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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184 for PC + Build 15208 for Mobile

Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are excited to be a) hosting our very first Insider webcast from the brand new #BeamMachine AND b) doing our first ever build release during a webcast. We are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15208 to Insiders in the Fast ring.

What’s New in Build 16184 For PC

My People: Technology is all about making it easier for you to connect with your most important people. Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.

My People

You can now:

  • Pin your people to the taskbar – we’ll suggest some to start with, or you can pick your own! (Note: you are currently limited to having 3 people pinned to your taskbar currently.)
  • View multiple communication apps together and filtered to each person on your taskbar.
  • Choose the app you want to use to chat and we’ll remember for next time.

By now, you are wondering ‘but how do I host this party in my taskbar?’. To start with, go to the Store app and make sure you have all the latest updates for the Skype, Mail, and People apps. Then click on the People icon in the taskbar to activate the first run experience and get setup.

Note: Contact syncing is enabled by default following system settings in versions 11.13+ of Skype. If you have an older version of Skype you will need to manually enable contact syncing via the Skype app settings.

Have feedback you want to share with the team? We want to hear it! You can send us feedback by tapping the ellipsis in the People flyout and selecting “Send feedback”, or by opening the Feedback Hub and sharing your thoughts in the Desktop Environment > My People section. We have some more work on its way for this that will soon be lighting up for Insiders, including our improved Share story for People, so stay tuned!

New experience for Gmail accounts in Windows 10 Mail & Calendar apps: Last week, we announced we’re introducing a new experience for Gmail accounts in the Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps that brings our latest features such as Focused Inbox and richer experiences for travel reservations and package deliveries that were previously only available to those with an Outlook.com or Office 365 email address. Windows Insiders will be the first to try out the new experience as the roll-out gradually happens over the next few weeks. You’ll know the new experience is available for your account when you are prompted to update your Gmail account settings.

Your favorite features are now available for your Google account!

Changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue where night light could get stuck in a disabled state.
  • We’ve updated Start to use the improved XAML scrollbar style announced during Creators Update development.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where dragging an app from Start’s All apps list into the tile grid would result in Start crashing.
  • We fixed an issue for those using Windows in Japanese, where on first login after an upgrade certain apps would unexpectedly appear at the bottom of the Start’s All apps list for an hour or until being launched, instead of the normal sorted position.
  • Since the preview picture in Start Settings only previewed background and theming changes, which are already available to be previewed on their corresponding Settings pages, we’ve made the decision to remove it.
  • We’ve improved the loading performance of the Notification Settings page.
  • Some audio drivers have an “encoding Audio Processing Object” feature; this is commonly known as “Dolby Digital Live” or “DTS Connect”. This takes the output of the Windows audio engine mix, encodes it (as Dolby Digital, DTS, or some other format) and sends it out over a S/PDIF optical link for decoding by an external audio receiver. An issue was introduced which resulted in this feature no longer working, which is now fixed.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in Photos crashing if you opened a picture from the Collection page and then pressed the back button in the title back.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Counter Strike Global Offensive hanging or freezing during game play on the latest builds (16176+).
  • We fixed the issue where pressing F12 to open the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge while F12 is open and focused may not return focus to the tab F12 is opened against, and vice-versa.

Known issues for PC

  • Some Insiders have reported seeing this error “Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available.” in Windows Update. See this forum post for more details.
  • Double-clicking on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area does not open Windows Defender. Right-clicking on the icon and choosing open will open Windows Defender.
  • Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.
  • exe will crash and restart if you tap any of the apps listed in the Windows Ink Workspace’s Recent Apps section.
  • Insiders who use Simplified Chinese IMEs or the Traditional Chinese Changjie or Quick IME to input text will find that the candidate window doesn’t appear when typing into certain apps. If you press space, the first candidate will be finalized. Using the number keys will not finalize any other candidate. If the candidate you need is not the first one, for now you will have to enter your text into an app where the candidate window appears, such as Notepad, and copy it into the desired text field.
  • Navigating to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update may crash Settings app. You can simply re-open the Settings app again and it should work again.
  • The “Save” dialog appears to be broken in several desktop (Win32) apps. The team is investigating. This will break things such as Chinese IME, etc.
  • Localized apps on localized x64 Windows 10 Insider Preview builds will not work.
  • We’ve heard some reports that the Action Center isn’t opening as reliably in recent builds, and are investigating.

Changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile

  • We’ve fixed the issue where some Insiders were unable to open both the Connect UX page and/or the “Add Bluetooth or other devices” setting on the Bluetooth Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected extra ~20 sec being added to the phone shutdown process due to a deadlock if you tried to shut down soon after switching from one network to another.

Known issues for Mobile

  • A small percentage of devices may experience text message backup loss related to backup and recovery of the messaging database.
  • The copyright date is incorrect under Settings > System > About. It shows as 2016 when it should be 2017. Thanks to the Windows Insiders that reported this!
  • Insiders may experience random shutdowns on some devices.
  • In some cases, the WeChat app may crash on launch.

 Community Updates

Many Windows Insiders have asked to be introduced to members of the team beyond the four of us they engage with daily on the Twitters/forums. This is something we’ll do in these blog posts and publish them on our SHINY new website that will debut in June. Today we’ll start with the Windows Insider team.

Windows Insider Team!

First a quick walkthrough of how our org works.

  • Windows and Devices Group – thousands of people who build Windows, our apps, devices and services. Within WDG are a group of people called.
  • Community Champs + FlightOps – Engineers throughout WDG who live and breathe customer data/feedback – these are all the lovely humans who help make flight/no flight decisions based on data and feedback from Windows Insiders. Each person is responsible for a specific area from Core UX to deployment and are the main evangelists for customer feedback for their area. Within this group are a bunch of folks you all probably know well.
  • Windows Insider Team – a scrappy group of six who represent the Windows Insiders both internally and externally. Here we are below left to right with our Twitter handles. Please get in touch with us if you want to know about the things we’re working on!

Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) – Chief #NinjaCat wrangler Dona’s main responsibility is making sure the right bugs and features are being invested in by the engineering teams for this release +  future releases and communicating back to Insiders. Another responsibility is engaging with all of the other community engagement programs in Microsoft and figure out how they can Insider like Windows does. A third area of investigation is figuring out how to empower Insiders to grow and use their technical superpowers to create a lasting impact in their world.

Blair Glennon (@jbglennon) – Baseball loving Blair leads the Windows Insider Program for Business sub-program and owns Insider Insights. He is the one who partners with our AMAZING data science team to understand the happiness and health of our overall community. Through both quant and qual data (cluster/trend analysis, surveys, side convos at meet-ups), he helps us determine what we need to do to better co-create Windows and the Insider program with you all.

Jason Howard (@northfacehiker) – #TeriyakiTuesday-loving Beam Master Jason leads social sentiment from Insiders to communicate to the overall WDG org. He also spends a ton of his time helping Insiders get unblocked on build issues and rolling up lists of top issues to the product teams. He is also the creator and owner of the monthly Insider Beam webcasts.

Tyler Ahn (@skrelnick) – Chihuahua-mom Tyler leads the Global fan programs and the Insider MVP Program. She is partnering with Brandon on the website spec and launch and thinking about how to create Insider-in-a-box so you can run Insider programs within your own organizations! She has over a decade of experience doing business development in emerging markets and has the superpower of taking an activity and figuring out how to scale it globally eg CAT-in-a-box, forums, etc. She has been an INVALUABLE asset for our team as we think about building products and services to empower EVERY person and organization on the planet to do the thing.

Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) – Bat’leth wielding Brandon owns the main communication to Insiders. He works with the Community Champs to make sure the features and bugs are represented in our communication. Brandon is working on the Insider all-up social media strategy as well as content creation for our shiny new website.

Jeremiah Marble (@jeremiahmarble) – Global negroni hunter Jeremiah is the architect of the Windows Insider Program. He drives projects for our core audiences and projects, deciding where and how to grow our community. This year, he’s focusing heavily on global entrepreneurs and creatives. He also leads our “Co-Creating with Sub-communities” initiative, which will launch its first pilots in June. As a third area, he’s looking at ways to better connect Insiders seeking to help others. Jeremiah was a founding member of the Windows Insider Program and our current “village elder”.

