The ever-changing world of technology demands new vocabulary to orient in the sea of technological concepts. Lately, people visiting us in our London laptop repair service ask fewer questions about laptops and increasingly more questions about “things”, gadgets, smart devices, virtual assistants, etc. All of those fruits of civilisation form a so-called the Internet of Things. So what is the Internet of Things?

 

Things

 

The majority of us have a smartphone, some of us have a smartwatch. Those are the “things” in the Internet of Things (IoT). Yet there are less obvious examples: a smart-fridge may sends you a message that it need to be refilled or warns you about something going out of date, a tracking device may inform you about your physical activity, another sends you a reminder to take pills, and another allows you to control the light, heating and individual power plugs in your come. Industries have plenty of things in their pockets: there are sensors in the fields to notify when irrigation is needed, devices to inform when bins need to be taken out, a service may track the condition of cars and notify them when the attention is needed.

 

The IoT

 

The number of these devices is unimaginable. They make our life more convenient, allow us to monitor and control things distantly, and most importantly, they accurately record data and track our activities. We so got used to having our files on our computer or on a phone, that many people struggling to get their heads around that the data today is no longer on the device (or not exclusively there). A great deal of our data is now stored “in the cloud”, somewhere in the vastness of the Internet. The same way “the things” can connect to the Internet and store the data there making it accessible from any other place on the Earth where a connection is available. The intercommunication of smart devices forms the Internet of Things.

 

They main priority of this arrangement is that it can be quite autonomous. The devices need from little to none of your attention, providing you with the results of all the data analysis, measurements and observations.

 

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, envisions virtual reality as the future of his company. Yet, he admits that it may take from 5 to 10 years to make the technology available to the masses.

 

It has already been almost 3 years since Facebook acquired Oculus, virtual reality headset and its software components. Yet so far no noteworthy developments followed. In fact, Facebook is still trying to sort out some copyright issues related to Oculus. Zuckerberg was recently giving testimonies in the court about origins of the technology, which social network purchased in March 2014. The case is based on a claim that Oculus secretly obtained some information from ZeniMax. The information is believed to play a major role in the creation of the very basics of Oculus Rift. Now when the development looks promising and about to start bringing its pecuniary benefits, ZeniMax feels a certain emptiness in their heart, which they seek to fill with $2bn, claimed compensation in this case.

 

Mark Zuckerberg refutes all the accusations of stealing the information. During a short meeting with journalists after the attending the court, he shared some insights on future Oculus’ destiny. Facebook will invest another $3bn during the next 10 years into virtual reality, while approximately the same amount of money has already been spent on it.

 

Microsoft corporation recommends expediting the transition from Windows 7 to something more up-to-date as Windows 10 claiming it is no longer safe.

 

After a successful debut in 2009, Windows 7 conquered the world and became the most popular operating system in the world of today. Windows 7 occupies impressive 48% of the world’s personal computers and laptops. For comparison, Windows 10 populates only a quarter of computers.

 

Nevertheless, the operating system without the first service pack is no longer supported since the 9th of April, 2013. On the 31st of October, the same year, Windows 7 was taken from the shop shelves. Then, after about a year Microsoft stopped supplying the OS to computer manufacturers, whose production was targeted on home users. Another year later, and even clients’ PCs were no longer available with Windows 7 pre-installed. And about two years ago, on the 13th of January 2015, technological giant seized the main support of the OS.

 

Today Microsoft provides extended Windows 7 support. However, the company tirelessly reminds people that in three years, on the 14th of January 2020, Windows 7 support will come to an end. After the date, no more security updates will follow and the use of the system will become increasingly unsafe. Moreover, the company claims that the system is already unfit for security demands of today. The life of Windows 7 is coming to an end and the company strongly recommend moving on to newer versions Windows. Bits and PCs, London laptop repair service can assist you with in this task.

 

Interestingly enough, Windows XP is no longer supported since April 2014, Yet, it still occupies about 10% of world’s computers.

Many Mac and PC users are looking into to sell the Mac or PC and get a tablet, as mobile devices can accommodate needs of an average user. According to the recent rumours, Apple will announce three new models of Apple iPad. The presentation is due March 2017. However, it is believed that people will not be able to get hold of them until the second half of this year or even later.

 

Taiwanese daily newspaper, DigiTimes, claims that they have a reliable informer among suppliers. They reported that the new iPads are still in development stage. Although, the earlier rumours speculated that new 9,7-inch iPad will go into mass production in the first quarter this year, while 10,5-inch iPad and 12,9-inch iPad Pro will go into production in the second quarter.

 

Different sources also say that Apple is considering replacing 9,7-inch iPad models with 10,5-inch models. Supposedly, the new 9,7-inch models will be a basic model with lowest specs aimed for education and services sectors. On the other hand, iPads with diagonals of 10,5 and 12,9 inches will be equipped with an A10X processor, an upgraded version of the multi-core A10 processor. The screens for the 9,7-inch model will be produced by Seoul Semiconductor instead of a current supplier, Nichia. The rest of the components for the budget version will be obtained from “secondary” suppliers.

 

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A KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, claims that Apple will release updated models of their products this year. The products he talks about are primarily MacBooks based on the new Intel processors, Kaby Lake. As an expert in Apple production, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new 12-inch MacBooks with above-mentioned processors will go into mass-production in the second quarter of 2017. He also believes that we should expect models equipped with 16GB RAM. Already today two 12-inch models have 8GB RAM onboard.

 

According to the further predictions, in the third quarter Kaby Lake processors will be delivered to 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. It is expected that the updated version will be equipped with maximum 16GB RAM due to limitations in the design. However, the analyst predicts one 15-inch MacBook with 32GB RAM. It was demanded for a long time, and finally, it will be delivered somewhere in the second half of this year. As Ming-Chi Kuo says, this will be the model with the most changes. The model is aimed to satisfy numerous existing demands. Judging by the configuration this model must belong to Pro family. However, no statements on this account were made. Apart from this mysterious newcomer, all 2017 updates will have only minimal improvements to their 2016 predecessors. Yes, they will have the faster processors and, possibly,  increased amount of RAM, but other than that the devices will stay unchanged.

 

Overall, it is not a bad time to sell my MacBook and upgrade to something new. The new models will be more energy efficient, which will also affect the production. The updated MacBooks are likely to bring Apple back to 10% annual growth mark. At the same time, the supply is expected to be faster this year, as all the delays affected the last year production were eliminated.