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HP unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14

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HP Spectre x360 14

HP Inc. unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14, offering the viewability of a 15-inch device with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor for the ultimate browsing, reading, editing, and viewing experience. Also announced today is HP’s expanded 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle.

The PC has become more essential than ever, with many doing more from home like work, school, and doctor’s visits, for the foreseeable future. But the home is a place often filled with roommates and family members also working or learning, requiring work and personal devices to be as flexible as the user’s environment. Less than one-third of users have an office where the door can be closed1, making living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens the open office floorplan of 2020. HP is creating devices like the new HP Spectre x360 14 to be adaptive and smart, with the use of intelligent features – like performance management and new AI-based audio capabilities – to anticipate needs before the user does.

“On-the-go computing takes on new meaning as today’s users demand devices that can accommodate a variety of use cases and environments within their homes,” said Kevin Frost, global lead and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc. “HP is listening to its users in real time, offering the most intelligent Spectre yet – designed to seamlessly adapt and anticipate the needs and demands of its users, from intelligent audio features like AI Noise Removal for more immersive and engaging Zoom calls to solutions like Smart Sense that automatically adjust settings on the device for improved performance.”

HP Spectre x360 14: Beauty Meets Adaptive Intelligence and Boundary Breaking Performance

The head-turning gem-cut and dual chamfer design achieved by precision aluminum CNC machining continues to define the Spectre portfolio, along with the color offerings of Nightfall Black with Copper Luxe accents, Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass accents, and Natural Silver. Other standout design features of the device include:

  • The first Spectre x360 with a 3:2 aspect ratio display, the Spectre x360 14 offers roughly 20% more vertical viewing space than a 16:9 ratio4 – perfect for browsing, reading, and editing content for greater productivity and efficiency. It’s like working with an A4 size paper to easily write, sign documents, or sketch ideas out digitally.
  • A 90.33% screen-to-body ratio (STBR) and 100% color calibration with a Delta E of less than two for accurate, lifelike colors.
  • Optional OLED display for an incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio6 and a 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for brighter, richer colors on the screen. To combat exposure to harmful blue lights caused by spending more time in front of a device, the OLED panel shifts the display spectrum to reduce the blue light, and still delivers vibrant color vividly on the Spectre x360 14, which comes with both TUV7 and Eyesafe® certifications.
  • The first Spectre with an all-in-one keyboard, featuring a power button, new camera shutter button, HP Command Center, a mute mic, as well as a fingerprint reader.
  • Energy Star and EPEAT Gold certified, the Spectre x360 14 is a welcomed addition to HP’s most sustainable PC portfolio10, which has more than 100 Gold EPEAT-registered products in more than 19 countries – more than any other company in the IT industry. HP’s innovative use of natural, renewable materials in the device’s keyboard scissors cut the equivalent of 1,300 pounds of coal being burned in CO2 emissions over the lifetime of the device. Additionally, the packaging uses biodegradable molded fiber instead of plastic foam.

Co-engineered with Intel, the Spectre x360 14 has been tested, tuned, and verified14 to meet the requirements of the Intel® Evo™ platform15, ensuring it meets Intel’s hardware specifications and key experience targets for responsiveness, instant wake, battery life, and fast charge. The Spectre x360 14 comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor that delivers an 34% performance improvement and 79% performance gains17 with discrete-level integrated Intel® Iris® Xe graphics versus last year’s Spectre x360 13.

With up to 17 hours of battery life, this device can follow you throughout the home or wherever you want to go. Working from home requires a consistent, fast connection and the Spectre x360 14 delivers with 3x faster connection speeds with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support. The device also supports Thunderbolt™ 4 for fast signaling data rates to send and receive large files like videos, photos, and movies in seconds. And easily transfer files between devices and operating systems with HP Quick Drop. With HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support and its magnetic attaching function, the Spectre x360 14 is perfect for creation and Adobe Fresco qualified, with apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud, Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and Acrobat Standard free during a 30-day trial period22.

