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Stay at home with these Sharp appliances for the holidays

Upgrade your home for the better!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to spend more time inside our homes. While the pandemic isn’t going away for a while, there’s a lot you can do to make your indoor stay more comfortable. One of the easiest ways to do that is by upgrading your home appliances — thankfully, Sharp has a whole lot of them that you can avail of for the holidays.

Upgrade your home entertainment to the max

One of the best ways to spend the holiday season this 2020 is to stream a Netflix episode or movie in the comforts of your living room. Alternatively, you can listen to some tunes as you reminisce the better days. As such, upgrading your home entertainment units should be on the top of your list.

Sharp’s AQUOS 4K TVs offer a variety of sizes from 50-inch, 60-inch, 65-inch, 70-inch, and 80-inch. That’s a lot of sizes to choose from, adapting to you and your family’s entertainment needs. On top of that, these TVs have a built-in X4 Master Engine Pro II for upscaling SD videos into almost-4K quality. They also have Android built-in for enjoying hundreds of apps from the Play Store.

Complementing those AQUOS TVs is Sharp’s 8A-C22CX1 soundbar with Dolby Atmos built-in. With Doly Atmos built-in, you can hear any details in music or movies with greater clarity. Six independent digital amplifiers provide more bass and treble, while Sharp’s Opsodis technology enables 3D sound reproduction. It also comes with seven sound presets so you can hear more clearly depending on the situation.

Level up your kitchen appliances for the holidays

Of course, it won’t feel like the holidays without a little feast to look forward to. Sharp’s multi-door Frex French refrigerator has 652L of capacity to hold your favorite food and drinks. Thanks to a suite of features such as Plasmacluster Ion and ActivFresh hybrid cooling technology, you can keep them fresh for longer. Plus, Sharp’s refrigerator has a J-Tech inverter technology for greater energy savings.

Meanwhile, the Sharp Healsio water oven is your perfect companion for preparing a feast in no time. The best-selling oven uses superheated steam to cook food faster than a convection oven. You can use the oven to grill, stir-fry, bake, steam, or boil your favorite food. The oven can even intelligently detect and cook according to a certain temperature with only the ingredients you put inside.

Make your home safer and cleaner

Keeping your home safe is easy thanks to Sharp JM40 air purifier with mosquito catcherThis air purifier effectively kills 90% of coronavirus thanks to Plasmacluster technology which also kills other types of harmful bacteria and viruses. It even serves a dual purpose by catching mosquitoes. By default, it comes with a HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of allergens and dust.

For cleaner linens and clothes, Sharp’s ES-HFH914AW3 front load washer supports up to 9kg of load and comes with Allergy Smart mode to reduce allergens and bacteria by 99%. It also has an advanced inverter motor to save water and avoid a huge electric bill.

These are some of the Sharp appliances that you can rely on for a comfortable stay-in experience for the holidays. There are a lot more appliances to choose from, so visit Sharp’s website to learn more about them.

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Oblio is a 2-in-1 UV-C sanitizer and wireless charging station

Keeping it clean stylishly

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Admit it or not, UV-C sterilizers and sanitizers are now revolutionizing our home and office spaces. At CES 2021, Lexon Design took cleaning accessories up a notch.

Introducing Oblio, this vase-like UV-C sanitizer helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria found on our smartphones. It has a built-in UV-C LED, which extinguishes the DNA of microorganisms found in viruses, mold, and germs.

Oblio is capable of extensive disinfection, sanitizing your device for a 20-minute cycle. Through lab testing, it has been proven effective to kill 99.9 percent of viruses, including H1N1.

Just like Samsung’s personal sanitizer, Oblio also lets you charge your devices wirelessly. With a 10W wireless charging capability, you can fully charge a smartphone in three hours. Additionally, it comes with an LED indicator. This is so you’ll know the charging status of your device inside.

But what sets it apart from other sanitizers? Apparently, Oblio’s meaning and design. The name Oblio means “forgot” in the native language of Italian designers Manuela Simonelli and Andrea Quaglio.

Its meaning echoes the accessory’s vase shape, ingeniously designed to help people disconnect — literally forgetting their smartphones so they can be more present.

Price and availability

Oblio sanitizes and charges all Qi-enabled smartphones, regardless if it’s iPhone or Android. The 2-in-1 accessory is already available at prominent retailers worldwide such as Best Buy, Nordstrom, MoMA Design Store in the US, Fnac Darty in Europe, and more.

It retails for US$ 79.90 and is available in four colors: White, Gold, Dark Blue, and Matt Black. You can get it through its official online store at Lexon Design.

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Hedgehog protects your smart home from cyber attacks

This homeware keeps people, data, and devices safe

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Protecting your home is more than just smart locks, CCTVs, and firewalls for your digital premises. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) or those appliances and devices that are becoming smarter, life has been easier. However, the price of convenience comes with the risk of a new threat: cyber attacks.

These days, both enterprises and homeowners must increase security at all levels. As such, we need an extra guardian. Meet Hedgehog, the “world’s first whole home” cybersecurity device.

Launched at CES 2021, Hedgehog was described as a home’s digital guardian, protecting the household from possible attacks that firewalls and anti-virus software can’t.

The digital guardian we need?

Unsure how you can possibly be attacked? Imagine if your smart fridge got hacked, or if your smart vacuum malfunctioned. How about if your smart locks break and make it possible for actual thieves to enter your home.

These situations aren’t far from happening in our reality. After all, cyber criminals are actively and increasingly targeting everyday people. Home networks are easy to target to access personal and corporate data, especially at an age where people are remotely working from home.

Hedgehog aims to protect the entire home and all IoT devices inside a network. From phones, fridges, PCs, speakers, webcams, tablets, and Smart TVs — basically anything that’s smart enough to use the Internet and make your life easier.

A smart, functional homeware

Despite being a digital guardian, Hedgehog doesn’t dismiss your existing firewalls and anti-virus software. Rather, it works alongside those security measures and other home security products, offering holistic protection. It simply shields all the people, devices, and networks within a home.

Even though it’s a smart piece of technology, designed to look like homeware. Its unassuming look helps it blends easily. It’s also smart enough to install itself and connect to an existing Wi-Fi connection.

And when it does, it watches the entire household, identifying anything suspicious, and alerts the home-owner via an app. It also neutralizes threats quickly and effectively, protecting both data and people.

Price and availability

The Hedgehog device and its annual subscription are available to pre-order at a discounted price of EUR 99 with no subscription fees. It’s available in two colors: Orange Belly and Midnight Blue. Get more information about the device and its offers through this link.

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Netflix’s ‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever’ is your Valentine’s Day treat

Lara Jean’s last hurrah?

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The sequel for Netflix’s To All The Boys I Loved Before and To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is almost here. Premiering this Valentine’s Day, Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always and Forever follows Lara Jean Covey’s senior year in high school.

In the upcoming film, a pair of life-changing trips lead Lara Jean to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation.

Of course, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo will take center stage. Netflix will also be starring Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Sarayu Blue, and John Corbett. The film is directed by Michael Fimognari and produced by Matt Kaplan, with Katie Lovejoy working on the screenplay.

Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always and Forever is based on the novel by Jenny Han. It will be available on Netflix on February 12, 2021. Stay tuned via Netflix.com/ToAllTheBoysAlwaysAndForever.

SEE ALSO: 5 apps to help you plan a cheap Valentine’s Day date | 10 films to Netflix and chill to

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