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ASUS Launches the ExpertBook B1 Series for Business Professionals in the UAE

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ASUS today announced ExpertBook B1400 and B1500, two new slim, light, and highly mobile notebooks that are tailored for business, and designed as the smart choice for ambitious startups, education organizations, and growing firms of all sizes. Powered by up to the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, the beautiful, configurable and budget-friendly ExpertBook B1 series models boast a contemporary design, replete with a rugged top shell, and effortlessly combine high performance with extensive customizations to empower every business – including NumberPad 2.0 on B1400, plus optional fingerprint sensor, backlit keyboard, and a front webcam.

ExpertBook B1 notebooks also benefit from a high-speed, high-capacity dual-storage design, comprehensive connectivity compatibility, and a display hinge that can be opened a full 180° for easy content sharing and collaboration. The 14-inch ExpertBook B1400 and 15.6-inch B1500 are powered by up to the latest-generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics, so they’re primed to deliver the sterling performance needed to get the job done. They also benefit from exclusive Performance Boost technology to achieve the best laptop performance and agility by tuning the internal thermals.

Coupled with up to 48GB of memory and fast, capacious storage, the new ExpertBook B1 models ensure quick access to content — and with no worries about running out of storage. The laptops can be specified with up to two storage devices, with the powerful combination of up to an ultrafast 1TB SSD and a 2TB HDD providing the perfect combination of high-speed data access and large capacity for personal content. ExpertBook B1400 and B1500 also benefit from an admin-friendly design for hassle-free maintenance in commercial or education settings. Removal of a few screws on the base provides easy access to upgrade the RAM or storage devices without the need to disassemble the entire device.

Connectivity is especially important in a business laptop to ensure it’s easy for any task type or workload. That’s why the company has equipped the ExpertBook B1 laptops with a comprehensive selection of I/O ports. The latest Thunderbolt 4 standard with DisplayPort support means built-in power delivery, fast charging, display connectivity, and extreme-speed data transfers. It also has both USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, a microSD card slot, and an audio combo jack — all tested for up to 10,000 connection cycles for an assurance of maximum reliability. There’s also an integrated Kensington Lock slot, making it quick and easy to secure ExpertBook B1 laptops wherever they’re used.

The need for remote work and learning tools has never been greater and ExpertBook B1400 and B1500 are equipped for these demands, with a total of three external-video outputs — DisplayPort through USB-C, HDMI, and VGA D-Sub — and supports connection of up to two external 4K UHD displays This gives users the freedom to engage in a video-conferencing or remote-learning session on the laptop’s own display while using two screens on either side to keep in view information that’s relevant to call or event.

The ExpertBook B1 laptops offer numerous options for robust security to ensure confidential and private data does not leak out. A fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into the power button offers every biometric security that’s as easy as it is effective. The new ExpertBook B1 models also include an optional front webcam with a built-in privacy shield. This ingeniously simple idea means that all the user needs to do for instant privacy is to swipe the cover across the webcam’s lens. Then, when they’re ready to be seen again, visibility is just one flick of the finger away.

The optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip also ups ExpertBook B1’s business-friendly security credentials. The embedded TPM 2.0 chip securely stores authentication information used by software, such as passwords or encryption keys to protect important data and transactions.

ExpertBook B1 is designed to both meet and surpass exacting industry thresholds — including the latest ultra-demanding MIL-STD 810H US military standard, putting B1400 and B1500 one step ahead of the competition. The chassis design combines additional structural enhancements to meet the rigorous tests of daily use. These include a resilient aluminum-alloy upper cover, an internal keyboard bracket that provides additional structural support, and protective foam that protects the hard drive from bumps and shocks.

ExpertBook B1 laptops are ready for the increased levels of remote working and education, with ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology integrated to ensure superior audio experiences for calls and video conferences. ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling audio employs machine learning in order to isolate unwanted noise from human speech.

There are two modes: Single-presenter mode allows the voice directly in front of the PC to be heard clearly; while Multi-presenter mode clarifies speech from a different direction, ensuring optimum quality for group conference calls. The AI noise-canceling mic speaker feature, meanwhile, filters out all ambient noise apart from human speech — making it easier to hear what everyone else is saying.
The ASUS ExpertBook B1400 and B1500 is available now through Asus’ official distributors and resellers in UAE. Price starts from AED 1,649.

