Starting out at only 1 percent in 2012, Chromebooks have leapt to 50 percent when it comes to its presence in classrooms in the US. That's a monumental feat in three years for a device and a platform whose reason for being is still being questioned to this day. It was definitely an uphill battle for Chromebook makers but most especially for Google, who had to wrestle with more established brands like Apple and Microsoft in the education sector. And that battle is far from over as well.
It was way back in February that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative and its partner One Education announced a modular laptop/tablet hybrid, dubbed the XO-Infinity, promising a debut in the following weeks. Well, it's a bit later than expected, but One Education finally has working prototypes, and, after dropping the XO part of the name, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the Infinity.
Although development boards, like Beagle Board and Arduino, have been in existence far longer than it, the Raspberry Pi ushered in a revolution by bringing down the price without compromising (too much) on features. Plus, it has been committed to open source and open hardware from the get go. Now it's trying to do that magic again, but this time in a new form factor. With the popularity of HDMI PC sticks, it's not surprising that the new Raspberry Pi Zero would come in that size. What's surprising, however, is its $5 price tag.
Some doubted an all-in-one could deliver what a professional needed, but the 2015 iMac with Retina 5K display is looking to not only disprove that but squash such suspicions completely. Updated this year with Intel's newest "Skylake" sixth-generation processors and a brand new Retina resolution screen, Apple's newest iMac promises not only to be faster than ever before, but the very best way to display your work.
HP has rolled out a new business tablet and notebook in one device called the HP Elite x2. The device was made from the ground up with business users in mind and it has the ability to convert from a notebook to a tablet when needed. The machine has BIOS-level security with HP SureStart tech.
It was many months ago that Google and Asus announced the Chromebit, and now it's finally available for a price of only $85. Like a big brother to the Chromecast, the Chromebit is similar to other PC-on-a-stick models, except instead of Windows it's sporting Chrome OS. Just plug it into any HDMI-equiped TV or monitor, and it becomes a full-fledged Chromebook computer. The candy bar-sized stick is made by Asus, and features a full-sized USB port on the end.
Bad news for Apple users who are attracted to the idea of Microsoft's new Surface Book — a laptop with a detachable tablet-display — and hoping the Cupertino company would release something of their own one day: it's going to be a very long wait. Just a few days after Tim Cook had some unflattering things to say about the Surface Book, the Apple CEO stated that they have no plans to develop an iPad and MacBook hybrid device.
You already know it's big, and that it's powerful, but does the iPad Pro have what it takes to survive on the road as a true notebook replacement? Apple's 12.9-inch tablet is the biggest outing for iOS to-date, and just as we realized back when it was first announced, it's not only a huge deal for the Cupertino firm but a huge device period.
Synology has announced a new network attached storage solution called the DS716+. The new storage solution is an encryption-oriented, scalable dual bay NAS server that has a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU under the hood. The device is aimed at the small business that needs a reliable and efficient storage and app server.
Does a quad core workstation have to be as bulky as it's powerful? HP clearly doesn't believe so, and having spent some time with the new HP ZBook Studio today, I'm inclined to agree. At 18mm thick it classifies as an ultrabook, but HP is courting dissatisfied MacBook Pro users who want the power of a full Intel Core i7 or Xeon processor.
Tim Cook has dismissed the Surface Book as not succeeding as either a laptop or a tablet, with the Apple CEO accusing the Microsoft hybrid notebook of trying too hard. Speaking in Ireland today at a meeting of the Philosophical society at Trinity College, Cook didn't mince his words about the new Windows 10 notebook with its removable touchscreen display.