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Huawei CEO Believes Foldable Phones Could Replace PCs

By James A.

Chalk this one under “teaser”, as Huawei CEO Richard Yu made a claim about the future of smartphones and also PCs. Turns out that he believes foldable phones are going to replace PCs in the future. In the words of famous rapper MGB, “let’s talk about it”…

The first foldable smartphone of 2018 has yet to hit the mainstream and it seems that Samsung and Huawei are letting each other be the first to bite. Yu sees a foldable as a PC replacement and in some regards he’s right. A tablet is also a PC, well kinda and a big screen smartphone that folds definitely replaces a 7 inch or 8 inch slate. The claim is that people are only using computers because they find the smartphone display too small.

In the future the foldables will fix that need for a bigger screen. Looking at recent diagonals, we see Huawei evolving a lot. They’ve got the 7.1 inch Honor 8X Max and also the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is going to have a 6.9 inch diagonal. The upcoming foldables get even bigger, but once they’re folded that diagonal is cut in two. The ideal format resembles the one of a wallet, while the vertical clamshell-style one seems reserved by Samsung.

Microsoft seems to have backed out and thrown the towel for its foldable. I have a feeling that the first attempt may come from China, rather than South Korea. Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, ZTE are also looking into it, plus Lenovo. As far as PC replacement goes, Huawei already has a sort of Desktop replacement, by hooking up its phones to a monitor with USB Type-C and also mouse and keyboard.

A foldable may expand the idea further.

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Kano Computer Kit Touch Allows Kids to Build Their Own Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Since modularity is on the decline, between the fact that some Moto Mods are getting killed and Project Ara being dead for a while, it’s time to focus in other directions. Kano Computer Kit Touch sounds like a brilliant idea of modularity for kids. It basically lets little ones build their own tablets.

Kano is no stranger to DIY, having offered computer kits for kids for many years now, letting the juniors build their own computers. Each kit is meant to help the youngsters learn how to properly assemble a PC and also create software afterwards. Kano recently launched a Harry Potter coding kit and now they also have a new $280 Computer Kit Touch, basically letting your kid build a touchscreen PC, a tablet.

It’s all based on a Raspberry Pi 3 mini PC, that will serve as the brain of the machine, plus there’s a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixel touchscreen display, a DIY speaker, a wireless keyboard and a case. A battery is provided as well, plus a power board, SD card and other necessary components to create the touchscreen based device. It’s going to be a modestly specced machine, with a 3000 mAh battery, but connectivity is off the chain.

There are 7 USB Ports here, WiFi 802.11n, HDMI and a 3.5 mm audio jack, as well as a 2 watt speaker. A 16 GB microSD card is also supplied and Kano offers the Kano OS 4.0 preinstalled. It’s based on Linux and it’s very intuitive even for beginners.

If you’re just getting started, you may want the $150 Kano Computer kit first. You will need a display for it though.

 

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Fresh Microsoft Surface Patent Hints at POS Support for Microsoft Tablet PCs

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft should have a Surface event going on early next month and while we may see some innovation there for products like the Surface Pro and Surface Book, accessories and connectivity will also get a bump up. A recent patent even hints at POS support for Microsoft tablet PCs.

A patent dating from back in February 2018 mentions “Computing Devices, Removable Support Devices and Method of Use”, hinting at hooking up multifaceted connectors to the Surface and getting rid of the kickstand. Attachments may include POS devices, barcode scanners, card readers and more. Extra fingerprint scanners or even some sort of wireless chargers for phones come to mind.

It could also open the door to modularity for components, even though that sounds a little bit too good for Microsoft. The company has an event scheduled for October 2nd 2018 and it could bring extra business and enterprise features then. I expect a new Surface Dial, a new Surface Pen, new mice, keyboards and more. I’m not sure that canning the kickstand is a good idea, since it was a bit of a trademark for the Surface Pro tablets.

 

However extra connectors in this day and age is always a welcome idea and something that Apple clearly wouldn’t do. Unless they really pull off the iPad Pro USB Type-C thing and even that’s not sure. Since Surface Pro tablets were already used for business purposes, more attachments can’t hurt.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Should You Buy The New iPhone And Other Tech Info!

By Tim

This one pretty much took all day to create, but I finally got it uploaded to our YouTube Channel.

This really has zero to do with buying the new iPhone, although I do give my reasons not to buy one before heading in to what is essentially a long term review of the Logitech K480 keyboard.

You will notice that I kept calling the keyboard a K427 and have no clue why, but I did throw up some overlay text telling you to ignore me, it is a K480.

So after 3 years this thing is still working, it is covered in dust and all sorts of crud from work and it is still worth every penny I paid for it.

So below you will find the video, please like it, please share it and please subscribe!

That is all for now, except please subscribe to our channel or click those big donation buttons on the website here!

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Tonight’s Video Worth Posting: Friday Night Vlog, Gooseneck Mount, Budget Smartphone Overload, OnePlus 6t Rumors?

By Tim

I just posted up a short synopsis of this week, plus some other cool info so make sure to check out this video and share it!

As usual we are requesting that folks take the time to like/subscribe to the channel. Even a simple video such as the one you will find below take at least a few hours to edit, not to mention the research efforts put in before ever creating one of these!

So without wasting a lot more of your valuable reading time we shall proceed at once.

As always I recommend checking out any of the other channels I mention during the video!

Okay, ’nuff said, here be the video…

That is all for now, except please subscribe to our channel or click those big donation buttons on the website here!

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