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Top 9 Best Laptops You Can Get This Month (May 2018)

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It’s actually been a while since I made posts about laptops so I’ll make it up to you by writing this post. Most of us use our mobile devices for almost all the tasks we need to do – send an email , upload a document,etc. but there are still features that laptop’s have that aren’t available on our smartphones yet.

Here are the best laptops I think you should check out

#1 HP Spectre x360


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The design of this computer is definitely amazing. I’m certain if you search for the best designed laptops in the world, this pc would definitely make the top of the lists with its sleek and minimal design. Of course it comes along with great hardware iinside. The 360-degree rotatable display attached to it further makes it convenient for you to use this device anywhere around in any situation.

Spec Sheet

  • CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200 (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 (1600Mhz)
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 FHD Radiance LED-backlit touchscreen
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Ports: 3x USB 3.0; HDMI, mini DisplayPort, headphone/microphone combo
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 combo
  • Camera: HP TrueVision Full HD WVA Webcam (front-facing); Integrated dual digital microphones
  • Weight: 3.26 pounds
  • Size: 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.63 inches (W x D x H)

#2 Dell XPS 13

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If you are looking for a high end or top-notch device that could do you even the most complex tasks with complete ease this is definitely one of the best. You’ll be shocked at what Dell has to offer for you inside this package.

Spec sheet

  • CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 (1,866MHz)
  • Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) InfinityEdge touch display
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 w/PowerShare, 1 x USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3, SD card reader, headset jack
  • Connectivity: DW1820A 2×2 802.11ac 2.4/5GHz; Bluetooth 4.1
  • Camera: 720p widescreen HD webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • Weight: 2.93 pounds (1.32kg)
  • Size: 11.97 x 7.87 x 0.35 – 0.59 inches (W x D x H) (30.4 x 19.9 x 0.89-1.5mm)

#3 HP Envy 14-joo8tx

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Coming to laptop’s I’m not a huge fan of HP and Apple products. Nevertheless, those two companies make really great computers .This is another great laptop from  HP, built with same passion but HP compromised on the specs in order to reduce the cost, However it can definitely beat any other laptop in a similar price rangewhen it comes to performance.This current gen HP Envy 14 – J008TX is the direct successor to last year’s HP Envy k102tx. The latest refresh brings a more power efficient 5th Gen processor from Intel, Nvidia 900 series GPU, 12GB of RAM and more


#4 Apple MacBook Air 13


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Like I said , I’m not a big fan of Apple products .However the Macbook 13 Air kind of makes sense. It’ll definitely work well for you if you’re looking to have a taste of what it feels like using a non-windows computer.

Specs

CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-7267U (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.5GHz)
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
RAM: 8GB (2,133MHz LPDDR3)
Screen: 13.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina LED display (IPS, 500 nits brightness, wide color P3 gamut)
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe 3.0)
Ports: 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), headphone/mic jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37kg)
Size: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.49cm; W x D x H)

#5 Asus UX305LA-FB055T


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Asus are definitely among the companies that produce the finest laptops in the world from small parts of the computer devices like  the RAM modules to the large parts like the motherboards, processors etc, Asus is a top-rated manufacturer in each category.

CPU: Intel Core i7 5th Gen
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Display: 13.3
Graphic: Intel HD Graphics
Battery: 6-cell lithium ion

#6 Asus X555LJ XX132H


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This is for you if you just do moderate tasks on your laptop. It has a  large display and the good battery life is actually one of the selling points of this device.Asus X555LJ-XX132H is a stylish and powerful Mainstream Laptop and is powered by dual core clocked at a speed of 2.2 Ghz upto 2.7 Ghz and sports a 15.6 inch HD LED Backlit Display that comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels,so the picture quality is crisp and detailed.The screen size is big enough for an enriching gaming, surfing and video watching experience.On the memory front, the laptop is equipped with a hard drive of 1 TB and a 4 DDR3 RAM,thereby making it possible to store ample amount of data.All the above features ensure that you breeze through all your tasks throughout the day.The connectivity options available on the device are WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0,1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA.It supports an optical Drive, comes with Built in HD Webcam, Multi media card reader.It is loaded with Stereo Speakers and Sonic Master for a great audio experience. –

