first_img Author Bio Acer Chromebook 315 Weight3.79 pounds Editors Note: We’ve added some hand-on experiences to the existing article, mentioning the design, display and keyboard.LAS VEGAS—It’s not often that you see a sub-$300 Chromebook with a 15.6-inch, Full HD display, but Acer has delivered just that with the Acer Chromebook 315, which also features a 7th Generation AMD processor. Unfortunately, the quality of the display wasn’t all that impressive once we saw it for ourselves.The company’s latest budget Chromebook is slated to launch February in North America, starting at $279, and April in EMEA, starting at €349.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Acer Chromebook 315: Specs and Price RAMUp to 8GB Rami Tabari, on Acer gives you the choice of outfitting your Chromebook 315 with a 7th Generation AMD A6-9220C or A4-9120C processor with Radeon graphics, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 32GB of eMMC storage, which is pretty decent for a sub-$300 Chromebook.MORE: Best Acer LaptopsThe Chromebook’s 0.8-inch thin stature and light 3.8 pound weight is well complemented with its stylish, silver cross-stitched hood, which was incredibly satisfying to touch in person. However, the interior minimizes the size of the keyboard and makes everything else look bulky. The speaker vents on the left and right side in particular look like giant sideburns, and you know what, they kind of felt like them too.Despite that, the Acer Chromebook 315 doesn’t skimp on ports, as you’ll get two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a Kensington lock slot and a microSD card slot.As stated earlier, it’s pretty impressive to see a Chromebook this cheap that is 15.6 inches and also has a 1920 x 1080 display — it even has a touchscreen configuration. However, because it is in fact this cheap, the display was completely washed out and the colors were faded. We didn’t get to surf the web due to the lack of WiFi, but the blue shades on the wallpaper were worn down, and the Google Chrome logo looked like it was aging before my eyes.The standard Chromebook keyboard layout on the 315 looks a little small for a 15.6-inch laptop, but at the very least it does have backlighting and is accompanied by a decent sized touchpad. We didn’t get to see the backlighting in person, the the keyboard was comfortable to type on, and the keys had a pleasant matte texture on them.On top of that, the two upward-facing speakers surrounding the keyboard should, at the very least, emit louder volumes than your average Chromebook.Acer also rated the Chromebook 315 to last 10 hours on a single charge, which will be more than enough to take you through a work or school day.We’ll have more details to share on the Acer Chromebook 315 once we get it through our lab and run our plethora of benchmarks. Stay tuned for more CES 2019 coverage.Laptops with the Longest Battery LifeBest Laptops Under $500Best Chromebooks Available Now Rami Tabari, Starting Price$279 / €349 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Display15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 (touch and non-touch) GraphicsTBD Radeon graphics CPUAMD A6-9220C, A4-9120C As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. Size14.98 x 10.09 x 0.79 inches StorageUp to 32GB eMMC PortsTwo USB Type-C, two USB 3.0, a 3.5 mm audio jack, Kensington lock slot, microSD card slotlast_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer admitted earlier in the week that Sunday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals meant a little more than a normal game.He parlayed the emotion of facing his former team into a first quarter where he completed just two of five passes for 22 yards with two interceptions. He then completed five of seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter, which was really just a preview of what was to come. “We talked and defense said they were going to step up and do their job,” Cardinals receiver John Brown said. “So we knew we had to match what they were doing, and we were on point from there on out. We did all of our assignments right.”Though Palmer and the Cardinals surely would have preferred to get off to a better start, what they showed over the game’s final 30 minutes was just how good they can be when things click.Arizona’s five first-half drives resulted in 102 yards, two picks, two punts and one touchdown.Their seven post-break drives led to 271 yards, three touchdowns, two field goals and two punts.“It shows we have a lot of guys who are capable,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said of the turnaround. “It also shows that we were pathetic in the first half. We had our opportunities.“We feel like we could have scored 40 points or more. That’s just what we’re capable of.” – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The veteran went off in the third quarter, completing nine of 11 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. By the time the night was over, the veteran had thrown for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-31 Arizona Cardinals win.“He just looked me in the eye and said, ‘You got to play. You got to step up your play,’” Palmer said of what head coach Bruce Arians told him at halftime. “Other than that, nothing else.”Arians had sensed something wasn’t right with his quarterback, and it was costing the team.“He was out of sync in the first half and tried to force one down the middle that wasn’t even there — and same thing to Larry (Fitzgerald) — and make a big play,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of his QB’s early struggles. “I think he wanted to get after these guys a little too much early and then he settled down and got into rhythm.”When Palmer was off, as he was in the first quarter, he was really off. But when he was on, as he was for most of the rest of the game, he was really on.He admitted he was probably pressing in the first half, and credited his teammates for allowing him time to get into a groove. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

