city. Now they are coming to their customers with exactly the same kind of exclusive retail outlet that one would find in a big city. Toward this end, the company has already opened 38 outlets in tier-II and III cities.

Incorporated in 1997, Canon India Pvt Ltd is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pte Ltd. Canon today has offices spread across seven cities in India with an employee strength of over 840 people and markets a comprehensive range of 160 sophisticated and contemporary digital imaging products in the country.

These include digital copiers, multi-functional peripherals, fax-machines, inkjet and laser printers, scanners, all-in-ones, digital cameras, digital camcorders, dye sub photo printers, card printers & cable ID printers.

Excluding the Canon Image Square exclusive outlets, the company also has around 380 primary channel partners, 13 national retail chain partners, seven level-IV Master Service Centres, over 100 authorized service centres, over 4,000 secondary retail points, including 270 national retail chain store partners and 33 Canon Care Centers.

Konishi reported that the  Canon products are made available in over 400 towns in India and overall, the company’s products are available at over 5,000 outlets.

“We had acquired a customer base of over three million by the end of 2010. We hope to double this to six million by 2015,” Konishi said.

The official said that, considering that 60 percent of its India revenues come from products other than cameras, Canon has opened a Business Solution Lounge in Mumbai, Bangalore and Gurgaon for B2B customers to project the business applications with seminar rooms for business workshops.

Konishi said,

As part of our promise to enhance digital experience for consumers, a Canon Image Lounge each has been launched in Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore for customers to get a touch and feel of Canon products.

Entry is by invitation only. The lounges provide a comprehensive display of Canon’s vast range of offerings and display over 101 consumer imaging products for consumers to simply look, feel and experience without the compulsion on buying.

Special photography workshops and other customer engagement programmes are being held in these lounges, he added.

Speaking about Canon’s green initiatives, Konishi said it “takes pride in not only bringing quality products to the market but also contributes to minimising environmental burden through effective application of environmental technologies”.

“Canon focusses on the development of resource-conserving products that are smaller, lighter and easy to recycle. In India, Canon takes responsibility to dispose of end of life Canon products and other e-waste by sending such waste to government approved recycling agency,” Konishi added.

Source: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes

Xerox Phaser 7800 A3 Laser Color Printer – the benchmark for professional color printing

28 Nov

People who generate a ample volume of color print jobs , have a sweet choice now. They can now keep their printing in-house with the Xerox Phaser 7800 A3 Color Laser Printer. Superior PANTONE® color matching and high print resolution combine to deliver vivid prints.

The Phaser 7800 uses Xerox’s Hi-QLED printing head. This makes the output with a finer intensity and precise colors.  The outlook of the printed images gives rich and glossy view with smooth color transition that one cannot find streaks and smudges in the print. Either it be the black text on colored background or the colored text on black background, it will look clear and sharp. The printer handles a wider forms of media and is ideal for creative professionals, photographers and designers from any industry. A number of finishing options including booklet making, stacking, stapling and hole-punching are available as optional features.

The printer have the quality of energy saving and cost reducing features such as the EA Toner. This toner will use low-melt technology and saves energy, the the automatic duplex printing feature which reduces paper consumption and the induction heating fuser which consumes less energy as compared to conventional laser printers. The 45 ppm print speed, 1.33 GHz processor, 2 GB memory, standard 160 GB hard drive and the 225,000 pages duty cycle per month make the Phaser 7800 a true powerhouse that can easily handle the demanding environment of a high powered business.

This printer can be operated with much ease, with the 4.3” color touch screen interface with its large icons and intuitive menus. One can get print job updates, printer status and alerts direct to their desktop or even over the web. Configuration and installation, monitoring the status of print jobs and troubleshooting can all be done from the web browser. The printer also carries out security measures, job accounting and usage analysis.

Source: blog.databazaar

Xerox Makes a Move: Up 2.0%

25 Nov

Xerox  is one of today’s notable stocks on the rise, up 2.0% to $7.70. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now trading 0.8% higher to 11,347 and the S&P is trading 0.8% higher to 1,171.

There is potential upside of 31.5% for shares of Xerox based on a current price of $7.70 and an average consensus analyst price target of $10.12. Xerox shares should first meet resistance at the 50-day moving average (MA) of $7.76 and find additional resistance at the 200-day MA of $9.29.

In the past 52 weeks, Xerox share prices have been bracketed by a low of $6.55 and a high of $12.08 and are now at $7.70, 18% above that low price. Over the last five market days, the 200-day moving average (MA) has gone down 0.5% while the 50-day MA has remained constant.

Xerox Corp. develops, manufactures, markets, services, and finances a range of document processing products and services for use in offices around the world. The Company also, through subsidiaries, provides network management, consulting, design, and integration services for medium and large companies.

Source: fnno