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OPPO F3 review and selfie comparisons

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OPPO has yet another self-proclaimed selfie expert, and we’re going to review it!

The newest OPPO release, the OPPO F3, is a capable selfie machine, and it comes at a size that’s a fraction of the earlier released OPPO F3 Plus which features a 6-inch display.


This is great news for people with small hands like me as selfie taking was quite cumbersome with the OPPO F3 Plus’ size — that humongous phone dwarfed my hand and, well, you can’t really selfie if you can’t hold the phone (with one hand). The 5.5-inch F3 is still bigger than the smartphones I’d buy or I’m used to, but the fact that I can grasp it with one hand is improvement enough.

Think of this as the OPPO F3 Plus’ smaller counterpart — all the amazing functions in a smaller package.

And since we’re talking about selfies, I decided to take some with the OPPO that I can finally, sort of, hold.

Still selfie-ing with two hands

Of course, in true OPPO fashion, the smartphone has a built-in Beauty Mode (that’s quite useful, to be honest; I may have used it one too many times).

The best function of this phone is the wide-angle mode. Perfect for showing off scenery or for group selfies!

It seems you could do no wrong with this phone designed precisely for optimum self portraits. Even in extreme lighting conditions, the photo still results in a good selfie. (This was taken against the light!)

That is until you try out the phone’s Bokeh Mode. Most dual-camera phones use their cameras to achieve the bokeh effect; OPPO does it via software (the dual-front cameras for the normal and wide-angle mode) and this results in a harsh unnatural look. One too many times, the Bokeh Mode blurred out details that shouldn’t be blurred out (like my hair, and at some point, my face).

Since I’m not particularly a fan of the Bokeh Mode, it seems like a fair trade off as I would much rather have the wide-angle camera option. Until software improves or OPPO decides to slap on another front-facing camera on their phones, we’ll have to make do with uneven background blur.

You can actually see where the bokeh starts happening

The rear camera is pretty decent; basic at 13 megapixels.

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Having reviewed the OPPO F3 Plus, I fell in love with the wide-angle photo feature but wished that the phone came in a smaller size — this was the phone I was waiting for. If you’re a selfie taker like me, I’d highly recommend this phone (just keep the Bokeh Mode off).

Big things come in big packages? Not quite true, as the OPPO F3 has proved. And lest we forget, it’s cheaper than its Plus equivalent: PhP 16,990 in the Philippines (now discounted to PhP 15,990) and INR 19,990 in India.

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YouTube Original Series to feature TWICE

First K-Pop girl group to be featured

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K-Pop continues to be more popular than ever and it’s now making its way to YouTube Originals. TWICE, who constantly tops Korean charts, will be featured in a YouTube Original Series. They are the first K-Pop girl group to star in the award-winning series.

The series will feature the North American leg of their 2019 World Tour called TWICELIGHTS. This might prove to be an emotionally charged content from the group as one of the members — Mina — took a leave in the middle of the tour due to anxiety.


According to Billboard, the series is “unlike anything released by TWICE before. The series will showcase exclusives, in-depth interviews, as well as an “intimate and personal portrayal of all of TWICE’s members.” It will also dabble into the group’s four-year journey so far. The series will launch in the first half of 2020.

Image from JYPNation at Naver

TWICE debuted in 2015 with nine members namely Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. The group first hit their stride following their first comeback Cheer Up. The group has consistently released hit songs since and have been tapped as endorsers by multiple brands including tech-related ones like LG.

YouTube Originals and YouTube Premium

YouTube Originals had previously worked with K-Pop boy groups, most notably the one with BTS called BTS: Burn The Stage. It features various shows produced by YouTube itself. The show series was launched alongside YouTube Premium — a subscription based entertainment platform akin to Netflix, Hulu, et al.

YouTube Originals are currently only available to YouTube Premium subscribers but the content will soon be accessible for free but with ads starting September 24.

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Sights and sounds of summer in the Upper East Side

Capturing New York City on film

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“You need to come back, New York is different in the summer,” a friend urged one absurdly cold day back in May. “It has a different energy to it; it’s more alive,” another friend noted with excitement about the magical effects of the impending warm weather on the city.

