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Over the past several years, C++ has become a more popular language to use in embedded systems than C. Don’t get me wrong, C will continue to be a dominate language for years to come, but C++ offers developers modern tools to leverage when designing more reusable, scalable, and portable code. Teams aren’t just abandoning C, but instead, when starting new product development are instead adopting C++. The language has been evolving with the times and offers many improvements over C. In this post, let’s examine five simple C++ tricks that C programmers will immediately appreciate.

Trick #1 – Conditional Compilation Using Constexpr

The bane of many embedded code bases written in C is the large numbers of #if / #elif / #else preprocessor directives. The preprocessor directives are often used to conditionally compile code in and out of the image. For example, if we have three different versions of hardware, we’ll often create a macro that is used and then checked based on the build configuration to determine pin assignments and so forth. The problem with conditional compilations using the preprocessor is that the code gets messy and sometimes quite difficult to follow.

Starting in C++ 17, the language introduced the ability for developers to conditionally compile code using constexpr. Developers can leverage this compiler feature to optimize code based on templates and even to remove preprocessor directives that are using #ifdef blocks. For example, if we had a code base that had three different hardware configurations, we might find that our code to initialize GPIO looks something like this:

void Gpio_Init()

{

#ifdef __HARDWARE_REV1__

            // Initialize pin set #1

#elif __HARDWARE_REV2__

            // Initialize pin set #2

#elif __HARDWARE_REV_3__

            // Initilialize pin set #3

#endif  

}  

The code above is configurable, but it’s quite nasty to look at. Yes, a modern IDE will shade some of the options, but it’s just not a very elegant solution and leads to some messy code. In C++, we can leverage the constexpr compile time optimization and write code like the following:

constexpr Hardware_t HardwareRev = Hardware::Rev1

void Gpio_Init()

{

    if constexpr (HardwareRev == Hardware::Rev1)

    {

        // Initialize pin set #1

    }

    else if constexpr (HardwareRev == Hardware::Rev2)

    {

        // Initialize pin set #2

    }

    else if constexpr(HardwareRev == Hardware::Rev3)

    {

        // Initialize pin set #3

    }

}

When we compile the above code for Rev2, only the code for “Initialize pin set #2” makes it into our executable. If we compile for Rev1, only the code for “Initialize pin set #1” makes it into the executable, and so forth.

Trick #2 – Ranged for Loops

A fundamental flow control mechanism in C and C++ is the for loop. The C for loop has been stuck in the dark ages by not having a simplified range-based option. For example, languages like Python allow a programmer to iterate over a range using syntax like:

for x in range (1, 5)

    print(x)

In C, we need to write (depending on the C standard used of course):

for(int x = 1; x <= 5; x++)

{

    printf(“%d \r\n”, x);

}

Starting in C++ 11, an additional version of the for loop was added that makes working with ranged values easier. For example, if one wanted to write the above code examples in C++, we could now write it as:

int MyNums[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5};

for(int i : MyNums)

{

    std::cout << I << std::endl;

}

At first, to a C developer this may seem awkward; However, given how often we want to work over a range in an enum or object, the syntax is cleaner and easier to read.

Trick #3 – Use Auto

For C developers, auto is a language keyword that was deprecated a long time ago. Developers used to use auto to specify a variable that was limited to the current scope. Auto is a storage class specifier like static, only it specifies that the storage is local and the variable should be automatically destroyed once our of scope, unlike static which allows the variable to persist.

In C++, auto can be a very useful keyword that tells the compiler to automatically assign the datatype for the developer. For example, in Trick #2, we had the following for loop code:

int MyNums[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5};

for(int i : MyNums)

{

    std::cout << I << std::endl;

}

MyNums is already defined as an int, so I can let the compiler decide on the type that should be used for i as follows:

for(auto i : MyNums)

{

    std::cout << I << std::endl;

}

At first, this may appear sloppy. As the developer, shouldn’t I control what my variable types are? The answer is yes, but we should allow the compiler to manage types where it could save us time or where we don’t care to manually specify. Do we care if i for example is uint8_t, uint16_t, uint32_t and so forth? Probably not. We just want something that can iterate over the range of one to five and the compiler is more than capable of deciding. Auto can also help when we change a data type. We can change it in one place without having to worry about changing anything downstream that uses or interacts with it.  

Trick #4 – The Spaceship Operator

It can sometimes be annoying when you need to write a conditional statement that checks whether a value is less than, greater than, or equal to another value. Just recently, C++20 add a three-way comparison operator that can simplify readability and the code. This operator <=>, is often called the “spaceship” operator because it looks like a spaceship.

