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Everything We Know About Monster Hunter World

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Monster Hunter World is a game with a simple premise: explore the world, fight huge monsters, then turn them into your own weapons and armour. The game indeed has the potential to draw in even more players than any game in the series before.

Capcom in association with Geekay Games conducted a special event for the media where the Executive Director of the game Fujioka Kaname and the Director of the game Yuya Tokuda were in presence. They took the local media through what can be expected from the game once it is launched and scouted a few questions from the regional media.

Whether this will be your first game in the series or you’re a returning veteran, here’s all we know about Monster Hunter World…

The final public beta has ended for Monster Hunter World, but its full release on Xbox One and PS4 is imminent. Set to launch on January 26, Monster Hunter World marks the end of the franchise’s long hiatus from home consoles. The latest entry in the series is also coming to PC, but Capcom hasn’t set a firm date for that launch yet.

According to the game’s producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, the delay is because “rather than have it taking up resources during the console development and not being able to have our full attention on it. We want to get console out the door, and then we’re going to take some extra time and try and get the PC version as good as possible.”

The PC date is currently set for sometime this fall. For PS4 and Xbox One users, Monster Hunter World will have an important day one patch that adds online multiplayer, event quests, chat, and other online features. In addition, the patch will fix some bugs and add series-favorite Poogies to the game.

Additional space required for the patch will be approximately 815 MB. Capcom has also confirmed that there are no plans for a Switch version of Monster Hunter World.

Pre-Order Bonuses and Special Editions
Pre-order bonuses:
The Origin Set Armor (includes higher defense and gathering skills) and a Fair Wind Charm (increases your attack power).

Digital Deluxe Edition ($70 approx.):  This includes a Samurai Set skin, three gestures, two sticker sets, and an additional face paint and hair style option. The PS4 version of the Digital Deluxe Edition also comes with 14 weapon-themed PSN avatars. All of these items will be available to purchase separately once the game launches.

Collector’s Edition ($150 approx.): This includes a physical copy of the game, a voucher for the customization items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, a hardcover art book, a monster statue, and a code for a digital soundtrack, all housed in a collector’s box.

Monster Hunter World PS4 Pro ($450 approx.): The special “Rathalos” edition of the console will also come with a red controller, pre-order bonuses, a physical copy of the game, and a special PS4 dynamic theme.

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Why ASUS Laptops with OLED Screens Are the Best Option for Gamers and Content Creators?

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Laptops with OLED screens were launched way back in 2016. However, these were typically reserved for premium devices or expensive gaming laptops. ASUS is breaking new ground by launching its new VivoBook 15 OLED K513 and the ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325. We recently reviewed both the laptops and we came away really impressed with its brilliant OLED screens.

ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325
The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED has an up to 13.3-inch OLED HDR display that supports a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and a response time of 0.2 ms. The display offers an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise colour accuracy.

Colour accuracy is usually represented by a 2D colour-gamut diagram that shows how colours are faithfully reproduced, but only at a particular brightness level. However, since the ability to reproduce colours accurately at different levels of brightness is crucial, ASUS OLED panels are calibrated to accurately reproduce colours in a 3D colour volume – showing what the panel would reproduce at 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut regardless of brightness level.

This ensures all content is displayed accurately and as intended by its creators, not just at full brightness but at any brightness setting. This is especially important for HDR content. As a result, our OLED colour volume is up to 1.6X greater than a traditional LCD.

The ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED display also features a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which can support up to 400 nits of highlight brightness and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness, providing creators with a brighter and more detailed viewing experience. With extreme contrast and accurate colour reproduction at any level, everything looks crisp and vibrant – even within darker content. This helps with eye comfort, too: you can dial down the brightness, without losing contrast and colour vibrancy, resulting in reduced blue-light emission.

