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Home is where your heart lies, but tech makes it so much better!

Here, you will find articles on home technologies, including but not limited to appliances, IoT, televisions, home theatre, etc.

2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to reveal their 2021 range of TV models at CES, but ahead of that, they are going to give everyone a sneak peek of sorts!

Could it be MicroLED (again)? Or Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED)? Tell us what YOU think!

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

Samsung is slated to launch their 2021 range of TV models at CES 2021, with a press conference at 9 AM on 11 January 2021.

However, it looks like they will give us all a sneak peek of their new VD (Visual Display) technology on 7 January 2021 at 12 AM (GMT+8) here in Malaysia.

The global unveiling will be streamed online at the official Samsung website.

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : MicroLED or QD Display?

Although Samsung isn’t telling us what they will showcase in the 7 January 2021 First Look, we believe it will be their MicroLED TV technology.

It first debuted in the 2019 The Wall – which won the 2019 Display of the Year Award. But this is a freaking expensive TV that is virtually a technology demo with a very niche market.

We believe that Samsung will “unveil” MicroLED as the new mainstream display technology for home entertainment enthusiasts to aspire to.

Unlike current LED TVs, a MicroLED TV will have a panel that uses microscopic LEDs as display pixels. This would allow for phenomenally high brightness and infinite contrast, with very wide colour gamut.

Samsung also claims that their new MicroLED technology can last for up to 100,000 hours.

They actually launched a new 110-inch MicroLED TV in South Korean on 10 December 2020, which they plan to launch globally in Q1 2021.

Priced at KRW 170 million (about US$157,000 / £115,000 / RM629,000), it has a 4K resolution with a built-in Majestic Sound System and a 5.1-channel speaker system.

On the other hand, Samsung may be unveiling their QD-OLED display – a hybrid of OLED and Quantum Dots, which they plan to start producing this year.

Samsung Display will invest 13.1 trillion won by 2025 to build “Q1 Line,” the world’s first QD display mass production line at Asan Campus. The new line is scheduled to start production in 2021 with an initial 30,000 sheets (8.5 generations) and will produce a huge QD display of 65 inches or larger.

This QD-OLED hybrid display would deliver higher brightness and wider colour gamuts, with incredible contrast ratios.

Best of all – it will be easier to manufacture, which means lower production costs, and lower prices for consumers.

On the other hand, Samsung is only kicking off QD-OLED manufacturing this year… which means this may not be ready for primetime yet.

So what do YOU think? Will Samsung be unveiling MicroLED or QD-OLED on 7 January 2021?

 

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Panasonic : Two Factories Closed With 116 COVID-19 Cases!

Panasonic closed both their factories in Shah Alam after 116 workers there tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned!

 

Panasonic : Two Factories Closed With 116 COVID-19 Cases!

Panasonic Malaysia issued a notice to Bursa Malaysia earlier today, announcing that they closed both their factories in Shah Alam after 116 COVID-19 cases were detected there.

After a recent screening operation of their 2,137 employees revealed those 116 cases, the Petaling District Health Office advised them to cease operations.

Panasonic decided to shut down both Shah Alam factories for 3 days – from 21 December until 23 December 2020, to allow for disinfection and deep cleaning of both manufacturing facilities.

They maintain that there is regular disinfection of both their manufacturing facilities and workers’ accommodation, and all necessary precautions were strictly enforced.

 

Panasonic : Official Statement On COVID-19 Cases

Here is the official Panasonic announcement on the COVID-19 positive case at their Shah Alam factories :

The Company wishes to inform that some of the staff at both its manufacturing facilities in Shah Alam has been confirmed COVID-19 positive after the Company conducted a recent screening. The Petaling District Health office has advised to cease operations for the time being until further notices. The Company has decided to close its facilities from 21 to 23 December 2020 to allow the disinfection specialist to carry out their work.

The Company had completed full screening of about 2,137 workers and employees and only 116 were found to be affected.The safety and well-being of our workers and employees as well as our community is of our utmost priority towards containing the situation. The Company has and will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive standard operating procedures (SOPs) on a stringent basis. Disinfection exercises at our manufacturing premises and workers’ accommodation have been conducted regularly, with all the necessary precautionary measures strictly in place.

 

Panasonic COVID-19 Cases : Should You Be Concerned?

There is no need to be concerned, unless you supply goods to either Panasonic factories in Shah Alam, or are in close contact with their employees.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through fomites – contaminated objects. So there is NO NEED to worry that you can get infected through Panasonic products.

Panasonic Malaysia and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) are definitely conducting contact tracing of the affected employees. Those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine, and get tested for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec factory, which manufactures audio products like WH-1000XM3 headphones!

Find out what’s going on, and what this means for their 3,400 employees and Sony fans!

 

Sony PG Tec Facility Will Close By September 2021!

Sony has decided to close their PG Tec manufacturing facility, which spans a land area of 172,000 m², with a total built-up area of 95,000 m².

Based in the Prai Industrial Zone, the Sony PG Tec facility produces audio products like the WH-1000XM3 and WP-SP900 headphones, wireless speakers, home theatre systems and Blu-ray players.

It is also the home of a local Sony R&D team that designed the Sony MHC-V81D sound system, amongst other audio products.

 

Penang Gov Confirms That Sony Will Close PG Tec Facility

Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim, the Penang Trade, Industry and Entrepreneur Development Exco, confirmed the decision, stating that the Penang state government will hold a press conference to address the matter.

According to him, the decision to close this high-tech manufacturing facility was due to “internal restructuring due to fierce market competition”.

The 3,400 or so employees at the Sony PG Tec facility will be offered a severance plan, or relocation to the Sony EMCS factory in Bangi, Selangor.

Some 1,800 employees are local, while another 1,600 are foreigners.

The Sony EMCS PG Tec facility is still operating at the moment, and will close in stages, fully ceasing operation in September 2021.

 

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Google Play Music Is Dead : How To Download Your Music?

Google Play Music is officially dead across the world, and you have until December 2020 to migrate your music library and playlists to YouTube Music.

Find out how to download your music library and playlists from Google Play Music before they are deleted forever!

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Whaaaaat???

On 4 April 2020, Google dropped the bombshell – they announced that they were replacing Google Play Music play with YouTube Music by December 2020.

They would kill off Google Play Music starting September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa, and October 2020 for the rest of the world.

Users will no longer be allowed to stream from, or use the Google Play Music app from that point onwards. They will only be allowed to transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music.

Even that migration offer is limited to December 2020, after which the Google Play Music libraries will be deleted and will no longer be available to download or transfer to YouTube Music.

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Download Your Music Now!

Google offers the option to migrate your Google Play Music libraries and playlists to YouTube Music, but you may not want to do that for these reasons :

  • 128 kbps quality limit for free subscriptions
  • you can’t upload your own music through the app, only using an Internet browser
  • offline playback of your own music requires you to upload and then download the same music

Before deciding what to do next, the first thing you should do is download your music library.

You have until the end of December 2020 to download your music, so do it now!

  1. Open Google Play Music.
  2. Tap on Manage Your Data.
  3. Tap on Download your music library.

  1. Leave Google Play Music checked.
  2. Select to export once.
  3. Select the more common .zip file format, or the .tgz alternative
  4. Select the maximum file size you prefer – 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 10 GB or 50 GB.
    Google will split your files into multiple compressed files based on the maximum size you selected.
    Newer operating systems (Windows 10, macOS) can support files larger than 4 GB.

  1. Tap Create export and let Google archive and compress your music library.
  2. You will receive an email with a download link when it’s done.

 

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PlayStation 5 : A First Look At Its User Experience!

Sony just shared the first look at the PlayStation 5 console’s user experience (UX)!

Check it out and let us know what YOU think!

 

PlayStation 5 : A First Look At Its User Experience!

It’s less than a month to the official launch of the PlayStation 5 console, and Sony just shared their very first look at its user experience (UX)!

They designed the PS5 UX to “completely” centre on the player, in order to deliver deeper immersion that quickly connects you to your games and the PlayStation community.

In this video walkthrough, the PS5 team gives you an early look at its user experience.

Do note that this video was recorded off a pre-production environment, so there may be some minor differences to the final version when it launches in November 2020.

 

PlayStation 5 : New User Experience Features

The new PlayStation 5 UX introduces several new features to make your gaming experience “more fun, engaging, personalised and social“.

  • a new Control Centre, which provides immediate access to almost everything you need with a single press of the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller – all without leaving the game.

  • Activities, which are displayed via on-screen cards in the Control Center. They enable you to:
    – discover new gameplay opportunities,
    – go back to things you missed,
    – jump directly into levels, or
    – jump into challenges you want to play
    Some Activity cards can be put in picture-in-picture mode, so you can view them without leaving the game.

The PlayStation 5 team also rebuilt the entire software stack, from the console to the network, so that navigating the interface, switching between games and hopping into online matches occurs quickly.

 

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IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung Electronics just announced that they won 48 awards at IDEA 2020 – the International Design Excellence Awards 2020!

Their sweep of awards includes one Gold award, four Silver awards, four Bronze awards and one Best-in-Show award!

 

IDEA 2020 : What Is It?

IDEA 2020 is the 40th iteration of one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards program in the world.

Originally founded to recognise exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many connected disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more.

Every year, design teams across the globe submit thousands of entries, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.

 

IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung won their 48 IDEA 2020 awards across multiple categories, showcasing their design prowess across a wide swathe of consumer lifestyle products.

BESPOKE Family Hub UX won Gold for delivering user-centric experience using consumer-driven insight. The UX lets users share and create photos and recipes through the refrigerator screen, and remotely access it through mobile apps.

BESPOKE Refrigerator won Silver for its customisable modular design, that lets users choose colours, materials and type of refrigerator fit. This is the same refrigerator that won the Gold award at iF Design Award 2020.

The IDEA 2020 jury also honoured Samsung with Best-in-Show – a special award for BESPOKE Family Hub UX and BESPOKE Refrigerator, recognising their achievements in consumer-centric design excellence.

