Google Pixel 2

Introduction to Google Pixel 2 

The Google Pixel 2 has a superb camera and elegant design so there is no doubt that Google wants to continue the good times rolling with a pair of premium technology. It is also confirmed that they are going to have a follow-up is coming in a few months, by the company’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh. They will launch the follow-up a year after the Pixel was introduced.

Even though we do not know much about the Pixel 2, rumours said that it will have a slimmer design and an improved version of the camera in Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel 2 is an improved of the Google Pixel 

There are rumours of generations of phones that will likely be better than the last. For example, new camera technology and improved Chipsets compared to last generation of the Pixel, Google Pixel. There are also specific rumours about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the phone might be water-resistant and the camera might contain more features. They could possibly replace the processor with a better one. It is believed that the company is testing out the processors by the name of  Qualcomm, Intel and possibly the Taiwanese chipster maker MediaTek.

It might contain flexible edges 

There are rumours of the company speaking of Pixel 2 coming out with a flexible frame, similar to the HTU U11. It means that the frame might be pressure-sensitive. Which means that if we hold the phone tightly, the phone will automatically launch the camera or turning on the flashlight.

The Pixel 2 might lose their headphone port 

Like the Apple Iphone 7s, the company might not consider adding the headphone port on the phone. According to images from the internet, it shows that the phone contains the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the back of the phone.

    A rough price of the Google Pixel 2…

They had a price of s$965 for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 would not be any cheaper… Since Google’s brand of products will stay premium. Rumours are hoping for a $50 increase, but no exact price has been confirmed.

Would I recommend you to buy this product ??

I would recommend you to buy this product as it has improved camera, flashlight and processors. Even though it is more expensive compared to the Google Pixel but I think it is worth it to give this product a shot.

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Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

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Advantages:

As seen from the picture above, it is very slim and fits a 14-inch screen as compared to Asus Zenbook 3, which has a 12.5-inch screen. It also has a Windows 10 Pro operating system, a fingerprint scanner for security and is lightweight and portable, ideal for a business laptop. Having an Intel Core i7-7500U, it is fast and good for general usage, such as surfing the net and streaming HD videos. The design also looks good and is liked by many.

Disadvantages:

However, the shallow keyboard is not suitable for long-term typing and it is not suitable for gaming, even with an Intel Core i7-7500U. Similar to the Asus Zenbook 3, it only has 3 USB-C ports, with 2 of them being Thunderbolt. Fotunately, Asus kindly includes a few adapters, such as HDMI out and USB-A port. A standard non-touch 1,920 x 1,080-resolution screen is the only option available and the speakers are not loud, but headphones should solve the problem. On a similar tests with other laptops like LG Gram, it lasts only 7.5 hours, while others like the MacBook lasts 10.5 hours. It also costs $2600 SGD, which is why some of these are considered bad.

Specs that are not mentioned:

Storage: 512GB SSD

Graphics: 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620.

PC memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz

Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.1

My opinion:

I feel like this is not really a good value for money but is not bad for general use. There will probably be better alternatives but, maybe not on its style, so if you really want it and can afford it, go ahead. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is a laptop that has a similar cost at $2800 SGD, which excels at different areas and is also not really worth the cost.

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Token Ring

Ever wanted to have something like a hand print scanner in your home? Maybe even make payments without taking out your wallet? Well then the Token Ring would be the perfect products for you.

The Token Ring is the first product that Token made. Token Ring is simply put, an accessory to access items that usually require you to input a password. Let it be like an account where you can access your computer, car door, and maybe even your house door(if you have a lock made by Token).

The way Token Ring works is rather simple. It’s fingerprint sensor on the underside which will allow the owner to use it’s fingerprint to unlock the items with locks that have Near field communication(NFC). Since not all locks have NFC, Token Ring is considering adding Bluetooth to it as another way to ‘communicate’ with the lock. Taking the Token Ring off will require a swipe before activating it again. A rainbow-colored LED pulse shows it recognizes the fingerprint, but a red flash means it was rejected.

