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What is TWICE’s GadgetMatch?

Yes, the K-Pop girl group

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It’s day who-knows-what of quarantine now and everyone’s doing whatever they can to stay sane. While other people are binge-watching on Netflix, reading books, listening to podcasts, or learning new things, I have been going through TWICE content.

Just recently, they posted a video of the group’s resident gamer Mina playing Minecraft on what appeared to be an HP Omen 15 gaming laptop. This, along with a conversation with our gaming writer Gab, prompted me to write this article.

Let this also serve as an answer to one of our Twitter follower’s question:

One more thing before we dive in. This exercise is truly just for fun. If I get any information wrong, feel free to nicely point it out to me. We’re doing this list by age so that’s NaJeongMoSaJiMiDaChaeTzu. Let’s go!

NAYEON 

Nayeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Panasonic’s Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

We’ve seen Nayeon go on VLIVE (a popular video live streaming service for K-Pop idols) several times talking about how she feels lazy removing her makeup. Well, guess what, here’s something that can help.

Not only is the Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device great for makeup removal, it’s also gentle on the skin and provides some deep cleaning. It’s a device that’s highly recommended for people who wear makeup and would like to make sure they thoroughly (but gently) clean their face at night.

JEONGYEON

Jeongyeon’s GadgetMatch: 
Dyson V11 (Vacuum cleaner) 

TWICE has talked about how Jeongyeon has been the member who’s in charge of cleaning. In one variety show, Jihyo — the group’s leader — even pointed out how Jeongyeon would vacuum especially when she has a lot on her mind. She also mentioned that they had a huge vacuum so perhaps it’s time to upgrade!

The Dyson V11 is a smart and powerful cordless vacuum. It has three different cleaning modes as well as switchable nozzles depending on what surface or area you intend to clean. It even has an LCD screen that shows information like power mode and filter maintenance reminders. It’s a must-have for someone like Jeongyeon who likes to tidy up.

MOMO 

Momo’s GadgetMatch:
MacBook Pro 16”

Best girl, best dancer, and best Japanese woman ever Momo Hirai is emerging as also the group’s best vlogger. In 2019 she once went on VLIVE for over seven hours non-stop. She also documented and has released several episodes of her trip to Hawaii with soulmate fellow Japanese member, Sana. Previously, she also had a series with another member — who is also best girl — Chaeyoung called MoChaeng TV.

You know, Momo has a knack for vlogging. She previously talked about editing some of these clips only on her phone. However, imagine if she had a full video editing suite at her disposal? That’s where the MacBook Pro 16” comes in. It’s a powerful notebook and already comes with iMovie. She can also opt to go the pro route and get Final Cut Pro — an app I am more than willing to teach her how to use.

SANA

Sana’s GadgetMatch:
InvisaWear smart jewelry 

Sana and gadgets don’t exactly match do they? She held onto a red iPhone for the longest time until it broke, and of course there’s that laptop that she had trouble with. So for our miss “shy, shy, shy,” I’m picking the InvisaWear smart jewelry.

These are essentially easy-to-reach panic button accessories. Not that we hope she’ll need them but when paired with the app, it’ll send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. There are also a few designs to choose from that could match both Sana’s cutie and sexy sides.

JIHYO

Jihyo’s GadgetMatch:
Fitbit Versa 2

As the leader of the group, Jihyo might be the member who has to balance so many things the most. She’s also been shown to be really into fitness especially over the last two years.

What better gadget to pair with her than a fitness wearable — the FitBit Versa 2. Other than putting a lot of focus on fitness, it’s also stylish, has apps like Spotify so you can listen to music while working out, and tracks other things like sleep and heart rate.

MINA

Mina’s GadgetMatch:
Alienware UFO 

Resident gamer Mina seems like she probably already has all the possible gaming things she needs for their kind of lifestyle that has them travelling a lot. So it was tough trying to figure out what to match her with.

Enter the Alienware UFO. It’s only a concept for now, but what it is essentially is like a Nintendo Switch but for PC games. We’re not sure if it’s coming out anytime soon but it certainly matches Mina in so many ways. Not only is she a gamer, the Alienware brand kind of also matches her out-of-this-world visuals.

DAHYUN

Dahyun’s GadgetMatch:
Huawei X Gentle Monster Smart Alio-C1

I have to admit, I don’t know much about Dahyun other than that she’s probably the goofiest member and that she has this uncanny ability to spot cameras wherever they may be. I also know she wears glasses so I’m just gonna go with that.

The Huawei X Gentle Monster collaboration blends together fashion and tech. The smart eyewear can play music and be linked to a virtual assistant. The lenses can also be changed to prescription ones so Dahyun can still look stylish even with these on.

CHAEYOUNG

Chaeyoung’s GadgetMatch:
iPad Pro 2020

Aside from being the main rapper, Chaeyoung is also known to be the member who has participated the most in lyric-writing for their songs. She’s also one hell of an artist, even designing a version of their album covers and some of the group’s merch. She’s creative in every sense of the word.

What better device to help this Strawberry Princess (she’s very fond of strawberries, thus the nickname) unleash all her creativity than with an iPad Pro 2020. It’s a device built for creatives. She can do her sketches, write lyrics, and she can even use it to record a demo version of songs she’s written. Can’t think of a more perfect pairing.

TZUYU

Tzuyu’s GadgetMatch:
PetCube Bites

Every Tzuyu stan knows how fond she is of dogs but no one will come close to Gucci. The cute little Pomeranian has been with her since pre-debut days but because of work, they haven’t been together as much.

PetCube Bites will let Tzuyu check on Gucci even from a distance. The camera records and sends the footage to a cloud, making sure she won’t miss anything. It will also let her throw treats for and talk to Gucci.

Visuals by Marcus Jucutan


Do you agree with our picks? Which TWICE member is your bias and what do you think is Her GadgetMatch? 😉

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Hundreds of K-Pop songs by KakaoM removed from Spotify

Including songs from IU, LOONA, Dreamcatcher, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, MAMAMOO, and more

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K-Pop has been making waves both in South Korea and outside their homeland. And with the recent launch of Spotify Korea, international fans are expecting it to be recognized by major Korean music shows as an additional attempt in making more underrated artists and groups succeed without totally relying on Korean streaming platforms and Korean fans alone. But the recent feud between KakaoM and Spotify put everything to a screeching halt.

What is KakaoM?

KakaoM is a large co-publisher of K-Pop albums by Korean artists. Other than being a music publishing house, they’re also a music and concert production house, events management agency, talent agency, and even a record label. This basically means they can handle everything from handling K-Pop trainees and talents, up to pre-production, production, and post-production phases of a single, EP, mini album, or even a full album.

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Other than KakaoM’s in-house artists like IU (under EDAM Entertainment), Apink, VICTON, and Weeekly (under PlayM Entertainment), as well as non-KakaoM talents such as LOONA, Dreamcatcher, MAMAMOO, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, HyunA, and (G)-IDLE, this long Twitter thread shows the full list of K-Pop groups, duos, and soloists that are handled and/or whose albums were published by KakaoM:

Explaining the fiasco

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In an article published by the Korean site NAVER, Spotify has informed that KakaoM was unable to extend the validity of the agreement. Thus, effectively ending the contract today, March 1, 2021. Spotify also reported that they’ve been keeping in touch with KakaoM for a year but to no avail. They even said that KakaoM never informed the artists nor their respective agencies prior to the cancellation.

KakaoM isn’t totally a stranger in such issues. This already happened in 2019 when KakaoM failed to mass produce LOONA’s “[X X]” albums despite the large volumes of album pre-orders. That hindered LOONA from getting their first win in a music show. It even came to a point where they failed to renew LOONA’s songs listed under them in Spotify.

This also has a massive effect among international K-Pop artists and fans in general. With the large number of groups and artists alone, Spotify not only helps them get on a larger scale outside Korea, but it also contributes records to music charts such as Billboard.

