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Lenovo gears up with a number of devices for the Philippine market

Complete from basic to gaming laptops

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Lenovo has just launched a plethora of devices for the Philippine market. The leading PC maker wants to keep its sales momentum by making multiple models from the IdeaPad, IdeaCentre, Yoga, and Legion series available locally.

First, we have the IdeaPad models, which are practically Lenovo’s mainstream notebooks for the mass market. IdeaPads have been known to cater to students and young professionals who wish to have a well-balanced computer without breaking the bank. Leading the pack is the 15-inch IdeaPad S540 and it’ll come in six variants. Its highest-end model will come with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 for PhP 69,995.


There’s also the IdeaPad S340 with a 14-inch display and an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor for PhP 52,995. For a more versatile device, there’s the IdeaPad C340 boasting a 360-degree hinge for its 14-inch display. The convertible will come with either a Pentium Gold or 8th-gen Core i7 processor for PhP 25,995 or PhP 52,995, respectively. Lastly, the 14-inch IdeaPad S145 sit in the bottom with its affordable price starting at just PhP 18,995. There’s not much to expect from it since it’s running on a Celeron processor, but there’s also a Pentium Gold variant for PhP 20,995 to give a bit of extra power.

Lenovo IdeaPad series | GadgetMatch

A bulky CPU tower is always an eyesore in a modern home, that’s why an all-in-one is still the best option for a good-looking home PC. Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre AiO A340 is certainly a neat all-in-one sporting a 21.5-inch display with narrow bezels all around. The display and the rest of the components are attached to a metallic stand that’s elegantly designed. Pricing starts at PhP 32,995 for an 8th-gen Core i3 configuration and goes up to PhP 44,995 for the latest 9th-gen Core i5 with Radeon RX530 graphics.

Those who simply want a decent AiO can check out the IdeaCentre AiO 330. It might not have the same fancy design, but it’s got the basics covered and it’s easier to set up than traditional PCs. It also has an attractive price tag of PhP 23,995 for its Pentium Silver variant.

Lenovo IdeaCentre series | GadgetMatch

For a more premium experience, there are two Yoga notebooks available: the Yoga S730 and Yoga S940. The Yoga S730 sits in the middle of the affordable and premium segment with its PhP 69,995 asking price. It’s has a Dolby Vision-enabled 13.3-inch display and an impressive Dolby Atmos speaker system. It runs on an 8th-gen Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

On the other hand, the Yoga S940 is Lenovo’s most premium laptop offering. It’s the world’s first notebook to have a display with contoured edges — just like a flagship smartphone’s screen. The panel measures 14 inches and is optimized with Dolby Vision in 4K. Of course, it’s powered by a top-of-the-line 8th-gen Core i7 chip. All of its high-end features come at a price though, PhP 115,995 to be exact.

Lenovo Yoga series | GadgetMatch

As expected, Lenovo is bringing its updated Legion gaming laptops as well. The company is proud to bring its new Legion Y740 to further strengthen its user base. Legion’s most powerful gaming notebook features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics with a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor. The design is pretty much the same as before with plenty of ports on the back. The rest of the laptop’s specs include a 144Hz display, 16GB of memory, and 1TB SSD. It’s priced at PhP 119,995. There’s also the toned-down Legion Y540 that’s more budget-friendly starting at PhP 69,995.

Lenovo Legion series | GadgetMatch

Additionally, there’s another gaming notebook that’ll cater to more casual users and it’s called the IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop. It’ll come in either Core i7 variant for PhP 59,995 or a slightly cheaper Core i5 model for PhP 49,995. The “budget” gaming laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics.

Before you go out and buy a new Lenovo machine, be sure to ask for their 2-year Premium Care warranty that offers on-site repairs. Moreover, most of the new Lenovo laptops come pre-installed with a licensed Microsoft Office Home and Student.

SEE ALSO: We tried Lenovo’s foldable ThinkPad PC and it screams future

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Epic Games just destroyed Fortnite with a literal black hole

There’s an in-game reason, though (maybe)

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Are you currently wondering if (and why) Fortnite is down? If you’re trying to play the world’s biggest battle royale game, you’ll drop in on a strange sight — a black hole. To answer your first question, the game is currently down. However, Fortnite’s curious status is not because of server maintenance or a glitch. Instead, Epic Games has purposely shut its most profitable game down for the day.

Hours ago, Fortnite ended its tenth competitive season. Like most online multiplayer games today, Fortnite creates months-long periods — called Seasons — wherein gamers can rank up and subsequently gain prizes at the end of the period. However, unlike most games, Fortnite holds in-game events that significantly change the gameplay experience. For example, one of the earliest in-game events was a meteor that destroyed part of Fortnite’s map.


That said, Fortnite’s tenth season ended in a literal black hole that sucked up the entire map. Currently, the game will not start in the same lobby or map. Instead, the game only drops gamers into a front-seat view of the black hole. Fortnite is down. (Epic Games has also shut down the game’s official channels.)

For what it’s worth, the game is still churning out “some” content for viewers. Throughout its existence, the black hole has been broadcasting strange numbers for people patient enough to watch. The first set of numbers — 11, 146, 15, 62 — led viewers to a beach full of crabs when put into Google Maps. It’s a direct reference to crab raves, a meme popularized by the game’s popular Twitch streamers. Since then, the black hole released more numbers — 87, 14, 106, 2, 150. Currently, the new set doesn’t mean anything.

