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LENOVO REFRESHED ITS LEGION GAMING LAPTOP AND DESKTOP LINEUP

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Lenovo is patching up its Legion gaming PC lineup with six refreshed systems: the Lenovo Legion Y730 / Y530 laptops, T730 / T530 towers, and C730 / C530 cubes. They’re all built for gaming but designed for everyday use.

Basically, Lenovo wants to have a gaming offering in every popular form factor for gaming PCs — laptops, cubes, and ATX towers — all with a more mature, darker design that separates the lineup from other gaming machines that are laden with lights and striking logos.

 

No matter the form factor, the new Legions that Lenovo is releasing seem to be fascinated with lower-end graphics offerings, making them better suited for low- to mid-tier graphics and gaming.

The first two machines, the Legion Y730 and Y530 laptops, feature slim bezel screens, dual-chamber cooling, up to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU — which I recently found out isn’t that powerful for most games — and eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processors. An optional 144Hz full HD IPS display is offered on the Y530, while the Y730’s noteworthy feature is its Corsair iCUE RGB backlit keyboard (which features six macro “Y” keys).

The gaming cubes have 19-liter gray-colored chassis, with optional RGB system lighting, support up to a GTX 1060, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processors.

Finally, the two ATX towers are the main gaming powerhouse announcements here from Lenovo, dubbed the T730 and T530. And somehow, they only have optional GPUs up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. (Again, that’s not the most powerful of the bunch.)

You can still get eighth-gen Core i7 chips, up to 32GB RAM, and dual SSDS in RAID 0 configuration on the towers, but you’ll still be bootstrapped with that graphics card.

The Y370 laptops launch in September. The 17-inch model will start at $1,249.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,179.99. The 15-inch Y530 will start at $929 and launch online or in Best Buy stores in July. The T370, T530, C730, and C530 desktops will all launch in August 2018, starting at $929, $829, $929, and $829, respectively.

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UNBOXING THE QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 835-POWERED LENOVO MIIX 630

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Announced at CES this year, Lenovo’s Miix 630 is the third Windows 10 on ARM device, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. Lenovo was one of the three launch partners to be in the first generation of Windows on ARM devices. Like both of the other devices in its class, it ships with Windows 10 Pro in S mode, meaning that you can only run apps from the Store unless you switch out of S mode for free.

Of course, this isn’t Windows RT all over again. Announced in 2016, Windows 10 on ARM can emulate x86 apps to run on Qualcomm’s Mobile PC Platforms. There are some limitations, such as x64 emulation and lack of Pro features like Hyper-V, but this is meant to just be Windows, and the average user shouldn’t even know the difference.

The Miix 630 isn’t cheap. Coming with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, it will run you $899. The real value proposition is 4G LTE connectivity and the additional battery life that comes with an ARM processor. The Snapdragon 835 uses big.LITTLE architecture, using four powerful cores to handle the heavy tasks, and four efficient cores to handle the tasks that don’t require as much power, such as background notifications. Because of this, an ARM processor can deliver much better standby time than an Intel chip.

The Snapdragon X16 4G LTE modem is built into the Snapdragon 835 chipset, so every Windows 10 on ARM PC can support up to gigabit download speeds over cellular, assuming your carrier supports it in your neighborhood (it probably doesn’t). The ability to not have to worry about connecting to Wi-Fi is an extremely freeing feeling although to be fair, there are Intel-powered Always Connected PCs as well, and some of those even use the same Snapdragon X16 modem.

Check out our unboxing of the Lenovo Miix 630 below:

 


 

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CHROME AND FIREFOX GAIN WINDOWS 10 TIMELINE SUPPORT WITH A NEW EXTENSION

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Microsoft’s new Timeline feature in Windows 10 is designed to let you pick up where you left off on multiple devices. While Timeline supports Microsoft Edge for web browsing history, Chrome and Firefox have not yet been updated to officially support the new feature. A third-party developer has now created a Chrome and Firefox extension to bring Windows Timeline support to both browsers.

The new extension is free and works exactly how you’d expect. Browsing history will be synced to the Windows 10 Timeline feature, so you can pick up old tabs across other PCs. Timeline in its current form is only really useful if you’re using multiple Windows 10 machines with the same account, so perhaps a desktop at home and a laptop on the go (or a work machine). The new extension also lets you push a website you’re currently viewing to another Windows 10 machine.

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18 CHROMEBOOKS FROM ACER, ASUS, LENOVO, & DELL RECEIVE LINUX APP SUPPORT

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Eighteen Chromebooks based on Intel Apollo Lake architecture, which includes many from brands such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell, get Linux app support in one fell swoop.

In a change that landed Wednesday morning, the developers switched on Linux app support for all Apollo Lake Chromebooks under the baseboards Reef and Coral. See below for a list of Chromebooks under these baseboards.

All Apollo Lake-based Chromebooks from brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo gain Linux app support

All Reef and Coral boards get Linux app support, that’s a lot of Chromebooks!

See our list of Chromebooks that support Linux apps and what you can expect when Linux apps reach stable.

There are 18 Chromebooks from brands like Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell under Reef and Coral to our knowledge, but there could be more from other OEMs that are missing from this list:

OEMModelCodenameBaseboard
LenovoLenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook / Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e ChromebookPyroreef
LenovoLenovo 500e ChromebookRobo360coral
LenovoLenovo 100e ChromebookRobocoral
AcerAcer Chromebook Spin 11 R751TElectroreef
AcerAcer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT/1HSandreef
AcerAcer Chromebook 11 (C732, C732T, C732L & C732LT )Astronautcoral
AcerAcer Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H & CB311-8HT)Santacoral
AcerAcer Chromebook Spin 11 (CP311-1H & CP311-1HN)Lavacoral
AsusASUS Chromebook Flip C213SAReefreef
DellDell Chromebook 11 5190Nashercoral
DellDell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 5190Nasher360coral

Apollo Lake is a generation of Intel mobile chips focused on efficient, low-power form factors. They are less powerful than the Kaby Lake chips in the Pixelbook and HP Chromebook X2 but should handle basic Linux apps with ease.

 

 

As the change has only just landed, Canary and Developer channels will see this first in the coming days and weeks. Stable or Beta channel users will have to wait until Chrome OS version 69.

Many of the Reef and Coral boards are education-focused, so it’s worth noting that if you have a managed or enrolled device, access to Linux apps is toggled by the administrator.

 

 

Source:  XDA

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