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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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SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Review

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS unboxing: Beautiful gold color!

Entertainment

Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man: Now Playing

It’s a superhero month!

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We’re halfway through 2019 and we all know that the best phones have yet to come. While we wait for new launches, here’s what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Rodneil: This might just be Spider-Man’s best appearance on the MCU to date. It manages to address the somber events of Avengers: Endgame — a film it immediately follows — while maintaining its comedic tone. It’s perfect for what it’s trying to be — a Spidey film set in a larger Marvel universe.


The Carter Effect
Rodneil: This documentary details the massive impact of eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene. It’s a timely watch as the Toronto Raptors — the team that Carter helped put on the map — recently won the NBA Championship and with Carter entering the final season of his NBA career.

Black Hole Apocalypse
Kevin: What exactly are black holes? I played this documentary as background noise but then, like a black hole, it sucked me in. It explains what astrophysicists think about these hard-to-explain concepts and how they might behave. What got me hooked are the CGI-driven dramatizations of theories like what would physically happen to a person if they go near and into a black hole. It may not be for everyone but for the wondering minds, it’s really interesting.

TV shows to binge-watch

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 3)
MJ: In the past two seasons, Jessica Jones didn’t give a shit. This time, she has no choice now that she’s branded as a hero. Now running on its final season, Jessica teams up with Trish to take down a genius psychopath, despite being haunted by a traumatic past that broke their relationship. The show also tackles every character’s moral compass and the concept of heroism, as well as their growth throughout the series.

The Kirlian Frequency
Kevin: Think The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt — only in animated form. The Kirlian Frequency is a collection of short stories revolving around the small, creepy town of Kirlian in Buenos Aires. This Argentinian web series follows a radio DJ who broadcasts his show only at night and tells the different stories of people losing their way to Kirlian. What happens next is for you to find out.

Stranger Things 3
Chay: The year is summer 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana. Our protagonists have grown up and are on a break from school, busy exploring being teenagers — they’re all in a relationship except for Will, who just wants to play Dungeons and Dragons. Who can blame him? He missed out on his childhood no thanks to the upside down. One thing that struck me this season, and what I think made it the best season yet, is the pattern of its strong female characters taking charge and telling us to 👏🏻 listen 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 women 👏🏻 — from Eleven fighting the Mind Flayer, to Joyce solving the mystery of her fridge magnets, to Max teaching Mike a lesson, to Nancy pursuing a story even if it means being fired by middle-aged misogynists, to newcomer Robin cracking Russian codes, to Erica (Lucas’ younger sister) taking no shit and standing up for herself.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

FEVER by GFRIEND
Vincenz: GFRIEND has managed to keep their signature style with a newer song concept. Unlike their previous classical tracks, this one is a Moombahton summer song — and it’s a bop. Their vocals are still powerful even if they haven’t showcased the usual adlibs. The music video visuals blend well with the song’s rhythm, which captivated me a lot.

Racecar by Gabe Bondoc
Rodneil: Fil-Am acoustic artist Gabe Bondoc hasn’t released new music since 2016 so “Racecar” completely took me by surprise. The song talks about spending time with a person you want to get with. The song gives off a sexy vibe and I’ve had on repeat since its release.

Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson
Chay: You might know her for the song “You and I”, but Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album sounds nothing like the popular hit from 2008. Inspired by Stranger Things, the songs on the album are actually tied to the show. My favorite tracks include “Pretty”, which is about Eleven becoming her own person, and “Young and in Love”, a fun bop that reminds me of the blossoming love stories in the show’s third season. Stranger Things fan or not, you will enjoy and occasionally find yourself singing along to the songs, as their themes are universal and relatable.

Games to play

Super Mario Maker 2
Luigi: Finally, the perfect Mario game comes to the Switch! Like Super Mario Odyssey before it, Super Mario Maker 2 fits perfectly in the Switch’s pantheon of games. You can breeze through thousands of creatively themed levels or take near-sadistic puzzles with you on-the-go. Most importantly, you can get those creative juices flowing in the improved game design mode with so many possibilities.

