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Huawei pulls a power move, Ford’s Ranger Raptor is here: Weekend Rewind

Huawei hypes up their launch

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Huawei gives free power banks to Apple fans

Remember that time when Huawei threw shade at Apple after the iPhone launch saying, “Thanks for keeping things the same”? Well, they’re at it again.

In Singapore, Huawei representatives were seen handing out free power banks to eager Apple fans who queued up for the new iPhones. What’s funnier is that it even included a message saying, “Here’s a power bank, you’ll need it. Courtesy of Huawei.”

In a different part of the world, Huawei UK was out in the streets handing out literal juice to Apple fans, complete with charging stations for the battery-depleted phones of those in line!

Now, all of this wasn’t meant to simply poke fun at Apple. The Director of Marketing for Huawei UK said it was a sign of things to come in October…

2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro renders surface

Which leads us to the Huawei Mate 20. We now have bare Mate 20 Pro renders that reveal what to expect once it launches.

Based on the photos, it looks like an offspring of the iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 with its wide notch up top and an AMOLED display.

What can’t go unnoticed, however, is the large square-shaped camera module in the middle. It has three camera sensors, a dual-tone LED flash, and Leica branding just like previous premium Huawei phones.

3. Apple’s macOS Mojave update now available to download

If you own a Mac, you should head to the App Store and check out the major update for Apple’s desktop operating system. Version 10.14 of macOS, also known as Mojave, is now available for everyone to download for free.

Features worth looking forward to are Dark Mode, Stacks file organization, and more. We made a video on macOS Mojave’s Highlights so be sure to check it out.

4. Panasonic unveils Lumix S

Another Japanese imaging company joins the full-frame mirrorless camera race. After Nikon’s Z series and Canon’s EOS R, Panasonic finally unveiled their very own full-frame mirrorless camera series — the Lumix S.

During Photokina 2018, Panasonic introduced two Lumix S cameras, starting with the higher-end S1R with a 46-megapixel sensor and the Lumix S1 with 24 megapixels. Both are aimed to be the next popular choice among prosumer and semi-pro videographers.

The Lumix S cameras will have image stabilization in both the camera body and the lenses, and will come with the highest shutter speeds and fastest flash-synchronization speeds.

5. Ford Raptor lands in the Philippines

Finally, Ford’s rugged truck has finally reached Philippine shores after unveiling it early this year in Thailand. Holding the title as the only factory-built performance truck across the Asia Pacific, the Ranger Raptor is targeted towards those looking for a vehicle built tough for off-road adventures.

It also put on a show during the launch as it leaped and blazed through a muddy track. You can quickly watch it here.

6. iPhone XS Review

Before we wrap up, we encourage you to get some drinks and popcorn, because you don’t want to miss this.

Our most comprehensive iPhone review yet is now up on YouTube. It’s 18 minutes of going through all the details of the iPhone XS and XS Max.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

Computers

Reports suggest many new PCs are infected with viruses

A good bargain doesn’t necessarily mean a good product

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It always feels good to save up for and earn a new computer or console for yourself. Until, you discover that the console or PC you bought is loaded with all sorts of problems — particularly, viruses.

Now, imagine that but instead of just one PC, an entire company finds it in 83 percent of its new computers in several Asian countries. Microsoft’s Asia PC Test Purchase Sweep, the company’s initiative towards educating consumers and enterprises, provides information against piracy and its risks. They found that these new PCs were sold in retailers that offered computers at a much lower price than intended to.

The report suggests that these retailers turn off Windows security features for them to install pirated software on these PCs. It also found that they contained software infected with viruses and trojans. Microsoft generally explains the risks that come from turning off these features, such as leaving your PC vulnerable to cyber threats and malware.

“Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their techniques to evade security measures, and embedding their malware is one of their tactics,” said Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft Asia.

These findings are concerning for people who purchase new PCs through special deals, especially those that come with free software. Schrade suggests that consumers who want to purchase PCs should look for retailers that provide genuine software when bundled with the PC.

To avoid any more complications, it is also recommended to keep their software updated and follow safe internet practices. Such practices include avoiding potentially dangerous websites, legally downloading software or purchasing licenses to use them, and use recognized cloud-based file sharing systems.

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Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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