The Samsung Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging received a Silver award for its customisable packaging box that is being used for The Frame, The Serif and The Sero.

The product packaging was designed to encourage consumers to upcycle the boxes to create innovative pieces of small furniture, like a cat tower, or a TV stand. This packaging solution won the 2020 CES Innovation Awards for its innovative concept.

Awards Samsung Products
Gold BESPOKE Family Hub UX
Silver BESPOKE Refrigerator
Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging
Q950TS QLED 8K TV
The Serif Visual Identity System
Bronze Samsung Galaxy Fold
Infinite Line Oven
The Sero Visual Identity System
Inclusive IoT

 

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The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Serif QLED 4K TV with the iconic I profile!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : A Fashion Statement

The 2020 edition of The Serif is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Sero.

The Serif is targeted at those who want more than just a Samsung QLED TV – a fashion statement that would enhance the decor of the room.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

The Serif is named for its iconic serifed capital I profile, which is not only stylish but lets you mount it on a stand or any flat surface.

Easy Connectivity

The Serif 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

On top of that, it also supports NFC – place your smartphone on top of The Serif to automatically connect and stream your music!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Serif 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Serif 2020 comes with a floor stand, which can be removed if you wish to place The Serif on a table or any flat surface.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Serif 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Serif 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Serif (2020) by Samsung is available in one size :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,558 | £1,199 | A$2,142 | S$2,130)

 

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The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Sero – a mobile-optimised TV with a unique rotating display!

Here is what you need to know about this new Samsung lifestyle television!

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Mobile Optimised QLED 4K TV

The 2020 edition of The Sero is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Frame and The Serif.

The Sero is a mobile-optimised TV, designed to mirror your smartphone to display your content in the best possible orientation – whether portrait or landscape.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Sero is vertical in Korean, and its KSP (key selling point) is very simply – a TV that moves to fit your content!

Rotating Display

The Sero 2020 has a display that rotates to fit your content – landscape for TV and movies, and portrait for your mobile content and apps.

It automatically adjusts to match your content – if you flip your smartphone, it rotates to match!

Easy Connectivity

The Sero 2020 is designed to connect wirelessly with your smartphone, with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

Just tap your smartphone on the bezel. Its Tap View capability will have you watching the movie from your phone, or play your song playlist on The Sero in seconds!

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Sero 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

Floor Stand

Instead of being mounted, The Sero 2020 comes with an integrated floor stand, which can be made mobile by attaching mobility wheels.

The Sero can then be easily and simply wheeled to the room that needs it the most.

Premium 4.1 Channel Sound System

Integrated into its floor stand is a 4.1 channel sound system with 60-watt speakers that support Dolby Digital Plus.

This lets The Sero deliver premium sound, with plenty of bass.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Sero 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Adaptive Picture

The Sero 2020 senses changes in ambient lighting conditions, and automatically adjust its brightness and contrast settings to maintain the best possible viewing experience.

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Sero (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 43-inch : RM 6,999 (about US$1,678 | £1,296 | A$2,320 | S$2,299)

 

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The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the 2020 edition of The Frame – a lifestyle television designed for art lovers! Here is what you need to know!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : For Art Lovers

The 2020 edition of The Frame is one of the three Samsung lifestyle televisions being introduced this year. The others being The Sero and The Serif.

The Frame is designed to appeal to art lovers, with a design that mimics the frame of an art piece. And it displays an art piece when you turn it off!

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : What You Need To Know!

Samsung summarises The Frame 2020’s KSP (key selling point) very simply – TV when it’s on. Art when it’s off.

Frame-look Design

The Frame is designed with an elegant, modern frame-look design that will blend in with your decor.

Samsung also offers a choice of four bezel colours to customise The Frame 2020. They are locked in place by magnets, so it’s really easy to swap them out whenever the need arises.

Art Mode

Instead of turning into a blank screen, The Frame 2020 automatically displays your personal art collection when it’s turned off.

You can subscribe to the Samsung Art Store to access over 1,400 art pieces from famous artists and galleries including Museo del Prado, The Albertina, and Saatchi Art.

You can also display your personal works of art or photos, which can be transformed using its six built-in filters.

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

Thanks to Samsung Quantum Dot technology, The Frame 2020 delivers a full 100% DCI-P3 colour volume, as certified by Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).

It also boasts Dual LED technology to increase contrast based on backlight temperature for optimal colour tone.

No Gap Wall-Mount

Mounting on the wall using the Samsung No Gap Wall-Mount lets it look like a real work of art. And yet, it allows you to tilt it sideways, forwards or backwards.

One Invisible Connection

The Frame 2020 maintains its clean lines thanks to the One Invisible Connection, which eradicates the usual cable mess by using a single, thin almost invisible cable to connect to the One Connect Box.

Brightness + Motion Sensors

The Frame 2020 uses its brightness sensor to automatically optimise its brightness and colour tone for a natural look, irrespective of the lighting conditions.

Its motion sensor lets it detect your presence, to display artwork whenever you are in the room. And when you leave, it turns off to save electricity.

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

The Frame 2020 monitors ambient noise levels in real-time to detect when they may interfere with your enjoyment.

When it gets noisy, it will isolate, boost and clarify voices or dialogue playing on the TV, so you won’t miss a thing.

Smart Connectivity

The Frame 2020 is a Smart TV with WiFi 5 (WiFi-AC) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity built-in.

This allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet to it, mirroring its display or streaming content from it.

You can control it using either the One Remote Control, or the SmartThings app, or by Bixby voice commands.

 

The Frame (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

The Frame (2020) by Samsung is available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 55-inch : RM 6,499 (about US$1,560 | £1,200 | A$2,157 | S$2,138)
  • 65-inch : RM 10,999 (about US$2,640 | £2,033 | A$3,650 | S$3,619)

 

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2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

Samsung Malaysia just announced their 2020 Gemilang Special Deals for Malaysia’s upcoming National Day!

Find out what’s on offer in the 2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals, and grab them while they last!

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

From now until 30 September 2020, you can get discounts and free gifts with the purchase of selected Samsung products, from smartphones to home appliances.

Here is a selection of their hottest products, and their 2020 Gemilang Special Deals!

Samsung Product RRP Promo Period Promotion
Galaxy Tab S6 RM 3,099 From now until
31 August 2020
One (1) FREE Galaxy Buds (RM 349)
Four months FREE YouTube Premium
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite RM 1,699 One (1) FREE Keyboard Book Cover (RM 409)
Four months FREE YouTube Premium
All IT and Mobile Products Spend RM 3,000 or more, and get
one (1) FREE Galaxy Fit e smartwatch
Galaxy Watch RM 1,299 RM 400 rebate off RRP
75-inch Q950TS
QLED 8K
RM 44,999 From now until
30 September 2020
Option 1 : FREE Soundbar HW-Q900T (RM 4,999)
Option 2 : Smart Air Purifier + Jet 90 (RM 5,398)
The Sero RM 6,999 Air Purifier (RM 999)
2.5 HP Wind-Free
Premium Plus
RM 4,399 USB Portable Blender (RM 69.90)
Front Load
Combo Washer
(QuickDrive)
RM 4,599 32L Solo Microwave Oven (RM 599)

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals : How To Redeem Free Gifts

We should point out that the free gifts will not be automatically delivered together with your purchases. To get them, just follow these steps :

  1. Purchase your Samsung products from the official Samsung Online Store, or a participating authorised retailer.
  2. Go to the official Samsung Malaysia Redemption website.
  3. Log into your Samsung account, or create a new one (if you don’t have one yet).
  4. Fill in the online redemption form, with the following information :
    – Email Address
    – Store of Purchase
    – Date of Purchase
    – Invoice Number
    – Model Serial Number
    – Recipient Name
    – Delivery Address
    – Contact Number
    – Identity Number (MyKad / Passport)
    – Upload proof of purchase (receipt with model number)
  5. You must submit your online redemption form by 15 October 2020.
    If Samsung Malaysia requires clarification, you will receive an email within 10 business days.
    You must then provide the missing information by 20 October 2020.

After you submit, you will receive an email notification with the validation status and delivery tracking number.

Your free gifts will be delivered within 4 weeks, after they are validated.

 

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2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub Preview!

Join us for a video tour of the 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub, and find out what this new smart refrigerator offers!

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub (RS62T5F01B4/ME) is the baby of the family, offering 628 litres of refrigerator and freezer space with a 21.5-inch Family Hub display.

Designed to be the centre of your home, it helps you manage both kitchen and family, with smart home and entertainment features.

View Inside

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator comes with a single View Inside camera, covering the second and third shelves of the right refrigerator section.

You can view inside directly using the Family Hub display, or remotely on your smartphone using the SmartThings app – letting you check your fridge while shopping.

Family Board

The Family Hub is designed to be centrepiece of your home, in more ways than one.

With Family Board, you can write notes for the family, or let the kids draw pictures. You can also put up the latest family photos and video clips.

Its built-in calendar helps you manage your family schedules, so you won’t miss an event. You can update them directly on the fridge or your smartphone, and synchronise them with Google and Microsoft 365.

Home Entertainment with SmartView

The built-in Family Hub display lets you watch TV programs or online content directly on the fridge. You can check popular video streaming content, or even social media apps.

You can use the SmartView app to mirror what’s being displayed on your Samsung TV. It also lets you view and control your smartphone apps.

And of course, you can enjoy music while you are cooking or eating using Spotify, or global radio stations, news and podcasts using TuneIn.

Smart Home Management

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is part of the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, and also supports Ring.

It can serve as your smart home management hub, letting you control your smart appliances and IoT devices directly on the fridge.

You can turn them on or off, adjust settings, coordinate activities and monitor their power usage and conditions.

