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Top Singaporean photographers take the iPhone XS for a spin

Time for a photo test!

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For a lot of people today, cameras are the most important feature on a phone. The thing is, you can really only test a camera when you use it in real-life scenarios.

So some of Singapore’s top iPhone photographers took a photo walk, and here’s what they captured with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Darren Soh

@darrensohphoto

Darren’s pro tips: “Use iOS apps to the fullest of their ability.” He uses apps like SunSeeker, Halide camera, and Hydra.

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Aik Beng Chia 

@aikbengchia

Aik’s pro tip: “Getting a subject to be comfortable in front of you is definitely one of the biggest challenges. Make sure your subject is comfortable so they can feel natural and be themselves as this will have an impact on your portrait. You can also use the Depth Control feature on your iPhone XS and XS Max to help the subject stand out and choose the aperture of the photo precisely.”

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Yafiq Yusman

@_yafiqyusman_

Yafiq’s pro tip: “To get interesting angles, try putting your iPhone horizontally and taking a panorama vertically to, for example, capture the height of buildings.”

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Yais Yusman

@_yaisyusman_

Yais’ pro tip: “Also, my all time favorite apps are Snapseed and VSCO. The most helpful tools in Snapseed are definitely the Selective Adjustment and the new tool called Perspectives. I use VSCO to put on some filter and make sure that my photos are of similar tones.”

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Javan Ng 

@javan

Javan’s pro tip: “Framing is essential! Use the elements of the space you’re in to create an interesting composition and experiment to discover what creates the greatest effect.”

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Ivan Kuek 

@phonenomenon

Ivan’s pro tip: “To get the most from Portrait mode, make sure the background is a distance from the subject to create a better bokeh effect. Portrait mode is also very good for capturing not just popped images, but also food and other still life subjects.”

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Ernest Goh 

@theanimalbookco

Ernest’s pro tip: “Use the optical zoom to do close-up images to get amazing details or to make tight crops in compositions to get interesting patterns.”

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LG’s HomeBrew machine will make homemade craft beer for you

The best kitchen appliance in the history of time

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This is not your typical kitchen appliance — it’s even better.

LG has just announced a capsule-based craft beer brewing machine and they plan to unveil it in January during CES 2019.

Yes, you read that right. The LG HomeBrew will make you your own beer right at the comfort of your own home. You know those Nespresso machines that make coffee using those cute capsules? Imagine something with similar capsules, only this device will make beer. Let that reality sink in.

According to LG, the single-use capsules will contain everything you need for your brew: malt, yeast, hop oil, and flavoring. An “optimized beer fermentation algorithm” ensures optimum settings to make sure you come up with good beer. With the touch of a button, the LG HomeBrew will do everything for you, including cleaning the machine after every brew which means no messes, ever.

It makes five types of brew: American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, Belgian-style Witbier, and Czech Pilsner. You can make around five liters of beer, depending on type, in two weeks time. The device also connects to your phone so you can check on your beer maker wherever you are, whenever you want.

Oh LG, thanks for making life so, so good, one homemade craft beer at a time. My kitchen is so ready for this.

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Samsung is collaborating with a Supreme rip-off

Announced in China

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Historically, tech companies have not usually paired with lifestyle brands. Being lifestyle objects in their own right, smartphones have collaborated with other brands only for incredibly premium promotions. That said, they can surprise us sometimes.

In Samsung’s case, the surprise comes in two packages. Recently, Samsung China announced a startling partnership with lifestyle brand Supreme. In lifestyle circles, the red-boxed brand is a haven for hypebeasts.

Samsung’s new collaboration is not with that brand. Instead, the Korean tech company has partnered with a known Supreme knock-off. Strangely, both the original Supreme and Samsung know this fact.

Naturally, Supreme’s popularity has spawned dozens, if not hundreds, of knock-off brands. Supreme Italia, Samsung’s partner, is one of those brands. Earlier this year, Supreme Italia was embroiled in a legal battle with the original Supreme based in New York City. In a rare outcome, the fake brand triumphed over the original. On inception, Supreme Italia trademarked its properties in its homeland, Italy. The move perpetually protected the fake company under Italian law.

