BT and Huawei team up in five-year project

BT and Huawei have teamed up to form a research group at the University of Cambridge. The project, set to last five years, is going to focus on a range of areas including photonics and access network infrastructure.

In addition, the group, comprising experts from the two companies as well as academics from the university, will be looking at how communications impact on society. The aim of the project is to explore ways to reduce overheads for UK business, either by reducing the cost of network infrastructure or by boosting operational performance.

One area that the researchers are hoping to explore is in the role that new technologies have to play in delivering positive impacts for society, either by reducing inequality or by using ICT technologies to improve resilience of communities to climate change.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding, setting out future plans. The new project is set to get under way in the first half of 2018 with five to ten researchers from BT and Huawei working alongside their University collaborators.

Research on impact of technology

Prof Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor at the University of Cambridge, said: “The world of telecommunications has advanced rapidly over the last two decades. However, there is still work to be done to improve the technologies we use on a daily basis and to ensure that they are long-lived. By working with BT and Huawei we will be able to demonstrate that the insights delivered through our research have a broad impact.”

Gavin Patterson, BT Group chief executive added: “BT’s infrastructure is the engine of the UK economy, so it is essential that we continue to innovate in this space to enhance the UK’s competitiveness on the world stage towards and through Brexit. BT currently invests around £500m every year in R&D, and over the last ten years we’ve been the third biggest contributor to the UK’s R&D efforts.”

As well as short term projects, the research group is also looking well to the future, by using the funding to support longer-term, ‘blue skies’ research projects being progressed by postgraduate students.


Monster gaming laptop deal: MSI will save you $450 before Black Friday

For PC gamers already in the holiday shopping spirit, MSI and NewEgg have a sick deal for you way ahead of Black Friday.

What you’re about to see is a VR-ready, ultra-portable gaming laptop for what most budget mobile gaming rigs cost.

For a limited time, MSI is selling its GS63VR Stealth Pro gaming laptop for just $1,149. That is, specifically, a $1,599 product for $300 off – with another $150 off through a rebate mail-in card.

Inside, this laptop is sporting a 15.6-inch, Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. Backing those processors are 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive combo for storage.

This is but a taste of what you’re bound to see in the coming days and week leading up to Black Friday weekend. Keep it locked to TechRadar for all of the latest in Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.


Best touchscreen laptops

Whether you like it or not it’s undeniable that touchscreen have change the laptop landscape forever. From more touch-friendly operating systems to the explosion of drawing applications, there are more reasons to have a touchscreen on a laptop than ever before and the huge uptick in popularity of 2-in-1 laptops perfectly corroborates this.

While it might seem like every notebook has a touchscreen, not all digitizers are born equal. Sure most are good enough to detect when you’re scrolling up and down a site, there are some particularly tuned for precise digital pen usage and have specialized features.

With all of this mind we’ve picked out the crème de la crème of touchscreen laptops for everyone from digital artists to digital note takers. Whether you’re new and looking to be part of the touchscreen revolution or looking to upgrade to that next best thing, you’ve come to the right place.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is bar none the ultimate touchscreen device. Not only is it a tablet 2-in-1, rather than a laptop 2-in-1, it’s also completely designed around a touch interface and the Surface Pen. Whether, you’re an artist or need a reliable digital slate for taking notes, the Surface Pro is the finest touchscreen device on the market.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

The Samsung Chromebook Pro can be likened to an extremely large Samsung Note 8 in that it has a stowable stylus and a great touchscreen handwriting notes. What’s more, every single thing you write down on the Chromebook Pro is saved to Google Keep, which then digitizes your handwriting into a text document for easy searching afterwards. Plus the Chrome OS device’s full access to the Google Play Store also allows users to play all their favorite Android games on a much larger screen than almost all other tablets.

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

The HP Spectre x360 meets the happiest balance between tablet and laptop. As a tablet it has perfectly slim bezels for viewing all sorts of content and is lightweight enough to hold for long stretches. Then as a laptop it has great battery life to last through the day and you won’t find anything else with a more tactile keyboard.

