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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

Did Henry Cavill go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

The Internet is abuzz with this cute story of Henry Cavill going to school to help his nephew, Thomas, prove that Superman is his uncle.

Whether they are posted on Facebook, or in “viral websites”, the story generally goes along these lines, with a picture of Henry Cavill walking his nephew to school :

The day Uncle Cavill had to prove his nephew was not a liar.

Little Thomas, aged only 7, went to school dressed as Superman and the teacher asked why he was dressed like this.

“Because Superman is my uncle,” he replied.

The teacher then explained that Superman didn’t exist, but Thomas insisted, repeating numerous times that he existed, and that he was his uncle. And the kid ended up at the office…

An officer was asked to seek him, already warning about not encouraging the child to live in a fantasy world. Thomas’ mother laughed and said he was telling the truth.

As the doubt remained, she called her brother-in-law, asking him to go to school to “save” her nephew, who was radiant for all his little friends to see that he was really Superman’s nephew!

The news was confirmed in the last few hours by Cavill himself, reiterating that he had saved his nephew from a bad punishment, given his reputation for “telling lies”

 

Henry Cavill Did Not Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle!

As endearing as this story is, it was really fabricated from an old story from 2013.

Websites like Pledge Times just resurrected this story to “go viral”. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Henry Cavill Talked About It In 2013

Henry Cavill actually recounted this incident back in June 2013 in an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

So Pledge Times and all the other websites that claimed that Henry Cavill confirmed this “in the last few hours” are lying.

Fact #2 : This Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned he would be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s film.

Henry Cavill only recounted it in 2013, when he sat for his interview with Jay Leno. This was what he said :

“My nephew Thomas was so super excited… he ran to school. “

“Now keep in mind Thomas has got a great reputation for telling stories and just making up stuff to the teacher.”

He says, “Well, because my uncle is Superman,” and she’s like, “Oh okay, and she pulls him aside. He got in trouble. [She was like] “this is sad.”

Fact #3 : Henry Cavill Did Not Go To His Nephew’s School

Thomas’ mother – Henry’s sister-in-law – then explained to the teacher that the boy’s uncle “actually kind of is” Superman.

She did not ask Henry to “rescue” Thomas, so he did not actually go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle.

Fact #4 : Henry Cavill Did Not Go To His Nephew’s School

The creator(s) misappropriated one of photos to make it look as if Henry Cavill was walking his nephew to school to prove that his uncle really is Superman.

The truth is this was one of the photos taken of Henry, who was walking in London with his brother Niki and his family on 7 September 2013.

They were NOT going to school to rescue Thomas, that’s for sure!

Fact #5 : Thomas Was Not 7 Years Old When It Happened

Henry Cavill did not mention how old Thomas was when this “Superman is my uncle” incident happened. But in a May 2021 interview with Viva Magazine, he said,

I have two nephews, aged 6 and 4. The older is known for telling wild tales in school and telling lies invented all the time. During one of the classes, the teacher asked pupils to talk about their family members, and what they do professionally. Then, the boy said: “My uncle is Superman.”

So we know that Thomas was 6 years old in 2013, and not 7 years old in 2021 as many viral websites and memes are claiming.

We also know that the incident happened sometime between 2011 and 2013. So Thomas was likely between 4 and 6 years old when it happened.

Little Thomas should be a strapping 14 year-old teenager in 2021!

 

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MKN Now Allows Busking In Vaccination Centres (PPV)!

MKN amended their SOP for Phase 1 and Phase 2 states to allow busking in vaccination centres!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Busking : What Is It?

Busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities – public donations.

This can be performed outdoors, or indoors, and is a popular form of public entertainment all over the world.

For example, here is Crash Metal – a busker showing off his juggling skills outside of ICC Sydney.

 

MKN Now Allows Busking In Vaccination Centres (PPV)!

Since the pandemic started, buskers have been blocked from performing, and this has caused a complete loss of livelihood for these street performers.

After all, they need to perform publicly to make a living – literally live hand-to-mouth from each performance.

In a surprise move, the MKN released updated SOPs for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, in which the only change was to ALLOW indoor and outdoor busking at COVID-19 vaccination centres.

This will allow buskers the opportunity to perform publicly again, for a captive crowd (literally!)

