ASUS Announces the Availability of the All-New Professional Grade ZenBook Pro UX550 in Singapore

The redesigned, high-performance laptop that is the thinnest, lightest, fastest and most elegant ZenBook Pro ever

KEY POINTS 

  • Designed to entice, crafted to perform: Latest Intel® Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 512GB PCIe® SSD
  • Enduring elegance, timeless style: All-new compact solid-aluminum unibody is thinner and lighter, with stylish new colour and diamond-cut silver edges
  • Immersive audio and visual performance: Ultra-thin bezel 15.6-inch NanoEdge full HD display, with powerful quad-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Intuitive touch experience: Multi-touch display compatible with the ASUS Pen allows for an accurate drawing, writing or annotating experience in any supported application or program
  • All-day battery: 73Wh lithium-polymer battery provides up to 14 hours of on-the-go performance[1] and supports fast charging up to 60% capacity in 49 minutes[2]

 

Singapore (September 2017) ASUS today announced the availability of the all-new ZenBook Pro UX550, a high-performance 15.6-inch laptop that is the fastest, thinnest and lightest ZenBook Pro ever. The ZenBook Pro UX550 offers discerning professional users the ultimate combination of serious performance and supremely elegant design, harnessing the amazing power of the latest Intel® Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, a gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti graphics, the fastest PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 x4 SSDs, a high-speed 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C (USB-C) ports. An integrated fingerprint sensor allows fast and secure one-touch login with Windows Hello.

The state-of-the-art visuals on the ZenBook Pro UX550 are provided by the 15.6-inch NanoEdge multi-touch display, featuring a 1,920 x 1,080 full HD resolution and an ultra-thin 7.3mm bezel that gives the ZenBook Pro UX550 an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio. Powerful immersive sound is delivered by the Harman Kardon-certified quad-speaker audio system.

 

The ASUS Pen (sold separately), which is compatible with the ZenBook Pro UX550, provides creative professionals another way to interact with the machine, allowing for an intuitive and accurate drawing, writing or annotating experience in any supported application or program.

The ZenBook Pro UX550 has a stunning all-new compact design, featuring an all-aluminum unibody finished with classic ZenBook design elements, along with a sophisticated colour scheme of Royal Blue enhanced with brilliant diamond-cut silver edges.

 

A high-capacity 73Wh lithium-polymer battery gives the ZenBook Pro UX550 an astonishing day-long endurance with up to 14 hours battery life[3]. It also incorporates fast charging technology to minimise recharge times.

 

The ZenBook Pro UX550 is retailing at $2,898 starting from today, and will be available at all ASUS Brand Stores and authorised retailers. For enhanced productivity, the ASUS Pen can also be purchased separately at all ASUS Brand Stores at $69.

 

Designed to Entice, Crafted to Perform

The ZenBook Pro UX550 is built to deliver the ultimate on-the-go performance. At its heart is the latest Intel® Core i7 quad-core processor — which is 8 percent faster than the previous generation, and with an operating frequency that can be boosted up to 3.8GHz. This amazing processor is backed with a 16GB of high-performance 2400Hz DDR4 RAM and an ultra-fast 512GB PCIe® SSD.

The ZenBook Pro UX550 uses up to the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti gaming-grade graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory to deliver performance that is nearly twice as fast as a GeForce® GTX 960MX GPU. This DirectX® 12-compatible graphics monster delivers all the horsepower needed for even the most graphics-intensive tasks, such as 3D rendering, video playback or ultra-detailed gaming. Designers, developers and gamers will enjoy the best possible graphics performance with the ZenBook Pro UX550.

 

The ZenBook Pro UX550 also has full support for the ASUS Pen (sold separately) and Windows Ink, making it the perfect choice for creativity. ASUS Pen is an active stylus with a slim and elegant aluminum design that allows for accurate drawing, writing or annotating in any supported application or program. The Windows Ink allows users to create sticky notes, capture ideas and details as they happen. Users can even take a screenshot and share it in one click.

 

The two USB-C ports on the ZenBook Pro UX550 incorporate the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology for versatile, ultra-fast connections. Along with 40Gbps data transfer speeds — 2X faster than Thunderbolt 2 and 8X faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1 — Thunderbolt 3 supports power delivery and dual 4K UHD external displays, making the ZenBook Pro UX550 a superb choice for graphics professionals. There are also two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and an HDMI port for the ultimate, hassle-free connectivity. An integrated fingerprint sensor in the touchpad allows fast and secure password-free login with just a single touch via Windows Hello.

 

Enduring Elegance, Timeless Style

The elegant finish and refined profile of the ZenBook Pro UX550 belies the power inside. Its precision-crafted, solid-aluminum unibody features brilliant diamond-cut edges; and the iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish on the lid in Royal Blue colour scheme allows users to match their professional styles easily.

Featuring a 15.6-inch NanoEdge display with an ultra-thin 7.3mm bezel that gives it an incredible 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, the ZenBook Pro UX550 is remarkably compact for such a high-performance laptop, with dimensions comparable to some 14-inch laptops. And at just 18.9mm thin, with a weight of only 1.8kg, the ZenBook Pro UX550 is a gorgeous powerhouse that can be taken anywhere and everywhere.

 

Immersive Audio and Visual Performance

With an astonishing resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels — the full HD NanoEdge display on the ZenBook Pro UX550 is something to behold. The pixel density of 282 pixels per inch ensures that everything is pin-sharp — from the finest details in photos and videos to the tiniest text. The ultra-wide 100% sRGB and 72 percent NTSC colour gamut of the display produce incredibly natural-looking colours, and 178° wide-view technology ensures a perfect picture even at acute viewing angles.

 

The ZenBook Pro UX550 delivers amazing audio performance through its Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster Premium sound system, which features an array of four separate high-quality speakers powered by a smart amplifier. Each stereo channel has a woofer to handle low frequencies and a tweeter dedicated to higher frequencies, hence users can experience impressive surround-sound effects at volumes that are 2.5X louder than the previous generation of the ZenBook Pro. The four-speaker configuration now delivers a 1.6X-wider frequency response, ensuring rich and crystal-clear full-range sound even at high volume levels.

 

All-Day Battery

When working on the go, the last thing users need is a flat battery when there is no power socket to hand. A high-capacity 73Wh lithium-polymer battery provides the ZenBook Pro UX550 with a day-long battery life of up to 14 hours for productivity tasks, or up to 10 hours of full HD video playback[4].

 

Lithium-polymer batteries last for up to 700 charge cycles — 2.5X more than standard lithium-ion cylinder batteries. These batteries also retain up to 80 percent of their original capacity even after hundreds of charge cycles. In addition, the fast charging technology in ZenBook Pro UX550 can charge a low battery to 60 percent capacity in just 49 minutes[5].

 

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ZenBook Pro UX550 is retailing at $2,898 starting from today, and is now available at all ASUS Brand Stores and authorised retailers. For enhanced productivity, the ASUS Pen can also be purchased separately at all ASUS Brand Stores at $69.

