Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Acer Announces World’s First Curved Screen Notebook at IFA

The Christmas season is here! The Ber months is the start of the holiday festivities in the Philippines, arguably holds the longest Christmas celebration on the world.
Today, Acer Philippines held a live webcast of the #next@acer IFA Global Press Conference live from Berlin, Germany. With the many upcoming tech "goodies" showcased by no less than Acer CEO Jason Chen, indeed it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Acer CEO Jason Chen at the #next@acer IFA Global Press Conference live from Berlin, Germany
One of the most anticipated product unveiled in the event is the new Predator 21 X gaming laptop, the world’s first curved screen notebook, a series of monitors with the latest eye-tracking technology and GPU updates to the Predator 15/17 series notebooks. This announcement at IFA 2016 reinforces Acer’s commitment to premium gaming with a focus on expanding the number of high-performance Predator devices available to discerning enthusiasts around the world.


The Predator 21 X: a New Sheriff in Town
The Predator 21 X takes the flagship spot in Acer’s gaming notebook series and is advanced beyond anything on the market today. It’s the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080), and when combined with wide-angle viewing, it delivers a truly immersive gaming experience. To bring gameplay immersion to the next level, the notebook also integrates Tobii eye-tracking technology for a new method of control that’s more intuitive and natural. Built-in eye-tracking hardware (infrared sensors and software) unlocks a completely new facet in gaming. By tracking a gamer’s eye with software, the notebook introduces new interactions like aiming, identifying enemies and taking cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen. Eye tracking also enhances the experience by providing infinite views whilst navigating treacherous paths and roads in a game.
With 7th Generation Intel® Core processors and dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI, the Predator 21 X takes the AAA gaming experience to new heights. The curved screen also features NVIDIA® G-SYNC technology to ensure smooth and sharp gameplay in every scenario. Visuals aren’t the only star of the show: the Predator 21 X also ships with SoundPound 4.2+ (4 speakers and 2 subwoofers), 3-way audio and Dolby® Audio for truly pristine aural enjoyment. The notebook also features an advanced cooling architecture with 5 system fans, 3 of which are ultra-thin AeroBlade™ metal fans, to dissipate excess heat effectively for uninterrupted performance during intense gaming sessions.
The Predator 21 X has a full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry® MX switches, with customizable RGB backlight settings for each individual key. Aside from its unique curved form factor, the Predator 21 X’s numeric keypad also touts a unique design that allows it to be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.
New Eye-Tracking Monitors Revealed
In addition to its flagship notebook, Acer announced 3 new Predator gaming monitors that also feature Tobii eye-tracking technology. Each new monitor features NVIDIA® G-SYNC and high refresh rates for smooth gaming experiences without lag. The new Predator gaming monitors are available in different sizes and configurations to meet the needs of a wide range of users looking to take their gaming experiences forward:
·         Predator Z271T: 27”, curved screen (1800R curvature), FHD 1920 x 1080 (144 Hz)
·         Predator XB251HQT: 24.5”, flat ZeroFrame screen, FHD 1920 x 1080 (240 Hz)
·         Predator XB271HUT: 27”, flat ZeroFrame screen, WQHD 2560 x 1440 (165 Hz)
GPU Upgrades for More Power
The Predator 15 and 17 gaming notebooks received GPUs refreshes based on the all-new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and run on Windows 10. This brings the notebooks in line with Acer’s push to have the Predator series ready to power the latest VR devices.


Price and Availability
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA in Germany, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals. For more information, visit acer.com/nextatacer.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Acer trade up promo


Acer announced a “trade up” promo where you can exchange your existing projector for a chance to own a brand-new Acer projector.

Just turn in your old, working or non-working, Acer or non-Acer projector unit when buying an Acer P1185 projector at participating stores within Metro Manila for a whopping 50-percent discount.

From August 22-September 11, 2016, get the Acer P1185 projector, together with a projector screen and clicker worth Php22,990, now for only P11,495. The promo is valid for Metro Manila stores only.

Simply fill out the necessary information upon purchase of the Acer P1185 and surrender the old unit to participating stores at the Cyberzone areas located in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

Any projector is qualified for the trade-up promo except overhead projectors and those with brightness below 2,500 ANSI lumens.  A maximum of Three (3) units per end user or company will be accepted for purchase under the promo.


For more about Acer Philippines’ projector trade-up promo, go to www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or www.Facebook.com/AcerPH

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Home tech to warm up during these cold weather months


Water from the tap gets colder as the cold weather of the “ber-months” start to close in. While most people are used to hitting the showers with cold water raining on them— some of them want it that way because it finishes the job of waking them up from drowsiness— there are some who just cannot handle the sharp chill on their skin. One of them are kids who need to wake up early for school. It seems to take forever to pull them out from their slumber in these cold months and they dread the cold water from the shower, making their mornings far less enjoyable— adversely affecting their mood.

As an old-school practice, it takes extra effort for those who wake up very early morning just to manually heat up water in the kitchen, or possibly worse, by using submersible water heater heads in their buckets, which puts users at risk of getting accidentally electrocuted. It takes extra time in mixing heated water with tap just to get the right comfortable temperature. Others may have their own water heater installed in their showers, but the risk of getting scalded is still a problem.

Midea, the world’s leading consumer appliances manufacturer, responds to these challenges with an array of water heaters that can suit everybody’s needs and budget. Their line-up of water heaters has the Quick Warm Heating Element that instantly heats water at a preferred temperature that gives instant comfort in seconds. This allows its users not to worry much about time, especially those who are always in a hurry in the morning to beat the rush hour.

All of Midea’s water heaters have Safety Sensors that ensure not only the comfort in taking a shower but also the safety in their use. It guarantees no overheating so that customers may enjoy their warm showers just the way they want them longer.   These sensors also take care of keeping water temperature in check, so that scalding hot water will not come out of the shower. It also has a built-in anti-shock device to keep everyone safe from harm.

While Midea offers different models of water heaters that may cater to people with a tight grip on their budget, they will also definitely enjoy its affordability not just on the price tag but also in its use. It only heats the water needed for a shower and for as low as Php 3.00, everyone can enjoy this tag on the electric bill for 10 minutes of warm soothing water trickling down the skin— more than enough time to soak, soap, and scrub then out to take on the day ahead.

A warm shower from Midea could also be enjoyed after having a tough day at work and coming home from the heavy traffic on the road. A soothing bath could take away a day’s worth of stress by loosening up muscles that are tight from all the work it had. This could also refresh and clear the mind so parents who work hard after a long day could definitely enjoy some quality time with their kids before bed time.

As the cold months come close, Midea offers warmth through its innovative products featuring home solutions that could make home life easier and more harmonious. Midea’s water heaters reflect the kind of warmth it has for the family and that soothing feeling of coming home to the people that matter the most.


For more information on Midea’s products, check out their website at http://midea.com.ph/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MideaPhilippines.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Predator sponsors CS:GO, one of world’s biggest gaming tourneys


Predator recently sponsored the CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) StarLadder i-League Invitational Gaming Tournament, one of the world’s biggest online gaming competitions that offer huge amounts of prizes.

“Everyone now believes that the Predator is tailor-made for serious gamers and even for gaming enthusiasts. But this is just a tip of the iceberg; we are still developing the Predator to further make it a strong gaming brand that has much to offer to discriminating gamers,” declares Steven J. Funcke, Predator Marketing Manager.

Held at the massive “Olimpiyskiy” (Olympic) stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, the offline finals marked the first time in the region that a major cybersport event such as CS:GO, touted as an important and prestigious gaming title, was held at a giant football stadium, thereby attracting huge global attention.


For two months in the run up before the finals, broadcasts of the tournament in Russian with mention of Predator was seen by over 1.9 million online viewers on Twitch.

And during the finals week, Predator was strategically placed in English-language streams, and when combined with Russian-language streams, unique views reached more than 2 million over the course of the 4-day finals competition, with over 2.7 million hours of gameplay watched and nearly 14,000 in-person visitors.

The Predator is available in the Philippines through the Predator Store at SM North EDSA, PC Express in Gilmore, Villman Computers Philippines at SM North EDSA and Octagon Computer Store at SM Megamall.


For more information about the Predator, go to the Predator Philippines Facebook page www.facebook.com/predatorphilippines.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Radeon Rebellion Available now


Change is definitely here as AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) ignites a revolution in PC gaming and VR with the launch of the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card to the Philippine market recently.

Widely anticipated by Filipino fans and gamers since its international release a month ago, the world’s most advanced graphics technology has finally arrived on local shores to deliver enthusiast-level gaming performance and features, and an extraordinary value proposition.

The Radeon™ RX 480 introduces premium technology engineered to deliver the best performance in its class1, democratize VR and deliver a wide range of future-proof technologies2 supporting current and forthcoming game and video standards. The cards will start at SRP P15,000 (with VAT) for the Radeon™ RX 480 8GB card. Details regarding the new Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card and related technologies are available at AMD’s new gamer-focused website, Radeon.com.

“Our message to gamers everywhere is that the Radeon™ RX 480 is every bit as much your card as it is ours,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We designed this technology by listening intently to you, the gamers who have bought and played on our graphics technology for years. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce something that satisfies the most discerning gamer, and delivers the ideal product at an impeccable price. We couldn’t be more grateful for the reception we’ve received from gamers, customers, and technology partners who see what our engineering team has accomplished, and agree that with the Radeon™ RX Series, gaming and VR is truly #BetterRed.”



