These days, you can do almost everything with your smartphone — this includes shooting vlogs!
Gone are the days of lugging around big video cameras and DSLRs; all you ever need can be found in the palm of your hands. While today’s capable technology allows you to shoot great quality photos and videos with phone cameras, it’s still a matter of finding the right one for your needs.
Before anything else, I’d like to point out that so many smartphones now have high specifications, but that’s not the only thing we considered for this list.
Here are my top picks for the best vlogging smartphones, depending on what type of vlogger you are:
Sony Xperia XZ Premium, if you’re a sucker for slow-motion shots
Aside from looking pretty sleek, the Xperia XZ Premium packs a punch in terms of video features. It has 960fps video recording, which means smoother slow-motion output — a pretty cool effect for your vlogs! This smartphone also has good image stabilization resulting in better handheld shots.
The Xperia XZ Premium is also one of the very few phones to have a 4K resolution display.
LG G6, when you want more scenery in your videos
LG’s flagship is waterproof and shock-proof, which is great for all-around shooting. Whether it be a travel vlog on a mountain or at the beach, this smartphone can and will go the distance.
The best part? This dual-camera phone has wide-angled shooters so you can capture more scenery in your videos!
HTC U11, if you’re very particular about audio
Based on our tests, the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel both take great photos and videos. However, the U11 won out because this particular smartphone is capable of 3D audio recording for clear audio no matter which direction the sound is coming from. Additionally, the U11 can zoom in and target a specific subject to capture specific audio — definitely a great feature for your video storytelling.
Bonus feature: The phone’s smooth, shiny back is not only pretty, it doubles as a selfie screen because it’s so reflective. Definitely great for checking your face on those lengthy video monologues.
OPPO R11, when you always want to look your best on camera
OPPO has always been known for being the selfie expert, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. The R11 camera has a built-in live beauty mode for video — that means you’ll be looking fresh in videos anytime, anywhere. Adjust the filter level depending on your preference and never have a bad on-cam day ever again.
Moto Z2 Play, when you still prefer the feel of a real camera when shooting
For those who still enjoy the feel of holding a camera when shooting, the Moto Z2 Play may be the perfect smartphone shooter for you. The Z2 Play can be fitted with different mods, and one of them is the Hasselblad True Zoom — yes, from that famous camera company. Shoot like a real pro in a snap!
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Netflix is pulling out Bridgerton sex scenes from porn sites
The actors involved are infuriated
When Bridgerton launched on Netflix late last year, it had a simple premise: a raunchier Downton Abbey for the streaming generation. All things considered, the period drama fulfilled its promise, streaming to millions of accounts and proving itself one of the most successful titles on Netflix. However, the show’s spicier scenes are popping up where they shouldn’t be. And Netflix is mad.
As expected, Bridgerton’s sex scenes, featuring leading couple Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page, have started emerging on porn streaming sites. Devoid of any romantic context, the sensual snippets have bared the scenes for what they are: sex.
Naturally, the platform and the actors involved aren’t happy with both the piracy and the exploitation. According to an insider statement sent to UK outlet The Sun, “To peddle scenes as pure smut is beyond the pale. It’s been particularly distressing for Phoebe and Regé-Jean, two young actors who signed on for the role of a lifetime and did not consent to being exploited in this way.”
Netflix has its own agenda for the hunt. Technically speaking, the sex scenes, especially when uploaded on porn sites, are pirated. The platform can easily ask the domains to strip the content from the porn sites because of copyright law.
If you’re looking for Bridgerton scenes, you might want to log on to your Netflix account instead. The show is already streaming in its entirety — that is, until the second season comes out.
Oblio is a 2-in-1 UV-C sanitizer and wireless charging station
Keeping it clean stylishly
Admit it or not, UV-C sterilizers and sanitizers are now revolutionizing our home and office spaces. At CES 2021, Lexon Design took cleaning accessories up a notch.
Introducing Oblio, this vase-like UV-C sanitizer helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria found on our smartphones. It has a built-in UV-C LED, which extinguishes the DNA of microorganisms found in viruses, mold, and germs.
Oblio is capable of extensive disinfection, sanitizing your device for a 20-minute cycle. Through lab testing, it has been proven effective to kill 99.9 percent of viruses, including H1N1.
Just like Samsung’s personal sanitizer, Oblio also lets you charge your devices wirelessly. With a 10W wireless charging capability, you can fully charge a smartphone in three hours. Additionally, it comes with an LED indicator. This is so you’ll know the charging status of your device inside.
But what sets it apart from other sanitizers? Apparently, Oblio’s meaning and design. The name Oblio means “forgot” in the native language of Italian designers Manuela Simonelli and Andrea Quaglio.
Its meaning echoes the accessory’s vase shape, ingeniously designed to help people disconnect — literally forgetting their smartphones so they can be more present.
Price and availability
Oblio sanitizes and charges all Qi-enabled smartphones, regardless if it’s iPhone or Android. The 2-in-1 accessory is already available at prominent retailers worldwide such as Best Buy, Nordstrom, MoMA Design Store in the US, Fnac Darty in Europe, and more.
It retails for US$ 79.90 and is available in four colors: White, Gold, Dark Blue, and Matt Black. You can get it through its official online store at Lexon Design.
Hedgehog protects your smart home from cyber attacks
This homeware keeps people, data, and devices safe
Protecting your home is more than just smart locks, CCTVs, and firewalls for your digital premises. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) or those appliances and devices that are becoming smarter, life has been easier. However, the price of convenience comes with the risk of a new threat: cyber attacks.
These days, both enterprises and homeowners must increase security at all levels. As such, we need an extra guardian. Meet Hedgehog, the “world’s first whole home” cybersecurity device.
Launched at CES 2021, Hedgehog was described as a home’s digital guardian, protecting the household from possible attacks that firewalls and anti-virus software can’t.
The digital guardian we need?
Unsure how you can possibly be attacked? Imagine if your smart fridge got hacked, or if your smart vacuum malfunctioned. How about if your smart locks break and make it possible for actual thieves to enter your home.
These situations aren’t far from happening in our reality. After all, cyber criminals are actively and increasingly targeting everyday people. Home networks are easy to target to access personal and corporate data, especially at an age where people are remotely working from home.
Hedgehog aims to protect the entire home and all IoT devices inside a network. From phones, fridges, PCs, speakers, webcams, tablets, and Smart TVs — basically anything that’s smart enough to use the Internet and make your life easier.
A smart, functional homeware
Despite being a digital guardian, Hedgehog doesn’t dismiss your existing firewalls and anti-virus software. Rather, it works alongside those security measures and other home security products, offering holistic protection. It simply shields all the people, devices, and networks within a home.
Even though it’s a smart piece of technology, designed to look like homeware. Its unassuming look helps it blends easily. It’s also smart enough to install itself and connect to an existing Wi-Fi connection.
And when it does, it watches the entire household, identifying anything suspicious, and alerts the home-owner via an app. It also neutralizes threats quickly and effectively, protecting both data and people.
Price and availability
The Hedgehog device and its annual subscription are available to pre-order at a discounted price of EUR 99 with no subscription fees. It’s available in two colors: Orange Belly and Midnight Blue. Get more information about the device and its offers through this link.
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