Acer’s new Chromebook 315 hits CES 2019 with custom AMD processors

Acer just introduced the Chromebook 315 during the CES 2019 trade show in Las Vegas. Scheduled to arrive this quarter, it will be the company’s first Chromebook based on an all-in-one “APU” processor manufactured by AMD. Acer typically guns for Intel-based processors in Chromebooks, but the company chose custom APUs for this model to better support Chrome- and Android-based apps. APUs (standing for “Accelerated Processing Unit”) combine a CPU and GPU in a single chip.

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Acer’s Chromebook 315 will rely on two seventh-generation AMD A-Series APUs: The A6-9220C and the A4-9120C. These APUs weren’t pulled directly from the shelf, but instead revised to consume less power. That means they enable a longer battery life and produce less heat, making them a great fit for ultra-thin laptop designs. The tradeoff is that you’ll see lower CPU core speeds versus AMD’s original off-the-shelf APUs released in Q2 2017.

Here’s a comparison between the tweaked “c” variants and AMD’s stock A-Series APUs:

  A6-9220 A6-9220C A4-9120 A4-9120C
Process node: 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
CPU cores: 2 2 2 2
Threads: 2 2 2 2
Base speed: 2.5GHz 1.8GHz 2.2GHz 1.6GHz
Maximum speed: 2.9GHz 2.7GHz 2.5GHz 2.4GHz
Graphics cores: 2 3 2 3
Graphics shaders: 192 128 128 128
Graphics type: Radeon R5 Radeon R5 Radeon R3 Radeon R4
Base speed: 655MHz 720MHz 655MHz 600MHz
Maximum TDP: 15 watts 6 watts 15 watts 6 watts

These tweaked APUs will power an IPS-based 15.6-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Acer will offer versions with touch (CB315-2HT) and without touch (CB315-2H). You’ll also see up to 8GB of system memory and up to 32GB of storage. Given you’ll likely consume most of that storage with Android apps, Acer threw in a microSD card reader to store music, videos, images, and other files.

Acer Chromebook 315

In addition to the card slot, the Chromebook 315 will include two USB Type-C ports (5Gbps), two USB Type-A ports (5Gbps), and a microphone/headphone combo jack. A full-size upward-facing speaker will reside on each side of the keyboard, providing crisp audio versus the annoying muffled audio typically heard with downward-facing speakers. The touch-capable version will feature a backlit keyboard, whereas the non-touch version won’t have any backlighting. Rounding out the multimedia aspect is an HD webcam with an 88-degree field-of-view.

“The Chromebook 315 features a stylish IMR top cover and palm rest that are durable and light enough for moving around the home or office,” the company said in a pre-show press release. “It can speed through demanding apps, while running multiple tabs and extensions, all during a battery life of up to 10 hours.”

Acer Chromebook 315

Acer also notes that parents can easily manage the Chromebook 315 using Google’s Family Link Android app for mobile. With this free service enabled, children can’t install apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store, view violent and sexually explicit sites, or use incognito mode. There’s nothing parents need to install on the Chromebook itself, as all restrictions are controlled through the child’s Google Account.

Read: What is a Chromebook and what can it do?

Acer’s upcoming Chromebook will measure 0.79 inches thick and weigh a mere 3.79 pounds. It won’t be available until sometime during the first quarter of 2019 sporting a starting price of $280.

The new Acer Swift 7 Windows 10 notebook

In addition to its new Chromebook, Acer also announced a new Windows 10 laptop, the Swift 7. The 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen notebook has very thin bezels, allowing it to have a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. The body of the notebook is also very thin at just 9.95mm and is incredibly light at just 1.96 pounds, as it is made of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys. The display is also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for extra protection.

Inside, the Acer Swift 7 has the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8500Y processor and can support either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of onboard storage. The battery life is supposed to last up to 10 hours on a single charge. The power button on the laptop doubles as a fingerprint reader so you can log onto Windows 10 as you power the notebook up, via Windows Hello. It has a push-to-open camera for webchats and video recording that can be closed back inside the notebook when not in use.