If you see buskers at your vaccination centre, please show them some support! Just make sure you keep your distance and wear a face mask!

Again, please note that the new SOP only allows busking at vaccination centres – they are still not allowed in other public places.

Also, this only applies to Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and DO NOT APPLY to EMCO areas.

MKN likely limited busking activities to vaccination centres where there are police and RELA volunteers who can control their physical distancing.

Even so, this is a great opportunity for buskers, and I wish them all the best. I really miss the Blues Hat band. These guys are AWESOME!

 

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Maxis TV Is Here, But Is It Worth Subscribing?

Maxis TV promises to offer multiple OTT steaming services at a cheaper price.

Take a look at what Maxis TV actually offers, and find out if it’s really worth your money!

 

Maxis TV : Cheaper OTT Streaming Bundles?

What exactly is Maxis TV? Maxis calls it a “first of its kind video entertainment service”.

Let’s be clear – Maxis TV is not a video streaming service. In fact, Maxis doesn’t actually stream anything to anyone.

All Maxis TV really does is offer bundles of five existing OTT streaming services.

  • dimsum
  • iQIYI
  • MUBI
  • viu
  • WeTV iflix

While they call it “completely new in the market and cannot be found anywhere else”, that’s only true if you are too lazy to subscribe to those streaming services yourselves.

Their true value proposition is offering these OTT streaming services at cheaper prices, with a single payment point. That’s really it.

 

Maxis TV Bundles : Are They Worth It?

Maxis TV promises to offer flexible OTT bundle passes, which confusingly, are divided into three categories :

  • Single Pass (should really be called Limited Pass)
    – Daily with 3 GB data limit : RM 3
    – Weekly with 5 GB data limit : RM 5
    – Monthly with 10 GB data limit : RM 9.99
  • 2-OTT Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 18 per month
  • Unlimited Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 42 per month

We can quickly identify a few problems with the Maxis TV bundles…

Single Pass with Limited Data

Maxis should have kept things simple – charge by the day, week or month. But they had to complicate it by adding a data limit.

Their potential subscribers are going to have to figure out – how much data does this movie take up? Or that TV episode?

Why add this unnecessary limit? It seems intentionally designed to prevent binge-watching by people on a budget.

2-OTT Bundle

Maxis TV offers only five combinations for their 2-OTT Bundle.

You cannot, for example, choose dimsum and viu, or MUBI and dimsum, or MUBI and iQIYI.

This is partly because WeTV and iflix are much cheaper than viu.

Dimsum, WeTV, iflix Are FREE / Cheaper

You can actually watch dimsum, WeTV and iflix content for FREE.

You only need to pay for VIP access to certain “hot” content, or the ability to skip advertisements (WeTV and dimsum).

Only One Package Worth Considering

Unless you are looking to subscribe to multiple bundles, it is generally cheaper to subscribe directly :

  • dimsum VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • MUBI : RM 15 per month, RM 120 per year
  • iQIYI Standard VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • viu : RM 12.90 per month, RM 88 per year
  • WeTV VIP : RM 7.90 per month
  • iflix VIP : RM 3 per week

From our POV, the only Maxis TV bundle worth considering is the Unlimited Pass, which gives you access to all five OTT services. You will then save RM 13 per month.

Even that is assuming you plan to watch all five of them. If you only want to use 3-4 of those OTT services, it is cheaper to just subscribe directly.

 

Maxis TV : Free 1-Month Trial!

Maxis is now offering a free one-month trial for all new Maxis TV subscribers, even for non-Maxis customers.

So you can give it a try, or use it to get some free streaming for a month. Just make sure you discontinue it before the subscription kicks in automatically!

 

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Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Malaysia just lifted restrictions on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and Busking!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Even as Malaysia comes close to breaching 300,000 COVID-19 cases, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) continues to liberalise the economy.

On 25 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift restrictions on MICE and busking activities in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 26 February 2021, street musicians and buskers are allowed to perform in MCO / PKP areas, as long as they comply with existing SOP.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities, on the other hand, can start from 5 March 2021 onwards, with these restrictions :

  • up to 25% of maximum venue capacity, or
  • up to 250 people at the venue, whichever is fewer
  • physical distancing must be maintained

 

MICE + Busking Activities : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) even more similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB), which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

MICE Risks

The risks of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities greatly varies.

