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VeMoBro is here to meet your holiday needs

New online shopping platform in the Philippines

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Christmas is still every Filipino’s favorite time of the year despite — or perhaps because of — the challenging past months. Even without reunions, Christmas parties, and some of the usual holiday activities, Christmas brings cheer and the holiday spirit a sense of optimism for better things ahead.

Planning and getting those Christmas presents, although a bit different this year, remains exciting and fun. After all, giving and sharing is what this season is all about.

How far along are you with your Christmas list? Or are you still scrambling for some last-minute shopping? Don’t worry, we got you! Here are some gift ideas for all the special ones on your list this new normal.

For the new hobbyists

Baking, cooking, caring for a new pet. These are just some of the new hobbies picked up during quarantine. Give the gift of support to friends and family with items related to their new hobbies and interests.

Baking ingredients for the new baker: A fresh pack of cake mix, whipping cream, and different flavored emulsions such as red velvet and orange will not only remind your baker friend of your continued support but will also encourage them to experiment with new recipes. Plus, a baking gift basket sitting next to their baking equipment will look lovely in their kitchen!

A selection of premium meats for the home cook in the making: Yes, it can certainly be a learning experience buying fresh beef from the local butcher, but if you have to travel to go to the meat shop, isn’t it more convenient to have super-fresh meat delivered right at your doorstep? If you’re lucky, the latest home cook in your family or barkada might even invite you to share that juicy steak with them. 

Pet shampoo for the first-time fur parent: Whether their heart belongs to a gentle giant of a dog or a tiny fluffball kitten, your friends will surely appreciate a lavender-scent shampoo that will not only pamper their fur babies in the bath but will also work wonders on their coats.

For the pandemic hustlers

Working or studying at home is not all joy. Show your loved ones how much you appreciate all their hard work and make their Christmas a little merrier.

Hairdryer for the friend on the go: Think bad hair days are no longer a problem with everyone just staying indoors and working from home? Think again. This gift of tech will come in handy when your reliable officemate wants to achieve that just-left-the-salon hair for special virtual meetings or when they just feel like having a good hair day. Friends can also use this to glam up for the numerous virtual Christmas parties they’ll be attending this month.

Tire cream for the biker:  Show the two-wheel enthusiast among your friends or family how much you care for their safety with a motorcycle care essential that can keep their tires in optimal driving condition for a better and safer drive. Choose one with a non-greasy and natural shine formula that provides a protective coating from sunlight and rain.

For the stay-at-home survivors

The not-so-young have been staying indoors since mid-March. That’s nine months of alternating between a daily routine and thinking of new things to do. Why not gift them with something that will help make another month at home bearable?

Pantry essentials for grandparents: Shopping for Gramps and Granny can sometimes be daunting as we might get them items they’re not supposed to eat anymore or they simply do not want. But you can never go wrong with food as a gift, especially fresh vegetables or fruits or a wide variety of condiments. Not only would this remind them that you care about their health but it would also save them a week’s – or maybe month’s! – worth of grocery run.

Complete that gift list with your new essential shopping partner!

Gift-giving this holiday season will carry on as in previous years even amid the quarantine. Thanks to online shopping, you can skip crammed aisles and long lines and shop in the comfort of your own home, even while lounging on the couch in your pajamas and munching on your favorite treats. But sometimes, huge traffic on online shopping sites, delays in delivery, and mistakes on orders could put a damper on the holiday spirit.

Fret not. Santa’s elves have exciting news for you! VeMoBro, a homegrown e-commerce platform that specifically caters to “new normal” essentials, is launching in the country soon to help make sure you get your Christmas shopping — and other shopping needs — done hassle-free. VeMoBro promises a more satisfying and convenient shopping experience — one that surely tops the wish list of many online shopaholics.

As an additional treat, VeMoBro is offering special promos before their official launch. From December 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021, grab HTC Products from Transpacific at 20 percent off and condiments at Meat My Veggies at 20 percent less. Get fresh vegetables and fruits and premium meats at Php150 less for a minimum cart value of Php2,000.

Ready for your new shopping partner? Visit Vemobor’s online store for more exclusive deals. Stay updated on other promos and announcements by following VeMoBro on its official social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.


This is a press release from VeMoBro

Apps

Ultrahuman: The essential app to get you through quarantine

Getting through isolation days through workout and meditation

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Taking care of our physical and mental health is very much important now more than ever. With everything that has been going on in the world, it’s not surprising that people are taking extra steps to advocate and practice self-care.

One way to do this is by adding good habits everyday and being disciplined to sustain these habits.

With self-care as one of their ultimate goals this year, Martynne and MJ decided to try Ultrahuman: an all-in-one fitness app that includes all the good habits they are currently incorporating in their lives — from workout to meditation.

