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Acer Nitro 5 Spin is your next casual gaming laptop

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Acer has a new gaming laptop in town, but this isn’t under their Predator gaming line. The Nitro 5 Spin is an entry-level gaming machine for casual players who don’t want to spend too much.

Borrowing the red elements of powerful gaming laptops, the Nitro 5 Spin is marketed as a gaming convertible (a first of its kind) that has enough power for your everyday titles while keeping its slim profile.

The convertible has a large 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and a pair of front-facing speakers. It’s powered by the latest eighth-generation Intel processors (up to Core i7) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. For storage, you can go up to a 512GB PCIe SSD.

Acer stated that this laptop is designed to handle popular gaming titles like Dota 2, League of Legends, and Overwatch. What’s interesting is the claimed 10 hours of battery life. This could put a new meaning to mobile gaming.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is due to go on sale in October with a starting price of just US$ 999 or EUR 1,199.

SEE ALSO: Hello Kitty Acer laptop: Where and how to buy

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Apple bundles free AirPods with every Mac, iPad purchase

Or get a US$ 159 credit for an AirPods Pro

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Every year, Apple launches its back-to-school promos where students and educators can snag devices with great discounts or freebies. This year, every purchase of a Mac, Macbook, or an iPad will come with free AirPods.

Students on the lookout for discounted Apple devices should check out Apple’s education store right away. The company is giving away free AirPods with every purchase of eligible Mac and iPad models this July. The giveaway is available for eligible students and educators, and they can shop for discounted Macs and iPads on top of the giveaway.

Eligible Mac models include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro. Meanwhile, the only eligible iPad models are iPad Pro and iPad Air. Apple is bundling AirPods 2 with a wired charging case for every purchase of eligible models. However, those opting for a wireless charging case or an AirPods Pro can opt for a US$ 159 credit. As such, the AirPods Pro is only US$ 90 with this promo.

Apple’s offer is available for students and educators worldwide. Right now, it is live in the US, Mexico the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and UAE. Students can also check their respective country pages for the offer and local prices.

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ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies

Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models

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Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.

This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.

Zephyrus S

  • GX531GX (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, RTX 2080) — from PhP 189,995 to PhP 164,995 + free VA326H gaming monitor, ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX701GV (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 512GB SSD, RTX 2060) — from PhP 139,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG258Q gaming monitor and ROG Gladius gaming mouse
  • GX531GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 139,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX501GI (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 Max-Q) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 129,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse
  • GX531GM (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060) — from PhP 104,995 to PhP 89,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve

Strix Scar

  • GL704GW (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 134,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
  • GL504GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 129,995 to PhP 119,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack

Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.

For more information about ASUS ROG’s latest promo, visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen

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Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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