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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 11 in PH

February 10, 2022 8:36 p.m.

Xiaomi pushes forward the legacy of the Redmi Note series as it announces the arrival of the Redmi Note 11 series in the Philippines today, starting with the Redmi Note 11, while the much-awaited Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G variants will be coming at a later date. 

Rising to the challenge to bring even stronger specs and features, Redmi Note 11 again brings powerful upgrades to its camera system, charging speed, display, and System on Chip (SoC)—making flagship-level smartphone performance more accessible than before. 

Also announced today is the brand-new Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 series, starting at P6,999. 

Market availability:

The Redmi Note 11 comes in two variants – 4GB+64GB which will be available for P8,999 and 6GB+128GB available for P9,999. Both variants will be available for pre-order via Xiaomi’s official sales channels as early as February 11, 2022 in the Philippines. 

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the local availability announcement of the Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G coming soon. 

For the early bird promo of the Redmi Note 11 4GB+64GB, buyers will get the Redmi Buds 3 for free between February 11 until February 19 (12AM) on Xiaomi’s official Shopee and Lazada stores.

Stocks and availability for the freebie will be limited. 

Those who will pre-order the Redmi Note 11 6GB+128GB variant in authorized Xiaomi retail stores from February 11 to 18 will get a free Redmi Buds 3 plus a Xiaomi Eco Bag.

Make sure to visit the official Xiaomi Philippines store on Lazada this coming February 15  and Shopee this February 21 for discounted Xiaomi Smart Eco Products with freebies. Stocks and availability will be limited. 

Flagship-level camera setup to deliver outstanding photography

Raising up the flagship-level camera experience, the Redmi Note 11 is equipped with a 50MP AI quad camera setup ensures clarity in your photos, allowing you to capture great photos and videos without the extra effort. 

Its 8MP ultra-wide angle camera expands your perspective with a 118-degree viewing angle and the 2MP depth sensor camera on Redmi Note 11 allows you to create a natural bokeh effect for your portrait shots.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 11S once again feature 108MP primary sensors, allowing you to capture and share moments of your life in high resolution and true-to-life details. 

Utilizing the Samsung HM2 sensor with a large 1/1.52″ sensor size, the main camera leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology as well as dual native ISO to deliver incredible images with higher dynamic range and colour performance, with excellent results even in dim light. 

The 8MP ultra-wide angle camera extends your perspective with a 118-degree viewing angle, and the 2MP macro camera captures fine details from up close.

Additionally, the 2MP depth camera on Redmi Note 11S allows you to create a natural bokeh effect for your portrait shots. 

The front of Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 11S feature a 16MP front camera that can capture clear, natural-looking selfies. 

FHD+AMOLED DotDisplay with up to 90Hz refresh rate and trendy flat-edge body

Boasting a high refresh rate up to 90Hz and a touch sampling rate up to 180Hz, Redmi Note 11 enhances your screen experience with smoother animations and lag-free transitions, while also registering more precise finger touches.

With a screen size of 6.43-inch, the Redmi Note 11 is equipped with a FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay featuring DCI-P3 wide color gamut, provides more vibrant colours and details, while also reaching as much as 1000 nits to ensure the screen’s clarity even in bright daylight.

The beautiful display is packed into a trendy flat-edge body design.

Plus, with dual super linear speakers located at the top and bottom of the phone, Redmi Note 11 offers a complete entertainment experience with immersive stereo sound for gaming or watching videos.

Speedy and powerful performance at all fonts

Raising up its performance, Redmi Note 11 is equipped with a Snapdragon® 680 processor built using flagship-level 6nm process to deliver superior performance while conserving power. 

Additionally, the Redmi Note 11 is equipped with a 5,000mAh large-capacity battery and a 33W Pro fast-charging that charges its battery from 0 to 100% in around an hour. Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is powered by the advanced octa-core processor Snapdragon® 695.

This chipset offers 5G connectivity and superb performance, thanks to the flagship-level 6nm technology and clock speed up to 2.2 GHz.

Redmi Note 11S rises to the challenge with advanced octa-core MediaTek Helio G96 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. 

Alongside this exceptional battery capacity is Xiaomi’s flagship-level 67W turbo charging in Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, which takes as little as 15 minutes to fill 50% of battery.

Redmi Note 11S also features 33W Pro fast charging. 

Breathe clean, breathe healthy: Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Series

Celebrating over 16 million shipments worldwide, Xiaomi today upgraded its widely-acclaimed Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier Series with three new variants – Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro, 4, and 4 Lite. 

