Lenovo has announced a wide range of new tablets and hybrid hardware, all running either Android or Windows 8.1.Follow the links below for a detailed overview of Lenovo’s latest device announcements, all of which fall into its Yoga range of versatile hardware.The standout feature of Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks has always been the clever hinge, which allows the screen to be folded over to create a tent-like stand, rotated around to keep the keyboard out of the way, or laid flat for a tablet-like experience.For the Yoga 3 Pro, Lenovo has redesigned the hinge, likening it to a metal watch band, and building it from 800 pieces of steel and aluminum.Storage is managed by a 256GB SSD, plus there is a 4-in-1 card reader on the 12.8mm chassis.It’s joined by two USB 3.0 sockets, and a Micro HDMI port.
An exhaustive analysis of pixels and resolutions has found some bizarre inconsistencies with the 1080p browser output of streaming kingpin Netflix, with stats suggesting its 1080p output isn't actually 1080p when using some underground niche browsers like, er, Chrome and Firefox.The official stats are buried within a Netflix support page, which says that Chrome, Firefox and Opera can only support HD video up to 720p via HTML5 -- while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can push out 1080p resolution should your internet be fast enough.It's almost as is Microsoft has bunged an enormous amount of money at Netflix to buy some tech superiority to boast about, eh?Although perhaps it's not all an enormous conspiracy, as users of Safari through Mac OS X 10.10.3 or higher should also get full 1080p video as long as their roadside BT cabinet isn't too congested on the evening in question.That said, if you're broadcasting browser tabs to a TV, you're not really doing streaming right.A Roku or Chromecast or [Chinese clone of choice] ought to be able to handle 1080p streams if your internet pipe's fat enough, so it's only going to inconvenience pixel counters hooking up PCs and laptops through cables and full-screening the web player.
For young people pursuing a career in Silicon Valley, enrollment can be a golden ticket to elite technology companies.Over the years, Stanford has educated some of the biggest names in tech, including Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer.Founded in 1891, Stanford University has built a reputation as a feeder school for Silicon Valley.Source: Silicon Valley Business JournalIn CoHo, a coffee house where I found many students sitting on couches with laptops in hand, portraits of alumni hang on the wall.Stanford has educated titans of tech including Yahoo's Marissa Mayer; Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin; cofounder of PayPal, Peter Thiel; former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer; and cofounders of Hewlett-Packard, Bill Hewlett and David Packard.
BangFit displays on tablets, desktops, or laptops  a sex-based workout regimen with avatars for players to mimic.You strap your smartphone to your midsection using an adjustable band, and the app records your movements using the phone s motion sensors.You watch the cartoon images of people having sex and mimic their positions.There are basic positions, as well as more acrobatic and athletic positions such as  Squat and Thrust and Missionary Press.The better the users coordinate their movements, the more points they earn and the more calories they burn.Yes, you too can be as fit as f***, Pornhub says, and transform your bedroom into a gym.Today, due to our hectic work schedules and lack of motivation, many of us do not receive regular amounts of physical activity and lead sedentary lifestyles, said Corey Price, vice president at Pornhub, in a statement.Founded in 2007, Pornhub has more than 3 million videos posted and gets about 60 million visitors a day.The BangFit is Pornhub s most recent move in the sex tech space.
Chromebooks might be relatively low-powered devices, but the cheap laptops are dominating the entry-level part of the industry.However, there's one serious knock against them: a lack of major apps and games built for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks."Last year, Google released the ARC Welder extension that allowed developers to run and test their apps in Chrome across platforms, but it only worked with a limited number of apps.However, last month, some users of the newest version of Chrome OS in the Developer Channel briefly saw the option to enable Android apps, and were greeted by a screen saying they'd have access to the Play Store as seen above .Google didn't exactly deny the report, saying it planned to "bring together the best of both operating systems" while reassuring users that Chrome OS wasn't disappearing.
