ASUS brings new affordable VivoBook laptops to the Philippines



ASUS has just brought new notebooks to the Philippines. Under their VivoBook series, the Taiwanese maker offers a good selection of laptops specially designed for students and those on a tight budget.

VivoBook E12

Do you guys still remember the ASUS EEE PC? The VivoBook E12 kinda gives the once famous netbook an incarnation, and it’s also affordable. With its compact body and 11.6-inch HD display, this laptop is for those who prefer portability. It even has a 180-degree hinge, so you can lay the notebook flat on a table, and a promised battery life of up to 10 hours.

ASUS VivoBook E12

The notebook will go on sale for just PhP 13,995 with a configuration including an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 2GB of memory, and 500GB of storage. It also has Windows 10 Home pre-loaded. What’s interesting about this laptop is that it comes with a plethora of ports including the latest USB-C 3.1 despite its low price tag.

VivoBook E402

If you want something bigger, the VivoBook E402 has a 14-inch display. Its design is pretty basic but doesn’t give off a cheap vibe thanks to its color options — red, blue, or white. ASUS’ IceCool technology is present, which keeps the surface of the palm rest within comfortable operating temperatures.

ASUS VivoBook E402

The configuration that’ll be available locally will have an Intel Celeron N3450 processor paired with 4GB of memory. For just PhP 14,995, it also comes with a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home. ASUS didn’t specify the hard disk drive capacity, but they said it is upgradable up to 1TB.

VivoBook Flip

The VivoBook series is not just about affordability, because it also offers a premium design. With the VivoBook Flip, ASUS offers the popular 360-degree display hinge without sacrificing performance. The notebook has a metal finish and the latest USB-C port. It also has a Full HD touch display, which you can position at any angle you prefer.

ASUS VivoBook Flip (15″)

The VivoBook Flip will come in two sizes: 14-inch and 15-inch. The 14-inch variant will have an Intel Core i5-7Y54, 4GB of memory, 128GB SSD, and Windows 10 for PhP 39,995. On the other hand, the bigger 15-inch model gets the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 with 8GB of memory and a combo drive of 1TB HDD plus 128GB SSD. It has Windows 10 pre-loaded and a price tag of PhP 59,995.


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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30

There’s more?



Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.

Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.

Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.


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Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’

Headlined by the Core i9-9900K



Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”

It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.

Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.

Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.

In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.

Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet —  only a release date of December 2018.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

What’s new in Windows 10?



The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.

Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.

The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.

SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.

There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.

Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.

To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

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