During Samsung China’s launch event for the Galaxy A8s, Supreme Italia announced the collaboration. Apparently, the fake brand is expanding its operations in China, enlisting Samsung as an official partner. The original Supreme does not have rights to sell its products in China.

Funny enough, all three parties — the original Supreme, Supreme Italia, and Samsung — know about the knock-off.

“Supreme is not working with Samsung, opening a flagship location in Beijing, or participating in a Mercedes-Benz runway show. These claims are blatantly false and propagated by a counterfeit organization,” the original company said in a statement to Hypebeast.

Likewise, Samsung China confirmed the issue. In a deleted Weibo post, Samsung China digital marketing manager Leo Lau said: “We are collaborating with Supreme Italia, not Supreme NYC.”

Ironically (or appropriately), Samsung has been in similar patent issues before. Months ago, the company lost a patent infringement battle with its rival, Apple.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new prototype has a very weird notch

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9 live action adaptations to watch right now

Let’s look back at those that have come and gone

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With the release of the live action adaptations of Aladdin and Mulan, among others coming in 2019, we wanted to look back at some of the best live action adaptations out there already. Below are nine titles from across the years that you should check out (if you haven’t already).

Casper (1995)

This movie takes the beloved 1945 character and puts him in a movie that’s both really funny and amusing, but also incredibly heartwarming and dramatic. It’s one of those titles that adapts a classic cartoon, but creates a new story that stands on its own. It’s definitely worth watching, plus human Casper is also one of the dreamiest characters ever, and when he whispers “Can I keep you?” I melt every time.

101 Dalmatians (1996)

Cruella de Vil is one of the best villains in the Disney-verse, and Glenn Close’s performance in the live action adaptation is forever etched in my memory. I remember feeling really bad for the puppies and scared of the lady that wanted to skin them. This is one of those features that is bound to give you nostalgic vibes.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is one of those movies that pops in my head when I hear the word “Christmas,” and I don’t think a year passes by when I watch it at least once during the holidays. This is the classic Dr. Seuss tale brought to life in a way that still stays true to its origins. It screams Whobilation and celebration, and watching it is bound to give you warm fuzzies and laughs.

Scooby Doo (2002)

This one’s admittedly a weird one. It’s the live action storytelling of the classic Hanna Barbera cartoon, and the execution of it is so close that it’s like you pulled the characters out of the cartoon and made them 3D. The plot was also reminiscent of the cartoon, but with twists that you might not expect. It’s pretty interesting and worth watching at least once.

Transformers (2007)

2007 gave us the first of a long string of movies based off of a cartoon series (and popular toy line) in the late 90s. Transformers explores the time-old conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons, and Michael Bay executed it with a huge bang — literally. This movie, with its great sound design, action sequences, and use of practical effects, is definitely a treat to watch.

Speed Racer (2008)

Speed Racer may not have been the most well-received of movies but when you compare it to the 1967 show, you’ll be amused by the resemblance. All the cheesiness of the show — the megalomaniacal villain, the overly dramatic storylines, the kooky transitions — makes for a fun watching experience. On top of that, this is probably one of the trippiest movies out there which adds to the overall experience.

Paddington (2014)

Paddington is one of the most critically acclaimed adaptations out there (with a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and it really captures the essence of what made the books and animated series so popular. Much like the character himself, the 2014 movie is full of charm and fun with family at the core of it all. It’s a blast to watch and is bound to be a good time for all ages!

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book is nothing short of an achievement in filmmaking. Adapting a classic is hard enough as it is, but to do it almost entirely with CGI is a miracle. The visuals may be great but the acting in the movie was nothing to scoff at either. Aside from the star-studded voice cast, child actor Neel Sethi did a phenomenal job considering it was his first time acting and he had to act against a mostly blue set.

Christopher Robin (2018)

Watching the trailer for this film will give you chills from nostalgia, and some of the original Disney voice cast being on board only adds to this. This film pulls you back to childhood as you once again spend time with these Hundred Acre Woods characters who are as lovable as ever. This take is more serious and mature, but it also somehow retains the carefree-ness of the original story.

There you go! Nine movies to add to your binge list, just in time to plan pajama nights with your loved ones. It would be nice to look back at some of the greats before plunging deeper into the new generation of live action films.

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