[1] Tested using MobileMark 2014 productivity mode and MobileMark 2014 video playback mode. Test configuration: Intel® Core™ i5 with 8GB RAM, Full HD panel, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 4GB graphics. Battery life may vary from different usage scenarios.

 

[2] Charging speed varies from different device modes and charging outlets.

[3] ASUS internal testing used MobileMark 2014 productivity mode. Test configuration: Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB RAM, Full HD panel, GeForce® GTX 1050 4GB graphics.

[4] Tested using MobileMark 2014 productivity mode and MobileMark 2014 video playback mode. Test configuration: Intel® Core™ i5 with 8GB RAM, Full HD panel, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 4GB graphics. Battery life may vary from different usage scenarios.

 

[5] Charging speed varies from different device modes and charging outlets.

Synology® Unveils New XS/Plus/Value-Series Product Lineup: From Home to Business

Storage solutions designed to meet a multitude of needs

Taipei, Taiwan—September 2017—Synology® Inc. announced the official launch of new product lineup featuring:

  • XS-series DS3018xs: Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and M.2 SATA SSD supports
  • Plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+: Greater performance and data resiliency for intensive workloads
  • Value-series DS418: Introduction of 4K online transcoding capability

To allow for ultra-high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding.

XS-series:

DS3018xs, Synology’s first 6-bay tower NAS, is compact but powerful as it features the advanced processor Intel Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with AES-NI encryption engine, offering scalability of RAM up to 32 GB and of storage capacity up to 30 drives with two Synology DX1215. In addition to four Gigabit LAN ports, DS3018xs takes advantage of boosting maximum throughput with an optional 10GbE network interface card, delivering stunning performance at over 2,230 MB/s sequential reading and 265,000 sequential read IOPS.

Plus-series:

DS918+ and DS718+ are powered by Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core processor. DS218+ is powered by Intel® Celeron® J3355 dual core processor. All these models are equipped with AES-NI hardware encryption engine. Powered by transcoding engine, these Plus-series NAS servers support up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K video transcoding. The RAM can be scaled up to 8 GB for DS918+, and up to 6 GB for the other two products, allowing you to operate more intensive tasks at once. DS918+ and DS718+ are equipped with two LAN ports, and their storage capacity can be scaled up to 9 and 7 drives respectively with Synology DX517.

“Responding to the demands from our customers, DS3018xs is built as a comprehensive business-ready desktop NAS. Running mission-critical applications or planning virtualization deployment with DS3018xs has never been easier.” said Vic Hsu, CEO of Synology Inc. “The new DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+ are optimized to be your digital video libraries, and will bring you excellent experiences with high definition live video transcoding anywhere you go.”

Value-series:

DS418 is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with hardware encryption engine, 2 GB RAM, and two LAN ports. Powered by the hardware transcoding engine, DS418 supports H.265 4K transcoding to serve as your media library. DS418 is ideal for offices and home users to manage, protect, and share the critical data efficiently.

DS3018xs, DS918+, DS718+, DS218+, and DS418 run with DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1, one of the most advanced and intuitive operating systems for network-attached storage devices which offers a wide range of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology has received numerous media accolades, such as topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget’s storage solution survey and PC Mag Readers’ Choice for seven years in a row.

ASUSTOR Announces Official Release of Linux Center

ASUSTOR announces the official launch of Linux Center. ASUSTOR NAS users can now run the native Linux® system on their NAS, enjoying the rich variety of Linux® apps. Linux Center features easy installation without extra configurations and compatibility with HDMI output. It effectively turns the NAS into a computer with unlimited possibilities.

Taipei, Taiwan, September 2017 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the official launch of Linux Center for ASUSTOR NAS devices. ASUSTOR has utilized virtualization technology to integrate its NAS operating system with Linux®, allowing ASUSTOR NAS to become the most complete secondary development and application solution for the IoT (Internet of Things) era. All ASUSTOR NAS users are invited to experience this lightweight virtual environment along with its rich variety of apps.

Functions for Linux Center include:
  • Flexible use of the Linux® App: The native Linux® system can be directly run on ASUSTOR NAS. This is convenient for developers and users who wish to utilize Linux® for development purposes and also allows them to make use of the rich variety of app resources provided by Linux®.
  • Easy installation with just one touch: Linux Center supports Debian 8 Desktop and Debian 8 Server. Users can download and install the Linux® system by simply clicking on the installation button without needing any other extra configurations.
  • HDMI output on command: ASUSTOR NAS’s HDMI function can be utilized to display Linux Center’s interface on any compatible monitor for development purposes and to make use of the rich variety of Linux® apps, allowing users to create their own Linux® virtual space.
  • Supported models: Linux Center is available for use on AS31/32, AS50/51, AS61/62/63/64 and AS70 series devices. It is recommended to be used with at least 4GB of RAM.
“Supported on the new powerful ADM 3.0 operating system, the release of Linux Center gives ASUSTOR NAS users a dual system advantage with the ability to use both ADM and Linux®, “ said Quote Lin, Chief Technology Officer at ASUSTOR. “Users can take the Linux® open source development environment and applications and integrate them into Linux Center. This frees users from being limited to just the native NAS Apps. Taking advantage of Linux®’s powerful open source development ecosystem, users are able to enjoy the use of more apps than ever before as we step into the IoT era. ASUSTOR NAS devices are not just network storage devices but piece of technology with unlimited possibilities.”
For more product information please visit: http://www.asustor.com
Linux Center: Linux Center is ASUSTOR’s latest NAS App and can be downloaded and installed under the ASUSTOR Apps section in App Central.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Releases ROG Zephyrus GX501 in Singapore in Conjunction with Exclusive Casio G-Shock Collaboration and Launch of ROG Accidental Damage Protection Plan

Unveiling the world’s thinnest 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by the latest Intel® Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics with 120Hz Full HD G-SYNC display and Windows 10

 

KEY POINTS

  • Ultra-slim profile tapers from 17.9mm at its thickest end to just 16.9mm
  • High-performance best-in-class components including 7th Gen Intel® Corei7 processor and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics card
  • ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System delivers powerful cooling and strikingly efficient performance for marathon gaming sessions
  • Front-mounted keyboard has individually backlit keys with Aura RGB lighting, customisable WASD and QWER key lighting, and anti-ghosting 30-key rollover

 

Singapore (September, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the launch of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 previously announced back in Computex 2017, the world’s slimmest 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by the latest Intel® Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics. The ROG Zephyrus GX501 features the Windows 10 Creators Update, which improves the performance of PC games via the all-new Windows Game Mode, and makes it easier to perform native game-streaming with Beam, Microsoft’s streaming service.

 

The 15.6-inch ROG Zephyrus GX501 features an ultra-slim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system. It also features customisable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects and a super-fast 120Hz panel with wide-view technology, 100 percent sRGB colour gamut and NVIDIA® G-SYNC for breathtaking gaming visuals.

