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Computex 2018: Check Asus VG49V For PC Gaming Rigs

If you are an avid gamer, then this piece of information is for you. Asus has announced on Monday. Its latest gaming monitor that gamers should really love. The new gaming monitor is called Asus VG49V.

 

Here’s what you need to know about Asus VG49V

 

During Monday’s Computex event held in Taipei, the company unveiled the Asus VG49V which is a 49-inch, curved display. The size of the monitor could be considered as an average, but for gaming rigs, it is actually huge.

 

 

 

The Asus VG49V has a 3,840×1,080-pixel resolution. The company calls such resolution as a Double Full HD model. This means that you are actually getting a twice as wide as the traditional 1,920×1,080-pixel Full HD setup.

 

 

So what to expect with Asus’ new gaming rig monitor? Aside from the monitor’s Double Full HD resolution, it has a 144Hz panel. This means that the Asus VG49V monitor refreshes 144 times a second.

 

 

Also, what’s good about this gaming rig monitor is that it uses an AMD’s FreeSync. The AMD FreeSync attempts to do away with the monitor’s screen tearing.

 

Asus has also unveiled several products aside from the company’s gaming rig monitor. These new products are the CG32UQ, and the ProArt PA34V, respectively.

 

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The Asus ROG Gaming Phone Is Perfect for PUBG and Fortnight

The Asus ROG gaming phone might just be the perfect gadget for PUBG and Fortnight fans.

Gaming phones are fast becoming commonplace in the market thanks to legions of gamers and fans. When there’s demand, there will be a scramble to supply that. And Asus just jumped in the bandwagon to introduce their own gaming phone, the Asus ROG phone.

It is designed specifically with gamers in mind and could be the most powerful phone on the market.
Asus ROG Phone Specs
The Asus ROG phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with a maximum speed of 2.69GHz. It also has a gaming-optimised Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU.
Don McGuire, vice president of global product marketing for Qualcomm, describes their products.
“Snapdragon 845 is engineered to deliver users an unparalleled gaming experience; supporting exceptional performance, fast and smooth graphics and Gigabit speeds whether on LTE or 802.11ad Wi-Fi.”
Asus’ latest offering is also the first to have the GameCool system. It’s made up of vapour-chamber cooling, a carbon cooling pad and copper heat spreader. Additionally, the phone also comes bundled with an external Aeroactive cooler to take your gaming to the next level.

Other specs include 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 4,000 mAH battery. It sports a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 AMOLED HDR display.

Besides the external cooler, the phone also has two more add-ons. First is the pair of gamepads called GameVice controller that slides into both sides of the phone. The second add-on is the Asus’ TwinView Dock. This adds an 6,000mAh extra battery capacity and an entire second screen to the ROG Phone.

Asus has not announced the price and release date for the phone. However, they hinted that it might be available sometime in the third quarter of this year. Fingers crossed!

 

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New Asus Cryptocurrency Mining Motherboard Supports Up to 20 GPUs

ASUS’ new motherboard is made specifically for cryptocurrency mining.

Taiwan-based giant electronic manufacturer Asus is making mining for cryptocurrency so much easier. The company just announced the launch of the H370 mining master motherboard aimed for miners.

What’s notable on this latest offering is its support for up to 20 graphic cards. USB riser cables can also be plugged directly into the printed circuit board (PCB). Additionally, Asus claims that it is now easier to diagnose problems with the motherboard which reduces the downtime.

“Less time maintaining your machine means more time mining with it, which is why the H370 Mining Master includes a suite of diagnostic features designed to make your platform easier to manage,” Asus explains in its announcement.

