Apple Watch Series 8 now official



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Apple opened its ‘Far Out’ event by introducing the newest Apple Watch. It began with an emotional video of real life testimonials from people who’s lives were saved thanks to Apple’s smartwatch. It set the tone for all the health and safety benefits of the Apple Watch Series 8.

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Design-wise, it’s pretty much identical to the Apple Watch Series 7. It does come with a better always-on display. Apple says it’s also swim-proof, dust-proof, and crack-resistant.

Temperature sensing

The first feature that Apple highlighted is temperature sensing. It offers many benefits, but it’s specifically helpful for women’s health. The Apple Watch Series 8 is equipped with dual temperature sensors. This is especially helpful for tracking ovulation. Perfect for advanced period tracking and ovulation cycles.

Crash detection

Staying true to its theme, Apple highlights their Watch’s helpfulness in accident situations. The accelerometer equipped on the Series 8 is designed to detect car crashes. After which, it’ll automatically reach out to an emergency contact you specified. Literally a feature for life-saving.

Those are the newest features added to the Series 8. If you’re a long-time user or have been looking to switch, know that any specific function from previous generations are still here.

It’s also adding a Low Power Mode that will keep core features and disable ones like Always On display to keep your Apple Watch going. It will be available in Series 4 and later.

Naturally, there’s also a new selection of designs, watch faces, and straps. The Hermes selection was particularly highlighted. Not only are there Hermes straps, there’s also a Horse watch face to commemorate the company’s equestrian roots.

The Apple Series 8 will be available starting September 16. The GPS version retails for US$ 399 / SG$ 599 / ₱25,990, while the GPS+Cellular one is priced at US$ 499 / SG$ 749 / ₱31,990.

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation

Apple also updated the Apple Watch SE. It retains all the core functions of the mainline Apple Watch. These include the aforementioned crash and fall detection as well as the usual health and fitness features.

It’s now made of nylon composite matter, is faster, and naturally, cheaper. The GPS version is priced at US$ 249 / SG$ 379 / ₱15,990 while the GPS+Cellular one is priced at US$ 299 / SG$ 449 / ₱18,990 .



Xiaomi introduces Redmi 12 to the Philippines

Starts at PhP 6,999



Redmi 12

Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Redmi 12, its latest entry-level smartphone, to the Philippine market.

The sleek budget phone features a 6.79-inch FHD+ 90Hz DotDisplay as part of its 8.17mm thick body which also sports a premium glass back and an infinite camera design.

The screen has Adaptive Sync, and is able to display a 2460 x 1080 resolution — the largest in the Redmi series so far. Moreover, the display is SGS Low Blue Light certified and has a Reading mode 3.0 feature to avoid eye strains.

The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 processor and has up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. It also houses a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W of fast-charging.

For its camera package, the Redmi 12 has a 50MP main camera, joined by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Price and availability

The Redmi 12 can be snagged for the low early bird price of only PhP 6,999 for the 8GB+128GB model, PhP 1,000 off its original SRP, from September 20 to 29 via Xiaomi’s Lazada store.

The 8GB+256GB variant, on the other hand, is priced at PhP 8,999 and is available on both Lazada and Shopee, on and TikTok starting September 30th.

From September 29 onwards, customers may opt for a 0% interest, 6-month installment plan via Home Credit.


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China accuses the United States of hacking into Huawei

Since 2009



For years, the American government hounded Chinese companies for allegedly giving China an easy backdoor into the United States. The allegations don’t normally happen from the other way around, though. Today is different. The Chinese government has accused the United States of hacking into Huawei servers since 2009.

It’s an uncommon turn of events. In a Weibo post (via Nikkei Asia), China’s Ministry of State Security claimed that it discovered evidence of American hackers breaking into Chinese servers.

According to the post, the U.S. government’s Office of Tailored Access Operations used spyware to access Huawei’s servers since 2009. The spyware involved was called Second Date, a piece of spyware that was, according to the Chinese post, “developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.”

The spyware was partially discovered by Qihoo 360, an agency investigating American-led hacking attacks against China. The mere discovery, however, does not include explicit references to Huawei as a target.

China’s retaliation against the United States is slowly ramping up. Recently, the Chinese government started banning its officials from using iPhones for work. A wider ban might even be in the works.

For the United States, the American government is also investigating Huawei once again. After the surprising launch of the Mate 60 series, the government is interested to see how the Chinese company can still make smartphones without American technology.

SEE ALSO: Analyst: Qualcomm will fall as Huawei rises again

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Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord now available for pre-order

To release on October 26




Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord will launch on October 26 with pre-orders now available on the PlayStation and Meta Quest stores, as revealed during the PlayStation State of Play.

Players may get a first look at the title’s PlayStation VR2 gameplay and features through its newly-released trailer:

The game lets players team up with up to three more allies as they take on a variety of missions, solving puzzles and trapping ghosts to stop the March of the Malevolent.

Under solo mode, players can also take on the Ghost Lord with the help of a ghostly companion.

Thanks to PlayStation VR2’s capabilities, fans can step into the role of a ghostbuster while enjoying 4K HDR graphics, eye tracking for accurate navigation and interaction, both headset and haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers.

Price, availability

Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord is available for pre-order via the PlayStation Store with a limited-time 10% discount at just US$ 31.49 for the base game and US$ 49.49 for the Full Containment Edition.

The Full Containment Edition is also available for pre-order on the Meta Quest Store for a limited time at US$ 49.99.


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