The World’s Slimmest Gaming Laptop with Unparalleled Performance and Features

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 is the result of persistent dedication to gaming innovation. ROG aims to create laptops that are slimmer, cooler, quieter and more powerful than ever before — to fully address the needs of today’s highly mobile gamers.

 

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 has a blade-inspired design, resulting in an ultra-slim and sleek profile that tapers from 17.9mm down to just 16.9mm at its thinnest point. Its compact dimension makes it the world’s thinnest gaming laptop powered by the latest Intel® Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics, delivering unstoppable gaming performance, making this combination a good competitor against larger gaming devices and desktops.

ROG-Exclusive Design and Cooling System

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 is cooled by an exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that runs cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. AAS incorporates unique AeroAccelerator (AA) technology that increases the speed and efficiency of airflow through the laptop. The fan’s 3D-curved surface cover and accelerator guides enhance airflow and remove heat away from the components more efficiently. When the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is opened, a portion of the bottom of the chassis flexes to increase the airflow volume by 20 percent and further increase air circulation. AAS maximises system stability as well as gaming and thermal performance, and it allows full utilisation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), so gamers can engage in marathon sessions without fear of interruption.

 

NVIDIA® MAX-Q Design

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 featuring the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design further advances the efficiencies of Pascal resulting in a laptop that is both portable enough to take around the world and powerful enough to play the top games.

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 achieves such outstanding performance in a small form factor through innovative cooling methods and Max-Q design. Never before has such performance been available in such an ultra-thin package.

 

Max-Q is a term borrowed from aerospace engineering and is hugely important for the design of rockets launched into space. At liftoff, velocity of a rocket is 0, but air density is very high. As it gains altitude, velocity keeps increasing, but air density keeps decreasing. Max-Q is the balance point of velocity and air density when the aerodynamic stress on the rocket is at its maximum.

 

For the Space Shuttle, this typically occurs at an altitude of ~35,000 ft. (11 km) at around a minute into the launch. Space faring rockets are precision-engineered for Max-Q; the balanced point of velocity and air density for which it has been designed.

 

Similarly, in order to design the thinnest, quietest and fastest gaming laptops, they have to be precision-engineered to balance performance and power efficiency. Hence, NVIDIA® called this design approach the Max-Q design.

 

Perfected Gaming Keyboard with Aura RGB Lighting, Innovative Touchpad with 10-Key Functionality

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 features a keyboard positioned at the front of the chassis — a design that allows better cooling of internal components, while providing a comfortable and familiar experience for gamers accustomed to desktop keyboards. ASUS Aura RGB lighting technology provides dynamic and customisable lighting effects over the entire keyboard, as well as separately highlighted customisable effects for the WASD and QWER key groups, allowing users to create a gaming ambience that matches the feel of their game. Anti-ghosting keys ensure commands are instantaneously and correctly interpreted — even when up to 30 keys are pressed simultaneously. The keys have been ergonomically designed to provide optimum comfort and typing accuracy. The ROG Zephyrus GX501 positions the touchpad to the right of the keyboard and also integrates a 10-key function that is easily activated by a hot key. When activated, a red backlight illuminates the 10-key functionality.

Ultra-Smooth Gaming Visuals and Versatile Connectivity

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 is equipped with a 120Hz display that enables smooth gaming at a true 120Hz frame rate. NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronises the display’s refresh rate with the NVIDIA GeForce graphics card’s frame rate, ensuring ultra-smooth visuals. G-SYNC reduces lag, minimises perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing — providing the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming imaginable without affecting system performance. Wide viewing angles and a 100 percent sRGB colour gamut also allow the panel to produce outstanding, lifelike colours from any angle. The laptop is also equipped with a USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port with Thunderbolt™ 3, allowing G-SYNC and 4K UHD display output, fast data transfers and power delivery.

Join the Republic

Since the launch of the Join the Republic campaign last year, ROG has been constantly engaging the local gaming communities through rewards programmes, gaming tournaments and exclusive collaboration with renowned brand. As part of the launch of the ROG Zephyrus GX501, ROG will be rolling out its all new ROG Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) Plan starting with the ROG Zephyrus GX501, and also an exclusive collaboration between ROG and Casio G-Shock.

ROG Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) Plan

Every ROG user deserves a priority service and support from the people who knows their devices best. So when customers purchase ROG laptops and desktops, they will enjoy an exclusive after-sales support from the ROG Experts on top of their minimum one-year international or on-site warranty respectively. This support includes a dedicated hotline for all ROG laptop and desktop users only, a priority queue at ASUS Singapore Service Centre along Tai Seng, and an Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) Plan[1] that protects the device from unforeseen accidents such as water spillage or cracked screens. For more information on the coverage under the ROG ADP Plan, speak to an ASUS Specialist at the ASUS Brand Stores or authorised retailers.

ROG x Casio G-Shock Exclusive Collaboration

Being part of the republic is all about the exclusivity of what the ROG users can enjoy. In conjunction with the launch of the ROG Zephyrus GX501, ROG is honoured to announce the collaboration between ROG and Casio G-Shock – the world’s renowned watch maker of the ultimate tough watch. As part of this collaboration, ROG and G-Shock have designed and produced a limited edition G-Shock Watch – ROG Masters 2017 Edition, with only 500 pieces worldwide which will be given away with every purchase of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 for a limited time period.

 

“We are excited to work on this exclusive collaboration model to commemorate this significant milestone with ASUS.  CASIO G-SHOCK has created a legacy of shock-resistant watches and our commitment to quality is unwavering while ROG’s gaming features are unrivaled in many aspects.  We enjoyed the positive synergies of both brands and would like to congratulate ASUS who once again made an amazing breakthrough.” said Mr Johnny Ng, General Manager of Casio Singapore Pte Ltd (Timepiece Division)

 

“It is our pleasure to be able to work with Casio, and we are all excited about this collaboration. I believe this collaboration will bring us forward and assist in achieving what we set up to do, as we don’t just want to build a brand for ROG, but a community around this brand. As part of our continual effort to engage and reward the ROG community, I am also pleased to announce the launch of our Accidental Protection Plan, catered exclusively for our ROG supporters. ROG laptop and desktop users will not have to worry about their after-sales support any longer, because they will now receive priority service and personalised support from the people who knows their ROG devices best,” said Emma Ou, Country Manager of ASUS Singapore.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 is now available at all ASUS Brand Stores and authorised retailers, retailing at $4,898. Starting from today, all ROG Zephyrus GX501 will come bundled with the ROG ADP Plan. In addition, from now till 10 December, receive a limited edition G-Shock Watch – ROG Masters 2017 Edition with every purchase of the ROG Zephyrus GX501. Redemption starts on 25 September and ends 31 December 2017[2]. While stocks last.

[1] ROG ADP is available for BRAND NEW purchases of GX501 from 13 Sep. Selected BRAND NEW ROG laptops and desktops are eligible for the ADP plan upon purchase from 2 Oct onwards. ROG GR8 II desktop series, M80 desktop series, FX laptop series, refurbished and/or open box products do not qualify for ADP plan.