The Acer Swift 7 won’t be available for a little while. It will go on sale in April in Europe starting at €1,799, and also in China starting at ¥14,999. It won’t be available in the US until May, for the starting price of $1,699.

We asked, you told us: The Pixel 4 / 4 XL is the most anticipated phone of 2019

Google Pixel 3 XL Camera

As there can’t be constant advances in technology, we occasionally have years that are just kind of boring. That is exactly what 2018 was. 2019 is the year that we could actually see a lot of advances and growth in the Android market.

So with all of that in mind, we asked you what phone you’re most excited to see announced in 2019. Here is what you had to say.

What phone are you most looking forward to in 2019?

Results

Sliding in just ahead of the OnePlus 7 / 7T, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL took the crown with 18.8 percent of the votes. While the search giant’s flagships have always been a safe but boring option, it offers the best in camera performance, Android updates, and more.

After a lackluster launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we can only hope that Google doesn’t drop the ball with its 2019 handsets.

As mentioned, the OnePlus 7 / 7T came in second with 18.1 percent of the reader’s votes. As the Chinese company has been producing some of the best smartphones for the price, this result isn’t all that surprising. With OnePlus’ push into the U.S. market and desire to be at the forefront of 5G, it could easily be one of the most popular brands in 2019.

And coming in third, we have the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. As the South Korean company’s two flagships are the world’s most popular Android handsets, this isn’t surprising. While the Galaxy line hasn’t seen many changes over the last several years, we could see some changes with Samsung rumored to be using an Infinity-O display with the S10 handsets.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • I guess I’m not surprised the Pixel has the most. It’s such a boring phone though . Let me guess, it’ll look pretty much the same? I hate that I think this way as I was a huge Nexus fan and want to be excited about the Pixel, but that ridiculous price tag!
  • The Android One program is very promising and Xiaomi didn’t disappoint with it’s Mi A2. Let’s see what’s coming up.
  • The Xiaomi Mi A3. All the goodness of a ‘flagship killer’ without the ridiculous gimmicks for half the price.
  • Waiting for the Moto z4 (hoping for a force variant) or the Nokia 9 pureview.
  • IDK why, but Honor V20. Man this thing is sexy

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

Page Builder is the cheap and easy way to build a website

Page Builder Pro

It wasn’t that long ago that you needed coding skills to build a website, which might have meant paying some nerdy kid to do it for you. Well, those days are over. It’s never been cheaper or easier to put a site together, especially with this Page Builder deal we’ve stumbled across.

Page Builder is how building a website should be. You just choose one of the great themes or templates, then fiddle around with it to your heart’s content. If you’re in a hurry you can just throw your own text up there and you’re already done.

If you want to make it a little more personalized, you can utilize any of the hundreds of pre-designed elements to easily modify your site. Essentially, you can customize the site as much as you like, and it’s all very user-friendly.

Page Builder has other great features too. It’s mobile-friendly and it can help you sell products, which is why many people are building a site in the first place. It also helps to optimize the SEO of your site, sending you up the Google rankings and driving more traffic to your page.

Page Builder Pro at a glance:

  • Build your dream website with zero programming knowledge.
  • Choose one of Page Builder’s professional themes and customize as you like.
  • Access thousands of pre-designed elements to add to your page or make your own from scratch.
  • Build the perfect site for your business with mobile and SEO-friendly templates.
  • Run your site with zero hosting fees.
  • Create your own site with unlimited bandwidth, custom popups, online chat, and more.

The one-year subscription to the Page Builder Pro package is worth $150, but this week is your chance to pick it up for just $19.

If you think you might want your site beyond 2019, there are huge price drops on the three-year and lifetime subscriptions too. The longer you sign up for, the better value you get.

The deals are just this week, so time is running out. Hit the button below to find out more.

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UK Deals of the Week: £50 off Pocophone F1 (128GB), 2 Google Home Minis for £59

Android deals Pocophone F1

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best Android phone deals and offers on Android accessories, Android tablets, smartwatches, general tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile for buyers in the U.K.!