Using the spaceship operator is simple. For example, if we have two variables and we want a three-way comparison, we might write code like the following:

int Var1 = Value1;

int Var2 = Value2;

auto Result = Var1 <=> Var2;

If Var1 < Var2, then Result will less than 0. If Var1 > Var2, Result will be greater than 0. If Var 1 is equal to Var2, then Result will be 0.

Trick #5 – Getting the Size of a String

Strings in C are nothing more than a char array with ‘\0’ as the last array entry. Many bugs have resulted in applications from how C deals with strings. It’s not uncommon to forget the string terminator in a string, incorrectly size the array, or use string functions that can result in buffer overruns, and so forth.

In C++, strings can be managed much more safely. I’m not going to go into all the cool details in this post, that is up to the reader, but I do want to just point out how simple things can be in C++. For example, if a developer needs to get the length of a string, they can simply use the length() method associated with the string. A simple code example might be where we allow the user to input a string and then verify its length prior to use:

string Input;

getline(cin, Input);

if(Input.length() < 50)

{

    std::out << “Processing String …” << std::endl;

}

else

{

    std::out << “String to long! Try again” << std::endl;

}

It’s a simple example, but I highly encourage the reader to investigate the string libraries that are provided in C++. You’ll be surprised how safe, and easy it is to use strings!

Conclusions

C++ is gaining traction in many embedded applications, especially ones that are developed from the ground up and don’t rely on large amounts of legacy code. At first glance, C++ may seem intimidating to C programmers; However, C programmers will find that C++ is a natural extension of C into a more modern programming language. Design patterns and techniques that would be nearly impossible in C are easy in C++. In this post, we’ve explored a few simple C++ tricks that I think will interest C developers. We’ve barely begun to scratch the surface, but if you are a C programmer, I think you’ll find that C++ has a lot to offer to embedded applications.

Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant who works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their businesses by improving product quality, cost, and time to market. He has published too many blogs to count embedded software architecture, processes, and development techniques, is a sought-after speaker and technical trainer, and holds three degrees, including a Master of Engineering from the University of Michigan. You can contact Jacob at [email protected] and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter.

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China has been in the headlines lately for the ongoing acceleration of its capital outflows and concerns over the reliability of its reported economic data. As various businesses and investors hastily adjust their forecasts and expectations, to me, this period of uncertainty represents an opportunity for U.S. companies: To take the time to learn, reflect, and consider what their China strategy should be. (I share specific strategies for how to approach a China strategy in part two of this post.)

But first, doing business with -- or in -- China requires understanding nuances that go beyond the stats and typical headlines. Until now, most entrepreneurs and commenters have been so focused on the obvious market size opportunity that they often forget the less obvious reason to study China: That there is much to learn from, not just about, Chinese companies. This includes everything from redefining how we think of innovation and how internet companies can monetize beyond advertising revenue to lessons on how startups can scale in a hyper-urban environment.

Frankly, while China is behind the U.S. in areas like enterprise SaaS, augmented reality, VR, and healthcare, it can provide a glimpse of the future in other areas, such as mobile payments; transportation; O2O or “online to offline” commerce (coined by my a16z partner Alex Rampell and popular in China); ecommerce and travel.

Ultimately, however, learning from China involves rethinking our mindsets around it … beginning with how to be open to learning from China in the first place, to preparing for future competition from there as Chinese companies aim to realize their global ambitions.

Mindset #1: Rethinking the definition of “innovation”

A long-held and common belief about Chinese, Indian, African, and other non-Western internet companies is that they are just copycats of U.S. counterparts. Even the language we (and sometimes they, too) use propagates this misconception: e.g., Alibaba as the “eBay of China”; Flipkart as the “Amazon of India”; the “Groupon of Iran”, and so on.

Derivatively calling a company the “X brand (we’re familiar with) of Y country” tricks us into thinking that those companies are just clones of the original U.S. company. Yet the reality is there’s a ton of grit and creative thinking that led the entrepreneurs behind Alibaba and others to build their companies the way they did. Furthermore, examples of international companies leading -- not just following -- U.S. innovation now abound, from messaging app WeChat to drone manufacturer DJI in China alone.

There are also a number of enabling conditions that make Chinese companies do things in a way that U.S. companies aren’t forced to. For example, the speed at which things move in China is unprecedented, and the sheer number of people makes it an eat-or-be-eaten environment that urges forward momentum in all things and at any cost. Chinese companies are therefore used to lightning-fast execution, shorter product cycles, and letting a thousand experiments bloom (even if 999 of them fail and have to be ripped out!). I believe that U.S. companies should closely watch all these Chinese experiments play out -- not just to inspire their own experiments, but as proxies to focus their own efforts directionally.

Now, some may argue that many of these innovations are really just “incremental” (as compared to 10x magnitude leaps or moonshots). But when compounded, seemingly incremental improvements can lead to bigger things in their own right. Especially when combined with a mobile-first ecosystem.

