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Windows 10 S-powered Surface Laptop now official

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Here’s the specs of the Surface Laptop;

  • 13.5 in PixelSense Display, (2256 x 1504) @201 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio, 3.4 million pixels
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro for free until Dec 31, 2017
  • Support for Surface Pen and Surface Dial
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB4 (SSD)
  • GPU: Intel HD 620 (i5), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)
  • Front Camera: 720p HD camera
  • Stereo microphones, Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ports: USB 3.0, Headset jack, mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm AV
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac ,Wi-Fi wireless networking, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor
  • Battery: Up to 14.5 hours video playback
  • Dimensions: 308.02 mm x 223.20 mm x 14.47 mm
  • Weight: 1.25 kg
  • Colors: Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold

The Surface Laptop is now available for preorder and price will start at $999 for the 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 128 GB, 4GB RAM configuration. It will start shipping this June 5, 2017.

Microsoft

Microsoft helps to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow; unveils new education offerings

A lot of new product from Microsoft aimed at Students and Education in general. Just in time for the coming academic year.

It’s interesting that during the event Microsoft keeps on comparing the Surface Laptop to Apple products but in reality they’ll be competing with Google Chromebook and other Google cloud products in the education space.

Microsoft;

Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is a new Windows experience streamlined for security and superior performance. With Windows 10 S, applications that teachers and students download come from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally they each run in a safe “container” to ensure that Windows 10 S offers the power of full-featured applications, with experiences like the full version of Office 365, including all of the capabilities of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, among others. With Windows 10 S, educators and students will have access to their favorite and most-used applications across STEM, learning tools, secure assessment tools, content publishers, interactive whiteboards and more.

Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 S also makes it easier than ever for students to organize research and manage school projects with the new Tab Preview Bar. With the support for Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can make notes directly on a web page and share them with a classmate. Microsoft Edge is compatible with the sites educators and students frequently use.

Microsoft’s goal with Windows 10 S is to develop its open, vibrant partner-centric ecosystem. Device partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba offer a range of new Windows 10 PCs for education today, starting at $189 USD. In the coming months, these partners will also offer a range of Windows 10 S devices, from powerful and affordable Windows Ink and touch PCs to beautiful premium devices.

Bringing Microsoft Teams to the classroom

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint Online already allow students to co-author documents in real time. Coming to the Microsoft Store for Education later this year, new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams take collaboration to a whole new level, and make Teams the digital hub for the classroom where teachers and students come to collaborate and learn. Together with OneNote Class Notebooks and new assignment and quiz experiences, teachers can easily distribute content, grade work and personalize learning, and communicate with students, parents and staff.

Teams also enables teachers to bring in rich and engaging content from the web, guest speakers and solutions from education partners like busuu, Canvas, Flipgrid and Kahoot!. Most importantly, Teams helps students develop the communication and collaboration skills they’ll need to be successful in the future.

Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition teaches coding in the classroom

Teachers in more than 100 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition to promote creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Minecraft has become a favorite resource with students and with educators who are using it to teach digital citizenship, inspire creative problem-solving and enable student-centered explorations across the curriculum.

Microsoft is broadening the game’s appeal further with Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. This new feature is designed to inspire students to learn the basics and the power of coding by combining the open worlds of Minecraft with popular learn-to-code platforms such as Tynker, ScratchX and a new open source platform from Microsoft called MakeCode. Players can move around, build and create in Minecraft by writing code. A free trial of Minecraft: Education Edition is available today for schools around the world in the Microsoft Store for Education. Code Builder Beta is available at education.minecraft.net.

Free offers for Teachers and Students

To make it easy and affordable to bring Windows 10, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams and Minecraft to the classroom, Microsoft is offering teachers and students the following:

New Windows 10 education PCs starting at $189 USD
Free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition for new Windows 10 education PCs
Free Windows 10 S for all schools on any current Windows Pro PC
Free Microsoft Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams
Free trial of Microsoft Intune for Education

Windows 10 S, Office 365 for Education with Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Intune for Education offer a complete solution for teachers and students.