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Specifications

Specifications 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub
Model RS62T5F04B4 / ME
Gross Capacity Total : 661 L
Refrigerator : 401 L
Freezer : 260 L
Net Capacity Total : 628 L
Refrigerator : 399 L
Freezer : 229 L
Cooling Technology Mono Cooling
Compressor Digital Inverter
Refrigerant R600a (87 g)
Energy Consumption NA
Noise Level 40 dBA
Door Material Steel
Family Hub Window : 27.5-inch Glass
Display : 21.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Touch Type : Capacitive
Processor : Hawk-M (Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz)
GPU : ARM Mali-450
RAM : 2.5 GB LPDDR4
Storage : 8 GB eMMC
Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Operating System : Tizen 4.0
Camera : 2 MP camera
Audio : 25W speaker, 2 microphones
USB Port : 1 Type A
Dimensions 912 mm wide
1780 mm tall
716 mm deep
Weight 108 kg net
115 kg gross

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Price + Availability

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is available with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM8,999
  • Singapore : S$3,799

Here are online purchase options, with prices accurate as of 12 August 2020 :

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is backed by a 2-year warranty, with a 10-year warranty for the compressor.

 

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Fact Check : Does The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Work?

Can we determine which brands are cheating their customers using the LPG gas tank pressure test?

A viral video shows how LPG gas tanks from various brands have different pressures, suggesting gas fraud.

Take a look at the video for yourself, and find out if that LPG gas tank pressure test actually works!

 

LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Proves Fraud?

In the viral video, a man lined up gas tanks from six different brands – MyGaz, Mira Gas, Petron, Petronas, BHP and Solar Gas.

He then tears off their cap seals and checks their pressure with a pressure gauge, noting how different LPG gas tanks have different tank pressures.

Although he does not directly claim there was gas fraud, it’s implied in the video.

 

The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test : It Works But There’s No Fraud

While we do not believe the video is fraudulent, it is nevertheless MISLEADING.

The amount of LPG in each gas tank is determined by WEIGHT, not pressure. So the video itself, while interesting, is of no consequence.

The LPG gas tank pressure test may be accurate, but it’s NOT an indicator of how much gas is inside each tank.

And here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : LPG Gas Is Sold By Weight, NOT Pressure

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) all around the world is sold by weight, and not by pressure. That’s why the tanks are labelled and sold in different sizes based on WEIGHT :

Naturally, the weight listed above is the weight of the LPG , and not the tank itself which is considerably heavier.

For example, a 45 kg LPG gas tank weighs 78 kg fully loaded, while a 90 kg tank weighs 155 kg.

This infographic by The Hindu is useful in demonstrating how to determine how much LPG gas is in each tank.

Reason #2 : LPG Gas Pressure Varies A Lot

LPG gas pressure varies according to the gas mixture, temperature and even motion.

LPG is not one type of gas, but a mixture of mainly propane and butane. Here in Malaysia, it’s about 70% propane and 30% butane.

Propane vaporises much easier and at a lower temperature than butane, so the more propane in the LPG mix = the higher the pressure inside the tank.

A higher tank temperature (leaving it in the sun) or even shaking the tank will increase the pressure in the tank because more propane will vaporise.

Assuming they were not shaken or placed in the sun before the video was shot, the LPG gas tanks in the video have different pressures because they have different LPG gas mixes.

Reason #3 : LPG Gas Regulators Keep The Pressure Low

Irrespective of the pressure in the LPG gas tank, the gas regulator you hook up to it will maintain a constant, low pressure of just 2.75 kPA (0.4 psi or 0.0275 bar)

So it really doesn’t matter if the gas tank from your favourite LPG brand can deliver 100 psi or just a pitiful 55 psi. It’s going to get down-regulated to just 0.4 psi.

Reason #4 : High Pressure = Dangerous + Incomplete Combustion

The reason why gas regulators keep pressure so low is because stoves are designed to work properly and efficiently with such low pressures.

If you bypass the gas regulator, the 150X to 250X higher gas pressure will create extremely large flames that are dangerous, if not impossible, to cook with.

The high pressure will also prevent the gas from mixing properly with the air, resulting in complete combustion of the gas, wasting your money.

 

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Fact Check : Fridge Magnet Cancer Warning By Princeton Uni!

Princeton University is warning people about the cancer risks that the humble fridge magnet poses.

Find out if Princeton University’s fridge magnet cancer warning is real, and what the facts really are!

 

Fridge Magnet Cancer Warning By Princeton University!

This fridge magnet cancer risk warning by Princeton University has been circulating for years on social media – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp – and even via email!

A number of researchers at Princeton’s University have discovered something scary!.

For several months, they were feeding two groups of mice: the first group with food kept in a refrigerator, and the second group with food kept in a refrigerator as well but with several decorative magnets on the door.

The objective of this experiment was to see how electromagnetic radiation (that coming out from the decorative magnets on the door) affect food items.

Amazingly, rigorous clinical studies stated that the group of mice that consumed the “radiated” food had as much as 87% higher probability to get cancer than the other group of mice.

Inexplicably no Governments or health associations/institutions have given any statement on this regard. However and just in case, is recommendable to remove any decorative magnet from refrigerators, and put it far away from any food.

 

Fridge Magnet Cancer Warning By Princeton University : TLDR Summary

As shocking as it may seem, this fridge magnet by Princeton University is yet another fake news zombie – it keeps coming back after you kill it…

There is no such study, and magnetic fields do not cause cancer. In fact, magnetic fields protect against radiation – the Earth itself is protected by a massive geomagnetic field.

So don’t let this zombie hoax put a dent in your creativity. Have fun decorating your fridge door with decorative magnets!

 

Fridge Magnet Cancer Warning By Princeton University : The Facts!

For those who want to learn more about why fridge magnets don’t pose any harm, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : There Is No Such Study

There is no such study by Princeton University, or any other university for the matter, on the cancer risks of a fridge magnet.

Fact #2 : Magnets Don’t Produce Radiation

Magnets do not produce any form of radiation, unless they have radioactive contaminants. They only produce a magnetic field.

Fact #3 : Magnetic Fields Protect Against Radiation

Magnetic fields deflect charged particles, including radioactive alpha and beta particles.

That’s how the Earth’s gigantic magnetic field protects it against solar and cosmic radiation.

Fact #4 : Fridge Magnets Are Weak!

Fridge magnets use permanent magnets with rather weak magnetic fields. If you slam the fridge door hard enough, some may even fall off!

Even placing anything thicker than a piece of paper between the magnet and the fridge door is often enough to prevent the fridge magnet from sticking to the door.

Fact #5 : There Are Already Magnets INSIDE Every Fridge!

Why worry about decorative fridge magnets when your refrigerator itself uses magnets to keep the doors closed? Their electric motors also use magnets that generate electromagnetic fields.

Those magnets are not only closer in distance to the stored food, they are also much stronger than any decorative magnet you will ever come across!

Fact #6 : Even Super Strong Magnets Are Safe

Magnetic fields should not be confused with radiation. They have no discernible or permanent effects on the human body.

In fact, we use extremely large and powerful magnets in MRI machines, which are extremely safe to use – barring the presence of magnetic substances in the body (implants, tattoo inks).

Fact #7 : Magnetic Field Strength Decreases With Distance

The strength of any magnetic field decreases with distance. The further away you are from the magnet, the weaker the magnetic field.

Remember the door to your refrigerator? That alone ensures that any fridge magnet is too far – at least a few inches – to have any effect on the contents of the fridge.

Fact #8 : The Fridge Door Acts As A Shield

Just in case you are super paranoid, we should point out that a fridge door made of ferromagnetic material will act as a shield against a magnetic field.

How do you know your fridge door is ferromagnetic? Simple – if you can stick your fridge magnet to it, it is ferromagnetic.

If you can’t stick your fridge magnet to the door, well, then you have nothing to worry about, right? 🙂

 

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Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

Samsung Malaysia has some great 2020 QLED TV deals this month, if you are looking for an upgrade! Check them out!

 

Samsung Malaysia June 2020 QLED TV Deals!

To celebrate the official availability of the latest 2020 QLED TVs, Samsung Malaysia just announced their Raya Bergaya, Ceria Bersama promotion with these great deals!

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #1 : Free Gifts!

Qualifying 2020 TV Models RRP Free Gift Online Purchase
85-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 64,999 The Sero TV
+ Sero Wheel
worth RM 7,298
Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 44,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch Q950TS QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
82-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 39,999 Option 1 | Option 2
75-inch Q800T QLED 8K RM 29,999 Option 1 | Option 2
65-inch The Frame QLED 4K RM 10,999 2 x The Frame
customisable bezel
worth RM 988
Option 1 | Option 2
48-inch The Sero QLED 4K RM 6,999 The Sero Wheel
worth RM 299
Option 1 | Option 2

June 2020 QLED TV Deals #2 : Purchase with Purchase!

Samsung Malaysia is also offering these Samsung soundbars at a special PWP (Purchase with Purchase) price with the purchase of any Samsung TV!

Qualifying Soundbar Models RRP PWP Price Online Purchase
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q90R) RM 6,499 RM 4,299 Option 1 | Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q70R) RM 3,399 RM 2,499 Option 1Option 2
Harman / Kardon (HW-Q60R) RM 2,599 RM 1,699 Option 1 | Option 2
Soundbar HW-R650 RM 1,699 RM 1,199 Option 1 | Option 2

 

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TNB During MCO : No Electricity Bill? Here’s How To Pay!

TNB employees will no longer read the meter or issue any electricity bill during the COVID-19 MCO, but you still need to pay your electricity bill!

Find out how much you need to pay TNB for your electricity usage during the COVID-19 MCO!

 

TNB Meter Reading + Bill Rendering : Stopped During MCO!

After the Movement Control Order (MCO) started, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) announced that they would stop these operations from 20 March 2020 until further notice :

  • on-premise meter reading, and
  • on-premise rendering of electricity bill

They also announced that :

  • you will be issued an estimated bill, based on your previous month’s consumption.
  • your bill will be adjusted only when they resume meter reading, after the MCO period ends.
  • during the MCO, TNB will not deliver any printed electricity bill to your premise.

You still need to pay your TNB electricity bill during the MCO / CMCO. Just because you don’t get your bill, doesn’t mean you get to stop paying.

