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Your Guide To HUAWEI Year-End Festival 2019 Deals!

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 Bluetooth 5.0
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 :

 

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.

Next Page > The Edifier W828NB Up Close + Key Features

 

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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.

 

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.

Next Page > Noise Cancellation Performance

 

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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.

Next Page > Edifier W828NB : Our Verdict | Where To Buy?

 

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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.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Tech + Performance Preview!

 

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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HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear : The Full Details!

The HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear is the first wearable collaboration between HUAWEI and GENTLE MONSTER, the South Korean eyewear brand.

Here are the full details of the first two HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear models – Eastmoon and Jackbye!

 

HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear

The HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear is part of the expanding range of Smart Life devices, which are designed to offer a life of the future at home and at work.

It is more than just a fashion statement – integrated into every HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear are connectivity features to help you keep connected… hands-free!

Protective + Protected Eyewear

The large frames and lenses are designed to protect your eyes, and it is itself dust- and water-resistant – rated at IP67.

So you need not worry about taking on the elements with the HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear!

Built-In Speakers + Microphones

Integrated into each temple (the arms that hook into your ears) is a dynamic speaker with a semi-open design, as well as a silicon microphone that is enhanced by AI speech noise reduction technology.

Wireless Charging On-The-Go

The HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear has a small internal battery that lasts up to 2.5 hours of music playback or voice calls.

It recharges wirelessly whenever you slip it back into its case, which has a 2,200 mAh battery built in for up to 8 hours of use.

 

HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear Models

HUAWEI is offering two models initially – Eastmoon and Jackbye. Here is a comparison of the two models :

 

HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear Specifications

And here is how the Eastmoon and Jackbye models compare :

Specifications HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER
Eastmoon-01
HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER
Jackbye-01
Folded Dimensions 152.59 mm wide
56.86 mm tall
29.00 mm thick
155.13 mm wide
58.25 mm tall
29.00 mm thick
Weight 43.2 g 45.6 g
IP Rating IP67
Speaker One dynamic driver unit on each side
Microphone Two silicon microphones on main frame temple support
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Life Standby : 20 hours
Music Playback : 2.5 hours
Voice Call : 2.5 hours
Case Battery 2,200 mAh lithium ion polymer battery

 

HUAWEI X GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear Price + Availability

Both Eastmoon and Jackbye models are available starting 15 November 2019, with the recommended retail price of RM 1,599 / ~US$385 / ~£299 / ~A$566 / ~S$524.

Here are some online purchase links, with prices accurate as of 14 November 2019 :

 

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HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro : What Does This WiFi Router Offer?

The new HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro router promises to offer fast and reliable WiFi coverage both indoors and outdoors that is easily expandable.

Let’s check it out, and find out why WiFi Q2 Pro is a key component of the HUAWEI Smart Life ecosystem!

 

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro Router

HUAWEI has an expanding range of Smart Life devices, which are designed to offer a life of the future at home and at work.

All those capabilities are heavily dependent on those devices being connected to each other. Hence, the lynchpin of the Smart Life ecosystem is the new WiFi Q2 Pro router.

Easy Expansion Of WiFi Range

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro (MY | SG | UK) delivers fast and reliable WiFi connectivity even for the largest office or home, by supporting up to 15 satellite units.

These small satellite units allow you to greatly extend the reach of the WiFi Q2 Pro base unit, both indoors and outdoors. They support both Powerline and WiFi connectivity with the base station, making them virtually wireless!

Best of all, these satellite units are plug-and-play, requiring no extra configuration. They will automatically synchronise the WiFi name and password from the base unit!

200 Mbps From Both Base + Satellite!

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro (MY | SG | UK) delivers 200 Mbps broadband connectivity, like other WiFi-N routers. However, performance usually degrades when you switch to a satellite unit.

That’s not true for the WiFi Q2 Pro’s satellite units, which do not employ the same mesh technology by default, relying instead on faster Gigabit Powerline connectivity.

Specifications HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro A Brand Router N Brand Router
Network Speed
(Base Station)
204 Mbps 204 Mbps 204 Mbps
Network Speed
(Satellite)
201 Mbps 8 Mbps 10 Mbps
Game Delay
(Base Station)
35~50 ms 35~50 ms 35~35 ms
Game Delay
(Satellite)
35~50 ms 50~460 ms 50~460 ms

Seamless Roaming + Wired Connectivity

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro (MY | SG | UK) offers seamless roaming, with band steering capabilities. It will automatically switch you to a different satellite unit or WiFi band as you move around.

And if you need wired connectivity for your gaming computer, TV or NAS, you will be glad to know that every satellite unit has a Gigabit Ethernet port!

Self-Learning Network

According to HUAWEI, the WiFi Q2 Pro (MY | SG | UK) will learn and adapt to the changing Wi-Fi environment every day, and automatically optimise the Wi-Fi channel you’re using in real-time to avoid interference.

Finally, this router will remember your online surfing habits to improve its performance.

 

HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro
WiFi Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2×2 MU-MIMO (1167 Mbps)
LAN Connectivity Base : 2 x Gigabit LAN ports
Satellite : 1 Gigabite LAN port
Backhaul Connectivity 1 Gbps G.hn PLC
Supports HUAWEI PLC Turbo technology
Button + Light H button for one-key / WPS pairing
Reset
button
State indicator light
Router Features 802.11v + 802.11s protocol
PPPoE / DHCP / Static IP Address
Wi-Fi Timer
Guest Wi-Fi
Device speed limiting
Mac Address Filter
Parental Control
VPN Pass-Through
Virtual Server
Security Features Anti-brute force algorithms
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption
Firewall, DMZ, PAP / CHAP
DoS Attack Protection
Voltage Range AC 100~240V
Power Consumption < 24 watts
Base Dimensions 112 mm x 73.3 mm x 183.5 mm
Satellite Dimensions 75 mm x 46.3 mm x 103 mm

 

HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro Price + Deals

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro is available with immediate effect, with this recommended retail price list :

  • WiFi Q2 Pro Kit (with Satellite) : RM 499 / ~US$119 / ~£94 / ~A$176 / ~S$164
  • WiFi Q2 Pro Satellite : RM 169 / ~US$39 / ~£32 / ~A$60 / ~S$55

But for a limited time, HUAWEI will bundle every purchase of the WiFi Q2 Pro kit (which already comes with a satellite unit), with a FREE WiFi Q2 Pro satellite worth RM 169!

Here are some online purchase links, with prices accurate as of 13 November 2019 :

 

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5 Ways How HUAWEI Smart Life Devices Boost Productivity!

HUAWEI Smart Life devices are more than just convenient, they can actually give you a big productivity boost at work!

Find out how to use these HUAWEI Smart Life devices to greatly improve your productivity at work!