If you’re looking a laptop with even more screen real estate there’s the 13.9-inch Lenovo Yoga 920. It’s sports just as many 4,096 levels of sensitivity as the Surface Pro but on a much larger 4K screen. This sharp-looking hybrid laptop also brings a touch of class with its unique watchband hinge and fully metal build.

Read the hand-on review: Lenovo Yoga 920

The Surface Book 2 15-inch offers the same great touch and pen experience as the Surface Pro, but on a much larger screen and exponentially more powerful hardware. Thanks to quad-core processors and potent discrete graphics, it’s ready to handle your most demanding art projects as well as playing the latest games.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)


Black Friday 2017 deals in India

Black Friday is one of the biggest technology sales events of the year, and we’ll be bringing you the best deals right here.

In the last couple of years, the influence of Black Friday has crossed the oceans and reached India, thanks to growing e-commerce platforms and a digitally native youth population.

Black Friday is still fairly new in India though, and unlike other big festive shopping periods such as Diwali, it’s very much restricted to e-commerce sales.

Each year we are seeing more and more discounts provided on Black Friday, especially by the e-commerce twins Flipkart and Amazon, and the sales are expected to start on November 24.

There’s no official announcement from the e-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon about their involvement in Black Friday 2017 in India just yet, but we’ll let you know right here as soon as their plans are announced.

When is Black Friday 2017 India sale?

This year, the Black Friday falls on November 24, and many of the retailers are already preparing for the day. Black Friday is always the Friday that immediately follows the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

As we approach the date, we’ll bring you all the latest from the major retailers in India on when (and where) their discounts will be available.

How important is Black Friday for India?

As most of us know that Black Friday originated from the US but is slowly being brought in several nations. As already mentioned, Black Friday follows Thanksgiving holiday, which is not of any relevance in India but the term Black Friday is now becoming a global phenomenon.

While Indians get to see a Tsunami of festive offers around Diwali, it’s never enough when it comes to price cuts on gadgets. Even the online shopping culture has brought in the trend where shoppers slug it out to claim the best deal available during the period.

E-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon battle it out during such sale events and sell record number of products. These companies leave no chance to participate in sales, so we can expect them to turn up for the Black Friday sale in full glory this year. We can expect some amazing deals on electronics during this period.

Slowly but steadily, India is becoming a huge market for e-commerce players that is pretty evident with the kind of interest biggies like Amazon have in this market and the way homegrown ecommerce leader like Flipkart is competing with Amazon. It is great to see the demand and supply growing at such high pace. In the end, it benefits the consumer and that’s what they hunt for.

So this November, expect all the major retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Shop Clues, and more to be running deals across every range of products. Black Friday is traditionally the home of deals on electricals, clothing and shoes, but you can also expect hot promotions on other major categories.


Best laptops under Rs. 40000 in India for November 2017

The top laptops under Rs. 40000 now often feature a dedicated graphics cards for gaming on a budget. Laptops have become powerful enough in this range if you are looking for something that can let you game at moderate settings.

Still, finding the best laptops among the options available can be a little challenging. There are many configurations available, some with newer processors and some with older ones. Some of the previous generation laptops may also be better than newer ones when you consider the specs-to-price ratio.

As always, we’ve tried to make the job of selecting the best laptop under Rs. 40000 easier for you. It is worth noting that these prices and deals were available when this article was written.

An ideal laptop for those looking for a big display and a moderately new processor, the Lenovo Ideapad 110 is a good option. With a textured design, the Ideapad 110 is a decent looking laptop. It also comes with a full set of ports and an SD card reader, so you don’t have to worry about carrying connectors with you.

Another option under Rs. 40000 is the HP 15-AY513TX Notebook, featuring a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit display. HP’s offering also features a full set of connectivity options, with 1xHMDI, 1xUSB 3.0 and 2xUSB 2.0 ports, along with an SD card reader. It isn’t much of a looker, but the textured back should help you in gripping the laptop.

