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Epson introduces EpiqVision Mini EF-12, EF-11 laser projector TVs

Both have full HD resolution, ultra-compact design, and Android TV

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Big screens have become a necessity these days as more people consume media and do work on their personal devices. These screens may come in the form of high-resolution TVs or laser projectors. Whatever you choose, both have certain advantages and drawbacks depending on your workflow. But, what if you can combine them both and enjoy the best of both worlds?

Epson is doing exactly that with its recently launched EpiqVision Mini EF-12 and EF-11 laser projector TVs. As its name implies, Epson’s lineup combines the flexibility of projectors with the rich interactivity of smart TVs. Powering the device is an Android TV with hundred of specially-designed apps from the Google Play Store.  It also has Chromecast built-in so users can cast their favorite media content from their devices to the big screen.

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In terms of its capabilities, Epson touts that its new projectors can last longer thanks to the use of lasers as a light source. The company claims maintenance-free ownership for up to 20,000 hours compared to lamp-powered projectors. Furthermore, both projectors use Epson’s 3LCD technology that can output full HD resolution at up to 1000 lumens.

With up to 150 inches of display size coverage, Epson claims that its projectors can display more content than a 50-inch TV. Here’s the best part about these projectors: they can adjust their focus and keystones automatically. Anyone knows that it is a pain to set things up with a projector, so the company is doing everyone a favor with this feature.

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Both projectors also support 4K signal input and audio tuned by Yamaha. It is unheard of for a laser projector to have speakers — let alone a good one — so the inclusion is indeed a useful one, especially for virtual meeting needs. Speaking of virtual meetings, both projectors also come with Epson’s Online Meeting feature powered by Zoom.

All of these features come in a compact and minimal design that can fit anywhere.

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Price and availability

The top-of-the-line EpiqVision Mini EF-12 comes at PhP 54,990, with dual 5W Yamaha speakers built-in. Meanwhile, the EpiqVision Mini EF-11 retails at PhP 40,000 but with a standard 1.5W Epson speaker built-in instead. Both projectors are available to purchase now at 3-hub.com and Epson’s online flagship store at Lazada. They can also be had on all authorized dealers and resellers nationwide.

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The Pixel Pass is official, will bundle the Pixel 6 with Google services

As cheap as $45 per month

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A bit before Google officially launched the Pixel 6 series, a leak revealed an upcoming subscription package called the Pixel Pass. The then-unannounced package bundles the new Pixel 6 with a host of Google products. Since the Pixel 6 series is now official, the Pixel Pass is now official, too. Here’s what the subscription plan will offer.

Announced with the Pixel 6 series, the Pixel Pass offers either a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro and Google’s other paid services like 200GB of Google One storage, Google Play Pass, YouTube Premium, and YouTube Music Premium, and Preferred Care coverage.

The regular Pixel 6 will sell for US$ 45 per month, and the Pixel 6 Pro will sell for US$ 55 per month. Google Fi subscribers can also save an additional US$ 5 from the price tag. Subscribers will pay for their chosen phones over two years. Regardless of which phone, the Pixel 6 will be unlocked. If you do the math, the package can actually save you money, compared to paying for the phone directly.

Additionally, the Pixel Pass will offer users the opportunity to upgrade to another Pixel phone after the initial two-year period. However, if subscribers cancel anytime during the subscription, they have to pay for the phone’s remaining non-discounted value.

The new subscription package introduces a new way to get a Pixel phone, similar to how Apple created the iPhone Upgrade Program. Unfortunately for those outside the country, the package is currently exclusive to the United States for now.

SEE ALSO: Here are new Pixel 6 features you should definitely try

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Facebook reportedly planning to change its company name

To focus more on the metaverse

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Facebook really doesn’t want to be Facebook right now. Amid the wave of situations plaguing the company now, Facebook is reportedly changing its company name later this month.

Reported by The Verge, Facebook is changing its company name to focus more on other products in its lineup. Currently, Facebook’s name comes from its huge social media network. Since the start of its network, the company already expanded into different industries including the virtual and augmented reality markets.

Facebook’s new name will reportedly focus on these new products which they have collectively named the metaverse. Even outside of its new peripherals, they also own other networks like WhatsApp and Instagram.

However, a paradigm shift might not be the only reason for a name change.

A tough whistleblower situation has recently revealed a lot of controversies going on behind the scenes of the social media platform. And it’s not their first controversy either. Prior to the ongoing situation, the company was already facing anti-competition controversies last year. A rebrand can potentially save the company from further damage.

Facebook isn’t the first among its contemporaries to create a new company outside of what it is known for. Google, arguably the most popular example of such, founded its current umbrella company called Alphabet. Though Google still exists, Alphabet deals with the brand’s other endeavors.

For its part, Facebook will reportedly announce its new name during its Connect conference on October 28.

SEE ALSO: Ray-Ban, Facebook team up to create Ray-Ban Stories

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

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The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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