 

5 Ways How HUAWEI Smart Life Devices Boost Productivity!

HUAWEI created the Smart Life ecosystem to deliver the life of future, both at home and at work.

Here are five ways to leverage HUAWEI Smart Life devices to greatly improve your productivity!

Tip #1 : Eliminate All Dead Zones!

Digital natives are no longer chained to their desks, and the modern office offers a variety of working and collaboration spaces for people to work more effectively.

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro is designed to offer fast, reliable WiFi connectivity indoors and outdoors, even for the largest workspace! Just add satellite units whenever you need greater reach, without messy cables or setting up!

Thanks to its seamless roaming capability and automatic channel optimisations – it will intelligently switch WiFi channels and hotspots to ensure you get the best possible connectivity, even as you move about!

All you have to do is focus on your work. No matter where you go, the Q2 Pro will ensure you have the best possible connectivity!

Tip #2 : Easy Transfers For Quick Work!

Smartphones are great because they are always connected to the Internet, but they are not always the best platform to do serious work.

That’s where the HUAWEI Multi-Screen Collaboration feature comes in – it lets you get work done on both the Matebook 13 laptop and the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro smartphone simultaneously!

And with One Tap to Share technology, you can easily transfer files between your smartphone and the laptop with a simple drag-and-drop motion! Now that is truly how things should work in the life of the future!

Tip #3 : Tune Out The Noise!

One of the biggest problems people face at work is noise. Whether it’s from your colleagues’ keyboards, or their chit-chats, noise can really be distracting and even stressful.

But thanks to the HUAWEI Freebuds 3, you can literally tune out the noise with its Active Noise Cancellation technology. And if you need to call someone in a noisy environment, its Bone Sensor picks up your voice for clear conversations!

Tip #4 : Stay Healthy!

It is important to stay healthy, to maximise your productivity. That’s why the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 will remind you to stand up and move around, so you don’t sit down for hours on end.

It even monitors your stress levels and blood pressure, and suggest breathing exercises to calm you down and lower your stress levels!

Because it has a 14-day battery life, you should wear it to sleep, so it can help to monitor your sleep patterns, and ensure you stay healthy 24/7.

It is also important to take good care of your eyes. The HUAWEI Matebook 13 comes with an Eye Comfort Mode that is designed to protect your retina and avoid eyestrain. This lets you work in optimal comfort for as long as you like!

Tip #5 : Keep Your Hands Free!

One way to greatly improve productivity is to leverage the advanced capabilities of HUAWEI Smart Life devices to keep both of your hands free!

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 and the HUAWEI x Gentle Monster Eyewear let you make and receive calls, letting you continue working even as you talk.

In addition to letting you make and receive calls, the HUAWEI Freebuds 3 can recognise your speech, and activate the Smart Assistant app for hands-free capabilities.

 

HUAWEI Smart Life Devices : More Information

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Netflix Teases Sex Education Season 2 : Video + Pictures!

Netflix just released a video trailer, six teaser photos and some plot teasers of Sex Education Season 2! Here are the full details!

 

Sex Education

In Sex Education, Otis Milburn is a socially awkward high school student who is the son of a sex therapist – Jean.

In Season 1, Otis and his friend, Maeve Wiley, set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice.

 

Sex Education Season 2

Netflix announced that Sex Education will return with 8 new episodes in 2020, directed by Ben Taylor, Alice Seabright and Sophie Goodhart.

In Sex Education Season 2, Otis must master his newly-discovered sexual urges to progress with his girlfriend, Ola… while handling his strained relationship with Maeve.

Meanwhile, a Chlamydia outbreak hits Moordale Secondary, highlighting the need for better sex education and the new kids who are challenging the status quo at the school.

Here are some teasers of the plot in Sex Education Season 2 :

  • Maeve and Aimee’s BFF relationship is stronger than ever since Aimee ditched ‘the Untouchables’.

  • Eric notices his new-found self-confidence attracting unfamiliar kinds of attention.

  • Adam is at military school, still conflicted by his feelings for Eric.

  • Lily has hit pause on her sexual endeavours to focus on her creative talents and finds a new found friend in Ola.

  • Jackson is forced to flex his mental rather than physical muscle and is still buckling under the pressure from his parents to succeed.

  • Jean and Jakob’s relationship is discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family. Jean forms an unlikely connection with Mrs Groff and a friendship between the two women begins to form.

 

Sex Education Season 2 Photos

Netflix also shared with us six photos from Season 2 of Sex Education :

 

Sex Education Season 2 Success Critical For Netflix

Netflix is counting on their original series like Sex Education to stave off the exodus when Disney Plus launches later today, and HBO Max comes online.

Sex Education Season 1 was a success for Netflix, and they are counting on Season 2 to keep subscribers from quitting their service.

Will it work? Or will subscribers decide that Disney+ at half the price of their Netflix subscription is a better bet? We will soon find out!

 

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Experience Life of the Future with HUAWEI Smart Life Devices!

HUAWEI is more than just a smartphone manufacturer. They have a veritable ecosystem of smart devices, which they call HUAWEI Smart Life.

Find out how to use these HUAWEI Smart Life devices to enjoy a life of the future!

 

Experience Life of the Future with HUAWEI Smart Life Devices!

Life like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get!

Your flight may get delayed. An idyllic vacation may turn out to be an utter bore. Your boss may suddenly send some urgent work that needs your input.

But digital natives can now leverage HUAWEI Smart Life devices to tackle these challenges for a stress-free life of the future!

Recommended : 5 Ways How HUAWEI Smart Life Devices Boost Productivity!

Tip #1 : Stuck Somewhere? Transport Yourself Away!

If your flight or train ride gets delayed, or you are stuck in a long line, whip out your smartphone for some mobile gaming!

Stop fretting about the delay, and channel your frustrations into finishing off your virtual enemies!

It helps that HUAWEI smartphones are not only powerful gaming devices, they have long battery life for hours of mobile gaming!

In addition, the new HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro come with two virtual buttons on the edge of the screen – one on each side.

Use these buttons to gain an advantage over your opponents – move, scope, aim and shoot at the same time! Nothing beats stress more than winning a game!

Tip #2 : Staying Connected With Two Free Hands

The new HUAWEI x Gentle Monster Eyewear not only look great, they let you pick up calls and stay connected, and enjoy music on-the-go!

Best of all, you can do all that while keeping both hands free!

Tip #3 : Stay Healthy + Sweat It Out!

The life of the future does not mean getting stuck in faceless cubicles for hours on end. Being digitally connected means you get to break out of the office!

For digital natives, results matter more than physical presence. Take time off to sweat it out for a healthier and less stressful life!

Use the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 to monitor your heart rate, and keep track of your jog or swim. It will help to keep you in tip-top shape!

Don’t forget to slip on the HUAWEI x Gentle Monster Eyewear so you can listen to music and chat with your friends, while you burn off the calories!

Tip #4 : Tune Out The Noise!

