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The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

IMG_5820 Writing on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing… Read More

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John Biggs

July 29th

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Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches

librem11_1-640px_qso8ln Purism, proud makers of one of the first truly open laptops, is moving into the world of pro-level tablets. Their latest product, the Librem 11, is a tablet that runs any GNU/Linux version (they recommend the ultra-secure Qubes) and can double as a laptop. The company made waves with their 15 and 13 laptops and they are bringing the same level of security to the $1,299 tablet. While that’s… Read More

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John Biggs

May 20th

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Acer shows off a rugged new Chromebook for work and a whole bunch of new notebooks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Acer hit the stage a small event in the shadow of Manhattan’s One World Trade to show off some notebooks, notebooks and also some notebooks. Oh, and one more thing: notebooks, notebooks, and notebooks (also there were some notebooks). The star notebook amongst the notebooky notebooks is the company’s latest take on the Chromebook — the straightforwardly-named Chromebook 14… Read More

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Brian Heater

April 21st

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4 Tips to Make Your Mac Run Faster

Unfortunately, it’s an inevitable part of life. Your brand new shiny laptop is gradually going to accumulate all kinds of software bloat and other clutter that drags it down—but you don’t have to suffer needlessly. We’ve covered speeding up your Windows 10 machine , and similarly, here are four quick tips for those of you on the Apple side of the fence.

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March 15th

Apple

Perspective: iPad Pro blew past Microsoft Surface as soon as Apple could make enough of them, IDC says

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IDC is out with its latest report on worldwide tablet shipments following Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings and in the report shares a nugget about iPad Pro sales.

It may not surprise you, but Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad, which many would have you believe is the company’s first to compete directly with detachable and hybrid tablets/laptops, outsold Microsoft Surface and other detachable tablets, according to the report:

This quarter was unique as we had new detachables in the market from all three of the major platform players,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. “Despite lukewarm reviews, the iPad Pro was the clear winner this season as it was the top selling detachable, surpassing notable entries from Microsoft and other PC vendors. It’s also important to note that the transition towards detachable tablets has presented positive opportunities for both Apple and Microsoft. However, Google’s recent foray into this space has been rather lackluster as the Android platform will require a lot more refinement to achieve any measurable success.”

IDC claims Apple “was able to curb the decline in iPad revenues as its model mix shifted towards higher priced iPads” with a successful iPad Pro launch, but it doesn’t share any of its specific data on iPad Pro sales versus iPad or Surface sales in general in its report.

The win for iPad Pro, IDC notes, comes as worldwide tablet sales are down -13.7% year over year to 65.9 million units in the last quarter of 2015 and to 206.8 million for 2015 from 230.1 million in 2014. Apple, however, holds its lead in the tablet category overall despite a -24.8% year-over-year decline. Apple sold 16.1 million iPads in the last quarter of 2015, putting it in the lead ahead of number two Samsung with 9 million units shipped (as highlighted in IDC’s chart above). And here’s a look at the outcome for tablet shipments for the year based on IDC’s data, which puts Apple in first position with 49.6 million units shipped (-21.8% year over year), followed by Samsung, Lenovo, ASUS, and Huawei:

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The iPad Pro is the first to come with an Apple-made detachable keyboard and a screen size in the territory of hybrids like Microsoft’s Surface, which is presumably why IDC puts it in the “detachable tablet” category, but some would argue the Pro isn’t exactly a direct hybrid competitor — since it doesn’t come with a keyboard, still relies on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, and doesn’t pack in as much processing power as the true laptop/tablet hybrids like Surface.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: detachabe, hybrid, IDC, iPad Pro, Laptop, Microsoft Surface, sales, tablet

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Jordan Kahn

February 1st

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A Look Back At Some CES Hot Air

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 9.29.57 AM In 2006 I was “leading” a team of Gizmodo reporters at CES from my underground lair in deepest Brooklyn. My son had just been born in December and I decided to stay home so I’d chat with the team over Campfire and tell them to look at stuff. It rarely worked. But one thing got their attention: the Quantum Disk from the Atom Chip Corporation. The system was making waves because… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

Gadgets

What It’s Like To Use the iPad Pro As a Laptop

I don’t like laptops. There, I said it. I don’t hate them, but for years I’ve felt they can be improved in many different ways. So when Apple made the iPad Pro, I paid attention. Could this be the product I’d been dreaming of all this time? The short answer: No. The long answer: Also no. But it does have a few surprises.

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Carlos Rebato

November 20th

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Apple’s Tim Cook: No-one Wants An iPad-Mac Hybrid

Microsoft Surface Book Apple CEO Tim Cook has told the The Irish Independent he has no plans to converge Cupertino’s lovingly crafted iPad and Macbook hardware lines into a hybrid tablet-plus-laptop device — arguing that melding the two device types would undermine the user experience. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

November 16th

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Some Finnish Engineers Would Like You To Put This Tiny Square Computer In Your Pocket

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 1.29.12 PM Solu is a coaster-sized cloud-based portable computer that fits in your pocket. A team of Finnish engineers behind the device hope Solu will change the way we think of using our digital operating systems. Sure, we already have our portable computing devices such as iPads and smartphones, but Solu founder Kristoffer Lawson wants us to stop lugging all our heavy laptops and notebooks around… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

October 22nd

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Apple finally granted 2007 patent on Touch ID sensor in Macs (with hilariously old image)

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While Apple may have waited for the iPhone 5s before it introduced Touch ID, it’s been working on the technology since shortly after the launch of the original iPhone. A patent first filed in 2007 was finally granted today, and includes the use of a fingerprint sensor in laptops – though the drawing Apple used to illustrate the concept seemingly dates back even further than 2007!

A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing final finger matching. […] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an electronic device in the form of a laptop computer including a finger sensor and enhanced security in accordance with the present invention.

The patent also covers use in desktop computers, aka the iMac today, embedding the sensor into the keyboard … 

The computer 10 is illustratively shown to be a laptop computer, but the present invention is applicable to other computers (e.g. desktop computers) as well.

It would of course be no surprise for Apple to add a Touch ID sensor to future MacBooks and keyboards after making the security system standard in iPhones and iPads. We haven’t yet seen any sign of this, however, with Apple having passed up an opportunity to add Touch ID to the new Magic Keyboard.

Via Patently Apple


Filed under: Mac Tagged: Desktop computer, iMac, Laptop, MacBook, Touch ID, Touch ID on MacBook

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Ben Lovejoy

October 13th

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