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5 social media resolutions and why you should probably do them too

It’s that time of year



This year, I decided to make changes. After a fun-filled tech year where I learned so much about myself and my phone habits, I felt like it was time to move things around. As each day went by with my face glued to my phone screen, I thought to myself: I might as well make my social media experience a better one.

Here are a few things I’ve resolved to do this year — maybe consider them, too?

Stop using social media as a buffer for life

We walk around our daily lives with phones stuck to our faces. Coffee shop, bookstore, grocery — we’re always tapping on our phones. This has to change.

I resolve to be more present in whatever I’m doing. Real life is the countless small interactions that happen every day; we fail to catch these moments when we’re too busy scrolling through our feeds.

Pay actual attention to what you see online

This one can be tricky because you and I both know that there is a lot of useless crap online. The first step that needs be done to achieve this resolution is a social media clean up. Make sure that the accounts you follow are of people you honestly care about or those that inspire positivity in your life.

Now that that’s done, resolve to stop the mindless scrolling. Actually pay attention to what you read instead of zipping past posts and not really reading whatever is there. Because you’ve previously decided to stop using your phone everywhere, make sure that when you do get on your device, each social media session is more meaningful.

Tell my truths

The reason I got on the internet and social media was because I wanted to tell stories. These days, it’s so easy to get distracted and it becomes so hard to hear anyone’s story because we can so easily be lost in the sea of social media voices. Despite this, know that social media is still a great tool to get heard, it just takes a lot of patience to keep screaming the same things at what is seemingly a void. I promise you, though, that there are people paying attention and so long as one person has read your truth, it’s enough.

Be more genuine

At a time when everyone is looking so flashy and glam on social media, it needs reminding that not everyone is on fleek all the time, no matter how their IG makes it seem to be the case. It’s easy to frame your life into something it isn’t on social media. But guess what? It’s okay to post an imperfect photo or a selfie without a beauty filter! Remember, “genuine” trumps “beautiful but fake.”

Always remember to be kind

When you’re online, it’s easy to forget that these profiles are actual people with real feelings. People are so quick to hurl hurtful words and comments at everyone without so much of a second thought. It’s time to change that.

I know, I know. It will take a lot of patience and willpower but as Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The world would be a lovelier place with one less angry troll online.


Prepare your meals through your phone, fridge using Samsung SmartThings

The kitchen, simplified




With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that people are spending more time in the kitchen and looking out for new recipes.

The good news? Samsung has just the thing to get it sorted quickly and easily. They’re bringing in Family Hub features into mobile users through the SmartThings app.

Samsung’s SmartThings Cooking service helps bring all of your Samsung kitchen appliances together. How? It lets you search, plan, purchase, and meal prep seamlessly through your phone or fridge through the SmartThings app.

On top of that, it recommends customized recipes based on your taste and preferences while considering ingredients available to you. You can scroll through recipe collections when you’re undecided or quickly zero-in on meals that suit your cravings.

SmartThings Cooking, powered by Whisk, is accessible through Samsung’s SmartThings. If you’ve got the Family Hub in your smart kitchen arsenal, there’s no need to fret.

The fridge keeps tabs of what you have and don’t, adding missing ingredients directly to your online grocery cart for at-home deliveries. Not to mention, you can shop through Walmart, Kroger, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh, using the Whisk network.

With SmartThings added to the Family Hub smart fridge, you get to enjoy all the cool features and more! You get to access your other smart kitchen gadgets through widgets on the screen, prioritize most used apps, and feature family photos, notes, and recipes.

And, if cooking is what you’re worried about, Samsung has you covered for even that. SmartThings guides you through easy cooking steps and lets you control cooking modes, temperatures, and time settings with one touch. Leaving you with little room for error.

So, with all that in mind, was it really a surprise to see Samsung’s Family Hub win its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year? For us, not quite.

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CES 2021

ColdSnap is a machine that makes you ice cream at home

It’s a mood




Last year and this upcoming one has been a downer. So, when the daunting reality of our world taking its time keeping us all in misery hits you, a treat to numb the pain helps. I mean, we could also curl up into a ball and cry but ice cream while curled up into a ball while crying is the way to go.

Meet ColdSnap: an ice-cream-making gadget by Sigma Phase at CES 2021. It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods.

From frozen cocktails, fruit smoothies, and classic ice cream, this gadget has all the chill in its arsenal to keep you happy or the very least, sane. The pods look like slim cans that have built-in QR codes to make the liquid mix freeze to the perfect consistency in about 60 to 90 seconds. And, if you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no need to have your gut on the line. ColdSnap offers non-dairy options like oat milk ice cream.

ColdSnap is still in the prototype stage and won’t be available until 2022. When it hits retail, it’s expected to cost somewhere between US$ 500 and US$ 1,000 with the pods costing somewhere between US$ 2.50 to US$ 3.

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Lora DiCarlo brings in innovative, heated vibrators at CES 2021

Inspired by the human warmth




Sex tech company Lora DiCarlo showcased a new lineup of innovative, heated vibrators at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021. Meet Drift, Tilt, and Sway, dubbed as “The Warming Collection”.

Inspired by human warmth, the new model mimics the heat we experience from our partners’ bodies. Lora DiCarlo used a nylon-based thermally conductive polymer and its WarmSense Technology, simulating body temperature.

Through this innovation, these gadgets internally heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and use three vibration patterns with seven intensity settings for one-of-a-kind pleasure. Despite the heating technology, these devices are completely waterproof up to one meter.


Perfect for beginners, Drift is a curved, handheld bullet vibrator with an ergonomic design, ideal for G-spot and clitoral exploration.


Next in line is the dual vibration plug Tilt. It’s the versatile, middle child in the new lineup, designed to please all genders and anatomies. It simultaneously stimulates your G-spot and clitoris, or your P-spot and perineum.


Sway is a wand-shaped dual vibration warming massager. Its dual-ended design can be used internally or externally, with or without a partner.

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