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Acer’s new tablet, gaming PCs pack power

Acer’s got a new tablet and gaming PCs for virtual reality The Switch Alpha 12 tablet is one of the stars of Acer’s 2016 product line up that was unveiled on Thursday in New York. Acer says is the first fanless tablet with an Intel Skylake Core I processor — that means lots of power and no fan noise. To ... Read More »

First Look: Magic Instruments aims to make anyone a guitar hero

IDG.TV | Apr 19, 2016 Magic Instruments makes learning how to play guitar as simple as do-re-mi. Watch Caitlin go from zero to playing in just minutes. Read More »

Google could face EU antitrust charges over Android next week

After a year-long investigation, the European Commission appears ready to accuse Google of abusing its dominant position in the smartphone OS market. It could announce formal antitrust charges as early as next Wednesday, the Financial Times reported Friday. The commission began its Android investigation on April 15, 2015, the same day that it announced formal antitrust charges against Google in ... Read More »

True Tone on iPad Pro vs. Night Shift in iOS 9.3

IDG.TV | Apr 13, 2016 Night Shift isn’t sensor based and auto-adjusting like True Tone. But it works almost the same, and you don’t have to buy a brand-new iPad Pro to get it. Read More »

All-metal and $299, Acer’s Chromebook 14 targets IT pros

Acer this week announced a new Chromebook that shows just how these machines keep getting better and better. The eyebrow-raising feature of the Acer Chromebook 14 is its all-aluminium chassis — and a $299 price. This latest Acer system is part of an emerging trend in the Chromebook world to build systems for business users, or people who just want ... Read More »

At Apple, ‘Pro’ is the new normal

Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro changes the tablet game. While it continues to sell an iPad Air and iPad Mini, it’s crystal clear the Pro tablet range is now Apple’s main attraction. Why would it turn out different? Apple took possession of the tablet industry when it launched iPad in 2010. Since then he sector has become a more complex ... Read More »

Why Microsoft wants to help developers build bots

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is pushing developers to create virtual assistants and intelligent chatbots to help users do everything from managing their calendars to booking hotel reservations. To that end, Microsoft has published a new Bot Framework, which makes it easier to build chatbots using either C# or Node.js. Working with the tools isn’t so easy that anyone could do it, ... Read More »

Five signs 40-year-old Apple is having a midlife crisis — and five reasons it isn’t

As he opened Apple’s latest breathless gadget debut last week, CEO Tim Cook struck three appropriately serious notes for a company that will turn 40 next week. Apple is safeguarding Americans’ privacy, Cook said. It’s recycling and going renewable. It’s even helping to cure diseases by making ResearchKit. Clearly, this is no long-haired startup in a garage. But like a ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Retail’s struggles with improving in-store checkout

With all of the effort by retailers to lure shoppers into their stores, one would think that granting those customers an easy and painless exit would be a priority. One would be wrong. A few years ago, Walmart made an impressively clever attempt, leveraging mobile in-store. That experiment, which never got beyond the experimental stage, had shoppers scanning every item ... Read More »

Lyft drivers lawsuit may end without addressing worker reclassification

A lawsuit filed by drivers against Lyft may not address the key and contentious issue of whether the drivers should be reclassified as employees with all the attendant benefits. The app-based ride hailing company is offering a $12.25 million settlement fund, including attorney fees and other costs, besides non-monetary relief to the about 100,000 drivers, but will not be required ... Read More »

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