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Fast Forward: Apple is launching new iPhones, Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Mix 3

Apple and Xiaomi will share the spotlight this September

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

Three new Apple iPhones

Don’t buy a new iPhone just yet! Apple is expected to announce its latest batch of iPhones this September. The new iPhones are likely to be unveiled sometime in the second week and there will be three models to choose from.

Upcoming iPhone colors | Image credit: 9to5mac

We’re expecting an upgraded iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a new high-end iPhone with a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display, and a cheaper model with a 6.1-inch LCD. Two of the new iPhones might even come with dual-SIM card slots in select regions.

Not only that, the cheaper model will have multiple colorful variants in gray, white, blue, red, and orange. No specific names for each yet, but rumors point to an aluminum frame as well. It could be an iPhone 5c reborn but in aluminum.

UPDATE: Apple will officially announce new iPhones on September 12

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is coming

Right after Apple’s launch, it’ll be Xiaomi’s turn to impress. After giving its flagship Mi Mix series minimal upgrades five months ago, it’s now time for a real change. According to early leaks, the Mi Mix 3 will join the ranks of the Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X in the screen-to-body ratio battle.

Alleged Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 teaser | Image credit: Android Pure

When is the Mi Mix 3 coming? Well, inside info and leaks from China are saying there is a September 15 launch. If the rumors are to be believed, Xiaomi’s new full-screen flagship will sport a retractable front camera to remove the display chin.

We’ll just have to wait and see to confirm, but knowing that Apple and Xiaomi are having back-to-back events got us excited.

UPDATE: Xiaomi made a full tease of the Mi Mix 3 and its October launch

Pocophone F1 will go on sale in Southeast Asia

After having its launch in Southeast Asia, the Pocophone F1 will soon be available for consumers to buy. India got first dibs on the Xiaomi-made budget-friendly flagship phone, and it’ll soon be in the hands of consumers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

In true Xiaomi fashion, the Pocophone F1 will be pretty limited and available first through online channels like Lazada. Store availability will come after, but we’re not sure how many units will be available for purchase.

Spider-Man for PS4 will be released

Enough with phones; let’s have some love for gaming consoles. The upcoming Spider-Man game, which is coming exclusively to the PS4, is on its way in September.

Limited Edition Spider-Man Sony PS4 Pro

To make it even more special, a Limited Edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro bundle will be available on the same day as the game’s release. The bundle will include the game, a customized PlayStation 4 Pro in red with a large Spider-Man logo, and a red DualShock 4 controller.

Mark your calendars for September 7 to get the game and limited edition PS4 Pro bundle on time.


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.

Computers

Reports suggest many new PCs are infected with viruses

A good bargain doesn’t necessarily mean a good product

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It always feels good to save up for and earn a new computer or console for yourself. Until, you discover that the console or PC you bought is loaded with all sorts of problems — particularly, viruses.

Now, imagine that but instead of just one PC, an entire company finds it in 83 percent of its new computers in several Asian countries. Microsoft’s Asia PC Test Purchase Sweep, the company’s initiative towards educating consumers and enterprises, provides information against piracy and its risks. They found that these new PCs were sold in retailers that offered computers at a much lower price than intended to.

The report suggests that these retailers turn off Windows security features for them to install pirated software on these PCs. It also found that they contained software infected with viruses and trojans. Microsoft generally explains the risks that come from turning off these features, such as leaving your PC vulnerable to cyber threats and malware.

“Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their techniques to evade security measures, and embedding their malware is one of their tactics,” said Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft Asia.

These findings are concerning for people who purchase new PCs through special deals, especially those that come with free software. Schrade suggests that consumers who want to purchase PCs should look for retailers that provide genuine software when bundled with the PC.

To avoid any more complications, it is also recommended to keep their software updated and follow safe internet practices. Such practices include avoiding potentially dangerous websites, legally downloading software or purchasing licenses to use them, and use recognized cloud-based file sharing systems.

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Hands-On

Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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