Google announces $999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional $99 pen accessory

With a 12-inch touchscreen, convertible form factor, optional stylus input, and integration with Google Assistant, the new Google Pixelbook hopes to compete with both Apple’s MacBook and iPad Pro lineups.

Source: Google announces $999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional $99 pen accessory

Microsoft adds new Microsoft 365 versions, plus security and management features |

Microsoft is continuing to evolve its Microsoft 365 subscription bundles. Here’s what’s coming next.

At the company’s Ignite IT Pro conference this week, Microsoft is adding more flavors to the Microsoft 365 line-up: Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 F1.

Microsoft 365 Education includes Windows 10, Office 365 for Education, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Minecraft Education Edition. It is available to students and faculty.

Microsoft 365 F1, which is for “firstline” customer service and support workers, includes Windows 10, Office 365 F1 (the plan formerly known as K1 for kiosk workers) and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft StaffHub, an app meant to help service workers manage their schedules, is part of the offering.

Source: Microsoft adds new Microsoft 365 versions, plus security and management features | ZDNet

Apple rumored to unofficially repair or replace Hurricane damaged iPhone and iPad units

So let’s say that thanks to Hurricane Harvey your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad sustained serious water damage that basically destroyed one or both devices. Despite the IP67 certification rating on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has made it clear that water damage is not covered by its warranty. So under normal circumstances, the flooding in Texas would normally lead to water logged iPhone units that would not be replaced by Apple, even if they are supposed to withstand a submersion to 3.3-feet for as long as 30-minutes.

But that doesn’t mean that Apple isn’t going out of its way to make life easier for those affected by the Hurricane. While not considered official policy, Apple is said to be offering free repairs to its devices that took on water and were damaged as a result. Apple is also believed to be offering free repairs to its devices that were damaged due to an impact that took place as a result of the Hurricane.

Source: Apple rumored to unofficially repair or replace Hurricane damaged iPhone and iPad units

Lenovo’s Surface competitor has Intel’s new quad-core processors, LTE, and a 3D camera

Lenovo is making its Surface competitor a lot better this year. After slow iterating the Miix tablet from its Core M roots, the new Miix 520 will include Intel’s 8th generation quad-core i7 processor. It’s an addition that pushes its CPU performance past Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, alongside 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Lenovo also offers a USB-C port, the company’s own active pen support, and an optional 3D camera for capturing images.

Source: Lenovo’s Surface competitor has Intel’s new quad-core processors, LTE, and a 3D camera – The Verge

Microsoft Bet on Workplace PCs is Slowly Paying Off

“Since jumping into the hardware market with its Surface line, Microsoft has had success making inroads into the tablet and 2-in-1 market,” Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, told eWEEK. “Many IT pros praised the hardware’s sleek design, powerful specs in a highly-portable package, and ability to run Windows, which allows employees to be productive while giving IT departments management flexibility.”

The Surface Pro, for example, offers corporate IT buyers a blend of premium packaging and powerful processors. Add long-lasting battery life to the equation and business travelers can legitimately get work done on a cross-country or trans-Atlantic flight.

Source: Microsoft Bet on Workplace PCs is Slowly Paying Off