Further, gamers can also input the infamous Konami Code — Up, Up, Down, Down, B/O, A/X, Start/Enter — to access a Galaga minigame featuring a pizza and enemy burgers.

For now, Fortnite fans are stuck with this until Epic Games releases a more definitive conclusion. Most likely, the black hole will usher in a new era for the popular game. This might include an entirely new map or new gameplay elements.

Regardless, Fornite’s black hole is a huge gamble on Epic Games’ part. The developer has purposely shut down its biggest revenue stream for an event. It’s currently unheard of for an industry that values maximum efficiency.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally opens cross-play for Fortnite for the PS4

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Blizzard in deep trouble for supporting China

Update: Blizzard eases sanctions against Blitzchung

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The American corporate world is in a state of crisis caused by the tension between China and America. In the middle of this heightened Sino-American corporate war, Hong Kong lies in the middle, eagerly awaiting its democratic victory against Chinese authoritarianism. Because of the immensity of the geopolitical issue, individuals have inevitably expressed their opinions on the matter through public avenues.

Recently, individual opinions are getting in the way of corporate profits, especially for the companies that these individuals represent. From slaps on the wrist to outlandish punitive measures, American companies are putting a clamp on anti-China sentiments. The US is discovering where their favorite companies’ loyalties really lie — with the American people or with the Chinese government.


Blizzard: too cool for Hong Kong

Among these controversial companies, Blizzard Entertainment is fueling a significant portion of the dispute. Last weekend, the company held a Hearthstone tournament in Taiwan. The winner, Blitzchung (real name: Chung Ng Wai), expressed pro-HK opinions during his victory speech: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age.”

Days later, Blizzard Entertainment issued steep punishments against Blitzchung: stripping him of his prize money and banning him from competitive play for a year. The company has also fired the two broadcasters involved in the interview. Blizzard has deleted the official interview from their accounts.

“I don’t regret saying that stuff. And even now, I don’t regret it at all.” In defense of his actions, Blitzchung has expressed the necessity of his opinions. “I shouldn’t be scared. I hope my act can inspire other gamers like me, to continue to support the movement in Hong Kong,” he told AFP.

According to Blizzard, Blitzchung’s voiced opinion “offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages [Blizzard’s] images,” warranting the fine and the ban. Curiously, the company did not say if the ban results from any Chinese intervention.

#BoycottBlizzard

Since then, Blizzard’s actions have sparked global outrage, accusing the company of political favoritism rather than supporting its customers or representatives. Many individual personalities have boycotted the company’s products including the highly popular MMORPG World of Warcraft and the competitive shooter Overwatch.

Some Overwatch players have even started using the game’s Chinese character, Mei, as a pro-HK icon. In the game, Mei — and the other characters — are largely apolitical regarding real-world politics. The game is set in a futuristic world with anthropomorphic gorillas and conscious robots. In creating a pro-HK icon, players hope to cause a larger boycott of Blizzard’s products.

Notably, Blizzard’s employees have also expressed dismay over their company’s actions. After the incident, several employees have walked out of their offices in protest. Also, an employee has supposedly taped over Blizzard’s forward-thing motto displayed on the company’s campus: “Think Globally” and “Every Voice Matters.”

The global outrage has already earned the attention of American lawmakers. Floridian Senator Marco Rubio has tweeted his support against Blizzard. “China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally,” he said.

Another senator, Ron Wyden from Oregon, has expressed the same sentiments. “Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck,” he said.

Meanwhile, rivaling game companies have shown support for Blitzchung. Gods Unchained, a card game similar to Hearthstone, has promised to pay the tournament winner the full winnings stripped by Blizzard. Fortnite’s Epic Games has proclaimed that it will never penalize players for expressing their right to free speech.

Companies for China

Besides Blizzard, the NBA is also embroiled in a similar controversy. China has recently blacklisted the Houston Rockets because of a tweet from general manager Daryl Morey. Apple is also in trouble for supporting a pro-HK app and censoring the Taiwanese flag.

Slowly, the world is unraveling the curtain draping over the biggest companies today. Underneath, people are discovering a cruel truth: the persistence of money versus integral values.

Update [10/11/19]: At the end of the day on Friday (US time), Blizzard issued a statement in response to the recent controversies. In the lengthy post, the company has decided to ease up on the penalties issued to both Blitzchung and the shoutcasters. For one, Blitzchung will finally receive his full winnings. Further, Blizzard has reduced the bans to only six months.

Explaining their side, Blizzard has reiterated that the decision was made without Chinese intervention. According to the statement, Blizzard acted to ensure the tournament’s status as an inclusive environment for all gamers.

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

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PlayStation 5 will launch on Holiday 2020

Featuring a new controller

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The next generation console PlayStation 5 will launch on Holiday 2020.

Sony PlayStation published a statement today announcing the time of the launch. Another major announcement is that it will come with a new controller – one that has haptic technology and adaptive triggers.


The haptic feedback will replace the “rumble” tech found in earlier versions of the the DualShock controller. PlayStation says haptic should provide a broader range of feedback. This means a different feeling when you crash a race car to the wall, tackle on the football field, or even ” sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”

There’s also the new adaptive triggers which Sony says they incorporated into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons. The new tech will allow developers to “program the resistance of the triggers.” This means having a tactile sensation depending on the action you’re executing.

Game creators have already been given and early version of the new controller so they can incorporate it in upcoming titles.

SEE MORE: PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far

 

 

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