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ViewSonic M2e Portable Projector with ToF Technology!

ViewSonic M2e Portable Projector with ToF Technology!

ViewSonic just introduced their M2e portable LED projector, with ToF (Time of Flight) technology!

Here is what you need to know about the new ViewSonic M2e Instant Smart 1080p portable LED protector!

 

ViewSonic M2e Portable Projector with ToF Technology!

The ViewSonic M2e portable projector is a portable LED projector, with a 1080p resolution and built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

It also boasts new ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology, which allow for instant auto-focus in an ultralight, portable design!

Full HD Audio Visual Experience

The ViewSonic M2e uses their 2nd generation LED technology, with a resolution of 1080p, with 125% Rec. 709 colour gamut!

It is capable of projecting up to an 80-inch display at up to 2.1 metres away; and comes with dual speakers customised by Harman Kardon!

ToF Technology For Instant Auto-Focus!

ToF (Time-of-Flight) is a form of LIDAR technology, which uses an emitter to bounce light off the target area to accurately determine the distance up to 3 metres away.

This allows the ViewSonic M2e to accurate instantly correct the focus, to ensure sharp images on the target surface.

Built-In G Sensor

When a projector is moved, it will need to be refocused either manually using a focus ring, or automatically using a button.

Thanks to its built-in G sensor, the ViewSonic M2e will detect movement, and automatically trigger its ToF instant auto-focus capability.

Easy Setup

Setting up the M2e is very easy, with instant power on/off, instant auto-focus and auto keystone capabilities. It also has a stemless stand for custom projection angles.

Connecting your mobile device to the M2e is also easy – you can cast or mirror the content from your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or a USB Type C cable.

Light + Portable

The ViewSonic M2e is very light at just 1 kg, and is small enough to fit into a large handbag, or a backpack.

This allows you to bring it on trips, and quickly set it up for instant entertainment wherever you go!

 

ViewSonic M2e : Price + Availability

The ViewSonic M2e portable LED projector is available with immediate effect, with a launch price of RM 2,699 (about US$655 / £463 / A$846 / S$867).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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HUAWEI Vision S 4K Smart TV : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just officially launched their Vision S, powered by their own HarmonyOS operating system!

Here is what you need to know about the new HUAWEI Vision S 4K smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : HarmonyOS Smart TV

Powered by HarmonyOS, the HUAWEI Vision S comes in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know about this new smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare the two models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications HUAWEI
Vision S
65-inch
HUAWEI
Vision S
55-inch
Size 65-inches 55-inches
Resolution 4K UHD
3840 x 2160 pixels
Colour Gamut 92% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Brightness 350 nits
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Backlight Type Direct LED
Operating System HUAWEI HarmonyOS
Memory 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
Camera 13 MP magnetic camera
Speakers 2 x 10 W full frequency
2 x 10 W tweeters
Voice Input 6 microphones
Far-field voice pickup
Remote Control Bluetooth voice remote control
OneHop Projection (NFC)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
3 x HDMI 2.0 ports
1 x AV-in port
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x SPDIF (coaxial) port
Power Consumption 230 watts 190 watts
Display Only Size 1449.3 mm wide
837.2 mm high
72.1 mm thick
1230.1 mm wide
714.1 mm high
73.0 mm thick
Display + Base Size
1449.3 mm wide
876.4 mm high
336.7 mm thick
1449.3 mm wide
753.6 mm high
258.0 mm thick
Display Only Weight 19.5 kg 14.2 kg
Display + Base Weight 20 kg 14.7 kg

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Key Features

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, it is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on its remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the display, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Price + Deals!

The HUAWEI Malaysia Vision S will be available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 65-inch : RM 3,999 (about US$975 / €807 / A$1259 / S$1,294)
  • 55-inch : RM 2,999 (about US$731 / €605 / A$944 / S$970)

You can pre-order them right now :

If you pre-order one, you will receive these free gifts!

