Acer reveals pre-IFA high-tech laptop spread

Ahead of this year's IFA expo in Berlin, which opens officially September 2 and runs through September 7, computer manufacturer Acer has unveiled a raft of attention-grabbing laptops, from a curved-screen gaming machine to two laptops with 360° hinges. Among them, the Predator 21 X puts a curved screen and two GTX 1080 graphics cards into a beefy 8kg laptop, as well as an i7 K-series processor, a mechanical keyboard, Tobii eye-tracking, 4 spare RAM slots, and other accoutrements. At the other end of the scale is the 1.1kg Swift 7, a $999 Windows 10 portable which lays claim to being the first laptop less than 1cm thin -- 9.98cm, to be precise.  read more »

The quest to end lost airline luggage

Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit. As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually ...  read more »

Griffin's Bluetooth headphone adapter is about to kick off a new trend

As we get closer to next week's Apple event where the world will presumably be shown a new iPhone without a 3.5mm headphone jack (along with some ridiculous explanation for removing it), you'll start to notice more and more companies introducing Bluetooth headphone adapters, and Griffin is first out the gate. The Griffin iTrip Clip will allow you to plug in your soon-to-be outdated headphones and turn it into a functioning pair of Bluetooth headphones. The iTrip Clip comes with the requisite play / pause buttons, and can answer calls (if your headphones have a microphone) and activate Siri as well.  read more »

Parrot's new Minidrones look like they can fly the Death Star trench run

Today, Parrot announced its new Parrot Swing and Parrot Mambo Minidrones. The Parrot Swing is definitely the more unique of the two, with an almost X-wing-like design that looks like it flew straight out of a Star Wars movie.  read more »

Yuneec released an affordable drone designed for social photography

The latest drone from Yuneec isn't targeted at drone enthusiasts, but at people who want to step up their Instagram game. The Yuneec Breeze is a $499 "flying camera" that can take 4K video and 13MP images that can easily be shared to your social media accounts through the accompanying app. The Breeze comes with five automated flying modes (including a selfie mode), an indoor positioning system that utilizes optical flow and infrared positioning sensors so it won't crash into your TV, and it weighs in at less than a pound.  read more »

Megaupload founder's extradition appeal to be livestreamed

The world can follow along with internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's extradition appeal almost in real-time, a New Zealand judge has ruled.  read more »

Astronomers have picked up a strong radio signal from space — but it doesn't mean aliens

Buzz is growing over the possibility of intelligent alien life, thanks to a group of Russian astronomers who say they’ve picked up a strong mysterious radio signal from space. Well before you assume we’ve found ET’s home, consider this: astronomers still need to find another signal coming from the same spot in the sky — and that may not be likely.  read more »

Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83

Legendary actor and comedian Gene Wilder has died, according to reports from multiple outlets. According to Variety, the actor died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1933, Wilder became enamored with theater at an early age, and after graduating from the University of Iowa studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. Wilder was drafted into the army in 1956, and later opted for a post in New York so he could continue studying his craft.  read more »

Corsair's Lux mechanical keyboards are now available internationally

Corsair’s mechanical keyboards have long been regarded as some of the best in the world when it comes to gaming. The K70 Lux RGB and K65 Lux RGB replace the similar K70 RGB and K65 RGB models, with Corsair touting a special large font for the Lux series to allow for great visibility of the lighting, alongside an updated lighting controller and a passthrough USB port. Both the K70 Lux RGB and K65 Lux RGB offer an aluminum frame, per key customizable lighting, and the latest Cherry MX RGB switches.  read more »

Iran inaugurates its homegrown National Network of Data

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting the country has inaugurated first phase of its "National Network of Data."

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