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Intel’s Always Connected PCs With 5G Are Ready for Debut in 2019

By Radu Iorga

Intel seems to be reacting to the Windows on ARM project with a project of its own, preparing always connected PCs with 5G, that are coming in 2019. Microsoft has been pushing the always connected PC concept with cellular broadband for a while now, but with Qualcomm at the helm. Let’s see what Intel has prepared.

Intel claims that 2019 is going to be the year of the 5G capable and always connected PCs, announcing partnerships with Microsoft and several other big PC makers, in order to put 5G on modern computers. The 5G standard should be finalized later this year, so they can’t just launch stuff in 2018. It will also take a while for wireless carriers to roll stuff out on their networks.

High speed low latency connections is the aim to achieve here. Billions of phones, PCs, wearables and Internet of Things gadgets will be connected. Intel expects the number of PCs with cellular capabilities to go from the single digits it has right now to double digits in the coming years. The problem right now is the price, which is quite high, but as costs go down, the products will become more appealing.

Partners include Dell, Lenovo and HP, which are going to launch computers next year, featuring the XMM 8060 5G modem. Intel is also working together with Spreadtrum in order to bring phones with Intel’s 5G modem and Spreadtrum’s AP in China.

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Microsoft Patents Magnetic Lock for Potential Surface Phone

By Radu Iorga

And today we see another Microsoft patent popping up, this time one that has to do with a special Magnetic Lock for the Surface Phone. I should rather say “presumed Surface Phone”, since we’re not 100% sure of what MS is prepping. Let’s check it out.

Be it Andromeda or some other device, Microsoft is brewing something for sure. This time the patent has to do with the “magnetic block locking of an electronic device”, which describes an unique magnet lock with some useful properties. The magnetic lock sounds like something you’d see on laptops, in order to keep the two halves of a device closed. The problem is that when you turn that into a pocketable device, some issues may arise.

For example, the strong magnetic field may demagnetize or overwrite magnetic swipe cards. Microsoft invented a strong magnet on a pivot with torsion spring, which is able to rotate on the pivot when the two halves are brought closer together. A stronger lock in the closed position is thus provided, with minimal magnetic field in the open position. A rotating magnet has other appeals, like being able to rotate in both directions, so you can keep the device closed in both the zero degree position and when opened at 360 degrees.

 

Microsoft also wants to use a similar type of magnetic lock in the hinge area of the device, where it may lock the device in an 180 degree open position securely. Of course, a patent doesn’t mean that this will be used in real life, but it’s surely a hint about it.

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MWC 2018: Archos Debuts Hello Google Assistant Smart Display, Basically a Vertical Tablet

By Radu Iorga

As expected, some companies started the MWC 2018 unveilings early, such as Archos. They’ve just unveiled a new smart speaker with a screen in the mix and Google Assistant on board. It’s called the Archos Hello and it’s going to be priced at $160 for the 7 inch model and $222 for the 8.4 inch one.

French tablet maker Archos has created a smart display and speaker in one here. The design feels a bit like the one of the Lenovo Smart Display, but the actual device is narrower and longer. We get Full HD resolution on the 7 inch or 8.4 inch display and a high fidelity speaker that takes up about half of the screen’s size. Archos Hello actually runs on Android Oreo, so that’s another reason to compare it to be a tablet.

Specs are rather modest, including a quad core CPU (unknown maker), 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. You can use this product to ask it questions via Google Assistant, but you can also stream music, make video calls via Google Duo and the 5 megapixel front camera. Plus, you can watch YouTube on it or cast stuff to the TV set. If you ask me, the design feels like a door lock.

 

Archos has been preparing something special for cryptocurrency fans over at MWC 2018. They’ve created a hardware wallet for virtual coins, called the Safe-T Mini. It stores keys and grants access to coins. That one’s priced at $62 and comes in June.

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In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to die

By Kyle Orland

The little system that could (continue selling despite age and competition). (credit: Kyle Orland)

About a year ago, we took a look at some historical sales data and publicly speculated that sales for the Nintendo 3DS would quickly drop after the Nintendo Switch launch. But while Switch sales continue at a blistering pace, someone forgot to tell the people to stop buying Nintendo’s older portable.

Industry tracking firm NPD reported yesterday that 3DS sales in the United States are healthier than ever, by some measures. In 2018, the system had its best January since 2014 in terms of dollar sales, and since 2013 in terms of unit sales. This despite the fact that there were no major releases for the system in the month (though big games like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon and Fire Emblem Warriors did come out just a few months ago).

It’s hard to identify a trend in one surprisingly successful month, of course. But looking at 3DS sales more broadly shows the system continuing to find an audience in Switch’s shadow. In the nine months following the Switch’s late March 2017 launch, Nintendo shipped 5.86 million 3DSes worldwide. That’s down just nine percent from the 6.42 million in sales over the same nine-month period in 2016, before the Switch was available. And it’s down only a hair from 5.89 million shipments during the same period in 2015, when the 3DS was much newer.

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Something I Simply Had To Share: Car Folks Might Not Appreciate, Sorry Slug Drivers

By Tim

Sometimes I just like to go nuts on the other site, which of course gets bumped over here…but…damn this sure looks like fun!

I used to race motorcycles years back and as those of us familiar with high performance bikes, well, we sort of giggle at 95% of the supposed fast cars, because they simply ain’t fast.

But this 7 year old video shows just how fast a bike can be and for me this stuff is very familiar, this folks is why your latest hotrod is ,well to put it mildy a slow ass piece of straight line metal.

Now does this belong on this site? Good question and the answer is…it is great to be the one who decides this stuff!

That is all I have for tonight, except for…”life begins at 145 mph”

Tim

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