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ROG Launches the Zephyrus M16 Gaming Laptop

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Zephyrus M16, a gaming laptop that fits an immersive 16” display and a powerful new Intel processor inside an ultra-slim 15” chassis. That’s only 19.9mm thin and 1.9 kg. The latest CPU with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900H drives high-refresh-rate gaming and high performance in content creation. While a GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU delivers high frame rates and RTX technologies in the latest games. ROG Intelligent Cooling keeps the M16 cool under the user’s fingers while ensuring high CPU and GPU performance.

For fluid, richly detailed visuals in games, the 16” display combines a high WQXGA resolution with a fast 165Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and Adaptive-Sync. It’s also primed for content creation thanks to a taller 16:10 aspect ratio. For streaming, recording, and gaming, with the Zephyrus M16’s multi-faceted audio system, the user can be fully immersed in any scenario by a six-speaker system with dual force-canceling woofers that produce clear and deep audio.

The Zephyrus M16’s streamlined design fits a 16” display into a slim chassis that’s 5% smaller than last year’s 15” Zephyrus M15. It delivers an immersive 94% screen-to-body ratio with a taller 16:10 aspect ratio, offering additional to fit more on the screen. The underlying panel features a 165Hz refresh rate and WQXGA resolution that combine fluidity and detail, while the 3ms response time keeps animation sharp.

Adaptive-Sync eliminates screen tearing and makes gameplay even smoother by synchronizing the refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate. Ready for the demands of content creators, the display is factory calibrated and Pantone Validated to ensure accurate colors out of the box.

Full coverage of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 color gamut offers a vibrant color palette, while 500 nits of brightness deliver a vivid picture even outdoors. Dolby Vision dynamically adjusts visuals to make images richer and brighter. With it, creators can film and edit their videos and streams in a format commonly used by industry professionals.

The Core i9-11900H CPU in the top configuration clocks up to 4.9GHz, delivering awesome performance. With eight cores and sixteen threads, it’s fully equipped for game streaming, video rendering, and creative projects. The Zephyrus M16’s advanced system design allows the CPU to run on up to 45W of sustained power when the GPU is active and 80W on its own.

The GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU gives the Zephyrus M16 outsized gaming performance for such a slim machine. Efficient cooling allows the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU to clock up to 1390MHz at 80W with ROG Boost. Dynamic Boost diverts an extra 20W of power when CPU loads are lighter, unlocking even more performance.

Users can switch between operating modes manually with a quick keyboard shortcut or automatically with Scenario Profiles, letting users associate individual games and apps with specific operating modes, lighting effects, and other system settings. With all the combinations above, the customized optimization grants users the best experience that could ever be achieved.

The ROG Zephyrus M16’s offer true portability. At just 19.9mm thin and only 1.9kg, it’s easy to carry under the user’s arm or slip into a backpack. The capacious 90Wh battery offers up to 10 hours of video playback, with fast charging technology allowing it to replenish to 50% in only 30 minutes. While the full-sized adapter is required for maximum performance, the laptop can handle everyday work running off a smaller Type-C adapter or even a portable USB power pack.

The updated 180° ErgoLift hinge also offers new possibilities. This hinge raises the rear of the laptop the lid opens, which places the keyboard at a more comfortable typing angle and gives the cooling vents more room to draw in air. The hinge can rotate back until the M16 sits flat, so users can position the screen at the optimal angle, adding another flexibility to the portability.

The Zephyrus M16’s six-speaker system with Dolby Atmos brings games, movies, and music to life. Two tweeters team up with dual force-canceling woofers to produce crisp highs and clear bass. Each woofer comprises two speakers that are slightly offset to cancel each other’s vibrations, reducing unwanted resonance.

To improve voice chat, advanced Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation removes unwanted sounds from both input and output audio. It can be applied to any device and even customized on a per-app basis, so users can limit noise-canceling to chat apps without affecting in-game sounds. Gamers can communicate better with teammates, creators can record cleaner audio in any environment, and everyone can enjoy a clear conversation. Because Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation runs on the CPU, the GPU is free to focus on maximizing frame rates.

Flexible inputs smooth the way for gaming, creative projects, and everyday computing. The Thunderbolt 4 port drives two 4K displays at 60Hz or a single 8K monitor, and it offers lightning-quick access to media and other data on external drives. Users can charge the laptop and other devices through this port, too, including Type-C USB gear.

An integrated webcam and fingerprint sensor offer convenient tools for logging in and staying in touch. Traditional cameras use either 2DNR technology that analyzes individual frames to correct noise or 3DNR technology that analyzes frames in sequence to improve fidelity with moving objects.

The Zephyrus M16 blends 2DNR and 3DNR technology to ensure users look their best in any situation, even in low-light environments. The fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button offers an especially seamless Windows Hello experience. It briefly caches the user’s fingerprint when they turn on the laptop and then automatically logs in with the correct account.

The ROG Zephyrus M16 will be available from 19th August 2021 in UAE key retailers. Price starts at AED 7,999.

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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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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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