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Lenovo Debuts ThinkSmart Hub 500, a Big Device for Conference Rooms

By Radu Iorga

Lenovo isn’t only preparing an anniversary ThinkPad laptop, but also a bunch of other interesting devices, like one meant for the enterprise area and known as the ThinkSmart Hub 500. This machine is intended for the modern workspaces.

It was built in collaboration with Microsoft and unveiled at the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference. It’s basically a Skype Rooms Systems device, that runs Windows 10 Internet of Things Enterprise. It has an 11.6 inch screen that can be rotated a full 360 degrees and comes with Dolby Audio Premium, 360 degree array microphones and a touchscreen display.

It’s supposed to make the video conference setup easier for medium workspaces and conference rooms. Lenovo claims that it only requires 10 minutes to get this going and set it up. ThinkSmart Hub 500 hasn’t been priced just yet and it’s expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2018. It seems to resemble a control panel or a tablet fixed onto a special stand, like the one of a monitor.

 

It’s got a solid base, with a generous ventilation system and an intuitive interface, with multiple split screen action areas. I expect a pretty powerful camera array to be integrated in the mix.

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Microsoft Working on Surface Pen Silo, Patent Pops Up

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has bet big on styli, with its latest Surface Pen being one of the best such tools on the market. Now they want to take things to the next level and as such they’ve been working on a Surface Pen Silo, as the patent below shows.

MS always bundles its styli with Surface devices, reconfirming how important this device is to them. The pen storage has always been a problem for the Redmond firm, though. Well, that’s no longer a challenge, as the company intends to keep the size and diameter of the pen in order to make it easy to use, but at the same time also store it properly.

This requires a special silo for it, but it also means that components of the Surface machines may have to be shifted around. Samsung uses a toothpick stylus for that exact reason, trying to avoid moving components around too much. Microsoft went with the magnetic clamps or the Surface Pen Loop till now. The company is looking into a new tech, that seems to involve a pen that splits in two and is easier to integrate.

 

The patent also seems to show two iterations of a pen, a small one that feels like the S Pen and a bigger one that encloses the smaller unit. One other patent shown here seems to involve rotating a mechanism on an axis to change the tip’s thickness. We may see the finalized product at BUILD next year.

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Just When Everything Is Running Perfectly Software Is Guaranteed To Make Your Life Miserable

By Tim

The other day WordPress was updated with a few security patches. That is always a good thing and that was no issue at all. However some plugins might have been hurriedly distributed with updates to comply with the latest WP version.

In the past 2 days a plugin I use everyday has suddenly ceased to be reliable or useful. Which one you ask? Updraft Plus, which is something I have to use constantly to move the server from one tablet to another. In other words the only plugin I really care about is broken!

Of course I have a workaround which simply involves shutting the server down for a few minutes and then copying the entire server onto my microSD card and then moving it to the other tablet. Works fine and I guess it isn’t a bad way to end up having a  3rd good copy of the server. One on each tablet drive and the backup copy on the microSD.

The bottom line however is that after doing more than seven backups via UpDraft Plus I wasn’t able to get a viable restore no matter which machine I ran it on. I even attempted it on my primary server which is occasionally, okay rarely, used for this site.

Yes, I completely removed the plugin, reinstalled it and the results were always a failure when it got to the point of extracting the  “uploads” folder which of course contains all the pictures on the site.

What the issue is I could not say, but I am hoping that there is a fix coming soon! Obviously the issue could also be on Dropbox where I store the backups, but I am 98% certain that simply isn’t the case. Ain’t software issues fun? Not really, but I shall get it fixed eventually.

Of course if you are a guru and would like to offer advice, leave a comment! (make sure to click the ReCaptcha button before submitting comment)

That is all I have for now,

Tim

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Lenovo 25th Anniversary ThinkPad Pops Up Online in Leak: Looks Like a Classic!

By Radu Iorga

It appears that Lenovo has been prepping something special for its 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad brand, a limited edition ThinkPad laptop. We remind you that the firm bought the iconic brand from IBM and made it into the respected laptop series that it is today. Let’s see what the freshly leaked ThinkPad 25 brings.

It’s got a classic ThinkPad design, vintage and old school too, with the domed keys and the mouse joystick in the middle. Even the trackpad is a throwback to the last decades of laptop action. There’s a red TrackPoint nub in the middle of the keyboard, the trademark blue Enter key and the ThinkPad logo at a 45 degree angle. Specs are said to be based on the existing ThinkPad 470 model and they should include a 14 inch IPS display, Intel Core i7 CPU and 16 GB of RAM.

512 GB of SSD storage also make the cut, plus an Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU. The connectivity front is also all modern up, with USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 and 3 standard USB ports, SD card slot and HDMI, as well as Ethernet. A fingerprint scanner is placed above the trackpad from what I can see and the webcam on board has facial recognition with Windows Hello support. WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.2, plus a Sierra Wireless LTE modem should be here.

 

No idea when this device will debut officially, but considering the ThinkPad anniversary is in October, that’s our best bet, so in 2-3 weeks it should come. The device is said to weigh 1.58 kilograms and measure 19.95 mm in thickness. Its battery should be a 48 watts unit, in the basic config. The ThinkPad introduction happened in 1992, in a time when laptops weren’t as big as they were in the early 2000s, but they were getting there.

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Lenovo Surpasses Samsung on Indian Tablet Market, Becomes Segment Leader in Q2

By Radu Iorga

Fresh news about the Indian tablet market: turns out that Lenovo surpassed Samsung on this market, becoming the leader of such products in Q2 2017. Their share is now 21.8% and the data was unveiled in a report published last week.

The shipments of tablet devices evolved by 12.6%, especially thanks to the education, government and big company partnerships. Over 80% of the shipments of slates were boosted by these segments. Digital projects from the education and government segments drove the growth for the development of the commercial segment, according to Associate Market Analyst, Celso Gomes.

Samsung is now second placed in India, with a share of 20.6%. The total amount of tablets shipped in India in Q2 was 722.000 from all the brands available. This is a 2.9% increase from the past quarter, but the user segment dropped by 13.8%. There were also other reasons for the market performance to be mixed, like the new tax structure rule, that limits the inventory storing.

The third place on the Indian tablet market is taken by Datawind, with a share of 18.2%, followed by iBall on 4th place with 15.2%. Apple is 5th, with a share of 7.7%. Lenovo could lose its lead in Q3, if Samsung ups the ante with affordable tablets or convertibles, but that seems unlikely for now.

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