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Kingston Technology Wins Multiple Awards from Cyber Defense Magazine

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Kingston, a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announced that it has won the ‘Hot Company Data Loss Prevention’ category, an acknowledgement of their thought leadership within the industry. Additionally, both its IronKey™ D300 encrypted USB Flash drive and UV500 SSD have won in other categories in Cyber Defense 2018 Global Awards. Apart from the award-winning technology, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, Kingston also ranked as No.1 SSD module makers in 2017 with a remarkable market share of 23%.

The Global Awards are presented by Cyber Defense Magazine and honors cyber-defense and information-security innovators. Kingston’s six awards were the most of any of the over 3,000 InfoSec-related companies nominated for awards this year:

             Kingston Technology won the ‘Hot Company Data Loss Prevention’ category
             IronKey D300 encrypted USB Flash drive was honored with the following awards:
o             ‘Editor’s Choice Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’
o             ‘Best Product Security Hardware’
             UV500 SSD with its 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption and support for TCG Opal 2.0 won three additional awards:
o             ‘Most Innovative Data Loss Prevention’
o             ‘Most Innovative Encryption’
o             ‘Next Gen Security Hardware’

“Breaches, theft, and loss of confidential company and personal information is a major problem around the world,” said Kingston. “We believe that one of the keys to a successful data security plan and a way to lower the cost of a data breach is ensuring that encrypted data protection is provided both inside the firewall, as well as outside. For us to win ‘Hot Company,’ as well as have our solutions recognized for our efforts with several Cyber Defense 2018 Global Awards is a very humbling honor.”   
               
“We are pleased to name Kingston Technology as the top winner in these multiple categories,” stated Cyber Defense Magazine. “Cyber Defense Magazine spent six months searching the globe to find the most innovative and cutting-edge cyber security companies for our 2018 Global Awards. It is fitting Kingston won these awards, as they have been very proactive in producing innovative solutions in helping prevent destructive and costly breaches and unauthorized intrusions from adversely affecting companies and organizations around the world.”

Kingston, founded in 1987 in United States, is known for the highest quality memory products. Seeing SSDs as the future for hard drives in both client PCs and data centers, the company began offering SSD products in 2009 and recently according to DRAMeXchange, Kingston is ranked as No.1 SSD module makers in 2017 with a remarkable market share of 23%. Today, Kingston through all its brands and product categories offers over 2,000 quality technology solutions and ships to more than 120 countries. It is a widely recognized and accepted brand known the world over. For more information, please visit kingston.com.

Get Hyped Once Again for ESGS 2018!

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Event organizer Gariath Concepts will be bringing the hype once again with this year’s Esports and Gaming Summit, co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart, happening on October 26 to 28, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Compound, Pasay City. It is going to be a three-day weekend full of action for gaming and esports, so tag along your friends and family for an epic gaming adventure.


The Big Gaming and Tech Brands continue their support 
The leading brands from the gaming and tech world will return once more, showcasing their latest line of titles and products. From the tech side, Asus Republic of Gamers will feature their latest line of gaming laptops as well as making a big reveal with their highly anticipated ROG Phone. Other hardware brands such as MSI, HyperX, Predator, HP Omen, ViewSonic and Logitech will also grace the event with their own lineup of activities and event exclusive deals. 

And there are still more surprises from the gaming side, with Kojima Productions making a presence in the event by selling their exclusive merchandise. Capcom will be showcasing their upcoming titles to the public, such as the Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5. On the local developers’ side, Secret Six is also back for more activities with Project Xandata and Synergy 88 will promote their newest animated series project Barangay 143. More game publishers will be promoting their new and hit titles, these include Gameclub, Gumi, Gravity, Monstronauts, Most Played Games, Ranida Games, NetEase Games, GMA New Media, Valofe and more.

Experience more Esports Action 
The champions have risen. After months of intense DOTA 2 and Tekken 7 action across several regions in the country, including Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro, Laguna, and Manila, the finalists for the Road to The Nationals are set to make ESGS 2018 their battlefield. PLDT-Smart, together with ESPN 5 and RCBC, bring non-stop esports action all three days of the event with the Grand Finals for both DOTA 2 and Tekken 7. 

At stake for the Grand Finals will be a total prize pool of Php1.2 million for DOTA 2 and PhP 300,000 for Tekken 7. The bigger prize is also looming above the competitors: a chance to be drafted as part of The Nationals, the country’s first franchise-based esports league.

“We are astonished by the excellent level of play that Filipino esports athletes have shown all throughout the Road to The Nationals qualifiers,” said Andrew Santos, FVP-Consumer Marketing Head for PLDT and Smart. “We are fully committed to supporting our esports athletes by providing them with opportunities from the grassroots level, all the way up to creating the first franchise-based professional league in the Philippines. PLDT and Smart are not only building esports teams for The Nationals – we are also ensuring that gamers are equipped with the best gaming experience through our PLDT Home FIBR and Smart LTE networks.”

Coach Chot Reyes, President and CEO of TV5, said in a statement: “The past three months have truly shown the potential of esports in the Philippines and the immense amount of talent our country possesses. We look forward to seeing the finalists compete at the Road to The Nationals grand finals and bring esports in the Philippines to the next level.“

The Grand Finals of The Road to The Nationals will be available via livestreaming on GG Network’s Facebook page, the Sports 5 YouTube page, and live on Aksyon (Ch. 41 on UHF) on October 27 at 7PM and October 28 starting at 6PM.

The World Electronic Sports Games will have its Philippine Finals where the top teams for DOTA2, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, VainGlory and Counter Strike: Global Offensive will fight for the spot as Philippine representatives for the Southeast Asia finals happening at the end of 2018.

Mobile Esports Arena will host their MESA Open where the best mobile esports players battle each other to prove who the best is. Games like Hearthstone, Mobile Legends and VainGlory will have their own respective tournaments for the entire three-day event.

Playbook Esports will be hosting a series of fighting game tournaments at the Fighting Game Arena. Featuring different fighting game communities as they showcase their best plays and moves from popular fighting game titles. And the best part, the winners from Tekken 7, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle and Dragon Ball FighterZ will represent the country at EVO Japan 2019 on February 2019 on Fukuoka, Japan.

The Local Game Developers Rule Once Again
Our local game developers will also be getting a spotlight for our home grown talents. The Game Developers Association of the Philippines continues their support with their focus on academic workshops and seminars at their GameOn area.

The independent game developers will showcase their creations at the Indie Fiesta, the Independent Game Developers Association Manila will be supporting the young and aspiring developers where attendees can get a hands on of the upcoming 40 games. 

More merchandise for everyone
Fans can expect a lot of merchandise at ESGS. With the Artist Alley; attendees can check out fan arts, ask for artwork commissions and purchase other awesome works from the talented artists. There is also the merchandise area for those who want to buy some action figures, apparels and other cool trinkets. We will also have ESGS-exclusive merchandise on sale for those who want to have souvenirs of the event.


Cosplay goes Fighting Games
The annual cosplay competition is back, but with a new twist. This year, contestants will compete in their best fighting game cosplay, performing in their best moves as well, and the cosplay judges Kang Dupet, Loki Heart and Tessa will make the return to evaluate the contestants. The competition is powered by Animax Philippines and organized by Anime Alliance.



GIGABYTE Unveils AORUS GeForce® RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards

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GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the highest level of AORUS GeForce® RTX 20 series graphics cards powered by NVIDIA TuringTM architecture. GIGABYTE launched 4 AORUS graphics cards - AORUS Geforce® RTX 2080 Ti XTREME 11G, AORUS Geforce® RTX 2080 Ti 11G, AORUS Geforce® RTX 2080 XTREME 8G, and the AORUS Geforce® RTX 2080 8G. The 4 graphics cards are all equipped with top-of-the-line overclocked GPU that certified by GIGABYTE GPU Gauntlet™ sorting technology. The main features of the graphics card include AORUS's 3 patents – industry leading innovative RGB three-ring light effect, WINDFORCE 3x 100mm Stack Fan, and 7 video outputs. Consumers will not only enjoy top-level computing performance, but also have the best visual enjoyment and user experience.


