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BLACKPINK Edition Samsung Galaxy A80 is coming to your area

The Philippines, other Southeast Asian countries should get excited

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If you’ve been keeping GadgetMatch as a daily habit then you know that Samsung recently launched a special BLACKPINK Edition of the Samsung Galaxy A80 in Bangkok, Thailand.  A similar BLACKPINK Edition was announced earlier in the year but for another phone — the Galaxy A70.

We reached out to Samsung and received confirmation that the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is indeed also coming to other Southeast Asian markets including the Philippines. Other details like what packages are exactly coming as well as when they are coming are still up in the air. Rest assured, this BLACKPINK will be in your area soon.

BLACKPINK Edition

The special edition packages with traces of the popular K-Pop girl group include a charging stand, signed photocards, and a special case that changes the themes and icons of the phone to everything BLACKPINK. It’s definitely a must-have for Blinks!

In Bangkok, we also saw BLACKPINK versions of the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch because Samsung knows you can’t get enough of Jennie, Lisa, Rosé, and Jisoo!

Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung’s Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.

Other smartphone manufacturers had since launched their own unique solutions. ASUS’s flipping camera on the ZenFone 6 and the shark-like pop-up camera on the OPPO Reno come to mind.

OPPO also showcased a prototype unit of their under display camera at MWC Shanghai. Xiaomi also teased a similar under display camera but we have yet to see it with our own eyes.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch in BLACKPINK’s area thanks to A Galaxy Event

 

 

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Singles’ Day rakes in more than $38 billion in sales

It has already eclipsed sales predictions of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

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Photos by Martin Tee

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba set a sales record on Singles’ Day — the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event. Alibaba reported selling US$ 1 billion worth of goods sold in 1 minute and 8 seconds. It sold US$ 12 billion in the first hour and by the end, it had crossed the US$ 38 billion mark.

While Alibaba is the name often associated with the mega shopping event, competitors JD.com and Pinduoduo all offer their own sales.

During the 24-hour period, which began at midnight in Singapore and Hong Kong, Alibaba offered huge discounts across its e-commerce sites such as Tmall. Electronics, gadgets and fashion items were among the most sold goods.

China’s one-day festival has already eclipsed sales predictions of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Adobe Analytics estimates that the long U.S. holiday shopping weekend this year will generate total retail sales of US$ 29 billion.

November 11 has long been celebrated in a lot of parts of Asia as “Singles’ Day.” This year, Alibaba put up a Festival Gala Celebration event where Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor Swift and a host of other celebrities performed.

For years China has been the manufacturing capital of the world. Whether it’s a complicated tunnel boring machine or a simple logic board, the country can make it all. It can produce all of it at an unprecedented scale.

As the world’s most populous country, it has an abundance of resources to help achieve industrial feats like no other. The huge population is also the prime reason for their economical rise.

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Google Chrome will add ‘slow’ badges to shame slow websites

In an effort to optimize the internet

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Don’t you just hate slow websites? Unfortunately, despite the advance of technology, some sites are still stuck in the early 2000s. As if our data caps weren’t bad enough, some sites want to keep us waiting for ages.

To combat this inconvenience, Google is trying out a few new features for its browser, Google Chrome. One of these suggestions is a badge affixed to websites that load way too slowly.

Ideally, Google’s algorithm will aggregate a website’s loading times. If the said site doesn’t pass Google’s standards, Chrome will affix a “slow” badge displayed whenever users access the site. On the other hand, the browser might also stick “fast” badges to highly optimized sites. (Though, chances are, you probably won’t even see them before the site loads.)

Alternatively, Google might also change other indicators like the loading status bar. Regardless, the browser is toying with highly visual experiments to do the trick. Soon, it will be easier to finally see which websites will slow your device down by a few seconds.

Besides alerting users, Google’s new initiative is also meant for web developers. With a badge, development teams can see if their site is too slow for users. And, as is evident with Google’s blog post, Google is advertising their own developer tools for slow sites.

Regardless of who it’s actually for, Google’s initiative is helping optimize the internet for today’s time.

SEE ALSO: Google just launched a ‘phone’ made out of paper

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Level Up Joy: Jollibee Katipunan provides a glimpse of the future

Modern tech innovations + cool vibe

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Want to catch a glimpse of how Jollibee stores will look like in the future? Jollibee Katipunan reopened its doors this November 5 featuring a fresh and modern concept that will entice both the young and the old. Plus, it features never before seen tech innovations that really screams future.

Kiosks, charging stations, and more

Jollibee Katipunan is the first “Level Up Joy” store that combines modern technology and innovation with the alagang Joy experience. “We’re happy to know with the Level Up Joy, we’re ushering a new era of total and modern customer joy experience with our patrons,” said Jollibee Philippines assistant VP and head of brand communications Arline Adeva.

Jollibee is surely ushering a new era with their first Level Up Joy store. Customers don’t have to wait in line anymore with self-order kiosks which was first introduced to Jollibee stores last 2018. With the kiosks, customers can order at their own pace and customize their orders according to their preferences.

For on-the-go customers, Jollibee Katipunan has wireless charging stations so they can just put down their phone and charge while eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals. With these stations, comfort and convenience is surely guaranteed as customers stay connected while enjoying their meals.

Also, Jollibee Katipunan now has a contemporary and fresh cool vibe that is surely Instagram-worthy. It features brightly colored digital menu boards, sleek lighting and fixtures, vibrant murals. All the while keeping the yellow and red hues that define a Jollibee store. Stepping inside makes one feel the modern vibe while basking in the nostalgic feeling.

Delivery also levels up in Jollibee Katipunan with new electric bikes rolling out. Jollibee hopes to replace all of its delivery fleet with an e-bike in the future, and it’s roll out in Katipunan is a sure start. The company is committed to bringing joy not only to people but also to the environment.

“Trust that Jollibee will really be among the forefront of tech innovations. Because we owe it to our customers to delight them and offer more convenience when they go to our restaurant,” said Adeva.

Looking ahead

The future is exciting for Jollibee. With the unveiling of its first Level Up Joy store, the company is embracing the future with technology and innovations. But it doesn’t want to stop at Katipunan. Other Jollibee branches will also be upgraded to Level Up Joy stores.

With Jollibee opening its 1000th store, it is gearing towards a vision of dominating locally and growing globally. Recently, it acquired The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as part of its expansion. However, even if the company is now a bigger brand than it was 40 years ago, it keeps its joy experience which the company came to be known for.

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