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Fossil Q Gen 4: Price and availability in the Philippines

Doesn’t sacrifice fashion for function

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If you’re looking for a smartwatch to reward yourself this holiday season, look no further. The fourth generation of the Fossil Q line has finally made its way to the Philippines. The Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR were first unveiled in August and showcased at IFA last September in Berlin, Germany.

As a fashion brand first and foremost, Fossil’s new smartwatches are proof that you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function. Both models run Wear OS and are still powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip.

The Fossil Q Venture HR has a 40mm watch face and is compatible with 18mm straps, while the Fossil Q Explorist HR has a bigger 45mm face and wider 22mm strap size.

Both models are now swim-proof and have NFC for transit and mobile payments. Charging time is also optimized; one hour gets you to 100 percent which should last a full day. There’s also real-time heart-rate tracking that can easily be accessed through one of the dials on the side of the watch.

These smartwatches make great standalone workout companions, as music can now be downloaded directly through third-party apps, and have GPS built in so you can track your steps, runs, hikes, or bike rides without bringing your phone along.

The Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR start at PhP 13,950 (US$ 263) and are available at Fossil Stores across the country.

SEE ALSO: Fossil Q Hybrid: His and Hers

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These new Ikea curtains fight indoor pollution by filtering air

Talk about being functional!

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Ikea has just announced groundbreaking technology that will not only add to your home decorating or homemaking ventures, as the brand has been apt to do; it will also help keep your living space cleaner by purifying indoor air.

This is Ikea’s Gunrid curtain and it works just like a plant: It breaks down harmful pollutants when it gets in contact with light. The fabric itself has undergone “mineral-based surface treatment” which enables it to destroy common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and odor. And since the tech is in the fabric, future products aren’t, in theory, limited to just curtains.

Unknown to most, indoor air pollution is a big deal with some living spaces found to have conditions five times worse than other parts of the world and a higher death toll than outdoor pollution. Mauricio Affonso, Product Developer at Ikea Range & Supply says, “We are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful.”

Ikea hopes to put these Gunrid curtains on shelves by 2020.

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Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds

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Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch but without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, plus GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in.

The watch also has wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the PowerShare-capable Galaxy S10. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. It’ll come in four pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. It’ll be available on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a 0.95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Galaxy Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts six hours of battery life for streaming and five hours on calls, with an additional seven hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging.

These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$ 129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

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Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hands-on with all three versions!

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).

Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!

In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

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