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macOS Monterey introduces Shortcuts, Universal Control, new Safari

Really significant upgrades

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Anyone who works on a MacBook or an iMac should be pretty darn excited about the features coming to macOS Monterey, announced at WWDC 2021. Some of the most notable ones are Shortcuts, Universal Control and a new and improved Safari browser.

Shortcuts

Initially introduced on iOS, Shortcuts is essentially a way to cut down the time you spend to execute tasks you repeat regularly. There’s a rich gallery of pre-built actions designed just for Mac like being able to instantly share files, make animated GIFs, and more.

Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri. What happens to automator now? Users can easily import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and be up and running right away.

Universal Control

For Apple users with multiple devices, Universal Control will be a godsend. This lets users work with a single mouse and keyboard and move between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience, with no setup required. Users can drag and drop content back and forth between devices like it’s nothing.

New Safari

Safari adds a new tab design, including a redesigned tab bar and Tab Groups, so users can browse the web in new ways.

A new tab bar takes on the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact design.

Tab Groups offer a new way to easily save and manage tabs. They also sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with other Apple users.

Other improvements and features

SharePlay — Works similarly to the one on iOS where you can have a listening or watch party via Apple Music and Apple TV with people you’re in a FaceTime call with.

Shared with You — Makes it easy to locate and enjoy all the great content that’s shared through Messages, including photos, videos, articles, and more, right from a Shared with You tab within various Apple apps.

Live Text — Uses on-device machine learning to detect text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses, and tracking numbers, so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website, and easily find more information

Privacy — Mail Privacy Protection let users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity, and the Mac recording indicator now shows which app is accessing the Mac’s microphone.

Accessibility — Lets anyone add alternative image descriptions right from Markup, and improved Full Keyboard Access and new cursor customization options provide more flexibility when navigating Mac.

macOS Monterey is coming this fall.

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Samsung’s Odyssey Ark monitor is built different

Curved, 55-inch, 4K, gaming screen

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Odyssey Ark

This looks incredible. Samsung’s Odyssey Ark gaming monitor is turning heads at CES 2022.

The Odyssey Ark is a next-generation flexible monitor. It’s made literally for anything from editing to gaming at home. The Ark is the new industry-leading gaming display with a curved 55-inch display and 16:9 aspect ratio. That’s huge.

It’s HAS or Height Adjustable Stand can pivot and tilt functionality. In addition to advanced ergonomic design, it offers every gamer optimal comfort.

Odyssey Ark

It can go into a new vertical cockpit-style rotating display that provides a new gaming experience and allows portrait or landscape orientation for multi-tasking and multi-window setup. Multiview options allow users to adjust Odyssey Ark exactly how they want it with a totally adaptable screen size to fit the game or the program without compromising its 4K display and bright, colorful images.

The monitor also features a wireless, dial controller to manage lighting and the interface.

Pricing has yet to be announced but Samsung hopes to bring it to market in the second half of 2022.

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Lenovo launches new ‘Think’ line at CES 2022

Small and Medium Business Portfolio

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Hybrid work, work from home, and what have you. There are plenty of work setups now and Lenovo hopes to be in the forefront of everything as they launch plenty of ‘Think’ line of devices for small and medium businesses.

ThinkCentre neo

The ThinkCentre neo offers a stylish and minimalist design for a contemporary look with a new terrazzo color and material finish. A nice departure from the bland look of most SMB desktop PCs.

Connectivity options and smarter online meeting experiences enable futuristic collaboration, ThinkShield compliance enhances security and sustainability commitments are reinforced with Lenovo’s first ever use of ocean- bound plastic in packaging and eco-friendly design using post-consumer recycled content and paint-free raw materials.

All powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors, there are three ThinkCentre neo models: ThinkCentre neo 70t, ThinkCentre 50s and ThinkCentre neo 30a

ThinkCentre neo 70t

A tower model designed to meet the needs of high-performance content creators, developers and anyone who works with complex workloads.

It features up to 128GB DDR5 memory, up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTXTM 3060 Ti GPU, giving it the benefit of the NVIDIA Studio platform, and 2TB HDD / 1TB SSD storage to perform multiple tasks without disruptions.

It has a Smart Cable which instantly connects two computing devices while simultaneously operating them within one screen. Using neo 70t’s Smart Storage feature, it is easy to automatically backup data securely and access it from multiple devices.

ThinkCentre neo 50s

It’s a small form factor desktop designed to provide performance and space savings in a 7.4- liter design. EPEAT Gold certified for energy efficiency and Intelligent Cooling Engine 5.0 ensures the desktop runs with optimal power consumption. TÜV-certified Ultra-Low Noise (ULN) and packaging made from ocean-bound plastic, as well as raw materials that are painting-free, promise quiet performance and environmental friendliness.

ThinkCentre neo 30a 24

It’s a collaborative all-in-one (AIO) desktop with a 23.8-inch FHD 16:9 WVA (Wide Viewing Angle) display, audio by Harman and a retractable webcam.

Focused on delivering a highly productive AIO and a smarter conferencing experience, neo 30a 24 includes AI Meeting Manager that offers Real time Translator, Voice to Text, Subtitles, Meeting Notes Editor and Amazon Alexa Voice Interaction10 for futuristic collaboration experience. Lenovo Smart Appearance enhances facial features and blurs the background for professional-grade video conferencing.

