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Acer debuts see-through trackpad gaming laptop and a slew of affordable notebooks – Ars Technica

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

reader comments 23 NEW YORK—Acer’s big press conference last year brought new Chromebooks for work, a new Aspire laptop, and a tablet for the elderly. This year, the company focused on machines that appeal to every level of gamer as well as those of us who want a laptop that won’t break the bank. Acer announced additions to the Swift and Switch laptop families, all of which are more budget-friendly than…

Acer’s Nitro 5 is a laptop that lets casual gamers get reckless – PCWorld

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

Acer’s Nitro 5 laptop is designed for the casual gamer who feels lucky. This person may not game often, and may never have tinkered with a PC’s cooling system (as many seasoned gamers have) to get maximum power without singeing precious CPUs or GPUs. But the Nitro 5, introduced Thursday at an Acer event in New York, will let these casual gamers adjust the fan speed themselves, giving them an…

Anybody can make a Google Assistant gadget with this new toolkit – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today, Google is announcing the general availability of the Google Assistant SDK. What that means is that anybody can download and run the Google Assistant on a gadget of their choice — Google says it will run well on Raspberry Pi 3 devices and also on Linux. The obvious use case is speakers, but Google has ambitions to get its assistant embedded in all sorts of different gadgets: phones, watches,…

The ultrathin Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop is Acer’s answer to the Razer Blade – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Acer announced the Predator Triton 700, the first laptop in the company’s new line of Predator Triton ultrathin gaming laptops. The Triton 700 appears to be Acer’s response to laptops like the Razer Blade, a similarly slim, aluminum-cased gaming laptop that still packs some serious power. At 18 mm (0.74 inches) thick, it’s not the thinnest gaming laptop out there, although it’s still dramatically thinner than most traditional gaming computers….

This new battery could save your cell phone from going up in smoke – Science Magazine

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Zinc, long used in nonrechargeable batteries, now may be the future of rechargeables. By Robert ServiceApr. 27, 2017 , 2:15 PM Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are everywhere these days: laptops, cars, power tools, and cellphones, including Samsung’s infamous smoldering Galaxy Note 7. Now, researchers have come up with a new way to prevent these rechargeables from going haywire—a zinc-nickel battery that provides nearly the same electrical jolt, but not the fire…

Acer’s Nitro 5 is a laptop that lets casual gamers get reckless – PCWorld

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Acer’s Nitro 5 laptop is designed for the casual gamer who feels lucky. This person may not game often, and may never have tinkered with a PC’s cooling system (as many seasoned gamers have) to get maximum power without singeing precious CPUs or GPUs. But the Nitro 5, introduced Thursday at an Acer event in New York, will let these casual gamers adjust the fan speed themselves, giving them an…

Rural Indian women are lagging far behind their urban counterparts in mobile phone usage – Quartz

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

In India, less than 46% of women own and use a mobile phone, according to the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) dated 2015-16. This has had the effect of limiting independence for many women, as well as access to opportunities, and the problem is worse when the data is examined more closely. In urbanized centers, 62% of women use their own handsets, but in rural regions the figure is…

More Than Half of Digital Advertising Is Mobile – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Last year was officially the much-awaited “year of mobile” in the advertising industry. For the first time, mobile advertising represented more than half of the spending that marketers funneled into digital advertising overall in the U.S. in 2016. According to a new report conducted by PwC US for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, mobile ad spending accounted for 51% of the record $72.5 billion in total U.S. digital ad spending last…

A new gadget from Amazon wants to help you pick out your outfit – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

(Amazon) Soon, Amazon’s voice assistant will be able to answer your most burning question: Alexa, does this make my butt look big? Amazon on Wednesday announced the Echo Look, a $200 voice-activated camera that will take full-length pictures of your outfits, by using the command “Alexa, take a photo.” It can also take videos — “Alexa, take a video” — to let you check yourself out from multiple angles, through a live feed…

UK shelves changes to dividend tax, non-doms and digital tax – Financial Times

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UK shelves changes to dividend tax, non-doms and digital tax

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen – The Register

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels – out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal – failed to display. On a page buried deep in the broadcaster’s website I…

Amazon courts country music fans in bid for digital leadership – Financial Times

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Amazon courts country music fans in bid for digital leadership

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cell Phone – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer listens during an event in Boston in February. On Tuesday, a high court argument was interrupted by the sound of a ring chime, and Breyer was the culprit. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer listens during an event in Boston in February. On Tuesday, a high court argument was interrupted by the sound of a ring chime, and…

Officials: Mogadishu Flights Safe from Laptop Attacks – VOA News – Voice of America

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The United States and Britain banned passengers last month on several Middle Eastern airlines from carrying laptop and tablet computers onto the plane. Officials cited airline safety concerns as the reason, and pointed specifically to a February 2016 attack on a flight of the Somali airline Daallo, in which a passenger set off a bomb concealed in a laptop, killing himself. Now, the Somali government said it has taken specific…

UH professor offers hefty reward for return of laptop containing years of invaluable research – Hawaii News Now

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The first 100 owners of Park Lane — the brand new, luxury condominium near Ala Moana Center — will begin moving in this week.

We took Porsche’s pricey new laptop for a spin [Video] – Yahoo Finance

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LISBON — Porsche is releasing a laptop, and like its automotive namesake, it’s not going to be cheap. In fact, the $2,495 13-inch Porsche Design Book One manages to make Apple’s (AAPL) $1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar look downright affordable. It’s also a striking but hefty piece of work with a screen you can rotate 360 degrees or detach to use as a standalone tablet — a first for…

US considers cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from taking laptops into the cabins, sources have told the Guardian. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any electronic devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage…

We took Porsche’s pricey new laptop for a spin – Yahoo Finance

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LISBON — Porsche is releasing a laptop, and like its automotive namesake, it’s not going to be cheap. In fact, the $2,495 13-inch Porsche Design Book One manages to make Apple’s (AAPL) $1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar look downright affordable. It’s also a striking but hefty piece of work with a screen you can rotate 360 degrees or detach to use as a standalone tablet — a first for…

We took Porsche’s pricey new laptop for a spin – Yahoo Finance

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

LISBON — Porsche is releasing a laptop, and like its automotive namesake, it’s not going to be cheap. In fact, the $2,495 13-inch Porsche Design Book One manages to make Apple’s (AAPL) $1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar look downright affordable. It’s also a striking but hefty piece of work with a screen you can rotate 360 degrees or detach to use as a standalone tablet — a first for…

Ailes Accuser Says Fox News Execs Ordered Eavesdropping On Her Digital Devices – NPR

Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017

A new lawsuit filed Monday by a suspended Fox News host accuses the network and senior executives of arranging to have her private communications spied on as part of a campaign of intimidation. The host, Andrea Tantaros, alleged in a previous lawsuit that she had been sexually harassed by former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and former top-rated Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. That suit has been stayed while her…

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