In addition, studies have shown that blue light wavelengths between 415–460 nm can negatively affect the human eyes. To give you peace of mind, the ZenBook 13 OLED display also manages the blue-light ratio to reduce potentially harmful emissions up to 70% less than normal LCD, with certification from TÜV Rheinland for low blue light and flicker-free visuals – promising greater care for your eyes, even after many hours of use.

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513
The new VivoBook 15 OLED feature an ultraportable design that doesn’t weigh you down. The profile of each model is less than 20 mm and the individual model weighs only 1.8 kg, respectively. Ultrathin and lightweight, VivoBook 15 OLED is easy to slip into your messenger bag or backpack.

The NanoEdge display on the new VivoBook 15 OLED pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with even narrower top and side display bezels. This results in up to an 85% screen-to-body ratio for unrivalled immersion in a much more compact package. Entertainment is simply more awesome with the new VivoBook 15 OLED. The wide-view panel offers exceptional colour reproduction to give you stunning visuals, even when sharing the screen with family, friends, or colleagues.

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED has an up to 15.6-inch OLED HDR display that also supports a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels and a 0.2 ms response time. The display offers an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise colour accuracy.

Colour accuracy is usually represented by a 2D colour-gamut diagram that shows how colours are faithfully reproduced, but only at a particular brightness level. However, since the ability to reproduce colours accurately at different levels of brightness is crucial, ASUS OLED panels are calibrated to accurately reproduce colours in a 3D colour volume – showing what the panel would reproduce at 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut regardless of brightness level.

This ensures all content is displayed accurately and as intended by its creators, not just at full brightness but at any brightness setting. This is especially important for HDR content. As a result, our OLED colour volume is up to 1.6X greater than a traditional LCD.

The display of VivoBook 15 OLED features Low Blue light mode and Anti￾Flicker technology (Direct Current mode), and also passed the TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certification, which can greatly reduce the harmful effects of blue light and display blinking.

Why OLED?
ASUS OLED display laptops come with a best-in-class colour gamut. They reproduce colours with superb real-life accuracy for professional-grade visuals, making them perfect for professional and creative work, or anyone who simply wants to enjoy the very best colour fidelity. OLED displays, due to the nature of the special organic light-emitting compounds they use, can reduce the harmful blue light by up to 70% compared to LCD displays, making them extra gentle on your eyes to reduce the risk of retinal damage.

In addition, each individual pixel in an OLED display generates its own light, while LCD screens rely on filtered background light. This means OLED panels offer better colour accuracy, as well as improved contrast ratio and higher maximum brightness. In general, this leads to a display that’s more pleasing to the eye. Also, being able to control each pixel individually means OLEDs can easily save power.

Buying a laptop with the OLED technology, such as the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED Lilac UX325 or the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED K513 now, means you’ll be well future-proofed.

Photography by Ranbir Sen

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Here’s How to Upgrade to Windows 11 Right Now!

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Windows 11 is now available and will be rolling out to millions of PCs worldwide. But, as with any new OS rollout, it’s not going to happen overnight, and many Windows users will be waiting for a while until that magic upgrade notice appears. Don’t want to wait? You don’t have to — you can, with just a little effort, download and install the new version of Windows right now.

Keep in mind, though, that unlike previous versions of Windows, you may not be invited to install Windows 11 if your machine isn’t considered up to its standard. That doesn’t mean that you can’t install the new OS — Microsoft has said if you have an older machine, you will be able to access Windows 11, but you’ll have to download an ISO file of Windows 11 and install the OS manually. However, you may not get automatic updates — you may have to install a new ISO each time instead.

Now that the update is rolling out, you can check to see if it’s arrived at your machine by going to “Settings” > “Windows Update.” If you haven’t gotten the upgrade yet, and you want to see if your machine is considered good enough for Windows 11, you can download Microsoft’s PC Health App, which should tell you whether your machine qualifies.

