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ASUS ROG Phone gets everyone hyped, Memoji is a thing: Weekend Rewind

ASUS wows, as Lenovo disappoints

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. ROG Phone gets everyone buzzing

Even if you hid under a rock over the past week, you still might have heard all the noise that the ASUS ROG Phone made right before Computex 2018. This is a phone built with gamers in mind. The design is distinctly ROG with specs that match today’s top-of-the-line flagships. However, what sets it apart are the accessories available for purchase right when the device launches. These include a controller by GameVice, a desktop dock similar to what we’ve seen with Samsung DEX, and a TwinView dock that adds not only physical buttons but also another display.

2. Dual screen laptops are coming

Speaking of dual displays, ASUS wasn’t done making noise. They also also launched the ZenBook 15 Pro with the ScreenPad. Screen what now? Instead of the usual trackpad, ASUS put a display on its new ZenBook and it can do anything from being a second screen to enhancing the experience for certain apps.

It doesn’t end there. ASUS also showcased Project Precog — a laptop that completely takes away the physical keyboard and replaces it with another screen. Not to be outdone, Lenovo announced the Yoga Book Generation 2 which will also sport dual screens. Unfortunately, Lenovo’s next announcement was a dud.

3. Where’s the “all-screen” phone at, Lenovo?

People swooned as teasers of an “all-screen” Lenovo Z5 spread online but those swoons quickly turned into sighs as Lenovo revealed a Z5 that sports a notch. Lenovo took the “expectation versus reality” meme to heart. If you can get past the disappointment of not getting an all-screen phone, what you get with the Z5 is a midrange phone that promises AI-integration on its cameras.

4. Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like its predecessor

In yet another uninspiring smartphone design news, XDA Developers showed a leak of the Pixel 3 XL. The rear remains unchanged and you will be forgiven if you think this is the Pixel 2 XL. What’s different though is that it’s rumored to have two front-facing cameras that’s housed inside — can you guess? — yes, a notch.

5. Memoji, Dark Mode, and more awesome Apple-made OS things

Rounding up this week is a sort of encouraging news. While there was no hardware announcement at this year’s WWDC, we were peppered with a bunch of new features coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

iOS 12 will now feature tongue tracking on Animojis and AR Emoji killer (if you think it was ever really alive) Memoji which is an Animoji version of yourself. The next macOS is called Mojave and it introduces a slew of new features including a Dark Mode, stacks for decluttering your desktop, and more. You can read about the 18 most notable WWDC updates here.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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PumaPodcast: Go Hard Girls

A podcast about women in sports sharing their inspiring stories

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We believe women can do what men can do. This is why we’re hosting “Go Hard Girls”, the first podcast dedicated to sharing stories of Filipina athletes. Produced by PumaPodcast, it reimagines the sports industry if it was better for women while inspiring us to make our own mark in our respective fields — be it sports or somewhere we excel.

“Go Hard Girls” is hosted by sports reporter, award-winning writer, and gender equality advocate Ceej Tantengco. Together, let’s celebrate women making their own mark!

Note: Episodes will be regularly updated. They are arranged from newest to oldest.


Episodes

Episode 5: Big Mom Energy with Josie Gabuco

Filipina boxer Josie Gabuco has won five straight gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. Even more impressive? She did it all while being a single mom.

Episode 4: Nesthy Petecio Knocks Down Barriers

Let’s get intersectional! World amateur boxing champion and SEA Games gold medalist Nesthy Petecio opens up about mental health, being a lesbian athlete, and why she’s stronger for all her struggles. What better way to celebrate Women’s Month?

Episode 3: No League of Their Own

The Philippines prides itself on being a basketball-loving nation, yet there’s no pro league for women. What happens to our Filipina ballers after college? How does this affect the Gilas Pilipinas Women’s program? And what do the athletes want (and don’t want) from a league? The NU Lady Bulldogs get candid in the third and final episode of our series on women’s basketball.

Bonus Episode: Ella Fajardo of Gilas Pilipinas

At just 16 years old, Ella Fajardo helped win the Philippines its first FIBA medal in the women’s division. In this special bonus episode, Ella and Go Hard Girls host Ceej Tantengco talk about her experiences as a Filipina baller in the USA and why the new generation of female athletes are speaking up for equality like never before.

