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Acer Ferrari One ultraportable: no V12, just a 1.2GHz Athlon

Acer’s latest Ferrari-branded notebook has pulled up, and it’s an 11.6-inch ultraportable.  The Acer Ferrari One has a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor under the hood, together with 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics.  As with other Acer Ferrari models, there’s plenty of fake carbon fiber together with a one-touch shortcut key to the supercar manufacturer’s website.

While we’re not sure exactly how often you’ll actually be visiting the Ferrari site, at least the Acer squeezes in a little more than the regular CULV ultraportable.  As well as a full-sized keyboard there’s WiFi a/b/g/n, a multitouch trackpad, three USB 2.0 ports and VGA output (though no HDMI, sadly).

Acer reckon the 6-cell 5,600mAh battery is good for up to 5hrs runtime, and the whole thing weighs 3.31lbs.  The Acer Ferrari One is available now, priced at $599.99; our review unit is expected any day now, so we should be able to tell soon enough if the performance matches the looks.

Press Release:


The Latest Notebook Inspired by Racing Legend Scudetto Ferrari Exudes

Beauty, Power and Excitement

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2009 – Acer America, part of the world’s second largest PC vendor (Source: Gartner data, 3Q 2009), today debuted the new Ferrari One notebook PC to U.S. customers. An Acer exclusive, the Ferrari One is a full-featured, 11.6-inch notebook PC utilizing the same exquisite details and performance features celebrated by Scudetto Ferrari, the world’s most prestigious racing team.

Racing Performance in a Notebook PC

In the true spirit of the Ferrari racing team, the Ferrari One notebook combines performance and extreme portability. Fueled by VISION technology from AMD, the notebook delivers highly responsive, balanced multitasking performance via the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor with low-power CPU designed for long-lasting battery power. ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics provides high-definition visual quality coupled with up to 4GB of DDR2 667MHz system memory to drive digital and multimedia features and other demanding applications with ease. The Ferrari One comes equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium, 250GB hard drive and a built-in optical drive.

The notebook features enhanced stereo speakers and Dolby® Home Theater® Audio Enhancement, which deliver vibrant surround sound and bass effects to bring a true cinema-style experience to movies, music and casual games.

“Both Acer and Ferrari have a tradition of designing products built on passion, innovation and performance,” said Chris White, senior director of U.S. business management for Acer America. “The new Ferrari One notebook blends the ideas of racing and technology into a superior PC product.”

Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 Notebook Specifications

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor L310 (1.20 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)

Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display

AMD M780G Chipset

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics

4096MB DDR2 Dual-Channel Memory

250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

Acer InviLink™ 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®

Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam

Two built-in stereo speakers

3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement

Full-size Acer FineTip Keyboard

Multi-Gesture Touchpad supporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip

3 – USB 2.0 Ports

1 – VGA port

6-cell Li-ion Battery (5600 mAh), up to 5-hour battery life

3.31 lbs. (system unit only)

11.2 x 8.03 x 0.9/1.2 inches

MSRP: $599.99

Availability and Pricing

The Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $599.99. The Ferrari One comes with a one-year limited warranty.

About Acer America

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks top 3 for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful acquisitions of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement in staging the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion. See chúng tôi for more information.

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Acer Aspire As1410 Culv Ultraportable Gets Netbook Price

11.6-inch notebook lightens the load for mobile users who want to enjoy social networking, video and productivity applications on the go; available for just $399

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2009 – Bringing affordability to the ultraportable notebook platform, Acer America today announced the new Acer Aspire AS1410 Series. These new notebooks integrate enough power for enjoying digital entertainment in a very sleek, stylish design for just $399.

Powerful Performance; Petite Package

Although it’s the size of a netbook, the Aspire AS1410 Series is truly a mainstream notebook with the performance to suit a variety of users. Featuring an Intel® Celeron® processor and 2GB DDR2 memory (upgradeable to 4GB), the notebooks have plenty of power for document creation, media playback and daily task management.

