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Dell launches XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop
Dell has officially introduced a new 2-in-1 version of its highly regarded XPS 13 laptop ahead of CES.
The machine features a 7th generation Kaby Lake Intle Core i5/i7 chip, Intel HD Graphics 615 integrated GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB-1TB SSD, a 720p webcam on the bottom of the display with Windows Hello support, a fingerprint scanner, a 46 watt-hour battery, and a 13.3-inch QHD+ or FHD touchscreen.
Keeping with the XPS style, that display is framed by a thin bezel. The fanless PC offers an SD card slot and two USB-C ports, along with a USB-A to USB-C adapter.
The laptop is thinner than Dell’s 2016 XPS, measuring up at 0.54 inch at its thickest point. The keyboard hasn’t been squished down however with just 0.1mm more keyboard travel on the prior XPS laptop in its 2.7-pound body.
The convertible is available starting at $1000 on Jan. 5.
French workers win right to ignore work emails after hours
French workers have been granted the “right to disconnect” thanks to a new law passed Sunday.
According to Agence France-Presse, the right demands that all business with more than 50 employees negotiate new rules of online engagement with their workers.
Twitter’s China head leaves company
Kathy Chen, Twitter’s managing director in Greater China, has left the company after eight months.
Facebook, Google dominate 2016’s top apps
Apps from Facebook and Google dominated a list of 2016’s top apps released by Nielsen.
Facebook grabbed the number one spot on the list with over 146 million unique users per month and 14 percent growth compared to last year. Facebook’s Messenger (#2) and Instagram (#8) also placed within the top 10. The photocentric social app showed some of the highest year-over-year growth, up 36 percent from 2015.
Messenger had over 129 million average unique monthly users.
However, Google grabbed the most spots on the year-end chart with YouTube (#3), Google Maps (#4), Google Search (#5), Google Play (#6), and Gmail (#7) also ranked within the top 10.
Notably Amazon surged in 2016. According to Nielsen, Amazon’s mobile app saw a 43 percent increase in monthly average uniques compared to 2015.