A session description from Google I/O has confirmed that Chrome OS will be getting Android apps and access to the Google Play Store very shortly.It seems as though this information has been revealed ahead of an official announcement at Google's developer conference, but it's exciting for Chrome OS users nonetheless.One of the biggest complains about Chrome OS is that while web applications often have enough functionality for basic tasks, native applications can do more and provide a better experience.The lack of native apps on the platform has kept some people from making the jump to Chrome OS, despite how cheap laptops that run the OS have become.It's expected that many Android apps will require slight tweaking by developers to optimize the experience for laptops and desktops, however the vast majority of apps will work well enough on Chrome OS.Android apps on tablets, for example, are notoriously poor due to a lack of developer optimization for larger displays.
The analyst firm estimates that global PC shipments that's desktop PCs and laptops will drop to 232 million units this year – a pretty alarming figure when you consider that back in 2012, the figure was 343 million units.Predicted total revenue for 2016 is $122 billion around £83 billion, or AU$170 billion , which has dropped from the $219 billion around £150 billion, or AU$305 billion that was raked in four years ago.Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner, observed:"Nevertheless, PCs are still able to deliver in areas that smartphones and tablets cannot, with larger screens, ergonomic keyboards, greater storage and more powerful computer processors."Upwardly mobile PCsAs for the bright spots, Gartner pointed to 'ultra-mobile premium PCs' – ultra-thin and light high-end laptops and convertibles – which will be the only market segment to actually grow in 2016.Gartner also observed that high-end gaming PCs are a niche area where profits could be carved out in the longer-term, although this is a competitive arena.Gartner's latest figures for Q1 2016 showed that total PC shipments fell to just under 65 million units, and that this quarter was the first time the numbers had fallen below that threshold since 2007, no less.
Adobe has provided free iOS apps for creating visually rich social media posts, web-based stories and animated videos for a while, in the shape of Adobe Post, Slate and Voice respectively.The creative software giant has now updated these mobile apps and integrated them with a new web app called Adobe Spark, renaming the iOS offerings Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video.Most people know what they want to achieve, but they lack the design skills, and the time, to create beautiful content that'll look good on any device.You can use the new Spark web app to create all three types of content -- social posts/graphics, web stories and animated videos -- on desktops, laptops or any other platform that can run a browser.Adobe Spark is available for free in English only at Spark.Adobe.com, with paid-for versions planned in due course.Adobe is also teaming up with social change platform Change.org to co-create training materials for petitioners and change agents.
Credit: GoogleGoogle's Play Store for Android will be coming to Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers Chromebook laptops, the company announced Thursday.It's an important enhancement for Chrome OS, which Google has been touting as the perfect operating system for schools and businesses, but which is lacking applications compared to Android.This update will better equip businesses and schools with apps they want, without requiring the developers of those apps to build a separate Chrome app, Sheth said.With the Chrome OS Files app, users will be able to keep files in sync across both Android and Chrome apps, too.Enterprise administrators will be able to push applications down to devices through a centralized process and can control which apps are available through the Play Store using the Play for Work API.The move to create a cross-functional app platform across both a desktop operating system like Chrome OS and a mobile OS like Android isn't unique to Google.
We reported last month that there had been signs Google was preparing to add Android app support to Chrome OS in a recent developer build.A recent session description on the Google I/O website read as follows:"Today we announced that we're adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome!You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!"One thing's for almost sure, though - we'll soon be using Android apps on our Chromebooks.Next, take a look at our Tablets vs Laptops video:Would you be interested in using Android apps on your laptop?
Mostly it's a sign of their popularity with consumers who like being able to snap on different colors and styles that fit precisely, so seeing some of those styles show up for Surface has been a sign of its success.But if you want to get a different look, Toast has a very nice option: real wood veneer in a choice of different woods, that's cut precisely to fit the lines of a Surface Book.All that precision cutting makes it a little fiddly to apply, because you need to line everything up equally precisely, while not getting the very strong glue stuck to your fingers.If you do want to remove it, you have to warm the wood with a hairdryer and peel; there's a pattern of small dots cut out of the backing that interrupt the adhesive surface you apply to the Surface that make it a little easier to take off than if it was a full adhesive sheet.It's not cheap -- $69 to $139 depending on how many of the surfaces of your Surface you want to cover -- but it should be hard wearing, and it will stop the metal of your Surface Book picking up scuff marks.Toast also has covers for the Surface Pro 4 $49 to cover the back and for a wide range of phones and tablets, laptops and MacBooks.
