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How to get McDonald’s new MacCoin currency

The hunt is on!

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You may have heard about the Big Mac Index, but how about the first fully food-backed global currency called the MacCoin?

The iconic Big Mac celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 and McDonald’s marks this milestone by introducing the limited edition MacCoin across the United States and more than 50 other participating countries including China, Indonesia, and South Korea. (Here’s a full list.)

The MacCoin comes in five unique designs, each representing a decade of the Big Mac.

One MacCoin highlighting the 1970s showcases the decade’s Flower Power, and the 1980s token features pop art. Abstract shapes are reserved for the 1990s MacCoin design, and the coin representing the 2000s shows technology that was hip back then. The 2010s MacCoin celebrates the past 10 years and the evolution of modern communication by displaying emoji. Additionally, the seven languages featured across the various designs are Arabic, English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

In the US, you can get a MacCoin for every Big Mac meal. If you want to collect all five designs, you better have a big appetite for the Big Mac and a deep wallet, because five Big Mac meals will cost you more than US$ 42 (including tax) and they are going fast! This will also leave you with a bigger belly after more than 5,000 calories — double that if you redeem your MacCoins for free Big Macs before the end of the year.

The promotion started August 2, which would have been the 100th birthday of the founder of the Big Mac, the late Jim Delligatti. Some countries have different ways for you to get your hands on a MacCoin. In China, for example, you can get a MacCoin by singing the birthday song for the Big Mac starting August 6.

What is the value of the burger currency, you may ask? You can either keep the MacCoin, give it away or trade it in for a free Big Mac until the end of 2018. Redeemed coins won’t be brought back into circulation. Therefore, each coin will be for one-time use only. On the other hand, eBay turned into a flourishing marketplace for the coins, trading as high as $35 per coin and prices will likely go up from here.

So, how has it been hunting for MacCoins in Chicago, the home of the global headquarters of McDonald’s? Four days into it and stores are running out of the coins. It didn’t help that Chicago hosted Lollapalooza — a music festival attended by hundreds of thousands of music fans — from August 2 to 5, and the Big Mac would have made a perfect midnight snack after each day of dancing and partying.

I did manage to get my hands on a couple: the 1990s coin with all its abstract and geometric shapes, and the 2000s coin showing a tech bubble design.

Image credit: Kimmee Rae Pineda

I spent a good 15 minutes walking to the first store (burning maybe two percent of the would be gazillion “Big Mac and Fries” calories I’d eat), lining up along with the lunch-hour crowd and being told they are all out. So, I put my general knowledge of McDonald’s locations in Chicago Loop to good use (I can name the cross streets of each branch without needing a map!) and googled the phone numbers to find the closest store with MacCoins left.

After a few tries, I found one with some left and promptly raced over, placed my order, and patiently waited for my food and coin. I learned that you had to specifically ask for the coin after getting your food, and the branch manager personally hands you your hard-earned — or shall we say digested — MacCoin after checking your receipt. Also, you can’t just order five meals and get all five coins at once. I know, because I tried to save myself the trouble and just throw a Big Mac party for anyone who’s hungry so I get to complete the collection before they run out. We all have to do it the old fashioned way: ballooning with one Big Mac at a time.

All that remains to be said: Happy birthday, Big Mac! You don’t look a day over 50 and are as yummy as you always have been.

Need more burgers in your life? Watch this experimental video:


This article was contributed by Kimmee Rae Pineda.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

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

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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WATCH: Frozen 2 released its first trailer and it’s awesome

But we also have so many questions!

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I just can’t let go!

Disney’s Frozen has just released a trailer for the upcoming Frozen 2 and it looks all sorts of awesome. Starting with an intense scene with Elsa trying to get through an ocean with her powers, to Anna grabbing Kristoff’s sword… it gets pretty intense!

The trailer also features Sven, their trusty reindeer and, of course, Olaf the snowman. Starring Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kirsten Bell as Anna, and Josh Gad as Olaf in the double Oscar-winning original and bringing back directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the sequel is expected to be even bigger and more action-packed. Frozen 2 is set to come out in theaters on November 22.

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