 

Won’t TNB Resume Meter Reading + Bill Rendering During CMCO?

On 13 May 2020, TNB announced that they are resuming meter reading and bill rendering on a staggered basis, and only in green zone states :

  • Perlis
  • Penang
  • Kedah
  • Perak (except Sri Manjung)
  • Kelantan

That basically means they still won’t perform meter reading for most of the country during the Conditional MCO period.

 

How To Pay Your TNB Bill During MCO / CMCO?

There are three ways to handle your TNB electricity bill during the MCO / CMCO.

Option 1 : Pay The Estimated Bill

TNB mentioned that you will be issued an estimated bill, based on your last bill. If your last bill was RM 100, then your estimated bill during the MCO will be RM 100.

All you have to do is continue paying based on your last bill every month, as long as the Movement Control Order is in effect.

Just pay online through JomPAY using your online banking account.

Option 2 : Use TNB Express Payment

The easiest way to check your current bill and make payment is through myTNB.

Just key in your 12-digit TNB account number, and you will receive the current amount due.

You can pay up to RM 250 using a credit or debit card through Express Payment by clicking Next.

If you wish to pay more than RM 250 though, you will need to first register and log into myTNB.

Alternatively, you can pay through JomPAY using your online banking account.

Option 3 : Use myTNB App

The third option is to install and use the myTNB app, which is available as a free download on both Google Play Store and App Store :

    

Follow these steps to register and check your current TNB bill on the myTNB app :

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Cordless Jet Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner!

Samsung just launched their latest cordless vacuum cleaner – the Jet 70 Easy, which boasts a Jet Cyclone system and a 5-layer HEPA filtration system!

Find out what else the Samsung Jet 70 Easy has to offer, and how much it costs!

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Cordless Jet Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner

The new Samsung Jet 70 Easy cordless vacuum cleaner boasts two key features – a Jet Cyclone system and a 5-layer HEPA filtration system.

Digital Inverter Motor

The Samsung Jet 70 Easy has a 410 watt Digital Inverter Motor that is paired with highly efficient impeller and ultrasonic-welded airfoil blades to generate up to 150 watts of suction.

Jet Cyclone System

It boasts the Jet Cyclone system which creates 9 cyclones with 27 air inlets to minimise loss of suction, while trapping fine dust.

Soft Action Brush

The Soft Action Brush is designed to pick up fine dust on hard floors, with a 180-degree swivel head to easily clean corners.

It is woven with anti-static silver threads to prevent dust from sticking, and is easily detached with one click for easy removal of tangles.

5-Layer HEPA Filtration System

The Samsung Jet 70 Easy extracts dust through a 5-layer HEPA filtration system :

  • Step 1 : a main cyclone diverts large dust particles
  • Step 2 : a metal mesh grille filter removes medium-sized particles.
  • Step 3 : the Jet cyclone removes fine dust particles.
  • Step 4 : a washable micro filter traps additional fine dust.
  • Step 5 : an ultra-fine dust filter prevents 99.999% of dust (0.3 ~ 10 µm in size)

Long Cleaning Time

The Samsung Jet 70 Easy comes with a 1,800 mAh battery that gives you up to 40 minutes of cleaning time. According to Samsung, the battery will retain 70% of its capacity after 500 cycles.

Easy Maintenance

Both the 0.8L dustbin and the multi-cyclone system is fully washable. And you can automatically empty the dustbin using the new Samsung Clean Station!

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Jet 70 Easy
Model VS15T7033R1
Type Multi Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner
Dust Capacity 0.8 litres (800 ml)
Motor Digital Inverter Motor
Maximum Power 410 watts
Suction Power 150 watts
Noise Level 86 dBA
Filter Pre-Motor : Yes
Exhaust : HEPA filter
Brush 250 mm soft action
Battery Li-Ion (1,800 mAh, 21.6 V)
Battery Life 40 minutes (maximum)
Charging Time 210 minutes
Dimensions 250 mm wide
1124 mm tall
215 mm deep
Weight 2.57 kg

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Price + Availability

The Samsung Jet 70 Easy (VS15T7033R1) has a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$389 / ~£315 / ~A$612 / ~S$555. Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Clean Station : Auto Dust Disposal with Air Pulse!

Samsung just launched the Clean Station which is designed to automatically empty the dustbins of their Jet cordless vacuum cleaners!

Find out what else the Samsung Clean Station has to offer, and how much it costs!

 

Samsung Clean Station : Auto Dust Disposal with Air Pulse!

The new Samsung Clean Station is the industry’s first disposal solution that automatically empties the dustbins of their Jet cordless vacuum cleaners, like the newly-launched Samsung Jet 70 Easy!

Automatic Dustbin Emptying

Simply detach and place the dustbin on top of the Clean Station, and it will automatically empty the dust. You don’t even have to separate the pipe or the cyclone!

Air Pulse Technology

The Air Pulse Technology repeatedly opens and closes the inlet of the suction motor, to create pulsating air currents that shake dust off the dustbin.

Prevents Dust From Spewing Out

The Samsung Jet dustbin has an airtight design, and will only open when it is inserted into the Clean Station. This prevents ultra fine dust from being dispersing back out.

5-Layer HEPA Filtration System

The Samsung Clean Station keeps air clean with its 5-layer HEPA filtration system.

  • Step 1 : a dust bag traps large dust particles
  • Step 2 : a Pre-Motor Filter traps small dust particles
  • Step 3 : an activated carbon filter deodorises the air
  • Step 4 : a noise absorption filter cuts down noise from the motor
  • Step 5 : an ultra-fine dust filter prevents 99.999% of dust (0.3 ~ 10 µm in size)

 

Samsung Clean Station : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Clean Station
Model VCA-SAE90B
Compatibility Samsung Jet Series
– VS90 / VS90E
– VS75 / VS70
Dustbin Support Up to 0.6 L
Dust Bag 3 EA
Dust Bag Capacity 2.0 L
Power Consumption 1600 watts
Dimensions 185 mm wide
180 mm deep
600 mm tall
Weight 5.5 kg

 

Samsung Clean Station : Price + Availability

The Samsung Clean Station (VCA-SAE90B) has a recommended retail price of RM 699 / ~US$160 / ~£130 / ~A$252 / ~S$228. Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung AR9500T Wind-Free : Briefing + Demo!

Samsung just introduced the AR9500T Wind-Free Air Conditioner, which features improved Wind-Free cooling technology, and new adaptive cooling and AI capabilities!

Join us for the exclusive briefing and demo session of the new Samsung AR9500T Wind-Free Air Conditioner!

 

Samsung AR9500T : What Is The Wind-Free Technology?

The Wind-Free Technology that the Samsung AR9500T offers is an automated 3-Step cooling mode that quickly cools the room, while making you feel more comfortable without direct, cold drafts. Here is how it works…

Step 1 : When the Samsung AR9500T starts up, it uses the Fast Cooling Mode to quickly lower the room’s temperature by dispersing cool air farther and wider.

Step 2 : The Samsung AR9500T switches to its Dehumidifying Mode to maintain the optimal level of humidity.

Step 3 : After the desired room temperature and humidity level is achieved, the Samsung AR9500T switches to the Wind-Free Cooling Mode, to maintain those levels without direct, cold drafts by dispersing cool air through 23,000 micro-holes.

 

Samsung AR9500T : Other Features

The Samsung AR9500T comes with a plethora of the latest cooling technologies to maximise performance and efficiency, as well as new smart home technologies.

AI Auto Cooling

Its new AI Auto Cooling feature automatically analyses the room conditions, user-preferred temperatures and cooling modes, and even the outdoor climate.

It will use all those information to switch to the most appropriate setting, learning over time to better suit the user’s preferences.

SmartThings Control

The Samsung AR9500T is a smart appliance, allowing you to control and monitor it remotely using the Samsung SmartThings app.

Energy Efficient Technologies

The Samsung AR9500T comes with a Digital Inverter Boost compressor, which dramatically reduces the time it takes to reach maximum power, letting it cool the air 43 percent faster than a conventional model.

The Digital Inverter Boost compressor also better maintains the desired temperature with less fluctuation, reducing energy usage by up to 73 percent. No wonder it comes with a 5-Star energy rating for CSPF!

Better Filters + Cleaning

The Samsung AR9500T comes with a Tai-Care Filter that keeps air hygienic by removing large dust particles, fibres and hair, and helps to reduce fine dust, viruses, bacteria and allergens.

It also comes with Easy Filter Plus, which is located right at the top of the unit, allowing for easier removal and cleaning.

Finally, it comes with an Auto Clean feature that prevents bacteria and odour build-up by flushing and cleaning the condenser coils.

 

Samsung AR9500T : Price + Availability + Deal!

The Samsung AR9500T Wind-Free Air Conditioner is available for purchase at all Samsung brand stores, at these recommended retail prices in Malaysia :

Samsung Malaysia is offering a Purchase with Purchase deal, where every purchase of this new Wind-Free model will entitle you to 50% off one of these two Samsung Air Purifier models :

  • Samsung AX60R5080WD Air Purifier
  • Samsung AX34R3020WW Air Purifier

 

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Acer C250i Auto-Portrait Portable Projector : First Look!

The Acer C250i auto-portrait portable projector is finally here!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the world’s first auto-portrait LED projector!

 

Acer C250i Portable Projector

The Acer C250i is a lightweight, portable LED projector with a stand-free multi-angle orientation and the world’s first auto-portrait mode.

Acer C250i Twisted Roll Design

Thanks to its unique twisted roll design, it supports stand-free multi-angle projection. You no longer need a stand or tripod.

When used on its side, just roll it to the perfect angle to project on the wall or ceiling.

Its vertical orientation, on the other hand, supports horizontal wall displays, and automatically activates the auto-portrait mode.

Auto-Portrait Mode

The auto-portrait mode lets you direct project videos or photos in the portrait orientation (like video chats or live-streaming sessions) wirelessly, without black bars on both sides.

