Archive | September, 2015

Chromecast WiFi improvements also cover your HiFi. New models, new software.

Posted on 29 September 2015

At a very plainly executed Google Nexus and Pixel C launch event today Google announced two new Chromecast sticks. The new designs included improved WiFi performance, new controlling software and a model capable of multi-device syncronized audio.

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Google Pixel C 10-inch 2-in-1 launching at a price too high.

Posted on 29 September 2015

Google has officially launched the Pixel C, a 10.1-inch Android tablet running on a Tegra X1 platform. They’ve also developed a magnetically attachable Bluetooth keyboard and the combo is said to offer a “great touch typing experience.” The price is extremely high for a 10-inch dockable though.

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Announcing a new role, new partnerships, new projects.

Posted on 28 September 2015

What, you may ask, is Chippy doing with an iPad Mini 4? It’s been years since my hands featured on an Apple product and I’m not a huge fan of the ecosystem but there’s a good reason why that changes now. I’m very happy to announce that I have a new role within Notebookcheck as Head of Video. I’ve been given the keys to the YouTube channel and my studio is now a ‘via’ […]

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Combining Win10, UWP, OneDrive, Continuum, ARM and Intel in one productive demo.

Posted on 23 September 2015

I demonstrated an interesting setup at an event in Germany this week. It’s a PowerPoint presentation created on an Intel Compute Stick. It’s updated to Windows 10 and running Office Mobile. OneDrive keeps multiple devices in sync and Miracast is used for the presentation. I’ve reproduced the demo in a video below. The Powerpoint app also runs on an Ultrabook and gets updated live after editing on the Compute Stick. I then take […]

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Szapec is working on a Windows 10, Atom X5 HDMI PC stick.

Posted on 20 September 2015

I’m bullish on HDMI PC sticks  for a number of reasons. Windows 10 is the first; Moores Law is the second. Two new sticks being offered by the Chinese ODM Szapec are a step forward in the latter. Specs and analysis below.

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Surface Pro 4. Engineering vs marketing = a two-size solution. (12 reasons.)

Posted on 16 September 2015

It seems that the world and her husband have written their thoughts on what could happen at the Microsoft Windows 10 event on October 6th. My thoughts on Surface Pro 4, anchored in engineering rather than floating with rumors, are here. The poll results so far say that 50% of readers, given the option of having both a 12-inch and 14-inch Surface Pro 3, want a silent 12-inch model based on Core […]

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Surface Pro 4 – If there were two models…

Posted on 15 September 2015

Hopefuly you’ve seen the news that Microsoft has sent out invites for an Oct 6th Windows 10 event in New York. No-one doubts that we’re going to see Lumia, Surface and Band products along with an official launch of Windows 10 Mobile which makes it an extremely important event for anyone who reads UMPCPortal. Lumia, with Continuum, could form an important part of an entry-level ultramobile PC set-up. Surface sits […]

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UWP and Continuum update. Will current Lumia phones work?

Posted on 14 September 2015

After learning that the Amtran barebones laptop had been used on-stage at BUILD this year I tracked down the relevant presentation and am pleased that I did.  There’s some really good information about Continuum in there along with some excellent demos.  Important things to note are the Miracast continuum demo, which doesn’t need a physical video connector, and the projection mode, again, something that Miracast is perfect for.  There’s also a […]

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Ordered! ASUS Transformer Book T100HA €309 – €479 (128 / 4GB) at Amazon

Posted on 12 September 2015

I’ve just ordered a Windows 10 2-in-1 with Atom X5-Z8500, 4 GB RAM, USB 3.1 / USB C and 64 GB storage for 379 Euro. (Amazon Germany.) That’s just under $350 in pre-tax USA pricing and having had some hands-on with the Transformer Book T100HA last week I’m confident that it’s a bargain 2-in-1 and that it will be very popular this quarter, unless I find some gotchas.  The entry-level […]

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Latest Dell XPS 12 switches to tablet design, InfinityEdge display.

Posted on 11 September 2015

It looks like the Lenovo Miix 700 is going to get some strong competition in the 12-inch 2-in-1 space because details are emerging of a new Dell XPS 12 tablet with docking keyboard, USB-C and an edge-to-edge display. Giga.de have followed up their Venue 8 Pro leak with a slide of information on a new Dell XPS 12 showing that Dell have moved on from the carousel design to a docking […]

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Venue 8 Pro with Windows 10, USB-C and productivity dock leaked.

Posted on 10 September 2015

Finally, an 8-inch Windows 10 tablet with an Atom X5 inside. The Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855 will be launched in November and will run the Z8500 mid-range Atom X5 processor with a full HD display and a 3D camera option.  

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iPad Pro – Creating Creators.

Posted on 10 September 2015

I went into the Apple keynote and an expected iPad Pro yesterday via Microsoft Edge on a Surface Pro 3. It was fun to take screenshots of the live stream, annotate them and share them via Universal apps. Connected via Gigabit Ethernet I was sure of a smooth Internet experience and I even had a webcam connected in case I wanted to dive into a Google hangout. The flexibility of […]

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