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 on: May 25, 2017, 07:05:06 PM 
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Acer has now announced Acer Predator Z35P, a gaming monitor featuring a massive 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide WQHD (3440×1440) 1800r curved display.

A 4ms response time, 2,500:1 native contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7 million colors and a 100 percent sRGB support makes this monitor more suitable for gamers, designers and photographers. It also has two 9W speakers with support for Acer True Harmony, a customized equalizer, fine-tunes and optimizes the frequency balance to deepen the impact of sound effects, music and more with enhanced bass and multidimensional audio. On the connectivity front, it comes with HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB hub 3.0 ports.

For smooth gaming, this monitor uses NVIDIA G-SYNC and NVIDIA ULMB technologies to eliminate stutter and reduce motion blur. The Predator GameView allows gamers make precise color adjustments, set up aim points for hip-fire accuracy and adjust dark boost levels for more clearly spotting enemies.

The Acer Predator Z35P is now available for pre-order on Amazon.


 on: May 25, 2017, 05:22:13 PM 
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Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi Max 2, an all-metal smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage.

But those aren’t the features that make the phone special. These are: it has a 6.44 inch display and a 5,300 mAh battery that the company says should be good for up to 18 hours of video playback, or around 2 days of battery life under normal conditions.

The Mi Max 2 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, and get an upgrade in memory with options of 4GB RAM/ 64GB & 4G/ 128GB.

*NOTE: Click here for more information.

It gets a Full metal unibody upgrade from the Mi Max (1), which is the standard 3-pieces.

It also gets a fully symmetrical design, as what we had seen in the new Mi 6.

It gets a new discreet antenna design which blends into the Mi Max 2.

It gets an all-rounded edges, which gave it an elegant look and feel.

*Album: Mi Max 2 Gold Color HD Pictures! Do You Like the New Big Phone

The powerhouse get a tremdenous upgrade to 5300mAh, which is equivalent to the Mi 5000 mAh Power Bank!

It has an outstanding battery life of up to 2 days *usage!

*NOTE: Estimate battery life may varies according to user's usages.

It supports Q.C.3.0 & parallel charging.

With Q.C 3.0 technologies, the Mi Max 2 recharge up to *68% in 1 hour!

*NOTE: Estimate recharging time may vary accordingly.

The camera module also get a significant upgrade from Mi Max (1), which use the Sony Exmor IMX 386 ISP, similar to that of the Mi 6!

*Album: Official Photo Samples By the Mi Max 2! Take a Look Here!

The Mi Max 2 get the first and all new intelligent sound system, which will switch to stereo when use in landscape!

The Mi Max 2 will be officially on sale next Tuesday, 1-June-2017, 10:00 AM ( 8 GMT Beijing) via

Prices are as follows:

  ♦ 4GB/ 64GB - RMB1699  (~USD 245)

  ♦ 4GB/ 128GB - RMB1999 (~USD 295)


 on: May 25, 2017, 03:01:08 PM 
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Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with a headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstruck and the mind blown smiley. Before you fire up your Twitter app to check them, though, take note that there's a chance you might end up disappointed. The new icons aren't available on Tweetdeck, the iOS, Mac and the Android Nougat apps just yet, since they still haven't implemented the Emoji 5.0 standard.

Twitter designer Bryan Haggerty says Apple will likely add support for the new emojis on iOS 11, while Tweetdeck will add them "soon." For now, you'll see empty blocks when you try to view the 5.0 icons on those platforms. If you want to use them yourself, though, all you have to do is open Twitter on a browser to emoji-bomb your followers.


 on: May 25, 2017, 02:29:57 PM 
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Blockchain startup Blockstack has released a decentralized browser aimed at making apps more easily accessible.

In a way, the release is a kind of Netscape for the decentralized internet, running apps on a plethora of blockchains.

But news of the browser's release, revealed today at CoinDesk's Consensus 2017 blockchain conference in New York, represents just a piece of the progress made by the venture funded a startup. Blockstack, the New York-based firm that has raised over $5m to date, is expected to release a full developer stack aimed at letting coders build apps in much the same way that Apple facilitates its own app development.

How Blockstack plans to power that ecosystem is perhaps just as intriguing.

The startup is revealing plans for what might be considered a kind of initial coin offering, or ICO, using its own technology that sits on top of several other blockchains.

Blockstack co-founder Ryan Shea positioned the series of announcements as the symbolic beginning of a new internet as decentralized as the blockchains it supports, including bitcoin, ethereum, and zcash.

He told CoinDesk:

"We built it in such a way that it will outlive us and any of the participants in the network. This is the idea behind the design of the Internet and the Web, it's something that could be a public resource that can live on, that it can be something that the people can use and maintain."

Blockchain browser

In many ways, the browser is the core of Blockstack's suite of decentralized internet tools.

Built over the course of more than two years, the browser was built from the ground up with developers in mind.

As part of an industry wide effort to make blockchain applications that are actually serving real problems Blockstack aimed to reduce the complexity of building with blockchain. To get there, the startup hid the more complicated aspects of the technology behind a sleek user interface.

