Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Asus ZenPad C Z170MG Specs Price Available Philippines

Oh look what we have here! Asus ZenPad gets even more cheaper with its new ZenPad C!

On the looks department it similar to that of earlier released ZenPads, exuding a fashion forward aesthetics that can readily compliment your outfit of the day #OOTD. Up front it sports 7 inch IPS WSVGA (1024x600) IPS Display with Anti-Fingerprint coating and supports 10 multi-touch points. Let's just say it just the similar to ZenPad C 7.0 but of different internals.

The ZenPad C does not carry Intel processor and makes use of Mediatek MT8382V Quad-Core Processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Expandable Storage.

Runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and packs Asus propriety apps as well as Asus PixelMaster Camera and intuitive ZenUI.

Just the basic configuration for camera as it is only equipped with 2MP Rear and VGA front. As for connectivity,  it packs the regular WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Tablet has phone and messaging functions thanks to its Dual MicroSim and also offers 3G/HSPA+  data connectivity.

It also carries DTS HD Premium Sound for its speakers to provide quality audio.

Makes of use 13Wh Li-polymer Battery that is quoted at a higher battery life of 8.5 hours of moderate usage of course.

ZenPad C must be a corrective device to their ZenPad C 7.0. They are nearly the same unit except for difference in internal and dimensions 189 x 108 x 9.5 mm (LxWxH) at 275g. They traded the Intel Chip for Mediatek, maybe because of compatibility issues and much cheaper and so the ZenPad C retails for 4,995 1K difference to that of ZenPad C 7.0.

Spotted via Lazada Philippines! Guess it will be made available with their Online revolution Campaign that starts tomorrow 12.10 to 12.12. See here:

Asus ZenPad C Z170MG Specs
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Asus Zen UI
7 inch WSVGA IPS Display
Quad-Core Processor
Mali-400 MP2 GPU
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable Via MicroSD
2MP Rear Camera
VGA Front Camera
Dual MicroSim / Dual Standby
HSPA+ / 3G
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
13Wh Li-polymer Battery
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

FortiGuard Labs On Evolving Threat Trends in Cybersecurity for 2016

Fortinet® global leader in high performance cybersecurity solutions – and its threat research division, FortiGuard Labs, have made their annual predictions of the most significant trends in malware and network security going into 2016 with their New Rules: The Evolving Threat Landscape in 2016 report revealing the new trends and strategies that FortiGuard researchers anticipate cyber criminals to arm their customers with the knowledge that they need to maintain their advantage in the cybersecurity arms race and proactively change the way all businesses look at their security strategies going into the new year.

The top cybersecurity trends for 2016 includes Increased M2M Attacks and Propagation Between Devices, Worms and Viruses Designed to Specifically Attack IoT Devices, Attacks On Cloud and Virtualized Infrastructure, New Techniques That Thwart Forensic Investigations and Hide Evidence of Attacks, Malware That Can Evade Even Advanced Sandboxing Technologies.

FortiGuard researchers anticipate that IoT will become central to “land and expand” attacks in which hackers will take advantage of vulnerabilities in connected consumer devices to get a foothold within the corporate networks and hardware to which they connect. They expect to see further development of exploits and malware that target trusted communication protocols between these devices. There will be a magnitude of damage from worms and viruses when they can propagate among millions or billions of devices from wearables to medical hardware.

There is also potential threat for malware to escape from a hypervisor and access the host operating system in a virtualized environment as exemplified by Venom vulnerability. With growing reliance on virtualization and both private and hybrid clouds as well as with most many apps access cloud-based systems, cybercriminals will definitely target this for gain.

Rombertik garnered significant attention in 2015 as one of the first major pieces in the wild as a “blastware” designed to destroy or disable a system when it is detected. Another type is “ghostware” where it is designed to erase the indicators of compromise that security systems are designed to detect making it very difficult for organizations to track the extent of data loss associated with an attack.

Two-faced malware, though, behaves normally while under inspection but then delivers a malicious payload once it has been passed by the sandbox which can be challenging to detect but can also interfere with threat intelligence mechanisms that rely on sandbox rating systems.

Each of these trends represents a significant and novel challenge for both organizations deploying security solutions and for vendors developing them. Fortinet is on the cutting edge of threat research and network security, providing complete network protection from edge to endpoint, continuously updated by FortiGuard and the threat intelligence feeds from millions of devices deployed worldwide. 

