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Huawei just launched its own credit card

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Nationalistic ties aside, Huawei has created some of the more interesting smartphones of recent history. Throughout the years, the company’s flagship series have brought remarkable performance for a fraction of the usual cost. That said, they also promised to expand their portfolio beyond their usual fare, starting with a flurry of smart home devices.

Today, Huawei has announced a new (and strangest) addition to its menu. In the Chinese launch for the Huawei P40 series, Huawei head honcho Richard Yu announced an official Huawei credit card.

Of course, a tech-endorsed financial service isn’t unheard of. Last year, Apple rolled out the Apple Card, a plastic and virtual service with Goldman Sachs. It’s no surprise that Huawei wants to get in on the action.

Like the Apple Card, Huawei’s credit card is available both physically and digitally. The company will work together with UnionPay, a sizable Chinese financial service. Likewise, the card can link with Huawei’s smartphones for mobile payment options, especially through Huawei Pay or the company’s digital wallet. For security, Huawei offers the same security it provides for its smartphones.

The program is already offering some tempting benefits for signing up. There is no annual fee for the first year. They can also reduce the second-year fee for those who spend enough money on Huawei Pay purchases. Finally, card owners will get travel benefits, like lounge access in certain train stations and airports.

Currently, Yu has not when the card will launch or whether it will launch exclusively in China.

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Which Galaxy S21 color should you get?

Based on your personality

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If you’ve been eyeing the latest Galaxy S21 series, we’re certain you’re confused about which color you should get. Fret not, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide: choosing the color that resonates best with your personality.

Playful, friendly, and adorable

If you’re always bubbly, cheerful, and kinda goofy, then the Phantom Violet is perfect for you. It’s a refreshing colorway in a sea of gradients and bold, attention-grabbing colors. This one is subtle yet oozes with cute energy that’s too irresistible not to gaze at. Wear it for when you want to look ✨kawaii✨.

Classy, sexy, and minimalist

If you’re the type of person who loves a minimalist approach in everything in life, Phantom Pink or Phantom White might be an ideal color for your next smartphone. Both colors evoke a classy and sexy appeal, especially when paired with neutral and monochromatic outfits. Use these colors when you want to make a statement without being overbearing.

Sleek, serious, and straightforward

Black just got even better. The Galaxy S21’s Phantom Black isn’t the usual glossy, striking, reflective black. This time, it has a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about your fingerprints smudging your beautiful phone. If you own a lot of black accessories, this color would pair well. More importantly, black never fails to give off that serious vibe — it literally means business and nothing else. Perfect for the career-oriented and achievers!

Posh, upscale, and extravagant

If you’re feeling fancy, the Phantom Silver is the color for you. It’s shiny, attractive, and a definite head-turner without screaming attention. It’s magnetizing, subtly making everyone gaze at you due to your natural charisma. This is perfect for those who enjoy luxe and spotlight without making too much effort to gain praise and attention.

Finding the right color

If you still can’t decide which one to choose, step back, and listen to your heart. After all, the heart wants what it wants. Don’t let someone else’s opinion dictate the future color of your smartphone — choose whatever you want. The Galaxy S21 series starts at PhP 49,990.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-On

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Prepare your meals through your phone, fridge using Samsung SmartThings

The kitchen, simplified

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With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that people are spending more time in the kitchen and looking out for new recipes.

The good news? Samsung has just the thing to get it sorted quickly and easily. They’re bringing in Family Hub features into mobile users through the SmartThings app.

Samsung’s SmartThings Cooking service helps bring all of your Samsung kitchen appliances together. How? It lets you search, plan, purchase, and meal prep seamlessly through your phone or fridge through the SmartThings app.

On top of that, it recommends customized recipes based on your taste and preferences while considering ingredients available to you. You can scroll through recipe collections when you’re undecided or quickly zero-in on meals that suit your cravings.

SmartThings Cooking, powered by Whisk, is accessible through Samsung’s SmartThings. If you’ve got the Family Hub in your smart kitchen arsenal, there’s no need to fret.

The fridge keeps tabs of what you have and don’t, adding missing ingredients directly to your online grocery cart for at-home deliveries. Not to mention, you can shop through Walmart, Kroger, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh, using the Whisk network.

With SmartThings added to the Family Hub smart fridge, you get to enjoy all the cool features and more! You get to access your other smart kitchen gadgets through widgets on the screen, prioritize most used apps, and feature family photos, notes, and recipes.

And, if cooking is what you’re worried about, Samsung has you covered for even that. SmartThings guides you through easy cooking steps and lets you control cooking modes, temperatures, and time settings with one touch. Leaving you with little room for error.

So, with all that in mind, was it really a surprise to see Samsung’s Family Hub win its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year? For us, not quite.

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Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021

Who isn’t looking forward to 2021?

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While 2020 was a disaster for most industries due to lockdowns and restricted movement, Netflix gained the most. The streaming service attracted a lot of users who’re just looking for entertainment without leaving the house. And, Netflix wants to ensure you continue streaming endlessly even when the pandemic ends.

With a promise of “a new movie every week,” Netflix announced the titles that will be premiering on the streaming service in 2021.

Netflix has put together some of the biggest names in entertainment for its 70-star studded line-up. The features include the Zack Snyder-directed Army of the Dead, Jennifer Lawrence starrer Don’t Look Up, musical Tick, Tick… Boom! and Dwayne Johnson’s action movie Red Notice, among others, many others.

 

If the above names weren’t enough, you’d also get to see Chris Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Zendaya, Jason Moma, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Netflix has also unveiled a trailer that offers sneak previews of the upcoming titles.

52 titles shall be in the English language, eight will be animated, and 10 shall be non-English language films. One of the most imminent releases is Malcolm & Marie, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, filmed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time Netflix has announced a yearly features slate. Though it also means the brand wants users to be excited about upcoming content and continue subscribing.

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