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All you need to know about the cool gadgets launched at CES 2017
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 began with a bang on January 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. The tech fair featured an exuberant display of technology and witnessed big brands like Google and BMW coming together for the creation of future technology.While the participating brands including tech companies like Dell, Lenovo and HP displayed some really cool laptops, organisations like Google and BMW went high on Artificial Intelligence.
In case you missed out on the developments, check out the updates here:
Lenovo launches series of gaming laptops Lenovo Legion (Photo: Lenovo/CES 2017)
CES 2017 witnessed Lenovo launching a new series of gaming laptops– Legion. Lenovo Legion Y720 features the latest range of Intel Core processors with discrete graphics and super fast hybrid storage space and an Xbox One Wireless Controller support. The company also launched Yoga Book, which runs on a custom version of Android operating system. Yoga Book also features an innovative Halo keyboard, which appears when you need it and vanishes when you don’t.
LG unveils a super-slim television
LG unveils TV (Photo: LG/CES 2017)Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled a super-slim television at CES 2017. The smart-TV is a mere 2.57mm thick and features an OLED panel with nano-cell technology. The company would start shipping the TV, that looks like a poster on the wall, from March 2017.
Samsung shows off Odyssey notebook system
Samsung Odyssey (Photo: Windows/CES 2017)The year 2016 was a year of epic bloopers for Korean electronic giant Samsung. However, the company has a number of devices lined up in 2017 to make a stellar comeback. Starting the year with a bang, the company showed off its latest notebook– Odyssey at the CES in LA. The laptop is power-packed with a number of features including the 7th generation Intel core i7 processor with a wide-view angle display, a 1TB HDD, Dual SSD + HDD and Triple storage space. The company also updated its Notebook 9 series laptop adding an increased battery life, Windows 10, 7th generation Intel Core i7 Processor to it. The company also announced Chromebook and Chromebook Plus, that offer 360-degree rotating touchscreen.
HP launches world’s slimmest convertible
HP Spectre (Photo: HP Spectre/CES 2017)Ahead of CES 2017, US tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) unveiled the world’s thinnest convertible laptop. EliteBook x360 promises the longest ever battery life of over 16 hours. The laptop is protected by a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass and is powered by the seventh-generation Intel core i7 processor. The company also unveiled EliteBook x360, which features ultra-high display, 16GB DDR4 RAM and Windows Hello support.
Qualcomm display the all-mighty Snapdragon 835 processor
Snapdragon 835 (Photo: Qualcomm/CES 2017)While CES is all about the big brands bragging their peerless technological advancements, it’s the core products like the processors, VR and graphics that draw maximum attention. In this cases, the show-stealer was Qualcomm that unveiled its all-mighty processor Snapdragon 835 at CES 2017. The company is launching the processor in conjunction with the Power Rangers VR gear.
Nissan and BMW bring Microsoft’s Cortana to cars
BMW integrates Cortana to its dashboard (Photo: BMW/CES 2017)Remember Cortana? Microsoft’s smartass AI that has been guiding you on your Windows laptops and phones. Well, two of the biggest names in the automotive– Nissan and BMW are bringing Cortana to your car. While BMW plans to use Cortana for a personalised autonomous driving experience, Nissan plans to use the AI in a similar way while adding ‘google maps like’ features to it.
Kingston unveils 2TB flash drive
Kingston (Photo: Facebook)In this digital era, storage space is of great importance, specially when we’re dealing with the humongous quantity of data every day. To facilitate the process of data storage, Kingston launched world’s first flash drive with the storage space of 2TB at a pre-CES event. The USB drive is completely shock-proof and is compatible with Windows 7 and higher versions, Mac OS v10.9 and above, Linux v2.6 and above and Google Chrome.
Dell launches Alienware and other laptops
Dell laptops (Photo: Windows/CES 2017)If CES is too big an event, Dell made it even bigger by releasing a series of laptops. Apart from updating its Alienware series, Dell also updated its Canvas, XPS, Precision and UltraSharp series of laptops. The company also added WiTricity magnetic resonance wireless charging technology to its laptops to enable wireless charging in its laptops.
Blackberry launches Mercury
Blackberry Mercury (Photo: Facebook)TCL, the company that now manufactures smartphones for Blackberry showed-off a teaser of their rumoured smartphone– Mercury. The smartphone will feature a combination of Android-Blackberry keypad and will be launched at Mobile World Congress 2017.
Casio launches WSD-F20 smartwatch
Casio smartwatch (Photo: Facebook)
Japanese consumer electronic giant has updated its smartwatch WSD-F20. The smartwatch runs on Android Wear 2.0 and features GPS functionality and support for online and offline maps. WSD-F20 comes with a rugged look and can slip into the low-power monochrome mode for basic tasks like checking time. Though the prices haven’t been confirmed yet, the smartwatch will be hit the market in April this year.
"IF I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE TICKET,
I WOULDN'T HAVE CAUGHT THE TRAIN" :)
it is well said that life is full of unexpected things. In an motivational video by Ben Lionel Scott on you tube I've listened hundreds of times that life gives us what we want. Also, the great writer, Mr. Paulo Coelho have said in his international bestseller fable named "THE ALCHEMIST" that " when you want something, all the universe conspire in helping you to achieve it."
I was in the middle on fable "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma, I was like I was up above the summit of the sky and the chasm of the ocean too. I was deeply feeling his words that filled me with strong enthusiasm and touch the core of my soul. NOW, I was more stronger than I was, more resilient too. I started laughing out loud without any reason. I did not need a reason to laugh. I was feeling the changes in me. Really, there was an inevitable, strong but natural, force attracting me towards it or may be I was attracting towards that.
I don't know what was that but I'm writing this because this is the time, THE RIGHT NOW, I can write or let it slip. But I can't go away from this force and the feeling too. So I'm penning it down, now.
It was late that night about 1:30. I usually went off to sleep at 11. But I was still awoke and was talking to a girl. It is a natural tendency of boys fascinating towards girls. I need to catch the train in morning at 08:40 from Sarai Rohilla railway station for Mohindergarh, my hometown. But I was still enjoying talking to her. Finally she said I want to sleep and I let her sleep because I also wanted to sleep. I put an alarm of 7 and slept.
The alarm was going off and I woke up in agile. I got fresh, brushed the teeth, took the bag on shoulder, locked the room and finally got out of the flat. On the way, I took out my phone and found it was already 7:25. I had a fear of missing the train in my mind but my intuition was so strong that I knew that I wouldn't let the train went off without boarding me in. I reached the metro station at about 7:35 and got the metro anon. I changed the metro from Rajeev Chowk and from Kashmiri gate too. But it was misfortune that I got confused between Shastri Nagar and Shastri park metro station and the metro took me to the Shastri park instead of Shastri Nagar. I asked someone the way of railway station and he assured me that I got confuse between the names and I need to go back now. That splendid my mind with the fear of missing the train.But my intuition did not let rule that fear over me. And finally I reached Shastri Nagar metro station and deboard from metro station and checked the time that it was 8:32. The railway station was about 2 KM away from there and I did not find a single auto rickshaw there, not a single one. Then I decided to go with a rickshaw. I was thudding down my phone over my wrist on the way and finally I managed to reach the station at 8:38. I thanked God from my intuition.
I rushed in the ticket counter and found that there was a huge line on the counter and meanwhile the speaker at the station announced that "the train no. this this that from Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Bikaner is going to leave from platform no. 4." What a shit?
It was the time I have to decide whether I should should take the ticket or not. In my subconscious, there was a thing, from the past experiences, that it's super fast train and nobody would come to check the tickets on a general coach. I've gone many times through the same route and the same train and I never found any ticket checker, not a single time. So i decided to not to take the ticket. This happened within a fraction of time.
