Friday, June 24, 2016
"Acer’s Chromebook 14 is a two-sided story. For one, it shows the remarkable progress that we’ve made around what a $300 laptop can and should be. It’s made of aluminum, has a fantastic keyboard / trackpad combo, and a crisp 1080p display. And it does Chromebook things (web browsing, email, Google Docs, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, etc.) adequately.
But on the other end, the Chromebook 14 is hindered by its lack of a touchscreen — just as Google prepares to usher Android apps into Chrome OS. You’ll be able to use those apps, sure, but navigating smartphone apps with a keyboard and trackpad is about as unholy as eating pizza with a fork and knife. Still, only a year or two ago, your $300 would’ve gone toward something far worse."
Acer Chromebook 14 review: a good value, but unprepared for the future | The Verge
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
"Another day, another rumor that Apple is going to ditch the headphone jack on the next iPhone in favor of sending out audio over Lightning. Or another phone beats Apple to the punch by ditching the headphone jack in favor of passing out audio over USB-C. What exciting times for phones! We’re so out of ideas that actively making them shittier and more user-hostile is the only innovation left.
DITCHING THE HEADPHONE JACK ON PHONES MAKES THEM WORSE
Look, I know you’re going to tell me that the traditional TRS headphone jack is a billion years old and prone to failure and that life is about progress and whatever else you need to repeat deliriously into your bed of old HTC extUSB dongles and insane magnetic Palm adapters to sleep at night. But just face facts: ditching the headphone jack on phones makes them worse, in extremely obvious ways. Let’s count them!"
Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid | The Verge
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
"Google said the Google Play Store was coming to Chrome OS, and now it’s finally here — in the developer channel of Chrome OS 53. (Eventually it will come to the beta and stable channels.) I’ve been playing with it today, and let me tell you, it’s liberating.
I'm running Android apps on a Chromebook, and it's dope | VentureBeat | Dev | by Jordan Novet
"Asus Transformer 3 Pro vs Surface Pro 4: We take a look at how Asus and Microsoft's hybrids stack up.
Asus has just unveiled its new Surface Pro 4 rival, the Transformer 3 Pro, and on the surface (no pun intended) you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two. Why? Well, for starters, the Transformer 3 Pro looks almost identical to Microsoft's high-end hybrid.
Of course, there are some subtle – and some not-so-subtle – differences between the two that are worth knowing about.
Luckily we managed to get our hands on a Transformer 3 Pro at Computex 2016, allowing us to compare both devices here so you can get an idea of which 2-in-1 is more suited to your needs."Asus Transformer 3 Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: What's the difference?
"I've said this many times already, but the iPad still doesn't get me fully to the point of replacing my computer. I'm starting to guess that's by design -- I guess Apple wants to sell me a $1,300 laptop to supplement my $600-ish tablet. But sooner or later, it needs to. Maybe -- despite Apple's repeateddenials -- that day arrives when the iPad and Mac fuse into some sort of new gadget. Maybe the iPad gets some of these updates down the road.
I say this because the iPad Pro is so close to being something I could use all the time. And it just needs a little more push. Not from hardware. From its software.
Thanks to Mac-to-iOS services like Handoff (which opens links across devices), Airdrop (for sharing files locally) and the iOS 10-enabled Clipboard (for copying and pasting lots of stuff across devices), plus a suite of apps that are increasingly cross-platform, the iPad is getting better at being the tool I'd ideally want. But to take that next leap will need a bigger OS-level visionary jump. It doesn't look like that'll quite happen in iOS 10."
Time for the iPad to grow up - CNET