Take the example of Chinese online travel provider C-trip, which not only offers flight and hotel bookings but insurance and visas as well. Because over 70% of its online transactions are mobile, the company thinks deeply about the needs of mobile travelers. So in 2015, C-trip launched a “virtual tour manager” program, where it creates WeChat messaging groups for individual travelers heading to the same city around the same time. Each of these groups are administered by a human tour guide who helps book restaurants, looks up traffic patterns on travel routes, and sends alerts in case of emergencies (about earthquakes, attacks, etc.) -- all in Mandarin Chinese.

This service is now live for over 100 countries. It’s an example of a Chinese tech company stretching its creativity to meet unarticulated user needs. But what if this small customer service innovation led to an entirely new kind of communication model, one that facilitates communication among complete strangers? And on a far more intimate platform -- something normally reserved for friends, families, and close-ties groups -- than on the likes of Sina Weibo or Twitter? If so, the resulting changes in social behaviors could be profound.

Another example of a seemingly incremental innovation that could have significant consequences comes from Didi, China’s leading ride-hailing service. The company, which provided 1.4 billion rides in 2015, installed touchscreen booths -- really, gigantic tablets mounted on displays -- all around Shanghai so that people (especially the elderly) could still hail a Didi car without having a smartphone.

It’s a convenient but relatively minor service. Yet if this kind of thing spread, it could reshape the way entire cities look, as public surfaces everywhere become the “shared phone screen” (i.e., instead of something held as a central command center only in an individual’s hands).

Beyond such product inspiration, there are incremental business model (not just tech) experiments that can change century-old practices -- like memorizing and storytelling -- in potentially far-reaching ways. Consider China’s largest online/ebook publishing company, Yuewen Group, which has over three million digital books in its catalogue. More notable than the scale here however is how the company monetizes: Chinese readers can pay per every 1000 words (sort of like by chapter), and have been able to do so for more than half a decade.

Not only does this micro-transaction model encourage more readers to sample more e-books while providing instant revenue to writers (who can begin selling a book right after the first chapter is completed), the collected data can help TV producers make series-optioning decisions at a more granular level. But the unintended consequence of all this is that authors with extremely popular books never want the story to end, changing the narrative significantly. Over time, it could even change the act of storytelling altogether; it’s not unlike what’s already happening in the U.S. with shows like Game of Thrones or with binge watching/streaming leading to an entirely new genre of entertainment.

More broadly speaking, Yuewen is also an example of how Chinese and Western users monetize differently across multiple tech categories. For instance, less than 20% of Tencent’s (the creator of WeChat) revenues come from advertising compared to over 95% for Facebook’s revenue. In fact, most large consumer mobile companies in China (and elsewhere around the world) do not rely on advertising as their primary source of revenue; they focus on transactions instead. Chinese internet companies have therefore experimented with numerous non-advertising business models including in-app or in-game fees, other microtransaction models, free-to-play, and more. For a U.S. company that was previously monetizing only via ads, studying its Chinese counterpart could reveal alternative ways of generating revenue so it’s less dependent on advertising as many U.S. internet companies are.

Mindset #2 Rethinking scale, and scaling

Despite conflicting views on the genuine growth rate of the Chinese economy, no one would question the growth rate of China’s population!

When we read headlines about tech companies in China, the true scale of the reported user stats often get lost in translation. Part of this is because most people -- journalists and readers alike -- have simply not been exposed to such population density. And as with other classic estimation experiments, people are just really bad at imagining (let alone visualizing) the true magnitude of things they haven’t experienced personally.

To put it bluntly, a company that has reached 1 million registered users in China hasn’t really “cracked” China; for instance, if Tencent had a product with just five million monthly active users in China, it might consider shutting the app down! Now, to be fair, reaching a million users is an achievement to be celebrated. And even relatively smaller numbers compared to the genuine size of the Chinese market can yield huge business gains. But it’s important to keep the numbers in perspective…

China has a lot of people. Shanghai and Beijing alone have 20 million residents, each. Compare this to New York City’s population (8.4 million), Los Angeles’ (3.9 million), and San Francisco's (less than 1 million). And while some ghost towns exist do in China, there are still 1.3 billion people in China; if you took China’s total population and subtracted out the entire population of the United States, you would still have a billion people left.

Now tack on the news that China is committed to moving 100 million Chinese people from rural farming regions into more urban regions in the next five years. Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities in China continue to face hyper-urbanization issues that will force them to go where no other modern city has gone before. Already, China’s biggest cities are overflowing to such a point that license plates are distributed via a lottery system to control the number of cars on the road. This has been the case in Beijing since 2011, and in Shanghai since 2013.

Meanwhile, in mobile, China Mobile apparently has (as of the end of last year) nearly as many 4G mobile subscribers as the entire U.S. population. Not to mention nearly three times as many total customers as there are people in the U.S.