Streaming charts have always been a big deal among K-Pop fans. With Spotify’s recent entry in the Korean music industry, fans have speculated that this unsettled agreement between Spotify and KakaoM was due to the fact that they don’t want to lose Melon, which is Korea’s top and largest music streaming platform with 28 million subscribers.

Other than the reliance of chartings and rankings by music shows such as Mnet’s M Countdown, KBS’s Music Core, SBS’s Inkigayo, MBC’s Music Core, and more, the streaming platform is owned by none other than KakaoM. This is a speculation all along but the fact that Spotify has 345+ million subscribers in 170 markets dwarfs Melon alone.

Stan Twitter memes everywhere

Some fans were able to make humor out of this controversy.

With KakaoM’s Melon ownership, international fans have joked around that signing up to Melon will never happen.

The fury of the K-Pop international fanbase might have made KakaoM realize their wrong action.

Orbits aren’t late to the meme party

It seems like every K-Pop fan is transferring to YouTube Music (not even Apple Music)

KakaoM as Thanos, anyone?

Memes aside, Spotify has re-assured fans that this issue is temporary and can still be resolved once KakaoM reaches a new global deal. Fans (like me) are hoping that KakaoM will settle this as soon as possible or this might be a huge loss not just to them, but for fans, artists, and their respective agencies as well.

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Globe’s Virtual Hangouts: Music, campus, K-Pop, and esports

More coming this year

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Last year, Virtual Hangouts brought you music festivals, concerts, youth summits, K-fan meets, and esports tournaments with the #OLTogetherNow. Well, strap up because they’re back.

Globe launched their Virtual Hangouts return with a virtual 360-degree view launch event last February 18. They, of course, had to tease us with sneak peeks of GoJAM, GoCAMPUS, GoKOREAN, and GoESPORTS this year.

GoJAM

Jumping off of last year’s GoJAM, Virtual Hangouts partnered with Karpos Live to bring a concert series featuring local and international acts from Paradise Rising, a music collective born out of Globe and 88rising’s partnership. Talents such as Jason Dhakal, Claudia Baretto, Leanne and Naara, and more are in this year’s line-up.

In light of circumstances last year, GoJAM brought you virtual Wanderland Music Festival 2020 and the Double Happiness: Winter Wonder Festival. So, tune in and wait for any new updates on this year’s events. While on the wait, GoJAM is stepping up their virtual immersive experience with virtual 360 concerts and choose-your-own-adventure interviews in this year’s plans.

GoCAMPUS

GoCAMPUS is bringing in another virtual youth summit and Future Reinvented. Students will be challenged to put theory into practice through a 5G Hackathon where teams make real-life applications of 5G technology.

With these events, GoCAMPUS hopes to reinvent school and learning experiences for students. While, empowering them to eventually bring to life real-world applications of 5G technology in society, industries, and smart cities.

GoKOREAN

Globe and K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK’s partnership and the recently concluded THE SHOW virtual concert aside, GoKOREAN has even more in store.

With GoKOREAN, K-fans get to enjoy interactive activities, like the design-your-own cup sleeves event as a way of celebrating the birthdays of BLACKPINK members. Virtual Hangouts will be having the Kmmunity Fest where fans can have a safe space to mingle and share their love of all thing K-Culture. Kmmunity Fest will be new platforms such as SHOOR, Upstream, as well as Vlive and VLive+.

GoESPORTS

Globe’s ongoing efforts to improve the Philippine esports scene by developing and discovering new esports talents and athletes was loud and clear with their VH UltiCup last year. How? Well, they opened both professional and amateur gamers to the competitive scene and giving them the opportunity to represent the country at the SuperGameFest 2020.

With its recent partnership with Riot Games Southeast Asia, it is no surprise that Globe is paving way for new opportunities for local gamers and enthusiasts. GoESPORTS has a few tournaments on their line-up for this year so keep your eyes peeled for any announcements.

If you’re interested in music, campus learning, K-culture, and esports, you can be part of these upcoming events on Virtual Hangouts simply through the GlobeOne app. On the app, just click on the Virtual Hangouts tab to view the events and join.

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Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

Have you subscribed yet?

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The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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