Performance

Despite its compact size, the C250i boasts 1080p (Full HD) projection, with a battery life of up to 5 hours on a single charge. You can even use it as a portable power bank to recharge your mobile devices.

Its LED module has a 30,000-hour lifespan, with 300 ANSI lumens of peak bones and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has a wide colour gamut of 100% NTSC.

Connectivity

Android and iOS users can connect and stream to the C250i wirelessly, but it also comes with a standard HDMI port to support desktop or laptop computers.

It also comes with USB Type C and USB Type A ports to support video outputs from smartphones. You can also insert a USB drive for direct playback without a PC or smartphone.

 

Acer C250i Specifications

Specifications Projector C250i
Projection System DLP
Light Source LED
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Brightness 300 Lumens
Contrast Ratio 5000 : 1
Lamp Life 20,000 Hours (Standard)
30,000 Hours (ECO)
Battery 30 Whr lithium ion
(9,000 mAh @ 3.33 V)
Input Ports HDMI x 1
USB Type A x 1
USB Type C x 1
Output Ports 3.5 mm Audio Jack x 1
USB Type A (DC Out) x 1
Dimensions 104 mm in diameter
190 mm tall
Weight 775 g

 

Acer C250i Price + Availability

The Acer C250i is available with immediate effect, at the recommended retail prices of RM 1,699 / ~S$569 / US$489 / ~£317 / €539 / RMB 3,299 / ~A$608.

Malaysia : RM 1699 | RM 1699 | RM 1699 | RM 1699

Singapore : S$594.89 | S$618.89

United Kingdom : £392.15

 

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Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

Over The Horizon is an iconic theme sound for Samsung Galaxy devices, and Samsung just unveiled their 2020 acoustic remix with a video to boot!

Take a moment to relax with their new soothing, back-to-nature Over The Horizon 2020 music video…

 

Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

As Samsung gets ready to unpack the Galaxy S20 smartphones, they took a moment to chill out with the new Over The Horizon 2020 – a soothing acoustic remix of their signature theme sound!

To complement the back-to-nature vibe of this acoustic remix, Samsung produce this special video showcasing the natural world in all its glory, to remind us to take a moment every now and then to stop and smell the roses.

With each new generation of Galaxy devices comes a fresh new take on the “Over the Horizon” theme, and at the core of this year’s version is the power of nature itself. In order to capture the harmonious working of the natural world in all its glory, Samsung placed monochords in various natural locations in order to harness the power of nature for music.

Powered by the natural force of running water, the monochords operate thanks to a rotor- and pulley-based mechanism. As the mechanism rotates, it triggers the monochords to pluck their respective strings in the correct order. The resulting musical refrain has the unique characteristic of having been played solely by the force of nature.

On top of the monochord melody, Samsung also emphasized sounds like running water and chirping birds and kept the use of electronic elements to a minimum in order to help maximize the listener’s connection with the relaxing sounds of nature.

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

Samsung just announced that their 2020 QLED 8K TVs will be NEXTGEN TV ready, thanks to the inclusion of ATSC 3.0 tuners!

Find out what it means to have an ATSC 3.0 / NEXTGEN TV tuner built into your TV!

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

When Samsung unveiled their monstrous 2020 QLED 8K Q950 TV, they also shared that ALL 2020 Samsung LED 8K TV models will come with a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner, making them NEXTGEN TV ready!

NEXTGEN TV is the marketing name for the ATSC 3.0 (Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0) standard that will go on air this year in at least 61 markets.

One of the key benefits NEXTGEN TV offers over the current ATSC 1.0 standard is its ability to receive and playback content in up to 4K resolution, rather than just Full HD.

The other benefit is an improved audio experience through its Multi-Channel Object Audio and Dialogue Enhancement feature.

With an ATSC 3.0 tuner built-in, users of the 2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs will get to enjoy 4K broadcasts and content, together with superior audio quality, once the signals start transmitting in their locations.

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV : First Look!

At CES 2020, Samsung peeled away the covers, and unveiled the 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV!

Let’s find out what’s new in Samsung’s next-generation QLED 8K TV!

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV is the first television in the world to feature surround sound audio, an incredible 8K resolution, and an ultra-thin form factor.

Ultra-Thin Design

Samsung almost entirely eliminated the bezels around the Q950’s display, creating an incredible screen-to- body ratio of nearly 99 percent.

When viewed from ten to fifteen feet (3 to 5 meters) away, you will experience what Samsung calls the Infinity Screen effect – where the bezels seem to disappear!

The Q950 is also extremely thin – only 15 millimetres across the entire display. You can lay it flush against the wall, or mount it on a media stand.

Certified 8K Resolution

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV is certified to meet the requirements of both the 8K Association’s Certified Test Specifications, as well as the CTA 8K Ultra HD Display Definition.

It will be able to playback native 8K content, letting consumers stream AV1 codec videos filmed in 8K. But for lower resolution content, the Q950’s Quantum Processor 8K has improved AI upscaling capabilities that uses machine learning to create 8K images from lower resolution sources.

Optimal Picture Quality

The Q950’s Adaptive Picture feature uses light sensors and AI to analyse the ambient light and distribution of light in a particular scene, so it can ensure that the TV can maintain a clear picture with great contrast even in bright rooms, or with glare from a light source.

Because a significant amount of content we consume these days are through streaming on the Internet, it comes with AI ScaleNet that compresses content as it leaves the content provider, restoring it on reaching the TV. This effectively cuts down by half the bandwidth required for any streaming content.

Of course, AI ScaleNet requires the content provider to support such a feature. Samsung is currently working with Amazon on this feature, with plans to use it for Prime Video content, from standard definition to 4K.

NEXTGEN TV Ready!

The Q950 will come with a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner, making it NEXTGEN TV ready! It will be ready to receive and display 4K content once NEXTGEN TV networks come online later this year!

Immersive Audio Experience

As Samsung’s flagship QLED 8K TV, the Q950 comes with the best audio solution Samsung engineers can come up with.

It has speakers on every side of the display, with subwoofers in the back, delivering 5.1 channel surround sound. But its immersive audio experience goes beyond the hardware.

The Q950 uses Object Tracking Sound+, an AI-based technology to match the audio with the movement of objects on the screen. Its Active Voice Amplifier (AVA) technology adjusts the volume of dialogue in response to common sounds like a blender or vacuum cleaner.

Finally, the Q950 can use its built-in speakers as an additional audio channel, when paired with a 2020 Q Series soundbar, like the Q800. Its Q-Symphony feature will pair the audio from both devices to create a dynamic and multi-dimensional soundscape.

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Connected Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV comes with access to Samsung TV Plus – their free smart TV video service, with nearly 100 channels, including CBSN, Yahoo Finance, Lively Place, Bon Appétit, VEVO, Outside TV+, etc.

It also comes with Samsung Health on TV built-in. This will let your family members see their fitness activities, track their progress, and pursue fitness goals. They will also have access to free, exclusive content from Samsung fitness partners like Calm, FitPlan, Jillian Michaels, Echelon, Obe Fitness and Barre 3.

 

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Quill for Oculus is FREE for a Limited Time!

Quill – a VR illustration and animation tool for Oculus Rift and Rift S – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get Quill for FREE, and make sure you tell your friends!

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Quill is FREE for a Limited Time!

Quill is the VR illustration and animation tool built to empower artists and creators, whether to create final art or as a production tool for concept creation aid.

It is designed to be intuitive to artists, being expressive, efficient and comfortable to use over a long period of time.

Quill allows users to paint and animate in virtual reality on an infinitely scalable canvas, with rich colours and intuitive tools.

Quill is designed to be expressive and precise and to let the artist’s “hand” come through clearly – whether that’s in a watercolour style, pencil style, oil painting style or something else.

Non-creators can download Quill to experience amazing illustrations in their pre-loaded showcase and have an experience completely unlike viewing a painting on a wall in a traditional gallery.

 

Quill : How To Get It Free!

For a limited time, Quill will be free to download and keep from the Oculus Store.

All you have to do is sign up for an Oculus account, and add it to your account! It’s that simple!

 

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Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud!

The Iron Man Dance Hero looked so darn cute when we first saw it, we decided to check it out in detail.

Here is our short and sweet review of the cute and loud Iron Man Dance Hero!

 

Iron Man Dance Hero

The Iron Man Dance Hero is a simple toy, with a simple premise – an Asian-looking Tony Stark in a cute Iron Man suit dancing to music.

The truth though is that it is a little more than just a dancing robot. Take a closer look at the Iron Man Dance Hero in our hands-on video!

The Icon Man Dance Hero basically has three key features, officially listed as :

  • Cool music
  • Fabulous dance
  • Cool lighting

It also has a retractable face mask (which reveals an Asian-looking Tony Stark!), as well as posable arms :

It requires three AA batteries. The box says 1.5 V alkaline batteries are recommended, but we had no problem using 1.2 V NiMH rechargeable batteries.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero In Action!

The Iron Man Dance Hero has a simple three-way switch at the back of its head.

  • Left : Lights, music and dancing off
  • Middle : Only lights turned on
  • Right : Lights, music and dancing turned on!

When turned off, it functions like a figurine or toy. Turning on the lights lets it function like a night light.

And of course, it becomes an entertainment device when you turn everything on! But look at how cute it dances!

The lights in the eyes will change, and so does the music. But the lights in its palms and its chest will remain uniformly white.

There is no volume control, which could be a problem because the Iron Man Dance Hero is very loud! But kids seem to love it!

Even if you tire of its dance and music after some time, it is quite useful as a night light, especially with both arms pointing upwards.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero Price + Availability

The Iron Man Dance Hero we tested has a height and width of 19 cm, with a thickness of about 10 cm. Just to be clear, it does not come with any batteries in the box.

Its price varies wildly, depending on whether you purchase it online or in retail (where we have seen prices of RM 45-60 / US$11-15 / £8-11 / S$15-20 / A$16-21 being quoted).

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Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter Revealed!

Porsche and Lucasfilm just unveiled the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter that will be showcased in the premiere of Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles!

