Taiwanese tech giant ASUS on Tuesday launched new laptops under its ZenBook and VivoBook laptop series that comes with power-packed performance and long battery life.
The new ZenBook 13 OLED (UM325UA) is priced at Rs 79,990. While VivoBook S S14 (M433), VivoBook 17 (M712), VivoBook Flip 14 (TM420), VivoBook Ultra K14/K15 and VivoBook 15 (M515) are priced at Rs 65,990, Rs 62,990, Rs 59,990, Rs 58,990 and Rs 54,990.
“With the launch of the new VivoBook and ZenBook laptops, we have further pushed our boundaries to empower consumers with the latest technology which makes multitasking seamless and boost productivity at the same time,” Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer and Gaming PC, System Business Group, ASUS India, said in a statement.
“Consumer experience has always been the core of our innovation, and the new ZenBook and VivoBook, featuring the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors, are designed to meet the different needs of users while uplifting their overall experience,” Su added.
ZenBook 13 UM325 is a portable everyday ultrabook with the highly efficient AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series 7nm processor and the Full HD NanoEdge OLED display. The laptop is backed by a 67Wh battery and can deliver up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The VivoBook S S14 is powered by up to AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Mobile Processor and runs the latest integrated AMD Radeon graphics.
Some of the new laptops come equipped with ASUS Intelligent Performance technology (AIPT) that balances a devices CPU Performance, system temperature, air flow, fan noise and power consumption.
The AIPT technology is capable of boosting the system’s performance by up to 40 per cent while delivering a full day of battery life, while preventing it from overheating.
It also gives users the flexibility to choose between optimum performance or optimum battery life by switching between Whisper Mode, Balanced Mode and Performance mode.
The new laptops are available on offline channels and Flipkart.
Experts in artificial intelligence have gotten quite good at creating computers that can “see” the world around them—recognizing objects, animals, and activities within their purview. These have become the foundational technologies for autonomous cars, planes, and security systems of the future.
But now a team of researchers is working to teach computers to recognize not just what objects are in an image, but how those images make people feel—i.e., algorithms with emotional intelligence.
“This ability will be key to making artificial intelligence not just more intelligent, but more human, so to speak,” says Panos Achlioptas, a doctoral candidate in computer science at Stanford University who worked with collaborators in France and Saudi Arabia.
To get to this goal, Achlioptas and his team collected a new dataset, called ArtEmis, which was recently published in an arXiv pre-print. The dataset is based on the 81,000 WIkiArt paintings and consists of 440,000 written responses from over 6,500 humans indicating how a painting makes them feel—and including explanations of why they chose a certain emotion. Using those responses, Achlioptas and team, headed by Stanford engineering professor Leonidas Guibas, trained neural speakers—AI that responds in written words—that allow computers to generate emotional responses to visual art and justify those emotions in language.
The researchers chose to use art specifically, as an artist’s goal is to elicit emotion in the viewer. ArtEmis works regardless of the subject matter, from still life to human portraits to abstraction.
The work is a new approach in computer vision, notes Guibas, a faculty member of the AI lab and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. “Classical computer vision capturing work has been about literal content,” Guibas says. “There are three dogs in the image, or someone is drinking coffee from a cup. Instead, we needed descriptions that defined emotional content.”
Tesla on Wednesday officially began accepting bitcoin as a currency to purchase electric autos, Chief Executive Elon Musk announced — a move that boosted the digital money.
“You can now buy a Tesla with bitcoin,” Musk said on Twitter, implementing a plan announced in February to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment.
Near 1310 GMT, bitcoin was up 4.3% at $56,802.
As visitors to Tesla’s US website click through the payment options, they can now opt to transact in bitcoin.
But shoppers who choose this option may be prompted to “provide us with additional information to allow us to verify your identity,” Tesla said in its “terms and conditions” section on the website.
“All products are priced in US dollars,” the website added. “If you choose to make a payment using bitcoin, you must pay an amount of bitcoin that is of equivalent value to the US dollar purchase price.”
Musk on Twitter said Tesla can accept bitcoin payments directly and that those sums “will be retained as bitcoin, not converted to fiat currency.”
Tesla in February first announced a plan to accept the cryptocurrency. The company also said it took a $1.5 billion investment in digital money.
The Tesla announcement, coupled with moves by Mastercard and other mainstream companies to accept the cryptocurrency, has helped to boost bitcoin to unprecedented levels in 2021.
Bitcoin is currently a bit below its all-time high of $61,742 earlier this month.
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