One of the biggest problems people face, whether at work or at play, is noise. It can really get on your nerves and ruin a great day.

But thanks to the HUAWEI Freebuds 3, you can literally tune out the noise with its Active Noise Cancellation technology. And if you need to call someone, its Bone Sensor picks up your voice for clear conversations!

Tip #5 : Easy Transfers For Quick Work!

Smartphones are great because they are always connected to the Internet, but it’s not always the best platform to do serious work.

That’s where the HUAWEI Multi-Screen Collaboration feature comes in – it lets you get work done on both the Matebook 13 laptop and the smartphone simultaneously!

And with One Tap to Share technology, you can easily transfer files between your smartphone and the laptop with a simple drag-and-drop motion! Now that is truly how things should work in the life of the future!

Tip #6 : Stay Connected Indoors + Outdoors!

Digital natives get agitated whenever we lose access to the Internet. So it is critical for many people that the WiFi connectivity should not only be fast, it should be stable and reliable.

The HUAWEI WiFi Q2 Pro is a great way of delivering fast, reliable WiFi connectivity indoors and outdoors, even through large buildings. Just add satellite units to extend coverage!

Best of all – it will intelligently switch WiFi channels and hotspots to ensure you get the best possible connectivity, even as you move about!

 

HUAWEI Smart Life Devices : More Information

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The Present with Jun-myeon Kim, Seul-ki Kim + Su-bin Yoo!

Samsung just released The Present – a short film featuring Jun-myeon Kim (EXO’s Suho), Seul-ki Kim and Su-bin Yoo! Here is the short film in its entirety!

 

The Present with Jun-myeon Kim, Seul-ki Kim + Su-bin Yoo!

Inspired by Samsung’s corporate citizenship vision of Enabling People through themes of determination, entrepreneurship and collaboration, it stars Ha-kyun Shin as Sang-gu, a man who time-travels to present-day Seoul from 1969.

Sang-gu meets young entrepreneurs Ha-neul (Jun-myeon Kim, aka EXO’s Suho), Bo-ra (Seul-ki Kim) and Young-bok (Su-bin Yoo) and ends up helping them as they work to create a thermal imaging camera to use in fire and rescue operations.

“I wanted the film to be entertaining,” noted Director Jin-ho Hur, chiefly known for his work in the melodrama genre, “but I also wanted to accurately capture all the joys and sorrows faced by today’s young people as they go about launching their own business endeavors.”

 

The Present Highlights Samsung Corporate Vision + Ventures

The film is more than just entertainment. It both highlights Samsung’s corporate vision, as well as two key Samsung ventures :

  • Samsung’s venture acceleration program C-Lab Outside, which supports young Korean startups by facilitating optimal environments for them to grow and create new value.
  • Samsung’s IGNIS Thermal Imaging Camera, developed by C-Lab, their in-house corporate incubation program to help firefighters in prevention and rescue activities.

“We hope that ‘The Present’ will encourage young adults who are working hard to keep pursuing their dreams,” said Jae-woong Jeong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Corporate Communications Team, “and that the film will convey to audiences Samsung’s citizenship vision of Enabling People, which itself reflects the company’s commitment to helping fulfill the innate potential of each and every individual.”

 

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Edifier W860NB Colour Comparison : Black vs. Gold!

We managed to get our hands on the award-winning Edifier W860NB Bluetooth ANC headphones in both the regular Black colour, and the more exclusive Gold edition.

Check out our colour comparison of the Black and Gold colours, and let us know which you prefer!

 

The Edifier W860NB ANC Bluetooth Headphones

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.

The Edifier W860NB is one of the few affordable Bluetooth headphones with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) capability.

Turning on its ANC feature literally “erases” ambient noise, letting you listen to music or the conversation in a movie without turning up the volume!

 

Edifier W860NB Specifications

The Edifier W860NB in both Black and Gold colour options have the same specifications :

Specifications Edifier W860NB
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 4.1
Wired : 3.5 mm audio cable
Touch Controls Skip Forward / Backwards
Volume Increase / Decrease
Pause / Resume Track or Call
NFC Support Yes
Bluetooth Capabilities Bluetooth 4.1 with support for :
– Qualcomm aptX
– A2DP SBC (sub-band coding)
Bluetooth Range 10 meters / 30 feet
Audio Drivers 40 mm Neodymium drivers with titanium dome diaphragms
Impedence 32 Ohms
Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Battery 1,400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Rated Battery Life Standby : 1,500 hours
Music without ANC : 45 hours
Music with ANC : 25 hours
Rated Charging Time 4 hours @ 5 watt USB

 

Edifier W860NB Colour Comparison

Let’s take a close look at both Black and Gold colour options, and compare them side-by-side :

Now that you have seen both Edifier W860NB models side-by-side, which colour do YOU prefer? Black or Gold?

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Edifier W860NB Black + Gold Colour Purchase Options

The Edifier W860NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

Country Edifier W860NB
Black Edition
Edifier W860NB
Gold Edition
Malaysia RM 499 (Lazada)
RM 499
(Shopee)
RM 499 (Lazada)
RM 499 (Shopee)
Singapore S$278 S$278
United States $119.99 $119.99
United Kingdom £212.40 £204.56
Australia A$189.99 A$189.99

 

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Netflix Introduces RM 17 (US$4) Mobile-Only Plan In Malaysia!

Netflix just announced a special new RM 17 (US$4) mobile-only streaming plan for Malaysia!

Here is everything you need to know about this highly-affordable Netflix Mobile plan, and whether it’s worth the dough!

 

RM 17 Netflix Mobile Streaming Plan For Malaysia!

The new highly-affordable RM 17 Netflix mobile streaming plan is designed for individual users who consume content mainly on their smartphone or tablet.

For just RM 17 per month, the new Netflix Mobile plan allows you to watch all of Netflix’s content in standard definition (SD) on one smartphone or tablet at a time.

Netflix Mobile users will have access to both local and international content, as well as Parental Controls, Smart Downloads, adaptive UI and social media sharing.

With this new plan, Malaysians now have four different plans to choose from :

 

Netflix Mobile : How To Sign Up!

Signing up for this new streaming plan is simple :

  1. Download the Netflix app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit www.netflix.com
  2. Register and log into the Netflix app, or your Netflix account.
  3. Select the Netflix Mobile plan for RM 17 per month.

 

Sharing Is A Better Option Than Netflix Mobile

While the new mobile plan is cheap, it is actually smarter and cheaper to share.

If you have a friend or family member who wants to watch Netflix too, opt for the Standard plan at RM 42 per month. Both of you can watch better HD quality video at the same time, for just RM 21 per person, per month.

The best option though is to share the Premium plan with three other friends or family members. It lets all four of you watch up to 4K videos at the same time, for just RM 12.75 per month, per person!

 

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The New Bosch Tronic Instant Water Heaters Revealed!

