Acer Chromebook Spin 15

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KIngston announced the UV500 SSD Line

3D NAND-enabled SSD featuring full-disk encryption

Logitech® G PRO Gaming Headset

For professional and competitive gamers

Transcend 500S and 300S series of SD and microSD cards

For the storage needs of today’s users

Kingston Reveals its first wireless headset

The HyperX Cloud Flight Gaming Headset

December 3, 2019

Intel Completes Sale of Smartphone Modem Business to Apple

Intel Corporation today announced it has completed the sale of the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple. This transaction, valued at $1 billion, was announced on July 25, 2019. As previously disclosed, this transaction enables Intel to focus on developing technology for 5G networks while retaining the option to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet of things devices and autonomous vehicles.

December 2, 2019

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE Wins 2020 Taiwan Excellence Silver Award

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces that the GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard has won a Taiwan Excellence Silver Award. The Ultra-Durable flagship motherboard impressed the judging panel with its groundbreaking, cutting-edge design. The X570 AORUS XTREME also won an award, taking home the Taiwan Excellence Award for its next gen design.

 GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE based off the Intel® Z390 chipset features an AIO monoblock with cooling coverage for the processor, VRM, and even the chipset. The state-of-the-art thermal design enables all cores 5.1GHz performance from the Intel® Core™ I9-9900K processors.

The board’s exclusive leakage detection ensures that the protective mechanism is immediately activated if the system detects any liquid coolants on the monoblock. Customizable digital LED lighting with different lighting modes and Smart Fan control gives the user full customizability. The flagship motherboard delivers the most impressive performance, Ultra Durable components, and ultra cool aesthetics, making it the perfect motherboard for watercooling enthusiasts.

 For users who don’t prefer to build a system with open-loop water cooling, the feature-rich X570 AORUS XTREME boasts the best power design, thermal design, and Ultra Durable components on an AMD platform motherboard. X570 AORUS XTREME offers the best balance between noise and thermals with its low noise, ultra-effective cooling, which earned a Taiwan Excellence Award.

“It’s an honor for us to receive a Taiwan Excellence Silver Award for the Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE and a Taiwan Excellence Award for the X570 AORUS XTREME. Winning the awards is a testament to the hard work and dedication we put forth into developing these two motherboards,” said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Product Development Division. “Rising core counts and increasing performance potential are the norm for multi-core CPUs nowadays so the need for robust power designs and effective thermals has never been more important for power users. Many modders and watercooling enthusiasts are building systems with AORUS motherboards so we’ve put a lot of focus on the case modding and enthusiast segment. Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE enables users to adequately cool the processor, chipset, and VRM with an AIO monoblock, allowing for impressive overclocking. X570 AORUS XTREME features an incredible power design and passive cooling, making it perfect for those who don’t need to build an open loop watercooling system. Both boards come with RGB lighting which adds the gaming aesthetic and is fully customizable so that the user has full control over his/her motherboard’s style.”

The Taiwan Excellence Awards judging panel declared: “Winning products must showcase exceptional design quality and impressive innovation. Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE and X570 AORUS XTREME GIGABYTE both exemplify the finest engineering and innovative design, leading the way for future innovation and addressing the needs of PC DIY enthusiasts. The quality, design, performance, functionality, and innovation of these products are all very impressive and show that GIGABYTE is truly an international leader in product development, manufacturing, design, and is highly dedicated to their craft.”

December 1, 2019

ASUS Announces ZenWiFi new series of mesh WiFi systems offer

ASUS today announced ZenWiFi, a new series of mesh WiFi systems that deliver extremely fast and reliable whole-home WiFi and offer easy, flexible and powerful configurability. ASUS Zen series products are known for their balance of premium design and ultimate performance, and ZenWiFi continues this tradition with a beautiful, low-profile design that blends perfectly with any d├ęcor and ultrafast, seamless and WiFi coverage for the entire home. The ZenWiFi series offers two models: ZenWiFi AX with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and ZenWiFi AC with WiFi 5 (802.11ac).

The ZenWiFi system offers an intuitive setup process with upgraded AiMesh technology that makes getting a whole-home mesh network up and running fast and easy. For users who prefer more hands-on control, ZenWiFi offers advanced configuration options that lets them fine-tune every aspect of their network.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable home-networking experience, ZenWiFi also comes with AiProtection Pro, built-in network security with free lifetime signature updates from Trend Micro for ongoing protection. AiProtection also includes advanced parental controls to keep kids safe online.

High-speed, whole-home coverage
Unlike other mesh systems on the market, ZenWiFi gives users the ability to configure different SSID names for each of the three WiFi bands, so they can easily connect to either 2.4GHz for wide coverage WiFi, or to the 5GHz band for high-performance WiFi. Alternatively, users can simply let the ASUS Smart Connection feature automatically assign devices to either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band depending on detected wireless signal strength and traffic. A specially engineered algorithm ensures seamless roaming along with stability, speed and wide coverage.

Another differentiating feature is the ability to configure a full 5 GHz WiFi band as a dedicated backhaul connection while the other 5 GHz band is used for device connections, unlike traditional dual-band mesh WiFi systems that sacrifice half of the total wireless bandwidth to the backhaul connection. With this upgraded design, users will experience fast and stable WiFi, even when data transfers through multiple hubs to reach connected devices. ZenWiFi also has a vertical housing that holds a specially designed antenna and circuit board that optimizes WiFi signal strength and provides better airflow, improving thermal performance for reliable operation.

ZenWiFi AX features the latest WiFi 6 standard for a total data rate of up to 6600 Mbps and covers up to 5500 square feet (approximately six rooms). Its quad-core CPU to deliver the full performance potential of WiFi 6, making it suitable for dense network environments. ZenWiFi AC features the WiFi 5 (802.11ac) standard, offering a total data rate of up to 3000 Mbps and covers up to 5400 square feet (approximately four rooms).

Exclusive AiMesh technology and AiProtection Pro security
ZenWiFi comes with lifetime-free AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro. This built-in security solution, provides comprehensive and seamless protection for the network and all connected devices and features regular security signature updates free for the life of ZenWiFi, ensuring network security is always up to date. It also features parental controls to keep kids safe online and provide easy management of their network usage.

ZenWiFi also features exclusive AiMesh technology with an intuitive mobile app and web interface that makes it quick and easy for anyone to set up a whole-home mesh network, while also giving more experienced users full control of advanced networking features, such as bandwidth management and QoS settings. A flexible and scalable solution, AiMesh enables users to mix different ASUS router models to extend their mesh WiFi system. Whenever they want more coverage or new functionality, users can add another compatible router to their AiMesh network at any time.

Transcend Is Honored with Six Taiwan Excellence Awards 2020

Transcend Information is proud to announce that six of its cutting-edge products have been awarded the 2020 Taiwan Excellence Award for their innovation. With industry-leading technical experience and expertise, Transcend has received for the 16th consecutive year the Taiwan Excellence Awards. Transcend also recently made the list of Taiwan's top 20 brands for the 13th year in a row. Transcend will continue to devote itself to developing innovative products that help the brand stand out in the global market.

The awarded products of this year include the ESD350C and ESD240C portable SSDs, StoreJet® 25M3C and StoreJet® 25C3S portable hard drives, PCIe SSD 220S, the DrivePro Body Control Center and the DPD6N docking station.

Portable SSDs: ESD350C and ESD240C
Transcend's ESD350C Type-C portable SSD features a compact, ruggedized, and shock-resistant construction, and transfers files at an impressive 1,050 MB/s. The ESD240C, which comes in a lightweight metallic casing, offers excellent anti-shock capability and a maximum transfer speed of 520 MB/s.

External Hard Drives: StoreJet 25M3G and StoreJet 25C3S
Transcend's newly released StoreJet 25M3C hard drive features a native USB Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface that allows users to store and back up their files at amazing speeds, and a ruggedized three-stage shock protection system that meets US military drop-test standards. Housed in an aluminum alloy, Transcend's slim-and-sleek StoreJet 25C3S comes with a Type-C port and includes a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to Type-A cable to connect to desktops and laptops featuring the USB Type-C or USB 3.1 interface.

Transcend's MTE220S PCIe M.2 Solid-State Drive utilizes PCI Express® Gen3 x4 interface and is compatible with NVM ExpressTM (NVMeTM) specifications. Utilizing this interface means never-before-seen transfer speeds of 3,500 MB/s read and 2,800 MB/s write are now a reality. Using 3D chips and packing into a M.2 2280 form factor, the MTE220S SSD is the must-have for gaming enthusiasts and high-end applications.

DriveProTM Body Control Center and Docking Station DPD6N
Transcend's DrivePro Body Control Center is a digital evidence management system designed specifically to work with the TS-DPD6N networked docking station. With up to 16TB storage capacity, this secure, centralized server can store more than 4,000 hours of 1080P video recordings.

The "2020 Taiwan Excellence Award" was organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan. Taiwan Excellence winners represent the most revolutionary, high quality, and high value added products made by Taiwanese companies.

November 30, 2019

‘One Canon One Tree’ Extends Canon’s Efforts to Plough Back Into The Community

For the fourth consecutive year, Canon Marketing Malaysia has teamed up with Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) to expand on its efforts to create a greener environment through its ‘One Canon One Tree’ programme.

The MBSA’s ‘Shah Alam Trees for Life 2019’ partners with private companies to drive its goal of making Shah Alam a greener city with Low Carbon City status by 2030 by developing a garden city for the community. Canon’s role in this initiative is through its ‘One Canon One Tree’ programme, a tree-planting exercise in line with its wider sustainability efforts aimed at the communities in which it operates.

Canon continues to work with MBSA as they share common goals, namely to reduce our carbon footprint while raising awareness and encouraging our community to take an interest in conserving the environment.

This year, ‘One Canon One Tree’ involved Canon employees planting over 2,000 trees and shrubs in the vicinity of Taman Tasik Shah Alam, Seksyen 14. This complements more than 6,000 over trees Canon had planted over the last three years in the Shah Alam neighborhoods of Setia Alam, Bukit Jelutong, and Kawasan Hijau Seksyen 4.

According to Andrew Koh, President and CEO of Canon Marketing Malaysia, the ‘One Canon One Tree’ programme is one of the many ways Canon contributes responsibly towards its consumers and the community at large.

“We are delighted to partner with MBSA once again in this long-term greening initiative as we work towards nurturing the environment. Sustainability is a significant part of everything Canon does, and we believe that all our efforts should benefit future generations,” he said.

Canon’s involvement is in line with its Kyosei philosophy which emphasizes balancing the company’s responsibilities towards the community and environment with its business interests by coming together and working towards the common good. Apart from producing technological advanced and high-quality imaging products, Canon is also invested in ensuring its innovations are environmentally-friendly.  

“Our actions today are predicated on Kyosei and we are confident we can do our small part to impact the future. We also hope to inspire everyone around us to work together for this common cause, to make our surroundings a greener place to live in, not just for ourselves, but for the coming generations,” Koh said.

The Mayor of Shah Alam, Dato’ Haji Haris Bin Kasim, and council members of MBSA were present to show their support. Canon, represented by Mr. Andrew Koh of Canon Marketing Malaysia, Mr. Chris Martin, President & CEO of Canon MailCom Malaysia, and Mr. Takeshi Saotome, Managing Director of Canon Opto Malaysia, presented a cheque for RM25,000 to MBSA to seal their commitment to the ‘Shah Alam Trees for Life 2019’.

Over 300 participants comprising employees and families of the Canon group of companies, namely Canon Marketing, Canon Opto and Canon MailCom, worked alongside volunteers and MBSA employees to improve the landscape at Taman Tasik Shah Alam Seksyen 14.

The trees and shrubs planted will help the surrounding eco-system by attracting and providing a conducive habitat for a host of birds and insect species. These carefully selected plants made up of flowering shrubs such as Bonzai Kesinai, Pudding, Lady Diana, Canna hybrid red and orange, will also beautify and brighten up the area besides providing shade for leisure and recreational activities.