This week on the first techENT download we take a look into Computex 2016 in Taiwan. The first manufacturer to make an appearance and announcement was ASUS. They have introduced the Zenbook 3 notebook computer with better graphics, newer processors, better internals; well, better everything. Alongside the Zenbook 3 notebook they also unveiled the Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1 PCs. Obviously the Transformer 3 Pro is the more powerful one of the two. Microsoft in Computex opened the Hololens and Windows Holographic development to its manufacturing partners. Window s Holographic is Microsoft’s VR or augmented reality platform that is built around and powering the Hololens. This announcement will hopefully lead to better hardware development and bring the cost down. The Hololens is now available for US$3,000 (MYR12,115), and that is only a development kit. In other Microsoft news, Microsoft has confirmed that they are going to be acquiring LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion (MYR105.8 billion). LinkedIn is one of the largest and most successful professional networking site in the world.
Samsung Pay, Samsung’s native e-wallet service has found its way to Australia, Singapore, and Italy. Next, Bluetooth 5.0 is official. This new wireless solution will boast double the speed of Bluetooth 4.0, four times the range and 800% more capacity which means that more devices can connect to it at longer range, with more stability, and faster data transfer. Also Napster is making a comeback with Rhapsody. Napster was a P2P file sharing service, mostly music, that was founded 17 years ago. Due to some legal issues it was shut down in 2002. Rhapsody will be changing its name to Napster as a music streaming and download service.
E3 was on and so many amazing stuff was announced then. Sony’s Playstation 4.5 is the next upgrade for their Playstation line. It will boast better graphics and support 4K video and games. Not much is known about the other hardware and pricing but it will be available September 2016 onward. Alongside the Playstation 4.5, Playstation VR also made headlines in E3 with reports of availability in October 2016 and costing around US$399 (MYR1,611).
Microsoft’s participation in E3 brought the Xbox One S. The console is 40% smaller than the Xbox One and will boast better graphics with 4K resolution. Storage will be bumped up to 2TB too. It will be available in August at US$399 (MYR1,611). Think that your current Xbox controllers are a bit boring? Fret no more, you can now head down to Xbox Design Labs to customize your own controllers and give it some personal flavour for prices starting at US$79.99 (MYR323). Talking about the Xbox platform, Microsoft teased the Project Scorpio. Touted as the next Xbox they say it will be 4.5 times more powerful than the current outgoing Xbox One. They were talking about pushing the boundaries of technology with this console. It will be available in 2017 but other than its availability Microsoft refuses to comment on what else is included with the console or even how much it will cost.