I had no fear of anything and I was happy that my intuition was right and caught the train. Then I realized that I'm hearing a strong horn and found that the train started moving. The train was 4 platform away from me and I needed to go by the over bridge. I ran as fast as I can and finally got in the train. I was inhaling deeply and smiling too because finally I was in train and luckily I got a seat too. Before my breathe got normal, the train's speed was on its peak.
On the way, I wanted to read the novel as I always carry something to read on a journey. But there was a group of two girls and a boy who was directing and disturbing too to concentrate me on the novel. I laughed on the silly things they were talking about the college life and functions. But then he said that, in society, men must dominate women and should take the decision for women. He also said that it is written in Vedas and Purana like Geeta and Mahabharata. I wanted to interrupt but i let it be. I don't wanted to get involved. I just thought that, " did he ever read a single religion book? " And i started looking out of the window. After some time, the train was at Rewari station.
As I did not eat anything since morning, I decided to take sips of tea and I got one. After a few minutes the train started moving again. This time I was free to read my novel as the group was not there. It was about an hour away from my hometown, I was totally involved in the novel and then I heard a loud voice that changed my mind. YES, there were ticket checkers in the coach and they were arguing with a family about the tickets. Whatever they were doing with the family, my mid skip that thing and I thought, I did not have the ticket, what should I do?
As from the past experience of one of my friend that he told me once that he got stuck in same situation and he used washroom to escape from the ticket checkers. An uncle was sitting besides me and I asked him that I did not have any ticket. what should I do? He also suggested the same thing to go to washroom. I, then, decided to go to washroom. I thought to go on the same side where the ticket checkers were checking the tickets but then a thought came to my mind that there is a fine difference between a brave and moron and I went on the another side of the coach. I found the washroom too away from my seat and came back to my seat without going to the washroom. I did not know what was happening with me. I could stand there in washroom and get escaped.
I was not feeling strange although it was first time with me. I was like i already knew that I would face this situation. Mentally, I was strong and intuitively, I was stronger. I had no fear of chasing the ticket checkers. Still I was sure that the ticket checkers would not check me or I would not let them to check me. My intuition was inflexible. I also thought that if there's 1% chance of being caught, I would pay them the fine, simple ! I was smiling on myself and found this situation a pleasure. Then I stood up and started going towards the ticket checkers to the washroom. I counted them. they were 4. Two of them were arguing with the family and rest were checking the tickets. On the way I excused a ticket checker for letting me go and he let me go towards the washroom. I was in the washroom now and thinking what to do now? Then I decided to go and stood where the two ticket checkers were arguing with the family because there were 4-5 person standing and enjoying the whole drama. I came out and did not go near the drama. I stood near the coach gate and started enjoying the rapid air touching my face. I stood there for 20 minutes and finally the train stopped at Mohindergarh railway station. I went back to my seat and found that the ticket checkers had already gone. I collected my bag and novel. Then the uncle asked me in an exciting manner that what did happen? Did they catch you? You paid fine? I smiled and said that I am fine and nothing happened also I said: " IF I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE TICKET, I WOULDN'T HAVE CAUGHT THE TRAIN" :)
What it takes to be a Product Manager
A Day In The Life Of A Product Manager : Based On A True Story :-)
By: Amit GoelAmit Goel
Co-Founder & CEO at CareerPlot
I had published this post about 1.5 years back on my personal blog and now, reposting it on LinkedIn. This post is not about being inspirational or talk about the pros and cons of being a product manager. It is all about doing what one always wants to do in life. Everyone plays an important role in success of a company. Be it a CEO, COO, sales, marketing, programmers, testers, admins, HR, finance, support or a lesser known mortal called Product Manager, everyone is so integral for a company to be successful. and the measure of success is only one thing called “Customer Happiness Index”.
So, With all the kind of roles mentioned above, most of them are very well defined functions. There is only one function called Product Management which is so ambiguous (in everyone's mind) that even product managers get confused many times why they exist. Sometimes, it is so frustrating for a product manager to figure out whether one is an engineer, support executive , operations person, salesperson, marketing professional or basically, either nothing or everything.
