This Week in Tech: 29th - 2nd November
November 2nd, 2018 - Duncan McClean
In this weeks roundup:
- Huawei announces new budget smart speakers
- Twitter user finds scam download on Bing
- Apple announces updates to some of their products
Huawei announces new budget smart speaker
Huawei has announced a new smart device, similar to alternatives made by Google and Amazon. The device looks similar to the Apple HomePod. The smart speakers come with six speakers which means that it should be able to identify when different people are talking to it.
The speaker is called the Huawei AI Speaker.
Twitter user finds scam download on Bing
Twitter user Gabriel Landau bought a new Windows 10 laptop, opened to Edge with the intent of downloading Google's Chrome internet browser but instead he ended up downloading a fake version of the software.
Bing eventually took the advertisement down from its service and banned its domain from results.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brand new Win10 laptop. Attempt to install Chrome. Almost get owned with my very first action. Why is this still happening in 2018, <a href="https://twitter.com/bing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bing</a>? Please explain. <a href="https://t.co/uYJhu7xa9H">pic.twitter.com/uYJhu7xa9H</a></p>— Gabriel Landau (@GabrielLandau) <a href="https://twitter.com/GabrielLandau/status/1055300918101598208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Apple announces updates to some of their products
This week Apple held an event where they announced a refresh to many of their products. We've gathered a roundup.
First thing that was announced was an updated MacBook Air. It's finally getting a retina display. The new MB Air features a 13.3" screen and a new fingerprint sensor. Apple have not added the Touch Bar to the Air which means there are function keys. Spec-wise the Air boasts a i5 processor, 2 Lightning ports, upto 16GB of memory and upto 1.5TB of internal storage.
Apple also announced an addition to their Mac Mini range, which they were expecting to announce at their last event in September. The new Mac Mini will come with either 4 or 6 cores. It also comes with up to 2TB of SSD storage and up to 64GB of memory, upping it from 8GB in the 2014 model. The new Mac Mini starts at $800.
Also expected at their event in September were some new iPad Pros. We hoped and they delivered. Like other Apple devices recently, they have scrapped the hard 'home button' and it has been replaced with one inside the screen instead. It features Face ID so that users can easily unlock their devices. There is now no longer a lightning port as it has been replaced by USB-C. Starting price for the new 11" iPad pro is $800. If you want the 13" iPad Pro, that'll cost you $1000.
Last thing announced was a new Apple Pencil. The new Pencil has been designed so that it will easily snap onto the side of the new iPad Pro. Once snapped onto the iPad, it will automatically start charging. Gestures are also supported on the new Apple Pencil.
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