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Canon unveils multi-purpose printers for home, office, and creative use

Here come the PIXMA refillable ink tank printers!

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Canon Philippines has just unveiled its new lineup of printers and it’s looking to serve different users.

For home offices and small businesses

Canon introduces the MAXIFY GX7070 and MAXIFY GX6070 refillable ink tank printers, making high-volume color printing affordable for small enterprises. It delivers approximately 6,000 grayscale pages and 14,000 pages in color with just a full set of ink. Output can be pushed to 9,000 and 21,000 of grayscale and color, respectively, depending on the setting.

Moreover, the ink tank printers use pigment inks which results in water-resistant document prints on plain paper and a laser print-like quality. And it comes with features focused on productivity and efficiency such as its automatic document feeder, a front-USB port, and a modular, user-replaceable cartridge.

Additionally, the MAXIFY GX7070 can handle up to 600 sheets of paper capacity, while the MAXIFY GX6070 loads up to 350 sheets of paper.

On another note, both printers are capable of wireless connectivity and cloud printing, and let users operate the printers using the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app.

The MAXIFY GX7070 retails for PhP 38,995 while the MAXIFY GX6070 retails for PhP 31,995. Both printers will be available starting September 2021.

Push for creative works

Canon has also announced the PIXMA G570 and PIXMA G670 — 6-color refillable ink tank printers that focus on photo longevity and low-cost printing, especially for creative works. It prints at ultra-low-cost while delivering very high yields: approximately 3,800 sheets of 4×6-inch prints.

Its conventional 4-ink systems supercharge photographs, ensure consistent monochromatic accuracy, and enhance subject focus. Photos printed using the G series can resist fading for up to 200 years under storage conditions.

It also has a free Canon PosterArtist Lite software for easy creation of flyers and posters albeit limited to Windows operating systems. On the flip side, these printers are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon for voice-activated printing.

The only difference between the G670 and the G570 is that the former has scan and copy functions compared to the latter, which only offers to print.

Nonetheless, the G series comes with a no-squeeze spillage-free ink bottle design and a unique power-saving feature for the environmentally conscious. And like other Canon printers, it can handle wireless printing whether it’s through Wi-Fi, cloud, or even the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app.

The PIXMA G670 retails for PhP 16,095 while the Pixma G570 retails for PhP 12,795. Both printers will be available starting September 2021.

Professional photo printing

For high-quality printing, Canon brings out the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and PIXMA PRO-200 for professional photographers and graphic artists.

The new imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is designed to process large volumes of image data and print at high speeds, thanks to its Canon L-COA PRO processor.

It’s paired with a new LUCIA PRO 10-ink system that expands its color gamut on various glossy and matte media. And with dedicated nozzles for Matte Black and Photo Black, the machine switches easily across multiple print jobs.

On the other hand, the PIXMA PRO-200 uses an 8-ink configuration designed for expanded color reproduction. It also has an improved black density compared to its previous generations.

Both printers support a wide variety of media types and sizes, as well as the Canon Premium Fine Art Rough media made for exhibition-ready prints. The printers feature a 3-inch color LCD screen as well, making it easy to navigate, manage settings, replace ink cartridges, and monitor ink levels.

Lastly, the printers are bundled with Canon Professional Print & Layout (PPL) software that ensures seamless integration with professional prints, particularly with Canon EOS system cameras.

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 retails for PhP 41,995 while the PIXMA PRO-200 retails for PhP 29,995. Both printers will be available starting September 2021.

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This gamer surprised his girlfriend with a marriage proposal in Genshin Impact

So much love in the world of Teyvat!

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Genshin Impact

What happens when a gamer proposes to you? It’s just as sweet as any romantic proposal you’ve seen on the Internet.

For Ronica Cabansag, introverted gamers are just as amorous as any guy out there. That’s what she realized when she publicly shared how her gamer boyfriend made an effort to ask for her hand through a language they both understood — Genshin Impact.

 

In her post, Cabansag detailed how her then-boyfriend and now fiancé asked her to come for a surprise. Cabansag was curious to see how her extremely introverted partner will make an effort.

The video included in her post showed how excited Cabansag was when she discovered a room full of lights and balloons, with a gaming laptop waiting for her.

 

Her partner, Jerome Javillonar, asked her to play Genshin Impact to look for his surprise. In the 8-minute video, Cabansag solved the maze that her partner built, discovering the words that Javillonar was dying to say.

Will you be my waifu?

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

“Roses are red.” “Violets are blue.” “Forever is real with you.”