Vision S 65-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 2 May 2021
Free gifts : HUAWEI WiFi AX3 router + HUAWEI FreeLace Pro *
* only on the HUAWEI Lazada Store + HUAWEI Online Store

Vision S 55-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 12 May 2021
Free gifts : RM200 instant rebate **
** only on the HUAWEI Shopee Store + HUAWEI Online Store

 

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HUAWEI Vision S Smart TV : A Quick Preview!

The HUAWEI Vision S is coming soon, and here is a quick preview of their first-ever Smart TV to launch globally!

 

HUAWEI Vision S Smart TV : A Quick Preview!

The HUAWEI Vision S will come in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Here’s a quick look at the key features of the HUAWEI Vision S!

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Thanks to its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC). the HUAWEI Vision S promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, the HUAWEI Vision S is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on the Vision S’ remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the Vision S, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Watch Livestream + Win HUAWEI Mate40 Pro!

HUAWEI Malaysia will livestream the official launch of the Vision S on 27 April 2021, at 7:30 PM (MYT).

Watch it, and you could be in the running to win a HUAWEI Mate40 Pro smartphone!

 

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Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents?

Should you laminate official documents? Or will that invalidate or destroy those documents?

We take a look at this sticky issue, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : It Is Illegal To Laminate Official Documents!

The availability of cheap heat lamination machines and plastic lamination film make it easy for many people to laminate their official documents against damage.

However, this viral message on social media is warning people that laminating your official documents could invalidate them!

Don’t laminate all official documents

Please inform your aunts, uncles, fathers and relatives or acquaintances …etc

All official documents including birth certificates must not be laminated because it is difficult to know the authenticity of the document, the act will lose its authenticity.

Please use a transparent file holder to store all official documents or certificates. Avoid lamination.

The guy who shared this info, had to apply for fresh title for his land all because he laminated it. Once laminated, considered spoiled or damaged by Government.

Beware! Avoid unnecessary hassle.

 

Is It Wrong To Laminate Official Documents? It Depends!

Many people laminate their official documents to protect them against damage, but generally, you should NEVER laminate your official documents.

You should only laminate them, when required under certain circumstances.

Here are the facts to help you determine when you should, or should not, laminate your official documents.

Fact #1 : Official Documents Should Not Be Altered In Any Way

You should never alter official documents like birth / death / divorce / marriage certificates, or vehicle / business / property registrations in any way.

This includes gluing them onto cardboard, punching holes in them for filing, or marking on them with a pen.

Fact #2 : Laminating Documents Could Invalidate Them!

Many official documents have embossed security seals and stamps to help prove their authenticity.

When you laminate such documents, the embossed seals and stamps are flattened by the heat and pressure of the lamination process.

This may invalidate those documents, effectively destroying their legal status.

In 2016, a Canadian man was denied a passport because he laminated his Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. He had to secure a new certificate.

Fact #3 : Laminated Documents Are Harder To Scan / Photocopy

Some official documents may come with a QR code, or bar code, imprinted as a security / validation measure.

Once laminated, the reflective plastic surface makes it harder to scan the QR or bar code, as well as to scan or make a photocopy.

Fact #4 : Lamination Films Adhesive May Damage Documents

Many plastic lamination films have an adhesive layer to ensure proper sticking to the paper.

This adhesive increases the risk of tearing if you attempt to delaminate the documents. It could also damage your documents, turning them yellow over time.

Fact #5 : You May Be Required To Laminate Certain Documents

The authorities may require you to laminate your official documents in certain cases. For example, the registration of the birth of a child to a Malaysian parent in Singapore requires a Singapore birth certificate that must be laminated.

To avoid damage to the official document that must be laminated, you can try placing it inside a clear, non-adhesive plastic sleeve, before laminating it.

This would prevent the adhesive from making contact with your document, and allow you to delaminate it without tearing.

 

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HUAWEI MateStation S : Why It’s Perfect For WFH!

You may not know this, but HUAWEI just launched the MateStation S, which is just great for the new WFH normal!

Find out what the HUAWEI MateStation S offers, and why it is perfect for WFH!