For a few weeks, they put the app to a test and this is their verdict:

Meditation

Martynne: I am a huge advocate of meditation and it has been a life-changing practice for me, as someone who finds a hard time focusing and being in the present.

Ultrahuman has a wide range of course options that can match a specific mood or emotion. One of my personal favorites is the Managing Anger course, which helped me take a step back, consolidate my feelings and give compassion to myself throughout the process.

The Singles option with one-time meditation tracks helped me become more mindful and grounded whenever I feel overwhelmed in the middle of a workday. The productivity course, on the other hand, kept my eyes glued to my laptop screen until I finished what I needed to do.

The only thing I didn’t like about it, though, is the visuals seem basic to me, and the “dark” interface is much more fitting for the workout option.

Workout

MJ: When gyms are closed and home workouts aren’t fun anymore, how do you remain committed to your fitness goals? That’s what Ultrahuman did: Filling the gap by providing fun workouts and challenges that you can do in a span of weeks. It’s similar to how Nike Training Club presents their videos albeit more personalized.

The Ultrahuman app comes with guided videos from renowned trainers, and watching their instructions during your exercises felt like having a live session with a personal trainer. Unlike most fitness apps that offer video-on-demand workouts, Ultrahuman remembers that we are all beginners, offering a collection of videos through challenges that suit different levels.

After living a sedentary lifestyle, I knew I have to ease up when working out again. The app did wonders in helping me stay active by gradually increasing the difficulty of my challenges, without straining my body or having myself complain about how difficult a certain workout routine is.

Sleep

Martynne: There was an instance that I had a bad case of insomnia and I needed something to put me to sleep.

I tried listening to Ultrahuman’s Bedtime Stories and it reminded me of the sleep podcasts I used to listen to on Spotify.

The voices are relaxing, and the stories come with meditation and sound effects, but I realized I can be impatient with slow stories. I resorted to the app’s soundscapes and brain music, and they helped a lot to relax my brain and finally shut my eyes off.

I don’t exactly know what’s the science behind brain music, but they really work sometimes.

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The Polaroid Go is the smallest analog instant camera in the world

With this camera, the sky’s the limit and not the size

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Polaroid Go

Polaroid has a new, cute camera and we want it. There, I said it.

Polaroid Go is the newest, tiniest member of the Polaroid family. Dubbed as the smallest analog instant camera in the world, it only measures 4.1-inches long, 3.3-inches wide, and 2.4-inches tall. What an exciting change to Polaroid’s decade-old form factor, right?

Polaroid Go

Designed as a creative companion, the Polaroid Go sports a portable, wearable look and feel. The newest camera is available in a classic white colorway, following Polaroid’s iconic design retained in a new format apt for the new generation.

The Polaroid Go, despite its tiny size, packs mighty features. This includes a newly-developed selfie mirror, self-timer, longer-lasting battery, dynamic flash, double exposure, and travel-friendly accessories.

There’s also a Go film that reimagines Polaroid’s classic square format, to suit the newest and smallest analog instant camera.

Polaroid Go

Price and availability

Polaroid Go retails for US$ 100 while the Polaroid Go Film Double Pack costs US$ 20. The Polaroid Go will be available for purchase on April 27 at polaroid.com/go.

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Microsoft acquires speech recognition firm Nuance for $20 billion

The second most expensive acquisition by Microsoft

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Nuance
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Microsoft has acquired speech recognition and healthcare firm Nuance for a whopping US$ 19.7 billion. The deal will give the Redmond-based giant deeper access to hospitals and the healthcare industry, in general, via its medical dictation and transcription tools.

The announcement is a clear indication that Microsoft is looking for new verticals to improve growth. Recently, the company was interested in buying Discord, a gaming-centric instant messaging service, for a massive sum of US$ 10 billion.

Nuance has been a pioneer in voice-based artificial intelligence and was pivotal in powering Apple’s Siri. Since then, it has shifted to healthcare and, specifically, a transcribing tool that writes up the conversations between physicians and patients.

As part of this deal, Microsoft will pay US$ 56 per share for Nuance, a 23 percent premium over the company’s last closing price. Microsoft can use Nuance’s technology with its existing software like Teams or even offer it independently as part of its Azure cloud business. Simultaneously, it can gradually increase the presence of Azure and other connected products within a physician’s clinic.

For the longest time, Microsoft was dependent on the consumer business and relied mostly on Office and Windows for revenue. This has radically changed in the last few years with increased investment in AI, machine learning, and cloud computing.

Microsoft said Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin would remain at the company and report to Scott Guthrie, who is in charge of its cloud and artificial intelligence businesses.

The Nuance acquisition is the second most expensive in Microsoft’s history. The first being LinkedIn’s deal, valued at US$ 26 billion.

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