Take a look at the Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, and how Porsche and Lucasfilm came to create it!

 

Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter : A Design Partnership

The Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter is a design DNA blend of Porsche and Lucasfilm.

Over a period of two months, the Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter project team worked at their respective design studios in Weissach and San Francisco to create initial ideas and drafts, before finally coming up with a concrete concept.

The final design, named Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter, will be presented as a detailed model measuring 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length at the film premiere of Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker in Los Angeles.

“The design of the spaceship is harmoniously integrated into the Star Wars film world while at the same time demonstrating clear analogies with the characteristic Porsche styling and proportions,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG.

“The basic shape of the cabin, which tapers towards the rear, and a highly distinctive topography from the cockpit flyline to the turbines establish visual parallels with the iconic design of the 911 and the Taycan. The very compact layout conveys dynamism and agility, lending emphasis to the Porsche design features mentioned.”

“This collaboration is an amazing opportunity to merge the design aesthetics of Porsche and Star Wars. I found it to be creatively challenging and extremely inspiring,” says Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm. “It is thrilling to infuse Star Wars with Porsche styling to create an iconic new spaceship that could exist both on Earth or in the cinematic universe.”

While legal requirements impose certain restrictions on creativity in the classic design process for a series-production vehicle, this project opens up a whole new dimension of freedom.

At the same time, the Style Porsche team faced fresh challenges, since creating a purely virtual design is demanding, too. On the screen, the starship is only seen in two dimensions, while classic series-production vehicles appear physically in three dimensions.

In addition, starships usually only appear dynamically in the film and are only visible for a brief moment – so the design has to create an impression and be recognisable within a matter of seconds.

 

Porsche Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter : The Final Design

A glance at the details reveals a number of features familiar from the Porsche design style.

The front is reminiscent of the so-called “air curtains” (air inlets) that go together with the headlights to create a single formal entity in the Taycan. In addition to the four-point daytime running light typical of Porsche, the so-called “blasters” – long gun barrels at the front – are located at the tip.

The rear grid with the louvres and integrated third brake light was inspired by the current 911 generation, and the rear section of the starship bears the brand’s hallmark light bar.

Porsche design criteria have been applied to the interior, too: the instruments in the cockpit are clearly aligned with the driver’s axis, while the low seating position is reminiscent of the sporty ergonomics in the Porsche 918 Spyder.

All in all, the design follows a basic principle that is characteristic of the brand – all the elements on the exterior have a clear function, and purely visual features have largely been dispensed with.

“Our collaborative project with Star Wars goes perfectly with the launch of the Taycan. The design teams have brought the differing worlds of Porsche and Star Wars together to make a very special gift for the fans of the two brands,” says Kjell Gruner, Head of Marketing at Porsche.

Porsche will also be showcasing the all-new Taycan at the premiere event in Los Angeles.

 

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Your Guide To HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Deals!

HUAWEI Malaysia just announced a slew of year-end deals – massive discounts, flash deals and free gifts!

Here is our guide to those great HUAWEI deals! Don’t miss ’em!

 

The HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Deals!

Let’s start with the top 5 HUAWEI year-end deals that you can reserve RIGHT NOW to purchase at these special prices on 12 December 2019!

 

HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Grab Voucher Deals!

You can also grab vouchers for these great deals RIGHT NOW to purchase at these special prices on 12 December 2019!

 

HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Flash Deals!

HUAWEI also has a number of great flash deals :

  • HUAWEI WiFi WS5200 Router : RM 99
  • HUAWEI P30 : RM 12
  • HUAWEI Backup Storage : RM 12
  • HUAWEI Freebuds Lite : RM 12

 

HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Free Gift Deals!

Finally, HUAWEI is bundling these FREE GIFTS with every purchase of these devices :

 

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HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 : Superior ANC For Voice + Audio!

The modern world is noisy, and that’s why so many people are turning to ANC earbuds like the new HUAWEI FreeBuds 3.

In this article, we will take a look at how HUAWEI Freebuds 3 delivers superior ANC for both voice and audio, giving it a leg-up over the competitors!

 

Why Active Noise Cancellation?

For decades, we have been relying on over-ear headphones to reduce external noise from disrupting our enjoyment of music and movies. The covering of our ears with padded ear cups is what’s called passive noise cancellation or reduction.

Some of us even resort to in-ear earphones, where the ear buds are inserted directly into the ear canals. Again, they serve to passively block noise from the outside.

Both of these passive noise cancelling solutions help, but they only offer minimal noise reduction. And even worse – they are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) delivers far better noise cancellation, and it does this without using thick padding or requiring you to insert anything into your ear canals.

That’s why everyone wants active noise cancelling earphones – once you tried one, you will never go back!

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) offers active noise cancellation in an open fit in-ear design, which offers maximum comfort; with a Dolphin Bionic Design to ensure a better fit.

HUAWEI Kirin A1

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) is powered by the Kirin A1 – the world’s first Bluetooth 5.1 SoC. This allows it deliver a stable and fast Bluetooth connection for accurate audio and video synchronisation.

HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel Transmission Technology

The HUAWEI Isochronous Dual Channel Transmission technology transmits audio data to each ear bud synchronously and separately, to reduce latency and ensure accurate synchronisation.

Active Noise Cancellation

The Kirin A1 has a fast 356 MHz audio processor, which allows the FreeBuds 3 to capture and cancel background noise in real-time. This allows you to enjoy your music, or calls, even in noisy environments.

Tests have shown that ambient noise is reduced by half, even sudden loud noises like train brakes and car honks.

HUAWEI also allows you to adjust 9 different parameters to fine-tune its noise cancellation performance for more challenging environments.

Bone Conduction Sensor + Aerodynamic Mic Duct

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) does not just reduce noise to your ears, it also reduces noise when you speak!

Its microphones have an aerodynamic duct design to reduce wind noise, and it uses bone conduction voice sensors to pick up your voice vibrations.

When the ambient noise levels are too high, it uses your bone conduction vibrations to enhance the quality of your calls, making sure that your voice is clearly heard above hubbub around you!

14 mm Driver + Bass Tube

In addition to a 14 mm dynamic driver, each ear bud has a bass tube tucked right behind, delivering a louder and punchier bass.

AAC Coding

Unlike most earphones that use SBC or aptX, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 uses AAC coding – the only Bluetooth audio codec that makes use of psychoacoustic modelling to compress the data.

AAC coding delivers significantly better audio quality with lower latency and power consumption. However, it is a processing-intensive codec.

Hence, HUAWEI advises that you pair the FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) with HUAWEI smartphones, because they are designed to encode audio using the AAC codec, instead of the more common SBC or aptX codecs.

Long Battery Life

Thanks to the highly-efficient Kirin A1 chip, the FreeBuds 3 can last 4 hours of non-stop music playback with active noise cancellation turned on.

Its carry case doubles as a portable charger, allowing you to recharge the FreeBuds 3 up to four times!

It even supports wireless charging, so you can use any smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging to recharge the FreeBuds 3 and its charging case!

Super Fast Pairing!

HUAWEI designed the FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) for easy and fast pairing. Even pairing them for the first time to a HUAWEI smartphone is as simple as tapping on the pop-up window to confirm the pairing!

Thereafter, your FreeBuds 3 will automatically turn on and pair with your HUAWEI smartphone when you open its charging case.

Watch how fast it turns on and connects to the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro! Hint – it’s less than a second!

Recommended : Why FreeBuds 3 Is The Best Alternative To AirPods Pro!

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
Platform HUAWEI Kirin A1
Design Open-Fit, Wireless
Control Double-Tap
Driver 14.2 mm dynamic driver
Noise Cancellation Active Noise Cancellation
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
Battery 30 mAh per ear bud
410 mAh (charging case)
Battery Life 4 hours (ear buds only)
20 hours (with charging case)
Design Open-Fit, Wireless
Charging Wired : USB Type C (6 W)
Wireless : Qi (2 W)
Charging Time Charging Case : 1 hour (wired)
Ear Buds : 1 hour (in charging case)
Ear Bud Dimensions 41.5 mm x 20.4 mm x 17.8 mm
Charging Case Dimensions 60.9 mm x 60.9 mm x 21.8 mm
Weight Ear Bud : 4.5 g (each)
Charging Case : 48 g

 

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 Price + Availability

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 (MY | SG | UK) is available in two colour options – Carbon Black and Ceramic White, with the recommended retail price of RM 679 / ~US$163 / £139.99 / ~A$239.99 / S$219.

You can purchase it directly from HUAWEI Malaysia here! For more information, see HUAWEI’s FB post!

Here are some online purchase links, with prices accurate as of 1 December 2019 :

 

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Here Are The Top Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 Deals!

In case you missed their Black Friday deals, here are some awesome Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 deals!

Check out the top Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 deals, and get some great savings for your Christmas presents!

 

The Top Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 Deals!

We will keep adding more Amazon Cyber Monday 2019 deals, as we find them, so keep checking back!


