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The LG G6’s camera features are built for Instagram

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The newest LG flagship boasts a bigger display that fits in your hand, but that wasn’t exactly why I got excited over the G6. 

At MWC 2017, LG claimed that its newest smartphone had better cameras — dual 13-megapixel wide-angled cameras that capture video in 4K — but really, these specifications never interested me. I’m sure most phones in the market have similar specs, and well, my priorities were set not on what my phone camera could do, but how great it could take my Instagram photos.

This is precisely what the new G6’s built-in camera features work towards. This smartphone integrates IG-friendly features into its square picture mode and the results get me giddy just imagining the Instagram possibilities.

Snap Shot

This feature allows you to automatically preview that photo you just took. No need to open your gallery to check how the photo turned out, as the bottom half of the screen serves as the automatic display.

The phone’s unique aspect ratio allows for two perfect photo squares and the most efficient selfie machine. Ever.

Grid Shot

Say goodbye to those collage applications, as the G6 also integrates an automatic grid view for your photos. Four consecutive photos result in an automatic collage ready for posting!

Of course, Instagram’s multiple photo function sort of trumps the whole point of photo collages, but they’re really fun to make, TBH, and I won’t ever stop.

Match Shot

This feature results in photo collages that are reminiscent of classic photo booth printouts. The screen divides into two equal squares (like in the snap shot function) and creates a lengthwise collage consisting of two photos.

You can even get creative with it!

Again, all the collage possibilities!

Guide Shot

The Guide Shot is probably the most unique and complicated photo feature here.

Basically, it allows you to take similar photos based on a previous shot you can use as a guide. The guide photo shows up as a transparent layer on the camera screen, which allows you to pose or position your new subject in a similar way, and then it’s time to click away. Perfect for themed IG posts or even the new multiple-post feature!

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Flagship Smartphone Camera Shootout: Best of 2017

Find out which premium smartphone comes out on top

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The iPhone X, Pixel 2, Mate 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 8 — they may all look different, but they share one important feature: an excellent set of cameras.

Join us as we compare photos taken by each of these flagship smartphones around Indonesia and Singapore. Which shooter comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

The future of housekeeping

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Made a mess? Dyson’s got you.

The V8 Carbon Fibre, the newest addition to Dyson’s renowned cordless vacuum line, has just been launched in Southeast Asia.

The new cleaning device utilizes the same technology from previous Dyson innovations, which ensures optimum performance of this lean, mean, cleaning machine. Certain features — like a better battery and a more powerful engine — are improved on this new vacuum release.

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

At the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, I got to go hands-on with the device. Quite literally, I made a mess and cleaned it up with the V8 Carbon Fibre. Here are some initial observations:

Easy to handle

What amazed me most is how intuitive this device is. There was no learning curve. I picked it up for the first time, pulled a trigger that’s perfectly positioned in the area where my hand goes, and voila, I was vacuuming!

Now, call me uninformed on the workings of a vacuum (and general housekeeping) but I always thought vacuums were heavy. At least I didn’t expect something with this power to be as light as it was.

Like their Supersonic hairdryer, the V8 Carbon Fibre is ergonomically balanced. Simply put, it’s designed in a way that ensures easier handling.

Power!

This engine, tiny and light as it is, isn’t just a load of hot air (pun intended).

This device has 30 percent more suction power than its predecessors. That capability was shown off in a curious exhibition, one that entailed a vacuum-sealed container and some water. Yep, this vacuum sucks, in the best possible way.

This device tests the vaccum’s suction power! You can see the water rising as the device is turned on.

From corn chips to oregano, sprinkles to baking soda; we tried the vacuum and another Isa-made mess was averted.

Leave no dirt in sight

And, if the newly cleaned surface isn’t enough proof for you, you can just take a gander at the dirt you’ve picked up in the vacuum’s compartment.

This machine runs on an improved battery that’s capable of 40 minutes of non-stop, cord-free cleaning on low mode.

Very versatile

Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty capable machine, this thing also works well on different surfaces and different scenarios.

Different Dyson-engineered heads allow for cleaning a variety of textured spaces. There’s a tool specifically designed for carpets, hardwood floors, mattresses, and even one for “mess-free dog grooming!” Various accessories also mean that you can modify your vacuum specifically for the spot you want to clean — imagine a multi-angle brush attachment that allows you to clean hard to reach areas.

An added feature is that these vacuums have a wall-mounted charging dock, which is the most convenient thing. I’m definitely reserving a spot for this device in my future hypothetical high-tech house!

Now, these are just my initial thoughts on the V8 Carbon Fibre, but it’s enough to get me excited over vacuuming — who would’ve thought?

Quite honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed cleaning up my messes, but this thing might just change that.

The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will retail for PhP 47,500 in the Philippines starting February 21. It will be available in Thailand come March.

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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CES 2018

Episode 001: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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