Day: October 4, 2017

  • Today, HP announced major updates to two of its most stunning premium PCs, the Spectre 13 and the Spectre x360. “HP is delivering the world’s thinnest touch laptops, while setting new industry standards for battery life, security and design,” HP vice president and general manager Kevin Frost says. “Our Spectre portfolio is redefining the premium PC segment, providing unique user experiences that will inspire creativity and unlock limitless opportunities to bring incredible ideas to life.” I’ve reviewed each generation of these PCs over the past few years and credit HP generally, and the Spectre premium PC lineup more specifically, for pushing beautiful and innovative designs to the forefront of the otherwise slumbering PC market. These are truly impressive devices, and the new versions both mark an important step forward. Thurrott I am impressed with a lot of the PC hardware HP been putting out lately I really think their PC manufacturing is on the upswing since Windows 10.
  • October 4, 2017

    Facebook Messenger Lite Announced

    Facebook announced a new messenger today called Messenger Lite. The standalone version of Facebook Messenger is only available for Android. Messenger Lite is a stripped down version of the already popular Facebook Messenger that offers the core features we all love features like messaging, sending and receiving photos and links, and receiving stickers. Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background. Messenger Lite is under 10MB to make for a fast install and quick to start up. Messenger Lite was designed for markets with slower than average internet speeds and basic Android smartphones. Facebook stated “Furthering our goal to empower people all over the world to stay connected, today we’re launching a new app called Messenger Lite” going on to say “More than 1 billion people around the world use Messenger every month from a range of mobile devices on networks of various speeds and reliability. With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.” Messenger Lite is starting to roll out to people in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Messenger Lite will roll out in other countries in the coming months. I can see this being a big app in the US with people struggling with capped data plans this could be a way for users to cut back on data usage on their smartphone plans. This would make a great at as well for users with small data plans that use prepay. I am curious to see if they will have an iPhone version of this app by the...
  • The latest update to YouTube’s iOS app allows videos to be instantly shared in iMessage. Sharing videos is quick and easy, and videos received via Messages can be viewed by the recipient without exiting the chat app … Tapping the Share button beneath a video brings up Messages as one of the options. You then choose the contact and the link is sent. When you receive a YouTube link in Messages, you can play it directly in the Messages app. Once the video is playing, tapping it once will make it full-screen. 9to5mac Great to see YouTube continue to build on iOS I am big YouTube watcher as of late great features I can now send videos through iMessage.