When Apple released iOS 9.3 back in March 2016, one of the touted features of the mobile operating system update was Night Shift. Apple is finally bringing the helpful feature to Macs, as Night Shift has been spotted on the most recent developer beta of macOS Sierra.
In a nutshell, the Night Shift feature allows users to adjust the display settings of their devices to lessen the amount of blue light that is being emitted by the screen. Blue light helps the screens of devices stay visible even during the brightest times of the day.
However, at night, the human body confuses the blue light as sunlight, leading to reduced production of the sleep hormone melatonin. In addition, blue light increases the alertness of the user. With these two factors combined, users exposed to blue light at night find themselves having difficulty in getting sleep.
With the Night Shift feature activated, the display of the device will be transformed from a bright screen emitting blue light into a warmer screen with yellow tones, which would not impede with melatonin production and would lead to better sleep for the user.
The feature can be set up to automatically activate at a certain time, such as the usual hour that users are making their final checks on their device before going to sleep. Users can also set how warm the colors of their screens can be, and can also activate it during the day time with a single tap.
Apple will now be bringing Night Shift to Macs through its next update, as the feature was spotted in the first developer beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.4. The feature will be accessible on Macs through the Display menu under System Preferences.
The Night Shift feature will be shown as the third tab in the menu, and it will offer similar options as those on the iOS version of Night Shift. Users will be able to set a schedule for the feature to activate, manually turn it on until sunrise, and adjust the color temperature of the screen when Night Shift is activated from the least warm to the warmest settings.
Night Shift will also be accessible through the Mac’s Notification Center, where there will be a toggle for the feature shown to allow users to manually activate or deactivate it. As to when Night Shift, along with the next macOS Sierra update, will be coming to Macs and MacBooks is still unknown at this point. However, with the release of the first developer beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.4, users should expect the update and Night Shift to arrive within a couple of months.
Night Shift is currently only available in the developer beta, but for users who could not wait to try out the new feature, a public beta for the operating system update should be coming soon. The upcoming introduction of Night Shift into the macOS is more than just a simple port of a feature from the iOS, as it is another way for Apple to improve the well-being and health of its users, which has become a priority under Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Acer’s Aspire 7 is now Available in the UAE
Acer Middle East today announced the arrival of its much-sought after Aspire 7 Notebook in the UAE, powered by the latest Intel 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, hitting the shelves this week, followed by the Aspire 7 with the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 Processor arriving later this year.
Powered by up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics the new Acer Aspire 7 will inspire those who are looking for a powerful device, capable of withstanding the most challenging of tasks, and will be available at all major retail outlets across the UAE.
Built for both serious work and amazing play, the Aspire 7 is aimed at those who want a take-anywhere Notebook with more bite, able to keep-up with difficult operations — from prosumers, designers, hobbyists, gamers and content creators. The new Acer Aspire 7 is not only beautifully designed with its understated dark chassis and backlit keyboard, but also packs in powerful performance with its stunning narrow border visuals, a supercharged processor, and superior audio quality. Featuring up to 16GB DDR4 memory, the new Acer Aspire 7 series has the muscle to multitask and keep up with the creativity of its user.
The new Acer Aspire 7 series gives innovators an edge as it blisters through rich content creation, and lag-free editing. Opening and editing large files is zero-sum issue with up to 16GB of rapid DDR4 memory and up to 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Users can also work comfortably in any environment with the convenience of its backlit keyboard, even in dimly lit environment.
It delivers unmatched visual clarity for its 15.6-inch narrow border IPS Full HD display which expands the display to an astonishing 81.61% screen-to-body ratio, combined with Acer Color Intelligence™ and Acer ExaColor brings more intense shades and finer details. Featuring Acer TrueHarmony™ technology, the Aspire 7 delivers deeper bass and powerful volume for all encompassing sounds. It also offers an incredible gaming experience making it a real crowd-pleaser.
Users get easy updates to the latest information with a full range of connectivity options. Dual band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) improves the average network throughput by up to 3 times and reduces latency by up to 75% compared to Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and nearly 6x faster than baseline 1x1ac (433Mbps) Wi-Fi.
Moreover, the Precision TouchPad helps users work more efficiently, to freely and effortlessly continue the creation process that will matched by the speed of Acer Aspire 7 processors. In addition, Acer has created the new Aspire 7 series with 180 degrees Lay Flat mechanism, which will enable users to fiercely showcase their innovation.
