Acer’s Chromebook 11 runs on Chrome OS, and now supports the Google Play Store, which comes pre-installed, all for $169 shipped, today only, originally $219.99. This operating system by Google comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. Plus, all the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It features an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, an 11.6” HD Display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB eMMC and up to 10-hour battery life. Product page. Read more for three more deals in Acer’s one-day Amazon sale – view all of them here.
Director of Research at Facebook Reality Labs Yaser Sheikh is currently working on a virtual reality project that involves photorealistic avatars using 3D technology. It’s officially called “Codec Avatars,” and is designed to let people in the future create lifelike virtual avatars of themselves quickly and easily. “The reason is because we want to be able to understand exactly how you look from every different viewpoint. Because in virtual reality, we might move and look at you from different perspectives, and it has to look as real as you do,” said Sheikh. Read more for another video and additional information.
If you’ve never heard of Pi Day, it’s basically an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi) that is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. It was made official in 2009 by the United States House of Representatives who supported the designation of Pi Day. People have been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and for retailers, offering deals. For example, if you download the Blaze Pizza app, they’re offering a custom pizza today for $3.14. Read more for another video and additional information.
French motorcycle manufacturer Lazareth has been known for their one-off and limited-edition motorcycles for a good decade, and their lineup includes the Maserati V8-powered LM 847. Sourced from a Maserati GranTurismo, its 4.7-liter V8 generates 470 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm, more than enough for a motorcycle that weighs less than 900 pounds. It goes from 0 to 90 mph in just a few seconds while riding on 17-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Power Cup Evo tires, complete with eight-piston brakes up front that work with an ABS system to bring the action to a standstill when needed. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Lets Go Digital
It’s only a matter of time before foldable smartphones and smartwatches merge into a single device, like this bendable Samsung Galaxy creation you see above by Lets Go Digital. Last year, Samsung Electronics filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) for a ‘Shape retaining structure of electronic device and electronic device including same,’ and it was just published on March 7, 2019. Simply put, it can bend in one direction and curls up so you’re able to wear it on your wrist. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Gumpert and Chinese electric startup Aiways have created a vehicle unlike any other currently on the market, called “Nathalie”. This vehicle is powered by four electric motors that use a hydrogen fuel cell stack with a methanol reformer, which splits the gas into carbon dioxide and then released into the air while hydrogen is funneled into the fuel cell. It’s reported to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and top out at 186 mph. Read more for a track test video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Ryan Smalley
It’s been rumored that Microsoft will release their own folding tablet / smartphone either in the coming year, running Andromeda OS, which is apparently a part of Windows Core OS. There’s no official word on the hardware, but industrial designer Ryan Smalley gives us his take on the Microsoft Surface Note. Simply put, just fold it in phone mode, and open the display to reveal the larger format for use as a tablet. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Figs Fan Photos
You’re not looking at a real car (above), but rather a masterfully photographed toy vehicle by Hungarian photographer Benedek Lampert. That’s right, instead of using the actual Škoda car, he used only use 1:43-scale models. He tries to use as little Photoshop manipulation as possible by combining real elements with the diecast models, so each shot takes approximately 7-12 hours each to complete, though one particular shoot took 10-days to complete from beginning to end. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Future Motion has just unveiled the Onewheel Pint, a one-wheeled electric skateboard that features Hypercore motor technology for a smooth, powerful ride experience. When paired with the Onewheel App (available for Android and iOS) users will be able to change the way the board rides with Digital Shaping. Available in Slate, Sand and a limited launch edition in Sage colors, thhe board itself can reach speeds of 16 MPH and has a range of 6-8 miles on a full charge. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Is Facebook or Instagram not loading on this Wednesday afternoon? You aren’t alone. There have been outage reports for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, across social media networks worldwide. Many decided to post on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown to make it a trending topic in the U.S. According to website monitoring service Down Detector, company is experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe as well as less reports from South America and Asia. Read more for a video about Facebook’s privacy plans and for additional information about this outage.