Token is already working with Microsoft to support Windows 10 and together with Visa and Mastercard to make contactless payments.

Token Ring comes with 2 prices- $249 and $299. The one that comes at $249 comes with a brushed stainless steel finish. While the one that costs $299 comes in black rhodium and 14k rose gold finishes.

I personally feel that the Token Ring would be extremely useful to people who have a lot items in their bag or pocket and those who often leave their keys at home or forget to take it after a meal. The Token Ring should be made water-resistant so that it will still work when you spill coffee over it or you forget to bring your umbrella on a rainy day.

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Acer Predator XB272

 

 

The Acer Predator XB272 sends a fast 240Hz reload rate and offers a great selection of hardware controls. The 27 inch monitor has quite low resolution and the input connectors are not up to date. This is a great choice of a high-rate frame game. However it is not very ideal for the money spent on this typical kind of monitor.

Acer being competitive, increased the length of the monitor from 25 inch to 27 inch. At $680, it is not the cheapest monitor around, but it is one of the monitors that can refresh very fast. The thing that attracts buyers is of its resolution as if you can put a lorry in the pixels. But other than playing games, its resolution is not very high. You can set the resolution higher when playing games.

Specs:

Turns vertically

Depth of bit: 8

Normal Brightness:400

Pixel Pitch: 0.31mm

Gray Response time: 1 milisec

Black/white respond time: nil

Date of release: April 2017

The display of the monitor is normal, with the controls . The buttons are flat and hard to feel, but it has a joystick that makes it more easy to control the monitor. It serves as up and down keys. It has various options such as options that sets the brightness, reload rate.

Plus the 240Hz reload rate is way better than normal monitors that has reload rate of 144Hz and lousy monitors that has reload rate of 30 Hz.

There are 4 USB ports and 2 installed speakers. But there is only 1 HDMI . So, if you are spending too much money on this , you might consider using this monitor for several years.

There is 1 display port and a Headphone Jack.

So I personally think that the Predator XB272 has a great 240Hz reload rate if you are a gamer and love gaming. Plus you can set the resolution of the computer to make up for the monitor having only 1 HDMI , and of the input connectors.

Source credits: http://www.144hzmonitors.com/reviews/acer-predator-xb272-hdr-review/

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX2EE.005

https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-xb2-xb272/review/2/

Iphone 8

         iPhone 8 releasal

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The iPhone 7 and 7plus had just been released on 16 September 2016 and the impossible design for iPhone 8 had been released. It has a totally complicated as unlike the other older versions of iPhone, the whole front of the phone is the screen. That means that Apple remove the physical home button, which from iPhone 5s  onwards, have the Touch ID function, and incorporated it into the screen.

iPhone 7            
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iPhone 8
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As you can see, Apple had made many changes between iPhone 7 and 8 like the position of the camera, size of screen, so on and so forth.

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Apple also changed the screen to an “all glass” construction with a curved 5.8 inch OLED edge-to-edge display. This is a big change and Apple plan to do it on their 10th anniversary. For the first time in the iPhone development, the phone can support wireless charging. It also have Face-scanning technology. With all the new functions and upgrades, it caused the price to skyrocket up tremendously. It shot up from USD$699.99 of the iPhone 7 to over USD$1000 of the iPhone 8!

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To further make the phone better, the iphone 8 is also pressure sensitive like the iphone 7 and 6s. This opens more doors for more functions to be added in in the future…

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According to my preference, I will definitely buy the product as it is has awesome designs and also has the wireless charging feature. Say goodbye to messy wires…

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Asus ZenFone AR

Asus ZenFone AR looks Daydreamy

Lets talk about the Asus ZenFone AR, a phone that amazes many. The first ever first phone that lets you use Google Tango AR and Google Daydream VR. Tango lets you see more of your world. Just hold up your phone and watch as virtual objects and information appear on top of your surroundings and also allow us to measure the distance between the chair and the coffee table by overlaying line segments in real time on the phone’s display. While the Google Daydream takes you on incredible adventures in virtual reality.

Daydream View

The phone also has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 6 or 8GB of RAM and this allows more apps to be kept running at the same time. Faster speed to run games, allowing smooth gameplay and able to enjoy your time. Its screen is a 5.7-inch screen that’s just a bit taller than the iPhone 7 Plus and also with a “Tri-Cam” systems that combines motion, able to sense depth and a 23-megapixel camera. The camera can take 23-megapixel photos and 4K videos which is pretty impressive. 

Now lets talk about its appearance and materials. With a glass front and a soft leather back with a ugly-like rear camera which made the phone looks like something out of a mad scientist’s laboratory.

With a affordable price of  $599 seems worthy and a much better offer than a Apple phone in my opinion.With a raised home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor makes it look like a more modern, advance  andriod phone.

In my opinion, purchasing the Asus ZenFone AR is a good choice out of all phones. Although the Asus ZenFone AR  is lightly skinned with the version of Android Nougat 7.0, setting up Tango and Daydream will be easy and straightforward taking only a few minutes.

Sources from:

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Google Glass

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Introduction

Google glass is a piece of futuristic tech worn similar to glasses, developed by X, previously Google X. The glasses work like a mini, wearable computer, with a display similar to a smart phone and hands off a experience.

Features

Google Glass, being a device on its own, has runs own apps, made by third party and also a few already existing google apps such as Gmail, Google+ and Google maps. Some of the third party apps include news apps, social media, photo manipulation, face recognition, exercise and many more. The Google Glass also has a companion app for Android and IOS called my Glass, allowing you to configure the Google Glass using your phone.

Uses

The Google Glass, being a hands-off piece of technology, has many uses. One such use would for Journalism, allowing you to see the story from the journalist point of view. Another would be for healthcare. The glass can store medical information, inform you when you next appointment and can even live steam appointments to patients. Even military uses have been explored, tracking animals and bird in the jungle.

Problems

 Such different and unique technology does not come with its downside. You are not allowed to where it into places such as cinemas and casinos as it has the ability to film and record. Some places have even banned Google Glass. The Glass does pose an issue to privacy, being able to use facial recognition on every stranger you meet on the street sounds scary and is something the Glass can do. The Glass can also film events and conversations, which raises more privacy concerns.

               Overall

Due to all the controversy surrounding the initial release, the Google Glass prototype has been discontinued on 15 January 2015, but a new Google Glass, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition may be released soon, but it has not been confirmed.

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Last Day on Earth: Zombie Survival

Last Day on Earth: Zombie Survival is a survival game like the name suggests and there would be different types of zombies trying to kill you along with other players from around the world.

Once you spawn in your selected server which you can decide upon installing and loading the game, you will be given a Cleaver and no resources at all and the plot of land you spawn into will be where your home will be built. The plot of land would offer you valuable resources required for you to craft tools and build a simple shelter. However, zombies will roam everywhere on your plot on land and others as you explore the map. Mining, chopping trees, gathering resources, and killing zombies, players, or animals (wolfs and deer) would grant you Experience Points (XP) which would allow you to level up and get skill points which you can spend in the crafting menu to learn the recipes to craft different items which can aid your survival. More items can be unlocked by reaching a certain required level.

To travel to other areas, one must travel out of the plot of land they are in to access the world map where from there, one can select the area he/she wants to go. Travelling takes time and one can travel to an area within seconds by spending energy to run there. There are different areas and different indications on each area. There are other player bases which will be indicated with their in-game name beneath a house.

There will be 3 military bunkers available for players to explore and each of them will require their own access card to enter. There will be a vault in it which will require a password to enter which has not been found out or discovered yet. The other areas will be areas to gather resources.

There will be 2 types of area to gather resources from, Limestone Ridge and Pine Bushes, each having more of their own resource (Limestone Ridge having more ores and Limestone and Pine Bushes having more pine trees and berry bushes). Other players would be able to access those areas as well so do not be surprised when you bump into one.