#7 Lenovo Z51-70


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Lenovo focuses on making devices that not only assist you with moderate/ heavy tasks etc but also fit into your budget. It means that you can get devices with high specs from Lenovo at a much cheaper price .ProcessorIntel Core i5-5200U
Graphics adapterAMD Radeon R9 M375 – 2048 MB, Core: 1015 MHz, Memory: 2200 MHz, DDR3, 14.502.1002.1003, AMD Enduro
Memory8192 MB
, DDR3, 1600 MHz, single-channel, 2 memory banks, 1 filled
Display15.6 inch 16:9, 1920×1080 pixel, Chi Mei CMN15C4, TN LED, glossy: no
MainboardIntel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
StorageSamsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP, 256 GB
Weight2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 339 g ( = 11.96 oz / 0.75 pounds)



#8 Lenovo Yoga 500


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Foldable laptops are extremely flexible .With its 360 degrees screen type , you’re definitely going to love it. Also this laptop is also filled with tons of amazing hardware as well.

OS: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (Win 8.1 models upgradeable to Windows 10)
Processor: 5th Gen Intel Core i Processor
GPU: Intel HD Graphics, up to NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
Memory: from 4GB RAM, up to 8GB RAM
Colours: Black
Dimension: 340 x 235 x 21.5 mm (14-inch), 385 x 255 x 22.2 mm (15.6-inch)
Weight: 1.8 kg (14-inch), 2.1 kg (15.6-inch)

#9. Asus UX305FA

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I call this small but mighty. It looks small but its a giant when it comes to productivity, this small laptop has incredible powers hidden inside the case. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to big laptops and also want to the same specs  you should definitely go for it..

  • Processor. Intel® Core™ M 5Y10 Processor, …
  • Operating System. Windows 10 Home. …
  • Chipset. Integrated Intel® CPU.
  • Memory. LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 4 GB, up to 8 GB.
  • Display. 13.3″ Auto IPS FHD (1920×1080)/IPS QHD+(3200 x 1800)
  • Graphic. Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 5300.
  • Storage. – 128GB SSD. …
  • Card Reader. 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC)

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 12 Global version for users: Here are the top five features

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Xiaomi on Tuesday announced the global version of it’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12 in an online event.

The update which has been available for sometime now for the Chinese market packs an increased focus on UI aesthetics some productivity-improving multi-tasking features, and an all-around update on some minor tweaks and privacy fixes.

The Chinese OEM promise MIUI 12 will start rolling out to its flagship devices, the Mi, Redmi and Poco smartphones from the end of June with it’s older devices as old as the Redmi 5 also getting a fair share from the Pandora’s box.

Xiaomi MIUI 12 Global version

Beta builds of the custom Android skin is expected to be available from next week.

The event however did not touch upon availability for the Nigerian market specifically though Xaomi’s assurance that MIUI 12 is a product of a decade’s worth of research and innovation and the latest version going big on design, privacy and multi-tasking…

We definitely cannot wait to have it on our big screens down here…

Here are the top five features and very credible reasons why you should be hitting that update button ASAP—

1. Animation Render Engines

Xiaomi MIUI 12 physics engine

MIUI 12 has restructured animation rendering with a new physics engine for Xiaomi devices.

The new animation framework called Light Cone Animation Framework adds real-time gaussian blur to the background with varying degrees of blurring. The same rendering engine also introduces dynamically rounded corners that changes as you click on an icon to when the app opens.

The Physics Engine delivers tangible feedback to UI actions, whether you are pulling an app from a corner, or tapping on an icon upfront or tilting it to the corner. The opening animation of apps also happens with a 3D touch making it look like it pops out of the screen.

The weather app is also updated to show weather elements on the screen. Icons also got a big upgrade with the inclusion of layers. You will now see elements in the icons change shape with the passage of time.

There’s also a new iOS-like Control Center that gives you control over frequently used settings. It’s basically a redesign of the quick access bar in the notification shade.

Animations are present everywhere accross the interface with the Settings app not left out. The About Phone section will visualise information like storage space. Clicking on it will give an even more visual breakup of what’s eating your space.

2. Permission Notification

Permission notification on MIUI 12

This is unarguably the pick of the bunch practically…

Xiaomi promise MIUI 12 will finally notify users of background behaviour.

When critical components of your smartphone like the microphone, camera and others are used, you will see a sticky notification informing in the status bar.

There’s now the option to let apps use location services only when the app is running in the foreground, and these settings are available for seven critical scenarios including contacts, camera, microphone, storage, calendar, location and contacts.

MIUI 12 will also provide an option to keep details like a location from being shared when you are sharing a photo, however this is turned on by default.