Bosch Thermotechnology today unveiled the new Bosch Tronic series of instant water heaters!

Here is everything you need to know about these new power showers from Bosch!

 

Bosch Tronic Instant Water Heaters

Malaysia is the first country in Southeast Asia, where Bosch is introducing their new Bosch Tronic series of instant water heaters.

They consist of three models, with different features at different price points – the basic Bosch Tronic 3000 S, the advanced Bosch Tronic 6000 S, and the premium Bosch Tronic 8000 S.

 

Bosch Tronic 3000 S Instant Water Heater

The Bosch Tronic 3000 S has a 3.8 kW heating capacity, and turns on or off using a touch button. When it turns on, it automatically performs a self-check and lets you know that it is safe to use.

Setting the heating power is easy using a simple rotary knob, with an LED ring display as a guide. And the shower head comes with a 3-step adjustable spray pattern.

The entire unit is IP25 splash-proof, and is protected by a built-in Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB).

 

Bosch Tronic 6000 S Instant Water Heater

The Bosch Tronic 6000 S uses a knob control as well, but with an LED display to show you the set water temperature in Celsius.

It ups the ante with a built-in DC inverter pump that is barely audible at 55 dB, as well as thermostatic control to prevent changes in water temperature as you turn the unit on and off during your shower.

Like the Tronic 3000 S, it is also IP25 splash-proof, and comes with built-in RCCB. In addition, it comes with a premium shower head set, with adjustable spray patterns.

 

Bosch Tronic 8000 S Instant Water Heater

The Bosch Tronic 8000 S is the premium model, offering everything the Tronic 6000 S and Tronic 3000 S has, and then some.

Instead of knob controls, it boasts fully-digital touch controls, with the ability to pre-set and choose up to three different temperature settings in an instant.

Like the Tronic 6000 S, it has a quiet built-in DC pump, as well as thermostatic control to ensure the water temperature remains stable even as you turn the unit on and off during your shower.

For added luxury, you can opt for an optional rain shower head.

 

Bosch Tronic Price + Availability

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These Bosch instant water heaters are available with immediate effect at these recommended retail price points :

All three models will come with a 2-year warranty of general parts, a 5-year warranty for heating and DC pump, and a 10-year warrant against tank leakage.

 

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100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 Price + Offer Analysed!

ViewQwest just launched their Freedom 100 broadband plan, offering 100Mbps download speeds with a FREE static IP!

Here is everything you need to know about the new 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 broadband plan!

 

The 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 Plan

The new ViewQwest 100Mbps plan is called Freedom 100, and comes with not just a FREE static IP address, but also proprietary ViewQwest services, including latency-based routing and a promise not to engage or enforce a Fair Usage Policy.

In other words, ViewQwest is committed to their policy of restricting Internet usage in any way, through network shaping, bandwidth caps, or strict data traffic management policies.

The free static IP will be useful for those who want to run their own personal server or NAS at home, as well as making it easier for home owners to access their CCTV networks remotely.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 – One 100Mbps Plan, Four Prices

ViewQwest offers a single Freedom 100 plan, with 100Mbps of download speed and 50Mbps of upload speed.

However, they will be offering it at four different price points, based on your selection of router and contract length.

  • ASUS AC1200G+ router with 24 months contract : RM 138 per month
  • ASUS AC1200G+ router with 36 months contract : RM 128 per month
  • ASUS Lyra Trio routers (2 units) with 24 months contract : RM 158 per month
  • ASUS Lyra Trio routers (2 units) with 36 months contract : RM 148 per month

To promote the new Freedom 100 plan, ViewQuest is offering three free months after the contract ends.

What this means is – you will pay the full monthly price for the length of your 24- or 36-month contract. After that ends, you will receive 3 additional months of broadband for free.

If any ViewQwest representative quotes you lower prices of RM 118, RM 123, RM 137 or RM 140, that is because they are factoring in those 3 free months.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 – Our Analysis

The ViewQwest Freedom 100 is certainly an interesting proposition, offering a better deal than even Maxis FibreNation plans… but only if you opt for the 36 month plan and/or the mesh Wi-Fi routers option.

With Wi-Fi Router

With a 24-month contract, MaxisONE Home Fibre is actually cheaper. Going with a 36-month contract shaves off just RM 1 per month… or a princely RM 24 after 2 years.

With Wi-Fi Router Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 129 RM 3,096
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 138 RM 3,312
36 Months RM 128 RM 3,072

If we take into account the free 3 months, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 is now cheaper by RM 6.33 per month with a 24 month contract, and a more significant RM 10.85 per month with a 36 month contract.

With Wi-Fi Router Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 129 RM 3,096
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 122.67 RM 2,944
36 Months RM 118.15 RM 2,835.60

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

If you opt for the mesh Wi-Fi routers option, ViewQwest is still slightly more expensive with a 24-month contract.

But ViewQwest has a better deal, because their ASUS Lyra Trio routers cost more than twice as much as the AIRTIES Air4830 routers Maxis uses.

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 154 RM 3,696
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 158 RM 3,792
36 Months RM 148 RM 3,552

Again, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 plan is only cheaper than MaxisONE Home Fibre when you sign up for the 36-month contract.

That saves you RM 6 per month, or RM 144 after two years. But again, it gets you a better pair of ASUS Lyra Trio routers.

If we take into account the free 3 months, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 is now cheaper by RM 13.56 per month with a 24 month contract, and a very significant RM 17.38 per month with a 36 month contract.

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 154 RM 3,696
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 140.44 RM 3,370.67
36 Months RM 136.62 RM 3,278.77

So if you want to use a mesh Wi-Fi network, it would make sense to choose ViewQwest over MaxisONE Home Fibre, and it would be better to opt for the 36 month contract.

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What About The Static IP?

The static IP is a bonus for those with home servers, NAS or CCTV systems, but nowhere worth the ridiculous RM 200 price they quoted.

Especially when you can get free dynamic DNS services online.

Are They Making Extra Off The Mesh Routers?

We did a quick check on the cost of the two router options, because despite what they tell you – the routers are not free. Their cost is just amortised across the contract period.

Router Retail Price Price / 24 Months Price / 36 Months
ASUS AC1200G+ RM 232 RM 9.70 RM 6.40
ASUS Lyra Trio (2 Units) RM 875 RM 34.50 RM 24.30
Difference + RM 643 + RM 24.80 + RM 17.90

As our comparison shows, they are passing along the cost of the router if you opt for the Lyra Trio mesh routers. So they are on the level in this respect.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 Availability

The 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 plan is available with immediate effect. However, ViewQwest has limited coverage area.

They will begin rolling out their broadband services in the Klang Valley and Johor Bahru, with other cities and areas planned across these two years.

 

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Acer C250i Portable Projector with Auto-Portrait Revealed!

At IFA 2019 in Berlin, Acer unveiled their C250i portable projector that boasts the world’s first auto-portrait mode!

