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IMAX is raising $50 million to create high-quality VR

If IMAX is going to get serious about virtual reality, it’s going to need some cash… thankfully, it’s not having trouble on that front. The media mainstay has wrapped up the first phase of an effort to raise $50 million for creating “at least” 25 premium VR experiences across numerous platforms, including dedicated IMAX VR locations. On top of its own contribution, some of the bigger investors include Acer (not surprising given its link to IMAX partner Starbreeze), the talent seekers at Creative Artists Agency and a trio of Chinese media companies (China Media Capital, Enlight Media and Studio City).

That’s a lot to invest in technology that’s still young, but it’s not shocking. IMAX is already in the midst of introducing experimental IMAX VR centers at theaters in the US and UK. The company is going to need a lot of content for those VR centers if they take off — having over two dozen high-quality experiences could keep you entertained for a while after the novelty wears off.

Via: Gamasutra

Source: PR Newswire


Acer’s new Chromebook 15 is cheap but compromised

Chromebooks have long had a reputation for being cheap, compromised machines, but things have changed in the last few years. You can now spend hundreds of dollars to get a Chromebook with better design and specs, but there are still plenty of bargain basement options as well. Acer’s new Chromebook 15 falls in the latter category, without a doubt.

The $199 Chromebook 15 replaces last year’s model, which started at the same price point. Given the extremely low cost, there are a bunch of compromises on board worth noting. First up is the screen: Acer claims its 15.6-inch display “[gives] customers additional real estate to view multiple tabs and apps.” That’s a claim we’re going to have to take issue with: the 1366 x 768 resolution is the same as you’ll typically find on 11-inch laptops. Yes, things will be a lot bigger, which might be useful for some buyers, but there won’t be more room to do anything on this screen.

Also, the new Chromebook 15 only comes with 2GB of RAM — it’s almost 2017 and we cannot recommend buying a laptop with that amount of RAM, particularly if you can’t upgrade it. Acer didn’t say whether or not it would sell upgraded models of this computer, but last year you could pick up a model with 4GB of RAM and a full 1080p screen for an extra $80. That’s money well spent.

The new Chromebook 15 does have some things going for it, like a claimed 12-hour battery life. Of course, such a large machine is generally better suited as an “around the house” computer rather than something you’ll use on-the-go, a long way away from power. But it’s also a bit smaller and lighter than last year’s model, which was a boat anchor compared to just about every other Chromebook on the market.

Much as we said when we checked out Acer’s first Chromebook 15, we’re just not quite convinced this is a computer that makes much sense for a lot of people, unless you really value sheer screen size over everything else. Of course, the price is also quite low, so if you just need a cheap laptop, Acer’s new Chromebook 15 should fit the bill.


Chromebooks now have an easy time running Android apps

You no longer have to be an early adopter to run Android apps on a Chromebook. Google has released a stable version of Chrome OS that includes Google Play Store access in beta, giving you the opportunity to run mobile apps on top of your usual web access. You’ll have to own an Acer Chromebook R11 or an ASUS Chromebook Flip to give this update a shot, but it beats having to run a Chrome OS beta just to see what all the fuss is about.

It’s not certain which systems are coming next, although we’d expect the late Chromebook Pixel 2 to be next in line given that it’s the only one listed as supporting Android apps in beta Chrome OS releases. Almost all other compatible devices (including machines from HP, Lenovo and Samsung) are still waiting for their turn. But hey, it’s a step in the right direction — you’re that much closer to running your favorite phone apps from the comfort of your PC.

Via: Android Police

Source: Chrome Releases, The Chromium Projects


The best of the rest at IFA 2016

Now that we’ve said goodbye to IFA 2016, it’s time to bring you highlights of the most interesting devices at the event. In this particular edition, you’ll find some that aren’t smartphones or wearables. We’re talking virtual reality massage chairs, fridges with built-in tablets, as well as adorable robots and drones. Acer’s ridiculous 21-inch gaming laptop is there too, along with its new convertible Chromebook. But that’s just part of it, so check out the slideshow and think about which items you want the most.

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.


Acer’s 21-inch ‘laptop’ gives ridiculous a new name

Acer’s made gaming laptops before, but none of them are quite like this. The behemoth you see here is the Predator 21X, which is the most redonkulous notebook I’ve seen in my life. The term desktop replacement is quite literal here, as it has a massive 21-inch curved display. Indeed, it’s apparently the world’s first laptop to have such a distinction. And if that isn’t ridiculous enough, it actually has two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards with SLI under the hood. Two.

Acer Predator laptop Hands-on

I checked it out here at IFA and it looks even bigger in person, if you can believe that. It is simply massive. An Acer spokesperson even told us it weighs a whopping 8 kg (17.7 pounds). Still, that giant screen with its 2,560 x 1,080 resolution does do a lot to immerse you in gameplay, and I can see it being used to watch movies as well. But the insanity doesn’t stop there. Underneath that massive display is Tobii’s eye-tracking tech, which lets you simply look at an enemy target to aim rather than having to fiddle around with a mouse or keyboard. I had a go at it after a brief tutorial, and I have to admit it was pretty fun to just press a spacebar to fire rather than having to deal with the WASD keys as well.

Speaking of that keyboard, the Predator 21X is equipped with rather gorgeous mechanical one, complete with Cherry MX switches and RGB illumination. It was a joy to type on, and I can see its appeal to those who love the feel of clicky keys. What’s more, the trackpad on the Predator 21X actually transforms into a number keypad — you simply turn it over to go from number puncher to hardcore gamer (and vice versa). It’s a feature we’ve seen before, but it’s still cool to see it here.

The Predator 21X is a giant in specs as well as in size. Along with those two NVIDIA cards, it also has the latest 7th-generation Intel Core processor, a 4.2-channel audio system with Dolby Audio support and 5 system fans, three of which are AeroBlade metal models for even better cooling. There was no specs given regarding battery life, but there’s no way you’d want to leave this without power for long anyway.

Pricing and availability is still yet to be determined, but Acer tells us it should start shipping early next year. Still, we bet something like this will likely cost more than your average gaming rig. Better start saving your pennies now.

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.


Acer’s latest convertible Chromebook is bigger and beefier

In May, Google announced that it would be bringing Android apps to Chrome OS, finally marrying the two operating systems in a way that makes Chromebooks that much more useful (A million-plus more apps!) All of a sudden, convertible Chromebooks sound way more appealing. Acer must’ve thought so too, because it unveiled the Chromebook R13 just a few days ago at IFA. Just like its R11 predecessor, the R13 has a 360-degree hinge that lets it seamlessly transition from Chromebook to Android-esque tablet in no time flat.

As the name suggests, the R13 has a 13.3-inch display. Acer was keen to point out that this is the first ever convertible Chromebook at this size, which is certainly of note if you’re a fan of larger screens. It’s a pretty nice display too, with a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution plus it’s an LED-lit IPS LCD. Measuring 12.83 by 8.98 by 0.61 inches and weighing in at 3.28 pounds, it won’t weigh down your backpack. That said, when it was flipped over into tablet mode, I had a slight problem holding it due to its weight. This is definitely a tablet that you’d rest on your lap rather than grip it one-handed.

Speaking of tablet mode, I thought the display hinge felt pretty solid as I was turning it around. It was sturdy enough so that I could hold the R13 in a variety of positions; standard laptop mode, tent mode, presentation mode and of course as a flat tablet. I thought the touchscreen felt pretty responsive too, though I didn’t have the opportunity to run too many apps on the demo unit at the Acer booth. What I especially enjoyed was the keyboard. The keys have a nice shallow clickiness, which I feel results in super fast travel. I felt like I could touch type pretty fast on this if I wanted to.

As for internals, the R13 has a MediaTek M8173C CorePilot quad-core processor, a HD webcam on the front for those webchats, plus a USB Type-C port on the side. It also has USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and the usual microphone and headset jacks. Storage-wise, it’ll come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB varieties. Prices start at $399 and it’ll be available starting this October. Which is around when the Play Store should arrive on Chromebooks. Great timing, right?

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.


IFA 2016 day one: Battle-worn BB-8 and Acer’s new Chromebook

Even though we’ve been in Berlin for a few days, Friday was actually the first official day of IFA 2016. And, as expected, there’s a lot to see on the show floor. Yesterday, we checked out Sphero’s “Battle-worn” BB-8 and its companion Force Band, a wearable that lets you control the droid with hand gestures. We also took a look at Acer’s new Chromebook R13, a sleek $400 laptop, as well as Withings’ first smartwatch with a heart rate monitor. Much more to come from the event, but for now enjoy our recap of day one.

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.


ICYMI: Sorting crops with artificial intelligence

ICYMI: Automatically sorting crops with artificial intelligence

Today on In Case You Missed It: Google’s Tensor Flow machine learning technology helped create a device to sort through massive amounts of cucumbers at a farm in Japan, sorting the vegetables by quality grade so that humans don’t have to do it manually. Meanwhile, an Australian scientist created an ink that changes colors when exposed to sunlight, which could theoretically help people from getting a sunburn.

We also touched on the new internet-connected pet toy from Acer and rounded up the biggest headlines of the week for you in TL;DR. Be sure to check out IBM Watson’s movie trailer and read about SpaceX’s rocket explosion. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.


IFA 2016 warm-up: Pet treats, smartwatches and more

The IFA 2016 show floor doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, but companies didn’t wait to show off their new products in Berlin. Yesterday, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Samsung announced a myriad of devices, including phones, smartwatches and hybrid laptops. There will be a lot more to see in the coming days, we’re sure of that. For now, here are some highlights from the event’s kick-off keynotes — and yes, of course we talked about the “Pawbo” pet accessories. Because why wouldn’t we?

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.


We’re live from IFA 2016 in Berlin!

Like every year, we are back in Berlin for Europe’s biggest tech trade show, IFA. This year, as we previewed recently, expect to see many new devices from some of the usual suspects: Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and more. We’ve already checked out a number of fresh laptops, smartphones and wearables at the event, but that’s only the beginning since the show floor doesn’t open until Friday. Stay tuned, because there will be plenty of announcements to digest over the next few days. And you never know what kind of weird gadget we might find.

We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show.

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