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How To: Low-light photography, videography on an iPhone

Take out your lightsabers and record Star Wars-themed content!

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Gone are the days where our smartphones struggle from shooting when there’s a lack of proper lighting. Nowadays, most smartphones — flagships specifically — can record amazing videos and stunning photos in low-light conditions.

For instance, FightSaber Singapore, a premier Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber performance organization recorded a Star-Wars themed video using only the iPhone 12 Pro Max. FightSaber Singapore used lightsabers from SaberMach, Singapore’s first and only professional combat saber company, to highlight NeoPixel blades that astonishingly lit up the room.

 

Nonetheless, taking gorgeous stills and videos in low-light situations is now possible using just your smartphone. Fret not, you don’t need to be a pro; you just need to follow simple tricks.

Tips and tricks

First, make sure to turn on High-Efficiency Image File Format before you start shooting. Next, adjust HDR (high dynamic range) on your camera settings which will help you capture vibrant stills in high-contrast situations. If you plan on capturing light streaks, set your settings to 4K with 24 FPS. For smooth movements, adjust it to 4K with 60 FPS.

When you start shooting, lock the exposure and maintain auto-focus. Tap the spot on your screen that you want to adjust. On iPhone, you can also press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot.

Moreover, you can create a quick whip zoom effect while recording by tapping on the individual lenses. No need for post-production!

On a non-technical tip, don’t forget about varying your camera angles. Low-angle shots tend to add drama while high-angle shots provide an overview of the scene.


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Huawei launches service carnival until May 23

Get the best deals on warranties and repairs

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro

As a treat to customers, Huawei is launching its own service carnival until May 23. Through the service carnival, customers can get special deals and offers on device warranties and repairs.

Huawei smartphone owners can claim a free 90-day warranty extension, granted that they own these models:

  • Mate series — Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 40 Pro
  • P series — P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro+
  • Nova series — nova 7i, nova 7 SE
  • Y — Y6P (2020)

Device owners should really try and sign up with Huawei’s own cloud solution, Huawei Cloud. For a limited time, new users will get a free 50 GB of storage for three months.

This promo won’t be about a service carnival without any perks on repairs. Customers can get a coupon for free labor repair through Huawei’s support app. Take note though that the coupon applies only to repairs for select models.

Customers can also sign up for free system upgrade and cleaning service of their Huawei smartphones or tablets. Finally, those with select devices can even enjoy lower repair fees.

Participating on the service carnival is easy. Customers simply have to access the updated version of the support app on their Huawei mobile device or tablet, and from there, tap the service carnival campaign banner to get started.

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Huawei has freebies and discounts for mothers this May

Discounts of up to SG$ 200 are up for grabs!

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To celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day, Huawei is offering discounts and freebies for select devices. Everyone can enjoy savings of up to SG$ 200 and premium items only from May 1 until the 31st.

Here’s a summary of the devices, their corresponding discounts, and freebies:

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Mothers who love to photograph every moment of their lives would find a reliable ally with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. They can snag the company’s latest flagship with a limited-time price of SG$ 1,398 down from its usual SG$ 1,598 price. To sweeten the deal, every purchase come with a free ring light case and a Huawei mini-speaker.

Huawei MateBook D14

The Huawei MateBook D14 is a reliable workhorse fit for the new normal. Thankfully, hardworking mothers can snag one at SG$ 998 — less SG$ 100 than its usual price. As a bonus, it comes with a mouse and laptop backpack for free.

Huawei MatePad

With a premium features to boot, the MatePad is the perfect companion device for mothers who balance work and play. Paired with the Huawei M-Pencil, the premium tablet becomes a virtual sketchpad where the only limit is the imagination. For a time, one can buy it at SG$ 498, down from its usual SG$ 398 price.

Huawei FreeBuds 4i

Listen to audio uninterrupted with the Huawei FreeBuds 4i, which comes in stylish colors that mothers will love. It also comes with three different set of ear tips so they can pick the right fit for a much immersive and comfortable listening experience. Here’s the deal: it only comes at SG$ 98 for a limited time, which is SG$ 20 off the usual price.

Huawei Band 6

Huawei Band 6 is an upgrade over its predecessor, featuring a much bigger screen. It still retains its excellent health and fitness tracking capabilities, making it the perfect gift for mother everywhere. As a bonus, it now even tracks stress — undoubtedly, one of the results of these uncertain times. One can avail the Huawei Band 6 at a promo price of SG$ 68 just by presenting an e-receipt from NTUC FairPrice Online to any Huawei stores, authorized dealers, and online shops — no minimum spend required.

Perks from Huawei online services

These discounts and freebies aren’t the only thing that makes Huawei devices a compelling buy. Buyers can also enjoy various perks on these different Huawei services:

  • New users get the first month for free on Huawei Video.
  • Exclusive themes, featured themes, and watch faces are 30% off on Huawei Themes.
  • Complimentary book credits are up for grabs so users can grab bestsellers from Huawei Books.
  • The first three months are free upon subscribing to 50 GB monthly auto-renew plan of Huawei Cloud.
  • Mother’s Day curated playlist along with millions of tunes can be played on Huawei Music.

To avail of these discounts and freebies, simply visit any Huawei stores nationwide, select consumer stores, and online shops on Lazada and Shopee.

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LG OLED TV 2021: Price and availability in Singapore

Upgrade your home viewing experience!

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LG OLED TV

LG OLED TVs have always been one of the top choices to be the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. That much is true with its 2021 lineup which is now in Singapore.

Announced at CES 2021, some of these TVs have OLED Evo. It’s an advanced technology for OLED displays that promises better luminosity for higher brightness and what LG claims will be superior picture quality. It’ll be incorporated in the G1 series with sizes ranging from 55-inches to 75-inches.

All of LG’s new televisions will run on the WebOS 6.0 platform, while the new Alpha 9 Gen 4 picture processor will power some models including the C1, G1, and Z1 series. The processor supports virtual 5.1.2 surround sound, content genre detection, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision IQ. The Magic Remote has also been updated with hotkeys for popular streaming services.

LG OLED TV

Price and availability

OLED Z1

  • 88″ — SG$ 59,999
  • Available Q3 2021

OLED G1

  • 77″ — SG$ 12,999
  • 65″ — SG$ 6,299
  • 55″ — SG$ 4,599

OLED Z1

  • 65″ — SG$ 5,299
  • 55″ — SG$ 4,099
  • 48″ — SG$ 3,599

OLED B1

  • 65″ — SG$ 5,099
  • 55″ — SG$ 3,899

OLED A1

  • 65″ — SG$ 4,899
  • 55″ — SG$ 3,799

LG OLED TV

From now till June 16, customers will receive the LG TONE Free HBS-FN6 true wireless earbuds (worth S$268) with purchase of:

  • G1 OLED TV (55-inch, 65-inch)
  • C1 OLED TV (48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch)
  • B1 OLED TV (55-inch, 65-inch)
  • A1 OLED TV (55-inch, 65-inch)

For more information on LG’s 2021 OLED TVs, visit LG.com/sg.

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