Microsoft introduces new Surface Laptop, powered by Windows 10 S

To bring the streamlined performance, simplicity and security of Windows 10 S to university students, Microsoft is expanding the Surface family of devices with Surface Laptop. Available for preorder today in 20 countries, Surface Laptop is the perfect balance of portability, performance and elegance. Powered by Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop is engineered to start fast and stay fast with a 7th-generation Intel® Core™ processor and up to 14.5 hours of battery life.1

Every detail is crafted to bring new form and function to the classic laptop design, drawing the user in. The vibrant 13.5-inch PixelSense Display is optimized for touch and inking for an immersive experience, and the optically bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 makes it as durable as it is beautiful. The signature keyboard is covered in luxurious Alcantara® material and features a quiet and responsive keyset, large precision trackpad, and soft palm rest for a new level of typing comfort. Surface Laptop is available in four rich tone-on-tone colors2: Platinum, Graphite Gold, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available starting June 15. Customers can preorder Surface Laptop starting today in the U.S. and Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and BestBuy.com. Surface Laptop will also be available in Canada and China later this year, and availability in other markets will be announced in the coming months.

Bringing 3-D and Windows Mixed Reality experiences to the classroom to spark creativity

With 3-D and Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft is helping empower educators with a whole new set of tools to create curriculums for their students and peers. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new feature coming to Windows 10 this fall, called View Mixed Reality. This feature allows you to see 3-D content through your screen into the real world as Mixed Reality, using a simple RGB camera.

Microsoft also announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the largest education companies in the world, which is working to integrate 3-D and mixed reality into its secondary and university level curriculum. By the 2018 school year, Pearson will offer curriculum in health, commerce, history and STEM on Windows Mixed Reality devices.

Twitter

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Leaked

Microsoft is expected to official announce the said Surface Laptop at their Surface Event later in New York.

Wall Street Journal

Apple’s Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion

Tripp Mickle, reporting for Wall Street Journal;

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled hoard that is greater than the market value of either Wal-Mart Stores Inc. or Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

This is just ridiculous.

To think that this is all because of the success of iPhone!

Instagram

Instagram now have more than 700 million users

Instagram;

We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever.

We’ve made it even easier for people across the globe to join the Instagram community, share their experiences and strengthen connections to their friends and passions. With new features like stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, people now have more ways than ever to express themselves and feel closer to what matters to them.

From all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Startups

Wikitribune

Wikitribune;

Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together.

We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved.

In short, Wikitribune is the Wikipedia equivalent of news or journalism.

Apple

“Today at Apple” bringing new experiences to every Apple Store

Apple;

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Great way to learn and immerse yourself with everything-Apple!

“Today at Apple” will launch worldwide in May, with sessions in every store.

Apple

Apple Dubai Mall Opens April 27

Apple;

Apple today premiered its newest store in the Middle East, Apple Dubai Mall, with a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. Envisioned as a space for the community to gather, learn and be entertained, Apple Dubai Mall will also serve as a venue to watch the spectacular evening fountain shows and will host Apple’s new global in-store experience, “Today at Apple,” also announced today.

You read it right, it’s not an Apple Store, its a Apple Mall in Dubai. This will surely be a must-visit for tourist and expats. I would love visit this mall!

Articles

Play Classic Tomb Raider on your Browser

I was more of a Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter guy when this game came out but nonetheless, kudos to the guys who are porting the game/s.

Here’s a screen shot of the game.

You can take a look at the source code here.

[h/t to Unbox]

GoPro

GoPro Launches Pilot Program For Its New 5.2K Spherical Camera, Fusion

GoPro;

GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today announced a pilot program for GoPro Fusion, its 5.2K spherical camera designed to be the ultimate capture device for both fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR video and photo formats. Starting today, professional content creators can apply to participate in the pilot program which is expected to roll-out during the summer of 2017.

No pricing have been announce.

Sony

Sony’s New α9 Camera Revolutionises the Professional Imaging Market

Sony;

Sony today introduced its new revolutionary digital camera, the α9 (model ILCE-9).

The most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera that Sony has ever created, the new α9 offers a level of imaging performance that is simply unmatched by any camera ever created – mirrorless, SLR or otherwise.

Notable features;

  • World’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP resolution
  • Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW and for 362 JPEG
  • Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
  • 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • Extensive professional features including Ethernet port for file transfer, Dual SD card slots and extended battery life
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage

The Sony A9 SLR will initially be available in the US this 25th of May for $4,500 and in UK starting this June 2017 and priced at approximately £4,500.

Spotify

Spotify Premium for Students launches in 33 new countries

Spotify:

Today Spotify is pleased to announce the launch of Spotify Premium for Students in 33* new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.

Spotify Premium for Students is already available in United States United Kingdom and Germany. The 33 new countries are as follows;

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

According to Yugatech, the price of Spotify Premium subscription was Php129/month but with the launching of Spotify Premium for Students it will just be Php65/month. To sign up for the Spotify Premium for Students, just go to http://www.spotify.com/student.

