Sunday, 2 June 2013

Slow demand in the PC market is dragging down computer makers and component suppliers alike. Yet one PC maker, Hong-Kong based Lenovo, is thriving in spite of the market environment.
For its fiscal fourth quarter ended in March, Lenovo reported record revenue of $7.8 billion, with an earnings increase of 90 percent to $127 million. Competitor Hewlett-Packard reported a 10 percent decline in sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended in April, to $27.6 billion.
A number of factors go into a company’s performance for any given quarter, but Lenovo has a couple of advantages in the current market environment. First, it is selling a lot of its products into its own backyard: the Asia-Pacific market.
China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis last year, relegating the U.S. to second place with a lead of more than 3 million units, according to IHS. PC shipments in 2012 to China totaled 69 million units, exceeding the 66 million shipments in the U.S. Only a year earlier, the United States was the leading market for PCs.
Lenovo grew its number-one PC market share position in China, the world’s largest PC market, to 31.7 percent, up 1.7 points year over year, the company reported in a release.
Lenovo is evolving a unique supply chain model that involves shifting its IT systems – inherited through several acquisitions, including IBM’s PC business – to the cloud. Lenovo uses a platform provided by E2open to share real-time data within its operations. The platform also enables supply chain partners to link with Lenovo without a lot of upfront IT configuration. The company has reduced the time it takes to communicate internally and externally and has significantly reduced IT costs.

HP, in the meantime, is undergoing a restructuring to trim costs from its operations. “We beat the upper end of our non-GAAP diluted EPS outlook for the quarter by $0.05 per share, driven by better than expected performance in Enterprise Services and Printing, coupled with the accelerated capture of restructuring savings and improvement in our operations," said HP President and CEO Meg Whitman in a release.
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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Due to the evolution of mobile technology and the advent of smartphones, it is astounding to see the developments in touch screen technologies in terms of brightness, picture clarity and durability. With touchscreen phones and tablets making a foray into the market, the most important part of these devices have undoubtedly become the displays or the screens. People have now started paying more attention and importance to titbits like resolution and colour saturation.
Although there are two mainstream technologies – LCD and AMOLED, there are multiple display variants to the existing LCD technology like IPS-LCD, TFT-LCD and to the AMOLED technology like Super AMOLED, Super AMOLED Plus, HD Super AMOLED and ClearBlack AMOLED, but the basic technology remains the same. While LCD has been around for quite some time, AMOLED is gaining popularity; thanks to the Samsung manufacturers.
•AMOLED – Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode or AMOLED is a popular display technology that is found on all Samsung Galaxy S series, Nokia Lumia 900, and HTC One S. AMOLED technology is a fairly old technology, but their emergence in the market on high end screens is recent. This technology is characterized by a thin layer of organic polymers that light up when zapped with an electric current. Because of this, AMOLED screens are thin, sleek and really don’t need a backlight, because the screens can produce deep blacks which can shut the screen pixels off. This technology offers prolonged battery life and consumes less power. PenTile display is a feature of AMOLED technology in which bright screens can be created using only one-third the amount of sub pixels. The negative part about PenTile display is that due to the more visible sub-pixels, images can appear to be grainy.
•Super AMOLED – A variant of AMOLED technology, Super AMOLED screens are 20% brighter, 80% less reflective and uses 20% less energy than regular AMOLED screens. Super AMOLED technology integrates a capacitive touchscreen layer directly into the display instead of overlaying it on top of the display; hence the screens can be extremely thin and sleek and come with an increased battery life.
•Super AMOLED Plus – Here the PenTile matrix is replaced by RGB matrix for improved colour reproduction and viewing angles, but they are not as bright as Super AMOLED technology.
•HD Super AMOLED – In HD Super AMOLED, there is no PenTile matrix, but it utilizes a digitizer contributing to higher display resolution with good pixel density.
•ClearBlack AMOLED – Here the panel uses ClearBlack coated with anti-glare polarizer that blocks incoming light reflections and performs better under sunlight. With deep blacks, superior colour contrast and reproduction, this screen display offers increased outdoor visibility.
•LCD – Liquid Crystal Display or LCD has been around for years. Noticeable on most recent mobile phones like iPhone, iPad and HTC One X, LCD displays first came into the picture with the introduction of the first LCD watch and calculator and now can be found on most computer monitors and televisions. LCD comprises wondrous liquid crystals, couple of glass panes and a light source. Since it deploys backlighting, the black colour in such screen displays does not look black and looks greyish black instead. Although LCD screens can produce some of the most realistic colors, it does not offer a wide contrast ratio in terms of brightness and darkness as seen in AMOLED screen displays.
•TFT-LCD – A variant of the LCD screen panel, in TFT or Thin Film Transistor screen display comprises a layer on the LCD consisting of transistors and rows and columns for improved pixel resolution. TFT-LCD screen display offers limited visibility in bright light, side-angle viewing and contrast and colour reproduction and are typically seen in low-budget, feature phones and budget smartphones for their ease of production
•IPS-LCD – IPS-LCD or in-plane switching LCD technology is an enhancement of the LCD technology and overcomes most of the problems associated with LCD like improved viewing angles, power consumption and allows smaller pixels for better and improved resolution. Used in Nexus 4, iPhone and HTC One, IPS-LCD is seen in high-quality smartphones and contributes to long battery life, consumes less power and has better viewing angles than TFT-LCD.
Even though there are pros and cons in each display screen technology, in the end, the screen viewing angle, contrast ratio and colour reproduction and what fit your needs is what you should take into consideration and look for!

