Google Assistant updated with support for iPad’s bigger screen

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Google has released an update to Google Assistant for iOS with support for iPad, optimizing the virtual assistant app originally designed for use on iPhones to work properly with the larger display of Apple’s tablet range.
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Facebook is not getting any bigger in the United States

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It looks like Facebook’s U.S. user growth has officially peaked.

It’s starting to feel official: Facebook’s U.S. audience is as big as it’s going to get.

Facebook is massive in this country. More than two-thirds of Americans, specifically 68 percent, use the service, according to new research from Pew Research Center.

The troubling news: If you’re a Facebook investor, that number hasn’t increased over the past two years. Roughly 68 percent of U.S. adults used Facebook in 2016, too.

This shouldn’t come as a total shock. Facebook reported its first quarter-over-quarter decline in daily users in the U.S. and Canada at the end of 2017. And while the decline was small, just 700,000 users, it served as a red flag that the company may finally be tapped out in its most valuable market.

Facebook CFO Dave Wehner may disagree. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday he addressed the decline in North American users as, “a trend that we don’t see continuing on an ongoing basis.”

But the Pew data tells another story — that Facebook growth in the U.S. has officially stalled.

The good news for Facebook: Instagram is picking up some of the slack. Roughly 35 percent of U.S. adults now use Instagram, up from 28 percent in 2016.

Also from the report was confirmation (again) that Snapchat is still a major threat to Facebook’s dominance among young people. Facebook technically has a larger number of of 18- to 24-year-old users in the U.S. than Snapchat. But Facebook has 80 percent of that cohort using its service, and Snapchat has 78 percent. So it’s getting close.

YouTube, which isn’t always categorized as social media, was the biggest service on Pew’s list — 73 percent of all U.S. adults use YouTube, including 94 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds.

The Pew report is based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018, among a national sample of 2,002 adults in the U.S.

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Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) review: bigger doesn’t mean better

“What if Chromebooks were bigger?” That’s the question that the Acer Chromebook 15 line has tried to answer, as the only 15-inch sized Chromebook on the market. That laptop was ultimately outclassed by more powerful or versatile Chromebooks, but Acer has revised the Chromebook 15 with a more premium aluminum design and better battery life.

Unfortunately, while the updated Chromebook 15 is still the biggest Chromebook around, in this case, bigger doesn’t mean better.

There are high-end Chromebooks out there, with the latest Intel processors, memory, and high-resolution screens that can rival the best Windows and Apple laptops on the market. The Chromebook 15…

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New version of the iPhone X with an even bigger screen might cost just $699 this year

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According to comments made during yesterday’s shareholder meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone X has a customer satisfaction rating of 99%. He didn’t elaborate on exactly where that figure came from, but it’s safe to say that Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone is a hit with Apple fans. The iPhone X is by far the most impressive iPhone Apple has ever released, both in terms of power and design. The glass and stainless steel housing is stunning, and the “notched” OLED display started a trend that at least a half-dozen Android phone makers have already begun to copy.

If the iPhone X is so great, why doesn’t every Apple fan have one? Why buy the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus instead? The answer to those two linked questions is twofold. One reason is many people don’t want to lose Touch ID, which has been replaced on the iPhone X by Apple’s often-fickle Face ID solution. The second reason is price, plain and simple. While Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup isn’t expected to bring back Touch ID, a new report from the world’s top Apple insider says that the problem of price will indeed be addressed.

The iPhone X is among the first in a new breed of ultra-premium, ultra high-priced smartphones. It’s built using premium materials, it’s packed full of premium technology, and it’s priced at $ 1,000 and up. Even with the many financing options out there in big markets like the United States, that’s still a whole lot of money to cough up for a smartphone. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at just $ 699 despite offering nearly identical performance and features.

Of course, the reason for the price discrepancy is fairly obvious: the iPhone 8 costs far less because it doesn’t feature the same premium materials and components. It doesn’t have the iPhone X’s pricey OLED display, it’s made of aluminum rather than stainless steel, and it doesn’t have several expensive internal components from the iPhone X like the dual-lens camera, additional RAM, a stacked board, or an L-shaped battery setup.

In 2018, Apple will apparently drag its least expensive flagship iPhone into the future. In a note to clients on Wednesday seen by MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered new details on the third new iPhone X successor Apple supposedly plans to release in 2018.

In addition to a new version of the 5.8-inch iPhone X, Kuo says a larger Plus model will be released with a 6.5-inch OLED display. On top of that, Kuo has reported that Apple will release a third new model to lower the cost of entry to its modernized iPhone lineup. The third model will feature the same almost-all-screen design as two OLED models, but it will feature a “notched” 6.1-inch LCD screen and less expensive components.

