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Stranger Things 3: More than the hype

We just can’t get enough

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It’s been almost three years (July 15, 2016 to be exact) since the first season of Stranger Things premiered. I’m not even into sci-fi but I still went along the hype train and I did not regret trying it out.

Stranger Things is more than just your typical sci-fi series as it also includes horror, teenage romance, and drama, which most of you would love to watch. What makes it different is that it’s set in an earlier time, unlike the futuristic sci-fi shows.


Spoiler Alert: For those who still haven’t seen it, Eleven is a product of child experimentation from the Hawkins National Laboratory. This allowed her to gain power no ordinary human being can obtain. Hawkins is the town where the characters live. One protagonist got sick that his mental state went in the underworld called “Upside Down”. It is where the infamous monster (dubbed as the “demogorgon”) exists.

Since then, the plot hooked the minds of people, craving for more answers in every episode they watch — until most viewers can’t get enough of it.

It was all quiet when they suddenly teased that the third iteration is already in production.

After several months of restless production, they revealed the titles of the first five episodes. The classic Stranger Things’ intro is one of those opening sequences I don’t skip. I’m the type who geeks out about art technicalities; most intro sequences are created digitally but no words can explain how cool they made the opening credit by hand.

It was the New Year’s Eve when they finally revealed the date of the premiere. Fast forward, the 4th of July is here, which shares the same date as the American Independence Day.

The first three months of 2019 was silent, until they gave viewers an overall look of what we should expect in the third season — including a new monster other than the demogorgon (Another spoiler alert: two more monsters appeared during the second season).

Exactly two months after, another trailer was revealed. This time, it shows the bodyguard in a public pool (who is the brother of an added protagonist in the previous season). This teaser may have also given hints about possible new characters.

The final trailer full of intense scenes gave fans a lot of goosebumps. It even caused an uproar in Social Media.

Still not getting the vibe? If you’re the kind of viewer who doesn’t bother being spoiled,  you might get buzzed with the ultimate recap might as it briefly tackles what has happened during the past seasons.

Last year’s AsiaPop Comicon featured a booth meant for fans so they could take photos around the set replica of a popular residence in Hawkins (which belongs to a family full of protagonists). If you’re already a big fan, forget your hopes though as AsiaPop Comicon will not be coming to town this year.

In the mean time, grab your favorite snacks, sit back, relax, and start binge-watching the first two seasons in Netflix. If you already did, you’re just in time for another amazing season of Stranger Things.

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OnePlus Music Festival: Everything you need to know

Featuring Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, and more

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OnePlus has a significant fan-following in India and the brand has successfully developed a devoted community. While launch events are usually reserved for the media to interact and cover the company’s offerings, OnePlus always lets its followers experience the unveiling live and passes are sold out within minutes.

The company has slowly forayed into the premium segment and intends to establish a brand name. OnePlus is hosting a music festival on November 16 in Mumbai and it’ll be headlined by pop stars Katy Perry and Dua Lipa.


Apart from Katy Perry and Dua Lipa, fans will be able to groove to the rhythm of diverse musical minds like Amit Trivedi, Ritviz, The Local Train and Aswekeepsearching.

More acts part of the music festival

Amit Trivedi has composed numerous hits for movies like Dev.D, Udta Punjab, and Queen. He is a familiar draw for those aware of mainstream Bollywood music. The Local Train is a rock band popularly known for their singles like “Aaoge tum kabhi” and “Choo lo”.

This is the first time OnePlus is hosting a music festival in the country. Previously at the OnePlus 6T launch event in Mumbai, the brand had artists like Brodha V and DJ Ishani performing live.

“We are super excited that Katy Perry will be starring in our first-ever OnePlus Music Festival in India! We decided to host this festival to share our passion for music with our community, who are at the heart of everything we do. With Katy on board, this is sure to be a one of a kind experience,” said Carl Pei, Co-Founder, OnePlus.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Paytm Insider. The price starts at INR 2,000 and OnePlus users can avail 10 percent cashback after authenticating their phone’s IMEI number.

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TCL unveils premium-looking entertainment solutions

Beautiful headphones and a soundbar!