The systems are also primed for visual clarity. The 11.6-inch widescreen HD LED-backlit display is large enough to comfortably view videos, photos, documents and web pages. Featuring LED backlit technology, a 16:9 aspect ratio and Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, the AS1410 Series delivers realistic HD pictures with crisp detail and smooth video playback.

Intuitive PC Navigation, Convenient Connectivity

Despite the compact form factor, the new notebooks offer a wide array of ports including an integrated multi-in-one media reader to conveniently transfer files from digital devices. An HDMI port allows the systems to support any PC or TV video format via a single cable, while three USB 2.0 ports enable connection to the latest peripherals and digital devices. Advanced Intel 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless and Gigabit Ethernet LAN enable fast access to email, the web and social networks.


The Acer® Aspire AS1410 Series notebooks will be available for U.S. customers at leading retailers this holiday season. A sample configuration as well as specifications and pricing follow.

Acer® Aspire AS1410 Notebook PC – Prices begin at $399.99

• Intel® Celeron® Processor SU2300 (1.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

• 11.6-Inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-Backlit Display (16.9 Aspect Ratio; 1366×768 Resolution)

• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

• 2GB DDR2 Dual-Channel 667MHz Memory (Upgradeable to 4GB)

• 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive(2)

• Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

• Intel® WiFi Link 1000 802.11 a/b/g/Draft-N

• Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam

• Two Built-In Stereo Speakers and Dolby® Sound Room® Audio Enhancement

• Full-Size Acer FineTip Keyboard

• Multi-Gesture Touchpad Supporting Circular Motion, Scrolling, Pinch-Action Zoom and Page Flip

• Three USB 2.0 Ports

• HDMI Port

• 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to Six Hours Battery Life

• 3.08 Pounds

• Two-Year International Travelers Limited Warranty

About Acer

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world’s No. 3 vendor for total PCs(3) and No. 2 for notebooks,(4) with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion. See chúng tôi for more information.

The One Question About Pluto That Just Won’T Die Down

The one question about Pluto that just won’t die down

Many people alive today learnt that our solar system has nine planets, which included Pluto. However, that changed in 2006 when the International Astronomical Union voted to relegate Pluto to the status of a “dwarf planet” leaving us with only eight internationally recognized planets. The rationale for the decision was based on a criteria for planets that says that a planet must be spherical, orbit the sun and have cleared its neighboring region of other objects.

It is the third where Pluto was deemed to fall short, as it is surrounded by a number of objects called “plutinos” which are Kuiper Belt objects that share a similar orbit to Pluto. This criteria has become a key sticking point in a wider classification debate.

A group of scientists is challenging not only the reduced status of Pluto but is also calling for the definition of what constitutes a planet to be considerably expanded, arguing that the decision to downgrade Pluto was founded more in astronomy than in astronomy (via Extreme Tech). Their paper argues that the inner eight (or nine) planets have granted a special status that has its roots in 1800s astrology and thus lacks a solid scientific basis. Rather, the scientists argue that the definition of what constitutes a planet should be far less exclusive and in fact be expanded to include a number of substantial bodies orbiting the Sun – this would take the actual number to around 150.

Source: Bill Ingalls/nasa/Getty Images

Before this new scientific paper was published, Pluto was back in the international spotlight with NASA’s New Horizons’ mission which saw the probe return stunning images of the would-be planet and its five moons across 2023 and 2023. It revealed that Pluto was much more planet-like than had previously been suspected.

Instead of just a cold icy ball, New Horizons revealed Pluto to be tectonically active, have an underground ocean, a relatively stable atmosphere and may even still be volcanically active. This once again sparked debate about whether astronomers had been too hasty in reducing Pluto to a dwarf planet status.

The scientists behind the call for Pluto to be reinstated as a planet argue that not only is Pluto technically a planet, but so too are its moons and, indeed, all moons orbiting the eight formally recognized planets in the solar system. Furthermore, they argue, there are numerous trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) in addition to Pluto, that should also be reclassified as planets.

Among these TNOs are dwarf planets like Eris, which is a similar size to Pluto, Haumea, Makemake. These are joined by Orcus, Quaoar, Gonggong and Sedna. The prevailing thinking of the scientists behind the paper is that by recognizing these other objects orbiting the sun as planets, it will reshape the popular understanding of our solar system as something much more extensive and complex than how it is currently perceived by the wider public.