Because of their ability to consume 85 percent less energy and last for 10 years, LED lights have been touted as one of the most super-efficient and an environment friendly alternative to traditional blubs. They have been in the limelight for eliminating the electricity demands of residential and commercial lightning. They are widely used in mobile phones, televisions and computer screens. They are also fitted in houses and can be replaced for traditional lighting. Although they cost more than traditional bulbs, they consume less electricity and power. As the radiant output power of LED’s continues to increase, there is growing concern over the significant eye damage that LED lights can cause.
According to the research conducted by Dr. Celia Sanchez Ramos, a vision researcher of Complutense University - Madrid, Spain, LED or light-emitting diode lights can have adverse effects on your eyes. Prolonged exposure to LED lights can cause permanent and irreparable damage to the retinal pigment epithelial cells of the eye which cannot be regenerated or replaced. Celia claims that LED lights comes from the short-wave, high-energy blue and violet end of the visible light spectrum. Researchers have pointed out to the fact that the blue glare emits high levels of radiation that is known to hurt the eyes.
Human have their eyes open for 6,000 hours a year and are constantly exposed to artificial light. So, it is advisable to close your eyes every now and then to soften the impact and give your eyes the much needed rest. Researchers have pointed out that it is essential to cut off this blue glare of the LED lights by placing in built-in filters in computer, TV screens and mobiles phones, to prevent damage to the eye. Another way to protect your eyes is to indulge in a well-balanced diet comprising Vitamin A like spinach and peppers and protecting your eyes with a good pair of sunglasses equipped with UV filter rays.
With the arrival of your baby comes a huge responsibility and that is of being a mother. No matter how much you may have prepared yourself mentally or talked to other mothers about their experiences, invariably such a huge responsibility obviously frightens any woman, especially a new mother, who has thousands of questions and is quite 
unsure about the experiences of handling a baby. Having a baby indeed is stressful and at times can interfere with the ability to look after your baby. To beat the baby blues away, it is essential for any mother get help at the right time. With the appropriate guidance and counseling, you can enjoy the experiences of motherhood and overcome postpartum depression. To help you overcome postpartum depression, here are some tips that we would like to share with you.
Raising a kid should not be a single-handed affair. Involve grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and particularly the father to help you out as much as possible. Let everyone help you and allow everyone to become a part of the responsibility involved in raising the child. At this point, it is important to stay connected with your loved ones. This will also make your child less clingy going forward and become accustomed to having people around, providing you the opportunity to have some time to yourself. Besides, this is the time when you need the maximum love and support of your near and dear ones.
· Always remember the beginning is always difficult, but as time passes, you will get more and more involved and comfortable in your role as a mother and will love all that you do for your baby. The immense satisfaction and pure joy when you see your baby smile or tug at your hand is something that cannot be explained in words. There are days when you are going to be very tired, so do ensure that you get plenty of rest whenever you can.
· Motherhood is never easy and somewhere during the journey you may experience weird mood swings, weepiness, exhaustion, anxiety that can really put you off the emotional balance. But experiencing mood swings and depression is natural and inherent part of motherhood that is experienced by nearly all new mothers. So, there is nothing to worry about; with time you will feel fine. Just remember that you need to get your stress levels into balance, have oodles of patience and refrain from losing your temper, because these indirectly might affect your baby. To try and achieve mental calmness, you can also try meditation if it relaxes you.
· Often with motherhood, many women forget about taking care of themselves and the common excuse they give is no time. Making certain simple changes to your lifestyle can go a long way in making your feel positive about the whole thing. For instance, set aside quality time yourself, indulge in your favorite pastime once in a while, get out in the sunshine, or exercise for some time each day. These are some of the ways by which you can overcome your baby blues.
· Join support groups for news moms or organizations where you can share your feelings and experiences with other new mothers. There are numerous forums and community websites online where you can share, discuss and relate to other mothers. You can also check with your pediatrician for other resources in the neighborhood. Talking and sharing your emotions and feelings is a great way to overcome postpartum depression.
The birth your child is a magical and a special moment. So, take good care of yourself and of your baby as it is one of the happiest experiences of any mother. Please do share with us your experiences or tips on how to beat baby blues, so that other new-moms can benefit from this.
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