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TCL just launched a set of entertainment solutions at IFA 2019. The brand unveiled a premium soundbar, along with new, wireless headphones.

Odd-looking yet beautiful soundbar

TCL put the spotlight on their Ray Danz soundbar. Featuring a front-firing and sideways-firing speaker drivers, the soundbar bend the sound in a particular angle to create a natural and wider resonance, and a crystal clear dialogue.


Thanks to Dolby Atmos, it creates a 360-degree surround sound without the need for extra upward-firing drivers. If you want a ground-shaking bass, connect the subwoofer to the soundbar wirelessly for an immersive experience.

New, vibrant headphones

Growing the brand’s headphone lineup, TCL introduces the SOCL500TWS. Available in four unique colorways — Blue Ocean, Sunset Violet, Sunrise Orange, and Phantom Black — this wireless headphone lets you enjoy music in style. It reproduces powerful audio, thanks to its 5.8mm speaker drivers. Moreover, TCL changes its wireless headphones’ design to fit ears naturally and perfectly.

Furthermore, the headphone can handle up to six hours of continuous playback. If you’re concerned with the charging case, TCL believes it carries enough power that lasts for at least 19 hours. In addition, it has a clever antenna design that lets you stay connected on your Bluetooth, even in crowded areas. Finally, the SOCL500TWS is splash-proof and IPX4 rated, so you can enjoy the headphones under light showers.

For sporty people, TCL offers the ACTV500TWS to complement your active lifestyle. It features a textured surface, providing extra grip. Designed for sports use, it comes in an IPX7 rating for water and sweat resistance. Same as the SOCL500TWS, the headphone can handle continuous playback for at least six hours, and can extend up to 33 hours, thanks to its charging case. The case itself supports wireless charging, too, and can be attached anywhere with its metal karabiner. It’s available in two color options: Copper Dust and Copper Ash.

Rise of noise-canceling headphones

Another headphone in TCL’s lineup is MTRO200NC, a noise-canceling headphone that packs with powerful bass. It features a set of 32mm speaker drivers, delivering accurate mids and crystal clear highs.

Design-wise, it has soft, breathable ear cushions to provide comfort when listening for a long time. But what you’ll love about this headphone is convenience. It has a flat-folding design, excellent battery life up to 20 hours, and fast-charging support.

ELIT200NC

Top-of-the-line headphones under the ELIT line joined TCL’s new lineup, too. Introducing ELIT200NC and ELIT400NC, both headphones feature active noise-canceling technology, exceptional audio, upscale design and build, as well as comfort, portability, long battery life, and fast charging.

ELIT400NC

For active, energetic individuals, the ELIT200NC is the perfect fit, featuring a flexible neckband design and stunning, lifelike sound. Casual users may enjoy the over-the-ear ELIT400NC headphones built with a lightweight, foldable frame.

Pricing and Availability

The Ray Danz soundbar will cost 399 EUR (US$ 440), while the SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS will cost 80 EUR (US$ 88) and 100 EUR (US$ 110) respectively. For the noise-canceling headphones, the MTRO200NC is priced at 70 EUR (US$ 77), and the ELIT200NC costs 80 EUR (US$ 88), while the ELIT400NC is a bit more expensive, starting at 130 EUR (US$ 143). TCL’s entertainment solutions will be first available in Europe starting Q4 2019.

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YouTube deletes Pornhub’s campaign video

Because of nudity policy

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Pornhub’s latest initiative to help fight ocean pollution wasn’t taken well by YouTube, deleting the “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign trailer. The entertainment giant claims Pornhub’s video violated their nudity policy, although the porn website believes there was none at all.

People supporting Pornhub’s campaign are quick to respond to the issue.


It’s always been true that some content borders between softcore porn and actual nudity. For some reason, it can go past YouTube, remaining in the platform for years without being flagged for any violation of its Terms of Service. Here are some examples:

YouTube hasn’t given an official statement regarding their action against Pornhub’s video. Nonetheless, people can still support Pornhub’s campaign against ocean pollution by visiting their landing page.

SEE ALSO: Pornhub’s “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign tackles ocean pollution

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