Because the technology is already ubiquitous today, you might not remember the big facial recognition battle from a few years ago. Back then, tech companies came up with their own variations of facial recognition, including 3D mapping and iris scanning. However, despite their ubiquity today, facial recognition has suddenly stopped at the smartphone level, leaving other devices without the technology. Well, that will soon change. According to official source codes, Apple will finally introduce Face ID for MacBooks.
Spotted by 9to5Mac, the latest macOS Big Sur contains code which references a “PearlCamera.” The strange codename first debuted in 2017 for the iPhone X. It’s an internal codename specifically pertaining to the True Depth and Face ID camera technologies. This was back when the features were still brand new. The codename’s inclusion in the new code means support for the technology going forward.
However, the report believes that the development is still in its early stages. A Face ID-compatible device, Mac or MacBook, might not come in the near future yet. Still, it’s a welcome addition to the notebook and desktop segment. Finally, Apple will introduce its Face ID technology for MacBooks.
Apple’s Mac and MacBook lineups are currently exciting times. Recently, Apple has also announced ARM-based Macs, straying from its traditional Intel-based lineups.
Honor offers special Halloween deals for its devices
Freebies, coupons, and more are up for grabs
The Halloween season may not be exactly the time for gadget deals, but Honor is changing that. From October 20 to 31, European buyers can get massive discounts and vouchers on purchases of select Honor devices.
It is worth noting that Honor’s deals vary between European countries. Participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Depending on the country, buyers may get up to 60% off or snag a handy 200 EUR coupon upon purchase.
- MagicBook 14 / MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — free Honor Router 3 and 70 GBP coupon
- Watch GS Pro, Watch ES — free Honor Bluetooth earbuds
- MagicBook 14 / MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon for the MagicBook 14, 50 EUR coupon for the MagicBook 15
- Watch GS Pro — 30 EUR discount
- Watch ES — free Honor Mini speaker
- MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: A100EUROVOUCHER)
- MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: A50EUROVOUCHER)
- Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
- Watch ES — 10 EUR coupon
- MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Bluetooth Mouse
- MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Bluetooth Mouse
- Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
- Watch ES — 10 EUR coupon
- MagicBook 14 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 100 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3 (promo code: AMB147NM100)
- MagicBook 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB / 512GB SSD) — 50 EUR coupon and free Honor Router 3
- Watch GS Pro — 50 EUR discount
- Watch ES — free Honor Sport Bluetooth Earphones
More exclusive perks from Honor
Subscribing to Honor’s website also gives buyers the chance to win exclusive prizes and perks depending on the country. Prizes include:
- Watch ES — UK
- Watch GS Pro — France
- 9X Pro — Spain
- 10 EUR — Germany
- 110 EUR — Italy
The “100 Hours of Survival” role-playing game is also available to play this October 26. Honor UK will choose the winners on a regular basis, entitling them to a voucher which they can purchase to an Honor Watch GS Pro or a Watch ES.
Winners of Honor TALENTS Global Design Awards will also have their watch faces featured on the Watch ES watch face store. Plus, smartwatch users can also get up to five Halloween-themed watch faces for free.
Acer has 6 new Predator and Nitro gaming monitors
Which one to pick???
Just like Michael Jordan’s six trips to the NBA Finals, Acer is giving us SIX Predator and Nitro gaming monitor options that are all winners.
We’re just going to run this down real quick.
Predator XB3 Series for Pros and Avid Enthusiasts
The new Predator XB3 series monitors are a line of FHD (1920×1080) or QHD (2560×1440) displays that feature high refresh rates and VESA DisplayHDR certifications.
From there, each monitor has been optimized around different criteria: The XB273U NV is Eyesafe-certified, the XB253Q GW boasts an 280Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and 0.5ms (G to G) response time, and the XB323U GX is color-accurate with 99% Adobe RGB coverage.
Predator XB273U NV – Easy On the Eyes
The Predator XB273U NV, part of the XB3 VisionCare series, has been designed to give players as comfortable a gaming experience as possible. One of the first gaming monitors to be certified by Eyesafe. The Predator XB273U NV manages high-energy wavelengths in order to selectively filter out blue light while maintaining crisp and vivid color quality.
Additionally, Acer VisionCare 4.0 incorporates a range of technologies — LightSense, AdaptiveLight, ColorSense and ProxiSense — that measure environmental and ambient light and then automatically adjust the monitor’s brightness and color-temperature to match it, helping reduce eye strain.
The monitor’s crystal-clear 27-inch QHD (2560×1440) Agile-Splendor IPS1 display features wide viewing angles, a fast 1ms response time and up to an overclocked 170Hz refresh rate, while 95% DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage and a Delta E<1 rating.
VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, the XB273U NV has true 8-bit image quality and dynamically adjusts screen brightness to suit the displayed scene for noticeably darker darks.
This model has RGB LightSense for synchronizing the screen’s colors to music, media and eSports tournaments. A built-in TX transmitter can wirelessly sync lighting colors and rhythm to additional networked monitors for an even more dramatic effect.