[2] Redemption of G-Shock Watch – ROG Masters 2017 Edition will be at Mojito Redemption Centre at 68 Orchard Road, #04-60/61, Plaza Singapura Extension, Singapore 238839. Opening Hours: 11.30am – 8.30pm (Mon-Sun, closed on public holidays)

Sony’s New RX10 IV Combines Lightning Fast AF and 24 fps Continuous Shooting with Versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Zoom Lens

  • World’s Fastest[1] AF Speed of 0.03 seconds[2], 24 fps[3][4][5] Continuous Shooting with full AF/AE tracking
  • 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approx. 65% of the frame
  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm44-F4 Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • 4K5 Movie Recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning

 

 

(ASIA PACIFIC, September 2017) – Sony today announced the new flagship model in its acclaimed Cyber-shot® RX10 series, the RX10 IV (model DSC-RX10M4).

 

Featuring the world’s fastest1 AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds2 and up to 24 fps continuous shooting3 with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm4 F2.4-F4

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.

The impressive RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1.0-type 20.1 MP[6] Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor and front-end LSI.  These key components all work together to maximise overall speed of operation and performance, ultimately ensuring the highest possible image and video quality throughout the entire range of the 24-600mm4 lens.

Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting

A first for Sony’s RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds2.  This high speed focusing complements the extensive 24-600mm4 range of the lens, ensuring all subjects can be captured with precise detail and clarity.

 

Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology.  This advanced technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s acclaimed line of α interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.

 

Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the popular Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter[7].  AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

 

An ideal complement to the AF system, the RX10 IV offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps3 with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 249 images[8].  With the significant improvements in processing power for the new camera, EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, allowing shooters to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

 

The RX10 IV also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged.  A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Lens

The 24-600mmiv ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera features a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto.  It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimise chromatic aberration, and ZEISS® T* Coating to minimise flare and ghosting.

 

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur.  When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

 

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.

 

Professional Video Capture

The new RX10 IV becomes the latest Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realising approximately 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilises the XAVC S™ [9] codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode.  Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

 

The new camera also has a variety of other professional calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

 

Super slow motion[10] video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority).  This unique feature gives users the ability to choose among 1000fps, 500fps and 250fps frame rates and among 50p, 25p and 24p playback formats11.

 

Upgraded Operation and Customisation

The new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for the Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic™ technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with an approx. 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

 

 

 

To enhance customisation, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are colour coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

 

The RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant [11] , and Wi-Fi®, NFC™ and Bluetooth® compatible.

 

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from October 2017. Full technical specifications can be viewed here.

[1] Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of September 2017 press release, based on Sony research.

[2] CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=8.8mm (wide-end), EV6.8, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, AF area:

Centre

[3] With “Continuous shooting mode: Hi”.

[4] mm equivalent

[5] ,840 x 2,160 pixels

[6] Approximate effective MP

[7] Only when 35mm-equivalent focal length is within 150-600mm range

[8] With “Continuous shooting mode: Hi” and “Image quality: Fine

[9] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.

[10] Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required. 11 In PAL mode. Switch between NTSC and PAL using the menu.

[11] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Microsoft Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16362 for PC (Skip Ahead)

What’s new in Build 16362

Improved Boot Experience

Use sign-in info to apply settings after a restart or update: Building on our work seen in Build 16251, if you stay on the lock screen for a few seconds before signing in, you will now see your lock screen personalization (such as Windows Spotlight, and/or status information from Cortana, Calendar, Mail, and more). As always, you can customize your lock screen experience using the settings listed under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen.

Opt-out: Under the Privacy section of the Sign-in options page of your Settings, you can disable and re-enable using the option show below:

Under the Privacy section of the Sign-in options page of your Settings, you can disable and re-enable using this option.

Note: The feature is only available on PCs that are not managed by enterprises. This includes home PCs that are sync’d to enterprise (work, school, etc.) email.

Narrator Improvements:

You can now select the desired audio channel for Narrator speech output!Simply go to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator and you’ll find a new option to do this at the top of the “Sounds you hear” section

You can now select the desired audio channel for Narrator speech output!

Windows Shell Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where minimized app windows on mixed-DPI monitor setups might end up drawing offscreen after your PC resumed from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where if you changed your display language preference to something other than the machine’s default then any app which did not take an update while also getting the updated language resource package from the Store would end up continuing to display its tile in Start in that default language rather than the new language displayed within the app and other system UI.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now use “AM” / “PM” when indicating timestamp with the 12hr clock format, rather than “a” / “p”.
  • We fixed an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn’t consistently working in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate.

Microsoft Edge Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • We fixed an issue where pasting an image to Imgur.com from your clipboard wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where a tab could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab.
  • We fixed an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background.
  • We fixed an issue for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • We’ve updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they’re editable.

Gaming Improvements

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn’t load.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Train Simulator 2017 failing to launch on recent flights.

Input Improvements

  • We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME’s emoji picker wouldn’t load in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • We’ve made some adjustments to address an issue resulting in sudden and brief CPU spikes where you couldn’t move your mouse. If you’ve encountered this, please try it in this new build and let us know if your experience has improved.
  • We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We’ve updated the Run dialog so when hold Ctrl + Shift then click OK or press enter, it will run that task or program elevated, just like how it works in Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center app icon was missing in taskbar when the app was open, as well in Start’s all apps list. You will also notice that the icon is now un-plated in the taskbar.
  • We fixed the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD).
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times.
  • We fixed an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session.

Android Security Patch – September 2017 Update

Google notes it has been split in two, with 30 specific issues fixed in the September 1 dated patch, with 51 more bugs resolved in the September 5 patch.  The most critical bug was with an issue that could “enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process” on an Android device. The most severe of all issues patched included a critical vulnerability in the media framework. The newest security update patches 81 CVEs and vulnerabilities.

Thirteen of these are critical vulnerabilities coming from the Media framework, Wi-Fi driver (Broadcom components), networking subsystem (Kernel components), and LibOmxVenc (Qualcomm components). Most, if not all, of these vulnerabilities, allowed remote attacks which executed arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. We also have around 43 high-severity vulnerabilities coming from all sectors except for the Android system itself. And the 25 remaining vulnerabilities are of moderate severity.

  • 2017-09-05: Complete security patch level string. This security patch level string indicates that all issues associated with 2017-09-01 and 2017-09-05 (and all previous security patch level strings) are addressed.

2017-09-05 security patch level—Vulnerability details

In the sections below, we provide details for each of the security vulnerabilities that apply to the 2017-09-05 patch level. Vulnerabilities are grouped under the component that they affect and include details such as the CVE, associated references, type of vulnerabilityseverity, component (where applicable), and updated AOSP versions (where applicable). When available, we link the public change that addressed the issue to the bug ID, like the AOSP change list. When multiple changes relate to a single bug, additional references are linked to numbers following the bug ID.