The Spectre x360 14 offers a host of intelligent features and software capabilities designed to seamlessly adapt to a user based on the activities and apps being used at a given time. These features include:

  • Intelligentially manage power management to optimize productivity with smarter features  in-bag detection using Intel® Dynamic Tuning to avoid overheating or battery drain when the device is in a bag, and quick hot key access on the all-in-one keyboard for HP Command Center to easily select features like Power Saver mode. And help protect the health of the battery with the Adaptive Battery Optimizer.
  • Focus Mode for multitasking and productivity, dimming the background apps not in use while keep the app currently being used bright. This also helps battery life by dimming other parts of the screen that are not in use, which is also great for privacy.
  • AI Noise Removal with Intel® GNA 2.0 for intelligent adaptive noise cancellation, to mute any background noise automatically across communication apps Microsoft Teams and Zoom and audio outputs and inputs like speakers, headphones, and the mic.
  • Smart Sense in HP Command Center, which optimizes and adapts the system for performance, acoustics, and temperature automatically, based on the application being used and the placement of the laptop.
  • Auto Color, the newest setting in HP Display Control, will automatically switch to the optimal color space for the best viewing experience based on the content being viewed. This means the device will switch from the DCI-P3 color space when watching a movie, to sRGB for surfing the Internet, to Adobe RGB when printing and imaging.

Next-Gen Premium PCs: Versatility for Endless Possibilities with Power and Connectivity

Also available this Fall are select HP Spectre and ENVY notebooks with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, and Intel® Evo™ platform verification15, designed for users seeking the best in performance, versatility, and mobility for their digital pursuits. These devices include:

  • HP Spectre x360 13: The impressively mobile convertible is even more powerful with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, with a 35% CPU performance improvement versus the previous generation to tackle demanding tasks like photo editing or 3D creation25, and offers up to 16.5 hours of battery life19.
  • HP ENVY x360 13: Available for the first time with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the adaptive, mobile design of this convertible PC is perfect for creators working from home, with HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support, up to 12.75 hours of battery life, and privacy features like a camera shutter, fingerprint reader, mute mic, and HP Sure View button built into the all-in-one keyboard.
  • HP ENVY 13: Updated with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics this elegant and powerful creator device features an 88% screen-to-body ratio, up to 13 hours of battery life, up to 4K UHD display, fast signaling data speeds and 5K display output with Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

Also new to the Spectre lineup is the HP Spectre x360 13 with 5G, with up to 4x faster download speeds and up to 2.8x better coverage with HP Dynamic Range.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Spectre x360 14 is expected to be available in October via HP.com for a starting price of $1,199.99. The device is also expected to be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com in November.
  • The HP Spectre x360 13 is expected to be available in October via HP.com for a starting price of $1,199.99. The device is also expected to be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com in November.
  • The HP Spectre x360 13 with 5G module SKU configuration is expected to be available in early 2021 via HP.com. Pricing will be provided closer to availability.
  • The HP ENVY x360 13 is expected to be available in November via HP.com for a starting price of $949.99. The device is available now at BestBuy.com.
  • HP ENVY 13 is expected to be available in October via HP.com with a starting price of $899.99.

How good is your web hosting package?

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web hosting package

Your website demands web hosting to be accessible to users online. The web hosting provider you choose is imperative to the success of your site. But how to make that choice? The variety of companies and plans can be confusing, so you can perform a little market research to narrow down the options. This tip is also valid for your current plan. In case you are hesitant about the ratio of value and quality of your plan, research and compare until you find the best provider for your needs.

Web hosting comparison can be quite helpful, as it correlates the providers’ various features, making the choice easier for you. Fortunately, specific platforms such as Howtohosting Guide are specialized in creating comparative content regarding web hosting plans. 

Which features determine the quality of your web hosting package?

Web hosting companies present a range of plans with pre-configured web servers to host your site. You can rely on plans that handle everything, including technical maintenance and support.

In general, an excellent web hosting plan has to offer quality in the following segments. Each of them is equally important: price, bandwidth, storage, scalability, security, support, and backup.

If you are on a tight budget, you may want to start looking for a good shared hosting plan. This is an affordable way to initiate your project, perfect for the early stages of grooming your site. However, once your project starts accelerating its pace and attracts more traffic, your provider should be able to upgrade your plan. Ensure that upgrading your plan will be smooth, and don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you can think of. 