Keep hustling team,
Dona <3

Source: Windows

The High Five: new discoveries in space and fashion

What did Saturn say to NASA this week? “High Five.” Here’s a look at a few of the top trending Google searches orbiting the week of April 24.

What have you done this week?

For the first time ever, a spacecraft cruised through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings. Now NASA’s Cassini is beaming information back to the mothership, and telling NASA about all the cool stuff it saw. Science, FTW! After the feat, people searched on Google for more information: “How does Cassini communicate with Earth?” and “How long did it take for Cassini to reach Saturn?” Some were looking for a refresher astronomy course, asking “How far is Saturn from Earth?” and “How many rings does Saturn have?”


Here comes the tour

Maybe we’re amazed that Paul McCartney is still touring—that guy is Here, There and Everywhere! It’ll be a Hard Day’s Night on the road, but fans twisted and shouted when he announced his 2017 tour dates this week. Though you can’t buy his love, you can buy a ticket to his show. And fans are itching to get those tickets, with questions like “How much are Paul McCartney tickets?” and “When do tickets for Paul McCartney go on sale?” Let it Be soon.


This Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, and the first few months of his administration have prompted people to learn more about political concepts and processes. The five most-searched terms related to politics during Trump’s first 100 days are “recuse,” “filibuster,” “vetting,” “executive order” and “immigrant.” Another fun fact to bring to your political debates this weekend: the most-searched names alongside the phrase “Trump handshake”: Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Neil Gorsuch, Shinzo Abe and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Clear as mud

Remember when you were a kid and tracking mud in the house got you into trouble? Times have changed—go ahead and get mud all over yourself. Or pay $425 for jeans covered in fake mud. Perplexed (yet intrigued) shoppers have been searching, “What are mud jeans?” and “Where can I buy mud jeans?”

Shifting gears

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., is at the finish line—he announced he will retire after the 2017 season. Fans are curious about when and why he is retiring and “Who will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr.?” Though he’s known nationwide, southern regions in the U.S. searched most for Earnhardt this week. Top states included North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

Source: Google

Secure Multimedia Playback on Android with BlackBerry Dynamics

BlackBerry Dynamics allows you to secure data in transit using its secure connectivity.  It also provides solutions to secure your data secure while at rest using its secure file system and secure database.  But what about keeping your data secure while it’s in use?

In many scenarios, securing data in use isn’t much of a concern because that data is only briefly stored in RAM only available to your application. But what about large pieces of data, such as audio or video files that are read from flash memory?  If you were to attempt to use a URI in the Android MediaPlayer that points to a video file stored in the BlackBerry Dynamics file system, it will fail to play because the Android MediaPlayer is unable to understand the encrypted file.  Some developers have attempted to work around this issue by copying a media file outside of the BlackBerry Dynamics secure file system for playback, and then delete it when playback is complete.   While this does allow for playback of the file, it does not keep your media files secure.  While that temporary but unencrypted file exists on the regular file system, other applications could gain access to it.

The way to solve this problem, and keep your media files secure is to implement a solution that allows playback directly from the BlackBerry Dynamics secure file system. I’m going to show you a couple of ways this can be done.  One solution will involve creating a custom MediaDataSource that can read from the BlackBerry Dynamics secure file system and provide the Android MediaPlayer with the data it needs for playback.  The second will take a similar approach, but make use of the popular open source media player called ExoPlayer.

Choosing Between Android Media Player and ExoPlayer

If you are creating a new application targeting current versions of Android, the solution that uses MediaPlayer  and MediaDataSource is likely the approach to take.  MediaDataSource was added in API level 23, so it is a relatively new API.  If you need to support older versions of Android, refer to the solution below that uses ExoPlayer, which supports API level 16.  There are some additional elements to consider, which are well described in the Pros and Cons section of the ExoPlayer documentation.

