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      The first foldable PC era is unfolding / ArsTechnica · 4 days ago - 18:51

    Lenovo launched the first foldable laptop in 2020, but the first real era of foldable PCs is only starting to unfold now. Today, LG became the latest OEM to announce a foldable-screen laptop, right after HP announced its first attempt, the Spectre Foldable PC , earlier this month.

    LG only announced the Gram Fold in South Korea thus far. LG didn't immediately respond when I asked if it has plans to release the machine in the US.

    A Google translation of LG's Korean announcement said the laptop is 9.4-mm (0.37-inches) thick when unfolded and used like a 17-inch tablet. Alternatively, the OLED PC can be folded in half to use like an approximately 12.2-inch laptop. In the latter form, a virtual keyboard can appear on the bottom screen, and you can dock a Bluetooth keyboard to the bottom screen or pair a keyboard with the system wirelessly. The screen has 1920×2560 pixels for a pixel density of 188.2 pixels per inch.

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      Google extends Chromebook support from 8 years to 10 after heightened backlash / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 14 September - 20:52

    Close-up of the corner of a Chromebook

    Enlarge (credit: Bloomberg/Getty )

    Google announced today that it's extending Chromebooks' automatic update support from 8 years to 10 years for devices released from 2019 and later. The move follows increasing criticism from consumers, schools, and advocacy groups around the many Chromebooks in use and on sale with looming death dates.

    "All Chromebook platforms will now get regular automatic updates for 10 years," Google's blog post says. Numerous Chromebooks released in 2019 were about to expire next year. Now, no Chromebooks should be expiring within the next two years.

    Google's blog continues:

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      HP’s $5,000 Spectre Foldable PC has a lot to prove / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 14 September - 12:00 · 1 minute

    HP is the latest company to announce a foldable-screen PC. The 17-inch Spectre Foldable PC has a keyboard that can be used wirelessly with the device propped up on its kickstand. Or you could magnetically attach the keyboard to the screen's bottom half or even slide the keyboard toward you for a 1.5-screen-like experience. The OLED device addresses concerns around battery life and portability by including two battery packs instead of one. But the bendy, Intel 12th-gen computer will have to do quite a lot to even begin rationalizing its staggering $5,000 price.

    The Spectre Fold works as a 17-inch, 0.33-inch (8.5 mm) thick OLED tablet. Uniquely, it has an integrated kickstand for propping the PC up at a 120° angle. This is key because HP cites the kickstand as one of the reasons the computer is so costly, but this also means you don't have to deal with separate origami stands/sleeves. With the PC propped up, it should be easy to work with the included wireless keyboard or stylus, which both charge wirelessly on the device.

    The Bluetooth keyboard can attach to the bottom half of the PC's screen for a 12.3-inch laptop view. If you slide the keyboard down toward you, revealing more of the OLED, the PC will automatically display windows north of the keyboard. This scenario is like working on a 14-inch laptop.

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      “Absurd”: Google, Amazon rebuked over unsupported Chromebooks still for sale / ArsTechnica · Friday, 4 August - 21:14

    “Absurd”: Google, Amazon rebuked over unsupported Chromebooks still for sale

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    Google resisted pleas to extend the lifetime of Chromebooks set to expire as of this June and throughout the summer. Thirteen Chromebook models have met their death date since June 1 and won't receive security updates or new features from Google anymore. But that hasn't stopped the Chromebooks from being listed for sale on sites like Amazon for the same prices as before.

    Take the Asus Chromebook Flip C302. It came out in 2018, and on June 1—about five years later—it reached its automatic update expiration (AUE) date. But right now, you can buy a "new," unused Flip C302 for $550 from Amazon or $820 via Walmart's Marketplace (providing links for illustrative purposes; please don't buy these unsupported laptops).

    That's just one of eight Chromebooks that expired since June while still being readily available on Amazon. The listings don't notify shoppers that the devices won't receive updates from Google. The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) pointed this out in a press release Wednesday, sharing screenshots of the models:

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      A threat to portable monitors everywhere: Lenovo Yoga Book 9i review / ArsTechnica · Friday, 23 June - 15:42 · 1 minute

    Lenovo Yoga Book 9i

    Enlarge / The hinge awkwardly breaking up content on Lenovo's Yoga Book 9i. (credit: Scharon Harding)

    Specs at a glance: Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
    Worst Best As reviewed
    Screen 2x 13.3-inch 2880×1800 OLED touchscreen
    OS Windows 11 Home
    CPU Intel Core i7-1355U
    RAM 16GB LPDDR5x-6400
    Storage 512GB M.2 NVMe 2242 PCIe 4.0 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe 2242 PCIe 4.0 SSD 512GB M.2 NVMe 2242 PCIe 4.0 SSD
    Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
    Ports 3x Thunderbolt 4
    Size 11.78×8.03×0.63 inches (299.1×203.9×15.95 mm)
    Weight Starts at 2.95 lbs (1.34 kg)
    Battery 80 Wh
    Warranty 1 year
    Price (MSRP) $2,000 $2,100 $2,000
    Other Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, stylus, and laptop stand/keyboard cover included

    Dual-screen laptops have been around for enough years that Asus now has a lineup of them. But Lenovo's Yoga Book 9 is the dual-screen option for maximum screen space. Open the 2-in-1 laptop, and you'll find two 13.3-inch, 16:10 OLED touchscreens in lieu of any integrated keyboard, touchpad, or traditional deck.

    The machine looks striking. But once you're past the initial intrigue, you might ask yourself: Why would I want this? Well—you might not. This is an unusual laptop built for unique needs. While our review will explain how it works—and its undesirable quirks—many might find its design inconvenient.