 

HUAWEI MateStation S : Why It’s Perfect For WFH!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is their first-ever desktop PC, and is designed for the new WFH (Work From Home) normal.

What do we mean by that? Desktop computers are known for offering excellent performance, but are usually bulky, expensive and lack wireless connectivity.

The HUAWEI MateStation S changes that by offering desktop performance in a small package, with wireless connectivity and smart sharing capabilities.

In other words, you don’t have to worry about wires, space or battery life. Just plunk it anywhere at home, and you can start working!

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI AX3 Dual Core router with Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi Mesh capability is also coming soon, at just RM 199!

Super Compact!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is super compact. At 9 cm wide and 29 cm tall, with a cubic volume of just 8.6 litres, it is just a third of a standard PC case!

With a stylish star trail design, you can place it on your desk, under it, or even on a nearby bookshelf!

6-Core Powerful Performance!

The HUAWEI MateStation S is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G, a 7 nm processor with 6 cores for excellent multi-tasking performance.

It also comes with integrated 7-core Radeon Graphics, dual-channel memory, and a PCIe x4 NVMe SSD, which delivers ultra-quick start up and response times thanks to its 32 Gbps throughput.

Users have the option to add extra SSD / HDD and even RAM, if they wish to upgrade it after purchase. It comes with two M.2 2280 slots.

23.8-inch FullView Monitor!

It comes with a 23.8-inch FullView monitor, with ultra thin bezels that delivers a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

To ensure eye comfort during long hours of use, the monitor is flicker-free and TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue light emissions.

Ultra-Quiet Cooling System

To ensure minimal noise impact on your home environment, the MateStation S comes with an ultra-quiet cooling system.

The fan features vertical blades, and works in tandem with a “high-density bionic heat sink” to deliver superior cooling performance at low noise levels.

The fan usually has a noise level of only 22 dB. Even at full throttle, it maxes out at 28 dB, so it won’t disturb anyone sleeping nearby.

Integrated Wireless Connectivity!

Unlike many desktops, the HUAWEI MateStation S offers the wireless connectivity of a laptop.

It comes with WiFi-AC – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band with 2×2 MIMO – and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity built-in.

So you can easily connect to the Internet and other devices, without worrying about cables!

But in case you need LAN connectivity, it also comes with an RJ45 Ethernet port!

Smart Connectivity!

The HUAWEI MateStation S supports improved HUAWEI Share capability, allowing you to easily share files, images and even text between two devices using drag-and-drop or a simple tap.

You can also connect your smartphone and open three mobile app windows on the large display at once. This allows you to handle multiple tasks on one display, improving your productivity.

For instance, you can attend a video call on one mobile app screen, and take notes on a second screen, while chatting with colleagues on a third screen.

Loads Of Ports!

The HUAWEI MateStation S offers loads of ports – something laptops lack, and many users desperately need.

In The Front

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A) port
  • USB 2.0 (Type C) port

We should point out that this USB Type C port in the front supports 18 watt fast charging for your smartphone, so you can plug it in to charge while using the MateStation S!

In The Back

  • Audio input port
  • Audio output port
  • Microphone input port
  • HDMI port
  • VGA port
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A) ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (Type A) ports
  • RJ45 Ethernet port
  • Serial port

The HDMI port connects to any monitor or TV, while the VGA and serial ports offer backward compatibility with many commercial and industrial devices, like projectors and bar code scanners.

Smart Keyboard!

The HUAWEI MateStation S comes with a HUAWEI Wired Keyboard with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

This makes it the world’s first desktop to feature a fingerprint power on and unlock capability! A single touch is all it needs to power on and log-in.

This is a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a scissor key mechanism that offers 2.5 mm key travel.

Each key measures 16.05 x 6.05 mm, offering a comfortable touch type experience with tactile feedback.

 

HUAWEI MateStation S : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MateStation S is available for sale with immediate effect at these launch prices :

  • Desktop + Keyboard : RM 2,488
  • Desktop + Monitor + Keyboard : RM 2,999

Every purchase of the full bundle (including monitor) will receive FREE GIFTS worth up to RM 855* upon purchase.

