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Google will fund 250,000 vaccine doses via an international alliance

Recipients include the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and more

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Internet giant Google has announced it’ll be funding 250,000 doses of the COVAX vaccine via GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. The funding shall come through Google.org, the company’s humanitarian foundation.

GAVI is a public-private partnership that aims to improve immunization drives in developing countries. It currently consists of developing economies, donor governments, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and World Bank. Furthermore, private foundations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are also a part of the alliance.

Google will also be leading an employee-giving campaign to secure more vaccine vials with the GAVI Matching Fund and Google.org matching the donation to triple the impact. The Philippines will be a prime beneficiary of the proposal, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, India, and Laos.

The Mountain View-based company will also offer its technology solution to the alliance to accelerate global distribution. The announcement comes at a crucial time because India is experiencing a miserable second wave of Coronavirus. Being a top vaccine maker, the surge in local cases has prompted India to intensify inoculation of its own citizens. Many experts are worried that this could disrupt vaccine supply to other countries, in turn, extending the pandemic and its associated risks.

“Since February, we’ve been providing vaccine-related insights to help GAVI better educate communities about the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ve used that information to create educational content that reaches more than half a million people each day. We’re now committing US$ 15 million in Ad Grants to help Gavi build on these efforts and amplify their fundraising campaign,” Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer at Google Health, in a blog post.

So far, the Philippines has provided more than 1.7 million doses, and 214,000 people are now vaccinated. While masks and social distancing are temporary measures, a vaccine is touted as the safest way to ensure a normal future devoid of lockdowns and stringent border controls.

Read Also: Google will spend $150 million to promote coronavirus vaccine education

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This stimulating ring is divine, I can’t imagine date nights without it

Who would’ve thought date nights can be sexier and spicier?

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Cock rings have come a long way: from plastic and metal bands to rubber silicones that vibrate. Now, there’s a cock ring that elevates one’s game. And It’s definitely not the same vibrating, stimulating ring we’ve known.

Meet the We-Vibe Bond, setting out to be a revolutionary cock ring that you can wear outside the bedroom.

But wait, how is it revolutionary?

Vibrating cock rings have been in the market for as long as I can remember. The very first one I’ve owned was a Satisfyer Royal One, which I bought using a coupon from Lauvette — a local adult shop — gifted to me by my confidante on my 25th birthday.

The SF Royal One is different for obvious reasons. First, it’s worn when you’re playing with yourself or when you’re having sex with someone like any other cock ring, vibrating or not. Second, you can’t wear it discreetly since it’s extremely tight when worn around an erect penis.

Meanwhile, the We-Vibe Bond is a wearable ring that you can wear underneath your pants. It wouldn’t hurt your gigglestick and no one would notice you’re wearing one.

Luckily, the restrictions started easing up when the We-Vibe Bond arrived. I started responding to suitors wanting to take me out on a date simply because I missed dressing up and having actual conversations. Also, I’m eager to test the newest cock ring out in the open.

Worn like a ring

Let’s discuss the specifics first. Right off the bat, you’ll know the We-Vibe Bond is a cock ring. Except it’s curved and looks more oval than round.

This is because the ring is meant to be worn around your penis without creating a bulge that would warrant attention. So as not to arouse any suspicions that you’re having discreet vibrations underneath. And also, the shape aims to stimulate both the penis, your testicles, and the perineum.

The silicone felt soft to the skin. It’s comfortable, but the material used attracts lint from your underwear or any fabric you use under your pants.

Wearing it would be easy as hell since the clasp uses a quick-release system. Per We-Vibe, the Bond uses a Custom Fit Link that will fit almost any penis size.

I tried it with my three fingers and of course, my own candystick, so it fits. But it seems impossible to clip it together with my testicle. I mean, I’ve tried but it hurts and was more uncomfortable than pleasurable. And I don’t even consider myself well-endowed.

The workaround I had was hanging it around the shaft, sitting above my scrotum, which would fit well should there be an erection. Although, wearing it just around your gospel pipe is somewhat loose. And you won’t feel the whole vibration it can offer.