As Derek Manky, global security strategist for Fortinet explained, “FortiGuard Labs was formed over a decade ago to monitor and detect the latest threats, zero days, and emerging malware to provide the best possible protection for our customers. We leverage our incredible visibility into the global threat landscape to develop actionable threat intelligence, allowing us to respond quickly to new threats.” 

Ken Xie, Fortinet founder and CEO, also noted that “As we look ahead at the threats associated with our increasing connectedness and the proliferation of new devices, Fortinet is committed to delivering uncompromising security and further enhancing our solutions to meet both the current and future needs of our customers.”  
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Chord Electronics Mojo Amplifier and DAC for Smartphone, PC and More!

Get your Mojo On! Experience Great Sound Trip by amping your tunes! Simply connect Mojo to your iPhone, Android smartphone, PC, or Mac, plug in your headphones and you can experience crystal clear audio the way.

Chord Electronics, a world leader in digital audio, through Beyond Innovations, Inc. their exclusive distributor, has launched Mojo, a British-built headphone amplifier and DAC that enables smartphones and connected devices to deliver recording studio sound quality from any headphone.
‘Mobile Joy’ or Mojo is a headphone amplifier and DAC (digital-to-analogue convertor) that empowers smartphones to deliver music content at up to studio-master-tape quality with Chord’s advanced proprietary digital signal processing technology.

Mojo is entirely designed and manufactured in England using British expertise, 27 years of high-performance audio experience to produce most advanced device of its kind in the world. It comes in a very portable and compact form built with aluminum and matte back finish. It is made with simplicity for easy operations, using Spherical coloured buttons for power on/off, volume control and file frequency information that illuminates and cycles through a range of rainbow colours.

Makes use of New Artix-7 FPGA chipset from Silicon Valley’s Xilinx, making Mojo the most advanced DAC of its type as well as uses an FPGA — a programmable circuit that enables its skilled engineers to directly implement its own digital audio expertise which is uniquely for Mojo.

It has three different high-resolution digital inputs: Micro USB, optical and a 3.5mm coaxial input. Input selection is automatic: if more than one input is active, they are prioritized with USB first, coaxial second and optical third. Optical operates up to 192kHz, Micro USB and RCA (mini-jack) up to an incredible 768kHz.

Mojo is capable of playing all of today’s music formats: PCM; WAV; AAC; AIFF; MP3 and FLAC as well as covers specialist high-resolution formats such as DoP DSD files: DSD 64; DSD 128 and DSD 256.

Carries a high-temperature battery technology for faster charging to reach full charge in just four hours for around ten hours’ playback.

Technical specification 
Digital inputs
1 x Micro USB 768kHz/32-bit capable
1 x 3.5mm jack coaxial 768kHz/32-bit capable
1 X Optical Toslink 192kHz/24-bit capable
2. x 3.5mm headphone jacks
Charging 1 X Micro USB charging port 

Output power @1kHz: 600 ohms 35mW; 8 Ohms 720mW
Output impedance: 75m ohms
Dynamic range: 125dB THD: @3V 0.00017%
Dimensions: 82x60x22 (LxWxH mm) 
Weight: 180g

 Mojo sells for Php 30,990 and is available now in the following JBL showrooms and stores:  
A. Refinery in UP Town Center – Level 2 (7185135)
A. Refinery in Ayala Center Cebu – Level 3 (987017)
Egghead in Robinsons Galleria – Lower Ground Floor (6310431)
JBL Digital Dreams - 3rd Floor SM North EDSA Annex (216-4985)
JBL Acoustical Space - 4th Floor Cyberzone SM Megamall Bldg B (919-6012)
JBL Sound Gallery - B3 Bonifacio High Street (799 9344) 
JBL Kiosk - 3rd Floor TriNoma (959-3552)

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A Ride Worth Noting with Samsung and Uber

Five lucky Uber riders went home with a Samsung Galaxy Note5! through the Galaxy Note5 Lucky 5 on A Ride Promo, a Partnership between Samsung and Uber. It came as a surprise that on their booked Uber ride, they would bring home a sweet surprise, Samsung latest flagship productivity tool equipped with the most efficient and reliable internal as well as professional-grade camera – Samsung Galaxy Note5. Without their knowledge, their booking made them instant participants for the promo, where they were selected when he or she booked a car at select locations. It was truly a matter of being at the right place at the right time.

