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Google is a powerful search tool.

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Next Retro-Phone Reboot Looks To Be the Palm Pre

;widows: 2;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;text-decoration-style: initial;text-decoration-color: initial;word-spacing:0px’>TCL, the brand behind Alcatel and the recently-rebooted BlackBerry Mobile, is reported to be relaunching a Palm smartphone, in association with US network Verizon.

Wait… should we care?

OK, it’s probably true that this news doesn’t affect you much — the Palm range of smartphones, running webOS, was more about the potential they offered to the phone world, rather than actually doing anything.

They were slick in the way they worked, the ‘cards’ system was smart, and the Pre was everyone’s tip to be the phone that stopped the iPhone from gaining world domination.

While TCL rebooting the Palm brand isn’t new information, this is the first we’ve heard about a possible phone.

There’s no word on whether it is the Palm Pre that would be rebooted, but that would make sense — the Pre was an incredibly well-made phone (fun fact: you could actually slice cheese with the keyboard, it was so sharp).

We’ll await more information on this rumored new phone, but if you’re a Palm fan looking longingly at the rebooted Nokia 3310, your time might be near…

 

Acer’s New Ultra-Thin Desktop Arriving Soon in U.S.

Set to arrive in U.S. stores later this month, Acer’s new Aspire S24 desktop features a streamlined profile that’s just 0.235 inches thick. The base also supports wireless charging for mobile devices. Powered by an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and with a 23.8-inch display, the S24 is priced starting at $879.99.

Unveiled in August during the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, the Aspire S24 (pictured above) has won design awards in Taiwan, where Acer is headquartered, and in Japan. The Taiwan Excellence Award highlighted the hyper-slim profile and user-friendly display of the all-in-one device, while the Japan Good Design Award singled out the S24 for its "geometric lines and simple design."

‘Slimmest-Ever’ Desktop

Describing the S24 all-in-one as its "slimmest ever," Acer said the new desktop is designed to be both functional and stylish. The company said the thin design also helps to free up desk space, as does the base support for Qi wireless charging, which reduces the need for extra plugs and cables.

In a statement, Frank Chang, senior director of stationary products for Acer America, touted the S24’s "elegant aesthetics and convenient feature set." He added, "The ultra-slim form factor and wireless charging free up desk space, while ample power delivers smooth performance."

The desktop’s thin display also features a narrow bezel of just 0.106 inches, with a black and gold color scheme for "luxurious appeal." In addition, the Full HD screen uses Acer’s ExaColor, BluelightShield and Flickerless technologies to optimize color saturation and contrast and reduce blue light and flickering that can bother eyes and disturb sleep.

The screen is supported by a tiltable display that can be angled at anywhere from -5 degrees to 25 degrees, and offers 178-degree viewing and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

1 TB of Storage

Offering 12 GB of memory and a hard drive with 1 TB of storage, the Aspire S24 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It also includes one USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports as well as a USB 2.0 port, and can be linked to a second display via an HDMI connection. The Aspire S24 runs Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Cortana intelligent assistant and Edge browser.

While calling it a "solid midrange machine," PCWorld today noted that the S24’s 5,400rpm SATA hard drive is "spacious, but very slow. Luckily, there are two M.2 interfaces for adding an SSD."

Other features of the Aspire S24 include two 2-watt speakers with Acer TrueHarmony audio technology and Dolby Audio Premium, and Intel’s Dual-Band Wireless AC networking technology.

Although it’s arriving in the U.S. market later than initially promised, the S24 will be offered at a lower price than Acer initially announced. Acer’s IFA announcement on Aug. 30 gave a North American arrival date of January, with a starting price of $999.

 

Technology Tutorials All Around

The internet is big, really, really big, and a teacher who wants to continue to learn about technology can find lots of online resources to help.  Today’s technology tip is a guide to some of the best resources that are out there for teachers.

State departments of education as well as individual school districts across the country have a mandate to encourage teachers to integrate technology in the classroom.  But some of the best initiatives to actually train teachers to use technology in the classroom seem to be coming from individual educators.  Check out some of the sites listed below as examples:

internet4classrooms.com
This website, co-founded by Susan Brooks and Bill Byles, offers a wide variety of great tutorials and other internet resources for teachers. 

eduscapes.com/tap/topic76.htm
Links to many online tutorials can be found at this site which was created by Annette Lamb and updated by Larry Johnson.

edzone.net/~mwestern
Another great resource for teachers.  This site was created by Marilyn Western and has something for everyone.

Tammy’s Technology Tips for Teachers
A great resource that was prepared by Tammy Worcester Tang, and Instructional Technology Specialist at ESSDACK in Kansas

instructables.com
Though burdened with lots of ads, this website offers thousands of  easy to follow do it yourself videos for just about anything.  Be careful though, some of the content might be inappropriate for some age groups.

For more resources check out the Links Page

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Interview with Instructables.com

Source: http://www.180techtips.com/076.html

 

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