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Facebook announces new dating feature

Say goodbye to Tinder?

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Social media giant Facebook wants in on the online dating fun.

Today at F8 2018, Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that a new dating feature will be rolling out on the platform. Zuckerberg explains that there are 200 million single people (or at least listed single) on Facebook — clearly, he continues, “there’s something to do here.”

Introducing Facebook Dating, or simply, Dating. Now, Zuckerberg clarifies: “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just for hookups.”

And though it does look very similar to Tinder profiles, it will work somewhat differently.

Facebook claims that this feature is more community-based. It will allow people to connect through events or groups, instead of the random swipe system based on vicinity found in other popular dating apps. Basically, you can browse the profiles of people interested in the same events and groups, then strike up a conversation from there.

Oh, and don’t worry. This Dating inbox will be separate from your normal Facebook Messenger inbox and it will also be text-only as a precaution (ladies, you know why 🙄). Interestingly enough, you won’t be finding people already on your friend’s list on the dating feature, and neither will they know any of your Dating activities, or that you even signed up for it.

Though this announcement may come as a surprise to a lot of people, this is actually a pretty logical move by Facebook — dating apps have long been on the rise, with most of them relying on information gathered from the social media platform. Facebook, in launching Dating, will effectively cut off the middleman app and do the matchmaking themselves. As early as now, Match Group, which owns Tinder and OkCupid, has had stocks drop to more than 17 percent as this news was announced.

It makes you think: Will you trust Facebook with even more data, especially dating data? With the whole Cambridge Analytica scandal fresh in users’ minds, people aren’t exactly raring to jump back on the Facebook train. Though the tech company is eager to assuage user fears — the F8 keynote was even dedicated to privacy —  it hasn’t been able to fully repair the damage that privacy breach has caused. In life, as in dating and even on social media, trust has to be built over time, and it won’t be rebuilt just as easily after it’s been broken.

There is no word on Dating’s actual release date yet, but Facebook will be announcing this soon.

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Arion’s color-changing dress is turning heads

My mind is blown and I want it

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Once upon a time, the internet was divided over a dress all because people couldn’t agree on what color it was. If you’re one of those people who argued for a certain side, I have something that will truly blow your mind.

If your brain can’t process what you just saw, let me spell it out for you: This dress changes color when a light, like your smartphone torch, is shone on it. From a sophisticated muted tone, the reflective material turns into a bright and awesome party dress. Let’s see that again:

People are definitely loving this fashion statement. The first tweet from the designer quoted above has garnered 12,000-plus retweets and almost 69,500 retweets in the first 12 hours of posting — multitudes of shiny-unicorn-loving women who want the awesome look, probably.

Admittedly, I’ve stared at the video far longer than I should have and am now completely convinced that I want this material in every single outfit I’m to don from here on end. Fortunately, the dress is now for sale on the Arion website but it isn’t exactly cheap. The two-piece set retails for US$ 155. As of posting, this is the only design the dress is available in but hey, I’m not complaining!

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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