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The Apple Watch Series 5 is here!

Better than the Series 4?

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Apple has just unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5, introducing new features that will delight every user looking to upgrade their smartwatches.

Starting with the newest Always-On Retina display, the Apple Watch Series 5 will never sleep. Now, you can easily check the time and important information at a glance. To make this happen, Apple made its smartwatch carry an 18-hour battery life by optimizing watch faces and adjusting the screen’s brightness intelligently, depending on the position of the user’s wrist.

Another innovation for the smartwatch is its new location features. There is a new built-in compass and updated Maps app to help people navigate their way. Through the Compass app, you can see where you’re heading, along with details on your current elevation.

Moreover, Apple added an International Emergency Calling feature to help travelers contact emergency services in over 150 countries. It can also place an emergency call automatically if the Apple Watch has detected that the user has taken a hard fall.

Apple Watch Series 5 Nike Sports Band

On top of these new features, the Apple Watch Series 5 uses watchOS 6, packed with health and fitness features first announced at WWDC 2019 last June. Women can now track their menstrual cycle through the Cycle Tracking App. Additionally, there’s a Noise app to help you understand the ambient sound levels in loud environments, as well as the Activity Trends which gives you an overview of your activity patterns.

Design-wise, the Apple Watch Series 5 brings in new, customizable watch faces, thanks to watchOS6. Furthermore, it’s now available in a wider range of materials like aluminum (which came from 100 percent recycled 7000 series aluminum), stainless steel, ceramic, and all-new titanium. There are also a wider range of new band colors and a sport loop, which works with any Apple Watch.

Pricing and availability

The Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS), which costs US$ 399, will be available to order in 41 countries and regions, starting September 10, while the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) priced at US$ 499 is available to order in 22 countries and regions. Both models will come to stores beginning on September 20.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at a new low price of US$ 199 while the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) costs US$ 299. The popular Series 3 has a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, and water resistance.

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iPhone 13 pre-orders in Singapore begin today

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Are you ready? Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 lineup begin today in Singapore! Specifically, it starts at 8PM.

Apple’s latest and greatest set of iPhones are coming to Singapore and you can secure one for yourself by heading to the Apple Singapore website. This year’s lineup is pretty much an iteration of last year’s. That means we get upgrades for all four models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

New to this pair of iPhones is the A15 Bionic chip which, you already know, boosts the performance of the iPhone. You’re also getting Cinematic Mode which automatically adds background blur to your videos. It does this through an algorithm. It’s the first of its kind on smartphones.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

This year’s pair of Pro iPhones are even more Pro than ever. It shares the same A15 Bionic chip as the other iPhone 13s, but it boosts performance thanks to a different, more powerful GPU. You also get the ability to shoot in Apple ProRes format. A boon for professional mobile filmmakers.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Pricing

The iPhone 13 starts at SG$ 1,299. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 mini starts at SG $ 1,149.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at SG$ 1649 (SG$ 69 a month for 24 months) and SG$ 1799 (SG$ 75 a month/24 months) for the iPhone 13 Pro Max variant. The base storage still starts at 128GB but goes all the way to 1TB — also a first on any iPhone.

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY

Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps

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Image from @ITZYofficial on Twitter

Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.

Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.

ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.

Early Shopee Christmas

In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan.  Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from  September to December.

The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.

You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.

SEE ALSO: ShopeePay: 6 reasons why you need to switch now

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