These past 200+ days of quarantining as much as possible have been horrendous. It’s caused multiple ripple effects on many facets of our personal lives and how we go about our day to day. There’s just so much that’s shifted, we don’t even have the time nor the right timing to get into the nitty-gritty of every change.
Stuck at home with family?
Alright, who else has been going through the motions of unlearning and relearning lifestyle changes at home? Everyone? Sounds about right. The pandemic really forced us to not just live with ourselves but also, deal with our families. Anyone tired of their family yet? We’ve got nowhere to run, boys and girls!
Work, study, and home chores just blend altogether at this point. And, it’s tough. There are all sorts of things and places you’d associate with rest and time off and there are things you didn’t think you’d need until a pandemic made gadgets essential for work and study.
Things we didn’t use to need
When you need portability, efficient functionality, and multi-faceted features, nothing has you more covered in this department like a tablet would.
If you’re worried about getting tasks done while needing to get around the house, don’t fret. This is just the gadget for you. At only 450g, The Huawei MatePad T 10 is a stunning lightweight 9.7-inch HD display tablet equipped with powerful, kid-friendly, and intelligent features.
You can use this tablet to work, write, read, study, play, and sketch wherever and whenever. The MatePad T 10 is powered by a Kirin 710A with their new EMUI 10.1, delivering on smooth and no-stutter experience. The tablet’s App Multiplier also helps when you need to keep multiple tabs open within your reach.
Even when you’re done with work and want to call it a day, the tablet has entertainment features that don’t let you down. The Huawei T 1o has two large sound cavity speakers on the sides giving you a good immersive experience. The tablet features the Huawei Histen 6.1 software to deliver 3D surround sound support.
The Goldilocks approach
Not too big, not too small — just right! Thing is, some people don’t have the luxury of setting up a complete rig just for work at home. Most people will need something they can use for work to carry around. Not only that, they might need a tablet for their kids to play, explore, and learn with. So, if you’re worried about costs, functionality, and portability a tablet should be on the table. Get it? Table? Tablet?
Terrible jokes aside, the MatePad T 10’s AppGallery and Petal Search Widget help anyone to find the right app collation to install and use. Huawei’s AppGallery is the third biggest app distributer. So, there are tons of entertainment and lifestyle apps available on Huawei’s AppGallery available to you.
Booky, foodpanda, Kumu, Paymaya, iflix, Shopee, Lazada, and BeautyMNL are just some of those enlisted in their pre-installed AppGallery. And, if you can’t seem to find it, they have the Petal Search Widget which allows you to access apps you’re looking for.
New forms of learning: daunting but possible
Whether a parent or a child, navigating through learning online can be daunting. Which, the Huawei MatePad T 10 has their Kid’s Corner feature for. It’s the tablets parental control so you can protect and keep tabs on your kid while they learn and explore using the tablet.
For online learning at home, the tablet has just the thing for you. Eye protection settings and eBook settings featured on the MatePad T 10 make sure it looks like your reading off of paper and your eyes don’t strain.
The MatePad T 10 is a good, kid-friendly buddy if or when you’re worried about kids while they get right back into school online. Don’t worry. There are many customizable features in the tablet’s Kid’s Corner feature to ease your worries.
The tablet is perfect to give any caring parent out there the peace of mind. They can even access top apps for kids on the MatePad T 10’s AppGallery like ABC Spelling, Azomee, Baby Panda’s School Bus, Math Kids Learning, and more.
Forced family bonding
This year is nearly over and it feels surreal to even put that into perspective. It just goes to show that as much as we love to control circumstances, some things are completely out of our control. So, we adapt. We give ourselves space to grieve and compromise. And, hey! When have we ever gotten this much downtime with our family? If anything, we’re forced to bond together and get through it together.
So, if you think you need a multi-faceted gadget to work, study, and play on, allow yourself to weigh in on efficiency, durability, and affordability of a tablet. Because Huawei definitely weighed all of those into account and made sure the Huawei MatePad T 10 ticked those boxes. The tablet comes at a bargained price of PhP 6,999.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines
5 Memoji-inspired outfit ideas: His and Hers
Play dress up virtually with the public beta preview of iOS 15
Unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote are new customization options coming to Memoji on iMessage, including a much-awaited feature: outfit selection.
In 2019, Apple rolled out the most significant Memoji customization update. That year, users were able to apply makeup, change hair color, wear piercings and jewelry, and pick from different styles of headwear and glasses. The only thing missing was being able to choose clothing.
If you have the public beta of iOS 15 installed, you can now virtually play dress up and plan outfits for those trips you’ve been dreaming of and activities you’ve been deprived of after a year of quarantine.
#1 Romantic date night
Who doesn’t like dressing up for a romantic date that will take you from a dinner at a restaurant to a cocktail or two at a speakeasy? Changing out of pajamas can do wonders to your mood.
