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Acer’s World Trade Center Press Event: Convertibles, Wearables, Gaming, Oh My

picsToday’s Acer event showcase features over 250 devices, with 40+ devices announced at the event. Acer’s new product line features some of the first Windows 10 devices on market, and that’s just the surface of Acer’s current advantage in the market, albeit brief, most likely.

From the 54th floor of the World Trade Center, Acer’s CEO Jason Chen unveiled to the global tech press new products of the company’s computer line. Chen’s new company strategy is composed of having designs “that captures people’s hearts”, bringing stable devices to market, and keeping it global by selling Acer devices in over 160 countries.

More after the break.

T-Mobile Uncarrier 9.0: The Un-Contract, Business Plans, And Partnering With GoDaddy & Microsoft

DSC_0081T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere is in New York City with the T-Mobile crew to present Uncarrier 9.0. This particular event ups the ante for T-Mobile public relations and their business customers.

The best price is the only price for everyone (in terms of business lines). Unlimited talk & text plus 1GB of 4G LTE data, at $15 per line at 20+ lines; at 1,000 lines a business can get each line priced at $10. Adding more data per line is accomplished per line, or per pool. In pooled purchasing of additional 4G LTE data for business users, $4.75 per gigabyte (an overage over the gig is still $4.75) is the price for a pool (say a 100GB pool).

To help invigorate the use of websites for businesses: T-Mobile has partnered with GoDaddy (!) to supply a free .com domain and website plan, as long as a single business line is activated. For a custom .com email, T-Mobile has also partnered with Microsoft, for customized email addresses.

Business family discounts are also being introduced, says Legere. Employees’ families save up to 50% when a business line is activated at T-Mobile, since family members are added as lines, rather than as completely new customers.

But, don’t fret: consumers will experience a different plan, called Carrier Freedom, which allows T-Mobile to pay the ETF up to $650, now including devices and the plan.

Legere, also states he’s bringing the contract back — in a new format, called the Un-Contract. It’s a consumer commitment that makes promotional plans permanent. Fixed plans won’t be changed, and unlimited plans will not be changed in price (but it might go down) or availability for the next two years.

Images after the break of some of the new Uncarrier moves, visualized.

HTC One M9: The 20MP Camera, 5-Inch Full HD Touting Smartphone

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Above, the new HTC One M9. It’s the similar industrial design seen in the M8, and the M7 before it.

HTC’s trademark BoomSound speakers (with Dolby Audio tuning) adorn the top and bottom, a full 1080p HD 5-inch display is your window into its world, and an aluminum unibody design persists, but in four colors: pink, gun metal grey, gold, and two-tone gold silver. HTC Sense 7 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, to the delight of all.

A Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor is helped out by 3GB of RAM. The battery is a whopping 2840mAh, with 32GB of storage (expandable with microSD cards, 21GB of which is usable). Most interesting is the elimination of the UltraPixels on the back, which have been so-so throughout the years in terms of performance. Instead, HTC has used the UltraPixel technology for the front-facing camera, in an attempt to use the larger pixels to attain better night-time selfies. The back 20MP camera however, is your conventional yet top-spec camera sensor with 4K video recording. It’s really an evolutionary upgrade — the One M9

The new One M9 launches in the U.S. in mid-March on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Apple’s Q1 2015 Record Results: $74.6B Revenue, $18B In Net Profit

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Apple released its fiscal Q1 2015 results, and they’re as profitable as ever. $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share — it’s astounding, and everyone will be talking about it. Being the largest quarterly profit in recent memory, Apple’s Q1 results for 2015 are basically setting the pace for upcoming quarters.

In terms of devices, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs in the quarter. Compared to Q1 2014, iPhone sales grew by 46 percent while iPad sales declined by 17.7 percent — testament that the iPad is losing its steam.

Apple as a whole, however? Not going away any time soon.

Via: Apple PR

Meanwhile, At Verizon: Meet The Droid Turbo, An Upgraded Moto X

vzw_droidturbo_960pxAfter months of speculation, the DROID brand lives. The Droid Turbo, a Verizon Wireless exlcusive smartphone coming out October 30th for $199.99 on contract  (32GB model) or $249.99 on contract (64GB model). The 5.2-inch display reamins, but is instead at an insane qHD resolution (four times the HD res on the new Moto X).

There’s a more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor, more RAM (3GB), a larger 3,900mAh battery (48 hours of use between charges), and a higher-resolution 21-megapixel camera — also included is 8 hours of battery life on just 15 minutes of charge.

Included at launch is Android 4.4 KitKat will be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, after it is released. Including all the Moto X features — voice control, Moto Display, launching the camera via a twist gesture of the wrist.

Design of the device itself is drastically changed; it’s not as beautiful. Verizon offers a few colors choices: metallic black, metallic red, or what Verizon calls a “ballistic” black (with textured back).

Apple iPad Air 2: Touch ID, 6.1mm Thick, And New A8X Processor

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.27.51 PMThe iPad Air 2 is a mostly incremental update. Including the Touch ID sensor, the thinnest tablet body recorded at 6.1mm, and the new Apple A8X processor, which includes the M8 motion processor. Also included inside the iPad Air 2 is an optically bonded display: the LCD, glass, and touch sensor are unified, so there are no air gaps between layers, with added anti-reflective coating.

Also, this year the iPad Air 2 will come in grey, white, and now gold. Pricing remains the same: $500 for the 16GB WiFi version; bigger storage sizes come in $100 increments, with a $130 premium for LTE versions.

Via: Apple

HTC Contributes With The Nexus 9, A Nine-Inch 64-Bit Tablet, Of Course

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.57.28 PMHTC and Motorola today are making great strides for being the first time two companies announced Nexus devices on the same day, and it’s great. While Motorola makes th eNexus 6 smartphone, HTC is tasked with producing the Nexus 9, which is an 8.9-inch tablet, with 4:3 aspect ratio, resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, and pixel density of 281 ppi (meh).

It comes with the newest version of Android — 5.0 Lollipop — and of course, starts at $399 for the base 16GB WiFi model; $479 for the 32GB WiFi; and $599 for a 32GB LTE variant that comes packed with penta-band HSPA+, quad-band GSM/EDGE and CDMA. All models launch on November 9th, with pre-orders starting later this month.

Aesthetically, HTC has done a great job (on paper): 7.9mm thickness, with 64-bit support, thanks to a dual-core 2.3GHz NVIDIA K1 chipset. Paired with  2GB of RAM; an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, BSI and f/2.4 aperture; a 1.6MP selfie camera; dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; a 6,700mAh battery — and best of all, the Taiwanese company’s signature BoomSound stereo speakers.

Via: Google