If you are looking for a more affordable option from Lenovo, the Ideapad 110-15ISK is also a good option. It comes with a textured black design and a 6th gen Intel Core i3 processor. The laptop features an integrated graphics card which should be enough for moderate gaming.

HP has several affordable options when it comes to laptops with an integrated graphics card. The HP 15-BE015TU features a 15.6-inch HD backlit LED display, along with the full set of connectivity options. Dual speakers, DTS audio sound and HP’s Truevision HD webcam round up the specs of the laptop.

The first Dell entrant in this list, the Inspiron 3567 comes with the latest generation of Intel’s Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It looks minimalist and comes with 6 hours of battery life, which is good compared to other options. The Inspiron 3567 also features a similar 15.6-inch HD display, but comes with half the RAM compared to its competitors at this price. You will have to decide whether you want the latest generation processor or more RAM.

Another option if you’re looking for a laptop with a 7th generation processor, the Acer E5-575 tries to bridge the gap between having the latest generation processor, adequate RAM and an affordable price. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HDMI and USB 2.0 port as well, so in terms of connectivity options, it is much better than other alternatives.

Another good laptop from Acer is the Aspire E5-575G. It comes with a 6th gen Core i3 processor, but makes up for it with a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. Compared to the E5-575, it is slightly more expensive but having a dedicated graphics card could be worth it if your main goal is to game comfortably.

Acer has another E5-575 laptop with a newer Core i5 7th generation processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It also comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and a full set of connectivity options. Considering its current price, the E5-575 Core i5 is a very good option that you can consider, compared to the Dell Inspiron 3567.

The Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes with a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce N16V-GMR1 graphics card. A full set of ports for connectivity and a decent design make the Ideapad 310 another worthy contender. It also comes with decent battery life, making it a good all-round package under Rs. 40000.

The Dell Vostro 3468 with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor comes next in the list. The laptop comes with Window 10 operating system and has a plenty of ports including 1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xHDMI port and 1xVGA port. Weighing 1.96kg, the laptop is lightweight which makes it highly portable for the users. So, apart from getting a good processor, you will have a number of connectivity options and that too under a reasonable price tag.

Falling next under 40k category is the Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB. Priced at Rs 35,990, the laptop comes with in-built Harman speakers with Dolby Audio which ensure crystal clear sound to the users. Along with superior sound quality, the laptop also offers crisp display with up to full HD IPS resolution. The laptop is also available with i5 processor and in a variety of color variants as well. But, you can own these only if you can shed a few more money out of your pocket.

To compete with the above mentioned laptops, here comes the Dell Inspiron 15 5567. The laptop comes loaded with a good number of ports and Windows 10 Home operating system. Its anti-glare LED backlit display along with Waves MaxxAudio Pro will definitely enhance your viewing experience. In addition to this, the 1TB storage capacity will allow you to save a number of multimedia files in the system.

Weighing 1.69 kg, this light weight laptop comes with DOS operating system and offers a good amount of storage space to the users. The CPU with a clock speed of 2 GHz along with 2 GB AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics card handles the gaming aspect of the laptop smoothly, thus leaving no space for glitches. It also provides a number of connectivity options and long working hours to the user.

The specs sheet of this laptop is somewhat similar to the laptop that we have mentioned above. But, there are some differentiating features as well. This includes 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system, 8GB DDR4 RAM and the weight. Although the laptop will be heavy in weight but it will not be heavy on your pocket.

Last but not the least is the Dell Inspiron 5559. Powered by 6th Gen Intel core i3 processor with a clock speed of 2.3Ghz, the laptop comes with DOS operating system. The Waves MaxxAudio takes care of the audio of the laptop which provides you superior sound quality. The laptop also has a high end version with capacitive touch screen and windows 10 operating system but you have to spend more pennies for that.

If you are looking for the best convertible laptops, go check our list of the best 2-in-1 laptops in 2017.


Get 15% off Adobe Creative Cloud – exclusively for TechRadar readers

TechRadar and Adobe have teamed up to offer you a special 15% discount on Creative Cloud membership.

Join Creative Cloud today and pay just $42.46/£42.46 each month for the first year – down from the usual price of $49.94/£49.94.