Part dashboard, part app store, the browser is designed to give users a seamless browsing experience by granting access to websites via a single identity login that — unlike profiles created on the traditional internet — they actually own.

"It allows you to run decentralized applications directly on your device," said Shea. "And it allows you to plug into identity and data storage that you can control."

Path to token launch

Founded in 2013 as blockchain identity startup Onename, the firm has raised capital from a number of major players, including Union Square Ventures, Angel List founder Naval Ravikant, and Digital Currency Group.

The startup's past success in registering more than 70k domains on its decentralized internet has laid the foundation for what could end up being significant developer interest.  And while the "entire system is free to open," said Shea, it is designed to rely on scarce resources with the potential to accumulate value in their own right.

After initially being built using the Namecoin blockchain, the company switched to bitcoin and now supports ethereum and zcash as well.

But in order to create a fully integrated browser experience, Blockstack leverages what it calls a Virtualchain that sits above the other blockchains.

Which is where the yet-to-be-named Blockstack token, revealed today, is likely to come into play.

A new kind of crypto-token

Similar to how domains are today registered for a fee on the internet, the new token will be used to file the registration fees paid directly to the network.

Though technical details about the distribution model and other aspects of the token have yet to be settled, Ali and Shea emphasized this is not an ethereum-based ICO, but rather the sale of tokens created by their own technology.

"Currently, we're launching a single token for Blockstack," said Ali. "And we'll have more details on app-specific tokens later."

The Blockstack token itself only grants access to the digital property associated with it and, for the time being, the plan is that the tokens will be destroyed when they are converted into a digital property, such as a domain name.

The founders say the tokens will not function like ethereum's gas, which gives the user access to the network's computing resources.

According to Shea, the token needed to be separate from the systems they support in the event of any major changes, like the recent ethereum hard fork.

The approach also helps the startup avoid some of the scaling difficulties experienced by the bitcoin network and others.

"We want a token at this layer two level, where Blockstack logic operates," said Ali. "So that if something happens to the blockchains underneath people will not notice that something catastrophic has happened and the system keeps living."

He concluded:

"So the payments in the future, once the token is rolled out, will be in our Blockstack token."

Disclaimer: CoinDesk is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which has an ownership stake in Blockstack.


 on: May 24, 2017, 07:42:08 PM 
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Mercedes-Benz Japan has teamed up with Japanese PC maker VAIO to introduce a limited edition laptop based on the company’s flagship VAIO Z model. It’s not new for Mercedes-Benz Japan to collaborate with other brands to come up with special edition cars and merchandise exclusively for the country. Recently, the marque joined hands with Disney to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars by releasing limited edition CLA 180 only for Japan. A part of the Mercedes-Benz Collection, the original merchandise brand of the German automaker, the special edition VAIO Z laptop comes with top-of-the-line specifications and is built especially for business users who place importance on performance and esthetics.

Its collaboration with VAIO is the first of its kind for Mercedes-Benz. Although, many other automakers like Lamborghini and Ferrari have teamed up with PC makers in the past, it’s the first time for Mercedes. The Mercedes-Benz VAIO Z is available in two different versions paying tribute to two different Mercedes models, both very special in their own ways. The “300SL” variant celebrates the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer and fastest production car of its day. It was introduced in 1954 and became famous for its iconic gullwing doors. The other special edition VAIO Z model is based on the “Vision Tokyo” concept car by Mercedes which was exhibited at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Mercedes-Benz VAIO Z laptops come with special laser engravings of the car it pays tribute to and the automaker’s Three Pointed Star logo. A motif of the 300SL and the Vision Tokyo concept car is laser engraved on the outer side of the laptop’s lid on the respective variants along with Mercedes logo on the hinge. Both versions of the laptop wears a matt grey color and the Three Pointed Star can also be found on the touchpad which is printed underneath a special transparent cover to protect it from fading over time. The laptops are available in both i5 and i7 variants, have 256GB SSD storage and run on Windows 10 Home OS. They also come preinstalled with special desktop wallpapers of the 300SL and the Tokyo Vision concept. Only 100 units of the special edition Mercedes-Benz VAIO Z will be sold. The i7 model is priced at 285,000 yen and the i5 comes with a price tag of 250,000 yen (roughly converts to $2550 and $2230 respectively).


 on: May 24, 2017, 07:19:13 PM 
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Today, Intel made some major announcements related to Thunderbolt 3 I/O standard. Thunderbolt 3 aims to be the one USB-C connector that can support high-performance single-cable docks, 4K photos and video, VR, and more. Intel today announced its plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into future Intel CPUs. Also, Intel is releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification to the industry next year. Both these moves will drive large-scale mainstream adoption of Thunderbolt.

If Intel integrates Thunderbolt 3 into CPUs, OEMs can build thinner and lighter systems with only Thunderbolt 3 ports. Such designs will require less board space and reduce power by removing the discrete component needed for existing systems with Thunderbolt 3. Also, releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification under a non-exclusive, royalty-free license will increase Thunderbolt adoption by encouraging third-party chip makers to build Thunderbolt-compatible chips.

