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The lat­est ad­di­tion to the Mont­blanc Starwalker Col­lec­tion fea­tures a World Time com­pli­ca­tion in­te­grated in­side the writ­ing in­stru­ment. One twist of the cone at the end of the light­weight ti­ta­nium Starwalker World Time gives its owner the means to iden­tify the lo­cal time in dif­fer­ent time zones.

This time func­tion­al­ity is for those who move be­tween time zones. In­te­grated in­side the writ­ing in­stru­ment, the mech­a­nism is op­er­ated by sim­ply turn­ing the cone. On ar­rival at his or her next des­ti­na­tion, the owner can set the time to the lo­cal time zone, and also be able to iden­tify the time in 23 other time zones around the world. Once the cone is set to the cor­rect time zone in­di­ca­tor, the writ­ing in­stru­ment will, for ex­am­ple, re­veal that when it is 4am lo­cal time in New York, it is 10am lo­cal time back home in Paris.

The Starwalker World Time is man­u­fac­tured out of solid ti­ta­nium. The cap and bar­rel are sub­tly laser en­graved with a map of the world time zones, and coated with “Phys­i­cal Vapour De­po­si­tion” adding a layer of pro­tec­tion against cor­ro­sion while giv­ing the writ­ing in­stru­ment its el­e­gant twotone ap­pear­ance. The Pvd-plated clip is em­bossed with the Mai­son’s name, and fea­tures both a matt stripe and the writ­ing in­stru­ment’s in­di­vid­ual se­rial num­ber.

The ruthe­nium- plated hand- grinded Au750 gold nib bears a fine fil­i­gree

world map, laser- en­graved onto the ruthe­nium plat­ing to re­veal the white gold un­der­neath.

Avail­able in Foun­tain Pen and Fine­liner, the Mont­blanc Starwalker World Time is pre­sented in a spe­cial fold­ing box adorned with both hemi­spheres, and a world map with time zones on the in­side.

Switzer­land has a new knife. The le­gendary Swiss Knife has been given a re­design for the first time in decades. The new pocket knife is man­u­fac­tured and as­sem­bled in the Jura by Swiza, a brand with a his­tory span­ning over 110 years and an es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion in watch­mak­ing cir­cles.

The sense of play­ful mis­chief in the knife’s bold curves, ma­te­ri­als, and col­ors has im­me­di­ate ap­peal. Mean­while the er­gonomic shape of the han­dle of­fers an in­tu­itive grip fa­cil­i­tated by an ex­tremely durable non-slip tex­ture. The curved shape en­ables di­rect ac­cess to the tools, which are per­fo­rated for easy open­ing. The Swiss Cross—the sym­bol of the brand—is built into the han­dle and is more than an iden­ti­fy­ing fea­ture: it of­fers the user greater safety with a blade-lock sys­tem un­prece­dented in a knife of this size.

In ad­di­tion to the ro­bust blade man­u­fac­tured of stain­less steel 440 and hard­ened to 57 HRC, other prac­ti­cal and clever tools make this knife an es­sen­tial ev­ery­day com- pan­ion. There is a five-turn som­me­lier cork screw, a flat-head and a Phillips screw­driver, a punch and an awl with a per­fect cut­ting edge. Some styles also in­clude a univer­sal bot­tle opener, a can opener and tweez­ers with beveled tips for the ut­most pre­ci­sion. The knife is avail­able in four ver­sions of­fer­ing four to six tools.

Ap­ple’s new ipad Pro, which comes with a 12.9-inch screen, is now avail­able across the Mid­dle East. Along with the de­vice it­self, new ac­ces­sories, such as the Ap­ple Pen­cil and the new Smart Key­board, are also avail­able.

“The early re­sponse to ipad Pro from app de­vel­op­ers and our cus­tomers has been in­cred­i­ble, and we’re ex­cited to get ipad Pro into the hands of cus­tomers around the world this week,” said Philip Schiller, Ap­ple’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of World­wide Mar­ket­ing.

“ipad Pro is the most pow­er­ful ipad we’ve ever made, giv­ing users the abil­ity to be even more cre­ative and more pro­duc­tive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina dis­play, pow­er­ful 64-bit A9X chip and ground­break­ing Ap­ple Pen­cil and new Smart Key­board. We can’t wait to see what they do with ipad Pro.”

