Apple’s Tim Cook rejects idea of laptop-tablet hybrids

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Mr Cook said if Apple mixed its laptop and tablet designs it would end up with a compromised product

Apple’s boss has dismissed the idea of mixing laptops and tablets into a hybrid product.

Chief executive Tim Cook said the idea of combining the iPad and MacBook Air would “wind up compromising” both.

Rival Asus already markets such products in its Transformer series. Intel has also been a vocal advocate of the idea.

Mr Cook also said he hated litigation, signalling a willingness to settle patent disputes.

It comes after Apple reported its profits almost doubled in the first three months of the year and it sold 11.8 million iPads, 150% more than the same period last year.

Toaster-refrigerator hybrids

When asked if Apple planned to build a notebook that closed “in a clever way” to let it be used as a tablet, Mr Cook attacked the idea.

“Anything can be forced to converge,” he said in a conference call after the results, as transcribed by financial news website Seeking Alpha.

“But the problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn’t please anyone.

“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.

“We’re not going to that party… others might from a defensive point of view.”

The statements contrast with Intel’s vision of the future. The chipmaker makes the processors that power Mac computers, but not its tablets and phones.

Intel showed off a prototype laptop that converted into a tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Earlier this week its PC business chief told the BBC it still believed the concept would prove popular with users of Microsoft’s next operating system.

“As touch become more ubiquitous across Ivy Bridge platforms you don’t need to carry both devices around,” said Kirk Skaugen.
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I’ve always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it. We just want people to invent their own stuff.”

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“With Windows 8 coming you can get the best of a mechanical keyboard, which people are telling us they don’t want to give up, but when you want to get into consumption mode and read articles or the newspaper you can switch into tablet mode.”

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Dropbox Adds Quick Link File and Folder Sharing

Dropbox Adds Quick Link File and Folder Sharing

Dropbox’s addition of a quick-sharing link makes it super simple to share a single file or folder with another person without the hassle of setting up a formal share.

From the Dropbox announcement:

We’re super excited to announce a whole new way to share: now you can send a link to the files or folders in your Dropbox!

Sharing with friends and family is easy! Once you’ve saved that video of your niece’s birthday party to Dropbox, just make a link to send to grandma and she can simply watch online — no download required! This saves you the hassle of having to re-upload or attach it to an email.

Anyone with the link gets access to a snazzy page where they can view (but not edit) your stuff. Our gallery pages give your photos, videos, and even docs the gorgeous, full-browser view they deserve. This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately.

But just in case a friend wants to save that picture or PDF for later, they can choose to either download it or save it straight to their Dropbox.

The quick link function works from the Dropbox.com web interface, the mobile interface, and from your desktop if you have Dropbox installed. The new feature is current rolling out to new users; if you don’t see it immediately expect to see it in the next few days.

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Google Drive vs Microsoft SkyDrive: Cloud storage battle detailed

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The cloud naturally represents the future of file storage beyond physical media, but the landscape is a little bit like International waters at the moment. Anything goes and everything is up for grabs.

Google and Microsoft have both made bold moves towards commanding the arena this week, aiming to battle some of the early dominance away from pioneers like Dropbox, which continues to improve its service and lurkers like Apple, Sony and Samsung.

Google’s service comes in the form of Google Drive, finally announced after months of speculation, which offers 5GB of service for free and up to 1TB for a considerable monthly fee, along with a host of neat sharing options.

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SkyDrive is Microsoft’s solution. The name has been around for a couple of years now, but Microsoft has significantly enhanced its offering, making SkyDrive an entirely new proposition.

Let’s take a look at which service offers the best option for you.

Google Drive vs Dropbox: Storage and pricing

As we mentioned Google is dangling the carrot by giving all Google account holders a free 5GB of Drive storage for your documents, photos and more. The company claims: “That’s enough to store the high-res photos of your trip to the Mt. Everest, scanned copies of your grandparents’ love letters or a career’s worth of business proposals, and still have space for the novel you’re working on.”

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But its also savvy enough to know, that in this age, 5GB isn’t really enough. You can update to 25GB for a mere $2.49 (£1.54) a month and we’d imagine that’ll be the most popular option. Power users can grab 100GB for $4.99 (£3.08) a month, while a 1TB in the cloud will cost $49.99 (£30.80).

Perhaps mindful that Google will only be offering 5GB, Microsoft has cut its free SkyDrive allowance from 25GB right down to 7GB. Existing users will be able to adjust their account settings to hold onto that free storage, but new users will get just 7GB.

Redwood also opts for yearly price plans with 20GB for $10 (£6) a year. 50GB for $25 (£16) a year and 100GB for $50 (£32) a year.

Google has the advantage in terms of pure storage stage (it has also upped Gmail free storage from 7GB to 10GB), but Microsoft’s existing option is cheaper and offers more free space.

Microsoft has upped its file upload maximum size from 100MB to 300MB, whereas Google makes no mention of a maximum upload size within its launch documents, so that remains to be seen.

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Yet another Samsung Galaxy S3 leak breaks cover

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Here’s a not-final dummy-unit of the Samsung Galaxy S3 that may or may not look something like what we’re going to see from Samsung on May 3.

Actually, the unit in question is quite clearly not what we’ll see hitting our shelves post-May 3, given that its plastered in notes and is generally agreed to be a dummy house for the much-anticipated smartphone.

What’s inside is probably more likely to be accurate – although fat lot of good it does us, unless any of you happen to have x-ray eyes and can hop a plane to China, infiltrate the manufacturing plant it came from and have a shufty at the handset for yourself. If so, call us.

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The software shown is Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, complete with Twonky Server app (Samsung’s Airplay solution?).

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Apple’s WWDC hitting San Francisco on June 11th

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It’s time to shift around that summer vacation. Apple today announced that it will be kicking off this year’s World Wide Developers Conference on June 11th at San Francisco’s Moscone West. The event is set to run through the 15th, focusing on developing for OS X Mountain Lion and iOS, by way of 100-plus technical sessions and hands-on labs, letting the developer community work directly with Cupertino staff — and you can bet we’ll be there as well. More info on the event — including ticket purchasing details — can be found in the press release after the break.

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[Google Chrome Latest Version Update] Chrome Stable Version 18.0.1025.151 Released, Download Link Inside

Software Spec

  • Software: Google Chrome
  • Version: 18.0.1025.151
  • File size: 722.51K(online)/26.1MB(offline)/1.38MB(portable)
  • Date added: April 7, 2012
  • Price: Free
  • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browser developed by Google. It is open source and can be used in Windows, mac and Linux.

There is a good news for Chrome users! The good news is that Google has updated Google Chrome to version 18.0.1025.151  in the stable channel for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Chrome 18.0.1025.151 comes with following fixes or updates:

  • Black screen on Hybrid Graphics system with GPU accelerated compositing enabled
  • CSS not applied to <content> element
  • Regression rendering a div with background gradient and borders
  • Canvas 2D line drawing bug with GPU acceleration
  • Multiple crashes
  • Pop-up dialog is at wrong position
  • HTML Canvas patterns are broken if you change the transformation matrix
  • SSL interstitial error “proceed anyway” / “back to safety” buttons don’t work

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