Using Android Media Player

A complete working sample project that uses this solution is available on the BlackBerry Github site here: BDVideoPlayBack

The first step is to extend MediaDataSource and ensure we are using the BlackBerry Dynamics file system APIs.

import com.good.gd.file.File;
import com.good.gd.file.RandomAccessFile;

public class BDMediaDataSource extends MediaDataSource
    private RandomAccessFile randFile;
    private long size;

Next we create a constructor that accepts a String that contains the path and filename to the encrypted file. In this method, we open the file using the BlackBerry Dynamics file APIs.

public BDMediaDataSource(String fileName) throws IOException
    File file = new File(fileName);
    size = file.length();
    randFile = new RandomAccessFile(file, "r");

Next there are three methods of MediaDataSource that need to be overridden. The readAt method is used by the MediaPlayer to request a specific portion of the file.  Again, we use the BlackBerry Dynamics file APIs to read and return the requested portion of the file.

public int readAt(long position, byte[] buffer, int offset, int length) throws IOException

    if (randFile != null)

        return randFile.read(buffer, offset, length);
        return -1;

The next two methods are getSize and close. getSize returns the size of the file.  Note that this is the size of the unencrypted file, which is what is returned by the BlackBerry Dynamics file APIs.  The final method is close, which is called when the file should be closed.

public long getSize() throws IOException
    return size;

public void close() throws IOException
    if (randFile != null)
        randFile = null;

BDMediaDataSource is now ready to be used with MediaPlayer. The following code snippet demonstrates how that can be done.

MediaPlayer mp = new MediaPlayer();
BDMediaDataSource source = new BDMediaDataSource("file.mp4");
mp.setOnPreparedListener(new MediaPlayer.OnPreparedListener() {
    public void onPrepared(MediaPlayer mp) {

Using ExoPlayer

A complete working sample project that uses this solution is available on the BlackBerry Github site here: ExoPlayerVideoPlayBack

The solution that uses ExoPlayer has a very similar design to what was done using Android Player above. For ExoPlayer, we extend DataSource, which is used to provide data that will be played back and use the BlackBerry Dynamics file system APIs to read the securely stored media files.  An empty constructor is also defined.

import com.good.gd.file.GDFileSystem;
import com.good.gd.file.FileInputStream;

public final class BDDataSource implements DataSource

    private FileInputStream inputStream;
    private boolean fileOpen;
    private Uri filePath;
    private long bytesRemaining = 0;

public BDDataSource() {}

Next we override the open method, which passes in the file to be opened. In this method, we initialize FileInputStream that will be used to read the data.

public long open(DataSpec dataSpec) throws IOException
    filePath = dataSpec.uri;
    //Trim "file:///" that's prefixed to the start of the URI.
    inputStream = GDFileSystem.openFileInput(filePath.toString().substring(8));

    if ( inputStream != null )
        fileOpen = true;
        bytesRemaining =  inputStream.available();

    return bytesRemaining;

The next method to override is the read method, where we use the FileInputStream initialized in the open method to read the file at the desired position.

public int read(byte[] buffer, int offset, int readLength) throws IOException {
    if (bytesRemaining == 0)
        return -1;
        int bytesRead = 0;
        bytesRead = inputStream.read(buffer, offset, readLength);

        if (bytesRead > 0) {
            bytesRemaining -= bytesRead;

        return bytesRead;

The getUri method is also overridden and returns the path to the file in the BlackBerry Dynamics file system.

public Uri getUri() {
    return filePath;

The final method overridden is the close method, that closes the FileInputStream and underlying file when playback ends.

public void close() throws IOException {
    filePath = null;
    if (inputStream != null)
        catch (IOException e)
            throw new IOException(e);
            inputStream = null;
            if (fileOpen)
                fileOpen = false;

The code sample below shows how BDDataSource could be used as a DataSource by ExoPlayer.

SimpleExoPlayer player;

// 1. Create a default TrackSelector
BandwidthMeter bandwidthMeter = new DefaultBandwidthMeter();
TrackSelection.Factory videoTrackSelectionFactory =
        new AdaptiveVideoTrackSelection.Factory(bandwidthMeter);
TrackSelector trackSelector =
        new DefaultTrackSelector(videoTrackSelectionFactory);

// 2. Create a default LoadControl
LoadControl loadControl = new DefaultLoadControl();

// 3. Create the player
player = ExoPlayerFactory.newSimpleInstance(v.getContext(), trackSelector, loadControl);

// Bind the player to the view.

