ASUS M70AD is world’s first NFC-enabled Desktop, has wireless charging too

Near Field Communication (NFC) might not have made a big impact in smartphones in India, but now this technology is going to be available in desktops too. Asus has just announced the launch of its M70AD desktop PC with NFC to help it pair with Android devices.

ASUS M70AD desktop is priced at Rs 62,000

This means you can use the desktop to backup media in compatible phones and tablets with just a tap. The ASUS-exclusive NFC Express software automatically backs up photos and videos in Android mobile devices on the desktop, detecting only files added since last sync.

The Asus M70AD can also charge mobile devices wirelessly, while a built-in UPS acts as a power supply for the PC in the event of a power outage. The ASUS Wireless Charger tray supports Qi inductive power standard even when computer is shut down, while the Ai Charger utility provides faster recharge times for your mobile devices through USB 3.0.

The Asus M70AD desktop PC will be powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor and will feature Sonic Master Technology and MaxxAudio from Waves to offer a better audio experience.

The Asus M70AD is priced at Rs 62,000.



AMD’s first ARM processor is 8-core and 64-bit

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor.

And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series — targeted at servers — can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit.

AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the “highest performing processor,” according to ARM.

Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with a development platform, AMD said Tuesday.

The chip supplier is highlighting the 64-bit aspect of the processor.

“AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a…64-bit software ecosystem for ARM-based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software,” AMD said in a statement.

This also marks a break from its traditional x86 (Intel-compatible)-only strategy, on which the company was built.

First images of Samsung’s Tizen smartphone leaked

Images of Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone have been leaked online.

The picture is said to show the Samsung ZE-Q9000 Tizen smartphone. It was published online by Korean website MovePlayer, who cited an anonymous source.

According to the source, the range could launch under the brand Zeke. Samsung allegedly filed a trademark request for that name in August.

It is not possible to verify whether the image is genuine or a fake. However, the phone looks very much like Samsung’s current range of phones.

The version of Tizen shown in the screenshot is also very similar to the images leaked in December. Those pictures showed what the latest version of Tizen – 2.1 – look like currently.

Specs, specs, specs

In addition to leaking an image of the phone and claiming that it will be branded Zeke, the source also gave details of the handset’s specifications.

The Zeke will reportedly launch with a 4.8-inch high definition display and a Qualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, according to MovePlayer. It also claims that the phone will be slightly smaller than Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4.

The leak comes just days after Japanese network NTT Domoco reportedly cancelled the launch of what would have been the world’s first Tizen-based smartphone.

According to sources within the company, the decision was made after it realised there was little chance of Tizen successfully competing against Google’sAndroid and Apple’s iOS platforms.

Both Samsung and Intel have confirmed that there will be a number of Tizen-based smartphones on show at Mobile World Congress next month.