The bandwidth and the speed of your plan are connected. In short, the bandwidth is the amount of data you can transfer to and from your server every month. This factor depends on the web page size, the number of visitors, and the number of visited pages. Note that each provider offers different levels of bandwidth. If your website is small, bandwidth won’t be of much concern. Most companies offer a sufficient amount even with their cheapest plans. However, the less bandwidth available, the slower the website is to load regardless of your visitors’ internet speed. 

You should know that some providers offer unlimited bandwidth options, which in most cases, is unnecessary. If you are unsure about the amount of bandwidth you need, contact the chosen firms and ask them to perform a calculation in your favour. 

Storage is another feature, often advertised as unlimited. If you are running a small project, a cheap shared plan will satisfy your storage needs, unless you upload lots of videos to your site. Scalability is another crucial element of an excellent plan. If your provider is not scalable, your website can’t handle sudden spikes in visitors. Such increases can be seasonal, and you should be prepared for them. In other words, if you want your site to grow, you need scalable service, allowing you to upgrade whenever the time comes.

As for security, as a minimum requirement, you need a spam prevention tool and an SSL certificate. Having an SSL certificate, in particular, will also increase the trustworthiness of your site. Another layer of security to consider at some point is a solution against DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attacks), such as Cloudflare.

Running a website also means experiencing technical issues, so you should check the level of professionalism of the provided technical support experts. Needless to say, support should be available at all times, or 24/7, via live chat, email, and (or) telephone. 

Backup may be at the end of this list of crucial features, but it as critical as the rest. You need daily, automatic backups of your site, so you can restore it if something goes wrong. Make sure to ask if a backup is available with your chosen plan.

More tips to find the best offers in the niche market

Another excellent advice we can give you when hunting for offers is choosing your hosting locally. This is especially valid when you are planning to target a specific country. If this is your case, you can read the reviews of local clients. Also, take note of the local currency and the regulations. 

Lastly, require information about the service level agreement (SLA), and get to know the clauses that specify service details in terms of cost, availability, etc. Some companies also mention the uptime in the SLA, which is usually around 99%. This number means that your site is expected to be down for approximately three days a year. That being said, uptime is another critical factor when making the web hosting choice, so don’t forget to consider it.

Nissan announces senior leadership changes for North America

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Nissan Group of North America

Nissan is announcing two changes to its senior leadership team for the North American region as the company continues to execute the North America Transformation Plan, revamping its product portfolio to be among the freshest in the U.S. and accelerating efforts to deliver sustainable business performance.

Mark Swenson, currently vice president, Total Customer Satisfaction, is named vice president, Decherd Powertrain Operations, overseeing the organization’s engine production operations. Swenson will report to Steve Marsh, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management & Purchasing, North America, and be based in Decherd, Tenn. Swenson has been with Nissan since 1989, joining the company as a product engineer. He has served in various engineering and management positions in his 31 years at the company. Swenson replaces Keith Hines, who served as acting vice president at Decherd since March.

James Moss, currently vice president, Chief Customer Satisfaction Officer, Nissan Europe, is appointed vice president, Total Customer Satisfaction, North America. In this role, Moss will report to Nissan North America vice chairman Jérémie Papin and have responsibility for all product safety and customer product quality in the region. Moss began his career as a Nissan graduate engineer in 1996 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility within Nissan Manufacturing UK and Nissan Motor Ltd.   

These changes are effective August 1, 2020.

Effective July 15, Jay Cook, currently Vice President, Finance & Administration, Africa, Middle East, India Region (AMI), will rejoin the North America team as Vice President, Finance. Cook will lead the finance functional controllers and accounting teams in the US, Mexico and Canada. Cook has an extensive finance background with leadership positions in AMI, US and Canada, and will report to Papin.

“These changes will improve Nissan’s business, on the engine production side as well as for product quality and finance,” said Papin. “Mark, James and Jay are experienced Nissan employees, and with their leadership will enable Nissan’s next chapter to be successful, especially in these challenging times.”

Dirt 5 Launches October 9 for Xbox One

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Dirt 5

Mark your calendars, race fans. The team here at Codemasters are delighted to announce that Dirt 5 launches October 9 on Xbox One!

Since the reveal of Dirt 5 during May’s Inside Xbox show, it’s been amazing to see the Xbox community’s reaction to the return of the amplified, wilder side of the Dirt franchise, which takes you across the globe in an array of off-road machines, tackling extreme terrain in incredible locations. That’s all set in this bright and bold racing vibe that encourages you to let loose and enjoy everything Dirt 5 has to offer.

Of course, alongside the October 9 release for Xbox One, we’re full speed ahead with launching Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X, too. Leveraging the power of the console through incredible graphical fidelity and further optimized performance – including a 120fps mode – Dirt 5 on Xbox Series X is set to blow… your… mind.

The best part? Thanks to Xbox Smart Delivery, if you pick up Dirt 5 on October 9 for Xbox One, then make the jump to next-gen, you’ll get the Xbox Series X version of Dirt 5, free of charge.

In every month up to October, we’re focusing on a key aspect of Dirt 5 and bringing you all manner of news and insight on what you can expect from our amplified off-road racer. Throughout June, we’re breaking down Career mode – the biggest and most ambitious of its kind in the franchise.

In terms of the nuts and bolts, the headlines are: 130 unique events across five chapters, covering nine different race types. Players choose how they play with multiple progression paths, with big rewards and special events opening up along the way. Represent real-world brands with 20 sponsorships, each with their own unique liveries and objectives hit. With a focus on action, variety and choice, you’ll be challenged with mastering extreme dynamic weather, intimidating terrain, and the most powerful off-road cars. Got what it takes to own the spotlight, and ensure nobody forgets your name?

If we stopped right there, that’s a Career mode we’re really excited to be bringing you – but there’s one particularly tasty cherry to drop on this cake. Dirt 5’s Career is driven by a story and an audio-based narrative, starring none other than Troy Baker and Nolan North. These icons of gaming play the respective roles of the player’s mentor and main antagonist, setting the scene for so much of the narrative built around your Career experience.

Alex ‘AJ’ Janicek, voiced by Baker, is the undisputed star of the off-world racing world that you’re just getting started in. Bruno Durand, voiced by North, is a cold, calculated veteran of motorsports, dead-set on dominating the world of Dirt. These two characters are bound to collide – and when they do, the result creates an opportunity for the player to emerge as a new superstar of the sport.

The whole story is tracked and pushed forward by the in-game Dirt Podcast by Donut Media, hosted by the real-world car culture and automotive content heroes at Donut Media. Their audio show sets the scene and stirs the pot, with big news and interviews with AJ, Bruno and other guest stars. Make sure to check out our latest Dirt 5 video, where Baker, North, Donut Media and our Dialogue Producer Olly Johnson reveal all on the story, and the free-form recording style that brings the narrative to life.

That’s just one feature of Dirt 5 that we’re shamelessly getting hyped for you to play. Over the coming months we’ll reveal more on multiplayer, split-screen, car classes, truly extreme events, livery editor, photo mode and a brand new feature for Dirt, never before seen in the franchise.

Got all of that? Good. Now, I think I need a lie down…

Should you buy a normal or gaming mouse for 2020?

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Razer Hyperflux Gaming Mouse

Probably you have wondered if you should buy a normal or a gaming mouse? If you are looking for the experience of someone who has already tried them, and can tell you what the difference is, you are in the right place to clarify your doubts. This includes concerns such as whether a mouse is abysmal or stunning, or whether it is worth it for its price.

To begin, we’ll analyze every aspect of a gamer mouse, and we are going to tell you about our experience and the difference in respect to a normal one.

A gamer mouse has some key characteristics and advantages intended only for online video games that normally other mice do not have. They stand out above all for their aesthetics and unusual design. They are light and have a “sporty” structure. Normally they have more buttons than normal mice, this is because they can be configured as shortcuts to quickly access a key or an assigned macro.

Razer Hyperflux Gaming MouseRazer Hyperflux Gaming Mouse

To be considered a true gamer product, it is necessary to have these characteristics you’re about to see.

Shape and ergonomics: There are up to 3 basic types of mice according to the way we grab them. They are called claw, palm, and hybrid. It is fundamental that before choosing the right one, you know in advance which one adapts better to your form and style of game.

Weight: We recognize that a light gamer mouse is as good as a heavy one, but most players prefer something lighter to fly from one point of the screen to another. This unique characteristic allows you to remove or put weight on them with a small weight system inside.

The DPI: This defines the maximum sensitivity of a gamer mouse. The greater the number of dpi, the more sensitivity it has. Honestly, if you have 4000 DPI it is more than enough as long as it is adjustable. While some gaming shops might try to sell you 16000 DPI mice, they are not necessary.

Lots of buttons: As we noted before, most of these mice have more buttons than an ordinary one. Some of them have up to 20 buttons. You can set up each one to do a different action, and not only in one game, but a specific configuration for each game.

The recommended number of buttons depends a lot on which games you play frequently. For games like WOW or RPG games online, you can have 20 buttons, one for each skill or command.

On the other hand, if you’re going to play League of Legends or DOTA 2, you won’t need so many buttons. For that kind of game, we would recommend 2 or 3 buttons for your gaming mouse.

However, this is very subjective, so remember that everyone has his style of play, so take this information as a suggestion to get an idea of what you want.

Lights: There are thousands of different patterns and colors in the design for each gamer mouse. We’re talking about more than 15 million possible configurations, so you’ll have lots of choice.

Each brand usually has a predefined color, such as Razer with green, Mars gaming with red, and Logitech with blue. You can set patterns as intermittent, continuous, or half, depending on the model you buy and the quality of it.
For normal mice, they usually come in the same standard size, hence there are not many variations and you are usually unable to choose one that you immediately like. Although they tend to be cheaper, they also get damaged faster due to lower quality. The sensitivity is not very good, as they are generally for offices where the keyboard is used more instead.

In conclusion, the benefits of a gamer mouse compared to a normal one is immense. If you like to play video games and are seeking to join e-sports gaming, a gamer mouse is what you need as it is going to improve your gaming experience to a new level. For all these reasons you should buy a gaming mouse for 2020.

Segway Is Bringing An Electric Motorcycle To CES That Does 0-60 Mph In 2.9 Seconds

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Segway

Segway is cool now? Yes, Segway is cool now, and the long-time mall cop transportation brand is going to cement its new reputation at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The company has revealed plans to show off a new electric bike called the Apex in Las Vegas, and it’s going to be fast. The headline numbers indicate a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.

Segway

You may be wondering how Segway has gone from mall transportation to sport bikes in such a short time. Thank Ninebot, Segway’s Chinese owners since 2015. We’ve written about an electric Segway drift-kart, self-balancing skates, new electric scooters and there’s even more out there. We’re not sure if any of this new product can successfully transform Segway into an enthusiast’s brand, but cool products like the Apex bike sure do a lot to help.

Details are sparse, but Segway did release a video of the bike motoring around a racetrack late last year. The rider isn’t exactly giving it the full beans (or hitting the apex), but we get a chance to hear it whir and whine along. The design isn’t revolutionary, but it does look good. It’s a bit strange seeing the Segway branding on the bodywork, but this is what Segway means today.

This year at CES may be the year that we see a ton of electric motorcycles hitting the scene, too. They’ve slowly trickled out with bikes like the Lightning Strike, Curtiss Psyche, Blackstone HyperTek, Buell Fuell, Zero SR/F and most interesting of all, the Curtiss Zeus concept. We’ve already ridden the Harley-Davidson Livewire, but many of the other electric motorcycles are still waiting to be launched. We’ll try to get a better idea of when many of these electric-powered bikes will be hitting the market at CES next week.

It’s the Segway S-Pod, and it’s a rolling chair that can travel at speeds up to 24.8 mph. If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be thrown out of a chair at 24.8 mph, we think this bit of tech is the perfect adult stroller for you. Jokes aside, this is definitely one of those weird things that show up at CES that we’ll never see in the real world. It’ll go up to 43.5 miles between charges, which is pretty impressive. Segway is nearly halfway to the new Mini Cooper SE.

Hyundai To Present Human-Centered Future Mobility Vision At Ces 2020

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Hyundai To Present Human-Centered

Hyundai Motor will take the stage at CES 2020 to present its vision for mobility and cities of the future.

Hyundai To Present Human-Centered

Hyundai will unveil its first concept Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) as part of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) landscape. The use of airspace is expected to alleviate road congestion and give back quality time to city commuters.

Hyundai Motor Presents Vision for Human-Centered Future Cities through Smart Mobility Solutions at CES 2020

PAV, PBV and the Hub to be connected to enrich lives of city commuters

Hyundai’s vision continues with its Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV). This highly customizable concept with autonomous driving feature allows for limitless possibilities to turn the vehicle to be more than just a means of transportation.

These two smart mobility devices will come together at the Hub, which will be located throughout cities in the future and used as community spaces.

Hyundai Motor’s innovative smart mobility solutions, including the PAV, PBV, and the Hub, will be showcased at Hyundai’s CES press event to be held at 3 p.m. on January 6 at Mandalay Bay South Convention Center 2F Oceanside B.

Lg 2020 ‘Ultra’ Monitors Ideal For Professionals And Gamers Alike

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Lg 2020 Ultra Monitors

LG Electronics’ new generation of Ultra monitors to be unveiled at CES® 2020 is designed to dramatically improve the user experience with superior design and cutting-edge performance. A leading innovator in the premium monitor segment, LG’s 2020 UltraFine,™ UltraGear™ and UltraWide™ models have been honored as CES Innovation Award winners.

Lg 2020 Ultra Monitors

2020 LG UltraFine Ergo Display

The 2020 CES Innovation Award-winning 32-inch UltraFine “Ergo” 4K UHD monitor (model 32UN880) is an innovative ergonomic solution that delivers differentiated value. The unique LG Ergo concept brings together the three key elements of image fidelity, ergonomic design and USB-C One Cable solution for a monitor that delivers unbeatable performance,

The LG Ergo was developed for working professionals and anyone who spends a significant amount of time at a desk. The technologically and ergonomically advanced arm-type stand with its high degree of adjustability enables users to create perfectly customized workstations. The LG Ergo stand can extend outward or positioned close to the wall, moved up to eye-level or lowered to the desk. It can even swivel to face the opposite direction for convenient sharing of information with an office colleague.

This unit’s USB-C One Cable solution provides 4K imaging, fast data transfer and power for laptop charging through a single, convenient cable. The LG Ergo also replaces the conventional monitor stand-base with a desk clamp to free up more room, while the One Click mount-system makes setting up the display a quick and simple affair.

2020 LG UltraGear Gaming Monitors

LG’s new UltraGear gaming monitors (models 27GN950, 34GN850 and 38GN950) expand on the lineup’s strong reputation for blistering speed and excellent picture quality. Demonstrated earlier this year by LG’s first 1 millisecond Gray-to-Gray (GTG) IPS display, LG’s gaming monitors raise the bar for speedy performance and gorgeous visuals.

Another CES Innovation Award winner, the 27-inch UltraGear 4K UHD monitor (model 27GN950), boasts a 1ms Nano IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz, over-clockable to 160Hz. The unit also offers hardware calibration to maximize the ability of LG’s IPS technology to realize precise color reproduction.

Designed to expand gamers’ sense of immersion, UltraGear models 34GN850 and 38GN950 feature large 1ms IPS displays and a 160Hz refresh rate.2 For the ultimate gaming experience, models 27GN950 and 38GN950 are VESA DisplayHDR™ 600-certified, while the 34GN850 supports VESA DisplayHDR 400. Both monitors incorporate an upgraded stand that not only looks sleek but is also stronger and more stable.

2020 LG UltraWide Monitor

A longtime leader in widescreen monitors, LG leveraged its expertise in advanced display technologies to develop the 38-inch Curved UltraWide QHD+ monitor (model 38WN95C). Another CES Innovation Award winner, this curved 3,840 x 1,600 model features a 1ms Nano IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and is validated as NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible.

“Our 2020 monitor lineup surpasses expectations with professional-level performance, picture quality and speed,” said Jang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division. “The LG Ergo brings new value to users, ensuring comfort and well-being with its uniquely adjustable stand while the 27-inch UltraGear 4K model offers superior picture quality for the ultimate gaming experience and the 38-inch UltraWide builds on LG’s legacy of excellence in 21:9 displays.”

