6 gadgets that made me want to build a home



I’m a 28-year-old girl living in 2017.

I’m unattached but unfazed. In true millennial fashion, my interests include finding the next big adventure, the politics of gender equality, social media, its implications, and framing the perfect Instagram photo.

Until last year, I believed I was going to grow up to be a lawyer (I was in law school, but before that I believed I’d be a journalist and before that, a star — though on some days, I’m deluded enough to believe I already am one).

In an almost complete 180, I now work for a startup. I (almost) live in a suitcase and I jump at every chance to travel (which is why and how I found myself in Singapore for the 2017 Samsung Forum).

At precisely the same time yesterday, I was on a plane ecstatic at the prospect of leaving Manila. I write this again inside an airplane; this time on the way back, but now with dreams of building a home — white picket fence optional.

All it took was a few hours at a tech forum and my mind is made (at least in the meantime).

I imagine myself with my future hypothetical husband and my future hypothetical kids living a beautiful life in my future hypothetical home. More importantly, I imagine myself filling this future hypothetical house with very real appliances I discovered at the Samsung Forum that made me want said house in the first place:

The Family Hub 2.0

The Family Hub is a beautiful (I mean, really, I never thought I’d use beautiful to describe an ice box but here we are) four-door refrigerator with a built-in touchscreen panel. Now get this: You can talk to the fridge and have it shop for you or look up recipes online depending on what products are inside. It has built-in cameras which allow you to see what’s inside via the touch-screen, and you can even label each food item. The fridge also alarms when food is about to spoil!


The latest in TV technology, Samsung claims that the new QLED TV is even better than the already amazing OLED TV. In so many words (and at some point charts and graphics), it was explained to me that the QLED is capable of producing color the predecessor TV’s color spectrum doesn’t reach.

Simply put: I stood in front of both televisions, and the QLED TV definitely has brighter, more vivid color.

The QLED TV also connects to everything else (and I mean everything) with only one wire coming from the set, which means my future hypothetical living room will be legit Instagrammable, sans hundreds of those pesky input/output TV wires.

The Atmos Soundbar & Sound system

I, personally, have no regard for sound systems/sound quality, but I stood inside the demo room watching a rainforest reel and the ambient sounds made me believe I was, in fact, in the jungle. Handy for when I get an itch to travel but am unable to, or for binge-watching a series (and even, God forbid, for Netflix and chill).

The POWERbot VR7000

This dandy thing has so many built-in features, there was a whole video about it. Fortunately or unfortunately, the only features I needed to be sold on this thing was that it was a robot, it cleaned, and it moved around by itself like a cute, teeny toy car.

The Wind-Free Airconditioner

How in the world a cooling system can work without air blowing out from the unit is beyond me, but this was the whole selling point of this machine. There was no wind — not a breeze — and I was cool. What sorcery is this technology!

The HotBlast Microwave

This is no ordinary food heater! The HotBlast not only warms your chicken nuggets, they heat them up a certain way which results in nuggets that are crispy on the outside but moist on the inside! I know, because we were made to try said nuggets, and if I loved them my future hypothetical kids will, too.

Those were the bright, shiny things which caught my eye and made me change my mind about living life as a nomad. Suddenly, building a home seems like a very appealing idea. Just like that, I am convinced.

You see, this is the beauty of being a millennial. Fickle, probably. Head in the clouds, definitely.

Having grown up in a time when the impossible actually became possible — in terms of technology, development, even politics — there is now nothing we believe to be unattainable. We don’t see what is there; we see possibility and we open ourselves to it.

I am a millennial, and we are not simply fickle. Truth is: We adapt and accept. Surely, some from older generations wouldn’t believe so, but they also believed refrigerators would never talk.

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4 simple ways to improve battery life on your smartphone

You don’t need a power bank for this one



Owning a smartphone has been a need for a lot of people over the past few years — not just for calling and texting your family and friends, but also helping you book a ride or take pictures. It’s essential that your phone is up and running at all times.

But, let’s say the night is still young and your phone’s battery is close to empty, say, around 25 percent left. You or your friends don’t have an available power bank, and there are no charging outlets in sight. You still need your phone to book an Uber or call your parents to tell them how you’re holding up. Say no more, because here are some tips on how you can make your phone last longer.

Force-close your apps

Let’s say you opened a ton of apps over the course of the day, and you kept them idle while using other apps in the process. Having a ton of idle apps open drains your battery despite just being in the background. Your phone is still using power from the battery to refresh your apps in the background, apart from delivering notifications from these apps.

While smartphones have been getting better at managing battery drain from these apps, what you can do is to simply force-close your unused apps. Android smartphones have a built-in feature wherein you can see all the recently accessed apps and regulate their usage. For iPhone users, simply access the Multitasking feature and close your unused apps and turn off the “Background App Refresh” setting.

