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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 Posting: Friday Night Vlog, Gooseneck Mount, Budget Smartphone Overload, OnePlus 6t Rumors?

By Tim

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Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1 is a new Rugged 7 inch Android Tablet For Mobile Workers

By Radu Iorga

Panasonic introduced a new tablet this week, but this time a smaller and rugged model, a 7 inch Android slate known as TOUGHBOOK FZ-L1. It has an optional integrated barcode reader and it’s both versatile and smartly priced. This rugged model is ideal for mobile workers.

The slate has uses in areas like hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. It can be used for real time ordering, inventory checks and proper localization of products. Routing, task association and inventory management are also on the table. It comes with a WiFi-only option for inside workers or with optional voice and data capability for field-based workers.

Panasonic’s Toughbook FZ-L1 weighs around 480 grams, which by rugged tablet standards is quite light. It’s based on a Snapdragon platform, runs Android and there will be an impressive total of 8 versions of the device available. They come with or without integrated enterprise class straightline barcode readers, used to scan 1D, 2D or QR codes. There’s also a choice of WiFi only or WiFi and 4G data capabilities, or Google Mobile Services.

 

The products run on Android 8.1 Oreo with the promise of an update to Android 9.0 Pie when it comes. A quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU is inside, clocked at 1.1 GHz and accompanied by 16 GB of flash storage and 2 GB of RAM. Battery swap is included, letting you use another battery without interrupting work. As far as the ruggedness goes, the Toughbook has been certified for Military Standard 810G usage, with dust and water resistance up to IP67 and it can be dropped from up to 1.5 meters in height.

Accessories include cradles, holsters, battery packs, styli and protective films.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 2 in 1 Laptop Certified by FCC, Runs Windows 10

By Radu Iorga

Samsung has a new 2 in 1 device coming, we knew as much and now we learn that the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 has been certified by the FCC. It’s going to run on Windows 10 and it previously appeared in other leaks.

It was also certified by the EEC and WiFi Alliance and this second gen Galaxy Book appeared on the FCC website with the FCC ID A3L SMW737NO. EEC also had it with the model number “SM-W737”. It should also have a SM-W738 version, that will not make it to the US market. LTE connectivity should be in the mix, as well as WiFi dual band a/b/g/n/ac. Samsung’s first Galaxy Book came last year in two sizes: 10.6 inch and 12 inch.

It was all about productivity, hooking up an S-Pen with Windows 10 and the Air Command features. It had Smart Select, Samsung Notes and more. The current model has an Intel Core 7th gen CPU, while the Galaxy Book 2 is said to be ready to receive an 8th gen CPU inside. It’s said to ship with Windows 10 S, but I’m sure the upgrade to full Windows 10 is on the table.

While a launch time frame isn’t clear yet, we expect the product to be in stores around the holiday season. Expect the price to go past $1000, like the predecessor’s. I wouldn’t predict a jump to more than 16 GB of RAM though, but extra storage and maybe even some decent graphics may happen.

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