Players would have to protect their own bases buy building walls around their base and sustain on their own, having to get water and food. Getting water and food can be difficult to some and easy to others. You can get water by using a Rain Catcher to get water. You can get food by growing your own or killing deer. There is hunger and thirst to manage and you can die from it. Cooking food restores more health and hunger. There will be vehicles and other modes of transport excluding a train. Which means you can explore other areas outside your map vision. Build a radio tower to expand your map vision and go to a antenna tower to join a clan or guild. Crafting a vehicle quickens the pace of travelling from place to place.

There are special events like a supply drop and a airplane crash site which will appear occasionally for a short period of time. Every 24 hours, a zombie horde will move through your plot of land, destroying the walls of your shelter if not properly upgraded or defended.

Overall, I have only been playing this game for a month and have been enjoying the game-play so far. The game is available on IOS and Android free for all players.

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1(2nd Generation)

 

 

Do you think that your computer needs to be repair most of the time ? Do you have the feeling that your current computer is too old to use ? Well, if you have these thoughts stuck in your head. Then, you could use this new labtop called the, Lenovo’s ThinkPad.

The Lenovo ThinkPad is the latest model of the high-end two in-one hybrid. This is an improved version of the previous model, the Lenovo ThinkPad. They have similar looks but I guarantee you that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is much better. Not only, does it have a high-end two in-one hybrid, it also has a seventh-gen Intel processors and it also comes with a Wireless WAN connectivity. Other than that, it basically has the same design, features and add on modules as the previous model.

This second generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, also contained various uses for processors, memory and storage options.

According to Lenovo, they said that it should be available on the web in UK soon and they also hope that it would available in Australia by the end of the month. But they will update it with an official international pricing whenever available.

People will ask what is the difference of the two models ? Why did Lenovo have to create a new model when they already have a very successful one ?

I will answer to that. Its because the Lenovo ThinkPad is already well-regarded to business users, but they thought that business users could use an even better device to help them on the way. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a portable, productivity-geared Microsoft Surface-like device. Which makes it very impressive and attractive for users like business workers to buy this product.

Honestly, I would keep this decision in my head as I would really could use a new computer. I would save my money and buy a better computer better than the one that I am currently using now. Even though, they have not launched it for sale, I’m sure that this is one computer that I am gonna keep it mind in case I can buy a new one.

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The Origin Evo15-S

 

 

Design Specs and Features:

 

  • Optional 15.6-inch 4K UHD or FHD
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1070
  • Up to 1x2TB m.2 PCIe and 1×2.5 inch 4TB HDD/SSD
  • Up to 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 RAM
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
  • Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming 360
  • 2xUSB Type-C 3.1, 3xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, and a six-in-one push-push card reader
  • Backlit multicolour keyboard and optional custom paint.

Gaming laptops used to be big and bulky, rotund. Then there was when this laptop came in. By referring to Apple’s Macbook Pro Playbook, it made a similar design but not as thick. Now with its “Max-Q initiative”, graphics chipmaker Nvidia has considered such thin laptops should be normal and today’s Origin Pc Evo 15-s is one of the examples.

At just 0.73 inches thick, weighing  4.3 pounds, this  aluminium laptop is almost as narrow and as light as Razer’s latest Blade . Here, you have a choice of a notable more impactful Nvidia GeForce  GTX 1070 graphics chip.

And unlike other Max-Q laptops we showed you- the $2700 Asus Zephyrus. Disclaimer: we spent a short while with this laptop so we do not know its performance or the final quality will be any near close to the rivalry. And, Nvidia’s Max-Q 1070 may not be as strong as the 1070 in a thicker laptop.

The keyboard in this laptop does not really meet my expectation, though, and it’s neat to see an integrated fingerprint sensor in the touchpad. Origin PC says the new Evo15-S is coming ,and should start at around US $1,800 for the GTX 1070 version, or US $1,600 for a GTX 1060.

 

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