China is thus an ideal place for startups to find all sorts of insights on user behaviors at scale, whether one believes in the concepts of “blitzscaling” or not. Watching Chinese experiments play out also helps indicate what new problems (and solutions) will arise in urban centers around the world -- especially on the transportation, logistics, and infrastructure front -- as they, too, become more densely populated.

If being first to scale is indeed more important than being first to market, what better place to study scaling strategies than in China, a country with a population of 1.3 billion people?

Mindset #3 Rethinking the nature of competition

Last year, investors both in and out of China deployed $37 billion into Chinese startups (more than double 2014 and more than 8x of 2013). We can debate the record speed of new businesses being created, observe the problem of overfunding at the seed stage (and subsequent difficulty of meeting milestones later), or question private valuations of specific companies. But one thing is undisputable: Many startups in China are getting funded in some form or another.

Why does this matter? Simply put, if a startup is an experiment in a new way of doing things, then that means many experiments in China are happening overall. While it’s true that more global funding went into U.S. startups in 2015, the U.S. and Chinese startup ecosystems are different. Both ecosystems may have a winner-take-all dynamic, but that dynamic is far more intense in China. This results in far more trial-and-error -- as well as rapid product cycles -- as companies attempt to win market share from each other, quickly. Such rapid experimentation in turn leads to much faster change, willingness to accept and allow faster company deaths, and faster potential breakaway hits.

When you take this environment of experimentation, supported by so much funding, and combine it with a “Chinese” work ethic and talent base, it results in a “multiplier” effect of sorts. To break the components of that effect down further:

War games mindset. Company executives in China are trained, at the outset, to think in terms of war analogies, with the ultimate goal of outlasting the competition. This mindset leads to a sort of Hunger Games-like paranoia where “only the paranoid survive” (to borrow Andy Grove’s phrase), which in turn drives continual improvement, results in more experiments as described above, and gives Chinese companies more optionality than Western companies. Finally, since entrepreneurs are always under direct attack from competitors, they are groomed to fight defensively and offensively. Even PR is used as a weapon: For instance, funding announcements are made (and sometimes inflated) to discourage investors from backing competitors.

Work ethic. The average number of hours worked in China per worker in 2015 was 2,432 hours and 1,767 in the U.S. (Germany, meanwhile, comes in at 1,372 and France at 1,495). On average, the Chinese worker is likely working more than the U.S. worker; note however that this data includes factory workers and does not measure efficiency of work. Regardless, labor is obviously cheap in China. Furthermore, a standard workday in China is 9AM to 9PM, and a standard work-week is 6 days long, from Monday through Saturday. This schedule is not just for a special event or right before a product launch; it’s the norm in China. In the same way that people hypothesize that Europe is lagging behind the U.S. due to a different work ethic (among other policy reasons), the same could one day be argued of China and the United States.

Talent landscape. The talent landscape in China for engineers has changed so drastically in the last few years that some Chinese companies are actually coming to Silicon Valley to hire big data engineers because they are “cheaper” here. While so far limited to the big data space, this is a huge inversion of the traditional outsourcing model! Meanwhile, many Chinese tech companies appear bloated compared to their U.S. counterparts because they have many more employees including engineers. This is because companies in China can’t afford to wait to hire that elusive 10x engineer. Instead of risking falling behind, they’ll just hire the 10 engineers they can hire today (even if less skilled) to get the job done faster. This mentality applies to international expansion as well.

It’s a mistake to think this phenomenon is all about quality of talent: It’s really about the pace of competition. That’s the salient point here.

So why does any of this matter to anyone outside China? Because not only are a ton of companies -- and experiments -- in China getting funded, they’re run in an intense environment. The result of this intense Darwinian struggle for survival is that the species that survives is very fit. Those surviving companies will become formidable global players, which is why I think it’s worth learning from -- and possibly partnering with -- them now. Eventually, as Chinese companies enter the global arena, all U.S. startups will need to compete in such an intense environment or learn to stay ahead in other ways regardless of whether or not they enter China.

Mindset #4: Rethinking what “local” advantage means

When eBay entered China, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma described it as “a shark in the ocean”. He said, “I am a crocodile in the Yangtze River. If we fight in the ocean, we lose, but if we fight in the river, we win.”

What Ma meant was that he understood the smaller Chinese merchants and consumers far better than eBay did; this included everything from where to find them to how to keep them engaged. Ma’s local competitor to eBay, Taobao, used TV ads and door-to-door sales reps instead of internet-based advertising. It made listings more customer- vs. product-centric. It optimized its marketplace model for Chinese notions of trust.