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Sony Launches FE 24-50mm F2.8 G, a Compact, Large Aperture F2.8 G Lens with High-Performance Optics

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Sony Middle East and Africa has announced the release of its new compact 35mm full-frame compatible α (Alpha) E-mount lens, FE 24-50mm F2.8 G (product name SEL2450G) standard zoom with F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range. Despite its small and lightweight body, it achieves the high-resolution performance and beautiful bokeh that can be expected from a large aperture G Lens with F2.8. It covers a focal length of 24 mm to 50 mm, allowing you to capture everything from still images such as everyday snapshots, and portraits to video shooting, all in high quality but with a design that will easily fit in the smallest of kit bags.

With the latest optical and mechanical design, the dimensions have been kept compact with a filter diameter of φ67 mm, maximum diameter of 74.8 mm, length of 92.3 mm, and weight of approximately 440 g. Sharp and detailed images at all focal lengths are achieved thanks to the arrangement of four aspherical lenses and two pieces of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, so that aberrations such as chromatic aberration, are reduced, achieving high-resolution performance from the centre to the corner. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G uses an 11-blade circular aperture which together with the optimisation of spherical aberration provides the beautiful, soft and smooth bokeh that is characteristic of the G Lens series. It has a minimum shooting distance of 0.19 m (AF) at the wide end and a maximum magnification of 0.30 x (AF) offering high-quality close-up shooting.

The quality is evident through the AF (auto focus) whereby, equipped with two linear motors, it achieves high speed, high precision, high tracking, and quiet focusing. It also supports high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second for the full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9 III. For those wanting a solid video performance, AF tracking is available for high frame rate 4K 120p or FHD 240p movie recording where critical focus control is required, plus it supports in-body Active Mode image stabilisation for steady shooting while walking. It is also compatible with the focus breathing compensation on camera bodies, allowing for high-quality video expression.

Intuitive manual focus is achieved thanks to the adoption of linear response MF which allows smooth and superior image expression. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G is equipped with user-friendly functions such as a customisable focus hold button, aperture ring, aperture click ON/OFF switch, and focus mode switch, offering high operability and comprehensive control. Plus, for further ease of use, they are designed to be dust and moisture-proof with a fluorine coating which prevents dirt from sticking to the front surface of the lens.

 The new FE 24-50mm F2.8 G will be available in the region from Q2 2024.

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CORSAIR Intros New 75% Keyboard for Enthusiast Gamers

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CORSAIR has launched a standout addition to its lineup of award-winning gaming keyboards: the K65 PLUS WIRELESS. Beautifully built, and loaded with the essentials needed to win, this 75%-layout keyboard maxes out both performance and personality. When you deploy the K65 PLUS WIRELESS, your gaming persona and your keyboard enthusiast side come out to play.

Powerful performance now resides in a cleverly compact 75% profile. The space-saving K65 PLUS WIRELESS optimizes the important desk space needed for your mouse, while including the essential arrow and utility keys that put game controls right where you want them. Pre-lubricated CORSAIR MLX Red linear switches are buttery smooth and register every input with crisp responsiveness. The switches are also hot-swappable, so you can customize the keyboard by subbing in your switches easily – how you play is completely up to you.

The K65 PLUS WIRELESS offers ultra-satisfying typing, with no modding required. Each keystroke is tempered by two layers of integrated sound dampening that hushes internal pings and clacks. The result is precisely tuned acoustics that you – and everyone nearby – will appreciate. The PBT dye-sublimated keycaps’ midnight grey and silver accents complement any desktop; you will want to make K65 PLUS WIRELESS your primary board for daily use.

Connect and play, more adeptly than ever. Make ultra-fast moves over a reliable, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection for gaming, or Bluetooth for tablets, mobile, and more, all with secure AES encryption and up to 266 hours on a single charge with RGB off. Toggle from PC to Mac layout by simply flipping a switch, and connect to multiple devices seamlessly with a single keystroke.

For RGB fanatics, the K65 PLUS WIRELESS comes alive with a shiny array of per-key RGB, endlessly customizable with CORSAIR iCUE software. Use the power of iCUE to record macros, remap keys, and sync your keyboard to the rest of your setup’s RGB and iCUE Murals profiles, for a lighting ambience that makes your space a haven for gaming and working.
Equip the infinitely intriguing K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard, and match your superior skill with stunning style.

To celebrate the launch of K65 PLUS WIRELESS, CORSAIR is excited to offer an exclusive deal on DROP Holy Panda X tactile switches. For a limited time, when you buy a K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard on the CORSAIR webstore, you can get a set of Holy Panda X switches for 50% off from DROP.com. When brought together, this keyboard and key switch combo makes tactile gaming and typing a delightful experience. (Offer only available in North America)

The CORSAIR K65 PLUS WIRELESS gaming keyboard is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized online retailers and distributors. The K65 PLUS WIRELESS is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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