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Everybody’s feeling the hype and excitement of the catchy jingle – enjoying the benefits of going cashless with PayMaya! A catchy tune is made up of so many things, and one of them is the power of nostalgia. PayMaya drew inspiration from the 90’s music pool, as it launched its newest campaign “Don’t Pay Cash, PayMaya!” set to the classic Eraserheads hit “Ligaya,” The lyrics were remade in such as way that it narrates the “joys” of paying without having to use cash. The song has become an earworm, and has captured the hearts of netizens as it amassed a combined 25 million views on YouTube and Facebook, over a week after the campaign was launched. “Most Filipinos are fans of the Eraserheads, and who hasn’t heard their iconic song, ‘Ligaya’? We made a fresh and relevant take on this timeless classic for our new campaign because we truly believe…

Gariath Concepts is proud to bring back one of the biggest gaming events in the Philippines with Esports and Gaming Summit 2019, happening on October 25 to 27, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. This event is co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart, and gathers gamers from all over the country for a weekend of epic and exciting activities. A new tradition, ESGS will now be having a yearly theme for a refreshing visual experience inside the event. This year, it will be Cyberpunk, wherein attendees can experience a futuristic adventure – from hologram effect to the introduction of Astra, the official event persona for ESGS. Cosplayed by Awie De Guzman, Astra will be an integral part of all ESGS events moving forward, Experience the Future at PLDT-Smart Cyber City PLDT-Smart Cyber City will be a gaming zone that gives subscribers a chance to experience the…

Yes, you’ve read that right. Consumers here in the Philippines will finally be able to experience Samsung’s re-designed Galaxy Fold. Details aren’t here yet, but one thing is for sure, it’s coming. As you all remember, the Galaxy Fold went through some hurdles after a couple of durability issues surfaced, so the Company decided to take if off the market temporarily to make the necessary changes to the design. On its relaunch, the device finally received quite the positive reaction it hoped for, and was sold out in various countries. Galaxy Fold offers a multitude of user experiences. View the essentials on its 4.6″ Super AMOLED cover display, and when opened, enjoy next-level multi-tasking, watching videos, playing games, and more, all on its 7.3″ Infinity Flex Display. It also transforms the way you capture, share, and edit mobile content. With App Continuity, you can shoot a video when its closed, and…

Right before the launch of the Mate 30 series, Huawei announced its most sophisticated, intelligent, and powerful chipset to date, the Kirin 990, which aims to deliver unprecedented performance and efficiency for mobile devices. In a recent event, Huawei talked about the new SoC, and how it completely changes the ballgame in terms of performance, photography, efficiency, connectivity, and AI. World’s First 5G Soc Powered by 7nm+ EUV Built with the most cutting-edge 7nm + EUV manufacturing process, Kirin 990 consists of 10.3 billion transistors, integrated into a small area, the size of a fingernail.  This makes it the most complex 5G SoC, featuring breakthrough technology along with advanced intelligence inherited from Kirin and Balong. World’s First 5G NSA & SA Flagship SoC Kirin 990 combines the processor and 5G baseband into one core, greatly increasingchip integration while also reducing power consumption and heat generation. Huawei Mate 30 series offer…

When it comes to over-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancelling, I’ve only listened to a couple, and both were above the PhP15,000 price range. So when the JBL LIVE 650BTNC arrived at my doorstep, I took it without expecting a lot. (Where to buy: Click here.) “Maybe mediocre sound quality, so-so Noise Cancellation, and so forth.” But with the time I spent with these cans, I realized that they were better than your average pair of headphones, not just in terms of how they sound, but what they generally offer to the table for almost or even more than half the price. Specifications Headphones Cable Length (cm) 120 Headphones Jack Type 3.5mm Weight (g) 249 Ear Cushion Material PU Leather Bluetooth Version 4.2 Bluetooth Profiles HFP v1.6,A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5 Driver Size 40mm Driver Sensitivity at 1kHz/1mW (dB) 100 dBSPL Impedance (ohms) 32 Dynamic Frequency Response Range (Hz) 20Hz to…

We’ve been using the Vivo V17 Pro for a while now, and have so far come into terms with a lot of what it can and can’t do. Its predecessor, the V15 Pro, received a lot of love, thanks to its powerful internals, and a selfie camera that still holds its position as one that can even compete with a number of flagships. The V17 Pro on the other hand, is an attempt at taking building up on that momentum and taking it a step further. Here’s five thing that we think make this phone a solid contender in its category. A More Seamless Design As good as the V15 Pro was, its protruding rear camera module was just a bit too much for comfort. The V17 Pro’s new design addresses this issue, and now showcases a more seamless look. Its dual front cameras are also completely hidden from view,…

