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Xiaomi shows off Air Charge, brings truly wireless charging for your home

The future looks exciting!

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Xiaomi has detailed a new proprietary technology capable of charging your phone or gadget wirelessly over several meters. Officially called Mi Air Charge technology, it’s a truly wireless solution that can convert electrical energy into millimeter waves over long distances.

Traditionally, you can wirelessly charge your phone, but it has to be very close to the coil. This defeats the purpose of wireless charging because you’re hooked to the charging pad/stand instead of the direct wire. Xiaomi intends to change how we perceive wireless charging and make it more practical.

The Chinese brand claims that the new Mi Air Charge Technology can charge multiple devices simultaneously wirelessly. The company’s blog says that you can play games, walk around, or do anything in the room and the charging will continue uninterrupted.

Xiaomi’s Global CEO Lei Jun further said technology had been developed in-house through its space positioning and energy transmission tech. It has a built-in 5-phase interface antenna, which can accurately detect the device’s position to charge it. Once the direction is determined, a phase control array composed of 144 antennas directionally transmits millimeter-wide waves to the phone.

The technology cand delivers 5W of power to a single device over a couple of meters. The receiving device (gadget) also has a miniaturized antenna array that consists of a beacon antenna and receiving antenna array. The former is used to broadcast the phone’s position while the latter converts waves into electrical energy.

It has confirmed that the technology is still in its early phase and no consumer products will be launched with Air Charge this year. The solution is still nascent, requires scaling, and most importantly, the health concerns involved.

While we may not see this in action anytime soon at a friend’s place, the fact that companies have started unveiling their no-contact wireless charging technology is an indication of what the future holds, along with foldable phones.

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Get twice the data with Smart’s Double GIGA

For ‘passion’ apps

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Smart is introducing its Double GIGA promo to prepaid subscribers. With it users can enjoy twice the data for passion apps to squeeze out more value from their favorite offers and use this to be better at what they love to do.

For example, Double GIGA Video 99 now comes with 2GB per day for streaming on YouTube, Cignal Play, iWantTFC, and NBA League Pass — plus 2GB open access data for PhP99 for 7 days.

Subscribers can learn more and watch more about the things that let them be better, where it’s about watching DIY or How-To videos, learning new choreographies from their favorite artist’s music video releases, or getting inspired from what their favorite channels released.

Subscribers can also turn to Double GIGA Stories to be able to share more stories of hope and encouragement, as well as help brighten up the day of friends and loved with uplifting messages.

On the other hand, students and professionals can be more productive and achieve more with Double GIGA Study and Double GIGA Work, while avid gamers can be better at their favorite mobile games and level up their gameplay with Double GIGA Games, while students.

Smart makes it simple for its prepaid subscribers to register to Double GIGA offers via the GigaLife App, or by dialing *123#.

Also available for TNT subscribers

TNT subscribers can also avail of Double GIGA to enjoy videos for entertainment and life hacks, so they can learn new things to improve themselves and keep striving for their dreams.

Smart Bro subscribers can also enjoy Double GIGA via the GigaLife App.

Philippines’ fastest mobile data network

Double GIGA offers are powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now. It also recently cited Smart as the fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, noted in its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines** that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

Smart also enables subscribers to take their passions to a whole new level with Smart 5G’s superfast speeds and ultra-low latency powered by the country’s most extensive 5G network.


This is a press release from Smart Communications

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Globe launches mobile number portability for Globe, TM customers

Convenient!

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In line with Globe’s mission to improve overall customer experience, the company is officially launching its internal mobile number portability (MNP) capability on April 21. This covers all Postpaid to Prepaid, Prepaid to Postpaid, and Prepaid to Prepaid customer movements within Globe and TM brands.

The MNP capability allows the customer to retain their existing mobile number when changing their subscription type. For example, those who have been wishing to move from Prepaid to Postpaid (and vice versa) will finally be able to do so, while keeping their original mobile number.

Customers who are not under a subscription lock-in period, have no financial obligations or overdue balances may avail of the service. To apply for porting, mobile customers can visit the nearest Globe store or log in to their GlobeOne account. Globe myBusiness customers may check if their number is eligible for MNP via the GlobeOne app. If eligible, they can reach out to their respective account manager or myBusiness chat support. Globe Business clients can contact their dedicated account managers.

“Enabling our customers with the freedom to move across subscription types while allowing them to retain their original mobile number creates a new level of experience,” said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

In compliance with Republic Act 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act, Globe is moving forward with this initiative to allow its own customers to keep their mobile numbers even if they switch from Globe to TM and vice versa, regardless of their existing subscriptions.

To do the same for other network providers, the MNP’s full implementation date initially slated for January 2021 was moved to September 30, 2021, due to technical delays in testing and governance as a result of the pandemic.

The company champions the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), specifically UN SDG No. 9 which recognizes the importance of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe has vowed to uphold the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.


This is a press release from Globe Telecom

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Fitbit launches a new style-focused fitness tracker called the Luxe

It looks like jewelry

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Fitbit has launched its thinnest and undoubtedly most fashionable fitness tracker to date called the Luxe. It can be camouflaged to look like jewelry with a wide range of band options.

It has a stainless steel case made using a design process called metal injection moulding to give it a feel of handcrafted jewellery. Fitbit partnered with Laguna Beach-based jewellery brand gorjana to design the Luxe.

Fitbit Luxe has a similar form factor to the Inspire 2, which was launched year. Unlike the Inspire 2, the case of the Luxe is made from smart stainless steel rather than polymer, giving it a more premium look.

On the fitness front, the Luxe offers heart rate tracking, 20 exercise modes like golf, pilates, spinning, tennis, hiking, and biking, and there’s also a stress calculator. However, it skips GPS connectivity so your phone will always have to be around for full functionality.

The tracker is water resistant up to 5ATM, making it ideal to track your swims. The Luxe introduces deeper insights into this with seven-day trends that were previously reserved for Fitbit Premium members, and subscribers will still get longer 30-day trend reports.

These members also have access to over 200 mindfulness sessions from popular brands like Aaptiv, Aura, Breethe, and Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method. Lastly, also offers sleep score that helps you better understand your sleep quality, and bedtime reminders can help you establish a more consistent sleep routine.

Price and availability

The new Fitbit Luxe is priced at US$ 149. It will come in varied silicone band colour options and even a woven style that wraps around your hand twice. Fitbit will bundle six-months of Fitbit Premium for free for new buyers. The gorjana-designed Special Edition costs US$ 200. It’s available for purchase via Fitbit’s website in most markets.

In the Philippines, the Fitbit Luxe will retail for PhP 8,490 while the gorjana-designed Special Edition will cost PhP 12,990. Both variants will be available from June onwards.

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