Here is everything we know so far about the Acer C250i portable projector!

 

The 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.

Acer C250i 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.

Acer C250i Performance

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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.

Acer C250i 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 Price + Availability

The Acer C250i portable projector will be available for sale in January 2020, with these recommended retail prices :

  • EMEA : €539
  • North America : USD 489
  • China : RMB 3,299

 

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HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC Details Revealed!

At the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Guangzhou, HONOR President George Zhao unveiled the Honghu 818 display SoC.

Here is everything you need to know about the HONOR Honghu 818 display SoC, which promises to deliver superior images and sound quality for smart displays!

 

The HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC

The HONOR Honghu 818 was developed by the Hisilicon research and development team over a period of 5-years. It is their first intelligent display SoC to be made available globally.

Quad-Core CPU + Quad-Core GPU

While many media reported that the Honghu 818 has an octa-core processor, they would be wrong.

The Honghu 818 has a quad-core processor, and a quad-core GPU; but in this case 4+4 really does not equal 8…

To be specific, its CPU has two ARM Cortex-A73 high-performance cores, and two ARM Cortex-A53 low-power cores. Its ARM Mali-G51 GPU, on the other hand, has four cores.

This means it is far less powerful than Hisilicon’s flagship Kirin 980 or Kirin 970 mobile SoCs or even mid-range mobile SoCs like the Kirin 650.

However, HONOR says that it is more than capable of handling heavy image processing on large displays, as well as other tasks, at the same time.

In fact, they claim that this octa-core processor’s “bandwidth utilisation rate” leads the industry by “over 50% on average”.

Recommended : The Official HUAWEI Kirin 980 Tech Briefing + Demos!

Honghu 818 Image Processing Technologies

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Its image processing engine boasts these seven image processing technologies :

  • Motion Estimate and Motion Compensation (MEMC)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
  • Super Resolution (SR)
  • Noise Reduction (NR)
  • Dynamic Contrast Improvement (DCI)
  • Auto Colour Management (ACM)
  • Local Dimming (LD)

Those algorithms lets the Honghu 818 enhance and optimise image resolution, contrast and colour performance of the display.

Histen Audio Technology

The HUAWEI Histen audio technology optimises sound quality in four aspects :

  • ultra-wide sound field
  • transient intermodulation distortion
  • sound equalization, and
  • intelligent bass.

This allows the smart display to deliver a great audio experience without using a separate audio chip.

Honghu 818 Multimedia Decoding Capabilities

The Honghu 818 has a built-in multimedia decoder that supports hardware decoding of up to 8K video at 30 fps, or 4K video at 120 fps.

According to HONOR, the Honghu 818 can open a H.265-encoded 4K video in just 1.3 seconds, while its rivals take almost twice as long.

It can also decode images of up to 64 megapixels in resolution, which is greater than the highest-resolution DSLR cameras (Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R), and certainly much greater than any smartphone camera.

 

The First Honghu 818 Powered Display

HONOR said that they will be launching the HONOR Vision TV, which will be the first display powered by the Honghu 818. This 55-inch smart TV will also come with a smart pop-up camera.

 

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The Wall From Samsung Is 2019 Display Of The Year!

Samsung’s modular MicroLED display – The Wall – just won the 2019 Display of the Year award! Find out why The Wall is considered the best TV display of 2019!

The Wall From Samsung Is 2019 Display Of The Year!

Samsung just scored big time with The Wall, its modular MicroLED display. The Society for Information Display (SID) just named it the 2019 Display of the Year!

The Society for Information Display presents Display Industry Awards in just three categories every year :

  • Display of the Year
  • Display application of the Year
  • Display component of the Year

The greatly-coveted 2019 Display of the Year award is always awarded to “innovative display products, components and applications that holds the most promise for the future of the display industry.

The 2019 Display of the Year award was presented to Stephen Choi, Samsung’s Vice President and Head of the North American Display Office on Wednesday, 15 May during Display Week 2019.

 

The Wall, A MicroLED Display from Samsung

The Wall is a large format modular display based on the new MicroLED technology – the latest display technology to be commercialized in over 10 years.

MicroLED delivers rich, natural colours for a mesmerising display compared to the traditional TV displays. The Wall’s slim, bezel-less infinity design and modular build allows the display to blend into its surroundings with a décor frame that can be customised.

It is also really thin, making it look sleek from every angle and suitable for commercial or home living space.

 

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The 2019 Mi Smart Home Deals by Xiaomi Malaysia Revealed!

Xiaomi Malaysia just shared with us details of their 2019 Mi Smart Home deals! There are, not one, but TWO great deals to help you upgrade your home!

 

The Mi Smart Home Devices by Xiaomi

Xiaomi does not just make great smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 or the Mi A2. They also make really good smart home devices.

In fact, they are steadily expanding their range of smart home devices, covering everything from kitchen appliances to personal health devices!

Amongst their more famous smart home devices are their Mi Box, Mi Air Purifier, Mi Router and Mi Scale.

But did you know that they have many more smart home devices like the Mi LED Smart Bulb, the Mi Home Security Camera, Mi Smart Kettle, Mi Robot Vacuum, and so on?

 

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Deals by Xiaomi Malaysia

To spur the development of smart homes, Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering two 2019 Mi Smart Home deals :

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Standard Package

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Standard Package consists of :

  • One Mi Smart Sensor Set worth RM 329
  • Two Mi LED Smart Bulbs worth RM 99 each
  • One Mi Home Security Camera 360 1080P worth RM 159

The SRP of this package is RM 686, but Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering it at just RM 599a RM 87 or 13% discount!

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Premium Package

The 2019 Mi Smart Home Premium Package consists of :

  • One Mi Smart Sensor Set worth RM 329
  • Two Mi LED Smart Bulbs worth RM 99 each
  • One Mi Home Security Camera 360 1080P worth RM 159
  • Two Mi Bedside Lamps worth RM 398
  • One Mi Smart Kettle worth RM 179
  • Two Mi Ceiling Lights worth RM 678
  • One Mi Robot Vacuum worth RM 1,199

The SRP of this package is RM 2,981, but Xiaomi Malaysia is now offering it at just RM 2,799a RM 182 or 6% discount!

Alternatively, you can buy these smart home devices separately :

 

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Learn How To Share Netflix Titles On Instagram Stories!

DYKT you can share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories on both iPhone and Android smartphones? Here is how to do it on both platforms!

 

Sharing Netflix Titles On Instagram Stories

Netflix first announced the capability to share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories on 22 January 2019, but it was limited to their iPhone app.

That changed on 16 May 2019, when they finally released the same capability on their Android app.