The offer is valid from November 17-27, and includes Adobe’s full suite of premium creative software for PC and Mac.

Access all apps

As a subscriber, you’ll have access to over 20 premium creative apps, including:

  • Photoshop for still and motion graphics
  • Photoshop Lightroom for processing and organising photos
  • Illustrator for vector graphics
  • InDesign for publishing design
  • Premiere Pro for timeline-based video editing
  • After Effects for video post production
  • Audition for audio recording and editing
  • Dreamweaver for web design and development
  • Acrobat Pro for creating, editing and signing PDFs

All these programs are fully integrated with the Creative Cloud, letting you move your work between them seamlessly.

An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription also gives you a generous 20GB cloud storage, making it easy to work across multiple devices and share files with others.

This special offer expires on November 27, so don’t miss out.

Join Adobe Creative Cloud today


The best business laptops in India

The best business laptops combine cutting edge productivity features with slimline designs and long battery life that provides mobility and productivity – essential functions for the modern workplace.

Having the best business laptop that suits your needs is essential, and thanks to modern advancements in hardware, especially on the mobile side of things, business laptops are now thinner and lighter than ever before. This means you no longer have to sacrifice power for portability.

It also means that that when it comes to brilliant laptops for business, you’ve got no shortage of options when looking for the best business laptop.

However, to make buying your next business laptop as easy as possible, we’ve gathered together the very best business laptops currently on the market for this article.

While compiling this list of the best business laptops, we’ve taken into consideration a number of key factors including power, battery life, feature set and sheer value for money.

This means that we’ve selected a wider range of laptops to suit most if not all budgets and hopefully all tastes; there’s a mix of cutting-edge products and old favourites here.

Almost all of them come with the professional version of Microsoft Windows to enhance their business credentials.

If you’re looking for a bit more power, then check out our list of the best mobile workstations, as well as our pick for the best business desktop PC.

Previous versions of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon have been the absolute best-in-class when it comes to business laptops, and this year’s model is no exception, with Lenovo delivering a thinner and smaller design with practically no trade-offs. Despite its small size, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with pretty much every feature you need in a productivity machine, making it the best business laptop money can buy. Thanks to a battery life of up to 15.5 hours, and a rapid charging feature that brings the battery back up to 80% capacity in only an hours, the X1 Carbon is an ultrabook that lets you keep on working while you’re on the move.

TODO alt text

Believe it or not, Dell classifies the XPS 13 as a business laptop, albeit one that is geared towards a home office environment but businessmen (and women) will love the design. This ultraportable laptop – as Dell puts it – punches above its weight with Windows 10 Pro across the entire range as well as rather attractive pricing.

This award winning laptop (it won best laptop of the year from us and many others) manages to pack a 13.3-inch display into the chassis of an average 11.6-inch model.

The laptop can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB M2 SSD drive. Battery life is exceptional as well with almost 22 hours of continual use when using productivity applications.

Thinkpad X

Lenovo took an existing form factor and refined it to deliver the new 2016-2017 ThinkPad E470. Powered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors, this particular SKU has a 14-inch FHD anti-glare display, powered by a discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX 2GB GPU.

Equipped with a spill resistant keyboard, a TrackPoint and a 3+2 buttons click pad, the E470 has more than enough ports and expansion capabilities to keep the average user happy. Shame that it doesn’t do DisplayPort, so no 4K output.


HP was the only one of the three big laptop vendors who didn’t have a flagship thin-and-light laptop: Dell has the XPS 13 and Lenovo, the Yoga 900.

That is now no longer the case with the introduction of the HP Spectre Pro 13 G1. This is a device that not only oozes luxury with a combination of colours and a clever design but also one that packs some incredible components.

Despite being just over 10mm thick and weighing just over 1.16Kg, it manages to pack a proper Core i7 CPU with a full HD 13.3-inch display, a massive 4-cell 38Whr battery and three USB Type C connectors.


Should a member of Apple’s award winning MacBook Pro family be included in a best business laptop shortlist? Certainly as it hits all the right notes especially as IBM has boosted Apple’s credentials as an enterprise player.

