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Trese, Pacific Rim anime coming to Netflix

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Get hyped! A new set of anime is coming to Netflix including popular Philippine comic book Trese and sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim.

Netflix made the announcement during the See What’s Next Asia event held in Singapore which is geared towards connecting the rest of the world with content with Asian roots.

“The beauty of Netflix is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan, or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

Netflix has been home to some of the best anime with titles like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and My Hero Academia currently in their library. Netflix original anime like Castlevania and DEVILMAN crybaby have also been hits.

Banking on the success of those content, the popular streaming service will add the following titles to their library:

Trese

Created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo, the story follows Alexandra Trese as she takes on a criminal underworld littered with mythical creatures from the Philippine folklore. The anime will be helmed by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra) and will be produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.

Pacific Rim

If you love giant robots and colossal monsters, then this is right up your alley. Pacific Rim is set in the same universe as the two live-action feature films and follow two siblings — an idealistic teenage boy and his naive younger sister — who are forced to pilot an abandoned Jaeger across a hostile landscape in a desperate attempt to find their missing parents. Co-showrunners: Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) and Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). Production company: Legendary Entertainment (Kong: Skull Island; Pokemon: Detective Pikachu).

Altered Carbon

This is another series that has live-action roots. The anime will explore new elements of the Altered Carbon mythology. It will be written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) and Tsukasa Kondo. Animation will be handled by Anima.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage

This is a survival story on steroids. A young couple struggles to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world hit with a mysterious disease called “Cagaster” that turns people into giant murderous insects. Directed by Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!). Animation studio: Gonzo (Hellsing, Afro Samurai).

Yasuke

A retired ronin in a war-torn feudal Japan of mechs and magic is forced to take up his sword again when he is tasked to transport a mysterious child who’s on the crosshairs of dark forces. It’s created and directed by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Cannon Busters), who is also serving as Executive Producer. Grammy nominee Flying Lotus will compose the music and be an Executive Producer on the show. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) will be the voice of the protagonist Yasuke (based on the historical samurai of African origin who fought with Oda Nobunaga). Animation studio: MAPPA (Yuri On Ice, Kakegurui).

All these titles look highly promising, so get ready to binge-watch and watch out for these titles when we inevitably include them on our monthly Now Playing list!

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Nokia E3500: Perfect pair or just fine?

Finding companionship on a pair of wireless earbuds

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My day wouldn’t go the way it is without listening to something. Be it from my Spotify playlist, a podcast, or even catching up with my co-streamers on a call. But untangling and twisting the crumpled, irritating earphone wire ruins the mood.

Thankfully, those days are over. Since smartphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack are getting rare, I took a leap out of my comfort zone to finally switch to a pair of wireless earbuds.

Scouring the market for a good pair that won’t make a dent out of my pocket can be daunting. What caught my eye was a familiar name I’ve known for years, and I discovered a pair — the Nokia E3500 — that begs to be given a chance.

Nokia E3500

Love at first touch

The first time I held the Nokia E3500, it felt premium and sleek despite having a charging case made out of plastic. What furthered its elegance were the featherweight material that makes it easy to carry, as well as its matte finish that makes you want to glide your fingers incessantly.

Nokia E3500

In a nutshell, the Nokia E3500 displayed a blend of practicality and sophisticated design.

The “getting to know” part

I found comfort in using the Nokia E3500. Out of the box, it comes with three pairs to help you find your perfect pair. And when you do, it won’t fall off your ear.

I even brought the E3500 on a beach trip to Liwliwa, Zambales — which was kinda risky since it only has an IPX5 resistance. Luckily, it was secure enough to fit in my ear even if I kept running and jumping.

Pairing the Nokia E3500 is easy. Once out of the case, you can press the touch buttons for two seconds to enter pairing mode. The inclusion of Ambient Mode helps me immerse in the content, especially when situated in a noisy environment. I found that keeping volume to about 60 percent seemed like the right choice to enjoy its audio performance.

Sound isolation is great, too. Imagine sitting by the beach, listening to music while also hearing the sound of splashing waves. Happy and dreamy, isn’t it?

Quarrels

Everything has its rough side, including this seemingly perfect pair of wireless earbuds. Using the Nokia E3500 during my Zoom calls isn’t as smooth and seamless as it should be when listening.

There are few delays with the microphone reception, making it a little annoying when I’m in the middle of a virtual presentation. Hopefully, the next iteration will improve the inconsistent microphone.

Nokia E3500

Is this my perfect pair?

For a mediocre audiophile like me, I would say yes to Nokia E3500. The charging case itself has a 360mAh battery which helps extend its battery life. Who wouldn’t want an uninterrupted sound trip especially during a long drive?

My experience isn’t as perfect as I thought it would be. But it’s decent and fine. The Nokia E3500 looks gorgeous, equipped with long battery life, great audio quality, and water resistance for peace of mind.

There are cheaper options available in the market, but for what it’s worth — I’d call it a steal, especially for all the features you can enjoy for its price tag.

The Nokia E3500 retails for PhP 3,499.

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7 items for traveling safe

Absolute must-haves!

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With the announcements of more Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL), individuals and their family or friends may have made plans to travel. While we hope that they enjoy their trip, safety should be the top priority of all. Here’s a roundup of items to help those who are traveling soon.