Broadcom components

The most severe vulnerability in this section could enable a proximate attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

CVE References Type Severity Component
CVE-2017-7065 A-62575138*
B-V2017061202
RCE Critical Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0786 A-37351060*
B-V2017060101
EoP High Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0787 A-37722970*
B-V2017053104
EoP Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0788 A-37722328*
B-V2017053103
EoP Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0789 A-37685267*
B-V2017053102
EoP Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0790 A-37357704*
B-V2017053101
EoP Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0791 A-37306719*
B-V2017052302
EoP Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-0792 A-37305578*
B-V2017052301
ID Moderate Wi-Fi driver

Imgtk components

The most severe vulnerability in this section could enable a local malicious application to access data outside of its permission levels.

CVE References Type Severity Component
CVE-2017-0793 A-35764946* ID High Memory subsystem

Kernel components

The most severe vulnerability in this section could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

CVE References Type Severity Component
CVE-2017-8890 A-38413975
Upstream kernel
RCE Critical Networking subsystem
CVE-2017-9076 A-62299478
Upstream kernel
EoP High Networking subsystem
CVE-2017-9150 A-62199770
Upstream kernel
ID High Linux kernel
CVE-2017-7487 A-62070688
Upstream kernel
EoP High IPX protocol driver
CVE-2017-6214 A-37901268
Upstream kernel
DoS High Networking subsystem
CVE-2017-6346 A-37897645
Upstream kernel
EoP High Linux kernel
CVE-2017-5897 A-37871211
Upstream kernel
ID High Networking subsystem
CVE-2017-7495 A-62198330
Upstream kernel
ID High File system
CVE-2017-7616 A-37751399
Upstream kernel
ID Moderate Linux kernel
CVE-2017-12146 A-35676417
Upstream kernel
EoP Moderate Linux kernel
CVE-2017-0794 A-35644812* EoP Moderate SCSI driver

MediaTek components

The most severe vulnerability in this section could enable a local malicious application to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

CVE References Type Severity Component
CVE-2017-0795 A-36198473*
M-ALPS03361480
EoP High Accessory detector driver
CVE-2017-0796 A-62458865*
M-ALPS03353884
M-ALPS03353886
M-ALPS03353887
EoP High AUXADC driver
CVE-2017-0797 A-62459766*
M-ALPS03353854
EoP High Accessory detector driver
CVE-2017-0798 A-36100671*
M-ALPS03365532
EoP High Kernel
CVE-2017-0799 A-36731602*
M-ALPS03342072
EoP High Lastbus
CVE-2017-0800 A-37683975*
M-ALPS03302988
EoP High TEEI
CVE-2017-0801 A-38447970*
M-ALPS03337980
EoP High LibMtkOmxVdec
CVE-2017-0802 A-36232120*
M-ALPS03384818
EoP Moderate Kernel
CVE-2017-0803 A-36136137*
M-ALPS03361477
EoP Moderate Accessory detector driver
CVE-2017-0804 A-36274676*
M-ALPS03361487
EoP Moderate MMC driver

Qualcomm components

The most severe vulnerability in this section could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

CVE References Type Severity Component
CVE-2017-11041 A-36130225*
QC-CR#2053101
RCE Critical LibOmxVenc
CVE-2017-10996 A-38198574
QC-CR#901529
ID High Linux kernel
CVE-2017-9725 A-38195738
QC-CR#896659
EoP High Memory subsystem
CVE-2017-9724 A-38196929
QC-CR#863303
EoP High Linux kernel
CVE-2017-8278 A-62379474
QC-CR#2013236
EoP High Audio driver
CVE-2017-10999 A-36490777*
QC-CR#2010713
EoP Moderate IPA driver
CVE-2017-11001 A-36815555*
QC-CR#270292
ID Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-11002 A-37712167*
QC-CR#2058452 QC-CR#2054690 QC-CR#2058455
ID Moderate Wi-Fi driver
CVE-2017-8250 A-62379051
QC-CR#2003924
EoP Moderate GPU driver
CVE-2017-9677 A-62379475
QC-CR#2022953
EoP Moderate Audio driver
CVE-2017-10998 A-38195131
QC-CR#108461
EoP Moderate Audio driver
CVE-2017-9676 A-62378596
QC-CR#2016517
ID Moderate File system
CVE-2017-8280 A-62377236
QC-CR#2015858
EoP Moderate WLAN driver
CVE-2017-8251 A-62379525
QC-CR#2006015
EoP Moderate Camera driver
CVE-2017-10997 A-33039685*
QC-CR#1103077
EoP Moderate PCI driver
CVE-2017-11000 A-36136563*
QC-CR#2031677
EoP Moderate Camera driver
CVE-2017-8247 A-62378684
QC-CR#2023513
EoP Moderate Camera driver
CVE-2017-9720 A-36264696*
QC-CR#2041066
EoP Moderate Camera driver
CVE-2017-8277 A-62378788
QC-CR#2009047
EoP Moderate Video driver
CVE-2017-8281 A-62378232
QC-CR#2015892
ID Moderate Automotive multimedia
CVE-2017-11040 A-37567102*
QC-CR#2038166
ID Moderate Video driver

Google device updates

This table contains the security patch level in the latest over-the-air update (OTA) and firmware images for Google devices. The Google device OTAs may also contain additional updates. The Google device firmware images are available on the Google Developer site.

Google device Security patch level
Pixel / Pixel XL 2017-09-05
Nexus 5X 2017-09-05
Nexus 6 2017-09-05
Nexus 6P 2017-09-05
Nexus 9 2017-09-05
Nexus Player 2017-09-05
Pixel C 2017-09-05

G.SKILL Announces New DDR4-4600MHz Extreme Performance Trident Z Memory Kit Designed for the Intel X299 HEDT Platform

Taipei, Taiwan, September 2017 – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce a new extreme speed DDR4 memory kits at DDR4-4600MHz CL19! Built with hand-selected, high-quality Samsung B-die IC components, this new addition to the flagship Trident Z series will be available in two color variations: silver aluminum body with white accent bar and black aluminum body with black accent bar.

Trident Z Series DDR4-4600MHz CL19-23-23-43 16GB (8GBx2)

Previously, the speed of DDR4-4600MHz was only achievable under extreme overclocking with liquid nitrogen cooling. Now, designed for extreme speed dual-channel memory operation on the latest Intel® X299 high-end desktop platform, G.SKILL is once again raising the limits on DDR4 memory speed to DDR4-4600MHz CL19-23-23-43 at 1.5V, with a total capacity of 16GB (8GBx2). The following stress test screenshot shows the new memory kit in action, validated with an Intel® Kaby Lake-X Core™ i7-7740X processor on the new ASRock X299 OC Formula motherboard:

Intel XMP 2.0 Support & Availability

This new high performance Trident Z kit is designed with Intel XMP 2.0 support, and the two variations of Trident Z DDR4-4600MHz memory kit are scheduled for release via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners at the end of September 2017.