  • Deal #1Up to 40% off select Chromebooks!
  • Deal #2 : Up to 40% off LEGO Building Sets!
  • Deal #3 : Up to 30% off Laptops, Desktops, Monitors and Tablets!
  • Deal #4 : Up to 20% off PC Gaming Products!
  • Deal #5 : Up to 50% off Nerf, Marvel action figures and more!
  • Deal #6$500 off Samsung Galaxy S10 / Samsung Galaxy Note 10 + AKG N700NC headphones!
  • Deal #7 : Up to 63% off select PC Deals!
  • Deal #8 : Up to 50% off Smart Home Products!
  • Deal #9 : Up to 50% off Monopoly and Hasbro Games!
  • Deal #10 : Up to 54% off NOCO Boost UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starters!
  • Deal #11 : Up to 50% off UPS from CyberPower, PFC Sinewave, AVR!
  • Deal #12 : Up to 45% off Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Brewers!
  • Deal #13 : Up to 30% off August Home Smart Locks!
  • Deal #14 : Up to 58% off Creative Content PC Devices + Accessories!
  • Deal #15 : Up to 40% off Cameras, Telescopes, Binoculars & Accessories!
  • Deal #16 : Up to 40% off Speakers and Headphones!
  • Deal #17 : 33% off iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum!
  • Deal #18 : Up to 40% off Yi Home Security Cameras!
  • Deal #19 : Up to 38% off Blueair Air Purifiers!
  • Deal #20 : Up to 35% off select COWIN Headphones!
  • Deal #21 : Up to 47% off Samsung 4K Smart TVs with Alexa!
  • Deal #22 : $200 off Google Pixel 4!
  • Deal #23 : Up to 20% off select Sonos Home Audio Products!
  • Deal #24 : Up to 54% off Sony cameras and lenses!
  • Deal #25 : 35% off Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch!
  • Deal #26 : Up to 47% off Samsung QLED 4K Q60 & Q70 TVs!
  • Deal #27 : Up to 50% off Bose Headphones, Speakers and Home Audio!
  • Deal #28 : Up to 41% off Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds!
  • Deal #29 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick!
  • Deal #30 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote!
  • Deal #31 : Up to 33% off select Nintendo Switch games!
  • Deal #32 : Up to 60% off Logitech Gaming and Productivity Products!
  • Deal #33 : Up to 68% off SanDisk SSDs and Memory Cards!
  • Deal #34 : 35% off Apple MacBook Air!
  • Deal #35 : 20% off Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #36 : 21% off Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #37 : 39% off Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum!
  • Deal #38 : Up to 30% off Ray-Ban Sunglasses & Optical Frames!
  • Deal #39 : 24% off ASUS Chromebook C425 laptop!
  • Deal #40 : Up to 65% off WD HDDs + SSDs!

 

Amazon Recent Deals Of The Day!

Here were the recent Amazon Black Friday 2019 + Thanksgiving Weekend Deals of the Day, some of which may still be running on Cyber Monday!

Sunday, December 1

  • Deal #1 : 30% off Apple MacBook Air!
  • Deal #2 : 20% off Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #3 : 21% off Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #4 : 52% off Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum!
  • Deal #5 : Up to 35% off Nixplay Digital Frames!
  • Deal #6 : Up to 60% off select Star Trek Titles!
  • Deal #7 : Up to 30% off Ray-Ban Sunglasses & Optical Frames!
  • Deal #8 : 27% off iRobot e5 Roomba Vacuum!
  • Deal #9 : 36% off ASUS Chromebook C425 laptop!
  • Deal #10 : Up to 44% off select Google Nest products!
  • Deal #11 : Up to 61% off Corsair Gaming Products and Accessories!
  • Deal #12 : Up to 67% off Kingston SSD, Flash Memory, and USB Drives!
  • Deal #13 : Up to 15% off Apple iPad and Mac Accessories!
  • Deal #14 : Up to 14% off Samsung EVO Select microSD Cards!
  • Deal #15 : Up to 65% off WD HDDs + SSDs!
  • Deal #16 : Up to 30% off Phone Accessories from Amazon and other brands!
  • Deal #17 : Up to 47% off Samsung 4K Smart TVs with Alexa!
  • Deal #18 : $200 off Google Pixel 4!
  • Deal #19 : Up to 20% off select Sonos Home Audio Products!
  • Deal #20 : Up to 54% off Sony cameras and lenses!
  • Deal #21 : 25% off Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch!
  • Deal #22 : Up to 47% off Samsung QLED 4K Q60 & Q70 TVs!
  • Deal #23 : Up to 50% off Bose Headphones, Speakers and Home Audio!
  • Deal #24 : 17% off Ecovacs N79S robot vacuum cleaner!
  • Deal #25 : Up to 25% off Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds!
  • Deal #26 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick!
  • Deal #27 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote!
  • Deal #28 : Up to 33% off select Nintendo Switch games!
  • Deal #29 : Up to 60% off Logitech Gaming and Productivity Products!
  • Deal #30 : Up to 68% off SanDisk SSDs and Memory Cards!

 

Saturday, November 30

  • Deal #1 : 30% off Apple MacBook Air!
  • Deal #2 : 20% off Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #3 : 21% off Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #4 : 35% off Lepow 15.6-inch Full HD USB Type C IPS Display!
  • Deal #5 : Up to 35% off Fairywill Sonic Toothbrushes!
  • Deal #6 : Up to 38% off eufy Home Security Ecosystem Products!
  • Deal #7 : Up to 35% off Ingersoll Rand Tools!
  • Deal #8 : Up to 35% off Coffee Makers!
  • Deal #9 : Up to 49% off select battery chargers, jump starters and maintenance kits!
  • Deal #10 : Up to 44% off select Google Nest products!
  • Deal #11 : Up to 61% off Corsair Gaming Products and Accessories!
  • Deal #12 : Up to 67% off Kingston SSD, Flash Memory, and USB Drives!
  • Deal #13 : Up to 15% off Apple iPad and Mac Accessories!
  • Deal #14 : Up to 14% off Samsung EVO Select microSD Cards!
  • Deal #15 : Up to 65% off Samsung HDDs + SSDs!
  • Deal #16 : Up to 30% off Phone Accessories from Amazon and other brands!
  • Deal #17 : Up to 47% off Samsung 4K Smart TVs with Alexa!
  • Deal #18 : $200 off Google Pixel 4!
  • Deal #19 : Up to 20% off select Sonos Home Audio Products!
  • Deal #20 : Up to 54% off Sony cameras and lenses!
  • Deal #21 : 25% off Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch!
  • Deal #22 : Up to 47% off Samsung QLED 4K Q60 & Q70 TVs!
  • Deal #23 : Up to 50% off Bose Headphones, Speakers and Home Audio!
  • Deal #24 : 17% off Ecovacs N79S robot vacuum cleaner!
  • Deal #25 : Up to 25% off Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds!
  • Deal #26 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick!
  • Deal #27 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote!
  • Deal #28 : Up to 33% off select Nintendo Switch games!
  • Deal #29 : Up to 60% off Logitech Gaming and Productivity Products!
  • Deal #30 : Up to 68% off SanDisk SSDs and Memory Cards!

 

Friday, November 29

  • Deal #1 : 39% off Shark Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Base!
  • Deal #2 : 50% off Garmin Smart Watches!
  • Deal #3 : 35% off Apple MacBook Air!
  • Deal #4 : Up to $2,099.99 off PC gaming laptops, desktops, monitors and accessories!
  • Deal #5 : 25% off top-rated laptops, desktops and monitors!
  • Deal #6 : Up to $552.49 off storage and memory products!
  • Deal #7 : Up to 50% off LG smartphones!
  • Deal #8 : Up to 50% off select party games like Cards Against Humanity!
  • Deal #9 : 53% off Ecovacs Deebot 661 Robotic Vacuum!
  • Deal #10 : Up to $189.99 off Shark Vacuum Cleaners!
  • Deal #11 : Up to 40% off Anker Portable Chargers!
  • Deal #12 : Up to 35% off select Netgear products!
  • Deal #13 : Up to $336.99 off Arlo Smart Home Systems!
  • Deal #14 : Up to 35% off Tacklife Jump Starters!
  • Deal #15 : Up to 35% off Streaming Devices and Accessories!
  • Deal #16 : Up to 40% off Home Audio products from Samsung, VIZIO, Klipsch, Polk and Victrola!
  • Deal #17 : 35% off Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi Portable 4×6″ Instant Photo Printer!
  • Deal #18 : Up to 45% off Tribit Speakers and Headphones!
  • Deal #19 : Up to 35% off ILIFE Robot Vacuum!
  • Deal #20 : Up to 40% off AUKEY Headphones, Chargers and Power Banks!
  • Deal #21 : Up to 40% off Motorola Smartphones!
  • Deal #22 : Up to 80% off 100+ best sellers on Kindle!
  • Deal #23 : Up to 30% off Phone Accessories from Amazon and other brands!
  • Deal #24 : Up to $329 off Samsung Galaxy S10 / Samsung Galaxy Note 10 + FREE Galaxy Buds!
  • Deal #25 : Up to 47% off Samsung 4K Smart TVs with Alexa!
  • Deal #26 : $200 off Google Pixel 4!
  • Deal #27 : Up to $100 off Apple iPad (7th Generation)!
  • Deal #28 : Up to 20% off select Sonos Home Audio Products!
  • Deal #29 : Up to 54% off Sony cameras and lenses!
  • Deal #30 : 21% off Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #31 : 25% off Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch!
  • Deal #32 : Up to 47% off Samsung QLED 4K Q60 & Q70 TVs!
  • Deal #33 : Up to 50% off Bose Headphones, Speakers and Home Audio!
  • Deal #34 : 20% off Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones!
  • Deal #35 : 41% off Ecovacs N79S robot vacuum cleaner!
  • Deal #36 : Up to 25% off Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds!
  • Deal #37 : $20 off Apple $100 App Store & iTunes Gift Card!
  • Deal #38 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick!
  • Deal #39 : 50% off Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote!
  • Deal #40 : Up to 33% off select Nintendo Switch games!

 

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Edifier W828NB ANC Bluetooth Headphones Review!

The Edifier W828NB is their latest Bluetooth headphones to offer active noise cancelling capabilities, at a very low price point.

Edifier seems to believe that everyone should be able to afford a decent pair of wireless active noise cancelling headphones, with the W828NB as a more affordable alternative to the excellent W860NB.

In this review, we will take a close look at the Edifier W828NB and share with you our tests of its noise cancelling capabilities. Find out if this is the wireless ANC headphones for you!

 

Why Active Noise Cancellation?

One of the most important gadgets any frequent traveller must have is a good pair of headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) capability. Whether you want a good night’s sleep, listen to music or watch a movie during a flight or a road trip, active noise cancellation is the way to go.

Passive noise cancellation using over-ear headphones or in-canal earphones may be sufficient for use in an office, but is quite useless on a flight. You can turn up the volume to hear through the noise, but that could damage your hearing.