Living in a tropical country my whole life and enduring constant humidity year per year, I never really understood the hype. What could be so special about spending yet another summer in another city, I thought.  On the contrary, it’s lower temperatures that always excited me. The thought of layering with soft wool sweaters and thick coats, and wearing thigh-high boots on vacation was ideal. It was something I never get to do on the daily, so I longed for it — until I was forced to live out of a suitcase from winter to spring, that is.


Having gone through the chore of exactly that — wearing wool sweaters, thick coats, and boots just to get eggs at the nearest bodega or go for a coffee run next door — made me appreciate being able to wear just about anything I want in the summer including the potential sweating that goes along with it. After months of freezing weather, summer just feels so liberating that you’ll appreciate the heat even if it means smeared eyeliners and a face so oily you could fry two eggs on it.

That je ne sais quoi of summer in the city is not something anyone can describe with mere words or capture on Instagram without losing its essence. This article certainly doesn’t, but here are some vignettes I caught on film, complete with audio recordings, using the Instax Mini LiPlay, one Sunday morning stroll along Upper East Side.

One large cold brew to go

Like any other day, I start with a nice cup of cold brew. Cafes like Bluestone Lane usually gets packed for brunch. It’s especially nice when the sun is out that friends and families eat al fresco. Listen to the audio recording here.

Hotdogs and city performers

Hotdog stands can be found at every corner of the city. This one is outside the Guggenheim Museum, which tourists flock and buskers frequent. Listen to the audio recording here.

Honking yellow cabs

The sound of the train arriving or cabs honking is normally unbearable, but in New York it’s part of what makes the city full of character. Listen to the audio recording here. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

This spot in Central Park is beautiful whether you’re there to see snow falling or flowers blooming; hear trees rustling or dried leaves crackling. Listen to the audio recording here.

Pick a spot at Central Park

Central Park is so big of an oasis that you can have your quiet little spot for reading and alone time, or watch kids and dogs play if you wanted to. Listen to the audio recording here.

Sun’s out, bikes out

Whether it’s for cardio, getting from one place to another, or just for leisure, everyone seems to be on their bikes during summer. Other locals take advantage of this and sell ice cold water for $2 in the middle of the park for anyone who needs to cool down. Listen to the audio recording here.

Grab something quick and cheap

For those who might want a quick bite after a long walk or bike ride, there are food trucks everywhere. Tacos? Check. Gyros? Check. Ice cream? Check. Listen to the audio recording here.

The Met

It can get too crowded for my taste, but The Met is quickly becoming my favorite place in the city. It’s where I can run to for shelter when it’s below freezing outside, or when temperatures get higher, walk around the vicinity for no reason or people watch on the steps. I can get trapped here for days and not feel like I’m wasting my time. Listen to the audio recording here.

Witnessing New York City transform from a dark, cold abyss in the winter, to a city with blossoming tress in spring, to the vibrant concrete jungle that it truly is in the summer, is special. If you live in this city, or travel here a lot, it’s something you will learn to cherish once you see and hear it for yourself.

WATCH: Winter in New York

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She implanted an RFID tag in her arm to operate a Tesla Model 3

A new way to never lose your keys again

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A software engineer who goes by the name Amie DD on YouTube wanted to do an ultimate Tesla Model 3 hack — one that involves implanting an RFID tag in her own body so she could unlock and operate her vehicle with just a wave of her arm.

She released a short documentary on her thought process and how she began the project. According to her, she’s not new to playing with RFID tags and implanting them in her body. So when she got her new Model 3 and found out it uses RFID to unlock and start the vehicle, she immediately came up with the idea.


To make this possible, Amie DD reached out to a body modification place capable of performing such procedures. You may watch the implant process here but be warned that it’s a bit graphic and shows blood.

She didn’t actually show in her video that it actually works but she told The Verge that it does. Amie DD even tweeted Elon Musk jokingly (probably) that she could run Musk’s Body Hacking Division.

It may sound cool and all — and props to her for having the courage to do something like that — but as for me, I think I’m okay with using standard keys right now.

 

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