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1
Jul

Acer rolls out a curved, super-wide display with AMD’s gaming tech


Acer's XR341CK curved display

You can get desktop PC displays that are curved, super-wide and gaming-friendly, but all three at once? That’s tricky. Thankfully, Acer thinks it has an answer. The company has just launched the 34-inch XR341CK in the US, giving you a curvy, 21:9 aspect ratio LCD with AMD’s anti-tearing FreeSync tech built-in. So long as you have a fast-enough gaming rig (including newer AMD graphics, if you want FreeSync), you’ll get an extra-immersive canvas for your first-person shooters and racing sims.

You won’t get 4K (this is “just” a 3,440 x 1,440 LCD), but you’ll still find DisplayPort input, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 and a USB 3.0 hub. There’s also a 14W speaker system if the screen takes up the free space you’d normally use for audio gear. This monster monitor will cost $1,099 when it ships in July — no small potatoes, but potentially worth it if you’d otherwise get multiple displays to achieve the same all-encompassing effect.

Filed under: Displays, Gaming, AMD, Acer

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Source: Acer (PRWeb)

23
Jun

Acer Chromebase all-in-one offers solid specs, low price and touch options


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Acer continues pushing forward in the Chrome OS market, with their latest addition truly being a first of a kind. The computer manufacturer announced the Acer Chromebase all-in-one (otherwise known as the DC221HQ) in April, but we were left with many doubts then. Today we are getting all the details, including pricing and availability, which is what we really wanted to know.

It is actually one hell of a Chrome OS computer, so let’s dive right into the details and show you what this gadget is all about.

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  • Chrome OS
  • 21.5-inch 1080p display
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 2 x 3W audio speakers
  • HDMI out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0.
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0

It may not have an Intel Core i5 on board, but the NVIDIA Tegra K1 and Kepler graphics should handle Chrome OS pretty well. It is a super light-weight and fast platform, after all. The real kicker here is something that wasn’t mentioned in the specs above. This PC can be had with an optional touchscreen!

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We are still wondering if this is a form factor people really want, though. Is there really a demand for Chrome OS desktop computers, especially considering one could just dock any Chromebook to a monitor to get the larger screen experience. This is why Chromeboxes and Chromebases haven’t exactly grown at the same rate as Chromebooks.

Will the addition of a touchscreen change this computer’s fate? We can’t say for sure yet, but we did mention price would be a huge factor in this complex equation. To be honest, Acer did strike some rather awesome price points here.

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The non-touch version will go for just $329.99, while the multi-touch iteration will cost $100 more at $429.99. Sadly, you can only get the non-touch version this month (June). You will have to wait until July if you want to really get your fingers all over this all-in-one’s screen.

Really – how many of these will sell? I could see them being great for education, libraries and the occasional casual user, but that’s about it. What we can tell you is that it’s definitely the best of its kind right now, so those looking for a solid Chromebase really should look no further.

Who is buying?!

22
Jun

Acer’s new Chromebase comes with a 21.5-inch Full HD display


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The new Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series could be the device that makes all-in-one desktops with Chrome OS popular. It has a large, sharp display and a processor that keeps the operating system moving along. The Acer Chromebase’s display measures 21.5 inches and has Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Perhaps more valuable than image quality for the Acer Chromebase is the device’s versatility from the adjustable stand, which tilts from 15 to 75 degrees, and ability to mount it to a wall. The latter setup becomes useful when paired with the touch-ready model that costs $429 compared to the base model’s $329. Along with 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor will likely perform well given its history with other Chrome OS devices.

Acer will begin selling its new Chromebase this month in white and black color options.

Hit the break for images and the full press release.

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Industry’s First Chromebase All-in-One Desktop With a Touch Display is Now Available for Customers in the United States

Acer Chromebase all-in-one desktops – simple, secure, space-saving

Editor’s Summary:

  • Acer Chromebase DC221HQ all-in-one (AIO) desktops feature two options; one with 10-point touch technology
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor provides ample power for multi-tasking, even when running heavy workloads
  • The 21.5-inch 1080p Full HD display delivers beautiful image quality and wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees
  • Tiltable stand is adjustable from 15 to 75 degrees and an optional VESA-compatible stand, bracket, arm- or wall-mount makes these systems suitable for use in public areas
  • Fast booting OS, automatic system updates and multiple layers of security support a simple, low maintenance computing experience

SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 22, 2015) Acer America has announced the expansion of its Chrome OS line in the United States to include the Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series. Featuring two models, one with touch and another without, both Acer Chromebase configurations are ideal for customers wanting simplicity, security and speed in an affordable and space-saving form factor.

