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Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei

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I may not be the most techie person on the team, but like others on the GadgetMatch team, I appreciate gadgets and accessories that make my life easier.

The funny thing about technology is that sometimes, you don’t even realize you need them until you get to try them — or in my case, until I stumbled upon all of them beautiful things at Computex, Asia’s annual PC and tech expo. Three days of walking around exhibitions that display the newest (and shiniest) technology available awakened new technological needs in me.

In no particular order, they are:

This pink bonnet that will keep my head warm and play music at the same time

Because god forbid I’d have to listen to music from actual wired earphones! The bonnet connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then all’s good in the listening department. They also come in many different colors and styles.

Hello Kitty storage that can be plugged into your iPhone

PhotoFast microSD card reader and USB

Let’s stop pretending that 128GB is enough for the hundreds of snaps and selfies we take everyday. This tiny device allows you to store or transfer data from or to your iPhone without any fuss. Plus, they’re Hello Kitty, so who can say no to that? (If you say “me,” I will judge you forever.)

Phone accessories with the cutest characters

I may not know who (or what) these characters are exactly, but they are definitely cute.

Gugu & Momo accessories

The bright, cheery theme of this line of accessories had me wanting every single case and cord they sold.

A sleek iPhone case that’s actually also a powerbank

Instead of carrying around your bulky powerbank, imagine just having this case.

Prologium iPhone case

Admittedly, this is not one of the “cuter” items on the list, but in terms of functionality, it certainly trumps others. (A girl has got to be practical sometimes!)

This case packs an extra charge cycle for your iPhone. The demo showed me that the case is powered by paper-thin battery packs that are water- and tear-proof, although honestly, all I cared about at this point was I wanted the case for myself.

These unknowing storage critters!

These characters are actually storage devices equipped with a Lightning pin and USB jack.

Dog Drive from 3DWIND Technology

I’d buy these things just for being the cute critters they are. The fact they can store data is just an added plus.

Whatever this awesome Donkey Kong setup is

I was told that this is a PC case mod. The awesomeness of it all is that it’s a working computer.

Now, I’m not necessarily a PC user, but things can change and it’s Donkey Kong. I mean, look at it!

I came to Taipei on a work assignment, I come home wanting/needing more gadgets and accessories. Now, excuse me as I scope out more of these amazing finds.

SEE MORE: Computex 2017

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realme narzo 30A now official alongside Buds Air 2 TWS with ANC

The price of Buds Air 2 is unbelievable

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realme held a massive launch today in India and has announced a host of new products. While the narzo 30 Pro 5G is designed to be a premium offering, the brand has also launched an affordable phone called the narzo 30A. realme is also serious about accessories and has unveiled the Buds Air 2.

Starting with the narzo 30A, it has a diagonal stripe pattern design that’s rather unconventional. The phone will be available in Lazer Black and Lazer Blue color options and a physical fingerprint scanner is located on the rear for authentication.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD with HD+ support and a waterdrop-style notch. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor with up to 4GB RAM. You can add a microSD card for storage expansion.

The rear gets a dual-camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel monochrome portrait sensor. The front has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a massive 6000mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

The realme narzo is priced at INR 8,999 (US$ 125) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB while the 4GB RAM + 64GB option costs INR 9,999 (US$ 140).

realme Buds Air 2

Realme Buds Air 2 features active noise cancellation (ANC), similar to Realme Buds Air Pro. This is a feature that’s missing from the first generation Buds Air. It also comes with an in-canal fit that enables passive noise isolation that is critical for the proper functioning of active noise cancellation.

In addition to ANC support, the Realme Buds Air 2 even has a transparency mode, which allows you to hear background sound while listening to music. On the audio side, it has a 10mm driver, 88ms super-low latency support, and smart touch controls.

The Buds Air 2 is priced at INR 3,299 (US$ 45) and shall be available from March 2 via Flipkart and realme.com.

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Apple is developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank

Prototype stages already

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When Apple’s new MagSafe system launched late last year, the magnetic charging system promised a new wave of Apple accessories. At the time, however, the system focused on wireless charging. Eventually, MagSafe promises to expand into its own empire of different functionalities and form factors. Now, apart from its initial slew of sleeves, Apple is reportedly developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank for the system.

According to a Bloomberg source, the company is already well on its way to developing the MagSafe accessory. Unfortunately, Apple has reportedly ran into some snags on the way to perfecting it. Apparently, the currently reported prototype caused false overheating alerts, among other problems. Despite rumors of its development, Apple will likely shelf the accessory until it can develop a better one.

For anyone following Apple’s developmental process over the years, such a delay is not a surprise. Apple usually takes its time optimizing products before launching them — to the point of falling behind to Android. Given Apple’s tremendous investment in a new MagSafe ecosystem, the company is likely working extra hard on perfected products to boost the system further.

For accessory aficionados, a wireless powerbank isn’t an entirely new concept. Numerous accessory makers have already released several powerbanks using the Qi wireless charging system. In Apple’s defense, a MagSafe powerbank will take advantage of the system’s magnetic attachment system, preventing the powerbank from slipping and sliding everywhere.

SEE ALSO: Your MagSafe Questions Answered

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OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp now available in the Philippines

Comes with Huawei HiLink support

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OPPLE is bringing its latest smart desk lamp to the Philippines. The OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp supports HiLink, allowing for better integration with other devices as well as with Huawei’s own ecosystem.

Priced at PhP 1,999, the smart desk lamp features a sleek and minimalist design that fits anywhere. It dynamically mimics the sunlight for a much natural experience. Users can also tweak the lighting to suit their situation. The lighting can range from warm to cool depending on tasks such as reading, writing, or doing tasks on the computer. Users can also configure the lighting to be brighter or dimmer at their own whim.

The smart desk lamp supports Huawei HiLink, which brings together other smart home appliances and allows unified control through the app. As such, users don’t have to download any unnecessary app just to make the OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp works. They can just download the AI Life app on Google Play Store or Apple App Store, pair the lamp, and control the lighting on the go.

Every purchase of the smart desk lamp also comes with a free Huawei Band 4 worth PhP 1,899 until supplies last. It is available to purchase on Huawei’s online store, Lazada, or Shopee store page.

Starting today, February 19 until February 21, 2021. This comes with a very generous freebie offer Huawei Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1499.

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