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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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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Disney+: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever streams February 1

Relive the MCU Phase 4 ender

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Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studio’s MCU Phase 4-ending film, will be available to stream on Disney+ starting on February 1.

Receiving generally good ratings, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever captivated fans with the introduction of underwater kingdom Talokan in the Atlantic Ocean and its ruler, Namor.

The movie opened with the death of King T’Challa. It then focused on the events in Wakanda after, including how Shuri assumed the mantle of Black Panther.

The MCU’s 30th installment which sets up Phase 5 also highlighted the dynamic between the Wakandans and Talokanil. Both people were simply after protecting their respective nations from dangers as the film’s plot progressed.

A key art and a new TV spot are now available to download and share as well.

Coinciding with the movie’s availability on the streaming platform is the release of the Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast.

Episodes may be accessed via ProximityMedia.com starting on January 18.

SEE ALSO: Now Playing: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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LG just launched a limited edition NewJeans laptop

It’s pretty… expensive

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NewJeans is continuously making waves both in and out of South Korea. From their ultra-catchy songs, dance moves that are trending in TikTok and Instagram Reels, to reaching top charts in UK and US’ Billboard, there’s no surprise that homegrown tech brand LG Electronics partnered with these power rookies.

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LG just released the gram Style NewJeans Limited Edition! While this is an unfortunate news for Hanni (who is actually an iPhone), it’s actually a big step towards knowing NewJeans past the K-Pop hype (and by that you should stream Hype Boy).

Mini and Big Bunnies

This special edition LG Gram Style is available in two styles: Mini Bunny and Big Bunny.

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There’s actually no stark difference between the two except for — you guessed it — the size of bunny decals on its lid. Either of the two, you will never get wrong choosing the bunny for your personal taste.

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Other than that, the highlight of this laptop comes from its weight. From the brand itself, it’s just 999 grams — actually 23 grams lighter than the 2022 model. It also has the US military-graded MIL-STD 810H standard that passed seven (7) durability tests.

Powerful punch

The LG gram Style NewJeans isn’t slouching in performance. Just like a hopping bunny, it’s quite a powerful device for its size and heft.

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Hardware specifications of these two Bunnies aren’t too far off — at least after making a side-by-side comparison of their spec sheets. Both styles come with an Intel Core i5-1340P under EVO Platform for lightweight ultrabooks plus Intel Iris Xe graphics. It’s then paired with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of NVMe 4.0 SSD with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot for expandability.

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Just like NewJeans‘ visuals, you can’t also go wrong with the visuals of this device. It has a 14″ low-reflective OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800), a 16:10 aspect ratio for wider screen real estate, and an improved 400nits brightness over last year’s 350.

Moreover, it supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for color-accurate goodness as well as VESA Certified DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 for deeper blacks and better contrast ratio. Its 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support make it a full-on entertainment device.

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One more highlight is its “Hidden Touchpad”. Instead of the usual rectangular trackpads, it’s highlighted by two halo lighting on its two sides dubbed as “Aurora White” paired with haptic feedback for that nice feeling when clicking.

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For ports, it has two (2) USB-C plus one (1) USB-A ports, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones, earphones, amplifiers, and other audio peripherals.

Goodies for Bunnies

If you have actually reached this part, you’d know that you are not here for its powerful hardware, rather for the NewJeans styled-laptop. Aside from having that special laptop, there are more goodies that come with this device.

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Being one of the few Bunnies out there since NewJeans’ Attention, I was actually more excited when I saw the list. There’s a notebook pouch, cable strap, posters, sticker and stationery set.

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There’s even a free NewJeans-style mouse with this cute vinyl-like mousepad. These are truly treats for Bunnies! The laptops even come with preloaded wallpapers and four icons in it.

Pricing and Availability

While the LG gram Style is light, the pricing isn’t. It’s a pretty laptop with a pretty expensive price. It retails for around KR₩ 2,700,000 — which is about US$ 2190 / SG$ 2675 / ₱119,513.

There’s no word on global availability but LG will hold a live event in Korea with NewJeans on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday) around 8PM KST (Korean Standard Time).

If you will participate during the live, a comment could help a participant win a specially-signed autograph from NewJeans or three winners of the Limited Edition Goods.

If you plan on buying the NewJeans’ limited edition laptop, there are more benefits other than having the Limited Edition Goods set such as 12 winners of NewJeans autographs.

But if you’re just opting to buy the regular LG gram Style without the NewJeans skin, it will still give you other perks such as a free LG gram mouse, Wiggle Wiggle goods package consisting of a notebook pouch, mousepad, and a cable strap, as well as a free 512GB microSD card.

More advanced purchase benefits are Intel software package, 2023 gram gift pack, and 5,000g Jammy points coupon.

Other common benefits include MelOn one-month free subscription, 10,000 membership points after writing a photo review after purchase, and 20 winners of two Helinox chairs and table set.

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