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Limited Edition Oppo F3 SarahG Pack LIVE

From the 14th of July to the 24th, a limited edition of the acclaimed Oppo F3 Black has been made available to the public here.

Carrying the artist and endorser’s signature at the back, this version of the phone is a definite must-buy for fans of the multi-talented idol. It’s only available through Lazada and retails for Php 15,990. More information after the jump.

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Nadine and Sony Philippines Partnership Reforged

13 July 2017 – At Seda Vertis North in Quezon City, esteemed 23-year old actress Nadine Lustre, together with Sony Philippines Managing Director Mr. Noboyushi Otake, sealed their partnership commitment anew.

Nadine had graced the presence of the group sporting headphones and a camera which represents the two product lines that she will be representing for the brand – digital imaging and personal audio. Nadine embodies the creative and fun loving youth of today’s generation. Her dynamic personality and innate love for music and photography strongly resonates with Sony’s target market here in the country.

Sony’s 2017 Extra Bass product lineup includes the

MDR-XB550AP Php 2,999
MDR-XB950N1 Php 12,999
Headphone units that bring beats with punchy bass, wired, wireless, and noice cancellation options as well as the

SRS-XB10 Php 2,999
And
SRS-XB30 Php 6,999
Stylish bluetooth speaker units that liven up any atmosphere with its very color, integrated lights, party linking, and even as an alternative source of power when necessary.

Nadine’s photographic inclination comes supported by the Sony ILCE-5100L. Coming in at black and white colorways and retailing for Php 34,999, the system opens up an entire world of imaging possibilities with a vast selection of lenses, ease of use and composition with the touch enabled and articulated screen, as well as wireless connectivity that allows the user to snap and share instantaneously.

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Asus Zenfone AR Pre-Order Now LIVE

For 10 days starting from today – July 6, the highly anticipated Zenfone AR is already up for pre-order here.

In case you were wondering what the Zenfone AR is, it’s the crème de la crème of Asus Zenfone 3 generation. It sports the following boosted up specifications:

64-bit Qualcomm® Quad-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 821 @2.35GHz, optimized for Tango
Adreno™ 530
23MP Sony IMX318 27mm equiv. 6P OIS+EIS 4K f2.0 (rear) / 8MP OV8856 f2.0 (front)
256GB ROM / 8GB RAM configuration
WQHD 2560×1440 SuperAMOLED Gorilla Glass 4
Hybrid Dual SIM
3300mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C
Android 7.0 Nougat with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Price: Php44,995

It’s local launch was celebrated with Asus Philippines first ever 48hr Hackathon that awarded the best team with a Php 100,000 prize money as well as a 5 day immersion in Asus HQ in Taiwan, more on this after the jump.

So if you’re interested in the world’s forst Daydream and Tango enabled smartphone, here’s your chance to get it ahead of everyone else! You’d get plenty of free items along with it too: a ZenPower Ultra, an exclusive case, its very own tempered glass, and the VR cardboard ^^

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Philips Lighting Eyecomfort Advocacy

The evening of July 5, at the Discovery Primea, Philips Lighting launched their Eyecomfort campaign with three ambassadors for lighting design and utility.

Using three vignettes of interior spaces, Philips showcased a complete lineup of lighting solutions that had innovative technology within the lamps themselves. What can be found used in different scenarios were LED SceneSwitch bulbs – that change color when turned off and on again, as well as Step-dimmable Hadron and Meson Downlights – these change intensity (between two or three levels) when turned off and on again.

There were also Deco Classic lights which use a pseudo filament as the source of illumination bringing the bulbs to a level of aesthetic one would love to show off.

These special lights are of course among general lighting solutions and even recessed/concealed lighting components in the form of the Cavanal LED Ceiling Lamp, LED Batten Cove Lights, LED Tape, and Gen 7 bulbs.

Paulo Alcazaren, celebrated landscape architect and designer, had insights on the importance of lighting in the development of space. In his particular vignette, which was the living room, general lighting as well as dimmable solutions and mood lights came into focus.

Mommy blogger and social media influencer Kelly Misa-Fernandez had a few things to share with regards to the importance of developing moods within the kitchen and dining setting. Dimming lights as well as the Deco Classic line made the space feel different with every setting

Make-up artist to the stars Jigs Mayuga, talked about the importance of color temperature within the bedroom especially important and flattering to the women and their facial features. The Gen 7 lamps and sceneswitch models took center stage this time around.

It was a literally “enlightening” evening that displayed current generation solutions brought about by Philips Lighting into the modern household. With every new innovation that they put out, the focus on the consumers and their well being stand out, this is truly what makes Philips Lighting a global leader in the field of illumination.

