Even if February is a short month, it’s been a pretty hectic four weeks for the ICT industry. This is even when Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC2017) hasn’t rolled over when this news round-up segment took place.
As always, those who missed the live show can tune in to the podcast or download it for easy listening. Keep in mind that, like the previous two segments, this is now an hour-long and have loads of popular ICT news topics being covered.
Like before, here are the time-stamps for each point shared on air:
0:51 – Samsung’s SEA Forum 2017
12:12 – Koei Tecmo’s VR Sense
15:22 – WhatsApp 2FA
18:00 – Virtual Reality for Google Chrome
19:01 – BenQ ZOWIE 240Hz eSports Monitor
0:39 – YouTube removes 30-sec ads
22:15 – honor 6X launched
24:09 – Huawei P10 teased
26:59 – AMD Ryzen released
29:03 – GIF of the Month – Samsung Gear S3
The podcast streaming page has the direct links to engage the different timing slots.
Hot teasers from MWC2017 aside, the focus for February 2017 is mostly on regional reveals and critical industry moves that influenced current and upcoming market trends.
While there are a few big announcements, Samsung takes the cake for home appliances and general electronics with its Samsung Southeast Asia Forum (Samsung SEA Forum).
Even if there is no teasers of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone, the other 2017 entries in all of Samsung’s consumer-based end-user catalogue are on display. This includes the 4K and 8K QLED HDR panels, robot vacuum cleaner, updated air-conditioning and fridges, sound systems, washing machines, and wireless platforms.
The big highlights are, undoubtedly, the high-spec TVs, wireless soundbars that accompany them, empowered robotics, and the nifty design feature used on the air-con. Of these few, the real eye-brow raisers are the oversized screens and home electronics.
Virtual reality (VR) takes the spotlight next as Koei Tecmo and Google both took their respective stabs at the still-evolving ICT industry trend. With the former, it has introduced a gaming machine that engages all sensory functions of the human body. Called VR Sense, it’s an experiment designed to offer VR elements that go beyond 3D visuals as it creates ambient experiences within the pod. This includes fragrance, touch, as well as temperature and humidity control.
The latter, meanwhile, brings VR to Chrome via the WebVR interface, enabling all to experience 360-degree content that are initially meant for VR headsets.
WhatsApp is given its due in the spotlight too as it, finally, introduces a two-factor authentication feature. When engaged, it will call up a second-level password verification when WhatsApp is turned on after prolonged non-use, usually after 24-hours, or is running its monthly user security refresh. This is, indeed, a feature that took its time to appear.
Moving onto videogames and video-streaming, BenQ launched its newest 240Hz monitor that will optimise and streamline pixels from videogames and multimedia content in general. With a high-speed refresh rate, the new BenQ ZOWIE display is definitely ready for all sorts of hardcore gaming and eSports streaming.
YouTube has also improved its video-stream experience by removing the 30-seconds non-skippable ads. A welcomed move? Perhaps, but the all commercials shorter than that time-frame are now brought to the forefront and cannot be avoided or skipped. That, in many ways, is a painful feature to deal with.
On the mobilephone front, Huawei Malaysia had a fair bit of stuff taking place for February 2017. From launching the latest honor 6X mid-range flagship smartphone and then teasing the highly anticipated Huawei P10, these two highlights alone have set fans and the public-at-large into an excited frenzy. With good reasons, of course, since both devices sport the best functions for their class at, reportedly, pretty decent price-points.
Fans of PC hardware, specifically those in the AMD camp, are rejoicing as well since the newest family of processors from this brand, the AMD Ryzen, has appeared. What makes it so noteworthy? Why, beyond its top-performance specs and experience delivery, it is also made affordable so as to ensure all are able to get their hands on these overpowered CPUs.
Capping things off is a new segment that has been introduced for this show. Called Gadgets in Focus (GIF), it is a straight up review of a product that rose to the occasion of being a hot item that needs to be in the limelight as well. The first gadget to be featured is the Samsung Gear S3.
As a premium smartwatch, it raised the bar for the wearables space by sporting innovations that are proprietary to Samsung. Even so, these concepts could easily be recognised as necessary features that could inspire next-gen wrist-based devices. Of course, more has been shared at length about why the Samsung Gear S3 is the first pick for GIF.
For easy referencing on what had been discussed on air, here are the links for all related articles:
– Samsung SEA Forum 2017
– Koei Tecmo 5-Sense VR Machine
– WhatsApp Introduces 2-Step Verification
– Google Brings VR to Chrome
– BenQ Puts Out New 240Hz Gaming Monitor
– YouTube Removes 30-Sec Non-Skippable Ads
– honor 6X launches in Malaysia
– Huawei P10 Teased before MWC2017
– AMD Introduces AMD Ryzen Family