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Acer is launching its Revo RL100 Media Center in the US. The small footprint PC's signature trick a detachable wireless pad that acts either as a keyboard or a mouse and helps it fit into home theaters with a minimum of extra space. It is powered by a 1.3GHz Athlon II Neo dual-core processor that gives it unusual performance for something in its size class.
Acer's Revo 2 nettop, introduced at the IFA in late summer, is now arriving in Europe. The multimedia nettop supports Acer's Clear.fi home networking system and is renamed the Revo 100 instead of the Revo RL100 for Euro duty. Processing power comes from a dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo CPU paired with NVIDIA's Ion for 1080p HD playback.
PC maker Acer will bring a newly redesigned Aspire Revo nettop PC to the IFA show that begins on Friday. The first in the series will be the Revo RL100 that is even thinner than the original. It's powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo CPU along with NVIDIA's Ion graphics processor and gets 2GB of RAM.
Dell today shipped the US version of the Inspiron M101z. It marks Dell's official leap into the crossover category between netbooks and notebooks with an 11.6-inch screen and a faster AMD Athlon II Neo processor. Making the switch in processors gives it faster RS880M graphics and opens the door to upgrades that aren't practical or possible on Atom netbooks, such as 4GB of RAM.
Samsung has introduced a new netbook in Europe, the 11.6-inch X125. The system is a break for Samsung as it's powered by the new, 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo and gets 3GB of RAM. It uses an HD (1366x768) screen with graphics handled by faster than average integrated ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics.
Dell will soon replace the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11z with the Inspiron M101z. It comes powered by either a 1.7GHz single-core or 1.3GHz dual-core Athlon II Neo, unlike the outgoing 11z's 1.2GHz Celeron. It offers a 500GB hard drive, with Windows 7 pre-loaded and as much as 8GB of RAM.
AMD today posted mixed but largely positive results for the spring. The firm's pure revenue surged 40 percent over last year to reach $1.65 billion, setting a record for the company, but was balanced by a $43 million net loss. Operating income also flipped from a $67 million loss the year before to $128 million today.
HP has quietly began selling its new 11.6-inch notebook, the Pavilion dm1z. It sports AMD's new Athlon II Neo and Turion II Neo processors, ranging from single-core 1.7GHz for the Athlon part and moving to 1.3GHz dual-core Turion parts. Otherwise, 2GB of RAM is standard, though it can be upgraded to 3GB or 5GB. It can also be equipped with a hard drive as large as 500GB or a 128GB solid state drive.
Gateway hoped to blur the lines between netbooks and notebooks on Wednesday by launching the LT32. It has an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 display that provides more usable space, but unlike most Intel-based alternatives, has the graphics to handle the extra resolution. The system runs on a 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo with a Radeon HD 4225 graphics chipset that can smoothly render Aero Glass effects in Windows 7 Home Premium and 1080p video at its native resolution over HDMI.
Acer's 11.6-inch Aspire 1551 netbook with AMD's dual-core, 1.5GHz Turion II Neo and 1.3GHz Athlon II Neo CPU is now available for sale in North America through Amazon. The former has 3GB of RAM, while the latter gets 4GB and that new AMD netbook chip. Shared features include the 1366x768 display and ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 4225 with 384MB of dedicated RAM. The Turion II Neo system gets a 250GB hard drive, with a 320GB drive optional, while the Athlon II Neo model gets the larger drive as standard fare.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE