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Tim Cook Sets Straight the Rumors About the iPad/MacBook Hybrid

By Radu Iorga

We’ve been hearing for a few years now that Apple was getting ready to come up with a hybrid between an iPad and MacBook, or maybe some hybrid of iOS and macOS. Things got so ramped up that even Tim Cook felt the need to react to that. Let’s see what he said.

Google and Microsoft also working towards mergers of their mobile and desktop platforms, so it would be odd for Apple to be left out. Anyway, Tim Cook was in a classroom in Chicago recently to discuss with educators the new iPad 9.7 and its appeal. He mentioned that a full specced and accessorized iPad of the sort, with Apple Pencil and keyboard would be great at below $600 for students.

Of course some folks would maybe require a Macbook for more hardcore tasks like Adobe sound, photo and video editing. And now as far as the Tim Cook response goes, he responded to the statements of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. The Apple CEO claims that making a hybrid of iOS-Mac (which I see as him also saying iPad/MacBook hybrid) wold water down both products.

Both are great, claims Tim Cook and Apple would actually have it easier by making a hybrid. However, a merger means that tradeoffs are made and also sacrifices. That would harm the customer in the end. If you ask me, the hybrid is inevitable, even if it comes in the form of just a MacBook with touch keyboard, or two screens in lieu of just one. It’ll happen, no matter what Cook says!

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Just a Quick Post About Ben’s Gadget Reviews. Where Did it Go? (Video)

By Tim

The story here is a very short one and you can simply skip to all the details by scrolling down to the video.

I was checking out videos from folks I subscribe to on YouTube tonight and I noticed that when looking at my post from over a month ago, that ben’s gadget reviews was not working. So I proceeded over to YouTube to find that the channel no longer existed.

So I did a quick Google search and found his new, hopefully temporary channel, explaining what happened.

So the video below will give you details and you can also find his new channel right here!

That is all for the moment,

Tim

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Another Video Worth Sharing: The ALLDOCUBE X1, 8.4 inch Tablet!

By Tim

This one appears for now at least to be a very decent  8.4 inch tablet, at a reasonable price and with some good specs! This initial unboxing and review comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers the basics.

The basic specs are listed below:

  • Android 7.1 OS
  • 8.4 inch IPS 2560 x 1600 display
  • Helio X20 deca Core processor
  • Mali – T880 700MHz GPU
  • 64 GB ROM
  • Dual Sim or Sim and microSD card
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless internet
  • 13 mp rear and 8 mp front cameras
  • Battery: 4500mAh,

So the specs are pretty decent, although we should wait on the full review to see how it does on battery life.

All the above being said, make sure to visit Andrew’s YouTube channel and  subscribe to it! Now let us get right to that video!

This device is currently available for around $259 at this site.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Samsung Patents Retractable Foldable Smartphone, Also Usable as Car Navigation System, Watch

By James A.

Another day, another Samsung patent pops up, of course related to the foldable smartphone. This time it seems to be a more complex and multifunctional machine. It converts to both a car GPS and a smartwatch to wear on the wrist. Let’s check it out.

This multifunctional electronic device can be used as a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, alarm clock radio and car nav system. The patent has been spotted at USPTO and WIPO, so Samsung really means business. It’s a flexible machine according to documents, dating as far back as October 2016 and coming from Korea. The housing includes 3 parts, like two narrow segments on both ends and a center piece.

The two side ends can be folded backwards or left as they are. The middle part is slimmer than the other two parts, which helps with flexibility. One could even make that part a transparent display or even an E-Ink panel. The two ends are a bit stiffer, so they’ll most likely hold within them the processor, battery, camera and the likes. Once you fold the device, the large middle section can be used as the main smartphone.

 

This handset can function as a dual display phone, with a front display and a back one. When unfolded, it all becomes a very narrow and wide device. We see the device placed above the steering wheel, plus a flexible watch on the wrist. This is one of the few patents that doesn’t detail a hinge mechanism, so we’re left in the dark here a bit.

Sources talk about the device opening up like a 7 inch tablet, while when closed it’s a 5.8 inch smartphone. For those wondering, the product is placed on top of the car dashboard to serve as GPS via magnetic holder. Don’t hold your breath for this happening anytime soon.

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Huawei Honor MagicBook Debuts: 14 inch Ultrabook and Metallic MacBook Rival

By James A.

Huawei’s Honor sub brand came through this week, by unveiling the Honor MagicBook device. This one is an ultrabook, that comes with a 14 inch screen and an 8th gen Intel Core processor. It’s actually pretty compact at 1.47 kilograms and 15.8 mm in thickness.

Borrowing design cues from the MacBook Air and packing an aluminum body, the device is an affordable device that fits a 14 inch panel on a body made for a 13 incher. That screen is an IPS with Full HD resolution and 45% coverage of the NTSC color space. It also offers 800:1 contrast and 250 nits of brightness.

Honor MagicBook relies on an 8th gen Intel processor, either the Core i5-8250u or the Core i7-8550u, whichever you may pick. There’s 8 GB of RAM here, 256 GB of SSD SATA storage and an NVIDIA MX150 dedicated GPU, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

 

The CPU and GPU both benefit from a singular heat pipe, which sucks the cool air from vents and blows out the hot air. This Honor machine promises up to 12 hours of usage, courtesy of a 57.4 Wh battery, which goes from zero to 70% in just an hour. As far as connectivity is concerned, we get USB Type-C for charging, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as HDMI and audio jack.

Huawei Honor MagicBook uses 4 speakers with Dolby Atmos tech and dual microphones. There’s a fingerprint scanner here, placed to the side of the keyboard and the OS is most likely Windows 10. The starting price is $800 for the Core i5 model and $910 for the Core i7 one.

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