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Lenovo and Qualcomm Reveal World's First 5G PC 'Project Limitless'

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Project Limitless is the years-long collaboration between Lenovo and Qualcomm to develop a new class of 5G connected PCs that are always-on, always-connected and engineered for smarter, modern computing experiences. The partnership and new Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G compute platform will open the door to transformative user experiences for both consumers and enterprise.

Demoed at COMPUTEX, this ultra-portable Lenovo laptop is the first-ever with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem, able to connect to a super-fast 5G network. The transition from 3G to 4G LTE has already transformed how people use their smartphones; likewise Lenovo sees huge growth potential of 5G by enabling smarter, modern computing through the promise of faster, always-connected PCs3, and more immersive connectivity and sharing.

“At Lenovo, we don’t innovate for the sake of technology alone. Everything we do is about improving people’s experience,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Business of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo. “With real 5G in a PC, it’s all about satisfying users’ need for speed: faster file transfers and streaming in 4K, 8K and even AR/VR; faster and higher quality video chats on-the-go; even faster screen refreshes for mobile gaming. When we say limitless connectivity, we mean it – 5G PC users the world-over will save time, stay productive, or get online entertainment from nearly anywhere, at any time.”

The Snapdragon 8cx, the most extreme Snapdragon ever, supports immersive user experiences and will meet the needs of highly mobile users with multi-gigabit data speeds, long battery life, enterprise applications, and security-rich capabilities–even in thin form factors, including laptops. With Project Limitless, mobile multi-taskers and digital natives will enjoy the mobility of a smartphone without a WiFi connection or a hotspot on the familiar productivity features of their PC.


Imagine enabling real-time translation when conversing with others around the world as users converse in English with their Mandarin Chinese-speaking colleagues. Or, film students collaborating online while editing video footage in real-time and then upload the finished film almost instantly. Lenovo’s ultra-portable 5G laptop paired with Snapdragon 8cx’s ultra-low latency and extreme performance is engineered to make these, and many other, scenarios possible.

Panther Gaming Chair Review: Yay or Nay

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Panther Gaming Gear, an online shop in the Philippines is one of the sellers of  perhaps the cheapest gaming chair ever. Currently priced at Php 3,950.00 ($75.84 USD), we'll see if the price is really worth it for this chair.

Design

One of the things that make this chair sell out is its design. The color combinations range from black and gold to pink and white. The one I have has an awesome mix of white and black.


However, as I was assembling it, I noticed that some parts of the chair have a yellowish discoloration. My initial thought was this may be factory rejects. Check out the image below:




These are not always noticeable especially if you are sitting on the chair. I shrug these off as my thought is this chair is for comfortably sitting on. Yet, if one is a perfectionist, these stains are a total turn-off.

Comfortability

Panthera gaming chair, as most gaming chairs do, comes with a soft and comfy headrest and a back massager. This is pretty convenient as I tend to play 10 - 12 hours a day.




With these, my head and my back are restful, yet the seat pad is my problem. It seems to be made of thin foam where my behind can actually feel the base of the seat. There are times when I have to stand up to ease the growing numb feeling back there.

Safety

As the most important point in this review, I have few concerns regarding safety. The backrest of the chair is connected to the tray by a small T-shaped metal. I have been thinking that this metal cannot accommodate heavy weight when reclining and might break off, a potential cause for injury. This is also a question of whether this metal can support prolonged reclining.

  
Additionally, whenever I recline to the sides, the armrests give a wobbly feeling that one can fall off anytime. These armrests are connected by two screws drilled into the wooden base and backrest.



Verdict

Pros:

- Cheap price
- Excellent color combinations and design
- Comfy back and head rest

Cons:

- Yellow discoloration on the fabric
- Thin foam on the seat pad
- Wobbly armrest and unconvincing capacity to support heavy weight and prolonged reclining

With all those points considered above, I would say that the Panthera Gaming Chair is quite decent especially for its low (if not the lowest) price. Of course we can't expect a Secretlab Omega and DXRacer levels for a price of $75.84 USD. However, if you are a perfectionist or has a heavy body built, then this chair is not for you.

