Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook Tablet Launched by Barnes & Noble

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook Tablet Launched by Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble in collaboration with Samsung America has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab A Nook. Priced at $139.99 (approximately Rs. 9,500), the tablet is now available to buy via Barnes & Noble stores in the US and will be also available online via

For existing Nook customers, Barnes & Noble have announced an upgraded offer where they can get the new Nook tablet for $99.99 (approximately Rs. 6,700) by trading in any Nook device at a Barnes & Noble store. Additionally, Barnes & Noble members can take the limited-time upgrade offer where they receive a free cover for the device at $39.95 (approximately Rs. 2,700).

(Also see: Samsung Launches 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook at $299)

The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook features a 7-inch display with a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels and a pixel density of 216ppi. It is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). It packs a 4000mAh battery that the company claims can deliver up to 11 hours of Internet usage. On the camera front, it sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and also packs a 2-megapixel front camera. The tablet supports FM radio and comes with GPS and Glonass connectivity options.

The tablet also comes preloaded with Nook Profiles which allows multiple users to personalise the tablet. The Galaxy Tab A Nook supports up to six profiles.

Commenting on the launch, Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer at Barnes & Noble, said, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook is the perfect device for customers who are looking for a leading tablet that combines the latest features and a great reading experience at an unbeatable price.”


Artificial Intelligence Can Find and Map Poverty, Researchers Say

Artificial Intelligence Can Find and Map Poverty, Researchers SayA new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of US researchers said on Thursday.

The method would assist governments and charities trying to fight poverty but lacking precise and reliable information on where poor people are living and what they need, the researchers based at Stanford University in California said.

Eradicating extreme poverty, measured as people living on less than $1.25 US a day, by 2030 is among the sustainable development goals adopted by United Nations member states last year.

A team of computer scientists and satellite experts created a self-updating world map to locate poverty, said Marshall Burke, assistant professor in Stanford’s Department of Earth System Science.

It uses a computer algorithm that recognises signs of poverty through a process called machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, he said. Results of the two-year research effort have been published in the journal Science.

The system shows an image to a computer, “and the computer’s job is to figure what the image is,” Burke said.

The computer was initially fed data from household surveys by five African nations – Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Malawi and Rwanda – and nighttime satellite imagery of the same countries.

Nighttime images are a basic tool to predict poverty because a higher intensity of nightlight is associated with higher levels of development.

The computer was asked to use the data to spot signs of poverty in a separate set of high-resolution daytime satellite images that contain information from poor regions that otherwise appear dark in night photos.

“The computer learns to find a lot of things that we think are correlated to poverty like roads, urban areas, farmlands and waterways,” said Burke.

Burke said the team plans to create a world-wide poverty map that would be publicly available online.

“We hope our data will be directly useful by governments around the world … to more effectively target their programs,” Burke said.

The project improves upon use of household surveys which tend to sample villages randomly, he said.

“They are able to get only, say, 500 villages in a country as large as Tanzania, which has hundreds of thousands of village,” he said.

Also, according to the World Bank, only 25 of 48 nations in sub-Saharan Africa conducted two household surveys or more between 1990 and 2012.

Meizu Mix Smartwatch With Analogue Display Launched

Meizu Mix Smartwatch With Analogue Display LaunchedMeizu started off with manufacturing mp3 players, and has since then overhauled its strategy to launch smartphones and audio accessories as well. Now, the company has extended its portfolio further, and launched its first smartwatch. The Meizu Mix smartwatch features an analogue display and is scheduled to be made available in China by October.

The Meizu Mix smartwatch comes in Black and Silver colour options; and comes in denim, leather, and steel straps. The denim strap sets you back by CNY 1,000 (roughly Rs. 10,100), the leather strap is priced at CNY 1,300 (roughly Rs. 13,100), and the steel strap is priced at CNY 1,500 (roughly Rs. 15,100).

As mentioned, the Meizu Mix smartwatch does not feature a digital display, and sticks to the mechanical analogue display. It has a 42mm case and the innards are protected by a sapphire glass screen at the front. It has a notification LED light, a vibration mode, is waterproof, and offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. To pair it with a smartphone, the user must have the Meizu app installed. It comes with an accelerometer and gyroscope, and has a 270mAh battery that the company claims can last up to 240 days (standby time, presumably).

Meizu is crowdfunding the smartwatch on Chinese site Taobao, and looks to raise CNY 500,000 (roughly Rs. 50 lakhs) before it begins production. There is no information on when the company plans to bring the smartwatch to international markets. Just to recall, Meizu also launched the MX6 smartphone in China last month. The Meizu MX6 is priced at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000), and features a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) LCD, a 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage.