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Building your smart home is easier with the new Xiaomi-IKEA partnership

Match made in smart home heaven!

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There is no easier way to find home stuff than to walk into an IKEA. From shelves, to cutlery, to even planters — you name it, they’ve got it. And now, a new partnership is taking it up a notch.

Chinese tech company Xiaomi has just announced a partnership with IKEA in China. Marking the Swedish furniture company’s first-ever partnership with a Chinese company, this means that IKEA’s whole range of smart lighting products will now be connected to the Xiaomi IoT platform and you’ll be able to control them via Xiaomi devices, which include the Mi Home App and the Xiao Ai voice assistant. This also means that your IKEA lights will be compatible with Xiaomi IoT smart devices which makes for a more seamless experience.


According to Fan Dian, IoT General Manager for Xiaomi, “IKEA and Xiaomi share very similar values and I believe our cooperation will accelerate the development of the smart home industry across the world.”

As to if the partnership will extend to other IKEA countries outside of China like the US, Australia, Canada, or Asia, we have yet to know. As of now, what we’re certain of is that this partnership commences this December in China.

This news comes after Xiaomi’s Meitu acquisition announcement. It’s looking like the growing tech company is on a roll and they’re definitely branching out. 

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How to use your selfie camera for better photos

The front-facing camera is all you’ll ever need

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When someone says “selfie,” most people think of photos similar to this:

Shot with the Honor 10 Lite

And while there’s nothing wrong with photos like these, I’m here to tell you that pictures with your smartphone’s front-facing cameras can be way better. No, really.


In this article, I’ll walk you through how to get picturesque selfie shots that are Instagram-worthy.

First off, you’ll need a smartphone with a powerful selfie cam. Gone are the days when front shooters were considered secondary cameras. Brands have now recognized the importance of selfie shooters and they’re now putting in even better ones — thank heavens! The weapon of choice for this activity was the Honor 10 Lite with a 24-megapixel camera equipped with AI.

The next step is finding a great spot. Find a way to mount your phone — whether it be with a phone tripod, or entails propping it up on a wall or your coffee mug (like I did). What’s important is that your phone is on a stable place. Now you can fix your framing!


The camera timer is the most commonly used feature for these photos. All you need to do is turn it on and pose.

Actual outtake shot on the Honor 10 Lite

My favorite selfie feature would be the Palm Gesture. Simply raise up your palm when you’re ready. This saves you the trouble of having to physically tap the shutter button over and over. On the Honor 10 Lite, there’s also the Smile Shutter feature which triggers the shutter every time you smile, and the Volume Control feature which triggers the shutter when you say “Cheese,” or when your voice reaches a certain decibel.

How Palm Gesture works

What I love about shooting with the selfie cam is the fact that it shows me what my photo looks like before I hit the shutter. This means I can move around and make sure none of my body parts are cut out. I can also make sure I’m not shooting an unflattering angle and adjust accordingly. Here are just some samples I shot with the Honor 10 Lite:

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WATCH: How to take IG-worthy selfie portraits


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor.

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Nike’s new booth is an Instagramable fitness challenge

Just do it

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Nike’s newest booth, located in Bonifacio High Street, Metro Manila, has been turning heads.

The place features a bunch of colorful decors which include, of all things, giant donuts.


Nike’s new Epic React Flyknit 2 is also on display…

As well as a lot of other photogenic props.

It’s the perfect spot for a good athleisurewear #OOTD!

But, that’s not all the spot is good for.

The booth is home to Nike’s Go More, Get More trialing program. Basically, you get to try the new Flyknits and earn points while doing so.

Those points convert to prizes and digital rewards from Nike!

Doesn’t that sound fun? Like Nike goes, Just do it!

The Go More, Get More program will run from March 19 to April 19 and it will be open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 10pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm.

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Volterman’s smart wallets connects to your smartphone

Equipped with cameras

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The one precious thing you bring with you every day, aside from your smartphone, is your wallet. This little thing basically houses all your precious and important cards, cash, and even IDs. So, how can we ensure we never ever lose it?

Volterman makes it easy with their high-tech wallets.


Pictured above is the Volterman Travel, designed to fit passports, boarding passes, and every important thing you need for your jet setting. This is just one of the many Volterman wallets offered (there’s a smaller bifold and an even more compact card holder).

These wallets look stylishly classic and are very well made. Look at it completing this dapper look!

What’s so special about these Volterman smart wallets? First of all, they can wirelessly charge your phone. The Volterman Travel, pictured below, has a whopping 5000mAh power bank.

The wallet connects to your phone and allows tracking wherever you are. You get alerts every time your wallet is opened and there’s even an alarm function to ensure you never leave your wallet again. As an added feature, there’s also a Wi-Fi hotspot feature which means more hassle-free connections wherever you go.

As for the ultimate feature… see that tiny black bar near the wallets flap? That’s a camera. If despite all the features you still manage to lose your wallet, or if some evil persons decide to steal from you, they won’t be getting away that easily. Once you turn on lost mode, this camera will take a photo (and hopefully capture the perpetrator’s face) and automatically send your phone an image. Talk about adding on some safeguards.

You can check out Volterman’s Indiegogo page here.

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