So, Let's visualise a day in the life of a product manager. Feel free to replace the characters in the story with the people around you. For example: you can replace the CEO with other managers, directors or project heads etc..
A Product Manager day entails a minimum of the following.
Daily Stand up meeting ( a catch up with his/her team)
This is the bare minimum and a must have. A product manager definitely starts a day with a daily stand up with his teammates (mostly virtually on telephone to save time in the morning while being in traffic). In this stand up, he blurbs out the issues he is facing to get the feature released on time or if nothing else, at least get it released. Also, he fights out with his team mates (other product managers) about why his thing is important and others need to wait. By the end of this stand up, his blood pressure has already shot up and is boiling with anger.
Stand up with Feature Teams
This is optional if agile is functioning in its best possible format in a company. but in reality, agile is twisted in most companies and a product manager becomes the part of feature team stand up to make sure he observes the progress and issues and resolves if it can be. Now, there are different opinions by everyone on how agile should be. But a product manager should be the last one attending daily stand ups of different teams.
Dealing with Sales teams
By the time, stand ups are over and a product manager barely manages to finish a cup of coffee and is about to finish his 50% of email replies, he gets the calls from sales executives about clarifications of certain features in the product and if they can be modified with in a day to get the potential customer. Of course, most of the time , the answer is a BIG NO. and he spends crucial minutes explaining that it cannot be done. at the end of the discussion with sales executive, with in few minutes, he starts seeing the mails from almost all corners how a customer is lost because a product is not up to the mark and he missed out on such basic scenario of customer needs. and as a result, company has lost a very significant customer and a huge pile of money.
Dealing with Tech teams
Because of argument with sales teams, he talks to tech team if certain tweaks are possible in the product quickly. Inspite of him being technical and polite, the tech team just ignores him and says a BIG NO without understanding the impact on customers or business or even giving him/her a proper hearing. They just move on to their second cup of coffee and a discussion on how Facebook is handling millions of requests per second. Because for tech teams, their daily dose of technology orgasm happens with hi-tech discussions about how other companies are building cool technology and how their company is full of stupid shit of people who do not know anything. Now, the product manager is left distraught and disarrayed by a bunch of engineers who claim to "know-it-all" gods.
Dealing with Marketing
As the product manager is recovering from the blows given by tech teams, a mail from marketing arrives asking for suggestions for a new partnership they wish to crack. They want suggestions if they can launch a new product scheme in the market and if the product can support it. This one is fairly easy and a product manager says yes to anything which helps in product growth. but then, comes the hard part. Now, he needs to draft a one pager and get the graphic designer to depict it in exactly what marketing teams wants and the hours go by while that lonely graphic designer sitting in a corner thinking like Leonardo Da Vinci or Salvador Dali tries to open up Photoshop on his 16 GB memory machine for the next two hours.
And an irritated customer calls
While the lunch time is gone and the product manager is hungry, here comes the patience test. A customer calls directly to product manager as he got the phone number figured out by fooling the customer support executives or through the connections on LinkedIn and complains that he is not able to perform a transaction or may be there is some issue he is facing. Remember that every customer feels that the issue he is facing is life threatening. A product manager rushes to the QA team to verify it who, in turn, asks for “steps to reproduce”. A few hours with the QA team with the last hour full of hot debates and then, a few expletives and abusive exchanges gets the problem identified and now, an unacceptable timeline is communicated to customer about the fix of the issue. This angers the customer and he disconnects the phone.
Phone call from COO (chief operations officer)
The Product Manager is just about to begin his lunch when people are having snacks or playing ping pong in the evening, when the COO calls. The angry customer has reached out to top management and has threatened to part ways with the company if the issue is not resolved in an hour. Forgetting the so called lunch in between, the product manager rushes to tech team and pleads (read: begs ) to them to fix it urgently. Finally, one of the tech guys agree as he feels that he should help the needy (like sometimes, PETA feels to help the humans instead of animals). He fixes the issue but by that time, QA team is already preparing to leave for the day. Now, the product manager pleads (read: begs again) to the QA guy and he agrees to help (like Trump agreeing to help an immigrant who belongs to Slovenia). Then, the Dev Ops, Sys Admin and release teams finally listen to the pleas of a poor guy and make the release happen.