first_imgIf this version of the TSHR gene was a trigger for the initial domestication of chickens, as that study proposed, then it should also be found in ancient domesticated fowl. But when University of Oxford evolutionary biologist Greger Larson and his colleagues gathered DNA from 80 domesticated chickens from 12 European archaeological sites dating from 280 B.C.E. to the 18th century in Greece, central Europe, and the United Kingdom, they found that few carried this now dominant variant of the TSHR gene, as he reported at the meeting. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Slender jungle fowl like this one are the ancestors of today’s plump hens. Email Larson’s team reconstructed the number of chickens that had the dominant version of the TSHR gene variant over time, and found that it suddenly swept through chickens at multiple archaeological sites in the United Kingdom about 1000 years ago, turning up rapidly in 40% of the chickens they sequenced.What happened? Larson posed the question to zooarchaeologist Naomi Sykes of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, who had counted chicken bones at archaeological sites in Europe as part of a chicken project. She found that the number of chicken bones doubled between the mid–10th century to the year 1000, jumping from 5% to 6% of the meat bones to 12% to 14%. This change in diet included a boost in eggs and fish consumption, which also was reflected in historical records for food accounts from great houses and monasteries.These changes came right after the Benedictine Reform in the United Kingdom in the mid–10th century, which followed earlier monastic reforms in Europe that required that fasting became a religious and legal requirement. These new laws had a big impact on diet for all people living in Christian nations, because fasting took place for about 130 days a year, Sykes says. Europeans were to abandon eating meat from “quadrupeds”—sheep, goats, and other four-legged animals on these days. But chickens, with two legs, were acceptable. And the more people ate chicken, the more they bred them, selecting birds that laid eggs year-round and were meatier—and, presumably, carried the TSHR variant.Other researchers who heard the talk said that it demonstrated the power of ancient DNA studies to show the evolution of a trait through time. Domestication isn’t one event—it is a continual process, as humans tweak the makeup of the animals they live with. “It’s cool because it shows we’re moving beyond thinking of domestication as a single event … you can see the psychology of early farmers over time who go from just wanting to make a wild variant [of plant or animal] grow to making the damn thing tasty,” says Tom Gilbert, a geneticist at the University of Copenhagen.It also shows the dramatic impact that humans have on the evolution of the animals and plants around them. “It speaks a lot about the effects humans’ decisions have on the environment—even a political or religious decision really can impact the biology of animals,” says Ludovic Orlando, a geneticist at the University of Copenhagen.Others noted that they hope Larson’s team will get ancient DNA from chickens outside of Europe, as well. “There are a lot of people who paid no attention to Benedictine monks,” says archaeologist David Meltzer of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Larson says his team already is gathering ancient fowl from the Middle East and beyond. OXFORD, U.K.—Chicken is the most ubiquitous meat on menus around the world, from chicken Kiev to chicken McNuggets. But the bird wasn’t a common food in Europe until about 1000 years ago. That’s when the Catholic Church got tough and banned meat from four-legged animals on fasts—which numbered 130 days out of the year. Suddenly, demand for meat from two-legged chickens surged, according to a talk here yesterday at the seventh International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology. The edict also appears to have influenced the evolution of a gene that made the birds lay eggs year-round and set in motion changes that helped make them plumper.Chickens trace their ancestry back thousands of years to the red jungle fowl of Southeast Asia—and perhaps some other birds that got into the mix. Yet, little is known about when they became meaty morsels. The birds may have been domesticated more than once in Asia, and the first ones that show up reliably in the archaeological record 7000 to 3000 years ago in China, India, Egypt, and Greece, for example, were colorful but scrappy fowl. Chickens were a delicacy for Romans, medieval Europeans favored hardier birds, such as geese and pheasants, that they didn’t have to feed or protect from predators—and the size of chickens shrunk. This suggests they were bred primarily for cockfighting, egg laying, and as exotic garden ornaments.A breakthrough on how the birds were domesticated—and a gene that played a key role—came in 2010 with a study of the genomes of eight different populations of present-day chickens from around the world. Researchers found that they all carried two copies of one version of a gene, called the thyroid stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR), which apparently set in motion changes that plumped up the birds. This dominant version of the gene, or allele, had swept through all domesticated chickens, regardless of whether they were broilers bred for size or strains bred for laying many eggs. Although the precise function of the gene is not known, it regulates metabolism and reproduction, so probably stimulated chickens to lay more eggs year-round. Once hens began laying eggs all year, they probably had to be kept indoors in more crowded conditions. This—and the new yen for chicken meat—may have indirectly set in motion selection for fatter chickens. The authors proposed that this gene variant was critical for domestication because it was in all domesticated chickens. ibaki/iStockphoto Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more