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Acer’s Liquid Jade Primo is a flagship Windows 10 phone that doubles somewhat as a pocket PC

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Contrary to what you may have seen on the news, Microsoft isn’t the only company with an interest in seeing Windows 10 Mobile take off.

Amid sluggish growth — which according to industry analyst IDC, won’t get much better in the foreseeable future — and a dismal 2015 that saw its mobile operating system’s market share dip to 2.2 percent (compared to Android’s 81 percent), Microsoft has found a hardware partner in Acer, which produced the phone you’re looking at now.

This is Acer’s Liquid Jade Primo, a flagship Windows 10 Mobile handset that flaunts more curves than anything Microsoft or any other Windows phone maker has built in the past. But that’s not to say we haven’t seen anything like it; we’ve seen this design plenty of times on Acer smartphones running Android.

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And that’s good to hear, as the Primo is smooth to the touch and more comfortable to hold and operate than its size would suggest. In keeping with Acer’s Liquid designation, soft melted wax is a good way to describe how it feels in the hand.

If there’s one major criticism we’d level at the Primo it’s that the casing is made of lightweight plastic. We get that aluminum unibody enclosures aren’t for everyone, but considering the sticker price, we can’t help but think that premium build materials could have been incorporated in the final design.

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Like Microsoft’s Lumia 950 phones, the Primo has a 5.5-inch OLED display with a layer of curved-edge Corning Gorilla Glass on top for added scratch resistance. The screen maxes out at 1080p, which is a shame considering phones in its class typically have Quad HD panels. The 21-megapixel camera around the back impresses in terms of megapixel count, though we’ll have to wait to see how it performs in various situations before passing judgement.

Powering the Primo is a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM. Its 32GB internal storage is expandable using a microSD card, though at the expense of a second SIM card slot. In our brief testing, we found it responsive and snappy, without any of the jitters you may find in premium, Android-based smartphones.

What really sets this Acer apart from majority of phones on the market is Continuum, Windows 10 Mobile’s killer feature that allows smartphones to function somewhat like desktop PCs when plugged into a dock that connects to a TV or monitor.

And while Continuum only works with apps under Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (legacy apps might never see a release on the Windows Store, though help is at hand), those who rely heavily on Microsoft’s core productivity software will surely find it valuable.

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The Acer Liquid Jade Primo will retail for P28,990 ($630) in the Philippines when it hits select stores later this week. For the price, you get a dock, mouse, and keyboard to complete the pocket PC experience.

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LinkedIn has its own Stories feature

Including a refreshed design

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There is nothing more surprising than the mysterious longevity of LinkedIn. Despite the overwhelming dominance of Facebook and its ilk, Microsoft’s workplace-oriented social media platform is still chugging along joyously for some reason. Now, the world’s biggest virtual water cooler is trying to catch up with the times. Starting today, LinkedIn has its own Stories feature.

Much like what you can find on other platforms, LinkedIn’s Stories will allow users to share images and short videos (overlaid with very SFW GIFs) for 24 hours. Likewise, LinkedIn is also placing the feature right on top of your feed.

Why? Why, indeed. According to LinkedIn, users will likely share more content on the platform if the said content will last only for a short period of time. Currently, with its buttoned-up demeanor, LinkedIn presents itself as a no-monkey-business, no-frills platform for professionals. You won’t see content that you normally see in, for example, TikTok.

That said, LinkedIn’s latest feature aims to reel in more professionals apart from recruitment experts and hopeful applicants. Besides the Stories feature, the update also comes with a refreshed design complete with better filters and layouts. (It looks a lot like Facebook now.)

Currently, the update is available for all users in the United States and in Canada. LinkedIn hopes to roll out the update for everyone else in the coming weeks.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

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Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service

Introducing the Luna

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Most gamers today are looking forward to the fast-approaching release dates for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. However, a dedicated niche of the industry hopes to come in from behind and take some of the spotlight — cloud gaming. Since the Google Stadia, cloud gaming has developed into its own comfortable niche for device-agnostic gamers. Now, Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service, Luna.

During an expansive hardware event today, Amazon officially announced the cloud gaming platform coming sometime in the future. On launch, the Luna will offer gaming service for PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. Further, an Android version will also launch after the initial offering.

Right off the bat, the Luna will launch with over a hundred titles including Abzu, Control, and Resident Evil 7. Of course, the service will expand beyond the initial list over time. For example, Ubisoft is separately developing its own Luna-compatible channel dedicated for its own titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.

Since Amazon owns the streaming platform, Luna will stream seamlessly with Twitch. Users can watch Twitch directly from Luna. Likewise, Twitch viewers can link directly to play from Luna while watching a game’s stream.

While on early access at the moment, Luna users can purchase a Luna controller separately for US$ 49.99. Alternatively, players can still use a mouse-and-keyboard or their own controllers.

Amazon has not announced official launch dates for the Luna just yet. At the moment, Luna will launch first in the United States for US$ 5.99 per month. Users can play on two screens simultaneously and at 4K resolution for some titles.

SEE ALSO: Google Stadia now works on most Android phones

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vivo Watch with 18-day battery life now official

It’ll be available in two sizes

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vivo has launched its first smartwatch and it’s simply called the vivo Watch. At first glance, it might look like a generic circular smartwatch but has a ton of firepower under the hood. It looks premium while also being perfect for rough usage.

The body consists of stainless steel and brushed ceramic bezel. It’s available in two sizes — 42mm and 46mm. The 42mm one gets two rounded buttons on the side while the 46mm has flat ones. This is the only visual difference between the two.

The 42mm gets a 1.2-inch AMOLED display while the 46mm comes in at 1.4-inches. Powering the watch is an ST miniature main control processor along with the Apollo ultra-low power co-processor for heavy-duty tasks and background activities.

Coming to features, it’ll automatically track all your movement in the background and automatically recognize exercises like outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor walking, swimming, cycling, indoor cycling, mountain climbing, trail running, elliptical machine, and more.

Obviously, in-line with the competition, it gets a heart rate scanner, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen monitoring. Other functions include notifications, music controls, alarms, and vivo’s voice assistant Jovi. It also has NFC support for enabling contactless payments.

The complicated sensor array includes a 5-core optical heart rate monitor, blood oxygen sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, altimeter, ambient light sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor.

Lastly, the 42mm vivo Watch can chug along for nine days on a single charge. On the other hand, the 46mm watch can last a whopping 18 days in one go.

Sales are currently limited to China and both watches cost CNY 1,299 (US$ 190).

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