Samsung introduced its Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 series, which promised improved security with faster response time. It was impeccable, until now. A report states that certain gel-cover style screen protectors can actually “confuse” the sensor, and that when a user registers their fingerprint with the protector on, the phone can then be unlocked by anyone’s fingerprint. Apparently, this issue extends to the Galaxy Note 10/10+ as well, which isn’t a surprise, since these basically use the same sensors. Now, Samsung has issued an official statement about the issue, and has promised a software patch to address the problem. SAMSUNG’s OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Regarding recent reports of a fingerprint recognition issue affecting certain Galaxy devices, we would like to inform our customers of the following information. This issue involved ultrasonic fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognizing 3-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users’ fingerprints. To…

At a recent event held at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig City, renowned watchmaker Seiko launched its newest collection of timepieces designed for the modern youth. Seiko 5 Sports Collection offers distinct style and strength, and is attributed to the company’s commitment to quality. The entire lineup showcases 5 key attributes: Automatic Movement A Day-Date Display at the Three O’Clock Position Water Resistance A Recessed Crown at the Four O’Clock Position A Case and Bracelet Built for Duarbility “In addition to the fundamental values of Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Sports offered enhanced water resistance, a strengthened crystal and luminous hands and hour markers. Throughout the next decades, Seiko 5 Sports found great international favor as a ‘’go-anywhere’’ watch that offered a unique look and extraordinary value.” – Yasuki Fujita, Senior Manager for Management Planning Department (Asia II) of Seiko Watch Corporation Seiko 5 Sports collection is also separated…

Are you one of the many who are waiting for the arrival of Apple’s newest iPhones in the Philippines? Well, let us give you a bit of good news as Smart is now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max until Oct. 24, 2019! Here’s the complete matrix to help you choose the most optimal plan! iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants, and will come in six stunning color options – purple, white, black, green, yellow, and product red. At the time of this writing, the site has been acting up, so we’ll update this with plan matrices for iPhone 11 Pro Max. Choose from Smart’s Signature Plans! The new iPhones are best experienced with Smart Signature Device Plan L, which comes with monthly 15GB data, Unli AnyNet Texts, Unli On-Net Calls and 150 min AnyNet Calls. Under Smart Signature Device…

The OPPO Reno marked a big shift in OPPO’s strategy of reaching for the more premium market as a brand in the Philippines. In fact, the device did have a lot of good things going for it. It held its own in gaming, it had great battery life, its cameras were well-rounded, and the its zooming capabilities were also decent. However, as good as it was, there were a number things that could’ve been done better. The screen protector and case it had  easily caught a ton of scratches, it missed out on a wide-angle shooter, and I thought the price was a bit too steep for what it offered. Now though, a new version of the Reno has arrived, and while Reno2 looks almost exactly the same as the first, it does have a few new tricks up its sleeve that make it a seemingly better option especially for…

OPPO has finally launched its newest mid-range devices in the Philippines. Built for content creators, the Reno2 and Reno2F are both packed with features that allow users to express themselves by creating stories that inspire and empower. OPPO Reno2 The new Reno2 series features a seamless and flowing look that gets rid of things like the protruding rear camera module, or the notch on the screen. Both are also protected by Gorilla Glass at the front and back. Reno2 and Reno2 F boast 6.5-inch AMOLED displays at FHD+ resolution. The former houses a Snapdragon 730G, while the latter sticks to a Helio P70. Both have 8GB of RAM. For storage, it’s 256GB UFS 2.1 for the Reno2 and 128GB for the Reno2 F. One notable upgrade to the first Reno is the quad rear cam setup. For the Reno2, you get a 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor with OIS and…

Just when you thought the camera battle between the Huawei Nova 5T, the Samsung Galaxy A70 and the OPPO Reno was a close one, we’ve decided to kick things up a notch with a full comparison of the three. The goal is simple, determine which one offers the best value for money. So, without further ado, let’s get to it! Specifications Huawei Nova 5T Samsung Galaxy A70 OPPO Reno Display 6.26″ FHD+ LCD 6.7″ FHD+ Super AMOLED 6.4″ FHD+ AMOLED Type Punch Hole Notch Full-Screen Processor Kirin 980 Snapdragon 675 Snapdragon 710 RAM 8GB 6GB 6GB Storage 128GB 128GB (Expandable) 256GB Rear Camera 48MP (f/1.8) Main 32MP (f/1.7) Main 48MP (f/1.7) Main 16MP (f/2.2) Ultrawide 8MP (f/2.2) Ultrawide 5MP (f/2.4) Depth 2MP (f/2.4) Macro 5MP (f/2.2) Depth 2MP (f/2.4) Depth Front Camera 32MP (f/2.0) 32MP (f/2.0) 16MP (f/2.0) OS EMUI 9.1 (Pie) OneUI (Pie) ColorOS 6 (Pie) Battery 3,750mAh 4,500mAh…

