After letting other manufacturers come up with their own Chromebooks, Google unveiled their newest high-end convertible laptop with a slightly different name, called the Pixelbook. Like the Chromebook Pixel, it’s beautiful and expensive.
The Pixelbook is one of best-looking notebooks in the market. It’s blocky, modern, clean, and simply distinctive. It borrows a few elements from Lenovo’s Yoga line, the industrial unibody of Microsoft’s Surface Book, and the familiar glass portions of a Pixel phone.
Google opted for a 12.3-inch Quad HD display for its new premium Chromebook with a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for touch input. It has large bezels, which makes it look like a tablet that’s permanently connected to a keyboard dock. Google Assistant is built into the notebook and even comes with a dedicated key.
It’s powered by either a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage. With these specs, Chrome OS will run perfectly fine. As for connectivity, it follows the trend of having just a couple of USB-C ports (both used for charging or peripherals).
Along with the new Chromebook is the Pixelbook Pen that acts like your usual active stylus. It has support for both pressure and tilt, and is powered by AAA batteries. The stylus has an impressive 10ms of latency (virtually lag-free) and works with Google Assistant for screen annotations.
The Google Pixelbook starts at US$ 999 and goes up to US$ 1,649, depending on the storage capacity. It doesn’t come bundled with the Pen though, which retails for an additional US$ 99. Pre-orders are already open, while shipping starts on October 31.
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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30
Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.
Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.
Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.
Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’
Headlined by the Core i9-9900K
Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”
It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.
Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.
Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.
In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.
Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet — only a release date of December 2018.
Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update
What’s new in Windows 10?
The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.
Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.
The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.
SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.
There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.
Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.
To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.
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