The Coronavirus pandemic prompted everybody to leave the “normal” behind and adopt a completely new lifestyle. With everyone moving to the work-from-home model, the demand for new computers, phones, and other gadgets skyrocketed, bringing another crisis to our doorstep — global chip shortage.
The world’s largest chipmaker TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), announced its quarterly results this week, posting a profit of almost US$ 5 billion. This marks a 19 percent rise in profit when compared to the previous quarter. The announcement is good news for the investors, but it also highlights how long the shortage will continue.
TSMC CEO C.C. Wei said that the company hopes to offer more capacity and meet the demand by 2023. That’s two years away. And that’s after gearing up to spend a whopping US$ 100 billion in the next three years to ramp up production.
American chipmaker Intel has been plagued with production issues for the last few years and recently disclosed that it would spend US$ 20 billion to set up two new facilities in Arizona, US. However, these production sites take time to come up and can’t be just switched on in a few months.
Things aren’t looking good
Even Nvidia isn’t very optimistic about a recovery from the chip shortage anytime soon. “Overall demand remains very strong and continues to exceed supply while our channel inventories remain quite lean,” the company said in its press release. “We expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year.”
Nvidia also has a brand new challenge — the demand for GPUs has skyrocketed ever since Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies started their bullish run in 2020. Cryptocurrency evangelists are constantly on the lookout for new gear, further amplifying the chip shortage.
The current state of component availability looks grim, affecting everything from the availability of new graphics cards to processors to next-gen PlayStations and Xboxes. The ripple effects of the shortage are being felt by every technology company, including giants like Apple.
Microsoft launches Windows 365, a PC in a cloud
Called Windows 365
With technology nowadays, it’s easier to carry around a PC-like device in our pockets. Still, having the ability to lug around an actual PC wherever we go is a luxury. Laptops can still be heavy. However, in their latest product announcement, Microsoft is introducing a way to carry PCs over from device to device — at least, to some extent.
Called Windows 365, Microsoft is launching a virtual PC stored in the cloud. Windows 365 allows users to access their Windows installation on any device including those not originally built with Windows. That includes even Macs and Linux devices.
Windows 365 will be installable on eight different devices of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
Currently, the service has not launched yet. It will launch on August 2 from Windows365.com. As such, there is no final pricing for the service yet.
Regardless, Windows isn’t exactly launching the service for consumers. Though it’s a huge accessibility tool for users, it’s positioned more for (and hence, more beneficial to) enterprise customers. It will allow an IT department to quickly install Windows on new devices.
Most importantly, companies can now easily onboard telecommuters to their workforce. All they need is a device to install Windows on.
ASUS ROG launches Cool for School Promo
Exclusive bundles and discounts!
The start of the new school year in the Philippines is right around the corner. With that in mind, ASUS ROG is offering plenty of devices on their lineup for exclusive bundles and discounts with its Cool for School promo.
Promo duration is from July 15 to August 31, 2021 and features laptops, desktops, smartphones that are available for up PhP 18,000 worth of discounts. Take a look at the bundles below.
ASUS Notebooks and Zenfones
- All ASUS ZenBook — Nespresso Mini Essenza with free Coffee Capsules (PhP 7,500)
- All ASUS VivoBook — Aviche M5 Wearable Air Purifier (PhP 2,500)
- Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip — JBL Go 3 (PhP 2,300)
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors — PhP 2,000 discount
- All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i3 processor — PhP 1,000 discount
- ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS/LV, ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS/LW, ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW/LU — Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit 9W, Google Nest Hub (PhP 18,000+)
- ROG Flow X13 SuperNova Edition, ROG XG Mobile GPU with RTX 3080 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag, Xbox Controller (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Flow X13 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag (PhP 2,500+)
- ROG Zepyhrus G14 GA401IVC — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Messenger Bag, Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 8,500+)
- ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV/IU/IH/II — Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 4,500+)
- ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS/LWS/LV, ROG Strix Scar G532LWS/LW/LV — ROG Slash Cap, TUF AX3000 router, Xbox Controller (13,000+)
- ROG Strix G17 G712LV/LU, ROG Strix G15 G512LV/LU/LI — Google Nest Mini, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb 9W (PhP 4,000+)
- ROG Phone 5 Classic — ROG Cetra II Core (PhP 3,300)
- ROG Ranger Backpack (RGB BP3703) — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Ranger Backpack (BP2500) — PhP 500 Discount
ASUS and ROG Desktops
- ASUS Desktop S3401SFF — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ASUS Desktop S500SA — PhP 1,000 Discount
- ROG Strix G35DX-PH009T, ROG Strix G35DX-PH011T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GD30CI(OPT.)-PH003T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix G15DH-PH014T , ROG Strix G15DH-PH002T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL12CM-PH019T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- ROG Strix GL10CS-PH042T , ROG Strix GL10CS-PH040T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
- TUF Gaming FX10CP-PH004T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
For the complete mechanics and list of participating products and stores, check out https://bit.ly/ASUSROGCoolForSchool2021.