Xiaomi launches Mi A1 with Google in major next step for Android One

Mi A1 touted as a fresh take on Google’s Android One program, featuring a flagship dual camera setup and a premium design

NEW DELHI, India, September 2017 — Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced Mi A1 in collaboration with Google, the first device to run on the evolved Android One program.

Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced from INR 14,999 in India, Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.

At a launch event in New Delhi, India, it was announced that Mi A1 would be available in India and also in more than 40 markets around the world including Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Mexico. Local pricing in these markets will be available at a later date.

Xiaomi Senior Vice President Wang Xiang said: “Mi A1 is a strategic device in our global expansion, marking a milestone on our quest to bring innovation to everyone. From the beginning Xiaomi has been all about choice, and we are delighted to offer users a new way to experience the power of Xiaomi.”

Wang noted that this is a logical extension of Xiaomi’s long and fruitful partnership with Google. “Google has been a great partner, and given our strong collaboration, we thought their idea to launch a Xiaomi smartphone on Android One would be a great opportunity to give our users a different user experience. I’m truly excited about what this partnership will bring to our users across the world!”

“By taking this next step with Android One, we are excited to be working with partners around the world to bring high quality Android device experiences to more consumers, “said Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s VP of Business & Operations, Android & Google Play. “Mi A1 marries excellence in device design with a simple and pure Android experience, the best of Google built in, and a commitment to future software and security updates. We’re thrilled to welcome Xiaomi and the Mi A1 to the Android One family.”

Dual camera with optical zoom for more beautiful portrait shots

Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect.

The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and color. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.

Created by Xiaomi, powered by Google

Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with

OS upgrades.

As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.

Top-of-the-line specifications in a beautiful design

Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.

Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, Mi A1 provides users with a smooth experience that lasts all day.

With 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, Mi A1 will be available in Singapore in October through online and offline channels.

Key features of Mi A1:

  • Premium full-metal body
  • Dual camera, optical zoom:
    • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
    • Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
    • Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
    • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  •  Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  •  Weight: 165g
  • Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  • Stock Android

Whatsapp for Businesses

Over 1 billion people use WhatsApp every day to stay connected with their family and friends, and over time, more people are using the app to communicate with businesses they care about too. In fact, many connections are already taking place every day, whether it’s someone placing an order with a local bakery or looking at new styles from a clothing store. But the way this happens now on WhatsApp is pretty rudimentary. We’ve heard stories of shopkeepers who use WhatsApp to stay in touch with hundreds of customers from a single smartphone, and from people who are unsure about whether or not a business on WhatsApp is authentic. In the coming months, we’ll be testing new features that aim to solve some of these challenges, and make it easier for people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Our approach is simple – we want to apply what we’ve learned helping people connect with each other to helping people connect with businesses that are important to them.

We know businesses have many different needs. For example, they want an official presence – a verified profile so people can identify a business from another person – and an easier way to respond to messages. We’re building and testing new tools via a free WhatsApp Business app for small companies and an enterprise solution for bigger companies operating at a large scale with a global base of customers, like airlines, e-commerce sites, and banks. These businesses will be able to use our solutions to provide customers with useful notifications like flight times, delivery confirmations, and other updates.

Whether someone is communicating with a business around the corner or around the globe, people expect WhatsApp to be fast, reliable, and secure. We’ll be listening carefully to feedback during our test phase and keeping people informed as we make these tools more widely available. It’s important that we get this right and are thoughtful about the new experiences we’ll provide for businesses and our users. For more information, please read this FAQ.

Cooler Master Introduces the MasterSet MS120

SINGAPORE – Cooler Master, a Taipei-based leader in designing and manufacturing computer components and peripherals announces the MasterSet MS120, a gaming keyboard with mem-chanical clicky switches paired with a mouse that has high quality Omron switches and ALPS encoder scroll wheel.

We created a keyboard that mirrors the highly popular mechanical Cherry MX Blue switches and made it affordable while maintaining functionality. We successfully pulled this off with the satisfying clicky feature on our newest mem-chanical switches” says Bram Rongen, Peripheral Marketing Manager.

Great Price, Full RGB and Free Mouse

The MasterSet MS120 is a great first step into gaming, with two tools to help elevate skills. First, it includes a durable keyboard outfitted with Mem-chanical “clicky” switches abandoning the mushiness of traditional membranes. Second, the combo comes with a durable mouse with Pixart optical sensor, adjustable on-the-fly DPI settings, and responsive pro-grade Omron switches. Its RGB capability adds personality and FN On-the-Fly Command keys add convenience wherever you go. This keyboard is equipped with everything a gamer needs to “Make Your Gaming Experience.”

Precision with Tactical Satisfaction

The MasterSet MS120 Keyboard is outfitted with our exclusive hybrid switches engineered in-house. These new mem-chanical switches feature specially designed tactile and clicky switches, similar to those found in professional-level mechanical keyboards. The result is a membrane keyboard that’s fine-tuned to help you win all your battles.

The Mem-chanical Clicky Switches on the MS120 feature a total travel distance of 3.8mm and actuate at 1.8mm to ensure fast responses and high APM with even up to 26-key anti-ghosting!

Quality Sensor for Gaming

The mouse enclosed in our combo set is custom-tailored for hardcore serious gaming. It has durable Omron switches, good for 10 million precise button presses, and a Pixart 3050 optical sensor that’s optimized specifically for going on a killing spree with 4 levels op DPI up to 3500

 

Let There Be Light

The MasterSet MS120’s Keyboard features Per-key RGB backlighting because aesthetics matter and your keyboard is your best hype man when playing games. The Keyboard features multiple (9) preset LED modes and effects. Modes and effects rain from solid colors to color waves and reactive on-touch effects. All the effects can be controlled through the On-the-Fly controls to adjust color, speed and direction. And of course the mouse isn’t left out, the mouse features 3 zones of adjustable RGB lighting too to match the fancy looks of the keyboard.

 

Pricing & Availability:

The MasterSet MS120 is now available for purchase locally, priced at SGD 139.

GeIL Announced SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Gaming Memory – Featuring RGB Illumination

Taipei, Taiwan — September 4th, 2017 GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Series Gaming Memory featuring RGB LED illumination. Inheriting the stylish design from the previous generation, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Series Gaming Memory upgrades the LED lighting effect from single color LED to RGB LED, providing the fanciest lighting effect for gamers looking for RGB memory products without cable management. Heat spreaders are available in black and white color themes to match different gaming PC build preferences.

With the demand for RGB illuminated PC components rapidly growing, not only hardcore gamers but also mainstream users are looking for fancy RGB gaming memory. Perfectly supporting ASUS AURA lighting control app, SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC allows users to enjoy the seamless synchronization of RGB lighting effects from the motherboard, graphics card, light strips, and memory kits. The cable-less design is a great plus to simplify the cable management.

Starting at a clock speed of 2133MHz and scaling up to 3200MHz, GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC is the excellent choice for hardcore gamers. SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Series Gaming Memory also available in AMD Edition modules that have been verified across a large number of AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors.

