Gadgets Weekly: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 PC and more

Technology companies such as Lenovo, Realme, Lava and Logitech, among others launched a new line of smartwatches, earphones, LED lights and more this week (July 4-10).

DH’s Gadgets Weekly edition lists the latest prominent personal technology products to keep you abreast of everything that’s happening in the world of consumer electronics.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 PC series
It features a 15.6-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display with 250nits brightness, anti-glare tech and 120Hz refresh rate. Also, it supports two independent displays with one native display and one external monitor via HDMI.

It comes with a backlit keyboard, stereo speakers, 2W x2, Nahimic Audio, and HD 720p with a camera shutter.

It houses 8GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200 RAM (configurable up to 16GB via two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots and dual-channel capable) and 512GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe 3.0×4 NVMe, and Windows 11 Home 64.

The new IdeaPad Gaming 3 series. Credit: Lenovo

Lenovo’s new gaming laptop is powered by Intel Core i5-11300H (4C / 8T, 3.1 / 4.4GHz, 8MB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 graphics processor and an integrated 45Wh cell with up to eight hours of battery life.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes in shadow black and is available in two variants– Rs 54,990 (60 Hz) and Rs 56,990 (120 Hz). The laptop also comes with partner offers that bring the effective price down to under Rs 50,000 on Amazon and Flipkart.

Ultrahuman Ring
New technology company Ultrahuman earlier this week launched an innovative health tracking device Ring.

Ultrahuman Rings. Credits: Ultrahuman

It comes in a minimalistic form factor but is designed for enduring rough usage conditions and workouts. The ring’s outer surface is made of a titanium body coated with tungsten carbide which is five times harder than tool steel and scratch-resistant. It has a smooth inner shell of the ring that makes it comfortable during sleep and rest scenarios. It also comes with power-packed 5-day battery life.

Details of biomarkers to indicate health of the body showed on the Ring app. Credits: Ultrahuman

Ultrahuman Ring works as a standalone or in combination with the existing advanced glucose monitoring platform, Ultrahuman M1, to offer users even insights on NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), sleep efficiency and its effect on glucose metabolism and food’s impact on recovery and performance . It will be available for pre-order from July 7 globally and the shipments will start in August. Initially, it will cost $299. It will be available for a low price up to $199 for a limited period.

Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboards and MX Master 3S mouse
MX Mechanical and Mini keyboards are designed with dual-colored keycaps for an optimized peripheral view. Smart backlighting, in six lighting options, automatically adjusts brightness for ambient light and switches off when not needed for efficient battery consumption.

The MX Mechanical and MX Mechanical Mini keyboards are priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 17,495, respectively.

To better address the needs of our advanced creators, the MX Master 3S mouse features an 8,000 DPI optical sensor that

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Graphic Design

USM Graphic Design Student Wins Award at National ADDYs

Tue, 06/07/2022 – 16:54pm | By: Ivonne Kawas

Sydney BeechA former graphic design student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Art and Design program, housed in the School of Performing and Visual Arts, was honored at one of the advertising industry’s largest creative competitions — the National American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards — at a Gala and Celebration held recently in Nashville, Tenn.

Sydney Beech, a recent Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design graduate and native of Ellisville, Miss., won a gold ADDY in the Out-of-Home and Ambient Media: Poster Campaign category for her “St. Pete Conservation Festival” poster set.

“This was a great year for the graphic design program and our students,” said Jacob Cotton, associate professor in the Art and Design program. “They’ve won countless awards at the national level and have been featured in numerous national publications for their work. These awards help to show potential employers the caliber work our students are capable of and they help our students to see where their hard work can take them.”

“Every year our student’s work is well represented at the National ADDYs competition having made it through district level to reach this stage of the competition,” Cotton added. “But this is only the second time in USM history that one of our students has won a National ADDY. Beech is well-deserving of this award as she is one of our very best students — her work ethic and ability to grow during this pandemic is unmatched and we’re extremely proud of her.”

Beech shared how she felt about representing USM at the competition and thanked everyone in the Southern Miss Art and Design program for positively influencing her development through ongoing support.

“It was such an honor to be able to represent USM at Nationals this year and bringing home a gold award was quite a pleasant surprise,” she said. “This is an opportunity that only a small number of students in the country get to experience and I could not be more grateful!”

“I am also thankful for the support I have received from the Art and Design program,” she added. “For me, this award not only represents my hard work, but also the hard work and passion of all the people behind the program. Southern Miss made a huge impact on my life and winning this award was a wonderful way for me to close out my time as a student.”

Some of her award-winning workSome of her award-winning pieces

For this project, Beech was tasked with developing a brand, style guide, and collateral for a conference or event of choice. The location selected from a list served as the primary inspiration for her brand. It was important that the brand and theme be in context to the subject of the conference and the area and history of the chosen location. Beech selected St. Petersburg, Fla. for her project and created the St. Pete Conservation Festival, a two-day festival all about ocean conservation geared towards teens to educate them on the issue in an

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Windows 11 Is Testing Desktop Widgets

Windows 11 Logo

Windows XP and Windows Vista both supported adding “gadgets” to the desktop, like a clock or calendar. It looks like that functionality might make a return for Windows 11.

Microsoft started rolling out Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120 to testers in the Dev Channel, which includes an interesting new feature: the ability to add interactive widgets to the desktop. The company said in a blog post, “Windows Insiders who use the Dev Channel may get to try out new ideas, longer lead features, and experiences that are intended to help validate concepts. Starting with this preview build, some Insiders will see one of these conceptual features as we begin to explore exposing lightweight interactive content on the Windows desktop.”

Windows 11 image with search bar visible on desktop

The only desktop widget available for testing for now is a web search bar, similar to the Google Search bar available on most Android devices. predictably, the search always opens results in Microsoft Edge, even if your default browser is set to something else. Microsoft Classics.

Windows 11 already has widgets, but they’re only accessible from a special panel accessible from the taskbar — you can’t keep them on the desktop, taskbar, or anywhere else so they’re always visible. Microsoft also doesn’t allow widgets created by third-party developers. Meanwhile, Android has offered robust widget support for over a decade, and Apple brought them to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 14. Widgets are accessible on Mac through the Notification Center, and many Linux distributions have some version of the feature.

Gadgets on Windows 7
Gadgets on Windows 7

Microsoft has also experimented with interactive desktop widgets in the past. Windows Vista introduced Desktop Gadgets, but they were removed in Windows 8 because they were a security risk. Many third-party widget services and frameworks have also been available over the years, like Google Gadgets.

It’s not clear when (or if) this functionality will roll out to everyone using Windows 11. Microsoft said in the blog post that this is just an experiment for now, and the company will listen to feedback for future changes.

Source: Windows Blog

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