Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.
1. Laptop of the future? ASUS introduces ZenBook Pro Duo
ASUS caught everyone’s attention, as they usually do, during Computex 2019 after introducing the ZenBook Pro Duo.
The futuristic laptop features a second 14-inch 4K display that sits on the same area as the keyboard and trackpad. It has a task group feature that lets you open up to three apps with equal real-estate on the display, which can be useful in various scenarios.
The laptop’s other components are also maxed out. It’s equipped with Intel’s 9th-generation Core processors, up to 32GB of memory and 1TB of SSD storage, and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
2. Redmi K20 might be this year’s flagship killer
With OnePlus firmly placing itself to directly compete against flagships by Samsung and Huawei, the title for flagship killer is up for grabs. Enter the Redmi K20.
The K20 Pro has a seventh-generation in-display fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass 6 protection on the front. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 855. Graphics are handled by an Adreno 640 GPU and Game Turbo 2.0 for software level optimization.
It’s equipped with triple cameras: a 48-megapixel primary camera, 13-megapixel secondary shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor. Flagship levels, yeah?
Here’s the kicker. The pricing are as follows: CNY 2,499 (US$ 361) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while the 6GB+128GB option costs CNY 2,599 (US$ 376). Similarly, the 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB configurations are priced at CNY 2,799 (US$ 405) and CNY 2,999 (US$ 433), respectively.
That’s incredible value for the specs you’re getting. Flagship. Killer.
3. Huawei regains support for microSD cards and Android Q
Things were looking pretty grim for Huawei after the US government issued a ban against them. However, it looks like the Chinese company is rebounding nicely.
Only a few days after the loss, the SD Association has reinstated the Chinese company into its fold. In line with this, other associations have also reinstated the company. Huawei has regained support from Bluetooth, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and JEDEC.
On the software side, Google has also granted a temporary reprieve. Huawei is back on Android’s official site, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has returned to the list of supported devices for the Android Q Beta.
Huawei users can breathe a sigh of relief for now, but keep monitoring as this likely isn’t the end of this story.
4. The iPod Touch is back
Speaking of comebacks, we have the most unlikely one yet from Apple. For reasons not clear to this writer, the iPod Touch is alive and well in 2019.
If you want a small yet powerful iOS device that doesn’t have cellular power this is your best bet. The A10 Fusion chipset powers the device, which still runs on the three-year-old iPhone 7 series.
The newest iPod Touch has six finishes: space gray, white, gold, blue, pink, and PRODUCT(RED). Its pricing starts at US$ 199 for the 32GB version, US$ 299 for the 128GB variant, and a whopping US$ 399 for the 256GB model.
5. Pokémon Sleep will gamify your sleeping patterns
Pokémon, sleep, and gamify are words we never imagined would be in the same sentence but here we are.
At a Pokémon-themed Nintendo Direct Presentation, the company announced Pokémon Sleep. It brings the monster-collecting game to your bed. The game is literally a gamified sleep tracker. According to Nintendo’s presentation, your quality of sleep — how many hours you get — will affect your gameplay.
Nintendo has not explained exactly how Pokémon Sleep will play or change gameplay. However, the presentation hints at connections between Pokémon Go and the existing Switch games.
One thing’s for sure, whether it’s Pokémon or sleep, you gotta catch’em all.
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Her story: Shyama Golden
On childhood memories and creating work that make people more involved
Shyama Golden is a visual artist from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Texas, but also lived in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, where her family is originally from. These influences didn’t start coming out in her work until she became more distanced from them. “Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it,” she notes.
The huge painting in her living room called Road Trip was inspired by both her Sri Lankan background and growing up in Texas. Central to the painting is a yakka, a demon character in Sri Lankan folklore that performs exorcism rituals to cure people of their ailments. Shyama says the rituals are something that people have been doing for thousands of years, although they are much less common now — almost like a dying art. In a way, she hopes to resurrect that through the piece.
Shyama draws inspiration everywhere — from distant sources, to forgotten artists, to old books, to obscure references — but so much of her work also reflects her own childhood memories.
“Sometimes you have to be taken out of an environment to realize what was special about it.”
Catsquatch is a collaboration between her and her husband. She did a large painting for it, but it’s also a children’s storybook that they wrote together — a story of house cats running away from home, yearning independence.
Her memory of seeing stray cats wandering everywhere while living in Sri Lanka is also evident in a portrait of the younger versions of her mom and her aunt.
The most notable facet of her body of work, however, isn’t their size or the presence of felines, but the number of digital portraits of women of color she’s drawn over the years.
From flat, minimalist digital work as a graphic designer, having the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil has allowed her to create work that still looks like an oil painting but at a much faster pace.
“What the iPad did is allow me to keep my style. It was really helpful to me because over two years I was able to output what used to take me 5-6 years,” says Shyama.
Among the portraits that she’s done, her favorite is the one of Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy for The Atlantic. She says she liked working on it because it tells a story within the portrait, “beyond just the face, it actually has a whole narrative to it.”
She also uses the iPad to do studies and mockups of what she intends to be a physical work. Initially drawn on Procreate using its symmetry feature, The Feminine Mirage uses a custom panel and a mirror to convey myths perpetuated by different social constructs. Although extremely challenging and time-consuming, she enjoys working on pieces that have a presence in the physical world but are still interactive as they make people more involved.
Shyama Golden is a visual artist whose memories of growing up in Texas and Sri Lanka are evident influences in a number of paintings that she's done. Most notable of her body of work, however, are theportraits of women of color she's drawn over the years using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. This is her story.
Posted by Her GadgetMatch on Friday, 27 March 2020
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Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On
Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!
In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.
Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?
Watch our Hands-On video.
How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing
Combat that craving for someone’s affection!
After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”
But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.
Set aside time for your hobbies
This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.
Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.
Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.
There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.
Learn something new to develop yourself
Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.
I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.
With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.
Level up your conversations
If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.
Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.
Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!
If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!
Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).
Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized
During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.
Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!
Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!
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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home when sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
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