Acer Swift 1 Review: A Cheap, Lightweight Ultra

While it delivers what it promises—a slim and light chassis, plenty of battery life, a solid-state drive and even a fingerprint reader, all for less than $350—the Acer Swift 1 makes painful speed and storage compromises to get there.

While the Acer Swift 1 delivers what it promises—a slim and light chassis, plenty of battery life, a solid-state drive and even a fingerprint reader, all for less than $350—it makes painful speed and storage compromises to get there. If you’re a bargain hunter who doesn’t mind relying on cloud services and you can tolerate merely adequate performance, by all means, give the Swift 1 a look. But if you’re looking for long-term value, consider either increasing your budget or tolerating a thicker, heavier laptop with more pep.

Price and specifications

We tested the $329 version of the Acer Swift 1, which comes with a Pentium N4200 processor, a quad-core Apollo Lake-generation CPU designed for budget laptops. As we’ll soon see, the N4200 is adequate (well, barely) for everyday productivity tasks, but it buckles under any kind of serious processing load.

Also inside: 4GB of low-voltage DDR3L RAM and a meager 64GB solid-state drive, which leaves you with only about 20GB of available storage. That might be fine for those planning to use the Swift 1 primarily for surfing the web, running Office and working from their cloud accounts. An Acer representative even told me the Swift 1 is aimed at “people who are likely to use cloud-based storage”). But if you want to install more programs or store even a modest amount of media on the Swift 1, I’d strongly suggest you to cough up another $70 for the 128GB SSD upgrade.

The Swift 1 relies on an integrated Intel HD Graphics 505 core for light display tasks such as video streaming, browsing and general productivity. Unsurprisingly (and as its benchmark results will show), the Swift 1 isn’t much of a gaming machine. Expect all but the most basic games to chug along at frame rates well south of 30 per second.


The 1920×1080 resolution on the 13.3-inch screen looks pleasingly vivid and sharp, more than capable for standard Office tasks and even the dark sci-fi scenes of Tears of Steel (our favorite 4K test video).

Viewing angles on the Swift 1’s IPS display panel are up to par, with the screen beginning to dim when viewed from an angle of about 30 degrees or more. I was also pleased that colors on the Swift 1’s display never inverted, even when viewed from nearly a 90-degree angle.

Keyboard, trackpad, speakers and webcam

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The Acer Cwift 1 offers a fingerprint reader along with the keyboard and trackpad. 

The Swift 1’s trackpad gets the job done with a minimum of fuss, smoothly registering my taps and swipes. Nearby sits a Windows Hello-enabled fingerprint sensor, which reliably detected my fingerprint during my testing, unlocking the Windows login screen in less than a second.

The Swift’s 640×480 webcam does a decent job, with images looking expectedly grainy and blotchy but otherwise perfectly fine for basic video conferencing.


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The Acer Swift 1’s left side holds USB-A and SD card ports, plus a lock port.

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The Acer Swift 1’s right side holds two USB-A and one USB-C ports, a full HDMI port, plus an audio jack. 

General performance

Small, fast, and cheap: Those are the three main qualities we wish we could get from any ultra-portable laptop, and generally speaking, you only get two. With the $329, 2.9-pound Swift 1, you’re getting small and cheap, which means you’ll have to skimp on speed—and in this case, the skimping is going to hurt.

PCMark 8 Work Conventional

Given the Acer Swift 1’s mission to be a budget-priced ultra-portable for people looking to get things done (move along, gamers), I was particularly interested to see how the Swift 1 could handle daily productivity chores. The answer, according to our test results: It can, but only just.

We use PCMark 8 Work Conventional to test a laptop’s agility with tasks like browsing the web, running Office, and other everyday desktop duties. In our experience, a notebook needs a score of at least 2,000 to perform such chores without noticeable slowdowns.

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The Acer Swift 1’s score of 1,934 in PCMark 8 Work 2 Conventional is disappointing, given that a score of 2,000 is the threshold for decent performance with mainstream applications. 