An ergonomic stand helps users find just the right angle by letting them adjust the monitor’s tilt, swivel, height and pivot.
Predator XB253Q GW — High FPS for Smooth Gameplay
The Predator XB253Q GW’s 24.5-inch NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel can be overclocked to an incredibly fast 280Hz refresh rate (overclockable) with up to a 0.5ms (G to G) response time to keep up with even the fastest-paced action scenes, making it ideal for first-person shooter and racing games where precision is paramount.
Integrated RGB LightSense with nine different special effects synchronizes RGB to the beat of the music, games and more. The monitor has also been ergonomically designed, allowing users to adjust its tilt, swivel, height and pivot.
Predator XB323U GX – Stunning, Vivid Visuals
NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible and featuring a 32-inch QHD (2560×1440) panel with a speedy 270 Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and up to a 0.5ms (G to G) response time, the Predator XB323U GX’s fluidity and low latency serve to drastically reduce motion blur during fast-paced gameplay.
The 99% AdobeRGB coverage makes this an excellent choice for players who create videos of their gameplay, and a VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification indicates that the XB323U GX features 8-bit image processing and local-dimming, enabling the screen to adjust dynamically to what’s happening on the scene for deep blacks and impressive highlights.
To optimize comfort during long gaming sessions, the Predator XB323U GX provides users with the ability to adjust its tilt, swivel, height and pivot.
Predator X34 GS for Gamers Desiring Curved Immersion
The Predator X34 GS extends users’ peripheral view with a giant 34-inch curved UWQHD (3440×1440) screen, working in tandem with an Agile-Splendor IPS panel that delivers clear images even at wide viewing angles.
NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible, it renders smooth action with up to a 180 Hz refresh rate (overclockable) and an ultra-fast 0.5ms (G to G) response time. VESA DisplayHDR 400 illuminates the finer details to create sharper images, so no important targets or details are missed, while 98% DCI-P3 spectrum coverage brings images to life in vivid color.
The flexible stand provides a multitude of viewing options, giving users the ability to adjust its tilt, swivel and height. Two integrated 7 watt speakers eliminate the need for external speakers.
Nitro Series Monitors — Get Into the Game
Two new 27-inch Nitro series models, the Acer Nitro XV272U KV and Nitro XV272 LV, are ideal for casual gamers that want to get as much value out of their devices as possible.
Both are Eyesafe-certified to help prevent eye fatigue and further viewing comfort, and an ergonomic stand lets gamers find just the right viewing angle by adjusting the monitors’ tilt, swivel, height and pivot.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KV offers stunningly clear QHD (2560×1440) gameplay with a low Delta E<1 rating and 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color spectrum. Performance is fast and fluid with up to 170 Hz (overclocked) and a 1ms (G to G) response time on an Agile-Splendor IPS panel that also provides wide viewing angles to maximize the view.
Beyond just looking great, the monitor is also equipped with LightSense, ColorSense and ProxiSense technologies, giving users a more comfortable experience by automatically adjusting the monitor’s settings based on ambient lighting in the environment.
The Nitro XV272 LV sports an FHD (1920×1080) Agile-Splendor IPS panel and offers up to 165Hz (overclocked) for smooth visuals even in busy action scenes. With 90% DCI-P3 color coverage and a low Delta E<1 rating.
Pricing and Availability
The Predator XB273U NV will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 549.99; in EMEA in January 2021 starting at EUR 549; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 3,999.
The Predator XB253Q GW will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 429.99; in EMEA in January 2021 starting at EUR 449; and in China in December 2020, starting at CNY 2,999.
The Predator XB323U GX will be available in North America in January 2021 starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in December 2020 starting at EUR 999; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 6,999.
The Predator X34 GS will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 999.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 1,099; and in China in November, starting at CNY 7,999.
The Nitro XV272U KV will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 399.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 469; and in China in November, starting at CNY 2,999.
The Nitro XV272 LV will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 279.99; in EMEA in December starting at EUR 319; and in China in December, starting at CNY 1,999.
Kingston launches new USB-C flash drives
DataTraveler80 and DataTraveler70 feature compact design, fast performance
Kingston Technology just launched two new flash drives catering to different user needs: DataTraveler 80 and DataTraveler 70. Both of these come in a compact form factor and with a USB-C port for wide compatibility and on-the-go expandability.
First up is the DataTraveler 80. Targeted towards individuals who require the best performance in a flash drive, it features fast read speeds of 200MBps and write speeds of 60MBps. Further, it comes in a compact and capped case with a durable casing and a key-ring loop. It is compatible with any devices that have a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port. Storage options come in choices of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Then, there is also the DataTraveler70. This one is geared towards value-conscious consumers. Consumers can get faster transfer speeds on this flash drive, thanks to its USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance. It also comes in a lightweight and portable design. There are only three storage variants for this drive: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
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