These are some statements Javillonar had laid out for Cabansag. According to Cabansag, it took more than one month for Javillonar to finish the obstacles since he needed to buy supplies in the game’s shop.

After solving the three puzzles, the last maze laid out the golden question that made Cabansag gush over in excitement. The statement read as “Will you be my waifu?” which also translates to Javillonar asking Cabansag to be his wife.

The video ended with Javillonar down on his knees as he offers the engagement ring, to which Cabansag said yes. As of writing, Cabansag’s video has garnered more than 45,000 views.

Moreover, Cabansag’s post is flocked with comments and shares from people expressing their heartfelt greetings, congratulating and thanking the couple for sharing their love and excitement. Looks like the world of Teyvat has something to celebrate ahead of Valentine’s Day.

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Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay 2.0: Cut through the queue

Make life less hectic!

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Starbucks Mobile

When you’re an adult, coffee isn’t just a power-up drink helping you get through the day. It becomes an avenue for conversation, an invitation to meet people, a kick you need to fuel your creativity and productivity.

While there are several ways to brew coffee and there are different local neighborhood cafés to explore, Starbucks has always been within reach. And it has ingrained itself as an important part of my working life. A staple of the modern workforce’s culture. A lifestyle — tradition to an extent — that seeped in through the interstices of friendships and family.

When the pandemic struck, I started learning how to brew my own coffee. Occasionally, I order my caffeine fix through Grab or Foodpanda. But the experience isn’t the same.

Keyword: Experience. That’s precisely what Starbucks offers. So when Starbucks Philippines sent me a holiday card to try the new Mobile Order & Pay, a feature they had for a while that was rehashed, I decided it’s time to go out and try again.

Exploring the app

The Mobile Order & Pay 2.0 is available through the Starbucks app. If you’re a Starbucks lover, you probably have an account registered to Starbucks Rewards. The app is easy to use, particularly because of its clean user interface (UI) design.

Through the Starbucks app, you can check your account’s transaction history, monitor the stars collected via the Rewards program, and make some changes to your personal profile and payment methods. The app also has a lot of promotional materials, parading their latest drinks and treats that you can avail yourself of in-store or online.

Starbucks Mobile

And more importantly, you can reload your account, register your cards, and of course, get ahead of your day and order your favorite beverages.

Cut through the line

Once I got my cards settled in, I ordered my go-to drink: Cold brew topped with four pumps of white mocha sauce. I placed my order through the Mobile Order & Pay 2.0 feature, which gave me four options to pick up my order. Although, the options vary depending on the closest branch near you.

There’s the usual In-store pickup where you head straight to the pickup counter for your order. Yes, you won’t get in line anymore. When I tried this pickup option, everyone gave me looks when I went past the queue and headed straight to ask the Barista about my order. I had the audacity to ask about my drink because the app notified me when the order was ready.

Starbucks Mobile

When I got my drink, I walked out of the store feeling ravished. It felt like I was in a slow-mo montage of a coming-of-age film where the protagonist suddenly did something extraordinary. Frankly, this is my favorite pickup option. It makes so much sense to just get your orders if you can walk inside. And that gives you extra steps for your smartwatch to count. Get moving, people!

But if you don’t like the hassle of scanning your QR codes and getting your temperature checked, or the usual mumbo-jumbo you encounter inside a store, there are other pickup options outside.

Just wait outside

My other favorite option was the Outdoor pickup, which I chose when I was passing by Starbucks The Grove — my favorite branch in Pasig. I was dead-tired from a weekend night-out with my friends at Okada Manila, and the all-night casino adventure bled through a Monday morning.

I was on my way home, ready for work. Then, I realized I badly need the good ol’ Barista Drink. Nothing can beat an americano topped with white mocha sauce splashed with sub-breve (and no water!). Especially when it comes to waking you and your senses up. More importantly, you can have it served iced or hot depending on your preferences.

Starbucks Mobile

I placed my order when I was already in Arcovia City, a kilometer away from The Grove by Rockwell. Apparently, you can’t order ahead for an Outdoor pickup if you’re 3 kilometers away, which I tried to do when I was still in Taguig. So you have to be close to the branch if you want to place your order.

I tried to do the math in my head, calculating if I can pull over for a minute while I wait for my order. But I’m bad at numbers so I went ahead. The app said the order will be ready in five to six minutes anyway.

I pulled over when I arrived at the branch, and I didn’t wait long enough for one of my favorite baristas to come out to my chosen pickup point and hand me my order.

Stay in your car

I hate parking. Or wasting the time spent trying to park properly in between enormous SUVs. Or finding a spot to park your vehicle. This is why I don’t understand the Curbside pickup option, where the barista locates your designated parking slot and gives your order while practicing social and safe distancing.

