Lenovo will ditch hard keyboards in planned Chromebook and 2-in-1s

Lenovo’s new Yoga Book will be a sleek folding laptop with stunning secrets inside.

Opening up the device reveals a big surprise: It has no hard keyboard. The keyboard area instead has a versatile touch panel that turns into a smartphone-like virtual keyboard, a draw pad, or a digital notepad.

The new touch input panel, which has a back-lit virtual keyboard, is a big deal for Lenovo. It will be featured in a new line of 2-and-1s and laptops and is Lenovo’s ambitious attempt to break a decades-old habit of using one-dimensional hard keyboards.

The Yoga Book will be the company’s first product with a touch panel replacing a hard keyboard to type, draw, or take notes. Its price will start at US$499, and come with Windows or Android. Lenovo hasn’t provided a shipment date for the device.

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Facebook to launch Internet connectivity satellite

Facebook will launch a satellite later this week that executives hope will bring Internet connectivity to parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the launch during a town hall discussion in Lagos, Nigeria with developers and members of the Facebook community.

While talking about building an infrastructure that would enable people anywhere in the world to access a signal, Zuckerberg said Facebook is launching a satellite to beam down connectivity.

“If you want to connect everyone in the world, then making sure that everyone has access to the Internet is a really important thing,” Zuckerberg told the group in Nigeria. “It turns out that across the world, more than half of people don’t have access to the Internet. Here in Nigeria that’s true too.”

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Lenovo adds Google Daydream products to its roadmap

Lenovo is joining Google’s fledgling effort to bring virtual reality to the masses with new devices planned for the Daydream hardware and software platform.

Google’s Daydream brings virtual reality to users via mobile devices. Users can fit Daydream-compatible Android smartphones in VR headsets to roam 3D worlds, interact with friends and view streaming movies.

“We have some Daydream products on the roadmap,” Jeff Meredith, general manager and vice president of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group, said in an interview.

Meredith didn’t elaborate on details, but the products will likely be a smartphone and a VR headset. Google has strict rules on which smartphones and headsets qualify for Daydream, which is based on Android 7.0.

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Nikola Motor shifts from all-electric, 2,000HP 18-wheeler to hydrogen fuel cells

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A new OpenSUSE Linux is coming to town, and it’s all about stability

Linux users come in many shapes and sizes, but those in the business world typically steer clear of the bleeding edge. That’s why the OpenSUSE project recently switched to a two-pronged development approach, with one version focused on constant updates and another on enterprise-grade stability. On Wednesday, the latter took a big step forward.

The first beta version of OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 is now available, giving enterprises and other stability-minded users the chance to check it out and get a taste of what’s coming in the final release, which is due Nov. 16. This is the first key update to the Leap software since OpenSUSE adopted its dual-path approach late last year with OpenSUSE 42.1.

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Microsoft conscripts upload bandwidth in Windows 10’s latest Insider update

Microsoft today updated the Windows 10 beta, switching on a controversial technology that commandeers users’ upload bandwidth to shift some responsibility for updating from the company’s own servers.

Build 14915 was released earlier Wednesday to participants in the Windows Insider “Fast” track.

The notable change highlighted by Dona Sarkar, the software engineer who acts as the public face of Insider, was the enabling of Windows 10’s “Delivery Optimization” technology.

Delivery Optimization, formally dubbed “Windows Update Delivery Optimization” (WUDO) by Microsoft, was part of Windows 10 from the get-go. But it was only switched on as of the November 2015 upgrade, which was pegged as 1511. Insider builds of Windows 10, however, were exempt until now.

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