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How Sony’s newest TV made me remember what matters most

And how to stay connected again

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We live in an age wherein people watch movies on the go. Smartphones, laptops, tablets — these are great avenues for entertainment while in transit. We’re always rushing, always heading somewhere while fixated to our devices. When we hang out with people, we’re stuck to our gadgets taking photos for the ‘gram, showing off to social media that we’re having fun. Yes, I’m guilty of that.

These were my thoughts heading into Sony’s BRAVIA launch for Southeast Asia. I was thinking how a TV could change the way we hang out with people. Will we always choose to go outside and tell our stories over Instagram, or will we consider spending more time at home watching TV with the people we love?


It was in Singapore where Sony unveiled the latest lineup of its BRAVIA collection. Among all the new models, my eyes were glued to the event’s headliner, the A9G 4K HDR OLED TV. It looks slim and sexy (like yours truly), and it exudes a premium vibe.

I could imagine it hanging on my wall, beautifully blending in just like a picture frame. Being the creative person I am, I visualized how to redecorate my living room to accommodate this humongous, gorgeous TV without sacrificing aesthetics.

I walked past the people interested in the other TVs, and went to a room featuring the A9G OLED’s X-Wide Angle. It’s a super-wide viewing angle feature that allows you to see the content with clarity, eliminating the need to always be in front of the TV to see what’s playing.

I told myself, this TV is perfect for when my friends and family come over. We could watch sports and eat popcorn without clumping together… and then it hit me.

The A9G OLED made me remember the people who matter most. I realized that I haven’t sat down with my friends and family, watched something for hours, and had fun in a long time. Now that we have different schedules and priorities, even catching up at a coffee shop or watching at a movie theater seems so difficult.

It got me thinking: Maybe we don’t need to drive and get stuck in traffic jams and face long queues to watch the latest movie everyone is talking about. We can wait for it to be available online and stream it on a high-quality television.

Because BRAVIA offers a Netflix Calibrated Mode, I think it would be more fun to watch in the comforts of our own home. The TV is even IMAX-enhanced so we enjoy a masterpiece the way it’s meant to look on a living room TV.

Soon after marveling at the TV, I walked inside a closed room where a few people gathered. The room featured Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology and TV Center speaker mode. It’s amazing how the sound is so immersive; I honestly thought I was inside the movie. To better explain, here’s what I saw and heard:

The experience inside the booth made me miss my friends and family. I’ve never had the quality time I’ve always wanted because technology started consuming us and the way we hang out. It’s time to use technology to bring us back together so we can be connected again. Maybe, I’ll get my own TV, particularly this A9G OLED I’m eyeing once it’s available in stores.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: A Stylish Speedster

It’s your everyday sports car

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One of the biggest factors when buying a new car, apart from function, is how it looks. The impact of that first glance. Something that would make you look twice. Some of us have that desire to break the norm and it seems like Hyundai took note of this demand — and made it fast.

The grille is flanked with LED headlamps partnered with Daytime Running Lights.

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is the second of its generation and now has a more assertive exterior than its predecessor. The most noticeable part? Its redesigned front grille. It now comes in this meshed pattern with sharper edges and, if you ask me, this alone gives the car a more aggressive presence.


Then we go to the rest of the exterior and we see those subtle lines that add to the sporty vibe of this vehicle. From the hood to the wheel arches — these accents make the Veloster look like it’s always moving.

At the back we also have this eye-catching pair of LED tail lamps plus a rear spoiler with the third brake light. Rounding up the whole sporty look is a rear bumper diffuser to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Other notable details include side mirrors with signal repeaters and sexy 18-inch alloy wheels. If you’re already familiar with the first Veloster, then you’d know that it’s unconventional in a way that it only has one door for the driver’s side while the other has the usual two. Some call it weird. I’d like to call it style.

In terms of features, the 2019 Veloster has the bells-and-whistles for the tech-savvy. There’s keyless entry, a mechanical seat for the driver, telescopic steering wheel, voice commands, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Those are just some of the things the vehicle assists you with before you start your day. And of course, there’s more for the drive ahead!

Your main hub for music, navigation, calls, and more is an 8-inch floating display. For controls, the steering wheel has buttons for Bluetooth as well as audio and cruise control.

Important driver information and settings can be accessed through the digital dash.

In this day of smartphones, charging on-the-go is of utmost importance and with the Veloster, you get more than one option. There are two USB ports up front plus a special wireless charger just below it. Of course, your phone has to support this feature for it to work, but if it does, it feels good knowing you don’t have to fumble over plugging the cable to your phone — while you’re in the car, at least.

And for when you want more light during the day or when it’s simply colder at night, you can open the moonroof and let the breeze roll in. Added comfort creatures like this make the Veloster a package for those who like having fun on the road.

One of the things I love about its interior is how the black and red color of the exterior continues here. Its bucket seats wrapped in leather offer a premium feel for the driver and passengers alike.

The company is obviously keen to details as one can see in the cabin of the vehicle. From the buttons and knobs that reflect its sporty DNA to the ergonomics and materials used to make each ride as comfortable as possible.

Being a Turbo variant, it’s powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Power is then transferred to the front wheels through a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. Although unlike Schwarzenegger in Jingle All The Way, it’s not always “Turbo Time!” for the Veloster. It offers different driving modes depending on what the situation calls for.

There’s Normal, Sport, Eco, and Smart. Eco obviously goes for the most efficient fuel consumption, Smart mode adjusts to your driving habits, Normal is — well, normal. And Sport for when it’s Track Day or simply when you want to show off.

Of course, all that speed has to be kept in check with a couple of safety features. The vehicle comes with dual airbags for the front in plus side and curtain airbags. Adding to those are ABS or Anti-lock braking system and an immobilizer for anti-theft.

Having the Veloster as a daily driver made me realize a couple of things. One is that it’s actually fuel-efficient for a car with this oomph when it’s set to Eco or even Normal mode — averaging about 9-10km to a liter in the city and up to 16km/l outside the Metro. It may have slight delays when not in Sport mode but it had no shortage of power. And together with its stance and vibrant red color, the Veloster is a certified head-turner.

See more of it in this video:

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The Vivo x Benefit Cosmetics blossom pink V15 box set is here and I want it

Making blooming selfies possible

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Vivo has just announced a partnership that I am so here for and the resulting phone is oh so pretty!

 

The smartphone company unveiled a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics, a makeup brand we all know and love, to release a phone/makeup box set that will definitely excite the ladies.


The highlight of the kit: Vivo’s blossom pink V15 — the phone color I’ve always wanted but rarely got!

Yes girls, this special kit does not only have this beautifully colored handset, it also includes Benefit box o’ powders in two shades: Dandelion Twinkle and the Gold Rush.

I am all for this partnership and the blooming selfies I will most definitely be able to shoot with this.

The Vivo x Benefit Kit will retail for PhP 17,999 starting May 25.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I love how extra it is.

The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”


There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration; not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion-tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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