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Top 5 things to expect from Computex 2017

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Now that GadgetMatch has confirmed its full participation at Computex 2017, we’re rounding up the biggest announcements we’re expecting at the multi-day tech convention in Taipei, Taiwan.

The event will run from March 30 to June 3, but you can anticipate most of the major news to pop up right before the start until midway through the official dates. Although there’ll be hundreds of brands at the showcase — from the major players to the most obscure startups — these expected launches should be the highlights.

Please don’t hold us accountable if we get a few (or all) of these wrong:

No next-generation ZenFone from ASUS

Despite rumors saying there’ll be a new generation of ZenFones to be announced during Computex, we’ve learned that only the ZenFone AR will be given the spotlight. Yes, it’s the same ASUS smartphone with augmented reality tech we got our hands on at CES last January, but this upcoming announcement will be for its regional pricing and availability.

Having a new ZenFone lineup this soon wouldn’t make much sense either. The ZenFone Live just came out, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is still reaching consumer hands, and the ZenFone AR (which is based on the ZenFone 3 design language) needs to build its own steam. Instead, expect ASUS to show off refreshed notebooks from its Republic of Gamers (ROG) and ZenBook lines like in earlier shows.

More on AMD’s Vega graphics cards

AMD has been feeding us leaks of its next-generation graphics cards bit by bit for the past few months, but with nothing more than possible specs to look at. We might be seeing something tangible at Computex with working units of the manufacturer’s high-end Vega line of GPUs. AMD better hurry, because NVIDIA has been eating up the hardcore gamer segment for a while now.

Another refresh from Acer?

Taipei may be Acer’s home turf, but the Taiwanese company already launched several of its Swift- and Predator-branded notebooks in New York last April. The Swift 1 and Triton 300, in particular, were the showstoppers Acer needed, but that leaves us with the question: What do they have left for Computex?

Notably absent from Next@Acer was an update to the Swift 7, still the world’s thinnest laptop. This could experience a refresh. At the same time, we wouldn’t be surprised if Acer uses Computex as a springboard for IFA Berlin in September; IFA 2016, if you recall, became the stage for the humongous Predator 21 X.

Gigabyte and MSI turn up the RGB

Computex has traditionally been known as the breeding ground for PC components and accessories, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see local brands Gigabyte and MSI introduce several new motherboards and graphics cards to keep up. RGB lighting is still considered cool, so expect the pair and all blatant copycats to dish out all the colorful LEDs they can muster.

A possible bombshell from Intel

As surprising as it may be, the biggest announcement could come from Intel. Leaks have shown the chip specialist planning to release its most groundbreaking processor series to date, the Core i9 line. It’s been discussed ever since the first Core i7 launched in 2008, and now we may finally expect something concrete at Computex.

Based on a leaked presentation, the Core i9 series could see a processor with as many as 12 cores and another with as few as only six (still more than any present Core i7). This may seem like overkill considering how great Core i7 processors have been, but the extra compute power will be vital once 8K video and graphics rendering become the norm.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch is an official media partner of Computex 2017

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Montecrypto: Be the first to beat it and earn a Bitcoin!

A race to beat it first for around US$ 11,500!

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Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma is a puzzle game on Steam that has blatantly promised to give the first person to beat the game a bitcoin. It’s as seemingly simple as it is. Players have to solve a grueling 24 different puzzles and the first player to finish all of the puzzles will receive one Bitcoin. Don’t think it’s worth a try? One Bitcoin is currently worth about US$ 11,537.30.

In the game, you can either work alone or together to leave hints or slow others down by lying to them. The developers, Gem Rose Accent, wrote:

MontecryptoThe Bitcoin Enigma is an experiment in player choice and cooperation like no other, with a prize that translates not only to bragging rights but to real world recognition. How much will players be willing to share, how much will they be able to compromise, and who will claim access to the final vault of Montecrypto?

The developers, Gem Rose Accent, will launch Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma for US$ 2 on Steam on February 20!

SEE ALSO: This Filipino nearly doubled his profits from Bitcoin trading

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

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Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

BUY HERE

Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

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Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

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The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

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Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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