Bonus Episode: Live and unfiltered with the NU Lady Bulldogs!

NU Lady Bulldogs’ Coach Patrick Aquino, UAAP Finals MVP Jack Animam, and Go Hard Girls host Ceej Tantengco sit down with PumaPodcast CEO Roby Alampay for a roundtable discussion. You’ll hear stories from behind the scenes of Go Hard Girls and what their dreams for women’s basketball are.

Episode 2: The MVP Who Almost Didn’t Play

UAAP Finals MVP Jack Danielle Animam didn’t play basketball until she was in high school. We look at what her story tells us about the state of youth development for women’s basketball, and speak to Girls Got Game about how they empower young girls through sports.

Episode 1: The Greatest Winning Streak Nobody Talks About

Five straight, undefeated seasons. 80 straight wins. The NU Lady Bulldogs did all that from 2014 to 2018. We look back at where and how the Lady Bulldogs’ hardcourt dominance began. The team tells us in their own words about the big moments and untold stories of the Greatest Winning Streak Nobody Talks About.

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PumaPodcast: Conservative Ako

A podcast about female pleasure and sexuality

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In this generation, sex-positivity is a must. We believe we need to talk about sex and pleasure, two equally important topics relating to health — physically, emotionally, and sexually.

Hence, we’re hosting “Conservative Ako”, the first-ever podcast about female pleasure and sexuality, produced by PumaPodcast. “Conservative Ako” is hosted by Rica Cruz, a licensed psychologist, and sex & relationships therapist.

Together, let’s break barriers by giving voice to questions that Filipinas have always been afraid to ask.

Note: Episodes will be updated regularly. They are arranged from newest to oldest.


Episodes

Special episode: Love under lockdown – advice for couples together 24/7

During this COVID-19 quarantine, many couples are stuck with each other at home, 24/7. And it can take a toll on any relationship. In this special episode of Conservative Ako, sex and relationships therapist Rica Cruz gives some advice.

Episode 6: The first time you have sex *doesn’t* have to be painful

 

How do you put on a condom? Why should you use lube? And how do you know where the right hole is? Licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz fields questions about first-time sex, and tells us that contrary to popular belief, having sex for the first time *doesn’t* have to be painful.

Episode 5: Having sex for the first time — how do you know if you’re ready?

Having sex for the first time is a milestone for many people. So how can you prepare for it? And how do you know if you’re even ready for it? Our guests share their thoughts and experiences with licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz.

Episode 4: Oral sex techniques… and why some women don’t like getting eaten out

How can you give great blowjobs? And what techniques should your partner know so you can get eaten out in the BEST way? Listen for tips from licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz and her guests. Of course, there are some women who don’t like cunnilingus at all. Rica explains why

Episode 3: Oral sex is yummy! And you should STILL use protection

Do you remember the first time you tried oral sex? Both giving and receiving? Licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz goes on a trip down memory lane together with her guests, and they extol its virtues and benefits. A reminder though! Oral sex still puts you at risk for sexually transmitted infections. So how do you protect yourself against it?

Episode 2: Tips for self-pleasure, and dealing with guilt surrounding masturbation

Do you feel guilty when you masturbate? You’re not alone. Licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz talks about how society puts this burden particularly on women, and how they can deal with it. Plus, tips on getting those juices flowing with just you and your hand, in your room.

Episode 1: Masturbation, and getting to know the female genitalia

Licensed psychologist and sex & relationships therapist Rica Cruz hosts a discussion about self-love and self-pleasure in the first episode of “Conservative Ako”. How did she and her guests discover masturbation? Plus, a lesson on the parts of the female genitalia. Because how can you make yourself feel good without knowing where and what things are in the first place?

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Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Unboxing and Review: Death of the Flagship Killer

Is this too pricey for a Xiaomi?

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Supposed to have launched globally last February, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is rolling out across the globe in spurts, first in China and then in Europe later this month. Is it still the flagship smartphone you can get for less?

In our Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Unboxing and Review we talk about Xiaomi’s new strategy. And answer some of your questions including – can it compete with other Android faves like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Huawei P40 Pro.

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