Unfortunately, when many entrepreneurs discuss “local” understanding or localization of their offerings, they tend to focus on things like the color palette, logo, design layout, language, even etiquette. All of which matters, but ignores fundamental insights about customers that take form in many other specific yet subtle ways.

For example: Chinese consumers really, really, really love deals and discounts. Even if a particular U.S. startup doesn’t offer discounts for its product, it should consider doing so in China (though obviously not at the expense of its unit economics!) -- especially around the holidays. Similarly, even if it feels cheesy or passé to a U.S. audience, companies doing business in China should recognize how effective celebrity endorsements and physical billboard or elevator poster advertising are. And so on.

Another example of local advantage -- but at a global scale -- plays out in emerging economies. U.S. companies are more adept than Chinese ones at designing high-tech products for a demographic that closely resembles Western Europe. But Chinese companies can more quickly gain market share in emerging economies (like those in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia) since they are already experts in serving a user base that is mobile-first and Android-centric; limited in bandwidth or power; highly engaged and motivated by entertainment apps; hyper-urbanized; young in internet use; and so on.

In short, there will likely be not one but two stables of “unicorns”: one in the Western world, and one stabled in China and developing regions. Because even if many of these developing regions have far more in common ideologically with the U.S. than with China, Chinese companies could still win in those markets for the reasons I just outlined.

This suggests a paradox: U.S. companies’ greatest competition isn’t their local competitor but their counterpart abroad, wherever they are -- the international #1, not just the local #2. And sometimes the competition isn’t obvious but lying latent in wait. An example of this is Cheetah Mobile, the creator of CM Security, Clean Master, Battery Doctor, and other smartphone apps. Across its suite of utility apps, Cheetah reportedly has 567 million MAUs -- 74% of which are not in China. Cheetah took its product (which was already refined and robust from Chinese users heavily pounding away at it), localized it for the rest of the world with very little extra work, and quickly grabbed global market share. In fact, 4 of the top 5 free apps in the U.S. Google Play store tools category are apps that originated in China. This isn’t just happening in the “invisible” tools category; right now, 3 of the top 10 free apps in the photography category on the U.S. Google Play store are also made in China.

*  *  *

Many of the examples I share are anecdotal, because I’m arguing for two kinds of learning from China: passively watching (as described in the first two mindsets above), and/or actively learning to prepare for the competition (as described in the last two mindsets).

Whatever else one thinks of China, we need to accept that:

  • Chinese companies are truly innovating, not just copying -- if not in tech, then certainly in product, path to market, or monetization;
  • Chinese companies are hyperscaling more intensely than U.S. counterparts because the TAM is much larger;
  • Lots of Chinese companies are getting funded and competing in a super intense way (through a combination of long hours and “we’re at war” mentality) -- so winners will emerge very strong; and
  • Chinese companies can serve as both a source of inspiration in the short term and as a formidable source of competition in the future (and part of the art of partnering with them is realizing this; more on that later).

The government, of course, plays a role here for better or worse. For example, it is mandating that companies expand globally. Starting this year, the government will also create incentives for high-tech investors to take even larger risks on startups, which changes the risk:reward ratio. Either way, the outcomes don’t change much for us. It just means more global ambitions and experiments keep getting funded. (And even if they don’t survive to the next stage, those learnings will cycle through the Chinese startup ecosystem in some form, manifesting themselves in later companies as is the case in startup ecosystems all over the world.)

Now, none of this is intended to alarm or make us double up our workloads. There are unique attributes of Silicon Valley that enable it to continually innovate that other parts of the world haven’t really been able to replicate. This is simply a call for U.S. companies to critically evaluate how they match up against their competitors in China, to take that competition more seriously than ever, and really learn from them.

When considering their true competition, most U.S. companies intuitively list their domestic and local counterparts only. But does it only matter that one is faster than the second or third athlete in the race -- or does it matter more that they know where the finish line is? In that sense, why should the #1 company in the U.S. only watch players #2 and #3 in their home market when it can also study (and possibly even partner with) its #1 counterpart in China or elsewhere? To me, “competition” isn’t just about who is taking market share away from you in that moment or place; it’s about who can help inspire your roadmap, who can really help drive you forward. That’s what innovation is after all: It’s about finding a better way of doing things.

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Killexams : Infinix INBook X1 Slim: A budget laptop with a lot of power

Let’s face it, not everyone has the deep-pockets to purchase the latest Dell, HP or Lenovo laptops with exorbitant price tags; at times, people (school/college students, even professionals) want laptops that are slim and lightweight, portable, budget-friendly and most important, with as much battery life as possible to get them through a hard day at school, college or work. Infinix wants to cater to this target audience with its latest INBook X 1 Slim—a slim and light laptop at modest prices.

INBook X 1 sports an ultra-durable aluminium alloy-based metal body, which weighs only 1.25kg. It features a 14-inch FHD+ screen with 4.7 mm thin bezels and dual-star light camera for clearer video calls in low-light areas. It is a 10th Gen Intel core device and we are looking at three processor variants: i3 (8GB + 256GB/ 8GB+512GB), i5 (8GB + 512GB/ 16GB+512GB), and the top-speed i7 (16GB+512 GB), with prices starting from Rs 30,000 onwards. There are four colour options available here: Red, Green, Blue and Grey. The laptop is backed by a 50Wh high-capacity all-day battery life with a multi-utility 65 Watt Type C charger.

Our trial unit was the i5-1035G1, 8GB+512GB Blue colour variant; let us check out its finer details. My first impression: It is a neatly designed laptop that is pleasing to the eye. In the hand, it is really slim and lightweight. Even with an aluminium alloy-based metal body, it weighs only 1.24kg and is 14.8mm slim. The device is quite portable and sturdy, allowing users to hop from one place to another with ease.

The laptop sports a 14-inch full HD+ IPS display with 300 NITS of peak brightness and 100% sRGB colour reproduction. Users can enjoy basic games and video streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime. With the INBook X1 Slim’s HD webcam and two-layer stereo speakers with advanced DTS sound technology, you can watch videos and play games and enjoy good audio quality. The laptop even comes with a dual-star light camera feature that enhances visibility when making video calls or attending zoom meetings in low-light situations.

The INBook X1 Slim is equipped with an efficient battery backup as well as a multi-purpose charger, which makes it ideal for everyday use. The laptop has almost 11 hours of web browsing, nine hours of regular work, and nine hours of video playback, all uninterrupted. This ensures a perfect balance of power and portability. A high-power Type C multi-utility charger that allows users to share data, charge their smartphones and charge their laptops simultaneously supports the battery. The 65W easy-to-carry Type-C charger can charge the laptop 100% in 90 minutes.

Additionally, the laptop has 512GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM, a dual-star camera, and a backlit keyboard. It runs Windows 11, which boots up in about 30 seconds. I checked out the finer nuances of this Infinix creation and can safely say that the INBook X1 Slim is a good machine for a smooth, versatile PC experience. It comes in a beautiful design you will be proud to carry with you. It is capable of undertaking heavy office-related or academic tasks, and even for playing a game, YouTube video surfing or watching a movie with comparative ease. Battery life is great and there are sufficient security features to keep you productive anywhere.

Key takeaway: The INBook X1 Slim is a sleek, compact and powerful laptop when it comes to work, study or play. A modest price tag will certainly attract customers to check out this machine.

SPECIFICATIONS
Display: 14-inch full HD+ IPS display, 300 NITS peak brightness
Processor: Intel Core i5 processor (10th Gen)
Operating system: Windows 11 Home, 64-bit
Memory & storage: 8GB RAM, 512GB storage
Ports & connectivity: 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C port, HDMI 1.4 port, SD card reader
Battery: 50Wh battery, 65W Type-C charger can charge 100% in 90 minutes
Estimated street price: Rs 39,990

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Killexams : UPDATE -- Think On, Inc. and Lorica Cybersecurity Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Encrypted Data Analytics Solutions

Think On Inc.

Through a multi-year collaboration with Lorica Cybersecurity, ThinkOn is extending its leadership position in cloud data security and privacy-enhancing computation

TORONTO, July 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Think On, Inc. the only 100% Canadian owned cloud service provider allowed to host sensitive information for the Government of Canada, announces a technology partnership with Lorica Cybersecurity to bring next-generation encrypted data analytics solutions to the ThinkOn cloud computing platform. This partnership is intended to deliver cutting-edge solutions aligned with ThinkOn’s commitment to privacy, security, and data sovereignty in the cloud.

With data and digital assets coming under ever-greater threat, enterprises are seeking solutions to further protect sensitive data and eliminate the risk of data exposure in the event of a data breach. Over the coming months, Lorica Cybersecurity’s cloud-native and quantum-resistant solution based on patented high-performance fully homomorphic encryption (HP-FHE™) technology will be made available to ThinkOn partners and end subscribers through the ThinkOn cloud computing platform.

“As a leading provider of cloud services to public and private sector enterprises, ThinkOn is committed to providing proven data security and privacy solutions,” said Craig McLellan, Founder and CEO, ThinkOn. “This partnership represents a unique opportunity for us to provide truly cutting-edge secure data archiving and analytics technology solutions to our partners and customers. We look forward to continued collaboration with the outstanding team at Lorica Cybersecurity.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with ThinkOn, a leading Canadian cloud services provider with a global business footprint,” said Glenn Gulak, Co-Founder and CEO, Lorica Cybersecurity. “Our patented and highly-optimized encrypted data analytics solutions will provide unmatched data protection and market-leading performance for enterprises on the ThinkOn cloud.”