Here is how you can share Netflix titles on Instagram Stories using these platforms :

Apple iPhone

The current Netflix iPhone app has an Instagram Stories share link. With this new feature, you can :

  1. Select a Netflix title you want to share
  2. Add the Netflix title’s custom art
  3. Share it to Instagram Stories, or to your friends as a direct message

The Instagram story remains visible for 24 hours, and provides a “Watch On Netflix” link back to the title page within the Netflix app.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch. We hope our members enjoy this new feature!” said Leigh Wong Netflix’s Head of Communications for Southeast Asia.

Android Smartphones

The latest Netflix Android app will have a new Instagram Stories share link.

  1. Select a Netflix title you want to share
  2. You can personalise the default art further to add captions, stickers, and more
  3. Share it to Instagram Stories, or to your friends as a direct message

“Sharing to Instagram Stories is now on all Android phones. You can share the shows and films you’re in love with directly from the Netflix app to your followers. Pop in a quiz for your friends to guess your favourite character from a show. Or a GIF to reflect your mood after a movie. It’s all part of what we’re doing to make it fun and easy to share what you’re watching, and help your friends find something new to watch.” said Netflix

 

Snapchat Sharing Coming Soon!

Netflix will also be adding Snapchat sharing to both iPhone and Android apps later this year.

 

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The 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TV Price List + Promotions Revealed!

Samsung just revealed four new 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TV families, including a massive 98-inch Samsung QLED 8K TV, and a new Harman Kardon soundbar to pair them with!

Here are details of the new 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TV models, as well as their official price list and promotions!

 

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K + 4K TV Models

Headlining the new 2019 QLED 8K family is the new 98-inch Samsung QA900R QLED 8K TV – their largest 8K TV ever.

Samsung Quantum Processor

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K TVs are the first to feature a Quantum Processor, which uses AI algorithms to automatically upscale your original content format into 8K quality. This allows you to experience all your favourite old shows in the 8K resolution!

Ultra Viewing Angle + Direct Full Array

The 2019 Samsung QLED TVs get rid of glare and reflections with the Ultra Viewing Angle technology, an improved panel structure, as well as the new screen calibration algorithms. They also deliver better blacks, with Direct Full Array technology.

On top of that, they now come with a built-in light control sensor, which automatically adjusts the display brightness to suit the ambient conditions of the room. Now that’s a really smart TV!

HDR10+ Support

With HDR10+ support, the bright scenes will appear brighter and the dark scenes darker. With greater contrast, your movies will appear as what their directors intended.

Samsung Magic Screen

The 2019 Samsung QLED TV range supports the Samsung Magic Screen feature, which lets users personalise their TV screen with themes, photos, and useful information.

It can even be used to mimic the look of your wall, or play your favourite music when it is not in use!

The 2019 Samsung QLED 8K + 4K TV Price List + Promotions

Samsung is celebrating the launch of their 2019 QLED TVs with a roadshow and promotions at Centre Court, Mid Valley from the 8th till 12th May 2019. Here is the official price list and promotion :

Model No Size Recommended Retail Price Promotion
Samsung QA900R
8K Smart QLED TV
98” RM 299,999 NA
82” RM 99,999 NA
75” RM 59,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA90R
4K Smart QLED TV
75” RM 29,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
65” RM 18,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA75R
4K Smart QLED TV
75” RM 19,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
65” RM 13,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
55” RM 7,999 2 + 3 Years Extended Warranty
Samsung QA60R
4K Smart QLED TV
82” RM 19,999 FREE 1 unit x Samsung Galaxy S10E worth RM 2,699
75” RM 13,999 FREE 1 unit x Samsung Galaxy A50 worth RM 1,199
65” RM 8,999 FREE 1 unit x  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 worth RM 659
55” RM 6,499 FREE 1 unit x  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 worth RM 659
49” RM 4,999 Promotional price at RM 3,499
Soundbar N950 with Harman Kardon RM 6,499 Promotional price at RM 3,999 with any Samsung TV purchase

All models mentioned above are available for purchase with immediate effect.

 

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iflix-Media Prima Partnership Boosts Local Content!

Get ready to be entertained! The iflix-Media Prima partnership is set to boost local content offering in Malaysia!

 

iflix-Media Prima Partnership To Boost Local Content Offering!

iflix announced its latest partnership with local media company Media Prima to boost local content!

Through this partnership, iflix will stream Media Prima’s content a mere one hour after the latter’s screening on its own platform. This will give iflix about 1,000 hours of Media Prima’s past content in the form of a separate Tonton channel on iflix.

 

The iflix-Media Prima Partnership Expands Viewership

This partnership will enable Media Prima to increase its reach all over the country, as its content is screened on iflixFREE, iflix‘s ad-supported tier.

 

New Content And Drama productions Coming Soon!

Both companies worked together before on the hit local drama Nur 2 through Primeworks Studios.

And soon it will include plans for new content and more drama co-productions through the iflix-Media Prima partnership.

 “This alliance is a significant milestone and another considerable boost to iflix’s local content offering. Over the past three months, we have accelerated the pivot away from Western towards local and regional programming, to deliver the most relevant and compelling content to users in our territories for free.” said Mark Britt, iflix Co-Founder and Group CEO.

 

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The 2019 Fibrenation Plans + Devices From Maxis Revealed!

It has arrived! The 2019 Maxis Fibrenation plans and devices have just been announced for both homes and businesses!

Here is our primer on the 2019 Maxis Fibrenation plans and devices!

 

The 2019 Maxis Fibrenation Plans

Maxis just introduced three new 2019 Fibrenation packages for high-speed Internet at home :

  • 300 Mbps – RM 149 per month
  • 500 Mbps – RM 219 per month
  • 800 Mbps – RM 299 per month

Businesses also get the option to subscribe to the three higher speeds, at higher price points :

  • 300 Mbps – RM 199 per month
  • 500 Mbps – RM 269 per month
  • 800 Mbps – RM 349 per month

The 2019 Fibrenation Mesh WiFi Devices

All the existing and new plans are made to be paired with a mesh WiFi device, which improves coverage and amplifies WiFi signals in every home or office.

The mesh network is scalable, so you can keep adding as many mesh WiFi devices as you want to it!

  • The 500Mbps and 800Mbps home fibre plans will come with two FREE mesh WiFi devices!
  • All 2019 Fibrenation plans for businesses will come with two FREE mesh WiFi devices, as well as FREE Internet Security protection.

Every home and business customer will also enjoy FREE installation by Maxperts who will make sure that the WiFi system is optimally set up. Sounds like a good deal right?

The Maxis ONEBusiness Voice Plan

Maxis also introduced ONEBusiness Voice, which is a plan that converts businesses’ fixed voice services to a cloud-based multi-line IP voice service.

This package offers an affordable voice package with FREE calls and FREE hardware (bundled analog telephone adapter and office phone).

Companies can save up to 40% on office phone bills and reduce costs of hardware such as PABX with this Maxis ONEBusiness Voice plan.

 

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A Sneak Peek At The Sony PlayStation 5 Console!

