Laptops

Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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Are you using a machine made after 1995? Chances are, your computer is vulnerable to two newly discovered security exploits that can steal all your information.

On the bright side, you’re just as vulnerable as every single user on the planet. Plus, every major hardware and software company is scrambling to patch the exploits before they get out of hand.

Just as the fireworks from the new year died down, researchers from Google Project Zero announced the discovery of these two exploits — named Meltdown and Spectre. The vulnerabilities can cause attacks on the device’s physical memory, rather than just its kernel memory. This indicates that practically all the microprocessors manufactured by Intel from 1995 onwards are vulnerable.

The first one, Meltdown, allows malignant applications to access a system’s entire library of sensitive files. The second one, Spectre, tricks secure programs to leak their sensitive information to an end user. Both exploits affect offline hardware and cloud computers.

Despite its universality among devices, security measures can’t detect or block any Meltdown or Spectre exploits. They don’t leave any traces of their execution. Antivirus software, likewise, can’t distinguish the exploit from safe programs.

Tech giants like Windows, Google, and Intel are already issuing statements and patches to combat Meltdown. Cloud computing companies are also upgrading their servers to plug the exploit from being abused.

Spectre, however, is a harder nut to crack. While the exploit is harder to abuse for hackers, it’s also harder to patch. Concrete patches have not been released for Spectre yet. In fact, the exploit is so-named because researchers believe that Spectre will haunt them long after its discovery.

As consumers, the only thing we can do is implement the respective patches when they come out.

SEE ALSO: Your foolproof password isn’t good enough

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ASUS VivoBook S goes on sale

Making it a compelling laptop for students and teachers

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The start of a new school year is just a month away and distance learning is the new normal. As such, students and teachers need a reliable laptop for this paradigm shift. That’s where this ASUS Vivobook S sale comes in.

ASUS Philippines is offering various discounts and price promos for its popular VivoBook S laptop series. Buyers can snag discounts of up to PhP 25,000 on select models. These include the VivoBook S15, S14, and even the slim-and-light S13.

VivoBook S15

The VivoBook S15 features a 15.6-inch screen so students and teachers can view lessons with ease. On top of that, all VivoBook S15 models have Intel Core processors to meet the demands of online education.

The ErgoLift hinge, meanwhile, ensures that students won’t tire their hands when typing long documents and files.

  • S531FL-BQ071T / S531FL-BQ072T / S531FL-BQ073T (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 60,995 to PhP 55,995 (promo price of PhP 50,995)
  • S531FL-BQ289T / S531FL-BQ290T / S531FL-BQ376T / S531FL-BQ377T / S531FL-BQ378T (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 56,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)
  • S531FL-BQ001T / S531FL-BQ002T / S531FL-BQ003T / S531FL-BQ004T / S531FL-BQ005T (15-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 49,995 to PhP 41,995 (promo price of PhP 40,995)
  • S530 (15-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 64,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)

VivoBook S14

There’s also a VivoBook S14 for students who want a laptop with a smaller screen, but packs decent performance overall.

All VivoBook S14 models come equipped with NanoEdge displays, ensuring immersive viewing experience for multimedia files. Plus, each model weight under 1.4 kilograms, making it easy to carry around at home or at school.

  • S431 (14-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 512GB SSD, MX250) — from PhP 49,995 to PhP 44,995 (promo price of PhP 40,995)
  • S430FN-EB059T / S430FN-EB060T / S430FN-EB061T (14-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 64,995 to PhP 51,995 (promo price of PhP 46,995)
  • S430FN-EB056T / S430FN-EB057T / S430FN-EB058T / S430FN-EB062T (14-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 4GB / 1TB + 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 51,995 to PhP 39,995 (promo price of PhP 35,995)

VivoBook S13

Students who need an ultraportable laptop should look no further than VivoBook S13. This laptop is even lighter than VivoBook S14, weighing only 1.2 kilograms.

While it is light, ASUS didn’t skimp on features for the VivoBook S13. It comes with the latest Intel Core processors and up to 8GB of RAM. Plus, each model comes with an 89% screen-to-body ratio, focusing more on the content at hand.

  • S330FN-EY006T / S330FN-EY005T / S330FN-EY004T (13-inch FHD, i7-8565U, 8GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 62,995 to PhP 46,995 (promo price of PhP 42,995)
  • S330FN-EY002T / S330FN-EY001T / S330FN-EY003T (13-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 56,995 to PhP 41,995 (promo price of PhP 37,995)
  • S330UN-EY002T / S330UN-EY001T (13-inch FHD, i5-8250U, 4GB / 256GB SSD, MX150) — from PhP 50,995 to PhP 40,995 (promo price of PhP 36,995)
  • S330FA-EY005T / S330FA-EY009T / S330FA-EY008T (13-inch FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB / 256GB SSD) — from PhP 51,995 to PhP 39,995 (promo price of PhP 35,995)
  • S330UA-EY023T (13-inch FHD, i5-8250U, 4GB / 256GB SSD) — from PhP 45,995 to PhP 34,995 (promo price of PhP 31,995)

To avail of ASUS’ VivoBook laptops, head over to their Lazada, Shopee, and official online store. You may also buy these discounted laptops at any participating ASUS physical stores nationwide.

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ASUS ROG Philippines launches Zephyrus Duo 15 & refreshed gaming laptops

Redefining the boundaries of gaming laptops and ASUS’ own innovative technologies

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To set some balance in the universe, ASUS ROG brings out another studded gaming laptop lineup. This time around, these devices come with the latest Intel chips designed for impecable gaming performance, on top of impressive gaming hardware. Apart from these, they’ll even go as far as integrating new technologies to expand your horizons on a gaming machine.

This lineup brings the most anticipated gaming machine with it, in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. Apart from the powerful gaming hardware inside, what makes this stand out is the inclusion of the ScreenPad Plus. This additional display allows you to multitask effectively, especially when you’re streaming your content to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. Of course, you can also expect seamless gaming thanks to the 300Hz refresh rate FHD display and the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER inside.

Meanwhile, the curent lineup of ROG Zephyrus laptops get a much needed refresh, specifically the ROG Zephyrus S15, M15, and S17. These refreshed models now come with higher refresh rate displays and RTX SUPER GPUs. These also improve on storage calibration, with up to 1TB of SSD storage in RAID 0 for faster read times. Furthermore, these laptops now come with Thermal Grizzly Liquid Metal cooling, ideally reducing temperatures during stressful situations.

Finally, we have the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15/17 and the ASUS ROG Strix G series of laptops. The Strix SCAR laptops now come with up to the latest Core i9 HK-series processors and up to an RTX 2080 SUPER. These also come with a 300Hz refresh rate display with a 3ms response time for smoother gameplay. Meanwhile, the ROG Strix G series comes with upgraded internals and a new colorway in Electro Punk. Whatever color you get it in, it still boasts impressive gaming hardware — up to an RTX 2060 inside.

All of these will be available some time in July 2020. Below are the starting prices for the following laptops:

  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 – starting at PhP 219,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 – starting at PhP 164,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 – starting at PhP 114,995
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 – starting at PhP 149,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix SCAR – starting at PhP 64,995
  • ASUS ROG Strix G series – starting at PhP 124,995

Full pricing for all variants are below:

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS-HF130TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 249,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LWS-HF075TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM   1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Ranger BP2500 Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Zephyrus S17

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS-HG054TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 209,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS-HF053TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 32GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2080S 8GD6 199,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LWS-HG088TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 174,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LWS-HF123TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2070S 8GD6 164,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LV-HG040TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE Hyperdrive / RTX 2060 8GD6 149,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW-AZ171TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / RTX 2070 8GD6 134,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LU-AZ107TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 8GD6 114,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Backpack, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ASUS 65W PD Adapter, Office Home & Student 2019

ROG Strix G

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix G17 G712LV-EV013T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 6GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
104,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ042T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
GLACIER BLUE
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LV-AZ026T 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
99,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-EV068T 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
95,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LU-HN171T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 16GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
89,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G17 G712LU-H7070T 17″ FHD IPS 120HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1660ti 6GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
84,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-AL017T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10750H / 8GB RAM/ 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
79,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN135T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ELECTRO PUNK
66,995 ROG Strix Impact 2 Electro Punk Mouse, ROG Sheath Electro Punk Mousepad, ROG Ranger Electro Punk Backpack
ROG Strix G15 G512LI-HN047T 15″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i5-10300H / 4G x 2 / 512GB PCIE SSD / GTX 1650ti 4GD6/
ORIGINAL BLACK
64,995 ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Backpack

