The Pixel C would look and feel just like the Chromebook Pixel, which means it’s likely to feature a metal design with the same light bar on the back that indicates the device’s battery level. Google will offer two keyboard accessory options — one made of leather and another made of metal.The tablet will have a 10.2-inch screen, Android Police reports, which means it’ll be just a bit smaller than Microsoft’s 10.8-inch Surface 3. Given that Google plans to sell a keyboard accessory alongside its new tablet, it seems like the Pixel C could be targeted at those looking for a premium productivity tablet. Depending on its price and other specifications, that could put it in the same league as the Surface 3.The tablet will be powered by a quad-core processor made by Nvidia and will come with 3GB of RAM. It’ll also feature a USB Type-C charger just like its newest Chromebook Pixel rather than the standard micro USB charger most Android device require. Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday its first laptop, a line of Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, all running on Windows 10, its latest operating system.
Microsoft is counting on Windows 10, launched in July, to help it win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, now dominated by Apple Inc and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.Microsoft said its laptop, the Surface Book, will start at $1,499 and is twice as fast as Apple’s MacBook Pro. It will be available from Oct. 26, with preorders starting on Wednesday.The laptop has a 13.5-inch display with 267 pixels per inch and features a track pad made of glass.Microsoft, whose shares were up 0.6 percent at $46.89 at midday, said 110 million devices were now running Windows 10.The company unveiled three phones at an event in New York. The Lumia 950 and 950XL will have starting prices of $549 and $649 respectively when they go on sale in November, while the Lumia 550 will cost $139 when it becomes available in December.The Lumia 950 includes a 5.2-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with hexacore CPUs. The Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7-inch display and a Snapdragon 810 processor with octa-core CPUs. The 550 has a 4.7-inch HD display and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 processor.
The new Surface Pro 4 tablet - a larger but thinner and lighter version of the Surface Pro 3 - is priced at $899 and will be available from Oct. 26 with pre-orders starting on Wednesday.Launched nearly a year and a half after its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3-inch screen with 267 pixels per inch. It runs on 6th-generation Intel Core processor and has 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage.Surface Pro 4 is 50 percent faster than Apple’s MacBook Air, Panos Panay, the corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft, said at the event.”We’re moving people from needing to choosing to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem,” Chief Executive Satya Nadella said at the event.Microsoft suffered its biggest-ever quarterly net loss in the three months ended June 30 after taking a $7.6 billion writedown on its Nokia handset business.The company had said savings from the restructuring of the business would be pumped into its new flagship operating system, its fast-growing cloud business and its hardware division, which includes Xbox gaming consoles.
Microsoft also said its new tablet and smartphones will come with Windows Hello, an automatic biometric sign-in option introduced earlier this year.The feature allows users to scan their face, iris or fingerprints to verify their identity and give them access to Windows phones, laptops and personal computers.Microsoft also introduced a Surface Pen, which has year-long battery life, 1,024 pressure points and comes in five colors with inter-changeable pen tips.The 950 and 950XL handsets feature a 20-megapixel rear camera, have up to 32GB of storage, 4K video and use liquid cooling technology. Microsoft said storage on the phones could be extended to up to 2 terabytes using a memory card.The Microsoft Band 2, which allows users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, will be priced at $249 when it becomes available on Oct. 30.Unlike its predecessor, Microsoft’s entry product in the wearable technology market a year ago, the new Band has a curved display, which uses the Corning Gorilla glass 3, and has a barometer sensor to track elevation.
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“The event was solid and showed Microsoft has stepped up its game on the consumer device front. Now the question is will consumers buy the products,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, who attended the event.”...It is clear from presentations as well as speaking with the Microsoft team that Redmond feels that Windows 10 will help finally vault Microsoft into relevance on the smartphone landscape,” Ives said.”That said, this is going to be a long road for Nadella as Microsoft plays major catchup on this key market.”Microsoft said it was taking applications for a development kit for HoloLens, the holographic lens device that allows users to see 3D renderings of computer-generated images. The kit will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.HoloLens, which looks like a wireless visor, gives Microsoft a stake in the emerging market for virtual and augmented reality, which is also being targeted by Facebook Inc’s Oculus.Apple has just announced a new version of the MacBook that will come in a gold, and it’s being called the most efficient MacBook ever. Pricing starts at $1,299, and the higher end model with more storage and a faster processor will cost $1,599. It launches on April 10.
