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What’s coming next to Memoji in iOS 16

More ways of expression await this fall!

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Fall is just around the corner! The season spells red scarves, watching autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place, and moving past pumpkin patches while the sky burns in gold.

Aside from those plaid shirt days and nights, what we look forward to in the most beautiful season is the arrival of iOS 16 to iPhones.

This fall, iPhone users will find new ways to express themselves with new Memoji customizations and stickers.

New hairstyles and more headwear

In the next software update, new and refreshed hairstyles are coming to Memoji. New curly styles, updated tight curl styles, and even boxer braids. Moreover, new headwear will be available.

On another note, more nose options and lip colors are arriving, pushing for more diversity.

Better expression

For those with a dramatic flair, Memoji will come with six, new expressive poses that will help you showcase your feelings and reactions. There’s the famed finger heart, a talk-to-the-hand pose, dizzy birds, and more.

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The instax mini Link 2 lets you draw in the air

Make your existing moments even more magical!

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OK! Hold your horses and hear me out.

The instax mini Link is back for version 2.0 and it found its way to the Philippine archipelago. Now called the instax mini Link 2, the instax printer can still do whatever its predecessor can except for a variety of unique functions.

Draw in the air

There’s a new function called “instaxAIR” where users can ~literally~ draw in the air. Picture the times you hold your S-Pen when you’re drawing in the air around three years ago.

Using a dedicated app, you can apply an AR effect when taking pictures so you can add drawings or writings to the space. The device vibrates in line with its movements and plays sound with special effects that match the AR effect.

Moreover, the instax mini Link 2 lets you record the action of drawing using the instaxAIR. You can save the footage as a video, which you can easily share on social media like TikTok.

Make your moments colorful

Like its predecessor, the Link 2 still has the Match Test function, which is now enhanced with a “Go with your Instinct” mode where two people choose colors that match their mood. Their compatibility percentage and chosen colors are incorporated into their instax photo.

To add more color to your moments, Fujifilm is about to release a newly-designed instax mini film called Spray Art. The film features a vivid design with a spray-painted look. It will retail for PhP 400 in the local market starting July 28, 2022.

Price and availability

The instax mini Link 2 is available in three colorways: Soft Pink, Clay White, and Space Blue. It will retail for PhP 7,299.

Starting July 28, 2022, the instax printer will be available for purchase in authorized Fujifilm instax dealers nationwide, as well as official online flagship stores in Lazada and Shopee. Purchases will come with a free pack of instax mini glossy film (10 sheets).

SEE ALSO: The art of printing moments that you can hold onto | Why the instax mini Link is the best accessory for any occasion | Sights and sounds of summer in the Upper East Side

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5 reasons why I made the big smartwatch switch

Huge for someone who prefers analog timepieces

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Watch GT 3 Pro

I’ve always been the kind of person who prefers analog watches despite the rising trend of smartwatches. I find them basic and simple to use. It’s also easy to mix and match it with my outfits whenever and wherever I need to wear it. 

Then came the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. 

With all its features and very versatile design, things are about to change. It made me want to do the big switch to smartwatches ASAP. Let me tell you why. 

It makes a statement

Just one look at the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro and it screams premium quality. Its seamless titanium body and ceramic back case give it a very classy and sleek look. And its built resembles analog watches which I really like. 

Its titanium crown works as its power button as well as its scroll and zoom wheel. It not only looks mechanical but also feels like it too. With its haptic feedback, I still get the satisfying feeling of turning — just like that of an analog watch. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The Watch GT 3 Pro sports a 1.43-inch AMOLED display perfectly paired with its sapphire crystal lens. It’s a vibrant and vivid display that makes its content visible even when outdoors. 

You may prefer the titanium bracelet on this Titanium edition. Perhaps even the 43-mm Ceramic Edition that’s claimed to be created for women. But personally, I would rather have this gray high quality leather strap variant as it blends easier with my array of outfits.

Watch GT 3 Pro

My beau would also love this wearable as it also suits men, while I can use his Huawei Watch Fit 2 on days that I feel like using a smaller but still featured-packed smartwatch. 

Still on its versatility, I can customize this with different watch faces I can choose from the watch itself. I can also pick from a myriad of faces to download via the Huawei Health App. This makes it easier to mix and match it with my style. The watch also features an Always On Display and what’s great about it is that for every watch face, a corresponding Always On Display appears. 

It definitely is a good-looking smartwatch that makes a big statement on my wrist. 

Helps you watch your health (pun intended)

Watch GT 3 Pro

These days, I’ve been so pumped up to hustle at work and have been preoccupied with passion projects that I sometimes tend to neglect my health. Gratefully, I have the GT 3 Pro to keep track of that as this watch brings health management to a whole new level. 

This smartwatch has a medical-grade ECG analysis app. It helps me stay informed about any heart health-related risks. An ECG is a test that can be used to check your heart’s electrical activity and rhythm. And to check using the GT 3 Pro, it’s as easy as holding on the ECG sensor button with my index finger for 30 seconds and it provides the summary of my heart condition. 

It also has an SpO2 and heart rate monitoring but what has been really useful for me are its stress and sleep monitoring that reminds me to take more rest and slow down when I’ve been overworking. 

Watch GT 3 Pro

The GT 3 Pro has also helped me to stay focused on my primary health goal of controlling my weight through its Health Living feature. This is Huawei’s way to track your daily health and fitness progress. I just had to set it up on my Huawei Health app and I was given a list of tasks and I can also receive reminders to help me reach my goal. 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro may not be a professional medical equipment but it was still great to have it as an easily accessible health indicator. 

Motivates you to squeeze fitness into your lifestyle 

During rare days when I have some free time, I’m tempted to just be lazy. But look at the Watch GT 3 Pro and I’m motivated to hop back into working out. 

Whatever workout I’d choose, this watch definitely has it. The watch can track over 100 workout modes. During my workouts, I was also getting audio guides from the AI fitness on the watch where I was given the information on my workout status.

I’ve also been planning to go swimming and I know I can freely do that even while wearing the GT 3 Pro. This comes with IP68, 5 ATM ratings for water resistance and can even record diving data. It also supports free diving for as deep as 30 meters so I can definitely use it for my swimming workout plan along with its swimming workout mode.

Has a software that lets you do more  

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro runs on Harmony OS and it definitely gives you a smooth and great-looking interface. Whenever I need to jump from one feature to another, the watch’s fast responsiveness is really obvious. There are no discernable lags and navigation just feels easy.

With this software, I can access a number of thirty party apps that come in handy. There’s the Calculator and Petal Maps for navigation to name a few. I just had to download these via the AppGallery on the Huawei Health app. What’s great is you also get regular notifications so staying up-to-date is worry-free.

It also became easy to attend to important calls, send quick replies and view call logs via the GT 3 Pro’s notifications while it is connected to my smartphone. 

As someone who also likes listening to music while working out, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro makes it easier for me. I get to listen to my BTS beats during my gym routine since I can add songs directly on the watch. Since the built-in speakers aren’t annoyingly loud, I can play my music without disturbing other gym goers. 

Packs a robust battery life that lets you go on and on

I must admit, I’ve become a bit forgetful these days. I don’t even remember to charge the GT 3 Pro but that isn’t a problem.

I’ve been really enjoying exploring this watch that I’ve been using it for my daily activities. And true to the brand’s promise, its battery lasts 8 days for heavy usage. But if you’re unlike me and you would just use it once in a while, the battery can most certainly last for more. 

Meanwhile, charging it is fairly quick with the wireless charging cradle that came with it. I took a nap for a little over an hour while leaving the GT 3 Pro charged and when I woke up, the battery was fully charged again. Talk about convenience. 

Is the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro your GadgetMatch? 

Honestly, I think I’ve met my match that has definitely changed my perception when it comes to smartwatches.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro ticks all the right boxes. It has a very classy and versatile look that surely catches attention. It’s very user-friendly and motivates me to stay fit and healthy. Plus, it also packs a lot of features that I never knew I wanted and needed. 

This has positively made me do the big smartwatch switch. 

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro retails for PhP 16,999 and is available in Titanium and Ceramic Edition. Get it from May 27 to June 30, 2022 and you’ll get a freebie Huawei Strap worth PhP 1,399. 

It is available on Huawei Store and authorized platforms such as Lazada and Shopee. It’s also in Huawei Experience stores and other retail partners. 

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Customize your kitchen with Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerators

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Ever wanted to customize your own refrigerator, expanding or reducing the capacity and colors as you wish? Well now, you can easily do that as the Samsung Bespoke refrigerator series is finally here.

We first encountered this line at IFA 2019 in Berlin and it’s great to finally see it make its way into the global market, the Philippines included. To celebrate the launch and get people to see what the new line can actually do for our kitchens, a roving exhibit which started at BGC Central Square was mounted this month.

“As users’ lives become more ‘home-centric,’ we’ve realized that innovation can no longer follow a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The global launch of Samsung Electronics’ Bespoke refrigerator ushered in a whole new era of customizable home appliances,” said Samsung Philippines President Minsu Chu. “Allowing you to personalize your fridge’s color, material and modules to suit your needs, Bespoke epitomizes Samsung’s commitment to offering products that cater to consumers’ evolving lifestyles,” he added.

Customizable and modular

What’s great about the Bespoke line is how it can grow as needed. From a size that’s just perfect for someone who’s living solo to any addition to your home — be it a relationship, a roommate, or even a family. The colors are also customizable, featuring shades of pastels like pink and sky blue to basic hues like white and navy. The panels are made of highly durable glass, adding a chic and sophisticated sheen to any kitchen.

From L-R: Ramon Medina, Head of Division, Consumer Electronics of Samsung Philippines and Samsung Philippines President Minsu Chu

“The core of the Bespoke philosophy is about creating home experiences that are tailored to each user. To achieve this, we decided to hold our first Bespoke Roving exhibit in the Philippines to engage with our consumers directly to foster meaningful interactions and dialogues,” said Ramon Medina, Head of Division, Consumer Electronics of Samsung Philippines.

See what’s possible

The roving exhibit definitely helped put things into perspective for possible buyers. With a beautifully designed kitchen right in the middle of BGC Central Square featuring a couple of possible configurations of the Samsung Bespoke line, it was much easier to imagine what it can look like in one’s own kitchen.

The Bespoke line uses a Digital Inverter Compressor to help keep your electricity bills low. You can also avoid the dreaded chore of regular defrosting as they’re all ‘No Frost’ units. Personally, I’m a fan of the 2-door model. I love the configuration of having a bottom freezer and the fact that it already has its own rack for chilling wine. A minor thing for some but it can be quite the priority for others.

To know more about Samsung’s Bespoke Refrigerator and find out where the next exhibit will be, go to SamsungPH on Facebook or visit samsung.com/ph/refrigerators/bespoke-refrigerator/.

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