AORUS leads the industry in creating a new RGB three-ring light effect that takes advantage of the persistence of human vision. A single fan uses LED lighting to illuminate with the fan's speed to create an ever-changing surprise. Any lighting mode can be perfectly represented by setting the LED lighting timing. So far, AORUS is the only one who can provide this amazing lighting effect. In addition, AORUS is the only leading brand that can continuously innovate in heat dissipation. WINDFORCE 3x 100mm Stack Fan not only reduces the length of the graphics card, but most importantly, generates more wind pressure to cover all the fins and improve heat dissipation. The Alternate Spinning Fan not only helps avoid the problem of three-fan turbulence but also enhances wind pressure and improves heat dissipation. AORUS is also the only graphics card on the market that offers 7 video outputs in the Geforce® RTX20 series. It offers 3 HDMI, 3 DP and one USB-C output. With two more HDMI than the reference card, allowing consumers to connect 3 HDMI screens or 3 DP screens without any adapters.

AORUS requires the highest level of quality control and uses ULTRA DURABLE certified components, aerospace-grade PCB coating designed to prevent moisture, dust and corrosion, and fully automated production processes. Due to these quality settings, AORUS provides consumers with a 4-year warranty (requires online registration within 30 days of the purchase date) so that consumers can enjoy the product for a long time without any worry. AORUS hopes to provide the best experience for consumers, so in the XTREME version, in addition to the highest level of overclocking GPUs, the package is also equipped with a metal VGA holder. Whether the chassis has a power cover or not, the high-quality VGA holder is ideal for graphics card installation.

After the launch of the AORUS air-cooled graphics card, the AORUS water-cooled design graphics card is coming soon, allowing consumers to build the most suitable AORUS gaming PC according to their needs.


Sean Bean’s Character Set to Die Again in HITMAN 2

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 If Sean Bean’s there, you can always expect his character to die. IO Interactive has just revealed that the actor himself is joining HITMAN 2 as the first ‘Elusive Target’ in the game.


Sean Bean plays Mark Faba, an ex-MI5 agent who has become an assassin also known as “The Undying”. Of course, you’ll be the one to put the name to the test when the he becomes your target. And when it does, make sure you plan it out carefully. HITMAN’s “Elusive Target” is a limited-time assassination event where you only get one chance to succeed.

HITMAN 2 is set for a November 13th release, although there’s no confirmation yet if you’ll be able play the mission upon the game’s release. But whatever the case, you’ll want to watch out for it.

Source | HITMAN


COLORFUL Announces the iGame Z390 Vulcan X Motherboard

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions is proud to announce the launch of its latest motherboard featuring the Intel Z390 chipset. The new COLORFUL iGame Z390 Vulcan X joins the family of high-performance, gamer-inspired products of the COLORFUL iGame family. The new motherboard will support the latest Intel 9th-gen processors as well as 8th-gen processors in LGA1151 package. Designed to bring the best platform for gamers, the new COLORFUL iGame Z390 Vulcan X is geared with the most innovative technology from COLORFUL to improve both performance and stability to give gamers the best gaming experience.


Supports 9th-gen Intel Core Processors including 8-core Core i9
Intel’s newest 9th-gen offers up to 8-cores with the brand new Core i9 series which aims to deliver the best performance for gamers, content creators, power users and professionals. The iGame Z390 VulcanX is equipped with a 14-phase digital power design to deliver stable power to the processor and allow overclockers to unleash the full potential of the new 9th-gen Intel Core processors. COLORFUL has engineered the VRM for the best stability equipped with high-quality components including full tantalum capacitors.

COLORFUL uses a new “shark bionics” design on its VRM heatsink to provide improved cooling as well as daring looks. The fins and grooves on the heatsink are designed to achieve better heat dissipation by allowing air to flow through over the surface of the material in accordance to fluid dynamic principle. This performance-enhancing benefit goes hand-in-hand with the new RGB lighting to provide a striking new appearance to the iGame Z390 Vulcan X motherboard.



Designed for Peak Performance
Complimenting the high-performance processors, the COLORFUL iGame Z390 Vulcan X also supports high-speed memory. Gold-plated connectors ensure that the motherboard have the best contact with the memory ensuring high-quality communications between components for a worry-free experience. High-speed storage is also supported to further reinforce the power of your system with 2x M.2 SSD slots supporting x4 PCIe speeds as well as very fast Intel Optane memory.

Ready for Multi-GPU Gaming


The COLORFUL iGame Z390 Vulcan X supports both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire X multi-GPU technology. With today’s high-resolution, high refresh rate requirements from gamers, both NVIDIA and AMD offer multi-GPU solutions to further scale your performance to the next level. The iGame Z390 Vulcan X can provide you the foundation of building a gaming system which can run high-refresh rates or high-resolutions with a multi-GPU configuration.

Bred for eSports
COLORFUL has been long working with the eSports and competitive gaming community to deliver the finest quality products and experience they can offer. The iGame Z390 Vulcan X features high-speed connectivity as well as improved audio and RGB lighting to create the perfect gaming ecosystem for competitive gamers and aspiring eSports athletes.



GamerVoice 3.0 leverages the Realtek ALC1220 to deliver clear audio reproduction for a realistic listening experience. Gold-plated, non-magnetic audio jacks improve signal quality and reduce signal loss during transmission and COLORFUL has designed the audio solution on this motherboard to deliver 120dB SNR and drive up to 600ohm impedance headphones.

Highly reliable Intel i219 ethernet connects the motherboard and offers a robust and stable LAN connection promising lag-free and smooth connectivity during intense gaming.

Show off your gamer style with iGameZone II RGB lighting. Synchronize your COLORFUL motherboard, graphics card as well as accessory lighting for the perfect ambient lighting and bring your gaming system to life. Onboard 5050 RGB connectors allow you to connect multiple device for a fully synchronized RGB-lit build.aa

Transcend Bags Good Design Award 2018 in Japan

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced that its JetDrive™ 855 SSD upgrade kit for Mac has won the "Good Design Award 2018" for its practical and innovative design. The Good Design Award is one of the world's most prestigious design awards, with over 4,789 entries submitted form all over the world this year.

The Good Design Award Jury offered the following praise: "With the concept
of 'reusing', the idea that Transcend JetDrive 855 offers a solution for internal SSD upgrade and exchange is interesting and attractive. It's also highly evaluated that Transcend JetDrive 855 is designed with a new idea of usage and brings convenience to users." 

JetDrive 855 NVMe PCIe SSD Upgrade Kit for Mac Computers
Transcend's JetDrive 855 combines a JetDrive 850 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD with a sleek aluminum Thunderbolt™ enclosure for Mac computers. The JetDrive 850 features read and write speeds of up to 1,600MB/s and 1,400MB/s, and is made of the latest 3D NAND flash. The JetDrive 855 adopts a sleek aluminum Thunderbolt enclosure for a simple upgrade experience. Both models are the perfect upgrade for a MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, Mac mini®, or Mac Pro®.

With 30 years of technical experience and expertise, Transcend has received many prestigious design awards. Over the past four years, Transcend's JetDrive Lite expansion cards, DrivePro 50 dashcams, DrivePro 520 dashcams, and CM42 M.2 SSD Enclosure Kit were also honored with the Good Design Award.

About the Good Design Award
The Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), precursor to the Good Design Award, was created in 1957 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Submissions come from a wide range of fields, and over the past 60 years, around 45,000 designs have been granted an award. Recipients of a Good Design Award may display the G Mark symbol, emblematic of good design for over half a century.

Note: MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, Mac mini®, Mac Pro®, and Mac® are trademarks of Apple Inc.; Thunderbolt™ is a trademark of Intel Inc. The JetDrive series is compatible with many Mac models and MacOS versions. Please visit the Transcend website for more information.

AMD Expands Reach as New Concept Store Opens in the Philippines

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AMD is expanding its footprint with the launch of its concept store in the Philippines, which also marks as a first in Southeast Asia for the Red Team.


In partnership with consumer electronics retail giant Silicon Valley, AMD’s concept store in SM North EDSA Cyberzone Annex highlights a strong lineup of mainstream laptops from Several brand partners such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo at first alongside other essential products from core software to gaming peripherals.


Now, the initial move from AMD looks to bring mainstream products that are powered by its Ryzen CPUs to the mass market and set out for the competition, but we have received word that components such as motherboards and GPUs are in the roadmap for the concept store.


AMD’s concept store is now open to visit and explore at the 3rd level of SM North EDSA Cyberzone Annex. If you’re out in the market for a capable workhorse laptop, now would be a good time to drop by since there’s an ongoing promotion that will include bundles such as Microsoft’s Office suite together with your purchase of a laptop from the store.