Turn down your phone’s brightness and screen timeout

Another feature that eats up your phone’s battery is your screen’s brightness. By default, your phone would have the brightness set to automatic, but if you want to see all the colors in full bloom, you would turn the brightness up.

But, for cases wherein your battery is already low, it is advisable to turn it down to conserve energy. Also, you can turn down the screen timeout settings on your phone to the quickest time. The shorter time your phone’s screen is on, paired with low brightness settings, the more your battery conserves energy.

Turn off some phone features when not in use

Apart from idle apps open in the background, your phone also has main processes and features running. Functions such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, cellular data, location services, and auto-sync are normally on by default. You would want to keep these running at all times to stay connected, and obviously in case of emergencies.

However, it’s best to turn some of these features off, especially if you’re not actively using them. Of course, the easiest way of turning off your Wi-Fi and cellular services is by turning on Airplane Mode. For the rest, you have to turn them off manually through your phone’s action center. Doing so stops the background processes for the time being, saving your battery life for a while longer.

Use ultra power saving mode

Let’s say your phone is now bordering on the 10 to 15 percent mark, and you are desperate to keep your phone alive. You’ve tried all the things above but your phone’s battery is still depleting by the minute. Luckily, your phone also comes with different battery saving options accessible through its settings.

When you go to your Settings menu, enter Battery options and you’ll likely notice that your phone has both a power saving mode and an ultra power saving mode. If you want to keep your phone on for as long as possible, turn ultra power saving mode on for good measure. While on ultra power saving mode, you only have access to your calls, texts, and other necessary apps you prefer.

There are other ways to improve battery life, but these are the easiest, most accessible ways to do so. Let’s hope your phone had enough power left to scroll through this article!

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Mate 20 series offers a solid lineup: Weekend Rewind

There’s a Mate 20 for everyone!



Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Huawei offers plenty of things with their Mate 20 Series

Huawei could very well fill up this week’s entire rewind with the whole Mate 20 series. In total, they released four new smartphones along with two wearables during their event in London. Here’s all of them.

Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

These were the devices most of us expected to see. The Mate 20 Pro is probably the most feature-packed phone of 2018. They brought in everything that was good with the P20 Pro and added a few wait-hold-up-did-it-really-do-that features like reverse wireless charging.

Watch the Mate 20 Pro Hands-on…

And our Mate 20 Unboxing while you’re here.

Porsche Design Mate 20 RS

If you have an excessive amount of money to spend (please give us some), you can opt for the more luxurious Mate 20 RS. It has all the bells and whistles of the Mate 20 Pro but with the leatherback Porsche Design. It’ll come in two colors: Black in select markets and in a limited edition Red in China.

Mate 20 X

This was announced as Huawei’s one more big thing. Big, it truly is. Coming with a massive 7.2-inch display, the Mate 20 X is being marketed as a gaming smartphone. It even pairs with a gamepad for that ultimate gaming experience.

Huawei Watch GT and Band Pro 3

These two wearables mostly flew under the radar but they are still worth taking note of. The Huawei Watch GT, while waterproof and equipped with fitness features, is the more lifestyle model thanks to its design. The Huawei Band Pro 3 is the more straightforward health tracker and something you probably shouldn’t wear at formal gatherings.

2. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 getting hype ahead of launch

In case you haven’t been keeping up, there’s already a handful of smartphones released in October and there’s a handful more coming. One of them is Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 which is slated for an October 25 launch and is rumored to have a whopping 10GB of RAM and 5G connectivity.

Xiaomi also released a teaser showcasing the device’s sliding camera feature.

3. Palm breaking trend of bigger phones

Tired of phones getting bigger and bigger? Palm came back this week and offered a different approach with the Palm phone. It’s not exactly a standalone smartphone and is really meant to be more of a Robin to the Batman which is your daily driver. At this point, we’re not sure how useful it’ll be but if you’re curious, it’s priced at US$ 349.

4. OnePlus 6T moves launch date

Speaking of more phones coming, the OnePlus 6T, which was reported to come with a smaller notch, an in-display fingerprint scanner along with the usual performance we’ve come to expect from the company, was forced to move its launch to October 29 with OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau saying they want “to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves.”

Why wouldn’t it get the attention during its initial launch date? Well, it’s because of this next news item.

5. Apple wants to end October with a bang

Whether intentional or not, looks like Apple isn’t done announcing things and they want to be the one to cap off October with their own launch event. After announcing the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the company is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.

Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Unboxing

What’s inside the box?



You already know how impressed we were during the hands-on, so now it’s time to see what comes in the package of Huawei’s newest flagships. This is our Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro unboxing.

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