On Wednesday, Kuo added one more important detail to the puzzle: price. According to the analyst, the 6.1-inch iPhone X successor Apple releases this coming September could start at just $ 699, in line with the current iPhone 8. Despite having a larger display than the sequel to the iPhone X, the 6.1-inch version will apparently have an LCD screen instead of OLED, an aluminum mid-frame instead of stainless steel, less RAM, a smaller battery, and a conventional non-stacked SLP. It also won’t support 3D Touch, according to Kuo.

All three of the new iPhone models covered in Kuo’s note on Wednesday morning are expected to be released in September.

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The possibilities of the iPhone X’s camera are way bigger than Animoji

More than two months after the iPhone X launch, it remains a conundrum for some to put a finger on exactly which features might justify the $ 1000+ price Apple has given its flagship phone. Some might wager on the virtually edge-to-edge OLED display, which for the first time on an iPhone, does away with the tactile home button and prominent top and bottom bezels of every previous model. It is admittedly gorgeous. As it turns out, however, the iPhone X’s most groundbreaking feature is not even discernible at first glance, even though it literally stares you in the face. Meet the…

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This year’s iPhone X models tipped to have even bigger batteries

iPhone X 2018 Rumors

Of course, we expect better battery life from this year’s iPhones, just as we expect them to be faster than their predecessors and to introduce novel features.

Often, the battery life increases are achieved through efficiency savings, but a new report says that the follow-up iPhone X that Apple launches this year will have a bigger battery than the original.

According to sources familiar with Apple’s supply deals who spoke with ETnews, Apple is already working with its suppliers on 2018 iPhone components.

The report says Apple will release three iPhone models this year, including two OLED iPhone X versions. One of them is supposed to be as big as the original, while the “Plus” model will sport a 6.46-inch display.

The report notes that Apple is already pushing deals for OLED display-related components, OLED screens, and batteries.

LG is named as one potential supplier of OLED panels for the 6.5-inch model, joining Samsung, which is currently the exclusive OLED dealer for the iPhone.

LG also seems to be the big winner for iPhone batteries. LG Chem will make L-shaped batteries, the report notes, with the supplier having already set up a line dedicated to Apple in Nanjing, where Apple and LG officials are already inspecting battery equipment.

Doesn’t the iPhone X pack an L-shaped battery? Yes, it does, but the iPhone X has two battery cells forming an L. This year’s models will have a single-cell battery. That means Apple will not need an internal structure to connect two distinct batteries, and saved space will be used to bump up the battery capacity. That’s why the size of the 5.8-inch iPhone X’s battery will increase compared to its predecessor. Obviously, the 6.46-inch Plus model will have an even bigger battery because the phone itself will be bigger.

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Interfaces are dying, so your brand needs a bigger personality

Less than a decade ago, branding style guides used to be a huge PDF covering multiple visual aspects of a brand, such as typography, colors, and photography. When digital came about, style guides started to account for pixel-based touchpoints between brand and consumer, including things like header styles, grid systems, and more detailed interaction design patterns. Over the years, they have continuously evolved. Static PDFs were not appropriate for representing hover states, animations, drags and drops, and other user interactions anymore. In the past couple years, we started creating living design systems, covering interface behaviors that can only be represented in…

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Tesla May Be Building an Even Bigger Battery in Australia

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Tesla Powerpacks may soon be as ubiquitous as kangaroos Down Under. In December, the company turned on their mega-battery in South Australia, and in early January, they were chosen to build a 20-MW battery system in the Australian state of Victoria. Potentially next on the horizon? A massive Tesla Powerpack project in Queensland.

According to Bloomberg, French renewable-energy developer Neoen intends to develop a battery in Queensland with a much larger capacity than the 100-MW one supplying power in South Australia.

In a phone interview, Garth Heron, Neoen’s head of wind development for Australia, told Bloomberg that Queensland has “a lot of need for electricity storage” and that the successful development of the 100-MW battery system in South Australia “opened up [Neoen’s] thinking with respect to large-scale storage.”

The Queensland system would be located at Neoen’s Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Cairns. Once fully operational, the Kaban Green Power Hub will be able to power nearly 57,000 homes.

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Australia has battled power blackouts for the past several years, and the future of energy is a major point of concern for politicians and citizens.

Musk’s company isn’t officially signed on for the Queensland project just yet, but given that Neoen was involved in the Tesla Powerpack project in South Australia and is heading up the one in Victoria, it’s likely that Tesla will be on board for this third outing.

If the company does sign on to supply the battery for the project, they should have no problem fulfilling their part of the deal.

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The Tesla Powerpack project in South Australia was completed on an accelerated timeline of 100 days thanks to a promise Musk made via Twitter, but the Queensland battery project isn’t expected to be completed until 2019, the same year the Victoria battery system is expected to go online.

That said, Musk could still take to Twitter to set a similar goal or even a more ambitious one. Either way, if Tesla gets involved, chances are the Queensland project will be seen through to completion, and even if they don’t, Neoen appears determined to continue providing Australians with clean, reliable energy.

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