Logitech has dropped its first iPad Pro keyboard, Toshiba has a new brand and is making a comeback. In messages unrelated to April Fool's Day, Google says the Play Store is safer than ever. Let's go!
Apple News: Logitech's New iPad Pro Keyboard Looks Hot
The iPad Mini 5 also received the official iFixit tear treatment, and its innards are all new.
- Logitech's new iPad Pro keyboard avoids smart connectivity and chooses Bluetooth LE. But it's pretty and cheaper than Apple's official keyboard and probably feels great. [The Verge]
- iFixit unleashed the tools and disassembled the iPad Mini 5. Although it looks the same externally, it has all the new heads. [iFixit]
- Cloudflare launches a new VPN service called Warp for iOS. [9to5Mac]
The iPad Pro is an interesting product. It's positioned to be more powerful than the iPad (which alone is quite powerful), but still not a real laptop. It's also not a true Surface Pro competitor. It is somehow all for itself; do his own thing. There really is no product to compete with.
I had high hopes in Google Pixel Slate as a true iPad Pro competitor ̵
It looks like the iPad Pro is still in its own space.
Google News: Safe Play Store
Plus security updates for Pixel and Essential, a pretty terrible bug in Skype for Android, and food ordering via Google Assistant.
- According to Google, the Play Store is more secure than ever. At the same time, more malware is found daily in the Play Store. Somehow you wonder how bad it was before. [TechRadar]
- Security updates for Pixel and Essential phones are now available in April. [XDA Developers]
- This update also fixes pixel 3's ambient display error. [Android Police]
- Walmart will bring its online grocery store service to Google Assistant later this year. You can say "Hello Google, talk to Walmart" and add things to your cart. Interesting. [Walmart]
- Skype for Android had an error that automatically answers incoming calls, even if the option "Automatically accept incoming calls" has been disabled. The good news is that a fix is already running. [XDA developers]
- If you're interested in an Android build focused on security, visit GrapheneOS. It's a new project from the leading developer of CopperheadOS, another security-focused Android branch. [Liliputing]
Over the weekend, Motherboard released an article about a new type of state malware found on the Play Store. Now, Google says the Play Store is safer than ever.
I tend to think that Google's attitude here is that the timing is damned. I'm sure Google Play Protect is doing its job and getting better every day. The problem is that Android is more popular than ever and potential attackers know it. Although security is narrower, there are more attacks than ever before. And do not make a mistake here: attackers are smart. New types of malware are constantly emerging. Things that Play Protect is not looking for yet.
But these types of attacks and malicious apps also make Play Protect better in part. A new kind of malware "teaches" Play Protect a new trick. Then another new guy will be released. Rinse, repeat.
When it comes down to it, I'm convinced that Android is a secure operating system and does not have a malware problem. These marginal cases are often addressed and even highlighted by the media, but they are just that: Randfalls.
Other news: Toshiba's rebrand and return to the consumer laptop market
Plus malware in pirated Game of Thrones downloads and Sony's new reimbursement policy for pre-ordered PlayStation games.
- Toshiba has disappeared from the consumer laptop market for a while, but now Dynabook calls itself a consumer line and launches a range of new machines. [Gizmodo]
- In a surprise that should surprise no one, malware was found in a series of fake downloads of Game of Thrones. Also, do not pirate things. [TechRadar]
- Sony has recently updated its PlayStation refund policy with pre-ordered games. As long as you have not downloaded it, you can get your money back. [CNET]
- Verizon today announced a Just Kids plan with parental controls, 5GB of data and smart family features. [Verizon]
So let's talk about this Toshiba thing. In 2015, the company was hit by a $ 1.2 billion lawsuit that severely left the company . Last year, however, a sale of 80.1 percent of Sharp's PC business was completed. Sharp now essentially owns Toshiba's PC business, but it seems to have changed nothing. So it's still Toshiba. But it's also Sharp.
To avoid confusion and to rename themselves, the new PCs are released under a new brand: Dynabook. According to Gizmodo, Dynabook will continue to honor the Toshiba warranties, which makes sense as it is the same company.
In fact, the new laptops look very much like old Toshiba laptops. Apparently nothing has changed on the three years outside the US market – it will release the same tired hardware with a new name.
More information about Dynabook can be found here (which is hilarious in us.toshiba.) Com). Does "Dynabook" sound like a cheap knock-off brand to anyone?