Google s two popular operating systems, Android and Chrome OS, soon will run the same apps.On Thursday, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL -0.90 % said the Google Play app store will soon be able to install Android apps on Chromebook laptops as well as on the lesser-known Chromebase all-in-one computers, Chromebox desktops and computer-in-a-stick Chromebits.Rather than push for more Web apps, Google decided to add Android app compatibility.You ll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline—or take a break with games such as Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans, Reid and Taylor wrote in the post.The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security.This move doesn t mean all Android apps will suddenly look great and work well on a laptop with a trackpad and no touch screen, for instance.
Credit: Melissa RiofrioIt may have taken nearly five years, but it s finally official: Chromebooks are no joke.More Google-powered laptops shipped than Macs in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, IDC market analyst Linn Huang recently told The Verge.If Mac sales continue to decline, Chromebooks may beat out OS X-powered machines in future quarters as well, but that s not a bet I d put money on anytime soon.Chromebooks are still a young person s gameThe other issue is that Chromebooks are not getting the bulk of their sales from consumers heading to Best Buy or ordering laptops from the Google Store.Instead, as Huang told The Verge, Chromebooks are still largely a U.S. K-12 story.Windows 10 laptops, meanwhile, are comparatively complex and prone to more problems than Google-powered laptops.
Google said its Android mobile app store will run on the Internet giant s Chrome OS for personal computers, the latest sign of the two operating systems slowly converging.Google Play, the Android app store, will roll out first on three Chromebook PCs running Chrome OS: the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the latest Chromebook Pixel made by Google.Over time, the most-popular global app store will run on other existing Chromebooks and new PCs specifically designed for Play that Google is developing with hardware partners, the Mountain View, California-based company said Thursday.Android apps like Microsoft Corp. s Skype video calling service, will now work on Chromebooks, filling several gaps that made the computers less useful in the past.The move is the latest sign that Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., may eventually combine Android and Chrome OS into a single operating system.There s been a lot of speculation about Android and Chrome OS merging, said Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android and Chrome OS at Google.App developers get access to more than 1 billion Android phone users, while consumers can choose from a wide range of apps to make their devices more useful.Google is hoping to extend that symbiosis by making the Play store, and the Android apps on sale there, work on its Chrome OS, which powers millions of inexpensive, web-based laptops made by companies including Dell Inc., HP Inc. and Acer Inc.The theory here: Extra users should entice Android app developers to keep building new software, making Android and Chrome OS devices more useful.The latest version of Android, named N, has taken technology from Chrome OS too.When an operating system or security update is sent to Chromebooks, the system creates a new version of the software in the background, allowing people to keep using their computers.
That means that Chromebooks will soon be able to run most of the 1.5 million Android apps out there.The functionality will launch with three new Chromebooks this summer, with additional devices getting the functionality in the fall.This move brings a lot more functionality to Google's laptops.Demos on stage show how easy it will be to do something like edit a photo in Adobe's Photoshop app with a bigger screen or have more control while playing a previously Android-only game like Clash of Clans."You can write your term paper and get your Snapchats all on the same device without ever having to take your phone out of your pocket," a Chrome product manager said on stage.NOW WATCH: Bumble founder: Men should stop putting these 4 things in their profilesLoading video...
Credit: Melissa RiofrioIt may have taken nearly five years, but it s finally official: Chromebooks are no joke.More Google-powered laptops shipped than Macs in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, IDC market analyst Linn Huang recently told The Verge.If Mac sales continue to decline, Chromebooks may beat out OS X-powered machines in future quarters as well, but that s not a bet I d put money on anytime soon.Chromebooks are still a young person s gameThe other issue is that Chromebooks are not getting the bulk of their sales from consumers heading to Best Buy or ordering laptops from the Google Store.Instead, as Huang told The Verge, Chromebooks are still largely a U.S. K-12 story.Windows 10 laptops, meanwhile, are comparatively complex and prone to more problems than Google-powered laptops.