These all-in-one desktops with a 21.5-inch display round out Acer’s Chrome OS offering, which already includes Chromebooks and Chromebox compact desktops. Furthering Acer’s leadership in

the Chrome OS market, the touch-enabled model is the industry’s first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with a touch display.(1) Acer launched the first 15.6-inch display Chromebook earlier this year and also offers the fastest-performing commercial Chromebook.(2) According to Gartner, Acer is the world’s leading Chromebook brand with more than 36% market share in 2014.(3)

Space Saving

The Acer Chromebase was designed for space-constrained areas such as call centers, financial bullpens, libraries, reception areas, kiosks and homes that need to leverage the ease and security of the Chrome OS ecosystem and want the benefits of the extra viewing area provided by the 21.5-inch display. This form factor provides multiple viewing options when mounted to a VESA-compatible stand, bracket, arm or wall mount suitable for search and navigation use in public areas.

The Acer Chromebase is ideal for customers wanting to leverage the speed and simplicity of the Chrome OS,” said Simon Chen, Acer America senior business manager. We’re confident customers will also appreciate the automatic updates and layers of security that make this platform easy to use and hassle-free and at an affordable price.

Speedy

The Acer Chromebase is available with a 10-point multi-touch screen for $429.99 or a non-touch screen for $329.99. Outfitted with an NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 quad-core processor and a 16GB(4) Solid State Drive, both Acer Chromebase configurations are fast, booting up in about 10 seconds and resuming nearly instantly from sleep mode. The models also come with a complimentary 100 gigabytes of Google Drive storage for two years, so users have plenty of space for storing documents, music, movies and photos.

The Chrome OS supports multiple users and accounts, so multiple users can maintain privacy while sharing the same account. In addition, photos, videos, music and documents are synchronized and backed up with the user’s Google account. These AIOs come with 4GB of DDR3 1600Mhz memory and NVIDIA Kepler™ graphics for clear imagery. A built-in HD webcam enables customers to chat face-to-face with co-workers, family and friends on Google Hangouts with superb video quality on the 21.5-inch 1080p Full HD display.

Two 3W audio speakers deliver clear sound and ample connectivity is provided via HDMI out, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless. The systems are quiet even when operating heavy workloads. They’re powered by a 65W AC adapter and come bundled with a white USB keyboard and mouse.

Simple

The Acer Chromebase series is easy to use. After the user signs into Chrome with a Google account, they’re automatically signed into Google services. These devices are outfitted with pre-installed apps, while over 30,000 additional apps, themes and extensions are available on the Chrome Web Store.

Secure

Featuring data encryption and verified boot, layers of security safeguard the Acer Chromebase against online threats, malware and viruses. User and system files are stored on separate partitions that secure data and simplify restoration from a backup. The Chromebase’s TPM 1.2 chip encrypts and protects individual user’s data by generating and storing secure cryptographic keys. In addition, individual accounts keep data safe when the device is used by multiple users.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The Acer Chromebase non-touch model is available this month at leading online retailers for a MSRP of $329.99 with the multi-touch version following in July for a MSRP of $429.99.

The Acer Chromebase line is backed by professional, high-quality technical support and a standard one-year parts and labor warranty,(5) which can be extended to three years with Acer Advantage service. Acer’s online community at community.acer.com provides customers discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions and the opportunity to share ideas for new and enhanced services and products.

About Acer

Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones, and wearables. The company is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer employs 7,000 people and ranks No. 4 for total PCs globally.(6) Revenues for 2014 reached US$10.39 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

© 2015 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all sales channels. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra.

  1. Announced on April 1, 2015

  2. Valid as of March 7th, 2015 for the CoreTM i5 SKUs of Acer Chromebook 15 (consumer model name: CB5-571, commercial/EDU model name: C910). In direct comparison to competing Chromebooks, the CoreTM i5 SKUs of Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 and C910) scored the best result on the following five benchmark tests which are commonly used in the Chromebook segment of the industry for measuring JavaScript engine performance: PeaceKeeper, Octane, Kraken-1.1, RobohornetPro, and SunSpider-1.0. Specification and availability vary depending on model, SKU, and region.