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This week’s deals include a killer sale on the Pocophone F1, big discounts on a Samsung wireless charging stand, two Google Home Minis for less than £60, and much more.

Below are the most enticing offers we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

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Best Android Deals: Phones

Pocophone F1 (SIM free, 64GB) – £279 (was £329) @ Carphone Warehouse

Pocophone F1 (SIM free, 128GB) – £299 (was £349) @ Carphone Warehouse

Moto G6 (SIM free, 32GB) – £169 (was £219) @ Amazon

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (SIM free, 64GB) – £230 (was £249) @ Amazon

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (SIM free, 64GB) – £209 (was £259) @ Amazon

Nokia 3310 3G (2017) (SIM free) – £19 (was £39) @ O2

Best Android Deals: Accessories

SanDisk 64GB MicroSDHC Memory Card – £9 w/ Prime (was £19, £10 non-Prime) @ Amazon

Logitech Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard – £17 (was £28) @ Amazon

Philips SHB4205WT Flite Hyprlite Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones – £14 (was £59) @ Amazon

Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 18W – £9 w/ Prime (was £13) @ Amazon

Samsung Wireless Charging Desk Stand – £14 (was £59) @ eBay (Samsung UK Store)

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Best Android Deals: Tech

2 x Google Home Mini – £59 w/ code GOGM2 (was £98) @ Currys PC World

BT Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 3 Discs – £148 (was £199) @ Amazon

Samsung Original Level Box Slim Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker – £42 (was £99) @ Amazon

Philips Hue Smart Personal Lighting Wireless Bulbs Starter Dimming Kit – £20 (was £29) @ Wickes

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Samsung might release new Gear IconX earbuds this year

According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on new Gear IconX true wireless earbuds. The company will reportedly release the updated earbuds sometime this year.

Anonymous sources claim that the updated IconX earbuds come with model number SM-R170. They also claim that the earbuds feature 8GB of internal storage. That’s double the amount of storage we’ve seen in Samsung smartwatches and previous IconX models.

Finally, the updated IconX reportedly comes in three colors: black, white, and yellow. The current version of the IconX comes in black, pink, and gray.

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Not much else is known about Samsung’s upcoming wireless earbuds. We can guess that Samsung will use Galaxy branding instead of the Gear branding used in older IconX models.

We can also guess that the updated IconX features AKG branding and tuning. Samsung flagship smartphones released in the last two years feature AKG-tuned speakers and AKG-branded earbuds.

Released in 2016, the original Gear IconX earbuds arrived during a time when true wireless earbuds were just taking off. Even though battery life was poor and they were difficult to control, the original IconX earbuds had plenty of potential.

Samsung followed up its freshman effort with the Gear IconX (2018). Samsung made improvements across the board with the newer earbuds, though the touch controls remain a bit finicky.

We can be sure that the upcoming IconX earbuds feature even more improvements. We just don’t know what those improvements look like just yet.

NEXT: What we know so far about Samsung’s foldable phone

Apple pulls iPhone 7 and 8 from store shelves in Germany, thanks to Qualcomm

A photograph of the iPhone 8 Plus.

  • The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus are no longer for sale in Germany.
  • The devices have been pulled from Apple.com as well as the 15 official Apple stores in Germany.
  • The sales ban is in response to legal troubles the company faces with chipset-maker Qualcomm.

Towards the end of December, a German court determined that Apple infringed on chipset-maker Qualcomm’s intellectual property for power savings in smartphones. In response to this, the District Court of Munich ordered Apple to pull iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models from its store shelves in Germany.

Today, Apple did just that. As of now, the iPhone 7 and 8, as well as the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus, are no longer for sale at official Apple storefronts, including the German version of Apple.com. Apple has 15 physical stores in Germany, all of which no longer sell the allegedly infringing devices.

Here is an image of how Apple’s German site looked before and after the ban, via MacRumors:

The ban also forces Apple to pull the infringing iPhone models from third-party German stores. However, this is a huge undertaking and, as one would expect, the iPhone models in question are still available at plenty of German retailers both online and physical.