    But for some, the laptop opens possibilities in ways new laptops rarely do. It can make your portable monitor redundant, and it sports a crease-free look that foldables can only dream of at this point. Lenovo's dual-screen laptop could influence future products for the better. For now, the laptop's a refreshingly realistic option for people who want more screen real estate without giving up more space.

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      Acer said it halted business in Russia but kept selling monitors & reportedly PCs / ArsTechnica · Friday, 9 June - 22:56

    Man holdering two Acer laptop boxes

    Enlarge / Acer continued selling laptops, like these Chromebooks, in Russia after saying it suspended business there, Reuters reports.

    Per a report by Reuters on Thursday, Acer said it sold monitors in Russia after publicly declaring that it would suspend business there due to the Russia-Ukraine war. In Reuters ' report, Acer claimed it only sold a "limited number of displays and accessories" for "civilian daily use." Additionally, Reuters reported that Acer sold laptops in Russia after saying it wouldn't.

    On April 8, 2022, Acer, like many tech companies (see: HP , Dell , Microsoft , Intel , Nvidia , etc.), said it would no longer do business in Russia for the foreseeable future.

    "Acer strictly adheres to applicable international trade laws and regulations and is closely monitoring the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Due to recent developments, Acer has decided to suspend its business in Russia," the company's statement said at the time.

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      Microsoft drops Surface Pro X webcam quality to get broken cameras working again / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 30 May - 17:40

    Surface Pro X

    Enlarge / The Microsoft Surface Pro X. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

    Microsoft has issued a workaround for broken Surface Pro X cameras following user reports that the integrated webcams stopped working on May 23. The tech giant says it's working with OEM partners to fix the problem permanently.

    Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro X in 2019. The tablet, focusing on battery life and mobility, opted for a Microsoft-branded SQ1 processor, based off Qualcomm's first-generation Snapdragon 8cx. An SQ2 version succeeded. In October 2022, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 9 , which includes Arm options and, thus, essentially absorbs the Surface Pro X.

    But there are still plenty of people with a Surface Pro X (Microsoft doesn't disclose Surface sales numbers specifically, but the Surface business overall brought in $6.7 billion in revenue last fiscal year), and as of May 23, all of their built-in webcams stopped working.

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      eReader-LCD hybrid gadgets keep coming—and so do the trade-offs / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 10 May - 19:28 · 1 minute

    Philips 24B1D5600 monitor

    Enlarge / Philips' display connects a QHD IPS monitor to a 13.3-inch eReader via a hinge. (credit: Philips )

    For daily productivity, work, web browsing, and entertainment, eReaders can't compete with the crisp colors and high refresh rates of LCD displays. LCDs (and increasingly OLEDs) have and will be center stage for monitors and laptops. But that doesn't mean LCDs can't share some of the spotlight. There have been various attempts to unite LCD and E Ink technology for computer users over the years. But with limited selection and the offerings typically involving sacrifice in other parts of the product, this hybrid display category hasn't become mainstream.

    Even as the iPad and other tablets have become common household gadgets, eReaders have maintained value among certain technologists. Analysts say the market's declining, with Statista showing an expected fall from $396.4 million in 2021 to $204.7 million by 2027. But there are still exciting eReader releases, like the Kindle Scribe that came out in November. And as people grow increasingly concerned about preventing eye strain from screens, some are turning to E Ink for reading sessions over bright LCD screens.

    But as stated, there are plenty of experiences that suffer on an eReader compared to a traditional computer display. And that's why some products try to offer both.

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      I used System76’s Pangolin for weeks, and Linux was not the biggest problem / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 3 May - 11:00 · 1 minute

    The Pangolin has a somewhat plain, practical all-black look. It gets a little wilder when you start plugging things into its gracious array of ports.

    Enlarge / The Pangolin has a somewhat plain, practical all-black look. It gets a little wilder when you start plugging things into its gracious array of ports. (credit: Kevin Purdy)

    After using System76’s Pangolin as my primary work laptop for nearly six weeks, I can tell you this: If you need a 15-inch Linux-focused laptop, this is the one to get.

    The Pangolin is a solid device, designed more for dependability and convenience than ultrabook portability or cutting-edge parts, but it still has reasonably modern hardware (especially its 144 Hz screen). The Pangolin and its native Pop!_OS are a showcase for how remarkably normal Linux can feel as a daily driver in 2023. Normal, and with lots of ports.

    Specs at a glance: System76 Pangolin (2023)
    Display 15.6-inch 1920x1080 144 Hz, matte, non-touch
    OS Pop!_OS 22.04 or Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
    CPU AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 2.7-4.7 GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads
    RAM 32GB LPDDR5 (up to 5500 MHz)
    GPU AMD Radeon 680M (integrated)
    Storage Two M.2 PCIe NVMe slots, 16TB total capacity
    Networking Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
    Battery 70 Wh
    Ports Four recessed USB-C ports with swappable USB-C / USB-A / HDMI / DisplayPort / microSD / Ethernet / external storage adapters, headphone jack
    Size 9.01 x 11.68 x 0.62 inches (228.98 x 296.63 x 15.85 mm)
    Weight 2.87 lbs (1.3 kg)
    Warranty 1-year
    Price as reviewed $2,049 pre-assembled , $1,529 with no RAM, SSD, or OS , $1,049 motherboard-only

    It’s hard to do a nuts-and-bolts comparison of the Pangolin to most other laptops, due largely to benchmark comparability between Linux and most laptops running Windows or macOS. But it’s also not entirely necessary. There’s only one real version of the Pangolin available—one processor, one amount of RAM, then variable, user-expandable storage.

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