Acer Goes Back to School With Rugged Chromebook 11 C771

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Customers looking for a tough Chrome OS-powered notebook get an Acer option-- the Chromebook 11 C771, an 11.6-inch number featuring a few performance upgrades in a rugged design.

C771 ChromebookPrimarily aimed at the education segment, the C771 is compliant with MIL-STD-810G US Military Standard, meaning it should resist drops of up to 122cm as well as up to 60kg of downwards force on the top. In addition it should also be resistant to dust and spills.

When it comes to the internals, on launch the C771 (and the C771T touchscreen variant) packs an Intel Celeron 3855U CPU, 32GB storage and 4GB RAM. On September it will also be available with 6th gen Core i3 and i5 processors. As for battery life, Acer says the C711 offers up to 13 hours of use on a single charge, while the C711T lasts for up to 12 hours.

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Tile Bluetooth Trackers Go Pro

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Tile presents the Pro series-- an update of the company's Bluetooth tracker product offering an increased Bluetooth range, twice the volume and more water resistance.

Tile ProThe Pro series consists of two devices, the Tile Sport and Tile Style. Both feature Bluetooth range reaching 60m, louder ring tone and water resistance for up to 1 hour in 1.5m of water. They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing users to search for lose items through speech.

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The HomeKit-Compatible MyQ Home Bridge

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Chamberlain launches the MyQ Home Bridge-- a means to add HomeKit compatibility to any MyQ garage door opener (without built-in wifi) and lighting products.

MyQ HomeBridgeAnnounced back at CES 2017, the MyQ Home Bridge allows customers to control garage doors with Siri, set scenes within the Home app and connect a MyQ garage door opener with other HomeKit-enabled devices. Thus, one can have a smart thermostat or light bulb adjust accordingly whenever the garage door opens or close.

The company also offers a series of MyQ lighting accessories users can connect to HomeKit for control via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch.

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LightwaveRF Adds HomeKit Compatibility

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British smart home solutions maker LightwaveRF announces it is working on a product range featuring Apple HomeKit compatibility, with offerings including a light dimmer and smart socket.

LightwaveRFThe products in question are the Generation 2 Link Plus smart hub, Smart Dimmers, Smart Sockets and a Smart Radiator Valve. The Link Plus connects to routers and controls the LightwaveRF smart home system for lighting, heating, power and security. The LightwaveRF system also gets new features, such as built-in energy monitoring, colour-changing status LEDs and wire-free two-way switches.

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Why the Smart Connector is Underused

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Why don't more products take advantage of the Smart Connector, the magnetic snap-in port found in the iPad Pro? Fast Company spoke to a number of accessory makers, and discovered the reason is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple itself.

iPad Pro Smart ConnectorSo far only four accessories support the Smart Connector. One is the Apple Smart Keyboard, the first and only iPad Pro keyboard cover. Then there are two keyboards and a docking station, all made by Logitech. Logitech managed to bring its Smart Connector-enabled products to market thanks to a close partnership with Apple, meaning other companies having to compete with both.

As Incipio tells Fast Company, “with an iPad Pro keyboard on the market already, we are evaluating the market’s appetite for another iPad Pro keyboard and identifying if there are any gaps that we can fill... [W]e are developing with having a point of difference in mind rather than developing to be quick to market.”

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