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Samsung collaborates with Filipino handbag brand Aranaz

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Korean tech giant Samsung has collaborated with luxury handbag and accessories maker, Aranaz. The Filipino brand is known for its chic, handmade bags using local materials.

This partnership launched special pieces of Aranaz’ best-selling signature style, the Charlie Mini Bag, inspired by expressive hues and the compact design of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3 5G in green and lavender. 

Following the trend of micro-sized purses which became popular in the last few years, both varieties of the Charlie Mini are able to comfortably fit a folded Samsung Z Flip3 5G and a few other things – a tube of lipstick, a couple of cards.

A release from Samsung referred to Aranaz as a Filipino handbag brand known “for their craft and local artisanship in everyday life, making Filipino tradition relevant to the modern woman”. 

The Charlie Mini Cube bag comes in Lilac and is made with handwoven solihiya rattan and trimmed with real Philippine leather. It comes in the shape of a cube, measuring 4.25 inches X 4.25 inches with a depth of 1.5 inches.

Meanwhile, Aranaz’ bestseller is transformed into a fashion-forward piece in a dramatic green hue for this collaboration. Made with the same material as the lilac bag, the green variant is in the bag’s signature shape, measuring 6 inches X 4.5 inches with a depth of 2.5 inches.

Both bags are available for preorder via the Aranaz website until the 27th of February and will be shipped within the month of March. The Charlie Mini Cube Bag in Lilac and the Charlie Mini Handbag in Green are priced at PHP 6,500 SRP. Starting February 28, 2022, ARANAZ will launch the collection in their stores in Powerplant Mall, SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, and Rustan’s Makati. 

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is one of Samsung’s latest foldables, currently priced at Php 52,990 SRP for the 128GB variant and Php 56,990 SRP for the 256GB variant on the Samsung Online Store. The phone comes in four colorways: cream, green, lavender, and phantom black.

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2023 Minimal Desk Setup

With Logitech’s newest keyboard and mouse

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Last week, Apple launched the new Mac mini, a BYODKM device — bring your own display keyboard and mouse.

Paired with Apple’s Studio Display, this is the perfect time to pair it with a keyboard and mouse from Logitech!

But how will Michael Josh’s revamp his 2023 desk setup?

Watch our special Logitech desk setup and styling video now to know more!

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Google is working on an AirTag competitor

Codenamed “grogu”

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Since its launch, the AirTag has created a whirlwind of controversy because of how the tracking device was used (or misused). Today, the general consensus is that the AirTag offers more benefits than potential drawbacks. Everyone now wants in. Google, according to a recent finding, is reportedly working on its own AirTag competitor.

Via Kuba Wojciechowski and Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, Google is developing quite a bit in the tracking device segment. The developers are currently expanding the lineup of Fast Pair to include support for more locator tags like the AirTag. However, besides support for other devices, the development also includes references to a first-party tracking device.

The device, “grogu” as it’s currently called, is under development by the Nest team. It will include on-board speakers and Bluetooth LE support.

Google has not hinted at any developments to confirm any upcoming tracking device. With the currently available information, it’s impossible to check what the final product will be called or what features it will come with.

A Google-based tracking device will still be a godsend for users, though. Currently, only Tile offers an alternative to the Apple-based AirTag. Besides allowing users to keep track of their misplaced devices, a tracking device is now an essential must-have for travelers to make sure airlines don’t accidentally misplace pieces of luggage.

SEE ALSO: Android is working on a built-in detector for AirTags

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Sony brings back the Walkman

There are two new models

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX707

What is a Sony Walkman? For those who don’t know, ‘Walkman’ is essentially Sony’s branding for their line of portable music players. It had versions that played cassette tapes, CDs, and mp3 files. Now, in the era of streaming, the Walkman is making a comeback.

Two new models

Sony Walkman NW-ZX707

Sony is adding two models to the lineup. These are the NW-ZX707, and the NW-A306. Yes, Sony’s robotic nomenclature is alive in well even in the Walkman line.

The NW-ZX707 has a 5-inch display, enhanced battery life, balanced connection, and Wi-Fi compatibility for downloading and streaming. Updated components from high-ends models were used on the device. This is to make sure it delivers high sound quality.

It integrates a DSD Remastering Engine where PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio is resampled into an 11.2 MHz DSD (Direct Stream Digital).

Then, there’s the NW-A306. It’s a much more compact modern Walkman. It has a 3.6-inch touch screen as well tactile physical music controls for those who like to feel them buttons.

This new walkman is made with premium aluminium milled frame and weighs only 7oz.

High quality sound

Sony Walkman NW-A306

Naturally, high quality sound is the name of the game for this pair of devices. Walkman’s independently developed S-Master HX digital amp technology was used to make it compatible with native DSD format.

What it does is reduce distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies. This results in a rich and full-bodied sound, further enhanced by a new high-quality sound lead-free solder.

The NW-ZX707 and the NW-A306 both use Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence), and DSEE Ultimate™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) which upscales compressed digital music files in real-time. The evolving algorithm now delivers even greater benefits for CD-quality (16-bit 44.1/48kHz) lossless codec audio.
This restores subtleties and dynamic range providing a richer and more complete listening experience.

Battery life

The NW-ZX707 has a battery life of up to 25 hours of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 23 hours1 of 96 kHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback, or up to 22 hours2 even when streaming.

The NW-A306 has a battery life of up to 36 hours1 of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 32 hours1 of 96kHz FLAC high-resolution audio playback, or even up to 26 hours with streaming service apps.

Price and availability

The NW-ZX707 retails for PhP 44,999 while the NW-A306 is priced at PhP 19,999. They will be available in select Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide starting February 10, 2023.

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