Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Are you planning out something for someone?
Here are five apps I personally use which can help you plan a budget-friendly date for your special someone. Cheap doesn’t mean a bad date, so let’s get moving!
Booky is one of my favorite apps when it comes to finding great food bargains. Through the app, you can reserve a seat at your favorite restaurant and also enjoy up to PhP 500 discount. Not only that, they have a wide list of buy one, get one promos which you enjoy instantly. The best thing about the app is that it works offline and it’s free! You can avail of their premium subscription too if you want more deals.
Now that you know where to eat, perhaps you should know where to go after? As a movie buff, I enjoy watching films on the big screen. Expect the lines at the cinema to be really long as blockbuster flicks are coming out this season. But you don’t have to endure waiting because you can conveniently book through GMovies. What’s great about this app is that it’s got the listing of all movie theaters, so you don’t have to switch apps or check multiple websites just to book, and they have promo codes always available for popular titles!
Okay, maybe you don’t want to join the crowd? No worries! Netflix is always available. If you still don’t have an account, it’s time to create one and enjoy 30 days of premium subscription for free. I highly suggest that you download your choice of title prior to the “Netflix and chill” moment so you don’t have to encounter any buffering. Since it’s a month-long free trial, you can still enjoy the perks after the date!
Of course, we also have something for those who want to travel. If you have the desire to go somewhere far, you can always check the cheapest available rates on Skyscanner. You can search the best flight of your choice, or let the app scout for the cheapest fare of the month. You can also book hotels and hire a private car in the app. Convenience doesn’t always have to be a premium if you know where to look.
Speaking of hotels, how can we not include ZenRooms? With this, you can find a good room in hotels or condominiums for cheap! Subscribe to their newsletter to get the amazing discounts and early access to flash sales. If you’re a first-time booker, you get an instant 10 percent discount. If you want an even bigger discount, use my code DANIEL to get 20 percent off. Check out the available rooms now and you’ll be surprised how affordable a decent stay can be.
We hope you’ll have a wonderful date! <3
Netflix is testing a new mobile-only subscription in Asia
Might cost less than PhP 200
By now, subscription services have slowly taken over our monthly budgets. Cable hookups, premium Spotify accounts, Netflix subscriptions, gym memberships — it never stops. Unfortunately, the world is moving from single-purchase models into monthly renewals. Don’t you just wish for a better bang for your buck?
Netflix is currently testing a more flexible pricing scheme in select territories. In India, the streaming company has introduced a mobile-only subscription plan worth half the price of the basic plan. India’s basic plan — one screen, standard definition — costs INR 500 (around US$ 7.23). Meanwhile, the mobile-only plan costs only INR 250 (around US$ 3.61).
In an interview with Variety, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed the possible options “where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time.”
Currently, all of Netflix plans are measured in months. Based on the statement, Netflix is potentially exploring weekly plans, besides a medium-oriented plan.
In terms of location, Netflix has trialed this new pricing scheme in Malaysia and India. Unfortunately, the company has not confirmed other territories for the future. However, given the location of the first two tests, the company will likely implement the scheme in mobile-centric countries in the Asian region. Currently, India is one of Asia’s hotspots for smartphone technology.
Given the trend, the Philippines will likely join India and Malaysia in the future. The country is also a developing hotspot for smartphones. As such, a Netflix mobile-only plan will likely find a lot of supporters in the country. For reference, the mobile-only plan will probably cost PhP 185 (half of the basic PhP 370 plan).
Of course, the only remaining problem will be the country’s abysmal data coverage.
Dark mode for Google Chrome is now available for Mac
Not a theme, not a skin
The time has come. The official dark mode for Google Chrome is now rolling out and it’s available in the latest stable version of the popular desktop browser. We’ve seen themes and skins to achieve this, but nothing beats a deeply integrated dark mode.
Chrome introduced dark mode last month, and it’s ready for the enjoyment of macOS users, while support for Windows is on the way.
To get this, users must use the latest Chrome 73 version. The browser should update itself (given that’ll you’ll restart it as well), but if it’s taking time, simply head over to the “About Google Chrome” section in the Help menu to manually trigger the download.
Unlike other apps, Chrome’s dark mode is integrated into the system. So, if you have dark mode enabled in macOS (or Windows 10), Chrome will automatically theme itself to match.
If you use Incognito Mode a lot, you’ll need to be more careful when switching windows. The regular dark mode and Incognito Mode windows are virtually identical sans the indicator in the menu bar.
Aside from the much-awaited dark mode, Chrome 73 also brings a couple of new features and enhancements. It has a new “Sync and Google services” section and it now supports hardware media keys to play or pause content on supported devices.
Harry Potter: Wizards United AR game is like Pokémon Go, but more complex
Made by the same game studio
Back in 2017, Niantic Labs, the makers of the mega-hit Pokémon Go, announced that they are working on a new augmented reality (AR) game based on the popular Harry Potter franchise. The time has come for us to see what they were able to make.
The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the title of the AR game co-developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco’s development team. From the looks of it, this ain’t just another Pokémon Go clone that other franchises have, but they share something in common.
The map of Wizards Unite is based on the real world and you walk around to look for items. Instead of cute pocket monsters, you’ll see artifacts and notable characters from the series. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up as well. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Professor, or the Auror.
Here’s Niantic’s description of the game’s plot from the website: A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes. Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.
Here’s a teaser featuring a Niffler hoarding shiny coins to get you more excited:
Wizards Unite seems to be a bit more complicated than Pokémon Go, which could either be good or bad. What’s for sure is that fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in a for a treat. Players of the game will surely need a high-end phone to fully experience the game and it could possibly eat up a lot of battery juice, much like Pokémon Go.
There’s more to know about the gameplay of Wizards Unite and everything there is to understand (for now) about the game is available on their website. As of writing, pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store, while iOS users will have to wait for a bit.
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