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LG’s 8K OLED TVs Begin Global Rollout

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LG Electronics (LG) begins rolling out the world’s first 8K OLED TV (model 88Z9) and its LG 8K NanoCell TV (model 75SM99) this month in global markets starting in Australia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. No dates have been announced yet for the MEA region.

As an emerging leader in 8K technology, LG’s 8K TVs also have the distinction of surpassing the resolution measurement criteria as set forth in the Information Display Measurements Standard (IDMS) established by the respected International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM) which says that the stated resolution of a display does not depend on only meeting or exceeding a specific number of pixels, but also on whether those pixels can be adequately distinguished from one another in order to deliver the stated resolution.

The ICDM has defined the Contrast Modulation (CM) measurement which describes accurately and quantitatively how distinguishable the neighboring pixels are from each other. For any TV display to deliver the resolution indicated by its pixel count, the ICDM requires the minimum CM value to exceed a threshold of 25 percent for images and 50 percent for text.

An 8K TV with a CM value that is lower than these required thresholds does not deliver real 8K, even though the TV may in fact have the sufficient number (7,680 x 4,320) of pixels. Tests performed in accordance with these universally-referenced industry standards resulted in both LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K and LG 8K NanoCell TVs achieving CM values in the 90 percent range, guaranteeing that viewers will be able to actually experience all of the additional detail in the 8K content when viewed on their LG 8K televisions.

LG’s 8K TVs stun with lavish detail and vibrant, lifelike colors that stand as testament to LG’s unrivalled display technology. As the world’s first 8K OLED TV, not to mention LG’s largest OLED TV to date, the 88-inch LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K TV (model 88Z9) delivers 8K Ultra HD resolution (7,680 x 4,320) with 33 million self-emitting pixels, equivalent to 16-times the number of pixels in a Full HD TV and four-times that of a UHD TV. A winner of this year’s iF Design Award and Red Dot Award, LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K boasts a sophisticated, minimalist design that features a brushed aluminum stand and a virtually bezel-less display, and comes with an integrated 80W speaker system for powerful sound.

LG’s 75-inch 8K NanoCell TV also delivers a total immersive experience thanks to an 8K picture with impressive color, contrast and detail. LG’s Nano Display technology renders stunningly sharp images on a truly grand scale. Nano Color filters out impurities to enhance color reproduction and Nano Black – advanced Full Array Local Dimming Pro technology optimized for 8K – precisely controls the TV’s backlighting for deeper blacks and greater contrast.

Both 8K TVs boast effective 8K upscaling and improved noise reduction, upgraded from four- to up to six-steps. The result is a seamless 8K picture when converting content from native 4K (3,840 x 2,160) or Full HD (1,920 x 1,080). This first-class performance is enhanced by LG’s second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 8K intelligent processor. LG’s advanced chip elevates picture and sound quality using deep learning technology and access to an extensive database, enabling it to recognize source quality and optimize any kind of content. The α9 Gen 2 8K also analyzes ambient conditions to achieve the perfect level of screen brightness at all times.

Rich, resonant audio complements the stellar visual output of the TVs to further enhance viewer immersion. An intelligent algorithm can up-mix two-channel audio to virtual 5.1 surround sound, supplying a three-dimensional soundscape that brings movies, music and sporting events roaring to life. The TVs are also WiSA Ready for wireless home theater with uncompressed 16-bit audio on up to 5.1 channels; an outstanding way to experience the dynamic, crystal-clear sound of Dolby Atmos.

To guarantee memorable, cinematic viewing sessions, LG 8K OLED TV and 8K NanoCell TV feature Cinema HDR, encompassing support for Dolby Vision and Advanced HDR by Technicolor up to 4K and HLG and HDR 10 up to 8K. LG has also future-proofed its 8K TVs by providing four ports that support HDMI 2.1 specifications, which will allow viewers to enjoy 8K content at 60 frames per second. LG 8K TVs are also compatible with automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR) and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).

For even greater convenience, both the 88Z9 and 75SM99 models will support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, and be available in over 140 markets. In select markets these TVs offer built-in versions of the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, providing easy voice control of the TV and connected smart devices and making it simple for users to get the information they want.

“The new 8K TVs show that LG is deeply committed to providing consumers with real 8K as defined by established display industry standards,” said Brian Kwon, president of the Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies at LG. “LG 8K OLED and NanoCell TVs aren’t just TVs with more pixels, they also deliver all of our latest display technologies.”

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Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot Review: A Budget-Friendly Multicooker with Steaming Strengths

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The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot aims to be a one-stop solution for busy home cooks. Coming in at a price point of AED 269, it boasts a user-friendly design, multiple cooking functions, and a focus on steam cooking.

Design and Functionality
The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot doesn’t boast a flashy design. Its stainless-steel exterior offers a clean aesthetic and the build quality feels sturdy. The control panel features a user-friendly digital display with clear buttons for selecting cooking functions and adjusting time and pressure settings. While not a touchscreen, the interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, even for users unfamiliar with multicookers.

Cooking Functions
The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot offers seven core cooking functions: Rice, Beans/Chili, Meat/Stew, Soup/Broth, Poultry, Slow Cook (High/Low), and Keep Warm. These functions cover most basic cooking needs, allowing you to prepare anything from fluffy rice to hearty stews.

However, where the Smart EZSteam Pot shines is its focus on steam cooking. It comes with a dedicated steaming basket, perfect for steaming vegetables, seafood, or even dumplings. The pressure cooking function also utilises steam for faster cooking times while preserving nutrients. It also has a yoghurt-making functionality.

Performance
In terms of overall performance, the Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot truly shines. Pressure cooking is effective for faster cooking times. Steaming shines as the highlight, with vegetables and seafood emerging perfectly cooked. The slow cooker function performs reliably for long cooks. While not the quietest multicooker, it boasts standard safety features.

Ultimately, performance leans towards the practical, with a focus on quick and healthy meals through steaming and pressure cooking. The Smart EZSteam Pot also comes equipped with standard safety features such as overheat protection and pressure release valves, ensuring safe operation.

Verdict
The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot is a versatile 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker with a 6.0-litre capacity. Its smart programmable features make cooking a breeze. With 1000W power, it delivers consistent results for various dishes. Whether you’re pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, or sautéing, this appliance ensures even heat distribution.

The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot falls into the mid-range price bracket for multicookers. For budget-conscious consumers who prioritise a user-friendly design, basic cooking functions, and a focus on steaming, the Smart EZSteam Pot offers good value for money.

Price: AED 269

Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot
AED 269










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The Black+Decker Smart EZSteam Pot offers seven core cooking functions: Rice, Beans/Chili, Meat/Stew, Soup/Broth, Poultry, Slow Cook (High/Low), and Keep Warm. These functions cover most basic cooking needs, allowing you to prepare anything from fluffy rice to hearty stews.

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Jumbo Group to Distribute Havells Kitchen Appliances in the UAE

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Havells India has announced its entry into the UAE kitchen appliances market through a strategic partnership with Jumbo Group. This alliance is set to bolster Havells product portfolio and market reach while enabling Jumbo Group to establish a significant presence in the Middle East. The partnership will see the launch of Havells India’s premier kitchen appliances, including advanced mixer grinders starting with online availability on Jumbo’s e-commerce website jumbo.ae followed by retail store distribution.

Havells’ energy-efficient appliances come equipped with advanced technology, super quality, and design. At a later stage, the Havells product line-up will be extended to include premium juicers and state-of-the-art air fryers, which will also be available in-store at Jumbo Electronics outlets and online. As part of the tie-up, Jumbo will also undertake distribution to retailers in the UAE to develop a brand presence in MEA.

Rahul Murgai, Senior Vice President, Havells India, expressed enthusiasm about the landmark expansion, stating, “At Havells, our dedication to growing globally remains steadfast, embodying our ‘Make in India’ ethos for a worldwide audience. We are excited to announce our partnership with Jumbo as the distributor of Havells’ Kitchen Appliances in the Middle East. This collaboration not only marks a significant step in strengthening Havells’ brand presence but also in expanding our channel reach to significantly enhance customer access to our innovative products.”

Commenting on the partnership, Vikas Chadha, CEO of Jumbo Electronics Ltd, said, “We are thrilled to enter the kitchen appliances market through our partnership with Havells India Ltd, a company that aligns with our vision of quality and innovation. With the growing demand for kitchen appliances, this partnership will allow us to provide our customers with the best products available, enhancing their lifestyle and convenience. Looking at the growing tech-savvy customer base we start availability with e-commerce and then expand to retail stores ensuring that we provide maximum accessibility and convenience to our customers.”

The Havells line-up offered by Jumbo Group will be backed up by Jumbo Serve, the UAE’s leading ISO 9001 certified after-sales service provider, which will manage the warranty and contract service of the full suite of Havells products sold in the UAE

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SharkNinja Launches its Range of Devices in the Middle East

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SharkNinja has announced the regional launch of multiple products designed for inside and outside the home across the Shark and Ninja brands at PAPA Dubai. With a number of product demonstrations by experts, media representatives and trusted retailers in attendance at the region’s first SharkNinja showcase got to witness the global brand’s first foray into new categories in the UAE.

Tapping into consumer demand for compact cooling, the company brings its new Shark FlexBreeze Fan – which transforms from pedestal mode to a compact tabletop fan that can be used on patios, at campsites, in home offices, and in the bedroom – to the market. With a firm focus on outdoor living, the Ninja Woodfire ProConnect Grill, which was introduced as part of the Dubai showcase today, offers true versatility with its grill, smoke, and air fry functionality. Designed to withstand the outdoors, the multifunctional Ninja Woodfire ProConnect Grill can conveniently be controlled with a smart device.

The Ninja Kitchen range today also welcomes the Combi multi-cooker, DetectDuo blender, Double Stack air fryer, and CREAMi Deluxe, after being developed by the company’s 800 engineers and design associates, and having undergone extensive consumer trials before being shared with the region. Also scoring some airtime at the event is the three-in-one Shark Hydrovac hard floor cleaner; available in both corded and cordless. It mops, vacuums and cleans itself, is tough on stains, gentle on all floors, and even refreshes rugs.

Boasting a regional launch, SharkNinja’s new FrostVault Cooler transfers cold air into the dry zone, where high-tech insulation can keep food cool, dry, and separate at food-safe temperatures for days. Featuring a lockable lid and an easy drain plug,it delivers premium ice retention thanks to its three inches of insulation. Commenting on the new developments, Tom Brown, President EMEA, SharkNinja said, “At SharkNinja, our greatest asset is our relentless drive; we strive to be a consumer problem-solving engine that uses unrivalled consumer insights and global innovation to build products that address problems others don’t see or can’t solve – positively impacting people’s lives. This region is one of the most exciting markets on the planet, and we’ve seen strong demand and growth already, but we are just getting started.”

Damian Woodward, Managing Director EMEA Distributors, SharkNinja, added, “The new products and categories that we are introducing today, will drive our growth as we invest in and build our business in the region and beyond. With a simple mission of positively impacting people’s lives, every day, in every home, we feel that in announcing to the UAE our new range of products, across Shark Clean, Ninja Kitchen, Shark Beauty, and Ninja Outdoor ranges, we are living up to that mission. We are also delighted to announce that we are working with Al Khayyat Investments (AKI) who has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for SharkNinja in the UAE.”

Zaid S. Al Khayyat, Managing Director, AKI said, “AKI has a proud legacy of introducing innovative products from around the world to the region and making a meaningful impact in people’s lives every single day. That ambition is reflected in our partnership with SharkNinja – a brand that continues to pioneer a broad array of products that consumers love. We are excited to bring these exceptional products to the UAE for the first time, opening a new chapter of international growth for SharkNinja while enriching the consumer experience locally.”

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