Thursday, 5 January 2017
Three screens are better than one
There are the laptops that everybody else is showing off at CES 2017, and there's Razer's Project Valerie. The bottom half is a standard Razer Blade Pro — a powerhouse gaming laptop, no doubt — but the lid contains not one, not two, but three 17.3-inch 4K displays. Combined they span around four feet, tucking back behind the center screen when not in use. It's a crazy cool and just plain craze concept. And we want one so hard.
ASUS's updated Chromebook Flip is a Chrome OS powerhouse
No tolerance for slouches.
There's no doubt about it: Chromebooks are coming into their own. From the Samsung-Google partnership that resulted in the Chromebook Plus and Pro to ASUS's new Chromebook Flip C302, they've never been better or more capable. The new ASUS Chromebook is a powerful little beast, sporting an Intel Core processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and two USB ports. Chrome OS is finally coming into its own.
Dell's 8K monitor is the new king of the display hill
Just when you were getting comfortable with the idea of 4K.
Let's be honest: most of us don't have 4K displays yet. But that doesn't stop the march of technological progress, nor will Dell let such trivialities slow them down. So they unveiled a 32-inch 8K monitor that they're planning to have available to buy as soon as March. Words can't really describe the beauty of this beast.
The connected everything
Is it a thing? Can it be connected to the internet? Stop asking silly questions.
Some things have long been "connected" and are getting more so, like security cameras and thermostats and door locks. Other things are new to the connected space, like Lego robots and women's health fertility trackers. Others… are hairbrushes with built-in artificial intelligence.
- D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD is the HomeKit security camera you've been waiting for!
- This connected hairbrush will get you brushing smarter, not harder
- HomeKit support coming to Honeywell's Lyric Security and Home Control System
- Comper's suite of connected tools put women's health first
- LEGO Boost lets kids build their dream robot
Dell Canvas is a big honkin' touch screen to go with any PC
Think of it as a Surface Studio without the built-in PC.
If there was one let-down with the Microsoft Surface Studio, it was the lack of true oomph from the computing hardware behind that gorgeous touch screen. So Dell decided to make a screen that does the same things, but without the included computer bits. So this is the Dell Canvas, a 27-inch QHD panel that lets you tap with your fingers, draw with the included pen, and spin away with a Dell "totem" — their take on the Surface Dial. It's not cheap, but it's still cheaper than a Surface Studio, and you can hook it up to the high-powered PC of your choice.
Don't listen to AT&T: Your phone isn't going to stop making calls
AT&T customers have been receiving warnings from the carrier saying that their phones will soon stop making calls. That's technically true, but the network change isn't coming until 2022. Here's what you need to know about the transition to VoLTE (HD Voice) on AT&T.