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Zalora pop-up store is a shopping and Instagram haven

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In 2017, shopping looks different. With a few swipes and taps on your smartphone, you can have anything delivered to your doorstep.

Zalora, a company of Global Fashion Group, is pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between online and offline shopping.


Presenting: The Zalora pop-up store

Found at Bonifacio High Street Central in BGC, the store houses Zalora favorites.

But, it’s not just any store.

Zalora recognizes that this first-hand experience can be an integral part of shopping for a number of people, hence a pop-up that allows shoppers that leeway was set up.

In an effort to bridge online and offline shopping and create a seamless customer experience, the digital fashion platform allows shoppers an opportunity to see products for themselves — products they’d otherwise only see on the Zalora app.

All you need to do is pick out what you want to try out, do the fitting, and click away on your Zalora app to buy.

Aside from this, Zalora has also been putting their “Click-and-Connect” concept to work. Online shoppers can redirect their orders to Ayala Malls for pick up whenever convenient for the shoppers — this also means free shipping and 30-day returns and exchanges!

Shopping and interactive fun

Aside from all the shopping that may be had in the pop-up, Zalora also offers cool interactive activities. This may look like a normal photo wall…

… but it’s not just that! You can scan these photos to unlock cute animations.

The whole area is very, very Instagrammable.

Trust me, I tried it. In fact, you’re encouraged to shoot away here!

More Zalora app options

Of course, there are also in-app improvements.

Zalora has just recently launched their visual search. You can now snap a photo through the app and it will search for similar products on sale.

For example: Like that floral dress? All it takes is one photo…

… and voila! Think of all the shopping possibilities!

Parker Gundersen, CEO of the Zalora group, explains that the “platform is the value [they] add.” He tells me in an interview that Zalora is constantly growing and trying to find ways to make their site more relevant to their consumers. Today, that means constant personalization of content for each app user through algorithms, machine learning, and real-life/online integration such as this.

Who knows what Zalora will bring us next? In the meantime, the brand has paved way for an interesting shopping experience.

SEE ALSO: The Playground: An Instagrammable pop-up

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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