Tech resolutions to add to your 2019 list

It’s that time of the year again!



The new year is just around the corner, and you know what that means! It’s time to bring out the pens and paper (or open up the notes app on your phone) and start thinking about what you want to do or not do in 2019. Only time will tell if we actually go through the whole year doing the things on our list, but it’s always good to have one to start the year on a positive note.

Now, resolution lists usually include things like eat better, work out more, save money, and the like, but we thought we’d put together some stuff that you might also want to consider for your own resolutions. All of these are tech-related, but some of them point to a non-tech resolution. Here we go!

Set some parts of the day as “no-phone” chunks

We spend so much time each day on our phones, that there are times when bonding with friends, family, or even ourselves become silent events lighted up by screens. Perhaps it would be a good idea to set moments like meal times and 30 minutes to an hour before bed as “no-phones” time to be more present with those we are with or even just ourselves.

Here’s a tip: Charge your devices away from the bed so you’re not tempted to check.

Do a social media cleanse every now and then

In one way or another, social media can get pretty toxic. There’s bound to be a negative side to being able to see into everyone’s business at all times of the day. It should do you a whole lot of good to take a week or so every few months to just unplug from all social media, live in the moment, and enjoy life.

Disconnect from people

In line with social media toxicity, there are probably people you are connected to whose posts make you want to roll your eyes every time you see them on your timeline. Or maybe there are people you follow or follow you that make you wonder how you’re friends in the first place. Now’s the time to look at your lists of friends, followers, and follows and do a little purge.

Protect your devices

You might laugh reading this. This seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But we’ve seen so many people with smashed screens and nicked devices that I thought this might be good to add anyway. If you haven’t already, you should show some love for your phone by going to the store and picking up a tempered glass screen protector and phone case for this essential device.

Use an app to help with your workout goal

After all the celebrations, it’s back to trying to shed those holiday pounds. We know how hard it can be to figure it out on your own, so why not enlist the help of some apps? Here are a few you could check out: Nike+ Training Club, Skimble’s Workout Trainer, and Freeletics Bodyweight.

Practice some self love (with the help of some apps)

A few months ago, we put up an article listing some meditation apps that could help you with your inner peace. In 2019, why not utilize one or more of these apps to start a habit of meditation? You may spread love to those around you, but shouldn’t forget to also show yourself some love. For the ladies out there, also check out this app called Clue, and help yourself by tracking your cycle.

That’s it! We hope you’re enjoying your holidays, and we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year ahead!


Netflix anime adaptation of Ōoku: The Inner Chambers coming in May

More titles announced



Ōoku: The Inner Chambers.

Netflix unveiled its upcoming slate of titles at AnimeJapan 2023, which includes PLUTO, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune¸ and the anime adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inner Chambers.

The manga PLUTO is based on Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy “The Greatest Robot on Earth” arc from 1964.

The award-winning masterpiece is a suspenseful drama set in the future, where humans and high-functioning robots live in harmony.

Coming in May 2023, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune is an animated series adapted from Carlo Zen’s military science fiction novel. Here, Akira Ihotsu is a young man who spends his days rebelling against an oppressive society set in future Earth.

He will be joined by misfits from several other nations to make a stand against the Pan-Star System Trade Federation.

Inspired by the historic women’s quarters of the Edo Castle, Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, meanwhile, is a tale where gender roles have been reversed.

A mysterious plague has caused a rapid decline in the male population, leading to women taking roles of authority in the Edo society.

Curiously, women took the names of men when succeeding the family line, something Yoshimune tries to unravel as looks at the history of the inner chambers.

Also coming this calendar year is a broad lineup of film and series across several genres:

  • Ultraman final season (May 11)
  • Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (June 16)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburg Part 2 (August 2023)
  • Kengan Ashura Season 2 (September 2023)
  • BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-: Season 2 (2023)
  • GAMERA -Rebirth- (2023)
  • My Happy Marriage (2023)
  • Akuma Kun (2023)

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The MoGo 2 is a convenient projector you can take anywhere

Available soon



Image source: XGIMI

Watching movies everywhere is much easier today. If you want to watch something while on a trip, just pop out Netflix on your phone. However, viewers who want better video and audio quality need more complicated setups to take their films on the go. XGIMI, improving on its previous design, has launched a convenient solution with its new MoGo 2 series of projectors.

Looking at both projectors in the series, the series looks more like a speaker than a projector. However, its smaller size allows for more portability, allowing users to take the projector and watch movies everywhere they go.

And, despite the tiny figure, both projectors pack a lot of technology. The series has a color gamut coverage of up to 90 percent of the DCI-P3 range. Plus, it deploys the D65 color temperature standard, widely used by Hollywood today. With these technologies, the projectors should be color-accurate for today’s movies.

For sound, the projectors tout 8W speakers, capable of a variety of different modes, depending on what you are watching.

The regular MoGo 2 sports Smart ISA (or Intelligent Screen Adaptation) 1.0, which automatically adjusts and refocuses the image, depending on the surface. On the other hand, the Pro model sports Smart ISA 2.0. The improved standard has better surface detection and carefully dims the projector’s glare when a person or a pet passes through the beam of light.

Both projectors will put out images with 400 ISO lumens. However, the regular MoGo 2 will project in 720p resolution. Meanwhile, the MoGo 2 Pro shows images in 1080p resolution.

Plus, the new series can now get power from a power bank.

The series will start shipping on April 25. The MoGo 2 retails for US$ 399. The MoGo 2 Pro retails for US$ 599. Preorders are available now.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons to consider an ultra-short throw projector

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Netflix will revive Scott Pilgrim as an anime

Back with the original cast



Image source: Universal Studios

Released over a decade ago, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has grown into a modern cult classic. Though the movie was released to a middling performance at the box office, it quickly grew a dedicated following. Now, almost 13 years later, the oddball title has another shot at turning its cult classic status into an actual classic.

Today, Netflix has announced that it is creating an anime series based on the Scott Pilgrim series. Japanese animation studio Science SARU will head the new title. In the past, the studio created titles such as Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy. Series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will write and executive produce the anime series. Meanwhile, Edgar Wright, who directed the live-action adaptation, will return as director. Anamanaguchi is also returning to create more music for the series.

Even more surprising, the entire cast is coming back. Michael Cera is back as the titular character. As is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Ellen Wong, Brandon Routh, Chris Evans, and Jason Schwartzman.

The original series, which started off as a six graphic novels, tells the tale of Scott Pilgrim’s romantic life with Ramona Flowers, who has an eccentric past. In order to officially date her, Scott has to defeat Ramona’s seven superpowered evil exes. Though the graphic novels were already steeped in pop culture, the live-action adaptation leaned into its strengths even further with gaming-inspired graphics and edits.

It’s unclear where the anime will take the series next. In a statement to Netflix, Wright hinted that it might be sequel or a continuation of the original story. Then again, it might not be. Either way, the director promises that it will be “way more adventurous than just a straight adaptation of the original books.”

SEE ALSO: Netflix Philippines drops prices

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