3. Super Wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 with NASA wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 also packs amazing preinstalled wallpapers this time courtesy of NASA to let you tour plants from your phone screen.

Called Super Wallpapers, they animate the home screen, lock screen as well as the Always-On display offering a detailed peek into a planet’s geography.

What something extra, you can even see the planets change from day to night as the sun sets.

4. Floating Windows

Xiaomi floating windows on MIUI 12

Also announced is floating windows – a MIUI feature that allows you to interact real-time with applications still brunning in the foreground.

Not basically you default Android split screen tech…

According to the demo, you can even make a game float on the main screen while it’s loading, allow quick replies to messages from within another app like Instagram or keep a video in a floating window while you do a quick Google search.

The window can be enlarged to enter the app in full screen or kept minimised in the corner.

Notably, the floating windows aren’t bubble-shaped like we see with Facebook Messenger and the likes. Instead, it forms a small rectangular window in the corner and may cover part of the app you’re on.

I think we’ve been here before…

5. Universal Casting

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Xiaomi also announced that you can cast just about anything from your phone — Videos, games, docs, apps and more to TV’s and displays that support Miracast.

Furthermore, private messages you receive while casting the screen will not be shown on the big screen. You can also exit the cast screen from your phone and go somewhere else, and it won’t impact the casting process.

Pretty cool privacy stuff right?

So, if you’re a Mi fan (technically any Xiaomi user), just know MIUI 12 first rolls out to the big boys – includes the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro for the first batch.

In round 2, a lot more devices will receive the update which includes but not limited to the —

Redmi Note 7 Pro
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Redmi Note 9
Poco F1
Mi 10 Pro
Poco F2 Pro
Poco X2
Redmi Y2
Redmi Note 6 Pro, and more.

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What Facebook’s $400M Giphy deal means for Gif and it’s users

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Facebook on the 15th of May sealed the acquisition of Giphy, a popular GIF bank site , for a reported price of USD 400 million with futurist plans to integrate it’s massive GIF library into Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

On any other day, this would call for some champagne and wine toast but those might have to be put on ice just yet.

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There are host of other apps and services which are direct Facebook competitors that rely on Giphy’s API for supplying Gifs on their platforms, including Twitter, Pinterest, Slack and more.

What does this mean for them? How about the creators? Is there a way they could come to a truce? What is Facebook going to do with 700million Giphy users?

Or better still put, Facebook’s terms for usage could now really kick them out without kicking ’em out…

Here’s how the problem might possibly set off

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With the new change, some of the other popular apps that rely on Giphy to let users share and post GIFs, including Apple’s iMessage, TikTok and Twitter, might not want to have a Facebook-owned platform integrated with their products moving forward.

Besides not wanting to rely on major competitors, Facebook has had issues with privacy and
reliability.

You don’t want to get your hands dirty with a Cambridge Anytica-kindof issues right…

Vishal Shah, Instagram’s VP of product already confirmed “People will still be able to upload GIFs; developers and API partners will continue to have the same access to Giphy’s APIs; and Giphy’s creative community will still be able to create great content,” but it’s only a case of when not if the vote of assurance really has an endpoint.

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Some companies are already closing the door

It’s quite obvious Twitter and Facebook has had a long rivalry for a while now.

For example, Instagram cut off Twitter’s ability to display its photos inside of tweets back in 2012, so sticking with Giphy might not even be in the cards for the social media app.

Besides Giphy, Twitter also relies on Tenor for GIFS. There could be a possibility that they could rely on that instead of Giphy.
Other apps like iMessage, Snapchat, TikTok, Tinder, Pinterest, Reddit and Trello hasn’t yet made statements regarding plans to change how they work with the GIF site.

However, apps like TikTok and Tinder offer the option to log in with your Facebook account so they might not be too concerned about Facebook’s acquisition.

Moving forward…

GIPHY for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Let’s be honest, ever since the
coronavirus outbreak, many OEMs have been on the lookout for any clear strategy to knock competitors off there peach.

Now social channels like Twitter, telegram and even Snapchat could drop support for the service at any moment after Facebook’s acquisition.

Besides not wanting to rely on a major competitor, Facebook has had issues with privacy and
reliability right from the off to the Cambridge Analytica issue .

The implications are very much evident but, who knows, this might be Facebook’s biggest win in 2020 yet or just one of those that gets thrown in the trashcan.

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