LG announces four new monitors in the Philippines
From content creation to gaming, LG has got you covered
Monitors have been one of the most searched and bought tech products last 2020. And with the increasing demand due to the ever-changing WFH workspace, LG Philippines brought us four new monitors that cater the needs of each and every user.
LG UltraFine Monitor
If you’re the user who edits and color grades 4K videos, this monitor is for you. Aside from providing the best of colors in the class with IPS technology and HDR10 and DCI-P3 support, LG’s UltraFine monitor also provides UHD 4K resolution that’s 4x bigger than the regular Full HD (1080p) resolution. This means details are sharper and crispier.
But what makes this monitor different from monitors other than what LG offers is the Ergo stand where the monitor can be tilted, swiveled, and even rotated accordingly. As the name implies, it’s “Ergo”nomic in a sense that you can adjust the monitor freely without having to move things around. This gives you good posture, better height adjustability, and a cleaner workstation, providing full convenience to the user.
It also has USB-C ports for faster connection and wider support for newer devices. Speaking of, cable management looks cleaner thanks to this new type of stand as you just need to insert it behind.
LG UltraWide Monitor
As opposed to the regular 16:9 aspect ratio, a 21:9 view gives you 33% more screen real estate, making the user do tasks efficiently through split-screen view multitasking. This way, you don’t have to put two different monitors side-by-side.
On paper, it’s got what it takes to be your next best monitor: an IPS display for color accuracy, HDR10 for the best viewing experience, and 350 nits of brightness so you can work even if your windows reflect too much light on the screen. Looking at it directly makes it already immersive thanks to its slim bezels paired with 3-side virtually borderless design. On top of that, it has 5ms response time, Dynamic Action Sync, and AMD Freesync support so you can also enjoy smooth casual gaming, whenever.
LG UltraGear Monitor
LG’s UltraGear monitor provides the best Nano IPS technology in this premium monitor for gamers to enjoy and relive the games they are watching. ICYMI, most gaming monitors use VA panels instead of IPS, which display less color-accurate visuals.
Specs-wise, it’s the best monitor you can get for playing: it has 99 percent sRGB support for that color accuracy, fast 144Hz refresh rate, ultra-responsive 1ms response time with Motion Blur Reduction, and even compatibility to other HDR-enabled consoles such as the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro. Support for Xbox Series X and PS5 might come sooner (or later).
PCs or laptops with HDR-supported graphics card are supported as well so you don’t need to worry. This enables users enjoy punchier brightness and highlights with deeper shadows and silhouettes. Paired with NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility, the monitor also reduces screen tearing and stuttering.
Last but definitely not the least is LG’s Standard Monitor — meant either for the productive users on a budget or just for casual users who need a bigger monitor on their working area.
This monitor, just like the rest in the lineup, offers IPS technology. To make it even better, it has a Full HD resolution, shorter response times than the usual, and improved color reproduction and viewing angles.
This monitor’s aesthetics weren’t compromised either. It has slim bezel on three sides for a maximized viewing pleasure and offers an ergonomic design with tilt adjustments. With Flicker safe, Reader and Color weakness mode features, users will have little to no eye strain.
Casual gaming is also possible with AMD Freesync, Dynamic Action Sync, and Black Stabilizer as well.
Pricing and Availability
LG’s newest line of monitors are available in all authorized dealers nationwide both in-store and online. Visit LG.com.ph for a complete list of their retail partners. You can also check out LG’s Official Lazada or Shopee Flagship Stores for a full list of monitors available.
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