His: a crisp long sleeved button down and his favorite hat
Hers: a flirty dress and statement earrings
#2 Stroll at the botanical garden
Has your apartment turned into a mini greenhouse with all the indoor plants you’ve adopted? Driving to the nearest botanical garden will either make you feel zen and content, or convince you that your plant collection is insufficient.
His: a breezy shirt and a pair of sunglasses
Hers: a colorful sundress and a top bun
If there’s anything we learned about ourselves this past year, it’s that we all desire to be out in nature from time to time. A safari trip might not be realistic right now, but no one’s stopping you from imagining one.
His: a two pocket utility shirt and a cowboy hat
Hers: a loose tunic and a fedora
Sunny weekend at the beach
No summer is complete without a beach trip; and no beach trip is complete without some refreshing piña coladas, swimsuits that show off your summer bod, and copious amounts of sunscreen.
His: a linen top and a pair of polarized sunglasses
Hers: a long coverup, a pair of pearl earrings, and a straw hat
Hike in the fall
Not a beach person? Maybe the mountains and autumn foliage are more your jam. Just make sure to stay warm from top to toe without sacrificing style and comfort.
His: a cable knit sweater and a fisherman’s hat
Hers: a turtleneck sweater and a beanie
BONUS: Big business convention
There’s never a bad time to get a good blazer or a pantsuit. You might not be able to wear them out to trade shows yet, but looking your best for Zoom meetings is always appropriate.
His: an olive green knit blazer, a black oxford shirt, and a skinny tie
Hers: a beige blazer, a pair of cat-eye glasses, and a pair of gold earrings
Apart from more than 40 different outfits, multicolored headwear, and new options for glasses, iOS 15 offers nine new Memoji stickers that include a shaka, a hand wave, a light bulb moment, and more.
iOS 15 will be available this fall as a free software update. If you’re interested in trying new Memoji outfits now, you can sign up for the public beta here: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/
Online voices: What does it take to be a caster?
A quick glimpse at the esports casting scene
When we think of the word “Caster” we usually think of the people from the news. However, in the esports scene they serve as the voice and brains that analyze the game and hype the crowd up. It’s a different level of entertainment. Without them, games could get too boring to watch. So what does it take to be a caster?
Caster spotlight: Edwin Arctikuno
Theo “Arctikuno” Rodriguez is a Filipino-American broadcast talent currently based in the Philippines. He first got his big break as a contracted talent with Garena Philippines in 2016, working with them all the way up until 2018.
After his time with Garena, he went on to work as a freelance talent, working actively across Asia in countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, and so forth. He’s also worked and collaborated with the Lenovo Legion brand on numerous occasions for different esports-related activities over the past few years.
While he initially began purely as a caster for League of Legends, his years of freelancing has led to numerous opportunities pursuing other games in direct collaboration with some of the top gaming companies and their productions.
Recently, he has begun to embark on other endeavors outside of esports while continuing to train promising talent under his wing in preparation for work in the industry. He now joins the fray as a mentor for the Legion Academy Casters, ever eager to help develop local talent for work across Asia and beyond.
Becoming a caster
A caster has many qualities which are unique, but to have that profession, you must start from somewhere. We asked Edwin, “What qualities should an aspiring Caster have? In terms of skills, what’s a good foundation to have?”
“You have to have the passion and drive to be in this industry.”
It all starts with an interest, it may be playing the game or watching games from tournaments. Then, it turns to a passion, turns to a dream, then reality. Easier said than done, the process of becoming a caster is a long road ahead.
“The reality is, you’re not going to be making big bucks right off the bat when you’re starting. If anything, a lot of casters that eventually managed to build themselves up were those that just simply had a love for what they do, the community, and the very industry they dwell in.”
The hard work in casting
Earned, not given. The esports scene has often been overlooked, but it’s as legitimate a career path as any. Especially now. With the endless grind and long nights, it’s these moments that will help shape who you are as a caster. The process will be different for everyone, but it’s a path worth pursuing.
“With that, you’ve got to have the diligence to want to constantly challenge yourself to do better and improve. While nobody is perfect, we can at least aspire and strive to be as close to it as possible by always working on bettering ourselves as talents, whether it be in our craft or our character,” Edwin added.
Here are some do’s and dont’s from Edwin himself.
1. Always DO your homework!
2. Please DO stay humble.
3. Strive to be the best version of yourself. Once you DO, surpass it again.
1. Don’t give up! Never ever feel discouraged in the process of pursuing your craft.
2. Don’t take the lessons you learn and opportunities you grab for granted.
3. Don’t disregard your health in the midst of the grind.
Legion Academy Caster Program
Lenovo and AMD recently wrapped up their Legion Academy Program. It was a contest to earn spots as casters for Legion’s upcoming tournaments. The winners are as follows:
1. Estelle Cerutti (Yuuske — Final Winner)
2. Wyndsor Martillana (ExcelSor PH — Final Winner)
3. Christian James Magdaluyo
4. Eugene Esteban
The four shared their biggest and most important learnings from the Legion Academy Program experience.
Yuuske says it’s “always ground yourself as a caster.”
“Clearly, there are various other casters with their own style but you must not forget the importance of highlighting your personality,” added the Final winner.
Meanwhile, Excelsor listed everything he learned:
- Be Proactive, there’s always an upside to being proactive in the esports industry.
- Always have your portfolio ready and updated. Like any job, this is also important in the esports casting industry.
- Studying is very important to increase game knowledge and to be more familiar with the nuances of the game. Study, study, study.
- Get feedback from your colleagues. Sometimes the way you can improve is to get a perspective from your peers. There are some things you won’t be able to see and that can be crucial to improvement.
Meanwhile, Zaco realized that “you really have to put yourself out there with no fear and just stick your head out the car window, because you will never know unless you look.”
Dash, for his part, highlighted the importance of building your portfolio.
“Creating a portfolio is one of the key things on how you’ll get casting gigs and learning the ropes on how to create a presentable portfolio is gonna help me entice the clients on getting me as a caster for their events.”
Asked how they felt about winning, Excelsor said, “It feels like I’m reborn as a caster.” Meanwhile, Yuuske wants to pay things forward.
“It is my goal not only to better my craft but as well as inspire others on their journey in the esports world!”
To learn more about Legion Academy and other upcoming programs, visit legion.lenovo.com/academy
This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Legion Philippines
Redmi Note 10S: Is this the most ideal smartphone?
Great hardware under a simple, subtle design
As the more affordable product line, Redmi continues to bring high-quality smartphones to a more accessible market. They may not come with the most flagship of hardware inside, but they still perform roughly at par with their powerful yet more expensive counterparts. This year, Redmi has something new up their sleeve in the Redmi Note 10S.
A simple design choice in my eyes
The moment I received and unboxed the Redmi Note 10S, I said to myself, “huh, what’s new?” I mean, it comes in the usual packaging, with all the documentation, a jelly case, and the charger inside. If anything, though, the phone itself sports a simple exterior design, which doesn’t particularly stand out for a good reason.
This unit came in an Onyx Gray colorway plastered at the back, and I’m also aware that it comes in two other colors, as well. For me, this color makes it look rather professional and complements the simple design as a whole. Although, I noticed that the back of the phone likes fingerprints so much, and it’s quite obvious in this colorway.
Now, another great aspect of the exterior design was the placement of the phone’s speakers. For phones such as this, you’d expect that it’s just one speaker and it’s beside the charging port. In the case of the Redmi Note 10S, it comes with two speakers found on opposite ends. Honestly, I found it practical to set it up like this, that other smartphones should consider.
Complementing hardware and software
Let’s get to the beef of the matter, shall we? In terms of the internal hardware, the Redmi Note 10S is decent in that department. It comes with a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset, with my unit sporting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. On the external hardware, the phone comes with a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, mostly suitable for great detail and color accuracy.
Upon my initial set up and usage, the phone responds quite well and quickly. Powered by MIUI 12.5, apps load smoothly and I even found myself multitasking some apps a lot more. Although, there were times that things like Dark Mode were wonky in some apps, but I think that’s mostly on MIUI.
Furthermore, the AMOLED display is pretty bright even at around 40-50 percent brightness. Even in this setting, it manages to display images and videos with great detail with minimal stuttering. Also, those speakers I mentioned earlier are quite loud and actually give off a sense of immersion when watching movies. It’s all good stuff for now, but let’s see if it holds up later on.
One look into the cameras for now
Apart from the hardware inside, I also wanted to focus on the cameras the Redmi Note 10S comes with. On its rear, you get an interesting quad-camera setup, with a 64MP lens as the star of the show. Along with this, you also get an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro camera and depth sensor for that extra level of detail.
With some of the shots I initially took, I was fairly impressed with the image quality and color accuracy. From my view, it doesn’t look like there was any noticeable grain in the images, so that’s a good start. However, I ran into some trouble with the auto-focus mechanic in the camera. Hopefully, it will improve with prolonged use.
Up front, you only get a single 13MP lens lodged at the top of the display. For the most part, it did a good job of capturing selfies under great lighting conditions.
A promising start, maybe?
So far, the Redmi Note 10S ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a great yet affordable smartphone. Inside and out, the phone allows you to do quite a lot and experience near-flagship features without sacrificing so much in the process. Whether or not this will hold up with longer and more drastic usage, you’ll just have to wait and see.
The Redmi Note 10S retails for PhP 11,990 and only comes with a configuration of 8GB RAM and128GB storage.
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