Google says goodbye to the business of tablets with Chrome OS

Google has announced that they are abandoning the manufacture of tablets. No more trying to compete with what Apple or Microsoft offers with their iPad Pro and Surface Pro, respectively. That's why there will no longer be the second generation of your Pixel Slate. Although it is not that many users will miss it.

Google says goodbye to the business of tablets with ChromeOS, goodbye to Pixel Slate
Google says goodbye to the business of tablets with ChromeOS, farewell to Pixel Slate.

Goodbye to Pixel Slate, Google's tablet

At the end of 2018, Google introduced its Pixel Slate. A tablet that with Chrome OS and a keyboard that could be put and removed, sought to offer an alternative solution to both the iPad and the Surface Pro. It was not a bad idea, its design had its appeal and at the hardware level was not bad either product, but the experience of use did not convince.

In numerous analyzes that were made of the device, the ratings were not positive at all. It did not work correctly, Chrome OS felt inadequate, there were no better applications and, together with the delays suffered, everything seemed to indicate that it had not been a great idea. Still, Google did, opted for the product, and unfortunately, it went wrong.

Rick Osterloh, head of the hardware division within the company, has now confirmed that they effectively stop making tablets. In this way, the teams assigned to these projects are relocated, and the company will focus efforts on laptops with ChromeOS and PixelBook, which as a hardware product does seem to be a more robust and future-oriented bet.

However, current users of a Pixel Slate will continue to receive software and security updates, but if anyone was waiting for a second generation to solve the problems of the first one, they might forget it. Moreover, as we said, it has been known that two new products under development have been canceled directly this week.

The latter does not imply that other manufacturers stop launching tablets based on Chrome OS. After gaining support for this type of device, brands like HP or Acer do seem to start their own products. Let's see how they come out.

What is clear is that the hardware business is very complicated. Google has not yet hit the key that allows it to gain weight in the market. Their Google Pixels are excellent phones, but they also do not achieve that big pull in sales. What's more, neither the smart speakers nor the rest of Google Home / Nest products are standing out.

For the financial muscle capable of handling Google, not doing well is not a big problem. But facing the user, kill proposals such as Pixel Slate the only thing it does is to reduce confidence against future bets. Hopefully, now, all that effort can be better focused on making phones and laptops with traditional design but based on Chrome OS that demonstrates that they can be relevant in hardware issues as well.

6 reasonable offers to close the week (and an extra that you should not lose sight of): iPad Air, Samsung 4K TV and more

Let's close the week as it deserves: with a reasonable offer under your arm. Today we collect six new discounts available on Amazon as well as the sale of a particular phone that many expect with enthusiasm. Can you imagine what we're talking about? Take a look and leave doubts.

We leave you below with the list of products available at a discount. Look, compare, and get them before they are finished.

iPad Air, Samsung 4K TV and more
iPad Air, Samsung 4K TV and more

Apple iPad Air

The latest generation of the Apple tablet has a new discount that you should not miss. The iPad Air has a 10.5-inch screen (2.224 x 1.668 pixels), iOS 12, Touch ID sensor, 8 MP camera, support for WiFi and data connection and 256 GB of internal storage. Its official price is 859 euros, but now it can be yours for 173 euros less.

Samsung TV NU8075

How about you renovate the living room TV with this offer? Samsung's 49-inch NU8075 Smart TV with 4K resolution, HDR 10+ support, four HDMI ports, two USB ports, and black color is now available with a small rebate of 60 euros, which never comes at all bad -and If you prefer you can also use the financing plan, they offer in 24 months. Take advantage of.

Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR

This Lenovo touch-screen convertible laptop is quite impressive, even more, if it has a reduction of no less than 320 euros less (stays at 679 euros). The computer has a 14-inch Full HD screen, Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD storage, Intel UHD Graphics, Windows 10 and looks beautiful gray.

Ecotec Conga Series 3090

It is one of the most sold robot vacuum cleaners in Amazon, how could we not tell you about a discount? This model, with intelligent navigation mapping iTech Laser 360, can sweep, vacuum, mop, and scrub. Enjoy 10 cleaning modes, and it goes without saying that it is programmable, with your own mobile app. Right now it has a 30% discount, so you save 120 euros when you buy it.

