Monday in CE: Microsoft Starting a Price War to Ignite Chromebook Competition
The most seductive part of a Chromebook has always been its rock solid pricing. Occupying every tier from $99 to $1,099, the Chromebook can trade functionality, aesthetic, or performance for a really reasonable price.
Windows has had enough of that with plans to roll out $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.
Even if this isn't directly related to consumers, there is a good chance it will be soon. It could also be a semi-clever marketing move to build brand loyalty to Microsoft products.
Part of Microsoft’s school push is related to content for teachers to use with these laptops. Microsoft is planning to release a new Chemistry Update for Minecraft: Education Edition this spring. It will focus on experimentation like building compounds or tackling stable isotopes. It’s a free update for everyone using the Education Edition of Minecraft. Microsoft is also tweaking Word for Mac, Outlook desktop, and OneNote for iPad / Mac to include a new immersive reader that helps with reading and writing.
Microsoft is also making some Mixed Reality content available for both the HoloLens and the range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, will start distributing a new curriculum in March that will work on Mixed Reality headsets and the HoloLens. Six new apps will include immersive experiences for students, and Microsoft is even discounting its HoloLens headsets by 10 percent to tempt schools into trying out its augmented reality headset. Windows Mixed Reality headsets will still be the cheaper option for schools, though.
More Bad Battery News, Report Looks at iPhone X
It's been a wild ride of news as Apple has not only admitted to throttling phones based on battery life but running in circles trying to clean up the mess. The root of the issue is their lack of transparency, not clever ways to keep their devices alive.
Either way, now people are curious if the same fate is certain for the brand new iPhone X. The short answer, probably, but it's obviously too early to tell.
The report comes from ZDNET and his math follows this logic:
So ideally, you need to ration out those 500 recharges over the life of the device. However, you additionally need to bear in mind that as the battery gets older, it won't last as long, so your recharge frequency is going to increase as your device gets older.
If I've gone through 91 recharge cycles in four months, that means that I could easily hit the 455 recharge cycles after about 20 months of ownership, and since that's not allowing for any battery wear, I'm realistically expecting that the battery inside my iPhone to hit the 500 cycles mark in about 18 months.
Surely there is a giant lack of evidence but the math adds up and it looks like Apple is in for another round of punishment if they don't get a solid handle on this battery situation.
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