One of the winners, Katrina Ronwaldo, gushed “How lucky can I get?  All I really wanted was a quick ride but hey, I won’t say no to Samsung’s newest baby—I’ve just had the Galaxy Note5 for a few days and I’m totally blown away by it. It has all sorts of fun features and apps that have made my life so much easier and better – from a really useful S-Pen to a very powerful camera and really fast charging.  It’s a pity I only learned about the Galaxy Note5 now—it’s what I’ve always needed.”

“We at Samsung like surprising people with possibilities that they never thought existed—like getting a cutting-edge smartphone in the most unexpected way.  Through this promo with Uber, we hope to open people’s eyes to infinite possibilities out there, which they will also discover once they get their hands on the Galaxy Note5,” said Patty Rodriguez, Samsung Product Marketing Head.

Truly a Ride Worth Noting with their Brand New Samsung Galaxy Note5! #MomentOfNote

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Lenovo A6000 Plus Review Specs Price Available Philippines

Here is another exclusive smartphone to be sold with Lazada, the Lenovo A6000 Plus! Let’s see what it has to offer.

Lenovo A6000 Plus

Design wise, Lenovo sticks to a straight-forward not frills design made from polycarbonate plastic with curved corners and matte back for a6000 Plus. On the front is a 5 inch HD 720p IPS Display. Hardware keys are all located at the right side – volume rocker and power / lock. Capacitive keys are just printed on and does not light up. Two ports on Top such as the MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. The A6000 Plus measures at 5.55 x 2.76 x 0.32 in and weighs 128g .

Lenovo A6000 Plus

The smartphone packs a Qualcomm 64bit MSM8196 Quad-Core Processor clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 306 GPU accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB Internal storage (11.55GB for user consumption) which can be expanded via Micro SD slot. Just basic sensors available with proximity, Accelerometer and Light. For geeks, Antutu Benchmark reached 20K levels which is normal level of this kind of processor. I experience no lag and was able to get decent play of Asphalt 8 which was readily for download with the device.

Lenovo A6000 Plus Antutu

Runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Vibe UI on top. If you are not familiar, it is like that of iOS with no App Drawer and all is located on our desktop. Notification Bar provide you a snap view of your app notifs and messages as well as quick toggle shortcuts of normal features and connectivity.  Lenovo Security, SYNCit, Shareit and other value added apps are preinstalled. No Gesture Controls though. I found myself lost for a while navigating through settings looking for network settings. It can be found under Mobile data so you can set apn and network mode.

Lenovo A6000 Plus Vibe UI

To complement its HD display and entertainment qualities, Lenovo has partnered with Dolby in bringing a very pleasurable sound experience via its dual speakers. Below is Dolby Test:

Moving on to camera, A6000 plus carries a 8MP AF rear camera with f/2.2 aperture supported with single LED FLash and 2MP Fixed Focus Front Camera with f/2.8 aperture. Outputs turn out better than expected with colors coming out as it should be, subjects focus, reliable HDR, low noise low light shots and detailed close-ups. Selfies is also decent. Here are its sample pictures:

Lenovo A6000 Plus Camera Normal HDR
Normal / HDR

Lenovo A6000 Plus Color Low Light Macro
Low Light / Color / Macro

Lenovo A6000 Plus Camera Focus
Focus Test Left Shot - Subject Focused Right Background Focused / Flash Test

The regular WiFi, Bluetooth GPS is present alongside LTE cellular data connectivity. This is a Dual Sim Dual Standby handset with Micro SIM slots though only one (1) slot supports LTE while the other supports 2G connectivity only. USB-OTG is NOT supported.Though it had problems picking up 4G signal.

Packs a 2300mAh Battery, quite surprised with how it endures with moderate usage I gget thorugh 8-9 hours. If you are into gaming and always On LTE then might I suggest a powerbank as you may have only 3-4hours of heavy usage.

Package includes Unit, Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manuals and Warranty, Screen Guard and Protective Case. Here is a qucik unboxing video:

Overall, Lenovo A6000 Plus is a quality entertainment smartphone with reliable internal hardware, up-to-date software, better display and sound and has worthy camera for only 6,999 Pesos.
It will be exclusively launched and sold with Lazada Philipines on December 9, 2015. Look Here:

Lenovo A6000 Plus Lazada

Lenovo A6000 Plus Specs
Android 4.4.4 KitKat
5 inch HD 720p IPS Display
1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
64bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
Adreno 306 GPU
16GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
8MP AF Rear Camera
aperture f/2.2
2MP FF Front Camera
aperture f/2.8
Dual SIM Dual Standby
MicroSIM 1 LTE ready / 1 2G Only
Dolby Digital Plus Speakers
2300mAh Removable Li-ion Polymer Battery
6,999 Pesos
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LG V10 Impressions Camera Samples Specs Price Available Philippines

LG unleashes its most awaited flagship, the V10.

LG V10

LG V10 comes in very solid built and as LG puts it Dura Glass, Dura Guard and Dura Skin. Dura Guard, made from 316L Stainless Steel Frame that provides strong protection from bumps and bruises which is utilized like those for high end watches. Dura Skin Back is soft to touch but is resistant to blows and scratches while providing good grip. With 2 layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front, double protection for your display therefore Dura Glass. LG covers all the sides of V10 producing a very Durable smartphone resistant to your daily wear and tear including those accidental or those intentional.

Closer look LG V10
As for display, LG V10 carries Two Displays, the main is a 5.7 QHD IPS Quantum Display for main content in great detail and colors. A seconndary screen is located on top by the sides of the front camera at just .2 inch with screen resolution of 1040 x 160 that functions as a notification, glance view,  quick tools, music control and shortcuts.

A 64bit Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 processor serves its processing unit with graphics handled by Adreno 418 supported by 4GB RAM and 64GB Internal Storage. If that's not enough a MicroSD Card slot is available that lets you add storage up to 2TB! Guess to avoid heat issues LG stuck on Snapdragon 808 but they did a really good job making sure you have abundant storage space. 50GB of is available for users. This hardware setup is proven to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop including your apps and games with less hiccups and lag. Although i still heat but at manageable levels while multitasking. Speaking of Software, LG adds its own on sets of feature to the UI with Quick Apps, Mini View, Gesture Controls and Smart settings. LG remote is also installed so you can control any appliance that is supported. For Multitasking, Dual Windows has finally arrive which let you two divide your screen to run two apps.

Complimenting its big high resolution display, LG V10 features a 32bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology that upsales the bitrate of your audio thus improve the quality of your audio.

LG V10 Manual Settings Camera Video
Manual Camera / Video Settings and Audio Monitor

Moving on to optics, LG G4 did a great job in the realm of photography and with the V10, LG takes it to the next level as they introduce manual settings for videos for which you can adjust ISO, Shutter Speed, Bitrate and White balance. Another unique feature of the V10 is Audio Monitor where you can adjust the sensitivity of the three microphones during video recording and directly monitor and control audio input as well as directional recording capability to focus audio of a particular location or scene. Eliminate external wind noise with Wind Noise Filter. With OIS 2.0 and EIS, video recording won't be shaky and runs smooth as butter. LG V10 turns out to be best smartphone fitting for photographers, videographers and enthusiast. Oh got excited, its primary rear camera is 16MP with aperture of f/1.8. Two 5MP front cameras one 80° for selfies and the other is a 120° good for groufies. It must be noted that aperture size of selfie cam has f/2.0 while grofie cam has f/2.2. LG V10 focuses fast and colors come out as it should be. Text are clear an readable as seen on both pics on focus samples. Front cams produce great results and is a dream of any selfie lover. Here are samples:

Focus Test Left Focus on the Ice Cream | Right Focus on Background
LG V10 Selfie
LG V10 Selfie Samples Left 80° Right 120° 
Full set of connectivity features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC. It is a single sim handset with Cellular data handled by LTE TD&FDD  / HSPA+ / 3G.

Unlike its competition, LG V10 carries a removable 3000mAh battery which other people consider a plus as they can easily reset their phones or carry an extra battery.

Seems LG V10 is a strong contender for the Smartphhone of the Year with its man of steel built, efficient internals, optimized software and most of all best in its class photography and video capabilities. Retails for 37,990 Pesos! Check out LG Concept Stores and other LG retailers to try one of the best smartphone in the market. Memoxpress carries the V10 though at a affordable price of 32,990 Pesos!

LG V10 Specs
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
5.7 inch QHD IPS Quantum Display
.2 inch Second Screen (160 x 1040 Resolution)
1.8GHz Hexa-Core Processor
Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
64GB Intternal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 2TB
16MP Rear Camera
f/1.8 aperture, OIS 2.0
with LED Flash
5MP Dual Front Camera
(Wide Angle 120° / Normal 80°)
Single SIM
WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 2.0
3000mAh Removable Battery
Space Black
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
192 g
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