// Produces DataSource instances through which media data is loaded.
DataSource.Factory dataSourceFactory = new BDDataSourceFactory();

// Produces Extractor instances for parsing the media data.
ExtractorsFactory extractorsFactory = new DefaultExtractorsFactory();

// This is the MediaSource representing the media to be played.
Uri uri = Uri.fromFile(new File("file.mp4"));

MediaSource videoSource = new ExtractorMediaSource(uri,
        dataSourceFactory, extractorsFactory, null, null);

// Prepare the player with the source.

Wrapping Up

Both samples provide similar solutions that you can use from Android API level 16 through to current versions of Android. Give them a try and make sure your data is secure when in transit, at rest and in use.


Need Development Help? The BlackBerry Developer Community Forum has your Answer…Join the conversation, engage with peers, share ideas, and get your app development questions answered. Developer Community Forum

Source: Developer Blackberry

Acer announces new notebooks, desktops, and 2-in-1s powered by Windows 10

These light up some of the best of Windows 10 – the touchscreens allow you to do everything from drawing on and highlighting webpages in Microsoft Edge, to drawing on your memories in the Photos app or adding notes to your map route with Windows Ink.

With Windows 10, these PCs also have Cortana* – your digital personal assistant who can help you find things, complete tasks, set reminders, and more – as well as comprehensive protection including anti-virus, firewall, Windows Defender and anti-phishing technologies – all delivered built-in at no extra cost to you. Some also include facial recognition or built-in fingerprint readers to allow you to login quickly and securely with Windows Hello.

Let’s take a look at these devices announced this week:

Acer’s all-new Aspire notebooks provide powerhouse computing for everyday needs

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Acer revealed the all-new Aspire notebook line featuring Windows 10. The range of everyday notebooks cater to a wide range of consumer needs, spanning from the family-and-student friendly Aspire 1 and Aspire 3, the practical and mainstream Aspire 5, all the way to the top-of-the-line Aspire 7.

Aspire 1 – Essentials for the Cloud Era

The Aspire 1 has been crafted to hit the sweet spot for users looking for a notebook for family sharing and web browsing or as a second device.

  • 1-year subscription of Office 365 Personal, and 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • 11ac wireless technology, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port and Ethernet
  • Powered by Intel Celeron or Pentium processors with 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage, 4 GB DDR3L memory and Intel HD Graphics supported by up to 9 hours of battery life
  • Measures less than 18 mm in height and weighs in at just 1.65 kg.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 1 series will be available in North America in June starting at $219; and in EMEA in June starting at €249.

Aspire 3 – Everyday Computing

Following the same design and creative inspirations of the Aspire 1, extras were added to the Aspire 3 to give it a power and performance boost for more intensive media consumption needs.

The Aspire 3 comes with either a 14-inch HD, 15.6-inch HD or 15.6-inch Full HD display. Processor options for the Aspire 3 include Intel Core, Celeron and Pentium processors, with up to 12 GB of memory. It also includes Acer’s BlueLightShield technology to reduce the exposure of blue light.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 3 series will be available in North America in June starting at $299; in EMEA in June starting at €399; and in China in April starting at ¥2,799.

Aspire 5 – A workhorse that stands out from the crowd

Stepping up the capabilities and design to match more demanding user requirements, the Aspire 5 looks to fit a media heavy lifestyle – it’s a dependable workhorse for anyone needing to create and share.

  • Powered by up to 7th Gen Intel Core processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and a maximum of 20 GB DDR4 2400 MHz memory.
  • Range of options to choose from with HDDs up to 2 TB and M.2 SSDs up to 256 GB.
  • 6-inch HD or Full HD display with IPS technology provides consistent colors and viewing from wide angles.
  • Acer TrueHarmony – which delivers bolder, more lifelike audio for a richer and immersive media enjoyment experience – ensures a great Cortana with Voice experience.
  • Skype for Business Certification ensures crisp and lag-free communication.
  • For additional peripherals, there’s a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, USB 3.0 port that supports power-off charging, and another two USB 2.0 ports.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire 5 series will be available in North America in June starting at $449; in EMEA in June starting at €549; and in China in April starting at ¥3,999.