Meetings, talks and training sessions, for example, are small and can be conducted with minimal risks, as long as both organisers and participants comply with the SOP.

Conferences and exhibitions, on the other hand, are more challenging because they generally involve personal interactions. Physical distancing and face masks can help to reduce the risk, but only if everyone remembers to use them.

Busking Risks

This is generally quite safe, as long as the performer(s) is static, like the example above. This would allow for proper physical distancing of at least 2-3 metres (if not further).

However, all spectators MUST wear face masks at all times, as it would not be reasonable for buskers to perform with face masks.

Walking buskers should be discouraged, as it would difficult for them to maintain physical distance from the public. And there should be no physical interaction.

 

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Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

Did China create this amazing female dancing robot for a dance show in Shanghai?

Watch the viral video for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did China Create This Amazing Dancing Robot?

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

Can u believe that this female dancer is robot ? The dance was held in Shanghai n it lasted only 5 minutes but the queue was 4hrs n cost 499 Yuan!

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Amazing Female Dancing Robot : The Truth

The agility and grace of this female dancing robot, and its facial expressions, are incredible.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from a real human being, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A WDSF Competition

That is actually a video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania.

The initials WDSF (World Dance Sport Federation) can be seen, together with the recording date at the upper left corner of the video.

Fact #2 : The Dance Only Lasted A Minute

The dance in the video only lasted just over a minute, even though the accompanying fake message claimed it lasted for 5 minutes.

Fact #3 : Those Are Lithuanian Dance Champions

Both dancers are very human. In fact, they are Lithuanian dance champions Ieva Zukauskaite (female), and Evaldas Sodeika (male).

Fact #4 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a short dance.

In truth, that was “copied” from the two earlier hoaxes (here and here) about robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland.

Even that was not accurate, because 499 Yuan was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown SOP!

Here is the official MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown Until 6 December!

With record highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council announced a 4-week CMCO / PKPB lockdown of KL, Putrajaya, and all states in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan.

  • North : Kedah, Penang, Perak
  • East : Terengganu
  • Central : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • South : Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor

This expansive CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 9 November 2020 and end on 6 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia : Official CMCO / PKPB SOP!

Here is the confirmed MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food supplies or daily necessities.
  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • Emergency cases and accidents requiring medical treatment are allowed to travel without police permission.
  • Those with medical appointments are allowed to travel, by showing the referral letter or appointment card.
  • Funerals outside of CMCO areas are allowed, with police permission.
  • Workers will need a valid work pass or letter of permission from their employers to get past state and district roadblocks.
  • Employers must let their employees work from home, unless they are essential to business continuity.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before they head to the airport.
  • Residents of CMCO areas are allowed to return from outstation, with the permission of the police.
  • Travel through the CMCO areas to non-CMCO areas are allowed, with permission from the nearest police station.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table, but must follow the Food Sector SOP. There should be 1 meter distance between every person.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 12 AM until 5 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

Recommended : CMCO Business Activities Extended To 12 AM, Except Sabah!

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open from 8 AM until 11 PM.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate.

PORTS + AIRPORTS

  • All ports and airport services are allowed to operate.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before heading to the airport.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Religious activities in mosques and suraus are allowed with limits to the number of participants, according to the state authorities
  • Religious activities in other houses of worship are allowed with limited to the number of participants, according to MKN / MOH / state or federal authorities.
  • Akad nikah ceremonies are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing, or as set by the state religious authorities.
  • Wedding registration ceremonies for non-Muslims are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, interviews, and so on are allowed both in studios and outdoors, limited to CMCO areas with limited crew and no audience, according to the SOP.
  • Live event activities are permitted without an audience, with limited crew set by MOH.
  • Busking activities in indoor locations are allowed, based on time limits and limited number of audience, as set by MOH.
  • All other activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, based on the existing SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.
  • Certain commercial sports facilities – gyms, football fields, futsal courts, badminton halls – are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, starting 19 October 2020.
  • Commercial field and futsal facilities are limited to training activities that do not involve physical contact and limited to up to 10 people at any one time.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other states are forbidden.
  • Training programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils can continue according to a Quarantine Based Approach.

