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Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, Fancy: Now Playing

The shows we love are back!

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This month started really busy with all these updates from the tech world. Facebook graced headlines with its changes and Google announced improvements on its products. Smartphones are also on top of the news, as a cheaper Pixel was revealed and OnePlus unveiled their most premium phone yet in a simultaneous launch in New York, London, and India.

While we’re busy covering these events, we still try to keep up with the latest in pop culture. See what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Avengers: Endgame
Rodneil: It took 11 years and 22 films before we reached the conclusion of arguably the most ambitious film franchise of our time. This film wraps up over a decade of storytelling and world-building. It has plenty of emotional beats, nostalgic moments, and huge battle sets to put its viewers on a roller coaster of emotions.

Detective Pikachu
Kevin: As a 90s kid who invested hours playing Pokémon Red on Game Boy, flipping coins for Pokémon trading cards, and even now as I walk for hours playing Pokémon Go, I’ve always wondered: What will life be like with Pokémon around? Well, this film is the closest answer I can get. The story is simple but executed well. Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu — although still quite humorous — didn’t feel like it was Deadpool and that’s a good thing. Oh, and there’s a lot of Pokémon sightings scattered in the movie, so it’s also a game of “Who’s that Pokémon?” throughout the film.

Aladdin
MJ: Aladdin is back and I’m excited to relive my childhood memories! The trailer got me hooked and I can feel the film will be a spectacle, just like the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It’s going to be a chance for our generation to share this Disney classic with the young ones so we can sing “A Whole New World” together. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 24 (or May 22 in some countries).

TV shows to binge watch

Trigun
Rodneil: This anime was recently added to Netflix. While I’ve seen this more than a couple of times, it’s one of the shows I keep coming back to. It’s a story of a wanted criminal but his personality betrays the crimes accused of him. As you dive deeper, you’ll see the protagonist’s moral compass and conviction tested multiple times. It also helps that it’s set in a cyberpunk Wild West future.

Street Food
Vincenz: It’s not your typical food show as it doesn’t just focus on street food per se, but also on the history and the stories of notable people who made the food live for its taste. The first season focuses on Asian street cuisine, but not totally exclusive to a country’s capital — Delhi, Osaka, Cebu, Chiayi, Yogyakarta, to name a few.

Dead to Me
Dan: Dead to Me is the new must-see Netflix series. It’s an American dark comedy series that talks about grief, guilt, and relationships. The show is primarily about the newfound friendship between a wounded widow and a free-spirited individual. If you love a show with dark humor, twists, and sensitivity, Dead to Me is worth the binge.

Bonding
MJ: Bonding is a seven-episode TV series on Netflix that can act as a transition show in case you’re looking for a new series to binge-watch. It’s about a dominatrix who hired her gay BFF as her assistant in her adventures in and out of the dungeon. It’s a hilarious show that surprisingly offers lessons about confidence, learning to love and open up, and being yourself.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Fancy by TWICE
Rodneil: I’ve only been following TWICE for a little while but it looks like I jumped on the fandom at the right time. Their latest comeback “Fancy” is a departure from their usual cutesy concept. The choreography on the new song is a lot sexier and while there’s a more mature feel to the verses, it still maintains the bright energy that TWICE has been known for.

SSFWL by OH MY GIRL
Vincenz: OH MY GIRL is among the underrated K-Pop girl groups out there. The versatility of OMG’s concepts can be heard through their title tracks but “SSFWL” (which means “Spring, summer, fall, winter, and love”) is a new whimsical musical piece on a whole new level. Their angelic visuals paired with soothing vocals are just irresistible. Fantasy anime song, anyone?

Trend/s to try

KFC Chaco and Famous Bowl
Vincenz: “Chaco” is a taco with a chicken shell. It honestly tastes like a taco without the beef and, surprisingly, the shell doesn’t taste like salty chicken at all, unlike the Double Down. Meanwhile, the Famous Bowl is back again, and you shouldn’t miss it. The mashed potatoes, Funshots, corn, cheese, and gravy all blend together as they all melt in your mouth.