Aspire 7 – Powerhouse Performance for Creators

At the top of the Aspire line sits the Aspire 7, designed for professionals such as designers and anyone who needs power and performance to match their professional ambitions.

  • The Aspire 7 comes with either a 15-inch or 17-inch display
  • Powerful 7th Gen Intel Core standard-voltage processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics
  • The Aspire 7 comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory and ample storage (HDD up to 2 TB and M.2 SSD up to 512 GB)
  • The Aspire 7 also packs a HD camera with HDR while Dolby Audio Premium provides a great entertainment experience.
  • Speedy network connectivity is provided with 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology and Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing and Availability:  The Acer Aspire 7 series will be available in North America in June starting at $799; in EMEA in July starting at €899; and in China in May starting at ¥5,999.

Acer unveils two new additions to its Swift series of ultraslim and stylish notebooks for on-the-go lifestyles

The two newest additions to its Swift series notebook line up, the Acer Swift 3 and Swift 1, both feature Windows 10 and support Windows Hello through fingerprint readers for fast and secure login, while Skype for Business certification ensures crisp and lag-free communication and a great Cortana with Voice experience. These highlight some of the best of the recently released Windows 10 Creators Update, such as 3D in Windows 10, tab management features in Microsoft Edge, night light, dynamic lock, and more.

Acer Swift 3 – Essential Features at a Compelling Price

  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Vivid 14-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare displays
  • Measuring in at 0.71 inches (17.95 mm) in height and weighing 3.9 pounds (1.8 kg)
  • 7th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce graphics
  • Up to 8GB of memory and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology for fast and reliable internet connectivity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HD webcam with Super High Dynamic Range.
  • Acer BluelightShield allows users to control how much blue light is emitted for reducing eye strain
  • Acer TrueHarmony delivers bolder, more lifelike audio for a richer and immersive media enjoyment experience
  • Optional backlit keyboard makes typing in dimly lit environment effortless and a spacious Precision Touchpad provides ample room for navigating, scrolling and zooming.

Pricing and Availability: The Swift 3 series will be available in North America in June with prices starting at $599; in EMEA in June with prices starting at €649; and in China in April starting at ¥3,999.

Acer Swift 1 – light and budget-friendly

Lightweight and priced right for a student or others on a budget, the Swift 1 is highly portable and includes essential features for productivity anywhere, making them great value. Measuring in at 0.7 inches (14.95 mm) in height and weighing 2.87 pounds (1.3 kg), the Swift 1’s all-metal chassis is available in three colors (Pure Silver, Luxury Gold, and Sakura Pink).

  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • A 13.3-inch Full HD IPS1 display, an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of SSD or eMMC storage.
  • Like the Swift 3, the Swift 1 also includes ultra-fast 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology, providing seamless connectivity.

Pricing and Availability:  The Swift 1 series will be available in North America in June with prices starting at $329; in EMEA in June with prices starting at €399; and in China in April starting at ¥3,499.

Acer expands Switch 2-in-1 line with powerful yet silent models

Acer expanded its popular Switch 2-in-1 notebook line with two new models – the Switch 5 and Switch 3 – featuring Windows 10 with the Creators Update, built with versatile, highly-mobile designs for work, school, and fun.

Both new Acer Switch 2-in-1 notebooks can be used with an Acer Active Pen on the touch screen to sketch, take notes or annotate documents or photos with Windows Ink or draw on the web with Microsoft Edge. Tablet Mode in Windows 10 delivers a smooth, touch-first experience where apps scale smoothly and onscreen features adapt for easy navigation.

They come with front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and capturing memories, with front webcams that provide 720p Full HD video recording. Both also have an attachable keyboard that snaps on with ultra-secure magnets and can be adjusted to your preference.