About Think On, Inc.
Think On, Inc. is a proudly Canadian-owned and operated cloud service provider (CSP) with a global data centre footprint. ThinkOn is a Canadian VMware Sovereign Cloud partner. ThinkOn helps the Canadian government leverage domestic infrastructure technology to deploy sensitive workloads and run digital solutions in the cloud. Providing comprehensive cloud solutions that meet strict compliance, sovereignty and security requirements. ThinkOn enables the Government to operate with increased agility and address complex security controls that are key to deliver a quality user experience for the public sector and the Canadians they serve. Consider them your dedicated department of data-obsessed experts. They will protect your data like their own, making it more resilient, secure, actionable, and searchable. ThinkOn works with a trusted ecosystem of top technology partners to provide cost-effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions and data management services with predictable pricing and no hidden fees.

www.thinkon.com

About Lorica Cybersecurity Inc.
Lorica Cybersecurity has developed quantum-resistant cloud data security and privacy solutions that eliminate the risk of data exposure leveraging cutting-edge high-performance fully homomorphic encryption (HP-FHE™). Working discreetly with customers in the financial, telecommunications, government and national security sectors, Lorica protects some of the most sensitive data and valuable proprietary information in the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Lorica enables customers to have confidence working with their proprietary data and digital assets in the cloud – both now and well into the future.

www.loricacyber.com

For further information: (press only) contact Sarah Finney, Director of Marketing, Think On, Inc. sarah.finney@thinkon.com

Tue, 19 Jul 2022 04:53:00 -0500 en-US text/html https://finance.yahoo.com/news/think-inc-lorica-cybersecurity-partner-164100864.html
Killexams : Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV Is Ready for Silent Pursuits

Ford makes police vehicles in all shapes and sizes, tailored specifically to meet the needs of our public servants. Electrification hasn't really made its way to this kind of vehicle, but that's about to change.

Ford this week unveiled the 2023 F-150 Lightning Pro SSV (Special Service Vehicle). It takes all the good, police-oriented bits of Ford's F-150 police vehicle and adapts it to the electric Lightning. Like the standard Lightning, it will be offered in two variants -- the standard battery will offer 452 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque with a 7,700-pound towing capacity, while the extended battery will boost power to 580 hp and towing to 10,000 pounds. With a 0-to-60-mph time below 4 seconds, it should make quite the interesting pursuit vehicle.

In addition to the basic EV stuff, Ford pulled several upgrades from its standard F-150 SSV. The Lightning Pro SSV is available with heavy-duty cloth seats with thinner bolsters, steel plates in the front seatbacks, vinyl rear seats and flooring, an instrument panel dedicated for police upfits and mounts for lights.

Of course, pursuits aren't the only purpose the Lightning SSV is built for. Ford's Pro Power Onboard system can use the Lightning SSV's battery to help power lights at a nighttime accident scene, for example. All that towing capacity can help police departments move boats and other hardware around. The 14.1-cubic-foot frunk is still there, too, offering extra storage beyond the bed.

Since the Lightning SSV is part of the Ford Pro family of professional-grade vehicles, there's also a bunch of backend stuff in here that should help police departments, as well. Ford's built-in telematics can offer departments all the data they need for fleet management, and the company's finance arm can help municipalities pay for not just the vehicles, but also the charging infrastructure required to keep them juiced up.

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Killexams : Western Cape ports to get a R16.1 billion infrastructure upgrade No result found, try new keyword!Transnet National Ports Authority will invest R16.1 billion in infrastructure at the ports of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and Mossel Bay over the next seven years. Of the investment, R8.4 billion will ... Mon, 11 Jul 2022 04:07:00 -0500 en-za text/html https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/western-cape-ports-to-get-a-r16-1-billion-infrastructure-upgrade/ar-AAZsl4K Killexams : The best Amazon Prime Day laptop and tablet deals from Apple, Lenovo, Razer and others

If you're in need of a new laptop for work or for the upcoming school year, you could grab one for less on Prime Day. Amazon has discounted a bunch of notebooks from Lenovo, HP, Acer, Razer and others, and you'll find plenty of options both at the high and low ends of the price spectrum.

Buying a laptop from Amazon can be a bit of a toss up, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider doing so. While you won't find as many configurations of any given laptop on Amazon as you would on the manufacturer's site, Amazon's steep discounts often make up for that. If you're fine choosing from a few pre-made configs, check out the Prime Day sales to see if you can get what you need for less. If you'd rather build your machine from scratch with the exact specs you want, consider going straight to the source. Besides, plenty of brands are having their own sale events to compete with Prime Day. Here are the best deals on laptops and tablets we found for Prime Day 2022.

iPad

The 10.2-inch iPad is down to $299. We gave it a score of 86 for its improved performance, excellent battery life, better front-facing camera and increased base storage.