* Terms and conditions apply, while stocks last.

Shop now at the HUAWEI Online Store, or learn more about the HUAWEI MateStation S.

 

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Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

Epson just launched their EpiqVision Mini EF-12 portable laser projection TV!

Take a look at its key features, and find out if this is what you have been looking for!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Portable Laser Projection TV!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is a compact and lightweight laser projector that allows you to enjoy a cinema experience at home, at up to 150-inches in display!

Built around the Epson 3LCD Technology, the EpiqVision Mini EF-12 offers Full HD resolution at 1000 lumens of brightness!

Low Maintenance Cost

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 uses a laser light source with a rated lifespan of 20,000 hours.

Epson says that with 5 hours of daily use, that gives you more than 10 years of enjoyment, with little to no maintenance costs.

Epson Online Meetings (Powered By Zoom)

The EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is Zoom-ready, allowing you to quickly conduct online video conferencing without additional software.

Android TV + Chromecast Built-In

With Android TV built-in, this laser projector lets you stream movies, shows and games from Google Play, YouTube and other sources.

You can also cast your favourite entertainment app or game using Chromecast from any Android or iOS device, Windows or Mac computer!

Bluetooth Yamaha Speaker

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 has a Yamaha speaker built-in, which also works as a standalone Bluetooth speaker for your mobile devices!

Automatic Setup

Thanks to its built-in camera, it automatically adjusts the necessary horizontal and vertical keystone correction, screen distortion and focus level!

 

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 : Price + Availability!

The Epson EpiqVision Mini EF-12 is available in mid-April 2021, with a retail price of RM 4,980 (about US$1,202 / £873 / A$1,576 / S$1,617).

Here are online purchase options in other countries :

 

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Chinese Potty Sold As Decoration On Amazon!

Everyone’s laughing at Amazon for selling a Chinese potty as kitchen and dining table decoration, or as a “traditional fruit basket”.

You really cannot make this up! And yet, people have actually used it to chill wine and serve sauce!

 

Chinese Potty Sold As Decoration On Amazon!

This is the infamous post on Amazon, of a Chinese potty (also known as a Tam Pui). It not only serves as a chamber pot, it can also double as a spittoon.

But only on Amazon is it being marketed and sold as a “1960s Chinese Traditional Fruit Basket” or “Chinese Antique Kitchen & Dining Table Decoration” or “Traditional Fruit Basket”.

While it may seem like a joke, this is a real posting by a seller on Amazon.

The seller claims that it is an antique Chinese traditional fruit basket of the 1960s, that is suitable to be used as ice bucket for wine, or a housewarming gift, or a decorative item for your kitchen or dining table!

Even worse – the seller wanted a princely sum of CDN$68.45 (about US$54 / RM 219) for this Chinese potty that only costs about US$4 in China!

 

Tam Pui : Chinese Potty Explainer

To those who are unfamiliar with the Tam Pui – this is a chamber pot, a portable toilet, a potty. Some people also use it as a spittoon. But never for food or anything nice.

Those familiar with the Tam Pui have been laughing their asses off, because this is something many Chinese families used to potty train their children in the 1960s to maybe the 90s.

The child would sit on it and do his/her business into the Tam Pui, and the parents can clean them before disposing of the waste and toilet paper / waste water.

They are still used these days as portable urinals in hostels or rented rooms without ensuite toilets, for late night convenience.

And one may be purchased as a good luck gift for a newly-wed couple – to imply that they will soon have a baby.

 

Please Do NOT Use Chinese Potty Like This!

Unless you want to be thought as a complete moron by any person of Chinese ethnicity, as well as many other Asians, you should NOT use the Chinese potty to chill wine, as a bread basket, or to serve soup or sauce!

 

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Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced a new WiFi 6 router that will be made available FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers! Here are the details…

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced the availability of a new WiFi 6 router which promises to deliver faster wireless connectivity with greater range, better signal and the capacity to support more devices.