CES 2020 visitors will be able to experience first-hand the ultimate user convenience, remarkable picture quality and blazing speed of LG’s 2020 Ultra monitors in booth #11100 of Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. See other LG announcements at CES by following #LGCES2020 on social media.

Android 10 Begins Rollout With Xperia 1 And Xperia 5 Smartphones

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Xperia 5 Smartphone

If you’re the lucky owner of an Xperia 1 or an Xperia 5, you may have noticed that Google’s Android 10 is now available for your device.

Xperia 5 Smartphone

The upgrade is now live in several countries and will continue to roll out to more devices*. The flagship Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 smartphones are among the first to receive the new tech, but owners of other devices will also be able to update their devices soon.

Sony has started the Android 10 rollout for its phones – out of the 8 phones on the list, it’s the latest flagships that get it first. Users of the Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are reporting that they have received the notification for the update.

The software has a build number 55.1.A.0.748 and it includes the November 1 security patch (previously the phones were running the October patch). Those aside, the jump to Android 10 brings with it Dark mode and the new gesture navigation, plus a better overview of which apps are tracking your location.

Anyway, the update weighs in at 725MB and will be available for download globally. It’s still a staged rollout, though, starting in the US and Europe, so it may take a few days until you get the OTA update notification.

Note that some users are reporting issues with call and data connectivity post update, so you may want to wait for a new build to be released (you can’t roll back to Android 9). There also seems to be an issue with getting to the Recent apps screen if you’re using a custom launcher.

The six other eligible Xperias will have to wait until early next year for the OS upgrade.

Toyota To Launch New Model “Granace” in Japan

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Toyota Granace

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the launch of its new model “Granace*2,” which will go on sale at Toyota vehicle dealers nationwide on December 16. The new Granace comes in two grades: Premium grade, a three-row, six-seater priced at 6,500,000 yen*3 and G grade, a four-row, eight-seater priced at 6,200,000 yen*3.

Toyota Granace

Utilizing a semi-bonnet*4 package, the new Granace is characterized by its superb basic performance―including quietness and driving stability―and classy interior. An exterior style that exudes presence, a gorgeous cockpit, and a comfortable rear seating design further accentuate the car’s individuality.

The new Granace’s large radiator grille is embellished with metallic accents and flows seamlessly into the headlamps, which project in vertical and horizontal directions to create a powerful and bold frontal appearance. The distinctive LED daytime running lamps*5 pierce the headlamps and, together with the projective twin-lens LED headlamps that flow into the decorative chrome frame, express a sophistication well-suited to a luxury car.

Cladding panels*6 as well as moldings embellished with metallic accents flowing into the lower edge of the rear bumper suggest an extremely low center of gravity while contributing to a majestic side view.

The rear design complements the front design, and at the same time, the rear-combination taillight LED belts emphasize the car’s advanced nature. The rear-combination taillights appear to point skywards in a distinctive design and merge with the rear door garnish, expressing an impressively grand style with its high position.

The 17-inch tires are paired with aluminum wheels featuring a sculpted texture and metallic accents for enhanced luxury. The radial spoke design makes the wheels appear larger, and highlights their ability to powerfully support the car.

Despite its total length of 5,300 millimeters and total width of 1,970 millimeters, when clad with 17-inch tires the new Granace boasts a minimum turning radius of just 5.6 meters. Optimal steering angles and gear ratios enable smooth tire movement to achieve maneuverability ideal for urban driving.

The new Granace comes in a total of four exterior colors, including the arresting and classy White Pearl Crystal Shine option, and a sophisticated and luxurious Black.

The new Granace is equipped with a full range of safety equipment for safety and peace of mind: Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects) helps mitigate damage from collisions while driving in parking lots and similar environments by detecting stationary objects; when reversing in parking lots, Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake with Parking Support Brakes (rear approaching vehicle) detects vehicles approaching from left-rear and right-rear directions, and engages the brakes when it senses the possibility of a collision; and Digital Inner Mirror projects images from the rear-facing camera onto the in-mirror display at the flick of a switch.

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