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Now Playing: Our Planet, Kill This Love, Shazam!

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Spring officially began and cherry blossoms are starting to bloom in Japan. April proves to be a busy month for travelers and tech enthusiasts alike, as OPPO unveiled their latest flagship, and Samsung concluded the Galaxy A launch with BLACKPINK. Marvel fans are ready for a treat with Avengers: Endgame coming to theaters two weeks from now. (Who’s excited?)

We need to take a break so we can serve the latest updates in the tech realm. For now, sit back and enjoy what’s Now Playing:

Movies to see

Shazam!
Rodneil: Shazam! is an indication that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is ready to leave its dark and brooding past *coughs* Batman V Superman *coughs* behind. It’s a nice coming of age film that families can enjoy together. My main man Zachary Levi killed it as the titular character. It seems as if he was born to play Shazam much like Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool.

Pet Sematary
Dan: Here’s another remake of a classic horror film adapted from Stephen King’s creations. Pet Sematary was also one of the popular Stephen King movie adaptations in the 80s, but it’s not as good as fans like it to be. Fast forward to 2019, and it’s still not a great film. It can pass as your next horror movie to watch in the cinema with good scares and horrific images, although it’s just not memorable enough.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Kevin: It’s not the latest movie to come out, having been released towards the end of last year. But The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, to me, is an underrated but genius piece of cinema. In case you still haven’t seen it, the movie is about six different stories of life back in the Old West. It shows how people lived and how they settled their problems — presented with a good dose of drama and dark humor from the Coen brothers. It’s an enjoyable movie that might take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

TV shows to binge watch

Ultraman
Rodneil: This isn’t the Ultraman I expected but for the most part, it didn’t disappoint. The story picks up 40 years after the events of the Ultraman most people are familiar with. This version puts the spotlight on the original Ultraman’s son as he finds his way through a role he inherited but didn’t exactly ask for.

Our Planet
MJ: In early celebration of Earth Day, Our Planet is a must-watch documentary on Netflix about nature, addressing issues about conservation and the future of life on Earth. More importantly, you’ll appreciate the show better if you’re watching on a 4K TV, as this show is filmed in Ultra HD.

Your Lie in April
MJ: It’s been years since Your Lie in April (also known as Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso) was released but animé lovers never forget how this show struck a chord in their heart. It’s the most emotional anime I’ve ever seen, and fans re-watch this show every April to commemorate this masterpiece. Your Lie in April is full of valuable lessons in life that will definitely inspire you to let go of the past, take chances, live in the moment, and have faith in what the future will bring.

Santa Clarita Diet (Season 3)
Dan: The small suburb of Santa Clarita has more undead people! Zombie and comedy go well together in this latest season of Santa Clarita Diet. If you haven’t seen the first two seasons, I strongly suggest them for your next binge-watching sesh. The latest season continues where the previous season left off, and it finally brings a bit of action plus more dark humor. Don’t think of Santa Clarita Diet as just another zombie flick. I also think season three is the best so far.

Games to play

Honkai Impact 3
Marvin: Honkai Impact 3 has been available on the App Store and Google Play for over a year already, but it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to playing it. (Thanks, Rodneil!) It shares a lot of traits with action games Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, but with anime girls and JRPG-style dialogue. It’s free to play and gets updated with new events constantly!

Far Cry New Dawn
Kevin: If you’re into first-person shooter games, trusty animals fighting by your side, and making things explode, the latest installment of Far Cry will be an enjoyable addition to your library. It was released early this year and is a narrative sequel to last year’s Far Cry 5. This is the first time Ubisoft did this continuation for the series and Far Cry New Dawn takes place years after Far Cry 5 happened. Although receiving mixed reviews, it basically has the same exhilarating gameplay that made players love the previous installations.

So get your armor on, pick up that sawed-off shotgun, and take on the new bad guys of Hope County!

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Kill This Love by BLACKPINK
Vincenz: I had mixed emotions when I first listened to this song but the odd music arrangement got addictive when I listened to it on repeat. The rapping and vocals are lit, plus most of the lyrics are in English which makes the song singable enough. They even low-key promoted the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Buds in the music video!

Apps to download

Facebook for Android
Marvin: April Fools’! This app sucks. Facebook changes its Android app as often as my Viber groups send corny memes. Each update makes it worse, to the point that I can’t even comment or react to posts on my feed at times. Trust me, I’ve tried on different phones already and I only get consistent results on desktop. Use this dumb social network on the Chrome app instead.

Money Pro for iOS
Vincenz: This app is helpful for those who keep listing expenses in a day. Once you input how much you’ve spent for transportation, food, and whatnot, it sums up everything. Getting the free version is handy but the paid version conveniently syncs data on your other Apple devices (Macs and iPads). There’s also a Plus version that syncs data even on Android and Windows devices. The Gold version can do online banking.

Trends to try

KFC Double Down
Vincenz: As someone who loves eating chicken, Double Down makes it better with two fried chickens squishing the bacon, cheese, and right amount of mayonnaise in the middle. Unlike burgers, it cannot totally fill the void in your stomach — but it’s still worth trying out.

Jollibee Amazing Aloha Burger
Dan: It’s a beef burger with a slice of pineapple and bacon inside. That might sound weird, but the Amazing Aloha from Jollibee is one of the best summer-themed fast food burgers. If you love bacon and pineapple, this is for you. It used to be a staple item on the menu, but it’s now available for a limited time only. I love pairing this with a peach-mango pie to truly feel the tropical vibe of the Philippines — in fast food form.

