Fast Forward: Galaxy Note 9 is coming, plus more smartphones at IFA 2018

A lot is happening in August!



Curious about what to expect in the tech and pop culture world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening in August!

Motorola will launch new smartphones

Motorola is going to kick off the month. On August 2 in Chicago, the company will have “a big announcement at Motorola’s HQ,” although we’re a bit skeptical if it’ll be really big. So far, leaks and rumors point to the launch of new phones under the Android One program dubbed Motorola One.

Frankly, we wish to finally see the Moto Z3, but Motorola might just show the Moto Z3 Power, or maybe the new MotoMod with 5G connectivity. We’ll know when they get announced.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 9 with a new S Pen

It’s time for a new Galaxy Note! Last year’s Galaxy Note 8 announcement was quite a deal since the Galaxy Note 7 was a wreck. The Galaxy Note series is a showcase of the best in mobile tech, but is there something new to expect from Samsung?

The Galaxy Note 8 had an edge-to-edge display, dual cameras, and the latest processor available during its launch. The Galaxy Note 9, well, will also have those three. But, the newest feature of the Galaxy Note 9 will be the new S Pen.

According to rumors, it’ll have Bluetooth connectivity. That might not be a game changer, but it’ll boost the functions of the already-useful stylus. On top of that, the tech giant is also expected to announce a new wearable called the Galaxy Watch.

We’ll be present during the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 in New York on August 9.

PlayStation Experience 2018 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand

This year’s PlayStation Experience (PSX) in Southeast Asia is going to be held in The Land of Smiles. Happening on August 18 and 19, PSX 2018 SEA will be modeled after the PSX in the US. It’ll feature hands-on demos of the latest PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles.

Representatives from different studios and gaming personalities are also expected to be present to share news and information of their newest games.

If you wish to attend, be sure to fly to Bangkok, Thailand. It’ll be held specifically at GMM Live House, Central World from 10am to 9pm.

Gamescom is happening in Cologne, Germany

Yet another gamer’s convention is happening in August. If you want to attend the world’s second-largest gaming event, then book now and fly to Cologne, Germany. This year’s Gamescom will be its biggest yet with exhibitors like CD Projekt, Bethesda Softworks, Epic Games, Google, and Microsoft among others.

What can we expect? Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 will be available for a public demo for the first time before its 2019 release and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 might also be showcased.

Gamescom 2018 is happening from August 21 until August 25.

Brace yourselves for IFA 2018

After CES, MWC, and Computex, it’s now time to focus our attention on IFA. As one of the biggest tech shows in the world, IFA Berlin is where the biggest companies show off their wares and latest products. IFA 2018 is officially happening from August 31 to September 5 and it’s open to the public.

There might be announcements from companies before the actual show dates, though. So far, Samsung is on the rumor list with a Bixby-powered smart speaker, and Sony could be cooking up a new Xperia phone that’ll showcase their latest image sensor. Huawei might also be present to show their new Kirin processor for the Mate 20.

We’ll be confirming the rumors in the coming days as information continues to go around. Stay tuned!

Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.


Why the IdeaPad is an ideal partner

For getting started and more



Lenovo IdeaPad

Every good thing we have today began with an idea. But it didn’t end as just being that.

When you’re in the late stages of college or university education or perhaps about to enter the workforce, this is the time when you’re full of youthful energy and a desire to make a dent in the world.

It’s also around this time that you’re bursting at the seams with ideas on what you want to do, and what you want to contribute to society. You might also be looking for a tool that can help you bring these ideas to life.

It’s a critical time in your life and you may not have the resources for multiple tools. So if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket — or in this case one gadget — let it be something that’s powerful, versatile, and can match all your needs.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps you should get a Lenovo IdeaPad! We think you should choose the new IdeaPad Slim 5/5i or IdeaPad Flex 5/5i. Read on to know why.

The processing power you need 

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are equipped with fresh Intel or AMD Ryzen processors to go along with configurations of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD internal storage. That means all the computing power and speed you would need to last you for a few years.

Whether you’re dealing with tons of documents, endless pages of spreadsheets, and slide after slide of presentations, an IdeaPad will have you more than covered.

A workhorse like you deserves a partner that can more than keep up. These IdeaPads come with batteries that can stay with you for over 10 hours. Whether you’re making things happen at home or lugging it around for necessary remote work, it’s a device that has enough juice for a day.

Tools that keep you going

If you’re working with videos and images, the IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i will surely help in bringing your ideas to life. The only limit is your imagination.

It’s peppered with ports to unlock the multimedia mage in you. IdeaPads typically have a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack. You’re also equipped with competent connectivity (WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2). That’s everything you need to work your magic.

If you’re really deep into the arts, the IdeaPad Flex 5/5i comes with a stylus to give your creativity even more flexibility. Flip it however you like and whatever form you’re comfortable with. This is a gadget line that won’t leave you wanting.

A worthy partner

Life is already difficult enough as it is. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a partner that will help you achieve your goals. A partner that can stay with you through the grind and enable you to do things you probably didn’t think you’re capable of.

You need a partner that you can just let loose on without fear that it will give up on you at a crucial moment. This is what Lenovo IdeaPads are built for. They’re designed to provide you better opportunities, greater connectivity, and the ability to transcend limitations with its smarter technology and solutions that unlock your potential when turning ideas into reality.

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and come bundled with Lenovo’s 3-Year Premium Care warranty upon purchase. This top-notch service provides customers with direct access to Lenovo engineers. They can guide you on basic troubleshooting and do an annual PC Health Check, as well as on-site repairs if absolutely necessary.

Don’t let yourself be held back by machines that fall short of the greatness you wish to achieve. With a Lenovo IdeaPad, you’re equipped with the necessary tools to make it big. Once you have one, all you really need is an idea to build on.

Contact any Lenovo authorized reseller to get your hands on an IdeaPad: http://lenovoph.com/authorizedresellers

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options



NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide



There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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