In order to ensure the ban took place, Qualcomm had to pony up 1.34 billion euros (~$1.5 billion) worth of security bonds. This huge backing of cash proves Qualcomm is serious about fighting hard to win this case against Apple. The money is being kept aside in case Apple’s appeal of the verdict ends up in its favor.

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Apple and Qualcomm are engaged in tough legal battles throughout the world. Although each one is a little different, they all are based on the idea that Apple is using various Qualcomm patents in iPhones and not paying Qualcomm the proper licensing fees. Apple accuses Qualcomm of abusing the patent system, while Qualcomm accuses Apple of taking advantage of its property rights.

Recently, Qualcomm earned a big win in China against Apple, and this German case looks to be going well for the chipset-maker, too. However, similar cases in the United States — the home turf of both companies — ended in Apple’s favor, and Qualcomm has been accused of playing dirty in some of the cases.

Apple also recently became mired in controversy after CEO Tim Cook published a letter to investors revealing iPhone sales are not as good as originally anticipated. You can read more about that — and how it affects the smartphone industry at large — by clicking the link below.

NEXT: Yes, Apple, the slowing smartphone market affects you, too

Half-price deal: Become a certified project manager with RedVector

RedVector Project Manager Pro Membership

Becoming a project manager has significant perks. It’s a problem-solving role with responsibility and good pay to match, not to mention the number of industries to which you can apply your skills.

The main problem is finding affordable tuition because it’s not just about passing exams. Whatever certification you want to add to your resume — and you’re going to want certification — you’ll have to meet a minimum number of contact hours as well. Fortunately, today’s deal offers you the chance to fast-track your training.

RedVector has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The team has trained one million professionals across 2,500 companies, and right now the whole Project Manager Pro Collection is on offer.

RedVector offers you the chance to fast-track your training.

Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) are two of the biggest certifications in the project management game. RedVector fully prepares you to cruise the exams for both at the first time of asking with easy-to-follow tutorials.

Not only do they provide you with the materials for exam prep, but there are also a wealth of other resources to prepare you for certification too. For instance, you can meet the professional development unit (PDU) hours required for the certifications.

RedVector Project Manager Pro at a glance:

  • Access over 100 courses and gain contact hours toward your project management certifications.
  • Prepare to ace the PMI-PMP and PMI-ACP certification exams on your first try.
  • Deepen your understanding of risk management, quality assurance, and cost control.
  • Reach the 36-hour educational requirement to sit for the PMP certification.
  • Obtain the PDUs required to renew your PMP certification.
  • Meet the 21-hour education requirement to sit for the PMI-ACP certification.
  • Familiarize yourself with scope, time, and HR management.
  • Dive into Agile principles, change management, problem detection, and more.

The one-year subscription to the this service is $199 on the RedVector website, but right now at Tech Deals you can get the same one-year membership for just $99.

This half-price deal ends this weekend. If you want to start training or to find out more, hit the button below.

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New LG TVs will use AI to better the picture and sound based on content

High-end LG televisions come with the ThinQ branding, which signifies built-in AI features. Although previous LG TVs have included Google Assistant built in and newer ones are now featuring Amazon’s Alexa too, LG will debut a new type of AI-powered television at CES 2019.

According to an LG press release, the company’s newest flagship TVs will use a new algorithm to offer enhanced picture and sound by analyzing source content as well as optimize content by recognizing ambient conditions.

In other words, if you’re watching an action film with loud explosions and big, bold colors, the TV will respond to that and alter the picture and sound to accommodate. The TV will do likewise for sports games, TV shows, video games, concerts, etc.

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This new AI feature is powered by the company’s second-generation Alpha 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor which will power LG’s Z9, W9, E9, and C9 series OLED TVs. The optimization algorithm was built using a database of over one million visual data.

In addition to using the visual image depicted by the TV, the processor uses the TV’s ambient light sensor to measure light levels in the room, automatically adjusting brightness to compensate as needed. No more adjusting brightness on sunny days!

