Announced earlier in August, Fitbit brings the Versa 2 in the Philippines.
Designed with a modern approach, the Fitbit Versa 2 has sophisticated curves, a lustrous glass display, and an AMOLED screen. Additionally, it boasts of new features such as Sleep Score and Smart Wake aimed to improve your sleeping habits.
Moreover, it’s now voice-enabled thanks to an on-device microphone allowing you reply to text notifications through voice. You can also make payments and use apps like Spotify. Furthermore, it’s now Alexa-enabled and includes thousands of apps and clock faces, an optional always-on mode, and a five-day battery life. It’s equipped with a swim-proof design and a 24/7 heart rate tracking, too.
The Versa 2 is available in three colors: Black with a carbon case, petal with a copper rose aluminum case, and stone with a mist grey case. It retails for PhP 12,890 (US$ 249). Also, there’s a Special Edition Versa 2 retailing for PhP 14,590 (US$ 282) available in two colors: A combination of navy and pink with a copper rose aluminum case, and smoke with a mist grey case.
If you need different straps to match your outfits, say no more. The Fitbit Versa 2 offers accessories ranging from PhP 1,790 (US$ 35) to PhP 2,890 (US$ 56). Current designs include a premium Horween leather bands in Charcoal and Moss; Sport bands in Black, Coral, Frost White, and Glacier; and Woven reflective bands in Pink and a combination of Charcoal and Orange.
Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year
In a cheaper subscription tier
Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.
During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.
Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.
If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.
Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.
What I’ve been waiting for: An integrated Starbucks digital experience
Earning Stars through Grab and Lazada? Sign me up!
Hold up! Starbucks is expanding its Rewards program, as part of the company’s digital innovation initiatives for this year and beyond.
Earlier this year, Starbucks Philippines announced its expansion to digital services to enhance the coffee experience. The company launched its rehashed in-app feature called Mobile Pay & Order 2.0, and a partnership with Grab, Lazada, and GCash.
Now, the coffee company wants to push for a more connected future.
An integrated partnership with Grab
Earlier this year, Starbucks announced an integrated partnership with Southeast Asian superapp Grab. The partnership aims to provide a more seamless experience across Grab’s six Southeast Asian markets.
First in the market is the Philippines, where Starbucks is bringing the experience starting on June 23, 2022. Through the Grab superapp, customers can connect to their Starbucks Rewards program and earn 1 Star for every PhP 40 spent on Starbucks orders.
If you’re a member of the Starbucks Rewards program, you’d know that every 100 Stars collected can be converted to a free Starbucks beverage or food reward, redeemable in stores.
With the partnership, customers will be able to enjoy the Starbucks experience through Grab’s services:
- Pay your orders via GrabPay e-wallets both online and in-store
- Order online for in-store pick-up via GrabFood
- Instant delivery via GrabExpress using GrabFood’s self-pick-up feature
Together with Lazada
It’s not just Grab, though. Back in February, Starbucks announced the expansion of its Rewards program through Lazada. Rewards members can link their accounts to Lazada and start earning Stars — the same way as Grab — for every purchase from the Starbucks LazMall Flagship Store.
To link a Starbucks Rewards account, members can click the ‘Member’ tab found in the Starbucks LazMall Flagship Store. Sign-in using a registered Starbucks Rewards email and password, and voila!
Gifts for your loved ones
Previously, Starbucks teamed up with GCash to allow customers to order and send eGifts through GLife, starting at PhP 300. As the company expands its digital services, eGifting is also now available through GrabGift, starting at PhP 100.
eGifts from GLife can be used to pay in Starbucks stores. Meanwhile, eGifts from GrabGifts can be used to purchase orders from Starbucks on GrabFood.
FoodShare is here to stay
Starbucks FoodShare, a program established in the United States a few years ago, made its way to the Philippines early this year. The program capitalized on Starbucks and Grab’s partnerships, where participating stores can connect with Grab drivers to pick up and deliver food donations daily.
Donations are donated to the Philippine Food Bank Foundation, a local non-profit organization, to be distributed to select beneficiaries within Metro Manila.
The program started with 40 stores in Metro Manila and has expanded to 238 stores as of writing. To date, Starbucks FoodShare has served over 50,000 meals. The company is looking to make the program a long-term commitment, with the goal of expanding the program to stores outside Metro Manila and hopefully, serving more communities.
The best gifts for any father figure in your life
Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you
Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.
But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.
For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.
For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.
Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.
Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.
Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!
Blue-light blocking glasses
Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.
Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.
Set of underwear
Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.
We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.
Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!
Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.
The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.
For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.
Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.
It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.
Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!
Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.
Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.
Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.
Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.
For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.
The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.
Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.
It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.
In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic
Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.
Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.
Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.
For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.
Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.
Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide
Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.
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