Acer IFA 2016 Announcements

A touchscreen Chromebook, first curved laptop, and everything else Acer unveiled at IFA

A touchscreen Chromebook, first curved laptop, and everything else Acer unveiled at IFA

By on August 31, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

While you were fast asleep last night — or early this morning, as it were — Acer was busy in Berlin, Germany announcing not one, not five, but 18 different products ahead of the annual IFA 2016 trade show. IFA has always been focused on computing and if it’s computing you want, Acer has certainly got you covered. The company’s announcements covered everything from sleek new ultra-portable laptops and hardcore gaming notebooks to smartphones, monitors and even an ultra-mini desktop PC.

Highlights from Acer’s big IFA press conference include the Predator 21 X, a monster gaming laptop with a massive 21-inch curved display; the Chromebook R 13, a sleek new 13-inch convertible Chromebook with a touchscreen display; and the Swift 7, an aluminum Windows 10 laptop with a ridiculously thin case that’s less than 10mm thick.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Acer’s big announcements. More →

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Acer IFA 2016 Live Stream Video

Watch Acer’s IFA 2016 press conference live right here at 4AM ET

By on August 31, 2016 at 3:30 AM.

Watch Acer’s IFA 2016 press conference live right here at 4AM ET

IFA doesn’t officially begin until September 2nd, but Acer is kicking things off early with a live stream press conference early in the morning on August 31st. If you want to tune in, just be sure to point your browser to this post at 4AM ET.

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Surface Book 2 Release Date

Instagram pic teases Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Book 2

By on August 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM.

Instagram pic teases Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Book 2

Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn’t show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. More →

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Surface Pro 4 vs. MacBook Air

Microsoft keeps mocking the MacBooks it uses as quality benchmarks

By on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Microsoft keeps mocking the MacBooks it uses as quality benchmarks

Both Microsoft and Apple are preparing to launch new laptops this year, but it’s only the Redmond-based company that’s making a big fuss about its existing lineup. In a hilarious attack on the Mac, Microsoft says – well, sings – that the Macs are less useful, just like as a hat for your cat. The 30-second ad is funny, but also rather ironic, as Microsoft is making fun of the devices that it also happens to praise.

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MacBook Pro Graphics Card Upgrade

This device fixes the worst thing about the MacBook Pro

By on August 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

This device fixes the worst thing about the MacBook Pro

The best MacBook Pro money can buy right now is amazing. But it still can’t offer you the kind of gaming experience you expect from a computer, and the same goes for virtual reality. Apple might be exploring VR right now, and it’s likely that future MacBook Pros will have better graphic cards so they can handle more complex programs and games. But any existing MacBooks won’t be eligible for upgrades – after all, these are laptops.

To fix that, one company has come up with a device that aims to give any laptop, including MacBooks, a huge boost: Meet the Wolfe.

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Cheap Chromebook 11-inch

Amazon is selling a terrific 11-inch Chromebook for just $159

By on August 26, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Amazon is selling a terrific 11-inch Chromebook for just $159

I might be showing my age by saying this, but it’s still crazy to me that you can actually now buy a perfectly capable laptop for under $200. I’m old enough to remember the days when $1,000 couldn’t even get you a very good laptop — it would probably weigh about 10 pounds and have a battery that lasted about 90 minutes. Now, you can snap up an ASUS C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook that weighs just 2 pounds and has great battery life for just $159 on Amazon. More →

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Macbook Pro 2016

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

By on August 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren’t expecting

Apple’s upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We’re expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature.

According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac, macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it’s a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro.

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Cheap Gaming PC

The killer gaming PC of your dreams is more affordable than you think

By on August 19, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

The killer gaming PC of your dreams is more affordable than you think

If you’ve been trying to game on a 5-year-old beater and dreaming of the day when you can finally afford a high-quality gaming rig, it’s time to stop dreaming. Amazon currently has a great sale going on two different CybertronPC setups, one that’ll cost you less than $700 and a second that’s under $550 right now.

And just in case you have a little extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, we’ve included a third rig that’s also on sale but still ridiculously expensive. More →

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Surface vs iPad Pro

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial

By on August 16, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface brutally bullies the iPad Pro in a new commercial

There’s little love lost between the Microsoft Surface and the iPad. Apple’s device is more popular, but the Surface is more powerful and versatile, which Microsoft argues makes it an all-around better device. The debate will never be settled, but Microsoft has taken out an ad to show the iPad Pro who is boss.

The format is not new: both devices, side-by-side, with Siri talking to Cortana. The idea is that Siri is putting on a party to celebrate her new keyboard, but Cortana is the rude kid that shows up and craps all over everything.

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Reddit Chat Bot

Oh god, Elon Musk is training artificial intelligence using Reddit

By on August 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Oh god, Elon Musk is training artificial intelligence using Reddit

Look, Reddit is great. I spend too much time on it. The cat pics are a good way to balance out the evil inherent in the internet. But as good as its communities can be, it’s an objectively terrible place to train a supercomputer. But that’s what Elon Musk, a car salesman who apparently wants to build the ultimate internet troll, is trying to do.

As MIT Technology Review reports, OpenAI, a Musk-backed non-profit working on machine learning, is training its new supercomputer about conversation using Reddit threads. When the robot apocalypse comes, our only warning will be in doge memes.

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Intel Alloy VR Headset

Intel just made the wireless VR headset I’ve always wanted

By on August 16, 2016 at 1:16 PM.

Intel just made the wireless VR headset I’ve always wanted

On stage at the Intel Developer Conference, Intel just unveiled a wireless VR headset. Forget setting up sensors in your office or backpack PCs: this could be the thing that makes VR not dumb.

Project Alloy is an all-in-one VR headset. That means the VR viewer, as well as the computer and sensors are all on board. Unlike the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, which require an external desktop and sensors, there’s nothing to tether yourself to here.

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