Due to the lockdown caused by the pandemic and the resulting increase in demand, shipments of laptops in 2021 reached an all-time high of 240 million units, according to TrendForce data. Now, with vaccinations and a decrease in the number of employees working remotely, the corresponding demand caused by the pandemic is expected to gradually weaken. Thus, this year the volume of shipments will decrease by 3.3%, to 238 million units. Chromebooks will account for approximately 12.3% of shipments, up from approximately 15.2% in 2021. Supply dynamics have slowed significantly, indicating a decline in demand driven by the transition to remote work and training.
At the same time, the gradual return of European and American companies to work in offices, which caused a wave of equipment replacement, led to an increase in demand for laptops in the corporate segment. As a result, notebook shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 reached their highest level of the year, at 64.6 million units. In addition, due to severe chip shortages, order fulfillment will continue into the current quarter, so the usual off-season downturn is expected to be short. Compared to an average quarterly decline of 15% in previous years, it is expected to be no more than 10% this year.
Apple sharply reduced the cost of Android smartphones, as well as iPads and MacBooks through the trade-in program
Apple has drastically reduced the estimated cost of Android smartphones that are accepted under the trade-in program in exchange for new iPhones. Not only that, Apple has also reduced the cost of several older iPads and MacBooks.
On Apple’s official website, Apple lists the maximum amount a buyer can get for their used device. This price may be lower, it all depends on the specific condition of the device.
The maximum value of Android devices that are accepted under the trade-in program:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – $260 (was $325)
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – $325 (~$435)
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ – $205 (~$275)
- Samsung Galaxy S20 – $150 ($205)
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ – $170 ($185)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 – $150 ($160)
- Samsung Galaxy S10e – $120 ($130)
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ – $80 ($95)
- Samsung Galaxy S9 – $65 ($75)
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ – $60 (no change)
- Samsung Galaxy S8 – $50 (no change)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – $405 ($545)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – $285 ($385)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – $175 ($235)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – $120 ($130)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $45 ($65)
- Google Pixel 5 – $235 ($315)
- Google Pixel 4 – $110 ($150)
- Google Pixel 4a – $120 ($160)
- Google Pixel 4 XL – $135 ($180)
- Google Pixel 3 XL – $50 ($70)
- Google Pixel 3 – $45 ($55)
- Google Pixel 3a – $50 (no change)
- Google Pixel 3a XL – $50 ($55)
iPad and MacBook price:
- iPad – $200 ($205)
- iPad Air – $335 ($345)
- MacBook Air – $530 ($550)
- MacBook Pro – $1,415 ($1,630)
- MacBook (discontinued) – $325 ($340)
- iMac – $1,260 ($1,320)
- Mac mini – $740 ($800)
Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air Super Light and Thin Laptop Launched
At the Realme GT2 series launch event, the brand also announced a new laptop called the Realme Book Enhanced Edition. The novelties went on sale on January 7, and today the Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air laptop was announced.
Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air is almost a complete copy of Realme Book Enhanced Edition except for two differences. The display frame in the new variant is made of glass, not plastic, as in Realme Book Enhanced Edition. In addition, the new model is slightly lighter: 1.37 kg versus 1.47 kg.
Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air with 16GB LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD costs $740. Customers who pre-order a computer will receive a discount of approximately $50. Sales will start on January 21st.
Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air is 14.9mm thick and features a 14-inch 2K 3:2 aspect ratio LCD with 100% sRGB color gamut and 400cd/m brightness2. It features an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11320H liquid-cooled processor and runs Microsoft Windows 11.
The laptop offers WiFi 6, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4, another USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2), USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. He also received a backlit keyboard, two stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner, ColorOS PC Connect and a 54 Wh battery. 65-watt charging allows you to charge the device from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes.
A stranger can access another smartphone or laptop without approaching it
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new attack technique. It allows hackers to extract user passwords using the Bluetooth component in order to manipulate traffic on a Wi-Fi chip. Indeed, according to a group of researchers in computer security of mobile networks from the universities of Darmstadt and Brescia, the coordination of wireless transmissions constitutes a attack surface.
To gain access to a mobile, the hacker must penetrate directly in the operating system of it. Which usually involves contact with the device. But this is no longer necessarily the case, thanks to the wireless chips that allow the system to be bypassed.
With this attack technique, the hacker can access all data of a stranger. He could then use it against the victim.
How is it possible ?
By leveraging the same mechanisms they typically use such as transmitting antennas and wireless support, chips bypass systems security to gain access to the devices. Manufacturers use the principle of coexistence to allow Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to work simultaneously.
The coexistence is thus a mechanism in which Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology share the same components and resources. It helps to avoid interference when they operate on the same frequency.
Although this principle is unique to high-frequency spectrum sharing, it also presents a side-channel risk. This channel allows a malicious person to steal information on other mobiles supported by the combo chip.
This category of vulnerability is called Spectra and relies on the fact that the transmissions take place in the same spectrum. Since the chips have to arbitrate channel access, this breaks the Wi-Fi Bluetooth separation which leads to denial of service. What follows is spectrum access, information disclosure and lateral escalations from a hacker’s Bluetooth chip.
Additionally, researchers have found that it is possible for an attacker who has control of the Wi-Fi core toobserve bluetooth packets which allow him to reconstitute the texts entered using the keyboard. This can be a password or even bank account details.
The first attack scenarios have been reported to vendors since 2019. Nevertheless, to date, the coexistence flaws are still unpatched.
How to protect against these attacks?
To be protected from such wireless attacks, it is recommended to disable all unnecessary Bluetooth pairings. It is also imperative to remove unused Wi-Fi networks and especially to avoid public networks.
There is also software available for free on PlayStore or for sale on sites like ventedesite.com. These are the best way to protect against cybercriminals. Once these precautions are taken, users can feel safe.
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