The new, larger ipad Pro fea­tures a 12.9-inch Retina dis­play with 5.6 mil­lion pix­els, the most ever in an IOS de­vice, and solid per­for­mance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, ri­val­ing most portable PCS. It is thin, light and de­liv­ers all-day 10-hour bat­tery life that users have come to ex­pect from ipad.

Ap­ple Pen­cil for ipad Pro makes draw­ing and sketch­ing feel fluid and nat­u­ral, and de­liv­ers in­cred­i­ble ac­cu­racy for ac­tiv­i­ties like fine art il­lus­tra­tion and de­tailed 3D design. A built- in Light­ning con­nec­tor on Ap­ple Pen­cil makes for quick and easy pair­ing and charg­ing. Ap­ple’s new Smart Key­board fur­ther ex­tends the util­ity of ipad Pro, of­fer­ing a full- sized key­board in a thin, durable design so you can take it any­where. The Smart Key­board at­taches to ipad Pro’s in­no­va­tive Smart Con­nec­tor port, elim­i­nat­ing the need for a sep­a­rate bat­tery, on/ off switch or Blue­tooth pair­ing.

HTC has un­veiled the lat­est ad­di­tion to its One fam­ily, the HTC One A9.

True to HTC form, this is a smart­phone that com­bines im­pres­sive design on the out­side with the new­est fea­tures of An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low with HTC Sense on the in­side to cre­ate a top-level smart­phone ex­pe­ri­ence.

“HTC is a smart­phone pi­o­neer, hav­ing de­liv­ered the first An­droid smart­phone, the first Win­dows smart­phone, the first 4G smart­phone, and the first all-metal smart­phone,” said Cher Wang, chair­woman and CEO at HTC.

“To­day we’re tak­ing that her­itage of in­no­va­tion to the next level, un­veil­ing a phone that stands apart in a mar­ket in­creas­ingly dom­i­nated by a com­pany which con­trols ev­ery as­pect of your phone. The HTC One A9 breaks from this trend by of­fer­ing an in­cred­i­ble design, fan­tas­tic per­for­mance, cut­ting-edge soft­ware fea­tures and the free­dom to take full con­trol of your smart­phone ex­pe­ri­ence.“

New curves, re­fined edges, and pre­ci­sion-cut ridges on the power but­ton flaw­lessly com­bine with the su­per-thin metal frame giv­ing the phone a nat­u­ral and light­weight feel. The el­e­gant dual fin­ish, avail­able in a Car­bon Gray, Opal Sil­ver, Topaz Gold and Deep Gar­net, is painstak­ingly brushed with hair­line de­tail and bead-blasted be­fore the sides are pol­ished. In a fu­sion of metal and glass, there’s a five-inch, edge-to-edge, 2.5D Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 4, Full HD AMOLED screen.

The HTC One A9’s front and rear cam­eras, are top-of-the-range, and are cou­pled with pow­er­ful edit­ing tools. Its main 13MP rear cam­era fea­tures Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bi­liza­tion (OIS), which au­to­mat­i­cally min­imises hand shake and cor­rects vi­bra­tions, mak­ing it par­tic­u­larly use­ful in low-light sit­u­a­tions. Mean­while, the front Ul­trapixel cam­era de­liv­ers good self-por­traits in any light­ing con­di­tion, us­ing HTC’S Ul­trapixel sen­sor to cap­ture 300% more light than con­ven­tional smart­phone cam­eras.

A clutch of Dell Inspiron mod­els have been up­graded to fea­ture In­tel’s hotly an­tic­i­pated Sky­lake pro­ces­sor. This new pro­ces­sor guar­an­tees even faster per­for­mance and im­proved ef­fi­ciency across the Inspiron range.

Us­ing the Sky­lake pro­ces­sor, Dell re­cently de­buted the Inspiron 15 7000 Se­ries note­book, a pow­er­ful sub-one-inch-thick en­ter­tain­ment and gaming sys­tem tai­lored to the needs of en­thu­si­asts and boast­ing the best per­for­mance of any Inspiron model.

For the en­ter­tain­ment and mul­ti­me­dia en­thu­si­ast, the new Inspiron 15 7000 Se­ries (7559) fea­tures the most ag­gres­sive per­for­mance design and com­po­nents of­fered within the en­tire Inspiron lap­top fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to Dell. It fea­tures In­tel’s Core sixth-gen­er­a­tion quad­core pro­ces­sors and Nvidia’s lat­est Geforce GTX 960M dis­crete graph­ics with 4 GB of GDDR5 mem­ory and up to 1TB con­ven­tional or dual-drive M.2 128 GB + 1TB HDD stor­age con­fig­u­ra­tions. Dell said that, with these spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the Inspiron 15 7000 Se­ries can eas­ily han­dle in­dus­trial-grade video or photo edit­ing and games.