The strong computing performance, display quality, light weight, and long-lasting battery life are all key factors that make the Aspire 7 series ideal for the on-the-go user. The Acer Aspire 7 Notebook with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor is now available across retail outlets in the UAE, starting at AED 2,899. The Acer Aspire 7 Notebook with up to AMD Ryzen 7 Processor will be available in the UAE in December, starting at AED 3,999.
Dynabook Extends Satellite Pro C40 and C50 Series
Dynabook Europe GmbH has announced the Satellite Pro C40-J and Satellite C50-J, an extension to the range designed to combine performance, productivity, and contemporary design features at an affordable price point. To offer additional choice, the new C40-J and C50-J feature the latest 11th Gen Intel Core and Celeron processors, and will be available in Light Gold and Dark Blue – meeting a broader range of specifications and price points, making them ideal for the budget-conscious professional or student.
Dynabook have carefully engineered the C40-J and C50-J to balance performance and functionality with design and mobility. With a Dark Blue, or Light Gold, sleek exterior, the devices present a modern aesthetic that will appeal to today’s professional or student at home, in the office or on the move. What’s more, the devices go beyond a contemporary-looking design, having been treated with an anti-bacterial coating to limit the growth of potentially harmful bacteria by up to 99.9%.
Under the hood, the Intel processors coupled with DDR4 memory up to 32GB and fast PCIe SSD storage options up to 512GB deliver high levels of performance. The laptops are easy to transport, and boast a robust chassis designed with the most demanding worker and student in mind. With a slender 18.9mm form factor, the 14” C40-J provides over 9.5 hours2 of use at just 1.55kg, while the 15” C50-J boasts a 19.7mm form factor, weighing in at under 1.9kg, and provides over 8 hours2 of battery life – easily enough power for a full working day between charges.
Their anti-glare HD or FHD screens bring a big-screen experience while the large keyboard, numeric keyboard on the C50-J, and ClickPad provide comfort all day for improved user workflows. “Our goal is to use the latest and most appropriate technology to empower our wide spectrum of customers in their daily work – from students to professionals,” said Damian Jaume, President, Dynabook Europe GmbH. “Having access to the essentials for a productive work or study day no longer needs to drain the budget. The new Satellite Pro C40-J and C50-J models deliver a solid toolkit for everyday computing, all in a compact and attractive form factor, without the premium price tag.”
The C40-J and C50-J benefit from an extensive range of connectivity capabilities, enabling users to stay connected and productive wherever they may be. For wireless connectivity, the devices are equipped with WiFi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth capabilities. Despite their thin form factor, the devices have been built with a range of ports and connectivity options so users maintain productivity, at any location. A multi-functional USB Type-C port allows charge, display, connectivity and data transfer, in addition to two further USB 3.1 Type A ports, a full-size HDMI port, and Gigabit-LAN port. Furthermore, a Micro SD card slot accommodates additional storage needs.
With the current trend towards hybrid working, the laptops deliver all the tools for staying connected with colleagues, customers and peers. The devices feature an HD Webcam, stereo speakers and in-built Cortana-enabled microphone. A mic/headphone slot or Bluetooth connectivity gives users the option to plug in or pair headphones.
With data security a major concern for many businesses and education establishments today, the C40-J and C50-J feature firmware-based Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) 2.0 so information is encrypted on the device and reduces the risk of data tampering. In conjunction with user and admin password capabilities which inhibit unauthorised access, as well as sign-in via an optional fingerprint scanner (SecurePad), the device acts as the first line of defence against increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. A Kensington lock slot gives users the peace of mind that the device will be exactly where they have left it.
Nexstgo Announces That its AVITA and VAIO Range of Laptops Will Benefit From a Free Windows 11 Upgrade
Nexstgo has announced that select models from its range of AVITA and VAIO are eligible to get a free Windows 11 upgrade. These include selected models of ADMIROR, LIBER V, LIBER, PURA, MAGUS, ESSENTIAL Premier and ESSENTIAL from the end of 2021 to 2022.
In addition, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will also be available on VAIO series notebooks, including VAIO Z, VAIO A12, VAIO SX12/SX14, VAIO S11/S13, VAIO SE14, VAIO FE14/FE15, and VAIO E15 from the end of 2021 or later. The actual launch dates of Windows 11 will depend on the device, while some features require specific hardware. For more details about Windows 11, please refer to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
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