The Switch 5 and Switch 3 are available with ample storage and memory options, with a MicroSDXC slot. and a thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast data transfers of up to 5Gbps from connected peripherals, to share video and power other devices. Both lines also have an additional USB 3.1 Type-A port and Bluetooth 4.0.

Fanless Switch 5 is performance-minded, quiet, and reliable

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The Acer Switch 5 builds on the industry-leading innovations of its predecessor, the Acer Switch Alpha 12, providing a fanless, quiet experience through Acer LiquidLoop cooling, and excellent performance with up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors. Acer’s patented auto-retracting kickstand allows for easy one-handed adjustments to the viewing angle. It also supports Windows Hello with a built-in fingerprint reader for fast and secure access.

Features of the Acer Switch 5 include:

  • The Acer Switch 5 is thin and light, weighing 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 5 tablet alone measures just 9.6 mm (0.38 inches) in height, and weighs 0.92 kg (2.03 pounds).
  • Acer TrueHarmony and Smart Amplifier provide enhanced audio performance for clarity and robust volume to complement the exceptional display.
  • A vibrant 12-inch wide-view FHD+ touch display with IPS technology, an impressive 2160 x 1440 resolution and support from Intel HD Graphics 620
  • The Switch 5 supports a 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM .
  • For commercial customers, the Acer Switch 5 can be purchased with the Acer USB Type-C Dock that transforms the device into a powerful workstation.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 5 will be available in North America in June starting at $799; in EMEA in June starting at €1,099; and in China in July starting at ¥7,499.

Switch 3 delivers 2-in-1 flexibility on a budget

The Switch 3 brings excellent usability and performance to students, families and anyone looking for an excellent all-around value. The device runs on Intel Pentium and Celeron processors that deliver solid every day performance and up to 8 hours of battery life. The 12.2-inch display is designed to deliver incredible precision and a responsive 10-point touch experience. It has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and 1920×1200 FHD resolution with IPS technology.

Features of the Acer Switch 3 include:

  • The Switch 3 weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 3 tablet alone measures just 9.95 mm (0.39 inches) in height, and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds).
  • The Switch 3 supports 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory and up to 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM4.
  • The front-facing speakers complement the stunning visuals with enhanced volume and quality for rich, expressive tones.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Switch 3 will be available in North America in June starting at $399; in EMEA in June starting at €499; and in China in July starting at ¥4,999.

Ultra-slim all-in-one Aspire desktops with Windows 10

Yesterday, Acer also announced two new sleek all-in-one desktops with Windows 10: the 27-inch Aspire U27 and 23.8-inch Aspire Z24. With 7th Gen Intel Core processors and optional Intel Optane Memory, both devices provide a powerful and responsive Windows 10 experience, while adding a touch of style to the home environment.  Both have up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory and boast elegant, space-saving aluminum stands. With Windows Hello, members of the family can each log in to their accounts faster and more securely than before via facial recognition. Skype for Business certification ensures a crisp and lag-free communication experience during video conferences.

The Aspire U27 with Windows 10:

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  • An impressive ultrathin 12 mm (0.5 inches) chassis with an elegant diamond-cut v-shaped metal stand, bringing a new dimension to home computing and entertainment.
  • A 27-inch Full HD wide viewing angle display (1920 x 1080), and a specially designed subwoofer bringing powerfully deep bass
  • Acer’s LiquidLoop fanless cooling system uses liquid evaporation and condensation to transport and dissipate heat, making it energy efficient and extending the product’s lifetime by doing away with detrimental dust buildup.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire U27 will be available in North America in July starting at $1,099; and in EMEA in May starting at €1,299.

The Aspire Z24 with Windows 10:

  • Extremely thin at 11 mm (0.4 inches) with a beautifully shaped rear cover, making it a handsome addition to any room in the house.
  • Available with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, providing extra power for a wide range of activities.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Aspire Z24 will be available in North America in July starting at $899; in EMEA in June starting at €749; and in China in June starting at ¥4,999.

To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

These powerful new devices were unveiled at the next@acer press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit www.acer.com/nextatacer.

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