Here is the full list of specifications of Asus’ self-proclaimed “blockchain behemoth:”

  • Size: ATX, 12″x9.1″
  • Socket: LGA 1151 for Intel 8th Gen Core / Pentium / Celeron processors
  • Memory: 2 x DIMMs (max. 32GB), DDR4 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz , Non-ECC, unbuffered memory
  • PCIe: 1 x PCIe x16 slot
  • Storage: 2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
  •  Networking: 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN
  • USB GPU Riser Ports: 20 x Vertical USB ports over PCIe
  • USB Ports: 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports
  • Other Ports: 1 x COM header

It is not yet clear how much the H370 mining master motherboard will cost. There is no specific date as well for its release. However, Asus maintains that it will be available sometime in the third quarter of this year. Fans can also have a preview of the mega motherboard at the Computex 2018 event in Taiwan next week.

The H370 mining master is not Asus first foray into crypto mining-specific motherboards. Last year, the computer hardware giant released the B250 Mining Expert which is still available in the market for $140.

Launching of Asus ZenFone Max Pro India will be Exclusive for Flipkart

Asus ZenFone Max Pro Launching In India Will Be Exclusive For Flipkart

The launching of the Asus ZenFone Max pro will be exclusive for Flipkart. Asus and Flipkart have partnered to launch the ZenFone Max Pro exclusively on the e-commerce platform. The launch will take place in India.

Asus And Flipkart Partnership

The partnership of Flipkart and Asus is a significant endeavor. Under the partnership, Flipkart will be handling the marketing and sales aspect of Asus’ smartphones.

Not only will Flipkart assist Asus in the sales and marketing of its smartphones. Flipkart will also help the company develop new products aimed at the Indian consumers. This well be based on Flipkart’s learnings from consumer interests and demands.

Jerry Shen, Asus CEO said, “ With Flipkart’s partnership, we aim to gain more sights about the Indian consumers’ needs which can help us develop even more suitable products for the Indian market. Flipkart’s unparalleled distribution reach and marketing strengths will help Asus build strong awareness for our innovative high value products and reach consumers across India. We strongly believe this collaboration will provide both companies better opportunity to provide delightful propositions to Indian consumers.”

“Flipkart has driven the adoption of smartphones in India, and grown the market, through innovations and a deep sense of knowing what consumers want. With this partnership with Asus, we’re multiplying the efforts by collaborating to leverage our individual strengths – data driven research and insights, and technological prowess – to build smartphones truly customized for India,” said Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy on the partnership announcement.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro Specifications

Although not much details has been released by Asus about the Max Pro, the company revealed that it will be powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset. But based on the other phones on the Max series, it is expected the Max Pro could feature a full HD+ full screen display. With an aspect ratio of 18:9, Android 8.0 Oreo, and a big battery.

Asus has been doing its best to improve its products. But with its partnership with Flipkart its aim to give products of excellent quality to the consumers will be realized.

The Asus ZenBook 14 Review

What is new for the Asus Zenbook 14?

The Asus Zenbook 14 is one of those laptops that you need especially when you edit photos in Photoshop.

It’s very portable and lightweight. Imagine, you can use a single laptop that’s capable of editing 3D images. With its thin body and a greater battery life, the Asus ZenBook 14 is right for everyone. Not to mention also its powerful processor that gives you a very convenient and fast experience.

The ZenBook Flip 14 uses the newest Nvidia’s new GeForce MX150 chip. These Nvidia’s MX series chips are the answer for giving the consumers great graphic performance. But in terms of all in all performance, the MX150 sits into the lower branch of GTX 10 cards. It is actually beneath the VR-capable GTX 1050.

The price of the ZenBook 14 is around $1,299 and you may purchase it through online. You may also get the Core i5/8GB/256GB SSD configuration at $999.

You will also get the Windows Hello fingerprint login. And also Windows Ink pen for doodling that’s included in the box. Also, the touchpad is so smooth but there’s something odd. The fingerprint sensor frequently failed. Then you need to key-in your PIN for it to unlock.

With so many laptops and computers being released every year from different companies and brands, it is a bit hard to choose which one is worth buying. Just think of the purpose why you will buy a laptop. Each laptop is based on a person’s usage. Use that as a basis when buying one.