I tried the pickup option in Starbucks Sierra Valley — a humongous, stand-alone branch with a massive parking space and drive-thru option found east of Metro Manila.

Starbucks Mobile

If you’re in a time crunch, this option really doesn’t make sense. But if you have a few moments to spare and you don’t want to get out of your vehicle for safety measures against the COVID-19 (and its variants), then the Curbside pickup is the way to go.

Frankly speaking, it doesn’t work for me. I know having your order brought to you is part of the experience, but I value my time. And it was against my morals to just sit inside my car and wait for the barista to come out and bring my order. In my head, they could be doing more valuable things than going outside the store, when I can pick up my order at their counter.

The In-store pickup is the fastest option in my experience, and I feel good doing the task instead of sitting and waiting around. I guess it’s my can-do attitude speaking, but that’s how I’m really built.

Drive through it

Now, there’s another option to get your order: Drive-thru pickup. You just have to line up in a queue of cars and wait for your turn. Like the Curbside pickup option, I didn’t like the Drive-thru pickup for one reason: It takes too long to get through the drive-thru window.

People are afraid to get out of their vehicles because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s valid. That’s why there are plenty of cars lining up to get their caffeine fix. I spent roughly 30 minutes waiting for my turn, which annoyed me since it would’ve been faster if I chose the In-store or Outdoor pickup.

Making life less hectic

Regardless of my rants and experience, the Mobile Order & Pay 2.0 lets you get your favorite treats and beverages conveniently. In the way you like it.

While I’ve loved the In-store and Outdoor pick-up because they work well with my personality and lifestyle, I know some people (read: friends) would enjoy the Curbside and Drive-thru pickup. Especially since they’re cautious about the pandemic.

Not that I’m not wary of the virus being out there, I just value my time because every second counts. If I wanted to waste my time waiting, I would’ve lined up inside.

Nevertheless, the rehashed feature is worth giving a try. Through the Starbucks app, you can customize your orders. Just like your baristas, the app can modify the size, the number of espresso shots, dairy selection, and various options for your order. All done with just a single tap on your smartphone.

Frankly speaking, the Mobile Pay & Order 2.0 made my life easier especially when I’m in a hurry to get a caffeine fix. Not all days can be spent brewing your coffee, living in a slowed-down lifestyle. Some days, we just need to get through it, and Starbucks knows how to accompany me through those days.

The Starbucks PH app is available on The App Store and Google’s Play Store.

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realme kicks-off the new year with payday sale

As much as PhP 8,000 off

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realme is kicking off the new year with a bang by joining Lazada’s Sulit Sweldo Sale happening on January 15 to 17.

For the promotional period, realme is offering discounts of as much as PhP 8,000 off on its lineup of smartphones and TechLife devices.

Included in the sale are premium items like the realme 8i, realme Book, realme Pad, and realme Buds Air 2 Neo.

Here’s a rundown of some of the discounted products you can expect during realme’s three-day sale on Lazada.

Product Highlights Sale price
realme narzo 50A

(4 GB + 64 GB, available in Oxygen Blue and Oxygen Green)

MediaTek Helio G85 processor

6000mAh battery

50MP Triple AI Camera

Php 7,289 from (PhP 7,990)
realme C21-Y

(4 GB + 64 GB)

13MP Triple AI Camera PhP 5,989 (from PhP 6,490)
realme 8i MediaTek Helio G96 chipset

120Hz Ultra Smooth display

50MP AI Triple Camera

6.6-inch LCD display

PhP 10,989 (from PhP 11,990)
realme Pad 10-inch high-resolution screen

Dolby Atmos quad speakers

7100mAh mega battery

3 GB + 32 GB: PhP 8,990

4 GB + 64 GB: PhP 12,990

6 GB + 128 GB: PhP 14,990

(PhP 2,000 pesos off)

realme Book 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

8 GB dual-channel LPDDR4x RAM + up to 512GB SSD storage

14” 2K Full Vision display

i3 variant: PhP 29,990 (from PhP 37,990)

i5 variant: up to PhP 6,000 off

realme Buds Air 2 Neo

(available in Active Black and Calm Gray)

Active Noise Cancellation

10mm Bass Boost Driver

AAC high-quality audio technology

PhP 1,490 (from PhP 1,990)

These incredible offers will be available starting at 12 midnight on January 15 and shall last until January 17.To know more about the complete line-up of discounts and other deals, be sure to check out the realme Official Store on Lazada

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