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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Tech she doesn’t realize she needs

Presents your mom will love

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and yet again, I am crafting a quick list of stuff you can get for your mom to celebrate this day.

This year, give her the gift of convenience through technology (and some accessories!). Sure, most moms are the least likely to tinker with tech, but here are a few things that your mom will probably love.


Pamper her with instant facials every day

The Foreo UFO is the perfect pampering tool for your mom. This tiny device gives an instant facial in 90 seconds — faster than any Korean facemask can. It’s also equipped with thermotherapy, cryotherapy, T-sonic pulsations, and LED light treatments. Yep, all that in this small puck.

READ MORE: Foreo UFO: A high-tech replacement for face masks?

WATCH MORE: Foreo UFO hands-on: 90-second facials

Make phone handling easier with the most useful handset accessory ever

This teeny accessory is the PopSocket. It’s the most useful thing ever! Stick it onto your phone and it will serve as a handle and even a stand. I gave one to my mom and she hasn’t gone PopSocket-free since. For a more personalized gift, you can also customize it to put a design your mom will appreciate more.

Get your mom on track to a healthier lifestyle with this fashionable tracker

A happy mom is a healthy mom (well, that makes for healthy kids, too!). Get your mom on the right track to fitness with the Fitbit Versa. It’s a light, versatile device that will track health information, including sleep cycles and activities.

READ MORE: Fitbit Versa hands-on: A better smartwatch attempt?

Give her the ultimate throwback phone

The Nokia 8110 4G is the perfect classic reboot. Dubbed the banana phone, this 2018 release gives you all the phone essentials in the cutest retro look. Plus, it comes in a cool yellow! Perfect for moms who aren’t really into smartphones yet (Yes, they still exist).

WATCH MORE: Nokia 8110 Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

… or get a good case for her phone!

This pretty spring-themed leather folio makes for a perfect accessory for your mom’s iPhone. It makes sure her phone is protected and those pockets mean extra space for cards and more. They come in the cutest colors, too: Electric Blue and Soft Pink.

READ MORE: Apple shows off new Spring cases for iPhone/iPad and Space Gray accessories for Mac

Get your mom a smart assistant she can always rely on

Okay, Google. You think my mom will like this? Now, your mom will be able to accomplish a lot of tasks by voice commands with the new Google Home Mini! It also comes in great colors and a texture that will look great in your home.

READ MORE: Google Home smart speaker gets Mini and Max versions

WATCH ALSO: Google Home Mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Get her the best vacuum ever

Sure, it’s a vacuum. But, this isn’t just any vacuum. The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre is the cutting edge in household tech, the Rolls Royce of vacuums! It’s one of the lightest, most powerful cleaning machines around. This means you’ll have an easier time for when you decide to start cleaning for your mother — which is honestly the true gift in this scenario.

READ MORE: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

WATCH ALSO: Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre: This thing sucks!

Give her the prettiest pink gold handset

Your beautiful mother deserves a beautiful device. The Huawei P20 in this stunning Pink Gold gradient is one of the prettiest subtly colored phones around. Not only does it look amazing, this flagship is also one of the most powerful devices in the market today.

READ MORE: Pink Gold Huawei P20 hands-on: A beautifully subtle gradient

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The Huawei Watch GT is a best seller

Some good news for Huawei

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The Huawei Watch GT has now sold over two million units worldwide — that’s the best number among other Huawei smartwatches.

According to data from analyst firm IDC on global wearable vendors in the first quarter of 2019, Huawei has achieved year-on-year growth of 282.2% against the same quarter in 2018. In that period last year, Huawei shipped five million units in total which puts it among the top three global wearable vendors.


The Huawei Watch GT was first launched in October 2018 alongside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and other products by the company.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Watch GT: An all-around fitness smartwatch

This is a bit of good news for Huawei who is currently facing perhaps its toughest challenge to date following a ban by the US government over security issues.

The company hasn’t sat idly by as reports indicate it is working on its own operating system should the ban persist. Huawei has also launched a “Special Warranty Program” that promises 100% refund.

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How to wear red: 3 stylish pairings to try

Those red pieces shouldn’t be gathering dust

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It’s easy to think that red is best worn sparingly or just as an accent. It is after all, such a bold, eye-catching color. We normally wear a pair of red heels to add a pop of color to an all-black ensemble, or a cute red top to go with neutral colored bottoms. We rarely buy something red for every day use, whether that’s a purse or a phone, because it just won’t go well with most of our outfits.

This is exactly why we sometimes feel like we have nothing to wear — when we build a wardrobe without considering new color pairings and when we reserve certain colors for special occasions. Here are three new combinations to try with those red pieces that don’t see the light of day (or night) as often as they should:


Red + blush pink: spring to summer

Hybrid smartwatch, Fossil Q Jacqueline; blazer, Stradivarius; slip dress, Fleur du Mal; belt bag, Mango; heels, Mint & Rose.

This color combination will give you an instant flirty, feminine look especially when you do it with a silk slip dress and strappy sandals. Give it a little bit more structure by throwing on a red blazer, and stick to the same tonal colors when accessorizing to look more put together. You can dress it up with taller heels, or down with flats.

Red + tan: end of summer to fall

Smartphone, Honor View 20 Moschino Edition; crop top and pants, Aritzia; bag, J. Crew; mules, Madewell; coin necklace, myartisanstore on Etsy; hair clips, Machete.

Be a wee bit more unpredictable by pairing red with the brown pieces in your closet. A red crop top worn with tan high waist pants and mules is a good departure from the light, breezy looks you’re used to wearing during summer. When temperatures dip, add a coat in similar brown tones to stay warm. I used to be so averse to wearing this color combination but it’s now one of my favorites!

Red + red: winter to early spring

Sunglasses, Spectacles 2 Veronica by Snapchat; sweater, Everlane; shorts, Aritzia; boots, Mango; 3-in-1 laptop tote, Parfois; earrings, Machete.

Tonal dressing is my go-to when I’m in a hurry to get ready in the morning and it doesn’t just apply to neutrals. Try wearing red on red with your thigh-high boots especially during winter when everyone else is sporting the same black coat. If you’re feeling feisty, go all-red even down to your shoes and purse and you’ll be surprised how powerful it will make you feel. Otherwise, you’re welcome to tone it down with the black staples you already have.

From these three looks alone, you can create more: turn the slip dress into a skirt by wearing the red sweater over it, or pair the crop top with the shorts and nude heels when the weather is scorching and unforgiving. The possibilities are endless! As long as you see red to be the versatile color that it actually is, you’ll never run out of looks to try, and that red phone you carry every day will never clash with your look again.

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Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

The AirPods competitor from Xiaomi

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Xiaomi‘s awaited Apple AirPods copycat has landed in the Philippines. The AirDots Pro was initially introduced earlier this year and you can finally get your own pair of wireless Bluetooth earphones.

There’s no denying that the Xiaomi’s AirDots Pro strongly resembles Apple’s AirPods. Even their names are quite similar; however, the AirDots Pro doesn’t have the same premium price of Apple’s accessory.


The AirDots Pro is a pair of wireless earphones that has a Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, noise-canceling microphones, and touch controls. According to Xiaomi, battery life is up to four hours, while the charging case offers an extra 10 hours. Both Android and iOS are supported by the AirDots Pro.

Through Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines, the AirDots Pro retails for PhP 3,490. It’s slightly pricier than its launch price in China, but at least you don’t have to ship it anymore. Also, it’s way cheaper than the AirPods.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Price and availability in the Philippines

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