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25
Sep

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

6
Sep

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.

5
Sep

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.

4
Sep

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.

3
Sep

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.

3
Sep

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.

2
Sep

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.

1
Sep

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.

31
Aug

Acer reveals ‘Pawbo’ pet accessories


Acer is branching into pet accessories with a recent acquisition called Pawbo, and has revealed at IFA 2016 that it’ll soon release a bunch of dog- and cat-centric products. The first one, the Pawbo+ interactive pet camera, lets you keep an eye on or even chat with with Fluffy or Bowser, in case they’re traumatized by your absence. Equipped with a microphone and speaker, it lets you see them and carry on a two-way “conversation.”

You can capture images of your pet and share them on social media, of course. If your l’il pal isn’t being animated enough for a decent Instagram, you can dispense a treat using the device or get his attention via a manually or automatically controlled laser pointer. Thanks to a party chat feature, up to eight friends at once can see Rex, tell him he’s a good boy and control the accessories. The Pawbo+ is now on pre-order for $169, and is scheduled to arrive in November, 2016.

If Miss Mittensworth is still not amused, Acer will soon launch other accessories that can be controlled by the Pawbo+. A couple are activity toys: The Punch is an adorable pop-up “whack-a-mole” game, while the Catch whirls around a bird-like toy that your cat can try to nab. The Munch, meanwhile, is a separate treat dispenser (not a smart feeder), in case you have multiple pets. Finally, if you want to record a Pawbo+ video in a dark room (without scaring the bejesus out of Fido), there’s Flash, a lighting system with infrared LEDs that are somehow controlled by the “ears.”

As mentioned, the Pawbo+ is now up for pre-order, and we should know more about the availability of the Punch, Flash and other accessories soon. All told, it looks like Acer is creating quite the pet ecosystem for really avid animal owners.

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

31
Aug

Acer’s latest PCs include the first curved screen laptop


You no longer have to stick to your desk to enjoy a flashy curved display. Acer is unveiling flood of new laptops at Germany’s IFA show, and the highlight by far is the Predator 21 X — according to Acer, the world’s first curved screen laptop. As the name suggests, opening up this gigantic gaming portable reveals a 21-inch curved, ultra-wide display that promises more immersion than you’re used to with portable gaming. It ‘only’ touts a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution, but NVIDIA G-Sync support should give you smoother, game-friendly output.

That’s not the only party trick, either. It includes Tobii eye tracking to help you aim and look around paths, a 4.2-channel audio system, and a full-size illuminated keyboard with both Cherry MX mechanical switches (for improved feel) and a trackpad hidden under the number pad. The system is a performance beast, too, between its 7th-generation Core processors and dual GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. Acer hasn’t said how much the Predator 21 X will cost. This rig won’t ship until sometime in the first quarter of 2017, however, so you’ll at least have some time to save up.

Acer Swift 7

There’s more. Acer is unveiling a new Swift line of thin-and-light laptops, led by the 13.3-inch Swift 7 you see above. It’s reportedly the world’s thinnest laptop at just 0.39 inches thick — take that, LG. Between that and its 2.5-pound weight, you might not notice it in your bag. It’s even reasonably powerful between its 7th-gen Core i5, 256GB SSD, 9-hour claimed battery life and dual USB-C 3.1 ports. There’s even a high dynamic range webcam to bring out more color and details in video chats. It’ll sell for $999 when it ships in October. The lower-end Swift 1, 3 and 5 models all tout 14-inch screens, thicker bodies and and slower processors. They’ll arrive between October and November, with respective prices starting at $249, $499 and $749.

Acer Spin 7

And no, Acer hasn’t forgotten about the hybrid PC crowd. It’s launching four Spin laptops with “360-degree” hinges that, like many rivals, turn your computer into an impromptu tablet, presentation monitor or tent display. The Spin 7 you see here is the portability champ of the bunch through its 14-inch screen (in a 13-inch aluminum chassis), 0.43-inch thickness, 7th-gen Core i7, 8GB of maximum RAM and 256GB SSD. The remaining Spin 1, Spin 3 and Spin 5 systems aren’t always steps down, though. While the Spin 1 is an entry-level model with 11.6- and 13.3-inch screens, the Spin 3 carries a larger 15.6-inch screen and two storage drives; opt for the 13.3-inch Spin 5 and you get more RAM (up to 16GB), up to a 512GB SSD and support for an optional pen.

Just when you can get the Spin series varies. The 3, 5 and 7 will all show up in October, with beginning prices of $499, $599 and $1,199. You’ll have to wait until December to get the Spin 1, although its $249 price could be worth your patience.

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

Source: Acer

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