Buy iPad at Amazon - $299

iPad Air M1

Apple's latest iPad Air with the M1 chipset is on sale for $570. We gave it a score of 90 for its extremely fast performance, improved front camera and excellent battery life.

Buy iPad Air M1 at Amazon - $570

iPad Pros

The latest 11-inch iPad Pro has dropped to $699. We gave it and the 12.9-inch model a score of 87 for their powerful performance thanks to the M1 chipset, lovely displays and Center Stage cameras.

Buy 11-inch iPad Pro at Amazon - $699

Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook

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Lenovo's Flex 5 Chromebook is down to just about $210 right now, or 38 percent off its normal price. This model runs on an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We like this machine for its good screen, comfortable keyboard, excellent battery life and solid performance.

Buy Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook at Amazon - $210

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

The Microsoft Surface Pro 8, photographed on a roof deck with the keyboard folio attached.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 has been discounted to $1,173, or 27 percent off its normal rate. This particular model has a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. We gave it a score of 85 for its lovely display, premium build quality and long battery life.

Buy Surface Pro 8 at Amazon - $1,173

Razer Blade 14

Razer Blade 14

This powerful version of the Razer Blade 14 is 18 percent off and down to $2,285. It runs on an 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It earned a score of 84 from us for its sturdy yet premium design, powerful CPU and GPU, bright display and its multitude of ports.

Buy Razer Blade 14 at Amazon - $2,285

MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop

MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop

The MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop is 3824percent off and down to $1,060 for Prime Day. This model runs on an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It also has a 15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display and support for WiFi 6.

Buy MSI Stealth 15M at Amazon - $1,060

Acer Aspire 5

Acer Aspire 5

Acer's Aspire 5 is on sale for just about $410, which is 18 percent cheaper than usual. This 15-inch notebook runs on an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In general, we like the Aspire 5 series for its good build quality, comfortable keyboard and solid performance — all things that can be hard to find on cheap Windows laptops.

Buy Acer Aspire 5 at Amazon - $410

HP Pavilion 15

HP Pavilion 15

Amazon knocked 18 percent off this HP Pavilion 15 laptop, bringing it down to $775. It runs on an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. We also like that it has an edge-to-edge FHD display and a number pad on the keyboard.

Buy HP Pavilion 15 at Amazon - $775

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung's original Galaxy Chromebook is nearly half off and down to $580. The discounted model runs on a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We gave it a score of 74 when it first came out for its slick design, beautiful display and fast performance.

Buy Galaxy Chromebook at Amazon - $580

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet is 44 percent cheaper than usual and down to $500. We gave the tablet a score of 81 when it first came out in 2020 for its gorgeous design, lovely 120Hz display and useful S-Pen and note-taking software.

Buy Galaxy Tab S7+ at Amazon - $475

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

The Galaxy Tab S8+ features a 12.4-inch screen natively stylus support, and an included S Pen.

The Galaxy Tab S8 is on sale for $580 right now, or $120 off its normal price. These are Samsung's answers to Apple's iPad Pros, and we gave the S8+ a score of 85 for its gorgeous display, super thin design, good battery life and included S Pen.

Buy Galaxy Tab S8 at Amazon - $580

Fire HD 8

The Fire HD 8 tablet is half off and down to $45. We gave it a score of 81 for its decent performance, good battery life, wireless charging capabilities and USB-C port.

Buy Fire HD 8 at Amazon - $45

Fire HD 10

The Fire HD 10 has dropped to only $75 for Prime Day. It's the Fire tablet to get if you want the best performance possible. We like its 1080p display, 12-hour battery life and its Show Mode feature.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon - $75

Fire 7 Kids Pro

Amazon's Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet is down to $50, or 50 percent off its usual rate. It's the smallest of the company's affordable tablets and the kids version comes with a protective case, a two-year warranty and one year of access to Amazon Kids+.

Buy Fire 7 Kids Pro at Amazon - $50

Fire HD 8 Kids Pro

The 8-inch version of Amazon's kids tablet is on sale for $70. This also comes with a protective case, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+.

Buy Fire HD 8 Kids Pro at Amazon - $70

Fire HD 10 Kids Pro

The Fire HD 10 Kids is also on sale for $120 right now. You're getting the same thing in this bundle — a protective case, a two-year warranty and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ — along with a larger tablet.

Buy Fire HD 10 Kids Pro at Amazon - $120

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung's Galaxy Book Pro laptop with a 15.6-inch AMOLED screen, a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is on sale for $880 right now, or 32 percent off its usual price. This a relatively new laptop from Samsung that focuses on being as thin and light as possible without compromising on performance, and stunning with a lovely display.

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