  3. Gartner “Market Share: Devices, All Countries, 4Q14 Update” 13 February 2015

  4. Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)

  5. Limited warranty agreement applies. For a copy, write to Acer Customer Service, P.S. Box 6137, Temple, TX 76503.

  6. IDC FY2014

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19
Jun

Best cheap Android tablets (June 2015)


While high-end devices are generally the stars of the Android world, there is a growing emphasis on quality on a budget, and that’s very visible in the tablet arena.

From companies that are willing to sacrifice profits for the sake of market share, to established players looking to improve their game in the mid-range, several companies have brought to market affordable Android tablets that are actually worth buying. Unfortunately, for every great cheap Android tablet, there are tons of poorly made, clunky, and underpowered slates out there, which can make buying tablets on a budget a pain. We’re here to help.

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If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself, check out our list of best affordable Android tablets. Let’s get started!

Update, June 2015: Joining the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Asus MemoPad 8 on our list, are some new devices like the 10-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10, as well as tablets that have received significant price cut that put them in the range of $200 or below, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Nexus 7 (2013)

Despite being almost two years old, the Nexus 7 (2013) is still one of the best tablets you can buy, and with newer tablets making their way to consumers, the already attractive price tag of the Nexus 7 (2013) is bound to get even better.

The Nexus 7 (2013)’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM is still more than capable of handling all but the most processor-intensive activities. Its display resolution is still the highest you can get in this size category, and most importantly, you get a great software experience, helped along by the guarantee of timely updates, including Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is why the Nexus 7 (2013) opens our list of best cheap Android tablets.

Specs

  • 7-inch LCD IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3,950 mAh
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Buy from Amazon from $182


Asus MeMO Pad 8

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Asus refreshed the affordable Android tablet it first launched last year, bringing to the new MeMO Pad 8 improved specifications and a better overall performance. The new MeMO Pad 8 combines a 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor running at 1.33 GHz and 1GB of RAM. A thin and light design makes this tablet very portable, and a ton of extra goodies worth around $270 makes this a good choice for budget buyers.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1200 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, expandable
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 211.7 x 124.9 x 8.3 mm, 320 grams
  • 3,040 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $179


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

While the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is priced slightly above $200, it’s a difficult device to ignore, given all that it offers for only a slightly higher price tag compared to the other devices on this list of cheap Android tablets. With its very high resolution display, making it a fantastic media-consumption companion, and a processing package that powered flagship devices only a short time ago, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is more than impressive when you consider its price point.

Samsung is known for packing their devices to the hilt with software features, and that is also available here for those that are looking for it. Samsung has refreshed their mid-range tablet portfolio since the release of this device, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 remains one of the best choices of the lot, and not only because of its comparatively cheaper price point.

Specs

  • 8.4-inch Super Clear LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution (359 ppi)
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams
  • 4,800 mAh
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop arriving in Q3 2015)

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Buy from Amazon from $223


Dell Venue 8

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The already budget-friendly Dell Venue 8 saw a significant price cut following the release of its successor, making this one of the cheapest Android tablets currently available. Powered by an Intel processor that is backed by 1 GB of RAM, the specifications of this tablet may not be as impressive as some of the others on this list, but it is still quite a capable performer, with a display resolution that is great for watching videos or gaming. Of course, it is hard to overlook its unbeatable sub-$130 price point, making it a great choice for those on a budget.

Specs

  • 8-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Z3480 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 130 x 216 x 8.95 mm
  • 4,550 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $129


LG G Pad 8 (LGV480)

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Following the success of the LG G Pad 8.3, LG added three new devices to their G Pad tablet line last year, featuring three different display sizes. Falling in the middle of the pack was the LG G Pad 8.0, with its 8-inch display big enough to enjoy gaming and video watching, without being too unwieldy. On the specifications front, the device may not feature a display with a particularly high resolution, but the Snapdragon 400 processor has proven itself to be a very reliable processing package.

