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Google Pixel 3 announcement roundup: All the great things they unveiled

Google is the gift that keeps on giving

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This year’s Made by Google event just wrapped up and in case you missed it, here’s a quick wrap-up of everything that went on and all the announcements that were made. Enjoy!

7 magazine covers were shot with Google’s new phone

Why? Because they can. Eager to prove that their new smartphones can shoot even better than their previous release, they put the Pixel 3 to the test.

A partnership with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz was announced so expect to see more stunning photographs from these new phones.

The Google Pixel 3 is here

The notched successor to the Pixel 2 has been unveiled and it now comes in another color, Not Pink. Spoiler: It sort of looks like it really is pink (which makes me want it since I like all things pink).


It comes with three cameras in all, with the phone still heavily relying on software for their impressive photography. Of course, there are now new photo features such as Top Shot which allows you to go back and pick the best shot, and the Group Selfie cam which gives your selfies wide-angled capabilities.

It also features a full glass back and wireless charging capabilities. And speaking of charging…

READ MORE: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL retain single rear camera, add wireless charging

Introducing the Pixel Stand

This new nifty device is basically a wireless charging stand for your Pixel 3. But, of course, it does a lot more. Plugging your phone in changes the screen to a mode which better allows you to see what’s on the phone even from across the screen. It also turns your phone into the best smart photo frame ever!

Google Home Hub is more than just a smart speaker

It also has a screen! Designed to be easily integrated into your home, this smart device is intuitive, even more capable, and is less intrusive. The Google Home Hub can recognize everyone in the family and will tailor actions and responses to the person. Its Ambient EQ feature adjusts colors throughout the day so that it’s easier on the eyes and the screen turns off at night when you sleep.

There’s a new Home View feature which allows you to control your home easier and it also turns into the best picture frame ever when not in use. How? It can make you an album slideshow from your Google Photos, or you can make Live Albums which will curate your photo album depending on which person you choose to see. The best part? Machine learning will filter out the bad photos — the dark, blurry, and the duplicates — so you’ll never see a crappy photo on your high-tech frame.

The Pixel Slate is Google’s newest tablet

Google wants the best of both worlds and they’ve vowed to have taken all the best things from a smartphone and desktop, and put it on this new tablet. The Pixel Slate has an amazing display and dual-front facing speakers for the ultimate movie experience. Handling will significantly improve with this tablet because its UI is optimized for the touchscreen. And, the power button is a fingerprint sensor! There’s also a Pixel Slate keyboard that connects to the Pixel Slate in a snap — no pairing or connecting necessary.

SEE ALSO: The Pixel Slate is Google’s first tablet to run Chrome OS

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A journey to self-love: How to set your financial goals straight

With CIMB Bank’s help

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Image: MJ | GadgetMatch

There was a point in my life when adulting hit me hard: my romantic relationship suddenly ended, which coincided with my resignation from my full-time job of three years. The thing is, I had a plan before everything happened, but life is indeed full of unexpected moments.

I decided to take a rest first to clear my overwhelmed mind. I ended up doing what most young adults like me would do: travelled to different places, went out with friends, volunteered for several causes, and spoiled myself with my favorite things and experiences — everything that involved doing what I love and seizing life’s great moments.

I was busy indulging myself in this idea of “self-love” until I realized that my bank account was draining every single week, and I was close to maxing out my credit card limit. That’s when it hit me: I wasn’t financially prepared to sustain this kind of lifestyle. 

Self-love is more than just showering yourself with pretty things

We all have this idea that “self-love” is about indulging in life’s best comforts, and doing whatever sets our soul on fire. Newsflash: real life is much trickier than these scenarios we see in rom-com films.

For me, I had to take more extra work to do these things I love, while still being able to pay bills. I regretted not being able to save up more and use my money wisely. I eventually found myself living life from paycheck to paycheck, and I realized that this is not the life I wanted to live. I couldn’t fully enjoy life’s moments, since my financial restrictions were always at the back of my mind. 

I have come to understand the real concept of self-love — that it is actually about creating a life that is prepared for whatever life’s challenges throw at us. Instead of treating ourselves to short-lived thrills, it’s much better to manage our finances first so we’re always ready for the next big thing. Being smart with our finances is indeed a great form of self-care. 

Seize life’s moments by being financially fit

CIMB Bank, the “Best Digital Bank” in the Philippines is a great choice for people like me who want to save up for life’s next moments. The best thing about it is I can open an account seamlessly in just 10 minutes — no need to personally enroll in a branch and wait for weeks to secure an account. No wonder they have been recently awarded as the “Fastest Growing Digital Bank” as well.

Through the CIMB Bank PH mobile app (iOS/ Android), managing and accessing my money is also much easier compared to other banks. They offer great perks and services such as transacting with other banks for free, withdrawing in over 25,000 ATM machines nationwide without penalty charges via Visa pay, wave debit card, and not be bothered by maintaining balances.

I can also access my cash 24/7 in just a few taps, and it’s connected to other local payment gateways I frequently use like GCash and dragonpay, so it greatly fits my flexible lifestyle.

True to its commitment to helping Filipinos achieve financial inclusion and freedom, this all-digital, mobile-first bank offers an interest rate of four percent (4%) per annum available all year round, with no restrictions, via its UpSave account offering. It’s the best-in-market savings rate, which makes me save more money without worrying about security. They also offer up to Php 2 million worth of life insurance coverage!

With CIMB Bank, I can track my savings easily and invest my money in experiences that will allow me to feed my passions. When the time comes that life throws more unexpected moments, I know I’m financially secured to handle it. And that is one of the best forms of love I can give to myself.

To know more about CIMB Bank PH, click here.


This feature was produced in collaboration with Her GadgetMatch and CIMB Philippines.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Unboxing, Setup, Photos & Q&A

What to expect when you buy the Galaxy Z Flip

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Today is Galaxy Z Flip Day! Thankfully I have fast fingers, and was able to snag one before it ran out online. In this video I pick up in store, unbox and set it up, and answer some of your questions.

This is our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unboxing.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet

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It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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