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The smartphone industry tops list of companies that support slavery

Buying a new phone has its consequences

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Smartphones don’t grow on trees. Like everything else in this world, our precious marvels of technology have to come somewhere. Unfortunately, that “somewhere” is systematically oppressed by unsafe working conditions.

Inarguably, the smartphone single-handedly takes the crown as the past two decades’ most disruptive invention. Sadly, its popularity drives a lot companies to seek cheaper methods to manufacture more. Through the net, stories about intolerable factories and work-related suicides continuously surface.

Working in a smartphone factory has never been desirable. In fact, all facets of consumer tech — laptops, tablets, TVs — suffer the same rampant problem.

Throughout the decades, slavery has now evolved into inconspicuous definitions such as this. From data in 2016, the Global Slavery Index estimates that 40.3 million people undergo systematic servitude through sex trafficking, forced labor, and arranged marriages.

Of these, 24.9 million are stuck in forced labor situations. Across the globe, the Southeast Asian region remains a steaming hotpot for this activity.

When it comes to actual sales numbers, forced labor factories have imported a stunning US$ 354 billion in goods. Of the top five goods, the bottom three are commodities. However, consumer tech and apparel rule the top two spots with an iron fist. The garment industry draws in US$ 127.7 billion. Meanwhile, consumer tech sinks US$ 200.1 billion in forced labor goods.

Sadly, our beloved smartphones support the cruelest anti-humanist practice in our history as a species. Across the globe, China and Malaysia are the biggest sources of electronic products at risk of modern slavery.

Thankfully, companies and consumers are slowly taking a stand against these unfair practices. In 2016, humane labor advocate KnowTheChain benchmarked tech companies based on their response against slavery. HP, Apple, Intel, Cisco, and Microsoft top the charts, in that order.

Consumers are even using that same technology to spread awareness on the issue. As mentioned above, the net was instrumental in increasing awareness on modern-day slavery. Currently, organizations are maintaining avenues where witnesses can report these events.

Sadly, without rooting out the actual cause, these issues will still proliferate. While smartphones continue to wow us every single year, a vast chunk of the world’s population will look with pained frowns and empty stomachs.

SEE ALSO: The importance of artificial intelligence in smartphones

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Sony PlayStation 5: A complete rundown

The company’s next generation console launches worldwide on November 19

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PlayStation 5

On November 19, the rest of the world will witness the arrival of the PlayStation 5. Sony’s next generation console plans to bring a new gaming experience, fit with the latest hardware. With the release nearing, here’s what you need to know about it:

AMD decking out the internals

The PlayStation 5 rocks an x86-x64 AMD Ryzen CPU following the Zen 2 architecture. For its GPU, it comes with an AMD Radeon RDNA graphics engine that supports active ray tracing. Essentially, what these provide are incredible game quality at higher frame rates.

Speaking of internals, this next-gen console comes with an expandable storage slot that supports M.2 SSDs. It already comes with up to 825GB of SSD storage, with a good portion of it to the operating system. With the SSD in place, expect your games to load pretty fast upon boot.

Supports almost all PS4 titles released prior

The PlayStation will have native support for most PlayStation 4 games

Several sources confirmed that indeed, the PlayStation 5 comes with backward compatibility features. This means that you don’t have to dispose any of your old PlayStation 4 games just yet. As for older PlayStation systems, Sony has yet to confirm compatibility for these yet.

Not only will the PS5 support these titles, but you can even upgrade some of your PS4 games to a digital PS5 version. Sony laid out instructions on how to do this through their support page, so you best keep your PS4 library. However, take note that this upgrade could come for free or with a cost.

The hardware and software integration

PlayStation 5

Just recently, Sony showed off the PlayStation 5’s new UI, complete with integration with their new hardware. Features like the Control Center and Activities all work seamlessly, especially with their new DualSense controller. With these features, you can continue playing your game while checking on what you missed out on.