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#eyecomfort

The Logitech MeetUp – Video Collaborations Made Easy

At a 3 by 6 meter conference room at Net Cube, around 10 people were gathered to see how the new conference camera solution by Logitech, the MeetUp, works. This was done in a multi-country teleconference that totaled to about 50 people all seeing each other, each location utilizing a MeetUp of their own.

In our video collaboration, introductions came by the Singapore stream in which it was said that: The dream in the past was that there should be a VC on every table. Now it is enabling video for all meeting rooms.

Video collaboration is always going to be better than just voice and/or email. Logitech’s solution is inexpensive as opposed to meeting face to face over several countries.
The MeetUp has great value proposition with its cost compared to what it can do. Logitech’s disruption of the VC industry space is because of their price so much so that their biggest competition is actually the travel industry.

The Logitech MeetUp comes with a squarish remote control and its a treat to use with very big buttons, clearly labeled and with very recognizable functions, and you don’t need to point it towards the device to activate it. Something unique about the remote is a couple of buttons for camera state presets, so you could record the orientation and zoom level of the camera.

MeetUps field of view (FOV) is huge, practically 10 inches from the MeetUp and you’ll be fully visible on its lens. In our meeting, everyone in the room could be heard on the conference, and through the magic of the MeetUp’s acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) technology it all happens without feedback at any volume level.

With cloud services, such as Skype, Zoom, Bluejeans, Vidyo, and the like overtaking traditional VC Systems. Companies do not need to buy expensive VC solutions anymore.
MeetUp was developed with key considerations on its affordability, minimal support requirement, low maintenance cost, and ease of use – as plug and play as possible. The huddle room challenges that the MeetUp addresses are narrow FOVs, center of table audio whose mic’s are shrouded by laptops, and traditional VC systems having too many components cluttering up the meeting space.

MeetUp has one of the widest field of views, at 120-degrees, in the market, and it increases to 175-degrees with the device’s mechanical panning. It has 5x HD zoom. As listed earlier, its 3 beamforming microphones has a 2.4m optimal pickup that becomes 4.2m with the optional mic. The MeetUp’s speaker is finely tuned for a small meeting room such as the one we stayed in. The MeetUp has ports at the back for one USB cable (TypeC) and power.

The MeetUp can be mounted on the wall, over the TV through a VESA mount and on the shelf. It’s bluetooth is specifically integrated for audio devices only as video cannot be transferred smoothly over BT at the moment. It will also have a mobile app that enables control for all Logitech conference cams and that comes out late July this 2017.

The MeetUp will cost Php 56,500 with the optional mic for Php 13,500, available from corporate resellers such as WSI and Innovista.

VC Portfolio for Logitech includes the C930 / Brio (Personal) , ConferenceCam Connect (Portable), BCC950 (1-4pax Meeting Rooms), MeetUp, MeetUp Expansion Mic (Huddle Rooms), Group, Group Expansion Mic (Conference Rooms).

Gadgetshelf rating is excellent!

The Brown & Proud Movement

2017 June 21 – At the Green Sun in Pasong Tamo, a movement has started to break ground. The Brown & Proud (B&P) Movement is something that you probably have already seen in your social feeds this past few weeks.

Finally unveiled yesterday, the B&P movement is a device driven hybrid business model that is fully feature packed. Joining the movement is as easy as 1-2-3: (1) Register online, preferably with a referral. (2) Pay for the brown device. And (3) wait for the “tool” to be delivered right on your doorstep.

The initial offering is called the “brown 1” it comes with the following specifications:
4.7″ HD IPS Display, Dual SIM, Quad-Core Processor, 4G LTE, Android Nougat, 16GB/2GB, 13MP/8MP, expandable with microSD, fingerprint sensor, with OTG support and a thickness of only 5.8mm. Premium build quality for just a few pesos shy of Php 10,000.

Brown 2, a higher end model with a higher cost, is going to be made available in August as well as a tablet called the Brown Tab 1.

This tool comes pre-installed with “Agila Brown” which is a lockscreen app that displays curated content for the members of the B&P community. Inspirational content, relevant news stories, and practically everything you could call “brown and proud”.

The package the tool comes in comes with an EON card, which is the e-wallet where all B&P community transactions will go through. The user would register this card and that would be where the cash flow comes in.

Joining the B&P movement sets you up for a “Brown Tree” which means that you get a referral code and if you encourage another two persons to join in, you get rewarded for that. An additional pairing system comes in after the referral payout that supplements your initial reward. It has a multi-level marketing flow that is, unlike all others, limited. A single brown tree can gain only a little over Php 1,000,000.00. And this is only the beginning.