The brand-new series promises Xiaomi Fans a healthier, cleaner, and reduced-allergen indoor air environment year-round, with options for different home spaces and family needs. 

The top variant, Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro, features a 3-in-1 filtration system that combines electrostatic charge and mechanical filtration technologies to trap 99.97% of air pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. 

So whether its pet dander, cotton fiber, or other pollutants, Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro will have you covered.

To ensure maximized filtration efficiency, the Pro model newly integrates both PM2.5 and PM10 sensors to precisely detect inhalable particles of different sizes.

An ionizer has been added to help capture floating pollutants. 

Alongside this, Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro offers 500m3/h PCADR and 185m3/h FCADR, meaning it can filter the air of a 40m2 living room entirely every 15 minutes.

On top of powerful filtering performance, Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro also offers a largely enhanced user experience. 

Its sleek design and low-noise running mode at night make sure it blends perfectly into users’ modern homes and life.

A crystal-clear OLED touch display allows for quick viewing of AQI, temperature, and humidity statistics at a glance, and quick adjustments in just a few taps. 

Users can also remotely control the device using Xiaomi Home App, effortlessly scheduling purification routines and behaviour, setting up automation with other IoT devices, viewing filter usage status, and more.

Voice commands are also supported with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. 

Priced at P11,999, P8,999, P6,999 respectively, Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro, 4, and 4 Lite will be available for purchase starting February 11, 2022 in the Philippines.

Visit the Lazada Local Flagship Store this coming February 15 for discounted Xiaomi Smart Eco Products with freebies.

Buyer will get a free Mi Smart Kettle Pro if they purchase the Air Purifier 4 Lite and get it for only P5,999 instead of P6,999. 

Meanwhile, the all-new Air Purifier 4 will be available for only P7,999 instead of P8,999 and buyers will get a free Upany Air Fryer, while the Air Purifier 4 Pro will be up for grabs for only P10,999 instead of P11,999 and will come with a free Mi Standing Fan 2 Pro.

Amazing discounts also await the Robo Vacuum Series when you order on February 15 starting with the Vacuum Mop 2 which will be available for only P11,499 instead of P12,999 and comes with a free Upany Air Fryer.

You can also get the Vacuum Mop 2 Lite for P7,999 instead of P8,999 and get a free Mi Smart Kettle Pro, while the Vacuum Mop 2 Pro will be available for only P16,499 instead of P17,999 and will come with a free My Standing Fan 2 Pro. 

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Most employees fear robot hacking but believe they should be used more in production

December 2, 2022 12:54 p.m.

A recent Kaspersky study on the consequences of automation and increased use of robots showed the growing level of robotization in companies but highlighted the increased number of cybersecurity risks this causes. Today, 79% of employees believe that robots should be more widely used across different industries, however, 85% of them fear robot hacking.

Nowadays, robotics is being used to command industrial control systems, production processes and other information technology.

It replaces manual labor, improving efficiency, speed, quality and performance.

With this in mind, Kaspersky conducted a study to learn the opinion of employees of manufacturing companies and other large organizations around the world about the consequences of automation and increased use of robots.

The goal was to gather employees’ thoughts about the security of robots and automated systems in their companies. The survey was conducted across 15 countries: USA, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Turkey.

Employees reported an increase in robotization levels in their companies over the last 2 years. Forty-one percent of employees said their organizations already use robots, and 29% of organizations plan to use them in the near future. 

One of the findings in the research was that respondents believe robots can help industries increase economic benefits as well as saving people from dangerous duties.

This point of view is shared by more than half of the surveyed employees, as 52% think use of robots can accelerate and increase the efficiency of production processes and cut down costs, and 60% believe robotization can free people from hard or dangerous duties, reducing risks to life and health in the future.

This, in turn, will help employees avoid routine and boring duties and retain more interesting and highly paid positions (36%).  

More than one third of respondents consider that one of the key tasks that robots can successfully perform is to build a safe environment and reduce the likelihood of accidents due to human error.

This point of view was shared by 36% of employees.

Another important finding was that cybersecurity risks increase because of robotization. 

The majority of respondents (85%) believe that robots can get hacked, and 51% know of incidents such as these occurring in their company or other local businesses.

Respondents are split in their assessment of how protected robots are: almost one half of employees (44%) believe that not enough cybersecurity measures are in place to protect the robots in different industries while 40% believe that sufficient protective measures are in place.

“Cyber-physical systems use industrial robots more often to increase production efficiency. However, new technologies like these bring new cyber risks because they are potentially vulnerable to cyberthreats. Kaspersky sees ensuring that cybersecurity remains at the forefront of robot technology adoption as its mission, helping to tackle the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities that robotization presents,” comments Andrey Strelkov, Head of Industrial Cybersecurity Product Line at Kaspersky. 

“In our research, we asked respondents to judge not only how convenient and efficient robots are to use in production, but also their level of safety. It turned out that many employees believe that using robots causes risks. Robots, robotic controllers, automation systems, and supply chains are going to become the prime vector for cyberattacks in the coming years, and they need protection here and now. Before one integrates robots into production, one needs to guarantee network intrusion robustness and overall network security,” says Strelkov.

“Not all modern technologies are designed with security in mind, so only the use of defense-in-depth industrial network protection and multifunctional monitoring platforms will ensure uninterrupted operation of the company. Dedicated solutions like Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity may become an efficient assistant for protecting robotics in production,” adds Strelkov.

To keep your industrial computer systems protected from various threats, Kaspersky experts recommend:

  • Conducting regular security assessments of OT systems to identify and eliminate possible cyber security issues.
  • Establishing continuous vulnerability assessment and triage as a basement for effective vulnerability management process. Dedicated solutions like Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity may become an efficient assistant and a source of unique actionable information, not fully available in public.
  • Performing timely updates for the key components of the enterprise’s OT network; applying security fixes and patches or implementing compensating measures as soon as it is technically possible is crucial for preventing a major incident that might cost millions due to the interruption of the production process.
  • Using Industrial EDR solutions such as Kaspersky Industrial Cybersecurity for Nodes with EDR for timely detection of sophisticated threats, investigation, and effective remediation of incidents.
  • Improving the response to new and advanced malicious techniques by building and strengthening your teams’ incident prevention, detection, and response skills. Dedicated OT security training for IT security teams and OT personnel is one of the key measures helping to achieve this.

The full presentation with results and more insights on the consequences of automation and increased use of robots are available via the link.

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Infinix launches the all-new HOT 20S, the best value-for-money gaming phone yet

November 27, 2022 7:20 p.m.

Filipinos absolutely live and breathe mobile gaming, and here’s some good news: being the best mobile gamer around no longer has to break the bank.

That’s because Infinix is dropping the brand-new HOT 20S on November 27, which lets you own the competition as a top game assassin–all at an affordable price.

Now, you don’t even have to spend more than P9,000 to enjoy #MoreSmoothGameplay on the HOT 20S. The phone packs a Helio G96 Premium Gaming Processor and up to 13 GB of RAM, which powers all your favorite games and allows it to perfectly handle the toughest and latest titles. You can have a wide selection of games to download and stomp other players in thanks to its 128GB ROM storage.

You’ll also never miss a single detail in the action thanks to the HOT 20S’s 120Hz 6.78-inch Full HD+ HyperVision Gaming Pro display, which gives you bright and vivid high-resolution visuals no matter what you’re running. Your sessions can also go for as long as you want thanks to its 5000mAh Power Monster battery that fills up quickly with its 18W Power Charge.

The whole gaming experience is rounded out by the HOT 20S’s Bionic Breathing Cooling System, which keeps the phone humming and going through great heat and pressure. Meanwhile, the All-Around Gaming Network Enhancement Turbo increases its performance during playtime even further.

For those who still want to upload great-looking content on their social media accounts, the HOT 20S also packs a solid 50MP Super Nightscape Triple Camera setup, which lets you take stunning photos and videos, especially in low-light settings.

So what are you waiting for–be the best game assassin you can be without spending too much, as the Infinix HOT 20S gives you #MoreThanWhatYouPayFor, guaranteed. Get it for a suggested retail price of P8,499 from Lazada, Shopee, TikTok Shop, and official Infinix kiosks nationwide starting November 27. Get it for even less at only P7,849 exclusively on Lazada on November 28, and P7,999 in a limited-time Flash Sale on LazadaShopeeTikTok Shop starting December 1. For more info on the HOT 20S, visit the official Infinix website.

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JBL SOUND ALL AROUND: Pump up your sound trip with JBL’s new, exciting range of products

November 21, 2022 12:54 p.m.

Everyone is a true original. We march to the beat of our own drums, with the freedom to design our life exactly the way we want it. Goodbye to treading the “traditional,” and here’s to paving our own exciting paths. Whether you like the adrenaline of living it up in the fast lane or taking it slow and steady, cruising through life on your own terms, JBL understands that there’s no such thing as a “one-size” fits all kind of lifestyle. That’s why JBL continues to innovate and provide SOUND ALL AROUND.

JBL is the brand for all your audio needs–encompassing all aspects of sound, whatever your field. From professionals, to students, athletes, gamers, content creators, and more, every person can enjoy unique sound tailored to their own story. And in pursuit of providing only the best for each individual, JBL is introducing a new range of essentials under the gaming, sports, speakers, and True Wireless categories. 

Here, find exactly what you need that that reflects your own reality. It’s time to elevate your life and your sound trip with JBL!

Living Hands-Free

For students and professionals, you may find yourself spending countless of hours commuting or hanging out at your work/ study desk, tackling the day’s load. Allow yourself to fully focus on your task at hand or make the trip around the campus or city more enjoyable with JBL’s True Wireless Earbuds. 

The JBL Wave Beam and JBL Wave Buds are perfect if you want to bring your sound everywhere. With bass you can feel and a battery life of up to 32 hours, these ear candies deliver crystal clear sound with Smart Ambient technology that keeps you aware of your surroundings.

For the go-getting entrepreneur or professional, the JBL Tune Flex is a flex you should get. Its ergonomic and water-resistant design gives you all-day comfort for any weather. In addition, it’s designed with a simple touch feature that allows you to manage and enjoy calls anywhere, without ambient noises. Now, you can choose whether you want to tune out the world or engage with your surroundings.

Working/ studying from home? No problem. The JBL Live Free 2 and the JBL Live Pro 2 allow you to make clear, perfect calls with six beamforming mics. You can also access your preferred voice assistant for seamless, hands-free control and connection. The Live Free 2 earbuds deliver up to 35 hours of incredible JBL Signature Sound (with 7 hours in the earbuds + 28 hours in the case), speed charging, and Qi-compatible wireless charging for when your batteries need a boost. The Live Pro2 delivers the same amazing benefits with up to 40 hours of incredible JBL Signature Sound (with 10 hours in the earbuds + 30 hours in the case). Each are beautifully designed to fit your aesthetic and give you a stylishly elevated, ergonomic set. 

Born to Move

When you’re in the zone, nothing should distract you. JBL’s in-ear sports earphones keep you on track, especially if you want to be unstoppable. For athletes and other active individuals, the JBL Run 2 and the Run 2 B make for a perfect fit. 

These wireless sets will get you the motivation you need to push harder. Their FlipHookdesign adapt to an in-ear or behind-the-ear fit for convenience. In addition, the comfortable combination of FlexSoftear tips and TwistLocktechnology guarantees that they will never to hurt or fall out. Heading out into the rain or heat? Thanks to IPX5 waterproof, these wireless headphones keep up with you every step of the way. Enjoy a playback of 10 hours, an in-line microphone, and remote for hands-free control of sound and calls. 

Built to Win

Gaming is no longer just a hobby, it’s a real profession. And if you’re looking for a set that helps you stand out, then going with the JBL Quantum 810 is a must! Fully immerse in a new world ushered by the signature JBL QuantumSOUND, which makes even the tiniest audio details come in crystal clear; and JBL QuantumSURROUND, the best spatial surround sound for gaming with DTS Headphone:X version 2.0 technology.

If you’re more on-the-go, JBL Quantum TWS is for you. Play anywhere and hear everything as this innovative pair features True Adaptive Noise Cancelling technology. Lose yourself in the game and limit distractions with accurate surround sound. Easily Fast Pair with Bluetooth smartphones and establish low latency 2.4GHz connections to compatible devices with the included USB-C dongle.

Life of the Party

#YOLO Make every day and every gathering one for the books! Turn your space into a club with the JBL Boombox 3, the most powerful portable Bluetooth speaker now made even better! It’s been redesigned with a new subwoofer unleashing much deeper bass and massive JBL Original Pro Sound, all with lower distortion. Party to 24 hours of play time, hyping you up from your morning workout to the late-night rendezvous with your friends. 

For a truly unforgettable experience, grab the JBL PartyBox Encore speaker and the JBL Pulse 5. Sync the lightshow’s rockin’ strobes, ring, and club lights for an awesomely immersive experience. You can also sing along with JBL PartyBox Encore’s premium digital wireless mic, optimized for karaoke with adjustable echo, bass, and treble. Both speakers are dustproof and waterproof so take them from your backyard to the beach and beyond! 

Life is what you make it. So, enjoy every moment and dive into the perfect sound trip every day with JBL. Now, that’s a vibe. 

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