ROG Strix SCAR

PRODUCT MODEL SPECIFICATIONS PRICE (PHP) BUNDLE
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS-HG086TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 32GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2080S 8GD6 219,995 ROG Delta Headset, ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS-HF109TS 15″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i9-10980HK / 16GB RAM 1TB x 2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 169,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LWS-HG032TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070S 8GD6 159,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LW-HG065TS 17″ FHD IPS 300HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 144,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LW-AZ071TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 2TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2070 8GD6 139,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LV-AZ059TS 15″ FHD IPS 240HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 1TB PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LV-EV042TS 17″ FHD IPS 144HZ / i7-10875H / 16GB RAM 512GB x2 PCIE SSD (Raid 0) / RTX 2060 8GD6 124,995 ROG Gladius 2 Mouse, ROG Eye C21 Webcam, ROG Backpack, Office Home & Student 2019

See here for more information on where to buy these ROG machines.

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Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

IdeaPad Gaming 5i is coming too

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Last April, Lenovo revealed its latest additions to the Legion lineup. The Legion 5 is a gaming laptop featuring the latest Intel and AMD processor. Meanwhile, the Legion 5i is a desktop that aims to provide the best performance for gamers. All these are coming to the Philippines, along with the budget contender IdeaPad Gaming 5i.

To celebrate the arrival of new Legion computers, Lenovo is offering a promo this July. Customers pre-order any of the three new PCs from June 26 to July 11 will receive Legion accessories worth up to PhP 10,000. These new PCs are also entitled to an extended three-year warranty and support from Lenovo.

Legion 5

Legion 5 is Lenovo’s latest Legion line-up for the budget-conscious gamers. Despite its budget proposition, it didn’t skip on features. The base model has an AMD Ryzen 4800H processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. It packs some serious graphics capabilities with its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. The 15.6 FHD display features a 120Hz refresh rate and 1ms response times for buttery-smooth gameplay.

Every pre-orders for the PC comes with a free Recon gaming backpack (worth PhP 2,995), M300 gaming mouse (worth PhP 1,495), K300 gaming keyboard (worth PHP 2,495), and H300 gaming headset (worth PHP 2,995). Legion 5i starts at PhP 52,995.

Legion Tower 5i

Gamers looking for their first gaming rig should look no further than Legion Tower 5i. This gaming desktop is built to satisfy the needs and demands of the most demanding gamers. Lenovo packed the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors on this rig and configured it for up to 64Gb of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. Powering this PC is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card built to handle the most graphically intensive games and apps.

It also features a sleek and minimalist chassis with a Legion LED logo on the front. Gamers don’t have to complain about ports since it has USB-C, USB-A, audio combo jack, and even an Ethernet port.

Lenovo is bundling the K500 gaming keyboard (worth PhP 3,995) and the M500 gaming mouse (worth PhP 2,995) on every pre-orders. The Legion Tower 5i exclusively available on Legion concept store at SM North EDSA and all VillMan and Complink stores nationwide. The baseline model will retail for PhP 72,995.

IdeaPad Gaming 5i

Meanwhile, those looking to dabble into PC gaming can get their hands-on on the IdeaPad Gaming 5i. Every pre-orders of the PC comes with an IdeaPad gaming backpack (worth PhP 1,995), IdeaPad Gaming M100 mouse (worth PhP 1,295), and K300 gaming keyboard (worth PhP 2,495). The best part about the PC is its low price: it starts at PhP 46,995.

What do you get for the price? Lenovo packed competitive specs for the IdeaPad Gaming 5i.  There’s an Intel Core i7-10750H processor inside, along with 8GB of memory and 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 or 1650Ti provides decent graphical performance for the PC. Dolby Audio and 120Hz refresh rate deliver enjoyable gameplay on the 15.6 FHD laptop.

You can now pre-order these PCs and learn more about the bundled Legion accessories at this website. You can also follow Lenovo Legion on their Facebook account and website.

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