Google Announces Plans for Three New Undersea Data Cables

Google's New Undersea Data Cables

As Google continues its relentless growth of its data and cloud services, the company announced today their plans to have three new undersea data cables by the end of 2019.  The cables are fully owned by Google and will provide data infrastructure support to various regions and the company’s Cloud Platform.

The announcement came as part of a larger GCP (Google Cloud Platform) announcement where the company indicated 5 new GCP locations will be coming online in 2018.  These will be Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Montreal, Netherlands, and Finland.  These new POPs will give GCP more localize control and cut down data haul times (measured in milliseconds) to those areas & regions.

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Today’s Deal – AUKEY USB-C Hub is Under $35 on Amazon

AUKEY USB-C Hub

Today’s Deal is for anyone who needs a HDMI port or USB-A port for their USB-C powered devices.  On most new Chromebooks, like the Google Pixelbook, you have just USB-C ports.  The same goes for the new MacBook Pro from Apple.  Sometimes you need a HDMI port to connect to a monitor or projector, or need to access that older USB flash drive.  That’s where the AUKEY USB-C Hub can come in handy.  Priced at $34.43, it gives you plenty of ports to work with to get your day done.

In all, the hub (model CB-C60 for those that are curious) gives you six ports and connects to your Chromebook or MacBook Pro via the connected USB-C cable that is just under 6″ (150mm) in length.  You have one USB-C port which works as a pass through for charging your device while you are using the Hub (up to 60W).  You have four USB-A ports that support USB 3.0, giving you up to 5GB of data transfer speed.  Finally, you have a 4K HDMI port to connect your Chromebook or MacBook Pro to an external monitor.

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The Google Store is Now Selling a Google Home Mini Wall Mount by Incipio

Incipio Google Home Mini Wall Mount

The Google Home Mini has become one of Google’s most popular devices for a lot of reasons, price and size chiefly among them.  The donut sized device lends itself to be tucked away in any room to give you access to Google Assistant whenever you need it.  But for some rooms, having the Home Mini mounted on the wall makes more sense and frees up counter space in your bedroom or kitchen.

Incipio has been making a wall mount for the Google Home Mini almost since its release.  It’s been available directly from them on their site but it got a big boost this week with it now being available on the Google Store.  On either site, it is $14.99 and comes with everything you need to mount your Home Mini to a wall in your home.

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Microsoft is Selling the Cortana Powered Harman Kardon Invoke for $99

Harman Kardon Invoke

If you missed out on picking up the beautifully styled Harman Kardon Invoke, powered by Microsoft Cortana, for $99 this past holiday season, now is your time.  Right now at the Microsoft Store you can pick one up for that special price, saving $100 in the process.

I posted my review of the Invoke in December and as I put in that review, it is one of the most stylish smart speakers out there with stunning audio quality as you would expect from Harman Kardon.  At the heart of the Invoke is Microsoft Cortana which, much like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, is a voice command away to help you with tasks or get information.

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Like Your Ultra Thin Google Pixelbook? You Can in Part Thank Steve Jobs

Apple Macbook Air

If you like your ultra thin Google Pixelbook or any ultra thin laptop for that matter, you have in part to thank Steve Jobs and Apple.  10 years ago today, Apple introduced the Macbook Air.  It was a radical departure from what laptop design, including Apple themselves, had been to that point.  Sporting a single USB-A port, headphone jack and power connector, the Macbook Air ditched all the conventional things at the time like a DVD drive and spinning hard disks internally.  It also introduced a multi-touch touchpad.

Instead, Apple moved to SSD drives internally and ditched the DVD drive altogether, seeing a future where they simply wouldn’t be needed.  They were right as we know now ten years on but at the time, it was radical thinking.

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Microsoft Outlook Update Brings Improved Spam Folder Cleaning

Microsoft Outlook for Android

A new update to Microsoft Outlook for Android is rolling out, bringing a new one-tap handling of spam email and your junk folder.  The updated build is version 2.2.88 for those keeping score at home and is in the process of rolling out to the Google Play Store.

With this update, you will now be able to mark a message as spam when it comes into your inbox as well as empty your junk mail folder with a single tap.  Previously if you wanted to do this, it involved marking the message and then having to navigate to your junk mail folder to delete the message for good.  Microsoft has now streamlined it, making it faster and easier.

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HTC U11 EYEs Officially Announced

HTC U11 EYEs

After virtually all of the details about the device were leaked last week, including on HTC’s own site over the weekend, the Taiwanese company has made the new HTC U11 EYEs mid-range phone official.  Priced at roughly $500 US, the phone is now available for pre-order within Taiwan with it remaining unclear what future expansion globally the U11 EYEs will see.

As for the phone itself, it looks very similar to the flagship U11 device from HTC.  Constructed of aluminum and glass, the U11 EYEs is powered by the Snapdragon 652 SoC and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.  That storage can be expanded up to 2TB thanks to the MicroSD/second SIM tray in the phone.  Display wise, it has a 6″ FullHD Super LCD 3 display that renders at 2160 x 1080, giving a comfortable ~402 ppi.  It also has Edge Sense like the other U11 phones, giving you the ability to squeeze the edge of the phone to perform certain tasks.

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