Remote control

Before we talk about vibrations, let’s discuss how to set up the We-Vibe Bond. The brand has a dedicated app for all its products called We-Connect, downloadable via the Play Store or the App Store.

You can pair the wearable via Bluetooth but it can only be done through We-Connect. Once connected, you can check the toy’s settings which include its battery status, the intensity for the vibrations, and a timeout feature in case you want it to automatically stop.

The power button turns the device on and off and pressing it for more than three seconds pairs it to any smartphone via Bluetooth.

There are options to create your own vibrations, Vibes for short, through the wavy button found on the Interface. This lets you access ten vibrations to play with: Vibrate, Pulse, Wave, Cha cha cha, Tease, Tempo, Step, Heartbeat, Massage, and Ramp. My personal favorite is Wave and I make sure to modify the vibrations to their highest level to match the pulsation I want.

There’s an option to have your partner control it for you, but the app has been failing all the time in that feature. Other than that, there isn’t really anything you can do on We-Connect.

Luckily, the We-Vibe Bond comes with a physical remote so you don’t have to rely on the app. You can use it or hand it to your date so that he/she/they can control the pulsations.

Secret moments in a crowded room

I’ve worn the Bond a couple of times outside my bedroom. When I was doing my groceries, and when I went out on dates with my suitors.

It doesn’t work like other vibrating cock rings since the vibration strength is a little bit subtle. But that’s the whole point of it. This one is used so you can get in the mood. And probably do foreplay if you’re really feeling frisky.

Most of the time, I forget I’m even wearing the ring until it starts vibrating. The sudden jolt in your private parts, especially when you’re sitting, gives a different kind of pleasure. It makes you want to jump out of the chair and hop on your partner right away.

The subtle sensations aroused me. The silence, patience, and the anticipation — tension built up and I’ve been shaking from holding back. That’s the effect the Bond gave me and it has been a test of how I respond to my desires.

Its whisper-quiet vibrations are like a well-kept secret, but only to you and your partner (if you have one). I kept biting my lip the whole time I had it on, and I just wanted to forget the dinner and head out into the car.

I had an erection and it’s quite difficult to hide it when your shirt is tucked in. This is best worn when you have a large shirt on, in case you’re worried about your bulge.

But if you think you can have a hands-free release through this ring, that’s where you get it wrong. To an extent, the We-Vibe Bond can help you with edging. But you’d still have to trust your familiar pal — your very own hands — to give you a La Petite Mort.

The device can last up to two hours, but I can assure you, you’re not going to wait that long after all the passionate build-up. When the Bond runs out of juice, simply charge it through its magnetic charger. And after 90 minutes, you’re back in the game.

Should you get the We-Vibe Bond?

The We-Vibe Bond can be the perfect companion whether you’re single or in a relationship. It’s discreet so you can have a raunchy moment without anyone knowing, and you can improve your connection with your lover through teasing and subtle foreplay.

It’s also waterproof so you can have a little bit of fun on your own in the shower or the tub. Just remember that it doesn’t have strong vibrations like most toys, since the device is really for building up the tension to really enjoy the heat.

The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Out of the box, you’ll get the wearable ring, the remote control, a magnetic USB charging cable, a quick start guide, and a black pouch to store your toy after cleaning.

Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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Amazfit GTR 3 series smartwatches now official

Powering your health and fitness

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Amazfit GTR 3

Amazfit has unveiled three new smartwatches to suit its market of health and fitness enthusiasts: the GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3.

The brand’s latest series of wearables enables users to improve their health and upgrade their lifestyle in an innovative and stylish manner.

Packed with “smart health made easy” features, the smartwatches combine cutting-edge health and fitness features into a sleek and stylish design powered by the company’s Zepp OS.

Through its powerful interface, this OS empowers users to unleash their full potential as they work on their health and fitness for living a more positive life.

Health and Lifestyle Features

All three of Amazfit’s new smartwatches bring an array of helpful features showcased through the Zepp OS.

The new OS is tailored to optimize the performance of Amazfit smart wearable devices as it consumes less power.

Taking into consideration simplicity and practicality, the OS also enables easier interaction and helps users eliminate confusion or complicated processes compared to the previous operating system.

Compatible with Android, iOS

Amazfit’s new smartwatches also work across Android and iOS devices and connect to popular health apps, like Apple Health or Google Fit.

You can sync your health data as well, like achievements and tracking stats on Strava, Relive, Runkeeper, and TrainingPeaks.

Other highlights include:

Customization

The watches include 150+ skins with matching always-on displays for every mood or occasion, as well as dynamic effects and smooth animations.

In the future, Zepp Health plans wearers to be able to design their own watch faces and mini apps with the app developer kit.

Easy biometrics

The GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3 can easily test heart rate, blood-oxygen, stress level and breathing rate with the built-in 6PD (photodiodes) BioTrackerTM PPG 3.0 in as little as 45 seconds.

24/7 health tracking

The watches also monitor heart rate all day–even while swimming. Alerts can also be set on for abnormally high or low heart rates, as well as tracking heart rate zones every time you work out.

Easy to understand

Health data collected by the devices are converted into a single PAI score, which is an aggregation of data from your past seven days of activity.

Sleep monitoring

Light, deep and REM sleep stages, plus your waking times during the night, daytime naps over 20 minutes, and even sleep breathing quality can also be tallied.

Menstrual tracking

For female users, the watch allows for planning ahead. After recording your menstrual period, you are smartly aided when it comes to predicting the time and length of the next cycle.

Quick-access

Shortcut Cards allows wearers to save time by customizing what matters to them, so they can get easy access to key information with a swipe or a tap.

Voice control

With Alexa, you can set an alarm, ask a question or more when online. The Offline Voice Assistant may also be utilized even without internet to open a sports mode or health feature, or even access Home Connect to control smart home devices.

Swift and accurate GPS

For runners and bikers, routines start faster with accurate location tracking based on five satellite systems.

Personalization

Prioritize your preferred features, upload a photo to customize your watch face background, or choose from 15 dynamic animated designs to match your outfit whether at work, rest or play.

Motivation tools

Pair your runs with Virtual Pacer to track then optimize your progress and recovery with the PeakBeats performance algorithm.

Life admin tools

Manage your entire day with message notifications, reminders, calendar events and to-do lists, weather forecasts, Bluetooth remote camera control, and more.

The Zepp OS also comes loaded with a host of comprehensive health and fitness insights, and the Zepp App on the smartphone serves as a hub to access additional advice to help users achieve their goals.

The GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3 aim to bring out the inner go-getter and peak performer in people, helping them navigate effortlessly in and out of their digital lives with balance.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro: Built to Empower

The GTR 3 Pro smartwatch is Amazfit’s major choice in its new line of wearables which encourages leading a healthy lifestyle and fueling one’s inner drive.

It boasts a vibrant 1.45-inch, 331 ppi AMOLED ultra HD display for dazzling visuals and an easy-to-use interface—all in a comfortable and lightweight size.

Its large circular screen showcases a high refresh rate for seamless and smooth interaction and an impressive 70.6% screen-to-body ratio for no wasted space.

The GTR 3 Pro has over 150 built-in sports modes to help suit your smartwatch to your activity. It helps users to be on top of their health, 24/7.

A smart recognition feature can also kick in even if you accidentally forget to activate your sport mode, so you would never have to miss out on tracking.

Its 450 mAh cell provides the GTR 3 Pro with up to 12 days of non-stop battery life on a single charge.

Additionally, the GTR 3 Pro’s 2.3GB of onboard memory is a hit to music lovers as it is capable of storing up to 470 songs.

This means independent music playback directly from your watch without holding your phone is made possible for convenience.

The watch can also take and make phone calls when connected to your smartphone over Bluetooth, so you can have a hands-free conversation.

GTR 3: Built to Last

Meanwhile, the GTR 3 puts premium on durability and style, as it is made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.

The watch has a rotatable crown, which along with its bezel-less design seamlessly integrates the curved glass screen for a more immersive experience.

The stylish design is complemented by comfortable antibacterial silicone straps which wearers can match to different outfits—for both sports and business.

The GTR 3 sports a1.39-inch AMOLED HD and is powered by a 450 mAh battery for an even more extensive life of up to 21 days on a single charge, or even longer on the Battery Saver Mode.

GTS 3: Built to Move

The third of their latest smartwatch releases, the GTS 3 is one of the slimmest and lightest smartwatches around.

It has a modern square 1.75-inch, ultra HD AMOLED screen with 341 ppi or a generous 72.4% screen-to-body ratio.

Primarily designed for those who want a slimmer and more stylish smartwatch display, the shape basically mirrors a smartphone with most GTR 3 features included.

Designed for anyone who wants a stylish, slim smartwatch display, its shape mirrors your smartphone in style, but its features match those of the GTR 3 almost across the board.

Pricing and availability

The Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 Series will launch globally on October 11th, 2021 (GMT+1).

Europe — pricing will start from EUR 149.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from EUR 199.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The UK — pricing will start from GBP 149.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from GBP 179.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

Australia, — pricing will start from AU$ 359 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from AU$ 439 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

All three products will be available via Amazfit stores, from October 11th, 2021.

In the US, pricing will start from US$ 179.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3, and from US $229.99 for the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The GTR 3 Pro and GTR 3 will be available at the US Amazfit store from October 11th, 2021. The GTS 3 will be available soon.

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RELX Infinity and RELX Essential: Choose your partner

One for the experienced, another for those recently switched

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RELX Infinity

Simplicity. That’s what comes to mind when we think of RELX. This e-cigarette brand has been making a buzz since its introduction back in 2018. It all started with the RELX Classic, and now they’re introducing the RELX Infinity and RELX Essential.

Why RELX?

RELX Infinity

RELX has been one of the better-known brands of the “Closed Pod System” category. Other than reducing the e-cigarette’s bulk, it also delivers a better vaping experience with less power. The delivery is done via a mouthpiece (pod) that is magnetically connected to the body of the device. They’re relatively new products — the RELX Infinity and RELX Essential — offer these same conveniences.

RELX Infinity

The RELX Infinity won the Red Dot Award for best product design, besting more than 6,500 submitted entries for this award. The RELX Infinity is the company’s flagship device, this device boasts of great features.

RELX Infinity is equipped with the “Smart Pace” alert vibration. This means if you puff 15 times in under or exactly 15 minutes, the device will vibrate. This will allow users to monitor their vaping.

The Infinity has an aluminum unibody, making the design look symmetrical. The light indicator on the infinity is a dotted circle that glows every time you place a pod inside or when you puff. This light indicator will also indicate how much battery you have left on your device.

Another feature is the dual charging options: one for USB Type-C and another for the built-in pogo pins. How will you charge with the pogo pins? The charging case can be bought separately. This gives your device another convenient way to charge on the go. Speaking of charging, the battery capacity of the Infinity is 380mAh.

RELX Essential

RELX Essential

The newer device in this lineup is the RELX Essential. It’s also the more affordable device between the two. The Essential is a little bit different from the Infinity starting with the design. It has a textured body that makes it easier to grip. Its light indicator is a single vertical line that serves the same purpose: to alert the user that a pod has been placed and as a battery indicator.

The RELX Essential has a 350mAh battery, which is smaller than the RELX Infinity but not by much. The device can also be charged via the USB Type-C port.

Pods

The pods provided for both devices are the same. You can choose from a multitude of flavors such as Fresh Red, Garden’s Heart, and Dark Sparkle  to name a few. With their new maze technology infused in their pods, leak resistance is in full force.

Price and Availability

The RELX Infinity is their flagship device and it costs PhP 1,250  with a variation of colors to choose from. The RELX Essential as their budget device costs PhP 800 with also a variation of colors.

Speaking of colors, RELX has released a new color for their Infinity and Essential devices. These are the Deep Blue for the RELX Infinity and the Blue Glow for the RELX Essential.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and RELX Philippines.

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