If it does, and you don’t want to wait, here’s how to install Windows 11:

  • Go to the Windows 11 software download page.
  • If you want to do it the easy way, use the Windows 11 Installation Assistant; just click “Download Now” and follow the instructions.
  • You can also create a bootable USB or DVD by selecting “Create Windows 11 Installation Media.”
  • And finally, you can download a disk image (ISO) for either bootable media or a virtual machine install.

Follow the directions, and you should be good for an immediate install of Windows 11.

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14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE

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For a long time, the majority of laptops fell into one of three camps. There were 13-inch laptops meant for portability, 17-inch laptops for people who needed large displays, and 15-inch laptops for everyone else! Nevertheless, every now and then some brands would buck the trend with a 14-inch laptop, which provides the portability of an ultra-slim machine with enough screen space to be productive.

Whether you are looking for a laptop for gaming or a creative workstation for content creation or simply an everyday laptop for this back-to-school season, one of the first things you would consider is price and the best possible features. Ideally, the top 14-inch laptops should be packing serious internals and hardware ranging from quality processors to amazing graphic cards while still keeping things nice with a minimalist, thin, and light design, and would not break the bank either. Here, we have rounded up some of the top 2021 14-inch laptops that you could get your hands on in the UAE.

HUAWEI MateBook 14

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch 2K eye-comfort FullView display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i5/i7
Battery and charging speed: 56Wh large battery + 65W SuperCharge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.49kg Aluminium Alloy
Size: 307.5mm ×223.8mm ×15.9mm

Huawei’s latest all-rounded sleek laptop features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display with a resolution of 2160-by-1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and with support for 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio and peak brightness of 300 nits. In terms of performance and workload, this 2K all-rounded laptop does not disappoint. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor powers the HUAWEI MateBook 14 for heavy computing and getting work done smoothly.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products, which Huawei recently launched. This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors like the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable providing you with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 Leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control.

Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

Besides aesthetically pleasing designs and high performance, battery life is also an essential part of the user experience. The 56Wh high capacity battery in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging, but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. Moreover, when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

HP Pavilion 14-DW1002NE

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i7
Battery and charging speed: 40Wh Battery + 45W Express Charge RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.72Kg Metal Body
Size: 324.30mmx 222.80mmx 18.94mm

HP’s Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne comes with a 14-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get to see more content with 178° wide-viewing angles and a vibrant picture. In addition, with touchscreen technology, you can control your PC right from the screen.

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne is fitted with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for getting things done fast with good performance and stable connectivity. Battery life and charging speeds are key factors when deciding the top laptops available in the market. HP’s Pavilion 14-DW1002NE comes with a 40Wh battery which lasts long.

Meanwhile, the 45W HP’s Express Charge can provide users with 50% bbattery power in approximately 45 minutes. In terms of computing and processing convenience, this laptop comes fitted with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (SSD) for sleek multitasking. This combination is ideal for running several programs smoothly.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.36Kg Metal Body
Size: 320.6mm x 208.18mm x 14.9mm

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 comes with a 14-inches touch-enabled display with an FHD+ screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Edged with razor-thin bezels, the 14-inches display offers stunning clarity, colour, and detail, and 300 nits of brightness. Optimised with machine-learning technologies, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 offers ultra-responsive, intuitive performance in a remarkably thin and light laptop.

When fully charged, Lenovo claims the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 will run all day—for up to 14 hours. In addition, when you need a boost, switch to Intelligent Cooling mode, which is co-engineered with Intel, for an extra 15-20% battery life. Alternatively, there is Rapid Charge Pro, which gets you back to 80% capacity within an hour. The 60.7Wh battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes with standby mode or while powered off.

Moreover, with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal memory storage you are guaranteed smooth computing and multitasking regardless of the workload. There are many 14-inch laptops in the UAE market covering a gamut of budgets and use cases. While some can be happy with a system good enough for web surfing, others need a laptop that can handle tasks that are more intensive.

So there you are! The top picks for 14-inch laptops in UAE for 2021. Take your pick.

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