As previous rumors have suggested, the new notebook comes with a 12-inch Retina display. Apple is also calling this the best display the company has ever put on a Mac. It’s also much thinner and lighter at just two pounds. The company claims that the keys are much more precise and accurate than those of its previous MacBooks thanks to a new design. It looks a lot like a new MacBook Air, but Apple is simply calling it the new MacBook. The trackpad is also supposedly a big deal, according to Apple. It’ll support an entirely new gesture called Force Click, which automatically performs certain actions depending on what you’re doing. For example, Force Clicking on an address may automatically open the location on a map. The new MacBook is Apple’s first fanless laptop, too, which means it should be much quieter when it’s working. The logic board on the inside of Apple’s gold MacBook is 67% smaller than those in previous MacBooks, which is part of the reason Apple is able to make the notebook thinner and lighter than its predecessors. It’s powered by Intel’s new Core M processor.Apple is also claiming that the new MacBook’s battery can last all day thanks to its new battery design, which is a big deal. The MacBook Air has already been known for its excellent battery life, and it sounds like Apple has improved that even further.
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Apple is cutting down on the amount of ports on the device, too, by putting a new USB-C port on the device. It’s reversible, and it supports a bunch of different cables including VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort. This means you’ll only need one port for all of your cables, and it doesn’t matter which way you plug it in. Starting in September, the Google Chrome web browser will no longer automatically show Adobe Flash advertisements, the search giant announced yesterday.Chrome is the second most popular browser for desktop and laptop computers, with about 28% market share, behind only Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to NetMarketShare.The change, first announced in June, is just Google’s latest attack against Adobe Flash.Flash had been the standard for interactive web content since it was introduced in the early 2000s. But there has been a huge industry pushback in the last few years, mainly from Apple — which never supported Flash on the iPhone or iPad — and more recently Google.
In large part because of Apple and Google’s resistance, Flash never really caught on with mobile devices, but it’s still alive and well on the desktop and is particularly used by advertisers.Why the hatred? Because Flash has been found to hurt battery life and computing performance, and security researchers have found vulnerabilities and flaws that can compromise a user’s computer.Even Facebook acknowledged its dependence on Flash as a risk in its last earnings filing, writing that “In July 2015, certain vulnerabilities discovered in Flash led to temporary interruption of support for Flash by popular web browsers. If similar interruptions occur in the future and disrupt our ability to provide social games to some or all of our users, our ability to generate Payments revenue would be harmed.”Instead of Flash, Google would rather advertisers make their campaigns in HTML5, an emerging set of standards that has won a ton of industry support. Where Flash is slow and doesn’t run well on mobile, HTML5 is faster and works on just about everything with a web browser without the same impact on battery life.
To that end, Google is offering a bunch of tools for advertisers to translate their ads from Flash to HTML5, plus even more options for making new ads in the HTML5 standard.Otherwise, if you want to stick with Flash, you’re going to have to trust that a user will manually click on your ad to get it to play, which is a sucker’s bet and a waste of your ad dollars.Google Chrome, as the second most popular desktop web browser in the world — behind Internet Explorer — has a lot of leverage when it comes to getting advertisers to go their way.Creating your own living room PC setup is an easy way to make any TV a smart one. Games, music, movies, simple web surfing — attaching a computer to your TV may not be as pretty as a Roku, but it puts the whole of the Internet at your disposal.The problem is that laptops are designed to go on your lap, not to be hooked into a television. You can avoid having to constantly get off your couch, though, by picking up a wireless keyboard. Logitech’s Illuminated Living-Room Wireless Keyboard K830 (we’ll just call it the K830) is a convenient solution for just that case.