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HTC ain’t done yet, announces U19e and Desire U19+ midrangers

Only in Taiwan for now

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HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As expected, HTC unveiled new smartphones. While the company’s releases aren’t exactly as popular as before, HTC still believes that they have a grip on their home market in Taiwan.

HTC is not venturing into the flagship market, for now, so they created two midrangers to keep their presence alive. The first one is the HTC U19e and it’s a 6-inch phone with a fair amount of bezels, but it doesn’t sport a notch.

The phone has an OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. It’s sustained by a 3930mAh battery and runs Android 9 Pie with HTC Sense out of the box.

HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As for the cameras, it has a dual rear setup including a main 12-megapixel f/1.8 shooter and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. In the front, it has a 24-megapixel selfie snapper and an IR camera for iris recognition.

The HTC U19e comes in either green or purple with translucent effect color options. It goes on sale in Taiwan starting today for NT$ 14,900 or roughly US$ 475.

Additionally, there’s the HTC Desire 19+ which is the company’s first phone with triple rear cameras. It also sports their biggest display at 6.2 inches with a dewdrop-style notch for the 16-megapixel front camera.

HTC Desire 19+ | Image credit: HTC

The Desire U19+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. The phone also runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and has a sizeable 3850mAh battery.

The cameras on its back are a combination of a main 13-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The phone’s back also has a capacitive fingerprint reader.

HTC’s new big phone will go on sale in Taiwan as well for NT$ 9,990 (US$ 320) or NT$ 10,990 (US$ 350) depending on the configuration. It’ll be available in early July.

Source: HTC, ePrice

SEE ALSO: HTC finally gives an update about its Android 9 Pie plans

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The Nike React Infinity Run will keep you running

New tech for injury prevention

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Nike is introducing a new cushioning tech that’s meant to help prevent injuries among runners – it’s called the Nike React Infinity Run.

The new cushion is inspired by two of Nike’s previous innovation. First is the Zoom Vaporfly 4% introduced in 2017 — something that many runners were happy about. Not long after, the company introduced the Nike React which focused on giving the runner an energy return. This while remaining soft, resilient, lightweight and durable.

The Nike React Infinity Run combines the best of both tech. Nike React’s energy return on a wider platform and a widened midsole promises to be the answer to less injuries.

Here’s how it works: The Infinity’s rocker-geometry encourages a slight lean forward, moving a runner’s foot strike from heel to midfoot or even forefoot. What that does is create a natural forward feel of propulsion.

The wider platform as well as the supportive foam that accompanies it provides a reassuring feel. The shoe then gently guides the foot in a smooth, straight line, reducing side-to-side wobbling and movement.

Pricing and availability

The Nike React Infinity Run is available at US$ 160 in the US. In the Philippines, it will retail for PhP 8095 and will be exclusively available on January 23 for Nike Members at Nike Park Mall Of Asia opening. Its retail launch is set on January 30, 2020.

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Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix!

Starting February 2020

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Netflix’s anime library is about to get a major boost as the films from the award-winning Studio Ghibli is set to join the streaming platform.

Starting February 1, 2020, selected films from Studio Ghibli will be available for streaming globally (except US, Canada, and Japan). This was made possible through distribution partner Wild Bunch International.

Renowned titles like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service will be making their way to Netflix. A total of 21 films will all eventually come to Netflix. They will be available in 28 subtitled languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.

The films coming to the Netflix are as follows:

February 1, 2020:

Castle in the Sky (1986),
My Neighbor Totoro (1988),
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
Only Yesterday (1991),
Porco Rosso (1992),
Ocean Waves (1993),
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

March 1, 2020:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984),
Princess Mononoke (1997),
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999),
Spirited Away (2001),
The Cat Returns (2002),
Arrietty (2010),
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

April 1, 2020:

Pom Poko (1994),
Whisper of the Heart (1995),
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004),
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008),
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011),
The Wind Rises (2013),

What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli film?

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McDonald’s introduces their new mobile app

Get exclusive offers when you sign up now

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McDonald’s Philippines starts the new year with a bang by announcing their new and fresh mobile app.

No, this is not the replacement for the existing McDelivery app. What it does is give customers special offers and discounts that can be availed through front counters, take-out booths, and drive-troughs in all McDonald’s stores nationwide.

The interface of the new McDonald’s app

By downloading the new app through the App Store or Google Play, you can get deals such as the Buy One Get One Cheeseburger for PhP 99 or the Big Mac for only PhP 75. Registration is free and doesn’t require any special membership to get future discounts and promos.

Another feature is the Store Locator which helps you find the nearest McDonald’s store in your area. You can also book your next big party at McDonald’s through the McDo Party website.

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