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Petcube: The best Christmas gift you can give to Paw-rents

Featuring Juancho!

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Does it break your heart every time you leave your fur-baby at home? Ever wonder what they do when you’re not there to watch? Paw-renting guilt is real and Petcube Bites is the perfect way to deal with it on days when you just can’t bring your pet with you.

I was someone who didn’t want to be one of those pet owners who have a camera to stalk their pet. After my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Juancho came into my life, however, it all changed. A highly sociable dog, he loves the company of humans and hates being alone. On days when I had to leave him for a couple of hours to do the groceries or attend a formal event, he would howl in sadness. We proceeded to train him to be okay with being alone, giving treats before we leave and gradually increasing the time of separation.


However, it made me wonder how he was doing when he’s actually alone. Is he still howling? We needed a pet camera to check on him!

Enter Petcube’s latest version of their camera — Petcube Bites. Not only can you stalk and talk to your pet, you can even reward him for good behavior even when you’re not physically present by throwing treats at him.

Sleek and stylish

One thing I was worried about was how a pet camera would fit into our home. Most of the ones available in the market tend to look too cute-sy or even cheap because of the plastic elements used. The Petcube Bites, although quite big, can blend well with almost any type of room decor. It comes in four colors: Matte Silver, Rose Gold, Carbon Black, and Snow White. You can also put it on a flat surface or mount it on the wall.

Easy setup

Getting the camera up and running is a breeze. Download the app and sign up, plug your unit in, and follow the instructions on your screen. In a few minutes, our Petcube was up and running perfectly and I could see Juancho on the screen.

Security with notifications

You can’t spend all your time away from your pet with your eyes stuck on your mobile’s screen, watching him to make sure he’s okay. You can go about your business with ease as Petcube can detect movement and sound. It will also alert you through a push notification, prompting you to check on your pet.

Missed the moment? Don’t worry. The app saves videos of up to ten seconds from the past four hours into the cloud. You can check it later, download the video, and easily share it on social media. If you want longer videos and storage periods, you can always sign up for a membership to Petcube Care which starts at US$ 4.99.

It doubles as a great security camera for your home too. You’ll know if your pet had a busy day fighting off burglars. Your good boy definitely deserves a giant treat for driving them away!

Getting social

The Petcube app allows you to share photos and videos of your pet on an Instagram-like feed. You also have the choice to set your camera in public mode. This allows other app users to access your camera and interact with your pet. If you own the Play model, viewers can utilize the laser pointer and keep your pet busy. With Bites, you have the option to allow viewers to give treats to your pet, as well.

This is not for everybody, that’s for sure. Our Petcube is a locked camera but I must admit that I do enjoy playing with other people’s cats when Juancho’s asleep.

Capturing special moments with your fur-baby

The Petcube Bites streams 1080p HD video through a 138-degree wide-angle view. You can also zoom in the video up to three times. Night mode allows me to check on Juancho even when we’re already in bed and all the lights are off.

My favorite thing about it, though, is how it is able to record special moments between Juancho and I. Like the time I had to travel for work and he was left alone with his fur-daddy. I was gone for a couple of days and our Petcube Bites was able to capture our sweet reunion.

Acclimatise your pet

The only con I can say about the Petcube Bites is the sound it makes when you press for a treat to be thrown. This has startled Juancho one too many times and has given him some trust issues with it. This doesn’t come as a surprise since he’s still a puppy and is quite jumpy to begin with. He wouldn’t even go near the treats that came out of the device.

Another thing your pet should get used to is hearing your voice when you’re not around. Juancho freaked out the first time he heard my voice via the Petcube, telling him to get off the couch when I wasn’t even there. He jumped right off and it made me feel like God for a little bit but that added to the trust issues.

We’re currently in the process of reintroducing our unit to him. We’ve made some progress but we’re hoping he gets fully used to the sounds. He’s getting a lot bigger now and having more exposure to technology, anyways.

Verdict

So, is Petcube Bites the perfect gift for the paw-rent in your life? It makes sense to give someone the security of knowing their pet (and home) is safe while they’re away for a couple of hours. You can also prevent boredom which leads to destructive behavior. This, by either talking to them or distracting them with treats.

Peace of mind is always a good investment, as well as seeing your pet do something funny and having it on video to share with your friends and family.

What do you mean they’re fed up with my pet posts? Us paw-rents don’t really care.

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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This is not a drill.

With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I just love how extra it is.


The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”

There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration, not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion x tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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A colored, Bluetooth-enabled Tamagotchi is coming

Still very cute!

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The cutest 90s pet is back and it’s in full color!

The Tamagotchi Go is a refreshed version of our favorite digital pet. Available in glitter cases and now fitted with colored screens, the 2019 Tamagotchi hopes to capture this new generation the same way they did ours: Through adorable virtual critters!


You still take care of an incessantly needy pet but this device now allows you to connect with other users via Bluetooth so that your Tamagotchi can make friends, marry, and even have more Tama babies. And, good news, there will even be a new Tamagotchi Hotel feature which will babysit your pet on days you can’t just deal — that means less dead pets! (90s kids would know. 😅)

Additionally, there’s an app, to be released later on, that will allow users to connect to other Tamagotchi worldwide.

Despite the advancements, the Tamagotchi Go will still be a straightforward device which runs on AAA batteries and needs no connection to your smartphone or the internet to run. The new Bandai toys will be on sale starting July 28 and it will retail for US$ 60 a piece.

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Louis Vuitton put screens on their iconic bags because why not

Literally seeing the future

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Not the type to shy away from all things extra, Louis Vuitton has decided that the future of fashion entails screens on designer bags.

Unveiled at the Cruise 2020 collection show held at JFK’s TWA Flight Center last week, the prototypes aptly titled “Canvass of the Future” featured flexible screens on classic LV bags.


Two bags were shown off on the runway with flashing screens — the ultimate high-tech arm candy.

Now, dear reader, if you’re an avid follower of the folding screen trend, you’d know that this isn’t the first time we’re seeing those screens on a purse. Early this year at CES, we saw this purse from Royale — the same brand responsible for the very first functioning folding smartphone.

It comes as no surprise then that the same screens are used on the Louis Vuitton bags.

Here’s a closer look at the two-paneled Speedy in all its AMOLED screen glory.

 

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CRUISE 2020 MONITOR BAGS by @nicolasghesquiere HI guy, it’s MKBHDLV back at it again. We saw the Fibre Optics in the last men’s show (more info on that real soon BTW) and now this! This one wasn’t the only one in the show. There was a bucket bag with screens on both sides as well. If it ain’t OLED, count me out smh 😤 ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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As of now, there is no news on other functionalities, although some on social media have claimed that there are touchscreen capabilities on the bags. Pricing also hasn’t been unveiled although you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be cheap as LV bags and flexy screens, on their own, can both fetch a pretty penny individually.

 

 

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CRUISE 2020 by @nicolasghesquiere Here are the other bags from the show. The Skyscraper bags are cute. Also, here’s the other *touchscreen* bag. One in the front, on in the back. So it’s pretty much just 2 iPads glued on to a Bent Box it seems. Shout out to the girl @vickyyzzzz for pulling through ♥ ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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One thing is for sure, though: The future of handbags is bright — well, as bright as the AMOLED screens.

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