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Shipments of Chromebooks have outpaced those of Macs for the first time in the United States, according to information from an analytics firm. IDC analyst Linn Huang advised the cheap notebooks using Chrome OS "overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time" in the first quarter of this year by its own estimates, though the analyst stopped short of advising by how much of a margin Chromebooks were in the lead.
Currently, USB-C 3.1 is just an up-and-coming technology that offers considerably faster speeds and greater power charging, among other benefits, but isn't yet widespread. If vendors from this year's CES show in Las Vegas have their way, however, next year will move the emerging standard a great deal forward, beyond its present best-known presence on the Retina 12-inch MacBook and Google's Chromebook Pixel line. On Monday, accessory makers Belkin and Griffin unveiled a host of new USB-C cables and devices.
Acer has added another model to its 15-inch Chromebook range, this time one focused on users with tight budgets. The Chromebook 15 CB3-531 keeps the same 15.6-inch 1366x768-resolution display as its stablemates, but Acer has managed to refine the specifications list enough to make the Chrome OS notebook cost a relatively low $200.
Google has revealed a new lineup of Chrome OS devices that consumers will be able to purchase in the coming months. The usual new Chromebooks are being announced alongside a new device called the Chromebit, a compact computer that plugs directly into the HDMI port of a monitor or television, effectively turning it into a Chrome OS system.
Google has unveiled its second attempt at a high-specification Chromebook, one that leaked last month in a video. The second-generation Chromebook Pixel looks similar to the original, complete with an aluminum chassis and a 12.85-inch 2,560x1,700 display but this time Google has upped some of the internal components, and is using USB Type-C connections for the first time.
The Chromebook Pixel, Google's attempt at a premium Chrome OS notebook, may receive an unexpected upgrade. A video recorded at Team Work 2015 and put on YouTube, now made private, shows Director of Android and Chrome, Google for Work Renee Niemi speaking briefly about the device, though it appears the search company will be producing a limited number aimed at developers.
Dell has launched new tablets and notebooks aimed at the educational market. The Chromebook 11 and the Latitude 11 Education Series are "schoolyard tough" notebooks that has survived MIL-STD 810G testing for shock, vibrations, pressure, and temperatures, while the Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro tablets, with the introduced devices all including rubberized trim for added protection.
Acer has unveiled two Chromebooks aimed at the education market. The C910 and C740 Chromebooks are sturdy notebooks contained in reinforced covers capable of withstanding up to 60kg (132 pounds) of force, with the corners able to survive drops of up to 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) without damage, making the computers highly durable.
At CES, computer maker Acer introduced the largest Chromebook available to date, with the Chromebook 15 CB5-571. The 15.6-inch screen sports an optional 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, and the Chromebook is also the first to be powered by fifth-generation Celeron processors. The larger chassis size also allowed the company to integrate larger, user-facing stereo speakers, and an HD webcam.
HP has quietly upgraded its recently-overhauled Chromebook 14, adding a touch-enabled display alongside upgraded specifications. The HP Chromebook 14-x050nr Touch employs a 14-inch WLED-backlit touchscreen with a resolution of 1,920x1,080, backed by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor alongside a Kepler GPU with 192 Nvidia Cuda cores.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE