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Logitech Zone Wireless Headset

Logitech has designed a headset for today’s open office and introduces the concept of a “mobile-first” for an open office implementation.

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Leveraging Logitech’s deep audio expertise, the Zone series of headsets claim to deliver superior sound quality so users can take conference calls, listen to music, or block out distractions with active noise cancellation (ANC). As the first Logitech headsets that offer Qi wireless charging, Zone Wireless provides convenient charging at the user’s desk.

“Many professionals bring their own headphones to work, however they do not address the typical needs of an open office,” said Philippe Depallens, vice president and general manager of Logitech Audio. “Logitech Zone Wireless is designed with contemporary style, supreme comfort, and audio call clarity, as well as active noise cancellation and great sound quality for music, whenever and wherever you need it.”

With Active Noise Cancellation, it eliminates background noise so one can focus, regardless of the ambient noise level in the workplace. The soft leatherette ear pad material and silicone padded headband make it comfortable to wear all day, which complements up to 15 hours of available talk time and music. Users have up to a 30m/100ft range, as well as a noise-cancelling microphone for greater call clarity.

Designed for today’s mobile-first workstyle, the headset uses Easy-Switch technology to connect and switch easily between a mobile device and computer through Bluetooth or through a Bluetooth dongle. Once paired with the downloadable companion app, Logitech Tune, users can control the headset using the app, from activating the mute or ANC functions, to adjusting the sound equalizer for tuning the bass performance, as well as providing firmware upgrades.

Its interface claims to be easy to use while on calls or listening to music. One can push the main button in the center of the ear cup to answer/end calls or play/pause while listening to music. Users can also mute the headset by raising the microphone boom. At the end of the workday, simply fold it up and place it on a Qi wireless charger or connect it to the included USB cable for a slightly faster charge.

The headset is on display April 9-11 at the Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco. 

Logitech Zone Wireless with Bluetooth is expected to be available in April 2019 for $199.99. Local pricing has not yet been announced.

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Lexus QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer, for MIB only

Lexus has introduced its QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer jet – the first in the brand’s new jet-class fleet.

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Currently available only to Men in Black agents, it is powered by hybrid transformer technology. With the push of a button, it morphs from a 2020 Lexus RC F sport coupe into the most powerful IFO (Identified Flying Object) ever engineered by Lexus. It is also the only Lexus available in the darkest black in the entire universe: Umbra Black1.

“The Lexus jet reflects the future of the Lexus brand – the far, far distant future,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing. “With the most advanced alien-fighting technology, performance and sophisticated styling, it’s in a class of its own.”

In a top-secret exchange of knowledge with an alien partner, brokered by “the agency,” Lexus was able to secure Quasar Power Source2Technology (QPST) that uses the power of the nearest Active Galactic Nucleus3 (AGN) to travel anywhere in the universe in seconds. Quasi-Stellar Objects4 (QSOs) are found in every galaxy that has a supermassive central black hole. So, all QPST-powered Lexus vehicles are named after black holes.5

Key jet features include:

Technology

  • IGPS (Inter-Galactic Positioning System)
  • Amazon Alexa* understands all seven trillion alien languages
  • Gamma-ray headlamps
  • Infinite scaling technology

Performance

  • Lexus’ very latest Quasar Power Source Technology (QPST)
  • Propulsion system named after Black Hole TON 618
  • 122 MPG (Millennia Per Gallon)
  • Three driving modes: EcoDrive, SportDrive, QuantumDrive
  • 0-60 in 0.0000000000001 nanoseconds
  • Light-speed-matching capability

Comfort & Design

  • Intergalactically sourced, ethically spawned Adorian leather

Safety

  • Lexus’ latest transforming seats with 31-point harnesses to accommodate every body type in the universe
  • Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) with available force field technology

Styles & Packages

  • Enforcer Package
  • Everything you need to protect the earth from the scum of the universe
  • Also available in six other colours, but naturally, Lexus recommends Umbra Black

Lexus vehicles are the official fleet of Men in Black agents globally in the film. The 2020 Lexus RC F stars as the Men in Black agents’ vehicle of choice for their high-velocity pursuits. The luxury sport coupe recently underwent an exciting change, making it faster, lighter and even more ready to transport the Men in Black as they save the universe.

“The Lexus RC F sports coupe and QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer jet provide the perfect vehicles for our team of Men in Black agents as they protect the galaxy,” said Jeffrey Godsick, EVP, Brand Management and Global Partnerships, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.

To learn more about the film, visit MeninBlack.com. Men in Black: International makes its way to U.S. theaters on June 14.

Note: Specifications and features listed here represent science fiction speculation of what a powerful scum-fighting Lexus jet might be like. The actual vehicle in the film was computer generated—the futuristic vehicle does not exist in reality.

*Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

1 Umbra Black – The very darkest part of a shadow is the umbra. It’s where an object completely blocks of the light source of an entity behind it. In astrophysics, it is the cone-shaped part of the shadow of a cosmic body that excludes all light from the original source.

2 Quasar Power Source Technology (QPST) – Quasars are considered to be the brightest objects in the universe—emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy. There are very few sources that produce enough energy to power a quasar. Astronomers theorize that the sources of quasar energy are supermassive black holes within them.

3 Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) – A small region at the center of a galaxy so bright that the nucleus can be more luminous than the remaining galaxy light. The most powerful, steady sources of luminosity in the universe, they have too much energy in their nuclei to be due to stars or starbursts.

4 Quasi-stellar Objects (QSOs) – A class of astronomical bodies with a star-like visual appearance, but which have long wavelengths or redshifts.

5 Black Hole TON 618 – One of the most massive black holes in the universe, found in an extremely luminous quasar located 10.37 billion light years from the earth near the north galactic pole. It is 66 billion times the mass of the sun.

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Fujifilm releases a voice-note instant camera

Fujifilm has introduced a hybrid instant camera called the Instax mini LiPlay. It can act as an instant camera or a photo printer for pictures taken on a smartphone – and has a neat trick for adding voice notes to instant photos.

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Fujifilm’s Instax mini LiPlay is specially designed to act as both an instant camera and a photo printer. As with any Instax camera, users can snap and print photos directly from the camera. However, it connects via an app to smartphones, with users then able to print any photo stored on that device. With this feature Instax brings together the best of its hybrid cameras, such as the Square SQ20, and its portable smartphone printers, such as the Share SP-3.

Photos, now with a message

This Instax mini LiPlay is certainly not a one-trick-pony since it has another card up the sleeve: voice notes. One would expect that sound and photos do not play well together, but this camera about to change that. Users are able to take a picture of a friend, record a voice note (up to 10 seconds) for them via a button at the front of the camera, and then print out the photo. The print will feature a QR code which can be scanned by smartphone in order to listen to the recorded message. This is a first-time feature that can only be found on the Instax mini LiPlay camera.

Save, edit, print

Up to 46 images can be stored on the built-in storage space, with the device allowing for added memory via microSD or microSDHC cards. Users can select their best shots on the 2.7-in. TFT colour LCD monitor at the back, while also editing images on the fly.

To add extra spice to photos, it’s possible to apply one of six filters directly from the camera – black & white, sepia, stylish, vivid, poster of fish-eye. There are also ten different creative frames to choose from, while 20 more are available from the Instax mini LiPlay app. Through the app users can assign any of the frames to one of the camera’s shortcut buttons on the side to make in-camera editing easier.

For those who love group photos, the Instax mini LiPlay app has a wonderful extra – it can be used as a remote to snap a photo from a distance.

Live life & Play

From a size perspective, it is the smallest and lightest camera in the Instax range, coming in at 255 g. As always, photos are printed quickly and easily, with printing taking no more than 12 seconds.

It’s never a case of all work and no play when it comes to Instax, since there’s also a range of stylish accessories, such as the colour-coded camera straps specifically designed for the hybrid camera. Users can furthermore look forward to film cases that double as photo displays, plus photo albums to help with the protection of memories.

Cost and availability

The camera will be available in three colours – Blush Gold, Stone White and Elegant Black, each offering a different texture to the touch. The mini LiPlay is set to launch in South Africa at the opening of the Fujifilm PrintLife Exhibition, scheduled to run at Sandton City Centre Court from 19-24 June 2019.

The camera will be available at select retail stores and online for a recommended retail price of R2 499. Fujifilm Instax mini photo paper is available in packs of ten or 20, costing in the region of R160 and R300 respectively.

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