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One week with the ASUS ZenScreen

See what it can do!

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According to pop rock band, Boys Like Girls, “Two is Better Than One.” Question is: Is that true when it comes to two monitors? I spent a week using the ASUS ZenScreen as a secondary monitor for my laptop, bringing it around with me everywhere I would go.

Full disclosure: I went into this experience questioning the need for a second monitor and expecting to not really need it or even like having to bring it around with me. But I’m coming out of this experience thinking that there definitely are people who will find the ASUS ZenScreen useful in their lives.


This thing is definitely portable. It’s thin, sleek, and light enough that it was pretty easy to get used to the added weight while carrying it along with my laptop. Many of my friends thought that it was a tablet and not an extra monitor. It’s really easy to set up, too. It will work on any laptop, and if you’re worried about having to bring another charger with you because of it, there’s no need to worry. The ASUS ZenScreen draws power from your laptop via its bundled USB-C cable.

After spending one week with it, I’ve found that there are two different ways the ASUS ZenScreen will benefit you. You can use it to be more productive, and you can use it for some fun multitasking, as well.

Let’s start off with the “boring” productivity benefit it can provide. Having a second screen when you’re working on a report and not having to minimize the document you’re working on was one of those little things you don’t think would be such a big deal, but is something I missed when I didn’t have the ZenScreen with me. That second monitor meant that I could have my main document open on my laptop screen and anything I would need to look at for reference would be open on the ZenScreen. So helpful!

Using it for presentations was pretty cool, too. Meeting with someone and using the ZenScreen to show them slides meant I didn’t have to awkwardly keep having to turn the laptop back and forth between myself and the person I was meeting with while seated across from each other. I would just hand them the ZenScreen and viola: We both had a screen to look at!

Now, let’s talk fun. The enjoyable benefit of the ZenScreen was mostly being able to multitask and watch videos no matter what I was doing on my laptop screen. Watching NBA games, Netflix, and GadgetMatch on YouTube (necessary shameless plug) was possible on the side while browsing social media, working on presentations, and reading articles.

Overall, the ASUS ZenScreen is all about being able to multitask, and as I said at the start of this piece, I went into this experience a little skeptical about needing a second screen, but now I can see its benefits.

The ZenScreen retails for US$ 249. The particular model we tried out is the MB16AC which retails at PhP 16,200 in the Philippines.

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Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

No, it’s not UNIQLO

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Yet another designer brand has entered the Philippine market. Originally from Singapore, UNIQ has launched in the Philippines, introducing its product lineup as well as its plans for expansion.

UNIQ produces elegantly designed cases for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and even MacBooks. Non-iPhone users don’t have to worry as the brand has Android cases for Samsung, and cases for Huawei is in the works.


Aside from dressing up your gadgets, UNIQ has something for those who want to stay connected and organized. For instance, they have a sleek, smart cable organizer for Lightning and USB-C cables. Additionally, they offer wireless charging pads, power banks, and charging stations equipped with USB-C which supports quick charging, as well.

Furthermore, UNIQ has power adapters and travel chargers compatible with over 150 countries. They also have beautifully crafted pouches, sleeves, and bags to protect your devices while you travel.

Officially distributed by Macpower, a distributor for Globe, Power Mac Centers, and Lazada, the products will become available when they open their first kiosk on June 22 at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA. Suggested retail prices range from PhP 1,000 to PhP 5,000.

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Pantone accessories are here to complement your style!

We want ’em all!

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Over the years, Pantone has grown as an authority and standard for colors. What was once a color guide for designers has become a part of contemporary culture. As people started identifying themselves through Pantone’s colored chips, manufacturers capitalized on this trend by incorporating Pantone into their products.

Through Pantone Universe licensing, manufacturers can apply Pantone’s branding and popular design. I’ve seen different applications, mostly on fashion and lifestyle accessories, but seeing it on computer peripherals and other electronics is a total treat.


Originally manufactured by DataPlus Supplies Inc., this Taiwanese company sells Pantone-licensed accessories that you’ll definitely buy to match your style.

For instance, they sell gaming accessories in different shades of blue. One of their best-looking is the teal-colored one, as it deviates from the usual blue and black combination used by gamers in their gaming setups.

You can also make a statement using these Pantone-colored USB fans and speakers when you’re traveling, especially in hot and humid countries. Fabulous, right?

For those who want to stay connected, stay away from the usual white and black power banks and get a Pantone-colored unit! There’s a rare chance of losing it compared to when you use a more generic power bank. And oh, they also have wireless chargers!

If you truly embrace Pantone’s branding, there’s a bag carrying the color guide’s popular design.

Lastly, there’s a whole line of computer accessories and electronics waiting for you. Pantone really found its way into our lives and yes, we want all of them!

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Apple Watch comes with new updates: App Store, menstrual cycle tracking, and more

Apple is trying to make your life easier!

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Apple is now making lives easier as they unveiled the new watchOS 6 in WWDC 2019, bringing the App Store with promising apps, new watch faces, and expanded features.

App Store without your iPhone

With watchOS 6, you can use the App Store to browse, download, and install apps directly on your watch, without the need to download a paired app on your iPhone.


Additional updates are coming as well, such as the Apple Books for your audiobooks, Voice Memos, and the Calculator app, which has a unique feature allowing you to split bills and calculate how much tip you’ll give.

Better watch faces incoming

Apple introduced what they call “simply beautiful and richly detailed” watch faces. There’s a modular compact, a gradient watch face, an oversized numerical watch face available in multiple languages, a modern digital watch face in multiple colors, a California dial watch face, and Solar Dial.

Cycle Tracking and Dose

Over the years, the Apple Watch has introduced health- and fitness-related features which made the wearable a valuable piece that can even save lives. In 2019, two more health-focused apps are coming: Cycle Tracking, a menstrual tracking and women’s health monitoring app, and Dose, a pill reminder app.

Expanding more features

Activity Trends, a new feature for the Apple Watch, is here to show your fitness data to give you a picture of your daily activity and to compare how you’re doing for the past 90 days. It’s smart enough to give you advice on what to do if your performance is going down. Talk about having a coach through your wrist!

For those concerned about their hearing, the Noise app can measure the noise level in your area and notify you through your watch if the decibel level reaches 90, which begins to impact hearing according to the World Health Organization.

Fast forward to fall

Apple’s watchOS 6 will be available starting this fall in select iPhones running iOS 13 or later and up until the Apple Watch Series 1, but it won’t make its way to the original Apple Watch.

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