The new MacBook Pros are finally here, and if you’re interested in new features packed inside a thinner, lighter body, your wait is over. But prices on the new models are higher—$1,500 won’t even get you all the new features. Meanwhile, Apple’s more affordable laptops didn’t receive updates and have their own flaws.
The Air remains a decent laptop, but the lack of a Retina display and USB-C are real problems. And the 12-inch MacBook’s single USB-C port for charging, display output, and data transfer limits its appeal.
Recently we’ve seen a few Android-powered tablets that are the size of an all-in-one PC. Lenovo seems to be working on one such tablet – the PB2-690N.
That’s clearly not the final name, but the “PB1″ is the 6.8” Phab Plus. This could be the sequel, but it’s a monster movie.
According to GFX Bench, the new tablet will have an 18.4″ screen with 2,560 x 1,440px resolution. That’s better than Samsung’s 18.4″ Galaxy View (1080p) and Alcatel’s 17.3″ Xess (1080p screen also).
LinkedIn just gave its flagship app a major face-lift.
The company released a redesigned version of its main app Tuesday. The new app, which was first previewed in October, makes the app look more like Facebook and other social media apps.
Like Facebook, LinkedIn’s new app is centered around a central feed, which shows you updates from people in your network and content they are sharing on LinkedIn. Similar to Facebook’s News Feed, the app filters which updates you’ll see based on what you’re most likely to be interested in — and the company says the feature will get better over time as you use the app more.
After the Katana 01, another Windows 10-powered smartphone has surfaced in Japan. Dubbed EveryPhone, the device is manufactured by local OEM Yamada Denki, and will start retailing tomorrow – November 28.
Specs-wise, the handset is powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC, and sports a 5.5 inch 720P display. It comes 2GB RAM and 32GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a 2,600 mAh battery. In terms of camera, the EveryPhone features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter.
On Snapchat’s Discover feature, users get quick app access to a wide variety of mobile video channels from the likes of CNN, Vice, Buzzfeed and a dozen other media brands. Starting Friday, U.S. users get an option just for the holidays.
Online publishing and retail start-up Brit + Co will deliver holiday-themed content to Discover over the coming week as well as the week leading up to Christmas: articles and videos on how to make emoji ornaments, or tips on wearing a black dress for the holidays, or a primer on vegan eggnog.
Google and Bing have long had Product Ads for their search engines, so it makes sense that Yahoo would follow suit. Fortunately for us, the announcement comes just before the holiday season, and can appear in both Yahoo search results (through Gemini) as well as Polyvore, a social commerce site. In other words, they can launch in several different places.
Just as with the other product ads that you use, ads are built from your (the merchant) product feeds and you can use Yahoo data for targeting and insights across the ad systems.
Uber this week announced a feature that lets drivers set their destinations twice a day for when they only want to pick up riders traveling their way.
The feature is rolling out this week in the Bay Area, reportedly in the company’s hometown of San Francisco first.
“We haven’t announced when and where we will offer this feature next, but we are focused on rolling it out to additional markets,” Uber spokesperson Molly Spaeth told TechNewsWorld.
Instagram last week began offering packaged videos tied to topical events, starting with a stream of video content to celebrate Halloween.
In launching a curated content initiative, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is following in the steps of Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat launched Live Stories in June, and Twitter introduced a feature called Moments last month.
Live Stories packages Snapchat posts on an event into a single stream.
As much as you may want to know multiple languages, not everyone does. Fortunately for the rest of us there are translation tools to help out and Google is one of the more popular ones, plus it’s available on multiple platforms.
Today Google rolls out new translation features, bringing English and German translations to Arabic via printed text — conversations were already available.
“To use instant visual translation, just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate.