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Video: ASUS Launches the ROG Zephyrus G14 AniMe Matrix Version

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the return of the Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook that brings unprecedented power to an ultraslim 14-inch form factor. ROG engineers continue to redefine what’s possible in the ultraslim gaming category. The latest example is the new Zephyrus G14, which wraps powerful processors in a compact chassis portable enough to go anywhere at a price that brings gaming to an even wider audience.

Getting cutting-edge components to peak performance levels is challenging in such a small machine. Despite a chassis under 20mm thin, the Zephyrus G14 has carefully customized cooling that brings out the best of its new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors built on the groundbreaking “Zen 2” core architecture combined with industry-leading 7nm process technology and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Users get a high-resolution display, with PANTONE Validated colors and adaptive sync technology.

More than 10 hours of battery life and the ability to charge from compatible Type-C power packs makes the G14 extra portable. Available in a new Eclipse Gray color, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is clean and professional, accentuating a versatile design filled with premium features that enhance everyday use. The new AniMe Matrix display deepens personalization, enabling users to show custom graphics, animations, and other effects across over a thousand mini LEDs embedded in the lid. 

Packed into a much smaller footprint than 15-inch alternatives, the G14 easily slips into conventional laptop bags and backpacks. The system is only 19.9mm thin and 1.7kg. To keep the notebook light and strong, honeycomb reinforcements beneath the palm rest add strength with minimal extra material. The Magnesium-aluminum alloy deck is precisely machined and fingerprint resistant for a professional polish. High strength and low weight make aluminum ideal for the lid, whose distinctive dot matrix design is produced by a CNC milling process that puts 6,536 precise perforations in the exterior panel.

The ROG splash across the lid comes to life with the AniMe Matrix display. This display uses 1,215 mini LEDs to give gamers a new medium to express their individuality. Each LED emits a white glow with 256 levels of brightness control. Users can import animated GIFs and other graphics, build custom animations frame by frame, and type text messages with different fonts. Visualizations react to music and other audio, creating a unique platform for DJs and other artists. Additional features that will be added at the end of Q1 include system functions that show new email notifications, as well as the date, time, and battery level.

Perfecting the AniMe Matrix display was a significant milestone in the G14 project. It took 15 iterations alone to create the mask that evenly distributes light from each LED. The alignment of this diffusing layer has to be perfect to get the ideal effect, especially since the individual lights are rectangular rather than square. ROG engineers were also careful to balance the number of mini LEDs to minimize heat, controller hardware, and power requirements.

The Zephyrus G14 comes with a GeForce RTX 2060 augmented by ROG Boost up to 1298MHz at 65W. The discrete GPU is based on the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture, which melds dedicated cores for programmable shading, real-time ray tracing and artificial intelligence. This combination enables improved lighting, shadows and other in-game effects, and it also offers a diverse array of compute resources for accelerating demanding workloads like content creation, 3D modeling and deep learning.

The G14 offers an incredible high WQHD resolution. Adaptive sync technology adds another level of smoothness by coordinating frame delivery between the GPU and display. Game performance tends to vary based on the demands of the title and scenario. Most displays refresh at a consistent rate, which creates problems when new frames aren’t ready at the right time. Adaptive sync technology synchronizes the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the GPU to eliminate visual tearing that can ruin immersion, and also minimize stuttering and input lag. 

The display is factory calibrated and PANTONE Validated to ensure creators get the color accuracy they crave. The IPS-type panels have wide viewing angles and cover 100% of the sRGB range. They’re framed by exceptionally thin bezels, creating an expansive 85% screen-to-body ratio.

The Zephyrus G14 uses a special CPU that generates less heat, enabling an unprecedented level of performance for such a compact chassis. The chips retain up to 8 cores and 16 threads to blast through demanding workloads, but are tuned to make thermals more manageable. There’s still ample power for demanding applications like video editing and 3D rendering, and for heavy multitasking like mixing gaming with streaming, recording and chats.

With 16 GB of fast DDR4-3200 RAM across dual channels, there’s headroom for bigger projects too. Ultra-fast storage is supplied by an NVMe SSD with 1TB of capacity, meaning minimal load times for a huge library of games and apps. Ultraslim chassis leave little room for airflow, and a smaller footprint makes the G14 even harder to keep cool. The thermal engineers at ROG developed an exclusive feature that dynamically adjusts the power available to the CPU based on the GPU temperatures. It can make changes every second to react to spikes in GPU utilization, ensuring optimal gaming performance for the conditions.

This is the first ROG laptop to feature an ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle. The bottom of the display lifts the back of the machine when the lid is opened, giving the vents in the base more room to breathe. The design hides part of the lower bezel, too, but in doing so it can impede airflow out the rear exhaust ports. To compensate, vents have been cut into the bezel and the distance to rear heatsinks has been widened. Since that larger gap increases the depth of the chassis and makes the hinge more susceptible to downward pressure, a stiffer spring is used for added strength.

ROG created the first gaming laptop capable of being powered by DC or USB-C input, and the technology is a perfect fit for the mobile Zephyrus G14. With support for USB Power Delivery, it can handle lighter work powered by up to a 65W Type-C adapter that’s much smaller than the 180W unit required to unleash the discrete GPU. 

If the battery runs low, Type-C charging allows users to extend their life on the go and work longer anywhere. While the Zephyrus G14 is plugged in for a full recharge, USB power flows in the opposite direction as well, offering fast-charging support capable of supplying up to 3A to compatible smartphones and other devices.

The Type-C port with USB Power Delivery is also capable of driving an external monitor via DisplayPort 1.4. The HDMI 2.0b port makes it easy to game or watch movies on 4K monitors and TVs. There’s plenty of connectivity for external devices through a secondary Type-C port focused on USB functionality, plus two Type-A ports for additional gear. No dongles needed.

The Zephyrus G14 amps up wireless networking with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity, also known as 802.11ax. When paired with a compatible router, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) boosts peak interface bandwidth up to 2.4 Gbps, and improves efficiency for crowded spaces. It also reduces latency, meaning less lag for sensitive activities like online gaming, and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for live-streaming.

Keyboard enhancements go beyond ErgoLift as well. The G14 is the first ROG laptop to integrate fingerprint login into the power button. A single press wakes the machine and briefly caches a user’s fingerprint, saving it to authenticate when Windows is ready to log in. On machines with multiple users, the OS automatically detects the right account.

A leap forward from surround sound, Dolby Atmos brings moving audio that flows above and around users with crisper voice and greater depth to a wide range of audio experiences, and it can even provide a competitive advantage for gamers. In the Zephyrus G14, Dolby Atmos enhances spatial immersion by delivering a breakthrough audio experience with sound that moves all around users in three-dimensional space whether listening via headphones or built-in speakers.

Dolby Atmos also creates breathtaking realism with optimized sound for greater detail and maximized loudness without distortion from the G14’s integrated speakers. Two tweeters positioned above the keyboard fire high-frequency sounds directly toward the user, while two woofers beneath them offer deep bass amplified by the ErgoLift design. This quad-speaker setup delivers perfectly balanced audio across the spectrum. With these technologies, users can pump up the volume on movies, music and games without losing clarity or detail.

ASUS / ROG is the only brand that offers customer a 2 Year International Warranty that covers them in over 80 countries. ASUS / ROG also offers its customers a free upgrade to a 2 Year Perfect Warranty that also includes accidental damage, from spills, drops and electrical surges. This is a reflection of the belief that ASUS / ROG has in the quality of its own products as well as its commitment to provide customers additional peace of mind when purchasing an ASUS notebook. After purchasing an ASUS / ROG notebook in the UAE from an authorized retailer customers can visit http://asusme.com/2year/ to register as well as view terms and conditions.

All repairs carried out by the ASUS service center are done by ASUS certified technicians to ensure the highest quality of work and to ensure the use of genuine spare parts. ASUS / ROG is the only brand to offer its customers free pick up and return, should they need to get their notebooks serviced. A collection time can be scheduled by contacting the ASUS service center on 8000-3305910 or emailing service_me@asus.com. All units are also sanitized before being returned to our customers.  

You also get unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10. One-month subscription to Game Pass that’s included with the purchase of your ROG Zephyrus Duo. With games added all the time, you’ll always have something new to play. A top-tier gaming machine isn’t complete without a bevy of games to play on it. To give members of the Republic of Gamers a fuller and richer experience right out of the box, we’re introducing Game Deals, delivering exclusive savings off a huge range of titles. An impressive collection of general discounts will be available every day, and you’ll get access to at least five special offers each week with pricing only available to ROG members.

Created in collaboration with Gamesplanet, new Game Deals are available for purchase globally through our Armoury Crate software starting October 21. Gamesplanet is an official partner to many of the game industry’s top publishers, so Game Deals may include a huge variety of titles from Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Rockstar, 2K Games, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Konami, and many more.

ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available from July 15th in the UAE from Amazon, Emax, Noon, Sharaf DG & Virgin Megastores across the UAE, and is priced at AED 7499.

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HONOR Unveils AI-Powered HONOR 200 Series at Dubai Launch Event

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HONOR unveiled its highly anticipated HONOR 200 Series at a spectacular launch event recently. The series boasts two new smartphones, the HONOR 200 Pro and HONOR 200, designed to revolutionize smartphone photography with advanced AI features.

The launch event, themed “HONOR AI World,” showcased the power of AI in portrait photography. Guests experienced interactive zones and a dedicated shooting booth, highlighting the HONOR 200 Series’ innovative camera capabilities. HONOR executives highlighted the brand’s impressive regional growth, boasting a 154% year-over-year revenue surge in 2023 and a strong 90% growth in the first half of 2024. Notably, the premium segment witnessed a remarkable 544% growth, reflecting HONOR’s strategic expansion and growing consumer preference.

The event also featured Dr. Ghalib Al Shammari, Chairman of The Saudi Society for Artificial Intelligence and Smart Systems. He shared his vision for AI’s transformative impact on society, aligning perfectly with HONOR’s mission to create a new intelligent world.

Features of the HONOR 200 Series include:

  1. Triple 50MP AI Portrait Camera: Capture exceptional detail and clarity with a powerful camera system featuring three 50MP lenses (main, telephoto, and selfie).
  2. Blazing-Fast Charging: The HONOR 200 Pro boasts the revolutionary 100W HONOR SuperCharge, allowing a full charge in just 41 minutes. Additionally, the Pro version offers 66W Wireless HONOR SuperCharge for ultimate convenience.
  3. Unmatched Performance: Equipped with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 AI Chipset, the HONOR 200 Series delivers seamless graphics and real-time responsiveness.
  4. Intelligent User Experience: MagicOS 8.0 empowers users with a range of AI-powered features, including AI-empowered Magic Portal, Magic Capsule, and Magic Ring (on the Pro version) for streamlined digital interactions.
  5. Eye-Catching Design and Comfort: The HONOR 200 Pro features a sleek, nature-inspired design and comes in three stunning colours: Ocean Cyan, Moonlight White, and Black. Additionally, the HONOR 200 boasts a 0-Risk AI Eye Comfort Display, minimizing eye strain with advanced technologies.
  6. Powerful New Tablet: HONOR also showcased its latest tablet during the event, featuring a large 11-inch display, long-lasting battery, and ample storage.

The HONOR 200 Pro is available for pre-order at AED 2499 with exciting free gifts worth AED 1696, including a HONOR CHOICE Watch, Earbuds, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection. The HONOR 200 comes in Moonlight White, Emerald Green, and Black, with prices starting at AED 1599 (12GB+256GB version). Purchases include free gifts worth AED 1496, including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds, MOECEN Band, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection.

This launch marks a significant step forward for HONOR, solidifying its position as a leader in AI-powered smartphone technology.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

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The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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