EDUCATION

  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.
  • Only nurseries and childcare centres with permission to remain open for frontliners and working parents can remain open.
  • Students who are undergoing exams are permitted to continue taking their exams.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden.
  • Face to face meetings are discouraged, and should be held through video conferencing, with these exceptions :
    – face-to-face meetings involving expatriate and C Suite with physical distancing and face masks
    – internal meetings according to JPA circulars and MITI guidelines

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are forbidden.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the CMCO areas are forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed. Dine-in is limited to 2 persons per table. Room service, take-aways and food delivery are encouraged.
  • Swimming pool, gym, seminar rooms, halls are not allowed to operate.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Recommended : Surgical Mask : How To CORRECTLY Wear + Remove!
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YouTube : Shorter Videos Now Eligible For Mid-Roll Ads!

YouTube just announced that shorter videos will not only be eligible for mid-roll ads, it will be turned on automatically!

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Are They?

YouTube mid-roll ads are basically advertisements that load in the middle of a video, rather than at the beginning.

On desktops, you will see a 5 second countdown before a mid-roll ad appears.

On other platforms, you will see yellow markets in the video progress bar where such an ad may show up.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What’s Changed?

In the past, YouTube only allowed mid-roll ads to be added to videos longer than 10 minutes.

This encouraged content creators to create longer videos, sometimes unnecessarily extending them to qualify for mid-roll ads.

Starting late July 2020, YouTube will reduce the threshold from 10 minutes to just 8 minutes. All videos longer than 8 minutes will be eligible for mid-roll ads.

On top of that, YouTube will automatically turn mid-roll ads for all qualifying videos, even those that opted out in the past.

By default, YouTube will use machine learning to find the most natural breaks in your videos to add these advertisements, but you can also adjust their placements manually.

Those who prefer not to participate can opt-out in YouTube Studio by 27 July 2020.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Does This Mean?

Content creators will be glad because it means they can better monetise their shorter videos.

On top of that, they are no longer incentivised to unnecessarily extend their videos just to qualify for these advertisements.

For viewers, this should hopefully result in better quality videos, in exchange for mid-roll advertisements that could interrupt your enjoyment of those videos.

But seriously – you can just skip the ads (if you really don’t want to support content creators), or opt for YouTube Premium.

While you are here, do consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! 😀

 

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Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

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

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

 

Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

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

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

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud!

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

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

 

Iron Man Dance Hero

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

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

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

  • Cool music
  • Fabulous dance
  • Cool lighting

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

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

 

Iron Man Dance Hero In Action!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Iron Man Dance Hero Price + Availability

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

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

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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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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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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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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch… Choose Wisely!

Bandersnatch is a new interactive movie from the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. Released on Netflix, it allows you to determine the story of the movie!

Intriguing, isn’t it? Just like the choose your own adventure game books of yesteryears!

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch… Choose Wisely!

This Netflix interactive film is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Built around the same premise of choose your own adventure game books, it lets you determine how the story develops!

In this 80s-set, sometimes morally-compromising adventure, you alone are in charge of what happens next in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The journeys you go on are a direct result of your decisions.

There are choices to be made, challenges to overcome, dangers to encounter and, as always in life (and Black Mirror), consequences to be had.

Choosing wisely could lead to triumph while taking the wrong path could end in disaster — but who’s to say what’s “right” and “wrong,” anyway?

And fret not because once one experience comes to a close, you can — and should! — go back and make a new choice, alter the path of your story and maybe even change its outcome.

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BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector In-Depth Review!

Designed to deliver the big screen experience, the BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector is their top-of-the-line 4K HDR projector for the home entertainment market.

Find out why the BenQ TK800 won our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

BenQ TK800 Key Features Summarised

Here is a quick video that summarises the key features of the BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector :

 

BenQ TK800 Price + Availability

The BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector is available at a retail price of RM 5,599 in Malaysia / US$ 1,499. Here are some online purchase links :

 

Unboxing The BenQ TK800

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes in an unassuming brown box, with a discreet TK800 label on the lower right corner. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One BenQ TK800 4K HDR projector with lens cap
  • One 3 m long power cord with localised power plug
  • One BenQ RCV015 remote control
  • Two Maxell AA alkaline batteries
  • One CD containing the User Manual and Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • One BenQ User Manual Addendum sheet
  • One BenQ Quick Start Guide

Note that the package does not include any HDMI cable. While you can use HDMI 1.4 cables, it is recommended that you use HDMI 2.0a/b cables that are certified for 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

The BenQ TK800 Up Close!