With the materials used for this chair, I would say that this has a lifespan of 2 to 3 years, but surely this depends on the gamer's use.

Rating: 2.5/5

Cover Image Source: Panther Gaming Gear FB page 

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight Goes Live

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At E3, Ubisoft has announced that Operation Phantom Sight, the second season of Year 4 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege, is now available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege will also be available on Uplay+*, Ubisoft’s subscription service for Windows PC. More details on Uplay+ can be found at Uplay.com. Operation Phantom Sight brings two new Operators, Nøkk from the Danish Special Forces and Warden, a veteran of the US Secret Service. The Kafe Dostoyevsky map has also been completely reworked, upgrading the layout and the aesthetics of the map. 

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Owners of the Year 4 Pass can play with the new Operators starting today while the rest of the players will be able to unlock these Operators starting June 18th using Renown or R6 Credits. Additional seasonal new content, including the Kafe Dostoyevsky map rework, is now available for free to all players.

In Operation Phantom Sight, players will meet two new Operators:
Nøkk is the new Attacker that can activate the HEL Presence Reduction gadget. Drones, Bulletproof Cameras, Evil Eyes and other observation tools will thus be unable to register Nøkk’s presence as she roams through the map, unseen. Her footsteps will be silenced as she stalks opposing Operators, unheard. 

Warden, the new Defender, uses the Glance Smart Glasses gadget that can prevent him from being blinded by flash effects, cleanse an existing flash blindness and gain visibility through smoke. As long as he remains stationary, he can quickly turn a disadvantageous situation to his favor by activating his glasses, catching the approaching Attackers off guard.

Additionally, this new Operation includes a complete rework of Kafe lead to the gameplay experience being completely revamped. For instance, most of the first floor has been redesigned, with the most drastic change around the North entrance, and a new bombsite has been added on the second floor. Kafe Dostoyevsky has also received an aesthetic revamp that gives the map an even more sleek and chic atmosphere.

Operation Phantom Sight also brings many improvements and updates. Reverse Friendly Fire has been upgraded and now takes into consideration the actions of an entire squad. It is now possible to activate the Reverse Friendly Fire feature for an entire squad if they are consistently hurting their teammates. Additional new changes include a complete redesign of the shop front for a smoother and more enjoyable experience and improvements to Ranked Mode to make it more competitive and closer to the Pro League format: Pick & Ban, 3-round rotations and the Bomb game mode will now be the standard for all Ranked matches.

Finally, new skins have also been added: The Lesion prototype Elite skin is perfect to dish out some real venomous attacks with its cutting-edge technology alongside the abyssal Destroyer, dutiful Secret Star and vicious Strike Force weapon skins.

For more information on Operation Phantom Sight season updates, please visit: http://rainbow6.com/phantomsight.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit: https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com. 
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Trials of Mana Remake Arriving Early 2020

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SQUARE ENIX breathes new life into the Mana series, revealing a full remake of Trials of Mana™, entirely rebuilt with revamped action-RPG battle, leveling and skill systems and modern 3D graphics, is coming out in early 2020 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM.


Trials of Mana is a full high definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously exclusively released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3. Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes as they battle against the monsters of destruction that threaten a world where Mana has been weakened. Players can customize their own party of three, selected from six unique characters, to experience different stories.

SQUARE ENIX also revealed that Collection of Mana™ is now available via digital download from the Nintendo eShop for $39.99. A physical release will also be available at participating retailers and the Square Enix Store beginning August 27. Collection of Mana ushers players into the enchanting world of the Mana series with the first three titles, FINAL FANTASY® Adventure, Secret of Mana® and the first-time availability in the West of the highly requested classic release of the original Trials of Mana. The three game compilation now includes a convenient quick save feature, and allows players to adventure with friends through a local multiplayer mode in both Secret of Mana (up to 3 players) and Trials of Mana (up to 2 players).

New PCIe 4.0 Test Coming to 3DMark

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UL Benchmarks has just announced the new 3DMark PCI Express Feature test for new graphics cards and motherboards that support the next-generation PCI Express 4.0 interface.