TP-Link HS100

If you were looking for a smart outlet for your house, stop doing it: here is the TP-Link at the price of laughter. The signature proposal allows you to control your devices from anywhere (it has its own app), without the need of a hub and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home and IFTTT. Its usual price is 39.99 euros, but right now it has a reduction of no less than 58% (yes, more than half of its price), so that 16.99 euros can be yours.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The beautiful and charming platform-adventure game "Ori and the Will of the Wisps", developed by Moon Studios, will not be available on Xbox One until February 2020, but if you know that you will want it, you should know that you can proceed to your reservation and, eye, buy it with a reduction of no less than 64% -. You save yourself 50 euros, which is said soon.

As we already warned you at the launch of the Mi 9T, the phone will officially go on sale today on Amazon. The smartphone will be available from 1:00 pm - it still appears as Not Available - for 329 euros. In return you get a phone with a 6.9-inch AMOLED Full Screen, with a Selfie Pop-up camera, a triple rear camera of 13 + 48 + 8 MP, NFC, 4,000 mAh, a Qualcomm SD 730 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB internal. In blue or black color.

How to add links to Instagram stories without having 10,000 followers

The ability to add a link to your Instagram stories is desirable, but the social network does not want you to be able to do so unless you have 10,000 followers or a verified account. The reason is logical, avoid sending users out of it. But there is a little trick to achieve it through IGTV.

How to add links to Instagram stories without having 10,000 followers
How to add links to Instagram stories without having 10,000 followers

Adding external links to your stories through IGTV

As we have said, through IGTV, you will be able to add a link that will take your followers to any URL or content that you have created outside of Instagram. For example, a link to an article or the last video of your Youtube channel.

Without being the ideal solution, the best option is the native one that Instagram offers when you meet their requirements, it can be something more comfortable or competent than other solutions like a link. So we show you another way to do it and you value which one convinces you the most.

Use IGTV to link external content.

The first thing you should do is create a video in the vertical format of about 10 or 15 seconds. It can be more if you want, but with that time it should be more than enough. Next, place some text and indicator similar to the one in the image.

The idea is to indicate to the user that he must do TAP at the top. There the title of the video will appear and when you click on it, in the description, the URL to which you want to point.

When you have uploaded the video to IGTV, you will have to place a title and description. As we said before, in title use something like "Tap here or tap tap here" and in the story, enter the destination URL.

Once you have posted the video on IGTV, go back to Instagram and let him publish a new story. Place the image, record video, or whatever you decide, and when everything is ready, at the top, you should see an icon with two links of chains. If you press, you will know that it allows you to add one of your IGTV videos.

Select the one you have uploaded last (or for the first time) and accept. At the bottom of your story will appear, once published, the option to go to IGTV to see the content. To reinforce the message, add a sticker with "Swipe Up" or similar. This facilitates the user with how he should interact. Ready, you have it.

Now, when you see your story, when you scroll up, it will open the IGTV video. When you click on the title, the URL will appear, and once you click on it, the external link will open with the content you are interested in showing.

As you can see, it is not the ideal solution, but it is a good trick until you have the option to link natively.

Not only Samsung and Huawei, but also Apple. A folding phone from California can surprise competitors.

The mobile industry is waiting for changes, which will also cost California's apple. What do we know about his expected puzzle?

After all, the assumptions of the experts were fulfilled. The mobile industry dominated another big trend this year,, and Californian apple will soon be succumbing to it. For giants such as Samsung or Huawei, then another renowned consumer electronics manufacturer will come. So what can be expected of the upcoming folding phone from Apple's workshop?

A unique puzzle from California

Not only Samsung and Huawei, but also Apple. A folding phone from California can surprise competitors.
Not only Samsung and Huawei but also Apple. A folding phone from California can surprise competitors.

The fact that Apple is working on a folding piece has been revealed by a recently published patent. Of course, because we are talking about one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers, something like that could be expected from him sooner or later. However, this leak of information has confirmed it even unofficially.

