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ASUS ROG Phone: Price and availability in the Philippines

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We waited quite a while for this, but we finally have the ROG Phone pricing in the Philippines!

This smartphone packed with features for mobile gaming enthusiasts was first announced at Computex 2018 but information on the device has been pretty scarce up until a few weeks ago. Luckily, we were able to get some time with the device back in June.

Since then, we’ve been itching for more. With news of it topping the AnTuTu benchmark for Android following the US pricing reports, it was only a matter of time until it hit Philippine shores. But first, let’s see the box and what’s in it!

The ROG Phone’s box looks like it came straight out of outer space

Here’s a look at the side where you’ll see a heavy stamp of the ROG design.

Opening the toblerone-like box reveals the ROG Phone, AeroActive Cooler, USB-C cable, and power brick

In case you forgot, the ROG Phone has a 6-inch AMOLED display with HDR and a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s rocking the Snapdragon 845 chip along with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.

Squeezing the phone on the lower half activates game mode which optimizes the device for an immersive and uninterrupted gaming experience.

ROG Phone Philippine pricing

Getting the ROG Phone will net you a few other things, including an AeroActive Cooler (PhP 3,395), hard case (PhP 2,495), and ROG Phone jacket (PhP 1,700). Here are the prices: The 8GB+512GB variant retails for PhP 61,995 and the 8GB+128GB model retails for PhP 49,995.

But of course, what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device are the additional accessories, namely the Mobile Desktop Dock, WiGig Display Dock, TwinView Dock, Gamevise controller, professional dock, and ROG Phone suitcase.

Getting the ROG Phone along with the full suite of accessories will set you back a lot: PhP 120,465 for the 512GB storage model and PhP 108,465 for the 128GB version.

But if you’re one of the first ten to pre-order from October 28 to November 8, you only have to pay PhP 102,990 or PhP 90,990, respectively.

What do you think of these prices? Will you cop the ROG Phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

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

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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