Matchketeers’ Pick

Lucifer
GadgetMatch: Our dear Matchketeers’ recommendation for this month is Lucifer. Based on DC Comics, it tells the story of what happens when the Lord of the Underworld decides he just wants to take a break. He ends up in Los Angeles where he meets Chloe — a female detective who’s presence renders him powerless. Lucifer enjoys the thrill of actually brushing with death and decides to play consultant to the smart and steadfast Chloe. It also helps that the Tom Ellis — the actor who plays Luficer — is a real charmer guaranteed to steal your heart.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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5 accessories to protect yourself and your gadgets from the elements

Don’t just get an umbrella, duh!

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I hate changes in weather. One minute it’s hot and sunny like a perfect summer day, next minute, it’s raining as if Zeus and Poseidon are having the war of their lives. Monsoons got worse thanks to climate change, especially in tropical countries. It’s now even more impossible to predict the weather so you need to stay ready for all kinds of elements.

So we scoured the internet to help you prepare. Here are the accessories you need to protect you and your gadgets, of course, without getting out of style.


Dress your phone with a pouch and a case

Ready to brave the storm? Make sure you put your phone on a waterproof pouch. I know, I know. The thought of using a waterproof pouch sounds cringey. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice style with this one. Most waterproof pouches let you change their straps to something fancier.

In particular, Travelon’s Clear View Waterproof Pouch comes in five colors and you can still tailor the strap to your preference. For something clearer and more transparent, Anker has a pouch but it looks a little bit tacky.

For those who’d want a case instead, LifeProof offers one of the best waterproof cases in the market. Most cases look bulky and sturdy, but LifeProof made it more fashionable with its bright and popping colors.

Stay fashionable while you protect yourself from the elements

Of course, nothing beats a good old umbrella when it comes to protection against the rain but you can up your style by picking one that’s clear and transparent. Even better if it’s a bubble or a dome-shaped one.

Additionally, you can keep your gadgets and makeup safe with a waterproof bag. Fjällräven has an array of water-resistant and waterproof backpacks that don’t compromise style. Brands like Doughnut and Pacsafe have a set of stylish yet functional waterproof bags, too.

Lastly, cap off your style with a water-repellent raincoat or parka. This particular blush pink raincoat by Cole Haan should be a part of your ensemble, especially when it’s raining. Avoid using black, neutral, and earthy-tone since most people would prefer using a darker hue when it’s raining, and you won’t stand out if you wear the same colors.

For those who don’t feel like wearing a raincoat, Uniqlo has a Blocktech line of water-repellent parkas that you can use casually or for your outdoor needs. NikeLabs has a longer parka as well if you prefer using one!

If you want the world to see your OOTD, you can opt for a transparent raincoat so people can see what’s underneath.

Bonus: Get a water-resistant watch!

If it’s raining while on your way to an important meeting, chances are you’ll be keeping your gadgets inside your bag to prevent it from getting wet. This might keep you from tracking time. Thus, you need a watch that can handle these kinds of elements. Apple and Samsung both have smartwatches that are water-resistant yet stylish at the same time.

Now, who told you rain can’t be fun?

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#GetWellSoonMina trends, fans show support for TWICE member

The idol is taking a break due to anxiety

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Photo credit: @lovemenow_324

Fans of K-Pop girl group TWICE received sad news on Thursday, July 11 after the company announced that one of its members — Mina Myoui — will miss the rest of the group’s world tour called TWICELIGHTS as the member “is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.”

 

Soon after finding out the news, TWICE’s fans officially known as ONCEs poured out support for the idol through encouraging messages on Twitter.


It didn’t take long for the hashtag #GetWellSoonMina to trend on Twitter.

ONCEs showed solidarity by changing their Twitter display photos to that of a Candy Bong Z — TWICE’s official light stick — showing Mina’s official color.

Currently, ONCEs shifted to using a Twibbon on their display photos and continue to show their support especially with the group flying to Singapore today for the next leg of their world tour.

TWICE was formed in 2015 and debuted with the song “Like Ooh-Ahh”. The group started gaining a massive following after the release of their second title track “Cheer Up”. Today, they are considered one of the top K-Pop groups and are actively promoting in Korea and Japan. This year, they launched their first world tour that include concert dates in the US.

SEE ALSO: Watching TWICELIGHTS on a 75″ Samsung 4K QLED TV

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