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IFA 2018: Acer refreshes range

At the recent IFA conference in Berlin, Acer announced the pricing and availability of the Swift 5 notebook, claimed to be the world’s lightest notebook PC with a 15-inch display.

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The Swift 5 (SF515-51T) is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U processors to deliver responsive performance and up to 10 hours of battery life for day-to-night productivity. Running Windows 10, the new Swift 5 is a large-screen productivity powerhouse. 

“Acer is consistently developing new ways to engineer thin-and-light chassis designs that house the latest technology with stellar features,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “The industry-leading sub-1 kg weight on the new Swift 5 delivers all that’s best in an ultra-portable notebook: a sleek chassis, stylish design and slim bezels with superb performance and battery life.”

“The latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors set a new standard for mobile computing with blazing fast integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi combined with even faster Intel performance, long battery life and enabling more convenient voice and touch interactions,” said Chris Walker, Vice President of the Client Computing Group and General Manager of Mobility Client Platform at Intel. “We have worked closely with Acer to bring these new levels of performance and connectivity to life with the latest Swift models.”

“Acer continues to drive innovation with the Swift 5, a Windows 10 PC that packs a lot of power in a sleek, light and ultra-thin design,” said Paul Donovan, Vice President, Partner and Device Solutions, Microsoft Corp. “The Swift 5 brings superior battery life, portability and the convenience of password-free logins with Windows Hello for those who are always on the go, whether for business or personal use.”

The Swift 5’s ground-breaking design features top and bottom covers that are constructed from magnesium-lithium alloy for a thinner design while ensuring durability without bending or twisting. The magnesium-aluminum alloy palm rest provides an extra sturdy base when using the keyboard and trackpad. The slim chassis measures only 15.9 mm (0.63 inch) thin, yet makes room for a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello so customers can log in to their accounts faster and keep their device more secure.

Complementing the fast Intel Core processors, the Acer Swift 5 boasts up to 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and up to a 1 TB NVMe SSD PCIe  for speedy boot times and file access. Customers can make the most of the system’s performance and long battery life even into evening hours with the LED backlit keyboard.

The Swift 5’s Full HD 1920×1080 IPS1 touchscreen features ultra-narrow bezels measuring just 5.87 mm (0.23 inches), giving it an incredible 87.6% screen-to-body ratio to create an immersive viewing experience. The wide viewing angles make it easy to enjoy streaming video with friends and colleagues. Acer BluelightShield reduces blue-light emissions for nighttime viewing, while Acer Color Intelligence technology dynamically adjusts gamma and saturation in real-time for optimum screen-color and brightness. Plus, Acer TrueHarmony technology and optimized Dolby Audio deliver high-quality sound via the dual stereo speakers.

Customers have a fast and reliable WiFi connection with 2×2 802.11ac wireless Gigabit performance. Also, ports are plentiful. The Swift 5 features a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen-2 port delivering high-speed 10 Gbps data transfers, supporting power delivery and display output, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports (one with power-off charging functionality), and an HDMI port.

Acer Swift 5 with 14-inch display updated with latest Intel Core Processors

Acer has updated its ultra-portable 14-inch Swift 5 (SF514-53T) with the latest Intel Core processors to deliver a boost in performance and battery life. Now using new Intel Core i7-8565U and Intel Core i5-8265U processors, the 14-inch Swift 5 offers an exceptionally fast and responsive experience to and up to 8 hours4 of battery life to keep customers productive. 

Outfitted with a 14-inch Full HD display, the elegant chassis on the Swift 5 (SF514-53T) weighs only 970 grams (2.14 pounds) and measures only 14.9 mm (0.59 inches) thin, making it the right device for people on the go. It sports a similar design to the 15.6-inch model that is both ultra-light and sturdy—built with a magnesium-lithium alloy construction for the top and bottom cover and a magnesium-aluminum alloy palm rest. The Full HD IPS1 touchscreen is surrounded by narrow bezels of just 9.32 mm so customers can get the most from what’s on their display.

Customers can stay in touch with 2×2 802.11ac Gigabit wireless connectivity, and log in quickly via the integrated fingerprint reader thanks to Windows Hello. It features the latest ports: USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (up to 5Gbps transfers, display output and power delivery), two USB 3.0 (one with power-off USB charging) and HDMI for easily connecting mice and other gadgets.

Swift 3 Line Expands with 4G LTE

The Swift 3 line has been updated to include new models with 13.3-inch and 14-inch displays surrounded by slimmer bezels, sleek aluminum designs that open 180-degrees to lay-flat, and the latest technologies for performance and connectivity.

The Swift 3 (SF313-51) is the ultimate 13-inch notebook PC for productivity on the go thanks to its full HD 1920×1080 13.3-inch display and option for integrated 4G LTE packed into a super-light 1.3 kg (2.86 pounds) design that is only 15.9 mm thin (0.63 inch). 4G LTE provides an always-available connection even when no WiFi network is available. When it is, customers can connect via fast and reliable 2×2 802.11ac WiFi. Powered by Intel Core processors, it provides solid performance and up to 13 hours4 of battery life. Plus, the notebook offers up to 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSDs, further accelerating response times. 

Acer will also offer the Swift 3 in two models with 14-inch displays for those who want a larger display in a sleek design for work, school or fun. 

The Swift 3 (SF314-55/SF314-55G)packs a full HD 14-inch display into a 1.4 kg (3.08 pound) design that measures only 14.9 mm thin (0.59 inches) and has super-thin 6.1 mm side bezels. Powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U/i5-8265U/i3-8145U processors, up to 8GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs, the system is speedy and delivers 12 hours4 of battery life. Plus, it provides the option for discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 graphics, so customers have the power they need for more computing-intensive tasks such as editing video and casual gaming. Users can stay connected with 2×2 802.11ac Gigabit WiFi and use the system’s USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port for high-speed 10 Gbps data transfers, powering delivery, as well as display output.