So what is it about? It is a patent of a specially developed layer that was created to protect the so-called flexible display panel from physical damage. But the most exciting thing is that the user will be able to bend the display from both sides, not just one. And yet, no competitor from the mobile industry offers this.

As the PhoneArena server writes, the available information mentions a combination of two essential materials. Accordingly, flexible protection should consist of a combination of polymer and so-called pigment flakes. The display surface can be applied in several ways, including spray and three-dimensional printing. Choosing a manufacturer will only depend on the cost/quality ratio.

As far as imaging technology is concerned, Apple's engineers have no doubts about the ever-popular OLED solution. This, compared to the classic LCD, offers better imaging features, including considerably better energy management, because when it displays black, it disables pixels at that location. This saves energy, and, among other things, we see a more realistic color.

But the question is, how do engineers fight with the elimination of traditional selfie cameras, headphones, and sensors present. The cut should be a thing of the past this year, so the manufacturer can expect a more modern alternative. Xiaomi used the so-called piezoelectric technology to develop the timeless Mi MIX model, which oscillates the design of the smartphone and allows the user to hear the other party without having conventional hardware at his ear.

Mate X and Galaxy Fold together
Thanks to another well-known apple patent, we got to the possible form of a folding structure. And not just one. It should also be pointed out that this patent application came to light in 2014. The assignment took place two years later, and the content was updated earlier this year, says The Verge.

The first form represents a design that reminds a combination of competing Android models Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. Because of the above-mentioned protective layer, the smartphone could be bent in both directions. And it follows that the display can cover both the outside and inside of the body. Thus, the user can conceal the flexible panel, watch the movie on a large diagonal, or chat with one hand only. Handy and practical.

The second form of patent design is a bit more interesting, but also very special. It does not consist of two interconnected parts, but of up to three, which in case of non-use of the smartphone fold into one pile. In this way, although we reduce the dimensions, it is, on the other hand, to consider a substantially higher thickness of the device. A similar solution would probably be appreciated, especially by ladies who like handbags. I can't imagine anything like that in my pants pocket.

Chipset A13 or something special?
Apple's folding phone seems to be driving the generational successor of last year's A12 Bionic chipset. A similar route went to both Huawei and Samsung. The Mate X model has top-of-the-line Kirin 980 and Galaxy Fold in its bowels to change the Snapdragon 855 from the American company Qualcomm, replacing last year's Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Nevertheless, it can still be assumed that the apple will develop a particular version for folding pieces and mark it with an additional letter. A similar step has been taken for hi-tech tablets for professionals called iPad Pro. Instead of A12, their computing power is the old version of the A12X with more cores and more transistors. However, it is especially important for users to have more powerful hardware at their disposal.

Moreover, as we have grown accustomed to over the years, the combination of Apple chipsets and its precisely tuned operating system can deliver better results than benchmark competition from the benchmark of applications. So far, none of the high-end Androids have been able to beat the latest generation of iOS devices through numbers. Just look at the current results from the popular AnTuTu benchmark. An exception should not be the impatiently awaited piece from California.

And what about price and availability?

Considering the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Mate X competing price list from Huawei, which came to light in February, including Apple's pricing strategy, you need to get a good deal of money. The folding iPhone can cost a potential buyer around 64,000 crowns. And no fun.

The performance can be expected from the event, when we know the generational successors of last year's iPhone XS and iPhone XR, or during September. Two giants from the mobile industry have already pulled their aces out. Now it's the last of the dreaded trio. The chance of seeing this year is enormous this time.

Spotify is working on its own older car player to arrive this year.

Spotify is probably working on his own car player. It follows from the latest information from the Financial Times.

Spotify is working on its own older car player to arrive this year.
Spotify is working on its own older car player to arrive this year.

So far, it is only speculation from an unknown source whose authenticity does not want to be commented on either by Spotify or by the manufacturer who should take care of the physical appearance of this device.

However, it can be concluded that this could be a fairly real thing if neither party refuses to confirm or confirm it.

The controls should be operated using both the buttons and the steering control also by voice control.

The Spotify player should be launched this year and its price should not exceed $$$.

Apple is likely to present AirPods 2, the new iPad Mini and the expected wireless charger this year.