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is a compact projector that weighs just 4.2 kg. Its powerful 240 watt lamp allows it to create 4K HDR displays at up to 200″ in size at 3,000 lumens!

Its DLP projection system is built around a single DMD chip and a new 4-segment colour wheel that delivers 30-bit colour resolution, with a wide colour gamut of over 92% of Rec. 709!

The TK800 comes with a plethora of connectivity options – all the way from the good old VGA port to the latest HDMI 2.0 port (with HDCP 2.2).

And a combination of three adjuster feet and easy keystone correction allows you to properly align the projected image.

Next Page > The BenQ TK800 Display Capabilities

 

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4K Lens System

The BenQ TK800 features an optical system designed for 4K projection.

The lens array consists of four groups of 7 lens elements, with low-dispersion coatings to minimise chromatic aberrations.

This 4K lens system provides up to 1.2X optical zoom, with wide apertures of f/1.94 to f/2.06.

The zoom function allows you to, for example, project a 100″ image from a distance of 3.25 m to 3.9 m away.

At its widest, the TK800 lens array will provide clear focus between 1.95 m and 6.51 m away. if you dial the zoom up to 1.2X, it will provide clear focus between 2.34 m and 7.81 m away.

 

4K UHD Resolution

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is built around the 0.47″ single DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) chip from Texas Instruments.

There are over 2 million microscopic mirrors on this chip – each representing a pixel.

This DMD chip has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, so how does the TK800 project a 4K UHD display with 4X as many pixels? That’s where the XPR Technology comes in.

 

XPR Technology

What XPR does is “wriggle” the projection lens in a circular fashion at 240 Hz, so that each micromirror creates four projected pixels, instead of just one pixel.

This effectively quadruples the DMD chip’s native resolution of 1920 x 1080 into a projected image of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

XPR allows the TK800 to deliver true 4K resolution with almost 8.3 million pixels, making the projected image appear much sharper, especially in larger projections.

However, because they were generated from a DMD chip with 1920 x 1080 independent pixels, expect aliasing artifacts.

While a true 4K DMD chip with 8.3 million micro mirrors would deliver the best possible 4K projection quality, that is many more years in the making and would be prohibitively expensive.

 

4K Scaling

The single DMD chip the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) uses has just over 2 million micro mirrors, which gives it a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This means that all 4K content will be downsampled to 1080p, and processed for 4K output by the DMD chip. The projected image is then quadrupled by XPR to the 4K resolution.

The actual image is not a true 4K output of a proper 4K DMD chip, but it’s far better than a 1080p projection. The image processing ensures that final image is perceptively close to the actual 4K image.

The good news is – XPR will also upscale your 1080p content to the 4K display resolution, giving you a perceptively sharper and more detailed image than is possible with a 1080p projector.

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HDR With Wide Colour Gamut

DLP projectors can deliver wide colour gamuts, allowing the displayed colours to be more vivid, and more accurately reflect real world colours.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes with a new 4-segment RGBW colour wheel which allows it to achieve 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

As a HDR-capable projector,  the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) supports HDR10 content, which are enhanced with their exclusive Auto HDR Natural Colour Rendition and Projector-Optimized HDR technologies.

Auto HDR Natural Colour Rendition automatically analyses the scene and adjusts the colour temperature, and compensates for oversaturated greens and reds.

Projector-Optimized HDR, on the other hand, enhances dark details by preserving details and displaying the grayscales properly.

This is probably a combination of a light dump for the micromirrors, and the DMD chip’s ability to produce 10-bits of greyscale (1024 shades).

Do note that you should use HDMI 2.0a/b cables if you plan to display HDR content. Only HDMI 2.0a/b cables are certified for 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

Football + Sport Modes

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) is a home entertainment model that adds two new display modes – Football and Sport.