WiFi 6, also known as Wi-Fi 6 or IEEE 802.11ax or WiFi-AX, is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, which can deliver up to 1.2 Gb/s of wireless bandwidth.

In addition to higher bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 boasts reduced interference, increased network efficiency, reduced latency, as well as expanded capacity to support more Wi-Fi devices concurrently.

The new Maxis WiFi 6 router also comes with built-in EasyMesh technology, allowing you to easily expand the WiFi coverage by adding more EasyMesh units.

 

Maxis WiFi 6 Router : FREE For All New + Existing Customers!

Starting 18 February 2021, Maxis will make this new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100 Mbps or faster.

Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the free router upgrade exercise, with free installation by their Maxperts team.

 

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2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

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

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

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : What Could They Reveal?

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

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

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

 

2021 Samsung TV First Look : MicroLED or QD Display?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

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

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

 

IDEA 2020 : What Is It?

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

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

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

 

IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

People are sharing a video that shows a gas stove explosion that allegedly happened when a phone rang.

Find out if it’s true that a ringing phone caused that gas stove explosion, and if that’s even possible!

 

Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

This is the video that many sites and people have been sharing, together with warnings to stop using a phone in the kitchen.

The video may be shocking, but don’t worry – both ladies appear to escape the explosion unscathed.

In the video, the lady on the left appeared to turn on the stove a split second before the explosion happened.

A close examination of the video will reveal that the explosion started under the stove, blowing out the oven door and sending the stove grates flying up.

The fire then spread to the tank and caused what appears to be a secondary explosion from the gas tank, which sends the stove flying forwards.

So in all likelihood, this explosion was caused by a leaking gas tank.

The short and sweet summary is that – no, a ringing phone did NOT cause that gas stove explosion.

 

Why A Ringing Phone Will NOT Cause A Gas Stove Explosion

For those who want to know more, here are the reasons why a ringing phone did not, and will not, cause that gas stove explosion.

Reason #1 : It Won’t Happen Without A Gas Leak / Defective Gas Tank

A gas explosion cannot happen without a gas leak, or a defective gas tank.

If there is a gas leak, the gas explosion will happen as soon as someone turned on the stove.

If the gas tank was defective, it would spontaneously rupture and probably explode.

So whether there is a phone in the kitchen is immaterial.

Reason #2 : Ringing Phones Don’t Create Sparks

The electrodynamic speakers in your phone vibrate to produce sound waves. They do not generate sparks.

Think about it – how popular would mobile phones be if their speakers emitted sparks into our ears?

Without a source of sparks or an open flame, a gas leak wouldn’t catch fire and explode.

The US FCC, US NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the Petroleum Equipment Institute have all confirmed that mobile phones do not pose a fire hazard.

Reason #3 : Static Is The Real Hidden Danger

Fire incidences blamed on mobile phones can often, if not always, be traced back to static electricity.

Our bodies can get “charged” with static electricity, if we wear rubber-soled shoes or slippers. Or when we walk on a rug.

Sparks are created when an electrostatic discharge occurs – this is what causes the petrol station fires that people blame on mobile phones.

 

Note : Don’t Get Distracted In The Kitchen!

While your phone will not spark fires, you should still avoid using your phone whenever you’re at the petrol station or in your kitchen.

Using your phone at the petrol station or kitchen is dangerous because it can distract you from dangers in an environment with flammable liquids.

It’s really the same reason why you are not allowed to use a phone while driving. Your phone may not cause your car to explode, but you could get distracted and cause an accident!

 

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

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

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

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : A Fashion Statement

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

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

 

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

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

Easy Connectivity

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

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

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

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

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

Floor Stand

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

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

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

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

Adaptive Picture

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

 

The Serif (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Rotating Display

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

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

Easy Connectivity

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

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

100% DCI-P3 Colour Volume

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

Floor Stand

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

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

Premium 4.1 Channel Sound System

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

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

Adaptive Voice Amplifier (AVA)

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

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

Adaptive Picture

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

 

The Sero (2020) by Samsung : Price + Availability

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

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

 

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2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

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

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

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals For Malaysia!

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

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

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

 

2020 Samsung Gemilang Special Deals : How To Redeem Free Gifts

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

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

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

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

 

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2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub Preview!

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

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub

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

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

View Inside

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

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

Family Board

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

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

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

Home Entertainment with SmartView

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

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

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

Smart Home Management

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

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

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

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Specifications

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

USB Port : 1 Type A
Dimensions 912 mm wide
1780 mm tall
716 mm deep
Weight 108 kg net
115 kg gross

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Proves Fraud?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

And here are the reasons why…

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

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

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

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

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

Reason #2 : LPG Gas Pressure Varies A Lot

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

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

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

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

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

Reason #3 : LPG Gas Regulators Keep The Pressure Low

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

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

Reason #4 : High Pressure = Dangerous + Incomplete Combustion

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

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

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

 

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Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Cordless Jet Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner!

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

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

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Cordless Jet Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner

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

Digital Inverter Motor

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

Jet Cyclone System

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

Soft Action Brush

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

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

5-Layer HEPA Filtration System

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

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

Long Cleaning Time

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

Easy Maintenance

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

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Specifications

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

 

Samsung Jet 70 Easy : Price + Availability

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

 

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Samsung Clean Station : Auto Dust Disposal with Air Pulse!

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

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

 

Samsung Clean Station : Auto Dust Disposal with Air Pulse!

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

Automatic Dustbin Emptying

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

Air Pulse Technology

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

Prevents Dust From Spewing Out

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

5-Layer HEPA Filtration System

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

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

 

Samsung Clean Station : Specifications

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

 

Samsung Clean Station : Price + Availability

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

 

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Samsung AR9500T Wind-Free : Briefing + Demo!

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

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

 

Samsung AR9500T : What Is The Wind-Free Technology?

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

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

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

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

 

Samsung AR9500T : Other Features

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

AI Auto Cooling

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

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

SmartThings Control

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

Energy Efficient Technologies

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

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

Better Filters + Cleaning

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

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

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

 

Samsung AR9500T : Price + Availability + Deal!

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

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

  • Samsung AX60R5080WD Air Purifier
  • Samsung AX34R3020WW Air Purifier

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

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

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

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K TVs Are NEXTGEN TV Ready!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV : First Look!

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

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

 

2020 Samsung QLED 8K Q950 TV

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

Ultra-Thin Design

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

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

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

Certified 8K Resolution

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

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

Optimal Picture Quality

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

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

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

NEXTGEN TV Ready!

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

Immersive Audio Experience

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

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

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

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

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Connected Family Hub

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

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

 

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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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But here are some online purchase options you can consider :

 

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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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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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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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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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The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

At an exclusive event in Singapore, Sony officially launched and showed off the 2019 Sony BRAVIA range of OLED and LED TVs. They include the latest addition to the Sony MASTER series – the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television! Check them out!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Line-Up Revealed!

Introducing the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up was Mr. Benjamin Ng, the Assistant General Manager of the Sony SEA TV Marketing Division.

It was followed by the official launch of the new Sony BRAVIA A9G 4K HDR OLED television!

 

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED + LED TV Showcase

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up consists of two 4K OLED TV models, four 4K LED TV models and two 2K LED TV models. Let’s check them out!

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G Premium 4K HDR OLED TV

This is Sony’s new flagship 4K OLED TV. Available in 77-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch display sizes, the new 2019 Sony BRAVIA A9G pairs the clarify of 4K with the colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The new A9G  boasts over 8 million self-illuminating pixels controlled by the brand new Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with Pixel Contrast Booster for more colours and greater contrast in bright areas. It offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

The A9G also boasts the new Acoustic Surface Audio+ feature, which is designed to envelope viewers in an expansive soundscape. It also has a TV Centre Speaker mode, that literally turns the TV into the centre speaker!