Long-expected marriage of operating systemsChrome boss proud to announce software weddingGoogle I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system.Chromebooks are more powerful than the smartphones that Android apps are designed for, so processors will have little problem running the mobile code.Android apps that require specific hardware, like an always-on cellular link, won't run on a laptop that doesn't have the necessary kit.Overall, Google was very pleased with the Chrome OS model, Liu said, citing figures from IDC saying that the platform is now outselling Macs in the US.Fifty million schoolchildren are now using Chromebooks, he said, and there was potential for great growth in the enterprise market.Liu said that the Android addition would be included in the next developer release of Chrome OS, M53, in the next few weeks, and then on to consumers later in the year when the bugs have been sorted out.
While Apple continues to resist making the screens in its line of laptops and desktops touch-sensitive, it may be ready to give the Apple Pencil a life outside of the iPad Pro.A new patent application published Thursday aims to patent a concept for using a future version of the stylus with the company s trackpads.Of course, such a concept is nothing new.The version described in the patent does much more, and would be able to detect motion in six axes, and might also have use as a joystick or air mouse, meaning the Pencil wouldn t necessarily need to be touching a surface in order to operate.Apple has had its stylus in development for at least five years now, well before the Pencil first hit shelves.Combined with Apple s previous patent for new features in a future Pencil and the ability to work with a trackpad-like device, the company could have an even bigger winner on its hands.
First: For the first time ever, low-cost Google Chromebook laptops outsold Apple's Macs during the most recent quarter, analyst firm IDC tells The Verge.Manufacturers including Dell, Lenovo, and HP sold over 2 million Google-powered Chromebooks combined, versus around 1.76 million Macs, IDC estimates.Second: those same Google Chromebooks are getting full access to Android's Google Play store, opening the door for those laptops to run a significant portion of the 1.5 million Android apps out in the wild.For Apple, it's not necessarily great news, but it's not the end of the world, either.And Apple has always been a company that's content to completely and profitably own a small piece of a much larger pie.But for Microsoft, it means that the pressure is on — Google's slow-but-steady attack is bearing some real results, and it's not great news for Windows 10.Why people like ChromeThe key concept of the Chromebook is simplicity and portability.It means that for Chromebooks, and indeed any Chrome OS device, there's basically nothing you won't be able to do.Google is basically taking its wildly successful smartphone operating system and smashing it together with Chrome OS to make it a more useful desktop operating system.Microsoft is taking the opposite tack with Windows.Increasingly, though, the next generation of great stuff is being written for the smartphone, or for the web, because that's where the customers are.It's a future that Chromebooks will be uniquely well-positioned to take advantage of, with that all-important community of Android app developers, plus the mega-popular Chrome web browser.And while Google doesn't make its own Chromebook laptops, with the exception of the super-high-end Chromebook Pixel line, the Chromebooks represent significant new territory for Google's Android business and overall reach.
Instead of purchasing four monitors to spread out across your office desktop, why not simply purchase a big screen with four inputs?The specs also show a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a decent maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, a somewhat lengthy response time of eight milliseconds, and 178-degree viewing angles, meaning the screen can be seen without distortion from a number of different viewpoints.On the visual connectivity front, the multi-client monitor provides one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, one mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two HDMI 1.4 ports, and one VGA port for old-school desktops and laptops.There s also a built-in cable management system so that the numerous cords aren t draped everywhere and creating an ugly mess on the desktop.As the top monitor brand in the world for three years and in North America for 16 years running, we want to show our commitment to our customers by teaming directly with those who would benefit most from this monitor, specifically financial traders and software developers, said Bert Park, vice president and general manager, Dell Global Software and Peripherals.Customers can get up to 10 percent back in rewards with Dell Advantage, free two-day shipping, and a three-year limited warranty with Advanced Exchange.
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