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realme Narzo 50A Unboxing: a budget gaming buddy!

Budget play option

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These are confusing times, as the Hulk said. With a flurry of devices being released near the end of 2021, we’re going to unbox the realme Narzo 50A.

The box provided with the phone has an eye-catching color. The word “Narzo” is very prominent. Perhaps realme really wanted to scream their Narzo line. You won’t mistake this for anything else.

Opening the box was quite a challenge, it feels as if the cover has separation anxiety with the main box. Once successfully opened, the document container will greet you with “feel the power”!

Also included in the document holder are the phone case and the SIM tray ejector tool.

For the main attraction, the phone itself is resting snugly on the box. The unit has the “Oxygen Blue” colorway.

Greeting us at the front is the 6.5-inch mini-drop fullscreen, with a 720×1600 HD+ resolution. The screen-to-body ratio is 88.7 percent with a peak brightness of 570 nits in sunlight mode. To top it off, we also have an 8MP in-screen selfie camera.

Along with all of that beauty lies the charging chord and the power adaptor, USB Type-C and an 18W charging brick.

Heading onto the back, an interesting design awaits. The Oxygen Blue colorway pops, truly an eye-catcher. As needed by every mobile device, we have a triple camera setup: 50MP for the main camera, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP portrait.

That back looks… wow?

The design of the realme Narzo 50A is intriguing, streaking below the camera, we have a patterned design and the other half is smooth and simple. Maybe realme couldn’t decide on what design they should go for, so maybe they went for both. Other than that, the design is pretty solid and it gives the Narzo 50A a unique and striking look. The huge camera at the back is noticeable, but realme also placed a fingerprint sensor with the cameras.

The sides of the phone are familiar territory. On the left side, we have the sim and memory card slot, on the right we have the volume rocker and the power button.

On the bottom, past and present collide as the Narzo 50A has a USB Type-C and a 3.5MM headphone jack. People would love this especially if you’re still with the wired earphones gang.

But for those considering buying the phone, earphones will be bought separately as they do not have them inside the box.

Quick specs

The realme narzo 50A is equipped with the Helio G85 Gaming Processor, with 4GB of ram, and a whopping 6,000mAh battery. That’s about it for this article as we are going to dive deeper into the device as a performance review is coming up next.

Price and availability

The narzo 50A will be available in the 4GB+6GB variant during the brand’s 11.11 mega sale on Lazada. As an exclusive early-bird offer, the narzo 50A will be available at PhP 6,990. That’s PhpP1,000 off for the Narzo 50A!

If you’re reading this too late or you don’t mind the sale, then the actual retail price of the device is Php 7,990. 

The colors offered by the narzo 50A will be Oxygen Green and Oxygen Blue. Be sure to check out their official store in Lazada to learn more about the early-bird discount and more.

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now

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Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

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Waze now supports Apple Music

Link those accounts

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Music always goes well with driving. However, because driving demands both hands on the wheel, controlling music playback isn’t always the most seamless experiences. Thankfully, a lot of navigation apps are expanding their support towards the most popular music streaming platforms right now. Today, Waze has announced that the app now supports dual functionality with Apple Music.

Of course, Apple Music isn’t the most popular platform today. Still, expanding support is always a win. With the new update, Waze users can now control their Apple Music content straight from the navigation app.

It does need a bit of setup, of course. Users will have to link their Waze account to their Apple Music account through the Audio Player setting on the app. Besides Apple Music, Waze also supports Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

Though the streaming platform is already a staple especially for Apple users, Apple Music is doing more to create a viable plan against other streaming giants today, including a cheaper Siri-only plan that rids the need for an app interface. The service also increased the price of its student plan in several countries recently.

Both Apple Music and Waze are available for download on the App Store and on the Play Store.

SEE ALSO: Apple Music increases subscription price for students

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Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022

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Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

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