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Google officially shuts down the Nexus program

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All the signs were there, and now we have confirmation: With the release of the Pixel phones, Google has officially discontinued the Nexus line. It was a memorable six-year run.

The internet giant didn’t announce this bit of news during its “Made by Google” event for obvious reasons, but journalists in attendance were still able to squeeze out the company’s confirmation. By ditching its once-flagship series, owners of the year-old Nexus 6P and 5X are left in the dark.

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A lot of questions are raised: Will Nexus devices still receive timely Android updates down the line? Will they get updates at the same time as Pixel phones? Will Google’s new Assistant software come to the Nexus 6P, at least? None of these have answers yet.

On the other hand, the decision makes sense. The Nexus lineup has always been Google’s way of teaching third-party manufacturers how to implement Android the right way. Now that the Pixel and Pixel XL pretty much do the same thing, there’s no more room for a secondary brand.

Some will argue that the Nexus phones could have been relegated to the midrange category, but looking at Google’s current hardware strategy, it’s obvious how Apple-like the Mountain View company wants to be. It’s either go Pixel or go home.

Google Pixel Really Blue

It’s still quite sad, really. The Nexus program had several groundbreaking devices for their time. It all began in 2010 with the HTC-produced Nexus One, followed by iterations from Samsung (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 10), LG (Nexus 4, 5, and 5X), ASUS (Nexus 7 and Nexus Player), Motorola (Nexus 6), Huawei (the most recent Nexus 6P), and another HTC in the form of the Nexus 9 tablet.

That’s a solid group of brands to work with, but Google is now looking the other way in order to hoard all the glory for itself. HTC is once again the maker of the company’s latest pair of smartphones, and yet, there’s no logo in sight other than Google’s prominent G.

By having full control of the designing and manufacturing process, the search specialist can be taken seriously as a force in the hardware realm, as well. The timing seems perfect, with Apple’s super-special anniversary iPhone coming out next year.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing

Unpacked it for you

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra marks the first “Ultra” device made by Samsung. Despite its hefty price tag and similar box content as other S20 models, it’s heavier with specs and features.

Here’s our Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing.

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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