More than the reward system, the B&P Dream Portal is truly where it is at. With an projected user base of 10 Million at the end of next year, the B&P Dream Portal becomes a sort of crowdfunding resource. Once registered, you can elevate yourself into an “inspirer” and you can show to the community what you’re passionate about – and it could be anything!

You’d like to mount a concert? The community can help with that!
You have an idea that you want to build? Let’s get funded through the community!
Starting up your business? You can get invested upon by members of the community as well.

It’s very practical math… you request for say Php 1,000 to fund your revolutionary new invention – when this gets posted, the entire user base of 10 Million will get wind of what you’re trying to accomplish, and if even a thousand of the users find your idea intriguing, then you have Php 1 Million in funding already. This is the true aspect of the B&P Dream Portal.

Don’t say I didn’t let you in on it. I hope to see your ideas on the portal really soon ^^ I’m almost certain you’re someone who embodies brown and proud as well. As their slogan clearly puts it: Its not the color of your skin, it’s the color of your heart!

Targus’ Seoul 2017 Collection Backpacks – Built For the Digital Native

Targus, being one of the very first brands known for quality materials and reliability, has come out with a palette of backpacks for the youth of today. The aesthetic is not one you’d think would be sporting a host of electronics within it and that is a very good thing especially since it wards off any interest of the contents inside.

Don’t get me wrong though, as far as backpacks go, this line rakes in plenty of stuff and exudes style while doing so… and they go for a very enticing Php3,990 only!

Gadgetshelf rating is great!

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The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Photo Powerhouse

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this phone packs all the great features that one can find on the third generation of Zenfones bar none… well except maybe for the Snapdragon 800 series but still, the Zenfone 3 Zoom has perfect synergy with its 5000mAh battery, energy efficient Snapdragon 625, and its bevy of three prime lenses providing a flexible range of shooting options for practically any application, all in a very thin but very powerful unibody frame.

Overview

When I got my hands on the unit for this review, I decided to use it purely for its intended purpose of photography already being well acquainted with the capability of the Snapdragon within it as it is of similar spec to my own Zenfone 3. This review was made on a Zenfone 3 Zoom unit that remained on the Marshmallow platform, thus your experience may differ should yours be already in Nougat, which truly is quite fast and responsive compared.

Alright, so whats the deal with the dual cameras of the Zenfone 3 Zoom? – To put it bluntly, it offers two different perspectives on a particular scene practically instantly – one 25mm wide angle equivalent and another 59mm portrait oriented 2.3x view compared to the standard. There is also a digital 12x zoom which can be useful in a number of scenarios.

Within the period with which I had the Zenfone 3 Zoom on me, I had been able to bring it to a concert, a resort, to a site for work, and even to a museum for ingress, apart from all the general metropolitan experience.

I had previously compared the first Zoom to an actual camera but this one I’m comparing to its non Zoom counterpart in the Zenfone 3 and based solely on its own merits as a camera system.

Real World Sampling

When I first encountered the Zenfone 3 Zoom, it was an engineering unit and the EXIF was not coming out properly. You’d be glad to know that this is not the case with the retail package.

The primary lens (on the left of image above), a 12MP 25mm equivalent Sony IMX 362 provides the best shooting experience among all of the available modes. Its snappy to fire up, and the optical image stabilization feels just right and responsive without any feeling of aggressiveness. I actually tried to find a way to disable the stabilization but there isnt any… and that’s fine especially when you suddenly shift to the zoom lens, itself being 12MP but with a 59mm equivalent focal length – a Samsung 3M3.

Closer inspection of images from the two lenses reveal a semblance of artifacting with the Samsung sensor as well as a bluish tone while the Sony remains neutral and crisp even in high contrast areas. This comparison made in an overcast environment (relatively low light).

100% crops

Hitting the zoom button cycles three zoom levels, none of which reach the 12x limit – from 1x, 2.3x, and then a middling 5x. Below is an example of all the pertinent zoom levels… this bird was roughly 10 meters away, I measured… twice.

With enough distance (a lot) natural bokeh can be achieved by both rear lenses, you can see it in action with the following shots. Note also that in very bright shooting scenarios, both sensors perform similarly and the user would get more detail up close when using the 2.3x zoom.

100% crops

Along with the convenience of being able to pull it out of one’s pocket for instantaneous imaging, there is that single tap zoom-in taking it a notch higher than what we’re generally used to. And while you might think that you won’t be using this feature that much, you’ll eventually find yourself hitting it just because it is there, ready and available.

Evaluation

The Zenfone 3 Zoom provides the user with a flexibility in shooting otherwise missed with a single lens setup. Coupled with the optical image stabilization it allows for viability when shooting in low light and it is effective whether the front or the rear camera is used especially when the image​ objective is primarily a social media share.

This does not mean that photos captured from the Zenfone 3 Zoom cannot be printed out, on the contrary, setting up a scene in manual mode would provide quality enough even for an A0 print straight out of the camera (proof).

With an incredible design, powerful battery, and a trio of prime cameras with a bevy of shooting modes and zoom states, this Php 23,995 smartphone package is almost impossible to match. Gadgetshelf rating is near excellent.

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#CatchTheMoment
#BuiltForPhotography

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone Live Unveiled

An air of mystery had been hovering about the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom this past week as teaser photos kept cropping up of a brand new ambassadress for their camera-centric Zenfone 3 variant.

At the Penthouse 8747 a couple of days earlier, Yassi Pressman, popularized for her role as Alyanna in Probinsyano, had been revealed to be the new face of the Zenfone 3 Zoom during the smartphone’s launch alongside a completely new and very compelling offering in the Zenfone Live which is a budget friendly device that features the world’s first “live beautification mode”. Yassi expressed her delight on the excellent front facing camera, itself a prime lens in the 13-megapixel f2.0 Sony IMX214, as well as the longevity of the Zenfone 3 Zoom’s 5000mAh battery that is coupled with the very efficient and capable Snapdragon 625.

The event had also been graced by celebrated photographer-ambassadors Ricky Ladia and Jasper Tejano, both of whom are completely convinced of the power and the capabilities of the Zenfone 3 Zoom that can, according to Jasper, output exhibit worthy shots and is perfect for street photography which is his favorite genre. Ricky used the prime lenses on the Zenfone 3 Zoom for everything from landscape to food photography leveraging the strength of the 25mm (Superpixel Main Camera) and 59mm (Zoom Camera) equivalent focal lengths on the twin camera system.

Participants were ushered into an experience zone after the presentation had concluded where miniatures were waiting to be taken photos of, making certain of the use of the zoom feature to catch all the minuscule details on the models and flora.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL with a 4GB/64GB configuration retails for Php 23,995 and comes bundled with a JBL bluetooth speaker, a clear case, and a ZenEar.

The Zenfone Live, configured with a 5″ HD screen and 2GB/16GB memory comes in at a mind-blowing Php 6,995 touting the Zenfone 3 series design language and the latest in live streaming in the form of BeautyLive.

Two launches were done by Asus that day, at the same time and with different venues; it had been a definite challenge I’m certain but they pulled it off with nary a hitch. Kudos to the teams that made it possible from Asus and Stratworks.

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#CatchTheMoment

BREAKING! The Zenfone 3 Zoom Pre Orders have opened!

From today until the 6th of April, eager consumers can already pre order their Zenfone 3 Zoom units via this microsite!

Below is the procedure you’re about to undertake:

Pre-order Program Mechanics:

1. Pre-orders for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) are available on March 27, 2017 up to April 6, 2017.

2. Customers has to visit the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Pre-order registration page at http://zenfone3zoomph.com/

3. Customers who will pre-order will get the following limited edition items.
· JBL Harman Portable Bluetooth Speakers worth Php 3,099
· ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Clear Case worth Php 699
· ASUS ZenEar worth Php 699

*Those who will pre-order from March 27 to April 6, 2017 will get an additional exclusive freebie, the ASUS Tripod worth Php 799.

4. Customers will be required to fill out a reservation form which includes the following details:

5. Customers will be notified via SMS once stocks are available for claiming. They will need to present their VALID ID and their confirmation letter and proceed to their chosen ASUS Zenfone Concept Store, ASUS Kiosk, or to any participating ASUS accredited dealer to pay the full amount on April 7th, 2017 until April 23rd, 2017.

6. Cash and credit card payments are accepted.

7. For credit card payments, ASUS Zenfone Concept Stores, ASUS Kiosk (depending on accredited banks) will honor straight, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months payment at 0% interest.

8. If the customer cannot present their VALID ID and confirmation letter upon claiming, they will not be allowed to avail of their pre-ordered units.

9. The customer’s reservation is valid from April 7th, 2017 to April 23rd, 2017.

10. Existing replacement and repair mechanics will be applicable once the unit has been availed.

11. For features and specification on ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL), please refer to our website at http://www.asus.com/ph.

Below are participating stores for the pre-order program:

What’re you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this fantastic offer from Asus!