Apart from the DualSense controller, Sony also unveiled its lineup of optional accessories that will come with the PS5. This includes its PULSE 3D Wireless Headset, the Media Remote, a 1080p PlayStation Camera, and the DualSense charging station.

Physical or digital, the choice is yours

Upon launch, you have a choice between the Blu-ray physical edition or the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The key difference between the two is, well the latter does not come with a Blu-ray disc reader inside. The Digital Edition comes in at US$ 399.99, while the Blu-ray Edition comes in at US$ 499.99.

PlayStation 5

Along with the PS5, several game developers plan to launch their games alongside it. Titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesAssassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and Gran Turismo 7 are just some on the list. Also, several current-gen titles will get their own PS5 digital versions like NBA 2K21.


We’ll update this space should there be more information about the PS5.

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Huawei MatePad T 10: The perfect goldilocks tablet

An unexpectedly helpful in-between device

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These past 200+ days of quarantining as much as possible have been horrendous. It’s caused multiple ripple effects on many facets of our personal lives and how we go about our day to day. There’s just so much that’s shifted, we don’t even have the time nor the right timing to get into the nitty-gritty of every change.

Stuck at home with family?

Alright, who else has been going through the motions of unlearning and relearning lifestyle changes at home? Everyone? Sounds about right. The pandemic really forced us to not just live with ourselves but also, deal with our families. Anyone tired of their family yet? We’ve got nowhere to run, boys and girls!

Work, study, and home chores just blend altogether at this point. And, it’s tough. There are all sorts of things and places you’d associate with rest and time off and there are things you didn’t think you’d need until a pandemic made gadgets essential for work and study.

Things we didn’t use to need

When you need portability, efficient functionality, and multi-faceted features, nothing has you more covered in this department like a tablet would.

If you’re worried about getting tasks done while needing to get around the house, don’t fret. This is just the gadget for you. At only 450g, The Huawei MatePad T 10 is a stunning lightweight 9.7-inch HD display tablet equipped with powerful, kid-friendly, and intelligent features.

You can use this tablet to work, write, read, study, play, and sketch wherever and whenever. The MatePad T 10 is powered by a Kirin 710A with their new EMUI 10.1, delivering on smooth and no-stutter experience. The tablet’s App Multiplier also helps when you need to keep multiple tabs open within your reach.

Even when you’re done with work and want to call it a day, the tablet has entertainment features that don’t let you down. The Huawei T 1o has two large sound cavity speakers on the sides giving you a good immersive experience. The tablet features the Huawei Histen 6.1 software to deliver 3D surround sound support.

The Goldilocks approach

Not too big, not too small — just right! Thing is, some people don’t have the luxury of setting up a complete rig just for work at home. Most people will need something they can use for work to carry around. Not only that, they might need a tablet for their kids to play, explore, and learn with. So, if you’re worried about costs, functionality, and portability a tablet should be on the table. Get it? Table? Tablet?

Terrible jokes aside, the MatePad T 10’s AppGallery and Petal Search Widget help anyone to find the right app collation to install and use. Huawei’s AppGallery is the third biggest app distributer. So, there are tons of entertainment and lifestyle apps available on Huawei’s AppGallery available to you.

Booky, foodpanda, Kumu, Paymaya, iflix, Shopee, Lazada, and BeautyMNL are just some of those enlisted in their pre-installed AppGallery. And, if you can’t seem to find it, they have the Petal Search Widget which allows you to access apps you’re looking for.

New forms of learning: daunting but possible

Whether a parent or a child, navigating through learning online can be daunting. Which, the Huawei MatePad T 10 has their Kid’s Corner feature for. It’s the tablets parental control so you can protect and keep tabs on your kid while they learn and explore using the tablet.

For online learning at home, the tablet has just the thing for you. Eye protection settings and eBook settings featured on the MatePad T 10 make sure it looks like your reading off of paper and your eyes don’t strain.