Radeon™ RX 480 Reception
The global PC ecosystem has demonstrated enthusiastic support for the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card. OEM and system integrator partners such as Alienware, HP, and Lenovo are praising the Radeon™ RX 480’s capabilities.
Game and VR application developers including Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft and VR headset manufacturers Oculus and HTC are applauding AMD for delivering on the promise of bringing flagship performance and features to the mass market, enabling them to greatly expand the reach of experiences they’re developing.
Professional and casual gamers alike are also celebrating the launch, with AMD-sponsored eSports teams such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses hailing the Radeon™ RX 480 as a triumph for PC gamers everywhere, and prominent video reviewers worldwide affirming the exceptional value of the graphics card across a wide range of games. To see some of the industry-wide acclaim the Radeon™ RX 480 card is receiving at launch visit Radeon.com here.

Radeon™ RX 480 Features
The Radeon™ RX 480 card packs an unprecedented amount of gaming and VR goodness into an incredible price point:
·         Premium technology engineered for unprecedented performance in its class – The Radeon™ RX 480 8GB card features the most advanced graphics and gaming technologies ever seen in a GPU at its price point, delivering the best performance in its class. The revolutionary Polaris architecture, optimized for the 14nm FinFET process, drives spectacular improvements in performance and efficiency.  It delivers more than 15 percent more performance per compute unit3, up to 2.8x the performance/Watt over AMD’s Radeon R9 200 series graphics architecture4, and fuels up to 5.8 trillion calculations a second. More information on the advances in the Polaris architecture are available here.
·         The most affordable solution for premium VR experiences – The Radeon™ RX 480 card is the most affordable solution for premium VR experiences, being both Oculus™ Rift- and Steam®VR-Ready.5 Utilizing LiquidVR™ technologies designed to provide smoother, more comfortable VR experiences, the Radeon™ RX 480  card lowers the cost barrier to entry for PC VR making it affordable for millions of consumers. Visit Radeon.com here to learn more about how the Radeon™ RX 480 card is helping to truly democratize VR.
·         Future-proof technologies2 – The Radeon™ RX 480 card continues the Radeon™ tradition of innovation being first to new process nodes, first in memory types and bandwidth, and first to support new gaming APIs. Gamers will enjoy the Radeon™ RX 480 card for a long time to come with a range of “future-proof” benefits including:
o   Premium HD gaming in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ – The Radeon™ RX 480 card excels in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™, APIs that are powering the future of gaming. Polaris architecture uniquely supports asynchronous compute for superior experiences in games and VR applications using these new APIs, and combined with AMD FreeSync™ Technology6, gamers can enjoy silky smooth framerates at 1440p resolution across the most demanding games. More information on gaming in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ with the Radeon™ RX 480 card is available here.
o   Next-generation display and video technologies – The Radeon™ RX 480 card features HDMI® 2.0b, DisplayPort™ 1.3 HBR3, and DisplayPort™ 1.4 HDR supporting the new generation of high-resolution HDR and high-refresh displays enabling experiences such as FreeSync™ with high-refresh 4K, high refresh UltraWide, and single-cable 5K resolution computing at 60Hz. The Radeon™ RX 480 features AMD’s most versatile decode accelerator ever, enabling beautiful HDR movies using 10-bit HEVC7 from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, accelerated H.264 video of streamers on Twitch, accelerated VP9 videos on sites like YouTube, and razor-sharp video calling using HEVC and MJPEG in applications like Skype. More information on the next-generation display and video technologies are available here.8
o   Unprecedented control with Radeon Software and the new Radeon WattMan – Radeon Software compliments the sophisticated hardware of the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card, enabling the ultimate in performance, features and stability to ensure an exceptionally smooth and fast out-of-box experience, and one that gets better with age as updates roll out. Launching today with the Radeon™ RX 480 card are nine new features of Radeon Software Crimson Edition designed to give users more control over multi-GPU, display, and power efficiency settings. Radeon WattMan, based on AMD OverDrive™ technology, enables users to take complete control over the Radeon™ RX 480 card with a redefined overclocking experience9 and a wide range of features including dynamic GPU frequency and voltage curves that allow users to customize both elements across seven states. Radeon WattMan also delivers a new histogram interface that enables recording of per-application data to easily track peak and average activity, clocks, temperature and fan speed. More information on the new Radeon WattMan is available here.

Radeon RX 480 Availability
Radeon™ RX 480 graphics cards are available from retailers and etailers around the world starting today.10 For more information on where to buy, visit http://shop.amd.com.