This is also one of the few budget-friendly tablets to receive an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, making for a very compelling package overall.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution (189 ppi)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD by up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9 mm, 342 grams
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Buy from Amazon from $169


Acer Iconia Tab 8

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The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is another great option for those looking for a low-cost tablet that offers solid specifications and performance. The device also comes with a premium design and build quality that goes beyond what its price point suggests, a high resolution display, and dual rear speakers that allow for a good audio experience, along with a large battery and the promise of an impressive battery life. Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab 8 is certainly one of the best options when it comes to cheap Android tablets.

Specs

  • 8-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (283 ppi)
  • 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor (1.86 GHz Turbo)
  • Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge) GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,600 mAh battery
  • 215 x 130 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Buy from Amazon from $189


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

The Kindle Fire HDX was another fantastic addition to the popular tablet line from Amazon, offering features and specifications that allow for solid performance and a high resolution display and dual Dolby Digital speakers that makes it a great media-consumption companion. While the software iteration is far removed from the traditional Android experience, this take on Android is ideal to take advantage of the Amazon ecosystem and everything it entails, including games, books, movies, and more. If you’re in the market for a low-cost Android tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX is a great choice for you.

Specs

  • 7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (323 ppi)
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB storage
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • battery allows for battery life up to 11 hours
  • 186 x 128 x 9 mm, 303 grams
  • Fire OS 4

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Buy from Amazon from $179


Lenovo Tab 2 A10

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a lot going for it when compared to the rest of the devices on this list. For starters, this is the only device to be released in 2015, introduced back at MWC this year, while being the only 10-inch tablet in this roundup as well. This is also the first tablets to feature Dolby ATMOS 3D Cinema audio enhancements, which aims to make your audio experience much clearer, while taking advantage of the beautiful, large Full HD display. Performance is impressively smooth, and while mobile photography isn’t a key feature when it comes to tablets, this device does offer a solid camera experience. If you’re looking for a large-screen tablet experience on a budget, look no further than the Lenovo Tab 2 A10.

Specs

  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (218 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8165 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 7,000 mAh battery
  • 247 x 171 x 8.9 mm, 509 grams
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat (planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the end of June)

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Buy from Amazon from $199


And there you have it – our list of the nicest affordable tablets on the market right now! We’ll be keeping this post updated, so be sure to check back. You can’t really go wrong with any of the tablets listed above. Let us know what you think are the best cheap Android tablets!

6
Jun

Android’s deviant identities


Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) rolled out in 2007 with the goal of creating a unified framework for mobile operating systems and, in turn, expediting the development of mobile products. The core of the code was open to everyone, but to help guarantee quality products — and promote its own services in the face of Apple’s iOS — Google also organized the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Companies who pledged allegiance to this group effectively committed to certain standards of quality for any resultant Android hardware and software. Membership in the OHA, however, is not a requirement for AOSP and so numerous forked (read: compatible and non-compatible) versions, like Amazon’s Fire OS, have been developed over the years. We’ve pinpointed just a few of these to highlight the vibrant — and often political — undercurrent of Android’s alternate identities.

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have: the forks of Android life.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Google, Amazon, Acer

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4
Jun

Inside Taipei’s huge tech wonderland of a mall


Taipei isn’t really lacking in gadget shopping options, but, even so, the recently launched Syntrend Creative Park is noteworthy. A joint project between electronics supplier Hon Hai and Taipei’s government, Syntrend is a massive 12-story tech-focused mall covering more than two acres. And it’s got plenty of notable tenants, including storefronts from Intel, Samsung, Sony, Asus and Lenovo. For the most part, it’s a place for you to relax and check out new gear. Imagine an Apple Store-like experience for dozens of tech brands across a high-end mall, and you’ll get the idea. Now that we’ve pretty much seen all there is at Computex, we took a stroll through Syntrend to see if it really deserves to be likened to Tokyo’s Akihabara district.

After spending an entire morning at the mall, I came away mostly impressed. it was surprisingly barren (then again, I visited during a weekday morning), and there are plenty of small stores that just sell phone cases and accessories. But it was nice to be able to go to a single spot to see tech offerings from plenty of companies. There are also cafes and interactive exhibits throughout Syntrend, as well as an entire floor dedicated to activities for kids. It’s something that both nerds and families could turn into a day-long trip.

While only seven of the mall’s 12 floors were open when I stopped by, there was still more than enough to check out. All of the floors have different themes: the first, “Look,” includes Intel’s Concept store and a stylish HTC store, while the fifth floor, “Listen,” is devoted to audio gear. It’s kind of kitschy, but it was a nice way to conceive of everything happening in the mall.