The Swift 3 (SF314-56/SF-314-56G) offers the same full HD 14-inch display, processor and graphics options as the Swift 3 (SF314-55) in a slightly larger design that makes room for a hard disk drive for mobile users that require plentiful data storage on-the-go. It also features an extra-large touchpad typically found on a notebook with a 15.6-inch display. The Swift 3 (SF314-56) also includes multiple ports including a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen-2 port for high-speed 10 Gbps data transfers.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Swift 5 with 15-inch display (SF515-51T) will be available in South Africa in January, 2019, starting at R 15 999. 

The Acer Swift 5 with 14-inch display (SF514-53T) will be available in South African in January, 2019, starting at R 15 999.

The Acer Swift 3 with 13-inch display (SF313-51) will be available in South Africa in January 2019 starting at R 12 999.

The Acer Swift 3 with 14-inch displays (SF314-55 and SF314-56) will be available  in South Africa in January 2019 starting at R 12 999.

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Funko Fortnite hits SA

Funko has come on board to bring South African players the collectables of their favourite Fortnite avatars.

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Fortnite phenomenon in the world of gaming and the Battle Royale game mode has drawn over 125 million players worldwide in less than a year.

In the game, players can gather materials to create defensive fortifications around an objective or trap-filled tunnels to lure unsuspecting enemies to. 

In Battle Royale mode, players can quickly traverse the map; protect themselves from enemy fire, or just delay an advancing foe by means of building obstacles and structures from gathered materials. Players are encouraged to be very creative in designing their fortifications.  Although Fortnite is a shooter game, it highly promotes creativity and the most creative and clever methods tend to be that of the winner.  Any gamer in the country knows of, or has played Fortnite and Funko has come on board to bring South African players the collectables of their favourite Fortnite avatars.

The following Funko POP characters have been released to SA, just in time for Christmas:

Drift: Journey into the unknown, and find your way to victory.

Ragnarok:  The cold harbinger of fate.

Dark Vangaurd:  Exploring the outer limits.

Valor:  A beacon for hope.

Havoc:  Striking fear into the opposition.

Tricera-Ops:  Sink your teeth into victory.

Sparkle specialist:  It’s time to shine!

Zoey:  Candy-coated chaos.

Burnout:  All roads lead to victory.

Raven:  Brooding master of dark skies

If you want to have your character with you at all times, there are Funko Keychains that can accompany you anywhere, of all the same characters.

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Here is 2019’s tech

From AI to flexible displays, this is the tech that will shape 2019, writes CY KIM, MD of LG SA

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2018 was incredibly exciting for the technology sector which has seen myriad advancements. These include the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) being established, robots helping around the house and consumer electronic innovations such as TVs that are so thin, they might be mistaken for windows, or paintings.

2019 promises to be another significant year as people’s attitudes are changing and technology becomes embedded in our lives. Smart electronics manufacturers will ensure their plans for the future match evolving consumer needs with suitable technology.

We take a look at the biggest innovations for 2019 from AI to lightning-fast internet speeds and flexible viewing surfaces, and we shed some light on how these evolving technologies will impact on how we live and work.

AI will come of age

AI has experienced a marked increase in investments and according to Forbes, 80% of enterprises are investing in AI while 30% are planning to expand their AI investments in the next three years. It’s estimated that during 2017, venture, corporate and seed investors put about $3.6-billion into AI and machine learning companies.

This investment trend has given rise to innovation in deep learning products that have the potential to change the world for the better.

Yes, AI has been around since the 1950s, but its consumer benefits weren’t visible until recently and 2019 will be the year when AI starts to really take off and become a necessity, not just in the home, but in every facet of our lives.

The potential of AI is endless as this technology goes into everything from small watches to cars and even gigantic, connected smart cities. AI is also starting to find its way into TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, speakers, mobile phones and even air cons as products adapt to human behaviour.

Lightning-fast internet speeds

Faster internet speeds enable quicker response times for business tools that we all rely on to get the job done. It will increase the efficiency of workers and will provide reliable communication tools for companies that rely on remote workers.

Given that the so-called gig economy has grown exponentially in recent years, the expectation is that the evolving workforce will contain a higher percentage of employees, or contractors who do not work in a central office.

5G has the potential to change the world the way the internet did a few decades ago. The fifth generation of wireless technology will take internet connectivity to a new level as the internet of things (IoT), will bring about the potential for everything to be connected to everything.

However, 5G is not just about faster internet speeds. It will create new possibilities in numerous sectors, including medicine, transportation and manufacturing.

A smarter world through IoT and AI isn’t possible without 5G’s speed and capacity as the system is able to carry large numbers of connections simultaneously, and is therefore crucial to the development of smart cities, autonomous cars and smart homes.

Life-enriching smart technology

Much like technological innovations, consumer habits and preferences are changing drastically when it comes to home appliances and particularly, home entertainment.

Most consumers believe that advancements in home entertainment tech is life-enriching and that their life is better with the latest tech at their fingertips as it allows them to stay indoors and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

The value of home entertainment tech lies in how it allows loved ones to share experiences, thereby bringing them closer together, particularly during big events such as major sporting events and holiday celebrations.

The potential of flexible viewing surfaces will not only change home entertainment, but also marketing techniques in shopping malls, city centres and shop fronts. With the ability to curve around any environment, this technology creates the perfect platform for signage and consumer engagement that stands out from the crowd.

LG Electronics is an established market leader in innovation and has already started to incorporate these futuristic technologies into its products, which are designed to make consumers lives more convenient. We will continue to release amazing products that utilise smart tech to connect with consumers while staying ahead of the evolutionary curve.

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