The range also comes with choice of ei­ther an anti-glare IPS wide-an­gle view­ing FHD dis­play, or a bril­liant 4K UHD touch dis­play with Tru­elife. Also in­cluded is a deep-re­serve 74 WHR bat­tery, which al­lows users to keep go­ing longer.

Sony has launched the MEX-XB100BT CD Re­ceiver, which the com­pany says packs the world’s first 100W x 4 high-power class-d am­pli­fier, along with an ar­ray of sounden­hance­ment tech­nolo­gies.

The Mega Bass on the de­vice al­lows users to en­hance low-fre­quency tones that de­liver rich and solid bass, adding depth to playlists. Bass en­thu­si­asts can also en­joy the best match­ing XB full range speaker se­ries, which Sony says en­hances the au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the has­sle of adding a sub­woofer to the sys­tem.

Time Align­ment and a 10-band equaliser, en­abled by Sony’s Dig­i­tal Sig­nal Pro­cess­ing (DSP) tech­nol­ogy, al­low users to cus­tomise the sound out­put for the best acous­tic re­sults. And to play mu­sic saved on other de­vices, users can down­load the Sony Song­pal app, and con­nected their smart­phones to the de­vice via Blue­tooth.

“It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant for cus­tomers to stay con­nected when they are on the go, and es­pe­cially when they are driv­ing,” said Sa­toru Arai, head of the Sony Mid­dle East Mar­ket­ing Com­pany.

“The MEX-XB100BT CD Re­ceiver pro­vides an en­hanced au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, while still en­sur­ing that peo­ple have ac­cess to all their func­tion­al­ity, but with min­i­mal dis­trac­tions.”

There’s a voice con­trol func­tion on the de­vice, which al­lows users to take con­trol of ba­sic car au­dio func­tions and smart­phone apps such as re­ceiv­ing phone calls, lis­ten­ing to mes­sages and no­ti­fi­ca­tions, as well as op­er­at­ing func­tions such as nav­i­ga­tion and mu­sic apps.

Asus has an­nounced the launch of its sec­ond smart­watch, the Zenwatch 2, a wear­able de­vice pow­ered by An­droid Wear.

The Zenwatch 2, ac­cord­ing to Asus, is set to meet grow­ing de­mand in the re­gion for wear­able de­vices de­signed specif­i­cally to fit con­sumer life­styles.

The Zenwatch 2 is avail­able in two sizes and three col­ors—sil­ver, gun­metal, and rose gold. The smart­watch from has 18 dif­fer­ent strap ma­te­rial and colour com­bi­na­tions, in­clud­ing a Swarovski-pat­terned leather strap, and the new Facedesigner smart­phone app, which lets wear­ers cre­ate 50 dif­fer­ent watch faces with cus­tomised style and func­tion­al­ity.

Ethan Ling, Coun­try Prod­uct Man­ager at Asus Mid­dle East said: “The smart­watch cat­e­gory is still rel­a­tively new here, but there is a huge op­por­tu­nity for growth in this mar­ket and the Asus Zenwatch 2 is go­ing to be a step-change in the design of wear­able de­vices. We build our smart­watches not only to ex­ceed con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of qual­ity and design, but it also to re­flect their own per­sonal look as well as life­style.

“The Zenwatch 2 with its sleeker design, ex­tended bat­tery life, and a re­spon­sive user ex­pe­ri­ence has al­ready been well-re­ceived glob­ally, so we are ex­pect­ing the suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity to repli­cate in this re­gion and cap­ture con­sumer at­ten­tion, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.”

The de­vice is pow­ered by the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 pro­ces­sor, and it can be paired with ei­ther an An­droid or IOS de­vice. It can pro­vide wear­ers with a con­ve­nient, ata-glance view of in­com­ing calls, mes­sages, no­ti­fi­ca­tions and other im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion with­out hav­ing to re­move their phone from their pocket or bag. Zenwatch 2 comes with a range of soft­ware fea­tures, in­clud­ing the Asus ZENUI apps, Busi­ness Helper, Fone­helper, Re­mote Cam­era, and Zenwatch Mes­sage.

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