Books to read

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Isa: I watched the Phantom of the Opera’s second run in Manila and yet again, I’m captivated by the haunted story of the Opera Ghost and Christine Daaé. Left wanting more, I ended up rereading the original French thriller novel — the same book Andrew Lloyd Webber based the award winning musical on.

The story follows a more detailed narration of the Phantom’s obsession for his young student and budding opera star Christine to almost catastrophic results. If you thought the play was thrilling, this morbid story of love and lust may just be a must read. So many details from the book escaped the play and it’s a definite eye opener to what supposedly went on in the Palais Garnier.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie showed off a Red Samsung Galaxy S20+

And we want it!

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Samsung and BLACKPINK have been partners for close to a year now. The latest to come out of this collaboration is a “Jennie Red” Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Red has always been a stunning color, but it stands out even more when Jennie holds it.

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Jennie Red.

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The “Solo” singer is seen holding the phone in different outfits.

Towards the end of the video, it’s shown that there’s also an Aura Red version of the Samsung Buds+.

As of right now, the variant is only available with Korea Telecom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
 

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

Hopefully, the “Jennie Red” variant also makes its way out of South Korea and into other markets.

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Apple banned bad guys from using iPhones in movies, says Knives Out director

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Mystery and thriller movies are undeniably fun to watch. You sit there in a dark theater, figuring out who the bad guy really is. Of recent movie history, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Knives Out have breathed fresh life into the mystery/thriller genre. Both films featured engaging twists and gripping action. However, for all the fun that the genre brings, what isn’t fun is running into spoilers.

To the mystery lover’s dismay, Knives Out director Rian Johnson revealed the most damning spoilers for audiences of the genre. From a Vanity Fair interview, Johnson shared how Hollywood films use Apple products.

“[Apple lets] you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” he said.

If you’re watching a thriller movie, watch out when the main character’s best friend is suddenly flaunting their new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Apparently, only good guys can use iPhones. Naturally, directors can bypass the rule by having everyone use Android phones or doing away with phones altogether.

Of course, product placement guidelines are common throughout the film industry. Some companies and entities don’t want to fall under a bad light. What comes off as unusual, however, is Johnson’s candidness with this fact, especially with a Knives Out sequel already in the works.

Regardless, you can now go back and watch your favorite thrillers again with this fact in mind. Knives Out is a particularly good one, even if you already know the twist.

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5 lessons we learned from ‘Crash Landing on You’

Let’s value offline connection

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched Crash Landing on You, please read with caution.

After a fantastic finalé, popular K-drama Crash Landing on You got me crashing down with emotions. Apart from the giggles, tears, and laughter, the beloved TV series brought unexpected nuggets of wisdom. Lo and behold, here are lessons from the hit show that everyone should remember.

Life without social media is great

When Yoon-Seri crash-landed into North Korea, she was totally bewildered. While the show is a fictitious attempt to portray the country, we all know from the books they’re totally isolated from the rest of the world.

Some of the basic necessities we enjoy are scarce, and they don’t have social media. But even though none of them enjoy these platforms we use to communicate, you can see that people have genuine interactions with each other.

When we’re hung up on social media, we rarely look around our surroundings. It’s time to appreciate the little things we have. For instance, the way the sunlight fills an entire room with warmth, or how the cold breeze in the morning hugs us while we sip hot coffee.

Cherish a disconnected life, connect with more people

What I love about Crash Landing on You is the banter between its characters. There may be no technology involved (and even if there was in Seoul), a lot of them stay connected with each other — not with the internet.

There were no distractions when they eat their meals; they share stories, burst into waves of laughter, and enjoy time with each other. With technology getting in the way we connect with our loved ones, maybe it’s time to bond the way the characters did in Crash Landing on You — disconnected online, but with a genuine connection offline.

Technology really made our lives easier

When Yoon Se-Ri and Ri Jeong Hyeok’s friends were sent to Seoul to bring back their captain, they’re filled with amazement. Even after going back, they missed how life was more convenient in Seoul. Back there, they didn’t have to wait for electricity to come back, and water flows freely.

Presently, homes are now protected with a security pass — which you can unlock with a code or your biometrics. You can turn off the lights when you clap your hands, too. Coffee machines are also here to serve us coffee, without grinding beans for god-knows-how-long.

Seeing the difference in the show’s portrayal of North and South Korea, you’d be grateful that we live in a world where technology is welcome and embraced.

We all need a strong support system

To survive in this world, we all need a strong support system. Your friends are important in navigating your life — connected or not. Crash Landing on You taught us that our friends are here and life’s easier when you have people around you. From Ri Jeong Hyeok’s men to Ajummas cheering Yoon Se-Ri, the right people really do bring the best in us.

There may be times when life seems unfair and struggles can be overbearing, but when you have people to lean on, you can survive anything.

Don’t be afraid to love again

In an age where romance and dating are complicated, people easily shy away from love altogether. I mean, it’s better to guard yourself up and not get hurt, right? But if we do that, we’re missing the spark and joy of life. If you’re afraid of the pain, remember that getting hurt is one of the risks of love.

Yoon Se-Ri and Ri Jeong Hyeok taught us the right person is always worth the risk. The amount of love we’re getting back will take away all the tears we shed. So if you feel like giving up on love, don’t. The universe is pulling all the strings for you. Magic is about to happen, just hang in there.

Bonus: Trust the universe

Lastly, live your life to the fullest. Trust that God, the universe, and other heavenly beings are working in your favor. After all, they’re true. It wasn’t a coincidence I watched Crash Landing on You. It was destiny. I was meant to learn from these lessons and share them with you.

Stream Crash Landing on You on Netflix.

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