Filed under: Misc, Samsung, Sony, HTC, ASUS, Intel, Acer, Lenovo, Canon

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3
Jun

Tim Cook says privacy is a fundamental, moral right


It should surprise no one that, while being honored as a champion of privacy, Tim Cook threw shade at Google for its attitude toward its customer data. As TechCrunch reports, Apple’s CEO was speaking at a Washington-based civil liberties non profit and said that his company believed that people had a “fundamental right to privacy.” He went on to say that “the American people demand it, the constitution demands it and morality demands it.” It’s a song that the executive has played several times before, expressing distaste for companies who seek to monetize a user in ways other than to sell them expensive gadgets.

Cook then called out a nameless product that mines your “family photos” to be “sold off for god knows what advertising purpose.” Which, if you weren’t aware, is probably a heavy-handed swipe at Google’s recently (re)launched Photos offering that uses plenty of algorithmic secret-sauce behind the scenes. The topic then moved onto the subject of Government backdoors to smartphone encryption, which the CEO described as “incredibly dangerous.” As far as he’s concerned, “the contents of [their] text messages and [their] video chats is none of our business.”

With Apple’s own annual developers conference kicking off in under a week, we can expect a few more barbs along this subject, and maybe even some improved security features in iOS. Of course, now the ball is firmly in Google’s court to refute the idea that they’re somehow asset-stripping pictures of your nephews for a fast buck.

Filed under: Internet, Software, Google, Acer

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Source: TechCrunch

3
Jun

Dell’s latest thin-bezel laptop fronts a wave of new Windows 10 devices


After Microsoft recapped all of the major themes from the Build conference at its Computex keynote today, it tried another tactic to promote Windows 10: showing off sexy new devices. Microsoft corporate vice president Nick Parker revealed for the first time a 15-inch version of Dell’s XPS with its nearly bezel-less screen; an all-in-one from Acer; a convertible Toshiba notebook; and a mysterious HP tablet. Unfortunately, HP whisked away that new tablet before we could take any photos, but it appeared to work with some sort of keyboard cover. Details on practically all of these devices are nil for now, but we’ve gotten in touch with all of the respective companies for more. For now, ogle at the pics.

Filed under: Laptops, Microsoft, Dell, Acer

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2
Jun

Acer’s smart diaper is the crappiest demo at Computex


Acer DiaperPie powerd by Intel Edison

Ever since the introduction of the Edison, Intel’s been actively pitching this tiny computer module to makers by way of workshops and hackathons. At Computex, the chip giant took the opportunity to show off the latest round of hacks based on its $50 kit, and we were amused by one particular demo: the DiaperPie*, a smart diaper solution created by four Acer engineers. The module — which will be the size of a coin if Acer commercializes it — sits inside a regular diaper and is able to monitor a baby’s temperature plus sleeping posture, as well as detecting the presence of pee (moisture) and poo (methane) in the diaper. The data is logged on both the app (via Bluetooth LE) and the cloud, and if the baby needs attention, you’ll get a notification. Given that we haven’t heard much about the previous smart diaper attempt, it’d be cool to see Acer realizing this project.

*Ted plush not included.

Filed under: Wearables, Intel, Acer

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2
Jun

The Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet uses Intel’s new Atom x7 and rocks four speakers




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Gaming tablets are somewhat of a rarity in the Android world – NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet does seem quite lonely sometimes – but it seems there is another challenger. Announced today at Computex 2015, the Acer Predator 8 is a mean, lean, gaming machine and to help it in its plight for ultimate gaming glory, it rocks the new Intel Atom x7 processor and has four front-facing speakers. Yes, four.

In case you were wondering, the Atom x7 is the same processor that comes in some of the new Windows Surface 3 tablets, which means this tablet has decent gaming chops, for an Android device at least. Furthermore, it just looks like a badass tablet with its sharp edges and angry colours, which again, is another rarity in the Android world. Despite all this, the Predator 8 is still going to be a bit of a niche product, but it’s good to see more of these devices emerging to give Android gamers an option should they want one. Unfortunately we don’t have much in the way of details just yet, but hopefully we will in the near future.


What do you think of the Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: PC World, engadget

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