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Garmin unveils new GPS for motorbikes

The new Garmin zūmo XT is a GPS that’s designed for motorcycles, showcasing an ultra-bright screen with rain resistance.

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Garmin has announced the zūmo XT all-terrain GPS motorcycle navigator, which is designed to help riders navigate on and off the beaten path. The device features a glove-friendly touchscreen with an ultra-bright 5.5-inch display for use in direct sunlight. It also has passed military-grade 810G drop test standards. 

“The zūmo XT is able to take on any type of adventure, regardless of the weather or rugged terrain, it’s ready to venture wherever the rider chooses,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With its new, larger display offering an impressive ultra-bright touchscreen, riders will have the advantage of easily seeing their screen even on bright sunny days. Visibility of the route ahead is further enhanced with a choice to mount zūmo XT in traditional landscape or portrait mode.”

The motorcycle GPS boasts an impressive feature set, starting with new Garmin Adventurous Routing options that find scenic routes. Adventure riders – seeking more than spoken turn-by-turn street directions from their zūmo navigators – can explore new places, thanks to preloaded topographic maps that show public land boundaries, and 4×4 roads. 

Garmin Explore helps adventure-seekers plan trips and later access routes, tracks, and waypoints across the zūmo XT, a smartphone or a computer. In addition, riders can access Birdseye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads that do not require a subscription.

Sight-seeing is consolidated with the zūmo XT’s lineup of options that include the History database of notable sites, iOverlander points of interest, Ultimate Public Campgrounds, a U.S. National Parks directory, TripAdvisor traveller ratings and Foursquare content – offering millions of popular places to explore.

Storing or sharing adventures is possible with the new track recorder option built into the navigator. Users can wirelessly import their GPX files after pairing their phones to the zūmo XT using the free Garmin Drive app. Additionally, the Garmin Drive app will allow riders access to smart notifications, real-time fuel prices, and live traffic and weather.

Designed with built-in convenience, it offers a number of safety features, including Bluetooth hands-free calling, rider alerts for potential hazards, automatic incident notifications for family or loved ones in case an incident occurs.

The zūmo XT is expected to be available in March with a suggested retail price of $499.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/zūmo.

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Apple now makes face shields

Apple is designing and distributing face shields to medical workers in the United States. BRYAN TURNER unpacks what this means.

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The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has tweeted an update to the company’s COVID-19 crisis statement, where he previously announced their teams were “working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19”. 

In a video update, Cook says the tech giant has sourced over 20-million masks through smart movements in its global supply chain. Apple is now working with governments to send them where they’re needed most. 

Cook showed off one of the shields designed by Apple in the video update (below). He said Apple has brought together product designers, engineers, operations, packaging teams, and suppliers to design the masks. 

Its first shipment went to a hospital in the Santa Clara Valley last week and the feedback from doctors was very positive, say Cook. The shields pack flat and one hundred can fit in a box. Cook says the masks can be assembled in under two minutes and allows for safe adjustability. The materials are from the US and China. 

Apple forecasts that it would have shipped a million shields by Sunday, followed by another million next week. 

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Acer launches new Predator Triton 500

The new Predator Triton 500 features a 10th Gen Intel Core processors, the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX Super and GTX GPUs, and fast display refresh rates of up to 300 Hz.

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Acer has unveiled the new Predator Triton 500 gaming notebook, with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors and newly-announced Nvidia GeForce RTX Super and GTX GPUs. 

“In addition to the latest processors and GPUs, we’ve made exciting across-the-board updates to the Predator Triton 500 and Acer Nitro 5 this year,” says Glenn du Toit, General Manager & Head of Consumer Business at Acer Africa. “Most importantly, we’ve applied new thermal technology which keeps the devices cool so gamers can enjoy the performance improvements from the latest silicon technology.” 

Backing up all the internal power, the Triton 500 offers up to 7.5 hours of battery life, making the notebook an excellent choice for working professionals who want to play too. The laptop’s 300 Hz IPS panel with a 3 ms overdrive response time displays all the action in smooth and vivid detail, covering 100% of the sRGB colour gamut while supporting wide-angle views. Nvidia G-Sync technology eliminates tearing and minimizes lag. 

It also comes with a Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i wireless controller, E3100G ethernet controller, and Control Center 2.0 to push network connection quality to the Wi-Fi 6 standard. All this power is packed into a thin 17.9 mm and lightweight 2.1 kg all-metal chassis that features narrow bezels and an 81% screen-to-body ratio. The notebook has up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2 TB of NVMe, RAID 0 SSD storage. 

The Triton 500 features Acer’s Vortex Flow technology, a new design involving three custom engineered fans strategically placed in the chassis, working in tandem to increase additional airflow while also reducing noise. This is further enhanced by CoolBoost technology, which increases fan speed for improved performance. Users can monitor the device’s temperature and adjust the fan speed through the PredatorSense UI. 

The notebook’s innovative cooling system also features an all-metal 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan that’s been specially designed to maximize airflow and reduce noise. Serrated edges, winglets and a curved fin allow for up to 45% increase in airflow. Adding five heat pipes to the mix, the 2020 Predator Triton 500 ultimately gets 33% better thermal performance than its 2019 counterpart. 

The Predator Triton 500 gaming notebook will be available in North America in May starting at US$2,200. Local pricing has not yet been announced. 

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