And Apple’s top of the range models are certainly not overly expensive compared to their Windows-based counterparts, especially if you buy them from trusted third-party websites.

The new generation introduces a Touch Bar and Touch ID functionality as well as a plethora of USB Type-C ports in lieu of more traditional ports.


Dell managed to deliver a magnificent piece of kit which it says is the most secure, most reliable and most manageable business-class laptop.

That Latitude 5480 does come at a hefty price though and compared to the competition, this notebook may feel underwhelming.

However, Dell’s forte lies in its services and aftersales. That particular model comes with a 7th generation Intel CPU, one that is an actual four-core CPU.

While it has a far higher TDP than most of its peers (45W vs 15W), it is likely to be more powerful than even a top of the range Core i7-7600U.


The best deals on laptops in India

If you are looking for the best deals on laptops in India, you’ve come to the right place. We have scoured through Amazon India and Flipkart for the best deals and offers possible on laptops in India. Notebooks remain in demand throughout the year more now than ever. Companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo among others upgrade their lineup each year with top-of-the-line processors to remain at par with each other.

Currently the laptop market is filled with devices that seem similar to each other when it comes to specification sheet. Hence, we have made a list of the popular laptops with the best available deals and offers.

Apple MacBook Air MQD32HN/A at Rs 55,499 @ Amazon (save Rs 21,701)

The Apple MacBook Air MQD32HN/A comes with a 13.3-inch screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and runs on MacOS Sierra operating system. It is currently being offered at Rs. 55,499, after a discount of Rs. 21,710.

HP 15-BE002TX at Rs. 44,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 8,301)

The HP 15-BE002TX features a 15.6-inch display, sixth generation Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon R5 M430 2GB Graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB internal storage and runs on Windows 10 Home. It is available for Rs. 44,990 after a discount of Rs. 8,301.

Dell Vostro 3468 at Rs. 29,580 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,910)

The Dell Vostro 3468 comes with a 14-inch screen, a seventh generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Ubuntu 14.04. It is currently being sold at Rs. 29,580 after a discount of Rs. 3,910.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01FHIN at Amazon @ Rs. 31,990 (save Rs. 2,000)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01FHIN features a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10. You can buy it for Rs. 31,990 after a discount of Rs. 2,000.

HP 15-BU004TU at Rs. 27,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 3,847)

The HP 15-BU004TU comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 27,990 after a discount of Rs. 3,847.

HP 15-BU008TX at Rs. 31,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 4,204)

The HP 15-BU008TX comes with a 15.6-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 31,990 after a discount of Rs. 4,204.

HP 14-BU006TU at Rs. 30,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 2,511)

The HP 14-BU006TU comes with a 14-inch screen, a sixth generation Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on Windows 10. You can get the HP 14-BU006TU for Rs. 30,990 after a discount of Rs. 2,511.

Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01GKIN at Rs. 26,990 @ Amazon (save Rs. 500)

The Lenovo Ideapad 320E 80XH01GKIN comes with a 15.6-inch display, a sixth generation Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive and runs on FreeDOS. It is available for Rs. 26,990 after a discount of Rs. 500.

Acer Aspire 3 NX.GNTSI.004 15.6-inch Laptop at Rs 21,698 @ Amazon (save Rs 4,301)

The Acer Aspire 3 NX.GNTSI.004 laptop features a 15.6-inch display, Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 505 graphics card, 500GB hard drive and runs on Linux operating system. Amazon is retailing the laptop at Rs 21,698 after a discount of Rs 4,301.

Acer A315-21G NX.GNPSI.002 15.6-inch Laptop at Rs 26,990 @ Amazon (save Rs 1,009)

The laptop comes with 15.6-inch screen, Intel Core i3-6006U processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 500GB storage memory and Intel HD 520 graphics. It runs on Linux operating system and is available at Rs 26,990 on Amazon.


Differentz Ways of Fun

Facebook Iconfacebook like buttonTwitter Icontwitter follow buttonBlog