Places to visit

Paris, France
Marvin: Having been around Europe a few times in the past — from Berlin and Prague, to Madrid and Zurich — it was a shame that I never got a chance to visit Paris. Until now, that is. To my delight, the hype is real. Although the Notre Dame Cathedral is no longer open to tourists, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Arc de Triomphe are still worth the journey. Airbnb options are plenty now, so low-cost lodging is easier than ever to find.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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How to find porn on Facebook

We’re letting you in on a secret

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The following is intended for readers 18+

Internet service providers may have blocked porn sites, but social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter haven’t. It’s just a matter of searching the right keywords. Unlike porn sites, they don’t involve the words “sex” and specific genitals. That’s probably why these videos aren’t flagged as porn.

If you’re curious, here’s how to find and report them:

1. Make sure you’re not underage

Since Facebook is not doing its part in censoring such sensitive material, be careful in searching these videos. Wait till you’re in the appropriate age or get parental consent.

2. Log on to Facebook

Whether you’re on the app, on a mobile browser, or when using desktop, just sign in to your Facebook account.

3. Go to Facebook Watch

This is where you can find what we’re talking about. Facebook Watch is the company’s video-on-demand service, tailoring personalized short- and long-form content depending on popularity and engagement. It’s the icon with the play button.

4. Search “Relaxing Music Japan” and “Japan Bus Project”

After searching, you’ll see tons of videos that need to be reported. So far Facebook hasn’t implemented any censorship when it comes to videos like this.

See also

Other ways to access porn that’s blocked in your country 
Japanese porn on billboard stops traffic along major intersection
Google, Facebook could be tracking your porn
Starbucks will start banning porn access on its Wi-Fi
You can now star in your own professional porn video

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Here’s what to expect from Van Gogh Alive in Manila

Experience the Dutch artist’s famous works in this multi-sensory exhibit

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Taken with the OPPO Reno 2

Regarded as one of the most influential artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh’s works have been on display in different museums and exhibits all over the world. Grande Exhibitions’ Van Gogh Alive offers a unique way of experiencing the Dutch artist’s works.

Using SENSORY4, a system that combines multichannel motion graphics, cinema-quality surround sound, and up high-definition projectors provide one of the most spectacular multiscreen environments in the world. Experience some of Van Gogh’s most popular paintings like Sunflowers, Starry Night, and Cafe Terrace at Night come to life in this 45-minute multi-sensory exhibit.

Van Gogh Alive runs from October 26 to December 8, 2019 at One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, BGC. Tickets may be purchased at www.themindmuseum.org, for PhP 750 (adults) and PhP 450 (children and students up to college level).

All photos are taken with the OPPO Reno 2.

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Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

This might just be the best smartphone camera to date

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We’ve all heard the pitch — smartphones can be used to grace a cover shoot for a magazine or film an entire music video. Some people find it hard to believe that smartphones are now as powerful as ever.

However, acclaimed director Sophie Muller shocked the world when she directed Selena Gomez’s latest music video which was shot entirely on the new iPhone 11 Pro.

“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez

Singer-songwriter Selena Gomez dropped her much anticipated single. Entitled “Lose You To Love Me,” the song tackles the road to self-discovery and promoting self-love. Gomez says, “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album.”

Gomez promoted the music video in a tweet with the hashtag #ShotOniPhone.

Promoted by Apple

The music video was originally meant for Selenators and other pop culture connoisseur. To garner even more attention, Apple uploaded a one-minute clip on its YouTube channel promoting the music video as shot on its latest iPhone.

 

This isn’t the first time that a video was taken using an iPhone. To date, iPhones are being regarded for their highly capable cameras favored by photographers and videographers alike. This recent promotion is only a testament to how the iPhone 11 Pro might just be the best smartphone camera you can ever buy this year. If you want to see its capability, watch Selena Gomez’s full music video.

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