Finally, Apple acknowledged that there are problems with the MacBook keyboard, Samsung showed how it tested the Galaxy Fold for durability, and the FTC crashes on robocalls. And so much more!
Apple News: Sorry about that keyboard!
The third generation MacBook keyboard has become very critical for some time now and Apple finally said something about it.
- In a comment to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesman said they were aware that a "small number of users" had problems with the keyboard. They continued to say they were "sorry". [Engadget]
- WatchOS 5.2 is out, giving ECG functionality to Europe and Hong Kong. [MacWorld]
As Engadget points out in the linked paragraph, companies that focus on breakdowns and repairs (like iFixit) have found that the system in the new MacBook keyboard is delicate and a design flaw. This causes something that affects all users (or probably eventually) ̵1; not just a "small number of users." But the fact that it was finally confirmed says something and in typical Apple mode, I bet we can expect to see a redesigned system in the next MacBook. It will solve the problem without having to admit that it is a certain thing.
Google News: The I / O Schedule is Out
Google I / O is one of this year's most exciting event, as it is when we get an idea of everything Google related we are going to talk about for the coming year . It starts May 7.
- Google released the I / O scheme, which highlights the opening key on May 7 at 10:00 am CT. My calendar is already selected. [9to5Google]
- Not surprisingly, there will be a big focus on the Stadia, Assistant, Dark Mode and Linux apps on Chrome OS. The missing thing? WearOS. Of course it is. [Android Police]
- In other news, the Google Drive plugin kills Microsoft Office. Expect it to be removed on June 26. [Techdows]
- The lengthy Pixel 3a has leaked again, this time in purple. And it is really purple. [9to5Google]
- The potential Pixelbook successor, internally known as "Atlas" also leaked. A little, anyway. [AboutChromebooks]
Many of us expected to see "Pixelbook 2" launched at last year's Pixel event alongside the slate. It has long gone without more than one wall of PB2, especially from Google itself. The latest Atlas preview shows that the device is still on the road map, which is likely to be a relief to many who were worried after Google apparently disbanded its Create Division who is responsible for laptops and tablets.
So, what happens after Atlas release? Your guess is as good as mine, but I can say I hope it's not the latest Google laptop we see. I have the Pixelbook and it's one of the best laptops I've ever owned.
Samsung News: Folding the Fold, Physical Buttons and … A Fire Extinguisher?
Samsung does not always get its own section in the news reporting. Today, it earned it.
- Ever wondered how many times the Galaxy Fold can be folded before it will fold no more? Apparently it is 200,000 times. [Android Police]
- The word on the street is that note 10 can hide all physical buttons. It means no power, no volume switch. But why? [Android Police]
- On another note, Samsung made a vase that is also a fire extinguisher. You, you throw it at the fire. I'm still curious if this is an early April joke. [The Verge]
Let's talk about that note 10 rumors for a second. First and foremost, it's just worth mentioning because it's quite outlandish – as Android police point out, it's pretty speculative right now. But at the same time it is also Samsung, so you never know.
If is I just want to know why. This seems like an impossible impractical design – a solution to a problem that does not exist. When Apple killed the headphone jack (and Android manufacturers followed their lead), people were very upset (to say the least). Can you imagine the setback when companies start removing buttons too? There is no good reason for that.
But about that fire extinguisher. What if you miss?
Other news: The beginning of the end for Robocallers?
Nobody likes robocalls. I think robo callers do not even like robocalls. The FTC certainly hates robocalls.
- The FTC shut down four of the largest robocalling companies after beating them with multimillion dollar fines. Good on you, FTC. Do it work [Engadget]
- Instagram works with video scrubbing. It's about time. [Android Police]
- Spotify can release "Duo", a two-person split plan. With the $ 9.99 monthly monthly plan and the $ 15.99 family plan, the Duo plan is expected to come in at $ 12.50 per month. Sounds reasonable. [Engadget]
Can you imagine living in a world free of robocalls? We are currently living in a world where many people I know ignore more conversations than they accept for this reason, Robo columns are productive. Some people get them more than others, but no matter how often you are annoyed by these pointless (and potentially harmful) conversations, they are still something nobody wants to address. Hopefully, we will begin to see more aggressive measures against the companies involved in this junk.