LG will be showing off its new TV lineup at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, which starts in a few days. Stay tuned for more info on these and other LG product releases.

NEXT: CES 2019 — What to expect

Asus’ education-focused Chromebooks should withstand some abuse

Asus

  • Asus announced four new education-focused Chromebooks.
  • The four Chromebooks include the CT100, Asus’ first Chrome OS-powered tablet.
  • Asus will announce pricing and specific launch dates in the coming months.

With CES 2019 right around the corner, Asus unveiled four new rugged Chromebooks which include the company’s first Chrome OS-powered tablet.

Starting with the tablet, the CT100 features a 9.7-inch display with QXGA resolution (2,048 x 1,536), a USB Type-C port, the hexa-core OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 35Wh battery. As a nice bonus, the tablet features a built-in stylus to use on the display.

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The tablet also features a 2MP selfie camera and 5MP rear camera. Finally, the CT100’s rugged build helps it withstand drops up to 100 centimeters (~39 inches).

Moving to the Chromebook C204, the laptop features a 180-degree hinge to lay it flat, an 11.6-inch display with HD resolution (1,366 x 768), Intel’s dual-core Celeron N4000 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, and a 50Wh battery.

Again, the C204’s rugged build helps it survive falls up to 120 centimeters (~47 inches) when dropped flat and up to 80 centimeters (~31 inches) when dropped on its sides. Finally, schools can outfit the C204 with either a non-touch or touchscreen anti-glare display.




Next up is the Chromebook C214, which features a few differences relative to the C204. The 360-degree hinge turns the C214 into a hefty 2.6-pound tablet, though the smaller 45Wh battery cuts down the runtime a bit.

Schools can outfit the C214 with either the Intel Celeron N4000 or N4100 processor. Schools can also configure the C214 with an 11.6-inch display that supports Wacom EMR and Gorilla Glass 3. The resolution remains the same as the display on the C204.

Finally, the C214 goes up to 64GB of storage and puts the outward-facing camera on the bottom-right corner of the palm rest area.

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Last up is the Chromebook C403, which sports a 180-degree hinge, 14-inch display with HD resolution (1,366 x 768), Intel’s dual-core Celeron N3350 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, and a 45Wh battery that should deliver up to 11 hours of use.

The C403 also features two USB Type-C ports and two regular USB ports.

The C214 and C403 will launch sometime during the spring. The C204 goes on sale “later this year,” while Asus remained quiet on the CT100’s availability. We might learn more about pricing and availability during CES 2019.

NEXT: How to setup Chromebook parental controls

Deal: 1More dual driver headphones now just $45.99

1More Dual Driver Headphones

If Santa didn’t bring you a new pair of headphones this Christmas, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. After all, you’re going to need some crystal clear sound to face that commute on Monday.

The 1More dual driver headphones might be just the thing. These high-powered, in-ear headphones are a perfect balance of top engineering and affordability, especially while this deal lasts.

The real selling point of these buds is the dual driver technology. Most headphones just use one driver, which is often an inadequate compromise between highs lows. The result is often distortion and loss of detail.

The 1More headphones split the workload across two specialized drivers. One is a balanced armature driver for sizzling clear highs, and the other is a state-of-the-art graphene driver for perfected definition and deep bass.1More Dual Driver Headphones

There are a host of other nice touches to these headphones too, such as Kevlar braided cable for extra durability.

1More dual driver headphones at a glance:

  • Upgraded drivers deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed clarity.
  • Aluminum alloy body comes with a Kevlar core braided cable for lasting durability and resilience.
  • Oblique-angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals for added comfort.
  • Convenient in-line controls allow you to control volume, select songs, and take calls.
  • New and improved L-shaped 3.5mm plug provides added security and durability.

The 1More dual driver headphones have a retail value of around $60, but there’s a tasty promotion right now over at Tech Deals. Until Saturday, you can get the headphones for just $45.99.

The deal will be over before you know it, so don’t miss out. Hit the button below to find it.

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