1. Sharp Face Shield 

Extra protection from any air-borne particles, especially in closed environments like on flight.

SHARP face shield is designed to reduce reflection/fog achieves super clear view with SHARP’s special film processing technology from LCD panels technology in Japan, allowing added protection yet crystal clear view. The Sharp Face Shield significantly reduces the reflection of light such as sunlight and prevents fogging between conversations. 

Available at Sharp eStore: https://estore.sharp.sg/
Price: SG$ 69 per unit


2. Sharp Face Mask

A must have for traveling, certified under the Europe standard to keep you safe

Sharp Surgical Medical Face Mask comes with 3 layers protection, elastic fiber easy fit comfort ear loops, high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) >98 percent and medical grade middle & water repellent outer layer. The product is certified under Europe standard (EN14683) and has 50 sheets per box.

Available at Sharp eStore: https://estore.sharp.sg/
Price: SG$ 39 per box of 50 masks

3. Sholayered Fabric & Mask Spray

Stay refreshed, even when you have to “mask up” all day

Sholayered Fabric & Mask Spray has a scent of clear mint gently eases the physical and emotional tension. It relieves users from invisible stress and gives them a peace of mind. The pleasant scent that spreads through the body leads to calm rhythms of your heart. The mask spray contains 90 percent ethyl alcohol (alias: ethanol) that is known to have a disinfection effect and a certain amount of natural peppermint oil and peppermint leaf oil.

Available at Sholayered Pop-up Booth, Takashimaya, B1 and Walking on Sunshine
Official Website: http://sholayered.sg
Price: SG$ 26 per 60ml bottle

4. Otterbox iPhone Cases

Keeping travelers’ precious gadget and memories safe.

Otterbox is No.1 selling smartphone case brand in the US, offers a wide variety of iPhone cases to meet the needs of Apple fans everywhere. The rugged Defender series, versatile commuter series, slim symmetry series, cute and functional Otter + Pop and sophisticated Strada Series make up a full line-up of cases to cover new iPhone 13 Devices from daily drops and bumps. OtterBox also offers cases for MagSafe, with Defender Series XT and Symmetry Series+, with a wide selection of colors and graphics, there’s a style to suit everyone. OtterBox also offers Amplify and Alpha Glass screen protection to keep the display free from scratches.

Available at Official Website: www.otterbox.asia
Price: SG$ 49.90 – S$ 99.90

5. Lifeproof iPhone Cases

Be it for travels to cities or outdoor adventures, Lifeproof will keep travelers’ iPhones protected

LifeProof aims to build products that inspires individuals to get lost in the now. With LifeProof’s effort to repurpose ocean-based plastics, you can feel good about your plans to keep your phone protected. It’s perfect for everyone from independents to athletes, scenesters to world travellers – feel free to use the cases to feed your passion because Lifeproof is made to follow you into the moment. LifeProof cases includes WAKE, NEXT and SEE featuring recycled materials and a colourful assortment of waterproof FRE and FRE with MagSafe and are now available for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Available at Official Website: www.otterbox.asia
Price: SG$ 59 – SG$ 159

6. Huiji Herbalmint Lozenges

Soothe irritated throats with these all-natural lozenges

Made from 100 percent natural medicinal herbs and plants, the Huiji Herbalmint Lozenges is perfect for quick relief for cough and helps to soothe the irritated throat. As there is no added alcohol content, it does not cause drowsiness.

Available at Official Website: https://huiji.com.sg/product/huiji-herbalmint-lozenges/
Price: SG$ 2 per box of 10

7. Casio GBD-H1000 Smartwatch Sharp Face Shield 

Keep track of heart-rate measures with these smart watches

Casio G-SQUAD GBD-H1000 features an optical sensor for heart rate measurement, along with bearing, altitude/barometric pressure, and temperature sensors. The new smartwatch is built with all the toughness of a G-SHOCK, with shock resistance and 200-meter water resistance. With Wear OS by Google, the GSW-H1000 allows you to access important information at a glance, like messages and phone calls, notifications, agenda, weather forecast, and more.

Available at https://www.g-shock.sg/ and all G-SHOCK stores 
Price: SG$ 599

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Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition lets you customize your phone’s colors

Mix and match

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Despite the availability of several devices in the market, foldables are still as niche as they come. Not everyone can get behind the new form factor yet. However, there is no doubt that owning a foldable phone helps users stand out from the crowd. Samsung, despite being one of the leaders of the market already, has launched a new way to further express creativity through its foldables. The new Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition allows users to customize how their foldables will look like.

With the Bespoke Studio, users can mix and match panels for their phones with different colors including blue, yellow, pink, white, and black. Further, users can customize their phone’s frame with either black or silver. They can also preview their custom colors through Samsung’s website.

Of course, a mind can sometimes be fickle. As such, Samsung is also offering Bespoke Upgrade Care which allows owners to change their panels and colors when they want a change for a varying service fee. Ordered editions will also come in packaging and themes that correspond to the user’s selected colors.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition will start at US$ 1099.99 and will come with 12 months of Samsung Care+ protection. If ordered through Samsung.com, users can also avail up to US$ 600 of trade-in credit towards the special foldable phone.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s customizable BESPOKE refrigerator arrives in the US

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