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Xiaomi’s Mi Fan Festival sale is coming with great offers

What are you planning to grab?

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Xiaomi has announced its Mi Fan Festival 2019 sale in India to celebrate its anniversary. The sale kicks off on April 4 and offers exclusive deals and discounts on a range of Xiaomi products such as smartphones, TVs, earphones, air purifiers, and fitness bands.

The sale will be held across Mi.com, online partner platforms partners, Mi Home, Mi Store, and partner offline stores. The company will also be holding INR 1 (US$ 0.01) flash sales. Even a Mystery Box sale has been planned and it’ll cost just INR 99 (US$ 1.4). The box can contain a surprising mix of products worth up to INR 2,400 (US$ 35) and it shall start at 2PM on all three days.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro will get up to an INR 5,000 (US$ 72) discount and can be availed at INR 10,999 (US$ 158). The Redmi 6 Pro presently sells for INR 11,499 (US$ 166) but will be available for INR 7,999 (US$ 115). Other deals include INR 1,000 (US$ 14.5) off on the Redmi 6A, INR 400 (US$ 5.7) off on Mi Earphones, INR 9,000 (US$ 130) off on the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, and INR 800 (US$ 11) off on the Mi Band HRX Edition.

Xiaomi’s POCO F1 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant can be purchased at INR 20,999 (US$ 303), down from the market price of INR 22,999 (US$ 333). Alongside these discounts, flash sales of the newly announced Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro shall also commence.

There’ll be a Fun and Furious multiplayer online game as well wherein Mi users can participate and win prizes such as a Redmi Note 7 and Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones

The phone maker has partnered with HDFC Bank and will be offering its customers a five percent instant discount of up to INR 500 (US$ 7.2) on purchasing products with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card. Mobikwik users can avail of a flat 15 percent instant SuperCash up to INR 2,000 (US$ 29) on all products

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Apple is developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank

Prototype stages already

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When Apple’s new MagSafe system launched late last year, the magnetic charging system promised a new wave of Apple accessories. At the time, however, the system focused on wireless charging. Eventually, MagSafe promises to expand into its own empire of different functionalities and form factors. Now, apart from its initial slew of sleeves, Apple is reportedly developing a MagSafe wireless powerbank for the system.

According to a Bloomberg source, the company is already well on its way to developing the MagSafe accessory. Unfortunately, Apple has reportedly ran into some snags on the way to perfecting it. Apparently, the currently reported prototype caused false overheating alerts, among other problems. Despite rumors of its development, Apple will likely shelf the accessory until it can develop a better one.

For anyone following Apple’s developmental process over the years, such a delay is not a surprise. Apple usually takes its time optimizing products before launching them — to the point of falling behind to Android. Given Apple’s tremendous investment in a new MagSafe ecosystem, the company is likely working extra hard on perfected products to boost the system further.

For accessory aficionados, a wireless powerbank isn’t an entirely new concept. Numerous accessory makers have already released several powerbanks using the Qi wireless charging system. In Apple’s defense, a MagSafe powerbank will take advantage of the system’s magnetic attachment system, preventing the powerbank from slipping and sliding everywhere.

SEE ALSO: Your MagSafe Questions Answered

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OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp now available in the Philippines

Comes with Huawei HiLink support

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OPPLE is bringing its latest smart desk lamp to the Philippines. The OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp supports HiLink, allowing for better integration with other devices as well as with Huawei’s own ecosystem.

Priced at PhP 1,999, the smart desk lamp features a sleek and minimalist design that fits anywhere. It dynamically mimics the sunlight for a much natural experience. Users can also tweak the lighting to suit their situation. The lighting can range from warm to cool depending on tasks such as reading, writing, or doing tasks on the computer. Users can also configure the lighting to be brighter or dimmer at their own whim.

The smart desk lamp supports Huawei HiLink, which brings together other smart home appliances and allows unified control through the app. As such, users don’t have to download any unnecessary app just to make the OPPLE Smart Desk Lamp works. They can just download the AI Life app on Google Play Store or Apple App Store, pair the lamp, and control the lighting on the go.

Every purchase of the smart desk lamp also comes with a free Huawei Band 4 worth PhP 1,899 until supplies last. It is available to purchase on Huawei’s online store, Lazada, or Shopee store page.

Starting today, February 19 until February 21, 2021. This comes with a very generous freebie offer Huawei Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 1499.

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GlassesUSA.com unveils a collection of affordable, sustainable eyewear

You can virtually try a pair and get a prescription for free!

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GlassesUSA.com, a disruptor in the eyewear space, launched their “Eco Conscious” category — a sustainable collection consisting of glasses made from ethically sourced materials. From upcycled plastics to bio-acetate, to natural materials like coffee and hemp, GlassesUSA.com brings together nine conscious brands offering sustainable yet affordable eyewear.

For instance, Ochis’ glasses are 100 percent eco-friendly, using coffee grounds, biopolymer, and flax.

There’s Hemp Eyewear, too, carrying the world’s first hemp fiber eyewear. Moreover, every frame is handcrafted in Edinburgh.

For those who care about the ocean, Waterhaul uses 100 percent recycled plastics intercepted from the ocean. Most of these recycled plastics came from 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear lost or discarded in the ocean.

If you like trees and nature, Woodie uses handmade material from 100 percent recycled wood. For each purchase, Woodie plants one tree.

Costa del Mar, on the other hand, showcases eyewear made from bio-based resin derived from Castor Oil. They also have a “Kick Plastic Initiative” to reduce carbon footprint. The initiative aims to protect the planet’s waters from the use of single-use plastics.

Another user of biobased materials including Castor Oil is Arnette, where cases are made from recycled ABS. Additionally, their microfiber cloths are made from 78 percent recycled polyamide.

Price and availability

Other brands include Stella McCartney, Muse, and SeaClean. Moreover, GlassesUSA.com stays true to its mission of offering affordable eyewear, making the sustainable collection available at varying price points with sticker prices ranging from US$ 74 to US$ 400.

But what sets GlassesUSA.com apart is its two proprietary apps: the virtual try-on feature where you can literally try the glasses you’re looking at, and the Prescription Lens Scanner App where you only need to scan your current glasses with the FREE app, so you can get your prescription. Both apps are available for use when shopping the sustainable collection.

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