The best way to listen to music or a conversation in a movie is to use active noise cancellation to literally “erase” the ambient noise. Then you can hear without actually turning up the volume!

 

Edifier W828NB Gold Specifications

Let’s kick this review off with a quick look at its key specifications :

Specifications Edifier W828NB
Type Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Ergonomic Features Adjustable Headband (up to 6 cm total)
Padded headband and ear cups, with faux leather covers
Noise Cancellation Yes, Active Noise Cancellation
Connectivity Options Wireless : Bluetooth 5.0
Wired : 3.5 mm audio cable
Touch Controls None
NFC Support No
Bluetooth Capabilities Bluetooth 5.0 with support for :
– Qualcomm aptX
– A2DP SBC (sub-band coding)
Bluetooth Range 10 meters / 30 feet
Audio Drivers Not specified
Impedence 24 Ohms
Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Battery 1,400 mAh lithium-ion battery (estimated)
Rated Battery Life Standby : 1,500 hours
Music without ANC : 80 hours
Music with ANC : 25 hours
Rated Charging Time 4 hours @ 5 watt USB

 

Edifier W828NB Price + Availability

The Edifier W828NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 89.99 in the US, and RM 399 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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Unboxing The Edifier W828NB

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) comes in a large premium cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • One pair of Edifier W828NB active noise cancelling headphones
  • One Edifier W828NB user manual
  • One soft travel pouch
  • One USB Type A to micro-USB 2.0 charging cable
  • One 3.5 mm audio cable

The soft travel pouch is big enough to fit the Edifier W828NB headphones, as well as its cables.

Unfortunately, the package does not include a 3.5 mm aircraft plug adaptor, which means you won’t be able to connect it to the audio system of older airliners.

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The Edifier W828NB Up Close!

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) is a sturdy-looking pair of wireless headphones. Designed for travel, it can be folded for compact storage inside its travel pouch.

If you are used to gaming headsets, you may find its ear cups on the small side, but that’s because they are designed to hug your ears.

The build quality is good, with a blend of quality plastics, metal and faux leather. We like the choice of a smooth matte finish that is fingerprint smear resistant. Overall, it feels like a premium pair of cans.

Unlike the excellent but more expensive Edifier W860NB (US | UK | AU | SG | MY), the W828NB lacks touch controls or a hard travel case. On the other hand, it supports Bluetooth 5.0 and is 25% cheaper!

Let’s delve deeper and see what we find, shall we?

 

Edifier W828NB Controls

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) saves cost by doing without the W860NB‘s touch controls.

The ANC switch at the bottom of the left ear cup controls its active noise cancellation circuitry. You can actually turn on its ANC feature on without playing any music, if you just want some peace and quiet.

On the right ear cup, you will find the Power button which turns on its Bluetooth connectivity, and the Volume control buttons.

You can actually use the W828NB without “turning it on”, or if it runs out of battery power. Just plug in the provided 3.5 mm audio cable and you are good to go!

But note that the Volume control buttons only work when you are connected to your smartphone or music player using Bluetooth.

 

Edifier W828NB Audio + Charging Port

You will find the 3.5 mm audio port at the bottom of the left ear cup, which allows you to connect the W828NB directly to your smartphone or music player, or the airplane’s audio jack.

Unfortunately, while Edifier provides a long 3.5 mm audio cable, they did not include an aircraft port adaptor. You will need to purchase a separate adaptor, if you wish to connect to the audio systems of older airliners.

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) is rated to last for 25 hours, with ANC turned on and music playing wirelessly through Bluetooth. You recharge its battery through this micro-USB port at the bottom of the right ear cup.

Edifier did not include a USB charger, only a USB cable which you can connect to your computer, your smartphone’s USB charger or even a power bank.

According to Edifier, it will fully recharge in 4 hours using a 5 watt USB charger or USB 3.0 port. If you are recharging it using an older USB 2.0 port though, it should take twice as long.

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How Comfortable Is The W828NB?

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) has an adjustable headband that is padded at the top, and wrapped in soft faux leather.

The headband can be extended by 3 cm on each side, in 9 steps. When fully retracted, it is small enough to fit a child of about 8-9 years of age.

Its ear cups are amply padded and covered in faux leather. Being designed for travel, the ear cups are on the small side. The good news is that they hug your ears, preventing slippage even when you shake your head to the music.

On the other hand, faux leather does not breathe like real leather. So it will get humid inside the smaller space pretty quickly if you are wearing them in warmer weather.

The ear cups can be folded inwards, for a more compact form factor that allows it to fit into the soft travel pouch.

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Edifier W828NB Active Noise Cancellation Capability

Active noise cancellation is conceptually simple. One or more microphones pick up ambient noise, which is used to generate opposing sound waves that cancel out the noise before it reaches the user’s ears.

However, it has not been easy or cheap to implement. For one thing – noise detection and the generation of its opposing sound waves happens in real-time.

It is complicated by the need to mix the noise-cancelling sound waves with the actual audio output (of your song or movie), and deliver the output without any noticeable lag.

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) is one of the few affordable wireless headphones to boast active noise cancellation. It has an ANC microphone at the side of each ear cup, pointing backwards.

From what we can tell, the W828NB uses analogue negative feedback circuitry to generate its noise cancelling sound waves.

Analogue noise cancellation is simpler and cheaper to implement, but limits its active noise cancellation to the lower frequencies.

For active noise cancellation of higher frequencies, they would need to add a fast digital signal processor to handle the complex noise cancellation algorithms.

 

Edifier W828NB Noise Cancelling Performance

We tested the Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) on seven flights, recording its noise cancellation capability using a cardioid microphone, the best examples of which you can see in this video.

Before you watch the video, please keep in mind that it was quite impossible to fully isolate our microphone in the ear cup. So the actual effect is more pronounced than what you’ll hear in this video.

In the airplane cabin clip, you can distinctly hear how the W828NB cuts out the low-frequency rumble, but the higher-frequency sound of the air-conditioning is still audible.

Turning on active noise cancellation will markedly reduce low-frequency noise. This gives you a better appreciation of whatever you are listening to. However, this includes voices of people around you. In fact, airline announcements were clearer with ANC turned on, than turned off.

However, we noticed some static feedback whenever the plane landed. It always happened right after the plane touches down – it’s as if the static feedback is caused by the sound of the airplane’s tyres. It tapers off as the plane slows down.

 

Bluetooth 5.0

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) has a big advantage over the more premium Edifier W860NBBluetooth 5.0.

Its Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity is more than twice as fast as the W860NB‘s Bluetooth 4.1, allowing it to deliver audio data at lower latencies. It also uses less power.

This should let the W828NB avoid audio synchronisation problems that sometimes affects Bluetooth 4.x devices.

It is also the reason why the W828NB can wirelessly play music for 80 hours (without ANC), compared to just 45 hours for the W860NB.

 

Qualcomm aptX Support

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) supports the proprietary Qualcomm aptX audio codec. When used with smartphones, music players and other devices that support aptX, it can deliver lower latencies and better audio quality.

The aptX audio codec is more efficient than the default SBC (Sub-Band Coding) Bluetooth audio codec, delivering a higher bit rate with lower latency. The lower latency is especially important when you watch a movie with wireless headphones, because nothing is more distracting than a movie with unsynchronised audio!

However, make sure you enable aptX on your smartphone or player, or you will end up using SBC. Most smartphones, for example, default to SBC, even if they officially support aptX. In fact, you may need to make the change in Developer Options.

The W828NB does not support the newer and more advanced aptX-HD, which delivers HD Audio over Bluetooth; or aptX Low Latency, which promises a very low latency for better video and gaming performance. This is something for Edifier to look into adding into the next version.

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Edifier W828NB : Our Verdict

Anyone who has ever tried using headphones with active noise cancellation on a flight will appreciate what a difference they make.

They will also realise just how useful noise cancellation can be in other applications – better audio clarity at lower volumes, concentrating better in a noisy office, sleeping better, etc.

The key impediment for the widespread adoption of active noise cancellation can be summed in one word – COST.

Headphones with active noise cancellation are generally much more expensive than regular headphones, and some are prohibitively so. This is where the Edifier W828NB comes in.

Priced at just $89.99 / S$157 / A$119.99 / RM 399, it is incredibly affordable. In fact, you can equip a family of three with W828NB wireless headphones for the same price you would pay for a single pair of Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones!

But just how effective are its noise cancellation capabilities?

The Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) is best at cancelling out low-frequency noise. At higher frequencies, it is limited to passive noise reduction courtesy of its over-ear design and padding.

That means it will effectively cut out most of the annoying rumble of jet engines and road noise; leaving voices quite audible.

If you really need to cut out the higher frequencies, then you need to splurge on headphones that perform digital noise cancellation like the Sony WH-1000XM2 (US | UK | MY) or the latest Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones.

The ability to block voices may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. It may be nice to cut out annoying chatter and crying babies, but that may mean you won’t be able to hear important announcements or alerts.

We also noticed that it has a static feedback issue whenever a plane lands. Edifier should definitely look into this problem.

However, we love that the Edifier W828NB used Bluetooth 5.0, with a large battery with enough battery life to last even the longest flight and then some. We also like its classy matte finish, and excellent build quality.

Overall, the Edifier W828NB (US | AU | SG | MY) offers a great combination of features, at a great price point. It really punches above its weight.

 

Edifier W828NB : Where To Buy?

The Edifier W828NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 89.99 in the US, and RM 399 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors!

Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects!

 

Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Let’s start with a behind-the-scenes video showing the post-production techniques Blur Studio used to bring Terminator Dark Fate to life.

And in this video, Tim Miller, Terminator Dark Fate director and CEO of Blur Studio, explained how they used the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors to deliver special effects for the most complicated shots, because they were so computationally intensive.

Dan Akers, the VFX Supervisor of Blur Studio, remarked that rendering a scene that normally took 5 minutes, took just 5 seconds with the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper.

This allows Blur Studio artists to keep revising their shots, over and over again, until they get it right. It also gives them the flexibility and creativity to create more complex shots.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

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3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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