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Samsung will shell out €30,000 to whomever designs a new TV stand

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Do you have interest in TV stands? Got a new design or fresh approach? Samsung needs you, and they are giving away big prizes to whomever produces the best one.

In the search of new stand designs, Samsung partnered with Deezen — a well-known architecture and design magazine from London — for the South Korean company’s upcoming QLED TVs.

Back in March, Samsung flew us to Paris for the launch of their fancy and artsy QLED TVs with focus on lifestyle and design rather than just advanced technology. They even introduced what they call The Frame, a style of TV that just blends in with sophisticated artworks hanging on the wall.

The Frame TV (center)

According to the official rules, partakers should try their best to rival the existing stand designs and give them more luxurious character, yet still be minimal. Premium aesthetics is not only for the unit anymore, as its accessories should also be part of the package.

Samsung’s invisible optical cable

Samsung’s new translucent optical cable (gone are the days of hideous black wires) called Invisible Connection will also play a big role, because the company wants their TV to be placed practically anywhere in the room without the octopus clutter.

A total prize of EUR 30,000 is at stake: EUR 8,000 for the winner, EUR 3,000 for each of the other four finalists, and a consolation of EUR 1,000 for another ten entries. The winning design will be showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin.

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vivo V27e price, availability, features

Get to know the smaller sibling

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The recently-released vivo V27 series is looking to take the midrange scene by storm with the phones’ new ring light that complements their respective camera packages.

And while the higher end vivo V27 5G has received most of the attention, its smaller sibling — the vivo V27e — does not want to be left out, proving to be a worthy option for its segment.

It’s powered by a Helio G99 processor and has up to 256GB of internal storage. The base memory is 8GB plus additional 8GB extended RAM, thanks to vivo’s Extended RAM 3.0. The phone’s 4,600mAh battery supports 66W FastCharge.

The screen is a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with an upgraded 120Hz refresh rate. It comes in handy for gaming or playing high-resolution videos.

Handy mid-range shooter

The main selling point of the vivo V27e is its f/1.8 64MP ultra-sensing main shooter. It’s part of a triple camera setup along with the f/2.4 2MP macro and f/2.4 2MP depth. Up front is a 32MP selfie camera.

The main lens has hybrid EIS and OIS dual ultra-stabilization feature for steady captures and recordings. It’s beneficial for TikTok and reels, as well as vlogs. Night shots are likewise more vivid and detailed with the Aura Portrait algorithm — a vivo-exclusive innovation.

Speaking of which, the phone has a vlog movie 3.0 feature guides the user with vlogging tips and built-in film templates, frames, and stickers.

The vivo V27e is priced at PhP 16,999 and is available online via vivo’s official website, Lazada, Shopee, TikTok, and offline at any vivo store nationwide.

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Honkai: Star Rail to launch on April 26

All aboard the Astral Express

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HoYoverse has announced April 26 as the official release date of upcoming space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail.

The brand-new title will be available on the Epic Games Store, PC, Android, and iOS. The PlayStation version is currently under development.

Honkai: Star Rail takes gamers to a journey of the unknown. It has fantasy elements, myths, and legends integrated into a space sci-fi story. It will adapt an intuitive turn-based combat system as players explore a vast universe filled with cultures, landscape, and scenery.

The main storyline revolves around protagonist Stellaron, who travels the galaxy from the Herta Space Station to know the truth behind the Cancer of All Worlds.

Players will eventually encounter Jarilo-VI, where numerous dangers and conflicts are frozen beneath the snow, and silkpunk flagship Xianzhou Luofu where immortality gets introduced.

To get everyone ready, the Boarding Preparation Special Program is available to watch below.

The informative video aids players on how to make the most out of Star Rail Passes and Stellar Jade, as well as behind the scenes stories of the game.

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HomePod 2nd Gen, HomePod mini now in Singapore

Arriving on April 6

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Apple is making the HomePod (2nd generation) and HomePod mini available in Singapore starting April 6. Every purchase comes with a free six-month subscription to Apple Music.

Customers can order as early as March 30 via Apple Singapore store and Apple Store app. The HomePod will retail for SG$ 429 while the HomePod mini which comes in five colors will be priced at SG$ 139.

The HomePod has a custom-engineered high-excursion woofer with a 20mm driver and a built-in bass-EQ mic. It also has a beamforming array of five tweeters around the base. These work together for a powerful 360-degree audio experience.

The speaker has an adaptive feature called room sensing technology. With it, the device recognizes sound reflections from nearby surfaces to determine if it is placed near a wall. It then adapts the sound in real-time.

For those wanting an even better setup, using two or more HomePod or HomePod mini speakers simultaneously may be done using AirPlay. Stereo pair may also be done to separate the left and right channels on two devices. This makes for a cinematic experience when connected to an Apple TV 4K.

The speakers are compatible to use with the latest iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices, and all usual commands for seamless connectivity and integration are doable to let users personalize the experience hands-free.

SEE ALSO: Why is Apple Music Classical a big deal?

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