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8 most stunning phone colors of 2018

Which one is your favorite?

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This year, it’s looking like color is a big thing in the smartphone space. New handset releases are coming in prettier colors and I am loving it. Out of all the many phones released this year, my favorite colors remain to be these devices.

Huawei P20 Pro in Twilight

This beautiful device is a definite scene-stealer. The purple-blue-green gradient is just such a beautiful and unique combo.

READ MORE: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Hands-on

Sony Xperia XZ2 in Coral Pink

Sony’s departure from their traditional form factor was received with mixed emotions, but the color scheme was on point. It comes in White Silver, Black, Moss Green, and, my favorite, Coral Pink. It’s the daintiest shade of rose that I completely love.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia XZ2 Hands-On: More beautiful than ever!

OPPO R15 Pro in Ruby Red gradient

Gradient is in this year and OPPO’s premium midrange contender sports a beautiful deep red gradient that glistens when light shines on it.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R15 Pro hands-on review: The screen is notch the same

Huawei P20 in Rose Gold

The most subtle pink gradient is showcased by Huawei’s latest flagship. The understated hue looks particularly great in natural light.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P20 review: Pink and perfect?

OPPO R15 in Nebula Purple

Another gradient phone, the OPPO R15 Pro goes from a violet hue to a deep dark purple. The barely-there color change is a very nice touch.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R15 and R15 Pro Edition now official with a notch

Essential Phone in Ocean Depths

This shade of green color looks great on the Essential. The classy shade looks perfect with the gold details.

SEE ALSO: Essential Phone gets new colors for its ‘Spring Collection’

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Lilac Purple

The shiny glass back of the Galaxy S9 looks exceptionally good in lilac. Finally, a color option other than the usual blue, black, or silver.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

Honor 10 in Phantom Green and Phantom Blue

Definitely a game-changer! I’m not even sure which one color the Honor 10 is. Officially, it comes in blue and green.

SEE ALSO: Honor 10 hands-on: Definite stunners

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Netflix is pulling out Bridgerton sex scenes from porn sites

The actors involved are infuriated

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When Bridgerton launched on Netflix late last year, it had a simple premise: a raunchier Downton Abbey for the streaming generation. All things considered, the period drama fulfilled its promise, streaming to millions of accounts and proving itself one of the most successful titles on Netflix. However, the show’s spicier scenes are popping up where they shouldn’t be. And Netflix is mad.

As expected, Bridgerton’s sex scenes, featuring leading couple Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page, have started emerging on porn streaming sites. Devoid of any romantic context, the sensual snippets have bared the scenes for what they are: sex.

Naturally, the platform and the actors involved aren’t happy with both the piracy and the exploitation. According to an insider statement sent to UK outlet The Sun, “To peddle scenes as pure smut is beyond the pale. It’s been particularly distressing for Phoebe and Regé-Jean, two young actors who signed on for the role of a lifetime and did not consent to being exploited in this way.”

Netflix has its own agenda for the hunt. Technically speaking, the sex scenes, especially when uploaded on porn sites, are pirated. The platform can easily ask the domains to strip the content from the porn sites because of copyright law.

If you’re looking for Bridgerton scenes, you might want to log on to your Netflix account instead. The show is already streaming in its entirety — that is, until the second season comes out.

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

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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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