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The Acer Windows Mixed Reality VR Headset

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The 2017 Microsoft Build conference sees Acer announce a Windows Mixed Reality VR headset-- one available on the holiday season in a bundle including the new Microsoft motion controllers.

Acer headsetAlso unveiled at the conference, the Microsoft motion controllers are reminiscent to the upcoming Touch controllers designed for the Oculus headset. The Microsoft controllers are wireless, and like the Touch controllers feature multiple buttons and triggers allowing users to "grasp" items within a virtual space.

However, unlike the Touch controllers, the Microsoft take on the accessories does not require an external sensors or markers-- instead, the controllers use vertically-placed glowing ring in conjunction with sensors built into the headset.

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Samsung Presents Tizen-Powered Z4

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Samsung has clearly not given up on the Tizen dream as it announces the Z4-- a smartphone powered by the OS promising to "combine performance and essential features with a simplified user experience."

Samsung Z4Aimed at developing markets, the Z4 has fairly low-end specs. It features a 4.5-inch 480 x 800 resolution curved glass display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear-/front-facing cameras and a 2025mAh battery. Connectivity comes through Bluetooth, LTE, VoLTE and VoWifi.

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Rest in Peace, MP3

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MP3, the much loved audio compression algorithm, is dead-- or so its creator, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, insists as it terminates licencing for a number of related patents.

MP3 PlayerInstead, the institute suggests, customers should switch to Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which it describes as a "de facto standard for music download and videos on mobile phones." AAC is definitely superior to MP3, since it allows for streaming TV and radio broadcasting with higher-quality audio at lower bitrates.

The story of the MP3 format started in the late 1980s, when Fraunhofer and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg joined forces to work on a means to send audio over telephone lines. The eventual result was the MP3, a technology the Fraunhofer failed to capitalise on due to a combination of industrial sabotage, piracy and, at one unfortunate point, the German government refusing to give a patent for a music streaming service due to its being technologically absurd at the time.

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Asus ZenWatch Line No More?

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According to supply chain sources speaking to DigiTimes, Asus is "likely" to end the ZenWatch smartwatch line due to "lower than expected" sales.

ZenwatchDigiTimes adds monthly ZenWatch product shipments total around 5000-6000 on average, with production currently outsourced to Pegatron. In comparison, Q1 2017 Apple Watch shipments total 3.5 million according to IDC, while 2016 shipments reached 7m units.

The latest ZenWatch device is the ZenWatch 3, a smartwatch launched back in November 2016 featuring a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage.

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Loewe Goes Art Deco With Bild 9

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Loewe announces an Art Deco-inspired UHD OLED TV-- the Bild 9, designed Loewe London-based creative director Bodo Sperlein to channel a classic 1920s look.

Loewe Bild 9Featuring a Bauhaus-style design complete with geometric shapes and material, the Bild 9 comes on a solid steel frame in either Amber Gold or Graphite Gray. The actual TV panel is just 7mm thick, and all cabling feeds through the frame while fabric covers the connection ports.

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