3DMark PCI Express feature test

PCI Express (PCIe) is a standard interface that provides high-bandwidth communication between devices in a computer. New PCI Express 4.0 interfaces provide up to twice the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0. With more bandwidth, games can transfer more data, reduce loading times, and support more complex scenes.

3DMark feature tests are specialized tests for specific technologies. The 3DMark PCI Express feature test is designed to measure the bandwidth available to your GPU over the PCIe interface. It will help you compare bandwidth across PCIe generations with a test that's quick and easy to use.


Release Date

The PCI Express feature test is set for release on 3DMark this summer, and will be a free update for users of the 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition with a valid annual license.

Lenovo Opens its First Exclusive Service Center in the Philippines

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Leading technology company Lenovo recently inaugurated its first exclusive standalone service center in the country to further cater to the support needs of its customers in the Philippines.

Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan says that the decision to create an exclusive service center is part of Lenovo’s thrust of placing customer needs first. “With the aim to drive innovation that exceeds expectations and focus on improvement in customer experience, we provide excellent and flexible services and solutions to better understand our customers and solve their challenges by enhancing the speed and quality of our after-sales services.”

Located at the Ground Floor of North Domingo Place, Domingo St., San Juan City, the service center will provide repair services on Lenovo’s consumer and commercial products. Customers can choose from a variety of offerings like In Warranty and Out-of-Warranty Repair and Installation of Upgrades (memory, HDD, etc.), as well as parts and accessories sales (original and OEM).

Faster turnaround                                                                                          
With this dedicated service center, Lenovo customers can expect faster repair experience since the number of sub-contracted services and extra layers of processes are minimized. This is a stark contrast to the usual multi-branded service centers which tend to divide the resources depending on the repair workload. 

To extend support services to patrons nationwide, Lenovo is also planning to establish service centers in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao in the near future.

Value-added services
Lenovo also offers two support services exclusive to its customers – Premium Care and Accidental Damage Protection.

A unique package created especially with hassle-free services in mind, Premium Care provides 24/7 technical support over the phone, hardware repair service delivery, single resource for software and hardware expertise, extended Field Response time (9AM-9PM, Mondays to Fridays), comprehensive software support with collaborative third-party assistance, and annual PC health checks.

Accidental Damage Protection, on the other hand, is a unique service offering that provides support not usually covered by standard warranties as it repairs damages brought by accidents. This covers operational or structural failure caused by liquid spills on the keyboard, unintentional bumps or drops from not more than 15 feet or 5 meters, an electrical surge that damages the product’s circuitry, or failure of the integrated screen. The tech experts will repair or replace any damaged products, provided that the damage is accidental and unintentional.

Lenovo Service Center is open Mondays to Fridays at 8:30AM to 5:30PM, and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Interested customers can contact the center via (02) 867-2273, 0998-953-6866, and 0917-953-6686. 


CD PROJEKT RED and NVIDIA Team Up to Bring Ray Tracing to ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

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NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED today announced that NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ is an official technology partner for Cyberpunk 2077 and that the companies are working together to bring real-time ray tracing to the game. 

Cyberpunk 2077 won over 100 awards at E3 2018 and Gamespot calls it “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” The game is the next project from CD PROJEKT RED, makers of the highly acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has won numerous “Game of the Year” awards. NVIDIA and CD PROJEKT RED have a long history of technology collaboration that spans more than a decade. 

“Cyberpunk 2077 is an incredibly ambitious game, mixing first-person perspective and deep role playing, while also creating an intricate and immersive world in which to tell its story,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “We think the world of Cyberpunk will greatly  benefit from the realistic lighting that ray tracing delivers.” 

Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs contain specialised processor cores designed specifically to accelerate ray tracing so the visual effects in games can be rendered in real time.  

“Ray tracing allows us to realistically portray how light behaves in a crowded urban environment,” says Adam Badowski, head of Studio at CD PROJEKT RED. “Thanks to this technology, we can add another layer of depth and verticality to the already impressive megacity the game takes place in.” 

Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customise your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.