Microsoft is partnering with Apple, Microsoft and others to improve support for Thunderbolt 3 on popular operating systems. With the recently released Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft enhanced Thunderbolt 3 device plug-and-play support. Now, Intel is working with Microsoft to further enhance the experience in upcoming Windows updates.

“Microsoft and Intel are working together to enable Thunderbolt 3 on Windows PCs to deliver on the ‘if it fits, it works’ potential of USB-C,” said Roanne Sones, general manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices at Microsoft. “The Windows 10 Creators Update enhanced plug-and-play support for Thunderbolt 3 devices, with additional enhancements planned for future OS releases.”

Here are a few of the benefits of Thunderbolt 3 at a glance:

• Support for sending video to up to two external 4K displays

• Support for up to 100 watts of power delivery (your USB port can be your laptop’s power jack)

• Supply up to 15 watts to bus-powered devices (for charging phones or tablets, or powering USB displays, among other peripherals)

• Up to 4x faster data transfer speeds than you get with USB 3.1

I really hope Microsoft starts including Thunderbolt 3 ports in their Surface family of devices in the future. Learn more about Thunderbolt 3 here.


 on: May 24, 2017, 05:08:51 PM 
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If you use a media player that supports third-party subtitles you should probably check to see if there’s an update today. Security researchers at Checkpoint identified a vulnerability that allowed malware to be distributed via subtitle files.

The company reached out to the developers of popular media players affected by the vulnerability before disclosing it though, so there are new versions of Kodi, VLC, and other media players available for download today.

According to Check Point PopcornTime and Stremio are also affected. You can find download links for the up-to-date versions of those applications, as well as Kodi and VLC at the Check Point website (I noticed that using the “check for updates” option in VLC on my computer did not automatically download the new build).

In addition to applying the security update, Kodi v17.2 includes other bug fixes affecting PVR, program guide, full screen video playback, and other features.

Check Point notes that part of the problem is that most anti-virus software treats subtitles as text files, which are generally pretty safe. But those text files can be made to execute code when they’re loaded into affected media players, potentially allowing a hacker to take full control of a computer, phone, or smart TV running the software.


 on: May 24, 2017, 03:51:46 PM 
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Microsoft now has a whole family of Surface laptops aimed at everyone from the most versatile of users, to those who prefer the regular clamshell design of the typical laptop. After launching its new Surface devices, the firm also launched a mini-site which helps you figure out which Surface laptop you want, the most versatile one, the ultimate one, or the most powerful one.

The site gives you a  brief questionnaire, mainly focused on what you’re looking for in a computer. Naturally, if you choose versatility, you’ll almost always be guided towards a Surface Pro, if you choose power but choose a 12.3-inch screen you’re similarly be guided towards a Surface Laptop and so on. This site is useful for buyers who are generally unaware of the specifics of the Surface line, less so if you’re well versed and voraciously consume rumors and news on specs and revenue and the like.

If you have already decided about the Surface you need, check them out at Microsoft Store using the below links,

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Studio


 on: May 23, 2017, 10:30:34 PM 
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Microsoft today introduced a new Surface device: the Surface Pro. Microsoft’s latest Surface comes with Windows 10 Pro, which means the device could be slightly cheaper if it packed Windows 10 S instead. Windows 10 S, for those unfamiliar, is Microsoft’s new version of Windows 10 S that only lets users download apps from the Windows Store — and it powers Microsoft’s recently introduced Surface Laptop.

Now, as it turns out, Microsoft will soon sell a Windows 10 S variant of the Surface Pro. Along with the Surface Pro, users will also be able to get a Windows 10 S variant of the Surface Book. Pricing and availability details aren’t available yet, but I assume the Windows 10 S variants of the devices will only cost around $100 less than the full Windows 10 variants. And once you get the Windows 10 S variant of the Surface Pro or Surface Book, you can pay $49 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if you want.

Microsoft is also going to start selling a Windows 10 Pro variant of the Surface Laptop, but that will likely arrive later. Surface Laptop owners can already get a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro until the end of this year, so it wouldn’t make much sense to launch a Windows 10 Pro variant of the device that will likely be more expensive this year.

Once again, there aren’t any details regarding the price or availability of these variants, so don’t get your hopes up yet.


 on: May 23, 2017, 08:13:20 PM 
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Microsoft today announced the new Surface Pro. Apart from the usual spec bumps, the new Surface Laptop also comes with a new 165-degree hinge that allows users to use the device in a studio mode. The device also includes a new and improved Surface Pen that has tilt detection to offer an intuitive inking experience on the device.

Microsoft has released a product launch video for the Surface Pro where the company shows off the Surface Pro 3, as well as the Pro 4, and then shows off the brand new Surface Pro.

You can watch it below:

You can grab the Surface Pro from the Microsoft Store here.


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