Console gamers rejoice! Sony has just given us some details of the PlayStation 5! Here is a sneak peek of its key specifications… and what’s powering Sony’s next-generation console!

 

The Sony PlayStation 5

As the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) nears the end of its lifecycle since its release back in 2013, gamers the world over have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of its successor.

Sony was obviously working on a new gaming console to replace the PS4, but they have just confirmed that it will be coming soon.

Although it has yet to be officially named, gamers are already calling it the PlayStation 5… which makes sense unless Sony wants to skip a number (or a couple) like Apple, and call it the PlayStation X!

Sony Lead Architect Mark Cerny shared this exciting news with Wired magazine during a meeting which included a practical demo of the internal components of the Sony PlayStation 5, or officially … the next-generation Sony gaming console.

He emphasised how the next-generation Sony PlayStation will be a leap forward in Sony’s gaming technology, and not just a variant of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Could this mean Sony is planning to actually skip a few numbers and call it the PlayStation X, instead of the PlayStation 5?

 

The Sony PlayStation 5 Specifications + Features

Here is what we know about the next-gen Sony gaming console, the erstwhile Sony PlayStation 5 :

High-Speed Solid State Drive (SSD)

The PlayStation 5 will use a high-speed SSD that Sony claims is 19X faster than a traditional SSD.

They did not specify the SSD they will use, but it will likely be two SSDs in RAID 0. Even multiple SSDs in RAID 0 like what WD did to create an 8TB SSD that was as fast as DDR4 memory!

The use of a fast SSD RAID array will be most welcomed, as it will allow for very fast loading of games that are already humongous in size!

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Customised AMD Navi GPU!

This is big news! Sony will use a customised GPU based on the upcoming AMD Navi architecture.

This next-generation AMD Radeon GPU will support for real-time ray tracing, so watch out for really awesome graphics!

8 Core AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU!

Powering the PlayStation 5 will be the upcoming AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU, with 8 cores based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it will offer greatly improved performance with lower power consumption.

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor will also deliver virtual 3D audio without the need for a separate audio chip or extra speakers!

PlayStation 5 Compatibility With PS4 + PSVR

Another bit of welcomed news. The PlayStation 5 will be able to support and play PS4 and PSVR (PlayStation VR) games.

On top of that, it will not just support download only PS4 and PSVR games. It will support physical media as well.

8K TV Support

The Sony PlayStation 5 will support 8K TVs, so that when you upgrade your TV, it is ready to deliver 8K content right away!

 

Sony PlayStation 5 Price And Release Date

With such advanced features, it is expected that the suggested retail price will be in the region of US$ 500, or about £385 / €445 / RM 2,000.

Now the bad news – while they have already confirmed much of its hardware specifications, the PlayStation 5 will NOT be making its arrival this year.

Sony declined to give an indicative launch date, but industry experts predict that Sony will launch it either in 2020 or 2021, most probably before their rival, Microsoft, releases the next Xbox gaming console.

But if you are itching for something new, Atari will soon be unveiling the Atari VCS, which is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen R1000 APU!

 

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New Bose Concept Store @ 1 Utama Launched By Noriko!

There is a new Bose Concept Store in Malaysia, and it’s located in 1 Utama Shopping Centre! Check out the launch event video, and store walkthrough!

 

The New Bose Concept Store @ 1 Utama

The new Concept Store is located in the 1 Utama Shopping Centre – one of Malaysia’s largest malls. It provides a new convenient location to try out and purchase original Bose products in the Klang Valley.

The 916 square feet Concept Store boasts a Demo Room, where customers can enjoy the full Bose experience, as well as a complete range of Bose audio solutions.

 

Bose Concept Store Location

Location : S336, Second Floor, 1 Utama New Wing
Contact Number : 03-7625-4378

 

Bose Frames, Wellness + Wearables

At the launch event, Christian Rojas, Market Development Leader of Bose Southeast Asia & Korea, also revealed that they will be introducing new Bose Wellness and Wearables products. This includes their Bose Frames eyewear, and Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds.

 

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Noriko Sdn Bhd is a Thakral Group company, and an authorised premium reseller for Bose.

 

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A Broken Crayon – From Accident To Ironman In 6 Months!

iflix just announced A Broken Crayon – an inspirational documentary about Azran Osman-Rani’s gruelling recovery from a major accident to rejoining the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in less than six months!

 

A Broken Crayon – From Accident To Ironman In 6 Months!

On 27 May 2018, Azran Osman-Rani was on a routine training ride in Kuala Lumpur, when he was hit by a car.

Badly injured with multiple broken bones and a haematoma, he was expected to undergo months of physiotherapy before he could think about returning to triathlon competitions.

Yet, he underwent a gruelling intensive recovery process to make a triumphant return to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships… all in less than six months after his accident!

A Broken Crayon chronicles interviews of the first responders, Azran’s wife Azreen Osman-Rani and the specialists who treated him, as well as commentary from Azran himself.

It will premiere exclusively on iflixFERE and iflixVIP on 11 April 2019, so make sure you check it out!

The permanent scars all over my body from this accident remind me every day of the physical pain and mental anguish I went through from this ordeal and the difficult recovery process,” said Azran.

“But this documentary reminds me that no matter how tough things were, I pulled through, inch by inch, and got back up. And that I did it only with tremendous support from so many amazing people. I hope this helps to inspire others that life isn’t about avoiding risks but living it fully even if it means getting knocked down hard but learning how to get back up every time,” he said.

 

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Four 2019 Sony TV Technologies Explained + Demonstrated!

At the recent 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase, Sony explained and demonstrated four new 2019 Sony TV technologies, as well as a new 2-way stand for the Sony BRAVIA A8G OLED TV.

Let’s take a look at those four new 2019 Sony TV technologies, and find out how they will impact your viewing experience!

 

The Four 2019 Sony TV Technologies Explained + Demonstrated!

Let’s take a look at the four 2019 Sony TV technologies that are being introduced in their latest range of OLED and LED TVs.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

The Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology will debut in their latest BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV. In addition to two actuators vibrating the TV panel to create sound, it uses two subwoofers to add bass, and a spatial effect.

Together, they deliver a multi-dimensional soundscape that envelopes you, the viewer, for a more immersive viewing experience.

Acoustic Surface Audio+ also introduces a TV Center Speaker Mode, which turns the A9G‘s display into a giant centre speaker, to complement your external speaker setup. This will allow for greater clarity of dialogue, vocals and instruments in any movie or performance you watch.

Pixel Contrast Booster

Pixel Contrast Booster is designed to maximise the OLED panel’s contrast throughout the colour spectrum (instead of just grey tones).

It accomplishes this by analysing each frame and applying the suitable signal enhancements, with feedback from the panel.

X-Motion Clarity

X-Motion Clarity keeps objects looking sharp, bright and clear, even in motion. Each ‘backlight blink’ is individually controlled and its duration optimised, while brightness is boosted when needed.