The Football Mode preserves natural skin tones, intensifies the vibrant colours of the lush green grass on the pitch while simultaneously enhancing the clarity of the announcer’s commentary over the loud background noise of a cheering crowd in an open-air stadium.

Sport Mode is ideal for indoor sports and prioritises realistic skin tones, enhancing wood tones as well as offering vivid reds combined with balanced green and blues.

The acoustic clarity of a sports commentator’s voice and other subtle details such as squeaking sneakers, referee whistles, and ice scraping under skates are retained and enhanced.

 

BenQ CinemaMaster Audio+ 2

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) features their improved CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 technology.

It uses a single 5 W speaker, with an aluminium driver diaphragm for better details in the mid and high frequencies, while a resonance chamber provides a more resonant bass.

The speaker also uses heat-resistant NdFeB magnets for a longer lifespan, and less distortion.

Next Page > Control, Adjustment, Connectivity Options, The BenQ TK800 In Action

 

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BenQ TK800 Control Options

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) has simple controls located on the top panel.

It consists of a Power button, arrow keys (that double as keystone and volume control keys), and other OSD function keys.

For more elaborate functions, you can use the BenQ RCV015 remote control.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) projector has two IR receivers for this remote control – one located at the top, next to the controls, and the other is in front, next to the lens.

 

BenQ TK800 Adjustment Options

To keep the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) level on uneven surfaces, it comes with three adjustment feet, all with rubber soles.

The front adjustment foot has a quick release button with four locking steps. The two rear adjustment feet are of the screw type, which allows for finer adjustments independently.

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) also comes with easy keystone correction. Just use the vertical keystone correction function to quickly align the projected image.

This is very useful if you plan to use the TK800 (which is portable) at different locations.

 

BenQ TK800 Connectivity Options

The BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) comes with a plethora of connectivity options, all discreetly hidden at the rear panel.

From left to right, you will find the following ports :

  • 3-pin 12 V power port
  • 3.5 mm audio-in port
  • 3.5 mm audio-out port
  • 15-pin VGA port
  • HDMI 1 – HDMI 2.0a (with HDCP 2.2)
  • HDMI 2 – HDMI 1.4 (with HDCP 1.4)
  • mini-B USB 2.0 port
  • Type A USB 2.0 port (with 1.5 A power output)
  • 12 V trigger port
  • Kensington lock slot

Please note that while there are two HDMI ports, only HDMI 1 supports HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2. You should always connect your Blu-ray player, or other sources of 4K content to HDMI 1.

You should also use a HDMI 2.0a/b cable that is certified to support 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR.

 

The BenQ TK800 In Action!

We set-up the BenQ TK800 (MY|SG|US|UK|AU) in a moderately dim room, to create an image of about 80-inches in size in a small condo

4K HDR Video – Insects

We made the hall darker in this test, so you can better assess the contrast ratio (rated at 10:000:1), and the colour gamut (rated at > 92% Rec. 709).

You can’t see it in the video, but you have to go very close to the wall to make out the individual pixels. The image may have been pixel-quadrupled from 1080p, but it is perceptually indiscernible from a true 4K image.

Note too how loud and rich its single 5 W speaker sounds. BenQ delivers on the promise promise of better details and resonant bass with its  aluminium driver diaphragm and resonance chamber.

4K HDR Video – Scenery

In this test, we let more ambient light in, to simulate the usual daytime viewing with the (non-blackout) curtains drawn.

The 3000 lumens Philips bulb did a great job of delivering more than adequate brightness to tackle the ambient light coming in from the curtains on the right.

Note how vivid the images are. That’s thanks to its 4-segment RGBW colour wheel which allows it to deliver a HDR image with true white.

It also allows the TK800 to deliver a wider colour gamut in excess of  92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

On the audio side, note the fan noise just before the test begins. It is quite audible when nothing is running, but once you start the video, the 5 watt speaker is so powerful, it completely drowns out the fan noise.

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BenQ TK800 : Our Verdict + Award

The BenQ TK800 (Price Check) is a truly impressive 4K HDR projector.

There may be brighter 4K projectors (like the 3500-lumen ViewSonic PX747-4K), but it is one of the few to offer a 4-segment colour wheel to deliver true white for a vivid HDR viewing experience, and a wide colour gamut of 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

This allows the TK800. to stand out amongst the crowded field of affordable 4K projectors designed to provide a cinema-like experience.

