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Xiaomi expands its Mi Home range in India, launches 7 new products

Making your home smarter and healthier

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Xiaomi is popular for making mobile phones and associated accessories, but the brand has a much wider portfolio of products in China that ranges from a toothbrush to a 150-inch wall projector. The company wants to establish itself in the long run and has been trying to launch new Mi Home products in India.

Now, the company has announced the launch of the Mi Band 3, Mi Home Security 360 Camera, Mi Luggage, three Mi TVs, and Mi Air Purifier 2S. Except for the Mi Luggage, all other products are connected to the internet and play a key role in setting up the brand’s ecosystem.


Mi Band 3

The fitness tracker is experiencing high demand in the country thanks to its assertive pricing. It has a heart rate sensor, a slightly bigger OLED display, 20 days of battery life, and incoming calls and messages notifications. It has been priced at INR 1,999 (US$ 27) and will be available via Mi.com and Amazon.in.

Mi TVs

Three new TVs have made their way to India: Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, and Mi TV 4C Pro. They run on Android TV out of the box and also have Xiaomi’s proprietary PatchWall platform installed. PatchWall is an algorithm-based discovery software that combines all your apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube to create a single UI. The best part is, PatchWall also works will almost all DTH set-top boxes in India.

The Mi TV 4 Pro has a 55-inch 4K panel and is priced at INR 49,999 (US$ 690). The Mi TV 4A Pro owns a 49-inch Full HD panel and is priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 413). Lastly, the Mi TV 4C Pro is equipped with a 32-inch HD panel and a price of INR 14,999 (US$ 206).

Mi Home Security 360 Camera

This home surveillance camera offers 360-degree coverage and comes equipped with infrared night vision, intelligent motion detection, and real-time two-way talk. It has a microSD card slot for local storage and a 64GB card can store up to five days of recorded footage. The camera is very easy to use and can be controlled via the Mi Home app. It is priced at INR 2,699 (US$ 37) and will be up for sale starting October 10.

Mi Air Purifier 2S

The Mi Air Purifier 2S has a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of up to 310m³/h and continues the previous design of a cylindrical filter structure. The purifier has a small OLED display that can show real-time PM2.5 levels and 0.3μm particles in the room. The purifier can be controlled via the Mi Home app and can also utilize Google Assistant and Alexa. It is priced at INR 8,999 (US$ 124) and is available via Mi.com and Flipkart.com.

Mi Luggage

This is the only device here that isn’t “smart” or connected to the internet. The suitcase is built from resilient polycarbonate fiber and the wheels are buttery smooth. The combination lock is TSA-approved and comes in two sizes: the Mi Luggage 20 is priced at INR 2,999 (US$ 41) while the Mi Luggage 24 is priced at INR 4,299 (US$ 60).

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Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

No, it’s not UNIQLO

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Yet another designer brand has entered the Philippine market. Originally from Singapore, UNIQ has launched in the Philippines, introducing its product lineup as well as its plans for expansion.

UNIQ produces elegantly designed cases for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and even MacBooks. Non-iPhone users don’t have to worry as the brand has Android cases for Samsung, and cases for Huawei is in the works.


Aside from dressing up your gadgets, UNIQ has something for those who want to stay connected and organized. For instance, they have a sleek, smart cable organizer for Lightning and USB-C cables. Additionally, they offer wireless charging pads, power banks, and charging stations equipped with USB-C which supports quick charging, as well.

Furthermore, UNIQ has power adapters and travel chargers compatible with over 150 countries. They also have beautifully crafted pouches, sleeves, and bags to protect your devices while you travel.

Officially distributed by Macpower, a distributor for Globe, Power Mac Centers, and Lazada, the products will become available when they open their first kiosk on June 22 at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA. Suggested retail prices range from PhP 1,000 to PhP 5,000.

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Pantone accessories are here to complement your style!

We want ’em all!

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Over the years, Pantone has grown as an authority and standard for colors. What was once a color guide for designers has become a part of contemporary culture. As people started identifying themselves through Pantone’s colored chips, manufacturers capitalized on this trend by incorporating Pantone into their products.

Through Pantone Universe licensing, manufacturers can apply Pantone’s branding and popular design. I’ve seen different applications, mostly on fashion and lifestyle accessories, but seeing it on computer peripherals and other electronics is a total treat.


Originally manufactured by DataPlus Supplies Inc., this Taiwanese company sells Pantone-licensed accessories that you’ll definitely buy to match your style.

For instance, they sell gaming accessories in different shades of blue. One of their best-looking is the teal-colored one, as it deviates from the usual blue and black combination used by gamers in their gaming setups.

You can also make a statement using these Pantone-colored USB fans and speakers when you’re traveling, especially in hot and humid countries. Fabulous, right?

For those who want to stay connected, stay away from the usual white and black power banks and get a Pantone-colored unit! There’s a rare chance of losing it compared to when you use a more generic power bank. And oh, they also have wireless chargers!

If you truly embrace Pantone’s branding, there’s a bag carrying the color guide’s popular design.

Lastly, there’s a whole line of computer accessories and electronics waiting for you. Pantone really found its way into our lives and yes, we want all of them!

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Apple Watch comes with new updates: App Store, menstrual cycle tracking, and more

Apple is trying to make your life easier!

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Apple is now making lives easier as they unveiled the new watchOS 6 in WWDC 2019, bringing the App Store with promising apps, new watch faces, and expanded features.

App Store without your iPhone

With watchOS 6, you can use the App Store to browse, download, and install apps directly on your watch, without the need to download a paired app on your iPhone.


Additional updates are coming as well, such as the Apple Books for your audiobooks, Voice Memos, and the Calculator app, which has a unique feature allowing you to split bills and calculate how much tip you’ll give.

Better watch faces incoming

Apple introduced what they call “simply beautiful and richly detailed” watch faces. There’s a modular compact, a gradient watch face, an oversized numerical watch face available in multiple languages, a modern digital watch face in multiple colors, a California dial watch face, and Solar Dial.

Cycle Tracking and Dose

Over the years, the Apple Watch has introduced health- and fitness-related features which made the wearable a valuable piece that can even save lives. In 2019, two more health-focused apps are coming: Cycle Tracking, a menstrual tracking and women’s health monitoring app, and Dose, a pill reminder app.

Expanding more features

Activity Trends, a new feature for the Apple Watch, is here to show your fitness data to give you a picture of your daily activity and to compare how you’re doing for the past 90 days. It’s smart enough to give you advice on what to do if your performance is going down. Talk about having a coach through your wrist!

For those concerned about their hearing, the Noise app can measure the noise level in your area and notify you through your watch if the decibel level reaches 90, which begins to impact hearing according to the World Health Organization.

Fast forward to fall

Apple’s watchOS 6 will be available starting this fall in select iPhones running iOS 13 or later and up until the Apple Watch Series 1, but it won’t make its way to the original Apple Watch.

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