Extra

Philippines’ build.gov.ph portal now online

Extra;

The Philippine Infrastructure Transparency Portal, build.gov.ph is now online. The portal is managed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

The main feature of the portal is that it list down the Government’s current infrastructure project, the implementing agency, its cost, starting date and status. The Build Build Build Portal also has different sections like News, Success Stories, Videos and more.

Google

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Google;

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.

I tried out the new Google Earth and it looks better than the old Google Earth. Plus the Voyager features is perfect for kids who wants learn more about our world and other place around the world.

The Verge

PC classic StarCraft is now free

Rich McCormick, reporting for The Verge;

Now’s your chance to play a piece of PC gaming history — Blizzard has released seminal strategy game StarCraft, for free, for both Windows and Mac. The full game, and its excellent expansion Brood War, can be downloaded now on the game’s official site, updated with a patch that makes the 19-year-old game easier to play on modern machines.

You can download the full game for PC and Mac.

The Verge

Scientists discover massive sulfur-eating hell-clams in the Philippines

Rachel Becker, reporting for The Verge;

Scientists have discovered a hellish, sulfur-eating, worm-like relative of clams living in a Philippines bay, a new study reports. At more than five feet long and two inches wide, these creatures are the longest members in this family of shellfish that exist today — and they look like massive, ink-black, alien boogers.

Interesting and judging from the source article, it looks like Filipino Scientist may (or are) not even aware of these massive mollusks, which is sad.

Grab

Grab Ph announces PisoShare promo for GrabShare

The promo started yesterday, April 17, 2017 and will end on April 21, 2017.

Startups

Introducing Pera Swipe

I’d like to tell you about this new reward rewards app for Android phones called Pera Swipe, developed by Mobino Inc.

Pera Swipe aims to bring added value to content and promotions by rewarding users with points that can be redeemed for prepaid mobile load and other prizes (more prizes in the future). Postpaid subscribers are very much welcome to use the app since the load prizes can be sent to others as a gift.

Pera Swipe displays various promotions and interesting articles offering different points on users’ lock screen. Users will be able to earn points by swiping left or right on their Pera Swipe lock screen. Swiping right allows the user to unlock their smartphone, while swiping left on special promotions will direct the user to the promoter’s website, social media page or other URLs.

To know more about the service, you cn visit their website at peraswipe.com or their facebook page. Pera Swipe is currently running an early bird promo where users can earn P10 Extra points if you sign up this April. Unfortunately, their app is not yet available for download.

Yugatech

Wi-Fi-capable ABS-CBN TVPlus tested for 2017 launch

Kevin Bruce Francisco, reporting for Yugatech;

ABS-CBN Corp has begun testing a Wi-Fi-equipped TVPlus which is their digital TV device known as the black box.

The Verge

YouTube Go beta launches in India

Chaim Gartenberg, reporting for The Verge;

Google announced today that a public YouTube Go beta is now available for users to try out in India. The new app is a redesigned version of the YouTube Go app announced last September, which is specifically focused on offering an improved experience in areas with poor connectivity.

e27

Whatfix raises US$3.7M Series A to allow businesses to create interactive help guides on websites

Sainul Abudheen K, reporting for E27;

Whatfix, a SaaS startup that allows enterprises to create interactive help guides on their websites, has raised INR 24 crore (US$3.7 million) in Series A round of funding, led by Indian VC firm Stellaris Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Helion Venture Partners and Powerhouse Ventures.

Marquee angels, including Gokul Rajaram (Product Engineering Lead at Square), Girish Mathrubootham (Freshdesk CEO), Aneesh Reddy (Capillary Technologies CEO) and US-based investor Vispi Daver, have also joined the round.

Startups

Ayopop

Ayopop is a e-payment platform, where users can charge or load credits to their account via credit card, bank transfer, or thru other payment options.

Ayopop is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and c-founded early 2016 by Chiragh Kirpalani and Jakob Rost.

Tech in Asia

Payments company Ayopop raises $1m seed funding

Nadine Freischlad, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Indonesia’s Ayopop specializes in bill payments, which means it wants users to pay for things like their phone bills, electricity, and internet services through its app.

Ayopop launched about a year ago and has been angel funded so far, with some investment from venture capital firm Gree Ventures.

Business Insider

AOL and Yahoo plan to call themselves by a new name after the Verizon deal closes: Oath

Avery Hartmans and Julie Bort, reporting for Business Insider;

When Verizon merges Yahoo with AOL after its acquisition of Yahoo closes, the newly created division will get a new name. That new name is Oath, sources tell Business Insider.