In the bloggers of technology blogs, a lot of news has been made in the last few weeks, which Apple should showcase in the spring, or by the end of the year.

Apple is likely to present AirPods 2, the new iPad Mini and the expected wireless charger this year.
Apple is likely to present AirPods 2, the new iPad Mini and the expected wireless charger this year.

The new generation of sound

Let's start with the sound. If you are going to purchase Apple AirPods for your iPhone, we recommend that you wait a while and survive with wired headphones.

This year we should wait for the second generation, which will bring some news, which is definitely worth waiting for.

AirPods 2 is due to arrive at the end of this year, but let us be surprised. However, according to speculation, we can expect better sound, a noticeable improvement in bass.

The design itself remains the same, but the surface should be changed. It should now be the same matte finish as, for example, the back of Pixel 3 from Google.

Improvements will also be made in the field of gestures sensors, health monitoring, and physical activities.

However, along with these innovations, there are two pieces of information that many of you are unlikely to please. The battery will be the same capacity as the current generation, which is not ideal. The second, for someone negative news, is the price, because it should rise by about a thousand crowns (38 euros).

New iPad mini
Although we have a freshly tapped iPad Pro, you need to remember the iPad Mini, and it's latest the fourth generation. It is, as the name suggests, noticeably smaller, but still has its candidates.

Apple is also aware of this, so we will also see the 5th generation iPad mini. It will have the same dimensions as the current one and should see an improved A10 chip or even an A10x.

And hopefully, the USB-C connector will be deployed here.

Wireless charging

When Apple introduced iPhone X and 8, the AirPower multifunction wireless charger was also unveiled. But since the beginning of development, she has only faced problems. Now, two years after the launch of the iPhone X, it may be enough to reach us.

Finally, it will be a little thicker, but it will offer more secret features with the advent of iOS 13. Its price will be less than 5,000 crowns (193 euros).

This year should be one of the most well-off, except for the products mentioned above, as well as news on iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs.

Apple Pay celebrates success in the Czech Republic. People spend on millions, the state wants to give terminals to smaller businesses.

Waiting for several years has paid off. There is considerable interest in Apple Pay among Czechs, and a similar type of cashless payments could play an exciting role in the future. Paying with the phone is more natural and safer; there is no need to carry a wallet or pull a card - just pull the mobile device and just attach.

Apple Pay celebrates success in the Czech Republic. People spend on millions, the state wants to give terminals to smaller businesses.
Apple Pay celebrates success in the Czech Republic. People spend on millions, the state wants to give terminals to smaller businesses.

As of yesterday, institutions such as Twisto, Komerční Banka, MONETA, Česká spořitelna, AirBank and mBank have launched the service, and in the next wave, this year, other banks are promising to join. Clients have been informed about an error message about their credit card support while adding it to the system.

Česká spořitelna announced on Tuesday evening 20,000 users who activated Apple Pay and spent 2.5 million crowns during this.

MONETA announced 9,000 clients who executed transactions worth half a million crowns.

At Air Bank, 22,000 clients tried new technology, paying 3.2 million crowns.

Twenty percent of account owners who have Apple devices have tried Twisto and Apple Pay.

“The results of Day 1 exceeded our expectations. On average, every fourth user of our mobile banking has activated an Apple Pay card, ”said Moneta spokesman Jakub Švestka.

Is it flashing for cashless time?
The state wants to support a modern alternative to payment. Nothing is needed to accept Apple Pay but an ordinary NFC terminal, which is implemented in the vast majority of classic payment terminals.

The Czech Republic is one of the worse countries in Europe in terms of the number of such facilities in shops and tradesmen. We have 215,000 terminals at us, while at least 400,000 are needed.

Therefore, Mastercard wants to sign a memorandum with the Ministry of Industry and Business Associations to make terminals available even where it is still sturdy - for smaller entrepreneurs and, for example, craftsmen who are worried about fees and thus extra costs. Something similar is introduced in neighboring Poland, and it is possible to pay for it in cash, even in a church.

The arrival of services such as Apple Pay or Google Pay and other technological tweaks could literally revolutionize our payment. 90 percent of Czechs use contactless payments. In addition to fees through these services, money can be collected for contactless ATMs.