This is made possible by the 2019 Sony TV range’s full array backlight system, with local dimming capability.

X-Wide Angle

X-Wide Angle is designed to make sure the brightness and colour of an image remain the same at any viewing angle, so that everyone has the best view, no matter how they are positioned in relation to the TV.

Sony accomplished this by optimising the optical panel structure and signal processing to control the direction of light emitted by the backlight.

 

Extra : New BRAVIA A8G 2-Way Stand

The new Sony BRAVIA A8G features a new 2-way stand design, which can be inverted to support the placement of a sound bar! Check it out!

 

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2019 Samsung Forum – Family Hub 4.0, POWERstick + More!

The 2019 Samsung Forum just kicked off in tropical Singapore with a slew of new home digital appliances!

In this article, we will share with you what they revealed – the new Family Hub 4.0 smart refrigerators and RS5000 side-by-side refrigerators, as well as the WW7800M QuickDrive washing machine and the new POWERstick Jet200 portable vacuum cleaner!

 

The 2019 Samsung Forum

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum is an annual showcase of the latest Samsung home technologies and appliances. This is where Samsung will show off their latest home entertainment products and home appliances.

 

The Samsung Family Hub 4.0 Refrigerator

The Samsung Family Hub 4.0 boasts enhanced AI and IoT capabilities, as well as the new Family Board – a communal display that family member can use together.

The Family Board can be used to create and share each family member’s schedules and messages. On top of that, it has a more analogue feel with a new Whiteboard that recognises handwriting, with a drawing function that can identify the objects you draw.

It will also feature a new and better Bixby digital assistant, which will offer more services and allow you to seamlessly control and monitor other IoT devices and services from your kitchen… using your voice alone!

The new Bixby can also identify each family member’s voice using its Voice ID technology. This allows Bixby to customise its responses and the information it provides to the individual’s needs.

The Samsung RS5000 Refrigerators

Samsung is also introducing a new generation of side-by-side refrigerators – the RS5000 series.

They will feature the new Space Max technology, which uses thinner insulation for ducts and the inner walls, creating more storage space for the same refrigerator size.

The Samsung RS5000 refrigerator will also offer Flex Zone, which allows you to individually control the temperature for separate compartments.

Finally, they offer All-Around Cooling using multiple cooling ducts, as well as a Power Cool / Power Freeze function to quickly cool new items that you just added to the refrigerator.

The Samsung WW7800M QuickDrive Washing Machine

The Samsung WW7800M washing machine is an IoT device, offering smart features allowing you to control it remotely and receive notifications via the SmartThings app.

It also features the Bixby smart assistant with features like a Laundry Planner, Laundry Recipe and a HomeCare Wizard to manage your laundry needs.

The Samsung WW7800M also comes with AddWash and QuickDrive technologies. AddWash allows you to add clothes at any time during the wash cycle, while QuickDrive lets the WW7800M cut washing time by 50% and reduce energy use by 20%.

The Samsung POWERstick Jet200 Portable Vacuum Cleaner

The new Samsung POWERstick Jet200 portable vacuum cleaner comes with a more powerful 200 watt digital inverter motor, a Jet Cyclone system and a new Turbo Action Brush head.

The POWERstick Jet200 also boasts a 5-layered HEPA filtration system that captures 99.999% of dust and allergens. And it has a 60-minute battery life, letting you clean your house on a single charge!

 

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2019 Samsung Forum – QLED 8K + 4K TVs, iTunes & More!

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum just kicked off in tropical Singapore with new QLED 8K and 4K televisions!

Samsung also revealed a whole range of improved 4K QLED TVs, including The Frame and The Wall; as well as the introduction of iTunes and a new harman/kardon soundbar!

 

The 2019 Samsung Forum

Marking their 10th anniversary, the 2019 Samsung Forum is an annual showcase of the latest Samsung home technologies and appliances. This is where Samsung will show off their latest home entertainment products and home appliances.

 

New 2019 QLED 8K + 4K TVs!

Samsung naturally has a new line-up of QLED TVs. Here is the official presentation on the 2019 Samsung QLED 8K and 4K TVs.

Headlining the new QLED TV range is the new Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV, with sizes that range from 65-inches all the way to a mind-boggling 98-inches!

The new 4K QLED TV line-up will be the Q90R series, the Q80R series, the Q70R series and the Q60R series with 43-inch to 82-inch sizes. In total, the 2019 QLED family encompasses more than 20 models!

All these new QLED TVs boast upgraded Ultra Viewing Angle technology, thanks to an improved panel structure and new screen calibration algorithms. They will therefore deliver better image quality from every viewing angle, without glare or reflections in brightly-lit rooms.

 

New Smart TV Features, Including iTunes Movies!

Samsung also announced a bevy of new Smart TV features, including a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, and support for Apple AIrPlay 2.

The 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to control its features using voice commands.

 

New Samsung Q70R Soundable

Samsung also announced the new Q70R Soundbar, developed in partnership with their subsidiary, harman/kardon. It is their first soundbar to offer true object-based surround sound.

 

The Wall + The Frame : 2019 Editions!

Finally, Samsung announced greatly-improved versions of The Wall and The Frame lifestyle TVs. They now feature QLED display panels for the first time!

 

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Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Explained + Demonstrated!

One of the key features introduced in the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV is the improved Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, which includes the TV Center Speaker Mode.

Find out what Acoustic Surface Audio+ does, and how it offers a more immersive audio soundscape!

 

Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Explained + Demonstrated!

At the 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV showcase, Sony revealed that they would be introducing the Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology in their latest BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED TV.

To better illustrate how it will greatly improve the audio output, they demonstrated it to us at this exclusive showcase.

Acoustic Surface Audio+

This proprietary Sony technology converts the entire display into a giant speaker. How? It uses two actuators behind the Sony BRAVIA A9G to vibrate the TV panel, directly creating sound from the screen!

In addition, it uses two subwoofers to add bass, and a spatial effect. Together, they deliver a multi-dimensional soundscape that envelopes you, the viewer, for a more immersive viewing experience.

TV Center Speaker Mode

For those with an external amplifier and speakers, the Acoustic Surface capability of the BRAVIA A9G OLED TV offers a unique feature – the TV Center Speaker Mode.

The TV Center Speaker Mode basically turns the A9G‘s display into a giant centre speaker, to complement your external speaker setup. This will allow for greater clarity of dialogue, vocals and instruments in any movie or performance you watch.

Comparison To Acoustic Multi-Audio

Acoustic Surface Audio+ is different from the new Acoustic Multi-Audio capability of the latest Sony LED TVs.

Acoustic Multi-Audio does not have actuators vibrating the display. Instead, it adds two sound-positioning tweeters to provide additional directional cues to the two existing speakers.

 

Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ Availability

The Sony Acoustic Surface Audio+ is currently available only in the newly-revealed Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV.

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