Samsung Electronics Expands Premium TV Lineup

With the addition of the 55- and 65-inch Q8F flat screen QLED TVs,
and a 43-inch The Frame, Samsung premium TV lineup expands to
14 QLED TVs and three models of The Frame

Samsung Electronics announced today that it will introduce new flat screen 55- and 65-inch QLED TV models, the Q8F, and a 43-inch version of The Frame at IFA 2017. Samsung will also host the QLED and HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) Summit at IFA on September 1 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin, Germany to offer insights into the advancement of quantum dot (QLED) displays as well as developing the full potential of the HDR10/HDR10+ ecosystem.

 

The Q8F is the flat screen counterpart to the previously launched curved screen lineup Q8C. Samsung is expanding its QLED TV line-up in Europe as it seeks to solidify its leading position in the global premium TV market. The new 43-inch version of The Frame combines both technology and art to provide consumers with design value that enables them to personalize and elevate smaller living spaces.

 

“We are proud to introduce a flat version of the Q8 in response to demand from European consumers seeking premium, flat and mid-size TVs,” said Sang-ho Cho, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our extended QLED TV lineup as well as 43-inch version of The Frame ushers in new possibilities for televisions with their innovative technology and beautiful design, reflecting consumer lifestyles.”

Fortifying its Leading Position in the Premium TV Market

With the addition of the Q8F models, Samsung’s 2017 QLED TV lineup in Europe has been expanded to 14 models. Samsung’s offering, with the Q9, Q8, and Q7 QLED TV models, represents the most comprehensive line-up of premium TVs ranging from 49 to 88-inches in size and includes eight flat and six curved screen sets. The Q8F models, in particular, are the first flat screen models in Samsung’s QLED TV Q8 line-up.

 

Using metal quantum dot technology, Samsung QLED TVs produce the most accurate colors regardless of scene brightness level. This unique characteristic was verified with a “100 percent Color Volume” by VDE (Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker), the global standard certificate authority in Germany. The QLED TV’s Invisible Connection, a transparent optical cable that is only 1.8 mm in diameter, eliminates the tangled clutter of cables, and its No Gap Wall-mount allows the television to be mounted flush against a wall and fit seamlessly into various spaces.

 

The new 43-inch model of The Frame completes the lifestyle TV’s lineup, which currently consists of 55- and 65-inch models. Through its Art Mode function, The Frame, in addition to serving as a TV, doubles as a home décor element displaying both works of art as well as personal photographs. Through The Frame’s Art Store, users will soon be able to access about 1,000 prominent art pieces from world famous galleries and museums including the LUMAS, Saatchi Art, Sedition and Prado Museum.

 

The Q8F models will be immediately available following its introduction at IFA, and the 43-inch version of The Frame will be available in Europe starting in October, with the products to be introduced elsewhere on a phased basis. The new Q8F is available at a suggested retail price of EUR 2,599 (55-inch) and EUR 3,599 (65-inch), and the 43-inch The Frame at EUR 1,499.

Catching the Eyes of IFA Attendees with Enhanced HDR10+ Technologies

Samsung will demonstrate its QLED and HDR10+ TV technologies at the QLED and HDR10 Summit, which is being co-hosted by display market research publisher Insight Media. HDR10+ provides unprecedented picture quality for displays with brightness, color and contrast automatically optimized for each scene. The Summit will detail how with HDR10+ dynamic tone mapping, every scene is individually enhanced to bring-to-life vibrant visuals and colors that allow viewers to enjoy content just the way the filmmaker or director intended.

Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones with Apple W1 Bluetooth chip

CULVER CITY —September 2017— Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats), the leading global premium headphone brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, today unveils the new Beats Studio3 Wireless. With a host of powerful features and capabilities, Beats Studio3 Wireless brings the best audio experience to the noise-canceling headphone market.

Introduced in 2008 as the brand’s first product, the original Beats Studio disrupted the industry and made premium over-ear headphones a popular tech necessity for people around the world. Now with Beats’ newest offering, you can enjoy everyday activities with the new and proprietary Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) technology so you hear more of what you want and less of what’s around you. Beats Studio3 Wireless has the Apple W1 chip, which means you also get proximity pairing, seamless switching between Apple devices, industry-leading Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity, exceptional battery life and Fast Fuel charging.

“Beats Studio3 delivers with a level of sophistication in both technology and audio fidelity beyond anything we’ve ever brought to market,” said Luke Wood, president of Beats by Dr. Dre. “Since our brand’s inception, we’ve strived to fix the degradation of sound heightened by the commodification of consumer electronics. Now with the right vision, team and resources, we see technology enabling the perfect sound experience in Studio3.”

It’s the much-lauded designs of the Studio headphones that make them the canvas of choice for some of the world’s most celebrated creative designers and artists. To date, these headphones have inspired new and exciting collaborations from Alexander Wang, MCM, Snarkitecture and most recently Balmain.

Beats Studio3 Wireless maintains the sleek design of Beats Studio Wireless, while featuring redesigned acoustic components and an upgraded manufacturing process for premium ergonomic comfort and optimal noise isolation. With a brand new internal DNA, Beats Studio3 Wireless unlocks the full potential of its acoustic design. It all starts with the integrated Apple W1 chip, which enables a multitude of industry-leading features in Beats Studio3 Wireless:

It provides the easiest one-step Bluetooth connection to iPhone via proximity pairing. Additionally, iPhone users can switch between devices logged into the same iCloud account to easily move from an iPhone conversation to watching a movie on your MacBook.*

The efficiency of the Apple W1 chip also provides nearly double the battery life of Beats Studio3’s predecessor, totaling 22 hours of wireless playback with Pure ANC on, while delivering exceptional sound quality. By turning Pure ANC off directly from the earcup, you get up to an incredible 40 hours of nonstop playback in low power mode without sacrificing audio quality. Run out of juice? No problem. Fast Fuel gives you up to 3 hours of playback after just 10 minutes of charging via the included Micro-USB cable.

Class 1 Bluetooth provides optimal connectivity so you get fewer drop-outs and extended range from your iOS or Android device. Multi-function on-ear controls and a built-in microphone allow you to make calls, skip songs, control your volume and activate Siri without ever having to take off your headphones or reach for your device.

Beats Studio3 Wireless brings to market the remarkably unique Pure ANC. This groundbreaking new technology uses advanced algorithms to continuously monitor your listening environment, so that it can best block out ambient noise–not only on an airplane, but also in a noisy café or a busy office. Pure ANC also evaluates fit and adjusts for leakage caused by hair, glasses, different ear shapes and movement of your head as you go about the day. Additionally, Pure ANC simultaneously checks what you’re hearing while noise canceling is applied against the original music content to adjust and ensure optimal audio fidelity. What’s remarkable is that Pure ANC’s real-time audio calibration operates up to 50,000 times a second. All of this is happening automatically while still achieving a 22-hour battery life, which is only possible with the power and efficiency of the Apple W1 chip. **

Beats Studio3 Wireless takes on a more sophisticated look with a new range of colors: Matte Black, White, Blue and Red as well as special edition colors Porcelain Rose and Shadow Gray.

