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Computex 2017: Acer announces Spin 1 notebook and Nitro 5 gaming line with Windows 10

Ahead of Computex, Acer announced new Windows 10 devices for gaming and productivity on-the-go with the new Nitro 5 notebook line for casual gamers and the lightweight Spin 1 for flexible computing and sleek design, all powered by Windows 10. Here’s a closer look at these devices:

Acer debuts all-new Nitro 5 notebook line with Windows 10 for casual gaming

First from the new Acer Nitro family, the Nitro 5 series with Windows 10 provides a balance of powerful features with a sharp and stylish design, as well as a variety of configurations that feature popular graphics and processors to provide a wide selection that meets different budgets and needs.

With Windows 10, these devices also have your personal digital assistant, Cortana*, built-in, are equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12 and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

You can choose from models featuring up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 7th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors. Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology deliver heightened fan speeds and cooling ability, and allows you to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost. Ideal for accelerating boot-up time and shortening in-game loading times, select models come equipped with super-fast PCIe SSDs (up to 512GB) paired with an optional HDD for storage (up to 2TB).

Features of the Nitro 5 series include:

  • Configurations featuring up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics paired with 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, or models with AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors. These models all support up to 32GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory.
  • Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology, which delivers heightened fan speeds and cooling ability
  • A vibrant 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology that provides incredible sound depth. These work in tandem to provide immersive experiences for gaming or watching movies.
  • A Gigabit Ethernet port delivers fast and reliable wired connections, while the 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO wireless technology provides blazing-fast wireless connectivity.
  • A comprehensive selection of ports includes one USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) port, one USB 3.0 port with power-off charging, two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port, which can support up to 90 Hz refresh rates.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Nitro 5 will be available in North America in July starting at $799; in EMEA in August with prices starting at €1,099; and in China in July starting at ¥5,499.

Acer’s new Spin 1 with Windows 10 brings together flexible computing and sleek design


The 11.6-inch convertible Acer Spin 1 features a sleek metal chassis and vibrant Full HD display, built to be lightweight and portable for creatives on-the-go.

With Windows 10, the Spin 1 also arrives with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana,* comprehensive protection with Windows Defender and more. The Spin 1 is fully ready to work with the Acer Active Stylus accessory which enables precise and direct on-screen input, providing a natural pen-on-paper experience. You can quickly turn thoughts into action, capture ideas swiftly and naturally with Windows Ink, markup webpages in Microsoft Edgedraw in the Photos app or add notes to your maps.

Weighing in at just 1.25 kg (2.76 lbs), the 14 mm(0.55-inch)-thin chassis sports the latest Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors, 4 GB DDR3L memory as well as a choice of 32 / 64 / 128 GB eMMC storage. Its crisp 11.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) touch-enabled screen with IPS technology displays vibrant colors at 178-degree viewing angles. Eight hours of battery life allow you to work, play, share, and draw all day with four versatile modes (laptop, display, tablet and tent).

Features of the Acer Spin 1 with Windows 10 include:

  • Fast and reliable wireless connectivity through 802.11ac 2×2 technology, the Spin 1 provides up to three times faster downloads compared to traditional 802.11n 2×2 devices.
  • Acer BluelightShield, which may help to reduce eye strain from prolonged screen viewing.
  • Speakers with Acer TrueHarmony technology are located on both sides of the device.
  • Audio channels that automatically reverse to ensure optimal sound quality in any mode, and are paired with a webcam for video chats.
  • Additional connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.1 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port and one microSD (SDXC) card slot.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Spin 1 will be available in North America in July with prices starting at $329; and in EMEA in July with prices starting at €399.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via acer.com.

*Cortana available in select markets.

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Introducing “Mixer”

Today, we’re excited to announce a big evolution of the interactive live-streaming platform Beam, and reveal a new name for the service: Mixer. We’re also launching several exciting new features that will unlock a whole new world of possibilities for social streaming, as well as a big update for our mobile app.

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The name Mixer represents what we love most about the service: how it brings people together through the core experience fans know and love: the ability to not just watch streams, but to also interact with streamers and play together in near real-time. In other words, Mixer is livestreaming that’s actually LIVE, compared to the traditional 10 – 20 second latency on other platforms. What’s more, viewers can actively participate in what’s happening on screen instead of just watching from the sidelines. With Mixer, you can influence everything from quest selection to tools to movement, mixing it up with your favorite streamers to create a new kind of gaming experience.

Head over here to learn more about all the new features we announced today from fellow co-founder and Mixer engineering lead, Matt Salsamendi. Later this morning, we invite you to join us in celebrating Mixer’s launch with a full day of livestreaming fun, starting at 11 a.m. Pacific Time at mixer.com/mixer! And finally, we invite you to check out Mixer’s interactivity at 9pm PT,  with a fireworks display that the audience creates! Visit www.mixer.com to learn more!

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 Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have released a full report on a new attack vector that affects Android up to version 7.1.2. The exploit, called Cloak & Dagger, uses Android’s design and screen behaviors against users, effectively hiding activity behind various app-generated interface elements that lets a hacker grab screen interactions and hide activity behind… Read More

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Gatwick Airport now has 2,000 beacons for indoor navigation

 Complex indoor environments such as airports and shopping malls can be a nightmare to find your way around. And while Google is eyeing smartphones with 3D sensors as one potential fix for places GPS won’t accurately reach, another approach is to kit out an interior with lots of Bluetooth beacons — giving smartphone users located-locked pings to fix onto to know where they are. Read More

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The main differences between Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin summed up

Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin. These over-the-counter drugs are essential to our daily body pains. But are we really using the right one for a headache? 

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Trump's iPhone only has Twitter installed (AAPL)

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President Donald Trump tweets from an iPhone with only one app installed, Twitter, Axios reporter Mike Allen wrote on Thursday.

Trump’s aides like to keep him busy and limit his screen time, according to the report, so that he doesn’t send out as many controversial and often unedited tweets.

During the campaign last year and in the early days of his presidency, Trump often tweeted from an Android device that was described by The New York Times as “old, unsecured.”

Some security experts at the time suggested that Trump’s Android phone may have been a hacking risk, especially since the specific model shown in photos, a Samsung Galaxy S3, had not received a security update since 2015.

But earlier this spring, Trump switched to an Apple iPhone, officials said. iPhones receive regular security updates and are widely seen as a safer pick than older Android devices.

But it doesn’t sound like Trump has been exploring Apple’s App Store — he’s been sticking to the one app he knows best. 

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The 25 coolest tech companies in Israel

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Israel continues to produce an impressive number of highly successful tech companies for a country with a population of just 9 million people. 

The Middle Eastern country is sometimes referred to as “Startup Nation” thanks to the sheer number of entrepreneurs building businesses there, particularly in cities like Tel Aviv. 

Multinational tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all have research centres in Israel but some of the local companies are arguably more interesting, with many of them specialising in drones, cybersecurity, and autonomous driving technology. 

Take Mobileye, for example. The company’s autonomous driving technology was so interesting that Intel paid a whopping $15.3 billion (£11.8 billion) for it in March when it acquired the company. 

The tech companies have been ranked based on interviews with multiple investors on the ground in Israel and what the firms have achieved over the last year.

25. Zebra

Founded in 2014 and backed by the likes of Salesforce billionaire Marc Benioff with $20 million (£16 million), this Tel Aviv-based company says it has taught an algorithm to identify early signs of breast cancer with the help of thousands of previous mammograms.

That constantly improving algorithm — trained using a technique known as machine learning, which is a type of AI that equips computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed — is now better than radiologists using the best computer aided detection (CAD) methods for mammography, the company claims. 

In December, the company launched a service that allows people to upload their medical imaging scans such as CTs and mammograms to Zebra’s platform, and receive an automated analysis for key clinical conditions.

 

24. OurCrowd

Founded by Jon Medved, OurCrowd is an equity crowdfunding platform that allows normal people to invest in pre-vetted startups alongside trusted venture capital investors and angel investors. 

The OurCrowd community has invested over $440 million (£339 million) into a range of companies, with $80 million (£62 million) going to startups operating in the healthcare sector. 

OurCrowd already has thirteen exits to date, with two IPO’s and eleven acquisitions. 

23. MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a platform for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. The company gives its community access to search and matching technologies, a library of historical records, and a wide collection of family trees.

With over 85 million users, MyHeritage is one of the largest sites in the social networking and genealogy field.

“We believe we have a responsibility, a mission, to enable every single human being to be able to document his or her life story and safeguard it for generations to come,” Golan Levi, a user experience expert at MyHeritage, told news site Israeli21C in January. 

Last year, MyHeritage launched MyHeritage DNA, which offers cheap DNA tests that reveal users’ ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives.

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Google DeepMind is edging towards a 3-0 victory against world Go champion Ke Jie (GOOG)

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Google DeepMind has won its second game against world Go champion Ke Jie in China, winning the series and putting it one step closer to a 3-0 victory.

The company’s self-learning AlphaGo AI agent is playing 19-year-old Ke Jie at the “Future of Go Summit” near Shanghai this week in a three-game match.

The win against Ke Jie — who has been playing Go since the age of 5 — puts AlphaGo just one victory away from a 3-o win.

#AlphaGo wins game 2,” wrote Google DeepMind cofounder and CEO Demis Hassabis on Twitter. “What an amazing and complex game! Ke Jie pushed AlphaGo right to the limit.”

AlphaGo won the first game by half a point on Tuesday, which is the closest margin possible in Go — a two-player board game that originated in China around 3,000 years ago. The game simple, yet complex game has been incredibly difficult for computers to crack due to the sheer number of moves possible.

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The games are being streamed live on YouTube but the millions of Go fans in China are unable to watch them without a VPN [virtual private network] because the Google-owned service is banned in China. The Chinese government also issued a censorship notice to broadcasters and online publishers, warning them not to livestream the first game, according to China Digital Times.

The Financial Times reported on Monday that DeepMind’s trip to China is part of a wider Google “charm offensive” in the communist-run country.

DeepMind writes on its website that it hopes to uncover more secrets of the ancient game at the “Future of Go Summit,” where it’ll also be playing different versions of Go. The company is also visiting a number of Chinese companies and research institutes to talk about AI research.

AlphaGo beat its first world champion last March, when it defeated South Korea’s Lee Sedol in a five-game tournament.

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10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, FB, SNAP)

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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. UK government ministers are reportedly planning to enforce new powers that would compel tech companies like WhatsApp and Apple to hand over encrypted messages. It’s not clear how this would work in practice as the “end-to-end encryption” techniques used by the big tech firms make decryption impossible.

2. The new Nokia 3310 is now on sale. The revamped device is selling for £49.99 (or €49), and has some significant changes.

3. European Union ministers approved plans to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube tackle hate speech on their platforms. It is the first legislation at EU level on the issue.

4. SoftBank has invested $4 billion (£3 billion) into US graphics chipmaker Nvidia. It equates to about 4.9% of the company.

5. A new report slams Tesla working conditions. It claims employees have suffered twice as many serious injuries as the industry average.

6. A longtime Snapchat exec who helped build its ad business has left the company. His name is Brian Ames.

7. Graphic designer and prolific leaker Benjamin Geskin posted a hands-on video with a dummy iPhone 8. It shows the redesigned iPhone with a double-lens camera that’s positioned vertically, not horizontally like you see on the iPhone 7.

8. Facebook is testing a change that will make news an even bigger part of your feed. The redesign places Trending, which shows links to top news stories, prominently in the News Feed on mobile phones instead of burying it in the search box of Facebook’s mobile app.

9. Apple designer Marc Newson has created a $12,000 (£9,246) egg timer. The 53-year-old Australian has collaborated with watch website Hodinkee to produce “The Marc Newson Hourglass,”.

10. Tech investor Christian Hernandez analysed his 5000 monthly emails and explained how startups can stand out. He used a tool called Gmail Meter to track his inbox.

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