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ASUS ZenPower PD: A power bank that will charge your laptop on the go

Work anywhere!

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Wouldn’t it be great if a power bank could power your laptop?

I’ve worked in a lot of weird and wondrous places: tech show floors, European coffee shops, rural Chinese airports, plane rides, road trips, the list goes on. I love the idea of being able to work anywhere anytime and not being confined to an office, typing away on my computer. My main problem, however, has always been finding a power source when my laptop battery runs out. Most of the time, this is when my productivity is forced to stop.


In my quest to find a solution, I came across the ASUS ZenPower PD. Coincidentally sent over by the folks from ASUS just when I was considering getting myself a power bank, the tiny thing is supposed to be able to charge notebooks fast.

How fast? The ZenPower PD is equipped with Power Delivery 3.0, which is tech-speak for: It’s the fastest charging standard available for batteries.

It’s pretty compact considering it’s something that can not only charge your phone, it can also power up laptops, or even a Nintendo Switch. This external battery pack can fit comfortably in my tiny everyday purse with space for all my other stuff.

Despite its small size, this thing is packed with 13600mAh which should be two to four charge cycles depending on what phone you’re using.

It’s equipped with two ports, a USB-A and a USB-C, which means you can charge two gadgets at the same time. According to ASUS, it also intelligently detects whatever device is plugged in and adjusts to whatever charging mode your gadget has. This means it shouldn’t shorten your device’s lifespan.

There’s even a flashlight on the ZenPower PD that lasts for five days — not that I’ve ever really used a flashlight on a power bank, but you never know!

This thing has been a great travel companion. I get more work done on long-haul flights because I can always just plug in my MacBook when I need more juice. However, be warned that it only really works with the really, really short USB-C to USB-C cord it came with; for some reason, my original Apple power cord refuses to work. Also know that it will charge (it got my MacBook to 30 percent in around 30 minutes), but won’t really charge enough while you’re using the laptop.

Nevertheless, it’s been pretty helpful. I’ve finished more than a few articles with this powering me. It’s also supposedly safe because ASUS’ PowerSafe tech controls voltage and even temperature so you shouldn’t have any trouble at all.

All in all, the ZenPower PD is a great backup that hardly takes up any space. Definitely something you should pack on your next trip.

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Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

No, it’s not UNIQLO

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Yet another designer brand has entered the Philippine market. Originally from Singapore, UNIQ has launched in the Philippines, introducing its product lineup as well as its plans for expansion.

UNIQ produces elegantly designed cases for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and even MacBooks. Non-iPhone users don’t have to worry as the brand has Android cases for Samsung, and cases for Huawei is in the works.


Aside from dressing up your gadgets, UNIQ has something for those who want to stay connected and organized. For instance, they have a sleek, smart cable organizer for Lightning and USB-C cables. Additionally, they offer wireless charging pads, power banks, and charging stations equipped with USB-C which supports quick charging, as well.

Furthermore, UNIQ has power adapters and travel chargers compatible with over 150 countries. They also have beautifully crafted pouches, sleeves, and bags to protect your devices while you travel.

Officially distributed by Macpower, a distributor for Globe, Power Mac Centers, and Lazada, the products will become available when they open their first kiosk on June 22 at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA. Suggested retail prices range from PhP 1,000 to PhP 5,000.

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Pantone accessories are here to complement your style!

We want ’em all!

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Over the years, Pantone has grown as an authority and standard for colors. What was once a color guide for designers has become a part of contemporary culture. As people started identifying themselves through Pantone’s colored chips, manufacturers capitalized on this trend by incorporating Pantone into their products.

Through Pantone Universe licensing, manufacturers can apply Pantone’s branding and popular design. I’ve seen different applications, mostly on fashion and lifestyle accessories, but seeing it on computer peripherals and other electronics is a total treat.


Originally manufactured by DataPlus Supplies Inc., this Taiwanese company sells Pantone-licensed accessories that you’ll definitely buy to match your style.

For instance, they sell gaming accessories in different shades of blue. One of their best-looking is the teal-colored one, as it deviates from the usual blue and black combination used by gamers in their gaming setups.

You can also make a statement using these Pantone-colored USB fans and speakers when you’re traveling, especially in hot and humid countries. Fabulous, right?

For those who want to stay connected, stay away from the usual white and black power banks and get a Pantone-colored unit! There’s a rare chance of losing it compared to when you use a more generic power bank. And oh, they also have wireless chargers!

If you truly embrace Pantone’s branding, there’s a bag carrying the color guide’s popular design.

Lastly, there’s a whole line of computer accessories and electronics waiting for you. Pantone really found its way into our lives and yes, we want all of them!

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Apple Watch comes with new updates: App Store, menstrual cycle tracking, and more

Apple is trying to make your life easier!

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Apple is now making lives easier as they unveiled the new watchOS 6 in WWDC 2019, bringing the App Store with promising apps, new watch faces, and expanded features.

App Store without your iPhone

With watchOS 6, you can use the App Store to browse, download, and install apps directly on your watch, without the need to download a paired app on your iPhone.


Additional updates are coming as well, such as the Apple Books for your audiobooks, Voice Memos, and the Calculator app, which has a unique feature allowing you to split bills and calculate how much tip you’ll give.

Better watch faces incoming

Apple introduced what they call “simply beautiful and richly detailed” watch faces. There’s a modular compact, a gradient watch face, an oversized numerical watch face available in multiple languages, a modern digital watch face in multiple colors, a California dial watch face, and Solar Dial.

Cycle Tracking and Dose

Over the years, the Apple Watch has introduced health- and fitness-related features which made the wearable a valuable piece that can even save lives. In 2019, two more health-focused apps are coming: Cycle Tracking, a menstrual tracking and women’s health monitoring app, and Dose, a pill reminder app.

Expanding more features

Activity Trends, a new feature for the Apple Watch, is here to show your fitness data to give you a picture of your daily activity and to compare how you’re doing for the past 90 days. It’s smart enough to give you advice on what to do if your performance is going down. Talk about having a coach through your wrist!

For those concerned about their hearing, the Noise app can measure the noise level in your area and notify you through your watch if the decibel level reaches 90, which begins to impact hearing according to the World Health Organization.

Fast forward to fall

Apple’s watchOS 6 will be available starting this fall in select iPhones running iOS 13 or later and up until the Apple Watch Series 1, but it won’t make its way to the original Apple Watch.

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