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Acer Intros CloudProfessor IoT Starter Kit in EMEA

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Acer has announced the availability of its CloudProcessor IoT starter  kit in EMEA at the 2017 BETT show in London. For the company this new kind of educational product is a natural development for the “Hour of Code” – the global movement which encourages students to organize coding tutorials. “This easy to use set of programmable components with customized Acer software in conjunction with cloud connectivity is the perfect way to introduce connected hardware to anyone beginning their technological education,” said the company.

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“Basic IT skills and an understanding of the technology underpinning the modern world will be essential to daily life in the next few years. Acer CloudProfessor is part of Acer’s contribution to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the world they graduate into” said Maverick Shih, President of the BYOC Smart Products Business at Acer. “Educational technology solutions like this provides students with a great onramp to computer coding. Presenting computing concepts in fun and simple ways is the key to getting kids excited about the next big thing. With the CloudProfessor, we aim to build that excitement about IoT and the possibilities of the cloud.”

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Acer was at the BETT show from January 25th to the 28th at booth B109 with demo units of the Acer CloudProfessor and experts on hand to talk through this device and the rest of the range suited for educational institutions.

Acer CloudProfessor is the world’s first IoT starter kit, combining hardware, software and the Cloud. It is the easiest way for all people who are new to the IoT to learn what the Cloud is and how to bring their own unique creations into the world. Alongside the CloudProfessor module, the kit contains an Arduino Leonardo Development Board, an LED101 Development Board, Seeed Arduino Shield, two LEDs, two Sensors (light and temperature) and a small motor to enable movement with robotics projects.

Straight out of the box, this kit comes with access to Acer´s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), an ecosystem with partners from multiple layers of the industry from chipset, sensor, operating system, middleware, to application vendors. This pre-programmed connectivity means users can plug and play with their devices and creations. Importantly, it lets them connect and explore without having to worry about the complexities of security, API access and other technological issues that could distract from the main aim – learning in a fun and engaging way.

Keeping the kit as easy and intuitive as possible to use – CloudProfessor has been designed to run on smartphone and tablet apps. Active on Android, Chrome OS and iOS devices, students learn through tutorials how to work in programming languages such as JavaScript, Blockly and LiveCode to complete simple scenarios and get inspired to create their own projects. By removing the need for a laptop or computer screen, the modules become very portable allowing for coding projects wherever the user feels like – in the classroom or while on a trip, for example.

Together with companies such as Gigo, Acer isproviding learners with the easiest ways to get into the Internet of Things (IoT). Using CloudProfessor and the hardware provided as a starting point, the kit begins with eight application packages for users to try out. For every extension added after that, Acer delivers a sample code which utilises each to get the project started.

The actual Acer CloudProfessor unit itself is a sleek black box (108mm x 44mm x 13mm and weighing less than 100g). It connects through 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + HS. Storage internally comes through 16GB inbuild flash and the unit can take a MicroSD card for up to 128GB worth of capacity. The whole device is powered through an Intel Atom x5 Z8300 CherryTrail chipset, a powerful driver for this device, opening up a wide range of possibilities for IoT exploration.

The Acer CloudProfessor IoT development kit will be available in the UK and EMEA regions in the first half of  2017. Specific availability and pricing details will be announced soon.

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Lenovo Launches Portable ThinkVision M15 Monitor in the UAE

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Lenovo has announced today, the launch of its ThinkVision M15 Mobile Monitor. Delivering a portable experience and weighing just 860 grams the M15 designed to expand and match the screen real estate of multiple kinds of laptops.

The monitor features 15.6-inch FHD resolution viewing space while its head measures a mere 6 mm thick, making it perfect for multi-screen multitasking. Equipped with two identical USB Type-C ports, the monitor gives users indispensable Power Pass Through capability. That means that users can power both the monitor and the laptop with a single power adapter, plugged into one port with a USB Type-C cable connected to the computer from the other port. It can even connect to a compatible smartphone with a full-function USB Type-C port.

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Whether adding a convenient second display in a home office, or comfortably sharing content with colleagues in meeting spaces, more consumers are now investing in portable devices to enhance the hybrid worlds of work and travel. It is now becoming more evident that users want to use connected devices in different types of scenarios.