With its PCMark 8 Word benchmark score of 1,934, the quad-core Pentium-powered Swift 1 falls just shy of our expectations. Even while performing such mundane tasks as browsing the web, I could occasionally feel the Swift 1 straining with the effort. Button presses, page rendering, and menu opening frequently took a moment longer than they should.

Cinebench R15

We move on to Cinebench, a 3D-rendering benchmarking app that tests a laptop’s performance under an intense CPU load.

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Quad-core laptops usually score high Cinebench results. But the Swift 1 runs on a quad-core Pentium processor, not a full-on Intel Core chip, and its dismal Cinebench figure reflects that fact. Again, there’s nothing broken inside the Swift 1; this is simply the price you pay for a 2.9-pound laptop that’s so cheap. Anyone who expects to rapidly render 3D images on a $329 ultraportable like the Swift is simply barking up the wrong tree.

3DMark Sky Diver 1.0

It’s almost unfair to subject the budget Acer Swift 1 and its integrated Intel HD Graphics 505 core to gaming-oriented benchmarking apps like 3DMark Sky Diver 1.0. Not surprisingly, the Swift 1’s overall score is among the lowest we’ve ever recorded. Again, though, something has to go if you’re only going to pay $329 for a 2.9-pound laptop, and in this case, it’s “Overwatch.”

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Low-end integrated graphics results in a pedestrian score for the Acer Swift 1 in the 3DMark test.

Battery life

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The Acer Swift 1’s battery life on our video rundown test is about 7.5 hours, which is adequate.

Conclusion: At least upgrade the SSD

The Acer Swift 1 is an ultra-portable that hits the sub-$350 price point by making a few hard choices. If you don’t mind a puny solid-state drive and average performance, the Acer Swift 1 might be the laptop for you. For anyone else, though, I’d recommend forking over more cash for a faster ultra-portable (an expense that may pay off later in longevity), or settling for a bigger laptop without such steep speed compromises (like the $350 Acer Aspire E 15). At the very least, Swift 1 shoppers should upgrade to the $400 version with a roomier 128GB SSD.

Apple Just Gave Easy App Store Devs A Nasty Surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

For such users, app template companies have offered an alternative route. Although many different options exist, they generally offer preconfigured software – whether that be for loyalty schemes, restaurant ordering, or many other services – that can be simply customized with unique graphics and other details. For example, many local pizza restaurants have turned to app generation services to offer customers a way to place takeout or delivery orders without going through one of the food heavyweights like Postmates or Just Eat.

Now, TechCrunch reports, Apple has begun warning users of such apps that they face delisting from the App Store. It’s part of an update to the company’s App Store guidelines that was pushed out after WWDC 2023 earlier this year, and which warned that software that had been produced using “commercialized template or app generation service” providers could be banned.

At the time, that was perceived as a way for Apple to shut the door on the spammier end of the app market. The rise of clone apps offering limited functionality and mediocre usefulness had contributed to the App Store’s long-standing problems with surfacing quality software.

What’s now begun, though, is a far stricter interpretation of the new rule. Some developers are now being told that their templated apps “are not appropriate for the App Store” and that, after January 1, 2023, any new apps they submit will be rejected. Other developers have been warned that their apps show too much duplication, which according to Apple will “create clutter, diminish the overall experience for the end user, and reduce the ability of developers to market their apps.”

Unsurprisingly, developers and app template services alike aren’t impressed. Apple, they argue, is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and risks losing useful apps in its more zealous interpretation of the updated guidelines. While they concede that their software might not have the scale of professionally-produced apps, they can nonetheless offer a straightforward route to an often local audience for small businesses.

Indeed, that concern has reached Congressman Ted W. Lieu of California, who has written publicly to Apple with the request that they reconsider how they’re handling the new 4.2.6 and 4.3 rules. “It is my understanding that many small businesses, research organizations, and religious institutions rely on template apps when they do not possess the resources to develop apps in-house,” the Congressman wrote.

Whether Apple will take a more nuanced approach remains to be seen. There’s speculation from some quarters that its more aggressive approach could even presage an easy app-generation system of the Cupertino company’s own. Even if the reason isn’t so clandestine, it could mean useful apps disappearing and a loss of variety in the App Store overall.

Acer Announces New Gaming Lineup For 2023

Today Acer ran a live-streamed digital event, showcasing a broad selection of their upcoming product and devices. Particularly of interest was some of their new gaming focussed machines under their Predator banner. They’ve got some new gaming laptops on the way, an updated version of their gaming desktop systems, and a new top-end high-performance gaming monitor. Read on for details of the freshly announced new gaming lineup from Acer.


Predator Helios 700

Acer announced an update to their high-performance beast of a laptop for 2023. This is a gaming laptop built to perform more like a desktop system when you need it to. It has a convertible form factor, which lets you slide out a portion of the keyboard section of the machine, to allow for more powerful cooling for extended gaming performance. Acer calls this design “HyperDrift keyboard”, and say that it gives this laptop great thermal management.

In addition to offering the latest top-end 10th Gen Intel processors, GPUs up to the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, and RAM configurations up to 64GB, the Helios 700 also comes with a 144Hz G-Sync compatible 17.3-inch display.

The Helios 700 will start at $2,399.99, and be available in the US from October. More precise information on the different configurations and pricing will be made available at a later date.

Predator Helios 300

A more standard laptop layout here, but still with plenty of grunt. Again Acer have updated this model with 10th Generation Intel chips, and the latest GPUs from Nvidia. The Helios 300 comes equipped with a 15.6-Inch 240 Hz display, and supports RAM configurations of up to 32GB.

The Predator Helios 300 will be available in the US starting in July, and will start at $1,199.99

Predator Triton 300

Acer’s slim and light gaming machine, designed to offer great gaming performance in a small frame. This machine weighs in at 4.63 lbs, and is just 0.78 inches thick, and is designed with a metal frame. Again this 2023 revision offers 10th Generation Intel CPUs, and offers the Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q GPU.

It features a 240Hz 15.6-Inch display, that supports 100% of the sRGB color space.

The Predator Triton 300 will launch in the US in September and will start at $1,299.99.

Nitro 7

Acer’s other option for a relatively lightweight gaming machine is the Nitro 7, this is a 5.51 lbs machine with a 15.6-inch display, and a metal frame. Again this features the latest 10th Generation Intel processor and GPU up to the GeForce RTX 2060.

The Nitro 7 features a dual-fan cooling system, with four exhaust ports, to ensure it remains cool even during extended gaming sessions.

This is Acer’s budget gaming option, starting at $999.99 when it launches in October.


Predator Orion 9000 Desktop

Acer’s updated top-end gaming system is the 2023 Orion 9000, is focussed on extreme gaming performance. With CPU options up to the 10th Generation Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition, and GPU options up to Dual GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in SLI mode, this is more than capable of handling any games at high resolutions and framerates. It comes fitted a handle and even a set of wheels for easily moving the system around.

The updated fans give 16% more airflow than the previous model, and they’ve darkened the internal components to let the extensive array of RGB lighting really stand out

There’s no pricing or release date confirmed for the US, but it will be launching in Europe in October, starting at €2,799.

Predator Orion 3000

Next on the list is the slightly more conventional-looking Orion 3000, which is a standard mid-sized tower design, intended to easily fit in your gaming space. This comes with CPUs up to the 10th Generation Intel i7, and comes with GPUs up to the RTX 2060 Super.

The Orion 3000 is confirmed for a September release in the US, starting at $999.99.

Nitro 50

The Nitro 50 will start at $799.99 when it launches in the US in September.

Predator x25 Gaming Monitor

A new impressive top-end gaming monitor from Acer here, that offers 360Hz support, is fully G-sync compatible, at 1080p.

The AdaptiveLight feature illuminated the area behind and surrounding the monitor, with color to match the action on the screen. This is intended to make gaming more immersive and reduce eye strain.

The LightSense sees the monitor detecting ambient lighting conditions in the nearby vicinity, and tune brightness setting automatically to match the environment.

But new gaming hardware wasn’t all Acer had to announce.

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