Review: Google Pixelbook Is the King of Chromebooks

With the Pixelbook, Google is asking whether a Chromebook with high-end laptop features, which runs Android apps and can become a tablet by folding in two, can really be worth $999 [or £999]. The answer is complicated.

The Pixelbook is the successor to Google’s first own-brand hardware, the Chromebook Pixel line of $1,000 Chrome OS machines. It takes Google’s light and fast Chrome OS — an operating system built around the Chrome browser now with added Android apps — and puts it on high-end convertible laptop hardware to see what it can really do.

Part Chrome Laptop, Part Android Tablet

It feels like a combo of the Chromebook Pixel and Google’s Pixel C Android tablet. Like many other convertible PCs, the screen can fold all the way round on to the back. It will also stand on its end like a tent with the screen facing out, or screen out with the keyboard resting on a table. On a desk, the hinge will hold the screen at any angle without overbalancing the laptop, which is quite impressive.

Build-quality and design are exquisite, with a solid-feeling hinge and smooth lines. A white glass panel on the lid breaks up the otherwise all-aluminum body. At 10.3mm thick the Pixelbook is noticeably thin for a laptop and not much thicker than some tablets. It weighs 1.1kg, which is light for a laptop, but a bit heavy for a tablet.

The screen looks great, with good brightness, color and a high pixel density matching top-end competitors, but it is also pretty reflective. It has relatively large bezels around the outside, which makes it look a little dated compared to the likes of the MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13.

At times I wished the screen was a little bigger — without the bezels I suspect you’d be able to…
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Smartphones – Opening the door for you and to you

I mentioned recently how smartphones can pose a danger to kids. This is because of the ease and the instant nature to which live video feeds can be pushed out onto the internet. Gone are the days when smutty websites were the only ones offering webcam content. Now your son or daughter is doing it too.

Social media sites are facing a challenge. They need to attract users and they want to make full use of your smartphone. Their argument is that, if they didn’t offer the live streaming functionality and the commenting interaction, someone else would, and that site would become more popular.

Smartphones   Opening the door for you and to you

Likewise, the gambling industry has found itself in deep water. Just recently one site ended up in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for a “socially irresponsible” ad showing gambling in the workplace.

Trouble is, smartphones offer millions of people free access into your home. Also, as many of us are no doubt aware, they also offer you unlimited access to sites and services at all hours of the day or night.

Smartphones   Opening the door for you and to you

So you can gamble whilst on a coffee break at work. You can gamble while you’re taking a “bathroom break” and everywhere in between. However, if you’ve watched any TV show after 10PM at night, you’ll no doubt be aware that there’s many, many gambling websites offering many, many deals to get you to sign up.

AskGamblers is a website dedicated to helping spread honest and helpful information in a world filled with people trying to mislead players. AskGamblers holds gaming websites accountable and ensures everyone gets a fair game. They work hard to spread the most accurate information, and their new Gambling Guide is no exception.

Smartphones   Opening the door for you and to you

This new Gambling Guide is an extension of what they’ve been doing all along, which is spreading the types of important information that other entities might not be in a hurry to share.

In the AskGamblers Gambling Guide you can, in perhaps your own free time rather than at work, gain the knowledge that will help increase your chances of winning. Gambling sites will do everything they can to tilt things in their favour, so you need to arm yourself and ensure that you’re well versed before thinking about gambling on your phone with real money.

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  • Caution: Smartphone Addiction Can Imbalance the Brain

    Worried you or a loved one are too attached to your phone? There may be good reason for concern and now scientific proof, as well. Researchers have found an imbalance in brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet.

    They presented their findings at the Nov. 30 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), concluding that the addicted teenagers in their study had significantly higher scores in depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and insomnia severity.

    The Science Behind the Findings

    The research was led by Hyung Suk Seo, M.D., a professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea — working with Eun-Kee Jeong, Ph.D., Sungwon Choi, Yunna Kwon, Hae-Jeong Park, and InSeong Kim.

    Dr. Seo and colleagues used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) — a type of MRI — to measure the brain’s chemical composition in a group of 19 smartphone- and internet-addicted teenagers, including 9 males and 10 females, average age 15.5 years old. They compared the results against a gender- and age-matched control group and found a significant difference.

    First, to determine the severity of addiction, the research team used standardized internet and smartphone addiction tests. Questions focused on the extent to which phone and internet use impacts daily routines, social life, productivity, sleeping patterns, and feelings. The higher the score, the more severe the addiction.

    Dr. Seo reported that the addicted teenagers had significantly higher scores in depression, anxiety, insomnia severity and impulsivity.

    The researchers then performed MRS exams on the addicted youth prior to and following a behavioral therapy program. Twelve of the 19 addicted youth received nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy designed to overcome their addiction.

    For comparison, a single MRS exam was performed on the control patients. The goal of the MRS exams was to measure levels of “gamma aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a neurotransmitter in…
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    Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Returns to Hardware

    Jony Ive, Apple’s chief designer, will once again have direct oversight of the company’s hardware and software design. Ive handed those responsibilities off to other managers in 2015 in order to concentrate on larger projects, such as Apple’s new headquarters building and retail stores. With those projects complete or well under way, Ive will tackle Apple’s consumer products once more. “Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Reuters.

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    Apple Fixes HomeKit Bug that Left Smart Gadgets Vulnerable

    Apple has been forced to fix a security hole within its HomeKit smart home system that could have allowed hackers to unlock users?EU? smart locks or other devices.

    The bug within iOS 11.2 permitted unauthorized remote control of HomeKit-enabled devices. Such devices include smart lights, plugs and other gadgets, but also includes smart locks and garage door openers.


    An Apple spokesperson said: ?EU?The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.?EU?


    The company said the temporary fix was made server side, meaning that users do not have to do anything for it to take effect, but also that it breaks some functionality of the system.


    The vulnerability, disclosed to 9to5Mac, required at least one iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running the latest software version iOS 11.2 to have connected to the iCloud account associated with the HomeKit system. Previous versions of iOS appear not to have been affected. To exploit the bug the attackers would need to know the email address associated with the Apple ID of the homeowner and knowledge of how the system worked.


    Experts said that while issues with smart-home systems such as this impact consumer confidence in smart locks and other security devices, traditional locks can also be easily undermined with traditional picking techniques.


    The security bug is just the latest in a series of issues affecting Apple?EU?s software on both its iPhone and Mac computers. Since November, iPhone and iPad users have been plagued with bugs affecting the autocorrect system, including issues typing the word ?EU?it?EU? and the letter ?EU?I?EU?, having it replaced with odd symbols.


    Apple was also forced to apologize after a serious security flaw that allowed anyone to take control of a Mac running the latest version…
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    Spotify and Tencent Agree To Invest in Each Other

    Swedish music streaming service Spotify and Chinese internet company Tencent have struck a deal to take minority stakes in each other.


    The companies said Friday in a joint statement they will acquire new shares representing minority equity stakes in each other for cash — Tencent Music Entertainment will invest in Spotify, while the Swedish music startup will take a stake in Tencent’s music wing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


    The companies said it would be “strengthening relationships between the two most popular music streaming platforms in the world.”


    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said it “will allow both companies to benefit from the global growth of music streaming.”


    The CEO of Tencent Music Entertainment Group, Cussion Pang, said the companies will look to collaborate and “foster a vibrant music ecosystem that benefits users, artists and content owners.”


    Shenzhen-based Tencent is one of China’s most powerful internet companies, running the WeChat messaging app as well as online payment platforms and games. Because Chinese authorities have largely shut out western companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook, homegrown internet companies like Tencent have been able to grow rapidly in size.


    Spotify, meanwhile, has no users in China. According to the company, Spotify as of July had over 60 million subscribers and 140 million active users who can access to over 30 million songs.
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    DialogTech/Amazon Connect Integration Helps Contact Centers

    CHICAGO — Dec. 8, 2017 — DialogTech, the leading provider of actionable marketing analytics for inbound calls, today announced a new integration with Amazon Connect and Amazon Lex that provides contact centers with deep, real-time intelligence on inbound calls they can use to personalize call experiences and convert more callers to customers. DialogTech is the only call analytics provider selected by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to integrate with Amazon Connect and Amazon Lex.

    According to a recent Forrester study, inbound phone calls are the most valuable leads for businesses, as customers who call convert faster, spend more and have a higher retention rate than those that don’t. Whether a caller converts and stays loyal, however, often depends on the quality of the call experience — studies show that 84% of callers would cease doing business with a company after a negative call experience. Unanswered calls, long wait times and unhelpful agents are among the top complaints consumers have when calling businesses.

    DialogTech’s integration with AWS is intended to help businesses remedy those issues and grow revenue by providing each caller with a personalized, winning customer experience. Contact centers running Amazon Connect can use the marketing insights on each caller captured by DialogTech — including the caller’s phone number and geographic location and the marketing channel, campaign, ad variation, keyword search and webpage that drove the call — to connect callers right away with the best agents to assist them while arming those agents with intelligence on the caller to convert them to a customer.

    “DialogTech is proud to be the call analytics provider chosen by AWS to help customers drive growth,” said Doug Kofoid, COO at DialogTech. “Businesses that integrate DialogTech and Amazon Connect can effectively align marketing, sales and operations together to generate better qualified inbound calls, convert more leads to customers,…
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    No YouTube on Amazon Gizmos? Don't Worry, You Have Options

    Attention Fire TV owners: YouTube might soon disappear from your Amazon streaming device. But you’ll still have options.

    Google is threatening to pull YouTube from Fire TV by Jan. 1, the latest round in a fierce battle between the two tech heavyweights. If that happens, Fire TV owners can still watch on a phone, tablet or personal computer. That includes an Amazon Fire tablet, as Google hasn’t threatened to block that yet.

    For those willing to abandon Fire TV, just about any other device will play YouTube. Not all of them will play video from Amazon, although Apple TV just got Amazon’s app Wednesday.

    Here are some reasons you might want to stick with Fire TV — and some you might not.

    The Case for Fire TV

    YouTube was never the centerpiece of Fire TV to begin with. It’s not even a full-fledged app on Fire TV — just a link to a YouTube website designed for mobile devices.

    Fire TV itself is best seen as a companion to Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime loyalty program rather than a full-fledged streaming device. Although Amazon has gotten better about promoting rival services, video available through Prime remains prominent.

    The device has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built-in. In addition to weather, sports scores and stock quotes, it offers playback controls for some selected apps. That lets you ask Alexa to forward 30 seconds, for instance.

    Amazon’s $40 Fire TV Stick is good for regular, high-definition TV sets. If you have a higher-resolution 4K TV, you’ll want the regular Fire TV for $70. There isn’t a lot of 4K video yet, but the price difference is small compared with what 4K TVs cost.

    The regular Fire TV also offers high-dynamic range, which has better contrast and produces brighter whites and darker blacks. Again, HDR video is slowly coming.

    On the downside, Fire TV doesn’t offer…
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    SafeDNS Creates New Paradigm of Wi-Fi Security

    Following its vision, SafeDNS has been working for years on a range of solutions for the Wi-Fi industry. Recently the company has showcased these solutions at 2 of the largest and most important series of events for the Wi-Fi industry. The main SafeDNS message to Wi-Fi industry actors is that it’s high time for them to join a new security paradigm.

    Now much internet traffic goes via Wi-Fi and this is an upward trend. What do manufacturers of Wi-Fi routers do about proliferating web threats? Honestly, not much. Truth be told, the manufacturers could have made Wi-Fi connection safer but they have failed end users on this point. Manufacturers simply ignore an opportunity to make their hardware more secure.

    They are stuck in an internet security paradigm of 30 years ago. The Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers are blind to the fact that the paradigm has long shifted. “The entire web has become full of garbage. The web has become a digital Detroit — if you look hard enough, you can find really compelling things there, but if you aren’t really careful — you can get mugged.” This is a metaphor by Roger McNamee, a person impacting views of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It vividly visualizes the trend.

    Let us explain exactly what is wrong with Wi-Fi security. Most routers at the Premise and SOHO level lack the following: They have no means to control internet access, protect against malicious and phishing sites, block botnets, nor give alerts when security of user devices is compromised. With that in mind, can users possibly manage access to their Wi-Fi networks, ensure internet usage policy compliance, safeguard personal and corporate information, make sure their devices are not used for DDoS attacks? The obvious answer is no, users cannot….
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    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones – Review

    I do tend to wear headphones quite a bit. At work, at home when I’m typing this stuff out and even when mowing the lawn. These ones are over-ear headphones from a company called iDeaUSA. They’ve got a lot of tech inside, most notably something called “AtomicX Audio Engineering”. What this is, apparently, is some clever audio refinement that provides a “richer sound with punchy bass” which is more detailed.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Describing this in text is a bit tricky. I wouldn’t call the bass over-powering, but in a way that’s good. It’s nicely balanced – the rumbling sub-woofer effect and the drums sit alongside each other nicely, rather than the low-end rumble taking over. Currently I’m listening to this Daz WIllott mix, which features some properly old dance tunes. Those old tunes aren’t necessarily known for their production quality, but they still sound very good through these headphones.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Now, I know I’ve jumped right in with the sound quality here. The balance is perfect, with the entire range of notes coming through crystal clear. However, I should probably tell you a bit more about the headphones themselves. As I type, they’re actually out of stock on eBay UK but you can pick them up on Amazon USA. You can buy them on eBay for £83.23, so they’re definitely premium headphones.

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    They’re lightweight at just 363g. I’ve worn these for over an hour now and the soft cushioned headband sits comfortably on your head whilst the cool cups on your ears nestle softly against your head. Those cups tilt in all directions and you can just extend the earphones down without any danger of catching your hair. The headband sits forward on your head so it doesn’t slide backwards. A nice little touch, and the controls are easy to reach. You get used to where they are after a very short time.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Inside there’s 40mm stereo drivers with aptX technology to deliver CD-quality audio plus active noise cancelling technology which does work very well indeed. The switch on the side is like light and shade, and flicking it certainly drops you into an immersive experience where every note can be heard without interference from the outside world.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Connecting is simple enough, and there’s quick voice prompts telling you when everything is connected up. The Bluetooth 4.1 system can be used or, if you wish, you can plug in a 3.5mm audio plug like in the olden days. On the right ear (you’ll notice the cool way that the left and right ear are identified here), you can tun the device on, off and control the volume (quick tap) or skip tracks (long press). That power button acts as a multifunction key, dropping / answering calls and playing or pausing music too. Press and hold to start the pairing process.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Despite it being mostly plastic, it still feels and looks like a premium piece of kit. Look at the outer material. Nice!

    Overview video

    Want a quick fix? Here it is!

    Yes, you can do calls too thanks to an in-built microphone. There’s also a small LED so that you can tell if there’s a low battery or you’re connected via Bluetooth etc.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Keeping everything in a protected and safe environment is important, especially if you’re going away and you’re about to squash this in a suitcase or bag. The free supplied protective case is of high quality and looks good too.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    Battery time? Well, let me tell you that there’s a 500mAh smuggled magically into these headphones somewhere and it’ll keep playing your music for a full 25 hours on just a quick 2 hour charge. That’s pretty amazing, I have to say.

    iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones   Review

    So, if you’re immersing yourself in some online gaming (let’s not forget that many laptops have Bluetooth built in now too) or you’re going to be spending some time on websites like Casumo where the sound and music experience is vital, you can lock yourself away in your own world of entertainment with these. They can be worn for quite some time and you can wear them for Skype calls, conferences, video calls and to lose yourself in audiobooks or podcasts like our very own Coolsmartphone podcast.

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    As usual, I went a little overboard with the photos, so here’s some more just to finish off the review 🙂

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