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The Playground: An Instagrammable pop-up

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OPPO has done it again. The Chinese selfie phone manufacturer launched the OPPO R11s, their newest borderless phone, in Singapore with a very interesting pop-up store.

In a move that benefits Instagram feeds all over Singapore, OPPO introduced The Playground. Much like the OPPO Beauty Box we got to visit last month in China, The Playground is home to many wondrous things.OPPO pop up Singapore

The pop-up along Orchard Road has a bunch of pretty neon signs…

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… and funky backgrounds. Perfect for photos! They even have a ring light setup ready for use.

OPPO pop up Singapore

Every corner is a photogenic spot.

OPPO pop up Singapore

Can you imagine the IG possibilities? Well, you don’t have to. We have photo samples!

The photos below were shot with the R11s (as with all the photos in this article). This was done on the phone’s rear cameras with the portrait mode. There are two settings: a closer, tighter portrait like the one on the left, and a wider shot like the one on the right.

OPPO pop up Singapore

Of course, the R11s’ artificial intelligence beauty mode shines in terms of performance. Taken by the cute back drops, they make for great selfies.

OPPO pop up Singapore

After your mini photoshoot, this printing machine awaits.

OPPO pop up Singapore

What’s even better than perfect selfies? Why, perfect selfie printouts, of course! Hence:

OPPO pop up Singapore

After going through everything in The Playground, you get another treat.

OPPO pop up Singapore

This jumbo treat dispenser has great surprises!

OPPO pop up Singapore

Beauty brand Benefit partnered with OPPO for cool goodies to be given away. You either win this…

OPPO pop up Singapore

… or cute Ollie speakers!

OPPO pop up Singapore

The experience finishes with, of course, the R11s. You get hands-on time with OPPO’s newest release, so you know what that means, right? More selfies!

OPPO pop up Singapore

Well played, OPPO. You make Instagram feeds the world over a better, more aesthetically pleasing place.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Beauty Box is the perfect place to take Instagram photos

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Lumos Candle is a real candle that lights up with a press of a button

Because why not?

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Technology these days have no doubt reached unimaginable heights. From talking refrigerators to robot dogs, we’ve seen a lot of weird but amazing things. But, nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing, but probably useful innovation one Korean company brings to the table. These are Lumos Candles.

They may look like your typical candles — and they are — except with one press of a button, they light up.

That’s right. No need for matches, or lighters. With one touch, actual flame ignites on the candle’s wick.

Lumos credits “the principle of electric discharge” for this tech, but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that this candle can actually light up with one quick press and I am losing my mind.

Since it’s a real candle, it does get spent. But, you can simply replace it with a refill candle and you are ready to get lit (pun intended)!

The pad, on the other hand, is charged via a micro-USB cable. One charge cycle is good for four months if you use it four times a day.

The handmade soy candles are made without paraffin and come in a variety of scents which include vanilla, lavender, and even fresh cotton.

The candles ship out November of 2018, and the basic starter pack with two candles and a pad is priced at US$ 58. Check out Lumos’ Indiegogo page here.

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Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?

Why this music player is still relevant

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Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?

Music and only music

This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.

The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.

Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.

There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.

Play sounds

Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.

Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.

Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.

In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!

Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?

Mighty says it’s the reality.

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Millennial parenting and the need for baby domain names

Parenting in 2018!

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Parenting in 2018 has certainly changed from when our parents did it. Millennials, most of which are digital natives, now have different priorities and considerations when it comes to naming their kids. Just how different? Well…

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That’s right. According to a GoDaddy survey, domain names now play a big role in what parents consider when naming their child!

General sentiments have also changed. The same survey cites 48 percent of millennial parents, almost double the number of Gen X parents, believe that online media presence early in life is important for their kid.

In fact, even before their babies could walk, they’ve probably been posted about online by their millennial parents.

This is unsurprising because this generation grew up online. In fact, 58 percent of millennials are reported to have created their first online profile between the ages of 10 and 17. 

Hence the willingness for millennial parents to help their children create their own websites! The reasoning is simple: Most millennial parents believe that this will help their child when it comes to jobs searches and college applications in the future.

Some parents even go as far as buying the domain even before the child’s birth. Top reasons for doing so include reserving the name for the future, to use an online baby book, and lastly, to utilize the domain as a tool to teach their kid about the internet.

GoDaddy trends expert Melissa Schneider explains, “It’s no longer enough to make sure that your baby is enrolled at the top elementary school at birth — parents today are claiming their child’s name and online identity to make sure that they’re set up for success down the line. More than ever, it’s essential to own your own identity on the internet, and millennials know that better than anyone else.”

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