Roadmap Disagreement with CTO
By that time, CTO figures out that they have many more important things in technology to be taken care of as product needs to be scalable and reliable. and a huge discussion with CTO happens to align the roadmap again. Note that, roadmap discussions are a daily affair and a dream of one year roadmap is just a “DREAM”. CTO wants the system to be scalable to handle million customers at any given time when in reality, the company is still yet to breach the 5000 customer mark. and this is top priority because his team has figured out that Facebook and Google have built and used this super cool piece of technology and now, they have open sourced it too. Also, all other engineers in the world are talking about it so they need to implement it too.
Finally, Status update with CEO
The office is empty. People have gone home. It’s the security guards having dinner in office. The product manager is winding off for the day as he is just about to miss a celebration at home. But then the CEO calls, he has heard about the customer complaint, last minute bug fix done by tech guys, problems identified in product by COO and team, sales team complaining about product not having that feature which can bring revenue, marketing team just cribbing about zero support from product management, a screwed up roadmap as told by CTO and of course, not adhering to the instructions given by the CEO himself. So, CEO agains tells the product manager to spend another quick one hour to find a solution to all the problems and send him a proposal which needs to be reviewed first thing in the morning....
While the product manager is working on the proposal, the birds are chirping outside. The cleaning staff has started coming in... The sun is getting to 30 degrees in the horizon...
By the way, the celebration at home which he was supposed to attend at any cost got over yesterday.
FYI, This is not my story. I am one happy product manager who loves every aspect of product management and building products.Check my profile to know more about me :-)
PS 1 : If you are an aspiring product manager based in India ( Bangalore or Hyderabad ) and want to meet me in person, I can definitely catch up with you for a cup of coffee on any weekend. Just connect with me on LinkedIn and then, send me a message ...
If you want to have a telephonic discussion with me on anything about product management or startups etc, or would like to have my advice on these topics again... just connect with me on linkedIn and send me a message...
PS 2 : If you want , you can read my previous articles on LinkedIn to get my thoughts on product management. check the section "Don't miss more articles by Amit Goel" below.
Disclaimer : Any resemblance to persons living or dead should be plainly apparent to them and those who know them. All events described herein actually happened, though on occasion the author has taken certain liberties with the event definition and chronology, because that is his right to freedom of exaggeration like every other human being on this planet and especially, because he belongs to India.
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China to send 30 missions into space in 2017
China plans to conduct some 30 space launch missions in 2017, a record-breaking number in the country's space history, a media report said.
According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Long March-5and Long March-7 rockets will be used to carry out most of the space missions this year, the People’s Daily reported on Wednesday.Long March-5 is China’s largest carrier rocket. The successful test launch of the vehicle in November in South China’s Hainan Province will pave the way for space station construction, analysts said.Wang Yu, general director of the Long March-5 program, said 2017 is a critical year for China’s new generation of carrier rockets and the Long March-5 rockets will carry Chang’e-5 probe to the space. The probe will land on the moon, collect samples and return to Earth.On the other hand, Long March-7, the more powerful version of Long March-2, will send China’s first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 into the space in the first half of 2017, according to Wang Zhaoyao, director of China Manned Space Engineering Office.
Tianzhou-1 is expected to dock with Tiangong-2 space lab and conduct experiments on propellant supplement.China conducted 22 launch missions in 2016 and 19 in 2015. The country successfully tested its Long March-7 rocket in June last year and has gradually shifted to new generation rockets that reduce the use of toxic rocket fuels.Last Month, China released a white paper on space activities, announcing plans to soft land Chang’e-5 on the moon by the end of 2017 and launch its first Mars probe by 2020.