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Pixel Contrast Booster delivers a richer visual experience with unprecedented blacks
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ features two actuators and two subwoofers, with a TV Centre Speaker Mode and Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA A8G 4K HDR OLED TV

  • OLED panel for unprecedented blacks, and a wide viewing angle
  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X950G 4K HDR LED TV

  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate with Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Wide Angle minimises colour change when viewed from the side (85-inch and 75-inch models only)
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver the creator’s vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X900G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme with Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing
  • Full-array local dimming backlight, with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO
  • X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth, minimising blur
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X850G 4K HDR LED TV

  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X85G 4K HDR LED TV

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  • 4K HDR Processor X1 with Object-based HDR Remaster
  • TRILUMINOS display for vibrant, expanded range of colours
  • Acoustic Surface Audio with Sound-from-Picture Reality capability
  • Supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA X6G 2K HDR LED TV

  • X-Reality PRO picture processing for superior upscaling capability
  • ClearAudio+ fine-tunes the audio output for a more immersive experience

 

2019 Sony BRAVIA Price + Availability

The 2019 Sony BRAVIA OLED and LED TV line-up is scheduled to hit the market in the second quarter of 2019. Their prices will be announced later.

 

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HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro Modem For Home + SME Revealed!

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro was first revealed in January. Now, HUAWEI has officially launched their first 5G modem that also supports Wi-Fi 6 technology! Check out what it offers!

 

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro

The HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro is powered by the recently-announced Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset. It therefore supports both 4G and 5G connections, as well as older 2G and 3G modes.

In addition to homes, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for super-fast broadband access.

Performance

On a 5G network, HUAWEI showed that a 1 GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without lag.

Its ability to achieve a peak transfer rate of 3.2 Gbps sets a new benchmark for home CPEs (Consumer Premises Equipment).

While those are the current transfer rates, its Balong 5000 chipset is rated for 5G download speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps at the sub-6 GHz spectrum, and up to 6.5 Gbps in the millimetre-wave spectrum. It also has a peak 4G download speed of up to 1.6 Gbps.

For more information, read our coverage of the HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G chipset!

Wi-Fi 6

In addition to 5G, the HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 technology. This allows it to delivers wireless speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps – 15X faster than WiFi 4 (802.11n).

It also has the world’s first “small, cross-polarised” antenna which has a unique two antenna crossing layout. This eliminates the standard 10 mm anti-interference distance between the antennas, reducing its overall size by 20%, while increasing WiFi coverage by 30% in both vertical and horizontal directions.

HUAWEI HiLink

HUAWEI naturally threw in their HiLink smart home platform, which allows easier management of smart devices. You can even use it to build a mesh network, albeit only with other HiLink-compatible HUAWEI access points.

 

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The Umbrella Academy – Everything You Need To Know!

Netflix is set to launch its original series – The Umbrella Academy – later today, 15 February! Here is everything you need to know about this new Netflix Original Series. Don’t forget to check out the three videos we posted!

 

The Umbrella Academy

This Netflix original series centres around the super dysfunctional members of The Umbrella Academy. The first season of this highly-anticipated series is set to be globally lauched on February 15, 2019.

On the same day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. 7 are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world.

Now, the 6 surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death.

But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities as well as the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The show is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.

Launch Date:  February 15, 2019

Created for Television by: Steve Blackman

Executive Producers: Steve Blackman (Showrunner/EP), Jeff King (EP), Keith Goldberg (EP), Mike Richardson (EP), Gerard Way (Co-EP), Gabriel Bá (Co-EP)

Produced by: Universal Cable Productions for Netflix

Series Stars: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, Kate Walsh                           

# of episodes: 10 x 1-hour episodes

Filmed in: Toronto, Canada

Who Is In The Umbrella Academy?

  • Number 1 : Luther, played by Tom Hopper
  • Number 2 : Diego, played by David Castaneda
  • Number 3 : Allison, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman
  • Number 4 : Klaus, played by Robert Sheehan
  • Number 5 : Number Five, played by Aidan Gallagher
  • Number 7 : Vanya, played by Ellen Page
  • Cha-cha, played by Mary J. Blige
  • Hazel, played by Cameron Britton

 

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