That’s one weird name for the two of the most iconic internet company. Whoever owns oath.com or oath.net will one lucky SOB! 🙂

Here’s a tweet from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong about the new name of the combined internet companies.

e27

Grab inks Kudo acquisition agreement, appoints new head of cashless payments solution

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, reporting for E27;

Rumours have been circulating around Indonesian startup communities since February 2017 that Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has acquired Indonesian O2O e-commerce platform Kudo.

After a period of silence, today Grab finally confirmed that it has signed an agreement to acquire Kudo.

This acquisition will surely help Grab Pay gain more ground.

Yugatech

Google shuts down its Map Maker service

Kevin Bruce Francisco, reporting for Yugatech;

Back in 2008, Google has launched its Map Maker service as a way to improve and update the existing Google Maps data for all users. Fast forward to 2017, the California-based company has pulled the plug but its essence is being transferred so that we may still use it.

TechCrunch

Apple is developing its own graphics chips for future iPhones

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Apple is one of only a handful of phone makers to develop its own mobile processors, but now it appears that the U.S. firm will go one step further and design the graphics component itself, too.

Apple is tight-lipped about the technology that powers its products, but long-time partner Imagination Technologies has revealed that Apple has told it that it will cease to use its intellectual property for GPU chips within 15-24 months. That’s apparently because it wants to use its own home-spun alternative.

For a company who wants to control every aspect of their most popular product, its just a matter of time before they decide to develop their own GPU. Apple already develops its own CPU, OS and full control of the App ecosystem, controlling both the CPU and GPU will be a big advantage for Apple, specially with the reports that the iPhone company is developing its own AR/VR/MR technology.

Here’s the full text of Imagination Technologies press release;

Discussions with Apple regarding license agreement

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG, “Imagination”, “the Group”) a leading multimedia, processor and communications technology company, has been notified by Apple Inc. (“Apple”), its largest customer, that Apple is of a view that it will no longer use the Group’s intellectual property in its new products in 15 months to two years time, and as such will not be eligible for royalty payments under the current license and royalty agreement.

Apple has used Imagination’s technology and intellectual property for many years. It has formed the basis of Graphics Processor Units (“GPUs”) in Apple’s phones, tablets, iPods, TVs and watches. Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology.

Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination’s technology, without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property and confidential information. This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it.

Further, Imagination believes that it would be extremely challenging to design a brand new GPU architecture from basics without infringing its intellectual property rights, accordingly Imagination does not accept Apple’s assertions.

Apple’s notification has led Imagination to discuss with Apple potential alternative commercial arrangements for the current license and royalty agreement.

Imagination has reserved all its rights in respect of Apple’s unauthorised use of Imagination’s confidential information and Imagination’s intellectual property rights.

A further announcement will be made in due course.

This announcement contains inside information.

Tech in Asia

Finally, Google’s Android beats Microsoft’s Windows as world’s most popular OS

Malavika Velayanikal, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Google’s Android has finally usurped Microsoft’s Windows’ throne as the world’s most popular operating system. dependent web analytics company StatCounter found that Android topped the total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined at 37.93 percent. Windows is at 37.91 percent – second for the first time. This is based on global internet usage data for March.

Not a surprising stats.

Since the number of phones sold is greater than the number of windows PC sold. Android’s lead will still increase in the coming year and I can see iOS devices overtaking Windows in the next 5 years or less.

Blog Updates

Weekly Sponsorship

I was planning to open the blog for sponsorship by the 2nd half of the year but since there are a lot of people and companies wanting to partner or promote their products and services via the website, and that it’s the first day of April or the start of 2nd quarter of the year, so I’m now opening the site for weekly sponsorship.

I previously accept weekly sponsorship before I relaunch the site but it was not that successful hopefully this time it will be. In a nutshell weekly sponsorship are sponsored post usually (150 plus words) article that will be written by me or the sponsor. It may or may not contain an image from the sponsor and its linked back to a url provided by the sponsoring party.

It will be the only sponsored post for the whole week, as you can see I’m not running any ads on the site, so your sponsored article will get maximum exposure.

Sponsorship are published at the end of each week (Friday at 12:00 AM), since this is the time where the site has the most traffic. Then a note with a link will appear on the sidebar for the entire week, thanking the sponsor for their support. I will also share the article to all my social media accounts.

I will publish dedicated page provide more details on how you or your company can run weekly sponsorship on the site but for now, if you have question about weekly sponsorship, you can get in touch with me via the contact page.

Cheers!

Facebook

Introducing Live Location in Messenger

Facebook;

Today we’re excited to announce a new way to share your location in Messenger. Our new Live Location feature makes it simple and seamless for you to choose to share where you are with your friends and family. This is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android.

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