I was contacted by AA del Rosario, an entrepreneur and the distributor of one of the hot items being sold today – HappyPod. HappyPod is technically a monopod, which allows users to attach their phones and easily take selfie photos or videos alone or with friends.

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The material they used on the ultimate selfie accessory is good enough to let you use it for quite sometime. I am particularly worried though on the plastic material they used as it may easily break from constant usage. The know/adjuster is made of plastic so you better be cautious in tightening it.

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The package includes a rubber accessory that helps the monopod firmly hold the device. If you take that away, your phone might snap and slide out.

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The aluminum leg tube may be extended up to 3.5 feet, giving the monopod a total length of 4 feet. That would be good enough to help you take breathtaking photos or videos especially when you’re standing on a cliff alone or with friends. I did not get the chance the take a picture on a cliff, but some photos below would give you an idea what I actually mean.

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There’s a little caveat though when using this with heavy phone or with a phone with a heavy cases like Otterbox: the leg slight bends. That’s expected actually as it’s made of aluminum.

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What are the phones that can fit in?

Phones that can fit in based on my tests using this variant are: iPhone 5/5s, Galaxy S3/S4, Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0, Cherry Mobile X, Cherry Mobile W900 LTE, etc.

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Here’s an awesome kicker, watch out for stores that sell camera mounts for cellphones, because you can replace the one on HappyPod with a new one. Scout for a mount that phablets can fit in, because unfortunately, the included mount isn’t compatible for some bigger phablets like Galaxy Note 3.

[stextbox id=”info”]Update: We were informed that there’s another variant of HappyPod that phablets can fit it.[/stextbox]

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Recommended apps to take selfie photos using Happypod:

Availability and Price

HappyPod is now being sold at some stores at the 2nd Floor of Greenhills Theater Mall. If you also wish to buy online or if you have inquiries, you may also reach AA at +639175189877.

Giveaway (February 23 to March 3)

We’re giving away 1 Happy Pod to a lucky Gadget Pilipinas and Happy Pod Facebook fan! Be sure to cast your entries today until March 2. We will draw the winner on March 3, 2014!

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

sk8lqukaqalhq2mrzkqd 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forIf you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present.

2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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