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Acer Intros New LED and Laser Projectors for Entertainment and Business

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Acer has introduced new LED and laser projectors for business and commercial use. These new models include a best-in-class wireless LED 1080p projector with 3,000 lumens of brightness and also high energy-efficiency laser projectors that reach 3,100 lumens. Additionally, three new Acer monitors have been announced for business and home users: the eye-friendly Acer B248Y, the HDR-capable Acer CBL272U and the Acer BL270, with virtually no side-bezels.

Acer PD and VD Series
The VD6510i is a wireless 3,000 lumens LED 1080p projector that delivers ultra-smooth 1080p 120Hz projections for action movie excitement. 125% coverage of the Rec. 709 color gamut provides excellent color saturation and vivid images, enhanced by 16x sequential display speed that minimizes rainbow effect, while 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness enables the projector to produce a crystal clear image even for large screens or in a room with the lights on. LED projectors are very resilient to brightness decay, so users can enjoy their favorite movies for years to come, and are also eco-friendly due to their mercury-free nature.

Also with 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness, the PD1530i is a business-oriented projector that was designed around making meetings as convenient as possible. The cable free, wireless 1080p LED projector is capable of throwing a 100-inch screen from a distance of less than 3 m (9.8 ft). LED projectors reach full-brightness almost immediately upon being turned on, eliminating delays at the beginning of meetings, and this brightness is long lasting: with a 30,000 hour lifespan, business users can expect to get many years of use out of the PD1530i projector.

Acer XL Series
Using only 143 watts of power, the Acer XL series (XL1220/XL1320W/XL1520) contain some of the most energy-efficient 3,100 lumens laser projectors in the world. The XL series of projectors are reliable devices that deliver stunning image quality of up to 1080p and are priced for the mainstream market, making them perfect for use in medium-sized meeting rooms. An IP6X certification indicates that XL-series projectors are “dust-tight,” the highest grade of protection against solid foreign objects available, preventing the ingress of dust or other solid particles that may damage the device.

This durability makes the 3,100 lumens projectors capable of being used under any ambient lighting, and combined with a 30,000-hour lifespan, they require remarkably little maintenance. Portrait and 360-degree projection modes are also available, enabling the XL series projectors to accommodate any sort of space or scenario.

Acer UL and PL Series
The Acer UL5630 is an innovative projector designed to overcome the limitations of space, capable of throwing a 120-inch projection from a distance of just 31 cm (12.3 in). This ultra-short throw projector is equipped with a new high-quality image laser diode that enables it to project in WUXGA (1920×1200) with 4,500 lumens of brightness, creating crisp displays in which even the fine print stands out. Features like the ability to project freely in 360 degrees or in portrait mode and remote management capabilities make the UL series particularly well suited for education and business.

On the other side of the spectrum, the PL series of high brightness 6,000 ANSI Lumens laser projectors (PL7610/PL7610T/PL7510) are low-maintenance devices with a 30,000 hour lifespan that are ideal for those working with particularly large venues, such as conferences, boardroom presentations or exhibition stands.

Acer B248Y
The Acer B248Y is an ergonomic monitor that has been designed around cushioning various pain points that come up in a day’s work. TÜV/Eyesafe certified, the monitor includes a number of features that aim to reduce eye-strain, such as Acer LightSense and Acer ColorSense, which automatically adjust screen brightness and color temperature to match the environment. The monitor’s FHD (1980×1080) IPS display sits on an Ergostand, a flexible stand that makes it easy to adjust the display’s height, swivel or tilt, or even rotate 90 degrees into portrait mode.

Easy on the eyes, the B248Y can also make the most of any desk. Its built-in docking station turns the monitor into a workspace in its own right, serving to remove clutter and making use of RJ45 and USB Type-C 100W PD ports which simplify the process of moving work from office to office, or back home. Multiple monitors can be daisy-chained together, for those who need more screen real estate, and an adjustable FHD webcam that supports Windows Hello enables users to rotate the camera’s feed until they find the perfect angle, or physically close it to avoid accidental sharing during a meeting.

Acer CBL272U
The Acer CBL272U is a 27-inch TUV/Eyesafe certified monitor that’s sure to satisfy with its QHD (2560×1440) screen, Delta E<1 color accuracy and 99% sRGB gamut coverage. Supporting wide 178-degree viewing angles, the monitor has also been designed with a number of eye-friendly features: BlueLightShield Pro to filter out potentially harmful bluelight; ComfyView, an anti-glare technology; and low-dimming capability, enabling the monitor’s brightness to be turned all the way down to 15% for night-time use. The monitor makes use of VRB to achieve a 1ms response time and reduce blur, while HDR10 support allows for a significantly improved contrast between dark and light areas.


Acer BL270
A clean and professional monitor designed to look at home in any business environment, the Acer BL270 is a TÜV/Eyesafe certified FHD (1920×1080) monitor with thin size bezels that taper off, allowing for two monitors to be placed virtually seamlessly side-by-side. The monitor’s flexible stand enables users to adjust its height, swivel and pivot, making almost any viewing angle possible. The monitor has also been designed to work with the Acer Smart Console App, enabling content on a phone to be easily mirrored to and controlled on the monitor.

The new range of models announced, will be available in the region Q1 2021.

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WhatsApp Now Transcribes Voice Messages on Android

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Calling all Android users who dread lengthy voice messages: rejoice! WhatsApp is rolling out voice message transcription to its beta app.

This feature, already available for iOS users since May 2024, is now part of the WhatsApp Beta version 2.24.15.5 for Android. It automatically converts voice messages into text, making it easier and faster to understand conversations.

Currently, transcriptions are supported in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Hindi, with more languages promised in the future. Users opting in will need to download an additional data package to ensure all transcripts are generated directly on their devices, maintaining message privacy.

This update brings Android users closer to iOS users in terms of features and highlights WhatsApp’s commitment to improving the overall user experience.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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