The ThinkVision M15 offers this integrated connection not only with a laptop, but with a compatible smartphone where you can connect both devices for a smoother transition while working or travelling. The ThinkVision M15 is suitable for extended use thanks to an ergonomic height adjustment stand and features TÜV Rheinland low blue light technology to reduce eye strain. What’s more, it comes with a protective sleeve so it can conveniently slip into a carry case with a laptop.

The ThinkVision M15 mobile monitor is now available in the UAE for the price of AED 799.

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Acer’s Aspire 7 is now Available in the UAE

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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.

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OPPO Launches the new Reno6 Z 5G

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OPPO has launched the new Reno6 Z 5G. The new smartphone offers 5G performance and imaging capabilities through its 64MP AI Triple Camera and a range of AI portrait video enhancements. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G SoC and supports dual-mode 5G SIM (NSA and SA). The MediaTek Dimensity 800U leverages eight powerful cores of up to 2.4 GHz and fast memory to offer users better wireless performance.

Ivan Wu, CEO OPPO GCC said, “With the camera native Gen Z being the most photographed generation and over 80% using their smartphone as their primary camera, it was imperative that at OPPO we focused on innovating the photography process without compromising any other features. With the Reno6 Z 5G, users can expect swift internet speeds, agile performance and fast charging alongside the ultimate photography and videography features.”

Rami Osman, Director for Corporate Sales and Marketing, MediaTek Middle East and Africa said, “Smartphones are no longer simply high-tech gadgets for early adopters but are intrinsically embedded in the lives of millions across the region. For young consumers, the OPPO Reno6 Z 5G powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U offers users the best experience whether they are capturing a video, playing a video game or surfing the internet. With the focus of powering myriads of high-performance devices for a range of customer segments with our innovative technologies, MediaTek looks forward to delivering the best-in-class products to meet the requirements of all customers.”

To allow users to enjoy the 5G entertainment experience of Reno6 Z 5G for longer, it also features a large 4310mAh battery and 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. To significantly boost the overall performance of Reno6 Z 5G, there is System Booster, a set of system-level optimization tools designed to ensure a smooth experience throughout the phone’s entire lifecycle. Moreover, Multi-cooling System is also introduced for better heat dissipation and to prevent the phone from overheating. Customized gaming features like Quick Startup and Game Focus Mode contribute to bringing a more immersive gaming experience, blurring the boundaries between the world of virtual gaming and reality.

On the front, Reno6 Z 5G packs a 6.4-inch Punch-hole AMOLED screen with a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, offering expanded and immersive graphics. Aside from the stunning aesthetics, Reno6 Z 5G is equally thin and slim. Weighing 173g, the Aurora is 7.97mm thick, while the Stellar Black is merely 7.92mm thick making it easy to hold, silky-smooth and comfortable in hand.

Thanks to a triple-camera setup on the back, including a 64MP main camera, plus a 32MP selfie camera on the front, the Reno6 Z 5G has multiple AI-enhanced portrait video features:

  • Reno6 Z 5G users can use Portrait Beautification Video to perform subtle and natural edits for portrait videos to improve appearances. With state-of-the-art AI algorithms, it can remove one’s unwanted skin blemishes while retaining natural features to highlight individuality. With the ability to recognize up to 193 different facial points in video mode, the Reno6 Z 5G allows users to apply beauty effects with better precision, personalization, and authenticity
  • To deal with blurry, out-of-focus image problems, Focus Tracking has been introduced enabling enhanced video auto-focusing by identifying and automatically tracking main subjects consistently and steadily.
  • With Dual-view Video, users can use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously, resulting in two perspectives within the same frame in videos. It breaks the limitations of the traditional single-camera perspective while enabling more interactive and creative video shooting.

The Reno6 Z 5G comes with ColorOS11 providing greater efficiency, unparalleled smoothness, and strengthened privacy for a more delightful and relaxing experience. Reno6 Z 5G is now available at major retailers and e-commerce platforms, at a retail price of AED 1,499.

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