Apple finally admitted that there are problems with the MacBook keyboard, Samsung has shown how the Galaxy Fold has been tested for durability, and the FTC is attacking Robocalls. And so much more!
Apple News: Sorry, this keyboard!
The third-generation MacBook keyboards have been heavily criticized for some time, and Apple has finally said something.
- In a Comment According to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesman said he was aware of the fact that "a small number of users" have keyboard problems. They said it was "sorry." [Engadget]
- WatchOS 5.2 has come out and brings the ECG functionality to Europe and Hong Kong. [MacWorld]
As Engadget points out in the linked article, companies focused on breakdowns and repairs (such as iFixit) find the system fragile and design flaw on the new MacBook keyboard. That makes up something that affects all users (or will probably eventually) ̵
Google News: The I / O Schedule has Been Published
Google I / O is One of the Most Exciting Events of the Year It's when we get an idea of what Google is talking about in Google in the coming year. It starts on the 7th of May.
- Google released the I / O schedule highlighting the opening keynote on May 7 at 10:00 am CT (CT). My calendar is already highlighted. [9to5Google]
- It is not surprising that a strong focus is placed on Stadia, Assistant, Dark Mode and Linux apps under Chrome OS. What is missing? WearOS. Because it is natural. [Android Police]
- In other news, Google is killing the Drive plugin for Microsoft Office. Expect that it will no longer be recommended on June 26th. [Techdows]
- The long rumored pixel 3a has leaked again, this time in purple. And it is really purple. [9to5Google]
- The potential successor of Pixelbook, known internally as "Atlas", has also leaked out. Anyway, a little. [AboutChromebooks]
Many of us expected the "Pixelbook 2" to be featured next year's Slate at last year's pixel event. That has long been without more than a murmur of PB2, especially Google itself. The latest Atlas preview shows that the device still seems to be on the roadmap. This is likely to be a relief to many involved after Google allegedly disbanded its Create department – the one responsible for laptops and tablets.
So what happens? after the Atlas publication? Your guess is as good as mine, but I can tell you that I hope it's not the last Google laptop we see – I have the Pixelbook and it's one of the best laptops I've ever owned.
Samsung News: Folding the Fold, Physical Buttons and … A Fire Extinguisher
Samsung does not always get its own space in the News Overview. Today it has earned.
- Ever wondered how many times the Galaxy Fold can be folded before it is folded anymore? Apparently it's 200,000 times. [Android Police]
- The word on the street says that the grade 10 can cancel all physical keys. That means no performance, no volume rocker. But why? [Android Police]
- In other words, Samsung has made a vase that is also a fire extinguisher. You, um, you throw it into the fire. I'm still curious if this is an April Fool's joke. [The Verge]
Let's talk about this Note 10 rumor for a second. First of all, it's just worth mentioning because it's pretty unusual – as Android Police points out, it's pretty speculative right now. But at the same time it is also Samsung, so you never know.
If it is really I just want to know why. This seems to be an incredibly impractical design – a solution to a problem that does not exist. When Apple killed the headphone jack (and Android makers followed suit), people were very excited (to say the least). Can you imagine that the companies take away the buttons? There is no good reason for that.
But about this fire extinguisher. What if you miss?
Other News: The Beginning of the End for Robocallers
Nobody likes robocalls. I bet robocallers do not like robocalls. The FTC certainly hates robocalls.
- The FTC closed four of the largest robocalling companies after they were fined with several million dollars in fines. Good for you, FTC. Do this job. [Engadget]
- Instagram is working on video scrubbing. It's time. [Android Police]
- Spotify can release the shared two-person plan "Duo". With the sub-plan at $ 9.99 per month and the family plan at $ 15.99, the duo plan is expected to be $ 12.50 per month. That makes sense to me. [Engadget]
Can you imagine living in a world without robocalls? We are currently living in a world where a lot of people I know ignore more calls than they accept for that very reason. Some people get them more than others, but no matter how often you get annoyed by these pointless (and possibly harmful) calls, they are still something that nobody wants to engage with. Hopefully we will see more aggressive measures against the companies involved in this garbage.