New ThinkBooks

The latest ThinkBooks come with vibrant high refresh rate displays and high screen-to-body ratios, slim form factors and smarter features.

ThinkBook 13x Gen 2

A very thin (12.9mm) and light (1.21kg) premium aluminum laptop design that will meet the requirements of an Intel Evo laptop. It has Intel’s hardware specifications and key experience targets for responsiveness, instant wake, battery life, fast charge and intelligent collaboration.

It features the latest Intel 12th Gen Core U-Series processors and designed for mobile professionals. The ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 includes a bright EyeSafe certified 13.3-inch 16:10 display with high STB ratio greater than >91%, an edge-to-edge keyboard and optional touch.

A large 56Whr battery and ambient light sensors to manage display power efficiency mean power anxiety is not on the agenda. A unique ThinkBook Wireless Multi-Device Charging Mat is optional and can deliver 65W wireless laptop charging via Power by Contact, and the integrated Qi charger can charge a compatible mobile device up to 10W.

ThinkBook 14 and 16 Gen 4+ i

It offers highly flexible configuration options, from mainstream productivity needs to high performance models. All have a slimmer design to previous generation and move to 16:10 aspect ratio with a larger display area.

Display options include a 90Hz 2880×1800 14-inch and a 120Hz 2560×1600 16-inch panel with hardware color calibration, and both can be powered by optional NVIDIA RTX graphics.

A larger Touchpad with glass surface adds to the interactive experience and Dolby Atmos Speaker System delivers immersive audio for calls and entertainment. Optional sensor-based smart features are focused on security and collaboration.

ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Sling Backpack

A sturdy and stylish bag with weather-resistant materials, a convenient padded and adjustable shoulder strap for extra comfort and includes zippered and hidden pockets to store valuables. As hybrid working takes hold, easy to use input devices have become a mainstay of many.

ThinkBook Rechargeable Mobile Mouse and ThinkBook Rechargeable Performance Mouse

Premium and consistent designs with dual-host Bluetooth connections allowing pairing to two different devices, USB-C recharging, and adjustable DPI up to 2400.

Easy Install

Easy Install is a deployment service specifically designed for SMBs. Lenovo will provide remote and on-site install services of new technology.

Companies can leverage the Lenovo Service so that they can rest assured that their employees’ hardware, accessories, and software were installed correctly, properly configured, tuned and tested, improving productivity and the employee experience.

Easy Install Services will be available to customers via their preferred purchase method, i.e., directly from Lenovo and Lenovo’s Partners.

Price and availability

  • ThinkBook 13x Gen 2 will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 1099.
  • ThinkBook Wireless Multi-device Charging Mat available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 199.99
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 4+ i will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 839.
  • ThinkBook 16 Gen 4+ i will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 859.
  • ThinkCentre neo 70t will be available in selected markets from March 2022, contact Lenovo locally for pricing.
  • ThinkCentre neo 50s will be available from March 2022, with starting price of US$ 799.
  • ThinkCentre neo 30a 24 will be available from March 2022, with starting price of US$ 1069
  • ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Sling Backpack will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 69.99
  • ThinkBook Wireless Mobile Mouse will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 39.99
  • ThinkBook Wireless Performance Mouse will be available from April 2022, with starting price of US$ 39.99
  • Easy Install is available initially in the US in January 2022 starting at US$ 68 per unit for the remote service and US$ 135 for the on-site service. It will expand to other markets starting February 2022.
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Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

Starting with the Filogic 330P Wi-Fi 6E chipset

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Mediatek and AMD will co-engineer the AMD RZ600 Series Wi-Fi 6E modules containing MediaTek’s new Filogic 330P chipset. These will power will power next-gen AMD Ryzen-series laptop and desktop PCs in 2022 and beyond.

The focus of the collaboration is to deliver seamless connectivity experiences for customers. The the optimization process included stress testing and ensuring compatibility standards, which may ultimately reduce development time for OEM customers.

Filogic 330P supports the latest connectivity standards of 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (2.4/5GHz) and 6E (6GHz band up
to 7.125GHz), along with Bluetooth® 5.2 (BT/BLE). The high throughput chipset is ultra-fast with support
for up to 2.4Gbps connectivity, including support for the new 6GHz spectrum at 160MHz channel
bandwidth.

The chipset also integrates MediaTek’s power amplifier (PA) and low noise amplifier (LNA)
technology to help optimize power consumption and reduce design footprint which enables the Filogic
330P chipset to be embedded in laptops of all sizes.

The AMD RZ600 Series Wi-Fi 6E modules expand AMD’s Wi-Fi capabilities, bringing excellent
connectivity solutions to OEMs and end users, whether they are playing the latest interactive games,
working remotely, or completing a big project.

AMD RZ600 Series Wi-Fi 6E Modules specs are as follows:

AMD RZ616 Wi-Fi 6E module

  • Wi-Fi 6E 2×2
  • 160MHz Wi-Fi Channels
  • PHY rate up to 2.4Gbps
  • M.2 2230 and 1216

AMD RZ608 Wi-Fi 6E module

  • Wi-Fi 6E 2×2
  • 80MHz Wi-Fi Channels
  • PHY rate up to 1.2Gbps
  • M.2 2230
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