Canon Marketing Philippines Inc. recently launched its newest flagship APS-C cameras – the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. The EOS 90D delivers fast and comfortable shooting with its optical viewfinder, along with fast and accurate auto-focusing features, and intuitive controls. The EOS M6 Mark II on the other hand, delivers superb image quality and exceptional high-speed performance in a compact and lightweight body. “The launch of the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II marks another special milestone for Canon as we strive to further innovate our technology. Packed in two different bodies that suit diverse types of users, these new models are both capable of capturing stunning images and videos with its enhanced features.” – Benny Yu. CMPI Head of Consumer and Imaging division Successor to the 80D, the EOS 90D is armed with improved ergonomics and operability, it features an advanced viewfinder, and Canon’s High-Speed, High-Precision…

The Seiko Sports 5 collection is set for its official relaunch in the Philippines tomorrow, October 16, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig City. For more than 50 years, the Seiko 5 Sports collection has delivered high levels of reliability, durability, performance, and value that is signature of the long-known brand. Today, these watches continue to show individuality and extraordinary value thanks to new designs and a broader collection. Seiko 5 Sports offer distinct attributes such as automatic movement, a day-date display, significant water resistance, a recessed crown at the four o’clock position along with a durable case and bracelet. The revival of the Seiko classic involves 27 new looks, all tailored to the taste of the modern youth.  It offers something for just about every style. Sports for the casual yet attractively stylish Suits for the cultured and sophisticated Specialist for the classy charmer Street for…

HONOR’s latest wearable has finally made it to Philippine shores. The feature-packed HONOR Watch Magic, is a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, and stylish piece of fashion combined. HONOR Watch Magic is one of the slimmest smart watches the market, and features a 9.8mm 316L stainless steel dial, solidly built and brought in by classic black sweatproof bands. Crafted from materials that match fitness and corporate styles, it is the  perfect choice for professionals who also live an active lifestyle. The device is equipped with a vivid 1.2″ AMOLED display, and can easily connect to Android devices via Bluetooth. The wearer can view notifications right from the watch along with intelligent statistics. Thanks to its AI capabilities, the watch can smartly switch from power-saving mode to active mode when needed. This prolongs the battery life, which can span up to one week. HONOR Watch Magic also has built-in sensors that track…

We’ve seen it in photos, its specs have been leaked over and over again, and just recently, realme’s flagship has finally been unveiled, showcasing quite an impressive specsheet. Realme X2 Pro has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. Under the hood is a vapor chamber-cooled Snapdragon 855+, backed by 6GB, 8GB, or even 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage (64GB variant uses UFS 2.1). There’s no microSD card slot. The device has four cameras at the back, headed by a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with an aperture of f/1.8. It uses a Quad Bayer design for a 16MP output, though you’ll also be able to shoot at 64MP. Accompanying the main sensor is a 13MP 2x Telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra wide-angle shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. Sadly, there’s…

In its aim of tapping into more consumers, Cherry Prepaid has officially unveiled its newest brand ambassador, no other than phenomenal comedian and actor, Vice Ganda. “Since Cherry Prepaid’s inception in 2015, we have activated more than 5 million subscribers nationwide. Our goal for Cherry Prepaid is to provide Filipinos with a diversified prepaid mobile service from data, call, and text packages at affordable prices allowing them to be connected every day of the year. Our CMSURF packages offer the most affordable rates for data connectivity given its long validty. Now, with the new “Ganda Promos,” we are able to further enhance the data experience of Cherry Prepaid subscribers by providing even more data allocation with the same long validity Cherry Prepaid promos are known for. We are extremely excited to have Vice Ganda as Cherry Prepaid’s newest brand ambassador as we feel Vice best embodies the value that the…

These days, ordinary routers just won’t cut it anymore if you have a lot of devices connected, all doing heavy bandwidth work, be it gaming or streaming. Linksys, a household name for network products, recently launched its newest gaming router, the MR8300, which offers a ton of built-in features, such as compatibility with Mesh Wi-Fi extenders like the Velop, High-Speed Wi-Fi with prioritization, Easy Setup, Parental Controls, security features, and more, all done via its companion app. MR8300 Specifications Technical Specifications Details Tri-Band AC2200 Four external fixed antennas with high-power amplifiers WiFi AC2200 867 Gbps (2 – 5 GHz) + 400 Mbps (2.4 GHz)* with MU-MIMO 5 GHz radio – 867 Mbps* 2.4 GHz radio – 400 Mbps* Processor & Memory 716 MHz Quad Core 256 MB Flash and 512 MB SD RAM WAN and LAN Connectivity 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports: 1x WAN 4x LAN Security WPA2/WPA-Mixed, WPA2-Personal Wtfast Integration…