Google Rolls Out A Fix For Home, Chromecast devices-related WiFi Issues

Search giant Google on Thursday has finally admitted the bug plaguing the Home and Chromecast devices. This comes after mounting reports that both devices were bugging the users’ Wi-Fi connectivity.

 

Google to issue a fix on Home-related Wi-Fi connectivity issues

 

In a statement this week, Google said that it is aware that Chromecast devices have been affecting the Wi-Fi network of Chromecast users.

 

“In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router,” said Google in a blog post.

 

The search giant said that it would be rolling out a fix to resolve the issue. This means that Chromecast users could expect an updated fix which will be rolled out Play services commencing on January 18.

 

According to the company, both Chromecast device and Android phone on the same Wi-Fi network have experienced the issue. As a solution, Google suggested that users should try to reboot their Android phones as well as check the router if it needs to be updated to the latest firmware.

 

The problem stemmed from the TP-Link Archer C7 router including the Google Home Max speaker. But on the succeeding days, the problem emerged to affect other Google devices including other popular routers like Asus, Netgear, Linksys and Synology, respectively.

 

When the problem spotted, a TP-Link engineer found the main problem which apparently supported by Google’s latest comment.

 

“We have discovered that the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time,” the engineer wrote.

 

“This occurs when the device is awakened from the sleep mode and could exceed more than 100,000 packets in a short amount of time. The longer your device is in “sleep”, the larger this packet burst will be. This issue may eventually cause some of a router’s primary features to shut down – including wireless connectivity,” he added.

Google Home Speaker and Chromecast May Be Interfering With Users’ Wi-Fi

Google Home speaker or Chromecast devices were said to be the culprit why Wi-Fi services were acting up lately, especially for the owners of the devices above.

 

The news came earlier this week after an online report cited that Google Home Max speaker was reportedly bugging TP-Link Archer C7 routers to go offline.

 

Google Home speaker and Chomecast are bugging your Wi-FI

 

Not only that, the same report said that other devices were also affected by the glitch. This includes Asus, Netgear, and Synology, Linksys routers and TP-Link router models, respectively.

 

Also, Google Wifi was also affected by the bug. According to TP-Link, the issue was due to Cast feature that allows users’ phone as well as Google Home speakers and Chromecast dongles to communicate.

 

TP-Link said that this features “sends an MDNS multicast discovery packets to discover and keep a live connection with Google products such as Google Home.”

 

It further noted that the packets, under a normal condition, sent out in 20-second intervals. This came after a firmware update where the identified affected devices send an overwhelming number of packets, causing the routers to crash.

 

“The larger this packet burst will be,” said TP-Link.

 

So in case you experienced a crashing network with your Google Home or Chromecast, you need to fix it immediately if a fix will be rolled out by Google.

 

What we know so far is that Google has yet to release a fix as the company is currently “working quickly to share a solution,” Google told 9to5Google.

 

But for TP-Link users, it already released an updated patch to fix the bug via a beta firmware for the Archer C1200.

iPad still king of tablet market, but Samsung and ASUS see huge growth

Apple opened the doors for tablet developers when they unveiled their very first iteration of the iPad. Since then, the tablet market has grown leaps and bounds much to the pleasure of big named manufacturers and as well as small startup companies.

The iPad has been the benchmark of the tablet market and sales continue to thrive during the last quarter of 2012. The shipments of Apple’s iPad grew to 17 million during the period, erasing the previous data during the second quarter of 2011, which is pegged at 9.2 million units shipped.

The 17 million shipped units also broke Apple’s record of number of unit shipments during a quarter. Their previous record was 15 million during the latter stages of 2011.

Apple rivals, Samsung and ASUS on the other hand are smiling from ear-to-ear, as the two have seen better year-to-year growth compared to Apple.

Though shipping only 2.4 million tablets during the second quarter of 2011, that increased by 117% from the previous year.

ASUS though shipping only 855,000 units grew by 115% during the same fiscal period.

Total number of tablet shipments during the second quarter of the year was estimated at 25 million units.

The iPad still firmly holds the market with a 68.2% market share.

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