Now, it does not offer a true dot-for-dot 4K resolution like a proper 4K LCD TV would, but it delivers 4K images that are perceptually indistinguishable from true 4K images. And it gives you a much larger display size at a fraction of the cost.

DLP projection technology also eliminates a pesky problem with LCD TV technology – glare from ambient light sources. Its main problem of washed-out colours in bright ambient light is largely eliminated by the much higher 3000-lumen brightness in the BenQ TK800 (Price Check)  – 36% brighter than its predecessor, the BenQ W1700 / TH2550!

It also impressed us with its audio capabilities. Powered only by a single 5 watt speaker, it delivered a surprisingly loud and rich soundscape.

For these reasons, we believe the BenQ TK800 (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Congratulations, BenQ!

 

BenQ TK800 vs. BenQ W1700 / TH2550

The BenQ TK800 is a much brighter version of the BenQ W1700 / TH2550 launched last year, with a new 4-segment colour wheel. Here is a comparison of their key specifications, with their differences highlighted.

SpecificationsBenQ TK800BenQ W1700 / TH2550
Projection System0.47” single DMD DLP0.47” single DMD DLP
Display Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
Native Aspect Raio16:916:9
Colour Resolution30-bits (1.07 billion colours)30-bits (1.07 billion colours)
Colour Gamut> 92% Rec. 709> 96% Rec. 709
Maximum Brightness3000 ANSI Lumens2200 ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO)10,000:110,000:1
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10
3D CompatibilityFrame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Frame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Light SourcePhilips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Philips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Light Source LifespanNormal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Normal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Color Wheel4 Segments - RGBW6 Segments - RGBRGB
Throw Ratio1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)
Zoom Ratio1.2X1.2X
Lens7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
Clear Focus Range1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
Keystone Adjustment1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
Projection Offset110 % ± 2.5 %110 % ± 2.5 %
Clear Image Size (Diagonal)60" ~ 200"60" ~ 200"
Max. Image Size Range30" ~ 300"30" ~ 300"
Horizontal Frequency15 kHz - 102 kHz15 kHz - 102 kHz
Vertical Scan Rate23 Hz - 120 Hz23 Hz - 120 Hz
Available Picture ModesBright / Vivid TV / Cinema / Sport / Football / User1 / User2 / (3D)Bright / Vivid / Cinema / Sport / User 1 / User 2 / ISF Night / ISF Day
AudioCinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
CinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
Available Ports1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
IR Receivers2, one in front, one on top2, one in front, one on top
Power Supply100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
Acoustics33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
Operating Temperature0 ~ 40 ℃0 ~ 40 ℃
Dimensions355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high
Weight4.2 kg4.2 kg

 

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How ECS Showgirls Attract An Audience At Computex 2017

Showgirls and models have always been used at trade shows to attract attention. Watch how ECS showgirls at Computex 2017 attract an audience and “educate them” on the exciting new features in the latest ECS products.

 

The ECS Showgirls At Computex 2017

You may have heard stories about these showgirls at Computex 2017. Some people think they are too gaudy for the industry. Others think they are spicing up a “boring” industry. Watch the ECS showgirls in action at Computex 2017, and let us know what you think! 😀

 

Trade Show Girls

Computex is nowhere as large as CES, but it is still the largest tech trade show in Asia. It boasts hundreds of exhibitors spread over 6 massive halls and private suites in the Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taipei 101 and elsewhere.

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Every Computex, exhibitors have to come up with ways to attract potential customers and the press to navigate through the oft-confusing maze of competitors to visit their booths. Some offer goodie bags and free food and drinks, while others rely on pretty models. A select few will splurge on showgirls who bring in the crowd with dance and freebies.

Computer component manufacturers are more likely to use pretty models and showgirls, because frankly, they have it harder than most. Unlike smartphones and tablets that are easily understood by consumers, computer components are not sexy or even easily understood.

These models and showgirls are highly effective in drawing eyeballs. But whether those eyeballs translate into actual sales and press coverage is up to debate.

Do you find such shows interesting or off-putting? Let us know!

 

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