The MatePad T 10 is a good, kid-friendly buddy if or when you’re worried about kids while they get right back into school online. Don’t worry. There are many customizable features in the tablet’s Kid’s Corner feature to ease your worries.

The tablet is perfect to give any caring parent out there the peace of mind. They can even access top apps for kids on the MatePad T 10’s AppGallery like ABC Spelling, Azomee, Baby Panda’s School Bus, Math Kids Learning, and more.

Forced family bonding

This year is nearly over and it feels surreal to even put that into perspective. It just goes to show that as much as we love to control circumstances, some things are completely out of our control. So, we adapt. We give ourselves space to grieve and compromise. And, hey! When have we ever gotten this much downtime with our family? If anything, we’re forced to bond together and get through it together.

So, if you think you need a multi-faceted gadget to work, study, and play on, allow yourself to weigh in on efficiency, durability, and affordability of a tablet. Because Huawei definitely weighed all of those into account and made sure the Huawei MatePad T 10 ticked those boxes. The tablet comes at a bargained price of PhP 6,999.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines

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3 reasons why young adults need a smart tablet in their homes

Get an entertainment pad and virtual assistant in one

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Being in your mid-20s means you’re stuck in transition. You’re not a kid anymore, but you’re still not a full-fledged adult either. You probably still call mommy dearest when you get a stain on your clothes, even though you’re already paying your own bills. But adulting is difficult; no one really has it together.

When you’re in this phase, your priorities shift. For instance, redecorating your little chateau is your new favorite hobby. Along with making Ikea your own Disneyland.

However, living in the 21st century means we need to build smarter homes, to keep up with the times. While we try our best to be financially independent, splurging a little bit for any home essential won’t do any harm. Especially when it’s a smart tablet aimed to make your life easier.

Such is the case for Lenovo’s Smart Tablet M8, and I’ve got three reasons why you need to invest in getting one.

Your personal smart assistant, ready to serve

I never thought I needed a smart tablet until I got one. The idea of having my own Gideon from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow got me thrilled. Asking Siri won’t cut it anymore. Having this device felt like there’s a soul living inside, echoed through a virtual assistant.

When I get extremely lazy to do things on my phone or laptop, I only ask my Google Assistant to do menial tasks. I was able to organize my calendar, set my alarms, ask for unnecessary stuff that came into my mind while I multi-task in my work or house chores.

There’s a lot you can do when you have a device dedicated to being your own smart assistant, instead of relying on your smartphone.

It’s a great entertainment pad

I know, I know. We already have our Smart TV, smartphones, laser projectors, laptops, and whatnot. Who needs another entertainment device?

Continually, I find myself distracted when I use my smartphone or laptop for entertainment. Using your daily drivers gives you access to things that might derail you from enjoying a new song you heard or the new show you’re obsessing about.

Luckily, the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 is a 2-in-1 tablet and dock. While it can be your own assistant, it can serve as your mini theater, granted you use it to provide entertainment alone and you won’t install your social apps. No access to you means a better time spent on fun and solitude.

Portability that matches your transitional phase

Being in an awkward phase between being a young adult and a full-fledged adult, permanence isn’t your thing — for now. The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 offered portability to let you enjoy this temporary phase, without feeling like you’re already tied up.

You can choose to dock it on its Smart Charging Station or bring the tablet elsewhere for whatever you need. The choice is yours and yours alone, and you’re hella free to do whatever you want.

All about the smart tablet

The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 is equipped with an 8-inch IPS LCD display, Dolby Atmos speakers, and a MediaTek A22 processor. It sports a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage expandable up to 1TB via MicroSD card slot, and a 5000mAh battery. Moreover, it comes with our favorite feature — the 3.5mm audio jack.

With a bundled Smart Charging Dock, the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 retails for PhP 8,490. It’s available in Lenovo’s official stores and authorized retail partners.

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