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Qualcomm in PCs; Robot Burger Maker; Apple Ups MacBook Warranty
 

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June 25 · Issue #55 · View online
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Qualcomm in PCs; Robot Burger Maker; Apple Ups MacBook Warranty

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Mobile PCs. Qualcomm is, according to reports, getting ready to push further into the laptop and PC space with a Snapdragon 1000 CPU that will compete with Intel’s lowest-ends CPUs. Even though the company is already partnering with Microsoft on always-connected PC technology, having a Qualcomm system on a chip for powering PCs without an Intel Core CPU also inside would be something new. Key benefits of a Qualcomm PC CPU would be battery life and speed.
Qualcomm is reportedly eyeing the PC market with the Snapdragon 1000 Qualcomm is reportedly eyeing the PC market with the Snapdragon 1000
Robo Burger. If you like your burgers virtually untouched by human hands, head on over to San Francisco where a 14-foot-long robot is using 20 computers, 350 sensors, and 50 actuators to grind the beef, cut the tomatoes, cooks the burgers, and stack the patty to deliver fresh meals starting at $6 a burger. It produces about 120 burgers an hour, which is well off Sponge Bob’s Crabby Patty pace.
The first burger built by a robot is ready to hit the Bay Area - SFGate The first burger built by a robot is ready to hit the Bay Area - SFGate
How’s your keyboard. I’ve used MacBook Pros and MacBooks featuring Apple’s svelte butterfly keyboard and never had an issue. But I have heard the complaints about sticking or non-functional keys. Apple’s been mum on the matter for ages, but late Friday it quietly updated the warranty program for these keyboards to 4 years and it does sound like it’s a direct response to these issues. The updated warranty covers “Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly,” “Letters or characters do not appear,” “Key(s) feel “sticky” or do not respond in a consistent manner.” If you have a MacBook and have had issues, this could be your solution.
Apple acknowledges faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards with new repair program - The Verge Apple acknowledges faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards with new repair program - The Verge
Getting small. The title for the World’s Smallest Computer rests, for now, with a research team at the University of Michigan that built a system, complete with RAM, photovoltaics, processors, wireless transmitters, and receivers, that’s smaller than a grain of rice. It does lose all information when powered down (and it uses the tiniest bit of power). Still itty-bitty computer holds promise for things like medical research, since it is bio-compatible. So, would you like to swallow a computer?
Is the 'World's Smallest Computer' Really a Computer? - Geek.com Is the 'World's Smallest Computer' Really a Computer? - Geek.com
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