Available for purchase starting today for $349.95 (US) at Apple.com.

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LG V30 BRINGS PROFESSIONAL VIDEO CAPABILITIES TO THE MASSES

BERLIN, August 2017 — LG Electronics (LG) today took the wraps off the eagerly anticipated LG V30®, the latest iteration of the company’s V series flagship smartphones. The LG V30 improves on the strengths of the V series phones by elevating its revolutionary video, camera and audio capabilities. The V30 features many  mobile innovations – a F1.6 aperture camera lens, a glass Crystal Clear Lens, an OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC and Voice Recognition. Equipped to support the next generation of mobile networks, the V30 is the pinnacle of LG performance, allowing users to capture what they want, when they want—now better than ever.

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Videos Like a Pro with F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens and Cine Video

The LG V30 features powerful video capabilities that make it a leader in the era of smartphone videography. The main camera on the rear of the V30 features an F1.6 aperture and a Crystal Clear glass lens, which has improved light transmittance by 4%, capturing more accurate colors and clearer images. The second lens in the V30 dual camera is an upgraded 13MP wide angle lens with two-thirds less edge distortion than in the V20.

 

LG’s new Cine Video mode allows anyone to produce movies like a pro, thanks to its powerful Cine Effect and Point Zoom features. Users can now take high-quality videos enhanced by the cinematic hues of various movie genres with only a smartphone. While typical cameras only allow one to zoom in on the center of the frame, Point Zoom allows users to zoom in on any subject smoothly using the zoom slider, regardless of its position in the frame. And Cine Effect provides a palette of 15 presets to give videos a unique movie-like look, from romantic comedy, summer blockbuster, mystery, thriller and classic movie, among others.

 

LG V30 features LG-Cine Log, which supports Log Recording Files, the industry standard video format.. With the ability to preserve a wide dynamic range, Cine Log allows for greater creative flexibility when capturing videos, as users can adjust the highlights, shadows, colors and tones through color grading in post-production; or through the presets in Cine Effects.

Photo capturing is even more advanced with the new V30. The camera’s Manual Mode takes on a whole new level of capability with Graphy. Using Graphy, any shutterbug can produce quality photos simply by choosing the image and pressing the shutter. Available in Manual Mode, users can select professional images from the Graphy website or mobile app and apply the same presets such as white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO to photos taken with the V30.

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6-Inch OLED FullVision Display

The LG V30 builds on the strengths of the OLED FullVision display in a body that is surprisingly compact, slim and light. Even with a large 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display, a thickness of 7.3mm and tipping the scale at 158g, the V30 is 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower than its predecessor, resulting in a firmer, more confident grip. The tempered glass that covers both the front and back is curved all the way around the edge, resulting in a sleek, integrated look and feel.

 

The advanced dual camera module featuring a 16MP standard angle camera and a 13MP wide angle camera is smaller than the module in the V20, resulting in the near flat rear profile of the V30. For smoother and sharper images, the main standard angle camera is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus.

 

The QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision display offers fast response time with minimal afterimages when viewing an action-packed movie or playing a game with quick movements. The V30 takes full advantage of this rapid response time and the exceptional graphics delivered by the robust Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile

Platform to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality, mobile VR. With Daydream, users can explore new worlds, enjoy personal VR cinema and play games that put them in the center of the action.

Personalized Superior Sound Backed by Hi-Fi Quad DAC

LG has equipped the V30 with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC – delivering an authentic and superior acoustic experience. Digital filters adjust the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response of music with three filters which users can select. Four preprogrammed presets mix and match sound frequencies and decibel scales to produce the quality of audio found in professional earphones.

 

The V30 is the first global smartphone to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology that allows for the streaming of high-resolution audio. MQA captures the sound of the original studio master and folds it into a small file to make high-resolution audio easy to stream. The V30’s recording capability is upgraded as well, with a receiver that doubles as a microphone to capture a broader sound spectrum, from gentle chimes to thunderous drums.

Equipped with Google Assistant and Voice Recognition

The Google Assistant on the LG V30 will feature unique capabilities specific to the phone. Saying “Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video” will activate Cine Video preset to Romantic. Say “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie” to launch the camera app with the setting on the front-facing camera wide angle mode. The Google Assistant on the V30 takes advantage of advanced signal processing enabling users to use the voice command, “Ok Google” even when loud music is being played. In addition, select LG appliances including a washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, air purifier, oven, air conditioner and robot vacuum are compatible with the Google Assistant when using the

V30 and Google Home. Users can say, “Ok Google, talk to LG to wash my clothes” to start a load of laundry.

 

The convenience of the Second Screen which was introduced in past V series smartphones has evolved into a new Always-on Display (AOD) feature and Floating Bar. When the display is off, the AOD replaces the Second Screen by providing shortcuts to Quick Tools and Music Player without having to turn on the display. The optional semi-transparent Floating Bar can be customized with up to five apps for easy access to the most used applications. When not needed, the Floating Bar can be dragged off to the side so it doesn’t take up any screen space.

 

The V30 features four advanced unlock options. With Face Recognition, the V30 can be unlocked instantaneously using the front facing camera and without pressing any buttons even when the phone’s display is off. Voice Recognition uses a combination of the user’s voice and user-defined keywords (optimally three to five syllables) to unlock the V30. The reliable Fingerprint Sensor resides on the rear of the phone for fast, accurate security, and Knock Code allows tapping a pattern on the screen to unlock the V30.

 

Inheriting Legacy of LG Premium Phones, Solid Durability and Safety

The V30 embodies reliability with a slim and light design. One of the design aspects in the V30 that enhances reliability is an H-Beam structure, a construction technique found in modern buildings that integrates the edge with a metal frame. The phone also features

Gorilla® Glass 5, Corning’s most advanced tempered glass, on both the front and rear.

The V30 meets U.S. Department of Defense requirements for durability, having passed 14 categories of the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test making it compliant for military operations.

 

LG applied a heat pipe and a cooling pad in the V30 to dissipate heat quickly. The V30 can be used in day to day situations with little worry thanks to its IP68 water and dust resistance. The phone is sealed from dust and can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes without impacting the function. With Quick Charge 3.0, the V30 charges from empty to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. The V30 also offers wireless charging for the ultimate in convenience.

 

“The V series has always been demonstrating new practical mobile technologies that contribute to high quality content creation and the V30 has not lost sight of its roots,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With its F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens Camera and Cine Video mode, the LG V30 is designed to help create professional-looking content without professional-level complexity.”

 

Customers of LG V30 will receive $100 worth of in-game purchases when downloading and installing the popular game Beat Fever by WRKSHP. The games take full advantage of the phone’s immersive OLED FullVision display and high-quality audio capability.

 

Visitors to IFA 2017 are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin to see the exciting LG V30 for themselves.

 

Key Specifications: 1

 

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory: o V30: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB) o V30+: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

o Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°) o Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C

2.0 (3.1 compatible)

  • Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear

Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ /

Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick

Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging