Mother’s Day gadget gift guide



Ah, mothers. What do we do without them?

Admittedly, we have all been a pain to our moms at some point in our lives (and maybe until now, most definitely until now). This is the true test of a mother’s undying love — that they tolerate us, after all these years.

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, the perfect holiday to show our love and appreciation to our biggest fan despite how sucky we can get/are as people.

Here are gadget gift suggestions for the main women in our lives.

ILIFE V7 Sweeping Robot Home Vacuum – $146.99

This vacuum will do the work for her, not just on Mother’s Day but every day that comes after! This nifty gadget takes the work off your mom’s hands. (Because if you’re not going to do the chores she asked you to do, someone/something has to!)


Parrot Flower Pot – PhP 7,990

This smart planter has built-in sensors that can monitor your plant’s needs — sort of like how mothers (without us saying anything) know what’s better for us, even if we never listen.

It also has a “plant sitter” mode, useful for days your mom decides to go on well-deserved vacations (from you). It comes with a free app!


Vivo V5 Plus – PhP 19,990

You could stop giving your mum headaches, or you could just document the few times you actually do good and make her happy. This is a great smartphone that will capture your mother’s every smile!

Fitbit Alta HR – $129.95 (PhP 6,479)

Give the gift of health! This fitness wearable will help your mom monitor her sleep, physical activities, and heart rate — which means you have a gauge of how mad she is the next time you do something stupid. It also comes in coral and fuchsia.


JBL Pulse 2 Bluetooth Speaker – $99.99

This thing is not only good on the eyes, it’s good on the ears, too! This powerful wireless speaker can drown out your whining, connect via Bluetooth, has 10 hours of play time, and it gives a beautiful light show. It’s splash-proof, as well!


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X – $159.99

For the mother who likes her mobile games, here’s a gift that will ensure she can play all the Bejewelled she wants as she ignores more of your spoiled whining.


Philips Hue Bloom – $59.99

Something for the home she’s lovingly kept — with no help from your lazy self. Control light settings with your phone and save energy with LED technology.


Dyson Supersonic – $494.99

Here’s a top-of-the-line, high-tech hair blower because your mom only deserves the best. (I mean, in theory, but she also has you so…) It has four heat settings, three airflow settings, and a removable filter.


HP Sprocket Photo Printer – $129.99

This printer will allow mom to print beautiful family memories (minus all the fights you picked) to decorate the house with! It’s small, compact, and connects via Bluetooth for fuss-free operation.


Kindle Paperwhite – $99.99

The perfect device for a mom who loves to read! A single battery charge lasts for weeks; that’s pretty long — almost as long as your mom’s undying patience for you!

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System – $129.99

Create the perfect cup of coffee for the perfect mother, because honestly, she needs all the energy to deal with your antics all the way into adulthood.


Cheers to all the great, wonderful women whose love we mostly don’t deserve (what, with all our millennial whining)! To be a mother is an extraordinary feat, and I could only aspire to be as great a person as my mother is (and, fine, yours too).

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wacom introduces new ‘significantly upgraded’ Intuos pen tablet

Technologically and ergonomically improved



Wacom introduced a new, “significantly upgraded” Intuos pen tablet. With it, creative hobbyists can enjoy improved accuracy and enhanced navigation capabilities. It also comes with bundled software for drawing, painting, and photo editing.

Fresh hardware

Like previous models, the new Intuos pen tablet retains the same active tablet area. However, it now has a smaller footprint and lighter weight. It also has a built-in pen tray, four express keys, LED indicator, and built-in wireless Bluetooth integration on some models.

Meanwhile, the Intuos pen uses Wacom’s battery-free EMR technology and boasts 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It has an improved ergonomic design with increased weight and soft touch grip area. Additionally, it comes with an in-pen nib compartment, and of course, a nib extractor.

Free Software

Users can download US$ 160 worth of graphics software upon purchase, which includes Corel Painter Essentials 6 for design and illustration, Clip Studio Paint Pro for comic and manga creation (UMD Paint Pro in China), and Corel AfterShot 3 for photo editing.

Pricing and Availability

The new Wacom Intuos pen tablet is available in small and medium sizes. The Wacom Intuos Small without Bluetooth retails for US$ 79 and comes in charcoal black, with an option to download from one of the three software choices mentioned.

The Wacom Intuos Small and Intuos Medium with Bluetooth come in charcoal black, pistachio green, and berry pink (in some regions). This Intuos Small model retailing for US$ 99 has an option to download two out of three software, and the Intuos Medium costs US$ 199 and can download all three software for free.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo are wireless headsets reimagined

Hand gestures, head gestures, and voice activated



Sony just announced their latest headset accessory: the Xperia Ear Duo. It features what they call Dual Listening technology. Think of it as the anti-thesis to noise-canceling ear pieces where you can listen in on your surroundings while your earphones deliver great sound. Sony updated their headsets to accompany their two new flagship smartphones: the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo has a feature called Spatial Acoustic Conductor which generates sound behind the ear through the unit´s driver, transmitting sound directly into the ear. The headsets run with Sony’s SPRITZER chip, an advanced multi-sensor platform, with contextual sensing and automatic activity recognition. The device basically keeps up with time, location, and tasks to keep you up to date on important news, notifications, and reminders.

As expected, the Xperia Ear Duo sustains the previous features of motion and voice control — with support for either Google Assistant or Siri. The advanced sensors allow you to control incoming calls by nodding; shuffle music by shaking your head; and adjust the volume by tapping and scrolling on the device. Sony says you’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted use on a single charge. Luckily, the compact case doubles as a charger and offers a fast charging feature which, Sony boasts, gives users two hours of listening time with just twelve minutes of charging.

It will be available for US$ 280 this Spring in sleek Black or Gold. You can pre-order the headset starting today.

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Alcatel introduces their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices

You should get these if you want the speed



TCL just announced their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices under the Alcatel brand. Two new mobile hotspots join the brand’s Linkzone series — the Linkzone Cat12 and the Linkzone Cat7.

The Alcatel Linkzone Cat12 has maximum download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps, but that’s if your telco supports 3-channel LTE carrier aggregation. It’s also one of the smallest pocket Wi-Fi models in the market, but it still has a massive 4300mAh battery. Alcatel claims that the Linkzone Cat12 can deliver 15 straight hours of usage or up to 300 hours of standby time. The device has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and can also act as a power bank for other mobile devices.

Then there’s the Alcatel Linkzone Cat7 which might not be as fast as the Cat12 but still has respectable download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps using 2-channel LTE carrier aggregation. The mobile Wi-Fi is pocketable, lightweight, and can last for 8 hours on a single charge.

The Linkzone Cat12 and Linkzone Cat7 from Alcatel will be available in select regions around the world starting later this year at EUR 180 (US$ 220) and EUR 100 (US$ 125), respectively.

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