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Lenovo upgrades Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p, adds L340 and Y7000

Come with newest CPUs and GPUs

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Lenovo Legion Y740 15-inch

Now that Intel and NVIDIA have newer, better chipsets to offer, manufacturers like Lenovo are taking advantage with their own upgrades to existing laptops.

Three notebooks from Lenovo’s Legion gaming sub-brand are the first to see improved performance. These are the Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p. In addition, Lenovo is introducing the Legion Y7000 and IdeaPad L340 Gaming as worthy alternatives.

The most powerful of this set is the Legion Y740, which comes in 15- and 17-inch options. It can be equipped with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, as well as a 144Hz 1080p display with G-Sync. Alternatively, you may opt for the more affordable yet still capable GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if medium-high graphics settings on AAA games is enough.

Lenovo Legion Y540 17-inch

Next up are the Legion Y540 and freshly released IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Both offer 15- and 17-inch versions and prices targeted at the more budget-conscious. Interestingly, the Legion Y540 may still power up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, while the IdeaPad L340 Gaming settles for a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 to keep the cost down — although you can add Intel Optane memory for an added boost.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch

Finally, we have the Legion Y7000p and its new sibling the Y7000. Both models can go up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, with the choice of a lower-end GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 1650 as well. While the two laptops have an aluminum design, it’s the latter that flaunts a 15-inch 144Hz 1080p display — perfect for fast-paced gaming.

Lenovo Legion Y7000p

Pricing and availability go like this:

  • Legion Y740 17-inch starts at US$ 1,669
  • Legion Y740 15-inch starts at US$ 1,609
  • Legion Y540 17-inch starts at US$ 1,269
  • Legion Y540 15-inch starts at US$ 1,209
  • Legion Y7000p 15-inch starts at US$ 1,199
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch starts at US$ 919
  • IdeaPad L340 Gaming 15-inch starts at US$ 869

All are available beginning late May 2019, except the 17-inch Legion Y540 which will come out in June 2019. There are no prices or dates for the 15-inch Legion Y7000 just yet.

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PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!

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Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”

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The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Alienware m15 arrives in the Philippines

Leaner and stronger

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Here’s an alien that’s more than welcome in this part of the world. Dell is bringing a new breed of Alienware to the Philippines — the Alienware m15.

This Alienware is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing under 4.7lbs, this is the brand’s slimmest and latest gaming rig. This is for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance.

You’ll get the best of Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs along with either a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh panel.

It also has the latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 that brings optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15.

Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

There’s also a hyper-efficient voltage regulation or VRM feature. The VRM allows the system to hold GPU and CPU performance high for a longer sustained time than typical gaming notebooks.

The Alienware m15 will also come with the Alienware Command Center. It’s the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, audio, and content organization.

This lean, mean gaming machine starts at PhP 149,990, and will be available on the week of October 2019.

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