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Google Launches Touchscreen ‘Pixel’ Laptop

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Google has launched a touchscreen laptop in a bid to take on Apple in the luxury laptop market.

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The $1049 Chromebook Pixel has a high resolution display that makes individual pixels invisible to the naked eye.

Although Apple has a similar display, Google says the addition of touch, and 1TB of free storage on an online hard drive, make its machine more attractive to ‘power’ users.

“We wanted to rethink everything possible in a laptop,” said Sundar Pichai of Google, who revealed the machine at a special event run in Silicon Valley and London.

“The screen is the highest resolution screen ever shipped on a laptop, and we don’t want users to deal with pixels – so users will never see them.

“People want to reach out and touch – so we built in full touch.”

The laptop, the first Google has designed and built itself, will be made in Taiwan.

It will compete directly with Apple.

“Apple has been at this a long time, and has built something amazing,” Pichai said of Apple’s products.

“But if you live in the cloud this is the best experience you can have.”

The machine uses Google’s Chrome OS, which is based on the firm’s web browser.

Although it does have a hard drive like a traditional laptop, Google also gives buyers a 1TB drive on its ‘cloud’ service, which is free for three years – although the firm said it did not know how much users would have to pay to keep this after three years.

“We believe that’s about the lifespan of the Pixel,” said Mr Pichai.

He said the firm expected other manufacturers to release touchscreen laptops soon.

“Pixel is a fully finished project – but we hope it will show that Chrome is ready for touch,” he said.

Google has already developed special touch versions of its apps, and said it expected other developers to do so quickly.

The gadget will compete with Microoft’s recent Surface tablet, which has a clip-on keyboard to turn it into a ‘real’ laptop.

A Pro version capable of running the firm’s latest Windows 8 software, and costing $999 in the US, was recently released, but the firm has refused to reveal sales details or say when it could become available in other countries.

Intel has also been working manufacturers on ‘convertible’ laptops, called Ultrabooks.

Some designs have screen that flip over, while others rotate, allowing the gadget to be used as both a traditional laptop and a tablet.

The firm also hit back at complaints that users could become confused between the laptop and tablet running its Android software.

“Now the lines are blurring, we have two viewpoints here and we are doing both – we are giving a choice to the world,” he said.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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